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January 2014 • Vol. 17, No.5

A National Award Winning Chamber

Happy New Year!

From Your Chamber

State of the Cities Thursday, January 9 8 to 9:30 a.m. Learn more on page 4.

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Business After Hours Tuesday, February 4 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bernie Dardis Doug Restemayer Jon Riewer Wayne Bradley Doug Vang Thomas Astrup Renee Bourdeaux Chuck Driscoll Judd Graham Don Gronke Katie Hasbargen Norm Leslie Kathy Lewin Paul Richard Edna Szymanski Paul von Ebers

Indigo Signworks Board Chair D-S Beverages, Inc. Chair Elect Eventide Senior Living Communities Treasurer Bradley Business Advisors Immediate Past Chair Essentia Health Director-At-Large American Crystal Sugar Company North Dakota State University Red River Refrigeration, Inc. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. State Farm Insurance Microsoft National Hospitality Services City of West Fargo Sanford Health Minnesota State University Moorhead Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

CHAMBER STAFF Craig Whitney Jim Parsons Julie Doggett Darren Dunlop Camille Grade Jessica Lee Tracy Meckler Gail Petersen Elly Peterson Tracy Powell Bobbi Jo Rehder Kaylyn Stroh Danielle Teigen Julie Yourczek

President/CEO Vice President of Finance/Operations Information Systems Administrator Business Development Manager Professional Development Manager Government Affairs & Advocacy Manager Membership Sales Manager Membership Relations Coordinator Administrative Services Coordinator Director of Events Events Coordinator Publications & Program Marketing Coordinator Communications & Marketing Manager Administrative Support Coordinator

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Ambassador Public Relations Ambassador Member Relations Business Training Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Military Affairs Public Affairs Young Professionals Network

Tom Thompson, Vocational Training Center Jeannie Camarillo, Anne Carlsen Center Dawn Kaiser, The Village Business Institute Jessica Shawn, Discovery Benefits, Inc. Steve Blazek, First International Bank & Trust Jim Roers, ROERS Dustin Dale, Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.

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Message to Members Dear Chamber Members: The start of a new year teems with potential and possibility, and as we reflect on our accomplishments in 2013, we are excited to work on a number of issues in the coming year. In a thriving community like Fargo Moorhead West Fargo, we see myriad opportunities to continue promoting economic growth and prosperity for our member businesses through advocacy, education and engagement.


In Fargo, permanent flood protection is at the forefront of issues we will continue to advocate for. While we recognize the need to address all sides of the issue, The Chamber believes permanent flood protection will result in an improved business and residential climate. The importance of a new city hall and convention center offers an opportunity to evaluate where the center of business activity can reside within Fargo, and the final decision of a location is sure to be debated and scrutinized to ensure it will contribute to the vitality of our future for decades to come. Del Rae Williams being elected as Moorhead’s first female mayor attests to the exciting dynamics at play in the community. She takes the reins after Mark Voxland led the city, and while we congratulate and thank Voxland for his unwavering service, we can’t help but be excited for what Williams will set as her priorities in the coming months and years. A situation we are less excited about is the $2 billion tax bill that resulted in higher taxes for businesses. We have taken a public stance to urge Gov. Mark Dayton and other Minnesota lawmakers to repeal the stifling new taxes to protect the economies of border cities like Fargo Moorhead. (You can read more about our stance on We will continue to advocate for our legislators to examine the repercussions of the taxes and repeal them when they convene next month. West Fargo’s tagline about being “the city on the grow” has never been more true than it is now. The city’s population growth is both a result and forbearer of an electrifying local economy our business community will benefit from. In fact, as of last month, the metro area as a whole was on pace to approve permits for more than 1,600 apartment units, according to a December 9, 2013, Forum article. West Fargo itself had approved more than 300 new units. West Fargo’s growth will emerge in all realms of the economy, from hospitals to hotels and restaurants to banks. It’s an exciting time for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community, and we’re honored to serve as a leader to ensure the continued growth and prosperity of our business community by working on the issues that deeply affect the quality of life we enjoy here. We look forward to the challenges and accomplishments 2014 is sure to bring. Thanks for your membership,

The Chamber's Strategic Objectives Craig Whitney President/CEO The Chamber


Through effective public policy, foster an environment of economic growth. n Grow jobs and attract investment. n Achieve organizational excellence to best serve members. n Provide bold and visionary leadership throughout the region.

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OUTLOOK2014 Wednesday, February 26 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center In July, North Dakota and Minnesota were recognized on a top ten list for fastest-growing states for their thriving economies, based on gross domestic product figures provided by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Gartin



Join us at the 2014 Economic Outlook Forum to find out what factors are influencing the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo economy. Our panel of experts includes: ƒƒ Jim Gartin, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, who will address the results of the Economic Outlook Survey, what it means for our communities. and the state of our local economy and future implications. ƒƒ Ross Manson, principal at Eide Bailly, LLP, who will provide perspective on the economic impact of the health care industry in terms of workforce, wages, research and innovation. ƒƒ Pam Sharp, who will outline North Dakota revenue projections for 2014 and highlight the leading factors affecting our state’s growing economy. Sharp serves as the Director of the ND Office of Management and Budget. ƒƒ Dan Staller, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo market president with Starion Financial, who will reveal the results of the second annual Economic Outlook Survey, conducted by the Department of Management and Marketing atNorth Dakota State University. Find out what our community business leaders are saying about 2013 actual performance and 2014 predicted performance on the following key economic indicators: ƒƒ Domestic and international sales. ƒƒ Domestic and international competition. ƒƒ Technology changes. ƒƒ State and federal government regulations. ƒƒ Operating costs. ƒƒ Staffing issues. ƒƒ Gas prices. ƒƒ Housing market.


Chamber Members $35 in advance | $45 at the door General Admission $50 in advance | $60 at the door. Includes breakfast Register at or call 218.233.1100.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support! (as of publication date)

Presenting Sponsor

Event Production Sponsor

Corporate Table Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Alerus Financial | Bell State Bank & Trust Bethany Retirement Living | Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Bremer Bank, N.A. | Choice Finanical Cornerstone Bank | Eide Bailly LLP Enventis | First International Bank & Trust InterceptEFT | ROERS Sanford Health | The Forum of Fargo Moorhead U.S. Bank | Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Western State Bank

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Fargo Moorhead West Fargo State of the Cities Thursday, January 9 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo The metro is thriving and our mayors want to tell you why. Join us at State of the Cities to learn what’s in store for the future of our community and hear what answers the mayors of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth have for questions posed by our members.



