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STATE OF THE CITIES ADDRESS Local mayors come together to discuss future of our communities. Pg. 11

BUSINESS ATTRACTION Chamber EDC markets to site selectors. Pg. 14

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AREA REAL ESTATE MARKET INSIGHT WITH THE BISMARCK-MANDAN BOARD OF REALTORS

A BUSINESS PUBLICATION OF THE BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

CHAMBER EDC STAFF

Brian Ritter ...................................................................President Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director Mary Masters .......................................Office Support Specialist Ryan Parsons ........................................................Vice President Shay Peterson ......................Membership Engagement Director Rebecca Rattei ................................ Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Jaime Sabot ....................Workforce Development Coordinator Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President Cathryn Sprynczynatyk .................. Communications Specialist Lyndsey Scheurer .................................. Communications & ED

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s the regional Chamber EDC, we view the business community not only through a local lens, but with a true focus on regional growth and prosperity. As we look broadly across Burleigh and Morton counties, we see that opportunities are taking shape all around us. This broadened perspective allows the Chamber EDC team to help grow more informed and dynamic leaders, advocate effectively for business, and shape the future of our communities! Join us at the State of the Cities on November 13 to learn more about the great momentum we have in our region. Our business community is built on supporting each other, growing a competitive yet collaborative environment that honors the expertise of our long-standing business partners while supporting a new wave of entrepreneurs. If you are interested in starting a business or learning more about up and coming businesses in our community, I encourage you to attend the Business Pitch Challenge on November 12. The Chamber EDC Board of Directors and staff have been hard at work finalizing the strategic plan which will serve as a roadmap for our organization. Through the strategic planning process, Chamber EDC leadership has worked to develop the mission, vision, and values to help navigate the business and community demands in the region. In December, the board will do a final review and approval of the strategic plan before publishing to the full membership. Stay tuned for more details! As the end of the year approaches, the Chamber EDC Nominating Committee and Board of Directors have finalized the selection of the new 2020 board members. Please help me welcome the following to their new positions starting January 2020: • • • •

Marnie Piehl, Bismarck State College Dr. Sara Weigel Ness, Active Life Chiropractic Garret Senger, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Allan Miller, Anyleaks

Thank you to each of our board members for your dedication to the Bismarck-Mandan business community! The donation of your time and talent is truly a gift and we are deeply grateful for your service. As valued members of our organization, we encourage you to engage with the Chamber EDC regularly and continue to take advantage of upcoming networking opportunities, such as the Holiday Mixer on December 10. At the Chamber EDC we work to support your development and success every day so that you can continue to connect, grow, and thrive as a business community. Molly Herrington, Chair, Board of Directors

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BISMARCK-MANDAN REAL ESTATE MARKET REMAINS STRONG By Kylie Blanchard, Clearwater Communications Bismarck-Mandan’s diverse economy plays a key role in the strength of the community’s real estate market. With employment opportunities ranging from energy to health care and continued growth of the community, the demand for real estate remains strong. “Our area’s diverse economy has allowed us to enjoy stable real estate markets,” says Nancy Deichert, CEO of the BismarckMandan Board of Realtors. “We have certainly seen times with some fluctuations, but not the drastic numbers that some large markets have experienced. The growth of the Bismarck-Mandan area is encouraging for growth and ongoing stability in the real estate market as well.”

Nancy Deichert (center right), CEO of the Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors, notes our region’s diverse economy as a contributing factor to the stability of the local real estate market.

Desri Neether, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors and real estate agent with NextHome Legendary Properties, echoes Deichert on the strength of the community’s real estate market. “The great thing about our community is we are not just built on the oil and gas industry. We are the ‘hub’ for many North Dakotans for medical care/treatment, education and university systems, engineering firms, and so much more,” she says. “We have a well-balanced community that has a vibrant future our real estate market will mirror.”

A STABLE MARKET

“Affordable housing with a variety of different types of housing allows many buyers to find the right home, which leads to a steady flow of sales and allows for an acceptable absorption rate,” notes Darren Schmidt, president-elect of the Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors and broker/ owner of Oaktree Realtors. “Low interest rates also help contribute to our current market activity.” “Our market is a very stable, normal market,” adds Neether. “Average sale price has decreased slightly, and the number of active listings and new listings has increased.”

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In September, the average list price of a house in BismarckMandan was $287,862 compared to the year-to-date list price of $277,044, a nearly one percent increase from 2018. The average sale price in September was $266,957 and the year-to-date sale price was $253,140, down approximately one percent from 2018. “Sellers in this market have to price their home competitively with the rest of the market to get their home sold at or under the average days on the market,” Neether notes. She says 1,411 residential properties sold in the first three quarters of 2019. This marks a 3.2 percent increase when compared to the same time in 2018. The average days on the market for a listed home in September was 67 days. The average time, year-to-date, a home spent on the market in 2019 was 75 days, down 2.6 percent from 2018. The pending listings in September totaled 162 and 1,565 year-to-date, an increase of 9.3 percent over last year. The total homes sold in September in the Bismarck-Mandan community was 178, with a year-to-date total of 1,411 and an increase of 3.2 percent over 2018. “It seemed the late start to spring and summer delayed home buyers as well,” says Deichert. “But closings in September were up significantly over last September.”


CONNECTION | FEATURE The total active listings in September was 1,131 and the year-to-date total for active listings was 3,488, up 4.1 percent from 2018. The total new listings in September was 255, bringing the year-to-date total to 2,624, an increase of two percent from 2018.

THE ROLE OF PERCEPTION

Neether says an individual’s perception of the real estate market also plays a role in the outlook. “It’s always interesting when you talk about the real estate market, depending on who you ask and what is going on with each real estate agent’s business. Some might say the market is slow and others will say the market is great,” she says. “The same goes with buyers and sellers. If they find a home quickly or their house sells quickly, their perception of the market is based on individual experience.” Schmidt notes the current perception is that the market is soft and there is a large amount of inventory, which makes it appear the market is slow. “The reality is there is a healthy amount of properties for sale, but a property that is well maintained and priced accordingly may not last long on the market. You only need one buyer.” Continued on page 10

Desri Neether, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors and real estate agent with NextHome Legendary Properties, encourages connecting with your local realtor for the most current real estate market insight.

