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

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

Larry Oswald ......................................Montana-Dakota Utilities

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.

CHAMBER EDC STAFF

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

Emily Eback ...Business Development & Marketing Coordinator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emily Seebold ................................................ Sales Coordinator

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

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

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As a Bismarck-Mandan resident for the last eight years, one of the things that I’ve come to appreciate most about our community is how much we’ve changed. Adapting to change isn’t always easy but, if done well, it can bring incredible opportunities for growth. Based on what we know today, it’s safe to say that Bismarck-Mandan is going to see these trends continue in the years to come, and it’s exciting to see.

Our population has grown and changed. Our schools have grown and changed. Our economy has definitely grown and changed. These are all are obvious and can be easily measured in the number of residents, number of students, or number of dollars being spent in Bismarck-Mandan. However, another indicator of our community’s progress is the types of projects that we’re seeing developed around town.

We’ve written before in the Connection about how quality of life projects like North Dakota’s Gateway to Science, or the recently completed Mandan Morton Public Library in Dykshoorn Park, help make Bismarck-Mandan unique. When we’re competing for talent with every other community in America, it’s critical to support these kinds of amenities that help set us apart. However, something else that will make Bismarck-Mandan stand out are the different types of housing options that are available for folks who want to make this area their home.

Our community’s developers have taken great initiative to provide neighborhoods and developments to address the quality-of-life amenities that residents want. Similarly, Bismarck-Mandan’s home builders are constructing more housing options that are unique in character and enhance our community. Furthermore, we’re fortunate to have several projects underway that expand our housing options and appeal to wider range of home buyers. With the continued progress and diversity of these efforts, our development community is making Bismarck-Mandan an even more attractive destination for talent of all ages-- and that’s good for all of us.

I’m excited for you to read about several of these great projects in this month’s Connection, but there’s even more to celebrate this month at the Chamber EDC. We just held our biggest ever Annual Dinner; we’ve launched a new online resource for those considering elected or volunteer service at www.runbisman.com; and we’re nearing the end of another successful Legislative Session at the Capitol.

There’s a lot to be excited about as we come into the Spring. If you want to learn more about how to get involved or how our organization can support your needs, the door is always open to our team. We’re a membership organization and we’re here to serve you, our members. It’s been a long winter, but warmer weather is just around the corner (I can feel it) …Happy Spring!

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BISMARCK-MANDAN IS RIPE FOR URBAN INFILL AND ADAPTIVE REUSE

If urban infill and adaptive reuse were easy, every developer would do it. Right? Greenfield development may need new infrastructure, but at least it is a blank canvas. Urban infill develops vacant or under-utilized parcels within existing developed areas. Adaptive reuse remodels an existing building for a new use or purpose.

In addition to our beautiful greenfield development, Bismarck-Mandan have some exciting developments of urban infill and adaptive reuse.

THE TRESTLE BUILDING

For decades, the north side of Bismarck’s Main Avenue between 6th Street and 7th Street was an empty, gravel parking lot. Once upon a time, it was the Lamborn Hotel and the original site for St. Alexius Hospital. It fell victim to the urban renewal mindset when half the buildings downtown were demolished to create parking lots. The City of Bismarck had owned the lot since the 1970s. The parcel had the potential to house an expansion for the Radisson Hotel, but that never came to fruition.

A few years ago, the City of Bismarck put out a Request for Proposals about developing the site. Developer David Witham recalls being at a City Commission meeting when another developer said they essentially expected to get the land for free, and they wanted to close the deal quickly to take advantage of housing funds.

“Stating that in a public forum essentially shut down that proposal” Witham said. “We came up with an offer that we felt was fair market value, and I don’t think the City would have accepted an offer that wasn’t fair market value.”

Witham is the President of Denizen Partners, the group that developed The Trestle Building at 630 E. Main Ave. in Bismarck.

“My background is in architecture and urban planning,” Witham said. “It’s a passion project for me to show the community what this project can look like in the community.”

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Before the Trestle Building. After.

The Trestle Building is a mixed-use building with commercial space on the ground floor, and residential apartments on the floors above. Witham said the biggest hurdle for the project was assembling the ownership group. He said out-of-state investors usually want projects to have 200-300 units, if they are going to invest. The Trestle Building has 52 units.

The Trestle Building has traditional walk-up apartments — like rowhouses in a major metropolitan area. By designing a series of five apartment stairwells, the architect eliminated the need for an interior hallway, which saved enough room for a greenspace.

“It’s a 90-foot lot, so we had to use every foot we could,” Witham said. “By eliminating interior corridors, we saved space. We wanted a greenspace in the middle of a concrete jungle.”

Witham said he is taking a hands-on approach to developing the commercial space — something he didn’t expect to do.

“I’m taking a more proactive approach to forming businesses,” Witham said. “It’s not what I thought I would be doing when I started this 4-5 years ago. We want to curate businesses and influence their ability to compliment and interact with each other. We can cater to the same customer who might come for a haircut and want to buy a bubble tea at the same time.”

In addition to a salon and bubble tea franchise, Witham is recruiting a fitness studio, a tiki bar, a food hall, a coffee shop, a grab-and-go food vendor, a commissary kitchen open to local food entrepreneurs, and a tacos of the world franchise.

Residential tenants started moving in Jan. 1. If The Trestle Building isn’t a good fit for a prospective tenant, Witham has been trading leads back and forth with another downtown housing development — Renaissance Lofts and The Grove Apartments by the Lander Group.

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RENAISSANCE LOFTS AND THE GROVE APARTMENTS

Even though the Lander Group is located in Minneapolis, President Michael Lander is from Grand Forks, four generations deep. His wife is part of the Boutros family, which has owned downtown Bismarck property for generations.

“My whole portfolio is this kind of work (rather than greenfield development),” Lander said. “This type of property is exactly what we would be looking for. We feel this is the perfect location for the transition from beautiful, single-family housing to the downtown core.”

Renaissance Lofts are located directly north of the Bismarck Post Office at 500 N. 3rd Street in Bismarck. The Grove Apartments are immediately west at 120 E. Ave. in Bismarck.

Lander doesn’t normally build on lots that big.

