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Connection WWW.BISMARCKMANDAN.COM FEBRUARY 2023 A BUSINESS PUBLICATION OF THE BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Wendy Van Duyne .............................................................. Chair

Matt Sagaser ...............................................................Vice-Chair

Lee Pierce .....................................................................Secretary

Kevin Strege ............................................................... Past Chair

Dave Ehlis .................................................................... Treasurer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Evan Anderson ...........................................................Gizmonics

Andrea Birst ...............................................Glance Spa & Salon

Nathan Boehm ....................................................Morton County

Joe Camisa ..........................................................City of Mandan

Dan Eastgate ....................................Venture Real Estate Group

Dave Ehlis ..............................................................Bravera Bank

Fred Fridley .........................................................Sanford Health

Amber Larson .....................................................Bartlett & West

Heather Jones .............................................City Air Mechanical

Wayne Munson ..................................................Burleigh County

Marnie Piehl .......................................................................AARP

Lee Pierce .........................................................ICON Architects

Mike Remboldt ................................................................HIT Inc.

Dave Rogstad ....................................................... Starion Bank

Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat

Mike Schmitz .....................................................City of Bismarck

Kevin Strege ................................................Credit Foundations

Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

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CHAMBER EDC STAFF

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

Maggie Byrd ...................................................Event Coordinator

Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director

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

Christine Nelson ..........................Vice President Sales & Events

Rebecca Pelkey .................................Communications Specialist

Brian Ritter .......................................................President & CEO

Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer

Julianne Sauvage .............................................................. Intern

Lyndsey Scheurer .........................Creative Marketing Specialist

Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President

Cathryn Sprynczynatyk .....................Communications Specialist

Kelsey Wirt .......................Small Business Outreach Coordinator

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I’m sure you saw the cover of this month’s Connection and asked yourself, “What is that?” Although it may not be the most obvious to come to mind, the short answer is that graphic has been developed to help illustrate the five foundations of the Chamber EDC. The long answer is a bit more complicated, but here’s some additional context.

In 2019, the Chamber EDC was born from the merger between the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (BMDA). While many of you have had a front row seat to the evolution of our organization over the past four years, you may not have had a chance to bear witness to the strategic plan that has guided this success. Shortly after the merger, we developed a strategic plan to guide a cohesive vision as one entity leading our community’s economic development and policy development activities. It was done in the hopes that it would lead to even greater success than before… and it did!

We’ve seen our organization grow on the heels of two consecutive record-setting years. Our events are growing to the point that not only are we selling them out, but we’re having to move them to larger venues. Additionally, we’ve adopted new approaches to our business advocacy and economic development efforts that have led to continued growth for not only the Chamber EDC, but Bismarck-Mandan as a whole.

However,

there’s always room to grow in bigger and better ways.

Last year, with support from staff, our Board of Directors, and Executive Committee, we went to work developing our 2023 – 2025 Strategic Plan. What resulted is a roadmap that represents the next evolution of the Chamber EDC that not only leads in economic development and policy development, but also provides an expanded role in supporting our members’ network development, professional development, and leadership development. More so, this plan and the accompanying five foundations are the answer to the question of why a business joins the Chamber EDC.

In this issue of the Connection, you’ll have the chance to read more about the process that led us to not only this Strategic Plan, but also laid the groundwork for our economic development strategic efforts—which you can also read about in this issue. I do hope you’ll take the time to learn more about both initiatives because they’re incredibly important the Chamber EDC and Bismarck-Mandan’s future.

Strategic planning isn’t always easy, but it’s always worthwhile. I’m incredibly excited for what’s to come and remain grateful for your continued support of this organization.

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CHAMBER EDC DEVELOPS NEW STRATEGIC PLAN

Previously two distinct groups with different missions, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (BMDA) merged in 2019 to create the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC.

“In those first few years after the merger, it made sense for us to focus on two things; business advocacy and economic development. Now that we’re entering the fifth year of the Chamber EDC, it’s time for us to expand our mission,” Chamber EDC President & CEO Brian Ritter says.

In order to develop this new strategic plan, the organization laid out a year-long process that began in early 2022 with a review of the organization’s previous strategic plan to determine what goals had been addressed previously or completed. Once that was complete, the Chamber EDC conducted its annual membership survey to determine the issues most important to them.

“The days of businesses joining an organization just because it was the right thing to do or it was an expectation, those days are gone,” said Ritter.

“If we’re going to remain relevant to our members, we have to change with them.”

Following the membership survey, Chamber EDC Staff went about developing a first draft of the new strategic plan and vetting that draft with Chamber EDC leaders. Finally, once suggested changes and revisions had been incorporated, the new Chamber EDC 2023 – 2025 Strategic Plan was formally adopted by the organization’s Board of Directors.

“The most important thing to note is that as we approached the development of this newest strategic plan was to make sure that it represented the next evolution of the Chamber EDC” Ritter says.

An accompanying story in this month’s Connection will focus on one part of the Chamber EDC’s mission; economic development. However, economic development is only one of the five ‘foundations’ of the 2023 – 2025 Strategic Plan along with: professional development, leadership development, network development and policy development.

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The Chamber EDC already has a robust lineup of events and opportunities for members to meet one another and grow their professional networks. Events like Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan, State of the Cities, the Outdoor Golf Scramble and Sporting Clay Shootout all were either sold out or set attendance records in 2022.

However, to keep events like those and others growing, the organization is looking to increase the level of sponsor involvement at existing events, but also add new types of networking events such as a ‘family-friendly’ activity to accommodate changing schedules and family dynamics. In addition, earlier this year Chamber EDC staff conducted the first of what could be a series of networking events targeting women business leaders in Bismarck-Mandan called Empowering Women in Business.

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The Chamber EDC Outdoor Golf Scramble sold out yet again in 2022.

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The Chamber EDC has long facilitated the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Program and Student Leadership Network, while also supporting the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network. However, leadership opportunities for business leaders go beyond the boardroom. Those opportunities extend to both elected and volunteer service in an effort to ensure that business leaders are helping keep Bismarck-Mandan a growing, thriving communities.

To address that need, the 2023 – 2025 Strategic Plan calls for the establishment of a new online resource for business people consider such service. This new website, to be launched in early 2023, will include: available opportunities for volunteer or elected service, a ‘checklist for running’ and local business people who have been elected to office willing to serve as information resources. The Chamber EDC is also once again planning to host a candidate training session in partnership with the Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors in late 2023 or early 2024.

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In 2022, the Chamber EDC developed multiple professional development ‘tracks’ found on their website at www.bismarckmandan.com and populated by content generated by the organization’s Business Development Series or strategic partners. The 2023 – 2025 Strategic Plan aims to grow those offerings by expanding their original content and partnering with others to create new content.

