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CONNECTION January 2019


BISMARCK-MANDAN INTERNSHIPS: A Guide for Employers and Future Professionals


Speaker Profile Paul Long Founder of Fundamism


Chamber/BMDA Restructure: A final update and summary


Chamber EDC Annual Dinner Don’t miss our premier event of the year!


Molly Herrington ................................................................Chair Brian Eiseman .............................................................Vice Chair Val Weigel ....................................................................Secretary Kevin Strege .................................................................Treasurer Ron Day .......................................................................Past Chair


Steve Bakken ......................................................City of Bismarck Scott Davis .........................................................City of Mandan Ron Day ............................................Marathon Petroleum Corp. Brian Eiseman ...............................................Stoneshire Builders Heather Fried ....................State Farm - Fried Financial Services Molly Herrington ...................................................................KLJ Chris Jones ...................................ND Dept. of Human Services Jim Pelsuo .........................................................Burleigh County Karl Lembke ......................................................Vaaler Insurance Wayne Munson ..............................................Bismarck Sign Co. Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat Mike Schmitz .....................................................Widmer Roel PC Cody Schulz ........................................................Morton County Scott Staudinger .............................................Cloverdale Foods Kevin Strege ................................................Capital Credit Union Tom Todd ................................................Northwest Contracting Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Val Weigel ..............................Basin Electric Power Cooperative Lee Weisbeck ..........................................................Starion Bank


Brian Ritter ...................................................................President Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director David Leingang .............................Community Growth Director Mary Masters .......................................Office Support Specialist Ryan Parsons ........................................................Vice President Shay Peterson ......................Membership Engagement Director Rebecca Rattei ................................ Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Jaime Sabot ................. Workforce Development Coordinator Nathan Schneider .............................................. Vice President Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson ... Communications Specialist AnneMarie Hansen ..................................Marketing and Events Lyndsey Scheurer.... Communications & Economic Development Intern 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-223-5660 • www.bismarckmandan.com


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Chair’s Corner Happy New Year Chamber EDC Members, It is with great enthusiasm and optimism that I welcome you to the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC! Here at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, we are ringing in a New Year and a new adventure; we are so thankful you’re joining us in continuing to propel business in Bismarck-Mandan forward. It is my pleasure to serve the business community as the 2019 Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Chair. I am thankful for the support and encouragement of my employer KLJ. At KLJ I serve as the Government Relations Manager where we work alongside our technical experts to deliver comprehensive solutions to the engineering problems the public and private sectors face each day. I have been a proud member of the KLJ family for over 10 years and I am passionate about living out our values of integrity, community, and trust. Outside of the office, my husband, Jim, and I enjoy traveling, spending time with our family, and giving back to our community through various service organizations. We are committed to helping Bismarck-Mandan grow into the new season of the community’s life that is on the horizon. Thank you to Ron Day for serving as 2018 Chair for the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and to Kevin Magstadt for serving as the 2018 Chair for the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (BMDA). Under their leadership the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC has evolved, and I am humbled to follow in their footsteps as we launch this new organization with a renewed sense of purpose and vigor for the communities. Both Ron and Kevin will continue to serve leadership roles as we stand-up the Chamber EDC. Thank you also to all of the board members at the BMDA and the Chamber for their time and energy – 2018 has been an intense but exciting year, and I am very grateful to have had the guidance of both boards. As we look to 2019 and what’s in store for the Chamber EDC, we will continue to focus on our objectives of business development, advocacy, and providing opportunities for community businesses and leaders to connect. As a new entity, we will kick off 2019 with the creation of a strategic plan and confirm our vision, mission, and values that will be our guiding lights as we strive to provide increased levels of service for the Chamber EDC membership. With the highly capable and well-respected staff, I am confident that the Chamber EDC will thrive as they work to increase attention to area businesses and development activities and focus on enhancing community engagement and amenity development to aid in our ability to attract and retain a quality workforce. Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding area are in a strong position to accomplish exciting projects to strengthen our economic future. If at any point you have questions or want to engage in the work at the Chamber EDC, we welcome your input. Brian, the board members, and myself have open doors and want to ensure we are pouring our energy into the initiatives that best serve the businesses in our communities long-term. Thank you for your continued support as we kickoff what is sure to be a year of adventures at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC!


Molly Herrington Chair, Board of Directors

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HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF INTERNSHIPS A GUIDE FOR BOTH EMPLOYERS AND INTERNS By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Any employer that has a longstanding internship program has probably had both good and bad experiences with interns. Many students in internships have good and bad experiences as well. Chamber Connection spoke with an employer, and intern, and a university professor to find out how both employers and interns can get the most out of internships.

A GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS View an internship as mutually beneficial. Mike Mabin is the CEO of Agency MABU, which has had an internship program since day one when the company was founded 18 years ago. Mabin recommends viewing the internship as a win-win for both the student and the employer. “We’re both learning,” Mabin said. “They are learning how to apply their skills into a real work environment. We’re learning form them based on fresh ideas and real skills that keep us current with the marketplace.” Mabin said he is always pleasantly surprised by the added-value that interns bring. Last year Agency MABU had an intern from University of Minnesota who was majoring in Entrepreneurship & Product Design. The agency was developing a custom software product for augmented reality, and the intern informed them of a process for patenting IT solutions, as well as an attorney who specializes in the field.

Set guidelines and goals. University of Mary requires that employers and interns create an initial document that outlines goals and expectations. Karel Sovak, Associate Professor of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, runs the business school’s internship program. “The best that I have seen is when they sit down with that initial document and set those expectations,” Sovak said. “When the students know what is expected of them, they meet or exceed those expectations. Cole Garman is an undergraduate majoring in Marketing and Business Administration at University of Mary. He is currently in Sovak’s internship class and is interning at the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

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“I do think my initial documents … those goals that I set for myself are ones they see for me as well,” Garman said. “They helped me achieve those goals through my work for the department.”

Discuss with your intern what he or she wants to achieve. “I think a big one is communication with what the student wants out of (his or her) internship,” Garman said. “It’s really easy to have a black and white piece of paper and just say, ‘This is what I want you to do.’ I was able to talk about both what they wanted and what I wanted.” Base internships on your organization’s needs. Agency MABU doesn’t hire for internships if they don’t need them. The company just completed an internship with a graphic design student from Bismarck State College. In January they will have two new interns starting, one in Communications at University of Mary and one from Computer Science at Bismarck State College. “We look at internships similar to when we hire new employees,” Mabin said. “We make sure we have the type and amount of work to keep them busy and productive.”

Be clear whether you want to hire juniors and seniors or freshmen and sophomores. Agency MABU’s first intern was from Gonzaga University. On the first day, Mabin said he assigned her to write a news release about her joining the agency as an intern. Half an hour later she came back and asked, “What’s a news release?” “Oh my, how far are you in your program?” Mabin said. “I’m just in my first year. I don’t get into my PR classes in until years three and four,” the intern said. Mabin said that is when the agency started tying internships to the final years in a student’s major. Agency MABU continued to hire that student as an intern and eventually as a full-time employee when she graduated. Mabin said she was a valued employee for many years until she got married and moved to Boston.

