NOVEMBER 23, 2020

We know that this year Thanksgiving will look very different for all of us and our families, but the one thing that remains true all year long is that we are thankful for our members and the great work you do in Shakopee. 

Please enjoy a safe and healthy holiday.

In gratitude - Angie, Cristy, Tim, & Ashley
HOT OFF THE PRESSES!

The Chamber has the perfect gift for all of those sweet kiddos on your list this year. You’re going to want to get one of these fantastic souvenir books for yourself too before they’re gone!
Good Night Shakopee, a nod to the iconic children's book Goodnight Moon, highlights the best of Shakopee. Children of all ages (and their grownups) will delight in this tour of Shakopee & saying good night to familiar attractions and landmarks. Good Night Shakopee makes a perfect book for the end of the day & is sure to become a favorite that is read over and over again!

ORDER YOURS NOW—They make perfect stocking stuffers, birthday gifts, baby gifts, or “just because” gifts for EVERYONE who has a connection to our great community. Books are $15.
Our annual Shakopee Holiday Fest will look a bit different this year but we are still determined to showcase our holiday cheer! Downtown Shakopee is hosting an outdoor Holiday Winter Market filled with local artisans who specialize in creating handmade crafts and gifts. This outdoor shopping opportunity will be held on December 5 in downtown Shakopee. A food truck from O’Brien’s and hot chocolate/cider booth from Sit & Sip will be also be on site for to-go snacking!

Masks will be required for all participants. All social distancing guidelines and Minnesota/CDC regulations will be upheld.

We look forward to seeing everyone Downtown on Saturday, December 5th, shopping local and getting into the holiday spirit!

We will still have our annual Downtown Christmas tree, however there won't be an in-person tree lighting ceremony due to social distancing/gathering guidelines.
This holiday season looks a little different, but we can still share joy. Shop Small and support your favorite small businesses – both in-store and online – all holiday season long. Click here to learn more.
There Is Still Time To Apply For COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Reminder! If you are a small business, nonprofit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Learn more.


SBA Training Opportunities & Business Resources

Take a look at other training opportunities and business resources available through the SBA's Minnesota District Office and their partners.
MN Chamber Releases Annual Benchmarks Report

Last week, the Minnesota Chamber released the 2021 Business Benchmarks report. The report compiles key indicators that define the state’s business climate – where Minnesota ranks compared with other states – to identify the state’s strengths as well as areas for improvement for Minnesota to compete in the global economy. Click here to read the report.
Southern Valley Alliance provides victims of domestic violence and their families with support, referrals, protection, and advocacy. The Shakopee Chamber is proud to be a drop-off location for Southern Valley Alliance's Gifts of Hope program, which helps make the holidays a little brighter for their clients.


Please bring new, unrapped gifts to the Chamber office at 1801 East County Road 101. Donations will be accepted Monday, November 16 - Friday, December 4.
Check out episode #18 of the Shakopee Chamber Podcast. Our guest is Dr. Michael Redmond, Superintendent with Shakopee Public Schools. This week we chat with Dr. Redmond about next steps after the operating levy did not pass. He also shares information and updates on Shakopee Public Schools going to all virtual learning starting Monday, November 23.
Don't miss a single podcast - a new one drops each Thursday! ! Listen to all of our podcasts by going to Shakopee.org/podcasts or subscribe to our podcast at:

Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/3mwGFGk
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/396py7F
Google Podcasts: https://bit.ly/2ZFVLQp
iHeart Radio: https://ihr.fm/2DPMGvH
Podcast Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

Quarterly Platinum sponsorships are available, as well as 30-second commercials (both audio and visual). Podcast videos will be hosted and boosted on Facebook with a reach of approximately 10,000 weekly. Click the links below for more info. Email the Chamber or call 952-445-1660 to secure your promotional opportunity!
Ad Sales To Begin For 2021 Membership Directory

Once again, the Chamber will be partnering with E&M Consulting to produce our annual Shakopee Chamber Membership Directory & Buyer's Guide.

The Membership Directory is a comprehensive list of chamber members that helps potential clients and customers find your company quickly and easily. In addition, the directory is a great resource used by many Chamber members to introduce themselves to other businesses in the Shakopee area and locate products and services from companies they can trust. Our printed directory gets mailed to our membership once per year and is a nice complement to our online directory.

All members will be represented with listing information, of course, but E&M Consulting will soon reach out to you about expanding your marketing in the publication. With rates starting as low as $69 and flexible invoicing, there are advertising options available for every business. If you are interested in pursuing advertising this year, click here to see the rates and sign up for space.
The Shakopee Chamber Discount Card Is The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Your Holiday Shopping List!
 
The Shakopee Chamber Discount Card gets you great deals at local restaurants, stores, and establishments while supporting our community businesses as they continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19.

Discount Cards are just $25 each, feature over $100 in savings, and can be used multiple times through 5/31/21!

Buy your card online and have it mailed to you. Click the button below for a list of participating businesses and the deals they are offering.