October 26, 2020
Dakota County Offering CARES Small Business Relief Grant Program
Dakota County is offering local businesses that have suffered financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 or executive orders related to COVID-19 up to $10,000 with the CARES Small Business Relief Grant Program. The Small Business Relief Grant Program was extended for a second round and expanded to include home-based businesses where the profit generated from the business is the primary source of income for the applicant. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds this program.

Applications will be accepted between 8 a.m. Oct. 26 and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6. All required documentation must be included at the time of application. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Businesses awarded grants in the first round are not eligible for second-round grants.

Learn to see if your business is eligible or find out how to apply for the CARES small business relief grant HERE
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Launch #GoodJobsNow Campaign
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development recently started the #GoodJobsNow campaign. This social media campaign was created to help amplify and create awareness for Minnesota businesses who are hiring right now. The goal of the campaign is to connect job-seekers and employers.

Minnesota DEED is launching an interactive map with videos and posts from Minnesota employers highlighting their openings. These videos or social media posts should include the hashtag #GoodJobsNow, and address some of the following topics:
  • Your name and company
  • One unique aspect about your company or culture that job seekers should know?
  • What jobs are you hiring for?
  • What skills are you looking for? 
  • Do you offer on-the-job training for those skills?
  • How can people learn more about these opportunities? 
Learn more about the #GoodJobsNow Campaign HERE
Hear from Dakota County Mayors at November DCR Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Breakfast

Join the DCR Chamber of Commerce, virtually, Friday, November 6, 2020, from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM for our next Public Affairs Breakfast. Hear from Mayor Bill Droste, Rosemount, Mayor Mike Maguire, Eagan, and Mayor Dave Napier, West St. Paul, for a candid discussion of each mayor's priorities for 2021. We will hear their specific issues of importance and the economic outlooks for their cities. Other topics that will be discussed are the impacts of civil unrest, the Coronavirus pandemic, transportation, economic development, affordable housing, and how these cities will work together in the future.

Register HERE
Mayor Bill Droste
Mayor Mike Maguire
Mayor Dave Napier
Business Support Series: Facebook Essentials for Business

Join us Tuesday, November 17, 2020, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM for our latest Business Support Series Webinar: Facebook Essentials for Business. In a time when it’s hard to engage with your customers, stakeholders, and community in person, Facebook serves as a powerful platform for keeping people informed during the coronavirus public health crisis. This training will cover how you can use the Facebook family of apps, tools, and products to build community, stay connected, and raise awareness for your business.
Jannelle Watson
Jannelle Watson, spokesperson for Facebook, will lead this workshop. She leads cross-functional efforts that bring to life how Facebook is building community and bringing the world closer together, by developing and executing robust programs to train, advise, and support people in campaigns, government, and civil society organizations. 

Register HERE
Dakota County Critical Issues Forum - Housing in Dakota County and What Does That Mean for Business?

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, we hosted our October Critical Issues Forum: Housing in Dakota County and what does that mean for business? Cheryl Young, Senior Economist Zillow Group, Colleen Ebinger, Vice President Family Housing Fund, Judy Johnson, Project Director Prosperity's Front Door, and Tony Shertler, Executive Director Dakota County CDA, lead this informative conversation about our region’s housing situation and what we can do to improve it. If you were not able to watch this month's Critical Issues Forum, you can watch a recording below.
Thank you to our panelists and sponsors, Park Street Public, SPIRE Credit Union, and Zillow for supporting the DCR Chamber.
Comcast Introduces RISE Program

Comcast has committed to a multiyear plan to fight injustice and inequality. As part of this commitment from Chairman and CEO, Brian Roberts, Comcast is allocating substantial resources to help small businesses. Comcast RISE – a program that stands for Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment, will start in 2020 with an initial focus on Black-owned businesses. The next submission cycle will open-up eligibility to all BIPOC business owners, those next hit hardest by the effects of the pandemic. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit HERE

Dakota County CDA CEO Next Business Institute

Hoping to take your business to the next level? CEO Next Business Institute provides cohort learning, advanced research, and expert forums to qualifying business owners in Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Dakota counties. Learn more and apply today HERE

FREE LUNCH to Benefit American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is hosting a FREE Lunch from Texas Roadhouse (to-go & deliveries) on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 11 AM - 2 PM. All tips will go towards Ca$h For a Cure to support the American Cancer Society. Pre-orders are required for this event. Learn more HERE
Networking at its Best
Registration is Required
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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If you have questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Pam Schmidt at pschmidt@dcrchamber.com or call 651-452-9872.
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