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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 ..Schmidt-Holmstrom Certified Public Accountants 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

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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 Lyndsey Scheurer ......................... Communications & ED Intern 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-223-5660 •

CONTACT INFORMATION Content Rebecca Rattei

Advertising David Leingang



t the Chamber EDC, your business is our business! We are fueled by your vision for the future of your business. From your first introduction into the community, to your first anniversary, to the first generation handing off the business to the second – we are here to support your growth and continued success! The vibrancy of our community is built on the sustainable economy that we strive to maintain, and multi-generational family businesses are a key piece of maintaining and growing our economy. We hope you enjoy learning about several of the family businesses highlighted in this issue. As business leaders, we can learn a tremendous amount from other businesses and the knowledge they’ve gained along way. Another successful legislative session has wrapped up. As you will likely recall from prior discussions on the Chamber EDC legislative priorities for this session, our focus was dialed in on infrastructure funding and workforce development, including the behavioral health issues impacting our employers and region. Below are a few highlights for each of these priorities: Infrastructure • HB 1474 – While the original version of the bill would have allowed political subdivisions the ability to seek voter approval of a street utility tax, the bill arrived at the end of session as a study of infrastructure funding through a street utility tax. Workforce • HB 1171 – Will introduce a scholarship and student loan repayment program to encourage the enrollment of students in technical programs that lead to careers in high-demand occupations and retaining that talent following graduation. • SB 2236 – A refined and expedited licensure process for behavior health professionals, allowing the state to better use appropriate skill sets throughout North Dakota to provide employers and residents access to quality behavioral health resources. With session over, our team at the Chamber EDC isn’t slowing down, we’re just shifting gears. We will be kicking off our strategic planning efforts in May and working on the design and development of this plan throughout the summer. As we begin the process of developing this 3-5 year roadmap for our organization, we will be looking to you for input and guidance. We exist to serve and support the business community and want to ensure your voices are heard. Thank you for your continued support and engagement! We look forward to seeing you at a Chamber EDC event soon.

Molly Herrington, Chair, Board of Directors @bismancedc

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ALL IN THE FAMILY: GENERATIONAL BUSINESSES By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Some 70 percent of family-owned businesses are sold or fail before they are passed onto the second generation, according to Harvard Business Review. An even smaller number — 10 percent — get passed on to a third generation. It’s impressive any time a family business gets passed on to a new generation. Connection magazine interviewed three generational businesses in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Editor’s Note: The interviews have been edited and condensed for clarity and length. Bryce Goebel: “I wanted to do something different, and I thought I would do something medical. After talking with a few doctors, I realized that wasn’t the right thing for me, and maybe the answer was right under my nose the entire time. I don’t know if it’s genetic or what, but I realized I really enjoyed pediatric dentistry, and that was what I wanted to do.

GOEBEL PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Goebel Pediatric Dentistry was founded by Dr. Mike Goebel in 1987. Two of his four sons have also specialized in pediatric dentistry. In 2008 and 2013 respectively, Dr. Bryce Goebel and Dr. Drew Goebel joined the practice. WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS?

Mike Goebel: “I started dental school with Bryce being a 6-month-old infant ... It wasn’t a big deal until we started doing pediatric dental procedures. For me it was second nature, working on little kids. I enjoyed doing pediatric dentistry, whereas my classmates didn’t. “I started in the world’s smallest dental office in the Medical Arts Building. It had two chairs. I remember being really excited when I had more than one patient a week and then more than two patients a day.”

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“My dad’s practice had grown to be very busy, overwhelmingly so. He needed help and asked if I would ever consider moving back and working with the business. Working with my dad is a great honor, and I said yes pretty much immediately.” Drew Goebel: “I was looking for (a career) helpful to people, working with people, something different every day; you had to be thinking, using your hands, something you’re actively involved with. It led me back to dentistry. “Something about pediatric care always came naturally. I don’t know if it’s in the genes or what, but it just seems to work.” Mike Goebel: “Pediatric dentists are in demand throughout the country, and attracting a non-native dentist to North Dakota is hard to do. I was fortunate to have ultimately two sons who wanted to live here who appreciate all that North Dakota has to offer and who are very talented dentists.” WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT?

Mike Goebel: “I can’t type. All of the electronic stuff is mind boggling for me; whereas, these two grew up with it. All of the technological advances of record keeping, charting, even the way x-rays are taken. If it had only been me in my practice, I would have stuck with the old way of things until the day I retire.


Bryce Goebel: “We certainly benefited from his experience. You go to school and you learn a little bit about a lot of things. But there is still a lot to learn when you come out of school. (Working with dad) is like an extended residency. WHAT MAKES A FAMILY BUSINESS WORK?

Mike Goebel: “I think it’s harder for the son, because there is that parental thing. As a young man growing up, you’re looking up all the time. All of the sudden you’re on an even keel. I tried hard to consciously make it a man-to-man operation, and not a father-son operation. I encouraged them to ask a lot of questions, and I have questions as well.

Dr. Mike Goebel founded Goebel Pediatric Dentistry in 1987. In 2008 and 2013 respectively, sons Dr. Bryce Goebel and Dr. Drew Goebel joined the practice.

“I didn’t want it to be a boss-employee relationship. I wanted it to be an equal stake from day one. We share patients, and I wanted us to be on the same page.” Drew Goebel: “I would say you were very successful on not having that be an issue. You guys maybe worked out all the kinks before I got back. I never felt parented at work.”

Drew Goebel: “I see very few drawbacks as opposed to the huge advantages of working together with people you love.” Mike Goebel: “We realize we all have individual home lives that we keep separate from our business. We try not to talk a lot of shop at family dinners, because we realize no one else wants to hear that. We really try to keep family and business separate.” WHAT’S NEXT? Dr. Mike Goebel is now working part-time and plans to retire at the end of 2020. Katrina Goebel, who is married to youngest brother Micah Goebel, is currently specializing in pediatric dentistry and will join the practice in 2020. Photo Credit: Rebecca Brick

Bryce Goebel: “You grow up admiring your dad, and then you start to become a professional. The shoes become really big to fill.”


Bryce Goebel: “Katrina started in our office in the summer of 2009 to help with sterilization. She started in the summer of 2012 as a hygienist immediately after her graduation from hygiene school and worked part time with us until she started dental school in 2015. “She’s kind of like a sister to us, because she has grown up with us in the practice and because she’s our sister-in-law.”

Dr. Drew Goebel (left) and Dr. Bryce Goebel joined their father’s practice, the two brothers spearheaded a project to construct a new building for Goebel Pediatric Dentistry.

Mike Goebel: “For me it’s cool to see that I’m going to be replaced by another Goebel.”

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SPECIALIZED CLEANING & RESTORATION Jerry Thomas started Specialized Cleaning & Restoration in 1992. His daughters, Stacey and Amber, grew up working in the family business. Amber Sandness (née Thomas) started full time at the business in 2004. Stacey Thomas started working full time at Specialized Cleaning & Restoration in 2005. Although Amber no longer works at Specialized Cleaning & Restoration, her husband Seth Sandness — whom she met working in the family business — is still a co-owner. WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS?

