September Chamber Connection

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September 2018


Celebrating 50 Years as Bismarck-Mandan’s Tech Industry Leader


Member Profile Security First Bank of ND


Chamber/BMDA Restructure: Strengthened business community voice.


Ag Committee Hosts Mixer The Annual Harvest Mixer celebrates our local agriculture community.

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: Strengthened Community Voice Total Resource Campaign Underway Workforce Summit Set for October

CHAMBER EVENTS Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan Brats with the Brave Harvest Mixer

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s I write this, today’s forecast says the temperature is going to push 95 degrees.

Gross. Having said that, relief is in sight. It’s September now which means football games, cooler weather and the start of the 2018 – 2019 school year. And while it may not seem like it at first glance, that’s a big deal to us at the Chamber. Why? Because with school starting, we can start filling the 2018 – 2019 Student Chamber Program! The Student Chamber Program is designed for juniors and seniors from all Bismarck-Mandan high schools to become more engaged in our community. Leadership and career development, financial literacy and college readiness are just some of the topics they will learn about from this program. They will do so by meeting one day a month for two hours, outside of school, to discuss those topics and more. One of the Chamber’s Strategic Goals is to “Build Visionary Leaders for the Region.” The Student Chamber is part of our “continuum of leadership” that allows us to do just that and starts with those high school juniors and seniors enrolled in the Program. Once those students graduate from the Program and move on to the next phase of life, they become eligible to participate in the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network (YP); the second step in that continuum of leadership and the focus of this month’s Chamber Connection. The mission of the YP is to “enhance the culture for young professionals in the Bismarck-Mandan community through professional development, entrepreneurship, community service and social networking; to create new opportunities for members; and to connect members to organizations in the Bismarck-Mandan community.” Through volunteers dedicated to each of those areas and more, the YP carries out that mission and in doing so are a tremendous asset to the Chamber and the entire community. In this month’s Chamber Connection, you’ll get a longer look at YP and all that they do to make Bismarck-Mandan a better place. And of course, we continue to work towards the restructure of the Chamber and Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (BMDA). You can read more about the Chamber / BMDA Restructure later on in this edition of the Connection, but we are currently addressing the legal requirements of the restructure and developing the restructured organization’s name, logo and brand. Rest assured however, that no matter the name of our organization in the future, we will continue to support programs like the Student Chamber and partnerships with organizations like the YP like we always have.

- Brian Ritter President @bismanchamber

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NISC: 50 YEARS IN THE TECH INDUSTRY IN NORTH DAKOTA By Kylie Blanchard, Clearwater Communications National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) began as a North Dakota idea to serve North Dakota cooperatives, says President and CEO Vern Dosch. “What started as a regional provider is now really defining the industry on a national level.” An information technology cooperative that develops and supports software and hardware solutions for its member-owners, NISC primarily serves utility cooperatives and telecommunications companies. Today, with main campuses in Mandan and Lake Saint Louis, Mo., the cooperative reaches customers in all 50 states and across 825 cooperatives and employs more than 1,250 people.

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Vern Dosch says the combination of a great quality of life and technology has contributed to NISC’s longevity and success in the community.


Cooperative History The 1950s began a movement to build out rural electricity and telephony in North Dakota, and small cooperatives quickly formed. Over the next decade, the cooperatives performed tasks, such as billing and accounts payable, manually. By the early 1960s, discussions were taking place to streamline and automate these processes. Four North Dakota electric and telephone cooperatives pioneered the first regional data processing center in 1966, becoming the North Central Data Cooperative in 1968. “We’re very much tied to rural electrics and telephones,” says Dosch of NISC’s start. “You don’t really think of Bismarck-Mandan as a place to start a technology company, but at the time, the mainframe needed to be close to customers.” In 1967, another cooperative called the Central Area Processing Corporation formed in St. Louis, Mo., to serve coops in 14 states.

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In 2000, the two cooperatives merged, forming NISC. “In the 1960s and 70s, and even the 80s to 90s, we were kind of a stealth company. No one really knew what we did,” says Dosch. “But as our employee population has grown, we have grown our responsibility as a good corporate citizen. The community has been very supportive of NISC.”

In recent years, NISC has also focused on upgrading its facilities. “This goes hand-in-hand when talking about retention and recruitment of employees. We wanted it to be a place that is modern, has amenities and that they look forward to coming to,” says Schneider.

NISC’s Longevity and Success Dosch says the combination of a great quality of life and technology has contributed to the cooperative’s longevity and success in the community. “We combine the North Dakota quality of life with a very challenging career in technology,” he says. “I would put these technicians and employees up against any in the country.” “It has been a strategic advantage for NISC to be located in North Dakota,” says Jasper Schneider, vice president of Member & Industry at NISC. “When we are hiring a developer, we are competing with technology firms across the country. If we can get a tech-minded person who is interested in working at NISC, we’ve probably got them for a while.” NISC uses its own recruiters to hire employees, a process that has also been a benefit to the cooperative. “We hire for talent, but also for culture and values, and have elected to do so ourselves,” says Dosch. “A tech company like NISC is unique. Eighty-five percent of our budget is labor or labor-related expenses. It is a peoplecentered business.”

