August 10, 2020
DCR Chamber Supports Dakota County Businesses With Free Mask Distribution
On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, the DCR Chamber, in community partnership with the Department of Employment and Economic Development and Skyline Exhibits, distributed masks to businesses in Dakota County. The DCR Chamber was given over 284,000 masks from the State of Minnesota to distribute to all Dakota County businesses and local area Chambers of Commerce in need.

Check out how the DCR Chamber and Dakota County community came together to support our local businesses. Thank you, Cybick Productions, for producing the video above.

The DCR Chamber will be hosting another drive-thru mask distribution on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, for businesses only. Look for an email in the coming days for more information about the distribution
Dakota County and Dakota County CDA Offering Small Business Relief Grants

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has allocated $10 million to support small businesses that have had a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. One-time grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible applicants. For more details click HEREApply for Dakota County Small Business Relief Grant HERE
Register for the 2020 DCR Golf Classic Today

A popular event among our businesses, the DCR Chamber Golf Classic promises to be a day of relaxation, priceless networking, and friendly competition! Held at Mendakota Country Club, one of the finest golf courses in Dakota County, the event is a perfect opportunity to get out from behind your desk and connect with the community. 

This signature event raises funds for the DCR Chamber's Charitable Foundation which supports our programming, community outreach, and regional initiatives. A portion of the proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be allocated to the foundation.
Register HERE
2019 golf tournament
2019 golf tournament
Engaging with Dakota County Future Leaders - How Collaborating with our Schools Can Benefit Your Business, Now and in the Future

  • Do you need help expanding your customer service, marketing, communications, and advertising services & support?

  • Would you benefit from new views and perspectives on serving your customers and clients, and have the personnel to act on it?
If this sounds interesting to you please join Ben Kusch, Lead Designer of the TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative and Director of the TriDistrict CAPS, with the Dakota County Regional Chambers of Commerce and River Heights Chamber of Commerce, as they facilitate a virtual conversation aimed at helping partners leverage the power of the chamber relationships with local schools to support their businesses.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 25th or Thursday, August 27th from Noon - 12:30 to learn more about how engaging with the TriDistrict can generate energy, action, and excitement for your business.
This is a FREE event, look for an email in the coming days for more information about registration.
Join us for Coffee Break, Thursday, August 13, Presented by AdvantaClean

Start your morning off right with a fresh cup of coffee or beverage that you bring from home. Times may be uncertain, but one thing remains true; there’s a simple power in people coming together. We will provide each participant with the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business. Coffee Break was established by the DCR Chamber of Commerce to network in a comfortable atmosphere. Join us for a great morning of networking.

  • Registration is REQUIRED.
  • There will be NO day of event sign up.
  • All attendees MUST wear a mask.
  • Social distancing (6 feet apart) is of the utmost importance.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Bring your own coffee/beverage.
  • Handshaking is discouraged, we recommend air-fives and elbow bumps.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, we ask that you remain home.
  • If you have been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19 within the last 14 days, we ask that you remain home.

Register HERE
Raising Canes Chicken Fingers Casting New TV docuseries "Restaurant Recovery"

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers is casting for a New TV docuseries “RESTAURANT RECOVERY". Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s, is traveling to cities across the country to help restaurants that are suffering or on the verge of closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Raising Canes will help 20 different restaurants with relief to help restaurants build back what they once had leading up to the enforced closures.
Learn More HERE

Looking for a Bike? Rick's Pop-Up Bike Sale has PLENTY of bikes for sale

Dan Sjolseth, owner of Superior Service Center, Apple Valley is hosting Rick's Pop-Up Bike Sale for the third year in a row. They have 50 cleaned, lubricated, adjusted, ready-to-ride used bikes displayed and ready to go. As bikes sell they will continue to restock. If you need a bike or know of anyone looking, please share this email with them. Learn more HERE
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Minnesota Affected by Civil Unrest 

Minnesota businesses and residents affected by the civil unrest on May 27 through June 8, 2020, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The declaration covers Hennepin County and the adjacent counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, and Wright in Minnesota.  Learn more about SBA Disaster Loan Assistance HERE
Mendota Heights CARES Business Grants Program

The Mendota Heights City Council approved of the city’s participation in the Dakota County CDA Small Business Relief Grant Program on August 4, 2020. Mendota Heights is providing 10% of its CARES allocation (approximately $85,500) for small business assistance. Learn more HERE
Rosemount CARES Business Grants Program

The City of Rosemount has developed a business grant program to assist small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Rosemount—Rosemount CARES Grant Program will provide grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses in need of support. The application period will be open from Monday, August 10, at 12:01 a.m. until August 28th. Applications will be reviewed, and a determination of qualification will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Businesses will be notified by September 10, 2020. Learn more HERE
Experience the Minnesota State Fair in 2020

The Minnesota State Fair as we know and love may have been canceled for 2020, but that doesn't mean that we can't experience some of what the fair has to offer as we head into August. Tickets for the Food Parade have already been sold out, but the new Online Marketplace with over 200 State Fair vendors is open for business, and if you're ready to go for a road trip around the Twin Cities, the "Fair Food Finder" Facebook group tracks where you can find your favorite booths set up around town. Learn more HERE
Networking at its Best
Registration is Required
Thursday, August 13, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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