Join emcees Joel Heitkamp, host of News and Views on KFGO-AM Mighty 790, and Mark Nisbet of Xcel Energy as they moderate the hour-long discussion so the mayors can answer as many questions as possible. Here are the channels through which you can have your voice heard: ƒƒ Online at to submit anonymously. ƒƒ Directly to Jessica by emailing ƒƒ Texting or tweeting (with the hashtag #SOC14) at the event. Space is limited so register at or call 218.233.1100 to guarantee a spot at this annual event. If you are interested in reserving a table for clients or co-workers, please contact Darren at 218.359.0514 or



Thank you to our sponsors for their support! (as of publication date)

Presenting Sponsor

Executive Sponsors

Event Production Sponsor

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Corporate Table Sponsors

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Alerus Financial Apex Engineering Group Bank of the West Bell State Bank & Trust Bethany Retirement Living Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Border States Electric Bremer Bank, N.A. Cass County Electric Cooperative Inc. Choice Financial Cornerstone Bank Eide Bailly LLP First International Bank & Trust The Forum of Fargo Moorhead Houston Engineering, Inc. InterceptEFT Kilbourne Group Moore Engineering, Inc. Mortenson Construction Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center Sanford Health U.S. Bank Vogel Law Firm Wanzek Construction, Inc. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Western State Bank

Operation Thank You 2014 Stuffing Party

Tuesday, January 21 | 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Avenue North, Moorhead Every January, volunteers offer to spend a day personally delivering packets of information to our member organizations. Operation Thank You 2014 kicks off with a stuffing party to assemble the more than 2,100 membership packets with new and important information. The best part is that if you help with stuffing the packets, you can select the organizations you would like to personally deliver to that day. (Or, you can just help assemble the packets.) Please register to help at or by calling 218.233.1100.

Launch Party

Wednesday, January 22 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Avenue North, Moorhead Do you want to connect with other business professionals and companies in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area? Then join us for the delivery of more than 2,100 membership packets. Start off the day right with coffee and bagels; Chamber staff will also be on hand to get you motivated for the event. Delivering these packets is a testament to our appreciation of our member organizations, and you will play an integral role in demonstrating that gratitude as you travel around the area personally providing those members with information. To make the event even more fun, we encourage both veteran volunteers and new participants to sign up to help. With your assistance, we can connect with our more than 2,100 member organizations to say thank you as we start off another new and exciting year. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Gail at To sign up to help, please register at or by calling 218.233.1100.

Celebration Finale

Wednesday, January 22 | 4 to 5:30 p.m. D-S Beverages, 201 17th Street North, Moorhead The day wouldn’t be complete without a party to celebrate your successful day of connections and camaraderie. Join us for some delectable treats as you share your experiences from the day and possibly win a prize!

Thank you to our sponsors for their support! (as of publication date) 702 Communications Alerus Financial Best Western Doublewood Inn & Conference Center Biolife Plasma Services Midcontinent Communications Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center Starion Financial

Thank you to our donors for your contributions! (as of publication date) Babb’s Coffee House D-S Beverages, Inc. Granite City Food & Beverage Hornbacher’s Foods Quality Bakery Rhombus Guys Walmart • 5

Nominations open January 6! Nominate yourself or another deserving company or organization you feel has made an impact and contributed to the vitality of business in our community for the 2014 ChamberChoice Awards. Nominations open January 6. Even if you applied last year and didn’t win, don’t hesitate to apply again. Much of the work will already be done…just update your previous application. The ChamberChoice Awards honor organizations like yours, organizations that make our communities a better place to work, play, live and do business. Award winners exemplify excellence through proven stability and/or growth, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements. Nominating has never been easier. Simply visit and click on “ChamberChoice Nominations.” You can nominate as many great local organizations as you want, including your own. Just remember the following criteria about your nominee(s): § Must be a current member in good standing with The Chamber. § Been in business since January 1, 2011. § Show stability or growth in sales, services and/or growth in number of individuals and/or expanded programs and services. § Demonstrate commitment to ethical business practices. § Demonstrate commitment to employee support and development. § Demonstrate corporate citizenship and/or community leadership. Nominations will remain open through February 27. Nominees will be asked to complete an application, telling us more about why they should be a ChamberChoice Award winner. Members who complete the application in its entirety will become candidates for the ChamberChoice Awards and our VIPs at the ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon on May 21. Our region is a vibrant economic hub, thanks in large part to our more than 2,100 members. Because of your professionalism, hard work, dedication and passion, the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community is thriving and growing. So what are you waiting for? Begin thinking about deserving businesses, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs for this year’s ChamberChoice Awards. Then, join us for an afternoon with the stars on May 21.


§ Nominations are open from January 6 to February 28. § Nominate yourself or another deserving business or entrepreneur at § Nominees will be notified March 1.



§ One winner is chosen from the three finalists in each of the six category.


§ Applications are open for nominees from March 1 to 28. § Any nominee who completely fills out an application and meets the criteria is considered a candidate. § Candidates are announced in early April. § Each candidate will receives two tickets to the ChamberChoice Luncheon May 21.

§ Three finalists from each category are announced at the ChamberChoice Luncheon May 21.


Leadership Class Examines Our Region's Past, Present and Future From Glacial Lake Bottom to Profitable Topsoil The Leadership class had the opportunity to hear from “Mr. History” aka Steve Stark at the December Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo session. Stark is an illustrator and historian who brings history to life with his visual and oral presentations. Stark drew pictures as he talked about how Lake Agassiz used to cover most of the Northern Plains. When the lake evaporated rich, fertile soil was left behind. This farmland paved the way for commerce in our region. Large bonanza farms were started and commerce was conducted up and down the Red River. Our region was the main provider of the wheat used by flour mills in St. Paul, Minn., including Pillsbury and Gold Medal. Who says history can’t be entertaining?

A Tale of Three Cities

After the class heard about our region’s past, we looked to our present. Dan Mahli, Fargo city planner, Lisa Vatnsdal, Moorhead neighborhood services manager, and Larry Weil, West Fargo planning director, held a panel discussion about the growth of our cities. Each panelist said they value public input and try to get the public involved in planning. A few incredible facts about our region’s growth: § Fargo will have 10,000 new housing units by 2020. In addition, apartment vacancy is incredibly low with a 2 to 3 percent vacancy rate. § West Fargo grew 73 percent between 2000-10. They estimate within six years there will be no land left for residential building. § Moorhead is studying the river corridor to see how they can develop the land. Housing buyouts for flood protection turned private land into public land. The river corridor will be a good future resource for growth.

Our Culturally Diverse Community

As our community continues to grow, so does our cultural diversity. We brought together a panel of experts who work with new Americans and refugees every day. Panelists included: Cristie Jacobson, Fargo Police Department cultural liaison officer; Vonnie Sanders, Fargo Public Schools English Language Learning teacher; and Heather Ranck, U.S. Department of Commerce and Project English founder. Each panelist provided a wealth of information about how the class can help new Americans adjust to their new community. Most refugees spend between 12 to 18 years in a refugee camp before they are granted asylum. Only 1 percent of refugees worldwide are re-settled each year. Once they have been re-settled, there are still are still many hurdles to overcome. Cultural and language barriers are two of the biggest. Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota has a 90 percent success rate with finding new Americans employment.

