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Connection JULY 2019

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THE ENTREPRENEUR ROUNDTABLE LEARNING FROM THREE BISMARCK-MANDAN STARTUPS

A BUSINESS PUBLICATION OF THE BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Molly Herrington ..................................................................Chair Brian Eiseman ...............................................................Vice Chair Val Weigel ......................................................................Secretary Kevin Strege ...................................................................Treasurer Ron Day ........................................................................Past Chair

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steve Bakken ......................................................City of Bismarck Scott Davis .........................................................City of Mandan Ron Day ............................................Marathon Petroleum Corp. Brian Eiseman ...............................................Stoneshire Builders Heather Fried ....................State Farm - Fried Financial Services Molly Herrington ...................................................................KLJ Chris Jones ...................................ND Dept. of Human Services Jim Peluso .........................................................Burleigh County Karl Lembke ......................................................Vaaler Insurance Wayne Munson ..............................................Bismarck Sign Co. Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat Mike Schmitz ..Schmitz-Holmstrom Certified Public Accountants Cody Schulz ........................................................Morton County Scott Staudinger .............................................Cloverdale Foods Kevin Strege ................................................Capital Credit Union Tom Todd ................................................Northwest Contracting Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Val Weigel ..............................Basin Electric Power Cooperative Lee Weisbeck ..........................................................Starion Bank

CHAMBER EDC STAFF

Brian Ritter ...................................................................President Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director David Leingang .............................Community Growth Director Mary Masters .......................................Office Support Specialist Ryan Parsons ........................................................Vice President Shay Peterson ......................Membership Engagement Director Rebecca Rattei ................................ Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Jaime Sabot ....................Workforce Development Coordinator Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President Cathryn Sprynczynatyk .................. Communications Specialist Lyndsey Scheurer ......................... Communications & ED Intern 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-223-5660 • www.bismarckmandan.com

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CONNECTION | PRESIDENT'S CORNER

uly is a good time to kick back, take a vacation and enjoy some well-deserved time off. And who could blame you? It seems as though this community just never stops with new opportunities, new challenges and new dynamics. It just comes with the territory when you live in a place like Bismarck-Mandan that’s growing. Rest assured the Chamber EDC is on top of those new developments. For instance, the Legislative Management Committee met earlier this summer to consider what resolutions to adopt for further study during the 2019 – 2021 Interim. Of particular note to the Chamber EDC was HB 1474; a study to identify “options for replacing revenue generated by special assessments with revenue from an alternative local funding source.” One of our priorities during this past Legislative Session was passage of legislation that would allow us to ask voter approval of a street utility tax; a monthly charge on your water / utility bill which would generate revenue in lieu of special assessments for street maintenance projects. While that study will help us address challenges in infrastructure funding, we’re also working to address challenges in workforce development. One specific way is by engaging area educators as part of E2: Educators Experience. Each year, this program takes approximately 20 area educators and places them in a series of half-day workshops where they learn what skills employers in certain industries are looking for. The idea is that those educators will take those lessons with them back into the classroom and help inform their students. While we work to address some of our community’s challenges, we’re working to spotlight some of our opportunities as well. For instance, this month’s Connection features a number of local entrepreneurs who have experienced success right here in Bismarck-Mandan. It’s both encouraging and inspiring to see what our residents are capable of and the opportunities that their success presents for the entire community. Who knows, maybe the next Amazon or Uber is among that group? And if so, our job as the community’s leader in economic development is to support them and if they don’t need anything from us, be smart enough to get out of the way. So as you can see, it’s been a busy summer here at the Chamber EDC and that’s just the way we like it. Thank you for your continued support and be sure to enjoy all that our community has to offer these next few months! Sincerely,

Brian Ritter, President, Bismarck Mandan 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 Makewell to accolades like being named No. 2 Best place for Women Entrepreneurs by GoodCall.com and Top 50 Places for Small Business Startups by CNN Money, everything points to fertile entrepreneurial soil in Bismarck-Mandan.

How would you describe your business in 30 words or less? Norton: Our business provides services such as injectables, skin care, facials, permanent makeup, eyelash extensions, advanced education, and we’re consultants in the beauty industry.

Connection magazine posed the same set of questions to three entrepreneurs in order to create an entrepreneurs’ roundtable. The entrepreneurs interviewed include Allan Miller, President of Anyleaks, Inc.; Gina Norton, Co-owner of The Rejuvenation Place; and Collin Kemmesat, General Manager of 701 Cycle and Sport

Miller:“Our business specializes in stone coated metal roofing. The basis of our foundation is a permanent roofing system."

THE REJUVENATION PLACE Proprietors: Gina Norton (interviewed), Brianne Lang, Adam Berger, and Austin Berger

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Founded: 2017

Employees: 8

Kemmesat: We sell high-end bicycles and outdoor equipment. We think of ourselves as experts in the bike industry that help educate and help the community grow in the cycling world."


CONNECTION | CHAMBER EDC FEATURE What inspired you to start your business? Miller: I grew up in a small town, Flasher... I grew up without a silver spoon by any stretch of the imagination, which drove me considerably. I didn’t go to college. A hailstorm in 2001 kind of changed the direction of my life, and that’s what brought me into construction. I was always athletic and very competitive. In construction, a lot of guys were paid by piecework, meaning you got paid on what you got done for the day. For a competitive guy, that works out well...

Located in downtown Bismarck, The Rejuvenation Place offers a variety beauty services, including consultations.

I grew up always wanting more. You either have it in your or you don’t. You either want it or you don’t. You’re either adverse to risk or you’re not. Being an entrepreneur, you can’t be scared of failure. Norton: I’ve been in the beauty industry all of my life. My parents worked in the beauty industry when I was growing up. I naturally developed a passion for skin ... I wanted to start a business but be involved with my children. I would have never done it any other way. I feel like I’m training my kids every day on good work ethic. They bring to me so many fresh ideas in social media, in the industry that I would have never found, because a lot of times I’m busy doing treatments. They are diving into the industry and finding the latest and greatest trends that we can bring here.

