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Community Builders


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


State of the Cities:

Details for the 2020 event



November 2019



Meet the new teams


Member profile:

Entrepreneur of the Year: Jeff Shipley

YEA! Meet the

class of 2020!



7 Membership Matters

11 Member Spotlight: FBS 14 Eggs & Issues

16 Business After Hours 17 Business Training 18 Women Connect

21 Leadership FMWF

23 Professionals of Color

27 Young Professionals Network 28 New Members 30 Military 101

31 Member News

34 Ribbon Cuttings


22 Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND

29 Boulger Funeral Home

10 Capital Credit Union

31 Cole Papers, Inc

25 Cornerstone Bank

10 Eide Bailly LLP

26 Eventide Senior Living Communities

20 First International Bank & Trust

26 Forum Communications Printing

9 Four Points by Sheraton 31 Heritage Homes 9 Indigo Signworks

26 J&M Printing

29 Knight Printing

25 Midco

20 O.K. Tire Store

29 Pro Resources

26 Starion Bank

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tom Dawson Dawson Insurance Chair Sandi Piatz Microsoft Chair Elect Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Airport Treasurer Mark Nisbet Xcel Energy Immediate Past Chair Mike Dragosavich Spotlight Member at Large Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group Kyle Dorow Essentia Health

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

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


the region as a full-service metropolitan marketplace.

• Be

a bold voice for business through strong thought leadership and a rich policy agenda.

• Build

a place of belonging to best serve members’ interests.

Jodi Duncan Flint Group

Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly LLP

Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company


Brittany Montecuollo Sanford Health Joanna Slominski Mortenson

Peter Stenehjem First International Bank & Trust Steve Swiontek Gate City Bank

Jeff Volk Moore Engineering, Inc.

Craig Whitney The Chamber

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Roger Reierson Flint Group

Craig Whitney President/CEO


Jim Parsons

VP of Finance/Operations



Julie Doggett

Information Systems Administrator


Darren Dunlop

Business Development Manager


Jessica Broers Bremer Bank

Ambassador Public Relations

Scott Berg U.S. Bank

Ambassador Member Relations

Cory Holen Preference Employment Solutions

Business Training

Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Education co-chair Moorhead Louise Dardis Retired educator

Education co-chair

Erica Johnsrud Ronald McDonald Leadership FMWF House Charities

Darin Feir

Graphics & Publications Coordinator


Tyler Fischbach

Multimedia Coordinator

Amanda Huggett

Katie Mastel


Manager of Communications & Marketing

Government Affairs & Advocacy Manager

Tracy Powell

Mason Rademacher

Alyssa Ralston Lakoduk



Brian Shawn Midco Military Affairs

Trevor Mathew Choice Bank

Professionals of Color

Tim Flakoll Tri-College University Public Policy

Katie Hutton Eide Bailly LLP Women Connect

Danne Doering Choice Bank

Young Professionals Network

Tracy Meckler

Membership & Advertising Sales Manager


Director of Events & Programs



Professional Development Coordinator


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

Bobbi Rehder Events Coordinator


Casey Sanders

Manager of Membership


Mickayla Thompson Member Relations Coordinator


Julie Yourczek

Office Administrator


a note from the

PRESIDENT On a mission to honor our military Heading into a month centered around thankfulness, it is fitting to reflect on the unparalleled dedication our service men and women and their families have for the missions they carry out on our behalf. It is for this reason that we at The Chamber work so hard to advocate for and honor these individuals and their families. For us at The Chamber, dedication to the military forces means a variety of things. It means engaging business leaders and military personnel through our Military Affairs committee, providing opportunities for businesses to honor military members and veterans through our Honor Star program, interacting with public officials to strengthen the Happy Hooligans Air Guard in order to defend against any possible Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) effect on the base, hosting military appreciation events and fundraisers to support and honor the military as well as providing education to the community at large as to the economic impact that the guard has on our region. In 2016, the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University conducted a study on the economic effects of the Air National Guard on the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. They concluded that the Air National Guard alone was responsible for $93.4 million in business activity (sum of direct, indirect and induced business activity). Knowing this, The Chamber lobbied on their behalf at the state legislature to ensure military-friendly policies, drawing more service members to the region. With these efforts, we have continually advocated for state funds to assist in recruitment efforts for the Air Guard in order to protect the Happy Hooligans from negative effects in the event of another BRAC. In order to uphold our commitment to education surrounding the military, on page 30 you will find an article all about our area’s military. There, you can “meet” our local military leadership in each of the branches, find definitions of common words used in the military, learn more about our Military Affairs committee, Honor Star program and more! It is an honor to advocate for our military men and women as they give so much to our community, states and nation. Because of this deep commitment from our military men and women as well as their families, we are on a mission to foster a community of support for these individuals. Please join me in this noble venture.

Craig Whitney President / CEO The Chamber @FMWFPrez




State of the Cities Thursday, January 16 8 to 9:30 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo

Bernie Dardis West Fargo

Tim Mahoney Fargo

Join us at this annual event that brings our community together to ask questions of our local city’s leaders and talk about our region’s growth, goals and priorities. Where are we headed? What challenges do we face and what successes can we celebrate? We will have our local mayors representing their cities to provide updates, including Mayor Bernie Dardis in West Fargo, Mayor Johnathan Judd in Moorhead, Mayor Tim Mahoney in Fargo and Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson. Don’t miss out on this community-wide conversation. In addition to presentations from the mayors, live polling and Q&A, you can also expect to get a hot breakfast with every registration and the opportunity to network with your peers and our region’s leaders.

Johnathan Judd Moorhead

Chad Olson Dilworth

Don’t forget to bring in your cell phone! We’ll once again conduct live polls to ask the audience what issues you think are most pressing. Last year 41% of attendees said that workforce was the most important challenge in our region, followed by behavioral and mental health and opioid addiction in second for the first time, overtaking flood protection. Will the tides turn this year? Share your voice and weigh in!



Register at or by calling 218.233.1100. 6  THE BRIDGE  •  NOVEMBER 2019


Did You Know—

Chamber 101:

We want all our Chamber members to reach their goals. One publication that helps do this is our annual Coupon Book. Members featured here get extra visibility in the community—and traffic in their doors. Not to mention, this impacts local youth as they have the ability to sell these books for a fundraiser, and gives them a glimpse into sales and business.

Thursday, December 19 | 9 to 9:45 a.m. The Chamber, 202 First Avenue North, Moorhead

The Chamber has a Coupon Book?

Integrity Fundraisers works with local schools and non-profit organizations in order to assist their overall fundraising efforts. The Chamber is happy to assist in the impact that this book has on the youth in our community! The funds raised have gone directly back into schools, used for field trips, experiences, and even in some cases much-needed building renovations.

