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THE FARGO MOORHEAD WEST FARGO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

VOL. 22 NO. 11

AARON RODGERS

DAVID FEHERTY

GARY VANDERCHUCK

JOE MAUER

DAVID LETTERMAN

JOE MONTANA

ADAM THIELEN

DAVID ORTIZ

GENERAL CHRIS DONAHUE

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

ADAM SANDLER

JOHN ELWAY

MEG WHITMAN

NIKKI HALEY NORMAN LESLIE OPRAH WINFREY

NEIL PASRICHA

ALAN PAGE

DENZEL WASHINGTON

GENO AURIEMMA

JOHN GREEN

MEGAN MCCAIN

AMY POEHLER

DR PHIL

GEORGE CLOONEY

JON BON JOVI

MEGHAN MARKLE

BARACK OBAMA

DREW BREES

GOV. JESSE VENTURA

JON TAFFER

MELINDA GATES

PHIL JACKSON

BERT JACOBS

DWAYNE JOHNSON

HILLARY CLINTON

JONATHAN VAN NESS

MICHAEL JORDAN

POST MALONE

BEYONCÉ

ELIZABETH WARREN

HUEY LEWIS

JOSH DUHAMEL

MICHAEL PHELPS

RAVI ZACHARIAS

ELON MUSK

INKY JOHNSON

LEWIS HOWES

MIKE KRZYZEWSKI

RAY DALIO

JEB BUSH

MAJ BRIAN SHUL

MIKE ROWE

RROBIN ROBERTS

MICHELLE OBAMA

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ERIC HOUGLUM

JOE BIDEN

MALCOM GLADWELL

MIKE WOLF

ROY MOORE

MARK CUBAN

MITT ROMNEY

MATT ACKERLAND

MORGAN FREEMAN

SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO SENATOR TIM SCOTT PEYTON MANNING SHERYL SANDBERG SIMON SINEK TAYLOR SWIFT THE ROCK TILLMAN FERTITTA TIM TEBOW TINA FEY TOM HANKS TROY AIKMAN WILL SMITH

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Community Builders

The Forum O F

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

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


ON THE COVER

Voices of Vision: Details on the 10th annual event

Contents

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July 2019

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 6 Chamber Events 8 Eggs & Issues 10 Public Policy

Member Profile:

Vocational Training Center

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16 Chamber News 17 Professionals of Color 19 Business Training 21 Women Connect 24 Young Entrepreneurs Academy 26 New Members 29 Member News 34 Ribbon Cuttings

Member Spotlight: Bank of North Dakota

Military Appreciation Night: Photos and

highlights from the event

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AD INDEX

14 Bank of North Dakota

22 Bell Bank

25 Boulger Funeral Home

32 Cole Papers, Inc.

25 Cornerstone Bank

23 Essentia Health

29 Fargo AirSho

35 First International Bank & Trust

35 Four Points by Sheraton

35 Indigo Signworks

20 J&M Printing

32 Knight Printing

22 Mobile Pro

23 NDSU College of Business

20 O.K. Tire Retail Fargo

22 Pro Resources

25 Sanford Health Orthopedics

28 Sanford Health Plan

10 Starion Bank

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


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

Mike Dragosavich Spotlight Media Inc.

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

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

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

Jodi Duncan Flint Group

Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly

THE CHAMBER STAFF

Judd Graham Bremer Bank

Brittany Montecuollo Sanford Health Joanna Slominski Mortenson

Jeff Volk Moore Engineering, Inc.

Craig Whitney The Chamber

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Nancy Johnson ND Soybean Growers Association

@FMWFPrez

@FMWFJim

@FMWFJulieD

Craig Whitney

Jim Parsons

Julie Doggett

President/CEO

VP of Finance/Operations

@FMWFDarren Darren Dunlop

Information Systems Administrator

Business Development Manager

@FMWFKatie

Agribusiness

Bryan Kingsley Midco

Ambassador Public Relations

Jan Monda Bell Insurance

Ambassador Member Relations

Jess Almlie Discovery Benefits

Business Training

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

Tim Flakoll Tri-College University

@FMWFDarin

@FMWFTyler

@FMWFAmanda

Darin Feir

Tyler Fischbach

Amanda Huggett

Katie Mastel

Graphics & Publications Coordinator

Multimedia Coordinator

Manager of Communications & Marketing

Government Affairs & Advocacy Manager

@FMWFTracyM

@FMWFTracyP

@FMWFAlyssa

@FMWFKatieR

Tracy Meckler

Tracy Powell

Alyssa Ralston

Public Policy

Thomas Jefferson State Farm Insurance Professionals of Color

Carrie Carney Eventide Senior Living Women Connect Communities Caitlin Stoecker Arvig

Young Professionals Network

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Bobbi Rehder

Casey Sanders

Mickayla Thompson

Julie Yourczek

Events Coordinator

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Director of Events & Programs

Manager of Membership

Member Relations Coordinator

Office Administrator


a note from the

PRESIDENT

This year’s Voices of Vision will be a touchdown event 2019 has already ushered in a reason to celebrate, as it will be the 10th anniversary edition of our Voices of Vision event series. As you might recall, when we started this, we had several criteria that guided the program. Each year, Voices of Vision is an annual event that brings nationally recognized, world-thought visionaries to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area. Hosting these types of well-known speakers not only offers the community the opportunity to hear and see a variety of public figures, but also gives visibility to our region and showcases our metro. Voices of Vision is about bringing together people from all walks of life, political persuasions, opinion leaders, political leaders and business leaders. I am so proud to say that over the first nine years of hosting this event, it’s clear that we have found a successful series that is needed in our market, and that our expectations were exceeded. To some that felt this couldn’t be done—well, we did it! The challenge with a series like this is fourfold: Identifying a well-known and interesting speaker to resonate with our audience; matching a speaker’s schedule against our event calendar; ensuring a diverse lineup of individuals that cover a range of topics, industries and experiences; and securing a local venue that is available.

If you’ve been at this event before, you know that we always ask who you want to see next. This has been a successful practice. Interestingly, we have noticed definite trends in the suggestions that come our way. Athletes and politicians tend to top the list year after year. We also make sure that everyone who is selected is an accomplished businessperson. This year, we pulled out all the stops to secure former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as she has been consistently the most highly requested. We found that she requires nearly a year advance booking, so we decided to pursue our second-most requested speaker over the years—a man who is known as not only an outstanding NFL quarterback, but a truly principled and well-liked family and business man. We have already begun the quest to secure Condi for next year’s event. We are confident that Peyton Manning will be incredible on the Voices of Vision stage. Don’t forget to CATCH your tickets to see him in November. I hope to see you there!

