THE FARGO MOORHEAD WEST FARGO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
VOL. 22 NO. 10
2019 ChamberChoice winners!
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
Highlights from the 2019 awards ceremony
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 6 Public Policy
7 Chamber News 8 Eggs & Issues 10 Chamber Events
Member Profile: Sandy's Donuts
14 Professionals of Color 19 Business Training 21 Women Connect 22 Leadership FMWF 26 Young Entrepreneurs Academy 28 New Members 29 Member News 34 Ribbon Cuttings
Member Spotlight: Livewire
Photos and winners from the event
12 Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND
33 Blue Cross Blue Shield ND
29 Boulger Funeral Home
35 Cole Papers, Inc.
10 Consolidated Communications
27 Cornerstone Bank
18 Dakota Carrier Network
23 Dawson Insurance
23 Eide Bailly
33 First International Bank & Trust
14 Four Points by Sheraton
10 Indigo Signworks
27 J&M Printing
29 Knight Printing
23 McGough Construction
32 Mobile Pro
23 New Life Center
Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber For past issues of The Bridge: issuu.com/fmwfchamber.com
33 Pro Resources
34 Sanford Health
35 Starion Bank
14 The Village
32 Wells Fargo
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mark Nisbet Xcel Energy Chair Tom Dawson Dawson Insurance Chair Elect Sandi Piatz Microsoft Treasurer Steve Swiontek Gate City Bank Immediate Past Chair Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company Member at Large Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Airport Kyle Dorow Essentia Health
Mike Dragosavich Spotlight Media Inc.
MISSION The Chamber promotes economic growth and prosperity for business and its members through leadership in advocacy, education and engagement
VISION The Chamber is the leader in ensuring the growth and prosperity of our regional business and members
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES ••Establish the region as a recognized destination marketplace ••Be a thought leader for the business community and other interests ••Promote business advancement through a bold public policy program ••Achieve organizational excellence to best serve members
Jodi Duncan Flint Group
Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly
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
VP of Finance/Operations
@FMWFDarren Darren Dunlop
Information Systems Administrator
Business Development Manager
Bryan Kingsley Midco
Ambassador Public Relations
Jan Monda Bell Insurance
Ambassador Member Relations
Jess Almlie Discovery Benefits
Stephanie Maier ClayWilkin Corn & Soybean Leadership FMWF Grower’s Association Brian Shawn Midco Military Affairs
Tim Flakoll Tri-College University
Graphics & Publications Coordinator
Manager of Communications & Marketing
Public Policy Coordinator
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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Membership & Advertising Sales Manager
Professional Development Coordinator
Education Initiatives and YEA! Manager
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Director of Events & Programs
Manager of Membership
Member Relations Coordinator
a note from the
Craig Whitney and Joe Raso, GFMEDC, at the press conference
It's time to fuel our future! May 22nd was a particularly exciting day last month, as over a year of preparation and work behind the scenes was revealed publicly in a press conference. Fueling Our Future is now launched! What is Fueling Our Future? It is a long-term community initiative, divided into four-year programs of work, led by over 30 private and public investors. Its main purpose is to provide a regional approach to decision making, bringing everyone involved to the table to decide what is best for our metro. It doesn’t aim to solve today’s or tomorrow’s issues, but rather, positions us for success long into the future by providing funding, time, resources and support to back projects and programs needed for our community, businesses, residents and visitors. We’re thrilled to call the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation a partner in this initiative. Their leadership, vision and resources have been immensely helpful in getting Fueling Our Future launched. Together, now and moving forward, we can accomplish what neither of us could do on our own. It’s truly an example of the collaboration needed to advance the most important issues facing our region.
Fueling Our Future work will fall under three key pillars: • People (workforce development) • Prosperity (economic development) • Place (community assets/quality of life) Kick-off projects include: • Support career academies across the region • Create a certified shovel-ready sites program for the region • Create a business-focused task force to support local air service • Support the establishment of a business accelerator for the region We’re grateful to everyone that has invested, supported and guided Fueling Our Future to date. A governance board—comprised of community leaders from private and public sectors who have invested significantly—has been assembled to approve and review projects and funds brought forward by the partners. Together, we are well equipped to fuel our future! To learn more, visit fuelingourfuture.net or catch the live streamed press conference on either The Chamber or EDC’s Facebook pages.
Craig Whitney President / CEO The Chamber
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Patriot 1 The Parachuters
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT AT THE REDHAWKS
We are excited to welcome back the extremely talented U.S. Navy SEAL team of Patriot Parachuters who will drop from the sky, delivering our flag to the field.
Tuesday, June 18 | Pre-game activities 6:30 p.m. Newman Outdoor Field | First pitch 7:02 p.m.
exciting plans for The Chamber's military event
Join us in honoring our service men and women and their families at this year’s Chamber Military Appreciation Night by sponsoring a family. Your contribution will allow military families a night out to enjoy a pre-game picnic with games and photo opps, plus tickets to attend the game!
Want to attend the game yourself? Purchase tickets and t-shirts for Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks and sit with us in The Chamber’s reserved section. Tickets are $10 and include $3 in Hawks Bucks.
Recruits taking oath
We look forward to celebrating some of our newest local service members who will take their oath at the game this year.
3 First pitch from a veteran 4 Patriotism We want to honor Purple Heart recipients in a special way this year. The first pitch will be thrown by one of these heroes.
From pregame events to onfield games, this evening is an exuberant display of patriotism from beginning to end.
5 Helping a family
A special presentation to a military family from Hornbacher's and Smithfield Foods.
