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ROCH ESTER A Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

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MEET THE MEMBER Visiting Angels

WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS The Chamber welcomes our incoming Board Members.

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What’s Inside

Advantage Information and Questions: Katie Becker


President Ryan Parsons 507-288-1122

2020-2021 CHAMBER BOARD OFFICERS Chair of the Board Lizzy Haywood

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Membership Brent Ackerman Development Director 507-424-5666

Vice Chair Christy Blade

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Administrative Assistant Cherie Thurlow

Treasurer James Kelly

Director of Operations Cheryl Krage

Secretary Emily Benner

Communications Director Katie Becker

Chamber President Ryan Parsons



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Member and Community Morgan Shaw Engagement Director 507-424-5665 Director of Programs Sam Gill


Membership Director Tim Shea


2020-2021 CHAMBER BOARD MEMBERS Laurie Ackerman

Sarah Miller

White Space

Dr. Christine Beech Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Matt Morehead

Carlson Capital Management

Chad Behnken

Hamilton Real Estate

AnJuana Napue

Mayo Clinic

Aaron Benike

Benike Construction

Dan Nistler

Merchants Bank

Steve Dunn

Taco JED

Nate Nordstrom


John Eckerman

RSP Architects

Omar Nur

Somali American Social Service Assoc.

Scott Eggert*

Broadway Plaza

Sylwia Bujak Oliver 125 Live

Jessica Eidem

IBM Corporation

Dave Pederson

Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.

Cathy Fraser

Mayo Clinic

Jack Priggen

Cardinal of Minnesota

Marge Kelley

Express Employment Professionals

Joselyn Raymundo Rochester Home Infusion

Sharon Schneller

Olmsted Medical Center

John Reed*

Rochester Airport Co.

Dr. Lori Carrell

University of Minnesota - Rochester

Teresa Czaplewski

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home

Opportunity Services

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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:

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September is a month that brings change in many ways. The end of summer is near, the holiday season is around the corner and it is the start of a new school year, including higher education, for many. For those new and returning college students, the beginning of the fall semester brings the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience through internship roles with industries throughout the Rochester region. Internships are valuable for both the participating students and the host businesses. Students gain hands-on experience in their field of interest while developing their soft skills and ability to work as part of a team in a professional setting. Organizations grow their team and have an opportunity to contribute to the development of tomorrow’s professionals. In this issue of the Advantage, we highlight a few organizations that feature an internship program, including detailing the benefits of an internship program and first steps to take in creating an internship opportunity for your organization. Sharing the student experience is also important and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce team includes an intern of our own, Makenna Meyers. Makenna joined us earlier this summer and she shares her insight as an active intern in the Rochester region. Makenna has been a valuable member of our team since her start and the perspective of a participating student can be valuable in creating an internship program of your own. Thank you to all the organizations and partners who have contributed to features in the Advantage business magazine this year, including this month’s highlight of opportunities in internships. Your involvement is greatly appreciated as we continue to develop the Advantage and highlight the businesses and organizations of the Rochester region.

Ryan Parsons President

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The Importance of Internships By Maura Keller

Makenna Meyers, Marketing and Events intern for the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, believes this internship will make her more marketable for a job.

For many young college students and others who

are exploring different career paths, internships offer an avenue to “try on” various roles within companies and organizations, and be exposed to a variety of roles within organizations. Just ask Makenna Meyers, currently an intern with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Meyers grew up in the Rochester area and currently attends Winona State University, majoring in Graphic Design with a focus in Business and Marketing. “I chose to become an intern because internships are a great way to expand your skills and gain real world experience. I am looking to have a better understanding of the work I will be doing and build confidence before graduating and applying for jobs,” Meyers says. “By interning at the Chamber I am hoping to expand my networking with other professionals and practice my design skills in a real-world setting. This internship will also make me more marketable when applying for jobs.” Indeed, as WilI Kitchen, director of Innovative Community Engagement and STARTUP at Winona State University explains, internships are critical to

