“Powering up business throughout Martin County”
"Fore!" a good cause
Page 2 - Committed to
Page 2 - Thanks to our
Page 3 - Outings to Begin
Page 3 - Chamber 101
Page 3 - Kinship Rummage
Pages 4 & 5 - Business Briefs
Page 5 - Fluorescent Bulb
Page 6 - MCAF Grants
Page 7 - Ambassador Visits
Page 7 - Citzen Listening
The annual Chamber Golf
Outing has always been one of the
earliest golf outings of the season.
Now in its 21st year, this highly anticipated
event offers an afternoon
of fun and quality networking while
raising money to support a good
cause. The outing serves as a fundraiser
to support local youth programs
coordinated by the chamber’s
Business Education Committee.
Gather up your foursome
and join us on Friday, June 1st at the
Rose Lake Golf Club in Fairmont for
a 1:00 PM shotgun start. Keep your
eyes open for new twists to the golf
outing activities this year as hole
challenges and door prizes keep you
on top of your game. Get out of your
shell and express some personality
with a taco bar dinner (back by
ABOVE: Golfers enjoy an afternoon of fun and networking while helping to
support local youth programs during the Chamber Golf Outing.
popular demand) and local business
networking opportunities to help
you finish your week strong. Hole
sponsorships are currently available
to all chamber members.
For more information on
how you can register to golf, sponsor
a hole, or (Continued on page 3)
Seminar for employee engagement
ABOVE: Instructor Wes
Pruett of HR Advisors
The Fairmont Area
Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota
(Fairmont), and Fairmont
Economic Development Authority
(FEDA) have joined
together with our neighboring
communities to host a workforce
seminar with the goal of
helping to develop business
leadership and engage employees. Collaborating entities
from neighboring communities include the Blue
Earth Area Chamber, Jackson Area Chamber, St. James
EDA and Worthington Area Chamber.
The afternoon workshop, titled “Leadership
Skillsets for an Engaged Workforce,” will take place
from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 26 in
Room 012 of the Southern Minnesota Educational
Campus (SMEC) in Fairmont. During the seminar, instructor
Wes Pruett of HR Ad- (Continued on page 6)
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Health Care Center
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Mission Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for promoting a healthy business clim
Board of Directors Officers:
Board of Directors:
Kerry Nagel Allen
& Edmundson, Ltd
Office Manager/Director of
Marketing & Social Media Coordinator
Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
323 East Blue Earth Avenue
P.O. Box 826
Fairmont, MN 56031
Phone: (507) 235-5547
Committed to strength
By: Margaret Dillard - Chamber President
A small group of us who recently
changed jobs were discussing
how long it takes to get settled
in. The opinions varied about the
length of time and after further
thought, I think it has taken a full
three years to wrap my head around
the responsibilities of leading this chamber and preparing
it for a strong future.
It’s truly mind boggling how many programs,
projects and services we participate in or initiate. It’s
also difficult to decide exactly which are relevant for
local business. Did you know that if you want to take
a bus across the country, tickets are purchased here
at the Chamber? That alone consumes many Chamber
staff hours per week. Is that a service that should
live here? This year, one of our goals is to review all
programs and services. We’ll continue those that
align with our mission and offer value to members
and assist others to transition away from using valuable
staff and volunteer time.
On the other hand, the board of directors
Thanks to our members
Ronald J Arens, CPA, PC
Joseph E Brown, Sr
Rick DeBoer Signs
E-Z Wash Laundromat
Exit Realty - Great Plains
Fairmont Housing & Redevelopment
Five Lakes Centre
Habitat for Humanity
Interlaken Golf Club
chose to strengthen our efforts in advocacy. The
Minnesota Chamber Federation Alliance, of which
Fairmont is a participant, offers a strong link to legislative
issues. We’re also fortunate to have Representative
Gunther and Senator Rosen who are accessible,
knowledgeable and connected to the local
business climate. This year, our Governmental Affairs
Committee will facilitate Business Day at the
Capitol April 18th and candidate forums in October.
The Agri-business Committee is hoping to bring back
the candidate’s BBQ in September.
In March alone, we held the Annual Banquet,
two ribbon cuttings, participated in two legislative
conference calls, met with legislators in support of
technical educational funding, formed and met with
the team that guides Leadership Martin County, visited
with a dozen businesses, supported City of Fairmont
at their community session, represented the
Minnesota Pork Masters Golf Outing at Martin County
Pork Producers Banquet, participated in the advisory
group for STEP employment program … and
… there is more that we have (Continued on page 5)
“The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is
an advocate for promoting a healthy business climate
by facilitating access to leaders, communication and
education through programs and services for its members.”
