August Chamber Connection

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August 2018



Member Profile Baymont Inn & Suites


Chamber/BMDA Restructure: Continuing Excellence in Programming and Events.


Total Resource Campaign TRC is underway.

CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Ron Day.............................................................................................................................. Chair Molly Herrington ...................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Wayne Munson............................................................................................................ Secretary Nick Hacker..................................................................................................................Treasurer Brenda Nagel ............................................................................................................ Past Chair BOARD OF DIRECTORS Paul Brucker ...............Railway Credit Union Tracy Kindem ..........H.A. Thompson & Sons Ron Day ............Andeavor Mandan Refinery Kevin Magstadt ...................Kraus-Anderson Wayne Munson .................Indigo Signworks Dr. Blake Feil ....................Feil Orthodontics Heather Fried ..........Fried Financial Services Brenda Nagel ..................University of Mary Nick Hacker ..............ND Guaranty and Title Mike Nathe ............Bismarck Funeral Home Chad Hatzenbuhler ...Bank of North Dakota Lee Pierce ..........ICON Architectural Group Jeff Herman ................................Petro Hunt Jasper Schneider ..................................NISC Molly Herrington ....................................KLJ Garret Senger ..........MDU Resources Group Russ Honeyman ....................Doosan Bobcat Scott Staudinger ..............Cloverdale Foods Tyler Huck ............Schafer Financial Services Valerie Weigel ....Basin Electric Power Coop Chris Jones ....ND Dept. of Human Services Jennifer Wilson .....................Kirkwood Mall Mitch Kaelbaerer .........................TransTrash CHAMBER STAFF Brian Ritter ................................................................................................................. President Ross Frohlich .......................................................................................... Membership Director David Leingang............................................................................ Community Growth Director Mary Masters................................................................................. Office Support Professional Ryan Parsons........................................................................................................Vice President Shay Peterson .................................................................. Membership Engagement Director Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Elliot Rust................................................................................................Chief Financial Officer Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson ........................ Communications Specialist/ LBM Director AnneMarie Hansen ................................................................................... Marketing & Events


Restructure Process: Continued Excellence in Programming Economic Outlook: Trends in Ag, Energy and Economic Dev. Total Resource Campaign Begins


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n the last edition of the Chamber Connection, Brian Ritter talked about the summer slowdown, taking time to enjoy the warm weather and all the summer activities. I, for one, don’t see a slow down at the Chamber. The Chamber Team has maintained a high level of activity in coordinating events, working a 2019 legislative agenda, building new relationships with newly elected local government officials and maintaining the daily Chamber operations. In addition to these activities, the Chamber team continues to work on the BMDA/Chamber Restructure. We have a great Chamber team and it is a lot of fun to be around such a high energy group. Just a quick update on the BMDA/Chamber restructure from the perspective of a Chamber Executive Committee member. The Chamber Executive Board and the BMDA Executive Board held a joint meeting in early July to review where we are now — and what remains in front of us in the restructuring process. There has been major progress made to date, but there are still some key elements to be completed in the next several months. One critical item is the development of bylaws for the new organization, which will be a significant step in the course of the restructure. The bylaws will include the finalization of a board format and documentation guiding policies for the new organization. On a parallel track, as Brian has stated in his weekly updates, the rebranding of the new organization is getting underway. During the rebranding process, a very deliberate effort has been and will continue to be made to engage and gather input from the membership of both organizations. I know both Executive Boards are willing to commit the time and effort to setup one successful restructured organization and I hope our membership will reach out to our board members or the Chamber staff if they have questions or comments. I am very thankful and humbled to be working with a group of business professionals that are so committed to the success of our committees and to the building of an extraordinary new organization.

- Ron Day Chair

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Zander Wald wants to go to space camp. She also wants to buy a new pair of Crocs sandals. Zander, 9, and her little sister Paisley, 6, want a lot of things according to their mother, Katie Wald. “They both want to purchase a pair of Crocs with their money,” Katie Wald said. “They already each own a pair of Crocs, so I told them if they want to buy a pair of Crocs, they have to do that with their own money.” That’s why Zander joined Lemonade Day. On June 16, Bismarck-Mandan Zander Wald, 9, ran “Zander’s Out of This World Lemonade” at Cash Wise Foods hosted its second annual Lemonade on June 16 in Bismarck. Day. Lemonade Day is a curriculum based out of Lemonade Day National Headquarters in Houston. The free “Honestly, at first I think it was a little frustrating curriculum teaches young entrepreneurs how to start a when she realized it wasn’t just ‘I’m going to set up a business through the model of setting up a lemonade lemonade stand, and I’m going to earn a ton of money,’” stand. Katie Wald said. Youth learn business and entrepreneurship lessons such as the cost of goods, return on investment, creating their product, expenses, profit margins, and collaborating with business partners. The curriculum is designed for grades 3-8, but it can be adapted to any age level.

Katie Wald served as mentor to Zander, and the mother and daughter worked through the Lemonade Day curriculum together.

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They looked at different locations where Zander could get foot traffic on a Saturday in June. Zander chose Cash Wise Foods. They examined the cost of fresh-squeezed, frozen, and powdered lemonade and searched for the best deals in town. “(Zander) started to realize it was going to be a little more work than she thought it was going to be,” Katie Wald said. “I kept telling her (Lemonade Day) was her thing, and she needed to take ahold of it and finish it.”


