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CHAMBER CONNECTION Bismarck-Mandan

July 2017

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CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Brenda Nagel..................................................................................................................... Chair Ron Day .................................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Wayne Munson............................................................................................................ Secretary Craig Larson.................................................................................................................Treasurer Perrie Schafer ............................................................................................................ Past Chair

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Paul Brucker ...............Railway Credit Union Wayne Munson .................Indigo Signworks Ron Day .................Tesoro Mandan Refinery Brenda Nagel ........Independent Consultant Dr. Blake Feil ....................Feil Orthodontics Mike Nathe ............Bismarck Funeral Home Heather Fried ..........Fried Financial Services Dan Pearson .........................Northwest Tire Nick Hacker ..............ND Guaranty and Title Shannon Reichenberg ........Diversity Homes Chad Hatzenbuhler ...Bank of North Dakota Perrie Schafer ..............Schafer Financial Inc Jeff Herman ................................Petro Hunt Jasper Schneider ..................................NISC Molly Herrington ....................................KLJ Scott Staudinger ..............Cloverdale Foods Chris Jones ....ND Dept. of Human Services Greg Vetter .....................University of Mary Tracy Kindem ..........H.A. Thompson & Sons Valerie Weigel ....Basin Electric Power Coop Craig Larson .............................Starion Bank Jennifer Wilson .....................Kirkwood Mall Kevin Magstadt ...............Wenck Associates

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

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t’s amazing how many activities there are during the summer months in our communities. The Chamber has its share of opportunities and programs, in addition to working behind the scenes on other programs and events.

• The Chamber Golf Scramble was outstanding this year with 130 golfers, great weather, and awesome partners to help put on the event. Chamber staff, led by Amanda Schwieters, helped make this year’s event one of the best ever! Congrats to Chris Sievert from Consolidated Construction on his hole-in-one! • Lemonade Day 2017 was a sweet success as 360 young entrepreneurs in our communities signed up to be the next big thing in lemonade sales. Thanks again to our Chamber partners who helped bring this incredible program to Bismarck and Mandan. Big thanks to David Leingang and the Chamber staff for making this program such a success this year. And we couldn’t have done it without our super City Champions, Jena Gullo from United Way and John Bollinger from the Bismarck Larks! (Which, if you haven’t been to a game yet, you should!)

• Fridays at the Chamber and Membership Mixers are great ways to meet fellow business leaders and learn about what’s going on in our communities.

• Planning has already begun for our Sporting Clays Shootout (Aug. 25), the “Shot in the Dark” Chamber Night Golf Scramble (Sept. 7), and our great Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan luncheon to recognize businesses and teachers (Sept. 14). Our advocacy role also remains active this summer. The Government Affairs Committee is monitoring several interim legislative committees and studies which align with our Legislative Action Plan. We are grateful to have Ron Eidshaug, Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber, join us and give an insight into the Regulatory Accountability Act and other federal issues of importance. I am fortunate to have the flexibility to be at many of these events and meetings. It has given me a very good look into our communities and how the Chamber interacts with other stakeholders in our region. We continue to be thoughtful, prudent advocates for our membership and the business community as a whole, and we’ll continue to participate when we should, and advocate when we must. Finally, welcome to Jennifer Wilson, Kirkwood Mall General Manager, to our Board of Directors! Yours in Success,

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS... BE THE BOSS

By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

When Sisters Sweet-nSour Treats analyzed their lemonade stand results at Kirkwood Mall, they noticed something about their demographics. Older men were a missing segment of their customer base. Of all the demographics they served, most older men walked by without buying lemonade. David Leingang, Community Growth Director for the BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce, analyzed the results with them. Young entrepreneurs learn lessons on the cost of goods, return on investment, creating their product, expenses,

profit margins and collaborating with business partners. Rory Milbradt, 11, and her business partner donated “As we make adjustments some of their profits to Light of Christ Catholic Schools. for next year, how are you going to get their When Scott Meske became President of the Bismarckbusiness next year?” Leingang said. Mandan Chamber of Commerce, Lemonade Day was The sisters and lemonade stand business partners a concept he brought with him from Williston. The already had an answer. Williston Area Chamber of Commerce has hosted Lemonade Day for three years. “Well, we’ve been thinking about that. Next year, we’re going to make Arnold Palmers,” the sisters said. “The business community doesn’t have a real good connection to our young people in general,” Meske Sisters Sweet-n-Sour Treats is one example of the said. “We talk about workforce development. We talk business creativity and ingenuity sparked by Lemonade about skilled trades, entrepreneurship, Millennials. Day in Bismarck-Mandan. We talk about all that stuff, but we never truly make a connection. This program has all the makings of On June 17, Bismarck-Mandan joined a growing list of being that connector to the young people and more communities across the country that host Lemonade importantly to the community.” Day. Lemonade Day is a curriculum based out of Lemonade Day National Headquarters in Houston. The The lessons start with setting financial goals. In addition curriculum teaches young entrepreneurs how to start a to setting a goal for how much profit they want to make, business through the model of setting up a lemonade youth consider how much of their profits they want stand. to spend, save and donate. It is recommended that Youth learn business and entrepreneurship lessons such a mentor go through the curriculum with the young as the cost of goods, return on investment, creating their entrepreneur. product, expenses, profit margins and collaborating with business partners. The curriculum is designed for grades 3-8, but it can be adapted to any age level.

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www.bismarckmandan.com “As a mentor I learned there are so many important conversations that we don’t even think of having with the youth in our community ... ” said Jena Gullo, Executive Director of Missouri Slope Area United Way. “Just the simple things — what’s the difference between a checking account and a savings account? What’s the difference between growth and net profit? Why would you save? What would you save for?” In addition to mentoring a youth in the program, Gullo served as a City Champion promoting Lemonade Day in Bismarck-Mandan. Gullo said she enjoyed working with her mentee and instilling skills that aren’t just for one day; they’re for a lifetime. “Knowing that only 35 percent of our youth feel they have a positive adult role model, that really bothers me, and I think it should bother everyone in our community,” Gullo said citing United Way’s 2015 community needs assessment. “If people can take that extra time to be there for their children and the children in the community, it really goes a long way.” John Bollinger, General Manager for the Bismarck Larks, also served as City Champion for Lemonade Day. “Encouraging entrepreneurship in young people is a really important idea,” Bollinger said. “Being a small business owner myself running this team, when I was a kid I didn’t really have those opportunities to engage the idea that you could start a business, set your own pricing, product, be in charge of your own vision. Even if it is something as small as selling lemonade, these kind of challenges and activities get kids thinking outside the box. Small business is such a big part of our economy and vibrant communities.”

After youth set their financial goals, they start to make their business plan. Youth are encouraged to secure a business partner, whether that is a sibling, friend, parent, or other family member. Ella McKechnie, 11, and Hayleigh Fischer, 10, partnered to create L&H’s Pucker Stand in front of Schumacher Diamond Cutters in Bismarck.

The young owners of Sisters Sweet-n-Sour Treats have already started thinking about how they will make their stand bigger and better next year.

The friends allotted half of their profits to donate to a 4-year-old girl with an inoperable brain tumor and half of their profits to attend a national dance competition in June 2018. When they evaluated their business, the young entrepreneurs wrote, “We worked really hard to make a difference in the community by giving back to a local child with cancer. We want to show others that it doesn’t matter if you are young — you can still help others. It’s not about making money for yourself, it’s about putting a smile on someone else’s face.” Total revenue for L&H’s Pucker Stand — including lemonade sales, other revenue and tips — was $390.75. The business’ net profit was $340.75. The business partners saved $70.37 per partner for their national dance competition. They donated $200.00 to their young friend with brain cancer.

Young entrepreneurs were encouraged to set financial goals and start a business plan for their lemonade stand. Lola Huber of Lolamade Lemonade earned first place in the Best Tasting Contest.

“We just don’t teach our kids that stuff anymore,” said parent and mentor Mindi McKechnie. “When you go into a store, they just assume, ‘Hey, I have all this money to spend,’ but if you look at the cost and break things down, I think it’s good for kids to know in all reality what does it cost to afford something. There’s always going to be that overhead that you have to pay. It’s a good lesson in math.” Chamber Connection | 5


FEATURE As a bonus, Mindi McKechnie said she was happy to get the two young entrepreneurs out of the house for the day: “They’re not stuck in the house. They’re not playing games. They haven’t been on their phones. They have had to get out of the tent and talk to people. We’ve done curbside. When it was kind of sprinkling, the customers would pull up and the girls would go out and take them their (lemonade).” Instead of setting up the lemonade stand in front of their house, youth are encouraged to partner with a business.

