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March 2014 • Vol. 17, No. 7

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President's Corner

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

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

Chamber Staff

Craig Whitney President/CEO Jim Parsons Vice President of Finance/Operations Julie Doggett Information Systems Administrator Darren Dunlop Business Development Manager Jessica Lee Government Affairs & Advocacy Manager Tracy Meckler Membership Sales Manager Gail Petersen Membership Relations Coordinator Elly Peterson Program Coordinator - Young Professionals Network Tracy Powell Director of Events & Programs Bobbi Jo Rehder Events Coordinator Kaylyn Stroh Publications & Program Marketing Coordinator Danielle Teigen Communications & Marketing Manager Julie Yourczek Administrative Support Coordinator

Committee Chairs Ambassador Public Relations Ambassador Member Relations Business Training Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Military Affairs Public Affairs Young Professionals Network

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

Dear Chamber Members,

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Every year, our membership campaign serves as an opportunity to remind our members and the larger community about what we do as an organization. Our engaged and active member businesses are the reason we can accomplish all that we do. By bringing more businesses into our organization, we can help foster additional success and prosperity for our entire region.

This year, we’ve partnered with KFGO and WDAY for our membership campaign, and any new businesses that join The Chamber during the campaign will receive free advertising on a variety of Midwest Communication, Inc., and WDAY-TV mediums, including television, radio, print and online. We’re excited that our newest members will be able to share their reasons for joining The Chamber with all of you throughout the campaign. What is most exciting about the campaign, though, is the opportunity you, our valued members, have to share your story with other organizations about why you joined The Chamber. Tell them how you have benefited from your membership or how you’ve become more involved in The Chamber. And remember, if you refer an organization to join, you will be registered for a number of prizes donated by generous local businesses (check out page 18 for more information on the campaign and prizes). Being a member of The Chamber is about so much more than prosperity and success; it’s about investing in your business and expanding your opportunities. It also means having an organization advocating on your behalf on important public policy issues. Being a Chamber member means being part of a community where businesses connect with one another, learn from each other and grow together. Thank you for your membership,

Craig Whitney President/CEO The Chamber

Mission

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

For editorial questions, please call 218.233.1100 or email TheBridge@fmwfchamber.com. For advertising and learning opportunity inquiries, please contact Tracy Meckler at 218.359.0524 or tmeckler@fmwfchamber.com. THE BRIDGE (USPS 124-430) is published monthly by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber. For each issue received, $3.50 of membership dues are applied toward subscription of the newsletter. Periodicals Postage Paid at Fargo, ND 58102 and at additional mailing offices. Publication No. 124430. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Bridge, PO Box 2443, Fargo, ND 58108-2443; 218.233.1100.

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noon To 1:30 P.m. ramada PLaza & suiTes and ConferenCe CenTer

Back by Popular Demand James Cunningham | Master of Ceremonies Join us for an afternoon with the stars – local businesses and organizations that drive economic growth and make this region a better place to live, work and do business – during the 2014 ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon, hosted by master of ceremonies James Cunningham. Cunningham is a stand-up comedian, TV show host, entrepreneur and public speaker who has enjoyed success on comedy stages across North America as well as with his award-winning “Funny Money” lectures, a stage show designed to teach students about finance. With more than 300 stand-up performances a year, Cunningham is hysterically quick-witted and will have you on the edge of your seat….and not just to find out who has won the ChamberChoice Awards.

“The ChamberChoice Award shed a fresh light on our little-known organization as we expanded and added services, taking on a growing role in the community. We are so humbled by being honored with the Not-For-Profit of the Year Award. What an incredible opportunity to share in this success with you!” Patricia Patron, CEO Family HealthCare 2013 Not-For-Profit of the Year Award Winner

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Business Training

Second Annual Business Summit Wednesday, March 12

8 a.m. Registration and Networking | 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Summit Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South

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Registration (includes lunch)

Chamber Members: $49 General Admission: $59 Resister at FMWFChamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

Keynote Sessions

8:30 to 9:15 a.m.

Deeming Yourself Eligible for Opportunities Mark J. Lindquist Retirement Turning Point

Lindquist will kick off the day with a high-energy presentation about recognizing and seizing opportunities that are presented to you by identifying your own expertise for that opportunity. He’ll discuss the importance of knowing your strengths before asking you to reflect on what opportunities in 2014 you can deem yourself eligible for.

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce Through Today’s Classroom Lessons Michelle Weber Assistant Principal at Liberty Middle School

Weber is working every day to grow STEM education in West Fargo to prepare tomorrow’s workforce today. She will discuss the importance of STEM education as well as how to create a culture that invites success and lifelong learning. She’ll leave you inspired as she discusses how making our world a better place to live begins with our students.

Breakout Sessions Session I - 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

§§ Cloud Computing for Your Business Shaun Carlson, Arvig §§ Collaborative Work Environments David Shultz, David Shultz & Associates, Ltd. §§ Leadership from Within: Re-igniting the Passion! Teresa Lewis, Get Inspired

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§§ What Is Your Business Score? Making Sense of Your Business Data Darwin Braunagel, Eide Bailly LLP §§ Leadership Development Evolved - The Learning Journey Mary Beth Burns, trainND SE at NDSCS-Fargo

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§§ Understanding Mobile Device Management and Bring Your Own Device Brett Anderson, NetWork Center, Inc.

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§§ How is Social Media Changing Human Resources? Kim Bjoralt, Human Resources Management Group §§ Becoming a Dynamic and Fearless Public Speaker Tasha Rohlfs, Tasha Rohlfs - Public Speaking Consultant §§ Leadership Lessons That Directly Impact Customer Service Doug Peters and Jon Hauser, Growing Forward

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Wednesday, June 18 | Noon to 5 p.m. Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center, 1635 42nd Street South, Fargo Former con artist extraordinaire Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. For more than 30 years, Abagnale has worked with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. His exploits and five-year international crime spree inspired the memoir, Catch Me if You Can, which later became a film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. Abagnale served time in French, Swedish and U.S. prison systems before being released on the condition that he would help the federal government, without remuneration, by teaching and assisting federal law enforcement agencies. Abagnale will describe the latest protections against embezzlement, forgery, counterfeit currency, check fraud, identity theft and Internet fraud for institutions, associations and corporations. He will explain the newest crime techniques made easy by technology as well as your organization’s potential liability under the new Uniform Commercial Code.

Abagnale’s presentation will be followed by a panel of law enforcement agents who will review cases studies, all of which have local connections, of successful and attempted fraud schemes that have been conducted against businesses. Businesses that were victims of fraud will not be identified by name, but they range from some of the largest businesses in the area to smaller, one- or twoperson businesses and include retailers, law firms, banks, and utilities. The panel includes: § US Attorney’s Office – District of North Dakota. § North Dakota Attorney General’s Office (Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division). § US Department of Homeland Security Investigations. § US Postal Inspection Service. § Department of Justice Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. § Credit Card Fraud Investigators from U.S. Bank.

Registration (includes lunch) Chamber Members: $49 General Admission: $59 Corporate Table Sponsor: $650 Register at FMWFChamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100. For sponsorship information, contact Darren at ddunlop@fmwfchamber.com or 218.359.0514.