Kemmesat: My dad started (the business) in 2003 as a side hobby shop. He was really into cycling. He saw the need for a bike shop in Bismarck. We have moved between four locations to our current location and have grown and expanded exponentially since then.

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CHAMBER EDC FEATURE | CONNECTION My family has been a huge help for Anyleaks from lending money to my mom working for me consistently from the beginning, from working out of her home to watching my kids. I’ve learned that Cody is one of the hardest workers has ever met. I’ve learned that my wife does not like when I take risks and start new businesses. I’ve learned that I really like being an entrepreneur. I enjoy it immensely. Kemmesat: We’ve learned a lot over the years. We’ve learned everything from different ways of ordering product, to projecting things to helping the community, to being more beneficial to the community. We’re still learning. Every year we make ourselves that much better, refine ourselves that much more and better serve the customer in any sense we can.

ANYLEAKS, INC Proprietors: Allan Miller (interviewed) and Cody Stern Founded: 2011 Employees: 30

What have you learned since you founded your business? Norton: We decided not to do every service. We decided not to specialize every single thing. With injectables like a chin augmentation with filler, a rhinoplasty with filler, those are high risk procedures. We refer out for those. We wanted to specialize in lips, cheeks, and the neurotoxins such as Botox. As we learn and perfect services, then we launch them. Until we have something perfected, we don’t offer it. Miller: I knew a lot about the business before I had started because I had been in it. As far as ownership, I hated that I didn’t have the money and it was hard to get. Now that I have the experience, people give money to us easily. I learned that people treat you different when you’re a business owner. I’ve learned it’s hard to find quality employees consistently. I’ve learned my family has consistently helped me along the way.

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What are your key milestones since founding your business? Norton: This is my 38th year doing skin care. The biggest compliment is that with my 1-year degree to be a cosmetologist, I would have never dreamt that 3 of my 4 children would have capitalized on my industry with their college degrees and opened a business together in my industry. Growing up, my parents said, “Do not go to beauty school.” My other two sisters became doctors. I was the oldest; I was the rebel. Kemmesat: Going employee-owned was a key milestone eight years ago. It helps take liability off one person within the company itself. It also gives our employees quite a bit more caring aspects about the business. They feel like the own part of it now. They are much more worried about making sure the business is doing well and doing everything they can to make our business successful as a whole. Miller: Building this building in 2018 was a huge source of pride. Coming back to Mandan was a big thing for us. After working out of our house, we had a shop in Bismarck since 2012 to 2018. Not only building a building but coming back to Mandan was really a big deal for Cody and me. I got to build my mom a new house. My mom and dad get to retire to a new house. Cody got to build himself a new house. Being able to have 30 employees and be productive and be profitable, it’s not a milestone but it’s an accomplishment for us.


CONNECTION | CHAMBER EDC FEATURE What are your thoughts on the entrepreneurship climate of Bismarck-Mandan? Miller: I think the climate is good. I don’t think that people really understand how to take advantage of it. I think people go after businesses with their heart, or the niche that they want, but they don’t really understand how to make money. Whatever business you start has to have a need. You can have the coolest thing in the world, but if there isn’t a demand, then you don’t have that need. Don’t start a hobby, start a business. Kemmesat: I think the entrepreneurship is very high in Bismarck-Mandan. I think we have a lot of people that have that entrepreneurial spirit. I see a lot of good businesses coming in. I think there are also some markets in BismarckMandan that are extremely oversaturated. I think we’ll see those work themselves out. Norton: I believe the Bismarck-Mandan business climate is really great right now. Bismarck-Mandan has a big enough population that you can find success, but small enough that you can use word of mouth as a communication tool. I believe this community really works together to help small businesses succeed, and I’ve loved collaborating with motivated individuals and businesses.

701 CYCLE AND SPORT Proprietors: Collin Kemmesat (Interviewed), Dennis Kemmesat, and employee-owned Founded: 2003

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Employees: 12

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BCC Night at the Larks

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Blue Grass Goes Pink

August 1

Beer and Boutiques

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CHAMBER EDC FEATURE | CONNECTION What’s next? Kemmesat: We opened a second location in Dickinson this spring. Bismarck is expanding like the whole state is, especially the western side of the state. We wanted to find another avenue where we could rotate inventory easier and serve another community. The west side of the state is very underserved in our market ... Our third location in Watford City is opening hopefully in the next month.

The new Anyleaks, Inc. location in Mandan, completed in 2018, was a significant accomplishment and a return to Mandan for the business.

Miller: Old 10 Bar and Grill is scheduled to open July 15. Mandan has always been the little town that couldn’t. People looked at it as a stepping stone for something to get away from. We’ve always been proud to be from Mandan. We want to be something that people want to come back to, or people don’t want to leave from. Old 10 Bar and Grill is something that we want the residents of Mandan to be proud of. Wed want Old 10 to be a landmark to some degree. We want people to bring in families and also drink beer and watch games. Norton: My goal for The Rejuvenation Place is to set a credibility standard in our industry. There is a lot of shady stuff that happens in the beauty world, and I want to educate people on the right way to treat their skin. Editor’s Note: Interviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Starting as a hobby shop in 2003, 701 Cycle and Sport has seen steady growth, including a second location in Dickinson and a third on the way.

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MEMBER PROFILE | CONNECTION

Sharon Teeples PHYNE PHOTOGRAPHY & FRAMING

Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: I’m originally from Wyoming and knew I wanted to be a photographer from the age of 12. I was the photographer for my high school and college yearbooks and my degree is in photography. I am the owner and photographer for Phyne Photography, Framing and Art Gallery.

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MEMBER SINCE 1983

Q: Briefly tell us the history of Phyne Photography & Framing. A: I opened Phyne Photography on April 1, 1982 with a partner who retired in 1987. We started in an office space in south Mandan. In 1987, we moved to our current location on Main Street in Mandan. In 1993 we added Limited Edition Art Prints and Custom Framing with a framer on staff.


CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Phyne Photography & Framing? A: We see an increase in our school & sports photos due to growth. We work by appointment so we can schedule accordingly during peak times. Q: What trends are taking place in your industry? A: The cross over between cameras and phones has been immense. Photography is still defined as "painting with light", no matter how many phones and/or cameras are out there, professionals need to be educated to produce quality photography. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: The impact of Digital photography is very mainstream now. Everyone with a phone has a camera, but not everyone is a photographer. Photography is for everyone now, but a nice camera does not make one a professional photographer just as a restaurant quality oven does not make one a master chef!

Q: What does the future of Phyne Photography & Framing look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: Phyne Photography, Framing and Art Gallery is doing great! We see a bright future ahead and the industry is constantly changing to adjust to the needs of the public. Q: Phyne Photography & Framing became a member in 1983, why do you continue to renew each year? A: We believe in supporting our local businesses and we've been happy that many businesses agree with us and support us as well! Q: What should other Chamber EDC members know about Phyne Photography & Framing that may assist them? A: We have great customer service, great turnaround time and beautiful portraits. We do work by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead for your appointment and get that business photo updated!

2019

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INSPIRED IDEAS. TARGETED RESULTS. Our 2019 Business Trends Webinar Series is designed to keep you informed on innovative business and tax strategies. These free webinars run throughout the year, but check out July’s sessions below!

International Tax: GILTI Tax Regime & Planning Opportunities Thursday, July 18 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Benefits of a Quality Assurance Review Monday, July 22 | 12 – 1 p.m. Human Resource Insights: Importance of an Employee Handbook Thursday, July 25 | 12 – 1 p.m. Visit eidebailly.com/business-trends to see the full schedule, register or to learn more.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | CONNECTION

BUSINESS RETENTION EXPANSION A CHAMBER EDC PRIORITY As of this spring, Job Service North Dakota estimated that there were approximately 2,800 open jobs between Burleigh and Morton Counties. The Chamber EDC has developed a two-pronged approach to fill those jobs: 1. In the long-term, develop workforce development programming that provides area students with experiential learning opportunities in an attempt to retain them upon graduation. 2. In the short-term, conduct online talent attraction campaigns that are targeted towards talent from outside the community so they consider relocating to Bismarck-Mandan. Regarding those talent attraction campaigns (TAC), the Chamber EDC recently launched our ninth (TAC 9) and it represents somewhat of a departure from previous efforts.

Traditionally, the Chamber EDC has partnered with KK BOLD to develop and place advertisements such as the one pictured here, targeted to very specific geographies and/or occupations. However, TAC 9 will seek to spotlight Bismarck-Mandan as a place to live for anyone considering relocating. We will focus our advertisements over a certain time frame from Memorial Day through Labor Day with special ads around the July 4th holiday when former residents and other family members might be visiting the area. We will also monitor the traffic that those online advertisements generate and in response, ‘boost’ posts that have produced the most interest. And as to what media we’ll be using to run these ads, it will primarily be Google and Facebook based upon the results of prior campaigns. Going forward, the Chamber EDC plans to make talent attraction an ongoing effort led by Workforce Development Coordinator Jaime Sabot as opposed to TAC that start and stop at certain times. This is in response to a growing number of unfilled jobs and our ability to be more effective as a result of the BMDA / Chamber merger. Additionally, our ads (whether print, online or otherwise) will focus more on Bismarck-Mandan as a place to live given our unique features as opposed to simply a location for a job. Bismarck-Mandan is growing and we have the opportunities for those already living here and those who might be considering it.

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ENTREPRENEURS A FOCAL POINT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Of the Chamber EDC’s five core economic development activities, entrepreneurial development may be among the most difficult to quantify given the number of variables present when trying to start a business. However, in an attempt to do so the Chamber EDC has sought to establish ourselves as feeders rather than leaders, to borrow terms from entrepreneur & author Brad Feld. Not being entrepreneurs ourselves, for the most part, it seems counterproductive for Chamber EDC Staff or Volunteers to try and lead those seeking to With a focus on encouraging entrepreneurship, the Chamber EDC is a supporter of TEDx, start their own businesses. Rather, Mandan’s Business Pitch Challenge and other related events. the Chamber EDC has sought to position itself in a support role by sponsoring, co-hosting or helpOf course, supporting and sponsoring events like these ing plan events that bring entrepreneurs together in hopes and more is important. However, it’s also important to note these types of grass-roots gathering will help spur even that should an individual entrepreneur identify a gap in the more entrepreneurial activity. process of launching their business, Chamber EDC Staff is prepared to help. This may be as simple as helping connect For instance, the Chamber EDC serves as one of the sponan entrepreneur with a Chamber EDC member to help sors and members of the planning committee for the fifth address a real estate need or direct assistance from staff to annual TEDx Bismarck event. TEDx is a program of local, identify financing options to help address a financing need. self-organized events that bring people together for deep These are just some of the gaps that a local entrepreneur discussion and connection. By helping promote events like TEDx that bring together creatives, entrepreneurs and more, may need assistance in addressing on their road to success and the Chamber EDC is prepared to do just that. we hope to spur entrepreneurial activity that will ultimately result in the creation of new businesses for our communities. All of the world’s most successful companies were once just an idea and who knows? Maybe that next one is right here in Another event like TEDx, specific to Mandan, is the Mandan Bismarck-Mandan. Tomorrow Plan – Economic Opportunity & Prosperity (EOP) Committee’s Business Pitch Challenge. Held for the first time last November, this event featured Chamber EDC participation as sponsors, staff and planners alongside the City of Mandan for an event which drew 11 business ideas from the community. Those 11 ideas were vetted, ranked and scored until four finalists were selected to present in-person to a panel of local business leaders who ultimately selected a winner to receive a generous prize package. More encouraging was the fact that of the 11 business ideas submitted, six have now launched or are in the process of launching as businesses!

