May 19, 2020
Weekly Update Vol.2020

More Covid-19 Resources

As we have discussed in some of the online meetings I have been participating in this week as your Chamber representative, we are now in the Recovery Stage of this Covid-19 Pandemic. 

No, things are not going to re-open the way that they were previously.   Your proactive preparedness is your responsibility.   We are here to help in anyway that we can. 
If you would like to chat, send an email requesting an appointment with day of week and morning, afternoon or evening request. 

Check out the calendar for online events and feel free to join when there is a conversation that is of interest to you.    Things continue to change rapidly and usually there is a week or less with a new online opportunity is put together. 

Below I have included some updated info around the forgiveness of PPP loans from the SBA:

Eat Local from our Curb-side meals! New Component! Photo Contest

More restaurants in the Quad Area Opening for Curbside in preparation for Re-Opening possibly June 1st. 

Many restaurants completing remodels or updates during this time.  

Please share your story so we can communicate it in this weekly update. 
Members can submit photos and press releases by logging in to your Chamber Account. 

Non members can submit by sending email to 

We are here for our Communities:   Member & Non Member!


Flier- Curbside to Go /Delivery Options

Prevention of wasted food and food rescue grants

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Prevention of Wasted Food and Food Rescue Grants. These grants will provide financial assistance for programs that can help prevent food from being wasted and/or promote food rescue that redirects unused food to people who need it. Composting and food-to-animal programs are not eligible for this grant funding.
Approximately $500,000 is available. Funding will focus on organizations with project proposals that use prevention of wasted food or food rescue to have a measurable impact on reducing the greenhouse gas impacts from food that is wasted.
Eligible applicants include Minnesota not-for-profit organizations, businesses, institutions, political subdivisions of the state, State agencies, and tribal governments. Multi-organizational collaboration is encouraged. See the request for proposals (RFP) for full details on eligibility, grant match amounts, and other information that will help you submit a proposal. To learn more and to apply, go to the Prevention of wasted food and food rescue grants page (
Application deadline: 4pm on June 12, 2020
Total funds: Approximately $500,000
Awards: Maximum $250,000; minimum $75,000
Match requirement: 25% (applicants must provide at least 25% match of the grant award)
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