Weekly Update: December 4, 2017
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Did You Know?
You can sign up now to host or sponsor a Chamber networking event (CoffeeNet, Keep it Local for Lunch or Business Card Exchange) for 2018 here !

Don't miss out, spots will fill up fast! Don't have a place to host but still want to be a sponsor? Partner with another business and share the cost and co-sponsor the event!
South St. Paul Council to Vote on Levy Increase and Franchise Fee Monday Night (Dec. 4)

On Monday night (December 4), the South St. Paul City Council will be voting to approve a levy increase of 9.25 % (almost a million dollar increase) and an additional increase to the franchise fee they collect from your Xcel Energy bill. If you would like to submit your comments, write, call or attend the City Council meeting Monday night, click here .
Chamber Member Bituminous Roadways, Inc. Competing for “Best of the Web” Award through the Pavement Maintenance and Reconstruction Magazine

Show your support and vote for BR before midnight tonight, Dec. 4th !

Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Tuesday, December 5
  • 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Big Game Gala @ JW Marriott Minneapolis at Mall of America

Thursday, December 7
Ambassador Visits & Business Meeting
  • 3:30 p.m. - Lash Envy - Cee Nystrom @ 9088 Buchanon Trail, Inver Grove Heights
  • 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Business meeting @ Chamber Office Conference Room
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Economic Development News - Progress Plus
MN Employment Agency DEED Dedicating $160M to Job Training Efforts in 2018
From: Twin Cities Business: Briefcase
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has set aside more than $160 million to fund job training and placement programs in the 2018 fiscal year — an amount exceeding 30 percent of the agency’s $485.4 million budget.

The reason for the increase is no mystery: businesses across Minnesota have increasingly been in dire need of skilled workers, a gap the agency has tried to address by funding more than 70 nonprofit organizations across the state that offer employment support services and career training programs.  

Member News & Events
Ladies Night Out
Friday, December 8
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Advantage Life Chiropractic
7832 Cahill Ave., Inver Grove Heights

All ladies are welcome to come! This event is free to attend - we will have light refreshments as well as local vendors with a variety of products! Come find the perfect holiday gift for a loved one, eat some good snacks and enjoy a night out with some ladies! There will be door prizes as well as a grand prize with plenty of opportunities to enter! 

Gramercy Park Annual Bake & Craft Sale
Saturday, December 9
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Gramercy Park Cooperative
5688 Brent Avenue, Inver Grove Heights

There will be baked goods, craft items and gift baskets. Participate in the silent auction and buy a raffle ticket to win a beautiful quilt. All proceeds will benefit the Gramercy Prairie Restoration & Social Fund.

Union Pacific Increasing Track Speed in Southwest Minnesota

Union Pacific will increase the maximum track speed limit from 30 to 49 mph on the rail line running parallel to 2nd Avenue in Heron Lake, Minnesota.

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October Ambassador of the Month:

Brenda Dietrich
Hardline Concrete & Masonry Inc.
7421 Bester Ave, Inver Grove Heights
(651) 387-2867

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Employee Wellness Plan
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