The Nisswa Chamber hosted 250 seventh- and eighth-grade Junior Achievement students from Staples-Motley and Pillager schools Wednesday, Jan. 24, and Friday, Jan. 26, when downtown Nisswa was chosen for a job shadowing module.

Students started their Nisswa tours at Nisswa City Hall, where Mayor Fred Heidmann greeted them. The chamber then gave itineraries and walking maps to the students, and provided an overview of the chamber and of downtown Nisswa.

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For the next three hours, students toured businesses and met with the owners of each establishment. Businesses participating in the program were BlackRidgeBANK, Zaiser's, XT Creative, North House Residential, Martin's Sport Shop, Rafferty's and RW Jewelers.

Students were able to ask questions about each business, about job opportunities, and the benefits and challenges of small business.

"This is a great way for kids to experience real life," said Shawn Hansen, Nisswa Chamber president. "We love to work with our school programs and give them a glimpse of how a community thrives with small business and entrepreneurs. JA is a great program and we are thankful for being asked to be a part of the Motley and Pillager schools."