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Official Publication of The Chamber - GF/EGF Official Publication of Grand Forks - East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Seeks to Better Engage Membership Through Social Media While the Chamber currently uses social media on a daily basis the potential to use social media more effectively and consistently n the future is there. This was the conclusion of the Chamber Board at their April meeting. To that end the Board has asked Board Member, Brian Rydell from Rydell Auto Center to chair a Social Media Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force is to review The Chamber’s current social media plan and baseline metrics, suggest changes to the plan and new strategies and develop new analytics/metrics so the Chamber can track its social media progress. The results of the Task Force will be reported to the membership so they can potentially use the results in their business. If you have an interest in serving on this task force please contact Lisa Swanson at the Chamber office: lisas@gochamber.org

Need For Workforce Development Committee is Clear

After taking a quick review of the current workforce statistics for Grand Forks County and its obvious why workforce is emerging as the biggest issue facing businesses in our region. Consider that in May of 2013 there were 1,664 job opening in Grand Forks County. In April of 2014 that number has risen to 2,012 and a month later in May of 2014 the number currently stands at 2,572 positions open in just Grand Forks County alone. That is a year over year increase of 908 positions or 54.6% and 27.3% more than the previous months. Another number that is important to consider is that there is currently only a half an unemployed person for each current job opening compared to .8 unemployed person per job opening a year ago. By every measure the local workforce is getting tighter. Find out more about this committee on page 2.

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Chair: Chris Wolf Alerus Financial Chair-Elect: Kristi Magnuson Nelson Hugo’s/Hugo’s Wine & Spirits Past Chair: Jeff Wilson Vilandre Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing Secretary: Ron Galstad Galstad, Jensen, McCann PA John Oncken - True North Equipment Craig Amiot - 5 Star Collision Barry Wilfahrt The Chamber - GF/EGF

Directors

Dan Dahl - Dahl Funeral Home Amy Haagenson - Brady Martz & Assoc. Pete Haga - City of Grand Forks Bonnie Haley - Bon Voyage Travel Brady Hansen- Verizon Wireless, BeMobile, Inc. Jason Heintz - Scheels Kenny Holweger - Kenny’s Music Phyllis Johnson- UND Curt Kreun - GF City Council Pat McLean - Clear Channel Comm. Bob Moore - River Cinema Dennis Riesenour - Altru Health System Brian Rydell - Rydell Auto Center Cheryl Swanson- Alerus Center Klaus Thiessen - GF Regional EDC Matt Walkowiak - Ground Round

Sr. Military Advisor to the Board Colonel Paul E. Bauman - GFAFB

Staff Barry Wilfahrt

President/CEO barry@gochamber.org

Lisa Swanson

Vice President of Operations lisas@gochamber.org

Workforce Task Forces Announced

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With more than 2,000 local job openings, workforce continues to be a major issue facing business. Following a successful meeting of local HR Directors, The Chamber, EDC, local SHRM group and Job Service of ND are forming 6 task forces to work on potential solutions. While there is no one solution, there are many things we can do collectively as businesses and nonprofit partners to identify and get more people working in our community. The six task forces are: • Business – Post Secondary Education Engagement • Veteran/Military Recruitment • New Americans Employment • Joint Referral Network • High School Career Awareness • Niche Workforce Markets (examples: homeless, social service recipients, retirees) Please feel free to contact Barry Wilfahrt at the Chamber at barry@gochamber.org or Keith Lund at the EDC at keithl@grandforks. org if you would like to be involved in one or more of the task forces.

Candidates for Grand Forks School Board and City Council are up for election. The Chamber sponsored forums can be seen on local cable TV channel 2 at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday prior to the election. There are 2 candidates running for each of the two contested City Council seats. Councilman Dana Sande is unopposed in the third Ward up for election. For the School Board there are 6 candidates running for two 2 year seats and 15 candidates running for five 4 year seats. Special thanks to The City of Grand Forks for allowing The Chamber to use the City Council Chambers to host the forums and to Mike Helt from Alerus Financial who helped organize the forums.

