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March 2012

March 7, 2012 11:30-1:00

Twin Cities North

Business Expo & Seminar March 27th  The Mermaid More info inside...

Results Sponsors:

2012 Gala Recap Premier Sponsors:


Chamber Leadership Board of Directors Officers Joe Brauer, Chair Mid American Financial Group jbrauer@ minneapolis.nef.com Eric Olson, Vice Chair Olson Consulting eric.olson12@gmail.com Kathy Klang, Treasurer Cummings, Keegan & Co., PLLP kjklang@ckco-cpa.com Directors Sarah Anderson Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott - Roseville sanderson@csmcorp.net Beverly Aplikowski Lakeside Homes Inc. bev@homesbylakeside.com Shirley Barnes Crest View Senior Communities sbarnes@crestviewcares.org Ann Curtis M&I Bank—Minneapolis ann.curtis@micorp.com Jason Helgemoe Western Bank jhelgemoe@western-bank.com Ted Landwehr Landwehr Law Offices tland@landwehrlaw.com Steve McAlpin McAlpin Agency Inc. steve@mcalpinagency.com

Lori Wightman Unity Hospital lori.wightman@allina.com

Marnie Ochs-Raleigh Evolve Systems marnie@evolve-systems.com Shanda Osiecki Lion Precision shanda@lionprecision.com

Progress in a business is sometimes hard to see. Make no mistake about it, the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce is definitely a business. We have overhead and payroll, and most certainly, wonderful customers. We plan, we strategize, we survived the great recession, and are moving ahead in the new normal. Yet sometimes, gosh darn it, we just feel like were banging our heads against a wall.

Committee Chairs Ambassadors OPEN Breakfast Networking Dr. Catherine Gray MorningStar Chiropractic Economic Advancement Chad Commers Roseville Properties Management Executive Committee Joe Brauer Mid American Financial Group Fall ‘Nine is Fine’ Golf Outing Brad Kadrie Kadrie Insurance Agency Gala 2013 Ann Aubitz Fuzion Print Nominating Committee Joe Brauer Mid American Financial Group Public Policy Bill Gschwind Alden, Pearson, P.A. Spring Golf Tournament 2011 Brad Kadrie Kadrie Insurance Agency

Jodi Moulzolf jmoulzolf@yahoo.com Andrea Murphy Northeast Bank am@northeastbank-mn.com

From the Desk of the President & CEO

Tim Roche

Not right now though. The Excellence in Business Gala was a raving success, we got 12 new members in February, the spring expo is on track to sell out again, and we’re making great headway on a new, hopefully annual, Technology Summit in April. If you missed the Gala on February 24th, I hope you had the chance to check out the video, made by Anderson’s Designer Portraits, that was emailed out recently. Over 240 attendees enjoyed a great night of celebration, as we honored 8 award winners and 32 nominees in 8 different award categories.

The committee did a fantastic job with the theme of “Roaring 20’s”. From decorations and outfits to the raid, courtesy of WBL Lions Theater, there was plenty of activity and fun had throughout the evening. Committee Chair Ann Aubitz of Fuzion Print is to be commended on the excellent work her and the committee did. As is the Chamber as a whole, we could not and would not exist without our awesome members. We understand we can’t rest on our laurels though. We have a great Board of Directors and I enjoy working with them, and learning from them as to what the Chamber can be doing better for businesses in the community. However, we need to hear from you too. Over the next couple of months we will be sending out surveys to all of our members in preparation for our Board Retreat in June. Events, products, services, advocacy, and anything else we do will be scrutinized. When the time comes, please take a few moments to evaluate and make suggestions where you can. We want to make sure were doing everything we can to make your economy better!

New Member Spotlight... Mounds View Schools Adult Education

INTERESTED IN HELPING CHART THE CHAMBER’S DIRECTION? Contact the Chamber office for a complete committee update at 763.571.9781.

