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January 2010


Chamber Leadership Board of Directors

Committee Chairs

Officers Beverly Aplikowski, Chair Lakeside Homes Inc. bev@homesbylakeside.com

Aging Resources Group Shirley Barnes Crest View Senior Communities

Pat Whelan, Past Chair PJW Automotive pat@pjwauto.com Bill Helgeson, Vice Chair Risdall Marketing Group bill@risdall.com Kathy Klang, Treasurer Cummings, Keegan & Co., PLLP kjklang@ckco-cpa.com

Ambassadors OPEN Breakfast Networking Dr. Catherine Gray MorningStar Chiropractic Economic Advancement Beverly Aplikowski Lakeside Homes Executive Committee Beverly Aplikowski Lakeside Homes

Directors Sarah Anderson Courtyard by Marriott—Roseville Fall ‘Nine is Fine’ Golf Outing sanderson@csmcorp.net Henry Paetzel VetteOne Enterprises Joe Brauer Joe Brauer Mid American Financial Group Mid American Financial Group jbrauer@minneapolis.nef.com Ann Curtis M&I Bank—Blaine ann.curtis@micorp.com

Gala 2010 Joe Brauer Mid American Financial Group

Dr. Catherine Gray Morningstar Chiropractic drgray@morningstarchiro.com

Nominating Committee Beverly Aplikowski Lakeside Homes

Jason Helgemoe Western Bank jhelgemoe@western-bank.com

Public Policy Beverly Aplikowski Lakeside Homes

Ted Landwehr Landwehr Law Offices tland@landwehrlaw.com

Bill Gschwind InPursuit Consulting

Steve McAlpin McAlpin Agency Inc. steve@mcalpinagency.com

Pat Whelan PJW Automotive Spring ‘Chamber Challenge’ Golf Tournament OPEN

Jodi Moulzolf Country Inn & Suites - Shoreview Young Professionals jmoulzolf@yahoo.com Lisa McDaniel Voyager Bank Andrea Murphy Northeast Bank am@northeastbank-mn.com INTERESTED IN HELPING CHART Marnie Ochs-Raleigh THE CHAMBER’S DIRECTION BY Evolve Systems LEADING A PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY? marnie@evolve-systems.com Contact the Chamber office for a Deb Pieper complete committee update. Paradigm Business Solutions 763.571.9781. d_pieper@comcast.net Lee Zechmann Johnson Screens, A Weatherford Company, lee.zechmann@weatherford.com

Contact your Chamber Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce 5394 Edgewood Drive, # 100, Mounds View, MN 55112 Tel. 763.571.9781; E-mail info@twincitiesnorth.org; Tim Roche - president & ceo Kathy Swenson - office manager Melissa Deming - director of events and marketing Dave Fearing—membership consultant John Cook—membership consultant

View from the Board Another year has come and gone and I am wondering if I am any smarter for it. If you are anything like me, I get caught up in the whirl of business and life during the year and find it tough to step back and assess what’s really going on. This time of year forces me to review our current business position and determine how to meet the challenges of the New Year. I am not big on resolutions, but I do try to form some working goals and plans that will guide me successfully through what looks like will be another challenging year. One thing I know for sure is that the Twin Cities North Chamber will be an organization I will depend on to help guide me through 2010. A local chamber has been an integral part of my marketing plan for over 20 years Pat Whelan and will continue to be a valuable partner. With the Chamber being more PJW Automotive active in public policy at the local and state level, there is someone Past Chair of the Board advocating for me as a small business owner. I hope that you will also keep the Twin Cities North Chamber as your active partner going into 2010 and use all the resources that the Chamber offers to the fullest extent. Congratulations to all for surviving 2009 and the best of luck in the coming year.

From the Desk of the President & CEO As we close another year, the staff at the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce wants to thank you for your support and involvement within the Chamber. Our continued effectiveness in strengthening business in the northern Twin Cities is a direct result of your year-round advocacy and support of the organization. Times are tough, that is no question, but with your continued support we look forward to what tomorrow brings and building a stronger future together. The strength of the Chamber lies within the diverse amount of industries represented within the organization. No matter the issue, we know we have Tim Roche subject matter experts within the membership that can assist in promoting and strengthening businesses. As you can see from the graphic below, the Twin Cities North Chamber has a very healthy mixture of businesses within the organization ranging from Business and Professional Services to Religious Organizations. As more and more specialized groups and associations have formed focusing on certain industries and issues, Chambers of Commerce have stayed true to their one true ideal and goal: Advancement of all businesses. We do not focus on small or large businesses, one industry or another. We promote all businesses through Advertising, Advocating, Educating and Networking, By Business for Business. By working together, we are stronger and we can advance the economy. Another strength of the Chamber is the amount of members we have. As one of the larger Chambers within the state, our advocacy means more when we are the voice of many instead of a few. As Margaret Mead once said; “Never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has discussed the impact that would occur if each member within the membership would encourage just one other business to become a member as well. In 2010, I ask that you consider inviting more businesses to join us in our quest for strengthening businesses and the economy in the northern Twin Cities. Twin Cities North Chamber Members By Industry


Membership Information New Member Spotlight!

