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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW 2023

Connection WWW.BISMARCKMANDAN.COM JANUARY 2023 A BUSINESS PUBLICATION OF THE BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC

Wendy Van Duyne

Matt Sagaser

Lee Pierce

Kevin Strege

Dave Ehlis

Evan Anderson

Andrea Birst

Nathan Boehm

Joe Camisa

Dan Eastgate

Dave Ehlis

Chair

Nate Brown......................................................Sales Coordinator

Maggie Byrd

Ross Frohlich

Coordinator

Director

Mary Kempenich........................Workforce Marketing Specialist

Christine Nelson

Rebecca Pelkey

Brian Ritter

County

of Mandan

& Sales Manager

Specialist

Fred Fridley

Health Amber Larson

Heather Jones

Wayne Munson

Marnie Piehl

Lee Pierce

Mike Remboldt

Dave Rogstad

Matt Sagaser

Mike Schmitz

Kevin Strege

Wendy Van Duyne

Bobcat

of Bismarck

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As this is my first Chair’s Corner¸ please allow me to introduce myself. I’m Wendy Van Duyne and I’m honored to be the Chair of this year’s Chamber EDC Board of Directors.

I’m always proud to say that I’m a ‘transplant’ to Bismarck-Mandan as my husband Mike and I relocated here eight years ago with our young family. With two growing kids, Mike and I are proud to call Bismarck-Mandan home and we take part in what seems like every youth activity this community has to offer. When I’m not shuffling kids around town, I serve as a Principal & Business Center Practice Lead in Community Development for Stantec Consulting.

While my personal and professional life have always kept me busy, I’ve also prioritized my involvement with the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC. My interest started within the first few months of my time as transplant to Bismarck-Mandan when I began attending Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (BMDA) meetings. This afforded me an opportunity to both get acquainted with our local business community and helped me become familiar with all the great things our region has to offer. As my attendance at BMDA meetings transitioned from a guest attendee to an elected member of the Board of Directors, my level of involvement continued as we merged the BMDA with the Chamber of Commerce nearly five years ago.

Over that time, I have experienced the changes our organization has gone through and could not be prouder of how far we’ve come. And while we’ve certainly come a long way, that doesn’t mean we’re done.

Heading into 2023, the Chamber EDC will be busy implementing our recently adopted economic development strategic plan. Our organization spent a considerable amount of time last year providing feedback regarding the issues, opportunities, etc. impacting economic development in Bismarck-Mandan. As a result, we now have a comprehensive plan to guide our economic development efforts that will keep this community growing.

Economic development is just one of five areas of focus for the Chamber EDC, and all those efforts are evolving. Whether economic development, policy development, leadership development, network development or professional development; we’ve got a plan for leading Bismarck-Mandan forward.

As we move into 2023, we’ll also be focused on our priorities for the Legislative Session.

In this month’s Connection, you’ll find how the Chamber EDC will be hard at work advocating our 2023 Legislative Agenda. That agenda was formed after nearly 18 months of constant communication, interaction, and feedback with our Legislative Delegation. Those legislators, who you can learn more about in the coming pages, continue to be tremendous advocates for our community and we look forward to working with them even more over the coming months to address the issues laid out in our Legislative Agenda.

Suffice it to say, 2023 is going to be an important year for our organization and our community and I can’t wait to get started.

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Wendy Van Duyne, Chair Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC

KEY ISSUES HAVE ATTENTION OF LOCAL DELEGATION IN 2023 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

A freshman senator and a veteran core of state representatives are gearing up to tackle some big-ticket issues facing Bismarck-Mandan in the 2023 Legislative Session. Property tax reform, education funding, energy development, infrastructure, workforce, childcare, and even the longstanding Renaissance Zone program, facing a July 31 sunset, all have the attention of the local delegation.

“I’m really busy, but a good busy,” Assistant House Majority Leader Glenn Bosch says. “I still have a number of bills that need refinement before I move them forward. The new leadership role adds more responsibilities. I ran for the position, so I can’t complain about the extra work.”

Bosch is joined locally by six-term Republican Representative Lisa Meier of Bismarck’s District 32 and seven-term Republican representative Todd Porter of Mandan’s District 34 who are gearing up to decide the best use of North Dakota’s large budget surplus. In the Senate, freshman Republican Sean Cleary is ready to bring experience gained by serving on the staffs of Gov. Doug Burgum and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven.

All agree budgeting from a surplus is not always as fun as it sounds. “It’s always harder and you always have to look at things equitably throughout the state,” Meier says. “Everything in the U.S. and the world right now affects North Dakota. You have to look at everything cautiously because you have to set yourself up for the next biennium to two bienniums.”

With a constituency comprised of an abundance of state employees, healthcare workers and energy personnel, those issues are on the minds of the local delegation, along with the ever-present property taxes and educational funding.

PROPERTY TAXES AND EDUCATION

“One of the biggest issues we face is property taxes,” Porter explains. “Inside property taxes, the one component that is the responsibility of the state of North Dakota is the school tax. We are constitutionally obligated to provide public education. It represents the largest component of your property tax bill.”

Porter says it’s imperative to find a funding model that works now and in the future. “The state should be paying a larger (amount) of the cost of educating a student. That will reduce an individual’s property tax bill.”

“We’ve done a lot of work on school financing in the past,” Porter continues. “We have to figure out a sustainable number and what gets us the most bang for the buck. When we set the current formula, we didn’t go far enough to have the state take the larger majority of what it costs to educate someone.”

Meier points to inflation and rising costs as a reason to try to provide tax relief to not just citizens but other political districts as well.

“If we can continue with what we’ve done in tax relief for everything from education to human services, we’ve taken some of the burden off Burleigh County, and if we can expand that, it will allow city budgets to not put such a burden on taxpayers,” Porter says.

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CLEAN ENERGY

Due to North Dakota’s vast concentration of diversified energy sources, getting ahead of the clean energy game and staying there has been and will be important for the economic benefit of all North Dakota, Porter says.

Porter sponsored a bill in 2009 that gave North Dakota primacy with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on CO2 sequestration. “We were the first in the nation to hold that primacy and we’re going to start seeing the use of that. Project Tundra will create that carbon-reduced energy. It will be somewhere between 80 and 95 % carbon-free. That’s significantly different than it is today,” he says.

While fossil fuels are still the key source of energy in the state, Porter notes they are subject to large swings in prices and market pressure from clean energy proponents. He says the state is addressing sequestration, reduced flaring and capturing of natural gas, development of a clean way to use the 800-year reserve of lignite coal, and also harvesting rare earth minerals found in coal that are used for computer memory, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, and magnets.

An important part of that, Porter says, is research and development from the Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks. “We need to make sure it is fully engaged and we are fully funding projects that are shovel ready so we can continue to be an energy leader in all aspects of energy development.”

Bosch served on the Energy and National Resources Committee and, last session, was the primary sponsor, with Porter as a co-sponsor, of the Clean Sustainable Energy Authority bill to help with projects around the state. Bosch says that will be a big focus again. “My focus will be to try to secure funding for that program. Last session, we funded a number of interesting projects around capturing carbon in our fossil fuels,” Bosch notes. “This is when our state wins on the investments that we made because those turn into real jobs and real companies and significant financial benefits to the state.”

