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Winona & the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce Recognized As Retail Community of the Year

2021 Minnesota's Retail Champion Awards

WACC Full Logo Dark CMYK TransThe Minnesota Retailers Association is pleased to recognize the community of Winona and the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce with its Retail Community of the Year award as part of the 2021 Minnesota’s Retail Champions program.

“Many communities across the state do a great job of supporting retailers, but Winona stands out as a shining example of what can be done when a community works together through the leadership of the Chamber of Commerce,” says Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “It takes true collaboration to try new things and a shared vision to accomplish what Winona has in support of the entire community. We congratulate Winona and the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce, and all of its partners, on being named Retail Community of the Year.”

“We are so proud of how the Chamber, the City, the County, and businesses have come together to support the entire community,” says Christie Ransom, president and CEO of the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve started many new initiatives for the sole purpose of supporting our retailers, our businesses, and every Winona area employee. The team here at the Chamber and all of our partners have been all hands on deck to support the community during some truly difficult times, and we have gotten the job done. While there is always more work to do, as a community leader I am proud to accept this recognition for all of Winona.”

Winona and the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is the sole recipient of the Minnesota’s Retail Champions Retail Community of the Year award. Eight other organizations will be recognized in other categories such as Lifetime Achievement, Retailer of the Year, Retail Employee of the Year, Social Responsibility, Customer Commitment, Best Place to Work, Advocate of the Year, and Retail Innovation.

Christie Ransom with the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce will accept the award during the Retail Rally event on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in Golden Valley. The event features six 20-minute practical, game-changing, cutting-edge retail innovations strategies and ideas.

Retail Rally event information can be found at

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