December 2016
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1050 South Highway 3
Northfield, MN 55057
507-664-1144
Primary Contact: Allen Anderson 
Let’s make Minnesota ready to compete
By Doug Loon
Minnesota’s future success depends on a vital statewide business community. We must build on our strengths and minimize our weaknesses so all businesses can compete in today’s global economy.

We look with optimism to make Minnesota ready for the future– ready for change and ready to grow. The new political landscape presents opportunity to advance initiatives at the 2017 Legislature and work with Governor Dayton to create economic growth for all Minnesotans.

The Minnesota Chamber is your full-time government affairs team– playing “offense” and “defense” on range of issues to help build the bottom lines of all Minnesota businesses no matter the company’s size, location or industry. Taxes, transportation, health care, and workplace mandates top our legislative agenda.

Enact tax relief:   We will seek to reduce uncompetitive taxes to encourage investment, innovation and growth among all businesses.  We will renew our efforts to enact meaningful business property tax relief with primary focus on eliminating the automatic inflator in the statewide business property tax.  Also on our radar: Reduce income-tax burdens impeding investment in Minnesota businesses and jobs; enhance the research-and-development tax credit; conform Minnesota’s estate tax to the federal threshold.

Pass long-term transportation: Political gridlock has blocked transportation funding in recent years. We will seek to pass strategic and sustained funding of roads, bridges and transit. We support generating new funding through efficiencies in operations, bonding and use of transportation-related revenues from the general fund. Lawmakers should also identify metro funding opportunities for the build-out of Twin Cities transit. Those who benefit directly and distinctively from transportation projects should pay for a share of the costs.

Expand health care options: Health insurance costs are skyrocketing for individuals and small businesses. It’s critical that we ensure access to affordable, quality health care for employers and their employees. We will seek to make it easier for small employers to self-insure while opposing new mandates and taxes that increase employer and employee costs. We must reform and stabilize the individual market, which supports the self-employed and those with defined-contribution arrangements. We also must strengthen our public health care programs. Employers have a keen interest insuring that public-sector programs are financially sustainable for the state and taxpayers, and that they prepare participants for eventual transition to coverage in the private sector.

The Facebook Algorithm: What You Need to Know to Boost Organic Reach
By Kendall Walters
Facebook boasts a whopping  1.65 billion monthly active users . It remains the  most-used social media site among all ages , accounting for  one in every six minutes spent online  and one in every five minutes spent on mobile.

Simply put: everyone uses Facebook and they use it a lot.

The Facebook algorithm determines what any one of those users sees in their News Feed at a given time. To say it has a huge impact on the Facebook experience would be a colossal understatement.

Fortunately, in the last few years Facebook has begun to tell us more and more about how the News Feed algorithm works, what it favors, what it doesn’t, and what it means for business Pages.

Become familiar with these levers and you’ll know which ones to pull to get your content seen by more people. Boosting organic reach is what it’s all about.

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Cashin' In With Chamber Buck Gift Certificates
November's Top Chamber Buck Redeemers

The Chamber Buck program is another member benefit offered by the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. We encourage members to proudly display their "Chamber Bucks Accepted Here" stickers and promote their acceptance in their own marking materials. For ideas please contact the Chamber office.  

According to a study conducted by Local First "local retailers return an average of 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy, compared with just 14 percent for the chain retailers. Similarly, the local restaurants re-circulate an average of 79 percent of their revenue locally, compared to 30 percent for the chain eateries." 

  Remember Chamber Bucks make great gifts or employee incentives 
Available all year in $5, $10 and $25 denominations
 
Other members that took advantage of the Chamber Buck program in November include:
Professional Pride Dental
Bon Appetit at St. Olaf
Applebee's
Gooters Dough-To-Go & More
Cannon River Winery
Jesse James Lanes
Larson's Printing
Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic 
Rare Pair
Econo Foods
Culver's
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Chamber in Action!
Morning Business Brew hosted by St. Olaf and Bon Appetit on November 9th.

  Huge turnout for this year's Holiday Social on November 29th at J. Grundy's Rueb 'n' Stein
Fabulous  spread of food at the November 15th Business After Hours at The Northfield Women's Center.
Ambassador's paid a visit to Healthy Focus on December 6th to present Allen Anderson and his staff with a $2 Welcome to Northfield Certificate. 
Member News
For Dicks Sanitation's customers  Christmas Tree Collection is set to begin Monday January 2nd and continues through January 13th. To ensure collection, please have your tree curbside by 6:30 am on your pick up day. To make sure your tree is recycled remove all lights, tinsel, ornaments, tree stands, etc.

Come join Healthy Focus for their grand opening on January, 4th at 4 PM.  The event will include a ribbon-cutting, free samples for first-time customers of all ages, a prize drawing and I meet and greet with their awesome staff. 

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