Advantage Magazine | April 2021

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April 2021


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2020 - 2021 Chamber Board

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


OFFICERS Chair of the Board Lizzy Haywood

People’s Food Co-op

Vice Chair Christy Blade

Post Bulletin, LLC

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

Treasurer James Kelly

Construction Partnership

Secretary Emily Benner



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

Collaboration | Diversity |Innovation Integrity | Proactivity

Chamber President Ryan Parsons

MEMBERS Laurie Ackerman Opportunity Services

Christine Beech Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Chad Behnken Hamilton Real Estate Aaron Benike Benike Construction Dr. Lori Carrell University of Minnesota Rochester Teresa Czaplewski Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home Brent Ackerman

Ryan Parsons PRESIDENT 507-288-1122

Sam Gill



Steve Dunn

Taco JED

John Eckerman RSP Architects Scott Eggert* Broadway Plaza Jessica Eidem IBM Corporation Cathy Fraser Mayo Clinic Marge Kelley Express Employment Professionals Sarah Miller White Space Matt Morehead Carlson Capital Management

Cheryl Krage

Nick Rethemeier


Tim Shea



AnJuanna Napue Mayo Clinic Dan Nistler Merchants Bank Nate Nordstrom Brandhoot Omar Nur Somali American Social Service Association Sylwia Bujak Oliver 125 Live Dave Pederson Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. Jack Priggen Cardinal of Minnesota Joselyn Raymundo Rochester Home Infusion John Reed* Rochester Airport Co.

Katie Becker

Cherie Thurlow


Sharon Schneller Olmsted Medical Center *Denotes at large members of the Executive Committee


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 Issue #4 Volume #13 Periodical Postage paid at Rochester, Minnesota | Annual Subscription: $20 (free to Chamber members) | Lizzy Haywood, Chair of the Board | Editor: Sam Gill Printed by Johnson Printing | Postmaster: Send address changes to: Chamber Advantage, 220 S Broadway Ste 100, Rochester, MN 55904 or email:


Note from the President D

ear Members,

Well, the old adage “drinking from a fire hose” has certainly applied to my first two months here leading the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce! From meeting with as many businesses as possible and visiting with civic leaders, to developing new programming and working with the team to chart our course for the next year, there has been no shortage of work to be done on behalf of you, our Chamber

in the organization is greatly appreciated. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with and learn the stories of members, and I look forward to continuing to meet members in the months ahead. Finally, thank you to the team here at the Chamber. Since my first day, this team has welcomed me to the organization and their


excitement in growing the organization has been

As I pass the 60-day mark, I would like to

work in the months ahead continuing to provide

recognize those who have helped welcome my family and me to the Rochester community. The opportunities to connect have been important as we have made the transition to Rochester. Chamber Board Chair Lizzy Haywood and the entire Chamber Board have been very helpful plugging me into the local community and making connections. As we progress, I look forward to continuing this work with our Board in serving Chamber members. I want to thank our Rochester-area elected officials and the administration teams from the City and County for welcoming me. I appreciate their collaboration in developing open communication with the Chamber and providing resources to the area business community. Continuing a positive working relationship with the public sector is key to

outstanding. The Chamber team will be hard at business resources, advocacy and engagement opportunities, including new opportunities for members. As I continue to familiarize myself with this community, I look forward to connecting with our small business and industry members to learn how we can partner to develop the Rochester business community in the months ahead. The past year has been challenging and there will be obstacles ahead, but through collaboration, inclusivity, and positivity, we will work together to set our community on a path forward to recovery. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work! If we have not yet connected, please feel free to email me at the following address:

advancing the business community in Rochester, and I look forward to future collaborations. Also, thank you to all our members for your support and involvement in the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce -- your membership


Ryan Parsons President

Calendar of Events

April 2

AM Espresso

Location Virtual Zoom Meeting Time 8:00am - 9:00am Featured ABC 6 News, Twelve36 Marketing Businesses

