Chamber E-Connection
Marshall Area Chamber Weekly Events Newsletter
May 8th | 2020
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E-Connection newsletter. These are first come, first serve
for each selected Friday date at $50/week. Email  chamber@marshallmn.org  for more information.

Zoom Meeting Sponsorship is available for $100.
This will include your logo and introduction at the beginning
of a Chamber hosted zoom meeting. Email brad.gruhot@marshallmn.org if interested!
Marshall Quick Guide - COVID-19 Business Resources
Marshall Quick Guide
Upcoming Events
Marshall PD: Frauds/Scams
Join Marshall Police Department's Detective, Ryan Hoffmann, on a very timely topic.  

Tuesday, May 12th | 10-10:45 AM on ZOOM

During COVID-19, fraud and scams are very important to recognize and gain awareness about. This is happening to people right here in our very own Marshall community. 

Learn some tips, warning signs and what to do if you get caught up in a scam. 

If time allows, the last 5-10 minutes of the webinar will be Q&A. Email kayleigh.kontz@marshallmn.org ahead of time if you have specific questions for Ryan. 

Sponsorships Available!

Chamber 101
Thursday, May 14th | 8-9 AM

Are you interested in learning how to make the most out of your membership or are you just curious as to what the Chamber can do for your business? Join us at the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce Office to hear from Chamber staff and volunteers about the programs, benefits and services that are available to Chamber members. Whether you are a brand new member, a longtime member or just want to learn more about membership this is the event for you! Also, learn about some of the enhancements that businesses can now use with their business listing and more!

Thank you to  Waste Management  for sponsoring this Zoom meeting!
Women's Connect Event
Thursday, May 14th | 11 AM

Hear from Sarah Kicmal, President & CEO of  United Way of Southwest Minnesota  on Local Volunteer Opportunities!

What type of volunteer are you? I’m a caretaker!  Join in on this interactive presentation all about volunteerism and find out your volunteer type. We’ll dive into the importance of volunteering, tips on finding the right opportunities, bust some volunteer myths and highlight local volunteer options with a special focus on social distancing opportunities.  

Thanks to our sponsors, The Escape Spa and Schwan's Company for sponsoring Women's Connect.
Virtual Traveling Trivia

May 14, 2020
7:30 PM
We are bringing virtual trivia back for the month of May!

Young Professionals Luncheon
Tuesday, May 19th | 12-1 PM
Pizza Ranch Lot

Join us as we social distance and clean up outside at the same time! In the month of May, we will get some fresh air and pick-up litter by the Walmart/Tall Grass outlet parking lot (OR if you have a spot that needs picked up, you are more than welcome to meet us at Pizza Ranch for lunch and then go to that specific spot to pick up litter..)
*We will stay 6 feet apart the entire time as we will be dispersing to get the job done!
  • Please bring gloves, a bag to collect the litter in, and hand sanitizer to use afterwards. 
  • We will be outside but please bring a mask if you have one. 
  • Lunch will be provided. 
  • Please be respectful of personal space when getting lunch. 
Please click the "register" button to register for this event! It will be fun to see some faces while maintaining a social distance. 
 
Thank you to our Young Professional Sponsor, Sleep Inn .
Marshall Golf Club Leagues

Men's League
  • May 17th

Women's League
  • June 2nd

Call the Pro Shop to sign your team up!
(507) 537-1622
Business News
Time to Reopen Marshall Area Businesses

I have had many discussions with my colleagues throughout the great State of Minnesota on what they are doing within their local business communities to “stop the bleeding” while maintaining stay at home restrictions. Collectively, there are various responses. Many Chambers are continuing to educate their members concerning loans, unemployment, health guidelines, and now guidelines on how to reopen. Bottom line, businesses need the most help to reopen using a focused, phased approach.

The Marshall Chamber of Commerce supports the reopening of Marshall Area businesses as soon as possible with safety and responsibility in mind. Our businesses are the lifeblood of our community. They have not worked this hard and come this far to be shut down permanently. Now that the Governor’s Stay at Home Order has been extended to May 18th, we will have to face this reality together. 

Aside from holiday shopping, the number of people shopping downtown together is manageable. I like to think that our businesses are run by smart people who would continue to use commonsense guidelines to manage their businesses while navigating these unprecedented times.

