Manitou Days runs Thursday, June 18 - Saturday, July 4, 2020.
2020 Event Application
Official Manitou Days events will be publicized, free of charge, online at www.manitoudays.com and in the Manitou Days schedule and brochure. To be accepted as an Official Manitou Days event:
Event must be open to the public
Event must specify date, time and location
Event must be promoted and publicized by the event host as a "Manitou Days" event.
Please submit your online application by Friday, April 17, 2020 to be considered for all publicity.
https://www.manitoudays.com/ for the 2020 Parade Application
Celebrate 30 years with us!
Downtown White Bear Lake, MN
Thursdays, June 18 – July 30, 2020
Mark your calendars! This summer's Marketfest will run Thursdays June 18-July 30, 2020 from 6-9 pm in downtown White Bear Lake. Local businesses and organizations are invited to be a part of the fun! There are various sponsorship levels and opportunities, and sponsors are encouraged to promote their business or organization. Contact Lisa Beecroft at 612-250-4991 or visit HERE to learn more about being a part of this family-friendly event.
Each year Marketfest attracts locals and visitors who are interested in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. More than 160 local businesses and vendors offer a wide variety of food, merchandise, art, and handcrafted goods. And there are numerous activities for children including a petting zoo and games.
There is live music on two stages: the Kowalski’s Gazebo Stage at 4th and Washington Square or the White Bear Mitsubishi 3rd street stage, in the parking lot at 3rd and Banning. Stroll through the downtown streets visiting local merchants and artists. Relax and enjoy a summer evening with family and friends.
2020 Theme Weeks
June 18 – Manitou Days Preview
June 25 – White Bear Lake History & Cake Walk
July 2 – Biz Kids/Seniors
July 9 – Business Runway
July 16 – Public Safety
July 23 – Arts & Crafts Week
July 30 – Environmental Resource Expo
Cyber Security and Working Remotely, What You Need to Know
Guest presenter: Michael Kennedy, Owner of Ostra Cyber Security
Location: Wherever you are!
7:45am - 9:00am
In response to more vulnerable remote working situations, Ostra is offering their proprietary cyber-security solution free of charge to new clients, no strings attached. Our elite, enterprise-grade software is a simple download, paired with personal support which immediately protects your business’s sensitive information and devices.?
Start the new month out by joining us and enjoying a great morning of Virtual Networking. Now is the time that we need to stay in communication, share ideas and tell your stories to fellow Chamber Members. All you have to do is register for this event and you will be sent a link to the meeting! Join in on this great conversation with your fellow business leaders!
Michael Kennedy, Ostra, LLC
Michael Kennedy, Owner of Ostra - Michael Kennedy is a principal and founder of the firm Ostra LLC, which provides enterprise-grade security solutions tailored to small and mid-sized businesses. Before founding Ostra, LLC, Kennedy was the IT operations leader at UnitedHealth Group, leading various cybersecurity initiatives. Over the pat 20 years, Kennedy has held many roles implementing large-scale technology solutions that have centered around mergers and acquisitions, cybersecurity and creating organizational processes. Kennedy's background is largely focused on integrating small and medium business acquisitions, so he is uniquely suited to recognize cybersecurity risk for SMB's and understand what solutions are effective to combat that risk.
Every Family Needs A Home Virtual Fundraiser!
May 6, 2020 | 8:00am - 9:00am
ONLINE Leadership Luncheon
Wednesday, May 6 | 11:30am - 1:00pm
This year we will be pulling together by staying apart and hosting our first-ever ONLINE Leadership Luncheon. As we all adjust to changing conditions in these challenging times, we know that your commitment to helping us serve the community is stronger than ever. Here are three quick and easy things you can do to help us spread the word and offer your support:
At Issue: California Cars Rules and the impact on Minnesota
Guest Speakers: Scott Lambert, Minnesota Auto Dealers Association
Wednesday, May 13th | 8:00am - 9:00am
In a virtual meeting platform, the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association will be addressing the White Bear Area Chamber regarding the California Cars Rules that is slated to be imposed in the state of Minnesota. Governor Walz is in support of the low and zero emissions vehicles standards and seeks to implement them through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
"If any state besides California wants to adopt vehicle emissions standards that differ from the federal regulations, the only choice is to completely conform to California’s rules, as determined by the California Air Resources Board.
If the Minnesota PCA adopts California’s emissions regulations, cars and trucks sold in Minnesota will need to be California certified and will differ from vehicles currently available to Minnesota drivers.
Normally, our legislators would hold hearings and vote on whether the state should adopt a law similar to California’s. In the case of regulations on our cars and trucks, Gov. Walz thinks we should bypass the Legislature and trust California bureaucrats to get it right. Do you?"
