January 16, 2017
Help Us Spread the Word  
DCR Chamber is seeking applicants for a second Member Relations Director position to add to our staff for 2017. This person will help your Chamber to continue to grow which provides you with additional networking contacts as well as a stronger business voice in our region.

The Member Relations Director is responsible for the sales of new memberships within the Chamber as well as retention of existing members.  Our ideal candidate is a connector:  outgoing, energetic, personable, and organized. Click here  to read the full job description.   
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Advocating On Your Behalf 
While many issues are of significant importance to the regions' business community, your Chamber's Board of Directors adopted a set of policy priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session:
  • Business Tax Relief
  • Health Care Relief and Reform
  • Workplace Mandates & Preemption
  • Transportation Investment
  • Education and Workforce Development
  • Lawsuit Reform
  • Met Council Reform
Your Chamber works to advance the business community's agenda to ensure our region remains a competitive and strong marketplace in which to invest and create jobs. Read the 2017 Legislative Priorities - our priorities are your priorities. Join the Grassroots Action Network or contact us today if need help with an issue.
Latest Legislative Action at the Capitol:  
Lawmakers OK initial tax cuts, begin debating others
Let's Meet Our Elected Officials 
Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing you to our local and state officials. Today, meet District 52's Legislative Delegation.

                       Senator                            Representative                   Representative
                     Matt Kline                             Regina Barr                         Rick Hansen 
The WomEn's Conference: WomEn of Excellence Award 
We are currently accepting applications for our WomEn of Excellence Awards which will be presented at WomEn's Conference on Thursday, March 9. Click here to nominate a woman in the DCR Chamber business community that you admire. Nominations are due January 23. Learn more about the conference and get registered today! Guys, you are welcome to attend the luncheon where the winners will be recognized and featured on a panel. 
Events Calendar

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors

4:00 p.m.
Ambassador Committee

7:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Small Business University Committee

8:00 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

3:30 p.m.
Women's Programming Committee


4:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
 One Click Quick Poll:  Blue Laws 
Share your feedback with us on whether or not you think Minnesota should change its' current law and allow for the retail off-sale of liquor on Sundays? Click here to participate in the Quick Poll. 
Looking to Grow Your Business?
business_concepts.jpg Check out Grow Minnesota! Business Resources for more regional and statewide resources. Find information on resources for businesses in seven different categories; Business Financing, Entrepreneurship, Environmental & Energy Resources, Exporting/Importing, Research & Data Tools, Start & Manage a Business, & Workforce Development.
USDA Rural Development  - Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants in Minnesota . Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. More USDA programs & services for rural businesses.
Time to hire a STEM Intern - Businesses can receive 50% cash match!
SciTechsperience is a free, statewide, state-funded internship program that connects small and medium-sized MN businesses with talented college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students. Participating businesses receive a wage reimbursement of 50% of the intern's wages up to $2,500. 248 matching grants remain in 2016-2017 and are available on a first come, first hire basis!  Questions? Contact Becky Siekmeier, MN High Tech Assn .
Learn the Basics- MN Trade Office Introduction to Exporting Seminar  
January 25th, 8:30am-2pm in St Paul . Whether your business is new to exporting or wants to expand your global presence, this seminar is for you. Questions? Contact Ed Dieter, MN Trade Office .
Check out the Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Grants.
This is a very specific niche. Share with appropriate individuals, businesses & educators.
" Regenerative medicine assists the body's own ability to heal. Cell biology and development, medicine, biotechnology, bioengineering, and other relevant fields are brought together in this area of medicine." Grant funds are available for research, education and student training in related regenerative medicine careers, as well as for biotechnology/biobusiness, and clinical care. Deadline for grants is February 14, 2017.
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Eagan City Council meets January 17 - see the agenda
Rosemount Port Authority meets January 17 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets January 17 - see the agenda 
Farmington City Council meets January 17 - see the agenda
West St. Paul City Council/Planning Commission meets January 17 - see the agenda 
Are You Looking to Market to the Membership?
Marketing your business to the DCR Chamber membership can be a great way to grow your business. Here are a few ways you can do that.

  • Purchase a  membership mailing list
  • Advertise in Weekly Update   
  • Post hot deals, news releases and job openings online (all accessible under your member log in)
  • Enhance your online listing
  • Submit your news and announcements to be included in the Celebrate Business Success portion of Weekly Update (email Emily)
  • Sponsor event (connect with  Emily to talk about what would fit best for your business)
  • Post your events on our online calendar (accessible under your member log in)
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Advantage Life Chiropractic
Focus Financial
Re/Max Results - Darren Jorgenson
AXA Advisors, LLC

Aequo Builders
Nate Custard
1670 South Robert Street, Suite 205
West St. Paul, MN 55118
(612) 284-6414
Visit website here

Aequo Builders is a boutique general contractor offering multiple services to meet your light commercial building needs. At Aequo, being professional and working with other like-minded business professionals is of the utmost importance to us. We work closely with our Designers, Architects, and Real Estate agents to help our clients turn their project dreams into reality. Our skills range from budgeting, project planning, plan-and-spec, and design build. Upon completion, we will give you a space that meets your needs, is efficient, and aesthetically pleasing. Our capabilities include restaurant builds, retail space builds, office improvements, specialty commercial projects, and more.
  Watch for more information about these fine companies in upcoming Weekly Updates.
Renewing Members
Last week these awesome members renewed their Chamber membership. Thank you!!  
Castle Rock Bank - 39 Years 
Premier Banks - 23 years
CEVA Logistics - 22 years 
Roundbank - 12 years
Joe Gothard - 4 years

Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!

Think Mutual Bank is building a new Business Banking team that will serve business customers throughout Minneapolis/St Paul from its offices in Apple Valley, Eagan, Edina and St. Paul. Congrats on your new team! Read more on Kirk Mullenbruck, Joe Rutter, and Sonya Busch.

Home Federal is doing their part and working with The Open Door on the Super Bagging Event benefiting the mission of ending local hunger through access to healthy food. Click here to learn more If you would like to help with bagging during the event February 4 and 5.

January is National Mentoring Month and Kids 'n Kinship is celebrating the benefits of quality youth mentoring across the country. Help spread the news and encourage individuals, couples and families to step up and to be a friend to someone who matters. Click here to learn more.  

MRCI Worksource is helping individuals with disabilities prepare for the workforce. If you have an opportunity within your business during the months of January or February for an individual to practice their workplace skills please contact Rhonda Kalal.

thumbs_up_kid_orange.jpg Share your news with us! Do you have any new employees, new products or services, work anniversaries, or new or remodeled buildings? We would love to help your celebrate and spread the word. Please send your updates to Emily.
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121