Community Promotion. Advocacy. Relationships. Economic Development.
a publication of
Digital Edition available at WCTRIB.COM
SAVE THE DATE RECONNECT WITH A FRIEND
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Thursday Apr 21, 2022 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday Apr 22, 2022 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Willmar Civic Center 2707 Arena DR Willmar, MN 56201 Thank you to All Our Sponsors:
Major Sponsors: SWIF, St. Cloud Surgical Center and West Central Tribune
ENJOY YOURSELF Life Connections Schedule of Events:
Thursday, April 21, 2022 • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
GUEST SPEAKER: • Dr. Nelson from Heartland Orthopedics | 5:00 PM Friday, Apr 22, 2022 • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM • Pancakes | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM SPONSORED BY: HERITAGE BANK
• Outstanding Senior Award | 9:45 AM SPONSORED BY: WEST CENTRAL SANITATION
GUEST SPEAKER: • Mark Rosen | 10:30 AM • Kingery Family | 11:30 AM SPONSORED BY: THRIFTY WHITE PHARMACY
• Bingo | 1:30 AM Sponsorship and booth spaces are available, for more information please contact Christie Steffel, Advertising/Marketing Manager email@example.com 320-214-4317
SPONSORED BY: THRIFTY WHITE PHARMACY
• Wendinger Band | 2:00 AM SPONSORED BY: PIONEER PUBLIC TELEVISION
Serving the Willmar MN Area Since 1990!
You drive it.
WE FIX IT. BRAKE WEAR TRANSMISSION HOSE & BELT DAMAGE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AC/HEATER PROBLEMS ALIGNMENT FLUID LEAKS TIRE MAINTENANCE DIESEL REPAIR
1512 1st Street S Willmar, MN 56201 320-235-7030
MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 3
Investing in the Chamber pays dividends
Chamber staff and Board members
Top 5 Places to Meet Members
Features & Benefits
It’s All About the Workplace
A growing list of value-added programs and services for members
of Chamber Membership
A NOTE FROM THE CHAMBER PRESIDENT Investing in a membership with the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce says a lot about your business and supports the mission to improve the business climate, strengthen the economy, and enhance the quality of life in the Willmar Lakes Area. As a volunteer-driven organization, the strength of your Chamber is grounded in the dedication and collaboration of business
4 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
members supporting the community. We are truly better and stronger together. We encourage you to ask local businesses if they are members. If they are, thank them! If they are not, ask them why and explain the value you see in your membership. Share your pride in supporting the only organization representing business in Kandiyohi County and be assured that your membership will continue to be a sound investment for your business this year and into the future. Thank you for your continued support! Ken Warner
Want your business to thrive? So do we!
That’s why your Chamber works hard every day to • • • • •
Advocate and promote a strong business community Create opportunities for meaningful business connections and promotion Pursue investment and jobs for the region Strengthen leaders and the community Advocate. Lead. Partner.
The mission of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is to advocate and promote the areawide business community.
The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to build community through strong relationships and developing leaders.
The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce C.A.R.E.S
We will also be recognized as the voice of (for) the area-wide business community and the go-to resource for the community and businessrelated information.
C for Community Promotion A for Advocacy R for Relationships E for Economic Development Investing in the Chamber pays dividends for area-wide businesses.
Why I belong "It’s more about the relationships than the membership. The connections and the friendships I have made over the years have helped many understand what we do in emergency medical services. Those connections have also helped me on a personal level. It’s very true that you get out of the Chamber what you put into it. I am glad that I invested the time and hope more people realize the investment pays you back in more ways than you can imagine."
Brad Hanson, CentraCare Emergency Medical Services MEMBER SINCE 1971
HELPING YOU BUILD YOUR SUCCESS As a steel distributor and parts manufacturer, we are known for having the steel you need and the people, equipment and processing to help you and your business grow.
Excellence Beyond the Cutting Edge
Learn more or grow your career at wcsteel.com 110 19th Street NW, Willmar, MN 56201
As a steel distributor and parts manufacturer, we are known for having the steel you need and the people, equipment and MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 5 processing to help you and your business grow. Learn more or grow your career at wcsteel.com
We are Your Chamber of Commerce The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is a leader in community promotion, advocacy, relationships, and economic development, as well as the only organization representing business in Kandiyohi County. A membership with the Chamber is an investment in your community and a commitment to goodwill, education, and development.
