February 2021 vol. 24 no. 6
Economic Impacts of the 2020 Election Rob Engstromâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; Founder, Wolfe Street Partners
and Chief Political Strategist, American Bankers Association
North Dakota and Minnesota's Economy Ron Wirtzâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; Regional Outreach Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
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CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2021
State of the Cities event highlights
ChamberChoice applications are open! 2021 Economic Outlook event details City spotlight: Harwood, ND Member profile: Vogel Law Firm
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Letter from Leadership CHAMBER NEWS
Membership Matters Chamber Faces CHAMBER EVENTS
Upcoming Events PROGRAM UPDATES
Agribusiness Leadership FMWF YPN: Nominate a One to Watch MEMBER NEWS
New Members Anniversaries Company News Ribbon Cuttings People News GUEST ARTICLES
• Episode 8: New year, new Chamber vision with Shannon Full
Shannon Full brings over 20 years of experience as new president and CEO of our Chamber. Listen in as she shares her experience and the vision she brings to her role here, as well as the strengths, challenges and opportunities she’s found in our community. Listen at fmwfchamber.com/podcast.
member spotlight • Eide Bailly
Eide Bailly was named number 10 for Best Internships for Diversity with Respect to Women. With a successful internship program that sees almost 200 individuals annually, watch this video to learn how they accomplish this, and how culture ties in to workforce retention and recruitment. Watch at fmwfchamber.com/member-spotlight.
Board of Directors
The Chamber promotes economic growth and prosperity for business and its members through leadership in advocacy, education and engagement
Sandi Piatz Microsoft Chair
Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Airport Chair Elect
Peter Stenehjem First International Treasurer Bank & Trust
The Chamber is the leader in ensuring the growth and prosperity of our regional business and members
Roger Reierson Flint Group Agribusiness
Patti Cosgriff Northwestern Bank Ambassador Public Relations
Dean Krogen 702 Communications
Tom Dawson Dawson Insurance
Ambassador Member Relations
Jodi Duncan Flint Group
Wyatt Johnson John Deere Business Training Electronic Solutions
Immediate Past Chair Member at Large
Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group
Louise Dardis Retired educator Education
Dan Cash Midwest Radio of Fargo Moorhead
Brian Shawn Midco
Kyle Dorow Essentia Health
• Establish the region as a full-service metropolitan marketplace.
Mike Dragosavich Spotlight
Trevor Mathew Choice Bank Professionals of Color
Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly LLP Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company
• Be a bold voice for business through strong thought leadership and a rich policy agenda.
Kara Jorvig Allegro Group Mark Nisbet Xcel Energy Tami Norgard Vogel Law Firm
• Build a place of belonging to best serve members’ interests.
Brittany Sachdeva Sanford Health
Tim Flakoll Tri-College University Public Policy
Kirsten Jensen Minnesota State Women Connect University Moorhead Celine Francisco Choice Bank
Young Professionals Network
Joanna Slominski Mortenson
Chamber Staff Shannon Full
President & CEO @FMWFShannon
Business Development Manager @FMWFDarren
Manager of Communications & Marketing @FMWFAmanda
Professional Development Coordinator @FMWFAlyssa
Public Policy & Workforce Development Coordinator @FMWFMason
VP of Finance & Operations @FMWFJim
Events Coordinator @FMWFBobbiJo
Government Affairs & Advocacy Manager @FMWFKatie
Manager of Membership @FMWFCasey
Marketing Design Coordinator @FMWFDarin
Mara Fossum Marketing Assistant @FMWFMara
Membership & Advertising Sales Manager @FMWFTracyM
Director of Events and Programs @FMWFTracyP
Member Relations Coordinator @FMWFMickayla
Office Administrator @FMWFJulieY
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A note from the President Regional collaboration is key to our success As I write this, we have just wrapped up the 2021 State of the Cities— my first signature event with this Chamber. I am so impressed and inspired by the leadership of our local officials in both the public and private sector, by the talent of our team, by the support of our sponsors and by the level of engagement from about 500 virtual attendees. So many of you asked insightful questions and participated in the live polls to share the issues that mattered most to you. Thank you. This event serves as a reminder of the importance of embracing a metro mentality. As a bi-state region made up of multiple communities, we really are in it together. We grow together, thrive together, and lift up and challenge each other. When one of us wins, we all win. When we work together, we can accomplish so much more. I have already seen the diverse range of talents and thought leaders making up this metro, and I believe we are poised well for success. Our mayors all talked extensively about the collaborations happening among our cities’ leadership. At The Chamber, we are also passionately exploring even more opportunities for partnership. Live polls at the event revealed that workforce and talent was the top issue our business community saw as our region’s biggest challenge. It’s an issue we know many of you are feeling, and one we are ready to tackle. My vision is to establish strategic collaborations between business and education, to develop programs to support our workforce, to attract and retain top talent in our community, to be competitive and economically strong, and to share the message about the liveable, workable and vibrant neighborhoods that make up our community. We can be that catalyst for growth and prosperity. A few initiatives are already in the works, and we will have more to share with you soon. We must bring everyone to the table to solve our community's challenges and see real change begin to happen. When we embrace a metro mentality and make decisions as a region – one not divided by sides of an aisle or a river—incredible things will begin to happen. I must give credit to the employers and institutions addressing these issues. Great strides have been made already, and they will pave the way for continued growth. I am so excited to work alongside all of you.
President & CEO Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce
Chamber members’ COVID-19 vaccination plans As COVID-19 continues to change and affect our businesses, we wanted to hear from you about what the outlook looks like as we begin to look ahead to the vaccine. We conducted an anonymous survey in early January to Chamber members. Here’s what respondents said.