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Business Training

Savvy Strategies Used by Local Leaders Wednesday, April 9 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South

Leadership principles are simple to say and not so easy to execute consistently and across all levels of an organization. During this panel discussion, you’ll learn what characteristics our experts believe make a good leader, fatal flaws that could undo a good leader and what methods have been successful for them as they create their teams. In addition, our panelists will share their personal challenges as a leader, critical lessons they learned throughout their careers, as well as the role mentors played in their own leadership development. Our panel of local business leaders includes: Mari Ossenfort was named director of broadcasting for Forum Communications in November and oversees WDAY-TV in Fargo as the general manager. She grew up in Fargo, but has lived in Sioux Falls, S.D., since 1995 where she worked for a local television station, most recently serving as general manager and general sales manager.

Jodi Duncan is currently serving as president of Flint Communications, Inc., with a focus on business development and strategic account planning. She has built a career around strategically planning for her clients and helping them get the right message to the right audience to meet their objectives.

Mike Artnson serves as plant manager at Cardinal IG and is regarded as a manufacturing and leadership expert who understands business. He has been in charge of plant operations since 1998 when the Fargo Cardinal IG facility was built, and his leadership has been instrumental in growing the business.

Steve Swiontek is chairman, president and CEO at Gate City Bank. He has been with the company for the duration of his career, amassing experience in personnel management and branch leadership. Beyond his duties at the bank, Swiontek is active in the community, serving on numerous committees, boards and within associations.

Registration (includes lunch)

Chamber Members: $25 per person in advance | $35 at the door General Admission: $45 per person in advance | $55 at the door Resister at FMWFChamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

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Laney Packs House For Leadership Luncheon

More than 300 people attended the February Business Training session to hear Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney discuss his leadership philosophy and how he motivates his team to serve the public with honor, integrity and character. Laney opened his presentation by explaining his background, highlighting experiences that helped shape his leadership style. As a servant leader and native of West Fargo, Laney felt compelled to run for elected office so he could serve the people of Cass County; he won in 2007 and said he reminds himself every day as he leaves for work that he has been given the privilege to serve the public through his job. During the last seven years, Laney has implemented a Drive the Road leadership philosophy that embraces individual leadership styles while maintaining a high standard for professionalism, which has resulted in improved morale among his team members. His team members are introduced to the concept on their first day, and they have to commit to upholding the philosophy before they join the team. “By introducing them to the concept right away, they know the expectations from Minute 1,” Laney explained. By knowing the philosophy immediately, they can better understand how it works and live it out as they perform their job duties, he said. Laney talked about how clear expectations make accountability imperative to success in an organization. “High accountability leads to high morale,” he said.

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Young Professionals Network One to Watch Each month, the Young Professionals Network highlights a member who is making a name for him or herself in the business community. The complete profile is online and published in Making Connections, an electronic newsletter distributed to the YPN. Travis Riffey, Senior Business Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Riffey recently relocated to Fargo when he started in his current position six months ago, and he was looking for a group of likeminded people to share ideas with. His solution? Join YPN. “I’m definitely looking forward to growing the relationships I’ve established and making new ones as YPN continues to expand,” Riffey explained. He’s also looking forward to meeting his clients’ needs — with the help of an outstanding team at Wells Fargo — and helping those clients achieve their goals.

Rising Up: Why Are New Businesses Starting Here? Wednesday, March 25 | 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Radisson Hotel Fargo, 201 5th Street North Many businesses have been created over the past few years in Fargo Moorhead. Why? What factors have caused this entrepreneurial community to rise up and take hold here? Andy Christensen, Arthur Ventures LLC, and Miguel Danielson, Emerging Prairie, will talk about the “why,” the “how” and “what’s next” for our budding business community. Registration (includes lunch) $20 YPN Members $30 General Admission

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Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Leadership Class Learns About Company Culture and Thinking Big

The Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class spent a day AT Concordia College's Offutt School of Business in February learning about navigating change, touring a new business school and thinking big.

Change vs. Transition

Assistant Dean of Student Life at North Dakota State University Michael Harwood shared his experiences with managing transition and change. Harwood has worked with various organizations on navigating change and helped them develop strategies to prepare, train and develop staff in a transition worthy organization. The class toured the new Offutt School of Business with Greg Cant, dean of the school. Cant showed the class the state-of-the-art classrooms the facility offers.

Think Big: Company Culture

Sundog CEO Brent Teiken and Greg Ewing-Lee, the company’s director of Business Analysis, shared insights about how the company has become a leader in innovative corporate culture. Teiken and Ewing-Lee explained that the company serves its clients so well by understanding how their goals can provide strategies for success.

Think Big: Dream to Reality

Three founders of local companies wrapped up the day by sharing how each of them came up with and implemented their idea for a company and how they’ve turned their dreams into reality. Scott Bintz, RealTruck.com, highlighted his company’s start as an online pickup truck accessories store operating out of a basement to the 15-year-old organization it is now that seeks to make people’s vehicles and lives better. Aaron Hill, Fargo Brewing Company, detailed how a random idea to have a Fargo-based brewery turned into establishing a limited liability company. Jake Joraanstad, Myriad Mobile, explained that his company started as dual partnership between two college friends and has evolved into a collaborative, innovative work environment where they do cool stuff every day.

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Advocacy in Action Chamber Testifies for Water Supply Project Chamber President and CEO Craig Whitney testified before the North Dakota Legislature’s Water Topics Overview committee, which met in Fargo in early February. “The Chamber understands the increase in residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural water use places a growing demand on existing water supplies that will be inadequate during periods of drought,” Whitney noted, citing a policy position from The Chamber’s 2014 Public Policy Guide. The Chamber supports the prioritization and advancement of the Red River Valley Water Supply Project to ensure the availability of a longterm, high-quality water supply.

Moorhead Intersection Project Aims to Address Congestion The Public Affairs transportation subcommittee has been studying proposed design solutions to the Moorhead intersection at Interstate 94 and Highway 75 (8th Street). Because of unique issues surrounding the existing interchange and the heavy traffic flow, engineers have presented alternate design plans for consideration. The transportation committee reviewed the interchange designs and provided input to project engineers. The project will be funded by Minnesota Trunk Highway funds and will be completed in one construction cycle.

South Moorhead I-94/Hwy 75 Project Area

The Chamber looks forward to the completed project, which will significantly increase mobility and safety while reducing delays on both 8th Street and I-94, allowing easier access to the businesses in the area. The timeline for the project is set for construction in 2016, and the project has a preliminary cost estimate of $7-$12 million. Thank you to Peggy Harter, project manager from Stantec Consulting, for presenting this project to the transportation subcommittee.

Repealing Business Taxes a Priority During Upcoming Session The Chamber has called on Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to improve the business climate in Minnesota by repealing the stifling business-to-business taxes enacted during the 2013 legislative session. Additionally, The Chamber supports appropriations necessary to complete Moorhead’s flood protection projects and promote economic development initiatives for Greater Minnesota.

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Military Matters National Guard Prepares for Potential Flood Event The North Dakota National Guard conducted its annual preparation for potential flood response operations, an engagement soldiers are all too familiar with. Last year, soldiers and airmen spent 656 work days from April 22 to May 2 providing around-the-clock flood response in areas within Cass County. North Dakota National Guardsmen have helped local, state and federal agencies battle river and overland flooding every year except one since 2009. For this, and many other reasons, The Chamber is thankful to have a strong National Guard presence in our community.

Honor Star Program Contributes to USS North Dakota Commissioning The vision of the Honor Star program is to foster a community of support for our service members, their families and the missions they carry out on our behalf. What better way to share that support than with the critical mission of the nuclear submarine that will bear the name of North Dakota? The USS North Dakota will be celebrated and commissioned on May 31. The Honor Star program is pleased to support a mission that will serve our country for decades to come. To schedule a visit from our model USS North Dakota, contact Jessica at jlee@fmwfchamber.com.

