April Chamber Connection

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April 2016


Member Profile Dutch Mill Florist


"The New Normal" Chamber Members gathered to hear the 4th Annual Economic Outlook Survey results.


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CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Perrie Schafer..................................................................................................................... Chair Brenda Nagel ........................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Ron Day....................................................................................................................... Secretary Craig Larson.................................................................................................................Treasurer Annette Behm-Caldwell ............................................................................................ Past Chair


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CHAMBER EVENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Annette Behm-Caldwell.....Open Road Honda Jeff Herman ������������������������������������Petro Hunt Brenda Nagel ������������������������������������������Aetna Craig Larson ���������������������������Starion Financial Sandi Tabor �������������������������������������������������KLJ Kevin Magstadt ������������������ Wenck Associates Molly Barnes............... Northern Improvement Paul Brucker ������������������� Railway Credit Union Jeff Albers ��������� Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac Stacey Breuer ��������������������������Bobcat/Doosan Chris Jones ����������������� CHI St. Alexius Health Mike Nathe................ Bismarck Funeral Home Chris Brown �������������������������������������������� Motix Tracy Kindem...........H.A. Thompson and Sons Marc Taylor...........Northern Plains Equipment Joe Duperre ������������������������������Kirkwood Mall Dan Pearson �����������������������������Northwest Tire Jasper Schneider ������������������������������������ NISC Wayne Munson �������������������� Indigo Signworks Dr. Blake Feil ����������������������� Feil Orthodontics Greg Vetter �������������������������University of Mary Nick Hacker................. ND Guaranty and Title Ron Day......................Tesoro Mandan Refinery Heather Fried ..... Fried Financial Services Inc. Perrie Schafer ���������������� Schafer Financial Inc.

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

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Cover Story 4 Feature 7 Member Profile 10 Ask-A-Pro 24 Chamber Perks 26 1640 Burnt Boat Drive P.O. Box 1675 Bismarck, ND 58502 701.223.5660 • www.bismarckmandan.com CONTACT INFORMATION Content: The Chamber - 701.223.5660 rparsons@bismancc.com

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n overarching theme emerged from this year’s Economic Outlook Forum — “the new normal.” Speaker after speaker used the phrase to describe the state of our local economy following the rapid growth of the oil boom statewide. But “the new normal” doesn’t mean the sky is falling. Let’s take a look at some of the results from the Chamber’s economic outlook survey: • We have a strong local economy. Increase in domestic sales, technology changes, operating costs and lower oil costs are all positive factors affecting performance. • Declining oil, domestic sales shortfall, staffing issues and domestic competition are all negative factors affecting performance. • Difficulty attracting and retaining qualified employees, increasing competition, difficulty providing health insurance for employees and increasing raw materials are among the top 5 factors expected to impact business. • Business and professional service has the highest percentage of difficulty acquiring and retaining qualified employees. • Employment may be an issue; however, it has made us hone the quality of our current employment force. With the difficulty of finding new employees right now, employers are focusing on cultivating and keeping current employees. The panel on real estate provided a snapshot of how “the new normal” is affecting a specific industry. Brian Eiseman of Stoneshire Builders represented the home building industry. Brian said due to the state of “the new normal,” we are in need of a paradigm shift. We need to devise a new way of thinking. Prices of housing have been out of control the past few years. Trade pricing has come down, but materials linked to petroleum, like roofing and shingles, have gone up. More existing homes for sale on the market has slowed new home construction because someone can’t sell a current home in order to build new. Matt Reichert of Aspen Group spoke on commercial real estate. Matt said commercial real estate is going through a cycle with the market softening. The amount of available commercial square footage has doubled, but retail hasn’t been overbuilt. Retail will follow growth of office space. Finally, Amy Hullet from Bismarck-Mandan Realtors Association gave the perspective from residential real estate. Amy said residential value is stabilizing. Consumers are beginning to know what houses are worth, and the local market must be understood in order to know the true value of a home. The average time a house stays on the market is 7090 days. The Chamber would like to thank others who spoke at the Economic Outlook Forum as well: Jamshed Merchant, Canadian Consul General; Karel Sovak, University of Mary; Sen. Rich Wardner; Troy Nelson, Edward Jones; Justin Kringstad, North Dakota Pipeline Authority; and our keynote speaker, Pam Sharp, Director of the North Dakota Office Management and Budget.

- Perrie Schafer Cover Photo Credit: Renae Mitchell

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By Kylie Blanchard, Clearwater Communications

Today, the WBPC draws thousands of participants from the oil and gas industry and a variety of sectors to discuss the latest technologies and opportunities in the industry, as well as what the future holds for the Bakken.

“Bakken Forward”

The 24th annual WBPC, hosted by the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC), North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, Government of Saskatchewan – Ministry of Economy and the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, will take place at the Bismarck Events Center May 24-26. Tessa Sandstrom, director of communications at the NDPC, says the conference will explore the theme of moving the “Bakken Forward.” “Like that inaugural symposium, this conference will focus heavily on the technology and techniques that are making companies more efficient and effective at harvesting these resources and what the next big thing may be for the Bakken,” she noted.

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The NDPC has managed the conference since 2005, which alternates locations yearly between North Dakota and Regina, Saskatchewan. Sandstrom said organizers are expecting more than 2,000 people at this year’s conference. Sean Hannity provided a keynote address at the “We have 240 indoor booths 2014 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. available, plus 13 outdoor booths to display equipment,” she said, noting organizers are expecting attendance to match last year’s conference but to be down from 2014, the last time the WBPC was held in Bismarck. “Oil prices are forcing companies to cut back on conferences and expos this year, but those attending will be some of the key decision makers in the Bakken.” Photo Credit: Renae Mitchell

The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference (WBPC) began as the Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium in 1993. Held in Minot, the first conference was attended by less than 200 people and explored the technologies that have since unlocked the Bakken Formation, including hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

www.bismarckmandan.com “KLJ has more than 20 employees across our various markets and geographic locations that attend the conference each year,” said Jill Beilke, communications manager at KLJ, adding the company has also participated as an exhibitor for a number of years at the WBPC. “The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference offers a unique perspective to the industry and offers the opportunity to learn and network with industry professionals and leaders.”

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2014 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck.

