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CHAMBER CONNECTION Bismarck-Mandan

September 2016

2016

LEADERSHIP P ROJ EC TS Tomorrow’s Leaders Today’s Community Initiatives

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BNI Energy Focuses on Future BNI Energy is the new parent company of BNI Coal.

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Member Profile Melanie Sioux Photography

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Ambassador of the Quarter Koenig named the Chamber's second quarter Ambassador of the Quarter.


CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Perrie Schafer..................................................................................................................... Chair Brenda Nagel ........................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Ron Day....................................................................................................................... Secretary Craig Larson.................................................................................................................Treasurer Annette Behm-Caldwell ............................................................................................ Past Chair

CHAMBER NEWS

Chamber to Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan's Finest TRC is One Month Down, Three More to Go Koenig Named Chamber Ambassador of the Quarter

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CHAMBER EVENTS

Brats for the Brave Fridays at the Chamber Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan "Shot in the Dark" Chamber Night Golf Scramble

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Annette Behm-Caldwell.....Open Road Honda Jeff Herman ������������������������������������Petro Hunt Brenda Nagel ������������������������������������������Aetna Craig Larson ���������������������������Starion Financial Sandi Tabor �������������������������������������������������KLJ Kevin Magstadt ������������������ Wenck Associates Molly Barnes............... Northern Improvement Paul Brucker ������������������� Railway Credit Union Jeff Albers ��������� Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac Stacey Breuer ��������������������������Bobcat/Doosan Chris Jones ����������������� CHI St. Alexius Health Mike Nathe................ Bismarck Funeral Home Chris Brown �������������������������������������������� Motix Tracy Kindem...........H.A. Thompson and Sons Marc Taylor...........Northern Plains Equipment Joe Duperre ������������������������������Kirkwood Mall Dan Pearson �����������������������������Northwest Tire Jasper Schneider ������������������������������������ NISC Wayne Munson �������������������� Indigo Signworks Dr. Blake Feil ����������������������� Feil Orthodontics Greg Vetter �������������������������University of Mary Nick Hacker................. ND Guaranty and Title Ron Day......................Tesoro Mandan Refinery Heather Fried ..... Fried Financial Services Inc. Perrie Schafer ���������������� Schafer Financial Inc.

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Cover Story 4 Feature 8 Member Profile 10 Ask-A-Pro 26 Chamber Perks 28 1640 Burnt Boat Drive P.O. Box 1675 Bismarck, ND 58502 701.223.5660 • www.bismarckmandan.com

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

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It’s hard to believe the schools are starting up again, summer is quickly drawing to a close, and fall activities are starting to occupy our time. Your Chamber has been using every opportunity to prepare for what is a busy fall and start of 2017.

The Government Affairs Committee continues to fine tune the 2017 Legislative Action Plan. Staff and volunteer leaders are meeting with state legislators to provide input and receive feedback on our current outline of issues: a) Infrastructure; b) Behavioral Health; c) General Business; and d) K-12 issues. After these meetings take place, the plan will come to the full board for action, and then given to staff to implement. We’re excited to have both Scott Meske and Ryan Parsons registered as state lobbyists on our behalf, which will widen our scope of influence in the State Capitol this coming year. On the local side, the Infrastructure Forums gave the business community an opportunity to hear from Bismarck City staff about the funding options for our arterial roadway issues. That input has been provided to city leaders and we will see how that shapes up going forward. Internally, we’re looking forward to reviewing the Chamber’s Strategic Plan this fall. This will give our organization, the Board and Staff a road map for the next three years. The 2016-17 Bismarck-Mandan Leadership Class is shaping up to be outstanding. We had 27 full applications – this year! The 2016 Total Resource Campaign is underway and it gives you the Chamber Member, a chance to look ahead at which events and programs make the most sense for your investment. Remember, when you are part of the Chamber of Commerce, it’s not just another club with dues. It’s a stamp of integrity that tells your customers, your competitors, and your employees that you are part of the larger Bismarck-Mandan economic community. We look forward to a great finish to this year, as we prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session. So while you and I are working on our business, the Chamber continues to work for you. You can be proud to be a Member of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce as we continue to be “leaders for prosperity and advocates for business.”

- Perrie Schafer Chairman, Board of Directors

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LEADERSHIP PROJECTS: PUBLIC ART, EMPLOYMENT SKILLS AND MENTAL HEALTH

By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan isn’t just an educational program for professionals. Groups from Leadership Bismarck-Mandan identify community issues and create field projects to fill those needs. Not all Leadership Bismarck-Mandan projects have a visual component, but 2016 Bismarck Alley Art is catching a lot of attention. Bismarck Alley Art is a collection of murals in downtown Bismarck. The alley is between Fifth Street and Sixth Street and is parallel to Main Avenue and Broadway Avenue.

Bismarck Alley Art is located is between Fifth Street and Sixth Street, parallel to Main Avenue and Broadway Avenue in Downtown Bismarck.

On the north side of the alley is the Parkade Parking Ramp. This summer, 10 murals are taking shape on the Parkade building.

Throughout July, August and September, artists are busy painting and pedestrians are taking time to check out their art. “It really created a fun space for people,” said Ben Houdek, a member of the Bismarck Alley Art project. “It went from a not so approachable space to an extremely approachable space. It gets people talking and represents art in approachable way, which is what we set out to do.” The Leadership group partnered with Eileen Walsh of Dakota West Arts Council to create the Bismarck Alley Art project. The Call for Artists was modeled after the Dakota West Arts Council utility box art project. The theme for submissions was “Reflections of North Dakota,” and preference but not exclusivity was given to local artists. The Leadership field project group met with Bismarck Parking Authority and private building owners. Approval from the Bismarck City Commission was granted in April. In addition to support from private building owners, the business community has supported the project as well. MDU Resources Group, Daniels Companies and McQuade Distributing provided major financial support to the project. Kirkwood Ace Hardware gave paint to the artists at cost. Ryan Dodge of Bismarck power-washed the north wall of the alley in preparation for painting. 4 | Chamber Connection

Photo Credit: Karly Palczewski

Bismarck Alley Art

To paint the north side of Bismarck Art Alley, $10,000 was raised. The group used a GoFundMe page to collect private donations. The next step will be raising another $10,000 to paint the south side of Bismarck Art Alley. Private buildings comprise the south side of the alley, including Seeds of Hope and Humpback Sally’s. The Leadership BismarckMandan team hopes the second of phase of Bismarck Art Alley will commence next year. “We thought this was important because nothing like this has ever been done (in Bismarck-Mandan),” Houdek said. “Downtown is obviously evolving. To add something of character, something that would beautify the area — we thought that was important.” Information on Bismarck Alley Art can be found at www. facebook.com/BismarckAlleyArt.

RENEW Toolkit

Among the top business issues listed by the Leadership class at the start of the year, employment was a recurring theme. During the Human Services and Law issue day, one group saw a solution. The RENEW toolkit is a field project created by 2016 Leadership Bismarck-Mandan participants. The toolkit provides guidance for previously incarcerated felons reentering the community after serving time in the prison system.


www.bismarckmandan.com “These individuals are an emerging workforce that have skills and want to have a second chance,” said Jason Sutheimer, a member of the RENEW group. Sutheimer, a human resources professional, is current president of the Central Dakota Human Resources Association. The organization partnered with the RENEW team. “Even now, given that the economy has slowed down a lot, there still remains more openings listed than applicants,” Sutheimer said. “There are still not enough people to fill all the open jobs that are out there.” The group partnered with Ministry on the Margins, an organization founded by Sister Kathleen Atkinson to serve groups such as at-risk youth, prison inmates and homeless individuals. “(Atkinson’s) biggest need was finding employers — a way to link employers with people coming out from incarceration,” Sutheimer said. Each year, more than 1,300 inmates are released from the North Dakota prison system. The RENEW group sought to connect former prison inmates with willing employers, job application guidance, transportation, budgeting skills and interview and social interaction skills. The group also wanted to provide information on housing, food pantries and shelter, “giving them an opportunity to have a sustainable and successfully life after incarceration,” Sutheimer said.