Mentor your interns, and keep them accountable. “It teaches them how to play well in the sandbox,” Sovak said. “It teaches them what an employer values — punctuality, dependability, being accountable for your work.”

www.bismarckmandan.com Create an intentional culture. This will help you rehire high-functioning interns for full-time positions. “Millennials want meaning and purpose,” Sovak said. “If businesses can provide meaning and purpose, they will create a longer term workforce with Millennials.” Partner with local colleges. Agency MABU has partnered with United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck State College, and University of Mary on internships. Talk with the university about their expectations. If the student is completing the internship for credit, the university may require the employer to fill out periodic evaluations. The student may also be required to work for a certain number of hours at their internship. That could range from 50 to 400 hours. Sovak said many of his students spread their hours across multiple internships to gain experience. Know how many hours you can provide. Pay your interns. Sovak said the U.S. Department of Labor has indicated the majority of internships should be paid. If an internship is unpaid, the student should be able to develop his or her own work and monetize that. “It recognizes the value that the student brings from day one,” Mabin said. “It also treats them like a professional, which they are. We consider them to be professionals in training. It’s a mindset that we have from day one you’re a member of our professional team.” Garman said that can be a deal breaker for his fellow students. He said many of his classmates won’t consider an internship if it’s unpaid.

A GUIDE FOR INTERNS Be proactive, and pursue companies that will be a good fit for your career path. Mabin said Agency MABU has an intern starting in January who wanted to work at that specific agency. He told his University of Mary professor that Agency MABU’s clients fit well with his career goals. Set goals for yourself. Garman said he set four goals for himself at the beginning of his internship. No. 1 he wants to improve upon his people skills. No. 2 he wants to expand his work with marketing. No. 3 he wants to do work with his college degree within his internship at the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. No. 4 he wants to head up a marketing project, which he was able to do with a social media campaign. “And I want to make money while doing it,” Garman said. “It’s nice, because this is my first year in school with an income.”

Perform. Performance is the No. 1 thing you are being judged on. If you make a mistake, own up to it. Remedy that mistake so it doesn’t happen again.

CHAMBER EDC HOSTS JOB SHADOW WEEK IN FEBRUARY The Chamber EDC is looking for community partners and businesses to address the challenges of inspiring and motivating students to pursue career goals. Businesses can take part in Student Job Shadow Week on February 25-March 1, 2019. Education and workforce development professionals must work together in order to ensure a promising future for all students. Students need to know what jobs are currently available, the necessary training and education required, and the potential pay scale. Career awareness should start at an early age and should involve the entire community. Job shadowing can assist employers in developing stronger relationships with students, which can aid their overall recruitment efforts. Job Shadowing can also be a good way to see if your organization would be interested in hosting students longer through internships. The Chamber EDC is looking for employers who are willing to host students in two-hour or four-hour increments during which time high school junior and seniors or college students across Bismarck-Mandan have the opportunity to learn more about a particular occupation they are interested in. Registration for employers is open now through January 11. Student registration will open on February 4. Prior to this date we will be working with private and public high schools, colleges and universities to promote the event to the students. Online employer registration is open until January 11, 2019 at http://bmda.org/make-your-mark/jobshadow-week/employers/ For more information, contact our Workforce Development Coordinator, Jaime Sabot by calling 701-223-5660 or by email at jsabot@bmcedc.com. Chamber Connection | 5

FEATURE Use your internship to expand your network. Garman said networking at the capital has been a major advantage at his internship. “Keep your head up and meet everybody that you possibly can,” Garman said. “I have met so many important people in the hallways and elevators that I never would have met.” Garman said he asked his boss, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, to take him to as many meetings as possible. “It’s those connections that I think will be my career in the future,” Garman said. “I shake as many hands as I can, and I meet as many people as I can in the office.”

Lyndsey Scheurer, front left, celebrates with her co-workers on the last day of her internship at Agency MABU.

Sovak voiced similar thoughts. “Confidence and networking are two of the greatest components that (students) can carry with them throughout the rest of their lives,” Sovak said.

Use your internship to grow. “I think the biggest thing (students gain) is confidence,” Sovak said. “They gain that confidence they might not have. I see people in the classroom, very difficult to give presentations. We work through that. Then, they have to give presentations in the workplace as well.” Make your mistakes now. “If you’re going to make a mistake, make that mistake in your internship experience,” Sovak said. Give your college feedback on your internship experience. Sovak said this is something new at University of Mary. He wants students to be able to evaluate employers as well. Make sure the internship enhances your resume. Agency MABU identifies projects that students will be able to add to their portfolio once the internship is complete. If the employer doesn’t have anything in mind, ask about possible portfolio projects that you can create. Ask for letters of reference. These things can help you line up your first job out of college. Don’t get discouraged. Just because a company says “No” right now, you should check with them again next summer or next year. Apply for a full-time job at a company where you have already interned. You will have a leg up on the competition, because you already understand their systems and work environment. Mabin estimates that eight to 10 interns have been employed by Agency MABU immediately after graduation.

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KEEPING UP WITH THE BISMARCK AIRPORT By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk The Bismarck Airport is in the midst of a major reconstruction of its runway, but the renovation is on the home stretch. 2019 will be the third and final year of the multiyear rebuilding. Perhaps even more exciting is the airport hotel that will break ground next spring. In 2019 construction will be starting on a SpringHill Suites by Marriot on the northwest side of the airport. The hotel will be located at the intersection of University Drive and Airport Road and will include just under 100 rooms.

Phase two of the runway reconstruction resulted in rebuilding 5,400 feet of new concrete at the Bismarck Airport.

Greg Haug is Director of the Bismarck Airport. He said there is a need for a hotel on the south side of Bismarck. Currently, the southernmost hotels are all north of Bismarck Expressway.

“We’re excited,” Haug said. “The lot that it’s going on is one that we had talked about for a number of years amongst us at the airport about what a perfect location that would be for a hotel … It’s going to be a great addition to the south side of Bismarck.” Bismarck Airport also has an exciting new contract about to launch with Global Beef Investors, LLC. Soon ranchers will be shipping cattle from a ranch near Mandan to Kazakhstan. Currently the cattle are shipped out of Fargo’s airport. Soon the cattle will be flying from Bismarck to Kazakhstan on 747 cargo planes. “We’re kind of excited about that and what the possibilities might be if that starts to grow and expand,” Haug said. 2019 will see the close of Bismarck Airport’s runway reconstruction project. Before reconstruction, the runway contained portions constructed or refinished in 1952, 1957, 1967, 1978, and 1999. Core samples determined some areas had 22 inches of asphalt on dirt. Other areas had 8 inches of asphalt with a gravel base.

