Steele County is getting "a pot of money" in the tune of $700,000 according to Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (OACCT) President Brad Meier. The money "may provide some much needed dollars to your small business," he writes in the latest edition of the Tuesday Talk e-newsletter from the chamber.

"The county can determine how to best get these dollars into the hands of impacted businesses. These grants will be open to all businesses that qualify and there will be a simple application process. We expect more details in the next week." Read Meier's full blog on the topic.

The chamber continues to promote local restaurants through the Take-Out Challenge. Get some take out or delivery and post a picture on the chamber's Facebook page for the chance to win Chamber Bucks.

Other member news from the OACCT:

  • The 2021 Annual Meeting will be a virtual affair on January 29 at 6:30 pm. "A package will be arriving at your business with a special invite and gift in the next few weeks."
  • National Entrepreneurship Week comes in February. Visit for information on a free marketing plan developed by Owatonna High School students. You can also help by being a judge in the process.
  • The chamber says "Thank you to Fareway Meat & Grocery for their donation of $1,000 in Fareway gift cards to the chamber to distribute in the business community. Twenty local restaurants, breweries, bars, fitness and entertainment establishments will be receiving a $50 gift card in the coming week."
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