The event’s keynote speaker is Lou Holtz, a legendary coach called the “master of the turnaround,” who is known for his ability to inspire current and future leaders. “Encouraging our industry’s best and brightest to find these new opportunities will require leadership, especially during these more difficult times,” said Sandstrom. In addition, many oil and gas industry CEOs and vice presidents will be addressing attendees throughout the conference in sessions and discussion panels. These include Jay Ottoson, president and CEO, SM Energy; Rick Muncrief, president and CEO, WPX Energy; Jim Volker, president and CEO, Whiting Petroleum; Don Hrap, president, Lower 48, ConocoPhillips; and Gerbert Schoonman, vice president, Onshore Bakken Asset, Hess Corp. “The other speaker that seems to be getting a lot of the attention on Facebook is John Gerdes, research analyst for the KLR Group,” noted Sandstrom. She said the petroleum industry impacts every sector of our state, and conference organizers try to include panels that speak to each of those industries. “Naturally, people want to know where the Bakken is going from here, and technology and optimization will play a huge part in charting the Bakken’s path forward,” said Sandstrom. “Those panels will draw many folks. But there are others in the niche market that really could be the ‘next big thing’ to push development into a new era.”

Beilke noted the conference is not only important for the industry’s businesses, but also important for the BismarckMandan community as well as the region. “It promotes and supports the area’s economy, encouraging retail, tourism and area activities,” she said.

Impacting the Community

“Conferences and events have a significant impact on the local economy,” says Sheri Grossman, CEO/executive director of the Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Meeting and event attendees spent $26.2 million in our community in 2015, with $7.3 million from regional and national meetings and events. That is a significant amount of out-of-state dollars injected into our economy.” WORKSITE WELLNESS SUMMIT—WEST Brought to you by

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She noted when the WBPC was held in Bismarck in 2014, it drew nearly 5,000 attendees, who spent $2.3 million in BismarckMandan. “While it is anticipated the WBPC will be smaller this year, it will still be a great conference that will have a significant impact on our economy.”

Eighth grade students from Cheney Middle School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program in West Fargo, N.D., attended the conference to showcase projects related to oil and gas and learn more about the industry.

“Anytime a meeting, convention or event is held in BismarckMandan, the entire community benefits. Attendees come to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores and visit our attractions. Convention planners buy goods from our florists, our printers and our caterers,” continued Grossman. “Our guests provide a significant boost to the BismarckMandan economy.”

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Visitors also positively impact those outside of the business community, Grossman noted. “Visitors generate sales tax that is used by city governments to fund not only roads, streets and other infra-structure, but also property tax relief.”

A Focus on All Industries

Sandstrom said the WBPC isn’t limited to just the oil and gas industry. “Any entrepreneur or innovator is encouraged to attend because there are many facets of the industry that will require big thinkers and doers to help solve challenges and find that value-added opportunity.” A list of conference exhibitors and sponsors, as well as an exhibitor map, can be found on the WBPC website at www.wbpcnd.com. Conference registration fees are $400 per person for general attendee registration, with an additional $150 for a spouse registration. Student registration is $100 per person, and registration to the conference’s Core Workshop is $125 per person. For additional information on WBPC events, view the conference agenda at www.wpcnd.org/agenda.aspx.

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By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

In 2011, when Teresa Lindemann started working with non-native English speakers in Mandan Public Schools, she had five students. Five years later, Mandan Public Schools has 51 students in English Language Learner programs. Bismarck Public Schools has seen a similar increase in English language learners. Since the beginning of the school year, Bismarck Public Schools has added nearly 20 additional students and currently has 157 students in the ELL program.

Welcome Center

New this year, Bismarck Public Schools has implemented the K-5 Welcome Center, a school within itself for students who know little to no English. New students are assessed on their English proficiency. Students assessed at level 1 have very little to no English and enter the Welcome Center located at Hughes Education Center. As they work to learn English, they are assessed every trimester until they reach level 2 and have some phrases and single words in English. At that point, they graduate from the Welcome Center and are incorporated into their neighborhood schools. Services continue at the neighborhood school, where ELL teachers continue to teach the students as they get incorporated into their classroom and school. Wendy Sanderson, ELL Coordinator for Bismarck Public Schools, said the first year of the Welcome Center has been one of experimenting and planning.

“Next year I think our program is going to be bigger and better,” Sanderson said. Sanderson said there is room for the Welcome Center concept to expand up to middle school and high school as well as down to the preschool level. Lindemann said the biggest need she sees in Mandan Public Schools is at the high school level. “I think we feel our biggest need is at the high school, because it’s such a tough time to come in as brand new English speakers,” Lindemann said. “For the younger students, the classrooms are so language-rich. There are stories and chants and songs, it’s much easier for them to learn the language.” Mandan Public Schools have English language learners coming from seven native languages: Spanish, Chinese, Swahili, Russian, Ukrainian, Filipino dialects and Lakota. Bismarck Public Schools has 27 different languages right now. All three of Bismarck’s middle schools have ELL teachers on staff. The high schools are staffed according to the needs of each high school. Bismarck High School has the largest population of ELL students among the three public high schools. In addition to ELL classes, BHS students can take lunch in the ELL classroom for extra tutoring and support.

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FEATURE While the main lunch room can be overwhelming for someone who does not speak English fluently, the ELL classroom gives students an opportunity to spend time with fellow native-speakers and other ELL students going through the same experience. “It’s a really popular place (where) 3/4 of the ELL students do spend their lunch period,” Sanderson said. “It just gives them a little more homey feeling where they have those relationships with people who are in the same boat that they are.”

Adult Learning Center

For adults who don’t have access to the English language services the public schools offer, the Adult Learning Center is an important resource. Sandy Wollan is a Coordinator and Counselor for the Adult Learning Center. Wollan said the ELL program at the Adult Learning Center serves refugees, immigrants and non-native English speakers who move to the area for jobs. “We have a lot of Iraqis, we have some Chinese, we have some Koreans, Afghanistan, Morocco, Sudan, Democratic Rep of Congo, Russian, Bosnian,” Wollan said. Wollan said the refugees are often people who worked with the American military.

“(For) many of these people the reason that they got over here was they were helping the Americans,” Wollan said. “They were interpreters for the army. They saw their family got killed. Some of these (refugees) are over here because they are Christians and that didn’t go over well in their country.”

Welcome Center teacher Rebecca Andvik and student Johan Roman Rivera hang ornaments made by the class at the Welcome Center in December 2015. Rivera is a 3rd grader from Puerto Rico. Submitted photo.

Of all the students the Adult Learning Center serves, Wollan said the ELL students are often the most dedicated. “Our ELL students are some of the most dedicated students that come because they know their future and their kid’s future depend on learning English,” Wollan said. Adult Learning Center offers multiple ELL classes, but Wollan said many of the students are working multiple jobs and unable to attend classes regularly. She said a common misconception is that refugees are getting a free ride. In reality, they often have to repay their travel costs and they are usually working within a week of arrival. In these families, educating the mothers can be even more difficult. With no money available to pay for childcare, the mothers are often at home with the children, and they don’t have the opportunity to learn English. Wollan said this can be isolating. Among the refugee community, Wollan said she has worked with people who were engineers or math teachers in their home country, but start out by stocking shelves in retail when they arrive here. The goal is often college.