Craig Whitney President / CEO The Chamber

As with many of our events, we try to strike a healthy balance in who takes the stage, keeping in mind age, gender and racial diversity. What we’ve found is that men tend to be easier to book and more affordable, coupled with the fact that a much lower percentage of high-profile women are in the speaking circuit.   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  5


CHAMBER EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE! The Chamber’s Ninth Annual Meeting Thursday, September 12, 2019 Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Holiday Inn

PRESENTING SPONSOR

#FMWFam19 Join us to hear updates and accomplishments, honor Chamber volunteers, look ahead, and celebrate our 2019 Legacy Leader! Register online at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

Chamber 101: Connect. Engage. Maximize. Tuesday, August 20 | 4 to 4:45 p.m. | The Chamber office

If you’re not familiar with The Chamber, are a new member, new contact, new hire, or just want to re-engage with us, this session is for you! Chamber 101 is a laid-back discussion designed to share some of the great benefits of Chamber membership and what opportunities exist that you need to know. Come as you are! Casey Sanders, The Chamber’s manager of membership, will walk you through events, programs, discounts, tools and more, so you can begin maximizing your membership right away. It’s a great way to introduce new faces to what we have available, or to simply say hello and meet fellow business professionals. Other chamber staff will be around so you can ask questions, get answers and feel supported.

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Can’t make it or have a large group? We can come to you! Contact Casey at 218.233.1100 or csanders@fmwfchamber.com   to bring Chamber 101 to your workplace!

Refreshments provided. Optional networking is at the end; we hope you can stick around. Don’t forget your business cards!

FREE registration Register at fmwfchamber.com. All welcomed, and RSVP appreciated.


10th ANNUAL The 2019 Voices of Vision speaker is…

Tuesday, November 5 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Sanford Health Athletic Complex

NFL Legend AND philanthropist, entrepreneur, spokesman, host, author Register and learn more at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

#VOV19 PRESENTING SPONSOR

Why Manning?

Every year, we ask who you want to see as the next Voices of Vision speaker. Every year, Peyton Manning is near the top of the list. He’s funny, he’s accomplished, he’s iconic, and he has so much to share with an audience. Join us for this superstar event and hear more about this athlete-turned-businessman. Manning knows how to build successful teams and overcome adversity. He shares his real-world tips on how you can adapt to change and come out on top. We’ll hear how he creates a winning team culture and leads with passion.

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EGGS & ISSUES Updates from Chief David Todd, Fargo

The annual update from our police chiefs always draws a great crowd. These local leaders in law are dedicated to serving and protecting our communities, and their friendly banter and humor makes their presentations not just informative, but also entertaining. The theme for all our cities was that while offenses are seeing slightly higher numbers, the departments are also growing to accommodate the rise in population and all that comes with it.

The department has three strategies: • Community-Oriented Policing • Compstat (using data to drive efforts) • Intelligence-Led Policing

#FMWFEGGS

A closer look at community crime: Update from our local police

The Fargo Police Department has 205 fulltime employees. Of those, 181 are sworn officers. This also includes bike patrol, SWAT team, K-9 unit, bomb squad and instructors.

In 2018, Fargo was up 20 Part I arrests (which include burglary, theft, arson, rape and robbery) but down 276 Part II arrests (which include fraud, vandalism, sex offenses, drug abuse violations, DUI, disorderly conduct and vagrancy). They say four factors drive calls on activity: More officer-initiated activity (field contacts, traffic stops, checking on suspicious activity); addiction-driven behavior; mental health issues and lack of residential treatment; and change in culture and recidivism. Todd said meth is still on the rise locally, as well as heroin and fentanyl. New initiatives include constantly hiring to keep up with demands, and finishing their move into the new FPD building on 25th Street and 1st Ave N by late August. “We take every opportunity to engage our community, whether on social media, in interactions, programming or summer camps, because that’s what a healthy department does,” Todd said. “It’s a symptom of a department that cares.”

Updates from Chief Shannon Monroe, Moorhead

The police department in Moorhead has had a recent history of being understaffed and housed in an old building in dire need of repair. New chief Monroe was happy to report that after restructuring, they’ve been able to add more officers with no impact to the budget, as well as relocate to an incredible new facility and change the pay structure to be more competitive in its hiring. Once these organizational changes were in place, they’ve been able to return to a community policing model. This includes small teams led by sergeants with monthly progress reporting, patrol by shift and beat, investigations by specialty, civilian 8  THE BRIDGE  •  JULY 2019

staff by function, improved and increased communication and information sharing, identify repeat calls, work with partners and resolve people/property issues. Goals for the department include reconnecting with the community and partners to solve neighborhood problems and repeat calls, and increasing staff and lowering calls to improve work conditions, job fulfillment and retention.

Updates from Chief Heith Janke, West Fargo

In our region’s fastest-growing city, West Fargo currently has 61 officers and 13 civilian staff, and recently changed its compensation, resulting in a 95% retention rate. Janke reminded the audience that despite the slight rise in crime, we are still a very safe community. In 2019, the department had nearly 30,000 calls for service (compared to about 27,000 in 2017). “You’ve heard the term community policing today, and it’s the same thing for us,” Janke said. “How we build relationships with people in our community is how we keep our crime rates low. When you have personal interaction, they’re more likely to feed information to deal with suspects causing issues. We expect our officers to be in parks, building a foundation and interaction with kids. The other expectation is to show compassion for people dealing with the darkest days of their lives and help them change their lives. It’s a core value we see come back to us.” At the end of the chiefs’ presentations, audience members were able to ask questions of the panel. During this, they shared businesses can support their efforts by simply getting involved, and by supporting non-profits and programs that fill gaps in our community’s needs. They also reminded that if you see something, say something! We want to give a big thanks to the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead for hosting this event and for serving a great breakfast!


