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MADE IN MANDAN OPPORTUNITY • COMMUNITY • FUN • ACHIEVEMENT
A BUSINESS PUBLICATION OF THE BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC
Valerie Weigel ................................................................... Chair Kevin Strege ...............................................................Vice-Chair Wendy Van Duyne ........................................................Secretary Mike Schmitz ................................................................Treasurer Brian Eiseman ............................................................ Past Chair
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CONNECTION | CHAIR'S CORNER s someone who grew up right here in Bismarck-Mandan, this month’s edition of the Connection just confirms something that I’ve known for a long time; our community does events better than any other.
More specifically, the events held in downtown Mandan have for years brought a different dynamic to the community. Whether you’ve been to Art in the Park, come downtown after the 4th of July Parade or just strolled around looking at all the cars during Buggies-N-Blues, you know how the entire community rallies around these events. And not only do the community’s residents, along with those from all around North Dakota, get to enjoy the benefits of having events like these, but so do our businesses. With thousands of ‘extra’ people walking around downtown, those businesses in the area inevitably will see more potential customers and in turn, those customers may learn about a business that they’ve never patronized before. It's a win-win for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that the City of Mandan takes that success for granted. Last summer, officials from the City of Mandan, Morton County and Energy Transfer Partners broke ground on an ambitious new project to improve both the Morton Mandan Public Library and Dykshoorn Park. The planned improvements to the Park include a main entrance off 4th Ave NW, permanent decorative fencing for Dykshoorn Park, meandering walking paths and more. Simultaneously, the Morton Mandan Public Library is going through an expansion that will include an approximately 8,000-square-foot addition with a new library entrance/atrium and a public meeting room that can seat up to 300 people while the existing library building will be remodeled with HVAC and electrical upgrades, masonry restoration and new interior finishes. So as we continue on through Spring and head into Summer, you’re going to have a chance to attend the events and see progress on the projects that I mentioned earlier. You’re also going to have a chance to attend some of the Chamber EDC’s events, including: our economic development luncheon called Impact ED on Tuesday, May 4 at the Baymont Inn & Suites, our May Membership Mixer on Thursday, May 13 at the Holiday Inn on State Street in Bismarck and the Chamber EDC’s Golf Scramble on Monday, June 14 out at Apple Creek. To learn more or register for any of these events, visit our website at www.bismarckmandan.com or call the Chamber EDC Office at 701-223-5660. There is a tremendous amount of optimism in the community right now; you can feel that people are ready to get out and do things. Fortunately, as you can see, the Chamber EDC and the community have a number of different ways you can do so!
Valerie Weigel Chamber EDC Board Chair
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EVENTS ARE MADE IN MANDAN By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk
Nobody does events like Mandan. When the North Dakota Department of Tourism tracks visitation, they include in-state tourism. Under that metric, even trips from Bismarck to Mandan to events can be counted as tourism. After all, visitors to Mandan events also spend money in the city at restaurants, gas stations, and shops. Most of Mandan’s events are run by the Mandan Progress Organization. Although the MPO didn’t start most of the events, it has inherited the events as the original founders have aged out. “If not us, who else?” said Dot Frank, Executive Director of Mandan Progress Organization. Mandan’s event season kicks off with Touch a Truck in May. Businesses are invited to bring cranes, dump trucks, cement trucks, ambulances and big trucks to Main Street. The kids get to climb around the equipment and honk the horns.
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“They are allowed to honk the horn and get wild with that,” said Layn Mudder, President of the MPO Board of Directors. The MPO recognizes that for three hours, life in downtown Mandan gets noisy. “It disrupts things for people who live downtown, but what offsets that is the children and families who come downtown,” Frank said. MPO instituted quiet hours so that children who have autism or are sensitive to noise can also enjoy the trucks. In June, Buggies-N-Blues brings up to 25,000 people to Main Street for a weekend of classic cars and classic blues. This year, a Wolfman Jack impersonator will spin the records for 1960s rock-and-roll. Buggies-N-Blues has been rolling for decades, and Mudder was at the first event. “I bought my first cell phone - it was a bag phone - at the first Buggies-N-Blues,” Mudder said. Fourth of July is the pinnacle of Mandan’s event season with three events happening: Mandan Rodeo Days, Art in the Park, and the Independence Day Parade.
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Mandan’s rodeo has existed for 143 years, and it could be the oldest rodeo in America, but that title is also claimed by two rodeos in Arizona. Whichever rodeo is the oldest, Mandan’s rodeo has a robust history with Gene Autry among the cowboys who visited. Since it is a PRCA event, it attracts the top cowboys and cowgirls across the country.
CONNECTION | FEATURE Every event was affected by COVID-19 last year, but some events were still held in a modified format. In fact, the 2020 Parade Entry Winner was listed as “COVID.” This year, the events are on. “We are planning as if COVID isn’t going to have a direct impact on any of the events,” Frank said, “but we are responsive to any recommendations form the local public health district, the state, or the federal government.” There were some silver linings to COVID-19. MPO started Carpool Cinema, which they plan to continue. The rodeo also started online ticket sales. Mandan Rodeo Days
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“They call it Cowboy Christmas,” Mudder said. “There are also two rodeos in South Dakota as well. After this they go to one in Minnesota … These guys will try to hit two rodeos in the same day. If Dickinson is in the afternoon, then they’ll come here in the evening.” The rodeo is a heavy lift for MPO since Mandan doesn’t have a permanent rodeo grounds. Dacotah Speedway is converted to the rodeo grounds by an army of volunteers. If that wasn’t enough MPO is also running Art in the Park and the Independence Day Parade at the same time. Art in the Park is a juried arts and crafts show in Dykshoorn Park. The Independence Day Parade runs along Main Street from Mandan Avenue to 10th Avenue NW. “It’s on a families’ checklist of summer activities,” Frank said.
When some events got cancelled last year, the MPO heard about it.
“We found out how much businesses really do appreciate our events,” Mudder said. “We had been doing them so many years over and over. When they were canceled, businesses really missed them.” Frank is a downtown business owner herself. She owns Cappuccino on Collins and Latidot Scoop & Gift Shop. “One of the struggles with operation a business in Mandan is our size,” Frank said. “For most businesses, you need economies of scale and a certain amount of traffic and patrons who can make purchases. Volume helps with that.” One of the Main Street businesses that benefits from event foot traffic is Butcher Block Meats. Dan Kraft is the owner of Butcher Block Meats.
In addition to being Executive Director of the Mandan Progress Organization, Dot Frank is also a downtown business owner.
The Main Event in August is a new event. It took the place of Grillfest after Grillfest had started to become repetitive. The new event is a food truck festival at Dykshoorn Park. “The community can expect to see some modifications,” Frank said. “Because it’s such a young event, there are opportunities for improvements. As the weather turns colder, OktoberFest Un Mandan keeps bringing the crowds to downtown Mandan. “It’s beer games, beer tasting, and beer fun,” Mudder said. The final event of the year is Santa’s Arrival. Last year, Santa arrived in a classic convertible on loan from one of the Buggies-N-Blues club members.
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FEATURE | CONNECTION “It’s a good impact,” Kraft said. “We get new customers, lots of walk-in traffic. Touch A Truck, Buggies-N-Blues, the parade is awesome. We’re always open on the Fourth (of July). It’s always positive. There is no negative.”
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Sometimes, people only come into Butcher Block Meats to use the restroom. But even then, Kraft said they are still setting foot inside his store and seeing what he has to offer. The Fourth of July festivities provide the biggest boost of all. “We’ll get people who are camping at Ft. Lincoln (State Park),” Kraft said. “They’ll come in for steaks and burgers and brats, so that’s a positive for us. What do you do when you camp? You grill out,”
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Kraft said when he founded his business in 1989, there were 13 empty buildings on Main Street. “At one time you couldn’t even buy a pair of dress shoes in Mandan,” Kraft said. Far from being empty in 2021, downtown Mandan is thriving. The City of Mandan aims to turn Dykshoorn Park into “the living room of Mandan.”
“Downtown spaces need to have opportunities where you can sit for a while take your family and enjoy the outdoors even when there isn’t an event going on,” said Wendy Van Duyne, Senior Associate Landscape Architect with Stantec Consulting, which is the landscape architect for the ongoing remodel of Dykshoorn Park. “Living rooms are a place where you can relax, rest, and recharge. Evidence shows that downtown spaces benefit from having parks and open spaces like this.”
