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14800 Galaxie Ave, Suite 101 Apple Valley, MN 55124 952-432-8422

President Edward Kearney Chamber of Commerce

Vice Chairman Bethany Marquette BMO Harris Bank

Past Chairman Scott Kadrlik Meuwissen, Flygare, Kadrlik & Assoc.

Secretary Misty Scholler Bell State Bank & Trust

Treasurer Cynthia Heim Smith Wings Financial

Nick Martinez Nerium Independent Brand Partner

Apple Valley Chamber’s NEXT Leaders partnered with Eastview High School to provide insight into young professional’s real world experience. Topics ranged from how many TVs are in Buffalo Wild Wings to managing staff and different personalities. The NEXT Leaders will continue to donate our time to local high schools to provide the students with the opportunity to connect with successful young professionals.

Peggy Johnson Dakota Electric Association

WELCOME New Chamber Members ElderNest, LLC. Hoffman Carlson, Lundblad, Zrimsek, Crosby & George The Computer Solver Tentinger Law Firm, P.A.

Mike Foley Apple Valley Medical Center

John Wortman American Legion

Chamber Staff Kristy Cleveland Business Manager

May 2014

From the desk of Jodi Kurtz, Chamber Chair It’s May, have you purchased your GALA tickets yet? This is one of our biggest Fundraisers of the year. The Chamber NEEDS YOU to make it a success! Reserve your tickets and table sponsorships without delay. Live From The Red Carpet is going to be even more fun than our last. For those of you who have never attended our Gala….your missing out! This year is the year to come! You may never know what celebrity you’ll bump into? Do you know who said the following famous one liners? Or what movie it came from? • “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!” Frankenstein; Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) • “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a da-” Gone With The Wind; Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) • “Elementary, my dear Watson” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) • “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” The Wizard of Oz; Dorothy (Judy Garland) • “Here’s looking at you, kid” Casablanca; Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) • “We all go a little mad sometimes” Psycho; Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) • “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” The Godfather; Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) • “May the force be with you” Star Wars; Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) • “He-e-e-e-e-re’s Johnny!” The Shining, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) • “You can’t handle the truth!” A Few Good Men; Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson)

I quizzed my staff on these and needless to say, I am feeling old. Most of them had never heard of these one liners. That’s okay I will still let them come to the Gala! The Gala Committee has been working hard. If we have not yet been to your business and you have something to donate to the silent auction or purchase tickets, please call Kristy at 952-432-8422. Someone would be more than happy to pick it up! And please remember we cannot make this fundraiser a success without your contribution!

Only 4 Weeks Away! Get your Tickets TODAY!

Apple Valley Chamber


Chamber Mystery Luncheon Wednesday,May 14th, 2014 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This Chamber Luncheon is a little different... and a lot of FUN!

Here is how it works:

1) Sign up by calling or emailing the Chamber

(952) 432-8422 or

2) You will be paired with a group of 5 or 6 (No competitors) 3) We will make reservations for your group at a local Chamber member restaurant. 4) Bon Appetit

This is a great opportunity to make real connections in an intimate group setting. And the fun part is, you don’t know who is in your group until you arrive

Calendar of Events Ribbon Cutting

Monday, May 19th, 2014, 10:00 a.m. 7600 W 147th Street, 202 Apple Valley, MN 55124

Ribbon Cutting

Friday, May 30th, 2014, 11:00 a.m.


6520 150th ST W Apple Valley, MN 55124

The annual Chamber Gala is just around the corner!


a mystery! Cost: $15

Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Chamber Office

Ambassador Meeting

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 3:30 p.m. Chamber Office

Business After Hours

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Jay F. Jeweler 7587 West 148th Apple Valley, MN 51224 NEW LOCATION

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Enjoy FREE appetizers and drinks while socializing with Chamber members at Jay F. Jeweler’s new store in Time Square! If you missed the ribbon cutting, this new location is a must see!

