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VOL. 22 NO. 3

Community Builders

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

The Forum O F

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

True IT

On the cover:

Ambassadors—new teams, awards and a reunion



November 2018


Member Profile:

Innovation at Eide Bailly, LLP


8 Eggs & Issues

15 Business Training

20 Leadership

17 Women Connect

23 Young Professionals Network

28 New Members

29 Member News

33 Ribbon Cuttings


State of Technology:




Agenda & speakers inside

Meet the new students

Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber

29 Arvig 29 Bell Bank 21 Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota 28 Boulger Funeral Home 31 Cole Papers, Inc. 35 Cornerstone Bank 14,16 Dabbert Custom Homes 32 Delta by Marriott 13 Eide Bailly, LLP 12,14 First International Bank & Trust 34 Flint Group 32 Heritage Homes 22 Indigo Signworks 35 J&M Printing 31 Knight Printing 32 McGough 25 Midco Business Solutions 16 Midwest Radio / KFGO 18 Network Center, Inc. 22 Otter Tail 16 Pro Resources 32 Starion Bank 18 The Forum 22 Time Communications 22 WDAY

For past issues of The Bridge:   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  3

Mission BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mark Nisbet Chair

Xcel Energy

Tom Dawson Chair Elect

Dawson Insurance

Sandi Piatz Treasurer Steve Swiontek Immediate Past Chair

Gate City Bank

Warner and Company Insurance

Jess Almlie

Discovery Benefits

Business Training

Stephanie Maier Leadership FMWF

Brian Shawn Military Affairs

Caitlin Stoecker

Young Professionals Network

Tri-College University Eventide Senior Living Communities Arvig

Public Policy Coordinator

Tracy Powell

Alyssa Ralston

Director of Events & Programs

Events Coordinator


Katie Ralston

Membership Services Manager

Mickayla Thompson Member Relations Coordinator


Bobbi Rehder

Membership & Advertising Sales Manager


Printed by J&M Printing

Professional Development Coordinator


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.

Tracy Meckler

Katie Mastel


Carrie Carney

Women Connect

Communications & Marketing Manager

Tyler Fischbach

Multimedia Coordinator


Public Policy


Amanda Huggett


Tim Flakoll

ClayWilkin Corn & Soybean Grower’s Association

Darin Feir

Graphics & Publications Coordinator


Jan Monda

Ambassador Member Relations

Darren Dunlop

Business Development Manager



VP of Finance/Operations

Information Systems Administrator


Bryan Kingsley

Julie Doggett

Jim Parsons



ND Soybean Growers Association

Craig Whitney


Nancy Johnson




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


Minnesota State University Moorhead Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group Hector International Airport Essentia Health Spotlight Media Inc. Flint Group Bremer Bank Eide Bailly Sanford Health Mortenson Moore Engineering, Inc. The Chamber

Ambassador Public Relations

Strategic Objectives


Anne Blackhurst


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


Heartland Trust Company

Shawn Dobberstein Kyle Dorow Mike Dragosavich Jodi Duncan Judd Graham Jenni Huotari Brittany Montecuollo Joanna Slominski Jeff Volk Craig Whitney



Steve Halverson Member at Large

Kevin Christianson

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

Julie Yourczek

Office Administrator

a note from the


Behind the Scenes of Voices of Vision Easily one of my favorite events all year is Voices of Vision, and we’re gearing up to welcome Danica Patrick for our ninth annual (sold out!) event in less than a month. It’s our largest event of the year and draws about 1,000 people to hear from national names. The event was one of the first things I launched upon my arrival in Fargo nine years ago. It affords the opportunity for our members and community to get access to bigname speakers sharing their insights—something that many metros offer but wasn’t here. The other thing it does is give the speakers a chance to see and experience our great community. Hopefully they are so impressed that they tell their network how great a time they had in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo. In preparation for this year, I asked my staff to share with me some of their favorite moments from the years. Here are a few behind-the-scene stories. The night before his event, Rudy Giuliani was trying to watch the GOP debate at his hotel. Turns out they didn’t have the channel, so our VP arranged a TV and spot for him to watch it at the Fargo Country Club. Our events director said that watching Rudy watch the debate was like watching most men watch football. Terry Bradshaw mentioned being in Fargo on Fox NFL Sunday.