4th of July Parade
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THE EVENT SEASON IN MANDAN IS IN FULL SWING. HERE ARE UPCOMING EVENTS: Rendering by:
The Dykshoorn Park renovation should be complete later this year.
The remodel of Dykshoorn Park will impact events this summer, but after short-term pain the park is going to provide long-term gain. Jim Neubauer, Mandan City Administrator, said the project aims to turn Dykshoorn Park into a “12-month park.” “How do we get people out of the car,” Neubauer said. “If I stop to get out and look at the park, maybe I have an opportunity to grab a bite to eat across the street. Maybe I have an opportunity to go shopping. When people have an opportunity to get out of the car, they are that much more likely to spend money.” To entice people in the wintertime, the new park will feature outdoor heaters and will be lit up with Christmas lights. To entice pedestrians yearround, the city is planning to slow down traffic. Main Street will be converted from four lanes to three in that section. The park will have a new grand entrance that can accommodate a ticket booth for events. New walking paths will entice pedestrians into the park, and 33 parking spots will be added. When work began, the park lost more trees than originally anticipated. Some trees were found to be diseased. To offset, new trees are being planted. At the band shell, sunshades will be added to keep patrons cool on hot summer days. Decorative fencing will make events easier, rather than installing temporary fences to create a beer garden. The fencing will also be beneficial to families with children, who will get to play in a new play feature. The Morton Mandan Public Library renovation has been planned in conjunction with the Dykshoorn Park project. Permanent bathrooms will be accessible to the public through the library. “This is Mandan’s living room and the place where families and friends like to gather,” Neubauer said. “Sometimes your living room needs new carpet or paint, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Touch A Truck May 15 11:00am to 3:00pm Quiet Time (no horns or sirens) is observed from 11:00am to 12:30pm Main Street Buggies-N-Blues June 12-13 Main Street Mandan Rodeo Days July 2-4 Dacotah Centennial Park Art in the Park July 3-4 Main Street Independence Day Parade July 4 10:00am Main Street The Main Event Food trucks take over Main Street Aug. 13-14 Main Street OktoberFest Un Mandan Sept. 25 Harvest Event Center Santa’s Arrival Nov. 27 Main Street
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MANDAN SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES
STACEY BENDISH WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I’m a father of six children, two have graduated from Mandan and one more will this year. Another in two years, and a future 6th grader and a 4-year-old coming along soon. I think it’s important to engage in our local communities. Many of us get caught up with our jobs and families and lose track of what our local governments are doing around us. Often, we don’t take the time to get involved with the issues pre-emptively and often only react after the fact. I feel involvement is necessary to try to help steer the ship. I am a retired military veteran and am past president of FRA branch #273. I have taught in the public school system and served as president of that districts education association. I’ve served on various boards such as Trustee of Boilermakers Local 647 and for the MSCLC of the ND AFL-CIO. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? I think it is important to plan for future growth. Not just for the next 4 or 5 years, but where is our community going to be in the next 10 to 20 years. How are we preparing our students to be successful in the future. The old “adage” get into college isn’t necessarily the future. It is important that we give our children the skills for the many non-white collar careers that pay well and provide a high quality of life.
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RICK HORN WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? My wife and I have had three children which are products of the Mandan Public School system. I am running for another term after serving for nearly 7 years. I have been a member of the Finance and Facility Committee since the inception. It has been a pleasure to watch our district grow and see the progress that our students and staff have made. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? Thank you to the Mandan Public School residents for approving the investment in our youth and the community as we will now begin the process of building an elementary and high school. This investment in our community will position Mandan well into the future. As a fiscally conservative CPA, we must continue to be good stewards of our taxpayers’ money. We must continue to attract and retain talented teachers and district employees. We must continue to ensure that our salaries are competitive. I would like to see our school board continue to support our teachers and district employees and to make the Mandan School District an enjoyable place to work. I am proud of our District and would welcome the opportunity to be involved as a member of the Mandan School Board.
CAROLINE KOZOJED WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for re-election to the Mandan school board because of a deep commitment to serve the community. In the past 6 years as a board member and 7 years as a Policy and Personnel committee member, I’ve brought experience, passion, knowledge, training and commitment to this vital work. I’ve participated in 6 years of board member development with the North Dakota School Boards Association, serving on the ballot counting committee this past year, and 2 years with the National Schools Boards Association. I have a vested interest in education as my husband Tony and I have two children currently attending Mandan High School who are active in athletics, band, and CTE. I’ve been working in higher education for 18 years, so I have a professional vested interest in the success of our Mandan schools’ students. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? A top priority for our district is to respond to and plan for the continued growth in the number of students we serve in Mandan. We are challenged to work as a team with teachers, staff, administration, community members and elected officials at local, state, and national levels to ensure that our students reach their potential. A favorite expression of mine is, “Bloom where you are planted.” We need to invest in our students, staff, and facilities to enrich the opportunities that we and they are given so they can bloom.
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MANDAN SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES
MANDAN SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION ELLIE SHOCKLEY
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? After completing my post-doctoral university fellowship, I’ve now served the State of North Dakota as an education researcher for 5.5 years. I also served on Governor Burgum's Task Force for Higher Education Governance in 2018. Education is my passion.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I have been on the Mandan Public School Board since 2013 and currently serve as vice president and am on the facility and finance subcommittee. During my time on the board, we have worked to address the needs of the students, administration and support staff while being fiscally responsible to the residents of the school district. I wish to continue using my education, skills and abilities to address those needs
My research has focused on education over the lifespan, as well as teacher turnover and shortages. Altogether, I have a nuanced understanding of education and school operations. I am a good listener and integrative thinker, and I know I can help Mandan serve its students and support its teachers and other personnel. Finally, I am a parent of children in the Mandan School District. I am excited to contribute to their schools and all schools in the district. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? Over the next three years, the Mandan School Board needs to ensure that our students stay on track in terms of their learning. The pandemic has posed many challenges in our community. I have seen in my research that some students in the state are falling behind. Working with families, school personnel, and administrators is what it will take to help all of the district's students reach their full potential.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? The top priority is to provide the space needed to educate our students, which is safe and sized right for Mandan while maintaining a very talented workforce of teachers, administration, and support staff and being fiscally responsible to the citizens paying taxes. The challenges I see laying ahead are ensuring that we maintain a talented workforce, while adapting to meet the ever-changing learning needs of students in the 21st century. The opportunities include a great staff who can rise to the occasion and meet those needs, as was demonstrated during the COVID Pandemic, and we have a community who are supportive of the needs of the school and want to ensure the best for the students being educated in Mandan.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 POLLING HOURS: 7:00am - 7:00pm POLLING LOCATION Mandan Brave Center 901 Division St NW, Mandan FIVE CANDIDATES FOR TWO AT-LARGE POSITIONS • • • • •
Stacey Bendish Rick Horn Caroline Kozojed Tom Peters Ellie Shockley
ONE CANDIDATE FOR ONE RURAL AT-LARGE POSITION • Sheldon Wolf For more information and resources for the upcoming election, visit www.cityofmandan.com elections or call the Mandan School District at 701-751-6500.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Mandan School Board candidate Tom Peters did not submit a candidate questionnaire.
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The Uniform Center has been a member since 2007.
Sue Mathern THE UNIFORM CENTER Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: My name is Sue Mathern and I am the owner of the Uniform Center. I am a lifelong resident of Bismarck who married her high school sweetheart, Joe Mathern. We have two sons who have blessed us with wonderful daughters-in-law and 6.5 grandchildren. My primary role in the business revolves around managing our three stores and outside sales events.
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MEMBER SINCE 2007 Briefly tell us the history behind The Uniform Center. A: The Uniform Center was established in 1971, so we are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. We purchased the store in 2006, which means we have been in the industry for 15 years. The store was originally opened to provide uniforms for the students attending beauty school in Bismarck. Since purchasing the Bismarck store; we have moved twice, tripled our retail space and inventory. We expanded in 2011 purchasing a medical uniform store in Rapid City along with a woman’s shoe store. In 2017 we purchased another medical uniform store in Minot.
CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Uniform Center? A: The jobs for medical professionals, law enforcement, and essential workers have grown consistently over the years and will continue to do so. Our plan is to stay ahead of the curve. We will be here with the products they need and a great staff to help them find it. What trends are taking place in your industry? A: Uniforms have become more fashionable, comfortable, and durable all at the same time. We like working with individual customers as well as corporate teams. We can help them plan a uniform program that allows them and their staff to feel like they are part of a team. Our uniforms are just as comfortable to wear on a daily basis. We now have Antimicrobial materials which has made them a favorite during COVID-19. Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: At the Uniform Center we provide customer service. By helping our customers make the perfect purchase we ensure they have the proper fit, style, and price point to help them be successful whatever their job may be. We are always looking for products that are unique to our industries; we want to offer our customers products that they may not find everywhere else. We have partnered in with a group of medical uniform retailers from around the country to develop a private label of medical uniforms, our IRG collection. It is exciting to with work with a strong group of retailers who understand the needs of our customers the way we do. It has been very exciting to be an innovator in the medical uniform industry. What does the future of Uniform Center look like, and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: The future is bright for the uniform industry. As our communities grow and our population continues to age there will be an increase in the need for uniformed professionals. Whether it is in the medical industry, law enforcement or service sectors, the need for uniforms will continue to grow. Uniform Center has been a Chamber EDC member since 2007, why do you continue to renew your membership each year? A: The connections and relationships that are developed between Chamber EDC members is of great value to all of us. It is important to utilize these resources as we look for new customers and expand our business.
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What should other Chamber EDC members know about Uniform Center that may assist them? A: Last March we took on a new title- we became essential workers, we haven’t missed a day. We are proud to have helped all of our customers to present a professional, comfortable, and consistent look. We can do this for you.
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REPORT NO SHOW FOR INTERVIEW OR WORK REFUSAL
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH
Employers who are experiencing ‘no-shows’ to job interviews and refusals of work offered are being asked to report these instances to Job Service North Dakota. Unemployment Insurance claimants are required to make weekly job contacts to maintain eligibility to receive UI benefits. Scheduling interviews and not appearing for them, as well as refusing reasonable offers to return to employment are both violations of those requirements.
This month’s business assistance program of the month is the “Primary Sector Certification”. Primary Sector Certification is a certification program administered by the North Dakota Department of Commerce. In order to qualify for the certification a business must be adding value to a product, process, or service and generating more than 75% of their revenue from outside the state of North Dakota. Once certified a business is then eligible for property, income, and sales tax exemption and a host of financing programs and workforce development programs. If you have questions about Primary Sector Certification or want to apply contact Nathan at the Chamber EDC office.
Employers may report these situations at www.jobsnd. com/unemployment-business-tax/respond-claims by clicking “Report No Show for Interview or Work refusal” link at the bottom of the page. In addition, a yellow banner at the top of each page on jobsnd.com will also take users to that link.
1 MILLION CUPS Every Wednesday morning around 9:00 AM at Dakota Stage in downtown Bismarck you will find a group of people gathered listening to an entrepreneur or two tell their story. The event is called One Million Cups. One Million Cups is a weekly event held at the same time in communities across the country. The event is a part of communities’ broader efforts to foster entrepreneurial growth and create an environment where entrepreneurs are able to connect with other entrepreneurs. The Bismarck Mandan edition is the longest running One Million Cups in North Dakota and, after Fargo went away from the One Million Cups brand, is the only one in North Dakota that is hosted weekly. This past month speakers included representatives from the Bismarck Food Coop, a panel of podcasters, and an entrepreneur assisting infertility patients. All are invited to be a part of the audience at One Million Cups but if you aren’t able to attend you can always watch it live virtually at the One Million Cups Bismarck Mandan Facebook page.
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TALENT ATTRACTION MAILER SENT The Chamber EDC recently sent a spring mailer to Bismarck Public School alumni that live outside the state. The mailer is part of the Chamber EDC’s overall talent attraction efforts and is designed to remind recipients about Bismarck Mandan and all the community has to offer. This is the 2nd such mailer that has been sent since late in 2020. The Chamber EDC has partnered with the Bismarck Public School Foundation to utilize their alumni list. The mailer directs the recipient to a section of the website where they learn more and access resources about the community.
LETTER THE LAWN WINS MANDAN BUSINESS PITCH CHALLENGE
The winner of Mandan’s 2021 Business Pitch Challenge held March 24 was Letter the Lawn, a new business started about nine months ago by Rachel Jungling. She receives $750 in cash, the chance to be eligible for a forgivable loan from the Mandan Growth Fund, plus a host of other prizes to assist on her entrepreneurial journey. Letter the Lawn provides and puts in place celebratory displays in recipient yards and properties.
Jungling emerged from a field of four finalists. First runner-up is The Soup Shack, a mobile food truck being planned Dylan and Hannah Hilfer-Schafer. They plan to specialize in gourmet soups, sandwiches and side dishes.
From left to right, Rachel Jungling (Letter the Lawn), Hannah Hilfer-Schafer & Dylan Schafer (The Soup Shack), Torrea & Geoff West (Freezy Does It), Hannah Haynes & Caroline Crary (Wine More)
Other finalists were Wine More by Hannah Haynes and Caroline Crary, a proposal for a wine bar to also include beer, seltzers, champagne, bruschetta and merchandise with space for small events; and Freezy Does It by Torrea and Geoff West, a mobile business that would sell shaved ice and specialty cotton candy.
All finalists received prizes. The full list of awards and donors is posted at www.cityofmandan.com/businesspitch. Judges evaluated applications and executive summaries of business plans submitted by finalists as well as their live pitch presentations and responses to questions. They considered plan content including thoroughness of information, research and analysis; innovativeness in terms of how the product or service is creative or different than others on the market or in the community; target customer identification; market fit; impact to Mandan; strength of leadership team; use of prizes; and feasibility. The Mandan “Business Pitch Challenge” is part of a business education hosted by the Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee hosted with assistance from the City of Mandan Business Development and Communications Department, Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC and CTB.
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JOB SHADOW WEEK RETURNED Job Shadow Week is one of the top workforce development initiatives that the Chamber EDC promotes in Bismarck-Mandan as a way to connect the community, the employers, and the students. The objective is workforce development – to retain workforce, provide career exploration to the students; to highlight the employers; and to support the relationships we continue to build with the schools.
Job Shadow Week took place April 12-16. This is a change from previous years when it is typically held in February. The Chamber EDC knew it would be difficult for employers to provide onsite job shadows given the last year, and this move allowed Employers were able to offer in-person or virtual job shadows this year. more time for employers to decide what would work best for them in order to host students. Career Awareness should start “I’m proud to be a member of the Bismarck Mandan at an early age and should involve the entire community Chamber EDC. This program introduces our area students and the Chamber EDC does not want the students to miss to area career fields that they have not been exposed to in out on this important opportunity. “They had really good, the past. We have some really bright students in our cominterested, polite kids that asked good questions, “ said munity, and we need to inspire them to get out into the Brad Mann with H.A. Thompson & Sons. world and experiment with different career paths. Furthermore, we can inspire local students to stay local or come Along with onsite job shadows, several employers were home to their career after finishing their secondary educaable to offer virtual opportunities to students if they were tion or trade school,” says Jon Simmers, CEO with Bismarck not able to host face-to-face. This is a first for job shadow Aero Center. week, and the Chamber EDC is hoping this is something employers continue to offer in the future. Kaylan Lillestrand, Job Shadow Week is designed for ages 16 and up with the People Services Team Lead with NISC said, “We felt like most common participating students in high school or colhosting virtually gave us an advantage to be able to host lege. This year there were 31 participating employers, 125 more student than if we conducted the job shadows in students who represented 9 different schools, including person. We recently created video tours of some of our local, private, surrounding area schools and higher ed. buildings that they will be able to send to the students to The students had approximately 53 different occupations watch any time.” to choose from when registering for job shadow week. The employers in Bismarck-Mandan understand the value of job shadow week and the opportunity it provides to educate the students on the skillsets necessary, training required, potential pay scale and career opportunities. The open jobs in Bismarck-Mandan cannot be filled by only attracting new people to the community; an emphasis also needs to be placed on keeping as many young people here as possible.
