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"The Chamber works to improve our area's
business climate, and thereby enhances
the quality of life for all residents.

"Candidate 101"
for local office seekers

The Chamber is offering an informational seminar for anyone interested in running for local, elected office. If this is you, you're encouraged to attend.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Austin City Council Chambers
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Hosted by the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee, the program will provide a well-rounded look at what to expect when you run for elected office. Officials from the City, County, and School District will provide an overview of offices open for election, how to file for those offices and what to expect once elected. Current office holders (not up for re-election) will share their personal perspectives on campaigning, as well as how they balance personal, professional and elected responsibilities. Media professionals will share their plans dor pre-election coverage and provide tips as to how to effectively work with reporters and other media representatives. A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

Presenters will include:

  • Lucy Johnson, Austin City Clerk
  • Doug Groh, Mower County Auditor/Treasurer
  • Sue Hanson, School District #492 business office
  • John Wright, KAUS AM/FM Radio
  • Dave Churchill, Austin Daily Herald
  • Tony Bennett, Mower County Commissioner
  • Judy Enright, Austin City Council
  • Jeff Kritzer, Austin School Board

The filing period for local elected offices, this year, is May 22-June 5. Three seats on the Austin School Board, two seats on the Mower County Board of Commissioners and five seats on the Austin City Council, including Mayor, are up for election, November 6. All are four year terms.

The seminar is being offered free of charge as a public service by the Chamber, and is co-sponsored by KAUS AM/FM Radio and the Austin Daily Herald. Materials will be provided. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Call the Chamber at 437-4561 to pre-register or for additional information.

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"Make the most of yourself,
for that is all there is of you ."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Our mission is to install and service HVAC systems
that improves the comfort, health, safety, and efficiency
of our customers homes. We achieve this outcome by employing
a quality team that is Passionate about serving the customer."

Who are we?

Tom's Heating and Air Conditioning was established in 1993 to provide the Austin area with comfort solutions. We accomplish this by employing a team of factory trained technicians that are dedicated to customer satisfaction. We truly believe your comfort is our business!

Tom's is proud to be a Carrier dealer. We are the leader in heating, cooling, ventilation and air quality products and services in and around the Austin area.

Quality Products and Services Offered
Free Estimates
24 Hour Emergency Services
Residential and Commercial Sales and Service
Central Air Conditioning Systems
Ductless Spit Systems
High Efficient Gas and Oil Heating Systems
Geo Thermal Heating and Colling Systems
Goldstar Annual Cleaning Program
Central Air Conditioning Tune-ups and Cleaning
Gas Heating System Tune-ups and Cleaning
Air Duct Cleaning
Energy Saving Programmable Thermostats
Whole House Humidifiers
Air Exchangers
Gas Fired Garage Heaters
Air Filtering Systems
Radon Mitigation (Detection and Alleviation)
Extended Warranty Options on New Equipment

Tom's Heating takes pride in their service department. Our service department is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tom's also offers 24 hour emergency service. If you ever need us we will always be available.

Visit us online at

201 12th St SW | Austin, MN 55912
Phone: 507.437.2557 | Fax: 507.437.2472












Hormel makes top 20 of Corporate Citizens list for fourth straight year. The Hormel Foods Corporation jumped 11 spots to No. 19 and was the top Minnesota company named to the 13th annual Corporate Responsibilty Magazine "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. This is the fourth consecutive year the magazine recognized Hormel, ranking No. 30 in 2011 and No. 40 in both 2009 and 2010.

JD Power ranks Edward Jones highest in investor satisfaction. For the sixth year out of the past eight, financial-services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full service brokerage firms, according to J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study. The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full service investment firms based on seven factors: investment advisor, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution.

Marco receives Perfect Image Award. Marco, Inc. recently received two 2012 Perfect Image Awards from imageSource Magazine at the ITEX National Expo & Conference in Las Vegas on April 18th. Marco received the 2012 award for Dealer of the Year and Outstanding Managed Services Program. The imageSource Perfect Image Award recipients are selected from an impartial judginf process based on a variety of factors and entry information acquired regarding a dealer's business model and performance.

2012-13 Leadership Austin Applications now available. The mission of Leadership Austin is to enhance our community through the development, empowerment and motivation of emerging leaders.


  1. To raise awareness as to the needs and opportunities for community leadership
  2. To provide comprehensive training that will enhance an individual’s ability to lead in the community and workplace.
  3. To provide in-depth information about key sectors within our community
  4. To introduce and network participants with current and emerging leaders throughout our community
  5. To motivate participants to commit their time and expertise toward building a better community

Click here for more information and to download an application. Brochures and Applications can also be picked up at the Chamber office.

Board of Equalization Hearings Scheduled. All commercial property in Mower County was recently reappraised by an outside firm, contracted by the county, Vanguard Appraisals. Property oweners who wish to challenge their assessments should note tow dates:

  1. The Board of Equalization for the City of Austin will be held 9 a.m. Monday, April 23 in the commissioner's board room in the lower level of the Mower County courthouse. No pre-reigstration is required, but anyone who wishes to shallenge their assessments should attend this meeting and request a ruling. Bring supporting information for your arguments to present to the Board.
  2. Appeals of the Board of Equalization can then be taken directly to the Board if Commissioners at a county equalization meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. June 11 in the courthouse. You are required to first attend the Board of Equaization meeting before scheduling a hearing before commissioners. Call 437-9549 to schedule a time to present to the Board.

Validations affect the amount of property taxes you will pay in 2013. Commercial property is assessed at a higher rate than other types of property, and higher valuations will shift more of the overall tax burden on to commercial property owners.

Riverland Offers free training program in green technologies. Manufacturing company employees, dislocated workers, and students in manufacturing related programs all qualify for this unique program. GreenPower's curriculum focuses on topics including sustainable manufacturing; energy efficiency; water conservation, reuse and recycling; designing for the environment and how different pollutants affect it. The 48 hours of training consists of six eight-hour classes. Graduates are also eligible for up to $5,000 in continuing education funds if they successfully complete the SME test and an education plan approved by the Blue Green Alliance. For more information call Joe Hesch at 800-247-5039 ext 2280, email or visit us on the web at

Report Recommends Changes in Public Workforce Pay. Minnesota public employee compensation is largely out of sync with the private sector and threatens the sustainability of public services, according to a report released December 9 by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and NAIOP Minnesota, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. Several elements of public employee compensation must be reined in and reformed to ensure that governments can continue to deliver quality services and fulfill obligations in a cost-effective manner. Read more...

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.

ChamberNet. Is a new business referral committee that meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month to exchange customer referrals, learn about each other's business, and share ideas as to how everyone can work to improve their business. For more information, please contact Jeff at or by calling 507-437-4561.

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.

Health Care Aftermath (Printable PDF)
Health Care Implementation Timeline (Printable PDF)

Maximize Your Membership. We have partnered with ChamberMaster, our software provider, to offer you an opportunity to make your business more visible, and at no cost to you. Click here for more information.

Tips for Going into Business in Austin.
You have assessed your personal skills and have made a commitment to the type of business you want to tackle. What do you do next? Click here for more information.

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

Chamber launches Buy Mower, Grow Mower

To learn more, go to IBUYMOWER.COM




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Draayer Chiropractic
Smitty's Tavern


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