The Bridge: April 2021

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April 2021 vol. 24 no. 8

A look inside Leadership programs and opportunities p.16

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

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Leadership FMWF: A look inside the program ChamberChoice: See the 2021 candidates City spotlight: Kindred, ND

Member spotlight: Advanced Business Methods ADVERTISER INDEX

8 AAA-The Auto Club  9 AE2S  11 Alerus  25 Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND  21 Boulger Funeral Home 12 Cass County Electric  27 CHI Friendship  21 Cole Papers, Inc 12 Cornerstone Bank  27 Essentia Health  28 Houston Engineering 4 First International Bank & Trust  6 Indigo Signs 19 MSUM  12 NDSCS  Back Nodak Insurance Company 12 Otter Tail  8 Pinnacle Pediatric Clinic  23 Pro Resources 6 ReadiTech  12 Ulteig  9 Your CBD Store

Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber


Letter from the president

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Membership Matters Premier Partners Chamber faces

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Internship program training Golf Outing Upcoming events Call for presenters MEMBER NEWS

New members Ribbon cuttings Anniversaries Company news People news GUEST ARTICLES

8 questions to ask your organization


CONTENTS podcast

•  Episode 10: Meet the new Moorhead mayor COMING SOON THIS MONTH In February, Shelly Carlson stepped up and was sworn in as the new mayor of Moorhead after Johnathan Judd moved on to become a judge. After serving on the city’s council, Carlson is no stranger to the needs and challenges of our city on the east side of the river. Listen in as she talks to us about her journey to mayor, experience and platform, and her vision to take Moorhead into the future. Listen at

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

Board of Directors Sandi Piatz Microsoft Chair

Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Chair Elect Airport Peter Stenehjem First International Treasurer Bank & Trust

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


Patti Cosgriff Northwestern Bank Ambassador Public Relations

Dean Krogen 702 Communications

Ambassador Member Relations

Jodi Duncan Flint Group

Wyatt Johnson John Deere Business Training Electronic Solutions

Member at Large

Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group

• Establish the region as a full-service metropolitan marketplace.

Roger Reierson Flint Group

Tom Dawson Dawson Insurance

Immediate Past Chair


Committee Chairs

Louise Dardis Retired educator Education

Dan Cash Midwest Radio of Fargo Moorhead

Leadership FMWF

Brian Shawn Midco

Kyle Dorow Essentia Health Mike Dragosavich Spotlight

Military Affairs

Trevor Mathew Choice Bank Professionals of Color

Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly LLP

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

Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company Kara Jorvig Allegro Group Tami Norgard Vogel Law Firm

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

Brittany Sachdeva Sanford Health Joanna Slominski Mortenson

Tim Flakoll Tri-College University Public Policy

Kirsten Jensen Minnesota State Women Connect University Moorhead Celine Francisco Choice Bank

Young Professionals Network

Chamber Staff Shannon Full

Jim Parsons

President & CEO @FMWFShannon

Amanda Huggett

Business Development Manager @FMWFDarren

Alyssa Lakoduk

Katie Mastel

Manager of Communications & Marketing @FMWFAmanda

Professional Development Coordinator @FMWFAlyssa

Mason Rademacher

Bobbi Rehder

Public Policy & Workforce Development Coordinator @FMWFMason

Darren Dunlop

VP of Finance & Operations @FMWFJim

Events Coordinator @FMWFBobbiJo

Government Affairs & Advocacy Manager @FMWFKatie

Casey Sanders

Manager of Membership @FMWFCasey

Darin Feir

Marketing Design Coordinator @FMWFDarin

Tracy Meckler

Mara Fossum Marketing Assistant @FMWFMara

Tracy Powell

Membership & Advertising Sales Manager @FMWFTracyM

Director of Events and Programs @FMWFTracyP

Mickayla Thompson

Julie Yourczek

Member Relations Coordinator @FMWFMickayla

Office Administrator @FMWFJulieY

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Connection, options, adaptability & other lessons learned A year, an entire year of challenges and changes, successes and struggles have taught us all a lot of life lessons. One of the greatest for me has been the power of connection. I have always been a person that thrives from being surrounded by people, so this last year has been especially challenging. Even as you think about our organization, we exist to bring people together, to make connections, to convene leaders, so now that we are starting to see the sun on the horizon, we are excited about the remainder of 2021. I am so excited to announce that we are back, IN PERSON starting in April. Although we have been successful connecting people, executing events virtually, we are so looking forward to seeing your faces once again. When we announced that our April Business After Hours was going to be in-person, we immediately sold out the booths, which was the first indicator that you, our members, are ready. I also know that for some of you, you will need more time, and another one of the greatest lessons we have learned is that we will always need to provide options. Therefore, we are building options around our events, in-person and virtual options, so that you can engage with us in whatever way you want. Another lesson learned through the pandemic has been embracing adaptability. We have had events postponed, others cancelled, and even some new ones added. While we are committed to going back to in-person events soon, we may still need to make some pivots. But, we are so excited about welcoming you back to live monthly training events, including the Business Training, Eggs & Issues and Women Connect series, and the upcoming ChamberChoice Awards. As the past year has been full of uncertainty, we will take each situation as it happens, with the goal of being together again. The final “ah-ha” moment for me, as a newbie to this chamber, is the strong passion and dedication of our internal team and our volunteer leaders, as well as the significant influence of this organization. I have had the opportunity to be in St. Paul and Bismarck at the capitol numerous times this session. It is evident that The Chamber is highly respected by our elected officials and you, our members, trust us to advocate for these critical business and community issues. We take this responsibility very seriously, so please continue to engage with us, share with us your policy concerns and opportunities, and we will continue to partner with you to strengthen the overall region. Thank you for continuing to engage with us. I implore you to find one program, event, initiative of The Chamber that fuels your passion and get involved. We need you. The strength of The Chamber is because of the involvement of each of you.

Shannon Full

President & CEO Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce



The benefit of leadership opportunities Other local leadership opportunities

Did you know that as a Chamber member, you have the opportunity to apply, or support an employee in applying, for the Leadership FMWF program?

