The Weekly Biz Buzz
Week of February 5th
Thursday, February 22 | Business Builder Workshop
Hy-Vee Training Room | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Community Talks Jobs, Housing, Transportation and Parks

Despite the cold, snow and Super Bowl week festivities, about 40 community members joined the City of Shakopee for a community workshop on January 30 as part of the city's 2040 Envision Shakopee comprehensive plan process.

At the workshop, community members met in small groups to discuss how the city could best address four previously identified community priorities:
  • Maintain a strong and diverse economy
  • Expand housing options
  • Enhance the transportation system
  • Connect people with parks, trails and amenities
The workshop was led by the city's planning consultants, MKSK Studios, and city staff. At round tables of six people plus a facilitator, groups discussed strategies and priorities for the plan. After more than an hour of discussion, each small group reported their major findings to the larger group. Participants identified a variety of opportunities from additional senior housing to improved access to the Minnesota River. They supported a variety of strategies to improve our transportation system and help residents be more connected to jobs, area businesses and parks.

Community engagement is a top priority of the Envision Shakopee planning process and the city understands not everyone is able to attend a community meeting. They've created an online workshop for those that were unable to attend the recent meeting. Please provide your feedback on these priorities online at . The city would greatly appreciate you sharing the online workshop with your friends, family and neighbors. The online workshop will be available through Feb. 18.

The workshop was the second of three planned events through spring 2018. The results from your feedback on these strategies and priorities will fold into the other community engagement data and planning analysis, which will inform the planning team as they draft the recommendations of the plan in the coming months. The third and final community event, which will invite you to review and comment on the comprehensive plan's draft focus areas and recommendations, is tentatively scheduled for April.

For more information about Envision Shakopee and to participate with the planning process, visit
TCYP Summit - Tickets Now on Sale

The Twin Cities Young Professionals Summit is now open for registration!  TCYP is excited to announce their keynote speaker is the Co-Owner of the St. Paul Saints - Mike Veeck.  Mike believes anything is possible and that passion drives performance!  His story and presentation will be funny, engaging, and help you find passion in the work you do. 
This Annual Summit gathers industry leaders together to share insights with attendees on how to grow their business expertise, focus their leadership skills and integrate their passion into the workplace.  Over 200 young professionals (age 20 to 40+) will gather from all over the region on April 13, 2018. Attendees will hear from Twin Cities professionals on topics such as working in teams, personal being and sleep, LinkedIn, work and life balance, business growth, and generational gaps. Break-out sessions will include topics ranging from working in teams, to developing leaders and working with multi-generations.
Register early for best pricing and added benefits - the early VIP rate of $135 per person ends on February 12th.  The first 50 to register will receive a free autographed book from Mike Veeck!  To register, please go
Two Free Funding Sources for Small Businesses

For small companies, access to funding that can help their business grow and thrive is extremely beneficial. To that end, the SBA wants to make sure you're aware of two free resources available to you: MN-SBIR and the SciTechsperience Internship Program.

MN-SBIR helps science-based startups and existing small businesses to access non-dilutive research funding. Eleven federal agencies competitively award funding for high tech research and development that has the potential for commercialization as a new product, service or process. There is no limit to the number of awards or dollar amount a company can receive, and the company retains its intellectual property and has the potential for sole-source contracts.  
To learn more about MN-SBIR, go to  or contact Pat Dillon, Program Director, at  or 952-230-4540.

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The SciTechsperience Internship Program  is a free, state-funded program that connects small (under 250 employees worldwide) for-profit Minnesota companies to college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors for paid internships, and provides a 50% cash match on the intern's wages. 

This wage reimbursement is worth up to $2,500 per intern. There are just under 280 wage matches available now for 2018 STEM internships. The pool of hundreds of talented, pre-screened college students are eager to find a quality internship in a company like yours. You make the hiring decision, and may bring on as many as 5 interns per program year.  
To get started with SciTechsperience, go to or contact Becky Siekmeier, Program Director, at or 952-230-4241.
Minnesota's First Responders Push PTSD Issue at State Capitol

Minnesota's police officers, firefighters and EMTs are lining up in support of a proposed bill to change the state's workers' compensation law and designate post-traumatic stress disorder a presumptive, work-related medical condition. Sen. Nick Frentz, DFL-North Mankato, is one of the bill's sponsors. He said his intent is to make it easier for first responders to seek a workers' compensation claim by making PTSD a presumptive, on-the-job injury. 

Cam Winton, director of energy and labor management policy with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, told KSTP there will likely be a separate bill from Frentz's. That bill will focus more on PTSD treatment options, rather than placing it under the umbrella of the workers' compensation law, Winton said. 

"We all want first responders who are diagnosed with PTSD to get the help they need," Winton said. "And we think the best way to do that is to make sure they are getting the best treatment possible, so that they can remain in the profession and have productive lives outside the job." 

The Minnesota League of Cities expressed similar thoughts on how to approach the PTSD issue for first responders.

Academy Mortgage  Corporation
Michael Louden 
235 1st Avenue East, Shakopee
(952) 777-2205
Mortgage Services

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Lovejoy Realty
Maria McDonald-Zang 
235 1st Avenue East, Shakopee
(952) 233-1000
Real Estate

Haugen Agency, Ltd.
Ashle Kozulla
14093 Commerce Avenue NE, Prior Lake
(952) 440-8200

KWG Advisors
Nathan Grochow
940 Vierling D rive West, Shakopee
(952) 445-3040
Accounting & Tax Services
Metropolitan Dance Alliance
Jennifer Carlson
1159 Shakopee Town Square, Shakopee
(952) 445-2330
Fitness & Wellness
New Horizon Academy 
Kami Thompson
4400 Fountain Hills Drive, Prior Lake
(952) 445-6701

Laela Erickson
PO Box 1144, Prior Lake
(952) 807-3887
Coaching, Individual & Business
Extreme Horse Skijoring! 

Saturday, February 17
1:00 PM
Canterbury Park
1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee
Watch this extreme winter sport that features a skier being pulled behind a horse while they dodge obstacles on the Canterbury racetrack!  Plus enjoy family activities.  

Admission is $10. Kids 17 and under are free.
Chamber members can save $5 using promocode: SAVEFIVE
Leadercast LIVE - Shakopee: 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. 

Leadercast Live focuses on the leadership issues most relevant to today's leader. It is a pairing of inspiring messages and rich interaction with fellow leaders who are being intentional about raising their standard of leadership, through a creative, energetic and memorable experience. Leadercast exists to serve leaders across all industries and various career experiences so they leave this event better equipped to take on their next challenge.

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. 

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
Leadership Shakopee 2018

Registration is now available for Leadership Shakopee 2018. 

Join with other business leaders from the Shakopee area for a six-month program that informs leaders about the critical inner workings of our community.

During the seven sessions, 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. 

"Shakopee Leadership was a great way to quickly get connected to the community in Shakopee. The tours of the local businesses were interesting and informative. The people we got to meet along the way and the tight group we formed in leadership will be lasting for years to come."

- Nick Christoffer

Business Performance Advisor

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!
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!