Deb Pieper ITK Technology d_pieper@comcast.net

Contact Your Chamber Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce 525 Main Street, Suite 200, New Brighton, MN 55112 Tel. 763.571.9781; E-mail info@twincitiesnorth.org; Tim Roche - president & ceo Melissa Deming - director of events and marketing Shari Osterude - membership development

Results Sponsor

Northeast Bank 3989 Central Ave. NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421 763-788-9351

2101 14th Street NW, New Brighton, MN 55112 Website: http://www2.moundsviewschools.org/CommunityEd/index.asp?ID=1775 Or http://www2.moundsviewschools.org/CommunityEd/ Contact: Maureen Larson  Phone: 651-621-7413 Email: maureen.larson@moundsviewschools.org Type of Business: Education Services Provided/Brief History: Providing Adult Literacy for over 30 years in Mounds View School District. A variety of programs and services including GED, Adult Diploma, English as a Second Language (ESL), Family Learning Programs and Skill development. Mounds View Schools Adult Education wants to create potential partnerships and collaborative opportunities with local businesses and the community. “We will align our education outcomes with your work place needs”.

Results Sponsor

Code Poetry 940 Meadow Avenue Shoreview, MN 55126 612-605-0145

Results Sponsor

Cummings, Keegan & Co. 600 S. Hwy. 169, Suite 1625 St. Louis Park, MN 55426 952-345-2500


Member Information Member Reinvestments Welcome New Members! Member

Absolute Nutrition 5999 Rice Creek Parkway, #108 Shoreview, MN 55126 Patty Nuquay 763-772-7846 patricianuquay@msn.com www.goherbalife.com/nuquay Nutrition ADP 8100 Cedar Avenue So. Bloomington, MN 55425 Jon McLaughlin 612-388-3666 Jon.mclaughlin@adp.com www.adp.com Payroll Bremer Bank 1715 County Road B2 Roseville, MN 55113 Carmen Chirinos 651-288-3880 cschirinos@bremer.com www.bremer.com Bank Campfire Studio 307 West 15th Street, #40 Minneapolis, MN 55403 Sara Shrode 612-554-6304 campfirestudio@comcast.net www.campfirestudio.net Graphic Design Certified Moisture Testing, Inc, 28768 Olympic Trail Lindstrom, MN 55045 Alan Powell 651-257-7310 powellapow@aol.com www.certifiedmoisturetesting.com Home Inspections City of Vadnais Heights 800 East County Road E Vadnais Heights, MN 55127 Kathy Keefe 651-204-6000 Kathy.keefe@cityofvadnaisheights.com www.cityofvadnaisheights.com City

Lynnetta Cheer 800 County Road D West New Brighton, MN 55112 Lynnetta Cheer 763-412-9161 lynnchee1@gmail.com Insurance Sentry Insurance 6534 Hokah Drive Lino Lakes, MN 55014 Joe Schmidt 763-438-6810 joe.schmidt@sentry.com www.sentry.com Insurance TCF Commercial Banking 801 Marquette Ave Minneapolis, MN 55402 Juliana Tanning 612-708-4597 jtanning@tcfbank.com Bank Tranwestern 3775 Dunlap Street North Arden Hills, MN 55112 Duane Poppe 651-481-8070 Duane.poppe@transwestern.net www.transwestern.net Commercial Realtor

Member Since

Anoka County Broadview Builders, Inc. City of Arden Hills City of Mounds View Computer Wrangler, LLC Free2B Health Partners Dental - Arden Hills Kadrie Insurance Agency LivInn Suites National Sports Center New Brighton Community Center Phoenix Alternatives, Inc. Shorewood Bar & Grill St. Paul Area Association of Realtors Washburn-McReavy Wells Fargo Metro MN Business Banking

1/1/2004 1/1/2006 1/1/2004 7/1/2002 2/2/2011 5/1/2001 10/1/2006 2/1/2009 5/1/2004 6/1/1998 7/1/2002 3/1/2010 11/1/2009 3/1/2005 5/1/2001 2/1/2006

Wells Fargo Metro MN Business Banking -

1/1/1992

Thank you for reinvesting in YOUR Chamber!

