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MEET THE MEMBER Good Earth Village NEW BOARD MEMBERS The Chamber welcomes new Board members HIGHER EDUCATION OUTLOOK Hear from the regions higher education institutes 6 118 September 2022A Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Publication ROCHESTER SupportingCOLLIDERlocalentrepreneurs

Chair of the ViceBoardChair John Eckerman SecretaryTreasurerChristy Blade Post Bulletin, LLC RSP Architects James Kelly Individual Member Emily Benner Boston Scientific Membership DevelopmentMembershipDirectorDirector Brent Ackerman Communications Director Membership Director Ryan Parsons 507-424-5666507-288-1122 Katie Becker 507-424-5661 Tim Shea 507-424-5663 Director of ChamberOperationsPresident Cheryl Krage 507-424-5699 Kali Aldrich 507-424-5665*Denotes at large members of the Executive Committee STAFF 2021-2022 CHAMBER BOARD OFFICERS AsVALUESaserviceorganization, the Chamber is committed to conducting our work in accordance with the following values: Collaboration | Diversity |Innovation Integrity | Proactivity Rochester-areaVISION businesses are empowered to succeed in a diverse and collaborative climate. TheMISSIONChamberpromotes business success which supports a thriving community. 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: 2021-2022 CHAMBER BOARD MEMBERS Xylo Technologies Inc. CopiaviaHamilton Real Estate University of Minnesota - Rochester Fagan Studios IBM RemodelingTacoBroadwayCorporationPlazaJEDD.L, LLC Santhi Arunachalam Scott Eggert* Steve Dunn Dr. Lori Carrell Chad Behnken Dr. Christine Beech* Abel JessicaShawnGarciaFaganEidem People’s Food Cooperative Mayo CardinalGilletteClinicPepsiofMN, LTD. Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. 125 SomaliLiveAmerican Social Service Assoc. Rochester Home Infusion Lizzy SharonDavidJackJoselynDougMargeOmarSylwiaHaywoodBujakOliverNurKelleyHoltanRaymundoPriggenPedersonSchneller Karen Hanson Home Instead Senior Care Olmsted Medical Center Gwen Stevens People’s Energy Cooperative Administrative Assistant Cherie Thurlow 507-288-1122 Events & ProgramDirector Ally Sheehan 507-424-5687 Public Affairs & DevelopmentLeadershipDirector Jonathon Krull 507-424-5677

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While Collider was officially established as a nonprofit in 2019, the organization started as a for-profit co working space in 2016. The space was where entrepreneurs and other creatively minded people could get together to provide a community of support for each other, and to provide accountability, community, and shared knowledge.

Collider provides a space for area entrepreneurs to connect with others and catapult their entrepreneurial vision to the next level. (Pictured from left to right: Amanda Leightner and Manasseh Kambaki)


As a 501(c)3 nonprofit established in October 2019 in Rochester, Collider activates, empowers, and connects early-stage entrepreneurs. As Amanda Leightner, interim executive director of Collider explains, the organization’s vision is a community with zero barriers to entrepreneurship for anyone with a good business idea and a passion to see it grow.

Leightner joined the team and things evolved from a coworking space to a non-profit that included memberships that have access to co-working space, but now so much more,” Downs says. “This includes classes to help startups, pairings with mentors, connections to other community resources, events, and a focus on reaching less represented groups within Rochester to make sure that the barriers to entry are removed for anyone with the passion and great idea for a new business.”

Today, Collider offers low-cost coworking space to help entrepreneurs connect and collide with other business owners and people who can support their growth to spark new ideas. The organization also offers storytelling in the form of weekly articles and a monthly podcast, called Rochester Rising.

Photo by Corrie Strommen

arketing executives use it as a key tool for their success. Financial consultants use it to obtain new clients and often make it a key part of their overall business strategies. Entrepreneurs see it as a necessary effort to obtain insights into their visions and expand their business opportunities. What is it? It’s networking, and thanks to the founders of Collider, Rochester-based entrepreneurs now have a unique space to connect with others and catapult their entrepreneurial vision to the next level.

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“All of our services are aimed at removing barriers for entrepreneurs and supporting a community where business ideas can grow and thrive,” Leightner says.