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ANNUAL DINNER THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020 BISMARCK EVENT CENTER, HALL B 5:30PM - SOCIAL | 6:30PM - DINNER | 7:00PM PROGRAM The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Annual Dinner is an enjoyable evening for outstanding entertainment, fine dining, awards, recognition and a wonderful opportunity to network and showcase your business with nearly 1,000 business members, guests, co-workers and VIP Clients. Reserve your table today by contacting Ryan at rparsons@bmcedc.com. Tickets for Chamber EDC Members are $75.00 and $85.00 for General Admission

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Dacotah Speedway has been a member of the Chamber EDC since 2014.

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Jane Link DACOTAH SPEEDWAY Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within your organization. A: I’m excited to be the new Promotion and Advertising Director for the Dacotah Speedway! I was born and raised in Bismarck and graduated with a degree from University of North Dakota in communications with a specialty in public relations. Before coming on board with Dacotah Speedway, I previously worked with the Dakota Wizards and Bismarck Bobcats. My role will be to meet with local businesses and get them involved with the track. Sponsorship fulfillment will be my number one priority, meaning I want every business that sponsors Dacotah Speedway to be extremely satisfied each season. Along with that comes fan support, which I hope to increase. There’s a great base of loyal fans and I want to build off that and get more people in the stands. The product the Dacotah Speedway puts out on the track is second to none, and I look forward to introducing more people to this family fun atmosphere. We have some exciting promotions in the works that I look forward to sharing with sponsors and fans starting in May of 2020!

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MEMBER SINCE 2014 Q: Briefly tell us the history of Dacotah Speedway. A: Racing history in the Bismarck-Mandan area stems as early as the 1950's. Although race tracks have come and gone, the love for racing within the community has not. In 1980, the Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Association (BMSCA) formed to represent the participants' interests in stock car racing. Then in 1989, the BMSCA partnered with the Mandan Park Board. This partnership gave the Mandan Park Board the opportunity to replace the 100 year old rodeo grounds. With the help of many volunteers, Dacotah Speedway at the Dacotah Centennial Park hosted its first race in June of 1990. As the community continued to grow, so did the racing facility as it added more grandstands back in 1995 to help support major special events like the monster truck shows, large racing specials, demolition derbies and the Mandan Rodeo. In 2020, Dacotah Speedway will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. The BMSCA continues to improve the facility and expand its program that now averages over 110 race cars each night throughout its five racing divisions.


CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Dacotah Speedway? A: As the community continues to grow, so does the interest in racing. Dacotah Speedway proudly has one of the highest averages of race cars in North Dakota. We have the third highest average of IMCA Modifieds and we also have the highest average of WISSOTA Street Stocks in the country. We also have the best fans as we were voted the Bismarck Tribune's Best Place for Family Entertainment in 2017 and 2018. Q: What trends are taking place in your industry? A: Promoting dirt track racing has changed drastically since the early 2000's. As social media continues to grow and change, so is the way we promote our racing program. Social media has been a great tool that race tracks across the country use to share news and events. Technology has also greatly advanced the sport. Gone are the days that (most) tracks hand score race cars. By using electronic scoring, it takes the human error out of confirming racing results. Also, technology allows us to speed up the show as we use technology to communicate with drivers on and off the track. Technology even helps the race fan stay up-to-date on where their favorite race car drivers start their races, where they finished their races, how they are doing in the points standings and where their favorite drivers will race next by using racing apps on their mobile device. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: Not only has technology changed the way we promote our races, speeds up the racing program and helps the race fans, it has drastically advanced in the race cars as well. Cars are faster, stronger and safer than they were 10 years ago. Social media has drastically changed the sport. Social media allows race tracks and drivers to keep their fans up-to-date on news and upcoming events. It allows race fans from all over the country to stay connected. Lastly, the latest movement is watching dirt track racing on-demand. Fans can watch their favorite race car drivers from the comfort of their couch anytime, anywhere. Dacotah Speedway is one of the few race tracks across the country to have this convenient feature. If you can't make it to a race, you can always watch the races LIVE by going to www.dacotahspeedway.tv. Fans can also watch all our racing action ON-DEMAND which allows them to watch and re-watch all of our races from this year.

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Q: What does the future of Dacotah Speedway look like, and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: Dacotah Speedway continues to grow and looks to become more involved with our local community. We want to make a bigger presence in our wonderful community who continues to support us. Q: Dacotah Speedway became a member in 2014, why do you continue to renew each year? A: Dacotah Speedway continues to renew each year because being a member allows us to connect with the best of the best of the community through the different networking events hosted by the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. Q: What should other Chamber EDC members know about Dacotah Speedway that may assist them? A: Dacotah Speedway proudly has one of the best racing facilities in the Midwest that attracts the best racing talent across the country. Friday night racing starts from early May and continues until late August. We also host demolition derbies, monster truck shows and tractor pulls throughout the year. For complete schedule of our events, go to www. dacotahspeedway.net. If you can’t make it to the track, watch racing LIVE or ON-DEMAND at www.dacotahspeedway.tv. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact me at janelinkdacotahspeedway@gmail.com. Follow us on Instagram @dacotah_speedway, Facebook.com/dacotahspeedway or Twitter.com/dacotahspeedway.

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THE RENTAL MARKET

Theresa Wolf, regional manager for Belcastle Management Company and board member of the North Dakota Apartment Association and Bismarck-Mandan Apartment Association, says the apartment rental market has remained stable in recent years. “The market has been soft for the last five years,” she says. “Vacancy has hovered around 10 percent for a while in Bismarck and higher in Mandan.” She says many investors and developers saw the opportunity and need for additional housing in the area during the oil boom in 2010. “As a result, the area became over-built. Economic supply and demand principles took hold, and we started seeing rent rates going down and additional move-in incentives being offered.” In recent years, new building has slowed and vacancy rates are holding steady. Wolf notes apartment rental housing is an integral part of housing supply for any community. “With newer and larger buildings being constructed in the area, many of these are being built with more added amenities, such as clubhouse and community rooms, pools, and inunit washer and dryers. There has also been an increase in pet-friendly apartments throughout the community.” “Just like with home prices, supply and demand economics sets rental rates in any geographic area,” she continues. “We foresee the current rent rates will hold steady for a while.”

