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March 16, 2020
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River Heights Chamber Update & COVID-19 Resources
The River Heights Chamber of Commerce would like to add our voice to the messages you are likely receiving that our staff, members and community's health and safety are our #1 priority. We continue to monitor the daily changes with the global health pandemic of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, and are working with a fluid plan to protect our staff and members while continuing to operate.

Currently, the River Heights Chamber is open for business and moving to a “Work Distancing” model with limited staff each day and the elimination of group meetings at the Chamber office. Out of an abundance of caution and respect to decisions of our business community, the River Heights Chamber will be suspending in-person meetings with groups larger than a few until March 30th, and practicing social distancing. This includes committee meetings, member events and public events, as well as the County-wide Business Breakfast on April 3. The March 19th Board meeting will be done as a virtual meeting. Meetings and events may be made virtual or rescheduled as possible in the days/weeks to come, so please watch your Chamber communications for updates.
 
The River Heights Chamber staff had the opportunity to be part of a webinar hosted by the MN Chamber in collaboration with the MN Hospital Association, a labor law expert from Stinson and the US Chamber of Commerce. We found the following information extremely helpful in preparing a plan. As we find ourselves faced with many important decisions during this global health pandemic with the Coronavirus, the River Heights Chamber of Commerce would like to offer some resources specific for employers and employees.

Please utilize the links below for resources and tips. Our business community, members, staff and families are so important to us and we ask that you continue to communicate with us as we are in this together.





Keeping Your Workplace Safe & Healthy

Best practices to stay healthy, deal with employee diagnosis and set a plan.



Preparedness Tips
  • Urge employees to stay home when they are sick.
  • Maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits for those who are ill or encouraged to stay home.
  • Do not require a health care provider's note to validate illness or return to work.
  • Identify critical functions of operation and develop a plan on how to cover those functions with increased staff absence.
  • Consider cross-training
  • Maximize telecommuting options
  • Ensure the staff that can work from home have the tools to do so.
  • Utilize options for virtual meeting: ZOOM or GO TO MEETING

If your business has larger quantities of essential staple items of dry food, cleaning/disinfecting/paper products to share with businesses in need or if your business is in need of certain items, please let us know!
Our Local Businesses Speak Up About Their Growth Challenges

Chamber Federation launches legislative agenda - By Chamber President Doug Loon - Strike up a conversation with any business owner on the challenges to growing jobs in Minnesota, and the themes ring familiar. High taxes hinder growth. Access to...

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Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:
*All in-person Chamber meetings and events have been canceled or moved to a virtual meeting.

Monday, March 16
  • 7:00 p.m. - South St. Paul State of the City Address, SSP City Hall - Council Chambers, SSP- The City of South St. Paul is moving forward with the State of the City Update and Concord Street Public Hearing on Monday, March 16th. It will be live and on demand on http://townsquare.tv.

Thursday, March 19
  • 8:00 a.m. - River Heights Chamber Board of Directors *Virtual Web Meeting*
South St. Paul State of the City Address
Monday, March 16, 2020
7:00 p.m.
South St. Paul City Hall, Council Chambers
125 3rd Avenue North, SSP

The updates will occur as an agenda item during the regular Council meeting. It will be live and on demand on  http://townsquare.tv.
Birdi Golf Fundraiser  for the Police Explorers Program To Be Rescheduled
The event originally scheduled for March 31 will be rescheduled for a later date. You can still make a donation via paypal to the River Heights Chamber and we will donate it to the Explorers program. 
Small Business Award Luncheon & Trade Show - April 23, 2020
The River Heights Chamber will continue to closely monitor the state of the COVID-19 and may make modifications to the celebration. At this time we are still looking for sponsors of the celebration to support our recognition of local business success stories! 


Meet our Keynote Speaker: Scott Welle
Outperform the Norm:  Today’s competition is brutal and the pressure to perform can be suffocating. What are you doing to stay ahead and keep from burning out? Join us with Scott Welle as he shares the peak performance strategies used by high achievers to take your “game” to the next level:
 
  • Shift ONE word in your vocabulary that can lead to 30% more happiness and fulfillment
  • Unleash sustainable energy, stamina and physical vibrancy, so you are as fresh at 4 pm as you are at 8 am
  • Implement a 4-step process to thrive through change, personally and professionally
  • Challenge limiting beliefs about your performance standards that may be holding you back
  • Unlock the mindset shift that world-class performers use to get stronger from adversity
 
This dynamic, high-energy presentation will help you raise your personal standard of excellence and give you an effortless action plan to put into place immediately.
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Text Message Reminders
Text RHChamber to 20673 to receive upcoming event reminders from the River Heights Chamber of Commerce!
Economic Development & Workforce News
South St. Paul City Council Public Hearing
March 16 @ 7:00 p.m.
Concord Street - I-494 to Annapolis Street
The City of South St. Paul is moving forward with the State of the City Update and Concord Street Public Hearing on Monday, March 16th. It will be live and on demand on  http://townsquare.tv.
Member News & Events
Thank You for Renewing Your Chamber Membership for 2020
We will be highlighting several renewing members  each week in the Weekly Update so watch for your business's name! If you haven't renewed yet,  renew here today!

Here are  some  of the members who have renewed for 2020!
Thank you!

  • Mendota Heights Living Magazine
  • Mississippi Pub/River Heights Marina
  • Pearlwood Estates
  • Protouch Painting, Inc.
Congratulations Bill Ashton! Sneak Peek: Pillbox Tavern

Opening this Thursday in downtown St. Paul, Pillbox Tavern will be the main-floor full-service bar and restaurant in the new Treasure Island Center. Rising from the ashes of the vacant Macy's space on Wabasha, the new and gleaming building also...

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Great Neighbors' Food Fight

2020 Great Neighbors' Food Fight Contest Local restaurants compete for the "best burger" and YOU can help decide the winner. Click here to vote! How it works: Local restaurants have chosen one designated burger to compete in this year's event!

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Increase Your Exposure in 2020 with the Chamber's South Metro Living Guide
It’s time to introduce the 2020 River Heights Chamber of Commerce South Metro Living magazine and it's new publisher, Adams Publishing, formerly ECM Publishers!

We want to thank you in advance for your support of last years’ South Metro Living magazine. We developed this valuable resource to offer you an efficient way to connect with other members, to give you the opportunity to market benefits of doing business with you and to introduce your business to new members of our communities.

Hot Deals & Employment Opportunities!
Eagan Job Fair Moved to May 5
Tuesday, May 5
10am - 1pm
EAGAN CIVIC CENTER

Explore the variety of career opportunities from multiple employers across our region. Network with fellow job seekers and local employers. 

Share your Hot Deal or Employment Opportunities with the Chamber!  It's a free member benefit !

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