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


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


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

CONTACT INFORMATION Content Rebecca Rattei rrattei@bmcedc.com

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ith each new season comes a wave of refreshed energy and enthusiasm for the excitement of what lies ahead. The changing of the seasons should also give us pause to appreciate all that we’ve accomplished in the past quarter and anticipate the opportunities that glimmer in the quarter to come. We are a community of greatness – from expanding businesses to year-round tourism to a strong and steady economy – Bismarck-Mandan is truly a great place to call home. Speaking of a great economy, thank you Starion Bank for sponsoring the 2019 Economic Outlook Forum. The panel discussions, along with the University of Mary’s annual economic survey and Dr. Tutterow’s presentation, provided for a very rich event that highlighted the key areas of growth and concern in our region and across the nation. Here are some highlights that stood out from this year’s economic outlook survey: • The demand for employees continues to grow with 37% of survey respondents indicated they would be increasing their number of employees in 2019 and 58% holding constant. • An overwhelming majority, 70%, of surveyed businesses are looking to 2019 as a more profitable year than 2019. • With a tight labor market, employee compensation is likely to increase for 68% of surveyed businesses, with 29% holding wages constant. • The survey area with the strongest response was in sales revenue, with 82% of surveyed respondents anticipating an increase in sales revenue. Fostering a healthy and diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem is an essential element for sustaining a growing regional economy. Through the business development component of the Chamber EDC, Nathan Schneider and Jaime Sabot have positioned the Chamber EDC to be an active partner in recent entrepreneurial events. I encourage you to attend One Million Cups on Wednesdays at 9:00am at Dakota Stage Theater to learn about the BismarckMandan’s entrepreneurial community. You will be impressed with the businesses brewing and products being developed in our region. As we roll into April, the state legislature enters the home stretch of the 2019 session. The Chamber EDC team continues to advocate for those issues that our membership and Government Affairs Committee have identified as priorities, including infrastructure and workforce. If you have any questions on business-related issues popping up during this session, I encourage you to contact Brian or Ryan and they will be happy to visit with you. Enjoy this month’s Connection, then step outside, soak in the sunshine, and appreciate all that Bismarck-Mandan has to offer!

Molly Herrington, Chair, Board of Directors twitter.com/bismancedc facebook.com/bismancedc @bismancedc

Cover Photo Credit: Nick Hornbacher Photography

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North Dakota Tourism has to be smart with how it markets itself. In the past two bienniums, the Tourism Division budget has been cut as legislators met the challenge of contracting state budgets. But this isn’t cause to complain.

Photo Credit: North Dakota Department of Commerce

“Our staff rises to that challenge,” said Sara Otte Coleman, Director of Tourism Division for the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “It has made us more efficient and smarter with our resources.” With lean budgets, the Tourism Division pours every dollar they can into marketing the State of North Dakota. But that doesn’t mean they neglect market research and data analytics.

Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman, Actor Josh Duhamel, and Photographer Tyler Stableford, pause during a photo shoot with Duhamel in Grand Forks for a North Dakota Tourism ad campaign.

One valuable tool for the Tourism Division is Arrivalist. The Arrivalist software enables marketers to understand the in-market movement patterns of both their current and prospective consumers. When the Tourism Division drives traffic to their website through advertising, the usage is tracked through cookies. Then, when an individual travels to North Dakota, Arrivalist pings when and where the person arrived in state. It shows the time between when the individual first saw an ad and when they arrived in state. It also maps out the top states for visitors to North Dakota. Top states and provinces for tourism to North Dakota are Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. That is where the Tourism Division targets their marketing efforts. The bulk of Tourism Division’s media buy is in Minnesota. The state has close proximity with an easy drive. Otte Coleman described North Dakota as “definitely a drive destination.” In 2018, the Tourism Division purchased large-scale wall wraps in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Over the course of six months of exposure, Otte Coleman said the advertising generated high social media traffic. For several years, the Tourism Division has promoted North Dakota through sporting events. 4 4 Connection

“The beauty of sporting events is that it’s one thing that people watch live and are captive audiences,” Otte Coleman said. “That has been a consistent results-driver for us.” When Super Bowl LII was hosted in Minneapolis, North Dakota tourism gained an even greater audience. Previously, the Tourism Division had advertised within US Bank Stadium, but advertising costs skyrocketed for the event. Otte Coleman’s team got creative and started looking at other options. For eight weeks surrounding the Super Bowl, a Minneapolis Light Rail train was wrapped in North Dakota tourism advertising. The Tourism Division has also purchased wraps for delivery trucks running in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Otte Coleman said they target urban centers intentionally. “Those are the (people) we are trying to motivate, because they want to get out of town,” Otte Coleman said. Illinois has been an emerging market for many years, and Otte Coleman said they have been finally able to work Chicago media into the budget. North Dakota tourism received coverage in the Chicago Tribune and purchased corresponding ads.

CONNECTION | CHAMBER EDC FEATURE Next year, the Tourism Division is planning a takeover of Chicago Union Station for 13 weeks. A section of Chicago Union Station will be wrapped in North Dakota advertising, and a coordinating event is being planned. Otte Coleman said the job of the Tourism Division is to create the umbrella marketing that inspires individuals to research and then embark upon a trip to North Dakota. “We can funnel people down to the specific operators and experiences,” Otte Coleman said. “There are 2,900 tourism businesses statewide. We want them to profit. It’s my job to drive the tourism to them.” Of the $3 billion that visitors spent in North Dakota, that money was spread far beyond the 2,900 tourism businesses in the state. The largest percentage of that money was spend on food and beverage, followed by retail, transportation, lodging, and recreation.

“If we aren’t attracting those discretionary dollars, if (visitors) aren’t coming here, they’re going to spend those dollars somewhere else,” Otte Coleman said. In the long-run, tourism advertising can help with workforce development. Otte Coleman pointed to a study done by Longwoods International on North Dakota tourism advertising’s “halo effect.” The study indicated that effective tourism marketing improved consumer perceptions. The study compared opinions of people who had seen North Dakota tourism ads versus those who hadn’t. Of those who had seen North Dakota ads, 13 percent more perceived North Dakota as a “good place to attend college;” 12 percent more said the state was a “good place to start a career;” and 12 percent more said it was a “good place to start a business.” “We’re the first date of a long-term relationship,” Otte Coleman said. “Most people visit first. They’re not going to move some place they haven’t visited. We’re the lead generator. It opens their eyes to the opportunities that are here.”

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Bismarck-Mandan Tourism The Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau has found a niche in promoting the community as a place to host meetings, conventions, and sporting events. Last year multi-day meetings, conventions, and events brought in 347,000 delegates to Bismarck-Mandan. They spent $31.7 million while here. Regional, national and international visitors spent $11.6 million. The Bismarck-Manda CVB goes up against Fargo, Grand Forks, and Minot when bidding for meetings and conventions. “It is very competitive,” said Sheri Grossman, CEO of Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’ve had a pretty good success rate on regional, national business if we get them here to look at us. We’ve had very few places that once they come to look haven’t booked one of their events here.” As the state capital, Bismarck naturally hosts a lot of government meetings. However, sporting events are also big in Bismarck-Mandan. Last summer the community hosted the Special Olympics North America Softball Championship. Grossman said not a weekend goes by when there isn’t a sporting competition taking place in Bismarck-Mandan. The CVB has a staff person dedicated to attracting sporting events to the community. In recent years, the CVB has retooled how they market Bismarck-Mandan. “Advertising had been focusing on the fun things to do here,” Grossman said. “Meeting planners don’t care about that so much. They want to know that we have the amenities, meeting rooms, hotels. Once (events) are booked, then their attendees want to know the fun things to do here.” Last year the CVB team made more than 5,600 contacts through conversations, meetings, and email. Of that, 1,500 were prospecting calls to new groups that had never been to Bismarck-Mandan. These efforts generated more than 500 bookings, meetings, and events. “Some businesses have a direct impact,” Grossman said, “hotels, restaurants, gas stations. When those businesses do better, they spend more in the community. By the time the dollars trickle through the community, it touches every business.”

