January Chamber Connection

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January 2018


Starion Sports Complex Complete


Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Bismarck State College partners business and education.


Speaker Profile Miss America Cara Mund


Chamber Names New President Chamber names Brian Ritter as the new president upon recommendation from its Search Committee.

CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Ron Day.............................................................................................................................. Chair Molly Herrington ...................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Wayne Munson............................................................................................................ Secretary Nick Hacker..................................................................................................................Treasurer Brenda Nagel ............................................................................................................ Past Chair BOARD OF DIRECTORS Paul Brucker ...............Railway Credit Union Tracy Kindem ..........H.A. Thompson & Sons Ron Day ............Andeavor Mandan Refinery Kevin Magstadt ...................Kraus-Anderson Wayne Munson .................Indigo Signworks Dr. Blake Feil ....................Feil Orthodontics Heather Fried ..........Fried Financial Services Brenda Nagel ..................University of Mary Nick Hacker ..............ND Guaranty and Title Mike Nathe ............Bismarck Funeral Home Chad Hatzenbuhler ...Bank of North Dakota Lee Pierce ...............Al Fitterer Architect PC Jeff Herman ................................Petro Hunt Shannon Reichenberg ........Diversity Homes Jasper Schneider ..................................NISC Molly Herrington ....................................KLJ Russ Honeyman ....................Doosan Bobcat Garret Senger ..........MDU Resources Group Tyler Huck ............Schafer Financial Services Scott Staudinger ..............Cloverdale Foods Chris Jones ....ND Dept. of Human Services Valerie Weigel ....Basin Electric Power Coop Mitch Kaelbaerer .........................TransTrash Jennifer Wilson .....................Kirkwood Mall CHAMBER STAFF Brian Ritter ................................................................................................................. President David Leingang............................................................................ Community Growth Director Mary Masters................................................................................. Office Support Professional Ryan Parsons........................................................................................................Vice President Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Chelse Simon..................................................................................Membership Sales Director Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson ........................ Communications Specialist/ LBM Director AnneMarie Hansen .........................................................................Marketing & Events Intern

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Chamber to Distribute Economic Survey Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Names Ritter New President


Chamber Annual Dinner January Membership Mixer: University of Mary Game Day Series: Bismarck Bobcats

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elcome to 2018, Chamber members.

I am Ron Day; I am employed by Andeavor as the Director of Government & Public Affairs for North Dakota. Here is just a little back ground information on me; I worked at the Mandan refinery for four years in the early 90’s and then relocated out of state to work several other locations in the oil & gas industry. Then in 2001, my family and I jumped the opportunity to return to Bismarck Mandan and I return to working at the refinery. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to return to Bismarck Mandan and to what we call HOME. When not at work, you will find me enjoying golf, fishing, hunting, looking for that next log for my next woodturning project, or just enjoying time on my tractor working in the yard. I’m excited and yet humbled at the opportunity serve as the Chair of the Chamber Board and I look forward to what is possible and what we can create for the Chamber and the communities of Bismarck and Mandan in 2018. Thank you to Brenda Nagel for her year of services as Chair of the Board of Directors. That year of service neither started nor ends with 2017. Brenda served in 2016 as Chair-elect; she served in 2017 as Chair; and she continues to serve in 2018 as PastChair. Thank you to Brenda for her continued service to the Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to all departing Chamber Board for the time and energy you have devoted to serving the Bismarck-Mandan business community. The start of 2018 marks a very exciting time for the Chamber. We welcome Brian Ritter as the new President of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Brian brings a wealth of experience from his previous position as President/ CEO of the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association. Through a Joint Services Agreement, Brian is currently serving as President for both organizations. In addition, the Chamber Board of Directors continues to investigate the possibility restructuring the Chamber and BMDA organizations into a stronger and more impactful entity.

As we move into 2018, I ask that you feel free to contact myself, Brian any Board Member or Chamber Staff person and share your thoughts and ideas for forward progress. While we as Directors represent more than 1,300 Chamber Members, we are challenged at times to hear everything that is important to you. We want your voice to be heard. Finally, I invite you to join us on January 11 for the Chamber Annual Dinner. We will be sharing our vision for the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce as we look into the future.

- Ron Day Chair, Board of Directors

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By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

If you drive along Interstate-94 in Mandan, you can see Mandan is a city that plays hard. Driving along the interstate you pass by Raging Rivers Waterpark, the universal playground at Eagles Park, and the new Starion Sports Complex, which opened in September 2017.

The Starion Sports Complex opened in September 2017 with the Mandan High School homecoming football game.

“People drive along I-94, and they see the beautiful sports complex, and they look to the south and see the universal playground,” said Cole Higlin, Director of Mandan Parks and Recreation. “Those are two facilities that improve the overall impression of what the Mandan Community is. It really has taken outdated facilities that had outlived their life and updated them.” The Starion Sports Complex opened in September 2017 with the Mandan High School homecoming football game. The new sports complex houses football field, two ice rinks, gymnastics, and a track and field. The $22 million project received the approval of Mandan residents by way of a vote for a .75 percent sales tax increase in June 2015. The homecoming football game wasn’t the only sporting event to inaugurate the new sports complex. The first official ice practice was Oct. 9, and the Mandan High School hockey season opened in November. In December, Mandan was able to host a youth hockey tournament for 28 teams — the largest one ever hosted in the community — and there will be 11 more tournaments this season. On Nov. 11, Dakota Star Gymnastics welcomed Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin who held a mini-clinic for Mandan gymnasts. “Since we opened facility, there are 100 people on the waitlist to get into Dakota Star Gymnastics,” Higlin said. “They didn’t have that before. Their numbers were stagnant.” 4 | Chamber Connection

Ice sports are also seeing growth. With the University of Mary starting a men’s hockey program, Higlin said they have verbal commitment to playing their games next fall at the Starion Sports Complex. In addition, the park district is now able to host a consistent public skate every Sunday and has seen their numbers double. “It’s a great facility; I don’t think there is another one like it in the Bismarck-Mandan area,” said Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling. “It’s a draw for the city of Mandan. It’s not just a draw for the football and gymnastics, it is a draw for the younger generation in our community. It’s not just about sports, it’s about keeping families in Mandan.” JLG Architects designed the Starion Sports Complex, and Northwest Contracting was construction manager at risk. If there were issues outside of the contract, the risk was not on the Mandan Park District. “We had $700,000 savings in contingency because of their efforts,” Higlin said. An incentive — 2 percent of contingency — was built in as an incentive for the contractor to say on schedule and budget.

