Winning Snowflake Ticket Numbers

Please click on the links below for the lists of winning Snowflake ticket numbers.

$1000 Grand Prize

$500 Prize A

$500 Prize B - Prize Claimed!

$500 Prize C - Prize Claimed!

$200 Runnings Gift Card (top two tickets are winners)

 

Participants have until 12:00 pm (noon) on Monday, January 6th to turn in winning ticket numbers at the Chamber office.

 

As of Monday, January 6th, all prizes have been claimed or winners have been notified.

Now Taking Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Applications

The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer our unique scholarship program once again this year.   The program supports $500.00 scholarships for Litchfield High School graduates who have completed at least 2 years of post-secondary education.  We are proud to support students doing their best to achieve admirable goals.  The scholarship is funded by donations from members of the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce.  Click here to access the scholarship application.  Completed applications are due back by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

Career Path Scholarship

The Litchfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer scholarships to students of all ages who seek to further their education at accredited postsecondary schools and technical colleges. Career Path Scholarships are designed for adult learners to provide financial assistance as they pursue additional job skills training or degree curriculum, with an emphasis on vocational or technical education.  Applicants must complete the scholarship application and include a recommendation letter from a Litchfield Chamber of Commerce member.  A directory of members may be found at www.litch.com OR you may call the Chamber office at (320) 693-8184.  Application deadline for fall 2013 scholarship is August 1, 2013.

MARCO PURCHASES TWO MORE COMPANIES

Expansion in Iowa and North Dakota Continues

 

St. Cloud, MN – Marco announced today they have purchased Midwest Office Automations, Inc., a copier and printer company with offices in Sioux City and Storm Lake, Iowa. Their 21 employees have joined the Marco team. Earlier in December, Marco purchased Mason City Business Systems and their six locations in Iowa.

 

Marco also announced the purchase of Midwest Business Systems – a copier and printer company with offices in Bismarck, Dickinson, Jamestown and Minot, North Dakota. The 27 employees from Midwest Business Systems have joined Marco who already has an office in Fargo and Grand Forks that employs 36 people. The purchase allows Marco to expand its technical expertise and service offerings throughout the North Dakota area.

 

This is Marco’s fifth acquisition over the past five months, adding a total of 157 employees to its workforce through acquisitions in 2012. Marco now employs 620 people throughout 35 locations in the Upper Midwest.

 

“Our acquisition strategy involves buying companies that offer similar products and services as Marco but has locations where we don’t currently have a presence,” Marco CEO Jeff Gau said. “We plan to expand our service offerings to clients in these areas to provide them with even more innovative technology and expert service and support.”

 

Marco helps organizations manage their information by applying network expertise to voice, data, video, and print solutions. Marco, founded in 1973, is a 100 percent employee owned company that has been consistently recognized as one of the best places to work. Marco was named among the Top 25 Best Companies to Work for in America by the Great Place to Work Institute, received the Minnesota Work-Life Champions Award and recognized as a top place to work by the Star Tribune and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

 

Snowflake Ticket Numbers

Please click on the links below for the lists of winning Snowflake ticket numbers.

 

$1000 prize - Claimed

$500 prize A – Claimed

$500 prize B – Claimed

$500 prize C – Claimed

All cash prizes

Gift certificates

 

Update – As of 12:00 p.m. on January 2, 2013, tickets can no longer be redeemed.  Prize winners have been contacted.  Thank you for participating in the Snowflakes promotion.

MARCO EXPANDS IN IOWA WITH ACQUISITION OF MASON CITY BUSINESS SYSTEMS, INC.

Greater MN – Marco announced Friday that they have purchased Mason City Business Systems, Inc. in Iowa, also doing business as Cedar Rapids Business Systems, Inc., Des Moines Business Systems, Inc., Fort Dodge Business Systems, Inc., Quad Cities Business Systems, Inc., and Waterloo Business Systems, Inc.

 

This acquisition is Marco’s largest acquisition to date and brings Marco’s technical and network expertise to Mason City Business Systems’ already well-established copier and printer services. Their 75 employees have joined the Marco team.

 

“This acquisition supports our commitment to growth and our strategy of geographic expansion,” Marco CEO Jeff Gau said. “We look forward to continuing Mason City Business Systems’ commitment to satisfying clients in the state of Iowa and providing opportunities for their valued employees. Our plan will be to expand our expertise and service offerings to provide even more innovative technology and expert service and support.”

 

Mason City Business Systems, Inc. is an Iowa-based copier and printer solutions company with offices in Mason City, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Quad Cities and Waterloo. The company was established in 1977 and supports over 3,000 customers.

 

“We are extremely excited about the expanded tools, product offerings and services we will be able to bring to our customers as part of Marco’s team,” said Allen Behning, President of Mason City Business Systems, Inc. “Marco’s reputation in the industry is unprecedented and will provide our employees many opportunities for professional growth.”

 

Marco helps organizations manage their information by applying network expertise to voice, data, video, and print solutions. This is the company’s third acquisition over the past four months, adding a total of 109 employees to its workforce through acquisitions in 2012. Marco employs 570 people throughout 29 offices in the Upper Midwest.

 

Marco, founded in 1973, is a 100 percent employee owned company that has been consistently recognized as one of the best places to work. Marco was named among the Top 25 Best Companies to Work for in America by the Great Place to Work Institute, received the Minnesota Work-Life Champions Award and recognized as a top place to work by the Star Tribune and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

 

Scholarship Opportunity

The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer our unique scholarship program once again this year to support students doing their best to achieve admirable goals . The program is funded by donations from members of the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce and supports $500.00 scholarships for Litchfield High School graduates who have completed at least 2 years of post-secondary education. Click here to access the scholarship application. Completed applications are due back by 4 pm on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Upcoming Candidate Forums

We understand your time is consumed by the daily challenges of running your business. We are ready to help educate and engage your employees. Our Candidate Forums are offered to our members as part of the Chamber’s “Get Out the Vote” initiative. The purpose of the meeting is to become better informed on where the candidates stand on the issues important to business. It is our hope that as various future issues develop at all levels of government, we understand their views.

 

Litchfield City Council & School Board: Thursday, October 18, noon – 1:00 p.m.

Candidates for City Council:

Ron Dingmann

Connie Lies

Vern Loch, Jr

 

Candidates for School Board:

Stacey Helstrom

Marcia Provencher

Dave Huhner

Darrin Anderson

 

 

State Representative & State Senate: Thursday, October 25, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Candidates for State Senate:

Scott Newman (R) – State Senate

Steven Schiroo (DFL) – State Senate

 

Candidates for State Representative:

Dean Urdahl (R) – State Rep District 18A

Nancy Larson (DFL) – State Rep District 18A

 

 

All forums will be held at Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Community Room.

 

County Commissioner Candidates

The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 6th.  Candidates are seeking election to the Meeker County Board of Commission in each of the five districts.  Click on the links below to view the questionnaires  completed by the candidates who are running for Meeker County Commissioner.

Beth Oberg (District 1)

James Swenson (District 1)

Dale Fenrich (District 2)

David Gabrielson (District 2)

Tim Benoit (District 3)

Bryan Larson (District 3)

Mike Housman (District 4)

Wally Strand (District 4)

Mike Huberty (District 5)

 

Critical Information for Employers Regarding Your Health Care Benefits

We had a great turnout for Dr. Ted Loftness’ program on health care reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  As promised the presentation slides are here for you to review.  If you were unable to attend, feel free to take a look at the presentation too.