Zander named her stand “Zander’s Out of This World Lemonade.” She offered eight different flavors named after Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. For her tip jar, she asked customers to vote on whether or not they considered Pluto to be a planet. The Walds borrowed more than 10 containers for all of their varieties of lemonade, and all of containers had to be washed. Zander also had write thank you notes to everyone who lent her materials, at her mother’s urging. Katie Wald said Zander was frustrated by the work involved at times. “Money isn’t just as easy as you think it is,” Katie Wald said. “I had her do pretty much everything. She realized it’s a lot more work to have a little business than she thought.” All of this work brought in $399.00 total revenue to Zander’s Out of This World Lemonade. Zander had to pay back $25 to her investor — her mother Katie — for supplies purchased. She also had to pay her employee — her 6-year-old sister Paisley. This left Zander with nearly $375 in profit.


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The Lemonade Day curriculum encourages kids to save, donate, and spend some of their profits. Zander put the majority of her money into savings for space camp. She donated some money to the Make-A-Wish program. Both Zander and Paisley now have money to buy their new Crocs sandals. LEMONADE DAY GROWTH This year, 556 kids participated in Lemonade Day, up from 360 in 2017. The Lemonade Day curriculum teaches young entrepreneurs how to start a business through the David Leingang, Community model of setting up a lemonade stand. Pictured: Saydee & Mason Brennan – Lemonicious Growth Director for the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber staff did a lot more in-person recruiting at family-oriented Lemonade Day kits were available at Mandan’s Family Wellness Center, Bismarck YMCA, Morton Mandan Public events in the community. Library, and Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library. “We have two targets for the program: the adults and the “I think the libraries themselves were a great addition,” youth,” Leingang said. “The main promotion goes to the Leingang said. “At the Bismarck library we garnered adults, because they are the ones who buy the materials, need to be on board. But the kids are the ones who have almost 100 participants just from people seeing the signs in the library.” that excitement about the material.”

Youth learn business and entrepreneurship lessons such as the cost of goods, return on investment, creating their product, expenses, profit margins and collaborating with business partners. Pictured: Brynn & Collin Anderson, Luke & Katrina Naslund – The Lemon Wedge

Sponsors of the Lemonade Day program also did a lot to promote Lemonade Day. MDU Resources Group and Dan’s Supermarket were the Main Squeeze sponsors of Lemonade Day. Dan’s Supermarket included a coupon in every Lemonade Day kit that gave the young entrepreneurs $5 off their lemonade supplies. MDU Resources Group invited Lemonade Day to be a part of MDU Resources STEM All-Stars night at Bismarck Larks baseball. With all of the finance and economics that goes into running a business, Lemonade Day was included as part of the Mathematics in STEM.

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I think (Lemonade Day) is a great program to create future workforce for our community and for our companies,” said Cory Fong, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at MDU Resources Group. “It’s all about getting young people excited about creating their own businesses. I can’t think of a better showcase. These young people are our future engineers, our future accountants, our future employees. “(Lemonade Day) shows the Bismarck-Mandan community that it’s important to start young in building our future entrepreneurs, our future leaders. These young people are going to be our future community leaders, the future president of the Chamber of Commerce, the future president of companies like MDU Resources.” Program sponsors weren’t the only businesses getting involved in Lemonade Day. Organizations across the community supported the young lemonade stand entrepreneurs. Lemonade Day is a free curriculum developed by Lemonade Day National Headquarters in Houston. Pictured: Breckyn Scott – Breckyn’s Grand Slam Lemonade

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Bismarck Police Department posted on social media that their officers made a point to stop at dozens of lemonade stands across the city. Officers pulled over in their squad cars to buy lemonade and put on flashing lights to make the kids smile. Leingang said police officers were particularly impressed by one lemonade stand that wasn’t keeping any money for themselves. The kids were using all of their profits to pay for their pet’s upcoming operation. Leingang said the officers were so impressed that they gave the kids free swimming passes and bought extra lemonade. “Lemonade Day, I believe, is most important to Bismarck-Mandan because it creates a spark,” said Brian Ritter, President of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. “It creates a spark within our youth. Yes, they can start their own business. Yes, they can be successful. Yes, this is something you can do right here in BismarckMandan.” The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce plans to continue Lemonade Day in 2019.

“I think it’s absolutely the responsibility of the Chamber to instill that entrepreneurial spirit within the youth of the community,” Ritter said. “You never know, one participant from this program ... could be this community’s next great success story.”

The Chamber of Commerce hosted a VIP bus tour that stopped at multiple lemonade stands throughout Mandan and Bismarck. Pictured: Ethan and Kassidy Johnson – Too Cool for School Lemonade



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THERE’S FUN FOR EVERYONE! Applefest will feature live music, children’s activities and games, face painting, craft and food vendors, pie eating contest, hay rides, silent auction and more. A BENEFIT FOR THE BISMARCK CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION

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Baymont Inn & Suites, located in west Mandan, features a full-service restaurant and convention facilities.

MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Shannon Gangl Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: My name is Shannon Gangl. I own the hotel along with wife and partner, Stacy Gangl. My role is to hire the most talented leaders in the industry, set expectations, and then make sure they have all the resources they need! Q: Briefly tell us the history of Baymont Inn & Suites. A: I honestly could go on for hours regarding the history of the Baymont Inn and suites. The hotel came about after the restaurant that the owners had burned down on main street. They needed a new location and built at The new old red trail location. For many years the property was the home of the Captains Table restaurant which was the areas finest upscale dining facility. The water toys and sleeping/meeting room addition was added approximately 10 years ago. We selected a new franchise a few years ago to help us compete better against a significant growth in area hotel supply. 10 | Chamber Connection


Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Baymont Inn & Suites? A: Growth of our community has impacted us differently over the years. As population grows, so does demand and high occupancy is created. That is what led to the addition we made about 10 years ago. Supply then catches up in the form of new hotels and occupancy dips. It’s the same supply/demand cycle most businesses go through in a growing and thriving community. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: Industry trends or changes are pretty constant in the hospitality industry. Each of the many chains are continually trying to one up the others. The internet and WiFi created significant problems for properties that were built to be quiet, completely out of concrete. The original equipment was not adequate to provide reliable coverage in the beginning so we were changing equipment every time it was upgraded for quite some time. The rooms have become much more homelike and includes many extended stay options today. We are currently in a contemporary cycle with brands trying to attract today’s younger tech knowledgeable travelers. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: Our community is currently in an over abundant supply cycle. Occupancy and rates are down. The oil boom to the west was so significant that it impacted us as well. Demand will catch up but it will be a room/event buyers market for the next few years. Q: Baymont Inn & Suites became a member in 1974, why do you continue to renew each year? A: Our community is currently in an over abundant supply cycle. Occupancy and rates are down. The oil boom to the west was so significant that it impacted us as well. Demand will catch up but it will be a room/event buyers market for the next few years. Q: What should Chamber members know about Baymont Inn & Suites that may assist them? A: Chamber members should know that the Baymont Inn & Suites is owned and operated in conjunction with several other properties around our great state. We can help you get great service and rates for overnight travel to 1,000 person conventions from Williston to Minot to Fargo and in between by contacting our sales and catering office. We can also help you in Minneapolis as well. Lastly, the next time you are at a wedding or event at the hotel consider that you are standing in what was originally the swimming pool!

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The value proposition for a restructured BMDA and Chamber has many facets and we’ll touch on all of them over the coming months as part of this series of communications. While some of the value proposition includes things that are new or different, one thing that will not change is the quality programming and events that you’ve come to expect from both organizations.

For instance, each year the Chamber facilitates the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program which seeks to develop local leaders who actively participate in and support community progress. Neither that program nor others such as Lemonade Day or the Outstanding Teacher of the Year will go away as a result of the restructure. The same can be said for our signature events like the Workforce Development Summit or Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan. We’re simply looking to build on them. Take for example the Economic Outlook Forum. A restructured organization is in a position to: host an event like the Economic Outlook Forum, analyze the results of the event & accompanying survey and then address or implement programming based upon those results whether they’re specific to economic development or advocacy. One organization can do all of that and that’s advantageous for not only the organization, but the entire community as well.

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And while the Chamber may be better known for hosting the aforementioned events, the BMDA has also developed programming that can be strengthened by the restructure. This includes the organization’s annual Job Shadow Week where area high school and college students are encouraged to participate in two and four-hour job shadows in an effort to learn more about a specific profession. While the program has been incredibly successful in its three years of existence, the BMDA has only 240 private sector investors to whom the program is primarily marketed. By comparison, a restructured organization could have over 1,300 private sector investors to whom we could market and ultimately grow the program. In doing so, we can better address one of our membership and community’s most pressing needs. Once again, it’s important to note that by restructuring, we’re not looking to do less with the resources that we’ve been entrusted with. In fact, we’re looking to do just the opposite; take those same resources, leverage them and do even more. The examples above are just a few ways we expect to do so as a unified business development organization. As to what’s currently being done to complete the restructure, each organization has engaged independent counsel to review their bylaws in an effort to ensure proper compliance throughout the process. In addition, the organizations have developed and solicited responses to a request for proposal (RFP) for a marketing firm to develop the restructured organization’s new name, logo and brand. Should you ever have any questions, comments or concerns during this process, you can always get a hold of Chamber President Brian Ritter directly at britter@ or (701) 223-5660.

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: TRENDS IN AG, ENERGY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and Starion Bank are pleased to welcome back Professor Ernie Goss, MacAllister Chair and Professor of Economics at Creighton University, for a discussion of trends in agriculture, energy and economic development. Goss last presented to Chamber membership this past March at the Economic Outlook Forum. Agriculture and energy are established economic drivers in the Bismarck-Mandan community and contribute to the success and development of our region. In an effort to inform Chamber membership of the ever evolving trends in agriculture, energy and economic development, Professor Ernie Goss will join the BismarckMandan Chamber on Tuesday, August 14th from 8:00am - 10:00am at Legacy High School for a conversation of these trends and more. Admission for this event is $25.00 for Chamber Members, $35.00 for general admission. Register online at events or calling Shay at 701-223-5660.

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Each team will consist of five shooters. If you’d like to shoot, but don’t have a team, we will gladly connect you with another group of shooters. Registration starts at 9:00am with a shot gun start at 9:45am. Admission is $100 for Chamber members and $125 for general admission and includes 12 and 20 gauge shotgun shells, ear plugs, course fees, lunch, beverages, and great door prize give-away opportunities. Visit to register or call Ross at 701-223-5660 for registration or sponsorship information. Presenting Sponsor: Long Range Sponsors: Rapid Fire Sponsor: First International Bank & Trust Pigeon Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Amy Hullet - Century 21 Morrison, BNC National Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, HH Gun Shop, McQuade Distributing and Liberty Business Systems.



It’s TRC (Total Resource Campaign) time! During this 16 week campaign we take the time to introduce members to the value of their Chamber membership. It is a way for you as members to select the programs and advertising opportunities that are most profitable for your business. This is an opportunity to ensure you are getting a return on your investment and marketing your business to the fullest. Renewing sponsors have the right of first refusal for their sponsorships from the previous year; this is what we call the “renewal period.” The 2019 renewal period began on Wednesday, August 1st and will end on Wednesday, September 5th. Starting on September 6th, all sponsorships that have not been renewed are up for grabs by anyone, so be sure to return all renewal contracts in on time to secure your sponsorships for 2019. The TRC Campaign will conclude on Friday, November 16th.