What have coupon participants said about being featured? “Hi, my name is Rob Roberts and I am the owner of your local Breadsmith Bakery in South Fargo. I began with the Chamber Coupon Book at its inception eight years ago, and have found it to be impactful as well as a very positive experience. Last year alone, we accepted over 4,000 coupons, averaging almost seven visits per day all year round!”

Fun facts about the coupon book • Every business in the book is a current Chamber member. • There are 42 businesses featured and 252 coupons plus a mobile coupon pass • Every featured member on the front cover (26 businesses) is giving something away completely FREE! • Each year approximately $104,000 is raised and goes right back into our local youth and non-profits. Currently 9 local schools participate in this fundraiser.

Connect. Engage. Maximize. If you’re not familiar with The Chamber, are a new member, new contact, new hire, or just want to re-engage with us, this session is for you! Chamber 101 is a laid-back discussion designed to share some of the great benefits of Chamber membership and what opportunities exist that you need to know. No need to dress in business attire; we welcome you to come as you are! Here, Casey Sanders, The Chamber’s manager of membership, will walk you through events, programs, discounts, online tools and more, so you can begin maximizing your membership right away. It’s great way to introduce new faces to what we have available, or to simply say hello and meet fellow business professionals. Light refreshments provided. Optional networking to follow. Don’t forget your business cards! SUPPORTING SPONSOR

Can’t make it or have a larger group interested? We can come to you! Contact Casey at 218.233.1100 or to set up a time where she can bring the presentation to your workplace!

Print & Digital Ad Specials! New advertising specials are available for new and existing members at

If you are interested in creating a fundraiser of your own, contact Scott at Integrity Fundraisers at Want to pick up your own copy of this year’s Coupon Book? We have books for sale for just $20, available for purchase at The Chamber offices inside the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.

Participate in the next book! Coupon spots are available to all Chamber members for FREE (ads are extra). Contact Tracy Meckler at 218.233.1100 or for more information and to reserve your spot.   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  7

Announcing the new ambassador teams

The Smelly Cats

Chamber ambassadors play a crucial role in the community, welcoming new businesses and celebrating the successes of our members. Welcome to the 2019-20 public relations ambassador teams!

Brooks and Funn


Bryan Shinn, SaveCoin; CAPTAIN Rachel Warren, Spherion Staffing; Brian Kingsley, Midco; Addie Long, Office Sign Company; Levi Hanson, InterOffice Hannah LeTexier, American Cancer Society NOT PICTURED:

Jared Ferguson, ND Division of Vocational Rehab Kathy Skramstad, AVI Systems Neal Beitelspacher, Dakota Commercial


Kelly Brekke, CHI Riverview; Angie Heil, Fargo VA CAPTAIN Brooke Coauette NAI North Central Patty Mastel, FM Area Foundation; Brandon Geffre, Bushel Devin Gaard, Ihry Insurance; Billy Nustad, Bell Bank Pete Christopher, Habitat for Humanity NOT PICTURED:

Teri Winkelman, Bushel; Brenda Cornell, Job Service of ND Nick Nupdal, American Federal Bank; Nicole Birnbaum, Radio FM Media; Brad Aune, Job Service of ND

And a special thank you to the C’mon Inn in Fargo for hosting us for our team meeting and photos!

Turn’R Up

Candi’s Dandies



Lori Hager, JP Catholic Schools Network; Melissa Paul, Advanced Business Methods; Julie Halverson, Newman Signs CAPTAIN Candice Ahmann, Express Employment Professionals Donn Groth, Midwest Radio; Larry Olson, Talent Productions Mitch Kudrna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND; Cody Klug, Network Center; Tom Thompson, Freedom Resource Center NOT PICTURED:

Chloe Reichel, First International Bank & Trust Randy Clark, RE/MAX Legacy Realty Jerry Christiansen, Freedom Resource Center


Brittney Weber, Preference Employment Solutions Scott Peters, Farmers Insurance Scott Peters Agency CAPTAIN Cora Turner, Homewood Suites by Hilton Steffen Isane, Preference Employment Solutions Nicole Ashe, NDSCS; Carol Seefeldt, Wired Up! Jill Mattson, Western State Bank; Lindsey Gunderson, Dakota Plains Realty; LuAnn White, Dakota Plains Realty Jodi Buchholz, Stoneridge Software; Jill Lougheed, Midco NOT PICTURED:

Jill Christopher, Ronald McDonald House Trish Enger, HUB International Insurance

Twigs and Terries


CAPTAIN Terri Almer, Five Star Call Centers; Brian Heger, 702 Communications; Taylor Clauson, iDigital Lynn Hanson, Range Inc.; Scott Campbell, Eide Bailly Bryan McClean, BeMobile NOT PICTURED:

Aaron Hill, Fargo Brewing Company; Jamie Odegaard, Griswold Home Care of ND; Kevin Spaulding, True|IT Mitch Taralson, Bank of the West; Barb Trautman, Eide Bailly; Steve Asche, Thrivent Financial

2018 –19 Team of the Year

Rachel's Renegades

We’re excited to honor Rachel's Renegades as the Public Relations Ambassadors Team of the Year! This means they earned the most points for activity throughout the year at things like ribbon cuttings and Operation Thank You. It’s because of dedicated volunteers like them that we’re able to do what we do. Thank you! PICTURED L-R FRONT ROW:

Taylor Clauson, iDigital; Addie Long, Office Sign Company CAPTAIN Rachel Warren, Spherion Staffing Larry Olson, Talent Productions BACK ROW:

Bryan McClean, BeMobile; Tom Thompson, Freedom Resource Center; Jodi Buchholz, Stoneridge Software Billy Nustad, Bell Bank NOT PICTURED:

Jamie Odegaard, Griswold Home Care of ND Neal Beitelspacher, Dakota Commercial; Kevin Riley, Robert Gibb & Sons; Jerry Christiansen, Freedom Resource Center; Alison Molony

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FACING THE FUTURE IS A LOT EASIER WHEN YOU WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND YOUR PAST For more than 100 years we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping the businesses of the Red River Valley grow and prosper. That means going above and beyond—in our service, our culture and our resources. We’ve grown along with the Fargo community to become a top 25 CPA firm, and we’ve kept our roots here because we care about the success of our community—and all the businesses within it.