“We are used to building on small sites,” Lander said. “We have built on a lot of former gas stations. I’m the primary designer at this company. I could see this as two different projects on this site.”

Renaissance Lofts is similar to a traditional apartment building with 68 units over four floors. The Grove Apartments are built like large houses divided into five units. In addition, three units are carriage houses built on top of the garages. The Grove is composed of 23 units.

“We want to fit into where we are going, and we go into neighborhoods that are serviceable by walkable amenities,” Lander said. “These are brand-new apartments with big windows and open floor plans that are built for today in beautiful old neighborhoods that are very walkable. For 40 years we have been building new homes in old neighborhoods. We love old treelined neighborhoods — not so big on the broken-down old house.”

Before Lander Group developed the properties, they were composed of single-family houses and a small commercial space. By the time landscaping is complete, Lander said they will have replanted over 150 trees.

“Our residents are attracted to the tree-lined, downtown, walkable core,” Lander said.

The project will be finished in a couple of months.

“I’m a proud North Dakotan,” Lander said. “There is very much of a can-do, let’s-work-together attitude. That’s been a really positive thing for me returning to North Dakota.”

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Before the Renaissance Lofts. After. Before the Grove Apartments. After.

BOULEVARD APARTMENTS AND LIBRARY SQUARE

While urban infill can be tricky enough, adaptive reuse can have even more challenges — especially when it is designed for low-income housing.

East of the North Dakota State Capitol is the former Baptist Nursing Home at 1100 E. Boulevard Ave. in Bismarck. Originally built in the 1940s, the Baptist Home underwent many expansions up through the 1980s. In 2013, the organization built a new facility in north Bismarck and put the original Baptist Home for sale. Over the past 10 years, the project has taken so many twists and turns that Brent Ekstrom, Executive Director of Lewis and Clark Development Group, would be forgiven for thinking the project was cursed.

The Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, a homeless shelter, acquired the property with plans to remodel it into a transitional living facility. They were unable to get the zoning change they needed to permit the project. They approached both Lutheran Social Services and Lewis and Clark Development Group to ask them to buy the property and lease it back. Then, Ruth Meiers Hospitality House ceased operations. Lewis and Clark Development Group and Lutheran Social Services next planned to have commercial space on the main floor with residential apartments above. Then, Lutheran Social Services ceased operations in Bismarck-Mandan.

“We should have called this project ‘Perseverance,’ because if it could go wrong, it did go wrong,” Ekstrom said. “It was a huge struggle, but in the end it’s worth it. We’re at 90 percent occupancy in north unit. There is a definite need for affordable housing in Bismarck.”

The Baptist Home had two buildings — the main building is three-story brick with 80 units. The north building has 40 more units.

“The hardest part about adaptive reuse is a lot of times you don’t know what you’re getting into,” Ekstrom said. “The financing is difficult. If it was easy, everybody would do it. It costs the same to build affordable housing as it does to build market-rate housing. Construction costs are the same, but then you’re getting less in rent.”

Often, you run into unexpected construction expenses — such as asbestos, electrical issues, or plumbing issues. “It’s cheaper to build something new than do adaptive reuse,” Ekstrom said, “but then you get urban sprawl. You have to weigh all of that.”

Lewis and Clark Development Group specializes in lowincome and senior housing. Their offices are located on the ground floor of another project — Library Square in Mandan.

Library Square I and II are two apartment buildings that mirror each other on 1st Street NW between Collins Avenue and 1st Avenue NW in Mandan. The original building housed the Mandan Post Office and then the library. Located at 100 1st St. NW, the property had historical value, but the building wasn’t salvageable. To preserve the history, they incorporated historical features such as the original spiral staircase, a decorative archway, and a decorative window into the common area of the new building.

The building has 45 unites of senior affordable housing as well as a chapel, exercise facility, gaming room, and of course — a library.

“The senior population in North Dakota continues to grow,” Ekstrom said. “Any senior housing is going to fill up. Whether it’s affordable or it’s market-rate, senior citizens continue to move into the area from small towns as well as our own aging population.”

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KNUTSON FAMILY READY TO BREATHE LIFE INTO THE BISMARCK DEPOT

When Cam Knutson was growing up in BismarckMandan, he created fond memories at the Bismarck Rail Depot, which housed Fiesta Villa restaurant at that time.

“It was this hub of gathering,” said Knutson, Owner of Knutson Companies. “When I moved back to Bismarck in 2018, seeing that building dark and empty and not being utilized I kept thinking, ‘Somebody’s got to do something.’”

Cam Knutson is that somebody.

In 2022, Knutson purchased the Depot with his father, real estate developer Ron Knutson. Cam Knutson’s background in historic renovations means he went into the real estate deal with eyes open.

“Historic renovations are really, really difficult,” Knutson said. “You don’t know what you’re going to find in a building that is 100-plus years old. I came in with some hesitation, but we need to have it activated again, especially where it is located. It’s right in the center of our community.”

The railroad has been central to the founding and development of Bismarck, and the Depot is a reflection of that. The building was designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, designer of the U.S. Supreme Court building and multiple state Capitols. Designed in the Mission

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Revival style, the exterior shares the same marble chips used in the construction of the The building originally served as a depot for the Northern Pacific Railway before it was remodeled into the popular Fiesta Villa Mexican restaurant. The Bismarck Depot has been sitting empty since 2019. Photo Credit: Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library (Bismarck: Capital City Memories JSD-80)

Completed in 1901, the Northern Pacific Railway Depot served passengers until Amtrak ended passenger train service to Bismarck in 1979. In 1983, the Depot reopened to the public with Fiesta Villa Mexican restaurant. Fiesta Villa fed the community for more than 30 years until 2016. It was followed by Edwinton Brewing, and the building has been empty since 2019.

“This property was part of the center of commerce for our community in those early days,” Knutson said.

Knutson plans for all new HVAC and electrical as well as major remodels to the windows and roof. The first step in spring construction will be extensive repair to the historic clay tiles. Clay tiles are not common in North Dakota’s climate — for good reason.

“They are very delicate,” Knutson said. “Most normal roofs you can walk on to do the repair work. It’s a unique material when done right, and it lasts a super long time.”

