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VOL. 22 NO. 8

APRIL 2019

What you need to know about our new website features New launched


Young Entrepreneurs Academy Who won over the Shark Tank? PAGE 27

• Now mobile friendly • More navigation & information

• Submit member ChamberChoice 2019 See the list of candidates, and try matching your musical knowledge to area businesses! PAGE 14

news or request a ribbon cutting

• View blogs, articles and news

• Add your own events something else your • Enhance here? business’ profile

• Connect with other Public Policy

Read up on legislative updates from both states, plus an update on the diversion. PAGE 8

chamber members

• Get access to even more free benefits PAGE 10

Community Builders

The Forum O F

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F A R G O - M O O R H E A D

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


New website:

Features and date announcements



April 2019

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 6 Eggs & Issues 8 Public Policy

Member Profile: Delta by Marriott


13 Professionals of Color 14 ChamberChoice Candidates 19 Business Training 21 Women Connect 24 Leadership FMWF 25 Young Professionals Network 30 New Members 31 Member News 34 Ribbon Cuttings

YEA: Highlights from

the 2019 Investor Panel event


Member Spotlight: FRS Works


Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber

30 Boulger Funeral Home

31 Cole Papers, Inc.

28 Consolidated Communications

26 Cornerstone Bank

22 Dabbert Custom Homes

35 Dakota Carrier Network

30 Eide Bailly

22 First International Bank & Trust

28 Four Points by Sheraton

28 Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC

30 Indigo Signworks

26 J&M Printing

31 Knight Printing

35 North Dakota State College of Science

35 Otter Tail

30 Pro Resources

28 Starion Bank

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mark Nisbet Xcel Energy Chair Tom Dawson Dawson Insurance Chair Elect Sandi Piatz Microsoft Treasurer Steve Swiontek Gate City Bank Immediate Past Chair Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company Member at Large Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Airport Kyle Dorow Essentia Health

Mike Dragosavich Spotlight Media Inc.

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

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES ••Establish the region as a recognized destination marketplace ••Be a thought leader for the business community and other interests ••Promote business advancement through a bold public policy program ••Achieve organizational excellence to best serve members

Jodi Duncan Flint Group

Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly


Judd Graham Bremer Bank

Brittany Montecuollo Sanford Health Joanna Slominski Mortenson

Jeff Volk Moore Engineering, Inc.

Craig Whitney The Chamber

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Nancy Johnson ND Soybean Growers Association




Craig Whitney

Jim Parsons

Julie Doggett


@FMWFDarren Darren Dunlop

VP of Finance/Operations

Information Systems Administrator

Business Development Manager





Darin Feir

Tyler Fischbach

Katie Mastel

Amanda Huggett


Bryan Kingsley Midco

Ambassador Public Relations

Jan Monda Warner and Company Insurance

Ambassador Member Relations

Jess Almlie Discovery Benefits

Business Training

Stephanie Maier ClayWilkin Corn & Soybean Leadership FMWF Grower’s Association Brian Shawn Midco Military Affairs

Tim Flakoll Tri-College University

Graphics & Publications Coordinator

Multimedia Coordinator

Public Policy Coordinator

Manager of Communications & Marketing





Tracy Meckler

Tracy Powell

Alyssa Ralston

Public Policy

Thomas Jefferson State Farm Insurance Professionals of Color

Carrie Carney Eventide Senior Living Women Connect Communities Caitlin Stoecker Arvig

Young Professionals Network

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Casey Sanders

Bobbi Rehder

Mickayla Thompson

Julie Yourczek

Manager of Membership

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Events Coordinator

Professional Development Coordinator

Katie Ralston

Membership & Advertising Sales Manager

Member Relations Coordinator

Education Initiatives and YEA! Manager

Office Administrator

a note from the


Why we won’t back down about the Diversion Let me start this message by reminding our members that we take our chamber’s role seriously when it comes to advocacy, public policy, and working in the best interest of the majority of our local businesses. We know there are a range of opinions regarding the FM Diversion. While we respect the differences in views, we also remain firm in our support of the diversion as the best way to protect our community. We are blessed to live in a region filled with opportunity and quality of life. Our economic success and growth relies on our ability to position ourselves as a stable location. This is difficult and sometimes near impossible with the unpredictability of the usually peaceful Red River of the North. We know that the effects of a high flood can be devastating. However, a quick read of recent history tells the tale. One only needs to look back 10 years in our own community, or to Grand Forks 20 years ago, to see how imperative it is to control the waters so they don’t shut down our city, damage homes and close businesses. Our metro is now populated with thousands of young people in our workforce who didn’t experience that flood fight. In the past, being prepared meant millions of sandbags, temporary levees, and evacuation plans. Fortunately, much has been accomplished in the past 10 years to protect us from another disastrous flood. However, despite what critics say about alternatives, it simply isn’t enough. In the rare cases of catastrophic flooding, diverting the Red River away from core businesses and residential areas has always been key to preserving the thriving economy and quality of life we get praised for in study after study.

Recent government funding decisions give us great hope. Thanks to Governor Burgum helping to break the logjam with the state of Minnesota, the Army Corps of Engineers’ enthusiasm for the resulting Plan B of the Diversion and Senator Hoeven’s backing, we believe the state is finally in a position to fund its portion of the money needed to protect such a critical economic engine. All reports show that this year is one to take seriously. Recent developments tell the story of how quickly things can change. The National Weather Service has switched their tone in regard to a possible flooding threat in our region from “nothing to worry about” to “get prepared” in a matter of weeks, saying that moderate to major flooding is now guaranteed. Not to mention Mayor Mahoney declaring a state of emergency. Our work will be tireless. Already we coordinated with both the cities of Fargo and Moorhead and Cass County to arrange hundreds of volunteers at Sandbag Central. We hosted press conferences about the need for permanent protection and wrote letters to influence legislators to secure funding. And now, I ask and urge you to prioritize permanent flood protection for our region through the FM Diversion Project. It will take time, funding and much energy to see this project through, but we’re confident it will be more than worth it.

Craig Whitney President / CEO The Chamber



A close look at addiction & mental health:

Eggs & Issues recap

Three presenters in March all shared different perspectives that shed light on a problem facing our entire nation, but hits especially hard in North Dakota: addiction, mental health and suicide. It’s a tough topic, but ever important, and about 200 professionals gathered at the Courtyard by Marriott to learn not just about the problem, but also the solution. Katherine Burgum, North Dakota’s first lady, shared her own story of addiction and recovery, encouraging those in the room to help open dialogue about the topic. The simple solution, she said, is to talk. “A universal acceptance of addiction as a disease across our nation will save lives and provide futures for our next generation of leaders and innovators,” Burgum said. “Talk will eliminate the elephant in the room and normalize the conversation around addiction. If we do this, the stigma of addiction will be eliminated. More people will seek treatment and find recovery. And everyone who is talking will be saving lives.” She also reminded that addiction is not a character flaw or a choice, but a silent, powerful and shameful disease. Burgum offered tips for employers, and the importance of creating a culture and environment that is openly supportive and sympathetic.


