MARCH 1, 2021

Up-To-Date Facts On PPP, State Budget/Taxes, And Mandates

The federal CARES Act established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses suffering losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unless Minnesota conforms to federal tax law, these forgivable loans will be taxed in Minnesota.


Governor Walz’s 2021 budget includes total general fund tax increases of $3.154 billion over next 4 years, and new payroll tax increasing taxes by $2.2 billion over 3 years. If enacted, Minnesota will move even higher in national tax rankings, making the economy less competitive for all businesses.

SBA Prioritizes Smallest Of Small Businesses In The Paycheck Protection Program

Small businesses employ nearly half of the American workforce; they create 2 out of 3 net new private-sector jobs; they reinvest 68% of revenues to build and sustain communities. To further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses, the SBA has established a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employee that ends on March 9, 2021. Click here for more information and to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program.
Women In Business: Growing Minnesota's Economy Through Sustainability

Wednesday, April 14
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This virtual event will showcase how businesses in Minnesota are implementing sustainability efforts to get gears turning on creative ways this can be done in various industries. Click here for more information and to register.
MACVB 2021 Silent Auction

MACVB represents 70 convention and visitors bureaus in the state of Minnesota who serve a constituency representing lodging, campgrounds, restaurants, transportation services, convention facilities, and attractions, as well as the retail and commercial resources that are important to visitors. Their annual silent auction is a great way to support Minnesota’s tourism industry AND score some great buys! MACVB invests tens of millions of dollars to increase the number of people traveling throughout Minnesota, advocates for tourism resources, and helps Minnesota tourism thrive. 100% of silent auction proceeds will support the statewide network of tourism professionals — whose number one job is to promote Minnesota’s amazing communities. Click here to start bidding!
Governor Walz Announces Timeline For Vaccinating Minnesotans

The path to the end of the pandemic starts with taking care of seniors. We know Minnesotans aged 65+ are among the most vulnerable to serious COVID-19 complications. The plan is to vaccinate at least 70% of Minnesotans aged 65+ before expanding eligibility to other groups. Minnesota aims to reach this benchmark by the end of March. Click here to view the detailed timeline.
SBA Training Opportunities & Business Resources

Take a look at training opportunities and business resources available through the SBA's Minnesota District Office and their partners.
The GREAT New Era In Business Is Here!

As we transition from the challenges of the worldwide pandemic, we are not entering a “New Norm.” We are boldly going into the GREAT New Era in Business. Unlike any year before it, 2021 will open new opportunities for businesses that have prepared their people for success. But this transition year will also present new variables – obstacles that need to be overcome. We are providing a powerful 4-part series that will allow you to forge a pathway to success for you and your people. Author, speaker, and business coach, Erik Therwanger, will share the game-enhancing strategies and techniques needed to transform your people and magnify your results. Click here for more information and to register.
Scholarships Now Available For Leadership 2.0

Leadership 2.0 is a customized program built on investing in leaders with a 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.
The Shakopee Chamber Foundation is providing two $1,000 scholarship opportunities for Leadership 2.0. CLICK HERE for information and guidelines.
2021 Rhythm On The Rails Sponsorship Opportunities!

Rhythm on the Rails is an outdoor concert series that will take place five consecutive Wednesday nights this summer, from July 14 through August 11. ROTR provides a vibrant festival atmosphere that brings together the entire community to enjoy live music, food, drinks, shopping, and activities for kids. This annual event is a collaborative effort led by Downtown Shakopee.

This event wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Don't miss out on the opportunity to get involved and promote your business! Please email Ashley Grotewold or give her a call at 952-641-9044 with any questions or to secure your sponsorship.
Now Hiring!

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Revenue-Generating Opportunity For Your Business!

Did you know that Chamber members can purchase Good Night Shakopee books wholesale to sell at your business for the retail price? And when you purchase 50 or more books, author and illustrator Christopher Straub will do a booksigning event at your business! Your book purchase will support the Chamber PLUS generate more business for you. Email the Chamber or give us a call at 952-445-1660 if you would like to purchase books.