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December 2020



2020 - 2021 Chamber Board

OFFICERS Chair of the Board Lizzy Haywood

People’s Food Co-op

Vice Chair Christy Blade

Post Bulletin, LLC

Treasurer James Kelly

Construction Partnership

Secretary Emily Benner Preventice

Chamber President Kathleen Harrington

MEMBERS Laurie Ackerman Opportunity Services

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

VISION 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

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 Steve Dunn Taco JED John Eckerman RSP Architects Scott Eggert* Broadway Plaza Jessica Eidem IBM Corporation

Kathleen Harrington PRESIDENT 507-288-1122


Sam Gill DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS 507-424-5687

Cathy Fraser Mayo Clinic Greg Griffiths Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. Marge Kelley Express Employment Professionals Sarah Miller White Space Matt Morehead Carlson Capital Management AnJuanna Napue Mayo Clinic Dan Nistler Merchants Bank Nate Nordstrom Brandhoot Omar Nur Somali American Social Service Association

Cheryl Krage DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS 507-424-5699

Nick Rethemeier

Tim Shea



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. Sharon Schneller Olmsted Medical Center John Wade RAEDI *Denotes at large members of the Executive Committee


Cherie Thurlow RECEPTIONIST 507-288-1122

Wishing you a Safe and Healthy


NEW YEAR Sincerely,


Kathleen, Brent, Cheryl, Cherie, Nick, Tim & Sam

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Calendar of Events December 10

Hospitality 1st

Location Virtual Zoom Meeting

January 15

Virtual Women’s Roundtable

Location Virtual Zoom Meeting


9:45am - 11:00am


7:30am - 9:00am


Andy Thilges, Home2Suites by Hilton


Zoey Jantsan, Realtor, Edina Realty

December 11

Virtual AM Espresso

Location Virtual Zoom Meeting Time Sponsor

8:00am - 9:00am Chamber & The Galleria at University Square

December 18

Virtual Women’s Roundtable

Location Virtual Zoom Meeting

Time Sponsors Chair

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

January 8

January 20

WE Forum

Location Virtual Zoom Meeting

Time Sponsors

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

January 28

Hospitality 1st

Location Virtual Zoom Meeting Time

9:45am - 11:00am


Andy Thilges, Home2Suites by Hilton

Virtual AM Espresso

Location Virtual Zoom Meeting Time

8:00am - 9:00am


Chamber & TBD

A special Thank You to this month’s


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Economic Summit: Our Path Forward 2021 Embracing a new virtual format, the Chamber offered a virtual Summit on December 4, 2020. Chamber Board Chair and People’s Food Co-op CEO Lizzy Haywood welcomed the 250 plus attendees with a fulfilled promise of a content rich program. The program included economists from the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Gus Sauter, former Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager of the Vanguard Group, DMC Vice President and the HR&A Consultants, and Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari. Below please find a section-by-section description of the Summit along with slides that were used by the presenters

SECTION ONE: Olmsted County Business Reaction During the Time of COVID Jennifer Hawkins, Community Extension Educator and Brigid Tuck, Senior Economic Analyst from the University of Minnesota Extension Service presented a summary of the findings they observed over the course of three surveys. We are very grateful to those of you who completed these surveys over the past months.

Click HERE for the slides SECTION TWO: Recovering from the Corona Collapse Gus Sauter, former CIO, Managing Director, and Portfolio Manager of the Vanguard Group, reviewed current market conditions, discussed the various federal aid package outcomes (relief vs. stimulus), and forecasted economic performance under various recovery scenarios. A very special thank you to Mr. Andy Chafoulias of Titan Investments and Development for inviting and securing the participation of Mr. Sauter.


Click HERE for Mr. Sauter’s Slide Deck

SECTION THREE: DMC COVID-19 Impact Analysis & Recovery Scenarios Mr. Patrick Seeb, Vice President of DMC, moderated a panel of HR&A consultants, Erin Lonoff and Shuprotim Bhaumik. They reviewed their analysis of various recovery scenarios based on different medical milestones on downtown Rochester. These findings discussed various approaches to recovery planning and execution which will be valuable to both the private and public sectors.