What inspires you, inspires us. 701.239.8500 |


Founded by Paul Wurzer in 1978, FBS started as a custom programming shop primarily focused on financial institutions and hospitals. Forty-one years later, and now run by Paul’s son Michael, FBS has grown to become one of the top three vendors in the world for MLS (Multiple Listing Service) software and a leader in real estate technology and software innovation. Utilized by over 247,000 industry professionals, FBS-created technology and software plays an important role in helping more Americans become homeowners. If you’ve bought, sold or shopped for a home in the area, it’s likely you’ve used Flexmls®, FBS's flagship product during your search. Formally expressed, the FBS purpose statement is: “FBS is dedicated to the American Dream of independence through ownership, for both our employeeowners and those we serve with our real estate software. As owners, we embrace the responsibilities necessary to gain the freedom, opportunity, and respect of ownership. We are empowered to exceed our clients' expectations with innovative real estate products and services.”

What makes your organization unique?

Are there any initiatives you’re focusing on right now?

Since becoming an employee-owned company in 2005, our path to success has been paved by our purpose: proliferating ownership through our company structure (100% employee-owned) and software products (real estate focused). We’ve walked that path with focus and in doing so, demonstrated that a software company can be built and scaled sustainably, nurturing and retaining both customers and employees for decades through tremendous growth. We were commended for choosing that path by Forbes in May 2019, when they named FBS a 2019 Forbes Small Giant.

In recent years, FBS has acquired and invested in products and companies that serve real estate professionals at every level. Most notably, we are set to release two products in the coming months:

Being selected by Forbes from hundreds of applicants as one of 25 Small Giant Companies in America is truly an honor for us. It validates the decision we made nearly 15 years ago to define and walk our own path paved with the goal of creating a purpose-driven organization that creates owners before marketing mantras, cultural initiatives, twitter handles, and recognition like this existed. We are so incredibly proud to be a Forbes Small Giant.

Spring websites empower brokers, agents and the MLS to showcase their listings in all-in-one, public-facing, consumer portals packed with live listing data, local information and more.

FlōPlan is a mobile application that enables real estate professionals to create and upload a complete floor plan to their listing online in 24 hours using only a cellphone. It's easy and affordable; we want consumers to gain the benefit of a FlōPlan on every listing.

With new products comes growth! We invite you to visit for current job openings.

What do you like best about doing business here? FBS was founded in Fargo and we’re proud to call it home. Each year, we host a three-day customer event that brings in ~130 MLS staff from all over the country. Sharing the charm of Fargo with some of our favorite people is something we look forward to every summer. —Katie Kapel, Events and Brand Experience   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  11


Entrepreneur of the Year— Jeff Shipley

Embracing failures is not typical in the world of entrepreneurship. However, Jeff Shipley isn’t your typical entrepreneur. Shipley believes that embracing failure is a pre-requisite to success and often reminds the team of this formula. “As a leader, it’s important to be transparent and vulnerable enough to share your own failures and more importantly what you learned from them,” Shipley said. “Failure is a good indication you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone—where the magic happens!” Shipley, a local businessman, originally from Devil’s Lake, currently owns and leads 12 real estate-related companies with multiple locations covering two states, and this number is growing rapidly. JSE, Inc., Shipley’s parent company, was recently honored with a #1,327 ranking on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies. Moreover, locally this month, four of the companies were named as finalists for InForum’s Best of the Best in the Red River Valley. “It’s certainly been an amazing year for all of our companies,” Shipley said. “The recognition just validates the 12  THE BRIDGE  •  NOVEMBER 2019

extraordinary talent that our teams continue to attract. While I might be the one that is handed the award, it’s the team that deserves the credit.” JSE, Inc. started as The FM Real Estate Team in 2009 with less than 10 people. Now, JSE Inc. has become a family of companies with a unified goal of helping others live the biggest life possible.

"We've put our all into building this unique culture that really is hard to understand from the outside and hard to explain from the inside" KW Inspire Realty, acquired by Shipley in 2015, has become the largest residential real estate broker in North Dakota, adding 62 agents in 2018 alone. Spire Custom Homes, started five years ago and added over half a dozen newly designed plans with local market price points to fit the needs of our expanding community. Regency Title, acquired in 2017, has more than doubled its market share, setting year over year monthly growth records in 6 of the last 7 months. Most recently, Shipley started Forward Mortgage, which is already being recognized as one of the top mortgage companies in Fargo Moorhead and has instantly provided real value to our team members and homeowners.

Experiencing such quick growth over 10 years comes with its challenges, but Shipley says, “My role has been to find and hire great people who value what we value, set and share the vision and get out of their way.” The vision of JSE Inc. is vast and scalable with growth at every level, allowing opportunity for both veteran and new professionals to build careers worth having and businesses worth owning. Following a people-first approach, integrity is their most highly protected principle. Shipley believes that a business is only as good as its people. “My grandma once told me that you must be able to lay your head on your pillow at night and know that you have your word,” he said. “Never lose that.” This along with asking great questions, embracing failure, and constantly working on yourself and your mindset are attributable to the organization's growth. “We’ve put our all into building this unique culture that really is hard to understand from the outside and hard to explain from the inside,” Shipley said. “While each company has a different product or service and is independently operated, we support each other at a very high level. We focus on communication and constantly discuss how we truly win together. Nobody succeeds alone!” Education and personal growth is another value important to Shipley.


To invest in their people, over 1,100 education opportunities were provided to staff and agents in 2018. Inspire U, the newest company in the family, offers personal growth and mindset courses to the community among continuing education courses for local agents. “We value personal growth and see it as key to growing a solid business,” he commented. “Our people amaze me every day,” Shipley said. “They are constantly creating opportunities to give back in their own ways, using their time and unique talents, and finding passion serving many of our local non-profits. We also love to serve together, as it is a great way to team build and contribute at the same time. We’ve recently had a great time at the Ronald McDonald House & YWCA and ran fundraisers for the Dorothy Day House, Local Food Pantry and the United Way, among many others.” The team also makes sure they take care of their own. In times of difficulty with members or families of the team, they all step up. “Sometimes it’s financially, sometimes making meals, or support with their business—that’s the true magic in who we are, and what we are building. It’s not something we advertise, you won’t see this on billboards or magazines, it’s just who we are, it’s what we do, our culture. Our team knows we all have each other’s backs if and when you need it. It's just who we are and that's priceless.” The family of companies was created to empower team members and agents to take ownership and run businesses on their terms and build their own brands. “It’s not about me—it never has been,” Shipley said. “I gain joy by creating the opportunities for others to succeed and adding as much value as possible so there is no better place for them to build a business or career that supports their BIG WHY…that in itself is my own BIG WHY. These people are my second family. I will always do my best to help them succeed.”

We believe as an organization that embracing failure is a pre-requisite to success—it's a message we make sure our teams hear often.

