November 23, 2020
2021 Annual Meeting "Transforming our Communities for Success"

Has your business, organization or city transformed and succeeded during the COVID-19 pandemic? Let us celebrate and recognize your business!

We are looking to highlight three to four businesses, non-profits, cities, or community partners during the 2021 Annual Meeting.  We know many of you have transformed your businesses for success, and we want to highlight those successes. 

If your organization has seen success in 2020 and wants to be highlighted, please send us information about your successes to Maureen Scallen Failor, DCR Chamber President, mscallenfailor@dcrchamber.com.

See Example Below:

XYZ Entity (business, non-profit, or governmental organization)
Key Decisions and Successes in 2021:
  • Saw growth need in our industry and expanded hours
  • Hired new employees quickly
  • Sourced new vendors results
  • Sales up 25%
  • Profits up beyond plan
Become a 2021 Annual Meeting Sponsor
 
The DCR Chamber is looking for organizations to be sponsors for our 2021 Annual Meeting. The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually Friday, January 22, 2021, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

At this premiere event, we will celebrate the Chamber’s 2020 successes and recognize two outstanding individuals in our community.

Sponsorship of this event is an opportunity to raise your company’s visibility within the region and support your Chamber!

Check out sponsorship opportunities HERE
 
If you have any questions about becoming a 2021 Annual Meeting sponsor, contact Diane Mavis, Director of Programs and Events, dmavis@dcrchamber.com
Governor Tim Walz Announces Four Week Dial Back

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Governor Tim Walz announced Executive Order 20-99, which dials back businesses and social interactions to help slow the further spread of COVID-19.  These new restrictions start Friday, November 20 at 11:59 p.m. and go until Friday, December 18 at 11:59 p.m.

There’s a lot of detail to these changes, and they can be found in Executive Order 20-99, which you can find HERE. Find more information on updated business guidance and FAQ.
Choose Your Charity and Vote for the DCR Chamber Charitable Foundation

Old National Bank is giving back to the Minnesota non-profit community by hosting the Choose Your Charity Vote. Through Choose Your Charity, Old National Bank is giving over $165,000 to Minnesota non-profits.

You can vote once a day, every day, between November 19, 2020, and December 17, 2020. $15,000 will go to the top vote-getter of all 31 communities Old National Bank serves, while the top vote-getter in each community will receive $5,000.

Learn more and vote for the DCR Chamber Charitable Foundation HERE
Support DCR Chamber Initiatives by Advertising with the 2021 Membership Directory!

Now is the time to plan on kicking the 2021 year off with a bang by advertising in the DCR Directory! Staying connected with members during Covid is critical to the business community’s success.
 
We have added the opportunity for you to purchase advertising in four colors this year. Black & white ads are still available, but now you have the opportunity to market your business to other Chamber members in four colors with very affordable rates!

If you have any questions you can contact Kristine Richter, Adams Publishing, at Kristine.Richter@apgecm.com, or please feel free to call the Chamber office.

Additionally, please contact us if you have had a change of address or contact info so we can list you properly in the 2021 Directory. Please email Diane Mavis, Dmavis@dcrchamber.com

Thank you for making our annual directory possible and for supporting DCR Chamber initiatives.
Become the Exclusive Meet the Chamber Sponsor for 2021!
The DCR Chamber is looking for a new organization to become the 2021 Meet the Chamber exclusive sponsor. Meet the Chamber is a monthly orientation and networking meeting to provide an opportunity for new members, new company representatives, and prospective new members to meet and learn all about the Dakota County Regional Chamber, and how to get the most from their chamber membership.
 
As the exclusive sponsor of Meet the Chamber, you will be able to meet and greet our guests and have the opportunity to promote your business.
 
To learn more about becoming the 2021 Meet the Chamber Exclusive sponsor, please contact Maureen Scallen Failor, DCR Chamber President, mscallenfailor@dcrchamber.com
Join the 2021 WomEn's Leadership Forum Committee!

The 2021 WomEn's Leadership Forum is officially scheduled for Friday, April 9, 2021, at the Radisson Blu – Mall of America. This event's mission is to connect conference attendees and enhance their lives by providing resources to accomplish their goals. We are currently recruiting committee members. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please respond with your interest no later than Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Our virtual kick-off meeting is on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 11:00 am. 

