• Chamber Updates

    Get the latest on initiatives and happenings in the Northfield & Dundas Business Community.
    Friday, April 16, 2021
    ​Consumers Resort to ‘Shoptimism’

    Shoptimism is a term being used to describe purchases made from home during the pandemic. You are stuck at home and suddenly begin to see every flaw, paint chip and cluttered closet. So, you buy things to fix the situation — or you buy things to make you feel better about it.

    Lisa Peterson

    Monday, April 12, 2021
    Marketing Your Business After a Crisis

    If you are struggling with how to market your business in the current environment of uncertainty, you aren't alone. Many members want to get the word out that their businesses are once again open for trade. However, some don't quite know how to advertise without seeming insensitive to the realities of the global pandemic. Fortunately, small business owners can look to big brands for guidance and inspiration.

    Lisa Peterson

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    Satisfaction vs Loyalty: How to turn customers into promoters

    Maybe you've heard the value of word-of-mouth advertising; according to Nielsen ratings, 92% of consumers trust their friends' and family's recommendation over traditional advertising. That doesn't mean you can simply sit back and assume that the quality of your product is so much better than your competition's that customers will be raving about it to their friends without any extra effort on your part.

    Lisa Peterson

    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Green Savings and Saving Some Green

    Much has changed over the past year, but what has not changed is the continuous efforts put forth by Northfield’s businesses to become more energy efficient.

    Lisa Peterson

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021
    Grant & Loan Opportunities, Event updates & Important Webinar programs

    Your weekly update for information from the Northfield Chamber!

    Lisa Peterson

    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