The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is having its Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 26th at Turner Hall. The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 pm, with dinner at 6:30 pm and a program to follow. The program will consist of information regarding 2023 Chamber initiatives, updates from committees, recognition of the Tourism Person of the Year, and announcement of the Business of the Year Award recipients.
The following are nominated for Large Business of the Year: Nuvera, Christensen Farms, and Gag Sheet Metal. The Small Business of the Year nominees are Fuel Graphics Co., New Ulm Real Estate, and Bank Midwest. Chamber members were asked to nominate businesses for this recognition based on three criteria: Chamber involvement, community involvement and economic impact. Congratulations to all of the businesses for their recognition from the New Ulm business community. Chamber businesses are allowed one vote per business. Businesses must be present to vote; absentee ballots will not be accepted.
Since 1974, the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized a business in the New Ulm Area for their Chamber involvement, community involvement and economic impact in the area. A variety of businesses have been recognized over the years including both large employers, small businesses and retail sectors. Starting in 2019, the Chamber Board chose to celebrate two deserving businesses, one large and one small, for their contributions and involvement.
New this year, the Annual Meeting program will also include recognition of the 2023 Tourism Person of the Year. This year’s award recipient is Lisa Besemer. This award is designed to honor an individual, couple or organization who have made a significant and long-term contribution to the economic health of New Ulm through their involvement in the field of tourism. Each year the CVB accepts nominations for this honor, which are reviewed by the CVB Committee. Lisa Besemer has been a long-time tour guide for the Chamber/CVB/Museum, leading countless city tours for tour groups, students, Oktoberfest festers (horse-drawn trolley rides), and for people interested in relocating to New Ulm. She has been on committee and boards for various organizations, including CVB, Brown County Historical Society, Junior Pioneers, United Way of the Brown County Area, State Street Theater, Grand Center for Arts and Culture, New Ulm Area Foundation, and more. Congratulations to Lisa on this well-deserved recognition.
The Annual Meeting program will include comments from Chamber President Sarah Warmka, Outgoing Board Chair Erin Lafferty, Incoming Board Chair Andy Lilleoden, recognition of Lisa Besemer as Tourism Person of the Year, and the announcement of the Small and Large 2023 Business of the Year winners. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber office or online for $35 before January 13th, and $40 after January 13th. Contact the Chamber with any questions or to purchase tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org, 507-233-4300.