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November 2012

2013 Excellence in Business Gala

Results Sponsors:

Chamber Leadership Board of Directors Commiee Chairs Officers Eric Olson, Chair Speed Pro Imaging—North Kathy Klang, Treasurer Cummings, Keegan & Co., PLLP Steve McAlpin, Vice Chair McAlpin Agency Inc.

Ambassadors OPEN

From the Desk of the President & CEO I was at a certain place on Sunday morning and the message was about the craziness of our daily lives. The beep, beep, beep of our alarm clock starting the day. Then getting yourself and perhaps the family ready for the day. Traveling to work, and then feverishly working before then having to race someplace after work. Finally getting home at night and managing the household in the few hours you have left, to then finally fall into bed, before the beep, beep, beep of the alarm clock starts off another new day. The story on Sunday was told much, much better, and took much, much longer, but hopefully you got the basics of it.

Breakfast Networking Dr. Catherine Gray MorningStar Chiroprac2c Jim Huff Midway Training Services

Execuve Commiee Eric Olson Joe Brauer, Past Chair Speedpro Imaging - North Mid American Financial Group Metro Directors Sarah Anderson Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marrio0 - Roseville Shirley Barnes Crest View Senior Communi2es

Fall ‘Nine is Fine’ Golf Oung 2012 Brad Kadrie Kadrie Insurance Agency Gala 2013 Ann Aubitz Fuzion Print Bill Helgeson Risdall Marke2ng Group BJ Flayton Sam’s Club Fridley

Jason Helgemoe Western Bank

Ted Landwehr Landwehr Law Offices Andrea Murphy Northeast Bank Marnie Ochs-Raleigh Evolve Systems Shanda Osiecki Lion Precision Cliff Swanson Micro Control Company Lori Wightman Unity Hospital

Nominang Commiee Joe Brauer Mid American Financial Group Public Policy Bill Gschwind Acumen Legal Advisors Spring Golf Tournament 2012 Chad Salewski, Signs Now Sco0 Vonderharr, Cartridges Direct Young Professionals Commiee Brandon Finnestad, Pinnacle Planning Group, Inc.

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

Contact Your Chamber Twin Ci2es North Chamber of Commerce 525 Main Street, Suite 200, New Brighton, MN 55112 Tel. 763.571.9781; E-mail; Tim Roche - president & ceo Shari Osterude - membership development Ann Aubitz - membership development

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

It is so easy to fall into the trap of your schedule managing you vs. you managing your schedule, and then finding yourself months later wondering where the time went.

Tim Roche

Ultimately the message was about time, talent and treasure.

Of course this got me thinking about my personal life, but then I also started to think about my Chamber life and the members within the Chamber. Time: In the fiscal year July 2011 to June 2012 we had 2,804 attendees at 101 events, and I’m not including the 700 students at career jam. Thank you to everyone who came out and gave your time to educate or learn more about the Business Community in the Twin Cities North! Talent: In the 2011/2012 fiscal year we also had 797 volunteers on various committees and at various events. All I can say is wow. The even better news is that the number keeps growing. We are getting better at asking for help, and finding ways to have an important role for whomever wants to share their talents. Treasure: You’re most likely a member if you are reading this, so that means you commit to financially support the Chamber through annual membership. We have also had some very generous donations/grants made to the Chamber over the last 18 months, which has allowed us to become even better and more efficient at the value we provide our members and the entire business community. If you support the Chamber in all 3 categories, Thank you. If you can only support the Chamber through membership/treasure, Thank you. This does not work without all of you, and we are only as strong, as a Chamber, as we are in the members supporting us. If you are wondering how you could support the Chamber through more of your talents, let me know! The Board is working on some very great things and are/will be looking for volunteers to help both short term and long term. I now have to run off to the next meeting!

Board of Directors News Cliff Swanson was born and raised in Southern California. In 2003, he matriculated at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. There he majored in Geology and minored in Educational Studies. He also served as a resident assistant, played intercollegiate football and rugby, and spent one term abroad in Australia. Cliff completed his undergraduate studies Cum Laude in the summer of 2007. Following graduation, he worked as a substitute teacher in Minneapolis during the school year and a summer camp residence director outside Boston during the summer. He also was active in the community, helping coach a middle school football and baseball team. Cliff joined Micro Control Company’s Marketing department in 2011. His responsibilities include organization of tradeshows, literature design, and creation of advertising campaigns. He also serves as liaison to the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce by serving on the Board of Directors where his 1st term will be from 2012 - 2015. Cliff will be integral as the Chamber moves ahead with preparing a comprehensive marketing plan for the future. Results Sponsor