We would like to thank the following members
for their continued investment in the work and the
mission of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
in 2018. We are deeply grateful for your support!
ADDITIONAL 2018 MEMBER INVESTMENTS
Martin County Fair
Martin County Veterans Memorial Project
Minnesota State University
Noddle Companies - Fairmont Plaza
South Central Workforce Council
The Whittler's Lady Bed and Breakfast
ate by facilitating access to leaders, communication and education through programs and services for its members.
Outings to begin soon
Chamber member "Let's Go Fishing" is preparing to launch their 2018 season
of outings. Contact them by phone at (507) 848-5069 to schedule a fishing or
boating excursion! For more information, visit fairmont.lgfws.com.
Kinship Industrial Rummage Sale/Auction
are invited to
such as obsolete or unused inventory, equipment,
machinery, tools, materials, supplies,
parts, fixtures and office equipment. Items may
be in new or used condition. Old computers and
TVs will not be accepted.
Kinship will sell the donated or consigned
goods at ther annual Kinship Industrial
Commercial Rummage Sale/Auction on May 3-5
at the Martin County Fairgrounds in Fairmont.
Businesses interested in donating items may
drop them off during the mornings of April 26-
28 and all day on April 30 and May 1. Contact
Greg Brolsma at 507-236-4606 or email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
The Fairmont Area Chamber will
be hosting a “Chamber 101” event on
Thursday, April 19 at 11:30 AM at the
Southern Minnesota Educational Campus.
We invite all new, existing and prospective
chamber members to attend this 90 minute session outlining
the mission of the chamber and demonstrating how we work to build a
stronger business environment and a more vibrant community through
the work of our committees, events, programs and publicity efforts.
A light lunch will be served at the beginning of the session. Contact
the Fairmont Area Chamber at 507-235-5547 for more information
or to register for this session.
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donate a door prize, contact Kandi at the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce.
She can be reached by phone at (507) 235-5547 or by email at info@
All proceeds benefit Kinship of Martin
County, a mentoring program establishing oneon-one
relationships between youth from 5 to
15 years of age and a caring adult role model
from within our community. All donations are
tax deductible and provide direct support for
the ongoing work of our local Kinship program.
This is a great chance for businesses to do some
Spring cleaning while donating to a great program!
Martin County Implement
Feature your business ad
in full color for
only $60 per month
with your annual contract or $75 per month.
Chamber member business briefs
Martin County Veterans Memorial (MCVM)
Project Update: Honoring the veterans of Martin
County, the black granite panels for the memorial
wall will be installed this summer and the cut-off
date to have a veteran name engraved or included
on the panels at time of installation is June 15, 2018.
Names will also be added periodically thereafter. Veteran must have been a
resident of Martin County at some time of their life. Cost of engraving $200.
Veterans or veteran families are encouraged to participate in this honorable
recognition. Visit our website: www.mcvm.org, for veteran application or call
committee members Jim Miller (507)236-1026, or Chuck Mixson (507)236-
1072. Private and/or business donations are also appreciated. Donations are
tax deductible under 501(c)3.
Fairmont Opera House, Inc.
More than 20 years ago, conductor Jay Fishman
had a remarkable idea: He envisioned
a professional, top-quality orchestra dedicated to ensuring the underserved
and low-income residents of Minnesota are able to experience top quality
live classical music. Please join us for MN Sinfonia on April 14th at 7:30.
Come back on April 29th at 7:30 as Blake Potthoff, the Fairmont Opera House
Executive Director, steps out of the office and onto the stage to bring his own
talents to light. This event is a fundraiser for our Launch the Legacy Capital
Campaign. Tickets start at $30.
Red Rock Center for the Arts
7th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner show. Red Rock Center
for the Arts proudly presents Murder at the Disco,
April 20 & 21. Enjoy a cash bar, great food, laugh out loud
interactive fun where you guess whodunnit. All proceeds
benefit the upcoming 2018-2019 season of events, and helps to maintain discount
pricing and scholarships for all students. Tickets on sale at the Red
Rock office or the online box office at www.redrockcenter.org. Discount tickets
are available for the Friday, April 20 show.
Fareway Stores Inc.
