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ROCH ESTER A Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

December 2021

rochester’s spark museum IMPACTING CHILDREN OF ALL AGES




MEET THE MEMBER Connected Life Chiropractic

2021 ECONOMIC SUMMIT RECAP 2021 Economic Summit Provided Valuable Economic Insights

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Rochester’s SPARK Museum: Impacting Children of All Ages


Meet the Member


Chamber News


Community News


Ribbon Cuttings



Connected Life Chiropractic

Advertising Information: Brent Ackerman

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What’s Inside

Advantage Information and Questions: Katie Becker


Chamber President Ryan Parsons 507-288-1122

2021-2022 CHAMBER BOARD OFFICERS Chair of the Board Christy Blade

Post Bulletin, LLC

Membership Brent Ackerman Development Director 507-424-5666

Vice Chair John Eckerman RSP Architects

Treasurer James Kelly

Membership Director Kali Aldrich


Communications Director Katie Becker

Secretary Emily Benner



Director of Operations Cheryl Krage 507-424-5699 Membership Director Tim Shea


Administrative Assistant Cherie Thurlow 507-288-1122

2020-2021 CHAMBER BOARD MEMBERS Santhi Arunachalam

Lizzy Haywood

People’s Food Cooperative

Dr. Christine Beech* Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Doug Holtan

Mayo Clinic

Chad Behnken

Hamilton Real Estate

Marge Kelley

Express Employment Professionals

Emily Benner


Sarah Miller

White Space, LLC

Dr. Lori Carrell

University of Minnesota - Rochester

Matt Morehead

Carlson Capital Management

Teresa Czaplewski

Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home

Dan Nistler

Merchants Bank

Steve Dunn

Taco JED

Omar Nur

Somali American Social Service Assoc.

Scott Eggert*

Broadway Plaza

Sylwia Bujak Oliver 125 Live

Jessica Eidem

IBM Corporation

David Pederson

Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.

Shawn Fagan

Fagan Studios

Jack Priggen

Cardinal of MN, LTD.

Abel Garcia

Remodeling D.L, LLC

Joselyn Raymundo Rochester Home Infusion

Karen Hanson

Home Instead Senior Care

Sharon Schneller

Olmsted Medical Center

Gwen Stevens

People’s Energy Cooperative

Xylo Technologies Inc.

*Denotes at large members of the Executive Committee


MISSION The Chamber promotes business success which supports a thriving community.

Rochester-area businesses are empowered to succeed in a diverse and collaborative climate.

VALUES As a service organization, the Chamber is committed to conducting our work in accordance with the following values:

Collaboration | Diversity |Innovation Integrity | Proactivity Chamber Advantage USPS 446-900 is published monthly by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce at 220 S Broadway Ste 100 | Rochester, MN 55904 | Phone: 507-288-1122 Periodical Postage paid at Rochester, Minnesota | Annual Subscription: $20 (free to Chamber members) | Christy Blade, Chair of the Board | Editor: Katie Becker Postmaster: Send address changes to: Chamber Advantage, 220 S Broadway Ste 100, Rochester, MN 55904 or email:

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Rochester’s SPARK Museum: Impacting Children of All Ages By Maura Keller Kids of all ages can explore and enjoy the variety of interactive exhibits at the SPARK Museum.

Kids have long been captivated by interactive role playing and hands-on exhibits. Thanks to Rochester’s SPARK Museum, young and old alike are given ample opportunities for interactive experiences that keep them coming back for more.

Exploration Aplenty

From exploring a STEM-focused water table to experiencing a three-dimensional vertical maze testing agility, speed, and power, to interacting with an exhibit celebrating the cultural richness of our community’s diversity through food, clothing, play, and stories, the SPARK museum is a perfect way to combine family fun with educational growth. SPARK’s mission is to enrich the lives of young learners by creating shared, interactive experiences that engage people of all ages in the joy of play, the power of learning, and a sense of community. Lindsey Hemker, development manager, at the SPARK Museum, explains the museum is a one-of-a-kind institution with essential resources that strengthens thousands of children, families, and educators throughout Minnesota.

