January Chamber Connection

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January 2017



Canada’s New Consul General Khawar Nasim started as the new Canadian Consul General in October of 2016.


Member Profile Bismarck Realty, Co.


When Life Gives You Lemons Chamber debuts new summer event scheduled for June 11, 2017.

CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Brenda Nagel..................................................................................................................... Chair Ron Day .................................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Wayne Munson............................................................................................................ Secretary Craig Larson.................................................................................................................Treasurer Perrie Schafer ............................................................................................................ Past Chair

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brenda Nagel ������������������������������������������Aetna Tracy Kindem...........H.A. Thompson and Sons Dan Pearson �����������������������������Northwest Tire Joe Duperre ������������������������������Kirkwood Mall Wayne Munson �������������������� Indigo Signworks Jasper Schneider ������������������������������������ NISC Greg Vetter �������������������������University of Mary Dr. Blake Feil ����������������������� Feil Orthodontics Ron Day......................Tesoro Mandan Refinery Nick Hacker................. ND Guaranty and Title Perrie Schafer ���������������� Schafer Financial Inc. Heather Fried ..... Fried Financial Services Inc. Jeff Herman ������������������������������������Petro Hunt Molly Harrington ����������������������������������������KLJ Craig Larson ���������������������������������Starion Bank Valerie Weigel........ Basin Electric Cooperative Kevin Magstadt ������������������ Wenck Associates Chris Jones ����������������� CHI St. Alexius Health Paul Brucker ������������������� Railway Credit Union Chad Hatzenbuhler ����� Bank of North Dakota Stacey Breuer ��������������������������Bobcat/Doosan Shannon Reichenberg ���������� Diversity Homes Mike Nathe................ Bismarck Funeral Home Scott Staudinger...................Cloverdale Foods

CHAMBER STAFF Scott Meske................................................................................................................ President Annie Bergrud.........................................................................................Chief Financial Officer David Leingang............................................................................ Community Growth Director Mary Masters................................................................................. Office Support Professional Ryan Parsons........................................................................................................Vice President Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Amanda Schwieters......................................................................... Member Services Director Chelse Simon..................................................................................Membership Sales Director Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson ........................ Communications Specialist/ LBM Director Karly Palczewski...............................................................................Marketing & Events Intern

Chad Johnson Bismarck Market President


Chamber Welcomes New Board Members When Life Gives You Lemons Leadership Bismarck-Mandan: The Art of War


January Membership Mixer: Family Wellness Chamber Annual Dinner Economic Outlook

COLUMNS Chair's Corner

Cover Story 4 Member Profile 10 Ask-A-Pro 24 Chamber Perks 26 Chamber Ribbon Cuttings 30 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58502 701.223.5660 • www.bismarckmandan.com CONTACT INFORMATION Content: The Chamber - 701.223.5660 rrattei@bismancc.com

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Chair's Corner


appy New Year Chamber Members!

I’m Brenda Nagel, Senior Operations Director with Aetna. I am excited to serve as your Board Chair for 2017, and gladly accept the gavel from Perrie Schafer for this coming year. Just a little background about me and why I believe we are the best Chamber in North Dakota. I’m a born and raised ND girl and my roots are firmly planted in the Bismarck-Mandan community. My career with Aetna has allowed me the opportunity to travel the world but every inbound flight to the Bismarck Airport gives me the greatest comfort in knowing “I’m home.” Our community of Bismarck-Mandan is one that I am beyond proud to be a part of and I am humbled to be an integral part of our Chamber of Commerce. I have strong feelings when it comes to how and where a Chamber can help influence our quality of life and our regional economic success. For us, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, we have strong guiding principles which provide a road map to follow in our short term and long term outlook. Our Mission Statement is simple: Leaders for prosperity, advocates for business. I know from my service on the Board, and in the Executive Committee as Chair-Elect, it is apparent our everyday operations and volunteer activities impact our business community. The updated 2017-19 Strategic Plan which has been drafted and is being finalized, will help us maintain that perspective, and guide us as we move forward. My assessment is that Scott and the staff are fully engaged and working diligently to fulfill our mission and meet our strategic goals. We experienced a leadership transition this past year and with the new Strategic Plan, I am confident we will hit the ground running in 2017, beginning with a challenging legislative session. So as we move into 2017, I ask that you feel free to contact myself, Scott, any Board Member or Chamber Staff person and share your thoughts and ideas for forward progress. While we as Directors represent more than 1,400 Chamber Members, we are challenged at times to hear everything that is important to you. There will be upcoming updates to some programs and operations at the Chamber to better reflect a streamlined and efficient operation. That’s my specialty. You’ll also have a familiar feeling when you come to the Annual Dinner (January 12, by the way) or a monthly Mixer. The Chamber has been a part of our communities for more than 100 years and I am focused on building on those traditions, and reaching for future opportunities for our Members and the communities of Bismarck-Mandan. Finally, I would like to thank the staff and Board members for their efforts in 2016 as well as a heartfelt thank you to Perrie Schafer for his service as our 2016 Chair. I look forward to a safe and prosperous 2017.

- Brenda Nagel Chair, Board of Directors twitter.com/bismanchamber facebook.com/bismanchamber @bismanchamber Cover Photo Credit: Karly Palczewski

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By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

Out of 1,400 members at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, the majority are small businesses. 85 percent of Chamber members have one to nine employees.

Photo Credit: Karly Palczewski

Small businesses have a big impact on the Bismarck-Mandan community through employment, taxable sales, revenue generation, charitable giving and community contributions. “Small enterprises constitute a linchpin of American economy,” said Dr. Ivan Jankovic, Professor of Pam Kostelecky, left, and Eve Kostelecky are the mother-daughter team Economics at University of Mary, that runs Brea clothing boutique in Mandan. “more than 67 percent of all new jobs added since the turn of the century “Even though it was a start-up practice, two of the were created by firms with less than 500 employees, doctors, Dr. (Mike) Houle and Dr. (Brian) Beattie had accounting for half of all workers in the U.S.” been in practice for 20 plus years, so they brought in While manufacturing jobs in big companies have declined as a major source of employment, Jankovic said services and small entrepreneurial firms absorbed that workforce. “The significance of small businesses is obvious for the very social fabric of American life,” Jankovic said.

Eyes on Parkway/Brea

Proprietor: Dr. Eve Kostelecky – Partner at Eyes on Parkway; Owner of Brea Employees: 9 at Eyes on Parkway; 1 full-time and 9 part-time at Brea Years founded: Eyes on Parkway, 2006; Brea, 2012 Dr. Eve Kostelecky doesn’t like to have down time. So once she became established as Optometrist and Partner of Eyes on Parkway, she decided to start a second business. Kostelecky graduated from optometry school around the time Eyes on Parkway was founded. Early on she bought into the practice and became a full partner.