www.bismarckmandan.com “Northwest Contracting did an amazing job helping us to stay on schedule,” Higlin said. With such a prominent location visible from Interstate-94, sponsorship naming rights were attractive to local businesses. Starion Bank sponsored the exterior naming rights. “Starion Bank has a long history of supporting the community and over the years we’ve partnered with many entities in a variety of ways,” said Craig Larson, Starion Bank CEO. “As soon as we heard the plans for a new sports complex in Mandan, we knew it was going to be a gamechanger, bringing enhanced recreational opportunities for residents and economic development for businesses — and we wanted to be part of that. As a community bank, we believe part of our job is to help the community thrive and that’s exactly what the Starion Sports Complex does.” Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac purchased interior naming rights. The Cadillac Rink is for competition, and the Buick GMC Rink is for practice. The ice resurfacer has a Cadillac Escalade wrap with Cadillac rims. “That really showed the enthusiasm of the project overall, that both Mandan and Bismarck businesses wanted to be a part of it,” Higlin said. Moving hockey and track to the Starion Sports Complex will benefit existing Mandan sports facilities as well. The park district is partnering with Mandan Public Schools to maximize use of the current All Seasons Arena. The new multi-purpose building will house volleyball, basketball, track, baseball batting cages, tennis, and indoor soccer practices.

The Mandan Park District is now able to host a consistent public skate every Sunday and has seen their numbers double.

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FEATURE The building will have two rubber-type courts and one wood floor court. Each court will be divided with a curtain and will generate the ability to have three basketball or volleyball courts at a time.

Faris Field, which was built in the 1960s, is scheduled to be demolished and replaced by baseball diamonds. However, plans won’t be finalized until demolition and site survey have been completed.

“The goal of this is to try to encompass all of the activities we need in the park system in a multi-purpose field house in a smaller scale,” Higlin said.

The ability of Mandan to host even more tournaments and games is a benefit to Mandan economic development.

All Seasons Arena interior renders were approved in October 2017, and construction is scheduled to be completed in March 2018. All Seasons Arena interior renders were approved in October 2017, and construction is scheduled to be completed in March 2018.

“This brings more people to our community and helps strengthen the whole environment to secure more restaurants and secure other types of businesses that people are looking for,” said Ellen Huber, Business Development and Communications director for City of Mandan. In November, the Mandan Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee hosted an opportunities session at the sporting complex. The event gave people an opportunity to learn about business incentive and real estate in the area. “It’s been a great opportunity,” Higlin said. “We appreciate the citizens of Mandan passing the sales tax and giving us the opportunity to create facility that will be used for a great many years.”

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“With the change in the economy in the state, we’ve had to make some adjustments,” Skogen said. “Now, we’re poised now to enter what I think is going to be a new normal. That is where the college is going to have to look at partnerships and business practices and a variety of new revenue sources so that we can continue the trajectory that we were on prior to this speed bump that we hit.”

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Bismarck State College has followed the same trajectory as the state of North Dakota. The state completely avoided the collapse of the national economy in 2008. Instead, North Dakota went on a trajectory of growth, and BSC went on a trajectory of growth. Now, according to BSC President Larry C. Skogen, the state economy and state budget have right-sized.

BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence, which was built within the last 10 years, was funded through public-private partnerships.

Skogen said it isn’t sustainable to rely on the old model of state funds and student tuition. Whether you’re are a research institution like Arizona State University or a community college like Bismarck State College, the theme is public-private partnerships. “We’re at a point where it cannot be the same old thing in public higher education,” Skogen said. BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence, which was built within the last 10 years, was funded through publicprivate partnerships. Basin Electric Power Cooperative provided the first donation so that the energy center could become a reality. “Public higher education is going to require those partnerships moving into the future,” Skogen said. “We’ve done a marvelous job of that at BSC, but I think we’re going to be seeing much, much more of that as we move into the future.” BSC’s public-private partnerships go well beyond private businesses writing a check. Every technical program at BSC has an advisory committee made up of local businesses. The companies donate of their time to give industry input on BSC’s technical programs.

When BSC has written textbooks for certain programs, the industry advisory committees have given feedback. Committee members speak to the classes, set up mock interviews, and allow students to tour their facilities. Businesses on the advisory committees have also donated equipment. When a business makes an upgrade, they might donate the previous equipment to BSC. For example, advisory committee members have donated equipment and welding rods to BSC’s welding program. Through a public-private partnership, MDU Resources worked with BSC 18-months ago to build a small wind turbine on campus. The 32-foot tower allows students to train before they would ever climb onto a 300-foot wind tower in the field. It also allows MDU Resources employees to stay up-to-date on their safety training. Employees can try out a new harness and descend the BSC tower a dozen times before they try out the harness in the field. Power Plant Technology is another one of BSC’s programs that has grown through public-private partnerships. The power plant program is one of BSC’s oldest, but it has changed continually with each change in the industry. The biggest enhancement within the last 10 years has been Interactive Learning Tools, which allow the students to work on a simulator or in a 3D environment.

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FEATURE “A picture is worth 1,000 words especially now that it’s animated,” said Bruce Emmil, Dean of BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence. “Now, what’s an animation worth? You can bring these pictures to life. If it’s a power plant system or whatever it may be, you can show how the system works.”

“It’s really a triple win,” Emmil said. “It’s a win for BSC; it’s a chance to us to reach out to an industry partner. It’s a win for the student, instead of having the expense of coming to Bismarck for a couple weeks. And it’s a win for the company, who gets a chance to look at the student as a potential hire.”

The Interactive Learning Tools have a 3D virtual view with internal and external views.

As these industry partnerships are established, companies such as Andeavor Refinery are sending their employees to BSC for continuing education and training. At BSC’s energy center, web labs have been developed to allow students across the country to log in and execute their coursework. The web labs can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world. BSC has had soldiers in Iraq running these simulators. As BSC alumni, they have been able to register for the labs and run them in the middle of the night.

“In a regular operation environment, you never see that internal view,” Emmil said, “but to see the internal workings is extremely valuable from a training perspective.” Students can manipulate the Interactive Learning Tool, change variables and see how it responds. They can walk around the virtual environment, zoom in to certain subsystems, and get an internal view of equipment. “The technology changes so much that it’s really nice to be able to build these tools and tweak them as things change,” Emmil said.

