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THE FARGO MOORHEAD WEST FARGO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

VOL. 23 NO. 9

MAY 2020

A whole new world How we're adapting and moving forward p.7

Summer election guide p.10    About Fargo's approval voting p.11


Community Builders

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


Contents

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May 2020

ON THE COVER

Living in a virtual world

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 6 Chamber Events

10

Important voting information this June

14 Member Profile: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Member Spotlight: PRO Resources

9 Membership Matters 11 Public Policy: Asking the Expert 12 Eggs & Issues

17 Business Training 18 Women Connect

20 Leadership FMWF

21 Professionals of Color

21 Young Professionals Network 22 Young Entrepreneurs Academy 24 New Members 26 Member News

27 Ribbon Cuttings

AD INDEX

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8 Call for Presenters

16 Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND 27 Boulger Funeral Home 27 Cole Papers, Inc. 22 Cornerstone Bank 19 First International Bank & Trust 13 Forum Communications Printing 19 Indigo Signworks 27 Knight Printing 19 Mengedoth Dental 13 Network Center, Inc. 13 North Dakota State College of Science 13 Pro Resources 26 ReadiTech 27 Starion Bank 13 Wells Fargo Bank

Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber

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


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

Board of Directors

Committee Chairs

Tom Dawson Dawson Insurance Chair

Roger Reierson Flint Group Agribusiness

Sandi Piatz Microsoft Chair Elect

Jessica Broers Bremer Bank

Ambassador Public Relations

Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Airport Treasurer Mark Nisbet Xcel Energy Immediate Past Chair

Scott Berg U.S. Bank

Ambassador Member Relations

Cory Holen Preference Employment Solutions

Business Training

Mike Dragosavich Spotlight Member at Large

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

Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Education co-chair Moorhead

Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead

Louise Dardis Retired educator

Education co-chair

Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group Kyle Dorow Essentia Health

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES • Establish the region as a fullservice metropolitan marketplace. • Be a bold voice for business through strong thought leadership and a rich policy agenda.

Erica Johnsrud Ronald McDonald Leadership FMWF House Charities Brian Shawn Midco

Jodi Duncan Flint Group

Military Affairs

Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly LLP

Trevor Mathew Choice Bank

Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company

Professionals of Color

Tim Flakoll Tri-College University

Brittany Montecuollo Sanford Health

Public Policy

Joanna Slominski Mortenson

Katie Hutton Eide Bailly LLP

Peter Stenehjem First International Bank & Trust

Women Connect

Steve Swiontek Gate City Bank

• Build a place of belonging to best serve members’ interests.

Danne Doering Choice Bank

Jeff Volk Moore Engineering, Inc.

Young Professionals Network

Chamber Staff

Jim Parsons

Interim CEO, VP of Finance & Operations @FMWFJim

Tracy Meckler

Julie Doggett Information Systems Administrator @FMWFJulieD

Darren Dunlop

Business Development Manager @FMWFDarren

Darin Feir

Marketing Design Coordinator @FMWFDarin

Tracy Powell Mason Rademacher

Membership & Director of Events Advertising Sales Manager and Programs @FMWFTracyM @FMWFTracyP

Public Policy & Workforce Development Coordinator @FMWFMason

Tyler Fischbach Multimedia Marketing Coordinator @FMWFTyler

Amanda Huggett

Manager of Communications & Marketing @FMWFAmanda

Bobbi Rehder Casey Sanders

Events Coordinator @FMWFBobbiJo

Manager of Membership @FMWFCasey

Erica Solberg Public Policy Intern

Alyssa Lakoduk

Professional Development Coordinator @FMWFAlyssa

Katie Mastel

Government Affairs & Advocacy Manager @FMWFKatie

Mickayla Thompson Julie Yourczek

Member Relations Coordinator @FMWFMickayla

Office Administrator @FMWFJulieY

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. Printed by Forum Communications Printing 4  THE BRIDGE  •  MAY 2020


A note from

The Chamber Getting through this together As we enter this new month of May, we’re continuing to adapt to life in the face of global pandemic. We’re not through the woods yet, but we do know a little more than we did before. While health information and legislation change almost daily, one thing is constant: our people. A priority for our team this past month has been contacting all of you, our valued members. We know many of you are struggling, and we want to be there for you—in both the good times and the bad. We have had hundreds of conversations already, listened to your concerns and fears, some even with tears. We are worried about the short and long-term effects of this crisis, too. We hope everyone comes out better, but know that may not be the case. We encourage everyone to take advantage of all the resources out there, from loan opportunities to state and local programs. A list can be found on our website, and is continually updated. Many members have gotten creative as we are all forced to adapt. Employers and employees have learned to work from home. Some businesses are taking the extra down time to deep clean equipment, offer professional development training, take on new projects, connect with customers online, or transition to drive-up and take out service. Others don’t have the luxury. While one business thrives, another is struggling to stay alive. Events-based businesses are worried about planning for a future that is unclear. We feel that pain. Regardless of how hard this is, we are energized and inspired by the spirit of support our community has shown. Many of you expressed gratitude for the generosity of customers and the public during this time. Some of us may not come out on top, but we will fight through this together. Please remember that we are here for you. Ask us if you need help, connections to a resource, or just want to talk. Our team is ready to lend an ear—whether you are a member or not. As we continue to navigate this situation, we are proud to stand with the EDC and a number of other regional organizations part of the Greater Fargo Moorhead COVID-19 Business Task Force. Regular communication through this group allows us to share information, coordinate resources for the good of all our communities, and stay up-to-date on developments. No matter how or when this ends, we will persevere. We’ll adapt to whatever new normal is coming. When it is safe to be together again, we can’t wait to see your faces and share experiences in person. The sun will shine again, and we have some really exciting plans in the works for when that day is here. Until then, reach out, stay in, and stay safe.