“Collider was originally started when Hunter Downs and I renovated the now Conley-Maass-Downs building,” says Traci Downs, board chair at Collider. “We had co-started Cafe Steam and loved the connections and relationships that were made by running into people while getting coffee. We wanted to see if we could help take things to the next level by having these connections turn into business relationships and startups.”

Jamie Sundsbak was a local entrepreneur instigator that had a morning BioAm coffee meet-up. As Downs explains, he had been passionate about helping Rochester grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem for many years and he agreed to join the charge to get Collider Coworking “Amandagoing.

Photo by Corrie Strommen

“The demographics of who is an entrepreneur is also changing. The percentage of new entrepreneurs who identify as White has been steadily decreasing in the U.S.; the LatinX population has seen the largest increase in the rate of new entrepreneurs in the U.S. over the last few years, and new entrepreneurs who identify as Black have seen a steep increase since the start of 2022,” Leightner says. “But everyone who wants to start a business does not have the same access to resources, opportunities, and networks to help their business start and thrive.” Collider’s research has shown that women and entrepreneurs of color in Rochester feel barriers to starting a business at a rate up to three times higher than their White male

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“We will continually connect with the people we want to serve and gage gaps in services to these individuals to consider where Collider should move toward in the future,” Leightner says.

Just like all things in business, the entrepreneurial landscape in Rochester ebbs and flows as the economy warrants. As Leightner points out, the rate of new entrepreneurship across the U.S. has been on the rise since the start of the COVID pandemic. However, this has largely been out of necessity, not opportunity.

“Through these efforts we broaden the definition of what an entrepreneur is and share the stories of what it’s really like to start and grow a business in this community. We also offer ecosystem navigation services,” Collider says. These are free, confidential support services for early-stage starters in Rochester. Through this work, Collider takes a highly individualized approach, meeting with entrepreneurs to understand challenges they’re facing with their business and working to remove those barriers through advice and consultation and forming a trusted bridge to other organizations in the community that are a good fit for that entrepreneur.

“However,counterparts.multiple resources in the community, and a steady employment landscape, offer opportunities to people who want to pursue entrepreneurship in this community,” Leightner says. “We’re seeing a lot of individuals who want to start a business and pursue a passion, but aren’t sure of the first steps to take. We hope to be able to mitigate some of the challenges they will be facing to get their idea up and running and give them the best chance of business success in this community.”

“Teaming up with the Rochester Economic Development Center on the 6th floor of the Biobusiness Center, which will house RAEDI, SBDC, the Black Entrepreneurship Team, and over 11,0000 square feet of Collider co-working space, the group will be a go-to place for a range of services to help Rochester entrepreneurs,” Downs says. “Come check us out.” Collider is growing and making a bigger and bigger impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Rochester.

The Current Landscape

“And lastly, we offer a program called CO.STARTERS to help starters think through their business idea, get connected into the community, and figure out the next steps they need to take to turn their idea into action,” Leightner says.

On the Horizon

With three years under its proverbial belt in Rochester’s nonprofit and entrepreneurial space, Collider continues to gage the impact of the organization’s services to make sure they are creating and building things that meet gaps facing entrepreneurs in the community.

Downs adds that Collider is growing and making a bigger and bigger impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Rochester.

Q: What is a unique fact people should know about Good Earth Village?

Q: How did it start for Good Earth Village?

Q: Tell us about Good Earth Village. What does your company offer to the Rochester region?

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A: There was a man named Hamm Muus who was an advocate for outdoor ministry. He approached a group of leaders in the region to consider starting a camp here. At first folks were skeptical - “You can’t have a camp without a lake!” - but Mr. Muus persisted. The Barr family donated much of the property and the first summer camp was hosted in 1971.

he bluffs of Southeastern Minnesota are arguably an underrated hidden gem in Minnesota. From beautiful views to fascinating wildlife, this area is a great place to get outdoors, Nestled in the bluffs in Spring Valley, Minnesota is Good Earth Village, a full-service retreat center offering summer camps, leadership training, trails, events, and more. Executive Director of Good Earth Village, Dianna Parks, provided us with some more information about Good Earth Village.