Area youth were encouraged to set up shop in front of area businesses to drive more traffic to their lemonade stands.

“They can set up shop outside their front door, but unless you live on 3rd street or Washington Street or Sunset Drive in Mandan, you don’t necessarily have the traffic,” Leingang said. Lemonade stands were spread across Bismarck-Mandan from store fronts on Main Street in Mandan to Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck. Susan Schwieters, owner of Lillian’s in Bismarck, was approached by brother and sister business partners to set up a lemonade stand in front of her business. Macie Grendahl, 11, and Isaac Grendahl,9, set up M n’ I’s Lemonade Shack.

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“It was great fun to see these kids so fired up,” Schwieters said. “They knew what their breakeven point was when they started. They knew it was $53.00. We got started right away at 10:00am and at 11:00am they ran through my door (saying) ‘We’re already making a profit! We start to make a profit right now!’ The youth, not their parents or mentors, are encouraged to contact a business to procure a stand location. They need to negotiate the terms with the business — where they can set up so as not to impede customer traffic on a Saturday, when they will operate, whether they are only allowed to operate within business hours or can operate after hours. “Entrepreneurship is such an important part of BismarckMandan’s economy,” said Brian Ritter, President and CEO of Bismarck-Mandan Development Association. “We can create jobs by bringing new employers to Bismarck-Mandan. We can create jobs by growing the employers we have. But what better way to grow jobs than to ... grow them from the grassroots here in our community.” Ritter, along with local elected officials, Lemonade Day sponsors and Chamber board members, attended a bus tour of lemonade stands in Bismarck-Mandan.

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“As a former business owner here in Bismarck, I think it’s great to get kids thinking in terms of profit and loss, which also translates to your own personal financial literacy,” said Nancy Guy, Bismarck City Commissioner. Bismarck City Commissioner Shawn Oban also joined Guy on the VIP lemonade tour bus. Oban’s day job is as a principal of a local elementary school.

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www.bismarckmandan.com “Being an educator and recognizing the importance that our youth play in our community and our future,” Oban said, “I think that it is critically important that we come out and support them and these young entrepreneurs that are ... trying a new business. We need these young folks to stick around Bismarck-Mandan and use these ideas for our community.” Once the young entrepreneurs secure their location and select their hours of operation, they focus on their product. The Lemonade Day workbook guides them through lessons on profit margins. The profit margin of fresh-squeezed lemonade is different from frozen lemonade or powdered lemonade. Youth are encouraged to consider selling additional products such as candy, store-bought baked goods or, in the case of L&H’s Pucker Stand, homemade slime. The young entrepreneurs can get creative with their products. “These are the kids that are going to be leading our businesses,” said Cory Fong, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for MDU Resources. “These are our future business unit presidents. These are the future folks that are going to be leading MDU Resources and our family of companies. We want them to have those experiences early on to create that foundation that makes them want to go into business ... It’s about creating the future of our company, of our community.”

MDU Resources Group and Aetna were the Main Squeeze sponsors of Lemonade Day. “I honestly don’t think they learn a lot of these skills in school,” said Teresa Grothe, Director of Service Operations for Aetna. “If they’re not in a program like this, they don’t learn those skills until they’re quite a bit older.” The Lemonade Day curriculum walks young entrepreneurs through branding their stand. They consider a name, theme and decorations for their stands. All of this plays into choosing a brand identity and marketing their businesses. Kinsley Pritchett, 9, Kelbi Pritchett, 11, and Allison Unrath, 10, collaborated on their business, #Lemons4Life in Kirkwood Mall. In addition to designing their stand with advertising and marketing in mind, they walked around with cookie samples to attract customers to their stand. “Some people can’t say no to kids,” Kelbi Pritchett said. “And we had to use the charm,” Allison said. Young entrepreneurs fill out a business plan and a detailed budget, down to calculating the cost for each glass of lemonade sold. Based on this financial data, they calculate the number of cups of lemonade they need to sell to meet their goal. “It’s something that’s not taught in the education system,” said Molly Herrington, a Chamber board member from KLJ who participated in the VIP tour. “A lot of parents, unless they happen to be naturally entrepreneurial themselves, they don’t know how to teach those skills to their kids.”

Cory Fong, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for MDU Resources, purchases lemonade from fifth-grader Gracie Spaeth of Lemon Heaven hosted at Nardello’s Pizza.

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FEATURE In Bismarck-Mandan’s first Lemonade Day, 360 young entrepreneurs registered for the program. Of those youth, 50 registered their stands on the official Lemonade Day map. “These are our future members,” Leingang said. “These are our future business leaders, business owners. These are our future city commissioners, governors. If we can empower them to do great things now, that’s a snowball effect.” The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce plans to continue Lemonade Day, growing the program each year. “It’s the skill of imagination,” Bollinger said. “It’s the skill of creativity. It’s really building confidence in young people. If you have a great idea and you have a passion for something, you can create anything, and that’s the American Dream.” Youth are encouraged to secure business partners, whether that is a sibling, friend, parent, or other family member. Easton Bergrud, 9, left, and Nora Bergrud, 6, right, were paid employees of their sister, Samantha Bergrud, 12.

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INTERIM STUDIES ALIGN WITH CHAMBER PRIORITIES

By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

The Government Affairs Committee, part of the BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce, has been following topics under consideration during the 65th Legislative Interim. Three studies that were top priorities for the Government Affairs Committee have been selected for interim study.

Interim study: City expansion, taxation, and services Summary: Study how city growth and infill development affects property taxes, and evaluate the return on investment for state and community projects. Why is this study a priority? “We have a governor that’s talking a lot about Main Street Initiative, vertical growth,” said Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan. “We need to understand, is there a different type of benefit to city taxpayers for programs that incent vertical growth versus horizontal growth or not. As it’s going to be a topic for discussion, we need to know as much about it as we can.” Why should the business community care about this study? “People should care because we want to see that these programs are effective,” said Rep. Jason Dockter, R-Bismarck. “People want to see that the downtown and different areas are revitalized, but a lot of people feel these programs shouldn’t be on the backs of the taxpayers. Hopefully we get good results that these program are giving back a rate of return to the state, and if they’re not we need to take a serious look at getting rid of them in the next session.”

Interim study: Alternatives to incarceration

Summary: Study alternatives to incarceration, with a focus on the behavioral health needs of individuals in the criminal justice system. Why is this study a priority? “Because it costs a lot of money to lock someone up for a crime,” said Rep. Karen Karls, R-Bismarck. “It costs so much per day to incarcerate someone. That cost is paid usually buy the county where the crime occurred, and that cost is absorbed by the counties, that cost of incarceration. What the Council of State Governments study is saying is that it’s more cost-effective to treat non-violent offenders than to incarcerate them. We just want to find out if this is the case. Why should the business community care about this study? “Every time we do something from a statewide level that creates the possibility of reducing crime or created the possibility of reducing an individual from going to jail, that could impact the business community in the long run,” said Rep. Pat Heinert, R-Bismarck. “We’ll use a theft charge as an example. If we raise the dollar amount before a theft charge becomes a felony that affects every business in the community.”

Interim study: Transportation funding

Summary: Study the funding mechanisms and options available to the Department of Transportation, political subdivisions, and public transportation providers, for road construction, maintenance, other transportation infrastructure needs, and transit services. Why is this study a priority? “There’s concern about federal funding and how those dollars are dropping, but the needs for the roads are still there,” said Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck. “In the 2015 session and interim we were given information that the needs for preventative maintenance were going to be on the increase ... How can we best fund things? The funding for roads is very complicated. The (political) subdivisions have less money due to the decrease in oil price.” Chamber Connection | 9


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MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Jon Simmers

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Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: My name is Jon Simmers. I moved back to Bismarck a little over 10 years ago to become the CEO of Bismarck Aero Center. I work every day to provide a strong vision, leadership and strategic planning to keep our organization pointed in the right direction for continued growth and sustainability. I have also made it a priority to continually develop our company culture and facilitate a positive, family-friendly work environment for all my co-workers. We are an organization that is filled with passionate people that want to be here and love what they do.

Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: Bismarck Aero Center was founded by my father, Bob Simmers, in 1990 as Aircraft Management Services. Bob partnered with Co-owner Mike Aarestad in 2002 and started to expand their aviation services in the Bismarck/Mandan community. Over the next 15 years, the business went from a six-person team with only two aircraft hangars, to now a 45-person team, three offices, eight hangars at the Bismarck Airport and two additional hangars at the Mandan Airport. Today, we offer professional flight instruction, contract pilot services, 24/7 aircraft refueling, maintenance, avionics and aircraft storage. We are really a one-stop destination for all private aviation needs. 10 | Chamber Connection

Q: What differentiates Bismarck Aero Center from its competitors? A: Along with all the extra little things that we do, I believe it’s our people that make Bismarck Aero Center stand out from our competitors. Anyone can provide basic services but it’s the passionate people, those who really love what they do, that turn even the simplest requests into a great experience. From going the extra mile to help customers to providing a simple educational aviation lesson to a local group of kids, our folks love the industry and are empowered to share their love for it. This positivity creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is contagious to be around. It’s how we have been able to build relationships and earn the trust of over 85% of local aviation customers. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: As almost everyone has heard by now, UAS or Unmanned Aerial Systems are the new craze in the aviation business. In February of 2016, the United States hit a monumental change in the industry. That month, the FAA had around 320,000 manned aircraft registered with them and around 325,000 unmanned aircraft registered. Airplanes have been around for decades and within months, UAS had easily overtaken them. Now, the manned aircraft registered is still around 300,000 and the UAS count is over 700,000. This enormous growth has been a fun challenge and something we look forward to seeing develop in the industry.


www.bismarckmandan.com Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: Aviation is already the safest way to travel in today’s world. With advancements in technology, aviation safety is being taken to a whole new level. For example, aircraft manufacturer, Cirrus Aircraft, has successfully created an airplane that has a parachute system built into the airframe to help pilots in emergencies. This system has already saved over 140 lives. Another big safety advancement that we are seeing in aviation is the transition to better aircraft tracking technology. These systems will soon be required to be installed in all aircraft. Their main purpose is to help the air traffic control towers and other aircraft, more accurately track where aircraft are in the sky at all times. Thus, allowing all airplanes to keep their distance from each other and hopefully eliminating in air collisions.

Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Bismarck Aero Center? A: Taking a look at the industry, it is easy to see that our communities’ growth helped the local Bismarck and Mandan airports grow as well. It is also true that this local growth might not have been possible without the investments made in these airports. Both airports are great tools to help stimulate activity and drive business to our cities. Our local leaders had great foresight when they saw the need for good infrastructure and decided to create quality aviation access close by.

From a Bismarck Aero Center perspective, we have been fortunate to grow with the Bismarck/Mandan community and the aviation activity that it has brought to both the Bismarck and Mandan airports. When entrepreneurs can come to a community and thrive, they start to look at how aviation can be used to take their business to the next level. Some work to expand to more customers all across North Dakota or even across the country. While others look to make business meetings in Williston or Grand Forks, and still be home for supper that night. When the time comes, we strive to be ready to help these professionals take advantage of all benefits that aviation has to offer.

Q: Bismarck Aero Center became a member in 2006, why do you continue to renew each year? A: It is important to our organization that we support the Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, we have seen the immense value of what the folks at the Chamber bring to our community and to us as a member. If we want Bismarck/Mandan to continue to grow, it is important that the Chamber receives the support they need to help make our community great.

It is also really invaluable what the Chamber does for entrepreneurial education for our community youth. My 5-year-old daughter recently got to partake in the Lemonade Day. She not only had a lot of fun doing it, but she also learned something about having a business and interacting with people. As a proud parent, it was a great for me and my wife to see her learning firsthand through that experience. Q: What should Chamber members know about Bismarck Aero Center that may assist them? A: The most important thing that members should know is how easy it can be to get involved in aviation and the benefits it brings to any type of business, large or small. The best part is always how easy it was for them to get started in aviation and how quickly it becomes a passion. Bismarck Aero Center is ready to help businesses that are looking to take that next step and assist them achieve their goals.

Q: What does the future of Bismarck Aero Center look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: The future of Bismarck Aero Center is strong. We have been steadily growing for years and look to do what we can to continue that pattern while providing the highest level of products and services to our customers. As demand for aviation grows, we would like to continue our growth locally and be good stewards for those coming into our community.

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HEATON WINS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD

Rev. Gary Heaton was awarded the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2017 at the Leadership BismarckMandan graduation on May 24. Each year an award is presented to a past graduate of the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program who has used leadership knowledge and skills to benefit Bismarck-Mandan.

Heaton graduated from Leadership Bismarck-Mandan in 2005 and was part of the group that created Welcome House, Inc., which connects local families with temporary shelter and supportive resources that lead to self-sufficiency. Since that time, Heaton has served on the Welcome House board of directors for more than five years where he spent three years as Vice President and then President. Heaton has been a Chaplain for Sanford Health since 2008. He was called as pastor and developer at Living Water Lutheran Church in Mandan from 2000-2008. He also served as the Executive Director for AID, Inc. from 2004-2008.

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In addition to these remarkable commitments, Gary has been involved in prison ministry as a volunteer at the North Dakota State Penitentiary since 1997, a member of the Dacotah Lions and past officer Rev. Gary Heaton was at a loss for words when he was shocked to win the 2017 Leadership Bismarck-Mandan of the Council Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award. of United Way Agencies. He also was a member of the team that wrote the 10 year plan to end long-term homelessness in Bismarck-Mandan.


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CONGRATS LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN CLASS OF 2017

On Wednesday, May 24th, 17 participants of Leadership Bismarck-Mandan graduated from the program. Congratulations to the Class of 2017: Jarrod Auer, Kirkwood Bank & Trust Sheri Berogan, MDU Resources Group Sheena Fetzer, NISC Erin Green-Grom, Sanford Health Foundation Marla Hagemeister, Bismarck State College Lesley Icenogle, Gateway to Science Dawn Kleppe, KFYR TV Robyn Krile, Bismarck Police Department

Jennifer Lang, Bank of North Dakota Annette Martel, Dickinson State University – Bismarck Theresa Moravec, Aetna Cody Remboldt, Montana-Dakota Utilities LeNeika Roehrich, CHI St. Alexius – Mandan Wendy Van Duyne, Bartlett & West Josh Villbrandt, HIT, Inc. Wade Wall Jr., Starion Bank LeAnne Westgard, American Bank Center

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ACCEPTING LEADERSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-2018

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan is now accepting applications for the class of 2018. Up to 18 applicants will be accepted into the program. Participants delve into today’s most compelling issues. Community experts create issue day sessions on topics relevant to the Bismarck-Mandan area, including: economic development, energy, natural resources, agriculture, human services, law enforcement, military, emergency services, arts, leisure, education, legislation, political involvement, faith, ethics and values. Most issue days are 1/2 day. Highlights of the program include a full day energy tour of Coal Country, a full day retreat and a graduation ceremony.

Following the issue days, the class will divide into groups, select a community project about which they are passionate and work to make that field project into reality. Applications are available online at www.bismarckmandan.com/pages/LeadershipBismarckMandan. Any questions, contact Cathryn at 701-223-5660. Applications are due Aug. 1, 2017. Program begins Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.

NON-PROFIT & SMALL BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Thanks to the generosity of Gate City Bank, Exploring Leadership Soulutions-Dave Leingang and Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association, who will be sponsoring scholarships to qualifying candidates. Please contact Cathryn at the Chamber to find out more about a Leadership Bismarck-Mandan scholarship.

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We are one month away from signaling the Chamber’s 16-week Total Resource Campaign (TRC)! During this campaign we take the time to introduce business members to the value of their Chamber membership and it is a way for you as members to select the programs and advertising opportunities that are most profitable for your business. This is an opportunity to ensure you are getting a return on your investment and marketing your business to the fullest. Renewing sponsors have the right of first refusal for their sponsorships from the previous year; this is what we call the “renewal period”. The 2018 renewal period will begin on Tuesday, August 1st and end on Tuesday, September 5th. Starting on September 6th, all sponsorships that have not been renewed are up for grabs by anyone, so be sure to return all renewal contracts in on time to secure your sponsorships for 2018. The TRC campaign will conclude on Monday, November 13th. If you are a member business that hasn’t sponsored an event in the past, you will be approached to discuss involvement opportunities and the benefits of event sponsorships. The Chamber has a wide variety of events and there truly is something for everyone. This method is designed to make sponsorship easier for you. Also, our annual TRC allows the Chamber staff to focus and budget for our upcoming programs, promotional materials, job creation and retention, advocate for businesses, and ensure prosperity and economic growth. Keep an eye out for renewal contracts and if you don’t receive one please let us know. If you have any questions on the TRC renewals, event sponsorship, or Chamber involvement in general, please contact Amanda Schwieters, Membership Service Director, at aschwieters@bismancc.com or by calling 701-223-5660. *There is no right of first refusal for monthly Membership Mixers.