GRAND SLAM SPONSORS
HOME RUN SPONSORS
HOME TOWN HEROES American Crystal Sugar Dakota Supply Group Eventide Senior Living McGough Construction
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Chamber wins 2019 MACE Award The Bridge named “Publication of the Year” We’re thrilled to share that The Bridge received the Publication of the Year Award at the 2019 Mid-America Chamber Executives (MACE) conference last month in Sioux Falls. The annual MACE awards are given by the MACE committee as an example of the highest examples of hard work, passion and effort displayed by chambers across a six-state region. The Publication of the Year award recognizes a publication that has shown innovation, relevance to the organization, quality content, originality, and audience engagement tactics that provide a benchmark for other organizations to follow.
Throughout the years, we've been dedicated to making The Bridge push the boundaries of a traditional chamber newsletter and stand out for its value to members. It’s more than a guide to upcoming events and announcements. We work hard to present engaging articles, timely information, aesthetically pleasing and modern design, and sections that recognize the great work of our committees and members.
“It was a great surprise and honor to receive this prestigious award,” said Jim Parsons, VP of finance & operations at The Chamber, who accepted the award on behalf of the organization at the conference. “We were in great company among the other nominees. Hats off to our team for their terrific work!”
Katie Mastel stands with Casey Sanders
Mastel named Young Woman of Today and Tomorrow
Republican Party as the Legislative Director for Western ND. She was appointed by Governor Burgum as the only student member to his taskforce on higher education governance, engaging in a year-long study of governance structures and ultimately recommending a change that she testified in support for in front of the House education committee. Mastel also volunteers with the Big Brother Big Sister program.
political arena based on her dedication and knowledge. In following her passion of politics, she continually works to inspire and empower other young women to get involved in the political process.”
(left) David Minor, MACE Chair, with Jim Parsons
(below) A proud Chamber marketing team
Chamber staff honored at YWCA Women of the Year awards Two Chamber staff were nominated and recognized at the YWCA's 46th Annual Women of the Year Awards on May 6. Casey Sanders, manager of membership, was nominated in the Advocating for Equality category for her work with the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties and volunteerism supporting women with family members facing addiction. At the YMCA, Sanders pushed her team to remove barriers for individuals who are low income, of differing abilities and unsure of their identity. She implemented a new process to assure that the Y would be a place where all are welcome. She is also an advocate of and speaker for First Step Recovery, and founder of The Resolute Project, a community group for women to find connections and gain confidence. Katie Mastel, public policy coordinator, was nominated and won in the category of Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow. Mastel also serves as Executive of External Affairs for NDSU Student Government, interning with Senator John Hoeven, and working for the ND
“Katie is strongly dedicated to defying any stereotypes of age or gender in the political process by bringing her young female perspective to the table,” said Tracy Powell, director of events & programs. “She has earned the respect of many due to her hard work in truly making a name for herself in the
“We are so proud of both Casey and Katie,” said Craig Whitney, President and CEO of The Chamber. “We’re lucky to work with such strong, talented women, and congratulate them on their accomplishments and dedication to helping others. It was inspiring to be among the crowd at the event in which hundreds gathered together to celebrate so many incredible achievements of area women. What an amazing community we live in!”
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EGGS & ISSUES
Legislative updates in ND: Eggs & Issues recap As North Dakota’s 66th Legislative Assembly wrapped up, we were lucky to have several key legislators join us at Eggs & Issues in May to share first-hand the progress that was made this session. Chair of our Public Policy committee, Tim Flakoll of Tri-College University, moderated the panel. With a session that convened on January 3 and adjourned April 26, there were 905 bills and 79 resolutions introduced. Of those, 326 House bills and 253 Senate bills, and 34 House concurrent resolutions, 14 Senate concurrent resolutions, 1 House memorial resolution, and 1 Senate memorial resolution were adopted. The Governor signed 527 bills into law and vetoed 3 bills. First up for comments was Senator Judy Lee (District 13), who serves on the human services committee, and discussed social services redesign, addiction treatment and criminal justice reform. Rep Shannon Roers Jones (District 46) mentioned funding for pre-trial services programs, crediting our Cass County jail administrator for spearheading that effort locally. Rep Josh Boschee (District 44) said that this was the session where the legislature stopped studying the issues and started investing in them. He echoed shout-outs to our local service providers and to other lawmakers that have made strides in behavioral health funding and policy improvements. He also discussed several safety bills related to firearms, including the passage of a bill that will now
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authorize school boards to decide if nonlaw enforcement staff can have access to firearms. Senator Ronald Sorvaag (District 45) gave insight into the “prairie dog bill,” which provides state oil tax revenue to non-oil producing counties across the state to use for road and airport improvements, property tax relief and other infrastructure projects that local leaders determine. It will further be distributed to cities and townships. Locally, we’ll see about $25 million per biennium come available. He also made note of the legacy fund becoming available to use this biennium and said he wants to use the earnings to invest in things that will help our community in the future. Rep Thomas Beadle (District 27) took on the diversion funding topic. We now know that the state has committed to $750 million, which leaves the project $120 million short, in light of increased costs and changed plans. He is, however, hopeful that the rest will be provided in the next session. Roers Jones provided brief updates on the removal of blue laws, which will go into effect August 4 and allows businesses to open prior to noon on Sundays. We also learned that the previously voted in law to allow medical marijuana has a new expansion to include autism and brain injuries. Boschee explained the new ethics commission that has convened since the voters passed Measure 1, which became Article 14 of the state constitution.
