Details for DAILY NEWS DUMMY ACCOUNT - Ad from 2019-10-07




October 2019 | (507) 452-2272 | 902 E. Second St., Suite 120, Winona, MN

Thank You for
the Warm Welcome
by Christie Ransom,
President & CEO

I want to thank you all for so warmly welcoming me to the
Chamber and the Winona Area. Leaving a place that has become
home is never easy, but you have made this such a great transition
for me. I am very excited to be a part of YOUR Winona Area
Chamber of Commerce as the new President & CEO. I am eager
and motivated to serve all of you, learning from you and working
together to continue to build a Chamber that you remain proud to
be a part of. I welcome your input and support as I dive in and take
on this new role. It will offer challenges and immense opportunity
for growth in an industry that I am very passionate about.
With a background in Membership Services and Sales, it will be my
goal to work hard with this amazing Chamber team to grow a
vibrant organization of members representing the diverse

Manufacturing success
at foundation of state’s
economic vitality
By Doug Loon, President of the
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Minnesota manufacturers are a resourceful, innovative, and
resilient group. Their collective value to our state’s economic
vitality cannot be overemphasized.
Consider these statistics compiled by the Minnesota Department
of Employment and Economic Development:
• Manufacturing represents 322,000 jobs statewide –
13% of all private-sector jobs.
• The average manufacturing job supports another
3.24 jobs in other segments of the economy.
• Manufacturing added $52.7 billion to the state’s
economy in 2018, representing the second largest
contribution to the state’s gross domestic product by
an industry.
• Across the state, manufacturing accounts for between
8% and 21% of total employments, depending on
the region.
Manufacturing is a critical backbone of our state’s economy. As the
state’s manufacturing association, the Minnesota Chamber and
our local partners encourage you to salute and celebrate the
contributions of manufacturers in your communities during
Minnesota Manufacturing Week, Oct. 1-7.
The Minnesota Chamber’s annual “Manufacturers’ Summit:
Connecting our products and services to the world” is from 9:15
a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Oct. 2 at the Delta Hotels – Minneapolis
Northeast. Please join us.
It’s never been more important to understand the
interconnectedness of business in local communities and around
the globe. This year’s summit will examine the importance

Business Education
Nicole Schossow,
B.E.N./REACH Program Manager

The Business Education Network seeks to narrow the workforce
skills gap by better connecting employers with high school and
college students. For the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce, this
includes CEO in the Classroom and Life After High School, both
in-school presentations to prepare students for work; Teacher in
the Workplace, an internship opportunity for high school teachers
to “work” at a local business for a short time during the summer;
the Student Career Exploration Expo for area 10th graders; and, of
course, REACH.
So far this fall, junior REACH students have been focused on
professional soft skills such as making a personal pitch, email
communications, Real Colors personality assessment, and
greetings. In addition, skill specific training has started for each
cohort, with dementia friendly training for health and human
service students, and OSHA for manufacturing and trades

Downtown Design Guide
video series
Ben Strand, Main Street
Program Manager

Each year the Winona Main Street Program applies for a “Project
Fund” grant, which is used to create something with longstanding
value that benefits the community. This year we’re using the
money to create a mini informational video series called the
“Downtown Design Guide.” The series will cover a variety of topics
ranging from building improvements to zoning codes and
funding options, and will be available on the Main Street and City
of Winona websites in early October.

business culture that we experience in the Winona area.
I spent two and a half years at the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber
serving the membership and working with the team there to
ensure that we always offered the best programming and services
to our members. It was our mission to ensure that every workshop
and event was valuable and offered an incomparable ROI. My aim
is to continue to do the same here for all of you.
By working at the Chamber, I realize that my most valuable assets
are my staff. It’s our staff that make us such an effective business
organization. My goal is to ensure that we work hard for you every
day so that you view us as your valuable business partner; working
to help you build relationships, promote our community, play a
key role in economic development, and ensure that YOUR voice is
elevated through advocacy at all levels. I want to have your best
interests in mind as I navigate this new position. By taking the time
to hear your thoughts and ideas, we can work for you in great
ways! I look forward to being a part of that process and the voice
of the area wide business community.
Thank you again for supporting me and thank you also
for supporting YOUR Chamber!

About the Chamber
Our Vision:
To be the premier business advocate in
Southeastern Minnesota.