Of all the possibilities for the interior space, Knutson knows one thing for sure — there will be a restaurant. He has heard requests from the public over and over again.

“The restaurant just has to happen,” Knutson said. “It’s such a great space.”

Knutson plans a restaurant on the west side of the building, which has a full kitchen and a cooler. The former Fiesta Villa space on the east side is yet-to-be determined. Knutson said they will be looking at different concepts later this year.

“We just finished investigative sand blasting of those walls (on the east side),” Knutson said. “You won’t see a building like this built again with the work that went into it. We want to bring back that beautiful natural structure that exists in those walls.”

The second floor has been gutted. Knutson is redesigning the office suites for a better flow. The parking lot is in “total disrepair.”

“If we’re going to rip the parking lot up and redo it — let’s redesign the flow of it,” Knutson said. “Maybe we can flip a switch and go from parking certain days to a Saturday morning farmer’s market. It’s a really large canvas to work with.”

Knutson said the outdoor spaces have even more possibilities than the building itself.

“You could have outdoor concerts — there is plenty of room to do whatever you can envision,” Knutson said. “What I’m try to do is create the best canvas possible.”

Work will start this spring, and it will likely take a full year before the doors can open to the public.

“Looking at this building — especially at night when it was dark and empty — what a bummer to see it in that condition,” Knutson said. “With experience in historic redevelopment, it was a call-to-action for me that this was a chance to step up and do something for the community... We’re going to get this thing back alive and active and serving the community for the next 50 years.”

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BARNHART CRANE

Tell us about yourself and your role within your business.

A: I have been the Branch Manager at Barnhart Crane, formerly Viant Crane, since March of 2016. I am a Southeast Texas native and have been a resident of North Dakota since 2011. I met my wife, a Dodge, North Dakota native, in 2012. I have been in the crane and rigging industry for over 20 years.

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Briefly tell us the history behind Viant Crane/Barnhart Crane and how you got started.

A: Viant Crane was founded in Superior, Wisconsin in 2011 as a subsidiary of Reuben Johnson and Son. The Mandan, ND branch opened in 2015. While my initial interest in Viant was for an open crane operator’s position, I ended up being hired as branch manager due to my previous management and sales experience in the crane industry in March 2016.

In January 2020, Viant Crane was acquired by Barnhart Crane and Rigging out of Memphis, TN. We kept the Viant name so the transition would be smoother for us and our customers. By July 2023, however, we will be fully rebranded to Barnhart Crane and Rigging.

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Daniel Hagen (foreman), John Sunday (Branch Manager), Jody Pulkrabek (Administrator), Thomas Simillion (Operations Manager), Bob Brower (Project Sales Rep), Bill Schneider (Operator), Chuck Flinn (project Manager) Adam Miller (Service Manager). Not pictured, Tyler Ashley, Ryan Getz, Steven (Grizz) Grzeskowiak, Jason Friedt, Darrel Miller, Lucas Greff. John Sunday

How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Viant Crane?

A: As the industrial and commercial markets have grown in our region, so has Viant Crane. We have doubled our office size and full-time personnel since 2016 while increasing our crane fleet and capabilities. When we first opened, we were limited to a 275-ton all terrain crane and a 330-ton crawler crane. As we grew, we added a 550-ton all terrain truck crane and a 660-ton crawler crane along with additional units for our bare rental crane fleet up to 100 tons in capacity.

What trends are taking place in your industry?

A: The continued growth of the local refineries and power plants has resulted in a steady flow of job opportunities and reliable customers for Viant Crane. We have started to focus our resources on renewables as well. The recent additions of the 550-ton all terrain truck crane and 660-ton crawler crane give us the needed capabilities to assist in the wind tower maintenance work in the region.

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

A: Like a lot of other industries, our workforce has been limited due to COVID and finding and keeping talent is a constant struggle. Despite the current obstacles, we have been able to sustain constant growth in the Bismarck area.

What does the future Barnhart Crane look like and the industry as a whole look like to you?

A: We hope to maintain our current relationships and footprint in the refineries and power plants in the area and become a major provider of services to the region’s wind maintenance and carbon capture markets.

Viant Crane/Barnhart Crane became a Chamber EDC member in 2016, why do you continue to renew?

A: The Bismarck Mandan Chamber is a fantastic way to network with other businesses and industries in our community. The Chamber is constantly advocating for the development of local business and the interests of our community.

What should other Chamber EDC members know about Barnhart Crane that may assist them?

A: Barnhart's Mandan Facility provides a wide variety of lifting and transportation services, including crane service, heavy lift cranes, innovative rigging solutions, Industrial machinery moving and transportation solutions.

As Viant, we established a local presence with community ties, relationships, and knowledge of the area. As a Barnhart branch, we have access to a nationwide network of branches across the U,S. If we don’t have the resources locally to do the job, we can rely on our branch network to get any job done.

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CHAMBER EDC RECEIVES RWIP GRANT

The Chamber EDC was recently awarded a Regional Workforce Impact Program (RWIP) grant through the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

The $15 million in state-wide funding for the RWIP was made available from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The RWIP grant was designed to empower locally led solutions to workforce challenges.

The Chamber EDC was awarded $44,663 to help offset the costs of a new workforce specific website, mobile app, and printed new community member welcome packet. These tools will provide resources to community members that are new to Bismarck Mandan or are interested in living here.

Currently the Chamber EDC is working with a developer to design these tools with a scheduled launch date in May.

BRAND NEW ENTREPRENEURIAL EVENT HELD

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC recently partnered with the University of Mary, local entrepreneurs and angel investors to host the first Startup Essentials.

The event was held at University of Mary’s Butler Center in Bismarck and provided an opportunity for attendees to hear from local founders and entrepreneurs. Also presenting was Greg Syrup who is a founding partner of 701 Fund.

701 Fund is a Grand Forks based venture capital fund that has been around since 2015 and invested in over 20 companies. The event was meant to foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bismarck Mandan by engaging new or interested entrepreneurs.

