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Business Expo & Seminar October 18th  The Mermaid Seminar: 3-5 p.m. Expo: 5-7 p.m.

In this Issue: Member Information Advocacy Events

October 2011

Chamber Leadership Board of Directors

Officers Joe Brauer, Chair Mid American Financial Group jbrauer@

Lori Wightman Unity Hospital

From the Desk of the President & CEO This past month the Business Councils started back up and I was ecstatic to witness record levels of attendance at each event. I believe that the Business Councils get the Chamber back to it original intent, bringing discussion and focus on economic development to each individual city. It is so easy for a regional Chamber to lose sight of each city, but I think we have found the formula that keeps allows us to have impact both locally and regionally. If you haven’t been to a Business Council yet, I strongly encourage it!

Committee Chairs Ambassadors OPEN

Eric Olson, Vice Chair Olson Consulting Kathy Klang, Treasurer Cummings, Keegan & Co., PLLP Directors Sarah Anderson Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott - Roseville Beverly Aplikowski Lakeside Homes Inc. Shirley Barnes Crest View Senior Communities

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 2012 Ann Aubitz Fuzion Print

Ann Curtis M&I Bank—Blaine Jason Helgemoe Western Bank

Nominating Committee Joe Brauer Mid American Financial Group

Ted Landwehr Landwehr Law Offices

Public Policy Bill Gschwind Alden, Pearson, P.A.

Steve McAlpin McAlpin Agency Inc. Jodi Moulzolf Country Inn & Suites - Shoreview Andrea Murphy Northeast Bank Marnie Ochs-Raleigh Evolve Systems Shanda Osiecki Lion Precision

Spring Golf Tournament 2011 Brad Kadrie Kadrie Insurance Agency

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

Tim Roche

This week the 2011/2012 Community Resource Guide was delivered to the Chamber Office. Thank you to all the advertisers

of the guide! You will soon receive a copy, along with a form to request additional copies. As the content of the magazine is geared towards new residents and businesses in the area, we are in the process of delivering the guide to locations that will most effectively reach the target market. Soon you should be seeing the guides at libraries, hotels, banks and real estate agent offices. We will also have them available for all members at various events. The Annual Gala had a kick off committee meeting this past week, chaired by Ann Aubitz of Fuzion Print. While there will certainly be more committee members, those in attendance were: The committee made great strides in the first meeting setting the date: FEBRUARY 24th, 2012, the place: VADNAIS HEIGHTS COMMONS, and the theme: THE ROARING 20’s! The committee has a lot to do in the next 5 months but if the first meeting was any indication, the 2012 annual Gala should be one of the best ever! The fall Business Expo on October 18th at the Mermaid Event Center is quickly filling up. If you don’t already have a booth, be sure to get one asap! If you don’t need a booth, swing by and check out what the fuss is all about. All of our food vendors provide free food, there are a ton of other giveaways, and fun will be had by all.

Deb Pieper ITK Technology

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 Shari Osterude - membership development

Lynne Vannelli - membership development

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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 Welcome New Members! Aramark Refreshment Services 2830 North Fairview Drive Roseville, MN 55113 Contact: Kelly March 952-946-1438 Flaherty’s Arden Bowl, Inc. 1273 County Road E West Arden Hills, MN 55112 Contact: Dan Flaherty 651-633-1777

St. Paul Pioneer Press / 345 Cedar Street St. Paul, MN 55101 Contact: Dana Snyder 651-288-5325 Wells Fargo Phone Bank 1801 Park View Drive Shoreview, MN 55126 Contact: Andrea Merkle 651-792-3343

Foss Swim Schools 12440 Aberdeen Street NE Blaine, MN 55449 Contact: Melanie Grimes 763-398-3399

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Member Reinvestments Member Since

Member BAE Systems BioLife Plasma Services Budget Host Inn Complete Tool Grinding, Inc. Country Inn & Suites, Shoreview Culvers - St. Anthony Days Inn - Mounds View Donatelle First National Bank of Elk River Fridley School District Green Mill - Shoreview Hank's Specialties, Inc. Health Partners Dental - Blaine Landwehr Law Offices Mackall, Crounse & Moore, PLC Mohawk Moving & Storage Mondi Minneapolis, Inc. Pletschers Greenhouse, Inc. Rebarfab, Inc. Risdall Marketing Group Terry Overacker Plumbing, Inc. Voigt's Bus Service, Inc.

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Thank you for reinvesting in YOUR Chamber!

Ambassador of the Month!

Ann Aubitz, Fuzion Print 612-781-2815;

Open House Ribbon Cutting MorningStar Chiropractic 1214 East Moore Lake Drive, Fridley 763-571-0800

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

Fall ‘Nine is Fine’ Golf Outing September 15, 2011  Majestic Oaks Golf Club Beverage Cart Sponsor:


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Business Advocacy 2011 Business Barometer shows significant support for government redesign ST. PAUL – The statewide business community is hopeful about Minnesota’s economic future, but employers remain challenged by state taxes and regulations, according to a statewide survey of business owners and managers. Minnesota's employers recommend that policy-makers – when looking for recession-ending strategies – take steps to improve the overall business climate rather than providing incentives for specific industries. Business leaders also seek a 2012 legislative agenda that focuses on making government more efficient in conjunction with prioritizing spending. The findings were part of the eighth annual Minnesota Business Barometer Survey, co-sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Himle Horner Inc., a public affairs firm headquartered in Bloomington. The Minnesota Chamber is the state’s largest business advocacy organization representing 2,300 companies of all types and sizes across the state on state public policy and regulatory issues. In nearly all areas of the survey, which was conducted in July, the opinions of the general business community aligned with those of Minnesota Chamber members. Only 13 percent of those polled in the general business community said the state’s economy was improving. Others were about evenly split – 44 percent saying it was about the same and 43 percent saying the economy was getting worse. Nineteen percent said they were more profitable than a year ago, and 26 percent said they were less profitable. Forty-one percent of employers believe Minnesota is emerging from the session more slowly than the expected pace. The poll was conducted in July. “Last year’s survey results were best characterized as ‘Is Minnesota ready to grow?’” said David Olson, Minnesota Chamber president. “This year’s results might be aptly labeled 'Ready to grow – part 2.’ Companies want to invest in Minnesota, but they remain skeptical about the policy decisions that may be coming from the state and federal levels. Employers are likely to stand pat unless policy-makers take steps to ensure that Minnesota can compete in the global marketplace." Taxes and government regulations easily ranked as the primary barriers to job creation among both the general business community and Minnesota Chamber members. Among the findings: Asked for the top two barriers to job creation, respondents overall identified taxes (74 percent named it as one of the top two barriers) and regulations (38 percent). Corresponding figures for Minnesota Chamber members were 73 percent and 54 percent. Forty-one percent of all respondents and 31 percent of Minnesota Chamber members said taxes were a greater burden on their operations than five years ago. Asked to identify the best strategy for creating jobs, 90 percent of all respondents – and 95 percent of Minnesota Chamber members – said policy-makers should concentrate on improving the overall business climate rather than focusing on incentives for specific industries. Thirty-nine percent of employers said their decisions to invest are affected by stability and predictability of state policies. Of those affected, taxes, health care and energy are the primary concerns. At the same time, 85 percent of employers expressed confidence in Minnesota's economic future, a long-term optimism that has been consistent over the last several years of the Business Barometer. “Unfortunately, the 'good news, bad news' outlook hasn't changed much in the last several years,” said Todd Rapp, president of Himle Horner. “Employers believe in Minnesota – that's the good news. But until employers believe that government is adopting stable, pro-growth strategies, it appears they will be hesitant to take the risks associated with major investments in a volatile economy. This underscores that policy-makers should focus on long-term strategies to improve the state’s business climate." The call for more efficient government operations is also noteworthy, Olson said, as it is believed to be part of a successful deficit-reduction strategy in Minnesota. Forty-two percent of all respondents, and 34 percent of Minnesota Chamber members, believe the redesign of government services can make a significant dent in budget deficits. “These findings reinforce the Minnesota Chamber agenda,” he said. “Seeking government efficiency through redesign and restructuring of services remains at the forefront of our efforts. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is poised to play a key role on the critical issues facing all Minnesotans." The Minnesota Business Barometer Survey polled 350 Minnesota businesses with at least five employees. It was conducted in July and has a plus-minus margin of 5.3 percent.

Survey Highlights:

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October Featured Event: Business Expo & Seminar

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Business Expo & Seminar

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011  The Mermaid, Mounds View Seminar: 3:00-5:00 p.m. - Featuring David Mann & Mark Ritchie Expo: 5:00-7:00 p.m. - Appetizers  FREE for attendees  Over 65 Vendors Over 250 Attendees  Great Networking!  Door Prizes

Register Today - booth space fills up fast!  763-571-9781

YOUR CHAMBER CALENDAR - OCTOBER 2011 Business Councils: 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Twin Cities North Business Expo & Seminar

‘Table For 4’

Columbia Heights - October 7th Fridley - October 11th Mounds View - October 12th Roseville - October 18th New Brighton - October 26th

Tuesday, October 18th; The Mermaid, Mounds View Seminar: 3:00-5:00 Featuring: David Mann & Mark Ritchie Expo: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Over 65 vendors and 250 attendees! Free to attend!

Wednesday, November 2nd; 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Various chamber member restaurants. Chamber staff will place you with 3 other chamber members to have lunch and network with.

‘Table For 4’

Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber

Wednesday, October 5th; 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Various chamber member restaurants. Chamber staff will place you with 3 other chamber members to have lunch and network with.

Friday, October 21st 7:30-9:00 a.m. Shorewood Bar & Grill, Fridley

Public Policy Meeting Thursday, November 3rd 7:30-8:30 a.m. Chamber Office

Breakfast Networking Club Breakfast Networking Club

Thursday, October 6th 7:30-8:30 a.m. Chamber Office

Thursday, October 27th 7:30-9:00 a.m. Country Inn & Suites, Shoreview $10, includes networking, speaker, and hot breakfast Featured Speaker: Gregory Rance, Bethel University

Thursday, November 10th 7:30-9:00 a.m. Country Inn & Suites, Shoreview $10, includes networking, speaker, and hot breakfast Featured Speaker: Karen Carr, Roseville Adult Learning Center

Breakfast Networking Club

Breakfast Networking is followed by ‘Chamber Member 101’; all you need to know to get the most from your membership

Breakfast Networking is followed by ‘Chamber Member 101’; all you need to know to get the most from your membership

Public Policy Meeting

Thursday, October 13th 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

Gala 2012 Planning Committee Friday, October 14th 8:00-9:00 a.m. Chamber Office

Sneak Peek at November 2011:

Visit for Member Event listings also!

Business Councils: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Columbia Heights - November 4th Fridley - November 8th Mounds View - November 9th Roseville - November 15th New Brighton - November 23rd

Events, dates, and times subject to change. Visit for a complete, accurate listing of all events.

October 2011 Results Newsletter  

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