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A BUSINESS PUBLICATION OF THE BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Valerie Weigel ................................................................... Chair Kevin Strege ...............................................................Vice-Chair Wendy Van Duyne ........................................................Secretary Mike Schmitz ................................................................Treasurer Brian Eiseman ............................................................ Past Chair

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Evan Anderson ...........................................................Gizmonics Steve Bakken ......................................................City of Bismarck Andrea Birst ...............................................Glance Spa & Salon Nathan Boehm ....................................................Morton County Brian Eiseman ...............................................Stoneshire Builders Amber Larson......................................................City of Mandan Karl Lembke ......................................................Vaaler Insurance Becky Matthews ................................................Burleigh County Allan Miller ............................................................Anyleaks, Inc. Dr. Sara Weigel Ness ..............................Active Life Chiropractic Marnie Piehl .......................................................................AARP Mike Remboldt ................................................................HIT Inc. Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat Mike Schmitz ......................................Schmitz-Holmstrom CPAs Garret Senger ...............................Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Kevin Strege ................................................Credit Foundations Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Valerie Weigel .......................Basin Electric Power Cooperative Lee Weisbeck ..........................................................Starion Bank

CHAMBER EDC STAFF

Brian Ritter ...................................................................President Nate Brown......................................................Sales Coordinator Aasta Eggert .......Economic Development Marketing Specialist Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director Mary Kempenich........................Workforce Marketing Specialist Christine Nelson ....................................Event & Sales Manager Rebecca Pelkey .................................Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Lyndsey Scheurer .........................Creative Marketing Specialist Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President Josie Smyle ..................................................Events Coordinator Cathryn Sprynczynatyk .....................Communications Specialist 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-223-5660 • www.bismarckmandan.com

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CONNECTION | CHAIR'S CORNER ell, this is it. This is my last Chair’s Corner as your Board Chair and like any finale, there are a lot of people I want to thank.

First, I want to thank my fellow Chamber EDC Board Members for their service this past year. We asked them to meet more frequently this year and when we did, we made a few changes to our meeting format as well. The result of both changes was a more engaged Board whose discussion was lively, beneficial and ultimately, what helped drive the organization to even more success in 2021. A special thank you to our outgoing Board Members: Brian Eiseman, Lee Weisbeck and Karl Lembke. Suffice it to say, all three have been tremendous advocates for economic development and have a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge. Second, I want to thank the Chamber EDC Staff for all that they’ve done to implement those previously mentioned ideas and Board directives. This team is in a word, incredible. Given all of the uncertainty surrounding business, the economy, etc. over the past two years, it’s remarkable what this team has accomplished. Just this year, they’ve: gained more new Chamber EDC members, increased our membership retention rate, introduced two new Chamber EDC events and increased attendance at two others to record levels. And last but not least, I want to thank all of you. None of the accomplishments that I just described are possible without the support of our members. As you’ve heard and read from us before, there is no law or statute requiring an organization like the Chamber EDC exists. No, our attitude is that we need to first earn your membership and then continue to earn that support year after year. We’re doing that by producing events that bring you value, providing information that you can use in your business and facilitating economic development to help keep your company growing. Now, that’s a lot of thank you’s, but I’ve got one more to offer. I want to thank you all in advance for helping us support our community’s small businesses this holiday season. The Chamber EDC has once again partnered with the Bismarck Tribune on a campaign to shop local and support Bismarck-Mandan’s small businesses via a series of ads, both print and online, that you’ll see throughout the holiday season. Given that the vast majority of Chamber EDC Members are small businesses and how our support ultimately benefits the community, it’s critical that we do everything we can to help them out. So please, join me in shopping local this month whenever and wherever you can. Finally, the Chamber EDC is creating a new staff position focused on meeting the needs of our existing members and especially, our small business members. The way that we support those members is different from how we support our major employers because frankly, the needs are different. Fortunately, the way in which we’re restructured the Chamber EDC’s organizational chart and the addition of this staff position will ensure that we’re there to support ALL of our members. So once again, thank you for your continued support of our organization and for the opportunity to serve as your Chair. Sincerely,

Valerie Weigel, Chair Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC twitter.com/bismancedc facebook.com/bismancedc @bismancedc

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SHOP LOCAL AND IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

If you want your dollars to impact Bismarck-Mandan, shop local. The South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court case means online retailers now have to pay local sales tax. That’s a relief, but ultimately those businesses aren’t as present in our local community given that they’re often headquartered elsewhere. If you truly want your dollars to stay local and see the biggest return on that investment, shop at locally-owned businesses.

KIRKWOOD ACE HARDWARE Jeff Hinz has been in the local retail business for more than three decades. He and his wife aren’t Bismarck-Mandan natives, but they put down roots here to stay in this corner of the Midwest. In the 1980s, Hinz was living in Fargo but working on the road for Valspar paint company. He was anticipating a big promotion that would take him to the headquarters in Minneapolis. Instead, the promotion was going to take him to Detroit. On the same day, Hinz got a job offer from Kirkwood Hardware Hank, which was owned by the Wachter family. In 1987, Hinz took the job, and in 1989 he bought the hardware store. In 1997, Hinz changed the name to Kirkwood Ace Hardware to better compete in the Bismarck-Mandan market. “Hardware Hank is a small regional company,” Hinz said. “Ace is giant. The prices are better. The merchandise options are better. Hardware Hank is a great company, but in a metro location you need to be able to compete against the big stores.” Ace Hardware is a cooperative. Ace dealers, such as Hinz, own the company. By and large, most Ace Hardware stores have a local owner. “You can tell when someone is passionate about their business,” Hinz said. “Five feet into the door, you can tell whether or not the owner loves their business.” To illustrate, Hinz compared two Ace Hardware stores that he visited in Michigan. Before visiting, Hinz emailed both stores to give them a heads up that he was a fellow Ace Hardware dealer coming to check out their stores.

Jeff Hinz, Owner of Kirkwood Ace Hardware

At the first store, he was greeted with suspicion — after receiving not much of a greeting by the teenager working the front entrance wearing earbuds. Why was he taking photos of the store? What was he doing? At the second store, he was greeted enthusiastically. They had received his email and had been waiting for the North Dakota Ace Hardware dealer to arrive.

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CONNECTION | FEATURE “They enjoyed their work,” Hinz said. “They loved their customers. There was a team atmosphere.”

Ace Hardware is a cooperative. Ace dealers, such as Jeff Hinz, own the company.

Hinz strives to provide that same atmosphere in his store. “My business is my hobby,” Hinz said. “It’s the same thing. The money goes back in. We build; we buy merchandise; we expand. I don’t enjoy a business when a guy is just doing it to make money.” Hinz’s hardware stores employ 60-80 people. Hinz tries to hire people with hardware knowledge. “I ask the young people, ‘What does the customer want?’ ‘A drill bit.’ ‘No, the customer wants a hole. Let’s help them find that solution.’” Hinz knows he can’t just hang his hat on being a locallyowned store. “No business has a right to exist just because it’s local,” Hinz said. “I’ve leaned on that. We’re Bismarck’s locally-owned hardware store. But your business needs to exist for more than just that.” Hinz knows he needs to compete with big box stores as well as online retail. “You need to find a reason to exist more than just being local,” Hinz said. “People won’t put up with poor customer service, or bad quality products, or higher prices. Amazon has the cheapest prices in the world. You can’t match them, but you at least need to make sure your prices are fair.” When Hinz opened his north Bismarck store in 2016, he committed to keeping his south location open. “Hardware is a neighborhood business,” Hinz said, “People are going to shop closest to where they are. They will buy local, not just in their community, but in their neighborhood... We felt we had to build that north store. We wanted to be close to our customers, and we also wanted to guard our territory.” Hinz acknowledges that most retail employees won’t be with them forever — that’s the nature of retail jobs. But he does pride himself on investing in employees. He said Delores has been an office employee for 32 years. Gary at the north store has been with the company for a dozen years. Many of the north employees have been there since day one.

“During the (initial COVID shutdown) I told everybody, ‘We’re not going to cut your hours. We’re keeping everybody on. We’ll find something for you to do. If we need to close, we’ll remodel the store,’” Hinz said. Lately, a lot of Hinz’s time is spent trying to fill the shelves. “We scrap,” Hinz said. “My early life was very financially challenged. I had to go wherever I could to buy goods. That training serves us very well right now. From Ace Hardware, we get half of what we order right now. We go elsewhere to find product. For seasonal needs, we buy everything we need right up front. A big thing for corporates is just-in-time inventory. They like to keep their inventory lean and rely on the truck rolling up. When supplies are short, those trucks don’t roll in. As a local business, Hinz said he is approached all the time to donate to capital campaigns, donate silent auction items, sponsor sports teams. He prefers to make sure there is a tie to their store — such as a non-profit that one of his employees is involved in. In summer 2021, a local farmers market moved to his north parking lot. “Because we’re locally owned, we felt it was a good fit for us,” Hinz said. “We want to be community-oriented. We have room. We have a big parking lot and a great location. They bring us a lot of traffic, and hopefully we provide a great space for them... It’s a group of locally -owned entrepreneurs. It’s just a good fit for us. From a sales side, it brings us traffic. If you’re buying produce, you might buy canning jars.” The farmers market was open four days per week. They will be hosting a winter market using Ace Hardware’s greenhouse structure. Hinz said when he and his wife travel, they gravitate to locallyowned businesses. “Small business is the entire soul of a community,” Hinz said.