Stacey Thomas: “I remember coming in as a kid and helping clean fire-damaged contents. As a kid we had to use a toothbrush to clean the fire-damaged contents, and now these days we have a machine for it. When we got in trouble, we had to come in and work at the family business. They were not the fun jobs. “I started out as a technician. My dad was very adamant about everybody starting out at entry-level and the then moving up if you wanted. Amber also started as a technician. We were not given office jobs. We both started in the field, which today I’m super appreciative for. I know first-hand what the technicians are doing and what the jobs entail, because I’ve done it.”

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Seth Sandness: “I started working part time in college. I ended up staying after college, met Amber, pretty well stayed. I started as a technician like anybody else would be. Did anything and everything. Service technician, field technician, restoration technician. After being here a few years, I started transitioning into more of a leadership role in 2007.” Stacey Thomas: “The conversation was always there about transferring it to the second generation. We started the conversation in 2014. It took two years of talking and getting consultation for us to finalize the agreement. It wasn’t anything quick. “It meant a lot to my dad to keep it in the family. Working in the business, we started to enjoy the industry. The conversation started about keeping it in the family. Overall, it was most important for my dad to pass it on. (Amber and I) were pretty dang lucky to have an opportunity to take over a business like this. We bought it, we’re paying for it. But we were given a good opportunity.” WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT?

Stacey Thomas: “One of the biggest differences from generation to generation is the technology. Jerry had an idea of what technology could do and what it was doing in our industry. He just didn’t know how to implement it. Technology in our (insurance) programs is changing so rapidly that once you have implemented new technology, the technology changes, and you’re implementing something new.

From left: Sisters Amber Sandness and Stacey Thomas and Amber’s husband Seth Sandness are co-owners of Specialized Cleaning & Restoration.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Brick

Photo Credit: Rebecca Brick


CONNECTION | CHAMBER EDC FEATURE “A lot of things have shifted from paperwork to online documentation. The speed at which insurance companies want the information has increased. You can do a lot more remote monitoring now. You can monitor jobs remotely by logging into the computer and seeing what your equipment is doing.” Seth Sandness: “It’s hard to distinguish the generational differences from the industry differences.” WHAT MAKES A FAMILY BUSINESS WORK?

Stacey Thomas: “We’re a close family. You know that we’re always there to help. Our business definitely has ebbs and flows. Having a strong family is kind of the backbone of a family business.” WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES?

Stacey Thomas: “Being owners we are either working in the business or working on the business. We’re a 24-hour service company. We’re always on call. Being able to separate home from work is difficult.”

For more information visit 500 N 8th St|Bismarck, ND 58501 701-222-6100


Seth Sandness: “We face a lot of the same challenges that all businesses do.”

The Specialized Cleaning & Restoration team film a commercial at their location.

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MCQUADE DISTRIBUTING COMPANY INC Sam McQuade Sr. started as a Grain Belt beer distributor in 1947. He bought out his partner in 1951 and renamed the business McQuade Distributing Co. His son, Gerard McQuade, would have taken over the family business had he not died in a car accident in 1975. At that time, Sam asked another son, Sam McQuade Jr., to move home and take over the family business. Sam McQuade Sr. died in 1992. In 2000, Sam McQuade Jr.’s daughter Shannon started working full-time in the family business. Shannon McQuade-Ely was named President of McQuade Distributing in 2004.


Sam McQuade Jr.: “I never wanted to be part of the business ... I got a Masters in comparative literature and taught at a community college in Colorado for three years. I got tired of starving to death as a teacher and went to work for Xerox and tripled my salary. “My brother was going to take over family business, but he was killed in a car accident in 1975. Dad asked me to come back into the business in 1975. I said, ‘I don’t think you can afford me. I made it on my own. What were you thinking of paying me?’ We started negotiating right there. “I told him I needed to have him commit to a 3-year business plan. I started working in the warehouse, ordering, learning all that, because no one except my father knew how to do that.” Three years later Sam McQuade Jr. was named president, but he said his dad “never truly retired.”

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Shannon McQuade-Ely: “My dad had never talked about it with me, nor had I ever talked about it with him. For whatever reason, we started talking about the possibility of me coming back to Bismarck. He was pretty stout about the fact that I had to work from the bottom up, and I agreed with that. I started as a delivery driver ... Then, I moved into warehouse, then sales staff for 18 months. I worked with the various departments learning everything from the bottom-up for a total of about three years. I found I really enjoyed this business. I had worked in sports media before, so the male dominated side of the industry didn’t bother me.” WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT? Shannon McQuade-Ely: (From grandfather to father) “The business became more complicated. Dad was good at the financials, making strong financials, making sure everyone was going to have a reliable paycheck. My dad had that financial acumen. Grandpa was known as the guy that put a smile on everyone’s face. My dad was maybe a little bit harder, but he had to be in order to run the business.” Sam McQuade Jr.: “We were the first wholesaler in the state of North Dakota to have a computer. We were one of the first wholesalers to switch from end loader trucks to palletized bay trailers. That was a big leap for my father to see happen. If he walked into the business today, he wouldn’t believe what he was looking at. Beer is beer, but the way the business is run today, dad would be overwhelmed.” Shannon McQuade-Ely: “When dad was running the business, it was the onset of light, domestic lagers — Bud Light, Miller Lite. It was growth in volume, real high growth ... “In 2010 I started working with the craft brewers. I found that the craft brewing part of the businesses is really my niche. I like the science of the industry and the marketing part ... It’s really a sea change since the beginning. Consumers have changed so much. People aren’t brand loyal anymore, really in any industry. People want what’s shiny and new. Who would have imagined that we would all be drinking hard LaCroix?” Sam McQuade Jr.: “We used to have 60 or 70 SKUs, Now, we have close to 1,000.” WHAT MAKES A FAMILY BUSINESS WORK?

Sam McQuade Jr.: “If you’re going to have a child enter a business, first and foremost that person should go to school, college, and maybe work away from the business for a few years to bring new ideas into the business. It’s very important that you don’t make Junior a vice president right out of college with nothing to do.


Sam McQuade Jr. never planned to be a part of the family business. He came to work for McQuade Distributing after his brother Gerard passed away in 1975.

“In Shannon’s case she did just like my father and me. She worked on the trucks and went to deliver beer and got to know our customers and employees. She did that for a year, and I told her that was mandatory. Then she ran a forklift in the warehouse before she became any kind of title holder.” Shannon McQuade-Ely: “I firmly believe that it’s important for that person to have grown up in the business, and possibly worked from the ground up, and possibly been in another business before that. For some kid to come in and just get handed the family keys, that doesn’t work.” WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES?

