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Community Connections “Powering up business throughout Martin County”

Kahler Automation PM Exchange Email if you would like to set up a PM Exchange at your business

Inside This Issue Leadership Martin County - Pg. 2 Fireworks/City Band Concert - Pg. 3 Pork Masters - Pg. 3 Blue Ribbon Pork Cook Off - Pg. 5 Seminars - Pg. 6 Video Contest - Pg. 6 Ambassador Scholarship - Pg. 7 Junior Achievement - Pg. 7 Stuff for School - Pg. 7 MCYF Grants - Pg. 8

Kahler Automation is proud to announce and celebrate Wayne Kahler’s retirement along with 25 years in business. For the past 25 years, Wayne has served as President and CEO of Kahler Automation. Wayne’s retirement was effective on June 22, 2015. He has turned over the reins to his children. Logan, his son, has worked at Kahler Automation for over 12 years and will assume the CEO duties. Chantill Kahler Royer, his daughter, will become the CFO taking on the


financial management duties. AUTOM ER This retirement is possible because of the dedicated and experienced th management team that has worked E R V S I A N RY N A 1991 - 2016 at Kahler Automation for over 25 years. The management team will continue to provide top notch automation solutions to our customers. Please help us celebrate these milestones by attending the Fairmont Area Chamber’s PM Exchange on Monday, July 6 at Kahler Automation (808 Timberlake Road, Fairmont) from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. ION AT

Date: Monday, July 6th Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: Kahler Automation - 808 Timberlake Road

New Career Path Welcome Krystal By: Callie Austin, Sales and Business Support Administrator - NuWay Cooperative

After 11 years with the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce I am sad to announce that I accepted a position with NuWay Cooperative in Trimont. My last day at the Chamber was on June 26th and I have been in my new position with NuWay Cooperative for a little over a week. I have gained so much experience and have made

great relationships over the years with the Fairmont Chamber, and I am very grateful for everything the Chamber has done for me. This is a new beginning in my life and I am very excited for the opportunity NuWay Cooperative has given me. Thank you Fairmont Chamber and all its Members.

Krystal joined the Fairmont Chamber staff on Friday, June 26th. Previously, the Marketing and Product Manager at Synergy Associates in Plymouth, MN., Krystal’s education, experience and skills make her a great addition to the team. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from St. Catherine’s University. In addition, our new Office Manager/

323 East Blue Earth Avenue • Fairmont, MN 56031 • 507-235-5547 • •

Communications Director is proficient in many software, CMS and online platforms; is currently studying for her Microsoft Specialist Certificate; has experience with event management and is ready to greet members and visitors. Stop by the Chamber office to meet Krystal, contact her by phone at 507-235-5547 or extend a welcome by emailing


Mission Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce exists to promote a healthy business clima

MEET the

Leadership and Life’s Purpose By: Margaret Dillard

Board Officers: Chair Doug Hoffmann 3M Vice Chair Ron Kopischke Profinium, Inc.

Directors: Stephanie Busiahn Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau

Past Chair Jeff Schlomann Farm Bureau Financial Services

Treasurer Sara Cyphers D&S Trophies - Embroidery and Screen Printing Joe Melsha Iberdrola Renewables

Chris Carstensen Carstensen Cabinetry and Woodworking

Kerry Nagel Allen MRCI-WorkSource

Kerri Henderson Optimal Health and Chiropractic Center

Bonnie Vetter Fleet and Farm Supply

Mae DeWar-Aust Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center

Rich Johnson Culligan Water Conditioning

Ryan Nicholson Fareway Stores, Inc.