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an established practice,” Kostelecky said. “I was the newcomer who had to build my practice. Being form Bismarck it was a great opportunity for me to reach out to people I knew the community, my friends and family here. Growing up here, I think you don’t realize how good you have it here until you leave.” When Kostelecky was in optometry school in California, she used to frequent the neighboring community of Brea. Kostelecky said it was a treat for her and her roommate. When they finished exams, they would reward themselves with a shopping spree in Brea, California. When she moved back to Bismarck-Mandan and bought into the optometry practice, she felt there were limited options for shopping. “(Brea) was kind of on the backburner,” Kostelecky said. “I (had) zero experience for retail as far as getting a business up and going and running. You think about it, but you just don’t think it’s a reality. After I had been back a few years, I had a conversation with my husband that this would be a great opportunity for us if we can make it happen without breaking the bank.” Brea’s first location in 2012 was a commercial property tucked into a Mandan neighborhood. The building needed extensive remodeling, but Kostelecky was able to tap into grand funding available from the City of Mandan.

www.bismarckmandan.com In 2013, Kostelecky opened a second location in Dickinson, and her mother got involved in operations, purchasing, and managing the two locations. “We got to a point when I knew there were more boutiques popping up in (Bismarck-Mandan),” Kostelecky said. “With that location, people always said, ‘It was really hard to find you.’ I knew it was a sink or swim situation, and we decided to give swim a try, and we bought the location on Main Street in Mandan.” With a young family, an optometry partnership and two boutiques in Mandan and Dickinson, Kostelecky said she was burning the candle at both ends. She and her mother Pam Kostelecky passed on the Dickinson store to another mother-daughter partnership. They reopened Brea in a new location on Main Street in Mandan and were able to apply for storefront improvement money from the city.



“Mandan has been such a great city to work with as far as small businesses go,” Kostelecky said. “They really rally behind you and want to see you succeed.” Kostelecky tries to give back to the community as well. Brea has participated in charitable events for families with medical needs, they have donated product to silent auctions, and Kostelecky has partnered with local high schools for live mannequin events with a portion of the sales donated. “It’s a small community,” Kostelecky said. “It’s nice that I’m not a part of a corporation; that I can make those decisions to help out different organizations or families or charities. I don’t have to report to anybody, I can just make this decision, and it’s nice to do as a thank you to the community.”

GreenLight Systems



Proprietor: Ron Stotz – Owner Employees: 6 Year founded: 2011 In high school, Ron Stotz was the kid with the latest and greatest car stereo. His passion was for technology, audio/visual equipment and electronics. It made sense that he spent the first 25 years of his career in the electronics industry in Bismarck and Las Vegas.


When Stotz founded GreenLight Systems, it had humble beginnings. “(GreenLight Systems) started as a home-based business,” Stotz said. “My office was in the basement, and my storage and shop technically were in the garage. “We’ve actually kind of climbed the ladder going from my house to a small office off Washington Street next to Pony Express and operating out of a small office with storage units. From there we moved to a smaller shop and condo. Just recently we built a brand new two-story experience center.” Stotz doesn’t like the labels office or retail store for GreenLight Systems’ new location. He said the experience center encompasses much more.

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FEATURE “Our experience center is essentially a two-story home. Our customers come in, and they can step into the kitchen and experience what can be done in the kitchen,” Stotz said. “They can sit in our home theater. The only thing we don’t have is a shower.”

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To be fair, GreenLight Systems does offer home enhancements for the shower as well. The business also offers home automation and home security. Stotz said he and his employees work hard to stay up on the most recent technology. “With this industry, if you don’t know the latest and great technology, you will fall behind real fast,” Stotz said. “There have been other businesses that have closed up because they fell short. We carry the latest in home automation.” Stotz has the next generation of car stereo kids in mind as well. GreenLight Systems’ biggest community involvement is in sponsoring youth sports.

GreenLight Systems’ experience center is a two-story home that showcases their technology. “(Customers) can step into the kitchen and experience what can be done in the kitchen,” said Owner Ron Stotz.

“Youth sports is a big thing in our industry” Stotz said. “I want the youth to know who we are, because that’s the next generation that’s going to carry on with electronics. They’re the next potential buyers, too.”

Ideal Image Dentistry & Spa

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Proprietor: Dr. Leah Brady – Owner Employees: 6 Year founded: Purchased by Brady in 2011 While her 7-year-old friends may have wanted to be a cowgirl or a princess, Dr. Leah Brady always knew growing up that she wanted to be a dentist. “I wasn’t a stranger to the dentist growing up,” Brady said. “The dentist I went to always seemed to have a lot of fun and have a good time. As a 7-year-old, I didn’t know grownups could have fun jobs. I always had an eye for science — and the grosser the better — so teeth kind of fascinated me.” Everyone may have the same teeth but not always the same situation according to Brady.

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www.bismarckmandan.com “Dentistry is a good combination of science and art, so it’s a creative outlet,” Brady said. “We are basically sculpting teeth back. If you have a hole, you have to fill that up to the correct contours. We’re sculpting all the time.”

Photo Credit: Karly Palczewski

As a native of BismarckMandan, Brady knew she wanted to found her practice here, but first she had to go away for dental school. “This (area) was No. 1, because I knew the area. I just wanted to come home,” Brady said. “This community has always been strong with state government, health care, having two hospitals here, the Ideal Image Dentistry & Spa offers spa dentistry techniques to relax patients. Warm neck wraps and paraffin hand wax are complimentary with every appointment. universities, the agriculture surrounding the area. There (are) good solid business industries to be a part of; they employ a lot of people. It’s a good size … I knew there would be need for a dentist.” In 2011, Brady purchased Ideal Image Dentistry & Spa, an established dental practice in Mandan. She kept the name since it had established recognition in the community. The business was originally conceived as having a full spa with facials and massage therapy available. However, that went by the wayside. To fulfill its name, Ideal Image Dentistry & Spa offers spa dentistry techniques to relax patients. Warm neck wraps and paraffin hand wax are complimentary with every appointment. Brady said it helps take the patient’s mind of the dental work, and she estimates that 95 percent of her patients use the service. Ideal Image rents space from Capital Credit Union on Main Street in Mandan. “If you’re partnering with a landmark such as Capital Credit Union, (you get) a lot of traffic driving by, people stopping in at the bank,” Brady said. “I like being with Capital Credit Union. I feel it’s a good location, being in a little high rise on Main Street in Mandan.”