Military Affairs committee members present $2500 donation to Bob Wefald, chair of the USS North Dakota committee.

Thank You Honor Star Members Thank you to those businesses that have signed up for the second year of the Honor Star program. We are looking forward to building on the success of the program's first year. For more information about becoming an Honor Star member visit: FMWFChamber.com/honor_star.

Eric Marts: My State of the Union Experience Retired Master Sgt. Eric Marts shared his experience as a guest of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at the State of the Union. “I was shocked by the call but it was an invitation I had to take advantage of," said Marts. Following the State of the Union, Marts spent the rest of the week in Washington D.C. talking to leaders in Congress and the Pentagon about issue’s facing today’s veterans. While serving in Iraq, Marts was riding in a vehicle that was struck by roadside bombs, resulting in the loss of his eyesight and a traumatic brain injury. Marts serves on the Military Affairs committee and hosts Heroes of the Heart Land, a talk show that airs Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. on WDAY-AM. He continues to serve by sharing veterans’ stories and concerns and providing family and community support. Marts and his guide dog Corporal Deacon

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Operation Thank You 2014 Volunteers The Chamber sincerely thanks the following individuals for assisting with the assembling and delivering of our membership packets. Your help was invaluable and much appreciated! Brian Heger........................................................................702 Communications Timberly Bourcy..................................................... A&B Business Solutions, Inc. Vickie Currens....................................................... Action Insurance Agency, LLC Natalie Silva....................................................................................Aevenia, Inc. Joseph Hazeldine................................................................ Aflac Regional Office Fred Hage.......................... Allstate Insurance Company - Fred S Hage Agency, Inc. Cindy Cole-Softing..............................................Altel - Alternative Telecom, Inc. Jeannie Camarillo............................................................... Anne Carlsen Center Jim Deutsch.......................................................Artco Promotional Products, Inc. Lynn Hanson.....................................................Artco Promotional Products, Inc. Jennifer Lein.................................. Arthritis Foundation - Upper Midwest Region Rob Gramer................................................................................... Avenue Right Brian Fradet.................................................................BeMobile Verizon Wireless Brian Kingsley....................... Best Western Doublewood Inn & Conference Center Sheila Bentz..................... Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota Janelle Balvik.................................................................. BioLife Plasma Services Kayla Beehler....................................................................Biolife Plasma Services Lorelle Olson ....................................................................... Bremer Bank, N.A. Trish Enger..................................................................BW Insurance Agency, Inc. Heather Mumm.................................................Central Minnesota Credit Union Mike Edenborg..................................................Central Minnesota Credit Union Heather Johnson..............................................CHARISM Neighborhood Centers Brandon Geffre.............................Coaches Choice Corporate and Athletic Apparel LuAnn White...........................................................Coldwell Banker First Realty Dave Slotten.............................................................................Cornerstone Bank Carla Trittin-Isom.................................................. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Galen Schroeder............................................................... Dakota Indexing LLC Landon Vogel............................................................................ Dell Comm, Inc. Jodi Buchholz..................................................................DFC Consultants, Ltd. Kristin Krile......................Dress for Success Red River Valley of the Upper Midwest Shari Else.......................Essentia Health 32nd Avenue & South University Clinics Melissa Stiel-Paul................................................................. Fargo Country Club Karen Harrington..........................................................Fargo Sleep Inn & Suites Patty Mastel.....................................................Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation Sara Granger...............................................Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Jill Carlson............................................Farmers Insurance Group - District Office Leslie Matthews....................................Farmers Insurance Group - District Office Tom Cook.............................................Farmers Insurance Group - District Office Margaret Schneider..........................Farmers Insurance Group - McClean Family Ashleigh Smith.................................................. First International Bank & Trust Sean Johnson...........................................................First International Insurance Kevin Warner.............................................................................. Gate City Bank Emmett Worth................................................ Gate City Bank - Corporate Office Jenne Quarve........................................................................ Granites Unlimited John Koch............................................................................. Granites Unlimited Brian Halverson.......................................................... Heartland Trust Company Diane Sandven............................................................ Heartland Trust Company Margaret Collins........................................................................................ Hibu April Eskelson...............................................................Hilton Garden Inn Fargo Heather Kylstad......................................................................Holiday Inn Fargo Mike Prekel.............................................................................Holiday Inn Fargo Sarah Lakoduk............................................................ Home Instead Senior Care Cora Turner.............................................................. Homewood Suites By Hilton Bernie Dardis............................................................................Indigo Signworks Mary Krage...............................................................................Indigo Signworks Scott Deutsch.............................................................................. Integra Telecom Loren Petersen..................................................... John Deere Electronic Solutions Bridgette Weltikol ...................................................................... Johnny Carino’s Heather Berg............................................................................... Johnny Carino’s

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Lori Hager............................................................ JPII Catholic Schools Network Curt Kasper ..................................................................................... Laney’s Inc. Connie Peterson............................................................. Minnesota Public Radio Lisa Koehmstedt...................................................................... Minuteman Press Kathey Llewellyn............................................................My Personal Consultant Paul Balega............................................................................ NAI North Central Taya Spelhaug............................................................................ NDSCS - Fargo Kari Bitz................................................................ NDSU - The Graduate School Julie Halverson..................................................... Newman Outdoor Advertising Patty Nystrom....................................................... Newman Outdoor Advertising Shelly Larson.............................................................................. Prairie Business Mary Johnson.............................. Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center Randy Clark.............................................. Randy Clark - Park Company Realtors Fred Bartholomew....................................RE/MAX Realty 1 - Fred Bartholomew Anita Hoffarth......................................................................Reach Partners, Inc. Derek Drege..........................................................................Red River Financial Justin Wren...........................................................................Red River Financial Lisa Bue........................................................................Residence Inn by Marriott Erica Johnsrud............. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley Jill Christopher............ Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley Karen Witzel.............................................................................Spherion Staffing Nick Gulmon................................................................. Summit Group Software Larry Olson.............................................................................Talent Productions Denise Peterson......................................................The Lost and Found Ministry Dena Bennett.....................................................Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Kristine Wallin.............................................................................. Total Imaging John Isaacson........................................................................ Travelodge & Suites Denise Graunke ................................................................TRN Abstract & Title Jeanna Sender.................................................................... United Blood Services Lindsey Svir........................................................................ Valley Mortgage, Inc. Rick Kuhn........................................................................... Veterans Pest Control Tammy Askew............................................................................... VISIONBank Tom Thompson.......................................................... Vocational Training Center Kriss Burns.................................................................VOLT Workforce Solutions Jan Monda......................................................... Warner and Company Insurance Travis Riffey.................................................................... Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Dave Roeder.......................................................................... Western State Bank Jill Mattson........................................................................... Western State Bank Jennifer Gompf......................................................Winmar Sleep Wellness Center


“I enjoy delivering packets during Operation Thank You because I’m new to Fargo, so this is a great opportunity to call on clients again and meet with them to discuss their needs.” Dena Bennett, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

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Chamber Challenge Golf Outing & Social Wednesday, July 16 | 12:30 p.m. Edgewood Golf Course, 19 Golf Course Avenue South, Moorhead

Make sure to include the Chamber Challenge Golf Outing in your summer calendar! Registration is now open, so shake off the winter blues and get registered. Golfers may register as a foursome or as individuals. Spots fill up quickly, and you won’t want to miss this sell-out event. Register now to take advantage of the early bird rate. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, food and drinks (provided by sponsors) on the course, 19th Hole Happy Hour Social with delicious appetizers, oncourse contests and giveaways from sponsors. Networking opportunities abound with hundreds of business representatives gathering together for a day of fun, games, laughs, great food and of course, golf! Individual Rates Don’t have a team of four? Register an individual, and we can pair you up with other players. It’s a great way to establish new relationships (or renew old ones).