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SPACES, INC. Lisa Bohrer had been working in the interior design industry for 20 years before she opened her business, Spaces, Inc. As she was approaching her 40th birthday, she felt like she was ready to take the leap. Spaces opened in January 2011, and ten years later it is still thriving. “I had learned enough at other places where I had worked to be a good business owner, a good boss.,” Bohrer said. “It’s something I didn’t do lightly. (My husband) supported me 100 percent when I brought the idea home. I had turned 40. I’m either going to do it now, or I’m not going to do it. It’s not something you undertake when you’re 50.” Bohrer said Spaces has more than doubled in size since they opened. “When we talk about shopping local, that’s what we thrive on,” Bohrer said. “The Spaces faces are what you see when you walk in the door. We do furniture, flooring, accessories, artwork, custom builds, remodels, furniture products, residential. We do everything. We are very much a hands-on store. You see us from start to finish. We never pass it off to somebody else.” Bohrer said her revenue is equally divided between interior design projects and her retail boutique. All of her nine employees work on both the interior design side and the retail side. “It’s not about putting pretty things together,” Bohrer said. “It is behind the scenes. It is a hard job. TV portrays our industry to be so glamorous. This morning I was helping the guys load furniture into the truck. I’m a hands-on business owner.” Before Spaces opened, Bohrer knew she wanted it to be in downtown Bismarck. “My husband was an architect, and he really pushed for downtown to Bismarck to grow,” Bohrer said. “When we moved in (2011) it was the beginning of downtown really thriving. My husband was trying to promote downtown. We were one of the first big stores... It’s fun to see on Saturdays people will park and just walk store to store. We were one of the first anchor stores. “Downtown is always the heart of a town. We saw that downtown was struggling a bit to get its bearings. We were trying to kick-start the regrowth of downtown.”

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Lisa Bohrer, Interior Designer and Owner of Spaces, Inc.

A few months after Spaces opened in 2011, major flooding hit Bismarck-Mandan. Spaces helped people move belongings. Bohrer ran dispatch while she sent her delivery guys around to help people move. Although Spaces is located in downtown Bismarck, Bohrer said they do interior design work in western Minnesota, all of North Dakota, and northern South Dakota. She has done interior design work as far as Arizona. Bohrer also brings life to downtown Bismarck through events hosted at Spaces. Bohrer has hosted United Way socials, mixers, benefits. When her husband passed away recently, Bohrer had to scale back on events. But she said she is ready to restart hosting events in the next year. The Spaces holiday open house is the biggest event of all. While the event is in November, they start getting questions in July when their open house will be. Bohrer said one woman from Michigan times her trips to visit family with the Spaces Christmas open house.


CONNECTION | FEATURE The Spaces Christmas open house is their biggest event of the year.

“We’re a store that people can’t find in other communities,” Bohrer said. “We’re bringing in outside money — money from other states. We’re bringing in extra tax dollars to the state, because we have a draw. Because of the store we push for creativity and uniqueness.”

Bohrer’s teenage son volunteered to help at the open house and wrapped and bagged merchandise for the event.

Bohrer compares the open house to Black Friday at big retailers. The line goes out the door.

“One of the reasons I opened the store was I wanted to show my son what it’s like to be part of something bigger and better,” Bohrer said. “I did this for him as much as I did this for me. He’s only 15, but he knows how to work. He really does...

“This year the line was two deep to the register for 2-hours,” Bohrer said. “I need to figure out where to put a third terminal for next year. It’s a good problem to have.”

“We aren’t raising a kid who sits on the couch and eat chips. He knows why we don’t buy anything on Amazon. He knows we shop local.”

The store transforms from everyday to Christmas in the space of one week. The open house features door prizes, sales, and giveaways of gift cards from other downtown merchants.

Bohrer said she sees the economic impact of her local business.

“We’re keeping the money in town,” Bohrer said. “We are creating jobs for our kids and for our grandkids. My husband and I were all about Bismarck. We want Bismarck top to thrive. We want people to move here. We want people to buy here.”

“We’re keeping the money here,” Bohrer said. “That’s the main thing. We are keeping it in Bismarck-Mandan and in North Dakota. We’re employing people as well — not only employees of the store. Between the staff and the subcontractors, we’re keeping the food on the table for many tables because of the work we do here.”

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CARDEN CUSTOM FRAMING Carden Custom Framing is a mom-and-pop shop. Pop is David Leingang. Mom is Alicia Leingang. The Leingangs purchased the store two years ago from David’s aunt, Carla Leingang. It was always a mom-and-pop shop — the Carden name comes from a combination of Carla and Dennis Leingang. The shop was founded in 1989. Before David and Alicia bought the business, they took a hard look at the financials to make sure it would support their family. At the time, Alicia was running a home day care. Within six months of buying the business, Alicia had closed her day care and was poised to start working at the frame shop. Their young children have been involved from the start. “Josie (age 5) came to the shop in the beginning when Alicia started,” David said. “Approaching holiday season, we really need to both be here every Saturday, but we are working hard during the week so one of us can stay home on Saturday. We want (the kids) to grow into the business. We don’t want them to get sick of it.”

“Buying into and acquiring a family business can be precarious,” David said. “I’m very lucky to have an aunt who was not only excited the store was going to continue, but someone close to her was going to step into those shoes.” David said his aunt was open to him trying new ideas. Although Carla helped out the first six months, David said it was his goal to make his aunt feel like she could retire full-time and wouldn’t feel forever tied to the business. Carden Custom Framing is the only locally-owned, fully-custom framing firm. “We also work closely with Hobby Lobby on complex projects,” David said. “When someone comes in and the price point is too much, we happily tell them to check out Hobby Lobby’s options. And they do the same for us, when they can’t provide a service.” For example, Carden is the only company in town that does custom oval frames. When David and Alicia bought the framing business, they started directing their focus toward the arts community. In addition to framing and printing, they now sell art supplies. But first, they wanted to make sure they were meeting the needs of the arts community. They surveyed local artists to find out which products they needed locally. As the Leingangs have gotten their business involved in the community, they have focused on youth- and artsoriented activities. They have sponsored Lemonade Day and are currently partnering with Meadowlark Mercantile. David describes Meadowlark Mercantile as guerilla art displays. Carden Custom Framing is currently hosting one of Meadowlark Mercantile’s art vending machines. For a few dollars, you can purchase original art — anything from jewelry to cards to DIY painting. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, David and Alicia had just owned the business for a few months.

David and Alicia Leingang, Co-Owners of Carden Custom Framing

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After the Leingangs bought Carden Custom Framing, they began carrying art supplies.

“Everyone wants businesses to survive in Bismarck-Mandan,” David said. “Retailers had to think outside the box. What else can we do to bring in extra services to make customers happy? ... It’s a good karma thing. The more we have supported pother people in town, they want to partner with us.” “It’s a big, vast circle of people supporting each other,” Alicia said. “People want to support people in Bismarck-Mandan,” David added. “Everybody wants to see people succeed. It makes it less scary to create something here in town.” With the holiday shopping season upon us, David and Alicia see some very tangible benefits to shopping local. “We have become accustomed to click a button and rely on two-day shipping,” David said. “It’s not happening anymore with supply-chain issues, especially as we get closer to Christmas.” “We can’t even get all of our supplies from the click of a button, much less the consumer,” Alicia added. “I can order 10 different items with the click of a button, and nine will come up back-ordered.” The Leingangs emphasized that if you want to guarantee having gifts under the Christmas tree, it’s best to shop at a brick-and-mortar store this year.

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HALBERSTADT'S Alex Dahl worked his way into business ownership starting as an entry-level employee. Dahl worked his way up starting as a sales associate in Fargo 10 years ago. He went from sales associate to assistant manager and moved to Bismarck as a managing partner when it opened. In February 2020, he purchased the Bismarck store. In November 2021, he opened a second Bismarck location in Kirkwood Mall. Halberstadt’s opened in St. Cloud, Minn., in 1975. It is not a franchise. Rather, Halberstadt’s locations share the same name, branding, and concept with different inventory in every store. “Halberstadt’s is a full-service men’s clothing store,” Dahl said. “We offer a wide arrange of formal and business casual attire. We are primarily known for suits. We also offer an extensive casual collection including denim, footwear, sport shirts, t-shirts, belts, socks, anything you could wear.” With a second location, Bismarck Halberstadt’s now employs 10 people. “It’s definitely the hardest part of any business — finding the right people,” Dahl said. “Typically, we don’t have a lot of turnover. People stay. Hopefully that means they like it. There are people out there. You have to be patient. Training takes time. We’re a customer-based business, so it’s important that every employee knows that.” Dahl said they pride themselves on their customer service. “When people come into our stores, they are typically in need of something,” Dahl said. “It’s not a self-service store. We’re here to help you throughout the whole process. For a suit, we’ll measure you, make recommendations, belt, shoes. People come in with a specific thing in mind. Our job is to help them, make sure they have a good experience, make sure it fits. We’re there to help every step of the way.”

