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Statewide mask order and what it means for businesses

Statewide mask order and what it means for businesses The Governor’s statewide mask order is now in effect. It requires face coverings (mouth and nose) in indoor spaces and public buildings, and in similar outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible. The Chamber is encouraging compliance so that businesses

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July Chamber Member anniversaries – week three

July Chamber Member anniversaries – week three This week we celebrate seven local businesses that have been Chamber Members since 1988. These businesses have been members for 32 years, and we would like to thank them for their continued partnership in our mission of strengthening businesses that strengthen our communities.

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Bercher Design & Construction
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July Chamber Member anniversaries – week two

July Chamber Member anniversaries – week two This week we celebrate seven local businesses that have been Chamber Members since 1988. These businesses have been members for 32 years, and we would like to thank them for their continued partnership in our mission of strengthening businesses that strengthen our communities.

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Welcome to the Chamber! New June Chamber Members

Welcome to the Chamber! New June Chamber Members This past June our Chamber community grew by 11 new members! These new members come from all sectors of business in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Read below to learn more about each of their unique stories. #LakesProud #StrongerTogether Trinity Business Partners – Pequot

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July Chamber Member anniversaries – week one

July Chamber Member anniversaries – week one This week we celebrate seven local businesses that have been Chamber Members since 1988. These businesses have been members for 32 years, and we would like to thank them for their continued partnership in our mission of strengthening businesses that strengthen our communities.

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31st Annual Chamber Golf Classic

31st Annual Chamber Golf Classic Save the date! The Brainerd Lakes Chamber and Grand Casino Mille Lacs would like to invite Chamber members to participate in the 31st Annual Chamber Golf Classic. Held on Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 at The Pines at Grand View Lodge, we are thrilled to once again host a

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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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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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Summer events in Pequot Lakes uphold tradition in 2020

Summer events in Pequot Lakes uphold tradition in 2020 Even though 2020 has brought us COVID-19 with all its challenges, we’ve found a way to keep some of our longstanding traditions with Stars & Stripes and Bean Hole Days while also adhering to Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan. The decisions we

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Welcome to the Chamber! New May Chamber Members

Welcome to the Chamber! New May Chamber Members In May, our Chamber community grew by 15 new member businesses! These new members come from all sectors of business in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Read below to learn more about each of their unique stories. #LakesProud #StrongerTogether Interested in joining our

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Chamber Membership May Anniversaries

Chamber Membership May Anniversaries The Brainerd Lakes Chamber is able to strengthen local businesses and our community because of the dedication of our members. Help us celebrate a few of our longstanding member businesses for their continued membership and commitment to the Brainerd Lakes Area! Celebrating 14 years of Chamber

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Local Deals & Updates

Lakes Proud Restaurant Guide

Lakes Proud Restaurant Guide Restaurants are now open! The forecast calls for warm weather that’s perfect for outdoor dining! Check out our updated Lakes Proud Restaurant Guide with outside dining options highlighted. Our restaurants have been working hard on their reopening plans and are excited to welcome you! View, download

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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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May Chamber Anniversaries
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May Chamber Anniversaries

May Chamber Anniversaries The Chamber is more than 1,000 members and 100 years strong because of our members. We would like to thank some of our longstanding members who are celebrating their anniversary of partnering with us in our mission of strengthening businesses that strengthen our communities. Celebrating 31 years

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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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Essentia
Local Deals & Updates

Essentia Health pharmacies offer curbside pick-up

Essentia Health pharmacies offer curbside pick-up Essentia Health pharmacies are now offering curbside pick-up to better and more safely serve visitors. Designed as a convenient solution to social-distancing recommendations, curbside pick-up service is available to by calling the pharmacies for refills or using the online refill web-page at EssentiaHealth.org/RxRefills. Once

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Elective Surgery
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Local hospitals and clinics resume nonemergency elective surgeries