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“Our focus is on creating interactive experiences that are full of variety; the museum is a frequent stop for young children and their families to explore and learn through powerful play,” Hemker says. “The museum remains committed to ensuring that all families, regardless of financial barriers, have access to our museum and its extensive programming.” Specifically, SPARK provides a place where visitors can learn about STEAM, cultural connectedness, and health and well-being in a collaborative, open environment. Since opening in its new location in August 2020 at Apache Mall, the museum has welcomed over 60,000 visitors. The museum has also welcomed 15 field trips from local schools and organizations, had 52 grandparents’ days with free admission encouraging intergenerational learning, offered an average of 48 programs per month, given over 400 community play passes to qualifying families in the community, given over 1,000 books during summer literacy program, had first free Sundays allowing free access to SPARK for everyone in the community welcoming over 1,900 visitors, provided 12 Discovery Play nights supporting individuals from the community with disabilities, and doubled its membership in their first year. SPARK has become a community anchor and cornerstone for the region’s children, especially now where the importance of safely interacting and connecting with people is even more important. “We will be needed more than ever when we open this summer to provide a safe and accessible space promoting lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and civic engagement,” Hemker says. “We are a connector for the community by bringing children,

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F Feature parents, and families together in a setting that builds mutual knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy.” As Hemker explains, SPARK helps engage and support families in the community as their child’s first teachers. The museum is designed to lay the foundation for later learning, academic, and career success. They staff does this by providing focus areas that help all children in the community address the importance of social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of learning that include persistence, self-direction, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Strong Community Support

The support of the Rochester community thus far has been instrumental in reaching the museum’s goals and creating a welcoming and educationally rich environment for all visitors. This year alone, the museum has received support from over 100 local businesses that have provided grants, sponsorships, and in-kind donations. The museum also strives to connect with the community through program partnerships. According to Hemker, SPARK’s programming allows visiting families to experience a variety of activities and topics presented by members of the greater Rochester community. The museum has partnered with over 50 businesses and organizations in the past year to provide educational STEAM, cultural connectedness, and health and well-being programs. The SPARK Museum is excited to announce new exhibits opening in December 2021 which include an air wall, Engineering Gear Wall, Light Bright, Race Track, and Reaction Time Wall. And then this spring, the museum will welcome a brand new, permanent exhibit, called Smarter City. “We are extremely proud of our success in our first 16 months especially since opening during a pandemic and having limited hours and closing for periods of time due to mandated shutdowns,” Hemker says. “We have lots of plans ready to launch which had to wait due to the environment and times we opened in this first year.” The museum plans to grow in programming, exhibits, hours, events, partnerships and overall impact.

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The SPARK Museum has seen exponential growth this past year. They even plan to open more exhibits this December, 2021! SPARK board member Jenny Hosfeld, president and chief banking officer at Think Bank, says SPARK is an important part of the business and community ecosystem in the Rochester region. “Having places for young people to go that provide education and entertainment in a safe environment is an important part of the fabric of our community,” Hosfeld says. “The more opportunities there are in Rochester for families to connect and learn the better the quality of life for people living or visiting the area.” Hosfeld believes businesses support SPARK because they understand how important it is to their employees and to those that visit the area to have safe, engaging and educational places for children. “The more diverse the community is with opportunities to live outside of work and spend time together as families makes Rochester a more appealing community to live and work in,” Hosfeld says. “The more attractive Rochester is for people to live in, the easier it is to recruit talent for business. And starting educational programs, like SPARK, at an early age helps set the kids up for even more success in their future.” You can visit SPARK in person at 1201 12th St. SW, Ste 632, Rochester, or online at www.sparkrochestermn. org

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Meet the Member: Connected Life Chiropractic Many people struggle with the side

effects of daily life including difficulty sleeping, decreased energy levels, pain and inflammation, and more. Going to a chiropractor can often help remedy some of these issues. At Connected Life Chiropractic, they focus on helping fix these problems, and many others. Specializing in pregnant individuals and pediatrics, Dr. Shayla Neuville is able to provide care for your whole family.

Q: Tell us about Connected Life

Chiropractic. What does your company offer to the Rochester region? A: Connected Life Chiropractic was created to build a community of vibrant and thriving families. We specialize in providing care to pregnant and pediatric populations, and believe having full families under care allows them to be a happier and healthier family.

Dr. Shayla Neuville specializes in pregnant and pediatric populations, but is able to treat the whole family.