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www.bismarckmandan.com “They want to pursue higher education, become a nurse, return to engineering which they did in Iraq, but then they don’t have academic English,” Wollan said. She said the English language learners are highly motivated. They will work a number of years in positions, and they will seek out higher education. They know college is the ticket. “We see these refugees who have come here in the past few years, and they own a home, a car, they want to start a business. They’re just like everybody else,” Wollan said.

Local Employers

Sanford Health recently began offering an English language class to employees who are non-native English speakers.

For the initial class, 21 employees signed up. The class is tailored to health care terminology and health care work. “Focusing on English not only helps you participate in the community, but also helps employees be more effective in their work,” Boehm said. Boehm the workers are great employees who are happy to be in Bismarck. “I think that the community needs to be cognizant that we have these groups of people coming into Bismarck. When you get to know them, they are wonderful people,” said Sanderson from Bismarck Public Schools. “When we all get to know each other, they make Bismarck such a unique and diverse place. And we just need to be welcoming.”

“We have a workforce that is obviously changing; our state and country is changing,” said Scott Boehm, Vice President of Human Resources for Bismarck-region of Sanford Health.

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Marilee Toman and Jane Grabs opened Dutch Mill Florist in 1995.

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Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: Both owners, Jane and Marilee are Certified Master Floral Designers, and both attended college majoring in horticulture and floriculture. Their passion for floral design led them to open Dutch Mill Florist in 1995. Since then, they have won several design competitions and awards and continue to strive perfecting their craft. Q: What differentiates Dutch Mill Florist from its competitors? A: We are truly blessed. We have a fun and friendly team, eager to provide the best possible service from our delivery drivers to sales staff to the design team. And it shows, our customers are like family and friends to us. We enjoy helping people with whatever their floral needs may be. Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Dutch Mill Florist? A: We have definitely seen an increase in sales, but the biggest thing is with our deliveries. Bismarck-Mandan has sprawled so much, with lots of new streets and addresses it can sometimes be a challenge finding the new places.

www.bismarckmandan.com Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: Design styles change often but we have seen many more requests for our exotic and tropical flowers in a more contemporary style. But then again the “tried and true” designs are always popular. Some times it’s more the color pallet then the types of flowers, especially when designing weddings. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: The Internet has made a big change in how people order flowers. Our website, www.dutchmillflorist.com makes it easy to see different types of arrangements in different price points. It is easy for the customer but we miss the personal interaction.

Q: Dutch Mill Florist has been a member since 1995, why do you continue to renew each year? A: Being connected to the community is important to us. Without our customers, we would be nothing. So THANK YOU! Q: What should Chamber members know about Dutch Mill Florist that may assist them? A: Flowers and plants make the perfect gift. Everyone loves flowers, and they are meaningful gifts that will be remembered in years to come. You can call us, (2241902) stop in at 1731 N. 13th street, or use our website. We are open and deliver flowers six days a week, and Sundays by appointment and for certain holidays.

Q: What does the future of Dutch Mill Florist look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: There will always be a need for flowers, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries proms and funerals. We are here to help make whatever the occasion is a meaningful one. Flowers just make things more special.

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ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: “THE NEW NORMAL” On Wednesday March 9th, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce along with Starion Financial and the University of Mary hosted our 4th Annual Economic Outlook Forum at the Ramkota hotel in Bismarck, ND.

Nearly 250 members attended our half-day forum. We started the morning with a warm breakfast and heard from Jamshed Merchant, the Canadian Consul General, giving an overview of the Chamber and Consulate’s relationship on working together to build awareness and advocating for free trade. Canada and the U.S are the world’s largest trading partners in goods and services creating over 28,000 ND jobs that depend on the trades and investments. Karel Sovek, University of Mary, followed with the reveal of our survey results from the local business community. Topics covered included business changes from 2012-2015, expected changes for 2016, positive and negative factors affecting performance, unemployment, stats and much more. Our results are posted online at bismarckmandan.com, and you can receive a publication with more details at the Chamber office.

After a short break, Sandi Tabor, KLJ, moderated our panel discussion starting with the real estate session providing our first glance of the “new normal.” Brian Eiseman, Owner of Stoneshire Builders, Matt Reichert CEO of Aspen Group and Amy Hullet, President of Bismarck-Mandan Realtors Association gave their perspectives on the development, commercial and residential industries. They touched on inflation prior to the slow in oil has been out of control, but that has changed as clients start to understand the true value of their homes. New construction has slowed, but is still developing. Conversely, lot prices have not changed, and available inventory remains low. Lots are still inflated due to their demand and remains a limiting factor of what you can get today for building. Between breaks our members mingled before we reconvened with our Energy and Finance panel to address the oil industry, state fiscal issues and stock market-commodities. Justin Kringstad, with ND Pipeline Authority, State Senator Rich Wardner and Troy Nelson, with Edward Jones, informed our audience on the many concerns we face with the last 18-month roller coaster ride of falling oil prices. With currently only 33 rigs in production, larger budget cuts had to be mandated than originally planned for. However, the low production is not because of resource depletion but because of the current barrel prices. We currently are also experiencing a drop in stock prices which is normal and to be excepted. Statistically you can track trends and learn to invest in these opportunities. “Just be defensive, but be selective about your opportunities!” Lastly, our keynote address Pam Sharp, Director of Office Management and Budget for the State of ND, provided a detailed list of percentages and categories of allotments to manage our $1 billion shortfall. In July they’ll be looking at the 2017 biennial, and if revenue comes in lower than budgeted, additional allotments may be needed. “It’s been a challenge as it is going to be a very different biennial than it has been the last four. However, the sky is not falling and there is still job creation happening in the three metro areas: BismarckMandan, Fargo-Moorhead and Grand Forks.” Things will level out again, and our state will be stronger than it has ever been.

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Beginning a new adventure with the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber has been an excellent decision for me! One of the most enjoyable things for me, since getting started, has been getting to know the rest of the staff. Being the new guy isn’t always easy, however with a solid team like the Chamber has, it has been a comfortable transition and one that I couldn’t be happier with. Born into a military family, I have seen my fair share of the country, but nothing compares to North Dakota. After almost 17 years in the area, I have adopted Bismarck-Mandan as my home. Since living here, I have discovered a deeply rooted sense of community that isn’t as vibrant in other parts of the United States. As our cities have grown, the people have grown with it, further strengthening the communities resolve to weather any storm we encounter. Through working with the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and the community, as the Community Growth Director, I am excited to gain further understanding and meet the wonderful individuals who are the rallying force for the public. When I’m not meeting with various Chamber committees or coordinating events, I like to spend time with my family. And when they aren’t keeping me busy, I find time to read, write, and pursue a passion for photography.