EGGS & ISSUES Tuesday, June 4
The Tip Line: Safety Update with Area Law Enforcement
Heith Janke Chief of Police City of West Fargo
Shannon Monroe Chief of Police City of Moorhead
David Todd Chief of Police City of Fargo
Tuesday, July 2
Area Higher Education Update
With our metro on the grow, it is important to keep a focus on our community’s safety. Join us for this Eggs & Issues to hear from all three of our cities’ police chiefs as they discuss crime in our communities and overall safety of our region. They will touch on issues going on in their respective cities and collectively talk about areas where they collaborate. We’ll learn about the most pressing issues we face within our metro, and how we can approach them as a business community. This is always one of the most popular panels of the year; you won’t want to miss it! Audience members can participate in Q&A at the end. And as always, the coffee and conversation will be flowing and hot breakfast will be served.
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 endof-the-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 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!
7:30 to 9 a.m. Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead
7:30 to 9 a.m. Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead
REGISTRATION (includes breakfast) • Chamber members: $30 in advance | $35 at the door • Non-members: $40 in advance | $45 at the door Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.
SUPPORTING SPONSORS Bank of the West | Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. Bremer Bank | Cornerstone Bank | Essentia Health Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead Houston Engineering | Livewire Entertainment Media Services Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moore Engineering, Inc. | ROERS Wanzek Construction, Inc. | Wells Fargo Bank
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10th ANNUAL DATE CHANGE Tuesday, November 5 | Sanford Health Athletic Complex | Register online at fmwfchamber.com or call 218.233.1100.
Five fun moments from Voices of Visions past
As we’re just five months away from the 10th anniversary of the Voices of Vision event, and as we prepare to announce the 2019 speaker, we present to you… five of our favorite moments from prior years, as recounted by various Chamber staff. PRESENTING SPONSOR
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Terry Bradshaw flashed us the Bison horns up from his vehicle leaving the event. A photo of it hangs in our events director’s office.
Rob O’Neill got locked out of his hotel room, and when we tried to find him after the event, we found him changing clothes in the hallway.
Stay tuned to see who will take the stage this year!
Rudy Giuliani watched the GOP debate at the Fargo Country Club with a few staff the night before his speech and offered insightful commentary.
Shaq’s backstage meal consisted of 24 McNuggets, a double cheeseburger, a Big Mac, supersized fry and a Diet Coke from McDonalds.
Danica Patrick’s message resonated with various age groups and professionals, and offered a valuable female perspective for competing in a man’s world.
Ag related legislative updates In May, our Agribusiness committee met to learn the insides of recent North Dakota legislation affecting the ag markets. Because many items fell under the radar or were not reported on in the media, this gave our members insight into what did – and didn’t – happen. Dr. Greg Lardy, NDSU, shared the items that affected NDSU extension, including budget changes for state agencies and various upgrades that NDSU was able to make to their web systems, seed cleaning and extension programs. Throughout previous legislative sessions, funding for a new Dunbar Hall has been one of the most talked-about items and this session finally produced the dollars to build a brand new Dunbar Hall. Additionally, the state authorized $40 million in funds for NDSU to construct a new Agriculture Products Development Center, or Harris Hall, contingent on NDSU being able to fundraise the $20 million remaining for the project.
Phil Murphy, ND Soybean Growers Association, also talked about key legislation affecting our ag members, including the farm home exemption bill redo that passed, rural roads and bridges funding, the prairie dog bill, corporate farming and a trespass bill. We also received an update from the Bank of North Dakota on their funding for state programs. Thank you to Nancy Johnson, committee chair, for leading the discussion! Interested or work in ag and want to join the committee? It’s open to any employee of a Chamber member organization! Contact us to learn more.
AGRIBUSINESS PROGRAM SPONSOR
Minnesota Legislative Wrap-Up Date and location TBD
On January 8, 2019, the 91st legislative session in Minnesota was convened and was the official beginning that made the state very unique across the country. As the legislature gaveled in, Minnesota became the only state across the country to have a split legislature: the House under Democrat control and the Senate under Republican control brought eyes from all around the country to see how Minnesota would handle this division. The legislative session in Minnesota has been extremely active and included 2,921 House bills and 2925 Senate bills being introduced and covered a wide array of topics from budgets to hunting and elder care to taxes.
remain unagreed upon with negotiations still occurring between the governor and the leaders of the House and Senate. Of the 10 omnibus finance bills that make up the state’s budget, only higher education’s budget passed before the session adjourned forcing the state to call a special session to finalize all of the details of the remaining budgets. At the time of print, the official day(s) and details of the special session have not
been decided but lawmakers are currently working on putting together all of the bills in hopes that the special session could be completed in one day. Please join us for this wrap-up event to hear directly from legislative leaders on the details and outcomes of the session. Stay tuned to The Chamber’s website and next month’s Bridge for date and location.
PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM SPONSORS
Monday, March 20, signaled the official end of the 91st legislative session as the legislature gaveled out, but the details of the state’s more than $48 billion budget SUPPORTING SPONSOR Eventide Senior Living Communities
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Sandy's Donuts: A community staple
What can you look forward to in the new Osgood store opening this summer? The Caveman & Donut Statue will be inside the building for customers to take pictures with and share on social media. Like its West Fargo counterpart, it will feature a drive-thru; plus a patio! Oh, and duh, more doughnuts!
• 100+ employees • 10,000 donuts made a day • 80 donut varieties • 150 deliveries a day with 6 vehicles • 160 tons of flour, 78 tons of sugar, 91 tons of donut fry, 47 tons of chocolate and 12 tons of Bavarian Cream used each year • Most popular donuts: Glazed and light chocolate iced donuts followed by Bavarian cream filled bismarcks
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With a very sweet story of success, Sandy’s Donuts is a well-loved gem in our community. Actually, that’s an understatement. We looove Sandy’s here, and lines are often out the door. This beloved brand is actually a family business. What started as one small mom-and-pop shop in West Fargo now has expanded its footprint, added a downtown location, and has a third south Fargo store opening later this summer. At Sandy’s, it really is all about the doughnuts. “We want to make a really great quality product that people will want to come back for—a product they will want to tell their friends about,” said owner Mark Ostlund. But while their dough creations take the cake, you can’t forget about the coffee! Sandy’s proudly serves Stumbeano’s in store, which they make with beans that are fresh roasted for them each week. You don’t have to make it to one of their stores to get your sweet fix, either. You can catch the Sandy’s trailer at Bison tailgating, or even order online. Don’t forget to watch for specials and fun posts on their social media!
