The Bridge: July - August 2023

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Community Builders are a group of leading corporate citizens dedicated to the economic prosperity and progress of the region. Community Builders represent the highest level of Chamber investment, and their commitment enables The Chamber to promote and protect business,

inspire individuals, cultivate communities, influence action and be a catalyst for economic growth and prosperity.

Becoming a Community Builder distinguishes your business among the ranks of the most prominent, successful, involved and communityminded companies in the region, as they dedicate time and resources to

shape our community. Community Builders receive access to top officials and Chamber leadership, and contribute input that shapes public policy and strengthens the local business climate through the work of The Chamber. Further, Community Builders receive unprecedented recognition throughout the business community.



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THE BRIDGE (USPS 124-430) is published bimonthly by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber. Periodicals Postage Paid at Fargo, ND 58102 and at additional mailing offices. Publication No. 124430. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Bridge, 3312 42nd St S, Ste. 101, Fargo, ND 58104; 701.365.3440. Printed by Forum Communications Printing MISSION The Chamber is a catalyst for growth and prosperity. We promote and protect business, inspire individuals, cultivate communities and influence action. CORNERSTONES • Business Vitality • Public Policy & Advocacy • Workforce & Talent • Community Enhancement • Organizational Excellence First International Bank & Trust Vogel Law Firm Hector International Airport Eide Bailly LLP Christianson Companies Bobcat Company Cardinal IG Minnesota State University Moorhead Moore Engineering, Inc. North Dakota State University Bushel Heartland Trust Company Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Allegro Group Sanford Health Microsoft Advantage Payment Services Eventide Senior Living Communities Essentia Health Peter Stenehjem Chair Tami Norgard Chair Elect Shawn Dobberstein Immediate Past Chair Chad Flanagan Treasurer Kevin Christianson Member at Large Tina Amerman Mike Arntson Dr. Anne Blackhurst Kevin Bucholz Dr. David Cook Camille Grade Steve Halverson Kristi Huber Kara Jorvig Tiffany Lawrence Jenny Olson Sandi Piatz Jon Riewer Dr. Richard Vetter
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July - August 2023 | THANK YOU FOR INVESTING | 2 Community Builders 3 ... Visionary Community Builders 66 ... Program & event sponsors | THE CHAMBER | 6 Letter from the President 7 Meet The Chamber staff - Setareh Campion 8 ... Exciting news from The Chamber! 42 ... The impact of internships 43 ... Young Professionals Network (YPN) | PULLING FOR OUR COMMUNITY | 17 AgTech week in FMWF 38 LFMWF - Community Change Initiatives 40 ... CampusFM 44 ... Connecting our workforce 45 A groundbreaking partnership 46 MN & ND legislative impact | IN CASE YOU MISSED IT | 9 ... Business After Hours 10 ... Military Appreciation Night 12 Corporate Cup 14 Midwest Agriculture Summit 20 ChamberChoice Awards 50 Women Connect 53 Eggs & Issues | EXPERIENCE, ENGAGE, ENJOY | 17 Midwest Cybersecurity & Technology Summit 18 Annual Celebration 56 Upcoming events 57 Signature events | MEMBER NEWS | 54 New members 58 Ribbon cuttings 62 People news 64 Anniversaries Midwest Ag Summit Corporate Cup Legislative impact Community Change Initiatives ChamberChoice award winners FMWFCHAMBER.COM | 5 | | ADVERTISER INDEX 9 First International Bank & Trust 18 Kilbourne Group 19 Sanford Health 43 NDSU 51 Forum Communications 52 5foot20 Design Lounge 53 Starion Bank 59 iDigital 60 Cornerstone Bank 60 Prairie Business 60 PRO Resources 61 Express Employment Professionals 65 Midco 66 Boulger Funeral Home 66 Cole Papers, Inc Back Page Alerus | THE CHAMBER | CONTENTS For past issues of The Bridge: Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber Thank you to the above businesses for investing in The Bridge magazine and enabling its growth and impact as a community resource. 46 38 20 14 12


Over the past several months, The Chamber has been at the forefront of many crucial efforts and conversations to shape and support policies that drive economic growth while promoting and protecting the needs of our business community. Through our collective voice and active engagement with leaders and policymakers in Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington, D.C., we have continued to make our regional presence felt while advocating for legislation that fosters an environment conducive to business growth, innovation and prosperity..

We entered the legislative sessions for both Minnesota and North Dakota with a clear agenda of regional priorities:

• Comprehensive Workforce Solutions

• Quality, Acessible and Affordable Child Care

• Competitive Educational Systems

• Building a Community for the Future

• Business and Community Vitality

Our Chamber’s public policy team has compiled detailed summaries of legislative outcomes in each state, aligning with our key priorities. Additionally, we are creating a Legislative review highlighting bills we supported and opposed, plus the voting reports from our Cass and Clay County legislators. Stay updated through our website and communication channels for more information. Legislative policies impact us all; the more informed and engaged our Chamber members are, the stronger our voice becomes. Furthermore, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2023 ChamberChoice Awards. These exceptional businesses have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields and have made significant contributions to our business community and local economy. Their dedication, innovation and commitment to the FMWF area set an inspiring standard of excellence for us all. I commend these award winners for their achievements and encourage our members to congratulate them, as they truly embody the vibrancy of our region.

As we progress, please continue engaging with our efforts and initiatives. The power and impact of innovative partnerships are profound, and we will highlight a few of those in this issue of The Bridge. Thank you for your unwavering dedication and commitment to our Chamber’s mission.

Shannon Full President & CEO Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce
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As Director of Leadership, I am responsible for developing and implementing leadership programs for working profes sionals in the community. Currently, that means overseeing all aspects of The Chamber’s leadership program (Leadership FMWF ) and working with various committees who recruit, plan and engage participants in each Leadership FMWF session. In addition, I get to work with Young Professionals Network (YPN) to bring the FMWF community the annual Corporate Cup event! As a member of the Events & Programs Team at The Chamber, I also get to assist my colleagues with their various programs and events – it makes every day at work different and it’s the best!


I love the people I get to work with! From the Chamber staff to the committee members, I can truly say that I’m excited to come to work every day. It’s so fun walking into work or meetings and having folks that care about me, my family and my life around me. It’s unique to have a workplace where everyone buys into the culture and not only “talks the talk” on how great the culture is, but truly “walks the walk.”

Setareh Campion

I also love the creativity in this role – the Chamber is ever evolving and growing and it’s an honor to be a part of it! I’m encouraged to bring forth new ideas and love feeling supported to see them through. Whether we are session planning for the Leadership program or producing new ideas for the future of leadership development in the community, I love the opportunity to research best practices then put my spin on it. In the two short months I’ve been with The Chamber, my creative wheels have been turning, and I’m excited to bring more leadership development opportunities to the FMWF area - The future is bright!


I love all things people, coffee, summer and having fun! My day job is Director of Leadership, but my night job is making memories with my family and friends. My husband, Mitch, and I love sports and going on walks with our kiddos. We have three sons who keep us busy with imaginative play and general mischief. Summer is my favorite season because we get to be outside, the sun shines into the night and there’s always fun to be had.

My current obsession is attempting to keep my small garden alive that I planted way too late into the season. It’s a fun adventure, as the kids and I get down in the dirt to pick weeds and find worms. When we aren’t adventuring within our community, we love to spend time at the lake – I say I’m my best self near the water! The ideal summer weekend would include early morning coffee on the dock, followed by a full day anchored out on the pontoon. Who doesn’t love a cooler packed with snacks and drinks, music, water and fun with family and friends? Hope that helps you get to know me a little more – I can’t wait to meet you at the next Chamber event!



Over the two last years, we’ve been working hard on restructuring our membership to provide more opportunities, flexibility and benefits.

What’s new?

We now have five different categories of membership, and each package has a set of unique benefits.


Each category has its own set of unique benefits and opportunities. Here are just a few of the new opportunities that exist in various membership packages:

• Tickets to Business After Hours

• Program passes to our monthly Eggs & Issues or Women Connect events

• Visibility on the FMWF Chamber website

• Exclusive opportunities for our team and leadership to meet and connect with yours

• Program passes to Young Professionals Network events

• Reserved seats at some of our biggest events and most crucial discussions


YOU as the member can choose which package is going to bring you and your team the most value and growth.