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There is always information available on the local real estate market, says Neether, but seeking information from your local realtor is the best way to get current market insights.

FUTURE IMPACTS

The state’s oil boom did play a significant role in the real estate market, says Deichert, but it was not a sustainable market. “Certainly the ‘boom days’ brought an accelerated pace to our market,” she notes. “While there are many good things about that, it is not a pace that can be sustained while maintaining a healthy market.” Since then, the market has leveled and maintained a healthy pace in the Bismarck-Mandan community, a trend that looks to carry into the future. “We have had some slow periods, but overall are still very stable,” says Neether. Schmidt believes the real estate market will remain strong and active due to low interest rates, job opportunities and a continued variety of properties. He says positivity also plays an important role in the future of the industry. “As we continue to remain positive, it will impact our communities. The local real estate market has very knowledgeable real estate agents, appraiser and title companies. Each sector is a great resource.” “I think the local real estate market will continue to remain stable with not much change going into 2020,” adds Neether. “For the most part, North Dakota always remains stable in real estate and doesn’t see the large highs and lows like the rest of the country.”

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PARKS & SCHOOL DISTRICT PANEL JOINS STATE OF THE CITIES AGENDA

Join Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken for the 2019 State of the Cities event on Wednesday, Nov. 13th at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck from 7:00am - 9:00am. New for 2019 is the inclusion of the Parks & Schools Panel. In addition to receiving community insight from both mayors, the Parks & Schools Panel will provide an opportunity for attendees learn more of the parks, recreation and school developments within their district. Following the mayoral presentations and the Parks & School Panel will be a Q&A session with both Mayor Bakken and Mayor Helbling.

Mayor Tim Helbling

Mayor Steve Bakken

The cost to attend is $30 for Chamber EDC members and $40 for general admission. Register online at bismarckmandan.com/events. This is a great event to share with colleagues and we encourage you to reserve a table. For information on table sponsorships or for general inquires of the event, please contact Ryan at 701-223-5660 or rparsons@bmcedc.com. AGENDA 7:00am – Registration and Breakfast 7:35am – Mandan Mayor Helbling Presentation 7:55am – Bismarck Mayor Bakken Presentation 8:15am – Parks & School Districts Panel Discussion • Brian Beattie, President, Bismarck Parks & Recreation Board • Chad Hatzenbuhler, Commissioner, Mandan Parks & Recreation Board • Marnie Piehl, Board Member, Mandan Public School Board • Rick Geloff, President, Bismarck Public School Board 8:45am – Closing Q&A Session: Mayor Bakken & Mayor Helbling Presenting Sponsor: Gold Event Sponsors: Sponsors:

BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Table Sponsors: Aetna, American Bank Center, Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck State College, Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association, BNC National Bank, Capital Credit Union, Choice Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, HDR Engineering, Northern Improvement Company, Pearce Durick, Starion Bank, United Tribes Technical College, University of Mary, Wells Fargo Bank

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN: ORIENTATION AND AGRICULTURE ORIENTATION Leadership Bismarck-Mandan convened the 2019-2020 session with Orientation Day on Sept. 25. To prepare the class for field projects, a panel of Bismarck-Mandan leaders educated the class on how to engage with local government. Panelists were Jason Arenz, Mandan Park Board; Keith Hunke, Bismarck City Administrator; Amber Larson, Mandan City Commission; and Marnie Piehl, Mandan School Board. Chamber EDC President Brian Ritter spoke to the class on "The State of Bismarck-Mandan." Ritter said the cities have had rapid growth since 2005 when Bismarck-Mandan became a 100,000 population community. That resulted in an explosion of retail because that is the threshold when Bismarck-Mandan became a $1 billion economy.

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan learns about soil health principles from Darrell Oswald of Natural Resources Conservation Service at Menoken Farm on Agriculture Day.

AGRICULTURE The Leadership class explored agriculture with tours in both Morton and Burleigh counties. The first tour stop was Menoken Farm, run by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Darrell Oswald and Nolan Swenson educated the class on soil health principles in a high tunnel greenhouse. At the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy, Carmel Miller presented a series of tours on precision agriculture. Marko Davinic demonstrated soil experiments in the mobile classroom that he takes to rural schools. In Morton County, the class toured Missouri River Feeders. Owner Daniel Price exhibited the Price family feedlot, which ships cattle all over the world. Previously, Missouri River Feeders shipped their cattle from Fargo to Kazakhstan. With the recent expansion of Bismarck Airport's runway, the Price family can ship their cattle directly from Bismarck.

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OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: Gold Sponsor: Program Sponsors:

BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ÂŽ

Orientation co-chairs: Brenda Nagel - University of Mary Robin Thorstenson - Starion Bank Jason Sutheimer - Job Service North Dakota Lyn Weigel - Aetna Agriculture Day co-chairs: Amy Hornbacher - CHI St. Alexis Health Leslie Pearcy – KLJ Tracey Miller - KLJ Lunch/Busing Sponsors: Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Assoc. - (Orientation) Burleigh County Farmers Union - (Agriculture Day) CHI St. Alexis Health - (Agriculture Day) KLJ - (Agriculture Day)


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ND CAREER BUILDERS INFO SESSION SET FOR NOVEMBER 19

The North Dakota University System (NDUS) and Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC will host an ND Career Builders info session on Tuesday, November 19th from 8:00am 9:00am at the BPS Career Academy located on the Bismarck State College campus. We encourage you to attend and learn more of this important workforce program and how it can benefit your business.

