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COVID UPDATE

Minnesota projects $641 million surplus, fueling talk of business relief

Minnesota budget officials said Tuesday they expect a $641 million surplus between now and June, revising their earlier prediction of a $2.4 billion shortfall from the May report. It was good news to Gov. Tim Walz and lawmakers who want to pass a big coronavirus economic relief package.

As soon as budget officials released the numbers, calls intensified on the Minnesota Legislature to send large cash payments to struggling businesses as they deal with shutdown orders and an economic recession.

“The good news of this forecast means that the Legislature can take immediate steps to help stabilize small and medium-sized businesses and jumpstart economic recovery throughout the state," Minnesota Chamber of Commerce president Doug Loon said in an email.

The governor, a Democrat in his first term, said he would call the divided Legislature back for a special session with consensus. Walz and House Democrats have put out the framework of their plan, while House Republicans have also released one. Both plans call for directing hundreds of millions of dollars to businesses affected by Walz's closure orders, though they differ in how the relief would be delivered.

Walz's plan also calls for a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits and an immediate $500 cash payment to roughly 31,000 low-income families. 

"COVID-19 is not hitting everybody evenly, and some of the people who are being hit the hardest need some economic relief to get through these tough times," House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, said. "We should be able to do that."

Walz hinted Tuesday that he would likely extend the closures of bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and other businesses beyond Dec. 18 -- when his current shutdown order is set to expire -- saying that Minnesota will be at the worst of the pandemic for the next few weeks.

In November, the state recorded 1,553 deaths, 43 percent of the total number since the pandemic started. Hospitals are also filling: the number of Minnesotans hospitalized with the virus doubled in November.

WHO'S THAT MEMBER BUSINESS/BUILDING?
WHO'S THAT MEMBER BUILDING

Do you have a plan for this answer? This business will help you plan for your future.

I didn't have any winners last week - I stumped you! Both members, Aflac/Nicole Blake Agency and People Ready Employment Agency both work from that building.
 
Email me at Sue@BuffaloChamber.org if you think you have the right answer! First one in gets put in a quarterly drawing for $10 of Buffalo Bucks!
New Members 2020
Jeremiah Schmid Concepts
2887 Hwy 25 SE
Buffalo, MN
320-282-5089

Meet Jeremiah who enjoys being creative through visual arts - thus why he owns his own freelance marketing and design business. Jeremiah helps brands visually tell their story to best get their message out to their audience using several different marketing mediums, including video.

Jeremiah can create designs and make your brand come to life. The marketing knowledge and insights he offers are a bonus! He can offer the same thing as a full marketing agency at a fraction of the cost because he is a one man office working out of his home.

If you need help to show and tell your story - give Jeremiah a call!
Chamber Events
MAKING IT EASY TO SUPPORT OUR MEMBER RESTAURANTS

If you are looking to support our member restaurants who were affected by the recent shut down but just don't know how...we have the solution! Buy one of these gift card bouquets and you have supported 10 at once. Click here https://business.buffalochamber.org/events/details/gift-card-bouquet-support-local-9350?calendarMonth=2020-12-01 and purchase online between now and Tuesday, December 8th.

Pick up your bouquet from the Chamber office between 9 and 5 on Friday, December 11th. We are making it easy for you to show your support and checking a gift or two off that list!
Be sure to go to our website to see what our restaurants are doing to provide you take out and delivery options during this shut down.

FAMILY HOLIDAY WALK
THIS Saturday, December 5th 2:00-4:00
Downtown Buffalo Retail District

Bring your immediate family and enjoy walking the streets of downtown while seeing 10 different holiday sites. You will see Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, the Buffalo Police and Fire Department, holiday characters, carolers and more! I've even heard the Grinch might stop by! Holiday gifts for the kids will be at each station.

