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November 2010

Chamber Leadership Board of Directors Officers Bill Helgeson, Chair Risdall Marketing Group Beverly Aplikowski, Past Chair Lakeside Homes Inc. Kathy Klang, Treasurer Cummings, Keegan & Co., PLLP

Committee Chairs Ambassadors OPEN Breakfast Networking Dr. Catherine Gray MorningStar Chiropractic Economic Advancement Beverly Aplikowski Lakeside Homes Executive Committee Bill Helgeson Risdall Marketing Group

Directors Sarah Anderson Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott - Roseville

Fall ‘Nine is Fine’ Golf Outing Jeff Lust Country Financial

Joe Brauer Mid American Financial Group

Gala 2011 Joe Brauer Mid American Financial Group

Ann Curtis M&I Bank—Blaine

Nominating Committee Beverly Aplikowski Lakeside Homes

Dr. Catherine Gray Morningstar Chiropractic

Public Policy Beverly Aplikowski Lakeside Homes

Jason Helgemoe Western Bank

Bill Gschwind InPursuit Consulting

Ted Landwehr Landwehr Law Offices Steve McAlpin McAlpin Agency Inc. Jodi Moulzolf Country Inn & Suites - Shoreview Andrea Murphy Northeast Bank Marnie Ochs-Raleigh Evolve Systems Deb Pieper Paradigm Business Solutions

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

INTERESTED IN HELPING CHART THE CHAMBER’S DIRECTION BY LEADING A PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY? Contact the Chamber office for a complete committee update at 763.571.9781.

From the Desk of the President & CEO “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” – Theodore Roosevelt

While it doesn’t read gender equal, it is a quote for business professionals everywhere to consider. As a member of the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce, you are financially supporting an organization that is striving to improve conditions within your sphere. While we unTim Roche derstand time is tight, and you cannot make all the meetings, I encourage you to take an hour out of the start of your day, to attend your local Business Council meeting. Local businesses meet with local decision makers that have a direct impact within your sphere! Columbia Heights Business Council Friday, November 5, 2010 First Friday of the month.

New Brighton Business Council Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Fourth Tuesday of the month.

Fridley Business Council Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 Second Tuesday of the month.

Roseville Business Council Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Third Tuesday of the month.

Mounds View Business Council Tuesday, December 8th, 2010 FIRST MEETING! Second Wednesday of the month.

Business Spotlight! Mark Gonzales, Chamber Member and founder and Owner of Markfelixdesigns, has been in the construction business for over 20 years. For those of you that are in construction or are just a weekend warrior, you’re probably familiar with a Caulk tube and its uses, and its inability to work in tight places with caulk lodging and hardening in the tip. After five years of research, development, and testing he came up with a solution, THE Slip-on FLEXIBLE Caulk EXTENDER, or FCE attachment for short. The FCE attachment addresses 2 issues of inabilities for your current CAULK gun, to reach tight places and getting full use of the caulk tube without waste. It works by easily slipping on to your existing Caulk tube, creating a strong seal, which gives you the much needed FLEXIBILITY to get the job done in any situation. Mark is working with local business owners to display and sell his product. With such companies as Apple and 3M starting during a recession, the Chamber wishes Markfelixdesigns the best of luck in this new endeavor!

Contact Your Chamber Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce 525 Main Street, Suite 200, New Brighton, MN 55112 Tel. 763.571.9781; E-mail; Tim Roche - president & ceo Melissa Deming - director of events and marketing Dave Fearing—membership consultant

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Membership Information New Members Spotlights!