There are many other Chamber members that offer leadership trainings and programs. Here are just a few other opportunities you might want to look into.*

This is just one opportunity many of our members value because they have the chance to get to know other professionals in our region, meet community leaders and learn about different businesses and organizations. When we speak to members, they often comment on these benefits from participation: • • • • •

Connections and relationship building Learning new skills Gaining communication tools and skills The knowledge of how to influence others Gained confidence and empowerment

Each year, this benefit exclusively for members allows them to participate in this sought-after opportunity. Then after graduation, we look forward to watching these individuals continue growing upon the knowledge, skills and connections they made during the program.

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BNG Inspire Dale Carnegie Leadership North Dakota MState NDSCS NDSU North Dakota Women’s Business Center Women’s Leadership Program • The Village Business Institute • United Way’s 35 Under 35 or Emerging Leaders programs *Not an exhaustive list of all opportunities. Let us know if we missed one that you love, or if we can help connect you to how to get involved.

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Premier Partners

— Making a Difference for Our Metro

Premier Partners fall into two levels: Community Builders and Business Builders.

Premier Partners are a group of businesses that invest in higher levels of support for The Chamber’s events, programs and community. Their contribution is a recognition of the work we do, helping us bring in top speakers to events, shape our program offerings to impact area professionals, add engaging new member benefits and experiences, and advocate on behalf of the business community.

Business Builders are the area’s leaders of commerce, with a desire to actively nurture new and existing businesses in the region through their Chamber investment and sponsorships. Benefits at this level are designed to build a business’ image and provide access to regional leaders.

We are proud to call the following businesses our Business Builders

To learn more about the Premier Partner program, opportunities or benefits, contact Darren Dunlop at 218.359.0514 or

Metro in the News They’re talkin’ about us! Yes, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo continues to make the headlines among national media who credit us for being a best place to live. Here are just a few recent recognitions.

• DECEMBER 2020: Fargo is one of the best places to visit in North Dakota, says Trips to Discover. • NOVEMBER 2020: Fargo ranked among the most livable mid-sized cities in America, according to SmartAsset. • OCTOBER 2020: Fargo has been named one of the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live by coming in at #8. • SEPTEMBER 2020: West Fargo ranked No. 23 in Money’s 2020-21 Best Places to Live. • SEPTEMBER 2020: Fargo area ranked in top 10 places to raise kids in the nation, according to SmartAsset. • AUGUST 2020: Fargo again is among Forbes’ top 25 places to retire. • AUGUST 2020: West Fargo named best city to live in North Dakota, and among the fastest growing communities in the country, said.



Don’t miss this Internship Training opportunity! Have you ever thought of bringing an intern on to your team but don’t know where to start? Do you have an internship program but want to grow it? Regardless of your organization’s size or where your organization is at in the internship development or enhancement process, this program is for you! Building Successful Internship Programs, in partnership with Intern Bridge, has been designed as a hands-on, interactive cohort-style educational experience. Through small group conversations, data-driven analysis and guided video sessions led by Intern Bridge CEO Dr. Robert Shindell and Chamber staff, you can expect this virtual series to equip you and your organization with the tools to develop or enhance your own internship program. The training series will be offered through live virtual sessions. Sign up by April 26. The first class starts on April 27. Visit for session topics & dates and key materials that you’ll receive with your registration!

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Meet the board members

Kevin Christianson President, CEO and Founder of Christianson Companies

Year joined the board: 2018 Other Chamber Involvement: Christianson Companies has continued to be active and enjoy a number of Chamber events such as Business After Hours, golf outings, and other various events throughout the years

Please briefly share your professional experience and role now.

I have been active and working in the FMWF area since 1983. In 1993, I co-founded Christianson Companies, formerly known as PACES Lodging Corporation. I continue to serve as president and CEO of Christianson Companies and its related divisions. Originally, Christianson Companies was primarily a developer of hotel properties across the country, but since then has grown into the areas of land development, architecture/ construction management, commercial contracting, as well as providing a full service real estate sales, leasing, brokerage team known as Property Resources Group which was formed in 2001. Through our real estate development company, we have been fortunate to be involved in forming and operating over 150 different companies throughout the area. Every day it is a joy to help people find ways to make their dreams a reality, and I hope to continue that role for many years to come.

What do you like best about serving on The Chamber board? There are many different aspects I enjoy about serving on The Chamber Board, it is hard to single it down to one. It has been great to be informed, and to see firsthand what is going on in our community. In addition it has been wonderful getting to know a lot of the other great business leaders on the board and within The Chamber.

How else are you involved around the community? We enjoy contributing to a number of non-profits throughout the area in hopes of doing our part to better the community as a whole. In addition, we have been active members in the Home Builders Association for over 35 years.

What do you do for fun when you’re not working? I enjoy spending time at the lake with friends and family—especially my grandsons. In addition, I enjoy hunting, fishing, water sports and hiking across a variety of venues, and overall simply enjoying God’s creations.

What’s your best piece of advice for future leaders? Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are future leaders. It is important to set a strong foundation by understanding your core values and skills, and in addition surround yourself with great people. When you take care of those around you, success will become a byproduct.

Brittany Sachdeva Vice President of Operations, Sanford Health

Year joined the board: 2018

Please briefly share your professional experience.

I am an ER nurse by background. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to serve as a leader in numerous settings including accreditation, regulatory services, infection control and ambulatory nursing. In 2017, I moved from Sioux Falls to Fargo to serve as the vice president of nursing. In 2019, I moved into the vice president of operations role.

What do you like best about serving on The Chamber board? Serving on the Chamber board has been a fabulous way to meet and interact with leaders across our community. It has been a great way to fully appreciate how amazing our community is and all that it has to offer.

How else are you involved around the community? I am on the board of Family Wellness and the American Red Cross. Additionally, I have served as a mentor and site director for BIO Girls.

What do you do for fun when you’re not working? Aside from any and all things fitness, I love spending time at the lake with my husband, two sons and our dogs.

What’s your best piece of advice for future leaders? Focus on work that you are passionate about. The opportunities will follow!



