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Brian Eiseman .....................................................................Chair Val Weigel ..................................................................Vice Chair Kevin Strege .................................................................Secretary Mike Schmitz ................................................................Treasurer Molly Herrington ....................................................... Past Chair


Steve Bakken ......................................................City of Bismarck Brian Eiseman ...............................................Stoneshire Builders Heather Fried ....................State Farm - Fried Financial Services Molly Herrington .........................................................Individual Chris Jones ...................................ND Dept. of Human Services Amber Larson.....................................................City of Mandan Karl Lembke ......................................................Vaaler Insurance Allan Miller ............................................................Anyleaks, Inc. Dr. Sara Weigel Ness ..............................Active Life Chiropractic Jim Peluso .........................................................Burleigh County Marnie Piehl ...........................................Bismarck State College Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat Mike Schmitz ......................................Schmitz-Holmstrom CPAs Cody Schulz ........................................................Morton County Garret Senger ...............................Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Kevin Strege ................................................Capital Credit Union Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Val Weigel ..............................Basin Electric Power Cooperative Lee Weisbeck ..........................................................Starion Bank


Brian Ritter ...................................................................President Aasta Eggert .......Economic Development Marketing Specialist Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director Mary Masters .......................................Office Support Specialist Christine Nelson .........................Program & Marketing Director Ryan Parsons ........................................................Vice President Rebecca Rattei ................................ Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Jaime Sabot ....................Workforce Development Coordinator Lyndsey Scheurer .................................. Communications & ED Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President Josie Smyle ..............................Membership and Events Intern Cathryn Sprynczynatyk ................... Communications Specialist Joan Trygg ...........................Membership Engagement Director 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-223-5660 • www.bismarckmandan.com

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he term ‘new normal’ is almost cliché at this point, but that doesn’t mean it’s inaccurate. In almost every industry that comprises our local economy, we’ve had to make changes to our work habits, office environments and even our personal interactions in light of the coronavirus outbreak. However, there are signs all around us that we’re returning to that ‘new normal’ and that includes here at the Chamber EDC. First, later this month we’ll once again host E2: Educators Experience. E2 is one of the Chamber EDC’s workforce development programs that is actually geared towards our educators; not our students. Think of it as an abbreviated internship for teachers, counselors and more by which they spend a week in half-day workshops with business community leaders from multiple industries learning all about the educational requirements in those particular fields. The idea is that by giving this information straight to educators, they can then take that information with them back into the classroom and share it with their students as they consider their own career paths. Speaking of workforce, we’re hosting the 2020 Workforce Summit on Tuesday, July 28 at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck. Employers, educators and professionals are all encouraged to attend and learn from keynote speaker Bob Randall on “Meeting the Needs of the Modern Workplace.” In addition to the keynote speaker, you can participate in an expanded selection of workshops designed to provide you with insight into various workforce opportunities and best practices. And throughout the summer, we’ll be hosting installments of our Business Development Series (BDS) that all members can participate in. The BDS is really a resource for our members because it’s a local and readily accessible means of professional development. I personally have taken part in the Series in the past and would encourage everyone to do the same. What’s more is that the organization has taken your feedback and started offering the BDS both in-person and virtually so whether you’re a member that has the ability to attend in-person or you’re someone currently telecommuting, you can take advantage of it. While nobody planned on or wished the coronavirus outbreak to happen, obviously, please know that the Chamber EDC has worked very hard to adapt to the changes it has brought about and that’s reflected in how different our event offerings look from even just one year ago. And on top of these changes, the organization continues work on a number of ongoing efforts, including the 2021 Legislative Agenda. A draft of the agenda has been prepared and is now being vetted with both private and public stakeholders so that we can share it with our Legislative Delegation early this Fall. We’ll take their feedback, combine it with what we get from others and then finalize it prior the December Organizational Session so that we’re in the best possible position when the Legislature convenes in January. Finally and most importantly, thank you for your continued support of the Chamber EDC!

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THE ENTREPRENEURS’ ROUNDTABLE By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Entrepreneurship is thriving on the prairie. From events like 1 Million Cups and Mandan’s Business Pitch Challenge to accolades being named in the Top 10 Best Small Cities to Start a Business by WalletHub and in the Top 50 Best Places for Small Business Startups by CNN Money, everything points to fertile entrepreneurial soil in Bismarck-Mandan. Connection magazine posed the same set of questions to five entrepreneurs to create an entrepreneurs’ roundtable. The entrepreneurs interviewed include Marlo Anderson, Founder of National Day Calendar; Brady Wolf, Owner of 2 Vets Moving Co.; Guy Halvorson, Beef Sales Director of Armor Animal Health (formerly Stockmen’s Supply); and Sandy and Steven Jacobson, Owners of Brick Oven Bakery.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS? Anderson: “Because nobody would hire me. I have always been an entrepreneur — I don’t know any other way. I haven’t worked for anybody else since maybe two years out of high school. I’ve always had some type of business going on. As I’ve aged, I understand my love of startups. There is just something about starting up a company, that excitement, that adrenaline. I’m not afraid to dip my toe in the pond and test the waters so to speak.” Steven Jacobson: “I wanted to have a restaurant when I was younger. I went to school for business management geared toward hospitality and the restaurant industry. It never came to fruition. We fortunately had the time and finances to be able to do it (now). I like baking more than just cooking. A bakery seemed like a smaller, more manageable endeavor to start with. Maybe someday we’ll rent the space next door and open a restaurant.”

ARMOR ANIMAL HEALTH Proprietor: Guy Halvorson, Beef Sales Director Founded: 1956 Employees: 14 in Mandan; 145 in the United States How would you describe your business in 30 words or less? “We’re a premier animal health supplier in the Upper Midwest that strives to help our customers be successful.”

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Wolf: “I went straight out of high school into the military. I was there for four and a half years and was injured… I came back here and worked some remedial jobs here in town trying to figure out what I was going to do… I worked for five years at an oilfield company until we started having kids. I wasn’t able to spend as much time with the family as I would like. I was moving part-time on my days off helping friends and family… We decided to make it official and put a name behind it. My general manager was getting out of the military. He was in the same platoon with me, same unit; we deployed multiple times together… It started off as a part-time thing. It got so busy I had to leave my fulltime employment in the oilfield, plus this kept me home most nights. And we’ve never looked back.” Halvorson: “Stockmen’s Supply started in 1956 as a supply outlet and veterinary clinic in West Fargo… I’ve been managing the business since 2008. It was acquired by ANIMART, LLC (in 2016) … We are in the middle of a name change to Armor Animal Health. ANIMART, LLC has acquired five different regional animal health suppliers, forming one company to become the No. 3 supplier in the animal health industry.”


2 VETS MOVING CO. Proprietor: Brady Wolf, Owner Founded: 2016 Employees: 27 How would you describe your business in 30 words or less? “We are working every day to provide a better service for our community. We do a lot of moving, but we also help people move for remodels, furniture delivery services.”

WHAT SETS YOUR BUSINESS APART FROM OTHERS IN YOUR INDUSTRY? Halvorson: “We have a lab in Portland, Ore. Within two days, we can have lab samples there and one day to get the results back. Usually within three days we have the results back.”

Steven Jacobson: “All of our breads are fermented sourdough style. We have a giant wood-fired oven shipped over from France to keep it as traditional as possible. That is the only oven like that in the United States. There are only two companies in France that make that style oven, and they had never shipped one to the United States.”

