JANUARY 4, 2020

SBA Extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Deadline Through Dec. 31, 2021

The US Small Business Administration recently announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster is extended to Dec. 31, 2021. The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020.

EIDL loan applications will continue to be accepted through December 2021, pending the availability of funds. Loans are offered at very affordable terms, with a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% interest rate for nonprofit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin. Every eligible small business and nonprofit is encouraged to apply to get the resources they need.

To date, the SBA has approved $197 billion in low-interest loans which provides working capital funds to small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses to help them make it through this challenging time. 
Survey: COVID-19-Related Business Needs

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce wants to know how your business is navigating COVID-19 and how they can best assist small businesses in need. Take this short survey to tell them how they can continue to be a resource for businesses around the state. 
2021 Shakopee Chamber Annual Meeting

Thursday, January 28
11:00 AM

We will be hosting our meeting virtually for 2021. We look forward to providing a recap of 2020 and sharing all our initiatives for 2021. Click here to register.
Register Now For Leadership 2.0

Leadership 2.0 is a customized program built on investing in leaders with a leadership curriculum rooted in application and results. We all know the stronger our leaders in times of plenty and in times of want, the stronger our businesses and organizations. This program promises to equip leaders in a meaningful way. Click here to register. All sessions will be facilitated by Scott Morell, EdD – President and & Consultant with Rebar Leadership.
Virtual Career Expo - The Academies Of Shakopee

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to help with The Academies of Shakopee Virtual Expo 2021. Shakopee High School needs businesses to help fill a Virtual Career Expo repository. Submit a 3-minute video and provide a glimpse into your job, workplace, and/or industry.
The virtual career expo won’t be a single-day event but will be integrated into coursework this spring, including all freshman English classes. These videos will also be a resource utilized by students in the future and in many other courses, as well. Click here to see it’s as easy as 1-2-3 to create a video that will help our students gain valuable career advice and an understanding of the critical skills necessary for the workplace of today and tomorrow. 
Material Exchange Program Offers Businesses A Free Reuse Network

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program offers a material exchange program to connect businesses that have reusable goods they no longer need to others who can use them. This free reuse network is available to help prevent good materials from becoming waste and helps businesses save money. The exchange is open to Minnesota non-profits, institutions, and businesses, including the commerical and manufacturing sectors. Click here for more information about the MNTaps Material Exchange Program.
Makes A Great Gift All Year Long!

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 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.

WHOLESALE OPPORTUNITY - There is an opportunity for your company to purchase the book at the wholesale price and sell at your business. Click the link below for details.
The Shakopee Chamber Discount Card Is Now Only $10!
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 now just $10 each, feature over $100 in savings, and can be used over and over again - 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.