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By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

From diplomatic postings in Rome, Barcelona and the Netherlands, Canada’s Consul General Khawar Nasim has arrived in the Midwest. Nasim began his four-year term as Canada’s Consul General in Minneapolis in October 2016. As Consul General, Nasim works with North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Q: What kind of cooperation has been established between North Dakota and Canada? A: One example of Canada-North Dakota cooperation, in the realm of business, is Motor Coach Industries and New Flyer. They have plants in Pembina, (N.D.) and Winnipeg, (Manitoba). When we talk about trade between our countries, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that the Canada-U.S. relationship is more than just imports and exports — ours is an integrated business model.

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Q: Canada is the No. 1 export destination for all five of the states this Consulate territory. Why do we have such a close relationship? A: Canada and the U.S. have the most extensive, comprehensive, and productive trading relationship in the world. Canada is not just the No. 1 trading partner for these five states, but Canada’s Consul General in Minneapolis Khawar Nasim for 35 states. Almost $2 billion in goods and services crosses the border every day. North Dakota sells more to Canada than it does to all other countries combined. We are by far your biggest customer.

www.bismarckmandan.com Q: The strong agricultural partnership between Canada and North Dakota is a significant contributor to the North Dakota economy. Will 2017 bring unique challenges or opportunities to this relationship? A: Opportunities. Currently, 44% of all ND exports in agri-food go to Canada. When people talk about free trade not working for the United States, I gently remind people that the U.S. exports more to Canada than it imports. There are some headwinds, there are some concerns about trade, but Canada is prepared to work with our U.S. colleagues to address them. There is no relationship more important to Canada than our relationship with the United States. We are trusted friends and partners. We have a shared perimeter, shared security agenda, shared values, shared ideals. (I want to) make sure the relationship we have grows and expands. Q: You mentioned a shared security agenda. How important is border security? A: It’s through the International Border Enforcement Team cooperation that we’re able to disrupt smuggling rings, illegal migration and criminal activity. One of the messages we often communicate to our United States counterparts is that “Your bad guys are our bad guys, too.” Q: North Dakota and Canada share natural resources like the BakkenThree Forks across the border. What is the future of our energy relationship? A: The energy relationship between North Dakota and Canada is enormously important. Pipelines and transmission lines cross the CanadaNorth Dakota border moving oil, natural gas and electricity in both directions.

The electricity grid is also a shared resource … The integrated grid allows power plants on each side to take advantage of seasonal, time-of-day and generation differences to reduce costs for consumers on both sides of the border. Q: What is your mission in this new role as Canada’s Consul General in Minneapolis? A: My ambition is to ensure the story of the great relationship Canada has with the upper Midwest is known, told and shared.

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George Yineman, Chuck Huber and Loren Galpin of Bismarck Realty Co.

MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Chuck Huber


Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: Chuck Huber entered the real estate business in 1974. In 1980 he was involved in the formation of Bismarck Realty Co. Chuck has been active in a variety of real estate transactions over these years as Bismarck- Mandan grew. Today Chuck is the Broker and Owner of Bismarck Realty Co. The Company is primarily involved with the sales and leasing of commercial, industrial, retail properties and development and rural land sales. Q: Briefly tell us the history of Bismarck Realty, Co. A: Bismarck Realty Co. was formed by Jim Jensen, a successful real estate broker from Minot ND in 1979. It began as a full service real estate company handling all lines of real estate sales and leasing.

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Q: What differentiates Bismarck Realty, Co. from its competitors? A: Our motto is “When Experience Matters.� We have three licensed agents that are all very experienced with somewhat different skills that we can combine to provide the best service to our customers. George Yineman previously managed and owned several businesses before entering the real estate business. With more than 10 years of real estate experience in the sales and leasing of commercial, industrial and retail properties, George knows the market very well and has a wealth of contacts. Loran Galpin has vast experience in building design, construction and property rehabilitations and is very creative in creating great work environments within a property. Chuck Huber, CCIM is involved in commercial and investment property sales and leasing with special involvement in land sales, land development, hotels and office buildings.

www.bismarckmandan.com Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Bismarck Realty, Co.? A: Real estate is the heartbeat of any growing community. As Bismarck – Mandan grew, and continues to grow, I can’t imagine a better segment of the local economy to be involved in. Our sales and leasing activities have grown along with our communities’ growth. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: Real Estate activity is a factor of the local economy, which always goes through various cycles. We experienced an unusual burst of growth in the 2012-2014 time period due to the energy activity in western North Dakota. Since that activity has tapered off it has resulted in some excess spaces available and a slowing of activity. It is a more “normal” level of commercial, industrial and retail sales and leasing activity. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: Over the years the greatest challenges – and also opportunities – have been during recessionary times – primarily the early 1980s, when properties dropped considerably in value and activity was very slow. Bismarck-Mandan has been very fortunate since that time and has enjoyed a steady pace of growth. Brokers today also handle considerably more of the leasing activity than they did a number of years ago. Q: What does the future of Bismarck Realty, Co. look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: We fully expect to continue to provide experienced, professional sales and leasing services to our Sellers and Buyers. We believe strongly that the Bismarck – Mandan communities are well positioned for continued, steady long term growth. While the energy sector will always have ups and downs, our communities are now diversified enough that we will get through these cycles in great fashion.

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Q: Bismarck Realty, Co. became a member in 1979, why do you continue to renew each year? A: Every community needs good jobs to be a healthy community. This doesn’t just happen; it takes leadership at the business level as well as the government level. The Chamber has been one of the major players in providing this leadership for all of my business career. Q: What should Chamber members know about Bismarck Realty, Co. that may assist them? A: If you need straight forward, professional and experienced help with your real estate needs, we are here to assist you.



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Thursday, January 12, 2017 • Bismarck Event Center, Hall B 5:30PM -Social • 6:30PM - Dinner • 7 :00PM - Program COME ON DOWN! YOU’RE INVITED TO THE CHAMBER ANNUAL DINNER!

The 2017 Bismarck –Mandan Chamber Annual Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Bismarck Event Center, Hall B. This year’s event will begin with a social hour for all at 5:30pm and dinner will be served promptly by 6:30pm. Following our delicious dinner and program, we’ll be transporting our guests to a live game show experience with the Big Quiz Thing, a trivia show out of New York. You will enjoy an interactive and customized digital trivia game while being engaged by one of the best quizmaster hosts in the business. This is an amazing team building experience great for everyone at your table! The digital trivia makes it quick and easy for participation from a group, however, our top three finalist teams will have the opportunity to nominate that one individual that has always dreamed of being on stage for the final showdown!! As for style, don’t be afraid to let your inner Vanna White, Bob Barker, or Steve Harvey shine through at this year’s annual formal event. There will be plenty of great photo opportunities available! Other highlights at this year’s event will include: invited guest Governor Burgum, a message from our new Chamber President, Scott Meske; and an opportunity to meet the new Consulate General of Canada, Khawar Nasim! This event is always a fun night for outstanding entertainment, fine dining, awards, recognition and a wonderful opportunity to network and showcase your business with nearly 1,000 business members, guests, co-workers, and VIP clients. Tickets for Chamber members are $65 each and $75 for non-members. You can reserve your seat online at bismarckmandan.com/events or by calling the Chamber at 701-223-5660. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are a fantastic way to be recognized at one of our largest premier events. You can reserve your spot until Monday, January 9th, 2017. You must purchase your ticket before the event, as there will be none available at the door.


Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors: Basin Electric Power Cooperative Consulate General of Canada Dakota Community Bank & Trust Environmental Services LTD Knife River Schafer Financial Inc. Entertainment Sponsor:

Live Entertainment Provided by:

Table Sponsors:

Aetna Bain Agency Bank of North Dakota Bismarck Cancer Center Bismark Event Center Bismarck State College Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND Brady Martz & Associates Bremer Bank BNI Coal LTD Capital City Construction Capital Electric Cooperative Century 21 Landmark Realty CHI St. Alexius Health Cornerstone Bank Crowley Fleck Dakota Appraisal & Consulting EAPC Architects Engineers Farm Credit Services of Mandan

H.A. Thompson & Sons Indigo Signworks KFYR-TV Kirkwood Bank & Trust KLJ NISC North Dakota Guaranty & Title Northern Improvement Co. Northwest Tire Inc. Odney Tesoro Mandan Refinery The Painters Inc. Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac Starion Bank United Tribes Technical College U.S. Bank Wells Fargo Bank Wenck Associates, Inc.





CHAMBER WELCOMES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the following community leaders to the 2017 Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a three-year term ending December 31, 2019. Molly Harrington from KLJ; Valerie Weigel from Basin Electric Cooperative; Chris Jones from CHI-St. Alexus Health; Shannon Reichenberg from Diversity Homes; Scott Staudinger from Cloverdale Foods; Chad Hatzenbuhler from the Bank of North Dakota, and also serves on the Mandan Park & Rec Commission and Brenda Nagel from Aetna, will serve as Board Chair for 2017-term extends.

Molly Harrington

Valerie Weigel

Chris Jones

Shannon Reichenberg

Chad Brenda Hatzenbuhler Nagel

Brenda Nagel

Congratulations to our new Directors. The Board also approved the following slate of officers for 2017: Chair of the Board, Brenda Nagel, Aetna Chair-Elect, Ron Day, Tesoro Mandan Refinery Secretary, Wayne Munson, Indigo Signworks Treasurer, Craig Larson, Starion Bank Immediate Past Chair, Perrie Schafer, Schafer Financial Inc. We appreciate and respect those Directors who are stepping off the Chamber Board, and thank them for their service and time spent the past three years on behalf of the Chamber and the business community: Annette Behm-Caldwell, Open Road Honda; Molly Barnes, Northern Improvement; Sandi Tabor, KLJ; Jeff Albers, Schwan Buick GMC; Chris Brown, Motix; and Marc Taylor, Northern Plains Equipment. Scott Staudinger

Make plans to attend the 4th annual Masks in the Moonlight Charity Ball! This exciting event features an evening of mystery, intrigue, and fun. Enjoy dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction and more. All proceeds benefit the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. For ticket information, contact the Bismarck Cancer Center at 701-222-6119.

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This summer, the BismarckMandan area will play host to a community wide event that will teach kids that when life gives you lemons, you B I S M A R C K - M A N D A N make lemonade; and when you make lemonade, you sell it on Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches kids how to start, own and operate their very own business – a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day has spread to over 60 cities in 23 states and three countries. We are proud to announce that this year Bismarck and Mandan kids will get to join in on the fun. Each child that registers receives a FREE backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook or access to an online interactive program that teaches them the valuable lessons of Lemonade Day - including how to set a goal, make a plan, work the plan and achieve their dreams.

Once a youth pays their investor back, they keep all of the money they earn and are encouraged to spend some, save some, and share some of their profit.

Though the program is geared toward 3rd – 8th graders, anyone and everyone can be involved in Lemonade Day! Young entrepreneurs with lemonade stands need mentors, investors, business partners, great locations, and customers! Sponsors and volunteers are also needed to make Lemonade Day a success. Lemonade Day Bismarck-Mandan will be June 17th, 2017; our goal is to register 500 youth who in turn will start new businesses all across Bismarck-Mandan - on a single day. Registration opens up in March! Learn more at www.bismarckmandan.lemonadeday.org; or call David Leingang with the Chamber at 701-223-5660, or email him at dleingang@bismancc.com. Be sure to join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ lemonadedaybismarckmandan, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BisManLemonDay. Main Squeeze Sponsor:

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MILITARY & EMERGENCY SERVICES Brig. Gen. Bob Becklund provided the keynote address for Military & Emergency Services Day held at the North Dakota National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility on Nov. 16. Becklund spoke on the North Dakota National Guard as having a centralized Air Force with bases in Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot and a decentralized Army with armories throughout the state. Becklund is a recent Air National Guard transplant to Mandan, having moved from Grand Forks a few weeks prior. Becklund worked heavily with drones but said he can’t even tell the class “all of the cool stuff” they do.

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan, Class of 2017, explores a Blackhawk helicopter at the North Dakota National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility during Military & Emergency Services Day.

Becklund did relate one story on the impact of drones. A platoon in Afghanistan got lost. The sun set, and the rule was not to drive after dark. The platoon had two choices: risk driving after dark or risk setting up camp for the night. A drone circling overhead was being piloted from Grand Forks. The drone operators told the platoon, “We got this. Go to sleep. We’ve got the perimeter. If anyone is coming in, we’ll wake you up with a Hellfire missile.” ARTS & LEISURE Leadership classmates braved the Bismarck-Mandan blizzard to meet for Arts & Leisure Day at the Hillside Community Center on Nov. 30. Tom Porter, University of Mary Professor of Music, brought in the first piece of artwork he bought. It is a painting of Sacre Coeur church purchased for $50 when he was studying in Paris as a college student. Porter led the group in a discussion of what is art: from opera, symphony and ballet to movie composition scores and the writing on television. Recent Leadership Bismarck-Mandan field projects related to Arts & Leisure were presented. Members of the Class of 2016 created Bismarck Alley Art, a public art project in downtown Bismarck. Members of the Class of 2014 spearheaded the Mandan Universal Playground in partnership with Mandan Parks & Recreation District. 16 | Chamber Connection


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The past few weeks have been super busy with holiday events, and one of those events was The BismarckMandan’s Chamber Annual Holiday Mixer presented by Bismarck Motor Company! It may have been extremely cold outside, but the holiday cheer within was warm and inviting. Thank you to all our members and attendees that made their way out to mingle at our holidaythemed social with nearly 100 Chamber members displaying their products and services on Tuesday, December 13th at the Bismarck Event Center.