Team Rates Get your clients, co-workers and friends together and network the afternoon away on the golf course with a four-person team.

On or before June 2 Chamber member golfer: $115 General admission golfer: $135

On or before June 2 Four-person Chamber member team: $440 Four-person general admission team: $520

After June 2 Chamber member golfer: $140 General admission golfer: $160

After June 2 Four-person Chamber member team: $540 Four-person general admission team: $620

When the tournament ends, be sure to stick around for the 19th Hole Happy Hour Social and the awards program at 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse. Register at FMWFChamber.com or call 218.233.1100 for more information.

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Governor Set to Decorate Local Businessman with State’s Highest Honor

North Dakota’s highest honor will be presented to the family of Herman Stern, former manager of the famous Straus Clothing in recognition of the man’s leadership and vision. Stern died in 1980. His grandsons, John and Rick Stern, now run the clothing store, which has been a Chamber member since 1938. Gov. Jack Dalrymple will present Sterns’ family with the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the highest commendation for citizens, on March 13 at the Radisson Hotel Fargo. Visit www.ndchamber.com to register for the event.

A native of Germany, Stern immigrated to the United States at the age of 16 to work at the Straus Clothing Store in Casselton, becoming manager in 1910 and working there for the next 70 years. While Stern is most known for his business contributions, he also founded the Greater North Dakota Association, now known as the Greater North Dakota Chamber. Stern also helped start the Winter Show in Valley City, which has become the oldest running agricultural show in the state. Stern was also active with Boy Scouts of America, Rotary and the Masonic Order. “When you think of a leader and visionary whose contributions have impacted generations of North Dakotans, Stern rises to the top,” Dalrymple said. “In addition to building a successful business, he made pioneering contributions to North Dakota’s economy and communities…His dedication to helping others and to building a The Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award was established in strong foundation for our state has forged a legacy that lives on in 1961 to recognize present and former North Dakotans who have North Dakota.” influenced the state by achieving national recognition; Stern will

Did You Know?

In addition to his civic contributions, Stern worked with state leaders and the U.S. State Department during the rise of Adolf Hilter and the Nazi Party to help approximately 200 German Jews escape the Holocaust and immigrate to the United States. On Stern’s 70th birthday in 1967, many of those individuals he helped escape recognized him with a framed resolution of appreciation for his inspiring generosity, according to a press release from the Office of the Governor. The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York also honored Stern for his efforts.

be the 40th recipient of the award.

Other individuals who have been honored include Lawrence Welk, Roger Maris, Eric Sevareid, Anne Carlsen, Louis L’Amour, Era Bell Thompson, Ronald Davies, Phil Jackson, Sister Thomas Welder, Bill Marcil, Doug Burgum and Ronald Offutt. The portraits of all recipients are on display in the lower level of the Capitol building. To see a complete list of recipients, visit www.governor.nd.gov/theodore-roosevelt-rough-rider-award.

“We are so honored to accept this prestigious award on behalf of our grandfather,” said John Stern, spokesperson for the Stern family. “His contributions to our family and our state are significant and his vision continues to guide Straus Clothing and the state of North Dakota still today. We are proud that Herman is being honored for his valuable accomplishments and that his legacy will live on as a member of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.”

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Calendar of Chamber Events

Program Sponsors

BUSINESS TRAINING

Second Annual Business Summit

Wednesday, March 12 | 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South Local Presenters (see page 4 for schedule)

Registration (includes lunch) Chamber Members: $49 General Admission: $59

Mark Your Calendars April 9

Savvy Strategies Used by Local Leaders See page 6 for more details.

May 7

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Community Jim Gartin, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation and Local Panel

Business After Hours

Thursday, April 17 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center, 1635 42nd Street South, Fargo

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

SPONSORS

Business After Hours is a members-only event, participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Receive the $22 admission price by registering by midnight on April 16. All registrations received after that time and at the door will be billed the $32 rate. Ticket price includes appetizers and two drink tickets.

Mark Your Calendar for 2014 Business After Hours June 12 August 14

Courtyard by Marriott and Moorhead Area Conference Center Sponsored by Globe University | Sam’s Club – Moorhead

Holiday Inn Fargo Sponsored by Spotlight Media Inc.

October 16

Hilton Garden Inn Fargo Sponsored by Heritage Homes, LLC

December 4

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

Improve the Health and Productivity of Your Employees and Your Organization Sign up for the Affinity Employee Assistance Program for Chamber Members provided by The Village Business Institute (VBI).

Implement VBI’s Employee Assistance Program in your company to increase employee productivity, performance, and job satisfaction.

VBI’s Employee Assistance Program is a collection of services provided to employees and their household members. Services include:

For more information, call The Village Business Institute at 701-451-4900.

• Free personal counseling • Counseling regarding workplace issues • Financial and legal counseling • Supervisor tools and resources

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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK

Happy Hour

Thursday, March 20 | 5:15 p.m. Shotgun Sally's Rock n Roll Saloon, 1515 42nd Street South, Fargo Mix and mingle at one of Fargo's newest bars over free appetizers. Drinks are on your own nickle. This event is free and registration is not required.

Rising Up: Why Are New Businesses Starting Here? Wednesday, March 25 | 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Radisson Hotel Fargo, 201 5th Street North Registration (includes lunch) $20 YPN Members $30 General Admission

Registrations and Cancellations

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

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Members Get It!

Why join The Chamber?

Being a Chamber member is an investment in your business because it means access to networking events, educational training opportunities, world-class speakers and myriad opportunities to connect with other business professionals. It also means having an organization advocating on your behalf on important public policy issues. As a Chamber member, you also have access to opportunities to connect with potential clients and customers through referrals, networking and marketing opportunities. The Chamber’s mission is to promote economic growth and prosperity for business and our members through advocacy, education and engagement. Every day, strive to bring you the most valuable, cost-effective programming and opportunities that will lead to continued success for your organization.

What do I get with a Chamber membership? §§ §§ §§ §§ §§ §§ §§ §§

Announcements in The Bridge, eBridge and online. Listing in annual Metro Profile and Member Directory. Auto owners or AAA insurance discount. Employee Assistance (EAP) discount. Use of Chamber “Member of ” logo. Certificate of origin. Access to and discount pricing for members-only events. Discount on website design services from Absolute Marketing Group. §§ Use of bulk mail permit

Did You Know?

More than 2,100 businesses in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo region are members of The Chamber, which represents the more than 94,000 employees who work for those companies.

Membership Campaign 2014 Each year, the membership campaign serves as a dedicated time to create more awareness about The Chamber as an organization as well as what The Chamber can do for its member businesses.

If your company signs up to be a Chamber member during the campaign, you will receive the member benefits described already as well as: §§ Commercials on Midwest Communication and WDAY stations §§ A free add-on module for website design package from Absolute Marketing Group

Thank you to our campaign sponsors!

