April 20, 2020
Message from Maureen Scallen Failor, DCR Chamber President
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Free Webinar! Working Remotely with a Plan!
Thursday, April 23, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

In today's pandemic world, there is a necessity to work remotely. If remote working is going to become the new normal, then what can we do to ensure it has the productivity, morale building, and quality we need to be successful businesses? We will explore those ideas in our webinar with Bob Trewartha, Director of Continuing Education and Customized Training at Dakota County Technical College, who will give you ideas, tips, and tricks, as well as a toolbox for working and managing remotely.  Register today .
May Public Affairs Webinar
Friday, May 1, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Small Business: The Heart of Minnesota
Small businesses are the heart and economic engine of Minnesota’s Congressional District 2. Please join us for a virtual conversation with US Representative Angie Craig where we will receive updates on the US Congress and future legislation for businesses affected by COVID-19, as well as her work on the Small Business Committee where she advocates for opportunities for innovation and access to loans and economic success for the small businesses in the State of Minnesota and across the United States.
DCR Chamber COVID-19 Resource Page

We have revamped our COVID-19 Resource page for all our business, nonprofits, and community partners. We have added a section for our nonprofits and educational partners to give updates on ways they are helping the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also added a webinar section that will hold all DCR Chamber and DCR Chamber partner webinars that have been produced. Check out all of the new updates  HERE .
NEW SBA Express Bridge Loan
 
The SBA Express Bridge Loan is a new federal program through the SBA that enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly that can be repaid in full or in part by proceeds from the EIDL loan. Additionally, If you have a current SBA 7(a), 504 or microloan, the SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees for a period of six months. This also applies to new loans issued prior to September 27, 2020. Visit the  SBA District Office website here .
A Guide for Minnesota Small Businesses Who Need Help

Several state and federal programs have been built to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. DEED put together this  summary guide  to help small businesses quickly see which programs might be right for their situation.
 
New Resources and Assistance for Businesses
The U.S. Chamber has developed resources to help businesses access resources created under the CARES Act (Phase III bill). 
 
HR/Employment Resources
Visit this Minnesota Chamber of Commerce website for a list of employment guidance resources: https://www.mnchamber.com/blog/employment-guidance.
US Chamber Foundation Launches Grant Program to Support Small Business Recovery

Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy. Employing nearly half the American workforce, they keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home. The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have wrought unprecedented financial uncertainty. These businesses need resources and relief — and they need it now. That’s why the Save Small Business Fund, a grantmaking initiative funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community. The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET. To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit  savesmallbusiness.com .
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eRasmussen Professional Certificate Courses

During this unprecedented time, Rasmussen is showing support for local businesses and the community by offering eRasmussen Professional Certificates with  no costs or fees through July 2020 .*
 
eRasmussen consists of fully online courses with engaging content, including videos, images and interactive elements. eRasmussen Professional Certificates can offer support to those who want to master in-demand skills relevant to the ever-changing market; from Business and Project Management to IT and Healthcare. Check out the full list of available Professional Certificates at  erasmussen.com .
 
Use promo code  TIMETOLEARN  to get started on your continued professional education.
Renewed Members

JBL Companies, Inc. - 26 years
Key Community Bank - 2 years

If you have questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Pam Schmidt at  pschmidt@dcrchamber.com  or call 651-452-9872.
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