Meet a committee chair Dan Cash VP/Market Manager, Midwest Radio Fargo-Moorhead Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo chair

Other Chamber involvement: Former YEA! Instructor

What would you like others to know about your committee? The Chamber Leadership FMWF committee is a diverse group of people who work tirelessly to come up with different ways to engage our class within the community. We are constantly working together to find something new, introduce an experience a member of the Leadership class would not normally be able to participate in, and we care deeply about the impact the class has on our community’s current and future leaders.

What do you like most about being involved with The Chamber? There is no question it is the relationships with the people. The Chamber provides a unique opportunity to meet people you would not normally meet, to jump outside your comfort zone and learn about other things happening in Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo, the state of North Dakota, Minnesota and the businesses that make it all run. Without the partnerships and training The Chamber provides, our region would not be nearly what it is. I am proud to be leading a committee building a class of current and future leaders that have a thirst for knowledge about different facets of business and non-profits in the Red River Valley.

What is the best professional advice you have ever received? Never stop innovating. Throwing things against the wall and moving forward with the ones that stick are some of the most important lessons I have learned. In bad times innovation is a must, in good times it is fun and in great times it sends your business to a whole other level. NEVER, STOP, INNOVATING!

What do you do for fun when you’re not working? Every year on July 4th I build a Slip N Slide in our backyard and invite friends over to race. The first year was fun but in year two we added vegetable oil to the slide. This immediately killed the grass and ended my wife’s belief that the Slip N Slide was a good idea. I have since recovered and have gotten approval for a return to a 4th of July Slip N Slide (minus the vegetable oil in 2021). Just like everything in 2021, It is the year of returning to normal. Slip N Slide included! In all seriousness, I love football, white water rafting (fell into 32-degree glacial water for 20 minutes in Glacier National Park two years ago) and I love to travel with my amazing wife Kayla. You may know her as the person I know, which is the lovely woman that everyone asks when I meet them for the first time, “So, are you Kayla Cash’s husband?”

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Meet the Chamber staff Alyssa Lakoduk Professional Development Coordinator

What are a few fun facts you can share about yourself?

Years with The Chamber: 3.5

• My husband Nick and I have a 1.5-year-old minigoldendoodle named Daisy. You can catch her on this year’s coupon book cover!

Please briefly describe what you do in your position. I oversee the operations of our Leadership programming, the Young Professionals Network and our annual Corporate Cup event. I work alongside around 50 different committee members to create beneficial programming for our members.

• I went to my first football game when I was 6 days old and have been a fan of the game ever since • My husband and I love to travel • I love theme parks, especially Disney World and Universal Studios

What do you love about your role? I have a passion for development of others and I love that I get to work in this space every day. I love each program for their own unique qualities, but at the end of the day, the goal is the same: to provide quality development events and an opportunity to grow your professional network. I get really excited about the impact the Leadership participants make in our community through their community change initiatives; it is so fun to watch those grow from a 300-word pitch to something that can have lasting change in our metro!

How else are you involved around the community? I have started to volunteer with Meals on Wheels and the Great Plains Food Bank. I am also involved as a volunteer with the Miss North Dakota organization locally, as well is in some other communities in the state. In addition to this, I volunteer with the North Dakota Association of Student Councils and Honor Societies state conventions twice a year! I am currently a member of the 2021 cohort of the Leadership North Dakota program.

Why would you recommend others get involved in The Chamber? Joining The Chamber is a great way to develop as a professional and grow your network. There are so many ways to get involved; The Chamber has something to fit all different interests. Whether it is getting involved with a committee, attending our events, or being involved with one of our great programs, involvement with The Chamber is a great decision!





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Announcing the 2021 ChamberChoice Candidates

The following businesses and organizations successfully submitted applications for this year’s ChamberChoice Awards, and are now considered candidates in their respective categories. All of these candidates can truly be proud to be in such good company. Help us congratulate them all! Be sure to vote for the People’s Choice Award online from April 19 to April 30, at fmwfchamber. com. And, sign up for the Awards Luncheon on May 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Delta by Marriott to be the first to hear this year’s finalists and winners!

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Advanced Business Methods Bright Futures Bushel Enclave First International Bank & Trust Hair Success Salon & Spa Heritage Homes Houston Engineering, Inc. Matt’s Automotive Service Center Park Co. Realtors Pedigree Technologies Razor Consulting Solutions, Inc. Town & Country Credit Union TrueNorth Steel W. W. Wallwork Inc. Western Products

NOT-FOR-PROFIT OF THE YEAR CAPLP - Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership CCRI, Inc. Churches United Fraser, Ltd GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Legacy Children’s Foundation New Life Center North Dakota State University Foundation The Village Family Service Center West Fargo Events YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties



AdShark Marketing Dabbert Custom Homes DCN (Dakota Carrier Network) Designer Homes of Fargo/Moorhead Fremstad Law Firm Harmon Entertainment Kovash Marine Legacy Financial Partners Merry Maids Regency Title, Inc.

AdShark Marketing Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties BNG Team Bolton & Menk, Inc. Border States Electric Dabbert Custom Homes Hair Success Salon & Spa Matt’s Automotive Service Center Preference Employment Solutions Wanzek Construction


DIVERSITY AWARD Cardinal IG Dawson Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company Minnesota State Community and Technical College

EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Amanda Nelson State Farm Insurance Beth’s Place Brew Bird Converdia Health Staffing Gunderson’s Jewelers Light Consulting & Coaching Off Color Media Prime Realty

RESILIENT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Bright Futures CCRI, Inc. Dabbert Custom Homes EHP Performance Legacy Financial Partners Matt’s Automotive Service Center Merry Maids National Hospitality Services Oak Grove Lutheran School Sanford Health The Salon Professional Academy Urban Foods Catering



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Business After Hours is back! Thursday, April 8  |  4 to 6 p.m.  |  Delta by Marriott

Get ready to network again, because Business After Hours is finally back this April—of course with social distancing and limited capacity to keep you safe! Three separate rooms will be open at the Delta, with themes, vendors and amazing hors d’oeuvres in each. One lucky attendee will win a local business support package, consisting of a $100 Happy Harry’s gift card, $100 Hornbacher’s card, $50 Blackbird Woodfire Pizza card, and more.


