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Vivo Sold, “Tavern Bar + Grill” To Come to Apple Valley

Vivo Sold, “Tavern Bar + Grill” To Come to Apple Valley

On Wednesday, VIVO was sold to Hemisphere Restaurants of Minneapolis which has the Tavern Grill Group of Restaurants in Edina (France Ave.), Woodbury, Arden Hills, Blaine and Fargo. They plan to open in late August. They describe themselves as “Upscale, Casual, Full Service Dining of the build your own burger (1,000 combinations), pizzas and salads as a […]

DEED Call Notes 6/18/2020

DEED Call Notes 6/18/2020

AV CHAMBER NOTE: They started the conference today with DEED Commissioner saying they are listening to “THE MOST AUTHENTIC VOICES ARE BUSINESS, CHAMBERS AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS.” Today’s midday conference really has clear guidance on many topics including a new $62 million grants for businesses from DEED with $18 million for businesses 6 employees or less. They give […]

Gov. Walz Signs Bill Providing $62.5 Million to Small Businesses

Gov. Walz Signs Bill Providing $62.5 Million to Small Businesses

AV CHAMBER NOTE: This is the bill that is referred to in the DEED notes (below). It is a state program through DEED using CARES Act federal money. MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — During the special session on Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill that will provide $62.5 million in grants to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Walz: Minnesota Zoo on Brink of Closure

Walz: Minnesota Zoo on Brink of Closure

AV CHAMBER NOTE: Yesterday, Governor Walz’s talked about the Apple Valley based Minnesota Zoo in his press conference concerning the need for bonding (or borrowing). He said MN ZOO IS THREATENED TO CLOSE IF BONDING DOES NOT COME THROUGH THIS SPECIAL SESSION. WE ASK THAT YOU CONTACT ANY LEGISLATORS, NOT JUST OUR OWN to ask they consider […]

New Details on PPP Loan Forgiveness

New Details on PPP Loan Forgiveness

AV CHAMBER NOTE: Last week, Congress made many favorable changes to PPP Loans and forgiveness policy.  This attachment is very easy to follow and clear on everyone from employers to independent contractors. We hope this helps. NEW Details on PPP Loan FORGIVENESS: Extending the time to spend PPP funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks; Lowering the amount […]

VIDEO: Wrap Up From Yesterday’s Facebook Live

VIDEO: Wrap Up From Yesterday’s Facebook Live

Chamber President Ed Kearney, Chamber Chair Tasha Wells (Coldwell Banker Burnet) and Director of Marketing for Bogart’s Chris Loth all spoke during our Facebook Live video yesterday at Bogart’s Entertainment Center. 50+ Chambers from around Minnesota joined together and all went live via Facebook at 3 p.m. yesterday to highlight several factors: The need to […]

50 Chambers Join Together in Communication to Governor

50 Chambers Join Together in Communication to Governor

Apple Valley Chamber Members: For over 3 months, many local businesses have been shuttered, workers furloughed, supply chains disrupted and community engagement lost. APPLE VALLEY CHAMBER as part of MINNESOTA READY CHAMBER COALITION of 50+ CHAMBERS has worked tirelessly to influence all levels of government, inform businesses and facilitate and help individual businesses. Over a week […]

DEED Call Notes 6/11/2020

DEED Call Notes 6/11/2020

APPLE VALLEY CHAMBER NOTE: These notes from the Governor’s Commissioners came out yesterday afternoon and give key insight into many of the uncertain or gray areas of the regulations you must deal with. Topics include: Insurance—Who pays for testing Insurance—Civil Unrest Insurance—Big tips, links Workman’s Comp Open Plan for ALL CARES ACT local funding from Feds Q&A […]

DEED Call Notes 6/4/2020

DEED Call Notes 6/4/2020

APPLE VALLEY CHAMBER NOTE: The Governor is appearing at George Floyd’s funeral this afternoon and is not part of this DEED meeting. He is expected to later today or tomorrow have clearer timelines on opening dates and restrictions. Especially restaurants, hotels, any business looking at having either their employees sign “liability waivers” (Illegal in MN) or your customers, […]