Benefits we provide for adults: increased energy levels, decreased inflammation, better ability to handle stress, improved digestion, better immune function, improved hormone regulation, better sleep, increased mobility & postural improvements, and less headaches & migraines. Benefits we provide for infants and kids: improved breastfeeding, increased sleep, reduced colic, less ear infections, less hyperactive and sensory challenges, improved bed-wetting, enhanced athletic performance, and reduced asthma & allergies. Benefits provided for pregnant moms: increased comfort, reduced low back pain, shorter labor times, optimal space for your child to position itself properly, and improved postpartum healing.

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“CONNECTED LIFE CHIROPRACTIC WAS CREATED TO BUILD A COMMUNITY OF VIBRANT AND THRIVING FAMILIES.” We also never guess with your care! Our state of the art scanning technology allows us to get down to the root cause of your health concerns, and pinpoint the exact areas contributing to your symptoms and discomforts.

Q: How did it start for Connected Life Chiropractic? A: Even in the midst of a pandemic, we were

excited to open in April. Our goal is to provide a wellness based approach to chiropractic care. We chose the word “connected” in the name because

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M Meet the Member when you aren’t feeling your best or your healthiest, science shows that it’s actually harder to make connections and interact with other people. We want the community to be living in a state of wellness so that they can have better connections with their families and all of those around them.

be here for the community. We want you to get to a state of wellness and experience what your new best can feel like, so you can truly thrive. Visit Connected Life Chiropractic in person at 275 37th St. NE, Suite 200 in Rochester, or online at

Q: Connected Life Chiropractic recently became a

member of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce towards the beginning of this year. What do you find valuable in your membership to the organization? A: The best part about being a chamber member is all the people it has connected us to. Dr. Shayla grew up here in Rochester, but after being gone for her degree for 8 years, a lot has changed. It’s been a great opportunity to meet all the new and old businesses and organizations, and feel more connected to what is going on here in Rochester, and everything this city has to offer. Dr. Shayla also just recently became an ambassador for the Rochester Area Chamber!


about Connected Life Chiropractic? A: While we have done a lot of extra training to specialize in pediatrics and pregnancy, anyone with a spine is welcomed here!

Q: What is the outlook for your business and

industry? A: We have big visions for how we want CLC to grow in the community. We envision a space full of families coming and going, but not in a rushed way. We want to provide a space that is calm and inviting, and that you feel you can hang out in before and/or after appointments with a cup of coffee or tea. The number one reason people need a chiropractor comes down to stress. Whether that’s physical or emotional, it all gets held in the body. We know people’s stress isn’t going away any time soon, so we are excited to continue to

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At Connected Life Chiropratic, located at 275 37th St. NE, Suite 200 in Rochester, they aim to provide a space that is calm and inviting.

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2021 Economic Summit Provided Valuable Economic Insights

Presenting Sponsor: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Roger Tutterow, delivered valuable insight into the national economy.

The 2021 Economic Summit, held at the Rochester

International Event Center on Thursday, December 2, provided an informative look at the past, current, and future economy on a local, regional, and national level. The program featured two panels, the Industry Panel and the Small Business and Entrepreneur Panel. The Industry Panel provided valuable insight into various industries and how the economy is affecting these different industries. The Small Business and Entrepreneur Panel explored the journey of becoming a entrepreneur and the trials and tribulations of owning a small business. Jennifer Hawkins and Brigid Tuck from the University of Minnesota Extension team presented the survey results from our Business Outlook Survey during the program. This survey helped to show the impacts the economy has had on local Rochester businesses over the past few years, as well as what businesses expect the next few years to look like. The event concluded with keynote speaker Dr. Roger Tutterow, Professor of Economics and Director of the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Tutterow shared his expertise and provided in-depth information on the national and regional economy.

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Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:

People’s Energy Cooperative Media Sponsor:

Table Sponsors:

Altra Federal Credit Union Benike Construction Home Federal Bank ISG Premier Bank Rochester

Rochester Public Utilities RSP Architects SEH Inc. The Boldt Company Think Bank

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5:30 PM

Join the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce for a night under the stars on Thursday, January 13th, 2022. This gala will celebrate the success and growth of the business community in the Greater Rochester Area.