The year after that, we lost Rob O’Neill at one point! He was running behind, and when our staff went to check on him, they found him starting to change in the hallway outside his hotel room, which he had been locked out of. Last year, Shaq provided endless stories for our team. From his love affair with Dot’s Pretzels, to graciousness in signing any item brought to him, to his backstage McDonald’s order. What did he request? Oh, just 24 McNuggets, a double cheeseburger, a Big Mac, supersized fry and a Diet Coke. As we learned from his presentation, Shaquille O’Neal is a pretty easy-going, humble guy. He even made a point to introduce himself to, and personally thank, the servers and staff. This year, we’re thrilled to welcome our first female speaker, professional race car driver Danica Patrick. Tickets and tables have already sold out, and we’re so grateful for the growing interest in this series and speaker! Stay tuned to see who we bring next year for our tenth annual event! Feel free to reach out and suggest who you’d like to see next.

Craig Whitney President / CEO The Chamber


Pushing Your Limits and Pursuing Your Dreams Danica Patrick

Professional athlete and entrepreneur

Wednesday, November 14

Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott Due to high demand for this event, tickets and tables are now sold out. Contact us to be added to the waiting list.



The Forum O F



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

Voices of Vision is an annual event designed to bring nationally recognized, world-thought visionaries to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area. Hosting these types of well-known speakers not only gives the community the opportunity to hear and see a variety of public figures, but also gives visibility to our region and showcases our metro. Voices of Vision is about bringing together people from all walks of life, political persuasions, opinion leaders, political leaders and business leaders.


2013 Jeb Bush

2016 Robert O’Neil

2012 Joe Theismann

2015 Rudy Giuliani

2011 Bob Woodward

2014 Terry Bradshaw

2010 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North





Insider White House stories shared at Eggs & Issues We had a special speaker come all the way from Washington, D.C. for October’s Eggs & Issues. A personal friend of Chamber president Craig Whitney, John McConnell shared many stories and insights with our audience.


McConnell served as a speechwriter in the White House during the George W. Bush administration and regaled attendees with fun facts from the inside. He took us behind the scenes of the entire process of writing a speech, from assignment to final delivery, including the role of fact checkers, and how seriously presidents take their speeches. George W. always made time before an address to do a final read-through and underline points for emphasis. He always wanted logical speech, and knew the words must explain a situation; sometimes even unite a nation.

Meeting with the candidates

Agribusiness group talks tariffs and trade

Last month 37 candidates running for office locally—including ND’s two House of Representatives—attended our Cracker Barrel event to meet and talk to Chamber members about their priorities and the issues. Thank you to all that came and posed questions.

Tariffs and trade have been a source of great concern to the agricultural community this year. In October, the agribusiness committee welcomed in Dr. Frayne Olson, NDSU, to provide an overview of the changes in exports of the soybean crop out of North Dakota since tariffs where imposed by China in July. After extended discussion with the committee, the complexity of the issue was established. Dr. Olson also reviewed several options for the industry for the coming year.

The next week, we also hosted Moorhead’s three mayoral candidates for a forum. There, each took turns answering questions about their vision for the city. Don’t forget to vote November 6!





He then turned to offer an overview of the upcoming midterm elections, reviewing how many Senate and House seats are up, and how shifts in power can happen in just one day depending how the votes land. The closest races are in Trump country, he said, meaning many eyes will be on those states’ results—including North Dakota’s Senate race. A pattern of history shows that the president’s side often changes in the midterms. But of course, anything can happen, so it will be exciting to watch it unfold. “It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future!” he laughed before closing the event with a Q&A with a very engaged and interested audience. Thanks to all that came and to the wonderful service at the Holiday Inn!

EGGS & ISSUES Tuesday, November 6 

Update on ND’s Air and Army National Guard

Col. Anderson

Commander, 119th Wing ND Air National Guard

Lt. Col. Aubol

141 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade OIC

Tuesday, December 11 

ND’s Legislative Outlook: Legislative Leadership’s Take on the Upcoming Session

Brig. Gen. Becklund

Deputy Adjutant General

Join us for another Eggs & Issues session, this month focusing on our area armed forces. Colonel Anderson and Lieutenant Colonel Aubol will update us on the extent of the infrastructure that the Army and Air Guard has at Hector International Airport and the economic impact on our community. The North Dakota National Guard Deputy Adjutant General will also provide an update. Join us over breakfast, coffee and conversation, for this joint briefing.

As North Dakota soon heads into a new legislative session, we will be joined by both Majority and Minority leaders of the North Dakota Senate and House. This month the event will be a week later than usual so that legislative leadership can recap the interim and December’s organizational session, as well as provide an outlook regarding the contentious issues expected for the upcoming session.

