Calendar of Events - White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce

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Virtual Morning Networking - White Bear Lake City Manager, Ellen Hiniker
06/02/20 - 06/02/20
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Government Affairs - Mn Pollution Control Agency addresses Clean Cars MN (California Cars)
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Virtual Lunchtime Networking!
06/11/20 - 06/11/20
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6th Annual NOT Your Typical Golf Tourney
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Events in the month of May 2020

Manitou Days Events and Parade applications are online!

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 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. for the 2020 Parade Application

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05:00 PM – 05:45 PM
Online Pinot & Pilates Happy Hour

Participants who sign up will get a link emailed to them to participate for all online classes


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Celebrate 30 years with us!
Downtown White Bear Lake, MN 
Thursdays, June 18 – July 30, 2020
6:00-9:00 pm

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

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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
With many of us working remotely from our offices, now is not the time to be negligent with our on-line communications. Nathan Reddick from Ostra Cyber Security, will give us ideas and share ways that we can protect ourselves and our businesses from on-line security threats.These attacks can enter our systems in a variety of ways and the hackers are getting more and more clever with their computer infiltrations including using false stimulus check notifications! Scary, but true, in the past twelve months 67% of small and midsized businesses were victims of a cyber attack. If you experience an attack, almost half of the businesses experience at least 8 hours of downtime. Let's all learn together how to protect ourselves, each other and our businesses.

 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.

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Every Family Needs  A Home Virtual Fundraiser!
May 6, 2020 | 8:00am - 9:00am

Solid Ground’s 15th annual Every Family Needs a Home Fundraiser will take place virtually on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 starting at 8 a.m.  This event kicks-off at on May 6th and will continue until May 13th. The virtual event features testimonials, a video of our programs, and a call for giving.  The event is sure to be the highlight of your day. Today you can support access to safe housing for children and their parents. During this pandemic it’s more important than ever to support the most vulnerable in our community.

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Northeast Youth & Family Services
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:

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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.
We look for a great discussion on this topic and welcome your comments and questions at the end of the program. Registration is required and you will be sent a link to the meeting one day prior to the event.
For additional information on this topic please visit: The Government Affairs committee will have a separate meeting with the Minnesota Pollution Agency at a later date.

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Join us at West Park in White Bear Lake for some Pilates in the Park with your Pets. 
Just a fun way to get out, get some fresh air in your community and enjoy the evening with your friendly pet and peers. 
Sign up online. Bring your own mat and water. 

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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. 

For more information contact Lori Swanson by email or by calling 651-407-0597.

Creative Care Packages

Sign up here to receive free virtual Creative Care Packages weekly.

Care Package 1: CREATIVITY
Care Package 2: HOSPITALITY
Art@Home Albums

WBCA publishes a new album each week: send what you’re working on to

Art@Home Albums
Art@Home week 1 on Facebook
Art@Home week 2 on Facebook


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Virtual Lunchtime Networking
May 14, 2020

Location: Wherever you are!
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Times are changing, so are we! We invite you to support your local member restaurants by ordering-in or picking-up lunch and join us in a virtual Lunchtime Networking! Now is the time that we need to stay in communication, share ideas and tell your stories to fellow Chamber Members. Once registered, a Zoom link will be sent to you. Why join us for Virtual Lunchtime Networking? Here's just a few reasons to put this date on your calendar!  
  • 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! 
I invite you to check-out our updated website where we have added two more pages: White Bear Area Chamber.  For our virtual Lunchtime Networking meeting, please visit the OPEN FOR BUSINESS tab where you will find a whole host of area restaurants that have adapted their businesses to include take-out and delivery. 

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.

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Small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Financial support at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs and economic stability.

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.

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5/18/2020 - 5/25/2020

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 Details
  • 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.

Paying for Senior Care. Hosted by Gable Pines, Life Care Services and Partner Elder Veteran Legal Aid Group. This online event will provide information on VA programs that can provide financial assistance to veterans and surviving spouses with the cost of assisted care. Guest speaker Dr. Glenn Osborne, EVLAG, will offer insight into determining if you or a loved one is eligible.
Topics include: • Service Connected Disability Compensation • Non-Service Connected Disability Pension • How to apply for benefits.

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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.
OPEN to all Chamber and community businesses to attend!
Please join us for a presentation from Chamber Member, Eckberg Lammers Law Firm for a brief discussion addressing some of the below questions, and others, around returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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? 
There will be opportunity to ask additional questions! 
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:


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You’re invited to Lakeshore Player’s Theatre’s Annual Fundraising Gala.
That’s right… we’re going virtual!
Sponsored by The Alchemist/Kellerman's Event Center

- Thursday, May 21st, 2020 -

5:30 PM || Online Performances & Presentation
7:30 PM || Online Auction Ends
It’s easy! No ticket required. Just register online by clicking below:

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 (, 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.*


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Social Distancing & Virtual Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Caravel Autism Health
1011 Meadowlands Drive, Suites 1 & 2 | White Bear Township
May 27th | 3:00pm on Facebook Live!

Welcome to the 'new normal' of Ribbon Cuttings! Help us welcome Caravel Autism Health to the community at their Virtual Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Event! We will meet their Jackie Vick, VP of Minnesota Clinical Operations and her talented team of autism health specialists who share a commitment to their mission and a passion for helping families touched by autism. There will also be a video tour of their beautiful facility. More details to come! 
Caravel Autism Health’s team of autism health professionals is dedicated to working with children with autism and related developmental disabilities and their families to develop skills, create connections and instill confidence. Our approach to ABA therapy is rooted in research and results. Our founders and therapists are committed to being the most passionate clinicians in the autism health field. At Caravel Autism Health, our mission is to change lives.

Protocols for crowd size gatherings and social distancing will be respected and enforced. Mandatory 6 feet distancing, face masks suggested and for the business' customers and employees safety, we will remain outside. Not able to make it to a Ribbon Cutting? You are still eligible for NorthStar Ambassador participation credits by sharing your congratulations on the Chamber's Facebook post after the Ribbon Cutting celebration! Everyone is invited to attend! 

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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?
This presentation will begin to address these questions and give us tools that can influence the development of a courageous mindset for the future that lies ahead.

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.

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!

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Social Distancing Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration
White Bear Makerspace
5966 Highway 61 N | White Bear Lake
May 28th | 3:00pm on Facebook Live!

Welcome to the 'new normal' of Ribbon Cuttings! Help us celebrate White Bear Makerspace's Re-opening at a ceremonial Ribbon Cutting Event! We will hear from owners, Theresa and Tom Lendway to learn more about the extra safety measures that they have implemented and how they have adapted their operations to meet all CDC safety guidelines. We will also get an exciting update on all of the new and creative items that they made during the Governor's Stay Home Minnesota order. They have been busy!
Protocols for crowd size gatherings and social distancing will be respected and enforced. Mandatory 6 feet distancing, face masks suggested and for the business' customers and employees safety, we will remain outside. Not able to make it to a Ribbon Cutting? You are still eligible for NorthStar Ambassador participation credits by sharing your congratulations on the Chamber's Facebook post after the Ribbon Cutting celebration! Everyone is invited to attend! 

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