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Ready, Set, Plan

To help the class understand how leaders plan for the future of our region, Jodi Bruns, North Dakota State University Extension Service, had the class participate in The Futures Game. It is an interactive game where groups have to make decisions based upon different scenarios. Everyone starts with the same scenario: “The Governor has provided a one-time $5 million grant to your county from the state’s Future Energy Fund.” From there, groups need to make decisions on how to use the money. Do you invest in R&D? Or do you create jobs? What do you do when your workforce shrinks? How do you feed your workforce pipeline? The class had to ponder those questions and more to grow their hypothetical county over a span of 20 years. Thank you to the helpful and dedicated staff at Cass County Historical Society - Bonanzaville USA for hosting the December LFMWF session.  

LFMWF Program Sponsors

Jim Hambrick Business Banking Expert 701-281-5603

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Military Matters Honor Star: New Logo to Launch in Year Two After an inspirational inaugural year of the Honor Star program that showcased community involvement and fostering relationships between our military community and business community, the Honor Star program has launched its second year. The program is also revamping its logo so watch for the debut in future communications.

Interested in Becoming an Honor Star Member?

The Honor Star program is a way for Chamber businesses to say thank you to the men, women and families who have answered the call to serve our country. For more information and to join, contact Jessica at or

NDSU ROTC to Forge On With the support of the North Dakota Congressional Delegation, North Dakota National Guard leadership, the Tri-College University, the Military Affairs Committee and a host of others, the Army has reversed its decision to close North Dakota State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program, which serves North Dakota State University, Concordia College, and Minnesota State University Moorhead. The program will remain active and stand for evaluation at the end of the 2014 and 2015 academic years. LTC Deb Lien, deputy commander and officer in charge of the 141 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, conveyed to the Military Affairs committee the importance of the NDSU ROTC program in producing and preparing future officers for leadership within the North Dakota National Guard.


Did You Know?

The Fargo and West Fargo Public School systems are home to two Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs. An Air Force JROTC program is based out of South Fargo High School and an Army JROTC is based out of the West Fargo Public High School. The primary emphasis of JROTC programs is to develop leadership skills. Cadets also enhance their communication and teamwork skills and improve physical fitness through the program.

American Red Cross - Red River Valley Chapter delivers a giant holiday card to North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th

Military Affairs Presenting Sponsor

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Program Sponsors

Beverage Wholesalers First International Bank & Trust Microsoft U.S. Bank

Advocacy in Action Minnesota Sprinkler Mandate Would Dampen Development A fire sprinkler mandate in new residential construction has been rejected twice by the Minnesota Legislature and the Department of Labor and Industry’s advisory group; despite these rejections, a new provision has been included in Minnesota’s Building Code. The Chamber, along with the City of Moorhead, and the Home Builder’s Association of Fargo-Moorhead, has urged the Office of Administrative Hearings to reject the sprinkler mandate. Chamber President/CEO Craig Whitney, wrote in a letter to the administrative law judge that “the residential fire sprinkler rule will be costly for consumers and may result in homeowners looking to neighboring North Dakota, which does not mandate this expense, to build their homes.” The Chamber will continue to oppose the mandate to protect the resurging building economy in Moorhead.

2014 Public Policy Guide Receives Approval from Board of Directors The Board of Directors takes an active approach in providing guidance to the Public Affairs committee in shaping the advocacy agenda through the annual Public Policy Guide. The board outlined the top priorities in 2014 as advancing workforce development initiatives and advocating for permanent flood protection. The board approved the Public Affairs Committee’s policy statements and thanked the committee for its hard work. The 2014 Public Policy Guide features an updated directory of elected officials and will be distributed during Operation Thank You as well as posted on Thank you to Xcel Energy and KLJ for sponsoring the 2014 Public Policy Guide.

Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Gaining Momentum Flood insurance premiums are of grave concern, according to Chamber Board Member and Minnesota State University Moorhead President Dr. Edna Szymanski. State Farm Insurance Agent Don Gronke, who also serves on The Chamber Board of Directors, echoed that statement. Gronke has worked directly with policy holders facing alarming increases to their flood insurance rates. While we continue to advocate for long-term flood protection and congressional authorization of the FM Area Diversion Project, the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act seeks to delay the flood insurance rate increases resulting from the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, an important piece of legislation for thousands in the metro facing changes to their flood insurance policies. We recognize this impending threat to the local economy and is committed to working through the process to address it.

Dakota Fiber Initiative Launches in Downtown Fargo As a follow-up to Doug Burgum’s vision for North Dakota to have world-class broadband, which was revealed during the State of Technology conference, the Dakota Fiber Initiative has taken form. To achieve the goal, stakeholders have outlined a three-phase approach. The first phase involves assessing the feasibility of a downtown Fargo pilot project through a pledge process. An estimated $75,000 needs to be raised through the private sector. The Information Technology Council of North Dakota is leading the charge and accepting pledges from interested parties to initiate the study. Those committing pledges will be invited to participate in the Dakota Fiber advisory group. To get involved, contact or call 701.371.1563. • 11

Business Training Looking to Stay Inspired in 2014? Learn About Self Motivation, Sales Motivation and Motivational Action Plans Chip Ross, BP Analytics Wednesday, January 15 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South, Fargo

The key to having a great sales year starts with motivation — for you, your co-workers and your team. The topic of sales inspiration can be complex because of the dynamic situation associated with acting as an entrepreneur or independent contractor, even if you aren’t technically considered one. Learn about the challenges of direct evaluation, coaching and manager behavior when it comes to inspiring a sales team as well as how to put a motivational action plan in place. Member $25 | Member Walk-ins $35 General Admission $45 | Walk-ins $50 Includes Lunch Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.

“I’ve worked with various consultants and attended numerous motivational seminars over the years, and I would rank Chip Ross’s dynamic approach and adaptable strategies as one of the most effective. He helped our team determine and navigate an effective process to increase sales, motivate employees and provide results. I would highly recommend Chip to anyone looking to jump start their sales efforts and implement achievable action plans for their company.” Marty Mohagen, Sales Manager, Enventis

Motivation, Morale and Building Your Team Sheriff Paul Laney, Cass County Commission and Department Heads Wednesday, February 12 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South, Fargo

In the law enforcement world, working together efficiently and effectively results in safety and security for a community’s residents. In your company, it can mean organizational growth, success and increased productivity. The National Sheriffs’ Association named Paul Laney the recipient of the Ferris E. Lucas National Sheriff of the Year Award in 2012 in recognition of his leadership skills and team-building talent. Learn firsthand how you can apply Laney’s strategies within your own company. Member $25 | Member Walk-ins $30 Includes Lunch Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.

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Business Training Save the Date! The first business summit was a resounding success, so we are bringing it back! Offering a full-day of speakers who will discuss a range of topics, the Second Annual Business Summit is sure to provide insight and information. Join us on March 12 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Fargo. Register today at or call 218.233.1100.

Thank You!