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

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

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



SUPPORTING SPONSORS Bank of the West | Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. Bremer Bank | Cornerstone Bank | Essentia Health Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead Houston Engineering | Livewire Entertainment Media Services Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moore Engineering, Inc. | ROERS Wanzek Construction, Inc. | Wells Fargo Bank   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  9


Focused on

Business of the Year

innovation Last summer, Eide Bailly celebrated 100 years of serving clients through tax, audit and accounting services. But over the years, the firm has added a variety of specialty services and grown to be much more. Focused on innovation to evolve with industry trends and best serve their clients, they’ve become known as the trusted business advisors. And it’s what has driven their success. Leveraging technology in an automated world and focusing on their people seems to be the Eide Bailly secret sauce. The firm has taken on more work in the cybersecurity arena and is even looking into leveraging artificial intelligence in the audit process, where different algorithms can analyze data in new ways. A new service line—business outsourcing and strategy—helps organizations with dayto-day tasks such as payroll and CFO services. Idea Hub was launched to give employees a platform to voice ideas, and an Innovation Council allows the firm to see how to capitalize on ROI, look at different teams and projects, and help identify failures as a way to learn and move on. And in a brand-new role, the Chief Innovation Officer stays focused on innovative strategies to keep the firm competitive and forward-thinking.

What else could be next? Eide Bailly is continuing to implement diversified professional and advisory services to remain relevant and create value. They’ll also utilize more digital strategy, automation processes, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic processes in service areas to raise the productivity of their people and their client work. They’re ready to be disruptors and help their clients in their challenges as well.

Idea Hub: A new online community that allows Eide Bailly employees to share their ideas and vote with either a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” Ideas that net more than 15 “thumbs up” votes are guaranteed an official response and consideration by an innovation council.

So far Idea Hub has generated… •• •• •• •• •• ••

895 ideas 42 in consideration 26 in progress 186 completed 102 declined And many more to get to!

Some of the fun ideas implemented so far… •• Split wastebaskets for different

types of recycling. •• Added new insurance benefits,

such as pet insurance and help paying for IVF treatments. •• Technology updates and

improvements, such as privacy screens, wireless devices and updated programs and systems. •• Added a breast milk shipping service

for new moms who travel for work. •• A floating holiday was added

the day after July Fourth. •• Added docking stations for laptops

for managers and above. 10  THE BRIDGE  •  NOVEMBER 2018

Awards won from the EB Technology Consulting group

2018 Oracle + NetSuite America’s Solution Provider Partner of the Year •• 2017 Oracle + NetSuite America’s Solution Provider Partner of the Year •• 2015 NetSuite Worldwide Partner of the Year •• 2013-2018 NetSuite 5-Star Award Winner •• NetSuite Global Top 5 Partner •• Salesforce Gold Consulting Partner ••

Microsoft Gold Partner •• Sage Diamond Partner ••

Meet the EB Innovators Ross Manson, Chief Innovation Officer “Innovation is comprised of two words: awareness and relevancy. Relevancy takes hold when you’re aware of the landscape and how you are acting on this to remain innovative with your clients.” “There is a process for being innovative; it doesn’t just happen on its own. There needs to be a platform for idea creation and generation.”

First Focus, Eide Bailly’s women’s leadership initiative, has been one of the most successful initiatives the firm has undertaken. “This organization puts focus on the empowerment of women at all levels in the organization, and that helps us in an ever-changing and challenging industry. We would not have experienced such growth and success in the firm in the last few years without this program.” — Chad Flanagan,

Partner in Charge, Fargo

Chad Flanagan, Partner in Charge, Fargo “Previous failures in innovation should not prevent us from pursuing new or similar ideas especially as markets, technology and processes change.” “I’m focused on innovating our client experience. We want to constantly improve the way we help our clients feel understood, connected and confident.”



Social Superst


Thanks to everybody that gathered at last month’s Business After Hours! We loved seeing all the networking, connections and conversations. And congrats to October sponsor Spotlight Media, who announced exciting company news. Check our social media for a highlight video!

Save the date for next month!

See you December 6 at the Delta by Marriott for our holiday Business After Hours. SPONSORED BY

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We are honored to be named Business of the Year, and we want to thank our clients, staff and the community for playing a part in our success. We are inspired by your continuous creativity and commitment to improving the region. We share this award with will all of you!

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BUSINESS TRAINING Tuesday, November 13 

How to Create Superconnected Digital Experiences Dean Froslie SVP Marketing & Communications Western State Bank  deanfroslie

The demands of digital marketing never end. Our time and resources are consumed with feeding and maintaining our digital channels, juggling new projects, keeping ahead of the competition, analyzing our efforts, and developing skills we didn’t learn in college. Despite our hard work and best intentions, our efforts sometimes fall short.