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providing students with opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge. “They also help develop our students’ professional aptitude, strengthen personal character, and provide a greater door to opportunity. Our students gain valuable experience, increase their marketability, network, and build their resume. And they learn what they like and don’t like about the career or job they have chosen,” Kitchen says. Kitchen says that there are two types of internships that companies should examine and understand before they get involved with an internship program. The first is an academic internship – the student is required to do an internship in order to graduate. These internships have a requirement for number of weeks and hours per week. Non-academic internships are becoming increasingly popular with students and businesses due to their flexibility. “The length of time can be negotiated based upon the student’s availability and the type of work that the business needs. These can be project based and time bound,” Kitchen says. Josh Hameister, LINK case manager at Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Rochester Youth Services, values the opportunities given to work with interns. Having interns gives LSS Rochester Youth Services the chance to give back to the human services and social work field because many of the staff bring special gifts to the field of human services and enjoy educating the next generation of helping professionals.” “Most of the interns we accept at Rochester Youth Services are new to the field of human services and an internship with us is the intern’s first experience

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Feature F working with very diverse clientele,” Hameister says. “The invaluable experiences interns get interning as part of our team will give interns many opportunities to learn and grow.” LSS Rochester Youth Services’ internship program is divided into simple phases. The intern will learn the basics of programming at LSS Rochester Youth Services, such as the different services offered to homeless youth, eligibility requirements for services, as well as learn the forms and systems used and usually shadow other staff for the first two to four weeks. “Once the assigned staff feels the intern is ready to start working more independently, the intern might co-facilitate a couple client appointments and groups,” Hameister says. “Once the intern is ready to work independently, the intern will carry a caseload of about three to five clients. Interns are also offered weekly supervision to address any concerns, barriers or anything in general related to the internship experience.”

Benefits Aplenty

Guy Finne, Director of Workforce Development at Mayo Clinic, says the most successful internships will have mutual and dual benefits.

and culture to young talent and allows for both the employer and the student to gauge potential match without a long-term commitment,” Finn says. Internship programs allow enthused learners to bring excitement and freshness to a work unit while also allowing employees to grow in their supervisory skills. “I also like to think that Mayo Clinic provides internship programs as a ‘good player in the community,’ Finne says. “It is important for employers to be actively engaged in the development of new talent and by doing so, we help the community at large.” For students, internships allow them to identify their strengths and work on weaknesses. And, as Finne points out, while growing their experience, skills and knowledge, they get do this in a real atmosphere versus a classroom. “Students have an opportunity to align what they are learning in college with the real world and further assess their career interests and passions early in their development years,” Finne says. “And lastly, having an internship experience on the student’s resume is truly valuable as they start their professional life post-graduation.”

“Given that, we have tried to make sure our internships provide value for both the student and Mayo Clinic,” Finne says. For Mayo Clinic, one obvious importance of internships is finding future talent. A good, meaningful internship program will provide companies with talent to help meet current and future workforce needs. Mayo Clinic tries to offer internships that lead talent to ongoing opportunities at Mayo Clinic. Whether it is a Summer III experience with the Department of Nursing or an IT internship, the desire is to see talent end up being a Mayo Clinic employee post-graduation. “Strong internship programs can have a positive impact on our employment branding. Internship programs also help to introduce Mayo Clinic’s mission, values

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Brynn Artley, Intern for StartUp Winona State, working on a fun film project as part of her internship experience.

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Steps To Take

When establishing an internship program, it is important to create internships that have meaningful objectives and goals. Internships should not be about “busy work” but filled with challenges and experiences that are truly connected to the work of the team and can be measured. “Make sure you are providing the right resources for your intern to be successful,” Finne says. “Be available to the intern, help them with potential barriers or questions, be committed to their success just as you are with any of your employees.” When implementing internship programs, Mayo Clinic strives for them to consist of real work assignments, work that is embedded into the full team. “We provide a strong onboarding and orientation experience for our interns. It is important to have a supervisor, manager and/or mentor assigned to the intern so they have a person to go to for help, with questions, etc.,” Finne says. “We try to expose the intern to the larger organization so they understand

