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Ladies Night Out COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Ladies Night Out 2021 Updated 2/23/2021 Ladies Night Out Overview Executive Order 20-40, issued by Gov. Tim Walz on April 23, 2020, requires each business in operation during the peacetime emergency establish a “COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.” Ladies Night Out is to be held at the Sawmill Saloon & Grill and Fortune Bay…

Ribbon Cutting at The Sugar Shack

Today the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce welcomed The Sugar Shack to the chamber family with a ribbon cutting at their location inside Uptown Virginia.  The Sugar Shack is a family owned bakery that serves delicious cupcakes, decadent caramel and cinnamon rolls as well as a full line of cakes for special events like weddings, graduations,…

Support Local Business

As the COVID-19 pandemic and ever-changing regulations impact our all of our lives, our business community needs your support now more than ever. There are many ways you can continue to safely shop and support our local businesses and nonprofits! Shop local first Our local businesses often do not have the same resources that larger…

Extended Shop Small Saturday

The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce is proud to be the neighborhood champion for Small Business Saturday in our region.  2020 has been a terrible year for all of us, and our small businesses, bars and restaurants have been hit especially hard.  To combat this and to bring additional help to our small businesses we are…

It’s Time to Pass a Bonding Bill

The Laurentian, Hibbing and Chisholm Area Chambers of Commerce came together to send this letter to our legislative leaders.  It is time to stop with the partisan politics and pass the bonding bill our state needs. As leaders of chambers of commerce on Minnesota’s Iron Range we see the damage the COVID-19 pandemic and associated…

Elections Have Consequences

Trump or Biden? Smith or Lewis? Stauber or Nystrom? We tend to focus our interest on national elections.  These races are important, and a lot of money will be spent trying to convince us to vote either for them or against them, but don’t forget about our local municipal and judicial elections.  You probably won’t…

Can Exempt Workers do Non-Exempt Work?

Have the rules for exempt and non-exempt workers changed during the pandemic?  The US Department of Labor said that during the COVID-19 public health emergency—as declared by a federal, state or local authority—employees who are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) overtime requirements under the executive, administrative and professional exemptions may temporarily perform…

Minnesota’s Automobile Emission Standard

The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce believes any adoption by Minnesota of California’s automobile emissions standards should be made by the regular legislative process.  Those legislative bodies allow for people from across Minnesota to have their voices heard.  We oppose the effort by the Walz administration to impose those California emission standards on Minnesota via the…

The Iron Range is Ready to Reopen

The Mesabi Daily News published this commentary from our president today: Many people think of a chamber of commerce as a social club for business owners. That is one role we play, but we also host leadership trainings, celebrate business leaders, nurture small businesses and act as a public policy voice for businesses. Right now,…

The Iron Range is Open for Business!

The Iron Range is Open for Business campaign launched Virginia, Minnesota –As customers are slowly allowed to resume their normal shopping experiences businesses need to make sure they feel comfortable entering their stores.  One way businesses can do this is by taking the Iron Range is Open for Business Pledge at www.ironrange.org/open.  By taking this…