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DAVE THOMPSON CROWNED STATE CHAMPION AUCTIONEER


                           Dave Thompson, Thompson Auction Service, was crowned the 2017 Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Champion Auctioneer at
                           the state convention, January 19-21.  Thompson competed in a field of 14 auctioneers from across the state, and will now represent
                           Minnesota at this year's International Auctioneer Championship.  Thompson has worked with several nationally recognized auction
                           companies in addition to running his own auction service.






BREDE EARNS ACCREDITED PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT DESIGNATION


                            Brianne Brede, a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Austin, recently received the Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor
                            (APMA) designation from the College of Financial Planning.  Individuals who hold the APMA designation have completed a course of
                            study emcompassing client assessment and suitability, risk/return, investment objectives, bond and equity portfolios, modern portfolio
                            theory and investor psychology.  Brede is part of Wealth Management Solutions, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial
                            Services, Inc.





CHAMBER BOARD SETS 2017 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

The Austin Area Chamber Board of Directors has voted to join the Minnesota Chamber Federation, endorsing five key Legislative policy areas that are vital to business.  The Chamber's Government Affairs Committee reviewed all priority areas with Rep. Jeanne Poppe and Sen. Dan Sparks, prior to the convening of the 2017 Legislative Session, and found much support.  Federation priorities are listed below.

  • Enact Meaningful Business Tax Relief
  • Transportation Investment
  • Provide Flexibility: Don't impose one-size-fits-all mandates
  • Health Care
  • Lawsuit Reform (ADA modification)



REACH 150 NEW RESIDENT PROFESSIONALS WITH CHAMBER "WELCOME BAG"

The Austin Area Chamber of Commerce provides relocation services to nearly 200 families every year through its Community Concierge program.  Many of those families receive a Welcome Bag, filled with information and promotional items from Chamber member businesses.  These materials not only help "welcome" families to our community, they also encourage them to look to sponsoring businesses for the products and services they need.


If you would like to be part of this unique welcoming service, contact Kristen Olson, our Community Concierge, at kristen@austincoc.com or call 507-437-4562, by November 30th.  there is a sponsorship fee and all sponsors are asked to provide gifts and/or informational materials for the welcome bag.  we expect to distribute about 150 bags, each year.