ND Legislative Committees Hear GF Messages

Four ND Interim Legislative Committees have now held 4 meetings in Grand Forks. The Chamber, City of GF, EDC and UND have all played a role in expanding the scope of these hearings

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to include a major segment on Grand Forks and the Grand Forks Region in the hearings. Depending on the purpose of each interim committee, the group has thanked the legislature for their past support of Grand Forks and Grand Forks region projects on everything from the new medical school to base impact funding. On the horizon the team has updated the various committees on the enhanced use lease at the air force base, long term future of the base, transportation needs, UND capital and operation’s needs, water supply needs and long term infrastructure needs.

More than 30 local “Team Grand Forks” members have come together to convey relevant messages to these important committees. Helping the legislature understand how we have been good stewards of state money in the past and our future needs will be very important when the legislature convenes again in January of 2015.

City Administrator Todd Feland and Councilman, Ken Vein will present the cities plans and lead a discussion with the local business community at that meeting.

Special Board Meeting Open to Membership

If interested in attending, please RSVP by emailing The Chamber at info@gochamber.org

City Infrastructure, long term growth, transportation and water supply will be the four key issues discussed at a special Chamber Board meeting on July 24th in The Chamber offices at 7:30 a.m.

This will be a very interesting meeting for anyone interested in the long term infrastructure needs and growth plans for the future.

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Membership Renewals

The following businesses know the value of their Chamber Membership and have renewed their membership in The Chamber - GF/EGF. Please visit them for your purchasing needs.

A1 Cowboy Catering Andy’s Harley Davidson Assurity Finance & Development, LLC Biolife Plasma Services Border States Trophy & Awards Cellular Communications Dakota Commercial & Development Dakota Science Center Dog’Mahal Doghaus/Ojata Records Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve German Law Group, PC Grand Forks Co. Farm Service agency Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Greenberg Realty - Tammy Howard Hawkes Manufacturing, Inc. Hospice of the Red River Valley Ink, Inc. Italian Moon James Dalglish

Kelly’s Bar La Touche’ Finale Maximum Impact Promotions & Specialties Merle’s Steam Clean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Mexican Village Mike’s Pizza & Pub Praxis Strategy Group Rodan + Fields Dermatologists: Janelle Studney Super One Foods The Arc, Upper Valley Tim Shea’s Nursery, Inc. Travelodge True North Equipment Turtle River State Park Waste Management Winmar Sleep Center Wonder Years

Nancy Johnson Speaks at Chamber Ag Committee Meeting At the May Agribusiness Committee meeting Nancy Johnson, Executive Director of the ND Soybean Growers Assoc., spoke to the committee about the soybean industry in our area. According to Nancy, ND farmers intended to plant 6.5 million acres of soybeans this year, a one million acre increase (22%) from last year. However, given the late spring, soybean acreage may even be higher than that. 70 to 75 percent of the state’s soybean production is shipped by rail to ports in the Pacific Northwest, many of them bound for China. This is why the delays in rail car deliveries this winter and spring has been the Growers Association’s No. 1 issue. A recent NDSU study indicates that North Dakota farmers have already lost more than $66 million due to the lower-than-average cash prices, which are in part due to the rail congestion. 4

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Welcome New Members! The Shrink Tank.com LLC Greg Harmon 2500 S. Columbia Suite C. Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-757-2090 (C) 218-689-5848 gjharmon@hotmail.com www.theshrinktank.com Open Monday-Friday 7:30am-3pm. Serving nutritious shakes and teas for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack! Recruited by: Fran Halvorson Pearson, Christensen & Clapp, PLLP Daniil L. Gaustad 24 N. 4th St. P.O Box 5758 Grand Forks, ND 58206-5758 (P) 701-775-0521 (F) 701-775-0524 dan@grandforkslaw.com www.grandforkslaw.com Pearson Christensen & Clapp, PLLP is a dynamic, versatile law firm focused on providing individual and business clients with experienced, professional representation in a wide range of areas. Recruited by: Lisa Almquist MaidSimple Katie Stauss PO Box 13656 Grand Forks, ND 58208-3656 (P) 701-765-3069 info@gomaidsimple.com www.gomaidsimple.com Our team of expertly trained cleaning professionals will provide the highquality clean you desire. We make sure your home is cleaned to your satisfaction, with the addition of any customized services you request. Recruited by: Larissa Kadlec Aquatic Designs Mark Peterson PO Box 14391 Grand Forks, ND 58208 (P) 701-741-6307 aquatic72@gmail.com www.fishdr.net We are located in Grand Forks, ND and maintain aquariums throughout MN and ND, in residential homes as wells as large scale commercial aquariums! Recruited by: Larissa Kadlec www.gochamber.org