EGGS & ISSUES   Tuesday, July 2 

  Tuesday, August 6 

Area Higher Education Update

The Future of Farming: A Look at Autonomous Ag

Jill Abbott, Concordia College; Brenda Amenson-Hill, MSUM; Dean Bresciani, NDSU; Carrie Brimhall, M State; John Richman, NDSCS

Kevin Biffert, Fargo Automation; Jake Joraanstad, Myriad Mobile/Bushel; Michelle Kommer, ND Dept of Commerce; Greg Tehven, Emerging Prairie

With the great impact our five colleges have on our communities, it’s important to hear from those who lead them. Join us for this Eggs & Issues to hear from representatives of our higher education institutions as they provide an end-ofthe-year wrap-up and insights on how they can continue to grow. They will share about key issues facing higher education as a whole and what their institutions are doing to stay competitive. We will learn more about how their industry is changing in the future, current enrollment trends and how the outcomes of the legislative session have impacted their work. This lively discussion will also include time for questions from the audience. As always, we’ll have coffee and conversation flowing, and hot breakfast will be served!

You have probably heard the buzz around The Grand Farm, but join us for this Eggs & Issues to take a deep dive into the initiative! The Grand Farm aims to capitalize on the region’s potential in the agriculture and technology industries to create a fully autonomous farm that will impact the FargoMoorhead Community and beyond. Through collaboration among businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs this initiative will help develop new opportunities and accelerate change to bring this idea to reality by the year 2025. As always, this lively discussion with include time for questions from the audience and we’ll have coffee and conversation to go along with hot breakfast!

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

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

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

PRESENTING SPONSORS

PROGRAM SPONSOR

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

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

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PUBLIC POLICY

An ag update from the committee chair “Trade and tariffs have been the hottest topic in agriculture for more than a year. There is hope that the USMCA will be acted on by Congress this summer. Talks with Japan and Korea continue to be important for North Dakota agriculture. When the G20 (or Group of Twenty, an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union) meets in Japan at the end of June, there is hope for a discussion on a trade agreement with China. After a drawn-out harvest, a long winter and a very difficult spring, movement on the trade agreements will be welcomed by agriculture.” — Nancy Johnson Executive Director

North Dakota Soybean Growers Association Agribusiness Committee Chair

Interested in joining?

On July 9, the Agribusiness committee will invite Joel Erickson, Bank of North Dakota, to speak about the 100th anniversary and the current programs for ag. This meeting is open to Chamber members. Interested in attending? Contact Katie at kmastel@fmwfchamber.com for details.

Minnesota Legislative Wrap-Up July 18 | Time and location TBD

Minnesota’s 91st legislative session finished on May 25 after gaveling in for a 21 consecutive hour special session. All business was concluded as the legislature agreed to the $48.3 billion budget—an increase from $45.5 billion last biennium—to fund the state for the next two years. This session was extremely active and produced a few major outcomes. Effective August 1 this year, it will be illegal to use a cell phone while driving, unless it is in hands-free or one-touch mode. Public school funding will see an additional $540 million, which is equivalent to an increase of 2% per student each year of the biennium. Additionally, an additional $275 million over the next two years will be invested into roads and bridges. Overall, there were no tax increases, but there were changes to the tax code. This session produced an enhancement to the working family tax credit for middle income-earners, and the second income tax tier will be reduced from 7.05% to 6.80%, affecting couples earning between $37,850 and $150,380 and individuals earning between $25,890 and $85,060. Join us for a wrap-up event to hear additional highlights and outcomes! Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and other District 4 legislators will share their insights from the session in a special panel presentation. Register online at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

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Highlights from

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT AT THE REDHAWKS

We had an amazing time at our ninth annual Military Appreciation Night at Newman Outdoor Field with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks last month. Due to the support of sponsors and partners, over 1,000 service members and their families were treated to an incredible patriotic-filled evening of fun. We kicked the evening off with a picnic, inflatable games, an interactive photo booth and the chance for military families to mingle with Hawkeye and RedHawks players. Little Red River Veterans Band entertained with patriotic music during the picnic. The U.S. Navy SEAL team of Patriot Parachuters were back with an incredible show as they descended into the stadium from the sky and delivered the flag. It was a special night for 13 recruits representing two branches of the military as they were sworn in. Bob Jensen, Purple Heart Recipient, and Mike Haugen, Retired Major General, threw out the first pitches. Hornbacher’s and Smithfield foods presented $5,200 in free groceries to both Cass and Clay County Veterans Services. We want to thank our Honor Star members, Military Affairs committee, sponsors and attendees, for supporting this great event and celebrating our region’s military.

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Not-for-Profit of the Year:

Vocational Training Center The Vocational Training Center is a place where individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can find support in achieving their Life’s dreams and goals. In our community since the 1960s, they have been a leader in delivering strengths-based and solutiondriven vocational and employment services. Deeply rooted in core values of integrity, individuality, respect and dedication, a range of services and programs create greater access to independence and affords these individuals choices and opportunities in society.

Above: Corey and Gary shopping Below: Kyle making coffee

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Employment services include job coaching and worksite assistance, pre-vocational services teach soft-skills, and day habilitation offers basic life skills such as food preparation. Often, individuals will experience the full spectrum of programs offered. That’s part of the beauty surrounding the VTC, as there is a place for everybody, regardless `their stage in life.

Their newest program is called C.R.E.A.T.E. Internships (Career. Readiness. Education. And. Training. Experience.) and began just last year. This program is designed to link transitionaged men and women between 18 and 28 with significant barriers to employment to a competitive, integrated employment experience in an in-demand job in the area. The goal is to provide the necessary work-based training and experience to give the intern the best opportunity to find success in an integrated work environment that he or she enjoys. So far, they’ve been able to gain real work experience at a local mattress retailer, in information networking and graphic design.

We are always evaluating needs and services to grow and diversify and ask what more we can offer

Partnerships are paramount to the Vocational Training Center, and they strive to give back to the communities that also support them. Burtsfield wrote in their award application —Steve Pederson that they believe that forming Operations Director successful partnerships between non-profits, businesses and The organization is experiencing other entities, is key to improving their overall incredible growth. In 2014, the organization supported impact and achieving greater outcomes for the approximately 54 individuals with various disabilities. organization, their partners, our community and Now, a few short years later, their numbers have over the individuals they serve. doubled to just over 140 individuals receiving services Just by bridging the gap with local businesses, through the Vocational Training Center. Their staff, they’ve already produced remarkable outcomes revenue and programming options have also grown in employment opportunities for individuals with right alongside the increase in those seeking services. disabilities. Employees are incredible assets In fact, they have grown so much that they purchased to the work environment, and make valuable and renovated a building in south Fargo in 2016 to contributions in our community. accommodate an expansion for therapeutic services 57 years after its founding, the Vocational and day habilitation for those that require a much Training Center continues to be a tireless higher level of care. This same facility serves as one advocate for their clients, offering them a of their hubs for community integration activities and much-needed voice and choice. volunteerism. ‘We have built something that people obviously want to be a part of,’ Executive Director Scott Burtsfield said of the new facility.


