Biz Buzz
October 19th, 2020

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.
In Case You Missed It -
The Chamber's 2020 Candidate Debates

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. Click here to watch the debate videos.
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day!

On October 21, join us in celebrating Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day! Chambers of commerce have never been more crucial, helping our communities through the pandemic and focusing on economic recovery far into the future. Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day commemorates the catalytic work that is happening within chamber of commerce organizations.

How can YOU help celebrate? Encourage someone who is not a member to join the Shakopee Chamber, share on social media why YOU support the Shakopee Chamber and tag us, and make sure your membership is current.

Thank you for all you do to support the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce - not just on October 21, but every day of the year!
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.
Check out episode #15 of the Shakopee Chamber Podcast featuring Amber Backhaus, Vice President of Public Affairs with the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association (MADA). This week we talk with Amber about Governor Walz's plan to implement California car regulations in Minnesota, how this policy would affect consumers and their ability to purchase certain vehicle types, how the policy would affect vehicle costs in Minnesota, and how Minnesotans can make their voices heard.
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!
Applications Re-Opening For Scott County COVID-19 Recovery Program

Applications are re-opening for the Scott County COVID-19 Recovery Program for small businesses. Applicants who missed the initial deadline can apply to be added to a waitlist that NextStage will work through in the order applications are received, as funding remains available.

Click here for program guidelines. Click here for the application.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan

If you are a small business, non-profit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 EIDL.

Click here to learn more.
Webcast: Diversity & Inclusion Best Internal Practices

Tuesday, October 20
10:00 AM - 11:0O AM

Join the MN Chamber to learn from some Minnesota companies leading the way on implementing internal diversity and inclusion strategies and working towards making their workplaces more equitable and diverse. This webcast is meant for companies at all stages of their diversity and inclusion journey. Click to register.
Creating Civic-Minded Students

Students Voting MN – Shakopee is a nonpartisan collaborative effort between The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, MN Civic Youth, and Shakopee Community Education that is dedicated to teaching Shakopee students in grades 2-12 to be educated, engaged voters. The program is designed to help schools and teachers create a realistic election and voting experience for their students. In the weeks leading up to the 2020 election, Shakopee teachers will use standards-based curriculum and activities to teach students about the rights, responsibilities, and mechanics of voting. This year, due to the pandemic, students will vote online. All results will be tabulated electronically and made available following the election.

Chamber members Mark Bury of Superior Endeavors and Drew Kothenbeutel of JCI Shakopee have contributed to this program as steering committee members. Click here to learn more about Students Voting MN – Shakopee.  
Greystone Construction Announces Ownership & Leadership Transition

Four long-time employees have become partners at Greystone Construction. Established in 1987, Greystone has been owned solely by President & CEO Kevin O’Brien and his wife Suzanne O’Brien. Kevin remains the majority stockholder and now shares ownership with Gordie Schmitz, Eric Bender, Brian Kreuser, and Colin O’Brien. Click here to read more.
Register to join our sponsors, donors and volunteers virtually for a free gala to celebrate and support the health and well-being of our community, right from your own home! Help raise funds and bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences to support the Saints Foundation's VIPs - Very Important Patients, Very Important People, and Very Important Projects.

Take part in all the fun things a gala has to offer without even leaving home! Wear your pj's or dress to the nines - either way you'll enjoy a fun, interactive program and an exciting silent auction, while learning how the Saints Foundation supports St. Francis Regional Medical Center, St. Gertrude's Health & Rehabilitation Center, and the community.

Now is the time to order holiday gifts for employee and customer appreciation.

Consult with a local sales consultant at Rocket Imprints today. Click on the links or images below to view our corporate gift catalog and our wearables catalog.

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.