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The first NISC NISC has locations in Cedar Rapids, IA, Lake Saint Louis, MO and Shawano, WI. building was constructed in Mandan in 1984, and since this time, five additional construction projects have taken place. The most recent, completed in 2016, was the addition of a central building on the NISC campus. This newest building, which ties the other buildings together, includes an innovation room with floor-to-ceiling white boards, a cafetorium and fitness facilities. “The workout facility has great equipment, but also “We have a focus on our members, and a lot of our locker-room facilities, and the cafeteria has become a margins are reinvested back into NISC,” adds Schneider. natural gathering place for employees,” says Schneider. Dosch also attributes NISC’s business model to its success. “The cooperative business model, in which we are owned by our member-customers, allows us to plan long-term,” he notes.

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The cooperative also focuses on developing its own products. “We don’t outsource,” says Dosch. “All development of NISC products are done with NISC employees. We design, build, install and control all our software and products.” “We are an organization that is continually learning and growing,” he adds. “It is the innovation and creativity of our people. They are dedicated to the organization, to each other and to our member-customers.” A Year of Celebration Schneider says NISC’s 50-year milestone has been marked by celebrations and events throughout 2018, starting with the NISC annual meeting in February. The year is dedicated to celebrations with employees, members and the public, he notes. A 132-page, hard-cover book commemorating the 50th anniversary was also completed. “The book was a big undertaking, and it was aptly named The Power of Possibility,” says Schneider.

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A 50th anniversary video was also developed and premiered at NISC’s annual meeting and has been played at other celebratory events. In addition, NISC is developing a timeline wall to display at the cooperative’s main campuses. “It is really showing the evolution of the electricity and telecommunications industries,” Schneider notes.

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When YP Network conducted their strategic plan survey, the same reason for joining came up again and again: age.

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Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network is a group for professionals ages 21-39. It offers events, networking, professional growth and development for young adults. Jamie Jackson, President of YP Network, agreed that being in the same group with your peers is important to young professionals. “There are groups within the community that do everything we do — service, professional development — but they tend to be a wider range of people, maybe people who are very successful,” Jackson said. “You’re coming out of college in your first or second job. It may be intimidating. (YP Network) allows you to establish yourself in the community and make a presence in a comfortable way.” YP Network has six teams that offer numerous ways for a young professional to get involved in the community: professional development, service, social, marketing, ambassador and entrepreneur teams.

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“We provide a platform for our age group to network with people that they may otherwise never get to connect with or network,” said Amber Ruzicka, Chairwoman of YP Network. “We saw that consistently in our survey that (members) felt comfortable that this was a place they could grow and learn from one another.”

The professional development team provides internal and external professional development opportunities. The service team is YP Network’s volunteer arm. The social team creates social activities, and Jackson said the team is very popular with members who are new to Bismarck-Mandan and looking to make social connections. The marketing team is a workhorse team that markets YP Network both internally and externally. The ambassador team connects new members to YP Network in order to loop them into the organization. The entrepreneur team hosts opportunities to visit with entrepreneurs and business owners in the community. Service is an important aspect of YP Network. Each year the organization selects a non-profit partner that receives funds raised by YP Network for charity. Any funds raised at the Christmas party or Chill ‘n Bowl event go to the non-profit partner. This year YP Network has raised $3,500 for Tracy’s Sanctuary House. Past non-profit partners have been Central Dakota Humane Society, Special Olympics, American Red Cross, and Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. In August, YP Network hosted YP Day, when members volunteered in multiple service projects to give back to the community. YP members painted at Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park, weeded Bismarck’s welcome sign at 26th Street and Main Avenue, and hosted a blood drive. For professional development, YP Network has a premier event: Epic Impact. Once per year YP Network brings in a motivational speaker based on the interests of members. Last year, YP Network brought in Karl Mecklenburg, a former football linebacker for the Denver Broncos. YP Network coordinated with Mecklenburg to have him speak at local youth football practices before the Epic Impact event. “That community piece is really critical for us when we go to select the speaker,” Ruzicka said. “When we bring in a well-known speaker, we want the community to be able to hear them as well.” In order to provide guidance for the YP Network, the organization has formed the wisdom team. The wisdom team is composed of business owners and community leaders who provide guidance to YP Network leadership and act as a sounding board as they grow the YP organization. Debra Gallagher is a member of the wisdom team. Gallagher is President and CEO of Capital Credit Union. “I think the YP Network is a tremendous opportunity for young people in this community,” Gallagher said. “When I was a young professional, we didn’t have something like this. I want to see this group succeed.” In addition, Capital Credit Union is a gold sponsor of YP Network. Gallagher said it is important to sponsor groups like YP Network, because they help to grow and develop new young professionals entering the Bismarck-Mandan workforce. “We want talent. It’s hard to come by. If we can develop our people that puts us all in a much better place,” Gallagher said. “It’s about providing the tools and opportunities for young people to stay in BismarckMandan, grow professionally and have great careers.” Jackson agreed that it is important to have an organization like YP Network that helps young adults put down roots in the community. He said this is especially true if the young professional is a transplant from another community.