Viz-ionary Fitness by Jessilyn Vizenor Jessilyn Vizenor Fisher, MN 56723 (P) 701-741-3693 jessse.vizenor@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/vizionaryfitness Viz-ionary Fitness is a health and wealth community for sharing recipes, exercises and healthy lifestyle tips. Recruited by: Stacey Brorson Curves Audrey Knutson 2100 S Columbia Rd Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-787-5484 (F) 701-787-5484 aknutson@gra.midco.net www.curves.com Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels are designed to give you amazing results. In just 30 minutes a day you will build lean muscle, amp up your metabolism and kick start your weight loss. Each workout has modifications for every fitness level, so everyone can get maximum benefits. Recruited by: Larissa Campbell Grand Cities Woman Autumn Graber P.O, Box 5503 Grand Forks, ND 58206 (P) 701-261-2692 grandcitieswoman@live.com www.grandcitieswoman.com Grand Cities Woman is published six times a year. The magazine features women who go above and beyond to make our community a better place. Recruited by: Michaela Schell Gary Emerson Music & Sound Gary Emerson 1401 Central Ave. N.W. East Grand Forks, MN 56721 (P) 218-773-1134 emersonmusic@midconetwork.com We specialize in audio and video installation, wireless microphones and recording. Recruited by: Kenny Holweger

Grand Forks Diesel Injection Service Inc Michael Schreiner 3010 N. Washington St. Grand Forks, ND 58203 (P) 701-775-8321 (F) 701-775-9364 gfdiesel@msn.com www.gfdiesel.com Serving the Red River Valley region since 2000! We are a member of the Association of Diesel Specialists and our factory trained technicians have over 30 years of experience in the industry. If it runs on diesel, call us! Recruited by: Pastor Chris Current Amazing Grains Ashley Decker 214 Demers Ave. Grand Forks, ND 58203 (P) 701-775-4542 info@amazinggrains.org www.amazinggrains.org Amazing Grains Food Co-op is a full-line grocery store in down-town Grand Forks. Our store is owned and operated by hundreds of community members just like you! Recruited by: Mike Helt Tim D. Lord, CPA Tim Lord 1521 24th Ave. S. Suite A Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 218-779-2614 tlord@gra.midco.net We provide a number of business services including accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, tax preparation, business planning and consulting services. Recruited by: Craig Amiot Triangle Coach Service, Inc. Dale Helms 1611 Central Ave NW East Grand Forks, MN 56721 (P) 218-773-2631 (F) 218-773-2300 contact@trianglecoachservice.com www.trianglecoachservice.com Triangle Coach Service is a full service motor coach company operating a fleet of over the road buses to anywhere in the Continental US and Canada. Recruited by: Kenny Holweger

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Welcome New Members! Studio South Amber Stegman 4551 South Washington Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-430-0437 studiosouthgf@gmail.com www.studiosouthgf.com Come in for the full beauty salon and spa treatment at our fabulous, upscale location, and leave feeling like a brand-new you. From head to toe, we promise the best salon services using the best industry products available. Recruited by: Kathy Olson

Burggrafs Ace Hardware Tony Gillson 1826 S. Washington St., Ste. 1 Grand Cities Mall Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-738-0455 (F) 701-738-0457 tony@burggrafsace.com.com www.acehardware.com We offer a variety of products for your home and garden including: hardware, paint, lawn & garden, grills, patio, etc. Recruited by: Kenny Holweger The Ho Sports Bar and Casino Jerry Green 3450 Gateway Drive Suite B Grand Forks, ND 58203 (P) 701-772-7000 thehobar@gmail.com www.theho-bar.com On & off Sale beer, wine and liquor. Featuring local and regional bands or an entertaining show on weekends. 3 blackjack tables, paddle wheel and pull tabs. Pool tables, dartboards and other games for your enjoyment. Recruited by: Matthew Dehnert Red River Valley Horse Association Keith Eggl PO Box 162 Larimore, ND 58251 (P) 701-740-1724 keith.eggl@gmail.com www.rrvha.com Looking for new members! Join fellow horse enthusiasts and owners in joining this club. Recruited by: Kenny Holweger Tio’s Authentic Mexican Food Roy Olivarez 1726 South Washington St. Unit #34 Grand Cities Mall Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-757-3077 We serve only authentic Mexican food homemade daily. Need a caterer for