We’re thrilled to be offering these new changes and believe they enable us to better serve all of our members and support our business growth and your goals. We encourage you to review the new booklet and simply let us know how you would like to evolve your membership today.

Thank you for your continued support of The Chamber and investment in our community. We look forward to continuing to serve you, your business and the region for the years to come.

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REVIVE CHIROPRACTIC Growth Member Chamber are the On September 1, if you haven’t selected a membership level, The Chamber will automatically transition your business to a level based on your current dues and engagement. Scan for booklet Schedule a meeting with our Engagement Team


In April, The Chamber hosted what is widely recognized as the region’s most effective networking opportunityBusiness After Hours! Members of the business community joined together at the Delta by Marriott to meet top business leaders, mingle among trade show booths, network with peers – all while enjoying delicious appetizers and cocktails.

Various booths had games and activities for attendees to enjoy, such as mini golf or spin-the-wheel! Not only did our booth sponsors bring

excitement and energy with their activities, but they also gave away door prizes to attendees. From gift cards to concert tickets, you’ll want to make sure you attend our next Business After Hours for your chance to win next time! Be sure to come to our September Business After Hours event, where you can network, learn about local businesses and most of all – have fun!

Why register?

• Network and make new connections

• Snack on apps and visit the cash bar

• Enjoy two free drinks with your registration

• Enter to win door prizes from vendors

• Visit our sponsor and other booths to learn more about local businesses

• Support and learn about other Chamber members

• Relax in the casual environment after work and end your day on a great note

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June 20 marked The Chamber’s 12th annual Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks. On this sunny day, families enjoyed a complimentary picnic, fun with balloon and tattoo artists and inflatables for children!

Molly Gilbert and her two daughters, Lydia (7) and Emersyn (3) set the stage by throwing the first honorary pitch for the Redhawks on this special evening.

Molly and her daughters are keeping busy while husband and father, Joe Gilbert, is away for military deployment. Joe is a Staff Sergent with the 191 Military Police. The family enjoys spending time together at the lake, but of course, it isn’t the same without Joe there. The family has a paper chain counting down the days until Joe returns home, ready for a pontoon ride.

The Chamber prioritizes and supports its local service members and their families. Because Molly and her girls were ready and willing to help out and throw the honorary first pitch, we at The Chamber thought we would do something kind in return to boost their spirits while Joe is away.

Before Molly, Lydia and Emersyn threw the first pitch, our announcer asked the stadium to bring their attention to the video board for a special message. It was Joe. After working with the Minnesota Army National Guard, The Chamber was able to get a video from Joe to play on screen at Military Appreciation Night as a way to thank the Gilberts for throwing the first pitch.

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Specialist Elijah O’Sullivan, a member of the North Dakota National Guard’s 188th Army Band, sang the National Anthem at the event.

Military recruits sworn in as Second Lieutenants and Future Warriors

Red River Quilters honor veteran brothers, Joe and Gary Speidel, with Quilts of Valor




Advanced Auto Body & Glass | American Crystal Sugar Company | Bayer Crop Science | Bruce Furness Capital Credit Union | Cass County Electric Cooperative | CorVent Medical, Inc. | Corwin Wilson Management

Eye Consultants of ND | Far From Normal | Fargo AirSho | Fargo Jet Center | First United Bank | Gate City Bank

Glass Doctor Auto Fargo | Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home | Harley Davidson Fargo | High Point Networks

Humana | Jeff’s Plumbing & Drain Cleaning | Johnsen Trailer Sales | Lowry Engineering | Luther Family

Nan Peuser | McGough | MGD Consulting | Miller & Sons Drywall, Inc. | Moorhead Economic Development Authority

MWC Advertising of FM | Rose Management | Schumacher Goodyear | Stenerson Bros. Lumber

Strata Corporation | Taxman | United Savings Credit Union



May 25, 2023 - What a fantastic day at Minnesota State University Moorhead! The annual Corporate Cup event brings together Fargo Moorhead West Fargo business for a day of fun in the sun topped off with some friendly competition. Thank you to all of the teams for coming out to enjoy the day, and a special thank you goes out to our volunteers and sponsors for making this event possible.

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The Midwest plays a critical role in agriculture. As an agricultural hub that the world relies on for essential crops, livestock, equipment and other products, it is vital to have conversations that convene leaders and policymakers to promote and protect this sector. The Chamber organizes the annual Midwest Agriculture Summit to inform community members and drive conversation to influence the agriculture sector.

June 6, community members gathered at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds to hear from experts and policymakers from across the region and nation as they unpacked, discussed and took an in-depth look at the dynamic facets of the agricultural sector, including policies and pressing issues. Not only was this event available to the FMWF Metro, but it was also available via livestream, bringing in virtual attendees from across the country to listen to and watch this important event.

Dr. Walter Kemmsies opened as keynote speaker for the 2023 Midwest Agriculture Summit. Kemmsies laid the groundwork by introducing his presentation on What Matters Most to U.S. Agriculture. Kemmsies used his time on stage to clarify the mixed messages that often float around the topics of the U.S. economy, inflation and workforce.

Dr. Greg Lardy moderated the Farm Bill Panel as Dr. Scott Brown and Collin Peterson shared the importance of working together when it comes to the legislative process. It has been extremely vital to get folks concerned about nutrition to be on board with policies outlined within the farm bill, as there have been issues in the past getting the two on the same page for farm policy needs.

“You can’t get a farm bill done without bipartisan support,” Peterson explained. “You can’t do farm policy without having both parties at the table.” Because the debt ceiling is being addressed in a new bill, the likelihood of the farm bill getting done in 2023 is higher, as the debt ceiling bill helps nutrition programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) expand their funding. This is great news for the agriculture sector, because, as Peterson later explained, “SNAP and nutrition need to be aligned to the farm bill for it to succeed.”

When asked about the programs making the most significant impact on the farm bill, Peterson said, “Crop insurance. Crop insurance. Crop insurance. I think there is no question in our part of the world that that is the safety net. That has been probably the most important thing our farmers rely on.”

Dr. Scott Brown and Collin Peterson greatly advocated for our Midwestern farmers, as they discussed and dissected the need for crop insurance to be properly implemented into the Farm Bill. The two dove into the intricacies of the varying climates of the United States and their different needs for safety nets, the volatile shifts we see in the agricultural markets, and other factors that can make it difficult to find a one-size-fits-all solution.

The Kemmsies Group
“It’s harder and harder to build safety nets that work in the volatile world we live in today”
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“This is an opportunity to put this region in a super charge position and to maintain that level of low-cost production agriculture, as well as position us globally as far as being a technology leader.”


odd O’Hair, Montana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Todd’ O’Hair and RDO Equipment Co. President of Field Technology, Adam Gilbertson drove conversation around the future of North Dakota technology and agriculture. The pair discussed how North Dakota and Montana each have strengths that together would position the two states well when it comes to agriculture and technology.

“This is an opportunity to set the new course for how we will be competitive in the United States, how we will be competitive globally,” claimed Gilbertson. “While I’m a native of the Red River Valley - grew up in this area, went to college here, came through the ROTC program at NDSU, I actually live in Billings, Montana.”

He continued on say, “Being able to partner in this effort together, bringing the state’s together, and working ith a number of business across the region is a pretty exciting thing for us all to be involved in.”

Following O’Hair and Gilbertson, the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) panel took the stage to discuss ESG in our region. Panelists included Jared Knock, Business

Developer at AgSpire; Michael Reese, Director at the West Central Research and Outreach Center; Kayla Ver Helst, Sustainability Office at Bank of North Dakota; and moderator, Jeff Schmidt, Chief Risk Officer for AgCountry.

The panel explored the multifaceted aspects of ESG, including challenges and opportunities presented for businesses across various sectors.

To close out the event, Collin Peterson returned to the stage with USDA Undersecretary, Xochitl Torres Small, to discuss rural development and the diversity of rural America. From affordable housing to high speed internet, Torres Small dove into the various facets of rural development needs and shared her thoughts on just how to serve this demographic.

“So much of what we do relies on having a relationship with you.”


Under Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture

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American Federal Bank | Bank of North Dakota Bobcat Company | Eide Bailly LLP | Ellingson Companies NDSU | RDO / R.D. Offutt Company

The growth potential of this regional series is immense. If you think your business can help our region elevate the visibility, reach and impact of this series, please get in touch with Tyler Fischbach at The Chamber at The stronger our storytelling and awareness are for this series, the stronger our regional voice and presence become.

