January 2020 Bridge

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VOL. 23 NO. 5


Rich Karlgaard returns to

2020 Economic Outlook Forum Thursday, February 20

Community Builders


Community Builders are a level of Premier Partner businesses committed to improving the area by investing in our programs and events.

Craig Whitney: Remembering our president & CEO



January 2020


9 Operation Thank You

10 Business After Hours

Membership matters: 30 ways we worked for you


Member profile: Microsoft


11 Membership Matters 17 Eggs & Issues

18 ChamberChoice Awards 19 Business Training

20 Women Connect

22 Leadership FMWF

24 Professionals of Color

25 Young Professionals Network 26 Young Entrepreneurs Academy 28 New Members

30 Member News

33 Ribbon Cuttings


23 Boulger Funeral Home

23 Cole Papers, Inc

Eggs & Issues:

What we learned about our National Guard


23 Dabbert Custom Homes 30 Eide Bailly

23 First International Bank & Trust 27 Indigo Signworks 27 J&M Printing

23 Knight Printing 27 Pro Resources

32 Sanford Health

32 YWCA Cass Clay

Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber For past issues of The Bridge: issuu.com/fmwfchamber.com   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  3

The Chamber

Board of Directors

Committee Chairs

Tom Dawson Dawson Insurance Chair

MISSION The Chamber promotes economic growth and prosperity for business and its members through leadership in advocacy, education and engagement

Roger Reierson Flint Group Agribusiness

Sandi Piatz Microsoft Chair Elect

Jessica Broers Bremer Bank

Ambassador Public Relations

Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Airport Treasurer Mark Nisbet Xcel Energy Immediate Past Chair

Scott Berg U.S. Bank

Ambassador Member Relations

Cory Holen Preference Employment Solutions

Business Training

Mike Dragosavich Spotlight Member at Large

VISION The Chamber is the leader in ensuring the growth and prosperity of our regional business and members

Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Education co-chair Moorhead

Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead

Louise Dardis Retired educator

Education co-chair

Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group Kyle Dorow Essentia Health

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES • Establish the region as a fullservice metropolitan marketplace. • Be a bold voice for business through strong thought leadership and a rich policy agenda.

Erica Johnsrud Ronald McDonald Leadership FMWF House Charities Brian Shawn Midco

Jodi Duncan Flint Group

Military Affairs

Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly LLP

Trevor Mathew Choice Bank

Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company

Professionals of Color

Tim Flakoll Tri-College University

Brittany Montecuollo Sanford Health

• Build a place of belonging to best serve members’ interests.

Public Policy

Joanna Slominski Mortenson

Katie Hutton Eide Bailly LLP

Peter Stenehjem First International Bank & Trust

Women Connect

Steve Swiontek Gate City Bank

Danne Doering Choice Bank

Jeff Volk Moore Engineering, Inc.

Young Professionals Network

Craig Whitney The Chamber

Chamber Staff

Craig Whitney President/CEO

Gone but not forgotten

Katie Mastel

Jim Parsons VP of Finance & Operations @FMWFJim

Tracy Meckler

Government Affairs & Membership & Advocacy Manager Advertising Sales Manager @FMWFKatie @FMWFTracyM

Julie Doggett Information Systems Administrator @FMWFJulieD

Tracy Powell

Director of Events and Programs @FMWFTracyP

Darren Dunlop

Business Development Manager @FMWFDarren

Mason Rademacher Public Policy & Workforce Development Coordinator @FMWFMason

Darin Feir

Graphics & Publications Coordinator @FMWFDarin

Tyler Fischbach

Multimedia Coordinator @FMWFTyler

Amanda Huggett Manager of Communications & Marketing @FMWFAmanda

Alyssa Lakoduk

Professional Development Coordinator @FMWFAlyssa

Bobbi Rehder Casey Sanders Mickayla Thompson

Events Coordinator @FMWFBobbiJo

Manager of Membership @FMWFCasey

Member Relations Coordinator @FMWFMickayla

Julie Yourczek Office Administrator @FMWFJulieY

THE BRIDGE (USPS 124-430) is published monthly by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber. For each issue received, $3.50 of membership dues are applied toward subscription of the newsletter. Periodicals Postage Paid at Fargo, ND 58102 and at additional mailing offices. Publication No. 124430. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Bridge, PO Box 2443, Fargo, ND 58108-2443; 218.233.1100. Printed by Forum Communications Printing 4  THE BRIDGE  •  JANUARY 2020

JOIN US for the

Rich Karlgaard, Publisher and Futurist, Forbes Media, returns for the keynote!

2020 Economic Outlook Forum! Thursday, February 20 Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott

Tech, Trade, Turbulence and the 2020 Elections In early 2016, Karlgaard predicted Donald Trump would win the presidency. Now, he dons his political-economic lens once more to provide insight on the 2020 elections—and how it will all likely impact the U.S. economy and markets. In this speech, Karlgaard will tackle a number of questions. How strong, really, is the U.S. economy? What will trigger the next recession and when? Is the stock market poised for a crash, and how will we know one is coming? How far will Trump take his trade war, and how will China respond? Why are technologies such as AI speeding up and punishing businesses unable to keep up? Hear his financially grounded advice on how your business should deal with AI, the Cloud, IoT, and digital disruption. Stay tuned for more plans and speaker announcements soon to come!



Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.



Craig Whitney In place of a message from the president in this month’s Bridge, we are going to remember our visionary and fearless leader with this tribute to the man who led our organization for the past 10 years. On December 14, Chamber president and CEO Craig Whitney, passed away from complications with cancer. He has left behind a legacy after a professional journey that took him from the White House to corporate America to the Olympic Games. Prior to The Chamber, Craig served as chief of staff to the chairman of Cerberus Capital Management, former vice president Dan Quayle, in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1989, he joined the White House staff, serving through the entire Bush-Quayle administration and rose to the position of Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Advance. In that role, he coordinated all domestic and international events for the Vice President, eventually traveling more than a half million miles aboard Air Force Two. From there, Craig went on to a series of executive responsibilities in the private sector—serving as director of guest services and special events for the Atlanta


Olympic Committee, and vice president of external affairs for the widely respected Hudson Institute in Indianapolis. Craig’s impact here has been nothing short of incredible. Voices of Vision began from Craig’s own vision for bringing top national speakers to our region to talk about leadership and business. He played a major role in the creation of Fueling Our Future, a current region-wide initiative set out to support economic development and prosperity for Fargo Moorhead West Fargo and ensure our competitiveness and future success. Craig cared deeply for his country and our community. Ever the patriot, his dedication to honoring members of military was unmatched. He can be credited with the creation of our Military Affairs committee and Air National Guard Support Group, and has been a tireless advocate for the Happy Hooligans. He has also been a key leading voice in issues as permanent flood protection for the region. His expertise in public policy has resulted in the largest and most active committee, successful Eggs & Issues event series, and a rich policy program. Craig had a way of treating every individual with compassion and sincerity. He held every relationship in high regard, from his family and friends, to colleagues,

business associates and acquaintances. Those close to him remember his big heart and ability to inspire. He respected everyone on all sides of big issues and took the time to understand the big picture. His leadership can be described as bold, strategic, visionary and tenacious. He was passionate about evolving to meet the needs of today and driving new ideas and initiative with passion. There was also a very fun-loving side to Craig that not everyone got to see. Craig absolutely loved Christmas, even having a countdown to the big day on his phone. He frequently could be found inspiring his staff by playing Lee Greenwood throughout the hallway and causing gentle mischief with his sincere chuckle and smirk. Craig loved supporting the Bison, attending most all games, tailgating, and traveling to Frisco to watch the team play. He has left a positive influence and lasting legacy on not just Fargo Moorhead West Fargo, but in every stop throughout his journey. He will be missed by many. If you would like to share a memory of Craig to be included in a Chamber blog, please email info@fmwfchamber.com.