Alex Dahl, Co-Owner of Halberstadt’s in Bismarck

Dahl said he has watched customers go through several stages of life. “A young kid shops with us for prom, buys his first suit,” Dahl said. “A few years later he needs an interview suit. Years later, he’s getting married. We are a part of people’s lives... “It’s awesome to see familiar faces. With new store, it’s also nice to see someone who has never shopped with us. Word of mouth is best form of advertising.” Dahl is a firm believer that clothing purchases are best made in a brick-and-mortar stores. “There are so many different cuts,” Dahl said. “You want things to fit. They might not know how the suit should fit. You can tailor it. You get an answer on the spot instead of waiting for an email back. There are so many different fabrics. It’s important feeling it, trying it on, sizing it.” Customer service and timeliness are also big differences compared to shopping online. “If you need a suit in two days, Amazon cannot provide that,” Dahl said. “If you spilled on your dress shirt in the morning and you have an interview later and you need it steamed out, that doesn’t happen online.” Dahl appreciates his local customers, and he tries to return the favor.

In November, Halbertstadt’s opened a second location in Kirkwood Mall.

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“If someone shops with me — and I know what they do for a living — if I need that product or service, I go to them,” Dahl said. “Shopping local stimulates our economy locally.”


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SCHEELS Scheels is not a small business. It is a small business success story that has turned into a nationwide business headquartered in North Dakota. Scheels started as a hardware store in Sabin, Minn., In 1902. In the 1970s, Steve D. Scheel pushed for a shift to sporting goods, and in 1968 the company opened a store in Bismarck. Today, Scheels is headquartered in Fargo with stores 30 stores in 13 states. In 2023, the company has plans to open stores in Chandler, Ariz., and Wichita, Kan. Although Scheels has a corporate headquarters in Fargo, Bismarck Store Leader Tyler Halm said each store is given a tremendous amount of autonomy. “What sells for fishing tackle in Texas doesn’t sell in Bismarck,” Halm said. Halm said a typical sporting goods corporation will have 1-3 buyers fishing products for all of the stores. At Scheels, all buying decisions are made locally. “Our structure is certainly more complicated,” Halm said. “It requires a lot more people at a very high level. Each store has buyers. We can control the inventory coming into our doors...

“We can ask, ‘Hey, what are the fish biting on?’ What are customers looking for? What is the local product? Guys will come in and say, ‘Hey, this is my ice fishing bucket. I make it in my garage. I really think it will sell.’ We say, ‘Hey, bring it in.’” Just like purchasing decisions that are made locally, community involvement decisions are also made at local Scheels stores. Corporate Scheels doesn’t dictate where charitable dollars go. “You have to support the community that supports you,” Halms said. “We track all of our donations. There are over 360 different organizations that we have been able to partner with this year alone.” Scheels commonly sponsors sports fields in a community. It makes sense, given that sporting goods are their bread and butter. “We want to give these kids places to play,” said Melissa Neutman, Community Relations. “If they don’t have places to play, these sports will never grow.” The Bismarck Scheels employs 250 people. Unlike many retailers, Scheels doesn’t go through a big pre-Christmas hiring push. “We pride ourselves on the level of customer service we give,” Halm said. “We try to avoid flash-in-the-pan hires. We want to make commitments. We try to stick to part-time roles, midtime roles, and full-times roles.” In order to draw customers into the store, Scheels focuses on the experience. The Bismarck store offers games for everyone such as bowling or shooting. Grandma Gina’s cafe offers lunch, dinner, and fudge. The two-story flagship store in Fargo is known for its Ferris wheel. “We strive to create a great experience,” Neutman said. “Experience is one word we use quite often.” In addition, Scheels has a robust online presence. Like many businesses, the pandemic accelerated online purchases. Still, Scheels keeps things as local as possible. “If someone jumps on Scheels.com, it will pull from the closest local store,” Neutman said. When you are buying strictly from an online retailer with no brick-and-mortar presences in your community, it may be easy up front but not easy if you have to make returns. “It’s easy to jump online and buy those things,” Neutman said. “When something goes wrong, it’s never that easy.”

Tyler Halm, Store Leader at Scheels

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MEMBER PROFILE | CONNECTION Revive Nutrition has been a Chamber EDC member since 2021.

Bailey Pask REVIVE NUTRITION Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: ​My name is Bailey Pask and I’m the owner and an operator at Revive Nutrition. I’m originally from Mandan and currently reside there as well. Prior to opening Revive Nutrition in February 2021, I was working as a Registered Nurse on Labor & Delivery at CHI St. Alexius. A part of my passion has always been for the business world, as my first degree was in Business Administration which I received from the University of Mary.

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MEMBER SINCE 2021 Briefly tell us the history behind Revive Nutrition and how you got started. A: ​Over my first few years working as a nurse, I also held a part-time job at another nutrition club in Bismarck. The idea of owning my own club some day was always in the back of my mind, as I’ve always wanted to be a business owner. The location in Mandan was brought to my attention and I felt like it couldn’t have been a better fit for me and my future customers, so the decision was made to lease the space and transform it into what it is today!


CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Revive Nutrition? A: ​The growth we’ve seen over the past few years in Bismarck-Mandan is the reason we had the opportunity to open Revive Nutrition, as there is certainly a large customer base that loves our products and wants the convenience of multiple locations, just like they do with their coffee shops. How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Revive Nutrition? A: ​We understand that people are always on-the-go, and having the option for a healthy meal alternative where you don’t have to take the time to sit down and eat your meal, but can take your protein shake to-go and get on with your day, is the reason we have seen continued success with our protein shakes along with the other items on our menu. Our customers find that it’s a very easy breakfast or lunch option for their busy days. Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: Our biggest bump in the road has been the availability and quality of paper/plastic supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the plastic shortages have caused us to be creative and save where we can. What does the future of Revive Nutrition look like, and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: We are excited for the future of Revive Nutrition! We are quickly approaching our one year anniversary and couldn’t be happier to be serving the Bismarck-Mandan community. Our regulars, along with every single new customer that walks through our doors, continues to be the reason we are here. We always look forward to the new products that Herbalife continues to release, as well as the fun recipes our team continues to come up with themselves.

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Why did you decide to become a member of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC? A: Membership with the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC was an important step in my continuity of networking within the community. The opportunities you provide for your members have been a great outlet to get the word about my business and build relationships with other business owners in Bismarck-Mandan. What should other Chamber EDC members know about Revive Nutrition that they may not know already? A: We have a great team at Revive that is always ready to serve up your favorites or help you find something new to try! If you aren’t familiar with our menu or our Herbalife products, we’d love to have you stop in and try some of our top selling drinks. We are always looking for ways to grow and expand, so if there’s something you wish we had that you’d like to see, we’d love to hear from you!

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

BISMARCK-MANDAN FEATURED Bismarck-Mandan was recently featured in both Expansion Solutions and Business Xpansion Journal. Both publications are economic development trade publications and viewed by site selectors and company executives across the country. Bismarck Mandan was a part of a North Dakota spotlight in past issues. Both articles highlighted Bismarck-Mandan’s progressive higher education institutions, available resources, and quality of life amenities. The Business Xpansion Journal article was included in the September/October issue and the Expansion Solutions article will be in the November/December issue.

MORTON COUNTY PROJECT RECEIVES ASSISTANCE A Glen Ullin restaurant and bar, Wet Spot Bar & Grill, received funding from the Morton County Development Fund. Wet Spot Bar & Grill is the only restaurant in Glen Ullin other than Hot Stuff Pizza at the Cenex making it important to keep open. The previous owner was looking to sell and a local couple, Tanya and Erling Barmoen, decided to purchase the bar and grill. The Morton County Development Fund request will fulfill the local match requirement for BND’s Flex Pace interest buydown program. If you have any questions about the Morton County Development Fund or how to apply contact the Chamber EDC office.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH: LIFT FUND The North Dakota Development Fund administers a financial assistance program aimed at helping childcare providers throughout North Dakota. Eligible Organizations include licensed profit, nonprofit and public childcare facilities. Faith-based organizations are eligible but must follow all appropriate federal guidelines if receiving federal subsidies. The loan can be up to $100,000 and be used for the acquiring, leasing or remodeling of real estate facilities, purchasing equipment or working capital. The ND Department of Human Services, Early Childhood Division, is using funding streams to support the health and sustainability of North Dakota’s childcare sector. The grant opportunities available to the state’s early childhood community will help address operating and facility costs and will support greater access and quality. For more information on either of these programs contact Nathan at the Chamber EDC office.