(A summary of the top five responses)
Organization size: 1–10 . . . . . . . 33%
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11–99 . . . . . . 42% 100–250 . . . . . 9% 250–500 . . . . . 2%
500–999 . . . . . 5% Over 1,000 . . . . 9%
Do you plan to require your employees to receive the Covid-19 vaccine? Yes
Do you plan to, or would you consider, hosting Covid vaccination events at your workplace? Yes
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2. Not unless it becomes a requirement across the entire state. 3. No disciplinary actions. However, an additional release may be used and kept on file. 4. Cannot make mandatory. Those who refuse may be asked to test more frequently and use additional PPE precautionary measures than other employees who are vaccinated. 5. No disciplinary actions, but may be required to work from home.
What other plans are you making as an organization for the future, taking into account the vaccination, reopening, remote work, etc.? Do you have any concerns? (A summary of the top five responses)
1. A preparedness plan to be able to swiftly transition to remote work 2. Practice all safety precautions provided by the CDC and state 3. Financial concerns around recovery and continued PPE costs 4. Concern around consumer confidence in the safety of our workplaces (serviceoriented businesses) 5. Concern around overall uncertainty; immediate plans continue to use sanitizer, barriers, distance, masks, etc.
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2021 Directory and Public Policy Guides available online View these and more at fmwfchamber.com/publications.
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The Chamber staff— Meet your Operations team
VP of Finance & Operations Years with The Chamber: 21
Office Administrator Years with The Chamber: 10 (plus 2 with the West Fargo Chamber before the merger!)
Over the past 20 years, I have had the opportunity to do about every job at The Chamber in some capacity, with the exception of writing. I am fairly confident that is something no one would want me to do here. But now that our Chamber has hired Shannon, I am happy to be back in my regular role after serving as interim CEO for nearly a year. I oversee many facets of The Chamber’s operations, from payroll and accounting, to HR and IT, facilities management, setting our yearly budget and helping with our strategic planning, to name a few.
What do you love about your role? I enjoy getting to learn about and be a part of the great things happening in our community that I have been a part of for the past 40 years. I also really like helping other people solve their problems, so my role at The Chamber is great because I can be a resource for the rest of our staff.
How else are you involved around the community? I belong to the West Fargo Exchange Club and am on the West Fargo EDAC advisory board. Most of all, I enjoy coaching my son’s sports teams.
What are a few fun facts you can share about yourself? I actually enjoy snow blowing, and even blow half of the backyard for our dogs. Apparently, I must make a fairly good chili cheese dip since I am volunteered to bring it at every staff potluck.
Why would you recommend businesses or professionals get involved in The Chamber? There are many professional development opportunities we offer, whether you’re seeking professional growth or business connection. We have an amazing business community here, and the more that get involved, the stronger our community becomes. As Craig Whitney used to say, we can do more together!
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I am kind of a jack of all trades in the office. I get to be one of The Chamber’s initial voices when answering phone calls or greeting walkin visitors. I also work with accounts payable and receivable, provide business services, coordinate vendors and printing jobs, update our members’ information and maintain our database, and assist my co-workers. I’ve also been called the copy machine whisperer!
What do you love about your role? My strongest asset is my passion for customer service. I am a firm believer in providing the best for everyone that reaches out or needs our help. I love that I am able to utilize that skill every day, whether on the phone, in an email or in person at our programs and events. It makes me happy to know when I have been able to assist our members with their Chamber business matters, as well as community members who consistently reach out for assistance.
How else are you involved around the community? I am very involved in our church at Blessed Sacrament in West Fargo. Currently, I am back teaching pre-k and kindergarten on Sunday mornings.
What are a few fun facts you can share about yourself? I am a huge animal lover, and I actually have a unique hidden talent. I have a turkey call and have been known to talk with those in our parking lot and get responses (this put me on the Jay Thomas show!). I also have a great whistle that has led to baby birds thinking I’m their mom. I enjoy crafting too, which leads me to helping with many of the centerpieces you see at our signature events.
Why would you recommend others get involved in The Chamber? The Chamber takes pride in our mission to promote economic growth and prosperity for the metro’s businesses and our members. Whether you are an entry level employee or a top executive, we offer trainings, programs and advocacy to help our businesses grow. It is amazing how much is gained through connections—every program and event we put on provides an opportunity to expand on building business relationships and a foundation of support. The Chamber is not just an office of people running it; it is you, your business and our metro community.
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Member of the Business Leaders Taskforce for Permanent Flood Protection. I especially enjoy the Eggs & Issues breakfasts, both from what I learn from the presentations and discussion, but I love beyond measure the rich discussions before and after the presentations.
What would you like others to know about your committee? Any member of The Chamber can participate in the Public Policy committee. The committee has something for everyone. Issue surveys, public policy presentations and our role with producing great Eggs & Issues events. We provide leadership on issues vital to the success of the business community. The topics we cover include long-standing priorities such as a fair tax climate, flood control, high-quality education and reasonable regulations, but the topics are as diverse as the community we represent. No matter what side of the political aisle, or side of the river you are on, The Chamber is working for you. Fresh ideas and vigorous discussions and deliberations can and do change public policy.
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What do you like most about being involved with The Chamber? The ability to interact with business and thought leaders to build a better tomorrow. The Chamber is an incubator of ideas, a go-to resource, a vital voice leading with wellarticulated solutions.
What is the best professional advice you have ever received? 1. Hire smart people with cando attitudes who believe in the mission of the company. 2. Don’t let time make decisions, don’t be paralyzed by fear and always push the envelope. 3. Always be looking to add kleos to your business and the people you work with. 4. When you work together with people to form a solution, always back their play, even when it turns out bad.
What do you do for fun? I enjoy traveling, as those are great learning experiences. When you uncouple and relax your brain, it tends to open up passages and produce some of the most creative ideas you can have. In my spare time, I am often found working in my flower garden, making stained glass pieces and watching sports, especially baseball and football.
I have been in healthcare finance for just over 27 years. I began my career at Essentia Health in March of 1993 as a staff accountant, and now serve as the vice president of finance, a position I have held since 2009.