Q: Good Earth Village became a member of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce in 2001. What do you find valuable in your membership to the organization?

A: You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Good Earth Village! Our site is open to the public most days for hiking and fishing - we have a gorgeous trout stream on our property, Spring Valley Creek. Also, our facilities are available for rent, and we have a full-service kitchen. We host family groups, church groups, business meetings, holiday parties, weddings, graduation parties, large camping groups, gaming weekends, writing workshops…the list goes on and on. We are very inclusive, and have hosted a wide variety of groups and interests. Good Earth Village offers year-round programming, including summer camp.


A: Good Earth Village is one of the most special places in the world. We are located on 477 acres of beautiful forest and prairie at the edge of the bluffs. We offer year-round programming including summer camp, fall youth retreats, adult education, fun events, and worship opportunities. Additionally, we host secular and faith-based groups for retreats, meetings, family reunions, weddings, and more.

A: The networks of people are incredibly valuable. We have built many relationships through Chamber events.

Congratulations to Byron Public Schools on the recent groundbreaking of multiple district projects! EMPOWERING STUDENTS. IMPACTING COMMUNITIES. Check out more ISG Education projects! Architecture + Engineering + Environmental + Planning |

Located on 477 acres of beautiful forest and prairie at the edge of the bluffs, Good Earth Village is also open to the public most days for hiking and fishing.

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Meet the Member M Q: What is the outlook for your business and A:industry? The outlook is great. Like a lot of businesses, the pandemic created opportunities among the cancellations, and the market changed, too. We recently ended our 2022 camping season, and there were a lot of families dropping off children that had not been apart in three years. The parents had reverse homesickness! But like life, we grow and adapt and improve all of the time while keeping the fundamentals of skills for self-reliance, faith, fun, nature, and connectedness. Good Earth Village is located at 25303 Old Town Dr., Spring Valley, Minnesota and can also be found online at



he Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome three new directors to serve on its board of directors in October: Dr. Jeffrey Boyd, President at Rochester Community & Technical College, Heather Donovan, Assistant Vice President Commercial Lending at Sterling State Bank, and Jarett Jones, Market President at Merchants Bank, will be the new additions to the Chamber’s board of Asdirector.Directors, this new slate of leaders will join the existing board in providing fiduciary oversight of the organization and strategic guidance to the WePresident.would also like to recognize the outgoing Board members their service commitment the years:


Emily Benner | Preventice (outgoing Secretary) Teresa Czaplewski | Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home Shawn Fagan | Fagan Studios Karen Hanson | Home Instead Senior Care Lizzy Haywood | People’s Food Cooperative James Kelly | Individual (outgoing Treasurer) Sarah Miller | Neighborly Group Matt Morehead | Carlson Capital Management Joselyn Raymundo | Rochester Home Infusion Dr. Jeffrey Boyd Rochester Community & Technical College Heather Donovan Sterling State Bank



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Jones Merchants Bank



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Katie Hendrickson, Southeast Service Cooperative Pat Heydon, Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity


Colleen Foehrenbacher, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center Sarah Franzen, Think Bank Kaitlyn Glasswell, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester Marissa Guggisberg, HGA Stephanie Hedrick, KTTC

John Angeli, Mayo Clinic

Ilaya Hopkins, Mayo Clinic

This 10-month program immerses three dozen leaders in sessions examining everything from economic development and the local arts scene, to workforce development and building a sustainable community. Through enriching conversations, behind-the-scenes tours, and work on the Community Impact Project, the LGR experience builds lifelong relationships and provides opportunities for business and community leaders to shape and contribute to the fabric of the greater Rochester area.


ongratulations to all the individuals who have been selected to participate in the Chamber’s premier leadership program, Leadership Greater Rochester (LGR)!