The original Sandy's logo
“We love our jobs and it shows,” Ostlund said. “Fun is one of our core values as a business, and we want to make sure our customers and our staff have fun. We have a blast making new creations and bringing back old favorites.” Aside from catering to the sweet tooths in the community, they also pride themselves on giving back. Each day, leftover donuts bless the local shelters and non-profits in town. Deliveries are made to the New Life Center, Churches United, Salvation Army, YWCA, Dorothy Day House, Gladys Ray Shelter, Emergency Food Pantry, and the Great Plains Food Bank.
“We love our jobs and it shows”
When you’re in the business of selling doughnuts, it can’t get much better, and delight is exactly what Sandy’s delivers to the residents of Fargo Moorhead West Fargo.
Did you know? Sandy’s Donuts namesake is Sandy Ostlund, a man who turned his love of doughnuts into this very business after losing his job at a trucking company in the ‘80s. Their website writes: “It so happens that the bakery in West Fargo, where Sandy lived, had closed down and was sitting empty. After some research the idea for Sandy’s Donuts was conceived. He borrowed a little money, bought some equipment, and started making donuts on September 13, 1983. It was an instant hit.”
A photo hangs in the Sandy's office
Jeff Ostlund, Sandy’s grandson, is being groomed to eventually take over the store. He just graduated from NDSU with a degree in business management and is celebrated on Sandy’s social media.
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PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR
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.
Who can join POC?
Professionals of Color is for all members of the business community. When we think of diversity, we think of creating a community that is accepting of different backgrounds, cultures and colors. Professionals of Color aims to create opportunities where individuals from all parts of our community can come together to learn from one another’s experiences, both in business and in life.
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Business solutions to improve performance and productivity. Check Out the Affinity Plan, available only to FMWF Chamber Members! • Employee Assistance Program • Workplace Trainings • Consulting Services • Crisis Management Services
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Photo credit: J. Alan Paul Photography
How does Livewire’s story start? My start has its roots in Alexandria, Minnesota. After taking an interest in audio and video in middle school, I quickly became known as that kid that can run sound. Livewire was born, and during my high school and college years, we provided production for small events and concerts throughout the region, as well as disc jockey services for weddings and other events, often producing up to six events per weekend. Today, we are a regional leader in live event production, serving as a one-stop shop for live event video, audio, lighting, staging, scenery and rigging, as well as full-service video production. We’ve worked on events in every corner of the country, with our primary focus in Fargo, Bismarck, Sioux Falls, Minneapolis and central Minnesota.
What makes your organization unique? This one’s easy: we’re versatile, and we’re not afraid to travel. Many of our competitors throughout the region specialize in only certain types of live events or video projects and restrict most of their work to a certain geographical area. As a group of theatre professionals, we believe that every event is deserving of world-class production and event management, whether it’s TEDxFargo, a conference or non-profit gala in one of Fargo’s amazing hotel ballroom facilities, Creative Mornings at Drekker’s Brewhalla, or a coast-to-coast live two-way streaming event for our friends at WEX in Portland, Maine (and Utah, and Nashville, and right here in Fargo).
What do you like best about doing business here? We don’t give up on one another. We give second chances. We connect one another and help each other grow. Without a shred of doubt, if I had jumped into Livewire fulltime in any other city, I’m certain we would not have been able to build the connections we have and a result, our business, at the speed we have. Fargo-Moorhead is truly the reason for our success on so many levels.
Photo credit: Jeremy Albright
What is one thing you most want others to know? Contrary to popular belief, this is not just something we do for fun. (Although…okay, it is fun.) It’s true, Fargo: the event production industry is alive and well here in North Dakota, and all (20) of us at Livewire are excited to help you elevate your next big event or meeting.
What’s your best business tip? Accept every single challenge, good or bad: stay hungry.
What do you like most about being a member of The Chamber? We’re lucky: our Chamber of Commerce is the real deal. Not only does our Chamber staff work tirelessly to help network its members inside and outside of its membership, but they are putting on events that really educate and empower its members to grow and thrive in this community. Having been a member of several other Chambers throughout the region, I can easily say this is the hardest-working Chamber crew around. —Kent Kolstad
Fast Facts TOTAL EMPLOYEES 20 FTE YEAR FOUNDED: 1999 OFFICE LOCATIONS: 1
LEADERSHIP Kent Kolstad Founder, President & Technical Director Jordan Green Lead Lighting Designer Katie Pipinich Project Manager Erica Rapp Director of Operations Jon Walters Warehouse & Equipment Management Laurie Seifert Williams Project Manager Photo credit: Livewire
Founder, President & Technical Director
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Catch the video of Tom and Roger's dancing number with James Cunningham on The Chamber's Facebook page
Announcing the 2019 ChamberChoice Winners! It was quite a party at the 2019 ChamberChoice Awards luncheon, where we honored businesses, non-profits and entrepreneurs in our community. James Cunningham returned as emcee, and Tom Dawson and Roger Reierson, represented the event’s presenting sponsors. Congrats to all of this year’s winners, and thank you to everyone that helped make this event possible.