One example of this new approach already being implemented successfully is a partnership with John Maxwell Leadership Training to offer a professional development series entitled “Developing the Leader Withing You 2.0” which has already sold out and had interest beyond the program’s capacity. Consequently, plans are underway for another course offering with John Maxwell Leadership Training later in 2023.

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POLICY DEVELOPMENT

Policy development was the primary role of the BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce prior to the merger that created the Chamber EDC. Since the merger, the Chamber EDC has taken steps to improve its advocacy efforts at all three level of government; local, state and federal. Those efforts have already proven effective, but the new strategic plan outlines specific strategies to take the organization even further.

The most time-sensitive of those efforts is a recently launched process by which Chamber EDC Leaders and Government Affairs Committee members meet quarterly with the Bismarck-Mandan Legislative Delegation to develop the community’s next Legislative Agenda. Chamber EDC Staff is currently busy advocating that Legislative Agenda at the State Capitol with focuses on infrastructure development, workforce development, healthcare, education and economic development.

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The last of the five ‘foundations’ outlined in the Chamber EDC’s 2023 – 2025 Strategic Plan is economic development. These are the efforts the organization undertakes to keep Bismarck-Mandan, and the surrounding area, growing. In the past, those efforts were centered around activities in entrepreneurial development, business retention & expansion and new business attraction.

However, as the community has changed, so too have its needs in this area. Consequently, the Chamber EDC has also developed a new plan designed specifically to guide the organization’s economic efforts. The details of this plan are laid out in the accompanying story of this month’s Connection.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: EIGHT WAYS TO ASSIST A THRIVING MARKET

While it is only part of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC’s 2023 – 2025 Strategic Plan, economic development is a big part. A really big part. That’s the reason behind engaging consultants from the Next Move Group to develop a plan specifically to guide the Chamber EDC’s economic development efforts.

As the Chamber EDC has found out over the last three years, the way that the organization does business can change dramatically in a very short time. Fortunately, what the Chamber EDC learned from Next Move Group was that Bismarck-Mandan is well positioned for economic development.

“(Next Move Group) typically works with groups in economically depressed states,” Chamber EDC Board Chair Wendy Van Duyne says. “The fact they were working in Bismarck-Mandan where we have so many strong economic development factors was really exciting. Our communities have been very fortunate to have a thriving economy. Building on that so we can continue that success for years to come was the primary takeaway for having the strategic plan.”

Development of the economic development plan started in early 2022 after the Chamber EDC engaged Next Move Group to look for ways in which the organization could improve in a region with an already strong economy. After months of interviews, the consultant returned with recommendations that the Chamber EDC is now implementing.

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“It’s really proactive for a city to take a look at itself and say, ‘There’s a lot of positives going on but we’re always looking to make ourselves better,’’’ Next Move Group CEO Chuck Sexton says. “There’s a lot of communities that won’t put together a strategy until they are behind the eight ball. It was refreshing to work with Bismarck-Mandan and their leadership and be proactive.”

While some of the feedback received from local leaders supported continuing those economic development efforts that have led to BismarckMandan’s economic success, it was also noted that new approaches are needed in order for Bismarck-Mandan to continue to grow. "There are definitely some things suggested in the plan that were happening or were already in the works,” says Chamber EDC Vice President Nathan Schneider. “However, we can’t become complacent and the strategies developed by the Next Move Group will ensure that we never do.”

More specifically, the eight strategies included in the Chamber EDC’s new economic development strategic plan are:

1. Focus and develop marketing strategies for land and resources to attract new businesses.

2. Develop new industrial land. “Right now, our struggle is we don’t have available property for a large-scale project,” Schneider said.

3. Augment the existing business retention and expansion program by adding a survey component.

4. Developing more middle-income and multi-family housing options for those just starting careers.

5. Develop tribal partnerships.

6. Develop ways to grow talent (workforce) attraction efforts.

7. Develop a small-business growth program and define the Chamber EDC’s role in that.

8. Partner economic development efforts and government affairs efforts more closely. Conduct like-community visits to learn of economic development efforts in cities like Billings, Mont.; Sioux Falls, and Rapid City, S.D.; and Cheyenne, Wyo.

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A ninth issue, supported by the Chamber EDC, would address quality of life aspects and include support of riverfront development and downtown redevelopment opportunities that other community groups already lead. For the continued success of the Bismarck-Mandan region, it’s important for the organization to support these efforts and the work that is currently underway.

Regarding the process of developing the plan, “This is trying to figure out what we don’t know, what we should know and how we go forward in innovative ways,” Chamber EDC executive board member Kevin Strege says. “Our consultants gave us options but only those people who live and work and care can decide which should be a priority. The next step is to go back to the key stakeholders and determine which comes first and which may be valid in a broad sense but aren’t right for our community here and now.”

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The Economic Development Strategic Plan is available by emailing Nathan Schneider at nschneider@bmcedc.com.

Tell us about yourself and your role within your business.

A: I manage public affairs for BNSF Railway and in that role I serve as the main point of contact for the public and local and state officials.

Briefly tell us the history behind BNSF Railway and how you got started.

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How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted BNSF Railway?

A: North Dakota is particularly reliant on freight rail transportation given its location. I was aware of that before working at BNSF, but didn’t fully appreciate how reliant the nation’s economy also is on freight rail. Railroads touch every aspect of our daily living – BNSF moves the products and materials that feed, clothe, and supply and power our lives. Our company has been around in various forms for 170 years, but it’s as relevant today and will be in the future. That interests me and helps make each day at work different.

A: Looking back, it was the presence of the railroad that spurred growth of Bismarck and Mandan originally. Today, the railroad continues its strong presence here and that supports the operations and growth of other industries that rely on freight rail. Beyond service to our customers, we have more than 200 employees working in the region, with Mandan hosting one of our largest rail yards in the state. We’re a strong supporter of the Bismarck-Mandan communities because as they grow and prosper, our customers benefit and so do our employees and their families.

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BNSF Railway has been a Chamber EDC member since 2001.

What trends are taking place in your industry?

A: Railroads move goods more safely and efficiently, on significantly less fuel with fewer emissions, than moving goods by the highway alone. Trains are three to four times more fuel efficient than their highway counterparts and lower greenhouse gas emissions by more than 75%. Our customers are able to reduce their environmental impact by shipping with BNSF. We’re exploring new ways to further reduce emissions and use more sustainable technology. BNSF is, for example, exploring battery electric and hydrogen locomotives, the use of renewable fuels, and idle control technology.

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

A: Like with much of our daily lives, technology has changed railroading. Railroads invest heavily in technology to improve safety and service. Technology used across the rail network includes sensors along the track to monitor health of rail equipment and lasers and cameras to inspect the track. Additionally, positive train control in place on major routes can stop a train if it is speeding or entering the wrong track. We will continue leveraging technology in all aspects of our operations for safety and efficiency.