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An FAA study determined that the Bismarck Airport had a high water table under the runway and no system to pull out the water. This was causing rotting, dipping, and longitudinal cracks — in some cases eight cracks or more — in different parts of the runway. “There is only one way to rectify that, and that is to go in and start from scratch,” Haug said. Phase one was accomplished in 2017. Strata Corporation started at the south end of the runway near the North Dakota National Guard Army Aviation Facility. Phase one of the project was 2,200 feet, and it was the most complicated phase. That phase crossed an intersection with the crosswind runway. That resulted in some complicated engineering of the crowns of two runways intersecting. Phase two of the project involved Strata Corporation reconstructing 5,400 feet of runway in 2018. During various phases of the project, airlines had to change what size of jets they flew into Bismarck Airport. Allegiant Airlines was not going to be able to adjust their fleet resulting in no flights scheduled to Las Vegas. At the last minute Allegiant was able to bring in a Boeing 757 with a powerful engine that can take off from a short runway. Bismarck went from zero flights to Las Vegas to a 235 percent increase resulting in cheap flights for Bismarck passengers.


2nd ANNUAL HILLVIEW CUP Team Long Drive Event In 2019 construction will be starting on a SpringHill Suites by Marriot on the northwest side of the airport.

In 2019 Northern Improvement will complete the third and final phase of the runway reconstruction. The last phase will involve 1,200 feet of runway. HowevSpringhill Suites by Marriott er, it will involve a lot of dirt work. The2301old runway had a profile that no longer University Drive Design Development Bismarck, North Dakota 9-4-2018 fits FAA design standards. In some areas it will have to be raised as much as four feet. “I have to say it’s pretty remarkable to watch a slipform machine in operation and have 22 inches of concrete come out of a slowly moving machine that stands straight up and down,” Haug said. On some of the peak days when pouring concrete, Haug said they pulled a 25foot wide section behind the slipform paver. Haug said he heard Strata ran 290 cement trucks in one day and had crews working 5:30a.m. - 8:30p.m. The benefit of the three-year project was that Bismarck Airport was able to receive more funding from the FAA each year. In the third phase, the FAA will be funding 90 percent of the phase. The final cost of the project is estimated to be $63 million. The FAA is paying approximately 70 percent of total cost. The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission is paying 5 percent. The City of Bismarck and Airport funds are paying 25 percent. The Bismarck Airport was also awarded a discretionary grant from a special $1 billion infrastructure program passed by Congress this fall. More than 400 airports submitted applications, and the federal government issued only 36 grants. The Bismarck Airport was granted just under $10 million. “I’ll be glad when we’re done,” Haug said. “It’s been a challenging project and a long-lasting one. The runway that’s going to become part of the Bismarck Airport is going to be a piece of infrastructure that’s going to last and be enjoyed by aviation for decades and decades to come.”

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SAVE THE DATE! Friday, March 29, 2019 Golf Etc. in Bismarck This one-of-a-kind golf event is a driving contest counting yardage from a team of 4 golfers. A golf ball is hit as many times as possible and the total distance is recorded for each teammate at achieve the greatest aggregated distance possible. Teams are asked to raised a minimum of $200 to register, but there are fantastic prizes for teams that raise more! Sponsorships are also available. Visit mslcc.com/hillviewup for more information. CONTACT Jessica Gilbertson 701-221-9349 jessica.gilbertson@mslcc.com Chamber Connection | 9


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SPEAKER PROFILE Featuring: Paul J. Long, President of Fundamism

Editor’s note: Paul Long will be the featured keynote for the 2019 Annual Dinner on January 24. Q: Tell us about yourself and how you started your career in promoting Fundamism. A: I am a motivational speaker, podcaster, author and conveyor of FUN! My whole life I’ve always been a little different. Creating fun in monotony or every day mundane tasks has always been an area in which I’ve thrived. Prior to this chapter of my life, I was an executive for a Fortune 300 company. Individuals would consistently come up to me in the corporate world and ask if I was always so upbeat and optimistic. They would follow that question up typically with a statement saying that they wished they could be a little more fun themselves. These experiences, amongst many others drove me to speak, podcast and write a book that had the potential to create more fun, joy and fulfillment in the lives of others.

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Q: How would you define Fundamism? A: Fundamism is a philosophy I created that can be defined as the fundamentals of a F.U.N. and optimistic lifestyle. Simply put, the premise is about gravitating more towards the things that lift you up as opposed to those that tear you down. My keynote and book, Fundamism: Connecting to Life Through F.U.N., are a journey created through entertaining stories, perspective and self-reflection. What it’s not is a traditional self-help book. My goal is to make audiences/readers laugh, think and cry while outlining specific tactical behaviors that will drive positive change in life. If you’re looking to increase the amount of FUN, joy and fulfillment in your life while mitigating the sting of challenges you face, fundamism if for you.

www.bismarckmandan.com Q: You focus on the concept of F.U.N. (foundation, understand, next steps), why is this concept and Fundamism important for an organization? A: The maximization of life experience is built upon your organization’s or an individual’s foundation. Purpose, the ability to communicate and personality style are characteristics that define you and help create how life is experienced. My goal is to create self-reflection to provide a well-rounded perspective of one’s foundation thus laying the groundwork for growth. Understanding Other’s Perspective is crucial in creating all outcomes in life. Customer experience, sales, employee engagement, etc… are all based on individuals feeling as though you genuinely care about them. When we create meaningful interactions and adapt our communication style to that of others, we are in a better position to understand their perspective and thus exceed their expectations. Next Steps is the creation of a F.U.N. implementation strategy. How do you maximize your strengths, close the gaps on areas of opportunity and create more memorable experiences in life? It starts with F.U.N.! Q: Out of all the speaking engagements you’ve had over the years what is one that has had the most impactful experience on you? A: As the President of the Board for a pediatric cancer research 501C3 named Noah’s Bandage Project, I find a great deal of joy in connecting with individuals in the healthcare industry. Speaking at MD Anderson Children’s Hospital and keynoting the 2018 McKesson National Sales Conference were highlights of my career. The memories and relationships created in those two engagements will be carried with me for a lifetime. Q: What do you hope attendees will take away as a valuable piece of information from your speaking engagements? A: Growing up doesn’t have to mean growing old. Life is all about perspective and we don’t have to be so serious all the time. By gravitating more towards the things that give you strength as opposed to those that tear you down, you can mitigate the sting of the challenges life presents. In doing so, you’ll create more experiences filled with joy, fulfillment and FUN for yourself!

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When the discussion as to whether or not the BMDA and Chamber should restructure as one organization began, the first question posed was, “WHY is this best for the organizations and our community?” To answer that question, we developed a value proposition that clearly illustrates why restructuring the BMDA and Chamber into the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is best and that value proposition is the basis for this entire series of communications. A restructure of the BMDA & Chamber will…

Enable us to better support our entrepreneurs, expand our business retention and expansion efforts and broaden the reach of our business attraction efforts, which will in turn strengthen economic development.