Local hospitals and clinics resume nonemergency elective surgeries Local hospitals, surgery centers, and clinics (including dental and veterinary clinics) received some good news. Governor Walz’s latest Executive Order 20-51 allows them to start nonemergency elective procedures beginning Monday, May 10 as long as they put physical distancing plans in place

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Celebrating Our New Chamber Members

Celebrating our new Chamber members! We need each other now more than ever. Our Brainerd Lakes Chamber community is more than 1,000 members strong, and even in times of uncertainty and crisis, we continue to grow! Read below about a few of our newest members. #LakesProud #StrongerTogether Interested in joining

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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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Webinar Recording: Brainerd Lakes COVID-19 Local Healthcare Update

Webinar Recording: Brainerd Lakes COVID-19 Local Healthcare Update If you missed our free healthcare webinar, you can access the recorded session. Presenters from Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Essentia Health, and Lakewood Health System discussed for the first time what they’re seeing and doing at the local level in response to

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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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April Chamber Anniversaries

April Chamber Anniversaries The Chamber is more than 1,000 members and 100 years strong because of our members. We would like to thank some of our longstanding members who are celebrating their anniversary of partnering with us in our mission of strengthening businesses that strengthen our communities. Celebrating 20 years

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Golf courses have new rules as they welcome golfers back

Golf courses have new rules as they welcome golfers back The weather forecast looks perfect for getting out and enjoying a round of golf. It is a perfect activity for getting outside and getting some exercise. Golf courses across the Lakes Area are reopening and have safety in mind with

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Reopen Brainerd Lakes

Reopen Brainerd Lakes. Save our businesses. Save our communities. To save our small businesses from closing their doors forever, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce supports the immediate development of a plan to reopen Minnesota businesses with state-recommended public health and safety accommodations. We believe businesses should be allowed to

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Business Resources

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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Here for Good Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition
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Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition “Here For Good”

Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition “Here For Good” An effort to boost Downtown Brainerd business is being made by the Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition (DDBC). Show your support for downtown businesses during this difficult time by purchasing a “Here For Good” curated box of fun treasures from your favorite stores. Each

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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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April Chamber Anniversaries

April Chamber Anniversaries The Chamber is more than 1,000 members and 100 years strong because of our members. We would like to thank some of our longstanding members who are celebrating their anniversary of partnering with us in our mission of strengthening businesses that strengthen our communities. Celebrating 26 years

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Local Deals & Updates

Quarantingo! A fun new craze, but what is it?

A new craze has hit the Brainerd Lakes Area! It’s Quarantingo! Quarantingo – What is it? A new wave of social media mania has taken over Facebook this past week! Quarantingo has spread from St. Paul to the Brainerd Lakes Area. Hosted by Sheila DeChantal, Promotions and Marketing Director for

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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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March Ambassador Welcome Visits

March Ambassador Welcome Visits Early this past March, our Chamber ambassadors were able to visit with new members and welcome them into our Chamber community. Read more about each of these businesses below!

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Money
Local Deals & Updates

How do I use my Chamber Bucks?

How do I use my Chamber Bucks? If you’ve recently won or received Chamber Bucks, you might be wondering what they are and how to use them. What is a Chamber Buck? Chamber Bucks are an incentive to help support local businesses. Chamber Bucks are a monetary check certificate issued

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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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Local Deals & Updates

Don’t cancel your summer travel plans

Wait…don’t cancel your summer travel plans  With the spring sunshine, longer daylight, and quarantine, you’re probably getting cabin fever more than ever before. This is the time of year that many of us start dreaming of the beloved Minnesota summer. You might already have travel plans booked at your favorite

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April Member Anniversaries

Celebrating membership: our April 2020 Chamber Member anniversaries The Chamber is more than 1,000 members and 100 years strong because of our members. We would like to thank some of our longstanding members who are celebrating their anniversary of partnering with us in our mission of strengthening businesses that strengthen

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Business Resources

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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