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The Chamber was proud to partner with Grand Farm and Bushel to bring AgTech Week to the FMWF region from June 5 to 9. The week started with a VIP social at the RDO Tower that included speakers and sponsors of the Midwest Ag Summit, elected officials, leadership from our educational institutions and additional agriculture partners from the region. We were also honored to welcome a delegation from Montana to our community for the

week, as our two states formalize a Headwaters Tech Hub partnership to position our region as a national and global leader in technology.

After The Chamber’s Midwest Agriculture Summit, the week continued strong with Bushel’s Buddy Seat Conference and Grand Farm’s Cultivate Conference. Agriculture is a cornerstone of the Midwest’s economy, history and future vitality, and we look forward to building upon these strong partnerships to

not only showcase how the FMWF area is leading in Ag and AgTech, but to promote continued innovation, growth and prosperity in the sector.

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MIDWES T Cybersecurity & Technology Summit

Thursday, August 17, 2023

The intersection of technology across Midwestern industries is crucial to sustaining the region’s competitive advantage. Communities must continue to prioritize technology and innovation to remain stable and secure. Whether it be on the farm, in the warehouse or in the storefront, industry leaders are taking the next step forward. The Midwest Cybersecurity & Technology Summit will bring together key lawmakers, industry leaders and economic experts to take part in a cutting-edge discussion.


Power Cyber: The Symbiotic Relationship among Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing



Join us for an uplifting afternoon dedicated to celebrating all that we have accomplished together over the past year, recognizing and thanking our countless volunteers and looking ahead to what the next year has in store. It’s a time to reflect, celebrate, laugh and network with community champions and Chamber volunteers as we also make time to honor our Legacy Leader.

Each year, the Legacy Leader Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the community. We will be announcing the 2023 Legacy Leader soon! Many of you will certainly know who this year’s recipient is, and for those of you who don’t, you will be blown away by their contributions to our great community.

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The Chamber announced the 2023 ChamberChoice award winners at the annual award ceremony on Friday, May 19. The ChamberChoice Awards recognize the best of the best when it comes to businesses in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area. These organizations are making a significant impact, driving economic growth and creating a unique, competitive and vibrant region for us all to live, work and do business in.

For the 2023 ChamberChoice Awards, we brought in a dynamic duo to take us through this year’s unforgettable awards show. Kurtis Karn and Eric Piela have an established history of working together to emcee impactful events and entertain large crowds in the FMWF area. Throughout the afternoon, Piela and Karn led the show with great energy and fun through their skits, commentary and ability to make the audience laugh.

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FMWFCHAMBER.COM | In Case You Missed It | 21 | | ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winners ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winners Small Business of the Year The Pines Weddings & Events Business of the Year Flint Group Non-Profit of the Year GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo Young Professionals Best Place to Work AdShark Marketing Emerging Business of the Year Lumen Vision Resilient Business of the Year Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion Cultural Diversity Resources People’s Choice Go Promo Congratulations to our 2023 ChamberChoice award winners! These organizations exemplify excellence through proven growth or stability, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements. PREMIER SPONSORS Alerus | Allegro Group | American Federal Bank | Beyond Realty | Bobcat Company | Border States | Cass County Electric Cooperative | Chezy Choice Bank | Cornerstone Bank | Delta by Marriott | Eide Bailly LLP | Emerging Prairie | EPIC Companies | F5 Project First International Bank & Trust | First Western Bank & Trust | Fraser, Ltd. | Heartland Trust Company | Heritage Homes | Light Consulting Make A Wish Foundation of ND | Marvin | MWC Advertising of FM | Sanford Health | Smartt Interior Construction, LLC TNT Kids Fitness & Gymnastics | TrueNorth Steel | Wanzek | Widmer Roel | YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties CORPORATE SPONSORS Tom Dawson of Marsh McLennan Agency and Roger Reierson of Flint Group kicked off the 2023 ChamberChoice Awards with a fun, energizing skit that got the crowd prepared to celebrate our business community!

Small Business of the Year

This year’s Small Business of the Year, The Pines Wedding and Events, was founded with a passion for design and unique social experiences. Within three short years, this small business hosted hundreds of weddings and events, won multiple awards and was ready to expand. So, in 2022, The Pines unveiled the finished product of Pines Black, which is another venue available on site. This update also included site-wide property improvements.

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With the additional on-site venue, The Pines has found success through increased bookings and referred clientele. As a result, overall revenue and profitability have seen consistent growth year to year. With the addition of Pines Black came an opportunity to double the Pines’ event capacity, making it the region’s best and largest capacity wedding venue property.

Not only did capacity grow, but so did the need for enhanced staffing structure and operational procedures. The Pines expanded their staff in order to focus on client acquisition, enhanced marketing and an unparalleled customer experience. The Pines takes great pride in their remarkable team and the reputation they have formed.

Like many businesses, The Pines faced adversity during the COVID-19 pandemic, because their venue is known for having high capacities and bringing large groups of people together. Facing this adversity with grace, The Pines consulted each client and allowed flexibility to move dates, assisted with re-envisioning events and sometimes even added a second date to give client’s the opportunity to celebrate their big day at a later time.

The Pines has been voted the Best Wedding and Event Venue of the Red River Valley four years in a row, claiming the title in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. The Pines has left an impact on the local wedding and event industry, following their goal and mission to “Build Experiences That Last a Lifetime.”


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Business of the Year

Established in 1946, Flint Group has adapted to the changing industry landscape, invested in technology and talent, and adopted a proactive approach to innovation that has allowed it to be well-positioned for power and success in the marketing industry.

Flint’s commitment to its employees shines through in a variety of ways. From 2019 to 2023, Flint saw an increase to 165 employees compared to 72 two years prior. Not only that, but Flint also invests in training and development for employees through an internal Continuing Education Credits program, which helps existing employees upskill and reskill within their field to stay at the top of their game in this competitive, ever-changing industry.

Over the past five years, Flint has achieved substantial annual growth, which speaks to its commitment to providing exceptional service and results. While Flint has succeeded in growing a consistent client base, they have also retained key accounts that date back to the 1940s.

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This success hasn’t come without its share of challenges though. Flint has faced several challenges due to changes in the industry landscape, such as the rise of digital media, decline of traditional advertising channels and increased competition from new players. To remain competitive in a fastpaced digital landscape with increasing client expectations, Flint operates in an agile manner and takes a proactive approach to innovation.

Flint’s values reflect collaboration, growth and hard work. Whether it is with an employee or a client, Flint remains committed to doing the right thing and having the heart it takes to do it well. Clients enjoy working with Flint because they know how to listen, work and simplify the complexities. Employees enjoy working at Flint because of the commitment to a work-life balance, continuous learning and overall employee satisfaction within their jobs.

Flint has been a rockstar this year, growing and adapting, fighting and overcoming, collaborating and celebrating. Well, let’s give them one more thing to celebrate this year. Congrats to our 2023 ChamberChoice Business of the Year, Flint Group!


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Non-Profit of the Year

Your 2023 Non-profit of the year, GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo, is North Dakota’s only Down Syndrome Achievement Center offering customized, research-based programming that is geared specifically to the way individuals with Down syndrome learn best.

GiGi’s mission is to increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational and therapeutic programs, resources and by empowering individuals of all ages with Down syndrome, as well as their families and the community.

Since 2015, GiGi’s has positively impacted the lives of over 206 families and individuals with direct support and intentional programming.

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In May of 2021, GiGi’s met devastation, as their center and all optimal learning resources were lost to a fire. What they didn’t lose - was hope.

Despite losing their facility and resources, the team was mission-driven to support its families and share their story, with the community’s support, to help rebuild.

There were over 4,000 unique donors that supported the rebuild after the loss of the center, and 37% of those donors were new to the organization, believing in their mission and efforts to fulfill the lifetime commitment to the families they serve.

Prior to the 2021 fire, GiGi’s welcomed 38 unique families a month. After reopening their doors in October of 2022, in an inspiring comeback after the fire, GiGi’s welcomed 13 new families and supported 65 total unique families each month with over 3,500 volunteer hours being contributed to the success of programs, operations and rebuilding efforts. Ninety seven percent of the organization’s work is accomplished through the hard work and dedication of volunteers.