Employees from Sanford teach classes and share their expertise, according to Carla Hixson, Dean of Current and Emerging Technologies. “For example, a technician who understands the blood banks and how the blood banks work will teach that portion of the program,” Hixson said. “We want to make sure the students have the most recent information, and the best person to teach that is the person who has to stay current in that industry.” Photo Credit: Bismarck State College

Through Interactive Learning Tools and online classes, BSC’s student base can spread across the country. In the power plant program, online students use the Interactive Learning Tools, perform 80 hours of job shadowing and can come to the BSC campus for 80 hours in the classroom. Or, instead of coming to BSC, they can complete 80 hours at a power plant in their area. BSC has established relationships with power plants as far away as Texas to achieve this.

The public-private partnerships extend well beyond BSC’s energy industry programs. The health care programs also have strong public-private partnerships. BSC has established a relationship with Sanford Health for their Medical Laboratory Technician program.

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Sanford releases their employees to teach in the program, and the hospital benefits from investing in the next generation of graduates. “There is such a labor shortage for medical lab technicians, it’s a way for them to help grow their own,” Hixson said. “They would hire every graduate from this program if they could.” BSC’s Dakota Nursing Program has established public-private partnerships across the state. Nursing students are able to take classes through BSC from across North Dakota. The college has partnered with hospitals, clinics and nursing homes in towns from Hazen to Harvey to Ashley, where students learn and work in order to complete their degrees.

www.bismarckmandan.com Bismarck State College’s new student union has tremendously improved dining services, according to BSC President Larry C. Skogen.

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Students no longer have to walk across campus to get to the library. It’s now at the heart of the BSC campus.

“Both Hazen and Harvey have a facility where those students don’t need to leave their community to learn a nursing program,” Hixson said. The next programs in development at BSC are in the field of cybersecurity. The college is working to get approval from the State Board of Higher Education to establish a bachelor or applied sciences in cybersecurity. This would augment BSC’s existing cybersecurity program, a 2-year associate’s degree. “We’re well-poised to take advantage of our national footprint in energy and to take advantage of that through new programming in cybersecurity and networking,” Skogen said. “We’re working on partnerships for that to establish the right infrastructure of that program, the right technologies for that program. It really is an appealing career for young people right now, and we’re well-poised for that.”

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events Photo Credit: Miss America Organization/ Bruce V. Boyajian

Cara Mund competes as Miss North Dakota at the 2018 Miss America Competition.

SPEAKER PROFILE Featuring Miss America Cara Mund

Editor’s note: Bismarck-native Miss America Cara Mund will speak at the Chamber Annual Dinner on Jan. 11.

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Q: Miss America is a leadership position. What was your road from Bismarck kid to Miss America? A: I learned the importance of doing well in school, being compassionate towards others, and giving back to my community at a young age. My parents taught me that if I had a dream, I would have to work hard to make it come true. I have had numerous people along my journey try to define my capabilities. From attending an Ivy League school to training four summers with the Radio City Rockettes, I knew that only I could determine what my limitations were. The road to Miss America was never an easy one. It took me four years to win the title of Miss North Dakota. With dedication and persistence, I finally made my dream come true. I have learned that there is no set path or magical formula to become a Miss America. With a focus around four points — service, style, scholarship, and success — the qualities of what Miss America stands for can be found within each of us.

Miss America 2018 Cara Mund at her post-crowning press conference.


Q: Why did you found North Dakota Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion? A: In 2007 two of my classmates, Amber DesRoches and Kayla Hillestad, were battling cancer. On my 14th birthday, Amber passed away. At her funeral, she requested all memorials be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She had received a wish that allowed her to escape the reality of her illness and live life like a typical teenager. At this time, Kayla’s cancer had spread. She needed motivation to continue the grueling chemotherapy treatments. Kayla was in the wish granting process, but her wish was more expensive than average. Make-A-Wish North Dakota did not have the funds to immediately grant her wish. Knowing that the power of a wish could restore Kayla’s sense of hope, I took action by founding North Dakota’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show. I never expected my event to become an annual fundraising success; I was just trying to help my friend. Over the past 10 years, my event has included 23 North Dakota Wish Kids, involved 47 businesses, and raised over $78,500 to make wishes come true for North Dakota children. Q: What do you plan to do with your year of service as Miss America? A: Throughout this year I will be traveling an average of 20,000 miles a month and changing between locations nearly every 48 hours. From serving as a National Goodwill Ambassador of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to promoting my personal platform, MakeA-Wish, I hope my story inspires others to follow their dreams and give back to their community. I want our youth to look to my story and never be afraid of failure. In North Dakota specifically, I hope our youth realizes that no dream is ever too far from reach.

Photo Credit: Miss America Organization/ Bruce V. Boyajian

Q: How has growing up in North Dakota helped shape you into who you are today? A: In North Dakota I was raised with the philosophy that with determination and hard work, I could achieve anything. I learned that with every failure, there is a lesson; with every challenge, there is an opportunity. Whether it is raising over $78,500 for Make-A-Wish, or attending an Ivy League university, this mentality proved that nothing is impossible. This shaped me into a woman who is not afraid to transform her dreams into reality.

Cara Mund competes as Miss North Dakota at the 2018 Miss America Competition.

Q: What’s next? What will be your next steps after your year of service as Miss America is complete? A: The Miss America Organization is the largest scholarship provider to women in the nation. I earned a $50,000 scholarship for winning the title of Miss America. I will be applying this scholarship towards law school in the fall of 2019. I then plan to return to North Dakota to work, raise a family, and one day run for political office. I would love to become the state’s first elected female governor. If you believe in yourself and your capabilities, no dream is ever impossible. Q: You’ve said you would like to be North Dakota’s first female governor. What do you see as North Dakota’s future? A: I see North Dakota becoming a state with an increase in female leadership. Currently, women only represent 19.1 percent of those serving in the North Dakota legislature. North Dakota has never elected a female governor or a female to serve as North Dakota’s representative in the United States House of Representatives. I hope North Dakota realizes the benefits of bridging this gap, and we see these statistics change in North Dakota’s future.

