The Weekly Biz Buzz
Week of February 19th
Tuesday, February 20 |  Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
River Valley Montessori & Child Care | 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Thursday, February 22 | Business Builder Workshop
Hy-Vee Training Room | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
MNsure, Other State Exchange Top Feds on Enrollment

From the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE: Insurance enrollment via state-based health insurance exchanges such as Minnesota's MNsure held steady for 2018, while sign-ups declined about 5 percent across the much larger group of states using the federal government's website. The findings by the National Academy for State Health Policy raise a question about whether the intensity of outreach campaigns contributed to the difference, since the Trump administration limited marketing for the federal exchange while MNsure and other state-based groups maintained efforts.
Webinar/LIVE Event: Navigating Tax Reform

February 15 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. |  Register

If you are a business owner, financial manager, controller, CFO, or executive manager who is responsible for the tax compliance and planning in manufacturing and distribution companies, this webinar/LIVE event is for you. Join CliftonLarsonAllen professionals as they break down the new tax reform legislation and discuss how it could affect you and your business. At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Identify key points related to the new tax plan
  • Understand how tax reform impacts you and your business
  • Develop planning strategies relevant to your business and personal tax situation
  • Discuss statewide implications and impacts to residents and businesses in Minnesota
Participate online, or attend in-person at one of CLA's offices across the state for the opportunity to ask questions outside of the webinar platform. View locations and register .
70 Years of Saving Lives

Memorial Blood Centers
In 2018, Memorial Blood Centers celebrates 70 years of saving lives in our community.
Founded in 1948 to honor those who gave their lives during World War II, Memorial Blood Centers, then known as the Minneapolis War Memorial Blood Bank, ensured a safe and stable supply of blood for patients in area hospitals. In the last 70 years our community has grown, and so has the need for blood. Memorial Blood Centers is here to serve the community.
The need for blood is constant, but the supply is not. Only volunteer blood donors can make a life-saving difference to someone in need. Step up to give blood at a blood drive or donor center in your neighborhood and help save lives. Donating blood is convenient and safe when you are:
    • In good health
    • Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken daily for a skin condition
    • Symptom-free for at least 3 days following a cold or a flu
    • 17 years or older-16 with written parental consent (form available at MBC.ORG)
To find a blood drive or donor center nearest you, visit Memorial Blood Center  online , or see upcoming blood drives in your area listed below. To register, go to MBC.ORG , or contact the sponsoring organization directly. While walk-in donors are always welcome, they encourage appointments be made in advance. You can also donate at a donor center, sponsor your own blood drive, or gather friends to donate together at a Donor Day event at one of our blood centers.
Leadercast LIVE - Shakopee: FINAL Speakers Announced

Friday, May 4
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
River Valley Church
1350 Crossings Blvd, Shakopee)
Tickets: $100
Reserved Table: $600

Leadercast Live is the largest one-day leadership event in the world. Broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of locations around the world each year, Leadercast brings together some of the most recognized and respected global leaders to create a leadership experience unlike any other. 

Shakopee has been selected as the premiere host-site for the southwest metro area of the Twin Cities. H ear from some of the most recognized leaders in the world and network with other aspiring leaders in our community as we simulcast the event live from Atlanta. 

Joe Torre
Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee, the Cheif Baseball Officer for the MLB,   Chairman of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation

Catherine Hoke
Found & CEO of Defy Ventures

Andy Stanley
Leadership Communicator and Best-Selling Author

Carey Lohrenz
U.S. Navy Pilot, Speaker & Trainer

Ian Morgan Cron
Bestselling Author, Psychotherapist, Enneagram Teacher and Speaker

Jim Loehr, Ed.D.
Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute

Mae Jemison
Engineer, Physician and NASA Astronaut

Jen Bricker
Acrobat, Aerialist, Author, and Speaker

Michael Hyatt
Author, Speaker and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company

Tripp Crosby
Host of Leadercast Live 2018
Get Your "Jones" On: How Indiana Jones Went Wrong

At Scott County Historical Society
Thursday, February 22 from 6-8pm
Game Night!  Take part in Archaeology Jeopardy & more!  We promise - it'll be all fun and games and an exciting way to learn the ethics of Archaeology.  Led by Archaeologist Steven Blondo - Thursday, February 22, from 6-8pm.  

