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CELEBRATE BISMARCK-MANDAN Tuesday, September 22 Pg. 13

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Brian Eiseman .....................................................................Chair Val Weigel ..................................................................Vice Chair Kevin Strege .................................................................Secretary Mike Schmitz ................................................................Treasurer Molly Herrington ....................................................... Past Chair


Steve Bakken ......................................................City of Bismarck Brian Eiseman ...............................................Stoneshire Builders Heather Fried ....................State Farm - Fried Financial Services Molly Herrington .........................................................Individual Chris Jones ...................................ND Dept. of Human Services Amber Larson.....................................................City of Mandan Karl Lembke ......................................................Vaaler Insurance Allan Miller ............................................................Anyleaks, Inc. Dr. Sara Weigel Ness ..............................Active Life Chiropractic Jim Peluso .........................................................Burleigh County Marnie Piehl ...........................................Bismarck State College Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat Mike Schmitz ......................................Schmitz-Holmstrom CPAs Cody Schulz ........................................................Morton County Garret Senger ...............................Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Kevin Strege ................................................Capital Credit Union Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Val Weigel ..............................Basin Electric Power Cooperative Lee Weisbeck ..........................................................Starion Bank


Brian Ritter ...................................................................President Aasta Eggert .......Economic Development Marketing Specialist Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director Christine Nelson .........................Program & Marketing Director Ryan Parsons ........................................................Vice President Rebecca Rattei .................................Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Jaime Sabot ....................Workforce Development Coordinator Lyndsey Scheurer .........................Creative Marketing Specialist Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President Josie Smyle ..............................Membership and Events Intern Cathryn Sprynczynatyk .....................Communications Specialist Joan Trygg ...........................Membership Engagement Director 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-223-5660 •

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can’t open every Chair’s Corner with a note on how much different this year is than last due to COVID-19 and how much the virus has impacted our community. You already know that, so it’s not worth repeating. Instead, I want to focus on all of the positives I see in the community right now. For instance…

• According to Job Service North Dakota, in July there were 2,226 open jobs between Burleigh and Morton Counties. While down from the 2,577 open jobs last year at this time, it’s still HIGHER than the 2,177 reported in 2018. • Through June, the number of existing single family homes sold in Bismarck-Mandan is UP 6.7% and the average selling price is UP 2.7% • Also through June, single family housing permits issues in Bismarck-Mandan is up 13.3% • And sales tax collections through May (the latest data that we have at the time of writing this) in Mandan are UP nearly 30% and UP nearly 40% in Lincoln. Sales tax collections are up through the same period in Bismarck as well, but the new half-cent for roadway infrastructure must be taken into account. We’ll have a better idea later in the year when we’re able to make an apples-to-apples comparison.

That’s not to say that all parts of our economy are doing this well because certainly we have segments that are hurting. Hospitality for example is being very hard hit with occupancy rates way below where they typically are at this time of the year. Even the Bismarck Airport is being impacted where passenger boardings are down 47% from last year. So we’ve got to keep working and our team is pro-actively contacting members not to ask for money, but to rather check in and find out how we can help. That’s the least we can do; be a resource for our members. In addition, Chamber EDC Staff has committed to serving on the Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force as the Chair of the Business Subcommittee where we’ll actively advocate for our members. We should consider ourselves very fortunate as a community while also recognizing that we have work to do. And remember, it’s on all of us to do our part and help our community right now by washing our hands, socially distancing ourselves and where that’s not possible, wearing a mask. The little things will add up to a big result. Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber EDC,

Brian Eiseman Chair, Board of Directors @bismancedc

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE WORKPLACE By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Jeffon Seely’s mission is to help organizations embrace differences. “Any time two people are gathered together, diversity is present,” said Seely, a Business Consultant with Innovations International. “The words diversity and differences are synonymous. There are no two people who are exactly the same.” Seely spoke at the Chamber EDC Workforce Summit in July on “Diversity and Inclusion — A Focus on Self-Mastery.”


Jeffon Seely spoke at the Chamber EDC Workforce Summit in July on “Diversity and Inclusion — A Focus on Self-Mastery.”

A: From an organizational standpoint, diversity is an initiative. It’s the same as quality, safety. It’s a business initiative that leverages differences that exist amongst one another to create exceptional performances.


A: Physical dimensions of diversity are those physically distinguishing characteristics that exist between ourselves and others — race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, generational, military experience.


A: Cultural dimensions are the largest group of differences that exist between humans. These are things you don’t really know about somebody until you get to know them. It could be religion, cultural background, work-style orientation. These are things beneath the surface. It could also be ethics, values system, the way they learn. These are things you don’t know about somebody, but they’re always there.

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A: The various departments within an organization are different. Human resources is different from accounting. Accounting is different from sales. Sales is different from manufacturing. Manufacturing is different from the executive team. All of these areas are expected to bridge those differences to achieve the objective at hand.


A: Inclusion is really two parts. Inclusion is an employeesupportive workplace where all employees experience equitable opportunities for personal success and contribute to the organization’s success. Equitable opportunity for success means, “Do I have the same opportunities as the people I’m working alongside? Do I have the same mentoring, coaching, visible opportunities? Do I have the same advancement, training? Or do I not?” It’s that kind of selective development which often happens. If we look at the executive teams in all of Bismarck-Mandan, do they all look the same? Are they promoting their mirror image? Do they go to the same church, did they go to the same school, do they come from the same area as me? People tend to promote the mirror image of themselves.


A: Inclusion can be measured. You can measure inclusion by way of recognizing the disparities that exist between demographic groups within the organization. We offer an in-depth inclusion survey. The survey is performance-based. Men and women will answer the same question differently.