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The State Historical Society of North Dakota is an organization lucky enough to have a dedicated volunteer base. The Historical Society engages all ages from retirees volunteering in the artifact collection to elementary school field trips at the North Dakota Heritage Center. But one age group that they don’t often engage is high school students.

The students transcribed information on the artifacts; they counted objects and checked quantities; and they rehoused the artifacts in archival bags. The job shadow students were so engaged in the project that two of the three students returned the next day to continue volunteering on the same project. One of those students has since become a regular volunteer at the Historical Society.

Job Shadow Week, hosted by the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, brought an opportunity to tap into that age group.

“Honestly, it was wonderful,” Murray said. “The (job shadow students) were really engaged. They asked really good questions. They really didn’t blink no matter what we threw at them. They did manual labor. They did some work where they really had to focus. They seemed to have a lot of fun, and that made it a lot of fun for us.”

“That age group is really busy,” said Wendi Field Murray, Archaeology Collections Manager for the State Historical Society of North Dakota. “We don’t have a lot of engagement with high school students. It was really refreshing that there is a program that connects kids in high school to the things that are going on locally.” During Job Shadow Week, which was held February 25-March 1, the Historical Society hosted three local high school students. Murray and a colleague had a four-hour block of job shadow work set up for the students. The students sorted artifacts in the lab. They built boxes for curation. They learned about the curation and long-term preservation of objects. Finally, they had a chance to rehabilitate an older collection that had been donated in the 1980s but had not been properly stored for long-term preservation.

Employers Registered for Job Shadow Week


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Job Shadow Week was founded in 2016 by the former Bimarck-Mandan Development Association. For the past four years it has been held in late-February to early-March. In 2019, 62 employers offered 100 different job shadow opportunities to 216 registered students. “This is one of the workforce development initiatives that we promote in Bismarck-Mandan as a way to connect the community, the employers and the students,” said Jaime Sabot, Workforce Development Coordinator for Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. “The objective is workforce development — to retain workforce, attract talent to our community; to highlight the employers; to support relationships with the schools.”

Job Shadow Week Students registered

2018 211

2019 216

CONNECTION | CHAMBER EDC FEATURE Job Shadow Week is designed for ages 16 and up with the most common participants students in high school or college. In addition to participation from all of the high schools and colleges in Bismarck-Mandan, Sabot received inquiries from the communities of Napoleon, Steele, Hazelton, Beulah, and Glen Ullin. “I want those surrounding communities to feel welcome coming to Bismarck-Mandan,” Sabot said. “A lot of Beulah, Hazen individuals came to Bismarck for college. Having those connections made, having opportunities for internships when they come to school here is important.”

Mahlum hosted two communications students. “We are looking for a (communications) intern, and this was a perfect opportunity to talk to a couple of students who would be in the correct position to be interns,” Mahlum said. “I hadn’t thought about (internships) as an opportunity coming out of this.” Before participating in Jon Shadow Week, engineering firm Bartlett & West had offered job shadowing opportunities on a sporadic basis.

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“(Job Shadow Week) has helped us concentrate it,” said Teresa Chrest, Support Services Coordinator for Bartlett & West. “It creates a better experience rather than having oneoffs here and there. We made it an office-wide event.” Nine employees from Bartlett & West hosted 15 students this year.

Additionally, Sabot received inquiries from the Last year, Bartlett & West hosted a Adult Learning Center if student who job shadowed in their students were Geographical Information eligible. Students from Systems. This year, that same the Adult Learning Center student returned to try out a Nursing/Medical skilled trades photography brought a new group to different job shadow in surveying. Job Shadow Week: older than average students, Chrest said one colleague in individuals working on their GEDs, and individuals who accounting hosted a student interested in finance. The were investigating new job opportunities. job shadow mentor asked the student if she had ever considered engineering. The students said she hadn’t “(Job Shadow Week) is a great opportunity for employers thought about it and didn’t have a sense for what a career to highlight their businesses, highlight their organization- in engineering would entail. That prompted an invitation al culture, highlight the people working for them,” Sabot for the student to come back next year and try out an said. “It allows them to make connections with the engineering job shadow. students. That in turn becomes workforce development.” “It’s an opportunity to help a young person make a really Ducks Unlimited participated in Job Shadow Week for big life decision in what career they want,” Chrest said. the first time this year, and they gained a few internship leads as a result. Ducks Unlimited hosted seven high Sabot concurred. school and college students in job shadow positions that ran the gamut from biology and conservation to wetland “(The students) are able to explore career fields of engineering to communications. interest, find out what classes they may need for an upcoming semester so that they are on the right track for “We had wonderful inquisitive students,” said Becky that career field,” Sabot said. “They can make connections Jones Mahlum, Regional Communications Manager with specific employers. It gives them the opportunity to for Ducks Unlimited. network. Hopefully down the road they can be employed by those companies.” Connection 3 9


HIT, Inc. has been a member of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC since 1986.

MEMBER PROFILE Featuring: Mike Remboldt HIT INC.

Q: Briefly tell us the history of HIT, Inc. A: Housing, Industry, Training Inc. was formed (HIT, Inc.) on August 20th, 1979 by a group of parents with a family member with a disability and with other civic minded citizens. These original board members represented the two local citizen groups of the Mandan Association of Retarded Citizens and the Bis/Man Association of the Handicapped. HIT was created to provide exactly what the name states…housing, industry, and training opportunities for individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities. We officially changed our name to HIT, Inc. in 2008.

We have grown significantly over the years and expanded our service delivery area. We provided various services in a geographic area that covers the Montana border to the Missouri River and Grassy Butte to the South Dakota border. We have also expanded the types of services we offer to include: • Services to people with brain injuries through Dakota Alpha and Dakota Pointe. • Services to infants (birth to 3 years old) with developmental delays through Early Intervention. • Services to low-income families through West River Head Start • Services to people with intellectual disabilities through multiple programs that include group homes, independent supported living, family supports, day supports, and employment supports. We accomplish all of this through a workforce that includes 330 full time and 220 part time employees.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization A: I have been with HIT, Inc. for 26 years, 19 years as the CEO. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Masters of Management from the University of Mary. I believe in giving back to this great community and have served on numerous boards throughout the years. As the CEO, I work with the Board of Directors to guide the company as we strive to meet our mission of “Supporting people with disabilities through self-directed services that promote independence, dignity and respect.” On a daily basis, my role is support the management team and try to ensure that they have the tools and resources to do their jobs. Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted HIT, Inc.? A: The growth of Bismarck-Mandan has positively impacted HIT, Inc. by bringing in new employment possibilities, housing options, and entertainment opportunities for the people with disabilities that HIT supports. HIT currently supports 600+ people in our disabilities and has more than doubled in size since 2009. Growth also has challenges as new businesses compete for staff. Turnover has increased as there are so many options available for Full-Time and Part-Time work. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: One of the biggest trends is also one of our biggest challenges. A shrinking workforce due to that lack of people that are considering entering the health and human services industry workforce. North Dakota is not alone, the demand for employees in this industry is becoming a national epidemic.

