Weekly Update:
November 16, 2020
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Chamber & Community News
Nominations Open for Business of the Year & Forrest Glewwe Visions of Excellence! Apply by Friday, December 4th!
  • Do you know a deserving business who goes above and beyond?
  • Do you know a business who has overcome hardships and prevailed?
  • Do you know a leader in the community who has positively impacted our community and/or their business?

The River Heights Chamber is now seeking nominations for the 2021 Business of the Year Award and 2020 Forrest Glewwe Visions of Excellence Awards! Check out the criteria/qualifications on the Chamber's website and nominate a business or apply today!

Note: The River Heights Chamber has amended some of the Business of the Year award criteria to be more inclusive and recognize the challenges our businesses are facing this year with the pandemic.

Nominate a business or individual for these awards - Applications for both awards are due by Friday, December 4th!

Contact Nicole Bengtson with award nominations and/or questions here
Dakota County Virtual Town Hall, Weds., Nov. 18, 7-8 p.m.

​Board Chair Mike Slavik and Commissioner Joe Atkins are hosting a virtual town hall on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 7-8 p.m. to give an update on the county's COVID-19 response and possible COVID-19 vaccination. They will be joined by Christine Lees, ...

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From: Joe Atkins, Dakota County Commissioner
To expand access to free, “no barrier” COVID-19 testing, the Minnesota Department of Health just announced 11 new longer-term COVID-19 testing sites.

COVID-19 Salvia Community Testing sites will open across Minnesota in the coming weeks, including one at the National Guard Armory in Inver Grove Heights. All of the new testing sites offer COVID-19 testing to any Minnesotan who wants to be tested, whether they have symptoms or not, and does not require insurance. They will stay in operation until at least the end of the year to provide sustained testing capacity across the state. The sites at National Guard armories will be staffed by a combination of local public health staff and members of the Minnesota National Guard.
Watch the Recording of the Real Time Solutions Webinar from
Nov. 11 Here
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Monday, November 16
  • 10:00 a.m. - Special Edition Real Time Solutions Webinar - Restaurant Strategies to immediately maximize your R.O.I. - Register Here

Wednesday, November 18
  • 8:00 a.m. - Real Time Solutions Webinar Series: Developing a Crisis-Ready Culture - Register Here
  • 8:00 a.m. - Business Owners Roundtable Via Zoom

Thursday, November 19
  • 8:00 a.m. - River Heights Chamber Board of Directors Meeting Via Zoom
  • 10:00 a.m. - IGH CVB Board of Directors Meeting Via Zoom
Employment and Economic Development
FAQ: New limits on bars, restaurants, gatherings

It has been a difficult few weeks in Minnesota, as COVID-19 continues its rampant spread across the state, leaving record-smashing case numbers and a devastating toll of hospitalizations and deaths. Gov. Tim Walz announced an effort Tuesday to...

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Member News & Events
Help with Electric Bills for Small Business Customers
Pandemic and Civil Unrest Recovery Program

Xcel Energy is committed to helping businesses get back on their feet after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or civil unrest, and a new program coming soon will help provide some relief to businesses that were hard hit. Businesses that saw an electric load decrease of 25% or more as a direct result of the pandemic or civil unrest may qualify for a 25% discount on the base energy and demand charges on their Xcel Energy electric bill from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31, 2021.

To find out more and apply for the discount, businesses can contact their dedicated Xcel Energy account manager or visit the website here.
Holiday Advertising Special Offer for Chamber Members
Do You Have a Holiday Special, Black Friday Promotion or Deal You Want to Share?
The River Heights Chamber would like to remind you of the affordable advertising you can do through the Chamber's communications and social media and now we are spicing up the deal for Fall!

Fall/Holiday Ad Promo in Weekly Update
River Heights Chamber members can advertise in the Weekly Update and get featured on the Chamber's social media! Click here for details
  • $25/week ($100/mo.) - Ad camera ready
  • $40/week ($115/mo.) - Chamber creates ONE Ad for you*
  • Your advertisement will also be featured on the Chamber's Facebook and Twitter pages for bonus promotion!
  • *ONE created ad per month. High res company logo and verbiage must be provided at time of ad request

Please use the attached Weekly Update form to reserve your spot and note your specifications.

To find out more details, contact Nicole here.
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Hot Deals & Employment Opportunities!
Minnesota Veterans Virtual Career Fair - November 19th

CareerForce Veterans Employment Services and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs invites all veterans, active military members, and their spouses to this 14th annual event. What's different this year is that the event is completely...

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The Black Friday Loan Sale is BACK!
Whether you’re looking to finance or refinance a vehicle, consolidate debt or cover holiday spending, we have your back with low rates and affordable terms.
Rates starting as low as 2.49% APR* on New or Used Vehicles, Boats, Snowmobiles, and RV’s!

Rates starting as low as 6.99% APR* on Unsecured Loans that can be used as Personal Loans or for Debt Consolidation! You can apply anytime between now and the end November to lock in the rates!

Call us at 651-451-3330 or visit us at wakotafcu.org.

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
Items to Keep on Your Radar or Make Sure You Didn't Miss!
Have you seen the Chamber's New South Metro Living Guide?

Check it out: use the membership directory, see our member tributes and more here!

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