Thank you to all our prize sponsors! (as of publication date)

99 Bottles.............................................................................. $25 gift card American Crystal Sugar........................................................... Kindle HD Bottle Barn........................................................................... $50 gift card Bradley Business Associates........................................ Night out downtown D-S Beverages................................................................ Cooler on wheels Flint Communications, Inc...................................................... Kindle HD Games Galore..................................................................... Party package Golf Addiction...................................................... 1-hour simulator rental Homewood Suites by Hilton.................................................Meeting room Indigo Signs| Happy Harry's Bottle Shop................... $1,000 wine package Moorhead Country Club................................................. Golf day for two

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Newman Outdoor Advertising.............. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks suite Riddle’s Jewelry............................................................... Pandora bracelet Sam’s Club (Fargo and Moorhead)...................................................... iPad Sanford Health............................................................. Microsoft Surface Shooting Star Casino....................................................Overnight Package Spotlight Media Inc................................................................ Full-page ad Straus Clothing.................................. A pair of Luster Twill Savane Pants Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.................................................................... Nook West Acres Development, LLC................................... $50 gift card to mall Wimmer’s Diamonds....................................................... Pandora bracelet


Member Pop-Ins

We stopped by Cracked Pepper and were welcomed by the wonderful smell of freshly baked caramel rolls. Cracked Pepper is a cozy and eclectic restaurant with a unique menu and new items daily. They offer homemade soups, sandwiches, daily special and baked goods. Takeout for any size group is available. The staff can also help you with unique, special occasion cakes.

We stopped in to say hello to the staff at Dell Comm, Inc., where they offer installation for all inside and outside data, voice and video networking systems consisting of copper, fiber optic, coaxial cabling and wireless LANs design.

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At Granites Unlimited, we were greeted by the boss himself, “Rosso” the cat. Granites Unlimited is a local fabricator and installer with a concentrated focus on natural stone. Superior results for both residential and commercial projects are accomplished through dedicated personnel, tenured craftsman and accurate technology. Beyond the beauty of granite, quartz and marble, staff members actively listen, personally consult and relentlessly strive towards a timely completion. Their mantra is “Know your fabricator.”

At Art Materials - Uptown Pen, we found the staff having a little fun! Art Materials - Uptown Pen is a 58-year-old, locally owned art store supplying fine art and graphics supplies to students, teachers and professionals. In addition, the store carries more than 35 different brands of fine writing instruments and refills. They also carry unique gifts, frames and photo albums.

The new Sanford Moorhead Campus is now open! Located at 4000 28th Ave. S., the new clinic was designed around the needs of the Moorhead community.   • Family Medicine   • Children’s   • Internal Medicine   • OB/Gyn Call (701) 234-3200 to make an appointment today.

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CI Sport Embraces New Technology For Growth and Improved Quality Many say that growth in the technology field has had the largest impact on workforce in the 21st century. From snail mail to email or file cabinets to the Cloud, it’s easy to see that our offices do not look the way they once did. CI Sport is one Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber member that reaps the benefits of advancement in technology on an hourly basis. Not long ago CI Sport was using floppy disks to save individual designs and walking them over to load onto the manufacturing machines. Now, graphic artists use state-of-the-art design software that can wirelessly communicate with machines with just the click of a button. Not only has this sped up production time, it has also catapulted CI Sport into the nationwide company it is today. Started in Bismarck in 1990 to outfit bars and restaurants with their apparel needs, Creative Imprintz took off and quickly found its way to Fargo. They moved into a small office above the Old Broadway, knowing there was room for growth. Soon, that growth prompted hiring more employees and changing the name from Creative Imprintz to CI Apparel and finally to CI Sport. The company has more than 110 employees and customers in 48 states. Having gone from just one manual screen printing press to an entire floor dedicated to screen printing and another floor dedicated to embroidery, CI Sport is a key player in the apparel industry. The entire production process happens in Fargo, making the company one of the largest manufacturers in North Dakota. According to CI Sport Human Resources Executive Bree Duval that is something that makes the company unique in the custom apparel industry. It also allows staff members to provide quick, quality customer service to their clients. That means staff members can literally “stop the presses” if a question arises about whether the company is delivering the best possible product to its clients.

Collegiate apparel is one of its largest product categories. CI Sport supplies to college bookstores and athletic teams for school and team apparel. Last fall, CI Sport was the official supplier of North Dakota State University ESPN GameDay apparel. Corporate apparel is  also   a very important sector of the company’s portfolio. Assisting companies with uniforms and various other apparel needs keeps staff members busy year round.

 

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One very important aspect in CI Sport’s company culture is the relationship with the Fair Labor Association. Since 2001, CI Sport exclusively uses garment suppliers that strictly adhere to the Fair Labor Associations guidelines to ensure the employees are treated equally with rights, compensation and work in safe environments.

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We’re pleased to offer our congratulations to the following individuals and organizations for their accomplishments.

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AAA North Dakota, along with AAA Minnesota-Iowa, donated $5,000 to Northern Lights SADD, a peer-to-peer education, prevention and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence and teen suicide.

Chris Schmitz, Beyond Shelter, Inc., received certification as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC). HDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive housing development finance training series. Schmitz

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David Markel, Catalyst Medical Center & Clinical Spa, was awarded the prestigious Certification in Otolaryngology Practice Management (COPM). Markel is one of 13 candidates nationwide who successfully completed the COPM examination this year.

Maras

Jon Aarsvold was promoted to senior vice president/commercial finance risk manager; Kathryn Anderson was hired as a credit officer; Heidi Bye was promoted to senior vice president/credit manager; and Toni Maras was promoted to senior vice president/loan administration at Bell State Bank & Trust. Aarsvold received bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of North Dakota and has been in the banking field for 28 years. Anderson earned a business management degree from Concordia College and has been in the banking field for five years. Bye earned a bachelor’s degree in business with a major in banking and finance from the University of North Dakota and has been in the banking field for 23 years. Maras earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and has been with Bell State Bank & Trust for 16 years. Jennifer Hill, Bell State Bank & Trust, earned the Qualified 401(k) Administrator credential from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries. The credential recognizes mastery of retirement plan fundamentals, as well as expertise in the administration and compliance of 401(k) plans.

Markel

Rena Stenseth joined Choice Financial as director of human resources. Stenseth brings extensive human resources and banking experience to her new role with more than seven years of experience as an HR director.

Stenseth

Choice Financial contributed nearly $194,000 to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF), with funds supporting projects that will provide affordable housing in Fargo, Grafton and Dickinson. Choice Financial was also recognized as 2013 Best Place to Work runner-up by the North Dakota Young Professionals (NDYP). NDYP recognizes businesses that provide high-quality jobs and a work environment enticing to and in support of young professionals.

Hill

Bethany Retirement Living was awarded a number of customer experience awards from Pinnacle Quality Insight. Qualifying for the awards displays a continued dedication to providing best in class senior healthcare services. The Skilled Nursing facility at Bethany on 42nd was recognized in eight categories: overall satisfaction, cleanliness, communication from facility, response to problems, recommend facility to others, activities, safety and security, and overall customer experience. The Skilled Nursing facility at Bethany on University received awards in six categories: overall satisfaction, laundry service, communication from facility, response to problems, safety and security, and overall customer experience. The Gables Senior Living at Bethany on 42nd was honored in six categories: overall satisfaction, personal care, cleanliness, dignity and respect, move-in process, and safety and security.

Corval Group recently completed more than 4,000,000 man-hours without a lost time injury. To reach this achievement, Corval has embraced safety at all levels of the organization. Matt Zimmerman was hired as assistant general manager for Courtyard by Marriott and Moorhead Area Conference Center. Zimmerman graduated from North Dakota State University with a major in hospitality and tourism management.