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Kendal Blair a Junior with Mandan High School participated in job shadow week and said “A lot of students have an idea of what they want to do after graduation, but the expectations and reality of that career can be completely different. A job shadow can give you some insight on a future career before deciding to pursue it. I also feel that a lot of students have no idea what they want to do. A job shadow can help narrow your career field and helps show what you are interested in. I personally signed up for a job shadow to help build relationships with those who are already doing what I want to do. Additionally, a job shadow further expands knowledge and helps build expectations for my future career.”
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“SQUEEZE” THE DAY & KICK OFF LEMONADE DAY THE RIGHT WAY!
One of the funnest days of summer, Bismarck-Mandan Lemonade Day, is coming up on June 19th. NOW is the time to sign up your young entrepreneur for the sweetest event of the year! Lemonade Day is a free entrepreneurial program that gives kiddos the opportunity to learn how to create, own, and operate their very own business in the form of a lemonade stand. Mentors, parents, teachers, and youth leaders are encouraged to register their youth online at: https://lemonadeday.org/bismarck-mandan or in person at one of our many sweet pickup locations! Come “squeeze” the day at the following Bismarck-Mandan Lemonade Day Events: Join us for the Lemonade Day Kickoff Event on Saturday, May 8th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Dakota Zoo! Enjoy the fun with Lemmy and Lemon Drop with face painting and the opportunity to register for Lemonade Day in-person. If already registered, bring your confirmation email, and pick up a business kit for the young entrepreneur! *Business kits will include a FREE Children’s Pass to be used at the Dakota Zoo! ALSO, be sure to register for the upcoming Best Tasting Contest on Saturday, June 12th, at the Family Wellness Center in Mandan! Winners who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be rewarded and heavily promoted on our social media platforms the week leading up to Lemonade Day. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org, Josie at email@example.com, or call the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660. THANK YOU TO OUR SWEET SPONSORS! Main Squeeze Sponsor: Lime-Light Sponsors: Fresh Squeeze Sponsors:
Lemon Head: ABRA Auto Body & Glass, American Bank Center, Bartlett & West, Bobcat/ Doosan, Every Eye, P.C., First Western Bank & Trust, Gary Tharaldson School of Business – University of Mary, Gizmonics, LLC., Grand Junction Grilled Subs, Haga Kommer, Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning, Scheels, Subway, Terry’s Health Products, Tires Plus, Vue Community Credit Union
PICK UP LOCATIONS May 12th - June 18th
BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Dr, Bismarck Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm BISMARCK VETERANS MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY 515 N 5th St., Bismarck Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm Sunday, 1:00pm-6:00pm MISSOURI VALLEY FAMILY YMCA 1680 N Washington St., Bismarck Monday-Friday, 5:00am-11:00pm Saturday, 6:00am-7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am-7:00pm MORTON MANDAN PUBLIC LIBRARY 609 W Main St., Mandan Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm Friday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday, CLOSED FAMILY WELLNESS BISMAN 2700 46th Ave SE, Mandan Monday-Friday, 5:00am-11:00pm Saturday, 6:00am-7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am-7:00pm *Bring registration confirmation email
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DON’T HESITATE, NOW’S THE TIME TO NOMINATE FOR CELEBRATE BISMARCK-MANDAN The Chamber EDC’s Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan Ad Hoc Committee is happy to announce that nominations are NOW OPEN, for the Celebrate BismarckMandan awards! Winners of such awards will be announced at the annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan Award Ceremony on Wednesday, September 22nd. Between now and May 31st, please consider nominating a fellow Chamber EDC member, whether that be an individual or business! Want to nominate a deserving business or individual? Go to bismarckmandan.com. See below for past winners and nomination qualifications of each Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award: THE GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD
• The Golden Eagle will be awarded to a Chamber EDC Member who has an active record of military support in the Bismarck-Mandan area. • The purpose of the award is to recognize those in support of the military through involvement and business interaction. • Past Winners Include: Sanford Health, Falkirk Mine, Starion Bank, Bismarck Senior Adults Program, Cloverdale Foods, Kupper Chevrolet, Basin Electric Power Cooperative
MIKE FINK AWARD FOR STEADY GROWTH AND PROFITABILITY
• Member of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. • Been in Business at least 5 years in the area. • Growth in number of employees over last 3 years. • Growth in revenue of at least 20% average over the last 3 years. • Past Winners Include: Cross Country Freight Solutions, Glasser Images, Northwest Tire, Anyleaks, Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning, North Dakota Guaranty and Title, Advanced Mechanical, Kupper Chevrolet
• Must be a Chamber EDC member the last 5 years or the last 5 years in business life. • 50 years in business in Bismarck-Mandan (business may have changed ownership or name). • Must be involved in community activities. • Past Winners Include: Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Starion Bank, Eide Bailly LLP, Skeels Electric, Farm Credit Services of Mandan, Sanford Health
SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
• Member of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC • Any Individual(s) who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating the business • Partners can be nominated as a ‘team’, as long as the number of team members does not exceed four. • 7+ years of being in business • Demonstrated growth in employees and opportunities • Demonstrated increase in sales and/or unit volume • Demonstrated social responsibility/community service/civic engagement • Nominees can be franchisees; however, they cannot be the head of a corporate office location. • Past Winners Include: Evan Anderson-Gizmonics; Lonna Brooks-Terry’s Health Products; Jason SellersMattress Firm; Kari Weigel-Sylvan Learning; Dr. Aaron Moos-Verge Fitness
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• Member of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. • Any individual who serves as a majority owner and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business. • 3-year track record and not more than 7 years in business. • Demonstrated growth in employees and opportunities • Demonstrated social responsibility/ community service/civic engagement • Can be existing business with new owner, as long as new owner has shown innovation, changes in organization, growth, etc.
Sanford Health was the winner of last year's Golden Eagle Award.
• Past Winners Include: Bismarck Larks, Grand Junction Grilled Subs, Critter Sitter, Glance Spa & Salon, Advanced Fleet Services, Silicon Plains, Pirogue Grill Submit a nomination today to see your favorite area businesses on stage this September! Contact Josie at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660, with any questions or more information!
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CHAMBER EDC PROMOTES SCHEURER AND SMYLE Recently, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC promoted former interns Lyndsey Scheurer and Josie Smyle to full time positions. These promotions will allow the organization to expand its events and communications offerings. I am thrilled to be expanding my role at the Chamber EDC as the full-time Creative Marketing Specialist! I originally started at the CEDC back in November of 2018 as a Communications & Economic Development intern while I was completing my Graphic Design & Communications degree at Bismarck State College. Now as the Creative Marketing Specialist, my responsibilities include assisting in our publication & promotional designs, social media & website administration, photography, and video production. When I'm not at work, I enjoy taking on freelance design projects in my spare time, as well as spending time with my friends & family, gaming on my Nintendo Switch, and keeping up with the latest fashion trends. Lyndsey Scheurer, Creative Marketing Specialist
As I was born and raised as a true “Class B,” small town North Dakotan, a community feeling like home will always be one of the most important aspects to me. Not until joining the Chamber EDC, did Bismarck-Mandan begin to feel that exact way, like home. After graduating from Bowman County High School in 2017, I moved to Bismarck to continue my education at Bismarck State College. Over the last two years, I have been an online student through Minot State University. Now, I am finally nearing the end as I will graduate with my bachelor’s degree in marketing this coming December of 2021. I started with the Chamber EDC in June of 2020 as the Membership & Events Intern. As I continued my internship into the new year, little did I know that a huge opportunity of becoming the Events Coordinator at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC would be presented to me, and I couldn’t be more excited to continue being a part of the Chamber EDC family! As the Events Coordinator, I have the role of planning, organizing, and implementing all Chamber EDC events throughout the year including: Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Chamber EDC Golf Scramble, Brats for the Brave, Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan, and much more! Along with events, I have the added responsibility of membership retention, where I will work with new and existing members to provide them with different retention initiatives.
Josie Smyle, Events Coordinator
I enjoy spending my free time with friends, family, and my 7-month-old Golden Retriever, Riggs. Rewatching my favorite TV series, Friends, for probably the 15th time, using my creative side with different interior design projects, and in the summer, spending as much time as I can boating at the lake are a few activities that I love most!
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WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER EDC, JORDAN! The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is proud to announce Jordan Nelson as the organization's new Sales Coordinator.
Jordan was born in Leavenworth, Kansas and at a young age, moved and grew up in Bismarck. He attended Century High School, afterwards attended Bismarck State College where he pursued marketing.