Staff: President Margaret Dillard Office Manager/ Director of Communications Krystal Hill


Director of Finance and Operations Curt Foster

Margaret Dillard President of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Chamber Events: July 6th 5:00-7:00 p.m. Kahler Automation PM Exchange, Kahler Automation

August 13th 12:00-1:00 p.m. Best Practices for Facebook Marketing, SMEC -Room 116

July 16th 12:00-1:00 p.m. YouTube and Video for Business, SMEC -Room 116

August 27th28th Top 20 Training Sessions

July 17th 9:00 a.m. Walmart Grand Opening, Walmart July 27th Pork Masters Golf Outing, Interlaken Golf Club

September 17th 12:00-1:00 p.m. Social Media in 15 Minutes a Day, SMEC -Room 116

“This is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.” -George Bernard Shaw. I’ve been re-reading Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” which takes the reader on a 40day journey to discover one’s purpose. The book begins with a profound yet simple statement: “It’s not about you.” It is clear to me that true leadership closely parallels the journey of finding purpose; neither is focused on self and both are driven to make the world a better place. Congratulations to the 2014-15 Leadership Martin County graduates: Chad Askeland Tonia Kahler City of 3M Fairmont Paul Kloeckner Erica Berhow Fairmont Ford Profinium, Inc. Connie Miller Jaime Bleess AgStar FinanFairmont Police cial Services Department Kevin Alysia Bolstad Neuharth Temperance Bank Midwest Lake Ridge Kimberly Niss Jan Bremer Fairmont Area Wells Federal Schools Bank Alex Schmidt Erin Busta Fairmont Area Martin County Schools

Ryan Annie Schmidtke Schrader Mayo Clinic US Bank Health Systems William Swan Michael Iberdrola Schoen Renewables Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center

Leadership Martin County, dedicated to offering participants an overview of organizations, businesses and people that work together to make Fairmont and communities within Martin County prosperous, also focuses on identifying and developing individual strengths. This program, facilitated by Peggy Young, instructor from Riverland College, is limited to 25 and the deadline to apply is July 15th. This is a great avenue for businesses to provide education and develop skills for employees. Participants are required to attend one daylong session each month September through May. The $650 tuition covers continental breakfast, snacks and refreshments, Strengthsfinder 2.0 book and individual assessment, all classroom materials, lunch on the day of graduation and certificate of completion. Financial aid may be available. Find more information and download your application at: leadership.pdf.

climate through leadership, communication and education for its members in the greater Fairmont area.

Fireworks Spectacular Pork Masters The fireworks display in Fairmont has gained the reputation of being the biggest and best in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. Join us as we shoot fireworks from the west side of Sisseton Lake, July 4th at approximately 10:00 p.m. KSUM/KFMC will be coordinating patriotic music through out the display and will be providing updates prior to the start of the display. The fireworks committee continues to readily accept donations that can be mailed to P.O. Box 427, Fairmont, MN 56031. Fairmont City Band Concert Before the fireworks stop out to Sylvania Park Bandshell to enjoy a

Fairmont Fireworks over the Martin County Courthouse Photo Courtesy of Roger Neist

music performance from the Fairmont City Band. Rehearsals start are from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and then the concert goes from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Martin County Pork Producers and the Agri-Business and Ambassador Committees of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce have joined together to host the 23rd Annual Minnesota State Pork Masters Golf Outing on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Interlaken Golf Club. Martin County is Minnesota’s leading pork producing county. This event is open to area pork producers and recognizes the importance of the pork industry to Martin County and the state of Minnesota while raising funds for Ag-Scholarships and Ag-Awareness. Lunch and dinner is provided for the participants at Interlaken Golf Club. There will


2014 Pork Masters Golf Outing Golfers and sponsors having lunch at Interlaken Golf Club.

be games and prizes on every hole with 250 golfers expected to participate. For golf or sponsorship information, call Curt at the Chamber office at 235-5547.

Takes a village to make economic success reality The Project 1590 group is now forming committees for each of the projects that the community identified to help build prosperity in Fairmont and some have already started working. Presentations are ongoing to build awareness about projects and to aid in connecting people and organizations to push plans toward reality. It could be argued that the total focus of Project 1590 lies in the realm of building a local economy. According to Fairmont Sentinel reporter July Bryan, “Representatives of Project 1590 approached the Fairmont Economic Development Authority on Monday in an effort to maintain and expand a favorable business cliVISION CARE CONTACT LENS

mate in Fairmont.” Some FEDA stats highlighted in the article showed evidence of successes: “Linsey Preuss, Economic Development Director, pointed out that , in the past four months, FEDA has assisted in more than $9 million worth of projects that created 31 and saved seven full-time-equivalent jobs.” Fairmont City Council presentation from June 22nd is rebroadcast on Midcontinent Communications Channel 13 and available for viewing online at:

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Bowlmor Lanes is offering your company an opportunity to sponsor two hours of bowling for your employees and clients at a VERY LOW COST per person! Paul Seibert, O.D. 1307 ALBION AVE., SUITE 102 FAIRMONT, MN PH: (507) 238-4228

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Call Today For All The Details!