MEMBER PROFILE

Left to right: Steve Pederson and Scott Burtsfield

2018 first place float at the Holiday Lights Parade

Riding Link FM bus in July 2018

Above: Arc Fashion Show Left: Volunteering at St. John's Preschool

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Bank of North Dakota Bank of North Dakota is proudly celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. BND is the state’s repository

for tax dollars, and revenues are invested to support BND’s vision of being an agile partner creating financial solutions for current and emerging economic trends. Profits are appropriated by the legislature to support the general fund or other state What makes your organization unique? initiatives or are reinvested as At this time, we truly are one-of-a-kind: part of BND’s capital.

The only loans offered directly to consumers are student loans and two types of agricultural loans. All other loan programs are done in participation with other lenders. The Bank of North Dakota is a survivor. It has been tested, questioned, investigated and applauded. Through all of this, it has remained loyal to its founding principle, which currently serves as its mission statement: To support agriculture, commerce and industry in North Dakota.

the only state-owned bank in the country. What is most unique is that BND partners with local banks and credit unions as opposed to competing with them. BND offers very limited retail services. Instead, BND serves as a correspondent bank helping with loans, providing economic development programs and working closely with local banks in times of disaster such as floods and weather hardships—to provide funding for state government response and to help residents rebuild homes.

The whole BND Team

FAST FACTS

Total employees: 180 Year founded: 1919 Office locations: Bismarck with satellite offices in Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot Leadership: Eric Hardmeyer, president/CEO; Gary Petersen, chair of the Advisory Board

Are there any initiatives you’re focusing on now?

Supporting economic development, infrastructure and student loans are always top priorities. We provide loans for individuals and businesses by partnering with local financial institutions at every stage of business development. We administer infrastructure loan programs to address roads, medical facility, school construction and water supply needs. Finally, student loans to help our residents achieve their higher education goals have been an important part of our mission since 1967. An educated workforce fuels a thriving economy.

What do you like best about doing business here? The eastern side of the state is generating significant entrepreneurial momentum that is contributing to the diversification of our economy. Playing a role in financing that supports and enables new ideas and innovation is energizing.

What is one thing you want others to know? Our vision statement is, “Bank of North Dakota is an agile partner that creates financial solutions for current and emerging needs.” We always want to be in conversations with our stakeholders to ensure we fulfill that vision.

What’s your best business tip? Always understand how the mission statement of your business relates to the day-to-day operations.

What do you like most about being a member of The Chamber? The Chamber plays an essential role in developing leaders and educating its members. Bank of North Dakota appreciates the opportunity to connect with business leaders in the community. — Eric Hardmeyer, President/CEO

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CHAMBER NEWS

Website feature update

By now we hope you’ve had a chance to check out our new website and log into your MIC (Member Information Center) to check out all the new features and benefits available at your fingertips. We’ve added our final feature for you to check out.

Two new discount programs added!

We’re so excited to announce two newly added discounts exclusively for Chamber members.

RFPs now available

Rx Savings

Need work done and want to get a Chamber member to help? Hire a local and trusted pro to help with your professional project. Submit your request for a proposal, and we’ll connect you with organizations that can help.

This program is being provided to you and your family to help lower your prescription drug costs. Simply download and print your FREE Prescription Drug Coupon Card and receive savings of up to 75% (discounts average roughly 30%) at more than 68,000 national and regional pharmacies. This coupon card can be used for potential savings on prescription medications not covered by your insurance. This coupon card is pre-activated and can be used immediately!

How to submit an RFP Log into the MIC or view the RFP form at fmwfchamber. com/rfp. Fill out the form as best you can, then submit it for approval. Once we’ve approved it, an email will be sent to all members in the category of work you selected. They can then view the request and submit quotes to you.

How to respond to RFPs If someone has submitted an RFP that applies to you, an email will be sent notifying you of the opportunity to respond. Instructions will be included, or you can view all current RFPs in the MIC (look for the Request for Proposals button in the left sidebar). Please note, this feature is not available on our public website, fmwfchamber.com, and can only be accessed by those with accounts through the MIC.

Other web and MIC features now available: • • • • •

Enhanced profiles Community events Hot deals Job postings Resources

Find your prescription card and information at fmwfchamber.com/rx-discount.

Constant Contact email marketing Save up to 25% on Constant Contact email marketing (even if you already have an account)! With powerful tools that are so easy to use, you’ll be able to create professional emails in minutes —and reach more customers fast.

Claim your Constant Contact discount at ConstantContact.com/Chambermember.

View all discounts at

fmwfchamber.com/discount-programs.

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

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PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR UPCOMING EVENTS

POC picnic

Thursday, July 18 | 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lindenwood Park - main shelter

Join the Professionals of Color for a fun summertime picnic! We'll be enjoying time in the park (Lindenwood's main shelter) and grilling dinner. Feel free to bring your lawn games!

What is POC?

A program that is striving to make diversity and inclusion a priority for our metro’s business community. Professionals of Color has four focus areas while highlighting diverse employee populations that are underrepresented in the FMWF metro.

5 Reasons to Join

1.  Connect with like-minded leaders, go-getters and big thinkers.

2.  Attend professional development

Why this program matters

—A note from a committee member—

I am firm believer in this program because the Red River Valley is a vibrant and attractive place to see one’s career blossom. I want PoC to be a support system, a platform where we can celebrate each other, and a resource for the businesses in the region that are sincerely looking inwardly & outwardly at ways to make their work environment compelling. We have an ever-changing diversified workforce and PoC is here to help the FMWF area stay globally competitive by having the adequate tools to equip and support local businesses. — Alexandre Cyusa

and networking events.

3.  Learn about the great things

happening in our community.

service opportunities.

For more information and to join, visit fmwfchamber.com or call 218.233.1100.

