Edition 3, Volume 2 April , 2024

A Note from Nort Johnson

Nort Johnson

President & CEO

It was a busy and productive 1st quarter of 2024 here at the Chamber office! Our first two big events are in the books with the Chamber Gala and the Downtown Flannel Formal. Both events were very well attended and feedback from the attendees was very positive. The coming events are in the planning stages now and we’re excited for our Annual Business Awards Luncheon on May Thursday, May 9th. Reserve seats soon as they are limited! Look for the information inside this newsletter.

Meanwhile, the newest event on our agenda is the Blue Collar Festival, formerly the Blue Collar Barbeque this event will feature a number of bands over the 2nd and 3rd of August at Tee Pee Tonka Park. This year’s band line-up is the best ever, and we’re expecting a nice crowd with food trucks, a vendor show, classic car roll-ins, and more. Look for the band announcements soon along with pre-sale information. Check the events calendar for up-to-date information on the Car Cruises, Golf-Outing, Taste of Faribault, and more.

Our Visionary Agenda includes some pretty big items that we’re working to improve workforce support. The Chamber and Chamber Trust have been working with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation on a plan to create more daycare openings as well as a support system for existing providers. We have earned the support of our Washington legislators and are hoping to make an announcement soon!

In other news, the Faribault Chamber is representing Minnesota at the Pathways to Prosperity National Institute next week. We’ll be sharing the story of our work with South Central College and Faribault Public Schools in creating more pathways to success for our students. It’s quite an honor for staff, and a nice bit of PR for Faribault. We’re proud of our schools and the hard work being done to help our students find their paths to success.

Thank you so much for your support! We’ll keep working hard for the best outcomes for Faribault and for your businesses through community building, relationship building, convening leaders, building partnerships, and advocating for you at local and state levels. Have a great spring!

Business Before Hours

April 4, 2024

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Chamber Mixer

April 18, 2024

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Business Awards

May 9, 2024

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Faribault Shines at Minnesota Tourism Conference!

Devin Winjum

Marketing Director

The Explore Minnesota's 2024 Tourism Conference & Awards roared to life in Rochester, MN, on February 29th! Over 500 tourism professionals came together to learn industry trends, hear from national speakers, and celebrate the successes of 2023.

Our very own Devin Winjum, a rising star in Faribault tourism, was nominated for the Emerging Leader Award! This award recognizes tourism professionals who have joined the industry in the past five years and demonstrate exceptional promise. Nominees contribute to creating a welcoming environment and ensure the future growth and vitality of Minnesota tourism industry.

While Devin didn't take home the award this year, his dedication to making tourism information accessible and fun for Faribault visitors didn't go unnoticed. He was recognized for his collaborative spirit, highlighting his work with the Minne-Roadtrip Group and the new Singing Hills Group.

"I'm incredibly honored to have been nominated, especially in my first year!" Devin shared. "Fingers crossed for next year!"

A big congratulations to Cindy Smyka, Executive Director at Ely Area Tourism Bureau, who won the Emerging Leader Award this year!

Faribault is proud of Devin's accomplishment and his commitment to promoting our vibrant community – we look forward to seeing him shine even brighter in the future!

Business Directory Listing

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This outward-facing landing page is a key representation of your business, offering customization options such as graphics, essential information, social media links, and more.

Easily make updates using the Membership Info Center (MIC).

Need assistance? Call us at 507-334-4381


Visitor Information

Are you a business owner looking to attract visitors?

We'd love to feature your promotional material at the Faribault Chamber, a designated visitor center.

Please send brochures and other promotional materials to 530 Wilson Ave, Faribault MN 55021

Faribault Cradle 2 Career

Cradle 2 Career is a data-based framework for our community-wide effort to ensure that children and young people are supported in OUR community from birth through high school and beyond!

Broken down into four benchmarks: Kindergarten Readiness, Read Well by Third Grade, Middle-Grade Math, and Highschool Graduation, each benchmark builds upon the previous with the ultimate goal of growing Faribault's skilled workforce! This highly collaborative group combines industry partners, with educators to create unique Faribault-Centric solutions to workforce needs.

Interested in learning more?

CLICK HERE to view the website and data.

Interested in helping on a benchmark team? CLICK HERE!

Faribault's Future

Faribault's Future Leadership Program is one of the Chamber's premier programs offering community and personal leadership development for over 20 years.

Emerging leaders meet monthly to develop and broaden their knowledge of the community, and gain agreater understanding of their personal leadership ability.

The class meets for a full day once a month September through June. The program is valuable for individuals who want to grow in their leadership skills and for employers looking to develop people for leadership in their business. Class members closely examine elements of the community through tours, speakers and panel discussions each month. Clifton Strengths give class members insights on their own leadership strengths, working in teams and managing conflict. The next class begins in September; now is the time to consider participation.

For more information on the Faribault’s Future course, contact 

Kymn Anderson via email at or call 507-334-4381.


Faribault is a great place to live, work, and visit, so why not show your support and let the world know?

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From fun events to great restaurants and stunning natural areas, share your experiences and use #OnlyInFBO to spread the word.

