Chamber Notes

By Kellie Sites In 2009, Rene Zellweger starred in the film, “New in Town.” Her character was an executive from Florida, sent to New Ulm, Minn., in the dead of winter. She arrives at the Minneapolis airport and notices everyone dressed in heavy coats, boots, hats and mittens. She is in high heels and a [...]

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By Kellie Sites What is Nickle Dickle Day? Nickle Dickle Day means something different to everyone! As the Chamber President, it means business for our businesses. For most of our shops, bars and restaurants downtown, this is the most profitable day of the year. As the leader of our Tourism efforts, it means 25,000 people [...]

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By Kellie Sites Love this job! In June I completed a four year course for Organizational Management, earning my IOM designation in the Chamber and Association world. It was rigorous and enlightening, fun and useful. Thank you to my Board of Directors for seeing the value in continuing education. Now I’m back at work, with [...]

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Kellie Sites Waconia Chamber  Boy, I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said to me this spring, “Aren’t you glad you hosted the Governor’s Fishing Opener last year?” “Yes I am!” was my answer every time! Our moment in the spotlight last year was so nice to reflect on this year… the [...]

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Chamber Notes, by Kellie Sites Why does the Waconia Chamber host a Business Home and Family EXPO anyway … why not just use the internet to find a business or service you need? Because we think you should meet the business in person! There will be over 70 businesses represented at the EXPO, but that’s [...]

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By Kellie Sites, president of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce “Let’s bring back the tree lighting in City Square park ….” After several years of hearing that, the Waconia Chamber decided to do just that. But there was a necessary element that we knew we needed, fire. So, with approval from our City Council, and [...]

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