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focus Picture Yourself Active in 2014!

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2 Welcome to our NEW Newsletter! Here is what you need to know... • It is called “Focus” because we want this newsletter to Focus on you, the membership. We will do this through photos and less text. This also coincides nicely with our 2014 Chamber Theme, “Picture Yourself Active.” • Are you looking for the more in-depth Chamber information like Advocacy, Economic Development...etc? This information can now be found in an electronic newsletter called, “The Voice.“ The Voice can be viewed on the Chamber website: and there will be a link in the Tuesday Chamber E-Newsletter. • This year we did not print a separate Annual Report. You can find the information for the Annual Annual Report on the last two pages of this publication. • The “Focus” newsletter will come out quarterly. We hope you take time and enjoy viewing the photos that encapsulate all the happenings of the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.

2014 Chamber Events to Attend

Business Expo

Business Awards

April 24 2-7pm Faribault Ice Arena

May 8 11:30am Elks East Wing

Ag Hall of Fame Taste of Faribault Farm Luncheon July 16 9am Rice County Fair

September 18 6pm American Legion

Healthcare for the whole family

200 State Avenue · Faribault, MN 55021-6345

November 20 11:45am Knights of Columbus

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2014 Faribault Area Business Awards May 8, 2014 at the Elks Club

Nominate NOW!! You are worthy! Really, its okay to nominate your own business. Nominating just means you are putting your business name on the list for consideration, you are not giving yourself an award! The Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes an area business on the basis of Community Impact, Business Management and Personnel Impact. Nomination forms are on the Chamber website, be sure to submit by April 4.


Bottom photo: 2013 winners: L to R, Glenn’s Towing: Small Business of the Year, Biowood Processing: New Business Spotlight, Subway: Business of the Year Top Left: 2012 Business of the Year: Richie Eye Clinic Top Right: 2011 Business of the Year: Faribault Ace Hardware Top Middle: 2010 Business of the Year: Harry Brown’s Family Automotive


IT’S YOUR BUSINESS. Whether you’ve created the business of your dreams or it’s a dream-in-progress, you can count on me to help you protect it. Let’s talk, business owner to business owner.

Barton L Jackson Insurance Agency 408 Central Ave N Suite D Faribault, MN 55021 Bus: (507) 332-6812 http://www.bartonjackson. com

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It’s SHOWTIME Again! The 23rd Annual Business Expo is returning to the Faribault Ice Arena on:

Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 2pm to 7pm 60 Booths Community Showcase Area sponsored by the Faribault Foundation Expo contracts are available at

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric is pleased to be a part of the Expansions over the last 24 years for Met-Con Companies,Tru-Vue, IFP, Northern Tool and Equipment, River ValleyTruck, SAGE Electrochromics, Faribault Energy Park, Willow Creek Concrete, ALDI, Renneberg Hardwoods, Inc., Malt-O-Meal and Bio Wood Processing, LLC.

2411 West Bridge Street Owatonna, MN 55060 507.451.7340 • 800.526.3514 • Your Touchstone Energy Partner

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Chamber Ambassadors Barton Jackson - Chair American Family Insurance Missy Archambault ServiceMaster by Ayotte Joan Bartz Hy-Vee Food Store Roxie Bauernfeind Reliance Bank Bonnie Cervenka State Bank of Faribault Shelli Frana State Farm Insurance Robert Overby Laura Froman Hoffman Law Office Sarah Hopwood Valley Staffing

The definition of Ambassador: • an official representative of an organization or movement • a diplomatic official of the highest rank sent out as a long-term representative to another

Michelle LaCroix Acupuncture & Pain Mngt. Gary Lazarz State Bank of Faribault David Legault KOWZ/KORN Radio Shirlee Madow Honorary Ambassador Kris Paro Bauer Restoration John Pentecost Fareway Brent Peroutka Comprehensive Wealth Solutions Paul Quant District One Hospital Kelly Watts 1st United Bank

GROUP GROU Onee firm - start to fini On finish ™

ServiceMaster by Ayotte (877) 945-0993 507.331.1500

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We want to acknowledge the great work of Paul Swenson of Paul Swenson Photography who Paul Swenson provided complimentary photos to all Gala attendees. Jerry Kes, JJ Bowling Center/Bashers and Jill Kes, MN State Academies (left) pose for their complimentary photo.

