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OCTOBER 2016

THANK YOU TO ATTENDEES, SPONSORS, AND SPEAKERS FOR A SUCCESSFUL FALL CONFERENCE
On September 28-30th, nearly 70 attendees from across the state of Minnesota gathered in Austin for MCCE's Fall Conference. The group heard from timely speakers, ranging from how to deal with ADA lawsuits to the 2016 election, in addition to presentations from peers. There were also presentations from local drivers of the economy - Mayo Clinic, Destination Medical Center, and Hormel Corporation. The group also enjoyed a reception at Four Daughters Winery. 

At the Fall Conference Auction raised $2566 for MCCE scholarships - thank you to all who donated and purchased items.

 

View conference materials from Fall Conference and all other past conferences here.
LOCAL MANDATE ORDINANCES
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has filed a lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis for its paid sick time ordinance. Read more information here.

MCCE has compiled a library of resources on local mandate ordinances, if you are looking for additional information on how this affects your members and how you can assist.
YOUR CHAMBER AND THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a new overtime exemption rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) and takes effect December 1, 2016.
 
The new rule doubles the exempt employee annual salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476. The DOL estimates that the change will impact 4.2 million workers. What does it mean and what's next?

 
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INSTITUTE FOR ORGANIZATION MANAGEMENT
By Angie Whitcomb, IOM
Midwest Board of Regents
Shakopee Chamber of Commerce

 
I know like me, most of you are busy setting your 2017 budgets and planning for the upcoming year.  I hope that as you and your board go through the budgeting process that you remember to budget for continuing education and staff development.  I believe that as leaders in the Chamber industry, we have an obligation to make sure that we are continually educating ourselves and our staff on latest trends and best practices, in order for us to continue to make the best difference for our members.
 
As a member of the Midwest Board of Regents, I invite you and/or your staff to join us this upcoming Institute for Organization Management season.  Many of our Chamber and Association colleagues from Minnesota have already completed this professional development program and earned their IOM designation.  Maybe you are one of them, if so, please consider sending your staff this year, to continue the increasingly important work of strengthening the chamber industry. READ MORE HERE.


APPLY FOR THE MCCE SCHOLARSHIP TO IOM
SECRETARY SIMON LAUNCHES 'MINNESOTA BUSINESS SNAPSHOT' TO BETTER SERVE MINNESOTANS

Secretary of State Steve Simon announced the launch of the Minnesota Business Snapshot, a new initiative designed to better serve Minnesotans by providing the public—from consumers to small business owners to educational institutions—with critical data and information on the economic and demographic make-up of Minnesota’s businesses.  

The Minnesota Business Snapshot (MBS) is a voluntary, five-question survey now being offered to nearly 550,000 new and existing businesses in Minnesota as they file their annual renewal each calendar year with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. More information here.
GIVE BACK TO THE MCCE COMMUNITY, SERVE ON BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MCCE Board of Directors is seeking nominations for new directors.  The MCCE Board meets four times a year, and the term of service is three years.  Responsibilities include governance of the organization, mentorship of other chamber professionals, conference planning and program development.  If you are interested in serving on the MCCE Board, please contact chair-elect Teresa Bohnen, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce at tbohnen@stcloudareachamber.com
SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017 EVENTS
Annual Meeting | February 15-17
MACE | May 3-5
Mini Institute | June 1
Fall Conference | September 27-29

 
SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017 MINNESOTA CHAMBER EVENTS
Session Priorities | January 4
 
Business Day at the Capitol | March 8
 
NEW POSITIONS FOR EXPERIENCED CHAMBER EXECS
Brad Meier, former President of TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, has returned to the role of President at the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce, a position he had held from 2004-2013.  He can be reached at bmeier@owatonna.org
Jonathan Weinhagen is the new President and CEO of the Minneapolis Area Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he was Vice President at the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at:
 jweinhagen@minneapolischamber.org
IN THE NEWS
SENATE DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATES DEBATE
 
HIBBING — One is seeking his sixth term on the Senate, and the other is a member of the Minnesota National Guard. Each was eager to showcase why he is the best candidate to vote for on Nov. 8 to represent the people of Minnesota Senate District 6 for a four-year term. Incumbent David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, and challenger Skeeter Tomczak, R-Eveleth, faced off in a forum hosted by the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee last week.
http://www.hibbingmn.com/news/local/senate-district-candidates-debate/article_c097fd62-95a6-11e6-8603-67eb217a79ac.html

Considine, Isakson agree on transportation, diverge on health care, economy
 
MANKATO — The two candidates who are running for the District 19B House seat agree on seeking a gas tax to fund transportation projects but disagree on other issues, including health care. DFL Rep. Jack Considine, who's running for re-election, supports a 12-cent gas tax increase and a potential slight increases in tab fees, though he said tab fee increases disproportionately target people on fixed incomes. "It actually targets the people who are using the roads and gets people to pay for it," Considine said of the gas tax during a Greater Mankato Growth candidate forum Tuesday night.
http://www.mankatofreepress.com/news/local_news/considine-isakson-agree-on-transportation-diverge-on-health-care-economy/article_312fe93c-955b-11e6-bd49-2b8d3fbdd5c3.html

Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce eyes expansion
 
The Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce has been a partner with the city for 20 years, as the chamber has based its operations throughout that time in a city-owned building at 509 Highway 10 (near Main Street). In return for use of the building, the chamber has paid an annual lease of a single dollar plus all property taxes. Chamber interests and activities have grown, however, as its board welcomes new business members every month and the chamber’s webpage is promoting more than 25 chamber and community events just from Oct. 8 through the end of the month. City Council members at a work session Oct. 3 invited a presentation from chamber Executive Director Debbi Rydberg, who said everyone in the chamber would like to keep their current base but with more space.
http://erstarnews.com/2016/10/09/elk-river-area-chamber-of-commerce-eyes-expansion/

Manufacturing Luncheon brings companies together
 
OWATONNA — The message at Thursday’s annual Manufacturing Luncheon was clear: Companies must change how they find workers. This year’s event was hosted by Wenger Corporation and started with a proclamation read by Owatonna Mayor Tom Kuntz, declaring this week Owatonna Manufacturing Week and describing the impact and importance of manufacturing to Owatonna and Minnesota as a whole. Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism President Matt Ketelsen also stressed the economic importance of manufacturing.
http://www.southernminn.com/owatonna_peoples_press/news/article_0e3dadb5-57cd-594f-9c30-00cf96652c12.html#utm_source=southernminn.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fbusiness%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline
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