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Kevin Strege ...................................................................... Chair Wendy Van Duyne .......................................................Vice-Chair Matt Sagaser ................................................................Secretary Mike Schmitz ................................................................Treasurer Valerie Weigel ............................................................ Past Chair


Evan Anderson ...........................................................Gizmonics Andrea Birst ...............................................Glance Spa & Salon Nathan Boehm ....................................................Morton County Dave Ehlis ..............................................................Bravera Bank Fred Fridley .........................................................Sanford Health Heather Jones .............................................City Air Mechanical Amber Larson......................................................City of Mandan Becky Matthews ................................................Burleigh County Allan Miller ............................................................Anyleaks, Inc. Lee Pierce .........................................................ICON Architects Marnie Piehl .......................................................................AARP Mike Remboldt ................................................................HIT Inc. Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat Mike Schmitz ......................................Schmitz-Holmstrom CPAs Garret Senger ...............................Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Kevin Strege ................................................Credit Foundations Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Valerie Weigel .......................Basin Electric Power Cooperative


Brian Ritter .......................................................President & CEO Nate Brown......................................................Sales Coordinator Maggie Byrd ...................................................Event Coordinator Katelyn Corrigan ............ Small Business Outreach Coordinator Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director Mary Kempenich........................Workforce Marketing Specialist D'Andra Morris......................................... Chamber EDC Intern Christine Nelson ....................................Event & Sales Manager Rebecca Pelkey .................................Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Lyndsey Scheurer .........................Creative Marketing Specialist Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President Cathryn Sprynczynatyk .....................Communications Specialist 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-223-5660 • www.bismarckmandan.com

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CONNECTION | CHAIR'S CORNER elationships with the elected officials who represent our area is critical to all aspects of the Chamber EDC’s mission statement that reads, “Advocating for business. Fostering economic growth. Shaping the future of our community.”

The June primary brought changes to those who represent us and as always, we continue to reach out to those officials to enhance our relationships and provide a deeper understanding of the role of the Chamber both as an advocate and a resource. Four seats on the Chamber EDC’s Board of Directors are dedicated to members of our City and County Commission. So as those faces change, I want to thank those who have served: • •

Thank you to Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken and Mandan City Commissioner Amber Larson for their time and commitment to our board, our organization and our community. I also want to thank Bismarck City Commissioner Nancy Guy, Bismack School Board Members Matt Sagsveen & Karl Lembke, Mandan School Board Members Ross Munns & Tim Rector and Mandan Park Board Members Jason Arenz & Chad Hatzenbuhler for their service to the community. All these positions take time, effort, and a thick skin, and I appreciate all who step up to serve.

While this was a primary election for legislative races, retirements and primary results have already created a significant turnover of seasoned legislators which will change our area delegation and the landscape of the entire legislature. We are building relationships with all remaining candidates just as we have built them with the legislators already serving the community. I should also note that while positions on our City Commissions, School and Park Boards are decided in June’s primary election, those at the County & State Level won’t be decided until the November’s general election. That means you’ll see another round of campaigning in the Fall for those county, legislative, and state-wide positions. Finally, I want to address my first-time experience being on the ballot. My campaign to represent District 47 in the House of Representatives was unsuccessful, but invaluable. I learned quickly the challenges of wearing multiple hats and more specifically, ensuring I didn’t carry my campaign into my role as Chamber EDC Board Chair. Most importantly though, I experienced the amazing support of friends, colleagues, and strangers alike who recognize the challenges and commitment it takes to run. Much has been said about the incivility of our current political climate, but there is a tremendous amount of appreciation for those willing to serve as well; as there should be. So in addition to thanking those who stepped up and sought office during this election, I want to thank all who serve and/or are on the ballot in November. Leadership is the foundation for success, and we must continue to strengthen that foundation in our community and our state.

Kevin Strege, Chair Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC twitter.com/bismancedc facebook.com/bismancedc @bismancedc

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THE ENTREPRENEUR ROUNDTABLE By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Entrepreneurship is thriving on the prairie. From events like 1 Million Cups to Mandan’s Business Pitch Challenge, everything points to fertile entrepreneurial soil in Bismarck-Mandan. Connection magazine posed the same set of questions to six entrepreneurs to create an entrepreneurs’ roundtable. The entrepreneurs interviewed include Evan and Ganya Anderson, Mad Scientist and Resident Geek of Gizmonics; Jose Sanchez, Owner of Unitech Pest Control; Nicole Gagner, Owner of Meadowlark Mercantile; Renee Murrish, Owner of Signature Events; and Jed Geer, Owner of Farmers Union Insurance.

Ganya & Evan Anderson

Jose Sanchez

Nicole Gagner


Ganya Anderson: Our fathers are both farmers and ranchers. We were raised in an entrepreneurial environment. The first year we were married, we had an idea for a product. We built a working prototype, identified the market, price point, distribution channels, and then hit a roadblock. We didn’t have the knowledge or financial resources to take our idea any further. Within a year, an almost identical product entered the market. That experience stung. After both working corporate jobs for seven to eight years, we were struck by our next product idea. This time, we felt that we had the knowledge and experience as well as were in a much better financial position. Not to say that it was an easy road, but we were much more prepared for the journey. That first product-based business led to many other businesses, some offering products and some services.

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Renee Murrish

Jed Geer

Nicole Gagner: I’ve always really liked art and creativity. I’m fascinated by other creative people also. I didn’t realize anything creative could genuinely be a career until I went to college and met art professors who had families and careers. I realized starving artist didn’t have to be a real thing. I had a degree in art, but I did art on the side until I came to the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which has an artist in residency program that allows me to teach other people art, be an artist, and support myself. It's really hard for me to turn off my entrepreneurial brain and just make art for the fun of making art. They are completely linked for me -- creativity and connecting to other people. One of the easy ways to do that is going to market, selling things, teaching classes, and be paid for my time. Renee Murrish: I went into business administration because my passion is making clients' lives better and after many years of working in the corporate world, my husband and I started a family. Passions just do not go away, so I needed to invent a way I could still do my passion and also meet my family's needs and goals from that dream Signature Events was born in 2014 and event planning was the perfect match. Our tagline says it all, "Be A Guest at Your Own Event"


Proprietors: Evan and Ganya Anderson Founded: 2010 Employees: 2 How would you describe your business in 30 words or less? We are an engineering prototyping product development service -turning ideas into reality and taking something from a scribble on a napkin to a working prototype.

Jose Sanchez: It was amazing how much money as a pest control technician you were making for (another) company. I thought, what if I start myself? I have the experience. I have the knowledge. I can start my own company. It took me eight months. Then, establishing the company took one more year (in California). This is where it becomes difficult. You try to get a loan, and they say you need to do this or that first... I focused more on commercial properties in downtown Los Angeles. After two years, most of my businesses became commercial properties in downtown L.A. I spent pretty much 24-hours in downtown L.A. just killing bedbugs. During COVID, the work dried up. We came to visit a friend in Bismarck-Mandan. We were driving around the city, and my kids were saying how beautiful the city was. We drove around schools, my daughter was screaming look how beautiful that school is. There were no gates, no fences around the school. My son asked if we could move. When we went back home, the more we talked about it, it was more serious. My daughter was telling me, “Daddy we need to consider moving to Bismarck. It looks beautiful and safer.” My wife said it would be a nice place to retire. My daughter feels totally safe walking around. She couldn’t do that in California at all.

