Evening social event hosted by various member businesses
Progressive Chamber Bucks drawing & door prize giveaways
Meets at 5:00pm every 2nd Tuesday of the month
Learning + skills development opportunity
Price: Members $10 and Non-members $15
Meets at 12:00pm every 4th Wednesday of the month
Morning meetup and chat with a cuppa Joe
Meets at 7:30am every 4th Friday of the month
Professional growth book club with insightful conversations
Hosted by Mary Holtorf from the Leadership Development Resources
Meets at 7:30am every 3rd Friday of the month
Works to promote agribusiness in the Austin area and reaffirm important links between agriculture and the business community. Activities include organization of the Ag. Appreciation Summer Cookout and Day on the Farm for Austin third grade students. The committee also supports the National Barrow Show, 4-H Ribbon Auction, Mower County Corn and Soybean Growers, Dairy Princesses, FFA, Pork Ambassador, and similar programs.
Meets 7 a.m. the 1st Thurs. of the month Apr. - Oct.
The public relations arm of the Chamber, our “Red Coats” work to create an atmosphere of goodwill within our community as the official representatives of the Chamber and our business community. Ambassadors conduct ribbon cutting ceremonies, host Business After Hours, organize the Chamber’s All Member Invitational Golf Outing (AMIGO Day), our Annual Meeting, and volunteer during the Independence Day Parade and the Austin Winter Extravaganza events.
Meets 7:30 a.m. 2nd Wed. of the month
This committee organizes two events to promote the business community during the holiday season. Events include the Santa Visit and the Lighting Contest.
Meets Sept.-Dec.. as needed
Builds strong relationships between our schools, our youth, our community and our businesses by supporting scholarships (ACCESS Scholarship for 8th and 12th grade students), pathways programs (Step Up Austin), and school-to-work initiatives (AHS job fair) in addition to providing business support and educational opportunities for chamber members.
Meets 4 p.m. the 1st Wed. of the month
The public policy arm of the Chamber, the committee works to provide members with a strong voice in government affairs, particularly at the local level. This committee studies issues that affect business and advocates for business interests. Partners with the Minnesota Chamber and other local chambers throughout the state as part of the Minnesota Chamber Federation. Meets 8 a.m. the 1st Tue. of the month
This committee plans the annual Independence Day Parade on Main Street on July 4th.
Meets Feb. through Jul, as needed
Committee consists of all Chamber businesses in downtown. Businesses in the downtown area organize a variety of events, including Crazy Day and Christmas in the City. Meet 5:00 p.m. the 2nd Mon. of the month
This event is a social fundraiser with 300 women attending. Proceeds will be used for a Riverland Scholarship for a non-traditional female student and Chamber programming for women. The event is held in October. Meets as needed, Jul.-Oct.
This event is a social fundraiser for the Annual Independence Day Parade. Meets Jan. - Apr., as needed
A program created to promote Austin as a great place to live, work, play, and to provide new and prospective residents with information they need to quickly assimilate to the community. Our concierge can help newcomers navigate through all aspects of settling into life in Austin. She assists trailing spouses in finding jobs. During the year the program also hosts nine Awesome Austin networking and engagement events.
The Young Professionals group fosters ambition and builds community among young professionals who are paving the way for the Austin Area’s future success and growth. They connect ambitious, young people with a strong, diverse community of peers, mentors, and regional business and civic leaders. Through consistent programming, leadership, and service opportunities, members ultimately become more experienced, community-oriented, and connected.
A statewide private sector business retention and expansion program led by the Minnesota Chamber in partnership with 70 local chambers. Locally, the Austin Chamber partners on this project with the Development Corporation of Austin (DCA). The purpose is to recognize and thank businesses for being here, identify their concerns and opportunities, and offer the Chamber’s assistance in resolving problems and/or achieving goals.
A community-based education and development program that provides participants an intense look at the business, agriculture, politics, education, quality of life, health care, human services, public safety and diversity of our community. The program is designed as an educational opportunity that enables participants to learn about this area’s resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. The intent is to motivate and encourage participants to assume individual leadership roles in community affairs. Participants create strong relationships to encourage their future involvement and collaboration in addressing the region’s challenges.
Austin Winter Extravaganza:
December kicked off with the drive-by Santa Visit at the fairgrounds, where 1,000 goodie bags were distributed at the 4-hour event! Get in on the ground floor of this popular new concept. Meetings taking place now. Help make AWE Awesome!
Independence Day Parade: Join up with the crew helping make the beloved Independence Day Parade happen -- 11:00 a.m., Sunday, July 4th, in downtown Austin! Committee members will help recruit entries and sponsorships and offer new ideas to make this year's parade memorable! Of course, if you are able to help on parade day, we would love to have your assistance for parade setup! Watch for meetings to start in February.
Ladies' Night Out: This event is a social fundraiser for ladies only! Past years' events have welcomed approximately 300 women for the evening's festivities, which include a silent auction and many door prizes. This committee will help pick the theme and the meal choice, solicit door prizes and sponsors, work the event, and more. The Ladies' Night Out event is in the fall with meetings usually starting in July.
To volunteer for 2021 Chamber events, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-437-4561