What do you like best about serving on The Chamber board? It has been important and rewarding for me to support The Chamber in its overall mission to promote the economic growth and prosperity for business and its members. One of the functions The Chamber serves in its mission that I find particularly rewarding is its advocacy related to important issues impacting our members and communities.
What do you do for fun when you’re not working? I enjoy lake activities, hunting, fishing, golfing and various athletic activities with my wife and four grown children.
What’s your best piece of advice for future leaders? Surround yourself with and be open to learning from a diverse group of business executives and leaders. As your career grows, hire strong employees, empower them, and support their learning and growth. Give back to your community and co-workers and endeavor to find work/ life balance for a long productive career.
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Area mayors talk challenges, successes at 2021 State of the Cities Challenges, opportunities, growth, goals and successes from the past year were discussed by our area’s mayors at January’s State of the Cities event. Xcel Energy’s Tony Grindberg emceed. Our local leaders discussed everything from pandemic response and impact, taxes, infrastructure and area amenities, diversity and inclusion initiatives, career workforce academies, flood protection, and opportunities for collaboration. Read on for some of the highlights from each city.
Mayor Chad Olson
Mayor Johnathan Judd
Mayor Olson described new commercial projects happening in Dilworth’s rail district, noting its moniker after the city’s history with a connection to the railroad. He called out the Silver Spike Restaurant, high-density housing along Highway 10, and the Keystone development. Speaking to just one collaborative effort, Olson talked about the investments made with federal dollars to increase funding in metro area transit, which makes Dilworth more accessible and gives greater opportunity to its residents. New priorities include creating building code regulations that puts Minnesota “on par with our cross-river neighbors by making housing more affordable,” as well as expanding border cities legislation to include property tax relief and business-employee relief to level the playing field, “and would have long-lasting positive impacts for neighboring cities across the river.”
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“We have a lot going on in the city, and we need to be more bold in advertising that,” Mayor Judd commented, mentioning the RiverHaven and Armory event centers. He described the three core values of Moorhead as arts, academics and athletics, and is looking at the possibilities that a local option sales tax would provide to further enhance and keep Moorhead “on top of being an arts and cultural epicenter for the region.” Speaking to the FM Area Diversion, Judd said that he is very proud and happy to see that what was dividing our community, is now helping us come together for a successful project.
Mayor Tim Mahoney
Mayor Kory Peterson
Mayor Bernie Dardis
Mayor Mahoney described Fargo’s five strong initiatives—nurturing the heart of our community, working for you, accomplishing big things, striving for everyday excellence, and leading the region. Learn more about these in the city’s video and webpage at FargoND.gov/Strong2021. Mahoney also discussed livable neighborhoods, the 64th Avenue overpass project, connectivity on the city’s south side, supporting the workforce academy, a new sports complex project in collaboration with the parks, a soon-to-be-built stormwater pond, as well as excitement over the FM Diversion being full-steam ahead to protect our metro. Referencing headlines such as our region being the hottest job market in the country and best place to start a career, and crediting our people as the reason, he said: “This new Fargo, one that has changed considerably over the last few decades, is better because of this evolution. We can sell this community, and we can sell the metro, and we will attract people, and that is what we all want.”
Live poll results Which of these do you see as the biggest challenges impacting our community? Art & Entertainment - Offerings 6% Infrastructure - Permanent Flood Protection 16% Housing - Affordability 18% Child Care - Availability and Affordability 12% Wellness - Behavioral & Mental Health 15% Business Climate - Taxes & Regulation 10% Workforce - Attraction & Retainment 24%
As a city on the grow, Mayor Peterson reported that Horace had 92 housing permits last year, compared to about 20 four years ago. Mentioning that infrastructure can be a challenge to keep up with growth, they are looking at improvements to the city’s water, sewer and road, and decomissioning lagoons. Peterson described a group that was formed four years ago called “Envision Horace.” Citizens got together to plan for the future and help build Horace’s identity. He gave much credit to the schools as a big arena for play for the area, and the migration from a bedroom community to a small urban town.
Mayor Dardis discussed the growth and development in downtown West Fargo, as well as several new multi-use buildings along Sheyenne Street, and the Red River Water Supply. He gave credit to new police chief Denis Otterness, whom he called “an outstanding leader” and described the commitment to community engagement across law enforcement and schools. Dardis talked about assessing the community and a new focus on diversity, inclusion and culture. He also shared about opportunities to help the disadvantaged, saying “As elected officials, we have to address the inequities that are there, inequities that are broadbased, from homelessness to feeding people to the like.”
With both Minnesota and North Dakota facing expected deficits as they build a budget for the 2021–23 biennium, what approach(es) do you think they should take? Increase taxes 6% Decrease spending 36% Develop new forms of revenue (marijuana, gambling, etc.) 40% All of the above 19%
In addition to the mayors’ presentations and live polling, attendees got the opportunity to ask questions of their own. We thank all of our attendees, sponsors and elected officials for their support of this event.
Application information The ChamberChoice Awards recognize the best of the best when it comes to businesses in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area. These organizations make a significant impact, drive economic growth and help make this region a better place to work, live and do business. Winners exemplify excellence through proven growth or stability, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements. Learn more and apply at fmwfchamber.com.
Apps are open February 8 to March 5!
ChamberChoice Awards 2021 Categories and criteria In order to become a candidate for an award, you must meet the required criteria and complete the application online. You can still apply even if you weren’t nominated!
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BEST PLACE TO WORK
This award recognizes the incredible impact businesses have on their local economies and how they give back. Must have more than 25 FTEs; must be a privately held, for-profit organization; in business for three or more years; current member in good standing; with proven stability or growth, ethical business practices and community leadership.
This award honors employers that invest in the development of young professionals (YPs) and offer exemplary work environments. They must employ YPs who are defined as under 40 years old; open to all businesses, including notfor-profit and for-profit that supports total YP development.