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See more photos from the Gala at

a e W a Ann Mellier & Dave Correll, Brushwork Signs

George & Arna Farmer, Arna Farmer Catering & Cakes

Alan & Joy Culpepper, SUBWAY

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Dr. Michael & Mary Richie, Richie Eye Clinic

Mark & Bonnie Cervenka, Cervenka Tree Service & State Bank of Faribault

David & Karen Legault, KOWZ/KORN Radio

The six photos above were taken by Chamber sta.


1920 Grant Street NW Faribault, MN 55021 (507) 334-2085


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Member Testimonial The Faribault Chamber has had a


direct impact on the success of Faribault


Senior Living over the past year. We


make every attempt to take advantage of the many programs, committees, and events that are available and have enjoyed hosting "Before Hours" events. We have benefitted both as a provider and a consumer from the relationships we have made and contacts shared through our involvement with the Chamber. Calista Vos, RN, BSN Director of Residential Services Faribault Senior Living

Get • COMMERCIAL Connected • INDUSTRIAL with:

Proudly Serv ing the Communit ie s of Ric e, Stee l e, Dod ge & W as ec a Co unt ie s



306 NW 1st Avenue Faribault, MN 55021

1-800-658-7002 1-507-334-9546

(507) 332-2259

Offering Of fering primary and specialty care care Call for an appointment: 507-333-3300 1205 Hwy 60 West - Faribault Federally insured by the NCUA

924 First St. NE & 300 State Ave. Faribault MN 55021 / ©2011 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

12/02/2011 -- The needs of the

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Board of Directors Executive Committee Kim Halvorson Chair Halvorson Farms Travis Temke Boston’s Gourmet Pizza Matt Carlander Treasurer State Bank of Faribault Gordy Adamek Past Chair Mercury Minnesota Directors Nate Chappuis Chappuis Jewelry Joe Cullinan Hy-Vee Food Store Shelli Frana State Farm Insurance - Robert Overby Rod Gramse MRG Tool & Die Dan Hedge Pantheon Computer Systems Paula Mathews The Phone Station Dr. Annette Parker South Central College Dr. Michael Richie Richie Eye Clinic Paul Swenson Paul Swenson Photography

Comprehensive Vision Care Complete Optical Center

• Comprehensive


Skin Care Michael G. Richie, MD 507-332-9900 Bruce V. Gustafson, OD • Anti-Aging • BOTOX/Restylane Optical: Murray H. Hanson, OD • Skin Rejuvenation 507-332-9800 Misty J. Purfeerst, OD Services Crossroads Prof. Building David E. Malmanger, OD 507-209-6229 1575 20th St. NW-Faribault

417 Lincoln Ave NW Faribault, MN 55124 Phone: (507) 332-8888


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Alexander’s Supper Club Manager: Mike Parry

Be My Guest Owner: Heidi Nelson 112 3rd St NE Faribault, MN (507) 461-5171 - www. Host a party here! Weddings, baby showers, book clubs...etc.

31 3rd Street NE Faribault, MN (507) 334-5868 Opening spring of 2014, you’ll be able to enjoy fine dining in a relaxed but classic atmosphere. Watch for Pub 31 opening soon in the lower level, too!

Heritage House Director: Jodi Bongers 1415 7th St NW Faribault, MN 507-334-5111 Strives to enrich and enhance the lives of seniors providing an exceptional standard of care, while maintaining dignity and respect.

Children’s Exchange Owner: Kieren Nystrom 25 NE 5th Street Faribault, MN (507) 332-7591 Offering like-new clothing, infant thru adult sizes. Also baby equipment, toys, videos, books and more.

