May 20, 2019
New in 2019!  

We have added a Raffle and Silent Auction this year to raise funds for the Chamber's charitable foundation. Proceeds of the raffle and silent auction provide support for programs and reinvestment into our community. In 2019, we awarded five - $1,000 scholarships to deserving senior students in Dakota County and we hope to double our efforts in 2020! Below are a few samples of our raffle and silent auction items including: Sporting tickets; attraction tickets, theater tickets, concert tickets, restaurant gift cards, a Weber Grill, and autographed Minnesota Vikings football.
 
Can’t get out of the office for a full day?  
Make plans to join us for our 19 th  Hole Reception, Dinner, and Silent Auction/Raffle.Tickets are $50.00 and include a wonderful dinner and priceless networking.  Buy your tickets here.  
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The Future of Education – What Will Learning Be Like in the Near Future and Beyond
 
Members and guests heard from Jay Haugen, School Superintendent of #192, Mary Kreger, School Superintendent of #196, and Jon Althoff, Sr. Director of Global Marketing & Regional Sales, Skyline Exhibits about the direction and the needs of our education system and how that will help address our future workforce needs. Our model and delivery of education is outdated and does not allow our future generation to excel. Changes in the delivery of education need to happen. The Farmington Area Schools #192 and Apple Valley, Eagan, Rosemount #196 are implementing new strategies on how our students are learning. Businesses look to these students to fill the future workforce needs and provide internships, mentorships, and opportunities at the organization.

Thank you to Rodel Q Photography for photographing the event.
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Shanties Plaza Ribbon Cutting

The DCR Chamber and the sun were both out on Friday to celebrate Shanties Plaza’s Ribbon Cutting at Twin Cities Premium Outlets. It’s been rumored that even Prince himself had shopped here at their Lake Street location! If you haven’t stopped by yet, go check them out! 

Thank you to Rodel Q Photography for photographing the event.
Minnesotans Concerned with Key Legislative Proposals

Results of a statewide survey released found opposition to current legislative proposals to raise business taxes and the gas tax, and impose mandates on employers and employees.

“These results reflect that Minnesotans want our state to be affordable for families and businesses to grow and flourish,” said Doug Loon, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. “High tax rates negatively impact investment, wages, entrepreneurship, and talent retention and recruitment – the very items needed for a strong and growing economy.”

“Minnesota employers support smart investments that preserve Minnesota’s quality of life. However, the sheer magnitude of these proposed tax increases and mandates would discourage companies from creating jobs and investing in Minnesota,” said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership.
 
To see results of the survey please click on the link:
 
Let's Connect Happy Hour

Las Tortillas Mexican Restaurant owner Ryan O'Gara and Chef Ricardo treated the DCR Chamber to a Mexican fiesta on May 15th at Let's Connect Happy Hour.

We had a great attendance and margaritas were had by all! 
Networking   at its  Best
Registration is Required
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Friday, June 7, 2019
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Monday, June 10, 2019
11:15 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
New Members
4381 Nicols Road
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: (612) 366-4580
3348 Sherman Court, Suite 001
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: (612) 503-4738
For more information on becoming a member, please email Nicole McCarthy at nmccarthy@dcrchamber.com or call her at 651-288-9200.
Renewed Members

Bremer Bank - 31 years
Choice Bank - 13 years
Nerio Travel - 1 year

If you have questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Pam Schmidt at  pschmidt@dcrchamber.com or call 651-452-9872.
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