“The retail sector, service industry and construction industry are more willing to take chances on these employees,” Sutheimer said. “They can be closely monitored; it’s straightforward work; and the ability to monitor is better.” Some employers did not want to be known publicly as hiring convicted felons. Employers who were willing were listed in the RENEW booklet as potential employers for individuals exiting the prison system. The RENEW booklet has been published, and KLJ sponsored all printing costs. Ministry on the Margins has received copies to distribute to previously incarcerated individuals. Sutheimer said other groups have expressed interest including Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, Bismarck Transition Center, North Dakota Department of Corrections and Youth Correctional Center. The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan group presented the project to the governor’s Commission for Alternatives to Incarceration. “It’s unbelievable the amount of recidivism that happens,” Sutheimer said. “Reducing that will definitely have an impact on crime as well.” The RENEW toolkit can be viewed on the Central Dakota Human Resources Association website at http://cdhra. shrm.org/sites/cdhra.shrm.org/files/reentry%20toolkit. pdf.

The group described the writing style as “snackable content.” Members created a calendar of hot meals and food pantries available each day of the week. Often, that information is passed by word of mouth as locations open or close. “This wasn’t just about getting a job,” Sutheimer said. “We understood (these individuals) typically have lower reading levels. We want to help them learn, ‘How do I get farther into the application process?’ “We wrote the book in a direct, conversational style so that it was like someone was giving them advice.” One of the biggest barriers to the project was finding employers willing to hire previously incarcerated individuals. An individual convicted of grand theft can’t work with financials. If someone has a domestic violence conviction and they assault a fellow employee, an employer can be sued for negligent hiring. Sutheimer said there are several incentives and protections offered for employers such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Federal Fidelity Bonding, a federally subsidized insurance program.

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FEATURE Mental Health in Schools

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Behavioral Health has been identified as an issue of concern by the Chamber’s Local Issues committee, and students are not immune. Following Health Day, the third Leadership Bismarck-Mandan group executed a field project to bring mindfulness training to schools. Mindfulness for Bismarck-Mandan Schools is a program for stress relief among students. The group executed a pilot program for 8th grade students at Simle Middle School in Bismarck.

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“The mental health system in North Dakota in general is really, I think, in a crisis state,” said project member Teresa Grothe. “We don't have a lot of support for behavioral health issues. Particularly, we wanted to focus on youth." Grothe works for Aetna, a company that employees a Chief Mindfulness Officer working with Aetna locations nationwide. Schools that have implemented Mindfulness programs have reported a reduction in suspensions, truancy, stress, anxiety and depression. The Leadership group selected the Inner Explorer curriculum because it was inexpensive and easy for teachers to implement.

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Teachers in the pilot program attended a 40-minute training in April and implemented the program for the rest of the school year. At Simle Middle School, 139 students participated in the Inner Explorer curriculum. “We were really looking for something that was no extra work for the teachers, but was just as beneficial to the teachers and students,” Grothe said. After one month, the Leadership group conducted a survey and received more than 85 percent positive comments. “These are great methods to calm down your nerves,” said a Smile 8th-grade student. “This will help with stress and anxiety. I can use this before and after sports...and I can use this before tests.” Another 8th-grade student reported, “I do this when I’m in a stressful situation and need to calm down. I also use it when I’m going to sleep. ... When I’m thinking about a bunch of things, it makes me get rid of those thoughts and allows me to go to sleep.”

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Mindfulness for Bismarck-Mandan Schools will be presented to Bismarck Public Schools principals in September. Schools can adopt the program through the Bismarck Public School resource adoption request process. The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan group is also working to present the program to Mandan Public Schools as well as local private schools.

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan is a 9-month program educating the leaders of our community. Founded in 1989, the program has graduated more than 25 classes of emerging community leaders. For more information, contact Cathryn at 223-5660.

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BNI ENERGY: FOCUSING ON THE FUTURE WHILE PURSUING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ENERGY SECTOR By Hannah Straw, Clearwater Communications

In February, BNI Energy was structured as the new parent company of BNI Coal. The company’s purpose is to pursue opportunities in the energy sector, including carbon solutions. In the face of significant EPA headwinds and the national trend towards cleaner forms of energy, BNI initiated a comprehensive strategy development process to identify an energy-centric growth strategy. This new strategy led to the formation of BNI Energy.

The Start Up of BNI Energy

Wade Boeshans, president and general manager of BNI Energy, says leaders from BNI and ALLETE, BNI’s parent company in Duluth, Minn., started the strategic development process in the fall of 2014. During this comprehensive strategy development process, leaders focused on the company’s need for change and its vision for the future, he notes. Boeshans says throughout the highly interactive process of research and discussion, leaders from BNI and ALLETTE gathered information focused on opportunities in North Dakota’s target rich economy and energy-centric trends.

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BNI COAL BNI Coal, a native North Dakota mining company, started in northwestern North Dakota in 1930. Since 1970, the company has been mining lignite for the Milton R. Young Station at its Center Mine location. Today, BNI mines nearly 4.5 million tons of lignite coal annually, which supplies both units of the Milton R. Young Station. BNI initiated a strategy to reinvest and reposition its Center Mine operations in 2010. Since then, BNI has invested more than $100 million, doubled the size of the permitted mine area and extended its coal supply agreements with its customers through 2037, all while transitioning more than fifty percent of its workforce. This has positioned BNI with a strong base of operations, talent, and earnings to support growth. “Throughout the process, debate on the reasons behind BNI’s historical success and whether or not these attributes would be transferable to other noncoal business opportunities continued,” says Boeshans. “Succinctly stated, we concluded our success and true value to our stakeholders was actually less about ‘what’ we did (i.e. mine coal) and more about ‘how’ we did it.” He says the leaders concluded BNI’s solutions-oriented culture, values, customer caring approach and sincere concern for the environment were more important than the action of coal mining. These characteristics strengthened BNI’s ability to showcase its talents within energy-centric businesses other than coal. “BNI’s identity is geared more towards an ‘energy solutions business’ versus a coal mining business,” says Boeshans. “The formation of BNI Energy more accurately reflects our identity and the future direction of the company. BNI has been an energy leader for decades and I’m excited about our natural progression into exploring other areas of the energy industry while advancing sustainable solutions for North Dakota.”

BNI Energy’s Vision and Focus

“Our vision is to be a trusted partner recognized as experts in delivering energy solutions, while being environmentally responsible, community-minded and financially strong,” says Boeshans.


www.bismarckmandan.com He says in looking at the promising future for BNI Coal in N.D., BNI will continue to be committed to the lignite coal industry and being one of the industry’s most efficient and environmentally responsible mining companies. “While we believe there is a promising future for BNI Coal in North Dakota, we BNI's flagship dragline, Liberty, is now located near Center, ND. also recognize the need for new and transformational To continue the company’s quest solutions to realize this future. BNI to diversify its business, BNI Energy will look to incubate emerging is actively pursuing investment energy solutions including CO2 opportunities as well as advancing solutions for coal and diversify several initiatives to develop carbon through energy-centric investments solutions for North Dakota, he notes. in energy infrastructure and related services,” he notes. BNI is partnering with numerous organizations including Minnesota Boeshans credits the team at BNI when speaking about the company’s Power, Basin Electric Cooperative and the Energy Environmental approach to environmental and Research Center to develop energy issues, saying they are transformation coal technology “solutions oriented, collaborative called the Allam Cycle. This could and have a sincere concern about yield an electric generator powered the environment.” by lignite with nearly no emissions of carbon dioxide. He gives his team credit for their competence technically, but In 2015, a $1.5 million Lignite explains their values of safety, integrity, environmental stewardship, Research Council grant and $900,000 grant from the community engagement and Department of Energy was employee growth make the real awarded to help advance research difference in how BNI operates. into the Allam Cycle. In 2016, the Boeshans says BNI leaders and partnership was awarded another employees are constantly thinking Lignite Research Council grant of about how what they do affects $3.5 million in order to continue others and this mindset has led to research and develop this to stronger business relationships technology. and creative solutions within the company. “While there are no guarantees of success in our rapidly changing The Future of BNI Energy and increasingly asymmetrical The future is bright for BNI Energy business environment, a team that as the company explores various shares a common vision that they opportunities in all forms of energy are passionate about realizing is production, including value added playing with a lead and likely to be infrastructure services. “Since its successful. We are off to a great inception earlier this year, BNI start and I couldn’t be more excited Energy has already shown many about our future,” says Boeshans. successes,” says Boeshans. “BNI has established processes and secured additional resources such as a new CFO, Manager of Business Development and a General Counsel.”