Andrew Frobig, Cass County Jail administrator, discussed reform in correctional practices and shared data that their facility has been tracking in incoming inmates. From 2009 to 2018, the rate rose from 30% to 42% of individuals that screened positively for mental health concerns. He also discussed the “survivorship bias,” referencing situations in which we draw conclusions from incomplete data. Jon Ulven, a Sanford psychologist, focused his remarks on suicide prevention and what Sanford’s practices are when individuals enter their medical care. He noted that these are extra important topics here, because North Dakota had the largest increase in rate of suicide across the country, coupled with our tendency to rate at the top of lists for drunkest state. These topics are related because chemical dependencies and thoughts of suicide are ways for people to escape pain, he said, so we have to take a close look at what causes pain. His recommendations include hosting discussions of routine topics throughout the community in front of various groups. One group has partnered with local police departments, the ambulances, public schools and hospitals to work to use the same tools for suicide prevention. He also mentioned creating a better infrastructure for targeted services that better helps people cope with emotional pain and lessen the risk of suicide or substance abuse.

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EGGS & ISSUES   Tuesday, April 2 

A Local Look at U.S. Customs and Border Brotection

  Tuesday, May 7 

North Dakota Legislative Wrap-Up

Jared Olafson

Port Director for Field Operations Warroad, MN

April’s Eggs & Issues session is centered around U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and is the rescheduled speaker and topic originally set for January. We welcome in the port director for field operations in Warroad, Minnesota, to speak about Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler Programs to include NEXUS and Global Entry. These new technological advancements allow for expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Additionally, Olafson will discuss the Remote Offsite Arrival mobile application that allows travelers to check in with CBP at the Northwest Angle, MN and in certain remote parts of the country. With both North Dakota and Minnesota being on our county’s border, and national security being a current topic of debate, join us to hear both local concerns and opportunities.

With North Dakota’s 66th Legislative Assembly wrapping up, join us at this Eggs & Issues to hear first-hand from legislators the progress that was made. They will share about key legislation that was approved, as well as issues they plan to address in the future. Learn the latest on blue laws, the prairie dog bill, and legislation pertaining to the FM Diversion Project, higher education and more. We’ll find out how these bills and decisions will impact us locally and what we need to know looking forward. This lively discussion will include time for questions from the audience.

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

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

REGISTRATION (includes breakfast) • Chamber members: $30 in advance | $35 at the door • Non-members: $40 in advance | $45 at the door Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.



SUPPORTING SPONSORS Bank of the West | Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. Bremer Bank | Cornerstone Bank | Essentia Health Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead Houston Engineering | Livewire Entertainment Media Services Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moore Engineering, Inc. | ROERS Wanzek Construction, Inc. | Wells Fargo Bank   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  7


Military Affairs & Honor Star Update

Public Policy Updates

NORTH DAKOTA With the 66th Legislative Assembly fully underway and crossover of bills in the books, there are various updates in regards to crucial legislation. Some of the legislation we have been monitoring or advocating for has made its way through the legislative process and already been signed by Governor Burgum. Other pieces are still in process, and still yet others have died in the process. Below are a few of the important issues we have been monitoring. To hear a full recap of the legislative session, as well as understand how new key legislation will affect you, join us for our May Eggs & Issues event.

Tax Increases


Governor Walz proposed a 70% increase in Minnesota’s gas tax. This would increase the current tax from 28.6 to 48.6 cents per gallon. For comparison, North Dakota has a gas tax of 24 cents per gallon. An increase such as this could potentially have a negative effect on our border cities who work hard to compete with North Dakota on various fronts. Though there is a provision in current MN law that allows retailers within 7.5 miles of the border to file for credit, many don’t know about this, and it is inconvenient to file. In addition, this would cost MN service/fueling stations more in credit card fees. Plus, the 7.5 mile distance exemption only pushes the border city issue down the road a little further, still affecting our greater region. This provides no protection for cities just outside of the 7.5 mile area. Governor Walz also proposed other business tax increases, all of which could impact the economic success of Moorhead and other Minnesota bordering cities in our region.

Labor Legislation The Minnesota legislature is currently considering proposals that would mandate up to 24 weeks of paid leave. This amounts to 44% of work days in a year. This mandate would apply to all private-sector employees. One of the proposals, HF 5/SF 1060, would allow for 12 weeks parental and family leave plus 12 weeks medical leave. Another bill, HF 11/SF 1597, is modeled after a Minneapolis ordinance. It would require for a statewide mandate of employers offering at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. There are currently no exemptions for small businesses, however there are provisions in regard to collective bargaining agreements and the construction industry. If passed, these would make Minnesota the only sate in the nation with such expansive and expensive mandates in regard to eligibility, qualifying events, benefits and employer obligation.

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If you or your business is interested in joining this committee or further supporting our military through becoming a member of our Honor Star es ad w t far program, please reach out to us. he Honor Star members make an annual investment of $100, with funds helping to foster a community of support for the h r on local military and their families through or sta The Chamber’s Military Affairs committee. More information can be found on our website. Honoring Our Ser vice Mem b ers

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In April, our Military Affairs committee will attend the “Lunch with the Boss” event sponsored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and the North Dakota Air National Guard. Here, our members will hear briefings of the ESGR by Vice Chair Dave Johnston as well as the ND Air Guard Base from 119th Wing Commander, Colonel Darrin Anderson. They will finish the afternoon taking a tour of the base getting a close look at the MQ-9, which is the unmanned unit flying around Fargo.

HB 1066: Prairie Dog Bill This bill, a crucial infrastructure funding bill for non-oil producing counties, cities and townships utilizing oil production tax was widely supported. The bill made its way through both chambers without great concern, and was signed by the governor on March 20.

HB 1097: Repealing Blue Laws This legislation, which has been brought up for numerous sessions, pertains to the repeal of the current Sunday retail closing laws. This would give businesses the option to be open Sunday mornings. After a close vote in the House, the bill passed with an even smaller margin in the Senate. At the time of print, the legislation had been signed by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House but had not yet been signed by the governor.

SB 2020: FM Diversion Project Funding Senate Bill 2020 is the state water commission funding bill, which includes the critical funds needed for the FM Diversion Project. The Senate passed the bill 44-1, with language designating an additional $332,500,000 for the flood control project to be made available in equal installments over the next five bienniums. Though this is progress in the right direction, the funding falls short of the request needed to move the project forward. As economic stability is crucial for economic

PUBLIC POLICY success, permanent flood protection remains one of our top priorities. There is still much work to be done on the House side, so we continue to advocate for the funding necessary in order to most efficiently move the project forward and urge your support of the project.