Q: What does the future of HIT, Inc. look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: The future of HIT, Inc. will include continuing to work to identify unmet needs of people with disabilities and lowincome families that reside in Western North Dakota and then look for ways to assist these people lead independent and productive lives. As an industry, the move toward more individualized services that target individual goals will continue. Q: HIT, Inc. became a member in 1986, why do you continue to renew each year? A: HIT, Inc. has been a member for 20+ years because we value the relationships we have created with other Chamber members. These relationships have resulted in furthering the employment opportunities for people with disabilities. We have accomplished this in two ways: 1. helping match people with disabilities who are seeking employment with employer seeking to fill vacant positions 2. creating internal employment opportunities through business’ such as West River Produce. Q: What should Chamber EDC members know about HIT, Inc. that may assist them? A: One of the misconceptions that HIT, Inc. faces is that it is solely a Mandan based company. HIT, Inc. actually provides services throughout Bismarck and Mandan in residential and community settings. In order for people to receive services, they must first receive a referral from the North Dakota Department of Human Services. This process allows people to choose an agency that best meets their needs. HIT, Inc. works closely with NDDHS and other providers to best serve the people in our community.

Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: The Developmental and Intellectual Disability Field is emerging on the national and local levels. This has led to the creation and growth of advocacy and professional accreditation groups such as ANCOR (the American Network of Community Options and Resources) and Council on Quality Leadership (CQL). This has led to higher standards for the training and development of staff, thereby ensuring a higher quality of support provided to people with disabilities. HIT has embraced and championed these changes by adding training for our staff, chairing state-wide committees, and participating in local advocacy groups.

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2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION UPDATE The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is actively engaged in the ongoing 2019 legislative session, communicating with our area delegation and advocating on behalf of our members to encourage a strong regional business climate.


Guiding us through the current session is our 2019 Legislative Agenda. The agenda was developed in partnership with the Chamber EDC Government Affairs Committee, business members and area officials. As detailed in our legislative agenda, the organization has identified infrastructure, behavioral health and workforce as priorities. While the Chamber EDC team will monitor various pieces of legislation impacting business, these priorities will be our area of focus in the months ahead.

Workforce is not only a priority for Bismarck-Mandan, but our entire state. Particularly in the technical & skilled trades. Both HB1171 and SB2039 aim to encourage enrollment of students in technical programs that lead to employment in high-demand or emerging occupations following graduation.

Please see below for updates on Operation Prairie Dog and legislation tied to workforce.

INFRASTRUCTURE HB1066 – Operation Prairie Dog HB1066 would take the place of past hub cities legislation to provide infrastructure funding to both oil and non-oil producing counties and cities throughout North Dakota. Infrastructure improvement and maintenance is critical to the development of North Dakota and our area businesses. The Chamber EDC believes Operation Prairie Dog would provide much needed essential infrastructure funding throughout the state and testified in support of the bill at the January 15 hearing of the House Finance and Taxation Committee. UPDATE: After receiving a DO PASS from the Senate Finance & Taxation Committee in early March, HB1066 was PASSED through the Senate with a vote of 46-0. Governor Burgum signed the bill on Wednesday, March 20th. Chamber EDC Position: Support

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HB1171 & SB2039 – Encouraging Workforce Attraction & Retention

While there are differences between HB1171 and SB2039, they both aim to encourage talent retention and attraction in our state’s technical & skilled trades. Following a series of recent amendments, one key difference for HB1171 is that it would create a scholarship program for interested students as opposed to a loan repayment program proposed in SB2039. North Dakota’s ability to retain and attract the next generation of talent is essential to our state’s continued development. The Chamber EDC believes both SB2039 and HB1171 are bills that can encourage students to enter high-demand professions and to remain in North Dakota. SB2039 is currently with the House Appropriations Committee and HB1171 recently received a DO PASS from the Senate Appropriations Committee. Chamber EDC Position: Support For more information on the legislation listed above visit https://www.legis.nd.gov/ To learn more about the legislation the Chamber EDC is currently tracking, please contact rparsons@bmcedc.com.


SHAKE OFF THE WINTER FOR SPRING MIXER Don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase your business by participating in the 19th Annual Spring Mixer presented by SCHEELS scheduled for Thursday, April 4th at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center from 5:00pm – 7:30pm.

Hundreds of people Presented are anticipated to By: browse nearly 50 member booth Gold displays. Attendees Sponsor: have the opportunity to network, learn about local businesses and also have the chance to win door prizes. So join us for a wonderful evening with your co-workers sampling an excellent spread of hors d’oeuvres and beverages! Hang out in the networking lounge sponsored by IDigital. This is also a fantastic time to get creative! We will be doing a contest for the best decorated Spring Mixer booth! If voted number one by attendees and participants, you will receive a free booth space at the Chamber EDC Holiday Mixer in December 2019 . The Spring Mixer provides Chamber EDC members the chance to present their products and services in a fun and exciting way. The $300 investment includes four event tickets, exposure to hundreds of potential customers, promotional mention in the Chamber EDC link, Connection business magazine, and social media outlets. For more information contact Shay at 701-223-5660 or email speterson@bmcedc.com. You don’t want to wait and miss out on a booth space.



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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN Media Day Media Day hosted a News Director panel with representatives from TV, radio, and print: Tia Streeter of KX News, Dave Thompson of Prairie Public Radio, and Steve Wallick of The Bismarck Tribune. Each panelist answered the question, "What is news?" TV: Stories are considered each morning at the morning pitch meeting. Reporters pitch the stories they want to cover each day. Streeter always poses two questions. "Who are you going to interview? Why would anyone care?" Radio: Thompson said he knows news when he sees it. He said he works to make the important story interesting and the interesting story important.

The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class toured KFYR studios on Feb. 20 as part of a downtown media tour.

Print: Wallick said everything is fodder for news —from hard news to in-depth features to the Sunday hometown section to student awards to the Sunday opinion page. Faith, Values, & Ethics Local business and community leaders convened for a panel on the ethical decisions they face in their respective industries. The panel included Mark Andresen, Principal of Mandan High School; Tyler Halm, Store Leader of Scheels; Monica Hannan, Managing Editor of KFYR TV; Dennis Rohr, Mandan City Commission; and Randy Ziegler, Deputy Chief of Bismarck Police Department. OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: Presenting Sponsor Gold Sponsor: Program Sponsors:


Media Day Co-Chairs: Trish Helgeson — Starion Bank Tammy Langerud — Basin Electric Power Cooperative Faith, Values, & Ethics Day Co-Chairs: Rev. Gary Heaton — Sanford Health Jessica Wetsch — Aetna Teresa Grothe — Aetna Breakfast & Lunch Sponsors: Starion Bank — Media Day National Day Calendar — Faith, Values & Ethics Day Zoovios — Faith, Values & Ethics Day

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This September, the Chamber EDC and it’s Excellence in Business and Education Committee will honor local celebrities and business at the 15th annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan Award Ceremony.

The premier Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Economic Development event is coming up on May 7th from 11:00AM – 1:00PM at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Mandan.

From now until May 31st, we will be accepting nominations for the following awards:

Impact ED highlights Economic Development as one of the key components of the Chamber EDC’s efforts. In addition to our keynote speaker, Christopher Lloyd of McGuire Woods Consulting, attendees will hear from a panel of recently expanded primary sector local businesses on their impact to the community and why they continue to choose Bismarck-Mandan.

GRANITE AWARD This award is presented annually to a company that has been in business for at least 50 years, has been a Chamber EDC member for the last five years, and has shown a commitment to the community. NEW ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Any individual who serves as a majority owner and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business with a 3-year record of accomplishment and not more than 10 years. SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business. Partners who jointly own and operate a small business can be nominated as a “team,” so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four. MIKE FINK AWARD FOR STEADY GROWTH AND PROFITABILITY This award honors small businesses that have been in business for at least five years, have shown revenue growth over the last three years by at least 20 percent, and are currently members of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. Deadline for nominations is end of day, Friday May 31st. You may nominate a qualifying business by going to the Chamber EDC website at https://www.bismarckmandan. com/committees/, or by contacting David Leingang at 701-223-5660 or dleingang@bmcedc.com.

