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.
Written by Savannah Sepic
on Friday, 13 November 2020.
Posted in MnRA News
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.
Yesterday'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:
- · ALL ballots must be returned to the county elections office by Tuesday, November 3.
- · Deadline to drop it off in person is 3 p.m.; deadline for mail or delivery service is 8 p.m.
- · Ballots arriving after November 3-regardless of the postmark- will not be counted.
- · Make a plan:
- ABs already accepted by the counties are fine, and no action need be taken.
- If a voter has mailed back their AB but they have not confirmed its receipt and acceptance:
- Confirm the status of the ballot
- If the ballot has been accepted, no further action is needed
- If the ballot has not been accepted, vote in person:
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.
Written by Bruce Nustad
on Friday, 30 October 2020.
Posted in MnRA News, Policy & Politics
MnRA proud to partner with RALI MN and MPhA to support pharmacies impacted by the pandemic and unrest
St. Paul, Minnesota – October 28, 2020 – Today the Minnesota Retailers Association (MnRA) and Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) announce the awarding of funds to eight pharmacies across Minnesota. Under the program--with funds generously provided by the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Minnesota--applications were solicited from pharmacies looking to enhance safe customer access or medication security within the context of the pandemic or recent unrest.
Projects funded include: two-way customer communication systems and upgraded cameras; enhanced windows, lighting and locks; and customer signage and support for curbside and delivery services for vulnerable customers.
Pharmacies receiving awards:
- Como Pharmacy, St. Paul
- Lloyd’s Pharmacy, St. Paul
- Mix Pharmacy, Oakdale
- Pelican Drug, Pelican Rapids
- Rolseth Drug, Forest Lake
- Seward Pharmacy, Minneapolis
- Thrifty White Pharmacy, Marshall
- Trumm Drug, Alexandria
“Pharmacies across the State have been heroic in reopening and remaining open and available to customers amid pandemic and unrest challenges,” says MnRA president Bruce Nustad. “We know Minnesotans depend on their community pharmacist, and are pleased these awards support continued, safe customer access.”
“The pandemic and unrest have reminded us that pharmacies and safe access to medications are essential in each of Minnesota’s communities,” says MPhA Executive Director Sarah Derr. “We are grateful to RALI MN for supporting this program, as well as to the team that reviewed applications for funds.”
MnRA and MPhA are proud partners with RALI MN in combatting the opioid epidemic in Minnesota.
Minnesota Retailers Association, Bruce Nustad
Minnesota Pharmacists Association, Sarah Derr
Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Minnesota
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Written by Bruce Nustad
on Wednesday, 28 October 2020.
Posted in MnRA News, Retail Operations