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Hear updates on our region’s growth, goals and priorities from our local mayors. Don’t forget to bring in your cell phone! Participate in live polls to weigh in what issues you think are most pressing. EXECUTIVE SPONSORS


Alerus | Apex Engineering Group | Bank of the West | Bell Bank | Bethany Retirement Living Beverage Wholesalers | Bremer Bank | Cass County Electric Cooperative | Choice Bank

City of Fargo | Concordia College | Cornerstone Bank | Dawson Insurance | Delta by Marriott

Eide Bailly | Eventide Senior Living Communities | Fargo Moorhead CVB | Fargo Public Schools FM Area Association of Realtors | First International Bank & Trust | Flint Group | InForum

Gate City Bank | Heartland Trust Company | Heritage Homes | Home Builders Association of FM

Kilbourne Group | Midco | Midwest Radio - KFGO | Mortenson | Minnesota State University Moorhead ROERS | Sparklight | Starion Bank | Talecris Plasma Resources | U.S. Bank | Wanzek Construction Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. | Western State Bank




Thank You

Coming to your door January 15 to 17 The Chamber’s Operation Thank You has a mission to say THANK YOU to our members! This special event allows us to share with our membership new information and materials. This is our biggest ambassador-driven event of the year, and volunteers will be stopping by all member businesses on January 15–17 to deliver new packets with our 2020 Metro Profile & Member Directory, new window cling, flyers and more.

What to expect

• Ambassadors and Chamber volunteers will assemble new membership packets

How to help

• We need help delivering packets! Let us know if you’re willing to pick up packets at our office and bring them to members around town. It’s a great way to connect with other businesses!

• Then, we hit the town to hand-deliver packets to all area members

• Make sure your business address is updated in your member record (you can do it yourself on our website!) so we can make it to you.

• Watch for us to come and receive your new member materials

• Let your staff know that we’re coming so they can watch for us in case the main contact is out.

• If you’re out of town or a home-based business, we will mail your packet to you

• Show us around your offices or ask us questions when we come! We love connecting with you during these visits.

For more information or to become involved, contact Mickayla at mthompson@fmwfchamber.com.

I love Operation Thank You with The Chamber! It’s a great way to start out the New Year and it’s also a great way to meet many of the business leaders in our FMWF community and thank them for their support and membership throughout the year. It's also fun to assemble all the packets with our fellow Ambassadors and celebrate with them after they are all delivered too!”

—Kriss Burns, PRO Resources

As an Ambassador, Operation Thank You is the best one-on-one networking events of the year! Nowadays, everyone has their shields up, thinking someone is trying to sell them something. With Operation Thank You, as soon as they see you're there to thank them for being part of The Chamber, their shields drop and you can see them relax and smile as they know you’re a volunteer just out thanking them for their membership. When was the last time someone actually stopped into

a business and said thank you? —Bryan Shinn, SaveCoin





Game of Skillz winner Congrats, Mitch Taralson, Bank of the West, who won $420 cash from playing bean bags!

We had a fantastic night at December’s holiday Business After Hours! Great food, games, prizes and friends were aplenty at the Delta. Carolers were back, and the famous shrimp tree was another hit. Thanks to this month's sponsors Avis and Bernies, to the Delta and everyone there with their holiday cheer! 10  THE BRIDGE  •  JANUARY 2020

Join us for the next event! Thursday, March 19 4 to 6 p.m. | Delta by Marriott



2020 Metro Profile & Member Directory now available!


The Chamber’s 2020 Directory is now available! Each member business will get a copy in their Operation Thank You packet, and you can also find a digital version online at fmwfchamber.com.



Check out the 2020 Public Policy Guide! Put forward by The Chamber’s Public Policy committee, this document outlines the policy priorities and our work in advocacy for the upcoming year. View it online at fmwfchamber.com/publications.





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Frostival is back for its fifth year and is cooler than ever! ATE! D E H ET SAV

Rather than cramming all the fun into a two-day celebration, activities will take place from January 15 to February 22. Expect many of the same events you've come to know and love over the years such as cardboard sled races, winter kickball, disc golf, the undie run, as well as with many new editions! Keep yourself up-to-date by following Frostival on Facebook, or by visiting frostival.com.

Corporate Cup Registration opens February 3 at 10 a.m.! Want to learn how to secure your spot early? Contact Darren at ddunlop@fmwfchamber.com to learn more about our priority registration!



30 ways your Chamber membership has been at work for you (since last year) Cost Savings



1. Member

1. Over

1. Held

partners offer member advertising specials, updated on fmwfchamber.com

2. Ongoing

discounts through AAA, Employee Assistance Programs, Constant Contact Email Marketing, and Auto Owners Insurance

3. Members

purchased other members deals that were advertised for free

4. Chamber

members got special pricing on all events (Typically, a saving of 20% per event per attendee!)

5. Promotion

of your community events free through the Member Information Center (MIC)

85 jobs were posted for free with over 1,550 views

2. Ability

to search members by category in the MIC and directly reach out to the primary contacts from one to 50 businesses

3. Over

65 hot deals were posted for free online with over 1,500 views

4. 54

members made use of the various resources available to view and download on the Member Information Center

5. Members

have accessed over 3,500 other members through directory searches

120 ribbon cuttings to celebrate our members’ success since last January

2. Over

9,900 specific categories have been searched in our online member directory

3. Hundreds

of new hires and member news ran in the Bridge (see page 30 of this publication)

4. 151

businesses held booths at two Business After Hours— a members only event!