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how their work within the team aligns with the needs and mission of Mayo Clinic. Our interns are asked to showcase their work and learnings at the end of their internship experience. Many of our interns are noted in papers, research and poster boards at conferences.” Hameister stresses that it’s important to recognize that every intern is going to have different learning needs and styles. “The staff at LSS Rochester Youth Services do a great job at learning the special gifts an intern can bring to our agency and building upon these gifts.” Hameister says. “We once had an intern that was in multiple foster care placements as a teenager and once this person aged out of foster care at 18 years old she found herself homeless. This intern was able to use her personal experiences to connect better and build a positive relationship with the youth we serve facing homelessness. This has probably been the biggest lesson we have learned working with interns is that everyone brings different gifts to our internship program.” One of LSS Rochester Youth Services interns was hired on as a staff member in the summer of 2018 after completing her internship with the organization. “This individual worked with us for a few years and is now working with at-risk youth in a different capacity in the community,” Hameister says. “The individual was able to take the skills learned about during her internship and as an employee with LSS and excel in her new position.”

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Meet the Member: Visiting Angels We all want whats

best for our loved ones, especially our elders. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly harder to make sure our senior loved ones are getting the quality care they need. Luckily, Visiting Angels is here to help with that. Visiting Angels provides quality home care for seniors, with hourly care, overnight care, and 24-hour Owner and Director of Visiting Angels, Joe Sedelmeyer, care. The best part is, your enjoys being able to witness the positive impact Visiting loved one can continue to Angels has on peoples lives. live in the comfort of their own home while receiving professional care. • Creating a personalized care plan • Adjusting the care plan or routines as needed through monitoring and ongoing, consistent Q: Tell us about Visiting Angels. What does your communication company offer to the Rochester region? A: Home care enables older adults to age in place Q: How did it start for Visiting Angels? in their own homes while professional caregivers help A: While still at my previous employer, I felt the need them with daily tasks they need to maintain the to find a different service career where I could independence they desire. A home caregiver witness the positive impact the service has on delivers services that include: people’s lives. I spent a lot of time looking into senior • Medication reminders home care before finally deciding to open a Visiting • Household chores Angels office in Rochester. Even today, we still hear • Errands people saying that they never realized they could • Bathing have these types of services in their home. • Dressing • Meal preparation • One-to-one personalized care • All care team members are dementia trained

Visiting Angels’ personal home care services provide companionship to seniors and assistance at home with daily activities. Unlike “home health care,” you don’t need a doctor’s prescription. Services can be provided for a few hours a day or up to 24/7 care. We can ease a family’s burden and help by: • Consulting with them about scheduling, costs, and care • Scheduling an in-home visit

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Q: Visiting Angels has been a member of the

Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce since 2009. What do you find valuable in your membership to the organization? A: I really appreciate the benefit of having the Chamber communicating to members on topics and current affairs that affect our community. The Chamber events have also allowed us the opportunity to have positive interactions with other businesses in the Rochester area.

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Q: What is a unique fact people should know about Visiting Angels? A: In our local Visiting Angels team, we have two nationally Certified Dementia Care Trainers who both have been providing training and education for our staff as well as other community members. All our care team goes through Dementia Care training.

Q: What is the outlook for your business and industry?

A: There has always been an increasing demand

for our services. When the pandemic first began in 2020, there were a few months of apprehension. But now, even more people are realizing the benefit of receiving care while remaining in their own home where they still can have safe family visits. Visit Visiting Angels in person at 302 Elton Hills Drive NW, Suite 200, Rochester, MN or online at

Visiting Angels, located at 302 Elton Hills Drive NW, Suite 200, in Rochester, offers a variety of home care services for older adults.