SCR 4016: Higher Education This concurrent resolution, rising after the death of House Bill 1500, a bill relating to the governance structure of North Dakota’s higher education system, makes less bold changes in the overall structure. The proposed changes would amend the constitution to increase membership on the state board of higher education from eight to 15 members. Their term would also increase from four to six years. The selection committee of these members would also be amended to remove the chief justice of the supreme court and instead include the attorney general. The bill included various other changes relating to meeting requirements and membership of the state board of higher education. This resolution has been passed by the Senate 29-14 and is currently making its way through the Judiciary Committee in the House. At the time of print, the committee had not taken action on the legislation.

HB 1019: Career Academy Funding This bill, relating to career and technical education funding, came out of the House without any funding for state matching funds for career academies. Governor Burgum’s recommendation included $30 million set aside for these matching funds. The Senate Appropriations committee is currently considering this bill and has the opportunity to restore the funding back to the Governor’s recommendation level. The inclusion of these funds would contribute to a Cass County Career Workforce Academy. This academy would deliver training and education responsive to changing employer and student needs. In turn, it would expand and enhance our region’s ability to attract, retain and grow businesses and develop opportunities for student success in the workforce.


FM Diversion Project Update Though it has been 10 years since the devastating flood of 2009, impacts and memories of the destructive flood can still be felt today. As we face the concern of another flood in our region this spring, we recognize it may only be a matter of time until we face another catastrophic flood. This is why it is crucial to both the residential and business community for our region to implement permanent flood protection. The Fargo Moorhead Diversion Project, a solution of permanent flood protection, has recently had substantial progress in moving the project forward, however there is still work left to do before we can ensure necessary protection of our region. The project provides 100-year protection for 235,000+ people and makes fighting a 500-year flood event possible. It will protect residents and businesses in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Harwood, Horace and surrounding communities. It will safeguard $20 billion in property, 95,000 households and an estimated 140,000 jobs. The Chamber recognizes the need for permanent flood protection as a major flood of the usually peaceful Red River of the North can cause destruction of our community and with it our economic stability and growth. Local member companies employ 130,000 people from Cass and Clay counties, and there are more than 25,000 people living outside of these two counties employed by companies here. All 140 North Dakota and Minnesota counties have employees who work for companies based out of Fargo-Moorhead. We are truly an economic engine and hub for surrounding cities across both North Dakota and Minnesota. These statistics alone demonstrate the magnitude of impact that a destructive flood has on our community and greater region. As for the financials, local funding makes up more than 50% of the non-federal share. Voters have approved sales tax extensions until 2084. Locally this amounts to $1,044 million committed. The total ask from the state of North Dakota is $870 million, with $370.5 million appropriated to date. In Minnesota, the ask is $86 million with $4 million appropriated to date. Federally, the full $750 million that was requested has been committed. At the time of print, the outstanding asks are currently under consideration. The Chamber is advocating to secure the remaining necessary funds to move the project forward, and we urge you to contact your legislators echoing the importance of the FM Diversion Project in order to protect our region’s residential and business communities.


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Features and information about our new website Our all-new fmwfchamber.com is launched! We’re thrilled to have received such positive feedback so far. If you haven’t yet, please click around and check out upcoming events, community statistics, membership and volunteer information, Chamber news and articles, and more. We’re so excited to have a refreshed look with mobile responsiveness. While the site is still new, we realize we probably have a few glitches here and there. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you see something weird or if you need help navigating this new site. We have also migrated to a new database called Chamber Master. This means members can create accounts to get more control of their information that is stored in our database and update your business name, address, logos, add staff members, and more, all through the Member Information Center (we call it MIC for short). The MIC also brings with it even more benefits to members. Through features designed to help you do and get more business, you can interact with other members through the forum, create deals to share with other Chamber and community members, post your open jobs, add your own events and spice up your organization’s look in the directory. Best of all, all of these features and benefits are totally FREE to you! Read on for more about these features.


Enhanced profiles All member organizations can now upload enhanced profile information onto their listing in our online directory to stand out from the crowd. This business directory information is search engine optimized, so the better your content, the better your overall internet search results. If you leave your listing as is, you will still get your business name, short description, address and any other details you submitted through your membership and verification forms.

What do enhanced profiles get? •• Priority placement in your business categories •• Search results description, logo and website link •• Unlimited search keywords, 5 highlights

with linked text

•• Large, 1,600 character description,

logo, map link and social networks

•• Up to 15 photos and link to YouTube videos •• Clean, mobile-friendly version of profiles

How to enhance your profile Log in to your MIC. On the left side of the page, click on “Company Information.” Then, go through all the sections and fields to fill in as much information, including photos and videos, as you want. Please note: Only the primary contacts of organizations have permission to edit their business’ profile and description.

The Member Information Center, or MIC for short Do all of this and more in your MIC! Just log in using the “Member Login” button at the top of our website. Don’t have an account yet? You can create one to get access to these features. If your email address isn’t yet in our system, or you need help creating and accessing your account, please call us at 218.233.1100 or email info@fmwfchamber.com.

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enhanced profile

Community events If you’re hosting an event open to the public and want to get the word out, share the details on our community calendar. Other Chamber and community members can browse to find out what’s going on around town!

How to add your event From our website, click on “Community Event Calendar” under the “Community” tab. Click the plus (+) icon (in between the keyword search and the calendar) to find the submission form.

Kudos to these member companies who were first to discover these features all on their own!

Or add your event through the MIC when logged in. Either way, qualifying events from current members will be sent to us for approval and will appear on the calendar shortly. Need help? Email us at info@fmwfchamber.com or call 218.233.1100 and we’ll add it for you.


Hot deals Drive traffic through your doors by creating exclusive deals just for other Chamber members! Add your own hot deal or browse other current deals.

community event

•• Available: May 1

Job postings Hiring or need help? Share your open positions, intern or volunteer needs and start collecting interested applicants. •• Available: June 1

Resources folders List an awesome white paper, article or presentation you want to share here. And, find resources from us to you. •• Available: June 1

Request for proposals Need work done and want to get a Chamber member to help? Hire a local and trusted pro to help with your professional project. •• Available: July 1





Join us for

TREAT your TEAM! Wednesday, April 24  |  11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join us in celebrating those who make the workplace easier and more organized. Treat your staff to lunch at the annual Treat Your Team Luncheon on Administrative Professionals Day. Enjoy great food and a relaxing atmosphere, without the wait!

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.


3382, 1380 9th Street East West Fargo

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Proceeds benefit the Young Entrepreneurs Academy

210 Roberts Alley Downtown Fargo


POC launches!