What does the future BNSF Railway look like and the industry as a whole look like to you?

A: We continue to help identify opportunities for growth in the Bismarck-Mandan area. BNSF has been bringing people and goods here for the last 150 years and see the future equally strong.

BNSF Railway became a member in 2001, why do you continue to renew?

A: We support organizations that are connected to the community and committed to keeping a vibrant and healthy economy.

What should other Chamber EDC members know about BNSF Railway that may assist them?

A: Freight railroads are a safe, cost-effective and sustainable way to move goods. BNSF’s presence in the community has a multiplier effect on all the other businesses who can operate and expand because they have access to a major railroad that connects them with the rest of the country and world.

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HOLIDAY TALENT ATTRACTION RECAP

The Chamber EDC’s holiday talent attraction campaign has become an annual tradition.

The 2022-2023 holiday season was no different. This holiday season’s campaign, much like previous campaigns, focused on social media and online platforms. This year for the first time the campaign included ads on Snapchat.

This year also included a push to ex-patriots of Bismarck Mandan to return home. The campaign received over 725,000 impressions on all platforms over the nearly 7-week campaign which generated over 17,000 website visits. The campaign targeted states like Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin among others.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH

The North Dakota Department of Commerce recently announced that an approximate total of $13.6 million of equity and venture funds will soon be available to early-stage North Dakota businesses through the recently launched Angel Match Program (AMP), a direct investment program administered by the North Dakota Development Fund (NDDF).

Applications for the AMP began Dec. 9.

Through the direct investment program, private investor investments in eligible business can be matched up to a maximum $250,000 per business. Businesses may only apply for funds if the total financing round is $2 million or less.

Investors may be individuals, LLCs, businesses, trusts, or an investment fund. Investors must be in, and remain in, compliance with state and federal securities laws, and invest only in qualified businesses that are issuing securities in compliance with state and federal securities laws.

To learn more about AMP and to find out if your company may be eligible contact the Chamber EDC office.

NOVEMBER 2022 ECONOMIC INDICATORS

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CHAMBER EDC SEEKS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING SPECIALIST

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is seeking a Business Development and Marketing Coordinator. As the Business Development and Marketing Coordinator, your role would be to focus on assisting businesses grow their presence in Bismarck-Mandan by assessing their needs and identifying resources and programs to help.

Other duties include:

• Developing and distributing marketing pieces as part of our business attraction efforts

• Analyze impacts of economic development marketing efforts

• Develop and maintain economic developmentrelated content on the Chamber EDC’s website

• Conduct business visits to learn about opportunities and concerns of local businesses

• Working with new and expanding businesses

You can apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Nathan Schneider at nschneider@bmcedc.com.

To learn more about this position you can visit the job posting found on our website at www.bismarckmandan. com on the “Job Postings” section under the “News & Media” tab.

CHAMBER EDC ASSISTS IN BUSINESS EXPANSION

Chamber EDC staff assisted with a product expansion of a New Salem business. 6-in-1 Meats is a federally inspected meat processing facility.

The facility was purchased back in 2020 by six livestock producers. The plant is now expanding its cooked product line including sausage and snack sticks for their customers.

The Chamber EDC staff assisted with a Morton County Development Fund grant of $25,000 that will help with equipment purchases. 6-in-1 Meats currently employs two full-time and three part-time and is projecting to hire four more employees.

To learn more about the Morton County Development Fund contact the Chamber EDC office.

JOB SERVICE TO HOST JOB FAIR

Employer registration is now open for the Multi-Industry Job Fair on March 14th from 3:30pm – 6:30pm at the Bismarck Event Center.

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is partnering with Job Service of North Dakota to host a multi-industry job fair. In 2022, there were over 450 potential employees that came through the door and there were 66 employers ranging from construction to financial institutions.

In 2021’s post-event survey, 75% of the employers said that they made an offer to a person they met with at the job fair. If you are employer looking for employees and would like to have a booth at the job fair, you can register on the Chamber EDC’s event page or contact Nathan at the Chamber EDC office.

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CHAMBER EDC MEMBER DIRECTORY IS BACK!

We are excited to announce that our 2023 Chamber EDC Membership Directory is back, and better than ever! New this year, is the story of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC as well as our 2023 strategic plan and areas of focus. The directory also features the most important part - OUR MEMBERS!

The directory has a complete alphabetical and categorical listing of all 1200+ Chamber EDC members.

Each Chamber EDC member will receive a copy of the Chamber EDC Membership Directory. Members can also view the directory online at www.bismarckmandan.com or stop by the Chamber EDC anytime to pick one up.

THE CHAMBER EDC IS HIRING!

Do you know someone who has a passion for sales and people? Don’t wait… refer today!

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is currently seeking a Sales Coordinator to join our team!

The Sales Coordinator primary job responsibility is to develop and implement the annual Total Resource Campaign and sponsorships for events and programming that encourages member engagement and increases nondues revenue for the organization. This position also drives publication marketing efforts in Connection, weekly newsletter, and the annual guide. The Sales Coordinator is also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with Chamber EDC members, as well as key individuals in advertising.

If you, or someone you know, enjoys a fun environment and favors working on a smaller team, with a family-style culture, then this job is a perfect fit! This person needs to be outgoing as they build connections and relationships with business leaders across Bismarck-Mandan.

You can apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Christine Nelson at cnelson@bmcedc.com.

To learn more about this position you can visit the job posting found on our website at www.bismarckmandan.com on the “Job Postings” section under the “News and Media” tab.

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NELSON PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES & EVENTS

Christine Nelson has been promoted to Vice President of Sales & Events at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. Nelson started at the Chamber EDC in October 2019 and held previous positions leading to her new endeavor. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of North Dakota.

Nominate an outstanding teacher online at bismarckmandan.com.

Nominations for the 2023 Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards are now open! From now until Friday, February 17th, you have the opportunity to nominate educators you think showcase a strong commitment to educating the youth of our area and deserve to be recognized with the Crystal Apple Award.

Who will the Chamber EDC honor this year from both Bismarck and Mandan in Primary, Secondary, and Higher Education divisions?

To submit your nomination, visit www.bismarckmandan. com/outstandingteacher2023 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

All nominations must be in hand no later than 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.

Presenting Sponsor:

Award Sponsor: Kyle Herman Agency

As the Vice President of Sales & Events and part of the Leadership Team, she oversees all the events and sales that take place at the Chamber EDC. She also sits as a staff liaison for the Local Issues Committee and Empowering Women in Business.

In her spare time, Christine enjoys weight training, being active, and spending time with her husband Phil, and her dog and cat Lily & Peony.

Christine can be reached at cnelson@bmcedc.com.