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Faith, Ethics & Values Day

The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class tackled the very personal topic of Faith, Ethics & Values on Feb. 24 at University of Mary.

Karen Van Fossan, left, speaks on Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation while Nadia Javaid of Bismarck Muslim Community Center and Joshua Bohlen of Surprise Church listen. The group spoke on the panel “Our Expanding Faith Community” as part of Leadership BismarckMandan Faith, Ethics & Values Day on Feb. 24.

A panel on “Our Expanding Faith Community” kicked off the day. Speakers were Karen Van Fossan, Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation; Nadia Javaid, Bismarck Muslim Community Center; and Joshua Bohlen, Surprise Church. Bohlen described the model of Surprise Church as empowering people to do what one pastor couldn’t do. He described the origin of the church’s name as “The good news of Jesus Christ is the greatest surprise the world has ever known.” Javaid said the Bismarck Muslim Community Center — which was started by a group of local doctors from Pakistan, India and Arabic-speaking countries — has just hired their first full-time imam. In addition to regular Friday prayers, Javaid said the community gathers every other Sunday for brunch, for families to gather and for children to play. Van Fossan said the Unitarian Universalist Church has a lay-led partnership model. Their members include Christian, atheist, Buddhists, pagan and Native American members. Van Fossan said one of the basic tenants of Unitarian Universalist belief is that god is too large to be encompassed in only one religion.

Legislative/Political Involvement Day

The final issue day of Leadership Bismarck-Mandan was Legislative/Political Involvement Day on March 9. Jason Matthews of JM Strategies spoke on how to build a political campaign. Matthews advised any aspiring political candidates to pick a dominant medium, dominate it and only after it is saturated go into a secondary medium. Matthews said all candidates should be able to articulate why they are running for office and why people should vote for them rather than an opponent. Finally, Matthews said campaigning has to be fun, and that people like to vote for the happy warriors. The day closed with a candidate forum including Rick Becker, candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor, and Brian Kroshus, candidate for the Republican nomination for State Auditor. 14 | Chamber Connection

All declared candidates in the Governor’s race and State Auditor’s race were invited. Becker and Kroshus were asked about why their private sector experience makes them qualified for their respective offices as opposed to those whose careers have been in the public sector.


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This year, the following awards are presented: Granite Award This award is presented annually to a company that has been in business for at least 50 years, has been a Chamber member for the past five years and has shown a commitment to the community. New Entrepreneur of the Year This award is presented to an individual who has served as a majority owner in a company for the past three years, increased employment opportunities, demonstrated entrepreneurial potential for long-time business success and economic growth, has overcome obstacles, has used technology creatively, and has invested in the community through social responsibility and community service.

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Small Business Person of the Year This award is presented to an individual or business partners. The nominee should have a substantiated history as an established business owner. The company's ability to grow also is considered. The winner of this award will be submitted for the North Dakota SBA awards. Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth and Profitability This award is presented to small businesses that have been in business at least five years, have shown revenue growth over the last four years by at least 20 person, and are currently members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Golden Eagle Award This award is presented to a Chamber member who has an active record of military support through community involvement and business interaction in the Bismarck-Mandan area. You may nominate a qualifying business online at www.bismarckmandan.com/pages/ExcellenceinBusinessCommittee or by contacting David at 701-223-5660 or emailing dleingang@bismancc.com. Winners will be announced at Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan on Wednesday, September 22nd at 11:30am at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel.

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OUTSTANDING TEACHER OF THE YEAR Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Website: bismarckmandan.com/pages/ BusinessEducationPartnershipCommittee The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award! Do you have a teacher, or know of one, that has made a significant difference in the lives of their students? If so, now is the time to have that individual recognized for their accomplishments as an educator. What should be considered in submitting nominations? 1. Nominees should have demonstrated a sense of dedication to their students and their profession. 2. Nominees should have demonstrated a spirit of classroom innovativeness. 3. Nominees should have the respect of their students, peers and the staff with whom they work. 4. Nominees must have at least 51% of their working time directed to student instruction. Students, parents, business professionals, principals, friends, and other teachers are encouraged to put forth their suggestions. Then, a judging committee, provided by the Business Education Partnership Committee of the Chamber, will review all the nominees. Nomination forms must be received at The BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce office by April 6th, 2016. They may be mailed to: PO Box 1675, Bismarck, ND 58502-1675, faxed to 701-255-6125, or emailed to dleingang@bismanncc.com. Forms are available at all schools, or you can also download nomination forms at our website under the Committees tab and click on Business Education Partnership Committee. 16 | Chamber Connection


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Ramkota Hotel 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck 5:00PM - 7:30PM $5.00 + Business Card

You are invited to the 16th Annual Chamber Spring Mixer on Tuesday, April 12th at the Ramkota Hotel from 5:00pm – 7:30pm. Bring your friends, co-workers and your significant other for an evening of door prizes, hor d’oeuvres, refreshments, exciting booth exhibits and wonderful networking opportunities. More than 700 people are anticipated to attend and browse through nearly 60 local business booths. Attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for the best decorated Spring Mixer Booth. The winner will receive one free booth space at the Annual Chamber Holiday Mixer on Tuesday, December 13th! The cost of admission is $5.00 and a business card. Booth space is still available but limited. Contact Amanda for more details on sponsorship opportunities. You can register online at www.bismarckmandan.com or email aschwieters@bismancc.com. We look forward to seeing you there!!



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Thursday, April 28, 2016 BalanceDiet of Bismarck 1421 Mapleton Ave, Bismarck 4:30PM - 6:30PM Free to Attend

BalanceDiet of Bismarck will be hosting April’s Membership Mixer on Thursday, April 28th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce will enjoy some tasty hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and wonderful networking opportunities. Membership mixers are a wonderful way to network for free and a great opportunity to learn more about the businesses in your community. BalanceDiet is opening their doors to our membership and offering a great opportunity to win a BalanceDiet Weight Loss Wellness Package Giveaway, which includes: • Personalized Meal and Nutrition Program


• 90 days of one-on-one coaching each week • 90 days of weekly infrared sauna sessions • 90 days of weekly body composition analysis scale • 1 week of BalanceDiet Healthy Snacks Your name will be entered into the drawing during the Chamber social at BalanceDiet Bismarck. To be eligible to win, you must attend the social in person that night. For every colleague or friend you bring your name will be entered more than once. Don’t miss this month’s mixer and remember to bring along your co-workers for the fun! RSVP’s are appreciated and can be sent to Amanda at aschwieters@bismancc.com or online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events.