“(YP Network) helps them to stay in our communities and establish those ties within the community,” Jackson said. “Without that, we’re more likely to have young professionals that just make this a transition. They come here for a couple years and then move on without having made any connections. The more invested people are in the community, the more likely they are to put down roots and stay here long-term.” YP Network is in the process of completing its strategic plan, and for the first time the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce participated in the strategic planning process. Brian Ritter, President of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, said that YP Network’s mission fits into the Chamber’s strategic plan as well. “One of the Chamber’s strategic goals is to build visionary leaders,” Ritter said. “To do that requires a multi-step effort. That starts with our Student Chamber of Commerce. When those students find themselves entering the workforce, then we step into that second step in the process — and that’s YP Network. From there YP members can further their leadership development through Leadership Bismarck-Mandan and then ultimately decide whether they want to take that final step into volunteering in leadership. It’s really part of the Chamber’s continuum of leadership.”


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Security First Bank employees over 40 people throughout North Dakota. The Mandan branch, pictured below, opened in 2000 and was followed by the Bismarck branch opening in 2004.

MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Sarah Getzlaff


Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: I started in the teller line of our Center office when I was 14. I worked there during all of my high school and college breaks. After graduating from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in accounting, I became a CPA and worked in public accounting for four years before returning to the bank full-time in 2007. I became CEO in January of this year.

Q: Briefly tell us the history of Security First Bank Mandan. A: Security First Bank is a third generation, familyowned business offering banking, insurance and wealth management services. The bank started in New Salem in 1925. My grandfather purchased the bank in 1964 and my dad joined him in 1968, which means this is his 50th year in banking! The Almont office opened in 1978, Center in 1981, Mandan in 2000 and Bismarck in 2004. Today, we have 46 employees and are just under $200 million in assets.

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Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Security First Bank - Mandan? A: We have experienced significant growth, especially in small business, mortgage and agricultural lending. Part of our growth is due to growth in the community, but the number of banks in the community has also increased significantly. I credit the majority of our growth to our outstanding team, who have received a lot of word-of-mouth referrals for truly caring about their customers and providing people with the service they deserve. We truly enjoy helping local businesses and farmers grow and prosper. And, our size enables us to provide quick, flexible solutions.

Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: Technology is advancing faster than ever. When I started, our bank lobbies were full of customers. Now, most customers have direct deposit and can also make deposits using the camera on their cell phone, making frequent trips to the bank is a thing of the past. We have truly embraced these advancements, because they make life easier for everyone. We are constantly looking to the future, to see what we will implement next. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: Since the financial crisis, we’ve seen a significant increase in banking regulations, which creates a lot of additional rules and paperwork for us and our customers. While some regulation is necessary, the current amount of regulation is overwhelming for community banks. And, to be honest – it’s frustrating because we didn’t participate in the bad behavior that caused the problems the regulations are designed to curb. Q: What does the future of Security First Bank of North Dakota - Mandan look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: Our future is bright and full of new technology! We will continue to see rapid changes in technology and in our customers’ lives. With a great team in place, we are excited to tackle and embrace these changes.

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Q: Security First Bank of North Dakota - Mandan became a member in 2000, why do you continue to renew each year? A: The Chamber does an outstanding job of promoting and supporting local businesses. These Member Profiles are a great example of how they help promote small businesses like ours. And, events like the Chamber Mixers provide us with an excellent opportunity to network with our customers and our peers. Q: What should Chamber members know about Security First Bank of North Dakota - Mandan that may assist them? A: There are a lot of banks in our communities and online that offer the same products and services we do. But, as a family-owned, local business, we can make quick decisions, even on large business loans. And, we can be incredibly flexible when someone has a unique situation or problem they need help with. When facial recognition first became available on the iPhone X, one of our customers asked when we would adopt it for our mobile banking app. We were able to sign him up as a test user and roll out facial recognition to all of our customers within 24 hours. We are proud to offer small town service with big bank technology.

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The purpose of these monthly messages regarding the pending BMDA / Chamber Restructure is two-fold; to inform you of the various aspects of the restructured organization’s value proposition and to update you on the progress being made to that end. Regarding the value proposition, this month we’ll focus on the strengthened business community voice and the more efficient use of resources that will result from the Restructure. Both of which result from having one, unified business development organization as opposed to two.

In reviewing both the BMDA and Chamber’s 2017 – 2019 Strategic Plans (separate plans, mind you), there are five areas of overlap: infrastructure & transportation planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, local advocacy and community engagement. These are areas which both organizations, separately, identified as being important enough to address as part of their efforts and followed through. For example, both the BMDA and Chamber had Staff and/or Volunteers serve on the City of Bismarck’s Joint Task Force, the City of Mandan’s West End Redevelopment Committee and the TEDx Bismarck Planning Committee.

It is our intent that as a result of the restructure, we can serve all those groups as a stronger voice representative of even more of the business community. What’s more is that if we do so as one organization, we can conceivably take the same number of staff and volunteers and be involved with even more groups, efforts and initiatives. Think about it; if there were two staff or volunteers on one committee representing the BMDA and Chamber, one organization could have one of those representatives involved with that effort and then re-direct the other representative to another effort that we might not otherwise have been able to previously. The same logic can be applied to the use of financial resources. Both organizations have traditionally had their own marketing & administrative staff whereas once the restructure is complete, we could take the same resources previously dedicated to those four staff members and keep one administrative position, two marketing positions and then re-direct existing resources to create a new workforce-focused position that we need in order to address what is the business community’s most pressing issue. That’s just one example of how we plan to more efficiently utilize the same amount of resources to accomplish even more. As to where we’re at in the restructure process, despite what you may have heard, it is not done. We are working with legal counsel to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the approval of both Boards which would ‘set the table’ for what we need to accomplish yet, legally. We have also engaged an area marketing firm to help us develop the organization’s new name, logo and brand for which they are seeking input from the membership. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to get a hold of me directly at or (701) 223-5660. You can also find previous editions of the BMDA / Chamber Restructure Series at http://www.