2019 IMPACT ED AGENDA: Economic Development Panel Discussion (Moderator – Wendy Van Duyne, Stantec) • Kathleen Lawler, Vice President, Activities for Learning • Scott Staudinger, Vice President, Cloverdale

Additional panelists to be announced.

Chamber EDC Economic Development Initiative Update Featured Keynote: Winning the War Against Economic Development • Christopher Lloyd, SVP & Director of Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuire Woods Consulting, LLC The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC will also provide updates on a few of the economic development activities from 2018 and early 2019. Lunch will be served. If you are interested in sponsoring this event or a table sponsor contact Nathan Schneider at nschneider@bmcedc.com or at the Chamber EDC office.

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CHAMBER EDC TO HONOR LOCAL TEACHERS Chamber EDC’s Excellence in Business and Education Teacher of the Committee has officially closed its window for nominations and letters of support for the 2019 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award!


For 32 years, the Chamber EDC has been honoring educators with the Crystal Apple - a symbol for outstanding passion and accomplishment in the teaching field. Five winners of the Crystal Apple will be selected by the Excellence in Business and Education Committee, and are awarded at special surprise events. Those five awards go to a primary educator in both Bismarck and Mandan, a secondary educator in both Bismarck and Mandan, and an individual from higher education institutions from around our area. This year we would like to recognize the following nominees: PRIMARY EDUCATION Jacqueline Wandy – Custer Elementary Kristin Ehrmantraut – Highland Acres Elementary Kelsy Achtenberg – The Innovation School Robin Berg – Liberty Elementary Markelle Dockter – Liberty Elementary Becky Riedinger – Liberty Elementary Lisa Miller – Lincoln Elementary Kathryn Roth – Miller Elementary Jacob Kincaid – Red Trail Elementary Deanna Krueger – Rita Murphy Elementary Kayla Grande – Shiloh Christian School Tracy Lipp – Solheim Elementary Valerie Miller – St. Joseph Catholic School Joyce Ohlhauser – Sunrise Elementary

SECONDARY EDUCATION Stacy Carufel – Bismarck High School Melissa Davis – Bismarck High School Paul Noot – Bismarck High School Jody Olheiser – Bismarck High School Valerie Smallbeck – Bismarck High School Sara Bohrer – Century High School Tiffany Fitzgerald – Horizon Middle School Scott Gefroh – Horizon Middle School Tamara Tufte – Horizon Middle School Sara Kincaid – Legacy High School Stacy Fitterer – Mandan High School Ryne Jungling – Mandan High School Randy Wilson – Mandan High School Gene Anderson – Mandan Middle School Van Bardell – Mandan Middle School Kara Blaskowski – Mandan Middle School Ashley Brown – Mandan Middle School Ashley Gaschk – Mandan Middle School Jean Gefroh – Mandan Middle School Chelsey Gravseth – Mandan Middle School Nicole Hafner – Mandan Middle School Taylor Hellman – Mandan Middle School Kevin Kerr – Mandan Middle School Henry Lau – Mandan Middle School Brittne Liepitz – Mandan Middle School Jackson Long – Mandan Middle School Marilyn Miller – St. Mary’s Central High School HIGHER EDUCATION Brad Anderson – Bismarck State College Candice Moench – Dickinson State University Rodney Hair – University of Mary Amy Hollar – University of Mary DeeAnn Huss – University of Mary Sawhney Manisha – University of Mary Jessica Smith – University of Mary The Chamber EDC and its Excellence in Business and Education Committee would like to thank Presenting Sponsor Dan’s Supermarket, and Award Sponsor Capital Credit Union, for their support in recognizing and honoring our teachers! If you are interested in learning more about the Teacher of the Year award, and or how your organization can help us recognize these educators, please call the Chamber EDC, 701-223-5660, or contact David at dleingang@bmcedc. com. Presenting Sponsor:

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR LEMONADE DAY! Lemonade Day Bismarck-Mandan is around the corner on June 15th and it’s time to register area youth for this entrepreneurial experience. With the help of responsible Parents, Mentors, or teachers, area kids are encouraged to register online at https://lemonadeday.org/bismarck-mandan. Or, register in person at one of our cool pickup locations, and grab the youth business kit to begin learning how to create, own, and operate their own business! PICKUP LOCATIONS: • Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library • Missouri Valley Family YMCA • BlackRidge Bank

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Once registered, each participant will get a confirmation email that they are registered and with next steps and tips to ensure the success of each young entrepreneur! If you are interested in learning more, or have any questions, please contact Shay Peterson at speterson@bmcedc.com, or David Leingang at dleingang@bmcedcc.com or call the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660. Keep up with all the sweet stuff using hashtag, #bismanlemonday19! OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: Main Squeeze: Lime-Light Sponsor: Fresh Squeeze: Lemon head Sponsors: American Bank Center, Bartlett & West, Doosan/Bobcat, First Western Bank & Trust, Grand Junction Grilled Subs, Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning, Terry’s Health Products. facebook.com/lemonadedaybismarckmandan




June 15, 2019 Lemonade Day is a fun, experiential program that teachers kids how to start, own and operate their very own business, a lemonade stand! www.bismarckmandan.lemonadeday.org

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SAVE THE DATE FORE THE CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE The Chamber EDC Golf Scramble is scheduled for Monday, June 10th at Prairie West Golf Course! There is a limited number of spots available so don’t wait to get registered.

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Individual player entry is $175 and includes: golf fee, golf cart, driving range, lunch and dinner, and an opportunity to win great door prizes from our sponsors! 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 putting your team of four together! Please contact Shay at 701-223-5660 or email speterson@bmcedc.com to register yourself or team.

Hole Sponsors: Amy Hullet: Century 21 Morrison Realty, BEK Communications, Bismarck Cancer Center, BNC National Bank, Consolidated Construction Co, Cornerstone Bank, Crowley Fleck, Dakota Carrier Network, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, First Western Bank & Trust, Radisson Hotel Putting Green Sponsor: Liberty Business System Lunch/Dinner Sponsor: Ulteig Engineers Tee Prize Sponsor: Amy Hullet: Century 21 Morrison Realty


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On Wednesday, March 13th, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC along with Starion Bank hosted the 2019 Economic Outlook Forum. Over 280 members attended the half-day forum that held two panel discussions, our presentation of our local survey results and keynote economist speaker, Dr. Roger Tutterow.

The morning started with our legislative panel that included: House Minority Leader Josh Boschee, Speaker of the House Larry Klemin and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner. We then transitioned to our Industry panel which featured: Chris Baumgartner, Senior VP of Member Services & Administration with Basin Electric, Dr. Tutterow, presenting at the 2019 Economic Outlook Forum, stated manufacturing is making Dr. David Ripplinger, Assistant Professor a resurgence in America. With energy costs and labor costs assisting in the revival. in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics with North Dakota State University, Kurt Schley, President of CHI St. Presenting Alexius Health, and Jennifer Wilson, General Manager of Sponsor:t Kirkwood Mall. With the conclusion of our panels Dr. Karel Sovak with University of Mary presented our survey results from the local business community to show the expected changes of the new year. These results are posted online at bismarckmandan.com and starionbank.com. You can also receive a publication with more details at the Chamber EDC office. The closing keynote, Roger Tutterow, Ph.D. Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University focused on “Economic, Business, and Political Climate.” Dr. Tutterow covered topics such as automobile industry, ND home prices, and consumer confidence. “Vibrant communities have entrepreneurial initiatives tied to community banks, new businesses, and fast-growing enterprises” Tutterow explained.