We had over 100 attendees for our December business training with Tamara Anderson, Dale Carnegie Business Group of ND. Anderson shared tips and strategies on how to make a positive, memorable first impression that can lead to a lasting relationship

Business Training Program Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors Bell State Bank & Trust | Eventide Senior Living Communities | Hilton Garden Inn Fargo | NetWork Center, Inc. | Starion Financial • 13

Young Professionals Network YPN Holiday Party a Holly, Jolly Good Time The Young Professionals Network held its annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 11, at the Plains Art Museum. Nearly 100 young professionals celebrated the season with games, food, gallery tours, door prizes and good old-fashioned fun. Highlights of the night included: § A “Heads or Tails” game adapt for the holidays and renamed “Naughty or Nice.” § Gallery tours by new Plains Art Museum curator Becky Dunham. She gave an inside look at one of the museum’s current exhibitions, “T.L. Solien: Toward the Setting Sun.” Fargo-born Solien earned his bachelor’s degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead and spent the past 10 years creating works inspired by the Herman Melville novel, Moby-Dick. The exhibition runs through January 12. Thank you to the staff at the Plains Art Museum for helping the YPN have a memorable holiday party.  

YPN Networking to Business Lunch: Why Companies Want to Attract and Retain Innovators Tuesday, January 21 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center, 1635 42nd Street South, Fargo

Do you have a business idea? An invention? Or maybe you have that entrepreneurial spirit? You won’t want to miss this shining example of how an idea came to life and impacted the health and wellness of thousands of people nationwide. Lift’n Buddy was established in 2011 in Fargo by inventor and entrepreneur Aaron Lamb. The company became part of NDSU’s incubator program and this business-nurturing environment allowed Lamb’s idea for a better lifting and transporting device to became a reality. Soon after the first Lift’n Buddy units began to appear in workplaces, the accolades poured in. The company recently received the coveted Edison Award honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. In addition, Lamb started Bunks4Kids, a charitable organization that uses a Buy One, Get One format for providing children in need with a decent bunk bed. Bunks4Kids is also proud to be a provider for U.S. military families. $20 YPN members | $30 general admission Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.

YPN Program Sponsors

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Save the Date: 2014 Corporate Cup Thursday, June 5 | 3:45 to 9 p.m. Minnesota State University Moorhead, 1104 Seventh Avenue South

The region’s premier, business-to-business sporting event is back! Get your team ready to compete in the 6th annual Corporate Cup. Compete in a series of sporting events while promoting physical fitness and friendly competition among the business community. Teams battle for points while competing in basketball, volleyball, tug of war, rock climbing, obstacle course, cycling, kickball and Minute to Win It games. Are you a hardcore competitor? Compete in the Competitive Division. Or maybe you are more of a fun-loving competitor? Sign up for the Recreational Division. Registration opens Monday, January 20 $200/team (up to 15 participants)

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Calendar of Chamber Events



Presenting Sponsor

State of the Cities

Thursday, January 9 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South Hear firsthand about the advancements taking place in our dynamic cities and a glimpse of what to expect over the upcoming months. Registration (includes breakfast) Chamber Members: $25 per person in advance | $35 at the door | $650 corporate table sponsor General Admission: $40 per person in advance | $50 at the door


Looking to Stay Inspired in 2014? Learn About Self-Motivation, Sales Motivation and Motivational Action Plans Wednesday, January 15 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chip Ross, BP Analytics Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South

Registration (includes lunch) Chamber Members: $25 per person in advance | $35 at the door General Admission: $45 per person in advance | $55 at the door

Mark Your Calendars March 12

Second Annual Business Summit Local Presenters

April 9

Savvy Strategies Used by Local Leaders Local panel TBD

Supporting Sponsors

Bell State Bank & Trust Eventide Senior Living Communities Hilton Garden Inn Fargo NetWork Center, Inc. Starion Financial

Mark Your Calendar for 2014 Business After Hours Business After Hours is a members-only event, and participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Receive the $22 admission price by registering by midnight prior to the event. All registrations received after that time and at the door cost $32. Registration includes appetizers and two drink tickets.


Program Sponsors

February 4

Holiday Inn Fargo Sponsored by Advanced Business Methods

April 17

Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center Sponsored by Prudential Premiere Real Estate

June 12

Courtyard by Marriott and Moorhead Area Conference Center Globe University | Sam's Club - Moorhead

August 14

Holiday Inn Fargo Sponsored by Spotlight Media Inc.

October 16

Hilton Garden Inn Fargo Sponsored by Heritage Homes

December 4

Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center Sponsored by Avis Rent A Car and Bernie’s Wines & Liquors

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Calendar of Chamber Events


YPN: John Deere Tour & Talk

Thursday, January 23 | 4 to 5 p.m. John Deere Electronic Solutions, 4104 19th Avenue North, Fargo


Our region produces some of the most innovative technology used around the world. A leader in the design and manufacturing of electronic control, display and sensor systems, John Deere Electronic Solutions is an exemplary developer of cutting-edge technology for equipment manufacturers. They are known for creating GPS-based technology that allows farmers to essentially let their tractor drive itself in the field. This produces a more efficient farm operation, increases productivity and saves time. Join us as we tour their new facility, find out what they have been up to lately and look at what is in store for the future.

Program Sponsors

Registration YPN Members Free General Admission $10

YPN Happy Hour: Fargo Brewing Company Thursday, January 23 | 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Fargo Brewing Company, 610 University Drive North, Fargo

From a garage to a full-fledged brewery in five short years, the Fargo Brewing Company is a dream come true for four Fargo natives. See and taste what the buzz is about when you attend the January YPN Happy Hour! Appetizers provided; drinks on your own nickel. No registration required.

YPN Networking to Business Lunch: Why Companies Want to Attract and Retain Innovators Tuesday, January 21 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center

Part 1 of 2: Hear from entrepreneur Aaron Lamb as he talks about his experiences with creating products, getting them to market and running his own business.

Save the Date!

Part 2 will be held on Thursday, February 20. The guys behind Emerging Prairie will talk about how they are committed to informing, connecting and activating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in and around Fargo. They will talk from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by Start Up Drinks at 5 p.m. Registration (includes lunch) YPN Members $20 General Admission $30


Registrations and Cancellations Register online at or call the Chamber at 218.233.1100. Due to costs incurred and commitments made to vendors, the deadline to cancel a registration and/or to receive a refund will be no later than noon one week prior to the event for booth registrations and noon the day prior to the event for individual registrations. Any cancellations received after those deadline times will be billed to the participant whether or not they attended. Registrations may be transferred to another person in your firm only if notification is given to The Chamber office either prior to the event or at the registration table. If the event or meeting is canceled by The Chamber due to insufficient registration, act of nature or other reason beyond its control, a refund or credit on account will be provided for any paid registrations. Weather-Related Cancellations The Chamber will err on the side of caution when deciding to cancel an event due to poor weather conditions. Weather-related Chamber event cancellations will be announced through area media outlets. • 17

Sen. John Hoeven Outlines Priorities for Congressional Work

Sen. John Hoeven has three main priorities when it comes to his work in the United States Senate: ƒƒ Passing a new farm bill. ƒƒ Voting on the Water Resource Development Act. ƒƒ Working to ensure Grand Forks serves as a test site for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Hoeven outlined these and other issues at a Congressional Update hosted by The Chamber on December 4. Both the Senate and House have passed versions of a farm bill, but those versions are in conference committee and need to be reconciled into one version that can be voted on. Hoeven hopes a five-year farm bill can be passed by the beginning of January or another extension may be necessary. Permanent flood protection is at the forefront of many discussions in the state, and especially in the Red River Valley. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act is in conference committee and includes authorization of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. Hoeven said he is working to include upstream concerns that have been voiced as well as a provision that would eliminate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers being able to charge states a storage fee for water drawn from Missouri River reservoirs. Finally, Hoeven is working to secure the Grand Forks Air Force Base as a pilot test site for integrating unmanned aerial missions, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft, in the national airspace. In the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill, Hoeven included a measure to allow both manned and unmanned missions in the same airspace, and he hopes the sites will be announced soon. Hoeven concluded the event by fielding questions from attendees on a range of topics.