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The Total Resource Campaign is now open to all members! During TRC we take the time to introduce our business members to the value of their Chamber membership. It is also a time for your business to select the programs that are most beneficial to you. Renewal period has come to a close for most, so if you are interested in any opportunities that have not been available do not hesitate to contact the Chamber at 701223-5660 to learn more about those options. If you are a business member that has not sponsored an event in the past this is your opportunity. The Chamber has a wide variety of events and many new opportunities this year. You can also find more information about TRC on our website at under the members selection tab. If you have not renewed a previous sponsor contract and want to secure your sponsorship contact Shay Peterson at


The Chamber’s Military Affairs committee invites you to the Raymond J. Bohn Armory, 4200 Miriam Ave in Bismarck, on September 11th, from 11:30am – 1:30pm to say thank you to the men and women who have served in our armed forces.

The Military Affairs committee is working with the North Dakota National Guard in hosting this special event out at the Armory to provide space for the community and show appreciation for active duty, reserved, and veteran military personnel and provide gratitude for our freedom! At that time, we will also be highlighting the Military Service Center with an open house from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Come and enjoy a Cloverdale brat grilled up with all the fixin’s and some great company as we salute those who have done so much for our country! Please RSVP online at www.bismarckmandan. com/events/calendar or contact David Leingang at For more information, call the Chambers office at 701-223-5660 Presenting Sponsor: Lunch Sponsors: Event Sponsors: Kupper Chevrolet and Kirkwood Bank & Trust.

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On September 6th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, the Chamber of Commerce and its Excellence in Business and Education Committee will be hosting their annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony. This special event recognizes the shining stars that have provided a level of excellence in their profession, the community, and their organizations – some of which have stood the test of time in Bismarck-Mandan. The Chamber and the Excellence committee are proud to announce the following individuals and the awards they have been nominated for at this year’s award ceremony:

Who are you excited to see on stage at Celebrate? This is a great opportunity to reserve a table and invite employees, customers, and/or friends to experience this heartwarming occasion. However, hurry! A few tables are still available. Contact David Leingang by emailing for more information.

Granite Award

Gold Sponsors:

• Eide Bailly LLP

General admission is $50 and $40 with a membership discount. Register online at, events/calendar, or call the Chamber at 701-223-5660. Presenting Sponsor: BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Golden Eagle Award

Silver Sponsor:

New Entrepreneur of the Year

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, Kirkwood Bank & Trust, KX News, Leingang Home Center, Midco, Miller Insulations, North Dakota Bankers Association, Northwest Contracting, Sanford Health, Starion Bank, University of Mary, Wells Fargo Bank.

• Starion Bank

• Stacy Voegele – Critter Sitter • Tana Trotter – Proximal50

Small Business Person of the Year

• Jason Sellers – Mattress Firm • Christine Rivinius – Goldstone Realty • Allan Miller & Cody Stern - Anyleaks

Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth and Profitability • Anyleaks

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

• Matilde Toldeo-Agudelo - Right From the Lemon Tree

Event Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Brady

Martz & Associates, Liberty Business Systems, Mattress Firm, McQuade Distributing, Media Productions and Widmer Roel.

Partners in


NISC has worked with Starion throughout our entire 50-year history, and their partnership has been instrumental in our growth. They continue to invest in the technology we need to efficiently manage our business.

Vern Dosch Member FDIC

NISC, President and CEO

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CHAMBER PRESENTS 2018 CHAMBER WORKFORCE SUMMIT IN OCTOBER The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and Doosan Bobcat present the 2018 Workforce Summit. This event will provide our region the opportunity to access resources and to be included in a discussion of workforce issues and solutions with industry leaders. The 2018 Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Workforce Summit areas of focus include: • Talent attraction and retention • Career readiness and essential skills • Employee engagement The economic strength of Bismarck-Mandan, and North Dakota, is unquestionable connected to the education and skills of our community. A diversely skilled and educated workforce further enables our region’s ability to be economically competitive on a local, national and global level. Employers, educators and professionals are encouraged to attend the 2018 Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Workforce Summit on Wednesday, October 31 at the Radisson Hotel. In addition to relevant keynote speakers and panel discussions, the 2018 Workforce Summit will feature workshops to provide attendees with insight into various opportunities and challenges of workforce development. To learn more or to RSVP, visit or contact the Chamber at 701-223-5660. Additional agenda details coming soon. Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsor: Silver Sponsor:

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KEYNOTE: “Activating Employee Engagement”

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The Chamber and its Excellence in Business and Education Committee are now accepting applications for this year’s Student Chamber program! Only 18 students will be selected to represent the Student Chamber 2018-2019 board. All applications are due September 14th. Every candidate will then be evaluated by our Excellence committee who will make the selections from Bismarck and Mandan public and private schools. Open to Juniors and Seniors in all Bismarck-Mandan high schools, the Student Chamber program is a great way to educate our budding graduates on local issues and initiatives that are going on in our community that they otherwise would not be aware of. 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 will meet one day a month, for two hours out of school. The program will include 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 form, which requires an essay of 200 words or less can be found at, 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 September 10th, 2018! For any questions, or to submit an application in the Student Chamber program, please contact David Leingang at the Chamber by calling 701-223-5660 or emailing Program Sponsors:


The Chamber’s Agricultural Committee will be hosting a special mixer for Chamber members, Thursday, October 4th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, at Open Road Honda!

