September 28th, 2020
Submit Your Candidate Questions

The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting candidate debates. We are seeking questions for the following races:

Shakopee City Council
Minnesota House District 55A
Minnesota Senate District 55
Scott County Commissioner

Please email your question for the candidates to shakopeevotes@gmail.com. Submission deadline is Monday, October 5.

The debates will be recorded, and the videos will be released through the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce Facebook and YouTube channels shortly following the event. You will also be able to find the videos by going to shakopee.org/resources/elections.
Ribbon Cutting At Best Cleaners At Bill's Toggery & Bill's Toggery’s New Tailor Shop

Wednesday, October 21
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Please join us for a ribbon cutting at Bill's Toggery to celebrate their completed remodeling of Best Cleaners and the opening of their new tailor shop! A catered lunch and refreshments will be served. Enjoy 20% off any regular price purchase.
2020 Meet The Candidate Interviews

Have you checked out the Chamber's Meet The Candidate interviews yet? The Shakopee Chamber invited every candidate who registered with the MN Secretary of State to run for Scott County Commissioner Districts 1, 2, and 4, State Representative District 55A, State Senator District 55, Shakopee School Board, and the Shakopee City Council. The interviews posted are of the candidates who accepted our invitation.

Get Your Shakopee Chamber Discount Card!
 
Your Shakopee Chamber Discount Card will get you great deals at local restaurants, stores, & establishments while supporting our business community as they continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19. Over $100 in savings! Discounts can be used multiple times through 5/31/21.

Discount Cards are just $25 each! Buy your card online and have it mailed to you. Click on the button below for a list of participating businesses and the deals they are offering.
Our guest for episode #13 of the Shakopee Chamber Podcast is Doug Loon, President of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Listen in as we chat about economic recovery in Minnesota after the COVID-19 pandemic, current issues at the Minnesota Legislature, how the Minnesota Chamber is working to support local Chambers, and what’s next for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
Don't miss a single podcast - a new one drops each Thursday! You can listen to all of our podcasts by going to Shakopee.org/podcasts or you can subscribe to our podcast at:

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!
Shakopee High School Seeks Businesses To Work With Science & Technology Students

The Shakopee High School has launched a new, advanced level class in their Science & Technology Academy called Technological Innovations. The course is meant to connect students who have skills related to computer science, energy and power generation, and information technology with companies that have a science and technology need. As part of this class, students will work with the business to understand the need, then develop and help implement a solution. If your business might be interested in participating in the program, contact Jenny Ames, Community Partnerships Manager at SHS.
Shakopee Named The 30th Best City To Live In The United States

Shakopee made the list as one of the best places to live in America! But we already knew that Shakopee is an amazing community with terrific attractions, businesses, outdoor spaces, and more. Read the story.
Neuromarketing: Outsmart Your Competition

Wednesday, September 30
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Neuromarketing is a scientific approach to understanding consumers’ decision-making. It pays close attention to the role of emotion, intuition, and impulse in making buying decisions. Now guided by science, businesses can make their marketing much more effective - and avoid wasteful spending - by applying neuromarketing principles. Successful companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon have all adopted neuromarketing to boost their revenues dramatically. Click to register.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota manufacturers have upheld their reputation for innovation and dedication. They have examined their processes and determined how to protect employees, sustain supply chains, and endure. The 2020 Manufacturers’ Summit will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 in terms of economic outlook, production and supply chain, how manufacturers led the rapid response and will lead future industry innovations. This will be a hybrid event – you can register to either attend in-person or join virtually. Click to register.
Summit For Success

Tuesday, October 20
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Business Class LIVE: Summit for Success is a unique, complimentary virtual event designed to help empower small businesses for what comes next – and to inspire you to continue to invest in your business, your community, and yourself. Click to register.
SBA Training Opportunities

Take a look at the most current training opportunities available through the SBA's Minnesota District Office and their partners.
Critical Information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

Earlier this month, the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division revised regulations that implement the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The revised rule clarifies workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities regarding FFCRA paid leave. Learn more.
Virtually every sector of the American economy is reeling from the continued fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Scott County, the Scott County Community Development Agency (CDA), and CAP Agency know that people throughout our community are financially hurting. People shouldn't have to choose between food and a place to sleep, between critical medication and a roof over their heads. To help ease these financial burdens, the Scott County Board of Commissioners has allocated $2.95 million in federal CARES Act dollars for mortgage and rental support to Scott County residents who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 to prevent foreclosures and evictions.

The deadline to apply for both the rental assistance program and the mortgage assistance program is November 15, but eligible applicants are encouraged to apply early, as program funding is limited and may be subject to a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to access the application.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and an important time to recognize and stand up for victims and survivors. We would like to think it doesn’t happen in our community, but the truth is that domestic violence happens everywhere. Last year, Southern Valley Alliance assisted 1,587 victim-survivors within our community. Southern Valley Alliance (SVA) is a non-profit organization that provides services and support for domestic violence victims in Scott and Carver counties. Contact SVA by phone (952-873-4214) or email if you are interested in learning more about their programs, volunteer opportunities, or having a SVA staff member speak at an event.
Catering Online Ordering is now available from your Shakopee QDOBA Mexican Eats! Follow the link to see our menu and to order for your next meeting, party, or event. Just remember to select Dean Lakes when ordering!