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TEACHER: Billy, how do you spell 'crocodile?'

BILLY: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L

TEACHER: No, that's wrong.


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MORE BUSINESS RESOURCES
FREE GOAL SETTING WEBINAR
On Wed, Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm CST, Erik will begin Think GREAT’s  Global Goal-Setting Crusade . Erik will share his proven program,  The GOAL Formula  and how he has used goal-setting to navigate through some of the most challenging times in his life. Erik will teach you how to use your goals as tools to transform  obstacles  into  opportunities .

We are working with the MN Chamber daily for news, information and resources for or businesses. I will continue to pass along as we have these.

To listen to the pre-recorded webinar, CLICK HERE for the MN Chamber toolkit page.

To see the slide presentation, CLICK HERE .
FREE RESOURCE IN DAKOTA COUNTY
Open to Business is your FREE business assistance resource provided by Dakota County. During this time the Open to Business team is ready to discuss your business concerns from COVID-19 related funding needs (Federal, State) to cash flow and next steps for keeping your business open. We are ready and here for you.
Karen Schaffhausen
Business Advisor
M: 952-239-0767
SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY LOANS
Following  Executive Order 20-15 , DEED has established a loan program to assist small businesses affected by  Executive Orders 20-04  and  20-08  following the COVID-19 pandemic. This is intended for small businesses who have been denied funding by other resources, or have a gap while they are waiting for their funding to begin.

Loans will:
  • Range from $2,500 to $35,000 and will be based on the firm’s economic injury and the financial need.
  • Be interest free.
  • Be paid back monthly over five (5) years and the first payment will be deferred six (6) months with potentially partial forgiveness.
  • Be provided to only Minnesota-based businesses.

They are still working on getting all of the pieces up and running, but hope to have it ready by week's end. More information HERE .
FROM THE CITY OF LAKEVILLE
Put your Business on the MAP!
The City of Lakeville is creating an Interactive Map that will provide information to the public on what Lakeville businesses are still open and providing goods and services. If you would like your business included in this map, please complete this SURVEY.
SUBSCRIBE TO THE WEEKLY SPECIAL EDITION
This special edition newsletter will be distributed every Friday with a summary of the most up-to-date information your business needs to succeed in the wake of this pandemic. This has very valuable information and recaps of the information coming out each week. Click on image below for last week's edition (available soon) and SUBSCRIBE HERE.
TWO LIQUOR STORES NOW OPEN
Galaxie and Kenrick locations are NOW OPEN, with some new policies and standards in place. The Heritage location will remain closed for a planned remodeling project through April 5.

The two locations will have new hours, Noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

They will be closed on Sundays in the short-term.
WHAT'S ON SPECIAL?
If you have any special offers right now, email SHANEN and we will get them added to the HOT DEALS page. Just a reminder, this is free and open to all Chamber members at any time during the year. Brenda will be promoting this page on social media!
EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
If you have employees that are being displaced, CareerForce has information on current openings in Dakota County. We are also working to get LakevilleWorks.org updated as we are able.

Other places that are currently hiring and placing employees are:

IF YOU ARE HIRING, PLEASE:
  1. Email ALYSSA and she will post on LakevilleWorks.org
  2. Post jobs on CareerForce site or email Mark Jacobs
GREAT TIME TO FILL OUT THE CENSUS!
While you are home, please be sure and complete your census survey. You should have received a notice (or two!) in the mail with your Census ID. If you do not fill it out online, they will be mailing a paper copy.

Check out Lakeville's self-response rate on the SELF RESPONSE RATE MAP . We are at 31%, let's keep it going!
Home Show is VIRTUAL!!
Please remember to SHOP LOCAL! There are a lot of companies out there who claim to be local. We have so many businesses who are based RIGHT HERE - they live here, rise their families here and want to help their neighbors. Please use them for your home and family needs!
FREE Broadband and WiFi to Students
While schools across the county move to 'remote learning,' Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced that it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet with Spectrum/Charter.

If you or anyone you know could use this service let them know and  
call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll .
Donations and Volunteers NEEDED
March FoodShare has now also been extended through the month of April !
March is the best time to impact hunger and stability in Dakota County through Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign. It is the most impactful annual food drive in the state. Any gift to the food shelves in March qualifies for additional funds from Minnesota’s FoodShare. In addition, food shelves access discount food programs that stretch you donation dollars even futher! 
THANK YOU WALMART!!!
The Chamber, 360 Communities, Lakeville Public Safety Foundation, Schmitty & Sons and Walmart had our second annual food drive scheduled for April 4. Once this outbreak hit, Walmart in Lakeville began packing and pre-selling the bags. On Saturday, 360 communities picked up 926 pounds of food and 4 boxes of new plastic bags. Thank you so much to Tom Gilbert and staff!
If you do not follow The Open Door on Facebook, please do so! Director, Jason Viana, and team are doing some great videos about how we can help.
CHECK THIS OUT!
For those of you driving up 35, from the south, check out the new shared billboard artwork. This billboard is purchased as a partnership between the CVB and some of our Lakeville hotels.

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Maybe it is wrong, but you asked how I spell it!
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