April 26, 2021
Farmington State of the City
Mayor Joshua Hoyt will be giving his first State of the City address since his election as Mayor of Farmington in 2020. Join the DCR Chamber and City of Farmington for this virtual State of the City, taking place Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 8:30AM - 10:00AM.

Mayor Hoyt will provide updates on what the city has accomplished in the last year along with what to look forward to in 2021. Mayor Hoyt is looking forward to celebrating Farmington businesses in his presentation and all they have accomplished in the last year.

Watch the 2021 Farmington State of the City HERE.
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! 
SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines
Early last week the U.S. Small Business Administration announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF).

The restaurant industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Joe Biden, established the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA will administer the funds to the hardest-hit small restaurants.

Details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide are now available HERE.
SBA Reopens Shuttered Venue Operators Grants
for Applications 
The U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal on, April 24, 2021, for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theaters, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief.

In preparation for the application portal reopening, the SBA recommends eligible applicants take the following actions:

For more information and to view applicant resources, visit HERE. For Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal technical assistance such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multi-factor authentication with an app and the QR code, applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance. The call center is open today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and, starting Saturday, April 24, the center will be open 24 hours a day through Monday evening at 8 p.m.  
Ryan Schroeder, West St. Paul City Manager, to Retire
The DCR Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize and congratulate Ryan Schroeder, West St. Paul City Manger, on his upcoming retirement. Ryan has been the West St. Paul City Manager for the last four years and has served the city well. Ryan has also been actively involved in the DCR Chamber of Commerce in his four years as City Manger. Congratulations, Ryan, and good luck on the next chapter of your life.

Check out the video below to see Ryan reflect on his time as West St. Paul City Manager.
Kick Off Your Day With Our Virtual Coffee Break
Join us on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, from 8:00-9:00AM, by starting off your morning right with a fresh cup of coffee and networking, from the comfort of your home, with the DCR Chamber Coffee Break. Introduce yourself and your business to all attendees and let us know what you are up to. Looking forward to seeing you for a beautiful morning of great virtual networking.

If your organization is interested in hosting this or any future Coffee Breaks, contact Heather Proskey, Director of Events, at hproskey@dchamber.com for more information. Your virtual investment is only $150!

Register HERE
Public Affairs Webinar: Leadership of the Minnesota State Legislature
As we enter into the last month of the 2021 Legislative Session, tax conformity, capital investment, transit/transportation funding, workplace mandates, and other business issues are still on the table with no final agreement. The outcomes will be critical to the success of the business community of Dakota County and the State of Minnesota.

Join us virtually on Friday, May 7, 2021, from 8:00-9:00 AM to hear from the leadership of the Minnesota State Legislature.
Senator Zach Duckworth
MN Senate Assistant Majority Leader
District 58
Senator Melisa Franzen
MN Senate Assistant Minority Leader
District 49
Rep. Anne Neu Brindley
MN House Deputy Minority Leader 
District 32B 
Rep. Kaohly Vang Her
MN House Majority Whip
District 64A
Register HERE
The City of Rosemount State of the City
Join Mayor Bill Droste on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 8:00 - 9:15AM, as he delivers the Rosemount State of the City.

Mayor Droste will review the highs and lows of 2020, and the exciting vision of what’s to come as Rosemount continues to grow and develop into a vibrant community to live and do business in. We are thrilled to announce that a limited amount of guests will be welcomed, in person, at the Rosemount Community Center. Guests will enjoy a catered breakfast and socially distanced seating, for a fun and safe event.

Register to attend the 2021 Rosemount State of the City in-person HERE. Registration is limited to 50 attendees to ensure COVID-19 protocols are maintained.
Thank you to our City of Rosemount State of the City Sponsor
Critical Issues Forum: Recovering, Reimaging, and Rebuilding Recap
The April Dakota County Critical Issues Forum revolved around the critical issues that many of us our dealing with due to the impacts of COVID-19. From education, to the economy, to the digital divide, our communities are being impacted in ways we couldn’t have imagined. We were lucky to be joined by Dr. Laura Kalambokidis, Minnesota’s State Economist, and Susan Brower, State Demographer, for a discussion on these critical issues currently impacting our Dakota County communities.

If you were unable to attend this month's Dakota County Critical Issues Forum, you can watch a replay below:
Thank you to our Critical Issues Forum Sponsor
American Cancer Society PSA Zoom Webinar
Join the American Cancer Society Tuesday, May 11, 2021 and for an educational zoom webinar about screening for colon cancer. Hear from Dr. Christina PieperBigelow, Dan Silverberg, and Melinda Noah speak about colon cancer screening, risk factors, and how to reduce those risks. Learn more HERE.
Networking at its Best
Registration is Required
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
New Members
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For more information on becoming a member, please email Heather Proskey at hproskey@dcrchamber.com or 651-288-9200.
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Guild5 years   
Key Community Bank3 years

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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