Thanks to the tenacity of GiGi’s Playhouse and those in our community who have dedicated their time and talents to this organization, individuals with Down syndrome and their families can achieve their greatest potential with confidence, independence and joy.


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Young Professionals Best Place to Work of the Year

Workplace culture has become a major priority for jobseekers, especially young professionals. Employees want to feel valued and cared for within their workplace. They want to work somewhere fun, uplifting and flexible. AdShark Marketing is just the place!

Throughout the entire 10-year course of AdShark’s history, guess how many employees have chosen to leave the organization? Only two. It’s clear that AdShark has been doing something right!

AdShark has proven itself to be the 2023 Young Professionals Best Place to Work with their abundant employee recruitment and retention efforts.

To advocate for its employees, AdShark has worked diligently to improve and implement employee benefits, career opportunities, profit sharing, team building, training opportunities, community involvement, flexibility for staff and more.

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Due to this business’s dedication to communication, training and goal setting – this team has various members who are climbing the ladder of success with each step they take.

AdShark currently has three managers and three senior level employees who are all young professionals who have grown into their current title and role.

Not only that - but 94% of this business’s employees are young professionals under the age of 40.

This group is always growing, professionally and in numbers. The company continues to add new clients and expand their service offerings, really allowing the entire team to mold the direction of the business.

Not only does AdShark strive to care for its employees, but it also prioritizes the community. In 2022, a group of AdShark’s young professionals helped create the AdShark Community Committee, a group that focuses on attending community events, volunteer work with and for nonprofits, in-kind sponsorships, donations and connecting with schools.

It is clear that AdShark Marketing is a great pick for our 2023 ChamberChoice Young Professionals Best Place to Work.


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Emerging Business of the Year

Lumen Vision was founded in 2020 by Dr. Ryan Capouch, Fellowship-Certified Pediatric and Vision Therapy Optometrist.

Previously, Dr. Capouch trained in family practice and pediatric optometry and found his passion for developmental optometry, a branch

of eye care that treats school-aged children, athletes and brain injury patients. His desire to help patients meet their potential, alongside the increasing demand for his unique approach to vision therapy, led to the creation of Lumen Vision.

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This small but mighty business has nine full time employees who put in great work, performing an average of exams, glasses sold and vision therapy at a rate within the 99th percentile of all vision therapy and pediatric clinics in the entire country.

Lumen’s unique approach to vision therapy treatment has garnered attention in the region because of their ability to complete treatment in less than half the average treatment time.

Lumen has a bright team with a priority placed on culture and employee relations.

Lumen’s mission is to help children and their families build a brighter future through comprehensive eye care and optometric vision therapy. Dr. Capouch’s philosophy is that a happy team makes happy clients. Dr. Capouch knows how valuable his team is and strives to show his appreciation for not only the important work his team is doing, but for the amazing people they are.


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Resilient Business of the Year

Businesses face challenges every day, but what sets a business apart is its ability to overcome those challenges and succeed.

This year’s ChamberChoice Resilient Business, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND), has demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond - to truly face adversity and rise above it.

Perhaps this is due to their commitment to North Dakotans, whereas they strive to provide a new level of health and well-being across the state. Whether it’s an everyday meeting or a significant decision, the team at BCBSND always challenges themselves by asking, “How does this serve our members and the overall health and well-being of North Dakota?”

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By leaning into their mission, vision statements and six corporate values of integrity, effective collaboration, service excellence, constant innovation, responsible stewardship and enthusiasm – this business stays grounded to their purpose and decision-making strategies.

BCBSND has adapted to a changing work environment and taken major steps to embrace this shift. This is proven through the sharing of their Fargo headquarters with sister company, Noridian Healthcare Solutions. This consolidation of space has not only led to reduced expenses, but increased collaboration and support between the two companies.

Another significant, yet successful, change for the company has been the implementation of a longterm hybrid workplace model, whereas their staff can embrace change and thrive in whichever environment makes them the most productive. Employees report feeling happier and retention rates have increased due to this change.

BCBSND has also implemented a plan to bring about a solution for those who find themselves facing rising medical costs while seeing limited improvements in health. BlueAlliance fundamentally changes the way we finance health care. Instead of paying fees for every service, this program allows providers to be compensated for care outcomes, which refocuses the model on the value of care rather than volume of care.

By continually revisiting their structure and strategies, BCBSND has overcome many challenges and is equipped to continue to do so, all while preparing for an exciting and effective future, whereas they won’t let anything rain on their parade.


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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion of the Year

Cultural Diversity Resources (CDR) was established in 1994 by community leaders as a proactive regional diversity initiative in response to increased ethnically diverse populations, predominantly refugees resettled in Cass County.

Prior to CDR, there were no existing organizations or programs that addressed both the opportunities and challenges that come along with creating an inclusive community that serves our growing ethnically diverse populations.

CDR’s vision is to build communities that value diversity and inclusion, which perfectly aligns with the heart of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Award.

Not only is it stated in CDR’s name and vision that they are a DEI organization, but it is also represented in their everyday work.

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CDR’s multi-ethnic leadership development provides local businesses and the community with opportunities to connect and utilize the expertise, skills and talents of our increasingly diverse workforce.

CDR provides customized diversity training, as well as programs that improve knowledge, skills and self-esteem for individuals in poverty to help them gain jobs and become financially literate and selfsufficient.

In 2022, CDR partnered with Neighborhood Development Center of the Twin Cities to conduct entrepreneurship training for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, also referred to as BIPOC. This entrepreneurship training provides guidance for starting small businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead area in collaboration with local small business associations.

CDR works alongside community partners to pursue educational activities related to diversity and inclusion, such as diversity training for the general public, financial literacy education, bilingual interpretation, cultural events, as well as organizational capacity building, training and mentoring opportunities.

CDR has been a key player in the FMWF area, being awarded and recognized for its excellence in diversity and inclusive activities contributing to high quality of life. CDR’s dedication to being Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive really shines, and that is why they are deserving of this year’s DEI Award.


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People’s Choice

You voted – you decided. This year’s People’s Choice Award Winner is Go Promo - a partner who helps organizations, businesses and schools promote themselves through the creative use of imprinted apparel and promotional products.

For Go Promo, brand awareness is the name of the game. They are dedicated to helping their clients build and elevate their brands through custom company web stores with warehousing and fulfillment, screen printed and embroidered apparel, company swag and so much more.

Go Promo’s guiding principles allow them the ability to provide brand-boosting promotional solutions that strengthen relationships between brands and their target audiences.

This brand boosting, swag-selling and creative promotion agency has exceeded their sales goals every year since they were founded in 2012. With fewer than 15 employees, Go Promo’s sales performance has been phenomenal and is unheard of in the industry!

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By positioning themselves as a partner rather than a vendor, Go Promo has truly developed long-lasting relationships with their clients in our community. It’s no secret Go Promo is committed to their clients. They provide over the top customer service to the point that they end up befriending their clients outside of the workplace.

Like many successful businesses, Go Promo has had to face their own adversity. For example, this business has grown exponentially in the last 10 years, and as a result, they had to learn to balance a heavy workload with limited employees.

Not to worry, this tenacious team committed to investing in automated systems to track warehoused inventory on web stores and devising internal systems to keep track of jobs in production – this has provided a great lift off the shoulders of this limited staff.

Go Promo has an unwavering commitment to maintaining a healthy work-life balance and flexibility for employees. Being that the company was founded by two brothers, it is no surprise that Go Promo has such a commitment to its team members, their families and the community.

By empowering employees to be creative and think outside the box, they have a direct impact on the FMWF community. Whether it be presenting a check to Landon’s Light Foundation, cheering on the West Fargo Packers or handing out t-shirts for a fundraiser – they are doing work that matters and leaving an impact on our community!

Establishing itself as a committed community partner and a strong small business, Go Promo has earned its place as the 2023 People’s Choices Award winner!


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For more than three decades, Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo (LFMWF) has been instrumental in fostering the growth and influence of individuals who shape and transform the community through their unwavering commitment and service. Our alumni occupy distinguished positions in public leadership, while numerous others actively contribute to the betterment of the community as board members, enthusiastic volunteers and dedicated employees. Annually, LFMWF carefully handpicks 40 emerging and established leaders from diverse sectors to engage in a comprehensive 10-month program.