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Welcome to the Chamber’s Incoming Board Members The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce will

welcome five new directors to serve on its board of directors in October: Santhi Arunachalam, Operations Manager of Xylo Technologies, Inc., Shawn Fagan, Co-owner of Fagan Studios, Abel Garcia, Owner of Remodeling DL, LLC., Karen Hanson, Home Care Consultant at Home Instead Senior Care, Doug Holdan Chair of Facilities at Mayo Clinic, and Gwen Stevens, Director of Cooperative Relations at People’s Energy Cooperative. As Directors, this new slate of leaders will join the existing board in providing fiduciary oversight of the organization and strategic guidance to the president.

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Abel Garcia

Karen Hanson

Doug Holtan

Gwen Stevens

Fagan Studios

We would also like to recognize the following outgoing Board members for their outstanding service and commitment through the years: Laurie Ackerman | Opportunity Services (outgoing Ambassador Chair) Aaron Benike | Benike Construction Cathy Fraser | Mayo Clinic AnJuanna Napue | Mayo Clinic (outgoing LGR Representative) Nate Nordstrom | BrandHoot John Reed | Rochester Airport Co.

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Join Us for an Un-FORE-gettable Day of Golf! Title Sponsor:

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the Chamber Golf Outing is returning this fall! Hosted at the beautiful Rochester Golf and Country Club on Monday, September 13, the 41st Annual Chamber Golf Outing will feature great networking opportunities, good food, and exciting golf. Also, the team with the lowest score will be awarded the President’s Cup! Register now for a chance to add your team’s name to the trophy and join the likes of Merchants Bank, who won the trophy in 2020. Call (507) 288-1122 or contact Brent Ackerman at for more information or to register today. Date: Monday, September 13, 2021 Registration: 9:30 - 11am Shotgun Start: 11am Dinner & Awards: 5pm Location: Rochester Golf and Country Club Registration: Team: $800 Individual: $200

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CRC Update

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The Chamber is excited to announce that our new AM Espresso is a monthly Networking PLUS event Chamber Resource Campaign (CRC) is now open. The Chamber Resource Campaign is designed to streamline the process when preparing your yearly budget and to bring awareness of all potential Chamber program engagement opportunities for 2022. Bringing together all the information of the CRC is the CRC Catalog. The CRC Catalog will serve as a resource that showcases our events and programs, by providing valuable details such as event descriptions, available sponsorship levels, and benefits associated with each sponsorship. The right of first refusal period is now open until August 31st. The 2022 Networking Event calender is filling up fast. We encourage you to book your event soon.

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. This month, you are invited to Haley Comfort Systems to explore their new space on North Broadway. Date: Friday, September 10 Time: 7:30am-9:00am Location: Haley Comfort Systems, 3708 N Broadway Ave., Rochester, MN Admission: Free, registration required

Dates to remember: • Right of first refusal period: Monday, August 2nd – Tuesday, August 31st • Open enrollment: Wednesday, September 1st • Close of Chamber Resource Campaign: Tuesday, November 30th On behalf of the Chamber Team, Thank you for your continued support of our organization.

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Women’s Roundtable

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network, and build community while enjoying the Heartland Gun Club & Range. Date: Thursday, September 16 Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm Location: Heartland Gun Club and Range, 5105 Commercial Dr. SW, Rochester, MN Admission: Free, registration required

of women leaders who meet the third Friday morning of each month. The Women’s Roundtable provides a small, safe environment for women to: practice and refine skills, discuss challenges specific to women in positions of leadership, learn together and empower each other to take risks. Join us for a fun, engaging program driven by the needs of the group. August’s Women’s Roundtable was guest hosted by Emily Watkins, Owner/Editor of Rochester Women Magazine. Emily led us in large group and breakout group discussions regarding how our businesses have changed in the last 8 months and how this group can help each other. Date: Friday, September 17 Time: 7:30am-9:00am Location: Virtual Zoom and Chamber Conference Room - 220 S Broadway. Ste. 100, Rochester, MN Admission: Free, registration required Featured Speaker: Melissa Brinkman, CEO of Custom Alarm

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Business Eggs and Issues Development Exchange (BDX)