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
This award celebrates the small businesses that are the backbone of our communities. They have 25 or fewer FTEs; must be a privately held, for-profit organization; in business for three or more years; current member in good standing; with proven stability or growth, ethical business practices and community leadership.
This new award honors companies as ‘rising stars’ due to the actual or potential growth of its business, innovative products or services, and outstanding commitment to its employees and community. Company must be in business three years or less.
NOT-FOR-PROFIT OF THE YEAR This award recognizes the role that non-profits play in the success of our communities and the needs and people that they serve. Must be a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit as defined by IRS standards in the FMWF community.
RESILIENT BUSINESS AWARD This new award recognizes a business that has overcome significant obstacles, pivoted making alterations in its business structure and function, and/or courageously tried something new and different while maintaining continuous business operations. This business will have quickly acted to reinvent its business model and shown resiliency in the face of adversity.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AWARD This new award recognizes a business that has made an impactful commitment and visible effort to embrace diversity and inclusion in their workplace and the community. This business will be able to demonstrate their organizational practices are inclusive of all people no matter that person’s race, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE All ChamberChoice applicants from every category are eligible for the People’s Choice award. Chamber members and the public will vote on the winner after all candidates are announced.
Find the full criteria and submission guidelines at fmwfchamber.com/chamberchoice-categories.
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Awards allow you to tell your story and build trusted brand recognition.
a personalized award to display in their office.
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“We are so honored that our community awarded us 2020 Business of the Year. I would encourage anyone interested to apply for the ChamberChoice awards. Being recognized by your home community is something that cannot be duplicated with other business awards and it is something we will cherish, as a company, for years to come.” — Kimberly Pigeon, BNG Team
Don’t take our word for it! Here’s what past winners said about applying.
“We took the ChamberChoice nomination as an opportunity to celebrate Sagency's progress. Our team found value in quantifying and articulating our impact as part of the process. We know we are making a big difference in helping leaders, teams and organizations achieve their greatness. But, winning the Small Business of the Year award was more affirming than expected. Over the last year, community members continue to mention it as a significant achievement. The additional interest the award created will continue to be valuable for us.”
“On behalf of our staff
and the many senior citizens we serve, we are so thankful to be recognized. With the challenges of providing services during the pandemic, including a 20% increase in the need for Meals on Wheels, it gave our staff a needed shot in the arm for all of the great work they do! It also provided recognition throughout the community, which helped us to attract more volunteers to assist with meal delivery and even helped to generate donations for our program.”
— Shannon Lang, Valley Senior Services, 2020 Not-for-Profit of the Year
“Applying for a Chamber Choice award is something you will not regret. We were grateful for all of the people who selected Friendship in the voting process, and it was encouraging to know the services we provide are appreciated by so many in our community. The entire process brought more exposure to Friendship and boosted employee morale. Thank you, Chamber of Commerce!”
—Dori Leslie, CHI Friendship, 2020 People’s Choice
Save the date for the luncheon Friday, May 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Delta by Marriott, to celebrate business in our community and find out who wins in each category!
— Mike Meagher, Sagency PRESENTED BY
2021 Economic Outlook
Thursday, February 18 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Livestream The 2021 Economic Outlook is an opportunity to learn about global economic trends and examine the local landscape and factors that keep us competitive, with a look to the future and analysis of what businesses need to know. This year we are thrilled to welcome two experts sharing their insights and perspectives into two recent events affecting us all: the 2020 elections and COVID pandemic.
Marshal Albright President/CEO Cass County Electric Cooperative, Inc.
“Economic Impacts of the 2020 Election” Rob Engstrom, Founder, Wolfe Street Partners; Chief Political Strategist, American Bankers Association @RobEngstrom
The turbulence of the 2020 general election will undoubtedly affect our nation’s economy. Engstrom will lend his expert analysis and break down what all this means and what else to watch for.
In support of our local restaurants, all registrants will receive a $20 gift card included with their ticket!
“North Dakota and Minnesota’s Economy” Ron Wirtz, Regional Outreach Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis @RonWirtz
Using recent surveys by the Minneapolis Fed, as well as new, real-time metrics of economic activity, Wirtz will discuss the pandemic’s ongoing impact on firms, workers and the broader North Dakota and Minnesota economy.
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Voices of Vision Wednesday, August 25, 2021 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott This year marks the 11th anniversary of The Chamber's Voices of Vision event, and we’re pulling out all the stops. This year’s speaker is Admiral William McRaven, U.S. Navy veteran and author of Make Your Bed speaking on “Leadership and Risk Management: Taking Command.” If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Darren Dunlop at email@example.com or 218.359.0514.
2021 Chamber Challenge Golf Outing
Save the date!
July 21 | Edgewood Golf Course
Registrations open March 1 at 8 a.m. at fmwfchamber.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, contact Darren at 218.359.0514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business After Hours Thursday, April 8 | 4 to 6 p.m. Delta by Marriott Fargo Social distancing and limited capacity are at the top of the list to keep you safe. Three separate rooms will be open, with themes, vendors and amazing hors d’oeuvres in each. Join us and twist your way back into networking in person again! There will be a “passport-type” game for you in each room for a chance to win a prize.
Eggs & Issues FM Diversion: Progress and Priorities
Radically Candid Leadership: A New Approach to Management
Tuesday, February 2 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. | Livestream
Wednesday, February 10 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Livestream Believe it or not, it’s not so much about the role or even the compensation that results in employees moving on from their current positions. Ineffective communication, poor management and lack of trust are just a few reasons leaders and managers lose team members. So, as a supervisor, how can you tune in to your employees’ needs and desires while bringing out their best? At this session, learn about communication, motivation, growth plans, culture and more.