Shannon McQuade-Ely: (From grandfather to father) “I think (the transition) was more difficult than it was from my dad to me. I don’t know that the financials were being taken care of as well as they should have been. The company was outgrowing grandpa. There was a butting of heads. Dad told me, ‘I want to hand this over to you, and I don’t want to butt heads with you.’ He said, ‘Here are the rules we want to play by.’ I don’t think they had that kind of conversation.” Sam McQuade Jr.: “I’d like to believe that I’m different from my father. He was what I call an ‘old war horse’ in the beer business. The beer business is still somewhat family owned and operated. It’s becoming less so.

Chad Johnson Bismarck Market President First Western Bank & Trust

At First Western Bank & Trust, we’re more than your trusted financial institution. We are North Dakota founded and locally owned. Decisions are made in house and quickly by our seasoned staff of Bismarck professionals - people you know, who know you. And, our Market President Chad Johnson personifies our background as a North Dakota native now raising his family in the capital city. For proven business leadership in banking, visit our team for all your financial needs. Because we’re not just here for you, we are you. First Western Bank & Trust. You can bank on us.

At First Western Bank & Trust, we’re not just here for you.

We are you.

“In my father’s case, he never wanted to retire. It got very frustrating for me, and I promised myself I would never do that to Shannon. “(McQuade Distributing) is so big no single person could know everything that’s going on in the company.”

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Spaces Inc. has been a member of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC since 2011.


Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: My name is Lisa Bohrer. I'm married to Richard Bohrer and mom to Ryan, a 6th grader at Light of Christ Academy. I worked at other flooring and furniture stores before opening Spaces in 2011. My son has asked me several times "If you weren’t an Interior Designer, what would you be?" I don't know how to answer this question because I love my job and can’t imagine doing anything else. Q: Briefly tell us the history of Spaces, Inc. A: We opened our doors in February of 2011 as a smaller version of what we are today. Within six months of doing business we took over all remaining vacant space in our Main Avenue location. Today we are approximately a 5,500 square foot retail store and design studio. We sell flooring, furniture, artwork, accessories, and boutique-type gifts. We also offer Interior Design services for both new construction and remodels of residential and commercial projects.

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Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Spaces, Inc.? A: The growth of Bismarck/Mandan and the surrounding areas has helped Spaces grow into the store it is today. The store has grown from five employees to 12. We have also more than doubled our vendor list for a wider range of options to give our clients. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: The nice thing about our industry now is there are no rules. The personality of each client is the driving factor on each project we do. No two projects are alike.

CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: The biggest change that has happened to this industry since I opened the store is the color gray has come back– with a vengeance! The gray of today is not as cool or as blue a hue; it’s back as a warmer gray. It’s very neutral and easy to add with other colors to give every client his or her own touch to any project. Q: What does the future of Spaces, Inc. look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: The retail industry has changed greatly in the last few years with the increase of internet shopping. We continue to promote "buy local" and that our customer service is everything.

Let’s show the world what we can do together. Day by day. Project by project. Together we’re bridging what’s possible and moving the world forward.

Q: Spaces, Inc. became a member in 2011, why do you continue to renew each year? A: I continue to renew my membership to the local Chamber because I think it is important to support the community that supports my business. We need each other to work together if we want Bismarck/Mandan to prosper. Q: What should Chamber EDC members know about Spaces, Inc. that may assist them? A: We are a full service Design Studio. Even if we don’t sell it, we can assist you with your needs so at the end of the project it will be everything you hoped for and more. And if you haven't seen Spaces at Christmastime you should stop by to see every room filled with holiday merchandise displayed beautifully. We love seeing your faces at Spaces!

Building a Better World for All of Us Engineers | Architects | Planners | Scientists • 701.354.7121

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TALENT ATTRACTION EFFORTS CONTINUE IN 2019 There are currently more than 2,000 open jobs in Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding area. That number has remained steady for more than a year, indicating that this is not a fluke. In order to fill not only those open jobs, but those that our economy continues to add, the Chamber EDC has developed a two-point approach. First, we will retain as much of our community’s talent as possible by introducing students to multiple career opportunities via experiential learning efforts, including job shadows and internships. Second, we will attract new talent to our community through various online talent attraction campaigns (TAC) targeted at our region’s most in-demand occupations. To the latter, our TAC make use of the “Make Your Mark” logo and tagline as a means of marketing Bismarck-Mandan as a place for people to locate to and call home. To begin, these campaigns target specific geographical areas where we believe we have the highest opportunity for success. With these areas identified as a point of emphasis, the Chamber EDC then focuses our attraction efforts on in-demand occupations that our community is in need of. Professions including nursing, information technology and more.

Through a partnership with KK BOLD, a local marketing firm, we develop content for use on Facebook, YouTube and more that then run for a specific period of time. To assist in the development of future campaigns and to gauge our effectiveness, traffic generated through TAC outreach is tracked and monitored. Going forward, Chamber EDC staff will work to ensure these talent attraction efforts are increasingly sustainable and focused on promoting Bismarck-Mandan as a place for talent to not only stay, but relocate. You can help us by sharing our Make Your Mark posts whenever you see them! To learn more visit make-your-mark/

We’re here for you when living alone is no longer an option and a nursing home is not the answer

Call today! 701-221-3018 2500 Valley View Ave, Bismarck, ND

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DELTA VACATIONS LANDS IN BISMARCK-MANDAN The history of economic development in Bismarck-Mandan is marked by numerous call center locations, including: Aetna, Coventry Healthcare and Unisys. Employers like these have provided thousands of job opportunities while generating new wealth for the community. The Chamber EDC is proud to announce that tradition continues with Delta Vacations establishing a presence here. As the name implies, Delta Vacations is the vacation planning ‘arm’ of Delta Airlines and currently has a customer engagement center located in Minot. More than a year ago, the company contacted Chamber EDC staff regarding a small, virtual presence in Bismarck-Mandan. More specifically, the company was looking to hire a number of employees to work from home; not at a single call center location. Chamber EDC staff provided Delta Vacations with information on the Bismarck-Mandan labor market and the resources that would allow them to identify, recruit and train approximately 35 – 40 service associates. The effort to hire those employees started earlier this spring and is ongoing through radio advertisements, a presence at local job fairs and working with Job Service North Dakota. While 35 – 40 new jobs in a market that added 1,000 new jobs in 2018 may not seem like a lot, they are critical to our community. That’s because Delta Vacations was certified as a “primary sector” company by the North Dakota Department Commerce. A primary sector company is one that adds value to a product, process or service and generates new wealth from outside the State of North Dakota. As such, Delta Vacations is generating new wealth for Bismarck-Mandan by paying wages to their employees who then redistribute that wealth throughout our economy when they shop in our stores and eat in our restaurants.

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REGISTER 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. 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!

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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 to register yourself or team.

The Chamber EDC Golf Scramble will be held at Mandan’s Prairie West Golf Course on June 10.

