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​​AUSTIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
AREA ATTRACTIONS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE SPAM® MUSEUM
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Welcome New Members

"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

JOIN OUR EAT, DRINK, SHOP AUSTIN CAMPAIGN!






Members of the Austin Chamber of Commerce are committed to raising awareness on how important shopping local is to our community.  When we all choose to shop local it creates a ripple effect which in turn will GROW AUSTIN, support local families & create opportunity.  We as local businesses need to support each other.  It starts with us!  All proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts, goes back into the Buy Mower, Grow Mower account.  Buy one or buy many.  Outfit your staff this holiday season and make it your staff uniform for Casual Friday.  Wear it November 24th for Small Business Saturday.  T-shirts are available at the Austin Chamber, The Style Lounge, Games People Play or online.  "Put Your Money Where Your House Is." 


BECOME A MEMBER!

​The success or failure of this organization is completely dependent on the amount of support shown by members of this business community. Nearly 400 strong, members of the Chamber commit their time and resources toward developing programs that improve our community and business climate.  We are always looking to add more members.  Membership in the Chamber of Commerce is essential to the growth and success of the business climate in the Austin area.  Each new member makes our organization stronger and more effective. Don't leave it to others. Join your peers in creating a better business environment for everyone.
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ACCESS SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS NAMED

Ten Austin students will receive more than $5700 in cash awards at the Chamber's 32nd annual ACCESS Scholarship Banquet, 5L00 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Hormel Historic Home.  final speech presentations were held February 11 and 13 for eighth and 12th grade students, respectively.  All finalists are guaranteed a scholarship, ranging from $200-$1500.  This year's 8th grade finalists include Arianna Barrera, Emma Haugen, Thomas Herrick, Andrew Keenan, Nathan Schmidt, and Ava Wahlstrom.  High school senior finalists are Sarah Bachmeier, Signe Fadness, Eleanor Hinchcliffe, and Myra Kraemer.


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WUERTZ JOINS RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT'S EXCLUSIVE CONSULTING GROUP

Tom Wuertz, a Senior Vice President - Financial Advisor in RBC Wealth Management's Austin, MN office, recently was selected to be a member of the firm's Consulting Group, an exclusive group of advisors recognized for their success in building consultative, fee-based businesses.  To qualify for the group, Tom demonstrated a commitment to a consultant-based investment practice, helped clients build investment portfolios and maintained an excellent record of customer service.  RBC Wealth Management financial advisors assist individual, corporate, and institutional clients by providing a wide array of Wealth Management solutions such as stocks, taxable and tax-exempt bonds, options and mutual funds.  They also assist clients with retirement plans and money management programs.

STUDENT JOB SHADOWING
We would like to assist our business community in developing a pool of potential employees while providing Austin students the opportunity for a 2-3 hour job shadowing experience on the morning of February 13, and a second group on the morning of March 6th.  We would like the students to have the opportunity to observe what each profession requires on a day-to-day basis, including job characteristics and responsibilities from the people who know best - working professionals. Are you interested in hosting 2-3 students in your department?  Please let me know!  Jayne Gibson, Austin Aspires, director@austinaspires.org or 507-437-0920.

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.