E-Gateway 10.25.16

Posted on October 25th, 2016 under News Flash.

Celebrate Halloween in Wayzata and trick-or-treat at retail shops all around town during Wayzata’s Boo Blast. Families can ride the trolley, enjoy in-store activities, spooky specials and goodies for the little ones. Don’t forget your costume!

On the Calendar This Week 

Tuesday, October 25
Membership Committee Meeting, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Chamber Office

Wednesday, October 26
Ambassador Visit for Life Cyclewear and Bay Bikes and Boards, 4:00 p.m. at Chamber Office

Thursday, October 27
Candidate Forum, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Wayzata City Hall

Saturday, October 29
Wayzata’s Boo Blast, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Participating Businesses

Winter Street Banners- Last Call!
Deadline to order is October 26

Promote your business, support the community and add to the aesthetic appeal of Wayzata…exclusively available to members of the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce.

The new Winter banners will be displayed on the streets of downtown Wayzata December through early April for the next three winter seasons.

The location of your banner within Wayzata is random. Your business name will be in text (as shown in example), as we are unable to accommodate logos.

The cost for the three-year Winter banner is $325.00.
Click here to fill out the advertising agreement and contact Julia at info@wayzatachamber.comchamber.com with questions.

Reminder: New Labor Regulations Effective December 1
Updated Overtime Eligibility 

Are new regulations on your business’ holiday wish list?  If so, you can thank the Department of Labor for delivering a revised regulation that will effect an estimated 4 million employees starting in December. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, most employees are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay protections.  However, the Act also carves out certain classes of employees that are not entitled to these wage protections. These employees are exempt from the requirements and, as such, the two classes of employees are called “non-exempt” and “exempt.”  The broadest class of exempt employees are executive, administrative and professional employees with predetermined fixed salary requirements. The current weekly salary level for these exempt employees is $455 (or $23,660 annually). The new rule, which is effective December 1, 2016, will increase the weekly salary level requirement to $913 (or $47,476 annually). Employers will be forced to either raise exempt employees’ salaries to the increased requirement so they retain their exempt classification or to re-classify the employees as non-exempt at the same pay rate and pay overtime when applicable. Additional information is available on the Department of Labor’s website at www.dol.gov. As in-house counsel from the outside for closely held companies, Sanford, Pierson, Thone & Strean, PLC, provides creative and personalized solutions to navigate regulatory requirements such as these.  Follow our firm at www.ssmnlaw.com.

“The Courage to Transcend,” A Speaker Luncheon featuring
Matthew Sanford hosted by Women in Business 

Wednesday, November 16
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Wayzata Country Club
Register Now

Author Matthew Sanford turns his remarkable story of trauma and loss, of paralysis and yoga, into powerful life lessons for individuals and organizations alike.  Having survived a devastating car accident that killed his father and sister and left him paralyzed, Matthew inspires audiences to explore the true nature of strength and shows them the blueprint for transforming obstacles into opportunities.  The ultimate goal of any courageous path is the service of others.  Guests will leave with practical mind-body tips to improve the quality of their everyday lives.

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A full house for our Enrichment Workshop on “The Power of Self-Talk” hosted by the Young Professionals last week. It was a great way to start the day!
Project Updates in the Wayzata Area…


I-394: MnDOT has confirmed that Highway 12 (focusing on the area known locally as “the bypass”) will be closing for median barrier installation beginning October 17 for approximately three weeks. For more information visit the project website: dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy12safetyimprovements2016/

CR-101/Bushaway Road from Minnetonka Blvd to Eastman Ln/McGinty Rd is open! The rest of the roadway, including the bridge is scheduled to open November 1. For more information visit the website here: hennepin.us/countyroad101.

I-494– Access to Wayzata will be maintained from I-394 and Minnetonka Boulevard. Keep an eye out for new signage directing travelers to Wayzata area businesses! For more information on the project visit: dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i494plymouth/

Member Spotlight 

Wayzata High School
Wayzata High School students sat down with chefs from across the country as part of Wayzata’s Culinary Arts program. Click here to read the full article.

Lake Minnetonka Dental
Dr. Bryan Laskin, of Lake Minnetonka Dental, enhances his dental practice and the practices’ of dentists nation-wide with his passion for innovation and technology. Read more here.