April 13, 2020
Virtual Update on State of Dakota County
Friday, April 17, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Join us for a virtual update on the state of Dakota County . Hear the latest on Dakota County’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the status of current operations and service offerings including license centers, parks, libraries, and transportation projects. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Virtual Coffee Break April 2020
First Virtual Coffee Break a Success

We hosted our first Virtual Coffee Break on Thursday, April 9, 2020; with more than 40 registrations. Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to join us for some virtual interaction. Our next Virtual Coffee Break is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Stay tuned for registration information. 

If you are interested in sponsoring a Virtual Coffee Break, please contact Diane Mavis at dmavis@dcrchamber.com or Maureen Scallen Failor at mscallenfailor@dcrchamber.com for more information. 
April 8: Governor Extends Stay At Home Order Including Non-Essential Business Restrictions To May 4; Aligns Restaurants/Bars/Others To Same Date

Governor Walz told Minnesotans that efforts to combat COVID-19, including social distancing and his Stay At Home order closing non-essential business, are working but need to be extended to May 4. The Governor's Executive Order  20-33 :
  • Replaces and extends the existing Stay At Home order (20-20) until May 4.
  • Keeps non-essential businesses closed (20-20) until May 4.
  • Moves restaurants, bars, and other places of public accommodation (barbers, bowling alleys, etc.) restrictions and closures (20-04 and 20-08) to May 4.
  • Allows lawn, outdoor maintenance, landscaping, and garden centers to open providing social distancing standards are followed.
  • Clarifies that businesses may perform basic on-site activities to support minimum tasks related to security, payroll, and working from home.
  • Allows auto, motorcycle, RV, and ATV sales for essential travel supporting critical sectors by appointment.

Click here for a critical sector modification summary related to Executive Order 20-33.  In recent days the Governor had talked about working toward gradually opening up other parts of the economy. He mentioned that the administration will be looking at relaxing restrictions for some sectors.
Best Practices for Social Distancing in the Workplace

As Minnesota considers how best to practice social distancing in the workplace, the State, with DEED taking the lead, would like to hear your ideas. How can your business or employer —or any business or employer—best practice social distancing effectively, using the CDC guidelines as your guide. Submit your ideas here .
Small Business Administration
Paycheck Protection Program vs. Economic Injury Disaster Loan
ECM Offering FREE Online We’re OPEN! Business Directory Listings

ECM is offering a free online We’re OPEN Business Directory. Just click on the link, type in your business name and see if it pops up. Then click on the listing to claim it and a screen will open where you can type in hours, description of services, etc., and submit. Once approved it will show up on our website on the We’re Open page which will be up and running shortly.

Follow this link to Claim/Submit your FREE Listing.

Virtual Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo

From the Minnesota Zoo straight into your home, Farm Babies is back! Celebrate the cuteness this year in a virtual way. Farm Babies is going online in an effort to bring the Minnesota Zoo to you. Starting Monday, April 13, 2020 join from your computer or phone and discover new videos, photos, and contests each week full of goat kids, lambs, calves, and more! Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page, as we start the virtual celebration next week with none other than our guest-favorite goat kids!

Virtual Farm Babies is sponsored by Dakota Electric and Wells Fargo and runs from Monday, April 13, 2020 – Sunday, May 17, 2020.
Upcoming Webinars for Businesses
Presented by Open to Business in conjunction with Dakota County CDA and Chambers
Monday, April 13, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
New Members
Rick Bassett - Coldwell Banker
Phone: 651-283-6142

Phone: 952-887-5001
Renewed Members

Nerio Travel - 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.
Update Membership Files, Company Changes
Post your News , Hot Deals , and Job Openings

Log in by entering your username (email) and password to gain access to your company's member site to update information and take advantage of all the marketing tools included with your membership.