Chamber Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks 10th annual celebration Save the date

Tuesday, July 13 | 7 p.m. | Newman Outdoor Field Honor our military members and their families at this patriotic evening that is fun for the whole family. A pregame show will feature special events before a swearing in ceremony for new recruits and first pitch from a veteran. Tickets to the game in The Chamber’s reserved section are $12 and includes $3 in Hawk Bucks. PRESENTING SPONSOR

2021 Chamber Challenge Golf Outing Wednesday, July 21  |  Edgewood Golf Course

A few team spots remain for the summer’s annual golf tournament exclusively for Chamber members! Join us for fun, networking and friendly competition in the sun. Sponsors and golfers are invited to get creative! Awards will be given for men’s and women’s best team score, and individual prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive. The best themed golfer and Tee Box sponsor will be named Best in Show at the awards presentation following the tournament.




EGGS & ISSUES Our Refugee Workforce

Legislative Wrap Up: North Dakota & Minnesota

Tuesday, April 6 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. Courtyard by Marriott and livestream

Midwest Energy Summit Tuesday, June 8 | 8 to 11 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn and livestream

Tuesday, May 4 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. Courtyard by Marriott and livestream

Mike Arntson Cardinal Glass Industries

Adam Broers Bethany Retirement Living

Laetitia Mizero Hellerud New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment

Anisa Hajimumin Minnesota DEED

Chris Jones North Dakota Department of Human Services

Refugees are critical to our area’s workforce, economy and community. Both state departments in North Dakota and Minnesota are integral to our state’s success in resettlement, as well as our local workforce in their hiring practices, and local non-profits in their support. Join us for a robust conversation centering around current resettlement practices for refugees in our area, and what we can do to assist in creating community and filling jobs.

As both North Dakota and Minnesota legislative sessions begin wrapping up in the next couple months, we will sit down with some legislators and other key stakeholders to debrief some of the key priorities for our region, including COVID-19 business liability protection, diversion funding, workforce solutions, federal tax conformity on PPP loan forgiveness and more. Join us in early May to get the scoop on the sessions!

BUSINESS TRAINING Leading with an Entrepreneurial Mindset Wednesday, April 21 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton and livestream

Bree Langemo Concordia College

The world has changed in ways that now requires everyone to think and act like an entrepreneur. An entrepreneurial mindset shifts our perspective in a way that exposes opportunities, ignites ambition and fosters innovation. And, in today’s rapidly changing world, an entrepreneurial mindset is essential for both individuals and organizations to adapt and thrive.

The Pursuit of Success & Happiness… Through an Understanding of the Process Wednesday, May 12 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delta by Marriott and livestream

Dave Richman NDSU

Laying the foundation for your team and/or business, with a steadfast culture, is of the utmost importance. Holding true and being accountable to the standards within your culture, in good times and in bad, will help create the success and happiness we are all in pursuit of.


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Join us in June for a special Eggs & Issues as we host a Midwest Energy Summit! Speakers from across the energy industry, both sides of the political aisle, and with varying beliefs on long-term energy approaches will be present to have a robust discussion about energy in the Midwest. The morning will be energized by dynamic speakers giving TED-style talks and several panel discussions made up of diverse perspectives on various trending topics in the world of energy. The summit will be powered by our Eggs & Issues sponsors, along with additional summit sponsors. Stay tuned for more details and mark your calendars because you will not want to miss this three-hour special Eggs & Issues Midwest Energy Summit!

WOMEN CONNECT Mindful Self-Compassion: The Science Behind Being Kind to Yourself Tuesday, April 27 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Avalon Events Center and livestream

Melissa Dahl Mindful Healing & Consulting, PLLC

Mindful self-compassion is a tool and a skill that can be taught. Self-compassion is the relationship we have with ourselves, and is often the motivation behind failure or success. Learning how to be kind to yourself is a tool that you can take with you the rest of your life. Self-compassion decreases anxiety and depression and increases overall mental health and well-being.

Too Assertive or Not Assertive Enough? Overcoming the Gendered Double-Bind Tuesday, May 25 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Avalon Events Center and livestream

Dr. Faith W. Ngunjiri Concordia College

Have you ever been told you need to speak more assertively? Have you ever had feedback in your performance appraisal indicating that you are aggressive or abrasive? The thing is, when women act or speak assertively, they are often accused of being aggressive. Men on the other hand? The same behavior would be seen as acting like a leader.

CHAMBER 101 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.

Connect. Engage. Maximize. • In person: Tuesday, April 20 4 to 5 p.m. | The Chamber office • Virtually: Thursday, April 22 9 to 10 a.m. | Zoom

PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR Discuss, Connect & Reflect

Networking Before 9

Wednesday, April 21 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Virtual

Thursday, April 29 | 8 to 9 a.m. | Virtual

Join us for another Discuss, Connect & Reflect as we focus in on another episode of The Diversity Gap Podcast. This episode will focus on how to create a legacy of impact with Doug Shipman, who is the founding CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Join us for another entirely virtual Networking Before 9! Through breakout rooms, you’ll be able to have multiple great conversations in smaller groups to get to know everyone on the call. We look forward to you joining us!

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK YPN Business Tour: Nature of the North Part 1: Virtual Tour and Q&A with Nature of the North team April 6 | 4:30 p.m. Free | Registration Required | Zoom

Part 2: Intro to Rock Climbing Class April 21 | 5:30 p.m. Nature of the North | Cost: $15

YPN is holding our first tour of 2021! Join us for a two-part series as we learn about Nature of the North and see their space in part 1. In part 2, registrants will have the opportunity to try bouldering, the simplest fort of rock climbing at Nature of the North’s indoor climbing facility! This will be a great time to explore a new activity while networking with other young professionals who also have an interest in exploring the outdoors!