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The 2018 Bismarck –Mandan Chamber Annual Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Bismarck Event Center, Hall B. This year’s event will begin with a general social hour at 5:30pm and dinner will be served promptly by 6:30pm. Following our delicious dinner and program, guests will experience a live aerial acrobatics act provided by Cirque-tacular Entertainment, a New York City company. Other highlights at this year’s event will include: a message from our new Chamber President, Brian Ritter; an opportunity to meet the Consulate General of Canada, Khawar Nasim; and hear from Bismarck’s own Miss America, Cara Mund! This is an enjoyable evening 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. A sophisticated black-tie (optional) is strongly encouraged. Tickets for Chamber members are $75 and $85 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 8th, 2018. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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This January, the Bismarck ECONOMIC Mandan Chamber will Outlook Forum distribute a survey for the sixth year to gauge business performance in the BismarckMandan area and national level. Join us on Thursday, March 15th 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. Find out what our community business leaders are saying about the topics covered in our: 2016 performance, anticipated performance of 2017 and reasons attributed for successes and challenges for our local businesses. Some of the key economic indicators: • Technology changes • Local finances • Staffing issues • Housing market • State and federal government regulations

Cost to attend the Economic Outlook presented by Startion Bank is $35.00 for Chamber Members and $40.00 for Non-Members before the event; $40.00 for Chamber Members and $45.00 for General Admission the day of the event. If you are interested in having a table sponsorship contact Dave at dleingang@bismancc.com or call 701-223-5660 to find out more details. You can register online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar.


Last summer, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber will play host to a community wide event that will teach kids that when life gives BISMARCK-MANDAN you lemons, you 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 profits. 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 16th, 2018; 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 https://bismarckmandan.lemonadeday.org; or call David Leingang with the Chamber at 701-223-5660, or email him at dleingang@bismancc.com. Main Squeeze Sponsor:

Media Sponsors:

Fresh Squeeze Sponsors: Lemonhead Sponsors:

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In the blink of an eye the holiday season has come and gone but we are still reminiscing about the wonderful Chamber Holiday Mixer presented by vEide Chrysler – Dodge – Jeep – Ram. The evening was filled with festive booths that totally impressed! Decadent food by Lady J’s and Caffe Aroma which was a total hit! The evening began with the musical stylings of local country singer Tel Lardy, and the evening was capped off with two ensembles from Legacy High School directed by Mr. Mike Seil. Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this evening a success! This event would not be successful without all of your dedication, festive spirit, and Chamber loyalty. Thank you to everyone who attended the event! We hope that you were all able to walk away meeting a few new people, and maybe even a door prize or two! Save the Date for the 2018 Holiday Mixer Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Never too early to start planning right?! Happy Holidays from your local Chamber!


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Booth Sponsors Annunciation Monastery Anytime Fitness – Mandan Bain Agency BEK Communications Bismarck Cancer Center Bismarck Mandan CVB Bismarck Municipal Airport Bismarck Parks & Recreation Bismarck Tribune Braun Intertec Capital Credit Union Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bagels Coaches Choice Corporate & Athletic Apparel Coldspring Community Options Cruise Planners Dacotah Speedway Dakota Adventist Academy Dakota Carrier Network Dakota Foot & Ankle Dakota Pharmacy EAPC Architects Engineers Edgewood Vista Eide Bailly, LLP First Community Credit Union Gate City Bank Gateway to Science Harlow’s Trailways

Impact Foundation KFYR – TV Kirkwood Mall KX News Lewis & Clark Development Group Liberty Business Systems, Inc. Marco Missouri River Media Missouri Valley Family YMCA MOJO 1075 My Place Hotel NDAREC New Vision Security Northland Health Centers Northwest Tire Inc. North Dakota Society of CPA’s Open Road Honda Prairie Sinus Ear & Allergy Pride Inc. Probitas Promotions Prominent Technology Source Communication & Security Starion Bank University of Mary United Tribes Technical College Vibra Hospital of the Central Dakotas Vogel Law Firm Zonta Club of Bismarck

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MILITARY & EMERGENCY SERVICES The Leadership class met for Military & Emergency Services day in November at the Morton/Mandan Law Enforcement Center. The co-chairs for Military & Emergency Services Day took a new approach this year by alternating between emergency services one year and military the next. This year’s focus was emergency services. The class experienced tabletop exercises to learn how Morton and Burleigh Counties respond to disasters. The first table top exercise was titled “Cruel Breeze.” The theoretical scenario was this: In March of each year retailers are stocked up on fertilizers, pesticides, and chemicals for the growing season. A vehicle crash occurs between a local lawn and garden service truck and a semi-trailer hauling agricultural chemicals. A fire and plume of smoke occurs, but the chemicals are unknown. Firefighters work to determine if the chemicals are lighter or heavier than air. A shelter-inplace order is issued either in the lowest or highest level of homes based on the chemicals involved. ARTS & LEISURE At the end of November, the Leadership class met for Arts & Leisure day at the Hillside Aquatic Complex in Bismarck. Eileen Walsh of Dakota West Arts Council presented a study on the economic impact of the arts industry on Bismarck-Mandan. In 2015, the arts generated $43.5 million in economic activity in the community.

$24.4 million was spent by arts and culture organizations. $19.1 million was spent by audiences attending events. Arts and culture organizations in Bismarck-Mandan have 1,670 full-time equivalent jobs. Walsh said the economic impact study changes the conversation from arts as a charity to arts as an industry. Bismarck Parks and Recreation is celebrating the reception of the 2017 Gold Medal Award for Parks and Recreation Management. This is the highest honor in their field. Bismarck Parks and Recreation previously received the Gold Medal Award in 1993. Cole Higlin spoke on behalf of Mandan Parks and Recreation. Higlin has received multiple requests from North Dakota and Montana communities for presentations on how Mandan ran their successful sales tax vote to fund the Starion Sports Complex. Higlin discussed how they made decisions based on what they could staff in the Starion Sports Complex, not just what they could build. This was to avoid overbuilding a facility that they could neither staff with employees nor fill with sporting equipment.


Gold Sponsor: Program Sponsors: BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Military & Emergency Services Co-Chairs:

Dave Leingang — Exploring Leadership Soulutions Robyn Krile — Security Consultant Josh Villbrandt — HIT, Inc. Col. Greg McDonald — N.D. Air National Guard

Arts & Leisure Co-Chairs:

Paula Redmann — Bismarck Parks & Recreation Eileen Walsh — Dakota West Arts Council

Breakfast/Lunch Sponsors:

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RITTER SELECTED AS NEW CHAMBER PRESIDENT The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Brian Ritter as the organization’s new president upon recommendation from its Search Committee and unanimous approval by its Executive Board of Directors.