LFMWF offers individuals a valuable platform to cultivate a diverse network of individuals who share a common dedication to community advancement and personal development. LFMWF nurtures the growth of this exceptional network, comprising passionate and knowledgeable leaders. Through the program, emerging and established community leaders gain exposure to the challenges faced by our region, while being motivated and inspired to enhance the community through service and leadership. With the community as their classroom, participants:

• Develop long-lasting relationships with other leaders.

• Discover the inner workings of our community and challenges facing our community.

• Define your individual role and responsibility as a leader within our community.



Ricot Aladin

Michael Amundson

Cavin Berube

Preston Braathen

Patrick Buell

Ian Bullis

Stephanie D’Ambrosio

Ben Doyle

Bernt Eidsmoe

Zach Frappier

Eric Fritchman

Ashley Goebel

Daniel Gunderson

Justin Gustofson

Ryan Johnson

Eric Johnson

Kate Klemetson

Alexandra Larson

Laura Maeyaert

Jodi McGregor

Jake Miller

Kali Mork

Ruth Navarro

Madison Quamme

Brett Rathbone

Brett Saladin

Zachary Sandbakken

Jordan Sauvageau

Brooklyn Sirek

Mark Sorenson

Steven Strack

Tyler Toy

Bailey Voge

JoVal Wettlaufer

Alyssa Wixo

Shari Zimbelman



Each year, groups are formed to work together on projects that will positively impact the community. This year, our seven groups developed various projects that were all a great success.

* Denotes project creator



Cavin Berube, Zach Frappier, Justin Gustofson, Alexandra Larson, Brett Rathbone, *Alyssa Wixo

Mission: To better connect our local educators with the community support and resources they need to best serve their students.



*Ashley Goebel, Eric Johnson, Kate Klemetson, Laura Maeyaert Madison Quamme

Mission: To bring the younger and older generations together in unique settings to learn from each other, share experiences and build meaningful relationships.


Members: Patrick Buell, * Stephanie D’Ambrosio, Dan Gunderson, Kali Mork, Brett Saladin

Mission: To provide an opportunity for youth in our community to experience a unique athletic event that can open their eyes to a new set of dreams.



Preston Braathen, *Eric Fritchman, Mark Sorensen, Tyler Toy

Mission: To provide financial literacy to high school students to prepare them for important realworld responsibilities and scenarios.



Ricot Aladin, Ben Doyle, *JoVal Wettlaufer, Shari Zimbelman

Mission: To build and stock an in-school pantry for students in need to access everyday items.



Michael Amundson, Bernt Eidsmoe, Bailey Fuchs, *Jake Miller, Jordan Sauvageau, Steven Strack

Mission: To help school-aged children with basic footwear needs.



Ian Bullis, Ryan Johnson, Jodi McGregor, *Ruth Navarro, Zach Sandbakken, Brooklyn Sirek

Mission: To reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions emitted by items left at the landfill and find a positive means of discard for such items.



Folkways is a community-based organization dedicated to fostering a sense of belonging, economic growth and community vitality through the creation of immersive experiences and collaborations. Folkways is known for organizing events such as the Red River Market, Night Bazaar and Christkindlmarkt. Folkways also runs a program called CampusFM, which aims to inspire passion within students for the FM+ area and encourage them to start their careers here after graduation. CampusFM showcases the opportunities and unique experiences in the area, providing students with the tools and resources they need to achieve their career goals.

The Intern Experience runs June through August – if you’re interested in participating in the 2024 cohort, please contact Folkways at

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Folkways values peer-driven community content and interactions, recognizing the importance of meeting students where they are and tailoring their approach to their unique needs. They are committed to building a strong sense of community among students and providing them with resources and support. They believe that by fostering an inclusive and collaborative community, they can empower students to develop the skills and relationships necessary for success in their chosen career paths. One of the ways they do this is through a CampusFM Internship called the Creatorship. The Creatorship is a comprehensive 10-week program aimed at honing students' abilities. The program provides in-depth training on using social media as a potent tool for communication, community engagement and marketing. In a similar vein, Folkways has reintroduced the Intern Experience. This program aligns perfectly with their mission to fortify community bonds, facilitate learning and pave the way for student success.


The Intern Experience, originated by Emerging Prairie, is an enriching 10-week skill development program. Businesses can enroll their interns in this immersive journey to provide them with a fulfilling and enriching internship experience that equips them for future success. With weekly two-hour sessions, interns can expect to build professional skills, navigate real-world challenges and gain valuable insights from industry professionals. The program focuses on fostering a strong sense of community, setting and achieving SMART goals, managing time effectively, navigating ambiguity, embracing feedback and honing emotional intelligence, all while offering opportunities to network with local leaders and envision life as a young professional. This immersive journey is dedicated to equipping interns with the necessary tools and connections for career and personal success, thereby strengthening company culture, boosting performance and contributing to the local economy. Folkways partners with Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation and Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce (FMWF Chamber) to bring this transformative experience to life.

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Where are they now?

This is Sophia Richards. You may remember her from her time with us at The Chamber! Sophia served as a social media and content creation intern with The Chamber for two semesters. She will be graduating from NDSU this year with her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication.

While at The Chamber, Richards assisted with social media work, event photography, writing and photo and video editing. Richards explained that she enjoyed her time at The Chamber, as she was given an opportunity to grow and learn, as well as impact the community. “Getting to create social media content for The Chamber was my favorite aspect of my role,” Richards explained. “The Chamber’s amazing professional development and networking opportunities and educational events are so important to the community, and getting to share that with our followers and members was extremely impactful.”

Within her role at The Chamber, Richards claimed that it really prepared her for her next step in the professional landscape. “I learned how to conduct myself as a young professional, how to take direction and how to network and communicate with people,” Richards said. “I even met my new boss at a Business After Hours event, which happened to be my favorite networking event.” Not only did she learn professional skills, but she also had the opportunity to hone in on her stage presence, conducting interviews with Chamber members and event sponsors, which was great practice for her new role.

Richards now serves as host and producer of North Dakota Today, the morning show for Valley News

Live in Fargo. Within this role, she researches ideas for live segments and gets them across the finish line, interviewing guests, filming content and producing the show. When asked about her favorite part of her job, Richards said, “getting to highlight all of the amazing events, organizations and individuals in our community by featuring them on the show.”

Looking ahead to the future, Richards hopes to complete The Chamber’s FMWF Leadership program to take her professional development, connections and community impact to the next level. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT LEADERSHIP FMWF ON PAGE 38. When asked if she were to offer any advice to current interns who aspire to achieve success mirroring her own, Richards encourages that interns, “work hard and make connections,” She stated, “Part of being an intern is seeing how well you fit in with the work culture and making an effort to get to know your coworkers is a big aspect of that.”

Having interns at your company is a great opportunity for businesses and young adults alike. The Chamber proudly hires interns each year to assist with the vital work it takes to serve the community. Richards was part of The Chamber’s internship program for several months and she hopes to see more businesses adopting internship programs for young adults. “Having an intern program is extremely rewarding for both the company and the interns,” Richards explained. “Interns can bring ideas and an extra set of helping hands to your business. Who doesn’t need that?”

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It is our belief that a community influenced by young professionals is a community that attracts and retains them. The core to the Young Professionals Network’s strategic agenda is the belief that the more informed, involved and networked young professionals are, the more influence they will have on the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community. This network is home to the leaders and influencers of tomorrow.

Through the Young Professionals Network, you have the opportunity to meet people you would never

otherwise have met, learn about businesses you never would have known about and participate in events that never would have known existed. You have access to numerous business training programs and can learn about the happenings in the community that will have an impact on your life.

Young Professionals Network hosts various events throughout the year, such as networking events like Lattes with Leaders and Morning Buzz, as well as one of The Chamber’s biggest events of the year - CORPORATE CUP!

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Connecting Our Workforce

The technology platform serving the greater Ignite Workforce Initiative

Since its launch in October 2021, the IgniteFMWF platform has played a vital role in our comprehensive workforce initiative. We have actively engaged with the community, listening to workforce needs and making necessary adjustments to meet those demands. Throughout the year, we conducted eight workshops across eight highdemand industries, hosted over 20 training sessions and invested more than 450 hours in individual meetings with users, including educators, businesses, non-profits and government agencies.