PRESENTING SPONSOR

HIGHLIGHTS from June

#FMWFPOC

4.  Grow professionally and personally. 5.  Give back to our community through

Last month we held a networking event and social at Fargo Brewing Company. Thank you to them for hosting us in such a fun venue! We will have photos and highlights in next month’s Bridge.

PROGRAM SPONSORS

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

#FMWFBAH

We had a lovely time at last month’s first Business After Hours of the summer! Hosted at the Courtyard by Marriott, hundreds gathered to mingle with exhibitors, snack on tasty apps, and make meaningful connections. We can’t wait to see you again in August!

Be More Colorful, LLC

Express Employment Professionals

Games To Go

MOBILE PRO by STUDIO 7

ReadiTech IT Solutions

Bell Bank

Fargo AirSho

Harmon Entertainment

Moorhead Business Association

Solutions

BeMobile

Fargo Air Museum

Healing Arts Chiropractic

Moorhead Public Service

The Village Family Service Center

CAPLP - Lakes & Prairies

Fargo Public Library

Ihry Insurance, Inc.

NAI North Central

Tru Blu Social Club

Ira's Custom Cabinets, Inc.

NDSU Team Makers

TrueIT

Central Minnesota Credit Union First International Bank & Trust

CHARISM Neighborhood Center

FRS WORKS

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Patrick Metzger

University of Jamestown

Concordia College

Games Galore Party Rental

MSUM

Prairie St. John's

University of Mary/Fargo

SAVE THE DATE Thursday, August 1 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

SPONSORED BY

Avalon Events Center Courtyard by Marriott Moorhead

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BUSINESS TRAINING   Wednesday, July 10 

  Wednesday, August 21 

Who, Why and How to Engage Generation Z

My Job is Easy…Until People Get Involved: Mastering Teams and Co-workers

Heather Ostrowski

Organizational Development Specialist Gate City Bank

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By the year 2020, Gen Z will make up 20% of our workforce. At this session of Business Training, we will introduce you to a panel of local Gen Z’ers. Learn who they are, what you can expect from them, and how to connect them to your company to recruit, engage and retain them. Why attend? •• Learn who Generation Z is and what makes them different from other generations •• Identify how to connect with this generation •• Explore ways to engage their talents

Erik Hatch

Owner/CEO Hatch Realty

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Let’s face it. The people we work with can make or break us in far too many ways. Learning how to connect and interact with your co-workers is essential to future success. You’ll spend up to 40+ hours a week with these people – and you rarely, if ever, get to choose them! At this session, you’ll learn some great ways in which to help one another be your best selves. Erik’s energetic and poignant tips will leave participants with immediate takeaways for implementation. Through humor, insight, and applicable experiences, Erik delivers the right recipe to help professionals throughout the community.

  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.    Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead 

  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.    TAK Music Venue, Dilworth 

These events qualify for 1.5 CPE credits through SHRM

REGISTRATION includes lunch

NEW LOCATION

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

HIGHLIGHTS from June

PROGRAM SPONSORS

#FMWFTraining

Bethany Berkeley positively nailed her session on negativity in the workplace at June’s Business Training! Attendees learned the power of influence and its affect on culture, teamwork and leadership, and how to combat negativity and navigate difficult conversations. This session was sold out! Thank you to everyone that showed interest in this topic. EVENT PRODUCTION SPONSOR

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


coming soon!

fall 2019

new location 3324 47th St S, Fargo

In the meantime, stop by and visit us anytime at 2224 Main Ave, Fargo!

PRINT, PROMOTE & PROPEL

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

CONNECT FOR A QUOTE! JMPRINT.NET

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

4666 Amber Valley Parkway Fargo, ND 58104

PRINTING

PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS

MAILING SERVICES

GRAPHIC DESIGN

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

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WOMEN CONNECT   Tuesday, July 30 

  Tuesday, August 27 

#RisingAbove: Becoming Women

Owning Your Wealth

Who Stop Criticizing and Start Mentoring

Hannah Sorenson

Carrie Brimhall

Minnesota State Community & Technical College

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We live in a culture of constant criticism and competition that leaves us overextended and completely stressed. This session will provide participants with a framework for effective mentoring, an understanding of mentoring roles, a structure to grow from the mentoring experience and practical tips to get started. Participants will share stories and engage with others to develop a mentoring plan with identified needs, goals and timelines so you can leave with a plan to #RiseAbove the criticism.

Your money shouldn’t be sitting around doing nothing, and neither should you! Evaluate your financial health and figure out where you want to be and how to get there. Set financial goals, discover how to make your money work for you and learn how to put it all together to create a financial plan. Attendees will learn why they should care about wealth, understand key terms fancy financial folks throw around, gain confidence and freedom to handle their financial futures, and establish a roadmap for retirement.

Please consider supporting the Jeremiah Program by bringing donations of art supplies for their child development center.

Please consider supporting Habitat for Humanity by bringing cleaning supplies (spray cleaners, wipes, paper towels, etc.) to donate to people moving into their new home.

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

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

REGISTRATION

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

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

HIGHLIGHTS

DONATION

In May, we had a fantastic panel talk all about self care, from dispelling myths, to how to prioritize our basic needs. Thank you to Dr. Susan Mathison, Catalyst Medical Center, Jill Nelson, NDSU, and Kelly Olson, The Village, for sharing.

We collected over 300 individual personal care items to donate to Fraser Transitional Youth Services in May. These items will help give confidence and basic needs to young people transitioning out of homelessness.

from May

update

#FMWFWC

PROGRAM SPONSORS

EVENT PRODUCTION SPONSOR

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


Bell Bank is proud to welcome Lance Wolf to our banking team. Lance is a longtime, highly respected local banker who is ready to help you connect with all the banking and financial service you need – not only today, but also in the future.

Together, let’s make it happen. Call Lance today at 701.298.1536 Fargo | Moorhead | West Fargo | Member FDIC

bellbanks.com

ATTENTION GRABBER Our 9ft x 16ft screen will scream your message for any event!

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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK UPCOMING EVENTS

YPN: A Tee Party Tuesday, July 16 5:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Moorhead Country Club 2101 River Drive North

FREE—Registration required No need to be Tiger Woods to join in on the fun! Come for networking, putting or both. Golf experience not required, but fun is!

Off the Clock

Morning Buzz

Wednesday, July 24  |  5:15 to 7:30 p.m.

Beans Coffee Bar 2550 University Drive South, Fargo

Thursday, July 25  |  7:30 to 9 a.m.