your next event? Call us, we would love to help. Check with us for our occasional specials including: Menudo, Barbacoa and Tamales. Recruited by: Bryan Brendan Superior Styles Krissey Varnson 711 N. Washington St. Grand Forks, ND 58203 (P) 701-610-1214 krisseyvarnson@gmail.com Do you need a superior new hair style? I can help. Located on North Washington St., I specialize in haircuts and colors. Feel free to call or email for your next appointment. Revolutions Power Sports & Marine Travis Burke 4225 36th Ave. South Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-746-4997 (F) 701-746-4999 info@revolutionspowersports.com www.revolutionspowersports.com We’ve been in the power motor sports business for over 10 years! We offer quality products by several top of the line companies. Check out our showroom for your new summer boat, motorcycle, Jet Ski or ATV! Recruited by: Amy Enget

Sweeto Burrito Kody McCollam 1419 S Columbia Rd Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 605 - 840-8082 kody@sweetomidwest.com www.sweetoburrito.com Sweeto Burrito is excited to open a new location in Grand Forks mid-June! We are looking to hire several positions, so contact us if you are interested. Please visit our website and check out “Our Story”. Gerties Kelly Palmiscno & Robin Ogawa 1823 South Washington Street Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-215-1390 (P) 701-741-1222 ilovegerties@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/pages/ Gerties/438664726241169 An Occasional Store (Opened September 2013) that is sure to INSPIRE! Vintage, Retro, Shabby Chic, Upcycled-Furniture, Décor and so much more. OPEN THE 2ND WED-SAT OF THE MONTH FROM 10-6. Recruited by: Larissa Kadlec

C & H Insurance Justin Hecht 1427 Central Ave. NW East Grand Forks, MN 56721 (P) 218-773-0287 (F) 218-773-3334 justin.candhins@midconetwork.com Stop in to our conveniently located office in East Grand Forks for your insurance needs. Recruited by: Craig Amiot

True Colors Mickie Nakonechny 6 South 3rd St Grand Forks, ND 58203 (P) 701-795-5660 truecolorsconsignment@yahoo.com www.truecolorsconsignment.com True Colors, a funky, chic resale boutique located in beautiful downtown Grand Forks, ND, is the region’s leading specialty retailer of women’s new and gently used clothing, accessories and giftware. Recruited by: Amy Enget

KBM, Inc. Jason Zilka 405 Bruce Ave. Suite 200 Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-772-7156 (F) 701-772-0826 jzilka@kbm-corp.com www.kbm-corp.com KBM Inc. provides professional consulting services in civil and electrical engineering, aerial photography, photogrammetric mapping, geographic information systems and LiDar/geospaital. Recruited by: Lisa Almquist

Manke Family Dentistry Dr. Rory Manke 2401 S. Washington St. STE B. Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-772-8158 (F) 701-772-9108 rorymankedds@midconetwork.com www.mankedental.com We are committed to providing exceptional, comprehensive dental care for you and your family. We strive to make your visit as comfortable as possible and our experienced staff will help you every step along the way. Recruited by: Mike Helt


Welcome New Members! Organo Gold by Jason & Jess Jason & Jess Raupp Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 218-289-4516 jasonandjess.organogold@gmail.com www.jasonandjess@organogold.com Organo Gold is a global Network Marketing company on a mission to spread knowledge of Ganoderma to the entire world. The company vision is to help people improve their lives by reaching new levels of health, wealth and balance, through the opportunity and products. Recruited by: Jess Raupp Tintmasters Motorsports Troy Conner 210 N. Washington St. STE 1 Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-780-8895 (F) 701-787-0451 tintmastersgf@gmail.com www.tintmastersmotorsports.com We believe that your vehicle is more than just a means of transportation; it’s an extension of your personality. That’s why Tintmasters Motorsports is the local authority for all of your automotive customization needs. Our mission is simple: help our customers build the vehicles of their dreams. Recruited by: Craig Amiot Dostal Dent Tech Jon Dostal 2251 32nd Ave. S. Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-741-1306 jdostal@gra.midco.net www.dostalsdenttech.com Dostal’s Dent Tech offers Automotive Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) services in Grand Forks, ND and in surrounding areas. I specialize in low cost removal of doors dings, dents and hail damage. With 14 years of experience, I am your reliable partner when it comes to restoring your vehicle. Recruited by: Craig Amiot Rumors Sports Bar & Grill Bill Tyrrell 1826 S Washington St, #15 Grand Cities Mall Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-772-0125 Under new ownership, Rumors offers on & off liquor sales, casino games and bingo, and serves several menu items from 11am -11pm. Come hungry and thirsty! Recruited by: Brandon Wong