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CHAMBER EDC NEWS | CONNECTION

SPORTING CLAYS TOTAL RESOURCE SHOOTOUT IS AROUND CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN THE CORNER IN AUGUST Start planning for a day of fun at Capital City Sporting Clays on August 23rd! It’s an event that everyone can enjoy and always friendly competition. We have a great assortment of door prizes this year we have doubled the guns including: • Henry Golden Boy .22 /LR the Lever Action Classic • Savage Arms 93R17 • 17HMR with 3-9x40 scope • Glock 19 Gen4 • And more! You can register individually ($100/Person members $125/ person Non-members) and we will assign you to a team or you can sign up in teams of four. Admission Includes light breakfast, shotgun shells (12 and 20 gauge), ear plugs, course fees, lunch, beverages, and a great opportunity to win some awesome door prizes. Please register you and your team today by going online at www.bismarckmandan.com or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bmcedc.com.

The best time of the year is approaching quickly! We are one month away from signaling the Chamber EDC’s 16week Total Resource Campaign (TRC)! During this campaign we take the time to introduce business members to the value of their Chamber EDC membership and how you as a member can learn about our various events and programs that best fits your business’s focus and goals. Renewing sponsors have the right of first refusal for their sponsorships from the previous year; this is what we call the ‘renewal period’. The 2020 renewal period will begin on Thursday, August 1st and end Wednesday, September 4th. Starting on September 5th, all sponsorships that have not been renewed are up for grabs by anyone so be sure to return all renewal contracts in on time to secure your sponsorships for 2020. DATES TO REMEMBER Right of First Refusal: August 1 - September 4th Open Enrollment: September 5th TRC Conclusion: November 15th If your organization has yet to sponsor an event this is your opportunity to learn and get involved in the upcoming events to help maximize your membership. The Chamber EDC has a wide range of events that focus on networking, economic development, professional development & education. TRC is designed to make sponsorships easy and allow Chamber EDC staff to focus on budgets for our upcoming events, programs, promotional materials, job creation and retention and economic growth. Keep an eye out for your renewal contract and if you don’t receive one please let us know. If you have any questions on the TRC renewals, event sponsorships, or to schedule a discussion, please contact, Shay Peterson, Membership Engagement Director, at speterson@bmcedc.com or by calling 701-223-5660.

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IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!

On September 17th, the Chamber EDC and the Excellence in Business and Education Committee will celebrate local businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments within the community. This year’s annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: • • • • • •

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.

Small Business Person of the Year Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth & Profitability New Entrepreneur of the Year Outstanding Teachers of the Year Golden Eagle Award Granite Award winner

Every year the Excellence in Business & Education Committee, with the help of the community, identifies and honors these organizations who have excelled in BismarckMandan over the years! This is a wonderful opportunity to network with some of our communities strongest players who consistently make a difference. Please join us from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center. General admission is $50, and $40 with member discount. Registration is available online at, http://bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar. Gold Sponsors: BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Award Sponsor: Table Sponsors: Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck State College, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Capital Credit Union, CornerStone Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, First International Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, MIDCO, Northwest Contracting, Sanford Health, Starion Bank, University of Mary, Wells Fargo Bank Event Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Brady Martz & Associates, Liberty Business Systems, Schmidt-Holmstrom CPAs If your business would like a table at the event, please contact David Leingang at 701-223-5660 or by email at: dleingang@bmcedc.com. Cost is $450 for a table. Tickets are $40 for Chamber members and $50 for general admission.

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ACCEPTING LEADERSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2019-2020 Leadership Bismarck-Mandan is now accepting applications for the Class of 2020. Up to 18 applicants will be accepted into the program where 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 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. 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.

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BISMARCK - MANDAN

Applications are available online at bismarckmandan.com/Leadership-Bismarck-Mandan. Any questions, contact Cathryn at 223-5660. Applications are due Aug. 1, 2019. Program begins Sept. 25, 2019. Tuition is $595. Scholarships Available Thanks to the generosity of Gate City Bank 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.


CONNECTION | CHAMBER EDC NEWS

LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION Leadership Bismarck-Mandan graduated 15 students during a commencement program on May 22 in Mandan. The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 15 community members that charted a course to leadership through an exclusive, nine-month program. Congratulations to the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan, Class of 2019: Dennis Agnew, Doosan Bobcat Amy Bickleman, Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education Kelly Churchill, Mandan Parks & Recreation Kim Ekart, Youthworks Angie Friez, Bismarck State College Becky Haider, Knife River Corporation Dave Lehman, N.D. Department of Commerce Tracey Miller, KLJ Heather Pitsiladis, Glance Spa & Salon Tyler Sander, Aetna Alison Ternes, Sanford Health Maria Walen, Comfort Inn & Suites – Mandan Angil Wanner-Koper, Braun Intertec Jenny Wollmuth, City of Bismarck Leadership Class of 2019. Jona Ziemann, Starion Bank

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEINGANG WINS LBMAA DISTINGUISHED LEMONS… With over 650 registered participants, and over 50 stands ALUMNUS AWARD scattered around Bismarck and Mandan, we think it is safe to say that Lemonade Day 2019 was a sweet success!

None of it, however, would 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! OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: Main Squeeze: Lime-Light Sponsor: Fresh Squeeze:

Lemon head Sponsors: American Bank Center, Bartlett & West, Doosan/Bobcat, First Western Bank & Trust, Grand Junction Grilled Subs, Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning, Terry’s Health Products.

Dave Leingang, 2019 LBMAA Distinguished Alumni.

Dave Leingang was awarded the Leadership BismarckMandan Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2019 at the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan graduation on May 22. Each year an award is presented to a past graduate of the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program who has used leadership knowledge and skills to benefit Bismarck-Mandan. Leingang has shown a dedication not only to the Chamber EDC's leadership program, but also to the leadership development of Bismarck-Mandan overall. Through his business, Exploring Leadership Soulutions, Leingang has facilitated his training course, Mastering Leadership Skills, with organizations like North Dakota Department of Transportation and the City of Bismarck. Leingang graduated from Leadership Bismarck-Mandan in 2009. An alumnus of 10 years, Dave serves on the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Steering Committee. He also served as a trustee for the Morton Mandan Public Library for seven years. Leingang was presented the award by his son, David Leingang.