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THE FINALISTS *Winners noted in bold
NOT-FOR-PROFIT OF THE YEAR CCRI Eventide Senior Living Communities Vocational Training Center
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Games Galore Party Rental Grain Designs Sir Speedy
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR D-S Beverages Power Plate Meals TrueIT
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BEST PLACE TO WORK Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Eide Bailly, LLP General Equipment
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Mike Dragosavich Zac Paulson Jeff Shipley PRESENTING SPONSORS
PEOPLE’S CHOICE Fargo Youth Hockey Association
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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Save the date!
Thursday, June 20
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead
—Why come to Business After Hours?— • Network and make new connections • Snack on apps and visit the cash bar • Enjoy two free drinks with your registration • Enter to win door prizes from vendors
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• Support and learn about other Chamber members • Relax in the casual environment after work and end your day on a great note
BUSINESS TRAINING Wednesday, June 12
Wednesday, July 10
Combat Workplace Negativity and
Who, Why and How to Engage Generation Z
Boost Engagement When Times are Tough Bethany Berkeley
VP | Business Development Dale Carnegie of ND & MN
Organizational Development Specialist Gate City Bank
The need for leaders to be equipped with skills to navigate organizational changes and downturns is vital. Maintaining high levels of engagement and productivity when times are tough is imperative for organizational culture and health. During times of transition, attitudes and behaviors are contagious, and it takes only one person to either negatively or positively influence the masses.
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.
Throughout this interactive session, you will discover how your workforce is impacted when times are tough, understand practical ways to boost engagement, reduce stress and worry, and handle difficult conversations.
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
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead
REGISTRATION includes lunch
Chamber members: $30 in advance | $35 at the door Non-members: $40 in advance | $45 at the door
Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.
HIGHLIGHTS from May
We had a great panel last month at Business Training on mental health! Thanks to DaNae Cordie, Hospice of the Red River Valley; Jon C. Ulven, Sanford Behavioral Health; and Julie Vandrovec, The Village Business Institute; for sharing why this topic is so important, what to look for, and how to help address mental health in the workplace.
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
Website feature announcement Job postings & resources folders now available!
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 just added two new features for you to check out.
Hiring or need help? Share your open positions, intern or volunteer needs and start collecting interested applicants.
List an awesome white paper, article or presentation you want to share here. And, find resources from us to you, too.
How to view current job postings
How to view resources
Look for the “Job Postings” tab underneath “Community” on our website.
Log in to the Member Information Center (look for “Member Login” at the top of our website).
Click on the Resources folder icon at the top of your portal.
Browse any file listed in the list below. Sort by category or file type on left of the page.
Please note this is not a comprehensive list of all available jobs in the community; and only the listings provided directly to us by our members.
How to submit a job posting 1.
Log in to the Member Information Center (look for “Member Login” at the top of our website).
Click on Job Postings on the left hand shortcuts list.
Once on the Job Posting page, you can see the current Job Postings, Add Job Posting and Manage Job Posting buttons.
Click the Add Job Posting button.
Enter the job title, description, category, contact information, active dates, and an optional image.
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WOMEN CONNECT Tuesday, June 25
Tuesday, July 30
Dream Big…Live Big
#RisingAbove: Becoming Women
Who Stop Criticizing and Start Mentoring
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Minnesota State Community & Technical College
Dale Carnegie of ND and MN
Dreaming big and risk taking is both scary and exciting. What propels us forward and what holds us back? Regardless, it is important to stay true to your authentic self and surround yourselves with people who support you, tell you the candid truth, and hold you accountable.
We live in a culture of constant criticism and competition that leaves us overextended and completely stressed.
Join us and hear life lessons and strategies on how and when to dream big and take risks. Whether a new role at your employer or selling your business, it takes authentic courage, and most importantly, support from your tribe.
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.
Please consider bringing canned kitten food or gift cards to PetSmart, Walmart, Petco or Mill’s Fleet Farm to donate to Homeward Animal Shelter.
Please consider supporting the Jeremiah Program by bringing donations of art supplies for their child development center.
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
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.
At April’s Women Connect, Dana Haagenson, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, talked about a topic that attendees always are interested in: work-life balance. She suggests aiming for fusion instead, and offered tips for adding more positive energy in our lives.
Thank you to everybody that donated picture frames and gift bags for the Alzheimer's Association.
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Leadership class graduates!
Congrats, class of 2018-19
On May 9, The Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class of 2018-19 celebrated a successful year and completion of the program at the graduation luncheon at Sanctuary Events Center. Past graduates and sponsors of the program, including Dan Cash, Midwest Radio, Peter Stenehjem, First International Bank & Trust, and Jess Almlie, Discovery Benefits, shared their experience and offered advice on how to keep up their newfound leadership skills.
Three class members, Chelsey Ewen, The Arts Partnership, Althea Bain Fick, Gate City Bank, and Joe Hoffman, NAU Country Insurance, shared remarks on what they are taking away from the program and offered kind words and well-wishes for the class. Joanna Slominski, Mortenson, class of 2014–15 graduate, delivered the keynote address. We’re honored to add these 39 graduates to the incredible roster of leaders who have come before them, and we are excited to see what their futures hold!