REGISTER BY VISITING Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022 Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm Location: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN Agenda: 5:30pm-6:00pm: Networking and Introduction 6:15pm: Program and Keynote Speaker 8:00pm: Networking Admission: Member Admission: $60 General Admission: $80

Presenting Sponsor:

Featured Keynote Speaker Elliot Kotek! Joining the Rochester Chamber as our featured keynote for the 2022 Annual Celebration is Elliot Kotek! A leader in innovation, technology and media, Elliot produced the first ever user-generated feature film, steered the storytelling about a social robot for kids with cancer, enabled a farmer with ALS to independently tell his wife he loves her, and produced the world’s first lab to produce 3D-printed prosthetic limbs. As CEO of The Nation of Artists, Elliot has collaborated on virtual reality and documentary-style content and tech for the likes of AARP, Accenture, Aflac, Amgen, CNBC, Habitat for Humanity, Hyundai, LEGO, National Geographic, Netflix, NBC Peacock, and Whirlpool and, even during COVID, The Nation of Artists has deployed film crews to more than 30 cities in 14 countries on 5 continents. Elliot is a Kellogg School of Management Innovation Fellow who has received recognition for his work from the U.S. Congress, the House of Representatives and other legislative bodies - his projects have landed in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art and have won five Cannes Lions, four SxSW innovation awards, an Emmy, recognition from the International Trade Council, and dozens of other shiny paperweights. As businesses continue to evolve, Elliot will bring an entertaining keynote message of innovation, empathy and the impact they can have on an organization and their teams to the 2022 Annual Celebration!

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors: ISG Minnesota Energy Resources Rochester Airport Company RSP Architects Treasure Island Resort and Casino West Bank Media Sponsor:

Table Sponsors: Altra Federal Credit Union Premier Bank Rochester Bolton and Menk Rochester Title & Escrow Hawkins Ash CPA’s Think Bank KNXR - MN 97.5 Widseth MetroNet Winona State University

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Business After Hours

Join us for Business after Hours (BAH), a monthly

networking function which brings professionals together to network and build valuable business relationships. Enjoy delicious food and drinks while connecting with a variety of business and organizations operating in the greater Rochester area. This event is a great opportunity to increase your organization’s visibility and generate productive business leads. Come and connect, expand your network, and build community while enjoying Reagan Outdoor Adverting on Thursday, December 16th from 4:30PM - 6:30PM. Date: Thursday, December 16 Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm Location: Reagan Outdoor Advertising, 3185 41st St. NW, Ste 20, Rochester, MN Admission: Free, registration required

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AM Espresso

AM Espresso is a monthly Networking PLUS event

brought to you by the Chamber. Come join fellow Chamber and community members to expand your network, promote your business, and enjoy delicious breakfast refreshments. We believe there is value for all in building a supportive business community. As the local economy shifts towards recovery, it is more important than ever to interact with each other to share ideas and best practices. Come join fellow Chamber and community members to expand your network, promote your business, and enjoy delicious breakfast refreshments. This month, you are invited to Empire Event Center. Date: Friday, January 7 Time: 7:30am-9:00am Location: Empire Event Center, 1517 16th St. SW, Rochester, MN Admission: Free, registration required

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Reopening of Broadway Avenue North for the Winter • Approximately 4,100 feet of water main pipe installed Rochester Public Transit service returned to North Broadway on November 29, 2021. Visit www.rptride. com for more information. Construction on a private project will reduce southbound travel on North Broadway Avenue to one lane from 5 Street North to Civic Center Drive. This lane closure will remain in place into 2022.

Phase one of the reconstruction of North

Broadway Avenue will be complete and the roadway reopened to traffic from Silver Lake Bridge to Civic Center Drive on Monday, November 22, 2021. “Public Works is excited to reach this milestone on our largest project in quite some time. We really appreciate the patience from the public as traffic was detoured over the season. We also recognize the disruption to the businesses and appreciate their continued input as we work to minimize impacts over the life of the project. It has been nice to see the public already using the completed portions of the street, sidewalks, and cycle track and we look forward to completing additional enhancements for all modes of transportation in the 2022 construction season,” shared Tyler Niemeyer, Assistant City Engineer for the City of Rochester.

