June 29, 2020
Register Now For Leadership Shakopee 2020!
Leadership Shakopee is a leadership development program coordinated by the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce. This seven-session program informs emerging and existing leaders about the critical inner workings of our community. The class will participate in a series of educational and hands-on opportunities designed to inform and inspire leaders – and challenge them to make a difference through personal commitment and involvement.

This year's Leadership Program will begin with a retreat in September and conclude with graduation in March 2021. Click for more info about the program.
DEED Small Business Grants Again Available

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is again accepting applications to provide $10,000 grants to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application period began on June 23 and will close at 5:00 PM on July 2 to fulfill the 10-day period required by law. A randomized, computer-generated lottery process will be used to select eligible businesses that will receive awards. Businesses that have received EIDL and/or PPP funding ARE ELIGIBLE to apply.

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply here .
Last Chance To Purchase An Ad In The 2020-2021 Chamber Membership Directory!

The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide is wrapping up soon! Our publisher, E&M Consulting, is in the final stages of putting the directory together but there is still time to enhance your listing or place an ad. Click here to see the rate card. If you are interested in advertising, click here to begin the process . As always, your support of the Chamber's products and services is greatly appreciated!
A Message From Shakopee Public Schools: Thank You, Business Partners!

This school year ended in a way no one could have imagined, but we haven't forgotten our amazing and dedicated business partners. From industry tours to the career expo, to partnering on student projects, your contributions have greatly enhanced the learning experiences for our students and teachers and made our community a better place.

We are excited to work with our business and community organizations as we explore new ways to partner in the upcoming school year. In the meantime, we’d love to capture your experience with our district in YOUR own words. The Communications Department is asking business partners to share a quote that explains how your business partnered and how it helped your business and/or benefited our students, teachers, and staff.  Please email your quote to Shakopee Public Schools.

The Met Council has issued, for public comment, a draft update to the 2040 Transportation Policy Plan. This minor update includes recent small changes to regional transportation investments and revenues, new travel trends data, and results of recently completed studies and projects. Public comment is open through August 10.  Click here for information about the plan and ways that you can comment.
MnDOT Wants Your Feedback

Do you travel on central Minnesota highways?
If yes, then you’re invited to participate in MnDOT District 3’s freight plan survey. MnDOT is seeking input from the public, freight carriers, shippers, manufacturers, and city and county stakeholders. The survey is open through Friday, July 10. Click to take the survey.
Free Webinars
Wednesday, July 1 (9:00 AM)

Many business owners are now having to face the fact that their business enterprise value has declined since the onset of COVID-19. Through no fault of their own, they are having to find ways to be creative and rebuild. If that sounds familiar to you, this webinar will help you sort things out and propose some ways you can rethink how to move forward and regain what you've lost. While it can't cover every possible option, you will come away with some ideas for rebuilding the nest egg you've worked so hard for all these years.
Wednesday, July 8 (1:00 PM)

Due to COVID-19, entrepreneurs are encountering higher and higher levels of pressure. Business situations are uncertain and uncontrollable, adding extra weight to the already high demands of our fast paced, rapidly changing environment. Pressure is like stress on steroids and can adversely affect important decisions, lead to mistakes, and lessen ability to cope with challenges. Through this interactive presentation, participants will learn actionable, practical mental fitness strategies to deal with pressure situations, as well as create the ability to share pressure tools with others in your business.
Thursday, July 9 (10:00 AM)

Since the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) hit the global stage, it has delivered a major shock to Minnesota’s economy. Join the Minnesota Chamber for a timely snapshot highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on Minnesota’s economy and a forecast for recovery. In this online event, experts will discuss details of key sectors and regions, and feature an economic forecast for the months and years ahead. They will also touch on potential structural changes to Minnesota’s economy, and trends to watch as we move forward.

Tuesday, July 14 (12:00 PM)

More money. More freedom. More fun! Done right, this is what working as a contractor or freelancer can bring to you. However, it's not for everyone ... and what you don't know can hurt you. Recruiting & consulting industry pro Catherine Byers Breet will deliver fresh, honest, high-impact advice and how-to strategies to help you become a highly-paid consultant or freelancer. She will help you answer two critical questions: Is contracting / freelancing right for you? Is now the right time in your life? This webinar is great if you're just starting to consider contract work. It's also a good refresher for well-established consultants who are struggling to find clients or charge enough money in this tough market.