Chamber E-Connection
Marshall Area Chamber Weekly Events Newsletter
April 3rd | 2020
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Marshall Quick Guide - COVID-19 Business Resources
Marshall Quick Guide
Upcoming Events
Let's Connect - Virtual!
Thursday, April 16th (8-9 AM)

Who is ready to communicate with others!? We are and we know you are too. In April, our popular Let's Connect event is going virtual online! Sign up today and we will send you details in the reminder email as we get closer. Below is the info about the event.

Who wants to talk about their business? Who wants more leads? Check out our networking event that gives you a chance to show off your company with your one minute verbal commercial while learning about other local businesses. 

Thank you to the AmericInn for sponsoring this event!

Gift Card Drive
If you're looking for a way to give back to your community during the COVID-19 pandemic, consider participating in our gift card drive.
 
All gift cards will be sorted and mailed to various human service providers in our area during National Volunteer Week, April 20-24.
 
This is a great way to help friends and neighbors, as well as business owners, as we all face the uncertainty of COVID-19.
 
If you have any questions, please email  unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org .
Free Food
To ANYONE 18 Years Old and Under.
11 AM - 2 PM Mon-Fri

Meal pickup available at 4 locations:
  • Marshall Middle School
  • Samuel Lutheran School
  • Holy Redeemer Church
  • St. Stephen Church

Questions? 507-537-6924
Virtual Traveling Trivia
In order to practice social distancing and follow the recommendations of the CDC, we will be offering April's trivia completely ONLINE. Through joining an online platform for FREE, you can join the trivia event from your mobile or Internet-enabled devices - from the comfort of your own home!

Teams must be signed up by Wednesday, April 16th at 5:00pm. We have room for 20 teams (each with a maximum of 5 devices allowed). To sign up your team, please go to  https://forms.gle/krkRGSwPXgpqbMJNA
Business News
Over the past few weeks, several state and federal programs have been announced to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Different programs make sense for different businesses, so we’re providing a summary guide to help small businesses quickly see which programs might be right for their situation.

View this new guide on the DEED website  to see at a glance all the programs available now to businesses.

How federal, state COVID-19 legislation can help your business
 
Both the federal government and Minnesota Legislature have recently passed legislation that will speed critical funds to Minnesota businesses and families. With new legislation comes questions on what the changes mean for Minnesota businesses. The Minnesota Chamber  recorded a webinar  to answer your questions on both the state and federal COVID-19 relief packages. 

Marshall Economic Development Authority
Revolving Loan Program
Marshall Business Community-
 
The Marshall EDA understands and acknowledges that 2020 has been a difficult year for our local business owners. We want to take this opportunity to encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have, or for guidance as we navigate through this pandemic together.
 
We want to assure you that the EDA Board and EDA staff are continually assessing and sharing with you the various loan and assistance programs currently available. In addition we are communicating to our local legislators the financial and personal pain you are experiencing as a result of this event. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to share additional information or if you would like to review the current programs available.
 
Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to the Marshall community.
 
-Lauren Deutz | EDA Director
Vast Broadband
Committed to Keeping You Connected

Please call 866-991-9722 to speak with a Vast Business Team Member.
U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Emergency Loans
Small Business Guide and Checklist








DISTRIBUTED TO THE FOLLOWING:   OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
Marshall Independent                              344 WEST MAIN STREET
KMHL/KKCK                                                MARSHALL, MN 56258
City Of Marshall-Website/Social Media        PHONE: 507-537-6770 FAX: 507-537-6830


 
Public Advisory on the Status of City of Marshall Parks and Trails
 
Marshall, MN – March 31, 2020 –  As a result of Minnesota Governor’s Executive Order 20-20 Directing All Minnesotans to Stay at Home, the City of Marshall is providing further information on use of its parks and trails by the public.
According to the Governor’s Order, individuals may engage in outdoor activities ( e.g., walking, hiking, running, biking, driving for pleasure, hunting, or fishing),and may go to available public parks and other public recreation lands, consistent with remaining at least six feet apart from individuals from other households.

All City of Marshall parks and trails remain open so the community can engage in self-directed outdoor exercise (walking, biking) while following social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines.
The City notes for the public that family members not showing symptoms of COVID-19 in the same household may play together. According to the CDC, children should not have playdates with children from other households. If children are playing outside their own homes, it is essential that they remain 6 feet from anyone who is not in their own household.
When visiting the parks and using trails, we ask you to please: 
  • Follow guidance on personal hygiene — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoid high-touch surfaces. If you are ill or have cold or flu symptoms, please stay home.
  • Observe the minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other visitors as you walk, bike or play.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence to allow proper distance. Step off trails to allow others to pass.
  • Bring your own water — park drinking fountains should not be used at this time.
·          Park equipment is not sanitized . Use at your own discretion.