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

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

Member Information Member Reinvestments Member

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City of Blaine


ECM Publishers - Coon Rapids




Windsor South Apartments


Tri-Land Proper2es - Fridley


First Construc2on Restora2on


New Members ROC Commercial Cleaning 651-287-7956 PO Box 28779 Oakdale, MN 5512 Art Harris Cleaning Services Walgreens (3 Locations) 651-488-5516 1739 Lexington Ave. N Roseville, MN 55113 Josh Johnson Pharmacy

Did you know‌ The chamber has a brochure rack in the office where you can place your marketing material? Drop off 10-15 brochures and we will be happy to place them in the display rack!

August Ash 952-851-9400 2626 East 82nd St. Bloomington, MN 55425 Tom Glader Website Dessign

You’re Invited!

525 Main Street, Suite 200 Shoreview New Brighton, MN 55112 Results Sponsor

1st Wednesday of each month 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Green Mill, Shoreview TDS 3460 Washington Dr.  Eagan, MN 55122 763-450-4000

Only $4 + cost of lunch 10% off bill, compliments of Green Mill, Shoreview! RSVP online: www

New Member Spotlights Company Name: Thirty-One Gifts Independent Consultant Address: 12010 Eidelweiss St NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433 Phone: 763.234.9335 Contact Person: Brandy Favilla Type of Business: Gifts and Retail Services Provided: Gift Registry for Weddings and Baby Showers, Gift purchases for friends, customers and family, Fundraising Opportunities, Business Shopping Parties, Home Parties. Hostesses for any of these services receive the opportunity to earn free items and purchase exclusive gifts! Brief History: Brandy became an independent consultant for Thirty-One Gifts in September of 2012. As a recent MBA graduate, along with her Thirty-One Gifts business, Brandy is also a marketing and business independent consultant through Computer Rangers, a computer applications and business skills independent instructor, a career coach through Career Marketing Mentor, an adjunct faculty member, an event planner and active community volunteer. As an independent consultant for Thirty-One gifts, I have the unique opportunity to share great products with friends/family as well share the message about doing what you love and loving what you do! What you hope to gain from your Chamber Membership: I am looking forward to making additional connections, where we can all learn and grow, both personally and professionally, from each other’s experiences! Other: There are great customer specials going on in November and December, so contact me today to find out details, to book your own party, or to purchase great holiday gifts!

Brandy Favilla Independent Consultant, Thirty-One Gifts “Celebrating, encouraging and rewarding others through building relationships that strengthen our community”

Company Name: Pinnacle Planning Group Address: 9121 Baltimore Street NE, Blaine, MN 55449 Phone: 763.785.0871 Contact Person: Brandon Finnestad Email: Website: Services Provided: Insurance/Investments/Financial Planning Brief History: Pinnacle Planning Group is a family owned and operated INDEPENDENT Financial Planning Firm, serving the needs of our clients for over 20 years by helping them achieve their financial goals! What you hope to gain from your Chamber Membership: Involvement in the community, meet new people, grow our business and help others do the same. Other: Brandon has also stepped up to become the new Chair of the Young Professionals Committee. Look for new and exciting things out of this group!

Brandon Finnestad Insurance Agent PINNACLE PLANNING GROUP, INC.

