Monday, June 25, 2018
Minimum wage increases July 1 in Minneapolis
On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Minneapolis is going up to $10.25 for small employers and $11.25 for large employers. The Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance defines small businesses as 100 or fewer employees and large businesses as more than 100 employees. Tips and gratuities do not count toward payment of a minimum wage. For more information about the ordinance, visit .
Mintahoe Catering & Events and Envision Catering merge
We are pleased to announce the merger of Mintahoe Catering & Events and Envision Catering, combining to form the largest privately-owned, pure catering company in Minnesota. Mintahoe has provided catering ranging from parties for 25,000 guests to box lunches for groups of ten. Read more here.
Become a Girls on the Run coach this fall
Do you have believe in the power of girls? Do you have a sincere interest in leading a healthy life and inspiring the next generation to reach their full potential? Consider volunteering as a coach with Girls on the Run Twin Cities! Enjoy the chance to get outside, laugh, jump, cheer, and most importantly, help girls realize their full potential this fall! Click here to learn more and sign up today.
B.E.E.R.S.: Fun with the St. Paul Saints
Thursday, July 26 | 2:30 - 9:00 p.m. | CHS Field Securian Club

In this interactive experience, Mike Veeck, co-owner of the Saints, and Fran Zeulli, president of Fun Is Good, will help attendees learn the key elements of the Fun Is Good philosophy. See it all come to life as the nationally renowned St. Paul Saints and staff delight fans during the entertaining and fun-filled outing. Included in admission are seminar, CHS Field Tour, dinner buffet with open bar (soda, beer & wine) and St. Paul Saints game.
Chamber Town Talk: Reducing Workforce Barriers
Wednesday, June 27 | 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. | Jax Cafe

The state and region face a myriad of workforce challenges including an immediate worker shortage and unacceptable gaps in wages and graduation rates between whites and populations of color. Our presenters are addressing these challenges and others by reducing barriers, creating opportunities and building skills necessary for employment. Attend Chamber Town Talk to learn more about their work and how you can engage with these efforts and initiatives.

Julie Brekke | Executive Director, HIRED
Larry Pogemiller | Commissioner, Office of Higher Education, State of Minnesota
Matt Halley | Executive Director, Cookie Cart

Thank you to our series sponsors CenterPoint Energy and Wells Fargo .
DRIVE Leadership Luncheon: Workplace Ethics
Wednesday, July 25 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Dakota Jazz Club

Companies are often recognized for their corporate ethics. How do ethics impact policy and procedures as well as decision making? At the next DRIVE Leadership Luncheon, our panelists will discuss corporate ethics, being an ethical leader and the challenges that occur when personal and business ethics are in conflict. Join the conversation and register today.

Dawn Elm | Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics & Leadership, University of St. Thomas
David Rodbourne | Principal Consultant, DHR Consulting & Associates
Suzan McGinnis | Director of Ethics, Target

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Be The Match , and our series sponsors CenterPoint Energy , Minnesota Timberwolves , and U.S. Bank .
It was a family affair this weekend at the opening of Hot Indian's newest location in the Mall of America. Make sure to stop by and check them out!
The Works Museum's Bloomington Summer Pass
The Works Museum and the Bloomington Chamber are offering an unlimited admission summer pass. The pass includes two adults and up to four children under the age of 18. The pass is for families who either live, work or attend school in Bloomington and is valid between June 11 and August 31, 2018. Passes may be purchased at The Works Museum or online. The passes are $25.99, or if you qualify for the Gateway Program subsidies, the cost is $11.99. Purchase passes here.