Fareway is hosting the 1st annual MDA Bowl-a-thon at the
Bowlmor Lanes & Lounge on Sunday, April 29 at noon! Join
us for door prizes, raffles, a 50/50 drawing and more. Help us
raise money to support a great cause, the Muscular Dystrophy
Association. Contact Cory or Tyler at Fairmont Fareway to register by calling
Vision Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce will b
Fairmont WorkForce Center
Businesses seeking workers are encouraged to participate
in the Fairmont Area Job Fair to be held Thursday, May
10th from 1 pm to 4 pm. The event will be held at the Fairmont
Five Lakes Centre, 308 S State Street, Fairmont, MN.
Fairmont Workforce Center in partnership with jobsHQ
have organized this event in response employers’ need for workers. Businesses
can participate in the live Job Fair on May 10th and in addition will be
part of a two week virtual job fair featuring up to 5 job postings. Adults and
area high school students who are seeking work are invited to attend. For
more information contact the Fairmont Workforce Center at 235-5528.
Interlaken Heritage Days
Holy Hotdish begins April 10th! St Johns UCC will host
on 4/10, Grace Lutheran on 4/17, Immanuel Lutheran
on 4/24 and St John Vianney on 5/15. Meals served from
5:00-7:00 p.m. Join us on May 5th from 10:00-3:00 for our
Spring Vendor & Craft Show at Five Lakes Centre! The crowning of Little &
Junior Miss and Mister Fairmont will also take place at 11:00 a.m. Parade
registration is now open! The parade takes place on June 9th. For more
information on all of these activities visit ihdfairmont.org or contact us at
Edward Jones Investments - Mandi Kosbab
(507) 235-8524 - Member SIPC
Edward Jones office of Mandi Kosbab is starting
a new coffee club--EDWARD JONES COFFEE ON US! FIRST Monday of
each month, starting May 7th, we will discuss current events in the market
and economy with an opportunity for informal discussion to ask questions
on topics you want to know more about or understand better--and we'll have
fun while we gather with some surprise activities. Coffee and dessert/breakfast
will be served 9-10 am at 116 N. State Street, Fairmont. Bring a friend
and enjoy some coffee on us! Please call 235.8524 the Friday before to let
us know you'll be joining us so we always have plenty of everything for everyone!
Additional coffee club dates: June 4th, July 9th (moved due to 4th of
July), August 6th, September 10th (moved due to Labor Day), October 1st,
November 5th, December 3rd
Green Mill Restaurant - Holiday Inn Fairmont
Green Mill upcoming events: April 14, Whitetails Unlimited
– Southern Minnesota Deer Camp Tour 2018. Join
us for Daily Happy Hour, New Lunch Menu and Dinner Specials. Ask us about
our Lunch Punch card. Stop in or call 507-238-4700 for more information.
e recognized as the leader in assisting area businesses to prosper.
Chamber member business briefs
Kahler Automation would like to WELCOME
Software Engineer Sam Viesselman to our team; Sam reports to Software Engineering
Supervisor Eric Henderson. CONGRATS to Jessica Pierce on her new
role as Marketing/Inside Sales Manager; Kahler Automation is excited to have
her leading our growing Marketing team. And KUDOS to Human Resources Director
Courtney Cutler for organizing a couple of successful career fair visits
recently – to Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Northwest Iowa Community
College in Sheldon. Joining Courtney at one or both events were PLC
Programmer Megan Hancock and Chief Software Architect Logan Kahler.
“Business Briefs” is a complimentary service provided by the Chamber for chamber members. Please limit your information to one paragraph of about
100 words. Example: expansion, new employees, awards, monumental anniversary, etc… A photo or logo can be included. NO Direct Advertising.
Committed to strength (Continued from page 2)
done this past month. Again, we need to make
sure it is valuable and relevant.
This issue of the Chamber newsletter
is a reflection of the environment described
above. It’s a potpourri of activities, announcements,
seminars, meetings, programs and
services. Thank you, thank you, thank you to
our members. In these pages, you’ll find a list
of those who joined since our last issue and a
longer list in the February newsletter. (If you
want to find out if a business or individual supports
us with their annual investment, visit our
website at FairmontChamber.org, then click on
“Member Directory.”) Some of the other things
and are considered
It is against the
law to dispose of
fluorescent bulbs and ballasts with your regular
garbage. Fluorescent bulb recycling will be held
in the former Kmart parking lot on Thursday,
May 3rd, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. This recycling
that you will notice is an announcement of Let’s
Go Fishing’s plans to launch pontoons and Kinship’s
Annual Industrial Rummage Sale, both
signaling spring and more sunshine to come.
Mark your calendars - the Chamber seeks funding
for youth programs, while hosting one of the
earliest golf tournaments of the season at Rose
Lake Golf Course on Friday, June 1st.