MEMBER REINVESTMENTS

Cave & Associates Cave & Associates is a full service commercial real estate company. They provide office and retail space, brokerage services, build outs, space planning and building engineering services. Started in 1991, Cave & Associates has grown to own and manage ten office buildings in the Twin Cities area. They are also the leasing agent for three other properties and continue to expand their brokerage and build out services. They strive to put their expertise to work for clients so they can focus on their core business, saving time and money for that client. Cave & Associates hopes to gain quality referrals through their membership and to establish their expertise in the commercial real estate field. Cave & Associates, Ltd. 2489 Rice Street, Suite 40 Roseville, MN 55113 Contact: Barb Ankrum Phone: 651-482-9668 Fax: 651-482-8961 www.officehere.com

New Members – December 2009 E Recycle Zone 9100 Baltimore Street NE Blaine, MN 55449 Chuck Holm Phone: (763) 390-1597 www.erz123.com Recycling

Red Ginger China Bistro 5999 Rice Creek Parkway Suite 102 Shoreview, MN 55126 Mike Chang Phone: (651) 784-3200 www.redgingerbistro.com Restaurant

Hartley Law Office 3988 Central Avenue NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421 Rob Hartley Phone: (763) 789-4394 Attorney

Sarnas' Classic Grill 3939 University Avenue NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421 David Sarna Phone: (763) 788-3939 www.sarnas-classic-grill.com Restaurant

Health Source - Shoreview 5922 Lexington Avenue N Shoreview, MN 55126 Michael Head Phone: (651) 784-3396 www.healthsourcechiro.com Chiropractor

Steve's Marketing 2913 Aldrich Trail Woodbury, MN 55125 Steve LaVenture Phone: (651) 730-1411 Advertising/Marketing

Holistic Pathways 1214 East Moore Lake Drive Fridley, MN 55432 Carolyn Brown Phone: (763) 639-3595 holisticpathways.biz Acupuncture

Tarantino's Outdoor Service 5453 Quincy Street Mounds View, MN 55112 Tim Tarantino Phone: (612) 532-2407 www.tarantinosoutdoor.com Landscaping/Snow Removal

Money Mailer 3509 Skycroft Drive St. Anthony, MN 55418 Scott Eckman Phone: (612) 275-1859 www.moneymailer.com Advertising/Marketing

W.L. Brown Law Office 1380 Viewcrest Road Shoreview, MN 55126 William Brown Phone: (612) 309-9184 www.wl-brownlaw.com Attorney

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MEMBER SINCE

Angel Family Dentistry Broadview Builders Four Crowns Green Mill – Shoreview Kindercare Learning Center – Shoreview Mohawk Moving & Storage Mounds View Community Center /YMCA North Metro TV Select Communications Zellner & Associates

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Membership Benefit of the Month! Business Advocacy Chamber staff and the Public Policy Committee regularly attend area city council meetings to testify on behalf of businesses, allowing you to focus on what’s most important, your business.

Ambassadors of the Month December 2009

Barb Ankrum Cave and Associates, Ltd Results Sponsor Grand Casino Mille Lacs / Hinckley 7600 Boone Ave. N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 763-488-1899 Results Sponsor

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


Event Pictures “Educating the workforce of tomorrow� Thursday, December 3, 2009; Dunwoody College of Technology Hosted by: Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce & Dunwoody College of Technology

Chef Denny Cowen, Le Cordon Blue

Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner Pat Whelan, PJW Automotive Resource Fair - Over 20 Colleges, Universities, and Military Personnel Participating Resource Fair Vendors:

Over 750 students from across the Metro attended Career Jam 2009! Participating High Schools: Arlington High School Blaine High School Centennial High School Central Senior High School Champlin Park High School Columbia Heights High School Crossroads Alternative High School Crossroads North Crossroads West Campus Fairview High School Guadalupe Alternative Program Harding High School

Henry High School Humboldt High School Irondale High School Johnson High School Learning Alternatives Community School Mounds View High School Paladin Academy Roosevelt High School Thomas Edison High School Waconia High School Wayzata High School West 7th PAS

Air Force Reserve Anoka-Ramsey Community College Barbizon Motivational Lecture Programs Concordia University Dakota County Technical College Dunwoody College of Technology Lincoln College of Technology Minneapolis Community & Technical College Minnesota School of Business Minnesota State University Moorhead MN/DOT Aeronautics North Hennepin Community College Northern Star Council Northland Community and Technical College Northwestern Health Sciences University Rasmussen College Spire Federal Credit Union St. Cloud State University University of Minnesota-Morris University of Wisconsin-Stout William Mitchell College of Law