The Rochester area will soon be home to a new As our economy continues to embrace new

technologies and become increasingly digital in nature, it is imperative that small businesses have the cybersecurity tools and protocols to protect their operations and employees. Join the Chamber, with special guests from EO Johnson and Computer Integration Technologies (CIT) for the next Business Development Exchange event “Cybersecurity Strategies for Your Business” to hear directly from IT security experts on tangible steps you can take to secure your online presence. Date: Tuesday, September 21 Time: 11:30am-12:30pm Location: Virtual Webinar Admission: Free member admission $10 general admission Series Sponsors:

career pathway program serving under-represented high school students: Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH). This program will join Career Technical Education at Heintz (CTECH) as a resource to promote career readiness for in-demand fields and offer access to new job opportunities. Learn more about these two cutting-edge programs and how they fill critical workforce needs during Eggs and Issues: Career Pathways with PTECH and CTECH. Date: Thursday, September 30 Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm Location: Rochester Community and Technical College – Heintz Commons Admission: $25 members $35 general Lunch: Boardroom Boxed Lunch $9.75/person (Oven Roast Turkey, Farmers Market) Agenda: • 12:00pm-12:10pm: How PTECH Came to Be • 12:10pm-12:20pm: CTECH: Unique Learning Environment Built on Collaboration • 12:00pm: Panel - PTECH, CTECH, and the Future of Workforce Development • 1:00pm: Close and tour opportunities

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Mayo Clinic Announces Proton Beam Therapy Expansion “The availability of proton beam therapy allows Mayo Clinic physicians and the radiation oncology team to continuously provide innovation in cancer care, delivering individualized treatment plans for each patient,” says Dr. Laack. “Extensive research has proven that proton beam therapy is an effective therapy with the fewest side effects for patients with certain types of cancer. Mayo Clinic researchers have been involved in more than 300 papers published on proton therapy, and research is ongoing.”

To meet growing demand for cancer treatment, Mayo Clinic is announcing a 110,000-square-foot, $200 million expansion to the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program in Rochester.

“Proton radiotherapy has provided a major technological advancement in the treatment of cancer, allowing for powerful radiation therapy to precisely target cancer in a manner superior to traditional radiation therapy,” says Nadia Laack, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “When it opens in 2025, the expanded facility will feature two new treatment rooms, in addition to four treatment rooms currently in operation and improved access for patients requiring proton therapy,” says Dr. Laack. She says the expanded facility also will feature a single lobby and check-in desk, and offer patients receiving radiation therapy and their families a seamless experience. Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy Program uses pencil beam scanning, which allows health care providers to deliver precise radiotherapy to cancerous tissue and lower doses of radiation to healthy tissue, subsequently reducing toxicity and negative side effects for patients receiving treatment. Dr. Laack says this highly targeted therapy is ideal for people with tumors located near or within vital organs.

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“Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is thrilled by the institutional support for this essential expansion of our Proton Beam Therapy Program. As the world leader in proton beam radiation therapy and in new particle radiation therapies under development, we are committed to providing the most advanced cancer care to all of the patients we serve,” says Cheryl Willman, M.D., executive director of Mayo Clinic Cancer Programs and director of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center. The expansion will be located on the east side of the Eisenberg Building and attached to the south side of the Jacobson Building. The expansion will include two floors below ground, a lobby level and a first level, and be constructed to allow for future expansion. Site preparation is anticipated to begin in November, with projects to include the relocation of utility tunnels and pedestrian subways. Building construction is scheduled to begin in late 2022, with a goal to begin treating patients in late 2025. Existing proton beam therapy services will continue to be available during construction. Mayo Clinic is investing $200 million in the expansion project, including construction costs, proton beam equipment and walkways. Once open, the expanded facility is anticipated to treat 900 additional patients per year and create 117 new jobs in a variety of roles.

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Equity in the Built Environment construction industry. View the City of Rochester’s “90 Second Pitch” discussing the importance of co-design within this process.