5. Increased

SEO from all member listings, with over 41,000 page hits to our members overall

Public Policy 1. Fueling

3. Over

5. An

2. Nearly

4. 80

6. With

Our Future allocated resources to support three main projects in the areas of People, Place and Prosperity, including career academies, a business accelerator and a shovel ready site program 20 agriculture-minded individuals gathered each month to share, learn and discuss the impacts agriculture has on the Red River Valley and how our community can impact the ag industry of the world


50 individuals, including seven Commanders and Officers in Charge, met over the course of the first four months of our fiscal year, discussing collaborations of our business community and local military business, community and military leaders joined our December Eggs & Issues centered around military to learn the impact of our area National Guard

average of 22 business and community leaders surrounded the table monthly for our Public Policy committee meetings, discussing top issues in our region and recommending policy stances to our board the input of over 25 business and education leaders, the Education committee has developed initial steps to help promote and expand experiential learning opportunities provided to our pk-12 and higher education students and business community


Events & Programs 1. Over

20,000 people visited the events page to seek out community and chamber events

2. A

national speaker came to town for Voices of Vision; Peyton Manning shared his seven leadership tips

3. Women

Connect collected over 250 donations for local non-profits

4. The

Game of Skillz at Business After Hours added more value and fun for attendees

5. The

YPN and POC now have crossover capabilities for each program to overlap into each other's events, creating more connection opportunities

6. Professionals

of Color was created to address the evolving demographic of our metro and offer inclusive opportunities for personal and professional development through meaningful engagement

7. The

fifth year of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy program was completed, teaching area youth business skills

8. Our

biggest event ever was held featuring Rachel Hollis last year, exposing 4,000 people to her insight into success in life

9. The

Leadership program’s Community Change Initiatives saw through real change through the work of seven groups working to positively influence our community and support non-profits

Don’t forget to join us for the next Chamber 101! Tuesday, February 18 4 to 4:45 p.m.* Thursday, February 20 9 to 9:45 a.m.* *The Chamber office   202 First Avenue North, Moorhead

Register for this FREE session about how to maximize your membership at fmwfchamber.com. SUPPORTING SPONSOR

Now, as we look to the next year, we’re excited to continue our commitment to our strategic goals, and announce even more exciting plans for 2020.

Stay tuned!


For many of us, today’s technology makes it all too easy to get wrapped up in the future, excited for innovation and hopeful for new successes that come with new decades, often putting the past in the rearview mirror. At Microsoft Fargo, this excitement is certainly noticeable; however, it can’t be severed from a strong pride of their roots. It is clear that the leaders and 1,600 Microsoft team members all recognize and are authentically proud of the fact that successes they celebrate each and every day, are tightly tied to their start. Microsoft Fargo recently celebrated their 20-year anniversary of their campus. This wasn’t 20 years of Microsoft Fargo; the team and community celebrated the roots of the physical location they have called home for 20 years now. Further driving home the importance of people and place, their celebratory program included numerous mentions of the many hardworking individuals who built Microsoft up to what it is today, including Governor Doug Burgum, and former site leader 14  THE BRIDGE  •  JANUARY 2020

Don Morton, as well as a 20-year celebratory logo of a tree on the campus that has flourished over the past 20 years, similar to that of the business itself. As Microsoft Fargo’s Site Leader, Sandi Piatz says this site has a lot of depth, referencing the numerous areas including research and development, customer service and support, accounting services, payroll, sales and more. All of this and the strong culture today can be traced back to the humble beginnings of Great Plains Software. After betting the family farm, Doug Burgum became president and CEO of Great Plains Software. This once-small tech company located in Fargo broke ground on a new Fargo location, and in September 1999, opened the doors to the Horizon Building, the first building at Microsoft Fargo’s current location. Since then, the campus has evolved, growing to become home to four buildings and becoming Microsoft after being acquired in May of 2001. This was no small acquisition for Microsoft in 2001; in fact, it was the most expensive

acquisition that Microsoft had made up until that point in time. Since then, Microsoft has grown immensely. Piatz shared that when Microsoft acquired Great Plains Software, they had about 2,000 employees globally. Today, the Fargo campus alone has 1,600 team members.

A combination of great talent, background of dynamic heritage businesses, and strong culture across the campus Though much has transformed around the campus since 1999, including a technology shift to the cloud, a hardware transformation from servers in rooms and phones on desks to mobile devices and working anytime any place, data has become the new oil, and bots, artificial intelligence and quantum computing are now part of our every day, what has not changed is that Microsoft is still a global company that believes in being customer obsessed and has the same strong values.


scrapbook photos from the Microsoft Fargo Campus construction and tree that has flourished over the years This lone tree is the namesake for the road entering the campus “One Microsoft” is one of the main pillars of Microsoft. Piatz described this as every Microsoft employee around the globe, no matter where they sit, having the same mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. This cohesiveness complemented by a strong embracement of diversity, allows Microsoft to succeed. Piatz explained the importance of hiring diversity. “It helps us understand our customers because all of our customers are so diverse,” she said. She added that it gives them a wider range of ideas, which breeds unique thought leadership. A commitment to diversity doesn’t just mean hiring diverse individuals of ethnicity, background, perspective, abilities and thought. It means giving them a place to belong. This is why Microsoft has various employee groups open to diverse passions, backgrounds or interests to support inclusion. Their employee benefits don’t stop there though, they offer tuition reimbursement programs, wellness programs, career and professional development, parental leave for both mothers and fathers, family caregiver leave, employee stock purchase plan, and more. Microsoft is also committed to empowering their employees to give back to their communities. They have found a unique way to partner with their employees in this mission through their employee giving campaign. Microsoft matches $1 for $1 and an hour of service for $25 up to $15,000 per employee per year to any charitable organization. This campaign has been extremely successful in encouraging Microsoft employees to give both financially and of their time. In fact, Microsoft Fargo is one of the most charitable sites with $1.9 million coming from Fargo alone just in the last year.

This dedication to community has been a part of the very fiber of Microsoft Fargo. Piatz sees this as a way to connect people to the community saying, “Serving in our community gives us a greater place to live.” In addition, as a large tech employer, Piatz views it as their responsibly to continue to build an ecosystem of technology in the region, constantly striving to answer the question of “How do we help support our own backyard?” “A combination of great talent, background of dynamic heritage businesses, and strong culture across the campus” is what makes Fargo so unique, Piatz said. She further plugged that Microsoft Fargo is always recruiting and looking for great talent to join their team as the people are one of the biggest variables in making the Fargo site so wonderfully unique. Microsoft Fargo has come full circle. From their early beginnings on a farm and the groundbreaking of the first building, to now as a growing tech company that contributes to their ag beginnings through investments in initiatives such as the Grand Farm. Microsoft Fargo truly understands and cherishes its roots. Like the large tree that has flourished for 20 years on their campus and has become a symbol of their 20-year anniversary, we are excited to support such a great organization and watch as they extend their roots further and grow beyond imagination while they work toward celebrating many more decades of the Fargo site.