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A "HOLE" LOT OF FUN AT THE 2019 GOLF SCRAMBLE It was quite the par-tee at the Chamber EDC Golf Scramble presented by Eide Ford - Lincoln held at the Prairie West Golf Course. Last month on Monday, June 10th the Chamber EDC held its annual golf scramble. Despite some small rain showers in the afternoon it was a fantastic day for golf with our members. Thank you to the 33 teams who spent their Monday on the green with us! This year’s top team: Rick Keller, Parker Dire and Darren Schmidt. By par a great day on the golf course for all 2019 Golf Scramble participants! The Chamber EDC would like to recognize and give a special thank you to all our sponsor involved. Without your support and creativity, this event would not continue to be the big success it is! Our sponsors provide games, refreshments, snacks and giveaways throughout the event.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Eide Ford - Lincoln for not only their sponsorship but providing the opportunity to win a 2019 Ford Echo Sport. Finally, thank you to Prairie West Golf Course and all of our sponsors Presenting Gold Drink Cart Sponsor: Sponsors: Sponsor: Hole Sponsors: Amy Hullet: Century 21 Morrison Realty, Baymont Inn & Suites, BEK Communications, Bismarck Cancer Center, BNC National Bank, The Bone & Joint Center, Consolidated Construction Co, CornerStone Bank, Crowley Fleck, Dakota Carrier Network, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, First Western Bank & Trust, Lewis & Clark Development Group, Radisson Hotel Putting Green Sponsor: Liberty Business System Drive Range/Chipping Sponsor: Feil Orthodontics Golf Cart Sponsor: Northwest Tire Lunch/Dinner Sponsor: Ulteig Engineers, Quality Title Tee Prize Sponsor: Amy Hullet: Century 21 Morrison Realty and Probitas Promotions

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CHAMBER EDC 101 MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP

MEMBERSHIP MIXER: FIRST WESTERN BANK & TRUST Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 Location: First Western Bank & Trust 304 E Front Ave, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Save the date for the July Membership Mixer hosted by First Western Bank & Trust on July 18th, from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at their location on 304 E Front Ave in Bismarck. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by calling the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660 or emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bmcedc.com.

CHAMBER EDC 101

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Location: Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend

Are you interested in learning how to make the most out of your membership? Save the Date and join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. Chamber EDC staff will explain our programs, benefits, committees, and other opportunities on how to maximize your membership. Whether you are a brand new member, a long-time member or just want to learn more about membership this is the event for you! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to insure a meal by either contacting the Chamber at 701-223-5660 or by emailing Ross Frohlich at rfrohlich@bismancc.com.

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MEMBERSHIP MIXER: KIRKWOOD MALL

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 Location: Kirkwood Mall 706 Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Mark your calendar for the August Membership Mixer! Kirkwood Mall is welcoming Chamber EDC membership to join them in a fun casual environment to network and relax on August 8th from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Enjoy lite bites and beverages provided by A&B Pizza and Lucky’s 13 Pub at their location inside the Mall at 706 Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck. RSVP online at www. Bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bmcedc.com

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: SOCIAL MEDIA Date: Location: Time: Admission:

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 10:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 for Chamber ED Members $30.00 for General Admission

Join us on Tuesday, August 13th for our second Professional Development Series of the summer. This month we will focus on social media and how it can help your business. Our event will feature a panel who will provide their expertise through what they have seen or experiences when using social media tools. Enjoy light refreshments while networking and learning how to grow your business through social media techniques. Register online at www.bismarckmanan.com/events or email Lyndsey or Shay at lscheurer@bmcedc.com or speterson@bmcedc.com. You can also register by calling 701-223-5660

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The Chamber EDC Patio is set again and we are excited to offer our appreciation to you! We are so thankful for your membership, involvement, and all your support throughout the year, so please stop by and accept our small token of appreciation.

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Date: Location: Time: Admission: Presenting Sponsor:

Friday, August 16 2019 Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 11:30AM - 1:00PM Free to Attend

Join us and other fellow members for a fun and informal way to network on Friday, August 16th from 11:30am 1:00pm on our Chamber EDC patio! We will be serving brats, burgers and sides along with cool refreshments.

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 Location: 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck Time: 8:00AM - 2:00PM Admission: $100 for Chamber EDC Members $125 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

We have a great assortment of door prizes this year we have doubled the guns including: • Henry Golden Boy .22 /LR the Lever Action Classic • Savage Arms 93R17 17HMR with 3-9x40 scope • Glock 19 Gen4 • And more! You can register individually ($100/Person members $125/ person Non-members) and we will assign you to a team or you can sign up in teams of four. Admission Includes light breakfast, shotgun shells (12 and 20 gauge), ear plugs, course fees, lunch, beverages, and a great opportunity to win some awesome door prizes. Please register you and your team today by going online at www.bismarckmandan.com or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bmcedc.com. Long Range Sponsors: Rapid Fire Sponsors: First International Bank & Trust, Anyleaks Pigeon Sponsors: Advanced Business Method, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Amy Hullet: Century 21 Morrison, HH Gun Shop, and Liberty Business Systems

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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK NAME TOP 10 WORKPLACES

Congratulations to our 2019 Top 10 YPN Workplace Award winners announced Wednesday, May 8, at our annual Cinco Anniversary Celebration! The award recognizes businesses that are committed to recruiting and retaining young professionals by offering comprehensive benefits and providing ongoing career development opportunities.

“Nearly half of our members aren’t from the BismarckMandan community, and often what brings them here is a job opportunity,” shared YPN President Katie Schiltz. “This award recognizes businesses in our community for their impressive work in attracting talent locally, statewide, and across the region, which speaks volumes to the investment they’ve made in providing competitive benefits and cultivating strong cultures that retain young professionals in our community.”