Excellence in Business Awards Gala CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! Contact the Chamber to receive an application. Innovation through Technology Award The Innovation through Technology Award is presented to the business that introduced innovative technology into the business place that broke new grounds in their field and demonstrated some successful impact. This award is available to both technology providers and consumers. Have you introduce tablets to the workplace, or implemented/created other technology to increase yours or your clients efficiencies? Apply here! International Business Achievement Award The International Business Achievement Award is presented to the business that increased business agility, provided world-class solutions to companies and transformed themselves into a successful global enterprise, while increasing the international profile of the community. Don’t be shy, selling one thing overseas is an accomplishment. Share your story! Excellence in People Development Award The Excellence in People Development Award is presented to the business that shows commitment to people development and empowering their workforce to increase their productivity through well-conceived training and creative Human Resources practices. If you believe your plan for developing your employees is a best practice, then showcase it here! The Green Award The Green Award is presented to the forward-thinking business that creates environmentally sustainable products or services; or those with revolutionary green business plans and proposals; showing excellence in innovative environmental businesses, products and services. Whether you practice green initiatives, build or service green products, this is the category for you! The Community Advocate Award The Community Advocate Award is presented to a business that has exemplified the ideals of citizenship through a specific community service program that promotes community-business relations and contributes to the positive development of the community. These could include philanthropic events, partnerships with local educational entities, or anything that makes your community better. This award recognizes programs that are created and managed from within the organization. Best Sales & Marketing Team Award The Best Sales & Marketing Team Award is presented to a business, with two or more people working in their Sales & Marketing team that have implemented a marketing event or campaign during the last eighteen months that successfully exceeded past performances or industry norms. Unleash your rocking Type A sales team at the Gala! Maybe they’ll get a new Chamber member client! Nonprofit of the Year Award The Nonprofit of the Year Award is presented to the organization that demonstrates superior performance, quality and consistency in the pursuit of its mission. Any tax exempt organization is available for this award. So many businesses participate with very worthy causes. It is always good to shine a bright light on good deeds.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Chamber Toastmaster Club Announcement Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. The mission of a Toastmaster club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop oral communication, listening and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. The Board of Directors of the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce has agreed to sponsor a new Toastmaster club. The initial demonstration meeting will take place at the New Brighton City Hall, 803 Old Highway 8 NW, New Brighton, MN 55112 on November 28, 2012, 7:30-8:30 am. Membership will be open to only TCNC members and their staffs. Please encourage members of your organization to attend to learn more about the program and how it could support their personal development plans. Contact Tim Roche; or Joe Brauer at with any questions.

Legislave Breakfast with the Chamber Third Friday of month (September-May) Shorewood Bar & Grill, Fridley

Holiday Charity Luncheon & Annual Member Awards!


Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Murzyn Hall, Columbia Heights BeneďŹ 2ng SACA Food Shelf Investment: $15 Nonperishable food items/toys also appreciated!

2013 Annual Gala & Excellence in Business Awards! Friday, February 22, 2013; 6:00 p.m.  Vadnais Heights Commons

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YOUR CHAMBER CALENDAR - November 2012 Business Councils! 7:30-8:30 a.m., FREE Columbia Heights Chair: Larry Pietrzak, Northeast Bank November 2, Northeast Bank, 6th Floor 1st Friday of every month Fridley Chair: Ma0 Brandt, Fridley Medical Center November 13th, Fridley Medical Center 2nd Tuesday of every month Mounds View Chair: Jason Helgemoe, Western Bank November 14, Mounds View Community Center 2nd Wednesday of every month New Brighton Chair - Bill Helgeson, Risdall Marke2ng Group November 15, Risdall Marke2ng Group 3rd Thursday of every month Roseville Chair: Open November 20, Courtyard by Marrio0 3rd Tuesday of every month Shoreview Chair: Jonathon Weinhagen, SPACC November 28, Northwest Youth & Family Services 3rd Wednesday of every month

Thursday, November 1 Public Policy Commiee Meeng 7:30—8:30 a.m., Chamber Office Tuesday, November 6 Legal Clinic—Starng a business 3:00-4:00 p.m., Chamber Office Featuring: Acumen Legal Advisors Wednesday, November 7 Table For 4 ONLY $4! 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Green Mill Shoreview *Must RSVP to a0end. $4 + cost of lunch Wednesday, November 7 Uleg Ribbon CU?ng 4:00 p.m. 4285 Lexington Ave N, St. Paul Thursday, November 8 Breakfast Networking Club 7:30-9:00 a.m. Country Inn & Suites, Shoreview Featuring: Ashley Melville, Paychex Friday, November 9 Gala Commiee Meeng 8:00-9:00 a.m., Chamber Office Sunday, November 11 Walgreens Ribbon Cu?ng 11:00 a.m. 3285 Lexington Ave. N, Arden Hills

Visit for member event lisngs also!

Tuesday, November 13th Today’s Business Radio Power Lunch with Davis & Emmer 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Radisson—Roseville Friday, November 16 Legislave Breakfast with the Chamber 7:30-9:00 a.m. Shorewood Bar & Grill, Fridley Post Elecon Impacts Thursday November 22nd Thanksgiving Chamber Office Closed Thursday & Friday Thursday, November 22nd Breakfast Networking Club Cancelled Friday, November 30th Board of Directors Meeng 7:30-9:00 a.m., Sam’s Club, Fridley

Sneak Peek at December 2012: HOLIDAY LUNCHEON Thursday, December 20th 11:30—1:00 p.m. Murzyn Hall, Columbia Heights Food donated by many Chamber members! Proceeds donated to local food shelves! Bring non perishable food and toys for food shelves! Chamber member yearly awards!

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