Please send an email to Diane Mavis, Director of Program and Events, at dmavis@dcrchamber.com.
The DCR Chamber of Commerce Welcomes, Anna Schueler, New Director of Finance

The DCR Chamber would like to welcome our new Director of Finance, Anna Schueler, to our staff. Anna comes to the DCR Chamber with a background of working in the Chamber world. She most recently worked for the Twin West Chamber as the Director of Finance. If you have any questions about invoices or finances regarding the DCR Chamber you can contact Anna at ashueler@dcrchamber.com. Welcome to the DCR Chamber, Anna!
Happy Thanksgiving from the DCR Chamber
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The DCR Chamber of Commerce wishes you and your family a happy, relaxing, and safe Thanksgiving!
December Public Affairs Webinar Turnout: Making Minnesota the State That Votes

Join us Friday, December 4, 2020, from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM for our final Public Affairs Webinar of the year. After the 2020 General Election, conversations regarding elections and voter turnout will be discussed. Please join us as we hear from Joan Anderson Growe and Lori Sturdevant, authors of "Turnout: Making Minnesota the State That Votes"
 
High voter turnout in Minnesota is no accident. It arose from the traditions of this state's early Yankee and northern European immigrants, and wisely chosen election policies have sustained it. Many of these policies were designed and implemented during the twenty-four-year tenure of Minnesota Secretary of State Joan Anderson Growe. Part of political history and part memoir is a reminder to Minnesotans to cherish and protect their tradition of clean, open elections.
Joan Anderson Growe
Lori Sturdevant
Thank you to our sponsors Charter Communications, Comcast,
Flint Hills Resources, and SKB Environmental.

**For all those who register and give a voluntary donation, you will receive a copy of Turnout: Making Minnesota the State That Votes. You must register and pay the $10 registration fee no later then November 30th 2020, to receive a free copy of the book.**

Register HERE
Register HERE
December Critical Issues Webinar: We are all in this together: COVID-19 Updates for Business

Join us Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM for our final Critical Issues Webinar of the year. Every business in Dakota County is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is actively working with our members and the business community to understand the options and impact of COVID-19.

Curious to find out the latest on the forefront of COVID-19? Join the DCR Chamber and Gina Adasiewicz, Dakota County Public Health, Daniel Huff, MN Department of Health, and Sharon Lamberton, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America, to hear about the latest updates on the virus, testing, and vaccines.   
Gina Adasiewicz
Public Health Supervisor
Dakota County Public Health
(Invited)

Daniel Huff
Assistant Commissioner
MN Department of Health
(Invited)

Sharon Lamberton
Deputy Vice President
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America
(Invited)

Thank you to our sponsors CenturyLink, SKB Environmental, SPIRE Credit Union, Think Bank, and Twin Cities Orthopedics.


Register HERE
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Attend the “Minnesotans Going Electric" Webinar Hosted by Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy is hosting a series of webinars focused on accelerating electric transportation adoption in 2021, in partnership with the Sustainable Growth Coalition. In the six-part webinar series (December 1-4, 2020) attendees will learn about several electric vehicle (EV) policy and implementation topics, including: basics and benefits of EVs, how Minnesota can become a leader in transportation electrification , and
how policies to implement at the state, city, fleet, and workplace levels. Learn more and register HERE

Comcast Providing "Lift Zones" to Help Low-Income Families Connect to Internet

As part of Comcast’s ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the internet, they are announcing plans to equip more than 20 different locations in the Twin Cities with WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” before the end of 2020. Working with Twin Cities nonprofit partners, they are providing WiFi hotspots in safe community spaces designed to help students get online, participate in distance learning, and do their homework. This initiative provides free connectivity inside partner community centers for the next three years. Learn more about this announcement HERE
Networking at its Best
Registration is Required
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
New Members

150 East Travelers Trail, Suite C
Burnsville, MN 55337
952-746-5959

Renewed Members

Evolve Workplace LLC – 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.
Update Membership Files, Company Changes
Post your NewsHot Deals, and Job Openings

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