Member Reinvestments

Phoenix Alternatives, Inc. (PAI) Established in 1990, PAI serves people with disabilities in the eastern Metro area. Our competent and committed workforce excels in the quality completion of repetitive tasks that free up your staff for other jobs. Our workers also perform document imaging to help businesses reduce the cost of traditional paper files and cut your business expenses. Phoenix Alternatives, Inc. (PAI) 1754 Commerce Court White Bear Lake, MN Steve Conlin 651-747-8740 Private, Non-Profit

InterDyn BMI We were founded in 1985 and have been offering technical and business consulting with a focus in Microsoft products. We have been consistently recognized by Microsoft as a top Partner. InterDyn BMI 2277 W. Highway 36 Roseville, MN 55113 Dan Costanzo 651-746-1448 Microsoft Business Application Products

Welcome New Members! – October 2010 Eric Olson Consulting 11670 Zion Street NW Coon Rapids, MN 55433 Eric Olson 612-865-0571 Minnesota School of Business 3680 Pheasant Ridge Drive NE Blaine, MN 55449 Dianna Igo 763-225-8000

Hermanson & Leitner CPA 1071 County Road 10, # 210 Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 Shawn Hermanson 763-780-0878 PNC Mortgage / Alliance Lending Network, LLC 1801 Old Hwy 8, Suite 123 New Brighton, MN 55112 Gary Korf 651-746-2020

Member Agro-K Corporation Alexandra House, Inc. All Pets Animal Hospital Ashley Furniture Home Store BankCherokee Budget Host Inn City of Blaine Community Resource Partnerships, Inc. Country Financial Country Inn and Suites ECM Publishers - Coon Rapids First National Bank of Elk River Green Mill - Shoreview Health Partners Dental Arden Hills Health Partners Dental - Blaine Health Partners Dental White Bear Lake M&I Bank - Roseville McDonald's - Cub Foods McDonald's - Fridley Medstat Systems, Inc. Minco Mohawk Moving & Storage Mounds View Community Center/YMCA New Brighton Ford New HR/New Doggie, LLC Perfection Grinding, Inc. Prime Mortgage Res-Comm Home Inspections Restoration Auto Glass TDS Metrocom Terry Overacker Plumbing, Inc. Tri-Land Properties - Fridley Wendy's Four Crowns, Inc. Windsor South Apartments

Member Since 9/1/2008 11/1/2009 11/1/2002 11/1/2004 10/1/2006 1/1/1990 11/1/2004 8/1/2003 10/1/2009 10/1/2006 11/1/2002 10/1/2003 9/1/2008 10/1/2006 10/1/2006 11/1/2008 4/1/2008 1/1/1993 1/1/1977 11/1/2004 11/1/2008 9/1/2007 3/1/1999 5/1/2002 10/1/2000 1/1/1982 11/1/2008 9/1/2009 9/1/2008 7/1/2003 9/1/1999 10/1/2008 9/1/2008 10/1/2002

Thank you for reinvesting with YOUR Chamber!

Ambassador of the Month Joe Brauer Mid American Financial Group

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Event Pictures ‘The Great Bowl-Together!’ Hosted by: Young Professionals Group Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Brunswick Zone XL, Blaine

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Ribbon Cutting - Expansion Pawn America Roseville

Ribbon Cutting and Open House Breakthrough Medical Supply Roseville

Business Expo & Seminar

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Seminar: ‘Marketing Systems Will Set You Free!’ Featured Speaker: Pamela Muldoon

Business Advocacy Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber Friday, October 22, 2010 Shorewood Bar & Grill, Fridley