In March of 2021 the City of Rochester

submitted its application in the first round of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Mayors Challenge. Focusing on economic recovery and growth, the City hopes to address health, income, and labor disparities deepened by COVID-19, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) women in Rochester. With well over 2,000 annual construction jobs generated by the Destination Medical Center (DMC) development initiative, intervention will be essential to ensure Rochester’s economic recovery over the next 20 years benefits the people of our community equitably. Rochester was announced as a 2021 Global Mayors Challenge Champion City in June, one of 50 cities selected out of over 600 applicants across the world. Phase 2 of the application process gives Rochester a chance to test our idea over the next few months, bringing in community co-designers to assist in the development of solutions.

In addition to a mix of BIPOC women from the community, who are and are not within the construction industry, community co-designers also include local representatives in employment and education. Co-designer participants include Benike Construction, CRW Architecture + Design Group, Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester Public Schools, and union representatives from Construction Partnership, Inc. The Diversity Council, Workforce Development, Inc., Destination Medical Center and Cradle 2 Career are also working in partnership with the City of Rochester on this project. Over the next 6 weeks community co-designers will engage in three, two hour sessions to share their lived experiences, perspectives, and knowledge as Rochester residents and from their identified community. In between sessions, each co-designer will spend time capturing and sharing the experiences of the broader communities they are a part of. Key themes identified earlier in the process included culture clash, overall knowledge and awareness of the industry and available jobs, and education opportunities. Insights from their conversations will be used to identify and inform the development of sustainable solutions in the built environment that will increase access and opportunities for BIPOC women in Rochester.

The co-design concept has quickly become a new and innovative type of community engagement that the City of Rochester is committed to. Community co-design aims to engage and elevate the voices that have historically been underrepresented in our typical government processes. With 40% of Black residents living in poverty and the level of unemployment among BIPOC women far higher than any other demographic group, BIPOC women have key perspectives in designing pathways for their increased participation in Rochester’s growing

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New Crisis Center Opens In the days prior to opening, SERCC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for over 100 people from legislators, county commissioners, the mayor of Rochester, and community partners to tour the new building and experience this innovative program. This event capped off the years of collaborative work of many organizations to make SERCC a reality and was led by comments from: Nicole Mucheck, Executive Director of SERCC; Stephanie Podulke, Chair of Olmsted Minnesota State Senator, Dave Senjem, cuts the ribbon at County Board of Commissioners; Tim the Grand Opening of the Southeast Regional Crisis Center. Hunter, Regional Program Coordinator for CREST Adult Mental Health Initiative; Dr. Bruce Sutor, Psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic; Robert Cunningham, Chief Operating Officer at Olmsted n Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the Southeast Medical Center; Sean Kinsella, Executive Director of Regional Crisis Center (SERCC) officially opened its doors to serving the immediate mental health needs NAMI Southeast Minnesota; Dave Senjem, Minnesota of southeastern Minnesota. Within hours of opening, State Senator. SERCC was already assisting community members in need of stabilization – and services have not slowed since.


Open for just over one week, and even from the first day SERRC has provided a variety of services to both youth and adults including stabilization, residential stays for several individuals some who have been successfully discharged already. Part of the care has included coordination with area hospitals and community resources. Community members have also stopped by the center to introduce loved ones who struggle with mental health to the center and show them there is a safe place to go for help.

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“Nexus Family Healing is so honored to bring our expertise with mental health, crisis, and trauma to SERCC and made sure our staff are well-trained and ready to help anyone and everyone who needs it,” said Nicole Mucheck, SERCC Executive Director. “This is such an important resource for the community, and we were able to see that on the very first day of operation. We’ve already heard how the simple intake process is so much less stressful for individuals in crisis and the positive impact we’re having on local emergency responder units.”

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Ribbon Cuttings

Congratulations to the following members on their successful Ribbon Cuttings!