Topics that will be discussed include:
- Bypassing legislation to impose the regulation through the MPCA
- The price of all new cars in the state will increase from $800 to $2,500 per vehicle.
- Dealers could only trade for California cars.
- Fewer trucks would be delivered to Minnesota.
- Dealerships would be stuck with inventory they couldn't move.
- It would be regulated by a group of people not accountable to anyone in Minnesota.
Heart4Art@Home: May 14
Sign up here to receive free virtual Creative Care Packages weekly, April 9 – May 14.
Heart 4 Art is White Bear Center for the Art’s most important fundraising event of the year.
This year we celebrate Heart4Art@Home, cherishing the value arts bring to our lives.
|Creative Care Packages
Sign up here to receive free virtual Creative Care Packages weekly.
Care Package 1: CREATIVITY
Care Package 2: HOSPITALITY
WBCA publishes a new album each week: send what you’re working on to email@example.com.
Art@Home week 1 on Facebook
Art@Home week 2 on Facebook
May 14, 2020
Location: Wherever you are!
12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Get ideas and learn innovative marketing tips during these challenging times
- Share your knowledge and experience
- Great Visibility for you and your business
- Gain new contacts and referrals
- Stay current in the ever-changing business climate
- Form new friendships with like-minded people
- This is the self-proclaimed FUN Chamber group
- Enjoy a fabulous take-out lunch
- And there are many, many more!
The White Bear Area Chamber is very grateful for your membership and please know that we are here for you and will continue to support you in every way possible. Until we meet again, stay safe, stay well and stay strong.
Thanks to a $7.5 million investment from Verizon, we are offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. Verizon's total donation of $7.5 million will help make three rounds of grants possible to small businesses nationwide. For more information on this grant, click HERE.
It Just Takes A Spark!
It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention. Rally WBA is an invention born out of the Covid crisis. Alan Haskins, Owner/Creative Director from Nimble Impressions pined for an idea to spark economic activity is his community. The idea needed to incorporate community engagement, low/no cost to participate, and an element of fun. Rally WBA has all three aspects and more.
Consumers are experiencing a bit of paralysis around shopping for non-essential items. Partly fear from the virus combined with uncertainty about how to safely shop. As we all venture back out to buy things, one fact is absolutely true… we need to get creative. Rally WBA is just meant to be a creative way to get the ball rolling. It should give businesses something to use for social media, offer consumers incentive for shopping, and the chance to win things always tends to be fun.
Any business in the WB Area Chamber of Commerce geographic area can participate. They do not need to be chamber members to participate. This page will list all the participating businesses and also list the gift card/prize they are offering. A participating business must offer at least one gift card or prize of $10 value or greater. Although a purchase is not required to get a Rally Card, in the spirit of the game we hope people shop to receive them. Ideally a purchase of at least $5.00 from a participating business should result in the gift of a Rally Card.
- Game Date Range: 5/15 - 5/25
- Shop at a participating business in the WBL Area.
- Participating businesses provide gift cards or prizes to participate.
- Pick-up your Rally Card after purchase of item or service
- Hold onto your Rally Card(s) until 5/25 live drawing
- Live drawing randomly picks numbers and pairs them with prizes
- Claim winning Rally Card numbers (part 1). Snap a picture of your card if you can and email it to us. This will help us let the corresponding business know that you will be claiming. Sending a picture of the card is not required... only helpful!
- Claim winning Rally Card numbers (part 2): Go to the business to claim your winnings. Probably best to call ahead. YOU MUST PRESENT YOUR RALLY CARD. No pictures of cards, copies of the cards, or claims that your dog ate the card will suffice.
- What if you miss the live drawing? DON'T WORRY! All winning numbers and the corresponding prizes will be listed on the Events page.
- 1 WEEK TO CLAIM PRIZE: You have one week to claim your prize. Since some of the cards may end up in the trash, lost, or otherwise go missing, we don't want prizes to go unclaimed. Any unclaimed prize will be added to the next game or donated in some way. REMEMBER... you didn't have to pay to play, nobody is profiting from this, so if missed out no biggie.
- Please don't cheat or try to scam the game. If this game is popular we will consider doing it again. However, if cheating or manipulated cards occur we will simply not do it again. Be honorable and keep with the spirit of the game.
Topics include: • Service Connected Disability Compensation • Non-Service Connected Disability Pension • How to apply for benefits.
Business Development session: Bringing the Workforce Back to Work - Challenges around COVID-19.
