June 29, 2020
DEED hosting Small Business Relief Grant Webinars

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development staff are hosting several online webinars on the new Small Business Relief Grants. These webinars will help explain to business leaders how to apply for the grants. 

The Small Business Relief Grant program will make available $10,000 grants to Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. A total of $60.3 million is available for grant awards which will be selected through a computer-generated, randomized selection process.

Awards will be disbursed and administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit organizations. Grant funds received by individual businesses shall be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar expenses that occur or have occurred since March 1, 2020, in the regular course of business. These are grants and no repayment will be required.

Applications for the Small Business Relief Grant Program are now open and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. Please click on the application tab below to apply.

Dates/Time for Small Business Relief Grant Webinars
  • June 29 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • June 30 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Register HERE
Dakota County Chamber Talks About Opening the State for Businesses

Maureen Scallen Failor, President of the DCR Chamber, recently spoke to the Sun Thisweek about the importance of continuing opening up businesses in Minnesota.

“We need to balance the need of public health of our businesses and residents in Dakota County and the State of Minnesota as we advocate to move the dial to fully open businesses” stated Scallen Failor.
Read the full Sun This Week article HERE
Omni Vikings Lake Hotel Set to Open Fall 2020

Maureen Scallen Failor, President of the DCR Chamber, toured the new Omni Vikings Lake Hotel which is scheduled open on the Vikings Lake campus this fall. 

The Omni Vikings Lake Hotel will be 14 stories with 320 guest rooms and 14 suites. A specialty restaurant and lounge along with all day dining will be available.  There is more than 35,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and pre-function space inclusive of a 7,500 square- foot ballroom and 4,410 square - foot event center. This will be a great addition for our hospitality industry in Dakota County.
Unite the North: Minnesota Vikings Season Preview

The Minnesota Vikings, DCR Chamber of Commerce, and other Metro Chambers have come together to create a unique event to kick off the NFL season. Join us Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM as Andrew Miller, Minnesota Vikings COO, and Rick Spielman, General Manager Minnesota Vikings, give a preview of upcoming NFL season as well as the business preparations being made due to COVID-19. Paul Allen, Radio Voice of the Minnesota Vikings, will be the moderator for this event. Register and enjoy this exclusive conversation with Vikings leadership, along with a special appearance by a current Vikings player!

Register for this event HERE

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Unite the North: Vikings Season Preview visit HERE or contact Maureen Scallen Failor, President DCR Chamber, at mscallenfailor@dcrchamber.com
Business Support Series: The Keys to Successful Messaging

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Troy Alexander, Owner and Executive Director of Saint Paul Agency was the speaker for our Business Support Series Webinar. Troy provided insight into our local business economy with practical suggestions on advertising to market and getting your business back on track. 
Watch a recap of the Business Support Series: The Keys to Successful Messaging HERE

Thank you to our sponsors: Spire Credit Union and Velocity Public Affairs for their continued support of the DCR Chamber.
Get Engaged – Join the Business Excellence Gala Planning Committee

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the 2020 Business Excellence Gala on Thursday, November 19, 2020. 
This signature event celebrates the innovation, growth, and leadership of our member businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who make our community a better place to live, work, and play. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please respond to Diane Mavis, Director of Programs and Events at dmavis@dcrchamber.com , with your interest no later than Friday, July 10, 2020.
Congresswoman Angie Craig Receives “Spirit of Enterprise” Award For Strong Championship Of Small Businesses

Rep. Angie Craig, a member of the House Small Business Committee was recognized for being a bipartisan champion of small businesses, and was given the United States Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award. The Spirit of Enterprise Award is given out annually to members of Congress based on critical business legislation. Read more HERE

SPIRE Credit Union Wins Six National Marketing Awards

SPIRE Credit Union was recently honored with six national awards: one Excellence in Marketing – Community Outreach, and five Diamond Awards, four of which garnered the “Category’s Best” designation. Presented by Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the Diamond and Excellence in Marketing Awards recognize outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. Read more HERE
Rosemount CARES - Local Business Initiative

The City of Rosemount is launching a new initiative called "Rosemount CARES". The initiative is meant to help the community stand together and encourage cohesive action to keep residents, employees, and customers safe. The program is completely voluntary, and the City of Rosemount will not review or monitor individual businesses operating procedures. Rosemount CARES is not intended to be legal or health advice, but is meant to highlight the state and federal industry guidelines so that residents and visitors feel safe while interacting at a business in Rosemount. Learn how to sign up for Rosemount CARES .
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Registration is Required
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, July 29, 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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