As employers in our region, you are aware of the challenges impacting area industries in workforce attraction and retention. ND Career Builders is a skilledworkforce program designed to recruit talent into highneed and emerging occupations through a partnership of business, colleges and students. The program can be a valuable workforce resource in the long-term and will be the most impactful with the involvement of industry.

In addition to a brief overview of the program, the NDUS team will answer employer questions on how to become involved in the program and the options available.

RSVPs are requested by Friday, November 15th at noon by emailing Ryan Parsons at rparsons@bmcedc.com. Refreshments will be served.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | CONNECTION

CHAMBER EDC MARKETS TO SITE CONSULTANTS In May of 2019, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC hosted national site consultant Christopher Lloyd as the keynote speaker for Impact ED. Prior to providing the keynote, Chris visited with the Chamber EDC’s Economic Development Committee. A question was asked to Chris regarding his, and others in his industry, perception of the Bismarck-Mandan region. He indicated he felt it was neither negative or positive and that site consultants just didn’t ever consider North Dakota. This sparked a conversation with the Economic Development Committee and over the course of the meetings that followed Impact ED the committee and staff began to form a plan to generate awareness amongst national site selectors. The plan began with defining who the marketing efforts were going to be focused towards. As part of the Chamber EDC’s membership in the Mid America Economic Development Council, staff has access to a national site consultant database. Staff worked to pare the list down from the over 1,800 names to a more realistic reach. Chamber EDC staff then went to work on content that highlighted the community’s ability to fill the workforce need of a potential project and newsworthy community rankings and quality of life. This was simply just a kick-off to what will be ongoing marketing efforts to site consultants. Efforts like this, similar to the talent attraction efforts, are done to raise the awareness of Bismarck-Mandan with the idea that it will lead to more site consultant led projects for the community. If you have questions about this or any of the Chamber EDC’s other economic development efforts please feel free to contact Nathan Schneider.

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DISRUPTWELL CONTINUES TO GROW For the past three years, DisruptWell has sought to make Bismarck-Mandan businesses think differently, about new technology or innovations that have the potential to change how business is done; about how their industries may be disrupted. This year’s edition of DisruptWell, held at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the campus of Bismarck State College, featured presentations and discussions on topics including: workforce development, 5G technology, blockchain, 3D printing, humans & technology, artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and healthcare. Experts in each of these fields, some local and some national, engaged audience members with their own insights and examples of how changes in that particular field or discipline may impact them whether at home or in the office. “When passionate people team up to make a difference amazing results can be achieved. In the same collaborative way, The DisruptWell organizing team has effectively delivered a community platform for addressing how the $30 trillion dollar global emerging technology industry will impact all industries, delivery systems and life as we currently understand it,” said DisruptWell organizer Mike Seminary. In addition, DisruptWell is also the home of the Disruptive Innovation Challenge. Conceived as a means of identifying and assisting North Dakota businesses with disruptive business ideas, the challenge has seen one winner who introduced an innovate building system and another who developed an app to help farmers better track their finances & inventory. This year’s Disruptive Innovation Challenge was Bismarck-based Makewell; a virtual community of over 1,000 makers, creators and entrepreneurs

For the past three years, DisruptWell has sought to make Bismarck-Mandan businesses think differently.

The leaders of the Disruptive Innovation Challenge, Evan and Ganya Anderson add, “The Disruptive Innovation Challenge has a strong track record of identifying and helping to lift up ND startups that are disruptive in their areas of focus. Our committee leverages public and private entrepreneurial support organizations across the state to identify potential applicants for the Challenge. Our past winners are all still growing and disrupting. “ Planning for the fourth DisruptWell in 2020 has begun with a planning committee who has previously identified past speakers, topics, etc. for the event. For more information on DisruptWell, past winners of the Disruptive Innovation Challenge and more, make sure to visit their website at https://disruptwell.com

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CHAMBER EDC EVENTS | CONNECTION

MEMBERSHIP MIXER: PLAINS COMMERCE BANK Tuesday, December 10 Bismarck Event Center - Exhibit Hall 5:00pm - 8:00pm GOLD SPONSOR:

SILVER SPONSOR:

BOOTH SPONSORS: Bain Agency BEK Communications Bismarck Cancer Center Bismarck Parks & Recreation Burleigh County Senior Adults Program Capital Credit Union Gate City Bank KFYR TV Make A Wish Foundation Missouri River Media Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center New Vision Security Northland Health Center Probitas Promotions University of Mary Reserve your sponsorship for the 2019 Holiday Mixer today! Booths are available for you to showcase your business and services to over 1,500 individuals throughout our community. Admission: $5.00 plus a Business Card

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Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 Location: Plains Commerce Bank 404 S 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Save the date for the November Membership Mixer! Plains Commerce Bank will be hosting the November Membership Mixer on Thursday, November 7th at their location at 404 S 3rd Street in Bismarck from 4:30pm 6:30pm. Join fellow Chamber EDC members for refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and some business after hours. Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend. Please consider attending and bringing your colleagues. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by registering online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar or by emailing rfrohlich@bmcedc.com.


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Let’s show the world what

STATE OF THE CITIES

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 7:00AM - 9:30AM Admission: $30 for Chamber EDC Members $40 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

we can do together. Day by day. Project by project. Together we’re bridging what’s possible and moving the world forward.

Join Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken for the 2019 State of the Cities event on Wednesday, Nov. 13th at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck from 7:00am - 9:00am. New for 2019 is the inclusion of the Parks & Schools Panel. In addition to receiving community insight from both mayors, the Parks & Schools Panel will provide an opportunity for attendees learn more of the parks, recreation and school developments within their district. Following the mayoral presentations and the Parks & School Panel will be a Q&A session with both Mayor Bakken and Mayor Helbling. The cost to attend is $30 for Chamber EDC members and $40 for general admission. Register online at bismarckmandan.com/events.

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CHAMBER EDC EVENTS | CONNECTION

HOLIDAY MIXER Presented By: CHRYSLER I DODGE I JEEP I RAM

ND CAREER BUILDERS INFO SESSION

CHAMBER EDC HOLIDAY MIXER

The North Dakota University System (NDUS) and Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC will host an ND Career Builders info session we encourage you to attend and learn more of this important workforce program and how it can benefit your business.