This is just one way the Chamber EDC is taking a more proactive approach in growing our local entrepreneurial community.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 12 4 Connection FEBRUARY 2023 ECONOMIC INDICATORS Sales Tax Collected $3,565,283 Airport Passengers 39,134 Restaurant & Lodging Tax Collected $364,038 Total Job Openings (Burleigh & Morton) 3,272 ECONOMY See the full list of economic indicators on the Chamber EDC’s Economy at a Glance at www.bismarckmandanedc.com.

JOB SHADOW WEEK HAS RECORD BREAKING NUMBERS

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC held the 2023 Job Shadow Week from February 27 – March 3, seeing an all-time high participation from high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Nearly 300 students from the two cities participated in over 500 job shadow opportunities, at nearly 100 local businesses and organizations.

Job Shadow Week is an annual event put in in co-operation with Bismarck Public Schools, Mandan Public Schools, and local businesses who volunteer to host students for two or four-hour timeslots. This week provides a unique opportunity for young adults to peer behind the scenes at jobs they are interested in pursuing and gain a greater understanding of what their future in Bismarck-Mandan could look like.

Without the support of our generous business community, this program would not be successful. Thank you to every one of the organizations involved in giving our students such a wonderful and important opportunity. If you have questions about Job Shadow Week or are interested in participating in 2024, contact Mary Kempenich at mary@bmcedc.com.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH

NEW JOBS TRAINING PROGRAM offers incentives to primary sector businesses that are creating new Full Time employment opportunities through business expansion, creation and/or relocation to the state. Funding is provided to help offset the cost of training new employees.

Under the North Dakota NEW JOBS TRAINING PROGRAM, your business may be able to obtains funds in the form of a loan, a reimbursement grant, or under a self-financing option. State income tax withholding from the new positions created are matched for up to ten years, until the maximum reimbursement is reached, or until the loan is repaid, whichever comes first.

To learn more about New Jobs Training Program contact the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC office.

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20 UNDER 40 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR BISMARCK-MANDAN

Who among the Bismarck-Mandan’s young movers and shakers stood up and stood out to you this past year?

It's time to nominate those who continue to make positive changes in Bismarck-Mandan. The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC presents to you the 2023 20 Under 40 Awards.

Nominations can be submitted at www.bismarckmandan. com/20under40.

The deadline for nominations is May 31. If you have any questions, please contact Cathryn Sprynczynatyk at 701-223-5660 or cathryn@bmcedc.com

Awards will be presented at Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan on Thursday, September 28th at the Bismarck Event Center.

CHAMBER EDC DEBUTS DEALS & DISCOUNTS

The strength of the Chamber EDC truly lies within our growing 1,200+ member businesses and what better way to support one another than to patronize one another?

To encourage members to do just that, the ‘Deals & Discounts’ promotion has been created and it’s as easy as 1-2-3 to participate.

1. Go to bismarckmandan. com and click on the Member Login.

2. Click on ‘Deals & Discounts’ tab on the left-hand side and then enter your specific promotion.

3. Click ‘Submit.’

If you decide to participate, what you offer to other Chamber EDC members is completely up to you. For example, you might offer all Chamber EDC Members 10% off when ordering online just by using the promo code BISMAN or 20% off to all Chamber EDC members when they buy in-store. It’s all up to you!

If you have any questions, contact the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660.

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SIGN UP FOR SOMETHING SWEET!

Lemonade Day Bismarck-Mandan is July 22nd and now is the time to register for one of the sweetest events of the year from some of the smallest entrepreneurs!

Lemonade Day is a FREE entrepreneurial experience that teaches kids how to start, own, and operate their own business in the form of a lemonade stand.

Parents, mentors, teachers, and youth leaders are encouraged to register their youth online at www. lemonadeday.org/bismarck-mandan, or in person at this year’s first Lemonade Day Kickoff event on, Wednesday, May 24th, at the Dakota Zoo from 3:00pm - 6:00pm! If you’re part of Clark’s Kids Club with the Bismarck Larks, you can also gain one of your four stars for your lanyard and membership card by registering for Lemonade Day!

Attend this event in the Dakota Zoo parking lot to “kickoff” Bismarck-Mandan Lemonade Day by grabbing your business kit, which includes a FREE Children’s Pass with a paying adult to be used at the zoo! If you’d also like to become part of Clark’s Kids Club to get premier access and special perks at the games, you can also sign up during this event.

Once registered, each participant will get a confirmation email that they are signed up with next steps and tips to ensure the success of each young entrepreneur!

To learn more or to register, visit www.lemonadeday.org/ bismarck-mandan; call the Chamber EDC office at 701-2235660, or email Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@bmcedc.com

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN MEDIA DAY & FAITH, VALUES AND ETHICS DAY

MEDIA DAY

Dakota Media Access hosted the Leadership class for Media Day. Director Mary Van Sickle welcomed the class with information on Dakota Media Access and a tour of their new facility. Three news directors participated in a panel: Amy Dalrymple, Bismarck Tribune; Steph Malloy, KX News; and Dave Thompson, Prairie Public Radio. Alexander Mabin Co-Founder of InnovatAR spoke on “Innovative Strategies to Connect with your Audience Through Technology.” Officer Lynn Wanner presented on the Bismarck Police Department’s success with social media. The class traveled to downtown Bismarck where they toured MOJO Radio and KFYR TV.

FAITH, VALUES AND ETHICS DAY

University of Mary hosted the Leadership BismarckMandan class for Faith, Values, & Ethics (FaVE) Day. The class kicked off the day with a values exercise during which they identified their core values. For the faith portion of the day, the class welcomed a panel on Diversity in the Faith Community. Two panelists were Cheryl Kary, Sacred Pipe Resource Center and Nick Thueson, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Muslim panelist was unable to join the class on FaVE Day. The day concluded with a panel of ethicists. Mary Beth Johnson, University of Mary, spoke on medical ethics. Tracy Porter, NISC, represented business ethics. Dr. Becky Pitkin, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, spoke on education ethics.

OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsor:

Scholarship Sponsors:

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

Media Day co-chairs:

Trish Helgeson – NISC

Tammy Langerud – MDU Resources Group

Faith, Values and Ethics co-chairs:

Mary Dockter – University of Mary

Sarah Rooney – Ameriprise Financial

Ellie Shockley – N.D. University System

Lunch Sponsor:

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VOTE TODAY FOR YOUR FAVORITE BUSINESSES IN BISMARCK MANDAN!