Fail Often, Fail Fast, Fail Forward.



Talk about transportation in our region: Eggs & Issues recap At the top of October, our Eggs & Issues event “The Route to Removing Barriers for Employment: United Way Workforce Transportation Project” focused on the United Way’s partnership with MATBUS, the City of Fargo and various community partners to successfully secure reliable and affordable transportation to the Fargo Industrial Park, which hadn’t been available since the 1990s.

Fargo’s Assistant Director of Transit for MATBUS Matthew Peterson spoke to the impressive timeline that this service was accomplished within. He said “This is one of the only routes or services that we were able to get going on such a short time,” going on to commend United Way’s ability to engage key stakeholders in the conversation quickly. He explained that this service isn’t a typical fixed route for MATBUS. TapRide, an on-demand bus service works more like Uber or Lyft to ensure employees of the nearly 20,000 jobs in the Fargo Industrial Park have reliable public transportation.


Thomas Hill, VP for Community Impact at the United Way of Cass-Clay, began the program outlining the TapRide service that was launched in August and spoke to the importance of this collaboration. He referred to it as “an opportunity to

increase access and remove barriers so more people can access good jobs and employers can fill their workforce needs.”

Carey Fry, Workforce Manger of Job Service ND, spoke to the numerous barriers of individuals getting and holding a job. Noting transportation as the first priority on the list she said, “The transportation barrier is so important because the rest an employer can work with, but if they can’t get there, then there is no job.” HR Manager at Cardinal IG Kelsey Kasten talked about the need for this service and how reliability is a big selling point. Many times, candidates for a job are confident they can find reliable transportation if they get the job, but once they do and winter hits or the co-worker they had been riding with daily is sick, their transportation becomes not so reliable. In this, she explained that the service will greatly help with retention of employees and decrease employee turnover. As this is a new service, there was limited data on the impacts that TapRide has had on the Industrial Park’s workforce, however the team was happy with current usage of the unique service. This important service, which developed through a collaboration of the United Way and key stakeholders, is serving as a solution to one significant barrier for our area’s workforce: transportation.

Moorhead’s special elections The City of Moorhead will hold a special election on Tuesday, November 5. All wards will have the opportunity to vote on the Moorhead School Bond Referendum, and wards 3 and 4 will also be able to vote on City Council candidates due to two open seats on the Council. Check out for a helpful election resource with more information about the candidates before heading to the polls on Tuesday!


Agribusiness Update Our Agribusiness committee went on the road for September’s meeting as they attended the 2019 Big Iron NAMA Social! Elli Ressler, grower services director for the North Dakota Corn Growers Association and Agribusiness committee member said: “Attending the 2019 Big Iron NAMA Social was a great way to connect with other businesses and organizations. We also had the opportunity to hear from the NDSU Student NAMA team who took first place at the national competition this past spring. It was inspiring to hear about the students' experience at the national competition and how much work they put into their presentation.”

EGGS & ISSUES Wednesday, November 6 — Note day of the week!

Tuesday, December 3

Capt. Andrew Frobig Leann Bertsch James Odonnell Administrator Director, ND Department Superintendent Cass County of Corrections and West Central Regional Jail Administrator Rehabilitation Juvenile Center

Col. Darrin Anderson Capt. Jordan Dibich Maj. Derek Kuntz Commander, 119th 2nd Battalion, 136th 141 Maneuver Enhancement Wing, ND Air Infantry Regiment, OIC Brigade, OIC, ND Army National Guard MN Army National Guard National Guard

7:30 to 9 a.m. | Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead

7:30 to 9 a.m. | Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead

Incarceration and Rehabilitation:

National Guard Briefing and A New Service for Our Veterans

Join us as we bring in experts on our criminal justice system. Our speakers will address where we currently are in regard to public policy, occupancy rates, services and collaborative efforts, and speak to the direction they anticipate we are headed in these areas. It is important that we as the business community understand this issue as it affects our workforce challenges and personal relationships. Come join the conversation about what work is being done to ensure individuals in our criminal justice system are reintegrated into society as productive citizens in our community. Along with an interesting and informative discussion, you can count on hot coffee and breakfast at this morning event!

Join us at December’s Eggs & Issues for a National Guard briefing from our local Air and Army leaders. Colonel Anderson, Captain Dibich and Major Kuntz will take to the stage to share about the current strength of their units, retention rates, economic impact, missions, trainings and deployments. Along with their protection, the military brings a large economic impact and proves a great ability to attract a strong workforce, making supporting our military a priority for many business leaders. This event will also feature a panel focused on the new Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) service for veterans in our area. The recent addition of the Fargo VA Health Care System to the HBOT clinical demonstration program gives veterans access to this unique treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Hear from the VA and individuals who are passionate about what HBOT can do for veterans in the North Dakota and western Minnesota area.

A Look into our Criminal Justice System

At Eggs & Issues, you can always learn about a local issue that affects our community to stay in the know.

REGISTRATION includes breakfast

Interested in learning more about our region's military representation? Flip to page 30! Chamber members: $32 in advance  |  $42 at the door Non-members: $52 in advance  |  $62 at the door Register at 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 NA




October Business After Hours recap

Thanks to everyone that attended or exhibited at October’s spooky good Business After Hours at the Hilton Garden Inn! And a special thank you to Spotlight for sponsoring!

Congrats to Luke Quanbeck, International Marketing Systems, who won the Game of Skillz with the archery target! He walked away with $177 cash and a $450 gift certificate to Games Galore.

See you at Holiday Business After Hours December 5 | 4 to 6:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott

Don’t miss our festive, fun, and largest networking event of the year at the special holiday edition of Business After Hours! Cheers to seeing you there! SPONSORED BY


Your chance to win with the Games of Skillz All Chamber members registered for Business After Hours will be eligible to win real money (!) just by participating in the Game of Skillz at the event. For every Business After Hours registration, we will donate $1 to the monthly prize based on number of attendees per event. The winner of that month’s game will receive half of the total amount. The other half will go to the final cash pool in June, when we award the total dollar amount accumulated. This month's game is cornhole/ bean bags.

How to best attend Business After Hours 3 to 3:45 p.m. | Delta by Marriott Free for registered BAH attendees

We create a fun and relaxing environment; you create the impact! Presented by Heather Ostrowski, Organizational Development Specialist at Gate City Bank Regardless of how you feel about networking, it’s a vital part to our organization and personal brand health. This session is designed to help you hone your skills and make quality connections! Make the most of Business After Hours and other networking experiences by learning techniques to increase your visibility, promote yourself and market your business most effectively before walking into Business After Hours afterward.


