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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.

2020 has posed challenges for all of us, and the Dakota County Sherriff's Department is no different. Hear from Sherriff Tim Leslie on how the Sherriff's department is adjusting in the midst of a pandemic and responding to a request for change.

Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.
Highland Bank
2020 Platinum Golf Sponsor
We are excited to introduce the first of our six Platinum Golf Sponsors! Joe Veliz (pictured above) is a Small Business Banker at 6 Highland Banks and also the Chair of the Golf Par-Tee for the 5th year in a row. Joe has served on the Apple Valley Chamber Board of Directors and has been an active member of our Chamber for many many years. His positivity, creativity and commitment are exemplary. We can't thank Joe enough for his leadership and support!

Founded in 1943, Highland Banks is a family-owned community bank focused on small business lending. Highland is an SBA "Preferred" Lender, making them uniquely qualified to help your business obtain the financing it needs expeditiously. At Highland, you work directly with the decision-makers who treat you like a business partner. This is Highland Bank's third year as a Platinum Sponsor.
Dakota County Small Business Relief Grant Program
Applications Can Be Submitted Until 4:30 pm THIS FRIDAY August 14th, 2020
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has allocated $10 million to support small businesses that have had a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. One-time grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible applicants to assist with payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other operational expenses that have occurred since March 1, 2020.

Dakota County, in collaboration with the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA), are working with NextStage (Program Administrator) to collect, review, and award these grants. This initiative is being funded by Dakota County’s allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Thank you to local and federal legislators for their efforts to secure this funding for Dakota County businesses.

To qualify, an applicant must:
  • Employ the equivalent of 50 or fewer full-time workers.
  • Be a private for-profit business that has a permanent physical location in Dakota County, Minnesota.
  • Be majority owned by a permanent resident of Minnesota.
  • Be in good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State and Minnesota Department of Revenue as of March 1, 2020.
  • Be in good standing with Dakota County and the city where the business is located.
  • Be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. THIS FRIDAY, August 14, 2020. Only one application needs to be submitted per business. Submitting multiple applications does not improve your chances of being awarded funds. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If the number of applications exceeds the available funding, a randomized selection process will take place. All applicants will be contacted via email by August 26, 2020.

Call: 651-675-4481
For Civil Unrest Damages
APPLE VALLEY CHAMBER NOTE: The following program which was forwarded to us by Apple Valley's Mayor Mary is something most of you may not qualify for since it is for CIVIL UNREST DAMAGE (both physical and / or closure). However many of you have other locations in the Twin Cities and we want to make you aware of this program. The future we hope stays calm but in the event of future civil unrest at your business, the deadline is next May 2021 to apply.
SBA Disaster Assistance Due To Civil Unrest
In response to a request by Governor Walz, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued a disaster declaration, making low-interest loans available to cover uninsured or underinsured losses related to the civil unrest in and around Hennepin County between May 27th & June 8th. In addition to Hennepin County, the declaration covers the seven adjacent counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, and Wright.
Anyone affected by these events – homeowners or renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations – is eligible to apply. Loans can cover physical damage for individuals and businesses affected, and economic injury that businesses suffered because of the disaster. Interest rates can be as low as 1.25% for homeowners and renters, 2.75% for nonprofit organizations, and 3% for businesses. Repayment terms can extend as long as 30 years.
Apple Valley City Grants (from CARES Act) Update:
We have been getting a great deal of inquiries on the grants from the City of Apple Valley. City Council, through the Economic Development Agency, will approve $400,000 this Thursday. The grants should be up to $10,000 for businesses less than 25 employees. There could be some variations at those meetings. We expect you to be able to apply within the new few weeks. We will let you know what the final rules and application process is. This is a separate program from the County grants (above).
In Other News...
Join the Golf Committee!
We will be having our first Golf Committee meeting TOMORROW WEDNESDAY August 12th @ 2:30 pm via Zoom. This event wouldn't be possible without the awesome people on the Committee. Join us!

The Golf Dividers are In
Over the last week, the dividers have been installed on the Valleywood Golf Club carts. Thank you to Think Bank & Valleywood Golf Course for their Sponsorship to make these dividers (and our tournament) possible.
MN State Primary Elections are TODAY - GO VOTE!
Minnesota's State Primary Elections are TODAY Tuesday August 11th. Make your voice heard and go vote!

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