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Axe These Axioms: Break the Old Rules and Thrive as a Modern-Day Marketer Wednesday, March 10 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday Inn Fargo and livestream
By 2007, the way people interacted with content, technology and brands changed. Facebook was open to the general public. Google kept growing YouTube as the world’s second-largest search engine. Jason Jacobson Netflix started streaming content. And H2M we engaged with all this from a device that fits in our pocket. More than 10 years later, marketers and professional communicators still cling to rules and practices—axioms—from a different era, which continue to seem more distant every day. This presentation will refute several common marketing conventions still held by many.
Virtual Chamber 101 Connect. Engage. Maximize. Tuesday, February 16 | 4 p.m. | Virtual
Thursday, February 18 | 9 a.m. | Virtual 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 virtual discussion designed to share some of the great benefits of Chamber membership and what opportunities exist. Here, Casey Sanders, The Chamber’s manager of membership, will walk you through events, programs, discounts, online tools and more, so you can begin maximizing your membership right away.
Michael Howe District 22
Join us at February’s Eggs & Issues as we hear from the leaders of the FM Area Diversion Project. With construction underway, spring legislative sessions in both North Dakota and Minnesota, and a settlement agreement decided upon, there is so much to discuss about this large-scale flood protection project. Every month at Eggs & Issues, you can expect to hear from local experts sharing what you need to know about timely issues affecting us all.
Agriculture’s Economic Impact
Tuesday, March 2 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. | Courtyard by Marriott and livestream
The economies within our Fargo Moorhead West Fargo metro, communities up and down the Red River Valley and both Minnesota and North Dakota are heavily impacted by agriculture, but by how much? The phrase “agriculture is the backbone of our economy” is often said, but how do we know this? To what degree does the agriculture industry impact our state and local economies? Join us at this Eggs & Issues to hear from prominent leaders across various sectors of the agriculture industry as we answer these questions. This deep dive into agriculture and its true economic impact is sure to be one that you will not want to miss.
REGISTRATION Register for these events at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100. 16 THE BRIDGE
Ron Sorvaag District 45
UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Professionals of Color
Paralyzed by Perfect
Discuss, Connect & Reflect
Perfectionism has haunted Kelsey’s personal and professional life ever since she can remember. She has worked diligently to overcome her Kelsey Joy Buell fear of failure while still pursuing excellence, Kelsey Joy LLC and has learned simple strategies that have helped her in her personal and professional journey. At this session, she’ll share these with you! Learn easy steps to overcome a fear of failure, create your own definition of perfection, design your own imperfect story and add a rhythm to your perfect.
We are excited to highlight another podcast for our February Discuss, Connect & Reflect! For those of you who enjoy listening versus reading, this is a great opportunity for you to join in on the conversation!
Tuesday, February 23 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Livestream
Wednesday, February 17 | 1 to 2 p.m. | Zoom
Tales from a Recovering Jealous Female Tuesday, March 23 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Avalon Events Center and livestream
We hear and see a lot about women supporting other women. But there’s just something about the woman who appears to “have it all’ that can sometimes fill us with the green-eyed monster we don’t care to acknowledge. As a recovering jealous female, Nicole Turchin acknowledges the downward spiral Nicole Turchin BNG Team that can happen when women focus on pushing other females down instead of raising them up. At this session, Nicole will inspire you to recognize that a change in mindset and in life is possible, and how we can use others to become better leaders.
Please listen to Beyond the Choir: Bridge-Building For Change and come ready to discuss! Find the link to this episode at fmwfchamber.com.
Networking Before 9
Friday, February 26 | 8 to 9 a.m. | Zoom Join us for another Professionals of Color virtual Networking Before 9! Through utilizing Zoom’s breakout room options, you’ll be able to have multiple great conversations in smaller groups to get to know everyone on the call. This will be another networking event you won’t want to miss.
Young Professionals Network YPN Book Club: Podcast Edition: Side Hustle School Wednesday, February 24 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
Join YPN for our monthly book club. This month, we are switching things up again with a discussion around a podcast! Looking to earn some extra money? Wanting to pay of your student loans faster, or even save for a house?! Listen to any episode of Side Hustle School and join fellow young professionals for a conversation around the content, and…well, side hustles! Side Hustle School is a free podcast and can be streamed through iTunes or Spotify. Registration required.
SAVE THE DATE! YPN Book Club: Podcast Edition
Wednesday March 24 | 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Zoom | No cost | Registration required.
Join YPN for our monthly book club. This month, we are switching things up again with a discussion around a podcast! Stay tuned for more information on what podcast we will be discussing in March! Registrants will be sent link after registration.
YPN committees need you! Did you know that YPN is more than socials and trainings? There are several committees that assist with planning and executing everything YPN does! Did you know that involvement on a YPN committee is a great way to grow as a professional? Do you hope to serve on a board some day? Start with a YPN committee! These committees are a great way to understand how boards and committees work and allow to you to build experience in this space. There is no need to wait, join a committee today and start making an impact in this organization! Email Alyssa at email@example.com to get more information and start your involvement.
— Thank you to the sponsors that make these events and programs possible. Find them on page 29. —
All about Agribusiness
The Chamber’s Agribusiness committee serves as a collective voice for businesses and leaders to represent agriculture as a key industry across Fargo Moorhead West Fargo, and broader across the entire Red River Valley. The committee strives to educate and spread awareness of the impact of agriculture throughout the region. Recent Agribusiness committee meeting topics and speakers included: • Joe Heilman, Intelligent Agriculture Solutions • Dr. Rex Sun, NDSU’s Program for Precision Agriculture • Duane DeKrey, Red River Valley Water Supply Project • Tom Slunecka, Agriculture Innovation Campus • Daryl Ritchison, North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network
We have a number of great speakers and opportunities planned for future committee meetings. If you are interested in getting involved by joining the committee, contact Mason Rademacher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership class focuses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion January’s Leadership FMWF session focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The day started with the class viewing State of the Cities. After the virtual event, the class came together at the Holiday Inn and participated in the United Way’s Emerging Leaders Story Exchange, a program the United Way Emerging Leaders officially launched at the end of January. Thank you to Laura Gariano for facilitating this wonderful training! Then, the class had the opportunity to listen to a panel focused on Diversity and Inclusion. Thank you to our panelists for an engaging conversation: Tamara Uselman, Fargo Public Schools; Richelle McGregor, Vocational Training Center; Vince Kempf, Fargo Police Department; Trevor Mathew, Choice Bank; Kelsey Lubbers, Cardinal IG. The day ended with the participants participating in a Safe Zone + Allyship training, facilitated by Dana Bisignani, Minnesota State University Moorhead. Thank you to all of our participants and speakers for a day filled with wonderful conversation around a topic that has been at the forefront of many of our organizations.