Wednesday, December 12 

Failure is Not an Option; it is a Necessity Daniel Klug Culture & Change Management Lead Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

Have you ever experienced a failure or a loss? Not a simple mistake, but rather an event that left you defeated and full of self-doubt? You are not alone. Failure and losses are experiences everyone will go through at some time in their life. However, successful individuals have found a way to learn from, overcome and leverage these negative experiences for future success.

This session will outline actionable solutions to address these gaps, and help you create digital experiences that are more connected, intuitive and audience-focused.

At this session, attendees will be able to implement a practical approach to self-reflection, emotional intelligence and maturity; understand the root cause of failures; cope with criticism; and become motivated to learn from and overcome past failures for future success.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Hilton Garden Inn 

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Delta by Marriott 

REGISTRATION (includes lunch)

• Chamber members: $30 in advance | $35 at the door • Non-members: $40 in advance | $45 at the door

Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.

HIGHLIGHTS from last month



Last month, we stepped back from professional training and focused on the basics of human needs in order to be better professionals at Business Training. Dr. Dockter from Venture Chiropractic, took us through the importance of better sleeping, eating and moving, to be more productive, healthy and efficient humans. Offering many tips in a fun, interactive format, attendees walked away more empowered to take back their health!


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Premier Partners

Premier Partners

Making a Difference in Our Metro

The Chamber draws on the diverse strengths and expertise of more than 2,100 public, private and non-profit member firms to advocate for a pro-business environment, educate the professional community and engage members in the pursuit of a prosperous region. Premier Partners are an elite group of businesses that recognize the importance of economic development efforts and make a significant commitment to the health of the region. Premier Partners give above and beyond their initial Chamber dues investment through sponsorship and marketing dollars to support the work we do.

Community Builders

Business Builders

Premier Partners fall into two levels: Community Builders and Business Builders. In return for this increased support, Premier Partners receive a unique set of privileges and benefits that enhance their business. From increased exposure to heightened networking, Premier Partners gain access to an extensive network of businesses and professionals. Through partnership with The Chamber and their fellow members, Premier Partners make a positive difference for our metro.

We are proud to call the following businesses our Business Builders: Advanced Engineering & Environmental Services | Avis Rent A Car | Concordia College GOLDMARK Property Management | Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead MinnKota EnviroServices, Inc. | Mortenson | NDSU Research & Technology Park Property Resources Group | ROERS | Talecris Plasma Resources Vogel Law Firm | West Acres Development, LLP

For More Information 


If you have any questions on becoming a Premier Partner, contact Darren Dunlop at 218.359.0514 or email



News & Views with Joel Heitkamp 8–11 am The Most Listened to Talk Show in the Upper Midwest Since 1991


WOMEN CONNECT Tuesday, November 27 

Gratitude Attitude: How to

Make an Ordinary Life Extraordinary

Tuesday, December 18 

Building Belonging: Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion

Trina A. Michels Senior Manager Eide Bailly, LLP  _chicERP

Sandi Piatz Director Microsoft Fargo Site Leader  SandiPiatz

Many of us lead what we believe are ordinary lives. In the daily grind, we can lose sight of the extraordinary that surrounds us at home and the office. At this session, Michels will share her personal gratitude journey. She’ll help attendees identify where they are on their own journey and how they can move along. This will allow them to lead happier and ultimately more productive lives in both their work and home environments.

Studies show the positive impact a diverse workplace has on an organization. Supporting diversity by fostering a sense of belonging is one of the most valuable attributes for leaders to engage and retain team members. Through proactive, intentional and focused leadership, we can build belonging. Join the journey and learn more about building belonging and cultivating a culture of inclusion at this session of Women Connect.

Please consider bringing toys or gifts for children and adults with special needs to donate to FirstLink’s Giving Tree of Hope & Toys for Tots.

Please consider bringing art supplies or children’s word find books to be used in “worry bags” for children who are coping with grief/losing a loved one for the Hospice Youth Journeys Program.

3:30 to 5 p.m. | Social 5 to 6 p.m.   DoubleTree by Hilton & West Fargo Conference Center 

3:30 to 5 p.m. | Social 5 to 6 p.m.   DoubleTree by Hilton & West Fargo Conference Center 


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

Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.