Michelle Kalina | Lake Sotheby’s Realty

A Smooth Move

875 Weatherhill Woods Ln. SW, Rochester, MN 55902

5397 HWY 52 S, Rochester, MN 55904

National Fleet Graphics

Kwik Trip

318 SE South St., Dodge Center, MN 55927

2170 Wheelock Dr. NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Supporting Strategies

Ability Building Community

809 26th St. NE, Rochester, MN 55906

1911 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Michelle Kalina with Lake Sotheby’s International Realty celebrated her new Chamber membership and business launch with a ribbon cutting on July 29. Michelle Kalina cut the ribbon.

National Fleet Graphics celebrated their 20 Year Anniversary with a ribbon cutting on July 30. Tanner Johnston cut the ribbon.

Supporting Strategies celebrated their Grand Opening and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on August 5. Managing Director, Rajeeb Rath, cut the ribbon.

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A Smooth Move celebrated their new Chamber membership and 15 Year Anniversary with a ribbon cutting on July 30. Operations Manager, Jonah VanProosdy, cut the ribbon.

Kwik Trip celebrated the Grand Opening of their new location with a ribbon cutting on August 3. Store Leader, Bryan Doren Kamp, cut the ribbon.

Ability Building Community celebrated their 65 Year Anniversary with a ribbon cutting on August 6. Board of Directors President, Jeff Smigiclski, and Jody cut the ribbon.

September 2021

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Budget Blinds of Rochester

The CBD Centers at Miracle Mile

3946 Hwy 52 N, Rochester, MN 55901

102 17th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Crumbl Cookies

Tilda’s Pizzeria

Budget Blinds of Rochester celebrated their Grand Opening and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on August 11. Showroom Manager, Jessica Ripley, cut the ribbon.

Crumbl Cookies celebrated their Grand Opening and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on August 13. Kendra Moore and Sharmaine Howell cut the ribbon. 2665 Commerce Dr. NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days

Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days celebrated their opening day and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on August 20. Oronoco Mayor, Ryland Eichhorst, cut the ribbon.

September 2021

The CBD Centers at Miracle Mile celebrated their Grand Opening and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on August 13. Owner, Amber Richardson, cut the ribbon.

Tilda’s Pizzeria celebrated their Grand Opening and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on August 17. Owner, Linda Black, cut the ribbon. 300 1st Ave. NW, Rochester, MN 55901

The Bin Cleaners

The Bin Cleaners celebrated their new business and new Chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on August 23. Owner, Marcus Sherels, cut the ribbon.

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E Event Lineup

Event Lineup SEPTEMBER 10


AM Espresso - Haley Comfort Systems

2021 Annual Golf Outing - Fall Classic

Date: Friday, September 10, 2021

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Time: 9:30am-7:00pm

Location: Haley Comfort Systems, 3708 N Broadway

Location: Rochester Golf and

Ave., Rochester, MN

Country Club, 3100 Country Club Rd. SW, Rochester,

FREE - Registration required

MN Team: $800 Individual: $200



Business After Hours - Heartland Gun Club and Range

Hybrid Women’s Roundtable

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Location: Rochester Area Chamber

Location: Heartland Gun Club and Range, 5105

of Commerce and Virtual Zoom Meeting

Commercial Dr. SW, Rochester, MN

FREE - Registration required

FREE - Registration required

Sponsored by: Mayo Clinic, Think Bank, and Wells

Date: Friday, September 17, 2021




Hospitality 1st Roundtable

WE Forum - Home Based Business

Date: Monday, September 23, 2021

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Time: 9:45am-11:00am

Time: 7:30am-9:00am

Location: Mayo Civic Center, Suites

Location: Cascade Meadows, Saint

102 and 103, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN

Mary’s University - Rochester Campus,

FREE - Registration required

2900 19th St. NW, Rochester, MN FREE - Registration required. In-person limited.

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September 2021

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Newsreel Updates from the Chamber member community. Knutson Construction Promotes McWaters

Brock Erickson Promoted

New Executive Director Announced

Mayor Norton Selected for New Task Force

Knutson Construction’s Rochester Office Project Manager Keane McWaters has been promoted to Senior Project Manager. Over the 5 years, Keane has successfully managed over $270M in healthcare and K12 projects, most recently completing the Mayo Clinic I-90 Optimization project and is currently leading the Rochester Public Schools $180 million referendum projects.