Season’s Greetings!

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Location: BSC/BPS Career Academy 1221 College Dr, Bismarck Time: 8:00AM - 9:00AM Admission: Free to Attend

As employers in our region, you are aware of the challenges impacting area industries in workforce attraction and retention. ND Career Builders is a skilledworkforce program designed to recruit talent into highneed and emerging occupations through a partnership of business, colleges and students. The program can be a valuable workforce resource in the long-term and will be the most impactful with the involvement of industry. In addition to a brief overview of the program, the NDUS team will answer employer questions on how to become involved in the program and the options available. RSVPs are requested by Friday, November 15th at noon by emailing Ryan Parsons at rparsons@bmcedc.com. Refreshments will be served.

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Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Location: Bismarck Event Center, Exhibit Hall 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck Time: 5:00PM - 8:00PM Admission: $5.00 plus a Business Card Presenting CHRYSLER I DODGE I JEEP I RAM Sponsor:

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit and sign up for the Chamber EDC’s Holiday Mixer. Booth and Non-Booth options are available for you to showcase your business and services to the Bismarck-Mandan community. The festive event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10th at the Bismarck Event Center from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, and is open to the general public. There are many different sponsorship levels available for Chamber EDC members. If you’d like opportunity to showcase your business contact the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660!


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ANNUAL DINNER

MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ROUGH RIDER INDUSTRIES

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 Location: Rough Rider Industries 3303 E Main Ave, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

CHAMBER EDC ANNUAL DINNER

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck Time: 5:30PM - 8:00PM Admission: $75.00 for a Chamber EDC Member $85.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsors: CHRYSLER I DODGE I JEEP I RAM

Save the date for our January Membership Mixer hosted by Rough Rider Industries at their location at 3303 E Main Ave in Bismarck. Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend. Please consider attending and bringing your colleagues. RSVPs are appreciate by going online to www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar.

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC’s premier event is around the corner! Join us on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Bismarck Event Center. This event is a fantastic way to network and mingle with the community. We are excited to announce this year’s Annual Dinner keynote: Rhonda Kallman, co-founder of Samuel Adams and Boston Brewing Co. Recognized in 1990 by the Institute for Brewing Studies as the “Pioneering Woman in the Beer Industry,� Kallman has broken down countless barriers and established a whole new set of opportunities for women in business. Formal invitation to follow, but it’s never too early to mark your calendar and plan your evening out with us! Reserve your table by calling 701-223-5660, or you can purchase tickets online at www.bismarckmandan.com.

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Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Members JOIN US FOR A

Celebration Dakota Eye Institute is celebrating our 30th Anniversary, North Clinic Grand Opening and Annual Frame Show.

Dakota Eye Institute North Clinic Nov. 14, 2019 ∙ 4:30 – 8 p.m. 3119 N 14th St, Bismarck

Don’t miss it!

Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.

Tours of the Optical Shop, Optometry Clinic and Ophthalmology Clinic

Our Annual Frame Show featuring the latest eyewear from Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Burberry and Versace, plus a special promotion on your second pair of glasses

Special drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and door prizes

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CAREER ACADEMY TO APPLY FOR INNOVATION WAIVER

How do we make education relevant for today’s students? How do we engage them and provide real life experiences in their learning? Those are just some of the questions educators at Bismarck Public Schools are asking as the district strives for continuous improvement. One such move is to apply for an Innovation Waiver from the state (Senate Bill 2186) to create another graduation pathway for some BPS students. The goal of the program would be for students to have a well-rounded academic experience in an area they are passionate about. The Innovation Pathway allows students more authentic opportunities during school such as internships, projects and hands-on learning. With math, reading and writing tied directly to an area of interest for each student, the expectation is that engagement will increase. BPS Career Academy assistant principal Brian Beehler and Simle Middle School assistant principal Meagan Sharp presented a proposal to the Bismarck School Board in October. If the Board approves applying for the waiver and the state grants it, the project would start next school year with a group of about 30 students in grades 9-12. Beehler said students and parents would opt in to take part in this program. Students would take math and English classes, for example, at the Career Academy instead of at their home high school, though they could still take some classes at Bismarck High, Century and Legacy and they would graduate from their home school. These students would also have more opportunities to do job shadows and internships. Sharp says the traditional high school experience doesn’t work for all students. She hopes this approach will increase student engagement, attendance, graduation rates, and interpersonal and analytical skills, as well as decrease behavior issues. The proposal states BPS loses at least 10% of students from 9th grade to their senior year. Some of the students in sub-groups suffer from lack of engagement in the traditional classroom setting, which can lead to other issues such as poor attendance, inappropriate behavior, or risk of dropping out of school. Under the proposal, students would experience different Career and Technical Education pathways to become career and/or college ready. The success of this proposed innovative program would be measured using student portfolio evidence, grades, ACT scores, graduation rates, number of internships, and post-graduation placement in jobs or post-secondary education. For the past few years, the BPS Career Academy has offered a Capstone project for students who complete Auto Tech I and II and wish to further their experiences in Auto Tech III. Instructor Dan Gross and students Wyatt Carpenter and John Nelson explained the Capstone class to the School Board. They help teach other Auto Tech students and take part in off-campus job shadows. They also put on a basic car care workshop for fellow students. New to the Capstone program this year is the opportunity for them to take an online entry level course with Toyota and/or Ford. The high school training program is free, and students who pass the course will be dealer certified. You can find their presentation under Focus on Success near the beginning of the October 14 School Board meeting; http://24.111.15.98:8100/ CablecastPublicSite/show/6487?channel=2


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BUTLER FOUNDATION PLEDGES TO MATCH UP TO $2 MILLION FOR NEW KIDS PARK IN MEDORA

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is delighted to announce that the Matt and JoAnn Butler Foundation has pledged a $2 Million matching grant challenge to support Point to Point Park, a place for families named after Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite game.

