Throughout the pandemic , Lakeville ’ s hospitality businesses , local attractions , hotels , and restaurants have taken the ultimate steps to keep their guests and employees safe while serving the community . This industry has supported each other , kept in communication , and shared ideas and resources to make Lakeville stronger … together !
Restaurants served 8,000 meals to Lakeville students this summer by assisting The Open Door Mobile Lunchbox Program .
Businesses provided sponsored meals for healthcare workers and first responders .
Developed take out , delivery and curb-side TOGO , art kits to go , online projects , and holiday gifts .
Employees went above and beyond picking up job responsibilities and
executing ideas to help their co-workers who were laid off through tip collections , promotions , online events and sales , and more .
Owners and managers from hotels and restaurants identified 42 employees struggling to provide a holiday for their children and worked together with members from the Chamber and Rotary , local attractions , and the Public Safety Foundation to give gifts to 80 children and provide families with attraction tickets , a $ 100 grocery gift card , and a full holiday meal to cook at home .
The industry banned together for efforts to lobby for the hospitality industry at both state and national levels . Companies like Gray Line Minnesota attended a motorcoach rally in Washington DC to bring travel impact awareness to our legislators .
In its 30th year this year , the Business Person of the Year nominations come from the Lakeville community and Chamber members and past award recipients are privileged with choosing the new recipient . Criteria include success in developing or contributing to business , impact made in the community and contributions to the Chamber .