Presenting Gold Sponsor: Sponsors: 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, Lewis and Clark Development, 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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IMPACT ED COMES TO BISMARCK-MANDAN 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. 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. 2019 IMPACT ED AGENDA: Economic Development Panel Discussion (Moderator – Wendy Van Duyne, Stantec) • Kathleen Lawler, Vice President, Activities for Learning • Matt Sagaser, Director of Innovation Accelerated, Doosan Bobcat North America • Scott Staudinger, Vice President, Cloverdale 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

Christopher Lloyd, McGuireWoods Consulting

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 or at the Chamber EDC office. Tickets are $35.00 for Chamber EDC Members and $45.00 for general admission. Gold Sponsor: Event Sponsors: Table Sponsors: Capital Electric Cooperative & First International Bank & Trust

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STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM CHAMBER EDC PROGRAM Annually, the Chamber EDC’s Excellence in Business and Education Committee selects juniors and seniors from both public and private schools in the Bismarck-Mandan area to serve on it’s Student Board. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, as well as how well they can communicate their passions, goals, and life accomplishments. This competitive program had the task of selecting those 18 students out of almost 30 submitted candidates. Congratulations to the Chamber EDC Student Board, for successfully completing this year’s 2018/2019 program the Bismarck-Mandan Student Program. SENIORS Emily Montgomery – Shiloh Christian School Ethan Loeb – Mandan High School Faith Wahl – Bismarck High School Grace Volk – St. Mary’s Central High School Karter Schauer – Mandan High School Kathryn Schnaible – St. Mary’s Central High School Nevin Fetzer – Bismarck High School Janelle Tare – Bismarck High School Victoria Wu – Mandan High School

The 2018/2019 Student Chamber graduating class.

JUNIORS Abigail Fitzgerald – Century High School Abigail Schmidt – St. Mary’s Central High School Dylan Beck – Legacy High School Lauren Peterson – Century High School Mayson Sheldon – Mandan High School Sidney Kautz – Legacy High School Sierra Schlenker – Dakota Adventist Academy Thane Rector – Mandan High School Wyatt Birst – Century High School

Applications for the Chamber EDC’s 2019-2020 Student Board program are available on the Chamber EDC’s website, Juniors and seniors from both public and private schools are encouraged to apply. Please contact David Leingang,, or call the Chamber EDC’s office for more information, or to submit your application 701-223-5660. Thank you to the 2018-2019 supporters of the Bismarck-Mandan Student Chamber EDC program. Presenting Sponsors: Program Sponsors:

BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

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SIGN UP FOR SOMETHING SWEET! Lemonade Day Bismarck-Mandan is June 15th and the time is now to register for the biggest young entrepreneur event of the year for Bismarck-Mandan! Lemonade Day is a free entrepreneurial experience that teaches kids how to start, own, and operate their own business in the form of a lemonade stand. Parents, Mentors, Teachers and Youth Leaders are encouraged to register their youth online at, or in person at one of our many pickup locations listed below. PICKUP LOCATIONS: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library 515 N 5th Street, Bismarck Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday, 9:00am – 6:00pm Sunday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm BlackRidge Bank 3703 Lockport Street, Bismarck Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm Register here to pick up your own ‘Lemonade Like A Pro’ shirt!


Family Wellness Center 2700 46th Avenue SE, Mandan Monday – Friday, 5:00am - 11:00pm Saturday, 6:00am - 7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am – 7:00pm Morton Mandan Public Library 609 West Main Street, Mandan Monday - Thursday, 9:30am - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday, 9:30am – 5:00pm Sunday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm Missouri Valley Family YMCA 1608 North Washington St, Bismarck Monday – Friday, 6:00am - 11:00pm Saturday, 6:00am - 7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am – 7:00pm

Also, be sure to register for our upcoming Best Tasting Contest on Saturday, June 8th, at the Family Wellness Center in Mandan. We will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and promote those winners heavily on social media leading up to the big day! If you are interested in learning more, or have any questions, please contact David Leingang at, Shay Peterson at, call the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660, or check out https://lemonadeday. org/bismarck-mandan and follow us on Facebook and Instagram and use our 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.



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NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE BUSINESS FOR CELEBRATE BISMARCK-MANDAN TODAY The Chamber EDC’s Excellence in Business and Education Committee is excited to begin accepting nominations for the upcoming Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan Award Ceremony, on Tuesday, September 17th. Between now and May 31st, please consider nominating a fellow Chamber EDC member business, or individual at the following link, form/view/16767 Want to nominate an area business? Learn how below!


• 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: Eide Bailly LLP, Skeels Electric, Farm Credit Services of Mandan, Sanford Health, McQuade Distributing


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: Anyleaks, Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning, North Dakota Guaranty and Title, Advanced Mechanical, Kupper Chevrolet, Goebel Pediatric Dentistry

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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. • Past Winners Include: Critter Sitter, Glance Spa & Salon, Advanced Fleet Services, Silicon Plains, Pirogue Grill, Lillian’s


• 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: Jason Sellers – Mattress Firm, Kari Weigel – Sylvan Learning, Dr. Aaron Moos – Verge Fitness, Jon Simmers – Bismarck Aero Center



• The Golden Eagle will be awarded to a Chamber Member who has an active record of military support in the Bismarck-Mandan area. • The purpose of the award is recognize those in support of the military through involvement and business interaction. • Past Winners: Starion Bank, Bismarck Senior Adults Program, Cloverdale Foods, Kupper Chevrolet, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck State College

2018 Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan Granite Award Winner Eide Bailly.

Who do you want to see on stage in September? Please head over to,, and submit a nomination today! For more information, please contact David Leingang,, or call the Chamber EDC’s office at, 701-223-5660.

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THE CHAMBER EDC SPRING MIXER HAS SPRUNG On Thursday April 4th, we got to put a Spring in our step with all of our members at the 2019 Spring Mixer presented by SCHEELS! Our Chamber EDC members got the opportunity to display their businesses, products, and services and creative booth talents.

Our guests wandered through the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center ballroom while enjoying refreshments, delicious appetizers, door prize giveaways, and fun interactive booths. Guest also had the opportunity to vote for the ‘Best Decorated Booth’ and we are excited to announce the winner of this year’s booth display – Zonta Club of Bismarck! Congratulations on winning a complimentary booth at the 2019 Holiday Mixer on December 10th! Also, congratulations to our social media winner Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center who received a $50 SCHEELS gift card for posting their booth and using our #2019SpringMixer. In addition to our delightful attendees, thank you to our sponsors! Presenting Sponsor: Gold Silver Sponsor: Sponsor: Networking Sponsor: IDigital