BNI DRAGLINES TRANSPORTED TO NEW MINE Advancing the expansion of its lignite mine, BNI moved two of its giant draglines in February. This included moving its 9-millionpound Liberty flagship to a new location near Center, N.D. “This relocation is more than just moving a dragline from point A to point B. It is a creative solution that required thoughtful planning and significant diligence,” Boeshans says. “Many different teams at BNI, from engineering and environmental to maintenance and safety, worked in concert to pull off this big move.” Seven remote-controlled, selfdriving trailers were positioned under the dragline. Together, the trailers had 197 axels and 708 hydraulically-controlled tires that moved in union to keep the machine level. Each of the trailer sections were driven by a 600 horsepower diesel motor and traveled around one mile per hour. The machinery successfully made the eight mile trek and in March was operating on the 9,000 acres of a newly permitted mine. According to Boeshans, while transitioning to the new mining area, BNI will continue to use a single dragline at its current mine for the next few years. As mining activities are completed, the reclamation process will commence, leaving every acre mined restored to original or better than original condition. No matter the project, Boeshans says finding innovative solutions is something that is encouraged of BNI employees. “The ability to think creatively, navigate the uncertainties, and then execute all the logistics to make it happen exemplifies the culture of BNI.”

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Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: My name is Melanie Schwab, I am the owner of Melanie Sioux Photography.

Q: Briefly tell us the history of Melanie Sioux Photography. A: Melanie Sioux Photography officially began as a professional company in 2011. After graduating high schoo, I began photographing sports for hobby. I made my professional jump in 2010 while at college in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After college I traveled around the U.S. photographing different professional sports and began making photography a career. It wasn’t until I moved home to North Dakota did I really start to focus my photography on people. 10 | Chamber Connection

Q: What differentiates Melanie Sioux Photography from its competitors? A: There are a lot of growing photographers in the Bismarck-Mandan area. We all have different styles of shooting; lighting, posing, angels and personalities we portray in our images. For me, I am all about the bright, glowing sunlight. North Dakota has beautiful scenery and I love taking clients out into the country and photographing them amongst the beauty. When it comes to Commercial Photography I really focus on making the images as true to real life as possible. I prefer to do all my Commercial work with no filters, no edits, just simply enhancing the image and making it as real-life as possible.


www.bismarckmandan.com Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Melanie Sioux Photography? A: As with most businesses in town, the influx in people has created more job opportunities. Both Commercial and Portrait requests have flourished due to the growing population. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: Because I shoot a bright and airy type of photography, I have noticed a lot of photographers I follow out west incorporating film into their work. I think it’s great seeing the circle of photography come back to film, but feel more secure knowing all my images are backed-up digitally. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: The never-ending argument of “Print Release.” Do you give one, do you not; if you do, your giving away all of your work and talent, if you don’t, your clients may not be able to enjoy all their images. I am constantly having positive debates with other professionals about this topic. It’s fun to argue because there are two great sides to it, and it may be something I will forever question.

Q: What does the future of Melanie Sioux Photography look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: Over the years I have worked hard on building my business and finding a passion within photography. My goal for 2016 was a 2 week or less turnaround time for images so that my clients are able to enjoy them in a timely matter. My goal for 2017 is to focus more on the different areas of photography I am passionate about and get back to the creative aspect. Q: Melanie Sioux Photography became a member in July 2015, why did you choose to join the Chamber? A: Networking. Being a young business owner its difficult to turn to friends about business related questions when they themselves are still trying to find a career that works for them. I was seeking guidance, inspiration, knowledge and experience from fellow members. Q: What should Chamber members know about Melanie Sioux Photography that may assist them? A: While Commercial Photography is not heavily advertised within my business, I do have reputable experience, quick processing time, and competitive rates within the area.

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CELEBRATING BISMARCK-MANDAN'S FINEST On Sept. 22nd, the Chamber and the Excellence in Business Committee will celebrate local businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments within the community. This year’s 12th annual Celebrate BismarckMandan award ceremony will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: • Granite Award Winner: Farm Credit Services (sponsored by MDU Resources and Basin Electric) • Small Business Person of the Year • Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth & Profitability • New Entrepreneur of the Year • Outstanding Teachers of the Year • Golden Eagle Recipient Please join us from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Registration is available online at www.bismarckmandan.com. There are still a few table sponsor spots left, but they are going quick! Please register by September 16th. If your business would like a table at the event, please contact David Leingang at 701.223.5660 or by email at dleingang@bismancc.com.

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ONE MONTH DOWN, THREE TO GO! During TRC we take the time to introduce business members to the value of their Chamber membership. It is also a time for you as a member to select the programs and advertising opportunities that are most profitable for your business. This is a wonderful way to ensure that your getting a return on your investment and marketing your business to the fullest. Renewal period is about to close. If you are a business member that hasn't sponsored an event in the past, you will be approached to discuss involvement opportunities and the benefits of event sponsorships. The Chamber has a wide variety of events. This method is designed to make sponsorships easier for you.

Also, our annual TRC allows the Chamber staff to focus on and budget for upcoming programs, promotional materials, job creation and retention, and activities that advocate for businesses and ensure economic growth. If you have not renewed your contract and want to secure your sponsorship, you still have time left. If you have any questions on the TRC process contact Amanda at aschwieters@bismancc.com or call the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

KOENIG NAMED CHAMBER AMBASSADOR OF THE QUARTER

Fred Koenig, a Business Broker with Transworld Business Advisors is our "Second Quarter" Ambassador! At Transworld Business Advisors, Fred has the opportunity to help entrepreneurs' achieve their dreams. "The one thing that I love about my career is I am changing clients' lives whether it's buying a business or franchise, selling their business or franchise, or selling their business and retiring," stated Fred. Whether you sell a business that is $50,000 or in the millions the results are the same; happy seller, happy buyer! Transworld Business Advisors was established in 1979 and specializes in the sale of businesses and commercial real estate. Fred has been involved with the, Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Ambassadors for almost one year and has been recognized for the second time as our Ambassador of the Quarter. He is also involved in a networking group called Bisman Business Builders for two years. One of Fred's favorite hobbies is deer hunting, and this year for the first time Korbin, his son, will be joining him! Fred also received the Million Dollar Circle award this year at the Transworld conference in Florida. "Being an Ambassador is great because I love meeting all the happy business owners and managers of business with so much enthusiasm and energy that they are ready to set the world on fire." If you are looking

for a way to make new friends and be a part of our community by helping business entities in any way you can, the Ambassador Committee is a wonderful way to achieve that.

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FRIDAYS AT THE CHAMBER

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Friday, September 9, 2016 Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 11:30AM - 1:00PM Free to Chamber Members

If you have not had an opportunity to join us yet, now is the time to stop in for our last member appreciation luncheon of the summer. The Chamber staff would love to say thank you for everything you've done for us and continue to do for the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and our business community. Stop on by Friday, September 9th for a FREE luncheon from 11:30am - 1:00pm. Enjoy some brats and pulled pork provided by Cloverdale Foods; and sides provided by Cash Wise Foods. Take this time to relax and mingle with other Chamber members on our sunny plaza. Please RSVP online at bismarckmandan.com/events or by calling Amanda at 701-223-5660 so we can prepare enough food ahead of time. Lunch Sponsors: Cloverdale Foods and Cash Wise Foods Event Sponsor: North American Coal Corp.