Networking Social Doolittles Woodfire Grill 2112 25th Street South, Fargo

THIS MONTH'S SPONSOR

Join YPN for our monthly networking happy hour at Doolittles! Network with other young professionals while checking out one of Fargo’s great food and beverage establishments. As always, drinks are on your own, apps are on us, and networking is free (don’t forget your business cards)!

Want to get your caffeine boost and connect with fellow young professionals? Start your day the right way and join YPN as we raise a cup of joe to networking at this month’s Morning Buzz! As always, coffee is on your own, but the networking is free! Come when you can; leave when you need to.

*Must be 21 to attend*

HIGHLIGHTS

YPN is looking for nominations for our One to Watch award. Recipients of this award are featured in The Bridge, in Fargo INC magazine and on our social media outlets.

The YPN’s first-ever YP Week is happening as this newsletter is printing! We can’t wait to share highlights and photos with you in next month’s Bridge.

To nominate an employee, team member or peer that goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in their workplace and our community, visit bit.ly/FMWFOTW or email aralston@fmwfchamber.com with the nominee’s name and company and a brief explanation why you think they should be YPN’s next One to Watch.

FMWFYPN

Nominate the next One to Watch

PROGRAM SPONSORS

CARE

LIKE NOWHERE ELSE

ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

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YEA!: YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY

Know a stellar student?

YEA! grads take

applications are open!

YEA!

the stage at 1 Million Cups

We’re looking for the next group of students for the 2020 YEA! class, and applications are now open! Students will work closely with business leaders, community leaders and entrepreneurs to guide them as they learn to transform ideas into real, tangible companies that create economic and social value.

Last month we partnered with Emerging Prairie to host YEA! Day at 1 Million Cups. We were so excited and are so grateful for the opportunity given to two YEA! alumni, Ivy Mastrud and Joanna Lin, who presented their entrepreneurial endeavors to the audience. The program also featured graduates Haison Nguyen and Bridget McManamon, who welcomed the audience and hosted the event. It was a student-led program and a great audience turned out to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that exists within the youth of our community! Ivy was our most recent Shark Tank winner and 2019 Saunders Scholar. Her business, BowWow Bo-ties, sells handmade pet accessories with coordinating socks for their owners. The pet industry is a $7.2 billion industry, and Ivy plans to capture dog lovers and cat ladies with her fashionable products. She is currently working with local retailers to sell her product.

YEA! classes meet October through May for three hours weekly. Applications will be accepted from students in grades 6–12. Interested students can apply by September 15 at fmwfchamber.com/YEA.

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in rural areas of North Dakota. Joanna held her first master class this spring and will facilitate more once school starts again in the fall. During her time in the YEA! program, Joanna developed a business called EcoPotz, which she continued to run after graduation.

#FMWFYEA

Joanna was just accepted into the National Youth Symphony, and her new non-profit, Resonate, provides musical masterclasses

PRESENTING SPONSOR

PROGRAM SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

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

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Friends of YEA!

American Crystal Sugar | Dabbert Custom Homes Office Sign Company


2019 CHAMBER CHALLENGE

Golf Outing Wednesday, July 17

12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Edgewood Golf Course sanfordhealth.org

LEADERBOARD SPONSOR

—Hole and tee box—

sponsorships still available. Contact Darren at 218.359.0514 or ddunlop@fmwfchamber.com.

034000-00599 5/19

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NEW MEMBERS Becoming Balanced, P.C. (701) 551-1840

Fargo Business Improvement District d  owntownfargobid.com

 ounseling Services C Becoming Balanced, P.C. provides psychotherapy practice focused on women’s health and wellness.

 usiness Services B The Fargo Business Improvement District (BID) works to improve and enhance the overall attractiveness and appeal of Downtown Fargo. This is done by making sure our downtown is clean, safe, maintained and properly promoted.

Christen Joy livechristenjoy.com  esign - Interior Residential/Commercial D Christen Anderson is a Minnesota native with an eye for décor and design. Today, Christen Joy has built a solid foundation on referrals, a sterling reputation and impeccable style. Christen Joy infuses comfort and refined function to commercial living spaces and in residential new construction. Anderson’s professional marketing and project management background offer a unique skillset to ensure your dream is realized on-time and on-budget.

Clarity Brain Center c laritybraincenters.com  hiropractors C Restlessness. Sleepless nights. Low energy. Altered mood. Difficulty coping with stress. Diminished focus. Distracted concentration. Memory loss. Clarity Brain Center observes, interviews, examines and utilizes innovative neurologic testing to develop a customized rehabilitation program to assist your unique brain in finding its rhythm and balance. They help people with complicated neurologic conditions.

Corporate Elements LLC c orporateelements.com Consultants Corporate Elements provides hands-on leadership development programs, team workshops and one-on-one coaching for your business. Their action-based roadmap transforms the way leaders and teams approach work, people, business and productivity. Improve results by effectively executing on strategic plans and projects.

Digi-Key Electronics d  igikey.com  lectronics E Founded in 1972, Digi-Key Electronics offers the broadest selection of in-stock electronic components, as well as providing the best service possible to its customers, aiding engineers through the entire design process, from Prototype to Production®. They are highly ranked year after year in industry surveys, in North America as well as Europe and Asia, in categories covering such facets of business as availability of product, speed of service, responsiveness to problems and more.

Fargo Mattress (701) 866-7435  attresses - Beds M A mattress retail store for you.

Fargo Metro Baseball Association p  ost400baseball.com  ports Teams/Clubs S Fargo Post 400 American Legion Baseball offers American Legion Baseball for players aged 15 to 19 who live in Fargo. They post 400 coaches and board members promote the American Legion Baseball values of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship to all players in the program.

First International Insurance fi  rstintlins.com Insurance They are a team of insurance professionals who can provide personal and commercial insurance services to protect your auto, home, life, health, business, farm and much more. Their offices are located in Minnesota, North Dakota and Arizona.

Gate City Bank - Moorhead Hornbacher’s g  atecity.bank - (701) 551-1890  inancial Institutions F Gate City Bank has been serving its customers and investing in their communities for a better way of life since 1923, and they’ve been growing to meet all of your financial needs. They offer a variety of personal and business checking plans, savings plans including individual retirement accounts, certificates of deposit, and money market savings accounts, as well as personal and home loans and other convenient financial services. With 33 offices across ND and in western Minn., including 11 locations in the FMWF area, there is a Gate City Bank location near you.

