Weekly Update 5.8.19

We celebrated Unity in the Community on May 5. There were over 300 community members in attendance and dozens of businesses participated. The event was organized by Diana Chaman, community liaison for Hennepin County and our Richfield Police Department, and celebrated the diversity of cultures that thrive in and around Richfield. Check out the Chamber social media accounts for some great photos of the event.

In April, BJ Skoog, Director of Community Engagement & Youth Ministries for Hope Church, joined the Chamber Board of Directors. He will serve as our Community Liaison Ambassador. BJ has been an asset to the Chamber in helping to identify community needs and how our businesses can better serve them. He also started the Richfield Leadership Network and has been actively identifying dynamic leaders in our community. Check out the Richfield Leadership Network on Instagram and get to know your community. Here’s BJ’s email – beejskoog@gmail.com – send him a note to introduce yourself!

Lyndale Avenue is a major connecting road in Richfield, which is why you probably know that the Lyndale Reconstruction project is officially underway. Save yourself a potential case of road rage and follow along on the sweet streets website for road closure updates. And if that still doesn’t loosen your grip on the wheel, checkout all the great chamber members who can help you manage your stress!

This is the last chance to help support the RHS seniors. Parents of the 2019 Richfield Senior High have begun planning the 50th annual Richfield graduation party.  This senior party, held at the high school, offers the graduates a safe, controlled, alcohol-free environment with an all night schedule of activities to enjoy.  Each year, senior parents work together, spending countless hours organizing the event. A theme is created with decorations that reflect the tone and nature of the theme.  The commitment of the parents and the contributions of our community have made this event a success every year. We strive to include every student so keeping the cost to a minimum is essential.  The kids are asked to pay an entrance fee of $60 dollars which includes food, entertainment, a Casino, DJ, photo booth and hypnotist and prizes.  Students requiring financial aid will be provided with free or reduced admission. Therefore, RHS needs financial support and are respectfully requesting the following donations:

Cash contributions to help defray the costs
Gift certificates (suggested amount $20)
Age appropriate items (things for college or living independently) for prizes

Please mail your donations to Tina Lavin 7024 Knox Ave S Richfield, MN 55423 or if you have items you would prefer to be picked up please contact us and arrangements can be made.

Recycling Grants Available

Hennepin County has budgeted $100,000 this year to fund projects to improve commercial recycling rates and participation in the area by partnering with business-focused organizations such as yours. The purpose of this program is to use organizations to encourage businesses to take advantage of our Business Recycling resources such as recycling grants, training and signage to label bins.

Eligibility for outreach grants

  • Organizations located in and/or serving businesses in Hennepin County, such as chambers of commerce, business associations, trade associations and neighborhood associations.
  • Organizations must be registered at the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  • Organizations must be insured.


Applications are due May 17, 2019 by 4:00 PM. Applications will be accepted beyond May 17 as funds remain available.
Visit www.hennepin.us/businessrecycling under the section titled Apply for business organization outreach grants section to view the grant guidelines and application materials. Please contact Amy Maas to discuss any grant project ideas you have. Amy Maas (she/her), Business Recycling Specialist
Hennepin County Public Works | Environment and Energy Department
701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 700 l  Minneapolis, MN  55415
Office: 612-348-6848 http://www.hennepin.us/businessrecycling