For adults - shop local, of course! There will be 30 gift cards to local businesses hidden around the area - look for the big red envelope. Plenty to see while taking a walk.
Thanks to our local CUB, Walmart and Target for making donations to fill the kids bags with goodies on the Family Holiday Walk! Thank you to the Buffalo Lions, Buffalo American Legion, PenRad, and Edward Jones for sponsoring and making it possible to host Santa and the reindeer and get costumes for our volunteers! Thank you to our many volunteers behind the costumes and to our local Buffalo Police and Fire Departments. We couldn't do it without you!
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY TO GET OUT AND SUPPORT LOCAL THIS PAST SATURDAY! CROSSROADS ANIMAIL SHELTER SET UP TO HAND OUT OUR GOODIE BAGS AND SELL PET BLANKETS. GREAT WAY TO GET AND GIVE!
GET YOUR BUSINSESS AD INCLUDED WITH OUR DIRECTORIES AS THEY ARE MAILED OUT TO NEW HOMEOWNERS EACH MONTH!

Each month we mail out our Welcome Package to new homeowners in the Buffalo/Hanover/Montrose area. Included is our Directory and coupons or ads for our local businesses. If you want to be a part of it, give Suzanne a call at 763-682-4902. The cost is just $30 to help us offset the printing. We will help you design your ad and get it in the packets at the start of the new year. We mail out over 350 a year! Thank you to those that have already renewed their ads for 2021.
AMBASSADORS ON THE MOVE
Lakeside Academy
100 Garrison Avenue NE
Buffalo, MN

Thought we could use a taste of summer this week! It took a bit of time to get our story collected for Lakeside Academy so bringing it to you now for that bit of unfrozen lake view!

Lakeside Academy is a residential, faith-based, behavior and recovery center for teen boys, aged 13-18, that are heading down the wrong path due to substance use, anger management, and/or other behavioral issues. It offers a 4-level program that takes 6-12 months to complete, with most boys completing in about 9 months.  

Lakeside Academy, a program of Mn Adult & Teen Challenge, opened in 2015.
While at Lakeside Academy, students attend an on-site public school, with licensed teachers who have received special training in working with troubled adolescents, and where the student-to-teacher ratio is very low (typically 6 students to 1 teacher or better.) Many students come to Lakeside Academy either behind or failing in school, but by the time they leave us, they are either caught up or ahead because of the care, personal training and instruction they’ve received. 

Lakeside Academy offers a beautiful and scenic, camp-like campus, situated on 48 acres between Moore Lake and Lake Charlotte. This natural beauty and environment provides a unique therapeutic environment for teen boys to explore, have fun, learn, heal, and grow.

When COVID safe they encourage tours and highly recommend a personal visit so you can see for yourself the genuine care that their team of counselors, mental health professionals, and teachers bestow on each and every student. While you’re there, be sure to check out the barn, full-size gymnasium, wood shop, metal shop, and music room. Take a walk down to the lake, or tour the amphitheater.

To schedule a tour, please email Wendy Hass, Office Manager at wendy.haas@mntc.org or call 612-238-6710.
Lakeside Academy is located on Beebe Lake, on the site of the old Girl Scout Camp. What a great environment to learn and grow! Below are Ambassadors Chanda Knoof with Havenwood of Buffalo, Tina Anderson with Anchor Realty, Jeff Jensen Lakeside Academy Director and Ambassador Jason Kasanezky from Orchard View Homes.
MEMBER HAPPENINGS
IS YOUR BUSINESS DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS?

Did you know that you can drive around St. John's Lutheran Church at night and see the Advent Story in lights?

Did you know the festival of trees at the Wright County Historical Society is going to be virtual this year? Go to http://www.wrighthistory.org/festival-of-trees for details - but you can submit your own decorated tree for voting!

Tell us what your are doing to make this season bright - we would love to share!

Below is our first Toys for Tots drop at the Chamber. Remember you can make a child's Christmas brighter by donating a toy. Just stop by and drop it in our box!
COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
FARE FOR ALL
THIS Tuesday, December 8th
3:00-6:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church

Be sure to come to the last Fare for All of the year with the tasty Holiday Pack. This year it is a turkey and all the fixings for just $30. It is a drive through event - just bring your credit card! Check Christmas dinner off your list!
KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW

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What do you call a frog hanging from the ceiling? A mistletoad!
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Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce
763-682-4902
Sue@BuffaloChamber.org 
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