About the YPN One to Watch Each quarter, a YPN member is selected through a nomination process to highlight an up-and-coming professional in the business community. This award is granted quarterly to a Young Professional Network member who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in their workplace, their community and with the YPN. We’re seeking nominations for Ones to Watch! Recipients will be featured in our monthly Bridge newsletter, on our social media outlets, Fargo INC! magazine, will receive a letter from Chamber leadership, a plaque and a complimentary ticket to a Business Training, Women Connect or Business After Hours event. Nominate the outstanding YP you know at fmwfchamber.com/ypn-one-to-watch. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa at email@example.com.
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Who can nominate? Anyone! Whether you are a YP and want to nominate a peer, or you're the supervisor of a YP superstar, or you just know someone pretty great, tell us about them!
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BANK DEPOSITS & MARKET SHARE Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo 2010 Deposits
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2020 Market Share
First International Bank
Choice Financial Group
Bank Forward Aspire Financial
Source: FDIC Summary of Deposits, June 30, 2020
Deposit and loan products are offered through Bell Bank, Member FDIC. Bell Insurance Services, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Bank. Products and services offered through Bell Insurance, Bell Investments, or Bell Bank Wealth Management are: Not FDIC insured | No Bank Guarantee | May lose value | Not a deposit | Not insured by any federal government agency.
NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the following businesses who have invested in joining The Chamber. We encourage all our members to do business with each other.
Unity Holdings, Inc
Dakota Molding of Fargo is a rotational molding manufacturer in engineered plastics industry. We are capable of developing and manufacturing products for a broad customer base, including clients in the agricultural, architectural, construction, communication, health care, industrial, transportation and recreational industries.
Unity Holdings, Inc. is a 100% employeeowned holding company based in Fargo. By virtue of our ownership, our team is both personally and financially invested in the work that we do. We take great pride in building strong relationships and providing long term solutions to our employees, customers and subsidiaries. Our current portfolio includes professional service industries.
Craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, life & wellness coaching. We aim to support the health and wellness of the entire family. Infants through adults can benefit from CST/MFR.
Find all our members with our online directory at fmwfchamber.com.
Life is for taking chances What do you live for? Success is about progress, and is founded on hard work. First International Bank & Trust can bear some of the load, taking the work out of managing your accounts. BANKING | MORTGAGE | INSURANCE* | TRUST & INVESTMENTS*
See Us First.
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See Us First. *Not FDIC or any federal agency insured | No bank guarantee | May lose value
CHAMBER ANNIVERSARIES Congrats to these members for celebrating the following milestone Chamber anniversaries this month! 25 Years
Barnesville Economic Development Authority
Appareo Systems, LLC
Harwood State Bank
Advanced Auto Body & Glass CITYSCAPES DEVELOPMENT LLC Kelly Inn Northern Pipe Products Wallwork Truck Center Wallwork Financial
Rebuilding Together Fargo Moorhead Area Inc. Red Chair Solutions SaveCoin The Shack on Broadway West Fargo Auto Body & Glass
5 Years Beans Coffee Bar
15 Years ICON Architectural Group Pierce Inc.
Collins and Krank / Raymond James Financial Services Ignite Chiropractic Pinnacle Communications TIAA
RELIABLE CONNECTIVITY, A RESPONSIVE TEAM, AND A PARTNER YOUR BUSINESS CAN TRUST. As a commercial account executive in Fargo, Valerie Schwantes is dedicated to matching each customer’s unique needs with the right tools and services for their business. Call Valerie today at 701-364-1304 for a free consultation.
With more than 42,000 miles of fiber across the state, DCN and its 14 owner companies operate North Dakota’s most robust fiber optic network.
DIVERSE DATA CENTERS I CLOUD COMPUTING DEDICATED INTERNET I DISASTER RECOVERY SD-WAN I SECURITY SERVICES
COMPANY NEWS Allegro Group acquires LEAD 406
Drekker Brewing announces new Brewhalla plans
Allegro Group, Inc. has acquired LEAD 406, a leadership development and experiential learning company based in Bozeman, Montana. The acquisition expands Allegro Group’s growing leadership consulting practice. LEAD 406 Managing Partner Phil Kornachuk joins Allegro Group as managing director of leadership development. He will head the company’s new office in Bozeman and work with select Allegro Group clients nationally.
In a year crowded with uncertainty, one local brewery is blasting into a future of their own creation. Drekker Brewing, in partnership with MBA Investments, announced a new development that will bring a major expansion to their current brewery and the Railyard Development in Fargo. Brewhalla will be a food and entertainment destination that will include a food hall, market, event center, hotel and residential apartments.
Brewhalla expansion plans
Dacotah Paper Co receives awards Jason Bahrs, the regional manager for NSS equipment, presented Dacotah Paper Co with an award for outstanding achievement in sales. In September, Dacotah Paper Co. received an Excellence in Business Award from Spartan Chemical Company, Inc., a recognized leader in the formulation and manufacturing of sustainable cleaning and sanitation solutions in the industrial and institutional market.