Jordan Nelson, Sales Coordinator
Jordan's career path led him to six years of caring for disabled individuals, where he primarily worked in Mandan. He has also had multiple years within sales, and found it gave him the opportunity to meet new people which is what he truly enjoys. As the Sales Coordinator of the Chamber EDC, Jordan oversees advertising in the Connection, website, and Chamber EDC Link. Along with that, Jordan oversees the different sponsorship levels that come with Chamber EDC events, such as, Annual Dinner, Chamber EDC Golf Scramble and many more.
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Join us for the Chamber EDC Golf Scramble, presented by Eide Ford Lincoln, on Monday, June 14th at Apple Creek Country Club. Don’t wait to get yourself or your team registered for a fun day on the green, as the number of spots available is limited!
Chamber EDC golf scramble will be June 14.
Fee for an individual player is $175, and a team of four is $700. Fees include lunch, dinner, entry fees, golf cart, driving range, putting green, and the opportunity to WIN great door prizes from our sponsors! Registration starts at 10:30am, followed by a shotgun start at 11:30am. The fun begins with a grab and go lunch to enjoy at your leisure while out on the course, with some cool beverages, and chances to win plenty of prizes! Please contact Josie at email@example.com, or call the Chamber EDC, 701-223-5660, to register you or your team. Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors: Hole Sponsors: Amy Hullet: Century 21 Morrison Realty, APT, Inc., Baymont Inn &
Suites, Bismarck Cancer Center, BNC National Bank, Capital Credit Union, Consolidated Construction, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, ICON Architectural Group, Investcore, Inc. – Silver Ranch Development, Probitas Promotions, Radisson, Scheels
Putting Green Sponsor: Vogel Law Firm Lunch/Dinner Sponsor: Dakota Carrier Network Golf Cart Sponsor: Investcore, Inc. – Silver Ranch Development Tee Prize Sponsors: Amy Hullet: Century 21 Morrison Realty, Bismarck Municipal Airport
Driving Range/Chipping Area Sponsor: Stage Stop Saloon and Grill
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Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Location: Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM Admission: $35 for Chamber EDC Members $45 for General Admission Gold Sponsor: The premier Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Economic Development event is coming up on May 4th from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Mandan. Impact ED highlights Economic Development as one of the key components of the Chamber EDC’s efforts. This year’s keynote speaker, Chad Chancellor of The Next Move Group, will inform attendee’s about the current affairs of economic development and how to recruit businesses to your community. The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC will also provide updates on a few of the economic development activities from 2019 through early 2021. Lunch will be served. If you are interested in sponsoring this event or a table sponsor, contact Nathan Schneider by calling 701-2235660.
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MEMBERSHIP MIXER: HOLIDAY INN BISMARCK Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 Location: Holiday Inn Bismarck 3903 State Street, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend
Mark your calendar for the May Membership Mixer! On Thursday, May 13th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Holiday Inn Bismarck will be hosting the May Membership Mixer at their location at 3903 State Street in Bismarck. Join fellow Chamber EDC members for this Membership Mixer while we enjoy a tasty Nacho Bar along with refreshments and some business after hours. This fun event will be giving away door prizes to attendees in the form of a certificate for a free night stay at the Holiday Inn! Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend. Please consider attending and bringing colleagues from your workplace! RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made by registering online at https://business.bismarckmandan. com/events or by contacting Josie Smyle at jsmyle@ bmcedc.com.
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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PRESENTATIONS
LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION
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 19 at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC.
Join us Wednesday, May 26 at Baymont Inn & Suites with the 32nd class of leaders as they graduate from the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program.
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor:
9:00am - 9:45am — Talking Trails Bismarck has an abundance of world class outdoor art displays and historical architecture in the downtown area. Without an in-depth knowledge of these art displays and historical settings, they can be overlooked by the average citizen and completely missed by visitors to Bismarck. Our project will link all of the incredible stories behind the art and architecture utilizing the popular “Talking Trails” application for smartphones. Team members are Melissa Barth, Weston Dressler, Rich Garman, Annique Lockard, Tina Stanger 10:00am - 10:45am — Ride Share The goal of our project is to provide specific drop-off and pick-up locations for rideshare services at high-traffic areas. This project will include designated signage for drop-off and pick-up locations, integration with rideshare vendors, and an awareness campaign for our community. We will focus on Bismarck and Mandan downtown areas, the Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck State College (BSC), and the Bismarck Airport, as they are the locations that would likely see the most benefit from having designated rideshare locations.
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Location: Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: $25.00 per person Presenting Sponsor:
You are invited to attend and celebrate the Class of 2021. Registration and networking begin at 11:30am, lunch and program and noon. Leadership Bismarck-Mandan, Class of 2021: Melissa Barth – Aetna, a CVS Health Company Sean Cleary – NISC Weston Dressler – Sanford Health Rich Garman – Great River Energy Jillian Lagasse – Capital Credit Union Annique Lockard – Office of Attorney General Amy Mazigian – Gate City Bank Kari Schmidt – City of Mandan Katie Schulz – North Dakota Women's Business Center Tina Stanger – University of Mary The cost for attending is $25.00 per person and includes lunch. Table sponsorship is $275. Register online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events or by calling the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660.
Team members are Sean Cleary, Jillian Lagasse, Amy Mazigian, Kari Schmidt, Katie Schulz If you would like to attend any of these presentations, please RSVP to Cathryn Sprynczynatyk at 701-223-5660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE
Date: Monday, June 14, 2021 Location: Apple Creek Country Club 8921 E Highway 10, Bismarck Time: 10:30AM - 4:30PM Admission: $175.00 per player * Includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch, dinner, driving range and tee prize Presented By: Save the date and register FORE the Chamber EDC Golf Scramble on Monday, June 14th at Apple Creek Country Club. Don’t wait to sign up, as number of spots available is limited! 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 begins at 10:30am and shotgun start is at 11:30am. Mark your calendars and start putting your team of 4 together as there will be plenty of prizes, contests, food, and refreshments! Please contact Josie Smyle at email@example.com, with any questions or to register.
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MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ADVANCED BUSUINESS METHODS Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Location: Advanced Business Methods 4480 Coleman Street, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Get ready for the June Membership Mixer! On Thursday, June 24th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Advanced Business Methods will be hosting the June Membership Mixer at their location at 4480 Coleman Street in Bismarck. Join this fellow Chamber EDC member in celebrating their 50th Anniversary during this Membership Mixer! Come enjoy some sweet treats, refreshments, and business after hours. Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend. Please consider attending and brining colleagues from your workplace! RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made by registering online at https://business.bismarckmandan. com/events or by contacting Josie Smyle at jsmyle@ bmcedc.com.
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PAPA’S PUMPKIN PATCH BSC MOBILE APP PLANS TO RE-OPEN IN DEVELOPMENT 2021 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM Since 1983, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch has become a tradition OFFERED IN RESPONSE for thousands of families. This popular regional attraction closed due to COVID-19 in 2020, but preparations are TO INDUSTRY NEEDS underway for reopening for the 2021 fall season with opening day on Sunday, September 12. The 2021 season will run September 12 – October 23. The patch is open 12:00pm - 7:00pm daily.
“We’re excited to welcome our guests back to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch in 2021,” says general manager Cory Finneman. “It will be the same Pumpkin Patch you remember from previous years, in the same location, with our same mission to give back to the community. This year we expect to support nearly 60 charitable organizations.” A visit to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is more than picking out a pumpkin. Guests will find nature trails, bale mazes, sand boxes, obstacle courses, wooden play structures, logs to climb on and many photo opportunities. On Saturdays and Sundays, guests also are able to enjoy horse-drawn hayrides and pony rides, ziplines, train rides, a pumpkin cannon, corn cob slingshots, pedal carts, and additional concessions.
A new Mobile Application Development certificate developed in response to industry and workforce needs is available at Bismarck State College starting in March. Provided in an interactive, hands-on, online learning environment this certificate program addresses the needs brought forth by industry employers and leaders, according to BSC President Doug Jensen. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the demand for mobile app developers will increase from 17% to 24% by the year 2026. “This new certificate is a great example of BSC’s continued response to industry. As a polytechnic institution, BSC is unique in that students have the ability to customize their education with stackable industry credentials and certificates to match workforce needs,” said Jensen. “The hands-on learning in this program ensures graduates of this program are workforce ready.” Designed for new and current students as well as industry professionals, this short, intensive certificate program, develops skills to take mobile applications from concept to launch through six-courses offered entirely online. A student in a cybersecurity, website design, or other technology program can easily add the Mobile Application Development certificate to their education plan and prepare for a specialized, high-demand technology career. A professional already working in the technology industry may only need a few credits to complete the certificate and expand their skillset – making them more valuable to their employer and more marketable in the industry.