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Don't miss this year's Dinner on the Plaza event this month! We are very excited to have Texas Roadhouse catering this fabulous event! Chamber members are invited to join us on our Plaza Thursday, September 15th for an evening of fine dining and wonderful company. You'll enjoy a customized course that will be paired perfectly with wine from Captain Jack's Liquor Store. Also, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy some cool refreshments provided by Jerome Distributing. Bring along your employees, spouse or loyal customers for a delightful evening networking with fellow members and enjoying some local live music. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6:00pm and dinner served at 7:00pm. There is a limited number of seats available, so secure your spots as soon as possible. Tickets are $30 each which includes a three course meal, wine and beer. RSVP online at bismarckmandan.com/events or by emailing Amanda at aschwieters@bismancc.com. Wine Beer Sponsor: Sponsor:

CELEBRATE BISMARCKMANDAN

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 Best Western Ramkota Hotel 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck 11:00AM - 1:00PM $35.00 for Chamber Members $45.00 for Non-Members

On September 22nd, the Chamber and the Excellence in Business Committee will celebrate local businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments within the community. This year’s 12th 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 & Profitability New Entrepreneur of the Year Granite Award Outstanding Teachers of the Year Golden Eagle Recipient

Please register by September 16th. There are still a few table sponsors spots left, but they are going quick! If your business would like a table at the event, please contact David Leingang at 701.223.5660 or by email at: dleingang@bismancc.com.

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CHAMBER NIGHT GOLF Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Location: Time: Fees:

Mandan Municipal Golf Course 1002 7th St SW, Mandan 6:00PM - 10:00PM $70.00 for Chamber Members $80.00 for Non-Members

On Wednesday, September 28th, at the Mandan Municipal Golf Course, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce will be hosting our first ever "Shot in the Dark," Chamber Night Golf Scramble! The social and registration will begin at 6:00pm followed the twilight shotgun start at 7:30pm. Enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Texas Roadhouse including wonderful local music. For more details contact Amanda today at aschwieters@ bismancc.com or call 701-223-5660.

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MEMBERSHIP MIXER: CAPITAL CREDIT UNION

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 Capital Credit Union 600 E. Main Street, Mandan 4:30PM - 6:30PM Free for Chamber Members

Kick off your evening with fellow Bismarck-Mandan Chamber members at the Chamber Membership Mixer, hosted by Capital Credit Union at their Mandan Branch, 600 E. Main Ave. This Dolphins vs. Bengals pre-game mixer will feature signature pre-game appetizers prepared by Buffalo Wild Wings, including boneless wings, queso dip and chips and more – plus beer, wine, ciders and nonalcoholic options. Grab your co-workers and join fellow Chamber members at a laidback social event. Don’t miss out on this month’s fun! RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by emailing Amanda at aschwieters@bismancc.com or by registering online at bismarckmandan.com/events.


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HARVEST MIXER

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Northern Plains Equipment Inc. 2933 Twin City Drive, Mandan 4:30PM - 7:00PM Free for Chamber Members

The Agricultural Committee of the Chamber will be hosting a mixer/barbecue for Chamber members, employees and spouses on Thursday, October 4 from 4:30pm - 7:00pm at Northern Plains Equipment at 2933 Twin City Drive, Mandan. The purpose of this Fall event is to celebrate the harvest by inviting local produce vendors to display their products. Along with this, several Ag groups will be set up to display their services. There is no charge to attend this event and enjoy a tasty barbecue, cash bar and great networking opportunities.

BISMARCK-MANDAN COMMUNITY GUIDE & CHAMBER DIRECTORY Each year, the Chamber publishes the BismarckMandan Community Guide & Chamber Directory. This free publication is full of new and fun information about Bismarck-Mandan and features a complete directory of all our 1,300+ Chamber members. Advertising opportunities are available. The 2017 Community Guide & Chamber Directory is an excellent way to promote your business or organization throughout Bismarck-Mandan. Space is limited. Call Chelse or Ryan today at 701.223.5660 for more information. Last year's Community Guide & Chamber Directory is available at the Chamber or can be viewed online at www.bismarckmandan.com/pages/community-guidechamber-directory.

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On August 10, 1,000 volunteers from the Bismarck/Mandan area descended on over 40 non-profits, schools and parks. The energy was high, the laughter was plenty and tons of work was accomplished. Thank you to everyone who participated! The day started with gusto at 7:30am at the Day of Caring/Campaign kickoff where United Way Board President Leslie Oliver announced the 2016 campaign goal of $2.6 million dollars. “United Way is a group that gets… things…done,” said Oliver during her kick-off speech.

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After the kick-off, volunteers helped non-profits check all kinds of tasks off their to-do lists. Projects included tree work, cleaning shelters, sorting through donated clothing, scrubbing bleachers, serving meals to the needy, organizing a food pantry, building picnic benches and building shelving and putting up sheetrock. Last year, over $270,000 in savings was reinvested back into what matters, lifechanging services and programs for our community. The day would not be possible without help from the business community. Over 50 businesses donated staff volunteer time and many also donated lunch and supplies for their site.


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AUTO DEALERS PARTNER WITH GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK ON MILLION MEALS DRIVE

Six local automobile dealerships have teamed up to address hunger in the Bismarck-Mandan community in a first-of-its-kind event. These dealerships, along with other members of the Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota, have a collective goal of raising food and funds to provide an additional 1,000,000 more meals to people in need of emergency food assistance through the Million Meals Drive.

“Our mission is to end hunger through community partnerships,” says Steve Sellent, CEO for the Great Plains Food Bank. “These partnerships with members of the Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota are a great fit. Auto dealerships tend to be cornerstone businesses in their communities, uniquely positioned to bring attention and support to the fight to end hunger in the areas they serve.”

Food for these meals will be distributed locally by the Great Plains Food Bank and its partner network of 34 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs serving the BismarckMandan community.

Sellent says hunger across our state is a bigger issue than many North Dakotans realize.

The Millions Meals Drive kicked off in June and runs through August at dealerships statewide. Participating dealers make a financial gift, volunteer their time and/ or collect nonperishable food items as part of their commitment to the Million Meals Drive.

“1 in 9 North Dakotans seek emergency food assistance from the Great Plains Food Bank and our partner network each year,” he says. “The Million Meals Drive will make a meaningful difference in the lives of children who are currently going to bed without dinner, seniors who must choose between medicine and groceries, and working parents who skip a meal so their children can eat.”

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Medical Weight Loss Specialists (MWLS) of Bismarck recently announced that it will be the first business in Bismarck providing direct access laboratory testing (DAT), giving people an option to order blood tests without requiring a doctor’s order. “DAT labs have become more popular as people take a more active role in their own health management and preventative care,” says Katie Horner, owner of MWLS. “Direct access lab testing is an affordable and fast way to get general wellness blood screening tests without having to go through a clinic provider.” A variety of lab tests are available, including cholesterol, chemistry panels, diabetes screening, thyroid, hormone and allergy testing. All tests offered and pricing can be found online or patients can call the clinic to ask about the availability of tests that are not listed. This service is available to patients and non-patients, with or without a doctor's order, and insurance is not required.