For example, we can (make the statement) “Women have as many opportunities as men for advancement within this organization.” We ask men and women the same question, do they agree or disagree? We see how men and women answer the questions differently. It reveals blind spots.



We cannot achieve that which we cannot clearly define. To begin to achieve diversity, we must know what diversity is.

A: Equity is really a part of inclusion. Equity is a byproduct of equality. Equitable opportunity is promoting people. Equity is centered around people getting the same opportunities, people getting promoted and advanced. Before we can really focus our attention on equity, we have to focus on equality.

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We define *diversity as an organizational initiative (the same as quality, safety, engagement) that leverages differences to create exceptional performance.



A: Equality is inherent worth. Equity is an even playing field.

Again, if everyone in the organization has a different idea about what inclusion is, we can never achieve it.


A: Unconscious bias is a subconscious perception, belief, or attitude which drives behaviors that limit participation, development, and advancement of selective employees commonly by group identification — race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, generation.


A: Probably one of the biggest challenges is lack of commitment to inclusion and diversity from executive teams. They often do superficial things to promote the illusion of progress, but they’re not really making any difference.

We define *inclusion as an employeesupportive workplace where all employees experience equitable opportunity for success. **IMPORTANT NOTE: BOTH DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION CAN BE MEASURED

THE GREATEST BARRIER TO CREATING A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE Once we can define diversity and inclusion, we have to pinpoint the things that prevent inclusion from being a reality in the workplace. The greatest barrier that prevents inclusion from occurring are unconscious perceptions that maintain patterns of exclusion.

Innovations International has been around since 1983 when diversity blossomed (as a concept) in America. Inclusion arrived in 2000. Diversity has been an initiative for 35 years, and inclusion has been around for 20 years, and organizations still don’t know how to achieve these initiatives … The organizations that are making major progress are those who are willing to have these difficult conversations. They are really ingraining it into the culture of the organization, not just hiring practices or policies.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO CREATE AN INCLUSIVE CULTURE IN YOUR ORGANIZATION The elements required to create an inclusive culture are culturally competent employees, inclusive leaders who are committed to diversity and inclusion and training that empowers everyone in the organization to make a difference. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION TRAINING FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION, VISIT:

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A: No. 1, the first step is to get every employee within an organization to begin the resolution of unconscious bias that exists. That has to be done through in-depth training. Otherwise, if you bring in a diverse candidate and that culture immediately excludes them, and they will only be there a few months.

Q: WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMMUNICATE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY? A: The best talent in the future may not look like the community right now. Imagine all of the talent you could be missing — engineers, accountants, future employees. Your brightest talent may look different than the talent you see in your community right now.

No. 2, there has to be a major buy-in from the executive team to make diversity and inclusion as just as important as quality, sales, and safety. No. 3, create a diversity, equity, inclusion team. Form a diversity team within an organization where they can begin exploring areas the organization needs to address to grow their future. No. 4, create a culture of equality. If we were able to create a culture of equality within an organization, then inclusion would be a natural byproduct. We need to dissolve the illusion that anyone is superior or inferior to anybody else. The janitor is just as important as the CEO in human-tohuman worth.

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Capital City Sporting Clays has been Chamber EDC members since 1996.

Mark Sandness CAPITAL CITY SPORTING CLAYS LLC Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: I grew up in Bismarck and decided to start Capital City Sporting Clays for two reasons: 1. I wanted to better myself: I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn — and I was standing on the inside! 2. More importantly, I wanted people to have a gun range to relax and practice their skills, all while having fun.

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Briefly tell us the history behind Capital City Sporting Clays? A: I started the business in 1995, operating out of a trailer running a simple 5-stand as part of the Capital City Gun Club. In 1997, we moved to the Bismarck Gun Club and set up a Sporting Clays course along with the 5-stand. In 1998, we bought our own land northeast of town, and we’ve been there ever since.

CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Capital City Sporting Clays? A: We have grown along with the Bismarck-Mandan community. Thanks to their support, we have been able to evolve from hand-thrown targets to the automatic machines we have today. We have also been able to develop our extensive youth program, Capital City Young Guns (501c3), which provides young shooters a safe and supportive environment to develop their shooting skills. We also proudly support High School, 4-H, Boy Scouts of America, HIT, Bismarck Cancer Center, and conservation groups thanks to the patronage of the Bismarck-Mandan community. What trends are taking place in your industry? A: The biggest trend is the increase in participation at High School/Collegiate level shooting Sports. A young shooter can start as early as the sixth grade. They can follow the sport all through High School and receive scholarships to continue Trap and Skeet leagues into North Dakota colleges. Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: High School participation and COVID. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has disrupted the industry of shooting sports as well as most other aspects of our daily lives. This has mainly affected our high school athletes due to sporting events being canceled/postponed until further notice. On a positive side, there has been an increase in gun sales and gun safety classes across the US with this pandemic. People want to feel protected from the chaos of the world we live in. This has helped bring education of gun safety to many who are seeking to own their own firearm. This is something that I am very passionate about with all of my shooters, young and old — gun safety is incredibly important.