OCTOBER 2021 ECONOMIC INDICATORS Sales Tax Collected $2,776,050

Airport Passengers 37,290

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Month-over-month increase

Residential Building Permits 36

Residential Permit Valuation $10,917,471

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See the full list of economic indicators on the Chamber EDC’s Economy at a Glance at www.bismarckmandanedc.com.

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TALENT ATTRACTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES In mid-November the Chamber EDC launched its 12th talent attraction campaign. The campaign includes paid Google and Facebook ads as well as YouTube videos featuring Bismarck Mandan residents making a difference in the community. The paid ads coincide with the organic posts produced by Chamber EDC staff. The goal of the campaign is to reach the maximum amount of people to increase awareness of Bismarck Mandan, get people to click through to the BMCEDC website, and market directly to ex-patriots of Bismarck Mandan with the intent to get them to move “home”. Areas of focus for the ads are the states of Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Minnesota, and Illinois. The campaign, which is being done in partnership with KK Bold, will run through the new year.

BUSINESS STARTUP 101 HELD

The Mandan Tomorrow Plan – Economic Opportunity & Prosperity (EOP) Committee, with assistance from the City of Mandan’s Business Development Department and the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, recently held the 9th Annual Business Start-Up 101 Workshop. This free workshop was offered to all residents of Mandan who are considering whether or not to start their own business. Attendees first heard from a panel consisting of resource partners who can aid in business planning and financing, followed by another panel, this one comprised of Mandan business owners and entrepreneurs, sharing their own success stories having already established successful businesses in Mandan. Business Start-Up 101 is part of an ongoing series of business education and outreach activities hosted by the EOP Committee.

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WELCOME TO THE ON THIS DAY OF CHAMBER EDC, MARY! CHRISTMAS, THE CHAMBER EDC I was born and raised in Bismarck, though my family GAVE TO ME… roots span the entire USA. The 12 Tastes of Christmas! Join the Chamber EDC for our BRAND-NEW holiday event that is sure to get everyone in the holiday “spirits!”

From a young age, I had a sense of adventure instilled in me, and the more of the world I traveled, the more I grew to love the community I called home. Bismarck-Mandan is such a special place, and I am thrilled to have a part in making it even better! I am a people-person, who thrives on collaboration and co-operation.

Mary Kempenich

I am excited to grow the workforce in BisMan through community engagement and outreach in my position as the Workforce Marketing Specialist. I believe that people don’t just want to have a job, they want to have a life, and I hope to show the whole world the wonderful life they could have here. In my free time, I am a reader (with a passion for Stephen King novels), a coffee junkie, runner, hiker, kayaker, and generally busy person. I love the variety of activities available right beyond my front door and appreciate that there are so many unique, local events that keep me on my toes! My husband, our three dogs and our cat are my partners in every adventure and new challenge. They also help me remember to take a breather every now-and-then!

On Thursday, December 9th, guests will have the opportunity to network and spread holiday cheer while taste-testing holiday-inspired cocktails, wine, beer, spirits, and more! Local distributors and breweries will each have their own offerings for you to try, alongside free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. So, come along as we sample the best food and drink that Bismarck-Mandan has to offer, all while enjoying one of Bismarck-Mandan’s best views from the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence (4th Floor, Bavendick Stateroom). Registration will take place from 4:30pm to 5:00pm, with the event to follow from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Live holiday music, along with great food, drinks, and company will make this event well worth the $25-member discounted admission. For more information or to register, contact Josie Smyle, jsmyle@bmcedc.com, at the Chamber EDC, 701-223-5660, today! THANK YOU SPONSORS! Social Sponsor: Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau Appetizer Sponsors: Bismarck Cancer Center, Capital Credit Union, Gate City Bank Interested in being a sponsor for this fun holiday event? Contact Sales Coordinator, Nate Brown by emailing nbrown@bmcedc.com, to learn more today!

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CEDC INDOOR GOLF TOURNAMENT RETURNS! Start of the new year with the first Chamber EDC event of 2022! The Chamber EDC Indoor Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, January 14th, 2022, at Golf Etc., 511 Airport Road in Bismarck. Don’t wait to sign up, as number of spots available is limited!

On this Friday, two-person teams will compete in a 9-hole tournament over the following flights: • Flight One: 11:00am • Flight Two: 1:00pm • Flight Three: 3:00pm Don’t have a team put together? No worries! We’ll get you connected with a teammate for the tournament! Food and drinks will be provided for players, along with prizes for the top three teams and the player with most fairways. Contact Josie Smyle, jsmyle@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC, 701-223-5660, with any questions and to register. THANK YOU SPONSORS:

DEVELOP YOUR LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL AS A FIRST TIME MANAGER

We assume that a high-performance employee can immediately translate to a high-performance leader. The fact is that the skill set, and mind set are completely different, and the transition can be hard.

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC and Dale Carnegie Training are teaming up to bring you, our membership, an exclusive 10-week experience to develop high-performance leaders! Together, we’ll set our teams in motion and help our organizations reach new heights, powered by the unique talents of our best asset – our employees. This program is specifically designed to address challenges that new leaders face, to help change our mindset, and to give us confidence with proven strategies and tools that are used by the most successful leaders. By the end of this course participants will increase self-awareness; convey honesty, integrity and accountability; use authority and influence appropriately; and model effective interpersonal communication.

Hole-In-One Sponsor:

Sign up online today at: https://business.bismarckmandan.com/events/details/develop-you-leadership-potential-as-a-first-time-manager-5264

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This course meets Fridays, virtually from 8:00am – 10:00am between January 14th and March 18th, 2022.

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Limited number of participants so sign up TODAY! Fee: $550/attendee.

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Call Christine Nelson for questions or for more details at 701-223-5660.

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Bay Sponsor: Bismarck Motor Company, Brady, Martz, & Associates, Starion Bank Interested in being a part of this fun Chamber EDC event? Contact CEDC Sales Coordinator, Nate Brown by emailing, nbrown@bmcedc.com, to learn more about sponsoring this event today!

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NEW TO STATE OF THE CITIES AGENDA – HIGHER EDUCATION DISCUSSION PANEL On Wednesday, November 10th, around 300 Chamber EDC members joined the three presidents of our local universities, along with both Mandan Mayor, Tim Helbling, and Bismarck Mayor, Steve Bakken, for the annual State of the Cities Address. NEW to this year’s agenda, the Higher Education Discussion Panel, kicked off the event where guests heard from the following: • Dr. Leander McDonald, President – United Tribes Technical College • Monsignor James Shea, President – University of Mary • Dr. Doug Jensen, President – Bismarck State College.

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The Higher Education Discussion Panel brought insight to attendees on a variety of topics, including what the role of higher education is in workforce development, one of the biggest challenges Chamber EDC members are facing today. Following the panel discussion, Mandan Mayor, Tim Helbling, took the stage where he highlighted the enhancements to both the Morton Mandan Public Library and Dykshoorn park, as well as the importance of the many roadway improvements to the City of Mandan, this past year and in the years to come. Bismarck Mayor, Steve Bakken, followed by emphasizing the importance of Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health and their dedication to improving the heath and safety of the community, as well as spoke on the focus of arterial roadway improvement projects, such as the reconstruction to 43rd Avenue. Both Mandan and Bismarck leaders continue to focus on economic growth in both of our communities. The Chamber EDC would like to thank all attendee’s, in-person and virtual, for attending this year’s State of the Cities event! It is with your ongoing support and dedication that makes this event a success year after year. The Chamber EDC would also like to thank the Presidents of Higher Education, Mandan Mayor, Tim Helbling, Bismarck Mayor, Steve Bakken, and our sponsors who invest in the Bismarck-Mandan community each day!

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Table Sponsors: Apex Engineering, Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck State College, BNC National Bank, Bravera Bank, Capital Credit Union, City of Mandan, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, EAPC Architects Engineers, First International Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, HDR Engineering, ICON Architectural Group, JLG Architects, Leadership Bismarck Mandan Alumni Association, Northern Improvement Company, Northwest Tire, Pearce Durick PLLC, Sanford, Starion Bank, United Tribes Technical College, University of Mary


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INDUSTRY LEADERS DISCUSS WORKFORCE ISSUES & SOLUTIONS AT 2021 WORKFORCE SUMMIT

On Thursday, October 21st, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, along with McGough Construction, hosted the 2021 Workforce Summit. This informative event included much insight from industry leaders on workforce issues in the Bismarck-Mandan community, along with solutions to such issues. The morning started with keynote speaker, Rikka Brandon, as she spoke on “The Recruiting Blueprint.” Following the keynote presentation, four different breakout sessions were provided, where guests had the opportunity to attend three out of the four sessions of their choosing. Community business leaders led each of the sessions on the following topics:

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“Putting the Recruitment Blueprint to Work – How to Super Charge Your Job Postings” • Rikka Brandon, rikkabrandon.com, LLC “Building Your Company’s Culture” • Josh Gallion, ND State Auditor • James Eastin, Laughing Sun/CraftCade • Phoebe Hoerner, Electric Salon “Mental Health in the Workplace” • Michelle Wall, Dale Carnegie of ND and MN “HR Do’s & Don’ts for Small Businesses” • Cindy Griffin, Midwest Ag Energy • Stacey Thomas, Specialized Cleaning and Restoration • John Funk, Spherion Staffing & Recruiting This event featured an expanded selection of workforce topics for attendees to gain insight into various workforce opportunities and ideas for their workplace!