April 7

Property Tax Info Session

Location Virtual Zoom Webinar Time 8:00am - 9:00am Hosts Olmsted County, RACC

April 15

WE Forum

Topic Designing a Business: Adapting to Location Sponsors

Change Virtual Meeting | 8:00am - 9:00am Saint Mary’s University of MN - The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, RAEDI,

Eggs and Issues: Local Government Connect

April 27

Location Virtual Zoom Event Time 10:00am - 11:30am Sponsors Charter Communications, Mayo Clinic, Premier Bank, & Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

May 7

AM Espresso



Time Sponsor

7:30am - 9:00am TBD

May 20

Business After Hours


Haley Comfort Systems 3708 N Broadway, STE 150, Rochester

Time Sponsor

4:30pm - 6:30pm Haley Comfort Systems

RACC, Collider, SCORE

April 16

Women’s Roundtable

Location Virtual Zoom Meeting Time Sponsors Chair

April 22 Location Time Chair

7:30am - 9:00am Mayo Clinic, Think Bank, Wells Fargo Zoey Jantsan, Realtor, Edina Realty

Hospitality 1st Roundtable Virtual Zoom Meeting 9:45am - 11:00am Andy Thilges, Home2Suites by Hilton

A special Thank You to this month’s


May 21

Women’s Roundtable

Location Virtual Zoom Meeting Time Sponsors Chair

May 27 Location Time Chair

7:30am - 9:00am Mayo Clinic, Think Bank, Wells Fargo Zoey Jantsan, Realtor, Edina Realty

Hospitality 1st Roundtable Virtual Zoom Meeting 9:45am - 11:00am Andy Thilges, Home2Suites by Hilton

Members Supporting Members: Spring Cleaning Edition CLEANING SERVICES • Arnold’s Supply & Kleenit Company | (507)-289-2393 | • C to Shining C Commercial Cleaning | (507) 398-2610 | • Endres Window Cleaning | (507) 932-5326 | • Exceptional Carpet Care, Inc. | (507) 280-1923 | • Marsden Building Maintenance, LLC | (507) 292-9050 | • Merry Maids | (507) 281-1798 | • Nancy’s Home & Garden Extravaganza LLC | (507) 635-4663 • Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning | (507) 216-1185 | • Quality Building Maintenance | (507) 289-0603 | • Quality Construction Cleaners LLC | (507) 219-8566 | • ServiceMaster of Rochester | (507) 282-5747 | • Total Restaurant Supply Co | (507 288-9454 |

AIR DUCT / HVAC CLEANING & REPAIRS • Harris Rochester, Inc. | (507) 281-4000 | • Superior Mechanical | (507) 289-0229 | • Tonna Mechanical | (507) 288-1908 | • Valor Mechanical | (507) 218-8400 |

HANDYMAN - INDOOR / OUTDOOR • Gamut Handyman Services | (507) 421-4403 | • Steve Schroeder Services LLC | (507) 398-3346 |

PEST CONTROL SERVICES • Bob the Bug Man, LLC | (507) 252-9512 | • Mosquito Squad | (715) 634-1504 |

RENTAL • CORT | (952) 884-5622 | • High Forest Bobcat Service, Inc. | (507) 533-8065 | • Kuehn Rental | (507) 536-9800 | • Podein’s Power Equipment | (507) 533-8841 | • Sunbelt Rental | (507) 513-6181 |

LAWN CARE, LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE, GARDEN CENTER • Creative Curb Appeal | (507) 424-2007 | • Custom Rertaining Walls & Landscaping | (507) 281-0669 | • Dynamic Masonry Products | (507) 315-1000 | • Family Tree Landscape Nursery Inc. | (507) 289-0557 | • Front Door to Farm Compost | (507) 272-7465 | • Green Lawncare Irrigation & Service Company | (507) 281-9090 | • Jim Whiting Nursery & Garden Center, Inc. | (507) 289-3741| • Renning’s Flowers | (507) 289-1818 | • Sargent’s Landscaping | (507) 289-0022 |

MOVING & STORAGE • Lock-Away Storage | (507) 282-9867 | • Safeway Storage & Uhaul | (507) 281-4318 | • Two Men and a Truck | (507) 258-5558 |

PARTY PLANNING / RENTALS • Majestic Tents and Events | (507) 254-2208 | • Rental Depot, Inc. | (507) 288-2741 |

TRASH HAULING • Sunshine Sanitation | (507) 285-5550 | • Waste Management of Rochester | (952) 898-1100 |

NOTE: This directory was pulled from the Chamber’s Member Business Directory using categories that members self-selected. If you want to update your 7 category listing, please call (507) 288-1122.