More than 1200 guests attended the Holiday Mixer and wandered through the exhibit hall enjoying cool refreshments, delicious hors d’oeuvres, awesome door prizes, fun photo booths, festive exhibits and lounging corners Sponsored by Knife River to relax and listen to local music provided by Brian Gray. We even had some jingle bell rock as Elvis made his appearance! One of the greatest benefits to attending this event is the wonderful networking opportunities created for both the attendees and the businesses showcased. Thanks again to our Presenting Sponsor Bismarck Motor Company for making this event possible! Also, thank you to all our other sponsors who contributed to the success of 2016! Silver Sponsors: Bismarck Event Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND, Leingang Home Center and Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. Networking Sponsor, Knife River and to all our Booth Sponsors!

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Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Location: Family Wellness Bismarck-Mandan 2700 46th Ave SE, Mandan Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Be one of the first in our community to see the NEW Family Wellness facility opening in Mandan. Chamber members are invited to attend our January Membership Mixer hosted at Family Wellness, located next to Raging Rivers Water Park, on Tuesday, January 10th at 4:30pm. Take a tour of the center and see program demonstrations before it opens to the public the following week, and enjoy some refreshments and appetizers. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by emailing Amanda at aschwieters@bismancc.com or by contacting the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

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Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017 Location: Bismarck Event Center - Hall B 315 S 5th St, Bismarck Time: 5:30PM - 9:00PM Admission: $65.00 for Chamber Members $75.00 for Non-Members Presenting Sponsors: The 2017 Bismarck –Mandan Chamber Annual Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Bismarck Event Center, Hall B. This year’s event will begin with a social hour for all at 5:30pm and dinner will be served promptly by 6:30pm. Following our delicious dinner and program, we’ll be transporting our guests to a live game show experience with the Big Quiz Thing, a trivia show out of New York. You will enjoy an interactive and customized digital trivia game while being engaged by one of the best quizmaster hosts in the business. This event is always a fun night for outstanding entertainment, fine dining, awards, recognition and a wonderful opportunity to network and showcase your business with nearly 1,000 business members, guests, co-workers, and VIP clients. Tickets for members are $65 each and for general admission is $75. You can reserve your seat online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events or by calling the Chamber at 701-223-5660. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and a fantastic way to be recognized at one of our largest premier events. You can reserve your spot until Monday, January 9th, 2017. You must purchase your ticket before the event, as there will be none available at the door.


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Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017 Location: KLJ 4585 Coleman Street, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Don’t miss next month’s membership mixer hosted by KLJ on Thursday, February 23rd from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. This is a wonderful way to meet other members within the business community and enjoy some cool refreshments, and assortment of colorful hors d’oeuvres! Mixers are free for Chamber members to attend, and anyone that works for a business member is welcome to join! So invite a colleague or two, and come out for a fun evening with fellow Chamber friends. RSVP’s are appreciated and can be sent by emailing aschwieters@ bismancc.com or calling the Chamber at 701-2235660.


Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017 Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 7:30AM - 11:30AM Admission: $35.00 for Chamber Members $40.00 for Non-Members Presenting Sponsor:

This January, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber will distribute a survey for the sixth year to gauge business performance in the Bismarck-Mandan area and national level. Join us on Thursday, March 16th to find out what factors are influencing the local economy. This half day presentation will feature a large panel of professionals, in a variety of different industries that will inform us on the current community. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear from experts in their industries, listen to a variety of panelists and see the valuable survey data firsthand. Cost to attend is $35.00 for Members and $40.00 for Non-Members before the event; $40.00 for Members and $45.00 for Non-Members the day of the event. If you are interested in having a table sponsorship contact Dave at dleingang@bismancc.com call 701-223-5660 to find out more details. You can register online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar.

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Jesse Peterson will serve as President and General Manager of the new dealership. He spent the previous 12 years at Eide Ford Lincoln and is a partner in two other Eide dealerships-Eide Hyundai in Grand Forks and Eide Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Pine City, Minnesota.

Eide Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is pleased to announce they are open for business. The new owners are Jesse Peterson, Lamonte Mikesh, Sandra Christian and Sheldon Kauk. Peterson, Mikesh and Kauk are also partners along with Allen Eide at Eide Ford Lincoln, also located in Bismarck.

The Eide Organization dates back to 1981 in the Bismarck/Mandan community when Allen Eide purchased Eide Ford Lincoln Mercury. Eide Ford Lincoln employees 100 full and part-time employees. They’ll be joined by over 70 full and part-time employees at Eide Chrysler.

The dealership is located at 1112 Missouri Avenue, just east of the Memorial Bridge. The new ownership is very excited to be a part of the Bismarck/Mandan community and looks forward to the opportunity to serve the community and provide the same top-notch customer service they are known for at Eide Ford. Eide Ford is the top volume new car dealership in Bismarck/Mandan and also won Ford Motor Company’s prestigious President’s Award in 2015 for Sales & Customer Satisfaction.

A Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, January 13th, 2017 to commemorate the acquisition of Eide Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

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Capital Credit Union recently donated $20,129 to local chapters of the United Way in Bismarck and Fargo. Each year, Capital Credit Union hosts an internal United Way campaign, giving employees the opportunity to donate to the United Way and receive a dollar-for-dollar match for their donations. This year, the credit union provided a match up to $10,000, which was eagerly met by the credit union’s employees. “As we’ve seen time and time again, our employees rose to the occasion and met a challenge head on,” shared Capital Credit Union’s President and CEO, Debra Gallagher. “Their dollars, along with our credit union’s match, will make a real difference in our communities.” The credit union continues to surpass its previous year’s totals for the amount of donations collected, noted Gallagher. Last year, employees raised $14,450 for the United Way, which was the credit union’s prior record amount of giving. “Capital Credit Union is an important partner in United Way’s work to end hunger and generational poverty in our community,” shares executive director of the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way, Jena Gullo. “It takes people willing to raise their hands to get the job done. We couldn’t solve these problems and be here for our most vulnerable community members without you.”



