• Chamber Updates

    Get the latest on initiatives and happenings in the Northfield & Dundas Business Community.
    Tuesday, February 9, 2021
    Top Diversity & Inclusion Resources for Employers

    Business leaders are having more open conversations about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. While this isn’t novel, the spotlight on racial, gender and other biases has rejuvenated talks about increasing workplace diversity and equal opportunities. The goal is to create a workplace with open communication channels that allow all employees can express their opinions and concerns. This is precisely what chambers of commerce like us seek to achieve.

    Lisa Peterson

    Friday, January 15, 2021
    2021 RICE COUNTY COVID-19 Business Relief Payments Application

    Rice County has received funds through the State of Minnesota for the purpose of providing business relief grants to businesses and nonprofit organizations negatively affected by COVID-19 related Executive Orders. Grants must be used by eligible businesses and nonprofit organizations for operations expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Lisa Peterson

    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    ​FAQS on PPP and latest Economic Aid Act from Congress

    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was first created last April as a result of the shutdowns caused by Covid -19. Congress has spent several months working out a second round of money to assist people affected by the pandemic. A part of the bill signed by the President in late 2020 included more provisions for small businesses.

    Lisa Peterson

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020
    Resources Available for COVID-19 Business Relief Package

    The Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Department of Revenue (DOR) have the following resources available through the latest COVID-19 business relief package:

    Lisa Peterson

    Friday, November 13, 2020
    Distance Learning, Working Parents and Employers, Oh My

    In response, many companies are continuing work-from-home initiatives and allowing a more flexible schedule for their employees. Gone is the 9-to-5, Monday-through-Friday workweek, and instead, many parents are given more flexible options to complete their tasks while balancing helping children with lessons, acting as caregivers for smaller children or an elderly relative, and still giving their best for their employer.

    Lisa Peterson

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020
    Official Changes to Stay Safe MN Guidance for Social Settings, Restaurants & Bars and Places of Worship

    Below are the official changes to the guidance to the Stay Safe MN guidance overview. For more information please visit: https://staysafe.mn.gov/ I have included the official guidance documents to each category as well. I hope this can help you navigate these turbulent waters. We will be sending more information as we receive it.

    Lisa Peterson

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    What to Do If Zoom Goes Down Again

    It's always smart to have a back-up solution, and we've collected four popular alternatives just in case Zoom goes down again. We looked at different tools, and evaluated the reliability, features and ease of use, the value and affordability (especially important for small businesses), and the security of each, helping reduce chances of sensitive company data being leaked.

    Lisa Peterson

    Saturday, October 3, 2020
    Candidate Forums - October 3, 2020

    2020 Candidate Forums - Northfield City Council, Northfield Mayor and Northfield School Board

    Lisa Peterson

    Monday, September 28, 2020
    COVID Statistics That Won’t Make You Sick

    Are you ready for some COVID-related stats that won't spin you into anxiety or depression? We are too! At the Northfield Chamber, we've been watching some of the emerging trends related to business -- from local to global. We decided to share some of the more interesting findings in this brief round-up.

    Lisa Peterson

    Saturday, September 26, 2020
    Candidate Forums - September 26, 2020

    2020 CANDIDATE FORUMS: SEPT. 26 Rice County Commissioner District 1 Minnesota Senate & Minnesota House

    Lisa Peterson