Over the past fiscal year, we have worked closely with regional educators to ensure that IgniteFMWF fulfills their needs. In our pursuit of continuous improvement, we are thrilled to announce the implementation of a new and efficient back-end data management system in Q3 of FY 22-23. This significant update streamlines classroom management and assignments, incorporating valuable insights gathered from our collaboration with business members and educators.

Building upon our progress, we have actively engaged with businesses throughout Q2 of FY 22-23, facilitating their smooth onboarding process onto the platform. By tailoring IgniteFMWF to their specific needs, we aim to enhance their experience and unlock the platform’s maximum potential. Our current focus revolves around increasing individual usership, ensuring that more educators and students can benefit from its features. Additionally, we are actively working

towards onboarding nonprofit organizations into our regional workforce ecosystem, fostering a collaborative environment for comprehensive workforce development. Here are some exciting statistics highlighting our progress year-to-date compared to Fiscal Year 21-22:

• A remarkable 471% increase in active logins.

• An impressive 291% increase in overall activity.

• A substantial 203% increase in job seeker activity.

• An average of 117 new users per month.

IgniteFMWF continues to evolve as a dynamic force in the realm of workforce development, empowering educators, businesses, and nonprofit organizations alike. As we look towards the future, we need your help. Please take a moment to build a profile for yourself or your business on the platform. Together, we can drive progress and create a brighter future for our regional workforce.

Stay tuned for further updates, and join us as we help strengthen workforce development with IgniteFMWF.

Get your account and profile started today at


Innovative Partnership

An initiative to transform ag economic development and solve global food challenges

The Chamber is participating in a groundbreaking AgTech innovation partnership.

The Chamber is joining forces with NDSU, Grand Farm and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC) to be the Northern Plains AgTech Engine for Food Systems Adapted for Resiliency and Maximized Security (FARMS).

On June 14, The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that FARMS is one of 34 semifinalists in the competition from an original pool of 188 projects that span nearly all key technology areas and societal and economic challenges highlighted in the CHIPS and Science Act.

The primary objective of the FARMS proposal is to optimize and leverage the existing agricultural opportunities and the AgTech ecosystem in North Dakota to best address global food challenges. The project will work to offset a diminishing agricultural workforce by improving farming efficiencies, maintaining/increasing yields, reducing environmental impacts and enhancing ecosystems services.

Submitted in early 2023, the proposal aims to accelerate economic development in agriculture while focusing on issues such as food security and production for a rapidly growing global population. Partnerships, including those with North Dakota higher education institutions, are featured prominently and include United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) and Nueta Hidatsa

Sahnish College from the North Dakota Tribal College System (NDTCS); University of North Dakota, Bismarck State College and North Dakota State College of Science from the North Dakota University System (NDUS). Private sector and government partnerships were also key components of the project.

Executive Director of The FMWF Chamber Foundation, Jenna Mueller, is co-lead for education and workforce development on the project and brings expertise running the federal Good Jobs Challenge. “Our region boasts a wealth of AgTech Innovation pioneers, yet the prospect of nurturing and propelling their expertise, while equipping present and upcoming talents to become global frontrunners, is truly exhilarating. This endeavor will not only bolster North Dakota’s workforce and economic development but also cement its position as a leading force in the AgTech landscape,” Mueller said. “The project’s inclusive vision will lead to equitable agricultural opportunities for New Americans, Tribal citizens, veterans and others.”

Joining Mueller as co-lead in this area is NDSU Professor and Chair of NDSU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Leon Schumacher.

Grand Farm Director Brian Carroll and GFMEDC Chief Business Development Officer Ryan Aasheim are co-leading stakeholders and partnerships. NDSU Professor and genomicist Phillip McClean will serve as the Research and Development lead. ND EPSCoR Executive Director Jolynne Tschetter will lead the process of working with industry partners on commercializing research. NDSU Associate Professor Hollie Mackey and NDSU Director of Tribal Partnerships Sheridan McNeil will co-lead the involvement of Tribal Colleges, Universities and Tribal communities, incorporating best practices to integrate and reinforce this connection at all levels.

The NSF’s Engines program is designed to catalyze and foster innovation ecosystems throughout the U.S. Its goals include advancing critical technologies; addressing national and societal challenges; cultivating partnerships among industry, academia, government, nonprofits, civil society and communities of practice; promoting economic growth and job creation; and fostering regional innovation and talent. Engines support use-inspired research, translating innovation into practice and workforce development while prioritizing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Interested in partnering with FARMS?

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Prior to the legislative session, The Chamber hosted multiple meetings with members, local elected officials, and key business and community leaders to identify and develop strategies to ensure our region’s top opportunities and challenges were at the forefront of this legislative session.

This session, The Chamber spent considerable time at the Minnesota Capitol advocating for these priorities, building relationships, meeting with elected officials and lobbying on behalf of the Clay County area and our business community. The Chamber’s top priorities for the Minnesota Legislative Session are listed on the next page.

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Legislative Review MN

On April 12, 2023, Chamber President and CEO Shannon Full, Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson and Clay County Commissioner Jenny Mongeau hosted a Minnesota business roundtable with over 35 area leaders to discuss priorities and hear direct input from Chamber members, business owners and citizens in Clay County.

The Chamber’s 2023

Minnesota Legislative Priorities

• Comprehensive Workforce Solutions

• Quality, Accessible & Affordable Child Care

• Building a Community for the Future

• Business & Community Vitality

If you want to read or watch the full Chamber recap for the Minnesota legislative session, scan the QR code

Doug Restemayer from D-S Beverages in Moorhead speaks against the proposed mandatory paid leave program in Minnesota during The Chamber’s press conference at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023.

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(Photo: David Samson, The Forum)

Prior to the legislative session, The Chamber hosted multiple meetings with members, local elected officials, and key business and community leaders to identify and develop strategies to ensure our region’s top opportunities and challenges were at the forefront of this legislative session.

This session, The Chamber spent considerable time at the North Dakota Capitol advocating for these priorities, building relationships, meeting with elected officials, testifying on bills and lobbying on behalf of Cass County and our business community. The Chamber’s top priorities for the 2023 North Dakota legislative session are listed on the next page.

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The Chamber’s 2023 Minnesota Legislative Priorities

• Comprehensive Workforce Solutions

• Quality, Accessible & Affordable Child Care

• Competitive Educational Systems

• Business & Community Vitality

If you want to read or watch the full Chamber recap for the North Dakota legislative session, scan the QR code

FMWF Chamber Executive Vice President, Katherine Grindberg testifying before a North Dakota House Appropriation sub-committee.

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The Chamber and FMWF business leaders meet with North Dakota legislators and state officials at The Capitol during the ND legislative session to discuss and advance our region’s priorities.


In case you missed it, on Tuesday, April 25, Kerry Petsinger took the stage to inspire and empower the Women Connect Community.

Petsinger’s routine strategies are used by Olympic athletes and other world-class peak performers to master their inner game and achieve high levels of performance without burnout.

She gave an empowering presentation that left attendees feeling inspired and excited, greatly emphasizing the importance of a

powerful morning routine. Petsinger shared the backstory of her methods, discussing how celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and athletes like Michael Phelps have also used strategies similar to hers. What was interesting was that every person she researched had commonalities in their strong sense of purpose and passion. Every single person had a power morning routine.

“Not everyone is born great, and it is through practice, precision and intentionality that people fill into who they are meant to be.”


May 23, Karla Isley presented The Power of Community. The Power of Women. to teach attendees how to uncover their potential to influence their community, touching on her personal experience growing through her professional life, the nonprofit world and volunteer work.

The presentation was highly engaging, with activities for the audience to directly practice Isley’s ideas while at the event. The main activity allowed the audience to

look within and identify their values, whereas they started off by listing 10 values. And then five. And

“When your values are clear, making decisions become easier.” Isley highlighted the importance of being able to recognize all of your values, as well as hold the ability to narrow those values down in order to make decisions based on what is most important to you.

Isley encourages you to look within to discover your values, because unveiling your power isn’t too much

Petsinger showed the Women Connect community that their mindset starts with their morning. She encourages us all to be intentional with our morning routine, for we too can live our lives feeling purpose-driven, powerful, present and productive.

farther than that. Identify the values within yourself, the people you spend time with and the organizations you serve. Open your eyes, mind and heart to The Power of Community. The Power of Women.