What does the future of Capital City Sporting Clays look like, and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: In one word, growth. Many sporting clay companies are growing in business due to people realizing that the sport is very "social distance" friendly as well as incredibly safe to participate in. It is a great way to get outside and get some exercise all while being safe and having fun. Capital City Sporting Clays became a member in 1996, why do you continue to renew each year? A: This is the Midwest, we are a giant and ever-growing community. This is a local family-owned business and hopefully always will be. I personally support local Bismarck businesses because of the Midwest values I was taught and continue to teach others. What should other Chamber EDC members know about Capital City Sporting Clays that may assist them? A: Young and old, all ages and skill sets are welcome out at CCSC. We have a great trail system with golf carts for those with mobility issues as well. If you want to become a better and more disciplined shooter OR if you just want to come out and have a good time, we are the local community sporting clays spot for you!

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DOOSAN BOBCAT TO BRING MORE NEW JOBS AND CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH TO BISMARCK-MANDAN AREA At a time when many companies are scaling back, global compact equipment manufacturer Doosan Bobcat (Bobcat) continues to invest in its operations and is adding dozens of full-time jobs at its manufacturing facilities in North America. This includes its operation in Bismarck.

The company is currently hiring welders, assemblers, fabricators and material handlers. These positions include initial and ongoing training, competitive and comprehensive benefits package, and the opportunity for future growth and leadership roles.

Bobcat’s Bismarck manufacturing facility is the primary location for Bobcat excavators, small articulated loaders, mini track loaders and aftermarket parts. Given the company’s continued growth in the marketplace, Bobcat is looking to hire even more full-time employees at the facility.

"This is a great opportunity for individuals to begin a long-term career with a world-class company right here in Bismarck,” said Kayla Hieb, human resources manager at Bobcat’s Bismarck manufacturing facility. “We are committed to providing a fulfilling and rewarding career for our employees."

“We are proud of our long-standing commitment to the communities where we operate and the progress we have made in product and technology advances in manufacturing,” said Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “We are excited about our growth and the opportunity to add more full-time positions to our team in Bismarck.”

Over the last five years, Bobcat has become one of the area’s top 10 largest employers by adding nearly 950 new jobs at the two Bismarck facilities. This includes the Acceleration Center at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre and the nearby manufacturing facility at 521 S. 22nd Street. The company’s Bismarck-based Acceleration Center is a key engineering, product development and test facility for all compact equipment distributed globally. Last year, Bobcat completed $600,000 in upgrades to the Acceleration Center, expanding its investment in the 200,000 square foot facility to more than $43 million.

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Nationwide, Doosan Bobcat continues to demonstrate its commitment to invest in its facilities, employees and communities. For example, in 2019, the company initiated a $26 million expansion of its Litchfield, Minnesota, production facility, opened the Global Collaboration Center in Minneapolis, launched a $17 million investment of the Gwinner manufacturing facility and opened The Studio in downtown Fargo. The company also has immediate hiring plans at its other facilities. In Gwinner, they plan to hire 100 full-time welding and assembly positions. And at the Litchfield facility, 50 hourly positions are currently available, with an additional 100 production positions to be filled by August 2021.

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CHAMBER EDC HOSTS EDUCATORS EXPERIENCE Throughout a number of the Chamber EDC’s workforce development efforts there is an emphasis placed on connecting Bismarck-Mandan’s education community and business community. This is done to help educate our educators on the occupation opportunities available in the community with the idea that the educators take that information back into their classrooms and pass it along to their students. To assist in accomplishing this the Chamber EDC hosts one of its premier workforce development programs, Educator Experience. This year’s Educator Experience was held the week of July 20-24. Educator Experience, or E2, is eight half-day sessions with each session focused on an industry in Bismarck-Mandan. The sessions are traditionally hosted at a business within the industry and presenters explain occupations within the industry with an emphasis on education requirements, skill-sets needed, and wage/salary expectations.

This year’s E2 focused on occupations in agriculture, aeronautics, skilled trades, legal/law, health, engineering, entrepreneur, and finished with a discussion from a variety of employers on the 21st century workplace and internships. This year E2 saw 10 teachers, career counselors, and administration participate in the program from a variety of schools. This year’sE2 incurred some changes and minor disruptions due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, however, things went very well and this is a program the Chamber EDC will continue to host as part of our workforce development efforts. The Chamber EDC staff would like to thank all of the businesses and presenters that made this year’s Educator Experience a success.

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Did you know the CEDC has over 1,200 members and one of the best ways to reach them is by participating in our events and programs?

The Chamber EDC and the Chamber EDC Military Affairs Committee invites the community to the Raymond J. Bohn Armory, located at 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 as well as to our healthcare professionals and first responders.

Whether it is Golf, Sporting Clays, the Annual Dinner, Economic Outlook Forum, Impact ED or Lemonade Day – there are many options! During the next 16 weeks, the CEDC will take the time to introduce our membership family to the value of their membership and how to MAXIMIZE the benefits! Renewing sponsors have the right of first refusal for their sponsorships from the previous year; this is what we call the ‘renewal period’. The 2020 renewal period began on Monday, August 3rd and ends on Wednesday, September 2nd. Starting on September 3rd, all sponsorships that have not been renewed will be available for all members. Don’t miss out and return all renewal contracts by Wednesday, September 2nd to secure your sponsorships! – Keep an eye out for your renewal contracts – let us know if you don’t receive them. SAVE THE DATES! Right of First Refusal: August 3 – September 2 Open Enrollment: September 3 TRC Conclusion: November 16

The Military Affairs Committee is working with the North Dakota National Guard in hosting this special event at the Armory to provide a space for the community to show appreciation for not only the active duty, reserved, and veteran military personnel who bravely serve or have served our country, but also the courageous healthcare workers and first responders. Come and enjoy a delicious Sam’s Club brat grilled up with all the fixin’s and some great company as we salute those who have done so much for our community and our country! If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Christine Nelson,, or call the Chamber EDC office, 701-223-5660. This free event would not be possible without the following military supporters and Chamber EDC members. Presenting Sponsor: Lunch Sponsors:

If your organization is interested in sponsoring an event – take this opportunity to get involved! Questions? Contact Joan at or 701-223-5660. *No right of refusal for monthly Membership Mixers.