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Anderson: “We have hundreds and hundreds of (competitors) that have sprung up because of us. To this point, we do not have a salesperson on this team. Everything we have done here has been inbound. To me that has been extremely fascinating. We get to pick our clientele so to speak.”

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NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR Proprietor: Marlo Anderson, Founder Founded: 2013 Employees: 15 How would you describe your business in 30 words or less? “We are where the world gathers to celebrate every day.” Other Businesses: Zoovio, Awesome Two Products, Saf Power, Q1 Network, Pakkage

WHAT ARE KEY MILESTONES SINCE THE FOUNDING OF YOUR BUSINESS? Sandy Jacobson: “It got busy really fast. We really thought we would ease into it and get bigger and bigger. It started out big right away.”

HOW HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED YOUR BUSINESS? Halvorson: “(COVID-19) has delayed shipments in and out. Otherwise it has been business as normal. Farms and ranches didn’t get to stop for COVID-19, so we don’t either.”

Anderson: “You have to listen to the people who are your customers. I didn’t want to print a calendar. I was 100 percent against doing this. I’m a geek. It’s free online. Why in the world would you spend money on a printed calendar? … Sometimes that path of listening to your customer base is the path to monetization. At the time we were struggling with how to monetize this. That very obvious path was a path we were resistant to.”

Wolf: “Our growth rate has been so substantial year after year. It’s hard to say what it was due to. I think the reason we are as busy as we are -- mid-March thru now -- is because of interest rates being as low as they are. A lot of people are buying houses who may not have thought of doing it before. That’s some of the feedback we’ve gotten from some of our clients. They weren’t planning on buying another house. Our dollar is going to carry farther than any other time, so let’s do it now.”

Wolf: “We are three and a half years in. We have doubled or close to doubled in size every year for the last three years. We’re hoping to continue that growth going forward. We’re slammed for work right now.”

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Sandy Jacobson: “In order to avoid people coming into the building, we took out a solid window and displayed bread in there. We picked up a Pella window slider, put in in there so we could have a walk-up window. People love the window so much, we’re not getting rid of it… Bismarck has just embraced us more than we ever expected. It went well. We were able to keep a couple of employees on. Within four weeks, we had most of our front employees on. After the first week of our window, we had all of our bakers at full staff because we were just so busy.”

CONNECTION | FEATURE WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLIMATE OF BISMARCK-MANDAN? Wolf: “I think North Dakota as a whole is a great state to start a business... It’s not something you hear about frequently in the news — stores closing up shop, having to close their doors here in town. You don’t see that a lot here as much as in other states.” Anderson: “We have a great startup culture here — 1 Million Cups, the Capitol is on our backyard. We have a governor who is business centric. We have the Bank of North Dakota. We have great resources around here. Anyone interested in starting businesses has that great base. Say you need a loan. It’s so easy to hop online, but there is something about face-to-face and developing those relationships that is so key.” Halvorson: “I think the business climate is very good in Bismarck-Mandan. There is a great support within the business community to help each other thrive per say.”

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER ENTREPRENEURS? Anderson: “Start. If you have an idea, you should start exploring. There are plenty of people around here who are willing to help you. You’ll find out in that starting phase if it’s an economically viable thing to do. You’ll probably find out in a few weeks whether it’s something you can move forward with.” Halvorson: “Take it a day at a time, but don’t lose sight of your visions, and don’t give up. It takes a lot of sacrifice.” Steven Jacobson: “Do you research and talk to anyone you can in the industry. Ask around. Some people are willing to talk to you. We could have avoided some mistakes had we known more about it going into it. If you’re a local, independent-owned restaurant or bakery, they’re going to talk to you.”

BRICK OVEN BAKERY Proprietors: Steven and Sandy Jacobson, Owners Founded: 2019 Employees: 12 How would you describe your business in 30 words or less? “We’re an artisanal bakery creating scratch-made pastries and breads in the traditional French fashion.”

Wolf: “Just go for it.”

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The Pier Bar & Grill have been Chamber EDC members since 2016.

Tiffany Galpin THE PIER BAR & GRILL Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: Hello, my name is Tiffany Galpin, and my husband and I own the Pier Bar and Grill.

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Briefly tell us the history behind The Pier Bar and Grill? A: Way back when the Pier used to be home to a riverside gas station on land and on the water. It was also a home for fine dining when the original owner had it. Since then there has been two other owners besides my husband and me. When the previous owners had the restaurant, they split it in half closing the north end of the building. When my husband and I took over in 2016, we reopened the other side and made the restaurant whole again. Since we took the restaurant over, we have done numerous upgrades to the building and continue to make it a welcoming and fun place to come to any time of the year.

CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted The Pier? A: Since my husband and I only took over operations four years ago, we missed the pre-boom of the Bismarck/ Mandan area. Due to that, we have a hard time comparing what we are currently experiencing versus what previous owners have gone through. We are thankful that each year we have owned the Pier that we have developed new relationships with our guests and neighbors, therefore our business has grown each year we have been here. What trends are taking place in your industry? A: This year the new trend across the board in the restaurant bar industry are the guidelines we are currently following for the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides that, we have been in full swing since reopening and have been enjoying a typical busy summer on the river. Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: Again, the main monumental change we have experienced has been with COVID-19 guidelines and having to be closed back from mid-March to the beginning of May and now being reopened and keeping up with the ever changing guidelines and the craziness that the summer months entail.

What does the future of The Pier look like, and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: The future for us is always looking forward to gaining more new relationships with our guests and neighbors to continue to expand our business in the fall and winter months and continue to enjoy the fun mayhem of the summer season on the river. Our belief is that each year the industry will continue to grow with us and throughout the Bismarck/Mandan area. The Pier Bar and Grill became a member in 2016, why do you continue to renew each year? A: We continue to renew because of the Chambers’ connection to the community and their continued support for businesses like ours throughout the Bismarck/Mandan community. What should other Chamber EDC members know about The Pier that may assist them? A: Other members should be aware that we are open year-round. After Labor Day we offer dinner specials on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the fall and winter. We also have a room upstairs to rent out for meetings and gatherings for a small rental fee from Labor Day to Memorial Day.

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AVAILABLE LOCAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS On June 11th, the Bismarck Vision Fund approved a request from Cloverdale to provide a portion of the local match for the Bank of North Dakota’s PACE Interest BuyDown program. Earlier in March, the same project was approved by the Mandan Growth Fund for the other part of the local portion. While the project is an incredible win for Bismarck-Mandan and a unique opportunity to partner these two programs, we want to highlight here our local business assistance programs in the Bismarck Vision Fund and Mandan Growth Fund. Both the Bismarck Vision Fund and the Mandan Growth Fund are local business assistance programs that help to finance or offset costs of a start-up, expansion or redevelopment project in the community.

The Mandan Growth Fund, much like the Vision Fund, is governed by a board made up of nine members and also provides recommendations to the city commission. The Growth Fund, has defined programs that focus on Mandan needs and wants. The Storefront Improvement Program is a popular Growth Fund program and provides up to a $30,000 forgivable loan to assist in offsetting costs that are incurred when rehabbing a building façade. This program is limited to projects within the downtown corridor and fringe district. Another popular program is the Retail Incentive Program that provides up to $5 per square foot of operating space, not to exceed $20,000, to businesses that fill a gap in the city’s market profile and meet other program criteria.