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PERFECT DAY FORE A CHAMBER GOLF SCRAMBLE

Last month on Monday, June 12th, the Chamber hosted our 27th Annual Chamber Golf Scramble at Hawktree Golf Club. You plan and plan, and the next thing you know it has come and gone, but one thing we could not plan for is the beautiful weather we received. We also, could not have asked for a better group of members golfing! Thank you to the 32 teams of individuals that spent their Monday outside the office for a day on the greens. It was a fun-filled day of food, drinks, games, and of course - golf!

This year’s top team: Alex Gustafson, Deno Muller, Travis Daschendorf and Dean Chmielewski from Eide-Ford Lincoln. Also, we’d like to recognize Chris Sievert with Consolidated Construction hitting a hole in one at hole 3! The Chamber would like to recognize and give a special thank you to all our sponsors involved. Without your support and creativity, this event would not be the big hit it continually proves to be. Our sponsors provide games, refreshments, snacks and giveaways throughout the event.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Eide-Ford Lincoln for not only their sponsorship investment, but also, for providing participant swag, door prizes and the opportunity to win a 2017 Ford Focus! Finally, thank you to all of our event sponsors: Presenting Sponsor:

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Putting Green Sponsor: Liberty Business Systems Tee Sponsor: Amy Hullet - Century 21 Landmark Realty Lunch Sponsors: Basin Electric Power Cooperative & Ulteig Engineers

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CHAMBER COMMITTEE HONORS TEACHERS FOR 30TH YEAR

The Excellence in Business and Education Committee of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce have finished presenting this year’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards.

For the 30th year, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce has honored educators in both Bismarck and Mandan on primary, secondary, and post-secondary education levels. With the help of Scheels Sports, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and its Excellence in Business and Education committee are proud to continue this tradition of celebrating teachers in our area. After receiving 55 nominations, 50 educators accepted the nomination, and 47 qualified for the Crystal Apple, a symbol of excellence in education and outstanding achievement within their profession. Out of those 47, the committee selects five recipients of the Crystal Apple on three levels; Primary Educator in Bismarck and Mandan, Secondary Educator in Bismarck and Mandan, and one Post-Secondary Educator. The following teachers were honored this year: Bismarck Primary Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year Jan Schmidt, Liberty Elementary School Mandan Primary Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year Arin Casavant, Fort Lincoln Elementary School Bismarck Secondary Outstanding Teacher of the Year Dr. Ryan Townsend, Simle Middle School Mandan Secondary Outstanding Teacher of the Year Benita Saur, Mandan High School Higher Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year Dr. Brenda Tufte, University of Mary

Though we are only able to select five educators to receive the Crystal Apple, we would like to honor all the outstanding nominees:

Holly Dietrich - Centennial Elementary, Greg McKay Sunrise Elementary, Lisa Miller - Lincoln Elementary, Aly Weigel - Lincoln Elementary, Melissa Davis - Bismarck High School, Paul Noot - Bismarck High School, Jesse Armstrong - Century High School, Susie Brynjolfson Century High School, Gary Way - Dakota Adventist Academy, Jeremy Overbeck - Horizon Middle and CHS, Ryan Bleth - Legacy High School, Sara Kincaid - Legacy High School, Alanna Seeberg - Legacy High School, Jacelyn Brown - Simle Middle School, Kevin Schmitcke Wachter Middle School, Brianna Johnson - Fort Lincoln Elementary, Jerri Carlson - Red Trail Elementary, Rachelle Oster – Roosevelt Elementary, Jennifer Lucas - Mary Stark Elementary, Gene Anderson - Mandan Middle School, Sara Baumann - Mandan Middle School, Kara Blaskowski - Mandan Middle School, Stephanie Bosch - Mandan Middle School, Heidi Brandt - Mandan Middle School, Hilary Feist - Mandan Middle School, Stephanie Frank Mandan Middle School, Chelsey Gravseth - Mandan Middle School, Thai Haggin - Mandan Middle School, Taylor Hellman - Mandan Middle School, Shawna Huber Mandan Middle School, Kylie Kautzman - Mandan Middle School, Henry Lau - Mandan Middle School, Jackson Long - Mandan Middle School, Melissa Long - Mandan Middle School, Donald Otos - Mandan Middle School, Carol Skalsky - Mandan Middle School, Angela Wescott Mandan Middle School, Julie Fleck - Mandan High School, Ryne Jungling- Mandan High School, John Gieser - Mandan High School, Randy Wilson - Mandan High School, Kayla Dressler - University of Mary, Karel Sovak - University of Mary, Wallace “Butch” Thunderhawk – UnitedTribes Technical College, Shirley Wilson Bismarck State College The Outstanding Teacher of the Year award is an annual award. Each year, community members nominate a teacher who has positively affected their life, or the lives of others to receive the top honor in three categories - elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. This is the 30th year of celebrating outstanding teachers, and it would not be possible without the support of our program sponsor, Scheels Sports. Chamber Connection | 17


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PULL AND SHOOT WITH THE CHAMBER Mark your calendar for a day of fun at North Dakota’s premier sporting clays, skeet and shotgun facility, Capital City Sporting Clays on Friday, August 25th from 9:00am - 2:30pm.

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This outdoor event is fun for all members, from the casual novice shooter to those with mad skills. This is a wonderful opportunity to treat your co-workers or loyal clients to a fun networking experience and a chance to win some awesome door prizes. Each team will consist of five shooters. If you’d like to shoot, but don’t have a team, we will gladly assign you to another group of shooters. Registration starts at 9:00am with a shot gun start at 9:45am. Admission is $100 for Chamber members and $125 for general admission and includes 12 and 20 gage shotgun shells, ear plugs, course fees, lunch, beverages, and great door prize give-away opportunities. Visit www.bismarckmandan.com/events to register or call Amanda at 701-223-5660 for registration or sponsorship information. Long Rang Sponsor:

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NOW THAT’S SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE!

On September 14th, the Chamber and the Excellence in Business and Education Committee will celebrate local businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments within the community. This year’s 13th annual Celebrate BismarckMandan award ceremony will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: • Small Business Person of the Year • Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth & Profitability • New Entrepreneur of the Year • Outstanding Teachers of the Year • Golden Eagle Recipient • Granite Award winner (sponsored by MDU Resources and Basin Electric) Please join us from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for general admission. Registration is available online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events Presenting Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors: BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Award Sponsor: The Bismarck Tribune Table Sponsors: Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Cancer

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There are still sponsors spots left, but they are going quick! If your business would like a table at the event, please contact David Leingang at 701-223-5660 or by emailing dleingang@bismancc.com. Cost is $425.

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LBMAA NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017 Location: Bismarck Municipal Ballpark 303 W. Front Avenue, Bismarck Time: 7:05PM Admission: $25.00 per ticket

If you haven’t had a chance to see the Larks in action, this is your chance. LIMITED Reserved Box seats available for this game so don’t wait to get your tickets. Once they are gone you will be wishing you hadn’t waited. Bring your family to the game – any child that doesn’t occupy a seat (lap-child) gets in for free. Let’s help make this event successful and be a part of selling out this game! Tickets Include: All-inclusive ballpark buffet with grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, water, and soda. You will also receive a Larks hat for every ticket purchased. Buy your tickets online at www.bismarckmandan.com/ events. (Tickets will be available by Will-Call)

FRIDAYS AT THE CHAMBER

Date: Friday, August 4, 2017 Location: Chamber of Commerce Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Chamber Members Presenting Sponsor:

Lunch is on us! The Chamber patio is set again and we are excited to offer our appreciation to you! We are so thankful for your membership, involvement, and all your support throughout the year, so please stop in and accept our small token of appreciation. Join us on Friday, August 4th between 11:30am – 1:00pm and enjoy a delicious assortment of brats, carnitas, side dishes and some cool refreshments. There is no cost to attend, so come grab a quick bite to eat with a co-worker or friend, relax on our patio and if you’re feeling active join us in some yard games on the patio! Please RSVP online at www.bismarckmandan.com/ events or email Amanda at aschwieters@bismancc.com so we can have enough food for everyone! Lunch Sponsors:

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CHAMBER 101

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Location: Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Are you interested in learning how to make the most out of your membership? Save the Date and join us at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Office to hear from Chamber staff about our programs, benefits, committees, and other opportunities on how to maximize your membership. Whether you are a brand new member, a long-time member or just want to learn more about membership this is the event for you! Please RSVP by either contacting the Chamber at 701-223-5660 or by emailing Amanda at aschwieters@ bismancc.com

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MEMBERSHIP MIXER: BARTLETT & WEST

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017 Location: Bartlett & West 3456 E. Century Ave, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Join members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber during next month’s Membership Mixer hosted by Bartlett & West on Thursday, August 17th at their location on 3456 E. Century Ave in Bismarck. Enjoy refreshments, hors d’oeurves, and some business after hours. Mixers are free for Chamber members to attend and anyone who works for a chamber member is welcome to join! RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made by emailing Amanda Schwieters at aschwieters@bismancc.com or by calling 701-223-5660.