LONGTIME PUBLIC SERVANT LEADS NEW PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY

William G. Goetz, former chief of staff for two successive North Dakota governors, a five-year chancellor of the North Dakota University System and for two decades a state senator and representative, is the director of the new Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of Mary. “Bill Goetz models true servant leadership,” said University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea. “Former President Ronald Reagan appointed Bill to serve on the National Advisory Council on Educational Research. He’s attended numerous seminars and served on boards and committees that have benefited education, business and the common good of the citizens of North Dakota. For nearly 50 years North Dakota has put their trust in him to lead — and we’re honored to do the same at Mary.” “Bill brings more than teaching experience but also a vast knowledge of higher education, business, government and public policy that are perfect qualifications to lead this new program,” said John Warford, dean of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business. “His expertise gives the most comprehensive instruction to not just our faculty but also our students who are professionals in a field that is growing in popularity and in big demand.” Goetz knows this job market firsthand and that demand is high for those with an MPA degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will see an estimated 5.5 million new job openings in the public sector over the next five to seven years. In North Dakota alone, there are approximately 21,000 public sector job openings: 3,900 in Bismarck, 4,600 in Fargo and 3,600 in Grand Forks.

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The new MPA program Goetz is in charge of is taught through the Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary. It not only reflects changing employment trends but is also modeled to fit the most pressing leadership needs in the public sector today— including optional concentrations in a variety of fields such as Project Management, Energy Management, and Healthcare. The MPA program is taught by instructors who are experts in their fields, and filled with expertise and know-how that public leaders can apply to their work the very next day.


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SANFORD HEALTH AND THE GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY PARTNER TO ADVANCE SENIOR SERVICES IN BISMARCK-MANDAN

To improve senior services in the Bismarck-Mandan area, Sanford Health and the Good Samaritan Society are combining expertise and resources to create a joint venture. As part of this partnership, a 120-bed rehabilitation/skilled care center is being built in southeast Mandan. The joint venture will also include existing Sanford Health Continuing Care Centers in Bismarck-Mandan and the Good Samaritan Society – Bismarck campus.

When the new center in southeast Mandan is completed, Sanford Health Continuing Care Center off Collins will close. Residents at that location will have the first opportunity to move to the new center in Mandan. The Good Samaritan Society – Bismarck, Sanford Health Sunset Drive Continuing Care Center, Sanford Health St. Vincent’s Continuing Care Center and Sanford Health Marillac Manor will remain open. Sanford Health and the Good Samaritan Society are committed to deliver the best care and services possible for the Bismarck-Mandan area. In this era of health care reform, organizations are able to best serve communities by working together.

“Both Sanford and the Good Samaritan Society share similar values and a commitment to excellence and innovation, so we knew it was the right move for us to partner and build this new facility to serve the growing senior population in our area.”

“The Bismarck-Mandan area is a growing hub for both health care and senior services,” said the Good Samaritan Society regional vice president Jim Droppers. “The Good Samaritan Society is excited to partner with Sanford Health as we find new ways to share our mission.” The joint venture will provide the Bismarck-Mandan area with 397 rehabilitation/skilled nursing beds, 18 basic care beds, 16 assisted living units, 77 senior apartments and two twin homes. The new rehabilitation/skilled care center, located at 3500 21st St. S.E. in Mandan near Prairie West Golf Course, is targeted to open January 2017. Other services offered by each organization within the Bismarck-Mandan area are unaffected by this partnership.

“Sanford is excited to begin this joint venture with the Good Samaritan Society,” said Craig Lambrecht, M.D., executive vice president of Sanford Health in Bismarck.

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The Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) announced it has received a grant of $500 from Great River Energy. The grant will be used to help support activities and services for children in the two shelters operated by AARC. “We are grateful to Great River Energy for its support for children who are made homeless because of domestic violence in their lives,” said Diane Zainhofsky, AARC Executive Director. In 2015, 132 children and 165 women were safely sheltered in the two shelters, Pam’s House and the Diane Zainhofsky Hope House, located in Bismarck.

CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH BISMARCK RECOGNIZED AS FIVESTAR COMMUNITY VALUE HOSPITAL Cleverley + Associates recently notified CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck that it is a Community Value FiveStar provider and ranked as one of the top hospitals in the nation in terms of the value it provides to the community. This is the fourth consecutive year CHI St. Alexius Health has been recognized as a Five Star Community Value Hospital.

Created by Cleverley + Associates, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies, uses a community value index (CVI) as a means of assessing the value that a hospital provides to the community. The CVI is composed of ten measures that assess a hospital's performance in four areas: Financial viability and plant reinvestment; Hospital cost structure; Hospital charge structure, and Hospital quality performance. CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck President Kurt Schley stated, “We are proud of our reputation for delivering high quality Catholic health care to our patients while managing costs, efficiently providing services, and reinvesting into infrastructure and technology. This award recognizes our associates and medical staff for their hard work and dedication to creating healthier communities.”

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SUPERINTENDENT PHILOSOPHY: FOOD IS FUEL By Tamara Uselman

My colleagues at Bismarck Public Schools have heard me say many times “food is fuel”. Our learners need to fuel their brains and bodies to engage in the work of learning.

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BPS food service is the biggest restaurant in Bismarck! A healthy meal is available for all 12,500 BPS students daily. On an average day, we served 1,705 breakfasts and 8,595 lunches to students and staff for a total of 295,644 breakfasts and 1,724,409 lunches eaten last school year. Keeping meals affordable for all families is important to us. Breakfast is free to those on a free/reduced meal plan, though lunch costs 40-cents for those on reduced status. For full-paying students, elementary breakfast is $1.15 and lunch is $2. Middle and high school students pay $1.25 for breakfast and $2.50 for lunch, though they may purchase additional a la carte items. BPS Food Service serves enough milk each year to fill three city water tower tanks and enough breadsticks to go from Bismarck to Wilton! BPS continually works with parents to provide food for their children while in school. We see situations where families cannot provide this basic need for their kids and situations where families can provide, but choose not to. The solution for families who cannot afford meals is rather simple: an application for free meals or reduced meals should be filled out immediately to prevent the family from incurring charges for which they are responsible as there is no reimbursement for BPS until the application is approved. It is no surprise to families that they may struggle to feed their children. It is no surprise help is available. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure there is a way to provide food for their children. There will be times many of us may struggle financially. If a breadwinner becomes ill or there is misfortune in the home, BPS will work with families to set up a payment plan. In short, any family with a hardship can be supported if they communicate with us. Still, we have people who neglect their responsibility to pay for their children’s food, do not apply for free or reduced meals, and do not respond to our multiple inquires. We have constituents who feel its fine to not pay their meal bills because they know their children will still be fed. At BPS we do not leave children hungry, but since there is no such thing as a free lunch, those who refuse to pay or apply for federal free or reduced meals impact our budget for all children. Much staff time is dedicated to contacting parents to pay for meals. As of June 2016, BPS had 2,711 children signed up for free/reduced meals. That’s an average of 22% of our student population. We also had $15,593 in debt from about 1,055 families who had not paid their bills by the end of the school year. We have made it easier for parents to deposit money in their child’s meal account. We use an online system called MyPaymentsPlus with no service fee to deposit funds in student food accounts. Parents can also set up automatic deposit through this system, and sign up for reminders when balances are getting low. Regardless, if a child’s meal account is low on funds, we send reminders to parents. If funds still aren’t deposited and there are no funds in the student’s account, we feed the student. We do not let a child go hungry. For more information please contact Michelle Wagner, our Child Nutrition Program Director, at 323-4090.

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What began as a new, risky adventure in the fall of 2010 for entrepreneur Leigh Kaeding, has turned into a full-time business with six part-time employees. DY Photobooth was added to her digital services business, Digitally Yours LLC, to entertain with fun photo memories for any event. “We absolutely LOVE being a part of all these events, where it is always a party and people are smiling and laughing,” says Kaeding. Their customer base is anything from weddings, school events, family reunions, and company celebrations to Christmas parties and even birthdays. “It is our pleasure to be the first photo booth to serve the Bismarck/ Mandan and surrounding communities and we are so grateful for many repeat customers!” Every event is unique and fun and honestly I cannot believe we have hit the 500 mark,” says owner Leigh Kaeding. DY Photobooth’s 500th milestone event was celebrated at a wedding on August 27, 2016 at the Bismarck Event Center. Prior to going full-time with Digitally Yours and DY Photobooth, Kaeding operated both businesses parttime and worked for Basin Electric Power Cooperative for 18 years.