Professionals of Color had a very successful launch event at the end of February at Plains Art Museum. With nearly 100 individuals in attendance, individuals from all over the community came to learn about The Chamber’s newest program. Thank you to everyone that came to learn more and support these individuals and efforts. We can already see the impact that this organization could have on our community. We are excited to start creating valuable programming for our members. Why join Professionals of Color?

••You are looking to grow your professional network ••You are new to the area and are looking to build a connection to your community ••You want to celebrate the diverse men and women in the FMWF business community ••Free attendance to networking socials and other select POC events ••Special invitations to volunteer opportunities and other special Chamber events ••Discounted member fees for all other POC events


Follow POC on Twitter: @fmwfpoc Follow POC on Facebook: FMWF Chamber Professionals of Color Thank you to Front Street Taproom for hosting POC’s first official networking event in March!




Benefits of membership

Learn more and join POC at fmwfchamber.com/poc


Announcing the ChamberChoice candidates The following businesses and entrepreneurs successfully submitted applications for this year’s ChamberChoice Awards, meaning they are now considered candidates in their respective categories. At this year’s awards luncheon, we will see who takes home the honors! We are thrilled to announce that we received a record 85 applications. This means that the business community recognizes the prestige of these awards, and that our candidates and winners can truly be proud to be in such good company. Congrats to them all!



702 Communications

Amanda McKinnon MSPIRE

BNG Team

Dennis Krull 5foot20 design lounge

Choice Bank Cornerstone Bank

Jeff Shipley Jeff Shipley Enterprises

D-S Beverages, Inc. First International Bank & Trust

Jonathan Bultema Maple Family Dental

Gate City Bank KW Inspire Realty

Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corp.

Matt’s Automotive Service Center McGough Construction Co., LLC

Maria Bosak Eco Chic Home

Midco Office Sign Company

Mike Dragosavich Spotlight Media Inc., Herd and Horns

Power Plate Meals, LLC PRO Resources

Nancy Kelly Labor Masters

Tech Mahindra Thomsen Homes, LLC Town & Country Credit Union TrueIT

Zac Paulson TrueIT

Western State Bank

Pick your favorite candidate for the People’s Choice Award online from April 22 to May 3 at fmwfchamber.com.


Friday, May 17 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott

SEATS ALMOST SOLD OUT— Act fast at fmwfchamber.com. PRESENTED BY

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NOT-FOR-PROFIT OF THE YEAR Audubon Dakota Bethany Retirement Living BIO Girls CAPLP - Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership Inc.

Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity

Cass County Historical Society Bonanzaville USA

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota


Mind Shift

CHARISM Neighborhood Center

Rebuilding Together Fargo Moorhead Area Inc.

Ethos Home Care and Hospice Eventide Senior Living Communities Fargo Air Museum Fargo Youth Baseball Fargo Youth Hockey Association

Guess Who We asked the candidates to choose a hit song that represents their company. Can you pair the tune with its business?

Red River Dance & Performing Company Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley

“We Are Family”

The Village Family Service Center

“Stayin’ Alive”

Vocational Training Center

Sister Sledge

the Bee Gees

“The Greatest” Kenny Rogers

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 5foot20 design lounge Dabbert Custom Homes LLC Epic Companies ND Fargo Center for Dermatology Games Galore Party Rental Grain Designs Great Outcomes Consulting, LLC H2M

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BEST PLACE TO WORK Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Bolton & Menk, Inc. ByteSpeed Cornerstone Bank Dabbert Custom Homes LLC Eide Bailly LLP F-M Ambulance

Healing Arts Chiropractic

Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau

Labor Masters

General Equipment & Supplies, Inc.

Luna Fargo

KW Inspire Realty

Maple Family Dental Monica Hart Interior Design Rapid Refill Ink Score Brothers Construction Sir Speedy Spotlight Media Inc.

“Everything is Awesome” The Lego Movie soundtrack


Phillip Phillips

The Budweiser Anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey

“Anything Can Happen” Ellie Goulding

“The Distance” Cake

“Whatever It Takes” Imagine Dragons

“I Can Help” Billy Swan

“I Won’t Back Down”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Microsoft Myriad Mobile Tech Mahindra Thomsen Homes, LLC Town & Country Credit Union TrueIT Western State Bank


Delta by Marriott:

A new brand unique for our market It’s incredibly rare for a full-service Marriott hotel to be located in a metro community our size. Yet, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo is lucky enough to have one right in our backyard. You probably know the Delta by Marriott as the former Ramada. The transition to this exciting new brand was completed about two years ago. As visitors and community members have had time to stay in and visit this gorgeous facility, there’s no doubt that it’s become a highvalue amenity for our region. Construction of the very first hotel started in 1994 and the facility opened in 1996 (in a blizzard, nonetheless!) as the Ramada Plaza & Conference Center. A few years later, the Crystal Ballroom was added, and still to this day represents one of the largest hotel conference facilities between Minneapolis and Spokane. The hotel achieved multiple awards from Ramada Worldwide and its master franchisor, Wyndham Worldwide, over a subsequent 18 years. The hotel has had the honor of serving the community and multiple hundreds of weddings and conferences, not to mention has hosted multiple dignitaries and celebrities from around the world. So why switch something that was already successful? “When we looked at making the transition from Ramada to Delta, we started by listening to our guests and taking to heart all of their feedback about what they wanted to see in a hotel,” said Norman Leslie, president of National Hospitality Services, which acts as the hotel’s management company, and provides support in accounting, operations, human resources, procurement, sales and marketing. “We were also really excited about bringing a completely new hotel concept to our market, and becoming part of the Marriott portfolio of hotels. The Delta really is like nothing else Fargo-Moorhead has to offer, and as we were under the Ramada brand, we wanted to continue to be an iconic part of the community and be top-of-mind when thinking about Fargo hotels.”

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New features for the property through the upgrade include a streamlined, contemporary design for guest rooms, lobby and event spaces. Guest rooms now include new, ultracomfortable beds with premium linens, focused workspaces and USB outlets. Guests can stay connected with complimentary high-speed wifi and ample plug-ins throughout the property. An expanded, state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio, strength training and CrossFit equipment, was added. Urban 42 Kitchen + Bar is the new restaurant concept, offering fresh American cuisine and a full bar and lounge area. And, catch your caffeine on site with the new Starbucks kiosk in the lobby. Of course you can’t forget their event spaces, which also got a whole new look and feel, with upgraded technology features throughout. Catch the classy new look at a variety of Chamber and community events! One face that you might recognize when visiting the hotel is Carol Johnson, who currently serves as director of sales. “This property is beautiful, and I love seeing it full of happy guests from all walks of life,” she said. “We think of it like a little city because it has everything you would want traveling for business or leisure. We also have the pleasure of working with so many great companies in this community…, and it means so much to our employees to be a part of keeping this a great community to live in.” Through her years at the property, Johnson has many great memories to recall. Her favorites, though, are when the team has been able to step in, step up and save the day, which includes everything from handling medical emergencies to loaning shoes to someone when their luggage doesn’t arrive. Or that time they got a last-minute wedding cake when a bakery neglected to make a couples’ order. The team at the Delta and NHS wants you to know that if you have stayed with them in the past, you can expect a totally different experience now when you walk in the door. They invite the community to re-experience the hotel and enjoy the array of new features.