Nominations for the Chamber EDC’s Celebrate Bismarck Mandan are open from NOW until May 31st! Every year, the Celebrate Ad Hoc Committee along with the help of the community, recognize businesses and individuals who have excelled in Bismarck-Mandan over the years. Recipients of the below awards will be announced at the annual award ceremony on Thursday, September 28th at the Bismarck Event Center:

• Golden Eagle Award

• Small Business of the Year Award

• Large Business of the Year Award

• Women Owned Business of the Year

• Service Award of the Year

• Granite Award (announced at 2024 Annual Dinner)

Make sure to vote at www.bismarckmandan.com.

For any questions regarding the awards or nomination process, please contact Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@bmcedc. com, or call the Chamber EDC office, 701-223-5660

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Table Sponsors: Apex Engineering Group, Inc., Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck State College, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Brady, Martz & Associates, Capital Credit Union, Choice Bank, CornerStone Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly LLP, First International Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, Northwest Contracting, Sanford Health, Schmitz-Holmstrom CPAs, Starion Bank, United Tribes Technical College, University of Mary

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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.

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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.

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JUNE 1

Date: Wednesday, May 24 Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Dakota Zoo — 602 Riverside Park Rd, Bismarck

Admission: Free to Attend

Help us kickoff a sweet summer and register your young entrepreneurs for this free program!

JUNE 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.

CHAMBER EDC OUTDOOR GOLF SCRAMBLE

JUNE 5

Date: Monday, June 5 Check-In: 10:30am - 11:30am

Location: Hawktree Golf Club – 3400 Burnt Creek, Bismarck

Admission: $175 per person/ $700 per team

JUNE 8

Event Time: 11:30am - 5:00pm

This annual golf scramble is known to sell out quickly so don't wait to sign up you and your team.

JUNE MEMBERSHIP MIXER: STONEHOME BREWING COMPANY

Date: Thursday, June 8 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Stonehome Brewing Company – 1601 N 12th Street, Bismarck

Admission: Free to Attend

Network with fellow Chamber EDC members on the Stonehome Brewing Company patio overlooking our beautiful community.

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BISMARCK STATE COLLEGE BREAKS SEVEN-YEAR ENROLLMENT RECORD; UP 20 PERCENT OVER LAST SPRING

Bismarck State College saw a 6.2% increase in students for the Fall 2022 semester and now a 20.19% increase for the Spring 2023 semester, breaking an academic year enrollment record from seven years ago. This spring 3,941 students are enrolled at BSC.

BSC is at the top of other enrollment charts as well. The 20% enrollment growth is the highest in the North Dakota University System (NDUS) this spring and for the first time in more than 10 years, BSC has more students enrolled in the spring semester than the fall semester of the same academic year.

“This certainly goes against the enrollment trends we are seeing in higher education, both in North Dakota and across the country,” says BSC President Doug Jensen. “I believe this is the result of both an increased need for a skilled workforce and the way our polytechnic model offers career pathways and flexible education options.”

The polytechnic education model at BSC is unique to this region. It provides multiple, flexible start dates that allow students to begin their education when it works best for them rather than following a traditional academic calendar. This gives students more flexibility to tailor their education to meet their educational and career goals.

BSC also saw a 108% increase in dual credit enrollment – high school students enrolling in college courses and receiving both high school and college credit simultaneously. This semester, high school students are taking anywhere from three to 12 college credits at the discounted dual credit tuition rate and 41 are considered full-time BSC students with 12 or more credits.

The top five programs seeing the highest enrollment growth include Medical Laboratory Technician (45%), Electric Power Technology (41.75%), Agriculture Industry and Technology (34.29%), Cybersecurity & Computer Networks (22.13%) and Surgical Technology (24%).

Looking ahead, BSC anticipates enrollment will keep increasing as the polytechnic institution continues to add new academic programs in high-demand fields such as agriculture, cybersecurity, energy, health sciences, manufacturing and automation, and multiple others.

To facilitate the growth in these programs and build industry workforce, BSC broke ground in November 2022 on the region’s only, state-of-the-art, polytechnic education center and has also developed the BSC In-Demand Careers Scholarship to remove financial barriers for individuals pursuing an education that prepares them for an in-demand career. The scholarship offers free tuition, fees and textbooks for students enrolling in classes by June 30, 2023, in a qualifying in-demand career program and is supported with American Rescue Plan Act funds distributed by the ND Department of Commerce.

“The more students we enroll in programs, the more we graduate and the more we fill workforce needs. It’s a win for our students and it’s also a win for economic, community and workforce development,” Jensen says.

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REMOTE CONTROL & GO KART TRACKS COMING TO MANDAN

Dacotah Centennial Park (DCP) will soon feature a Remote Control (RC) track and a go kart track. Mandan Parks and Recreation will amend its current lease with Bismarck Mandan Stock Car Association (BMSCA) to add the go kart and RC track, Mandan Parks will not incur any expense. The Mandan Park Board approved this request on February 13.

The BMSCA is responsible for facilitating the construction of these two new features at DCP. The RC track is to be placed on Mandan Parks and Recreation property located on the east side of DCP in the former community garden’s location. The existing RC Track is currently located at Nicholas Park, 1216th 14th St. SE. The go kart track would be located adjacent to the RC Track and existing DCP race track.

BMSCA formed two subcommittees, one responsible for the RC track and other for the go cart track. The committees are responsible for fundraising, development of the tracks, leagues, tournaments, and events. The project will be completed in phases and the estimated completion date is summer of 2023. Each subcommittee is in search of track sponsors and donations to build the tracks.

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NORTH DAKOTA’S GATEWAY TO SCIENCE REOPENS IN NEW LOCATION

North Dakota’s Gateway to Science reopened in its new location at 1600 Canary Avenue in March.

“We are very excited to welcome everyone to the new North Dakota’s Gateway to Science,” said Executive Director Beth Demke. “We know everyone is anxious to explore the new galleries. We ask for your patience if there is a line to check in, or if an exhibit you want to try is being used by others. We’ve been looking forward to the first day of our new regular schedule and new exhibits for a long time, so we certainly understand the anticipation in the community!”