Knutson Construction’s Assistant Project Manager Brock Erickson has been promoted to Project Manager. Over the last 5 years, Brock has successful completed numerous healthcare, manufacturing and K-12 education projects throughout Southeastern Minnesota and is currently finishing up the new Overland Elementary School for Rochester Public Schools.

The Neuro Hospitality House recently hired Peggy Paul as their Executive Director. Peggy is a seasoned nonprofit leader and entrepreneur. Catherine McBride, Board President, “With Peggy’s talents and expertise, we plan to build a 20-room facility and commons space for neuro patients and their caregivers.”

As part of the 2021 Housing Omnibus bill passed into law as Chapter 8 during the recent legislative session, a new State Task Force on (Homelessness) Shelter was established. Mayor Norton was appointed by Cathy ten Broeke, Assistant Commissioner and Executive Director, Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Peterson, Holt Named to TSP Principal Group

New President and CEO

Keefe Joins NorthStar Financial Partners, LLC

Museum Grand Opening

TSP’s principal group has two new members: Senior Architect Von Petersen (left) in Rochester, MN, and Project Manager Tadd Holt (right) in Watertown, SD. Both Petersen and Holt are actively engaged project work with clients, construction partners, sub-specialty consultants, and equipment vendors to deliver seamless results.

Think Bank will formalize a long-planned leadership transition on January 1, 2022 when Jenny Hosfeld succeeds Paul Mackin as Chief Executive Officer. Hosfeld has held a variety of key leadership positions since joining Think in 2006 and currently serves as President and Chief Banking Officer.

NorthStar Financial Partners, LLC, is pleased to announce that Kirsten Keege has joined the firm as a Paraplanner. Keefe brings her experience from the banking and technology industry.

Nuss Trucking has announced that their museum, The Nuss Collection Museum, will have a Grand Opening event on Sep. 25, from 9am-4pm at 6300 US Hwy 63 S, Rochester, MN.

September 2021

Does your company have a new hire, recent promotion, or recognition to announce? Submit your Newsreel to Katie Becker at

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W Welcome New Members

Welcome to The Chamber! Introducing our newest members. Stinson Services Inc.

Aaron Martin (612) 220-4335 7391 Bush Lake Rd., Edina, MN 55439

Hancock Mortgage Partners, LLC

Eric Habberstad (507) 216-5160 3257 19th St. NW, Suite 4, Rochester, MN 55901

Spot On Experiences

Meghann Southwick (507) 259-9825 105 26th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55904

Forte Living

Jana Norman (507) 355-2247 1310 21st Ave. NW, Austin, MN 55912

Spectrum Enterprise

Lindsay Valentino (507) 258-5883 3993 Heritage Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901

NH Boutique

Lindsey Snyder (507) 884-2938 1827 South Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904

Doma Title

Sheila Thorson (507) 951-2660 884 Southern Ridge Dr. SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Johnson/Turner Legal

Shelley Beckman (651) 464-7292 56 East Broadway Ave., Suite 206, Forest Lake, MN 55025

Crumbl Cookies

Jess Conrad (507) 328-0636 2665 Commerce Dr. NW, Suite 200, Rochester, MN 55901

Adam’s Pest Control

Nolan Leyse (507) 405-5733 1027 7th St. NW, Suite 106A, Rochester, MN 55901

Bella Grove Apartments

Patrick Burrichter (507) 322-7127 4320 Marigold Pl. NW, Rochester, MN 55901 Home/442

Family Service Rochester, Inc.

Scott Maloney (507) 287-2010 4600 18th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN 55901

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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September 2021


Think you know what local Entertainment Center The Advantage is at? Send your guesses to Katie Becker at for your chance to be feautured on the Chamber’s social media pages!

June’s Advantage was inside of The Galleria at University Square! The Galleria has shopping, dining, and personal services all under one roof.

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220 South Broadway, Suite 100 Rochester, MN 55904 507-288-1122



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