Click HERE for the slides

SECTION FOUR: Townhall with President Neel Kashkari Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari returned to the Chamber’s Economic Summit to share his insights and policy recommendations on recovery strategies. ABC 6 News anchor Betsy Singer moderated the Town hall.

Click HERE to view the Townall Meeting We are very grateful to all the program participants who provided insight into local reaction, national economic forecasting and insights into policy prescriptions which might assist in accelerating economic recovery from the pandemic. The Chamber will remain vigilant and active in advocating for policies that will provide immediate relief and economic stimulus.

Click HERE to View the Digital Program Booklet, featuring info from SMIF & WDI

Thank you to our Sponsors


As a SCORE volunteer, Adam Hartman brings over 12 years of experience in banking and business. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas and is a recent honors grad from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. He is currently the Assistant Vice President at Sterling State Bank in charge of the bank’s consumer lending portfolio and overseeing the operations at the bank’s South Broadway office in Rochester. Adam is experienced in small business lending aspects and is knowledgeable about numerous types of businesses’. Adam is excited to share his knowledge and experience as a SCORE volunteer to help your business start or grow. Starting a business can be daunting. To help someone achieve their business goals by sharing what I’ve learned, is very rewarding.

Let's start your business journey together!

SCORE can assist YOU with FREE

business mentoring on almost any issue in which you need help, from pre-planning, to startup, to helping an existing business, or even, exiting a business. Don't need assistance? You can share your expertise and experience by joining us as a SCORE volunteer. Mentoring is fun and can make a real difference to local businesses.

To acquire a Mentor or become a Volunteer please go to WWW.SCORE.ORG and follow the prompts or give us a call at 507-200-0760.

Online Program January 12th March 2nd, 2021

Basics of Entrepreneurship:

From Idea to Customer

Commissioner Sheila Kiscaden Receives Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Minnesota Counties Congratulations to Olmsted County Commissioner Sheila Kiscaden for receiving the 2020 Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC). The award is presented to individuals who have exhibited exceptional leadership, participation, and service to Minnesota counties and AMC. Kiscaden has served as an Olmsted County Commissioner for eight years and was previously a Minnesota State Senator. Improving health, housing, and human services has been a mainstay of her career. She received the Outstanding Service Award at the 2020 AMC Annual Conference held virtually on Dec. 7.

In a year like no other, we invite you to safely celebrate the spirit of the season in downtown Rochester. Shop safely on Small Business Saturdays through December 19. Find out how to support restaurants at Enjoy a physically distanced activity with the downtown portion of Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees through December 31. Wishing you a safe, healthy, and merry holiday season.

Holly, Karli, Katie, Monika, and Lauren


Thank you for your investment in our community.



Thank you for your continued investment in our community. • AAA Minnesota/Iowa

• iHeartMedia

• People's Energy Cooperative

• ABC 6 News

• James Krom Natural Images

• Ability Building Community

• Jeremiah Program

• Pinewood Estates Second Townhome Homeowners Assoc. Inc.

• Adamson Chrysler-DodgeJeep-Ram-Lincoln-Hyundai

• Jewson Realty LLC

• Pompeii Painting, Inc.

• Arnold's Supply & Kleenit Company

• Johnson Printing Co. • Just One Management Consultant Firm

• Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes

• Benike Construction

• RBC Wealth Management

• Keller Williams Premier Realty Rochester

• Rental Depot Inc

• C to Shining C Commercial Cleaning

• Kemps LLC Vendor # 11464

• Rochester Plumbing & Heating Co. Inc.

• Cars-N-Credit


• Braun Intertec

• Charter Communications • Civic League Day Nursery • Comfort Suites • Creative Costumes & Clothing LLC • Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. • Edward Jones • Egan Company • Five West Kitchen + Bar • Harmony Insurance Group • Gift of Life Transplant House • GRAUC - Advocates for Public Higher Education • Hanny's Inc. • Harris Rochester, Inc.

• Kinney Creek Brewery • Livea Weight Control Centers • Loffler Companies, Inc. • Macken Funeral Home • Mayo Clinic • Med City Creative • MedCity Doulas

• Ryan Windows & Siding • Schott Distributing Co., Inc. • Seneca Foods • Serenity House Network LLC • Smart-HR

• Minnesota Energy Resources

• Star Transportation L.L.C.