Pictured: Keith Bresin, Jason Bahrs, Dennis Ellwanger and Mark Herz.
Grand Farm launches new partnership program Grand Farm, powered by Emerging Prairie, recently launched its first, official partnership program. The program will bring together local, regional and global agtech leaders to help solve problems facing today’s farmers. Partnerships are broken into three “tiers,” designed to be valuable to all partners and be as inclusive as possible. The partnerships provide access to farmland for experiments, access to Grand Farm’s event space for partners to host their own events, access to Grand Farm’s own events, and speaking/thought leader opportunities. Grand Farm partners will also have “first in” opportunities for future Grand Farm projects as well as committee opportunities. Partners will attend Grand Farm events, collaborate with other partners, and share in the research & knowledge generated by Grand Farm.
NDSU renames research greenhouse to honor former governor North Dakota State University’s North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse has been renamed the John Stewart Dalrymple III Agricultural Research Greenhouse. The name change was approved last week by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. The renaming honors Jack Dalrymple, the 32nd Governor of North Dakota, NDSU’s 2017 Harvest Bowl Agribusiness Award recipient and NDSU Foundation Life Trustee.
The newly renamed Agricultural Research Greenhouse at NDSU
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RIBBON CUTTINGS & GROUNDBREAKINGS DECEMBER 2020
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
El Zagal Shrine
2101 North University Drive, Fargo dakotaranch.org
1429 Third Street North, Fargo elzagal.org
Fargo Parks District / Kilbourne Group
201 North Broadway, Fargo FargoBroadwaySquare.com
1801 45th Street South, Fargo smashburger.com
GRAND OPENING OF BROADWAY SQUARE RINK AT BLOCK 9
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the form at bit.ly/FMWFRibbonRequest. *One ribbon cutting per year per member
Virtual Ribbon Cuttings also available!
Thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for donating a sweet treat to each of our ribbon cuttings!
As many things have shifted in order to remain cautious while still celebrating our members, The Chamber is also hosting ribbon cuttings virtually. We will work with you to plan how you can share about your new business, relocation or milestone!
New Hires Alerus
Isaac Bumgardner, Senior Financial Guide Brad Loween, Senior Business Advisor
Tyler Evenson, Realtor® Jessica Timmer, Realtor® Melissa Young, Realtor®
Beyond Shelter Inc. Lindsay Janke, Developer
Greg Sjostrom, Ag Banker
Dr. Olayinka David Ajayi, Hyperbaric Medicine Dr. Bertha Ayi, Infectious Disease Dr. Rory Farnan, Interventional Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Center
Travis Golobich, Assistant Project Manager Ashley Kossan, Accounts Payable & Receivable Specialist
Josiah Kopp, Creative Strategist
FM Area Diversion Project
Kris Bakkegard, Director of Engineering Jennifer Darling, Director of Communications.
Dave Hoekstra, Chief Banking Officer
Susan Trnka, Director of Development
Bethany Fraase, Accounting SpecialistInc (pictured on next page) Krista Hanneman, Payroll Specialist Deon Wawrzyniak, Project Manager/ Business Development Leader
Email your company or people news to us at email@example.com or visit fmwfchamber.com/member-news. Please note: All submissions are run two months after they are received. FEBRUARY 2021
Brenna Lindemoen, Sales
Want to see yourself here?
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Patterson Dental Supply
Tricia Denny, Human Resources Manager
Houston Engineering, Inc.
Jim Corbid, Realtor
Fatme Younes, Realtor
Fargo Jet Center
Dino Diaz, Inside Sales
Dakota Plains Realty
KW Inspire Realty
The Village Family Service Center Widmer Roel
Rachel Allmaras, Tax Associate
YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties Steven Lehrkem, Vice President of Finance
Nurturing Abilities, Achieving Dreams
Proud participant of Giving Hearts Day CHI Friendship is a nonprofit organization that supports people with disabilities. We provide the full spectrum of developmental disabiliity services, allowing for full community participation.
Get involved with CHI Friendship by volunteering, donating and/or applying for employment. 801 Page Drive in Fargo
Apply online at chifriendship.com
Recognitions & Certifications Alerus
Brian Schumacher, senior VP and director of wealth management, has been recognized by the American Bankers Association as a member of the 40 under 40 in wealth management class of 2021.
Hospice of the Red River Valley
Oliver Roth, LPN, CHLPN, passed the Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse examination through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center.
Town & Country Credit Union
Tyler Ventzke, branch manager, received the Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor designation.
On page 46 of the 2021 Metro Profile & Member Directory, the web address for Rose Management LLC was incorrect. The correct address is rosemanagement.net. We apologize for the error and any confusion it caused.
Hiring or job seeking? Check out current job openings or list your own at fmwfchamber.com/jobs.
Prioritizing Strategic Planning in Times of Uncertainty By Michelle Mongeon Allen, AIA – CEO, JLG Architects
In March 2020, we turned our collective focus to right now. From teleworking to toilet paper, our problems were immediate. Today, while our day-to-day issues have stabilized, we are still being challenged by an unresolved pandemic and an unpredictable economic and business environment. And so, in a time of so much uncertainty, is strategic planning even a priority?
• Confidence. Strategic planning saves time and money. An engaging, transparent, and productive process builds trust, which in turn instills confidence that near-term decisions are being made in alignment with long-term sustainability. In “The Speed of Trust,” Stephen M.R. Covey explains that when trust goes up, speed increases with it. And because time is money, costs go down.
President Eisenhower recounted a lesson he learned from the Army: “In preparing for battle,” he said, “I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Planning is the process of making plans; and especially in times of crisis when circumstances can render the best laid plans ineffectual, planning develops the organizational alignment needed to build:
• Resilience. Strategic planning builds perspective. At JLG, our commitment to revisiting the plan on a recurring basis (our 2020 update will be JLG’s fifth since 2008) has given our employee-owners a powerful vantage point: bearing witness to our company’s resilience in confronting challenging and unforeseen conditions, and also to the generative power of achieving our goals.