The Matt and JoAnn Butler Foundation has pledged a $2 Million matching grant challenge to support Point to Point Park.

The Matt and JoAnna Butler Foundation made the commitment after seeing the most recent plans for Point to Point Park and have pledged to match every dollar raised in support of the project, up to $2 Million so that the entire park can be built in 2020. The Butler Family commented after making the commitment, “We know that if we make this gift, it will get done because TRMF has a history of getting things done, and done well.” This is a historic moment in Medora. After the Schafer family’s initial creation and funding of the TRMF in 1986, the Butler family pledge is the single largest commitment ever made to TRMF. Ed Schafer, former North Dakota Governor and current Chairman of the TRMF, “This is a historic gift that humbles and energizes us. My dad, Harold, created today’s Medora as a family-friendly entertainment and recreation center that is comfortable, relaxing and fun! He envisioned a place where people could absorb the character of Theodore Roosevelt, the Cowboy life, and how the Badlands inspired the 26th President of the USA. The Point to Point park responds to people’s comments about having more for young people to do while in Medora and was designed by focus groups made up of the young ones who will enjoy the park in the future. Harold and Sheila would love the plan for Point to Point Park, and just like all of us, would exclaim ‘WONDERFUL!’ to the Butler family and their contribution to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.”

Other lead gifts to Point to Point Park include those from: Mike and Peggy Bullinger who made a lead gift in support of the “Little Bully Pulpit Mini Golf”; Steve and Gretchen Stenehjem with First International Bank and Trust, who leads funding of the free “jumbo jumper”; James and Cynthia Jorgenson; and several other anonymous gifts who helped kick-start the project. The new Point to Point Park is a $7.3 million investment project and will be located on the eastern side of Medora. When complete, it will be a combination of paid and free attractions for the community and traveling public to enjoy. Phases 1 and 2 of the project, including a revamped and reimagined “Little Bully Pulpit” mini-golf and “Manitou the Point to Point Zip Line Ride” are under construction now. When the Butler Foundation Challenge Grant is met, the entire Park can be constructed -- with the goal set for that to commence in 2020. The completed Park will include a “Lazzy Little Mo” river and pool, community splash pad, bathroom facilities, shade and play areas, stories of TR’s time in Medora, and more.

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Q: SOIL COMPACTION: HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? A: Compaction is the process that drives

Q: WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILQ: I AM A 65 YEAR OLD WOMAN ABLE THROUGH ANNE CARLSEN WHO HAS BEEN SMOKING FOR MY CHILD WITH AUTISM? MOST OF MY LIFE. WHAT ARE A: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an SOME SYMPTOMS OF LUNG evidence-based practice that is used in CANCER? private and educational settings to treat inA: Lung cancer may not produce any dividuals who have a diagnosis of Autism.

air out of the soil which increases strength and reduces compressibility. This is what makes soil a reliable engineering material for construction projects. Every layer of placed soil should have several documented compaction tests. Soil can only be compacted effectively within a narrow range of moisture contents. Outside this range, it will be difficult if not impossible to achieve proper compaction. To find out the maximum dry density, we perform a laboratory test (called a Proctor) on a soil sample and after a given repeatable effort it shows the optimum amount of moisture. To achieve optimal compaction, each layer of soil must be spread out in a thin lift, moisture conditioned, and then compacted with a suitable piece of equipment. To evaluate the results of compaction, a technician tests the relative compaction of the soil and compares it to the Proctor test. Relative compaction of 95 to 100 percent is usually required to support buildings and roads.

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ABA utilizes the principles of reinforcement to reduce maladaptive behaviors and to teach new functional skills. ABA is a highly effective treatment for those with Autism, especially when Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) is used. In other words, the best results come from many treatment hours, for several years, before a child enters kindergarten.

Anne Carlsen Behavioral Health Services in Bismarck provides ABA treatment for individuals with Autism. At Anne Carlsen Behavioral Health, your child’s treatment team consists of highly trained Registered Behavior Technicians who work under the direction of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and additional services are coordinated and overseen by your Anne Carlsen Program Coordinator. Potential funding options for ABA may be available through the Medicaid State Plan and some private medical insurance plans. For more information about ABA services in Bismarck or Mandan, please contact Anne Carlsen Behavioral Health Services at 701-751-2315.

noticeable symptoms in the early stages and many people aren’t diagnosed until the disease has advanced. Common symptoms of lung cancer may include: • Coughing: A respiratory infection will go away in a week or two, but a cough that lingers could be lung cancer • Coughing up blood: Coughing up blood or phlegm • Breathing difficulties: Lung cancer narrows an airway causing shortness of breath or wheezing • Loss of appetite or weight loss: An unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more • Fatigue: Feeling weak or excessively tired, even after extra amounts of sleep or rest • Recurring infections: Recurring infections, like bronchitis or pneumonia The USPTSF commend recommends yearly low dose CT lung cancer screening for those who currently smoke or have quit within the last 10 years. If you have any questions or concerns, it is important to talk to your doctor. If caught at an early stage, lung cancer is often treatable and controllable


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Q: WHERE DOES THE GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK GET THE FOOD IT DISTRIBUTES? A: Each year, the Great Plains Food Bank

Q: WHAT IS AN OSHA MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE EXAMINATION? A: The Occupational Safety and Health

from your agency relationship

1. Ensure there is alignment, partnership and open communication between the client and agency. 2. Understanding by both the client and agency about the end goal, the plan, and the strategy. Let your agency in on the goal and give them the ability to help you solve the communications challenge. 3. Clear expectations for both client and agency about what is in AND out of scope for the plan or project. 4. Courage to step outside the box. Don’t look for your agency to be an extension of your internal thinking. Look to your agency for thinking outside your comfort zone. Let your agency challenge your thinking to ensure the communication is simplified, relevant and connects with your audience. 5. While collaboration, buy-in and input is important during the process, the approval process should be with a single decision-maker versus a committee. Good work gets diluted to please everyone and loses its impact for the actual target audience.

recovers and distributes nearly 15 million pounds of food to more than 97,000 hungry individuals across North Dakota and western Minnesota. That is enough to provide 12.5 million meals for hungry children, seniors and families.

