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results the newsletter of the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce

In this issue‌ Event Recaps Articles, Pictures, and more Pictures Upcoming Events

June 2010

Chamber Leadership Board of Directors

Committee Chairs

Officers Beverly Aplikowski, Chair Lakeside Homes Inc.

Aging Resources Group Shirley Barnes Crest View Senior Communities

Pat Whelan, Past Chair PJW Automotive Bill Helgeson, Vice Chair Risdall Marketing Group Kathy Klang, Treasurer Cummings, Keegan & Co., PLLP

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 OPEN Joe Brauer Mid American Financial Group

Gala 2010 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 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

Bill Gschwind InPursuit Consulting Pat Whelan PJW Automotive Spring ‘Chamber Challenge’ Golf Tournament Kristin Christian, Dasco Young Professionals Lisa McDaniel Voyager Bank

From the Desk of the President & CEO Were a month into the new office location and it is going great! I can’t thank the companies that assisted us in the move, enough. Achieve Services, Cummings, Keegan and Co., Larson Records Management, Ryder Vehicle Sales, Team Logic IT, TDS Metrocom, are just some of the companies that made the move nice and easy. The new office has been a little different in that our numbers of visitors per day has increased dramatically. Just yesterday four prospects and 3 members stopped in during the day to learn more about the services and products the Chamber and Tim Roche it’s members have. Chamber staff is always excited to talk about the members, so it has been a real joy! BOARD OF DIRECTORS During the month of May the Chamber Board of Directors also had their annual “Board Retreat”. It is always nice to take the time to step back and ask yourself “What are we missing?”, or in the case of the Board, “How can we provide even more value to the members?” I was amazed at the level of great ideas that came out of just one day. Just another reminder about the overall strength of volunteer organizations. The Executive Committee will take all the ideas from the day and begin to work with the Board in planning and implementing various new processes and goals throughout the year. Did you Know? The Board of Directors is well represented across many levels.  Every city that we focus our efforts on is represented by a Board member.  Companies ranging from 1 to over 100 employees are represented by a Board member.  12 different industries are represented by the Board members.  Over half of the 15 Board of Directors are the owner or the decision make for their company. VALUE ADDED ENHANCEMENTS DURING LAST YEAR City Business Councils - Allowing us to maximize our efforts of being a regional Chamber of Commerce, while being able to focus on specific cities. Fridley businesses have met twice, Roseville is starting June 15th.

Legislative Breakfasts - Started in October of 2009 the brand new event had guest speakers ranging from Cabinet staff to Governor Pawlenty.


Expos - 3 Expos in a row have sold out at 75 booths. Coffee Talks - A brand new event allowing members to get to know their elected officials (Michelle Bachmann, Marty Seifert, Tom Emmer) better.

Career Jam - Typically attended by 300 local students, we opened attendance to all schools and had over 1000 high school students learning about potential careers.

Contact the Chamber office for a complete committee update at 763.571.9781.

Lee Zechmann Johnson Screens, A Weatherford Company,

Public Policy Operational Plan - The committee of 10 active members set a plan for the year to better inform members and non members on issues important to business.

Economic Summit - Created this event to bring together the movers and shakers of the Twin Cities North Economic Development.

Office Administration - Created & Implemented Cancellation Policy, Created & Implemented Conflict of Interest Statement, Created & Implemented Charitable Contributions Policy Overall Event Attendance - The Chamber has had an overall event attendance increase of 9%! Results Sponsor

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

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

Membership Information New Member – May 2010

Member Benefit of the Month...

Tires Plus


5126 Central Avenue NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421 District Manager: Kevin Boyer Store General Manager: Kirk Sodergren (763) 571-4392 Auto Repair/Service

Breakfast Networking Club June 10th & June 24th Country Inn & Suites, Shoreview

Annual Kickball Tourney 5:00-8:00 p.m.; June 15th, Veterans Field, Roseville

Member Reinvestments Member

Member Since

AAA Minnesota-Iowa


Achieve Services, Inc.


Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck


Cartridges Direct


Lion Precision


LivInn Suites


Minikahda Mini Storage II


Minnesota Timberwolves


US Federal Credit Union - Fridley


Thank you for reinvesting with YOUR Chamber!

Ambassadors of the Month May 2010

Register today at Results Sponsor

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

BAE Systems 4800 East River Road Fridley, MN 55421 763-572-7615 Results Sponsor Grand Casino Mille Lacs / Hinckley 7600 Boone Ave. N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 763-488-1899

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Annette Wanchena Northeast Bank, Columbia Heights

Avonelle Lovhaug Code Poetry, Shoreview

Bill Gschwind C Alden Pearson, PA inPURSUIT Consulting

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

Event Pictures Business Essentials Luncheon ‘What’s in Your Wheelbarrow?’ Featured Speaker: Chez Raginak, 1 Moment Thursday, May 20, 2010 Green Mill / Hampton Inn, Shoreview

Ribbon Cutting! Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce Open House & Ribbon Cutting May 14, 2010 New Office Location: 525 Main Street, Suite 200 New Brighton, MN 55112

Thank you for the following Chamber Members for your contributions to make the Open House a success! Broadway Bar & Pizza, Fridley Costco Wholesale, Maplewood Green Mill, Shoreview Pratt-Ordway Shred-N-Go A special thank you to the following Chamber Members those who helped make the Chamber move a smooth transition: Achieve Services Larson Records Management Ryder Vehicle Sales Team Logic IT