Event Pictures Annual Holiday Charity Luncheon & Chamber Excellence Awards Proceeds directly benefit Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA) Thursday, December 17, 2009; New Brighton Family Service Center

2009 Chamber Excellence Award Winners Thank you generous food vendors !

Ambassador of the Year: Sue Grossnickle, Spire Federal Credit Union

Business of the Year: Biolife Plasma Services Pictured: Tonia Wagner, Angie Hegstad & Heidi Johnson

Leadership Award: Joe Brauer, Mid American Financial Group Pictured: Joe Brauer & Past Board Chair Pat Whelan,

New Member of the Year: Minnesota Timberwolves

Small Business of the Year: Team Logic IT, Roseville

Pictured: Mike Fuhrman, Minnesota Timberwolves

Pictured: Tim Johnson, Team Logic IT & Past Board Chair Pat Whelan, PJW Automotive

Champps - New Brighton Costco - Maplewood Charley’s on Centre Pointe/ Courtyard by Marriott, Roseville Culver's - St. Anthony Green Mill - Shoreview Majestic Oaks - Ham Lake Mill City Coffee - Forest Lake Perkins - Fridley Sam's Club - Fridley The Seasons at Bunker Hills - Coon Rapids Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill - Fridley

Kevin with Mill City Coffee

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Bob’s Produce Ranch 7620 University Ave. NE Fridley, MN 55432 763-571-5477


Event Pictures

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Ribbon Cutting Smart Blendz, Shoreview

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

Business Advocacy Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber Tuesday, December 1, 2009 Sarna’s Classic Grill, Columbia Heights, MN Featured Speaker: Mitch Pearlstein, The American Experiment

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Mitch Pearlstein, The American Experiment

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


MN & US Chamber’s of Commerce The True Cost of Health Care Reform As written by David Olson on his “Presidents blog” at www.mnchamber.com It would have been easy to miss, “Sobering price tag put on health care” (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 12, page 6). The first two paragraphs read, “Democrats trying to get a health care overhaul through the Senate got a sober warning Friday. A report from government analysts at the Health and Human Services Department found that the nation’s $2.3 trillion annual health care tab won’t shrink under the Democratic blueprint that senators are debating. Instead, it would grow somewhat more rapidly than if Congress does nothing.” Having made two recent trips to D.C., I admit I’m more than cynical on the health care reform front. But is it just me, or did this revelation deserve front-page attention? Most important, and buried on page 6, the story concludes: “Unlike estimates from the budget office, which have mainly focused on the legislation’s impact on the federal deficit, the analysis from the Office of the Actuary looked at total public and private costs over the next 10 years.” The report is significant in offering a long-term and broad-based perspective of the health care “reform” debate. I find that refreshing – and worthy of more prominent headlines.

The Economic Outlook  



















By Martin Regalia

The economic downturn has been particularly severe in 2009. Real GDP declined 6.4 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter, the sharpest rate of decline since the early 1980s. Along with slow economic growth, the stock market continued to decline through the first quarter of 2009 before stabilizing in March. The job market has also been particularly weak. We have lost more than 7.2 million jobs during this recession, and we lost more than half of that during 2009. One bright spot is that the rate of decline slowed during the first half of 2009. The stock market has improved since its recent lows and recently passed 10,000. Real GDP declined at a much slower rate of 0.7 percent in the second quarter, and the quarterly losses in the labor market have slowed. While the labor market will continue to deteriorate into 2010, the broader economy should see positive growth in the second half of 2010. Economic conditions have stabilized and the economy is finally coming out of a severe recession. The recent improvement is the result of a number of factors including lower rates of inflation, stability in credit markets, continued government stimulus from both monetary and fiscal policy, and a bottoming in the housing market. While the recession appears to be behind us, there are considerable risks to the forecast. Credit conditions remain tight for both households and businesses. Consumers and businesses will continue rebuilding their balance sheets after recent declines in household wealth and corporate profits. With positive but sluggish consumption growth, businesses will have little incentive to invest and/or rebuild inventories. Real GDP continued to deteriorate in the second quarter of 2009, but the pace of contraction was significantly less acute. The economy declined at a 0.7 percent annual rate in the second quarter of 2009, a considerable improvement from the first quarter's 6.4 percent decline. Real GDP growth is expected to rise in the second half of this year to about a 3 percent pace and strengthen a bit more in early 2010. However, as the stimulus begins to dissipate in the second half of 2010, the economy will require more balance if it is to continue improving. In the labor market, employment declines have been sizable and the unemployment rate will continue to rise even as the broader economy stabilizes. The unemployment rate is expected to rise through the remainder of the year, likely peaking above 10 percent early next year. The economy has lost 7.2 million jobs since the start of the recession and there are more than 11 million people who are unemployed but not looking for work or working only part time. With growth expected to remain lackluster, labor market slack will likely persist for a prolonged period. With global demand soft, inflation is not expected to pose a problem in the near term. While the Fed is expected to maintain its current policy at least through mid-2010, at some point it will be forced to remove much of the liquidity injected during the downturn. Doing so will not be easy, and mistakes in either direction may be costly. Looking beyond next year, the economy faces some daunting challenges. Inflation may pose a greater threat if the Fed is not successful in removing excess liquidity. Massive and unprecedented deficits and soaring debt levels will likely push interest rates higher, make the dollar weaker, and raise inflation above the Fed's comfort range, all while the economy suffers with high unemployment. With the economy growing this slowly, the possibility that an exogenous shock or a policy mistake Results Sponsor would push us back into recession is higher than normal. With healthcare reform, energy reform, financial markets reform, and tax reform all on the political agenda, the likelihood of a policy mistake is probably higher than normal as well. If nothing else, it will be interesting. BAE Systems Martin Regalia is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Economic Policy Division for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Featured Events - January 2010

Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber

Speed Networking! Hosted by the Young Professionals Group

It’s a new year so make some new connections!

Feature Speaker: Governor Tim Pawlenty

Thursday, January 14, 2010 5:00-7:00 p.m. Green Mill / Hampton Inn 1000 Gramsie Road Shoreview, MN 56126

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 7:30-9:00 a.m. Sarna’s Classic Grill 3939 University Ave Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Investment: Free! Appetizers & cash bar available

YOUR CHAMBER CALENDAR - JANUARY 2010 Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber Featured Speaker: Governor Pawlenty 7:30-9:00 a.m. Sarna’s Classic Grill 3939 University Ave, Columbia Heights, MN 55421 Investment: See Chamber Website Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Young Professionals Committee Meeting 8:00-9:00 a.m. Caribou Coffee, Mounds View Thursday, January 7, 2010 Public Policy Committee Meeting 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Key Air - Anoka County Airport 10188 Radisson Road, Blaine, MN 55449 Thursday, January 7, 2010 Ribbon Cutting - Grand Re-Opening 4:00 p.m. Anytime Fitness, Mounds View Wednesday, January 13, 2010 Gala Committee Meeting 8:00-9:30 a.m. Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center Thursday, January 14, 2010 Breakfast Networking Club 7:30-9:00 a.m. Country Inn & Suites 5995 Rice Creek Parkway; Shoreview, MN 55126 Investment: $10, includes hot breakfast

Thursday, January 14, 2010 Speed Networking!

Sneak Peak at February 2010:

Hosted by the Young Professionals Group

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber 7:30-9:00 a.m. Sarna’s Classic Grill 3939 University Ave, Columbia Heights, MN 55421 Featured Speaker: Commissioner Sorel of MNDOT

5:00-7:00 p.m.; Green Mill/Hampton Inn 1000 Gramsie Road, Shoreview, MN 55126 Investment: FREE; appetizers & cash bar available January 15th and/or 22nd, 2010 MN Swarm Happy Hour at the Hive Networking at 5:00 p.m. @ Iron Range Grill Game at 7:35 Swarm vs. Calgary (1.15.10) Swarm vs. Colorado (1.22.10) Investment: $25 (see insert) Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Networking Night with the MN Timberwolves 6:00 - Networking, 7:00 - Game Target Center, 600 First Ave, Minneapolis Investment: BOGO Ticket Offer! (see insert) Thursday, January 21, 2010 Business Essentials Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Speaker & Location: TBD Thursday, January 28, 2010 Breakfast Networking Club 7:30-9:00 a.m. - Country Inn & Suites 5995 Rice Creek Parkway; Shoreview, MN 55126 Investment: $10, includes hot breakfast Friday, January 29, 2010 New Member Reception 9:00-10:00 a.m. Chamber Office 5394 Edgewood Drive, Mounds View, MN 55112

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 Young Professionals Committee Meeting 8:00-9:00 a.m. Caribou Coffee, Mounds View Free to attend Thursday, February 4, 2010 Public Policy Committee Meeting 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Key Air - Anoka County Airport 10188 Radisson Road, Blaine, MN 55449 Thursday, February 18, 2010 Business Essentials Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Speaker & Location: TBD Friday, February 19, 2010 Casino Night & Business Community Awards Gala 5:00-9:00 p.m. Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center $77.77 per person ($65 Early Bird Rate through 1.8.10)

REGISTER TODAY FOR ANY EVENT! Online: www.twincitiesnorth.org/events


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