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN: ORIENTATION AND AGRICULTURE

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES The unofficial theme of Energy & Natural Resources Day was “transmission.” Multiple speakers talked about the growing need for more transmission lines to improve electrical infrastructure. Jean Schafer of Basin Electric kicked off the day with an “Energy Markets Overview.” She reviewed the 2021 blizzard that took down the Texas electrical grid and the ramifications north to BismarckMandan. In response the Texas blizzard, the Southwest Power Pool deployed rolling brown-outs that kept the power grid functioning and affected north Bismarck residents. Schafer said the brown-outs weren’t a failure of the system. They were a success that kept the system from crashing. The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class stands in the bucket of Liberty drag line at BNI

Coal’s Center mine. The mine tour was part of Energy & Natural Resources Day on Oct. 20. Lignite Energy Council sponsored a bus that took the class to tour BNI Coal mine at Center, N.D. North Dakota coal OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: is 1/3 water. The quality of the coal is low enough that it’s not cost effective to ship it across the country. Presenting That’s why North Dakota has mine-mouth plants where Sponsor: the coal is processed on-site.

ARTS & LEISURE DAY The class started Arts & Leisure Day at the Mandan Parks & Recreation administration office on the Raging Rivers property. Director Cole Higlin spoke on Mandan Parks & Recreation’s 100th year. Director Kevin Klipfel presented on Bismarck Parks and Recreation. Higlin reported that the golf courses are breaking records. Previously, golf numbers had stagnated. During COVID-19, golf was an outdoor activity where people felt comfortable. Ever since then, golf numbers have increased. Klipfel outlined Bismarck Parks & Recreation’s two-year strategic plan, which includes a facilities master plan, an ADA transition plan, a technology roadmap, and improving recruitment and retention of staff. The class met with Dakota West Arts Council director Molly McLain at the Heritage Art Tunnel. Heritage Art Tunnel was the project of a previous Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class. The day closed with a painting session at Theo Art School with a presentation by director Liliana Norby.

Gold Sponsor: Program Sponsors: Bartlett & West, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Liberty Business Systems, KLJ Energy & Natural Resources co-chairs: Julie Fedorchak – N.D. Public Service Commission Kay LaCoe – Lignite Energy Council Krista Rausch – N.D. Assoc. of Rural Electric Cooperatives Arts & Leisure co-chairs: Tyler Sander – Aetna, a CVS Company Kelly Thomas – Mandan Parks & Recreation Bus, Lunch, and Breakfast Sponsors: Lignite Energy Council - Energy & Natural Resources Day BNI Coal - Energy & Natural Resources Day Mandan Parks & Rec - Arts & Leisure Day Theo Art School - Arts & Leisure Day

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12 TASTES OF CHRISTMAS

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 Location: BSC - NECE (4th floor, Bavendick Stateroom) 1200 Schafer St, Bismarck Registration: 4:30PM - 5:00PM Event Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM Admission: $25 for Chamber EDC members $50 for General Admission MUST BE 21+ TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. Photo I.D. will be required! NEW to the Chamber EDC's engagement/networking events is the 12 Tastes of Christmas! This new winter event is sure to get Chamber EDC members in the Christmas “spirits”. At the event, guests will be able to network and share their holiday cheer while taste-testing holidayinspired cocktails, wine, beer, spirits, and more! Free hors d’oeuvres, drinks from the cash bar, holiday music by Brian Gray, and some great company will make this event well worth the $25-member discounted admission. For more information, contact Josie Smyle, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660. Registration opens at 4:30pm, with the event to follow from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on the 4th floor of the National Energy Center of Excellence, located on the Bismarck State College campus.

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INDOOR GOLF TOURNEY

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022 Location: Golf Etc. 511 Airport Road, Bismarck Flight Times: 11:00AM - 1:00PM 1:00PM - 3:00PM 3:00PM - 5:00PM Admission: $150 per team $75 for individual Presenting Sponsor: Returning to the events calendar in 2022 is the Chamber EDC’s Indoor Golf Tournament! Register TODAY for this fun event that will take place on Friday, January 14th, at Golf Etc. *Number of spots available is limited* Entry fees include: $150 for a team of two and $75 for an individual player. Prizes will be available for the top 3 teams and the player with most fairways. Don’t have a team put together? No worries! We’ll get you connected with a teammate for the tournament! Please contact Josie Smyle at jsmyle@bmcedc.com or call 701-223-5660 with any questions or to register.


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MEMBERSHIP MIXER: MEMBERSHIP MIXER: BAYMONT INN & SUITES DAKOTA EYE INSTITUTE Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022 Location: Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan Event Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022 Location: Dakota Eye Institute 200 S 5th Street, Bismarck Event Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Membership Mixers are back! Save the date for the first Membership Mixer of the new year!

Save the date and RSVP today for the February 2022 Membership Mixer!

Baymont Inn & Suites will be hosting the January Membership Mixer on Thursday, January 27th at 2611 Old Red Trail in Mandan from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Dakota Eye Institute will be hosting the February Membership Mixer on Thursday, February 24th, at their south location, 200 S 5th Street, in Bismarck, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Join fellow Chamber EDC members for this Membership Mixer while we enjoy refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and some business after hours. Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend. Please consider attending and bringing colleagues from your workplace! RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made by registering online at https://business.bismarckmandan. com/events or by contacting Josie Smyle at jsmyle@ bmcedc.com.

Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend so bring your colleagues and friends for a great evening of appetizers, refreshments, and networking! RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by registering online at https://business.bismarckmandan.com/events or by contacting Josie Smyle, jsmyle@bmcedc.com.

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Complimentary services include: Dietary Counseling • Lodging Assistance Support Groups • Physical Therapy • Massage Therapy Transportation Assistance • Emotional & Spiritual Counseling Provide help today at: bismarckcancercenter.com/donate bismarckcancercenter.com|222-6100|500 N 8th St|Bismarck, ND 58501

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AMERICAN BANK CENTER BECOMES BRAVERA BANK American Bank Center is now Bravera Bank [Brah-VEHR-uh]. The rebrand involves a new name, logo, tagline and visual identity. This is strictly a name change and not a change in ownership. Bravera will continue to be an employee- and director-owned business.

In October, American Bank Center changed their name to Bravera Bank.

All locations that were branded as American, Prairie Mountain Bank, Beartooth Bank, Central Insurance Agency, Citizens State Bank or Citizens Insurance Agency are now visibly unified under the name Bravera. American Bank Center is now Bravera Bank, American Trust Center becomes Bravera Wealth and American Insurance Center is Bravera Insurance.

After 100 years of serving the families and businesses of North Dakota with a full range of banking, trust, investment and insurance services, American Bank Center has several reasons for making this change. The company has grown in recent years, expanding its network of branches across North Dakota and Montana. The rebrand to Bravera contributes to the continued growth of the company by setting it apart from the many other companies that use American in their names. Additionally, Bravera is a name that can be trademark in the U.S. to protect the company’s brand and grow its footprint. "We are proud to become Bravera, because it’s a change that helps further our mission of being a financial institution that supports the growth of the region's future,” said David Ehlis, Bravera president and CEO. The new name is a combination of the words bravery and truth (‘vera’ translates to ‘true’ in Latin). These values have ties to the pioneering spirit and honesty found in the company’s Midwestern roots. To learn more about Bravera Bank, visit bravera.bank.

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LARKS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN BISMARCK/MANDAN COMMUNITIES

The Bismarck Larks baseball team has several community programs they facilitate throughout the year with help from their fans and sponsors. These programs help by raising money for nonprofits, donating school supplies, collecting food for food banks, honoring local heroes and even encouraging students to read. "These are my favorite stats of the year,” said John Bollinger, Chief Experience Officer of the Larks. “It’s just amazing what we as a community can accomplish when we use fun to connect our fans, local businesses and non-profit partners." The following is a list of some of the ways the Larks have contributed to the community:

• Collected 3,282 pounds of food and $297 during the Farmers Union Insurance Jersey Giveaway which provided 3,626 meals to the Great Plains Food Bank • Clark’s Car Wash raised $4,320 to MSA United Way thanks to Eide Ford and Eide Chrysler • Over 9,000 kids from 52 Schools in reading program presented by Farmers Union Insurance

DFC COMPANY TAKES PARENT COMPANY ROLE FOR FIVE ENTITIES

Dakota Fence, Dakota Playground, 3D Specialties and newly added Sign Solutions USA and Park & Play USA are now companies under DFC Company. DFC Company, the new parent company, stems from Dakota Fence Company (“DFC”), which was the founding company dating back to 1972.