Expect More From Your CPA Firm Eide Bailly’s experienced oil and gas professionals have the deep expertise and resources your business needs to stay connected to opportunities and make confident business decisions. Visit the Eide Bailly booth at the 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, May 24-26 at the Bismarck Event Center.

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Mark your calendars for May’s Membership Mixer! Thursday, May 19th, Legacy Storage Solutions will be hosting our monthly membership mixer at their location on 3320 Hamilton St. Unit 6 in Bismarck. This is a wonderful event to network with fellow members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber. If you work for an employer who’s a member of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce don’t miss this free event! Bring other co-workers along and enjoy an assortment of hors d’oeurves and refreshments.

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan, the program credited with producing some of the area's top leaders, is winding down this year and will commence with a graduation ceremony on May 25, 2016 at the Baymont Inn & Suites

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 Legacy Storage Solutions 3320 Hamilton Street, Unit 6, Bismarck 4:30PM - 6:30PM Free to Attend

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan 11:30AM - 1:00PM $25.00

Registration begins at 11:30am with lunch and the program starting at 12:00pm. You can purchase tickets online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar or by calling Cathryn at 701-223-5660.

RSVP’s are appreciated and can be done online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events or by emailing Amanda at aschwieters@bismancc.com.

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GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD Now is the time to nominate your favorite military supporting business for the annual Golden Eagle Award! The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee works to increase community awareness and support of service members, veterans and their families in the area and one of the ways they do that is by awarding an award in appreciation of military support. The Golden Eagle will be awarded to a chamber member who has an active record of military support through community involvement and business interaction in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Between now and May 18th, nominations will be accepted for deliberation by the Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee. The Committee will narrow down the list of nominees to 5 candidates who will be announced on June 17th at the Friday at the Chamber luncheon. The winner will be announced at the annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony, September 22nd. So, if you have the right Chamber member in mind, please submit a small paragraph (250 words or less) on why they should be awarded the Golden Eagle! What should be considered in submitting nominations? 1. Why is the military important to this organization? 2. How does this organization currently support their efforts or have they supported the military in the past? 3. Why do you feel it's important for businesses to support the military, and how does this organization fulfill that? Nominations must be received at The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce office by May 18th, 2016. They may be mailed to PO Box 1675, Bismarck, ND 585021675, faxed to 701-255-6125, or emailed to dleingang@ bismanncc.com Forms are available at our website, www.bismarckmandan.com/pages/MilitaryAffairs or by emailing dleingang@bismancc.com.




Monday, June 13, 2016 Prairie West Golf Course Registration - 10:30am Shotgun Start - 11:30am

The Annual Chamber Golf Scramble is scheduled for Monday, June 13th at Prairie West Golf Course. Registration starts at 10:30am and shotgun start at 11:30am. There will be plenty of prizes, contests, food and refreshments. So mark your calendars and start thinking about putting your teams together today! Individual registrations are welcome (teams will be assigned). Please contact Amanda at 701-223-5660 or email aschwieters@bismancc.com to register, donate a prize or if you’d like additional information. Chamber Connection | 19





NAMING RIGHTS AWARDED TO STARION FINANCIAL The Mandan Park Board approved the naming rights for the Mandan Sports Complex, now officially named Starion Sports Complex, on Tuesday, March 8 at a special meeting. The agreement, which continues through 2037, includes official naming rights of the complex in exchange for $750,000.

The Starion Sports Complex brand will be dominant on the exterior of the complex at the west entrance of the building, south side of the building facing the interstate, on the football field and track scoreboard, exterior concession window and on the football turf. Other sponsorship opportunities are available inside the complex. Starion Financial has always been a strong supporter of the Mandan community, providing local leadership and helping the community grow. Mandan Park District is confident in the partnership. “We are excited about the commitment from Starion Financial. They have always been a strong partner with park district projects” says Cole Higlin, Mandan Park District Director.

The Starion Sports Complex is scheduled to open in Fall 2017.

“I am excited for Starion Financial to be part of this wonderful addition to our community,” adds Lee Weisbeck, Mandan market president for the bank. “Mandan is a vibrant community that is growing with families and young people. The Starion Sports Complex will be a hub of activity for the community, a place where we gather together.” The Starion Sports Complex bid package 1 is now available. The information can be viewed at www. mandanparks.com. Bid package 1 will be advertised for 21 days before bids are available. Bid packages 2 and 3 will follow the same sequence as bid package 1.

YP NETWORK PRESENTS DONATION TO AMERICAN RED CROSS The 8th annual Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network (YPN) Chill-N-Bowl was held at Midway Lanes in February. Twenty-two teams competed in the chili cook-off and bowling tournament.

The Chill-N-Bowl was first organized in 2009 and has continuously grown each year. Since then, the event has developed into the largest fundraiser for the YPN. Teams participated in fundraisers such as a 50/50 raffle and silent auction throughout the event. On March 7, the YPN presented a check to the American Red Cross, non-profit partner of the YPN, for more than $1,800. The partnership between YPN and American Red Cross allows the organization to connect with young professionals from around Bismarck-Mandan while providing YPN members with service opportunities throughout the year. 20 | Chamber Connection


Nine public schools in Bismarck and Mandan will receive a portion of a $2 million grant from the Bush Foundation to further their AVID programs. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a nonprofit, proven college readiness program in 5,000 schools worldwide which increases the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges by closing the achievement gap. The participating local schools are Bismarck High, Century High, Legacy High, South Central High School, Mandan High School, Horizon Middle School, Simle Middle School, Wachter Middle School, and Mandan Middle School. The Bush Foundation in Saint Paul, MN, awarded $2 million through a four-year grant that will fund AVID Schoolwide implementation at 20 schools in nine school districts in southern Minnesota and nine schools in two school districts in Bismarck-Mandan to accelerate college and career readiness for students by giving them access to educators who can help them develop the social, organizational, and learning skills necessary for postsecondary success. Through the grant, participating schools will receive leadership development training, professional development in proven AVID instructional methodologies at AVID Summer Institute and regional training events, and ongoing coaching and support from AVID to support quality instruction and student access to classes of rigor to prepare for college and careers.



Marco has announced the addition of a new Enterprise Network Team focused exclusively on providing business enablement technology solutions to enterprise businesses. The hires are part of Marco’s growth strategy to expand its business by investing in highly experienced and technically competent specialists.