The last thing I want to tell you is that
the 2018 Visitor and Relocation Guide arrived
in January. It is beautiful and the piece that you
will want to get into the hands of those near and
far who have an interest in our community. The
best part is that it is specifically designed to be
Fluorescent bulb recycling
event serves the residents and businesses of
Martin and Faribault Counties.
When transporting the lamps, be careful
not to break them. There will be a charge
at the time of disposal. Fairmont Public Utilities
customers are eligible for total reimbursement
for bulb recycling costs. When dropping
bulbs off for recycling, ask for a rebate coupon,
keep your receipt, and turn both in to Fairmont
Public Utilities for reimbursement of recycling
costs. Contact the Chamber with any questions
at (507) 235-5547.
Sweet Financial Services
Raymond James Financial Services announced that their very
own Bryan Sweet, ChFC® of Sweet Financial Services has been
ranked #5 on the Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor list! You
can check out the state lists at www.forbes.com/best-in-state-wealth-advisors.
Fairmont Municipal Liquor Store
We will be having a beer sampling on Friday,
April 27, from 4:00-6:00 PM, featuring Castle Danger Brewing Co beers.
of interest to anyone. Three specific sections
guide readers to sections, then hashtags and
web addresses lead them to one of several websites:
com, VisitFairmontMN.com or FEDAMN.com for
more information and contacts of those who
can answer questions.
If you’re interested becoming more involved
in community leadership, we have a
number of opportunities and are able to offer
thoughts about what other organizations might
be perfect for your specific talents. I hope you
enjoy reading our newsletter and always appreciate
your feedback and conversations.
THINK LOCAL FIRST!
DID YOU KNOW? Local retailers are
engines of economic activity, spending
their revenue at a wide variety of other
businesses in the community, but online
retailers like Amazon effectively extract
money, leaving little behind.
Core Values: We value for our members, employees and community: integrity in all we do, collaboration with all our stakeholders, growth and develop
Tuesday, April 10th - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11th
Area Career Exploration (ACE)
Wednesday, April 11th - 6:00 p.m.
Bureau 14 Meeting
Wednesday, April 18th - 3:00 p.m.
Ambassadors Meeting / Ribbon Cuttings
Thursday, April 19th - 11:30 a.m.
Chamber 101 (See Pg. 3)
Tuesday, April 24th - 9:00 a.m.
Social Media Breakfast (See Pg. 8)
Wednesday, April 25th - 7:30 a.m.
Chamber Board Meeting
Thursday, April 26th - 12:30 p.m.
SEMINAR - Leadership Skillsets for an
Engaged Workforce (See Pg. 1)
EXIT Realty - Great Plains
Little Bird Creative Space
MCAF Grant Applications
The Martin County Area Foundation is
excited to announce the start of its 2018 competitive
grant cycle. The Foundation will be accepting
eligible organizations now
through May 31. It also accepts
for emergencies or high
need. Please refer to the
grant guidelines and application form at www.
mcareafoundation.org for information. If you
have further questions or ideas, please contact
the Foundation’s administrative staff at 507-235-
5547 or any member of our board of directors.
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visors, LLC will establish how leaders are created
through the development of learnable skills and
competencies. These skillsets will help to make
your business more successful by inspiring your
employees to pursue excellence in their work
and rally around common goals to meet your
The seminar is designed to satisfy the
needs of business leaders at all levels, from
emerging leaders to senior leaders, staff responsible
for work culture, HR directors and generalists,
managers, supervisors and team leads.
This half-day program will reveal factors that
enhance and detract from employee engagement
The Martin County Area Foundation is a
community endowment founded in 1993 by a
group of community residents and established
by a matching grant from
the Mickelson Foundation.
The Martin County Area
Foundation is governed by
a volunteer board responsible
for growing the endowment
and selecting grant recipients. Per its
mission, the Foundation focuses its giving in five
general areas: arts and humanities, community
and civic affairs, social and economic growth, environment
and give tangible ideas for improving the work
environment in your place of business. Attendees
will leave the seminar armed with a variety
of resources including a copy of the presentation,
a leadership self-assessment and over 70 best
practices for engaging employees.
The cost to attend is $100 per person,
with discounts available for chamber members
and multiple employees. Light refreshments will
be served, but no lunch will be provided. For
more information or to register online, visit our
website at www.FairmontChamber.org and click
on the recent blog post titled “Employee Engagement
for your business.
The smart move for your bottom line.
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Please allow us to give you a free estimate.
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ment for our members, recognition of accomplishments, effective communication, and doing all things efficiently and in a fiscally responsible manner.