Zimmerman

Robert J. Ford, Jr., was named the regional vice president for Region 1 for Edgewood Management Group, LLC, which includes Edgewood Fargo Senior Living, LLC. Ford received his bachelor’s degree in health administration from Montana State University Billings and a master’s in business administration from the University of Mary.

Dawn Hummel was named senior executive of resident care at Bethany Retirement Living. Hummel received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Concordia College/Tri-College University.

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Joe Stadstad, sales manager for Far From Normal Supply, Inc., completed the Roland general inkjet service training. Roland’s dealer training certification is the graphics industries premier instruction program.

Burns

Galbreath

DeBroeck

Meyers

Formo

Peterson

Frank

Stadstad

Todorovic

Brittny Burns, Kelsie DeBroeck, Austin Formo, Ethan Frank, Jarett Galbreath, Brady Meyers, John Peterson and Nikola Todorovic joined Eide Bailly LLP. Formo and Meyers serve as tax associates. Burns, DeBroeck, Frank, Galbreath, Peterson and Todorovic serve as audit associates. Burns and Formo graduated from North Dakota State University with degrees in accounting. Frank earned a bachelor’s and a master’s in accounting from North Dakota State University. Galbreath has a bachelor’s of accountancy and a B.B.A. in investments from the University of North Dakota. Meyers is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Accountancy. Peterson is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in accounting and a minor in fraud investigation. Todorovic has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Dakota.

Njoki

Shao

Owen Njoki and Pan Shao were hired as staff accountants for Fiebiger, Swanson, West & Co., PLLP. Njoki attended North Dakota State University where he graduated with a Master of Accountancy degree. Shao attended North Dakota State University and graduated with a Master of Accountancy.

Carrie Lick was promoted to office manager at Gate City Bank’s new Veterans Boulevard location. Lick has a degree in banking and finance from North Dakota State College of Science. She is also currently attending the Dakota School of Banking.

Lick

Eide Bailly LLP tied for Best Place to Intern and was a runner-up in the Best Place to Work category in the 2013 North Dakota Young Professionals Best Place Awards. The tie for Best Place to Intern was the first in the awards’ six-year history. Enventis achieved the Cisco® Master Cloud Builder Specialization. This specialization recognizes Enventis as having the capabilities to build and deploy cloud-ready integrated infrastructures based on Cisco solutions and technology ecosystem partner cloud offerings across storage, virtualization, cloud management and virtual desktop. Enventis also donated $3,000 to Riding on Angels’ Wings in support of Hippotherapy scholarships for children. Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational and speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes horses to enrich the quality of life for individuals with special needs through equine-assisted activities. Timothy P. Sayler was hired as the chief operating officer for Essentia Health’s West Region, overseeing facilities in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Most recently, Sayler served as chief executive officer/president of the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho.

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Sayre

Schwartz

Erika Johnson was hired as a specialist in business development; Hannah Reichel was hired as account assistant; Shelby Sayre was hired as account and media assistant; Lee Schwartz was hired as senior account supervisor and digital team lead; and Kevin Tobosa was hired as creative director for H2M. Johnson has previously run two businesses, served as the executive director of a non-profit organization and started her Tobosa own nonprofit organization. Reichel is a recent graduate of North Dakota State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations, advertising and agricultural communications. Sayre earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, broadcast and mass communications technologies from North Dakota State University. Schwartz was previously a client director at Sundog. Tobosa has 19 years of experience in business and marketing with specialties in creative, branding and visual strategy. Anne Virginia Lindstrom was hired as the communications director for HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization. Lindstrom graduated with a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University and brings marketing experience to HERO.

Sayler

Essentia Health is partnering with an online convenient care service called virtuwell. Launched in 2010 by HealthPartners, virtuwell is an online convenient care service where patients can be diagnosed and treated for more than 40 common health concerns for a fee of $45.

Reichel

Lindstrom

The HoDo Lounge & Restaurant earned a spot on AAA’s 2014 list of Four Diamond Restaurants. The AAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings are the travel authority’s highest designations for hotels and restaurants. The HoDo Restaurant made the Four-Diamond list for the first time in 2013, becoming the first North Dakota restaurant to ever make the annual list.


Shaun Seibold, RN, CHPN, Hospice of the Red River Valley, completed the Hospice and Palliative Nurse Certification through the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. The purpose of certification is to promote delivery of comprehensive palliative nursing care through the certification of qualified hospice and palliative professionals. Brittany Sprecher and Tammy Baehler, Hospice of the Red River Valley, obtained Thanatology Certification through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. The purpose of the certification in Thanatology is to enhance professionals with an educational background in dying, death and bereavement. Josh Barth was hired as IT manager; Patrick Johanneck was hired as civil technician; and Nate Rust was promoted to full-time survey technician for Houston Engineering, Inc. Barth graduated Barth Johanneck Rust from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. Johanneck graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in land surveying and mapping science. Rust previously worked in the same capacity on a temporary basis.

The North Dakota State University Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Established by Congress and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program provides undergraduate research opportunities to first-generation, incomeeligible and under-represented students who are pursuing graduate education, a doctoral degree and a career where a doctorate is a prerequisite. NDSU was one of the original 14 universities to host the program. North Dakota State University has awarded the first master’s degrees from a first-of-its-kind cooperative program between NDSU and the University of North Dakota. Erin Loeb earned a Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in the management of infectious diseases. The Master of Public Health program offers diverse tracks in public health that builds upon the strengths of both campuses to meet the practical needs of the public and health care practitioners who serve it.

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Donald Miller, professor and chair of pharmacy practice at North Dakota State University, was appointed to a three-year term on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Arthritis Advisory Committee. Miller was a member of an FDA panel in July that evaluated data on the safety and effectiveness of the prescription drugs Cimzia and Humira as treatment for spondyloarthritide disorders, or inflammatory back arthritis.   Cory Fong was hired as public affairs senior specialist for Odney. Fong previously worked as the North Dakota State Tax Commissioner.

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Manley

Camila Stadum was hired as digital marketing intern for Onsharp. Stadum is currently a senior at North Dakota State University majoring in public relations and advertising with a minor in management communications.

Julie Breidenbach, Bruce Brodsho, Ashley Christianson and Jay Manley have joined Keller Williams Roers’ Realty as real estate agents. Kiwanis Club of Fargo awarded the 2014 Community Champion for Kids Award winners. This annual award is presented to individuals and organizations that have had significant, long-term impact on the lives of children and families in the Fargo Moorhead community. The organizational award was given to The Village Family Service Center. The individual award was given to Lloyd Paulson, a long-term Moorhead resident who, along with his wife Bev, who died in 2009, have enriched the lives of thousands of area children and adults by volunteering and contributing to numerous organizations, including Dollars for Scholars and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church “Helping Hands” program.

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Willy Jacobson, Park Co. Realtors, was awarded the Jim Fay Award by the F-M Area Association of Realtors. The Jim Fay Award is given annually to a Realtor who represents the spirit of honesty, integrity and ethics in business dealings, signifying the exemplary level of professionalism and spirit that Jim Fay brought to the local real estate industry.

Norman Leslie, president of National Hospitality Services, was reappointed to the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Staybridge Suites Committee. Leslie will participate on a national level with the committee to develop and implement strategies that enhance the needs of extended-stay guests and travelers seeking a residential style hotel.  

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Sarah Koustrup, director of human resources for National Hospitality Services was featured in the cover story, The Joy of Working in HR, in HR Magazine, published by the Society for Human Resource Management. The January 2014 Edition of HR Magazine highlights what human resource professionals love most about their job.