The purpose of this Fall event is to celebrate the harvest by inviting our business community to engage and network with members in the Ag. Industry in an effort to educate Bismarck-Mandan on the endeavors of agriculture in our area. Throughout the mixer, Open Road Honda will provide demos and the option to try out one of their ATV’s or Side by Sides as well as some other fun experiences. There is no charge to attend this event, however, please send RSVP’s to David Leingang by emailing dleingang@ or calling the Chamber at 701-223-5660. Business Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Farm

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STATE OF THE CITIES AROUND THE CORNER Join Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken for the 2018 State of the Cities address. Tuesday, November 6th, at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, participants will gain insight from both Mandan and Bismarck Mayors and will hear about successes and challenges that each city faced throughout 2018. Cost to attend is $30 with Chamber member discount, and $40 for general admission. For more information, contact David Leingang at, or call 701-223-5660. Register online at THANK YOU SPONSORS: Gold Sponsors:

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Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM Admission: $40.00 for Chamber Members $50.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018 Location: Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend 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:

If you have not had the opportunity to join us yet, now is the time to stop in for our last member appreciation luncheon for 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.

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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,

Friday, September 7th is your last chance to enjoy a FREE lunch on us! Stop by between 11:30am – 1:00pm, and enjoy an assortment of brats, burgers, delicious sides, and cool refreshments! Please RSVP online at events or by emailing Shay at Lunch Sponsors:

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Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Location: Raymond J. Bohn Armory 4200 East Divide Ave, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor: The Chamber’s Military Affairs committee invites you to the Raymond J. Bohn Armory located at 4200 Miriam Ave in Bismarck on Tuesday, September 11th from 11:30am - 1:30pm and say thank you to the men and women who have or continue to serve in our armed forces. The Military Affairs committee is working with the North Dakota National Guard in hosting this special event out at the Armory to provide space for the community thank and show appreciation for active duty, reserved and veteran military personnel and provide gratitude for our freedom! At that time, we will also be highlighting the Military Service Center with an open house from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Come and enjoy a Cloverdale brat grilled up with all the fixin’s and some great company as we salute those who have done so much for our country. Please RSVP online at events/calendar or contact David Leingang at For more information, call the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

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Mark your calendar for September’s Membership Mixer! On Thursday September 20th, Holiday Inn will be hosting our Membership Mixer at their location at 3903 State Street in Bismarck from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

The Chamber’s Agricultural Committee will be hosting a special mixer for Chamber members, Thursday, October 4th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, at Open Road Honda!

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 Location: Holiday Inn 3903 State Street, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

This event is always a fantastic opportunity to network, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by Holiday Inn and prepared by their on-site staff. RSVP online at calendar or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bismancc. com.

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Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 Location: Open Road Honda 4120 Memorial Hwy, Mandan Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

The purpose of this Fall event is to celebrate the harvest by inviting our business community to engage and network with members in the Agriculture Industry in an effort to educate Bismarck-Mandan on the endeavors of agriculture in our area. There is no charge to attend this event, however, please send RSVP’s to or call the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Radisson Hotel 605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck 8:00AM - 12:00PM

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and Doosan Bobcat present the 2018 Workforce Summit. This event will provide our region the opportunity to access resources and to be included in a discussion of workforce issues and solutions with industry leaders. Employers, educators and professional are encouraged to attend the 2018 Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Workforce Summit on Wednesday, October 31 at the Radisson Hotel. In addition to relevant keynote speakers and panel discussions, the 2018 Workforce Summit will feature workshops to provide attendees with insight into the various opportunities and challenges of workforce development. To learn more or to RSVP, visit or by calling the Chamber at 701-223-5660.


Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 7:00AM - 9:00AM Admission: $30.00 for Chamber Members $40.00 for General Admission Join Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken for the 2018 State of the Cities address. Tuesday, November 6th, at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, participants will gain insight from both Mandan and Bismarck Mayors and will hear about successes and challenges that each city faced throughout 2018. Cost to attend is $30 with Chamber member discount, and $40 for general admission. Register online at INTERNET & NETWORKING DATA CENTER PHONE CABLE TV ADVERTISING

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CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck has been recognized, once again, as the Best Hospital for 2018-19 in North Dakota by U.S. News & World Report. CHI St. Alexius Health was also ranked as high performing in Geriatrics, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Congestive Heart Failure, Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement.

“It’s an honor to once again be recognized as the Best Hospital in North Dakota by U.S. News & World Report. These rankings acknowledge the outstanding care that our providers deliver to our patients each day,” said Kurt Schley, president of CHI St. Alexius Health. For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“For five out of the last six years CHI St. Alexius Health has won the award for the best hospital in North Dakota. Our physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff have worked very hard to provide the very best medical care to our patients,” said Dr. Timothy Bopp, chief of staff of CHI St. Alexius Health. “This award is simply a recognition of our dedication and determination to provide the very best care in the state.” “For nearly 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we give patients and their physicians’ information to support their search for the best care across a range of specialties.”