Golf Digest highlight fitters in two categories this year. America’s 100 Best, the elite fitting facilities in the country, are cited here based on a poll of courserating panelists and industry sources, as well as internal reviews of nomination forms. Golf Etc. Bismarck was among the Golf Digest Top 100 Best Club Fitters in America. The only one to be named in North Dakota. Some important criteria for award included contributions to the game, how many fittings and repairs were given, sales and lessons provided. The two lists were culled from an examination of more than 1,200 facilities. Team members include: Andrew Baumann – Lead Club Fitter& Builder and Repair Specialist Michael Herzog, PGA – Club Fitter and PGA Director of Instruction Matthew Schirado – Club Fitter Gen Smith – Club Fitter




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In November, President Amy Hullet called on members attending the Bismarck Mandan Board of REALTORS® Inaugural Celebration and Awards Ceremony to participate in a collection of funds to benefit the officers of the Bismarck and Mandan Police Departments. With a pass of the hat, the attendees made up of Realtors, mortgage lenders, title company representatives, and guests generously gave $2,421. Ground Round jumped in to expand the effort and matched the donations so that 175 gift cards could be purchased and provided to officers of the Bismarck and Mandan Police Departments. Hullet says, “We just wanted to say thank you. This is a token of appreciation for the service our police departments provide to our communities throughout the year. The generosity of Ground Round allowed us to extend the gift card purchase and to thank more officers. “


The public can see proposed expansion plans for Bismarck’s three public middle schools and two high schools at meetings in January. More space is needed at Horizon, Simle, Wachter, Bismarck High and Century as enrollment projections show continued student growth in the capital city. Plan to attend one of these three information sessions: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7-8 pm @ Wachter cafetorium, 1107 S. 7th St. Thursday, Jan. 19, 7-8 pm @ Horizon cafetorium, 500 Ash Coulee Dr. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7-8 pm @ Simle auditorium, 1215 N. 19th St. The Bismarck School Board will ask voters to approve the five projects at an election set for Tuesday, March 7, 2017. If approved, the district hopes to open bids in late March and early February to start construction this spring. The cost is $57.5 million. The district has some bonds coming off the tax rolls for past projects, so there would be no school mill increase if taxpayers approve the projects unless their property values go up more than 9% in the next five years. This fall, the Board updated its enrollment projections. Here are the high points: • BPS is expected to grow 13% or 1,900 students (size of BHS + Will-Moore). • Elementary classes of 1,000 or more are entering middle level. • Simle & Horizon are already over-capacity; Wachter will be this fall. • Middle schools projected to increase another 740 students in 5 years. • High school enrollment expected to increase by 977 students in 5 years. More information will be posted at www.bismarckschools. org.

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Wells Fargo & Company announced it will donate $130,000 to CommunityWorks North Dakota of Mandan, part of the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation Priority Markets Program to help stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods impacted by the economy. The grant funds will be offered to first responders — both volunteer and professional — as $10,000 low-interest loans for down payment and closing costs when purchasing homes in communities anywhere in North Dakota. The program is part of the ‘We Support the Badge’ collaborative community initiative to assist area law enforcement in their officer recruitment and community relations. CommunityWorks Executive Director Brent Ekstrom said, “The slowdown in the oil field has loosened up the housing market across the state, and now is a good time for first responders in rural towns to purchase a home. We feel this will help stabilize these communities in anticipation of the energy and agriculture sectors picking up over the next few years.” “Wells Fargo is pleased to support CommunityWorks North Dakota and the ‘We Support the Badge’ community initiative,” said John Giese, Regional Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo in North Dakota. “We are committed to supporting homeownership opportunities for all North Dakotans, including essential service workers who need a safe and affordable place to call home.” Grants for the Priority Markets Program were selected from requests submitted by Wells Fargo team members who nominated nonprofits needing assistance for large-scale neighborhood revitalization programs. Recipients must be IRS 501c3 organizations with successful histories of building or renovating housing for low- to moderate- income homebuyers. Since 2009, the Priority Markets grant program, funded through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, has provided more than $42 million to 125 communities. In 2016, $6 million in grants were awarded across 56 nonprofits.

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Kirkwood Bank & Trust Promotes

Kirkwood Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the following promotions. Steve Allard has been promoted to Loan Officer. He is a native of Devils Lake, and joined the bank in 2014 as a Credit Steve Allard Analyst. Allard graduated from Svihovec Named Vice the University of North Dakota with Bachelors of Business President Regional Administration in Finance Services and State and Investments. Jayme Advocacy for CHI Archambault has taken the St. Alexius Health position of Credit Analyst. She Bismarck has an Associate’s Degree from CHI St. Alexius Health named Angelia K. Svihovec North Dakota State College of Angelia (Angie) K. Svihovec as its Jayme Archambault Science, a Bachelor of Science vice president of regional services and state advocacy. in Finance and a Bachelor of In this new role, Angie is responsible for maintaining Science in Business Administration from Dickinson regional relationships with CHI St. Alexius Health State University. Archambault joined the bank in 2013 managed facilities and their respective governing as a teller and later worked as a Branch Manager. bodies, as well as relationships with other regional providers. Angie will also analyze health policy issues Schafer New AARC and ensure strategic integration of CHI St. Alexius Volunteer/Special Health’s mission, system projects and initiatives in both Events Coordinator health care and community health. LeEtta Schafer has been hired Angie earned a bachelor’s degree in health service as the new volunteer and special administration and Master of Business Administration events coordinator at the Abused from University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D. Prior Adult Resource Center (AARC). to being named a vice president at CHI St. Alexius She began her duties Nov. Health Bismarck, Angie was the chief executive officer LeEtta Schafer 21. LeEtta is a certified Read with Mobridge Regional Hospital & Clinics in Mobridge, Right instructor and has worked in the Bismarck Public S.D. She also served as administrator for Hennepin Schools for the past 12 years. County Medical Center in Minneapolis and CEO of Douglas County Memorial Hospital in South Dakota. AARC needs volunteers in many areas, from answering phones at the office to carrying the crisis line phone after hours or working at the Seeds of Hope Thrift and Gift Store. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more can contact LeEtta at the AARC at 701-222-8370 or by email at events@btinet.net.

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Dakota Eye Institute Team Members Complete Certification

Christine Ohlhauser and Lisa Schorsch of Dakota Eye Institute Christine Ohlhauser recently completed certification as Ophthalmic Assistants (COA). COA designation confirms knowledge in 19 specific content areas including visual assessment, lensometry, medical ethics and assisting in surgical procedures. This certification examination is three hours in length and Lisa Schorsch is comprised of 200 scored multiple-choice questions. The exam is offered through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

Sanford Health Honors Bismarck Employees of the Year

Four individuals were named 2016 Sanford Health Employees of the Year for the Bismarck region.

