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neXus A monthly newsletter from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

March 2010

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Membership Meeting Series–

Your Monthly Opportunity to Connect

The Chamber is thrilled to re-introduce the tradition of a monthly gathering for members. This is a wonderful opportunity for our members to connect with each other and hear from a notable speaker. Each gathering will also provide the chance for members to network, allow new members to be formally recognized, and include the presentation of a Celebrate Business Success Award (CBS Award) designed to honor a business contributing to the vitality of the East Metro/Saint Paul region. The series is sure to energize and help our membership stay engaged in the East Metro business community. February Membership Meeting A Success With A Sold-Out Crowd More than 150 people gathered and participated in our first Membership Meeting of the year featuring U.S. 2

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Senator Norm Coleman and sponsored by Wells Fargo. SPACC FONTS 317 on Rice Park served as the elegant backdrop to a large PRIMARY crowd who had the opportunity to mingle before sitting HUMANIST 521 BT down for lunch. SECONDARY

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Living Spaces Landscapes Inc., Candy Wolff of Medcare Products, Tom Luby of National Credit Systems, Sara Kendrick of ProStaff, Mike Schoonover and Ken Foster of Schoonover Bodyworks, Rick Ferraro of Spectrum Sign Systems, Inc., Fred Bobich of Sugar Lake Lodge, Commander Roy Surita of US Army, Saint Paul Recruiting Company, Nick Dyer of Write History, Chad Theisen of Yellow Book, and Jenna Zark of Zark Writing Services. With the recognition of our new members, David Quigg, regional president for Wells Fargo in Saint Paul and the East Metro took to the podium to offer a few words to introduce the keynote speaker, Senator Norm Coleman. Coleman took to the stage in what was his first public appearance since his announcement that he won’t run

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FONTS for Minnesota governor. Soon to be Chief Executive OfficerSPACC of the American Action Network, Coleman addressed the audience on PRIMARY the philosophy that America is a center-right nation, looking for HUMANIST 521 BT change in Washington, not America. Addressing lower taxes, strong SECONDARY national security and limited government, Coleman spoke with the 224 Book/Ita ITC Caslon strong enthusiasm that has fueled his political career thus far. PC/WEB FONTS

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was honored with the CBS Award. Accompanied by his family, Jim spoke to Bradshaw’s unwavering support of the Saint Paul community including being an active supporter of the PayneMaryland Partnership on Saint Paul’s East Side. The “Under One Roof ” project would house a library, a recreation center, community meeting rooms, a park, a church, a café, a community resources & services center and a Bradshaw “Celebration of Life Center” in one facility.

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As the afternoon event came to a close, members parted in high SPACC FONTS spirits with anticipation of the next Membership Meeting of the series. To see photos of the February Membership Meeting,PRIMARY please HUMANIST 521 BT visit: www.flickr.com/photos/spacc. SECONDARY

For more information and to register for the March Membership ITC Caslon 224 Book/Ita Meeting, please visit our Events page at www.saintpaulchamber. PC/WEB FONTS com/events or contact Bethany at 651.265.2775. We look forward HelveticatoNeue Thin Helvetica Light seeing you there!


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See All That Windows 7 Has To Offer!

Thursday, March 4 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

OTT, Inc. 2675 Long Lake Road, Roseville, MN 55113

The wait is over – Windows 7 has finally arrived! We invite you to join us to learn more about Windows 7, Microsoft’s newest operating system. All attendees of this complimentary event will receive a $150 voucher for IT services provided by OTT, Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Additionally, attendees will be entered in a drawing for two copies of Windows 7.

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YPro: Irish Trivia Night $25

Business Connection Breakfast

$15 / $18 after March 16.

Tuesday, March 16 5:30 7:30 p.m.

Cork’s Irish Pub 175 East Tenth Street, Saint Paul

Join us for a night of Trivia! Will you be as lucky as the Irish? Prizes will be awarded to the winning team! Register online at www.saintpaulchamber.com/events

If you are interested in sponsoring an event, please contact Bethany Miller at 651.265.2775 or bethany@saintpaulchamber.com

Thursday, March 18 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Salut Bar Americain 917 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul

Make those valuable connections now! With three structured networking rounds over breakfast at our member’s best venues, you’re guaranteed to expand your network! Join us this month at Salut Bar Americain on Grand for networking and breakfast.

If you are interested in sponsoring an event, please contact Bethany Miller at 651.265.2775 or bethany@saintpaulchamber.com

Register online at www.saintpaulchamber.com/events

Non-members: $30

Membership Meeting presented by Wells Fargo

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Friday, March 19 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

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Town & Country Club 300 North Mississippi River Boulevard, Saint Paul

The Membership Meeting creates a great opportunity for members to meet, network, and do business with other Chamber members. Each monthly meeting will feature networking, a keynote speaker, a brief preview of upcoming events, and acknowledgement of new and renewing members. The March Membership Meeting will headline Donald R. Cravins, Jr., Staff Director and Chief Legal Counsel, US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.


