April 6, 2020
The Shakopee Chamber team is working from home and can be reached via email or cell phone.

Angie Whitcomb, President & CEO
Cell: 612-210-3090

Tim Zunker, VP of Marketing
Cell: 320-493-8605

Ashley Grotewold, Main Street Director
Cell: 605-682-9068

Cristy Chadderdon, Billing & Operations Manager
Cell: 612-245-1183
As a reminder, many local businesses are open during this time. Please support Shakopee's economy by supporting Shakopee's businesses.
Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs Employer Guide

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. The effective date of both programs was April 1 and they expire on December 31, 2020. Both programs are in addition to any leave you already offer. The U.S. Chamber has prepared an Employer Guide with all of the information you need to know.

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program is an SBA loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The program will be available through June 30, 2020.

Shakopee Area Resources For COVID-19

The Shakopee Chamber and Visitors Bureau has compiled a list of helpful resources for business and personal issues related to COVID-19. You can find this list on our website, www.shakopee.org . We will update as information becomes available. If you have any additions, please contact us at info@shakopee.org .
YMCA Collaborates With Government & Health Officials To Offer Child Care Programs

The YMCA is committed to supporting parents who need to work during these unprecedented times. Our children need a place where they can safely enjoy being a kid - learning new things, being active, and having fun while being supported by caring adults.

The Y's top priority is the health and safety of each child and YMCA staff member. The Y adheres to the strict guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the State Departments of Health and Education. YMCA staff has the most current and up-to-date training. And as always, the Y never wants to turn anyone away because they are unable to pay; they will work with each family on their personal situation. School age care is available for students grades K-6, preschool is available for kids ages 33 months-5 years, and early childhood care is available for children ages 6 weeks-33 months.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s John Kirchner, Executive Director - Midwest Region, will provide a summary of the legislation and share details how small businesses and self-employed individuals may prepare to file for a loan.

This meeting is FREE but you must register. You do not need to be a Shakopee Chamber member to attend. Zoom info will be sent after registration is received.
Are you feeling cooped up and in need of human interaction amidst the COVID-19 social distancing requirements? US TOO! Grab your favorite beverage, put on your best tropical attire, and join us on Zoom for a virtual Happy Hour!

Must be registered to attend.
Zoom info will be sent after registration is received.
FREE Webinar:
"Selling Thru Chaos"
Thursday, April 9
(2:00 PM)

There is no greater moment than right now to be the sales professional your clients need. Join Erik Therwanger, founder of Think GREAT, for Selling Thru Chaos , a free 30-minute webinar for the first 1,000 sales professionals registered. During this live session, Erik will share the concepts from his book, Dynamic Sales Combustion, and how he has shifted his sales thinking and performance during challenging times: as his wife’s caregiver during four bouts with cancer and leading a sales team through the recession of 2008.

With the worldwide crisis in full effect, are you looking to accelerate your results now? Then reserve your seat. Those who are in sales to simply make a buck will be long-forgotten when this crisis ends. It will be the sales professionals who are committed to making an impact that will be remembered.

Shakopee Chevrolet Offers Free Oil Change To Shakopee's First Responders
Guild's Annual Bash4Guild Goes Digital!

G uild Incorporated has made the tough decision to cancel their in-person Bash4Guild this year. That said, they are delighted to offer the 2020 Bash4Guild program and fundraiser online! The purpose of the Bash4Guild is twofold. First, it raises money for Guild's  Youth ACT Services . The ACT team works directly with young people experiencing mental illness in our communities. Second, the Bash spreads the message that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed about.

They need your help now more than ever. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of their clients are experiencing a great loss of resources. Their clients, who are living with mental illness and/or experiencing chronic homelessness, are going without necessary supplies and in-person social support to live safely during this time. While Guild cannot change what is happening in the world, they are working to change the lives of those they serve.

Guild had an inspirational program planned for their in-person event. Watch the video to see the full program that includes staff and client testimonials, sponsor recognition, music, and more!