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Part 1: North Dakota

May 2, The Chamber’s Eggs and Issues series welcomed the business community to learn about higher education in the state of North Dakota, as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the North Dakota University System.

May Eggs and Issues brought together two presidents within the North Dakota University System –Dr. David Cook, who serves at a research university (NDSU) and Dr. Rod Flanigan, who serves at a community

college (NDSCS). While these two schools may differ in many ways, they also have many commonalities. They are producing students who meet the needs of our economy and working class. These students are the future of our workforce, so it is important to support North Dakota’s higher education and understand how vital it is to the success of our communities.

Coming this fall: Part 2 - A New Era of Higher Education in Minnesota featuring the presidents of Concordia College, M State and MSUM.

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Welcome to the following businesses who joined The Chamber in April and May!

We thank each of you for your support in our mission and investment in your business and community. Please consider doing business with your fellow Chamber members first!

654 Business Strategies

Business Services

654 Business Strategies is a premier consulting firm that provides customized and innovative solutions to help businesses thrive, through their expertise in strategy development, management consulting and business transformation.

All Embracing Home Care

Home Care Services

All Embracing Home Care offers nonmedical, in-home care services in the Red River Valley. With their help, you or a loved one can live safely and comfortably in familiar surroundings.

Allstar Construction

Contractors – Specialty Services

Allstar Construction serves communities with the following services: Roofing, Siding, Windows & Doors, Gutter Installation, Storm Damage & Leak Repair, Replacements, Renovations, Snow & Ice Dam Removal, Custom & Specialty Work, and more.

Amend Healthcare

Health Care Services

Amend Healthcare is a Family Medicine and Primary Care clinic focused on the health and wellbeing of people of all ages and stages. They specialize in the care of families and individuals through annual wellness visits, acute care visits, chronic disease management, preop exams, and more.

Belle Mae Luxury Skin Studio

Skin care

Belle Ame Luxury Skin Studio in provides customized facials and a variety of skincare treatments. Microdermabrasion, Hydrafacials, Microneedling, Dermaplaning and Chemical Peels are some of the wonderful services provided at Belle Ame.

Bully Brew Coffee

Coffee & Tea

Bully Brew is a coffee lovers’ haven, serving up the most delicious, high-quality coffee, treating every customer like a friend and providing a cozy, friendly environment for studying, hanging out, or just spending time with your family and fur babies.

Crunch Fitness

Fitness Centers

Work out any way you want — Crunch is fit for all. Whether you come to lift weights or drop it like it’s hot, you’ll find everything here to look & feel your best.

FM Services LLC

Cleaning Supplies/Services

FM Services specializes in water mitigation, water damage restoration, mold testing, air sampling, air duct cleaning and more near Fargo and Moorhead. 20 years of experience. Same-day services available.

Funds Access Inc

Internet Services

ATM processing company and credit card processing company. As an independent technology provider, funds access combines investment and distribution know-how with professional IT skills to develop and operate a user-friendly and regulatory compliant technology platform.

HOTWORX Moorhead

Fitness Centers

HOTWORX offers members

unlimited, 24-hour access to a variety of virtually instructed, infrared sauna workouts. Our members achieve their fitness goals with 3D Trainingour powerful combination of heat, infrared energy, and exercise.



Humana is a health insurance company that provides a range of insurance options for individuals. Humana offers Medicare related insurance along with Dental & Vision plans.

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Interim HealthCare

Health Care Services

Interim HealthCare of Fargo approaches every client with the dignity and respect they deserve, with whole-person care that considers the mind, body, spirit, and family. As a Veteran owned, women-owned and family-owned business, Interim is honored to serve the people of our beloved community.



Get your wiggles out! KidCo. is an imagination focused, indoor playland for Kiddos ages 1-8 years old. They play in 90 minutes sessions which have a controlled attendance. Reservations are not required but are highly encouraged (especially on weekends). Adults and infants accompanying their siblings are free.

Kingpinz Social Bowling

An Immersive Family Entertainment Center featuring 14 lanes of HyperBowling, a state-of-the-art arcade, 2-level laser tag area, 4 escape rooms, full service restaurant, 2 bars and a snack trailer! Fun for the whole family, friends or corporate and team-building events!

Lazaderm & Physicians

Vein Clinics

Medical - Clinics

From cutting-edge laser systems for skin rejuvenation, to hair and tattoo removal, to exciting new techniques for non-surgical facelifts and rhinoplasty, Lazaerm clients benefit from the very latest developments in the aesthetics industry.

Nichole’s Fine Pastry


Nichole’s Fine Pastry has been creating small batch baked goods in the European tradition as well as classic American local favorites for over 10 years.

Pampered Texture

Beauty Salons & Barbers

A full service salon & Beauty supply store that specializes in wavy, Curly, and Coily hair textures.

Revive Chiropractic


Revive not only focuses on providing relief from pain and other sources of discomfort. As your lifelong wellness partner, their goal is to keep your body in its healthiest condition so you are better prepared to recover from other conditions down the road.

Saad Janjua Insurance & Financial Services


Saad Janjua can insure a wide variety of assets ranging from home, renters, and auto policies to farms, pets and even at-home day cares.

Shirts from Fargo

Advertising – Promotional Products

Shop custom shirts, embroidery and sublimation locally in Fargo, ND. Create and sell with them or let them make your Fargo custom shirt order.

Valley Vital Medicine

Health Care Services

Valley Vital Medicine is here to push the boundaries of Functional Medicine practice and bring a new system of evaluation where they look deeply with you to find the root cause of your symptoms. Once you decide on your treatment plan together, they will walk your healing journey with you.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Automobile Oil & Lube

Stay-in-your-car full-service oil changes that value your time and focus on convenience for you. Service you can see. Experts you can trust. Valvoline offers a full range of motor oil types from conventional to full synthetic and provides a comprehensive series of preventative maintenance services.

WSB Engineering


WSB is a design and consulting firm specializing in engineering, community planning, environmental and construction services.



Each month, The Chamber hosts a wide variety of events and experiences that focus on a range of key topics centered around the needs and interests of our members and business community. These dynamic offerings are built to educate and engage you and your team while providing unparalleled networking and relationshipbuilding opportunities. Now is the time to get involved!


Housing Insights: Navigating Our Community’s Future

Tuesday, July 11 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. Courtyard by Marriott Moorhead & livestream 1080 28th Ave S, Moorhead


• Erin Lonoff, HR&A Advisors, Inc.


• Rocky Schneider, Chair, Fargo Planning Commission

• Jon Youness, EagleRidge Development

• Bryce Johnson, Home Builders Association

• Erin Lonoff, HR&A Advisors, Inc.

Mental Health & Incarceration

Stay up to date with these programs and our full events calendar at

Tuesday, September 12 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. Courtyard by Marriott Moorhead & livestream 1080 28th Ave S, Moorhead


Community Gathering

Tuesday, July 18 | 5 to 7 p.m. Gooseberry Park - Large Shelter 100 22nd Ave S, Moorhead

Discuss, Connect & Reflect

Tuesday, July 27 | 12 to 1 p.m. Bremer Bank 1444 45th Street S Fargo

Doing it Scared: Overcoming Fear & Building Confidence

Tuesday, July 25 | 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Avalon Events Center & livestream 2525 9th Ave S, Fargo


Morning Buzz

Thursday, July 20 | 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Botanical Brothers 64th 4th St. N, Fargo

YP Week 2023

August 8 – 12

*Over 10 events throughout the week

Aug 7: Mystery Connect Lunch

Aug 7: Business Tour - Suite Shots

Aug 7: Off the Clock Social

Aug 8: Morning Buzz

Aug 9: Lattes with Leaders with Pat Traynor

Aug 9: Mystery Connect Lunch

Aug 10: Ice Cream Social at Eventide

Aug 10: RedHawks Game

Aug 11: Morning Buzz

Aug 11: Ice Cream Social

And more events coming soon!

