REGISTER FOR FRIDAY'S
5th of 7
LIVE FREE WEBINARS
From Real Time Solutions Series
The Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Lakeville, Burnsville, Hastings and River Heights Chambers & Open to Business is excited to offer you SEVEN complimentary Live 30-minute webinars to help your business navigate the questions, and new normal, related to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Wednesday's topic covers creating value online and how to market your business in this new era.
Webinar Series Topics & Information
(All Webinars are 30 Minutes Long)
Wednesday April 1 | 8 am
CONCLUDED
CARES ACT & SMALL BUSINESS
Speaker: Ethan Hellier, Midwest Region Manager, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Learn what the CARES Act means for your business .

Friday April 3 | 8 am
CONCLUDED
FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING
Speaker: Bruce Goblirsch, President, Merchants Bank
Learn about the business funding options available and state and federal levels.

Monday April 6 | 8 am
CONCLUDED
MITIGATING BUSINESS RISK
Speaker: Matthew Schaap, Attorney, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.
Learn how to mitigate your business risk during COVID-19.

Wednesday April 8 | 8 am
CONCLUDED
EMPLOYEE LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT
Speaker: Matthew Schaap, Attorney, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.
Learn about your legal responsibilities and best approach to managing your cash flow.

Friday April 10 | 8 am
THIS FRIDAY
CREATING VALUE ONLINE
Speaker: Kari Switala, Owner, Wild Fig Marketing
Are you an online business now? Learn how to market yourself in this new era.

Monday April 13 | 8 am
FINANCIALS: PLANNING YOUR NEXT STEPS
Speaker: Scott Kadrlik, CPA and Managing Partner, Meuwissen, Flygare, Kadrlik & Associates
How to get your business back up and running after COVID-19.

Wednesday April 16 | 8 am
IMPROVING ONLINE BUSINESS PERFORMANCE
Speaker: Adam Bengston, President & CEO, Endorse Communications LLC
Learn how to conduct your business online in this new state of normal.

This Webinar Series is Presented By:
FREE MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
From Our Local Newspapers
Given our challenging times, the Dakota County Tribune is offering FREE online "We're Open!" business directory listings. This at no charge to help business be found, both on the Dakota County Tribune website and via SEO within search engines like Google...
 
The Star Tribune newsroom is working hard to update their “What's open, closed or canceled in Minnesota because of the coronavirus” content on www.StarTribune.com (see the very top of the homepage). Businesses are now encouraged to submit their information to be added to the list at no charge.  

How to submit:

POLICYMAKERS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU
Tell Legislators How Tax Extensions Can Help Your Business
A NOTE FROM AV CHAMBER: The Apple Valley Chamber has been working directly with the MN Chamber sending letters on behalf of the Apple Valley Business community to our legislators and directly to the Governor. We have also been working with the City of AV who is working simultaneously with the County to extend property taxes, which they control. A statewide order rather than at the County level would be preferable as our businesses so often have many locations.

Last week, the Minnesota Chamber heard from businesses around the state on how delaying tax payments would help their business. But they need policymakers to hear more business voices before they return to the legislative session next week.
 
They are not advocating for payments not to be made, but instead are asking for time for your businesses to be able to continue to have cash to pay employees, pay benefits, pay operating costs and access federal and state loans and grants.  Tell state legislators and Governor Walz how delaying tax due dates would help your business.

Currently:

  • The federal government has allowed for a 90-day extension of the April 15 tax payments for 2019 tax year for all taxpayers and for delay in first quarter 2020 estimated tax payment. Minnesota’s 90-day extension of the 2019 income tax payment applies to individual taxpayers including those paying business income taxes through Minnesota individual income tax. Businesses that pay taxes at the entity level do NOT have a payment delay but should have a filing delay. Minnesota did NOT delay the first quarter 2020 estimated tax for any taxpayers.
  • The first half payment for property taxes is due on May 15. The Chamber recommends this payment be delayed for 60 days without incurring penalties and interest for business property taxpayers.

Your story will help lawmakers understand the importance of this tax relief during a critical time.
A NOTE FROM CHAMBER PRESIDENT ED KEARNEY: Extending business property tax payments and corporate income tax payments would help Apple Valley Chamber Members manage cash flow as they apply for other forms of assistance offered by the state and federal government. Our legislators need to hear from you on this issue.  They are focused on other relief measures, but very little, if anything for Minnesota businesses. We urge you to contact our local legislators and the Governor’s office as soon as possible. 

Thank you,

Ed Kearney | Apple Valley Chamber President
Governor Tim Walz
130 State Capitol
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

651-201-3400

Senator Greg Clausen (57, DFL)
95 University Avenue W.
Minnesota Senate Bldg, Room 2233
St. Paul, MN 55155

651-296-4120

Rep. Robert Bierman (57A, DFL)
579 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155

651-296-5506

Rep. John Huot (57B, DFL)
583 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155

651-296-4306

Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce | info@applevalleychamber.com