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GLENN BOSCH District 30 SEAN CLEARY District 35 LISA MEIER District 32 TODD PORTER District 34

HEALTHCARE/MEDICAID EXPANSION

Meier’s primary focus during the session is on rising healthcare costs. “My goal is to maintain sustainable Medicaid expansion rates that provide coverage to lowincome workers and cover the cost to healthcare providers as well,” she says.

Bosch says lawmakers will turn to local medical providers for guidance, and that investing in Medicaid expansion has an upside. “The money we put into Medicaid expansion is matched heavily by a federal government match,” he explains. “If we put $100 into it and we get $90 returned to the state, we should do that anytime we can. That’s why I support Medicaid expansion.”

In addition, the interim Health Care Committee, which included Meier, developed a bill to address reducing prescriptive drug costs. “It’s been a priority of mine. For many years, I’ve had individuals emailing the importance of reducing prescriptive drug costs.”

Meier expects a bill funding a pilot project to likely go to the Industry, Business and Labor Committee. The project would look at ways to reduce costs in a few chosen prescriptive drugs. She credits AARP for helping move the project forward. “That 55 and above group is a huge priority this session.”

WORKFORCE/CHILDCARE

Cleary says one of his first projects in the Senate will be workforce development and corresponding childcare limitations. “Specific to Bismarck, workforce and childcare issues are going to be really important this session,” he says. “Governor Burgum has put a priority on it, and I think there is a lot of legislative support. We know we have to boost our workforce and invest in childcare and that’s important to a lot of working families in Bismarck.”

He points out North Dakota’s strong financial position as a means to address the childcare crisis. “On the childcare front, there will be a varied approach; on the family side, a childcare tax credit to help folks afford the cost of sending kids to childcare; on the provider side, providing more infrastructure. A lot of places are thinly staffed and these issues are hard on them, too.”

Cleary says Gov. Burgum has proposed a childcare tax credit and expects one to “get wrapped up in what we see of tax reform this session.”

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The 2023 Legislative Session will kick off on Tuesday, January 3rd.

MODERNIZATION OF GOVERNMENT

“Among legislators there are a lot of conversations about efficiencies and modernization of government,” Bosch says. “We’re looking at things we’ve done in the past that we could do a little different now. Or processes that don’t make sense anymore.”

He notes some things will change regarding the public employee compensation package. “There’s no doubt there will be salary increases, the question will be at what level and the timing.”

Changing the funding mechanism of the public employee retirement system is also going to need a deep look, Bosch says, noting an interim study examined a $1.7 billion unfunded liability in the state pension program. Bosch says one possibility is changing from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan for new hires only.

Governor Burgum laid out his 2023-25 budget proposals to the legislative assembly on Dec. 7.

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2023 CHAMBER EDC LEGISLATIVE AGENDA:

PRIORITIZING ISSUES IMPACTING BUSINESS

When a legislative session ends, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC’s Government Affairs committee wastes no time in gearing up for the next session. Work on the Chamber EDC’s Legislative Agenda begins almost immediately to determine the issues most impactful in the Bismarck-Mandan business community.

In preparation for the 2023 Legislative Session, the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee worked with industry leaders, local legislative delegation and Chamber EDC members to develop the 2023 Legislative Agenda.

THE PROCESS

“We start meeting and developing a list of the issues that didn’t get addressed or solved in the last session,” says Jean Schafer, vice chair of the Chamber EDC Government Affairs Committee. “The list of priorities we’ve come up with are well-rounded and supportive of the business community as a whole.”

The committee then looks to industry leaders to gather their feedback on issues of importance. “The Government Affairs Committee hosted a series of industry-specific meetings to take a deeper dive into how legislative action might positively impact different areas,” says Marnie Walth, chair of the Government Affairs Committee. “We had great participation from Chamber EDC members and industry leaders, learning a great deal and capturing specific issues for legislative consideration.”

The local legislative delegation is also made part of the process through quarterly meetings to discuss key topics. “We also met periodically with the BismarckMandan legislative delegation to share updates and ask for feedback,” notes Walth. “They, too, were great about engaging and offering valuable feedback.”

“This has worked really well for us,” notes Brian Ritter, Chamber EDC president and CEO. “It helps us to build and develop relationships with our delegation and when January comes, they know us, and this is incredibly valuable to our members.”

IMPORTANT TOPICS

Ritter says all topics impacting Chamber EDC members and the business community are looked at through the process and are then “distilled into key priorities.” Once the topics for the legislative agenda are approved by the Government Affairs Committee, they are then brought to the Chamber EDC Board of Directors for final approval.

In the 2023 Legislative Agenda, the key topics include workforce, economic development, infrastructure funding, energy development, and healthcare. “The major topics are all carryovers from the 2021 session,” says Walth.

“Workforce has gone from what was a perhaps a chronic problem in 2020 to an acute problem for most, if not all, industries in North Dakota. While childcare is a holdover issue from previous interim discussions, it’s encouraging to know there are legislative proposals being developed to address this workforce barrier.”

Schafer also points to infrastructure, tax policy, Medicaid reimbursement, and sustainable energy as key issues in the upcoming session. Ritter adds the local Renaissance Zone, which expires at the end of June, will also be a key topic of focus. “We look at this as an important economic development tool,” he says.

“At a high level, a lot of attention is being paid to how the government is going to spend the ending fund balance,” Ritter continues. “How this will impact property tax, income tax and investments in the state is one of the biggest questions and what our members will be watching. This impacts every member of the Chamber EDC.”

ACTION ITEMS

While Ritter will be the primary point person at the State Capitol this session, lobbying for the Chamber EDC’s legislative priorities, Walth notes it is important for Chambers EDC members to engage in the process as well. “It’s important for legislators to hear directly from business leaders who will be directly impacted by specific policy proposals.”

“Chamber EDC staff will lead the charge on any bills that fall under our legislative priorities,” adds Schafer. “But if anything comes up last minute, the executive team will determine the best way to move forward.”

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This team includes the Chamber EDC Executive Committee and the Government Affairs Committee leadership, which will meet to determine the next steps in addressing a bill. “We will have the ability to adjust on the fly,” notes Ritter.

“Kudos to the staff of the Chamber EDC,” says Schafer regarding the process of developing the legislative agenda and addressing key priorities. “They have this down to a finely honed process and it makes our jobs easier as a committee so we can focus on the issues.”

CHAMBER EDC 2023 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

WORKFORCE & EDUCATION

Enable North Dakota Residents to Enter and Remain in the State’s Workforce by supporting:

1. Additional funding for career and technical education at both the PK-12 and higher education levels.

2. Support efforts to increase the availability, improve the quality and maintain the affordability of childcare in North Dakota.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Advocate for the continuation of specific and targeted business assistance programs by supporting:

1. Workforce development and talent attraction efforts including Operation Intern and Career Builders.

2. Key economic development programs including the continuation Automation Tax Credit and changes to eligibility for the Renaissance Zone Program.

INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

Maintain infrastructure funding for key projects in Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding area by supporting:

1. Funding for projects in Bismarck-Mandan, Burleigh and Morton Counties that support continued growth of our community and economy.

2. Fiscally responsible funding initiatives and financing programs for infrastructure that do not increase the cost to business.

ENERGY INNOVATION

Encourage a business and regulatory climate that fosters energy innovation in North Dakota by supporting:

1. Increased levels of funding for the grants and loans made available under the State’s Clean Sustainable Energy Authority.

2. State grant funds for matching federal grant programs contained in the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Acts (IRA).