Jim Parsons, The Chamber

Interim CEO

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CHAMBER EVENTS

Chamber Challenge Golf Outing Wednesday, July 22 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Edgewood Golf Course

Step right up and get ready for the summer’s annual golf tournament for Chamber members where Edgewood Golf Course serves as the big top. It’ll be a balancing act as we juggle fun, networking and friendly competition. There might not be an elephant or bearded lady, but we invite you to have a fair time with this year’s circus theme! Sponsors and golfers are invited to get creative! The best themed golfer and Tee Box sponsor will be named at the awards presentation following the tournament.

Chamber Choice Awards Luncheon ChamberChoice is moving! Wednesday, August 26 Noon to 1:30 p.m. Delta by Marriott

Because the spread of COVID-19 remains a concern and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to move the 2020 ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon to Wednesday, August 26. Please let us know if you already registered for May and cannot make the new date in August. We can’t wait to see you again and celebrate business! People’s Choice award voting will now take place from June 15 to 26 at fmwfchamber.com.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Thursday, October 22 4 to 6 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn

This summer’s networking event is moving to the fall! Out of caution for the health and safety of our members, vendors and host, we hope you can join us on October 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn as we celebrate being able to gather together. Attendees, connect with your peers and visit with local vendors, where you can enter to win door prizes and learn more about the great businesses in our metro. We’ll finally be able to share elbow bumps and exciting experiences (don’t worry though, we’ll have hand sanitizer on hand to play it safe). A great time over apps, networking and fun awaits! If you already registered for the June event and cannot make the new October date, please contact us.

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Living in a virtual world… and

other ways we’re adapting to serve you COVID-19 continues to alter our lives and affect workplaces and events throughout the community, state, nation and world. Businesses have adapted, and The Chamber is no different.

• MEMBERSHIP & CONNECTIONS

We miss you! And while there is no perfect substitution for in person, we are excited to continue offering the same great content and services as before – just in a new way. Many upcoming events will now be hosted virtually. Others were cancelled out of continued caution. Rest assured though, we are as committed as ever to providing the best professional training, networking and resources, and we have exciting plans in the works for the rest of the year and into 2021.

• W   e know businesses are wondering how to plan for an uncertain future, so we’re working on ideas to provide helpful information.

• C   hamber staff has been calling and connecting with all members to check in make sure they know they we’re here to help. (Haven’t heard from us yet? Reach out; we’d love to talk!)

• T   he first virtual ribbon cutting took place to continue celebrating member successes and milestones. ADVOCACY EFFORTS • O   ur public policy team has been hard at work advocating for you through communication with state agencies and legislators, finding answers to your questions, and connecting you to resources that can help.

NEW OFFERS FOR A VIRTUAL WORLD

• W   e’re proud to participate in a regional COVID-19 Business Taskforce with the EDC and other local organizations to share information and resources.

• C   heck out our Facebook support group to share information, questions, ask for help and connect with other businesses (facebook.com/groups/ FMWFCOVID19)

• E   mail updates went out to main contacts on the latest developments, and special webinars and videos took deeper dives into legislation and important information.

ICYMI: Here's a peek into what else is going on:

• M   ake sure to visit our web resource pages (fmwfchamber.com/covid-19updates) to find the latest news and support, including financial assistance programs, a restaurant offers list, community needs and volunteer opportunities, job postings, and more. • N   ew online content is coming to highlight our business community and share inspiring stories—check out our first video member spotlight on Facebook, and the first Chamber podcast is in the works. • A   dded new virtual events in April and May to keep you connected, in partnership with Dale Carnegie.

• W   e’re involved in discussions for providing funding and support to business sectors that are struggling the most right now.

EVENT UPDATES

(AS OF APRIL 23, 2020) • M   ay Eggs & Issues and Chamber 101—webinar • M   ay Business Training and Women Connect—cancelled • Y   EA! Investor Panel Shark Tank - May 13—virtual • C   orporate Cup—new date TBD • C   hamberChoice Awards Luncheon —May event moved to August 26 • J  une Business Training, Eggs & Issues and Women Connect—virtual • B   usiness After Hours— June event moved to October 22 • M   ilitary Appreciation Night at the RedHawks—cancelled • J  uly Business Training, Eggs & Issues and Women Connect—virtual • P   OC and YPN events—on hold until further notice, exploring virtual options

• W   e’re collaborating with the DCP and CVB on an effort called the Hospitality for Healthcare Fund to subsidize the cost of meals for healthcare workers and firstresponders.

We will continue to monitor the situation and advice from health and elected officials. Please stay tuned to our website, emails and social media for the latest updates and offers.

• B   ecause more than COVID is happening, we’re providing local election information virtually, with candidate videos and interviews planned for the blog.

As doors slowly begin opening again, we can’t wait to catch up with you all and move forward into a positive and successful future.

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Go ahead; take the stage! Apply to be a Chamber speaker.

Can you command a crowd? Have a success story, great idea or proven strategy you’d like to share? Tell us by submitting an application to speak at a Chamber event for our upcoming fiscal year! We’re looking for presenters at our Business Training and Women Connect programs. We welcome experienced speakers and brand-new voices alike. The only criteria are to work for a Chamber member and submit an application!

What we’re looking for:

What do our speakers get?

• Interactive and energetic presentations with practical takeaways

• Promotion: We’ll share your session and bio online, on social media and in print to thousands

• Passionate professionals interested in sharing their expertise with others

• Innovative ideas and strategies around leadership, skill development, workplace topics or women’s empowerment

• Exposure: A room full of engaged business professionals will hear your message

• Credibility: Position yourself as a thought-leader in your area of expertise • Training: New this year! Dale Carnegie is offering 1.5 hours of coaching for any Women Connect or Business Training speaker. Learn to elevate your confidence, engage the audience and review best practices.

My experience speaking at Women Connect was life changing. The application process was easy, the speaker support was phenomenal, the venue fully supportive of their mission to connect women. I conquered a fear of speaking publicly, and made significant relationships with other women...Sharing experiences and stories is not easy—especially on a stage. Women who attend these events will undoubtedly leave stronger, more knowledgeable, empowered and connected.

— Briana Scearcy

Stoneridge Software

Learn more and apply at fmwfchamber.com/call-for-presenters.