The Bismarck Vision Fund is governed by a five-member board and provides recommendations to the Bismarck City Commission. Recently the Vision Fund has mainly provided the local match of BND’s PACE Interest Buy-Down program however, in the past the Vision Fund has been utilized to provide more customized funding options to assist expanding projects.

To learn more about these programs and others that may be available contact Nathan at the Chamber EDC office.

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UNITED TRIBES TECHNICAL COLLEGE INCREASES IMPACT All of us here in Bismarck-Mandan are familiar with United Tribes Technical College (UTTC), their campus and of course, the annual UTTC International Powwow. However, what many may not know is that for the past 50 years, UTTC has served over ten thousand Native American students from more than 75 federally recognized Tribes across the nation. UTTC is owned and operated by the five tribes that call North Dakota home: the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, the Spirit Lake Tribe, the Sisseton-WahUTTC has expanded degree options for students to include more in-demand careers, including welding peton Oyate, the Standing Rock technology and computer information technology. Sioux Tribe and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Together, these five tribes oversee an institution that has And while UTTC’s economic impact has grown, so too grown to become an economic force in Bismarck-Mandan. have their degree offerings. Students of any background According to a study conducted by the NDSU Dept. of can pursue certificates, diplomas, associate or bachelor’s Agribusiness and Applied Economics, UTTC: degrees in 15 different areas that include: computer information technology, elementary education, pre-engineering • Had a total economic impact (direct plus secondary) and welding technology. What’s more is that in addition of United Tribes Technical College was $59.6 million in to the investments that UTTC has made in expanding its FY2016. course offerings, the college continues to make invest• Currently employs 201 full-time and 10 part-time emments in its campus through projects such as: a $4 million ployees here in the community. remodel of the Education Building along with remodels of the Student Union and Cozy Creek Café, a renovation of • Expenditures by full-time and part-time students for the UTTC Bookstore and Art Gallery that opened in Spring personal items, recreation, books, supplies, and room 2019 and improvements to All Nations Circle. and board were estimated to be $5.2 million in the 2015-2016 academic year. Total economic impact (direct plus secondary) from student spending was $12.9 million ($5.2 million in direct impacts plus $7.7 million in secondary impacts).

The single greatest issue impacting Bismarck-Mandan’s ability to grow even further is the ability to fill open jobs. Combined with the University of Mary and Bismarck State College, UTTC is a vital part of a higher education community that is helping us train the people necessary to fill all of those open jobs.

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REGISTER "FORE" THE CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE The Chamber EDC Golf Scramble presented by Eide Ford Lincoln is scheduled for Monday, August 17th at Hawktree Golf Club. There is a limited number of spots available, so don't wait to get you and your team registered for a fun day on the green! Individual player entry is $175, a team of four is $700. This includes lunch, dinner, entry fees, golf cart, driving range, putting green and opportunity to enter in contests to WIN from our sponsors!

Join us for the Chamber EDC Golf Scramble on Aug. 17.

Registration starts at 10:30am, followed with shotgun start promptly at 11:30am – the fun begins with a tasty lunch at your leisure while out on the course, with some cool beverages and chances to WIN prizes! Please contact Joan at 701-223-5660 or email jtrygg@bmcedc.com to register you or your team. Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors: Drink Cart Sponsor: Hole Sponsors: Baymont Inn & Suites, BEK Communications, Bismarck Cancer Center, BNC National Bank, Consolidated Construction, Dakota Carrier Network, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, First Western Bank & Trust, Lewis & Clark Development Group, New Vision Security, Probitas Promotions, Radisson, Scheels, Silver Ranch Development, an Investcore Company Putting Green Sponsor: Vogel Law Firm Driving Range/Chipping Sponsor: ICON Architecture Tee Prize Sponsor: Amy Hullet - Century 21 Morrison Golf Cart Sponsor: Silver Ranch Development, an Investcore Company

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Join us for the 2020 Chamber EDC Workforce Summit as we provide our region the opportunity to access resources and to be included in a discussion of workforce issues and solutions with industry leaders.

Employers, educators, and Bob Randall, CEO of professionals are encouraged Transcend Engagement to attend the 2020 Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Workforce Summit on Tuesday, July 28 at the Radisson Hotel from 8:30am-12:00pm. In addition to learning from Bob Randall, the event’s featured keynote, the 2020 Workforce Summit will feature an expanded selection of workshops to provide attendees with insight into various workforce opportunities and best practices. Seating is limited. If you are interested in reserving a table for your organization, please contact Joan at jtrygg@bmcedc.com or call 701-223-5660 to learn more. Virtual attendance will also be offered. Learn more and register at www.bismarckmandan.com. This program has been submitted for continuing education credits from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and professional development credits from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors:

REGISTER ONLINE AT BISMARCKMANDAN.COM OPENING KEYNOTE: “Meeting the Needs of the Modern Workplace” • Bob Randall — CEO, Transcend Engagement As the needs of the modern workforce evolve, employers must learn to change with them or they will struggle attracting and retaining talent. Bob Randall, CEO of Transcend Engagement, will provide attendees with insight and resources to build an inclusive culture, create an agile team and a roadmap to prepare your organization for the next wave of talent: Gen Z. Randall has a passion for helping individuals, teams and organizations thrive and will provide his insight on engaging and recruiting the next generation of talent. With one foot in research as a Doctorate in Organization Development and one foot in practice as a leader with experience in diverse corporate settings, Randall brings a thoughtful and practical approach to recruiting and employee engagement. WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS * Conflict Resolution • Brandy Currie – Learning & Org Development Partner, Starion Bank From the Annual Review to a Culture of Coaching • Raquel Nachatilo — PHR, SHHRM-CP, Human Resources Director, Missouri Valley Family YMCA

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Using Technology to Encourage Engagement – Employee Engagement Software • Bob Randall — CEO, Transcend Engagement

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Internship 101 - From Implementation to Connecting with Candidates • Dr. Karel Sovak — Ph. D., Associate Professor of Business, University of Mary * Additional workshops to be announced

Table Sponsors: Capital Credit Union, EMC Insurance, MDU Resource Group

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SPORTING CLAYS SHOOTOUT IS AROUND THE CORNER It's never too early to start planning for a day of fun at Capital City Sporting Clays presented by Knife River on Friday, August 21st! It's an event that everyone can enjoy and there is always friendly competition. Registration starts at 8:00am with a light breakfast before a shotgun start promptly at 9:30am. Participants are encouraged to stay for a delicious lunch, ice cold refreshments and amazing door prizes. You can register individually and we will assign you to a team or you can sign up in teams of four. Admission includes shotgun shells (12 and 20 gauge), ear plugs, course fees, lunch, beverages and an opportunity to take home some great door prizes. Please register you and your team today by going online to www.bismarckmandan.com or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bmcedc. com.

The Chamber EDC Sporting Clays Shootout is scheduled for Aug. 21.

Presenting Sponsor: Long Range Sponsor: Rapid Fire Sponsor: Dakota Carrier Network and First International Bank & Trust Pigeon Sponsor: Advanced Business Methods, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, HH Gun Shop, Liberty Business Systems

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Leadership BismarckMandan is BISMARCK - MANDAN now accepting applications for the Class of 2021. Up to 18 applicants will be accepted into the program. Participants delve into today’s most compelling issues.