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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. 9:00am - 9:45am — DOWNTOWN MANDAN BEAUTIFICATION A group from the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Class of 2019 is working to bring beauty, increased economic vitality, and interest in coming to Mandan by implementing a program to have hanging baskets and flower pots on Main Street Mandan. Amy Bickleman Kelly Churchill Tyler Sander Alison Ternes Maria Walen 10:00am - 10:45am — FARMLAND TO FINE DINING This banquet in a field will create an event to educate the general public on where our food comes from as well as what it takes to grow and raise it until it’s ready for harvest and plate. This will be done by providing a meal in a rural agricultural setting and allowing various producers and experts to provide education to the attendees. Dennis Agnew Angie Friez Dave Lehman Angil Wanner-Koper Jona Ziemann 11:00am - 11:45am — HERITAGE ART TUNNEL The Heritage Art Tunnel field project would add art to the tunnel located within the N.D. Department of Transportation right-of-way under State Street/U.S. Highway 83, between the Capitol grounds and the Myron Atkinson park. In addition to art, the project team will also explore the feasibility of adding an emergency call button and upgrading the existing lighting in the tunnel to improve safety. Kim Ekart Becky Haider Tracey Miller Heather Pitsiladis Jenny Wollmuth If you would like to attend any of these presentations, please RSVP to Cathryn Sprynczynatyk at 701-223-5660 or


ORDER YOUR CHAMBER EDC PLAQUE TODAY! The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is excited to announce a NEW membership plaque design has been created! If you would like a new membership plaque with your business name on it, now is the time to let us know! From May 1 through May 15 the first 100 orders will be accepted for a new plaque. To receive a new plaque, please email your request to and include your business name and address. Any requests beyond the first 100 will be added to our next order to be completed later this summer. We are excited to have our members proudly show their support of our Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC with our new logo and plaque.

EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE The Chamber EDC has developed a series of workforce development initiatives one of which is the upcoming June E2 Educator Experience Workshop. This week-long workshop will run June 17-21 and will be open to local Bismarck Mandan middle and high school education professionals. Participants will visit eight of Bismarck Mandan’s businesses to meet our community’s employers, explore the wide range of occupations and career options available, learn about skill sets needed for in-demand occupations in Bismarck-Mandan and how middle school and high school classes apply to future occupation choices. Program registration will be limited to a maximum of 24 participants. Those who attend all sessions will be eligible for two grad credits paid for by the Chamber EDC. Watch for upcoming registration and workshop dates. To learn more, contact Chamber EDC Workforce Development Coordinator, Jaime Sabot at or call 701-223-5660.

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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 Gold Sponsor: 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 Tickets are $35.00.

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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. If you would like to attend any of these presentations, please RSVP to Cathryn Sprynczynatyk at 701-223-5660 or


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

Chamber EDC members are invited to attend our May Membership Mixer hosted by McQuade Distributing Co on Thursday, May 16th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. You'll have the opportunity to sample a variety of refreshments, food and games to make this laid-back networking experience one you won't forget. It's free to attend so bring your co-workers and friends for a great evening. RSVPs are appreciated and can be done by emailing Ross at or by calling 701-223-5660.

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Anytime Fitness Arvig Bismarck Cancer Center Bismarck Home2Suites Bismarck Parks & Recreation Blue Fish Resource Group Burleigh County Senior Adults Program Critter Sitter DCI Credit Services EverSpring Inn And Suites Famous Dave’s Forum Communication Printing Gate City Bank Gateway to Science Gateway Wireless (Cricket) Liberty Business Systems Master Networks Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center ND ESGR New Vision Security NRG Technology Services Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy Probitas Promotions Radisson Hotel Stonehome Brewing Company Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation United Tribes Technical College University of Mary Verge Fitness Zonta Club of Bismarck

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Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Location: Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: $25.00 Presenting Sponsor: 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 11:30am, 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, North Dakota Department of Commerce 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:

BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Table Sponsor: Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association & Starion Bank. The cost for attending is $25.00 per person and includes lunch. Table sponsorship is $275. Register online at


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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. 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!

Join us for our first Fridays at the Chamber EDC for 2019! Come join fellow members for a fun and informal way to network on one Friday for each month this summer from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Chamber EDC staff will be serving burgers and brats along with refreshments! We appreciate our member support, so come enjoy a meal on us! There is no cost to attend this event, but please RSVP. So come enjoy an afternoon and some warm summer weather.

Date: Monday, June 10, 2019 Location: Prairie West Golf Course 2709 Longspur Trail, Mandan Time: 10:30AM - 4:30PM Admission: $175.00 (Includes golf fee, golf cart, driving range, lunch & dinner) Presenting Sponsor:

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!

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor:

Please RSVP by calling Shay Peterson at 701-223-5660, or by emailing

Please contact Shay at 701-223-5660 or email to register yourself or team.


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!

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MISSOURI VALLEY FAMILY YMCA OPENS FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK & TRUST FAMILY SPLASH CENTER Missouri Valley Family YMCA announced the opening of the new First International Bank & Trust Family Splash Center in April. Partners in the project, including representation from the Y, First International Bank and Trust, and other contributors to the project, were on hand for a ribbon cutting and reception to commemorate the special occasion. The inaugural “slide & swim” of the brand new facility were enjoyed by area 2nd Graders in the Y’s Safety Around Water program.

The YMCA Family Splash Center offers a new space for family-centered activities and

programming in our community. Over the past seven months, the Y Capital Campaign Committee has worked with area businesses to raise the funds necessary to see this ambitious project This new attraction at the Y includes a zero entry warm through to completion. Committee Chair Cory Fong indiwater pool, play features and fountains, lap lanes with cated the new Family Splash Center aligns perfectly with therapy jets, volleyball and basketball nets, and two twistthe YMCA’s mission and will be a great benefit to the coming waterslides. This special space provides families with a munity. Fong says of the endeavor, “The First International unique place to play, as well as offers lessons to children, Bank & Trust Family Splash Center provides an outstandclasses for older adults and access for people with diverse ing opportunity for children to learn to swim, for adults to abilities. With the inclusion of the Scheels Party Room, and participate in aquatics programs and for families to come party packages available for purchase, the First Internationtogether in a fun and exciting way.” al Bank & Trust Family Splash Center offers a new space for family-centered activities and programming in our commu“We are pleased to be a part of the Bismarck Mandan nity. community.” says Steve Stenehjem, Chairman and CEO of First International Bank & Trust, “We are proud to partner The First International Bank & Trust Family Splash Center with the YMCA on this project, which will positively impact is always free for members. From April 15-April 30, join the families we serve. We’re happy to have this opportuthe Y and Family Wellness for $0 down and pay nothing nity to confirm our commitment to the Bismarck-Mandan until May 1. The first 200 new members will receive a “Best Community.” of the Y/Family Wellness” swag beach bag with coupons, merchandise and more, valued at $150. “With the new First International Bank & Trust Family Splash Center, we are meeting a community need for a safe and welcoming place where families can enjoy quality time, while continuing to find innovative ways to offer more health, wellness and recreational opportunities for everyone,” adds Bill Bauman, CEO of the YMCA. “Thanks to the support of the Otto Bremer Trust, First International Bank & Trust and the generosity of dozens of businesses and individuals in our community, we are proud to be able to offer this new addition to our facility for all our friends and neighbors.”