The Focus Mindset: How to Stay on Task in a Distracted World

Wednesday, November 20 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn

We live in a world with 70,000 thoughts that travel through our head a day. Thoughts that come and go no matter what we do. Of those thoughts, 80% are either rooted in the past or the future, with only 20% in the present. More alarming is that only half of those thoughts are positive, and half of those are relevant to what you are doing. With a human attention span only lasting 8 seconds, how do we ever accomplish anything?

Karla Wolford

Founder and CEO, Sports Chiropractor and Coach Elevate Human Potential and EHP CrossFit

This session will equip you with the tools to know what thoughts to keep in your focus window so you can stay on task at work and hit the goals you set out to reach. Attendees will also learn to identify common workplace distractions, triggers, and action steps to take to regain focus.

REGISTRATION includes lunch

Imposter Syndrome: Why It

Affects Talented People and How to Overcome It

Do you find yourself secondguessing your accomplishments? Do you ever get the feeling that you’ve fooled people into believing you are competent or talented, and fear that you’re going to be “found out”? If so, you may be experiencing the Imposter Syndrome – and you’re not alone! Research shows that Imposter Syndrome affects approximately 70% of us.

Wednesday, December 11 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton

photo credit: FATcat Studios

Laura Gariano

Senior Community Engagement Program Manager United Way of Cass-Clay


Here, we’ll learn more about Impostor Syndrome, why it can affect certain individuals, behaviors it can cause, and methods to overcome it. Learn from others’ stories and share your own in small group discussions.

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

These events qualify for 1.5 CPE credits through SHRM

A LOOK AT last month

Thank you to all that attended the most recent Business Training!



Building Cohesive Teams: A Roadmap to Effective Teamwork in Today's Workplace


Ole Rygg, Corporate Elements LLC

LOCATION: Holiday Inn Fargo



Discovery Benefits | GOLDMARK Property Management Minnesota State Community and Technical College | TrueIT | Wanzek Construction, Inc.   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  17

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

Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.


What are others saying about Marissa and Lean Out? “I saw Marissa speak before the book came out. She told revealing personal stories about her experiences at Google and Facebook, bringing us along on her journey with an inviting humor and wit, also tying in research from behavioral science, management studies, etc. Yes, she answer a key question: what have we’ve gotten wrong about women at work? But she also provided great insights and perspective on corporate dysfunction and how we can improve everything from leadership and talent evaluation, to reward systems, innovation/ creativity and motivation.”           —Kim Ray, review, June 15, 2019

Every attendee gets a FREE copy of her book! An Amazon best-seller!

Connection Opportunities

What is PUSH and why are we talking about it?

As an addition to our Women Connect speaker each month, women in the community have an opportunity to continue networking through the PUSH program. In short, it allows women to meet new people through these small circles of influence. The mission behind PUSH is to create a supportive network of women who empower each other to ask tough questions, challenge the norm, and grow individually and professionally.

PUSH Groups

We currently have 66 groups (of 4 to 8 women) that meet once a month throughout the FMWF area. PUSH offers you the flexibility to start your own group, or we can place you in one that fits based on your networking requests! September brought a new calendar year of Women Connect, and the first year of non-originating committee members leading PUSH. This year, our committee’s priority is to bring a fresh focus to this great opportunity for women. We aim to help you make bold, lasting connections. Our vision is to change the way women encourage each other and empower themselves. 18  THE BRIDGE  •  NOVEMBER 2019

We are broadening our reach to provide further flexibility, and we have even more ways than ever to connect!

1. The original coffee connect Coffee Connect is an opportunity for you to meet someone new. Simply invite one or more women to join you for coffee to discuss the speaker’s topic or find business connections.

2. Join a PUSH group

Be bold and join a randomly placed group of women to meet monthly, build friendships while growing in your personal and professional life.

3. Pop-Up PUSH

We understand that not everyone can commit to a monthly meeting. This “Pop-Up PUSH” opportunity can accommodate anyone—from working moms to the single ladies. Our monthly social held after the monthly Women Connect speaker provides flexibility to your schedule, and no registration required. Pop in for Pop-Up PUSH!



Meet your PUSH Coordinators!

A huge thank you to Nicole Jacobson, State Farm Insurance - David Eggers Agency, and Rylee Wznick, Razor Consulting Solutions, for leading the PUSH program! Visit or email


Shut Up, Self Doubt!

Tuesday, November 19 3:30 to 5 p.m. Delta by Marriott

Women frequently express that they don’t feel they deserve their job and are “imposters” who could be found out at any moment. Many recent studies (and self-experiences) have found that women worry more about being disliked, appearing unattractive, outshining others or grabbing too much attention. So Briana Scearcy Chief People Officer how can you get around that, how Stoneridge Software can you overcome those times of  bscearcy self-doubt so that you can move forward? This session will explore various habits that can help decrease that destructive inner voice and seize opportunities. In this session, learn how to stop inner doubts, take time for dedicated reflection, and learn the idea of course-correction and its benefits in eliminating self-doubt. Charity of the month: YWCA Cass Clay—Please consider bringing disinfectant wipes or hand soap to donate to them.



The Mindfulness of Imperfections

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

Perfectionism can be one of the most destructive traits to both an individual and to others’ motivation and worker Jessica Tiahna self-esteem. Perfectionism Thomasson Burian is also the leading fatal President & CEO Student disease among women Lutheran Social NDSU 18 to 100 (Pennsylvania Services North Dakota Conference for Women  lssndjessica 2019). Whether it is in the workplace environment or everyday life, attendees at this session will benefit from learning how to enable the presence of imperfection and thriving. Thriving is not the absence of imperfections, but rather the mindfulness of such. Charity of the month: North Dakota Autism Center—Please consider bringing sensory toys, large exercise balls, flip sequence boards, diffuser(s) with calming oil or bean bags, to donate to them.

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

A look at last month

Tuesday, December 17

Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.

Women Connect making a difference


CHARITY OF THE MONTH: Fargo Cass Public Health Harm

Kathryn Burgum First Lady, North Dakota TOPIC: Reinventing Recovery: Women connecting to bring addiction out of the shadows LOCATION: Delta by Marriott, Fargo

Reduction Center & Gladys Ray Shelter

ITEMS COLLECTED: 127 cans of coffee, personal items,

flashlights, hand warmers, socks and bags WHO THIS HELPS: Individuals at the shelter seeking respite from the streets and services that help them make choices that reduce the harmful consequences of substance use PROGRAM SPONSORS


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 NA | Western State Bank



Thank you to all that attended the most recent Women Connect!