Gold Sponsors: Production Sponsor: Table Sponsors: American Bank Center, Amy Hullet Century 21 Morrison Realty, Bank of North Dakota, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck State College, Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association, Capital Credit Union, Choice Bank, First International Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Great River Energy, Heartland Pella, Kirkwood Mall, Liberty Business Systems, NISC, Northwest Tire, United Tribes Technical College, University of Mary

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CHAMBER EDC SPRING MEMBERSHIP MIXER: MIXER ANYLEAKS Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 5:00PM - 7:30PM Admission: $5.00 plus a Business Card Presenting Sponsor:

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 Location: Anyleaks 140 Riverwood Ave SE, Mandan Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

It is time to spring into a new season with our Chamber EDC Spring Mixer presented by SCHEELS on Thursday, April 4th at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center. Come join us for a delightful evening from 5:00pm 7:30pm. Enjoy great food, networking, and the opportunity to win door prizes! Also, we need your help to vote for the best decorated Spring Mixer booth! So grab some friends, co-workers, and family to have a memorable night at the Spring Mixer!

Does this winter season have you suffering from cabin fever? Well, remedy that with some spring fever by joining us for our April 11th Membership Mixer at Anyleaks! Anyleaks will be hosting the April Membership Mixer at their location at 140 Riverwood Ave SE, Mandan. This is a great opportunity to network and enjoy a variety of hor’s d’oeuvres and refreshments. It’s free to attend, RSVP online at business. bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar.




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Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 Location: Starion Bank 333 N. 4th Street, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Starion Bank is celebrating 50 years in 2019! Join us on Thursday, April 25th for our April Membership Mixer as Starion Bank celebrates their 50th anniversary of Larson family ownership. Stop by their 333 North 4th Street location. This event is a great opportunity to network, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. It’s free to attend, RSVP online at business. bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar.


Date: Thursday, May 7, 2019 Location: Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM Admission: $35.00 for Chamber EDC Members The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Economic Development Event will be held on May 7th from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Mandan. This event is the premier economic development event for the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC and will feature an industry panel with local businesses that have recently experienced expansions and a keynote from Christopher Lloyd, Senior VP & Director of Infrastructure and Economic Development for McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about the importance and impact of economic development on our community. Register online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events. Tickets are $35.00.

Taking your business farther Whether you’re looking to expand your business or manage your cash reserves, Reed can recommend the best options for success. With a strong background in financing and customer service, Reed can help your business take advantage of opportunities! Contact Reed at 250-1447 or ReedH@starionbank.com.

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PRESENTATIONS Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM Admission: Free to Attend

Each year the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class breaks into multiple groups to work on field projects addressing community needs. The class will be presenting their projects Wednesday, May 15 at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. Presentations will include projects on Downtown Beautification, Banquet in a Field, and an Art Tunnel.

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MEMBERSHIP MIXER: MCQUADE DISTRIBUTING Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 Location: Mcquade Distributing 1150 Industrial Drive, Bismarck, Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Save the Date for the May Membership Mixer at McQuade Distributing Co.! This event is a great opportunity to network, and enjoy delicious hors d’ oeuvres and a variety of beverages available. On Thursday May 16th McQuade Distributing Co., Inc. will be hosting our membership Mixer at their location 1150 Industrial Drive in Bismarck from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.



Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Location: Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM Admission: $25.00 Presenting Sponsor:

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Join us Wednesday, May 22 at Baymont Inn & Suites with the 30th class of leaders as they graduate from the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program. You are invited to attend and celebrate the Class of 2019. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch and program at noon. Leadership Bismarck-Mandan, Class of 2019: Dennis Agnew - Doosan Bobcat Amy Bickleman- Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education Kelly Churchill - Mandan Parks & Recreation Kim Ekart - Youthworks Angie Friez - Bismarck State College Becky Haider - Knife River Corporation Dave Lehman, Alliance Real Estate Tracey Miller - KLJ Heather Pitsiladis - Glance Spa & Salon Tyler Sander - Aetna Alison Ternes - Sanford Health Maria Walen - Comfort Inn & Suites – Mandan Angil Wanner-Koper - Braun Intertec Jenny Wollmuth - City of Bismarck Jona Ziemann - Starion Bank Gold Sponsor: Program Sponsors:

Building a Better World for All of Us Engineers | Architects | Planners | Scientists BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Table Sponsor: Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association The cost for attending is $25.00 per person and includes lunch. Table sponsorship is $275. Register online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events

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This fall, nearly all of the new middle and high school spaces will be finished. Thanks to local voters who in 2017 overwhelmingly approved a $57.5 million bond for five projects. The renovation and additions at Horizon and Wachter Middle Schools are complete. Both schools added classrooms, music, and physical education space. Entrance security and handicap accessibility was also improved. Simle Middle School is The new BHS gym is tentatively scheduled for completion prior to the 2019 basketball season. nearing completion. Gym equipment is being installed, then the flooring will be put Bismarck and Century High Schools also saw improvein. Outdoor landscaping and parking will be done this ments. Century’s student commons, kitchen and office summer. areas were done first; now the education part of the building is wrapping up with insulation, sheetrock, exterior window trim, flooring, etc. Century will be finished by the time school starts in the fall. The long-awaited Bismarck High auditorium will also be done by fall. The exterior stone base is on site and will be set soon. Theatre lighting will be installed in the near future. The BHS gym will not be ready for use until November 2019 in time for basketball season. The gym project was staggered, and as the weather warms up this spring, there will be more slab pouring and roof work. Lighting will be upgraded in the Knaak Center so volleyball can be held there this fall. I’d also like to bring you up to speed about the sale of Saxvik Elementary School. We sold the building to Inspire Family Fellowship to be used as a church and community outreach center. The City of Bismarck has approved the zoning change and financing for the project has been secured we hope to close on the deal in early April.

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MANDAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES $500 GRANT FROM CAPITAL CREDIT UNION Mandan Public Schools is pleased to announce it has received $500 from Capital Credit Union in support of AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination.

These funds will support the AVID’s mission; to close the gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. "We are so thankful for this generous donation from our community partner, Capital Credit Union. These funds will enable us to enhance literacy in our AVID Program. Mandan Public Schools is full of students who possess the desire to attend college and the willingness to work hard. These students are often the first in their families to attend college and may be from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID gives these kids the opportunity to be college and career ready," said Mr. Jeff Fastnacht, Asst. Superintendent, Mandan Public School Dist. #1. Capital Credit Union, chartered initially in North Dakota in 1936, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by each of its more than 30,000 members. Capital Credit Union returns profits to each member through fewer and lower fees, lower loan interest rates and higher savings interest rates. Savings, checking, loan, credit/debit card, and many other financial services and education are offered by Capital Credit Union to member individuals, businesses and other organizations.

The grant from Capital Credit Union will be enable Mandan Public Schools to enhance their ongoing AVID program.

“Part of our brand and mission focus at Capital Credit Union is enhancing financial education and financial literacy in the communities we serve, and we recognize the AVID program as a great way to prepare students for college,” said Dustin Bitz, VP of Member Services, Capital Credit Union.


Join area businesses in supporting project HOPE, a community wellness event providing awareness about prevalent cancers in North Dakota as well as prevention and wellness information.


Register online at bismarckcancercenterfoundation.com


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STARION BANK CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERING At Starion Bank, giving back to the community has always been a core value. In 2019, the bank is celebrating 50 years of Larson family ownership and, as part of the anniversary, the bank is donating $500 to the charity of choice for each employee. To date, 54 donations have been given. This is part of the anniversary theme Year of Giving and Caring. In addition to the donations, every employee gets two days of volunteer time off (VTO). “My father and Starion Bank founder Frank Larson has always said, ‘When you go into a town, if the town is doing well you’ll find a community bank behind that town supporting it,’” said Craig Larson, Starion Bank CEO and chairman of the board. “For the past 50 years we have always done what we can to support our communities both financially and with our time. The Year of Giving and Caring honors our employees’ hard work and commitment to their communities by volunteering and donating to organizations that are important to them.”