A National Guard briefing and about HBOT: December Eggs & Issues recap

Delton Steele of U.S. Bank moderated December’s Eggs & Issues regarding the military. Steele has been a long-time advocate for our local military and serves as North Dakota’s chair of the Employer Support of the Guard Reserve (ESGR). The program kicked off with briefings from military leaders of our three local National Guard units: 119th Wing, ND Air National Guard, 141 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), ND Army National Guard and 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment, MN Army National Guard. Colonel Darrin Anderson overviewed the 119th Wing mission and dove into national missions, shared information about the Regional Training Site, which is one of four sites in the Air National Guard, and shared the great accomplishment of the 119th Civil engineering squadron receiving the Deneke award, which designates the best civil engineering squadron in the Air National Guard. In relation to recruitment and retention, Anderson said, “Today, our end strength is over 95% and growing.” With this he asked those in attendance to spread the word that there is an Air National Guard here in Fargo and they are always looking for great people to join the team. This message is especially important since the Air National Guard was not able to get a national marketing contract. Anderson also reminded the audience of the enormous economic impact the NDANG had on 2018, reporting $184,331,448. Major Derek Kuntz, the Officer in Charge (OIC) for the 141 MEB took to the podium to speak about the area’s ND Army National Guard. After touching on their footprint across the state and trainings and operations around the country and even into Romania, he spoke to the large impact that they have locally with just over $100 million in economic impact. In addition, Major Kuntz shared that “Combined together, the North Dakota Army and Air National Guard, have just over 3,500 National Guard soldiers, airman and their dependents that reside within a 50-mile radius of Fargo Moorhead.” He ended with a preview to 2020 including one of the exciting projects in the works for the upcoming year, the 141 MEB Readiness Center. This $32 million project sitting on 25 acres of land is anticipated to be completed in 2021 and will house the 141 MEB headquarters and more. Captain Jordan Dibich, the OIC for the 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment, MN Army National Guard, wrapped up the military briefings by speaking to the Bearcats statewide presence, federal mission and international partnerships. He elaborated about the mission of the 2-136 IN explaining, “Close 16  THE BRIDGE  •  JANUARY 2020


with and destroy the enemy is the highlight of that mission statement.” He also shared the current strength of the Bearcats at 780 soldiers, this includes soldiers that drill as well as those that are recruited and are waiting to ship to training. Dibich touched on relationships, asking those in attendance to be mindful of the unique challenges that military families may face. Steele also conducted a panel focused on military services with Dr. Jeffrey Rondeau from the Fargo VA, Dr. Angela Collins from the Fargo VA and Tyler Einarson, a retired veteran of the USMC and employee with Healing with Hyperbarics of North Dakota. Dr. Rondeau kicked the panel off focusing on the overall VA. He explained that help begins the minute a military individual walks out the door of service, and that they are constantly trying to make veterans aware of all that they offer. Dr. Collins dove into specific issues that veterans face with mental health being at the forefront. She stated that the number one importance for them is suicide prevention. Tyler followed up with his own story of countless treatments and medications for his PTSD and other mental health struggles. He complemented the VA, stating “It’s the best VA in the country. Some of us realize how fortunate we are here.” The panel’s conversation shifted to the specific service of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment. This is an emerging treatment option for those with PTSD. Senator Hoeven announced in September that the Department of Veterans Affairs has added the Fargo VA Health Care system to its hyperbaric oxygen therapy clinic demonstration program. This is one of five VA sites in the country. Tyler shared more of his personal story explaining the healing that HBOT has provided him and encouraged veterans to inquire about this option saying, “It is one of the most pleasant medical procedures I’ve ever had.” All of the military leaders and panelists had great extensive information to share so there wasn’t time for questions during this session, but the room remained full with conversations following the event.


Career Academies: Training our Local Workforce

Entrepreneurial Culture of the FMWF Region

Tuesday, January 7  |  7:30 to 9 a.m.

Tuesday, February 4  |  7:30 to 9 a.m.

Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead

Dale Hoerauf Director Bismarck Career Academy

Denise Jonas Director Cass County Career & Tech Ed

Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead

Tom Shorma CEO/President WCCO Belting Inc

Tamara Uselman Cory Steiner Asst. Superintendent Superintendent Northern Cass School District Moorhead Public Schools At this career academies-focused Eggs & Issues, we are bringing in the leaders of both the Cass and Clay projects to get a better idea of what the Career Academies are expected to do for our region’s workforce. We are also welcoming Bismarck Career Academy Director Dale Hoerauf to discuss what a successful Career Academy looks like and what they can do for local workforce. If you have never heard of Career Academies, are familiar with the term but not exactly sure what it means, or are already a strong advocate for them, this session is for you!

John Ballantyne Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer Aldevron

Tiffanie Honeyman Founder & CEO OpGo Marketing

Steve D. Scheel Chairman of the Board SCHEELS

Brian Kalk Executive Director NDSU Research and Tech Park

Greg Tehven Co-Founder & Executive Director Emerging Prairie

Our region has a vibrant entrepreneurial and business culture. As a hub for startups and growth of businesses, the FMWF region breeds innovation and success. Join us to hear from some of the great entrepreneurs of our region reflecting on their early beginnings and what propelled them to success. We will also discuss local resources intended to foster this same success today and in the future.

REGISTRATION includes breakfast Chamber members: $32 in advance  |  $42 at the door Non-members: $52 in advance  |  $62 at the door

At Eggs & Issues, we strive to provide topical and timely events to keep you in the know. Every month, you can expect to hear from local experts sharing information relevant to our region and business community. And you can always count on a hot breakfast and networking.

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.



Bank of the West  |  Beverage Wholesalers  |  Bremer Bank  |  Cornerstone Bank Dabbert Custom Homes  |  Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead  |  Houston Engineering KLJ  |  Livewire  |  Midwest Radio of Fargo Moorhead  |  Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moore Engineering | ROERS | Sparklight | Wanzek Construction | Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.



Awards #ChamberChoice

—Nominations are now open! — 1 Nominate yourself or another deserving company

that has made an impact and contributed to the vitality of business in our community for the 2020 ChamberChoice Awards. You can nominate as many organizations as you want, including your own, and in more than one category. Nominations will open January 1, and close January 31, 2020.

2 Nominees will be asked to submit an application, telling us why they should be a ChamberChoice winner. Members who complete the application in its entirety will become candidates for the ChamberChoice Awards and will receive two tickets to attend the awards luncheon. Applications open Monday, February 3.

Award categories •  Small Business of the Year

•  Not-for-Profit of the Year

•  Business of the Year

•  Young Professionals Best Place to Work

•  Small Not-for-Profit of the Year

•  Entrepreneur of the Year

How to nominate   fmwfchamber.com


Nominations close on Friday, January 31. Learn more at fmwfchamber.com/chamberchoice-awards.

About the awards The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce hosts its ChamberChoice Awards annually to recognize local organizations in seven categories: small business; business; small not-for-profit; not-for-profit; entrepreneur; young professionals best place to work and people’s choice. These organizations make a significant impact, drive economic growth and help make this region a better place to work, live and do business. Award applicants are narrowed down to three finalists in each category. The finalists and winners are announced at our luncheon on Friday, May 22, 2020.

Save the date for the awards luncheon to celebrate with us and be the first to hear the winners! Friday May 22  |  Noon to 1:30 p.m.  |  Delta by Marriott PRESENTED BY



Emotional Intelligence— Building Awareness and Influence Wednesday, January 8

Wednesday, February 12

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delta by Marriott

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delta by Marriott

Life is full of moments—from big distractions, frustrating occurrences or micro incidents you barely even recognize. How you interpret and Jill Staffne react to these moments is key to Vice President of success. Regardless of how smart Human Resources you are, emotional intelligence is SCHEELS a mindset and a set of skills that help you control and express your emotions, and help you handle interpersonal relationships. This session will help you take a hard look at your own reactions to highly emotional situations. It will walk you through everyday tools and tips to get a handle on responding to situations professionally. We’ll learn the science behind emotional intelligence and leave with a heightened awareness about the prevailing success that comes in life when you develop these skills.