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Event Sponsor: Northern Improvement Company



Join us, along with Hope Sisk, Anchor/Reporter for KFYRTV, our MC for this year’s event on Tuesday, September 22nd, for the annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony. Help us in congratulating this year’s special nominees and winners as they come together on one stage! This year’s award ceremony will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR • Gizmonics – Evan Anderson • Glance Spa & Salon – Andrea Birst

NEW THIS YEAR - The option to attend virtually! To attend cost is $40 for Chamber EDC Members (Virtual or In-Person) and General Admission is $50. Registration is available online at, events. For more information on the award ceremony, or to reserve a table for $450, please contact Christine Nelson,, or call the Chamber EDC office, 701-223-5660.

NEW ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR • Bismarck Larks – John Bollinger • Lincoln Repair – Josh Gendron MIKE FINK AWARD FOR STEADY GROWTH AND PROFITABILITY • Cross Country Freight Solutions GRANITE AWARD • Dakota Community Bank

Join us from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, to cheer on fellow members or to lend support to these amazing nominees!

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RUST EARNS CERTIFICATIONS We are proud to announce our Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, Chief Financial Officer; Elliot Rust, has earned multiple certifications in the fields of accounting and human resources. In March, Elliot earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. The CPA designation is a certification of expertise in the field of accounting granted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in order to maintain industry-wide, professional standards. To become a CPA, a person must complete a college-level accounting program, pass a cumulative 150 credit hours at a college level, pass the Uniform CPA Examination, and complete one year of professional work experience in accounting. Elliot is also licensed with the North Dakota State Board of Accountancy as a CPA. In June, Elliot earned his Society of Human Resources Management – Certified Professional® (SHRM-CP®) certification which is awarded by the Society of Human Resources Management® (SHRM®). This certification is awarded to candidates who are proficient and have a foundation in the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™). A passing of a certification exam covering eight behavorial competencies divided into three clusters: Leadership (Leadership & Navigation, Ethical Practice), Interpersonal (Relationship Management, Communication, Global & Cultural Effectiveness), and Business (Business Acumen, Consultation, Critical Evaluation). Additionally there are 15 human resources knowledge areas that are tested on the exam.

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In July, Elliot earned his Professional in Human Resource®(PHR®) certification which is awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute® (HRCI®). This certification is awarded to candidates who demonstrate mastery of technical and operational aspects of human resources management, including U.S. laws and regulations and pass the certification exam. Elliot is an active member of the Central Dakota Human Resources Association, the local SHRM chapter, where he serves on the executive committee as the Workforce Readiness committee chair. Elliot is also an active chapter member of the North Dakota CPA Society in Bismarck.


GREAT DAY "FORE" GOLF AT THE CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE Golf, sunshine AND a hole in one! This year’s CEDC Golf Scramble, presented by Eide Ford Lincoln, was held at Hawktree Golf Club on August 17th. 124 golfers played in the scramble, with the winning teams going home with Hawktree Pro Shop gift cards! This year’s event was full of fun and prizes with games at the member sponsored holes including a new driver from Scheels, vehicle detail from Advanced Fleet Services of ND, giant Jenga from Probitas Thank you to everyone who attended the Chamber EDC Golf Scramble on Aug. 17. Promotions, ProV1 Golf Balls from Joe Belo, Dakota Community Bank & Trust Insurance, Oversized cooler from BNC National Bank, a night of fun from the Radisson Hotel, 4 nights stays and Hunter’s Club gift certificates from Prairie Knights Casino & Resort, gift certificate from Mattress Firm, Scheels gift card from Eide Bailly, Simulator golf from Golf, Etc., and more! AND – The lucky player with the hole in one! Congratulations to Chris Fraser, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, for winning the year’s supply of golf balls from Eide Ford Lincoln! The CEDC team sincerely appreciates our many members who make this event possible: Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors: Drink Cart Sponsor:

Hole Sponsors: Baymont Inn & Suites, BEK Communications, Bismarck Cancer Center, BNC National Bank, Consolidated Construction, Dakota Carrier Network, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, First Western Bank & Trust, Lewis & Clark Development Group, New Vision Security, Probitas Promotions, Radisson, Scheels, Silver Ranch Development, an Investcore Company Putting Green Sponsor: Vogel Law Firm Driving Range/Chipping Sponsor: ICON Architecture Tee Prize Sponsor: Amy Hullet - Century 21 Morrison Golf Cart Sponsor: Silver Ranch Development, an Investcore Company Lunch/Dinner Sponsor: Apex Engineering

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Date: Friday, September 11, 2020 Location: Raymond J. Bohn Armory parking lot 4200 Miriam Ave, Bismarck Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor:

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor:

The Chamber EDC and its Military Affairs Committee invites the community to the annual Brats with the Brave appreciation picnic for the military, healthcare professionals, and first responders!

We appreciate your membership and all your support throughout the year, so please stop by and accept our small token of appreciation. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Daniel Companies, we are able to bring this event to you for FREE!