HIGHLIGHTS from last month


In September, Carrie Brimhall, president at M State, wowed attendees with her words of advice, encouragement, and activities and takeaways that challenged and inspired us. We took time to each define our why, identify our circle of trust, examine our calendars to find time for ourselves and others, and how to start mentoring. And, we collected 35 coloring books for the children who use the waiting room at Rainbow Bridge! PROGRAM SPONSORS


Bell Bank | Bremer Bank | Choice Financial | Delta by Marriott | Discovery Benefits, Inc. Eventide Senior Living Communities | First International Bank & Trust | Gate City Bank Otter Tail Corporation | Vogel Law Firm | Wanzek Construction, Inc. | Western State Bank


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Sit down with the mayors of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth and hear about the cities’ growth, goals and priorities. This year, two brand-new mayors will take the stage and join the panel!

Reach out to an IT expert at Network Center, Inc. 800.723.5353



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REDESIGNED FOR YOU When you want to know, go to


Friday, November 30


8 a.m. to noon | Delta by Marriott

2018 State of


U.S. Senator John Hoeven is proudly partnering with The Chamber to put on this technology conference and sharing his work in Washington, D.C. to support the third wave of North Dakota’s economy.

John Hoeven

Senator, North Dakota


Linda McMahon

Andrei Iancu

SBA Administrator

Doug Burgum

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Governor, North Dakota

Also hear from… Chris Clark

President, Xcel Energy Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota

Anthony Molzahn

CEO and Co-founder at Project Phoenix

Zoe Bundy

Founder, Brainy Ladies, and YEA! Investor Panel winner

Seth Arndorfer

CEO, Dakota Carrier Network

Also featuring the TechND 2018 North Dakota Technology Awards. PRESENTING SPONSOR

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LFMWF Learns Innovation & Entrepreneurship The Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo participants spent our October session at Doosan Bobcat learning about agriculture, innovation and entrepreneurship. We started the day with a facility overview from Nate Gemar, who talked us through the innovation behind Doosan Bobcat’s North American headquarters. Following Gemar’s presentation, the participants heard from Karla Wolford, Elevate Human Potential, Erik Diederich, Industrial Builders. Inc., and Sarah McNaughton, KFGO, on how they utilize innovation in their respective fields. Then, Joel Honeyman, vice president of innovation at Doosan Bobcat, and a team from the Doosan Bobcat Acceleration Center, came in to conduct a lens-smashing activity, where participants were reminded that they can be innovative in any field.

The participants also heard the proposals for this year’s Community Change Initiatives. Tyler Brandriet, Zerr Berg Architects, Brian Standridge, Midco, Joe Hoffman, NAU Country Insurance, Erik Kiesz, CoreLink Administrative Solutions, Coiya Tompkins, the Jeremiah Program, Katie Ralston, The Chamber, and Darcy Kasprowicz, North Dakota Autism Center, presented their ideas for projects, and groups were chosen. Stay tuned as we announce what this year’s projects are, and what each group is able to accomplish!

“This was a fantastic session! Doosan Bobcat was a fantastic host and their team added SO much value to our experience that day.”




“Well-rounded, engaging leaders; a day well spent! As hectic as life is, I can’t wait to get to Chamber Leadership each month and I’m really excited to see what our class will do to advance CCIs this year!”

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YPN Holiday Party

Free | Registration Required

Registration Required $25 members, $30 non-members—includes drink ticket

Wednesday, November 7 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. West Acres Regional Shopping Center 3902 13th Avenue South, Fargo

Retail in America is an ever-evolving industry. West Acres has been a staple in our metro since it was built in the early 1970s. Join YPN as we learn about how the changes in consumer shopping habits have affected our shopping center and how West Acres is adapting to continue to meet the needs of their consumers.

Off the Clock

Thursday, November 15 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Labby’s Grill and Bar, 1100 19th Avenue North, Fargo Need something to do after work instead of heading home? After you clock out, pop in to see us! The YPN will be gathering this month at Labby’s Grill and Bar for fun networking in a relaxed setting. Connect with your peers while checking out one of the great organizations in our region.

Wednesday, December 5 | 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Drekker Brewing Company-Brewhalla 1666 First Avenue North, Fargo

Join us for this festive and fun evening at the annual YPN Holiday Part at Drekker Brewing Company’s new Brewhalla! Come to enjoy great food, a cash bar and the famous naughty or nice paddle game with awesome prizes. This is our biggest bash of the year; you don’t want to miss the fun!

Corporate Cup Registration Mark your calendars! The 2019 Corporate Cup is set for May 23 at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Registration opens February 4 at 10 a.m.! This event sells out fast; you don’t want to miss out!