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Leadership class learns non-profits

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo metro has a number of non-profit organizations that serve diverse populations in our community. For many, gaining exposure to gather funds or volunteers for their organization is important. For our October session, the Leadership class had the opportunity to learn about a variety of different non-profit organizations in the community. The day started at the the Village Family Service with Travis Christopher from Dakota Medical Foundation giving an overview of the non-profit landscape in the metro. Following his presentation, the class heard the seven Community Change Initiative (CCI) proposals that were selected to become this year’s projects. Following our CCI proposals, the class participated in non-profit roundtables, getting 12 minutes with six different non-profits. Billi Jo Zeilinski, Make-A-Wish; John Fisher, Friends of the Children; Missy Heilman, BIO Girls; Erica Johnsrud, Ronald McDonald House Charities; Darcy Kasprowicz, North Dakota Autism Center; and Nancy McKenzie, PATH, served as our roundtable hosts. The class had the chance to learn about both national and locally grown nonprofits, their board structures and the populations they serve. After our time at The Village, participants split into groups to tour non-profits in the community. This year, participants had the opportunity to tour Churches United for the Homeless and Family Healthcare. This provided the class with the opportunity to get an insider’s look at the difference these organizations are making to the individuals and families they serve. In addition to these great organizations, some members of the class had the opportunity to serve at Great Plains Food Bank. 550 pounds of cereal were packed for families the food bank serves! At the end of the day, the class got to kick back and reflect on what they learned at their monthly social at Drekker.




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Thank you

for your support! — In reflection of Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day—

Wednesday, October 16, was the national Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day, and we were so happy to have received such kind words from you. A huge thanks to every one of you reading this for your support as a member. We couldn’t do what we do without you! Here’s what a few of you said.


Network Before 9

Friday, November 22 | 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Red River Coffee, 2600 52nd Avenue South, 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!

POC Mission Statement To impact the FMWF community by creating inclusive opportunities for Professionals of Color to develop personally and professionally through meaningful engagement and a sense of belonging.

HIGHLIGHTS from September


In September, the Professionals of Color hosted their first Network Before 9, morning networking over coffee. Thank you Red River Coffee for hosting us, and thanks to all that came. We hope to see you in November!




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Announcing the students in our fifth year of YE A !

We are excited to announce the Young Entrepreneurs Academy class of 2020! Please help us welcome and congratulate the following 13 students as they begin their entrepreneurial journey through this program. These students are on the path to becoming future business and community leaders, and we’re honored they chose to include YEA! in their plans. We have several returning schools participating in the program, and we’re thrilled to have a student from a new school involved this year— welcome to the YEA! family, Central Cass! Last month, we brought the students together for the first time at orientation and started weekly classes. Orientation gave our students and their parents an idea of what the next several months would hold, and we jumped right into generating ideas and team building. Thank you to Patrick Kirby and thank you to Concordia College for hosting us! Stay tuned as we continue throughout the program to see what business ideas these students generate!

Cayden Anderson Sheyenne High School

Ty Boutwell

Evelyn Gould

Tate Jacobson

Discovery Middle School

Davies High School

Spring Ma

Fargo North High School

Isabelle Sunderlin Davies High School


Madison Christensen West Fargo High School

Ameera Gaal

Sheyenne High School

Gavin Keller

Cheney Middle School


Central Cass High School

Ben Franklin Middle School

Seth Hansen

Ben Franklin Middle School

Allison Koetz

Jadyn Chakua

Ben Franklin Middle School

Michael Toy

Sheyenne High School PROGRAM SPONSORS


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Off the Clock

Morning Buzz

Wednesday, November 13 5:15 to 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, November 21 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Urban 42 1635 42nd Street South, Fargo

Sandy’s Donut Shop 4215 45th Street South, Fargo

YPN will be gathering this month at Urban 42, inside the Delta by Marriott! Come connect with other young professionals while checking out one of the great food and beverage establishments in our region. Don’t forget your business cards!

Join us at Sandy’s Donut Shop’s newest location in south Fargo for November’s Morning Buzz. As we move into the busy holiday season, swing by Sandy’s on your way to the office for a cup of coffee, a donut, and some networking! Don’t forget your business cards!

HIGHLIGHTS from September What an exciting and busy October the YPN had! Thanks to CHARISM for having us in to volunteer—we had fun learning about your organization and helping sort and organize some of the food at your grocery assistance program!

We also thank Steve Swiontek, Gate City Bank, for sharing his leadership journey and insights with us at Lattes with Leaders; and Amanda Brannan, Discovery Benefits, Inc., for talking about how to be a leader regardless of your role at Networking to Business at Dakota Medical Foundation.

Registration for the 2020 Corporate Cup (on May 21) opens on February 3 at 10 a.m.

Then, later in the month, we had a fun Off the Clock networking event at the newly opened Drumconrath Brewing Company and Morning Buzz at Luna Fargo! Watch next month for the photos!

YPNers volunteering at CHARISM

Our 2019 Legacy Leader gave an exclusive talk to the YPN... and had a bit of fun too!


Amanda Brannan talks leadership



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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!

Comstock Holdings LLC 2 18.790.0555

FOSS Swim School Fargo f

eal Estate – Property Management R They are a property management company that offers quality, well-maintained single-family rental housing around the perimeter of Concordia College and MSUM.

school-in-fargo-nd Education - Training FOSS is a different kind of swim school, with their Swim Path curriculum, purpose-built pools and exceptional teachers and staff. They are built around the idea that swimming is a fun activity, a great form of exercise, and a life skill - important for safety and a big part of healthy child development, too. They teach swimming and nothing else. Their teachers are selected for their ability to connect with kids, and trained in a custom curriculum, evolved and perfected over more than 25 years by their co-founder, Jon Foss. They’ve used this approach to successfully teach hundreds of thousands of swimmers since 1993, and they are excited to bring it to Fargo.

Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar Restaurant c estaurants R CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar was built out of a passion to create a dining experience unlike any other. They combine quality-sourced ingredients, chic ambiance, outstanding service, and diverse menu choices to create an unforgettable dining experience. It has a warm and open design, a modern sushi bar, the fresh spin on American cuisine, and the sense of discovery around every corner. A CRAVE guest will leave knowing they experienced just the right mix of great food, entertainment, and service in what can only be defined as The CRAVE Experience.

Crossroads Dental c entists & Orthodontists D Crossroads Dental is a family and cosmetic dental office that provides comprehensive care with state-of-the-art equipment.

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Deer Creek Thrift Store d Thrift Store A not-for-profit thrift store helping at-risk youth and their families succeed in the name of Christ.

Fargo 3D Printing, LLC f obby - Model Supplies H Fargo 3D Printing is a provider of custom 3D printing & 3D design services, 3D printer materials, classes and parts.