Lemonade Day was a sweet success! On one single day, Bismarck-Mandan found themselves surrounded by Lemonade! However, Lemonade Day would not have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of our two communities and program sponsors. Through everyone’s excitement, we are certain this annual event will continue to grow and create a prosperous future for Bismarck-Mandan through the success of our young entrepreneurs! Thank you to all the participants and mentors who followed through with the Lemonade Day curriculum and process. Through the steps provided in the program, we hope it brought you all success, confidence, and leadership to participate again next year! Many sweet thanks to the following:

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Community experts create issue day sessions on topics relevant to the Bismarck-Mandan area, including: economic development, energy, agriculture, legislation, political involvement, human services, law enforcement, military, emergency services, arts, leisure, healthcare, and education. Most issue days are 1/2 day. Highlights of the program include a full day at the Capitol during the legislative session, a full day retreat, and a graduation ceremony. If the class is not able to meet in-person due to COVID-19, the class will continue virtually. 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/Leadership-Bismarck-Mandan. Any questions, contact Cathryn at 701-223-5660. Applications are due Aug. 1, 2020. Program begins Sept. 23, 2020. Tuition is $595.

Lime-Light Sponsors: Fresh Squeeze Sponsors: Lemon Head: American Bank Center, Bartlett & West, Bismarck Title Company, Doosan/Bobcat, Carden Custom Framing, First Western Bank & Trust, Gary Tharaldson School of Business-University of Mary, Grand Junction Grilled Subs, Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning, Scheels, Terry’s Health Products, Vue Community Credit Union.

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CHAMBER EDC CELEBRATES THE COMMUNITY'S FINEST On Tuesday, September 22nd, the Chamber EDC and the Excellence in Business and Education Committee will celebrate local businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments within the community. At this year’s annual award ceremony for Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan we will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories:

• Granite Award winner • Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth & Join us for Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan on Sept. 22. Profitability • New Entrepreneur of the Year • Small Business Person of the Year Gold • The Golden Eagle BASIN ELECTRIC Sponsors: POWER COOPERATIVE Each year the Excellence in Business & Education Committee, with the help of the community, recognizes and honors those organizations who have excelled in BismarckAward Mandan over the years! Attending this event is a wonderful Sponsors: opportunity to network with fellow members and learn the story of those businesses who have excelled in our Table Sponsors: Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Cancer community. Center, Bismarck State College, Capital Credit Union, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, First If your business would like a table at the event, please International Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Gate contact Christine Nelson, cnelson@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC office, 701-223-5660. Cost is $450 for a table. City Bank, Liberty Business Systems, Northwest Contracting, Sanford Health, Schmitz-Holmstrom Certified Public Tickets are $40 for Chamber members and $50 for general Accountants, Starion Bank, University of Mary, Wells Fargo admission. Bank A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Event Sponsor: Advanced Business Methods

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT AT ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FORUM On Tuesday, June 23rd, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC along with Starion Bank hosted the 2020 Economic Outlook Forum. The half-day event held a panel discussion, presentation of our local survey results and keynote speaker, economist Bernard Baumohl. The morning started with insight from regional business leaders on our Industry Panel that featured: Dr. Mark Hagerott, North Dakota The 2020 Industry Panel included representation from key industries of our region sharing their perspective University System; Nicole on the challenges of COVID-19, workforce, and more. Kivisto, Montana Dakota Utilities Co.; Dr. Michael LeBeau, Sanford Health Bismarck; Doug Remboldt, National Information Solutions Presenting Cooperative (NISC); Colton Shoults, Grand Junction Grilled Sponsor: Subs; & Jennifer Wilson, Kirkwood Mall. After words from our Industry Panel, Dr. Karel Sovak with the University of Mary presented our survey results from the local business community to gather perspective on the year ahead. These results are posted online at bismarckmandan. com and starionbank.com. The closing keynote, Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist of the Economic Outlook Group, focused on the “The Economic and Geopolitical Outlook in a Post COVID-19 World�. Baumohl spoke on being in a pivotal moment in history, relating to circumstances of COVID-19 and the engineering of a shutdown of the U.S. economy, which has never been done before.

Gold Media Sponsor: Sponsor: Table Sponsors: American Bank Center, Bank of North Dakota, Barr Engineering, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck State College, Capital Credit Union, First International Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Kirkwood Mall, Liberty Business Systems, Montana Dakota Utilities, National Information Solutions Cooperative, Sanford Health, United Tribes Technical College, University of Mary

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Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Location: Virtually via Microsoft Teams Time: 9:00AM - 11:30AM Admission: $20.00 for Chamber EDC Members $30.00 for General Admission

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with area CEDC Member Panelists on best practices for website development, maintenance and engaging content. Join us to hear their stories and recommendations to keep your website at its best! Website Development and Platforms • Shaun Ahlgren - President, Armor Interactive Utilizing Engaging Content for Web Visitors • Beth Demke - Executive Director, Gateway to Science • Judy Sauter - Marketing Director, Gateway to Science Maintaining an Effective Business Website • Dustin Steckler - General Manager, Advanced Fleet Services Register at www.bismarckmandan.com or contact Joan at jtrygg@bmcedc.com or 701-223-5660.


Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Location: Virtual Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor:

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 virtually on Wednesday, July 15. 9:00am - 9:45am — Bismarck Event Center South Entrance Revitalization Alongside partners in the Bismarck community, this field project team will work to revitalize the currently outdated monument sign at the A1 entrance of the Bismarck Event Center with a piece of public art and potentially bring sculptural or other aesthetic elements to the space around the sign. Team members are Spencer Henke, Will Hutchings, Brent Kleinjan, Natalie Pierce, Nathan Schultz, and Amanda Woidyla. 10:00am - 10:45am — Glow in the Dark Trails “Glowing Up” seeks to create a beautiful glow-in-the-dark neighborhood trail that enhances the active lifestyles of our community. This will provide a unique opportunity to enjoy activities with an illuminated path. Team members are Jill Castleberry, Nikki Ferderer, Sara Haugen, Brandi Jude, and Dustin Leingang. 11:00am - 11:45am — Shift Bike Share System This team is developing a sustainable bike share system — branded as “Shift” — to provide residents, college students, and visitors with a healthy, affordable, and environmentallyfriendly option for exploring Bismarck-Mandan. Team members are Jennifer Anderson, Dallon Bitz, Taylor Daniel, Ashley Kittleson, Julie Jeske, Sarah Rooney, and Benjamin Smith.

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




Join us Wednesday, July 22 at the Baymont Inn & Suites for the 31st class of leaders as they graduate from the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program. You are invited to attend and celebrate the class of 2020. Registration and networking begin at 11:30am with lunch and program to follow.

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC presents the 2020 Workforce Summit. This event will provide our region the opportunity to access resources regarding workforce trends, current issues in the workplace and methods to integrate workforce programs.