Viscito Family Medicine Dr. Matthew Viscito 2750 26th St. S. Suite C Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-757-1999 (F) 701-757-0898 www.ViscitoFamilyMedicine.com Located near the GF Post Office, we provide medical services for your entire family. To include: primary care, well child & woman exams, annual, sports & camp physicals, laboratory testing, immunizations, preventative health care and pre-operative clearance. Recruited by: Mike Helt

Rossten Auto Sales LLC Ross Huebner 108 Gateway Dr. Grand Forks, ND 58203 (P) 701-746-9510 (F) 701-757-0829 sales@rosstenautoco.com www.rosstenautoco.net Under new ownership! We invite you to visit our newly remodeled office and see our great selection of previously owned vehicles. Our inventory consists of many vehicles from a beautiful 1960 Chevy Bel Air to a 2012 Chevy Silverado. Recruited by: Joe Forte

Midwest Chiropractic formerly Galstad Chiropractic Cathy Galstad 2600 Demers Ave. STE 110 Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-772-3505 www.midwestchirond.com Our goal is to get you to the top of your game, whether you are an athlete, weekend warrior, or average Joe. We use proven techniques to evaluate function, improve performance, and prevent and treat injuries. Recruited by: Jody Vigness

Monarch Travel & Tours Julie Conely 1508 Central Ave NE East Grand Forks, MN 56721 (P) 218-773-3344 (F) 218-773-7425 monarchtravel2002@yahoo.com www.monarchtraveltours.com Serving the area for 27 years, with over 45 years of combined experience. Call Julie or Kathryn to confirm your, family vacations, honeymoon, destination wedding, or just that special getaway. Recruited by: Kenny Holweger

Amanda Nordstrom Agency Amanda Nordstrom 2850 24th Ave. S. STE 102 Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-775-5568 (F) 701-738-8031 anordstr@amfam.com http://insurance-agency.amfam.com/ ND/amanda-nordstrom/ As your American Family Insurance agent, I believe there’s more to insurance than the policy itself. It’s about providing dependable protection and service. That’s why earning your trust is my policy. Recruited by: Janelle Studney Northridge (Hospitality & Construction) Karen Harrington 1551 28th Ave. S. STE L Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-238-8761 (F) 701-772-4428 karen@northridgenet.com www.northridgenet.com Northridge specializes in areas including hotel management, construction, development, third-party management, ownership and asset management. Recruited by: Stacey Brorson

Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse Joe Tollefson 1970 S. Columbia Rd Grand Forks, ND 58201 (P) 701-795-8995 borrowedbucksgf@gmail.com www.bucksgrandforks.com Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse is your entertainment hot spot with a full service bar, large dance floor and weekly drink specials and events. We now have an off-sale liquor store! Recruited by: Stacey Brorson This year’s Membership Drive was appropriately themed “Soaring to New Heights!” Our membership has done just that with 62 businesses joining The Chamber from April 15-May 9th! Be sure to check out our Facebook page for drive updates and photos of prize winners. www.facebook.com/THECHAMBERGFEGF A big thank you goes out to all our volunteers and the many businesses who donated prizes to the drive! Along with the new members in May’s issue, this concludes our list of Membership Drive New Members, Welcome!