Sarah Stevens, Olmsted County Public Health

Melody Trimble, Mayo Clinic


Kaytlyn Anzivino, United Way of Olmsted County Jake Beckel, Mayo Clinic Cory Behnken, Think Bank Alex Berlick, Short Elliot Hendrickson John Bigler, Advanced Financial Consulting Adam Copeland, Mayo Clinic Jacob Dreyer, Ronald McDonald House Meagan Driskill, Mayo Clinic Numrah Fadra, Mayo Clinic Ian Farrell, Associated Bank Stephen Fischer, Mayo Clinic



Alex Scrabeck, IBM Katie Spring, Mayo Clinic


Teri Alcott, Mayo Clinic

Marty Walsh, People’s Energy Cooperative

ANJUANNA NAPUE, 2023 Program Chair, Mayo Clinic BRIAN MORGAN, 2023 Vice Chair, Short Elliot HendricksonRochester Area Chamber of Commerce

Stephanie Rudeen, Hiawatha Homes

Heidi Mason, Olmsted Medical Center Ben Mulholland, KTTC Virginia Nowakowski, Olmsted County Public Health Tessa Olive, Post Bulletin

Chris Scobba, Smith Schafer & Associates

Kristin Mannix, Rochester Community & Technical College


Erin Schambureck, CRW architecture + design

Charlie Sweeney, Kraus-Anderson Construction Ben Trehey, Coulee Bank


| Advantage Magazine10 Chamber News September 2022 EGGSC & ISSUES: THE IMPACT AND ISSUES OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Join us as the panel discusses the impact and issues of the supply chain on a local, state, and national level. Joining the discussion will be representatives from industry, trade, and more.

Opening Remarks


• Tom Leimer, Senior Vice President/General Management, Knutson Construction

• Moses Kanyomoo, Director of Materials, Crenlo

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

• Gabrielle Gerbaud, Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office

Presenting Sponsor Session Sponsors

John Drake, Vice President, Transportation, Infrastructure, and Supply Chain Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Supply Chain Panel Discussion

• Micah Rupprecht, Category Management Supervisor, Kwik Trip

he latest installment of the Eggs and Issues series highlights the impact and issues of the supply chain.

Moderator - Ryan Parsons, President, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce

Location: Doubletree Rochester/Downtown, 150 S. Broadway, Rochester, MN Admission: $25 members , $40 general admission

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

Register here: SPONSORS

• Ulises Gonzalez, Director of Operations, Baser Freight

Higher education plays a key role in training our future leaders and also employs a significant number of residents in the Rochester region. It is crucial that the business community remains engaged and close with our higher education institutions.

Current agenda to include: Dr. Jeffery Boyd, President, Rochester Community and Technical College Dr. Lori Carrell, Chancellor, University of Minnesota Rochester Dr. Jeanine Gangeness, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Winona State University –Rochester Dr. Matthew Gerlach, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculties, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 Time: 8:30am-10:30am Admission:Location: $30 members $45 general admission Register here:

EVENT SPONSORS Presenting Sponsor Table Sponsors WELLS FARGO | 1-800-222-7077 © 2022 Treasure Island Resort & Casino WILLIAMS & REE Friday, October 14 Tickets $19+ RON WHITE Friday, November 18 Tickets $49+ KATHLEEN MADIGAN Saturday, November 19 Tickets $39+ INTO IN THE ISLAND EVENT CENTER Live!

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Higher Education Outlook is an opportunity for the region’s higher education institutions to share an outlook on their campus, ranging from updates on projects and initiatives to identifying emerging workforce trends.

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Time: 7:30am-9:00am

ISG is a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm. Come and connect, expand your network, and build community at ISG!

Admission: Free, registration required Register here:

M 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. For September, you are invited to Gillette Pepsi Rochester.

Date: Friday, September 23, 2022

Location: H3 Plaza, 30 3rd St. SW, Suite 600, Rochester, MN Admission: Free, registration required Register here: hosted byhosted by

Location: Gillette Pepsi Rochester, 3393 Commercial Dr. SW, Rochester. MN

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 businesses 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.

Date: Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022 Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm

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Come join fellow Chamber and community members to expand your network, promote your business, and enjoy delicious breakfast refreshments. In October, you are invited to ONB Bank!

Start your weekend with the Chamber team! The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring back Chamber Weekend Kickoff! We welcome members to join us for a free lunch and connection with other fellow members. The Chamber will be grilling and serving lunch from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Saint Mary’s University Rochester Campus. Quantities are limited and registration is requested and greatly appreciated. Thank you to EO Johnson, Saint Mary’s University Rochester Campus, Pepsi-Cola and Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe for their partnership and support of the Chamber Weekend Kickoff.