Applications are due by May 31 to be considered for the 2020–21 calendar of events.

Want to suggest a topic or local expert?

Tell us what you want to hear about by emailing brehder@fmwfchamber.com. 8  THE BRIDGE  •  MAY 2020


MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

A focus on employees It is the people who come to work, support their community, local businesses and non-profits, that we must support more than ever. As employees cope with this pandemic, they may experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness. Anxiety and depression can worsen. It is imperative that organizations ensure their employees have the right tools and are able to continue working from home or come back to the workforce. There are many resources out there that can help, and we hope you share with your employees. Mental health experts remind us that it is important to remember what you can control in situations such as these. Control your environment by establishing a routine, cleaning your space, monitoring your media intake, limiting visitors, and making a plan for when you need to leave your house. Open the windows for some fresh air and dress like you’re not stuck at home. Connect with friends, family and colleagues virtually. Allow yourself grace and acceptance. Remember that this wellwell, is temporary. Control your mind and body by staying hydrated and Eat eating getting some exercise while still practicing social distancing, getting good sleep, doing a mental health check, and reaching out to a professional if you need help. There are many Chamber members that can help. Give us a call or search our membership directory in any of these categories to get started:

•  Addiction Treatment Centers •  Counseling Services

(Some members offering over the phone or virtual appointments)

•  Employee Assistance Programs

(Some members are offering virtual appointments)

•  Financial Consultants / Advisors •  Fitness Centers

(Many local fitness centers are offering online opportunities)

•  Health - Nutrition •  Social Services •  Wellness

MAY CHAMBER ANNIVERSARIES Congrats to these members for celebrating the following milestone Chamber anniversaries this month!

25 YEARS Delta by Marriott Sir Speedy

20 YEARS Choice Bank Crown Trophy FedEx Office and Print Center Johnstone Supply Northwest Auto Body, Inc. Praxair Distribution, Inc.

15 YEARS Anytime Fitness Avis Rent a Car Off Airport Best Buy, Inc. NAI North Central

10 YEARS Anne Carlsen Center

5 YEARS

Join us for a virtual Chamber 101! Wednesday May 13 | 10 a.m.

Our Chamber 101 is going virtual this May! Join Casey Sanders online to learn more about Chamber opportunities, benefits, how to connect with us and maximize a membership. Register for FREE at fmwfchamber.com or by logging in to the Member Information Center! All attendees will be muted, but Q&A will be available via the chat function. Instructions to join will be emailed to all registrants. SPONSORED BY

Cash Wise Foods Clubhouse Hotel & Suites Edgewood Golf Course Fargo Apartment Homes, LLC Fargo Youth Hockey Association Fleet Street Courier, Inc. Goodwill Retail Store Impact Dakota - Fargo Osgood Golf Course Prairiewood Golf Course Red River Regional Dispatch Center Rose Creek Golf Course Tranquility Spa & Massage Verity Homes

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Summer 2020 Area Election Guide The Chamber is committed to sharing election and candidate information to encourage civic participation in elections. Below is a guide of contested city, county and statewide races. Please note, only contested June races are listed below. For a full list of candidates, refer to the ND Secretary of State’s page.

To learn more about the candidates in our local races, check out our candidate videos on the Chamber website, where we asked them a series of questions regarding their priorities, experience and thoughts on the usage of the legacy fund. In addition, you can read more about their stances regarding core neighborhoods, workforce challenges and West Fargo’s 2.0 comprehensive plan on our Chamber blog.

NORTH DAKOTA CANDIDATES (*indicates incumbent) FARGO & WEST FARGO CITY COMMISSION

CASS COUNTY COMMISSION

The below candidates are in contested races for the June 2020 election. The two candidates who receive the most votes in June will be elected to their respective City Commissions.

The below candidates are in contested races for the June 2020 primary election. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the June primary will advance to the November general election. Districts 1 and 5 have only two candidates running, so they will both advance to the November general election.

West Fargo City Commission (non-partisan)

• Roben Anderson • Mandy George

• Mark Simmons* Fargo City Commission

Contested District Primary

Cass County Commission District 3 (non-partisan)

ND STATEWIDE CONTESTED RACES The below candidates are in contested races for the June 2020 primary election. For partisan races, the candidate who receives the most votes for their party in the June primary will advance to the November general election. For nonpartisan races, the two candidates who receive the most votes in the June primary election will advance to the November general election. U.S. House of Representatives – Contested Primary

• Zach Raknerud (D) • Ronald Clifford Riemers (D) Governor – Contested Primary

(non-partisan)

• Al Carlson

• Doug Burgum* (R)

• Ritchell Aboah

• Jim Kapitan

• Michael Coachman (R)

• Tony Grindberg* • Edward Krystosek • Arlette Preston • Doug Rymph • Bradford Shaffer • John Strand*

• Ken Pawluk*

State Treasurer – Contested Primary • Thomas Beadle (R) • Dan Johnston (R) Superintendent of Public Instruction – Contested Non-partisan Primary

• Kirsten Baesler* • Brandt Dick • Charles Tuttle

ELECTION INFORMATION

fmwfchamber.com/local-elections North Dakota’s primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Cass County residents will only have a mail-in ballot option for this election. Please reference our Asking the Experts article on the next page for voting details. Minnesota’s primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Watch for future information on candidates and election information. 10  THE BRIDGE  •  MAY 2020


ADVOCACY

ASKING THE EXPERTS

A look inside Cass County’s June Election & New Approval Voting in Fargo We had the opportunity to virtually interview Michael Montplaisir, Cass County Finance Director, who has over 30 years’ experience of running elections and ask him about the upcoming June primary election, the transition to by mail voting only, and the shift to approval voting within Fargo.

