Weekly Update:
October 19, 2020
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Chamber & Community News
What's Your "Why" When it Comes to the Chamber?

The River Heights Chamber of Commerce wants to hear your "Why" when it comes to your business being part of the River Heights Chamber! Use #WhyRiverHeights to share your WHY with us on our social media. See some members' WHYs here...

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Share Your Chamber #WhyRiverHeights On Here
Section 179 tax relief passes; will help small businesses, farmers
On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in its fifth special session, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill to conform to section 179 expensing effective for tax year 2020 providing $208 million in tax relief over the next three years. The Minnesota Chamber has advocated for this law change for the past three sessions and we are pleased it has been accomplished.
Section 179 of the federal tax code dictates when businesses can deduct the cost of purchasing certain equipment. In 2019, Minnesota conformed to some federal tax reforms, but not many of the expensing provisions. This put small businesses and farmers at a disadvantage and hit many with retroactive bills.
Now more than ever, it’s critical to support Minnesota small businesses, as our state continues to deal with the public health and financial impacts of the pandemic. The Minnesota Chamber thanks the elected officials who on a bipartisan vote took this step to invest in the employees and communities which these businesses and farms support. This helps lay the foundation to help Minnesota’s economy recover and grow, and retain and create jobs. The tax provisions were passed along with the $1.87 billion bonding bill including $300 million in trunk highway bonds.
Aligning state and federal tax codes for section 179 expensing would:
  • Help small businesses and farmers reinvest in Minnesota to help grow our economy.
  • Fix retroactive tax increases for like/kind exchanges to 2018 and 2019.
  • Improve Minnesota’s competitiveness as most states, including neighboring states, have already conformed with federal law.
  • Reduce tax compliance complexity and costs.
  • Prevent Minnesota taxpayers from paying more in state taxes than they do on their federal income tax returns.

Read more on the Bonding Bill Passed here
Real Time Solutions Webinar Recording October 14
FALL Advertising Special Promotion
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!

October - November 2020 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.
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Wednesday, October 21
  • 8:00 a.m. - Business Owners Roundtable Via Zoom
  • 8:00 a.m. - Real Time Solutions: Attracting and retaining a more diverse workforce - Part 2: Bridging Cultural Differences - Register Here
  • 5:00 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for Blvd Tavern (formerly Blvd Bar & Grille) @ Blvd Tavern, 433 East Mendota Road, WSP - check it out here

Thursday, October 22
  • 10:00 a.m. - IGH CVB Board Meeting via Zoom
Employment and Economic Development
SBA anticipates Congress will approve another round of...

Small Business Administration (SBA) officials on Wednesday said more financial assistance programs will soon begin for companies struggling to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. "We're hoping Phase 4 will start very soon," Great Lakes SBA...

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Member News & Events
Customized Training for Your Business Employees
Have you identified a skill gap within your organization? Do you believe you can get the results needed with the right guidance? DCTC delivers high-quality technical & professional education in career-oriented programs that benefit today's workforces and the businesses and industries they serve.

Whether your organization is for-profit or non-profit, private, public or government, we have experience in a wide variety of industry settings.

DARTS PARTY IT FORWARD Online Event on October 22
October 22
6:30 p.m.

DARTS Fall Fundraiser is going online this year and is FREE – register to be a part of the fun and shop the fantastic auction items.

The funds raised ensure DARTS is able to help any older adult or family caregiver have the resources they need to stay in the home of their choice. Many thanks to the Chamber members and community partners who are sponsors and have provided auction items. Together we are creating connections that enrich aging.

Register Here
Did you apply and get accepted for a Dakota County CARES Act Relief Grant?
If you applied for, and were told you were eligible, for a Dakota County CARES Act grant, the county is asking for you to please finish the application process ASAP. The county has a deadline in which they must issue the funds. If you have questions, you can respond to the email that was sent to you confirming your eligibility.
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
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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Watch the River Heights Region's Candidate Forums by Town Square Television
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).
Check out the New Inver Grove Heights CVB Map
Visit Inver Grove Heights is excited to unveil a new tourism map of the city featuring hotels, restaurants, parks and trails, and more. View and download your map here. When planning your next staycation or outing, go to www.VisitIGH.com
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