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ANNUAL BUSINESS START-UP 101 WORKSHOP PLANNED FOR SEPT. 25 Thinking about starting a business? Mandan’s Sixth Annual Business Start-Up 101 Workshop to be held Tuesday, Sept. 25, will be chockful of inspiration and information. This free session runs from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Harvest Events and Catering, 308 W Main Street. For program details and to register, visit www. or call 667-3478. The workshop is for anyone exploring the idea of opening a business. Speakers will delve into a variety of helpful resources and services for aspiring entrepreneurs. A panel of business owners will share insights and lessons learned about operating a business. Attendees will connect with representatives of the Center for Technology and Business including the IDEA Center, Small Business Development Center, Lewis and Clark Development Group, and Dakota Business Lending, plus others who can assist throughout their planning processes. The discussion with entrepreneurs includes Mandan business owners Jay Beyer, Pivotal Edge; Randy Rhone, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Big O Tires, and Memorial Square Shopping Center; Dylan and Hannah Schafer, Dialectic Brewing; and Colton Shoults, Grand Junction Grilled Subs. The Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee is hosting the event with assistance from the City of Mandan Business Development Department and Bismarck-Mandan Development Association. City of Mandan Business Development Director Ellen Huber points out, “Our community is now seeing the fruits of this workshop and other business outreach efforts. Participants from past sessions have opened and are in the process of opening businesses needed in Mandan. The workshop is part of a 2018 business education series to conclude in November with a business pitch competition. Stay tuned to news for details.


Basin Electric Power Cooperative has committed $50,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank over the next four years to help bolster the hunger-relief organization’s ability to serve its clients in BismarckMandan and in the central and western part of North Dakota.

The gift will benefit the Great Plains Food Bank Feed the Future campaign and is part of ongoing efforts to establish a regional service center in Bismarck-Mandan. “It is through the generosity of organizations like Basin Electric that will make our regional service center in Bismarck-Mandan a reality,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “As the only food bank in the state of North Dakota, the regional service center will significantly enhance our abilities to serve the western half of the state. We thank Basin Electric for their help in the fight to end hunger.”


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Marco ranks among the world’s 501 most strategic and innovative managed service providers (MSPs), according to Channel Futures 11th-annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings. The MSP 501 is the first, largest and most comprehensive ranking of managed service providers worldwide. This year Channel Futures received a record number of submissions. Applications poured in from Europe, Asia, South America and beyond. As it has for the last three years, Channel Futures teamed with Clarity Channel Advisors to evaluate these progressive and forward-leaning companies. MSPs were ranked according to our unique methodology, which recognizes that not all revenue streams are created equal. We weighted revenue figures according to how well the applicant’s business strategy anticipates trends in the fast-evolving channel ecosystem.


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. | 701.250.9696 | 3521 Memorial Hwy, Mandan

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Each year, the ND WBC trains approximately 2700 individuals and counsels an average of 80 entrepreneurs in business development and growth strategies.


Bismarck Public Schools received a high score of 358 out of 400 possible points on its recent fiveyear AdvancED accreditation review. BPS also met or exceeded AdvancED expectations in 87% of the accreditation categories with no category listed as needing improvement. Superintendent Jim Haussler says, “Bismarck Public Schools is truly a beacon school district. We had one of the highest scores ever among the 3,200 institutions accredited by AdvancED.” This spring, education experts from North Dakota and other states conducted on-site program evaluations of a third of the public schools in Bismarck and talked with 300 students, parents, teachers, administrators, school board and community members. The report stated, “A culture of learning across the district was evident in all observations, interviews, and interactions during the engagement review. Technology was determined to be utilized to support a rigorous teaching and learning environment.” In addition, “The team also observed well-managed classrooms in which teachers and students interacted respectfully with one another. Classroom expectations were recognized and followed by students. Positive peer-to-peer, adult to student, and adult to adult interactions were observed in all settings.” Haussler congratulates the Bismarck community in its continued support of education, as well as students, staff and parents in local public schools where the “rubber hits the road” in terms of promoting, inspiring, and achieving educational excellence.


Capital Credit Union will soon adopt a new look that reflects a modern and growing credit union. Since 1936, Capital Credit Union has provided the community with competitive financial products, conveniences and friendly personal service. This change will help to ensure a thriving credit union for generations to come. “Our new brand showcases our culture of being the trusted financial resource that puts members first,” Capital Credit Union CEO Debra Gallagher said. “Although our look and logo are changing, our values remain the same. The colors and design convey growth and prosperity and this idea is represented in our new tagline—Grow With Us.” The refreshed logo appeared in August alongside the launch of a new website. The website will feature the new look and provide an enhanced user experience.


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The North Dakota Army National Guard’s top Soldiers this weekend slogged through an intense, sweltering four-day competition in 100-degree temperatures at Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake, North Dakota. Fourteen Army Guardsmen representing the National Guard’s major commands contended with an array of military challenges and Army skills tests to gauge their competency and grit Aug. 9-12 during the state’s Best Warrior Competition.