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Corporate Cup 2019
Late last month, we hosted another incredible— and sold-out—Corporate Cup. Sixty-two teams competed in a variety of events, including kickball, volleyball, obstacle courses and tug of war, plus a few brand-new events. With over 1,000 participants and volunteers, it was our biggest Corporate Cup yet. We thank Minnesota State University Moorhead for hosting us, and all our participating businesses and their teams, sponsors, volunteers and committee. This year’s winning teams are…
First International Bank and Trust RECREATIONAL FIRST PLACE
Doosan Bobcat COMPETITIVE FIRST PLACE
Choice Bank RECREATIONAL SECOND PLACE
John Deere Electronic Solutions COMPETITIVE SECOND PLACE
RECREATIONAL DIVISION 1. First International Bank and Trust 2. Choice Bank 3. SRF Consulting Group COMPETITIVE DIVISION
SRF Consulting Group RECREATIONAL THIRD PLACE
Wanzek Construction COMPETITIVE THIRD PLACE
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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK
Mark your calendar for YP Week! — June 24 to July 1 We’re so excited to debut the YPN’s first-ever YP Week! With about one event a day, each specifically selected to target one of YPN’s areas of focus, there is something for everyone. We hope to see you at one—or all—of them! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and the YPN email as we finalize our last events for the week! We are working hard to bring you the best opportunities in networking, professional development and community exploration. Check out currently scheduled events below.
Kilbourne Group Walking Tour
Lattes with Leaders: Josh Teigen
Let’s take a walk together! Join us for an exclusive walking tour of downtown Fargo from one of its core developers, Kilbourne Group! Learn hot spots and their histories in this interactive tour with plenty of stops to take a look around and ask questions. Free, but registration required.
Learn Josh Teigen's leadership journey, from working for Doug Burgum, to several companies, and his current role at Mind Shift, with other YPN members.
If you’re looking to expand your Chamber involvement beyond the YPN and learn more about what our organization can offer you, please join The Chamber’s Membership Manager for a special talk about how else you can get involved. We’ll review other Chamber programs, benefits, opportunities and tools to take your leadership to the next level.
Monday, June 24 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. Meet at Kilbourne Group
Tuesday, June 25 | 5 to 8 p.m. MSUM Comstock Memorial Union, Room 105 615 14th Street South, Moorhead
$40 for YPN members (this is half off the rate for others!) 20 YPN seats available Featuring guest speaker Christine Chapweske, owner of The Etiquette Professionals, this event includes a pre-dinner social, delicious five-course guided meal and practical tips for proper dinner etiquette.
Thursday, June 27 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. Location TBD
New Member Social
Thursday, June 27 | 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Lindenwood Park—Main Shelter
New to YPN or thinking about joining? Connect with new and current members, learn more about the program and all the ways that you can be involved. Stick around for the Annual Picnic afterward.
Ninth Annual YPN Great American Picnic
Thursday, June 27 | 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Lindenwood Park—Main Shelter
Join the YPN, family and friends for our ninth annual Great American Picnic! We will have food and beverages along with lawn games for those looking for friendly competition.
Friday, June 28 | 11 a.m. to noon The Chamber office
YPN Share a Meal at Ronald McDonald House Charities Monday, July 1 | 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Free to participate. Space is limited, registration required Join fellow YPN members as we prepare a meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley.
HIGHLIGHTS from last month
And to ByteSpeed in Moorhead for hosting the YPN for a tour and talk. We got to see their newly renovated space and learn about the cool things ByteSpeed offers their clients in the community and nationwide.
We also had a wonderful Morning Buzz in May at Beans and we thank them for hosting.
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Thank you to Mitch Johnson, CoreLink Administrative Solutions, for conducting our StrengthsFinder training last month! Our members are ready to maximize their workday using their strengths.
YEA!: YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY
YEA! class graduates
The YEA! class of 2019 graduated last month, making a total of 50 students to participate in our local YEA! program! This year’s class finished the year with field trips to Ronald McDonald House, Spotlight Media, Others, Kilbourne Group, Fargo Jet Center and Moorhead Country Club. Some of them even participated in the YEA! showcase that was held at the ChamberChoice Awards! The students loved networking with so many Chamber members and appreciated the opportunity to spread the word about their businesses. Students who participate in YEA! walk away from the program with stronger communication, collaboration, creative and critical thinking skills. We are very proud of all of our students as they continue to achieve success in business, school and extracurricular activities long after they graduate from the program.
Congrats to each of our students! Right: YEA! students networked and shared their businesses with attendees at the ChamberChoice awards, covered on page 16
YEA! winner competes at national competition
The YEA! Saunders Scholars National Competition was held in Rochester, New York, last month and our local YEA! winner, Ivy Mastrud, did a wonderful job representing our class on the national stage. She presented her business, BowWow Bo-ties, and the judges were impressed to learn that she had already started selling her colorful pet (and human) accessories!
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—YEA! Day at 1 Million Cups—
Mark your calendar! YEA! Day at 1 Million Cups will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 9:15 a.m. at The Stage at Island Park. YEA! alumni, Ivy Mastrud and Joanna Lin, will be presenting their businesses with more YEA! students in attendance. Ivy just finished seventh grade at Ben Franklin Middle School and was in the YEA! classes of 2018 and 2019—yes, she participated in the program twice! Her business, BowWow Boties, sells handmade pet accessories with coordinating socks for people.
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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Joanna is a senior at Davies High School and graduated from YEA! in 2017. In the program, she developed a business called EcoPotz, which she continued to run after completing YEA!; however, she will be speaking about her newly launched nonprofit organization, Resonate, which facilitates master classes for musicians in rural North Dakota. We hope you will join us in celebrating the success of our Young Entrepreneurs Academy during this special 1 Million Cups!
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NEW MEMBERS We welcome the following businesses who have invested by joining The Chamber. We encourage all members to conduct business with each other. When you do, let them know you learned of their business through The Chamber!
Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. s chwans.com
FiftyTwo50 Media, LLC 2 18.766.2528
Food Distributors & Brokers F or over 65 years, Schwan’s has been delivering high-quality,
Advertising They assist women (and some men) in selling their products online, primarily on social media. They aim to empower entrepreneurship among small home-based businesses and teach them how to grow and increase sales as well as increase confidence in their abilities to be the best they can be.
delicious foods to loyal customers in your neighborhood.
