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Lobby Closing

In response to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Steele County, Community Bank Owatonna will be closing our lobby to normal customer traffic effective Friday, November 27, 2020. Our drive-up will be open regular hours. The lobby will also be open by appointment for access to safe deposit boxes and banking needs that cannot be accommodated via the drive-up or the CBO Digital Banking Suite. As required by MN Emergency Order 20-81, all individuals entering the lobby will be required to wear a mask.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 28, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, is designated as “Small Business Saturday”.  On this day people are encouraged to shop locally for their holiday gift giving needs. 


You may ask yourself, “what difference does it really make?”  After all, it’s easy to understand the convenience of shopping online with Amazon.  Here are a few factors for you to consider before clicking online to buy that next gift:


  • Dollars spent locally stay and are recirculated in the local economy.
  • Local small businesses create two out of every three new jobs in the US annually.
  • Local business owners are committed to providing better customer service.
  • Sales taxes generated by shopping locally are reinvested locally.
  • Buying local is better for the environment.
  • Local business owners are experts who can provided personalized solutions for you. 
These are just a handful of reasons why buying local is the best option.  So remember on Small Business Saturday, as well as throughout the entire year, to buy local, stay local (and of course, also bank local). 
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