What could be next? A new concept for event, meeting and wedding services, is coming soon. The hotel staff is looking at new ways to help clients customize and bring their events to the next level, as well as breathe new life into the traditional hotel event or wedding setup. “We’ve got a great team of event specialists who will be leading the way on this initiative and working to create some really showstopping events at our hotel,” they shared. We also thank and recognize the Delta by Marriott for its commitment to our community through its Community Builder status with The Chamber.






Thursday, April 18 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott

Why register? •• Enjoy two free drinks with your registration •• Enter to win door prizes from vendors •• Network and make new connections •• Snack on apps and visit the cash bar •• Support and learn about other

Chamber members •• Relax in the casual environment after work and end your day on a great note

What prizes are up for grabs? •• Restaurant gift cards •• Free children’s birthday party for 10 •• Rachel Hollis Start Today journal •• $100 gift certificates SPONSORED BY

•• So much swag!

Since 1991

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BUSINESS TRAINING   Wednesday, April 10 

Coaching for Success Jill Berg

  Wednesday, May 8 

Mental Health in the Workplace Supporting Team Members While Reaching Organizational Goals

President/Owner Spherion Staffing


Giving and receiving feedback is paramount for accountability and transparency within an organization. Whether you are a co-worker, peer, team lead, supervisor or manager, coaching up, down and across the organization can lead to a culture of open, transparent communication. Coaching to the other person’s strengths is more effective and produces better results. Attendees at this session will learn the importance of transparency, accountability and communication as it relates to giving and receiving feedback. Coaching is an effective method to build your human bank account within an organization.

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

DaNae Cordie

Volunteer Coordinator Hospice of the Red River Valley

Jon C. Ulven

Chair of Adult Psychology Sanford Behavioral Health

Julie Vandrovec

Clinical Associate The Village Business Institute

Sometimes it is hard to be human in the workplace. We have all had instances where we observe a colleague struggling or behaving different than usual. In these moments, it is common to question ourselves and wonder if you should approach them, what to say and how to help. Whether you are a supervisor, colleague or individual with a mental illness, join us to learn more on how to navigate mental health in the workplace, including the damage it can play, both professionally and personally, when left unaddressed, including unfavorable turnover and productivity, and potentially life-altering consequences.

  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.    Holiday Inn Fargo 

REGISTRATION (includes lunch) Chamber members: $30 in advance | $35 at the door Non-members: $40 in advance | $45 at the door


Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

from March


Last month, we had a meeting to learn about how to have better meetings! Rachel Asleson from Reach Partners taught attendees how to host and participate in effective meetings, and a fun interactive group activity got us all practicing these new skills.



Consolidated Communications  |  Discovery Benefits  |  GOLDMARK Property Management Minnesota State Community and Technical College  |  Moore Engineering  |  TrueIT  |  Wanzek Construction, Inc.   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  19

Pursue Dreams. Unite Women. Shatter Barriers. Have Heart. Join a PUSH group and achieve your goals! PUSH groups offer a small, confidential environment where you can set and achieve your personal and professional goals. The groups offer accountability, support and motivation.

Women in our community are finding success through a network of supportive women. Here’s what a member of one PUSH group has to say:

This group has given me connections and support in a way that I haven’t had before. We’re able to relate to each other; listen to, support, and encourage each other; learn from each other; learn from our shared goals; share personal and professional challenges and triumphs. This group has brought incredible value to me, and I think we all believe that we not only gain from but also contribute to the value of the group. It’s been an awesome experience.

We’re accepting more women into PUSH groups! How to get started: •• Find more information on PUSH at fmwfchamber.com/PUSH •• Join the PUSH Facebook group (facebook.com/groups/FMWFPush) to connect with other members and find current discussion prompts and inspiration. •• To be placed in a PUSH group, email push@fmwfchamber.com. •• To create your own PUSH group, have coffee with someone and make the commitment to start a PUSH group. Plan your next meeting and invite two or more women to join. When your group reaches a number that feels right (we recommend around eight, but it’s really up to you), get together to discuss the Rules of Engagement, complete registration, and decide if your group will meet for coffee, lunch, dinner, wine or have a theme. Decide how often you will meet (we recommend once per month) and how you will keep in touch between meetings,

such as a private Facebook group, through email, etc.


ISO: Big Ideas

We want to hear from you! If you want to take the stage and share your professional knowledge, tips & tricks, or inspirational message, please consider applying as a presenter for The Chamber’s Business Training or Women Connect series. Planning for our next fiscal year’s events begins soon.

Apply beginning May 1 at fmwfchamber.com.

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WOMEN CONNECT   Tuesday, April 23 

  Tuesday, May 28 

Work-Life Fusion

Say Yes to Self Care

Dana Haagenson

HR and Accounting Instructor Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Should we feel guilty when we check work email during family time? Are we cheating our company when we text our kids during the workday? With technology that connects all aspects of our lives and different expectations from multiple generations in the workplace, it is harder than ever to separate our personal and professional lives and achieve the balance we’ve all been striving for. Perhaps we should stop trying to achieve perfect balance and strive for a healthy fusion instead. In this session, we’ll introduce the concept of work-life fusion and discuss practical ways to find and maintain the right fusion in your life.

Susan Mathison, MD CEO and Founder Catalyst Medical Center


Jill Nelson

Associate Dean and Professor North Dakota State University


Kelly Olson

Chief Clinical Officer The Village


Women’s lives are busier than ever, and many of us feel drained, overwhelmed and burnt out. Get back on track at this session, where three local experts will share three views of self care.

Learn to differentiate between work-life balance and worklife fusion, and how to create an individual approach to infuse more energy builders into your day.

Mathison will share proven strategies anyone to can use to optimize the bedroom environment for sleep, make better choices and cope with the demands of life. Nelson will explore how to have more courage, compassion and connection and address fear and vulnerability. Olson will share how women can find resources to pursue their personal priorities and give themselves permission to say no.

