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Elevate Business HC Launches Free Webinar Series Focused On Recovery

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Elevate Business HC is excited to introduce its series of topic-driven webinars featuring industry and subject matter experts that will discuss issues facing employers with a focus on workforce needs in remote environments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinar schedule runs from Tuesday, Dec. 1 through Thursday, Dec. 10. Learn about Technology in the Age of COVID: Managing and Streamlining Platforms; Human Resources: An Overview of Hiring Practices in the Virtual Age; and Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing: Build your Resilience; and more. Click on the registration link below to see all webinar offerings.

Register here https://business.mplschamber.com/events/details/elevate-business-mn-webinar-series-13455.

Visit www.elevatebusinesshc.com, to learn more and register your business!

Funding for Elevate Business HC is provided by Hennepin County through the Federal CARES Act.

Elevate Business HC Recovery Program Available Free To Hennepin County Retailers & Businesses Now

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Elevate Business HC: Important recovery resources for Hennepin County retailers & other organizations available NOW!

The Minnesota Retailers Association, Hennepin County in partnership with the Mpls Regional Chamber, are pleased to announce Elevate Business HC, a new public/private initiative offering pro bono services to businesses located in Hennepin County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest, businesses have been greatly impacted and economic recovery is a priority. The goal of the program is to provide resources to help re-build, re-establish and re-ignite business.

  • Technical Assistance: One-on-one consultation with professional service providers to find solutions in a variety of areas including financing, human resources, technology, and many others
  • Peer-to-Peer Roundtables: Reoccurring and facilitated small group discussions segmented by industry and areas of participant interest with a focus on sharing best practices and problem solving
  • Topic-Driven Webinars: Industry and subject matter experts will discuss issues facing employers with a focus on workforce needs in remote environments during the COVID-19 pandemic

>> Click here to see the rollout press release!

Visit www.elevatebusinesshc.com, to learn more and register your business!

Funding for Elevate Business HC is provided by Hennepin County through the Federal CARES Act.

Important Absentee Ballot Update!

Make sure your ballot is counted!

MnRA has been working in parternership with the Minnesota Secretary of State to communucate voting options in this unsual pandemic election. Below is an edited version of what the Secretary of State's Office communicated to us relative to recomneded changes for those submitting an absentee ballot.  Please share with your neighbors, customers annd employees! Let's make sure every vote counts.

ABUpdateYesterday's  U.S. 8th Circuit Appeals Court reversed the consent decree of the Ramsey County Court which established the extension (postmarked by 11/3; received by 11/10) for returning an absentee ballot (AB) by mail.  It is incredibly important that everyone hear of this change, and their options if they have mailed back their AB or are planning to.  The voter makes the decision, but if they are concerned about their vote arriving in time to be counted, please share the following:

NOTE: The system will not allow a voter to vote twice.  When voting early in person, the site will confirm the voter is eligible to vote early (has not turned in a ballot already), and at the polling place, the roster will reflect if the voter has had an AB accepted already.  For ABs received on Election Day, the county will contact the polling place to confirm that the voter has not voted in person, accept the AB, and instruct the Roster Judge to mark an AB next to the voter’s name (or update the E-Poll Book).

3. If a voter has their AB which was mailed to them or had been previously picked up:

    • ADVISE THEY DO NOT MAIL THE AB BACK.  While it is the voter’s right to return the AB by mail, there is no way to guarantee that the mailed AB will arrive by 11/3.
    • Assuming that the voter is eligible to use the location, any AB may be returned at a drop box, early voting location, or county Elections Office.  (Again, make sure the voter is eligible to use that location.  County Elections Offices are open for drop-offs for all residents of the county.)  https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/cities-and-towns-with-in-person-absentee-voting/  (This list was updated with additional sites and drop-off locations on Tuesday, 10/27.)
    • Minnesota law allows a person to drop off up to three ballots for others during an election (not per trip or per day) in person, but not using a drop box (unless the drop box has someone there to track users).  The person dropping off ballots will need to show identification and identify whose ballots they are turning in.

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