Property Tax Information Session As Olmsted County sends out the 2021 property tax statements, and property owners receive their 2021 valuations, the Chamber will be hosting a meeting with the County to help answer businesses' questions on valuation and appeals. Don't miss out on your chance to hear directly from the Olmsted County Assessor's Office as they present on the basics of how to appeal your market value and answer valuation questions. Time: 8:00 - 9:00am Date: Wednesday April 7, 2021 Format: Virtual zoom webinar

Click HERE to register

Eggs and Issues: Local Government Connect As Rochester continues on the Path Forward to recovery, don't miss out on your chance to hear directly from our local government representatives and administrators on their 2021 initiatives, programs, and priorities during Eggs and Issues: Local Government Connect. This timely event will feature representatives from the City, the County, the Parks Department, and the Public Schools giving brief updates and answering questions on issues impacting our local business community. Register now for this virtual event! Time: 10:00am - 11:30am Date: Tuesday, April 27 Format: Virtual event Agenda: • 10am - Welcome, Rochester Area Chamber • 10:05 - 10:20am - Olmsted County • Olmsted County Administrator Heidi Welsch • 10:20 - 10:35am - City of Rochester • Rochester City Administrator Alison Zelms • City Council President Brooke Carlson • 10:35 - 10:50am - City of Rochester Parks Department • Director of Parks and Recreation Paul Widman • Parks and Forestry Division Head Mike Nigbur • 10:50 - 11:05am - Rochester Public Schools • Rochester Public Schools Chair Dr. Jean Marvin • 11:05am - Q&A

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Building New Connections with BDX On March 16, the Chamber hosted its first event in a new series called Business Development Exchange (BDX), which highlights members and brings an exchange of best practices and industry expert insight to Chamber members on a range of topics impacting regional businesses. The March 16 event focused on how businesses have adapted to change in the past years, the lessons they’ve learned, and how they will apply them going forward. Ama La Vita was represented by Ginger and Kennis Knapp, Bleu Duck Kitchen by Jennifer Becker, Pepin Manufacturing by Jonathan Solberg, and Tulip Tree Studios by Whitney West. Our first session of Business Development Exchange was sponsored by Bremer Bank, Mayo Clinic, Rochester Public Utilities and RSP Architects.

F O R U M S & R O U N D TA B L E S

WE Forum

Hosted by the Kabara Institute| 3rd Thursday of the Month | 8:00 - 9:00am Chair: Christine Beech, Kabara Institute for Enterpreneurial Studies The Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Forum brings together women in business throughout the Rochester region who wish to share knowledge and resources to support new business creation and growth. This group was developed by the Kabara Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies of Saint Mary’s University of MN - Rochester to offer educational programming for business owners. Mark your calendars for next month’s WE Forum on Thursday, April 15th where Amanda Leightner and Christine Beech will discuss Designing a Business: Adapting to Change.

Women’s Roundtable

Hosted by the Rochester Area Chamber | 3rd Friday of the Month | 7:30 - 9:00am Chair: Zoey Jantsan, Edina Realty Women’s Roundtable provides a space for women to practice and refine skills, discuss challenges specific to women in positions of leadership, and learn together. March’s Women’s Roundtable did not have a featured speaker. Instead, chair Zoey Jantsan led attendees in large group and breakout group discussions regarding how they’ve been dealing with the past year. Mark your calendars for next month’s Roundtable on Friday, April 16th where we will hear from Peggy Paul, Founder and Visionary of SheTaxi.