Rydell Business After Hours

Insure Forward/Bank Forward Chamber Golf Tournament

May Brown Bag Seminar

Membership Drive Wrap Up Party

Insure Forward/Bank Forward Chamber Golf Tournament

Rydell Business After Hours


Rydell Business After Hours

Membership Drive Wrap Up Party

Insure Forward/Bank Forward Chamber Golf Tournament

May Brown Bag Seminar

Insure Forward/Bank Forward Chamber Golf Tournament

2014 Membership Drive


2014 Membership Drive Rydell Business After Hours

Insure Forward/Bank Forward Chamber Golf Tournament

Rydell Business After Hours

Membership Drive Wrap Up Party

Insure Forward/Bank Forward Chamber Golf Tournament


Business Briefs Marco Selected as 2014 Chamber Choice Award Winner

Marco Inc. has been selected as the ChamberChoice 2014 Young Professionals Best Place to Work by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. This award recognizes local businesses committed to recruiting and retaining talented young professionals. The ChamberChoice Award finalists and winners were selected by a panel of independent judges from the regional business community who evaluated accomplishments in the areas of business growth, innovation, creativity, community involvement and unique achievement relating to a spe-

cific business or industry. The winners were announced at The Chamber’s Annual ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon held Wednesday May 21st at the Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center.

science in marketing, and from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, M.N. with a bachelor of science in finance. Johnson is active with the American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk.

Insight Technologies The Arc, Upper Valley Hires Executive Director Partnership Insight Technologies, Grand Chris Johnson recently joined Choice Financial in Grand Forks as Market President, leading both of the bank’s Grand Forks locations.

Forks, ND, along with Dickey Rural Networks (DRN), Ellendale, ND and Dakota Central Telecommunications (DCT), Carrington, ND, announced today the three companies have Johnson has entered into an investor partprevious banking experience includ- nership agreement. ing eight years This partnership was formed to at Bremer Bank leverage the collective indusand 12 years at capabilities and expertise Choice Financial’s try of its employees to provide Grafton location. advanced technology services He graduated from Minot State University, Cont. on page 14 Minot, N.D., with a bachelor of

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eaders For Life Leadership 2014

A Professional Development Training Program Leadership Team Building Communications Business Practices Community & Regional Awareness The Chamber of Commerce held its first Leadership Training Program in 1985. Since then, over 1000 business professionals have graduated from the program. Leadership 2014 is designed to give local and regional participants an opportunity to develop the leadership skills necessary to achieve success in their career, family and community. Fun volunteer and leadership challenge activities help to immerse you in our communities.

Over the course of three months, participants attend orientation and seven one-day sessions (8:00am -5:00pm) covering topics from Leadership and Team Building to Communications and Community History. Each session is held at a different location in the Grand Cities. The program ends with a graduation ceremony.

Topics and Presenters LEADERSHIP/TEAM BUILDING The Leader In You Sheila Gerszewski - 1st International Bank & Trust Leadership Lifeline - Who Am I? Gwen Klawon - UND Aerospace Personal Awareness & Growth - Meyers Briggs Assessment Noreen Keesey - Certified MBTI Trainer Team Building Activities - Ropes Course ND Army National Guard Celluloid Leadership

BG Alan Palmer (Ret) BUSINESS PRACTICES Recognizing Drug Use in the Workplace Sgt. Travis Jacobson - GFPD How to Replace Workplace Negativity with Enthusiasm Tonya Stende - Dale Carnegie Training Name Remembering Techniques Tonya Stende - Dale Carnegie Training HR:101 Rick Sandwick - UND Dan Gordon - LM Windpower

The Chamber Leadership Program has offered me such a great opportunity to grow. I was able to connect and network with individuals from a variety of work backgrounds. I have developed many skills and began learning new techniques to apply to different work situations and different experiences in life. After graduating from this unique program, I believe that I am a more wellrounded individual! -Tricia Berg, Prairie Harvest

COMMUNITY AWARENESS GF/EGF City History and Tour Lonnie Laffen - JLG Architects A Day At The GFAFB GFAFB Personnel COMMUNICATIONS Managing Conflict in the Workplace Kristine Paranica - UND Conflict Resolution Center Generations in the Workplace Terry Horpedahl - TrainND

I had a blast in the program last year and I learned a lot. The presenters arranged by the Chamber communicated ideas and lead activities that changed how I do things at work and at home. I learned a lot about Grand Forks, Grand Forks Air Force Base, and local businesses and organizations, and I made friends with 40 people who I had never met before meeting them at Chamber Leadership. The program developed in me a deeper appreciation of our communities and the people who live here, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to develop their skills and meet wonderful people in the process! - Connor Ruff, Alerus Financial


BenefiTs To pArTicipAnTs And empLoyers:

*Build on current skills that enhance job performance *Learn new skills to advance in your workplace