HEALTHCARE

Support legislative policies designed to ensure access to quality and affordable healthcare by:

1. Maintain sustainable Medicaid Expansion reimbursement rates that both provide healthcare coverage to low-income workers and cover the cost of care to healthcare providers.

2. Support behavioral health policies that increase prevention and intervention services, enhance workforce solutions and reduce unnecessary barriers to care.

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SPACE ALIENS GRILL & BAR

Tell us about yourself and your role within your business.

A: I left my career with McDonalds Restaurants to help our family business in 2014.

Space Aliens Grill & Bar had a large number of management leave and was struggling with staffing. One of the partners, Mort Bank, and my husband, Dave Glaser, asked me to come on and assist with the operations. So, I left my 32 year career with McDonalds as Director of Operations and joined Space Aliens Grill & Bar in October of 2014.

I am currently the Chief Operations Officer, who understands ALL successful operations happen through the commitment and loyalty of the people we get to work with. I also focused on creating management benefit packages, incentives for employees, and updating our look with new graphics, decor, etc. to keep us competitive in the market.

Briefly tell us the history behind Space Aliens Grill & Bar and how you got started.

A: Mort Bank had sold his McDonald restaurants and had retired. After doing so, he decided he was too young to retire. During his retirement, he had entered a BBQ competition in Kansas City and won the blue ribbon. He returned to Bismarck, contacted his supervisors from McDonalds and asked them to become partners in opening a new restaurant. In July of 1996, Space Aliens Grill & Bar was officially established. They began creating a menu, designing a building, and focusing on the Alien decor. The first Space Aliens Grill & Bar opened in Bismarck in January of 1997 with a very positive response from the community. The restaurant remained busy beyond the "honeymoon stage" of restaurant openings and so the decision to start on a second restaurant began. The Fargo Space Aliens Grill & Bar opened in December of 1999. From that point on the company grew, hit a few barriers in Minnesota, and downsized to the three current open restaurants. They are the original Bismarck location, the Fargo location, and the franchisee location in Albertville, MN.

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Space Aliens Grill & Bar has been a Chamber EDC member since 1997. MEMBER SINCE 1997 Sheila Glaser

How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Space Aliens Grill & Bar?

A: Space Aliens has grown along with the BismarckMandan area. The Bismarck location has expanded twice since the doors opened. There is currently no more room to expand, due to being land locked. Bismarck-Mandan has supported the restaurant and it is through the local communities' loyalty we have maintained our presence.

What trends are taking place in your industry?

A: The current trend impacting us is the third party delivery companies. We do a large amount of take out orders from our customers, but that has increased immensely with the third party companies. DoorDash, UberEats, and BiteSquad have truly impacted our "take out" business and brought added revenue.

Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with?

A: Well, if I could, I would erase 2020 and the hardships it brought to many industries, including the staffing shortage. 2020 took a lot of people out of the employment pool for different reasons and I believe it will take a while to recover. The number one change we are dealing with is trying to create a phenomenal "Out of This World" experience for our customers with less employees. Restaurants are successful due to their staff working toward their company goals, and our business is no different. I am very thankful that we currently have an amazing upper Management Team that has a vision for success and know it can only be done by partnering with happy and loyal employees.

What does the future Space Aliens Grill & Bar look like and the industry as a whole look like to you?

A: After 25 years of being in business as Space Aliens Grill & Bar, our goal is to continue to stay in the game. We will do whatever it takes to maintain our standings in the community with the help of our Management and our #SpaceFam.

Space Aliens Grill & Bar became a member in 1997, why do you continue to renew?

A: Space Aliens Grill & Bar has maintained our membership because we believe in the vision the Chamber EDC has for local businesses. Our success supports their success and vice versa.

What should other Chamber EDC members know about Space Aliens Grill & Bar that may assist them?

A: Supporting each other is one of our greatest strengths. We are successful due to continued support from the Bismarck-Mandan community, just keep stopping in for an Out Of This World experience. Remember, we have continued to cater for small, medium, and large events so we are more than willing to help when food is involved.

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Workforce continues to be one of the biggest challenges for our region. One way employers can address this is by connecting with today’s students who will be the workers of tomorrow.

The North Dakota Career & Technical Education department has partnered with a ND company called Golden Path Solutions to facilitate this connection, integrating their solution Compass with RUReady.ND.gov, a system used in North Dakota schools for over 15 years.

Employers can create logins in Compass, share their contact information with schools, offer work-based learning opportunities like internships or job shadows, and develop a long term talent pipeline with career profiles and tuition reimbursement programs. Imagine connecting your organization to over 30,000 students in our region and across the state that have the skills and experiences you’re looking for.

To learn more, create a free account at www.goldenpath. net. You can also reach out to our local career advisors Laura Henkelman (laura_henkelman@bismarckschools. org), Kasey Janz (kasey_janz@bismarckschools.org), and Shannon Balerud (shannon_balerud@bismarckschools. org) for more information.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH

The North Dakota Development Fund (NDDF) provides “flexible gap financing” through loans and equity investments not available from most conventional lenders for the purpose of economic development. Funds are available to new and expanding North Dakota primary sector businesses. The NDDF coordinates efforts between all the sources of financing, the business, and the community. Any project considered for this financing must be feasible and have a reasonable chance of succeeding.

The NDDF makes investments of up to $3,000,000 through innovative financing mechanisms including direct loans, participation loans, and subordinated debt and equity investments. Any request of $150,000 or more must be reviewed and approved by the NDDF Board of Directors. The NDDF also administers the Regional Rural Revolving Loan Fund, Rural Growth Incentive Programs, Childcare Loan Program, and the newly announced Angel Match Program.

To learn more about the North Dakota Development Fund contact the Chamber EDC office.

at www.bismarckmandanedc.com.

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NOVEMBER 2022 ECONOMIC INDICATORS Sales Tax Collected $2,978,445 Airport Passengers 35,836 Residential Building Permits 0 Residential Permit Valuation $0 ECONOMY
See the full list of economic indicators on the Chamber EDC’s Economy at a Glance

JOB SHADOW WEEK EMPLOYER REGISTRATION BEGINS

Employer registration for one of the Chamber EDC’s premier workforce development programs has begun.

JOB SHADOW WEEK

Job Shadow Week which partners high school and college students from across the area with employers in Bismarck Mandan will be held February 27th – March 3rd.

Employers are needed to host students for sessions explaining and showcasing occupations within their companies. Employers can sign up for as many or as few students and time slots as they feel they can host.

To learn more about the program and sign-up to host students you can visit www.bismarckmandanedc.com.

TALENT ATTRACTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES

In mid-November the Chamber EDC launched its 13th talent attraction campaign. The campaign includes paid Google and Facebook posts and ads as well as Snapchat ads, which was a new platform this year.

The goal of the campaign is to reach the maximum amount of people to increase awareness of Bismarck Mandan, get people to click through to the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC website, and market directly to ex-patriots of Bismarck Mandan with the intent to get them to move “home”.

Areas of focus for the ads are the states of Colorado, Montana, Minnesota, Washington, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The campaign, which is began the week before Thanksgiving, will run through the new year.

STAFF ATTENDS REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

In early December staff attended the Mid America Economic Development Council’s (MAEDC) Competitiveness Conference.

Topics during the three-day conference included Logistics Analysis Driving Industrial Site Selection, Resources for a Rural Economy, The Electric Provider’s Role in Site Selection, and Winning a Mega Project.

Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Vice President, Nathan Schneider, serves on the board of directors for MAEDC.