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GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK DEEPENS SERVICES IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA WITH ADDITION OF REGIONAL SERVICE CENTER A small group of early investors, community leaders and partners from the hunger-relief community joined a large virtual audience here Thursday to celebrate the official grand opening of the Great Plains Food Bank Bismarck Regional Service Center. The celebration marks a significant milestone in the 38-year history of the state’s largest hunger-relief organization. The regional service center is located at 1315 South 20th Street in Bismarck and is expected to support the rescue and distribution of 1.5 million pounds surplus food providing for a projected 1.25 million meals in its first year of operation. This food will be distributed through the Great Plains Food Bank’s innovative programs designed to meet the hunger needs of children, seniors and families, as well as through its partner network of 87 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens operating throughout central and western North Dakota. “Today we take our next bold step in the fight to end hunger,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “We distribute food for 14.4 million meals annually to all 53 counties statewide from our distribution center in Fargo. Having this facility centrally located in Bismarck will lead to greater efficiency and effectiveness of our organization and is critical to meeting our vision of a hunger-free North Dakota. This certainly is an exciting day for the Great Plains Food Bank and the people we serve, and it wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from so many donors who share our vision.” The Great Plains Food Bank Regional Service Center was one of three objectives of the organization’s Feed the Future campaign. In addition to a regional service center, Feed the Future supports the statewide expansion of the Great Plains Food Bank’s childhood, senior and rural hunger relief programs and increased freezer and volunteer engagement capacity at its statewide distribution center in Fargo, which is set to open later this year. “Soon racks and the freezer and cooler inside this building will be filled with surplus perishable and shelf-stable food donated by our food industry partners, thousands of volunteers will be generously sharing their time, and a variety of community partners will come together to join us in our work to end hunger for those experiencing it today, and address its root causes to reduce the line tomorrow," Great Plains Food Bank President Melissa Sobolik said.
“And this is just the tip of the hunger-relief iceberg of what we can now accomplish. This center is more than a building. It provides hope to working families, nourishment for hungry children and the nutrition necessary for seniors to thrive.” Renovations to the regional service center have been happening throughout 2020, which included installation of a freezer/cooler, racking installed for donated food products, the addition of a loading bay and community room, and improvements to the office and reception area. “It has been incredibly rewarding to build upon existing, and forge new relationships with individuals, businesses, churches, foundations, and charitable feeding programs as we set out to bolster our mission to end hunger through community partnerships,” said Kathy Schneider, member of the Great Plains Food Bank Board of Directors. “This regional service center will serve as a cornerstone in our expanded service delivery to fill unmet needs and under-served communities.”
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CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH RECOGNIZED WITH BLUE DISTINCTION® CENTERS+ DESIGNATION FOR QUALITY AND COST-EFFICIENCY CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota with a Blue Distinction® Centers+ for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to delivering high quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations. The Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery program provides a full range of bariatric surgery care; including surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care, and patient education. Bariatric surgeries are among the most common elective surgeries in the U.S. — with more than 252,000 bariatric surgeries performed in 2018 based on a report from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 42.7 percent of U.S. adults and 18.5 percent of youth are obese and are impacted by obesity-related health conditions. With obesity reaching epidemic levels among U.S. adults, a significant opportunity exists to improve quality care for bariatric surgeries within the national healthcare system. CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota for meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Center quality selection criteria for bariatric surgery set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. The annual healthcare spend on obesity and obesity-related conditions expected is expected to rise by 2030, if the rate of obesity in the U.S. continues to climb.3 Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for severely obese patients because it allows for substantial, sustained weight loss, which leads to, improves, or resolves obesity-related comorbidities like type 2 diabetes. On average, healthcare costs were reduced by 29 percent within five years following bariatric surgery, due to the reduction or elimination of obesity-related conditions, based on findings by ASMBS. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Bariatric Surgery designation, a healthcare facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as bariatricspecific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and adjustable gastric band. All designated facilities must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels, as well as demonstrated cost-efficiency compared to its peers. Facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other facilities.
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CONTACT ROSS TODAY to ﬁnd out details about membership and if it’s the right choice for your business! www.bismarckmandan.com
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“Demonstrating a continued commitment to the highest quality standards are what designates health care facilities as Blue Distinction Centers,” says Chief Medical Officer Dr. Greg Glasner, MD, at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. "Facilities like CHI St. Alexius help ensure patients receive the safest, most effective specialty care. As a Blue Distinction Center, CHI St. Alexius has demonstrated its commitment to its patients as well as its expertise in providing specialty care. As more and more patients undergo Bariatric surgery, it’s important for our members to be able to identify Blue Distinction Centers for their care.”
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FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK & TRUST ACQUIRES SODAK HOME LOANS
First International Bank & Trust (FIBT) successfully closed on the acquisition of Sioux Falls-based full-service mortgage brokerage company, Sodak Home Loans. Justin Walseth, Chief Growth Officer for FIBT shares, “We are thrilled to welcome the team at Sodak Home Loans to FIBT. Their established and well-known lenders will be wonderful ambassadors for the FIBT brand.” Brent VanderGriend, former Broker and Owner at Sodak Home Loans and now Mortgage Market Manager comments, “This marks a new beginning for us. We are excited to be a part of First International Bank & Trust. Being backed by a community bank will allow our lenders to better serve our customers with a wider range of products and enhanced services. " The mortgage group will stay at its current location near 57th and Western in Sioux Falls. The acquisition of Sodak Home Loans assets marks the North Dakota-based bank's official entry into South Dakota as a Loan Production Office. Family-owned for four generations, FIBT traces its history to Farmer’s State Bank in Arnegard, North Dakota, which opened for business on May 1, 1910. Brothers Odin and Gerhard Stenehjem were the only employees. Today, Stenehjem bankers continue to lead FIBT operating offices in North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona, and now South Dakota employing over 700 people in the communities it serves. Peter Stenehjem, President and fourth-generation banker, shares his excitement about entering the Sioux Falls market. “Today is the starting point of a long-term commitment to the Sioux Falls market. I look forward to expanding FIBT's services for businesses and consumers alike and playing a part in supporting the growth of this vibrant city and region.”
MANDAN SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE $11.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL COVID-19 RELIEF
Mandan Public Schools will receive just over $11,408,000 in federal COVID-19 relief dollars. With a small percentage of relief dollars set aside for specific purposes, the school district plans to use most of these funds to help build two new schools.
Mandan Public School Business Manager Ryan Lagasse said, "We are thrilled to get clarification that we can use these dollars for our new schools. Because these funds need to be expended by 2024, it supports the School District's decision to hold a special election this year for a new high school and elementary school. These are onetime dollars, and they should be spent on one-time expenditures. Spending these dollars on facilities that can serve the students of Mandan for generations to come seems like an excellent use for these dollars." Mandan Public Schools will hold a special election on April 13th for a bond referendum to build a new high school and a new elementary school in the Lakewood area. Last fall, Mandan Public Schools sent a school perceptions survey to every mailbox and received a 74% approval to build a new high school and a 67% approval to build a new elementary school. The relief fund will significantly reduce the tax impact on Mandan residents. The School District has been navigating ways to lower the tax impact and alleviate the Mandan community's financial burden. The table below outlines the new net tax impact for residents with the relief package.
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ASK A PRO | CONNECTION
KRISTEN MELBY at
701 E Rosser Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-751-9500
Q: AFTER A HARSH WINTER, MY SKIN IS DRY, FLAKY, AND IRRITATED. HOW CAN I GIVE IT A FRESH START FOR SPRING? A: Be sure not to overdo your regime
by over-scrubbing, over-cleaning, or over-treating. Sub-zero temperatures can damage the outermost protective layer, exposing facial skin to irritants and bacteria. Hydration and exfoliation are the keys to smoother skin for spring. Dry skin can feel raw and sensitive so many people are likely to skip exfoliation. However, I recommend sloughing off dry skin cells with a gentle exfoliator. Try a mildly abrasive cleanser or mild exfoliants with glycolic or lactic acids help eliminate flakes. Exfoliate only a few times a week. At night, apply a moisturizer with glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid, which helps the gentle sloughing away of dead skin continue while you sleep. Use a gentle moisturizer frequently year-round to keep your skin moisturized. Finally, always use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher to prevent sun damage and skin cancer.