Ritter, currently president of the Bismarck Mandan Brian Ritter Development Association (BMDA), will begin immediately and will be responsible for the coordination of all organizational activities, including public affairs, strategic planning, economic development, programs, membership and financial management. He will also continue to serve as the President/CEO of the BMDA while discussions continue regarding a potential restructure of both organizations.



The 2018 Community Guide + Chamber Directory is now available. This publication is free to the public and will be hand delivered to the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce membership.

The Community Guide + Chamber Directory is full of fun and exciting activities to do in BismarckMandan. The guide also has interesting facts and the latest statistics of our growing community. Also, the directory has a complete linsting of all the Chamber members. Mebers can view the directory anytime, anywhere online at www.bismarckmandan.com or pick up copies at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce.

Ritter, a Bismarck native and resident has nearly 15 years with the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association that started with a college internship and culminated with an appointment as the organization’s President/ CEO in 2013. His educational background includes both a BS in Business Communications and an MBA from the University of Mary as well as certification as a Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council. The Search Committee was led by Ron Day, Government and Public Affairs Director at Andeavor. “Brian’s public affairs experience and commitment to organizational excellence will help us further our mission of advancing business interests in the region,” said Day. “The progress he has made for the BMDA over these last four years is remarkable and we know his drive and enthusiasm will greatly benefit the business community.” “We commend the Search Committee for its quality recommendation and believe Brian’s background and vision will serve him well as Chamber president,” said Brenda Nagel of the University of Mary and chair of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber. “He has proven expertise in public policy, economic development and member relations, which will greatly benefit the Chamber.”

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Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018 Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B 315 S. 5th Street, Bismarck Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM Admission: $75 for Chamber Members $85 for Non-Members Presenting Sponsors: CHRYSLER I DODGE I JEEP I RAM

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s largest premier event is around the corner! On Thursday, January 11th at the Bismarck Event Center, don’t miss the famous black-tie formal event with amazing entertainment and wonderful fellowship! This event is a 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. It’s never too early to mark your calendar and plan your evening out with us! Purchase tickets online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events or contact the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

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Date: Thursday, January 23, 2018 Location: Lumen Vitae University Center 7500 University Dr, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Start the year off right by attending January’s Chamber Membership Mixer at the University of Mary! U-Mary is hosting the mixer in their brand-new Lumen Vitae University Center from 4:30pm - 6:30pm on Thursday, January 23. This event is a wonderful way to tour the new facility and meet other business members within the community while enjoying refreshments and hors d’oeuvres! Mixers are free for Chamber members to attend and are open to everyone within your organization. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made online at www. bismarckmandan.com/events or by contacting Chelse at csimon@bismancc.com.




Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 Location: VFW Sports Center, Curling Party Room 1200 N Washington Street, Bismarck Time: 6:00PM - 7:15PM Admission: Free to Attend Join us for our first Game Day Series Event of 2018 with your home hockey team the Bismarck Bobcats! The party starts at 6:00pm with food, networking, and some fun! The puck drops at 7:15pm for a hard hitting game against the Brookings Blizzard. First 100 tickets are $30 which included reserved seating, four pack beer/soda vouches, and Bruno’s Party pack, a visit from World Famous Scrrratch and Door Prizes! Call 701-222-3300, and mention Chamber Party to take advantage of this great deal! Join the Chamber and the Bobcats for a family friendly evening at the hockey rink!


Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Location: Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsors: Presented by BlackRidge Bank our first Chamber 101 session of 2018 will be taking place on Tuesday, February 13th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Join us for a light lunch, networking, and a short presentation by the Chamber staff on how to get the make the most of your membership investment. Followed by the short presentation we will jump into a Q&A session. This event is free for Chamber members, but space is limited so please RSVP early by contacting the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

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Center for Technology & Business (CTB), which operates the North Dakota Women’s Business Center, held their sixth annual Women’s Business Summit October 29-30 in Bismarck. The event brought together women from across the state for a unique networking and professional development opportunity designed to strengthen the state of women owned businesses in North Dakota.

At the luncheon on Monday, October 30, two attendees were awarded with top honors from CTB: April Lund with GYS Track Club and Deb Nelson with DLN Consulting Inc. April Lund was recognized with the 2017 CTB Outstanding Woman in Business Award. This award is meant to celebrate a woman who has made significant contributions to her organization, her profession, and her community. The award also aims to recognize a leader who serves as a role model and mentor for others. As a passionate advocate for health and wellness, April Lund is one of the most sought after and accomplished personal trainers and fitness & wellness coaches in the Bismarck/ Mandan area. April has emerged as an inspiration and leader in her community. As the Founder of GYS Track Club in the Bismarck/Mandan area, April coaches over 130 athletes to be their best, both physically and emotionally. She has a generous heart and a warm personality which is reflected through her many volunteer activities. In her free time, April is setting records all over the country. In the past two years alone, she has won over 50 races.

Deb Nelson, Founder and President of DLN Consulting Inc. was recognized with the 2017 CTB Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The exclusive award is designated to the owner of a North Dakota Certified Woman Owned Business who has demonstrated staying power, innovativeness, April Lund forward thinking, and contributions to her community. Deb has over 25 years of experience in public relations and grant writing and has acquired more than $10 million in grants for projects in southwest and northwest North Dakota. DLN Consulting Inc. provides planning services, including grant planning and management, evaluation design and implementation, association Deb Nelson management, various business planning and short and long-term strategic planning. Deb is the administrator of the Vision West ND Consortium, which represents nineteen oil and gas producing counties in North Dakota. Vision West North Dakota’s goal is to implement the Regional Sustainability Plan for western North Dakota. Deb has been a vital member to many organizations to help them plan and implement programs that are making a big difference to North Dakota.

Make plans to attend the 5th 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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VETERANS MEMORIAL BALLPARK FIELD In December, the Mandan Baseball Club approved the naming rights for the playing field within the Mandan Veterans Memorial Ballpark, which is now officially named BNC National Bank Field. The agreement includes official naming rights of the field in exchange for $225,000.




