The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism announces it will hold a signing day May 1 to recognize Owatonna High School students who are entering the workforce or technical training. The SteeleCoWorks program is a partnership between the chamber, the high school, the Steele County United Way and Workforce Development. The ceremony will be at the OHS Small Group Forum on Wednesday, May 1.

In their weekly "Tuesday Talk" e-newsletter, the chamber announced that Made in Owatonna Day will give students from OHS the opportunity to find out about local careers in law enforcement, courts and law, and teaching. The chamber works with Bosch Community Fund on this initiative.

The chamber will hold its next Business After Hours at the new location of Spherion Staffing Solutions at 134 E Vine Street in Owatonna on Tuesday, March 26 beginning at 5:30 pm. There is no cost to attend and chamber members are invited to bring an item to be given away as a door prize.

In other news tidbits:

  • Spring can't be too far off and Owatonna's flower basket program will beautify the city. Find out how to become a sponsor.
  • Business Boot Camp Thursday, March 21 will focus on customer service and will be presented by Peggy Young with Riverland Community College. The program will be at the library from 12 - 1 pm that day and is sponsored by Home Federal Savings Bank. There is no cost for chamber members to attend.
  • The Steele County Humane Society is in need of foster homes for dogs and cats. They also need volunteers and board members. Donations are always welcome. Contact them at 507-451-4512.