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Date: Friday, August 25, 2017 Location: Capital City Sporting Clays 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck Time: 9:00AM - 2:30PM Admission: $100.00 for Chamber Members $125.00 for General Admission Mark your calendar for a day of fun at North Dakota’s premier sporting clays, skeet and shotgun facility, Capital City Sporting Clays. This outdoor event is fun for all members, from the casual novice shooter to those with mad skills. This is a wonderful opportunity to treat your co-workers or loyal clients to a fun networking experience and a chance to win some awesome door prizes. Each team will consist of five shooters. If you’d like to shoot, but don’t have a team, we will gladly assign you to another group of shooters. Registration starts at 9:00am with a shot gun start at 9:45am. Cost to attend is $125 for general admission, and $100 for member discount. Admission includes 12 and 20 gage shotgun shells, ear plugs, course fees, lunch, beverages, and great door prize give-away opportunities. Visit www.bismarckmandan.com/events to register or call Amanda at 701-223-5660 for registration or sponsorship information.

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SHOT IN THE DARK CHAMBER NIGHT GOLF Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 Location: Mandan Municipal Golf Course 1002 7th Street SW, Mandan Time: 5:30PM - 10:30PM Admission: $70.00 for Chamber Members $80.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

On Thursday, September 7th, at the Mandan Municipal Golf Course the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce will be hosting our 2nd Annual “Shot in the Dark”, Chamber Night Golf Scramble! After a successful first year, and some experience under our belt, we look forward to bringing our members another fun event! Whether you are a novice golfer or a pro, this four person scramble will be a great time for anyone looking for a laid-back networking experience. The social and registration will kick-off at 5:30pm, followed by a twilight shotgun start at 7:00pm. Sign up as a team or individually to be placed with other participants, but don’t wait too long, because there is a limited number of players available. As a participant you’ll receive a dinner, two glow balls, a necklace, and other light up gear to help guide you through the course. To get registered contact Karly at karlyp@bismancc.com or Amanda at aschwieters@bismancc.com. Let’s light up the night!

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CELEBRATE BISMARCK-MANDAN

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 South 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: $35.00 for Chamber Members $45.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

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On September 14th, The Chamber and the Excellence in Education and Business Committee will celebrate local businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments within the community. This year’s 13th annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: • Small Business Person of the Year • Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth and Profitability • New Entrepreneur of the Year • Granite Award • Outstanding Teacher of the Year • Golden Eagle Award

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Please join us from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center. General admission is $45, and $35 with member discount. Registration is available online at, www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar.

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KUPPER AUTOMOTIVE PRESENTS CUSTOM IV POLE STANDS TO SANFORD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Kupper Automotive teamed up with Sanford Health to create a new way for children to receive IV treatments. Instead of sitting in a room to receive treatments, which can take up to five hours, children now have the option of “riding” on one of six custom IV pole stands, created by employees of Kupper Automotive and decorated in interactive themes for the children. Staff from Kupper Automotive presented five stands to Sanford employees on Monday, May 15.

The idea came about when staff from the Sanford Health Foundation brought up the idea to Bob Kupper and employees as they Kupper Automotive employees presented Sanford Health staff with were visiting the Sanford Children’s Hospital five custom IV Pole Stands. delivering items for patients during a “Day it Forward” campaign on February 29, 2016. Through a few conversations, the two organizations were able to come up with a stand idea that would fit on an IV pole, the stands were created, and Kupper employees chose different themes for each of the stands. In October 2016, Kupper presented the first stand to the hospital and it has been highly utilized and requested by young patients. “Being able to provide these unique stands for Sanford is just one small thing that we are able to do, but it is certainly the little things that can make the biggest difference during a hard time. We are happy to spread even a small amount of joy to children as they are receiving treatments. I’m proud of my staff for volunteering their time in both creating the custom stands as well as designing and painting different themes that the children can interact with.”- Bob Kupper, Dealer, Kupper Automotive.

Please join us for a 10th Anniversary Celebration and open house! Tuesday, August 15, 2017; 5 – 8 p.m. 500 N 8th Street Food • Music • Tours • Refreshments We look forward to seeing you there!

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CAPITAL CREDIT UNION DONATES TO THE COMMUNITY

Capital Credit Union donated $750 to the Bismarck Optimist Club in its fifth annual Avenue of Flags, in which club members line a section of State Street with 120 American flags on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. The display stretches from I-94 to the south entrance of the Capitol building.

Capital Credit Union’s donation will assist with material and maintenance of the Avenue of Flags as well as support local youth, nonprofits and community projects.

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Capital Credit Union also recently donated $1,000 to Northridge Elementary School to help purchase new playground equipment. The playground, where children develop physical and social skills that carry them through to adulthood, was showing the love the Northridge Superstars gave it over the years and now needs to be replaced for the enjoyment and safety of the students.

Employees from Capital Credit Union present donation to representatives from Northridge Elementary School.

Over the past two years, Capital Credit Union has also sponsored a Friendship Bench, a place for kids to sit with a friend when they need comfort and support, at Sunrise Elementary School, and gave a $5,000 donation to the Universal Playground in Mandan.

EAPC WINS MARKETING EXCELLENCE AWARDS Zweig Group, a full-service Architecture and Engineering consulting firm based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, announces that EAPC Architects Engineers has received Marketing Excellence Awards for two categories including Website and Holiday.

The Marketing Excellence Awards recognize outstanding and effective marketing in the architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting industries. Awards were given in the categories of social media, holiday, special event, internal marketing, external newsletter, integrated marketing, proposal presentation, and website. “It is exciting to compete with some of the best AE firms in the country,” said Lori Bakken, EAPC Marketing Director. “We are continuously looking for creative ways to educate our clients on the services EAPC provides, as well as thank them for trusting us as their design partner in the AE industry.”

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Bismarck’s newest park, South Meadows Park, 101 Nine Lane, in south Bismarck was officially dedicated. Bismarck Parks and Recreation District’s Executive Director, Randy Bina, was joined by Chad Wachter, Board of Park Commissioner Julie Jeske and Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary. Chad and Stacy Wachter, developers and land owners of the property, partnered with Bismarck Parks and Recreation District and the City of Bismarck to create South Meadows Park. The park features a playground, open play space, a loop trail, basketball courts, a picnic shelter, trees and a small parking lot

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STARION BANK ANNOUNCES KINDNESS CASH WINNERS

On April 28, international Pay it Forward Day, Starion Bank employees across North Dakota placed more than 600 “Kindness Cash” wallets with $20 cash and instructions asking those who found the wallets to use the money to pay it forward. “We believe it is so important for a business to give back to the community that it’s one of Starion’s core values,” explained Craig Larson, Starion CEO and chairman of the board. “Kindness Cash is a rewarding project for our employees and got each community involved. Together we inspired our neighbors to pay it forward and positively impact the lives of others.” Wallet finders were asked to submit to the bank the story of how they paid it forward via social media or email. Those who did so by May 12 were entered into a random drawing to have $250 donated to the charity of the winner’s choice. A second drawing was held for the non-profit organizations who received Kindness Cash. The organizations were entered in a survey for the public vote to determine which would receive a $250 donation. The winner of the random drawing was Alicia Glynn of Ellendale. She found a Kindness Cash wallet and used $20 to buy seeds to plant vegetables and flowers in the garden at the Prince of Peace Care Center. Students from Ellendale High School helped residents plant the garden. Keeping with the “theme” of her wallet, Glynn chose to have the $250 from the drawing donated to the care center.