The team will enable businesses to solve their toughest technology challenges and uncover smarter ways of operating across all lines of business. The solutions employed will include unified communications, data center services, advanced networking services, telepresence, wireless and cloud. This new team will focus on technology planning, budgeting and deployment strategies for Marco’s enterprise clients. The end result will be a better client experience and a more integrated, proactive approach to business technology. The addition of the new team provides more depth to Marco’s growing roster of technology experts. Earlier this year, Marco achieved the Master Collaboration Specialization from Cisco®. This specialization recognizes Marco as having the ability to represent Master-level business expertise as well as technical efficiency, having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated applications-based Cisco Collaboration solutions.

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BNI ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF BNI ENERGY TO TARGET NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY BNI Coal has a new parent company, BNI Energy, which will pursue opportunities in the energy sector, including carbon solutions in North Dakota. A new logo for BNI Energy and an updated logo for BNI Coal reflect the corporate structure change.


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The new company will leverage the competencies and capabilities of BNI Coal and its deep roots in North Dakota’s lignite coal industry. A native North Dakota mining company, BNI Coal started mining in northwestern North Dakota in 1930 and has been mining lignite for the Milton R. Young Station since 1970 at its Center Mine location. Today, BNI mines about 4.5 million tons of lignite coal annually, supplying both units of the Milton R. Young Station.

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“The creation of BNI Energy reflects the long-term direction of our company and future growth opportunities,” said Wade Boeshans, President and General Manager of BNI Energy. “We remain committed to the lignite coal industry as one of the industry’s most efficient and environmentally responsible mining companies. While we believe there is a promising future for BNI Coal in North Dakota, we also recognize the need for new and transformational solutions to realize it.”

Project HOPE is a week-long community wellness event in which the Bismarck Cancer Center provides your employees with information about prevalent cancers in North Dakota as well as health and wellness tips.

“Increasing regulation has placed a priority and urgency on finding energy solutions that balance environmental concerns and the energy needs of consumers. BNI has been an energy leader for decades, and I’m excited about our natural progression into exploring other areas of the energy industry while advancing sustainable solutions for North Dakota,” said Robert J. Adams, ALLETE Senior Vice President – Energy-Centric Businesses. “I’m also pleased to announce that Wade Boeshans, who has so effectively led BNI Coal, will take on additional responsibilities as President and General Manager of BNI Energy.”



Join area businesses and allow your employees to dress casual for a week and wear cancer awareness ribbons each day in support of project HOPE. A suggested donation of $10 from each employee provides hope to local cancer patients. PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES! TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE CALL 701-222-6100

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BNI Energy intends to explore opportunities in all forms of energy production, including value-added infrastructure services. BNI Energy is partnering with Minnesota Power, Basin Electric Cooperative, and the Energy Environmental Research Center based in Grand Forks to develop a transformational coal technology, the Allam Cycle. The promising technology could yield an electric generator powered by lignite with nearly no emissions of carbon dioxide. In 2015, the partnership received a $1.5 million Lignite Research Council grant and $900,000 from the Department of Energy to help advance research for the design of an Allam Cycle plant using lignite as the fuel source. “The research holds promise for North Dakota to continue to use its abundant coal resources while meeting proposed CO2 emissions standards and allow for future construction of lignite-fueled power plants to meet electricity needs,” Boeshans said.

KUPPER AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ANNUAL $1K READING GIVEAWAY Kupper Automotive held its fourth annual “$1K Reading Giveaway” Facebook promotion during the month of February, where Bismarck schools and Mandan schools competed for votes for their schools to receive $1,000 for books and e-books in their school’s libraries.

Bismarck Motor Company (BMC) hosted the competition for the Bismarck schools and Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru rallied the Mandan schools through social media. Solheim Elementary once again claimed the $1,000 prize for their school and Red Trail Elementary was the winner in Mandan. Representatives from Kupper Automotive were able to visit each school and present the checks in person. 

“We love giving back to our community in a variety of ways, and this annual event is just one way we can help our local schools and have a little fun in the process.” Shaneille Ulmer, Kupper Automotive Marketing Director.



According to Bismarck State College’s recently completed 2014-15 First Destination Report, 98 percent of Bismarck State College career and technical program graduates are employed or continuing their education. Out of the 40 programs reporting, 30 report 100 percent placement among students surveyed. Additionally, many of those graduates are feeding the pipeline of workers urgently needed in key industries in North Dakota. Among respondents from our nursing, HVAC, medical administrative assistant, engineering technology, automotive collision technology, and agriculture programs, 89% are employed in their line of work in the state.

From a salary perspective, wages are healthy across areas, but particularly for our energy graduates where a high end wage is reported at $73.56 per hour. Management graduates reported a high end of $57.69 per hour.

Kupper Automotive will hold the promotion again in February 2017.

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ND Community Foundation Welcomes Stonecipher and Guss

Christi Stonecipher and Sarah Guss have joined the staff of the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF). Stonecipher is the Director of Communications and is based out of NDCF’s Bismarck Thurn Earns Christi Stonecipher office. She graduated from Professional Engineer the University of North Dakota with a double major in License Marketing and Management Jeremiah M. Thurn, P.E., an and has extensive experience Electrical Engineer with Prairie in the communications/ Engineering, P.C., recently marketing field, working as earned his Professional Jeremiah M. Thurn a consultant for a variety of Engineer License in the State clients over the last 15 years. of North Dakota. Mr. Thurn has Sarah Guss She is responsible for the been with Prairie Engineering, P.C., since 2011. creation and implementation Based out of our Bismarck, North Dakota office, of communication plans that increase awareness of he has worked on a variety of projects. He holds a NDCF programs and services and provides marketing Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from support to NDCF’s 61 local community endowment North Dakota State University. funds. Guss is the Accountant/Administrator for NDCF CHI St. Alexius Welcomes Lahren and works out of the organization’s headquarters in Bismarck. She graduated from Minot State University Rebecca Lahren was recently named senior executive assistant with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and has several years of experience providing accounting of CHI St. Alexius Health’s Administration department. As services for a variety of companies. Guss's main responsibilities are providing efficient, accurate and the senior executive assistant, timely accounting and office management services to Lahren provides managerial support to the president of the the staff and donors/partners of NDCF. Rebecca Lahren medical center, vice president of mission integration and the Board of Directors. Lahren attended Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D., and Macomb College in Warren, Mich. Prior to joining CHI St. Alexius Health, Lahren was an administrative assistant for Bismarck Public Schools and the business manager for Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. She previously held the position of administrative assistant to the president and medical staff coordinator at hospitals in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Stai Elected to Dakota CDC Board

Dakota CDC Board of Directors elected new member, Jim Stai, on December 2, 2015. Stai was elected as a Director on the board and will represent the Jim Stai Economic Development sector. Dakota CDC Board of Directors has elected Stai due to his extensive knowledge in working with small business development across the state. With over 34 years of experience serving North Dakota and promoting development through small business growth, the board believes Stai will be a valuable contributor to Dakota CDC. Other board members include: Lori Gabriel, Mike Connor, Marlowe Johnson, John Phillips, Dan Carey, Andy Maragos, Dan Jacobson, and Rich Becker.