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Anytime Fitness 507-235-5055 Join now and get the rest of the summer free! Summer membership special for students also available. Personal trainers & new fitness classes available for all ages. Monthly insurance reimbursements available. Silver Sneakers, Silver fit and many more. Stop in or call 507-235-5055.

Century 21 Northland Realty - Gillian Tunnell 507-399-9211 Getting your house ready to sell? A coat or two of paint not only freshens a home’s overall appearance and heightens its appeal, but the color can also powerfully set the mood of a room and can even affect our physiology! For example, blue is a great color for bedrooms--its calming effect can lower pulse rate and body temperature. Red is a warm color that stimulates energy and excitement, good for dining and living rooms. Green is a restful choice for bedrooms and living rooms, suggesting harmony and balance. White conveys spaciousness and peace and is good for any room. The brain actually releases more serotonin when we look at yellow, which is the color of friendliness and creativity. So get your brushes out, call me, and color your house SOLD! Edward Jones - Mandi Kosbab 507-235-8524 Many people find excuses for not investing: 1.) “I’ll do it later.” The longer you wait the harder it may be to reach your goals. So unless you make investing a priority now, you may be forced to play “catch up” later. 2.) “I don’t have enough money to invest.” Put a small amount away each month and when your income goes up, increase your investments. 4.) “I’ll have Social Security.” Typically, Social Security only pays about 40% of an individual’s pre-retirement income. You’ll probably need to supplement Social Security with your own investments. 5.) “I don’t know where to begin.” Start where you work; if your employer offers a 401(k) or similar retirement plan, take full advantage of it. Don’t let excuses get in your way. Stop by or call 507-235-8524 for assistance with your financial future.

Enliven 507-399-1443 Proper nutrition is the key, and Enliven nutrition in Fairmont is here to help you. Stop in and try a Meal Replacement consisting of a mango flavored aloe shot; regular, peach, lemon or raspberry iced tea; and a smoothie with 24 grams of protein, and just 220 calories, available in over 43 flavors. Memberships and free wellness profiles are available for people that may be interested. Your first stop to healthy living is Enliven Nutrition on Blue Earth Avenue just east of Fairmont Ford in Fairmont. We are open Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fairmont Opera House 507-238-4900 The Fairmont Opera House Board of Directors are excited to announce that Civic Summer Theatre will be celebrating their 50th year anniversary this summer with two performances at the Fairmont Opera House! The first performance will be help in late June and the second the last week in July. The Opera House will be collaborating with Civic Summer theatre to host a celebration on Sunday, July 26, 2015. There will be some surprise visitors returning to assist with the celebration. Their acting careers began several years ago discovering their own passion for theatre and the arts by participating in the Civic Summer Theatre’s performances. So, mark your calendars and prepare for a night of fun and celebration! Peterson Anthony Insurance Agency, Inc. 507-238-2008 Peterson Anthony Insurance is excited to announce the addition of a new agent. Carrie Westcott joined Peterson Anthony’s Fairmont office on June 1st. Carrie has 9 years of experience in the insurance business with American Family.

Mayo Clinic Health System - Fairmont 507-238-8100 Experts at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont offer local, comprehensive vision care to meet your exact needs. From basic eye exams to laser procedures to treatment of chronic eye problems, Bob Friese, O.D., Anna Kitzmann, M.D., and Roger Neist, M.D., work together to deliver care that’s right for you in a place that’s close to you. Additionally, our experienced optical shop employees offer assistance and monthly specials on products to help you see more clearly.

