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14800 Galaxie Ave, Suite 101 Apple Valley, MN 55124 952-432-8422 www.applevalleychamber.com

President Edward Kearney Chamber of Commerce

April 2013

From the desk of Scott Kadrlik, Chamber Chairman Hi Taxpayers! I am Scott Kadrlik, CPA/PFS.

Vice Chairman Jodi Kurtz Warners’ Stellian

Past Chairman Eric Iverson Iverson Consulting

Secretary Misty Scholler Anchor Bank

Treasurer Guy Gunner Gunners Garage

It is the most wonderful time of the year. Tax filing day is just around the corner. It is better than Black Friday! It is Green First Quarter. Your CPAs are busy scurrying around filing returns and helping their clients minimize their tax bills. There is a spring in our step and a song in our heart. We don’t like taxes anymore than you do, but we like helping you calculate the lowest amount of taxes required by law. You should only pay the least amount of tax required by law taking into consideration every allowable tax deduction and credit available. Utilizing tax deductions and credits that exist in the law is not tax avoidance but rather the proper application of the tax laws to your personal tax situation. File early and File often! “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” Albert Einstein

Gala 2013 – The Great Gatsby Jane Hill Culver’s

Small firm attention. Large firm support. TEL 952.432.3136 | www.dmshb.com

Business Real Estate Estates Family Law Litigation Patents

Bethany Marquette BMO Harris Bank

Nick Martinez Send Out Cards

John Wortman American Legion

Chamber Administration Kristy Cleveland Business Manager

The Apple Valley Chamber Gala is only a month away, Have your purchased your tickets yet? If you thought last year was fun, then wait until you get to Enjoy on May 9th for the event of the year in Apple Valley. Enjoy has agreed to close for the evening to make this year’s Gala a truly special encounter. The theme centers around the Roaring Twenties, Prohibition and The Great Gatsby. Costumes from that era will be on display by the attendees and special beverages circa 1920 will be the toast of the evening. A few tables are still available and a barstool can be purchased to get you up close to the action. This month’s newsletter has all the information you need to get your tickets, order a table or a barstool. You can also donate items for the silent and live auctions. This is the Chamber’s biggest fundraiser of the year and is always the funnest night around. I look forward to seeing everyone decked out for the great evening. Scott Kadrlik, CPA/PFS Meuwissen, Flygare, Kadrlik & Associates, P.A. (952) 541-1996 scott@mfkcpa.com


Tuesday, April 2nd Chamber Coffee Connection 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 10th 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Jointly Hosted By:

Padeia Academy 7200 147th St W Apple Valley Thursday, April 18th Joint Chamber Business After Hours 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

9725 163rd St W Lakeville, MN 55044 Join Apple Valley, Burnsville and Lakeville Chambers at Lakeview Bank where they will announce the recipents of their 2013 Legacy Awards. FREE beer, wine & appetizers!

Apple Valley Chamber

“Be Chamber Active!”

Each guest was given a complamentary beer mug on their way out, allowing them to continue the celebration at home.

Mayor Mary’s State of the City Address Valleywood Golf Course - New Club House 4851 McAndrews Rd

Catered by Enjoy!

What a great turnout and everyone was commenting on the great creative Irish food catered by local Rascal’s. This has become a tradition!

$15.00 for Chamber Members $20.00 for Non-chamber Members RSVP TODAY to Kristy@applevalleychamber.com Luncheon Sponsored By:

Jaros & Associates

A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial.

Calendar of Events

Interested in hosting a Chamber event? Contact us at 952-432-8422 for details and available dates!

Above is Chamber Chairman Scott Kadrlik drawing a winner for the grand prize of 4 TWINS tickets. The lucky winner was Darin Nelson from Keller Williams Premier Realty!


Chamber Business After Hours

The President’s Perspective by Edward Kearney March 14th, 2013

A St. Patty’s Day Celebration!