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Location: Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: $25.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan, Class of 2020: Jennifer Anderson – KLJ Dallon Bitz – Security First Bank of North Dakota Jill Castleberry – Job Service North Dakota Taylor Daniel – Daniel Companies Nikki Ferderer – MDU Resources Group, Inc. Sara Haugen – Sanford Health Spencer Henke – NISC Will Hutchings – City of Bismarck Julie Jeske – American Bank Center Brandi Jude – Invisible Innocence Council Ashley Kittleson – Starion Bank Brent Kleinjan – United Tribes Technical College Dustin Leingang – High Point Networks Natalie Pierce – Morton County Sarah Rooney – Ameriprise Financial Nathan Schultz – HIT Inc. Benjamin Smith – Dakota Media Access Amanda Woidyla – Bank of North Dakota

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Location: Radisson Hotel 605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck Time: 8:00AM - 12:00PM Admission: $30.00 for Chamber EDC Members $30.00 for Virtual Admission $45.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

Workforce development, recruitment and retention are undoubtedly some of the biggest obstacles businesses in our community tackle each day. Employers, educators and professionals are encouraged to attend the 2020 Workforce Summit on Tuesday, July 28th at the Radisson Hotel. In addition to relevant keynote speakers and panel discussions, the 2020 Workforce Summit will feature workshops to provide attendees with insight into the various opportunities and challenges of workforce development. To learn more or to register, please contact Joan at jtrygg@ bmcedc.com or by calling 701-223-5660. Register online at www.bismarckmandan.com.

The cost for attending is $25.00 per person and includes lunch. Table sponsorship is $275. Register online at www. bismarckmandan.com/events or by calling the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660.

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Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor: We appreciate your membership and all your support throughout the year, so please stop by and accept our small token of appreciation. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Daniel Companies, we are able to bring this event to you for FREE! Join us and other fellow members for a fun and informal way to network on Thursday, July 30th, from 11:30am 1:00pm on our beautiful patio! The Chamber EDC staff will be serving burgers, brats and a choice of sides along with ice cold refreshments.

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Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 Location: Dakota Community Bank & Trust 919 S 7th Street, Ste #101, Bismarck Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Admission: Free to Attend Join members of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC during the August's Membership Mixer hosted by Dakota Community Bank & Trust on Thursday, August 6th at their location on 919 S 7th Street, Suite 101 in Bismarck. Enjoy refreshments, hors d’oeurves, and some business after hours. Mixers are free for Chamber EDC members to attend. RSVP’s are appreciated and can be done online by clicking the link above or by calling Ross Frohlich at 701-223-5660.




Register you and your team FORE our Chamber EDC Golf Scramble on Monday, August 17th at Hawktree Golf Club. There is a limited number of spots available so don't wait to sign up. 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!

The Chamber EDC and Chamber EDC Military Affairs Committee invites the community to the annual Brats with the Brave appreciation picnic for the military and first responders!

Date: Monday, August 17, 2020 Location: Hawktree Golf Club 3400 Burnt Creek Loop, Bismarck Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm Admission: $175 for Chamber EDC members Presenting Sponsor:

Registration starts at 10:30am and shotgun start is promptly 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. Or sign up individually and we will assign you to a team. Please contact Joan at 701-223-5660 or email jtrygg@ bmcedc.com to register yourself or your team.

Date: Friday, September 11, 2020 Location: Raymond J. Bohn Armory parking lot 4200 Mirian Ave, Bismarck Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor:

Join us to show your support and for an opportunity to have lunch with not only the military men and women who bravely serve or have served our country, but also the brave first responders. Come for brats and all the fixin’s, Friday, September 11th, at RJ Bohn Armory located at 4200 Miriam Ave in Bismarck, from 11:30am – 1:30pm, or until we run out! Local veteran, active duty, and reserve military personnel, as well as first responders, will join us as we show our gratitude for their service to our community and our nation. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Christine Nelson, cnelson@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC’s office, 701-223-5660. This free event would not be possible without the following Military supporters and Chamber members.

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BSC RECEIVES USDA FUNDS TO SUPPORT AGRICULTURE WORKFORCE TRAINING North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $458,839 to Bismarck State College to support hands-on education opportunities and workforce training for students interested in becoming a custom applicator. “BSC appreciates the USDA for providing this grant that will allow us to meet the growing challenges of ensuring our agricultural workforce has the right, highly technical skillsets,” says BSC President Larry C. Skogen. “Our agriculturalists feed the world, and we at BSC are proud to help provide that industry with its needed workforce.” BSC will use the funds for the creation of an online, eight-credit certificate of completion in custom applicator training. The program will be available to students starting in the fall of 2021. “This certificate will develop students in the areas of applicator equipment operation, crop production, applied math and precision agriculture,” says BSC Associate Professor of Agriculture, Technology and Natural Resources Lindsey Novak. “The online delivery provides an opportunity for local and rural individuals looking to begin a career in agriculture.”

Twelve awardees were selected from more than 30 applications. BSC and Dakota College at Bottineau were the only two North Dakota recipients of funds. “It’s vital our students have access to proper certification and training for their careers,” said Hoeven. “Today’s funding will support workforce training opportunities at both community colleges to provide students with experience and proper certification pertaining to careers involving agribusinesses.” These awards are made possible through the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Agricultural Workforce Training program priority area. This is the first time that the NIFA has specifically targeted community colleges to increase training opportunities for the food and agricultural workforce sector. “Community colleges provide substantial workforce development throughout the nation,” said NIFA Director Scott Angle. “These awards will lead to workers earning a twoyear degree or an industry-accepted credential, which will open better job opportunities in the food and agricultural sector.”


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We asked and you answered. Bismarck Public Schools conducted a survey this spring to determine if the community could support a 3-phase Facilities Plan and the response was overwhelmingly favorable! More than 1,400 people took the survey and 87% supported this plan.

Let’s show the world what we can do together. Day by day. Project by project. Together we’re building better places that bring the world closer.

Phase 1 Construct 2 new elementary schools in Bismarck that will address capacity issues at 8 elementary schools and reduce the use of portable classrooms. The plan is to open these schools in the fall of 2022. Phase 2 Finish a Long Range Facilities Plan; monitor 2021 Legislative funding for school facilities.

Phase 3 Build Legacy High School’s 3rd wing, add space to Lincoln Elementary, and implement our Long Range Facilities Plan which will address all BPS schools. The Bismarck Public School Board approved the 3 phase plan and BPS has begun the planning process for the new K-5 schools. We are working to find sites for these two schools as well as architects and construction managers. We are also working on a fall school reentry plan following COVID-19 guidelines. At the time I am writing this, we anticipate the Governor will give more guidance about a fall school restart sometime after the 4th of July. He is reviewing data from the “soft” summer school opening across the state. Bismarck Public Schools is experiencing some exciting times as we plan for new schools, implement of a new Strategic Plan, and get ready to welcome kids back to school in August! Enjoy the summer and we will see you soon.

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KLJ AWARDED 2019 OUTSTANDING PROJECT DESIGN KLJ was recently awarded the 2019 Outstanding Project Design Award by North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers (NDSPE) for work on the Sheyenne Street/I-94 Interchange Reconstruction project in West Fargo, ND. The award recognizes an engineering firm in the state of North Dakota and is based on engineering design content of a project completed or under construction in the current year. Consideration is given to how the project employs innovative or state of the art engineering practices making the project unique.

KLJ served as the prime consultant on the project, working closely with the City of West Fargo and the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The five-mile corridor of Sheyenne Street required some distinct design solutions which included capacity and safety enhancements, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, traffic calming measures and an innovative interchange solution. The team developed a Modified Single Point Urban Interchange (MSPUI) design to address the unique travel patterns of Sheyenne Street. Construction of the project was completed in November 2019 and resulted in 60 percent less traffic delay and reduced total crash potential by 60 percent. Overall, this one-of-a-kind design, improves traffic flow on this highly traveled corridor.