The organizations that have been selected for donations are often deeply personal and many organizations also are recipients of Starion employees’ time. One employee has become an avid volunteer at a soup kitchen. “I am so grateful that Starion gives back to the community in so many ways,” said Starion employee Angela Schock. “I love to see the community come together to serve, and I love that I can volunteer there with my kids to show them the importance of giving back and helping others in need.” “Starion has always allowed employees to volunteer during business hours, but the VTO takes that a step further,” adds Larson. “Many of these organizations need volunteers as much as they need money. We hope that these efforts can help to raise the visibility of these worthy organizations.”


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The Bismarck State College Foundation announces a campaign that will bring the Bismarck State College Health Sciences programs to the main campus, training students in high-demand healthcare careers to better meet vital workforce needs. The project is in response to a statewide healthcare workforce shortage and to give BSC Health Science programs a permanent home as the lease will soon end on the programs’ current downtown training facility. Moving the programs to an existing, vacant facility adjacent to BSC’s main campus will bring health science programs together on BSC’s main campus in a space that can accommodate more students, complete with state-ofthe-art-technology and the equipment needed to prepare for the healthcare jobs of the future. A virtual hospital will be created in the facility to allow innovation and collaboration between the programs, providing more training opportunities in Nursing, Surgical Technology, EMT/Paramedic Technology, Medical Lab Technician, and Certified Nursing Assistant programs.

“The healthcare industry has huge demand for workforce right now, and employment projections show that demand will continue to grow,” said Dr. Larry C. Skogen, BSC president. “We are poised and ready to meet this ever-growing need. One of the cornerstones of Bismarck State College is our responsiveness to workforce needs, leading us to also work with the North Dakota State Legislature to potentially fund and eventually expand the new Health Science facility to accommodate future growth.” The BSC Foundation has begun renovating an existing owned building adjacent to BSC’s campus for the Health Sciences facility. The location will allow for growth of the healthcare programs as well as the convenience of bringing more classes onto campus so students have better access to support services, dining services, tutoring, and more.

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time to list your home. The sun is out, temperatures are rising and people are ployers can select a specific health care talking about upgrading or downsizing system, clinic or medical provider to care their homes. And early bird gets the worm! for their employees when an injury occurs. This designated medical provider (DMP) Don’t wait too long to list, buyers are searching sooner than later-and someone partners with an employer to improve maybe looking for your exact home RIGHT injury care by providing prompt, appropriate health services to workers. Together an NOW! employer and DMP can establish a shared Call today for a guide on selling your philosophy of care, which can include ushome and how to prepare your home for ing the job as part of the recovery process. sale. These guides will pin point every Lost time from work and job restrictions detail of the process. Happy home are costly and make it more likely that selling! an injured worker will become disabled long-term. A DMP actively communicates with an employer, while also ensuring that the worker can safely perform their duties. Good communication with the injured worker, the employer and Workers Safety Insurance leads to a decrease in unnecessary medical expenses and the prevention of long-term disability.

that can affect people of all genders, races, and ethnicities. It can be portrayed on a spectrum of severity from mild to severe. An individual with Autism typically has difficulties navigating social interactions and may have trouble communicating and adjusting to changes in routine. Although some individuals with Autism are unable to communicate verbally, they are often able to understand others, but might need extra time to process information. Individuals with Autism often strive for predictability in their day. Structure and routine are important, and preparation for changes can help tremendously. Sometimes people with Autism can become overwhelmed by their environment. Helping them to find a safe and calm area to relax and decompress can make a positive impact when they are overstimulated. Because individuals with Autism may have a difficult time understanding social cues and verbal instructions, visual supports can also help. April is Autism Awareness month. With the prevalence of Autism continually increasing, it is important to keep these things in mind when interacting with family, friends, and others in the community.

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cancer in men ages 15-35 years old, but only accounts for about 1% of all male cancers . For all testicular cancer, the overall survival rate is 95% and with early detection, the prognosis is a 99% survival rate. The cause of testicular cancer is unknown and many men without any risk factors still develop the disease. Surgery is the primary treatment for testicular cancer but chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy may be recommended in a small percentage of men. All men who are going to receive radiation and chemotherapy for testicular cancer should discuss fertility treatment with their doctor. This can lower the sperm count temporarily or permanently, so sperm banking (where sperm is frozen and used at a later date) is an option and should be submitted before treatment is started. Common signs and symptoms of testicular cancer include: dull ache in the groin, painless lump or swelling of the testicle, or a build-up of fluid in the scrotum. With early detection, treatments are less aggressive and more effective than when the cancer is detected at later stages.

lifestyle with balanced eating, exercise, sleep, and all around well being. We find vacations help with all of this! •

Drink a lot of water, beginning the week before you leave

Adjust to the time zone as soon as possible. This will help you with jet lag, and let you enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Try new foods, but don’t overeat. Of course indulge a little too! (Your on vacation... right?)

Airports are the perfect time to get in exercise walking around terminals. Just make your don’t miss you flight!

Take advantage of the fitness center. Many resorts offer yoga, water aerobics, sand volleyball, etc.

Relax. Vacations are proven to make you live longer. Turn off your phone, and enjoy the company that surrounds you!

is coming end of life in January of 2020— world-wide. Because of that, hundreds of millions of people are choosing to replace their computers instead of trying to upgrade them to Windows 10. PCs are already on backorder, and the problem will likely get worse as the year goes on.

If you are planning to order PCs this year, expect at least a month if not two before your PCs arrive. It would be wise to order your machines early this year. IT providers will be facing huge numbers of installs towards the end of the year and may not be able to get to you quickly at that time. If you are going to order PCs this year, order early just to be safe!

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES NURSE PRACTITIONER Bernie Fischer, FNP-C, interventional radiology, has joined Sanford Health in Bismarck. He will work Bernie Fischer alongside Drs. Andrew Miller and Brent Herbel providing state-of-the-art image-guided diagnosis and therapy for a wide variety of conditions of the chest, abdomen and extremities. These procedures are minimally invasive and utilize the latest in imageguided technology to provide faster results and recovery times. Fischer graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks and is certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. KUPPER CHEVROLET HIRES SALES COORDINATOR AND SALES AND LEASING CONSULTANTS Shad Erdmann recently joined Kupper Chevrolet as a Sales and Leasing Consultant. He comes to Kupper Chevrolet with previous customer and sales experience. Thomas George has recently joined Kupper Chevrolet as a Sales and Service Coordinator. With his previous sales experience Thomas is excited to begin his new role at Kupper Chevrolet. In his spare time, Thomas likes to go to movies, travel, and spend time with friends and family. Also joining the Kupper Chevrolet team as a Sales and Leasing Consultant is Ryan Thomas. When he’s not at work Ryan enjoys spending time watching football and traveling with his wife. Preston Engelhard also recently made a change by moving from a Sales and Service Coordinator to a Sales and Leasing Consultant. He’s excited to move from scheduling appointments for clients to helping them find their perfect vehicle!

EIDE BAILLY HIRES NEW BUSINESS OUTSOURCING & STRATEGY (BOS) ASSOCIATE Eide Bailly LLP, a regional certified public Destinee Gappert accounting and business advisory firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Destinee Gappert to their Business Outsourcing and Strategy (BOS) department. Gappert serves as a Business Outsourcing and Strategy (BOS) Associate, providing payroll and bookkeeping services. She is a graduate of Dickinson State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. FIRST WESTERN BANK & TRUST WELCOMES SKOGLUND First Western Bank & Trust is pleased to introduce Jeremy Skoglund as a VP Trust Jeremy Skoglund Officer in our Bismarck location. Skoglund is a Beach native, who graduated from Jamestown College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Skoglund is involved in a variety of organizations in the Bismarck community; Junior Achievement, Legacy Methodist Church, & NDBA Services Board and is a current banking instructor. He has been with First Western Bank & Trust since May of 2018.

