July 6, 2020
Do Your Part to Ensure Minnesota Businesses Stay Open.

Minnesotans, over the last four months, have sacrificed a lot to make sure businesses reopen in a safe and proper manner. With many businesses reopening with partial or full service we must continue to come together as a community to ensure that they stay open for the long haul. The easiest way that you can do your part is to follow the guidelines the State of Minnesota and the Department of Employment and Economic Development have created to ensure the safety of businesses and consumers. Though life seems to be getting back to normal, we must remember that COVID-19 still looms as a great threat to shutting down businesses again if we do not do our part as a community. To find out more information on how you can stay safe in social and business settings visit Stay Safe Minnesota for all the latest updates on preventive measures.
Understanding COVID-19 Preparedness Plans for Your Business

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual webinar Tuesday, July 7, 2020 on how to put together a COVID-19 preparedness plan. The state requires businesses to have a COVID-19 preparedness plan in place. Many businesses are wondering what elements of health and safety need to be included in these plans. Nicole Blissenbach, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, will review many of the frequently asked questions and take your questions to ensure you are developing plans for a safe return to work for your employees and customers.

Register for the webinar HERE
Ten DCR Chamber Businesses Named to the Star Tribune Top 150 Places to Work in Minnesota

On June 28, 2020, the Star Tribune published its annual Top 150 places to work in 2020. Congratulations Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, Bolton & Menk Inc., Edina Realty Home Services, Edward Jones, Frandsen Bank & Trust, Keller Williams Realty, Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ P.A., Prime Therapeutics, Twin Cities Orthopedics, and Wings Financial Credit Union for your outstanding work and being named a top place to work in the State of Minnesota.

See the complete list of Top 150 Places to Work HERE
Maureen Scallen Failor Appointed to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council

Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced on June 26, 2020, the appointment to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council – Chamber of Commerce Representative of Maureen Failor, President, Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Failor replaces Matthew Kilan, President of the Brainerd Lakes Area of Chamber of Commerce.  The appointment is effective July 1, 2020 – January 1, 2024.

“It is an honor to be appointed to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council," stated Failor. "To be a part of one of Minnesota’s top economic and employment industry is exciting as we navigate during these challenging times."

The Explore Minnesota Tourism Council serves the broader interests of tourism in Minnesota by promoting activities that support, maintain, and expand the state's domestic and international travel market, thereby generating increased visitor expenditures, tax revenue, and employment.

Read the full press release HERE
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 the 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
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.
Comcast Business hosting The Future of Business 2020 Virtual Conference

Is your business truly ready, willing, and able to embrace the direction of where business is heading?  Register today to attend a free virtual conference on  The Future of Business 2020 , hosted by Comcast Business on July 23 (11 am – 2 pm CST). The conference features a keynote speech from Robert Irvine of the Food Network’s ‘Restaurant Impossible’ as well as breakout sessions from industry leaders on the new and ever-evolving future of business. Learn More HERE

Wings Financial Credit Union Offering $300 For Opening New Account

Wings Financial Credit Union is offering a $300 bonus for non-members opening a checking account. This offer is available Monday, June 6 - Friday, July 3. Visit HERE to see if you are eligible for the $300 and benefits with a new checking account.
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 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. Learn More HERE

Congresswoman Angie Craig’s Legislation Immediately Extending Paycheck Protection Program Loans for Small Businesses Passes House.

Angie Craig’s bipartisan legislation to immediately extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) until August 8th unanimously passed the House of Representatives. This bill would allow small businesses to continue to access COVID-19 relief funds for five additional weeks. Rep. Craig’s legislation (S.4116/H.R.7437) is cosponsored by Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH). S.4116 passed the Senate yesterday, and will now be sent to the President for his signature. This will be Rep. Craig’s second bill to be signed into law. Read the full press release HERE
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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