CONFUSED COMPOSED The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the tax landscape, and the CARES Act as well as other recent legislation and IRS guidance may impact a taxpayer’s past, present and future tax liability. If you need help understanding cash flow opportunities, including Qualified Improvement Property, NOLs, modifications to interest deduction limits, the deferral of certain payroll taxes and the employee retention credit, Eide Bailly is here for you. Contact us today to help see how we can put dollars back in your budget.

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NASCAR SUPERSTAR TO RACE AT DACOTAH SPEEDWAY IN JULY Dacotah Speedway is excited to announce that former NASCAR driver, Kenny Wallace, is planning to race at Dacotah Speedway during the during the North Dakota Governors Cup Auto Races presented by Budweiser and McQuade Distributing on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1. Wallace, first started racing on dirt back in 1982, racing his dad’s Street Stock. He won his first race the first time he hopped behind the wheel. Wallace quickly climbed the racing ranks and made his Nascar debut driving for the late Dale Earnhardt in 1988. He spent 27 years racing in NASCAR’S premier racing series before stepping back to focus on dirt track racing. Since then, Wallace has been travelling the country racing modifieds. He will make his first trip to Dacotah Speedway on Thursday, July 30th for a practice evening at the speedway. Pit gates will open at 5:00pm with a test and tune starting promptly at 6:00pm. Pit fee will be $25 for drivers and pit crews but race fans can watch for free from the grandstands.

Former NASCAR driver, Kenny Wallace, will make his Dacotah Speedway debut during the ND Governors Cup Auto Races on July 31 & August 1.

Fans can reserve their camping spot for this double header weekend by calling Ken at 701-391-6211. Can’t make it to the track? Race fans can watch all this exciting racing action LIVE on Dacotah Speedway TV at www.dacotahspeedway. tv.

Wallace will make his Dacotah Speedway debut on Friday, July 31st for Night 1 of the North Dakota Governors Cup Auto Races. Wallace will be piloting the number 36 IMCA Modified. Opportunities to sponsor Kenny Wallace’s race car are available. Anyone interested in having their logo on Wallace’s race car should email Jane Link at janelinkdacotahspeedway@gmail.com. Race fans will have two opportunities to get up close and personal with Kenny Wallace! On Friday, July 31st, stop by the Stage Stop from 3:30pm - 5:00pm for Happy Hour with Kenny Wallace. Then on Saturday, August 1st, swing by Bennigans for a Meet and Greet from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Autograph cards will be available for fans to have Kenny Wallace sign. The North Dakota Governors Cup Auto Races is a prestigious double header weekend with a full racing program each night including IMCA Sport Compacts, Hobby Stocks, INEX Legends, WISSOTA Street Stocks, IMCA Modifieds plus NOSA 410 Sprint Cars. Grandstands open at 4:00pm with the green flag waving at 5:00pm for the IMCA Sport Compacts, INEX Legends and Hobby Stocks. Then at 7:00pm, the evening will end with WISSOTA Street Stocks, IMCA Modifieds and NOSA 410 Sprint Cars. Tickets are $20 for race fans.


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Q: HOW HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED Q: WHY SHOULD I DETAIL MY Q: WHEN AND HOW CAN MARKETING STRATEGIES? VEHICLE? SOMEONE SAFELY RETURN A: Dramatically. The pandemic has caused A: The first answer is that it just feels good TO WORK AFTER A POSITIVE business leaders across all sectors to think and provides a sense of pride in your ride. COVID-19 TEST OR DIAGNOSIS? differently and respond quickly to the rapIt preserved the surfaces, such as the paint, A: Whether you were diagnosed with idly changing marketplace. To remain releglass, wheels, seats, carpets and the dashboard. It also helps you maintain the value of your vehicle. No scratches from the car wash, but rather a beautiful shine from a hand wash.

So, now lets get real. Do you have kids? Pets? Do you lead an active lifestyle? Does your vehicle haul your home improvement or gardening materials? All of these produce odors, stains and unseen germs. Yes, germs. Your vehicle has millions, if not billions, of unseen creatures. Too much dirt, dust and debris allows germs to circulate in a vehicle, adding to those sniffles and sneezes. Professional detailing has the right equipment and products to kill those germs and promotes good personal health. Your vehicle is a personal and professional reflection of you, make it a great one.

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COVID-19, developed symptoms or remained symptom-free but tested positive, you can safely return to work when you have met several criteria, including: • Being free from fever for at least 72 hours without using a feverreducing medications • Significant three-day improvement in symptoms of cough and shortness of breath • At least 10 days passed since the onset of your COVID-19 symptoms or positive COVID-19 test

Upon returning to work, it is important to take additional steps to ensure the safety of your coworkers. You should wear a mask over your mouth and nose at all times; practice social distancing and good respiratory hygiene; avoid touching your face, nose and eyes; and limit all contact with people who have high-risk conditions, such as heart disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes and immune systems conditions.

vant and viable, organizations are changing the way in which they deliver products and services, as well as communicate with their customers, clients and constituents.

Mindsets and behaviors are changing the way people are consuming media. Traditional media outlets such as newspapers, radio stations, and broadcast TV programs are still effective at reaching certain audiences. However, online, digital, and mobile platforms such as social media, streaming video, e-commerce websites, and augmented/virtual reality are critical components of any organization’s future marketing activities. Furthermore, the pandemic has required organizations to increase their communication efforts. Business leaders can’t assume that people know how their organizations are changing to meet the needs of their target markets in a post-COVID world. Now, more than ever, business leaders need to deploy the core elements of strategic marketing – ideation, innovation and communication. Such changes require business leaders to be open to new ideas, to be willing to take innovative risks, and to communicate in ways that speak to people’s ever-changing needs.





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nual Suits & Sandals event on August 13, 2020, the safety of our sponsors, attendees and staff is top of mind. We are taking the appropriate precautions to provide the safest experience possible. Here are some of the extra measures being put in place: •

Increased tent size to assure adequate space between tables

Surgical masks and gloves will be available at the event for all that want them

All silent and live auction items will be moved to online bidding from individual smart phones (iPads will also be available - manned by staff; cleaned between uses)

Silent auction items will be broken up into separate areas with one-way traffic

We have changed from buffet style to plated and our caterer has appropriate measures in place for food preparation and for the servers

Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the venue For sponsorship opportunities or to register, visit www.annecarlsen.org/suits or contact Michelle Walker at michelle. walker@annecenter.org or 701-751-3732.