Join us to show your support and for an opportunity to have lunch with not only the military men and women who bravely serve or have served our country, but also the courageous healthcare workers and first responders. Come for brats and all the fixin’s, Friday, September 11th, at RJ Bohn Armory located at 4200 Miriam Ave in Bismarck, from 11:30am– 1:30pm, or until we run out! Local veteran, active duty, and reserve military personnel, as well as healthcare professionals and first responders, will join us as we show our gratitude for their service to our community and our nation. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Christine Nelson,, or call the Chamber EDC office, 701-223-5660.

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Join us and other fellow members for a fun and informal way to network on Thursday, September 17th, from 11:30am - 1:00pm on our beautiful patio! The Chamber EDC staff will be serving burgers, brats and a choice of sides along with ice cold refreshments.


CELEBRATE BISMARCK HARVEST MIXER Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 MANDAN Location: Burleigh Co Extension Services 4H Bldg

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Location: Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Admission: $40.00 for Chamber EDC Members (Virtual or In-Person) $50 for General Admission On Tuesday, September 22nd, the Chamber EDC and its Excellence in Business and Education Committee will celebrate local businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments within the community. At this year’s annual award ceremony for Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan, we will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: This year's annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: • Granite Award • Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth & Profitability • New Entrepreneur of the Year • Small Business Person of the Year • Young Entrepreneur of the Year • Outstanding Teachers of the Year • The Golden Eagle Award Please join us, along with our MC, Hope Sisk, Anchor/ Reporter for KFYR-TV from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center.

3715 E Bismarck Expy, Bismarck Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor: The Chamber EDC’s Agricultural Committee is excited to be hosting their annual Harvest Mixer on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at the Burleigh County Extension Services 4H building. This year’s Harvest Mixer will include the opportunity to network, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks and have some fun with local businesses who will provide demos of some of their equipment throughout the mixer. This location also allows the opportunity for social distancing and the Chamber EDC will be following the best practices set by the CDC. • • •

4:30pm – Network/Social 5:30pm – Demo Presentations 5:30pm – Network/Demos plus prize giveaways

There is no charge to attend this event. Please come with a friend and enjoy a great networking opportunity. Please send RSVP’s to Jaime Sabot at or call the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660.

NEW THIS YEAR is the option to attend virtually. Cost to attend Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan is $40 for Chamber EDC Members (Virtual or In-Person) and $50 for General Admission. If you are interested in reserving a table for your organization, please contact Christine Nelson, cnelson@, or call 701-223-5660 to find out more details.

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Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Whether you are a brand new member, a long-time member or just want to learn more about membership this is the event for you! Please RSVP by either contacting the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660 or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bmcedc. com.

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Location: Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 7:30am - 9:00am Admission: $30.00 for Chamber EDC Members (Virtual or In-Person) $40.00 for General Admission Join Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken for the 2020 State of the Cities event on Tuesday, November 3rd at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck from 7:00am-9:00am. For more information, contact Christine Nelson, cnelson@, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-2235660.


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WHAT DOES BISMARCK PUBLIC SCHOOLS “VALUE”? Contributed by Superintendent Dr. Jason Hornbacher In April-May 2020, we posted the plan for public comment; more than 130 people responded. Our 2020-25 Strategic Plan can be found online Most people liked the plan as is; others made comments in areas they feel can be improved. Several of these areas included more Pre-kindergarten options for parents, more career awareness and exploration, more space at the elementary level and more online opportunities for students at the high school level. This Bismarck Public Schools Strategic Plan incorporated Values along with many other strategic priorities.


Many of your businesses and organizations have “values” you and your employees aspire to achieve on behalf of your customers or clients. In Bismarck Public Schools, A dozen focus groups (various employee and parent groups, business leaders, etc.) and a large Strategic Planning Committee spent last school year discussing many topics, including what values are central to the success of Bismarck Public Schools. They came up with four main values, to which BPS principals, directors and other administrators collectively reviewed and defined the 2020 – 2021 commitments to these values. STRATEGIC PLAN: BPS VALUES

Excellence: Ensure all learners receive an exemplary education that is academically challenging and meets their social and emotional needs. Commitment: We will be intentional in building positive relationships with and among all members of our school community. Innovation: Engage in forward-thinking to identify bold ideas that enable us to be responsive to the expectations of our organization and community while cultivating creativity, critical thinking, and resourcefulness. Commitment: We will create an environment that promotes innovation through a culture of risk taking for all members of our school community. Inclusion: Strengthen our community by valuing people for who they are, nurturing our diversity, and embracing the contributions of all students, families and staff. Commitment: We will listen, learn from, advocate for, and celebrate all members of our school community.

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Leadership: Grow all learners as reflective leaders with high levels of integrity who are inspired and inspire others to work, learn, and solve problems. Commitment: We will be intentional in building the leadership knowledge, skills, and capacity of all members of our school community. Starting this school year, BPS will work with all staff and the community to determine what does a commitment to each of these values look like, sound like and feel like in their building, departments and within the greater Bismarck community. It is through a collective commitment to these values that we as a community can bring them to life for everyone!

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CHUPPE CLINIC ANNOUNCES NEW BRAND AND WEBSITE Chuppe Clinic today announced the release of its new branding and updated website, all designed to meet the needs of current and prospective patients. “Chuppe offers more than chiropractic treatments, and we knew it was time to update the logo and website to reflect our mission of providing proactive, whole-health care and education to our community,” said Dr. Steve Chuppe, a founding member and chiropractor at Chuppe Clinic. “The new logo portrays whole health and a flowing nature of movement. It’s a representation of the whole body and mind. You'll also see a contemporary new look when you visit our refreshed website. It’s responsive, easy to navigate and organized to provide quick and easy access to everything patients want to know about our services and the conditions we treat,” Chuppe said.