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Teigen Hired as Communications and Marketing Manager Danielle Teigen has joined the staff of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber as Communications and Marketing Manager. Teigen is responsible for the strategic planning and direction of the communication and event marketing of The Chamber. She also writes for and edits Chamber publications and manages The Chamber’s social media platforms. Teigen graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and management communications and a master’s degree in mass communications. She previously worked for Ulteig as the senior communications strategist. Teigen was also a graduate teaching assistant at NDSU, as well as, the managing editor for Bison Illustrated and associate editor at From House to Home, Wedding Vow magazine. Before joining the team, Teigen served as a volunteer for the 2013 Corporate Cup event and spoke on a marketing panel for one of our 2013 Business Training sessions. Teigen said she was interested in the sense of community The Chamber brings. “I was most drawn to the opportunity to connect more intimately with the community in which I live and work,” said Teigen. “I wanted to be a more integral part of that growth and development.” In the community, Teigen is a member of the NDSU Department of Communication Advisory Board; a 2013 graduate of the United Way's 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program as well as a current volunteer for the 2014 program; and a volunteer account executive for the 2013 United Way Campaign. Teigen and her husband, Kevin, welcomed a son, Dominic, in August of 2013. When she isn’t busy with work, volunteering or caring for her newborn, she enjoys reading historical fiction novels, watching movies, writing, running, spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Bison. • 19

Members Get It! Member Pop-Ins We stopped in to see the staff at Central Minnesota Credit Union (CMCU) in Moorhead. CMCU is a member-owned financial cooperative founded in 1939 offering a complete line of business and personal financial services serving more than 50,000 members throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. CMCU’s Moorhead branch has been in operation since merging with Moorhead Federal Credit Union in July of 2012. Community-based and founded on the principle of “People Helping People,” CMCU was recently ranked by SNL Financial as one of the Top 50 Credit Unions in the country.

We dropped by Breadsmith in Fargo where they offer hearth-baked breads, rolls and other baked goods made daily from scratch using all-natural ingredients that are free of preservatives.

We stopped by DCI Credit Services in Fargo to say hi to the staff. The company has been in the collection and check recovery business since August 1958. The business prides itself on returning more dollars to their clients by offering the best in collection recovery, customer service, education and technology. DCI has grown tremendously over the years, with offices in Dickinson, Bismarck and, most recently, Fargo. DCI attributes the growth to a dedicated and experienced staff, as well as the results the company achieves for its clients. The business has experience collecting all types of outstanding debt including medical, retail, commercial, financial, utility, credit cards, legal judgments or NSF check recovery. In addition to collections, DCI Credit Services also provides collection training seminars to clients and staff.

We said hello to the staff at Any Lab Test Now in Fargo. The healthcare lab testing facility provides thousands of medical lab tests to consumers and employers in a professional, convenient and cost-effective way. Open six days a week, the company specializes in clinical, DNA and toxicology collection for laboratories as well as offers more than 10,000 tests for businesses and consumers.

Public Relations Ambassadors Team of the Month: Send in the Clowns

Dave Roeder, Western State Bank; Tonya Simenson, United Blood Services; Julie Halverson, Newman Outdoor Advertising; Lori Hager, JPII Catholic Schools Network;  Jeanna Sender, Captain, United Blood Services; Barb Berg, Ramsey National Bank;  Nicole Birnbaum, Radio FM Media; Lynn Hanson, Artco Promotional Products; Luann White, Coldwell Banker First Realty; not pictured Jill Mattson, Western State Bank; Jenne Quarve, Granites Unlimited; Kelsey Lerfald, TRN Abstract and Title

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Member Profile

2013 ChamberChoice Entrepreneurs of the Year Jodi Ellingson and Jill Krahn know a thing or two about starting and running a successful business. Next year, the two will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first business venture, Hair Success Salon & Day Spa. Hair Success, which was the first day spa in North Dakota, was started in 1984 in Ada, Minn. Elle magazine ranked the spa as one of the top 100 salons in the nation four years in a row. “Education is what has brought us here,” said Krahn. “The more you learn, the more you see things differently, and we wanted to bring that back to Fargo.” The two have now started several other businesses including The Salon Professional Academy, Salon Brand It, Salon Professional Education Company (SPEC) and Virtual Salon Campus. Virtual Salon Campus is the newest venture between the duo. The web-based campus, which will fully launch in 2015, looks to help prepare their students for their future careers. All of their academy students will have access to the site along with past graduates and other salon professionals for a small membership. The courses offered on the site will be geared toward professional development such as maintaining social media sites, managing your money and starting your own business. Ellingson and Krahn agree that one of the most challenging things they’ve faced on their journey is franchising their school through SPEC. “You have to be able to budget for growth,” said Ellingson. Krahn added that it’s been especially challenging with economy changes over the last couple of years. Their advice for anyone considering a franchising opportunity comes from one of their mentors, Ace Brandt: ƒƒ Hire the right leader. ƒƒ Pay the right people well. ƒƒ Walk in the back door – by the time you get to your office, you’ll know what’s going on in your business. The two have also done a lot of work to change their business to fit with the needs of today. For example, they recently developed a program called TSPA 2.0 where they train students on how to interact with the different generations (millenials, generation X, etc.) “We are trying to open up the stylist to see how one person thinks differently than another,” said Ellingson. “We want our students to be able to work with multiple generations and not limiting themselves.” When Ellingson and Krahn aren’t busy with their multiple businesses, they volunteer some of their time to plan and promote Fashion Avenue, a style show to raise money for the Christmas Wish. “The thing I love is watching all the people from the business community   come together to give,” said Krahn. Their final bit of advice? “You have to go after your dreams,” said Krahn.

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701-280-1606 • 21

What’s New with You?

We want to know! And we’re pleased to offer our congratulations to the following individuals and organizations for their accomplishments

AAA North Dakota donated more than $1,000 to the North Dakota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association for the purchase of DVR in-car camera systems. The systems will be used as part of driver’s education training classes in 13 North Dakota schools.