Why did Cass County decide to hold the June election entirely by mail? Although we like to provide people the option to vote either by absentee ballot or in person at the ballot box, it takes a long time for us to plan and administer a successful election. With more than 100 different ballots that we need to produce within Cass County and the necessary preparation time to ensure everything runs smoothly, we found ourselves in early April needing to decide on which path to go down for the June election. Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation, the difficulty we were having to find election judges, our inability to utilize two of our precinct locations, due to them being within an assisted living home, and the fact that the last thing we ever want to do is postpone an election, it was decided that the June election would be conducted entirely by mail. Ultimately, a Cass County Commission vote allowed this change to happen, but the governor’s executive order on March 26 was instrumental. Under current law, on election day, there needs to be at least one polling place open— the executive order temporarily lifted this. Additionally, the executive order increased the mandated processing time for ballots that are mailed in from two to five business days; this will give election judges much more time to process the large increase in ballots they will receive. Not only has the governor been helpful, but so has the Secretary of State’s Office as they ordered an YES NO additional automatic absentee ballot counter for the four largest counties in the state to help us process the large increase in ballots that we are expecting to receive.

Got a question for a legislator, public official or other expert?

?

Let us know what’s keeping you up at night and we just might help get you answers. Email mrademacher@fmwfchamber.com to submit a suggestion.

Michael Montplaisir Cass County Finance Director

How will voters receive their absentee ballots and are there any important deadlines they should know? Any voter who is listed in the Central Voter File with the North Dakota Secretary of State will receive, by mail, the information and necessary documents to request their ballot. If someone does not receive this, they may request their ballot by visiting casscountynd.gov, vote.nd.gov, or by calling the Cass County office at 701.241.5600. We urge everyone to request their ballot as soon as they can to give us as much time as possible to process and mail your ballot. For your vote to be counted, all completed ballots must be post-marked by June 8.

What is approval voting and what should voters know as they cast their ballots in June for the Fargo City Commission? For the first time, the two individuals who will be elected to the Fargo City Commission will be decided by approval voting. Approval voting allows voters to vote for as many candidates as they ‘approve’ of as opposed to only being able to vote for their top to choices. For example, this year there are seven candidates, along with two writein spots, so technically someone could vote for up to nine different individuals. Finally, it’s important to note that this is approval voting, NOT rank voting.

What are the pros of approval voting and why did the City of Fargo decide to make that transition? One of the major concerns that Fargo voters had regarding the City Commission race is that with so many candidates, and voters only being able to vote for two options, that the individuals elected may not receive a majority of the vote. This new election process will now hopefully result in the election of the candidates who most voters believe would be the best individuals for the job.

PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM SPONSOR

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Moore Engineering

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EGGS & ISSUES

The Farm Economy–Stable, Rebounding or Declining? Tuesday, May 12  |  7:30 to 9 a.m. | Online

Tuesday, June 2 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. | Online

Steve Connelly

Nancy Johnson

Marc Knisely

Collin Peterson

Vice President of Midwest Agriculture RDO

President & CEO Ag Country Farm Credit Services

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Executive Director North Dakota Soybean Growers Association

U.S. Congressman Minnesota's 7th Congressional District

Agriculture is known to be the backbone of our economy. This session will hone in on the current farm economy with debate if it is stable, rebounding or declining. Our speakers will discuss the fiscal, political, related industry and environmental variables associated with the farm economy. They will dive into how these areas are impacting the economic state of the agriculture industry, as well as how they are being affected by the agriculture economic situation. Join us for a lively discussion surrounding one of our area’s largest industries—agriculture.

Join us online for these virtual events!

Link and instructions will be provided after sign up.

Colette Campbell

Dieumerci Christel

Kelsey Gordon

Johnathan Judd

SVP/Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion Bremer Bank

Operations Program Manager Microsoft

Founder & CEO Enlight

Mayor of Moorhead and Director of Equity and Inclusion M State

As our community’s demographics continue to evolve, it is fundamental to the growth and sustainability of our metro and our businesses, that we work together to create an inclusive environment that engages all individuals. Join us for this important virtual discussion where our speakers will reflect on where our business community may be falling short and ways that we can best support a diverse workplace through our missions, strategies and practices. We will be joined by a diverse set of individuals representing different ages, ethnicities and genders, who will share their personal experiences as well as professional advice.

REGISTRATION Chamber members: $15 | Non-members: $25

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

PRESENTING SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

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MEMBER PROFILE

A sweet little story:

Nothing Bundt Cakes Nothing Bundt Cakes is a national company, based entirely around, you guessed it, bundt cakes! We are lucky to have one store in our own metro. Founded by Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz in Las Vegas in 1997, they joined forces—or better yet, kitchens—to make cakes for their friends and family. They quickly realized this side hustle could be something more. Flash forward, and the Nothing Bundt Cakes brand has grown nationwide. The West Fargo bakery is store #340 and is the first in North Dakota, opening about one year ago on May 14, 2019.

Jenna Larson

While some bakeries have a smorgasbord of sweets to select, Nothing Bundt Cakes doubles Rinda Norberg down on one product in various sizes and 11 different flavors, topped with a signature butter cream cheese frosting. Rinda Norberg, owner, says they are not just a bakery; they are a “bundt”tique. They can be your one-stopshop on the way to a party for your cake, candles, balloons and more. And, you can pick up gifts, cards, or gift cards for every occasion.

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Before Nothing Bundt Cakes, co-owner Jenna Larson was a nurse at Sanford Health, and Norberg was a stay-athome step-mom who dreamt of her own business. In fact, she had her eye on this business in particular for years before it became a reality. “I loved the vibe

when I walked into one of their bakeries for the first time,” Norberg said. “It was such a simple concept and, of course, the cake was amazing.” With that, they brought the concept here, noticing that it was a niche to be filled. Norberg admitted she had a moment of cold feet. “Jenna and I were Dallas for one month of training prior to opening,” she recalled. “About a week, in I thought to myself, what the heck was I thinking…I am 50 years old, have three teenage kids at home, now I am opening my own business?! But not one day have I ever regretted it.”


