The Weekly Biz Buzz
Week of January 29th
Thursday, February 1 | Wake Up With Shakopee
HomeTown Bank -NEW LOCATION | 7:30 - 9:00 AM

Thursday, February 22 | Business Builder Workshop
Hy-Vee Training Room | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
MN Supplier Match Launched by Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

From the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE: The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, champion of grow-your-own economic development, has launched MN Supplier Match, a database that seeks to highlight "Minnesota's robust supply chain and increase business-to-business activity in the state." The initiative is a program of Grow Minnesota!, the chamber's business retention-and-assistance program. Grow Minnesota! operates through 70 local chambers and economic development organizations.
Met Council Turns 50!

From the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE: Fifty years after its founding, the Metropolitan Council was credited with keeping sewage out of rivers and planning for the region's growth but also faulted for losing the trust of some suburban cities and counties. Former leaders of the Twin Cities' unique regional government offered candid views Thursday on the perennial controversies surrounding the agency, which was founded in 1967 and oversees wastewater, transit and land use planning for the seven-county metro area.
Republican Race for Governor: Matt Dean Drops Out, Throws Support Behind Jeff Johnson

From the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS: The Republican race for Minnesota governor took a significant turn Thursday morning as state Rep. Matt Dean dropped out and threw his support behind Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson.
Dean, a Republican from Dellwood and former majority leader of the House, didn't give specifics on why he was dropping out, although he acknowledged "resources" (campaign funds) and the logistics of amassing support before the Feb. 6 precinct caucuses were factors.
Shakopee Fire to host recruitment events for would-be firefighters

The Shakopee Fire Department is seeking residents (both men and women) who are interested in serving their community as paid-on-call firefighters.
In February, the department will begin accepting applications for paid-on-call firefighters. Shakopee Fire is a highly trained and skilled team of 46 paid-on-call firefighters who operate out of two Shakopee fire stations. The Department also has a crew of full-time firefighters who work during the day.
Position benefits include a starting wage of $13.79/hour, pension, leadership opportunities and more.
Applicants must be 18 years or older and reside within 10 minutes of a fire station. They must also have a valid driver's license and high school diploma/GED. Candidates must also pass a criminal background check and meet physical requirements.
Residents interested in learning more about the Fire Department are encouraged to attend one of two recruitment events at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 and 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Shakopee Fire Station 1, 2700 Vierling Drive E. These are opportunities for interested candidates and their spouses to learn more about the role and responsibilities of being a paid-on-call firefighter, as well as participate in hands-on skill stations. Parents should leave their children at home.
Candidates interested in attending a recruitment event are asked to email and indicate which session they will be attending to provide the department with a proper estimate.
Paid-on-call firefighter applications will be accepted on the city website beginning in mid-February2017. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for March with a late May start date.
More information about the recruitment process is available online at on "Becoming a Firefighter."
Leadership Shakopee 2018

Registration is now available for Leadership Shakopee 2018. 

Join with other business leaders around Shakopee for a six-month program that informs leaders about the critical inner workings of our community.

During the seven sessions, the class will participate in a series of educational and hands-on opportunities designed to inform and inspire leaders - and challenge them to make a difference through personal commitment and involvement. 

"Shakopee Leadership was a great way to quickly get connected to the community in Shakopee. The tours of the local businesses were interesting and informative. The people we got to meet along the way and the tight group we formed in leadership will be lasting for years to come."
Nick Christoffer
Business Performance Advisor

The deadline for registration is Friday, March 16


Do you have a job opening or hot deal? Please login to the Chamber's Member Information Center to get it posted!
February Wake Up With Shakopee
hosted at
Thursday, February 1
7:30 - 9:00 AM
950 W. Vierling Dr, Shakopee
Join us for coffee & donuts at HomeTown Bank as we celebrate the opening of their 2nd location in Shakopee (next to Hy-Vee)

Ribbon Cutting at 8:15 AM

Business Builder Workshop | Feb. 22

Thursday, February 22
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Hy-Vee Training Room

First Stop Shop - Business Planning, Strategy & Marketing

Are you looking for some assistance with business planning, strategy, or marketing?  Would you like to find a better way to target your customers or learn more about key business topics?  Did you know there are a number of FREE programs/resources targeted at helping business owners of all sizes in Scott County succeed? 
The Scott County CDA - First Stop Shop (FSS) would like to share information about county-wide programs and resources that you are able to take advantage of free of charge!  This includes Open to Business, access to business data resources, free training sessions and more.  Please join us on Feb. 22nd to learn more about these programs and how your business could benefit.

Business Builder Workshops are Hosted & Sponsored By
Chamber Discount: $20
General Admission: $30

Reds, Whites & Brews | March 9

Join us for your all-access pass to taste some of Minnesota's best wine & craft beers on Friday, March 9th!

You will enjoy entertainment by Duelly Noted (dueling pianos), enjoy amazing wine & craft beers, take part in the live auction, and enter for a chance to win a Wall of Wine - all  while helping fundraise for Chamber programs. 
Included in your tickets is unlimited samples from the  beer and wine  vendors, delicious food & amazing entertainment from Duelly Noted.

Advance General Admission: $75 | At the Door: $85

VIP Tickets: $100 - only 43 LEFT
The exclusive tickets include VIP samples from the vendors, VIP food, 2 drink tickets, and a private performance and meet & greet with Duelly Noted

Leadercast 2018 | May 4

Friday, May 4
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
River Valley Church - Shakopee

Leadercast is the largest one-day leadership seminar in the world, creating an epic leadership experience. Hear from some of the most recognized leaders in the world and network with other aspiring leaders in our community as we simulcast the event live from Atlanta. 

Shakopee has been selected as the premiere host-site for the metro southwest area of the Twin Cities. 

Meets every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday |  Click here for more info

Executive & Business Owners Roundtable
Held the second  Wednesday  of the month | Click here to find out more
Abbie Siljendahl
Events & Communications Director
Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau
1801 East County Road 101
Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone:  952.445.1660
Give us a call today!