The City asks you to follow these recommendations to support the health and safety of our community. Thank you for your cooperation. 
 
4-1-2020
Tell the Minneapolis Fed: COVID-19's impact on your business

Due to continued stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the  Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis  is attempting to gauge the economic effects on businesses across the Ninth District, a region that includes Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana, parts of Wisconsin, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 
 
Please take this  5-minute survey  to help the Minneapolis Fed better understand business conditions at your business at this critically important time.  All responses are anonymous.   This week’s survey is due at noon on 4/3 .  
 
This  survey  will help the Minneapolis Fed better understand the outbreak’s effect on individual firms as well as local, regional, and state economies more broadly. This, in turn, will help the Federal Reserve System shape monetary policy designed to help businesses weather this economic shock.  Because this is an evolving situation, this survey will be an ongoing effort – bi-weekly for the time being, and less often as economic conditions settle.
 
If you get this survey from multiple sources, please respond to the survey only once.

Minneapolis Fed thanks you for your time and valuable insights. Survey results are available upon request. 
Downtown Kiosk Advertisements
are available!
The Marshall EDA have 4 open spots to fill.

The kiosk advertisements run from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021 and the cost is still only $250.00 for the entire year.

If interested or want more information,
please contact Marcia Loeslie at  marcia.loeslie@ci.marshall.mn.us
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the $2 Trillion
Funding Package Passed to Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic

On March 27, Congress passed and the President signed into law a $2 trillion package that will send assistance to Minnesota families, workers and small businesses to address the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. It also significantly bolstered the ability of hospitals and health care workers to deal with the coming surge in need for health care services. Here’s how it will help.

How much will Minnesotans receive in Stimulus payments?

·         Most households with incomes under $150,000 ($75,000 for singles) will receive $1,200 per adult and $500 per child from the Department of Treasury.
·         Payments will phase out for those with incomes between $150,000 and $198,000 for couples (the phase out starts at $75,000 for singles). Couples whose incomes exceed $198,000 will not be eligible for payments.


As busy as we are here at the SBA trying to help small businesses survive, it's sad but hardly surprising to hear that scammers are also busy. Here are two scams we have heard of:

1. A business owner told  KARE-TV  that she received an email after applying for an SBA Disaster Loan with a false loan number and asking for IRS tax info to complete the loan application.  
2. Another small business owner received an email stating she needed to provide her credit card number and $97 to complete the loan application. 

There is no immediate deadline for an EIDL application, it does not cost anything to apply, get the papers together, no credit card is needed, etc. 

The SBA does NOT ask for money to complete the loan application! 
If the SBA does contact you for additional information, we will NOT ask you to email it!  All PII will be collected through our secure online portal or dropbox.

Please be wary of scammers and when in doubt, contact the SBA's Disaster Office for confirmation of any requests that you receive.

By Phone: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY/TDD: 1-800-877-8339)
Small Business Emergency Loan Program SCAM

Economic Development & Chamber Partners,
We have become aware of at least one business in our region who was contacted by a consulting firm in New York who indicated they are working with Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) for the DEED Small Business Emergency Loan Program.  They also referred to Selina’s name, who is our listed contact person on the DEED website for this program.
 
Southwest Initiative Foundation is NOT working with any private consulting firms or other businesses to solicit customers, submit applications, or underwrite loans on behalf of SWIF.  If any of your businesses get a call or email from a third party saying they are working with SWIF for a disaster finance program, they should hang up or delete the email, and not share any information.
 
As I mention the potential scam above, I want to be crystal clear that the Southwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center is absolutely assisting businesses in our region as they work through all the different federal and state disaster finance options, and we are very appreciative of Liz, Christine, Ruth Ann, Berny, Pam, and all of their consultants!
 
If any of you become aware of additional misrepresentations or potential scams where SWIF is mentioned, please let me know.
 
Please advise your members and stakeholders to be on alert for scams related to assistance with applying for state or federal disaster finance programs!