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One reason they’ve never looked back is because of the kindness and generosity from the people here. “Jenna and I truly love coming to work every day,” Norberg said. “We love interacting with people and hearing their stories of what they are celebrating. We have enjoyed making this brand recognizable in this area.” Working at Nothing Bundt Cakes is pretty sweet, too. “We try to make our bakery a fun atmosphere, and we have been blessed to have great employees.” Those employees seem feel the same. “It’s a super fun environment with great people,” Brandi Howard said. “I am always excited to come to work,” Bobbie Kjolberg said. “It doesn’t actually feel like work. It feels more like family.” Prior to opening, Norberg and Larson agreed that giving back to the community was important to them. Since, they have donated cakes to fundraisers and various events throughout the year, as well as to the Salvation Army and the Gladys Ray House. This past Good Friday, they surprised Essentia Health employees with about 500 cakes for all of their hard work.

are celebrating, whether a birthday, an anniversary or a gender reveal,” Norberg said. “Our customers are amazing! They have been loyal and patient. We can’t say enough about how happy we are to be part of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo business community.” Right now, they want you to know that you’re welcome to reach out and let them bring you some joy. “It is important to us to give back to the community because this community is what makes this business successful, which has made this dream of ours become a reality,” Norberg said.

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While their lobby is currently closed to walk-in guests as of this issue going to press, they are offering curbside pickup, online orders and half price delivery. With Nurses Week, Teachers Week, graduations and Mother’s Day coming up, they hope you consider their bakery for order. In fact, they can accommodate most orders the same day, though advance notice is appreciated for large orders.

"Even during this COVID-19 pandemic, people have thanked us for being open so they can try to maintain a ‘normalcy’ in their lives regardless of what they

Fun facts • Top sellers: Red

velvet, chocolate chip, lemon, and white chocolate raspberry

• Rinda’s favorite • Jenna’s flavor: Lemon & favorite flavor: gluten-free chocolate chip cookie

White chocolate raspberry

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BUSINESS TRAINING

How to Lead from Any Seat Wednesday, June 10 NEW TIME! 1 to 2 p.m. Online

When ND/MN Nice Meets the Difficult Conversation Wednesday, July 15 NEW TIME! 1 to 2 p.m. Online

So often we think that in order to be a leader, we must have a certain title, “this many” years of experience, or a particular level of knowledge. How often does this belief stop you from speaking up, sharing ideas, politely pushing back, or asserting yourself day-to-day?

Amanda Brannan Learning and Talent Management Specialist WEX Inc.

Leadership is not a position, it’s a mindset—and the mindset of leadership can be adopted by anyone regardless of position, tenure or expertise. At this session, attendees will learn how to assert their own leadership within their current position, and walk away with practical tips on how to lead up, down and across their organization.

Almost every single day, we find ourselves facing tough conversations, whether it be personally or professionally. Unfortunately, most people don’t always do the best job of handling these conversations. In fact, the majority of people would prefer to avoid them all together. Is it possible to be assertive and still be nice? Of course! It just takes some self-awareness and listening skills.

Tiffaney Holm

Organizational Development Specialist First International Bank & Trust TiffTiffHolm

In this session, we will talk about: • Determining where you are stuck • The typical responses when we have difficult conversations • Getting your head straight and your emotions sorted out • Focus on positive outcomes of these conversations

Join us online for these virtual events! Link and instructions will be provided after sign up

REGISTRATION Chamber members: $15 | Non-members: $25

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

These events qualify for 1.5 CPE credits through SHRM

PROGRAM SPONSORS

EVENT PRODUCTION SPONSOR

Discovery Benefits | GOLDMARK Property Management Minnesota State Community and Technical College | Wanzek Construction, Inc.

SPECIAL WEBINAR Three events in May sold out!

Transforming Attitudes and Actions:

in partnership with

How Leaders Create and Maintain Successful Workplace Cultures in Times of Crisis

Katie Munion

VP of Training & Quality Dale Carnegie of ND and MN

Corporate culture affects nearly everything, either directly or indirectly! Culture determines how employees see themselves as part of the organization, how they relate to customers, how they interact with authority, approach problem-solving, make strategic decisions, and more.

In this session, we will: • C  onsider the concept of corporate culture and the impacts of serious adversity. • E  xamine what’s different about the attitudes and actions of leaders from organizations with high-performing cultures. • D  iscover actions we can take to protect and improve the cultures in our own organizations during adversity.

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WOMEN CONNECT

The CEO Mindset: Be the Leader in Your Life No Matter Your Title Tuesday, June 23

Two sessions in one! Tuesday, July 28

3:30 to 5 p.m. | Online

Resilience – Unlocking the

3:30 to 5 p.m. | Online

Power to Bounce Back and Thrive The brain is the most powerful muscle we have; let’s put it to work in our favor!

Chris Thompson There is this little thing called the cognitive thought model. It’s based on research and science, and it is a game changer. When you use it, you’ll see a huge difference in your results and personal happiness—at work, at home and everywhere else. Together at this session, we’ll leave with a tool that you can use right away and forever.

Learn how to… • U   nderstand your own brain well enough to reprogram it for the results you want. • T   ake on change and achieve high impact without stress, burnout or anxiety. • L  et go of unwanted habits because you know why they exist in the first place. • G   et yourself unstuck and move forward.

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• M   ake strong decisions and sustain massive action to reach your goals.

In recent months, the topic of resilience has been trending. As the COVID-19 pandemic gained momentum, so did the need to embrace, practice and hone our skills in true resilience. Maybe for the first time ever, everyone is experiencing some level of disruption or adjustment in their lives. Resilience is the superpower that will help us through uncertainty and ultimately THRIVE.

Jill Steinhaus

Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant Sagency / jillsteinhaus

Seemingly the silver bullet in the face of adversity, what is so special about this one little word? Join us for a conversation on what resilience really is, why it’s essential, and how you can cultivate resilience to positively impact yourself, your team and the world around you.

Gratitude Attitude:

Thriving in the Midst of Chaos

When the world changes around us, suddenly it can become difficult to see the beauty of what lies in the present. We tend to be focused on what is missing from the past and eyeing what we look forward to in the future; by practicing critical present moment awareness one can cultivate hope, let go of numbing behaviors, and ultimately create an environment within which will allow one to thrive.

