May 26, 2020
On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Governor Tim Walz announced ​the next phase of reopening Minnesota businesses​. Below are the high-level details.
Effective June 1, 2020 :
  • Outdoor-patio dining only
  • 6 feet between tables
  • No more than 50 patrons
  • 4 people at a table or families of no more than 6
  • Reservations required
  • Employees are required to wear masks; customers are encouraged to wear masks
  • Municipalities ​are to work with restaurants/bars to configure space
Personal care services, barber​s, salons, tattoo parlors
  • 25 % capacity
  • Employees and patrons are required to wear masks
  • Appointments only – no walk ins.
  • Utilizing social distancing guidelines and proper sanitation
Charter boats
  • Utilizing social distancing guidelines
  • Contact the Department of Natural Resources.
Churches/Places of worship
  • 10 people or less
2 nd  Phase of general guidelines - date to be determined:
  • Social Gatherings will go to 20 people or less
  • Bar and restaurants can open at 50% capacity indoor; masks required for employees and patrons
  • Barbers/Salons can open at 50% capacity; masks required for employees and patrons
  • Outdoor parks
  • Churches will be allowed to hold outdoor services up to 100 people with proper social distancing
  • Pools to open at 15% capacity
Gyms/Fitness centers, Entertainments, Theaters will be the 3 rd  phase.

For more information visit the Department of Economic & Employment Department or DCR Chamber website.
Business Support Series: Rebrand, Redefine, Reengage Your Customers

As the State of Minnesota and our local communities start re-opening, businesses will need to relook and redefine their business models and strategies.  
Please join us Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM as we hear from Maureen Bausch, Partner, Bold North Associates as she talks on:
  • Enhancing customer experience to build business
  • Understanding the pre-vaccine COVID-19 consumer
  • Communication strategies to attract and retain new customers

Maureen Bausch, Partner, Bold North Associates. Maureen is a bold
organizational visionary who created internationally known brands, including
Mall of America and the Bold North. As CEO of Super Bowl LII, Maureen’s
forward-thinking marketing and guest-focused strategies generated $450M for the local economy. She is recognized for her ability to lead dynamic teams
that successfully deliver results. Maureen is an award-winning “marketer’s marketer” and expert in creating and building bold brands. T o learn more or to register, visit HERE

If you have questions contact Diane Mavis, Director of Programs & Events, at
Volunteer with The Open Door and DCR Chamber of Commerce

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce our partnership with the Open Door for volunteers for the Open Door’s Drive through Distribution on June 1, 2020 at the Dakota County Norther Service Center.
This event is designed to make more food available in a manner that keeps community members and volunteers safe. We will receive 20-25 pallets of farm-fresh produce, milk, eggs, and cereal in the East Parking Lot, and then we will sort/pack them all into individual portions, then hand them out to families as they drive through. Here is a video of  one from last week  to give you a better idea of what it looks like. All volunteers wear masks, gloves, and exercise social distancing. 
We are proud to support the Open Door! Please join us in volunteering to support this organization.  #BETTERTOGETHER
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Joins State Efforts to Prevent Further Spread of COVID-19 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) has become the first health insurer to join the state’s latest public health initiative to slow the spread of COVID-19. More than 140 Blue Cross associates from across Blue Cross will volunteer as contact tracers for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), starting this week. This agreement is the result of Blue Cross proactively reaching out to Minnesota Department of Health and offering support for the state’s goal of deploying close to 500 volunteer contact tracers by the end of the month. Learn more HERE

Temporary Outdoor Dining and Business Activity in West St. Paul
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the profitability of West St. Paul’s businesses, the City of West St. Paul is proposing a resolution that would allow businesses to expand dining and retail operations to outdoor areas not previously zoned or permitted for business activity. The City Council will vote on the matter on Tuesday, May 26th. If passed, businesses would be able to take advantage of the resolution beginning June 1st, coinciding with the start of Phase II of the State’s Stay Safe MN plan. Learn more HERE

Valley Staffing, Inc. Celebrating 35 Years In Business
Established in May 1985, Valley Staffing, Inc. is celebrating 35 years in business. It is a family owned staffing company with a third generation now involved in the business. With the first office in Shakopee, the company has grown and currently has four offices located in Shakopee, Lakeville, Faribault and Hastings. A strong community-based company, involved in 10 different Chambers of Commerce, our goal is to help individuals find employment in the communities where they reside. Our mission has always been to provide the best possible candidates to clients along with exceptional customer service and our motto includes quality placements. The business model allows the Account Managers to recruit and place, plus be involved in new business development. We'd like to thank all the businesses and people that have worked with us over the past 35 years. It is you that has made us successful and we greatly appreciate it.
Networking   at its  Best
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Friday, June 5, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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