Brian Bergantine was promoted to operations manager at Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. (AE2S). Bergantine is a professional engineer with more than 17 years of water engineering experience. He will manage the firm’s Moorhead office. Bergantine graduated from the University of North Dakota. Bergantine





Joshua Haagenson was hired as a consumer documentation team lead; Angela Heidelberger was hired as vice president/ mortgage loan officer; Jacob Lind was hired as construction loan administrator; and Misty Scholler was hired as vice president/ branch manager at Bell State Bank & Trust. Haagenson brings more than six years of experience to the role. Heidelberger brings nearly six years of experience to the role. Lind graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College with a business degree. Scholler has more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry.

Breanna Mohagen was named unit manager of Cedar Square, a long-term skilled nursing unit at Bethany Retirement Living. She earned an associates degree in nursing from Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Congratulations also to Heidi (Flieth) Escobar, RN, on being Mohagen Escobar named nurse manager at Bethany Retirement Living. Escobar earned her licensed practical nursing certification at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.


Grant Richardson, senior executive for development and community relations at Bethany Retirement Living, was selected to serve as chair of the Senior Level Task Force for the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE). He will work with other development officers from Lutheranbased non-profit agencies across the country to provide ongoing training and professional development programs for experienced fundraising practitioners.

Bethany Retirement Living has also been invited to participate in the AHCA Quality Symposium in New Orleans in February 2014. The symposium will include educational sessions geared toward quality improvement, professional networking and peer-to-peer sharing and learning. Bethany Retirement Living has also earned Tier Two recognition in the Quality Initiative Recognition Program (QIRP), sponsored by the American Health Care Association (AHCA). The company was recognized for achieving Quality Initiative goals in safely reducing the off-label use of antipsychotics and increasing customer satisfaction.

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Mona Tedford, vice president in Bremer Bank’s Investment Management and Trust business renewed her Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP® certification. Tedford has held the CFP designation since 1991. Brad Alm, sourcing manager; Treavor Peterson, customer supply chain manager; and Tobin Spooner, alliance sourcing and pricing supervisor, of Border States Electric, received the Patriot Award from the North Dakota Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The employees were recognized for supporting Citizen Border States Warriors. Border States Electric also received the Above and Beyond Award. In connection with these awards, CEO Tammy Miller signed a Corporate Level Statement of Support as a confirmation of their commitment to the employees they share with the military. Erica Melland was promoted to mortgage closer/funder; Nicole Nordquist was hired as financial analyst/internal auditor; Kadie Stoltz was promoted to business Melland Nordquist Stoltz banking associate; Cindy Trepanier was hired as mortgage loan officer; and Jason Wollum was promoted to credit analyst at Cornerstone Bank. Melland joined Cornerstone in 2010 as an operations assistant. Nordquist will be graduating in December from South Dakota State University with a major in Trepanier Wollum mathematics. Stoltz joined Cornerstone in 2010 as an operations assistant. Trepanier brings more than 15 years of banking experience, including mortgage loan processing and business/personal banking experience. Wollum has been a customer service/lead teller with Cornerstone since 2012.



Jim Beske was hired as a systems engineer and Matt Sobocinski was hired as a service sales executive for Corporate Technologies, LLC. Beske has an associates degree in computer programming. Sobocinski was previously employed at Lavelle Company, Teamsters Club and CCRI in Fargo.

Pat Traynor, president of the Dakota Medical Foundation and executive director of the Impact Foundation, was awarded the 2013 Charles Bailly Award, an honor given annually by the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties. Traynor received this award for his work and support in developing the Impact Foundation, which supports non-profit fundraising efforts, along with his leadership in providing support and direction to the 7-Mindsets movement in our community and the Cass-Clay Alive Initiative.

Brett Beckius was hired as MDU sales and service representative at Enventis. Beckius previously worked as an assistant property manager for Property Resources Group.


Lora Francis, physician assistant, joined the cardiothoracic surgery department at the Essentia Health Heart & Francis Vascular Center. Francis has a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Mountain State University. Congratulations, also, to Essentia Health, on being honored for its stroke care by the American Heart Association. The award recognized that Essentia met eight core stroke measures. Essentia Health was also recognized this year by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, which means stroke patients get fast, lifesaving, state-of-the-art care.



Amanda Erickson, RN was hired as resident care manager and Alicia Rask, RN, was promoted to resident care manager at Eventide Senior Living Communities. Erickson received her associates degree in nursing from North Dakota State College of Science and BSN from University of Mary. Rask has been with Eventide since 2011 as an MDS Coordinator.

Roger Hagen, civil engineer, served 40 years at Houston Engineering, Inc. Hagen has been responsible for project development, design, construction coordination and land surveys on municipal utility systems, rural water systems, private site plans, sport Hagen Korf complexes and land development projects. Congratulations, also, to Dan Korf who was hired as civil engineer for Houston Engineering, Inc. Korf graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Emily Halvorson was hired as lead developer; Breanna Lage was hired as support manager; and Kurt Quiggle was hired as professional services manager Halvorson Lage Quiggle for Implementation Specialists, Inc. Halvorson has more than 30 years of industry experience in computer programming. Lage has more than seven years of customer service experience. Quiggle has 14 years of experience including, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft SQL Server, business intelligence, integration and analysis and software project management.


Fiebiger, Swanson, West & Co., PLLP, opened an accounting office in Wahpeton. Gail Korth, CPA and resident of Wahpeton will supervise the office.




Patricia Crago, Kelly Jundt, Jeff Voorhees and Joan Windus joined Keller Williams Roers’ Realty. Congratulations, also, to Beau Flom who was named top sales leader and top listing leader for October 2013 at Keller Williams Roers’ Realty.

Korth Windus

Jennifer Grimm was hired as an insurance agent for First International Insurance. Grimm has been involved in the banking and insurance business for more than 13 years prior to an eight-year break in aviation sales. Grimm Lindbo

Ron Walters was hired as major gifts officer for the state of North Dakota and Clay County for the Great Plains Food Bank. Walters has extensive experience in both fundraising for non-profit entities and as a professional journalist. Walters

Cari Jehlik was hired as development assistant for HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization. Jehlik received two bachelor’s degrees from Minnesota State University Moorhead and brings non-profit development experience. Jehlik


Tatum O’Brien Lindbo and Robert L. Stroup II, Kennelly O’Keeffe Ltd., were recognized as super lawyers by the nationally known Super Lawyers publication. Super lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Clint Gilbertson was named project manager of the North Dakota Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Initiative (NDAMSTI) at North Dakota State College of Science. NDAMSTI was recently awarded a $2.7 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Gilbertson’s new role will include managing this grant for Gilbertson its duration, over the next four years. Congratulations, also, to North Dakota State College of Science on being awarded the CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. The accreditation recognizes NDSCS for its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings, and ensuring access to quality treatment. • 23

Jane Schuh, associate professor of veterinary and microbiological sciences and assistant dean for academic programs in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources at North Dakota State University, was accepted for the Food Systems Leadership Institute. The institute is an Schuh Wischer executive leadership development program for academia, industry and government, emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food systems. Congratulations, also, to Stephen Wischer, associate professor of architecture and landscape architecture at North Dakota State University, on being named by DesignIntelligence as one of the 30 Most Admired Educators for 2014. The 30 Most Admired Educators are named each year to honor excellence in education and education administration.