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Jed Geer: From the time I could mow lawns, I was mowing lawns in my hometown. I mowed the cemetery across the street. That moved into a painting company. My mom was a schoolteacher, so she painted houses in the summer. I had started a little painting company. I guess I’ve always been selling. It’s the thrill of the sale. It’s also finding a need to be filled. That’s the story of the driving school. When our kids needed to learn how to drive, we found driving schools were booked out a year in advance. When My mom stopped teaching music, she started a screen printing and embroidery clothing business when I was in fourth or fifth grade. Watching her run her own business and be her own boss -- there are a lot of mentorships lessons there. She was my mentor until she passed away in 2019.

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Proprietors: Jose Sanchez Founded: 2010 Employees: 1 How would you describe your business in 30 words or less? Pest extermination and pest control elimination.

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WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHERS IN YOUR INDUSTRY? Sanchez: I treat everybody as a family member. It’s not a customer; I treat everybody like they are my own grandma, my own sisters, or brothers. This lady wanted me to spray her house every single month. We told her, “You don’t need pest control every single month. I said we can spray your house every three months.” She said, “You don’t want to make the money?” I said, “I want to be honest with you. I don’t want you to pay for a service you don’t need.” Murrish: We are an event planning company that strictly focuses on planning your event. If our clients need other elements like a decorator, entertainment, catering, or a venue etc., we find those elements that fit their budget and vision. Clients will choose the professional they want to meet with, we set up and attend those meetings, and execute your event from start to finish. Geer: The reason for starting (our businesses) was to fill a need. That’s what keeps me starting businesses. If there is a need, we will try to fill that. There’s a lot of perks to owning your business, being your own boss. You have to be self-motivated. Owning your own business -- it’s just the freedom. We’ve been blessed to travel around the world. Things that being your own boss allow you to do.

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Murrish: Owning a business is a lot of hard work and dedication, which also makes me proud of what we as a family have accomplished. Being flexible in your business vision is most important. In 2014, I had a specific vision of what my company was going to be. Some business detours came and about two years ago, it hit me that being flexible and having to change course with your business is NOT a failure. Sometimes competition will label it as a failure and that is hard to take, always remember some detours are steps to something greater. Gagner: So much. The biggest thing I have learned is creativity isn’t a limited resource. The more creative things that I’m putting out, the more other people are putting out there. It feeds off each other. That has really led my business model also. I think every wall should be painted with a mural. I don’t see walls as a limited resource. We can build more walls and paint more murals. Evan Anderson: We keep this running list of the highest and lowest points in our entrepreneurial journey. They truly represent the roller coaster ride that is owning a business. It is a great reminder that those ups and downs are normal and expected. Geer: You have to get innovative to stay ahead of the curve. That has become way more evident in the last couple years during COVID. With innovation, you have to be always thinking and ready to pivot... Always being willing to try new things. Listening to your employees. I need to learn to train people to do things rather than trying to do them all myself.

Proprietors: Nicole Gagner and Scott Grandi-Hill Founded: 2016 Employees: 2 How would you describe your business in 30 words or less? The thing that ties all three businesses together is that we encourage creativity and community connections. Meadowlark Mercantile encourages other artists. Painter Nicole is teaching art and showing my own art. Morningside Heights Provisions is creativity in food making your brats and sandwiches more interesting.

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Proprietors: Renee Murrish Founded: 2014 Employees: Renee and family How would you describe your business in 30 words or less? We are an event planning company. We have a venue. We also have an event gallery -- it’s a free service to the public to help plan their events. It displays numerous companies in the area and surrounding areas for every element of the event.


Sanchez: (Milestone) Hiring employees. Derek was coming from a lot of trouble, from a lot of issues. Somebody talked to me about him, and I was able to use him, and he became a really important part of Unitech. He was homeless for a couple months. I brought him in... I learned more from him than he learned from me. You really see life differently when you see how difficult life is for someone else. Hiring Derek was one of the best things that happened when he came aboard. Evan Anderson: (Goal) We are actively trying to slow down a bit. We’ve got more work than we can effectively manage right now. We don’t like to disappoint people. We have some of our own products that we would like to put a little more focus into. Part of it is work-life balance. We need more time on the bikes. We love everything about what we do. We recognize we could continue doing this for more decades full-speed ahead, so the slowdown will probably come with some kicking screaming.

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Geer: Do your homework. I didn’t do that all the time. With Send It! 24/7 Cornhole, the City of Mandan has a lot of programs out there that I am just learning about now. Business assistance programs, business plans, important things that probably aren’t as fun, but they will allow you to be successful. Murrish: It's worth repeating that business vision detours are NOT failures they are likely steps to greater things... be patient... let the detour ride out. There are times when you need to be hard on yourself... when you have done your best and given your all... then give yourself some grace... after all, we all are still human! Mistakes happen, learn from them... improve... move forward. For me, my husband is my factual balance, and I so love him for that. As an entrepreneur, by being the authentic you, you will attract the exact clients you want and need. Gagner: Be okay with failing, because it’s part of learning. Be okay with starting before you feel ready. In the learning phase you’re gathering ideas, but you can only stay in that for so long. Eventually you have to jump in and learn as you go.

CONNECTION | FEATURE WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLIMATE OF BISMARCK-MANDAN? Gagner: It’s wide open. Any weirdo idea that I’ve thrown out there, somebody has told me to try it and been very supportive of it. There are a lot of people like myself who moved away and say “Why can’t we do this back home,” and they come back and do it. There are going to be more entrepreneurs like that.

Sanchez: It was so easy. It was so simple. The state is very welcoming. I feel like the more businesses we bring to Bismarck-Mandan, it’s going to expand. It’s going to grow. I felt really blessed that we were here in Bismarck-Mandan. Starting the business was really simple. It took me less than a week to open Unitech again. I had to take some licensing classes and got some help from the agriculture people. Everybody that I talked to really cared about what I was doing. Everybody was so helpful that I couldn’t believe it. It took me one week versus close to one year in California.

Ganya Anderson: We love the Bismarck-Mandan community of entrepreneurs. We started our first businesses in Denver. Although they had a great chamber and we met some very nice business owners, the climate was not even close to what we have experienced here. The level of cooperation and collaboration is unbelievable. There is this network of support between entrepreneurs and also with the business partners like banks, insurance companies, etc. that serve them. We are on the organizing committee for 1 Million Cups where every Wednesday morning at Dakota Stage, community members gather to learn about a start-up entrepreneur, to ask great questions and offer suggestions. The level of support and sense of community is unbelievable. That same feeling exists on the patio here at the Chamber EDC on Thursdays in the summer. We honestly wouldn’t want to own a business anywhere else.