“In the pursuit of this project, we faced many challenges, including two economic downturns, the pandemic, supply chain shortages, and unprecedented inflation.” said Demke. “Not every portion of the project is complete yet, but it’s done enough so Gateway to Science can get back to serving the children and families in our community and state.”

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4 Bears Casino & Lodge today announced it will begin a major renovation, adding a, 7-story hotel tower. The property is located on the western shore of Lake Sakakawea between Minot and Williston in New Town, N.D.

The original 4 Bears Motor Lodge began in the 70s with 40 rooms. In 1993, a casino was added followed over the years with various expansions and improvements, including restaurants, an event center, marina, RV park, water park, convenience store/car wash/liquor store and River Willow gaming boat.

The overall $95 million project includes an 18,000-square-foot demolition of the existing 2-story hotel, 108,000 square feet of new construction

and 20,200 square feet of renovation. Upon completion, 4 Bears Casino & Lodge will have 264 rooms.

The new hotel tower will add 90 guest rooms, gaming, offices and a 3,100-square-foot 1st-floor sports bar with dining room and gaming stations. The extensive project also features a 7th-floor 2,500-square-foot ballroom, meeting rooms and a fine dining steakhouse with glass-surround dining.

The project team includes Wenaha Group, a Native-owned owner’s representative firm; Kraus-Anderson, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest commercial general contractors; and TBE Architects (Thalden Boyd Emery), a St. Louis, Missouri, Native American-founded design firm, known for its work with 121 Tribes and First Nations.

The addition will also include a new Sakakawea Spa with couples’ massage, a gift shop, fitness room, and a hair, nail and pedi salon. The project also upgrades the property’s entrance lobby and 1st floor kitchen, and dedicated glassbacked elevator to the 7th-floor suite.

“The 4 Bears casino is an integral part of our regional economy,” said Mark Fox, chairman of Three Affiliated Tribes, consisting of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA). “The MHA Nation supports this hotel development as a means to protect nearly 200 full-time jobs. The infrastructure reinvestment is also necessary to compete with the expansive, off-reservation gaming authorized by the state over the past three years.”

Demolition and site work have begun. Construction of the new hotel tower will begin in June 2023 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2025.

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY COUNSELING PROGRAMS EARN ACCREDITATION UNTIL 2031

The University of Mary’s three specialty graduate degrees in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling within the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences received an 8-year accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The board based the accreditation decisions on an extensive review of the self-study documents, the site review team’s report, and the institution’s response to the site review team’s report.

“CACREP accreditation is truly the gold standard for ensuring a high-quality counselor education program,” remarked Dr. Christina Jurekovic, assistant professor, and co-chair and online program coordinator for counseling at the University of Mary. “By obtaining our CACREP accreditation, we are demonstrating to prospective candidates that our program helps students develop the knowledge and skills to effectively serve as licensed clinical mental health counselors and school counselors.

Based on our CACREP accreditation, students can expect a 12:1 full time equivalency student to faculty ratio, which means students enjoy small class sizes and personalized academic support. Our graduate counseling faculty are committed to maintaining our CACREP accreditation, so we can continue to provide the best education possible for our students. We are very proud of all our graduates who are serving the mental health needs in our community and across the nation.”

All three graduate counseling programs are offered to students in two modalities: the blended cohort which is a mix of classes on campus and online; or completely online. All students are required to attend an in-person residency at University of Mary’s Bismarck campus.

Due to COVID-19 related delays in site visits since January 2021, the accreditation cycle for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling specialty areas is retroactive and runs through March 31, 2031.

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DACOTAH SPEEDWAY, FUNATIX EVENTS JOIN FORCES

Dacotah Speedway, a premier motorsports venue, and Funatix Events, a leading provider of entertainment experiences in the Bismarck-Mandan area, are excited to announce their strategic partnership. The partnership will bring together the best in motorsports and entertainment to create an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

"We are thrilled to partner with Funatix Events to provide our fans with a unique and exciting racing experience," said Jeremy Keller, president of the Dacotah Speedway board of directors. "Funatix is known for their innovative approach to entertainment, and we are confident that our partnership will take our events to the next level."

Funatix Events, known for its work with Mandan Rodeo Days, the Bismarck Marathon, and more, will work with Dacotah Speedway to grow the community of racing fans in North Dakota while adding value to every ticket sold.

"Partnering with Dacotah Speedway is a perfect fit for Funatix," Jordan Black, general manager of Funatix Events said. "Our goal is to pack the Dacotah Speedway stands as much as possible this summer so families can spend more time at the track watching the racing events they love."

The partnership between Dacotah Speedway and Funatix Events will start in the 2023 racing season. Racing fans can expect to see new and exciting changes at this summer’s event and are encouraged to follow the Dacotah Speedway on social media (@DacotahSpeedway) to stay up to date with the track as the race season approaches. The all-new Dacotah Speedway website is now live (dacotahspeedway.com) and has an improved user experience so racing fans can find all the necessary information to make race day a great time with the family.

"We are thrilled to be joining forces with Dacotah Speedway to offer an unmatched racing experience to fans in North Dakota," John Bollinger, CEO and owner of Funatix Events said. "Together, we are looking forward to providing fans with an experience that is both thrilling and entertaining, and we see tremendous growth opportunities for both Funatix Events and Dacotah Speedway through this partnership."

Opening night at the Dacotah Speedway is slated for Friday, April 21 for the Mandan Meltdown, featuring IMCA Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, INEX Legends, Dacotah Speedway Hobby Stocks, and IMCA Sport Compacts.

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Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY WHILE RECEIVING RADIATION TREATMENT?

A: Massage therapy can be beneficial to the mind, body, and spirit during cancer treatment. Oncology massage is an approach to massage therapy based in both compassion and specialized massage treatments to help people manage their experience with cancer. Benefits of oncology massage include improved quality of life, relaxation, sleep, and immune function as well as relieving nausea, anxiety, fatigue, and pain. Oncology massage therapists are trained to meet people where they are in their experience with cancer and apply a highly individualized massage treatment to support, comfort, and nurture them in their process. The massages are modified according to the full spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical, psycho-social and emotional. The Bismarck Cancer Center (BCC) offers complimentary therapeutic massages for patients and caregivers currently undergoing treatment.