RYAN WELDER at
204 W Thayer Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-255-0042
500 N 8th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-222-6100
Q: I'M INTERESTED IN STARTING MY Q: I AM A 22-YEAR OLD MALE OWN BUSINESS. HOW DO I GET COLLEGE STUDENT AND I HAVE STARTED? A NODULE ON MY TESTICLE. COULD THIS BE CANCER? A: The first step in starting your business is choosing a structure. The most common are C-corporation, S-corporation, partnership, Limited Liability Company and sole proprietorship. It’s wise to consult your accountant and attorney to determine which is best for your business. Next, you’ll need to name your business, register with the Secretary of State and obtain a federal tax ID. The IRS website will lead you through the process of generating an Employer Identification Number. Then, you’ll need to apply for the licenses and permits needed to keep your business in compliance. These vary by industry, so be sure to consult an attorney. Finally, you’ll want to open business checking and savings accounts. Capital Credit Union offers two checking account options, both of which earn dividends and provide 24/7 access. Now you’re ready! With your hard work and the expertise of Capital Credit Union’s Business Services Team, your new business will be on the road to success. For more information or to contact a business services officer, visit capcu.org/business. Insured by NCUA. NMLS# 515518.
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A: Although testicular cancer is less
common compared to other cancers, it is the most common cancer in males ages between 15 and 40 years old. Men with testicular cancer may experience a variety of symptoms, but remember these symptoms may not mean it’s cancer. Symptoms may include: •
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Painless lump in either testicle (*most common). The tumor may be about the size of a pea or a marble, but it can grow much larger Discomfort in a testicle or scrotum Feeling of heaviness in the scrotum Dull ache in the lower abdomen or groin Sudden buildup of fluid in the scrotum Lower back pain, shortness of breath, chest pain, and phlegm Swelling of 1 or both legs
Fortunately, with modern treatment practices, testicular cancer is highly curable, even when found in advanced stages. See your doctor if you detect any pain, swelling or lumps in your testicles or groin area, especially if these signs and symptoms last longer than two weeks.
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MICHAEL HERZOG, PGA at
COLLIN KUDRNA at
JOEL BLANCHARD, MD at
3400 Burnt Creek Loop, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-355-0995
4204 Boulder Ridge Rd, #100, Bismarck, ND 58503
2603 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-323-5222
PRACTICE WISELY AND WITH A PURPOSE...
Q: DO I NEED A PHYSICIAN REFERRAL BEFORE I CAN COME TO PHYSICAL THERAPY? A: No referral needed! North Dakota is
Q: WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS FROM THE COVID-19 VACCINES? A: The COVID-19 vaccines are proven
Direct access to physical therapy is your opportunity to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without first seeing your physician for a referral. If payment is approved by your insurance company, direct access is your opportunity to save time and money, thereby expediting your treatment, relief, and recovery. Research supports that patients who seek physical therapy via direct access for a musculoskeletal condition tend to have better functional outcomes with fewer treatments and lower overall health expenditure.
Side effects are a positive sign that your body is responding to the vaccine and producing antibodies to protect you from COVID-19 infection. Typically, these side effects are mild. Less than 5% of people experience severe side effects, including significant pain at the injection site, headache, body aches or fever that require over-the-counter pain medication.
A lot of players go to the driving range and hit balls, but not many go with a plan or really pay attention to what they are doing. Here's what to do: First, warm up for 10-15 min., beginning with stretching exercises. Then start hitting balls with a wedge, using a smooth, slow swing. Work your way up to longer clubs until you finally get to the driver. Do not hit every club in the bag or fall in love with one club. Second, spend 10-15 min. working on a specific position or movement you need to improve. This is how you ingrain that movement in your swing. Begin with a short-iron and hit four balls doing a drill that will improve this area. Hit four more balls with the same club taking a full swing. Repeat this eight-ball step using a hybrid, fairway metal, then driver. Third, spend 10 min. simulating different shots on the golf course by changing clubs every two swings and changing your target every swing. Don't just hit at the same spot all the time Finally, work on your short game for 20-30 min. Pitch shots to various targets from 15 yds to just short of your maximum wedge distance; chip shots from 1-50 ft; hit short and long bunker shots; practice putting by using a circle drill in which you place six to eight balls in a circle around the cup, between three and five ft. away. Work your way around the circle, trying to make as many possible without any three putts.
a state that allows you to go directly to a physical therapist without obtaining a physician’s referral first.
At Optimum Therapies we are a true believer of collaborative care. Your physical therapist will communicate with your primary doctor and specialist from start to finish. To learn more about Optimum Therapies visit www.optimumtherapies.com or call us at (701)751-3064.
to be very safe; however, side effects can occur. The most common side effects include: • Body aches • Fatigue • Fever • Headache • Pain and swelling at the injection site
Side effects usually start within 24 to 36 hours of vaccination and resolve on their own within 8 to 24 hours. Rarely will someone need medical attention to treat side effects. For COVID-19 vaccines requiring two doses, side effects may be slightly worse after the second dose.
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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION FLISAK AND SCHULZ JOIN CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH HEART & LUNG CLINIC CHI St. Alexius Health is pleased to welcome Michael Flisak, DO, and Michael Flisak, DO Alexis Schulz, DNP, to the interventional cardiology, and cardiology team at Heart & Lung Clinic. Flisak received his medical degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Alexis Schulz, DNP Downers Grove, Ill. He completed an internship, a residency in internal medicine, and fellowship in adult cardiovascular medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill. He completed his interventional cardiology fellowship at University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis. Dr. Flisak is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography and Society of Vascular Medicine. Schulz received her bachelor of science in nursing and doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D. She is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and is a member of the North Dakota Nurse Practitioners Association, American College of Cardiology and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
FIRST WESTERN BANK & TRUST WELCOMES NIEUWENHUIS Pamela Nieuwenhuis comes to First Western Bank & Trust as the Pamela Nieuwenhuis VP Universal Banking & Consumer Lending Manager, she is located in our Downtown Bismarck bank location. Nieuwenhuis earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Minot State University, she also has extensive leadership training and earned her CCUE & CUNA designation when working for Railway Credit Union. Nieuwenhuis has over 25 years of financial industry experience. She is very involved in the Bismarck community; currently serving as worship team leader for Prairie Heights Church and volunteering in Rebuild Together.