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For the second donation, Central Dakota Humane Society of Bismarck-Mandan received the most votes, winning by just 27. A donation of $250 was made to that organization.

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Many wallet finders thanked Starion Bank for the Kindness Cash project and, as one person put it, “Kindness Cash goes far beyond the monetary value!” All of the stories of how people chose to pay it forward can be found at www.starionbank.com/kindness.

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Larson summed up the project this way, “Kindness Cash is one way to remind people that little things can make a big difference.”


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$210,000 GRANT SUPPORTS LAUNCH OF EMERGENCY GRANT PROGRAM AT UNIVERSITY OF MARY

University of Mary has received a $210,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to operate and maintain a student emergency aid program. Emergency grants will be integrated into the college’s overall student success strategy with the goal of improving retention and completion rates. University of Mary serves students from diverse backgrounds, and a situation that might be a headache for one can be a major financial crisis for another. If a student is already struggling to make ends meet, an unexpected car repair or medical bill might cause that student to withdraw from college. “Thanks to the Dash Emergency Grant, University of Mary has the resources to provide modest emergency grants to our students in times of greatest need,” said Dr. Jayne Hardy, director of the Student Success Center at Mary. The student-focused services of the Student Success Center create an excellent channel to identify students in need of assistance and the Dash Emergency Grant will provide a way to help eligible students overcome the hurdle and continue toward their academic goals.”

University of Mary will begin making student emergency grants in fall 2017. Students will complete an application detailing their financial emergency. A University of Mary committee will review the application, and expenses up to $1,000 will be paid within two business days of approval. By quickly removing financial distractions, students can refocus on their studies and continue toward graduation. University of Mary is one of the first four-year colleges to receive a Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes. A combined $7.2 million in grants was awarded to 32 colleges in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Dash Emergency Grants for four-year colleges build on the success two-year colleges have achieved since Great Lakes began supporting emergency grant programs in 2012. These colleges report students who receive emergency grants stay in school at better rates and graduate in larger numbers. “We’re pleased to extend our Dash Emergency Grant to the University of Mary and other four-year colleges to help more at-risk students overcome financial obstacles to completion,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes.

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than a buying a home, it’s the second largest purchase you’ll make in your life.

Delving into the standard car dealership process really is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you’re going to get. You may feel as though you’re being pressured into buying a certain vehicle, because at a standard dealership, sales consultants are paid based on the price of the vehicle you select. Even after deciding on the right set of wheels, you’ll still have to negotiate. Then after coming to a final price, you may still be asking yourself, “Did I get the right price?” or “Did I pay more than someone else for the same vehicle?”

settings. These evaluations utilize the science of ergonomics — fitting the job to the worker, as opposed to trying to fit the worker to the job — in an attempt to reduce ergonomic risk factors. These risk factors can include: stress, strain, repetition and compression — and many more.

An ergonomic assessment to identify these risks can be performed by a trained professional like a physical therapist. Changing a worker’s environmental response by changing the circumstances within their environment mitigates risk factors. For example, if an employee’s work is positioned on the floor, the When shopping at a best price dealership, employee is mostly likely to bend at the they put their best price right up front on waist to perform the work. If this stress every vehicle. The shopping environment and strain to the muscles and joints in the is relaxed, because your sales consultant’s low back continues, injury may follow. pay is not based on commission. Their After the risk factor is identified, the compensation is literally based on your environment must change. By raising the happiness, and they’re still paid the same work to the employee’s waist height, the whether they sell you a $2,000 car or a employee performs in a neutral, joint$20,000 car – there is no negotiating. friendly position. You’ll have peace of mind knowing every Poor ergonomics puts employee safety guest gets treated the exact same in at risk and resulting injuries may end hopes of building a relationship for life. up costing a company thousands of dollars. By investing in injury prevention strategies like ergonomics, companies can be proactive, preventing injuries and saving money. 28 | Chamber Connection

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• Our Day Support Program is for adults over the age of 21. The focus is on social skills, rec/leisure activities, as well as volunteer and pre-vocational opportunities. We are a community based program; therefore, our clients spend their days engaged in the community rather than a sheltered workshop setting.

• Our Behavioral Health Program, which includes autism services programming, works with individuals to reduce harmful behaviors while replacing those actions by developing independent, socially appropriate skills. • Our In-Home Supports Program provides respite care to families who have a child with a disability living in their home. Respite care is provided so family members can attend to activities outside the home, with the assurance that their child is taken care of by a trained professional. • Our Employment Program contracts with Voc Rehab to assist individuals in finding and maintaining employment. • Our Case Aide Program supports individuals with mental health diagnosis to maintain independent living.


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Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF Q: WHAT IS A “THEMED” Q: I HAVE LIGHTER SKIN AND HIRING A PROFESSIONAL FRECKLES AND I’M WORRIED WEBSITE? WINDOW CLEANER FOR MY ABOUT GETTING SKIN A: Websites, like clothing, come in a HOME? CANCER. WHAT ARE SOME variety of sizes, styles, and price ranges. OF THE WAYS I CAN HELP The website you want can be a themed A: Over time, dirt and debris on your windows can become smudged when in site, which would be like buying clothes PREVENT IT? “off-the-rack”, or it can be a custom site contact with moisture. Not only can this A: Prevention is definitely key against sun make it difficult to see the view outside which is like buying a tailor-made suit. damage and here are some tips to follow: your home, but it can also negatively affect the look and feel of your home’s • Apply broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) ambiance. Some the benefits of hiring a sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher to your to your entire body 30 minutes before professional window cleaning company going outside and reapply every two for your dirty windows include. hours or after swimming. Sunscreen • Boost the curb appeal of your home. should be used on babies only if they Dirty windows are, well, less appealing. are over the age of six months (keep • Improve the quality of your home. newborns out of the sun). Clean windows will improve the look • Try to limit sun exposure to when the and feel of your home’s interior, which sun is intense, which is before 10:00am will make you feel good. or after 4:00pm • Cover up with clothing, including a broad brimmed hat and sunglasses.

• Avoid tanning beds because research shows indoor tanning increases your risk of skin cancer by 75%.

• Examine your skin, head-to-toe every month and see your physician every year for a professional exam. The ABC’s of detection are important to watch for in a mole or lesion: A: Assymetry - one portion is different B: Borders - irregular borders C: Color - mole is various colors D: Diameter - a noted change in size E: Evolving - change in color and shape

• It’s safer than washing them yourself. When cleaning your own windows, you often have to use a ladder to reach higher spaces. This increases risk of injury. When you get your windows professionally cleaned, you won’t have to worry about these risks. • Finally, getting your windows professionally washed will make them cleaner and clearer. We use unique tools to ensure your windows are cleaned without leaving smudges or streaks behind. When you hire Mr. Squeegee, you’ll get that streak-free shine and your windows will look beautiful.

There are literally thousands of themes you can choose from for your site and they come in all kinds of layouts, sizes, and styles. Themes allow you to change options like colors and fonts, and you can edit your content without programming knowledge.

Compared to a custom-built site, themed sites offer limited options for customization, but they are budget friendly and require less development time so if you need to get up and running quickly it’s a great option! Custom-built websites have a one-of-akind design, convey a stronger brand, and can be coded to maximize search engine optimization (SEO). The custom build process depends on a deep understanding of your company’s needs and goals.

Each option has benefits, but a professional web developer will be able to guide you through the process of determining which option is the best fit for your business.