When the winners were announced during the final day’s awards ceremony, two Army Guardsmen had earned the opportunity to advance and represent North Dakota in future competitions. Staff Sgt. Justin Valenti, of Fargo, North Dakota, a member of the Fargo-based 191st Military Police Company, was the winner of the Best Warrior Competition in the noncommissioned officer category. In the enlisted-level competition, Spc. Casey Drege, of West Fargo, North Dakota, a member of the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company (MultiRole Bridge), took top honors.

Spc. Dakota Brown, of the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge), crawls under wire fencing on Camp Grafton Training Center’s Confidence Course Aug. 12 during the Best Warrior Competition.

Soldiers began the Best Warrior Competition this year by testing their endurance during an Army Physical Fitness test, or APFT. From there, they donned their Army Service Uniforms to be inspected while answering a series of military-related questions posed by a board of sergeants major. The Guardsmen’s first day of competition culminated by locating positions using a compass on a land navigation course at night. The following days continued to be filled with difficult events and challenges. Competitors fired weapons for qualification scores at Camp Grafton’s southern training area, near McHenry, North Dakota. They also completed another land navigation course, this time being inserted into the training area by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The remainder of the weekend tested the Soldiers’ physical and mental toughness with road marches, a confidence course and rappel tower, a written exam and evaluations on a number of Warrior Tasks (general military tasks all Soldiers must know). Soldiers representing their units must first win in their respective major commands in order to vie for the “Best Warrior” title during the state-level competition. That preparation can include months of physical training and poring over various military manuals and study guides.

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The regional competition, scheduled to be held in May 2019, will be hosted by staff and cadre at Camp Grafton Training Center here in North Dakota. Army Guardsmen from seven other states will compete, including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. Regional winners advance to compete in the All-Guard Competition and, if they win there, have the opportunity to compete in the All-Army Competition.


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Bismarck Aero Center Promotes Opp Bismarck Aero Center is happy

to announce that Trevor Opp has been promoted to Lead Flightline Technician. In his three years with Bismarck Aero Center, he has been able to grow his knowledge of aviation Trevor Opp and gain the respect of his peers through a hard work and Sanford Health Welcomes Emergency a determined work ethic. Medicine Physicians Since joining Bismarck Aero Center, Opp has also been working on his bachelor’s degree in business Stephane Blanchard, MD, from the University of Mary. Last May, he took over on emergency medicine, and an interim role and has been able to hit the ground Abe Storms, MD, emergency running. In the three months that he has been in the medicine, recently joined the Stephane Blanchard interim role, he has been working hard to maintain Sanford Emergency & Trauma equipment maintenance, training records and audits. Center in Bismarck. Looking towards the future, Opp brings new ideas Dr. Blanchard will be providing to the department. By incorporating our current emergency and trauma care company culture with the values of the Air Elite in Sanford Bismarck’s Level II training, he will look to empower the Flightline team Trauma Center. He graduated to take initiative and find ways we can provide next from University of North level customer service. Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks and completed his Abe Storms residency at Hennepin County EMC Bismarck Branch Recognized Medical Center in Minneapolis. as Top Place to Work Dr. Storms has been providing emergency and The EMC Bismarck Branch has been recognized trauma services in Bismarck since 2016 and will as one of the Top 10 Places to Work in Bismarcknow provide emergency and trauma care in Sanford Mandan by the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Bismarck’s Level II Trauma Center. Dr. Storms Network. graduated from Sanford School of Medicine at the This award recognizes local businesses committed University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. and to recruiting and retaining talented young completed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center professionals under the age of 40. Businesses in Danville, Pa. receive scores based on criteria related to the active development and execution of strategies advancing employment of young professionals in the workplace, quality and type of benefits offered, and overall community involvement. Local businesses submit nominations for the award, which are then scored by a selection committee

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MABU Hires Kelly Agency MABU recently

welcomed McKenzie Kelly to its strategic marketing team as a Graphic Designer. Kelly is a graduate of Bismarck State College with an McKenzie Kelly Associates of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design and Communications. She has nearly two years of previous experience in branding – designing menus, posters, banners, and ads for social media.

Starion Awards Scholarship to Helgeson

Starion Bank has awarded scholarships to three employees’ children and local student Taylor Helgeson was one of the recipients. The scholarship competition was open to children of Starion Taylor Helgeson employees who will be attending a college, university, community college or technical school for the 20182019 school year. Helgeson graduated from Bismarck High School and is attending the University of Jamestown, majoring in accounting with a minor in character in leadership. She is active in choir, church and service organizations. She is the daughter of Christian and Trish Helgeson of Bismarck. Trish is marketing and communications manager/vice president and works at the Mandan branch. Applicants were judged on academic and scholastic achievement, extracurricular involvement, employment experience, community-based involvement and letters of reference. Sanford Health Welcomes Allergist Nana Fenny, MD, allergy and

immunology, recently joined Sanford Seventh & Broadway Clinic in Bismarck. Dr. Fenny specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of anaphylaxis, Michael Gunsch asthma, hives, immune Nana Fenny, MD deficiencies, drug and food allergies, insect and seasonal allergies. She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Faye Miller

Capital Credit Union Wisecup named Vice Chancellor of Holds Annual Meeting Strategy and Strategic Engagement

Capital Credit Union recently held its annual business meeting and member event at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. Three board members were elected, with 406 Capital Credit Union members in attendance. Three board members Michael Gunsch, Faye Miller and Kevin Schoenborn - were re-elected to three-year terms. They rejoined the board with remaining members Jay Buringrud, Shawn Deisz, Lance Gaebe, Ken Geiger, Stephen Vaughan and Marnie Walth. D&M Industries The business meeting Announces Promotion highlighted milestones over the Korey Zellers has been past 82 years, such as growth in promoted to Branch Manager membership from the original of the Bismarck office and 20 members to nearly 30,000 showroom of D&M Industries. today, the addition of nine Korey has been with D&M for branches and the evolution of Kevin Schoenborn Korey Zellers six years. Previously he held products and services offered by the position of project manager the credit union such as home in the Residential Sales division in their Moorhead, loans, Visa credit cards and financial education. MN office. Korey brings a wealth of knowledge to this position.