BNC Bank has always been a big supporter of Mandan. They provide local leadership and community loyalty. Mandan Park District and Mandan Baseball Club is confident in the partnership. “We are excited about the commitment from BNC Bank. They have always been a strong supporter of Mandan Baseball” says Damian Huettl, Mandan Baseball Club President. The BNC brand will be dominant on the field located behind home plate and on the backside of the main grandstand facing southwest. Other sponsorship opportunities, including dugouts, press box, locker rooms, umpire room, seating, storage and grandstands, are available throughout the ballpark. Earlier this year, the Park Board of Commissioners approved spending $1.25 million to address the synthetic turf as the Veterans Memorial Ballpark immediate need and the two dugouts as the secondary need, if funding allows. Mandan Parks and Recreation has donated $750,000 and Mandan Baseball Club $500,000. Together we strive to provide Mandan youth with athletic success and the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons through baseball. Mandan Park District will advertise bids starting in the spring of 2018. The estimated project completion is prior to winter 2018.

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Marco, a leading technology services provider, announced that it has purchased BusinessWare Solutions, an IT services and managed print company headquartered in Hutchinson, Minnesota. They also have locations in Owatonna, Willmar and Chanhassen. BusinessWare Solutions has been providing its clients with technology solutions since 1994. Its employees have joined the Marco team and will be serving clients from each of the existing markets. “This purchase compliments the technical expertise and service offerings Marco currently provides throughout the state of Minnesota,” said Jeff Gau, Marco CEO. “We look forward to continuing BusinessWare’s commitment to satisfying its clients and providing opportunities for their valued employees.” Marco has 1,140 employees and serves more than 32,500 customers from its 49 locations throughout the Midwest and nationally. There are 16 Marco locations throughout Minnesota.




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Kupper Subaru today announced its participation in the 2017 Subaru Share the Love® event and selected MSA United Way Backpack Program as their hometown charity to be added to the list of organizations that customers can select to receive a Share the Love donation. “We are proud to partner with the MSA United Way Backpack Program as our hometown charity this year to help provide weekend meals to children. We encourage all clients to select this charity so the donation stays local and benefits our local community members.” said owner, Bob Kupper. The Share the Love event will run from November 16, 2017 to January 2, 2018 and allows Subaru retailers the opportunity to select charities operating in their community to be included in a list of organizations that new owners can select from to receive a $250 donation from Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA). For a second year in a row, there will be no cap on the total donation from SOA to its Share the Love charitable partners. At the culmination of this year, SOA and its retailers hope to exceed a grand total of $115 million donated since the creation of Share the Love to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the event. The tenth-annual Share the Love program will include the following four national charities: • ASPCA® • Meals On Wheels America® • Make-A-Wish® • National Park Foundation In addition to the national charities that are participating, MSA United Way Backpack Program will be included as a hometown charity for new Subaru owners to receive donations at the end of the program. We encourage our clients to select MSA United Way as their charity of choice as the $250 from their sale will go directly to our community to make an impact. ‘The United Way Backpack Program provides weekend meals to nearly 1,000 students in our Bismarck/Mandan community. With the communities’ support and the help from Kupper-Subaru Share the Love event, we can ensure that no child is going hungry. We are able to provide meals and smiles with your help’ said Madison Burbach, MSA United Way Administrative Coordinator.


MASKS IN THE MOONLIGHT CHARITY BALL TO BENEFIT BISMARCK CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION Masks, music and circus-like entertainment are just a few things that guests have to look forward to during the fifth annual Masks in the Moonlight Charity Ball. An evening of mystery, intrigue and most importantly fun will take place Saturday, February 10, at Sixteen03 Main Events. The event will also feature a live and silent auction, dinner, dance and special entertainment. This night of magic will begin with a social at 5:00 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 7 p.m. A dance featuring local band One and Done will take place later in the evening.

Individual tickets are available for this event as well as table sponsorships and event sponsorships. Standard masquerade masks will be provided to all guests. Exclusive masks will be available for purchase prior to the event through the Bismarck Cancer Center or guests can also buy masks at the event.

All proceeds of this event will benefit the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. The Foundation provides an amazing array of services to help patients during their cancer journeys. Through funding provided by businesses, private donations, grants and fundraising events, the Bismarck Cancer Center is able to offer an array of complementary services including transportation assistance, lodging assistance, emotional and spiritual counseling, support groups, dietary counseling, survivorship care plans, massage and physical therapies. Last year’s sold out event raised over $80,000 to directly help patients receiving care at the Bismarck Cancer Center. Tickets start at $125 each or to learn how to become an event or table sponsor, contact the Bismarck Cancer Center at 701-222-6100 or go to www. bismarckcancercenterfoundation.com.

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CHAMBER Perks Bismarck-Mandan Junior Achievement welcomes new District Manager



Holmstrom named Shareholder At Widmer Roel

Tonya Holmstrom, CPA has been named shareholder at Widmer Roel, a public accounting and business advisory firm, with offices in Fargo, Bismarck and Hazen, North Dakota. Tonya Holmstrom A graduate of the University of Jamestown, Tonya has more than 12 years of public accounting experience, with emphasis in business, individual, and non-profit income taxation. She specializes in income tax consulting and compliance, and business planning for a wide range of clients.

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest is happy to announce Erin Hill-Oban as Erin Oban the District Manager for its Bismarck-Mandan affiliate. Erin brings a wealth of experience in fundraising and as a former classroom teacher, non-profit director, and an advocate for providing hands-on learning opportunities of life skills into every child’s education. In addition to her work with JA, Erin serves District 35 in the North Dakota State Senate. Kevin Magstadt

Bismarck KrausAnderson names Magstadt director of business development

Kraus-Anderson Construction Company (KA) has hired Kevin Magstadt as director of business development in the company’s Maier Earns Professional License Bismarck office. He will oversee Dustin Maier, an engineer at new business development in North Dakota, South KLJ, earned his professional Dakota, Eastern Montana and Western Minnesota. electrical and computer Magstadt is a highly regarded business leader engineering license in in the greater North Dakota region. He comes to KA Nebraska. He earned a with more than 25 years of client, community and bachelor’s degree in electrical government relations experience, driving revenue engineering from North through solid business development relationships Dustin Maier Dakota State University. Maier and project management. completed his post-graduate Most recently, Magstadt was a principal and work at the University of North Dakota. He has earned regional manager of Wenck Associates in Mandan, his professional engineering license in nearly 20 where he served as a key member of its executive states. Maier works in the Bismarck office. team managing regional strategic development, including construction projects primarily with the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

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Arnold graduates from ACEC/ND Emerging Leadership Institute

Luke Arnold has graduated from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Dakota (ACEC/ND) Luke Arnold Emerging Leadership Institute. The Institute is a high impact program that fosters emerging engineering leaders by imparting skills and competencies identified by top ACEC/ND CEOs as critical for leadership success. Arnold is a senior project engineer and the municipal group leader for Moore Engineering’s Bismarck and Minot offices. He’s been with the company since 2012, in addition to 20 years of engineering experience in Wisconsin and Illinois. Arnold earned his bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. He’s a registered professional engineer in North Dakota and Wisconsin, and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers.

