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Reach a new audience with our Explore Brainerd Lakes Tourism Newsletter!

Reach a new audience with our Explore Brainerd Lakes Tourism Newsletter! Get Noticed by 2,500+ Travelers Interested in the Brainerd Lakes Area Each month, we send a tourism newsletter via email to over 2,500 people who are interested in vacationing in the Brainerd Lakes Area. These potential visitors have requested

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Lakes Proud Holiday Wrap
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Dominate Small Business Saturday this year with Lakes Proud!

Dominate Small Business Saturday this year with Lakes Proud! LakesPROUD Small Business Saturday Holiday Wrap Don’t miss out on Small Business Saturday! Place your best holiday discount promotion in the homes of more than 15,000 Lakes Area families. Lakes PROUD is partnering with the Brainerd Dispatch to create a Holiday Wrap in

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Lake Country Cares Promotional Items
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Lake Country Cares 101 + NEW GEAR

Lake Country Cares 101 + NEW GEAR Introducing New Posters, Downloads and Promotional Products for Lake Country Cares! Lake Country Cares is a COVID-19 safety campaign designed to build trust among residents, visitors, and local businesses. It’s our community promise to take care of each other by adopting easy and

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Minnesota State Capitol Building
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Minnesota Ready Coalition: No Action Yet from Governor Walz

Minnesota Ready Coalition: No Action Yet from Governor Walz Thank you for supporting our effort to fully, safely reopen Minnesota businesses by Friday, June 19th. In response, the Governor’s office had three conversations with the Minnesota Ready Coalition of 70 chambers and associations but took no action. He remains concerned

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U.S. Capitol Building
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Improvements Made to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Improvements Made to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) As you may have heard, Congress recently made substantial improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program. We’re proud to partner with the U.S. Chamber, which recently updated its “Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness.” It summarizes the program in a simple, understandable way. Key changes

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E-Commerce
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E-commerce webinar recording: How to move your business online

E-commerce webinar recording: How to move your business online If you missed our free e-commerce webinar: Learn how to move your business online from successful local retailers, you can access the recorded session at the link below. Hear from an expert panel of local retail business owners who have found

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MN Symptom Screener
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Minnesota partnerships help with workers’ health and safety

Minnesota partnerships help with workers’ health and safety  Steve Grove, Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), announced partnerships between Target Corp., Minnesota IT Services, and the Minnesota Safety Council to help ensure that workplace safety is a top priority as Minnesotans go back to work. Executive Order 20-40, which

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Unemployment Assistance
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COVID-19 information for self-employed people and independent contractors

COVID-19 information for self-employed people and independent contractors The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress enacted on March 27, provides new benefits for self-employed people and independent contractors. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) This program provides weekly benefit payments for self-employed people, independent contractors, and others who

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Having difficulty recalling furloughed employees?

Having difficulty recalling furloughed employees? “Raising an issue” is possible with MN Unemployment In most circumstances, furloughed employees must relinquish unemployment benefits and return to work if they are recalled. If you believe a former employee should not be eligible for benefits due to a refusal to return, you may

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Webinar Recording Navigating Unemployment
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Webinar Recording: Navigating Employee Layoffs & Unemployment

Webinar Recording: Navigating Employee Layoffs & Unemployment If you were unable to attend our complimentary Wednesday webinar, you may still access the recorded session here. Presenters covered employee communication, the FFCRA Act, Minnesota unemployment programs, and complications related to the federal $600 supplement. They also answered several participant questions including

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Brainerd Lakes Chamber Logo and Blue Background
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Recap: webinar recordings & business resources

Recap: This week’s webinar recordings & business resources 1) Blue Ox Success Series: Business Relief at the Local Level2) Accessing Relief through the Federal CARES Act If you were unable to attend our virtual webinars this past week regarding resources for business relief and assistance, you can watch the recorded

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Chamber Bucks
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Chamber Bucks Q&A

Locals have received $3,000+ in Chamber Bucks, but what does that mean for your business? The Brainerd Lakes, Crosslake, and Pequot Lakes Chambers are supporting Chamber members by hosting Facebook contests, tagging businesses and getting the word out that small businesses need support right now! Winners of the contests are

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Cliffs Notes for Business Relief

Cliffs Notes for Business Relief As we’re sure you know, there is a boatload of information regarding the many state and federal programs designed to stimulate the economy and provide relief to businesses, nonprofits and employees. Details are changing daily, so here is a brief overview of the higher profile

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