On an annual basis, Sanford Health staff has an opportunity to recognize their peers and management by nominating them for Employee of the Year Awards. Sanford Bismarck Employee of the Year winners for 2016 Sanford Management Employee of the Year Melanie Carvell, Director, Women’s Health Center Sanford Clinical Employee of the Year Jill West, Social Worker, Hospice Sanford Support Services Employee of the Year Cherry Honrath, Director Assistant, Environmental Services Sanford Physician of the Year Marc Ricks, M.D., Physician, Pediatrics, Sanford Health Dickinson Clinic

www.bismarckmandan.com Two Graduate from ACEC/ND Emerging Leadership Institute

KLJ is proud to announce that Brad Krogstad and Travis Wieber have graduated from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Dakota (ACEC/ND) Emerging Leadership Institute. The three-year program Brad Krogstad fosters emerging engineering leaders by imparting skills and competencies CEOs have identified as critical components of leadership success. Krogstad works in the Municipal group in Bismarck. He earned bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University. Krogstad has led Travis Wieber the civil engineering design for major projects such as Shiloh Christian School Arts and Athletic Complex, Sunrise Town Centre, Lions (Hillside) Park and Pool, and Whispering Bay in Bismarck and 4 Bears Casino and Event Center in New Town. Wieber works in the Surface Transportation group in Fargo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University. Wieber has led several significant transportation projects including the Watford City Bypass, Sheyenne Street Reconstruction in Fargo and East Century Avenue Reconstruction in Bismarck.

United Tribes Technical College Staff News

DeLana Wendland is the new Vice President of Student Services. She recently moved back to North Dakota from Arizona. She is from Devils Lake ND. She previously worked at UTTC as Director of Enrollment Services, Financial Aid Manager and Business faculty. Melissa Buffalo is the Executive Assistant to the President. Melissa is a UTTC Graduate with a BS in Business Administration Shawn Burke is the new Land Grant Director. Shawn replaces Pat Aune. He is from South Dakota and has a MS in Earth Resources/Watershed management and a Masters certificate in Project Management. Arlin Haider is the new Heavy Equipment Operator Instructor in Academics. Arlin is graduate of Fort Yates High School and attended Bismarck State College. He brings 30 years of experience to share with HEO Students. He recently relocated back to North Dakota from Colorado. Larime Plainfeather is the Transportation Development Specialist in TTAP. A UTTC Graduate with a BS in Business Administration. Wilma Teton is the new MBDA/NWAF Technician in Institutional Resources. Wilma is a graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University with an Associate degree in Business Administration. She is an enrolled member of Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and is a speaker of her native language. Amber Warman is the new Domestic Violence Advocate in Wellness. Amber is a UTTC graduate with a BS in Criminal Justice. She is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Tribe.

EMC Insurance Announces Promotions and New Hires in Bismarck

EMC Insurance Companies announces three promotions and two new hires at the Brandon Hickcox Bismarck Branch in North Dakota. In the underwriting department, Brandon Hickcox, Carissa Bonner and Kevin Bowen have been promoted to underwriter II. Brandon Hickcox has been with EMC since May 2014. He has a Carissa Bonner bachelor’s degree in construction management with a minor in business administration from North Dakota State University. Brandon has the Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designations and is working on the Chartered Kevin Bowen Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. He is currently underwriting in the state of Oregon. Carissa Bonner has been with EMC since September 2015. Prior to EMC, she worked in the captive and independent agency system. Carissa has Bradley Scott Rose her associate’s degree with a focus in business from Yavapai College in Arizona. She has her property and casualty license, the Construction Risk Insurance Specialist designation and is currently working on the AINS designation. She will be underwriting in the state of Stephanie Hill Oregon. Kevin Bowen has been with EMC since September 2015. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He has the AINS designation and is currently working towards the AU designation. He will be underwriting in the state of Idaho. Joining the EMC claims team in the Bismarck Branch are Bradley Scott Rose and Stephanie Hill. Bradley Scott Rose has accepted the position of claims adjuster II. Scott has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Westminster College and a juris doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. In addition to his education, he has worked in a variety of different law positions for both the prosecution and defense and served four years in the United States Marine Corps. Stephanie Hill has accepted the position of claims representative. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources from Dickinson State University. She has two years of experience working directly in claims and more than 10 years of experience in customer service.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen Hires Travnicek

Lockridge Grindal Nauen (LGN) is excited to announce a major addition to its growing North Dakota state government relations team today with the hiring of Andrea Travnicek, Ph.D. Dr. Travnicek previously Dr. Andrea Travnicek served as a Senior Policy Advisor to outgoing Governor Jack Dalrymple and former Governor John Hoeven. Dr. Travnicek will be joining the LGN team on December 15, 2016 as Manager of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs in the firm’s new Bismarck, ND office. In addition to supporting LGN’s growing state government relations business, Dr. Travnicek will help grow and manage the firm’s regional footprint outside of the North Dakota state capitol, lending her expertise and relationship network to the firm’s business-to-business, regional lobbying management, and regulatory practice areas. Prior to her work in the Governor’s office, Dr. Travnicek worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Sacramento, California, a Bismarck-based environmental consulting firm, and for a non-profit in Washington D.C. She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Communication from North Dakota State University.

Felchle Named Health Advisor of the Month

Diversified Wealth Management of North Dakota is pleased to announce that Steve Felchle of our Bismarck Office has been named Wealth Advisor for the month of October, based on business growth and service to his clients. Felchle has been in the Financial Service industry for over 30 years and is an Advisor with Diversity Wealth Management since June of 2016 and is located at 2331 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, ND 58503.

Dakota Eye Institute Team Member Completes Certification

Terri Kaseman of Dakota Eye Institute recently completed certification as an Ophthalmic Terri Kaseman Coding Specialist (OCS). OCS designation confirms Kaseman’s expertise and proficiency specific to coding for ophthalmology services. The online test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions focusing on all aspects of coding for ophthalmology. The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) and the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) are partners in offering this exam.

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NEWS KLJ Solutions Hires Anderson and Brew

ASK-A-PRO PERKS Dakota Media Access Welcomes New Radio Operations Manager

KLJ Solutions, the parent Dakota Media Access has hired organization of a diversified Josh Haugen as the Operations family of companies, has hired Manager of its community Tina Anderson and Marissa Brew. access radio station KDAK 102.5 Anderson is a payroll specialist. FM. Haugen earned a bachelor’s She earned an associate degree degree in Mass Communication in administrative assistant from from the University of Mary and Bismarck State College. has been working in various Josh Haugen Brew is an accounts payable media for the past four years. specialist. She earned an He is a native of Cando, N.D. where he graduated from associate degree in business North Star Public School. management from Bismarck State College Perius Selected to Join Occupational