Allow us to more efficiently utilize the resources that we’ve been entrusted with while simplifying our governance & dues structure and strengthening the business community’s voice.

In support of this value proposition, we have developed a governance structure that includes a Board comprised of both private and public sector leaders, who will be supported by three primary committees to ensure a continued focus on both economic development and advocacy. At the same time, we have developed an investment schedule that will allow us to do all this and accomplish even more for our members in the process, for approximately the same investment.

Permit us to increase our focus on workforce development & talent attraction; possibly the two greatest challenges facing our business community today.

And empower us to continue our community development efforts in rural Burleigh and Morton Counties along with our programming such as the Economic Outlook Forum, Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Program and more.

As for what’s next, the Chamber EDC’s first Board recently met to approve our first set of Bylaws, consider our 2019 Budget, and discuss our ongoing economic development efforts and approach to the upcoming Legislative Session. The Chamber EDC will officially begin operations on January 1, 2019, after which our primary three committees (economic development, local issues and government affairs) will follow with their first meetings and begin the proposed schedule of alternating Board and Committee meetings. The more public aspects of this change, most notably the Chamber EDC’s new logo, will be unveiled at the Chamber EDC Annual Dinner on January 24. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate Chamber EDC President Brian Ritter to get a hold of me directly at BRitter@bmcedc.com or (701) 223-5660.

LOCAL MENTORING PROGRAM HAS A NEW NAME Mentor Squad, formerly known as Big Brothers Big Sisters, is a mentoring program helping children in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Mentor Squad connects youth ages 6—16 with adult volunteers to create a positive relationship, providing beneficial experiences that will last a lifetime.


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2018 AMBASSADORS OF THE QUARTER Congratulations to Ryan Steinman, Nancy Huber, Crystal Neumann, and Shannon Schneider for being the four ambassadors of the quarter in 2018. On behalf of all of the chamber staff and our membership we would like to say thank you for all that you do for our chamber and our community. Ryan Steinman, ambassador of the first quarter, Steinman is a Business Development Manager at KAT Marketing and has been an active member of the Ambassador Committee over the last year since joining the Committee. Steinman said “Being an Ambassador has given me the opportunity to meet some great people and build some great friendships. It also has given me the opportunity to be more active in the Bismarck-Mandan community by supporting and promoting local businesses. I have truly enjoyed being a Chamber Ambassador. “

Ryan Steinman, KAT Marketing

Nancy Huber, Gate City Bank

Crystal Neumann, Oaktree Realtors

Shannon Schneider, Spherion

Nancy Huber, ambassador of the second quarter, is a Relationship Banker at Gate City Bank. She has attended a vast majority of the ribbon cuttings, other Ambassador Committee events, and keeping the group up to date on business activity in our community. Huber said “I enjoy belonging to a group who wants to see businesses grow and succeed in our community and being a possible resource for that businesses. It’s great meeting the owners, getting tours of their business and hearing what they have to say. I also really like getting together with other Ambassadors and hearing what is going on in their industry. “

Crystal Neumann, ambassador of the third quarter, is a Broker Associate/Co-Owner at Oaktree Realtors. In addition to her hard work at and being an active member of the Chamber Ambassador Committee, Crystal belongs to the BisMan Autism Families group and likes to help with the events/fundraisers that help bring awareness about autism to our community. “I have really enjoyed being an ambassador because I have met so many wonderful business professionals and chamber staff,” said Neumann. “It has helped educate me on businesses in town and plan events for our community. The Chamber has a lot to offer our community and I feel very blessed to be part of this group.”

Shannon Schneider, ambassador of the fourth quarter, is an Account Representative for Spherion. Born and raised in Bismarck he loves living and working in his hometown community. Schneider said “Being an ambassador for the last three years. I have developed some great professional and personal relationships both with fellow ambassadors and other members of our community. Meeting and developing these relationships and supporting their businesses here in our community is very rewarding.” We would also like to say thank you to their employers KAT Marketing (Ryan Steinman), Gate City Bank (Nancy Huber), Oak Tree Realtors (Crystal Neumann), Spherion (Shannon Schneider) for their commitment to the chamber in donating time to their employees, our ambassadors to help. Chamber Connection | 15






Human Services Day The Leadership class received presentations from two different entities that provide foster care: Burleigh County Social Services and PATH. In addition to hearing from the agencies, the class heard from two foster parents: Mary Jo Jangula, who fosters with Burleigh County Social Services, and Kim Stevenson, who fosters with PATH. In her home currently Jangula has her two biological sons, two adopted daughters who had been in the foster care system, and two foster children. Jangula said she loves receiving children in her home, taking them shopping, Burleigh County Deputy Brent Lipponen gives a drug sniffing demonstration with Profi to the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class on Serve & Protect Day at the and getting them set up. Kim StevenBurleigh-Morton County Detention Center. son said that she started as a foster parent when she was a single mom living in a three-bedroom apartment OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: with her own 6- and 8-year-old children. She said foster Presenting Sponsor parenting has always been a family decision with her own children. The ultimate goal of foster care is reunification with biological family. Gold Sponsor: Serve & Protect Day The Leadership class received a K-9 presentation hosted at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center. Burleigh Program Sponsors: County Deputy Brent Lipponen and German Shepherd mix Profi demonstrated drug sniffing. Deputy Lipponen displayed photos of recent K-9 drug finds from the Burleigh County Sheriff Department including the following: $12,000 in drug money from a heroin sale in Chicago; Human Services Co-Chairs: 18 pounds of marijuana from the state of Washington; Amber Haman — HIT, Inc. 120 pounds of marijuana from Oregon; 3 pounds of meth Erin Green-Grom — Bismarck Larks and 2 pounds of marijuana from a parcel sniff being sent through a delivery service like FedEx or UPS. One K-9 Serve & Protect Co-Chairs: drug bust included $40,000 is cash from a drug drop-off Col. Greg McDonald — N.D. Air National Guard in Wisconsin. The criminal had kept receipts from all sales of marijuana, including details of which strains he had sold Robyn Krile — Security Consultant Annette Martel — Dickinson State University and which amounts.


Breakfast/Lunch Sponsors: HIT, Inc. - (Human Services Day) North Dakota National Guard - (Human Services Day) Starion Bank (Serve & Protect Day)

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LIFE IS SWEET WHEN YOU’RE THE BOSS! The last two summers, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC hosted a community wide event that has taught kids about what happens when life gives 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 pairs youth with area business professionals to teach kids how to start, own and operate their very own business – a lemonade stand. Each child that registers receives a FREE backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook or access to an online interactive program that teaches them the valuable lessons of Lemonade Day - including how to set a goal, make a plan, work the plan and achieve their dreams. Once a youth pays their investor back, they keep all of the money they earn and are encouraged to spend some, save some, and share some of their profit.