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Chamber EDC Vice President, Nathan Schneider, with members of the ND delegation and outgoing president at Mid America EDC Conference.

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is getting ready to open nominations for the 2023 Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards! Each year, the Chamber EDC honors five educators from Bismarck and Mandan in the following divisions: Primary, Secondary, and Higher Education.

From Monday, January 30th to Friday, February 17th, please nominate the educators you think have exemplified the Crystal Apple Award. To submit your nomination, visit www.bismarckmandan.com to fill out an electronic form, or print and mail the form to the Chamber EDC’s office:

Attn: Maggie Byrd

Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Dr. Bismarck, ND 58503

The deadline to submit a nomination is February 17th.

For any questions about the award process or nominations, email Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660

The Chamber EDC is pleased to announce that we have partnered with John Maxwell and are once again offering leadership training to our members!

Developing the Leader Within you 2.0 by John Maxwell is a 10-week online course and is based on John's principle that a leader is not born but made. You will learn how to lead yourself first so you can lead others well. Be the first to take this step toward personal growth and development.

10-WEEK MASTERMIND OUTLINE: Week 1 (Jan 26): The Definition of Leadership: Influence Week 2 (Feb 2): The Key to Leadership: Priorities Week 3 (Feb 9): The Foundation of Leadership: Character Week 4 (Feb 16): The Ultimate Test of Leadership: Creating Positive Change Week 5 (Feb 23): The Quickest Way to Gain Leadership: Problem Solving Week 6 (Mar 2): The Extra Plus in Leadership: Attitude Week 7 (Mar 9): The Heart of Leadership: Serving People Week 8 (Mar 16): The Indispensable Quality of Leadership: Vision Week 9 (Mar 23): The Price Tag of Leadership: Self-Discipline Week 10 (Mar 30): The Expansion of Leadership: Personal Growth

This 10-week course is offered via zoom on Thursdays from 8:00am - 9:30am and costs $400 per participant. Register online at www.bismarckmandan.com

Register today as spots are limited! If you have any questions, please contact Christine Nelson at 701-223-5660.

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There is no better way to start the new year off than joining The Chamber EDC at our Indoor Golf Tournament on Friday, January 13th at Golf Etc. (511 Airport Road, Bismarck). On this Friday, two-person teams will compete in a 9-hole tournament.

Check-in will start 30 minutes prior to each of the following flights –

3 FLIGHT TIMES

• Flight One: 12:00pm

• Flight Two: 2:00pm

• Flight Three: 4:00pm

It is $150 for a team of two and $75 for an individual player.

Entry fees include pizza and one free drink per player, along with the chance to win one of three big door prizes.

Looking to join us? Online registration officially closes January 6th at 5:00pm!

Contact Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC, 701-223-5660, with any questions.

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THANK YOU SPONSORS: Hole in One Sponsor: Eagle Sponsor: Birdie Sponsor: Drink Food Sponsor: Sponsor: Bay Sponsors: Allstate Insurance, American Resurfacing Inc., Bismarck Motor Company, Century 21 Morrison Realty and Naomi Keney with Century 21 Morrison Realty, PetroHunt, LLC, Prairie Engineering, P.C., Scheels, Starion Bank GET READY FORE... THE INDOOR GOLF TOURNAMENT
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STUDENT LEADERSHIP NETWORK KICKS OFF

Student Leadership Network, a Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC program for high school Juniors and Seniors dedicated to building community leaders, has enjoyed two issue days in 2022, and looks forward to continuing in 2023.

In November, the first issue day was held at Bravera Bank, where students sat with a panel of Bravera employees to learn about responsible financial habits, what causes inflation, and what happens in the banking industry.

The second issue day, hosted in December by the Missouri Valley Family YMCA, focused in on health and wellness outside of hospital settings. Students enjoyed a tour of the facility and explored all the different areas of the YMCA – from childcare, to community support, and more. The students also sat down with several different YMCA employees and got an in-depth look at the many varieties of jobs that exist in the fitness/wellness industries.

The January issue day will be hosted by Job Service Bismarck, focusing in on career readiness, job interview preparation, and how to find the right career for you.

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Coming back this February, the Chamber EDC's PREMIER Economic Development event, Focus on BismarckMandan.

Guests will gain a better understanding of market conditions and what may lay ahead and why at the Bismarck Hotel & Conference Center on Thursday, February 23rd with Economist, Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. He’ll discuss the most recent statistics on a multitude of key topics such as: the path of interest rates, energy prices, the health of labor markets and more, as well as looking at construction activity including home construction and non-residential construction.

Check-in is from 2:30pm to 3:00pm, with the event to follow from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Immediately following the event will be a social with appetizers and refreshments for guests to network after hours from 5:00pm to 6:30pm! Admission is $50 for Chamber EDC Members, and $75 for General Admission Non-Members.

For more information, contact Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@ bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660.

THANK YOU SPONSORS:

Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsor: Silver Sponsor: Table Sponsors: AE2S, Amy Hullet with Century 21 Morrison Realty, Bank of North Dakota, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck State College, Bravera Bank, Capital Credit Union, Capital Electric Cooperative, Choice Bank, Dakota Carrier Network, First International Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, Kirkwood Bank & Trust, KLJ Engineering, KX News, MDU Resources Group, National Information Solutions Cooperative, Sanford Health, University of Mary

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HUMAN SERVICES AND SERVE & PROTECT DAY

HUMAN SERVICES DAY

On Human Services Day, the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class heard from speakers on the topics of foster care, human trafficking and students in transition along with a panel of local resource providers.

Fittingly, Human Services Issue Day was hosted at the recently completed DreamCenter in south Bismarck where founders Jim & Cindy Barnhardt gave participants a tour of the facility. Afterwards, Burleigh County Foster Care Supervisor Nicole Delaplane explained how the County supports children in foster care along with their foster parents. On the topic of our area’s youth, Sherrice Roness from Bismarck Public Schools discussed the Students in Transition Program and how it serves those students most in need. From there Stacy Schaffer with the 31:8 Project updated the class on how human trafficking impacts us here in Bismarck-Mandan before the day concluded with a panel of area service providers including the United Way, Hope Manor, the Abused Adult Resource Center and the F5 Project.

SERVE & PROTECT DAY

The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Class of 2023 also recently completed Serve & Protect Day. Hosted at the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy Campus in east Bismarck, the class was greeted by Lincoln Police Chief Robyn Krile. The first presentation was then given by Dan Shaefer, NRP-Operations Chief of the Metro Area Ambulance who explained the ins and outs of the ambulance and gave a thorough explanation of narcotics and lifesaving procedures.

That was immediately followed by a presentation from Owen Fitzsimmons from the Bismarck Fire Department which engaged the class with questions and concerns as homeowners, business owners and residents. Another part of the day was spent with Morton County Sheriff’s Deputy David Tomlinson and Major Teddy Hugz; the first therapy K-9 working in central North Dakota. Finally, the class experienced what it was like to train in a simulator directed by Anthony Hoaby, MCSAP Trooper.

OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING:

Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsor: Scholarship Sponsors: Program Sponsors: Bartlett & West, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, KLJ Engineering

Human Services co-chairs: Deidre Hillman – 13th Hat, LLC

Heather Pitsiladis – Glance Spa & Salon

Katie Schulz – Ameriprise Financial Services

Serve & Protect co-chairs: Robyn Krile - Lincoln Police Chief Scott Ritter - Aspen Group Real Estate

Ashley Hoerner - First International Bank & Trust

Lunch and Breakfast Sponsors: Legacy Financial Partners, LLC - Human Services Day

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Alumni Dan Shaefer, of Metro Area Ambulance, presented during Serve & Protect Day on November 30th.