Food Dudes Delivery f

Meckler Marketing Consulting m arketing Services M Their mission is to create effective marketing solutions for companies looking to grow their business into great brands. They utilize their 20 years of experience to create a customized solution for each client to address their marketing needs. They take great pride in helping their clients meet their objectives, as well as ensuring their projects come in on time and on budget. Their team is capable of handling your marketing challenges to help you reach your business goals. They offer highly skilled talent in the areas of marketing strategy, media buying, branding, video, social media and web development. Let them help you build your brand and reach your goals.

Nüpolitan eb Design W Nüpolitan is an independent design agency and full-service studio covering design strategy and production across all media. They make ideas happen, focusing on strategy, branding, digital (web, mobile, product), physical installations/exhibits. They are human-centered and make meaningful user experiences.

estaurants R Food Dudes Delivery is a restaurant delivery and marketing company with locations throughout the Midwest. Orders may be placed online or over the phone. They work with restaurant partners and deliver their food to homes, offices and hotels. Their website features online ordering and up-to-date restaurant menus. They specialize in business meetings, events, presentations and office lunches of all sizes. Save time and money by having their pickup and deliver the food to your next meeting or social event.

Want to find all our members? Search our online directory at 28  THE BRIDGE  •  NOVEMBER 2019

ProSource Professional Recruiting a mployment Services E They pride themselves on providing world-class customer service and supplying their clients with the most talented professionals in the market.

Rocket Dogs K-9 Aquatics & Wellness Center r et Supplies & Services P Indoor water park for dogs and a wellness spa for rehabilitation. Rocket Dog’s will provide services for sporting, competition, therapy, service dogs and injured dogs by providing water exercise and healthy activities!

Sol Ave. Kitchen s estaurants R A fresh fast casual concept-globally (and thoughtfully) inspired street food with a Midwest twist to make you feel happy.

Taracon Precast t Contractors - Concrete Taracon Precast believes that buildings should be as aesthetically appealing as they are structurally sound. Their architectural precast concrete marries these criteria in one superior product that offers fast fulfillment along with a cost-effective yet upscale finish. You can trust their PCI Certified plant to get the job done right, on time and within budget. With a wide variety of design choices that deliver an endless supply of finishing options, their architectural precast wall panels function effectively as a structural component of a finished building or can be manufactured as an overlay on the foundation of a structure made of steel or precast concrete.

Four-Color Printing Specialized Coatings Foil & Embossing Die Cutting

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Terms defined


Military 101

Because supporting our military is a priority for us at The Chamber, coupled with the substantial impact local military operations have on our community, we want everyone to have the opportunity to learn more about military affairs. We’ve put together this guide to break down common terms, local military leaders and chamber efforts.

Local Branches & Military Leaders Colonel Darrin Anderson 119th Wing Happy Hooligans ND Air National Guard

Major Terry Traylor Military Entrance Processing Station

Major Derek Kuntz 141 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade ND Army National Guard

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Evans Air Force ROTC

Captain Jordan Dibich 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment MN Army National Guard

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Chitty Army ROTC

Active Duty: Military members who currently serve in a full-time, federal status. Reserve: Military members serving in a part-time, federal status. May be called up in a national emergency to serve on active duty. During peacetime, they support the active duty forces in our country’s defense. National Guard: Army or Air National Guard member typically serving one weekend per month plus 15 days per year. May be called up in a national emergency to serve on active duty. They can also be activated by the governor to assist with state emergencies like blizzards or flooding.

• Over 1,500 direct jobs are created in the FMWF area due to the ND National Guard. • The Happy Hooligans Air Guard alone is responsible for $93.4 million in business activity in the FMWF region. • Our service men and women not only preserve the freedom we love, but are the most reliable arsenal we have to fight floods and other local emergency efforts. • ND National Guard indirectly supports 339 full-time equivalent positions in other economic sectors.

The Air Guard has much to offer: Over 70 Available Jobs Up to $20,000 Bonus 100% Tuition Assistance $734/mo GI Bill + Kicker Paid and Accredited Training Training Credits Transferrable to Colleges/Universities • Affordable Healthcare

Interested in learning more about the Air Guard opportunities available? Visit:


Military Affairs Committee The Chamber’s Military Affairs committee is on a mission to foster a community of support for the men and women of our military and the missions they carry out on our behalf. To recognize these courageous individuals, the committee will plan activities to raise awareness in the community for the work that they do and provide opportunities for the community to thank them for their outstanding accomplishments. The committee also helps to promote public policies that advance our region’s military units. The committee is open to all employees of Chamber members. Honor Star The Chamber’s Honor Star program is a way for business organizations and individuals to say thank you to the men, women and families who have answered the call to serve our country. Individuals pay an annual investment of $100 with funds helping to foster a community of support for the local military and their families. Benefits of this program include an Honor Star window decal to display, invitations to es attend and participate in military ad w t far he appreciation and awareness events and recognition online and in chamber publications. h

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• The ND National Guard has an economic impact of over $100 million in just the FMWF region.

Enlisted Member: Military personnel below the rank of warrant or commissioned officers. The role is similar to that of an employee or supervisor in a company. Recruit: A service member, not a warrant officer or commissioned officer, who has been accepted by the military and has taken the oath of enlistment.

Lieutenant Commander Greg Cissell Navy Operations Support Center

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SERVICE MEMBERS Commissioned Officer: A member of the military with the rank of second lieutenant or above. The role is similar to that of a manger or executive in a company.

If you are interested in joining the r on or sta Military Affairs Committee or learning more information about the Honor Star program, reach out to our Military Affairs staff lead, Katie Mastel at

GI Bill: A program of education benefits for individuals who have completed a prescribed amount of military service. Allows service persons to set aside money to be used later for educational purposes. ACRONYMS NDARNG: North Dakota Army National Guard NDANG: North Dakota Air National Guard

MEPS: Military Entrance Processing Station. Stations located around the country where the enlistment process occurs. ROTC: Reserve Officer Training Corps. Undergraduate students, who plan to become military officers, receive scholarships and a monthly allowance in exchange for a commitment to serve after graduation. OIC/NCOIC: Officer in Charge / Noncommissioned Officer in Charge




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 We want to share your good news (for free!) just because you are a valued member. Chambers and Partners USA ranked three Conmy Feste Ltd. practice areas and four attorneys in its 2019 USA Guide. Conmy Feste Ltd., located in Fargo, is ranked in its corporate/ commercial, general commercial litigation and real estate practices. First International Bank & Trust was named among the top extraordinary banks in the United States by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking™ presented at the 2019 Extraordinary Banking™ Awards. First International Bank & Trust was recognized with the Institute’s highest and most exclusive honor, being inducted into the Hall of Fame, for exemplary commitment to community banking. In addition, the bank was recognized with the Institute’s Banky™ Award; recognition given to top community banks across the country to help people find the best banks in their communities. Awards for company culture, community giving, and extraordinary bank practices were also presented to First International Bank & Trust.