Proprietors: Jed Geer, Nicole Geer, Chase Geer, Karissa Geer, Adria Geer Founded: 2005 and beyond Employees: Renee and family How would you describe your business in 30 words or less? At 1st Geer, we provide behind the wheel training for permitted drivers looking to get their license. At the nutrition shops, we provide healthy alternative for meals on the go. At Farmers Union Insurance, we help people with all of their insurance needs. There’s really nothing we can’t do here.

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MEMBER PROFILE | CONNECTION Amici Pizza Company has been a Chamber EDC member since 2020.

Eric Ahmann AMICI PIZZA COMPANY Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: My name is Eric Ahmann. I am co-owner of Amici Pizza Company, along with Jeff Buchholtz. I grew up in Minot, North Dakota before attending UND and moving to Santa Fe, N.M. to start a family. I’ve been back in Bismarck for about 11 years, working in the restaurant and food distribution industries. My wife, Jessica, works for CHI St. Alexius and I have three kids who attend school in Bismarck.

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Briefly tell us the history behind Amici Pizza Company and how you got started. A: We opened Amici Pizza Company in June 2020. Jeff and I had been kicking around the idea of opening some sort of restaurant in the northeast part of Bismarck for a few years. I had years of experience in the restaurant industry, specifically high-end pizza. We felt like we could offer something different than what Bismarck had to offer, in a location that was in desperate need of some restaurants.

CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Amici Pizza Company? A: The residential growth in northeast Bismarck has been huge for us. We’ve done our best to become a “neighborhood pizzeria,” and have developed some great regular customers who can walk or ride their bike to get a pizza. As the new school opens in the Silver Ranch development, we hope the growth continues and we can capture a whole new clientele. What trends are taking place in your industry? A: Fresh made and locally sourced are some of the major trends in our industry. We are lucky enough to live in a part of the country that produces some of the best flour and pasta available, and we make sure we take advantage of that. All of the flour for our pizza crust and our pasta are produced right here in North Dakota. We love that we’re able to offer our guests an amazing product and keep our dollars close to home.

Amici Pizza Company became a member in 2020, why do you continue to renew? A: Being a member of the Chamber EDC is a great way to see what else is happening in our business community. We’re only strong if we support each other, and I think being a member helps us stay connected with others who are dealing with some of the same challenges we are. What should other Chamber EDC members know about Amici Pizza Company that may assist them? A: We’re always looking for new ways to grow our business. Whether that means catering opportunities, fundraisers for different groups, or a second location. We’re proud of the business we’ve developed and we hope that shows in the service we give and the product we serve.

Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: The largest one has obviously been the worldwide pandemic. We opened about three months after everything was shut down, and had to make some pretty large changes to our business model to survive it. This has all lead to industry wide shortages in products and massive inflation. It’s become a weekly task to take a look at the market and see what is going to available from our distributors, and find ways to adapt to product shortages. Trying to find ways to serve a consistent product to customers without losing money. What does the future of Amici Pizza Company look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: We would love to see the Amici Pizza Company brand grow. We would eventually like to look at another location in Bismarck-Mandan, and expand to other parts of the state. The struggles with labor right now have slowed the growth a little, but at some point we see ourselves expanding. Moving forward, I think operators are going to have to find more efficient ways to work. Knowing there’s less available help, I think you need to adapt your menu to reflect that. That may mean shrinking the menu slightly, or finding shortcuts in production of product.

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CHAMBER EDC HOSTS EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE Educator Experience, an annual program aimed at connecting educators with industry, wrapped up its 2022 session, that spanned the week of June 6th. This unique workshop aims to give teachers deeper insight into the “real world” applications of what they are teaching in classrooms and seeing the career and industries that their students may be able to prepare for and pursue. Answering the question of “but when will we use this in real life?” isn’t always easy, but the many organizations that welcomed our 10 educators did a fantastic job illustrating how the classroom directly translates into careers. The variety of industries and organizations was vast, but within the week, they touched on many vital parts of our thriving community. Many thanks to the businesses that opened their doors and took the time to educate our educators. Food & Agriculture hosted by Laughing Sun Brewery. Infrastructure & Government hosted by McGough Construction, Amy Arenz (Job Service ND), Ellen Huber (City of Mandan), Mark Armstrong (Burleigh County Commissioner), Joseph Camisa (Morton County Commissioner) and Kelley Leben (Burleigh County Sheriff). Health & Wellness hosted by Missouri Valley Family YMCA and Missouri Slope. STEM & Manufacturing hosted by Bobcat and Bobcat Acceleration Center.

Teachers from around Bismarck-Mandan explore the archeology archives in the basement of the Heritage Center.

Archives & Archeology hosted by The Heritage Center and the North Dakota Historical Society.

MAY 2022 ECONOMIC INDICATORS Sales Tax Collected $2,268,736

Airport Passengers 41,469


Residential Building Permits 58

Residential Permit Valuation $20,534,824

See the full list of economic indicators on the Chamber EDC’s Economy at a Glance at www.bismarckmandanedc.com.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN CONTINUES In late May, the Chamber EDC hosted the consulting group that is developing the economic development strategic plan. Next Move Group spent three days in Bismarck Mandan getting acquainted with the community. During their time here Chamber EDC staff toured them around Bismarck Mandan. The group also spent time interviewing community stakeholders and leaders as well as conducting focus groups to gather information about the opportunities and weaknesses of the area. They ended the three days with a presentation where they discussed what they heard over the three days, what similar communities are doing, and next steps for the strategic plan. This presentation was recorded and if you would like to see the presentation contact Nathan Schneider at the Chamber EDC office.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH: BISMARCK VISION FUND The Bismarck Vision Fund is a city-sales-tax-supported fund that provides assistance to businesses that wish to relocate to or expand in Bismarck. The Vision Fund can offer flexible assortment of financing opportunities, such as interest buy downs, reduced interest loans, equity positions and other individually tailored financial incentives and exemptions. To learn more about the Vision Fund or available business assistance programs contact Nathan at 701-223-5660.

Overall, the consultants were excited about the opportunities in Bismarck Mandan and were impressed with the community’s character and appearance. Next Move Group is planning another visit in July with a final plan expected to be completed in the fall.


The 2022 1st quarter Cost of Living Index (COLI) was released in May. The COLI is put together by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and is an analysis of average prices submitted by over 290 urban areas across the United States. The COLI compares all 297 submitted urban areas with a score of 100 being average.


The information collected is also used to populate the Cost of Living Calculator on the Chamber EDC website. The calculator determines what salary someone would need to earn in Bismarck-Mandan to compare to what that person is earning in any of the other 296 urban areas. Both the index and the calculator assist the Chamber EDC is our talent attraction efforts. The comparison to other area communities is shown below.