“With the growth we have had over the past couple of years, new companies joining our group of companies, and getting ready to enter our 50th anniversary, we wanted to unify our five companies under our new parent company name – DFC Company – and unveil a new logo.” President, Joe Currier, stated in an announcement to employees Friday, October 22nd. “We wanted to keep the blue color since that is unique to our company and has a lot of brand equity in our region, especially with our blue trucks. As a family business, our team members make up our ‘Blue Family’ and the abstract ‘D’ with the three flat shapes serves as a reminder of our founders, Dave, Dan and Dick Currier.”

• 1,128 toys and $1,168 were donated to the Bismarck-Mandan Salvation Army during the North American Coal Christmas event

• 85 Lignite Energy Council Teachers of the Year were nominated

• 300 kids participated in STEM Day at the Ballpark presented by MDU Resources • 19 Scheels Hidden Hometown heroes were recognized

• 7 Sanford Health Home Run for Life families were honored

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• 250 backpacks and $909 were donated Carrie’s Kidsduring the Backpack Giveback

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• 100 people participated in the Hunter’s Smile Superhero Bik ride which raised $17,000

• An additional $23,000 was donated through ticket fundraisers (includes the First International Bank & Trust Miracle Minute and 50-50 raffle, BNC National Bank Change for Change program and other sponsored promotions) The Larks plan to continue and expand on these community programs in 2022.

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SEEDS OF HOPE’S CHRISTMAS STORE OPENS

The Myrt Armstrong Christmas store in the Abused Adult Resource Center’s Seeds of Hope Thrift and Gift Store is now open to the general public. The store is named in honor of the late Myrt Armstrong, who originated the idea of the Christmas store. Located in the lower level of the Seeds of Hope, 520 E. Main, the Christmas store features a vast assortment of unique holiday gifts and decorations. The Christmas store includes all sizes of Christmas trees, Nativity scenes, home goods, wreaths, vintage decorations, lights, yard decorations, linens, gift bags/wrapping, floral, ornaments and many other one-of-a-kind holiday items. New items are added daily. Donations of holiday items are appreciated now and throughout the year. The Christmas store’s normal hours are 9:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Saturday through the end of the holiday season.

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CONTACT ROSS TODAY to find out details about membership and if it’s the right choice for your business! rfrohlich@bmcedc.com

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FORUM TO FOCUS ON WORKFORCE RETENTION & ATTRACTION Best practices in retaining and attracting employees will be the focus of an informational forum to be held in Mandan on Monday, Dec. 13. The free “lunch and learn” session runs from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Baymont Inn located at 2611 Old Red Trail in Mandan. Pat Bertagnolli For program details and to register, visit www.cityofmandan.com/register or call 701-667-3478. The informational session is for small business owners and managers seeking information on topics such as labor force participation and wage rates plus inspiration and best practices for keeping, developing and finding great employees. The keynote speaker on the subject of recruiting and retention through community building is Watford City Rough Rider Center and Community Enhancement Director Pat Bertagnolli. His experiences include 22 years with UPS in workforce planning and employee relations as well as nearly a decade in the western North Dakota energy sector. Comprehensive and creative in his approach to human resources, Bertagnolli believes the state is at its best when people and organizations accentuate “North Dakota Nice” and focus on mentoring and giving back, which in turn, create great experiences for employees and their families. North Dakota Job Service Workforce Services Director Phil Davis and Bismarck Workforce Center Manager Amy Arenz will share statistical and services available to employers. Information will be available about local and state programs including job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, and student loan reimbursement and scholarship matching funds. “If area businesses could ask for one gift this holiday season, most would ask for more employees,” notes Mandan Bennigan’s restaurant co-owner Rob Knoll, who also serves as chair of the Mandan Tomorrow – Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee. The workshop is part of an ongoing series of business education and outreach activities. Learn more at www.cityofmandan.com.


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MANDAN TO BUILD IMPROVED, PERMANENT RODEO ARENA

The Mandan Park Board approved proceeding with major upgrades to the rodeo arena used by Mandan Horse & Saddle Club on the west side of Dacotah Centennial Park on Monday, October 11 at the Mandan Park Board meeting.

The new permanent rodeo arena is set to be completed before the 2022 Mandan Rodeo Days.

The Mandan Rodeo Days Committee is responsible for the cost of the new Renderings: ICON Architects arena. Mandan Park District and the Mandan Rodeo Days Committee secured a $750,000 donation from Dale Pahlke, Dakota Community Bank & Trust and a $1 million commitment from the City of Mandan Visitors Fund to directly benefit infrastructure improvements at Dacotah Centennial Park. “We believe that this project will benefit Mandan Park District, Mandan Rodeo, Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Association, and Mandan Horse and Saddle Club. All community-minded entities are proud to be a part of this partnership and are working towards the same end goal” said Dustin Fleck, Mandan Park District Park Superintendent. The improved facility will now be known as the Dale Pahlke Arena on the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Rodeo Grounds. The Dale Pahlke Arena will feature a larger arena with improved drainage, new fencing and gates, new announcer stand, audio visual system, 4,000 seat grandstand, livestock pens, contestant warm-up area, future exhibit hall and a maintenance/storage shed. Dacotah Centennial Park updates will include accommodating ADA upgrades to bleachers and LED lighting throughout the facility. To plan for future, the Park District supported the recommendation from the Dacotah Centennial Park Advisory Committee to relocate the community gardens to the former south tennis court site, 608 8th Ave. SE in 2022.

Dale Pahlke and Dakota Community Bank & Trust have always been strong supporters of the Mandan community, providing local leadership and helping the community grow. Mandan Park District is confident in the partnership. Mandan Park Board approved hiring Icon Architectural Group to construct the project. “We believe it is important to have a local connection and expand on community development” said Cole Higlin, Mandan Park District Director. The goal is to have the facility ready by the Fourth of July in 2022.

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY’S NEW DOCTORATE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE AWARDED ACCREDITATION The University of Mary’s Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program just became accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and is the first college or university in North or South Dakota and Montana to offer the online terminal degree and one of only a handful across the entire United States. The University of Mary is once again answering the call and need locally, regionally, and nationally with its new online (DBA) degree to be launched this Spring Semester, January 2022. The degree falls under the popular Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary. The school’s dean, Dr. Karel Sovak, who has spent decades interacting with businesses to get to know their needs, believes this degree is long overdue in the workforce, not only in North Dakota, but nationally. “We have long felt the need for an advanced practitioner’s degree for our business leaders, and the DBA is a perfect fit for hardworking individuals who would like to advance in their profession or simply further develop their skillset,” said Sovak. “It is incredibly important to develop a program around our mission-driven business education that is going to carry on the philosophy of the formation of the whole person as our current undergraduate and graduate programs offer. We know this will be a valuable addition to our portfolio of offerings and upholds the vision of our university and the Gary Tharaldson School of Business. We are blessed in the confidence our administration and the Board of Trustees has given us to pursue this opportunity and look forward to being the leading educational institution in furthering the development of virtuous, servant-leaders in our region and beyond. In 1959, our founders the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery began what was then Mary College, committed to meeting the needs of the region and beyond so that our students and graduates could grow, live, and work with gratitude — for life. This DBA is another commitment to that vision here at the University of Mary.” A DBA provides a key differentiator for those who want to elevate their career or status as a leader in business or academia, while bolstering their expertise and potential for increase in salaries.

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“Business should be a force for good,” said Dr. Jeff Moser, coordinator of the new DBA program and a Mary alum with undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration, and a doctorate from Keiser University. “This degree allows our students to achieve that outcome by gaining critical skill sets to make both an immediate and long-lasting impacts within their business and industry. Our program offers a dissertation that’s integrated into the coursework. Classes are all online — which is rare — and offered in a cohort model with other peers. The DBA is perfect for busy, working adults, and students can potentially complete their degree in three years.” Moser adds, Mary will require 54 credits to complete the DBA degree, and as initial prerequisites for admission into the program a minimum 3.0 GPA master’s degree from an accredited institution, a resume or curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation. To learn more about the University of Mary DBA program, the public is invited to an open house December 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Butler Center on South Seventh Street in Bismarck. During this “Let's Talk Business” meet and greet, information about all of University of Mary’s business programs will be available, and guests can talk with Mary’s admissions team and faculty. There were only 28 online DBA programs across the nation in 2018, with less than half fully online. According to Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), DBA graduates increased by 10 percent annually from 2010 to 2018. Career positions that benefit from a DBA include business professors, business analysts, business consultants, business developers, program directors, economists, and upper-level executives such as managers, managerial consultants, and chief financial officers or financial managers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that top business executives took home over $165,000 in median annual wages in 2010. Also, BLS projects employment for financial managers to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than average — and a median annual salary of $129,890. Further statistics show, upcoming job opportunities will be plentiful as employment in top-level positions within business is expected to grow by 8 percent between 2016 and 2026. In the same time period, the demand for management consultants will increase by 12 percent.