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Partners Funding, Inc. 507-235-3456 Are you a small to mid-size business with a big cash flow …gap? Use Factoring as a “bridge” and turn your receivables into cash within 24 hours! Just imagine what you could do with additional funds in the bank! Take on those extra orders and larger customers, solve your seasonal cash flow needs, take advantage of vendor discounts and specials, purchase the needed equipment for your R&D efforts, free up working capital for your new business, eliminate the need to follow up on invoices as we do that for you, the possibilities are endless! Contact Brad with questions at 507-235-3456 or by email at

Celebrate 150 years of the MARTIN COUNTY FAIR August 17-23, 2015 •

What we offer your business. We know injuries sometimes happen at the workplace. Our philosophy at The Center For Specialty Care is to get the injured worker feeling better fast. We call it Fast Trac. We will work with employers to develop a partial return to work program while we get the worker to their maximum function in the work place. The Center For Specialty Care offers pre-employment services including: • Medical Physical • Drug Testing • Spirometry (Functional Lung Capacity) • Pure Tone Hearing • Pre-Employment Physical Therapy Evaluation • Functional Capacity Evaluations

Blue Ribbon The 18th Annual Blue Ribbon Pork Cook Off will be held Wednesday, August 19th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Martin County Arena. Tickets are $8 and available from the Chamber office. Come and enjoy the finest in cuisine from our area restaurants and caterers. Proceeds from this event help support our Agri-Business Scholarships. Thanks to our sponsors: the AgriBusiness Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, AgStar Financial Services, Bank Midwest, Cargill Inc., Devenish Nutrition, Dutch Creek Farms, Fairmont Vet Clinic/Preferred Capital Management, Kahler Automation, Martin County Pork Producers,

Martin County Corn and Soybean Growers, Profinium Inc, Valero Renewables, WFS, and Zoetis.




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Core Values: We value for our members, employees and community: integrity in all we do, collaboration with all our stakeholders, growth and developme

Three Business Seminars Offered This Year Today, business demands that owners, managers and employees learn a variety of skills to market effectively pursue current strategies to stay up to date. The Fairmont Area Chamber is launching a series of seminars that will feature marketing strategies, focusing on online, website, and social media skills, tips and tricks. Three monthly seminars are scheduled this year.

YouTube and Video for Business July 16th, 2015 You will learn: • tips for shooting quality video and with your smart phone or video camera • how to upload a video to YouTube from your computer, smart phone or video camera • how to edit and add music with YouTube Editor • how to publish your video on YouTube • how to embed you video on your website • about YouTube help

Best Practices for Facebook Marketing August 13th, 2015 You will learn: • how to attract more views, clicks, shares and fans • reputation management • integrating Facebook with traditional media

Social Media and website management in 15 Minutes a Day September 17th, 2015 • tips to develop your marketing strategy • ideal website and social media platforms • learn to time posts on your site and social media

All seminars will take place from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Southern Minnesota Educational Campus (SMEC) 115 South Park Street, Room 116, Fairmont. Feel free to bring your sack lunch, laptop and mobile devices. Free to Chamber members. $20 for prospective chamber members. Registration required one week before class. The first two seminar participants who ask will get a one-on-one follow-up consultation at their place of business. Call Krystal at the Chamber to reserve your seat.

Summer of Fun Video Contest - Win $250 Submit your 2-minute video to the Summer of Fun in Fairmont & Martin County Video Contest. • Dust of your video cam or grab your smart phone and start recording for a chance to win one of 5 prizes of up to $250 by August 31, 2015. Upload to YouTube and send in the URL (location of your video.) • Be creative and include some or all of the following highlights its of our communities in Martin County: the lakes, parks, culture schools, shopping and restaurants, country living, etc. • 1st Prize: $250, 2nd Prize: $100, 3rd Prize: $50, 4th and 5th Prizes: $25. Prizes will be Chamber Bucks and accepted in locations county wide. • Anyone can enter. For more information and to submit your video, visit or contact Margaret at the


Fairmont Chamber by emailing or call 507-235-5547.

Contest sponsored by:

elopment for our members, recognition of accomplishments, effective communication, and doing all things efficiently and in a fiscally responsible manner.