In 2018, Lemonade Day Bismarck-Mandan did business with over 500 area youth.

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 15th, 2019; our goal is to register 650 youth who in turn will start new businesses all across Bismarck-Mandan - on a single day. Registration opens in March! Learn more at https://bismarckmandan.lemonadeday.org; or call David Leingang and Shay Peterson with the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660, or email them at dleingang@bmcedc. com, and speterson@bmcedc.com.

OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: Main Squeeze: Lime-Light Sponsor: Fresh Squeeze: Lemon head Sponsors: Bartlett & West, American Bank Center, First Western Bank & Trust @bismanlemonadeday twitter.com/BisManLemonDay facebook.com/lemonadedaybismarckmandan

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The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC’s Agricultural Committee is proud to collaborate with iHeart Media in hosting this informative luncheon during their 42st Annual KFYR Radio Agri International Expo. You are encouraged to join other business professionals from Bismarck-Mandan for a free lunch and engaging topic on February 12th from 11:30am - 1:00pm! A panel of professionals in various areas of technology influencing and interacting with agriculture will inform attendees on the evolution of the Ag. Industry over the past decade. Lunch will be served but seating is limited. To register for this event, please go to http://business.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar or contact David, dleingang@bmcedc.com, or Jaime Sabot, jsabot@bmcedc.com. For more information, call the Chamber EDC’s office, 701-223-5660.


The 2018-2019 Student Chamber group met at Presenting Sponsor American Bank Center’s downtown location in November to learn how to prepare for a financially prosperous life after high school. Students first heard from Business Banker, Justin Weninger as he provided insight on budgeting and credit to build their personal and financial worth. They then heard from Trust Office, Luke Leno who shared his wisdom on investing in the future through retirement plans, bonds, and stocks. Then in December, students met with the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan group on their Health Issues Day. At CHI St. Alexius’s Tech. & Ed. building, students and Leadership class heard from a panel of medical professionals on the Opioid Epidemic in our area and the nation as well proper stewardship of prescription drugs through programs like North Dakota’s Take Back Program, which provides residents easy and convenient ways to dispose unused medications. Finally, the group learned from area addiction, mental health, and public health professionals who are all under the wide net cast by Behavioral Health. Director of ND’s Department of Human Services, Pam Sagness then provided an update as to how the Governors newly proposed budget will affect behavioral health in the coming years. We would like to thank all of our Program Sponsors for their support in developing the next generation of civic-minded leaders. OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: Presenting Sponsors: Program Sponsors:

BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

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Christmas has come and gone and so has the holiday season, but we are still reminiscing about the wonderful Chamber EDC Holiday Mixer presented by Eide Chrysler – Dodge – Jeep – Ram. The evening was filled with festive booths and holiday cheer. Decadent food by Lady J’s catering and the Walrus was provided and a total hit! The evening was also filled with three ensembles from the Legacy High School Jazz Choir 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 and festive spirit. Thank you to everyone who attended the event! We hope that you were all able to walk away having met new people, and maybe even a door prize or two. Save the date for the 2019 Chamber EDC Holiday Mixer on Tuesday, December 10, 2019! Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from your local Chamber EDC!

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Thursday, January 24, 2019 Bismarck Event Center, Hall B 315 5th Street, Bismarck Time: 5:30PM - 9:00PM Admission: $75.00 for Chamber EDC Members $85.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsors:


The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, soon to be the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, will host our largest event of the year on Thursday, January 24th at the Bismarck Event Center. Join us for our premier event, with amazing entertainment and wonderful networking opportunities! This year’s event will feature: a new logo unveiling, keynote Paul Long with Fundamism, enjoyable entertainment, fine dining, awards, and 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! To reserve your table, email Shay at speterson@bmcedc.com or purchase tickets online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events or contact the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019 Bank of North Dakota 1200 Memorial Hwy, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Mark your calendar for the January Membership Mixer! Join us on Thursday, January 31st, Bank of North Dakota will be hosting our membership mixer at their location at 1200 Memorial Highway in Bismarck from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. This free event is a great opportunity to network, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. RSVP are appreciated and can be made online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bmcedc.com.


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The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC’s Agricultural Committee is proud to collaborate with iHeart Media in hosting this informative luncheon during their 42st Annual KFYR Radio Agri International Expo. You are encouraged to join other business professionals from Bismarck-Mandan for a free lunch and engaging topic!

Are you interested in learning how to make the most out of your membership? Save the Date and join us on Tuesday, February 13th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC.

Date: Location:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Bismarck Event Center, Prairie Rose Rooms 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP online at www.bismarckmandan.com or by calling 701-223-5660 or by emailing David at dleingang@bmcedc.com or Jaime at jsabot@bmcedc.com.

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Date: Location:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend

Chamber EDC staff will explain our programs, benefits, committees, and other opportunities on how to maximize your membership. Whether you are a brand new member, a long-time member or just want to learn more about membership this is the event for you! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to insure a meal by either contacting the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660 or by emailing Ross Frohlich at rfrohlich@bmcedc.com.


ECONOMIC Outlook Forum MEMBERSHIP MIXER: KLJ Date: Location:

Thursday, February 21, 2019 KLJ 585 Coleman St, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Save the Date for the February Membership Mixer! This free event is a great opportunity to network and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Join us on Thursday, February 21st, as KLJ will be celebrating Engineers Week by hosting our membership mixer at their location 4585 Coleman Street in Bismarck from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made online at www. bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bmcedc.com.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 7:00AM - 11:30AM Admission: $40.00 for Chamber EDC Members $50.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

Find out what elements are driving our local, regional, and national economy at this year’s Economic Outlook Forum, presented by Starion Bank! On Wednesday, March 13th, from 7:00am – 11:30am, join fellow Chamber EDC members as we hear first hand from experts and local professionals from various industries what challenges we have endured in 2018 and what to be mindful of in 2019. Cost to attend the Economic Outlook Forum is $40.00 for Members and $50.00 for General Admission. You can register online at www.bismarckmandan.com/ events/calendar. Please contact Dave at dleingang@bmcedc.com, Shay at speterson@bmcedc.com, or call 701-223-5660 to find out more details.

