Category Archives: General News

Social Media - Strategy and Implementation Training

“Social Media Strategy & Implementation”
Discover who you should be talking to, where, why, and how on social media.

Emily Bertram, Social Media & Marketing Specialist, Visit Greater St. Cloud
Emily will be sharing strategies she uses in her work at Visit Greater St. Cloud where she is responsible for scheduling Facebook posts, monitoring Twitter advertising campaigns, answering Instagram comments, curating content for all of those channels, and blogging.

This presentation will cover the basics of how to develop, plan, execute, monitor and analyze an effective social media strategy for your business.
Learn how to set goals, identify your audience, craft content that resonates with your followers, and monitor and analyze to see what is working and what is not.
Leave with a takeaway of tips, ideas, and inspiration to kickstart your 2020 social media planning.

$20/member business, $30/non-member business
Register here by January 6, 2020:

Federal and State Labor Law Changes Impact All Businesses

On Thursday, December 19, representatives from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry AND the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor shared information about labor laws that have changed in the past year as well as new changes for 2020.  These changes impact ALL businesses.  The presentation slides are linked here for your reference.  For more information, there is contact information below.

FLSA Comprehensive DOL 2019

Wage Theft Prevention Act – MAC

Dave Skovholt
Outreach Coordinator | Labor Standards

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN  55155
Phone:  651-470-5566 (cell) | Web:


Sign Up for Labor Standards Wage and Hour Bulletin:

We are hiring!

Join our team! Now accepting applications for Promotions Coordinator.

The primary duties include membership management, events and programs support, administrative and bookkeeping duties, and collaboration with staff to market the organization and its mission.

The ideal candidate for this position will have strong organizational skills, solid proficiency in a variety of computer applications, demonstrated ability to work as a team, strong attention to detail, and a growth mindset. Knowledge of community assets, marketing and/or graphic design experience are a plus.

This position is part time, 20 hours per week.

View full job description – click here.

Submit resume to North 65 Chamber of Commerce, 2 Enterprise Avenue NE, Suite C4, Isanti, MN 55040 by December 3.


Innovation Grant Applications Open

Online applications are now being accepted for Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants, which target the most promising, innovative and scalable technology businesses in Minnesota.
Innovation Grants are available in the following categories:
  • Business operations: Up to $35,000 for business operations, including research and development, direct business expenses and technical assistance.
  • Housing or child care: Up to $7,500 for housing or child care expenses.
  • SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) match: Up to $50,000 for businesses awarded a first-time federal Phase 2 SBIR and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) award. (The SBIR/STTR programs are administered by the SBA)
Grant applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and those received by November 30, 2019 will be reviewed by the Launch Minnesota Advisory Board in December. The first group of grantees will be announced in January. Applications received after November 30 will be reviewed on a regular basis in the following months.
Businesses are eligible to receive one of each grant over the next two years. We give increased consideration to startups located in Greater Minnesota, as well as businesses owned by women, veterans, or people of color. Find more information on the grants and find the applications on their website.

MN Dept. of Labor & Industry - Minimum-wage Poster Available

Print or order free updated minimum-wage poster

Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning
Jan. 1, 2020, to $10 an hour for large employers and $8.15 an hour for other state minimum wages. The state’s free, mandatory minimum-wage poster has been updated and is available to print or order from the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) website.

Minnesota law requires employers to display required workplace posters in a location where employees can easily see them. The posters available on the DLI website address minimum wage, age discrimination, safety and health protections, unemployment and workers’ compensation. The free posters can be printed or ordered individually or as a five-poster pack.

SBA Helped MN Small Businesses Access $682 Million + in FY 19

The SBA’s Minnesota District helped the state’s small businesses access more than $682 million in capital via its various loan programs in fiscal year 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019. Across the nation, the federal agency backed more than $28 billion in loans to entrepreneurs who, without the SBA, would otherwise be unable to access loans at reasonable rates.

Get more details about these highlights and more at

National Veterans Small Business Week

Each year the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects, and empowers service members during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW). This marks the sixth annual NVSBW.

Check out these 2 events:

  1. SBA – Boots to Business Reboot for Veterans – November 8, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Twin Cities

Minnesota veterans and their spouses are invited to take a free entrepreneurship training course called Boots to Business Reboot.  Offered in Richfield, Minn., this class is great for any veteran, service member (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) or spouse who has an interest in starting his or her own business now or in the future.

Register for the Twin Cities Reboot Here

      2. Webinar: Veteran’s in Focus – GSA’s Global Supply Program – November 19 | 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT

Join this webinar hosted by GSA for information on how veteran owned businesses can compete for opportunities to become a supplier to the GSA Global Supply program. You will get an overview of the GSA Global Supply program and how it fits into the National Supply System, supplying common consumable supplies such as office supplies, tools and hardware, furniture, and cleaning and janitorial products to U.S. military and civilian customers around the world.

Register for the GSA Webinar Here

2019 Minnesota Student Survey Results Released

Minnesota released the results of the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS), showing that fewer students feel engaged in school, believe their school provides a supportive place for learning, report good health, or feel safe.

The new data also shows more Minnesota students than ever report having long-term mental health, behavioral or emotional problems. This number is up from 18 percent of students surveyed in 2016 to 23 percent in 2019. Eleventh-grade female students who report having long-term mental health, behavioral or emotional problems has more than doubled from 2013 to 2019. In the 2019 survey, of the 11th-grade female students who reported missing a full or partial day of school in the last 30 days, 24 percent reported that they missed school because they felt very sad, hopeless, anxious, stressed or angry.

Read the full news release here.