Scholarship Offered The Ambassador Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Martin County student in a Business related field entering their Junior or Senior post secondary year in a four year college or their final year in a technical college. The scholarship will be awarded after a review of grades to confirm achievement of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship applications may be picked up at the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 323 East Blue Earth Avenue or filled out online at the Chambers website at Applications are due at the Chamber office by

2014 Scholarship Recipient Cayce Lynn Craig

July 15, 2014.

Stuff For School Stuff for School provides new school supplies for all Kindergartners in Martin County. We invite your tax deductible contribution made payable to Youth First-Stuff for School. You may drop off your contribution to Fairmont Cham-

ber, 323 East Blue Earth Avenue or mail to Fairmont Chamber, PO Box 826, Fairmont, MN 56031. Once again let us show our support for our youngest students.

Junior Achievement The school year will soon begin and the Junior Achievement program will again be offered in the public and private schools. JA has proven to be engaging and fun while stressing the importance of an education as economic concepts and information about the world of work are introduced to students. Thanks to the generous donations area businesses made we were able to hold JA last year. Whether or not we will be able to offer these classes again will depend on your generosity. For the future of our community, it is essential for businesses to work with the schools so our children are aware of the opportunities here in virtually any occupation they may be interested in. JA is an ideal way to start this process. Class Room Programs The JA program has included grades K-6. We are seeking volunteer teachers for the following sessions that run for five weeks (except 6th grade runs 6 weeks), one hour each week, during the school day. Starting months, grades, and subjects are:


October - Grade 3 - Our City October - Grade 4 - Our Region October - Grade 6 - Global Marketplace January - Grade 2 - Our Community March - Grade 1 - Our Families March - Grade 5 - Our Nation April - Kindergarten - Ourselves All materials are provided along with a training manual. If you or anyone in your business is interested in volunteering, please call the Chamber at 507-235-5547. Donation Visit Contribution Form Fillable.pdf for a voluntary tax-deductible donation form , the cost of sponsoring a class is $190. However, any contribution is appreciated. Please consider helping the JA program anyway you can. Your future workforce depends on such initiatives. Please send your response to Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 826, Fairmont, MN 56031 by September 7th. We appreciate your involvement and hope you can help again this year. We cannot do it without you.

Ambassador Visits


Email if you would like to set up a visit at your business

The Old North Woods - New Business 113 West Blue Earth Avenue Gina Pytleski, Owner

What the Ambassaadors Committee does:

Weathered & Worn - New Business 83 Downtown Plaza Pam Olson, Owner

• Chamber Ambassadors attend ground breakings, ribbon cuttings and grand openings. • Co-Sponsor the Minnesota State Pork Masters Golf Outing • Award a $1,000 post-secondary scholarship to a business student • Events are typically on the 3rd Wednesday’s of the month at 3:00 p.m.

Martin County Youth Foundation Grants By: The Martin County Youth Foundation

The Martin County Youth Foundation grant applications are now available. The mission of the Martin County Youth Foundation is to acquire, manage and distribute funds to enhance the lives of youth in Martin County. Grants will be made to qualified, non-profit organizations including those with 501(c)3 status, public agencies, units of government, and churches that will address important community youth needs. Funds received can be used for youth program costs and support materials. Interested groups may pick up grant applications and guidelines at the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce, 323 East Blue Earth Avenue or fill out

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the application online at The deadline for submitting the grant applications is September 15th. Return completed grants to Martin County Youth Foundation, P.O. Box 826, Fairmont, MN 56031 or drop off at the Fairmont Chamber.

Fairmont Substance Abuse Coalition is a coalition of caring community members dedicated to preventing underage drinking in Fairmont. We are always seeking new members and volunteers. FSAP Coalition Meetings:

Noon on the 3rd Monday of each month at Fairmont High School in Room # E144F (next to the library)

Funding provided by MN Dept. of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division.

Our offices are located at the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce (323 E. Blue Earth Avenue) and at the Fairmont High School (Room #E236C).

If you want to work together to improve the lives of Fairmont’s youth, please contact:

Steph Johnson

Planning & Implementation Coordinator ph: 507-848-4516 email: P.O. Box 826, Fairmont, MN 56031

Fairmont Chamber Newletter - July 2015  
Fairmont Chamber Newletter - July 2015