BISMARCK AERO CENTER PROMOTES FOSTER The Bismarck Aero Center is pleased to announce Jesse Foster has been promoted to a Jesse Foster Flightline Technician 3. Foster first started with BAC nine years ago and quickly became proficient and reliable with his night shift role. His consistent hard work continues to foster a high level of confidence with his coworkers and our early morning customers. Over the recent years, Foster has been pushing himself to take on more responsibilities and learn our quality control procedures. He has put in the extra effort to understand our flightline equipment better and make sure our fuel is always top notch.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT MEDORA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS HARRIS NAMED VP OF ENERGY AND NATURAL Kaelee Knoell joined TRMF as a Marketing Intern in 2018 and soon after RESOURCE DIVISION KLJ Engineering (KLJ), accepted a full-time position as Marketing Assistant. Through the past three years, is proud to announce Kaelee has transitioned into the Marketing Lanny Harris as the company’s Vice President and Communications Specialist role and Lanny Harris now has been promoted to Marketing of their Energy and Natural Resource Division. Manager. As Marketing Manager, Kaelee In this role, Harris is responsible for driving will direct the development and execution of marketing strategies. She will manage growth within the division which includes our internal team, oversee and execute the company’s oil and gas, power, and promotional messaging and important telecommunications markets. fundraising updates, and work to publish Harris joined KLJ in 1992 and since or distribute them to the public via media, then has served in a number of leadership advertising, and social media. roles on both the production and Sara Michael has transitioned from operations side including leading our Sales Manager to our Human Resources Telecommunication market for a number team serving as the Talent Acquisition of years, serving as the chief operating Specialist. Sara was with TRMF for two STARION BANK HIRES ROEHRICH officer for one of KLJ’s former subsidiary seasonal summers before coming on full Starion Bank has hired Donnell Dennis companies, which focused in the oil and time for the past five years. She started Roehrich as the new Marketing and gas industry, and most recently, served first as a seasonal Group Sales Intern Communications Manager, VP in Bismarck/ as a divisional finance director, where and then transitioned to Group Sales Mandan. Dennis Roehrich comes to he lead the financial operations of the Coordinator. Following her time as Group Starion with over 18 years in marketing company including accounting, treasury Sales Coordinator, she filled the Lodging and sales experience, specifically in the management, risk management, and Manager position before taking a short Bismarck/Mandan and surrounding region. facilities. leave of absence. Sara returned to Medora She has worked in previous managerial Harris is a professional engineer in to work on our Group Sales team again and and leadership roles along with more North Dakota and South Dakota. He spent the past year as our Sales Manager. specialized marketing and sales positions. earned his master’s degree in business Maddie Thompson has been promoted As the Marketing and Communications administration and bachelor’s degree to Theaters Manager. Maddie started as a Manager, VP, Dennis Roehrich will lead in electrical engineering both form stagehand at the Medora Musical in 2018 and facilitate both internal and external University of North Dakota and a member before quickly being promoted to deck manager which led her to a full-time job. communication while continually working of the National Association of Corporate Her promotion to Theaters Manager puts to build the Bank’s brand - ensuring that Directors. her in charge of the scheduling, staffing, both marketing and communications align and overall managing of shows throughout with the Bank’s vision and goals. town. Share your business news with the Chamber EDC. Email press releases to Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS FULLERTON RETIRES FROM CORNERSTONE BANK After a distinguished career of more than 40 years in banking, Pete Fullerton will retire on Pete Fullerton March 31, 2021. Fullerton began his banking career in 1980 with Norwest/Wells Fargo, and for the last 10 years he served as President/ CEO of Cornerstone Bank. Fullerton will continue to serve on the Cornerstone Bank Board and will work limited time on special projects for the Bank. Jeff Thomas was promoted to President/Chief Executive Officer early last year. Thomas has been working side by side with Fullerton ensuring a smooth transition. Thomas joined Cornerstone Bank in 2014 as a SVP/Business Banking Manager and was later named the Market President of the Fargo Market. Over his career, Thomas has served in a variety of roles giving him an expansive knowledge base about the banking industry.
EVERY EYE WELCOMES BRUCKER TO THE PRACTICE Every Eye is eager to welcome Katrin Brucker, OD to the practice. Dr. Kat grew Katrin Brucker, OD up in Bismarck Mandan and graduated from St. Mary’s Central High School. She graduated with her undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude from NDSU and went on to graduate with distinction from Pacific University College of Optometry in 2015. Dr. Kat has been practicing at a private practice in Dickinson since graduation; she and her family are pleased to return to the Bis/Man community. Dr. Kat is currently accepting new patients at Every Eye.
SCHOCH JOINS FIRST WESTERN BANK & TRUST Brock Schoch comes to First Western Bank & Trust as the VP Commercial Lender, she is located in Brock Schoch our Downtown Bismarck bank location. Schoch earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Mary. He has over 16 years of financial industry experience. Schoch is very involved with youth sports in the Bismarck community; currently serving as the coaching director for the Bismarck Youth Football League and as a coach with Bismarck Youth Baseball.
BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has announced their top 10 "REALTORS® of the Month" for March: Judy Maslowski, Darcy Fettig, Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Tori Mathern, Kim Olson, Jim Jeromchek, James Jeromchek, Nate Seifert and Candi Steidler.
MAY 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.
5:15 pm 5:30 pm
Bismarck School Board Mandan Park Board*
Mon, 17th 10:00 am 5:00 pm 5:30 pm Tues, 18th 1:30 pm 5:30 pm Wed, 19th 3:30 pm
Bismarck City Commission
Bismarck Park Board
5:15 pm 5:30 pm
Bismarck School Board Mandan Planning Commission*
5:15 pm 5:30 pm
Bismarck City Commission Morton County Commission*
Bismarck Planning Commission
5:00 pm 5:30 pm
Burleigh County Commission Mandan School Board*
Mandan City Commission
Thurs, 6th 5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment Mon, 10th Tues, 11th
Wed, 12th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 13th
9:00 am 4:00 pm 5:30 pm
Bismarck Parking Authority Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority Morton County Commission*
Metropolitan Planning Org. Technical Advisory Committee Burleigh County Commission Mandan School Board* Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Mandan City Commission Historic Preservation Commission
Thurs, 27th 5:30 pm ITG (Political Subdivisions) Committee
Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at www.freetv.org. * Delayed Playback
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RIBBON CUTTINGS | CONNECTION 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.
REALTY ONE GROUP
Patrick Koski, Monica Kirkeide, and their team celebrate their new business located at 202 Greenfield Lane #17 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-7040. Member.
Rick and Cindy Ripplinger celebrate being the new owners at their location 1830 E Century Ave Suite #5 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-223-5670. Member.
THE BARBER Kevin Mosser celebrates the Grand Opening of his barbershop located at 2101 40th Ave SE, Suite 122 in Mandan. Phone: 701-833-6891. Member.
STATION WEST Dan, Becky, Morgan, and Jacob Verhaeghe celebrate becoming members of the Chamber EDC. Their restaurant is located at 412 W Main Street in Mandan. Phone: 701-751-6010. Member.
TOURNAMENT BENEFITTING THE BISMARCK CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION
Saturday, June 12th, 2021 Prairie West Golf Course
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4 PERSON WACKY SCRAMBLE Register Online at: bismarckcancercenter.com
CONNECTION | NEW MEMBERS 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. Assure Home Mortgage 1110 College Dr. #207 Bismarck, ND 58503 Tanya Decker (701) 220-3954 We work hard to assure you have better rates, lower closing costs and an exceptional customer service experience. Our locally owned brokerage can shop the market to fit your mortgage wants and needs. StuckSolid Graphic Design 2912 Morrison Ave Bismarck, ND 58504 Jeremy Martin (701) 400-1999 Full service graphic design company specializing in, vehicle/trailer wraps and decals, and business branding. Additional services include, curbside Magnetsigns and IDigital billboards. Denizen Partners 400 E Broadway Ave, Ste 304 Bismarck, ND 58501 David Witham (701) 989-5943 Denizen Partners is a real estate development and management company. Using a thoughtful integration of land uses, we offer lifestyle opportunities not available elsewhere in the marketplace.
1st Geer Driving School 1301 Tacoma Ave #102 Bismarck, ND 58504 Jed Geer (701) 989-3707 1st Geer Driving School was started in 2012 to fill a need in the Bismarck/Mandan communities when owner, Jed Geer, was trying to get his oldest child into a driving school. Due to the wait time being quite long, he thought about the possibility of starting another deriving school in the area. What it has grown into today is way more that he could have imagined. Farmers Union Insurance - Geer, Hruby, Ressler, Belk 1820 E Broadway Ave. Bismarck, ND 58501 Jed Geer (701) 223-3715 We sell all types of insurance for your needs. We pride ourselves on excellent service. Give us a call for any of your insurances. We would love to give you a free quote and coverage comparison.
Butler Machinery Co. 3630 Miriam Ave Bismarck, ND 58501 Mark Wagner (701) 223-0890 Agricultural equipment featuring Claas, Fendt, Gleaner, Agco Spark Group 1515 Burnt Boat Dr., Ste. C Bismarck, ND 58503 Jonathan Hooker (701) 354-3327 IT Consulting firm with a focus on IT automation, DevOps, and Application Modernization. Our core motivation is to establish a driving force in Bismarck to grow high-tech people & solutions in ND.
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Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Connection 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck, ND 58503
UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS IMPACT ED Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 • Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan MEMBERSHIP MIXER: HOLIDAY INN Date: May 13, 2021 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Holiday Inn – 3903 State Street, Bismarck LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS Date: May 19, 2021 • Time: 9:00am - 11:00am Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION Date: May 26, 2021 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE Date: June 14, 2021 • Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm Location: Apple Creek Country Club – 8921 Country Rd 10, Bismarck
LEMONADE DAY BISMARCK-MANDAN Date: June 19, 2021 • Time: All Day Location: Bismarck-Mandan