DECEMBER 21, 2020

HOT OFF THE PRESSES!

The Chamber has the perfect gift for all of those sweet kiddos on your list this year. You’re going to want to get one of these fantastic souvenir books for yourself too before they’re gone!

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 stocking stuffers, 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 also an opportunity for your company to purchase the book at the wholesale price and sell at your business. Click the link below for details.
2021 Session Priorities: Leading Minnesota’s Economic Recovery

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce presents their annual Session Priorities in a new virtual format. Executive orders and social distancing regulations do not allow them to hold an event at the magnitude that attendees have become accustomed to; however, they are still able to provide high-caliber, prestigious content to kick-off the legislative session. This year’s event will include influential connections to:

  • Governor Tim Walz
  • Legislative Leaders Senator Paul Gazelka, Senator Susan Kent, Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman, and Representative Kurt Daudt
  • 33 new freshmen legislators
  • Reveal of the Minnesota Chamber’s Blueprint for Economic Recovery

The cost is $25 per person and includes one complimentary registration for Chamber Week at the Capitol in March. (See below for more information about Chamber Week.) Registration and invoicing for Session Priorities will be processed through the Shakopee Chamber office. Click here to register.

Chamber Week At The Capitol:
Session Priorities In Action

March 1-5, 2021
Various Times

Continue sharing priorities for economic recovery during the first week of March with Chamber Week at the Capitol: Session Priorities in Action. This will be an all-virtual, week-long lobbying effort continuing to push the 2021 business priorities through the legislature. Timely information sessions with issue experts and key leaders along with Zoom group appointments will be scheduled throughout the week. Rally your government affairs committee or leadership group together to participate.  The more local chambers reaching out to St. Paul that week, the stronger the business voice! Registrants will receive event specifics at a later date.
New Minnesota Minimum Wage Starting January 1st

Minnesota minimum-wage rates are increasing; the following are Minnesota's minimum-wage rates as of January 1, 2021:

  • Large employers must pay at least $10.08 an hour when the employer's annual gross revenues are $500,000 or more.
  • Small employers must pay at least $8.21 an hour when the employer's annual gross revenues are less than $500,000.
  • The training wage rate, $8.21 an hour, may be paid to employees younger than 20 years of age for the first 90 consecutive days of employment.
  • The youth wage rate, $8.21 an hour, may be paid to employees younger than 18 years of age.

Employers can print or order a free copy of the required minimum wage poster by visiting the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's website.
COVID-19-Related Business Needs Survey

Every business in Minnesota has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The MN Chamber is actively working with the business community to understand the current, dynamic business climate. Take the survey and your answers will help the MN Chamber understand the immediate and future challenges for business, advocate to elected officials, and bring businesses much-needed one-on-one assistance. Click here to take the survey.
COVID-19 Business Relief Payments

The Minnesota Department of Revenue will send COVID-19 Business Relief Payments to eligible businesses under a $216 million economic relief package signed into law on December 16. Eligible business owners do not need to take any action to receive this aid. The Minnesota Department of Revenue will determine eligibility and payment amounts based on the program requirements that were included in the legislation. Click here for the most current program and payment information.
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.
Shakopee DECA Seeks Competition Judges

DECA is an international organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be college and career ready. This year, Shakopee High School has 104 students participating in the program. DECA’s District 3 Competition is on Sunday, January 10, 2021, and can’t take place without volunteer judges. Please consider volunteering!
 
  • The competition is virtual
  • You can judge right from your home
  • All events will be prerecorded and submitted by students
  • There will be no “live” interaction with the judges 
  • Time commitment is 2-3 hours per event
  • Events needing judges include: Prepared Events and Role Play Events
  • All rubrics and guidelines are provided

Specific event assignments and instructions for navigating the videos will be shared closer to the event date. Click here to register to be a judge for the District 3 DECA Competition. (Please list Callon Siebenahler as the contact who recruited you.) Questions? Email DECA Advisor Callon Siebenahler. Click here for more information about DECA. 
Sabers Live Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to get your business in front of tens of thousands of passionate Shakopee Sabers fans? Sabers Live is the brand new streaming broadcast platform for Shakopee High School sports and activities. They will be covering all Saber's home games this winter including boys and girls basketball, boys and girls hockey, wrestling, and boys swimming.

Sponsorships are available with a portion of every sponsorship donated directly to Saber activities. Click here to watch archived webcasts from the fall. For more info on Sabers Live sponsorship opportunities, email saberslive@shakopeeschools.org or call Logan Anderson, Director of Streaming Broadcasts For Shakopee High School, at 952-451-7123. Go Sabers!
Construction Begins On Shakopee Flats Market-Rate Mixed Use Apartment Development

Greystone Construction is excited to announce that Gaughan Companies and Greystone broke ground on Shakopee Flats, a mixed use development consisting of 170 market-rate apartments, retail space, and a restaurant overlooking the Minnesota River. The beautiful facility designed by Momentum Design Group and Harris Architecture will help revitalize the downtown area. Click to learn more.
Shakopee Chamber Discount Card Now Available At A Reduced Price!
 
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.