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TRC IS AROUND THE CORNER! Did you know one of the best ways to reach the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC’s 1,200 members is by participating in our events and programs? The best way to get started— and save $$$ — is through our annual Total Resource Campaign (TRC)! Whether it is Annual Dinner, Indoor Golf Tournament, 12 Tastes of Christmas, or any of our incredible events, extend your business’s reach by sponsoring a CEDC event! TRC 2023 will begin next month, but don’t wait to call! Learn how to maximize the benefits of your membership and get on the waiting list for any of our great events now! SAVE THE DATES! August 1st — TRC right of first refusal begins September 5th — Open enrollment begins November 18th — TRC Conclusion November 30th — 5% early pay discount period ends If your organization is interested in sponsoring an event, take this opportunity to get involved! Questions? Contact Nate Brown at nbrown@bmcedc.com or 701-223-5660.

SAVE THE DATE FOR BRATS WITH THE BRAVE AND BATTLE OF THE BADGES! The Chamber EDC’s Brats with the Brave lunch is BACK and better than ever! We have teamed up with Vitalant and their largest three day blood drive in Bismarck- Battle of the Badges. There is no better way to show your support of the military, first responders and health care workers then with a friendly picnic. Join us to show your support, donate blood, and have 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. Join us for lunch on September 7th, at Kirkwood Mall (North underpass entrance) from 11:30am – 1:30pm, or until we run out! RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by registering online. Contact Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@bmcedc.com, for any questions. This free event would not be possible without the continual support of the Chamber EDC members, community and our sponsors! THANK YOU SPONSORS! Presenting Sponsor:

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Event Sponsors: BEK Communications, First Western Bank MONOGRAM - COLOR MONOGRAM - B&W & Trust, MDU Resources Group, Inc., Northern Improvement Company UTTC UTTC RED:


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JOIN US FOR LUNCH ON THE PATIO We are thrilled for July as it is the second Lunch on the Patio appreciation lunch for the summer of 2022! We greatly appreciate our members and all the support you give throughout the year, so please, stop by and accept our small token of appreciation. We are able to bring this event to you for FREE, thanks to our presenting sponsor, Daniel Companies! Join Chamber EDC staff for a fun way to network on Thursday, July 14th, from 11:30am – 1:00pm on our beautiful patio while we serve burgers, brats, a choice of sides, along with ice cold refreshments. Be sure to RSVP online for this free fun afternoon in the sun! For any questions, contact Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660.

Join us for free lunch on the patio on July 14th.


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PICK UP LOCATIONS BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Dr, Bismarck Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm BISMARCK VETERANS MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY 515 N 5th St., Bismarck Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm Sunday, 1:00pm-6:00pm MISSOURI VALLEY FAMILY YMCA 1680 N Washington St., Bismarck Monday-Friday, 5:00am-11:00pm Saturday, 6:00am-7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am-7:00pm MORTON MANDAN PUBLIC LIBRARY 609 W Main St., Mandan Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm Friday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday, CLOSED FAMILY WELLNESS BISMAN 2700 46th Ave SE, Mandan Monday-Friday, 5:00am-11:00pm Saturday, 6:00am-7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am-7:00pm

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The time is FINALLY here! Get ready to taste all the delicious lemonade throughout Bismarck and Mandan on Lemonade Day on July 23rd. We highly encourage YOU, members of the community, to get out and support these young entrepreneurs who have been putting in the hard work of starting, owning, and operating a small business in the form of a lemonade stand. Lemonade stands will be set up all over Bismarck-Mandan! To find the registered stand locations, head to https://lemonadeday.org/bismarck-mandan/standsmap. We encourage young entrepreneurs participating in Lemonade Day to “BRAND YOUR STAND,” so community members can find you at your selected location and have a taste of your lemonade! It’s not too late to sign up! Children have the chance to register and participate in Lemonade Day up to the day of July 23rd. But don’t wait! Head on over to https://lemonadeday.org/bismarck-mandan to register online or register in person at any of the pick-up locations. Show your support for these young entrepreneurs by coming to see how they started their own business on July 23rd and learn from them about what happens when life gives us lemons! For more information, contact Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660. Find us on Facebook at Lemonade Day Bismarck-Mandan! THANK YOU TO OUR SWEET SPONSORS!

Main Squeeze Sponsors: Lime-Light Sponsors:

Fresh Squeeze Sponsors:

Lemon Head: ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Bartlett & West, Bismarck Bobcats, Bobcat Company, Bravera Bank, First Western Bank & Trust, Gary Tharaldson School of Business – University of Mary, Gizmonics, LLC., Grand Junction Grilled Subs, Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning, North Dakota’s Gateway to Science, Our Family brought to you by Dan’s Supermarket, Scheels Sports, Subway, Terry’s Health Products, Tires Plus, Unitech Pest Control, Vue Community Credit Union


SPORTING CLAYS SHOOTOUT IS AROUND THE CORNER! The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC’s 2022 Sporting Clay Shootout is coming up on Friday, August 19 at Capital City Sporting Clays! Registration opens at 8:30am along with a light breakfast followed by a shotgun start at 9:30am. Tickets are $100 / person for Chamber EDC Members of $125 for non-members and includes: shotgun shells (12 and 20 gauge), ear plugs, course fees, breakfast and lunch, beverages and an opportunity to take home some great door prizes. And if you’re interested, remember, you can register individually and we will assign you to a team or you can sign up in teams of four. Please contact Chamber EDC Membership Sales Director Ross Frohlich rfrohlich@bmcedc.com or visit www.bismarckmandan.com to register TODAY! THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Presenting Sponsor:

Come by our liquor superstore in Bismarck and browse endless aisles (and walk-in beer cooler) of everything liquid and delicious. Our selection is


Long Range Sponsors: Rapid Fire Sponsors: Berg’s 24 Hr. Towing, Choice Bank, First International Bank & Trust Pigeon Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Amy Hullet with Century 21 Morrison Realty, Consolidated Construction Company, Inc., Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Farmers Insurance--Kyle Herman Agency, Fireside Office Solutions, Flash Printing, HH Gun Shop, McQuade Distributing Co., Inc, Open Water Marine, Prairie Engineering, PC

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ACCEPTING LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN APPLICATIONS FOR 2022-2023 Leadership Bismarck-Mandan is now accepting applications for the Class of 2023. 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, agriculture, legislation, political involvement, human services, law enforcement, military, emergency services, arts, leisure, healthcare, and education. Most issue days are half day. Highlights of the program include a full day at the Capitol during the legislative session, a full day retreat, and a graduation ceremony. Following the issue days, the class will divide into groups, select a community project they are passionate about and work to make that field project into reality.

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Applications are available online at www.bismarckmandan.com/Leadership. Any questions, contact Cathryn at 223-5660. Applications are due Aug. 1, 2022. Program begins Sept. 21, 2022. Tuition is $650. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE Thanks to the generosity of SCORE Bismarck-Mandan and Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association for sponsoring limited scholarships to non-profits and small businesses. Please contact Cathryn at the Chamber EDC to inquire about a Leadership Bismarck-Mandan scholarship.