*You must be 21 to attend Off the Clock events*

HIGHLIGHTS from last month


Thanks to all that joined us last month at VFW Post 7564 in West Fargo for our Off the Clock and New Member Social. We loved seeing the new space in West Fargo and had a great time! The next morning, we hosted our second Morning Buzz networking event at Beans downtown. We’re invigorated by all the new connections!

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Kicking off our fourth year of YEA!


We are thrilled to announce the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Class of 2019! This year, we are working with a small class of students from Fargo, West Fargo, Dilworth and Richland. Most of our students are upperclassmen who are active in DECA, Future Business Leaders of America, Junior Achievement, student council, and Philanthropy and Youth. Their participation and success in these other extracurricular activities proves that they already have an interest in learning about business and are ready to take the next step toward creating their own. These students are on the path to becoming future business and community leaders, and we’re honored they chose to include YEA! in their journey. Last month, we brought the students together for the first time at orientation and started our weekly classes at Concordia College the following week. Orientation gave our students and their parents an idea of what the next several months would hold and our first few classes jumped right into generating ideas and team building. We have modified the YEA! curriculum for this year, and it will now expedite the process of developing a business even more. The students who were selected to be a part of the program this year are ready for the challenge, and already have fantastic, viable business ideas!

Announcing this year’s class

Puja Chhetri

Hanna Johnson

Richland High School

Caleb Knudsen

Fargo North High School

Abigail Lind

Ivy Mastrud

Isabelle McLean

Haison Nguyen

Alex Niemi

Ethan Scott

Davies High School

Ben Franklin Middle School

West Fargo High School

Davies High School

Welcome back, Josh! The success of our local Young Entrepreneurs Academy is attributed to the volunteers who give their time and energy to helping our students. Josh Teigen, president and chief visionary of Protosthetics, has become a tremendous asset to our program throughout the last three years. We are excited to have him back on board as our lead instructor once again!


West Fargo High School


West Fargo High School


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Announcing the new ambassador teams

Chamber ambassadors play a crucial role in the community, welcoming new businesses and celebrating the successes of our members. Welcome to the 2018-19 new public relations ambassador teams! Watch out for these folks at ribbon cuttings.

Chamber Maids (Front row L-R) Sandra Vigen - Mama Ducks Cleaning Service, Randy Clark - Park Company, Steph Overgaard - Park Company, Melissa Paul Advanced Business Methods, Lucinda Goetz - FF Fisher Sales & Leasing (Back row L-R) Carol Seefeldt - Wired Up!, Liz Schulz -Town & Country Credit Union, Julie Halverson - Newman Signs, Lindi Lettenmaier - Town & Country Credit Union, Chloe Reichel - First International Bank & Trust (Not pictured) Captain Heather Aal - ND Women’s Business Center, Jill Lougheed - Midco, LuAnn White - Dakota Plains Realty

Rachel’s Renegades (Front row L-R) Jodi Buchholz - Stoneridge Software, Danielle Leitheiser - Beyond Realty, Kayla Beehler - BC Contracting, Jamie Odegaard - Granites Unlimited, Captain Rachel Carriveau - Spherion Staffing (Back row L-R) Larry Olson - Talent Productions, Kevin Riley Robert Gibb & Sons, Billy Nustad - Bell Bank, Tom Thompson - Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc., Neal Beitelspacher Dakota Commercial, Bryan McClean - Farmers Insurance Group (Not pictured) Jerry Christiansen - Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc.

Babbling Brooks (Front row L-R) Lynn Hanson - Artco Promotional Products, Patti Cosgriff - Northwestern Bank, Captain Brooke Coauette - NAI North Central, Nicole Birnbaum - Radio FM Media (Back row L-R) Cora Turner - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Steve Asche - Thrivent Financial (Not pictured) Angie Heil - Fargo VA, Cody Klug - Liberty Business Systems, Pete Christopher - Habitat for Humanity, Scott Peters - Thrivent Financial, Trish Enger - HUB International Insurance

The Almerfudd’s (L-R) Kevin Spaulding - TrueIT, Patty Mastel - FM Area Foundation, Brandon Geffre - Network Center Communications, Brian Zerface - Eide Bailly, Captain Terri Almer - Five Star Call Centers, Jared Ferguson - ND Division of Vocational Rehab, Mitch Taralson - Bank of the West, Jill Christopher - Ronald McDonald House, (Not pictured) Aaron Hill - Fargo Brewing Company, Ben Woessner - Eide Bailly, Bobby Tisch - Cable One, Brenda Cornell - Job Service of North Dakota, Carey Fry - Job Service of North Dakota.