Q: I’VE SIGNED A LONG-TERM COMMERCIAL LEASE, AM I STUCK IN IT?

A: You may have a solution. Most commercial leases have a clause that allows a sub-tenant or replacement tenant with the consent of the owner. This means that the tenant can hire a commercial real estate broker to search for another tenant to take the space, relieving the initial tenant of their responsibilities. The only fee is the brokerage fee to the broker which often is a portion of the rent being paid. Some Landlords will allow a sub-lease whereby the new tenant pays rent to the existing tenant and the Landlord still gets paid from the contracted tenant. We (commercial brokers) see this scenario often when a tenant grows out of their space or the space is no longer needed. We get the call and we find a new tenant to take over. If you find yourself in this situation, you may have options…just call your commercial real estate broker. A commercial real estate broker has navigated through hundreds of leases for office, industrial and retail and will be familiar with the terms and conditions of commercial leasing. They will advise you of your options and negotiate on your behalf. We’d welcome your call at (701) 222-0232 or email to george@risepropertybrokers.com.

Q: HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE TO CARE ABOUT OUR PRODUCT?

A: First off, you have to give people a REASON to care. As an event company we’ve heard from our community that people want more events that all ages can enjoy. Our team brainstorms multiple ways in which we can engage and provide our region with events that fulfill this need, and ultimately make our clientele “care” about what they are purchasing.

Take for example, our upcoming event, Mac and Cheese Festival. This wacky event combines a common household food with a fun, social setting and tiered ticket system that is priced to appeal to a wide-range of individuals including adults, couples, families and even businesses. Ultimately accomplishing our goal of providing events that all ages can enjoy.

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CAPITAL CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES AGRICULTURE MANAGER VICE PRESIDENT CHAD WILLIAMS

Capital Credit Union today announced the hiring of Chad Williams as agriculture manager vice president at their Mandan Branch, located at 600 E Main Street.

As agriculture manager vice president, Williams will be responsible for the credit union’s agriculture loan and deposit portfolios, as well as collaboration with loan officers in all regions to deliver business products and services to existing and prospective members. In addition, he will oversee all agriculture services staff. Williams rejoins Capital Credit Union from Eide Bailly where he worked for two years as ag finance manager. Prior to that, he was ag manager vice president at Capital Credit Union’s Main Office in Bismarck. Williams graduated from Northern State University in 2000 with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance.

CEDRIC THEEL TOYOTA WELCOMES NEW SERVICE ADVISOR

Cedric Theel Toyota recently welcomed Luz Villa-Villa as the newest Service Advisor. Luz is tasked with being a liaison between the service technicians and service customers helping with warranty questions, answering other questions, and scheduling guests’ maintenance needs. She is also bilingual to help assist our Spanish-speaking customers.

Luz grew up in a small town in Nevada and is one of ten children. She moved to North Dakota in 2019 and has experience in jewelry sales and vehicle sales. Prior to moving to Bismarck, she served as an Army Combat Engineer.

BIRD, KIRCHMEIER, AND SCHLAFMAN QUALIFIED FOR THE AMERIPRISE CHAIRMAN’S ADVISORY COUNCIL

Joel Bird, Jason Kirchmeier, and Dave Schlafman, Private Wealth Advisors with Legacy Financial Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC in Bismarck were recently named to the 2023 Chairman’s Advisory Council.

Bird, Kirchmeier, and Schlafman qualified for the prestigious Chairman’s Advisory Council based on distinguished performance. They join other top-ranked advisors to discuss current issues and business opportunities with Ameriprise Financial Chairman and CEO Jim Cracchiolo and other Ameriprise Financial leaders. The Chairman’s Advisory Council was established in 1984 and advisors qualify each year based on superior business results.

MAKELKY JOINS N.D. LEAGUE OF CITIES

The North Dakota League of Cities (NDLC) has announced the addition of Jennifer Vaagen-Makelky as the new Communications and Training Manager. Makelky brings nearly 20 years of experience in marketing and communications. She has worked in broadcast television as a news and web producer as well as leading the creative services team. Makelky also worked as an advertising and media specialist for a natural gas and electric utility. Jennifer holds a B.S. in marketing from Minot State University.

In her role as Communications and Training Manager, she will work closely with the Executive Director, NDLC staff, and communities across the state to develop communication materials about NDLC services, training opportunities, advocacy, events, and accomplishments. This position will aid in accomplishing the organization’s vision to empower North Dakota communities.

ANNE CARLSEN NAMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

Anne Carlsen is pleased to announce the promotion of Rebecca (Becky) Scheerer to the position of Vice President of Development for Anne Carlsen.

Becky began her career with Anne Carlsen as the Director of Planned Giving in November 2021, bringing over 15 years of development and leadership experience to the organization, specifically in non-profit and higher education fundraising. Majoring in Communications, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona.

In this new role of Vice President of Development, Becky will be responsible for providing leadership, strategy, planning and guidance for comprehensive fund raising and day to day management for all development programs and staff performing these functions.

CAMPBELL JOINS VALVOLINE INSTANT OIL CHANGE

Valvoline Instant Oil Change is pleased to announce Jeremy Campbell has joined our team as Area Manager for our four Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations in Minot and Bismarck. He has 13 years of leadership experience.

Jeremy is a graduate of the Brigham Young University – Idaho campus earning his degree in Business Management. He is originally from Idaho Falls and has been a Minot resident for the past six years. Jeremy grew up with a passion for cars and knows how they work. This, together with his 13 years of leadership experience provides a great understanding of the importance of maintaining the highest standards in service and customer care.

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Share your business news with the Chamber EDC. Email press releases to Rebecca at rpelkey@bmcedc.com.
Chad Williams Luz Villa-Villa Joel Bird Jason Kirchmeier Dave Schlafman Rebecca Scheerer Jeremy Campbell

DCN HIRES SYVERSON AS CFO

Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) has hired Kristin Syverson as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

JONES TO LEAD MARAUDER ATHLETICS

WEIAND JOINS CORE REAL ESTATE ADVISORS

Syverson’s diverse background includes finance, marketing, and operations in the manufacturing, engineering, and nonprofit sectors. These combined with a decade of CFO experience have made her into a leader with strong analytical, change management, and strategic planning skills that will help DCN thrive.