• MLT Group

• Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated Member SIPC and NYSE

• MN Adult Day Center • Nissan of Rochester • North Risk Partners, C.O. Brown Division • Northern Valley Animal Clinic

• Hiawatha Homes

• Paramark Real Estate Services

• Hiller's Flooring America

• Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria

• IBM Corporation


• Smith Schafer & Associates, LTD

• Olmsted Medical Center

• Hunt's Silver Lake Drug & Gift

• Post Bulletin, LLC

• MEP Associates, LLC

• Heartman Insurance

• Hubbell House

• Rochester Family Eye Clinic

• PC Applications Consultants, Inc.

• Taco JED • Total Image Hair Clinic • Townsquare Media • Tyrol Ski and Sports • VanDerHeyden Law Office P.A. • Weis Builders, Inc. • WHKS & Co. • Wilson Tibor & Maves, LTD • WSB


Broadway Plaza

NEWSREELS Broadway Plaza is excited to announce a new room option engineered to support health & wellbeing for our guests. Broadway Plaza has taken a few of our One and Two Bedroom Signature Collection Units and upgraded them to our new “Stay Well Rooms”. Our Stay Well Rooms are designed to renew, recharge and refresh our guests through minimizing the impact that travel has on the body. Backed by scientific research, these rooms will help promote health, vitality and relaxation while you stay at Broadway Plaza. The wellness enhancing features of a Stay Well Room are purified air, circadian task & energizing lights, stay well mattress topper and encasement, stay well shower infuser, UVC cleaning wand and guided meditation.

DBS Group Construction project manager Brian Sheehan of DBS Group has earned certification in the Design-Build Institute of America. Sheehan’s designation as a nationally certified Associate Design-Build Professional signifies his extensive education and experience in the nation’s fastestgrowing commercial construction method. Design-build is where one entity, the design-builder, contracts with the project owner to provide both design and construction services. The method increases cost efficiencies, reduces change orders and speeds the construction schedule — all while meeting or exceeding overall project goals. As the nation’s only measurable standard of a professional’s knowledge of design-build project delivery, the DBIA certification identifies Sheehan as a design and construction professional who knows and exercises best practices in the method.

Two Men and a Truck


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is excited to announce that they will be offering indoor storage on-site at their facility. Whether you need short term or long term storage, they’ve got you covered. The storage will include 36 climate controlled units ranging in size from 10x5 to 10x20. They will also be offering storage pads to keep your items covered while in the unit. Give TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® a call for both your moving and storage needs!

Think Bank Jenny Hosfeld has been promoted to President at Think Bank. Jenny will also retain her position as Chief Banking Officer. As President and CBO, Jenny will lead Think’s mortgage, insurance, financial planning, consumer, and business banking areas, as well as the bank’s efforts in business and product development, marketing, operations and technology. Jenny has 27 years of financial industry experience and has worked at Think since 2006. During her time at Think, Jenny has led several strategic initiatives focused on customer care, community service and employee development. Think Bank is pleased to announce that Valerie Cooper has been promoted to Vice President/BIG Champion. In this role, Valerie will lead the organization’s BIG (“Believe In Greatness”) growth strategy that she helped launch six years ago to broaden customer relationships and improve the customer experience. An experienced leader in the financial industry, Valerie has introduced creative, consistent processes across the organization that have raised Think’s visibility with potential customers and made it easier and more desirable to do business with Think. She was also instrumental in implementing a referral program encouraging customers to refer their family and friends to Think. Think Bank is pleased to announce that Wendy Bacon has been promoted to Vice President of Consumer Credit. Wendy is an experienced leader in the financial industry who has worked at Think for 14 years in a variety of underwriting and management roles. Most recently, Wendy served as Think’s Mortgage and Consumer Credit Manager. A southeastern Minnesota native, Wendy earned a degree in Business Administration at Winona State University before beginning her banking career.

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Rochester, MN

COMMITTED TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY At Merchants Bank, we’re committed to creating vibrant local economies and helping our customers succeed. It’s who we’ve been for the last 145 years. We’re ready to be your trusted advisor, your partner, and join you every step of the way as we work toward your business’s financial goals together. Are you prepared for 2021? Get together with one of our local bankers for a financial check up today. Call us to get started.

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