Trina Michels

Senior Manager Eide Bailly / chicerp

At this session, Trina will use her four-stage gratitude model to help participants identify where they are on their gratitude journey and how they can move along the path to gratitude nirvana. This will allow them to lead happier and ultimately more productive lives in both their work and home environments.

Join us online for these virtual events!

Link and instructions will be provided after sign up. Space for something, or just give the upcoming events more presence on the page?

REGISTRATION Chamber members: $15 | Non-members: $25

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

PROGRAM SPONSORS

EVENT PRODUCTION SPONSOR

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LEADERSHIP FMWF In April, the Leadership class met virtually to prepare their Community Change Initiative presentations. Watch The Bridge next month to find out what this year’s groups are working on!

Applications open for the next class! Each year, Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo selects 40 emerging and existing leaders from all sectors of the community to participate in a 10 month program. Since 1989, more than 1,000 graduates have built a diverse network of like-minded people with a shared commitment to the community and personal growth. The program exposes participants to the issues that face our region while challenging and engaging them to strengthen the community through service and leadership.

You should apply for the next Leadership FMWF class if… • You are committed to leadership and community stewardship

• You want to build a diverse long-term network of colleagues

Hurry; applications close May 15!

• You want to contribute to the community even after the program

Don’t take our word for it! Here’s what past participants had to say: I absolutely loved being a part of the FMWF Leadership program! It has not only taught us much about our community, but I have made connections that will last far beyond the program.

Leadership classes are tailored with activities and speakers to show us what it takes to be a great leader. If you are thinking about filling out the application, just do it. This program will teach you things you didn’t know about yourself, the community, and set you up with individuals that might turn into life-long friends.

Leadership FMWF introduced me to so many wonderful businesses and community members… Even if you’ve always lived in the area like me, I guarantee you’ll learn something new!

I found the Leadership program to be a fantastic experience. It helped push me out of my comfort zone, and I grew as an individual over the course of 9 months. The CCI project was a lifechanging experience! I would encourage anyone to apply.

—Lindsey Cernik

—Lt. Chris Helmick

—Amber Blomberg

—Anna Sather

—Althea Bain Fick

Border States Electric

Investigations Unit, Fargo Police Dept.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

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Apply today for the 2020–21 class!

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PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR As we continue being cautious for the safety of our members, POC events are on hold until further notice. We invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date announcements. In the meantime, check out what some POC volunteers and members had to say about their experience in the first year of the program. With year one down in the books, POC is just scratching the surface. I feel one of the biggest accomplishments this year for POC has been the ability to bring professionals from many different cultures and backgrounds to the table. Which ultimately gets me super excited about the future of this group and our FMWF community. We are expanding our programs to not only reach the professionals in our area but the youth as well. I couldn't be more proud of the work we have done, however I am thrilled for what is to come!! —Kelsey Gordon, Microsoft Fargo I got involved in the Professionals of Color program because it serves as a collective group of passionate individuals who hold different perspectives and experiences. In this way, the program is not only an opportunity for professional development, but also should be seen as a resource for a community that values innovation, growth and culture. —James Whirlwind Soldier, Goldmark It has been an amazing year for the Professionals of Color program. This program has helped me grow professionally and personally over the past year. The POC brings diverse leaders together to network and brings the sense of belonging in the community. I am grateful to be part of a growing diverse community. —Ahmed Shiil, United Way of Cass-Clay

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK

Why YPN?

Here’s what current members are saying: The Young Professionals Network has helped me grow professionally by leaps and bounds. It is refreshing to make life-long friends who support each other in business and in life. We genuinely care about each other and cheer each other on. ‘Work hard, play hard’ is our motto!

—Amanda Carlson, Choice Financial Insurance

YPN has been a great way to connect with other young professionals in the FargoMoorhead area. With a variety of activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Not only is it ideal for meeting people from different industries and businesses, it’s also a fun way to grow professionally. It is exciting to be a part of a network of young people striving to make themselves and their community better.

—Erin Larsgaard, Wold Johnson, P.C. I am so glad joined YPN when I got my first ‘big kid’ job. After college, you lose a lot of your network, and YPN gave me the opportunity to establish and grow my business network. YPN had like-minded individuals who wanted to meet other professionals. I took full advantage of my membership; I attended the volunteer opportunities, lunch and learns, Off the Clocks and joined the committee. Doing this has broadened my horizons and gave me a community of professionals to leverage personally and professionally.

—Danne Doering, Choice Bank PRESENTING SPONSORS

PROGRAM SPONSOR

PROGRAM SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota GOLDMARK Property Management | Midco Minnesota State Community and Technical College

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YEA! YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY

YEA! Investor Panel “Shark Tank” goes virtual!

Wednesday, May 13 | 5:30 p.m. | Facebook This year’s YEA! Investor Panel is still on, with a new virtual format. To protect the health and safety of our students, investors and attendees, but still offer the same fun competition, we’re excited to announce that the event will be live streamed.

How can you watch? Just log on to Facebook and find our live video stream beginning at 5:30 on May 13. You can find it at facebook.com/fmwfchamber.

PRESENTING SPONSOR

PROGRAM SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

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

Cornerstone Bank welcomes

Ray Grefsheim Ray Grefsheim has joined the Cornerstone Bank team as a Senior Vice President of Business Banking in Fargo. Ray works with area businesses to help them reach their financial goals. He brings over 23 years of banking and business expertise.

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Friends of YEA!

American Crystal Sugar Dabbert Custom Homes Talecris Plasma Resources Inc. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT PRO Resources, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), has been designing and implementing human resource solutions since 1991. They currently provide human resource solutions for hundreds of clients in a five-state region, and service thousands of employees in 41 states. Today, their team of experts provides HR outsourcing services for small to mid-sized companies, start-ups and non-profits.

What makes your organization unique? PRO Resources was created with one goal in mind: to help our client companies costeffectively outsource the management of payroll, human resources, employee benefits, safety/risk management, workers’ compensation and compliance while providing the best customer service possible.