The Chamber and its Military Affairs Committee invites the community to their annual Brats with the Brave military appreciation picnic! Help us to show support and have an opportunity to have lunch with the military men and women who bravely serve or have served our country. Come for brats and all the fixin’s, Tuesday, September 11th, at RJ Bohn Armory located at 4200 East Divide Ave in Bismarck, from 11:00am – 1:00pm, or until we run out! Local veteran, active duty, and reserve military personnel will join us as we provide our gratitude to their devotion to our nation.

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact David Leingang,, or call the Chamber’s office, 701-223-5660. This free event would not be possible without the following Military supporters and Chamber members. Lunch Sponsors:

DATES TO REMEMBER Right of first refusal: August 1st – September 5th Open Enrollment: September 6th TRC conclusion: November 16th If you are a business that hasn’t sponsored an event in the past, this is your opportunity to learn about all the involvement opportunities and the benefits of the event sponsorships. The Chamber has a wide variety of events and there truly is something for everyone. This method is designed to make sponsorships easier for you. Also, our annual TRC allows the Chamber staff to focus and budget for our upcoming programs, promotional materials, job creation and retention, advocate for business, and ensure prosperity and economic growth. Keep an eye out for your renewal contacts and if you did not receive yours 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 or by calling 701-223-5660. *No right of first refusal for monthly Membership Mixers.

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The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Business and Education Committee are now accepting applications for the Student Chamber’s 2018/2019 program! Open to Juniors and Seniors in all Bismarck-Mandan high schools (private and public), the Student Chamber program is a program that aims to elevate our young adults into the professional world. This is done through a series of experiences the students go through to learn more about our community as a whole. Leadership and career development, financial literacy, and college readiness are some of the skills and education they will benefit from through this program. The students meet one day a month, for two hours out of school. The program includes six board meetings in addition to an opening and closing event. This program is an honorable activity for students to list on college applications and job resumes. The application process is simple. The application form, which includes an essay of 200 words or less can be found at, pages/EBEC. The applications will be received by the Excellence in Business and Education Committee for final a decision. Students are encouraged to apply regardless of grades. If you are interested in your community and have an interest in civic activities, please apply! Deadline to apply is Friday September 14th, 2018! For any questions or interest in the Student Chamber program, please contact David Leingang at the Chamber, 701-223-5660 or


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On September 6th, The Chamber and the Excellence in Education and Business Committee will celebrate local businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments within the community. This year’s annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: Small Business Person of the Year • Jason Sellers – Mattress Firm • Christine Rivinius – Goldstone Realty • Allan Miller & Cody Stern - Anyleaks

New Entrepreneur of the Year • Stacy Voegele – Critter Sitter • Tana Trotter – Proximal50

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Golden Eagle Award Young Entrepreneur of the Year Outstanding Teachers of the Year Please join us from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, to cheer on fellow members or to lend support to these amazing nominees! General admission is $50, and $40 with member discount. Registration is available online at, For more information on the award ceremony, or to reserve a table, please contact David Leingang at 701-223-5660. Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors:

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Silver Sponsor: Table Sponsors: Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck State College, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bremer Bank, CornerStone Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, First International Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, KX News, Midco, Northwest Contracting, Sanford Health, Starion Bank, University of Mary, Wells Fargo Bank. Event Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Brady

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Date: Friday, August 10, 2018 Location: Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor: If you did not have an opportunity to make June’s luncheon, then join us this month for our 2nd luncheon of the season. The Chamber staff would love to say thank you for everything you’ve done for us and continue to do for the business community. Whether it’s your membership, committee involvement or event support; we appreciate everything you do! Stop by Friday, August 10th from 11:30am – 1:00pm and enjoy some brats, hamburgers, and an assortment of sides. This is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with fellow Chamber members, bring a friend and enjoy our patio. Please RSVP online at events or by emailing Shay at Lunch Sponsors:

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Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Location: Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor: Are you interested in learning how to make the most out of your membership? Join us on Tuesday, August 21st from 4:00pm – 5:00pm at the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber 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! Light snacks will be provided. Please RSVP by either contacting the Chamber at 701-223-5660 or by emailing Ross Frohlich at




Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Location: Legacy High School 3400 East Calgary Ave, Bismarck Time: 8:00AM - 10:00AM Admission: $25.00 for Chamber Members $35.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and Starion Bank are pleased to welcome back Professor Ernie Goss, MacAllister Chair and Professor of Economics at Creighton University, for a discussion of trends in agriculture, energy and economic development. Goss last presented to Chamber membership this past March at the Economic Outlook Forum.

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Save the date for August’s Membership Mixer on Thursday August 16th. Front Street Millwork and Lumber Inc. will be hosting at their new location at 3320 E Century Ave in Bismarck from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and networking opportunities. It’s FREE to attend, RSVP online at or by emailing Ross at

Agriculture and energy are established economic drivers in the Bismarck-Mandan community and contribute to the success and development of our region. In an effort to inform Chamber membership of the ever evolving trends in agriculture, energy and economic development, Professor Ernie Goss will join the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber on Tuesday, August 14th for a conversation of these trends and more. Admission for this event is $25.00 for Chamber Members, $35.00 for general admission. Register online at or calling Shay at 701-223-5660.

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Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Location: Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM Admission: $20.00 for Chamber Members $25.00 for General Admission

Join us on Tuesday, August 21 for the final event of the Chamber Professional Development Series of the summer. This month we will focus on marketing and advertising! Our event will feature a keynote speaker and panelists with expertise in several areas of marketing and advertising. Enjoy light refreshments while networking and learning how to grow your business through smart advertising techniques. Register online at or email Shay at or call 701-223-5660.