When I go to a store for essentials, people seem very cautious and responsible. Marshall has figured out how to social distance! Let’s reopen businesses with an emphasis on continuing to be safe. Local social distancing guidelines need to be amended for our community to be able to further support the local businesses who have helped cultivate the Marshall Area.

Brad Gruhot, President
Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce
EDA Emergency Loan Program
Accepting Applications!

Local funds are still available for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

You can find information, eligibility and application HERE

The Paycheck Protection Program has money available to help Minnesota businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 through  participating lenders
The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to help small businesses and non-profits keep their workforce employed. PPP loans can be used for payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities, for the 8 weeks following the first loan disbursement.
Southwest Initiative Foundation
 We have an open grant round to support nonprofits directly serving southwest Minnesota communities for work related to Grow Our Own. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline to apply for  Grow Our Own responsive grants  has been extended to July 1, 2020 at 5 p.m.  Find out how to apply

Return to work: A web series

Is your business planning for a safe return to work? What are best practices to encourage a safe workplace for employees and customers? Learn best practices from experts in the industry.  

How can employers adjust their work practices and workspaces to mitigate health risks and reopen? How can they make employees and customers comfortable in their workspaces?
For Immediate Release
Contact: E.J. Moberg, Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer at (507) 537-6050 or e.j.moberg@co.lyon.mn.us

PRESS RELEASE
MARSHALL (May 5, 2020) --

LYON COUNTY ANNOUNCES PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT RELIEF IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Lyon County Board of Commissioners, in coordination with the Auditor/Treasurer, took action
earlier today to provide temporary relief to residents and businesses that have been directly or
indirectly impacted by the economic pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On a unanimous 5-0 vote, the County Board acted to abate the majority of penalties associated with
late payment of property taxes through July 2020.

In doing so, the County Board recognized that, as a result of unemployment, lost or reduced wages
and the loss of business income, prompt payment of property taxes may be a major economic pressure
for many County residents and businesses this month.

“Imposing the full penalty for late payment of property taxes in 2020 would be unjust and
unreasonable”, noted 2020 Board Chair Gary Crowley. “While Lyon County preferred a uniform
statewide plan to help out our property taxpayers, we simply couldn’t wait any longer for
legislative action.”

In taking this action, Lyon County is striking a balance between helping out those residents and
businesses seeking property tax payment relief with the critical cash flow needs of local schools,
cities and other taxing districts dependent upon property tax revenues.

“As this COVID-19 pandemic continues to play out,” explained Auditor/Treasurer E.J. Moberg, “it is
clear that the financial implications to Lyon County residents and businesses, as well as local
governments, are significant and growing.”

Minn. Stat. § 279.01 allows for a County Board, with the concurrence of the County Treasurer, to
abate penalties for late payment of property taxes. The County today acted to reduce penalties for
late payment on all property classifications except energy production taxes and utility and
railroad real and personal property, as follows:
•   Reduced to 1% the penalty for unpaid taxes between May 16, 2020 and June 30, 2020; and
•   Reduced to 2% the penalty for unpaid taxes between July 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020.

Consideration of specific requests for abatement of taxes or adjustment of property values will ed
on a case-by-case basis, pursuant to state law.
Letter to Governor Walz from Chambers of Commerce across Minnesota

May 5, 2020

Dear Governor Walz,
Small businesses are the economic fuel of our state’s future. Nearly half of Minnesotans own or work for a small business and create two out of every three new jobs each year. On behalf of hundreds of thousands of small businesses and more than 70 local chambers of commerce across Minnesota, we urge you to consider a more rapid and equitable approach to safely open businesses of all sizes.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the business community has shared your concerns for the importance of balancing health and economic impacts. Businesses that have remained open throughout this crisis and those who are preparing to reopen and are taking steps to protect employee and customer health.

Small businesses are subject to financial and operating challenges that many of their larger counterparts are not.
• While many large companies or chain stores offer a mix of products, smaller, main street stores specialize in fewer types of similar products. For example, a community’s flower shop may sell plants and arrangements, but the grocery store in the same community sells those items in addition to food. • While many large companies may already offer online ordering or curbside delivery, small, main street stores will have to adjust their business operations to accommodate customers during this time. All at an additional cost.