JAN 12

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: TOUCHMARK ON WEST CENTURY

Date: Thursday, January 12 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Touchmark on West Century — 1000 W Century Ave, Bismarck

Admission: Free to Attend This mixer is a great way to meet other Chamber EDC members and kick off the new year with networking.

INDOOR GOLF TOURNAMENT

JAN 13

Date: Friday, January 13 Time: Flight 1 — 12:00pm; Flight 2 — 2:00pm; Flight 3 — 4:00pm Location: Golf Etc — 511 Airport Road, Bismarck

Admission: $75 per person, $150 for 2-person team Please arrive 30 minutes before flight time for check-in.

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MIXER:

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Date: Thursday, February 2 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Bank of North Dakota — 1200 Memorial Hwy, Bismarck Admission: Free to Attend Come by Bank of North Dakota for an after hour event with the opportunity to chat with other Chamber EDC members.

FOCUS ON BISMARCK MANDAN

Date: Thursday, February 23 Check-In: 2:30pm - 3:00pm Event Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Social: 5:00pm - 6:30pm Location: Bismarck Hotel & Conference Center

Admission: $50 for Chamber EDC members; $75 for General Admission Join us as we hear from speaker, Elliot Eisenberg, as he forecasts the 2023 economy.

BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC ANNUAL DINNER

Date: Thursday, March 30

Check-In: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B — 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck

Event Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Admission: $75 for Chamber EDC members; $125 for General Admission This black-tie affair is one to remember. The Chamber EDC reflects on the past year and anticipates the year ahead.

APRIL MEMBERSHIP MIXER: AMERICAN ROOFING SUPPLY

Date: Thursday, April 13 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: American Roofing Supply — 1600 Industrial Drive, Bismarck Admission: Free to Attend This mixer is a great way to meet other Chamber EDC members and enjoy a little business after hours.

MAY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: JEROME DISTRIBUTING

Date: Thursday, May 11 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Jerome Distributing — 3420 Miriam Ave, Bismarck Admission: Free to Attend Stop by Jerome Distributing for an opportunity to meet and chat with other Chamber EDC members.

LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION

Date: Wednesday, May 17 Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: University of Mary — 7500 University Drive, Bismarck Admission: TBD Help us celebrate our Leadership Bismarck-Mandan graduates.

FEB 2 REGISTER FOR THESE EVENTS AND MANY MORE ONLINE AT WWW.BISMARCKMANDAN.COM

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BISMARCK MAYOR TO HOST MONTHLY CONVERSATIONAL PROGRAM FEATURING TOPICAL DISCUSSION ON CITY

Bismarck Mayor Mike Schmitz will host a monthly conversational program dedicated to bringing enhanced transparency to the City of Bismarck’s operations.

“Bismarck Insights with Mayor Mike Schmitz” will be unveiled the week of December 19 through Dakota Media Access. The 30-minute monthly program will feature a conversation between the Mayor of Bismarck and a variety of individuals who impact the Capital City.

“When I was elected as mayor, I wanted to ensure we emphasize transparency,” said Schmitz. “This program will serve as a valuable resource for the citizens of Bismarck by peeling back some of the layers between themselves and the city that brings them a variety of services every day.”

The program’s first episode will feature City Administrator Keith Hunke. Hunke first began working for the City of Bismarck as a laborer in Public Works in 1982 and has advanced to the city’s highest non-elected position.

“Keith was a natural fit for that first episode,” said Schmitz. “He has decades of experience with all things regarding Bismarck and has seen the city inside and out, top to bottom. He can speak to every topic about Bismarck’s local government and approaches city leadership with thoughtfulness and appropriateness. No one would have been a better fit for that first program.”

Future episodes will feature City staff including Public Works Utility Operations Director Michelle Klose, Police Chief Dave Draovitch, Fire Chief Joel Boespflug, Finance Director Dmitriy Chernyak and City Engineer Gabe Schell.

Schmitz is a lifelong North Dakotan, who was elected as Bismarck’s mayor in June. In addition to his role as mayor, Schmitz works as a Certified Public Accountant and is an owner with the firm Schmitz-Holmstrom CPAs. He graduated from the University of Mary in 1984.

Bismarck Insights will appear across the spectrum of Dakota Media Access programming:

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NORTH DAKOTA’S NURSING SHORTAGE GETS SHOT IN THE ARM WITH MARY’S NEW COLLEGE COURSE FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS

High School seniors in Bismarck can now take a new Introduction to Nursing course from the University of Mary through a partnership with the Bismarck Public School’s Career Academy and Technical Center and earn three dual high school and college credits. Interested seniors can enroll in this pilot course at the Career Academy — that starts this upcoming spring semester — and if they maintain an overall 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or a 24 ACT, they are guaranteed early assurance into the nation’s top-rated nursing program (according to the 2021 national benchmarking service, Mountain Measurement) at the University of Mary.

“For high school seniors, this course creates an early pathway into the nursing field that has reached the critical shortage stage in North Dakota and across the United States,” stated Dr. Billie Madler, associate dean of nursing at University of Mary’s Saint Gianna School of Health Sciences, and Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2016). “This aligns with our university’s mission as we hold a responsibility to serve the needs of this region, and beyond, by helping curb this shortage. This course will engage the high school student in the broad scope of nursing, give them a taste of what it’s like to be a nurse, and potentially begin their journey towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree that will eventually help provide a workforce pipeline that the nursing industry so desperately needs.”

Madler is not aware of any other college or university in North Dakota offering this type of course-partnership for high school seniors. Partly because, the Bismarck Career Academy is uniquely set up with an academically qualified instructor teaching the course — Jessica Mehlhoff, who has a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

“I am excited to be a part of this collaboration bringing nursing education to the students and future nurses of Bismarck Public Schools,” said Mehlhoff. “I feel this is a unique and amazing opportunity for students to jump-start their education in nursing through the partnership between the Bismarck Public Schools and the University of Mary. The Introduction to Nursing course provides a professional foundation and exposes students to nursing education while in high school. By taking this dual credit course, students will save time and money on their college education while gaining valuable knowledge of the nursing profession.”

As the name implies, this course introduces students to the nursing profession by looking at current and historical influences; community nursing; patient-centeredness and the essence of caring; incorporation of cultural considerations in the delivery of care; ethics and values of the profession; legal implications in nursing practice, and principles to support effective and therapeutic communication in the face of a commonly technology-infused environment. Students will also be provided hands-on application with patient simulators on University of Mary’s campus.

This course and the spring semester for the Career Academy begins Wednesday, January 18. As of right now, there are no prerequisites other than being a high school senior. Madler says, it is important to reduce obstacles for motivated students and provide them the greatest opportunity to leverage their time for focus on courses that will support their overall goals to pursue a particular field of interest. Science and math courses are vital in the high school preparation of students aspiring to be nurses. This course will enhance that preparation and be a springboard for future study.

Metaphorically speaking, said Madler, “This course gives students a seedling for nursing, that we want to fertilize and water. In the end, we are making the nursing field more accessible to high school students in our community. A whole country needs care, and these students are going to help provide it.”

Various aid packages are available for nursing students attending the University of Mary, including generous scholarship opportunities from CHI St. Alexius and Sanford Health, so students can focus on becoming a nurse with less worry about the financial aspect of paying for their degree.