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Date: Friday, August 24, 2018 Location: Capital City Sporting Clays 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck Time: 9:00AM - 2:30PM Admission: $100.00 for Chamber Members $125.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor: Sign up for the always popular Chamber Sporting Clays Shootout! This outdoor event is fun for all members, from the casual novice shooter to those with mad skills. The Tannerite game is back as it has always been a “big bang” of a hit with our participants. This is a wonderful opportunity to treat your co-workers or loyal clients to a fun networking experience and a chance to win awesome door prizes. Register individually ($100/Person members $125/ person Non-members) and we will connect you to a team or you can sign up in teams of four. Admission Includes shotgun shells (12 and 20 gauge), ear plugs, course fees, lunch, refreshments, and a great opportunity to win some awesome door prizes. Register online at


Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: $40.00 for Chamber Members $50.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor: On September 6th, The Chamber and the Excellence in Education and Business Committee will celebrate local businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments within the community. This year’s annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: • • • • • • •

Small Business Person of the Year Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth and Profitability New Entrepreneur of the Year Young Entrepreneur of the Year Granite Award Outstanding Teacher of the Year Golden Eagle recipient

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,


Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Location: RJ Bohn Armory 4200 East Divide Ave, Bismarck Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor: The Chamber and its Military Affairs Committee invites the community to their annual Brats with the Brave military appreciation picnic! Help us to show support and have an opportunity to have lunch with the military men and women who bravely serve or have served our country. Come for brats and all the fixin’s, Tuesday, September 11th, at R J Bohn Armory- 4200 East Divide Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501, from 11am – 1pm, or until we run out! This free event would not be possible without the following Military supporters and Chamber members. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact David Leingang,, or call the Chamber’s office, 701-223-5660. Lunch Sponsors:

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Thanks to generous donations from Great River Energy (GRE), Midco and National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) to the Bismarck State College (BSC) Foundation, BSC can now prepare more students to fill the predicted 1.8 million cybersecurity workforce gap. Midco has donated $100,000, and both Great River Energy and NISC have donated $50,000 to BSC’s Cybersecurity and Computer Networks Program. These donations will help BSC provide the talent desperately needed in our nation’s hospitals, refineries, technology companies, power plants and more. “Protecting our customers’ connections and data is paramount for Midco. Cyber threats continue to evolve. Our investment in [BSC] will help develop our best and brightest to stay ahead of that evolution and provide a more secure Internet for all of us,” says Jon Pederson, chief technology officer for Midco.

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BSC is the higher education lead in North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s K-20W cyber initiative focused on “every student, every school, cyber educated.” In addition to hiring more faculty and ramping up the curriculum, in the fall of 2019, the college will implement a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Cybersecurity offered either on campus or fully online. “With BSC’s cybersecurity program, we believe that future generations will be able to protect and defend our networks and electric grid,” says John Bauer, director of North Dakota generation at Great River Energy. “BSC is proactive in understanding the industry needs. Cyber incidents on the nation’s grid and industrial control systems are increasing threats and this donation is a way to support training of our future work force.” Due to the high demand for cybersecurity education, in 2016, BSC revamped its computer information system offerings and created a cybersecurity and computer networks program. Enrollment increased significantly. In 2018, BSC’s budget was reduced due to North Dakota revenue shortfalls, making it hard for BSC to make the investments needed to grow this vital program. So BSC looked to area businesses for financial support. In particular, those businesses feeling a sense of urgency in this realm – both from a service and an employment perspective. In considering who to approach for support, BSC President Larry C. Skogen says he knew that GRE, Midco and NISC all had the visionary mindset that makes them strong partners. “The generosity shown by these three organizations will allow us to educate students who, in turn, will ensure that these industry leaders can safeguard their customers and their services from increasing cyber threats that are becoming common place in our world today,” says BSC President Larry C. Skogen.

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In a little over a year, Bismarck will roll out the red carpet to welcome the top 13-15-year-old baseball talent in the country to Municipal Ballpark, Home of Dakota Community Bank and Trust Field, to participate in the 2019 Babe Ruth League 13-15 World Series. The tournament is scheduled for August 8-15. The Babe Ruth World Series is one of the largest youth sporting events in the country.

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As the host community, the Bismarck Babe Ruth League will select its own 13-15 squad to compete in the event, which will also include eight regional champions from across the country and the North Dakota Babe Ruth 13-15 State Champion. The competition will begin with pool play before advancing to a single elimination bracket to determine the World Series champion. Bismarck has a rich baseball history. Thousands of Babe Ruth Baseball players have called the Municipal Ballpark their baseball field. Additionally, several semipro leagues, including the Prairie League have called the Municipal Ballpark and Bismarck their baseball home “Bismarck is a proud baseball community,” said Randy Bina, Executive Director of Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD). “We have leaders within the Babe Ruth World that we consider great friends and organizers in our community. To take our baseball program to the next level and invite kids from around the country to Bismarck to play, is a dream come true for our community. Bismarck has hosted state and regional baseball tournaments. This is our first World Series event.” “This is the type of community that is right for our kids,” Robert Faherty, Vice President of Babe Ruth League, said of Bismarck. “A trip to the World Series can be the first time our players have been on an airplane or traveled out of their hometown. When our players get here, they will see a town like their own, where the people care about kids and put community first. That’s why we are coming to Bismarck for the 13-15 World Series.” The World Series serves as gateway experiences for many first-time visitors, inspiring large numbers to make plans for subsequent trips and vacations to the area and region.

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MINNESOTA TWINS AWARD FUNDS TO VETERANS MEMORIAL BALLPARK In June, Mandan Baseball Club was awarded a 2018 Twins Fields for Kids matching grant of $5,000. The funds will be used specifically for Mandan Veterans Memorial Ballpark renovations.