Small businesses are innovative, nimble and adaptable. The sooner they are given a chance to fully reopen, the sooner they can start implementing their workplace practices and preparedness plans. And the more equity that is given to who is deemed “essential” will help them survive and compete in their communities. We believe all businesses are essential. We know you do too.

Easing Minnesota’s stay-at-home order for retailers was a step in the right direction. However, DEED Commission Steve Grove acknowledged last week that small businesses have borne a disproportionate amount of the economic burden. Businesses throughout the state are preparing to fully return to work and taking steps to do so responsibly and expeditiously. We urge you to continue to recognize that businesses can and have designed plans for safe work environments and allow more businesses to fully return to work.

As chambers of commerce, we stand ready to help ensure our members are prepared to open – that they have instituted health and safety protocols for their workers and customers and have a preparedness plan in place. We are confident in their ability to do the right thing and are working with them, each and every day to understand and employ best practices. In fact, we believe if allowed, will do it equally as well as their larger counterparts.

It’s time to get Minnesota moving again, in the safest way possible for employees and customers, while protecting businesses of all size. Minnesota’s long-term economic future is counting on it.

LOCAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN SUPPORT OF SAFELY OPENING SMALL BUSINESSES

Chamber Member Job Postings
This is  FREE  for Chamber Members!  
Log in to your ChamberMaster account and post now! Not sure how to log in? 
Call the Chamber at  507-532-4484  or email  chamber@marshallmn.org to learn how.

  • Avera Marshall
  • C.N.A. - Sign on bonus & We could pay 100% of your college tuition!
  • Registered Nurse - Long Term Care - Benefit Eligible!
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • Cook
  • Home Care/Hospice Care Assistant - Benefit Eligible!
  • Optometrist
  • RN or LPN - Long Term Care - Benefit Eligible!
  • Registered Nurse - Med/Surg & CCU
  • Long Term Care LPN - As needed!
  • Long Term Care RN - As needed; Granite Falls!
  • Vice President - Mission Services
  • BH Electronics
  • Electronic Assembler
  • Boulder Creek Assisted Living
  • Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Charge Nurse (LPN, RN)
  • Schwan's Company
  • 1st shift Maintenance Technician $21-26/hr, depending on experience
  • Machine Operator I / 2nd shift Beverage Plant / $15
  • Machine Operator II 6am-6pm $17+/hr
  • Material Handler I / (DC) 6:45am - 3:15pm / $13.20
  • Part Time Merchandiser 5-8hrs/weekend
  • Sanitation Associate I / SFP, Beverage / $15.50
  • Shipping Receiving Inventory Control PT / 4pm - 8pm / $13
  • Lyon County
  • County Seasonal Positions
  • Engineering Intern
  • Hope Harbor
  • Marketing Communications Manager
  • Boerboom Ag Resources
  • Human Resources Manager
  • GreatAmerica Financial Service Corp
  • Full/Part Time Customer Service Representative- Consumer (Marshall, MN)
  • New Horizons Crisis Center
  • Parenting Time Monitor
  • Pizza Ranch
  • All hourly positions
  • AP Design
  • Awards & Graphics Specialist

Any Chamber member may submit job postings! Ask about your login by emailing  chamber@marshallmn.org  or call the Chamber at 532-4484.
Chamber E-Connection Guidelines and Policies
Newsletter Goals and Audience
The purpose of the Chamber E-Connection newsletter is to share our members' events with other business and community members. It is an informational newsletter and helps to promote our member businesses and their events. Each Friday, our newsletter is sent to over 1,800 individuals. Our separate emails are sent to the same list, but are held especially for our Chamber events and Business After Hours.

Newsletter Policy
E-Connection events are included based on requests from the member business. The following criteria are requested by the Marshall Area Chamber for event submissions:
  • Events flyers or submissions must be an actual event. We do not include sales or promotions.
  • Events can be included in the E-Connection for one week free of charge,
and you have the option of adding one additional week for $20.
  • Submissions must be sent the Wednesday prior to that Friday's
  • E-Connection to be included to chamber@marshallmn.org
  • All event flyers are for Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce members only.