VOTE TODAY FOR YOUR FAVORITE BUSINESSES! Voting is now open for the Chamber EDC’s Celebrate Bismarck Mandan event. Every year, the Celebrate Ad Hoc Committee along with the help of the community, recognize businesses who have excelled in Bismarck-Mandan over the years! Recipients of the below awards will be announced at the annual award ceremony on Thursday, September 22nd at the Baymont Inn (2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan). Registration starts at 10:30am with the event to follow from 11:00am-1:00pm.

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At this year’s event, we will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: • • • • • • • • • •

20 Under 40 Ambassador of the Year Golden Eagle Award Large Business of the Year New Entrepreneur of the Year Outstanding Teacher of the Year Service Award of the Year Small Business of the Year Women Owned Business of the Year Young Entrepreneur of the Year

If your business would like a table to attend the event, please contact Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC office, 701-223-5660. What to be a sponsor? Contact Nate Brown at nbrown@bmcedc.com. Cost for a table is $450. Tickets are $40 for Chamber EDC members and $75 for General Admission. THANK YOU SPONSORS: Presenting Sponsor:

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Aug 5 Sign Language Interpreter Provided

Great Jazz Jazz Concert

Guitar Summit August 10

7:00 p.m.

Tickets available at:

Eckroth Music, select Subways, at the gate on show nights, or

online at www.SHTAP.org

Gold Sponsors: Award Sponsors:

BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Table Sponsors: Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck State College, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Brady, Martz & Associates P.C., Capital Credit Union, Choice Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly LLP, First International Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, Northwest Contracting, Sanford Health, Schmitz-Holmstrom CPA, Starion Bank, United Tribes Technical College, University of Mary Event Sponsor: Advanced Business Methods, CornerStone Bank

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Date: Thursday, July 14 Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio — 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Admission: Free



We appreciate your membership so please come have lunch on us located on our beautiful patio.


Date: Saturday, July 23 Location: Bismarck-Mandan Admission: Free

Time: All Day



Support area youth as they dip their toes into entrepreneurism in the form of lemonade stands across Bismarck-Mandan.


Date: Thursday, July 28 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Hyundai of Mandan — 805 E Main Street, Mandan Admission: Free



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Enjoy a fun evening business after hours at their new location in Mandan!

Date: Thursday, August 11 Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio — 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Admission: Free

We appreciate your membership so please come have lunch on us located on our beautiful patio.


Date: Friday, August 19 Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm Location: Capital City Sporting Clays — 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck Admission: $100 for Chamber EDC members; $125 for General Admission

Enjoy a unique networking opportunity while shooting sporting clays. Breakfast, lunch and refreshing beverages will be provided.



Date: Thursday, August 25 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Executive Air Taxi Corporation — 2301 University Drive, Bismarck Admission: Free





Enjoy a fun evening business after hours at their new expanded location!

Date: Wednesday, September 7 Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm Location: Kirkwood Mall - North Underpass Entrance, Door #1 Admission: Free

The Chamber EDC Staff will serve lunch to military personnel, health care workers, first responders and blood drive donors.

SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: TIRES PLUS (NORTH) Date: Thursday, September 15 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Tires Plus - North — 5216 Ottawa Street, Bismarck Admission: Free

Enjoy a fun evening business after hours at their North Bismarck location! REGISTER FOR THESE EVENTS AND MANY MORE ONLINE AT WWW.BISMARCKMANDAN.COM

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The Mandan Tennis Center bids were approved by the Mandan Park Board at the June 13 board meeting.

Celebrating 33 years of outdoor Broadway-style musical theatre at Sleepy Hollow Arts Park, the 2022 season shows are LITTLE MERMAID JR. July 14-23, directed by Amanda Perry and LEGALLY BLONDE, July 28-Aug. 6, directed by Casey Paradies. The Rising Stars, directed by Brittany Bearsheart, provide pre-show entertainment before LITTLE MERMAID. Shows are at 8:00pm. Sign language Interpretation by Cory Quist is on July 21st and August 5th.

The facility, located at 520 26th Street NE, will include 41,600 square feet inside the dome featuring six tennis courts. Three of the courts will be multi-striped to allow for 10 pickleball courts. Outside the dome will include a 3,000 square foot welcome center and four outdoor pickleball courts. The Mandan Tennis Center parking lot will serve as dual purpose for the Mandan Tennis Center and the Starion Sports Complex. This facility will serve a growing need in our community for tennis and pickleball and will be available to boys and girls tennis teams and summer parks and recreation programs. The dome will have the potential to host regional and state high school tournaments, college matches, USTA sanctioned tournaments, and USAPA sanctioned tournaments. The dome will also allow for tennis and pickleball lessons and leagues to be played in the fall, winter, and spring months.

This is followed by a 7:00pm August 10th concert at Sleepy Hollow’s Bud’s Corner entitled AN EVENING OF GREAT JAZZ: GUITAR SUMMIT organized by jazz artist, Scott Prebys. Sleepy Hollow’s mission is to play a significant role in the welfare and educational growth of our citizens while nurturing youth by providing quality pre-professional educational opportunities in the arts that result in the cultural enrichment of our communities and state. Sleepy Hollow provides unique youth development programs that result in high quality entertainment in an attractive outdoor setting, attracting thousands of people every year. It is the only programming of its kind in the entire state. In 2021, the Broadway-style musicals alone attracted 13,526 people. Established in 1990, continuous growth has taken place on the 30 acre physical site, including a 100’ stage, orchestra pit, 30’ galvanized steel light towers, enhanced electricity, pergolas, gazebos, dressing rooms, pergolas, scene shop, turreted signage and 300 planted trees. Added to this are professional lights and sound complimenting large production sets.



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Sleepy Hollow is also engaged throughout the year with special services, all of which revenue directly supports programming. These include special events, concerts and weddings at the Gazebo on a 40’100’ site and Evelyn’s Haven plus rentals of chairs, florals and decorating expertise. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.SHTAP.org or in person at Eckroth Music or Subways (except the Rosser Ave. and Walmart Subways) and at the Gate beginning at 7 pm prior to the shows. Tickets are $1 higher at the gate. Attendees may bring their own chairs or rent chairs for $1. Children 5 and under are always free. Concessions are available. For more information visit the web site or call 701-319-0894.



BSC RECEIVES NJCAA GRANT TO SUPPORT NEW PROGRAMS Bismarck State College (BSC) is the recipient of a $2,000 Sport Opportunity Grant from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Foundation to support its new men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs. The new funding will be used towards equipment for the new athletic programs. Mystics head cross country and track and field coach Jamison Dietrich has already begun recruiting to build the programs’ rosters. The goal is to add a minimum of 60 men and women student-athletes to compete starting in fall 2022.

First Community Credit Union (FCCU) is proud to announce their new location in Mandan is now open at 4614 Memorial Highway, Mandan. This new facility is just over 20,689 total square feet, three stories high, constructed of structural steel and sit on 1.58 acres. With a maximum occupancy of 330 people, this building features an open atrium lobby, multiple conference rooms, safety deposit box room, 14 offices, a large breakroom with a full kitchen and walk out open patio, three drive-up lanes and a drive-up ATM. This new Mandan branch will also have tenants and a 1,336 square foot community room, open for the public, with an occupancy of 89 people.