REGISTRATION includes lunch

Trust. How to Adapt During Organizational Change

Becoming a champion of change begins with trust. A strong value system, along with clear communication, fosters Jay Peltier trust and makes navigating President change easier. Understanding Dale Carnegie how your personal values align  dalecarnegieNDMN with those of your organization  JayPeltier helps to drive focus and results during organizational changes. In this session, you’ll learn more about your own personal values and how they relate to your organization’s vision and values. Discover more about how to earn trust, identify and overcome barriers, and navigate change in the workplace.

Chamber members: $32 in advance  |  $42 at the door Non-members: $52 in advance  |  $62 at the door Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

These events qualify for 1.5 CPE credits through SHRM

About this series


Looking for opportunities to advance your career and skill set? That’s exactly what Business Training sessions are all about. Each month, you can expect a new topic tailored to the issues you need to know from local experts. This educational programming seeks to develop the professional, personal and leadership skills of Chamber member employees, and networking events foster connections with thousands of others in the business community, all over lunch.

Mission Statement Enhance the success of our community’s businesses through a variety of targeted, practical and cost-effective training events.



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to join us for the

2020 Annual Women Connect Celebration Tuesday, January 21 | 3 to 5 p.m. Delta by Marriott


Marissa Orr

Author of Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power and the Workplace


Charity of the month: BIO Girls

Please consider bringing rolls of Scotch tape, gallonsized Ziploc bags or paper towels to donate to them.

—REGISTRATION— Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.


Every attendee gets a FREE copy of Lean Out!

What are local women saying about Marissa’s book?

“Lean Out offers a new and thoughtprovoking perspective on what it means to be a successful woman in the professional world. As a working mom, there were a number of points and examples Marissa made that resonated with me, especially related to how incentives and accomplishment can look different from the traditional measures of such, and how that’s something we can all strive to change in the workplace. This book made me take the time to stop and reflect on my own professional journey and what success looks like to me, as well as my priorities and aspirations for my own career path.” —Abby Boggs-Johnson

Digital Marketing Officer, Western State Bank


Women’s Role in Leadership: What

Men and Women Need to Pay Attention to

Thursday, February 27 3:30 to 5 p.m. Delta by Marriott

In this #MeToo era, it can be difficult to understand how to navigate for female and male leaders. What is acceptable? What is unacceptable? How do you foster an open environment without crossing a line? And why does it matter?

Jodi Duncan President Flint Group

As a woman in the workplace,  FlintGroup understanding the behaviors that can advance your success and watch-outs for how we sabotage our own “wins” can bring success just as easily as working hard. Charity of the month: CCRI—Please consider bringing diapers (all sizes), personal hygiene items (razors, shaving cream, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes), or cleaning supplies such as laundry soap, bleach, hand soap, dish soap, Clorox wipes, to donate to them.


Why NOT Me?

Overcoming Self-Doubt There is an old saying that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Self-doubt is often a primary driver for not taking that shot. This session will explore key motivators of self-doubt, and challenge women to get out of their own way and feel confident that they deserve success, happiness and fulfillment.

Mission Statement

To bring women together in a unique, courageous forum that will build connections, provide a space to be brave and explore what leadership means both personally and professionally.


Jessica Fyre

This session will explore the key motivators of self-doubt; challenge /jessicaindividuals to have the courage to fyre-674773a risk disappointment; discuss how to overcome and move on from disappointment; and explore the importance of sponsorship (people who are actively advocating for your next promotion or raise).

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

Women Connect making a difference Every month, a local charity is chosen, and attendees bring donations to help support our non-profits and the individuals they serve.


Monthly events with local speakers to bring women together through targeted topics. A PUSH program also aims to offer outside-thesession small group meetings and support.

3:30 to 5 p.m. Delta by Marriott

SVP General Counsel AgCountry Farm Credit Services

Chamber members: $25 in advance  |  $35 at the door Non-members: $45 in advance  |  $55 at the door

What is Women Connect?

Wednesday, March 25

Last month, we collected exercise balls, diffusers with calming oils and sensory toys to donate to the ND Autism Center.


Bell Bank | Bremer Bank | Choice Bank | Delta by Marriott | Discovery Benefits | Essentia Health | Eventide Senior Living Communities First International Bank & Trust | Gate City Bank | Implementation Specialists | Microsoft | Minnesota State Community and Technical College Office Sign Co. | Otter Tail Corporation | Rasmussen College | Vogel Law Firm | WDAY | Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. | Western State Bank



Leadership focus on entrepreneurship and innovation December’s Leadership FMWF session focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in our community. Year after year, this is always one of the most popular sessions. We have so many great innovators and entrepreneurs in our FMWF business community. The day started at Fargo Jet Center where the class had the opportunity to learn about the Jet Center and Weather Modification from Darren Hall. Following the presentation, the class toured the Jet Center and also heard from Dani Gilseth, Grateful Cratefulls; Patrick Kirby, Do Good Better Consulting; and Matt Lachowitz, Matt’s Automotive, who served on our entrepreneur panel. To kick off the afternoon, the class learned about one of our area’s best examples for innovation in the workplace, both in culture and in product, Bushel. Camille Grade, Carly Gunnerson and Ann Marie Persico spent that afternoon talking about Bushel and how innovative practices can be applied anywhere, in any seat! The class ended the day touring Hannaher’s and learning about their innovative practices in creating the everyday workspace.

CCI Projects Adulting 101: A project to teach young adults (16 and up) the basics of living on your own: financial, domestic and professional skills. Group members: Lindsey Cernik, Border States Electric; Naomi Disrud, Houston Engineering; James Hand, Construction Engineers; Robert Hoffman, Doosan Bobcat; Anna Sather, YMCA; Jake Whiting, First International Bank & Trust Autism Activity Group: A project focused on creating

opportunities for individuals with autism to participate in activities together and socialize, while allowing the parents to connect with each other while their kids are at the activity. Group members: Matt Bushard, Bell Bank; Brian Kingsley, Midco; Chuck Lang, Sanford Health; Rammie Olson, Bremer Bank; Bruce Powlish, Gate City Bank; Stefan Wills, Microsoft

Care Seats: A project focused on providing families with car seats at low to no cost and ensuring they are properly installed. Group members: Sarah Fuchs, Anne Carlsen Center; Megan Grote, Dabbert Custom Homes; Chris Helmick, Fargo Police Department; Ashley Mitchel, YWCA; Steve Sjoberg, Cass County Electric Eliminate Plastic Shopping Bags: A project focused on prompting the use of reusable shopping bags. Group members: Evan Balko, Concordia College; Abbey Benson, Eagle Ridge Development; Darin Feir, The Chamber; Jessica Jackson, Alerus; Scottie Knollin, CoreLink Administrative Solutions; Kriss Martz, Cardinal IG Healthy Cooking Classes: A project working to provide cooking classes to participants in the Boys and Girls Club to educate them on how to cook using the ingredients they receive from our local food banks. This group will also be putting together kitchen kits full of necessary kitchen utensils. Group members: Jess Azure, Beyond Realty; Dan Macintosh, Eide Bailly; Ashley Manley, Limelight Builders; Mandy Zastre, Rasmussen College; McKenzy Olson, Epic Companies; AJ Sitzer, Union Bank