Business Advocacy Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber May 4, 2010 Featured Speaker: MetCouncil Sarna’s Classic Grill, Columbia Heights

“Experience teaches you to recognize a mistake, before you make it again.” Unknown Those engaged in business understand that mistakes are part of the growth and education process. We’ve all been to that school and we will be there again. Although one can’t necessarily avoid making the occasional error or misjudgment, one can take steps to avoid making the same mistake a second time. As it’s not unusual for the repeat of a mistake to be more expensive than the original, the question becomes; how do you avoid that second time? In 1927, Harry Warner, one half of the famous Warner Brother Studios, chose to stay with silent picture technology by asking “Who wants to hear actors talk?” It wasn’t long before Harry reviewed that decision with his brother Jack. Needless to say, talking movies advanced and when the opportunity came to move into color technology, Warner Brothers did not repeat its mistake. In 1962, Dick Rowe, CEO of Decca Records, rejected signing “The Beatles” to a long term record contract. “We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.” Instead, he signed another group called “The Tremeloes.” Remember them? It wasn’t long before he was reviewing his decision with a trusted friend in the record industry. He learned, and went on to sign another new group called “The Rolling Stones.” We all know the rest. In each instance, an error was recognized and a correction made, but only after an objective review by someone detached from the original decision. Where can one find these people? If you accept the premise that Business is about relationships, then the answer is found in networking. For many, Chamber events are about obtaining information, or meeting someone to whom you can sell your product or service. I would encourage you to use these meetings for more. Build relationships, and most will turn into friendships. And within these friendships you will find the trusted advice which will help you in the world of choices and risks we call business. An excellent way to test this theory can be found within our Legislative Breakfasts. Each month our members are presented with the opportunity to obtain information, build such relationships and engage in networking, which together comprise the oxygen necessary for any business plan. In 1943, Tom Watson, founder of IBM, was content making typewriters. “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers” he said after rejecting that emerging technology. Someone obviously changed his mind. And that someone was simply a friend.

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June 2010 Featured Events Spring Golf Tournament Kickball Chamber Challenge Tournament Tuesday, June 8, 2010 1:00 Shotgun Start The Refuge Golf Club, Oak Grove

Calling all golfers, volunteers, sponsors!

Hosted by: Young Professionals Group Tuesday, June 15, 2010  5:00-8:00 p.m. Veterans Field, 1135 Woodhill Drive, Roseville Only $10 per person or $70 for a team of 9 or more!

Golf slots & inexpensive marketing opportunities still available

Winning team receives the traveling trophy!

Visit for more info.

Register Today!

YOUR CHAMBER CALENDAR - JUNE 2010 Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Legislative Breakfast with the Chamber

Featured Speakers: Representative Kurt Zellers, Representative Melissa Hortman, Moderated by Mary Lehammer 7:30-9:00 a.m. Sarna’s Classic Grill, Columbia Heights Visit for investment info.

Thursday, June 10 , 2010 Breakfast Networking Club 7:30-9:00 a.m. Country Inn & Suites 5995 Rice Creek Parkway, Shoreview Investment: $10; hot breakfast, networking, speaker

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 YP Committee Meeting 8:00-9:00 a.m. Caribou Coffee, Mounds View

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 4th Annual Kickball Tournament Hosted by: Young Professionals Group 5:00-8:00 p.m. Veterans Field, 1135 Woodhill Drive, Roseville $10 per person or $70 for a team of 9 or more

Thursday, June 3, 2010 Public Policy Meeting 7:30-8:30 a.m. Key Air Twin Cities 9877 No. Airport Rd, Blaine, MN 55449

Thursday, June 17, 2010 Business Essentials Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Country Inn & Suites 5995 Rice Creek Parkway, Shoreview

Friday, June 4, 2010 Ribbon Cutting - Tires Plus 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 5126 Central Avenue, Columbia Heights Lunch provided

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Economic Advancement Committee 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lakeside Homes, Inc. 1200 Foss Road, New Brighton, MN 55112 Investment: $5 for lunch

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 25th Annual ‘Chamber Challenge’ Spring Golf Tournament Thursday, June 24 , 2010 Breakfast Networking Club 12:00 Registration; 1:00 Shotgun Start The Refuge Golf Club, Oak Grove 7:30-9:00 a.m. Don’t golf, but want to network? Country Inn & Suites Register for the Grand Buffet after play for only $20! 5995 Rice Creek Parkway, Shoreview Investment: $10; hot breakfast, networking, speaker Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Fridley Business Council Featuring: Police Chief Don Abbott 7:30-8:30 a.m. Perkins, 7250 University Ave, Fridley

Sneak Peak at July 2010 Thursday, July 8, 2010 Breakfast Networking Club 7:30-9:00 a.m. Country Inn & Suites 5995 Rice Creek Parkway, Shoreview Tuesday, July 20, 2010 4th Annual Multi-Chamber Young Professionals Event Featuring Young Professionals from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Twin Cities North and TwinWest Chambers Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St. Anthony More details to come! Thursday, July 22, 2010 Annual Chamber Picnic 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Roseville - more details to come! $16 - please bring a canned food item or monetary donation

for Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA) Friday, July 30, 2010 New Member Reception 9:00-10:00 a.m. Chamber Office 525 Main Street, Suite 200 New Brighton, MN 55112 New and current Members welcome!


June 2010 Results Newsletter  

The Official Newsletter of the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce

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