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN LAW & LEGISLATIVE DAY

LAW & LEGISLATIVE DAY

During legislative years, Leadership Bismarck-Mandan spends a full day at the Capitol for Law & Legislature Day. The day kicked off with a presentation on “How Laws Are Created” by Tim Purdon, Partner at Robins Kaplan, LLP, and former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota. The class attended committee hearings on various topics including a proposal for a flat income tax. SCORE

Volunteer Marsha Lembke gave a tour of the State Capitol that included an overview of the legislative process. The class observed a House of Representatives debate on sports gambling in North Dakota.

In the afternoon, the class convened in the Supreme Court Chambers to speak with Chief Justice Jon Jensen and retiring Justice Gerald VandeWalle. The day concluded with a panel on “Grassroots Advocacy” including Johnathan Frye, Dakota Outright; Ellen Huber, City of Mandan; Janelle Moos, AARP North Dakota; and Chad Oban, North Dakota United.

OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING:

Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsor:

Scholarship Sponsors:

Program Sponsors: Bartlett & West, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, KLJ Engineering

Law & Legislature co-chairs: Sen. Sean Cleary – District 35 Natalie Pierce – Morton County Krista Rausch – NDAREC

Lunch and Breakfast Sponsors: North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives

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The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class tours the North Dakota State Capitol during Law & Legislature Day on Jan. 11.

JOIN US AT FOCUS ON BISMARCK-MANDAN

The Chamber EDC, along with Starion Bank, is bringing back our PREMIER economic development event, Focus on BismarckMandan!

Join us for this afternoon event to listen to the Chamber EDC’s President & CEO, Brian Ritter, as he showcases the economic development efforts of the Chamber EDC and from one of Bismarck-Mandan's biggest employers, Doosan Bobcat/Matt Sagaser, on what they're doing now and what they have planned for 2023.

Along with them, you’ll hear from nationally recognized Economist, Elliot Eisenberg, as he discusses a multitude of key topics such as: current economic growth prospects, the likelihood, timing and magnitude of any upcoming recession, auto manufacturing activity, inflation, and more.

Check-in is from 2:30pm to 3:00pm, with the event to follow from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Bismarck Hotel & Conference Center on Thursday, February 23rd. 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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REGISTRATION FOR BISMARCK-MANDAN LEMONADE DAY 2023 OPENING FEBRUARY 14TH

Even though we’re still in the midst of winter, we’re already thinking about Lemonade Day this summer! BismarckMandan Lemonade Day is officially going to be July 22nd, so start getting ready to serve something sweet!

Registration will be opening February 14th! Gather your young entrepreneurs and sign up for this fun, educational experience. This free, project-based learning experience shows kids how to start, own, and operate their very own business with the guidance and support of a responsible mentor.

The mission of Lemonade Day is to prepare today’s youth for life and become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers, and forward-thinking citizens of the future…one lemonade stand at a time!

Once registration is completed, youth and mentors will be included in all Lemonade Day communication to keep you and your entrepreneur updated on backpack/workbook pickups, and to receive tips and tricks for running a successful business.

Many young entrepreneurs throughout Bismarck-Mandan took part in last year’s Lemonade Day and we highly encourage any future young business owners you know to join us this year!

To learn more, visit www.lemonadeday.org/bismarckmandan. For any questions, contact Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@ bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-2235660

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THANK YOU SPONSORS!

Main Squeeze Sponsors:

Fresh Squeeze Sponsors: Lime-Light Sponsors:

Lemon Head Sponsors: ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Bravera Bank, DK Orthodontics, Gary Tharaldson School of BusinessUniversity of Mary, Gizmonics, LLC, Grand Junction Grilled Subs, Huck Financial, Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning, North Dakota's Gateway to Science, Our Family brought to you by Dan's Supermarket, Scheels, Subway, Tires Plus, Vue Community Credit Union

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

FEBRUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: BANK OF NORTH DAKOTA

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.

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FOCUS ON BISMARCK MANDAN

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

Social: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

MAR 30

Event Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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

Admission: $75 for Chamber EDC members; $125 for General Admission

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MAY 10

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MAY 17

JUNE 1

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

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.

LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

Date: Wednesday, May 10 Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC — 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck

Admission: Free to Attend

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: $35 per person

Help us celebrate our Leadership Bismarck-Mandan graduates.

LUNCH ON THE PATIO

Date: Thursday, June 1 Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio — 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck

Admission: Free to Attend

Kick off the Summer right by attending the first Lunch on the Patio for 2023.

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KRAUS-ANDERSON BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON NEW POLYTECHNIC EDUCATION CENTER AT BISMARCK STATE COLLEGE

Kraus-Anderson has begun construction on a new $35 million Polytechnic Education Center at Bismarck State College (BSC) located at 1601 Edwards Ave. in Bismarck. The building is the only polytechnic education facility in the region.

Designed by ICON Architectural Group, the 89,486-squarefoot, state-of-the-art polytechnic center will feature project-based learning and nontraditional, hands-on collaborative working environments. The building will include two flex labs where business and industry can partner on developing projects and ideas; and provide space for operating and expanding new academic programming and equipment as well as advancing applied research.

The three-story building, connected by a skywalk to the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence, will also house a live event venue, a digital hive and a security operations center (SOC) as well as other state-of-the-art learning environments.

“North Dakota has tremendous natural assets that support economic growth in our state,“ says BSC President Doug Jensen. “The decision to invest in our polytechnic mission aligns perfectly with the state’s economic growth projects.”

The Polytechnic Education Center is expected to be completed in winter of 2024.

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY AWARDED $6-MILLION GRANT TO ADDRESS CRITICAL COUNSELING SHORTAGE IN NORTH DAKOTA K-12 SCHOOLS

The last North Dakota Legislature realized the need for counselors in its rural state by mandating that each public K-12 school have one per every 300 students. This past fall, Dr. Carmelita Lamb, associate dean of the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mary, experienced the crisis firsthand. She emailed approximately 90 K-12 administrators across North Dakota to inquire about the current state of counselor vacancies. This workforce analysis yielded a startling 24 counseling vacancies in the rural state of North Dakota that has approximately 123,000 K-12 students in 179 school districts.

Help is now on the way. With that data and individual testimony, the University of Mary became the beneficiary of a $6-million Department of Education grant through its Mental Health Services Professionals (MHSP) Demonstration Program. Out of 185 applicants, only 67 grants were awarded, and University of Mary was one of the highest. Mary is awarded $1.2 million each year over the next five years to support their new Accelerated Counseling Education for Student Success (ACCESS) program that educates and trains graduate students who want to become mental health professionals as counselors in K-12 schools.

“We wrote the grant proposal to assist K-12 children with their mental health needs,” added Lamb. “We wanted to help school districts who have been unable to attract counselor applicants; they do not have the opportunity to recruit. So, we are asking these administrators in all districts to look within their faculty and ask ‘Who wants to step up and earn a master’s degree in just two years to be the counselor of our school? And if you wish to do this, here’s the program for you.’”