Shop Small®, Shop Chamber, Shop Local on Small Business Saturday® The 10th annual Small Business Saturday® is November 30, 2019. Find all chamber members at Be a part of the 10th annual holiday shopping tradition that brings together communities in support of their favorite small businesses.

Did you know that approximately 67 cents of every dollar spent at a

U.S. small business remains in that local community?* Supporting local businesses makes a difference.

In our region, 87% of FMWF Chamber members are small businesses, qualifying as having fewer than 50 employees. *Estimate from data on businesses with under 100 employees, as reported in Amex-commissioned 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study,


Spectrum Marketing Services HOME BUILDING IS announced a merger with Range OUR PASSION, Printing, a commercial printing we live it, breathe it and love it! company located in Brainerd, Minnesota. The merger will allow Range to deliver bundled, innovative marketing solutions | 701-281-7184 addressing the needs of their current and future customers. OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK. Swing by our Inspiration Centers located at 4779 41st St S, Fargo & 5513 8th St W, West Fargo. Range will combine many of the commercial printing capabilities Monday - Thursday 11am-4:30pm | Saturday - Sunday 1-4:30pm Connect with our New Home Specialists and start your journey today! from both facilities into the Brainerd location. The Screen Printing, Embroidery, Apparel and Promotional services will remain in the Little Falls facility. The satellite sales offices will remain, expanding Range’s service areas. Combined, the companies have more than 60 employees. Chamber 1/4 page Ad Nov Issue.indd 1 10/10/19 West Fargo Schools’ Harwood Elementary has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2019. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes a group of schools across the country as Blue Ribbon Schools. U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, announced the 362 schools selected for the award, of which, two are from North Dakota. It is the third consecutive year that an elementary school in West Fargo Public Schools has been honored; Legacy Elementary was named in 2017 and Freedom Elementary School was named in 2018.


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Julianna Bosmoe, Range Ecologist

Bodyworks Physical Therapy and Bliss Massage Therapy Natalie Sticka Sundberg, LMT

Capital Credit Union

Kayla Zeeb, Financial Services Representative






















Construction Engineers

Nick Fiecke, Senior Project Manager

Dakota Plains Realty Grant Gagner, Realtor Gerry Gangnes, Realtor Joe Ludwig, Realtor

Dawson Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company

Alicia Lacher, Business Insurance Advisor Sara Pic, Business Insurance Advisor Bruce W. Smith, President Wendi Wheeler, Receptionist

Eide Bailly LLP

Toni Brummund, FI Compliance Senior Manager Laurie Buerkle, A/P & Payroll Manager Jackie Engquist, FI Compliance Senior Manager Nicole Grubb, HR Programs Manager Juanita Kennedy, Treasury Manager Marijo Peterson, Learning Technology Manager Susan Rohde, Health Care Consulting Senior Manager Grant Rufus, Application Development Manager Nick Stolpman, Microsoft Cloud   Services Support Analyst III

Flint Group (pictured on next page)


































Brady Boeddeker, Market Research Analyst

Houston Engineering, Inc.

Ryan Westerberg, Systems Administrator

KW Inspire Realty

Amanda Benitez, Realtor Brook Riley, Realtor








Did you know

that we run news announcements from all our members in every newsletter, at no charge? It’s just one perk of your Chamber membership! Whether for a new hire or exciting news about your company, we want to share our members’ milestones with our readers and the community. Just send your news to us, and we’ll publish it in the next available edition of The Bridge. Note: Due to our publishing cycle, all news is run two months out from when it was received.





















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Severson, Wogsland & Liebl, PC Ian Duncan, Attorney Alexis Tschosik, Attorney

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Stacia Sanders, Financial Services Officer David Struck, Vice President Agriculture Lending


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OTHER NEWS Bethany Retirement Living named their annual Senior of the Year Award program recipients, including chamber member Brian Quigley in the Business Person category. Kim Brust and Robert Schultz with the Conmy Feste Law Firm in Fargo have, once again, been selected for inclusion on the 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers list. Ryan McCamy, also an attorney with Conmy Feste, was named to the Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list for the fourth year in a row.

Moriya Rufer of Houston Engineering, Inc. earned her Lake Manager Certification from the North American Lake Management Society, recognizing her special training and experience in the management of ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and other bodies of water. Midwest Nest’s Tracy Nicholson won top honors in the Winner's Profile from the National Federation of Press Women’s national contest for her style article in the magazine.

Chambers and Partners USA ranked four Conmy Feste Ltd. attorneys in its 2019 USA Guide. The attorneys who are ranked include Kim E. Brust, general commercial litigation; Michael M. Thomas and Douglas M. Murch, corporate/commercial; and Jeremy D. Holmes, real estate.   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  33


Bethany Retirement 80-year anniversary 201 University Drive South, Fargo

Essentia Health Expansion of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 3000 32nd Avenue South, Fargo

InterOffice Relocation 1630 First Avenue North Suite A, Fargo

Lights at Sheyenne/EPIC Companies New ownership 3100 Sheyenne Street, West Fargo 34  THE BRIDGE  •  NOVEMBER 2019

Cub Creek Groundbreaking Cub Creek Development in Horace cub-creek

Fargo Center for Dermatology Relocation 3173 43rd Street South, Fargo

Kilbourne Group - Black Building Remodel 118 Broadway North, Fargo

Ole & Lena's Pizzeria New ownership 3330 Sheyenne Street, West Fargo


Park Christian School Expansion 300 17th Street North, Moorhead

Sanford Health Remodel of Sheyenne Street Clinic 1220 Sheyenne Street, West Fargo

TCF Home Loans Relocation 1650 45th Street South Suite 200, Fargo

Preference Employment Solutions Relocation 2605 42nd Street South Suite 100, Fargo

Tactical Action Gaming Grand opening 1702 4th Avenue NW, Suite G West Fargo

West 13th Salon 20-year anniversary 734 13th Avenue East, West Fargo

Want your own ribbon cutting?

Wimmers 100-year anniversary 602 Main Avenue, 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, or fill out the form at *One ribbon cutting per year per member


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

69 cents of every dollar spent at a U.S. small business remains in that local community.*

*Estimate from data on businesses with under 100 employees, as reported in Amex-commissioned 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study,

Find all chamber members at