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Sponsorships Now Open

The music scene is about to explode in Faribault! The Blue Collar Festival takes center stage on August 2nd & 3rd, promising an unforgettable weekend of electrifying music, mouthwatering food, and a vibrant marketplace. This isn't just a festival; it's a prime opportunity to amplify your brand to a massive audience of music enthusiasts.

Imagine reaching a diverse and energetic crowd, all passionate about live music, good times, and discovering new experiences. The Blue Collar Festival boasts a stellar lineup featuring the chart-topping tribute act Back in Black (#1 ACDC Tribute Band) and the dazzling Disco Kings. But that's not all! Attendees will be treated to a classic car cruise-in, a vibrant marketplace brimming with unique finds, and surprise announcements that will keep them buzzing.

Become a sponsor and position your brand at the heart of this high-energy event. Gain unparalleled exposure, forge lasting connections with festival attendees, and align yourself with a community celebrating music and fun. Don't miss out on this chance to rock out with the Blue Collar Festival! Contact us today to explore sponsorship opportunities and unleash the power of music for your brand.


Critical Childcare Shortage

The Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce is making significant progress on its initiative to address the critical shortage of childcare in the community.

Local businesses are struggling to retain employees due to lack of childcare options, and Senator Klobuchar confirmed this is a widespread issue across Minnesota.

Casie Steeves leading tour with Senator Klobuchar

The Chamber is proposing a two-part solution at the former Faribault Town Square. The first part involves creating childcare pods, which are four separate spaces for small providers to operate independently. These providers would share a common outdoor space while adhering to regulations. The second part involves renovating an existing space to accommodate a larger daycare center with 3-4 classrooms.

To make this project a reality, the Chamber is actively seeking grants and other financial support. Senator Klobuchar suggested a public-private partnership model where businesses contribute to childcare expansion in exchange for guaranteed spots for their employees.

The Chamber is also looking to collaborate with potential childcare providers, particularly those with a center license interested in a secondary location. They welcome any suggestions or ideas from the community on how to best address this challenge.

An important policy hurdle was identified by Senator Klobuchar related to the federal food program for family childcare providers. Currently, providers operating outside their homes are excluded from the program, limiting their potential revenue. Senator Klobuchar expressed interest in advocating for a change to this policy, potentially allowing pod-based providers to participate.

With your support, this project can create a sustainable childcare solution that benefits Faribault families, businesses, and the overall economy. The Chamber will be scheduling a meeting with Senator Klobuchar's staff to discuss potential funding opportunities and will also be hosting a community forum to share detailed plans and solicit further input. Stay tuned for updates!

In the meantime, please contact Faribault Chamber Operations Director Casie Steeves if you have any questions or are interested in getting involved.


Business Awards

America’s progress has been driven by entrepreneurs who think big, take risks, and work hard. From the storefront shops that anchor downtown to high-tech industries to large-scale retail and service businesses – small businesses are the backbone of our economy. In the US, 28 million small businesses create nearly two out of three jobs in our nation’s economy; they provide jobs, spur economic growth, and support local communities.

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Unveil Your Events to Faribault's

Thriving Visitor Scene!

Calling all Faribault businesses! Are you hosting exciting events that could draw in visitors and locals alike? Showcase them on our brand-new Visitor Calendar and unlock a world of promotional opportunities!

Why List Your Event?

  • Reach a Targeted Audience: Our Visitor Calendar is specifically designed to attract tourists and curious locals actively seeking events in Faribault. This targeted reach puts your event directly in front of potential attendees, boosting your attendance and maximizing your impact.
  • Amplify Your Marketing: Don't let your event get lost in the noise! Listing on our calendar opens doors to additional promotion. We regularly feature exciting events on our high-traffic social media channels and website, giving your event significant exposure beyond your own marketing efforts.
  • Free & Effortless Listing: Forget the hassle! Adding your event to our Visitor Calendar is a breeze. It takes just a few minutes to submit the details, and your event will be instantly accessible to a wider audience.
  • Join a Thriving Hub: Become part of a vibrant community of Faribault businesses all working together to showcase the city's diverse event scene. The Visitor Calendar is a one-stop shop for visitors, allowing them to easily discover exciting activities and create a memorable Faribault experience. This collaborative approach benefits everyone, attracting more visitors and boosting the local economy.

Together, let's make Faribault the ultimate destination

for year-round events!


2024 Chamber Events

  • Business Awards - 5/9/2024
  • May Car Cruise - 5/17/2024
  • June Car Cruise - 6/21/2024
  • Pars & Stipes Golf - 7/12/2024
  • July Car Cruise - 7/19/2024

  • Blue Collar Festival - 08/2-3/24
  • August Car Cruise - 08/16//24
  • Taste of Faribault - 9/12/2024
  • September Car Cruise - 9/20/2024
  • Fall Festival - 10/4/2024
  • Farm Lunch - 11/21/2024
  • Winterfest - 12/5/24 - 12/7/24
OFFICE: 507-334-4381
Nort Johnson: Email  Mobile: 605-490-4237
Casie Steeves: Email  Mobile: 507-491-6175
Devin Winjum: Email  Mobile: 507-491-3585
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