Hospitality 1st Roundtable

Hosted by the Rochester Area Chamber| 4th Thursday of the Month | 9:45 - 11:00am Chair: Andy Thilges, Home2 Suites by Hilton The Hospitality 1st Roundtable is a collaboration of hospitality service providers who work in partnership with area businesses to create an exceptional community experience by focusing on great service and delivery of community assets. March’s featured speaker was Jamie Rothe, Community Engagement and Experience Director at Destination Medical Center (DMC). Jamie shared the latest information on DMC, including more details about the recent 5 Year DMC Update and impacts of COVID-19.


Mark you calendars for the next Roundtable on Thursday, April 22nd where we will have an update from the Experience Rochester MN and Mayo Civic Center Team.


Nominating Committee Set for 2021 The Rochester Area Chamber is grateful to the following business leaders who have volunteered to serve as the Nominating Committee to select new Directors to join the Chamber Board of Directors in 2021: • Dr. Jeffery Boyd, Rochester Community & Technical College • Steve Dunn, Taco JED, CHAIR • Scott Eggert, Broadway Plaza • Sharon Schneller, Olmsted Medical Center • Therese White, Think Bank

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Thank You for Your Continued Investment in our Community. • AAA Insurance

• Kruse Lumber Co.

• Bergland + Cram Architects

• MBT Bank

• Audrey Betcher

• Preventice Technologies

• Bisbee Income Tax Service

• Ronald McDonald House

• Brauer Roofing Inc.

• SLR Computers

• Buick GMC of Rochester

• Steve Gentry Construction

• Cornerstone Management Services

• Summit Fire Protection

• Domaille Engineering, LLC

• The Waters on Mayowood

• Endres Window Cleaning

• United Way of Olmsted County

• Grinde & Dicke Law Firm P.A.

• Viking Electric Supply

• Hirshfield's Decorating Center

• Willow Creek Golf Course

• Integrated Technology Engineering

• Zumbro Valley Health Center

• Knutson Construction Services Rochester, Inc.



Updates from the Chamber Member Community

City of Rochester

The City of Rochester has announced that Ryan Yetzer, current Principal Planner, has been selected for the role of Interim Deputy Director of Development and Construction Services for the Community Development Department. This new role is responsible for the overall administration, management, and delivery of integrated development and construction services. The Deputy will provide leadership for the planning, plan review, permitting, and building inspection services for the City of Rochester. The focus will continue to be to achieve the City’s goal to become America’s Most Innovative Development Services team. Yetzer will begin in the role on April 8, 2021.

Clifton Larson Allen Alli Lake relocated to our Rochester office in January 2021. She joined the CLA family in our Owatonna office as an Associate in June 2019 after completing an internship the year prior. Alli is originally from Gettysburg, SD and graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She is gaining experience on our Nonprofit audit team and is an ambassador for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion within our firm. Tom Tollefson joined the CLA family in January 2021 as a BizOps Controller after many years working as a CFO/Controller in the construction and manufacturing industries. Tom has an MBA from St. Thomas University and is excited to create opportunities for clients at CLA. He lives in Northfield with his wife Linda and Eskie puppy, Lexi, and they enjoy biking, kayaking, and walking in their spare time.

Laura Gearhart joined the CLA family in February 2021 as a Service Processing Coordinator. She handles front desk reception, day-to-day office management, and other administrative duties related to processing tax returns and other documents. Laura lives in Kasson with her partner, Chad, and their two daughters and loves to fish.

Todd Churchill joined the CLA family in February 2021 as a BizOps Chief Financial Officer. Todd has deep experience growing companies through solving problems in manufacturing, distribution, logistics, finance, and business systems. He started his career as an accountant at CLA’s predecessor over 25 years ago and has spent the last 19 years independently providing outsourced CFO services to private organizations and startups. He lives on a small ranch outside of Cannon Falls and raises horses and grass-fed cattle.