  3:30 to 5 p.m. | Social 5 to 6 p.m.    DoubleTree by Hilton & West Fargo Conference Center 

  3:30 to 5 p.m. | Social 5 to 6 p.m.    DoubleTree by Hilton & West Fargo Conference Center 

REGISTRATION Chamber members: $25 in advance | $30 at the door Non-members: $35 in advance | $40 at the door


Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

from February



February’s Women Connect was all about change. Kimberly Busch, Aimbridge Hospitality, walked attendees through how to process change in our lives, practice self-awareness and identify emotions so we can get back to being our best selves. Plus, we collected donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the RRV! EVENT PRODUCTION SPONSOR

Bell Bank | Bremer Bank | Choice Bank | Delta by Marriott | Discovery Benefits, Inc. | Eventide Senior Living Communities First International Bank & Trust | Gate City Bank | Implementation Specialists | Minnesota State Community and Technical College Otter Tail Corporation | Vogel Law Firm | Wanzek Construction, Inc. | Western State Bank   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  21

Familiar Faces, New Roles The same bankers you know and trust, now positioned to better suit your banking needs.


Matt Mueller SVP/Senior Lender, Brian Hagen Chief Business Development Officer, David Johnson East Market President (Front) Charles Cooper Regional Private Banking Manager, Mike Bannach Fargo Southwest Branch President

5 Convenient F-M Locations (800) 359-8092 | firstintlbank.com

MAGGIE Rambler Home

The “Maggie” rambler is the home you’ve been waiting for! Our fully finished floorplan features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 perfectly designed living space and 2,400 finished square feet! This stylish design features livability for anyone at any stage in life! Features on the main level include the master suite, spacious laundry room, open kitchen overlooking to the dining space and backyard and a perfectly sized bedroom and bath. Expand to the lower level with 2 additional bedrooms, a bathroom, and a large living space, perfect for movie nights!

5522 36TH ST S • FARGO, ND • 701-205-4979 • DABBERTHOMES.COM

ISABELL Rambler Home

The “Isabell” is a gorgeous rambler home! Featured at the front of the home is a perfect porch for you to relax on. This open concept floorplan features a great room that flows to the kitchen and dining space. The main level also hosts a spacious laundry room with a window to let the natural light flow through, a master suite, additional bedroom and bath. The home features over 2,900 finished square feet when the basement is finished! An 8’ island compliments this master suite like no other and creates a perfect space! Design the basement with 2 more spacious bedrooms, bath and a huge living space!

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Golf Outing Wednesday, July 17

12:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Edgewood Golf Course

Get ready for the green! This summer’s annual golf tournament for Chamber members is back. A sold-out event the last six years, you won’t want to wait to miss out. Registration is open at fmwfchamber.com.


Don’t have a team of four? Register as an individual and we can pair you up with other players. It’s a great way to build relationships and your network. On or before June 2 $120 Per Golfer-Chamber Member $150 Non-Members After June 2 $145 Per Golfer-Chamber Member $175 Non-Members


Get your clients, co-workers and friends together and network the afternoon away on the golf course with a four-person team.

#FMWFGolf Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf; cart; food and drinks provided by sponsors on the course; 19th Hole Happy Hour Social; on-course contests and giveaways from sponsors. Awards will given for men’s and women’s team best score, and individual prizes for closest to the pin Then stick around for the 19th Hole Happy Hour Social at the clubhouse after the tournament! LEADERBOARD SPONSOR

On or before June 2 $460 Foursome-Chamber Members $600 Non-Members After June 2 $560 Foursome-Chamber Members $700 Non-Members

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, contact Darren at 218.359.0514 or ddunlop@fmwfchamber.com.



You’re invited to these  Leadership events  Our Leadership participants have been busy preparing their Community Change Initiative (CCI) projects, presentations and events. Check out these upcoming events to see what they’ve been up to, and learn more about issues and causes in our community, how to get involved, spread awareness or just learn more for fun.

Nonprofit Networking Social

Thursday, April 25 | 4 to 6 p.m. Drekker Brewing Company – Brewhalla 1666 First Avenue North, Fargo

Similar to events from last year’s Professionally Paired group, this free event invites non-profit professionals to come and network with a group of technology and digital marketing professionals.

Fashion for Futures

Thursday, August 15 | Time TBD Studio 6 (FMCT), 6 Broadway, Fargo

This event is designed to raise awareness of the poverty issues facing our youth as well as generate funds for post-secondary education for atrisk students in our community.

Work in Progress

Thursday, May 2, 8 a.m. to noon Midco Conference Center, 30 22nd Street East, West Fargo

A half-day seminar focused on supporting staff to discuss mental health awareness and strategies for promoting health and productive teams within the workplace.

Plant a Tree for You and Me

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m Woodhaven North Park, 4300 44th Ave South, Fargo Come plant a tree and meet the neighborhood! Help the fast growing FMWF neighborhoods grow green spaces and build up community care and friendships. Be sure to check out next month’s Bridge for a recap of Cakes and Coffee, which took place on March 24, as well as the final update on the safeTY jacket and Career Exploration Day CCI projects!


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  Apply for the next class!  LFMWF is centered on cultivating 40 leaders each year through community exploration and leadership development. The program is designed to expose existing and emerging community leaders to the issues that face our region while engaging participants to strengthen themselves in addition to the community through personal development and civic engagement. LFMWF strives to provide a broad experience to participants by covering topics like education, the non-profit landscape, city planning, innovation, entrepreneurship, communication, leadership skills development, legislative issues and much more. Whether you are in a current leadership position, or are looking to prepare for leadership opportunities in the future, this program is for you.

Applications open on April 1 at fmwfchamber.com.




Wednesday, April 17 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Red River Lanes Slammers Bar 707 28th Avenue North, Fargo Join YPN for our monthly networking happy hour at Slammers Bar inside Red Rive Lanes! Network with other young professionals while checking out one of north Fargo’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)! *Must be 21 to attend the Off the Clock Networking Social*

HIGHLIGHTS from last month

Lattes with Leaders: Stephanie Schroeder

Wednesday, April 10 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. Family Fare Supermarket community room – West Fargo 1100 13th Avenue East Join us for our second Lattes with Leaders! Stephanie Schroeder, chief digital marketing officer, Forum Communications, has been quickly climbing the ladder and has established herself as a young leader in the marketing arena. Join us as she shares her journey and talks about what she has learned on her path to her current role at Forum Communications. We will be in the community room (the coffee will be close by!).

Networking to Business StrengthsFinder

Tuesday, April 23 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family Wellness, 2960 Seter Parkway, Fargo YPN Members: $30 | Non-members: $40 YPN Members: $15 | Non-members: $25  LUNCH ONLY 

People who use their strengths at work are 6X more likely to be engaged! Looking to maximize your work by tapping into your unique talents and receive insights that will change the way you work? Join Mitch Johnson, CoreLink Administrative Solutions, and your fellow YPN members to learn about your personal strengths and how to apply them to your work and life. Cost includes StrengthsFinder assessment and lunch. If you’ve taken the strengths assessment recently and still want to join in the training, select the lunch only option. Remember to bring your results with you!