President’s Perspective By: Edward Kearney Our Chamber Chair, Jodi wrote a creative letter on the cover on why you should attend. Here are a few more reasons, both official and “un”official. OFFICIAL REASONS to Attend Chamber’s Hollywood Nights Gala at Brackett’s’ June 5th • Cellphone bidding this year (now that’s cool!) • Instant professional checkout (Hired ABC Cellular Auctions) • At Elegant Brackett’s • Paparazzi are waiting • We are celebrating YOU • Only Red Carpet You’ll Probably Walk • FREE Professional Photos taken on Red Carpet • Chamber’s largest fundraiser • Reward & recognize your top performers • You’ve never missed one • Or you’ve never been to one • It is just fun and we’ve added all kinds of activities • It is in early June instead of early May so you can enjoy Brackett’s patio Un-OFFICIAL REASONS to attend • 3 RED Moon eclipses this year (our color). It’s a sign! • You can snap a selfie with Chair Jodi Kurtz and local celebrity Carla Warner • Chance to collect on all those drinks people bet you over the years • Your only chance to be Hollywood Famous for a night • American Idol didn’t give you a “Going to Hollywood” yellow pass • You missed the MN Zoo’s Beastly Ball so we are your last great gala shot • Guilt! People notice who “isn’t there” • Use up some of that money we saved you on no road assessments • Your competitors will be there partying with “your customers” • Because this is the ONLY Hollywood Party you were invited to • We have a talented Chair who wants to show you “a real party” • Best Parties are in kitchens. Warners’ Stellian knows kitchens & parties! • To see what Mayor Mary will wear (a Gatsby wig last year) • I won’t talk longer than a couple of minutes (really, I’ll try) • We won’t bore you with a live auction for the second year now • We know if you skipped last year (packed 220 people into Enjoy) so this is your make-good • You’re off the hook with your spouse who keeps asking for a night out • It’s on a work-night so it won’t interfere with your cabin • Scott Kadrlik used all his jokes last year so now you can finally laugh • Kristy Cleveland has worked hard on this and expects you there • George Clooney and Sandra Bullock won’t be there to compete with us • An excuse to buy that outfit and still deduct it as a business expense • The fun content in your blood is too low • Because a party is a terrible thing to waste • You’re not getting any younger (so get FREE photos looking your best now) Can’t wait to see all of you June 5th, 6:30 p.m. at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club.

Mayor Mary recognized many new and established Apple Valley businesses during her speech. Pictured left is Bob Tinsley, one of the owners of the new Vivo Kitchen. To the left of Bob is Saint Vivo Kitchen catered Mary’s University, recongnized for this event, thank you to their commitment to keeping higher their cooks and staff! education in Aple Valley.

Bill Gray, President of Uponor, Inc.

Chamber Luncheon State of the City Address By Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland Luncheon Sponsored By:

Saint Mary’s University

The Apple Valley NEXT Leaders were recognized for their active interest in the community.

Jorge Montano, owner of Fiesta Mexican Cuisine

Chamber Chair, Jodi Kurtz introduced Mayor Mary with a “Did you know” bit about Apple Valley.

State of the City Highlights:

Fantastic presentation Mayor Mary!

17th BEST Place to Live

AAA Rating by Moody and Standard and Poor

Growth is Happening!

Congrats to these “soon to be” parents! Thank you for hosting a successful event!

Guests sang “Happy Birthday” to Tony’s wife, Rahma just before cutting the cake! Happy Birthday to the Mom to be!

Chamber Coffee Connection Hosted By: The crowd enjoyed a full delicous breakfast!

2014 Apple Valley Chamber

Looking good, Bishop!!

Home and Garden Show Thank you New Spaces

Thank you Sponsor James Barton Design & Build, Inc.

Over 7,000 people attended! The largest crowd to date! Thank you Bobby Jensen, cohost of Grow with KARE for speaking on Organic Gardening.

Thank you Sponsor Pahl’s Market

Thank you Sponsor Ace Hardware

Twin Cities Live Host, Elizabeth Ries spoke to a packed room! A special thanks to her for joining us at the Home & Garden Show.

Thank you Sponsor Custom Drapery & Blinds By Michael Esch

Thank you Sponsor Great Lakes Window & Siding Thank you to Culver’s, MN Zoo, YMCA, Noodles N Company, the Fire Dept. and Boy Scoots for donating so much to the show!

Joint Chamber Business After Hours

Pictured above is Kat Jensen Lakeview Bank once again hosted and Karen Kirkman from a fabulous party! The memorable Midcountry Bank enjoying Legacy Awards presentation left few the event. dry eyes in the crowd.

Thursday, April 17th

A BIG “thanks” to the many volunteers for setting up, greeting the public and breakdown/cleanup. Thank you Tom Mork for another wonderful event!

Apple Valley Board Members, Ambassadors and NEXT Leaders gathered for good food and great conversations.

Apple Seeds Newsletter May 2014