Ambassador of the Month!

Vadnais Heights Commons 655 E County Road F Vadnais Heights, MN 55127 Kathy Keefe 651-204-6000 Kathy.keefe@cityofvadnaisheights.com www.cityofvadnaisheights.com Event Center Wells Fargo Metro MN Business Banking - Shoreview 5950 Rice Creek Parkway Shoreview, MN 55126 Chris Mellgren 612-667-4755 christopher.h.mellgren@wellsfargo.com www.wellsfargo.com Bank

Ann Aubitz, Fuzion Print 6 Points! Results Sponsor

TDS Metrocom 3460 Washington Dr.  Eagan, MN 55122 763-450-4000


Annual Gala & Awards Program ... Premier Sponsors:

The Roaring 20’s Annual Gala  Friday, February 24th Vadnais Heights Commons

Thank you Gala Committee! 2012 Chair: Ann Aubitz, Fuzion Print Carl Starkey, Minnesota Swarm Lacrosse Dawn Muller, Merrick, Inc. Deb Pieper, ITK Technology Glenda Schneider, Rapit Printing Michelle Land, Brightondale Senior Campus Jason Helgemoe, Western Bank Jason Jones, Jason’s Comedy Night Joe Brauer, Mid American Financial Group Pat Kadrie, Kadrie Insurance Agency Sara Torgerson, Eye Care Center Stacey Jensen, Running Aces Harness Park Steve McAlpin, McAlpin Agency, Inc. Liam Roche - Newspaper Paperboy

2012 Excellence in Business Award Winners!

Major Sponsors: Front Row, Left to Right: Tim Roche, Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Bridge Builder Award Winner: Ted Landwehr, Landwehr Law Offices Community Advocate Award Winner: Julie Peterson, Culver’s of St. Anthony Excellence in People Development Award Winner: Andrea Murphy, Northeast Bank Green Award Winner: Pat Whelan, PJW Automotive Joe Brauer, Mid American Financial Group, Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chair Back Row: Nonprofit of the Year Award Winner: Gary Levine, Free2B Innovation Through Technology Award Winner: Dr. Bradley Richter, Eye Care Center Best Sales & Marketing Team: Scott Vonderharr, Cartridges Direct International Business Achievement Award: Harold Hamilton, Micro Control Company


Annual Gala & Awards Program ...

Thank you Dinner Sponsors!

Thank you Table Sponsors Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck; Crest View Senior Communities; Cummings, Keegan & Co., P.L.L.P.; Eye Care Center; Lakeside Homes; McAlpin Agency, Inc.; Merrick, Inc., Northeast Bank; Running Aces Harness Park; TDS, Unity Hospital; Western Bank

Old Hwy 8, New Brighton

A Special Thank you to‌ The White Bear Lake Lions Club

White Bearlanca March 8-10, 2012 Central Auditorium 4855 Bloom Ave White Bear Lake, MN March 8th @ 7 p.m. March 9th @ 7 p.m. March 10th @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Ticket information: General Admission: $9 Theater Box Office: 651-426-5199

The funds raised at the Annual Gala are vital to the Chamber’s success and will benefit local businesses in the northern Twin Cities area. Over 250 business professionals attend the Gala each year in support of the local business community. Our mission is to serve as an advocate for local business and your support is sincerely appreciated as we continue to pursue that goal.


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Upcoming Events... TCN Business Expo!

Twin Cities North

Business Expo Tuesday, March 27, 2012  5:00-7:00 p.m. The Mermaid, Mounds View Hosted by:

Register for your booth today! This event will sell out fast! ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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Space limited! Only 75 booths available on a first come, first served basis. Showcase your products and services to over 300 new clients. Booths will be placed randomly to maximize your networking opportunities. Appetizers provided by Chamber Member & Non-Member Restaurants & Caterers. Booths available to both Chamber Members and Non-Members. Show support by inviting your clients to this grand event! Bring door prizes to attract attendees to your booth.

