The Weekly Biz Buzz
Week of February 12th
Thursday, February 22 | Business Builder Workshop
Hy-Vee Training Room | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
MNsure, Other State Exchange Top Feds on Enrollment

From the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE: Insurance enrollment via state-based health insurance exchanges such as Minnesota's MNsure held steady for 2018, while sign-ups declined about 5 percent across the much larger group of states using the federal government's website. The findings by the National Academy for State Health Policy raise a question about whether the intensity of outreach campaigns contributed to the difference, since the Trump administration limited marketing for the federal exchange while MNsure and other state-based groups maintained efforts.
Webinar/LIVE Event: Navigating Tax Reform

February 15, 9:00-10:00 a.m. |  Register

If you are a business owner, financial manager, controller, CFO, or executive manager who is responsible for the tax compliance and planning in manufacturing and distribution companies, this webinar/LIVE event is for you. Join CliftonLarsonAllen professionals as they break down the new tax reform legislation and discuss how it could affect you and your business. At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Identify key points related to the new tax plan
  • Understand how tax reform impacts you and your business
  • Develop planning strategies relevant to your business and personal tax situation
  • Discuss statewide implications and impacts to residents and businesses in Minnesota
Participate online, or attend in-person at one of CLA's offices across the state for the opportunity to ask questions outside of the webinar platform. View locations and register .
TCYP Summit - Tickets Now on Sale

The Twin Cities Young Professionals Summit is now open for registration!  TCYP is excited to announce their keynote speaker is the Co-Owner of the St. Paul Saints - Mike Veeck.  Mike believes anything is possible and that passion drives performance!  His story and presentation will be funny, engaging, and help you find passion in the work you do. 
This Annual Summit gathers industry leaders together to share insights with attendees on how to grow their business expertise, focus their leadership skills and integrate their passion into the workplace.  Over 200 young professionals (age 20 to 40+) will gather from all over the region on April 13, 2018. Attendees will hear from Twin Cities professionals on topics such as working in teams, personal being and sleep, LinkedIn, work and life balance, business growth, and generational gaps. Break-out sessions will include topics ranging from working in teams, to developing leaders and working with multi-generations.
Register early for best pricing and added benefits - the early VIP rate of $135 per person ends on February 12th.  The first 50 to register will receive a free autographed book from Mike Veeck! 

To register, please go
Sweet Deals at Hampton Inn - Shakopee

Hampton Inn - Shakopee meeting rooms have never been so sweet!!!

Check out these sweet savings:
  • Full Day Use: $275 NOW $225
  • 1/2 Day Use: $175 NOW $125
Meeting room rental comes with a complimentary air pot of coffee, ice water, pens and paper for your guests. 

Choose from a full room holding up to 48 guests or a half room for 25 guests. Contact Lisa to reserve your room today, or 952.641.3604
Extreme Horse Skijoring! 

Saturday, February 17
1:00 PM
Canterbury Park
1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee
Watch this extreme winter sport that features a skier being pulled behind a horse while they dodge obstacles on the Canterbury racetrack!  Plus enjoy family activities.  

Admission is $10. Kids 17 and under are free.
Chamber members can save $5 using promocode: SAVEFIVE
Leadercast LIVE - Shakopee: Speakers Announced

Friday, May 4
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
River Valley Church
1350 Crossings Blvd, Shakopee)
Tickets: $100
Reserved Table: $600

Leadercast Live is the largest one-day leadership event in the world. Broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of locations around the world each year, Leadercast brings together some of the most recognized and respected global leaders to create a leadership experience unlike any other. 

Leadercast Live focuses on the leadership issues most relevant to today's leader. It is a pairing of inspiring messages and rich interaction with fellow leaders who are being intentional about raising their standard of leadership, through a creative, energetic and memorable experience. Leadercast exists to serve leaders across all industries and various career experiences so they leave this event better equipped to take on their next challenge.

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

Andy Stanley
Leadership Communicator and Best-Selling Author

Carey Lohrenz
U.S. Navy Pilot, Speaker & Trainer

Ian Morgan Cron
Bestselling Author, Psychotherapist, Enneagram Teacher and Speaker

Jim Loehr, Ed.D.
Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute

Mae Jemison
Engineer, Physician and NASA Astronaut

Jen Bricker
Acrobat, Aerialist, Author, and Speaker

Michael Hyatt
Author, Speaker and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company

Tripp Crosby
Host of Leadercast Live 2018
Get Your "Jones" On: How Indiana Jones Went Wrong

At Scott County Historical Society
Thursday, February 22 from 6-8pm
Game Night!  Take part in Archaeology Jeopardy & more!  We promise - it'll be all fun and games and an exciting way to learn the ethics of Archaeology.  Led by Archaeologist Steven Blondo - Thursday, February 22, from 6-8pm.  

FREE, Registrations required - click  to register.
This is the second in a series of four Archaeology events.  Attend two of the four and receive a certificate at the May capstone event!
  1. Archaeology Field Trip (January)
  2. How did Indiana Jones go wrong? (February)
  3. What's in Indy's pack? (March)
  4. Where Indiana found the loot (we call em artifacts) (April) Capstone / Graduation Celebration (May)
This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
Questions? Call 952-445-0378 or email us at The Scott County Historical Society is located at 235 Fuller Street South, Shakopee, MN 55379, three blocks south of the intersection of Co. Rd. 101 and Fuller Street.  Visit us online at
Leadership Shakopee 2018

Have you been wondering if Leadership Shakopee is the right fit for you? This is what 2017 class graduate, Rodney Southwood, President & CEO of Freight Management Logistics, has to say about Leadership Shakopee.

Someone once said to me "Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs"

When we had the opportunity to sign up for this class I was certain I wouldn't have the time for it and thought, how could this possibly benefit me?

Well I must say I have been rewarded with lifelong friends and a deeper understanding of Shakopee businesses and their leaders. From the Jail to the Courthouse, to the Casino we went and learned as a group, asked questions, laughed and bonded! This one-day event actually became a day, each month, I got excited about. (I even rearranged my travel schedule so as to not miss a class)

This should be on any serious Management or Leader's radar as a way to inject yourself into the fabric of a community, while furthering your business acumen with expertise and other like-minded individuals!

Opportunity knocks but it has never been known to turn the handle and walk in. To those thinking about enrolling I would say "you don't get wet if you don't jump in the pool". Open the door, walk in, the waters warm, and a year's worth of genuine, life changing experiences are waiting for you!

Rodney J. Southwood
President & CEO
Freight Management Logistics

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!
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 ticket 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
These exclusive tickets include VIP samples from the vendors, VIP food, two drink tickets, and a private performance and meet & greet with Duelly Noted.

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!