Ambassadors recognize success
SUPREME LENDING OF FAIRMONT
Chamber ambassadors welcome Jarod Mathiason of new business and chamber
member Supreme Lending at 717 S. State Steet, Suite 6 in Fairmont.
AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM
Ambassadors celebrate 40 years of service to the Fairmont area with volunteers for
the local AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program.
City of Fairmont holds listening sessions
The City of Fairmont is holding a series
of four citizen listening sessions throughout the
year titled “Saturday Mornings with the City” to
present information on various topics of public
interest relating to city operations and to allow
for a general question and answer period for
those in attendance. The sessions are planned to
take place in each of the four city wards. The first
session was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall
in Ward 4 on March 17, beginning at 10:00 AM,
and featured a presentation by speaker Megan
Boeck (Planner Code Enforcement Technician)
on “How the City handles Code Violations.” Subsequent
sessions in Wards 1, 2 and 3 will take
place throughout the year as follows.
Cedar Creek Park Shelter House (Ward 1)
May 5, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Speaker: Troy Nemmers
(Director of Public Works/City Engineer)
Topics include: Improvement Program, Status of
Trails, General Discussion Q&A
Gomsrud Park Shelter House (Ward 2)
August 18, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Speaker: Linsey Preuss
(Economic Development Coordinator)
Topics include: The State of Fairmont’s Economy,
General Discussion Q&A
Southern Minnesota Educational Campus
November 17, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Speaker: Paul Hoye (Finance Director)
Topics include: Preliminary Budget 2019, General
financial guidance...a crucial
part of your vehicle purchase.
1304 Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont, MN
April programs at CER
The 33rd Annual Family Fun Fair will be held on Friday, April 6,
at the Fairmont Elementary School, 4:30-7:30 PM. Learn about the numerous
organizations and services available to families through creative,
hands-on activities provided by each exhibitor. Brian Richards will present
two interactive performances of his ACME Magic Factory featuring magic,
humor and fun for children and families of all ages. Remarkable Reptiles
will bring several life reptiles (all harmless) including a friendly boa constrictor
and assorted artifacts. Admission fee is $8 per family for a full evening
of family fun.
Fairmont Elementary School is the family place to be on Thursday,
April 19, 4:30-6:30 PM! The Youth Activities Expo sponsored by
CER and Healthy Youth will be held in the Little Cardinal (Annex) Gym.
Take advantage of this event to learn about the wonderful summer opportunities
available for youth in our community. The 5th and 6th Grade
OREO Recital will also be held in the Cafeteria during this event. Due to
weather, the second Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
STEAM Expo was postponed from March 5 to Monday, April 16,
4:30-7:00 PM, at the Fairmont Elementary School as well.
For an up-to date list of activities, see the CER Web Store at
and click on the CER tab.
A SAMPLING OF UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
33rd Annual Family Fun Fair April 6
Youth Firearms Safety April 9
Safe Routes to School Begins (Volunteers needed) April 10
Upholstery/Caned Chair Restoration April 12
Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft Excel Basic April 12
Follow-up to “It’s Time To Talk Race” Forum April 12 & 26
Summer Sand Volleyball Organizational Meeting April 16
Summer Co-Ed Softball Organizational Meeting April 16
Putting STEAM into STEM Expo April 16
Bike Rodeo April 17
Biking Fun for All Ages April 17
Dementia Friends April 17
Youth Activities Expo/OREO Orchestra Recital April 19
Cardinal Run Camp (Grades 4-6) April 23
Strong Fathers, Strong Families (Dads & Kids 3-8) April 30
…and much more!
For more information, contact the CER office located in the
Fairmont Elementary School Door 15A, 714 Victoria Street, Fairmont
Call 507-235-3141 or Email email@example.com
Your brand voice on Social Media - April 24 th
The next Social
will be held on
April 24 from 9:00
AM to 10:00 AM at
the Southern Minnesota
115 S. Park St., in Fairmont.
During this month's seminar, instructor
April Wendinger (Schells Brewery) will present
on "Establishing your brand voice on social media".
Your brand voice is the single most important
messaging tool in social media. Are you leveraging
it to reach your consumers effectively
and benefit your business?
Visit our website at www.fairmontchamber.org
to register for this event or to find
out how you can sponsor a future Social Media
Fairmont Area Social
is made possible in part by a technology
grant from the Blandin Foundation.
Paul Seibert, O.D.
1307 ALBION AVE., SUITE 102
PH: (507) 238-4228
James Busche, O.D.
Spencer Seibert, O.D.
111 E. 6TH ST.
BLUE EARTH, MN
PH: (507) 526-2020