#AshetagAwesome (Front row L-R) Jill Mattson - Western State Bank, Heather Ostrowski - Preference Employment Solutions, Brittney Weber - Preference Employment Solutions, Candice Ahmann - Express Employment Professionals, Captain Nicole Ashe – NDSCS-Fargo, Kathy Olson Western State Bank, Lori Hager - JP Catholic Schools Network, Levi Hanson - InterOffice, Mitch Kudrna - BCBS of ND (Back row L-R) Donn Groth - Midwest Radio, Robby Lundbohm - Valley Premier Bank (Not pictured) Brian Heger - 702 Communications, Kelsey Deutz - The Forum.

Team of the Year for 2017–18

Celebrating ambassadors past & present

We’re excited to honor Joker’s Wild as the Public Relations Ambassadors Team of the Year! This means they earned the most points for activities throughout the year at ribbon cuttings and Operation Thank You. It’s because of dedicated volunteers like them that we’re able to do what we do. Thank you!

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(Front row L-R) Tom Thompson - Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc., Lucinda Goetz - F. F. Fisher Sales & Leasing, Jodi Buchholz - Stoneridge Software, (Back row L to R) Candice Ahmann - Express Employment Professionals, Lynn Hanson - Artco Promotional Products, Inc., Kevin Riley - Robert Gibb & Sons, Captain Jessica Broers - Bremer Bank NA, Jamie Odegaard - Granites Unlimited, Donn Groth - Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead, (Not pictured) Aaron Hill - Fargo Brewing Company, Kelsey Deutz - The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Jerry Christiansen - Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc.

Ambassadors of the Year



Congratulations to our Member Relations Ambassador Paul Balega of NAI North Central and Public Relations Ambassador Brenda Cornell of Job Service of North Dakota for being named the 2017-18 Ambassadors of the Year. Paul received the award based on his committee involvement, contacts made to members throughout the year and demonstrating professionalism. Brenda was chosen by her fellow ambassadors to receive this award (named after long-time ambassador Wayne Saar) based on attendance points, professionalism and committee involvement. Thank you Paul and Brenda for your dedication and hard work!

Last month we hosted an all-ambassador reunion at the Old Broadway, where current Chamber ambassadors and ones from years past were invited to get together to celebrate their service. There were many hugs, smiles and stories that went around as they reminisced. Thank you to everyone that has volunteered throughout the years! And thanks to our own Darren Dunlop for organizing the event.

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! Alorica Call Centers Alorica Fargo is a local branch of one of the world’s largest BPO company that has a specific focus on supporting the technology industry.

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Drekker Brewing Company‑Brewhalla Beverages ‑ Liquors A brewery and taproom set in a restored historic railroad building, one of Fargo’s oldest structures. Expect good beers, good service and good times.

Farmers Insurance Insurance Farmers Insurance Group‑Agency Recruitment and Development is an exploring agency ownership and offers employment opportunities with one of the nation’s largest insurance providers. Founded in 1928, Farmers offers a wide variety of insurance products people want and need and they are strong supporters of communities large and small.

Gathered. Boutique Rentals + Events Rentals Gathered is a vintage prop supplier and event rental company serving the Fargo‑Moorhead area and beyond.

IHOP Restaurants IHOP is a full-service family dining restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day - 7 days a week.

Mathnasium of Fargo Education ‑ Training Our mission is to teach your kids numbers sense, math fluency and the skills needed to succeed in math! Watch their confidence skyrocket as they turn frustrating concepts into concepts they can manage and master!

ND Guaranty & Title Co Real Estate ‑ Titles/Abstracts/Closings Their experienced closing teams are knowledgeable, precise and efficient. Whether buyer or seller, residential or commercial, their teams make even the most difficult transaction easy. They coordinate title services, calculate fees, prorate taxes & insurance for timely closing and title service work.

NorthLand Environmental Consulting LLC Engineering NorthLand specializes in environmental services including environmental due diligence, remediation, compliance, and permitting. NorthLand strives to provide clients with optimal, cost‑effective solutions that fit their needs.

Northwest Tire Inc Trucks ‑ Parts ‑ Service ‑ Body Shop Northwest Tire services OTR, agricultural, commercial, auto and recreational tires and repairs.

Perfectly Beautiful Boutique Retail ‑ Stores/Ecommerce Perfectly Beautiful Boutique provides quality new and used clothing for women sizes 0 to 3X, jewelry, specialty items along with items for men such as beard oils, bow ties, watches and more!

