July 11, 2016
Visiting the Chamber Office and Surrounding Businesses 
  
Over the next few months, getting to your Chamber's office might be a little tricky but please don't let that keep you away! Reconstruction of Pilot Knob Road between 35E and Northwood/Central Parkway are currently underway to add right turn lanes at Northwood/Central Parkway, lengthen the left turn lanes at Yankee Doodle Road, add a third lane for traffic on southbound Pilot Knob and the reconstruction of the trail on both sides of Pilot Knob.

Currently, there is a lane open in both directions on Pilot Knob Road but the southbound lane will be closing in mid-August. Once the southbound lane is closed, we want to be sure that you know how to get to our office so check out this detour map so you can plan accordingly.

While you are over seeing us, please sure sure to visit the area businesses as well since they will all still be open for business during the construction! 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Do You Qualify for Unemployment Insurance Relief? 
  
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Your Chamber worked on your behalf with legislators on a bill that was signed into law this past session, which enacted $258,215,955.76 in unemployment insurance relief for many Minnesota employers. Letters were recently mailed to those employers who qualify. To receive a portion of the tax relief, an employer:

  • Must have paid UI taxes or had a credit applied to UI taxes in the calendar year 2015.
  • Must pay UI taxes between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
  • Must not have been assigned an experience rating of 8.9 percent for the calendar year 2015.
Learn more about the unemployment insurance relief plan. 
Business Feedback Needed for East-West Transportation Study 
  
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Do you transport your products East -West through Dakota County?  Where do your employees commute to and from?  Dakota County is undergoing an East -West Transportation Study and is seeking business feedback.  We all recognize that East - West routes in Dakota County are insufficient to keep up with the growing demand.  Get involved in this important discussion.  Learn more here.    

To offer other opportunities for input, Dakota County has launched a website to gather input on where transit trips are desired, physical challenges that exist to using transit and information on the study.  There is also an opportunity to sign up for email updates on the study.  Additionally, if you are interested in serving on an Advisory Committee, please contact Vicki Stute at 651.452.9872.
Get Your Networking On! 
 
Your Chamber is a great place to network, build relationships and grow your business. Dive in to these upcoming networking events!

Coffee Break - Thursday, July 14 at Tommy Hilfiger
Coffee Break - Tuesday, July 26 at Chuck & Don's
Why Not Wednesday - Wednesday, August 3 at Buffalo Wild Wings 
 
Events Calendar
 
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11

3:30 p.m.
Business 
 Excellence
Awards Committee
12
13

Noon
14

8:00 a.m.
15
18

Noon
19

7:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

9:00 a.m.
Communications Committee

Noon
20

7:30 a.m.
21

8:30 a.m.
PAC Board
22

7:30 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee
25
26

8:00 a.m.
27

8:00 a.m.
28

7:30 a.m.
29
1

7:30 a.m.
Executive Committee
2

8:00 a.m.
Small Business University Committee

8:00 a.m.
Business Education Bus Tour

11:30 a.m.
SMYPro Committee

3:30 p.m.
Ambassador Committee 
3

4:30 p.m.
4

12:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Retreat

7:00 p.m.
5
Did You Know?
August is MailPak time! Does your company have any upcoming promotions that you would like to announce? Are you hosting an event you would like to invite chamber members to? Or are you simply looking to raise your companies' visibility in the community? If so, MailPak is for you. Inserts are due July 25. Don't miss out on this excellent marketing opportunity. Check out more details here on how to participate.
 
 
Business Education Summit 

Dakota County Regional Chamber and River Heights Chamber are partnering to host an educators tour of local businesses. The goals of the tour are to show impact and outcome of education on business along with giving educators the opportunity to interact and understand the needs of businesses, intersection of career pathways and jobs of the future, and skills needed to perform the jobs. This tour is by invitation only.
     
 
Business hosts include:
  • CHS, Inc.
  • Waterous Company
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Fairview Ridges Hospital & Specialty Care Center
Partners include:
  • Independent School Districts: 196, 197, 199, Special District 6
  • Dakota County Regional Chamber
  • River Heights Chamber
  • Inver Hills Community College/Dakota County Technical College
  • Dakota Scott Workforce Investment Board
Thank you to our sponsor:
Orange Cones for Highway 110 in 2017
            
  

construction_hard_hat.jpg Your Chamber attended a special meeting hosted by MnDOT regarding the planned construction project for Highway 110 from Highways 13/55 to I-494 in Summer 2017.  The improvement project will cause significant disruptions during the construction period.  We encourage you to be prepared and plan ahead to ensure your customers know the best access routes for your business.    
 
The project includes pavement, drainage, signing, and pedestrian improvements, including a Dakota County grade separated facility just east of Highway 149/Dodd Road.  
 
A second informal public meeting will be held in August.   For more information related to the project, click here Watch your Weekly Update for additional information.
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
 
Rosemount City Council meets July 11 - see the agenda
Farmington Planning Commission meets July 12 - see the agenda
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets July 12 - see the agenda 
Upcoming Rosemount Community Celebrations

The City of Rosemount is about to enjoy two community celebrations coming up in the next month: Leprechaun Days from July 22 - 31 and Night to Unite on August 2. Mayor Droste shares more about what to expect with each of the celebrations as well as discussing why these celebrations are an important part of the quality of life in Rosemount. Read more
 
Need a Fresh Space Away from Your Office? 
  
Need a fresh space, away from the office, to brainstorm with your peers on your next "great money-making/saving idea"? Do you want to have a small gathering to celebrate a special event or person? Dakota County Regional Chamber has a fantastic conference room available for rent. The space comfortably holds 16-20 people for a meeting or reception. At only $50 for a half day or $100 for the full day, Chamber members have the opportunity to work (or play) undisturbed and in comfort. There is a white board, projector and screen available for use. To schedule, please email Pam Schmidt or call 651.452.9872. 
 
New Members
We welcome the following new members!
 


Auxilium Solutions, LLC

Bruce Maus
5565 Blaine Avenue, Suite 250
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Visit website here

Strategic growth management means that the client's business goals and operations are properly aligned involving an integrated approach to growth, whether on an existing site or a new location that includes real estate, facilities and operations. For companies to be competitive in a global market, growth decisions must be strategic considering more than real estate and facilities. Auxilium Solutions collaborates with all levels of the organization to develop pragmatic solutions that can be implemented applying "Lean Six Sigma" solutions to engineering, supply chain, transport logistics, process and manufacturing.  Auxilium Solutions assists companies to grow operations locally and globally. 

Watch for more information about these fine companies in upcoming Weekly Updates.
 
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!


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Recently we celebrated the opening of The Sanctuary of West St. Paul's Welcome Center. Their community officially opens in October 2016. Thank you to our ribbon cutting sponsor, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. 


school_supplies_2.jpg Your Chamber is a drop off location in the month of July for Simon Says Give, a non-profit with a mission of Kids Celebrating Kids. In August, they celebrate by giving school readiness to as many kids as they can with their annual   High Five For Supplies drive. You are encouraged to drop off backpacks and supplies at your Chamber's office or bring them to an event.       
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121
www.dcrchamber.com
651.452.9872