Are there any initiatives you’re focusing on right now? Our technology! We have an amazing HRMS cloud-based platform, called PRO Online + that is accessible anywhere that has internet access and on your phone 24/7. PRO Online + is an online Human Resources Management System (HRMS) designed to give you the ability to manage: • Human Resources • Benefits • Electronic Onboarding • Applicant Tracking • Payroll • Job Postings • View Pay Stubs • PTO, Vacation and Sick Leave Tracking • Time & Attendance • Pre-generated & Customizable Reports • Scheduling • Secure Access from Anywhere, Anytime Time and administrative cost savings are the main byproducts of the system, but the most substantial benefit is the ability to track and save all the HR employee documentation created during the life cycle of the employee, from hiring to retirement. This ability will facilitate the creation of documentation that can help protect the employer from any type of potential HR issues, and files are automatically stored.

What do you like best about doing business here? I like how our community bands together in good times and in bad to get through a crisis, and it doesn’t matter what side of the river you are from.

What is one thing you want others to know? At PRO Resources, we’re committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, while continuing to support our clients through this challenging time. We are safeguarding both our employees and clients, as we continue to deliver our HR, payroll, risk management, benefits, compliance and back office support services. Our clients know they can count on us at PRO now more than ever, during their moment of greatest need. As part of PRO Resources, our established, comprehensive business continuity plan along with our HRIS technology, has allowed us to rapidly respond to the constantly changing business and employee needs, ensuring a smooth continuation of services for our clients while also protecting our employees by expanding work-from-home remote capabilities.

What’s your best business tip? Outsource those functions that do not generate a dime of revenue, so you can focus on your business and your employees, as that is what is most important.

What do you like most about being a member of The Chamber? Being a member of the FMWF Chamber improves our value, visibility and credibility as a trusted business partner. We are better connected with the business community, and it gives us the opportunity to get involved, volunteer and provides many networking and training opportunities for our staff. —Kriss Burns, HR Business Consultant

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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!

Babbs Coffee House  abbscoffeehouse.com b

Fargo Antique Cycles LLC (701) 212-5729

 offee & Tea C Locally owned & one of the original downtown businesses. From the accent lamps to the artwork, Babb’s Coffee House creates a fun, relaxing atmosphere to chill with friends relax on your own or impress business clients. Their coffee is roasted & air lifted fresh every week. They serve vegan & vegetarian food, gluten-free wraps, hot grilled sandwiches, soups, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast quesadillas, oatmeal, yogurt, quiche and more. Made-from-scratch cheesecakes, cakes, cupcakes, scones, muffins, lemon bars, nanaimo bars, 7 layer bars, scotcharoos, etc. They deliver! Order & pay online.

 utomobile Parts - Supplies A They offer antique and classic motorcycle parts.

Balance Restored Chiropractic  r-chiro.com b  hiropractors C A fun fact about Dr. Anna is she loves puzzles. This interest has given her different approach to how she treats patients. Although each body is made up of the same components, from person to person, they cannot treat everyone the same. Having a cookie-cutter treatment plan for everyone would be like taking 20 different jigsaw puzzles and trying to make one picture from them: It doesn’t work. Dr. Anna portrays a patient and their symptoms as ONE puzzle and uses this information, how THAT person responds to care, to get to the next step. This approach, along with education to help a patient understand their body, has been valuable in her success.

Dahl’s Mini Storage (218) 233-5237  torage - Self S Dahl’s Mini Storage has well maintained storage units with five sizes to choose from. They also have a security fenced with 24-hour access with cameramonitored and on-site staff.

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

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Fargo Therapy Services fmtherapyservices.com  edical - Clinics M They provide family-center pediatric outpatient therapy including speechlanguage therapy and occupational therapy.

First Western Insurance  rstwestern.insurance fi Insurance They are a full service agency providing insurance in personal, business, bonding, farm, life, and flood. Their staff has over 400 years of experience. They pride themselves on customer service and knowledge of the products they offer.

Gather LLC  lantogather.com p  vent & Meeting Planning E Whether you are gathered around a table or gathered for a party, they look forward to building a relationship with you and bringing your event to life.

Goldmark Design and Development goldmarkcommercial.com  eal Estate - Development R GOLDMARK Design and Development provides extensive architectural design and development services, including master planning, preliminary site layouts, cost estimating, detailed architectural plans, city permitting, construction bidding, and much more. Their client-first approach provides flexibility for projects of any size and type, from the design and layout of a small office space to the planning, permitting and bidding of a major commercial development.

HireQuest Direct  irequest.com h  mployment Services E HireQuest Direct is a labor and staffing company serving seven markets in North

Dakota and 150+ across the country. The partner with local businesses to meet their needs for temporary, full-time or project based workforce solutions in the areas of construction, manufacturing, light industrial, clerical, retail, hospitality and more. They strive to exceed customer expectations.

Inna Portraits innaportraits.com  rt Galleries - Studios A Choosing a photographer to create your special portrait is a challenge. In the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo metropolitan area, Inna brings years of experience, a depth of education, countless national and international awards and professional degrees for creativity and excellence along with a personal passion for her craft.

KFI Engineers k fi-eng.com  ngineering E A recognized industry leader in process and facility design and performance, they serve clients in the USA, Canada and Central America with capabilities not commonly found in traditional engineering firms. In industries ranging from healthcare to education and from manufacturing to refining, they customize their approach by understanding the unique attributes of their client’s business. Their expertise allows them to partner with clients in early scope determination and then continue through design, construction and commissioning thus providing a cohesive presence through the entire life of the project.

Mojo Fit Studios  ojofitstudios.com m  itness Centers F Mojo Fit Studios is a boutique fitness studio providing yoga, sculpt, hot yoga, stretch yoga, power yoga and prenatal yoga for all levels of fitness and body types. All classes are instructed in a supportive community environment that encourages healthy well being for all ages and stages of life.


MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES Prime Realty  rimerealtyfm.com p  eal Estate R At Prime Realty, they are passionate about delivering exceptional client experiences. By offering a complete suite of real estate services and expertise, they ensure that they meet their clients’ every need. With experience in every field, they will help skillfully guide you from beginning to the end of your real estate journey; from sales and rentals, to retail and commercial, to finding the best mortgage companies, inspectors, appraisers and title companies.

Red River Chiropractic and Wellness redriverwellness.com  ealth Care Services H Dr. Michael Jorgensen is a second generation chiropractor with over 31 years of experience. ‘‘Pain Relief, Powerful Health, Naturally’’ is the slogan of their office. Dr. Jorgensen’s philosophy is to be thorough in his consultation and examination of his patients and also relying on their x-ray findings, which some of his modern day colleagues don’t include. He uses skills learned from his father as well as from post graduate courses he’s taken, especially using new technology like Cold Laser and clinical nutrition, to speed healing and rely on natural healing to aid the body.

Rejuv Medical Aesthetic Clinic rejuvclinic.com  ealth Care Services H At Rejuv, their guiding mission is to improve patients’ lives by helping them gain confidence in the way they feel and look. They provide an unparalleled level of personal attention and are committed to making every patient’s experience spectacular.

Rough Cut Social roughcutsocial.com  ars/Lounges/Night Clubs B Visit their new axe throwing beer and wine bar for all of your entertainment needs. Whether it is checking out one of their axe throwing lanes, playing Hammerschlagen, bean bags, giant Jenga, or any other games, you will have a blast in their beautiful remodeled historic location just steps from downtown Fargo!

ShoutYourName Web Design s houtyourname.com  eb Design W ShoutYourName is a web design agency located in Fargo. Their group of experienced professionals is determined to create the perfect website, brand and online sales technology to help your company grow. Their emphasis is not only on growing viewers, but also on increasing your sales efficiency through the use of web tools. They truly value every one of their clients and make it our goal to help each one of their customers reach their company sales goals. Join the G.O.A.T and let our team of web sales specialists Shout Your Name to the world!

Congrats to the following Chamber member

companies for their exciting announcements!

Make sure to congratulate their achievements and recognition next time you see them around town.

Want to see your own company news here? Send your

press releases to us at thebridge@fmwfchamber.com. We want to share your good news (for free!) just because you are a valued member.

Bethany Retirement Living has been awarded 12 Customer Experience Awards from Pinnacle Quality Insight. Qualifying for the awards displays a continued dedication to providing best-in-class senior health care services. The Skilled Nursing facility at Bethany on 42nd was recognized for Cleanliness; the Skilled Nursing facility at Bethany on University was recognized for Quality of Food. The Towers Assisted Living at Bethany on University was recognized for Response to Problems, Activities, Transportation Needs, Safety and Security, Recommend to Others, and Overall Customer Experience. The Gables Assisted Living at Bethany on 42nd was recognized for Personal Care, Cleanliness, Dignity and Respect, and Safety and Security. By qualifying for the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award, Bethany Retirement Living has satisfied the rigorous demand of scoring in the top 15 percent of the nation across a 12-month average. Marco announced the launch of a new program that allows certified partners to resell its Managed IT Services. Marco’s Managed IT Services offer high-end technical expertise that helps companies manage their complex infrastructures and end users. These security-focused services include unlimited help desk support, managed network services, security applications and training, risk management services and more. The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) - Bismarck Area Office signed an alliance to enhance safety throughout various industry sectors in North Dakota, including the construction, general industry, grain, and oil and gas industries. This is an extension of the alliance recently signed between OSHA and the National Safety Council. The North Dakota alliance was signed February 26 during the NDSC’s Annual Safety and Health Conference.

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MEMBER NEWS: PEOPLE Border States Electric Jason Seger, President

KW Inspire Realty Ryan Schulz, Realtor Sierra Wendt, Realtor

Network Center, Inc.

Ken Brazerol, Vice President of Operations

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Kayla Duffney, Multimedia Designer

ReadiTech

Brian Cox, Senior Sales Account Executive

S&S Promotional Group

Taylor Preston, Promotional Consultant

Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB Ryan Anderson, Digital Sales Manager Harrison Krank, Advertising Executive Alyson Noll, Advertising Executive

West Fargo Public Schools

Michael Stecher, Assistant Principal,   Heritage Middle School

OTHER NEWS Maureen Bartelt, a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties agent, earned a real estate brokers license. JoAnne Johnson, a CNA/CMA at Bethany on University, has been chosen from among more than 1,000 nominees as one of four Caregivers of the Year by the North Dakota Long Term Care Association. Jill Steinhaus, an executive coach with Sagency, recently earned the prestigious designation Associate Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) was named a “YMCA Congressional Champion” in Washington, D.C., for his leadership on the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act. Steve Smith, president of the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties, presented the award during the YMCA of the USA’s National Advocacy Days.

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How to submit Email your company or people news to us at thebridge@fmwfchamber.com or visit fmwfchamber.com/member-news. 26  THE BRIDGE  •  MAY 2020

Readi Tech A DRN COMPANY

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CELEBRATIONS: MARCH RIBBON CUTTINGS & GROUNDBREAKINGS

Fargo Air Museum

Four Elements

Expansion

Grand opening

1609 19th Avenue North, Fargo

420 Center Avenue, Suite 102, Moorhead

fargoairmuseum.com

fourelementstherapy.com

Thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for donating a sweet treat to each of our ribbon cuttings!

Heat Transfer Warehouse Heat Transfer Warehouse 10-year anniversary

heattransferwarehouse.com

Four-Color Printing Specialized Coatings Foil & Embossing Die Cutting

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

Fargo, ND 58103 USA ph: 701.235.1121 knightprinting.com

TAKE YO U R PAY MENT PR OC ESSING TO THE

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

Here for you,

Here for business. No matter your situation, know that The Chamber is here for you. Please reach out if you need any assistance! Our team is ready and willing to help you get the resources you need.

218.233.1100 | info@fmwfchamber.com

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