Scott Marquardt, Southwest Initiative Foundation
Chamber Member Job Postings
This is  FREE  for Chamber Members!  
Log in to your ChamberMaster account and post now! Not sure how to log in? 
Call the Chamber at  507-532-4484  or email  chamber@marshallmn.org to learn how.

  • Avera Marshall
  • Behavioral Health Technician - Benefit Eligible
  • C.N.A. - Sign on bonus & We could pay 100% of your college tuition!
  • Geriatrics Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
  • LPN - Avera Tyler Long Term Care - As Needed!
  • Registered Nurse - Avera Tyler - Med/Surg As Needed!
  • Registered Nurse - Med/Surg As needed!
  • Registered Nurse - Labor & Delivery - 2 positions open!
  • Registered Nurse - Long Term Care - Benefit Eligible!
  • RN or LPN - Long Term Care - Benefit Eligible!
  • RN, LPN or MA
  • Paramedic
  • RN - Med/Surg - Avera Granite Falls
  • Licensed Practical Nurse - Benefit Eligible!
  • Clinic RN - No Holidays and No Call time!
  • Housekeeping - Every other weekend only!
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Special Transporter Driver
  • Clinic RN, LPN or Medical Assistant
  • Dietary Aide - As needed!
  • Housekeeping - Full time!
  • Housekeeping - No holidays or call time!
  • RN - Med/Surg & CCU - Avera Marshall
  • Patient Service Rep/Registration
  • Dietary Aide - Benefit Eligible!
  • Registered Nurse/EMT
  • Housekeeping - As needed!
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Registered Nurse - Med/Surg & Orthopedics
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Practitioner - Emergency Department
  • RN or LPN - OB/GYN Clinic!
  • Phlebotomist - No weekends!
  • Registered Nurse - Dialysis
  • Care Assistant - 72 hours/2 weeks!
  • Patient Service Rep/Registration - Part Time/Benefit Eligible
  • Cook
  • Housekeeping
  • Paramedic - Full Time!
  • Patient Care Technician - Med/Surg and ER
  • Care Assistant - Several Positions Available in Marshall and Granite Falls!
  • RN - Home Care - 2 positions available
  • Home Care/Hospice Care Assistant - Benefit Eligible!
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist / Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist or Technician - Full Time!
  • Optometrist
  • Patient Account Representative/Billing
  • Patient Service Rep/Registration - Cancer Center
  • Registered Nurse - Long Term Care - Benefit Eligible!
  • RN or LPN - Long Term Care - Benefit Eligible!
  • RN, LPN or MA
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist / Medical Laboratory Technician - Casual/As needed
  • Dietary Aide - Granite Falls
  • Dietary Homemaker
  • Director of Nursing
  • Registered Nurse - Med/Surg - Orthopedics
  • BH Electronics
  • Electronic Assembler
  • Marshall Public Schools
  • School Crossing Guard Substitute
  • Substitute Custodian
  • GreatAmerica Financial Service Corp
  • Part Time Customer Service Representative- Consumer (Marshall, MN)
  • Quality Analyst
  • PeopleReady
  • Branch Manager
  • General Laborer
  • Medical Assembler
  • Military Assembly
  • Boulder Creek Assisted Living
  • Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • City of Marshall
  • Assistant City Engineer
  • Laboratory Specialist
  • B&H Contractors 
  • Finance Specialist
  • Construction Estimator
  • Marshall-Lyon County Library
  • Customer Care (Part-Time)
  • Advanced Eyecare
  • Optician - Full time with benefits
  • Southwest Health & Human Services
  • Office Support Specialist

Any Chamber member may submit job postings! Ask about your login by emailing  chamber@marshallmn.org  or call the Chamber at 532-4484.
Chamber E-Connection Guidelines and Policies
Newsletter Goals and Audience
The purpose of the Chamber E-Connection newsletter is to share our members' events with other business and community members. It is an informational newsletter and helps to promote our member businesses and their events. Each Friday, our newsletter is sent to over 1,800 individuals. Our separate emails are sent to the same list, but are held especially for our Chamber events and Business After Hours.

Newsletter Policy
E-Connection events are included based on requests from the member business. The following criteria are requested by the Marshall Area Chamber for event submissions:
  • Events flyers or submissions must be an actual event. We do not include sales or promotions.
  • Events can be included in the E-Connection for one week free of charge,
  • and you have the option of adding one additional week for $20.
  • Submissions must be sent the Wednesday prior to that Friday's
  • E-Connection to be included to chamber@marshallmn.org
  • All event flyers are for Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce members only.