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100 CLUB

Held the first Friday in March, is this social fundraiser was formed to raise funds for Freedom Fest Fireworks.


AGRI-BUSINESS

This committee exists to promote agri-business in the Austin area and establish links between agriculture and the business community.  Activities include organization of the Ag Appreciation Cookout, which is held annually the third Tuesday in July, in the Plager Building, at the Mower County Fairgrounds.  The committee also supports the National Barrow Show, 4-H Ribbon auction, Mower County Corn Growers, Dairy Princess, FFA, Pork Ambassador and similar programs. 



BUSINESS EDUCATION

This committee was formed to raise the visibility of business within our schools and the community.  This committee raises funds and awards scholarships to Austin students in grades 8 & 12.  they also support the pathway programs, such as Step Up Austin and collaborate with established school-to-work initiatives. 


CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY

This committee organizes a calendar of events that promotes shopping in Austin during the holiday season, including Christmas in the City Kick-Off, Christmas in the NW, Christmas in the SW, and Christmas in the East. 


DOWNTOWN COMMITTEE

The downtown committee organizes events and activities that showcase the downtown area, including Christmas in the City Kick-Off, and Crazy Days.


FREEDOM FESTIVAL

A multi-day event, held annually in conjunction with the 4th of July, this committee organizes events and activities celebrating community Independence Day, including entertainment, parade, concessions, crafts, and fireworks. 


GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

The public policy arm of the Chamber, this committee works to provide Chamber business members with a strong voice in government affairs, particularly at the local level.  This committee studies issues that affect business, develops policies to improve the business climate, and advocates for business interests.  Partners with the Minnesota Chamber and other local chambers throughout the state as part of the Minnesota Chamber Federation. 


GROW MINNESOTA!

A statewide private sector business retention and expansion program led by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in partnership with 70 local Chambers.  Locally, the Austin Chamber partners on this project with the DCA.  the purpose is to recognize and thank businesses for being here, identify their concerns and opportunities, and offer the Chamber's assistance in resolving problems and/or achieving goals. 


HUMAN RESOURCES

This committee provides a networking opportunity for professionals working in the HR industry.  Best practices and issues are discussion.  The committee serves as an important link to AustinWorks and Community Concierge services.  Related advisory group works closely with concierge services. 


LADIES NIGHT OUT

This committee was organized as a social fundraiser for women in business with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to a Riverland scholarship, for non-traditional female students. 


LEADERSHIP AUSTIN

A community-based education and development program designed to provide an ongoing source of motivated leaders informed about the community, its challenges and opportunities and connected to people and resources that can help effect positive change. 



Committees and  Programs

The Chamber represents the interests of business and works on projects that will improve our area business climate.  Dedicated volunteers from member businesses and organizations contribute their talents on Chamber committees and task forces.  These volunteers contribute numerous hours for the betterment of the community through the Chamber.  Each committee is unique and focuses on a different area of service.  Consider signing up for a committee that is beneficial to your company.  Your leadership and insights will contribute to the success of other member businesses too. 
Be Active, it's good for business!