The University of Mary's graduate counseling program is 60 credits and enrolls new students annually. For this grant program, students will begin each fall for the next four years - allowing for four cohorts. On the fifth year, any of these master’s degree participants from the previous cohorts can choose to come back and earn a value-added credential in clinical mental health. Because the counseling program is online, it assures graduate students can stay home and take courses online without leaving their community. The degree also requires a one-week summer residency on University of Mary’s campus. And, the best part, thanks to scholarship money from this grant, it is 100% free for the students who are accepted into the counseling program.

“Graduate students accepted into this program won’t have to pay one penny for their degree, it is all paid for — tuition, fees, books, licensure exams, internships, travel, one week residency — anything our participating graduate student needs during the two-year program, this grant scholarship covers it.”

Lamb adds, for generations, counselors always used to be about vocations, mainly helping answer the questions: What do you want to do for your career? Where do you want to go to college? And how do we help you get there?

“We’ve really seen a social shift in what counselors are being asked to support in K-12,” Lamb continued. “Right now, there is a tremendous amount of mental health disparity. For that, the University of Mary is deeply grateful and humbled by the tremendous show of confidence the Department of Education-Mental Health Service Professional (MHSP) Demonstration grant, has bestowed upon our master’s in K-12 counseling program. I have never been more certain of the critical need in our communities across North Dakota for this level of highly trained support for our children. Through ACCESS the most marginalized, rural populations of children as well as those living in urban environments will have a unique opportunity for mental health and vocational support as never before. North Dakota and the University of Mary are in a position to serve as a model for what can be accomplished for our children in a rural state when all partners come together for one unified cause—to build capacity in K-12 counseling for North Dakota.”

As of the 2020 census, the reported rate of poverty in North Dakota is 11%: counties with Native American populations report poverty rates as high as 28%. The school counseling profession helps students thrive academically, socially, emotionally in their lives and future careers. University of Mary’s graduate students study to prepare to meet the many needs of a diverse population in North Dakota, dealing with numerous challenges in their young lives.

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BASIN ELECTRIC TO BUILD NEARLY 350 MILES OF HIGH-VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION LINE

To maintain reliable electricity and a stable transmission grid, Basin Electric is on track to energize nearly 350 miles of high-voltage transmission line in western North Dakota by the end of 2026.

The Neset-to-Northshore project, which includes a 230-kilovolt (kV) 27-mile-long transmission line and substation called Northshore between New Town and Tioga, will be energized in January 2023. Construction will be completed before the end of the year.

The project is one of five identified and approved by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and summarized below. The Neset-to-Northshore project was identified through SPP’s Load Interconnection process and is needed to support load growth specific to the Parshall, North Dakota, area.

SPP identified three projects through its Integrated Transmission Planning (ITP) study. SPP’s ITP study is done annually, and assesses the five- and 10-year reliability, economic, and policy needs of the transmission system. When needs are identified, stakeholders such as Basin Electric submit projects that mitigate the needs in the system. SPP compiles a portfolio of projects that are approved by its board and then assigned to the stakeholders that submitted the projects.

The projects, approved by Basin Electric directors, include:

• Leland Olds Station-to-Tande 345-kV transmission project, which includes 175-miles of 345-kV transmission line and a new 345/115-kV substation. Pending easement acquisition and permitting, the project goal is to energize in 2025. The line will originate at the Leland Olds Station near Stanton, continue around the east end of Lake Sakakawea, and travel west to the Tande substation near Tioga.

• Roundup-to-Kummer Ridge 345-kV transmission line, a 35-mile line north of Killdeer is set to be energized in 2025. Final energization date will depend on easement acquisition and permitting.

• East Fork 345/115-kV substation near Wheelock, which will intersect an existing transmission line and add a new delivery point for Basin Electric Class C member Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative, is set to be energized in 2024.

The fifth project, identified by SPP’s Aggregate Transmission Service process, is required to provide additional transmission capability into Saskatchewan, Canada.

• Wheelock-to-Saskatchewan and Tande-to-Saskatchewan, 230-kV transmission lines, will connect to SaskPower transmission equipment at the Canadian border. The lines are approximately 50 and 60 miles in length, respectively. Basin Electric is the designated transmission owner for the upgrade in the United States, and SaskPower will complete the circuit within Canada. The project will provide export and import capabilities of up to 650 megawatts of electricity, strengthening the local and regional electric system.

The five projects represent an investment of nearly $725 million in high-voltage transmission infrastructure in western North Dakota.

For the Leland Olds Station-to-Tande and Roundup-to-Kummer Ridge transmission lines, Basin Electric’s right-of-way team is in contact with landowners to determine the preferred routes of the lines. The right-of-way team will begin contacting landowners regarding the Wheelock- and Tande-to-Saskatchewan lines in the coming weeks.

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BSC AG PROGRAM RECEIVES GRANT TO ENHANCE CURRICULUM

The Bismarck State College (BSC) Agriculture, Technology, Food & Natural Resources program has been awarded a $79,141 grant from the CHS Foundation. The CHS Foundation is funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative.

This new grant funding will be used to fund projects aimed at revitalizing current programs and purchasing new, stateof-the-art equipment to be implemented in Agriculture Systems Management course curriculum. Such equipment includes a hydraulics trainer and several other electronics-related trainers. The new equipment will give students hands-on experiences that will address necessary industry skill sets in electronics, hydraulics, automation, robotics and sensor technology through problem-solving and troubleshooting. These critical workforce skills will allow students to successfully operate modern agricultural machinery following completion of the program and students will be proficient in using diagnostic equipment, reading electrical schematics, operating electrical control devices and more.

BSC’s project director for this initiative, Associate Professor of Precision Agriculture Carmel Miller, said that this funding will be instrumental in preparing students for the work force. “Students entering careers as agronomists, precision technicians and farmers will benefit from what this brings to their instruction.”

“Precision agriculture and new technology is essential to production agriculture,” said CHS Foundation President Megan Wolle. “With the skills learned through BSC’s curric ulum, we’re confident that students will be well-trained and ready to use this equipment as they pursue careers at cooperatives, ag businesses or their own farming operations.”

This most recent CHS Foundation gift to BSC is an outcome of a long, successful partnership between the CHS and the BSC Foundations. Since 2000, the CHS Foundation has invested in BSC Agriculture programs and students through contributions to scholarships, grants and Project CARE, an emergency fund that helps students in need.

KLJ ENGINEERING ANNOUNCES NEW BISMARCK LOCATION

KLJ Engineering LLC (KLJ), announced the organization’s plans to relocate its Bismarck office to the Grand Pacific Center office building (400 E Broadway) in downtown Bismarck. The multi-disciplined engineering company signed a long-term lease agreement with Presidio Property Trust, Inc.