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Your Chamber and Moore, Costello & Hart partnered in early 2005 to create a tradition called Celebrate Business Success. This award honors those who provide leading examples of how mermbers of the business community contribute to a shared vision of economic success throughout the Saint Paul/East Metro area.

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were honored with the CBS Award for its continuing commitment to serving the Saint Paul community including the Payne-Maryland Partnership.

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Your Chamber and Moore, Costello & Hart partnered in early 2005 to create a tradition called Celebrate Business Success. This award honors those who provide leading examples of how mermbers of the business community contribute to a shared vision of economic success throughout the Saint Paul/East Metro area.

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People in the News • Minnesota Wire, Saint Paul, in January had nearly $4 million in customer orders and $9.5 million over two months, adding to the largest quarter of bookings in its corporate history. The rapid pace for 2010 represents annualized orders of $57 million and has already led to 125 new jobs. • Th  e Minneapolis-Saint Paul office of Weber Shandwick has selected Partners for Violence Prevention, an organization dedicated to promoting peace, reducing the incidence and impact of violence and building the 9

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capacity for violence prevention in the community, as its pro bono client for 2010. • A partnership was formed between Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ, P.A., Saint Paul, and Genesys Works, Saint Paul, a non-profit that works with high school students. Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ P.A. will help with a Genesys Works team meeting to inform students about the income tax system including filing for federal and state tax refunds.

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and remains optimistic as she looks ahead to 2010. • Minneapolis-based Greiner Construction Inc. completed remodeling two floors in One Financial Plaza in downtown Minneapolis for law firm Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson. The firm’s new office was constructed to LEED specifications. • The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is advising both businesses and consumers to be on alert for a new phishing scam. Multiple Twin Cities auto dealerships have been targeted by scammers seeking customer information, leading to fraudulent charges on the 10

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credit cards of some customers, according to the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association. • Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota is opening a thrift store at the recently constructed Elk River Center at 19624 Holt St. NW in Elk River. • U.S. Bank won an Oscard award for its ReliaCard Visa. The Oscards recognize international excellence in card innovation. The U.S. Bank ReliaCard Visa is a reloadable card designed to replace paper checks. More than 500 cards competed for the 2009 Oscards.

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• Land O’Lakes, Inc., a Saint Paul-based food and agricultural company, named Minneapolis-based ad agency Colle+McVoy its digital agency. Colle+McVoy will manage the consumer Web site, landolakes.com, including strategy, creative, production and development.


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• Wells Fargo & Co. Co. closed closedaa$125 $125million million secured loan to to refinance refinance the theIDS IDSCenter, Center, a 1.38-million-square-foot 1.38-million-square-foot Class ClassAAoffice office building in downtown downtown Minneapolis, Minneapolis,for forOak Oak Brook, Brook, Ill.-based Ill.-based InlandInland American American Real Real EstateEstate TrustTrust Inc. Inland Inc. Inland American American bought bought IDS forIDS aboutfor$227 about million $227 in million 2006. in 2006. • The Minnesota Minnesota State StateColleges Collegesand and Universities Universities Board Board of ofTrustees Trusteeschanged changedthe the name of Saint Saint Cloud CloudTechnical TechnicalCollege Collegetoto Saint Cloud Cloud Technical Technicaland andCommunity Community College. • Kraus-Anderson raus-Anderson Construction ConstructionCo., Co.,aa Minneapolis-based Minneapolis-based commercial commercialgeneral general contractor contractor and and construction constructionmanager, manager, 11

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completed completed construction constructionof ofNorth NorthCountry Country Health Services’ Services’WindSong WindSongatatWoodsEdge WoodsEdge in Bemidji. Bemidji.The The catered cateredsenior-living senior-living apartments apartments are are expected expectedto tobe thethe first first LEED LEED senior-housing senior-housing facility facility in Minnesota. in Minnesota. The The facility facility was was designed designed by Pope by Pope Architects. Architects. • Maplewood-based aplewood-based 3M 3MCo. Co.and andSpring Spring Valley-based Valleybased Sata Sata USA USA settled settled a patent infringement infringement suit suit regarding regarding3M’s 3M’spaint paintcup cup system. • Jim Johnson, Johnson, who who announced announcedhis hisretirement last retirement month,last willmonth, remain will executive remain vice executive president vice president of Saint of Saint Paul-based Paul-based financialfinancialservices firm firm Securian SecurianFinancial FinancialGroup Group Inc.’s group group life life insurance insuranceuntil untilMay May31. 31.

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• Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, Minneapolis, elected Brian Benkstein as a shareholder. • William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, announced that Professor ThuyNga Vo was one of 47 legal scholars across the country to be elected to the America Law Institute. • 5 Eyewitness News (KSTP-TV), Saint Paul, is rehiring Joe Schmit, who left the firm in 2006, as sports director and main sports anchor.

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• Meyer, Borgman and Johnson Inc., Minneapolis, hired Craig Haas as a structural engineer with an expertise in steel connection design. • Scales Advertising, SaintPaul, named Holli Maines account director and Betsey Findorff senior account executive. • Bremer Bank, Saint Paul, hired Michael Green as market manager and vice president of the Plymouth bank branch. • Bonestroo, Saint Paul, hired Scott Israelson as the traffic engineering team leader.