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BLACKRIDGEBANK SIGNS ENDORSEMENT DEAL WITH CARSON WENTZ

BlackRidgeBANK, a leading community banking organization, recently announced an endorsement agreement with Carson Wentz, former NDSU standout Quarterback and the number two overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Under the terms of the agreement, Carson has agreed to play an important role in the positioning of BlackRidgeBANK, BlackRidgeMORTGAGE, and BlackRidgeINSURANCE in their markets. He will appear in a range of promotional media primarily in the Fargo and Bismarck regions including radio, TV, billboards and print. Carson will also endorse BlackRidgeBANK via social media channels. “Our approach to financial solutions emphasizes innovation, creativity, and client-centricity. This agreement is a natural extension of the innovative thinking we foster throughout the organization. As an athlete and a person, Carson is an impact player, just as we strive to be an impact player for our clients,” said Mark Anderson (CEO of BlackRidgeFINANCIAL and Fargo Market BlackRidgeBANK President) “Teaming with Carson represents a logical step for our organization,” stated John Jessen (Director of Retail Banking and Bismarck Market BlackRidgeBANK President). “Carson has strong ties to Bismarck, Fargo, and the entire region with an impeccable work ethic and represents an ideal professional to team up with as we continue our growth and introduce creative solutions for our clients,” Jessen added. Through the end of the year, BlackRidgeBANK will be giving away autographed jerseys to the first 200 clients who close a mortgage loan with BlackRidgeMORTGAGE. Each officially licensed NFL Philadelphia Eagles jersey autographed by Carson Wentz comes with a letter of authenticity. The offer is subject to qualifying criteria noted on the company’s web site for first mortgage loans originated in the Bismarck and Fargo BlackRidgeBANK locations between August 1st and December 31st, 2016 or while supplies last.


Residents may notice a little more color in Downtown Bismarck over the next few months. The Bismarck-Mandan Leadership team of Roxi Pfliiger, Brandon Roehrich, Ben Houdek, Erik Holmstrom, Mallory Sand, and Peter Pomonis, along with Dakota West Arts Council are on a mission to transform one of Bismarck’s downtown alleys into a unique work of art.

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The project started as a result of Bismarck-Mandan’s Chamber of Commerce Leadership programs of Arts & Leisure Day sponsored by the Arts Council and the Bismarck Parks and Recreation Bailey White was one of several artists selected in the first round of artists for Bismarck Alley Art. District and it has continued to progress even after the program concluded. “We have a great group of individuals that really care about this community and really want to see this project happen,” said project team-member Brandon Roehrich. Area artists were asked to submit their proposed designs earlier this spring, and the first round of artists were selected on June 23, 2016 by a community art selection committee. The committee, composed of downtown building owners, city representatives, and local artists, reviewed over 50 design proposals, and were able to select the top 12 for Phase I of the project. Phase I includes art installation on the City Parkade, which is on the north side of the alley. Project partner, Eileen Walsh with the Arts Council, explained that “Some of the selected artists have already begun painting, and our goal is to have Phase I completed on or before October 1, 2016.” The team hopes to continue on to the South side of the alley during Phase II of the project, which could carry over to the summer of 2017. In order for this to happen however, more funds will need to be raised. Both corporate and private donations have funded the project up to this point and the team hopes to capitalize on the momentum as art continues to go up. “We hope people enjoy the artwork that is currently going up, and we hope they see the value of additional pieces in the future. It will only happen with help from the community though,” said team-member Erik Holmstrom. Bismarck Alley Art runs between Fifth Street and Sixth Street, parallel to Main Ave and Broadway Ave in downtown Bismarck. Donations will be used for artist compensation, artist materials expenses and on-going maintenance costs. The Arts Council has a maintenance contract with the Bismarck Downtown Artists Co-op for necessary repairs and fixes.

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Bitz Named Business Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo in Bismarck

ShaLee Bitz has been named a business relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Bismarck. In her new role, Bitz works with business customers to help meet their deposit, cash management and credit needs. Sanford Health ShaLee Bitz Bitz has nearly 10 years of Welcomes Plastic financial services experience. She began her career as a credit manager for the Surgeon former Wells Fargo Financial in White Bear Lake, Karl Hapcic, MD, DDS is a Minn., and also worked as a sales specialist, team dual trained, plastic surgeon and oral-maxillofacial surgeon lead and supervisor. She then worked as a business sales consultant for Wells Fargo Merchant Services who recently joined Sanford Karl Hapcic, MD Health in Bismarck. Dr. Hapcic in Bloomington, Minn. Outside of Wells Fargo, she worked as a senior financial analyst for OptumInsight. received his medical degree A Bismarck native, Bitz holds a bachelor’s of science from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. degree in business administration from the University He completed his residency training in plastic surgery of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a degree in accounting from at The Oklahoma University Health Science Center in St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minn. She serves Oklahoma City and oral-maxillofacial surgery training at Jackson Memorial Hospital – University of Miami. as board secretary for Welcome House, Inc., and as a He is board certified in plastic surgery by the American community outreach committee ambassador for the Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Board of Plastic Surgery. As a dual trained surgeon, Dr. Hapcic has a Landblom Attends particular interest in breast and body contour surgery ASCRS with extensive experience in VASER lipoplasty and breast enhancement with form stable “gummy bear’ Jeffrey Landblom, Clinic style implants. Non-surgical aesthetic procedures Administrator of The Eye Centers including Botox and dermal fillers will also be offered of North Dakota, attended the through his office. American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Jeffrey Landblom and the American Society of Bianco Realty Sales Awards Ophthalmic Administrators Bianco Realty has named Shirley Thomas and Judy MaslowskI "REALTORS® of the Month"! Thomas (ASOA) governmental meetings in Washington, DC where he met with the North Dakota offices of and MaslowskI had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the month of July 2016. Thomas has been Senator John Hoeven, Senator Heidi Heitkamp and a licensed REALTOR® since 2001 and MaslowskI has Congressman Kevin Cramer. been a licensed REALTOR® since 2007.

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Albrecht and Green Join DFC Consultants

Brett Albrecht has joined the team at DFC Consultants, Ltd. as an Accountant/Consultant. He will be assisting customers Brett Albrecht with their accounting needs and offering software support. Albrecht has 13 years of accounting experience and most recently worked for RDO. He holds an accounting degree from MSUM. Lynn Green has joined DFC Consultants as an Lynn Green Accountant. She will be providing accounting services to customers across the Midwest. Green has 14 years of accounting experience and most recently worked for Archway Marketing, a Microsoft vendor. She holds a degree in Business Administration from Mayville State.

Storms Joins CHI St. Alexius Health

Abe Storms, MD

Abe Storms, MD, has recently joined CHI St. Alexius Health’s Emergency & Trauma Center. Dr. Storms received his medical degree from Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, S.D. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center,

Danville, Pa. Dr. Storms is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Emergency Medicine Residence Association and Veteran of Foreign Wars.


www.bismarckmandan.com Johnson New Market President for First Western Bank & Trust

First Western Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the addition of Chad Johnson to the position of Market President for our Bismarck Loan Production Office. Chad brings a wealth of experience & knowledge in Chad Johnson banking, he was most recently a Business Banker with the Bank of North Dakota for the past 12 years. Johnson has earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Minot State University in 1999 and is a 2006 graduate of the School of Banking at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Johnson is an active part of the Bismarck community by volunteering for Bismarck Youth Baseball, Shiloh Christian School & Grace Point Church. He has also served on the ICBND’s Emerging Leader Committee and is a member of NDBA.