ANIMART, LLC announced it is changing its name to Armor Animal Health™ to reflect a more comprehensive animal health management company. Following its mergers with Stockmen’s Supply and Midwest Supply & Distributing in 2016 and Animal Profiling International in early 2019, Armor Animal Health has continued to evolve by expanding its prevention services and adding greater precision to its therapeutic and treatment portfolio. This complements its strong legacy offerings that seamlessly connect veterinary expertise, diagnostics, data and product solutions. All the historical divisions of ANIMART, Stockmen’s Supply, Animal Profiling International and Midwest Supply & Distributing will be represented by the new Armor Animal Health name and brand. Animals, veterinarians and producers all benefit from this integrated approach, which is unique to the industry. Veterinarians can make their treatments more effective, efficient and targeted by leveraging Armor’s integrated risk assessment technologies and data to accurately identify health issues. Armor customers will also experience the time- and cost-saving efficiencies of a one-stop provider that offers consulting, prescriptions, laboratory services and products. Ordering from a wide selection of products will continue to be seamless and fast to help customers succeed.

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MAYOR BAKKEN LAUNCHES COVID-19 MASK AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AMID PANDEMIC Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken launched a mask awareness and education campaign today to urge individuals to wear a mask while in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Burleigh and Morton counties have seen a steady rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks that prompted the formation of a task force to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Bismarck-Mandan metro area.

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The focus of the mask awareness and education campaign is to join together to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. “We can only beat this virus if we are united as a community to stop the spread of COVID-19. I invite you to mask up and join me in doing your part. It is essential to wear a mask in order to protect one another. By wearing a mask when you’re in public, you protect yourself and you protect others,” said Mayor Bakken. “We’re all in this together. Let’s get kids back to school, preserve our local economy, and keep our community strong! Together we will overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and emerge stronger. Let’s come together to keep Bismarck the safe, resilient community we know and love.” During the pandemic response, scientists have determined wearing a mask is of benefit to you, and to those around you. There is a growing body of evidence that cloth face coverings help to prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading COVID-19 to others. The main protection individuals gain from masking occurs when others in their communities also wear face coverings. The campaign will includes a series of public service announcements broadcast locally and available at, and by following them on social media on Facebook:, www. and Twitter: and BismarckNDGov.

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Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MASKING UP? A: Wearing a cloth mask in social settings


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Q: ARE THERE DIFFERENCES Q: DO I NEED TO EAT BETWEEN COVID-19 AND DIFFERENTLY DURING THE FLU? MY CANCER TREATMENT? A: These diseases share many of the same A: Good nutrition is especially important if

is one of easiest things we can do to limit the spread of COVID-19. Cloth masks limit signs and symptoms, including: the spread of secretions that come out • Fever or chills of your mouth and nose while speaking, • Cough laughing, singing, etc. This is important be• Shortness of breath cause COVID-19 can be passed to others • Fatigue by people who don’t feel any symptoms of • Sore throat illness and are unaware they’re contagious. • Runny nose Masks, good hygiene and social distancing • Muscle pain or aches cost little, but can ultimately save millions • Headache of dollars in health care expenses and time • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea off work. Both diseases are spread by droplets in There are a few exceptions when it comes the air when sick people cough, sneeze to masking up. Children younger than two, or talk. When people are in close contact those who have trouble breathing, those with sick individuals, infected droplets who may be unable to remove a mask and can land in their mouth, nose or possibly those who need to communicate by lip their eyes. Rarely can people get sick by reading should not wear a mask. physical human contact (like handshaking) or by touching a surface with virus on it Keep your mask clean by avoiding touchand then touching their mouth, nose or ing the front of your mask and ensuring eyes. Precautions like physical distancing your hands are clean when removing or adjusting it. Also, wash your mask minimal- and wearing a mask offer more protection ly after one to two days of use, if becomes than cleaning surfaces, although both are soiled, wet or begins to smell. Learn more important. at the CDC website: This year, it’s especially important to get virus a flu vaccine to protect the community’s health as much as possible.

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you have cancer because both the illness and its treatments can change the way you eat. They can also affect the way your body tolerates certain foods and uses nutrients. Eating well while you’re treated for cancer might help you: • • • •

Feel better and keep your strength and energy Maintain your weight and your body’s store of nutrients Better tolerate side-effects Lower your risk of infection and heal faster

During cancer treatment you might need to change your diet to help build up your strength and withstand the effects of the cancer and its treatment. This may mean eating things that aren’t normally recommended when you are in good health. For instance, you might need high-fat, high-calorie foods to keep up your weight, or thick, cool foods like ice cream or milk shakes because sores in your mouth and throat are making it hard to eat anything. The type of cancer, your treatment, and any side effects you have, must be considered when trying to figure out the best ways to get the nutrition your body needs.





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Q: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO ADD CONSISTENCY DURING THIS SCHOOL YEAR? A: Kids going back to school this fall will




be following a hybrid schedule that can make it difficult to maintain a routine. The most helpful thing families can do is to try to keep as much of the day as consistent as possible, even on days when students will not be in the classroom. Keeping the morning routine in place (such as waking up at the same time, bathing, eating breakfast, getting dressed, etc.), can make each day feel similar and prepare students for the tasks ahead. Parents can work with their children to develop a schedule of what the days will look like, including when they will complete schoolwork, when they will take a break, and when they will have lunch. Parents of special education students can work to develop visual schedules with their children. These schedules can be looked at either at the beginning of the day or the night before to prepare children for what is coming next. Establishing a set work area can also help students during this time, as their home environment is also becoming their classroom. Keeping play areas set aside and differentiated from work areas can help kids focus as the work area will consistently act as an impromptu classroom for them. Limiting distractions in these work areas can help to prevent interruptions and help children remain on task when it is time to complete assignments.