The 2019 Top 10 YPN Workplace Award recipients are: • Applied Engineering • Basin Electric Power Cooperative • Capital Credit Union • First Community Credit Union • EMC Insurance • Gate City Bank • HDR • NISC • Starion Bank • YMCA

“On behalf of the YPN’s over 200 members, congratulations to this year’s recipients.”

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ENERGY TRANSFER DONATES $3 MILLION FOR MANDAN IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

At a news conference on June 11, Dallas-based Energy Transfer committed to a $3 million contribution to the City of Mandan to help fund improvements at the Morton Mandan Public Library and Main Street parks that function as community gathering spaces. The $3 million donation over two years will assist with a library refresh and enhancements to the adjacent Dykshoorn and Heritage Parks.

Tentative plans include construction of a new home for the bookmobile near the library. The building may also accommodate portable equipment used for community events. Other project components may include a new library atrium, additional public restrooms, window replacements and masonry tuck-pointing. Received on June 11, the donation of Energy Transfer will be used to enhance the Morton Mandan Public Library and area parks. Possible park enhancements include a ticket booth and permanent decorative fence for the Main Street side of Dykshoorn Park and a pavilion in Heritage Park to The donations will help create a more inviting library and provide shelter for activities. Project scope and details will will make the parks more useable throughout the year for be determined once architectural services are secured. activities such as farmers markets, additional concerts and events. “We are very honored to receive this donation from Energy Transfer, and for their interest in helping us to continue to Morton County residents and others currently visited the enhance our quality of life here in Mandan,” said Mayor library building 106,237 times in 2018 to check out mateTim Helbling. “Mandan is a Main Street community and this rials, participate in programs, use computers or meeting donation will certainly go a long way in making our downspaces, and receive other services. The bookmobile saw town a more attractive and more vibrant place.” another 10,644 visits on its routes throughout the county. Mandan’s Dykshoorn and Heritage parks are the prime “This contribution is part of our commitment to be a valued location for many community festivals including Buggiesbusiness partner in North Dakota,” said Chris Curia, Execn-Blues, Art in the Park, and Oktoberfest plus weeknight utive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer summer concerts. of Dallas-based Energy Transfer. “We are grateful for the support we received from the people of Mandan throughCommunity leaders will seek other donations toward the out the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, and projects for any additional costs associated with the projwe wanted to find a way to benefit residents of all ages ects. throughout the county.” Energy Transfer is the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The company also donated $10,000 for the renovation of the Mandan Veterans Memorial Ballpark. Across the state of North Dakota, the company has donated more than $5.2 million over the past three years.

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SLEEPY HOLLOW THEATRE & ARTS PARK CELEBRATES 30 YEARS!

CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH RANKED SAFEST HOSPITAL IN NORTH DAKOTA

CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck has received the highest safety rating in North Dakota by the Leapfrog Group for 2019. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety.

Sleepy Hollow has been a Bismarck-Mandan destination since 1990, beginning with a production of “Annie Get Your Gun”.

Sleepy Hollow evolved from a Lundberg family question: “If you had time and money, what would you do in Bismarck? And what if you didn’t have money?” With a background of growing up in Bismarck, the answers were to start a new theatre experience providing positive opportunities for our young people. Sleepy Hollow: From the beginning to today! • From the beginning the focus was to give youth a summer outside growing, finding confidence and friends. • Moving on this idea the Lundberg family gathered other arts-minded people together, and stood in what was then an undeveloped park on the edge of town to decide where the sun would set and therefore, where a stage should be located. • In 1990 Sleepy Hollow produced its first June session of classes and the show of “Annie Get Your Gun” with Governor Art Link playing the fiddle and Annie Oakley riding a live horse down the hill.

“We are proud to receive a ‘B’ grade in safety from The Leapfrog Group,” said Kurt Schley, CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck President. “Our medical staff, associates and key partners continue to be recognized nationally for their hard work and dedication to ensure safe, high quality care for every patient we serve.” The Leapfrog Group “grades” hospitals A-F on their safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses national performance measures from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Leapfrog Hospital Survey, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement. Taken together, those performance measures produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Safety Grade includes 27 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs. “Every day we are committed to improving our policies and programs to improve the quality and safety for the patients we serve,” stated Dr. Eklof, Lead Hospitalist at CHI St. Alexius Health. “We work together as a team to implement best practices to achieve the best patient experience.”

• The arts based camps and productions were successful from the get-go and have since involved thousands of students and attracted hundreds of thousands to the Bismarck area. • With outstanding corporate and community support, SHTAP has constructed amenities including dressing rooms, a 50 x 100’ stage, orchestra pit, stage craft shop, 32’ light towers, ambiance lighting, ticket booth, entrance turrets, and established new event sites. Information and tickets available at www.shtap.org.

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Office is hosting the 7th Annual Suits & first signs of bladder cancer, but it doesn't Sandals event on Thursday, August 8th, always mean you have cancer. More often starting at 5:30pm, on the McDowell Dam thinking about your winter travels already it's caused by other things like an infection, beach, located five miles east and one mile with the beautiful weather we are having. north of Bismarck (1951 93rd St NE). There is no time like the present, and this is benign (not cancer) tumors, stones in the an ideal time to book your winter getaway. kidney or bladder, or other kidney diseas- A semi-casual beach party next to the waes. In some cases, blood in the urine could ter, all proceeds benefit the Anne Carlsen We are able to book airfare 11 months be the first sign of bladder cancer. There Center, to advance its mission of nurturing in advance, and many resorts run sales may be enough blood to change the color abilities and changing lives for individuals throughout the summer for winter travel. of the urine to orange, pink, or, less often, with disabilities. The evening includes live Booking your trip farther in advance will dark red. Sometimes, the color of the urine entertainment, a gourmet dinner, photo give you the flexibility with choosing airline is normal but small amounts of blood are booth, free will donation bar and a live & schedules, room categories, and excursion found when a urine test is done as part of silent auction. options as there is more availability when a general medical check-up. Here some booking early. Another perk of booking in The Anne Carlsen Community Based additional symptoms of bladder cancer: advance is that you do not have to make Services office opened in Bismarck in your payment in full. You simply make the • Feeling as if you need to urinate, September 2012. They provide autism deposit, and the final payment is due 45 even when your bladder isn't full and behavioral health services along with days prior to travel. Stayed connected with • Having trouble urinating or having in-home supports to area children and us for travel tips, and deals by following us a weak urine stream adults with intellectual or developmental on Facebook, Instagram, and joining our • Having to get up to urinate more disabilities. email list. often than normal Ticket prices are $65 per person and spon• Pain or burning during urination sorships are available.