BSC is part of the Mon-Dak Conference in the NJCAA but will compete at various collegiate meets, including against four-year universities. The athletes’ recorded results are used to qualify for the NJCAA national championships. While BSC has the MDU Resources Community Bowl – one of the state’s best outdoor track facilities – on its campus, the college hasn’t had a track and field or cross-country program since 1985.

“This is an exciting new beginning for First Community Credit Union as we move into Mandan,” said Zack Dosch, VP of the Bismarck Market. “We’re proud to join the Mandan community and we look forward to all that is to come.” FCCU invites everyone to stop by and see the new building. This new location expands First Community Credit Union across the Missouri River for the first time and will provide more exciting opportunities for FCCU in a new community.

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY’S CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY PROGRAM EARNS CONTINUED 10-YEAR ACCREDITATION The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), has awarded continuing accreditation to University of Mary’s Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) master’s program. The recent peer review conducted by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognizes the program’s compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards. “The commission commends you and your colleagues for your commitment to continuous quality improvement in education, as demonstrated by your participation in program accreditation,” stated CAAHEP President Dr. Donald Balasa, in a congratulatory letter to University of Mary. “The accreditation standards are established by CAAHEP, CoAES, American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, American Kinesiotherapy Association, American Red Cross, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and National Council on Strength and Fitness.”


The CEP program at the University of Mary is one of only 11 accredited in the entire US and is under the popular Saint Gianna School of Health Sciences. The master of science program is a two-year program taught with a blended format, combining online instruction with five on-site hands-on lab weeks and clinical internships, to students who are making a difference in peoples’ lives everyday through many exciting careers associated with this degree, such as: cardiac rehabilitation; pulmonary rehabilitation; directing and coordinating supervised exercise programs for people with chronic conditions and disease like cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, etc., for whom exercise is part of the treatment and management; clinical research coordinators, researchers; diagnostic stress test technicians; strength and conditioning practitioners; higher education instructors; and directors and coordinators of primary prevention exercise programs. “These are some of America’s heroes on the frontlines of healthcare,” said Dr. Jill Nustad, professor and chair of the Exercise Physiology Department in the Saint Gianna School of Health Sciences. “We’ve had 100 percent job placement rate with our graduates in the field for the last four years, and we embrace Saint Gianna Beretta Molla’s model of wisdom, intelligence, and courage within our service-learning emphasis. University of Mary’s Department of Exercise Physiology houses a master’s program in CEP and bachelor’s in exercise science (EXS). Both programs have earned accreditation from CAAHEP. CEP is considered a rehab science and is a growing professional field, responding to the exercise needs and demands for persons with chronic disease and conditions. Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation facilities employ the majority of CEPs. Mary’s CEP program was the first program delivered via a blended hybrid model — online and in-person — to be accredited, and I believe still holds that recognition.” According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there is an expected 13 percent job growth in this career field. CAAHEP says the next comprehensive evaluation of the program, including a site review, is scheduled to occur no later than 2032.



KLJ RECEIVES NATIONAL ACEC HONOR AWARD KLJ Engineering LLC (KLJ) is proud to announce that the firm has been awarded a National American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Honor Award for work on the Kalispell Core and Rail Redevelopment project in Kalispell, Mont. The national competition recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value. Projects are rated on uniqueness and/ or innovative application of new or existing techniques; future value to the engineering profession and enhanced public awareness/enthusiasm of the role of engineering; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner’s needs. The Kalispell Core and Rail Redevelopment project received the Honor Award in category H: Transportation. Recently completed, the Core and Rail Redevelopment project is transforming the City of Kalispell. The project converted an obsolete gravel pit (brownfield) into a new industrial rail park; relocated rail-served operations from downtown to the rail park; and replaced the old rail line with a 1.6-mile linear park and trail, along with a new “complete street” and signaled intersection on US Hwy 2. KLJ Engineering (KLJ), in partnership with Alta Planning + Design, provided environmental documentation related to decommissioning of key sites related to the project, including a former grain elevator, two gas station facilities, an agronomy center (fertilizer plant), a former gravel pit overlapping a state Superfund site, and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad site.

They also assisted in securing project funding, supporting dozens of public engagement initiatives, stormwater design including detention and treatment, lighting and electrical design, conversion of a railroad bridge for pedestrian use, a new signalized intersection, competitive project bidding, and construction oversight and administration. The $40 MM public-private partnership project has catalyzed reinvestment in the area. By mitigating environmental impacts at more than a dozen sites, and reorganizing rail service, the project spurred new development of housing, businesses, and lifestyle amenities across Kalispell’s Core Area, while enhancing rail access for businesses. An estimated $200 MM in private redevelopment is complete, underway, and in the planning stages as a direct result of the project, transforming the area socially, economically, and environmentally for the City’s 24,500 residents and more than 3 million visitors annually.

Join the Ladies of Another View as they discover the unique stories and explore the rich history of rural North Dakota communities.




Learn how these towns were established and meet the people who make them the heart of North Dakota.

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4204 Boulder Ridge Rd, #100, Bismarck, ND 58503

711 Riverwood Dr, Ste 2, Bismarck, ND 58504 701-222-8349




A: No referral needed! North Dakota is a state that allows you to go directly to a physical therapist without obtaining a physician’s referral first.

Direct access to physical therapy is your opportunity to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without first seeing your physician for a referral. If payment is approved by your insurance company, direct access is your opportunity to save time and money, thereby expediting your treatment, relief, and recovery. Research supports that patients who seek physical therapy via direct access for a musculoskeletal condition tend to have better functional outcomes with fewer treatments and lower overall health expenditure. At Optimum Therapies we are a true believer of collaborative care. Your physical therapist will communicate with your primary doctor and specialist from start to finish. To learn more about Optimum Therapies visit www.optimumtherapies.com or call us at (701)751-3064.

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time your giving when it makes sense for tax purposes and then recommend grants from your donor-advised fund when you are feeling generous and want to support a cause that touches your heart. For example, you know that you plan to give $20,000 over the next two years. Because of the current higher threshold for itemized deductions, if you give $10,000 per year to your favorite charities you will not exceed that threshold and you will not receive a federal tax deduction for your generosity. With a donor-advised fund at the North Dakota Community Foundation, you can give $20,000 in one year, which may help you exceed the itemized deductions threshold, and spread the grants from the $20,000 gift to your favorite charities over the next two or more years. The donor-advised fund helps accomplish your philanthropic and your financial goals. Consult your tax advisor for advice regarding your particular situation or call us for more information about this smart giving tool.