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.

Date: Friday, September 30, 2022 Time: 11:30am-1:00pm

Admission: Free, registration required Register here:

Location: Saint Mary’s University Rochester Campus, 2900 19th St. NW, Rochester, MN

Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 Time: 7:30am-9:00am Location: ONB Bank, 975 34th Ave. NW, Suite 101, Rochester, MN Admission: Free, registration required Register here: hosted by BY


Get your kicking foot ready! The Rochester Area Chamber is excited to bring a Kickball Tournament to our event lineup! Join us this September for a friendly game of Kickball amongst other business leaders. This event is a great opportunity for the Chamber members and their staff to get out of the office and enjoy a fun day of networking, building relations, and team bonding, all while playing a friendly game of kickball! Assemble a team of 10 players, or come with a few and we will create a team for you! Single elimination, all skill levels welcome. Awards will be presented to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Best Dressed Team. Brush off your gym shoes and get ready for a kicking good time with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Community. Space is limited so get your team registered today!


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Presenting Sponsor Dugout Sponsor Run Sponsor

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022 Time: 11:00am-5:00pm Location: McQuillan Fields , 1655 Marion Rd. SE, Rochester, MN Admission: $30 per individual $300 per team (10 players) Register here:

The SCASDP grant is an important resource that will be used to help recruit air service for the needs of the community and the region. A SCASDP grant was awarded to RST in 2020 for successful recruitment of new air service with United Airlines nonstop daily flights to Denver operated by Sky West Airlines. In 2012, RST was awarded a SCASDP grant for successful recruitment of nonstop service to Delta Air Lines hub in Atlanta. The federal grant is not a guarantee of new air service. Ultimately the airlines make decisions on the routes they will serve.

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ochester International Airport (RST) has been awarded a Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant from the Department of Transportation. The $850,000 grant will be used to recruit new nonstop service to a western hub from RST. “We are thrilled with the news of this important award and want to thank the Department of Transportation for recognizing the critical needs of our region when it comes to air travel,” said John Reed, executive director. “Rochester International Airport’s air service was hard-hit from the pandemic; the ongoing shortage of pilots only exacerbates the issue. We have strong demand for air travel in our region, pushing load factors over 2019 levels for the first time since the pandemic. We are suffering from lack of capacity. We recognize the historically challenging time our airline partners continue to face. We are working hard to recruit service to replace some of our lost capacity.” said Reed.

125 LIVE, formerly known as the Rochester Senior Center, has been part of the Rochester community since its incorporation in 1961. Since then, 125 LIVE has been working to provide holistic aging well services for older adults in southeast MN. With the new name and location opening in 2016, 125 LIVE emphasizes positively impacting all the dimensions of wellness by providing services that engage our community via arts, social services, support groups, volunteerism, nutrition services, educational programs, entertainment, and fitness wellness. Since opening the doors at our current location, we have grown from approximately 400 members in 2016 to 4,700 members in 2022. 125 LIVE’s growth is partly thanks to the diversity of programs and services provided at the center, and 125 LIVE continues to expand services to serve even more people better.


125 LIVE created a welcoming atmosphere by knocking down barriers to accessibility. 125 LIVE provides power door openers in our locker rooms, an aquatic wheelchair for the ramp into the warm water pool that we share with the Rec Center, a helpful team, and the accessible equipment we have installed throughout our facility.


The grant from the Reeve Foundation enabled 125 LIVE to expand services to be more accessible, including their fitness center.

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he Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center distributes several grants under the Quality of Life program, awarding grants in different categories, varying in different amounts. 125 LIVE was the recipient of a Direct Effect Quality of Life Grant. The grant from the Reeve Foundation enabled 125 LIVE to expand services to be more accessible for adults in our community who use ambulatory aids like wheelchairs. Our goal through this partnership is to provide everyone a place to work out without creating a “clinical” atmosphere. Instead, offering a fun fitness center experience modified to accommodate almost all abilities and forms of mobility.