“We are extremely excited to relocate to the heart of downtown Bismarck. The revitalization efforts within the city of Bismarck make downtown an attractive location for us, and we look forward to joining the downtown community and all its amenities,” said KLJ CEO, Eric Michel. The company will occupy the fifth and sixth floors of the building, as well as a portion of the ground level.

“This space will provide a wonderful mix of individual and collaborative workspaces, places to connect with clients, and the KLJ community, as well as plenty of drop-in workspaces to accommodate our hybrid and remote workforce. How people work has evolved, and we look forward to creating a workspace that reflects a variety of working arrangements,” said Cody Aldinger, vice President of facilities and information technology. Construction will begin in the first quarter of 2023, with an anticipated move-in in late fall, or early winter 2023.

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Q: WHAT IS CANCER REGISTRY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR REGION?

A: The Central North Dakota Cancer Registry (CNDCR) is an integral part of the cancer programs at Sanford Bismarck, CHI St. Alexius, and the Bismarck Cancer Center and provides an accurate database of cancer cases in the region. Hundreds of pieces of data, including patient demographics, medical history, diagnostic studies, treatment, and patient follow-up are recorded in the cancer registry database. This information is used as a resource for surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists to plan continuous quality care. Currently, the most frequently diagnosed cancers in North Dakota are breast, prostate, colorectal, and lung cancers. Cancer registries help measure and study the burden of cancer in our communities, to help identify the possible causes of these cancers, and to find the best treatments for future patients.

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OUR NONPROFIT HAS

BEEN SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON NON-PROGRAM FUNCTIONS; WHAT CAN WE DO TO REFOCUS ON OUR MISSION?

A: It takes heart and perseverance to operate a nonprofit. Maintaining a proper balance between management duties and delivery of programs is key to successful nonprofits. Governance, compliance, financial and operational priorities can dominate time and pull resources away from key programs and delivery of services. Many nonprofit organizations have turned to professional outsourcing for the knowledge and resources they need to augment their internal staff.

The role of collaborating with an outsourcing firm can provide long-term solutions and there are many benefits to ensure you have time to focus on your mission. To begin, it gives you highly skilled hands-on resources without going through the long hiring, onboarding, and training process. Outsourcing services can be found across several areas, including accounting, technology solutions, data analytics, human resources and more.

At Eide Bailly, our Outsourced & Managed Service advisors are inspired to help support your mission.

Learn more at: www.eidebailly.com/oms

Q: I’M LOOKING FOR A FUN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

A: Engaged employees are happier, more productive, and a lot more likely to stick around. As a leader or manager, it can be hard to plan employee engagement activities that put employees at the center. That’s where we come in.

Let us help YOU say ‘thank you’ to those that make your business run by enjoying a night out at a Larks game. We do ALL the work, you have ALL the fun! Don’t worry about planning, catering or entertaining. We got you covered. Here’s how it works:

1. You pick a date that works best for your business and your employees.

2. Let us know how many we should plan for. Big or small we do it all. Got a group of 10, we’ll pencil you in. Got a group of 300+, let’s make it a night to remember.

3. Show up and have a FUN.

Entry level tickets start at only $36 and include our all-you-can-eat ballpark buffet complete with soda, water, beer, and the best entertainment in town.

Our dedicated ticket service team will work with you every step of the way to ensure you and your employees enjoy your night out at the ballpark. For more information contact me at 701-595-7523 or at aaron@larksbaseball.com.

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Q: DOES A MARKETING STRATEGY REALLY MATTER?

A: Let’s compare this question to something universal – sports.

Do plays matter in organized sports?

Playing basketball since the 4th grade has taught me that plays are essential. Without them, everyone runs around without purpose, despite each believing that their actions will bring success. Without a common objective, you are left aimless.

The moral of the story? Strategy wins games!

On average, companies spend 1/4 of their marketing dollars on paid advertising. To avoid wasted dollars, developing a marketing strategy will help identify what is and isn't working.

We’ve found that the most pivotal questions for a successful marketing strategy are why your business does things, who you’re trying to reach, and ultimately what your end goals are - each requiring a custom strategy. Once goals are outlined, we help our clients develop actionable steps that achieve them.

So yes - a marketing strategy means everything for your marketing efforts and should be the backbone of every move you make. Ready to stop guessing with your marketing? Let us help you create a winning strategy! Email info@hexahive.co to schedule a free consultation.

Q: WHAT IS A “SHOP CONDO” AND WHY ARE THEY SO POPULAR?

A: A shop condo is an industrial shop that has been divided into individual shops and each owner takes title to their individual shop. Many shops are typically available to rent, but in the shop condo scenario, the owner actually purchases and owns their shop so they don’t pay rent. Interestingly, Bismarck was one of the first communities in North Dakota to embrace and develop shop condos. Thanks to some very creative developers, Bismarck has now enjoyed shop condo development for over two decades. Hundreds have been built, sold and occupied and this spring, we will see over 100 new shop condos come available.

These started out selling for as low as $70 PSF but today the asking prices are anywhere from $136 to $150 per square foot. Many use them to store their toys and use them as “man caves”. Others find these to be the perfect solution for small business owners to operate their small business out of and to establish equity in commercial real estate. To date, we have not seen the value of these shop condos drop in our area. And yes, there will be one available for you this spring.

Q: HOW CAN I SET THE MOOD FOR MY VALENTINE?

A: Valentines Day is quickly approaching, but your Valentine is tired of the same old flowers and chocolate. If you have smart devices, you can set the mood at home with minimal effort, even if you aren’t there. Alexa or Google can help by dimming the smart lights and playing their favorite (or romantic) music.

Open the Alexa app, open More and select Routines, then select Plus. Follow the steps to choose what starts the routine, then select the Add action to choose the actions in your routine. Save your work.

Open Google Home app, select Routines, New+, then Household or Personal. (It is important to note that all eligible home members can access the household Routines while personal Routines are only available to you.) Add at least one starter and one action. You may have to select a device for audio. Save your work.

Now you have the beginning of a romantic evening with your beloved. The rest is up to you!

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NDWBC ANNOUNCES DAUER AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The North Dakota Women’s Business Center’s (NDWBC) Board of Directors announces the appointment of Christy Dauer as the organization’s next Executive Director.

Dauer’s nearly 20 years of experience working in or consulting with small businesses positions her as an exceptional leader for the organization.

Dauer received her BS in Business Administration from North Dakota State University and is an active member of the Fargo-Moorhead community. She started her relationship with the NDWBC as a volunteer. In 2019, she moved from her corporate roots to the non-profit sector and opened the NDWBC’s Eastern North Dakota Small Business Administration Program.