FREE, Registrations required - click  to register.
This is the second in a series of four Archaeology events.  Attend two of the four and receive a certificate at the May capstone event!
  1. Archaeology Field Trip (January)
  2. How did Indiana Jones go wrong? (February)
  3. What's in Indy's pack? (March)
  4. Where Indiana found the loot (we call em artifacts) (April) Capstone / Graduation Celebration (May)
This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
Questions? Call 952-445-0378 or email us at The Scott County Historical Society is located at 235 Fuller Street South, Shakopee, MN 55379, three blocks south of the intersection of Co. Rd. 101 and Fuller Street.  Visit us online at
Leadership Shakopee 2018

Have you been wondering if Leadership Shakopee is the right fit for you? This is what 2017 class graduate, Rodney Southwood, President & CEO of Freight Management Logistics, has to say about Leadership Shakopee.

Someone once said to me "Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs"

When we had the opportunity to sign up for this class I was certain I wouldn't have the time for it and thought, how could this possibly benefit me?

Well I must say I have been rewarded with lifelong friends and a deeper understanding of Shakopee businesses and their leaders. From the Jail to the Courthouse, to the Casino we went and learned as a group, asked questions, laughed and bonded! This one-day event actually became a day, each month, I got excited about. (I even rearranged my travel schedule so as to not miss a class)

This should be on any serious Management or Leader's radar as a way to inject yourself into the fabric of a community, while furthering your business acumen with expertise and other like-minded individuals!

Opportunity knocks but it has never been known to turn the handle and walk in. To those thinking about enrolling I would say "you don't get wet if you don't jump in the pool". Open the door, walk in, the waters warm, and a year's worth of genuine, life changing experiences are waiting for you!

Rodney J. Southwood
President & CEO
Freight Management Logistics

The deadline for registration is Friday, March 16


Do you have a job opening or hot deal? Please login to the Chamber's Member Information Center to get it posted!
Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening | Feb. 20

Tuesday, February 20 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM
110 Prairie Street North, Shakopee

Help us welcome & celebrate fellow Chamber Member, River Valley Montessori & Child Care to Shakopee with a Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Ceremony. 

River Valley Montessori & Child Care believes in honoring children and creating an educational learning environment that allows each child to work at their natural and optimal level, promoting positive outcomes.

Business Builder Workshop | Feb. 22

Thursday, February 22
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Hy-Vee Training Room

First Stop Shop - Business Planning, Strategy & Marketing

Are you looking for some assistance with business planning, strategy, or marketing?  Would you like to find a better way to target your customers or learn more about key business topics?  Did you know there are a number of FREE programs/resources targeted at helping business owners of all sizes in Scott County succeed? 
The Scott County CDA - First Stop Shop (FSS) would like to share information about county-wide programs and resources that you are able to take advantage of, free of charge!  This includes Open to Business, access to business data resources, free training sessions and more.  Please join us on Feb. 22nd to learn more about these programs and how your business could benefit.

Business Builder Workshops are Hosted & Sponsored By
Chamber Discount: $20
General Admission: $30

Reds, Whites & Brews | March 9

Join us for your all-access pass to taste some of Minnesota's best wine & craft beers on Friday, March 9th!

You will enjoy entertainment by Duelly Noted (dueling pianos), enjoy amazing wine & craft beers, take part in the live auction, and enter for a chance to win a Wall of Wine  - all  while helping fundraise for Chamber programs. 
Included in your ticket is unlimited samples from the  beer and wine  vendors, delicious food & amazing entertainment from Duelly Noted.

Advance General Admission: $75 | At the Door: $85

VIP Tickets: $100 - only 43 LEFT
These exclusive tickets include VIP samples from the vendors, VIP food, two drink tickets, and a private performance and meet & greet with Duelly Noted.

Meets every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday |  Click here for more info

Executive & Business Owners Roundtable
Held the second  Wednesday  of the month | Click here to find out more
Abbie Siljendahl
Events & Communications Director
Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau
1801 East County Road 101
Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone:  952.445.1660
Give us a call today!