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October 12th, 2020

2020 Candidate Debates

Tuesday, October 13
5:00 PM - Scott County Commissioners
6:00 PM - MN House District 55A
7:00 PM - MN Senate District 55
8:00 PM - Shakopee City Council

The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting candidate debates. Click here to access the livestream of the debates via Facebook or YouTube. The debates will also be available on those platforms after the event.

You can also livestream the debates (or watch a recording after the event) on the Chamber's website at Shakopee.org/resources/elections.
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.
Leadership Shakopee 2.0 is designed to increase leadership effectiveness - period! We all know the stronger our leaders, the stronger our businesses and organizations. This program promises to equip leaders in a meaningful way.

It's not too late to register - click here.
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.
Election Date Is Tuesday, Nov. 3 - Watch For These Additional Questions On Your Shakopee Ballot

In addition to voting for federal, state, county, and city representatives, there will be two more questions on the Shakopee ballot this year for you to vote on. Click here to see a sample ballot.

CITY QUESTION 1 (SHAKOPEE)

Abolishment of the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission: Shall the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission be abolished?



SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 1 (ISD #720)

Approval of School District Referendum Revenue Authorization: The Board of Independent School District No. 720, Shakopee, has proposed to increase its referendum revenue authorization by the following amounts for taxes payable in the years specified: • $400 per pupil for taxes payable in 2021; • An additional $300 per pupil for taxes payable in 2022; • An additional $200 per pupil for taxes payable in 2023; • An additional $100 per pupil, for taxes payable in 2024. • The total tax increase of $1,000 per pupil will continue for taxes payable in 2025 to 2030. The proposed new referendum revenue authorization would be applicable for ten (10) years, commencing with taxes payable in 2021, unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law. Shall the increase in the revenue proposed by the Board of Independent School District No. 720 be approved? BY VOTING "YES" ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.

Check out episode #14 of the Shakopee Chamber Podcast featuring Lezlie Vermillion, County Administrator with Scott County. We talk with Lezlie about the 2020 election in Scott County including how Scott County is preparing for changes such as the increase in mail-in ballots and safeguards put in place to protect it, resident questions about ballots, where to go for unbiased election information, recruitment of election judges, and what voters need to know before voting.
Don't miss a single podcast - a new one drops each Thursday! You can listen to all of our podcasts by going to Shakopee.org/podcasts or you can subscribe to our podcast at:

Amazon Music: https://amzn.to/3mwGFGk
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/396py7F
Google Podcasts: https://bit.ly/2ZFVLQp
iHeart Radio: https://ihr.fm/2DPMGvH
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!
Update On Table Size Restrictions For Bars & Restaurants

Effective October 8, the Minnesota Department of Health released updated guidance increasing the table size for restaurants and bars. The guidance includes the following specific points:

·    Limits party size in dining rooms to 10 people.
·    Limits party size in bar areas to 4 persons.
·    Requires patrons in all areas to be seated.

The change to parties of 10 or fewer, while continuing to social distance at least six feet between tables, will allow restaurants more flexibility to optimize space as they serve customers. We know based on your feedback that with the weather getting colder and the holiday season approaching, this change will provide some new revenue opportunities for restaurants. Click to learn more.
SBA & Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness 

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Click here for more information.
Shakopee CAPS Intern Opportunity
 
The Shakopee CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) is an elective program for juniors and seniors that immerses students into authentic career experiences with the help of local business partners. As unpaid interns, students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools, and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.
 
Shakopee is looking for local businesses to host our students for an 8-week internship, February 1 – March 26. Interns can work in person, remotely, or a hybrid; we work with the business to determine the best fit. Students intern for a couple hours each day. Students apply for internships, and businesses interview and select their intern. Interested companies should commit by the end of October. Interested in learning more? Email Zach Eidelbes, Shakopee CAPS Coordinator.
Webcast: Racial Equity, Disparities & The Economic Imperative For Change

Tuesday, October 13
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Minnesota’s economic disparities have been known for decades, with some of the largest gaps in the nation on outcome measures by race and socioeconomic status. Join the MN Chamber to learn more about the challenges before us and how we can work to better reflect the changing demographics of the state’s business community. Click here to register.
Are you unemployed, underemployed, or worried about a future lay-off? This series is for you! Job hunting is hard but Scott County is here for you. They’ve partnered with Cat Breet to bring this special offer to Scott County residents:

6 Live Webinars – Free!
$499 "Get Hired Faster" Online Course – Free!

Series begins October 14 and runs weekly through November 18. Pick just one webinar or take them all. Click here to learn more and save your spot!
Summit For Success

Tuesday, October 20
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

From leading entrepreneurs to industry experts, this year’s Summit for Success will inspire you and give you the tools to help your business grow through live and recorded sessions. Start your day off right with the keynote session featuring Shaquille O’Neal and Venus Williams who will share their business growth stories and reflect on what being resilient in today’s business environment means. Click here to see the full agenda and to register.
October Is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) aims to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. This year's theme - Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart - encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity. Click here for more information, including tip sheets, sample social media posts and graphics, plus additional resources.
Dynamic Sales Combustion:
A Virtual 4-Part Series

Thursday, October 29
Thursday, November 5
Thursday, November 12
Thursday, November 19
(1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Want to help your team drive your sales results to new levels? Then sign up for this series which features a weekly session for a month, totaling 12 hours of interactive sales excellence education, instruction, exercises, and follow-up. Facilitated by author, speaker, and business coach, Erik Therwanger. Click here to register.
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.