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CITY OF BISMARCK IMPLEMENTS "CALL FOR PROJECTS" The City of Bismarck has launched a Strategic Plan “Call for Projects” with the intent of seeking proposals for community projects that foster working relationships with strategic partners and community stakeholders. “The call for projects, provides an opportunity for the City of Bismarck to engage with the community, stakeholders and government organizations through a process that encourages the public to submit projects intended to support goals and objectives identified in the Strategic Plan,” said Assistant Bismarck City Administrator, Jason Tomanek. The City of Bismarck defines a “project” as an effort intended to achieve a stated goal that aligns with the following identified strategic focus areas that the city will be focusing on over the next three to five years: • Identify creative partnerships to foster the development of signature spaces; • Ensure that Bismarck is a place where people of all ages and social segments can thrive; • Provide an opportunity to work with community partners to generate meaningful momentum addressing issues surrounding homelessness, mental health and substance abuse; • Enable the City of Bismarck to proactively lead in identifying and embracing emerging business trends that will help Bismarck to develop continued economic opportunity; and • Strengthen Bismarck’s sense of community pride, economic opportunities and cultivation of a healthy and sustainable environment for future generations through the development of effective and efficient connectivity in transportation systems, communications methods, neighborhoods and businesses.


Mandan Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Mandan Public Schools was graded on funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music programs. “This award recognizes that Mandan Public Schools is leading the way with learning opportunities,” said Jon Baumann, Director of Bands Mandan High School. “Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational and social benefits for students who participate in music programs. We are honored to receive this recognition.”

Any project submitted to the City of Bismarck must align with the identified strategic focus areas and are intended to benefit the community. Ideas and concepts for projects must be able to be implemented in a short time span and/ or constructed by 2022. Each project proposal submitted will be evaluated by the City of Bismarck’s Strategic Plan Project Team based on how well it meets the evaluation criteria. All project proposal submissions are due no later than Friday, May 31, 2019 at 4:00pm CDT.

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CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck has been recognized amongst the"100 great hospitals in America” by Becker’s Healthcare.

Capital Credit Union was recently honored with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Director’s Award, which recognizes top North Dakota lenders for their participation with SBA in providing financing for start-up and existing small businesses.

The hospitals included on this list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties. The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in healthcare technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction. “It is an honor to be recognized as one of the greatest institutions in the America. This recognition is a testament to the high quality care that our providers deliver to our patients each and every day,” said Kurt Schley, president of CHI St. Alexius Health. Becker's Healthcare selected CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck as well as 99 other hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report's 2018-19 rankings, CareChex, Healthgrades, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and IBM Watson Health top hospitals. Becker's also sought nominations for this list.

The award was presented to Capital Credit Union’s Business Services team by SBA North Dakota District Director Alan Haut. It is the 9th time in the past 10 years the credit union has earned this recognition. “We are proud of our commitment to helping small businesses grow,” says Capital Credit Union Vice President of Business Development Stephanie Honeyman. The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

“We are committed to providing the best and safest health care possible,” said Dr. Laura Archuleta, chief of medical staff of CHI St. Alexius Health. “I am proud of my colleagues and thank them for their continued commitment to the patients we serve.

Capital Credit Union was recently honored with the U.S. Small Business Administration Director’s Award, which recognizes top North Dakota lenders for their participation with SBA in providing financing for start-up and existing small businesses.

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STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT IS UNDERWAY Contributed by Dr. Jason Hornbacher The Bismarck Public School Board hired a consultant to complete a Strategic Alignment Study of internal and external factors that impact the effectiveness of Bismarck Public Schools. This study took place from December through March of this school year and was completed by Dr. Jeff Schatz. Dr. Schatz conducted interviews and surveys of the Board, administration, and teachers. He also reviewed the following: • Board governance policies • District administrative policies • School district leadership structure • Strategic and operational plans • District demographic trends and facilities plans • Academic engagement and professional development • Technology use in the school district • ND DPI Dashboard – ND Insights & school district academic measurements • AdvancED accreditation report. Dr. Schatz identified strengths and challenges facing Bismarck Public Schools. He then provided recommendations for the Board to consider regarding the strategic direction of Bismarck Public Schools. They are as follows: • Develop a new strategic plan • Develop a long-range facilities plan • Develop a long-range technology plan • Develop a long-range financial plan • Implement the coherent governance policy model • Review coherent governance policies and administrative policies • Clarify central office roles and job responsibilities • Review teaching, learning, and professional development • Support instructional coaches • Review standards-based grading • Conduct a communication audit. Bismarck Public Schools and our School Board will consider these recommendation in the coming months to determine next steps. This process may ultimately lead BPS into a process of a comprehensive strategic plan. The benefit of this goes beyond Bismarck Public Schools itself as the Bismarck Park Board and the City of Bismarck are also in the process of completing new strategic plans. A new plan from Bismarck Public Schools may allow the three entities to engage in conversation around partnerships and commonalities between the three local plans. The full report from Dr. Schatz is available at > About Us > Strategic Improvement > Strategic Alignment Study.


On Thursday, Jan. 31, Mandan Baseball Club was awarded a grant of $30,000 from the MDU Resources Foundation and its member companies, Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, Intermountain Gas Company, Knife River Corporation, MDU Construction Services Group, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., and WBI Energy Inc. The funds will be used specifically for Mandan Veterans Memorial Ballpark renovations.

The purpose of the MDU Resources Foundation grant program is to support the communities where MDU Resources Group’s companies operate. The company believes its business success is directly related to a healthy social and economic environment. “We can share our success and help our neighbors make our communities better places to live and work,” said David Goodin, president and CEO of MDU Resources. Both Mandan Park District and MDU Resources prioritize enhancing the communities’ quality of life. Despite the cold temperatures, materials and equipment for the Veterans Memorial Ballpark are on site, including the player’s benches for the dugouts and the fencing for the exterior outfield and along the first and third baselines. The press box is framed, and the masonry work continues to progress. Hertz Masonry is working on placing burnished block along the first and third baselines. Mandan Park District plans to have future tours as the facility progresses. The Mandan Baseball Club has raised approximately $1 million, thanks to the help of donors, and is continuing to secure other sponsorship opportunities at the ballpark. Other Veterans Memorial Ballpark sponsorship opportunities include naming rights to the various areas of the ballpark, including dugouts, locker rooms, umpire room, and grandstands and are also available throughout the ballpark. The project completion date is set for May 2019. For more information about the Veterans Memorial Ballpark or the Mandan Baseball Club’s fundraising efforts please visit

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Q: I HAVE A WILL, WHY WOULD I WANT A TRUST? A: You can direct a lot through a Will. You

can include who should take care of your kids, where your money should go, or who gets your Roger Maris rookie baseball card (I’d be willing to hold on to that for you). Without a Will, the laws of your state will govern what happens to your assets. Many of us believe that a Will is all we need to make sure our loved ones are taken care of. Only people like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet need a Trust, right? Well, there are some great reasons to have a Trust, regardless of whether you will be under the $11.4 million exemption or not. A Trust will not go through probate and can help speed up the process of managing your assets. A Trustee can begin managing your assets immediately. Probate not only can take a while, but it is also a public process. People can see what you included in your Will. A Trust is not made public. So, no one will know if you gave that baseball card to your favorite Trust Officer!