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may face emotional or psychological concerns that they are unsure how to manage alone. This goes for cancer survivors, individuals with a cancer diagnosis, and those who provide care and support to a loved one with cancer. Many tools, including therapy, support groups, social media, and other community resources, are available to connect those affected by cancer with other people facing similar feelings and emotions. Support groups can connect patients, caregivers, and others for shared support, understanding, and resources. A support group coordinator moderates each group offered by the Bismarck Cancer Center to create a confidential and safe place for all members. Support groups are a forum for openly discussing fear and emotions that might be uncomfortable discussing with persons outside the group. Group sessions are open to all, and there is no need to register in advance. If you or your loved one affected by cancer is interested in joining a support group or have any questions, call Jen at Bismarck Cancer Center at 701-222-6113.



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Q: WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT Q: I’VE BEEN MEANING TO VISIT YOUR GALLERY, BUT WHEN I PIECE IN BUILDING A THINK OF IT OR HAVE TIME, “CUSTOMER-FIRST” BUSINESS? I’M EITHER COMING FROM A: Training. We don’t expect new employees to start with a customer-first mentality, THE GYM, OR I’VE BEEN CLEANwe believe it’s our responsibility to give it ING MY HOUSE. I SHOULD to them. BE DRESSED UP TO BE IN A A customer-first mentality is shaped from: GALLERY, SHOULDN’T I? previous life experience, previous work experience and current work experience (the only area YOU as a business can control). That’s why, every individual who becomes part of our team: full-time staff, seasonal staff, and interns take part in what we call our “Service and Experience Training.” This training covers more than just the how-tos of the job, it introduces our organization and the service and experience we strive to provide for our fans. One way you can start this in your business is by creating a list of Never and Always. A few examples from our list include: always smile, always beat the greet, always give a fond farewell, never forget you are on stage and never say “I don’t know,” always find a solution. Implementing five to ten actionable standards for your employees to live by will help create consistency across your business and a customer-first focus. Interested in learning more training ideas? Email me at kaitlyn@larksbaseball.com.

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heard similar comments. The good news is, there is no dress code for visiting The Capital Gallery! We welcome you if you’re “dressed to the nines” or sporting your most comfy, casual weekend wear. Please trust me when I tell you this: we won’t judge you or your appearance, we are simply happy when you take the time to stop in! If this is a surprise to you, allow me to share the flip side: we are a nonprofit organization, and while you wouldn’t know it at first glance, we have a long list of needs. The sale of fine art is only one-third of what sustains The Capital Gallery. The rest comes through fundraising efforts and annual support of our Capital Gallery Society Patrons. We dedicate our work to the artists, clients, and community at large. And sometimes … we do it wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. Hope to see you in the gallery soon!


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surveillance exams like audiograms and pulmonary function tests (PFTs) were not available at occupational medicine clinics. OSHA understood the risk of performing these tests during the pandemic and determined that employers would not be in violation of the standard if they were unable to have these services performed. Now that surveillance exams are available again, employers should resume audiograms and PFTs for employees covered by OSHA standards. The employer should clearly document that they intended to have these services performed during the pandemic but that their medical provider was not performing them due to the increased health risk. Employers do not need to have multiples of each test performed to catch up from those missed in 2020 and 2021. They only need to resume these tests as required by the OSHA standard they are following.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION KLJ HIRES TWO IN BISMARCK KLJ Engineering is proud to welcome Kim Jung and Heather Campbell to its Bismarck office. Jung Kim Jung will be working as an engineering technician in the Construction Services department and Campbell will serve as a project assistant. Jung earned master’s degrees in English from Southeast Missouri Heather Campbell State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and agricultural and biological engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He also has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in New York, New York. Jung also served in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Reserve. Campbell has 16 years of experience in customer service, time sheet and expense report entry, as well as numerous computer programs such as Microsoft office, Quickbooks, and BillQuick. KIRCHMEIER REACHES A CAREER MILESTONE AT AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL Jason Kirchmeier, CFP®, CRPC®, CLTC®, CDFA®, APMA®, a Jason Kirchmeier Private Wealth Advisor with Legacy Financial Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Bismarck, has reached a career milestone through the company’s Circle of Success program by achieving years of consistently high performance. Less than 10% percent of Ameriprise advisors have earned this distinction. Kirchmeier was one of only 51 advisors to achieve this milestone in 2021. He has 26 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial.

DAKCU ANNOUNCES BRAVERA WEALTH INDIVIDUAL PROMOTES FOUR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EMPLOYEES TO LEADERSHIP ROLES During the Dakota Credit Union Association Bravera Wealth awards banquet, two recently named Missy Dakota credit union Thompson its chief Jerry Suko Missy Thompson professionals were operating officer, Blaine recognized for their Stockert its chief wealth outstanding individual officer, Pam Andrist its achievements. senior wealth manager Jerry Suko, Volunteer and Russ Murphy its at Railway Credit Union senior wealth advisor. (Mandan, ND) was named As chief operating Volunteer of the Year. officer of Bravera Wealth, This award goes to one Thompson assists Stephanie Heim Blaine Stockert volunteer each year that the President/CEO in has selflessly contributed reaching the company’s time, effort, and talent to the development strategic initiatives and of the credit union movement in their promotes a collaborative state. Volunteers are an integral part of environment to leverage the credit union movement, and their opportunities as it relates contributions resonate throughout the to all entities of Bravera. credit union community by illuminating She also retains her the most important part of the credit union Pam Andrist duties as Wealth’s safety structure. and soundness officer. Stephanie Heim, Member Engagement Thompson is located in Officer at Railway Credit Union (Bismarck, Bismarck and has been ND) received the Emerging Leader of the with Bravera for 10 years. Year Award. This award recognizes one In the role of chief wealth credit union employee each year from officer, Stockert focuses North or South Dakota that has shown on the production side proven dedication and enthusiasm for of Bravera Wealth. He the credit union movement by executing directly manages the Russ Murphy the credit union mission, guiding in new Planning & Investing directions that enhance the overall vision Department and Business of their organization. Development Department and oversees the Personal Trust Department. Stockert is located in Dickinson and has worked at NDCF WELCOMES Bravera for 16 years. WANEK In her role as senior wealth manager, Jeff Wanek has Andrist directly manages the Personal joined the staff of the Trust Department across all Bravera Wealth North Dakota Community locations. She is in Dickinson and has been Foundation (NDCF) as with Bravera for 15 years. their Accountant. As senior wealth advisor and mineral Jeff Wanek Wanek works out and estate specialist, Murphy focuses of the organization’s his attention on estate, conservatorships headquarters in Bismarck. He graduated and trusts as well as land and mineral from the University of North Dakota with management. Murphy is also now part a degree in accounting and has over 35 of the Bravera Wealth management years of experience in the field, most team. Murphy has worked at Bravera in recently serving as the Vice President/ Dickinson for 14 years. Chief Financial Officer at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center. Wanek’s main responsibilities are providing efficient, accurate and timely accounting services to the staff and donors/partners of NDCF.