Prior to being named Executive Director, Dauer was the Senior Program Director at NDWBC, providing oversight of all client services and programming. She was instrumental in establishing NDWBC’s certified business coach program, the development of NDWBC’s women’s business leadership program and went viral with the popular Strong Women, Strong Coffee live programming.

BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS

Bianco Realty has announced their top REALTORS® for December: Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Judy Maslowski, Tori Meyer, Greg Gerhard & Jane Thoele. These REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in December 2022.

ANNE CARLSEN HIRES JODI DUTTENHEFER

Jodi Duttenhefer, Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker, has joined the Anne Carlsen West Region team as the West Region Operations Director. In this role, Jodi will oversee operations for Bismarck and Minot Anne Carlsen services. Originally from Buffalo, SD, Duttenhefer earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Creighton University and a Master of Human Services with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from Capella University. Duttenhefer has many years of experience, including work in residential settings, schools, and community-based services.

NDPC WELCOMES KLUTE AND KAUTZ

The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) announced two new hires, Ryan Klute and Reva Kautz.

As Regulatory Affairs Manager, Ryan Klute will manage the Regulatory Committee within the organization that is made up of industry experts. His focus will be on the ever-changing Federal Regulatory landscape and spearheading research and response for the NDPC. Ryan is from York, Nebraska and has a bachelor’s degree in Geology. His extensive experience as a consultant in the oil and gas industry will provide NDPC with regulatory knowledge as seen from multiple viewpoints.

As Communication Director, Reva Kautz, will be creating the narrative for our members through social media posts, website updates and other media requests of NDPC. She will also be taking on communications and promotion aspects of the North Dakota Petroleum Foundation, assisting Tessa with community outreach efforts. Reva was raised in southwest North Dakota and has worked in public relations, communication, outreach, sales, and marketing roles in Bismarck for many years. She has her MBA from University of North Dakota.

NDIRF’S WINGENBACH EARNS AINS DESIGNATION

The North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund (NDIRF) is proud to announce Member Services Representative Carrie Wingenbach recently received an Associate in Insurance (AINS) designation.

The Associate in Insurance (AINS) designation provides a broad understanding of the insurance industry for insurance professionals. To receive this designation, Wingenbach completed courses and tests in general insurance, commercial insurance, and commercial risk management.

SANFORD HEALTH HONORS EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR

Four individuals were named 2022 Sanford Health Employees of the Year for the Bismarck region.

• Sanford Clinical Employee of the Year:

Haley Gilstad, BSN, RN, CEN, SCRN, RN, Program Specialist

• Sanford Management Employee of the Year: Samantha Richter, BSN, RN, CNML, SCRN, Director of Nursing Inpatient

• Sanford Support Services Employee of the Year: Donald Heley, Senior Financial Analyst

• Sanford Physician of the Year: Justin Reisenauer, MD, FACEP, AWEP, Physician of Emergency Medicine

On an annual basis, Sanford Health employees have the opportunity to recognize their peers by nominating them for Employee of the Year Awards. First awarded in 2013, these awards were established to recognize employees who exemplify the Sanford values and consistently demonstrate exceptional performance in a manner that promotes a positive environment involving employees, physicians, patients and visitors.

BMHBA WELCOMES PATERA

The BismarckMandan Home Builders Association welcome Jennifer Patera as the new Director of Communications and Marketing.

Patera and her husband, Seth, have seven children and two fur babies, Ity and Tito.

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CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES LAGASSE

Jillian Lagasse was recently promoted to chief marketing and member experience officer at Capital Credit Union. In this position and as a member of the credit union’s Executive Team, Lagasse will manage all aspects of the credit union’s Marketing Department and Contact Center, as well as employee training and other areas supporting the overall member experience.

Lagasse graduated from the University of Mary in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in social science/business. She is a current chair of the Local Issues Committee for Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC and Optimist Impact Grant for Bismarck Optimist Club and is a member of the University of Mary Alumni Association and Missouri Valley Family YMCA Board of Directors.

Lagasse has been with Capital Credit Union since July 2018, most recently as vice president of marketing and member experience. She and her husband Ryan live in Mandan with their three daughters.

MCCORMICK JOINS PEDIATRIC PARTNERS

Cody McCormick joins Pediatric Partners, a member of the Sevita family, as the Mental Health and Applied Behavior Analysis programs manager. He is originally from Wisconsin, but recently relocated to Bismarck with his wife, Becca, and two kids, Lucy and Leo.

McCormick received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, his Masters in ABA from St. Cloud State University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a licensed mental health provider in several states and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2017, with a decade of experience in working with children with various developmental disabilities.

In his free time, McCormick enjoys being outdoors (golfing, trap shooting and fishing) and spending time with his family. He is also an avid sports fan, particularly the Green Bay Packers and Nebraska Cornhuskers.

BISMARCK AERO CENTER WELCOMES OLSON

Bismarck Aero Center would like to welcome Lance to our growing team as the new Director of Finance and Accounting. Lance is a graduate of Moorhead St. University with a BA in Accounting and has a proven track record as CFO. He has been responsible for general accounting, finance, processes improvements, strong leadership, and money management. Lance will be reporting directly to the CEO and will be responsible to help collaborate on the direction and growth of our organization. As Director, Lance’s daily duties will include oversight of our finance and accounting activities at BAC. In addition, his role will focus on process improvements, cash flow management, vetting new opportunities, and growing profitability.

FEBRUARY LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Thurs, 2nd 5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment *

Mon, 6th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board *

Tues, 7th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Wed, 8th

am Burleigh Water Resource District *

pm Burleigh Planning & Zoning

Thurs, 9th 9:00 am Bismarck Parking Authority *

pm Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority *

Mon, 13th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board *

Tues, 14th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 15th 3:00 pm Bismarck Historic Preservation *

Thurs, 16th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Tues, 28th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

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4:00
Burleigh
Mandan
7:00
Mandan
5:00
Bismarck
Tues, 21st 10:00 am Met. Planning Org. – Tech Advisory Comte. * 1:30 pm Met. Planning Org. – Policy Board *
pm
County Human Service Zone Board * 5:00 pm
City Commission
pm
School Board Wed, 22nd
pm
Planning & Zoning
Burleigh
Thurs, 23rd 5:00 pm
County Commission Mon, 27th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Planning & Zoning *
5:15
8:00
4:00
Provided on Government Access cable channels 2 & 602HD FreeTV.org, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV Radio Access 102.5FM and RadioAccess.org Meetings are replayed on Government Access channels and are archived online at FreeTV.org * Not available on Radio Access
Jillian Lagasse Cody McCormick Lance Olson

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 ribbon cutting from the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, please call Ross at 701-223-5660.

LEWIS & CLARK DEVELOPMENT GROUP

Lewis & Clark Development Group celebrate the Grand Opening of the new apartments at 1100 E Boulevard Ave in Bismarck.