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ASK A PRO | CONNECTION

AMBER SCHRIOCK at

1661 Capitol Way, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-250-9400

Q: LEAVING THE OFFICE, WHAT ABOUT MY EMAILS? A: With the holiday season approaching, many of us will be going on vacation and (hopefully) not checking emails regularly. In order to let people trying to reach you know that they will not get a speedy response, set up an out of office reply.

Outlook App: Click on the File tab, select Automate Replies, select “Send automatic replies”. Here you can enter a specified date range to send the replies. Enter your desired message. If you have a different message for those outside the organization, that can be entered at this step in the “Outside My Organization” tab. Select OK, and you’re ready for vacation! Outlook Web Portal: Click the gear in the upper right-hand corner, Mail, Automatic Replies. Select “Turn on automatic replies.” This option has the same settings as the app.

JOHN BOLLINGER at

at

201 W Front Ave, Bismarck, ND 58504 701-557-7600

500 N 8th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-222-6100

Q: HOW CAN I DELIVER A GREAT CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE WHEN I’M FACING A SUPPLY-CHAIN OR STAFF SHORTAGE PROBLEM? A: Last week, I went out for lunch twice.

Q: I’M 56 YEARS OLD AND HAVE BEEN A SMOKER FOR YEARS. WHAT SYMPTOMS SHOULD I LOOK FOR IF I HAVE LUNG CANCER? A: The biggest risk factor for lung cancer

The first time I was told the food would be right out like normal and after numerous delays, apologies and “only a few more minutes” comments the food came out. The waiter told me he apologized and they were short staffed in the kitchen today, but after the fact it was hard feel good about the experience even though my food was good. On the flip side, the second time I went out to lunch the waitress was totally transparent and said, “we’re a little short staffed in the kitchen so food is taking around 20 minutes but is there anything I can get you as you wait?” I not only totally understood but felt amazing when the food came out five minutes earlier than expected. The lesson learned through all this is that most customers are very understanding of our businesses challenges, especially in this economic environment, as long as you manage their expectations. Tell your customers your shortcomings upfront and then work with them to exceed their expectations, not the other way around. This will lead to happier, more emphatic, and loyal customers.

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remains smoking. Lung cancer may not produce any noticeable symptoms in early stages and many people aren’t diagnosed until the disease is advanced. Importantly, the United States Preventative Services Task Force now recommends annual screening CT Scans for people 55-80 years old who have a 25-pack-a-year smoking history, as this has been shown to improve survival by catching lung cancer before it causes symptoms. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer may include: • Lasting cough or hoarseness (most common) • Coughing up blood • Breathing difficulties that become progressively worse • Loss of appetite or unintentional weight loss • Extreme fatigue • Hoarseness • Recurring infections like bronchitis or pneumonia • Rapidly developing facial swelling The above symptoms are also a concern to people who do not have a history of smoking. If you have any questions or concerns, it is important to talk to your medical provider. If caught at an early stage, lung cancer is often treatable and controllable.


CONNECTION | ASK A PRO

COLLIN KUDRNA at

4204 Boulder Ridge Rd, #100, Bismarck, ND 58503

701-751-3064

Q: WHAT IS PILATES? A: Joseph Pilates developed the Pilates

method, once known as “Contrology” for therapeutic use and conditioning. Optimum Therapies offers all the Pilates equipment necessary to effectively rehabilitate various injuries and postural deviations from normal and progress you to home mat exercises or Pilates classes with our Personal Trainer. Physical therapy addresses muscle imbalances, which can leave you susceptible to injuries. Pilates-based therapy enhances strength, flexibility, and agility. This therapy benefits back pain, headaches, treatment after injury, improving sports performance, and injury prevention. Pilates is also an excellent fitness program for any age, shape, or size and gives you a full-body workout. At Optimum Therapies, we believe in the mind-body connection, and Pilates, whether used in conjunction with physical therapy or as a fitness program, incorporates that connection. The exercises require a person to concentrate on their body during Pilates movements to perform the activities accurately. The six specific components of Pilates are core stability, muscle control, breathing, flexibility, posture, and strength. Pilates is easily modified to work with all comfort levels and abilities. For more information contact us (701) 751-3064. There is no referral needed to access quality physical therapy.

NICK MAC ARTHUR at

212 E Main Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-595-0159

Q: I MADE A TIKTOK FOR MY BUSINESS, NOW WHAT? A: TikTok now has over 130 million active

users in the US so it’s no surprise many businesses have embraced the craze. But, as a business or organization, there may be some questions like: How do I use it? Do I need to know how to dance? Will I have as many followers as The Rock? The answers? It’s easy, no, and maybe. You may want to familiarize yourself with TikTok and its suite of creative tools by making a personal account first. Once you’ve become acclimated, you’ll want to switch to a business account. Choose the category that best fits your business for custom tailored content and options. The entire feel of TikTok is very organic and user generated. Leave the idea of polished and curated content behind and make TikToks that are more authentic. This gives you the perfect chance to reveal your brand’s true personality. Next, find your niche on TikTok. If you’re consistently sharing focused content, TikTok’s algorithms will direct interested users to your page, meaning your ideal audience is better able to find and engage with you. As your following grows, TikTok can become a great tool to point users to other places like your other social media or webpage. Lastly, be sure to check out TikTok’s Business Learning Center for even more helpful tips.

JOEL BLANCHARD, MD at

2603 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-323-5222

Q: WHEN COMPANIES ARE HAVING THEIR EMPLOYEES VACCINATE, ARE THEY LIABLE FOR ANY ADVERSE REACTIONS THAT MIGHT OCCUR? A: First, serious adverse effects from the

vaccine are extremely rare. Most adverse reactions are limited to pain at the injection site, fever, body aches and headaches lasting 12–24 hours. If companies are encouraging their employees to get vaccinated, but not mandating it, receiving the vaccine is a personal health issue and the company is not liable for any adverse effects. If the company is mandating COVID-19 vaccination, any illness might be related to work. A claim should be filed with the company’s workers’ compensation carrier. The workers' compensation insurance will determine if it is work-related and compensable. To promote vaccination, companies should be encouraged to offer paid time off to employees to get vaccinated. They should also be encouraged to provide time away from work if the employee develops any adverse reaction to the vaccine. Existing sick time coverage may be used to provide this paid time off.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION CAPITAL CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES BUSINESS SERVICES OFFICER LEHN Capital Credit Union today announced the hiring of Michael Lehn as a business services officer Michael Lehn at their Main Office in Bismarck. Lehn has four years of professional experience in the financial services and agriculture lending industries. As a business services officer and member of Capital Credit Union’s Ag Lending Team, Lehn will focus on lending and delivery of multiple business products with an emphasis on building new business and agriculture lending relationships in the western North Dakota market. Lehn joins the Capital Credit Union team from Cornerstone Bank in New Town, where he had been an ag and business banker since 2018. Prior to Cornerstone Bank, he worked for Farm Credit Services of North Dakota as an ag loan officer. Lehn earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from University of Wisconsin – River Falls in River Falls, Wisconsin. He and his wife, Mia, have one son, Blaise. FUCHS PROMOTED TO ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE SUPERVISOR FOR KLJ KLJ Engineering is proud to announce that Kristen Fuchs has been promoted to Accounts Kristen Fuchs Receivable Supervisor. In this role she will manage all aspects of KLJ’s accounts receivable function in collaboration with numerous stakeholders, providing accurate and timely revenue recognition, collection of accounts, and internal reporting. Fuchs, who has worked in KLJ’s Finance department since January 2016, earned her associate’s degree in office management, specializing in legal management, from Rasmussen University.

SCHREINER NAMED OPERATIONS MANAGER Valvoline Instant Oil Change is pleased to introduce Terry Schreiner as our new Operations Manager for our Minot Terry Schreiner and Bismarck locations. Terry will operate our North Bismarck location while overseeing both Bismarck and Minot locations. His position allows our organization to prepare for growing our Valvoline business. Terry attended both Montana State University and Bismarck State College. He began his professional career with Walmart. He worked with them for 21 years earning the position of Store Manager. During his career with Walmart, Terry earned 2003 Hometown Store of the Year. Terry joined the Tires Plus of North Dakota and Valvoline Instant Oil Change team in May 2015, beginning as Store Manager of Tires Plus South Bismarck location. During that time, he successfully completed several industry certification courses. He also received the Dale Carnegie Highest Achievement Award. Terry and his family reside in Bismarck. In 2017, Terry began the fundraising car show event, Carz-N-Cures in support of the Bismarck Cancer Center after they successfully treated his wife for breast cancer. He has raised over $55,500 since he started. In 2019, he was awarded the Bismarck Cancer Center Hope Givers Extraordinaire Award

NDIRF’S CAHILL TO RETIRE IN 2022 The North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund (NDIRF) today announces Director of Claims Jeff Cahill will retire on Jan. 14, Jeff Cahill 2022, after serving NDIRF members and employees for the past 35 years. Cahill has been an integral leader within the NDIRF, overseeing the claims department’s employees, budget, and the implementation and maintenance of policies and procedures. His vast claims management experience and knowledge have also been leveraged by departments across the organization to develop and communicate risk management education to NDIRF members. NDIRF employees regard Cahill as an expert in claims management, given the way he can navigate and resolve difficult claims. Cahill was first introduced to the concept of the NDIRF in 1985, during which time he owned an adjustment firm that provided services to the Fund’s original administrator Missouri River Underwriters. He later consulted on the business development and operational strategies for the NDIRF which was formed in 1986. He continued to provide adjustment services to the NDIRF until 1989 when he became the Fund’s first-ever Director of Claims. Cahill’s last day in the office was Oct. 29, but he will remain in a consulting capacity until Jan. 14, 2022.

BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has announced their top 10 "REALTORS® of the Month" for September: Darcy Fettig, Judy Maslowski, Amy Asche, Tori Meyer, Brenda Foster, Nate Seifert, Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Char Huelsman & Missy Moritz. These 10 REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in September 2021. In October, the following REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty: Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Judy Maslowski, Darcy Fettig, Jim Jeromchek, James Jeromchek, Tori Meyer, Greg Gerhart, Brenda Foster & Justin Sackman.

KLJ HIRES ARCHAEOLOGIST IN BISMARCK KLJ Engineering LLC is proud to welcome Spencer Fehr as an archaeologist II in their Spencer Fehr Bismarck, ND office. Fehr joins KLJ’s cultural resources department, which houses experts in archaeology, paleontology, artifact processing and analysis, cultural site inventory, and Tribal coordination among other areas. Fehr earned his master’s degree in cultural resources management archaeology from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. He earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.

Share your business news with the Chamber EDC. Email press releases to Rebecca at rpelkey@bmcedc.com.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS TRYGG JOINS AARC AS GRANTS & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Joan Trygg recently joined the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) Joan Trygg as its new Grant and Development Manager. She replaces Stan Stelter, who is leaving AARC on Oct. 29 after 20 years as Development Director. Trygg, joins AARC with more than 20 years of experience in marketing, fundraising, sales and communications. She credits her valuable experience from working at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC, Vintage Guitar Magazine and Bismarck State College. “I’ve been blessed to work for some great organizations and have learned a lot along the way. I’m very happy to be part of a nonprofit that focuses on serving abuse survivors in the Bismarck-Mandan community and surrounding area,” noted Trygg. Trygg holds a master’s degree from Minot State University.

Seth Arndorfer

ARNDORFER ELECTED INDATEL OFFICER Seth Arndorfer, CEO of Dakota Carrier Network (DCN), was elected vice president of the INDATEL Services Board of Managers at the organization’s fall meeting

in Minneapolis. INDATEL is a nationwide fiber optic network, comprised of 31 members that are statewide networks like DCN, dedicated to providing best-in-class connectivity to communities in rural and metro areas. INDATEL members partner to deliver connectivity services to businesses and government entities that have a broad footprint. For example, if an organization in another state needs connectivity in North Dakota, INDATEL works with DCN to deliver services to the customer’s specific location(s). As vice president of the board, Arndorfer provides leadership including filling in as acting board president as needed. Arndorfer was first elected to the board in 2018.

Landen Schmeichel

LEGACY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER AWARDED JAMES MADISON MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP Legacy High School teacher Landen Schmeichel has been awarded a prestigious James Madison Memorial

Fellowship. Each year, secondary educators from across the nation apply for fellowships and are assessed based upon their commitment to teaching constitutionally relevant topics. Candidates best embodying the values of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation are selected, with only one teacher typically being chosen from each state. Fellows receive up to $24,000 in funding towards the pursuit of a master’s degree. Mr. Schmeichel matriculated in a graduate program in American History and Government at Ashland University earlier this year; James Madison funding will completely cover his tuition.

DECEMBER 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 and radioaccess.org.

Thurs, 2nd

5:00 pm

Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Mon, 6th Tues, 7th

5:00 pm

Burleigh County Commission

5:30 pm

Mandan City Commission

Wed, 8th 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 9th Mon, 13th

Thurs, 16th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board 5:30 pm Morton County Planning and Zoning Commission* Mon, 20th 10:00 am 5:00 pm 5:30 pm

Metropolitan Planning Org. Technical Advisory Committee Burleigh County Commission Mandan School Board*

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

Bismarck Parking Authority Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority Morton County Commission*

Tues, 21st 1:30 pm 5:30 pm

Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Mandan City Commission

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck School Board Mandan Park Board*

Mon, 27th

5:30 pm

Mandan Planning Commission

Tues, 28th Thurs, 30th

5:15 pm 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck City Commission Morton County Park Board* Morton County Commission*

5:30 pm

ITG (Political Subdivisions)

Tues, 14th 4:00 pm 5:15 pm

Burleigh County Human Service Zone Board Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 15th 8:00 am 3:00 pm 5:00 pm

Burleigh County Water Resource District Historic Preservation Commission Bismarck Planning Commission

Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at www.freetv.org, Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV * 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.

THE LOCKER ROOM Celebrating new store and Grand Opening located in the Kirkwood Mall. Phone: 701-751-1040.

DAKOTA ZOO Grand Opening of the new Penguin Exhibit located at 602 Riverside Rd. Phone: 701-223-7543. Member.

CULVER'S Sammi Wu and team celebrate Grand Opening at 4424 Skyline Crossing in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-0951. Member.

PATTERSON PLACE APARTMENTS Celebration of the brand new renovation of the historic downtown building located at 420 E Main Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-255-6067. Member.

MCGOUGH CONSTRUCTION CO, LLC

GIRL SCOUTS DAKOTA HORIZONS

Team celebrates the Grand Opening of their new location at 400 E Broadway Ave, Ste 101 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-639-6282. Member.

Celebrate their mobile STEM center serving our region's girl scouts located at 735 Airport Road in Bismarck. Phone: 800-666-2141. Member.

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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 www.bismarckmandan.com. Pure Barre 1400 43rd Ave NE Suite 1404 Bismarck, ND 58503 Mary Logan (406) 600-7877 We feature group classes that deliver an effective total-body workout focused on low impact, high-intensity movements that lift and tone muscles and improve strength, agility, and flexibility. Valley Rental Service 2027 N 16th Street #11 Bismarck, ND 58501 Stacey Olson (701) 293-7484 Property management company with an office and property in Bismarck. Eight properties throughout the city and a small staff of 11. Gusaas Signs 800 Calypso Drive Bismarck, ND 58504 Joe Gusaas (701) 391-7591 Billboard advertising in Bismarck, ND. Both digital and static boards available. Coffee@321 321 S 1st Street Bismarck, ND 58501 Megan Bernard (701) 319-2356 Coffee Shop located in The Hub Community Center AT&T 541 S 7th Street Bismarck, ND 58504 Jordan Willis (701) 223-2005 AT&T Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications company and the second largest provider of mobile telephone services.

Mountain State Financial Group, LLC 1600 E Interstate Ave, Suite 4 Bismarck, ND 58503 Tanya Long (701) 955-0597 A mortgage brokerage offering excellent products with exceptional service. These two commitments are the foundation of Mountain State Financial Group. Prudent Homecare 721 Memorial Hwy Bismarck, ND 58504 Ademola Coker (701) 319-2659 We are a homecare agency located in Bismarck ND. We provide in home care for the elderly and disabled The Kids Therapy Center 1401 S 12th St. Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 751-0384 Valerie Meyers A mental health counseling and training center for all ages birth through adults. Also offers primary care services for children ages birth-21 years. Wellness counseling and education offered for all. Agnew Steel 27901 Moffit Rd Moffit, ND 58560 Tricia Fossum (701) 387-4572 We are a business who manufactures and sells grain spreaders. Our product is used by customers who need to spread grain evenly in their storage bin in order to cool and dry the grain. Oztech Electric 225 Quebec Ln Bismarck, ND 58503 Denise Osmond (701) 290-9105 Servicing residential, commercial, and remodel projects delivering consistency, professionalism, and commitment in Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding areas. Consider us for all of your electrical needs.

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UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS 12 TASTES OF CHRISTMAS Date: December 9, 2021 • Registration: 4:30pm • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Location: BSC - NECE (4th Floor Bavendick Stateroom) – 1200 Schafer St, Bismarck CHAMBER EDC INDOOR GOLF TOURNEY Date: January 14, 2022 Flight Times: 11:00am - 1:00pm; 1:00pm - 3:00pm; 3:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Golf Etc – 511 Airport Road, Bismarck JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: BAYMONT INN & SUITES Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan FEBRUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: DAKOTA EYE INSTITUTE Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Dakota Eye Institute – 200 S 5th Street, Bismarck FOCUS ON BISMARCK-MANDAN Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022 • Registration: 2:30pm • Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck MARCH MEMBERSHIP MIXER: THE CRAFTCADE Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: The Craftcade – 405 N 4th Street, Bismarck

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