A new vice chancellor of strategy and strategic engagement has been named at the North Dakota University System. James “Phil” Wisecup has now taken on these responsibilities. James Wisecup Wisecup, who goes by Phil, is a retired Navy Vice-Admiral, was President of the US Naval War College, and has deep experience in strategic planning and innovation. Wisecup most recently served as the director of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group, and as a faculty member of the U.S. Naval War College since leaving active duty in 2013.

Streyle Earns Designation Alicia Streyle has completed the Certified

Patient Servicing Specialist (CPSS) designation. This designation is recognized in the ophthalmic community promoting patient servicing excellence. Alicia has been with the practice since January 2017.

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

Broadcast on KDAK 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at

Tues, 4th

5:00 pm Mandan City Commission 7:00 pm Mandan School Board

Wed, 5th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Thurs, 6th

5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Mon, 10th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board*

Tues, 11th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 12th 8:00 am 5:15 pm

Burleigh County Water Resource District Burleigh County Planning Commission

Thurs, 13th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission*

Mon, 17th

5:30 pm Mandan School Board

Tues, 18th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Wed, 19th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Thurs, 20th

5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Mon, 24th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Planning Commission*

Tues, 25th

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

Wed, 26th

5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission

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

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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.



Bryan Wetch, CEO, at their new location at 807 Century Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-223-2417. Member.

Dylan, Hannah and Jacob, co-owners, at their new locally owned brewery located at 416 W Main Street in Mandan. Phone: 701-318-1328.



For more information visit 500 N 8th St|Bismarck, ND 58501 701-222-6100 34 | Chamber Connection

Kelsie Butts and Mike Butts, Owners, of their new business located at 1487 E LaSalle Drive, Bismarck. Phone: 701-354-7500.


Luke Schaefer, Exec. Director, Lee Weisgarber Program Director and staff at their new location at 128 Soo Line Drive Suite 102. Phone: 701-751-4041. Member.

September 22-23 Applefest October 13

Paint the Town Pink

October 19-21

Hunting Dakota with Roosevelt

October 24

Bucks for Bras

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

Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. 411 Fraine Barracks Rd. Bismarck, ND Brian Jackson (701) 751-2949 A mighty team of coffee professionals passionately working on quality from farm to roast to cup. We’re here to add the best coffee you’ve ever experienced to your adventure. Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. - YMCA 1608 N Washington Street Bismarck, ND Brian Jackson (701) 751-2949 A mighty team of coffee professionals passionately working on quality from farm to roast to cup. We’re here to add the best coffee you’ve ever experienced to your adventure. Ideal Option 549 Airport Road Bismarck, ND Megan Sanders (877) 522-1275 Ideal Option is an addiction medicine practice whose goal is to empower individuals to live healthy lives through personalized medicine and education.

Lucky’s 13 Pub 915 S 3rd Street Bismarck, ND Chad Martin (701) 751-7913 Fun, casual restaurant featuring a great new menu with nightly specials. West 2 North Medical Solutions 4207 Boulder Ridge Road, #175 Bismarck, ND Nicole Stoddard (701) 751-1849 Local office offering alternative medical solutions. Main Street Drive Thru Liquor 1005 E. Main St. Mandan, ND Jerry & Shawn Stryker (701) 663-8888 Retail liquor store with drive thru and full bar.

Precision Therapy 3123 N 14th Street Suite A Bismarck, ND Amber Bossert (701) 751-0705 Providing physical therapy services to help patients reach their maximum potential & focus on increasing function & physical wellbeing. Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. 2219 E. Main Ave Bismarck, ND Damita Engel (701) 258-1215 Specializing in cultural resource compliance and permitting services. Our professional, responsive approach and expert solutions translate directly into value and success for our clients. Chamber Connection | 35

Bismarck-Mandan ChamberConnection 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck, ND 58503

Upcoming Chamber Events CELEBRATE BISMARCK-MANDAN Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 • Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck AT THE

FRIDAYS AT THE CHAMBER Date: Friday, September 7, 2018 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Chamber of Commerce Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck BRATS WITH THE BRAVE Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 • Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm Location: Raymond J. Bohn Armory – 4200 Miriam Avenue, Bismarck


SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: HOLIDAY INN Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Holiday Inn – 3903 State Street, Bismarck

Presented By:

Raymond J. Bohn Armory 4200 Miriam Avenue, Bismarck 11:30am - 1:30pm

HARVEST MIXER Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Open Road Honda – 4120 Memorial Hwy, Mandan


WORKFORCE SUMMIT Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 • Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm Location: Radission Hotel – 605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck

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