Virtual Meeting: Wednesday, May 20th | 3:00pm
The Washington County Economic Development Director and Workforce Director, along with the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce, Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce have come together to provide you with a Business Development Session.
When the Governor lifts the stay orders as to a particular business, what happens when business owners want to reopen or have employees return to work, and employee’s feel unsafe and do not want to work?
- Can employees who have the ability to work from home demand the ability to continue working from home? Or can the Employer require them to return to the office?
- Can an employer terminate an employee who refuses to return to work (assuming EE does not otherwise qualify for COVID-related eFMLA leave or other similar leave)?
- Will such an employee who is terminated be entitled to unemployment benefits?
- How can an Employer and employees protect themselves? Who is liable if someone in the workforce gets COVID-19?
Please RSVP and we will send you the LINK prior to start time.
In addition to providing high quality, cost-effective legal representation, Eckberg Lammers is also committed to serving communities throughout the St. Croix Valley. Its attorneys and staff are actively involved in State Bar Association committees, Boards of Directors for several different organizations, charities, and other community organizations. The attorneys at Eckberg Lammers also offer legal seminars on topics ranging from insurance coverage to estate planning and employment law.
Brought to you by these area Chamber of Commerces:
Celebrating Your Community Stage and 67 Wonderful Seasons!
Although we cannot gather together at the Hanifl Performing Arts Center for our previously scheduled gala on May 21st due to the coronavirus outbreak, we still have something to celebrate!
We invite you to Stay Home and Celebrate with Us!
Here's how you can support us during this time:
1. Register to participate virtually. Through this platform you can bid on auction items and make donations from 10:00AM on Thursday, May 14th to 7:30PM on Thursday, May 21st! Bid from your couch and if you win, we'll mail everything to you in the coming weeks. Easy! We've crafted some unique packages, so take a look!
2. Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lakeshoreplayerstheatre), and tune in anytime between 5:30PM and 7:30PM on Thursday, May 21st for some virtual performances and a special speech from Executive Director, Rob Thomas. If you don't have a Facebook, we'll be emailing out the virtual content starting at 5:30PM on Thursday, May 21st, so keep an eye on your inbox!
This is a completely unprecedented time for this country and the world. We appreciate your ongoing support, as arts organizations are especially facing stress during these tumultuous times.
Now Kick Back, Relax, Enjoy a Craft Cocktail (Recipes Below!) and Celebrate Your Community Stage!
Gala Sponsors: The Alchemist & Kellerman's Event Center
*Thanks to provisions in the CARES Act in tax year 2020 you have the opportunity to deduct above-the-line up to $300 of charitable gifts for filers taking the standard deduction and an expanded limit on charitable contributions for itemizers.*
Bringing Hope and a Sense of Well-Being
Presentation by Mary Verstraete, PCC
Thursday, May 28, 2020
From Wherever You Are!
11:30am - 1:00pm
There will be a “flattening of the curve” that curtails COVID-19 and enables people to move toward a more familiar way of life; however, it won’t be the same kind of normal because of the enormous losses–not just financially, but in lost lives, broken dreams, broken hearts. People experiencing overwhelming concern, exhaustion, limiting mindsets, and a long list of other implications because of the challenging crises will be inevitable. The world will be different; the impact far reaching.
Adjusting to a new reality is vitally important to well-being, and communication tools can be effective in helping people generate their unique mindset that is needed to face the future.
- What is the most beneficial communication approach? What kinds of questions help people face the impact on their life in a manner that moves them toward a better future?
- What genuine and compassionate validation, acknowledgement, and perspective will result in people seeing life through a lens where vision can be established again?
- What can generate objectively that enables people to take beneficial action steps to maneuver through overwhelming challenges?
Mary has extensive experience in leadership development, training, and consulting. In 2009, she began the Center for Coaching Excellence and continues to serve as its president. The center provides International Coach Federation-approved coach training throughout the United States. Mary has had the privilege of expanding communication processes and skills by developing customized communication training used in companies such as ExxonMobil, Luse Companies, MJ Senior Housing, Rowan Medical University, and Fairview Hospitals of Minnesota. She continues to present and customize training for diverse industries in the United States. https://www.maryverstraete.com/
We encourage you to grab some great takeout from one of our local businesses, (for ideas, check out our restaurants listed on our OPEN FOR BUSINESS Website Page) and join in some great networking, inspiring conversations and supportive help. If you haven't been to a Women in Business lunch - please join us to connect, learn & grow. There is never a cost to attend, but due to Zoom limitations and security protocols, registration is required. Once you have registered, you will receive a link to connect to the meeting.
Looking forward to seeing everyone! Stay well and stay strong!