Montgomery Named Advisor of the Month

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Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that Robbie Montgomery has been named Advisor of the Month for November based upon his production and service to his clients. Montgomery has been a representative with Securian

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Don Morgan, CPA, has been named chief financial officer (CFO) for Starion Bank. As CFO, he will oversee all financial operations for the $1.25 billion bank. Since 2012, Morgan has Don Morgan been with Starion. He joined as vice president for credit administration and has served as chief credit officer (CCO) since 2013. A year later, he became a member of Starion’s Executive Team which is responsible for initiating key actions within the organization, reviewing financial data and setting major project priorities. Morgan has extensive banking and leadership experience, which includes 16 years in the areas of credit administration, commercial lending, market president and internal auditing. While the bank searches for a new CCO, he will oversee both the finance and credit departments. Morgan earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with an accounting minor from University of Wyoming and has completed master’s courses in accounting at University of Phoenix.

Kupper Subaru Hires and Promotes

Kupper Subaru has recently hired a new Sales and Leasing Consultant and promoted a Business Manager! Lyndon Mertz has recently joined the Kupper Subaru team as a Sales and Leasing Consultant. Lyndon was born and raised in Bismarck ND, and enjoys working on cars, hunting and fishing in his spare time. He enjoys meeting new people, trying new things, traveling, and donating his time to his church and animal shelters. Allison Gaw recently got promoted into a new position; Business Manager. “I am excited to start my new adventure with Kupper Automotive. I have had the opportunity to be a Sales and Leasing Consultant for Kupper Subaru for a little over 3 years now and have now accepted the position of Business Manager at Kupper Subaru. This is going to be a new experience but one I am more than excited to take on. I am excited I still get to be a part of the car purchasing process, just a different part of it.”

Fridley named new Foundation Executive Director

Fred Fridley has been named the new Sanford Health Foundation executive director for the Bismarck Region of Fred Fridley Sanford Health. In addition to his new role with the Foundation, Fridley will continue his duties as director of Sanford POWER in Bismarck and the senior public affairs specialist for the Bismarck Region of Sanford Health. Prior to joining Sanford Health in 2012, Fridley was the women’s basketball coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck.

Bagnell to Lead the University of Mary Football Program

University of Mary alumnus Craig Bagnell returns home as the Marauders’ seventh head football coach. A four-year Craig Bagnell starter at quarterback for the Marauders, Bagnell directed a record-setting offense the last three seasons at Bemidji State University. The 27-year-old Bagnell, who will be the youngest head coach in NCAA football, has compiled an impressive resume in a short period of time, including nationally ranked offenses and assisting Bemidji State University to one of its best marks during any three-year period. In 2016 BSU was ranked fourth offensively in NCAA Division II. A native of Polson, MT, Bagnell was a four-year starter for the Marauders from 2010-13.Bagnell graduated from the University of Mary in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science degree in mathematics.

Bismarck Financial Advisor Receives Certified Financial Planner™ Certification

Matthew Baumgartner, Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual in Bismarck, ND has been authorized by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) to use the CFP® Matthew Baumgartner and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification requirements. These marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP® Certification Examination covering the following areas: The financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning.

EMC Insurance Companies Announces Promotions, New Hires in Bismarck

EMC Insurance Companies announces promotions and new hires at the Bismarck Branch in North Dakota. Tanner Westlake has been promoted to underwriter III. Westlake has worked in the EMC commercial lines underwriting department for four years. He has the Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designations. Lonnie Hansen has been promoted to underwriting associate-commercial lines. Hansen has been with EMC as a rating associate VI-commercial lines for three years. Justin Camplin has been promoted to risk improvement specialist. Camplin has been with EMC as a risk improvement representative in the state of Oregon for three years. He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Northern Illinois University. Kevin Riley has accepted the position of underwriter II-commercial lines. Riley has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drake University. He joined the EMC Des Moines Branch in June 2014. Riley has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), AU and AINS designations. Nancy Taylor has accepted the position of claims adjuster I. Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Minot State University. Prior to joining EMC, she was employed with a real estate company as their senior insurance manager. Taylor holds the AINS and Associate in Claims (AIC) designations. Taylor Hendrickson has accepted the position of underwriter I. Prior to joining EMC, she was employed with an engineering firm as a project assistant. Hendrickson has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Dakota State University. Andre Boucher has accepted the position of underwriter I. Before joining EMC, he was employed with a local credit union as a financial services representative. Boucher has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Minot State University.

Plains Mobile Inc Promotes Three Employees

Plains Mobile Inc has recently promoted three employees from within their company: Hannah Odegaard, Kassy Hannah Odegaard Brough, and Todd Nagel. Hannah Odegaard is originally from Tioga, ND, and later went on to get her Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems with Minors in Business Administrations and Web Design. Hannah has been promoted to Vice President of Kassy Brough Products where she will focus on our product (ezCinect™ OBI) and creating documentation. Kassy Brough comes from Montana where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Associates in Business Science Technology, and Minors in Marketing: Todd Nagel Tech Sales & Services and Small Business Management at the Montana State University of Northern. Kassy has recently been promoted to Vice President of Marketing where her role will consist of developing marketing materials and deployment. Todd Nagel is from Strasburg, ND, and later went on to the University of Mary where he obtained Bachelor’s in Marketing, Business Administration, and Sports and Leisure Management. Todd has accepted the Vice President of Services position where his focus will be on Plains Mobile’s Partner Program, product support, and overall business strategy.