SCHLAFMAN HONORED AS TOP BEST-IN-STATE WEALTH ADVISOR BY FORBES MAGAZINE Dave Schlafman, CFP®, CLTC®, APMA® a Private Wealth Advisor Dave Schlafman with Ameriprise Financial in Bismarck, was named to the list of “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” published by Forbes magazine. The list recognizes financial advisors who have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success in the business. The rankings are based on data provided by over 11,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. Schlafman was chosen based on assets under management, industry experience, regulatory and compliance record and revenue produced over a three-year period. Schlafman is part of Legacy Financial Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc Schlafman has 19 years of experience in the financial services industry.

CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES HEUER Jessica Heuer was recently promoted to financial services representative at Capital Credit Union’s Jessica Heuer North Branch. In this role, she will be responsible for consumer lending including auto, RV and home equity loans, delivery of deposit products such as money market accounts POPE JOINS NEXUS and certificates of deposit, and actively INNOVATIONS soliciting, promoting, and servicing credit Nexus Innovations union products and services. of Fargo/Bismarck has Heuer is a graduate of NDSU with hired Taylor Pope as a bachelor’s degrees in English and zoology. Solutions Consultant. Pope She has been with Capital Credit Union graduated from North since August 2017, most recently as a fullTaylor Pope Dakota State with a degree time teller at the South Branch. in Business Management. He has six years of experience as a technology solutions professional. He was at Ovative group out of Minneapolis prior to joining Nexus.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS STARION BANK HIRES DCN PROMOTES ABERLE AS INTERN ASLAKSON, GUTHMILLER Gabe Aberle is working as a business DCN (Dakota Carrier banking intern at Starion Network) has promoted Bank in Mandan. During Mark Aslakson to the internship, he assists wholesale sales manager Gabe Aberle Mark Aslakson the business banking team and Jennifer Guthmiller with annual agricultural to commercial sales loan renewals and special projects. He will manager. be with Starion through mid-May. In his new role as Aberle is pursuing a Bachelor of wholesale sales manager, Business Administration in finance through Aslakson will provide Dickinson State University at Bismarck State connectivity solutions College. A graduate of St. Mary’s Central for national businesses High School, he is the son of Ron and Dawn Jennifer Guthmiller and wireless carriers Aberle and grew up working on the family expanding their networks farm near Menoken. in North Dakota. He will also be responsible for creating the department’s operational ODNEY ANNOUNCES and strategic direction and overseeing its NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM employees. Aslakson most recently served as DCN’s Odney, a fullWholesale Carrier Relations, a role he held service advertising for nearly six years. He joined DCN in May and communications 2013, bringing with him over 12 years of agency, announces CEO/ technology industry experience, including President Patrick Finken Kyle Niess positions as a network analyst, network and Corporate Creative administrator, and systems engineer. Director Mike Bruner are Aslakson has a bachelor’s degree stepping down to make in business from Concordia College in way for a new generation Moorhead, MN, and a master’s degree in of leadership and management – information system security ownership to guide the from Colorado Technical University. He also Odney team. holds a certification in network and systems The new partners administration advanced training from and management are Gwen Butler Denver Technical College. all familiar Odney faces Guthmiller has been promoted to who have already served DCN’s commercial sales manager. In this Odney clients well. role, she will oversee the department’s Kyle Niess, Gwen Butler employees and implement sales initiatives and Brekka Kramer will and workflows to support DCN’s overall join Shane Goettle and strategic goals. Don Larson as Odney In her previous role as a DCN Account stockholders. Shane Executive, she served as the main point will now serve as CEO, Brekka Kramer of contact for commercial businesses and Don will now serve as provided solutions – networking, ethernet, President/Managing dedicated internet, data center, hosting Partner, Kyle, Gwen and Brekka will all now serve as services, cloud services, cybersecurity, and/ or disaster recovery and backup – to help Vice Presidents. them achieve their technology goals. She The new ownership and management changes served in this role for nearly five years. Guthmiller joined DCN in April 2013 were effective March 1. as a Network Operations Center (NOC) Shane Goettle Support Specialist, bringing with her nearly 20 years of technology experience, including five years as a network and VOIP technician for DCN Owner company BEK Communications in Steele, ND. She has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems with a minor in computer science from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. Don Larson

Lisa Young Bird

YOUNG BIRD & TISSAW JOIN BIANCO REALTY Bianco Realty is excited to announce the newest REALTORS® to join their professional Real Estate Team: Lisa Young Bird and Sherry Tissaw. Young Bird and Tissaw look forward to helping clients with their Real Estate needs, achieving their dream of home ownership and providing a Tradition of Excellence!

Sherry Tissaw

WALD NAMED ADVISOR OF THE MONTH Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that David Wald has been named Advisor of the David Wald Month for February based upon his production and service to his clients.

Sean Sugden

Anthony Corcoran

Cory Vaughn

EAPC ARCHITECTS ENGINEERS WELCOMES FOUR NEW PARTNERS EAPC Architects Engineers, an awardwinning A/E design consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of four new partners to the firm: Sean Sugden, senior architect; Anthony Corcoran PE, LEED AP, senior mechanical engineer and mechanical department manager; Cory Vaughn PE, LEED AP, senior electrical engineer and electrical department manager; and Sam Wilke PE, senior structural engineer and structural department manager. They join current partners Alan Dostert, Jim Tyler, Wayne Dietrich, and Jay Haley.

Sam Wilke

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION FOSTER EARNS CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST (CRS) Bianco Realty’s Brenda Foster has earned her Certified Residential Specialist Brenda Foster (CRS) Designation. This is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Foster has met and has to uphold specific requirements, as well as attend specialized classes and training annually in order to maintain this exclusive designation.