With the $22,266.00 of support from the Reeve Foundation, 125 LIVE can add more accessible/ adaptive fitness equipment to our Fitness Center. We can expand staff education to help support members and guests with differing needs and upgrade our facility to be more accessible. 125 LIVE supports our members by providing services that enable everyone reasonable access to activities they enjoy. Such as our “Accessible Cycling Studio,” which features standard bikes, recumbents, a tandem cycle, and an arm cycle accessible for individuals in wheelchairs. Also, we offer independent use of our Fitness Center, which features equipment accessible to people who benefit from a wheelchair. Anyone interested in learning more, please call 125 LIVE to schedule a tour at 507-287-1404.

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SERCC opened July 28, 2021, to serve the immediate mental health needs of southeastern Minnesota. Within hours of opening, community members were already seeking stabilization support. Since then, over 800 people have utilized the crisis response services including over 375 stays in SERCC’s short-term residential programming – with the majority being adults under the age of 30 struggling with anxiety and depression. The short-term stays can be as long as 10 days, but SERCC is seeing most people are feeling prepared to return to the community after six days receiving the high-level support in the residential program. Beyond the crisis stabilization and short-term residential services, SERCC also supports individuals in finding appropriate supports in the community. In this past year, they’ve assisted 185 individuals in finding outpatient care for psychiatry, psychotherapy, and diagnostic assessments.

After its first year of service, the Southeast Regional Crisis Center (SERCC) has shown the need for its services in the community.

SERCC Executive Director Nicole Mucheck shared these numbers with staff and community partners at a one-year celebration last week, saying, “The data here speaks for itself. The service has supported many individuals within our communities and will support many more. This is not done without the hard work and tenacity of those on the front lines and those that help us behind the scenes with our board and committee members.”

“This year we’ve had to work through all the challenges of starting something new. And we’ve gotten really good at problem solving,” Mucheck said of launching this first-of-its-kind program in Minnesota. “It’s been one of laughter and coming together, especially when times have been tough. The story here at SERCC is a story of grit with staff that show up to work to help those who many times do not show us their best selves but show us their most vulnerable moment.”


In it’s first year, over 800 people have utilized the crisis response services at the Southeast Regional Crisis Center.

D-BAT Rochester celebrated their new Chamber membership and Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting on July 11th. Co-Owner, Luke Kroeplin, cut the 4430ribbon.19thSt. NW, Rochester, MN D-BAT Rochester

Joy Ridge Event Center

Congratulations to the following members on their successful Ribbon Cuttings!

American Waterworks

Joy Ridge Event Center celebrated their Grand Opening and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on July 15th. Owner, Mike Tangen, cut the ribbon. 273 Mill Creek Road NW, Chatfield, MN

Tailwind Concessions RST 2022

Doma Title

RibbonR Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings

Med-City Moonshots

Tailwind Concessions RST celebrated their Grand Opening and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on July 20th. Chief Operating Officer, Jess Backhaus, cut the ribbon. 7600 Helgerson Dr. SW, Rochester, MN

American Waterworks celebrated their new location with a ribbon cutting on July 21st. Owner, Steve Breland, cut the ribbon. 1307 Valleyhigh Dr. NW, Rochester, MN

Doma Title celebrated their Grand Opening and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on July 14th. Escrow Officer, Michelle Hansen, cut the 2483ribbon.Commerce Dr NW, Rochester, MN

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The Med-City Moonshots celebrated their new Chamber membership and kicked off their Hometown Heroes game with a ribbon cutting on July 16th. Owner, Carie Delaney, cut the ribbon 414 5th Ave. NE, Byron,

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Date: Thursday, September 22 Time: 11:00am-5:00pm Location: 1655 Marion Rd. SE, Rochester, MN $300 per team of 10, $30 individual 23 AM Espresso - Gillette Pepsi Rochester Date: Friday, September 23 Time: 7:30am-9:00am Location: 3393 Commercial Dr. SW, Rochester, MN FREE - Registration required 29 WE Forum - Who is Your Customer?