YPN Focus Workshop: Using social media to source business April 20 | Noon to 1 p.m. 202 1st Ave North, Moorhead or virtual via Zoom COST: In Person (fee includes lunch)   YPN member: $15  |  Non-member: $25 Virtual   YPN member: Free  |  Non-member: $5 Cost

Join YPN for our first hybrid focus workshop! This will be a great opportunity for two trainings in one! Steve Rowe, Arvig, will present an introduction to local search engine marketing and an overview of how the leader in online search decides who gets to be on the map—and how you can optimize your business for local search. We’ll also cover Facebook marketing 101, with an introduction to using Facebook to boost your business, picking the right Facebook marketing campaign, and some do’s and don’ts of selling your business on Facebook. *In person registration will be limited.

YPN Book Club: The Go Giver April 29 | 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Virtual via Zoom

YPN is going back to a book for April’s book club! The Go-Giver revolves around the story of a young professional (Joe) who is striving for success. Joe is ambitious, however lately it seems like his hard work and efforts are not paying off in terms of results. Following a disappointing quarter for sales results, he inadvertently seeks the mentorship of The Chairman. Joe then embarks on a learning journey by meeting Go-Givers. Join us for a deeper dive into the book and to learn the “Five Laws of Stratospheric Success.”

Register for these events at or by calling 218.233.1100. Thank you to the sponsors that make these events and programs possible. Find them on page 29.



Leadership class focuses on workforce & education March’s leadership session focused on education and workforce efforts. Shannon Full, The Chamber, spoke to the class about her passion for leadership workforce and took time to answer questions. Then, the class was joined by Karen Berntson and Karrissa Kjos, Junior Achievement, to talk about what JA does in our school system and the volunteer opportunities that exist. Amanda Even, Colleen Murray and Amy Feland, Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership, capped off the morning talking about CAPLP’s workforce efforts. Mitch Johnson, Wanzek Construction, followed up from his August communication training to help participants prepare for their Community Change Initiative presentations. The day ended touring the Tech Incubator at the NDSU Research & Technology Park with Brian Kalk. Stay tuned next month as we share each of this year’s Community Change Initiatives!

Leadership FMWF class of 2020–21

Applications are now open for the Leadership FMWF class of 2021–22! Have questions about the program? Want to ask graduates about their experience or have questions on the application? Register for one of our Leadership info sessions at!

•  April 16 | 8:30 a.m.   •  April 28 | 11:30 a.m. All sessions will be held virtually.

Applications will be open from April 1 to May 14. Apply at


April 2021

All about Leadership FMWF: The inside story The Chamber’s Leadership program has been in existence since 1989. When the Fargo and Moorhead Chambers were separate entities, they each had their own Leadership program until the merger created one Leadership program—the one you know today! Since the late 80s, the Leadership program has seen over 1,000 graduates, and has gone through many evolutions over the years. The program formerly strongly focused on skill development, touching on essential skills for leadership. Today, the program not only offers professional development opportunities, but also focuses on community exploration and understanding leadership by learning from community leaders that are brought into class. Group projects have always been a strong component of the program. What was once a project where groups partnered with non-profits has now evolved to participants identifying needs in the community that should be addressed and forming a project around addressing those needs. One thing that has always been a constant of the Leadership program is the focus on network development. Ask any graduate what their biggest takeaway is and they will say the network they were able to develop!

Reflections from current Chamber Board Members & Leadership graduates “When I first moved to Fargo in March “I was a member of the very first Leadership 2008, the FMWF Leadership program class, and at the time The Chamber was was a great way for me to interact realizing how important it was to build “The program is about with up-and-coming leaders within the the next group of community leaders. The opportunities, opportunities, community and to experience more of people involved in The Chamber were opportunities! It’s also about the community itself. Some aspects of the senior corporate leaders, and they knew meeting people in the program that stuck with me and informed that they had to find younger people to community as well as the my leadership style were the great teamtake over for them, but in order to do things I didn’t know the Fargobuilding exercises, my first exposure to that they wanted to educate these young Moorhead area had to offer. DISC profiles and learning more about potential leaders on the community. It’s about awareness and the Dale Carnegie approach to leadership Many of those people in that first class opening my eyes to the and public speaking. I highly recommend decades ago are still my friends, and we opportunities and community.” the program for anyone looking to have worked on numerous other projects expand themselves into further leadership together. I’m proud to think that we —Joanna roles that will influence the community might have had a small but important Slominski impact on the success that our community for years to come.” Mortenson, is experiencing today.” Class of 2014–15

—Peter Stenehjem

First International Bank & Trust, Class of 2008–09

—Tom Dawson

Dawson Insurance, A Marsh and McLennan Agency

What do past graduates say about their experience? “The FMWF Chamber Leadership

program was an amazing experience! The program engaged us to interact and network with numerous industries and groups throughout our community. I was also able to connect with some incredible people from various organizations throughout the FMWF area.” —Kristin Gille

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Class of 2019–20

“As part of the Leadership class, I was

provided with opportunities to connect with many like-minded professionals in our community and form multiple professional and personal relationships. Being able to hear from community leaders during our monthly sessions was an unforgettable opportunity to learn about new organizations and what they are doing to make our community a better place to live, work and play.” —Stephonie Broughton Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau, Class of 2018–19

“As someone who grew up in West

Fargo and has never lived elsewhere, I liked to think I had a good grasp on what the FMWF community offered. Leadership FMWF introduced me to so many wonderful businesses and community members that I now see how small my lens truly was. If you are looking to strengthen your connection with local businesses and community members and broaden your lens, Leadership FMWF offers you the unique opportunity to do so. Even if you’ve always lived in the area like me, I guarantee you’ll learn something new!”

“The program broadened my

community knowledge, allowed me to meet and learn from inspiring community leaders and gain additional leadership skills. I came away with lifelong friendships and a wealth of knowledge I didn’t have before regarding different service industries and the important roles they all play in our economy.”