SANFORD ANNOUNCES NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF CLINICS Marshall Jones M.D., has been named vice president of clinics for the Bismarck region of Marshall Jones Sanford Health. Michael LeBeau, M.D., who was named president of Sanford Health in Bismarck last month, previously held this position. Throughout Dr. Jones’ eight years at Sanford, he has displayed great leadership and has shown exceptional dedication and commitment to Sanford’s mission. He is currently serving his second term as the EMC BISMARCK BRANCH PROMOTES TEAM MEMBERS AND WELCOMES NEW chief of staff for medical staff, is the medical director for the operating room, leads the HIRE STARION BANK surgical operations council and previously ANNOUNCES NEW EMC Insurance Companies announces was the chief of service for anesthesiology. BOARD MEMBER several promotions and a new hire at the Dr. Jones earned his medical degree Starion Bank announced Bismarck Branch in North Dakota. from the University of Utah School of Tenley Kim has been promoted to that Michelle Larson of Medicine in Salt Lake City, and he completBismarck has been elected commercial lines underwriting supervisor. ed a medical internship at Presbyterian St. Miles-Kim joined EMC in 2018 as a to the board of directors. Luke’s/Health One Alliance in Denver. He Michelle Larson commercial lines senior underwriter. She This board guides the also completed an anesthesiology residenhas over 18 years of insurance experience overall strategic direction cy at Stanford (Calif.) University Hospital with positions on the agency side and in of the bank, including principle business and Clinics and a fellowship in pediatric anfocus and merger and acquisition activities. underwriting. Miles-Kim received bachelors’ esthesiology at Lucille Packard’s Children’s degrees in international business and The board includes owners, senior Hospital at Stanford Medical Center. accounting from Boise State University. managers and representatives of the She has the Associate in General Insurance communities served by the bank. KLJ HIRES SWANSTON (AINS), Associate in Personal Lines (API) and Larson has served on the board of KLJ, an engineering Chartered Property Causality Underwriter directors for Starion’s parent company, firm, is proud to announce (CPCU) designations. Starion Bancorporation, since 2012. She that Megan Swanston has Megan Zander has been promoted to was a pharmaceutical representative for joined our Bismarck office. many years before becoming a community commercial lines underwriter II. Zander Swanston, who will joined EMC in 2015 as a commercial lines activist. Larson is very involved in raising serve as a project assistant, underwriter I. She received a bachelor’s awareness of homelessness, food insecurity Megan Swanston joins KLJ with clerical and other issues. She studied at Moorhead degree in environmental policy and law and customer service from the University of Minnesota. Zander State University and North Dakota State experience. She earned her bachelor’s has the AINS designation and is currently University, and earned a bachelor’s degree degree from the University of North Dakota. working on the AU designation. in communications. Bailey Thomas has been promoted to Other members on the Starion Bank HERTZ PROMOTED TO commercial lines underwriter II. Thomas board are Donovan Bertsch, president CHIEF ENGINEER joined EMC in 2017 as a commercial of Theel, Inc., Bottineau; Vern Dosch, lines underwriter I. He received a KFYR-TV is proud to president and CEO of NISC, Mandan; bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation announce Jaden Hertz Tim Erlandson, farmer, Oakes; Randy management from Utah State University. has been promoted to Hatzenbuhler, president of Theodore Thomas is currently working on the AINS Chief Engineer for NBC Roosevelt Medora Foundation, Bismarck; designation. and FOX affiliate stations Dr. Dale Klein, a family medicine physician Jaden Hertz Sara Pic has been promoted to in Western North Dakota, at Sanford Health, Mandan; Paul Lenhart, commercial lines underwriter II. Pic including KMOT-TV, president and CEO of Krupp General joined EMC in 2016 as a commercial lines KQCD-TV, KUMV-TV and West Dakota FOX. Contractors, Madison, Wis.; Shannon underwriter I. She received bachelors’ Hertz began working at the station in McQuade-Ely, president of McQuade degrees in business management and 2014 and in that time has proven himself Distributing, Bismarck; and Tammy Miller, to be qualified to take this next step in his CEO of Border States Electric Supply, Fargo. economics from North Dakota State University. Pic has the AINS and AU career. Starion Bank managers on the board designations, and is currently working on When Jaden is not putting out fires or include Craig Larson; Arnie Strebe, the CPCU designation. on call, he enjoys spending time outdoors president; and Curt Walth, executive vice Amy Isas has accepted the position with his family. He and his wife, Sara, have president. of commercial lines rating associate VI. been married nine years and have two She brings a wealth of administrative and children Riley (7) and Edyn (4). personal lines experience to the position.

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FIRST WESTERN BANK & TRUST PROMOTES MACDONALD Ian MacDonald has been promoted to Online Banking Officer at First Western Bank & Trust. Ian MacDonald MacDonald is a Garrison native, who graduated from Garrison High School and Minot State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and International Business. He has been with First Western Bank & Trust since August of 2012.

CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES WELDER Ryan Welder was recently promoted to business services officer at Capital Credit Union’s Main Office. Ryan Welder In this role, he will be responsible for lending and delivery of multiple business products with an emphasis on building new business relationships. Welder has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from University of Nebraska– Lincoln. He has been with Capital Credit Union since August 2004, most recently as a business credit analyst at the Main Office. About HAWKTREE GOLF COURSE NAMED GRAA TOP 50 PUBLIC RANGE Hawktree Golf Course was recently named one of Golf Range Association of America's (GRAA) top 50 public ranges. Hawktree Golf Course was the only course from North Dakota to make the list.

LOCAL MANDAN PRINCIPAL NAMED AMONG AMERICA’S BEST Dave Steckler, Red Trail Elementary School, Mandan School District Dave Steckler is among 62 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation who have been named as a National Distinguished Principals (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the US Department of Education. Steckler is respectful, approachable and perceptive of staff and student’s needs, while at the same time holding all accountable to the highest fidelity. He enhances this accountability through building walkthroughs, goal setting for students and teachers, reflection time, follow up and developing committees for staff feedback. He is continually looking at researched-based models that could be implemented and will improve student achievement, as well as, teacher instruction.

SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES PULMONOLOGIST Haven Malish, MD, pulmonology, has joined Sanford Clinic in Bismarck. In addition to Marshall Jones pulmonology, Dr. Malish also specializes in critical care and sleep medicine. Dr. Malish graduated from John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and completed his residency in internal medicine from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is board certified in pulmonary disease and sleep medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

APRIL LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD. Broadcast on Radio Access 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at www.freetv.org.

Mon, 1st

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board*

Tues, 2nd

5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Thurs, 4th

5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Mon, 8th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board*

Tues, 9th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 10th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 11th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission*

Mon, 15th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board*

Tues, 16th Thurs, 18th

5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Mon, 22nd

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Planning Commission*

5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Tues, 23rd 1:30 pm 5:15 pm 5:30 pm Wed, 24th

Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Bismarck City Commission Morton County Commission*

5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission

Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at www.freetv.org. * Delayed Playback

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NEW MEMBERS | CONNECTION 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.

Redline Motorsports LLC 1721 Michigan Ave Bismarck, ND Dauntae Martin (701) 426-0083 Offering a wide range of services from servicing bikes, four-wheelers, UTVs, lawn mowers, snow blowers, snowmobiles, and just about anything else with a small engine. Home2Suites by Hilton Bismarck 1129 W Turnpike Bismarck, ND Lori Yantzer (701) 751-3400 New hotel opening in Spring 2019. Hotel features free WiFi, full kitchens and free breakfast. Additional amenities include pool, fitness center and on-site laundry. Conveniently located just off I-94.

Anima Cucina 101 N. 5th Street Bismarck, ND Kendra Howard (701) 751-1738 An Italian eatery & wine bar focusing on rotisserie, bakery, charcuterie, espresso, coffee, wine & beer. Power \ Mation 1307 Grumman Lane Bismarck, ND Bob Ricci (651) 605-3300 Personal. Professional. Experiences. Our skilled, well-trained professionals that help make Power/mation the leading distributor of high-tech industrial automation solutions. Curvy Flamingo Boutique 500 W Main St. Mandan, ND Becky Freidt (701) 471-1629 Women's clothing store specializing in plus size fashion from sizes XL to 3X. Stage Stop Liquors, Inc. 611 6th Ave SE Mandan, ND Luke Clausen (701) 663-7768 Locally owned, Mandan's largest selection of beer, wine and spirits. The One Stop Diesel Shop 2010 46th Ave. SE Mandan, ND Ethan Fettig (701) 425-5753 Full service diesel repair, maintenance and performance.

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Trapped In Bismarck 3333 East Broadway Ave, Suite 1219 Bismarck, ND Travis Walterson (701) 595-0119 Perfect for parties, corporate events, team building and even date nights, Trapped in Bismarck is the perfect party puzzle destination, making for a unique night out!


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UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS CHAMBER EDC SPRING MIXER Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 • Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck APRIL MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ANYLEAKS Date: April 11, 2019 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Anyleaks – 140 Riverwood Ave SE, Mandan APRIL MEMBERSHIP MIXER: STARION BANK Date: April 25, 2019 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Starion Bank – 333 N 4th Street, Bismarck IMPACT ED Date: May 7, 2019 • Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan


LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS Date: May 15, 2019 • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Dr, Bismarck LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION LUNCHEON Date: May 22, 2019 • Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan

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