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• Leonard, Street and Deinard, Minneapolis, elected four new shareholders: Stuart Alger, Gabriel Holloway, Curtis Ripley and Brian Thomson. • Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, Minneapolis, elected Matthew Damon as the firm’s president. Former president Brian Johnson stepped down. • Tunheim Partners, based in Minneapolis, hired Jeana Blomme and Madeline Koch as account representatives. • Coldwell Banker Burnet, based in Edina, named Tina Graham as director of training of Coldwell Banker Burnet’s University. 13

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Administrative Services of America Administrative Support Mr. Dave Wilkowske 1150 Cushing Circle #308 Saint Paul, MN 55108 www.adminsoa.com

Compound Profit Financial Services Ms. Jeanine Hansen 8057 Garfield Street Northeast Spring Lake Park, MN 55101 www.cprofitmn.com

Bin Wine Bar Bars Ms. Rebecca Illingworth 400 Sibley Street Saint Paul, MN 55101 www. binwinebar.com

Four51 Internet Products & Services Mr. Tim Morin 8300 Norman Center Drive, Suite 1275 Bloomington, MN 55417 www.four51.com

Blue Door Pub Restaurants Mr. Jeremy Woerner 1811 Selby Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55401 www.thebdp.com

Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation Foundations Mr. Les Larson 1564 Park Circle Mendota Heights, MN 55118 www.hobeybaker.com

Charles Schwab & Company Investments Mr. Ryan Rambacher 401 North Robert Street, Suite 209 Saint Paul, MN 55101 www.schwab.com

Home & Patio Show Expo and Event Management Mr. Nick Cenaiko 9697 East River Road Minneapolis, MN 55433 www.homeandpatioshow.com

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K. David Hirschey Consultants‑Business Mr. K. David Hirschey 6566 France Avenue South, SuiteSPACC 709 FONTS Minneapolis, MN 55435

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Medcare Products, Inc. Manufacturers Ms. Candy Wolff 245 East Marie Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55118 www.medcarelifts.com

Schoonover Body Works, Inc. Auto窶然epairs & Service Mr. Mike Schoonover 1060 West County Road E Shoreview, MN 55126 www.fenderbendermenders.com

Pro Staff Personnel Services Employment Services Ms. Susan Seward 14300 Nicollet Court Suite 208 Burnsville, MN 55306 www.prostaff.com

Sugar Lake Lodge Hotels & Motels Mr. Fred Bobich P.O. Box 847 Grand Rapids, MN 55744 www.sugarlakelodge.com

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Yellow Book USA Publishers Mr. Chris Kuehl 1210 Northland Drive, Suite 150SPACC FONTS Mendota Heights, MN 55120 PRIMARY www.yellowbook.com

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Nexus is a monthly publication for the members of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. The objective of Nexus is to inform and educate members of news and events in the Chamber and the Saint Paul/East Metro

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area. For more information about the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce or to comment on Nexus, please call 651.223.5000 or visit our website at saintpaulchamber.com. We value your input, feedback and questions. Editor: Nicole Condon Designed/Produced by: Concept Group Inc.

2010 Executive Committee

2010 Board of Directors

Susan Kratz Chair of the Board Moore, Costello & Hart, P.L.L.P.

Shane Boyd Travelers

Daniel Scott Immediate Past Chair Leonard, Street and Deinard

Susan Kimberly Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Sanjay Kuba GCI Systems, Inc. Diane Thormodsgard U.S. Bank

Scott Burns GovDelivery, Inc. Angela Craig Saint Jude Medical, Inc.

Mike Logan Target Corporation – Community Relations Tammy Mencel Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Tony Schwartz Beacon Properties Stuart Simek Meridian Management, Inc. Steve Snelling Sand Companies

Mark Dienhart University of St. Thomas

Jaci Meyer, Agent State Farm Insurance – Jaci Meyer

Mark Stutrud Summit Brewing Company

Lori Fritts Midway Chamber of Commerce

Mark Moeller R.F. Moeller Jeweler, Inc.

Kris Taylor Ecolab Inc.

Sherry Hastings Frauenshuh, Inc.

Vince Montgomery TKDA

Kyle Thomas Home Services of America, Inc.

Sara Criger Saint Joseph’s Hospital, HealthEast Care System

Bill Kavanaugh Securian Financial Group, Inc.

Altin Paulson Marketplace Productions, LLC

Susan Wenz KSTC Channel 45

Bill Foussard White Bear Country Inn

Julie Larson Roseville Visitors Association

Gino Pitera Gertens

Guy Gilmore Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Craig Leipold Minnesota Wild

Susan Rani Rani Engineering

Bill Kaphing Xcel Energy Inc.

Bill Lentsch Delta Airlines, Inc.

Joe Richburg Keystone Computer Solutions

SPACC GRAPHIC STANDARDS GUIDE Bonnie Holub Bill Wright Chair Elect Adventium Labs

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