University of Mary Welcomes Lennon as the New Director of Public Affairs Dale Lennon, regarded as one of the most successful football coaches at the University of North Dakota, accepted an administrative role as Director of Public Affairs at the University of Mary in Bismarck. Lennon goes from walking the sidelines and calling plays on the gridiron to game-planning marketing strategies and helping quarterback community relations for the University of Mary as it embarks on its new Vision 2030 Capital Campaign.

Riehl Named New Assistant Prinicpal at Legacy High School

Ryan Riehl has accepted a position as an Assistant Principal at Legacy High School, starting next school year when LHS will then have freshmen through senior classes. Riehl taught math at Century High School for 17 years before joining the Ryan Riehl staff at Legacy where he’s taught math and served as a secondary curriculum coach.

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Stadler Presented AARC Award

Promotes Tischmak Kevin Stadler, a 13-year Shanley Tischmak was recently member of the Abused Adult promoted to universal services Resource Center (AARC) board representative at Capital Credit of directors, was presented the Union. Abused Adult Resource Center’s Tischmak, originally from 22nd annual “Love Without Shanley Tischmak Mandan, has been with Capital Fear” award Feb. 11 at Pam’s Kevin Stadler Credit Union since 2014. While House, AARC’s emergency shelter for battered women and at the credit union, she previously served as a teller. In her new role as universal services representative, their children. she will work primarily with new members in opening The award honors someone who has made a accounts and with existing members in opening and difference in the community regarding domestic violence. Presenting the award were Tamara Barber, servicing loan and deposit needs while also providing teller-related services. chair of the AARC Board of Directors, and Diane Zainhofsky, AARC executive director. Stadler, who serves as Senior Vice President of Bianco Realty Awards Business Banking for BNC National Bank, also serves Tyler Hofland has earned on the boards for the Missouri Slope Areawide United Bianco Realty's 2015 Rookie Way and the Dacotah Foundation. of the Year Award. Hofland has According to Barber, Stadler's involvement with been with Bianco Realty since AARC began in 1990. He helped coordinate the the start of his Real Estate career financial details of purchasing a second shelter, in June 2014. Pam’s House. In 1995, with Kevin’s help, AARC Tyler Hofland Shirley Thomas has been opened the Seeds of Hope Thrift Store, she said. He presented with Bianco Realty's was instrumental in getting the project operational, 2015 Top Producer Award. including arranging for staff from BNC to provide Shirley had the most closed sales training to the employees and volunteers in all at Bianco Realty in 2015. She has aspects of managing and operating a retail business. been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001 and has earned the Top Schuler Named Producer Award seven years in a Principal Business row. Judy Maslowski, Darcy Fettig, Relationship Manager Shirley Thomas Jim Jeromchek and Kathy for Wells Fargo in Feist are Bianco Realty's 2015 Bismarck Diamond Award recipients! Mark Schuler has been Maslowski, Fettig, Jeromchek named principal business Mark Schuler and Feist have been full-time relationship manager for Wells REALTORS® with Bianco Realty Fargo in Bismarck. In his new role, Schuler works with since the start of their Real Estate business customers to help meet their deposit, cash careers. management and credit needs. Judy Maslowski Schuler has more than 20 years of Wells Fargo banking and investment experience. He worked as a private banker and investment banker in Minneapolis, Minn., as a senior private banker in Scottsdale, Ariz., and as a senior business banker in Minneapolis. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Schuler worked as counsel for Performance Bankers, Inc., and as counsel and REDI Fund director for the South Dakota Governor’s Office. A Pierre, S.D., native, Schuler holds a bachelor’s Darcy Fettig Jim Jeromchek degree in economics and political science and a juris doctor, both from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. He serves as a trustee for the University of South Dakota Foundation.

Credit Collections Bureau Announcements

Credit Collections Bureau is proud to promote Eric White to Collection Associate, Marlya Cruz to Sr. Collection Director and Jo Winefeldt has been named Employee of the Month for January 2016.

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BSC's Huber Selected for Council Post

Lane Huber of Bismarck State College was chosen president-elect by members of the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) at a professional development symposium in San Antonio, Lane Huber Texas, Feb. 16. Huber is BSC’s chief distance learning and military affairs officer and has been at the college since 1999. He was previously with the North Dakota National Guard as an enlisted member of the military police and an air defense artillery officer. After his term as president-elect, Huber will become president of the CCME in March 2017 and serve one year. His responsibilities include working with policy makers in the Department of Defense, military education officers, and his counterparts at colleges and universities. Huber holds a master’s degree in management from University of Mary and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from University of North Dakota.

Benz Featured in US Builders Review

Congratulations to Advanced Mechanical, Inc., and owner, Brian Benz, for being selected as a feature spotlight in the upcoming edition of US Builders Review – the nation’s most recognized magazine in the construction industry. In 2016, Advanced Mechanical will celebrate 36 years in business in Bismarck. The company’s feature article will be available to view online this summer at www.usbuildersreview.com.

Two Join Vaaler Insurance

Karl Lembke joined Vaaler Insurance Bismarck as an Insurance Producer. He will be responsible for providing professional insurance products Karl Lembke to businesses and individuals. A graduate of the University of Mary, Lembke brings years of sales and customer relations experience to Vaaler Insurance, most recently as a Development Officer for the State Historical Foundation. His experience also includes 15 years in Patti Huber pharmaceutical and medical sales. Patti Huber, AU, AINS, AIS, joined Vaaler Insurance as an Account Executive. She is a graduate of Bismarck State College with 29 years of experience in the insurance industry including 17 years of experience rating, underwriting and supervision.