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Schuster

Kelly Haaland and Jenny Schuster, Park Co. Realtors, were awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists. Realtors who receive the CRS designation have earned the highest credential awarded to residential agents, manager and brokers. Only 3% of REALTORS® nationwide have earned the credential.

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Becky Swoboda, was hired as recruiter/placement consultant for Preference Personnel, Inc. She focuses on mid- and upper-level positions in a variety of disciplines. 

Deile

Kraft

David Deile and Josh Kraft were hired as financial services representatives and Princor registered representatives for Principal Financial Group. Deile has 25 years of combined experience in sales, technical sales, marketing, management and business ownership with more than six years of experience in the insurance/financial services industry. Kraft is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Business and Public Administration.

Jessica Westgard, Principal Financial Group, earned membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Westgard is a five-year qualifier. Achieving membership in MDRT is a distinguishing career milestone, attained only by those who have demonstrated exceptional professional knowledge, expertise and client service.

Katie Sullivan was hired as a marketing communications specialist at Ulteig. Sullivan has communications experience in print and broadcast mediums.

Sullivan

Zachary Johnson was hired as director of information technology for Wallwork Inc. Johnson attended North Dakota State University with studies in management information systems.

Johnson

Westgard

Prudential Premier Real Estate had 31 agents recognized for their 2013 sales accomplishments with membership in the Top of the Rock Club. The agents were Sabrina Anderson, Amber Bender, Jayne Bertsch, Randy Bertsch, Jodi Birnbaum, Jared Blankenship, Terri Craig, Pat DeVine, Connie Dreyer, Mary Eberhard, Julie Fournier, Cathy Hahn, James Hand, Pam Hanson, Nancy Kelly, Kim Kelsh, Steve Klocke, John Knosalla, DeAnne Mason, Mark Mason, Kim Meyers, Pam Moffat, Susie Nickell, Bobbi Solien, Lyle Rasmussen, Tyler Rebrovich, Rod Richter, Steve Ritter, Mari Santoyo, Rod Searls, Lisa Swanson and Cat Yokom. The award signifies the highest level of accomplishment locally for Prudential Premier agents as recognized by Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Fred Bartholomew transferred his broker/associate license to RE/MAX Realty 1 – Fred Bartholomew. Bartholomew is licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Baldock

Engstrom

Jensen

Oachs

Chad Baldock was promoted to assistant vice president/credit officer – team lead; Kelly Engstrom was promoted to mortgage loan officer; Mark Jensen was promoted to vice president/credit risk officer; Matthew Oachs was hired as assistant vice president/retail banking manager; Sue Olson was hired as Olson Roeder consumer loan processor; and Dave Roeder was promoted to assistant vice president/credit officer – team lead at Western State Bank. Baldock has been with Western since 2008, serving as a credit analyst and credit officer in the credit department. Engstrom has more than six years of banking experience. Jensen has nearly 20 years of banking experience in commercial lending, credit analysis, training and credit review. Oachs has more than four years of banking experience. Olson has more than 12 years of banking experience focusing in loan processing. Roeder has more than 10 years of banking experience.

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Welcome New Members

The Chamber encourages all members to conduct business with each other. Those listed below recently have made an important investment in their businesses and their professional careers by joining The Chamber. Please consider them for your personal and professional needs. When you do, let them know you learned of their business through The Chamber! American Family Insurance Brent Berg Agency, Inc. 1702 30th Avenue South Moorhead, MN 56560 218.233.8937 Insurance Scot Hagen A second-generation, locally owned American Family Insurance Agency offering auto home, business, farm or life insurance. AVE Photography 2924 35th Street South Fargo, ND 58103 701.212.9725 avephotography.com Photographers/Videographers Jess Hooper Specializes in glamour style portraiture for consumers and businesses, headshots, photo restoration and retouching services as well as commercial and product photography. The Empowerment Project 1201 Page Drive South, Suite 100 Fargo, ND 58103 701.373.1354 www.empowernd.org Consultants Ken Story A not-for-profit private operating foundation with the sole purpose of strengthening the lives of responsible citizens that utilizes relationships and resources in various business fields to aid other nonprofits in fulfilling their respective missions. Heat Transfer Warehouse 1501 21st Avenue North, Suite B Fargo, ND 58102 701.356.3160 www.heattransferwarehouse.com Embroidery Kirk Anton A wholesale supplier and distributor of heat transfer materials for textile and garment decoration including digital printing and plotter cut films for textile decoration. Home for all things heat transfer and more.

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Home 2 Suites by Hilton 1652 44th Street South Fargo, ND 58103 701.499.6004 www.fargo.home2suites.com Hotels - Motels Adam Gangl Eco-conscious pet-friendly, all suites extended stay hotel with Serta sweet dreams beds, iHome, work area, kitchen area and media hub. Free breakfast, Spin2Cycle laundry/fitness facility, saline swimming pool and free Wi-Fi and HHonors program.

Legacy Wealth Management 1330 23rd Street South, Suite A Fargo, ND 58103 701.365.8083 www.legacywealthfargo.com Financial Consultants Paul Meyers Provides investment management and retirement plan rollovers; assists individuals with investments and retirement rollovers; provides a specific plan at no charge; and appears on KFGO Sunday mornings with Investment Talk.

HorseSong Coaching 2207 34-1/2 Avenue South Fargo, ND 58104 701.371.4080 www.horsesongcoaching.com Executive Coaching Martha Keeler Olsen Specializes in a personal life coaching services for individual growth, as well as equine guided leadership development, teambuilding and executive coaching.

Michael J. Olsen Communications 2207 34-1/2 Avenue South Fargo, ND 58104 701.261.9077 www.michaeljolsen.com Consultants Michael Olsen Communications consulting for planning, messaging and execution as well as public and media relations, crisis management, video production, events, community and government relations, speech writing, corporate giving and executive and spokesperson coaching.

KLJ 728 East Beaton Drive, Suite 101 West Fargo, ND 58078 701.232.5353 Engineering Diana Barta Provides multidisciplinary engineeringbased solutions for national, large-scale operations. Offers strong regional connections, in-depth local knowledge, responsive personal service and industry experience that creates strategic advantages for all clients. Labor Masters 1404 33rd Street South, Suite C Fargo, ND 58103 701.566.8755 www.labormasters.net Employment Services Nancy Kelly A local, “woman-owned” temporary employment agency that provides great atmosphere and service to both employees and customers – guaranteed.

Muscular Dystrophy Association 4749 Amber Valley Parkway South, Suite C Fargo, ND 58104 701.235.1988 mdausa.org Associations Sue Wiger World’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for MD, ALS and other neuromuscular disease by funding research, providing services and support to families and rallying communities. New Life Center 1902 3rd Avenue North Fargo, ND 58102 701.235.4453 www.fargonlc.org Social Services Jennifer Skiers Since 1907, The New Life Center has been helping homeless and hurting people discover value and find hope.


RHR Construction Inc. 2528 Main Avenue West West Fargo, ND 58078 701.277.9797 www.rhrconstruction.net Home Builders Dawn Cruff Recruiter: Timberly Bourcy, A&B Business Solutions, Inc. As a respected premiere home builder in the region, RHR construction offers experience, flexibility and a strong dedication to quality and customer service. Your dream, our reality...Welcome home! Wells Fargo Advisors 4165 30th Avenue South, Suite 101 Fargo, ND 58104 701.252.6205 Financial Services Joe Farrell Financial advisors committed to providing top-notch service and attention clients expect and deserve by getting to know them and their interests, goals and concerns before drawing up an investment plan or recommending specific products and services. Work closely with clients to determine short-term and long-term financial goals.