BISMARCK NOTHING BUNDT CAKES

Congratulations to Bismarck Nothing Bundt Cakes celebrating the Grand Opening of their location at 812 Saddle Ridge Road in Bismarck. Phone: 701-220-6510. Member.

BIG STICK CIGARS

Congratulations to Big Stick Cigars on the Grand Opening of their new location at 406 West Main Street in Mandan. Phone: 701-751-1029.

EIDE FORD MANDAN

ND ASSISTIVE

Congratulations to ND Assistive Demonstration Center on the Grand Opening of their new location at 4501 Coleman Street, Ste #107, Bismarck! Phone: 701-258-4728. Member.

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Eide Ford Mandan celebrate their new Mandan location at 3205 Memorial Hwy in Mandan. Phone: 701-663-9564. Member. Hyundai of Mandan celebrate their Grand Opening at 805 E Main Street in Mandan. Phone:701-258-1944. HYUNDAI OF MANDAN

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 www.bismarckmandan.com.

Your Home Improvement Company

602 Kirkwood Mall, Unit 130

Bismarck, ND 58504-5704

701-751-8333

Lyndse Wagner

Bath Planet By Your Home Improvement Company offers all your bathroom, kitchen, flooring and window remodeling needs. we strive to make your home, made better.

Mobile Pro – Audio

P.O. Box 1677

Fargo, ND 58107

701-361-0135

Brian Bestge

In business since 2003 Mobile Pro is a provider of live event production for corporate, non-profit and concert entertainment. Full event services available nights and weekends.

Bella Grace

318 Marietta Drive

Bismarck, ND 58504

701-426-2093

Tiffany Zablotney

BELLA GRACE, a superior luxury & lifestyle brand offering proprietary, results-driven beauty products to help you feel and look your best. Beauty comes from within and exists in all of us.

Dakota Pro Musica

4740 N 19th Street; 102 Bismarck, ND 58503

479-445-3795

Jason Thoms

Non-profit music and performing arts organization that includes North Dakota’s only fully-professional choral ensemble.

Red Butte Wind, LLC

700 Universe Blvd

Juno Beach, FL 33408

651-268-7629

Sarah Montone

Red Butte Wind is a 400 megawatt wind farm consisting of clean, renewable energy. Once operational, it will create good-paying jobs and provide millions in additional revenue for the community.

Beautynova

706 Kirkwood Mall

Bismarck, ND 58504

701-770-0886

Kisi Benjamin

I own and operate a cosmetic vending machine inside of Kirkwood Mall that retails high quality lash strips.

Arrowhead Cleaners & Laundry

1140 N 3rd Street

Bismarck, ND 58501-3598

701-223-3311

Jerry Woodcox

Complete professional dry cleaning & laundry service, alterations, and pickup and delivery services.

Main Street Drive Thru Liquor

1005 E Main Street

Mandan, ND 58554

701-663-8888

Jerry & Shawn Stryker

Retail liquor store with drive thru and full bar.

The Cleaning Lady

6212 Dakota Country Drive

Bismarck, ND 58503

701-870-0125

Laura Walker

Locally woman owned cleaning company that specializes in residential, commercial and post construction cleaning.

Inside & Out LLC

4940 State Highway 1806

Mandan, ND 58554

Brian Fuller

We provide professional project management and construction services for any project from small residential renovations to large commercial new construction.

Suzzy’s Island Twist, LLC

3809 Stacy Drive, Ste 124

Bismarck, ND 58504

561-800-6877

Christine Shepherd

Suzzy's Island Twist is an authentic Jamaican fast casual restaurant, specializing in dishes such as Jerk chicken, curry chicken, oxtails and meat patties in addition to other tasty dishes.

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Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Connection

1640 Burnt Boat Drive

Bismarck, ND 58503

UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS

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

APRIL MEMBERSHIP MIXER: AMERICAN ROOFING SUPPLY

Date: April 13, 2023

Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: American Roofing Supply – 1600 Industrial Drive, Bismarck

LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck

May MEMBERSHIP MIXER: JEROME DISTRIBUTING

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2023

Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Jerome Distributing – 3420 Miriam Ave, Bismarck

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On this day, Thursday, February 9, we encourage you to donate to the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation.

Help us provide transportation and lodging for individuals traveling for cancer treatment. To make a secure online contribution to the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation, simply go to www.givingheartsday.org on February 9 and click on the Giving Hearts Day “Donate” button.

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3min
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BSC AG PROGRAM RECEIVES GRANT TO ENHANCE CURRICULUM article cover image

BSC AG PROGRAM RECEIVES GRANT TO ENHANCE CURRICULUM

1min
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BASIN ELECTRIC TO BUILD NEARLY 350 MILES OF HIGH-VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION LINE article cover image

BASIN ELECTRIC TO BUILD NEARLY 350 MILES OF HIGH-VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION LINE

2min
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UNIVERSITY OF MARY AWARDED $6-MILLION GRANT TO ADDRESS CRITICAL COUNSELING SHORTAGE IN NORTH DAKOTA K-12 SCHOOLS article cover image

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3min
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KRAUS-ANDERSON BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON NEW POLYTECHNIC EDUCATION CENTER AT BISMARCK STATE COLLEGE article cover image

KRAUS-ANDERSON BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON NEW POLYTECHNIC EDUCATION CENTER AT BISMARCK STATE COLLEGE

1min
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REGISTRATION FOR BISMARCK-MANDAN LEMONADE DAY 2023 OPENING FEBRUARY 14TH article cover image

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1min
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JOIN US AT FOCUS ON BISMARCK-MANDAN article cover image

JOIN US AT FOCUS ON BISMARCK-MANDAN

1min
page 19
LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN LAW & LEGISLATIVE DAY article cover image

LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN LAW & LEGISLATIVE DAY

1min
page 18
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NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING TEACHER TODAY! NELSON PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES & EVENTS

1min
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THE CHAMBER EDC IS HIRING! article cover image

THE CHAMBER EDC IS HIRING!

1min
page 16
CHAMBER EDC MEMBER DIRECTORY IS BACK! article cover image

CHAMBER EDC MEMBER DIRECTORY IS BACK!

1min
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CHAMBER EDC ASSISTS IN BUSINESS EXPANSION article cover image

CHAMBER EDC ASSISTS IN BUSINESS EXPANSION

1min
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CHAMBER EDC SEEKS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING SPECIALIST article cover image

CHAMBER EDC SEEKS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING SPECIALIST

1min
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BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH article cover image

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH

1min
page 14
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN article cover image

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN

3min
pages 9-13
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: EIGHT WAYS TO ASSIST A THRIVING MARKET

2min
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2min
pages 6-7
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CHAMBER EDC DEVELOPS NEW STRATEGIC PLAN

1min
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2min
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