Our Mission:
To provide value to our members through
business advocacy, training, economic
development and the support of tourism.

Corey Hancock - Chair
Dave Jensen - Chair Elect
Terry Klonecki - Past Chair
Randy Domeyer - Treasurer
Scott Rodeghier - At Large

Retiring 2019:

of trade agreements and the impact that trade uncertainty can
have on the health of manufacturers and the overall state
Consider data collected in the Grow Minnesota! Partnership, our
robust private-sector program focused on business retention,
assistance and expansion. It is conducted in coordination with
90-plus local chambers and economic development entities.
In 2015, 80% percent of businesses that exported had increased
sales compared to 69% of those who did not export. In visits thus
far this year, the difference is 79% to 65%. Manufacturers are six
times more likely to export. In 2015, 61% of manufacturers
exported compared to 13% of companies in other sectors. The
respective numbers for 2019 are 60% and 9%.
The dynamics of the world economy provide a perfect backdrop
for the Manufacturers’ Summit.
Attendees will hear from Gov. Tim Walz on manufacturing's
importance to Minnesota. Martha Bárcena Coqui, Mexican
ambassador to the United States, will speak to the benefits of the
proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and a strong
trade relationship between Mexico and the United States.
A panel of business leaders will share perspectives on the
importance of global markets for Minnesota manufacturers. This
event is always a great opportunity to connect manufacturers with
Plus, manufacturers will have the option to attend a bonus session:
MN Supplier Match Roundtable where we’ll connect
Minnesota-based contract manufacturers with OEMs in
Minnesota. This is your opportunity to meet face-to-face with
sourcing leaders from OEMs to discuss general supply chain issues,
best practices and opportunities to expand the supply chain in

Randy Domeyer
Tyler Hoff
Terry Klonecki
Dr. Scott Olson
Mike Puetz
Heidi Evenson

Retiring 2020:
Dave Erickson
Corey Hancock
Scott Rodeghier
Dan Welsh

Retiring 2021:
Ben Adank
Joanne Thompson
Dave Jensen
Rebecca Lamberty
Jolene Vaselaar

Christie Ransom – President & CEO
Kay Mathews – Vice President of Finance
and Operations
Amanda Grossell – Membership
Development and Programs Manager
Ben Strand – Main Street Program Manager
Nicole Schossow – B.E.N./REACH Program

Many local Chambers of Commerce across the state coordinate
events with local manufacturers to showcase facilities and
promote the quality jobs available right in their back yards.
Minnesota Manufacturing Week is a perfect time to showcase the
strength of manufacturing as well as to help policymakers
understand the necessary steps to strengthen our position in the
dynamics of the world economy.


students. Seniors in the REACH program are focusing on career
preparation with a visit to a state-wide conference and review of
resumes and interview techniques.
The Students Career Exploration Expo will take place November
8th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Minnesota State College Southeast. In
2018, we had over 1,400 students from throughout the region
attend the Expo with terrific feedback from students, teachers, and
businesses. If you have not signed up for the Expo this year,
contact to join us for the day.
“We really enjoyed the hands-on booths at the Student Career
Expo and ability for the kids to see and experience different
professions.” – Cochrane-Fountain City teacher
“The Student Career Expo was a great event and resource to
provide to these students. Coordination and communication for
the event was fantastic!” – Winona Healthcare business
“The Career Expo Event was well planned, well executed, very
organized and professional.” – La Crosse Manufacturer business


started with your next building project. Rather than spending
valued time sifting through pages and pages of technical
documents or seeking out a point of contact, people can use the
video(s) to find the desired information/answer quicker.
In addition to the video series, Main Street is organizing a learning
workshop for later this fall (thanks to the Project Fund grant) that
will cover three topics – Historic Tax Credits, Opportunity Zones,
and New Market Tax Credits. Keep your eyes open for the
announcement of the date for the learning workshop as well as
the speakers we’ll have for each topic!


This video series of our Downtown Design Guide provides
building owners with an introduction to Winona’s development
codes and guidelines. After viewing, you will know where to get

Here for all your
Business Banking needs.



Chad Anderson

VP, Business Banking Manager

Chris Callahan

VP, Business Banking Officer

Terry Crolius

VP, Business Banking Officer


You may be interested in

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.