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BOARD ADVANCES FOUR CANDIDATES IN SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH The Bismarck School Board accepted the candidate recommendations made by Olson Effertz Executive Search & Management for the Superintendent position at the executive session board meeting on December 13, 2018. The top four candidates were selected from the nine applicants who met the December 7, 2018 deadline. A review of the nine applicants represented both internal and external candidates that were from North Dakota and out of state. The four candidates that will advance to the next steps of review are listed in alphabetical order. Dr. Joel Dvorak, a native of Minto, ND, earned his bachelor’s degree in science at Mayville State University and his Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Wyoming. Dvorak served as the assistant superintendent and then superintendent for Natrona County School District (13,000 students) in Casper, Wyoming for ten years before becoming a consultant to the Wyoming Department of Education. Early in his career he taught physics and math and coached tennis at St. Mary’s High School in Bismarck. Dr. Jason Hornbacher earned his bachelor’s degree in education and a Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota. Hornbacher currently serves as the principal at Moses Elementary School. He has served as principal at three other schools in Bismarck. Dr. Shawn Oban earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Mary and a Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota. Currently, Oban is the principal at Myhre Elementary School and the Fine Arts Coordinator for Bismarck Public Schools. He also served as principal at two other Bismarck elementary schools. Dr. Tabetha Rabenberg earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Black Hills State University and her Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Drake University. Prior to becoming the principal at Horizon Middle School in Bismarck in 2015, Rabenberg served various roles in education in Iowa including principal, school improvement leader, and dean of students.

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NEXT STEPS The application materials of the four candidates will be reviewed in detail by the school board over the next four weeks while the team from Olson Effertz conducts reference and background checks. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for January 22-25, 2019 with members of the focus groups invited to attend. ABOUT THE SEARCH The Olson Effertz Executive Search & Management firm has engaged a team of four consultants for the Bismarck Public Schools search. The team interviewed school board members and met with nine focus groups (118 people) in the community to determine the qualities and characteristics that are important for the next superintendent to possess. An online survey was also conducted for the full community to comment and 1,436 responses were received providing insight of teacher, parent, and community member preferences. The input concluded the school board and community stakeholders are looking for quality candidates who exhibit North Dakota values including ethics, sense of family, respectfulness, kindness, and are courteous and humble. Additionally, the board expressed its desire for a superintendent who is an effective leader, communicator and team builder. They prefer an individual who has a doctorate and has worked in or is from North Dakota. Based upon all of the input gathered, Olson Effertz developed a custom Leadership Profile for the Bismarck Public Schools superintendent position. The leadership profile was used to build advertisements that were placed nationally with education trade publications and social media. The School Board requested that the Olson Effertz team look for candidates in the region with the likelihood there would be a better understanding of the culture in North Dakota. As a result, the team had more than 78 conversations with individuals in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming and North Dakota. Additionally, a member of the team attended the ND Educational Leaders Fall Conference for recruitment purposes. Olson Effertz Executive Search & Management is a consulting firm that offers a tailored approach based on the specific needs, job qualifications, business objectives, and the level of service requested. For more information, contact Lisa Feldner at 701-214-3709.



The Mandan City Commission voted to approve a proposal submitted by Runnings for the purchase and redevelopment of adjacent properties located at 504 W Main Street and 511 First Street NW. Runnings has been part of the Mandan community for over fifteen years. Founded in 1947, Runnings is a privately held general merchandise retailer owned by the Dennis and Adele Reed Family. The company has 44 stores and employs more than 2,000 workers across seven states. Headquartered in Marshall, Minnesota, Runnings sells thousands of items including sporting goods, clothing, footwear, pet supplies, housewares, tools, farm supplies, lawn and garden supplies, toys, and outdoor equipment. The company submitted a proposal to the City of Mandan to purchase the properties for $1,025,000 and invest an estimated $1.3 million in building and parking lot renovation. They expect to more than double store sales and employment in Mandan. They hope to occupy the buildings by September 2019. Runnings currently has a 12,000 square-foot store on leased property on Memorial Highway in Mandan. The relocation will be a significant expansion. The West Main properties are about 32,173 square feet and 15,785 square feet respectively. The larger store will allow Runnings to expand product offerings in the home, farm and outdoor space. The company also plans to hire an additional 15 part- and full-time employees. A West End Development Committee recommended approval of the Runnings purchase earlier this month after review of five proposals received. Three of the other offers from startups were for much lesser amounts for use as indoor activity centers that still needed financing. The fifth option was for construction of a mixed-used building on a corner lot. Runnings, however, wants all land parcels associated with the buildings for parking plus a fenced area for outdoor goods and seasonal greenhouse.

Thank You Holiday Mixer Sponsors!




NETWORKING SPONSORS: Dakota Carrier Network Marco HORS D’OEUVRES SPONSORS: Lady J’s Catering The Walrus Restaurant LOUNGE SPONSOR: Trapped in Bismarck BOOTH SPONSORS: Agency MABU Anytime Fitness Bain Agency Be Mobile BEK Communications Bismarck Cancer Center Bismarck CVB Bismarck Mandan Home Builders Association Bismarck Municipal Airport Bismarck Parks & Recreation Bobcat Hockey Burleigh County Senior Adults Program Capital Credit Union CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Inc Coaches Choice Corporate & Athletic Apparel Conlin’s Furniture Dakota Adventist Academy Dakota Foot & Ankle Dakota West Arts Council Direct Travel/Satrom Travel EAPC Architects Engineers Edward Jones - Alexis Larson & Marlin Peterson Eide Bailly Gate City Bank Gateway to Science Great Clips Harlow’s Bus Sales & Services Hometown Realty

KFYR-TV Lewis and Clark Development Group Liberty Business System Make A Wish Foundation Marco Master Networks Missouri River Pages Missouri Slope Luthern Care Center Inc Nationwide Expos ND Association of Rural Electric Coop. ND Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve New Vision Security North Dakota Women’s Network Northland Health Centers Northwest Tire Inc Prairie Public Broadcasting and Radio Station Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy Pride Inc Probitas Promotion LLC Redline Motorsports LLC Sleep Number Starion Bank Stoneridge Software TeeHive - Move U Performance Apparel The Banquet United Tribes Technical College University of Mary Vibra Hosptial of Central Dakotas Zimmerman Law

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701 E Rosser Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-751-9500

Q: WHAT EXACTLY IS HPV AND THE HPV VACCINE? A: Human Papilloma Viruses (HPVs) are a

group of more than 200 related viruses. While more than 40 HPV types can be easily spread through direct sexual contact, from the skin and mucous membranes of infected people to the skin and mucous membranes of their partners, only a few of these strains are responsible for causing cancer. HPV can cause cancer affecting the following body parts: cervix, anus, mouth, tongue, throat, vagina, vulva, and penis. In the United States, HPV causes 3% of all cancer cases in women and 2% of all cancers cases in men. The HPV vaccine is a safe way to prevent cancer in men and women. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends HPV vaccine for all girls and boys when they are 11 or 12 years old, and requires only two doses when initiated by age 13 years of age. The vaccine is safe! The most commonly reported side effects include soreness at the injection site, dizziness, fainting, headache, and nausea.