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Northland Concrete & Excavation Welcomes Gietzen

Nikki Gietzen, Administrative Assistant, joined Northland’s Family in May 2017. She has many years of experience in the fields of accounting, construction and administrative services. In her short time with Dacar Joins DCN’s Nikki Gietzen Northland, she has proven Team to be a great addition and representation of Northland’s Core Values. Sheldon Dacar recently Gietzen resides in Lincoln with her husband, joined Dakota Carrier Network Shane, daughter, Delaney and pets; Harley, Throttle (DCN) as an Ethernet/IP and Chachi. She enjoys reading, gardening, crafting, Technician I in the Bismarck office. Dacar previously worked camping, traveling, spending time with her family Sheldon Dacar as network technician at West and pets, and animal rescue. River Telecommunications. Logos Designed by He graduated from the North Dakota State College Odney’s Corporate of Science in 2010 with an associate’s degree in computer information services. He is also CompTIA Creative Director to be N+ certified. DCN has offices located in Fargo and Featured in National Bismarck, North Dakota. Trade Publication

NDSC Announces Staff Changes

The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) welcomes Molly Glassheim as the Accounting Assistant. Molly has a bachelor’s in finance and business administration from Dickinson State University and five years of accounting experience. She will assist the accounting department with credit card deposits, class reconciliation, invoicing, and more. Kathy Zander, formerly the NDSC’s Traffic Safety Assistant, has accepted the Home & Community Coordinator position. Zander will coordinate all training requests for Home & Community courses, as well as manage the Operation Lifesaver of the Dakotas rail safety program. As part of a company reorganization, Kristine Karre has been promoted to Accounting Manager; Sarah McKenna to Office Manager; and Serena Schmit to the role of Marketing Manager.

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16 logos designed by Mike Bruner, corporate creative director and partner at Odney, are being recognized by LogoLounge in its 10thanniversary publication. LogoLounge® houses logos from designers around the world, and allows designers to easily share their ideas and concepts with peers and clients anywhere. For this issue, LogoLounge received over 200,000 submissions, which were narrowed down to 40,000 judged by 10 top designers from around the world. The best 2,000 logos will printed in the book. The projects in the book are selected for their quality, timeliness, and relevance, and inspirational nature. Mike Bruner

Sanford Health Nurses Receive Certifications

Lori Hintz

Lori Hintz, BSN, is now a board certified flight registered nurse by the Board Certification of Emergency Nursing. Hintz works as a flight nurse in the Dickinson AirMed department. She has been with Sanford

Health for two years. Megan Goldade, BSN, is now a board certified medical-surgical registered nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Goldade works as a nurse in the General Surgical department at Sanford Health in Bismarck. She has been with Sanford Health for five years.

Magi Touch Carpet One Welcomes Herbel

Magi Touch Carpet One in Bismarck welcomes Bobi Jo Herbel as their Marketing professional. Bobi previously worked as a Marketing Strategist for Townsquare Media. Bobi is a Bismarck native and Bismarck High School graduate, she received her B.A. from Minot State University in 2012. Bobi is also a board member for The Downtown Business Association of Bismarck.

Ellison Named Advisor of the Month Securian Financial Advisors of

ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that Bruce Ellison has been named Advisor of the Month for May based upon his production and service to his clients. Ellison is a Registered Bruce Ellison Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Securian Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC.


www.bismarckmandan.com Dakota Eye Institute Welcomes Dr. Rodenburg and Lacher Dakota Eye Institute recently

hired Andrew Rodenburg, M.D. as the newest ophthalmologist of its eye care team. A graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Dr. Rodenburg earned his B.S. at North Dakota State Andrew Rodenburg University and then went on to the University of North Dakota to earn his medical degree. He completed his residency at the Dean McGee Institute in Oklahoma City before returning to his hometown of Bismarck. Dr. Rodenburg, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, will begin Tara Lacher seeing patients in mid-July. He will specialize in the treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, medical retina, and oculoplastic surgery. Dakota Eye Institute also hired Tara Lacher to join its eye care team as a Medical Records Coordinator. Lacher will maintain health information, monitor day-to-day scheduling accuracy, and provide ongoing interaction between patients, physicians, and other staff. Lacher is native of Mandan, ND. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, where she earned her Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in health. Lacher is also the founder of My Pink Scarf, Inc., a non-profit organization that supplies cancer survivors with knitted or crocheted pink scarves.

Starion Bank Receives Highest Rating from BauerFinancial Starion Bank has received a five star “superior” rating from BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm. BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. Star ratings are assigned on a scale of zero-to-five stars, with five being the strongest, and are based on the overall financial picture of the financial institution.

Jason Kirchmeier, CFP, CRPC, CLTC, CDFA, a Private Wealth Advisor with Legacy Financial Jason Kirchmeier Partners a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc obtained the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) certification through The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™ (IDFATM). Jason Kirchmeier is trained to provide financial information and assistance to include evaluating the tax implications of dividing property and the settlement options for dividing pensions, marital property and awarding of child and spousal support. IDFA trains professional financial planners, CPAs and attorneys to determine the financial needs and outcomes for couples after divorce. A growing number of Institute members are providing these services in communities throughout the United States. As a Private Wealth Advisor, Kirchmeier provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients.

Baumgartner to lead Member Services and Adminstration Department at Basin Electric Basin Electric Power Cooperative CEO and General Manager Paul Sukut has announced that Chris Baumgartner has accepted the position of senior vice president of Member Services and Administration at Basin Electric. Chris Baumgartner Baumgartner previously served as co-general manager/ CEO at Innovative Energy Alliance, providing general management and executive leadership to KEM Electric Cooperative, Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative, Roughrider Electric Cooperative, and Slope Electric Cooperative. Before joining Innovative Energy Alliance, Baumgartner worked for Basin Electric from 19922012, most recently as manager of member relations. Baumgartner has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, and Master of Business Administration and Master of Management degrees from the University of Mary, Bismarck.

Dr. Johnson Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award The American Lung Association of North Dakota has

presented the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Eric Johnson, MD, of Grand Forks. Johnson is a family Michael Quamme medicine physician at Altru Health System and an associate professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine. Johnson is the physician consultant to NDQuits, the president of Tobacco Free ND and serves on many advisory boards, including the advisory committee for BreatheND. He hosts a weekly call-in radio show on health topics and is well-known statewide as a Alex Ausk champion against Big Tobacco. The Award was presented during the American Lung Association in North Dakota Leadership Board May 23 meeting in Bismarck. The lifetime achievement award is given to an individual whose dedication and partnership throughout the years has made a substantial impact on lung health issues.

Ziebarth Named General Manager Of Americinn Bismarck Sanford Health Hires Executive Discover Lodging Management, Director of Legal Inc. is pleased to announce Angie Sersha joins Sanford

Heather Ziebarth as General Manager of the AmericInn Lodge & Suites Bismarck, ND. Since graduating with a degree in hospitality from Bismarck State College, Heather has worked with various larger hotel brands. She is a certified Domestic Violence Advocate and attended the Peace Officers Standards Training program. Born in Montana and raised in ND, Heather enjoys time with family and friends in her spare time she likes competition shooting. Heather is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and enjoys volunteering her time at various Car seat checkups in the Bis/Man Community. Heather Ziebarth

Kirchmeier Receives Certified Divorce Financial Analyst Designation

Health in Bismarck as the executive director of legal. As the primary legal contact for Sanford Bismarck, Angie will work with and be a part of the Sanford Bismarck leadership team. Her Angie Sersha job responsibilities include providing legal counsel on issues such as minimizing risk and protecting patients and employees. Sersha has worked in the legal profession since 2003.

Quamme, Ausk and Tschida Earn Professional Engineering Licensure Apex Engineering Group is

pleased to announce Michael Quamme, Alex Ausk, and Craig Tschida have earned their Professional Engineer (PE) licensure. Quamme is a graduate of North Dakota State University and earned his PE license in North Dakota. Quamme’s emphasis is on providing water and wastewater engineering services out of the Apex-Fargo office. Ausk received his degree from North Dakota State University and became licensed in North Dakota. Ausk focuses on transportation engineering out of the Apex-Bismarck office. Tschida graduated from Craig Tschida North Dakota State University and received his license in Minnesota. Tschida’s concentration is providing municipal engineering out of the Apex-Detroit Lakes office.

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NEWS First International Bank and Trust New Hire and Promotion

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First International Bank & Trust (FIB&T) is proud to announce the new hire of the following employee. Brandon Hoffman is the Central and Western Alicia Rixen North Dakota Mortgage Market Manager. Brandon will be located in our Bismarck office. Melissa Frohlich is now AVP/

Digital Banking Manager. Melissa has been with the bank for two years and currently works at our Bismarck branch.

PERKS Century 21 Landmark Realty Welcomes New Agents Alicia Rixen earned a BA in Int Relations and History from UND. She has been in the real estate industry for five years and also brings nine years sales experience with her. Rob Knoll has been working in the affordable housing industry for approximately 25 years on the lending and development side, helping families live in safe and affordable housing.