VOLUNTEERISM—IS SMART Forget all the usual reasons you hear about volunteering, NETWORKING, LEADS, CONTRIBUTION, EXPERIENCE, CONTACTS, SALES, PARTNERSHIPS, FRIENDSHIPS ETC. Please note that even attending Chamber events is part of volunteerism. Here are my personal reasons for asking that everyone give just an hour a week to your business community in some way. Raising your Chamber’s profile & influence raises yours also. 1) It’s FUN! With our Board Chairman both a CPA and a professional comedian, that is easy to say especially this year. Most people do the same thing each day, the same goals and the same bosses asking for “more, more & more.” Committee work at the Chamber sees people smiling, having fun and breaking up the daily grind to lift their spirits. Volunteerism actually increases your productivity back on the job. Our best volunteers are those who are actually the busiest. Funny how that works. In college, I added extras courses each semester to finish a year earlier and I noticed my grades went to straight “A’s.” I learned, busy people get things done! Some of our best volunteers are the busiest people I know. 2) THE STATS! From the Corp. of National & Community Service (2012 survey to 60,000). Women volunteer at significantly higher rates than men (30% vs. 23%) Younger 20-24 year olds volunteered the least (19%) (Teens at27%) Married volunteer at 32% vs. 20% for singles With college degree volunteer at 42% vs. 17% for High School only Working volunteer 29% vs. 24% for unemployed (busiest do volunteer more) Working women volunteer more than non-working women (36% to 27%) Women with children volunteer at 40% rate Americans average 50 hours per year volunteering at organizations Over 65 volunteer at three times the rate of 25-34 year olds (90 hrs. to 32) Fundraising is the most popular type of volunteer work Volunteering strengthens morale, productivity and customer goodwill

Pictured above is Branch Manager Sonya Busch, who has been active in the Chamber since Think Bank opened in Apple Valley.

3) Find Happiness! The Nation Volunteering Network survey said 98% of volunteers say it makes them a happier person.

4) Your Legacy! In my 20 years in the Chamber & Convention & Visitors Bureau world, I have noticed that some volunteer for a few years, then after they get to the top of their game, they disappear. They’re still members that contribute greatly financially and in other ways. But there is something missing as far as opportunity for them and others. When they retire or sell their business, most of the newer crowd has little or no idea who they are. I know you but most don’t. . Renew your legacy by hosting one big event every few years. Many of you were long ago, committee chairs, event chairs, board members, or people who seemed to attend most events 5, 8, 15, 20, 25 years ago. “COME BACK ON OUT.” Neither old or new know each other. Sad to me. Get to know the best and recruit the best. Volunteering is also profitable. I know both newer and past active members and you are all wonderful. What made you great volunteers or business leaders is still true but no one knows. We miss you. 5) Recognition! As the tough world of work beats you up, all the Chamber does is praise you with awards, photos in the newsletters, in directories and online. It brings great recognition to your company and family too. 6) I Miss You! Some of you taught me a great deal, especially my first four or five years here. I watched, I listened and I learned. I want to tell everyone I introduce you to how great you are as a leader and person. But I can’t if you are not there.

“Lucky” people showed up for green beer and fantastic Irish food. Think Bank threw a great St. Patty’s day party! eh!

7) We Need You! This isn’t our organization; it is YOURS! Those of us on staff over the years are only the caretakers trying our best. I can plan all I want for events, fight issues, market our businesses, outreach to new businesses etc. but none is successful without your showing “the strength of our business community.” We win our issues because they “know” you’re backing us. Participation matters and is recognized by speakers, government, press and all. 8) #1 Reason! We, the business community, appreciate you! Recently a member told me that they belong to many Chambers and the one thing that stands out about our Chamber is that we genuinely show appreciation by first “gracefully asking” and then “gratefully thanking.” We don’t expect donations and participation. Instead we try to give you recognition for your generosity with time, donations and participation. We are truly thankful.

Above is Chamber President Ed Kearney thanking the crowd.

Leonardo DeCaprio’s Great Gatsby movie will be highlighted at Cannes, the week of our gala. Sponsored by Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A., we have Enjoy exclusively. We can plan all we want but our success is 100% dependent upon you attending, donating, socializing or committee volunteering. Make our Chamber the best in the region. We really need you in every way. It is that simple. Plus as I promised, it’s FUN!


Apple Valley Chamber Luncheon Featuring Doug Loon

Chamber Coffee Connection Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

US Chamber of Commerce Vice President

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Trustone Branch Mgr. Marja Owens kept everyone happy with her spirit. The coffee helped too!