Bismarck Aero Center Hires New Flightline Technician

Ms. Austin Phillips joins the Bismarck Aero Center (BAC) Flightline Department as a Full Time Flightline Technician. She Austin Phillips has recently graduated from the University of Mary with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Along with her colligate studies, Phillips is an active Aviation Operations Specialist in the Army National Guard. There she has been awarded the Soldier Leader, Soldier of the Month in advanced individual training and Army Achievement Medal for excellence in training. She currently holds the rank of Sergeant. While at Bismarck Aero Center, Phillips will be taking over the opening for the over-night shift.

Kirkwood Mall Hires Marketing Director

Kirkwood Mall recently added Sarah Kotelnicki to their management team as Marketing Director. She will be instrumental in driving traffic to the mall through event creation, community partnerships, and Sarah Kotelnicki communication strategies to build awareness of the mall’s offerings. Sarah comes with a wealth of experience in marketing and public relations, having spent the last year with retail success story SCHEELS on their events and PR team. Sarah’s role also includes marketing responsibility for two other CBL & Associates Properties in the Midwest – Dakota Square Mall in Minot, ND and Burnsville Center in Burnsville, MN.

Choice Financial Promotes Marthaller

Al Rabadi Graduates from Fellowship Program

Issa Al Rabadi, MD, has Katie Marthaller was recently graduated from the Hospital promoted at Choice Financial to Medicine Fellowship Program a Senior Frontline Specialist. at CHI St. Alexius Health and Colette joined Choice Financial University of North Dakota in May of 2014 as a CSR-Teller. Katie Marthaller School of Medicine & Health Katie grew up in Dickinson and Sciences. then moved to Bismarck in Dr. Al Rabadi earned his August of 2012. She went to Bismarck State College Issa Al Rabadi, MD medical degree from Jordan and graduated from there with an Associates in Mass University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan. Communications in May of 2014. He completed a family medicine residency at Meharry Starion Financial Hires, Promotes in Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee and started his hospital medicine fellowship at CHI St. Alexius Health, Mortgage Department Several individuals have been hired and promoted Bismarck, North Dakota in July 2015. Dr. Al Rabadi is a member of American Academy on the Starion Financial mortgage team. Tracy Roberts is lending operations manager, vice of Family Physicians, American Chemical Society, American Medical Association and Gamma Sigma president. She is responsible for the oversight and management of Starion’s secondary market lending Epsilon Honor Society. He joined CHI St. Alexius Health’s team of hospitalists in July 2016. area, overseeing mortgage operations and serving as manager for the mortgage originators. She leads Securian Financial Advisor of the the team from the bank’s Mandan branch. Roberts has more than 20 years’ management experience in Month banking, retail and private business. She studied at Securian Financial Advisors of Wayne (Neb.) State. ND, Inc. is pleased to announce Paulette Albrecht and Michelle Engelhard are in that Bruce Ellison has been the position of mortgage operations specialist II. In named Advisor of the Month for this position, they are each responsible for bank-wide July based upon his production processing, closing and post-closing of mortgage and service to his clients. Bruce loans; preparing mortgage files for underwriting; has been a representative analyzing credit documentation and informing with Securian since December Bruce Ellison lenders of underwriting decisions and conditions. 2013 and is located at 4431 Both work at the bank’s Mandan branch. Memorial Highway in Mandan. This is a promotion for Albrecht who joined Starion in November 2013 as a loan operations specialist Bismarck Dentistry and transferred to mortgage in December 2015. Her Hires Dental Hygienist previous experience includes work in banking as Bismarck Dentistry has hired well as experience the medical and health insurance Lindsay Russell as their Dental industries. Hygienist. Lindsay grew up on a Engelhard is a new member of the mortgage farm in Steele, ND, has practiced processing team. She has nearly four years’ dental hygiene in Minnesota experience in the banking industry as well as nearly Lindsay Russell for eight years, and has recently a decade in small business management. Engelhard moved back to her home earned an associate degree in business from Bismarck state. Lindsay is married with one son, and enjoys State College. Sydney Radermacher and Connie Griffin are each gardening, cooking, and spending time outdoors. a mortgage operations specialist I. In this position, each is responsible for processing mortgage loans, Sanford Health Welcomes Physician preparing mortgage files for underwriting, analyzing Assistant credit documentation and informing lender of Carly Moser, PA-C, general underwriting decisions and conditions surgery, recently joined Radermacher was promoted to this position. She Sanford Clinic in Bismarck. joined Starion in November 2014 as a teller. Prior to Moser received her bachelor’s Starion, she had experience as a teller as well as sales degree from the University and administrative work. She earned a bachelor’s of Wisconsin in Madison and degree in financial services and banking from the received her master’s degree University of Mary. Radermacher is located at the Carly Moser, PA-C from Rush University College of bank’s branch on the corner of Washington Street and Health Sciences in Chicago. She Century Avenue. Griffin joined the team at the Mandan branch. She is a board certified physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. has worked in the banking industry for nearly five years, including as a teller at Starion and elsewhere as a loan documentation specialist. Griffin also has several years of customer service experience Chamber Connection | 29


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Starion Insurance Promotes, Hires

Bismarck Aero Center Welcomes New Ziemba and Sandy Graduate from A&P Maintenance Technician Banking School; Sandy Takes Outstanding Banker Award Starion Insurance has promoted Bradley Church relocated

and hired individuals in Bismarck, Fargo and Mandan. Ashley Kittleson has been promoted to insurance agent. Ashley Kittleson Located at the Bismarck branch on the corner of North Washington and Century Avenue, she is licensed in property, casualty, life and annuity, and accident and health, and is a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR). Kittleson joined Starion in Amanda Craft May 2009 and has been in the insurance department since 2013, most recently as an insurance sales assistant. Amanda Craft has been promoted to insurance agent. Craft joined Starion in October 2014 as an insurance sales specialist. She is licensed in casualty, accident and health, Lindsey Hulm life and annuity, and property. She attended San Antonio (Tex.) College. Craft is located at the Fargo Urban Plains branch and have more than 11 years’ experience in the banking and insurance. Lindsey Hulm joined the team as an insurance sales assistant at the Mandan branch. Hulm graduated from North Dakota State University and has several years of insurance customer service experience. She is licensed in property, casualty, life and annuity, and accident and health

Dennis New HIM Operations Director at CHI St. Alexius

Alyssa Dennis was recently named Health Information Management (HIM) operations director at CHI St. Alexius Health. Alyssa became a member of CHI St. Alexius Health HIM team in 2010 when she was hired as Alyssa Dennis an electronic medical record support specialist. In 2011, she was promoted to HIM supervisor. As HIM’s operations director, Alyssa is responsible for developing and administering systems related to HIM, including medical records maintenance, transcription, release of information, physician chart completion and regulatory assessments. She is accountable for ensuring compliance with related regulations and standards established by State, Federal, accrediting and other regulatory agencies. Alyssa has an Associate of Arts degree from Charter Oak Sate College in New Britain, CT. She is working toward her Bachelor of Arts in Health Information Administration. Alyssa is a certified revenue cycle representative. 30 | Chamber Connection

to Bismarck/Mandan from Berrien Springs, MI as he just completed his Bachelors in Aviation Technology with an emphasis in business/ maintenance from Andrews University. While attending Bradley Church Andrews, he obtained his Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) license and soon began doing aircraft maintenance on the school’s fleet of aircraft. He was also able to obtain his Private Pilot’s license. As an A&P Technician at Andrews University, Church has worked primarily on Cessna 150 and 172, Piper Arrow, Archer, and Seminole aircraft. Bradley’s experience as A&P Technician also took him to Mabaruma, Guyana, South America where he worked primarily on a Cessna 206 that was used for medical evacuations.

