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October 26th, 2020

Grand Opening Celebration At Sit & Sip

Friday, October 30
222 1st Avenue East
Downtown Shakopee

Let the wine flow! Come celebrate Sit & Sip's grand opening and the much-anticipated debut of wine and craft beer on their menu.

4:30 PM Ribbon Cutting
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Self-Serve Snacks*
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Live Acoustic Music By Mike Bustin

*In addition, refreshments from their limited event menu will be available for purchase.
In Case You Missed It -
The Chamber's 2020 Candidate Debates

The Shakopee Chamber hosted candidate debates for the 2020 election to help local voters learn about the candidates and their stance on key issues. The candidates are asking for a shot at the job of representing you. The decisions they make in office will influence public policy for years to come. Attending or watching a candidate debate is one of the best ways to prepare for casting your ballot. Click here to watch the debate videos.

The Shakopee Chamber and Visitors Bureau extends a sincere thank you to the candidates. We appreciate your time and your service to our community by running for office.
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.
Welcome to Episode #16 of the Shakopee Chamber Podcast. Our guests this week are Michael Morris and Monte Johnson with St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Michael talks about the Saints Foundation including its Spirit of the Saints Virtual Gala held on October 24. We chat with Monte about COVID-19 in Scott County including how St. Francis has weathered the pandemic, a potential second wave, timing of a vaccine, social gatherings, the current increase in cases, and what we can expect as the new normal.
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!

Thursday, October 29
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act became effective on April 1. But as we all tried to rapidly digest the new law, there were many unanswered questions and a high demand for DOL guidance and information. This session will provide attendees a firm understanding of the basics of the FFCRA as well as the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers. Click to register.
COVID-19 Testing, Vaccine, & Screening Options For Your Workplace

Monday, November 2
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Curious to find out what’s on the forefront of COVID-19 safety precautions and technology? Join the MN Chamber to hear updates on new saliva testing options, the future of a vaccine, and a unique workplace screening platform to assist with keeping employees safe. Click to register.
COVID-19 Community Testing

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working in partnership with communities to provide safe and free on-site COVID-19 testing in areas with outbreaks, increasing cases, or other barriers to access existing test sites. Visit COVID-19 Community Testing to sign up for an appointment or learn more.
Online Training - Preparing for 2021: Survive to Thrive for Small Business

Wednesday, October 28
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This free webinar will help you shift your mindset from "survive" to "thrive" by focusing on what's possible for your business. Learn actionable steps you can implement right away to improve your company. Click here to register.
MN Dual-Training Pipeline Industry Forums

The Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline is an innovative approach to address current and future workforce needs. The program supports employers in creating or enhancing a competency based dual-training approach where workers receive a combination of related instruction strategically paired with on-the-job training. 

Attend a virtual Industry Forum to learn about what's new with the Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline and advise and create new workforce development initiatives. Each forum will feature updates on industry workforce trends, a discussion of how Pipeline can enhance company diversity and equity efforts, business to business mentoring, networking, and more.

Click on the links below to register to attend one or more virtual forums.

Monday, November 2
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

Tuesday, November 3
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 

Tuesday, November 3
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Scott County 2020 FAST-TRACK Challenge Winners Announced!

The Scott County FAST-TRACK Challenge is a free, annual business competition designed to fast-track start-up and first-stage businesses to success.

Euroworx European Automotive Specialist, based in New Prague, is the 2020 FAST-TRACK Challenge 1st place winner! The company will bring diagnostics right to your front door with a new level of automotive service that has never been tried before. Second place was presented to Fitness Boomers, LLC. Based in Shakopee, it is a one of a kind fitness, yoga and meditation program focused on building the younger generations to be emotionally and physically healthy. Third place honors went to IntelligentRx, also based in Shakopee. This digital healthcare startup has a service product designed to increase access to affordable prescriptions to all Americans. 

Pictured below (L-R) are the 2020 Scott County FAST-TRACK Challenge Winners:
1st Place-Jake De St. Hubert of Euroworx Automotive Specialist LLC. (New Prague), 2nd Place-Chathu Hettiarachichi and Stacy Sullivan of Fitness Boomers (Shakopee), and 3rd Place-Thomas Kosgei of IntelligentRx (Shakopee).
What's New With Small Business?

The SBA's Office of Advocacy has updated its most requested publication, Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business, with the latest government statistics. Advocacy’s handy infographic, What’s New With Small Business, has also been updated with a dozen key small business facts. Updated annually, the FAQ and What’s New infographic are convenient places to find facts about U.S. small businesses and their contribution to the economy.
Need Help Paying For Housing?
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.