Community Health Needs Assessment Results

At this month’s North 65 Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, we featured a presentation of the results of the Community Health Needs Assessment presented by Nicki Klanderud, Manager of Community Engagement at Cambridge Medical Center, and Sarah Motl, Community Health Supervisor at Isanti County Public Health Department.

View the presentation here.

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.

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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.

Cambridge 0.5 Percent Sales And Use Tax

Starting October 1, 2019, Cambridge will have a 0.5 percent sales and use tax. The Minnesota Department of Revenue will administer this tax. Revenues will fund the projects identified as; construction of a new facility to house the Cambridge Public Library and the East Central Regional Library Headquarters; street improvements outlined in the Street Capital Improvement Program; and outdoor park improvements described in the park master plan in Resolution R19-038 and Ordinance No. 698.

This 0.5 percent sales tax applies to retail sales made into Cambridge. The use tax applies to taxable items used in the City if the local sales tax was not paid.