January 4, 2021
January Public Affairs Webinar Transparency, Civic Engagement: Logistical Considerations in a Virtual Legislative Session

The 2021 Minnesota legislative session will convene remotely via virtual meetings, with the potential to significantly affect how government operates and how the public can engage – for better and for worse. While email, smartphones, and social media have all changed the way legislators engage with each other and their constituents, the planned move to remote operations represents a profound shift away from in-person interaction.
Please join us at our January Public Affairs webinar on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 9:00 to hear from the experts on how to pivot and successfully navigate through a virtual session. We will have the experts explain how this session will happen and provide the tools to advocate for your businesses.
Jeff Hayden 
Former State Senator
Nick Zerwas
Former State Representative
Thank you again to all of our sponsors Charter Communications, Flint Hills Resources, Velocity Public Affairs

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Dakota County Offering Small Business Relief for Bars and Restaurants
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, December 15 approved more funding for the county’s Small Business Relief Grant Program, for bars and restaurants impacted by the Governor’s Executive Orders, which resulted in the closing of in-person consumption. The measure provides up to $1.97 million in grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with an on-sale liquor license.

Eligible businesses must meet the following criteria:

• Have a physical location in Dakota County; and
• Was closed to the public for on-premises consumption by Executive Order 20-99; and
• Currently holds an active on-sale liquor license; and
• Can certify an impact of at least $5,000 in operating costs due to Executive Orders by Governor Walz and agree to apply the grant funds to those costs; and
• Is currently in good standing with the Secretary of State Office and Dakota County.

Operating costs include, but are not limited to, payroll, rent, mortgage, inventory, and personal protective equipment.

Grocery, convenience, and municipal stores are not eligible.

Applications are being accepted until Friday, January 8, 2021. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Apply HERE
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Navigating COVID-19 Survey

Both the state and federal governments have recently passed overdue relief for businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Minnesota Chamber is tracking these programs and updating the COVID-19 Business Toolkit to ensure Minnesota small businesses have the most up-to-date information on programs and resources to help their business. 
The toolkit contains information on:

The Minnesota Chamber wants to know how your business is navigating COVID-19 and how we can best assist small businesses in need. Take this short survey to tell us how we can continue to be a resource for businesses around the state. 
Business Support Series: Understanding the Legal Side of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Join the DCR Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM for the first Business Support Series of 2021! This month's webinar will focus on the COVID-19 and the legal ramifications of the new vaccine. Arthur J, Waldon, attorney at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A., will join us to lead this discussion about the new vaccine. Some question he will try and answer are:

  • Can (and should) employers require employees to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination?
  • What happens if some employees are vaccinated, but not others?
  • Can employers be held liable for an employee’s adverse health effects related to a COVID-19 vaccination if the employer required a vaccination?
Arthur J. Waldon
Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.
Learn more and register HERE
Register For The DCR Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Today!

Please join us for the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce 2021 Annual Meeting "Transforming our Communities for Success "on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. 

As 2020 has proven to be a very challenging year for the business community, we will come together to showcase our business community's resiliency. We will recognize member businesses in Dakota County who have adopted and pivoted their organizations during the COIVD-19 pandemic. We will review the Chamber's 2020 accomplishments, as well as what is in store for 2021.
We will honor and hear two outstanding individuals who have contributed to our community by making Dakota County and the region a great place to live, work, and play!
Rick King
Dakota County Regional Chamber Legacy Award Recipient
Tom Egan
Dakota County Public Official of Note Recipient

Thank you to our sponsors Comcast, Dakota County Technical College, Dakota Electric Association, Ecolab, Flint Hills Resources, Gateway Bank - Mendota Heights, Hellmuth & Johnson, InverHills Community College, MidCountry Bank, Minnesota Vikings, SKB Environmental Services, Superior Service Center - Eagan, Thomson Reuters, Velocity Public Affairs, Wings Financial Credit Union, Xcel Energy

Register HERE
Networking at its Best
Registration is Required
Thursday, January 14, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, January 27, 2020 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Renewed Members

Thomson Reuters 39 years
Roundbank – 16 years
Udder Tech Inc. – 2 years

If you have questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Anna Schueler at aschueler@dcrchamber.com or call 651-452-9872.
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