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"CHAMBER CHAT" FRIDAYS IN FEBRUARY
Every Friday during the month of February, I will be hosting a coffee hour from 9-10 a.m., at the Chamber. Please come by and visit with me about your business and let's get acquainted. I am looking forward to meeting you!
Elaine Hansen, President
SPARKS JOINS ADVISORNET FINANCIAL TEAM
Dan Sparks has joined AdvisorNet Financial, focusing on individual and family health insurance via the MNsure Marketplace, as well as Medicare Supplements and Life Insurance. Prior to joining the AdvisorNet team, Dan has worked in the farming and construction industry, at Hormel Foods and in the banking industry. Dan is currently a member of the Minnesota Senate representing District 27. Dan takes pride in providing personal service and support on an individual level.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS BANQUET
Registration is now open for our largest gathering of the year, our Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet. Join us on
Thursday, February 28, at the Holiday Inn-Austin, as we showcase our members and recognize several for their contributions to the organization and community. Fourteen businesses have been nominated for this year's business awards, while others will receive recognition as Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and Team of the Year. Download a registration Form for more information and to register.
ACCESS SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALISTS NAMED
Semifinalists for the 2018-19 ACCESS Scholarships have been selected by the Business Education Committee of the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce. Twelve 8th grade students and eight high school seniors qualified for the second round of the process. Nearly 50 student applications were received.
Eighth grade semifinalists include Emmaline Bell, Mattiqa Gasca, Arianna Barrera, Chloe Jenkins, Mya Walters, Gabriel Monterroza, Asia Moore, Nathan Schmidt, Andrew Keenan, Ava Wahlstrom, Thomas Herrick and Emma Haugen. Twelfth grade semifinalists are Signe Fadness, Abigail Bollingberg, Myra Kraemer, Brockdon Lawhead, Morgan Hose, Sarah Bachmeier, Eleanor Hinchcliffe, and Kayla Christopherson.
ANDERSON MEMORIALS WINS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Jeff Anderson and Kyle Larson of Anderson Memorials were winners in the design competition at the American Institute of Commemorative Art (AICA) conference in St. Augustine, Florida. Memorial designs were submitted by members from the United States and Canada for judging based on design, craftsmanship, and how well the memorial tells the life story. Anderson won first place in the Public Memorial division for the Rice County Veteran's Memorial in Faribault, MN. Larson won second place in the marker division.
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