We understand the impact, and related challenges, this COVID-19 environment has had on our local business communities. This difficult period has been a challenge for many, and we--as a nonprofit 501(c)(6)--have been affected as well, in regard to income, staffing, and budgetary constraints.
A financial gift to our Chamber--a nonprofit that is reliant on membership & events--helps us "weather this storm" so we can continue serving our businesses and communities the remainder of this year/2020 & into 2021 and beyond.
Our mission is to:
- Serve and strengthen our member businesses as a community partner and business resource.
- Stimulate the local economy through programs, events, and services that spotlight area business, promote business activities, and encourage entrepreneurs.
- Advocate for business by building positive relationships (e.g. the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce & local/state/federal elected officials) to promote a pro-business climate & adopt positions to influence policy.
- Because our member businesses have been affected financially, we too have been affected financially; and not being able to host our annual large fundraisers (as per the State of Minnesota--Governor Walz (Emergency Executive Order 20-74) has lowered our 2020 operations budget significantly.
- Nonprofits, 501(c)(6), do not qualify for the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program or the State of Minnesota's Small Business Relief Grant Program.
IRS.gov; tax treatment of donations - 501(c)(6) organizations