The purpose of the Minnesota Twins matching grant program is to provide youth baseball and softball organizations in the Upper Midwest with funds and resources needed to promote their leagues and recruit participants, as well as train coaches, purchase equipment and administer their leagues. The funds from the matching grant will be utilized towards renovating the dugouts and wings which have not had improvements since the 1980s. Earlier in June, Mandan Park District agreed to pay $1,000,000 toward the renovation at Veterans Memorial Ballpark along with the Baseball Club’s contribution of $1,500,000. The club has raised approximately $878,000, thanks to the help of donors and is continuing to secure other sponsorship opportunities at the ballpark.

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Center for Technology & Business (CTB) was recently awarded grant funding by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to open a second Women’s Business Center, which will be located in Fargo. The new center will offer assistance, training, leadership development opportunities and other resources to women on the eastern half of the state. “For the past 19 years, the ND WBC has served women across the state thanks to outstanding support from SBA and North Dakota Department of Commerce. The number of women who seek our services continues to grow so we are grateful and excited for this opportunity to expand our programming reach,” CTB Executive Director Deb Eslinger said. Deidre Hillman, director of the North Dakota Women’s Business Center, added, “We have always been a statewide entity, but with increasing demand for the services we provide, a second location will allow us to extend our resources and meet the needs of more women leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs across the state.” During the 2017 fiscal year, the Women’s Business Center program counseled and trained nearly 150,000 entrepreneurs nationwide. According to the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, there are 9.9 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. They employ more than eight million workers, provide more than $264 billion in wages and salaries to employees, and contribute $1.4 trillion in sales to a national economy. North Dakota continues to be a leader in this movement by cultivating a positive, growth environment for women entrepreneurs and business owners. In fact, the ND WBC’s impact was recognized nationally by the SBA when the center received the 2016 Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award in the category of SBA Resource Partners. More recently, North Dakota ranked first in economic vitality for women-owned businesses in the 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express. Each year, the ND WBC trains approximately 2700 individuals and counsels an average of 80 entrepreneurs in business development and growth strategies.


Carlisle SynTec Systems recently honored Twin City Roofing, LLC with its 2018 Perfection Award. Each year, Carlisle presents this award to a small percentage of contractors for whom perfection is the highest priority. To be eligible for Carlisle’s Perfection Award, a contractor must have established a seven-year track record of exceptional installation quality and excellent warranty claim performance. This award is Carlisle’s way to recognize contractors who are dedicated to superlative quality and outstanding service. “It’s a pleasure to acknowledge and thank contractors who are committed to top-quality workmanship,” said Mike DuCharme, Carlisle’s Vice-President of Marketing. “Perfection Award winners demonstrate their dedication to excellence on every installation, and Twin City Roofing LLC exemplifies this mindset,” DuCharme continued.


KLJ is proud to announce that their team has been recognized by the Zweig Group as a 2018 Marketing Excellence Award recipient for their new website design. The Marketing Excellence Award recognizes “outstanding and effective marketing in the architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting industry.” In 2017, KLJ completed a website redesign to demonstrate their depth of services in a more visually appealing way. “When we designed our new website, we wanted something that would give our customers an exceptional experience,” said Emily Johnson, vice president of corporate communications and branding at KLJ. “It’s wonderful to be recognized by such a prestigious award group for the work we put into the content and design.” KLJ’s new site was built with the user in mind and includes easy navigation, whether a customer is searching for services offered, recent projects, or a video of what it’s like to work at one of KLJ’s many locations across the nation.

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upcoming bundle of joy! Babymoons are a newer trend in the travel world and are a great getaway for couples to connect before welcoming baby. Babymoons generally happen in the 2nd trimester in the 18-24 weeks stage when you are in the honeymoon stage of pregnancy. Make sure to get cleared by your doctor of course, and make sure you are traveling a place that accommodates expecting mommies! Here are our top 10 favorite Babymoon Destinations, both near and far! 1. Iceland 2. Martha’s Vineyard 3. Couer D’Alene, Idaho 4. Winnipeg, Canada 5. Park City, Utah 6. Sedona, Arizona 7. Hilton Head, South Carolina 8. Vancouver, British Columbia 9. Maui, Hawaii 10. US Virgin Islands

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Bismarck Aero Center Welcomes Riveland and Timmreck

Bismarck Aero Center is proud Dakota Eye Institute recently to announce the addition of hired Alyssa Dailey and Linda Zachery Riveland and Jamie Wang as opticians. They Timmreck to their team. help patients select, fit, and Riveland joins BAC after adjust eyewear. Dailey is a Alyssa Dailey completion of his degree native of Mandan, ND and in Aviation Maintenance Wang is from Washburn, ND. Sanford Health names Zachery Riveland Technology from Northland Wang has a degree in Retail Executive Director of Community Technical College Management with nearly 40 in Thief River Falls, MN. He years of experience in Retail Critical Care also obtained his FAA issued Management. Rhonda Krueger has been Airframe and Powerplant Dakota Eye also recently named executive director of License. hired Nicole Roller to critical care at Sanford Health Originally, Riveland set out to join its team as a Patient in Bismarck. In her new role, Linda Wang Rhonda Krueger utilize his talents as a Violinist. Accounts Representative. Her she will oversee various areas He has spent the last 10 years responsibilities include posting including emergency medicine, Jamie Timmreck as a part time Violin Instructor insurance checks, answering the intensive care unit, palliative care, wound care, at Arioso Music Academy and billing questions, and checking dialysis and additional medical center units. the last seven years at Target as an Electronics Team insurance eligibility. Roller is Krueger previously worked as the senior director Member in Grand Forks, ND. a native of Minnesota and has of family medicine and has been with Sanford for 24 Timmreck joins BAC with a life-long interest in her Associate’s Degree with five years. Aviation. He has logged hours toward his Private years of previous experience. Pilot’s License and intends to complete his license Bradbury Joins Bremer Bank Nicole Roller soon after starting at BAC. Bremer Bank in Bismarck Timmreck spent approximately six years in the oil is pleased to announce that patch working as a Field Operations Representative Marlene Bradbury has joined its and Regional Sales Manager. His duties ranged from Bird Honored As Top Financial staff as an Ag Banker/Assistant site project coordination, managing client relations, Advisor By Barron’s Magazine Vice President. Marlene has safety, business development and sales. After his Joel Bird, CFP®, CRPC®, over 17 years of experience in relentless work in the oil patch, Timmreck returned to APMA®, CLTC, a Private Wealth agricultural finance, with the Bismarck-Mandan to pursue a sales opportunity that Advisor with Ameriprise Marlene Bradbury majority of it as Sr. Loan Officer ultimately led to him becoming a partner in Timber Financial in Bismarck, has been and Branch Manager of Ag Contracting. There he handles a majority of named to the list of “America’s Country Farm Credit Services in Grafton. She further the business development and sales activities. Top 1,200 Advisors: State-byhas experience in assisting farmers/ranchers with State” published by Barron’s® succession and estate planning. Marlene is originally Joel Bird Magazine, a publication from Wheaton, Mn and graduated from the University covering business and of Minnesota with a degree in Plant Industries finance. The annual Barron’s list recognizes the most Management. outstanding financial advisors who represent the highest levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success in the business.