YPN has had a busy start to the year. Thank you to Red River Coffee for hosting our Morning Buzz events in February and March! Thank you to Brenda Johnson for the great presentation on performance reviews at Networking to Business! Thank you to O’Clevy’s and the Ramada for hosting our Networking to Business and Off the Clock events in February! Thank you to BLVD for hosting March’s New Member Social and Off the Clock!





That’s what we do for you! J & M Printing has been helping clients for over 50 years and we are ready to do the same for you. Call up Rich to get ideas, get a quote and propel your business!


Rich Maras rmaras@jmprint.net 701-730-1623

4666 Amber Valley Parkway Fargo, ND 58104





SIGNAGE & BANNERS A Top 400 U.S. Printing Company for 2015, 2016 & 2017 in Printing Impressions

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Announcing the 2019 YEA! Investor Panel “Shark Tank” winners Once again our Young Entrepreneurs Academy students took to the stage to present their business ideas to investors and community members at the fourth annual YEA! Investor Panel Shark Tank, held on March 19 at MSUM’s Gaede Stage. Their hard work and dedication paid off, and we’re very proud of all of them! The event culminated with the announcement of investment awards for each student and the announcements of our Saunders Scholar and People’s Choice award winners. Ivy Mastrud, a seventh grader at Ben Franklin Middle School was selected as the winner with her business, BowWow Bo-ties, which sells coordinating accessories for pets and their people. Ivy received a $1,000 investment and will represent our local class at the national YEA! Saunders Scholars competition in Rochester, New York.

(left) Caleb Knudsen, People’s Choice winner (center) Jeff Thomas, Cornerstone Bank (right) Ivy Mastrud, $1,000 investment winner

Caleb Knudsen, a sophomore at West Fargo High School, and his business, Vacuum It All, was voted to receive the second annual People’s Choice award through live polling with our audience. Thanks to Office Sign Company for providing this award! We couldn’t provide this opportunity for students in our community without support of our sponsors and volunteers. Thank you to the countless supporters this program has gained throughout the past four years! Thank you to our judges and investors: Chris Mason, Concordia College Offutt School of Business Jeff Thomas, Cornerstone Bank Kim Meyer, Gate City Bank Marvin Calice, Microsoft Anne Blackhurst, Minnesota State University Moorhead Scott Beaulier, NDSU College of Business Event emcee: Dan Michaels, Dan Michaels Audio Stay tuned in next month’s Bridge to see each business’ logo and overview.



SUPPORTING SPONSORS Friends of YEA! American Crystal Sugar | Dabbert Custom Homes Office Sign Company

Aldevron | The Boiler Room | Bremer Bank | Concordia College Dawson Insurance | Eide Bailly | LaQuinta Inn & Suites | Maxwells Minnesota State University Moorhead | National Hospitality Services North Dakota State University | Radio FM Media | TrueNorth Steel


Your business partner FOR 50 YEARS

Dale Hetland, Business Banker

Bob Gibb, Robert Gibb & Sons



Member FDIC

MEETINGS MADE SIMPLE At Four Points by Sheraton Fargo, we offer meeting space for up to 100 attendees*, on-site catering, and wall mounted TV with HDMI connection. Everything you need to make your meeting simple. BOOK MEETING SPACE TODAY! CALL 701 364 0000 Four Points by Sheraton Fargo 5064 23rd Avenue South | Fargo, ND 58104 701 364 0000 | www.fourpoints.com/fargo *Number of attendees depends on desired seating style.

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FRS is one of the oldest businesses in the FMWF community. Formerly known as Fargo Rubber Stamp, today they go by FRS Works. Through their product line that includes ribbons, stamps, buttons, signage and more, they help businesses advertise their brand.

Fast facts about FRS Provides rubber stamps, name badges, clocks, plaques, award products, signage, desk sets, magnetic signs, buttons, banners, decals and imprinted wearables since 1885. Total employees: 15 Year founded: 1885 Awards and memberships: ASI, SAGE and MBA Leadership: Andrew Ponto, president and owner Jeff Christianson, office manager Jodi Buermann, production manager Visit them at 1021 Center Ave, Moorhead Online: frsworks1885.com

What makes FRS unique? We have a wide variety of products to offer, as well as bring able to offer ribbons and stamps that are known nationwide.

What initiatives are you focusing on? To emphasize to our local customers that we can sell decals and vinyl, and we’re refocusing nationally on our ribbon product line.

What do you like best about doing business here? I love our community and am excited as to how we are growing rapidly.

What is one thing you want others to know? We are efficient, time sensitive to any in-hands dates you have for a job, and would love to have the opportunity to work with you!

What’s your best business tip? It’s best to be hands-on with your client base and to never lose sight of that contact, no matter how busy you get.

What do you like most about your Chamber membership? The ability to network and learn from a wide variety of businessmen and women. We have found several solutions to situations just by working with fellow members. — Andrew Ponto, president

We love sharing the cool things our members are doing! Every month in The Bridge, we shine a spotlight on the organizations with unique stories to tell. Tell us who you think deserves to be featured! Send your suggestion to ahuggett@fmwfchamber.com or fill out the form at bit.ly/BridgeMS.


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!

Combined Asset Management, LLC

Code Ninjas



Real Estate ‑ Property Management

Education – Training

Property holding company with houses for sale or rent and land for development or sale.

Code Ninjas is creating the problem solvers of tomorrow. At our centers, kids ages 7 to 14 learn to code (computer programming) in a fun, safe, and inspiring learning environment, with a game-based curriculum that they love.

BIO Girls biogirls.org Wellness

D.A. Davidson & Co

BIO Girls is a 501c3 on a mission to build self-esteem in adolescent girls through empowerment of self and service to others. Their 12-week program combines life-skills curriculum, mentoring and physical activity to teach skills needed to combat social pressures and realize self-worth.



Financial Consultants

They offer personalized solutions for every stage of your life, including financial planning; portfolio management; cash management/lending; trust services; insurance; qualified plan consulting; education and retirement.


River Rock Properties



C.A.P.S. is Customized Asset Protection Services and has been set up under Franklin Investigations to offer small business owners customized options for loss prevention programs within their businesses.

Real Estate – Property Management

Capital Credit Union capcu.org Financial Institution

Coming in 2020! CCU’s new location on the Southeast corner of 32nd Avenue South and Veterans Boulevard in Fargo. Grow with them at their current location at 4900 13th Avenue South, Suite 5. It is a full-service financial institution.

Want to find all our members? Search our online directory at fmwfchamber.com.


When communities work together, we all win. We’re proud to support The Chamber.

What inspires you, inspires us. 701.239.8500 | eidebailly.com

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River Rock Property is a property management company providing high quality customer service to local residents and property owners. They offer rental homes, twin-homes and apartments in Fargo/Moorhead and surrounding areas. They will help you find your next rental home or manage your investment property.

