National Entrepreneurship Week Returns! Feb 15th - 21st, 2021
2020 has seen some of the rockiest seas our captains of innovation have seen in many years. While times have been tough, our small business owners have proven tougher and shown a resilience that would make our predecessors proud. They have adapted in nearly impossible circumstances to serve their customers in a safe and responsible manner. Our community has rallied, as they seek tirelessly to support those who have done so much for us.
As with all things, our celebration will be different from last year, but our drive and determination to celebrate our entrepeneurs remains. There are calmer seas ahead, and lets recognize those who will get us there.
- fill out the nomination button for the 2021 Entrepreneuer of the Year
- see the sponsorship page to help sponsor National Entrepreneurship Week
Feb 15th - Celebrating the Past
We will be recording several interviews at the Steele County Historical Center about our Hall of Fame inductees and other stories about the history of entrepreneurship in Steele County. These videos will be shown on Owatonna Live starting on Feb 15th.
Feb 17th - Celebrating Today and Tomorrow
We will be hosting a marketing competition for the high school students at OHS. There will be teams of 3 students, who will develop a 10 page paper, record a 15 minute presentation detailing a marketing plan for a local business and\or a specific product they would like to market. A group of judges will vote on the winners, which will be announced on Feb 17th. Please reach out to us if you would like your business showcased or if you would be interested in judging.
TBD - Our Hall of Fame inductions and Entrepreneur of the Year Dinner
We will be switching from a lunch to a dinner this year. While we would like to do the inductions and dinner in February, we do not think the coronavirus will be completely under control by Feb 19th, so we will plan for this party this summer.
Owatonna CARES Act Grant Program!
If you have questions about the various programs designed to help business owners impacted by the Coronravirus you have come to the right place!
The City of Owatonna recently announced the new Owatonna CARES Act Grant Program for area businesses. The application as well as Q&A are located on city's website.
Another good source of information on this program is the website for the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.
The latest information on the the various SBA Programs designed to help businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is available on their website.
These programs are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.
The IRS COVID-19 Help site provides up-to-date tax-related information.
The state set up a site for businesses so you can Stay Safe Minnesota
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