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New Employees at Dakota Eye Institute Wald Named Advisor of the Month

Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that David Wald has been named Advisor of the Month for June based upon his production and service to his clients. Wald has been a representative with David Wald Securian since August 2008. Wald is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Securian Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC.

Sanford Health names Senior Director of Primary Care and Regional Medicine

Jake Mellmer has been named senior director of primary care and regional Jake Mellmer medicine for the Bismarck Region of Sanford Health. In his new role, he will oversee operations for many services, including family medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, diabetes center and walk-in clinics. He will also assume regional medicine responsibilities, which includes Dickinson, Minot and Watford City clinics. Mellmer previously worked as the clinic director for family medicine clinics in Bismarck. He has been with Sanford for six years.

Bianco Realty Sales Awards

Bianco Realty has announced their top seven “REALTORS® Of The Month” for June: Judy Maslowski, Darcy Fettig, Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Tori Mathern, Jim Jeromchek and James Jeromchek. These seven REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in June 2018.

Brashears Joins Kraus-Anderson Construction

Kraus-Anderson Construction has hired John Brashears as superintendent in the company’s Bismarck office. John Brashears Brashears comes to KA with more than 30 years of construction management experience. He previously served as superintendent with Consolidated Construction Company, Inc. in Bismarck. He also was the owner and operator of Oxbow Bend, LLC, which managed a truck fleet transporting brine water, crude and relocating of oil drilling rigs.

Christensen Joins Mandan Aero Center

Mandan Aero Center welcomes Marshall Christensen as its new A&P Maintenance Technician. Marshall Christensen Christensen joins MAC after completion of his degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD. While attending Lake Area Tech, Marshall worked with 1 Vision Aviation as an Aircraft Refueler and handling all Maintenance call outs for the airlines within driving distance of Watertown, SD. After finishing schooling, he obtained his FAA issued Airframe and Powerplant License, allowing him to perform maintenance on aircraft.

Metroplains Management’s Burtness Elected To Carh National Office

Tammy Burtness of MetroPlains Management has been elected president of the executive committee for the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), the nation’s premier association Tammy Burtness for affordable rental housing professions. CARH members regularly represent the needs of the rural housing industry to Congressional Offices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Burtness has over 25 years of experience in the affordable housing industry. She is currently the Gateway to Science Elects Board president of MetroPlains Management, overseeing Officers At its annual meeting in June, Gateway to Science both the financial and physical operations of the organization. Burtness has been an active member of Board of Directors elected officers to serve for the CARH for several years, advocating affordable housing 2018-2019 fiscal year: President Jason Anderson, issues with the organization. Senior Solutions Analyst with the Bank of North Burtness has also held positions as president of the Dakota, Vice President Amanda Eberle, Quality Lake Region Apartment Association, and North Dakota Engineer with Doosan/Bobcat Company, Secretary Apartment Association and Rocky Affordable Housing Amanda Wangler, Project Manager with Basin Electric, Management Association board members. and Treasurer Karol Riedman, CPA, Chief Compliance Officer North Dakota University System. Tim Lervick, Dakota Carrier partner with Crowley Fleck Attorneys was thanked for serving two years as President. He will continue to Network CEO serve on the board and building committee. Arndorfer Elected to Additional board members are Randy Binegar, National Board Jeff Eslinger, Linda Gutensohn, Jeff Hruby, Tom Further demonstrating North Hutchens, Kay Koch, Dan Leingang, Gregg Wiche, Dakota’s leadership in statewide and Doug Zinke. Emeritus board members are Art broadband connectivity, DCN Seth Arndorfer Carlson, Brendan Joyce, Kevin Oberlander, David (Dakota Carrier Network) CEO Sprynczynatyk, Scott Weigum and Scott Wild. Seth Arndorfer was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the INDATEL Sanford Health welcomes Physician Services Board of Directors. INDATEL is a nationwide fiber optic network, comprised of 28 statewide Shelley Killen, MD, physical networks like DCN, dedicated to providing best-inmedicine and rehabilitation, class connectivity to people in rural and metro areas. recently joined Sanford Arndorfer’s term began June 8. Rehabilitation Center in As an INDATEL board member, Arndorfer will help Bismarck. Dr. Killen will work establish the network’s strategic direction by assessing with patients who are in the connectivity needs of communities it serves and recovery from stroke, spinal creating opportunities to bring fiber to underserved Shelley Killen, MD cord injury, amputations and unserved populations. In collaboration with its and illness by helping them 700 rural broadband service provider members, develop strength and balance, mobility, restore problem solving, swallowing and other skills as they INDATEL brings service to over 5,000 communities get back to daily activities. She will also be providing nationwide. Arndorfer was elected by fellow statewide network electrodiagnostic studies. Dr. Killen graduated from CEOs to fill one of three open board positions on the the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and completed her residency at Baylor College seven-member board. SDN Communications CEO Mark Shlanta (South Dakota), and IFN CEO Jim Turner of Medicine in Houston. (Indiana), filled the other openings. The election took place at INDATEL’s