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First Western Bank & Trust names Foster as Chairman of the Board

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First Western Bank & Trust is pleased to announce Brenda Foster has been appointed as allergist at Sanford Seventh & the new Chairman of the Board Broadway Clinicin Bismarck, effective September 19, 2017. Jonathan Rodrigues recently completed his board She succeeds Jack Hoeven, certification in allergy and founder and long-time bank immunology through the Brenda Foster owner, who passed away in American Board of Allergy and Immunology. August. She will continue in her role as President and CEO. Maslowski named Realtor of the Year Foster, who has worked at First Western Bank & Judy Maslowski of Bianco Trust for more than 36 years, was named President & Realty, Bismarck has been CEO in January of 2016. She has served as President named REALTOR® of the of the Independent Community Banks of North Year. Maslowski received Dakota as well as a variety of state and local boards. this award by maintaining a She currently is serving on the Large Community high professional REALTOR® Bank Council of the Independent Community Banks standard, community volunteer of America and The MSU Board of Regents as well as Judy Maslowski participation, and involvement instructor for Junior Achievement. Foster is a graduate in local, state and national of Minot State University with a Bachelor’s Degree activities. in Accounting and a concentration in Banking and Bianco Realty also named Finance. Maslowski “REALTOR® of the Since stepping into the role of President & CEO Month” along with Shirley Foster has led the bank through a multitude of Thomas. Maslowski and Thomas changes. First Western Bank & Trust broke ground in had the most closed sales at the spring of 2017 on its Bismarck bank, the bank has Bianco Realty for the month of done an extensive upgrade to security and launched a Shirley Thomas November 2017. Maslowski has new website. The bank has also attained assets of over been a licensed REALTOR® since a billion dollars. 2007 and Thomas has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001.

Regional Publication Features Dahle as Outstanding Women in Banking

Julie Dahle, Choice Financial’s Internal Audit Manager, has been selected by Northwestern Financial Review as one of the “2017 Outstanding Women in Banking.” The publication’s Outstanding Julie Dahle Women nominees are bankers who have made significant contributions to their bank, industry and community. Five or six community bankers are selected annually from 14 states in the Midwest. Julie is featured in the November issue of Northwestern Financial Review publication. Dahle has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is a graduate of Minot State University, Minot, N.D., with a degree in general studies with a finance major and music minor and received an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D. Dahle’s certifications include Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Community Bank Internal Auditor. She is active in a variety of organizations in the community, including United Way Women United, Charity Lutheran Church, and was a previous Zonta International board member and park committee chairperson.

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5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Thurs, 18th

Wed, 3rd

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Thurs, 4th

5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Mon, 8th

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

Tues, 9th Wed, 10th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Mon, 22nd 8:00 am 5:15 pm 5:15 pm Thurs, 23rd 5:15 pm 5:30 pm

5:15 pm Burleigh Planning Commission

Wed, 24th

Thurs, 11th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission * Tues, 16th 2:30 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board 5:00 pm Mandan City Commission 7:00 pm Mandan School Board Wed, 17th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

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5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board Burleigh County Water Resource District Bismarck School Board Mandan Planning & Zoning Commission * Bismarck City Commission Morton County Commission *

5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission

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.

White Lily Cleaning Services Bismarck, ND Heather Jo Wanner (701) 391-1274 We are in the business of cleaning businesses! We are licensed, insured, and ready to clean your office. Don’t waste your time, let us do it! Call for a free consult and estimate. Northland Health Centers 914 South 12th Street #101 Bismarck, ND Laura Fiedler (701) 255-4242 A non-profit devoted to the provision of premier medical. We offer radiology & lab along with nurse practitioners & counselors. We accept most insurance & a sliding fee scale for those who qualify. CoSchedule 318 E. Broadway Ave. Bismarck, ND Eric Piela (701) 595-0567 Based out of ND we are the #1 marketing calendar for everything you need organized. Users get to build their marketing strategy from a master calendar. We help 8,000 marketing teams in 100 countries.

MetroPlains Management LLC 4111 Lockport St #325 Bismarck, ND Brianna McAleer (701) 232-1887 Our firm manages 5500 housing units in 5 Midwest state. In Bismarck-Mandan, we manage Alberta, Breton & Ithica Heights, Park Century, Lakewood Village & Townhomes, Brandon Heights and Library Square. 100 West Main 100 West Main Ave Bismarck, ND Brianna McAleer (701) 232-1887 MetroPlains Management welcomes you to 100 West Main. This brand new, affordable, independent senior living community in downtown Bismarck boasts unique styles and desirable amenities. Call to view!

Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy 3811 Lockport Street Ste 2 Bismarck, ND Wade Kusler (701) 805-8057 State of the art care, excellence, and warm family atmosphere will be provided to patients at our practice. We specialize in surgery and care of patients with sinus disease, allergy, and hearing disorders. Haga Kommer, LTD 311 N. Mandan Street Bismarck, ND Nina Loeks (701) 222-4100 Full service CPA firm providing tax and real estate planning, full service bookkeeping and payroll. 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 Chelse Simon at 701-223-5660 or email csimon@bismancc.com.

LILLY VALLEY BABY Samantha Swanson, Owner, at her new business on 208 E. Broadway Avenue in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-3452.

BISMARCK MAGAZINE Caroline Crary & Hannah Haynes, Owners and staff at their new location on 111 North 5th Street in Bismarck. Phone: 701-989-7959. Member.

DAKOTA PROMOTIONS & PRINTING Jane Halvorson, Owner her new location on 320 West Main Street. Phone: 701-751-8007. Member. 30 | Chamber Connection

AMERICAN BANK CENTER Kevin Dykema and Layne Volk at their new location on 7500 University Drive Bismarck. Phone: 701-250-3660. Member.

CAFFE AROMA - NORTH Tina Wetzel & Emily Burrows, Owners at their second location on 4401 Coleman Street #108 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-0719. Member.

EIDE BAILLY Barb Aasen Chief Practice Officer, and Partner Darrell Linger at their 100 year celebration at 1730 Burnt Boat Drive #100 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-255-1091. Member.






Bismarck-Mandan ChamberConnection 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck, ND 58503

Upcoming Chamber Events CHAMBER ANNUAL DINNER Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018 • Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall A – 315 South 5th Street, Bismarck JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: UNIVERSITY OF MARY Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Lumen Vitae University Center – University of Mary Campus CHAMBER GAME DAY SERIES: BISMARCK BOBCAT HOCKEY Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 • Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm Location: VFW Sports Center – 1200 N Washington Street, Bismarck CHAMBER 101: MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Chamber of Commerce – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck FEBRUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: KLJ Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: KLJ – 4585 Coleman Street, Bismarck