August 17th, 2020
Register Now For Leadership Shakopee 2020!

Leadership Shakopee is a seven-session development program designed to give emerging and existing leaders a behind-the-scenes look at our community and the role it plays in our state and global economy. During the seven sessions, the class participates in a series of educational and hands-on opportunities designed to inform and inspire leaders. In addition to going behind the scenes, cohort members will engage in discussions with local elected officials and senior leadership at many of our companies and city/county departments.

This year's Leadership Program will begin with a retreat in September and conclude with graduation in March 2021. Click here for more program info.
Make sure you check out Episode #7 of the Shakopee Chamber's Podcast featuring
Jeff Hansen, Executive Director with CAP Agency - Community Action Partnership of Scott, Carver & Dakota Counties. This week we discuss the numerous services CAP Agency provides including energy assistance, grants for appliances, education assistance, food assistance, and community partnerships. We also talk about the essential services CAP Agency has been providing to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Don't miss a single podcast - a new one drops each Thursday! You can listen to all of our podcasts by going to or you can subscribe to our podcast at:

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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!
Scott County COVID-19 Business Recovery Program

The Scott County Board of Commissioners has allocated $5.5 million to support local small businesses that have experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically targeting local businesses who have not received assistance from other pandemic-related programs and businesses who have impacts that have exceeded other assistance received. This initiative is being funded by Scott County’s allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Applications open August 19th at 8:00 AM. Click here for more information.
Applications For FAST-TRACK CHALLENGE Close August 31

Scott County entrepreneurs with new products or services are encouraged to apply for the Scott County FAST-TRACK Challenge. Applications are open now but will close on August 31. Assistance in preparing the pitch and finalizing business plans will be provided at no charge. The goal of the FAST-TRACK Challenge is to support entrepreneurship in Scott County and improve opportunities for business success. Click here for the application.
Local Resources For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

NextStage for Entrepreneurs provides one-on-one consulting, small group learning, and access to loan capital for businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Scott County. 

Technology Village is a business accelerator program open to all Scott County residents that provides program participants with development assistance, guidance from experienced business professionals, networking opportunities, education programs, and access to local lenders interested in working with start-up businesses.

First Stop Shop provides programs and consulting services to those that seek to establish or grow their business in Scott County.  

Open to Business Program provides one-on-one business counseling customized to meet the needs of current business owners and prospective entrepreneurs. Financing is also available to qualified applicants.
Small Business Hazardous Waste Management

There's no need to struggle with confusing regulatory compliance, or safe and proper management of your hazardous business wastes by yourself: the Scott County Household Hazardous Waste program can help.

Does your business generate less than 220 pounds (22 gallons) of hazardous waste per month? If so, you qualify as a VSQG (very small quantity generator), which means you can bring your materials to the Scott County VSQG Program for disposal! If your small business wants an easy, convenient, and affordable way to properly dispose of hazardous waste, click here for more information.
2020 Manufacturers' Summit

Tuesday, October 6
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Minnesota Chamber’s Manufacturers’ Summit is an annual event that celebrates successes and underscores challenges in Minnesota’s thriving manufacturing sector. Business leaders hear the latest trends in manufacturing and delve deep into integral issues to growing jobs and prosperity in Minnesota. This is a great opportunity to connect manufacturers with vendors. This will be a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual attendance options. Click here to register.
Training To Help Small Businesses Start, Grow, & Recover

Click here to see the most current training opportunities offered by the SBA.
Xcel Energy Announces New Electric Vehicle Vision

Xcel Energy, a national leader in the clean energy transition, announced last week its vision to drive toward powering 1.5 million electric vehicles in its service areas by 2030. As a result of this vision, EVs would make up 20% of all vehicles on the road in those areas, more than 30 times the number today, helping save customers billions of dollars in fuel costs, while significantly cutting carbon emissions from transportation. Click here to read the press release.