—Lindsey Cernik

Border States Electric, Class of 2019–20`

“The Chamber’s Leadership

FMWF program proved itself to be an invaluable experience for me in many ways. I was able to get a behind-the-scenes look at area businesses and organizations, connect with and learn from elected officials, understand challenges and opportunities facing our region, be actively involved in driving positive community change and enhance my own professional and personal skills; all while working alongside 39 other emerging and established community leaders. These friendships and business relationships have continued to flourish years later, and I strongly recommend this program to anyone looking to further ingrain themselves in our great community.” —Tyler Fischbach City of Fargo, Class of 2017-18

—Amber Blomberg

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Class of 2018–19


NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the following businesses who joined The Chamber in February! We thank each of them for their support in our mission and investment in their business and community. Please consider doing business with Chamber members first.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ND Chapter Category TBD Referred by Tristan Ross, Marcus Theatres

Our mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. We are the voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. We work to create a culture that is smart about mental health. We provide education and suicide prevention materials. We educate and inspire people to become advocates for policies that will save lives. We share resources with loss survivors. Whether you’ve lost someone or are struggling with suicidal thinking, you are not alone. We bring people who have been affected by suicide out of the darkness and give them the opportunity to help others.

Atlas Legal Services, PLLC Attorneys

Atlas Legal Services, PLLC, is a Fargobased business law firm that specializes in the establishment and management of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and business transition services. We offer the best of both worlds: a friendly, local firm service philosophy with national reach and expertise. Our clients include businesses of all sizes and are found in locations throughout the United States. Atlas Legal Services is unique among business transition lawyers, offering customized and comprehensive support for ESOPs.

Find all #FMWFMembers at our online directory at 18  THE BRIDGE

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Bright Futures Learning Center-Prairie Groves

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Bright Futures Learning Center is designed for children 6 weeks to 12 years old and offers the advantages of a small group setting with the benefits of regular wider group interaction through excellent playgroup facilities. We offer developmental and educational activities specified to your child’s age and individual needs. Our commitment is to provide you and your child with the best in child care and education.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota offers services for people with epilepsy and seizures across Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. Our programs educate, connect and empower individuals and families throughout their epilepsy journey. Additionally, one-toone support is available through our information services program for all seizure and epilepsy-related questions. Child Care

Core Property Group Real Estate - Commercial/Industrial

Our company name comes from our belief that you must take care of your foundation or core. We take this idea from a proven concept in fitness-any professional trainer will tell you that to improve your fitness level and to get stronger, you must develop a strong core. Without core strength, you can’t expect success. Our core strength is our team. With over 25 years of combined experience in the Fargo-Moorhead commercial real estate market, we are well-networked and in tune with our community. Our insight into the latest local developments combined with our market knowledge help you make the best decision and get the ideal property or space to meet your needs.

Drain Services Incorporated Contractors - Plumbing Referred by Brian Meckler, Meckler Marketing Consulting

We offer residential, commercial, industrial and municipal pipe laying and lining to Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. While we are well versed in traditional utility excavation, we excel at forming new and unique trenchless underground utility repair and replacement methods. We have all of the latest, state of the art equipment that allows us to repair and/ or replace broken sewer lines with minimal disruption to your property. Utilizing Ridgid sewer cameras and Schwalm sewer robots, we are able to surgically locate the deficiency in your underground infrastructure. Health Care Services

Green Therapy Center Wellness

Fargo’s locally owned, locally sourced premium CBD store. Your complete health and wellness store.

Headwaters Strategic Succession Consulting, LLC Financial Consultants/Advisors

Professional exit planning for private business owners. Our purpose is maximizing business valuation in preparation for a strategic transition, business succession or retirement. Open the door to your ideal exit.

Locals Love Us Fargo Advertising

Locals Love Us Fargo provides a trustbased advertising program for local businesses that are voted the best in the area by the local residents. They distribute 35,000 directories throughout the community with 25,000 direct mailed to the most affluent ZIP codes annually.

Pioneer Promo Advertising - Promotional Products

At Pioneer Promo, it’s our job to make you look good, and create a lasting impression! Promotional products, branded with your logo, will catch the eye of potential customers and express appreciation to those who have been with you for years. With connections to thousands of manufacturers and suppliers, we are able to source just about any item you can think of, and have it custom imprinted with your logo.

This program is excellent preparation for both the business and clinical aspects of working in a healthcare environment. – Cody Nirschl, MBA Healthcare Management, Logistics Technician, Sanford Health

Begin Your Transformation Elevate Your Business Career Advance your business career through MSU Moorhead’s high-value, online graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates. Paseka School of Business programs are AACSBaccredited with exceptionally trained and responsive faculty with real-world business experience. Take flexible, affordable and convenient classes that fit with your life.



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Find the business program that will advance your career: Minnesota State University Moorhead is an equal opportunity educator and employer and is a member of the Minnesota State system.


Bright Futures Learning Center

Elite Steering Driving School

2511 53rd Avenue South, Fargo



Nature of the North

Northland PACE

814 Center Avenue, Suite 3, Moorhead

2731 12th Avenue South, Fargo



Thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for donating a sweet treat to each of our ribbon cuttings!

Vanna Adventure Vans GRAND OPENING

1710 26th Street South, Unit E, Moorhead

Congrats to these members for celebrating the following milestone Chamber anniversaries this month! 25 YEARS



Burdick Job Corps Center MainStay Suites of Fargo Network Center, Inc. Nexus-PATH Family Healing North Dakota Department of Commerce 20  THE BRIDGE

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Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra West Acres Pharmacy 15 YEARS

Candlewood Suites NDSU Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. El Zagal Temple McCulley Optix Gallery North Dakota Living North Dakota Trade Office Staybridge Suites


EDGECRAFT IMA | Healthcare Matt’s Automotive Service Center Vaultas Data Centers Wells Fargo Advisors


Dixon Insurance, Inc. Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors, Inc. M.J. Capelli Northern Plains Label Power Plate Meals Puzzled Escape Rooms Roll-A-Ramp SESVanderHave WoodSpring Suites Vocational Training Center South University

COMPANY NEWS A&B Business Solutions Ricoh Circle of Excellence Service Award A&B Business is honored to announce the achievement of being recognized in the 2021 Ricoh Family Group ‘(RFG) Circle of Excellence.’ Ricoh’s Director of Dealer Services, Chris DeMars explains this prestigious recognition, “This program is designed by Ricoh for the purpose of recognizing dealerships who provide outstanding service and support in accordance with Ricoh’s guidelines.” In addition to this designation and award, A&B Business Corporate Trainer, Dennis Dunn, achieved the high honor of Prestige Certification.