But where does all of that food come from? As the only food bank in the state of North Dakota, we are extremely fortunate to have incredible relationships with the food industry working with individuals committed to ensuring that no food goes to waste. We work each day with grocery stores, restaurants, retailers, manufacturers and growers to recover the food they are not able to distribute and through our programs and services get it into the hands of those that need it the most. Nearly 30 percent of this food is fresh produce, which allows us to offer a variety of healthy food options to our clients. Thanks to these relationships, a total of 95 percent of the food that we distribute is donated, which includes more than 1 million pounds of food recovered and distributed in Bismarck-Mandan each year alone.

Administration (OSHA) sets exposure level standards for agents or toxins it identifies as dangerous to worker health and wellness. When these standards are exceeded, a company can require workers to wear protective equipment and undergo regular checkups called medical surveillance examinations. These exams are used to ensure that no health problems are caused by toxic exposures. The exams can also help identify if a pre-existing health condition would make a worker more likely to develop health problems from exposure.

A medical surveillance exam includes a physical assessment and sometimes x-rays, blood work or a urine test. The examining health care provider will educate workers about the risks of exposure and check to make sure they are using all required protective equipment correctly. Employers must work with a licensed health care professional to provide free medical surveillance exams to their workforce.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION EIDE BAILLY ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES AND CPA DESIGNATION Eide Bailly LLP, a regional certified public accounting and business Dustin Foster advisory firm, has hired Dustin Foster and Gabe Sandy. Foster serves as an Audit Associate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Minot State University. Sandy Gabe Sandy also serves as an Audit Associate and holds degrees in Accountancy and Managerial Finance and Accounting from University of North Dakota. Andrew Beyer has also earned his Certified Andrew Beyer Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Beyer, a Senior Audit Associate, has been with the firm two years. A 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. Only a CPA can provide an opinion to the public regarding publicly distributed financial statements. 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.

CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES ZEEB Kayla Zeeb was recently promoted to financial services representative at Capital Credit Union’s North Kayla Zeeb Branch. In this role, she will be responsible for consumer lending including auto, RV and home equity loans, delivery of deposit products such as money market accounts and certificates of deposit, and actively soliciting, promoting, and servicing credit union products and services. Zeeb earned an associate degree from Bismarck State College in 2018. She is currently attending Valley City State University and will graduate in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. Zeeb has been with Capital Credit Union since October 2018, most recently as a contact center representative.

EXCEL REALTY WELCOMES NEW REALTORS Excel Realty welcomes Jacqui Nordstorm, Tanya Wisnewski and Jason Wisnewski. Jacqui Nordstorm Nordstrom has a master's degree in accounting and finance. She spent the first 10 years of her career working in accounting and finance roles and has gained a tremendous Tanya Wisnewski amount of knowledge and expertise with the opportunities she has been given. She is now excited to combine that knowledge with real estate and use her experience and skills to provide top priority Jason Wisnewski service to you. Tanya Wisnewski WALDEN JOINS BIANCO has been a resident of Bismarck for over REALTY 15 years. She was raised on a farm and attended high school in Carrington, Bianco Realty is ND, where she learned a strong work excited to announce the newest REALTOR® to join ethic. After high school, she attended college at NDSU and graduated with a their professional Real Estate Team, Nina Walden. Bachelor of Science degree. She worked Nina Walden as a program coordinator for the Minot Walden looks forward to Family YMCA and later the North Dakota helping clients with their Real Estate needs, achieving their dream of Safety Council in Bismarck. In 2009, she home ownership and providing a tradition decided to further her education in real estate and join her husband’s real property of excellence! appraisal business. She learned so much along the way and decided she enjoys the WALD NAMED ADVISOR interaction with people and would love to OF THE MONTH help you with your real estate desires. Securian Financial Jason Wisnewski grew up in the Advisors of ND, Inc. is small farming community of Lidgerwood pleased to announce that in SE North Dakota. This is where he WAGNER EARNS David Wald has been PROFESSIONAL developed a hard work ethic and selfless named Advisor of the ENGINEER LICENSE desire to help a neighbor. After working David Wald Month for September as a manager in various motorsports Blake A. Wagner, P.E., based upon his dealerships throughout North Dakota for a Mechanical Engineer production and service to his clients. Wald ten years, it was time for a change. In 2005 with Prairie Engineering, has been with Securian Financial Advisors he went to school and started his career as P.C., recently earned his Blake A. Wagner of ND, Inc since 2008 is a Registered a Real Estate Appraiser here in Bismarck. Professional Engineer Representative and Investment Advisor He has owned and operated Action License in the State of Representative of Securian Financial Appraisals Inc., a real estate appraisal North Dakota. Mr. Wagner has been with Services, Inc. company servicing the Bismarck-Mandan Prairie Engineering, P.C., since 2013. Based and surrounding area ever since. He is out of our Bismarck, North Dakota office, thrilled to announce that he has recently he has worked on a variety of projects. He earned his REALTOR® license and has holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural joined Excel Realty! and Biosystems Engineering from North Dakota State University. Share your business news with the Chamber EDC. Email press releases to Rebecca at rrattei@bmcedc.com.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS NDAREC WELCOMES NEW ACCOUNTANT The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) is proud to welcome Chantel Shorey Chantel Shorey as the newest addition to its staff. As NDAREC’s accountant, Shorey will oversee accounts payable and accounts receivable along with other financial duties, helping to ensure a strong financial future for the cooperative. Shorey’s commitment to community and diverse background make her an excellent addition to NDAREC. Prior to pursuing a career in accounting, Shorey worked as a 911 dispatcher and a deputy sheriff. In 2018, she began her career as an accountant at the Bismarck Tribune. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting through Dickinson State University and will graduate in May 2020. Originally from Robinson, North Dakota, Shorey lives in Lincoln with her husband, John, and their three children.