Aspire Realty F indFargoMoorheadHomes.com eal Estate R Aspire Realty works with buyers & sellers from new construction to investment properties to buying and selling residential homes in the Fargo, Moorhead and surrounding areas.
Brew Bird b rewbirdfargo.com estaurants R A small, family-friendly, fast-casual restaurant offering dine-in, pick-up and limited delivery options. They specialize in a chefinspired, made-from-scratch menu featuring house breaded fried chicken sandwiches & tenders, burgers and a variety of sides and kid options.
Cereset Fargo cereset.com ellness W ereset is a wellness company that helps its clients relax their C brains to manage stress, restore hope and finally achieve restful sleep through patented BrainEcho technology that empowers the brain to reset itself as it hears and ‘‘sees’’ its own reflection.
EPIC Companies/ Block E e piccompaniesnd.com eal Estate - Property Management R Block E is located on the corner of Eighth Street and Main Avenue in Moorhead. It’s iconic to the redevelopment of Moorhead as it brings mixed-use into the heart of the city.
Fargo Ergonomics fargoergo.com Medical - Physical/Occupational Therapy Fargo Ergonomics is the area’s expert in ergonomics assessments. Their goal is to reduce the number of workrelated injuries in order for you to have happier and healthier employees. They use OSHA standards and guidelines and review government research to help you with your needs. The physical and occupational therapists at Fargo Ergonomics have experience in treating a large amount of musculoskeletal disorders and are committed to preventing these injuries from happening altogether.
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Gjesdahl Law g jesdahllaw.com ttorneys A Gjesdahl Law is a seven-lawyer firm whose practice is exclusively devoted to family law. They represent husbands, wives, moms, dads, grandparents and, by court appointment, children, in all family law courts in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Goin’ Postal g oinpostal.com/locations/locator_store.phpstoreID=gp434 ailing Services M Goin’ Postal offers a one-stop shipping experience by providing FedEx, DHL, UPS and USPS shipping services to our customers. They offer convenient services such as copying, faxing, secure shredding and much more.
The Lights at Sheyenne 32 e piccompaniesnd.com eal Estate - Development R EPIC Companies is a management, development and capital firm located in West Fargo. They work on taking underutilized spaces and turn them into mixed-use buildings to better the community.
Northstar Capital, LLC n orthstarcapital.com Financial Services Northstar Capital invests in profitable, privately held businesses based in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1993, Northstar Capital has invested in over 120 transactions since inception, across various industry sectors including manufacturing, distribution, food and agriculture, consumer products, healthcare, business services, and other sectors. Northstar has offices in Fargo and Minneapolis.
Ole’s Nursery, Inc. o lesnursery.com reenhouses G Ole’s Nursery & Garden Center provides landscaping, nursery and gardening services.
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MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES Bergstrom Electric, Inc.’s work on the Four Winds Alternative & CTE High School project in Fort Totten, North Dakota, has earned a National Excellence in Construction® Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors in the Electrical Contracting: $0 to $500,000 category. They received the top honor in March during ABC’s 29th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California.
Capital Credit Union was honored with three Diamond Awards, which recognize outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry, by the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council. Capital Credit Union received awards in the following categories: Logos; Video (NonCommercial) – Single; and Plastic Access Card Design. Capital Credit Union was also honored with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Director’s Award, which recognizes top North Dakota
lenders for their participation with SBA in providing financing for start-up and existing small businesses. The award was presented by SBA North Dakota District Director Alan Haut. It is the ninth time in the past 10 years the credit union has earned this recognition. Edgewood Healthcare announced the addition of new services to its North Dakota senior living communities, as they recently acquired Home Care Companies of Grand Forks and are now expanding to provide non-medical personal care services. Marco announced its acquisition of Accent Business Solutions, a copier/ printer company located in Wisconsin. Marco’s employees will continue to serve and support Accent Business Solutions’ clients from its current locations in Appleton and Wausau. NDSU Press authors received three Gold medals and one Silver medal from the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards in May in New York City. The award recipients and their respective book titles include: “Apple in the Middle,” by Dawn Quigley, Gold Medal – Multicultural Fiction – Juvenile/Young Adult; “Pacing Dakota,” by Thomas Isern, Gold Medal – Midwest – Best Regional Non-Fiction; “Songs of Horses and Lovers,” by Madelyne Camrud, Gold Medal – Poetry – Specialty (Illustrated/Anthology); and “Operation Snowbound: Life behind the Blizzards of 1949,” by David W. Mills, Silver Medal – Midwest – Best Regional Non-Fiction. Park Co. Realtors announced that its global real estate network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®,
continues to lead the industry in sales volume among the top 500 U.S. firms, with $254 billion in U.S. home sales in 2018, $32 billion ahead of its closest competitor, according to the REAL Trends Top 500. LeadingRE is the largest network of top independent residential real estate firms, and network affiliates are widely recognized as the premier providers of quality residential real estate and relocation services. Park Co. Realtors also announced its ranking as the No. 902 real estate firm in the U.S. in transactions, according to RISMedia’s 30th Annual Power Broker Report. The Top 1,000 2018 Power Brokers collectively did more than 3.7 million transactions in 2018 and encompasses more than 478,000 agents and over 8,370 offices.
The Salon Professional Academy Fargo earned nine awards at the National Salon Professional Education Conference in Florida. Awards are based on academy performance metrics as well as overall culture of the school. The award they are most proud of is school of the year award. Additional awards included highest student enrollment, highest retail sales, highest service sales, highest gift card sales, highest income, and 2nd highest student enrollment conversions.