You can’t miss this event! Great Networking, Free appetizers, Door prizes, Advertised across the metro, Free admission, Open to the public

Register: www.twincitiesnorth.org or 763-571-9781


Arden Hills, Blaine, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Little Canada, Mounds View New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park 525 Main Street, Suite 200  New Brighton, MN 55112 Tel. 763.571.9781  Fax 763.572.7950  www.twincitiesnorth.org

Featured Event: Twin Cities North Business Expo & Seminar

Twin Cities North

Business Expo Hosted by:

Seminar Presenter: Betsy Buckley

& Seminar

Tuesday, March 27, 2012  5:00-7:00 p.m.  The Mermaid, Mounds View

This expo will sell out! Reserve your booth space today! www.twincitiesnorth.org  763-571-9781

YOUR CHAMBER CALENDAR - MARCH 2012 Business Councils: 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber

Columbia Heights - March 2nd Northeast Bank, 6th Floor Fridley - March 13th Fridley Medical Center Mounds View - March14th Mounds View Community Center Roseville - March 20th Courtyard by Marriott Shoreview - March 21st Northwest Youth & Family Services New Brighton - March 28th Risdall Marketing Group

Friday, March 16th 7:30-9:00 a.m. Shorewood Bar & Grill, Fridley

Breakfast Networking Club Thursday, March 22nd 7:30-9:00 a.m. Country Inn & Suites, Shoreview Featured Speaker: Ron Schroeder, Sam’s Club $10, includes networking, speaker, and hot breakfast Breakfast Networking is followed by ‘Chamber Member 101’; all you need to know to get the most from your membership

Legal Clinic: ‘Starting a Business in MN’

Twin Cities North Business Expo & Seminar

Tuesday, March 6th 3:00-4:00 p.m. Chamber Office Presented by: Bill Gschwind, Alden Pearson, P.A.

Tuesday, March 27th Seminar: Betsy Buckley; 3:00-5:00; Expo: 5:00-7:00 p.m. The Mermaid, Mounds View

New Brighton - April 25th Risdall Marketing Group

Legal Clinic: ‘Starting a Business in MN’ Tuesday, April 3rd 3:00-4:00 p.m. Chamber Office Presented by: Bill Gschwind, Alden Pearson, P.A.

Breakfast Networking Club Thursday, April 12th & 26th 7:30-9:00 a.m. Country Inn & Suites, Shoreview Featured Speaker April 12th: Scott Vonderharr, Cartridges Direct; April 26th: Tim Gray, Midway Training Services $10, includes networking, speaker, and hot breakfast Breakfast Networking is followed by ‘Chamber Member 101’; all you need to know to get the most from your membership

REGISTER NOW! Lunch & Law

Breakfast Networking Club Thursday, March 8th 7:30-9:00 a.m. Country Inn & Suites, Shoreview $10, includes networking, speaker, and hot breakfast Featured Speaker: Ann Aubitz, Fuzion Print Breakfast Networking is followed by ‘Chamber Member 101’; all you need to know to get the most from your membership

Lunch & Law Wednesday, March 21st 11:30 a.m.l;-1:00 p.m. Chamber Office; Bring your own bagged lunch Presented by: Ted Landwehr, Landwehr Law Offices

Sneak Peek at April 2012 Business Councils: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Columbia Heights - April 6th Northeast Bank, 6th Floor Fridley - April 10th Fridley Medical Center Mounds View - April 11th Mounds View Community Center Roseville - April 17th Courtyard by Marriott Shoreview - April 18th Northwest Youth & Family Services

Wednesday, April 18th 11:30 a.m.l;-1:00 p.m. Chamber Office; Bring your own bagged lunch Presented by: Ted Landwehr, Landwehr Law Offices

Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber Friday, April 20th 7:30-9:00 a.m. Shorewood Bar & Grill, Fridley

Technology Summit Wednesday, April 25th 1:00-6:00 p.m. The Mermaid, Mounds View


March Results Newsletter