March 18, 2019
Economic Inclusion and Shared Prosperity Discussed at March Good Day Dakota County

Members heard from Tawanna Black, CEO & Founder of the Center for Economic Inclusion at Good Day Dakota County on March 12. Barriers to housing, transit, and workforce are critical issues that must be addressed. Tawanna’s work at the Center is dedicated to advancing inclusion growth by elevating data driven promising practices, advocating inclusion policies, coordinating cross sector, community-driven development, and piloting, that truly closes the gap.

A special thank you to our series sponsor, Spire Credit Union and program sponsor, Insperity.
Tawanna Black
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Partnership Opportunities with TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative

The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative is a unique partnership between the school districts of South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, and West St. Paul/Mendota Heights/Eagan. These districts are re-imagining high school. Students from the three districts can venture off their high school campus and take courses onsite at partner businesses. 
 
TriDistrict is looking to partner with local businesses to help students learn more about the professional environments and opportunities of our region. This could mean being a guest speaker or hosting a site visit for students. Partners could even help students have an authentic learning experience like an internship, mentorship, or job-shadow. The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative is excited to announce that it will expand its program offerings in the 2019-2020 school year by adding two new courses: Construction Trades & Technologies, and Business & Entrepreneurship.
 
For additional information, visit www.careercollegeready.org , or contact Ben Kusch, the Lead Designer of the TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative at bkusch@tridistrictce.org .
Drug Crisis: A Dose of Reality for Employers

Drug addiction is a growing concern in the United States. Join us at Good Day Dakota County on April 9 as we address the drug crisis. A crisis of this scope and magnitude requires everyone who has a stake to be part of the solution, including the business community. 

Our program will focus on concerns that business owners may have including: What are the costs of workplace absence, employee retention, and workplace safety? What are some indicators that employers need to pay attention to related to potential opioid abuse? What can employers do to implement an abuse prevention program?

Please join us for this important conversation and hear from experts in the field who are assisting the DCR Chamber on this topic. Special thanks to our sponsor, Spire Credit Union .
Heather Kaiser
Heather Kaiser, JD HR Consultant
Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting
Annette M. Margarit, Attorney
Dougherty Molenda Solfest, Hills & Bauer, P.A. 
Legislative Session Update

Friday, March 15, 2019 was the first committee deadline for the Legislative session. Below are some issues that are important to the Business Community and the DCR Chamber.
 
Governor's Tax Proposal
The House Tax Committee heard the Governor's tax bill (HF 2125) over the course of several hearings this week. Along with other problem areas, the bill contains tax increases on Minnesota businesses as well as the reinstatement of two automatic tax inflators (business property taxes and tobacco).
 
Uniform State Labor Standards
The Senate Local Government Committee heard bill SF 2321. This bill would establish uniform state labor standards at the state level, halting local ordinances relating to minimum wage and benefits. The DCR Chamber supports this legislation and continues to work with many of our coalition members. There were a number of businesses and organizations in support of the bill, which was approved by the Committee and sent to another Senate Committee.
 
Paid Family and Medical Leave
HF 5 providing paid medical and family leave was heard in House Judiciary. The bill passed and was re-referred to House Ways and Means Committee as amended. 
 
Wage Theft
SF 1816, a wage theft bill very different from HF 6, was heard for the first time in the Senate Jobs Committee. This bill requires that an employee make a written demand relating to any issues he/she feels need to be addressed relating to wages (i.e. wages the employee feels were not paid) before filing a claim to the Commissioner. The bill passed through and was referred to Senate Judiciary.
 
We continue to monitor all the Legislation that is moving through the committee process. This session and the proposals that have been introduced have many serious implications for the businesses in Dakota County and the State of Minnesota. We cannot stress enough for each of you to have contact with your Legislator. They need to hear from you as to how these proposed bills will impact your business.
 
To find your Legislator click on the link:  https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/
Seeking Golf Classic Committee Members      

We are recruiting committee members for the DCR Golf Classic. This year's Classic is on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Mendakota Country Club. Our next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Chamber offices. Please  email Diane Mavis , Director of Programs and Events, with your interest.
Networking Committee Openings

Business Owners Roundtable (BORT) 
Opportunities are available for business owners to connect with other business owners through the Business Owners Roundtable group (BORT). This group meets the first Wednesday of the month from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., in the Chamber offices. This group provides a forum exclusively for owners to network, share business concerns, and give/receive advice and support. The group is limited to one owner per business classification. For further information and/or an invitation to attend, please contact either of the following members.
 
Susan Taple  
Minnesota Services
651-492-0567  
     
LuAnn Paulet   
Insurance by Design
952-808-7002   

ChamberLead
Come and check out DCRC ChamberLead. ChamberLead is FREE to DCRC members. This small group of 10-15 active DCRC members meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at the DCRC offices. Members give updates on their local businesses, discuss business topics and spend time setting up one-on-one socials, networking, and sharing referrals. If you’re interested in attending, please email ChamberLead Chair Chris Dixon at  chrisd@insidertrainingfitness.com .

Peer2Peer
Peer2Peer is FREE to DCRC members. Peer2Peer is a small group that meets twice monthly giving members opportunities to network with peers and stay abreast of new developments through education and information sharing. This small group accommodates one member per industry and meets twice per month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. For additional information, please contact Matt Ryan, Chair at 651-587-8473 or  MattRyan@edinarealty.com .
Networking   at its  Best
Registration is Required
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 11, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Friday, March 22, 2019
7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Friday, April 5, 2019
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
New Members
1665 Yankee Doodle Road
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: (651) 452-6000

1895 Plaza Drive, Suite 200
Eagan, MN 55112
Phone: (651) 688-8886

100 East Highway 13
Burnsville, MN 55105
Phone: (952) 882-7500
250 Lothenbach Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Phone: (651) 434-2333

7700 France Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435
Phone: (952) 929-3535
For more information on becoming a member, please email Nicole McCarthy at nmccarthy@dcrchamber.com or call her at 651-288-9200.
Awesome Companies - Renewed Members
Sterling State Bank - 18 years
Enerkem, Inc. - 3 years
Ergotron Inc. - 3 years

If you have questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Pam Schmidt at pschmidt@dcrchamber.com or call 651-425-9872.
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