Phase two of the project will resume in spring 2022. Construction will focus on the alleyways and side streets adjacent to North Broadway. The project has an expected completion date of September 2022. More information on the North Broadway Reconstruction project is available on the project website:

This phase of the two-year project focused on the replacement of water main, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and pavement along Broadway Avenue North from Silver Lake Bridge to Civic Center Drive. Project highlights and stats include: • Approximately 7,000 cubic yards of concrete pavement laid on North Broadway Avenue • Nearly one mile of new concrete sidewalk laid along the corridor • 5,000 feet of new cycle track installed • Over 3,700 feet of sanitary sewer pipe installed

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Cybersecurity Threats By Dean Swanson, volunteer Certified SCORE Mentor and former SCORE Chapter Chair, District Director, and Regional Vice President for the North West Region

What do you think of when you hear the phrase

“cyber-attack”? Maybe you picture a team of sophisticated hackers stealing billions of dollars from a multinational bank. But small businesses aren’t immune to cybersecurity threats. According to specialist insurer Hiscox, 23% of small businesses suffered at least one cyberattack in 2020, at an average financial cost of $25,000. Unfortunately, SCORE mentors observe this fact among their clients and therefore SCORE leaders and their content partners have included several resources to help small businesses deal with this threat. I will share some of the content in this column to not only bring the issue to the attention of small business CEOs but also provide some suggestions to begin addressing the threats. 1. Remote Working. Coronavirus hasn’t just caused an unprecedented global health crisis –– it’s also resulted in a spate of cyberattacks. 2. Employee Burnout. With endless virtual meetings, long hours, minimal separation between work and social time, the pandemic has been tough on remote workers. 3. Cloud Storage. While storing documents in the cloud is undoubtedly convenient, it also increases your vulnerability to cybercrime by giving hackers more potential attack points. 4. Former Employees. Humans are often the biggest cyber threat facing your business. To read more, visit SCORE’s website at

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RCTC Receives Award In recognition of its ongoing efforts to reduce

student food insecurity, Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) will be presented with the Hunger Free Campus Award by LeadMN on Wednesday, November 17 at 1:00 pm in the RCTC Hive on the third floor of College Center. LeadMN is the statewide association which represents the 180,000 two-year college students in Minnesota to help them transform their lives and their communities. Rochester Community and Technical College was initially recognized by LeadMN as a Hunger Free Campus in May of 2020. A Hunger Free Campus is a Minnesota State community and/or technical college that is actively taking strides to reduce food insecurity amongst students. In order to be awarded the Hunger Free Campus designation, a campus must meet the following minimum criteria: • Has a food pantry, partnership with a food bank, or some type of food distribution system on campus available to students. • Has a designated staff person on campus to educate students on SNAP and other public services aimed to reduce food insecurity. • Provides emergency funds to assist students who may be experiencing basic needs insecurity. • Has a taskforce dedicated to addressing food insecurity concerns. • Hosts or participates in at least one hunger awareness event each year. Join RCTC President Dr. Jeffery Boyd, Student Senate President Joseph Laudon, Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities Rebecca Peine, and RCTC’s campus community in celebrating this achievement and learn more about the work on campus to address student hunger and food insecurity. To learn more about Hunger Free Campus visit:

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2021 Mayor’s Medal of Honor Recipients Announced • • • • •

Human Services Award: Armin Budimlic Legacy Award: Joanne Rosener Mayor’s Award: Karel Weigel Personal Achievement Award: Rudy Naul Senior/Elder Achievement Award: Stephen Troutman • Sustainability Award: Jesse and Tahnee Hoekstra • Youth Serving Community Award: Dominick Nowakowski • Key to the City: Harry Buck and Gale Julius

Mayor Kim Norton has announced the 2021 City of Rochester Mayor’s Medal of Honor Recipients. Now in its 28th year, the Mayor’s Medal of Honor recognizes residents who have gone above and beyond to serve the community. Recipients were nominated by members of the community.

Detailed information about the recipients and their accomplishments is forthcoming, as well as a video featuring each recipient being recognized. A list of past Mayor’s Medal of Honor recipients can be found on the Office of the Mayor webpage.

“In a point of history full of unknowns, it is an honor to serve a city that is consistently full of strong, dedicated and compassionate individuals,” states Mayor Kim Norton. “I am humbled to recognize these individuals and their outstanding contributions to the Rochester community. While I wish we could have all been together, it was a wonderful experience to get the one on one time with each of the recipients.” In light of public health recommendations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Norton honored recipients individually this year in lieu of a formal gathering. 2021 recipients by category: • Artistic/Cultural Achievement Award: Kalianne Morrison • Champion of Diversity Award: Toni Adafin • Community-Wide Service Award: David Jiang • Educational Excellence Award: Martine Haglund • Excellence in City Service Award: Kerri Ostby • Excellence in Industry Award: William Forsman • Heroism Award: Faith Evers

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R Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings

Congratulations to the following members on their successful Ribbon Cuttings!

