September 27, 2021

SBA's EIDL Program Enhanced To Aid Small Businesses

The SBA recently accounced that the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program has been enhanced to better meet the needs of small businesses, especially the hardest hit industries and smallest entities that still need relief. Key changes include increasing the COVID EIDL cap; implementation of a deferred payment period; establishment of a 30-day exclusivity window; expansion of eligible use of funds; and simplification of affiliation requirements. Visit to learn more about eligibility and application requirements. Click here to read the SBA press release in its entirety.
Small Business Resources For Preparedness, Relief, Recovery, & Resiliency

Wednesday, September 29
1:00 PM

During this webinar, you will learn more about COVID EIDL and how you can take advantage before December 31, 2021; discover tools and resources you can use to start and grow your business; have your questions answered by SBA leadership and small business experts; and learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community. Click here to register.

The SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute have teamed up to provide small business owners and leaders with a series of webinars that will cover resources to help small businesses grow and thrive. These sessions will take place every two weeks and will run through December 2021.
SBA Training Opportunities & Business Resources

Take a look at training opportunities and business resources available through the SBA's Minnesota District Office and their partners.
A Guide For Navigating Funding Available For Business Growth

DEED recently published a guide to help businesses navigate available funding opportunities and provide an overview of available opportunities all in one place. In addition to the funds appropriated from the 2021 Minnesota Legislative Session, there are also a large number of programs stemming from the American Rescue Plan to help support and grow our businesses and economy. Read the guide.
September 2021 Minnesota Occupational Health Newsletter

This month's newsletter includes information on COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, drug test reporting delays, and opportunities for employers to schedule flu vaccinations.
Take Advantage Of Local, Complimentary Advertsing Opportunity!

Help fill the visitor rack at My Place Hotel – Shakopee! We would love to help promote your company, organization, attraction, event, etc. by putting your brochures, guides, or pamphlets out for our guests to take. If you are interested or have questions, please contact:

Sarah Litwiller, Director of Sales and Marketing
515-597-4700 ext. 107
3912 12th Avenue East, Shakopee
Have The Next Generation Of Leaders Support Your Project!

Shakopee High School’s Science and Technology Academy-Technological Innovations Course has eager 11th and 12th grade students that would benefit from real-world experience by assisting with your business project! Shakopee High School is seeking businesses to support the upcoming Technological Innovation AP course.

*Students will have 6 weeks to apply their skills and expertise to the benefit of your business! At the same time, you can provide insight into your business.

*The course is set to start on November 15th and then will run again starting January 31st.  The creativity from Shakopee students is next to none and your efforts will provide a truly rewarding experience.

*The Shakopee High School team will be there to support your business and ensure that time investment is manageable, and impact is positive for all involved. Don’t have any experience collaborating with students or limited resources? No problem – we can work together to define a project and manageable schedule.

*Prerequisites for the class include background in one of these areas: AP Computer Science Principles, Cyber Security, Energy and Power Generation, Environmental Sustainability, AP Environmental Science Program of Study: All Science and Technology Programs of Study.

Email Elizabeth Duehr, Academy Lead, to express interest or learn more!
Shakopee Levy Request

To address the financial challenges continuing to impact Shakopee Public Schools, the School Board, during the July 19th school board business meeting, unanimously approved a special election to bring an operating levy before the voters on November 2. Shakopee is the only school district in the metro area without a voter-approved operating levy. Learn about the levy, ballot questions, and more by visiting Absentee voting begins September 17 at the Shakopee Public Schools District Office or by mail. And don't forget to register to vote!
Now Hiring!
Greet and welcome members; provide prompt, accurate, and efficient transactions; and conduct activities including account transactions and opening new accounts.
Check guests in and out; accept reservations; manage in-house inventory, upcoming reservations, and special requests; and perform security walks throughout shift.
Must be bright and cheery, have great communication skills both in person and on the phone, and know how to go the extra mile in ensuring customer service is an absolute priority.
Looking for detail oriented, energetic and fun folks to be a part of our awesome housekeeping team and help provide clean, comfortable accommodations to our guests!
Preventative maintenance of all rooms and common areas; assist in the cleanliness of and maintain hotel's exterior spaces and common areas; have working knowledge of general repair skills.
Check guests in and out; accept reservations; manage in-house inventory, upcoming reservations, and special requests; and accurately run the hotel’s night audit, recording various data, and distributing necessary reports.
Welcome members and provide friendly, helpful service; and proficiently process a variety of routine inquiries, transactions, and service requests.
QDOBA is hiring! We offer competitive pay, great perks and benefits, plus a $200 sign-on bonus! Talk to a general manager in-store or use the link above to apply online.

Don't Miss The Last Weekend To Celebrate!

Huzzah and cheers for 50 years! This weekend, October 1-3, is your last chance to celebrate the Minnesota Renaissance Festival's 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee. Friday is Ladies & Lords Shopping Day, and Saturday and Sunday will feature special Oktoberfest events and activities. Purchase tickets and get more information here.
Interested In Advocating On Behalf Of The Shakopee Business Community?

The Shakopee Chamber is looking for people who are interested in serving on our Public Policy Committee. Help shape the direction of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts, work on election forums, and help research policy affecting our community. If interested, please contact Tim Zunker at or 952-641-9043.
Register Now For The 2022 Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy is about going deeper into leadership development. It is a customized program built on investing in leaders with a curriculum rooted in application and results. Participants can expect to learn enhanced skills that are relevant in today's workplace and gain a deeper self-awareness of strengths and opportunities. Dr. Scott Morell, EdD - President and & Consultant with Rebar Leadership - will facilitate all sessions of the academy. The first session will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
The Shakopee Chamber Foundation is offering two $1,000 scholarships for Leadership Academy. Click here for information and guidelines.
Upcoming Chamber Events
Wake Up With Shakopee
MN Renaissance Festival
Friday, October 1

Enjoy coffee and refreshments in celebration of the festival’s 50th anniversary. Afterwards, feel free to stay and enjoy the festival!
October Membership Luncheon
Pablo's Mexican Restaurant
Thursday, October 7

Be sure to bring your 60-second “commercial" detailing your business, a product offering, or an upcoming special event. (And bring plenty of business cards for networking!)
November Membership Luncheon
Hampton Inn
Thursday, November 4

Heather Hoagland, Executive Director of the Scott County Historical Society, will talk about the Shakopee Riverfront Cultural Trail and explain how the history, heritage, and culture of our hometown is being brought to Shakopee's riverfront.
Wake Up With Shakopee
Benedictine Windermere Way
Wednesday, November 10

Enjoy your morning coffee and take advantage of this opportunity to network with other professionals. Plus, learn about our host during a short presentation.
Holiday Fest
Downtown Shakopee
Friday, December 4, 2021

Holiday Fest kicks-off the holiday season with a holiday market, pictures with Santa, a walk-through parade, tree lighting, and fireworks!
Reds, Whites & Brews
Canterbury Park
Friday, March 18, 2022

Enjoy an evening of entertainment and fun while savoring samples from some of the best local wineries and breweries. 
Women's Event
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Thursday, May 19, 2022

This event encourages professional and personal development through inspiring speakers and meaningful networking opportunities.