Doosan Bobcat awarded LEED Gold certification for North America headquarters

Moorhead Youth Hockey Partners with MAP South Hockey Moorhead Youth Hockey is excited to announce a partnership with MAP South Hockey to form the True North Warriors AAA Hockey Club, which will serve the Red River Valley and surrounding communities. MAP South Hockey is located in Mendota Heights just south of St. Paul and has been a leader in providing off season hockey training for the past 15 years. The True North Warriors Club’s purpose is to provide athletes in our area the opportunity to train and compete alongside other top players and to be challenged and mentored by elite coaches with progressive training.

National accreditation extended for NDSU School of Pharmacy North Dakota State University’s School of Pharmacy in the College of Health Professions has received an extended full accreditation for eight years, the maximum term allowed from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education through June 2028.

Global compact equipment leader Doosan Bobcat North America announced it was awarded LEED® Gold certification for the remodel and expansion of its corporate headquarters building located at 250 East Beaton Drive in West Fargo. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence. Achieving the gold certification, the second highest rating available, makes the Doosan Bobcat facility one of 12 structures in the state of North Dakota to achieve LEED Gold and the second Doosan Bobcat building in the state to earn LEED recognition.

Accreditation extended for NDSU College of Business North Dakota State University’s College of Business announced it received a confirmation of extension of accreditation for five years from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 5% of business schools in higher education worldwide receives AACSB accreditation. NDSU’s College of Business has been accredited by the AACSB since 2001.


































New Hires & Promotions Anne Carlsen Center

Michael Meyer, Chief Development Officer

Essentia Health

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties Christian Cakebread, REALTOR® Shawna Willson, REALTOR®

Jennifer Henry, CNP, Internal Medicine Chelsea Reich, PA, Occupational Medicine-West Fargo Dr. Thomas Sawyer, Cardiovascular Anesthesiology Koree Vivatson, NP, Walk-in care

Burian & Associates

FM Area Foundation

Jordan Prazak, Project Engineer

CCRI, Inc.

Clare Garberg (Retired RN), New Board Member Shawn Peterson (Liberty Business Systems), New Board Member

Fredrikson & Byron

Abigale R. Griffin, Associate


Erica Rapp, Project Manager

Eide Bailly LLP

Elise Kainz, Partner, Tax Dustin Long, Partner, Assurance Alexis Odden, Partner, Assurance


Matt Leiseth, New Board Member

April 2021

Harmon Entertainment

Joe Johnson, Entertainment Director Anthony Lamb, Equipment Manager

Houston Engineering, Inc. Gregg Thielman, President and CEO

KLJ Engineering

Lanny Harris, Vice President, Energy and Natural Resource


Spectrum Aeromed Chad Kost, President

SW&L Attorneys

Marshall Hogue, Attorney

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The Village Family Service Center Anthony Hebert, Development Officer Matthew Rask, EAP Counselor

Valley Premier Bank

Jon Becker, Business Banker Tori Burns, Teller Supervisor Tammy Flaten, Vice President Robby Lundbohm, Vice President Kari Skauge, Compliance Officer

Wallwork Financial Corporation Kelly Geiger, General Manager

Widmer Roel

Brody Engen, Tax Associate

Awards & Designations Bell Bank

Matt Bushard, senior wealth advisor, American Bankers Association 40 Under 40 in Wealth Management, Class of 2021

Collins and Krank | Raymond James

Brien P. Krank, Financial Advisor, 2021 Leaders Council Member


Julie Ketterling, assistant professor of practice, North Dakota Nursing Students’ Association State Nurse Educator of the Year

Want to see yourself here? Email your company or people news to us at or visit Please note: All submissions are published two months after they are received.

Widmer Roel

Tanner Sakrismo, AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Certificate II



Kindred, ND MAYOR:

Jason Dubord CITY AUDITOR:



The village of Kindred was founded in 1880 and named after the owner of the townsite, William S. Kindred, who had purchased the land from the Northern Pacific Railroad. The railroad was built in 1880. Kindred was incorporated as a village on March 9, 1920, and became a city in 1949 when the mayor-council form of government was adopted. Kindred began as an agricultural community and that tradition continues today. While agriculture still plays a large part in Kindred’s economy and culture, the community continues to grow and expand in various sectors.

What kind of growth have you seen in your community? Kindred has experienced much growth in recent years. Kindred’s close proximity to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area has made it an enviable location—the small town feel everyone loves, yet still close to a vast network of employment opportunities. Kindred Public Schools is consistently one of the highest ranked school districts in the state. Due to the rapid consistent growth in recent years, a new high school was built in 2014 and initial planning is currently underway for possible construction of a new middle school.


April 2021

In 2006, the state’s first and only Airpark housing development, Newport Ridge, was created in Kindred. Newport Ridge now boasts 70 homes (30 in the last three years alone) and is still growing, as new phases of development are continually being developed. Kindred’s business future looks bright! Kindred City Council recently adopted a Renaissance Development Zone. MLGC, a high-speed broadband, television, and phone services company, is expanding its presence in Kindred as well, not only in terms of services by offering 5 gig fiberoptic services, but physically too by relocating some of their warehouse and office spaces.

What makes your community unique? Kindred’s motto “where kindness is a way of life,” while perhaps not entirely unique to small-town North Dakota, is truly evident when visiting our town.

What issues are city leadership paying close attention to? City leaders are working hard to foresee growth and infrastructure needs. Kindred completed a new water tower project in 2019 and is currently overseeing the relocation and construction of a new wastewater treatment stabilization pond. City leaders are also focused on growing and strengthening the business footprint in Kindred. Kindred has had tremendous residential growth which city leaders hope will help to build on Kindred’s current business presence.

How do you partner with other communities? Kindred has a large school district, physically, which helps create kind of an extended small-town feel. Kindred is intertwined with its surrounding communities, such as Leonard, Walcott, and Davenport and provides an overlap of services, such as ambulance and fire services. Kindred most often, serves as a hub for school and summer activities.