‘Legends of the Game’ Featuring: Rod Grams, Skip Humphrey III, Jim Ramstad

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Business Advocacy There is the story of the famous physicists, Albert Einstein. In the late 1940’s, he was traveling by train across New England to one of his frequent seminars when the conductor approached and asked to see his ticket. Einstein quickly began searching his coat pockets, then the pockets of his suit. After a few awkward moments, and knowing his reputation for being absent minded, the conductor said “It’s OK Professor. I know who you are. I don’t need to see your ticket.” The conductor then continued to make his way to the other passengers. After a few minutes, the conductor again passed Einstein and noticed him thumbing though his briefcase, mumbling the words “ticket, ticket.” The conductor tried again to reassure the scientist, “it’s OK Professor. I told you, I know who you are and I don’t need to see your ticket.” Sounding frustrated Einstein quickly replied, “I also know who I am, but I need my ticket to know where I’m going.” For many in business, today’s economy may seem like that train. And, it would be nice if we had a ticket to tell us where it’s going. Although we understand no one has such a ticket, we can get a sense of where or economy is headed by attending the monthly series of Legislative Breakfasts brought to you by your Chamber. The most recent is an excellent example. Knowing how politics plays a large role in our economy, your Chamber invited Jim Ramstad, former Congressman from our 3rd District; Skip Humphrey, former Attorney General for our State and Rod Grams, our former U.S. Senator to attend. Together, they presented an insightful critique on how government used to work, and how it should work again if we are to find solutions to our present political and economic problems. Mutual respect and cooperation between our two political parties was the agreed upon key to resolving issues. This, they agreed, would require compromise. Perhaps John Steele Gordon said the same thing when he wrote that, “Politics usually requires a choice between imperfect means, to achieve a desired end.” However, the late Will Rogers probably summed up our current political state when he said, that politics is the art of saying “nice doggy,” while looking for a rock. Well, we in business know you can’t through stones and get much done. This is why interaction with our elected leadership is so important. Mark the next Breakfast on your calendar. Maybe we can help find the ticket. Mike Simpson Premier Commercial Properties For the Public Affairs Committee

! r a d n e l a C r u o Y k r Ma Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber

‘Election Impacts’ Friday, November 19, 2010  7:30-9:00 a.m. Shorewood Bar & Grill, Fridley

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November 2010 Featured Event ‘Navigating the Small Business Tax Act of 2010 and Other Changes’ Business Essentials Luncheon Joe is a Principal in the Tax Department of the St. Paul Office of Olsen Thielen and has more than 22 years of tax experience in both public accounting and industry accounting. He has extensive experience in tax issues and tax planning with closely-held and family-owned businesses and their shareholder/owners. Joe joined the Firm in 2004.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Featured Speaker: Joe Mayer; Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd. Location: Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd. 2675 Long Lake Road St. Paul, MN 55113 Investment: $16, includes speaker, lunch, networking

YOUR CHAMBER CALENDAR - NOVEMBER 2010 Tuesday, Novmeber 2, 2010 Gala Committee 7:30-9:00 a.m. Chamber Office, New Brighton Thursday, November 4, 2010 Public Policy Committee 7:30-8:30 a.m.; FREE Chamber Office, New Brighton Friday, November 5, 2010 Columbia Heights Business Council 7:30-8:30 a.m.; FREE Northeast Bank, Columbia Heights Tuesday, November 9, 2010 Fridley Business Council 7:30-8:30 a.m.; FREE Perkins, Fridley Thursday, November 11, 2010 7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast Networking Club Country Inn & Suites, Shoreview $10 Investment Featured Speaker: Gina Overacker, Terry Overacker Plumbing Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Roseville Business Council 7:30-8:30 a.m.; FREE Pawn America, Roseville

Thursday, November 18, 2010 Navigating the Small Business Tax Act of 2010 and Other Changes

Business Essentials Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Location: Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd. 2675 Long Lake Rd, St. Paul Friday, November 19, 2010 Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber Election Impacts 7:30-9:00 a.m. Shorewood Bar & Grill, Fridley Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Economic Advancement Committee 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; FREE Lakeside Homes, New Brighton Thursday, November 25, 2010


Sneak Peek at December 2010! Thursday, December 2, 2010 Career Jam 2010ednesday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Dunwoody College of Technology Over 700 High School Students from across the Metro will learn about post-secondary options.

Friday, December 3, 2010 Columbia Heights Business Council 7:30-8:30 a.m.; FREE Northeast Bank, Columbia Heights Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Mounds View Business Council 7:30-8:30 a.m.; FREE Western Bank, Mounds View Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Fridley Business Council 7:30-8:30 a.m.; FREE Fridley Thursday, December 16, 2010 Holiday Charity Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. New Brighton Family Service Center Please bring a canned food item or children’s toy to donate to Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA) Investment: $16, includes food samples from Chamber Member restaurants and caterers, business excellence awards, networking and monetary donation to SACA Friday, December 17, 2010 Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber 2011 Economic Outlook 7:30-9:00 a.m. Shorewood Bar & Grill, Fridley

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