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Posted on November 15th, 2016 under News Flash.
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“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

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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On the Calendar This Week 

Tuesday, November 15
Wayzata City Council Meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Wayzata City Hall

Wednesday, November 16
Speaker Luncheon featuring Matthew Sanford, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Wayzata Country Club

Wednesday, November 16
Ambassador Visit for Heidi’s GrowHaus, 4:00 p.m. at 7555 County Road 116, Corcoran

Thursday, November 17
Annual Board Planning Session, 1:00 p.m. at RBA Consulting, Inc

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Candlelight Floral & Gifts!  Looking for the perfect hostess gift?  Why not give them a beautiful floral arrangement for their dining room table!  Stop in or give us a call today- we deliver to over 110 suburbs in the Twin Cities Metro Area!  Be thankful with Candlelight Floral & Gifts!?

Welcome to Kathy Peterson- Director of Membership Services!

We are thrilled to announce that Kathy Peterson is joining the team at the Greater Wayzata Chamber of Commerce. Kathy is new to Minnesota, but not new to her work at various Chambers in Wisconsin and recently at TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, all in a membership capacity. Kathy is enthusiastic and excited to meet and work with the businesses in the Wayzata area and looks forward to putting names and faces together. She and her husband Harley reside in Plymouth with their two dogs Rocky and Cooper and will be celebrating the college graduation of both their children in May 2017.
Kathy begins her role at the Chamber on Monday, November 21st. Stop by and help us welcome her anytime, but we have set aside some time on December 1st from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for a little meet and greet before the Jingle Mingle!

A great Ambassador Visit for KleinBank. Welcome to the Chamber! 
Advertise Your Business- WayzataChamber.com

In the coming weeks, businesses will be contacted via email by ChamberMaster regarding advertising opportunities and benefits on WayzataChamber.com. These include becoming a featured business in your industry and the sale of web banner advertising. Watch your email for these communications and deadlines. Our ChamberMaster representative, Ward Thompson will be available for meetings beginning November 22.
Contact ward@chambermaster.com for more information.

A Change in Staff…

Please help us extend our well wishes to Julia Warfield who is in her last week with the Chamber.  Julia has been a great addition to the Chamber team and helped us improve and expand our Chamber communications over the past two years and provided on-going support to our members, visitors, and our day to day business activities in the office.  She will be missed but we look forward to still seeing her around town.

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.

Member Spotlight 

Grace Hill Design
Grace Hill was recently featured on Houzz’ Room of the Day for their new construction home with Gordon James. Click here to read more.

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