• Alignment. Strategic planning is an opportunity to rally the troops. At my organization, JLG Architects, we have found that by broadly enrolling stakeholders from our company in the process, we have built strong alignment with our purpose, values, and vision.
For those of you in need of an update, I encourage you to fight the urge to put this on the back burner; and for those of you considering it for the first time and worried that it’s too late, I remind you of this Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.”
• Agility. Strategic planning creates a more flexible and responsive organization. As boxer Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” By painting a vivid picture of where we are headed as an organization, we have become better equipped to pivot when obstacles emerge, or to call an audible when presented with an opportunity, while continuing to deliver high performance results.
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Read the full version of this guest article on The Chamber blog at fmwfchamber.com/blog.
Are you a Chamber member and want to submit your own guest post? Find guidelines and instructions on the “write for us” button at fmwfchamber.com/publications.
HARWOOD HARWOOD MAYOR Blake Hankey
CITY AUDITOR Casey Eggermont CURRENT POPULATION 827
Harwood Park Board
Casey in the city government float Deputy Sheriffs Enjoying the Harwood Autumn Showcase
Mayor Blake Hankey and Previous Mayor Bill Rohrich
Harwood, named in honor of Hon. A.J. Harwood, was settled in 1881. The village of Harwood was situated on the Sheyenne River to provide timber and water facilities to its inhabitants. In November 1978, the citizens of Harwood voted to incorporate the village into a city. Since then, Harwood has been a bedroom community with many of its residents having strong roots to the community. What kind of growth have you seen throughout recent years in your community? What is the business climate like? Over the last four years, new homeowners have filled the majority of empty lots, with only one open lot currently on the market within city limits. The current Harwood City Council has recently been notified that two separate developers wish to begin developments on the north part of Harwood. Details are sparse at this time, but city officials are excited about future developments. The business climate is mellow; Harwood is a bedroom community with a hometown feel. A resident can easily access groceries and household necessities in Fargo, but still have a nice supper right in town at our local establishments. In addition, Harwood is fortunate to have the Harwood Elementary School, which is part of the West Fargo School District.
What makes your community unique? The Harwood community could be described as welcoming, teamwork driven, and proud. Majority of the residents have rallied in the past to fight floods, organize fundraisers and establish community events for the betterment of Harwood. Visitors can expect residents to talk highly of their hometown.
Halloween Fire Department
What issues are city leadership paying close attention to right now? The issues city leadership are paying close attention to currently are the FM Diversion, water and sewer projects within the city, and standard city upkeep.
What success and challenges have you faced in recent years? In recent years, many of our community groups have been working toward bettering themselves. The Harwood Fire & Rescue added a large addition onto their building through fundraisers and grants, the Elementary School received a large addition to accommodate the students, and the city completed a large sewer project in 2020 that will positively affect all residents in Harwood that will relieve spring sewer issues for numerous residents.
What is your vision for the future of your city? Residential growth is the current vision of the Harwood City Council, with the goal of keeping the hometown feel present.
How do you partner or work collaboratively with other nearby communities? In years past, Harwood has worked with the City of Argusville, Reed Township and Harwood Township in flood fighting efforts. In recent years, Argusville and Reile’s Acres has teamed up with Harwood for a community wide garage sale day in early May.
What is one thing you want others to know? Harwood is very passionate about staying social and active! Harwood has many groups of all ages that get together each month. Some examples are the Boy Scouts, 4-H, walking group at the Community Center, groups within Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood Park Board and the Harwood Fire & Rescue. Anyone looking to be involved in Harwood can easily find something that suits them. FMWFCHAMBER.COM 27
Young Professionals Best Place to Work:
Vogel Law Firm
One of the top law firms in North Dakota is also one of the top employers for YPs in the region, making them the 2020 Young Professionals Best Place to Work.
Since 1880, Vogel Law Firm has enjoyed a reputation of integrity and success. Today, the firm has five offices and 47 attorneys, 22 of which are under 40, practicing in a wide variety of areas of law and serving a diverse set of clients. The firm’s core value reflects who they are and what they strive to provide: Excellence and integrity in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation. Vogel is one of few businesses that have an established career track to become an owner. Most new hires graduated at the top of their law school classes and are brought on with the expectation of becoming a full partner within five to seven years. From the first day, they assign a mentor to help focus on professional development, to be an advocate, and a resource for questions. Associates often create niche practices by working closely with partners. They are invited to monthly marketing meetings to discuss issues and offer ideas. Young professionals attend strategy meetings and annual retreats. They serve on management, recruiting, and compensation committees. Vogel supports continuing education so their attorneys can attend national seminars and stay abreast of new developments in the law.
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The firm encourages attorneys to be involved in at least one civic organization, gives credit for time spent free of charge to needy individuals, and encourages its staff to take active roles in community leadership. They support local sports programs, non-profits, the arts and area schools. Vogel has been consistently recognized by the United Way as one of the Top 50 Most Generous Workplaces. They’re also active in The Chamber, with attorneys presenting at Women Connect and participating in the Leadership program. Vogel Law Firm clearly recognizes the powerful impact young professionals have on their ongoing success and supports those interested in becoming leaders in the firm. They believe in fresh and newgeneration ideas, experiences and solutions in continuously advancing the growth and development of the entire firm. But it’s not just young professionals that Vogel values. They continue to draw inspiration from their early leaders who believed in the potential of others regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation or religion. Vogel Law Firm is a progressive, positive, accepting and nurturing environment for any individual.
Tami Norgard and Jade Rosenfeldt present at Women Connect
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Forum Communications Printing GOLDMARK Property Management Minnesota State Community and Technical College WEX Health, Inc.
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AE2S Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Bremer Bank First International Bank Moore Engineering, Inc. Sanford Health
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