Motivate Me: A project focused on providing mentorship and guidance to help students learn how to set and achieve their goals. Group members: Jill Andera, Sterling Management; Ty Day, Wells Fargo; Kristin Gille, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Michelle Larson, Discovery Benefits; Brandon Oye, Moore Engineering; Machelle Valeski, Park Company Realtors Music Integration with Senior Citizens: A project focused

on providing individual music devices for individuals living in nursing homes. Group members: Jenna Bixler, Wanzek; Amber Ertelt, Midwest Radio; Amanda Reil; NDSU Career Center; Anne Schmaltz, Paces Lodging; Erin Stegman, Ulteig




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— JOIN US AT THESE EVENTS!— POC Volunteer Opportunity

New Member Social

Great Plains Food Bank, 1720 Third Avenue North, Fargo

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 715 13th Avenue East, West Fargo

Thursday, January 23 | 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Spend the afternoon giving back with fellow POC members at the Great Plains Food Bank. Serve your community and have the opportunity to network with others. Come alone or bring a friend with you to help our community and meet other individuals who are passionate about giving back.

New to YPN or thinking about joining? Then this event is for you! Connect with new and current members, learn more about the program and all the ways that you can be involved. Don’t forget to stick around for Off the Clock immediately afterward.

Network Before 9

Networking Etiquette

Friday, January 24 | 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thunder Coffee, 300 Sheyenne Street Suite 190, West Fargo

Rise, shine and get your networking in before 9! Join the Professionals of Color for our morning networking event before you start your work day! Grow your professional network while getting your morning caffeine boost. Come when you can; leave when you have to!

HIGHLIGHTS from December


Thursday, January 30 | 4:30 to 5:15

In December, YPN and POC met at Hornbacher's Gateway West for the first program crossover event over morning networking and coffee!

*must be 21 to attend our New Member Social networking events*

Thursday, February 6 Etiquette Training: 4 to 5 p.m. Networking Social: 5 to 7 p.m. Herd and Horns

Registration for training: $15 for YPN+POC members | $25 non-members Social Only: No Cost Join YPN as we team up with NDSU’s Graduate School to host a Networking Etiquette training. Learn the basic of networking, with a special focus on networking in social settings. Learn things like what to do with your plate when someone greets you, or how to enter a conversation. A social will follow the training so individuals can put into practice what they learned in the training.

A look at last month



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Our young professionals were able to connect with a great panel at last month’s Networking to Business lunch. The discussion revolved around volunteering and serving on non-profit committees and boards, and the important factors to consider when giving your time or talents.

YPN Night at NDSU

Men’s Basketball vs. University of South Dakota Thursday, January 15 | 6 p.m. SHAC, 1300 17th Avenue North

Tickets are available for $12 for YPN members at bit.ly/NDSUPromoCode with promo code: YPNHOOPS Join YPN in Radio FM’s club suite at the Men’s Basketball Game! There will be a space semi-reserved for YPN members to watch the game. Network with other YPNers and take in what is shaping up to be one of the best match-ups of NDSU’s season. Come alone or bring a friend! This code is open to all area Young Professionals. Ticket sales with the YPN code will end on January 14.

Off the Clock

Thursday, January 30 | 5:15 to 7:30 Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 715 13th Avenue East, West Fargo

Join YPN for our monthly networking happy hour at Rookies! Network with other young professionals while checking out one of the metro’s great food and beverage establishments. As always, drinks are on your own, apps are on us, and networking is free (don’t forget your business cards)! *Please register*

YPN Holiday Party We also had a fun time at our YPN Holiday Party at Sidestreet! Thank you all for such a great time playing games, winning prizes and networking.

*must be 21 to attend our Off the Clock networking events*

Naming the YP of the Year

The Young Professionals Network has announced the winner of its first YP of the Year award! This honor is given to one YPN member that demonstrates outstanding commitment to their community and their professional development throughout the year. After a nomination period, the YPN leadership committee evaluated the nominations and selected the YP of the Year.


Erin exudes professionalism, drive, approachability, sincerity, expertise and is a great example for other YPs Erin Larsgaard in the area. She is also incredibly involved with YPN Wold Johnson so she is dedicated to the program, her network, and being there as an asset for other YPs and their networks. Ask Alyssa, I believe she was one of the most involved YPs last year, attending probably more events than anyone. She comes and is present and works to meet new people and make them feel comfortable and respected and not just flocking to people she already knows. Also, she is a successful person but sets an example by garnering her peers' respect without bloviation; she is humble and respectable in how she conducts herself. That example of how we all should network and sincerely care about each other is important! She is now a member of the YPN Leadership Committee further proving her dedication to the program. She is the epitome of a young professional the community should take notice of and get to know. Hers is a career we should all be watching! *Erin serves as a Member at Large on the YPN Leadership committee*



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Students begin work on business plans It’s hard to believe we are already starting our second segment of this year’s YEA! program. We finished our first segment at Concordia College Offutt School of Business and are beginning our next segment at NDSU’s Barry Hall. We will finish our program at MSUM later this spring, which will be here in no time! We continue to be thankful for the support and resources provided by each of our tri-college universities and the students enjoy experiencing what it’s like to attend class on a college campus.

December was filled with presentations from a variety of business individuals. Kimberly Flamm, Chic-fil-A, joined us to present on franchising; Rinda Norberg, Nothing Bundt Cakes, joined us to present on niche marketing; and we closed out December with Ashley Cossette, RHI Supply to talk about accounting principles. Our YEA! students have been making tremendous progress on their businesses. We have a wide variety of businesses in this year’s class, from fashion to dog toys, to an app, this year's class has brought a variety of ideas to the program. In addition to working on business plans, our students are also working hard to create their products and applications.

About YEA!

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own real businesses. YEA! is a national program, and our chamber is the first and only organization to host a YEA! program in North Dakota and one of few in the entire Midwest. Learn more at fmwfchamber.com/YEA.




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NEW MEMBERS We welcome the following businesses who have invested by joining The Chamber. We encourage all members to conduct business with each other. When you do, let them know you learned of their business through The Chamber!

B2B CFO 7 15.350.1005 onsultants - Management C Douglas Anderson is a B2B CFO partner with 35 years CFO experience, who specializes in the management consulting areas of transition strategies, finance, operations, and growth. Nearly 200 CFOs with a combined 6,000 years of experience across many industries throughout the United States make up B2B CFO. Client benefits are tailored to individual needs that range from reduced cash flow worries, increased company value, and increased personal wealth to reduced stress, more free time, and peace of mind. They serve owners of privately held companies.

Brenco Cleaning Equipment & Janitorial Supplies brencoonline.com J anitorial Equipment & Supplies Brenco sells and services professional and industrial cleaning equipment, including commercial pressure washers and both commercial and industrial floor care products specifically the Kärcher brand. Kärcher is the largest, most trusted name in cleaning equipment in the world, with some of the best technology on the market.