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Q: WHAT KIND OF SERVICES Q: I JUST FINISHED UP TREATDO LONG TERM CARE MENT FOR COLON CANCER COMMUNITIES PROVIDE? LAST MONTH. I’M WONDERING A: Here at the Baptist Health Care Center, WHEN I’M CONSIDERED A we care for a wide variety of individuals. SURVIVOR? We have had residents as young as 4 A: An individual diagnosed with cancer months old to those that are over 105. We is considered a survivor from the moment of diagnosis through the balance of their life. Cancer survivorship is the experience of living with, through, and beyond cancer. Today, more people than ever are surviving cancer because of better prevention, early detection, and treatments. As a result, more attention is being placed on the long term adjustment of patients and their families to the physical, emotional, and practical impacts of a cancer diagnosis. Having cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life. In response to these needs, many clinical programs that attend to the needs of patients are referred to as ‘support groups’. The Bismarck Cancer Center and the surrounding areas, offer multiple groups for survivors and their loved ones to help you through your cancer journey. For a complete list of cancer support groups in your area, go to www.bismarckcancercenter. com or call 701-222-6100.

do short term rehabilitation for individuals that have had surgeries such as a hip or knee replacement and also for those that have had falls or injury, that need strengthening and endurance training so that they are able to return to their homes. We also provide long term care to individuals that are needing increased assistance with dressing, walking, toileting, etc. that are unable to live at home any longer. We care for individuals with cognitive as well as functional deficits and even care for those with advanced needs such as tracheostomies and ventilators. Loving and supportive care for individuals and their families at end of life is also provided, whether they choose to be hospice or not.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION GETZLAFF, CEO OF SECURITY FIRST BANK OF NORTH DAKOTA, NAMED TO ICBA INDEPENDENT BANKER’S 40 UNDER 40 Independent Sarah Getzlaff Banker magazine, the award-winning monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), unveiled its annual 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders list. The award recognizes the nation’s up-andcoming community bank innovators and influencers who represent the future of the industry. Sarah Getzlaff, CEO of Security First Bank of North Dakota, was named to the list. The feature story, which is included in the newly released June issue, highlights how the 40 Under 40 honorees have overcome challenges and answered calls for innovation. The leaders also share their philosophies on leadership and where they see big opportunities for lending. Chosen from hundreds of entries, candidates were judged on the following criteria: character, leadership, community involvement, and innovation. Bank technology services provider FIS, of Jacksonville, Fla., sponsored this year’s program.

DALE CARNEGIE COURSE TEAM RECOGNIZED FOR DIGITAL TRAINER CERTIFICATION At Dale Carnegie of ND and NW MN , our Michelle J. Wall trainers are world class! We are consistently measured and evaluated and are recognized as leaders in the industry. Today, we celebrate Jay Peltier and Michelle J. Wall in achieving Jay Peltier their Digital Trainer Certifications! In addition to re-opening our Dale Carnegie offices for in person trainings in June, we're also excited to offer live Online solutions to engage your workforce. At Dale Carnegie, we provide live Online and in person training that focuses on individual participants results, engaging activities and personalized experiences. Whether in person or live Online the Dale Carnegie experience can't be matched! Michelle J. Wall is an Area Manager for Dale Carnegie of ND and NW MN. She is multi-course certified and is currently serving as the President of the Dale Carnegie International Training and Quality Board. Jay Peltier is part owner of Dale Carnegie and also a Dale Carnegie certified trainer.

INNOVATION SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW STAFF Meagan Sharp will be creating and developing our new middle school pathway and teaching art at The Innovation Meagan Sharp School. Meagan is excited to be part of making this change and helping other families and children find value in something different. She hopes to make school a place where individuals Andrea Vizzi are valued and unique strengths are known by each person. Meagan has an undergrad in English teaching and Elementary Education as well as her Masters of Administrative Leadership. She came to The Innovation School Amber Kemmet from a local middle school serving as their assistant principal, also where she previously taught sixth and seventh grade English and reading for six years. Andrea Vizzi will be creating and leading a new early childhood program at The Innovation School serving students ages 4-6 years old. Andrea has been working in the Early Childhood Education SANFORD HEALTH field for 16 years. She received her degree WELCOMES NURSE in Early Childhood Education from Temple PRACTITIONER University in Philadelphia, PA in 2012 SWANSON HIRED AS and earned her Master’s Degree in Early Matthew Kopp, FNP, BPS DIRECTOR OF Childhood Education from California has joined the Sanford ACCOUNTING University of PA in California, PA in 2014. Health Hospitalist team She is eager to help expand The Innovation in Bismarck. As a nurse Will Swanson has Matthew Kopp School into preschool and kindergarten practitioner, he specializes been hired as the in care for patients Director of Accounting for as she helps our students explore within our Reggio Emilia inspired classroom requiring hospital treatment. This includes Bismarck Public Schools. Will Swanson environment and curriculum. monitoring patients and coordinating He replaces Tammy Amber Kemmet will be joining The their care with specialty physicians and Becker, who is retiring. Innovation School team as our new Early departments. Swanson is a graduate of the University Childhood Teaching Assistant. She has Kopp completed his Bachelor of of Jamestown with a double major in a teacher's heart and a love for children. Science in Nursing at North Dakota State Business and Accounting. He is also a She enjoys working with children at her University at Sanford Health in Bismarck. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and church and is eager to begin her journey in He completed his Master of Science in worked as an Audit Manager for Brady, education with us. Amber has experience in Nursing at the University of Cincinnati in Martz and Associates in Bismarck for five Ohio. years managing audits for 36 government marketing, social media and photography and non-profit organizations before joining as well as management and training and will be a great asset for our school and our BPS as an accountant about a year ago. youngest students.

Share your business news with the Chamber EDC. Email press releases to Rebecca at rrattei@bmcedc.com.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS DETTLAFF SELECTED AS HOMEOWNERSHIP DIVISION DIRECTOR Brandon Dettlaff has been selected as North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s (NDHFA) Brandon Dettlaff new homeownership division director. An NDHFA employee for 13 years, Dettlaff previously served as the agency’s servicing coordinator, managing the staff that supports the needs of the agency’s more than 11,000 borrowers. NDHFA’s homeownership division helps North Dakotans, primarily first-time buyers, become successful homeowners by providing homebuyer education, down payment and closing cost assistance, and affordable mortgage financing. Dettlaff replaces Flohr, who was appointed NDHFA executive director by the North Dakota Industrial Commission in late April. The commission, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA.

NIESS JOINS BIANCO REALTY Bianco Realty is excited to announce the newest REALTOR® to join their professional Real Estate Team: Marie Niess. Marie Niess Niess looks forward to helping clients with their Real Estate needs, achieving their dream of home ownership and providing a Tradition of Excellence!

BIS-MAN TRANSIT’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR New Salem, North Dakota native Deidre Hughes has been selected by the Bis-Man Transit Board of Directors to be the agency’s new Executive Director. Hughes currently serves as the Marketing and Administrative Manager for Bis-Man Transit. In her current position, she has played an integral role in Transit’s response to COVID-19, as well as community outreach, budgeting, route alterations, customer service, marketing and mobility management. Prior to her role at Bis-Man Transit, Hughes worked with AT&T Mobility as a WALKER JOINS DCN Retail Store Manager as well as Precision DCN (Dakota Carrier Roadway Services as a Traffic Safety Network) has hired Troy Controller. Hughes stated, “One of my Walker as director of biggest focuses with public transportation sales and marketing in in the community is to reassess the current its Bismarck office. In this fixed routes and work with existing riders, role, he is responsible operators, and staff to create new routes Troy Walker for all DCN sales that will increase ridership.” She also will channels, management of be working to integrate more usable and commercial and wholesale sales teams, and reliable technology for both paratransit oversight of the company’s marketing and and fixed route riders. communications efforts. Additionally, he is Hughes has attended public part of the organization’s executive team. transportation classes with the Community Walker has more than 27 years of Transportation Association of America and experience in information technology the Federal Transit Administration. She including service desk, application holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing development, IT finance, and cybersecurity. and an Associate in Applied Science. In addition to a strong IT background, Hughes is to begin her new position on he is proven in building and maintaining July 1, 2020. relationships with customers as well as team members. A Mandan native, Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from North Dakota State University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Delivering Information Services program. He is a member of the Church of Ascension, board member of BSC CyberCon, and president of the Bismarck High School football boosters.