Blair Sandy, AVP RR Manager with Choice Financial in Bismarck and Tim Ziemba, Credit Analyst with Choice Financial in Fargo recently graduated from the Dakota School of Banking sponsored by the North Dakota Bankers Association (NDBA) and endorsed by the South Dakota Bankers Association (SDBA). In its 43rd year, the school trained 62 bank personnel. Sandy also earned the Dakota School of Banking, Outstanding Banker of 2016. This prestigious honor is given to the top performing student in each graduating class.

Network Center, Inc. Announces New Hires

Sanford Health Welcomes Nurse Practitioner

Katie Schuler

Amanda Wiles, gastroenterology nurse practitioner, recently joined Sanford Health in Bismarck. She Amanda Wiles graduated from the University of Missouri in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree, and received her Joshua Roberts Master’s degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. To schedule an appointment with Wiles, patients must receive a referral from their primary care provider.

First Western Bank & Trust Hires Keller

Kody Krier First Western Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the addition of Rick Keller to the position of Vice President of Business Banking. Rick has over 20 years of banking experience and we are excited to put his Rick Keller expertise to use in our Bismarck Loan Production Office. He was most recently at Gate City Bank for 14 years. Ashley Dyste Keller earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting & Business Management from Northern Arizona University. Keller is an active part of the Bismarck community by serving as a Bismarck/Mandan Chamber Ambassador. He has also served on the Board of Student Housing for Bismarck State College and is active in the Knights of Columbus. Alex Paulson

Technology solution provider Network Center, Inc. (NCI) announces the addition of Software Developer Katie Schuler, Support Specialists Joshua Roberts and Kody Krier, Business Development Manager Ashley Dyste and Application Developer Alex Paulson. Schuler graduated from MSUM and brings 11 ½ years of experience to Network Center, Inc., most recently with AFBIS, Inc. Roberts is currently pursuing a degree in Information Technology from Moorhead State Community and Technical College. He brings 8 years of industry experience to the Network Center, Inc. team. Krier graduated from Fort Hays State University and brings four years of experience to the NCI team most recently with Daily’s Premium Meats. Dyste graduated from Kaplan University and brings two years of experience to Network Center, Inc. team most recently with Leighton Broadcasting in Grand Forks. Paulson recently graduated from NDSU. Paulson joins the NCI team after working at Western State Bank as an intern.


www.bismarckmandan.com Sanford Health Welcomes Nurse Practitioner

New IT Manager at Dakota Eye Institute

Stephanie Macdonald, behavioral health nurse practitioner, recently joined Sanford Health in Bismarck. She Stephanie Macdonald graduated from Medcenter One College of Nursing, now NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health, in Bismarck and received her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Dakota Eye Institute recently hired Casy Laib to join its professional team as IT Manager. Laib will oversee information technology processes, which includes hardware & software installation and maintenance to upgrade Casy Laib work flow efficacy and security. Laib is a native of Bismarck, N.D. and brings 18 years of relevant experience to Dakota Eye Institute

CHI St. Alexius Health recently promoted Jane Schumacher to the coding manager - physician enterprise Jane Schumacher within its Patient Financial Services department. As the coding manager, Jane will manage and coordinate the medical coding processes for patient visits and physician services. Jane joined CHI St. Alexius Health in 2012. Prior to being named manager, Jane was University of Mary's Dr. Billie Madler a clinical informatics project coordinator for CHI St. Named Fellow of the American Eider Promoted at Cornerstone Bank Alexius Health’s hospitals in Garrison and Turtle Lake. Association of Nurse Practitioners Stacy Eider has been promoted to AVP/Mortgage Jane holds a Bachelor of Health Information The University of Mary's Dr. Operations Manager at Cornerstone Bank in Bismarck. degree from Dakota State University, Madison, S.D. Billie Madler was inducted Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science degree Stacy joined Cornerstone Bank as a Mortgage Loan as a Fellow of the American from University of Mary. Jane is a registered health Processor in September 2008. She was promoted Association of Nurse information administrator. to Mortgage Underwriter in March 2010, promoted Practitioners (FAANP) at the to Lead Mortgage Underwriter in March 2014, and organization's 2016 National promoted to Mortgage Operations Manager in July Conference. With over 200,000 2014. licensed nurse practitioners in Billie Madler the U.S., Madler is just one of 88 inductees nationwide. Established in 2000, the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners serves to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy.

Schumacher Promoted to Coding Manager

SEPTEMBER LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD.

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

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Mon, 26th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:15 pm Mandan Planning Commission * Tues, 27th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission 5:30 pm Morton County Commission * Wed, 28th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Thurs, 29th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at www.freetv.org.

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Ribbon Cuttings

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

PET PLACE GROOMING Miranda Seim, new ownership of Pet Place Grooming on 2214 E. Thayer Ave. in Bismarck. Phone: 222-2895.

SCOTTY'S DRIVE-IN Kurt Dilger, new owner of Scotty’s Drive-In on 210 N. 21st Street. in Bismarck. Phone: 255-4588.

BISMAN COMMUNITY FOOD COOP Randy Joersz, General Manager and their team, at the Grand Opening of their new business on 711 E. Sweet Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 595-1263. Member. 32 | Chamber Connection

GARDEN GIRLS CANNING Kristine Kostuck & Miranda Siem, Co-Owners at their new business in Bismarck ND. Phone: 701-391-4652.

EAT (ENTICING AUTHENTIC THAI) Benjamas, Owner at her new traveling business. Check website: to find out where they are located. Phone: 680-0001.

GUSTAVE A. LARSON CO Dan Emineth, Branch Manager and Staff, at their new location on 2600 Morrison Ave. in Bismarck. Phone: 255-4903.


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BRAUN INTERTEC Katherin Kelley, Steve Nagel and staff, at their new location on 1502 Grumman Land in Bismarck (just behind South Walmart). Phone: 255-7180. Member.

LUXE BEAUTIQUE Megan Bender, Owner, Ethan Bender and staff at their new business on 1121 N 13th St. in Bismarck. Phone: 661-0516.

ACME TOOLS Steve Kuhlman, Owner and staff at their newly remodeled office on 3840 E. Rosser Ave. in Bismarck. Phone: 355-2201. Member.

THE TRAILER STORE Rick Rhone, Manager and staff at their new business on 4200 Memorial Highway in Mandan. Phone: 663-0246. Member.

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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 www.bismarckmandan.com.

GA Group, PC 1661 Capitol Way Bismarck, ND Levi Andrist (701) 595-0620 We represent state and national companies and organizations before the ND legislative and executive branches. We offer a full range of government relations services for various fields and industries.

Terry's Health Products 717 E Main Ave Bismarck, ND Lonna Brooks (701) 223-1026 Natural and organic health food and supplement store. Established in 1984, Terry's is the communities longest running health food store here to bring our customers the best health products available.

Mandan Eagles Club #2451 1400 Collins Ave. Mandan, ND Lyla Joyce (701) 663-3645 Our motto is people helping people. We have live music every Saturday night. Our dining room is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We are always open to the public. We can have events for 425 people.

Pulse USA 2002 Northern Plains Dr. Bismarck, ND Renae Larson (701) 530-0734 Pulse USA isn't simply a seed company; it is a way of doing business. With a highly qualified sales team to serve you, we are equipped to help with your seed buying decisions.

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Independent Doctors PC 4535 Northern Sky Dr. Bismarck, ND Dr. Denise McDonough & Dr. Joy Froelich (701) 712-3000 Family practice independent clinic, complete with lab and radiology services. AAction Record Center 3403 East Rosser Ave. Bismarck, ND John Hoffman (701) 255-6464 AAction Record Center has been locally owned and operated since 1975 and provides professional, low-cost storage of business records, storage management and shredding services. Go Mini's 3403 East Rosser Ave. Bismarck, ND John Hoffman (701) 255-6464 Go Mini's has been locally owned/operated since 2005 and provides 12', 16' and 20' storage containers that provide solutions for local moves, storage at your place or at Go Mini's, home or business.


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