ACCESS Scholarship Applications Now Available. Applications are now available for $6000 in student scholarships throught the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce. Now entering its 28th year, the Austin Chamber of Commerce Student Scholarship (ACCESS) program provides awards ranging from $200 to $500 for 8th grade students and $750-$1500 for high school seniors enrolled in Austin schools. Since inception in 1986, more than $180,000 has been provided to 282 Austin students. Printed applications are available at the Chamber office, 329 N. Main Street, and at Austin Public and Catholic schools. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2013.
Download 8th Grade App Page 1
Download 8th Grade App Page 2
Download 12th Grade App
Download 12th Grade App Page 2
Quality Pork Producers featured on cover of Fall Grow Minnesota! Report. The cover story on the Minnesota Chamber’s Fall Quarterly Report for Grow Minnesota! features Quality Pork Processors and the opening of their free, on-site medical clinic for all employees. Austin and 66 other local chambers participate in Grow Minnesota! business retention program, visiting 900 businesses throughout the state each year. To read more about the program and QPP’s innovative program, click
Grow Minnesota! Fall Quarterly Report.
Christmas in the City Kick-Off. Friday, November 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m., downtown Austin.
Christmas in the NW.Tuesday, December 3, 4:00-7:00 p.m., 18th Avenue NW and surrounding area.
Christmas in the SW. Thursday, December 5, 4:00-7:00 p.m., in the Sterling Shopping Center.
Made in Minnesota Directory Available. In case you missed it, DEED launched the Made in Minnesota Directory, a free online database of products and supplies manufactured in the state. The database was created by DEED to encourage Minnesota businesses to buy products and supplies from each other, rather than from out-of-state or foreign companies. The tool contains details for nearly 600 manufacturers statewide. Businesses can use the database to find Minnesota manufacturers who make everything from food products to tectiles, fabricated metals, machinery, and comuters and electronics. You can access the directory by clicking here. Besides products and supplies, the Made in Minnesota Directory also contains the names and addresses of participating companies, year the businesses were established, corporate contact information, number of employees, products they make and products they are interested in buying from Minnesota suppliers. the directory also contains information on renewable energy products.
Christmas is just around the corner. Please consider ringing bells theis year for the Salvation Army. Your impact on the community, for two-hours of ringing....
-Raises an average of $100
-Serves 50-80 people a Meal
-Assists with Prescriptions
-Provides a family Two Nights Lodging
-Provides a family School Supplies
Austin recognized for Grow Minnesota efforts. The Austin Area Chamber of Commerce was recognized for its commitment to retaining jobs as a partner of Grow Minnesota!, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's distinctive private-sector economic development program. Austin has been a Grow partner since the program was launched in 2003.
United Way Unveils 2-1-1 Informational System. The united Way of Mower County is excited to announce 2-1-1 tot he community, a free, confidential, multi-lingual information line and website that connects people with the services and resources in their community. Residents of Mower County can dial 9-1-1 at any time day or night and speak with someone who will help them find the help they need whether it is food, shelter, child care, job resources, health care, family services and so much more. When you call 2-1-1 you will be connected to a real live person who has been trained to assist you. There is also an interactive website that will help you narrow down your search and zero in on the type of services you need; www.211unitedway.org.
Promote Your Business Through Chamber Bucks Program. The Chamber is offering all participating members a new way to promote their business through the Chamber Bucks program: Display advertising in the Chamber Bucks brochure. The brochures provide Chamber Buck buyers a complete list of all redeeming stores. While all participating businesses will continue to be listed, members now also have the opportunity to purchase a display ad in the brochure to help their business stand out. This 1x3-inch ad will also allow you to make a special offer to Chamber Buck holders who are ready to buy! Thousands of the brochures are distributed each year, and more than $300,000 in Chamber Bucks are purchased. Cost for the display ad is just $20 per month.
Click here for additional information or call the Chamber at 437-4561. Space is limited.
U.S. Chamber Releases White Paper on Health Care. Recently released report, "Critical Employer Issues in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" is designed to serve as a handbook for business owners to help navigate and comply with provisions of this comprehensive new law. To read or download the report, click here.
U.S. Chamber Provides Health Care Analysis For Businesses. Analysis of the recently passed health care reform is now available on the U.S. Chamber's website. Links to the summary of the reform, along with the timeline for implementation, are below. Click here for the full analysis.
We encourage all members to review the sweeping changes that will impact you, your business, and your employees.
Health Care Aftermath (Printable PDF)
Health Care Implementation Timeline (Printable PDF)
Maximize Your Membership. Contact ChamberMaster, our software provider, for more information on how you can increase traffic to your existing website through an enhanced listing on the Chamber's business directory.
Free to all members is the ability to post jobs and events, e-coupons, and create a mini-web page. Contact the Chamber for help with any of these features; 507-437-4561.
SBA Disaster Assistance For Businesses of All Sizes. Businesses may apply directly to the SBA for possible assistance.
Call 1-800-659-2955 or
click here to download an application.