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701.356.8888 Shopping Centers Shoppes at BLU is one of Fargo’s newest retail centers providing prime commercial space with excellent visibility in a high traffic area along 45th Street and 32nd Avenue South. It boasts a variety of businesses for a great shopping experience within this new and exciting development!

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MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) awarded Bolton & Menk, Inc. with a Merit Award for Brand Awareness of the “Real People. Real Solutions.” marketing campaign. This campaign was rolled out in 2017 and included incorporating the new brand into proposals, social media, website, videos, advertisements, and at conference expos. The SMPS Marketing Communications Awards Program is a long-standing, prestigious awards competition that recognizes excellence in marketing communications produced by professional services firms in the design and building industry. Cornerstone Bank is one of four banks honored by the American Bankers Association with an award recognizing the nation’s best bank marketing videos. The third annual ABA Bank Marketing Video Awards featured 400 entries from banks of all sizes nationwide. Cornerstone Bank’s video— “#NOTGENERIC”— was a winner for the Best in Asset Category $500 Million – $1 Billion. The video was recognized for its focus on how banking with Cornerstone is no generic banking experience. The Great Plains Food Bank has completed Hunger in North Dakota 2018 (HIND), a comprehensive study of more than 500 clients and 175 partner agencies to identify trends about personal situations, household demographics, tough choices, coping strategies and the use of nutrition programs surrounding those seeking emergency food assistance. Conclusions drawn from HIND will help map the future for the Great Plains Food Bank.

North Dakota State College of Science received national recognition from two publications that have recently ranked the college among the nation’s best. NDSCS was included at #14 on a list by Forbes that ranks the nation’s Top Two-Year Trade Schools. The list, revealed in an article titled “The Top 25 Two-Year Trade Schools: Colleges That Can Solve The Skills Gap,” evaluated more than 700 schools across the nation, and considered post-graduate success, affordability, completion success and student experience. The college was also ranked #15 among public institutions in a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education in its 2018 Almanac of Higher Education titled “2-Year Colleges With the Best 3-Year Graduation Rates, 2016.” The report ranked 762 institutions based on their percentage of first-time, full-time, degree- or certificate-seeking students who entered in the fall of 2013 and graduated within three years. Wanzek Construction, Inc. has been recognized by Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. as a 2018 Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC). AQC members proudly set the constructionindustry standard as high performing, ethical contractors and members of their communities. AQC status is determined by a stringent and thorough set of criteria that demonstrate commitment to five key areas of corporate responsibility: quality, safety, employee benefits, training and community relations.

HIND revealed a number of significant findings including: •• 13%

of households served include veterans.

•• 78%

of Great Plains Food Bank partner agencies need more food to meet the need.

•• Clients

reported using a food pantry an average of 11 times per year.


•• Clients

reported making an average income of $12.54 per hour and $17,690 per year.

•• Clients

receiving food assistance also reported that the following issues also impact their lives: Chronic disease/ health conditions; affordable housing; lack of transportation; poverty; available housing and quality housing.


Complete study results can be found on their website.

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OTHER NEWS The Great Plains Food Bank has elected officers for its board of directors. Nancy Johnson is board chair; Zack Dawson (Dawson Insurance) chair-elect; Diane Nelson (Bremer Bank) secretary; and Marti Sunderlin (Hornbacher’s Foods) treasurer. The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) recognized Steve Huber of TCI Insurance, West Fargo, for 10 years of dedication and ongoing leadership in the insurance industry. Vel Rae Burkholder of Fargo was presented with the 2018 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service.

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Anne Carlsen Center Grand opening 3030 24th Avenue South, Moorhead

City of Fargo Relocation/grand opening of City Hall 225 Fourth Street North, Fargo

Ethos Home Care and Hospice Expansion 3361 45th Street South Suite 100 Fargo

Maximum Performance & Fitness Relocation 465 32nd Avenue East, West Fargo

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CELEBRATIONS: September ribbon cuttings & Groundbreakings

Park Co. Realtors Kiosk remodel 3902 13th Avenue South Fargo (West Acres)

Principal Financial Group Relocation 4334 18th Avenue South Suite 103, Fargo

The Bridges Grand opening 1601 University Drive North, Fargo

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

Petroserve USA Remodel 3820 12th Avenue Northwest, Fargo

Stoneridge Software New ownership / Name change 1320 First Avenue North, Fargo

Zack Heuring State Farm Grand opening 2912 15th Street South, Moorhead

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