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confirmed cases of measles in 28 different states in the U.S., but there were not any confirmed cases in North Dakota. The majority of measles cases occur in unvaccinated individuals. You are considered to have lifelong protection against measles if you have received two doses of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine. The first dose is usually given at 12 to 15 months of age and a second dose is administered between four and six years of age. Those who received the two doses of the measles vaccine typically will not need a booster. You should consult your doctor: • If you were born after 1957 and received only one dose of MMR as a child • If you were vaccinated between the years of 1963 to 1967 in which a “killed” version of the vaccine was administered • If you’re unsure

Q: HOW QUICKLY SHOULD INJURED WORKERS RECEIVE CARE? A: Injuries occur at all hours of the day.

However, no matter when an injury occurs, it’s important to apply immediate first aid techniques to promote healing and prevent infection until the injury can be examined and treated by a health care professional. First aid techniques for some common injuries include: •

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Cuts or scrapes: If there is bleeding, press firmly on the wound with a clean cloth until the bleeding stops. Then run water over the wound and cover it with antibiotic ointment. Burns: Immediately hold the burn under cold running water and cover any blisters. Muscle sprains, strains or tears: Elevate the area. Applying ice and wrapping the sore area with an elastic bandage will reduce swelling.

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But if it happens, your first instinct will probably be the feeling of being "offended", but here is the thing-that buyer has interest in your home if they were willing to write an offer in the first place. So, if you receive an offer that is not ideal, try not to respond in anger or frustration. Instead work with your REALTOR® to negotiate that offer to a point that you feel comfortable with. Trusting your favorite REALTOR® will make the whole process much easier!

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES FAIRBANKS Grant Fairbanks, MD, plastic surgery, has joined Sanford Health in Bismarck. Dr. Fairbanks graduated from Eastern Grant Fairbanks, MD Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. and completed his residency in plastic surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.

NDSC HIRES FISCHER AS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) has hired Valerie Fischer Valerie Fischer as a part time Business Development Manager. Fischer started with the NDSC in March in a temporary capacity to assist the traffic safety department with their Alive at 25 program. Previously, Fischer worked for the N.D. Department of Public Instruction (DPI), including 16 years as the Director of Safe & Healthy Schools and seven years as Director of Adult Education. As the NDSC's Business Development Manager, she will work with the community protection and traffic safety departments to increase awareness of their services throughout the state.

BISMARCK AERO CENTER HIRES NEW FLIGHTLINE TECHNICIAN David Brown comes to Bismarck Aero Center after spending last seven David Brown years working night shift. Most recently, he was in Jamestown as a Powder Coating Technician TAYLOR JOINS DUCKS and shift lead. In his role, they turned out UNLIMITED products ranging from heavy production ag components to unique one-off customized Ryan Taylor, a fourthcoating projects. generation rancher, a Brown is described as dependable, published author and great team player, strong work ethic, and a former policy maker, quick learner. He is looking forward to joined Ducks Unlimited Ryan Taylor getting back to a family work environment as public policy director where everyone pulls together as a team for the prairie states of and has respect for each other. North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Taylor brings to the conservation nonNESS JOINS WESTERN profit his vast experience in policy and as a PLAINS CONSULTING working rancher on the family’s homestead near Towner, North Dakota. He served Western Plains as the state director for USDA’s Rural Consulting is proud to Development and was a North Dakota state announce that Carl Ness senator for three terms. has joined WPC as a Senior Environmental Carl Ness CORNERSTONE BANK Engineer. Ness recently WELCOMES SKALEY retired from the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH), Curt Skaley has joined where he was the Program Manager for the Cornerstone Bank as a Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program. VP/Business Banker in Mr. Ness was with the NDDH UST Program Bismarck. Curt comes to for 30 years, and prior to that he was us with over eight years of Curt Skaley with the US Bureau of Reclamation in the banking experience. Mitigation Division, where he worked on Originally from Beulah, wetland and upland projects. North Dakota, he also considers Brush Lake Ness will be working with clients home. Skaley graduated from Black hills regarding recently updated state UST University in Spearfish, SD with a degree in regulations to insure compliance at gas Accounting and Management. He currently stations (UST facilities). Ness will also be lives in Bismarck with his wife and kids. assisting WPC with a variety of projects Skaley is on the board of the Red Cross and including environmental assessments, volunteers with the local Delta Waterfowl groundwater and incident response organization. projects, as well as wetland projects.

OSBORN JOINS EXECUTIVE AIR Tanner Osborn joined Executive Air Taxi Corp at the Bismarck Airport as a full-time FAA Certified Flight Instructor. Tanner Osborn Osborn, a Bismarck native, graduated from Bismarck High School. He first joined Executive Air in 2017 and has since earned his commercial single and multiengine instrument pilot ratings as well as his Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and Instrument (CFII) ratings. EMC BISMARCK BRANCH PROMOTES AND WELCOMES TEAM MEMBERS EMC Insurance Companies announces several promotions and new hires at the Bismarck Branch in North Dakota. Stephanie Hill has been promoted to claims adjuster I. Hill joined EMC in 2016 and has a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D. Prior to EMC, Hill worked in Chicago determining family and medical leave eligibility. Blaine Bergstedt has been promoted to underwriter I. Bergstedt joined EMC in 2018 as an underwriting associate. Prior to EMC, he was a commercial underwriter and worked as an agent at a local agency. Bergstedt has an associate’s degree in finance from the North Dakota State College of Science. Heather Johnson has been promoted to senior underwriter. Johnson joined EMC in 1999 and has held positions in support services, rating and underwriting. She currently underwrites in the states of Oregon and Washington. Johnson has the Associate in Underwriting (AU) and Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designations. Blake Edwards has accepted the position of property claims specialist. Edwards comes to EMC with over 19 years of experience as a claims adjuster, most recently as a senior claims representative. He has the Associate in Claims (AIC) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations. Tanner Westlake has accepted the position of Underwriter III. Westlake has a bachelor’s degree in business administration/management from the University of North Dakota. He has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Underwriting (AU) and Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designations.