Harmon Entertainment h  armonentertainment.biz  vent & Meeting Planning E Harmon Entertainment is a DJ company at heart, but what makes them different is they are not “just music.” They are event planners, MCs, lighting designers, dance instructors, fun instigators and DJ’s. They will help plan your event to make it the best ever! They have been planning parties and celebrations since 2008, and have performed at over 1,000 events.

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NEW MEMBERS HealthPartners healthpartners.com  mployee Benefit Plans E HealthPartners provide employer group health, dental and wellness plans.

Hornbacher’s Foods - West Gate h  ornbachers.comGrocers They are a full-service grocery store including online shopping and delivery.

We welcome the following businesses who have invested by joining The Chamber. We encourage all members to conduct business with each other. When you do, let them know you learned of their business through The Chamber!

Patrick Metzger p  atrick-metzger.com

Cabinetry Kitchen Tune Up provides kitchen and bath remodel.

 ellness W Let’s face it. Life can get complicated. As a life and health coach and speaker, Metzger helps busy parents and professionals in discovering and igniting their ultimate potential. His ideal clients are those that are struggling to find direction, clarity or are maybe not quite sure where to start in looking for not just a healthier and happier, but a more balanced and fulfilled life. In helping clients with everything from losing weight and gaining energy, to improving relationships and crushing goals in their life, his passion is helping guide others get from where they currently are to where they want to be. Schedule your FREE online strategy call through his website!

Light Consulting & Coaching LLC lightconsulting.co

Patterson Dental p  attersondental.com

Jersey Mike’s Subs jerseymikes.com  estaurants R Jersey Mike’s Subs is a restaurant specializing in the sale of East Coast style submarine sandwiches.

Kitchen Tune Up k itchentuneup.com

 onsultants C Light Consulting & Coaching’s purpose is to help people find and illuminate their light, so they can be their best selves and live their best life. Their promise is to deliver high quality consulting, coaching and training in small group or one-on-one learning experiences. They bring leadership back to biblical truths and the teachings of Jesus. Light delivers three service lines including financial business consulting, executive coaching and the Illumination Journey, a Christian-based leadership program kicking off fall 2019!

MTE Group, LLC m  tegroupllc.com  onsultants - Management C MTE Group, LLC is an umbrella holding entity providing administration/management for various entities including household staff/rental properties/investment management and tracking.

Office Furniture Warehouse (701) 241-9237  urniture - Office F Office Furniture Warehouse sells new office furniture/new scratch-n-dent office furniture and some new accessories.

OK Tire Store, Inc. o  ktireinc.com - (701) 237-6525 Tires They provide tire sales & services, automotive repair and wholesale distribution servicing all of North Dakota and upper half of Minnesota. Manufacturer of 200 Bandag Truck Tire retread daily.

Dental Specialists Patterson Dental provides dental equipment & supplies.

Planned Parenthood North Central States p  pmns.org  ealth Care Services H Planned Parenthood’s nurse practitioners, physician assistants and doctors are among the best-trained and most experienced experts in sexual and reproductive health. They offer personalized care in a supportive environment. Planned Parenthood believes that knowledge empowers people to make healthy choices. Their comprehensive sex education programs provide the information needed to understand all aspects of sexual and reproductive health. They offer youth and adult programs as well as presentations in the community.

Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits s outhernglazers.com  everages - Wholesaler - Distributors - Breweries B They are the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company.

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

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MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES Soybeans and sunflowers aren’t the only things on the rise in North Dakota. There’s fast growth–and then there’s Inc. 5000 fast growth. CoSchedule announced that it has made Inc. magazine’s 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies. In its first year of eligibility to make the list, CoSchedule’s rising success garnered a ranking of #153 and the top spot in its home state of North Dakota. Fargo Glass & Paint Company announced they are now a 100% employee-owned company. This announcement of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan & Trust (ESOP) was relayed to employees in January. As a 100% ESOP owned company, Fargo Glass & Paint is now held in trust by the ESOP exclusively for the benefit of the eligible Fargo Glass & Paint employees. The Great Plains Food Bank was named one of five finalists for the Feeding America Member of the Year Award, which is given annually to celebrate and honor outstanding food banks across the country. The Great Plains Food Bank is one of 200 member food banks inside the Feeding America network. The Great Plains Food Bank completed a historic year in 2018 by distributing a record nearly 15 million pounds of food, which was enough to supply 12.5 million meals to help feed hungry children, seniors and families across North Dakota and western Minnesota. A total of 97,355 individuals were served by the Great Plains Food Bank in 2018 with 36 percent of those being children and another 12 percent being seniors.

Heritage Homes has been named one of the most highly rated home building contractors in North Dakota by Top Rated Local®. In order to receive this prestigious honor, Heritage Homes received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.71 stars, earning a spectacular Rating Score™ of 95.09 and a 2019 Top Rated Local® award for ranking among the top five home building contractors in all of North Dakota. Intelligent InSites has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for the seventh time. This award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes a variety of subjective and qualitative factors, including an extensive employee survey. Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Noridian) has been reawarded a $48 million contract by the Iowa Department of Human Services, concluding a competitive procurement. With this re-award, Noridian will continue its work administering Iowa Medicaid, which it has done since the inception of the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) in 2004. Staff supporting this contract are located in Des Moines, Iowa, and Fargo, North Dakota.

VIP tables for eight are available in the Commanders Chalet. Call 701-282-3653 for details.

Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21, 2019 Featuring United States Air Force

THUNDERBIRDS

Buy your ticket in advance and save $5.00

(until 11:59 p.m. July 17th).