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Hafner with Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. Has Relocated


Choice Financial Hires Residential Real Estate Mortgage Underwriter

Susie Franklin recently joined Choice Financial as Residential Real Estate Mortgage Shane Hafner with Securian Underwriter at the bank’s Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. location at 207 E Front Ave. affiliated with Securian Financial Shane Hafner Franklin brings more than Services, Inc., has moved to 16 years experience in the a new location within Capital Susie Franklin financial services industry. She Credit Union at 600 East Main Street, Mandan, ND. is a graduate of Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D., with a degree in Office Capital Credit Union Promotes Administration with a concentration in Management. Tollefson Franklin is very involved in the community. She is Capital Credit Union recently currently serving on the Executive Board and Board promoted Loren Tollefson to of Directors for the Bismarck/Mandan Home Builders branch manager of the Sunrise Association. She was also selected as one the North Branch. Dakota’s Top 40 Professionals Under 40 for 2015. In Tollefson is originally from her free time, she enjoys baking, running, cooking and Robinson, N.D. and graduated reading. with a bachelor’s degree in general studies from the Loren Tollefson Bianco Realtor ® Recognized University of North Dakota. He was named branch manager of Congratulations to Bianco Realty REALTOR®, Shirley Capital Credit Union’s Sunrise Branch and will continue Thomas, for receiving the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency's 2015 "Champion of Affordable to serve as branch manager of the North Branch. Housing" Award. Shirley was presented this award at Tollefson has been with Capital Credit Union since the Annual Statewide Housing Conference, she has 2012. been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001.

Farmers Insurance Agents Receive District Recognition

Brian Daniels Insurance Agency, the Bismarckbased district office of Farmers Insurance, hosted an awards presentation in January to recognize the 2015 business achievements of district agents from around the state. The 2015 Farmers Insurance District Performance award winners are: • Highest Policies In Force Award - Tina Morast • Top Auto New Business Award - Don Weber • Highest Profitability Award - Lee Amon

• Highest Retention Award - Leo Papineau

• All Lines Total Gross Written Premium Runner-Up - Tina Morast • Auto New Business Runner-Up - Kyle Herman

• Commercial Gross Written Premium and New Business Runner-Up - Lee Amon • Fire New Business Runner-Up - Don Weber • Life Issued and Paid Runner-Up - Kellen Latendresse

• Policies in Force Runner-Up - Kyle Herman

• Specialty New Business Runner-Up - Kellen Latendresse


Monday, 4th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 4th 5:30 pm Mandan School Board (recorded) Tuesday, 5th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Monday, 11th 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board Tuesday, 12th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District Tuesday, 12th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Wednesday, 13th 5:15 pm Burleigh Planning Commission Thursday, 14th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Thursday, 14th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Monday, 18th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 18th 5:30 pm Mandan School Board Tuesday, 19th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Brd. Tuesday, 19th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission 28 | Chamber Connection

Thursday, 21st 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board Commission Monday, 25th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Monday, 25th 5:15 pm Mandan Planning Commission (recorded) Tuesday, 26th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Tuesday, 26th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Wednesday, 27th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Thursday, 28th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services Meetings can be viewed LIVE (unless otherwise indicated) and are replayed several times on Government Access, cable channel 2 and HD602. Government meetings are also available for online viewing (LIVE and Video on Demand) at www.freetv.org.


Welcome new members

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

Ferrellgas 2300 East Main Bismarck, ND Michelle Bushee (701) 223-5006 For more than 75 years Americans have relied on Ferrellgas for their home, business and agriculture propane needs. Crank Canvas Bismarck, ND Tyler Ktytor (701) 391-5889 The Crank Canvas is a tackle organizer and storage system that is made to last a life time. Created 22 years ago this solution for storing tackle can also be used to organize around the house as well! North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People 4023 State Street Suite 40 Bismarck, ND Emily Dalzell (701) 390-1635 As a voice for people who are homeless, the NDCHP coordinates the efforts to provide basic human needs and housing. We are committed to serving our state and to our membership of over 70 agencies.

Professional Hearing Services 4900 Ottawa St Ste 300 Bismarck, ND Andrea Larson (701) 751-6232 Independent hearing healthcare clinic. Patients have access to a vast array of options from the industry's leading manufacturers and will benefit from the newest advancements in hearing aid technology Stanley Consultants 600 South Second Street Suite 120 Bismarck, ND Dustin Commons 701-989-7025 Consulting engineering firm recognized in the engineering industry for our commitment to client service and our passion to make a difference. With a focus on energy, water and transportation.

Country Financial - Jen Janecek-Hartman 715 E Broadway Ave Ste. 130 Bismarck, ND Jen Janecek-Hartman (701) 221-0662 Offering home, auto, life, and business insurance as well as, financial and retirement planning services. Serving the Bismarck-Mandan community and surrounding area. Sky Digital Advertising 4627 44th Ave. S Suite 105 Fargo, ND Paul Hilt (701) 318-1700 Digital outdoor billboards - advertising.

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Ribbon Cuttings

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



Brian Daniels, District Manager, at his new business on 521 E Main Ave. Ste. 250 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-204-6334. Member.

Paige Pederson, President, Clare Carlson, Vice-President, and the BAGA Board of Directors at their newly remodeled building on 422 E Front Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-223-5986. Member.

THE ARC OF BISMARCK Nicole Peske, Executive Director and Tahna Stetson, President, at their new location on 921 South 9th Street Ste. 108 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-222-1854. Member.

EPIC TECHNOLOGIES James Beck, Manager, at their new location on 515 E Main Ave Ste. 8 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-426-2192. 30 | Chamber Connection

DESIGNER GENES Roxane Romanick, Executive Director, and Sandy McMertya at their new location on 921 South 9th Street Ste. 108 in Bismarck.

GREENLIGHT SYSTEMS Ron Stotz, President, at his new location on 1365 Tacoma Ave. Ste. 1 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-471-4177. Member.


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VINTNER'S CELLAR Allan Fuller, Owner, at his new location on 3250 Rock Island Place Ste. 5 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-255-9463.

ACE AFRICAN MARKET Martha Garwo and Jerry Flah, Owners, at their new business on 500 W Main Street in Mandan. Phone: 701-751-7880.

HIRSCH FLORIST Al Kuntz, Owner, at his new location on 211 W. Main Street in Mandan. Phone: 701-663-8535. Member.

CLASSIC ROCK COFFEE Kim Ressler, Owner, and family at their new business on 4524 Memorial Highway, Ste. 101 in Mandan. Phone: 701-354-1844.

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

Upcoming Chamber Events JA CASINO NIGHT

Date: 4/1/2016 • Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm Location: Bismarck-Mandan Elks Lodge 1199 – 900 S Washington St, Bismarck


Date: 4/12/2016 • Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Ramkota Hotel – 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck


Date: 4/28/2016 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: BalanceDiet of Bismarck – 1421 Mapelton Ave, Bismarck



Date: 5/18/2016 • Time: 8:30am - 11:30am Location: The Chamber of Commerce - 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck


Date: 5/19/2016 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Legacy Property Maintenance – 3320 Hamilton Street, Bismarck

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 Best Western Ramkota Hotel 5:00pm - 7:30pm


Date: 5/25/2016 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan Reserve your Spring Mixer booth, contact Amanda at 701-223-5660

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