Coffee Connection with Attorney Kelly Dohm
Thursday, May 7, 7:30AM-8:30PM

Please join us for some virtual networking and hear from Kelly Dohm, Partner at Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin PLLP  
Kelly specializes in Labor & Employment Law and will share some information on the following:

  • Business Owners’ Liability Risks when dealing with customers upon the reopening of its business;
  • Amended workers’ compensation statute in Minnesota;
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act as it relates to employment law matters; and
  • Recent developments as it relates to PPP loans.

You do need to register in order to receive the ZOOM link before the Coffee Connection.
Look forward to seeing you – Please Join us!

This event is for informational purposes only and not for providing any specific legal advice based upon any specific facts.
Different Boats

 by Kellie Sites, Waconia Chamber President
Since March 17 th , I’ve been calling our members, reaching out to you to see how you’re doing.  As we all know, so much has happened in such a short amount of time.   Many of you have commented that you’ve never had to think so hard about so much in such a short amount of time.  

What do I need to do to keep my business alive?  Do I qualify for a loan? Which loan?  What is PPE? What is PPP?  How will I keep my employees?  When can I open again? Can I really do my business from home?  Is virtual going to work? And what about this Governor’s dial? Click Here to read more...
Return to Work Safely

 by Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President
Throughout the challenges presented by the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Minnesota Chamber’s goal has been to strike a balance between safeguarding health and protecting Minnesota’s economy. Minnesota businesses are eager to get back to work. Business operations can and should return to a sustainable level without jeopardizing employees’ or customer safety.

An estimated 82% of Minnesota jobs have been deemed “essential” under Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-20 and associated guidance from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. These businesses have detailed strategies to protect their workforce from the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of operations.
Welcome New Chamber Member:
Hoxie Homes & Remodeling
Jeff Hoxie
219 E Frontage Rd, Suite 110
Waconia, MN 55387
Home construction & remodeling
Member News and Happenings
Happenings at Freshwater Community Church
Friday, May 1, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Saturdays, May 9 & 16, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Furniture Depot-12 E 8th St, Waconia

FREE Furniture & Décor-Friday, May 1st from 11-3pm. Find furniture and decor outside of the Freshwater Furniture Depot, as they reset with new inventory for re-opening (hopefully May 7th).
Friends and Family Discount Event at the Freshwater Furniture Depot-Saturdays, May 9 & May 16. Chamber members and their employees, friends, and family can enjoy $10 off every $30 spent these two Saturdays at the Depot. Vouchers available on-site beginning May 7 th . Vouchers will be required for discount. Chamber members receive a sheet of four, and copies can be made and redeemed! Please note-physical distancing guidelines will be observed and COVID-19 precautions in place to protect staff and guests.
Sidewalk Sale at Clearwater Clothing
Saturday, May 2, 2:00-6:00PM
Clearwater Clothing-132 S Olive St, Waconia

Clearwater Clothing wants to help you with Mother's Day! They will be open Saturday afternoon, May 2, to grab a gift certificate, some great jewelry or maybe a cute top for your mom! There will also be a pizza truck in the parking lot. Hurray for curbside retail!
Waconia Patriot Ads-Honoring Nurses
The Waconia Patriot invites you to join them in paying tribute to area nurses and thanking them for their efforts and dedication May 7-9. Deadline for ad space is Monday, May 4 at 11:00AM. Contact Mike Specht 952-442-6819 or
Muffins with Mom
Friday, May 8, 9:30AM-3:00PM
Children of Tomorrow-410 E 10th St, Waconia

Children of Tomorrow is celebrating mothers on Friday, May 8 - both COT moms AND moms in the community (need not be enrolled with Children of Tomorrow to participate). Families will receive a take & make activity bag and muffins to enjoy at home. Registration required by Wednesday, May 6 to guarantee activity bag.
Carver County Commissioners Approve Taxpayer Penalty Waiver
The County Board approved a 30-day penalty waiver process for taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 virus. If you are able to pay on time, we encourage you to do so. Contact (952) 361-1910 or for more information.
In Towne Marina Open for Season
Thursday, May 7
In Town Marina-8 E Lake St, Waconia

The In Towne Marina is excited to be preparing for the upcoming fishing season. COVID-19 has created some process changes for them. One change due to the virus is that on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, ACCESS use will only be available to those with an Everyday Season Pass. They will announce more Covid-19 guidelines and store hours before May 7th.
Videographer Skills
Rassman Media Group-
Does your business need a professionally produced video for your employees and/or customers? Providing same-day turn around videos for the corporate leaders/CEOs of companies, giving updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on their companies.  If you want to send out video messaging, Rod is here to help. He provides teleprompter, lights, actual shoot and editing. He can do it all on-site if that's what you are looking for. Rod does this as a one-person operation, to reduce the number of non-employees in your facility.
Downtown Retail Space for Rent
8 W 1st St, Waconia
Located right in the heart of beautiful, walkable downtown Waconia! Available approximately June 1st (current tenants, Infinity Diamond Jewelers, are moving to 32 W 1st St, formally cham-bray, mid-May). 780 sq ft: office (16'x13') front retail (15'x25') plus bathroom, small storage space and back door. for more information contact Dick Weinzierl 612-205-0909 or , or Diann Weinzierl 612-735-8150 or  
Mediacom Extends Initiatives to Combat Coronavirus
As we continue to weather the COVID-19 storm, Mediacom Communications continues to be there to help with your personal & business needs. They have extended their current initiatives through June 30. Please find below a link for updated information on managing accounts, trouble shooting, and updated policies and initiatives.   Click Here for Details.
Need Hand Sanitizer and/or Masks?
 Looking for a useful, timely give away?  GK2 Promotions is offering a few items that can be imprinted with your logo/information and be delivered. 6-8 for hand sanitizer, 2 weeks for masks with proof approval.  (Manufacturers are working to keep up with demand)
Call Gerry Kirby 612-490-4707
Freshly Fueled & Fit for Summer
 April 27-May 21
Shape It Up Fitness-141 W 1st St, Waconia
Waconia Women's Health-133 W 1st St, Waconia

Shape It Up Fitness and  Waconia Women's Health are teaming up to bring you a Virtual Challenge. Learn to fuel your body properly, detox sugar, balance blood sugar and tone up. 
Cost: $99 To register, contact Megan VanEyll
Carver County Restaurants
Carver County has created a comprehensive resource for Carver County restaurants that are open for business during this time of restricted gathering.
Sister Saturday Postponed
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings, the Chamber has decided to postpone the 16th annual Sister Saturday until the SECOND SATURDAY after Bars & Restaurants are permitted to re-open with at least 50 occupants. We hope this will be soon and can't wait to shop with all of our sisters!
Chamber Calendar-May 2020
MAY 7 Coffee Connection 7:30-9:00 (Virtual Meeting) Legal Matters with
Attorney Kelly Dohm
MAY 13 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 11:30AM-1:00PM (Virtual Meeting)
MAY 14 Retail Committee Meeting 8:00-9:30AM (Virtual Meeting)
MAY 21 Ambassador Committee Meeting 9:00AM (Virtual Meeting?)
MAY 28 Luncheon-TBD
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