Doug is one of the most prominent and smart voices in the political arena. What a presentation! Over 50 attended an eye-opening talk with visuals which hit home on our issues. Thank you Doug!

It was a stormy day and we decided to have the event in spite of schools closing. Then no one would leave. Thanks to all of you!

Above isTruStone’s Asst. Manager Marty Johnson.

Chamber Chairman Scott Kadrlik (with a joke or two) was intrigued by Doug’s insight on issues he sees everyday as a CPA.

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Left is TruStone’s Dana Wittstruck with Mayor Mary and bottom Left is Thomas Jussila.


Apple Valley Chamber The Great Gatsby Donation Form DONATIONS Yes, I would like to promote my business by donating the following item(s) for the Great Gatsby Gala Auction: 1. _________________________________________________________________________________ 2._________________________________________________________________________________

Doug Loon’s powerpoint was powerful! He didn’t sugar coat or exagerate but all attending are informed fully.

Donated by: ___________________________________________________________(Company or person) Address:________________________________________________________________________________ Phone or email:__________________________________________________________________________

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The retail value of the item(s) Yes, I would like to contribute a cash donation for the gala to purchase item(s) in our name. Encloses is a check for $__________.

Doug spoke in front of one of our new Banners, which were produced by KwikKopy. Beautiful!

I have included the item in my envelope. Please mail to: Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce 14800 Galaxie Avenue, Suite 101 Apple Valley, MN 55124 Please have someone stop by and pick our item up.

The Great Gatsby Gala - Thursday, May 9th, 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. at Enjoy!

TICKETS

Chamber Phone: (952) 432-8422 Fax: (952) 432-7364 Kristy@applevalleychamber.com

Please contact the Chamber for availability in Table Sponsorships, prices are listed below.

$1,300.00 Table Sponsorship includes 10 people.

$1,200.00 Table Sponsorship includes 8 people in main dining room.

$1,100.00 Table Sponosorhip includes 8 people in upper dining room.

$700.00 Booth Sponsorship includes 5 people in upper dining room.

$600.00 Booth Sponsorship includes 4 people in main dining room.

Please send us ______ tickets at $100.00 each (includes entertainment & dinner) for a total of $ ______.

The Chamber was very impressed by those who took the time to attend an “Issues” based luncheon. US Chamber was impressed they said. Thank you!


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Presents

The Great Gatsby Gala Menu Butler Passed Appetizers Tomato Basil Bruschetta Garlic Mozzarella Bruschetta Prosciuttp Wrapped Melon Assorted Delived Eggs Smoked Salmon and Caper & Olive

Enjoy! Restaurant

Live Music . Gourmet Dinner . Photo Booth . Silent Auction Come as a flapper or come as you are, dress as a gangster or a silent screen star. It’s going to be fun no matter the dress, just bring yourself and we’ll take care of the rest!

The Great Gatsby Grand Sponsor:

Doughtery, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer, P.A.

See footnote. The team at Doughtery, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. Attorneys Advidors

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Thank you for being The Great Gatsby Grand Sponsor!

Antipasti Display Includes pepperoni, salami, capicola, fontina cheese, parmesan, mozzarella and ricotta red wine cheese ball with a five olive mix and a gardenia or red peppers, jalapenos, carrots, beans, cauliflower and eggplant.

Salad-tini Tower Caesar Salad: romaine, croutons & parmesan cheese Enjoy! Salad: gorgonzola, candied walnuts, pears & citrus vinaigrette served in martini glases.

Pasta Station Penne pasta tossed with italian sausage & sugo sauce, fettuccini pasta with marinated grilled chicken breast and alfredo sauce, cappallini pasta tossed with shrimp, bay scallops and clams with a garlic white wine sauce.

Mash-tini Station Mashed sweet potatoes and garlic mashed potatoes with your choice of toppings including sour cream, cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, scallions, candied pecans and brown sugar butter - served in martini glasses.

Carving Station Slow Roasted Turkey Breast served with cranberry chutney, stone ground mustard & mini potato buns. Prime Rib served with au jus, horseradish cream and mini potato buns.

Dessert Display Mini Creme Brulee Mini Mocha Pots du Creme Martine Mini Pinapple Unpside Down Caek

Subject to change as committee chooses.


April 2013 newsletter