As CFO, Syverson is also responsible for ensuring soundness of the company’s financial structure and managing DCN’s relationships with financial institutions and governmental agencies. She will be based out of corporate headquarters in Fargo. Syverson earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. In 2016, she was named to the Prairie Business magazine annual 40 Under 40 list.

The University of Mary has named Cooper Jones to be its executive director of intercollegiate athletics, in charge of athletic administration and all Marauders Armada fundraising in support of its new Greatness through Virtue Strategic Plan.

Jones comes to the University of Mary with nearly 25 years of leadership experience, with stops at NCAA Division I Power 5 conference schools Arizona State University (executive associate athletic director), University of Louisville (assistant athletic director for development), University of Maryland (director of major gifts), and Georgia Tech (development officer). His other Division I administrative posts include senior associate athletic director (University of North Texas), and assistant vice president and chief of staff for institutional advancement (Tarleton State University). He is currently the executive director of intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation at NCAA Division II Cal Poly Humboldt.

CORE Real Estate Advisors welcomes Alex Weiand. Alex is from North Dakota and grew up in Mandan. He attended Bismarck State College, where he graduated with two associate degrees. He continued his education at NDSU and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2017. Alex then got into law enforcement and is currently a Patrol Officer for the Bismarck Police Department. Alex has worked for the Bismarck Police Department for over five years. In 2022, Alex joined the North Dakota National Guard.

In 2023, Alex made a lifelong dream come true by obtaining his real estate license and starting his real estate career. His goal is to help his clients find the home of their dreams. He also wants to make the home buying and selling process as stressfree as possible for his clients!

APRIL LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board *

Tues, 4th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission 7:00 pm Mandan City Commission Board of Equalization

Thurs, 6th 5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment *

Mon, 10th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board *

Tues, 11th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed,12th 8:00 am Burleigh Water Resource District * 5:15 pm Burleigh Planning & Zoning

Thurs, 13th 9:00 am Bismarck Parking Authority * 4:00 pm Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority *

Mon, 17th 10:00 am Met. Planning Org. – Tech Advisory Comte. * 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board *

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Tues, 18th 1:30 pm Met. Planning Org. – Policy Board * 4:00 pm Burleigh County Human Service Zone Board * 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Wed, 19th 3:00 pm Bismarck Historic Preservation * Thurs, 20th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board Mon, 24th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Planning & Zoning * Tues, 25th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Wed, 26th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning & Zoning
Mon, 3rd 5:00
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 Cooper Jones Alex Weiand

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.

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Celebrating the Grand Opening of their location in Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck. Phone: 701-425-2052. MAMA BEAR CAFE Celebrating the Grand Opening of their location in Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck. Phone: 561-800-6877. Member. SUZZY'S ISLAND TWIST Ja Bomb, Japanese restaurant, celebrating Grand Opening located in Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-3889. Member. JA BOMB Grand Opening located in Dykshoorn Park in Mandan. MANDAN HOLIDAY LIGHTS Host by Gary Emineth

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.

State Historical Foundation

PO Box 1976

Bismarck, ND 58502

701-222-1966

Dale Lennon

The Historical Foundation exists to support the mission and activities of the State Historical Society by securing private funding, which is used to assist the Society in meeting its goals and needs.

White Lace Bridal

202 E Broadway Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58501

701-258-4142

Anne Cleary

A brick and mortar bridal shop that has been located in downtown Bismarck for over 40 years. White Lace Bridal specializes in designer bridal gowns and bringing top trends to the capital city.

SM Consulting LLC

8901 Sage Dr

Bismarck, ND 58503

701-527-0007

Scott McCarthy

IT, sales and business consulting

BBS Bath Bakery

324 E Broadway Ave

Bismarck, ND 58501

701-426-2329

Becky Bjerklie

At BB's Bath Bakery we have you covered for all of your bath and body needs. Our master bubble makers handcraft each item with high quality ingredients, giving you the best product and experience.

Red Top Recovery, LLC

814 W Main St

Mandan, ND 58554

701-751-1479

Alex Pool

Light, Medium and Heavy duty towing, accident recovery and emergency roadside assistance.

Going Away Property Management Services LLC

800 Calvert Dr

Bismarck, ND 58503

701-426-5063

Stacy Voegele

Property management services. House sitting/watching.

Design That Sells, Inc.

3701 Bay Shore Bend SE Mandan, ND 58554

701-471-9394

Nathan Pederson

We are a home staging company serving Bismarck, Mandan and the surrounding areas. We furnish and decorate homes for homebuilders, realtors, for sale by owner and Airbnbs to help sell or rent them.

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Pediatric Partners, now part of Sevita, is hiring Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists in our Bismarck location. Visit WWW.SEVITACAREERS.COM to view all our openings! We’re hiring! Join our team. We’re hiring! Join our team. Careers, well lived

Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Connection

1640 Burnt Boat Drive

Bismarck, ND 58503

UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS

APRIL MEMBERSHIP MIXER: AMERICAN ROOFING SUPPLY

Date: Thursday, 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

BISMARCK MANDAN

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

LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Location: University of Mary – 7500 University Drive, Bismarck

LEMONADE DAY KICK-OFF

Date: May 24, 2023 • Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Dakota Zoo – 602 Riverside Park Road, Bismarck

LUNCH ON THE PATIO

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2023

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

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

CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE

Date: Monday, June 5, 2023

Check-In: 10:30am - 11:30am Time: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Location: Hawktree Golf Club – 3400 Burnt Creek Loop, Bismarck

Join area businesses in supporting project HOPE, a community wellness event providing awareness about prevalent cancers in ND as well as prevention and wellness information. WEEK OF MAY 1-5, 2023 BISMARCK/MANDAN CELEBRATE project HOPE WITH US! BISMARCKCANCERCENTER.COM project HOPE A COMMUNITY WELLNESS EVENT BISMARCK CANCER CENTER
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