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


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Q: WHAT IS GIVING HEARTS DAY? Q: DOES EATING HEALTHIER A: On Thursday, February 14th, 2019, DECREASE MY RISK OF thousands of individuals across the state GETTING CANCER? of North Dakota will be investing in the A: You can reduce your chances of devel- charity of their choice by participating in

oping cancer and several chronic diseases by making healthy food choices. A diet rich in plant foods and whole grains can give your body the range of vitamins, minerals it needs to stay healthy. Plus, maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer. You can take the following steps to maintain a healthy diet: •

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Eat a plant-based diet. Fill 2/3 of your plate with vegetables, whole grains and fruit. Fill the remaining with lean animal protein like fish or chicken. Choose whole grains over refined grains. Whole grains are high in fiber and can help you stay lean. Avoid processed meat. Hotdogs, summer sausage, lunch meats and other processed meats can damage your DNA, raising your colon cancer risks. Avoid alcohol. Research shows that drinking even a small amount of alcohol increases your chances of developing oral, breast and liver cancers.

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Giving Hearts Day. Giving Hearts Day is the largest 24-hour giving event in North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota. This year, over 400 non-profits will be participating in the event, and the Anne Carlsen Center is privileged to be among these worthy organizations. In its 11th consecutive year, Giving Hearts Day 2018 empowered 28,000 individuals to raise $13.1 million in one day. Out of over 350 participating non-profits, Anne Carlsen was fortunate to come in second place, raising over $400,000. Those dollars go a long way in providing the life-changing supports and services needed by the individuals we have the privilege to serve. So put a note in your calendar on Thursday, February 14th to make an impact on your favorite charities! Just go to www. givingheartsday.org, choose your charities, make your donation online and be a GIVING HEART! You may also mail or drop off a check as long as it is specifically dated February 14th! Please consider supporting the Anne Carlsen Center by donating what you can. Your generous gift will help us to continue our mission to make the world a more inclusive place where independence is a gift to all!






120 W Thayer Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-799-7559

Bismarck • Mandan, ND 58554 701-751-7060


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Q: AS SPRING APPROACHES AND Q: WHY A DESTINATION WEDDING Q: WHAT DOES A DESIGNATED PEOPLE ARE THINKING OF LISTMIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOU OR EMPLOYER REPRESENTATIVE ING THEIR HOMES, WHAT ARE SOMEONE YOU KNOW? FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF SOME TIPS FOR APPROPRIATE A: Congratulations, you are getting TRANSPORTATION DO? married! This is a year full of celebrations PRICING? A: A designated employer representaand milestones and we want to take the tive (DER) is a company employee who is A: 1. ‘If we keep waiting, a better offer planning off of your plate. As a destination

will come along!’ Don’t walk away from an offer in hopes that another will come along-always try to work it out!

2. ‘Getting an offer right away means the agent priced it too low!’ Receiving an offer early on in the process means your home was priced accurately and attractively to potential buyers. 3. ‘We should price it so there is room to negotiate!’ Over pricing with the intention of accepting a lower offer may leave you empty handed in the long run. 4. ‘That’s not what my estimate says its worth!’ Automated valuation models are usually inaccurate. Trust your agent over the internet. 5. ‘We can add renovation costs into the asking price!’ Not every change will have a great return on investment. Check “Cost vs Value” reports to see what improvements will give the biggest bang for your buck. 6. ‘Reducing the price is a sign of weakness!’ Time is money. While waiting for someone to meet your price, you’re still paying the mortgage, taxes, etc. Lowering the price can put your home in front of a group of new buyers, which could generate a lot more interest.

bride myself I am confident we have the on-site experience to plan your dream destination wedding, and here are some tips how. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Work with an experienced destination wedding travel agent. Set up a dedicated Facebook group or Wedding Website to keep guests up to date and in the know. Embrace your beautiful surroundings to save on decorations. Utilize and stay educated on resort incentives and promotions as they can provide huge savings in the end. Hire a professional recommended photographer and check on pricing to bring your favorite along for the ride. It is often more cost effective this way. Include a group experience either as a gift or for your guests to book into if they choose. Don’t over your plan your week but have a plan in mind!

appointed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and responsible for knowing DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations. A company’s representative is authorized to take immediate action to remove employees from safety-sensitive duties. They can also make decisions about drug testing and evaluation processes. A DER should be a person of authority because they are an important part of keeping a company in compliance with the DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Program. DER training is recommended. The training teaches representatives about their role in the drug testing process. It highlights issues that can arise and how to take action, along with best practices for policy and record keeping. Sanford OccMed now offers online DOT designated employer representative training. For more information, please contact Sanford Occupational Medicine at (888) 600-2378.

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SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES NEW SURGEONS Michael Brown, MD, cardiovascular surgery, has joined the Sanford Heart team in Bismarck. Michael Brown, MD The North Dakota native has more than 18 years of experience as a cardiovascular surgeon in the Bismarck-Mandan community. He joins longstanding Sanford Drs. Pansegrau and Russell, providing many Michael Huck cardiovascular surgery services, including stents, endografts and peripheral vascular surgery, for patients at Sanford Health in Bismarck. Michael Huck, MD, colorectal surgery, recently joined Sanford Clinic in Bismarck. As a colorectal surgeon, Dr. Huck specializes in colorectal surgery, which deals with disorders of the rectum, anus and colon. BIANCO REALTY’S FEIST RECOGNIZED

Kathy Feist

Kathy Feist, Broker/ Owner of Bianco Realty, has earned “REALTOR® Emeritus Status” from the National Association of REALTORS® which recognizes a member who has held membership for forty continuous years.



BAHMILLER JOINS NORTH DAKOTA LONG TERM CARE ASSOCIATION Susan Bahmiller has joined the staff of the North Dakota Long Term Susan Bahmiller Care Association in Bismarck as the Education Assistant. In this position Susan will assist with training events, the annual convention and fall conference as well as being the trade show coordinator and associate membership coordinator. Prior to joining the Association, Susan was the Program Coordinator with Bismarck State College. NEETHER INSTALLED AS PRESIDENT Desri Neether, a Realtor® with NextHome Legendary Properties, was installed as the 2019 President of the Bismarck Mandan Board of Realtors® and also received the coveted Realtor® of Desri Neether the Year Award. Receiving the Affiliate of the Year award was Lisa Liken-Monroe with Gate City Bank.

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NORTH DAKOTA SAFETY COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBERS The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) welcomes two new staff Lindsey Dockter members to their team. Lindsey Dockter joins the NDSC as the new marketing coordinator. Dockter grew up in Mandan and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Rasmussen ColJenn Ackert lege. Lindsey has over 11 years’ experience in marketing and advertising, and more than 17 years’ experience in customer service. As Marketing Coordinator, she will be responsible for producing marketing materials, writing marketing content, managing all social media outlets, increasing overall brand awareness across the region, and more. Jenn Ackert joins the NDSC as their new Development Coordinator. Ackert will be based in the NDSC’s Fargo office and will assist with membership recruitment and developing and maintaining relationships with current member companies. EIDE BAILLY LLP ANNOUNCES NEW HIRE AND PROMOTION Eide Bailly LLP has hired Scott Beeler. Beeler serves as an Tax Senior Associate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of Mary. Mitch Hersch was also promoted to Audit Senior Associate.