VFW Club Post 762 vfw.org Clubs & Organizations

The Fargo VFW is dedicated to helping other veterans and the community. It has gaming and a casual full-service bar that is open to the public with free live music on weekends. ”No One Does More for Veterans.”

MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES In January, the Minnesota/ North Dakota Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) honored recently completed member projects at the 2018 Excellence In Construction Banquet in Minneapolis. Bergstrom Electric, Inc. received a top award for its Four Winds Alternative & CTE High School project in Fort Totten, North Dakota, in the “Electrical Contracting: 0 to $500,000” category. Bergstrom also received Pyramid awards for their work on the Minnkota Power Cooperative’s $65 million new campus and the North Dakota Surgery Center. Bergstrom Electric was the electrical contractor on all three projects. Haworth Inc. leadership announced today that Christianson’s Business Furniture has been designated as a 2019 Best In Class dealership. The Best In Class distinction is awarded to dealerships based on exceptional performance in market development, sales, customer satisfaction, operational excellence and enterprise development. Christianson’s Business Furniture is one of 30 dealerships worldwide to be awarded the 2019 Best In Class distinction.

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.

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

Edward Jones ranks No. 7 on the 2019 Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine. This year marks the firm’s 20th year on the list. The list is based on survey feedback representing more than 4.3 million employees, with respondents rating their workplace culture on 60-plus elements of the workplace. To commemorate this 20-year milestone, Edward Jones is planning a year-long celebration honoring the firm’s history and culture. In January, the Iowa Department of Human Services announced its intent to enter into contract negotiations with Noridian Healthcare Solutions for the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) Core Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) contract. This is the result of a full-and-open procurement of the contract. Noridian has been the Core MMIS contractor for the IME since 2004. YWCA Cass Clay has presented its annual Friends Awards to outstanding supporters in the community for their exceptional volunteerism and support. Barb and Lee Nelson, YWCA’s “Coat Angels”, were honored for providing children at YWCA with warm winter coats year after year. Karen Skjold received the award for her outstanding volunteerism and support of YWCA programs. Jodi Kallias was recognized as a Friend of YWCA for making safe and affordable housing available to families served by YWCA. Friends awards winners are named each year at the YWCA Champions of Empowerment event in February.

Four-Color Printing Specialized Coatings Foil & Embossing Die Cutting

Fulfillment Center Variable Data Printing Direct Mailing Service I-printNow Storefront

Fargo, ND 58103 USA ph: 701.235.1121 knightprinting.com



Keleigh Pearson, Corporate Attorney


Kelly Schulz, Public Relations Manager


Ben Amara, Manufacturing Assembler John Daly, Test Engineer Ryan Finch, Inside Sales Specialist Chad Heath, Embedded Software Engineer Sam Hinricher, Electronics Design Engineer Adam Jansen, Staff Engineer, Embedded Software Ben Mohan, Software Engineer Daniel Pribyl, Manufacturing Assembler Ander Sawchuk, Business Analyst Joshua Wudtke, Mechanical Design Engineer

Beyond Realty



























Stephanie Overgaard, Realtor

DCN (Dakota Carrier Network)

Mark Aslakson, Wholesale Sales Manager Jennifer Guthmiller, Commercial Sales Manager

Downtown Community Partnership Warren Ackley, New Board Member Lee Dobrinz, Chair, Board of Directors Jesse Helland, New Board Member























First International Bank & Trust

Charlie Cooper, East Market Private Banking Manager Whitney McDaniel, Cash Management Sales Manager

Houston Engineering, Inc. Jake Larson, GIS Analyst I

Jack Chivers Realty

Lori Ellefson, Agent

















KW Inspire Realty

Mikayla Brown, Realtor Tanner Langlie, Realtor Nicholas Thorstensen, Realtor (not pictured) M











Want to see your news here? Email your announcement to thebridge@fmwfchamber.com. Find the criteria and guidelines at fmwfchamber.com/member-news.

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MEMBER NEWS: PEOPLE Network Center, Inc.





Jon Brademeyer, Senior Solution Architect Chad Coreson, Support Specialist I Joel Cummings, Server Infrastructure Team Lead Dwayne Frelot, Support Specialist I Lori Johnson, Project Manager Robert Kurtz, Support Specialist I Jessica Landsverk, Service Coordinator Ben Nelson, Account Executive Jamie Olson, Support Specialist I Spencer Salmon, Support Specialist I Shane Toutges, Network Systems Analyst

North Dakota State University

Scott David Meyer, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, College of Business





Park Co. Realtors

Michael Tufte, REALTOR

Radiant Homes

Josh Caroon, Project Manager

Sanford Health

Nandakishore Akula, M.D., Internal Medicine Hospitalist Sugong Chen, M.D., Bariatric and General Surgery James Wood, M.D., Gastroenterology OLSON




The Village Business Institute

Jara Enger, Account Executive

Wildflower Golf Course and Fair Hills Resort Scott Meyer, Superintendent


Jessica Kasprzak, Youth & Adult Program Coordinator





OTHER NEWS Brittany Dunn, a tax partner at Eide Bailly, was recently named one of the Top 25 Women in Business by Prairie Business magazine. Several other Chamber members made the list too! The full list can be found at prairiebusinessmagazine.com. WOOD




Leann Wolff of Great Outcomes Consulting has been accepted into Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for leading business and career coaches. Wolff was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of her experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.



American Red Cross New emergency response vehicle 2602 12th Street North, Fargo redcross.org/local/dakotas.html

Flag Family Media Relocation 2852 Thunder Road South, Fargo flagfamily.com

Fargo Youth Hockey Association Remodel 831 17th Avenue North, Fargo fargohockey.org

J&K Marine Grand opening 2248 Main Avenue East, West Fargo jkmarine.com

About our ambassadors Northland Vapor Company Grand opening 3051 25th Street South, Unit W, Fargo northlandvapor.com

Want your own ribbon cutting?

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/FMWFRCRequest. *One ribbon cutting per year per member

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Chamber Ambassadors are a treasured group of volunteers who host ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremonies to celebrate milestones with Chamber members, help attract and retain members, assist in the smooth presentation of Chamber events and help us promote the programs, products and services of The Chamber. One of the committees’ flagship events is the annual Operation Thank You, in which we set out to hand-deliver new membership materials to member businesses throughout town. Gain enhanced knowledge of all Chamber activities. Earn increased business visibility through Chamber activities.

Want to join or learn more? Visit fmwfchamber.com/ambassadors.

Your business’s success has been DCN’s business since day one. Whether you have a one- or multisite network, we serve as your business’s single point of contact and provide 24/7/365 support from our highly trained technicians.

Connect to more today! Call us at 800-814-3333.



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Data Storage & Recovery


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