The Owatonna MainStreet program announced the 2017 retail challenge in the chamber's weekly email newsletter.

The contest's goal, according to the MainStreet website, is to, "recruit businesses that will enhance the business mix in downtown Owatonna and provide businesses a head start" in their first year of operation. An incentive package worth $30,000 goes to the winning entry. Proposals must be turned in by July 19.

The Owatonna Chamber of Commerce and Tourism announced in the newsletter that there is no winner of the restaurant challenge for 2017: "After reviewing the plans, the restaurant challenge committee determined that they did not fully meet the criteria for selection."

The newsletter also welcomed new members to the Owatonna chamber. Fairway Outdoor Advertising is based in Rochester and Straight River Electric is on Main Street in Owatonna.

Young professionals are invited to a lunch and learn event Thursday, June 29. The event will focus on tools to present productive, efficient meetings.

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