160 Driving Academy

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

2450 Marion Rd. SE, Rochester, MN 55904

601 2nd St., Rochester, MN 55902

Supportive Guidance

Knight Barry Title

160 Driving Academy celebrated their Grand Opening and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on November 4. Regional General Manager, Michelle Brown, cut the ribbon.

Supportive Guidance celebrated their Grand Opening and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on November 5. Founder, Monica Phutseevong, cut the ribbon. 6256 34th Ave. NW, Ste A, Rochester, MN 55901

Johnson/Turner Legal

Johnson/Turner Legal celebrated the Grand Opening of their Rochester office and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on November 12. 3265 19th St. NW STE 160, Rochester, MN 55901

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TownePlace Suites by Marriott Rochester Mayo Clinic Area celebrated their Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting on November 5. Britta Palm cut the ribbon.

Knight Barry Title celebrated their new location with a ribbon cutting on November 9. Branch Manager, Jamie Manley, cut the ribbon. 2600 Superior Dr. NW, Ste 102, Rochester, MN 55901

Sports Headquarters Sports Headquarters celebrated their new location and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on November 17. Owner, Ron vonBrethorst, cut the ribbon. 1201 Broadway Ave. S, Ste 200,, Rochester, MN 55904

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Event Lineup DECEMBER 9

WE Forum


Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Business After Hours - Reagan Outdoor Advertising

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021

Location: Cascade Meadows, 2900 19th St. NW,

Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Rochester, MN

Location: Reagan Outdoor Advertising, 3185 41st St.

FREE - Registration required

NW, Ste 20, Rochester, MN FREE - Registration required



AM Espresso - Empire Events Center

2022 Annual Celebration

Date: Friday, January 7, 2022

Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Location: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr, SE,

Location: Empire Events Center, 1517 16th St. SW,

Rochester, MN

Rochester, MN

Member Admission: $60

FREE - Registration required

Virtual Member Admission: $80


Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022


Date: Monday, January 17, 2022

Business After Hours - Emergent Business Technologies

Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2021

Location: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr, SE,

Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Rochester, MN

Location: TBA

MLK Jr. We Have a Dream Breakfast

FREE - Registration required

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N Newsreel

Newsreel Updates from the Chamber member community. Nguyen Receives Recognition

New Store Manager at People’s Food Co-op

Young Earns Architectural Registration New Hire Announced

On March 22, 2021, the Rochester City Council passed Resolution 051-21, approving participation in the Just Deeds Project. City teammate Tran Nguyen, who serves as Assistant City Attorney II, was selected as a Minnesota Lawyer Diversity & Inclusion 2021 Honoree for her work on this project.

People’s Food Co-op is proud to welcome Jerred Hammonds as Store Manager of our downtown Rochester location. Jerred has been with People’s Food Co-op for over nine years and has played a key role in our success, beginning as a stock clerk, then earning promotions.

Mike Young recently passed the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) to receive his license as a Registered Architect in Minnesota. Young joined TSP in 2012. A native of Mitchell, SD, he received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012.

Construction Collaborative is proud to announce our newest team member, Steve Knode as Director of Planning, Design and Construction. Steve brings over 40 years of construction management and development experience to our team.

We integrate smart technology and sophisticated thinking into every project with design that makes the most of every space.

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Welcome to The Chamber! Introducing our newest members. Automotive Procare

ETS Performance Rochester

Supportive Guidance

Towner Companies

Branch Out Day Spa


Avis Budget of Rochester - E Frontage Rd.

Edward Jones - Dan Murphy

Alex Keehn (507) 282-5200 457 16th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Monica Phutseevong (612) 205-1106 6256 34th Ave. NW STE A, Rochester, MN 55901

Michele Branch (507) 258-4456 4100 18th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Kristen Jones (816) 301-2305 5335 E Frontage Rd. STE F, Rochester, MN 55901

Jake Kirsch (507) 361-1276 3708 Broadway Ave. N STE 100, Rochester, MN 55906

Greg Towner (507) 993-9351 2328 Scott Rd. NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Tiffany Piotrowicz (507) 289-5626 1190 16th St. SW STE 150, Rochester, MN 55902

Dan Murphy (507) 529-3588 3145 Wellner Dr. NE STE 300, Rochester, MN 55906

Do you know of a business that has recently opened in Rochester? Are you connected to a business-owner looking to expand their network? Then a Chamber membership is right for them! Please contact with any referrals.

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