CFA Society Minnesota c famn.org usiness Services B CFA Society Minnesota is one of the oldest chapters of CFA Institute, issuer of the Chartered Financial Analyst® Designation. Their mission is to advance professional excellence while promoting ethical behavior and fellowship through development and engagement opportunities. CFAMN has approx. 1,400 members across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Western Wisconsin.

CHI Friendship c hifriendship.com isability & Rehabilitation Services D CHI Friendship is a well-known leader in the field of developmental/intellectual disabilities and embraces the challenge of 28  THE BRIDGE  •  JANUARY 2020

helping people discover what makes them feel alive. CHI Friendship is one of the first area service providers to close segregated workshops and start a 100% communitybased day supports program. This pursuit of person-centered excellence can be seen in the individual success stories of CHI Friendship. Friendship provides residential and vocational services.

Elite Therapeutic Massage and Health Partners elitemassage.biz

Clarion Counseling & Consulting c larioncc.net

Fargo 3D Printer Repair f argo3dpr.com

ounseling Services C A clarion call is a loud and clear message which reflects the necessity to develop and grow as a person or business. The Clarion name reflects Darrin Tonsfeldt’s dedication to providing services that help people and organizations clarify their needs and find direction. He has an appreciation for the complexities that can create barriers to success, a compassionate approach that allows him to understand the dynamics and issues limiting personal, professional or organizational growth. Tonsfeldt has experience in providing services to businesses and organizations, helping them to become more productive and better places to work.

Converdia Health Staffing c onverdiahealth.com ealth Care Services H They are a healthcare staffing company who provides physicians, nurses, allied staff for PRN/per diem, short-term/ long-term, temp-to-perm placement, and direct placements. They work with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, surgery centers and health and research study sites.

Delta Dental of Minnesota d eltadentalmn.org I nsurance Delta Dental of Minnesota is one of the largest providers of dental benefits in the Upper Midwest, serving more than 8,800 Minnesota- and North Dakotabased purchasing groups and 4.1 million members nationwide. Founded in 1969, the company is an independent, nonprofit health service plan corporation.

ealth - Nutrition H The #1 source for the mind, body and soul. Elite Therapeutic Massage and Health Partners features a variety of massage techniques and styles, chiropractic care and holistic counseling.

lectronics E Fargo 3D Printer Repair fixes and repairs 3D printers and provide warranty service for several OEMs.

Fargo Flat Inc. f argoflatimc.com ontractors - Concrete C Fargo Flat are Husqvarna Hiperfloor certified concrete polishers. They provide concrete staining, sealing grinding, glue and thin-set removal, floor leveling and concrete restoration.

FpG Realty / Flom Property Group s earchhomesinfargo.com eal Estate R FpG Realty / Flom Property Group provides residential and commercial real estate services.

Go Promo J ustGoPromo.com | 701.219.7310 dvertising - Promotional Products A A family-owned and operated business, Go Promo is a custom apparel and promotional products distributor based in West Fargo. Started by brothers Casey and Tom Glandt, Go Promo helps businesses, schools and other organizations promote themselves through the creative use of decorated apparel and promotional products. Go Promo and Green Street Promotions merged in 2019. Their goal is to be the most efficient and dependable operation possible to better serve the promotional needs of clients. So, if you’re looking for the perfect way to boost your brand, be sure to just Go Promo.

NEW MEMBERS Golden Path Solutions, Inc. g oldenpath.net Business Services Golden Path Solutions helps students figure out their skills, talents and future career options, schools prepare students for what comes after graduation, and employers develop their future workforce.

Harper Heights m etroplains.com/find-a-home/northdakota/west-fargo/ harper-heights.html Apartments Harper Heights is West Fargo’s newest affordable independent 55 and Better Senior Living community. Located in an established quiet neighborhood, Harper Heights is a great place to call your next home. Amenities include brand new construction, washer/dryer in unit, elevator, heated parking garage, community room, media room, fitness room, 24/7 maintenance, controlled access, professionally managed, independent senior living, affordable apartments, centrally located, some utilities included and beautiful views.

Horns Up Transport, LLC h ornsuptransport.com ransportation Services - Trucking T They are both a regional and nationwide freight expeditor, based in Fargo. They pride themselves on having the logistical capacity to transport shipments at only a moment’s notice. They can move cargo anywhere throughout the continental United States and Canada. They transport freight safely from point to point, both on time and on budget. Their fleet consists of brand new oversized Mercedes Sprinter vehicles. Their rates are fair and competitive. Being small business owners themselves, they understand the value of forming-long term customer relationships that prove to be both economically feasible and mutually beneficial.

The Job Helpers t hejobhelpers.com mployment Services E They help individuals uncover their full potential through understanding their skill set and job-related experience. Their method is simple. They match a candidate’s job skills, years of expertise, extracurricular and volunteer experience

with a role that you are interested in and qualified for with the correct keywords and measurable results.

Midwest Motor Express, Inc. m megloballines.com ransportation Services - Trucking T Midwest Motor Express is a regional LTL freight company; a U.S. Customs brokerage company-NVOCC; that offers import and export services.

Profit Hub 360 LLC p rofithub360.com Accounting - Accounting Services They are a collaboration of profit focused services. They assist in set up of a new company on the state and federal levels. Profit Hub 360 LLC also offers bookkeeping, payroll, financial reporting, individual income tax preparation as well as business income tax preparation and tax planning. They can also assist in training you in Quickbooks if you wish to do it yourself.

SpartanNash spartannash.com arehouse Distributors W SpartanNash is happy to open another distribution center in Fargo that will be solely dedicated to produce and floral distribution to our corporate and independent grocery stores to help build upon their commitment to providing the freshest and highest quality produce available.

Thunder Coffee Inc. t hundercoffeefargo.com offee & Tea C Thunder Coffee is a family owned coffee shop that seeks to build a sense of community, connection and a sense of belonging. Starting off as a mobile coffee unit in 2017, Thunder Coffee has recently planted its roots in West Fargo with their first brick and mortar location. They offer specialty coffee drinks, teas, small bites to eat with beer wine and coffee cocktails coming soon!

Waddell & Reed / GoalQuest Financial Group parker.wrfa.com inancial Services F Waddell & Reed has been serving the financial needs of families, individuals and businesses for more than 80 years. Waddell & Reed is a pioneer in the financial planning industry. Their national network of experienced financial advisors can help you create a personalized plan to help you identify financial goals and get you where you want to go in life.

Yorhom Now 7 01.532.3480 edical Equipment & Supplies M Yorhom Now sells durable medical equipment that will help people live life to their fullest.

