November 2016

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Welcome New Members 
Lincoln Court North Homeowners Association
723 Lincoln Street North
Northfield, MN 55057
Primary Contact: Caron Grinnell

Blue Sage Day Spa 
504 Division Street South 
Northfield, MN 55057
Primary Contact: Andrea Collins
Court Halts Overtime Rule, Leaving Employers in Limbo
U.S. employers have spent months adjusting employee schedules, job duties and pay ahead of a new overtime rule set to take effect next week. But an order from a federal judge on Tuesday puts the fate of the rule into question.

The preliminary injunction essentially halts the implementation of a rule that would have required employers to start paying overtime to workers earning salaries of less than $47,476 a year, making millions more workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay.

Employers that made big changes in their workforce ahead of the rule's Dec. 1 effective date-either by raising managers' salaries to the newly set threshold for overtime pay or eliminating job categories like assistant manager-say they aren't yet planning to reverse course, while others are taking a wait-and-see approach.

The vast expansion of overtime eligibility has been one of President Barack Obama's signature achievements, intended to meaningfully raise incomes for people in front-line roles in retail, food service and beyond. But the business community objected to some aspects of the rule, and said the new salary threshold is too big a jump from the current $23,660, which was last updated in 2004.

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Chamber in Action 
Morning Business Brew hosted by Community Resource Bank on October 12th 

The Ambassadors paid a visit to Schmitz, Ophaug, Dowd & Blumhoefer, LLP on October 13th.

It was a full house at The Grand Event Center for the first inaugural Beyond Bourbon Street Spirits & Spirits Ball on October 28th
Amy Voight with A Team Landscaping took home the Ambassador of the Quarter award for Q3

Cashin' In With Chamber Bucks
August's Top Chamber Buck Redeemers


Other members that took advantage of the Chamber Buck program in October include:

Mainstream Boutique
A Bag Lady 
Forget-Me-Not Florist
Basil's Pizza

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 
Member News
Dicks Sanitation and the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce invites you to come join them for coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts as they hold our annual Toys for Tots Drive. This year they will be attempting to fill a semi-trailer full of toys on December 3rd, 2016 at Recycle Minnesota located at 8812 215th St W Lakeville, MN 55044. Santa will also be stopping by for pictures so bring the kids and let's make this a holiday to remember as we remember(help) those less fortunate.

Carriage Cleaning Service announced that they have earned a  A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau! Click the link below to see their reviews and profile page.


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