CHAMBER EDC DISTRIBUTES ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SURVEY The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC invites its members to participate in the annual Economic Outlook Survey. This 12 question online survey is an instrument for the community to provide information about their operations over the last year to assist in gauging business performance to identify factors influencing our local, regional, and national economy. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/eofsurvey2019 For any questions, please email Dave at dleingagn@bmcedc.com or Shay at speterson@bmcedc.com or by calling 701-223-5660.

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www.bismarckmandan.com CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES LACHER Tiffany Lacher was recently promoted to human resources specialist at Capital Credit Union’s Main Office. Tiffany Lacher In this role, she will administer activities related to all aspects of human resources including recruitment and staffing, benefits administration, employee relations, recordkeeping and ensuring compliance with all federal, state and local laws pertaining to employment. Lacher graduated from the University of Mary in April 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She has been with Capital Credit Union for four years, most recently as a universal services associate.

BERG CHOSEN AS ADMINISTRATOR FOR BAPTIST HEALTH CARE CENTER IN BISMARCK The Baptist Health Care Center is thrilled to Deanna Berg announce that Deanna Berg has been selected to be the next administrator starting in April, 2019. Deanna’s leadership with BHCC began when she joined the center as the Director of Nursing more than three years ago. Since then, she completed her administrator’s education and licensure. Prior to joining BHCC, she was a nursing assistant and gained experience through years of clinical and leadership background in acute/long term care. We are very excited about the continuity, passion for our mission, and dedication to providing a quality environment for both residents and staff that Deanna brings to BHCC.

STARION BANK’S STREBE COMPLETES EXECUTIVE TRAINING Starion Bank President Arnie Strebe has graduated from the Executive Development Institute Arnie Strebe for Community Bankers® (EDI), a rigorous 19-month leadership development program for up-and-coming executive officers of community banks. It is a program of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC). Strebe was one of 11 community bank executives from around the U.S. to be recognized for completing the program, which combines hands-on leadership development training with sophisticated bank management strategies to position community bank executives for long-term success. EDI participants received expert coaching and mentoring by experienced bank CEOs, and completed a series of projects designed to improve their banks’ overall performance. Strebe joined Starion Bank in 2015 as chief human resources officer and in 2017 assumed the position of president.

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

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

Thurs, 3rd

5:00 pm

Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Mon, 7th

5:00 pm

Burleigh County Commission

Tues, 8th

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Wed, 9th

8:00 am 5:15 pm

Tues, 22nd

5:00 pm 5:15 pm 7:00 pm

Bismarck City Commission Mandan City Commission*

Wed, 23rd

12:00 pm 5:00 pm

Burleigh County Commission Bismarck Planning Commission

Burleigh County Water Resource District Burleigh County Planning Commission

Mon, 28th

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck School Board Mandan Planning Commission *

Tues, 29th

5:30 pm

Morton County Commission*

Thurs, 10th

5:30 pm

Morton County Commission*

Mon, 14th

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck School Board Mandan Park Board*

Tues, 15th

1:00 pm

Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board

Thurs, 17th

5:15 pm

Bismarck Park Board

Mandan City Commission* Bismarck City Commission Mandan School Board*

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

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Ribbon Cuttings

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 schedule a ribbon cutting, please call Ross at 701-223-5660.

EXCEL REALTY, LLC Roxie Auck, Melanie Kitzan-Morel and Tami Unterseher at their new location at 201 Slate Drive, Suite 2 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-0323. Member.

KIRKWOOD MALL Jennifer Wilson, Brooke Miller and Mikalah Dahl at their remodel located at 706 Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck. Phone: 701-223-3500. Member.



Dr. Craig Lambrecht, President of Sanford Bismarck, at their new location at 809 W Interstate Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-323-6097. Member.

Jason Vogel and Bob Sicble at their new rename located at 100 E Broadway in Bismarck. Phone 888-799-8083. Member.



New location at 3320 Hamilton Street in Bismarck. Phone: 701-223-7204. Member. 30 | Chamber Connection

Emily Vasey, owner, at her new business located at 7316 Yukon Drive in Bismarck. Phone: 701-471-5349. Member.


Welcome new members

The Bismarck Mandan 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 www.bismarckmandan.com.

Bis-Man Mentor Squad 545 S. 7th Street Bismarck, ND Deanna Larson (701) 222-0797 Bis-Man Mentor Squad provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better - forever.

NextHome Legendary Properties 114 W. Main Ave Suite C Bismarck, ND Desri Neether (701) 712-8900 Our company culture speaks to who we are, the type of Realtor we attract and how we are perceived by our clients.

Dale Carnegie of ND and MN /True Grit ND 361 Edgewater Dr West Fargo, ND Michelle Wall (612) 419-9874 Dale Carnegie Training partners strategically with companies to increase their capacity to execute and drive business results. We offer customized corporate solutions and public programs.

JCJ Consulting, Inc. 513 E. Bismarck Expressway Bismarck, ND John Shorey III (701) 566-3983 Our firm provides private investigation & process service, private security, and custom training services throughout North Dakota.

North Dakota Army National Guard 2930 N 14th St. Suite 4 Bismarck, ND Matthew McKinney (701) 471-1440 North Dakota Army National Guard, military serving your communities, state & nation in time of need. Dunn Brothers Coffee 1401 Skyline Blvd Bismarck, ND Angela Turner (701) 751-4886 We believe coffee is an art form and making coffee is our craft. All our homemade drinks are made specifically for you. More than handcrafted brews, we make fresh food, too.

Mountain Plains LLC 4007 State Street Bismarck, ND Jay Crowley (701) 557-3348 Mountain Plains LLC is a certified small business that specializes in civil engineering, land surveying, electrical consulting and utility location services. PNE WIND USA Inc. 150 North Michigan Ave. Suite 1500 Chicago, IL Courtney Timmons (312) 837-0628 Friendly service, unexpected amenities, and updated rooms designed to refresh – all at a price designed to impress.

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Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck, ND 58503

UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS bismarck-mandan chamber of commerce


CHAMBER EDC ANNUAL DINNER Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 • Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B – 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: BANK OF NORTH DAKOTA Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Bank of North Dakota – 1200 Memorial Hwy, Bismarck PLANTING THE SEED Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Prairie Rose Rm – 315 S 5th St, Bismarck CHAMBER EDC 101: MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Dr, Bismarck FEBRUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: KLJ Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: KLJ – 4585 Coleman Street, Bismarck,

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JOB SHADOW WEEK Date: February 25 - March 1 ECONOMIC Outlook Forum

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FORUM Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 • Time: 7:00am - 11:30am Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck

Tickets may be reserved until January 18, 2019. Tickets: $75.00 for Chamber Members; $85.00 General Admission

Make plans to attend the 6th 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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