A: Before building on a piece of property, request that a geotechnical evaluation be performed to identify potential problems. Mitigating these defects can make development more expensive than expected, but addressing them later will be much more expensive over the life of the structure.

Long-term problems may result from the presence of unreliable fill material, leading to settlement and distress. Another issue that can affect a building for years to come is the presence of dry, high plasticity clay soils. When these soils become wet, they can swell several inches and cause cracks in the floors, walls, and ceilings. Structures that are constructed near a slope are at risk for distress or even collapse if the slope is unstable. Shallow groundwater can lead to weak soils, seepage, mold, or collapsing walls. Braun Intertec has experienced geotechnical engineers and scientists that can assist during the early stages of property selection to identify these problems, and recommend mitigation options.


A: Dry Needling is a general term for

a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a "Trigger Point". There is no injectable solution and typically the needle that is used is very thin. Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, overall health of the patient and experience level of the practitioner. Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. This technique works to isolate, decrease specific tissue tension and improve its blood flow therefore decreasing pain and promoting healing. To learn more about Optimum Therapies visit or call us at (701)751-3064.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION KLJ HIRES FOUR IN BISMARCK KLJ Engineering (KLJ) is proud to welcome Kara Seibel, Brady Johnson, Kathie Hickcox, and Charles Peliska to their Kara Seibel Bismarck office. Seibel has joined the team as an engineer in training with a focus in construction services. She has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from North Dakota State University. Johnson comes to Brady Johnson KLJ as a GIS Technician. He has an associate in Geographic Information Systems from Bismarck State College. Hickcox joins KLJ as an accounts receivable specialist in the finance department. She Kathie Hickcox earned an associate in accounting and business management from Williston State College. Peliska serves as an archaeology field supervisor. He is a registered professional archaeologist and has Charles Peliska a master’s in Cultural Resource Management Archaeology from Saint Cloud State University. SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES NURSE PRACTITIONER Paige Cullum, FNP, family medicine, has joined the Sanford East Interstate Ave Clinic in Paige Cullum Bismarck. Cullum sees patients for common illnesses and injuries, preventative health screenings and immunizations. Cullum received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Sanford College of Nursing, now known as NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health, and received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati.

DR. KAREL SOVAK NAMED NEW DEAN OF THE GARY THARALDSON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Longtime University of Mary professor Dr. Karel Sovak is the new Dr. Karel Sovak dean of the of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business (GTSB). Sovak brings 20 years of higher education experience — 18 of those at the University of Mary — including many years as program director of Business Administration, Marketing, and the Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) programs. During that time, Sovak also taught hundreds of comprehensive courses in business, entrepreneurship, sales, retail, management, marketing, tech and strategy, leadership, and is known for experiential instruction and an innovative teaching style. Sovak served in the United States Air Force and brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience as a consultant and strategic planner and is the former owner of the Sovak Insurance Agency. Sovak is very active in Bismarck-Mandan as a current and former member and advisor in nearly 20 boards and civic organizations. He was also a two-time national Collegiate DECA Advisor of the Year for his leadership with University of Mary’s own Marauders On Business (MOB). Sovak’s insight and expertise is not just limited to the University of Mary, he served on both the Bismarck State College (BSC) Innovation and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) Advisory Boards. Sovak currently provides consulting and training for the Virtuous Leadership Institute in Washington, DC. Sovak immediately assumes the dean’s position with the recent departure of Dr. Collin Knapp.

MELBY PROMOTED TO SVP/MARKET PRESIDENT IN BISMARCK Cornerstone Bank is proud to announce Kristine Melby as Kristine Melby the Bismarck Market President. Melby not only brings 24 year of local expertise to her new position, but she also brings a wealth of banking experience. She is committed to supporting the continued Jerry Hauff growth and success of the Bismarck-Mandan area. Melby joined Cornerstone Bank in 2019 as the SVP/Business Development Officer. Melby resides in Bismarck with her husband, Kyle, and their daughter. Melby values her role as a neighbor and contributor and has been very involved with many community organizations including the United Way Day of Caring, Women United, Reading First, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club and as a youth coach with the YMCA. Jerry Hauff, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and will be focusing on various organizational projects, as well as assisting in the transition of the new leadership in the Bismarck market over the next year as he transitions to retirement. BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has announced their top six "REALTORS® OF THE MONTH" for July: Darcy Fettig, Tori Mathern, Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Judy Maslowski and Justin Sackman. These six REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in July 2020.

ANNIVERSARY AWARD AT SCHMITZHOLMSTROM CPAS, BISMARCK Schmitz-Holmstrom, LLP, is proud to announce the following anniversary milestones. We are so proud and blessed to have such accomplished professionals on our staff. Michael T. Schmitz, CPA, CGMA, MBA 15 Years Amanda K. Gessner, CPA, CFE - 5 Years Deborah K. Kraft, CPA - 5 Years David J. Petersen - 5 Years Chontay J. Clements - 5 Years

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS CAPITAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE HIRES ABEL AS IT SPECIALIST Capital Electric Cooperative (CEC) is proud to welcome Mike Abel as the Mike Abel newest addition to its organization. Abel began his new role on May 29. He will serve as an IT specialist, assisting with the cooperative’s IT and communications needs. A native of Minot, North Dakota, and a graduate of Velva High School, Abel earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Minot State Univisity in 1993. For the past 12 years, he worked for Nuverra Environmental Solutions as a IT manager. Prior to working for Nuverra, Abel worked for the North Dakota Association of Counties in two different roles – as IT manager and project manager. He also worked for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation as an intelligence coordinator. Abel lives in Bismarck with his wife, Jana, and their two daughters, Allison and Mariah.

CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES WILLIAMS Chad Williams was recently promoted to business and ag manager vice president at Capital Credit Union’s Main Chad Wiliams Office. In this role, Williams will oversee business services staff while managing and growing the credit union’s business and agriculture portfolios. In addition, he will continue to serve our business and ag members in New Salem, Hazen and Beulah. Williams graduated from Northern State University in 2000 with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance. He has been with Capital Credit Union since 2018, most recently as vice president of member services at the New Salem, Hazen and Beulah branches

SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES NEPHROLOGIST Jan Levora, MD, critical care and nephrologist, has joined the Sanford Critical Care Jan Levora team in Bismarck. Dr. Levora is dual trained in nephrology and critical care, and will primarily see patients in the intensive care unit within Sanford Bismarck Medical Center. He will also serve as a nephrologist for hospitalized patients. Dr. Levora graduated from Charles University, Faculty of General Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic and completed his residency in internal medicine at State University of New York at Stony Brook in Stony Brook, N.Y. He is board certified in Critical Care, Nephrology and Internal Medicine.


Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD. Broadcast on Radio Access 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at Tues, 15th 1:30 pm 5:30 pm

Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Mandan City Commission

Wed, 16th

3:30 pm 5:00 pm

Historic Preservation Commission Burleigh County Commission

Thurs, 17th

5:15 pm

Bismarck Park Board

Wed, 9th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission

Mon, 21st

5:30 pm

Mandan School Board*

Tues, 22nd

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck City Commission Morton County Commission*

Thurs, 10th

Wed, 23rd

5:00 pm

Bismarck Planning Commission

Mon, 28th

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck School Board Mandan Planning Commission*

Tues, 1st

5:30 pm

Mandan City Commission

Wed, 2nd

5:00 pm

Burleigh County Commission

Thurs, 3rd

5:00 pm

Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Tues, 8th

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck City Commission Mandan School Board *

9:00 am 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Mon, 14th 10:00 am 5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck Parking Authority Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority Morton County Commission*

Metropolitan Planning Org. Technical Advisory Committee Bismarck School Board Mandan Park Board*

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

WELLNESS BY CANIBODY Maitla Hadasi and Michael Silva celebrate the Grand Opening of new their new store located in the Kirkwood Mall. Phone: 701-766-0828

LIFE NOW SELF PAY MARKET Hogan Haas, Key Account Manager, at the location of new business in the Kirkwood Mall. Phone: 701-361-7746.


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CONNECTION | NEW MEMBERS The Chamber EDC encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber EDC. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber EDC members, view the Member Directory online at Health Partners 657 2nd Ave N #1451 Fargo, ND Matt Nagel (952) 807-8170 Health Partners is the nation’s largest non-profit consumer-governed healthcare organization in the United States. We specialize in helping employers develop strategic health and insurance solutions. Quantum Productions Bismarck, ND Nolan Johnson (701) 460-1342 Quantum Productions is a locally owned and operated production company specializing in Television and Online video advertising, music videos, and documentary film.

Paramount Real Estate 1407 Tacoma Ave Bismarck, ND Kyle Leftwich (701) 226-4487 As a seasoned real estate professional, I am dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of my clients to help them achieve their real estate goals. West River Chiropractic Co. 301 E Main St. Mandan, ND Matthew Chuppe (701) 663-3380 West River Chiropractic Co. is your go-to clinic for advanced chiropractic care. From recurring neck and back pain, to a herniated disc or sports injury, we treat them all.

United States Postal Service – Mandan 300 Collins Ave Mandan, ND Shannon Fiddler (701) 663-7534 The Mandan Post Office is dedicated to providing solutions to all customers and businesses to help them connect with their neighbors, the nation and the world through stamps, products and services. Hit the Spot 706 Kirkwood Mall Bismarck, ND Tonya Felton (701) 223-6742 Chicago style eatery featuring authentic Chicago recipes and products. Including our signature gyro, classic Philly steak and Italian beef.

VIRTUAL WEEKLY MARKET UPDATE The market’s been busy but so have we! For the most up-to-date information, join via Zoom from 12:30pm-1:30pm on Wednesday, September 9th and Tuesday, September 15th from 12:30pm - 1:00pm

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

UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERIES: ND CAREER BUILDERS Date: September 1, 2020 • Time: 9:00am - 11:00am Location: Virtual via Teams BRATS WITH THE BRAVE Date: September 11, 2020 • Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm Location: Raymond J. Bohn Armory – 4200 Miriam Ave, Bismarck


THURSDAYS AT THE CHAMBER EDC Date: September 17, 2020 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck CELEBRATE BISMARCK MANDAN Date: September 22, 2020 • Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck HARVEST MIXER Date: September 29, 2020 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Burleigh Co Extension Services 4H Bldg – 3715 E Bismarck Expy, Bismarck


CHAMBER EDC 101: MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP Date: October 20, 2020 • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck


September 22, 2020 Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 11:00am - 1:00pm This year’s annual award ceremony will honor those who have been nominated in the following categories: • Small Business of the Year • Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth and Profitability • New Entrepreneur of the Year • Granite Award • Outstanding Teacher of the Year • Golden Eagle Award







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