Chamber Newsletter - November 2018



Les Anderson

Martin County

Farm Bureau

Vice Chair

Sara Pierce

Pierce Accounting

and Tax Services

Deb Barnes

Lakeview Methodist

Health Care Center

Stephanie Busiahn

Visit Fairmont

Zephanie Cole

Align Chiropractic &

Acupuncture, PLC

Dave Cone

Kahler Automation


Mission Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for promoting a healthy business clim

Board of Directors Officers:

Board of Directors:


Past Chair

Kerry Nagel Allen



Tom Lytle

Bank Midwest



Krahmer, Shaffer

& Edmundson, Ltd

Mandi Kosbab

Edward Jones

Luke Long


Steve Pomerenke

Compeer Financial

Ann Terfehr

Dan’s Appliance

Ned Koppen


Kandi Menne

Office Manager/Director of


Benjamin Landsteiner

Marketing & Social Media


Miranda Larsen

Finance Coordinator

Contact Information:

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce

323 East Blue Earth Avenue

P.O. Box 826

Fairmont, MN 56031

Phone: (507) 235-5547

Overcoming workforce barriers

By: Ned Koppen - Chamber President

I have spent a lot of my first

two months with the Fairmont Area

Chamber of Commerce meeting

with and talking to Chamber members

and other people in our community

who connect with

and influence our business

community. One thing I have consistently

heard while talking with the

business community is that everyone

is looking for workers.

Finding, hiring and retaining a

quality workforce is something

that many of our businesses are

finding to be a big challenge. I

was aware of this when I started

visiting with our members

and was prepared to have that


There is a related topic

that seems to come up around

this topic that I was not fully

aware of and that is there is a

lack of child care for parents

who work. I have not had to search for child care for

quite some time. I was out of the loop.

Not being able to find child care is a problem

in and of itself, but it also has the added effect of impacting

businesses. I have had conversations with

Linsey Preuss, Fairmont’s Economic Development

Coordinator, about many things business related

and she has been able to make me better informed.

She shared this information with me.

“Child care is a critical

prerequisite to building

a robust workforce. Lack

of quality child care

options can force parents

to reduce their hours or

even leave jobs.”

Reaching new markets

Your Chamber offers unique advertising opportunities

to reach local residents, businesses and

newcomers. We are now preparing for the 2019 edition

of the Fairmont City Map and the Martin County

Visitor and Relocation Guide. Advertising space is

also available in this publication and online.

Child care is a critical prerequisite to building

a robust workforce. Lack of quality child care options

can force parents to reduce their hours or even

leave jobs. It also contributes to absenteeism. Businesses

lose an estimated $3 billion annually due to

issues related to child care. In rural regions

such as Martin County, finding child care can

be particularly challenging. Rural residents

often rely on in-home child care

options, which have been dwindling

lately. Minnesota lost over

six percent of its in-home child

care providers in the last year.

Fairmont has a potential

need of 81 additional fulltime,

licensed child care slots

to meet the needs of current

and prospective residents. In

an attempt to address this deficit,

the city applied for and was

recently accepted into the First

Children’s Finance, Rural Child

Care Innovation Program (RC-

CIP). RCCIP helps communities

assess their child care needs and empowers them to

develop solutions. The two-year program engages

area stakeholders with an end goal of finding community-based

solutions to increase the supply of

high quality affordable child care.

Linsey is leading the team in Martin County.

Members of the team have participated in trainings

to better understand the fundamentals of child care

and discussions about how (Continued on page 6)

We host numerous events throughout the

year offering sponsorship opportunities that allow

you to make your business visible to the general

business community or specific industries. Call the

Chamber at 507-235-5547 or email Kandi at info@ for more information.


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