What is one thing you most want others to know about your community? Kindred has ample resources to provide everything you expect in a small town and more. Kindred offers the staples–grocery store, restaurant, gas station, parks & recreation, numerous churches– but also provides some special extras. Kindred offers one of the best schools in the state and the town provides an overwhelming sense of community. We look out for each other in ways you don’t get in every community.


Let our experts help you custom-design an employee benefits package that works for you today and helps you get to where you want to be tomorrow. Let’s get started on your employee benefits plan.

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8 Questions Your Organization Must Be Able to Answer By Patrick Metzger, PM and Associates

As a Professional EOS Implementer®, I work firsthand with businesses every day that are trying to get everyone on the same page and moving in the same direction. A much easier task said than done, right? The primary necessity to accomplishing this, however, is getting all employees from top to bottom in the organization seeing and hearing the same game plan, as well as using the same playbook to execute it. And believe it or not, this doesn’t need to be a complex process, nor should it be found within an enormous strategic planning binder busting at the seams that nobody cares about or looks at. The clients I work with through the EOS Process® accomplish creating a unified vision, voice and plan by clarifying and crystallizing their business on a two-page document that we refer to as the V/TO™, or Vision/ Traction Organizer™. Simply, it’s a series of eight questions that once fully answered provide ultimate clarity, effective communication and a bulletproof plan that comes to life within your organization. They are…

1. What are our Core Values?

5. What is our 3-Year Picture™?

2. What is our Core Focus™?

6. What is our 1-Year Plan?

3. What is our 10-Year Target™?

7. What are our Rocks?

4. What is our Marketing Strategy?

8. What are our Issues?

Before you put more focus on the external facing component of your business, remember that long-term and sustained growth is sparked from the inside out. It starts with organizational clarity, communication and confidence. I highly encourage you to start with these eight questions, take a strong look in the mirror and see where your business is at internally and that you first have all your employees on the same page with who you are, what you’re about and where you’re going.

About the author Patrick Metzger is the CEO and founder of PM and Associates, as well as one of less than 450 professional EOS implementers worldwide. He and his team help businesses across the nation get the most out of their organizations and people by helping get everyone on the same page and executing the company vision, as well as by creating healthier, more cohesive and higher functioning leadership teams. Patrick also hosts the Patrick Metzger Show Podcast. Visit patrick-metzger. com for more information or to set up a free consultation with your leadership team. 26  THE BRIDGE

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Read the full version of this guest article on The Chamber blog at Are you a Chamber member and want to submit your own guest post? Find guidelines and instructions on the “write for us” button at

Apply to speak at a Chamber event! Go ahead; take the stage! If you can command a crowd and have a success story, great idea or proven strategy you’d like to share, tell us by submitting an application to speak at a Chamber event! We’re looking for presenters at our Business Training and Women Connect programs for the 2021–22 fiscal year. We welcome experienced speakers and brand-new voices alike.


• Passionate professionals interested in sharing their expertise with others • Interactive and energetic presentations with practical takeaways • Innovative ideas and strategies around leadership, skill development, workplace topics or women’s empowerment Applications and nominations are due by May 31 to be considered for the 2021–22 calendar of events. Applications are now open at

Nurturing Abilities, Achieving Dreams. How are you doing?

CHI Friendship is a nonprofit organization that supports people with disabilities. We provide the full spectrum of developmental disability services which include individualized comprehensive residential and vocational supports, allowing for full community participation. Thank you to the community for embracing our mission by supporting all people to have meaningful employment, integrated environments, and community inclusion.

You can get involved with CHI Friendship by volunteering, donating and/or applying for employment.

801 Page Drive in Fargo

Apply on-line at

Supporting People with Disabilities

(701) 235-8217

LET’S CHECK IN Scheduling a wellness visit is a simple, easy way to take care of yourself. Whether it’s face–to–face or virtually, we’re committed to providing the right care for you.




2020 Fraser Festival of Trees

What is one thing you most want others to know about ABM? We have been honored to serve our customers for 50 years and are excited to see what the next 50 years holds! We care about our communities and customers, and understand how important efficiency, effectiveness and trust are. That is why we do our best to stand to the highest moral standard. As employee-owners, every staff member has a vested interest in making sure the customer is completely satisfied.

What makes your business unique? • Own and operate our own leasing company • 100% ND local • We service the entire state of ND as well as parts of MN, SD, and MT

What’s best about doing business in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo? • Loyal community • Small and local business community sticks together; floods, pandemics, or celebrations • We remember people are just human and put others first

What do you like about being a member of The Chamber? The Chamber is such a fantastic onestop-shop for businesses, community members, employees/employers and new-to-towners alike to come together, find out information about what’s going on, ways to learn and more. It’s such an asset to the area to keep the economy supporting one another, and they’re a champion in our corner promoting a pro-business community in the FMWF area. —Nicole Polejewski Marketing Coordinator


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Company history 1971 – Began business 1996 – Celebrated 25 years


April 2021

2000 – ABM acquires OMF (statewide) 2012 – Became an ESOP 2021 – Celebrating 50 years

Program & Event Sponsors Thank you to all of our sponsors that make The Chamber regular events and programs possible.









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Bremer Bank  |  Choice Bank First Western Bank & Trust Houston Engineering  |  KLJ Engineering Midwest Radio of Fargo Moorhead Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moore Engineering  |  ROERS Super Studio  |  Ulteig Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.


Bell Bank  |  Choice Bank Eventide Senior Living Communities First Western Bank & Trust   |  Gate City Bank Microsoft  |  M State  |  Office Sign Company Otter Tail Corporation  |  Rasmussen College Sanford Health  |  Vogel Law Firm  |  WDAY Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  |  Western State Bank WEX Health, Inc. EVENT PRODUCTION SPONSOR









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As a North Dakota-based company, Nodak Insurance Company has been proudly serving the state’s residents for 75 years. We’re not just agents. We’re friends and neighbors. More importantly, we’re agents with answers. Our values set us apart as we strive for excellence with an honest, quality-focused work ethic. At Nodak Insurance, we continue to rise to any occasion to meet the needs of our customers with competitive products and superior service. Thank you for letting us deliver answers for every generation.