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MEMBERS NEWS: PEOPLE
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Michael Jablon, Senior Director of Information Systems Dr. Victoria Sowemimo, Director of Quality Assurance
Tanya Neuharth, Digital Engagement Manager
Kim Hoeschen, Associate Christy Jacobson, Associate
Austin Axley, Product Support Specialist Calby Beckstrand, Product Manager Eric Blakeslee, Territory Manager, Agriculture Dana Drevecky, Electronics Technician Dan Gustafson, Product Development Engineer Jordan Honeyman, Inside Sales & Customer Support Specialist Kelsey Johnson, Territory Manager, Agriculture Jose Justo, UI UX Designer Charlie Skolness, Manufacturing Assembler Shay Stockstad, Senior Engineer, Electrical Design
Bank of the West
Jace Holm, Branch Manager Travis Riffey, Senior Lead Business Banking Relationship Manager
Bethany Retirement Living
Paulette Amundson, Board of Trustees Dan Beauchamp (Essentia), Board of Trustees Ben Carlsrud (Network Center), Board of Trustees
Alisia Becker Hansey, Realtor Katie Jensen, Realtor Deb Matter, Realtor Shonda Monette, Realtor
CCRI (photos on next page)
Bethany Berkeley, Board President Marit Haman, Board Treasurer Erin D. Larsgaard, Board of Directors Heather Rye, Board Vice President
Eide Bailly LLP
Jon Ault, Technology Consulting Partner Ryan Beste, Audit Partner DC Lucas, Technology Consulting Partner Brent Roeder, Tax Partner
First International Bank & Trust
Don Berg, Commercial Lender Ron Peterson, Investment Program Manager Dan Toy, Jr., Asst. Manager, Appraisal Dept (not pictured) Samantha Wehlander, Loan Associate (not pictured)
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MEMBER NEWS: PEOPLE
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Nadine Aljets, Senior Account Manager Madison Hausauer, Public Relations Specialist Marie Luetmer, Senior Account Manager Aaron Simmons, Social Media Specialist
FM Area Foundation
Michelle Johnson, Administrative Assistant
Great Plains Food Bank
Andrew Flory, Food Resource Manager Anna Johnson, Regional Service Manager
Kayla Heskin, New Home Sales Associate
Jamie Hager, Vice President of Asset Management Keith Leier, VP of Development and Construction
KW Inspire Realty
Joyce Griffin, Realtor Brandon Tharp, Realtor Haley Winkler, Realtor (not pictured)
Ben Clark, Application Developer BERG
Park Co. Realtors
Jill Carlson, President Marissa Jahner, Realtor Dawn Lahlum, CEO
Payroll Professionals Inc.
Brett Longtin, CFO and Co-owner
Sterling Management, LLC SIMMONS
Erica Chaffee, Chief Financial Officer
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MEMBERS NEWS: PEOPLE Sterling Management, LLC (continued) Levi Jordheim, Financial Analyst Drew Thompson, Financial Analyst
Town & Country Credit Union
Leah Dalton (Patterson Dental Supply), New Board Member
Western State Bank
Amy Miller, Loan Administration Specialist
OTHER NEWS Roger Reierson, CEO of Flint Group was named the Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree of NDSU’s College of Business. The award recognizes a professional who has given back tremendously to Fargo Moorhead in a business capacity and upholds the qualities Beta Gamma Sigma fosters: Honor, earnestness, and wisdom.
Marshall Johnson, vice president/executive director at Audubon Dakota, has completed the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust Program on Strategic Management for Environmental Leaders through Harvard Business School. This program invites environmental leaders from around the world to study industry issues and advancements. Graduates of this intense program focus on leadership, engagement, and development.
KLJ announced that civil engineer in the Fargo office, Scott Kolbinger has received the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers (NDSPE) 2018 Young Engineer of the Year award. He received the award at NDSPE’s Annual Conference and Business Meeting held April 1-3.
Bank of the West Wealth Management announced that Kelly Cooper, Market Leader, VP, Jeff Maynard, Sr. Wealth Financial Advisor, VP, and Nancy Frost, Sr. Private Client Advisor, VP, have earned recognition in this year’s President’s Club, an annual award that represents the international top recognition of advisors by Bank of the West.
At the National Salon Professional Education Conference in Florida, The Salon Professional Academy operations director, Sandy Schaffer was awarded the Director of the Year Award, and lead educator Mona Radermacher was awarded the first annual Deborah Shimer Excellence Award.
Kathleen Toft of Spherion Staffing has been recognized as Spherion’s top U.S. producer in Professional Recruiting. As the top producer of professional talent, she earned a spot at the organization’s Performance Forum event held in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, in March.
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CELEBRATIONS: APRIL RIBBON CUTTINGS & GROUNDBREAKINGS
Gate City Bank
Relocation 3280 Veterans Boulevard, Fargo eagleridgedevelopment.com
Grand opening 2050 Sheyenne Street, West Fargo gatecitybank.com
Grand opening 2050 Sheyenne Street, West Fargo hornbachers.com
Grand opening 835 23rd Avenue East Suite 204, West Fargo facebook.com/TalulaND
Vance Thompson Vision
West Fargo Public Schools
Relocation 505 32nd Avenue East, West Fargo vancethompsonvision.com
Grand opening of central kitchen 304 11th Street West, West Fargo west-fargo.k12.nd.us
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We’re in this Together
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.
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2019 CHAMBER CHALLENGE
Wednesday, July 17
12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Edgewood Golf Course
MORE THAN TECH SUPPORT
Hole and tee box sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact Darren
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