Monday, November 5, 2018
Vote tomorrow
It is incredibly important to be an informed voter. TOMORROW is election day, meaning now is the time to decide who you'll vote for and what measures you'll support. If you've already voted, thank you for taking time to participate in our democracy. If you are headed to the polls tomorrow, make sure you understand what is at stake. There are no excuses not to vote.

Don't know how to get to the polls? Use Nice Ride! Nice Ride is giving away free rides tomorrow to those who use the code Biketovote . You can learn more about the promotion here .

Read this MPR voter guide and we'll see you all at the polls tomorrow!
Wednesday, November 7 | 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Kieran's Irish Pub

The votes have been cast and the results are in. We now know who will lead Minnesota and who will represent us in Washington D.C.

So what does this mean for Minnesota? What can we expect from our new representatives as they take office? How will the rookies and the old guard work together? The MPLS Regional Chamber invites you to discuss this and more with Blois Olson, WCCO Radio | Fluence Media, on November 7. 

Blois Olson, Principal, Fluence Media
Should your neighborhood restaurant be allowed to serve cocktails?
On November 6, you'll find not only candidates on your ballot, but referendums as well. One of those referendums would allow your favorite neighborhood restaurants to serve hard liquor. According to an old-fashioned notion known as the "seven-acre rule," restaurants outside of downtown Minneapolis must lie within a stretch of seven contiguous commercial districts in order to serve hard alcohol. While some may already serve hard liquor outside of this zone, that is because they went through the tedious process of getting an exemption from the state legislature. If you want all restaurants in Minneapolis, regardless of location, to have the ability to serve cocktails, vote "Yes on 1 MPLS" tomorrow.

Read more from City Pages here .
Minnesota Timberwolves tickets on sale
As a member of the Minneapolis Regional, Bloomington or Northeast Minneapolis Chambers you have the option of purchasing some of our season tickets for the Minnesota Timberwolves season at the Target Center. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. To find out what games are still available and to purchase tickets, please email Andrea Carver at or call 612-370-9100 .
Thursday, November 15 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Dakota Jazz Club

Communities of color are underrepresented and often excluded from financial decisions that ultimately impact all of our communities. As the Director of Village Financial Cooperative, Me’Lea Connelly is challenging assumptions surrounding the financial service industry. Connelly is at the forefront of transformative change, creating a more inclusive and equitable financial system for the shared prosperity of all Minnesotans. At this DRIVE Leadership Luncheon, hear her story in a candid one-on-one interview. RSVP today. 

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Be The Match and our event sponsors  CenterPoint Energy ,  Minnesota Timberwolves, and U.S. Bank.
Xcel Energy recognized among world’s best employers by Forbes magazine
Xcel Energy has been recognized on Forbes Global 2000 list of World’s Best Employers for the second year in a row. Among the thousands of companies considered, 500 earned a place on the list, and Xcel Energy ranked 74th in the world. The Forbes ranking is based on survey responses from employees who rate their employer by describing how likely they would be to recommend them and identifying other companies they admired. Xcel Energy is the highest-ranking U.S. electric utility on the Forbes list in 2018.

Learn more in the press release, found here .
POWERING INCLUSION: Accelerating Regional Growth by Investing in Businesses Owned by People of Color
This Center for Economic Inclusion event features Arlan Hamilton who built Backstage Capital from the ground up while experiencing homelessness. Backstage Capital is a venture capital fund established in 2015, dedicated to minimizing disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. To date, Backstage Capital has invested more than $5 million in 100 startups led by founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT.  And recently launched a $36 million fund for Black women founders. She’s been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Thursday, November 8 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis

The historic "brick and mortar" retail model is transforming at a rapid pace. Today, people rely on mobile devices and alternative channels when making purchases. The demand and expectation from customers to complete transactions at their home or on the go has become the new normal. "Community" is now an emotion that can be translated via social media. At this B.E.E.R., our panel of experts will explain how the landscape is changing and how your business can stay up to date on trends.

  • Sandy Anderson, Owner, Riverdale Travel
  • Tami Klimpel, Vice President, Digital Marketing, Bremer Bank
  • Bruce Nustad, President, Minnesota Retailers Association
  • Jill Renslow, Sr. Vice President Business Development & Marketing, Mall of America

Thank you to our sponsor Insperity.
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber and the MN Drug Card
The FREE MN Drug Card is provided to you and your family to help lower prescription drug costs. The card helps you to receive savings of up to 75 percent (discounts average roughly 30 percent) at more than 56,000 national and regional pharmacies. This card can be used as your primary plan and/or it can be used on prescriptions not covered by your insurance plan.

Get your MN Drug Card here .
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Saint Mary's University
Looking to finish your Bachelor's degree or earn an advanced degree? Now you can thanks to a partnership between the chamber and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Participants can obtain their degree either online or on campus at the School of Graduate and Professional Programs in Minneapolis while also receiving a 10 percent tuition grant with a waived application fee. The flexible program allows you to take classes at your own pace on your own time, and is built for busy adults. There is a vast selection of programs, and there is something for everyone.