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

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS BISMARCK AERO AMERICAN FAMILY CENTER PROMOTES INSURANCE NAMES MEISSNER HEINTZ AGENT OF THE MONTH Bismarck Aero Center is excited to announce Agent Dee Heintz has that Drew Meissner has been named Agent of the been promoted to the Month by American Family Drew Meissner Dee Heintz Lead Flightline Technician Insurance. She received position. Drew has been the honor for outstanding with Bismarck Aero Center for almost sales of American Family insurance two years and in the aviation industry products during the month of March 2022 for four years. Since joining, his skill set, Heintz has been an agent for American commitment, and leadership ability has Family since April 1990. proven to be a strong asset to the flightline team. Drew has recently completed the BULLINGER CELEBRATES Dale Carnegie Leadership Training course 55 YEARS AT HEARTVIEW and will look to help the team reach their FOUNDATION highest potential. Carol Bullinger, executive assistant, is celebrating 55 years of continuous service at Carol Bullinger Heartview Foundation. She began working at Heartview in June 1967 as a receptionist when Heartview was located at the old Mandan hospital. She has been with Heartview through many changes and is always a bright spot in the day of those who work with her.

SWCA ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS WELCOMES SCHLEICHER SWCA Environmental Consultants is pleased to welcome Jolene Jolene Schleicher Schleicher. Schleicher is the Cultural Resource Team Lead in SWCA’s Bismarck, North Dakota office. She with more than 15 years of professional environmental consulting and cultural resources management experience in the northern plains and across the country. Her experience includes assistance with overall National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, as well as compliance with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). She has served as a project manager, assistant project manager, and crew member for over 100 oil and gas, renewable energy, and land development projects in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota.


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Mandan City Commission

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Burleigh Water Resource District * Burleigh County Commission

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Bismarck Board of Adjustment *

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Bismarck School Board Mandan Park District *

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Bismarck City Commission

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Burleigh Planning & Zoning

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Bismarck Parking Authority * Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority *

Mon, 18th 10:00 am 5:30 pm

Met. Planning Org. – Tech Advisory Cmte. * Mandan School Board

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Met. Planning Org. – Policy Board * Mandan City Commission

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Burleigh County Commission Budget Hearing Bismarck Historic Preservation Commission *

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Burleigh County Commission Budget Hearing Bismarck Park Board

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Mandan Planning & Zoning

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Bismarck City Commission

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Bismarck Planning & Zoning

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RIBBON CUTTINGS | CONNECTION Ribbon cuttings are conducted by a committee of Chamber EDC volunteers called Ambassadors. Businesses qualify for a ribbon cutting if they open, move, and remodel, are under new ownership, change their name, or offer a new product or service. To find out how you can get a free ribbon cutting from the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, please call Ross at 701-223-5660.

I HEART MAC AND CHEESE AND MORE... Jesse Vetter, owner, celebrates Grand Opening at 4521 Ottawa Street in Bismarck. Phone: 701-471-5352. Member.

DK ORTHODONTICS Dr. Daniel Keith celebrates a Ground Breaking at his future location on 4212 Boulder Ridge RD in Bismarck. 'Phone: 701-751-8444. Member.

ENTICED BISMARCK V3NU3 LLC Owner, Cassandra Chapa, with friends and supporters celebrate their Grand Opening at 320 W Main Street in Mandan. Phone: 701-220-7548. Member.

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DREAM CENTER Jim and Cindy Barnhardt along with supporters celebrate Grand Opening at 1805 Park Avenue in Bismarck. Phone: 701-955-2150. Member.

HEARTVIEW FOUNDATION Executive Director, Kurt Snyder, along with staff and supporters celebrate remodel at their location at 121 E Broadway in Bismarck. Phone: 701-222-0386. Member.

SANFORD AIR MED Executives and team celebrate the opening of their new hanger near the Bismarck Airport. Member.

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. Coteau Properties Co. 204 County Road 15 Beulah, ND 58523 Bryan Walther Blaze Pizza 805 S 3rd Street Unit #2 Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 751-1694 Mike Srnsky Blaze Pizza serves up Fast Fired 11-inch thin crust pizzas with our daily-fresh made in house dough. The pizzas are made right in front of so you see what you are getting. Gideon’s Brewing Company Inc. 107 N 5th Street Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 751-1044 David Duma Gideon’s Brewing Co. is a locally, veteran owned and operated craft beer and hard seltzer bar located in the heart of Downtown Bismarck, North Dakota. [solidcore] 1001 W Interstate Ave. Suite 102 Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 204-0058 Amanda Meyer High intensity, low impact full body workout. Class times range from 5:00am-7:00pm, Sunday-Saturday. Michael Herzog Golf Academy 1743 Calgary Loop Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 989-4547 Michael Herzog The Michael Herzog Golf Academy is about promoting and growing the game of golf. The Academy's main emphasis is positively impacting youth through instruction, play and respect for the game.

I Heart Mac and Cheese and more… 4521 Ottawa Street, Suite 1 Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 471-5352 Jesse Vetter I Heart Mac & Cheese is a fast-casual concept specializing in customizable, made-to-order macaroni & cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches ... Little Lights Pediatric Therapy 1615 Capitol Way Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 751-0410 Krisann Miller Little Lights Pediatric Therapy is an outpatient pediatric facility providing occupational, physical, & speech therapy to children and adolescents birth to 21 in clinic, home and community settings. Valvoline Instant Oil Change – Ottawa Street 5216 Ottawa Street Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 751-1074 Terry Schreiner Open to serve you with drive-thru, stay-in-your-car oil changes Valvoline Instant Oil Change – Tacoma 1212 Tacoma Ave. Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 751-7223 Open to serve you with drive-thru, stay-in-your-car oil changes Spotlight Media 4609 33rd Ave S. Suite 304 Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 478-7768 Mike Dragosavich Magazine Publishing and Local Marketing Services

Jake’s Bakes (701) 202-9473 Jake Kubik Jake's Bakes is a family owned and operated micro bakery focusing on sourdough breads, spreads, and more!

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

UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS LUNCH ON THE PATIO Date: July 14, 2022 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck


LEMONADE DAY BISMARCK-MANDAN Date: July 23, 2022 • Time: All Day Location: Bismarck-Mandan JULY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: HYUNDAI OF MANDAN Date: July 28, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Hyundai of Mandan – 806 E Main Street, Mandan LUNCH ON THE PATIO Date: August 11, 2022 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck CHAMBER EDC SPORTING CLAYS SHOOTOUT Date: August 19, 2022 • Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm Location: Capital City Sporting Clays – 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck

For more information on these events visit bismarckcancercenter.com 500 N 8th St|Bismarck, ND 58501 701-222-6100


AUGUST MEMBERSHIP MIXER: EXECUTIVE AIR TAXI CORPORATION Date: August 25, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Executive Air Taxi Corporation – 2301 University Drive, Bismarck


Application deadline is August 1, 2022. Contact Cathryn Sprynczynatyk at cathryn@bmcedc.com for more information

July 4

Mandan Road Race

July 30

Blue Grass Goes Pink

August 13

Saddle Up Against Cancer

August 19

Drive to Survive

Sept. 16

Clays Against Cancer

Sept. 24-25 Applefest

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