DECEMBER 7, 2020

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. Written and illustrated by Shakopee's own Christopher Straub.
PPP Forgiveness Tax Guidance

The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS issued guidance on November 18 further clarifying that expenses paid with forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans will not be deductible; and borrowers whose PPP forgiveness is at least partially denied, or who opt to forgo forgiveness, may deduct such expenses in the tax year they decide to forgo the forgiveness. Click here to read the press release.
Help For Xcel Energy Business Customers

Xcel Energy is committed to helping businesses get back on their feet after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or civil unrest. If your business is an Xcel Energy electric customer in Minnesota and saw an electric load decrease of 25% or more as a direct result of the pandemic or civil unrest, you may qualify for a 25% discount on the base energy and demand charges on bills from January 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021. Fill out the interest form to find out more and get started.


Have You Ever Considered Where Electricity Comes From When You Flip On A Light Switch?

The way in which Xcel Energy generates electricity involves a detailed, long-term planning process – one that is currently under consideration at the MN Public Utilities Commission. Our Upper Midwest Energy Plan (also known as an Integrated Resource Plan) includes continuing our industry-leading renewable energy expansion, retires our coal plants in the Upper Midwest, and ensures reliability by building a new natural gas plant near Becker while also continuing to operate our carbon-free nuclear plants, including extending the license of our Monticello nuclear plant for another 10 years. Click here for more information.
Required Workplace Posters Available

The state's new minimum wage poster is available to print or order on DLI's website. Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning January 1, 2021, to $10.08 an hour for large employers and $8.21 an hour for small employers, youth, and training wages.

Minnesota law requires employers to display state-mandated posters in a location where all employees can easily see them, such as in the break room, in a common area, or by the time clock. The five required posters contain information about age discrimination, Minnesota minimum-wage rates, safety and health protections on the job, unemployment benefits, and workers' compensation. DLI offers the posters at no cost, in English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. Click here to get the free required workplace posters.
SBA Training Opportunities & Business Resources

Take a look at training opportunities and business resources available through the SBA's Minnesota District Office and their partners.
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.