Cornerstone Bank Promotes Wilz, DesLaurier

Sallie Wilz has been promoted to Associate Vice President/ Personal Banking Officer/ Customer Service Manager at Tina Anderson Sallie Wilz Cornerstone Bank in Bismarck. Wilz joined Cornerstone Bank as a Customer Service Representative/Teller in June, 2009. She was promoted to Personal Banker/Customer Service Manager in November, 2011 and promoted to Personal Banking Officer/Customer Medicine Team Marissa Brew Kathy DesLauriers Service Manager in March, 2013. Beth Perius, PhD, ENP, FNP-C, joined CHI St. Alexius Kathy DesLauriers has Health’s Occupational Medicine Clinic. Dr. Perius will accepted the Credit Administration Specialist position work with the occupational team to provide prevention at Cornerstone Bank in Bismarck. DesLauriers joined Bianco Realty Sales Awards and treatment for work-related illnesses and injuries. Cornerstone Bank as a Temporary Credit Administration Bianco Realty has named Darcy Fettig and Shirley Dr. Perius completed her PhD in nursing from Texas Assistant in February, 2016. Thomas “REALTORS® of the Month”! Fettig and Thomas Woman’s University and her Master of Science in had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the Nursing from University of Texas Health Science Center, month of November 2016. Fettig has been a licensed both in Houston, TX, and completed her Bachelor of REALTOR® since 1993 and Thomas has been a licensed Science in Nursing from University of Mary. REALTOR® since 2001. Dr. Perius is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association.

JANUARY LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD.

Broadcast on KDAK 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at www.freetv.org.

Tue, 3rd

5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Thurs, 19th

Wed. 4th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Mon, 9th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board*

Mon, 23rd 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:15 pm Mandan Planning Commission*

Tues, 10th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 11th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh Planning Commission Thur, 12th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission*

Tues, 17th 2:30 pm 5:00 pm 7:00 pm Wed, 18th

Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Mandan City Commission Mandan School Board

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

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5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Tues, 24th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission 5:30 pm Morton County Commission* Wed, 25th

5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission

Thurs, 26th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at www.freetv.org. * Delayed Playback


Welcome new members

The Chamber of Commerce encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber members, view the Member Directory online at www.bismarckmandan.com.

Direct Ag Supply Inc. 2120 40th Ave. SE Mandan, ND Spence Koenig (701) 751-5077 An agriculture seed, chemical, fertilizer and equipment dealership. We are an authorized dealer of DeKalb/ Asgrow and NuTech, along with a complete line of chemical and fertilizer. The Mortgage Company 214 East Main Street Bismarck, ND Celeste Burke (701) 751-0399 With an established reputation, we provide borrowers with financing for the purchase of their residence. Our goal is to build lasting relationships that extend beyond the closing. Superpumper Inc. 2901 North 19th Street Bismarck, ND Dan Dunstan (701) 852-0061 Convenience Store. Legacy United Methodist Church 4600 Durango Dr. Bismarck, ND Brandon Vetter (701) 223-4401 We are a community of Jesus followers that seek to discover God, connect with each other, and impact the world.

Indoor Services Inc. (ISI) 3432 Franklin Ave. Suite B Bismarck, ND Michael Nygaard (701) 222-1614 Cleaning services. WSB & Associates 4501 Coleman Street #205 Bismarck, ND Ed Ryen (701) 989-7871 WSB is a consulting & design firm providing engineering, planning, environmental, and construction services to clients in the government, energy, & commercial markets. We build a legacy - Your Legacy. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 1200 Memorial Highway Bismarck, ND Dale Van Eckhout (701) 250-4303 The SBA’s mission is to help small businesses start and grow. Event Motorway Incorporated 4018 Memorial Hwy East Mandan, ND Lindsay Bartch (701) 751-7516 Your local luxury import dealer. Our brand new, state of the art facility allows us to service any make and model. We offer many detail packages, to keep your vehicle in pristine condition year round.

River City Sports 3751 E Rosser Ave. Bismarck, ND Larry Haisley (701) 223-9003 Marine retail and service dealership. New and used boats, Bennche ATV’s and Ice Castle Ice Houses. Chamber Connection | 29

Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon cuttings are conducted by a committee of Chamber volunteers called Ambassadors. Businesses qualify for a ribbon cutting if they open, move, and remodel, are under new ownership, change their name, or offer a new product or service. To schedule a ribbon cutting, please call Amanda Schwieters at 701-223-5660 or email aschwieters@bismancc.com.

EVENT MOTORWAY INCORPORATED Lindsay Bartch, Owner and Clif Hon at their new business on 4018 Memorial Hwy. East in Mandan. Phone: 701-751-7516. Member.

RUE 21 Rebecca Hahn and staff at their newest location on 1439 E LaSalle Dr. in Bismarck. Phone: 751-2337.

BISMARCK RENTALL Jeff Lafranz, Manager and staff at their new location on 1356 Airport Road in Bismarck. Phone: 250-1123. Member. 30 | Chamber Connection

PRAIRIE PUBLIC BROADCASTING Lowell Loritz, Business Development Representative and co-workers at the recently completed remodel on 1814 N. 15th St. in Bismarck. Phone: 224-1700. Member.

MATTRESS FIRM - HAY CREEK SHOPS Jason and Krista Sellers, along with staff at their 3rd location at the Hay Creek Shops on 1495 E. LaSalle Dr. in Bismarck. Phone: 751-1360 Member.

D&M INDUSTRIES John Bowman, Sales Associate, and staff at their new location on 3633 Apple Creek Rd. Ste. 300 in Bismarck. Phone: 218-287-3255. Member.


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CRICKET WIRELESS Alberta Agbogbatey, Sales Executive, and Taylor Trawick, Manager, at their new business on 302 S. 3rd Street in Bismarck. Phone: 391-8229.

CITY BREW COFFEE Devin Bishop, Area Manager at their new business on 1151 W. Divide Ave. in Bismarck. Phone: 258-4205.

EMC INSURANCE Marilyn Ternes, President and staff at their newly remodeled office on 1838 E. Interstate Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 323-3400. Member.

BATH & BODY WORKS Jessica Stoddard, Manager and staff at their newly expanded and remodel Kirkwood Mall location. Phone: 250-0132.

SIERRA COURT Don Sterhan, President at the New Senior Housing Development on 2821 Ithica Dr. in Bismarck. Phone: 223-2980.Member.

THE MORTGAGE COMPANY Celeste Burke, Manager, Donovan Wadholm, CFO at their new business at 214 E. Main Street in Bismarck. Phone: 751-0399. Member. Chamber Connection | 31

Bismarck-Mandan ChamberConnection 1640 Burnt Boat Drive P.O. Box 1675 Bismarck, ND 58502

Upcoming Chamber Events JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: FAMILY WELLNESS Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Family Wellness Bismarck-Mandan – 2700 46th Ave SE, Mandan 2017 ANNUAL DINNER Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017 • Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B – 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck FEBRUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: KLJ Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: KLJ – 4585 Coleman Street, Bismarck ECONOMIC Outlook Forum

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017 • Time: 7:30am - 11:30am Location: Ramkota Hotel & Convention Center – 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck

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