Rob Knoll Bianco Realty Announces Sales Awards and New Hire Choice Financial Hires Gross Bianco Realty has named Shania Gross recently joined Shirley Thomas and Jim

Urlacher Named RN Health Coach Manager Kelsey Urlacher, RN, is now

the RN health coach manager at Sanford Health in Bismarck. In her new role, she will lead Kelsey Urlacher, RN the RN health coaches and collaborate with clinic teams, supervisors and the quality department to assist in implementing improvement strategies for outpatient services at Sanford Health in Bismarck. Urlacher has been with Sanford Health for 10 years.

New Hire to Spherion Staffing Bismarck Team Spherion Staffing, a recruiting,

staffing and workforce solutions provider, has hired Mark Roningen as Area Manager in Choice Financial as a Frontline Jeromchek “REALTORS® of the the Bismarck office. Spherion Specialist. Month.” Thomas and also has offices in Fargo, N.D, Todd Koppinger Gross recently graduated from Jeromchek had the most closed Perham, Minn. and Sioux Falls, Bismarck State College with an sales at Bianco Realty for the S.D. Mark Roningen Associates of Arts Degree. month of May 2017. Roningen oversees the general Gross is also a Ceritified Nurse business operations and manages the service team for Bianco Realty is excited to announce the newest Shania Gross Assistant and CPR and First Aid the Bismarck office. He also specializes in developing REALTOR® to join their professional Real Estate Team, Ceritfied. She enjoys sports Todd client relationships, increasing customer engagement Koppinger. Todd looks forward to helping clients with including basketball, volleyball, golf, and softball. and advocating Spherion’s professional services. their Real Estate needs, achieving their dream of home Gross also enjoys camping and spending time with Roningen earned his Bachelors of Science from her family and friends. ownership and providing a Tradition of Excellence. University of North Dakota.

JULY LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD.

Broadcast on KDAK 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at www.freetv.org.

Wed, 5th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Mon, 10th 4:30 pm Mandan Park Board * 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 7:00 pm Mandan School Board * Tues, 11th 5:15 pm 5:30 pm Wed, 12th 8:00 am 5:15 pm

Bismarck City Commission Mandan City Commission * Burleigh County Water Resource District Burleigh Planning Commission

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Mon, 17th

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Tue, 18th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Thurs, 20th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board Mon, 24th Tue. 25th

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Wed, 26th

5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission

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

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


www.bismarckmandan.com Loegering Earns Professional Sanford Health Announce 2017 Engineering License Soaring to Excellence Winners Jared Loegering, an engineer Sanford Health in Bismarck awarded 10 Soaring at KLJ, an engineering, surveying and planning firm, earned his professional engineering (PE) license in North Dakota. Loegering earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering Jared Loegering from North Dakota State University. He specializes in Surface Transportation in the Bismarck office.

American Lung Association Honors Two for Distinguished Service in North Dakota

Jim Kambeitz and Becky Anderson were recently awarded the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the American Lung Association in North Dakota. The awards were presented at a recent meeting in Bismarck of the American Lung Association of North Dakota Leadership Board, where both serve as volunteer board members. Kambeitz, a production manager at Dakota Media Access, was honored for his strong work as an advocate for cleaner outdoor air and more use of cleaner, renewable fuels in North Dakota. His familiarity with air monitoring, as well as the affects weather and geography play in air pollution has made him a valued volunteer leader in the organization. He has also offered his time and talents in efforts to reduce tobacco use and to fight lung cancer in women. Anderson, a registered respiratory therapist and disease management manager at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, was also honored. A nationally recognized expert in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care, Anderson also served as president of the Leadership Board that honored her. She has also served as a strong advocate for tobacco prevention in North Dakota, delivering powerful testimony to the state legislature this past session.

to Excellence awards to employees and departments who go above and beyond and live out Sanford’s mission, dedicated to the work of health and healing. Below are the winners of the 2017 Soaring to Excellence awards for the Bismarck Region of Sanford Health: Florence Nightingale Nurse Award - Tissa Hanson, BSN, RN, Emergency Department

Capital Credit Union 10-time Winner as Top Workplace for Young Professionals

Capital Credit Union recently received the Bismarck-Mandan Top 10 Young Professional Workplaces Award from the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network (YPN). This is the tenth time Capital Credit Union has received the award since its inception in 2007. The award recognizes area businesses and organizations that provide development opportunities for young professionals, comprehensive benefit packages and opportunities Star Performance Nurse Award for community service. - Amy Meyer, BSN, RN, Emergency Department In January of this year, Capital Credit Union was Spirit of Nursing Leadership Award presented with the Best Place to Work Award from - Ione Eckroth, MSN, RN the North Dakota Young Professionals Network, the New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements statewide organization for young professionals. Similarly, this award recognized the credit Nurse Award union’s support of professional development and - Jackie Farland, MSN, RN, Surgery commitment to giving back to the community. Exemplary Professional Practice Nurse Award - Mary Waldo, BSN, Emergency Department Structural Empowerment Nurse Award - Chelsie Hammargren, BSN, RN, Emergency Department Transformational Leadership Nurse Award - Crystal Toepke, BSN, RN, Cardiology

Distinguished Wisdom Keeper Nurse Award - LeeAnn Roehrich, BSN, RN, Pediatrics Acute

Friend of Nursing Award – Individual - Justin Reisenauer, M.D., Emergency Department Friend of Nursing Award – Department - Patient Relations

Marco Named To Prestigious ‘Managed Print Services Best In Class’ List By Hp With more than 3,700 Managed Print Services customers across the nation, Marco’s reputation for industry-leading solutions and services was recognized by HP as it named Marco to its list of MPS Best in Class Partners. The milestone marks the first time Marco has received this award, something Marco’s Director of MPS Dan Larkin says is a testament to the entire Marco team delivering their very best. HP began this recognition in 2015 to highlight their top-performing MPS partners based on performance statistics.

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Ribbon Cuttings

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

TINEE & TRENDEE Miranda Bodvig, Owner, at her new location on 231 W. Broadway Ave. in Bismarck. 701-751-7011

BURLEIGH-MORTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER Jerry Woodcox, Burleigh County Commissioner, and Bruce Strinden, Morton County Commissioner along with other commissioners celebrate the grand opening ceremony for the new jail on 4100 Apple Creek Road in Bismarck. 701-222-6651. Member.

CHOICE FINANCIAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT TEAM Nate Natwick and staff at their new branch location on 207 E. Front Ave. Ste. B in Bismarck. 701-258-3300. Member. 34 | Chamber Connection

FRONT STREET MILLWORK & LUMBER Brad Miller, Pat Marback, and Jim Rudnick at their new location on 3320 E. Century Ave in Bismarck. 701-255-1636. Member.

FIRST WESTERN BANK & TRUST Senator Hoeven’s family, Chad Johnson, Market President and staff at their ground breaking ceremony on 304 E. Front Ave. in Bismarck. Member

SCHMIDT AUTO SALES Dustin Schmidt and Mike Schmidt, Owners at their new business on 3420 Memorial Highway in Mandan. 701-751-4587.


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

Burleigh County Senior Adults Program 315 North 20th Street Bismarck, ND Bethany Whitworth (701) 255-4648 The Burleigh County Senior Adults Program/Bismarck Senior Center works to enhance the lives of adults age 60+ through nutrition, health maintenance and outreach services. Buffalo Wings & Rings 4424 North 15th Street Bismarck, ND Al Hauck (701) 222-4297 Sports restaurant & bar with fresh never frozen ingredients. Best wings in Bismarck - Mandan.

Lakewood Condominium Association PO Box 1 Mandan, ND Virginia Illich JK Sales, LLC Bismarck, ND Jason Kramer (701) 805-5600 We have unique products to help businesses, merchants and consumers connect more often.

DK Orthodontics 4401 Coleman Street Suite 105 Bismarck, ND Daniel Keith (701) 751-8444 DK Orthodontics provides traditional & ceramic braces as well as Invisalign. We strive to give every patient an experience that exceeds expectations. iRepair 2700 State St. Bismarck, ND Chris Lippert (701) 471-7539 Service, sales & training for all things Apple. With over 20 years of Apple experience, why trust your devices to anyone but the experts? We buy/sell preowned Apple devices. Evoco Partners Ltd. 4007 State St. Suite 104 Bismarck, ND Rob Pfennig (701) 426-6651 Evoco Partners provides exit strategy planning along with consulting services focused on identifying and implementing practical and innovative solutions to increase profitability. indigosignworks.com | 701.250.9696 | 3521 Memorial Hwy, Mandan

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