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Q: WHAT EXACTLY IS URGENT CARE AND WHEN WOULD I NEED IT? A: There has been a lot of buzz around

the words “Urgent Care" lately. Urgent care visits are short walk-in clinic visits that focus on one or two acute illnesses, but are not emergencies or chronic medical problems like diabetes. Urgent care provides patients easy access to a provider without waiting days to be seen in the clinic or visiting the emergency room because you just can’t wait. What may be difficult is deciding which one is appropriate. Urgent care clinics are for illnesses such as a cold or the flu, minor cuts or burns, urinary tract infections and bites or stings. Basically, any non-life threatening problem uncomfortable enough that waiting until tomorrow doesn’t sound appealing. An urgent care clinic does have its limitations and should not be used for emergency situations such as severe trauma, excessive bleeding, chest pain, or any other medical condition that could be life threatening. These conditions call for an emergency room visit. And although urgent care clinics can be great for minor ailments, they are not a replacement for a comprehensive visit with your primary doctor. You should make an appointment to see your primary care provider for medication refills, chronic care condition and annual preventative health exams.


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Q: HOW CAN YOU MAKE FAMILY TRAVEL MORE ENJOYABLE AND LESS STRESSFUL? A: Every now and then parents need to get away and enjoy some time alone, however, you will never regret sharing the world with your children. My husband and I try to take an adult trip and a family vacation each year and have found the time with our girls to be the most memorable! When planning a family vacation find a hotel that caters to the little ones. A place that makes them feel special the minute they walk through the door is key. Pre-plan activities and excursions that cater to little minds, but do not over schedule. Don’t forget to give yourselves time to relax on the beach or casually explore your new city without feeling rushed. Most importantly-capture the trip! We do have contracts with photographers in most tourist destinations that we would be happy to share. Curated Travel co. has helped so many families discover their dream vacations and would like to help you as well. We offer everything from all inclusive beach vacations to multi-country detailed itineraries to concierge day planning within the US and beyond for those who have already taken care of hotel and airfare. There is a huge world out there. Let’s get out and explore!



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Q: HOW IS MELANOMA DIFFERENT Q: I WHAT CAN NONPROFITS DO TO ADDRESS SECURITY CONFROM OTHER TYPES OF SKIN CERNS ON A LIMITED BUDGET? CANCER? A: There are fundamental steps you can A: There are three major types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. The first two skin cancers are grouped together as non-melanoma skin cancers and are tend to be less invasive and require less aggressive treatment compared to melanoma.

Melanoma often looks like a brown or black mole or birthmark. But melanoma has features that make it different from normal moles and birthmarks. Remember the abnormal features of melanoma by thinking of the letters A, B, C, D, and E: • Asymmetry – One half can look different than the other half. • Border – It can have a jagged or uneven edge. • Color – It can have different colors. • Diameter – It is larger than the eraser on the end of a pencil. • Evolution – Its size, color, or shape can change over time. Research shows that 90% of melanoma is caused by natural or artificial ultraviolet light. Easy ways to do this are stay out of the sun from 10AM-5PM and wear sunscreen and reapply often; wear appropriate clothing (wide brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts and pants); and avoid tanning beds.


do to protect your systems no matter your size or budget. 1. Backups – it still comes back to this, whether a tape, flash drive, or a cloud service. In the end, no matter the destruction a hacker may cause to a system, if you have this taken care of, you can easily respond.


tration (FMCA) regulations follow federal rules. As a result, individuals who work for the FMCA or any other Department of Transportation agency are not allowed to use any marijuana compounds. As Sched2. We’re nice people. It’s why we’re in the ule I substances, all marijuana products, non-profit world. But clear guidelines including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and for your staff about using systems cannabidiol (CBD), are illegal under federfor your clients rather than personal al regulations. An employee who violates needs will go a long way to preventthis policy with a positive drug screening ing activity that would endanger your result is taken off duty until they undergo systems. an assessment with a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). The SAP is responsible 3. Train your employees. Certain attacks for evaluating the employee and making like phishing and malware depend recommendations about their treatment, largely on your staff to respond follow-up testing and care. In reviewing correctly when they get that link. Free drug screen results, a Medical Review tools are available on the web to test Officer will not accept the medical use of your employees and can give you marijuana or CBD as a legitimate medical direction where to apply more reexplanation for a positive marijuana drug sources. test. 4. Key staff, like HR and Finance, should receive particular attention in the protection of your employee information. Make sure they know how to send messages securely, to default to secure portals, and the importance of protecting critical information.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES BRACKIN Ilene Brackin, PA-C, has joined the Sanford Health Heart team in Bismarck. As a cardiovascular surgery provider, Ilene works Ilene Brackin, PA-C alongside Dr. Michael Brown, cardiovascular surgeon, and assists with cardiovascular/ thoracic cases. Brackin received her master of science in business from the University of Mary in Bismarck and a bachelor of science from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. She is certified in family practice and surgery through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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KUPPER CHEVROLETSUBARU ANNOUNCES TWO PROMOTIONS Kupper ChevroletSubaru, a leader in the automotive industry, announced today the promotion of two employees, Jerry Coutts and Kendall Foss. Jerry Coutts, current Subaru Service Manager has been promoted to Chevrolet Service Manager. Coutts will have primary responsibility for the Chevrolet service department and quick

lube. Coutts has been with the dealership since 2002 and has held the positions of service technician and service advisor. Replacing Coutts as Subaru Service Manager is Kendall Foss. Foss joined the company in 2000 as quick lube manager and moved into a Subaru service advisor.

ALLIANCE REAL ESTATE WELCOMES BARNHARDT Alliance Real Estate is proud to welcome Justin Barnhardt. Barnhardt was born Taylor Pope and raised in North Dakota and have been a Bismarck native for the past 25 years. He is a graduate of Dickinson State University where he received a B.S. in Social Science. He looks forward to the opportunity to assist you in finding your dream home.

SCHMITZ-HOLMSTROM, LLP OPEN LOCATIONS IN BISMARCK & HAZEN The Bismarck and Hazen offices of Widmer Roel PC have been purchased by the BismarckMichael Schmitz based Stockholders, Michael Schmitz and Tonya Holmstrom. The transfer will take place June 1, 2019. The location, phone numbers and staff will remain the same. Schmitz-Holmstrom, LLP will continue to provide Tonya Holmstrom accounting, tax and attestation services for the area. HENDRICKSON JOINS STARION BANK BUSINESS BANKING TEAM Reed Hendrickson has joined the Starion Bank business banking team Reed Hendrickson as a business banking officer at the downtown Bismarck branch. In this position, he works with new and existing commercial customers to develop and manage loan portfolios by advising on business management, financial matters and other Starion services. A Bismarck native, Hendrickson has a strong background in financing and customer service. He studied at Bismarck State College and Bemidji State University. FLADELAND NAMED MOSES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL Tony Fladeland from Bismarck, ND will join the Bismarck Public School District as principal Tony Fladeland at Moses Elementary School starting in August. The vacancy was created when Dr. Jason Hornbacher was named Superintendent effective March 1. Prairie Rose Principal Matt Guenther was named interim principal at Moses. Fladeland will replace interim principal Matt Guenther. Fladeland has been a principal at St. Mary’s Grade School for the past 9 years. Nineteen people applied for the open Bismarck principal position, eleven were pre-interviewed, and two finalists were interviewed by a team of BPS staff members.