Del Agulia Tax Service Owner: Luis Del Agulia 508 Central Avenue Faribault, MN (507) 261-5550 Offering Bi-Lingual; Spanish/English Individual tax preparation, personalized service and competitively priced.


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Sales Service Installation Telephone Systems Paging Systems Voice & Data Cabling Security Cameras

(507) 334-3735 Serving all of southern MN since 1984. 24 NE 2nd Street, Faribault, MN 55021

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Chamber Annual Report

CHAMBER STATS Current Membership 500 members 43new members in 2013 Market Penetration National Average 29% FACC – 67% Retention Rate National Average - 73% FACC - 94% Chamber Website Page Hits in 2013 Search By Business Category 33,780 Member Home Page Hits 181,661 Links to Member Website 9,769 Businesses Listed in Results 283,774 Chamber Event Views 56,090 Hot Deal views 2,010 Job listing views 4,099 Tourism Statistics Visitor Guides Distributed 10,000 Visitors to Tourism Website 22,080 Requests for Information 562 (Email, phone, walk-in requests) Tour Groups Assisted 38 Visitor Bags Distributed 800

Faribault Transportation Company 15760 Acorn Trail Faribault, MN 55021 Phone: (507) 332-2266 507-334-5121

Who’s Helping You Build Your Financial Future?

George Wickstrom Jr, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF Financial Representative 507-334-9412 Office phone 507-323-5239 Cell phone


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Chamber Annual Report

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Members: The purpose of this publication is to provide an overview of Chamber programs and initiatives. Advertisers: Special thanks to the advertisers in this publication, whose support makes this publication available to all members, to new members and to new and prospective businesses. Please extend your appreciation to them for supporting this publication. Publication/Design: This publication was designed and written by Chamber staff. Thanks to the staff at Insty Prints in Faribault for their design assistance and the printing of this publication. While due care was put in while putting this publication together, we regret any errors that were made.

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Staff and other resources: Chamber staff prepared the content of this Newsletter/Annual Report. Due care has been exercised in compiling the information for both the Newsletter and Annual Report. We regret any errors and ask you to report them to us so corrections can be made.

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Photos: All photos in this publication were taken by Chamber staff except for the top photo on page 6 which was taken by Paul Swenson Photography.

Faribault Economic Development Authority 208 NW 1st Avenue • Phone: (507) 334–0100 • Historic Renovation • Supports new & expanding commercial and industrial business • Promotes economic development in Faribault CONTACT: Peter Waldock Kim Clausen

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PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID FARIBAULT, MN PERMIT 29 530 Wilson Avenue • Faribault, MN 55021 (507) 334-4381 or (800) 658-2354

Chamber Staff:

Kymn Anderson Chamber President

Todd Ginter Tourism/ Communications

7:30–9:00 am

Hire an

March 5 Cardinal Pointe April 2 State Bank of Faribault May 7 Med City Mobility June 4 District One Hospital July 2 River Bend Nature Center & Paddington’s Feed and Seed


August6 United Way September3 Fountain Centers October-1 Faribault Senior Living November 5 South Central College December 3 Open

5:00–7:00 pm August 21

March 20 Faribault Golf Club April 24 Join us at the Business Expo! May 22 Uncle B’s Last Chance @American Legion June 19 Mayors Reception -Heritage Days July 24 The Cheese Cave

SPECIALIST FREE © 2013 Xcel Energy Inc.

Barb Larson Jennifer Vargo Royal Ross Amy Kramer Membership/Special Main Street Coord. Member Services Finance Events Director


Tony Langerud-State Farm September 18 Taste of Faribault October 16 Milestone Senior Living November TBD Grand Stay December 18 Open Before & After Hours Dates Subject to Change

An Energy Efficiency Specialist from Xcel Energy offers free, personalized advice on equipment upgrades, building tune-ups, rebates and more. All free to our business customers. Visit or call 1-800-481-4700.

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2014 Chamber Newsletter - FOCUS

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