North Dakota State University, on being selected as one of 12 institutions to take part in a pilot program aimed at improving student success, retention and completion rates. The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education invited NDSU for its Gateways to Completion process. The program provides tools for faculty and staff to analyze student and institutional performance in introductory gateway courses. Congratulations, also, to North Dakota State University, on launching the Department of Pharmacy Practice’s iPad Technology Initiative as a pilot program in an effort to give students a more streamlined learning experience, reduce printing costs and help students gain valuable experience with a mobile device being used by pharmacy professionals across the country.

Melissa Mozley and Kelly Mapes, Park Co. Realtors, were awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists. The CRS designation is given to realtors who have earned the highest credential awarded to residential agents, managers and brokers.

Dave Deragisch on being promoted to managing director at the Principal Financial Group. Deragisch joined the insurance/ financial services industry in 2012, most recently serving as development director at the Dakotas Business Center in Sioux Falls. Deragisch

Realty Executives North Plains donated 2,000 books to the library of the Cass County Jail. The donation came after a book drive Realty Executives held over a two-week period.

Amber Nefzger and Jarrod Nyland joined RE/MAX Legacy Realty. Nefzger and Nyland are licensed real estate agents for both North Dakota and Minnesota. Nefzger

The Shack on Broadway, on being named the “Best Breakfast” restaurant in the Fargo-Moorhead area in The Forum of Fargo Moorhead’s recent “Best of 2013 - Food and Dining” competition. The Shack on Broadway has become a well-known, quality, family restaurant operating in North Fargo.

Eric Newell, president of Stoneridge Software, was named to the Prairie Business magazine list of 40 Under 40. The list includes 40 business professionals under the age of 40 from around the region who personify a high degree of talent, dedication to their profession and contribution to their community. Newell

Steve Asche, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, FIC, wealth advisor with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation granted by The American College. The CLU designation is given to insurance professionals who complete a comprehensive career-training program.


Mike Allmendinger, general manager of the Kilbourne Group and principal of Land Elements; Brian Hayer, president and CEO of Warner and Company Insurance; Susan Mathison, M.D., owner and president of Catalyst Medical Center; and Sam Wai, treasurer at American Crystal Allmendinger Hayer Sugar Company, were named to the Plains Art Museum board of directors. Board member appointments are for three-year terms. Congratulations, also, to the Plains Art Museum, on receiving a $200,000 community innovation grant from the Bush Foundation. The Museum’s project, Public Art and Community Engagement, Mathison Wai was one of 34 programs to receive grants from the Foundation, which received 618 grant applications from within Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota for this round of funding.


Jon Hanson, hired as a property and casualty commercial lines producer at Warner and Company. Hanson earned a degree from North Dakota State University in 2006.


Paula Sebelius, promoted to consumer loan assistant at Western State Bank. She has served as a customer service representative with Western since 2008.


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Welcome New Members! The Chamber encourages all members to conduct business with each other. Those listed below recently have made an important investment in their businesses and their professional careers by joining The Chamber. Please consider them for your personal and professional needs. When you do, let them know you learned of their business through The Chamber! ABC Property Management 323 48th Avenue Southwest Moorhead, MN 56560 701.793.0187 Real Estate - Property Management Kathie Kvalvog ABC Property Management serves owners and tenants in the Fargo Moorhead community with perfection. Family Voices of North Dakota 312 Second Avenue West, Box 163 Edgeley, ND 58433 701.493.2634 Counseling Services Donene Feist Family Voices of North Dakota assists families of children as they navigate public and private systems, access services and resources for their children and provide oneon-one emotional support. Golf Addiction 4474 23rd Avenue South, Suite C Fargo, ND 58104 701.388.3032 Golf Chris Sayre Golf Addiction is the area’s new indoor virtual golf center, featuring six aboutGolf simulators, pool tables, darts and a great bar and grill, in a fun relaxing atmosphere. Hair Additions 1322 23rd Street South, Suite A Fargo, ND 58103 701.356.4949 Beauty Salons & Barbers Lisa Dresser Recruiter: Jim Deutsch, Artco Promotional Products, Inc. Hair Additions specializes in non-surgical hair replacement and hair restoration for both women and men. The business offers traditional hair salon services and prides itself on going the extra mile and guaranteeing its work, backed by more than 25 years of experience.

Norcom Safety LLC 4520 19th Avenue Southwest Fargo, ND 58103 701.356.2246 Consultants Danielle Pretzer Norcom’s safety services are backed by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Compliance specialists are highly trained and well equipped to answer your toughest questions. Norcom offers comprehensive, affordable solutions to your DOT compliance challenges. Protech Contracting Services 2790 Fifth Avenue Southwest, Suite G Fargo, ND 58103 701.235.9243 Contractors - Painting Ashley Larson Protech Contracting Services is an industrial coating contractor serving the upper Midwest region. The company applies industrial paint, coatings and linings to concrete and steel in most industrial environments. Protech also applies concrete floor coatings and toppings with polymer and mortar based products. Sam’s Club-Moorhead 2901 Frontage Road South, Suite 10 Moorhead, MN 56560 218.287.1408 Retail Stores Leah Roiko

One Herd 502 First Avenue North Fargo, ND 58102 701.478 7763 Clothing - Accessories Mike Dragosavich One Herd is a clothing and merchandise brand offering officially licensed clothing and accessories designed for North Dakota State University. One Herd is sold online at For each product purchased, $1 is donated to charity.

Is your organization celebrating a milestone this year? Let us celebrate with you! Send details and your company logo to

20-Year Anniversary

Tovek Drive Systems 15501 18th Street North Georgetown, MN 56549 701.446.6151 Consultants-Design Jake Clark Tovek Drive Systems is a design firm that specializes in product design and 3D printing. The company can take an idea from a sketch to a 3D prototype within hours. • 25

Learning Opportunities Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking No matter what your career, becoming an effective communicator is a basic skill that employers value. Don’t let fear of public speaking hold you back from success. Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking, offered by the University of Mary/Fargo and taught by Tasha Rohlfs, will teach you how to become an exciting, persuasive and inspirational public speaker. This workshop will be offered Tuesdays, February 4, 11 and 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the University of Mary/Fargo, 1351 Page Drive South. The workshop cost is $249. Register at For more information, call 701.232.7088 or email

Grow your career by preparing for Microsoft Dynamics AX Certification The University of Mary/Fargo and Stoneridge Software will offer Microsoft Dynamics AX Certification Preparation classes, starting the week of January 13. Dynamics AX is popular in manufacturing, distribution and retail industries, which use it to manage finances, human capital, supply chains, projects, accounting and retail intelligence and reporting. Classes will be offered in project management, development, installation and configuration, financial management and supply chain management. Days and times vary. For class times and registration information, visit For more information, contact Continuing Education at the University of Mary/Fargo at 701.232.7088.

