March 29, 2021
Hear From Laura Sobiech at the 10th Annual WomEn's Leadership Forum
Join the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 9th at the 10th Annual WomEn’s Leadership Forum. You'll have the distinct pleasure of hearing from Laura Sobiech, mom of the late Zach Sobiech, writer and performer of the renowned song “Clouds.”

Let Laura be your storyteller of what Zach taught her through his shortened life, how together Laura and her family chose to live while a beloved family member was dying, and how there is gratitude and courage to be found in an imperfect life. Hear what we all need to hear after a long year of uncertainty and hard choices. Reserve your tickets today to attend either in-person or virtually.
Register HERE
Thank you to our WomEn's Leadership Forum Sponsors
Weekly Update Sponsor
Twin Cities Summer Jam is bringing Live Music Back to Minnesota this Summer! July 22-24, 2021, at Canterbury Park. See Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ashley McBryde, Kip Moore, Brett Young, and more at Minnesota’s Premier Outdoor Music Festival! 3-day and 1-day tickets available. Camping is available on site.
Gather your friends and family and get your tickets TODAY! 
Governor Walz Announces Eligibility Expansion For COVID-19 Vaccine
On Friday, March 27, 2021, Governor Tim Walz announced that all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning Tuesday, March 30, 2021. The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccine by April, and as Minnesota has become a national leader in getting shots into arms quickly.

This week Minnesota was ranked number one in the country for the percentage of vaccine doses administered to Minnesotans. The state has vaccinated 80% of our seniors, outperforming the nation, and has also vaccinated at least two-thirds of our school and child care personnel.”

Learn more about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine HERE
COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Toolkit
Leaders from the Minnesota Departments of Economic & Employment (DEED), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) hosted a short webinar last week to speak on the guidance for businesses and venues who have mixed settings including those with indoor and outdoor areas and/or seated and non-seated areas. Examples include zoos, convention centers, and other large venues. If you were not able to attend this webinar, you can watch a replay on the MN DEED Youtube channel below.
The Clover Celebrates Opening With Ribbon Cutting
The Clover opened two weeks ago at the busy intersection of County Rd. 42 and Hwy. 3 in Rosemount. It's a fresh re-do of the former Rudy's Red Eye Grill, an American pub with Irish hospitality. There are light Irish touches in the decor, a healthy whiskey list, and fish 'n' chips on the menu, but the menu is diverse with burgers, roast beef sandwiches, and a super cool rice pudding with coconut and pickled mango. Happy hour is 2-6pm Monday-Friday and all day Sunday. Check it out HERE
Business Support Series: Engaging in a Divided Public
Join the DCR Chamber on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 9:00-10:00AM as we kick off our 2021 Business Support Series.

Heightened tensions. Growing mistrust. Cancel culture. Communications have fundamentally changed over the past year, but the seeds were planted long before 2020. People today are isolated – which can cause social discomfort and division. But we’re also more engaged than ever with decisionmakers and have 24/7 access to platforms where our voices can be heard.

With so much noise, how can we rise above the fray to effectively advocate for our interests? Communications expert Jennifer Hellman, COO, Goff Public, will share how individuals and organizations can have a meaningful dialogue in these divided times and avoid the pitfalls of this fast-paced communications world.
Jennifer Hellman
Chief Operating Officer, Goff Public
Register HERE
April Public Affairs Webinar: Meet the Two New Dakota County Commissioners

Join the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce at our April Public Affairs Webinar on Friday, April 2, 2021, from 8:00AM - 9:00 AM as we introduce the Dakota County’s two new Commissioners Laurie Halverson, District 3, and Mary Hamann-Roland, District 7.

This lively discussion will provide updates from the new commissioners, their vision for the dynamic success of Dakota County, and where growth opportunities are throughout the County. Hear their strategic outlook on many topics ranging from schools, to broadband internet, workforce and transportation, and goals to strengthen the business community in Dakota County.
Laurie Halverson
Dakota County Commissioner
District 3
Mary Hamann-Roland
Dakota County Commissioner
District 7
Register HERE
Thank you to our Public Affairs Webinar Sponsors
Critical Issues Forum: Recovering, Reimaging, and Rebuilding

Join the DCR Chamber of Commerce as we continue our Critical Issues Forum series on Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 11:00AM - 12:00PM. COVID-19 has magnified the inequities that exist in all aspects of society. From education, to the economy, to the digital divide, our communities are being impacted in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Please join us to hear from Dr. Laura Kalambokidis, Minnesota’s State Economist, and Susan Brower, State Demographer, for a discussion on these critical issues currently facing the state and Dakota County communities.
 
Dr. Laura Kalambokidis is Minnesota's State Economist, heading up the Economic Analysis unit at MMB, which is responsible for producing and presenting the state's revenue and economic forecasts, and had held the position since 2013.

Susan Brower is the Minnesota State Demographer and directs the MN State Demographic Center since February 2012. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration and rural population changes.
Dr. Laura Kalambokidis
Minnesota State Economist
Susan Brower 
Minnesota State Demographer
Register HERE
Thank you to our Critical Issues Forum Sponsor
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Darts 7th Annual Fundraising Breakfast
Join Darts for their 7th Annual Fundraising Breakfast. This annual fundraising breakfast was created to celebrate older adults while raising money for DARTS services. Additionally Jeanne Crain, CEO at Bremer Bank, will be the keynote speaker at this event. Register for this FREE event today. Register HERE
Thirteen Business in the Twin Cities Announced as Comcast RISE Award Recipients
Comcast is happy to announce 13 businesses in the Twin Cities were recently announced a Comcast RISE award recipient. Award recipients will receive technology upgrades from Comcast Business. This include computer equipment and internet, as well as voice and cybersecurity services.
 
The 13 award recipients include: Consult DFS, LLC in St. Paul, Big Cutz Barbershop in Columbia Heights, Lions Gym & Wellness Center in Robbinsdale, H & S Bookkeeping, LLC in New Hope, Premier Staffing Group, Inc. in St. Paul, Work of Art Barbershop & Shave in Robbinsdale, K and M Construction of MN in Lake Elmo, The Black Threadist in Brooklyn Park, The Pole Barn Studio in Stillwater, Cravings Wine Bar & Grille in Woodbury, KMOJ FM in Minneapolis, Alma Flor Ada Spanish Immersion Early Learning Academy in Woodbury, and Queen Anna House of Fashion in Minneapolis.

The next round of Comcast RISE applications is due by May 7, 2021. Learn more about the Comcast Rise program and apply HERE.
Register for the Kids 'n Kinship 2021 Bowlathon
Kids 'n Kinship is once again hosting their annual Bowlathon. This event was created as a fun activity for Kids 'n Kinship youth to do with their mentors. The fundraising part of it was added to raise funds to help provide awesome programs to the community. The youth benefit from the support and guidance from their mentor and the community benefits from having healthy youth thriving. Learn more and register your bowling team HERE.
Networking at its Best
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Thursday, April 8, 2021
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If you have questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Anna Schueler at aschueler@dcrchamber.com or call 651-452-9872.
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