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May 26, 2020
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Chamber & Community News
Members Working Together for the Greater Good
DARTS harnesses bus fleet to deliver groceries to older adults

Older adults are more isolated than ever, and for many that means they are not able to get the food and necessities they need safely. DARTS recognized our unique advantage to fill this gap: our bus fleet. With funding from Dakota County and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, DARTS has repurposed our bus fleet to mobilize grocery delivery and support local food shelves.

Every day, our drivers are harnessing our bus fleet to deliver groceries safely to older adults who cannot leave their homes. With the help of local food shelves like Neighbors Inc., 360 Communities and Hastings Family Service, DARTS is delivering boxes of food shelf items to low-income seniors throughout Dakota County. Since March 25, we have made more than 85 deliveries.

Helping People Support Local Businesses

We’re releasing a “Support Small Business” sticker on Instagram and a #SupportSmallBusiness hashtag on the Facebook app to let people show their love for small businesses.

Read more
River Heights Chamber COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Latest News:

  • Stay Safe MN Plan - View Plan Here
  • See the latest Real-Time Solutions Webinars on our YouTube Playlist and posted on the Chamber's website here after the recording/presentation is available.

The River Heights Chamber of Commerce will continue to be a voice of reason, sharing factual information as it becomes available and we will work tirelessly to advocate for and support our local businesses and communities. Please continue to watch for information through our website and social media channels. The   RHCC Members Only Facebook group  , the   River Heights Chamber Facebook page  , and our   COVID-19 Resource webpage  offers info from our partners, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce,  MN DEED  and other useful resources. We are also updating our Facebook page with announcements from members and opportunities to support our businesses during these challenging times.

View the Business Tool Kit  here
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

*All in-person Chamber meetings and events have been canceled or moved to a virtual Zoom meeting. Please watch for committee specific emails for Zoom instructions as needed.

Tuesday, May 26
  • 3:30 p.m. - Progress Plus Board of Directors Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, May 27
  • 8:00 a.m. - South St. Paul Local Issues via Zoom
  • 8:00 a.m. - Real-Time Solutions Webinar #5 (Part 3 Series): Limiting Your Exposure to C-19 Business Liability - Register in advance on Zoom here
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Text Message Reminders
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Legislative Update
How did the legislative session affect your business?
The Chamber’s semi-annual Statewide Policy Tour is your opportunity to discuss how actions at the Capitol impact your business. This summer’s tour looks a little different, but it’s no less important to make your voice heard.

Throughout June (June 2-11), the Chamber will host a series of virtual tours based on industry ( see list here).

Join us and your peers and discuss policy impacts to help your business – and the economy as a whole – recover and succeed throughout the state.
Member News & Events
The Coop's Catering Business Has Taken on Individualized Packaged Meals
May 13th The Coop shared this post on Facebook: " Our catering business has taken on a new look with individually packaged dinners.
Today, a generous and kind donor purchased 200 chicken dinners for the residents and staff of Little Sisters of The Poor, a residence for the elderly poor located in St. Paul.
Bless this amazing donor and also the residents, staff and all of you.
We are truly blessed to have a wonderful group of employees and amazing customers that continue to support us."

Due to higher call volume, please note their hours of 11am - 7pm and call in orders by 3 pm so they can do their best to accommodate your requested pickup time.
Looking for Some Affordable Advertising During This Time?
The River Heights Chamber Can Help!
The River Heights Chamber has many affordable advertising and new sponsorship opportunities (virtual events included) for you to take advantage of to get your business message out to the members and community!

Here are some ideas to think about!

  • Weekly Update Advertisement
  • Website Advertisement
  • Social Media Advertisements
  • Virtual Networking Event Sponsorships
  • Virtual Webinar Sponsorships

Remember some free Member Benefits:
  • Get to Know a Member Video
  • Member Hot Deals & Job Postings available through your Chamber member login

To find out more details, contact Nicole.
Tribute To Local Businesses Doing Good - Share Your Business Photo
We are working on a Tribute to Our Business Community to highlight area businesses in the upcoming South Metro Living magazine - if your business has done a good deed or something unique to help others during COVID-19, please send a photo and share your story with us!

Thank you to the businesses who have committed to advertising so far in the 2020/2021 publication!

The 2020/2021 River Heights Chamber South Metro Living Guide is being produced/published by ECM/APG.
Share Your Business With Us By Video
Make your own 15-20 second video and share it with us at the Chamber!

Here's how:

1. Record your video in Landscape mode (horizontally)
2. Record in a quiet place if possible (limit background noise)
3. Message - Hi, my name is ABC with XYZ company. Our company does XYZ. Add in a positive thing/message you are doing during this time and/or a way people can connect with you (website or other contact info).
4. Save the video on a Google drive and share it with Nicole here
(Please note: the video file may be too big to email directly so saving it to a file sharing spot like Google Drive or Dropbox first is helpful to send us a link to download the file itself).
River Heights Region Restaurant & Food Guide
The River Heights Chamber of Commerce and Inver Grove Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau compiled this current status of our area restaurants and food establishments. Please understand this is a fluid document and know that information is changing all the time. If your business has updates, please email Colleen and we will do our best to update as timely as possible. You can view the document in real-time here .
Hot Deals & Employment Opportunities!

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

Login to your member account or contact the Chamber here
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