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MANDAN TENNIS CENTER GRAND

OPENING

The Mandan Tennis Center, located at 520 16th Street NE celebrated its grand opening in December with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.

The Mandan Tennis Center will be home to Mandan Braves boys and girl’s high school tennis teams, tennis and pickleball leagues and tournaments, badminton, ping pong, summer parks and recreation tennis programs and open to the public to rent court time. This facility will promote wellness activities related to racquet sports for people of all ages and all skill levels.

Mandan’s first indoor tennis facility boasts several unique areas within the 41,600 square foot dome. Inside the dome includes six indoor tennis courts and 10 indoor pickleball courts. The 3,000 square feet welcome center includes a meeting room and small retail space. The outdoor space includes four pickleball courts. There are 505 paved parking spaces that will be utilized by the Mandan Tennis Center and overflow parking for the Starion Sports Complex.

The Mandan Tennis Center enables Mandan to provide more recreational opportunities for all ages and improve the overall quality of life.

VALLELY SPORT & MARINE NAMED TO 2022 BOATING INDUSTRY TOP 100 LIST

Vallely Sport & Marine of Bismarck and Minot, ND has been named one of the Top 100 Awards: Top Dealers in North America by Boating Industry, the leading trade publication for the marine industry.

The recreational boating industry’s elite members celebrated the launch of the re-imagined Boating Industry Top 100 Awards during a black-tie gala in November on the final evening of the Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT in Orlando, Fla.

Entering the 18th year of the Top 100 in 2022, the program now honors the best of the best across the entire boating industry, celebrating the 40 Under 40, Women Making Waves and the Top Dealers across North America.

As a continuation of the original roots of the Top 100 program, Boating Industry honored the 2022 Top Dealers during the Top 100 Awards celebration.

“This year’s Top Dealers program brought on a stack of new applicants and new competition to the program along with very strong returns from multi-year winners. And we’re very excited to highlight the accomplishments of all, as new dealers join the ranks and others join forces to become one,” Boating Industry editor-in-chief and Top 100 program director Adam Quandt said.

“Vallely Sport & Marine is proud to be the region’s only Top 100 Dealership and has been apart of this great program for the last 15 years straight. We believe excellent customer service, our great employees, and continued innovation within our company are key pillars to our success and this award, Josh Vallely, Co-Owner of Vallely Sport & Marine said.

Vallely Sport & Marine is a locally owned family business that has been in business since 1974. Vallely Sport & Marine serves all of North Dakota, Northern South Dakota and Eastern Montana. They are North Dakota’s largest sport & marine group offering two premier locations in Bismarck, ND and Minot, ND. Vallely Sport & Marine currently represents seven of the best brands in the marine and powersports business. The company has been selected fifteen years in a row as a Boating Industry Top 100 boat dealership.

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SUBARU CHOOSES DAKOTA CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER AS HOMETOWN CHARITY

Kramer Subaru along with Subaru of America and its retailers across the country are hosting the 2022 Subaru Share the Love®, Event to give back to the causes that mean the most to our community running November 17 through January 3. Subaru nationally has hosted this event since 2008.

With every new Subaru purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of four national charities: The National Park Foundation, Make a Wish, ASPCA, Meals on Wheels, or the Hometown Charity selected by Kramer Subaru-The Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center. Kramer Subaru will donate an additional $75 to Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center with every sale or lease. Additionally, for every Subaru vehicle serviced during the Share the Love Event, Subaru will donate $5 to Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Dakota Children’s Advocacy center located in Bismarck, Dickinson, and Watford City, coordinates the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases by utilizing multidisciplinary teams of professionals while keeping the child the center of everything the team does.

Kramer Subaru believes in the mission of Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center which is providing a safe, family-friendly environment that promotes health, and healing to traumatized children and their families. We are proud to support a cause that means so much to our community,” says Phil Alalouf, managing partner of Kramer Subaru.

Says Alalouf, “It is important to Kramer Subaru to partner with a hometown charity to create a stronger impact in our community. This partnership is a way for our employees to get together outside the office and take part in something bigger than themselves. Our customers have a philanthropic spirit that makes the Subaru Share the Love Event a success and having a hometown charitable partner allows us to give back to our neighbors and community.”

To find out more about The Subaru Love Promise and the charities they support, contact Amy Jo at 701-663-9851 or visit Kramer Subaru at seven hundred Old Red Trail NW, Mandan.

BASIN ELECTRIC TO BUILD LARGEST SINGLESITE GENERATION PROJECT SINCE 1980S

Basin Electric is pursuing its largest single-site electric generation project since the 1980s. The cooperative plans to construct up to 583 megawatts of natural gas generation near the existing Pioneer Generation Station, northwest of Williston, N.D. The project will be referred to as Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV.

Todd Telesz, Basin Electric CEO and general manager, said the project will serve the growing needs of the cooperative’s members with reliable, affordable, and responsible electricity in western North Dakota.

Load forecasts show member cooperatives in the Bakken region will require more electricity by 2025. “Our cooperative members in western North Dakota and eastern Montana continue to grow quickly due to economic development related to oil and gas, and also more recently, data storage and the ancillary services that go along with this development,” Telesz said.

Preliminary estimates place the budget of the new plant at approximately $790 million.

Gavin McCollam, Basin Electric senior vice president and chief operating officer, said Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV will address near-term load growth and long-term grid stability in the Bakken region.

Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV was approved by the Basin Electric board of directors at their September meeting. The cooperative submitted an application to the North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) on Oct. 7 for a Certificate of Site Compatibility. The NDPSC will hold a public hearing on Jan. 5, 2023, at 9 a.m. Central Time at the Williston City Hall to consider the application

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Q: IT’S A NEW YEAR, HOW CAN I SHOW MY EMPLOYEES I CARE?

A: Research shows that employees who don’t feel appreciated are twice as likely to quit their job in the next year. In today’s workforce, employers are struggling to retain employees, which is why it’s so important to find ways to thank and recognize your team. That’s where we come in. We offer FUN, customized ticket options packed with benefits to help YOU build relationships with employees.

Bravera Home Plate Club. Located in the first three rows behind home plate, this area offers an amazing view and is the best experience in the ballpark. Your employees will have access to a private lounge to mix and mingle, plus a personal waitstaff to bring beverages and snacks directly to their seat.

Bravera Suite Seats. With access to a private food outlet and seats behind or beside the dugouts, this is a ‘sweet’ option to entertain employees.

The Bravera Home Plate Club and Suite Seats both include: a tasty ballpark buffet packed with appetizers, smoked meats, soda, beer and more, our VIP Drop-In Program designed to surprise your employees at their seats and free entry into the Family Fun Zone for kids 12 and under. For more information contact me at 701595-7523 or at aaron@larksbaseball.com.

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Q: WHAT TYPE OF WORK DOES ROERS DO IN THE BISMARCK AND MANDAN AREAS?

A: With over 45 years of success, Roers is a family-owned company with a proven track record of building success in our communities. Roers is the region’s leading General Contractor, specializing in design-build, Construction Management, institutional construction, commercial, industrial, and multi-unit residential.

At Roers, we believe every project is an opportunity for success: in design, quality, schedule, and budget. Roers prides itself in leading a project from conception through completion and providing the experience and drive to get the job done correctly. We have the expertise and experience of all ranges of projects to new construction, additions, remodels, serving as a subcontractor or bringing the vision of a development project to reality. Recent Roers projects in the area include Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck Public Health, Three Affiliated Tribes Female Transitional Housing and Capital Credit Union.