Membership Directory Updates Mergers, acquisitions, expansions, new ownerships and other factors often result in the change of a business’ name or location. To assist Chamber members in updating their 2014 Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Metro Profile and Member Directory, the following is a list of businesses that have recently undergone change. Member Name: Advanced Striping and Seal Coating Member Address: 4711 Sixth Street West, West Fargo Member Name: Alliance Management Group Member Address: 4634 Amber Valley Parkway South, Fargo Former Name: The Erik Hatch Team Member Name: Hatch Realty Member Name: Marco, Inc. Member Address: 2625 41st Street South, Fargo Member Name: North Dakota Autism Center, Inc. Member Address: 647 13th Avenue East, Suite A, West Fargo Member Name: Ranstrom Financial Planning Services, LLC Member Address: 2632 47th Street South, #107, Fargo

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March 2014 Community Calendar Send your events to thebridge@fmwfchamber.com to see them on our community calendar! 1

Celebrate Hina Matsuri The Rourke Art Gallery Museum

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Gardening Saturday North Dakota State University

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On the Move Little Black Dress Luncheon National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Upper Midwest Chapter

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Beer & Bacon Festival Scheels Arena

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Filmmaker/artist Jason Simon Plains Art Museum

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High Tunnel Workshop North Dakota State University

Learning Opportunities Leadership Development Leadership Training for Managers begins Wednesday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This training meets one morning per week for 7 weeks. Dale Carnegie Training is proud to offer participants the chance to: §§ Manage conflict and change. §§ Hold people accountable. §§ Learn effective coaching techniques. §§ Keep meetings on track. For more information call 701.476.8811 or go online at www.northdakota.dalecarnegie.com.

Grow Your Career by Preparing for Microsoft Dynamics AX Certification AX Professionals are in high demand. The University of Mary and Stoneridge Software will offer Microsoft Dynamics AX Certification Preparation classes, starting the week of April 7. Dynamics AX is popular in manufacturing, distribution and retail industries, which use it to manage finances, human capital, supply chains, projects, accounting and retail intelligence and reporting. Classes will be offered in project management, development, installation and configuration, financial management and supply chain management. Days and times vary. For class times and registration information, visit www.umary.edu/microsoftdynamics. For more information, contact Continuing Education at the University of Mary at 701-232-7088.

Treat Your Team Luncheon

Wednesday, April 23 | Seating at 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m. $17 per person, includes tax and gratuity Mezzaluna, 309 Roberts Street North, Suite 100, Fargo Your team works hard. Let your Chamber serve those who serve you. In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, The Chamber would like to serve you lunch. Reward your team by reserving a table at the Treat Your Team Luncheon. Enjoy great food and a relaxing atmosphere, without the wait! Proceeds from the event will benefit a new, exciting youth program, and attendees will be the first to hear all about it. Seating is limited so register early at FMWFChamber.com or call 218.233.1100 for more information.

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NDSU’s Innovation Week Showcases Student Innovation North Dakota State University and the NDSU Research and Technology Park, Inc., will host the fifth annual Innovation Week March 3-7, to showcase and encourage students’ innovative work. The week includes the culmination of an innovation competition for students, educational sessions and networking opportunities. “The innovative ideas of the NDSU students are truly phenomenal,” said Chuck Hoge, interim executive director of the NDSU Research and Technology Park. “Innovation Challenge is an organized way for students to present their ideas, earn prize money and learn more about the process of turning ideas into commercial ventures.” The highlight of Innovation Week is the third annual Innovation Challenge. Student teams have competed throughout the school year, and the top 20 present their ideas for new, progressive products, services or corn-based innovations. Judges award the top innovation in each category $5,000. A total of $20,000 will be awarded to winning teams. The North Dakota Corn Growers Association is a major sponsor of the competition. The first two innovation competitions yielded numerous entrepreneurial ideas, including a novel dental implant, aphasia therapy for professionals and an encapsulation material used for cancer drug delivery.

Please join us!

Innovation Week Awards Ceremony and Keynote Address What: Awards will be presented to winners of Innovation Challenge ’14, a student innovation competition. Keynote speaker André Taylor, author and entrepreneur, will discuss what makes today’s innovators influential and how they will define our future. When: Thursday, March 6. Social begins at 5 p.m.; the program begins at 5:30 p.m. Where: NDSU’s Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom

Several participants, including last year’s best-in-show winner RSVP: www.ndsuresearchpark.com or call 701.499.3600 Erin Nyren-Erickson, have launched companies based on innovations they entered in the competition. Nyren-Erickson’s test for finding contaminants in a widely used blood-thinning drug became a springboard for her new company, HQC Biosciences Inc. The company creates easy-to-use identification tools for biological compounds or targets. Her office is located in the NDSU Research and Technology Park, where she has access to resources available for start-ups.

accomodations With high-speed Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, a 24-hour Business Center, newly renovated guest rooms, and the award-winning Basies Restaurant and Lounge, plus service that’ll knock your socks off, Ramada Plaza & Suites has what your client needs…. and then some.

701.277.9000 • ramadafargo.com • facebook.com/fargoramada • 1635 42nd St S, Fargo, ND

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Business After Hours Brings “Game Day” Festivities Thank you to the staff of the Holiday Inn Fargo for hosting Business After Hours in February. Attendees networked while enjoying game-day appetizers, and they had a chance to see the three Bison National Championship trophies up close and personal.

Thank you to Advanced Business Methods for sponsoring February Business After Hours. ABM has been a member since 2005. ABM launched their new website at the event; ABM offers cost-effective software and hardware solutions as well as supplies, copiers, fax machines, scanners and other products to help customers meet their document handling needs.

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Sanford Health Plan. This is simple. As a business owner, you know your employees are your greatest investment. Providing health insurance can offer big benefits. When it comes to health insurance, one plan doesn’t fit all. Your employees deserve a choice.

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Sanford Health Plan offers affordable health insurance options for any size business. We can even make sense of all the changes going on in health care today. Sanford Health Plan is a qualified issuer in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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Chamber Around Town Ribbon cuttings are led by the Public Relations Ambassadors, a group of dedicated volunteers who help Chamber members celebrate their business accomplishments. If you would like more information on ribbon cuttings, visit FMWFChamber.com or call Gail at 218.233.1100.

RED RIVER HUMAN SERVICES FOUNDATION Grand opening of group home on January 7 903 Mulberry Lane, West Fargo www.rrhsf.org

TOVEK DRIVE SYSTEMS Grand opening on January 15 www.tovekdrivesystems.yolasite.com

GOLF ADDICTION Grand opening on January 17 4474 23nd Avenue South, Fargo www.golfaddiction.biz

NORTH DAKOTA AUTISM CENTER, INC. New location and anniversary on January 8 647 13th Avenue East, West Fargo www.ndautismcenter.org

FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK New location on January 16 4554 38th Avenue South, Fargo www.firstintlbank.com

BYTESPEED 15-year anniversary on January 30 3131 24th Avenue South, Moorhead www.bytespeed.com

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

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March 2014 Chamber Events 12 8:30 a.m. Second Annual Business Summit Hilton Garden Inn Fargo 20 5:15 p.m.

YPN Happy Hour Shotgun Sally's Rock n Roll Saloon

Community Builders

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25 11:30 a.m. YPN Networking to Business Lunch Rising Up: Why Are New Businesses Starting Here? Radisson Hotel Fargo


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