DOSCH NAMED BSC ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR Dosch is the longtime CEO of National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), an information technology Vern Dosch cooperative that develops and supports software and hardware solutions for utility cooperatives and telecommunications companies in 50 states. Committed to his family, the 1,200+ employees of NISC and his North Dakota roots, Dosch authentically lives and breathes the values he espouses in his book, “Wired Differently”: Do the right thing always. Serve others. Live your ethics out loud. NISC is growing and looks to higher education in North Dakota to meet the organization’s needs. NISC donated $50,000 to BSC’s Cybersecurity and Information Technology Program in 2018, helping to grow the program’s capacity, NISC’s labor force, and the opportunities available in his hometown. ADVISORS NAMED TO CIRCLE OF SUCCESS Jason Kirchmeier, Joel Bird, and Dave Schlafman, Private Wealth Advisors with Legacy Financial Partners, a Jason Kirchmeier private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Bismarck, have qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement in 2019. Joel Bird To earn this achievement, Kirchmeier, Bird, and Schlafman established themselves as one of the company’s top advisors. Only a select number of highperforming advisors earn this distinction. David Schlafman As private wealth advisory practice, Legacy Financial Partners provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations and is delivered in one-on-one relationships with their clients.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS EIDE BAILLY HIRES NEW TAX ASSOCIATE Eide Bailly LLP, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm, is pleased to announce the addition Hannah Hasbargen of Hannah Hasbargen to their tax department. Hasbargen serves as a Tax Associate and is a graduate of University of North Dakota. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree. ELIASON NAMED ADVISOR OF THE MONTH Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that Keith Eliason has been Keith Eliason named Advisor of the Month for March based upon his production and service to his clients. Keith has been a representative with Securian since January 2008.

ETZOLD JOINS CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH ARCHWAY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Jenna Etzold, PsyD, has joined CHI St. Alexius Health Archway Mental Jenna Etzold Health Services as a psychology resident with a relational and emotional oriented approach to therapy. Dr. Etzold received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology from University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn. BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has announced their top six "REALTORS® Of The Month" for March: Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Darcy Fettig, Judy Maslowski, Phyllis Rittenbach and Amy Asche. These six REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in March 2019.

KRAUS-ANDERSON PROMOTES ROSS WILMES TO VP Kraus-Anderson Construction Company (KA) has promoted Ross Wilmes to vice president, Ross Wilmes director of operations for the company’s North Dakota regional office. He will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of the North Dakota region, including overseeing all marketing programs and business development initiatives. Wilmes received his Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology degree from North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton. His education also includes studies at Dickinson State University and North Dakota State University. He is a member of a number of charitable organizations, including the Capital City Lions Club and BismarckMandan Elks Lodge.

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

Thurs, 2nd

5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Mon, 6th

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

Tues, 21st 1:30 pm 5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Tues, 7th

5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Wed, 22nd

5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission

Thurs, 23rd

5:30 pm ITG (Political Subdivisions)

Tues, 28th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission 5:30 pm Morton County Commission*

Wed, 29th

5:30 pm Mandan Planning Commission

Thurs, 30th

3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services

Wed, 8th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 9th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission*

Mon, 13th

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

Tues, 14th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Thurs, 16th

5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Mon, 20th

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

Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Bismarck School Board* Mandan City Commission

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



Julie Jacobson, Operations Manager, celebrate the grand opening of new store located at 900 NE 43rd Ave, Bismarck. Phone: 701-258-3736. Member.

Jamie Azure and UTTC Board celebrate the renovation of the new administrative building on campus located at 3315 University Dr, Bismarck. Phone: 701-225-3285. Member.



John Nagel, CEO, and staff celebrate the grand opening of their new business located at 3936 E Divide Ave, Bismarck. Phone: 701-712-7330

Colton & Sam Shoults and Nick & Amanda Schwieters, Owners, celebrate grand opening of their new business at 405 4th Street, Bismarck. Phone: 701-450-1414. Member.

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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 EMpower Wellness Training 7316 Yukon Drive Bismarck, ND Emily Vasey (701) 471-5349 A fitness studio that offers a variety of group fitness classes, as well as personal training and massage therapy services. Over 18 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Ceramic Pro Bismarck 1347 S 22nd St. Unit 30 Bismarck, ND Christopher Woodruff (701) 516-4492 Ceramic Pro Bismarck offers four services that clean and protect your vehicles. Our focus is detailing, ceramic coating and XPEL window tint. Northern Crane & Rail Services 1605 Park Ave. Bismarck, ND Patrick Meier (701) 751-0310 Northern Crane & Rail Services offers all truck mounted crane, hyrail equipment, and tool repair, including annual inspections and onsite repairs.

Dakota Nuts-N-Candy LLC 218 N 4th Street Bismarck, ND Mike Iken (701) 751-7881 Nut-oriously delicious nuts, snack mixes & nostalgic candy in a warm and welcoming environment. 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. Drywall Design 3007 Morisson Ave. #7 Bismarck, ND Kristy Barker (701) 471-5829 We hang-tape-texture-paint. We do anything from remodels, basements, garages, new residential to commercial.

Tubular Transport & Logistics 1901 Northern Plains Dr. Bismarck, ND Justin Glasser (701) 202-4341 TTL completely integrates the logistics and online inventory management of tubular goods. With our proprietary planning and management systems, we track inbound and outbound shipments and provide you with detailed, realtime, online inventory reporting. FitLife Training Studio 7316 Yukon Dr. Bismarck, ND Kat Haux (701) 471-3906 A private fitness studio that offers Personal Training (1 on 1 or group), Fitness classes as well as Fascial Stretch Therapy and Cupping Therapy.

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UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS IMPACT ED Date: May 7, 2019 • Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan



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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS Date: May 15, 2019 • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Dr, Bismarck MAY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: MCQUADE DISTRIBUTING CO Date: May 16, 2019 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: McQuade Distributing Co. – 1150 Industrial Drive, Bismarck LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION LUNCHEON Date: May 22, 2019 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan

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CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE Date: June 10, 2019 • Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm Location: Prairie West Golf Course – 2709 Longspur Trail, Mandan LEMONADE DAY Date: June 15, 2019 • Time: All Day Location: Throughout Bismarck-Mandan

Lemonade Day is a fun, experimental program that teachers kids how to start, own and operate their very own business, a lemonade stand!

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As NISC has grown, the technology that we require to manage this business has grown. Starion has kept pace with that and adapted with us. Vern Dosch, NISC Vern Dosch, NISC

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