Today, Roers continues “Building success.” We are proud to be not only be a leader in the industry but leaders in our communities too. Community - Give Back and Give Often is more than one of our core values at Roers, it is how we choose to live through volunteering, sponsorships, encouragement, and engagement.

500 N 8th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-222-6100

A: Your doctor will discuss your diagnosis, possible treatment options, potential side effects, and the number of treatments appropriate for you. The first step before receiving radiation therapy is called a “simulation”. This is a dress rehearsal for your actual radiation therapy sessions. The simulator is a CT scan that helps your doctors plan precisely where to direct the radiation beam. Following the CT scan, your skin will be marked with a tiny amount of permanent ink. These very small marks are used by therapists to set up the precise treatment area every day. Your planning session will last 20-45 minutes. After the simulation, your treatment plan will be created, and your appointments will be scheduled. Treatments are usually given once a day and take approximately 15-30 minutes. Depending on the type and stage of the tumor, your doctor may prescribe one to eight weeks of radiation treatments. Radiation treatment is carried out by a team of radiation therapists who administer daily radiation under the supervision of a Radiation Oncologist. Radiation therapists have daily contact with patients during their treatment where they provide education, inform the patient of potential side effects, and answer any questions along the way.

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Q: I AM STARTING RADIATION TREATMENT NEXT WEEK. WHAT CAN I EXPECT AND WHY IS RADIATION A VITAL PART OF MY TREATMENT?
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Q: THE LANDLORD PROVIDED ME A LEASE WITH “CAM” CHARGES. WHAT ARE “CAM” CHARGES?

A: Landlords of multi-tenant commercial buildings often require tenants to reimburse the landlord for its expenses associated with a building, which are often referred to in a lease as common area maintenance (“CAM”) charges or operating expenses. Operating expenses are typically those associated with a service or structural component of a property that benefits all tenants. For both landlords and tenants, it is important to think carefully about the charges characterized as operating expenses and how such charges are allocated between tenants. Another important consideration is whether capital improvements to a landlord’s building are characterized as operating expenses. While many operating expenses may appear benign at first glance, there are a variety of expenses that may not be appropriate to characterize as operating expenses, either entirely or as applied to a particular tenant. Similarly, many situations require that operating expenses are not shared by tenants equally, but rather are allocated to tenants proportionately based on each tenants’ leased space. An experienced real estate attorney can help landlords craft operating expense provisions to maximize the value of income-producing property and help ensure tenants that the operating expenses they pay are appropriate for their individual situations.

811 E Interstate Ave, Ste B, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-409-0488

Q: HOW MUCH SHOULD I BE SPENDING ON MARKETING?

A: If you think of marketing as an expense, your mindset should shift. Marketing isn’t a cost – it’s an investment that should be boosting both your revenue and business goals.

It’s very common to use a percentage of revenue as a guide for how much to invest. The SBA recommends investing 7 to 8 percent of your gross revenue on marketing. This percentage can vary drastically with each business though; it typically increases if you’re new in an industry, looking to expand, targeting consumers versus businesses, or are in a competitive market. For example, a business expanding into a new territory that’s focused on building their brand might spend up to 20% of revenue on marketing, much more than an already established company trying to maintain their current state of business.

No matter what you’re investing, you can maximize success in a two key ways:

1. Develop a marketing plan and revisit it often so your marketing spend is on-track and going towards areas of the most value.

2. Track the ROI and success of marketing.

A fresh perspective can help you identify both your budget, goals, and plan when it comes to marketing. Email info@hexahive. co to schedule your free consultation.

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Q: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COMMERCIAL REALTOR® AND A RESIDENTIAL REALTOR® AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?

A: A Residential REALTOR® is an expert at purchasing and selling your personal home. A Commercial REALTOR® focuses 100% of his time and attention on commercial transactions such as commercial leasing, buying and selling investment property, commercial offices, retail space, industrial shops and land.

In commercial real estate, the sales process is more complex, the contracts are unique to each transaction, the financing is different, negotiations are the key to success and most importantly, your commercial REALTOR® has training unique to commercial transactions.

Commercial leases are far more complicated than residential and the details get into lease terms and expenses that most don’t consider. Your commercial REALTOR® represents your interest with years of exposure to these terms and protects your interest. I’d recommend that you call a commercial REALTOR® for advice to answer any questions before you consider a move in commercial real estate.

Expertise matters. Trust your commercial transactions to a commercial REALTOR®.

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SANFORD HEALTH

RECOGNIZES

EXCEPTIONAL ADVANCED PRACTICE PROVIDERS

Sanford Health recently recognized advanced practice providers in the Bismarck region for their contributions to people, patients and the communities they serve. The following advanced practice providers were nominated by their peers for going above and beyond:

• Lifetime Achievement: Donald Walter, certified registered nurse anesthetist

• APP of the Year: Jamie Hawk, certified registered nurse anesthetist

• Rookie of the Year: Christina Gisvold, nurse practitioner, Interventional Radiology

• Innovator: Carmen Rodriguez, nurse practitioner, Orthopedic Surgery

Advanced practice providers (APPs) see patients of all ages for primary, specialty and long-term care needs. They have the education and training to treat and care for patients with acute and chronic conditions, improve health and prevent disease. Throughout the organization, Sanford Health has more than 1,200 APPs, 182 of which are located in the Bismarck region.

WEEKS JOINS INTERSTATE ENGINEERING

Interstate Engineering expanded survey services with the addition of Easton Weeks to the Mandan office. After serving as a seasonal employee for the past three summers, Easton recently joined the team full-time as a Field Technician. His knowledge and passion for drone survey and data collection will enhance the Interstate Engineering team.

DCN HIRES RITZ

Ian Ritz has been hired as an application analyst at Dakota Carrier Network (DCN).

In this role, Ritz is responsible for administering software applications to create reports based on statistical information, configuring and maintaining network monitoring, and creating and maintaining custom dashboards for external and internal users.

A Bismarck native, Ritz will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Applied Science in cybersecurity and networking from Bismarck State College.

LCD GROUP PROMOTES MASSE TO LENDER,

Lewis & Clark Development Group has promoted commercial credit processor Chris Masse to lender and tasked him with overseeing the Meat & Poultry Intermediary Lending Program (MPILP) and the new Revolving Loan Fund.

Masse joined LCD Group in early 2021 after working as a personal banker for Wells Fargo in Bismarck and in Raleigh, North Carolina. In his role as commercial credit processor, he has drawn up closing documents for all of LCD Group's commercial lending programs, including the North Dakota Opportunity Fund and the SBA 504 Loan.

CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES SHEETS

Terran Sheets was recently promoted to financial services representative at Capital Credit Union’s Mandan Branch.

In this role, Sheets will be responsible for consumer lending including auto, recreational vehicle and home equity loans, delivery of deposit products such as money market accounts and certificates of deposit, and actively soliciting, promoting, and servicing credit union products and services.

Originally from Bismarck, Sheets earned an Associate in Arts from Bismarck State College in 2022 and is currently attending Dickinson State University working toward a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He has been with Capital Credit Union since September 2020.

KRAUS-ANDERSON NORTH DAKOTA NAMES BARSNESS AS SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

Kraus-Anderson North Dakota has hired Mike Barsness as senior project manager. He will work from the company’s Bismarck office.