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 4-6 pm | Delta by Marriott Fargo PREMIER SPONSOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 4-6 pm | Delta by Marriott Fargo TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Noon to 1:30 pm | Delta by Marriott Fargo PREMIER SPONSOR
NOVEMBER 29 8-11 am | Delta by Marriott Fargo
2023 Annual Celebration and Legacy Leader presentation


Dakota Home Care

RELOCATION 1650 45 St S Ste 201 Fargo

Ultimate Transportation

REMODEL 492 36 St SW Fargo

160 Driving Academy

GRAND OPENING 3402 13 Ave S Ste D Fargo

First Community Credit Union

GROUND BREAKING 4521 19 Ave S Fargo

McCulley Optix

RELOCATION 567 32 Ave E West Fargo


Belle Ame Luxury Skin Studio

GRAND OPENING 567 32 Ave E Ste 201 West Fargo

JL Lube Enterprises LLC DBA

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

GROUND BREAKING 3863 53rd Ave S Fargo (No site yet)

Shirts from Fargo

RELOCATION 1501 21 Ave N Fargo

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RELOCATION 3540 38 Ave S Ste G Fargo Valley Vital Medicine
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companies that boost employee morale enjoy lower turnover, better financial performance than industry peers, improved track records on safety and higher quality job applicants.

Prairie Business

will salute the 50 Best Places to Work in its September issue.


your company at by clicking on the BEST PLACES TO WORK link.

Nominate your company through an anonymous employee satisfaction survey. Companies will be rated in areas including benefits, culture and personal job satisfaction. Consideration will be given to the number of nominations received per company. The contest is open to companies and other organizations in the magazine’s readership area, which includes North and South Dakota as well as western Minnesota.

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| MEMBER NEWS | PEOPLE NEWS | 62 | THE BRIDGE July - August 2023
Mark Laxmeter Engineering Technician Katelyn Welle Account Manager Mekenna Erickson Marketing Coordinator Jamie L Bercier REALTOR® Anne Simon VP of Customer Experience Ashley Olson CDC Teacher Kari Boynton Development Coordinator Joshua Neith Avionics Lead Ashley Farmer Executive Assistant Lindsey Stacklie Human Resources Manager Zach Santee Pilot Michael Robinson Aviation Maintenance Technician James Opitz Maintenance Apprentice Mallory Hestdalen Neonatology Specialist Andrew Hermann Line Technician Bo Gullickson Flight Instructor Oakley Eagleson Parts Manufacturer Approval Quality Technician Derrick Christensen Pilot Ramona Adams Controller Lauren Vandal Financial Services Representative Dr. Melissa Headley Audiologist Michelle Franek Family Medicine Specialist Dr. Charles Canver Cardiothoracic Surgeon Sebastian Mustafic REALTOR® Riley Utke Project Manager Heidi Knutson VP of Marketing, Comms & Culture Lindsey Fischer President of Property Mgmt Residential Keegan Ahern Senior Estimator Tom Aspelund Designer - Architecture Ashley Ryberg Cash Management Officer Kaitlyn Ohlhauser Cash Management Supervisor Jon Griffin Chief Executive Officer Lydia Cao REALTOR® APEX ENGINEERING GROUP Patrick Joyce Senior Business Advisor Reggie MacMaster Partner
Matt Labernik Partner



WEST FARGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS VAALER INSURANCE TOWN & COUNTRY CREDIT UNION SPOTLIGHT SPECTRUM AEROMED Erin Spies Principal Aimee Volk Assistant Principal Andrew Eben Assistant Principal James Moe Activities Director Kimmy Milligan Principal Thomas Gruchow Principal David George Principal Andrea Fox Assistant Principal John Kostrzewski Director of Engineering Jana Davis Community Engagement & Marketing Coordinator Kirsten Solway Business Services Specialist Steve Bayer AVP IT Security Engineer Kory Powell-Oliver Junior Web Developer Megan Bergeson Director of Creative Strategies Espi Austvold Genetic Counseling Justin Mahler VP of Design and Certification Molly Ries Midwife Ektaben Patel Neurosurgery Dr. Stephen Jameson Emergency Medicine Dr. Mark Eginton Vascular Surgeon Scott Wirth VP of Human Resources Dr. Jordan Amatuegwu Family Medicine Gage Wavra Engineering Intern Brett Overvold Engineering Intern Andrew Nelson Engineering Intern
Austin Andrews Engineering Intern
colored box distinguishes individuals employed by a Chamber Community Builder.


Congrats to these members for celebrating the following milestone Chamber anniversaries!


• Rose Management LLC

• Luther Family Ford


• Coaches Choice Corporate and Athletic Apparel

• Dr. James Carlson Library

• Fargo Cass Public Health

• Fargo Civic Center

• Fargo Police Department

• Fargo Public Library

• Gateway Hyundai Nissan

• YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties - Schlossman Branch


• MBN Engineering

• Meadows Golf Course

• Village Green Golf Course


• Air Mechanical Inc.

• Aspire Bank

• C. H. Robinson

• CI Sport

• Cynthia J. Eggl, Author

• Essentia Health - North Fargo Walk-in Clinic

• First Western Bank & Trust

• Gate City Bank

• Jill Eggl Lighting Design Studio LLC

• Living Waters Lutheran Church

• Moorhead Public Library

• My Best Friend’s Closet

• Northern Metal Recycling

• Prairie Vista East Condo Association

• Profile Plan

• Red River Regional Marksmanship Center

• Valley Central Vacuum

• Welcyon - Fitness After 50

• Youthworks


• Aimbridge Hospitality

• American Diabetes Association - ND Area

• Anne Carlsen Center

• Anytime Mobile Truck Service LLC

• Bell Bank

• Beyer ATA Inc.

• Brey Tyson Design

• Courtyard by Marriott Fargo

• Crafted Ventures

• Digi-Key Electronics

• Essentia Health Medical Equipment & Supplies

• The Event Company

• Fetchers


• Grateful Cratefulls

• TAK Music Venue

• The Grotto at Hair Success

• PrimRose Boutique

• S & S Incorporated

• Schneider Law

• Syverson Tile & Stone

• The Tavern Grill

• TaxLady LLC

• Upstream Growth Consultants

• Zack Heuring State Farm


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Thank you to all of our sponsors that make The Chamber’s regular events and programs possible.




Beverage Wholesalers, Inc.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota | Bobcat Company

Cass County Electric Cooperative | Cornerstone Bank

Dacotah Bank | Eide Bailly LLP | Essentia Health

Eventide Senior Living Communities | Gate City Bank

Heritage Homes | Houston Engineering, Inc.

MWC Advertising of Fargo Moorhead | Otter Tail Corporation

Stantec | Ulteig | Xcel Energy




Bobcat Company | Gate City Bank

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Bremer Bank | Concordia College | Dabbert Custom Homes

First Western Bank & Trust | Home Builders Association of FM Moore Engineering, Inc. | MWC Advertising of Fargo Moorhead

ROERS | Ulteig | Western State Bank








Area Woman | Bell Bank | Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND

Choice Bank | Dacotah Bank | Dale Carnegie Training of ND & MN

Delta by Marriott | Enclave | Eventide Senior Living Communities

First Western Bank & Trust | Otter Tail Corporation

PRO Resources | Sanford Health Plan | Sparklight Vogel Law Firm | Western State Bank



Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota | Essentia Health

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

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MEMBERS article cover image


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A NEW ERA OF HIGHER EDUCATION article cover image


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THE POWER OF COMMUNITY article cover image


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MORNINGS THAT MATTER article cover image


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Legislative Review MN article cover image

Legislative Review MN

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CHAMBER FOUNDATION article cover image


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Connecting Our Workforce article cover image

Connecting Our Workforce

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THE IMPACT OF INTERNSHIPS article cover image


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STUDENT ENGAGEMENT article cover image


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ABOUT FOLKWAYS article cover image


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ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner article cover image

ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner

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People’s Choice article cover image

People’s Choice

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion of the Year article cover image

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion of the Year

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ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner article cover image

ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner

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Resilient Business of the Year article cover image

Resilient Business of the Year

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ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner article cover image

ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner

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Young Professionals Best Place to Work of the Year article cover image

Young Professionals Best Place to Work of the Year

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ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner article cover image

ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner ChamberChoice 2023 Award Winner

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Business of the Year article cover image

Business of the Year

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Small Business of the Year article cover image

Small Business of the Year

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Are You Prepared For... article cover image

Are You Prepared For...

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MIDWES T Agriculture Summit article cover image

MIDWES T Agriculture Summit

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AFTER HOURS article cover image


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A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT article cover image


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