Dale Carnegie Course The Dale Carnegie Course begins on February 19 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and February 20 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. This 9 week training meets one night per week. Recognized worldwide as the flagship course of Dale Carnegie Training, this course will help participants to: § § § §

Enhance public and personal communication skills. Become a more effective leader. Display increased levels of courage, confidence and conviction. Control excessive stress and worry.

For additional information call 701.476.8811 or go online at

Leadership Development Leadership Training for Managers begins Wednesday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This training meets one morning per week for 7 weeks. Dale Carnegie Training is proud to offer participants the chance to: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Manage conflict and change. Hold people accountable. Learn effective coaching techniques. Keep meetings on track.

For more information call 701.476.8811 or go online at .

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Holiday Business After Hours Showcases Festivity and Fun More than 1,000 people attended Holiday Business After Hours last month, braving the sub-zero temperatures to get in the holiday spirit. The event featured 115 exhibitors who offered attendees a range of enticing items as they strolled through the aisles networking with other business professionals and organizations for three hours. “The Chamber is always excited about the turnout at Holiday Business After Hours, and this year was no different,” said Chamber President/CEO Craig Whitney. “Our members understand and appreciate the value of a major networking event like this, and take advantage of the opportunity to promote their organizations and meet other business professionals in the community.” The 2014 Business After Hours events kick off in February. On average, more than 500 people attend each event with more than 50 exhibitors.

Thank you to our sponsors!

We offer our sincere gratitude to the incredible staff at the Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center. Without their tireless effort, the Holiday Business After Hours event on December 5 would not have been possible. The Ramada has been a Chamber member since 1995 and is currently a Community Builder.

Were you a winner?

Be sure to check our website to see if you were one of the lucky winners of a door prize given away at the Holiday Business After Hours on December 5. The list is available at

Save the Date

Business After Hours on Tuesday, February 4, sponsored by Advanced Business Methods. Register today to attend or reserve your booth space at or by contacting Bobbi at 218.359.0525 or

“We joined the Chamber to expand our presence in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo market. We have found the BAH events a very cost-effective way to meet members and talk about who we are, and we’ve seen recognition of Cragun’s increase along with opportunities. The events are well run by The Chamber, and the community has been very welcoming.”  Jonathan Ward Cragun’s Resort and Conference Center • 27

January 2014 Community Calendar Send your events to to see them on our community calendar!


Prepare for the Microsoft Dynamics AX Certification Exams University of Mary/Fargo


ND Women Startup Weekend Dakota Medical Foundation


Red River Valley Coin Club 54th Annual Coin Show Best Western Doublewood Inn & Conference Center


14th Annual Cares For Kids Radiothon Sanford Health

Signs of Support Program Offers Area Non-Profits Opportunity to be Noticed Non-profit organizations in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area have the chance to share their accomplishments through Signarama’s Signs of Support. The grant program is designed to help non-profit and charitable organizations with replacing or creating affordable products and services, such as: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Banners and banner stands. Vehicle lettering and graphics. Window graphics. Building signage and lettering. Directional signs.

Eligible local businesses must meet the following criteria: ƒƒ Secular or faith-based nonprofit organization. ƒƒ Affiliate of registered charities. ƒƒ Non-government civic organization or part of a local school system. Applications will be accepted until January 31. Call 701.478.7900 or visit to request an application.

Interested in seeing your business advertisement in the next issue of The Bridge? Contact Tracy at or by calling 218.233.1100.

Get Informed. “The Chamber helps me solve problems and learn skills through business trainings and real time events.” Dale Carnegie Business Group of ND Chamber Member since 2001

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Chamber Around Town

Ribbon cuttings are led by the Public Relations Ambassadors, a group of dedicated volunteers who help Chamber members celebrate their business accomplishments. A business can request a ribbon cutting if they open a new location, remodel, are under new ownership, change their name or are celebrating a milestone anniversary. If you would like more information on ribbon cuttings, visit or call Gail at 218.233.1100.

NOODLES & COMPANY Noodles & Company Grand opening, November 5 2603 Kirsten Lane South, Fargo

BIOLIFE PLASMA SERVICES BioLife Plasma Services Groundbreaking, November 7 801 East Beaton Drive, West Fargo

MY BEST FRIEND'S CLOSET My Best Friend’s Closet New location, November 6 1617 32nd Avenue South, Fargo

SHOTWELL FLORAL & GREENHOUSE Shotwell Floral & Greenhouse 125th anniversary, November 7 4000 40th Street South, Fargo • 29

Chamber Around Town



Mojo Fit Studios Grand opening, November 8 2119 13th Avenue South, Fargo

Bottle Barn Liquors New location, November 14 2515 South University Drive, Fargo

FREEDOM COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION Freedom Community Credit Union Grand opening, November 19 4505 47th Avenue South, Fargo

Wishing you a happy & prosperous New Year! Please stop by to pick up your 2014 Knight Printing Calendar!

CORVAL GROUP Corval Group Grand opening, November 20 112 15th Street South, Hawley Lighted Signage | Pole & Monument Signs | Awnings Vinyl Graphics | Neon | LEDs | Interior Signs | ADA Interior & Exterior Digital Displays | | Digital Printing Express Graphics

Making it happen.

16 South 16th Street • Fargo, ND 58103 701.235.1121 • 888.526.1121 •

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Indigo Signworks’ headquarters is located at: 1622 Main Avenue | Fargo, ND 58103 701.297.9696 | Additional locations in Bismarck, Grand Forks & Minot, ND and Alexandria & St. Cloud, MN

Chamber Around Town

KNIGHT PRINTING Knight Printing 125th anniversary, November 20 16 South 16th Street, Fargo

PRIME NUMBERS PrimeNumbers New location, November 21 3175 Sienna Drive South, Fargo

FIRST COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION First Community Credit Union Grand opening, November 21 4521 19th Avenue South, Fargo

ACTION INSURANCE AGENCY, LLC Action Insurance Agency, LLC Grand opening, November 22 4265 45 Street South, Suite 137, Fargo

Interested in hosting your own Ribbon Cutting? Contact Gail at or by calling 218.233.1100 • 31

Mission Statement “The Chamber promotes economic growth and prosperity for business and its members through advocacy, education and engagement.” Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Post Office Box 2443 Fargo, North Dakota 58108-2443

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January 2014 Chamber Events

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9 8 a.m. State of the Cities Hilton Garden Inn of Fargo

22 7:30 a.m. Operation Thank You 2014 Launch Party Hjemkomst Center

15 11:30 a.m. Looking for a Big Sales Year in 2014? Hilton Garden Inn of Fargo

22 4 p.m. Operation Thank You 2014 Celebration Finale D-S Beverages

21 11:30 a.m. YPN: Why Companies Want to Attract and Retain Innovators Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conferecne Center 21 1:30 p.m. Operation Thank You 2014 Stuffing Party Hjemkomst Center

Community Builders

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23 4 p.m. YPN: John Deere Tour & Talk John Deere Electronic Solutions 23 5:15 p.m. YPN Happy Hour: Fargo Brewing Company

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