Barsness comes to Kraus-Anderson from Bismarckbased Consolidated Construction Company where he was the director of preconstruction services. He received his B.S. in Construction Engineering from North Dakota State University, Fargo.

In addition, Kraus-Anderson has hired Braden Aubol as project engineer following an internship with Kraus-Anderson. He previously was an engineering technician for the Cass County Highway Department in West Fargo. Aubol received his B.S. in Construction Management from North Dakota State University, Fargo.

LEE JOINS THE CRA GROUP

The CRA Group, a commercial real estate brokerage company, is pleased to welcome Jon Lee to the company.

Jon has more than 20 years of experience as a small business owner and nearly 15 years as a franchisor. Previously, Jon was the owner and founder of Bread Poets Baking Company and remains the owner of Bread Poets Franchising. He is currently the President of the Bismarck Public School Board.

Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Business from North Dakota State University.

Jon will be working as a consultant until obtaining his North Dakota Salesperson’s License in the near future.

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Share your business news with the Chamber EDC. Email press releases to Rebecca at rpelkey@bmcedc.com.
Donald Walter Jamie Hawk Christina Gisvold Carmen Rodriguez Easton Weeks Ian Ritz Terran Sheets Mike Barsness Braden Aubol Jon Lee

SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES NEW PLASTIC SURGEON TO BISMARCK MEDICAL CENTER

Andrew Mills, MD, has joined Sanford Health in Bismarck, ND. Specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic procedures, Dr. Mills is an expert in treating patients who have conditions such as birth disorders, injuries, trauma illnesses, and oncologic reconstruction. Dr. Mills specializes in:

• Breast augmentation

• Aesthetics/cosmetic

• Craniofacial surgery (skill, face, ears, nose and parts of the mouth).

• General reconstructive surgery (wound healing, scar reparation and scar revisions)

• Scar revision surgery

He also offers services in lower extremity reconstruction, hand surgery, body contouring after weight loss, corrective surgeries for genetic problems and transgender surgery.

CEDRIC THEEL TOYOTA WELCOMES SAVAGEAU

Cedric Theel Toyota recently added Noah Savageau to the recon team. Noah works with the team on detailing and reconditioning vehicles before they are put on the lot.

Noah graduated from Bismarck High School. Prior to working at Cedric Theel Toyota, he worked construction.

SANDNESS & SEIFERT ELECTED TO BOARD OF REALTORS

Bianco Realty's Amber Sandness and Nate Seifert have been elected Directors of the Bismarck-Mandan Board of REALTORS®!

THOMPSON APPOINTED WEST CENTRAL REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

The Board of Directors of Interstate Engineering is pleased to announce the promotion of Adam Thompson to West Central Regional Vice President.

Adam has been leading the Surveying group for Interstate Engineering with one eye, always looking for new ways to efficiently provide clients with needed data. He is also adept at creating a crossregional team.

Thompson is a Professional Land Surveyor with Interstate Engineering. A graduate of North Dakota State College of Science, Adam is registered in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Colorado. He is also a certified federal surveyor.

Adam is a member of MARLS and SDSPLS and serves as the Membership Chair for SDSPLS.

JANUARY LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Provided on Government Access cable channels 2 & 602HD FreeTV.org, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV Radio Access 102.5FM and RadioAccess.org

Tues, 3rd 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Wed, 4th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Thurs, 5th 5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment *

Mon, 9th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board *

Tues, 10th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 11th 8:00 am Burleigh Water Resource District * 5:15 pm Burleigh Planning & Zoning

Thurs, 12th 9:00 am Bismarck Parking Authority * 4:00 pm Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority *

Tues, 17th 10:00 am Met. Planning Org. – Tech Advisory Cmte. *

1:30 pm Met. Planning Org. – Policy Board * 5:00 pm Mandan City Commission 7:00 pm Mandan School Board

Wed, 18th 3:00 pm Bismarck Historic Preservation * 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Thurs, 19th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Mon, 23rd 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Planning & Zoning *

Tues, 24th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 25th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning & Zoning

Meetings are replayed on Government Access channels and are archived online at FreeTV.org

* Not available on Radio Access

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Andrew Mills, MD Noah Savageau Adam Thompson

SILICON PLAINS, LLC

Congratulations to Silicon Plains, LLC on the Grand Opening of their new location on 2219E Main Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-390-9876. Member.

ND FLAGPOLE GUY

Congratulations to ND Flagpole Guy on the Grand Opening of your new location at 3930 21st St SE, Suite 510 in Mandan. Phone: 701-571-3524. Member.

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JUST YOU STUDIOS Easter Seals Goodwill ND, Inc. celebrates new location at 301 1st St NE in Mandan. Phone: 701-663-6828. Member. EASTER SEALS GOODWILL ND, INC. Ribbon cuttings are conducted by a committee of Chamber EDC 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 find out how you can get a free
cutting from the
CHARITY BALL BISMARCK CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION For more information, contact Sara at 701-222-6119 BISMARCKCANCERCENTER.COM FEBRUARY 4, 2023 SIXTEEN 03 MAIN EVENTS Make plans to attend the 9th 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.
Celebrating the Grand Opening of Just You Studios at its location at 410 W Main Street in Mandan. Phone: 701-516-8680. Member.
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Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, please call Ross at 701-223-5660.

K&R Designs

2907 43rd Ave NE Apt. 311 Bismarck, ND 58503 701-946-4363

Kelly Allen

We are an innovative company, solving current problems with future solutions.

DTN Staffing

1200 Collins Ave Mandan, ND 58554 701-667-2884

Billie Stanton

DTN is a Professional Staffing agency that provides RNs, LPNs, CMAs, CNAs, Housekeepers, Cooks, Culinary Aides and other Specialty Positions to over 350 facilities in ND, SD, MN, MT and WA.

www.bismarckmandan.com.

Mathew Scheetz Nodak Insurance Agency

1686 Capitol Way Bismarck, ND 58501-2193 701-226-6195

Mathew Scheetz

We offer a full line of products including auto, homeowners, farm & ranch, crop, business, life & annuities and financial products.

Pediatric Partners

4530 Northern Sky Drive Bismarck, ND 58503 701-751-6336

Renee Theisen

At Pediatric Partners, a member of the Sevita family, we believe your child deserves the best pediatric therapy and care.

Nancy

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The Chamber EDC 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 EDC. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber EDC members, view the Member Directory online at

Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Connection

1640 Burnt Boat Drive

Bismarck, ND 58503

UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS

JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: TOUCHMARK ON WEST CENTURY

Date: January 12, 2023 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Touchmark on West Century – 1000 W Century Ave, Bismarck

CHAMBER EDC INDOOR GOLF TOURNEY

Date: January 13, 2023 Flight Times: 12:00pm - 1:30pm; 2:00pm - 3:30pm; 4:00pm - 5:30pm Location: Golf Etc – 511 Airport Road, Bismarck

FEBRUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: BANK OF NORTH DAKOTA

Date: February 2, 2023 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Bank of North Dakota – 1200 Memorial Hwy, Bismarck

FOCUS ON BISMARCK-MANDAN

Date: February 23, 2023

Check-in: 2:30pm • Event Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm • Social: 5:00pm - 6:30pm Location: Bismarck Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck

CHAMBER EDC ANNUAL DINNER

Date: March 30, 2023

Check-in: 5:30pm - 7:00pm • Event Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B – 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck

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