*Gain a greater awareness of our community *Improve communication skills

*Develop skills to aid growth at work and home *Meet professionals in the business community and create a network of contacts

I feel that the leadership class was not only a learning experience but a great networking experience. The people in the 2013 class seemed to bond. The class spent time together outside of the training through group suppers and still keep in touch through email and ‘Business After Hours’. We learned about ourselves as leaders and were able to use those experiences in our daily work, as well as establish connections with the other classmates in both professional and social aspects. Josh Kaiser, Valley Dairy

How To ATTend: Tuition covers the program, all materials, breakfast, lunch and the graduation ceremony for the participant and a guest. You recieve great training and community outings with professional presenters all in one program

$599 for Chamber Members $699 for Non-Members Space is limited to 40 participants and fills up fast. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, firstserved basis. You are required to complete a volunteer commitment of a minimum of 2 hours during the program as well as a Leaderhip Challenge in the community. Applications can be obtained at The Chamber. Please call 772-7271, email us at info@gochamber.org or from our website, www.gochamber.org. Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please return completed applications to The Chamber no later than August 15th, 2014.

TrAining dATes & LocATions September 3 - Orientation - Lincoln Park (4:30pm - 6:00pm) September 10 - Scheels (Columbia Mall) September 24 - GF City Hall October 8 - Altru S. Washington Campus October 22 - GFAFB November 5 - Bremer Bank November 19 - TBD December 3- ND Army Nat. Guard December 11 - Review - River Cinema Graduation - Banquets on the Boardwalk


Business Briefs to the communities served by Insight Technologies, DCT and DRN. Insight Technologies CEO, Rick Davis said, “Our partnership with DRN and DCT is a key part of a shared strategic vision to expand the resources and capabilities of Insight Technologies”. While the partnership will open new

the University of North Dakota with a degree in Communications and joins the NetWork Center, Inc. team with 5 years of IT experience. Prior to NetWork Center, Inc. Aaron worked for Sanford at their IT Helpdesk

EAPC Expands Healthcare Team

opportunities for all three companies, the day to day operations of Insight Technologies will remain unchanged, according to Davis. Brian Burkett, Insight Technologies COO, commented, “We share a strong trust relationship with our clients and our commitment to serve them continues to be our primary responsibility. The energy and talent that DRN and DCT bring to our partnership will only strengthen those relationships”. News of the partnership was first shared with the employees of each company. Robert K. Johnson, DRN CEO/General Manager, said “Insight is absolutely a first class company in every facet of their business. Our goal, along with DCT, is to be a quiet partner in Insight’s mission and to be part of their exciting future”. DCT CEO/ General Manager Keith Larson, agreed, “Insight has a great team. They are out in front in implementing cloud technologies and managing complex data environments. Their website and software development group is exceptional. We are energized by all of the opportunities our partnership with Insight opens for our companies and our clients”.

Network Center Announces New Hire

NetWork Center, Inc. announces the addition of Help Desk Technician Aaron Furstenau. Aaron graduated from 14

EAPC Architects Engineers is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Failing as its Director of Healthcare Support Services. Rick’s position was recently developed to enhance many of the services EAPC has provided over 47 years to its healthcare clients. Rick will provide liaison services between existing and prospective healthcare clients including resource acquisition services as required by the client, whether it be initial facility assessment, demand analysis, preliminary design development, financing options, final design planning, construction monitoring, or post construction follow-up. Rick has served in senior healthcare management positions for nearly 30 years with the majority of those years as the chief executive officer of rural healthcare organizations, most recently for Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center. Over these many years, Rick was involved in numerous healthcare

facility infrastructure improvement projects and new building construction. Alan Dostert, CEO and President of EAPC, said “Rick’s experience as a seasoned healthcare administrator provides a new perspective and balance to our team of EAPC healthcare professionals, and as a result is allowing us to broaden our industry knowledge and provide another level of service to our healthcare partners. We are extremely excited to have Rick on our team!” Rick has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in healthcare administration. In 2004, he was selected to serve on the Minnesota Governor’s Rural Health Advisory Committee, and was awarded in 2002 the Minnesota Department of Health’s Rural Health Hero Award. He was one of eight finalists for the National Rural Health Association’s 2003 Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Care. Twice under his leadership, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation awarded their 1999 Outstanding NonProfit Agency award and their 2011 Organizational Excellence award.

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