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Haugen named Director of Sanford Health Foundation Sara Haugen has been named director of the Sanford Health Foundation in Bismarck. In her new role, she will work with Foundation and Sanford Bismarck leadership teams to guide fundraising efforts in the Sara Haugen Bismarck Region. She will also take on a leadership role with the Bismarck Foundation Board of Directors. Sara will be responsible for the management of campaigns, guide standards and provide technical expertise for Foundation efforts with regard to special events, sponsorship opportunities and donor cultivation.

Edward Jones Mathern Joins Bianco Realty Financial Advisor Bianco Realty is excited to Scooter Pinks Wins announce the newest REALTOR® to join their professional Real Spirit of Partnership Estate Team, Gerard Mathern. Award Mathern looks forward to Scooter Pinks of the financial helping clients with their Real

services firm Edward Jones in Bismarck recently won the firm’s exclusive Spirit of Partnership Award for outstanding performance during 2017. Jim Weddle, the firm’s managing partner, calls Pinks a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial advisor can achieve. Pinks said he is honored to receive the award. Pinks was one of only 1,152 financial advisors out of the firm’s more than 16,000 to receive the award. Scooter Pinks

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Mon, 6th

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

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Ribbon Cuttings

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

NEXTHOME LEGENDARY PROPERITIES Scott Louser, Owner, and “Next homies” at their new location at 114 West Main, Suite C in Bismarck. Phone: 701-712-8900. Member.

FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK & TRUST The Stenehjem family at the Grand Opening of new location at 1533 N. 12th Street in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-8500. Member.

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HIGH POINT NETWORKS Jason Herner, Owner, at their new location at 4204 Boulder Ridge Rd #200 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-282-6459. Member.

DAKOTA TIMBER COMPANY Jack Hodorff, Owner, at his new business located at 3007 Morrison Ave #4 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-715-6379. Member.

Schedule Your Ribbon Cutting Today!



Dr. Allen Rudolph, Owner, at their location at 1839 E Capital Ave, Suite B, in Bismarck. Phone: 701-369-3938. Member.

Chadley Lorenz and Staff at the Grand Opening of Walmart’s Grocery Pickup located at 1400 Skyline Boulevard. Phone: 701-323-0530. Member.



Luke Schafer, Owner of new concert event located in New Salem. Member.

Kayla Kraus, Alicia Koenig, Andrea Sutheimer and Jessica Wetsch cut ribbon for Little Free Pantry located through Bismarck-Mandan.



There is no question that Starion Bank and the Larson family have a huge legacy of community giving. Starion’s values align wholly with my family business’ values and what I believe personally.

Shannon McQuade-Ely Member FDIC

McQuade Distributing President

Starion Bank Board Member since 2012 Chamber Connection | 33

Welcome new members

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

tcf Home Loans 1929 N. Washington Street Suite J Bismarck, ND Wyatt Pollert (701) 751-4264 Home buying should be a celebration, with minimal delays and a process that’s easy to understand. That’s the foundation of tcf Home Loans. Dynamic Health Solutions 1839 E. Capitol Ave. Suite B Bismarck, ND Allen Rudolph (701) 369-3938 Neurofeedback therapy provides a unique drug-less approach to treating brainwave dysregulation that may be associated with the symptoms of many neurological based conditions.

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SilverWood Bookkeeping LLC PO Box 7471 Bismarck, ND Stephanie Mayer (701) 989-2045 We are virtual bookkeeping company, dedicated to help you and your business through all of your financial needs. We take security and safety very seriously, using bank level, 256-bit cloud encryption. ABC Boat Docks 4500 Carbine Drive Bismarck, ND Jarrod Simek (701) 751-8484 We are your local dock and lift experts in the Dakotas. You can rely on the highest level of expertise from our experienced staff. We pride ourselves in a quality job at reasonable rates. InterOffice Workspace Furniture 920 E. Front Ave. Bismarck, ND Aubree Leiser (701) 232-3013 InterOffice is a commercial furniture and interior design firm. Our main furniture line is Herman Miller. We design great places to work! Hometown Credit Union 109 N McDougall Dr. Suite 5 Bismarck, ND Connie Hummel (701) 751-1613 Hometown Credit Union is a financial cooperative which is owned and operated for its members. We strive to provide the best possible financial services to meet member’s needs.

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FRIDAYS AT THE CHAMBER Date: Friday, August 10, 2018 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Chamber of Commerce Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: TRENDS IN AG & ENERGY Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 • Time: 8:00am - 10:00am Location: Legacy High School – 3400 East Calgary Avenue, Bismarck CHAMBER 101: MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Chamber of Commerce – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck AUGUST MEMBERSHIP MIXER: FRONT STREET MILLWORK Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Front Street Millwork – 3320 E Century Ave, Bismarck PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: Chamber of Commerce Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck



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CHAMBER SPORTING CLAYS SHOOTOUT Date: Friday, August 24, 2018 • Time: 9:00am - 2:30pm Location: Capital City Sporting Clays – 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck

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