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The Real Time Solutions Series Continues!
The Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Lakeville, Burnsville, Hastings and River Heights Chambers is excited to continue the 'Real Time Solutions' webinar series! These are complimentary Live 30-minute webinars to help your business navigate the questions, and new normal, related to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Do you feel your business is equipped with the best COVID-19 Preparedness Plan? Join us to hear from Tyrone Taylor, Director of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s Workplace Safety Consultation as he reviews easy to follow resources to help ensure your workplace is following guidelines to keep employees and customers safe.

Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.
$400,000 In City Grants Planned from $4 Million COVID Fund
Update on Application Information
Federal money from the CARES ACT had recently distributed money to cities to reimburse COVID-19 related expenses. Each city including those surrounding us are allowed to set their own criteria overall. Cities may use the funds first to reimburse for COVID-19 elated expenses of police, fire, keeping city services operational etc. However Apple Valley is most supportive of committing a share to small businesses, especially those who have not received any grants as of yet at any level. 
We spoke two weeks ago at the Apple Valley Economic Development Authority (EDA) made up of mostly City Council. The EDA created a subcommittee who reported detailed criteria for eligibility last night at the Council’s informal meeting, which we attended. Much of the criteria is still being set and should be final by next Wednesday August 19. However overall they will base grantees of the $10,000 grants upon criteria such as which industries are hit hardest, % of revenue lost, full-time equivalent jobs and # of employees (must be less than 50 employees). They are also interested in helping businesses grow by improving or expanding physical measures (i.e. improve patio, HVAC etc.). They will measure your overall score so that one category doesn’t hurt your overall chances. Receipts for the expenses must be made available. A grantee's business must be located in Apple Valley or if multiple locations, only the Apple Valley location is eligible. The City will score and not use a 3rd party (which most cities use) in order to have even more grant money available to businesses.
By next Wednesday, we should be able to release to you the final criteria and how to apply. It will not be a first come, first serve which prevents a “race” but it may be only a week or two to apply to an initial round of availability. The City has received the money so once applicants are scored and grants are awarded, there will be no delay.
CRUMBL Cookies
Opening Soon in Apple Valley
Founded in Utah in 2017, this rapidly growing franchise is locating in Apple Valley between Panera Bread and Target in downtown Apple Valley in the space previously occupied by Scott Trade. They have 75 locations in 11 states out west, plus newer ones in TX, OH, TN, GA, NC, GA and FL. This is their FIRST LOCATION IN UPPER MIDWEST right here in Apple Valley. We do not have an opening date. They have gourmet cookies and are known best for their fresh chocolate chip cookies when you need one "like NOW.” We saw chilled pina colada, oatmeal chocolate chip and even ice cream combinations of a variety of flavors of their own ice cream.
Vacate The Premises Order For Former Ruby Tuesday
Sheriff's Notice
One common question we receive is what is going into the former Ruby Tuesday across from the county building. Many businesses have looked at the location but due to the lease being enforced to the end, no one could consider that location.  We found a SHERIFF’S NOTICE TO VACATE WITHIN 24 HOURS on the door this week. We are speculating but it must mean there may be movement on other considerations of the property by the building owners. They have one of the best patios in Apple Valley. All booths and most equipment has now been moved out. 
Apple Valley Business Center Restoration
A Fresh Look
Located on 147th, this former green building across from Nystrom’s Building has recently remodeled the inside. They have removed the outside facade and are replacing it with higher walls.  We do not have a rendition of the new look, however we thank the building owners for reinvesting in Apple Valley.
Dunkin' Donuts / Baskin Robbins Coming to Apple Valley
A Hybrid Location Like the One in the Photo
On the corner of 42 and Pennock just across from Grace Church and next to Firestone, DUNKIN DONUTS/BASKIN ROBBINS is planning to open. A developer has purchased the property and their primary tenant is going to be DUNKIN DONUTS/BASKING ROBBINS. The same has a new location on 162nd (which is 160th in Apple Valley, same road) and the corner of I-35 next to the Lakeville Liquor Store. Construction is expected to begin this fall.
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