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

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS WETSCH, FNP-C, JOINS CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY TEAM Ashley Wetsch, FNP-C, has joined at CHI St. Alexius Health Interventional Ashley Wetsch Radiology. As a family nurse practitioner in interventional radiology, Wetsch offers patients holistic, trusting, and respectful care by listening to and advocating their needs. She has special interest in women’s health, specifically pelvic congestion syndrome, interventional oncology, and peripheral vascular disease. Wetsch received her Bachelor of Nursing from Medcenter One College of Nursing in Bismarck. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has announced their top six "Realtors® Of The Month": Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Judy Maslowski, Phyllis Rittenbach, Brenda Foster and Tori Mathern. These six REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in May 2019.

KLJ HIRES FOUR IN BISMARCK KLJ, an engineering firm, is proud to announce the start of four new team members in the Bismarck office. Chris Caldwell joins the team as a surveyor with more than 20 years of experience. He has completed survey work in both Washington and Montana prior to coming to KLJ. Jenn Bailey comes to KLJ as an administrative assistant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Mary in Bismarck. Derek Bendickson recently started as an environmental planner. He earned his bachelor’s degree in natural resources management from North Dakota State University. Erika Stucki joins KLJ as a CAD technician with 13 years of experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University.

JOHANSEN RECEIVES ADVANCED OPTICIANRY CERTIFICATION Erik Johansen, assistant optical manager at Dakota Eye Institute, recently earned the ABOCErik Johansen AC designation from the American Board of Opticianry by passing the board’s Advanced Certification Exam. The ABOC-AC designation is earned by completing an advanced education curriculum, passing a rigorous exam and attaining several years of experience. Johansen is the only optical professional in the state of North Dakota who is certified at this level by the board. MONTGOMERY NAMED ADVISOR OF THE MONTH Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that Robbie Montgomery has been named Advisor of the Month for May based upon his production and service to his clients. Robbie has been a representative with Securian since January 2007.

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

Mon, 1st

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Tues, 2nd

5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Mon, 8th Tues, 9th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 10th 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 11th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:30 pm Morton County Commission* Mon, 15th 8:30 am Burleigh County Commission Budget Hearing 5:30 pm Mandan School Board

Tues, 16th 8:30 am 1:30 pm 5:30 pm

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

Thurs, 18th

5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Mon, 22nd

5:30 pm Mandan Planning Commission

Tues, 23rd

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

Wed, 24th

5:00 pm 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

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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.

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Bill Bauman, Executive Director, and team unveil the new First International Bank & Trust Family Splash Center at 1608 N Washington St. Bismarck. Phone: (701) 255-1525. Member.

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CONNECTION | NEW MEMBERS The Chamber EDC encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber EDC. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber EDC members, view the Member Directory online at www.bismarckmandan.com. Signarama 2805 Morrison Ave. Unit B Bismarck, ND Dave Walter (701) 258-9035 Full service sign company using the latest technology and highest quality products to produce custom signs for your business. Edward Jones/Jason Naas, Financial Advisor 1050 E Interstate Ave Bismarck, ND Jason Naas (701) 258-7005 When it comes to your financial future, it's important to work with someone who takes time to understand your situation. Contact me to see how personal service can make a difference. Sunrise Town Centre 3715 Centennial Road Bismarck, ND Ben Turnbow (701) 202-1828 Commercial land development.

Schweigert, Klemin & McBride, P.C. 116 North 2nd Street Bismarck, ND Lindsey Dutton (701) 214-4449 Personal injury law firm. Big O Tires 2801 Memorial Hwy Mandan, ND Ben Zachmeier (701) 557-2446 Specializing in all aspects of automobile service & repair. Auto, agricultural, industrial & semi tire services. doTerra Essential Oils By Elizabeth Bismarck, ND Elizabeth Sibernagel (612) 414-9740 doTerra is changing the face of health care in an economical way. I provide instruction on how to use essential oils in your self-directed lifestyle, one drop at a time.

Starion Investment Services - Cody Schoonover 2900 N. Washington St. Bismarck, ND Cody Schoonover (701) 250-1577 Helping you simplify your financial life and pursue your dreams through personalized wealth management. Let's build your Legacy! Fetzer Electric, LLC 4229 Centurion Drive #5 Bismarck, ND Stacey Fetzer (701) 751-3389 Commercial, residential and farm wiring. Including trenching, boom truck and cable locating services. Thresholds, LLC Bismarck, ND Noreen Keesey (701) 391-9610 I help leaders build great teams! After 27 years in the Army focused on leadership and organizational development, I now help create great places to work through leadership training and coaching.

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UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS JULY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: FIRST WESTERN BANK & TRUST Date: July 18, 2019 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: First Western Bank & Trust – 304 E Front Ave, Bismarck

CHAMBER EDC 101 MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP

AUGUST MEMBERSHIP MIXER: KIRKWOOD MALL Date: August 8, 2019 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Kirkwood Mall – 706 Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck CHAMBER EDC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: SOCIAL MEDIA Date: August 13, 2019 • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm Location: Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck

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CHAMBER EDC 101: MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP Date: August 6, 2019 • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck

FRIDAYS AT THE CHAMBER EDC Date: August 16, 2019 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Chamber EDC Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck SPORTING CLAYS SHOOTOUT Date: August 23, 2019 • Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm Location: Capital City Sporting Clays – 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck

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