Did you know? If you work for a Chamber member business, you are a member too! Search current members at fmwfchamber.com/list

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MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES Congrats to the following Chamber member companies for their exciting announcements! Make sure to congratulate their achievements and recognition next time you see them around town. Want to see your own company news here? Send your press releases to us at thebridge@fmwfchamber.com. We want to share your good news (for free!) just because you are a valued member. Both Bethany on 42nd and Bethany on University have been rated High-Performing nursing facilities for 2019–20 by USNews, with Bethany on 42nd earning the Best Nursing Home designation. More than 15,000 nursing facilities across the country were rated by USNews, based on in-depth analysis of data from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, including data not factored into CMS’s star ratings. Facilities were scored for both short-term and long-term care stays. Once again Choice Bank has been recognized as a Top 100 Farm Lender by the American Bankers Association (ABA). Based on dollar volume data from Q2 2019, the ABA’s report released in September ranks Choice Bank at #39 across the United States. Recognized as the #1 Ag Lender in North Dakota in 2011 and 2014-2018, Choice Bank has established a reputation as leading experts in ag lending and banking. Based on the ABA’s report, farm loans make up a concentration of over 25% of all loans at Choice Bank.

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead received an Award of Excellence from the National Association of Home Builders’ Executive Officers Council for “Best Public Relations Program Conducted” in recognition of a series of workforce videos developed and distributed locally. The award was presented at the NAHB Association Management Conference in Baltimore. Innovative Basement Authority, formerly known as Innovative Basement Systems, announced a merger with Groundworks Companies, the nation’s largest foundation services company. Over the years, artificially created boundaries have constrained Innovative’s ability to grow. Founder, Keith Johnson, shared that partnering with Groundworks will unlock the liberty to service more of our nation and that he believes this partnership is the best way to ensure a bright future for his employees. Marco was named an Elite Dealer by ENX Magazine—an award given to top-performing office technology dealerships nationwide. The recognition acknowledges Marco’s commitment to customer satisfaction, quality service and cutting-edge technologies. Marco was one of the 137 companies on the Elite Dealer list. Companies honored range from sub-$3 million performers to $300 million-plus firms across the country. In addition to offering outstanding support and solutions to customers, Marco was recognized for its willingness to partner with clients in a manner that is mutually beneficial. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named North Dakota State College of Science one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Based on strong and improving student outcomes —including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15% of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize. The 150 community colleges named today as eligible to compete for the 2021 Aspen Prize were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes.





































April Steffan, Director, Marketing Brenda Wyland, VP, Government Relations Mike Zietz, Staff Engineer, Embedded   Software Design

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

Dr. Greg Glasner, Chief Medical Officer









Brady Martz & Associates, P.C.




Tina Bichler, Manager Kayla Christensen, Manager Doreen Filler, Manager Rachel Jenson, Manager Christy Jones, Manager Kristy Loeks, Manager Sara Lynch, Manager Kyle McManus, Manager Pan Shao, Manager Steve Wood, Manager

Braun Intertec

Andrew Van Sickle, Environmental Staff Scientist





















Capital Credit Union

Mekenzie Wegner, Financial Services Representative

Houston Engineering, Inc.

Katelyn Berube, Accounting Assistant


KW Inspire Realty

Heather Hanson, Realtor Jeremy Kelly, Realtor

Marco O PR
















James Bainbridge, Vice President of Finance

North Dakota Department of Human Services

Cory Pedersen, Director, Children and Family Services


Pediatric Arts Clinic

Abigail Vetter, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner











How to submit Email your company or people news to us at thebridge@fmwfchamber.com or visit fmwfchamber.com/member-news. PEDERSEN


MEMBER NEWS: PEOPLE Sterling Management, LLC

Kelsey Dahl, Project Coordinator Jazzmyn Hart, Accounts Payable Specialist Josh Hass, Project Manager Mike Kaiser, Project Manager Mark McMullen, Asset Manager Scott Neith, Project Manager Bill Prate, Project Manager Ashley Streitz, Project Coordinator






Laura Alexander, Videographer Cassie Wiste, Account Strategist

The Village Family Service Center

Roxann Burtness, Licensed Addiction Counselor,   First Step Recovery Keiran Vitek, Therapist, Moorhead













OTHER NEWS Bryce Johnson, chief executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, was elected as president of the 2020 National Association of Home Builders’ Executive Officers Council’s board of directors. Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead anounced its Awards Gala & Annual Meeting winners. The Extra Mile Award went to Ian Beaton, Labor Masters. The Top Recruiter award went to Tyrone Leslie, Heritage Homes, and Associate Volunteer of the Year award went to Eric Miller, Starion Bank.



Margaret A. Fitzgerald, dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education at North Dakota State University, has been honored with the Alumni Achievement Award from the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences.










F O R AW K WA R D T U R N S . With walk-in services at Sanford Health, we make it easy for you to access expert care from the Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team when you need it most.

Walk in for fast, convenient orthopedic care

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Walk-in today without a referral.

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A.J. Kognos College Consulting

Bank Forward & Insure Forward



112 University Drive North Suite 204, Fargo

5650 37th Avenue South, Fargo


City of West Fargo


Corporate Elements LLC

Expansion of Sheyenne Street


800 Fourth Avenue East Suite 1, West Fargo

2605 42nd Street South, Fargo



Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar Grand opening 3902 13th Avenue South, Fargo


Dakota Specialty Milling

Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch Thrift Store Grand opening of Deer Creek location 5289 51st Avenue South, Fargo


Grateful Cratefulls

50-year anniversary


4014 15th Avenue North, Fargo

300 Sheyenne Street, Suite 130 West Fargo


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Harper Heights

Icehouse Fit

Grand opening

Expansion and rebrand

121 First Avenue West, West Fargo metroplains.com/find-a-home/ north-dakota/west-fargo/ harper-heights.html

1620 First Avenue North, Fargo

La Fiesta Mexican & American Grill LLC


Moorhead Youth Hockey Association

Grand opening


1109 38th Street South, Fargo

707 Main Avenue Southeast, Moorhead


Pioneer Place

Sign Badgers

Grand opening

Relocation and rebrand

300 Sheyenne Street, West Fargo

349 11th Street West, West Fargo



Sol Ave Kitchen Grand opening 1408 First Avenue North, Suite 2, Moorhead

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SpartanNash Grand opening of produce distribution center 3402 Fourth Avenue South, Fargo



Want your own ribbon cutting?

Super Studio Relocation 101 10th Street North, Suite 110, Fargo


We want to help your business celebrate its important milestones! Chamber ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are available FREE to any member business. If you have opened your doors within the past year, changed ownership, relocated, remodeled, expanded or are celebrating a milestone anniversary, we would love to help commemorate the occasion. For more information or to schedule, contact Mickayla at 218.359.0517 or mthompson@fmwfchamber.com, or fill out the form at bit.ly/FMWFRibbonRequest. *One ribbon cutting per year per member

Ambassadors Holiday Social Each year, the chamber ambassadors host a holiday social, where both Member and Public Relations teams, and Ambassadors Emeritus, gather to celebrate the season. Thank you to O’Clevy’s Drinks & Eats inside the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center for hosting us this past December. The ambassadors enjoyed tasty appetizers of buffalo wings and cajun potatoes over happy hour. Congrats to Brian Heger, 702 Communications, who won the ugly sweater contest.


Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Post Office Box 2443 Fargo, North Dakota 58108-2443 fmwfchamber.com

A tribute to

Craig Whitney December 25, 1959–December 14, 2019