February 2017
Thank You to This Month's Sponsor
Welcome New Members!
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Northfield, MN 55057
Primary Contact: Tanya Mollenhauer
Fighting workplace mandates on two fronts
By Doug Loon, President of the Minnesota Chamber

The Minnesota Chamber continues to challenge workplace mandates at the Legislature and in the courts. A recent court ruling underscores the importance of our parallel efforts.

A Minneapolis ordinance is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2017, that requires businesses to provide paid sick time to employees. St. Paul has a similar ordinance scheduled to take effect the same date. Duluth is considering enacting its own set of workplace regulations. It’s only time before similar measures come to a city near you.

In October 2016, the Minnesota Chamber brought a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis asking the court to do two things: No. 1, issue a temporary injunction prohibiting the city from enforcing its “paid sick and safe time” ordinance on any businesses; No. 2, permanently rule the ordinance unlawful.

The Hennepin County District Court delivered a mixed ruling on January 19. Judge Mel I. Dickstein said Minneapolis may not enforce its ordinance on employers “resident outside the geographic boundaries of the city of Minneapolis.” He also ordered that, for now, the city could enforce the ordinance against employers within the city. We are appealing the decision.

The judge’s mixed ruling underscores the importance of our efforts at the Capitol to pass the Uniform State Labor Standards Act, which would prohibit local governments from passing their own mandates on wages, benefits and scheduling. The Act would keep Minnesota’s laws uniform, our communities open for business, and our economy thriving for all.

Instagram Marketing
By Socialbakers
Fashion brands do well on Instagram because the platform offers an ideal way to showcase their products. They also have a wealth of content they can leverage from their other marketing materials. No matter which industry you come from, the lesson is the same: use professional-looking images and videos that support your brand image, and repurpose your content when you can.
Chamber in Action!
There were several furry attendees at the January 11th Morning Business Brew at Chuck & Don's Pet Food & Supplies
They were out the door and down the hall at the January 17th Business After Hours hosted by 95.1 The One (KYMN Radio)
The Ambassador's paid a visit to Dokmo Ford and got to hear all the fun stories that have happened at the dealership over the years.  
The Ambassadors had a special behind the scenes tour of The Archer House River Inn.
Cashin' In With Chamber Buck Gift Certificates
December'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

Did you know you can use your Chamber Bucks at over 200 member businesses including:
Mainstream Boutique
A Bag Lady
Quarterback Club
Spare Room
The Goat

Rare Pair
Heritage Dental
Chuck & Don's Pet Food & Supplies
Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic
Professional Drive Dental
Northfield Golf Club  

Member News
Northfield Enterprise Center will be hosting a Facebook for Small Business Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, February 21st at noon. The featured presentation will be given by Holly Sobrack from Westbrack Marketing. Free lunch provided by James Gang Coffee House. Contact  director@northfieldenterprisecenter.com to reserve your spot!

Join the Northfield Historical Society for a farewell party honoring Hayes Scriven at the Northfield Historical Society. The party will take place on February 23rd from 4pm to 7pm with a program at 5:30. Come wish Hayes luck as he departs for a new adventure in Superior, WI.


Do you have business news to share? We want to hear about it! Please contact Lindsay at lindsay@northfieldchamber.com to have you big announcement in next month's newsletter