APEX ENGINEERING EXPANDS THEIR WATER GROUP Levi Clagett is a graduate engineer working primarily with the water resources Levi Clagett team in Bismarck. He recently graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. His previous experience was with the City of Bismarck Engineering Department Kris Knutson as an intern. Kris Knutson joins Apex as a design engineer in the Fargo water group. He has 18 years of experience, most recently working for Moorhead Public Service Water Utility as the water Corey Johnson division manager. Kris has a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota Duluth and just completed his second master’s in civil and environmental engineering from North Dakota State University. Corey Johnson joins the Fargo wastewater group as a graduate engineer after working for the company as an intern for six months. He recently graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in civil engineering. HINSHAW RECEIVES PROMOTION KLJ, an engineering firm, is proud to announce that Mike Hinshaw, has been promoted to Market Manager for the company’s water market. In his new role, he is responsible for executing business development strategies to best serve current and future clients’ needs. Hinshaw, who works from KLJ’s Bozeman location, has been with the company since 2019. He previously served as a civil engineer focusing on a variety of projects, specifically with extensive experience in hydraulic design. Additionally, Hinshaw has experience in accounting and corporate finance. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana State University.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION PROMINENT EXEC, ENTREPRENEUR, AND BUSINESS CONSULTANT TO LEAD CLIENT ENROLLMENT FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AT Andrea Hochhalter MARY Andrea Hochhalter is the new Workforce Development enrollment coordinator at the University of Mary. Hochhalter is tasked with connecting North Dakota’s industry leaders and entities throughout the state to Mary’s customized education programs to bridge workforce gaps. Hochhalter will link appropriate university resources to meet the identified demand and deliver key performance results. Hochhalter has spent her entire 25-year working career helping large and small organizations advance. Most recently, she provided executive oversight, fundraising and mission strategies, and oversaw all stages of donor engagement as director of Foundation and Mission with CommonSpirit Health, CHI Mercy Health in Valley City, ND.

WILLIAM HWANG, MD, JOINS CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH CHI St. Alexius Health is pleased to welcome William Hwang, MD, to neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain management teams. Dr. Hwang received his medical degree and completed a family practice internship rom University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. He completed a neurology residency from UCLA/VA Wadsworth Medical Center - Los Angeles, Calif., and physical medicine and rehabilitation residency from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center / Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Hwang is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, pain medicine by The American Board of Pain Medicine, and physical medicine & rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a professional member of American Medical Association. He has special interests in musculoskeletal pain, general neurology care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and sleep related disorders.

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SCHAFER AND FEIST JOIN BIANCO REALTY Bianco Realty is excited to announce the newest REALTORS® to join their professional Real Estate Team: Pam Schafer and Cody Feist. Pam and Cody look forward to helping clients with their Real Estate needs, achieving their dream of home ownership and providing a Tradition of Excellence!

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Tues, 7th

5:30 pm 5:30 pm

Mandan City Commission Morton County Commission*

Wed, 8th 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission

Mon, 20th 8:30 am 10:00 am 5:30 pm

Burleigh County Commission Budget Hearing Metropolitan Planning Org. Technical Advisory Committee Mandan School Board

Tues, 21st 8:30 am 1:30 pm 5:30 pm Wed, 22nd 5:00 pm

Burleigh County Commission Budget Hearing Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Mandan City Commission

Mon, 27th

5:30 pm

Mandan Planning Commission

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck City Commission Morton County Commission*

Thurs, 9th

9:00 am 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck Parking Authority Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority Morton County Commission*

Mon, 13th

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck School Board Mandan Park Board*

Tues, 28th

Tues, 14th

5:15 pm

Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 15th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 3:30 pm Historic Preservation Commission Thurs, 16th

5:15 pm

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Bismarck Park Board

Bismarck Planning Commission

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

CONNECTION | NEW MEMBERS The Chamber EDC encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber EDC. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber EDC members, view the Member Directory online at www.bismarckmandan.com. Hospice of the Red River Valley 1400 43rd Ave NE Suite 212 Bismarck, ND Deb Gemar (701) 751-3950 Hospice is intensive comfort care that alleviates pain and suffering, enhancing the quality of life for those with lifelimiting illnesses by addressing medical, emotional, spiritual and grief needs.

North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund 1320 West Century Ave Bismarck, ND Joanna Drennen (701) 224-1988 NDIRF is a not-for-profit organization owned by its members and our goal is to be a stable source of risk services for North Dakota’s political subdivisions by providing costeffective coverage.

Roers 1260 W Villard St. Dickinson, ND Lisa Roers (701) 483-1686 With over 40 years of success, Roers specializes in designbuild, construction management, institutional construction, commercial, industrial, and multi-unit residential.

Landmark Real Estate Services, Inc. 2800 N Washington St Bismarck, ND Wade Bachmeier (701) 222-1234 Real estate sales.

ITC Business Consulting 2700 82nd Ave NE Bismarck, ND Kevin Miller (701) 527-1315 Finding ways to WIN. We engage with you start to finish, from strategic planning and implementation, to solving difficult problems and increasing employee engagement, building your success roadmap. Goodhart & Associates PC 107 12th Ave NE Mandan, ND Jon Goodhart (701) 663-4500 A full-service accounting firm licensed in ND. We offer a broad range of services for business owners, executives and independent professionals.

Mandan Memorial 122 East Main Street Mandan, ND Scott Anderson (701) 751-3293 Memorial Sales & Service including: designing, engraving, lettering, installation, repairing and cleaning. Moments, memories and lives we’re here to help you celebrate them in personalized ways. New York To Go 820 43rd Ave NE #124 Bismarck, ND Ashley Iverson (701) 751-0414 Authentic NY pizza, carved off-the-spit gyros and Nathan’s All-beef hot dogs.

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Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Connection 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck, ND 58503

UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERIES Date: July 7, 2020 • Time: 9:00am - 11:30am Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck


LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS Date: July 15, 2020 • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: Virtual

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION Date: July 22, 2020 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC




The 2020 Workforce Summit will provide our region the opportunity to access resources and to be included in a discussion of workforce issues and solutions with industry leaders

WORKFORCE SUMMIT Date: July 28, 2020 • Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm Location: Radisson Hotel – 605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck THURSDAYS AT THE CHAMBER EDC Date: July 30, 2020 • Time: 11:30am - 11:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE Date: August 17, 2020 • Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm Location: Hawktree Golf Club – 3400 Burnt Creek Loop, Bismarck SPORTING CLAYS SHOOT OUT Date: August 21, 2020 • Time: 9:00am - 1:30pm Location: Capital City Sporting Clays – 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Radisson Hotel • 8:00am - 12:00pm TICKETS: Chamber Discount - $30.00 General Admission - $45.00


Ensure patient care and staff productivity with the latest in nurse call system technology from BEK Care Solutions. For inquiries, call or email Kevin: 701.214.4228 | kevinl@bektel.coop


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