Time: 8:3-am-10:00am Location: 150 S Broadway Rochester, MN FREE - $25 Members, $40 GA Date: Friday, September 16 Time: 7:30am-9:00am Location: 220 S Broadway Ave. Suite 100, Rochester, MN FREE - Registration required 20 Eggs and Issues 22 Chamber TournamentKickball

Date: Thursday, September 29 Time: 8:00am-9:00am Location: 2900 19th St. NW, Rochester, MN FREE - Registration required 29 Businesss After Hours - ISG Date: Thursday, September 29 Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm Location: 30 3rd St. SE, Rochester, FREEMN - Registration required 30 Chamber Weekend Kickoff Date: Friday, September 30 Time: 11:30am-1:00pm Location: 2900 19th St. NW, Rochester, MN FREE - Registration required 07 AM Espresso - ONB Bank Date: Friday, October 7 Time: 7:30am-9:00am Location: 975 34th Ave. NW, Suite 101, Rochester, MN FREE - Registration required 11 2022 Higher Education Outlook Date: Tuesday, October 11 Time: 8:30am-10:30am Location: TBA $30 Members, $45 GA 20 Business After HoursAltra Federal Credit Union Date: Thursday, October 20 Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm Location: 3833 Cascade St. NW, Rochester, MN FREE - Registration required 21 Women’s Roundtable Date: Friday, October 21 Time: 7:30am-9:00am Location: 220 S Broadway Ave. Suite 100, Rochester, MN FREE - Registration required 27 Hospitality 1st Roundtable Date: Thursday, October 27 Time: 9:45am-11:00am Location: 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN FREE - Registration required

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New DevelopmentCommunityDirector

The City of Rochester is pleased to announce the selection of Irene C. Woodward as the new DevelopmentCommunity Director. Woodward, who most recently worked as the Director of Planning & Zoning for the City of Allentown, PA joined the City in the role on July 18, 2022.

Penz Dental Care Welcomes New Dentist

| Advantage Magazine20 Newsreel September 2022 NEWSREELN Updates from the Chamber member community.

Sandy Keith Downtown Impact Award Shawn and Michelle Fagan of Fagan Studios are the latest recipient of the DowntownRochesterAlliance’s Sandy Keith Downtown Impact Award. Shawn and Michelle first opened their photography studio doors in 2007. Built in the late 1800s, the space at 324 South Broadway needed renovationextensivetobring it to code.

Angie Richards Joins Experience Rochester Experience Rochester has announced appointmenttheof Angie Richards to the position of Vice President of Sales. She previously held the position of Area Director of Sales for Avra Hospitality in Rochester, Minn. Richards will lead Experience Rochester’s sales team.

New Hires & Promotion at Knutson Construction Torrey Kistler (left) has been promoted to Director Preconstructionof for Knutson Construction over the Rochester and Mankato Offices. Adam Holmvig (right) has been promoted Jerid Ramaker (not pictured) joins ConstructionKnutson Promotions at Knutson Construction Tom Leimer (left) has been promoted to Senior Vice Rochester,ManagerPresident/GeneralfortheMankato,& Iowa offices. Tom assumed his new role overseeing the strategic operations for the four offices in May. Michael Johnson (right) was promoted to Senior Project Manager for the Rochester Office.

White Space rebrands to Neighborly Creative White Space is excited to announce their rebrand to Neighborly Creative. Their operation started in 2011 as a one-women business and continued to expand. Their mission remains focused on creating and expanding brands grounded in an understanding of the community they serve. They are thrilled to have played a role in helping many locally loved brands. To learn more visit

Beal AARP MN 50 Over 50 Dave Beal, Family Service Rochester marketing manager,communicationandisamong the AARP Minnesota and Pollen 2022 50 Over 50 Honorees ageMinnesotansrecognizingovertheof50whohave made significant contributions

Dr. Matt Penz, owner of Penz Dental Care, is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Christina Pauley. A Rochester native, Dr. Pauley looks forward to caring for patients in communitytheshe was raised in. Her favorite aspect of being a dental provider is connecting with her patients and putting them at ease. She has a special interest in working with kids!

1915 Greenview Place SW, Rochester, MN

Catherine McBride (507) 361-0411 2560 2nd Street SW, Suite 120, Rochester, MN

Tamara Larson (507) 258-4089 2900 37th Street NW, Bldg 103, Rochester, MN

Emily Langr (507) 778-5027 1610 14th St NW, Suite 200, Rochester, MN

Interventional Orthopedic Solutions

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