Purchase tickets at fargoairsho.com or at FMCVB and Fargo Air Museum

2019 Fargo AirSho is dedicated to Major General Darrol Schroeder 63336_Fargo_AirSho_Chamber_Bridge_7-375x4-75.indd 1

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MEMBERS NEWS: PEOPLE Aldevron

Michelle Berg, President of GMP   nucleic acids business unit Lance Monilaws, Director of Industrial   Project Management Andy Rodgers, Director of Operational Excellence

AmericInn by Wyndham Fargo Medical Center

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Jaime Langness, Assistant General Manager Justin Schreiber, General Manager Carl Vinje, Front Desk Manager

Appareo

Becky Browning, Project Manager II Jarred Cleem, Director, Software Design Justin Hanson, Engineer I, Electrical Engineering Adam Nystuen, Service Technician Jordan Runsvold, Project Manager, Aviation Matt Serani, Manufacturing Repair Technician Assistant Kelly Shipman, General Manager, Intelligent Malt Gene Thompson, Material Handler

Bodyworks Physical Therapy

Nicole Jefferson, Physical Therapist

Bremer Bank

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Capital Credit Union

Doug Lee, Mortgage Loan Officer/   Business Development Specialist

Eide Bailly

Scott Campbell, IT and Cloud Specialist Rick Davis, IT and Cloud Specialist Landon Fetzer, IT and Cloud Specialist Michael Knutson, IT and Cloud Specialist Jeremy Van Dyke, IT and Cloud Specialist

Flint Group

Makenzie Schmidt, Account Manager

Want to see your news here?

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

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MEMBER NEWS: PEOPLE High Point Networks, LLC

Dan Hammer, Network Operations   Center Systems Engineer

Houston Engineering, Inc. Trent Karel, Survey Technician I Chris Myers, PE, Engineer III

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Lisa Messner, CAD Technician Travis Wilson, Human Resource Generalist

KW Inspire Realty

Samuel Buchholz, Realtor Andrew Chisholm, Realtor Lynne Reisenauer, Realtor Bethany Wall, Realtor WILSON

BUCHHOLZ

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NDSU Research and Technology Park

Shelby Krech, Communication and Program Director

Onsharp

Travis Mack, Business Development Representative

Spotlight Media

Ella Harrison, Sales Representative

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Superior Insurance

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Shannon Anderson, Independent Insurance Agent

Terracon

Jacqueline Finck, Environmental Group Manager

Town & Country Credit Union PR

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Union State Bank

Kory Shae, Senior Vice President

Wallwork Truck Center

Mike Dittmer, Used Truck Manager

Western Products

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Eric Bucholz, Staff Accountant

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Morgan Montgomery, Vice President of Financial Development

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MEMBERS NEWS: PEOPLE OTHER NEWS Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an annual legal guide, recognized Fredrikson & Byron attorney Lawrence Bender in its 2019 North Dakota edition. Bender was named a Band 1 lawyer for Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources. Six Fredrikson & Byron attorneys ranked in North Dakota: Kristy L. Albrecht (Labor & Employment), Lawrence Bender (Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources), Benjamin J. Hasbrouck (Litigation: General Commercial), Michael S. Raum (Corporate/Commercial), Todd E. Zimmerman (Litigation: General Commercial), and Aubrey J. Zuger (Labor & Employment; Litigation: General Commercial). Kirstin Hopkins, admissions RN at Hospice of the Red River Valley, has successfully passed the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse examination through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center. The following Houston Engineering, Inc. staff earned professional licenses: Patrick Johanneck, Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) license for Minnesota; Paul LeClair, Professional Engineer (PE) license for North Dakota; Bennet Uhler, PE for North Dakota. Jessica Westgard Larson, Principal Financial Group, has earned membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Westgard Larson is a 10-year qualifier of the MDRT.

BNG Team Relocation 3285 47th Street South, Fargo bngteam.com

Capital Credit Union Groundbreaking Corner of 32nd Avenue and Veterans Boulevard capcu.org

Code Ninjas Grand opening 4480 23rd Avenue South Suite E, Fargo codeninjas.com/location/nd-fargo

Four-Color Printing Specialized Coatings Foil & Embossing Die Cutting

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

Fargo, ND 58103 USA ph: 701.235.1121 knightprinting.com

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Country Inn & Suites Remodel & 30-year anniversary 3316 13th Avenue South, Fargo countryinn.com


CELEBRATIONS: MAY RIBBON CUTTINGS & GROUNDBREAKINGS

Enclave Relocation 4450 31st Avenue South, Fargo enclavecompanies.com

Farmers Insurance Scott Peters Agency Grand opening 465 32nd Avenue East, West Fargo farmersagent.com/speters1

Gordmans New ownership/Re-grand opening 5100 14th Avenue South, Fargo gordmans.com

Eventide Senior Living Communities Groundbreaking 1405 Seventh St S, Moorhead eventide.org

Gate City Bank Grand opening 101 11th Street South, Moorhead gatecity.bank

Gunderson's Grand opening 5601 28th Avenue South, Fargo gundersons.com

Want your own ribbon cutting?

Heritage Middle School Groundbreaking 6350 76th Avenue South, Horace west-fargo.k12.nd.us/heritage

We want to help your business celebrate its important milestones! Chamber ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are available FREE to any member business. If you have opened your doors within the past year, changed ownership, relocated, remodeled, expanded or are celebrating a milestone anniversary, we would love to help commemorate the occasion.

For more information or to schedule, contact Mickayla at 218.359.0517 or mthompson@fmwfchamber.com, or fill out the form at bit.ly/FMWFRCRequest. *One ribbon cutting per year per member

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CELEBRATIONS: MAY RIBBON CUTTINGS & GROUNDBREAKINGS

IMA Healthcare Relocation 4450 31st Avenue S, Ste 102, Fargo imahealthcare.com

Nothing Bundt Cakes Grand opening 816 24th Avenue East, West Fargo westfargo@nothingbundtcakes.com

ProRehab Physical & Occupational Therapy Relocation 4450 31st Avenue S Ste 104, Fargo prorehabfargo.com/physical-therapy

Scherling Photography 100-year anniversary 2801 13th Avenue South, Fargo scherlingphotography.com

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Lillestol Research Relocation 4450 31st Avenue S, Ste 101, Fargo lillestolresearch.com

Office Furniture Warehouse Remodel 2425 Main Avenue, Fargo

Razor Consulting Solutions Relocation 5625 51st Avenue South, Fargo gotorazor.com

Spectrum Marketing Services LLC 25-year anniversary 17 Fourth Street South, Moorhead spectrummrks.com


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

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

State of Technology Wednesday, August 14

8 a.m. to noon  |  Avalon Events Center In collaboration with and featuring U.S. Senator John Hoeven, join us to hear the latest innovations in technology happening right here in North Dakota. A full morning of speakers will present on the amazing tech being developed and deployed in our own backyard, and businesses will learn what they need to know to keep up in this ever-changing time. Stay tuned as we announce this year’s presenters and topics! Also featuring the TechND Awards.

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