HGA HGA is pleased to announce Kim Jensen, AIA, LEED AP, has been named Office Director. She will oversee daily administrative and operational functions of the 22-person office in downtown Rochester. Jensen will continue in her current role as Senior Project Manager and Associate Vice President directing team processes and client relations since 2005. She assumes administrative leadership previously held by Hal Henderson, AIA, who served as Office Director for 25 years and will continue as Principal and Vice President working with clients and leading projects throughout Rochester and the region. Jensen has more than 25 years of experience specializing in healthcare planning, commercial design, and sustainability for leading clients, including Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center.


Newsreels Continued Olmsted County Olmsted County is pleased to announce the new Deputy Administrator overseeing the county’s Health, Housing, and Human Services (HHH) division is Travis Gransee. Gransee’s experience at the county dates back to 2004. Gransee has worked within Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted (DFO) Community Corrections as a probation officer, senior probation officer, supervisor of the juvenile probation team, and director of DFO Community Corrections (since 2014). In this new role, Gransee will oversee Adult & Family Services, Child & Family Services, DFO Community Corrections, Family Support & Assistance, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and HHH Administration and Veterans Services. “As director of DFO Community Corrections, Travis earned the respect and trust of commissioners, other elected officials, the community, and Olmsted County employees,” said Administrator, Heidi Welsch. “I am confident Travis will continue to lead HHH in a way that integrates services for clients and continually re-evaluates programs for best outcomes.”

Rochester Downtown Alliance The Rochester Downtown Alliance is excited to announce the hiring of Kanika Couchene as the Director of Events & Strategic Partnerships. Couchene comes to the RDA from a manufacturing company where she served as the Global Executive Assistance and Event Planner. Her previous experience includes being a continuing medical education event specialist and HR program coordinator at Mayo Clinic, and program director at The Mentor Network - REM River Bluffs Region. Couchene received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Communications from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Rochester Public Library On March 11th, the Rochester Public Library launched the Library Express service, which gives community members the chance to browse and borrow materials or use the internet for up to 30 minutes each day. While the two walkup windows continue to operate, the curbside pickup in the Civic Center ramp is ending to provide assistance at the service desks. According to Library Director, Audrey Betcher, “Right now we’re focusing on the most requested, safest activities, including browsing, borrowing, and using the internet.” The Library Express will be offered between 10am-6pm, Thursday-Sunday.

Schmidt Goodman Jenny Evans is Schmidt Goodman’s newest team member who comes to us all the way from Blooming Prairie, MN! Jenny’s passion for sales and customizing items to suit her client’s needs began as a bridal consultant, where she also assisted in selecting new store inventory at markets in Chicago and Dallas. Her caring nature then took her in a new direction in the healthcare field, working in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic for several years, where she wore many hats and established a big heart for the participants and staff and was deemed the ‘go-to’ gal for organizing large events. Looking forward to a new opportunity and a return to sales, she’s excited to get to know her new customers and is eager to help solve their furniture needs and bring inspiring ideas to the table. When Jenny has free time, she is active with sports and spends time with her dog, Duke, husband, and their adorable daughter.


It’s spring! Our Ambassador team is getting ready for you to have a fresh start in 2021! • Leaf and weed removal in public spaces • Spring cleaning of downtown riverbanks and boulevards • Power washing spills and biohazards (when above 32° F) • Litter removal • Wayfinding and hospitality assistance

507-316-7511 Contact our Ambassador team for more information about our upcoming projects in downtown Rochester this year.

Spring hours starting April 1:

Monday and Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday - Sunday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information,

April is National Volunteer Month. Thank you to the SCORE volunteers--men and women with a passion for helping others. SCORE SE Minnesota has 32 Volunteers who share their time, and expertise. Kimberly Alwin Brian Alwin Jamie Bjerke Kevin Blanchard Donald Borcherding George Brophy LuAnn Buechler Mike Fallenstein Adam Hartman Nikki Johnson Andrew Lamberson

Pat Lambert Laurie Mangen Mark Margolis Walter Menning Ron Oblizajek Ayodeji Oyebola Peggy Paul Will Peters Jacob Petersen Angela Rinaldi Mehrdad Shabestari

To acquire a Mentor or become a Volunteer visit please call us and leave a message at 507-200-0760.


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