EMILY SCHWARTZ JOINS DUCKS UNLIMITED IN BISMARCK Emily Schwartz is a new field agronomist at the Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional Office Emily Schwartz in Bismarck. Schwartz hopes to use her passion for agriculture and conservation to help promote, deliver and adapt DU’s new soil health programs. Schwartz earned her degree in natural resource management at North Dakota State University. She added a minor in crop and weed science after seeing the importance of having natural resource managers and agricultural producers work together. Her professional experience ranges from field agronomy to agricultural and environmental counseling.

DACOTAH SPEEDWAY WELCOMES LINK Dacotah Speedway is excited to announce the hiring of Jane Link as their new Promotion and Advertising Director. Jane Link Link brings over 10 years of marketing and sales experience, as she served as the Marketing Director and General Manager of the Dakota Wizards and then the President and General Manager of the Bismarck Bobcats. “The Dacotah Speedway has a solid foundation with a great product and I’m ready to build on that and get the community even more involved with the race track,” said Link. “Sponsor fulfillment and fan support are two areas I will be concentrating on.” Link, who was born and raised in Bismarck, graduated from UND with a Communication and Public Relations degree. Her and her husband, Matt, are busy raising four boys, ages 7, 9, 11, and 17.

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

Mon, 4th

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

Tues, 5th Thurs, 7th

4:00 pm Mandan City Commission

Mon, 11th

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

Tues, 12th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Wed, 13th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 14th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission*

Mon, 18th

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

Tues, 19th 1:30 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Wed, 20th

5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission

Thurs, 21st

5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Mon, 25th

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

Tues, 26th

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

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

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

UNITED TRIBES TECHNICAL COLLEGE President McDonald celebrating the opening of the UTTC Bookstore/Art Gallery located at 3315 University Drive in Bismarck. Phone: (701) 221-1458. Member.

DOTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS BY ELIZABETH Elizabeth Silbernagel, Owner, celebrating becoming Member of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. Phone: 612-414-9740 Member.

ARIOSO MUSIC ACADEMY Michelle Riveland and Ashley Woehl celebrate the Grand Opening of their new business located at 2000 N 12th Street, Ste 101 in Bismarck. Phone: (701) 751-1965. Member.

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ENGTECH Kevin Power and Trevor Huffaker, Owners, with team celebrate 15 year anniversary at new facility located at 4207 Boulder Ridge Road, Ste 225 in Bismarck. Phone: (701) 258-7077. Member

GORDMANS Bradley Auch, Store Manager, celebrate the Grand Opening with staff located at 1449 E LaSalle Drive in Bismarck. Phone: (701) 204-0927. Member.

GLIKS Jeff Glik, Owner, and staff celebrating the Grand Opening of their business in the Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck. Phone: (701) 751-2778. Member.


CONNECTION | NEW MEMBERS The Chamber EDC encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber EDC. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber EDC members, view the Member Directory online at www.bismarckmandan.com. H&M Bookkeeping 208 15th Street NE, Ste #4 Mandan, ND Melissa Sommerfield (701) 369-2025 We specialize in payroll, job costing, accounts payable & receivable and bank reconciliations for small businesses, professional services, independent contractors, startups, and other industries. Every Eye P.C. 306 West Main Street Mandan, ND Dr. Eve Kostelecky (701) 751-2330 Every Eye PC is a full scope optometry clinic. Dr. Eve Kostelecky provides eyecare services ranging from pediatric exams to dilated diabetic exams. Allstate Peterbilt of Bismarck 3800 E. Century Ave Bismarck, ND Justin Oien (701) 255-7555 We are a factory-authorized dealer of PeterbiltÂŽ trucks. We also have a large inventory of used trucks in many makes and models including Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack, Volvo and more.

Tons of Marketing 2041 40th Ave SE, Ste #112 Mandan, ND Shannon Schneider (701) 220-0012 Distributes and consults on various company branded promotional products. Laughing Sun Brewing Co. 1023 E Front Ave. Bismarck, ND Todd Sattler (701) 751-3881 Local brewery featuring a 100-seat tap room, 70-seat covered patio, and our 20-barrel brewhouse. Laughing Sun Mandan Ale & Smokehouse 316 W Main Street Mandan, ND Todd Sattler (701) 255-3312 Featuring a menu full of delicious BBQ and flavorful food. Smoked meats and sides, full-meal big bowls of curry, soups, salads, and tasty sandwiches on house made breads, and more! Catering available.

Midwest Ag Energy 2841 3rd Street SW Bismarck, ND Cindy Griffin (701) 442-7513 An upper Midwest bio-fuels enterprise consisting of Blue Flint near Underwood, ND & Dakota Spirit near Spiritwood, ND. BisMan Bean Bags Club Mandan, ND Ross Frohlich (701) 595-9657 Making summer fun last year-round with indoor fall & winter cornhole leagues, as well as multiple outdoor summer league teams. League play runs 9 weeks, with 3 weeks of tournament play.

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UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: Date: November 7, 2019 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Plains Commerce Bank – 404 S 3rd Street, Bismarck STATE OF THE CITIES Date: November 13, 2019 • Time: 7:00am - 9:00am Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck ND CAREER BUILDERS INFO SESSION Date: November 19, 2019 • Time: 8:00am - 9:00am Location: BSC/BPS Career Academy – 1221 College Drive, Bismarck

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ANNUAL DINNER

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CHAMBER EDC HOLIDAY MIXER Date: December 10, 2019 • Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Exhibit Hall – 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Bismarck Event Center - Exhibit Hall 5:00pm - 8:00pm

JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ROUGH RIDER INDUSTRIES Date: January 16, 2020 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Rough Riders Industries – 3303 E Main Ave, Bismarck

Door Prizes • Refreshments Hors D’oeuvres • 50/50 Raffle Networking Opportunities

CHAMBER EDC ANNUAL DINNER Date: January 23, 2020 • Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B – 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck

RESERVE YOUR BOOTH SPACE TODAY! CALL ROSS AT 701-223-5660

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