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Core Values: We value

Core Values: We value for our members, employees and community: integrity in all we do, collaboration with all our stakeholders, growth and develop Chamber Events Wednesday, February 14th Valentines Day (NO Bureau 14) Monday, February 19th Presidents' Day (Offices Closed) Tuesday, February 20th - 6:00 p.m. Agri-Business Meeting Wednesday, February 21st - 3:00 p.m. Ambassadors Meeting / Ribbon Cuttings Tuesday, February 27th - 9:00 a.m. Social Media Breakfast Wednesday, February 28th - 7:30 a.m. Chamber Board Meeting Friday, March 2nd - 6:00 p.m. Chamber 2017 Annual Banquet (Holiday Inn) WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Gemini Studios Smith's Greenhouse Local concerns voiced at tour The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce visited the Fairmont area last month, making this the first stop on their 2018 Statewide Policy Tour. The event, hosted by chamber member Kahler Automation, was held on Monday, January 8, and attended by numerous local business owners, government officials and community leaders. The event offered attendees an unparalleled opportunity for education and advocacy regarding our state's 2018 legislative goals. Attendees were given the opportunity to learn about the Minnesota Chamber's legislative priorities for 2018, which include initiatives in tax competitiveness, workplace mandates, transportation, workforce education, and the affordability of housing and childcare. Several of these concerns resonated loudly with area businesses and community leaders, who shared their insights and experiences with similar challenges at a local level. Ag scholarships available In partnership with the Agriculture Future of America (AFA), the Agri-Business Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is offering two $4,200 scholarships, which includes registration for the Fall 2018 AFA Leaders Conference. Graduating Seniors of Martin County high schools who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an area of study relating to agriculture may apply. ABOVE: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce presents to attendees during the 2018 Statewide Policy Tour at Kahler Automation in Fairmont The Minnesota Chamber went on to visit twelve more communities across the state, wrapping up the tour on January 22nd. We would like to thank Kahler Automation for their hospitality in hosting this event and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to participate in the tour. To be considered for a scholarship, please visit www.agfuture.org/scholarships. The Martin County application deadline is March 14, 2018. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Margaret at margaret@fairmontchamber.org or call 507-235-5547. Questions regarding the online application can be directed to johnna.wallingford@agfuture.org 6 Energy rebates for your business. The smart move for your bottom line. minnesotaenergyresources.com 866-872-0052 Fine Jewelry Sovell Jewelry Your Professional Jeweler Since 1954 Full Service-In House Repair Jessica & Steve Sovell Gemologist • Goldsmith Professional Window Cleaning Insured Residential & Commercial Cleaning Wouldn’t it be nice to have the windows of your home sparkling clean! Please allow us to give you a free estimate. You will be pleasantly surprised! Call Now! Matt Petrowiak at (507) 236-5207

ment for our members, recognition of accomplishments, effective communication, and doing all things efficiently and in a fiscally responsible manner. Ambassadors greet new faces! 7 NEW RESTAURANT JESSIE'S SMOKEHOUSE OPENS Chamber Ambassadors celebrate the opening of new restaurant Jessie's Smokehouse at 1500 Albion Ave in Fairmont with owner Carl Wilcox. FAIRMONT AWARDS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP Ambassadors congratulate Kim White and Nick Rudolph, new owners of Fairmont Awards, located at 310 Downtown Plaza in Fairmont. Youth Project Funding The Martin County Youth Foundation grant applications are now available. Grants will be awarded twice during the year, in the spring and fall. 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 may 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 Ave., or download them online at www.MartinCountyYouthFoundation.org. The deadline for submitting the grant applications is March 15th. Return completed grants to Martin County Youth Foundation, P.O. Box 826, Fairmont, MN 56031 or drop off at the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce office. THINK LOCAL FIRST! DID YOU KNOW? Studies find that the increasing size of corporations is driving inequality, while local and dispersed business ownership strengthens the middle class. Over 32 years of experience, and ready to help you with that important decision. 507.235.5547 info@fairmontchamber.org Dale Splinter 1304 Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont, MN 507-238-4786 (507) 238-4949

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