Ken Warner President
2104 Hwy 12 E, Willmar, MN 56201
Shelly Munyon Operations & Finance Manager
Director of Member Services & Sales
Serving the Needs of Businesses in
320-235-0300 Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Atwater Blomkest Hawick Kandiyohi Lake Lillian
Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce willmarlakesareachamber_mn firstname.lastname@example.org
New London Pennock Priam Prinsburg Raymond
Regal Roseland Spicer Sunburg Svea Willmar
Why I belong "Over our many years of membership, WLACC has kept us on top of the important, everchanging issues within our marketplace. Due to the demands of owning a small business, it is difficult to keep up with the issues impacting business. Also, WLACC has been very helpful in networking and meeting people who share an interest in serving the community. It’s wonderful being part of a “team” of people who want to promote the growth and prosperity of the local economy."
Dan Tollefson, Schwegman’s Cleaners MEMBER SINCE 1989
NATIONWIDE GLASS OF WILLMAR, INC.
Jessica L Hanson CHt, LLC
Offering a personal hypnosis sessions for a wide range of issues. Hypnosis Training and Certification. 320-979-6875 www.willmarhypnosis.com 6 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
– ALUMINUM STOREFRONTS – AUTOMATIC DOOR OPERATORS – FRAMELESS SHOWER DOORS – GLASS REPLACEMENT – SCREEN AND WINDOW REPAIRS – MIRRORS AND GLASS TOPS – PLEXIGLASS
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE MEMBERS Thank you Chairman level members for your financial investment in YOUR Chamber.
What year did the Chamber move into its current facilities? December of 1994
CHAMBER TRIVIA History In 1929 the Willmar Commercial Club reorganized and became the Willmar Chamber of Commerce. It became incorporated in 1932. In 1959 the Chamber purchased the building on Litchfield Ave (currently the African Development Center). In 1985 the name was changed to Willmar Area Chamber of Commerce, and in 2002 became the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce to be inclusive of all of the communities within Kandiyohi County.
How many Chamber managers/presidents have there been in the history of the Chamber? 20 Who has sold the most Chamber memberships? Milo Halberg – Over 100 What business is the longest standing Chamber member? Peterson Brothers Funeral Home - 1889
Coming Fall 2021 Nisswa, MN!
164 25th St SE Willmar, MN 56201 320.235.0036 lakecountryfireplace.com
514 22nd Ave W Alexandria, MN 56308 320.762.0742 alexbrick.com
MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 7
2022 CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. 2022-2024
Duininck, Inc. 2021-2023
Christianson, PLLP 2021-2023
Life-Science Innovations 2022-2024
The Chamber Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from local member businesses. The Board is responsible for setting and carrying out the vision of the organization.
Why I belong “The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has continued to help further the interests of small businesses owned by not only African immigrants, but also the community as a whole. BIPOC owned small businesses couldn’t do what they do without valuable resources and relationships provided by the Chamber that have helped these businesses in so many ways such as improving business’ visibility and credibility.”
Nasibu Sareva, African Development Center MEMBER SINCE 2011
8 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
Willmar Electric 2022-2024
Marcus Construction 2021-2023
Conway Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP 2022-2024
Carris Health 2020-2022
Your local bank with big city solutions.
We have the right loan for you!
Personal Banker in Willmar Jeremy Schmidt 320-214-3011 email@example.com NMLS#569279
Mortgage Loan Originator Tracy Lundy 320-214-3025 firstname.lastname@example.org NMLS#522440
Personal Banker in New London Lisa Groff 320-262-5219 email@example.com NMLS#580204
Refinance - Purchase - Home Improvements Just go to www.lakeregion.com or give us a call to get started.
2022 CHAMBER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Chair Bolton & Menk, Inc. 2020-2022
Secretary/Treasurer United Prairie Bank 2020-2022
Chair-Elect Rambow 2021-2023
Vice Chair West Central Industries 2020-2022
Past Chair Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc. 2019-2021
President Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
seniors to various appointments; medical, hair, dental, shopping, etc. up to 3 times per week. • Available Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm to residents of Kandiyohi, Renville & Meeker counties who are at least 60 years of age and register with Central Community Transit. • The Fare/Cost is based on your income in the form of Cost-Share Contributions. • This Program will provide transportation in Kandiyohi, Renville, and Meeker counties as well as outside the service area. Hours may vary slightly for medical purposes or long distance trips.
Interested in being a Volunteer Driver Flexible hours customized to your schedule ~ Local, short and long distance travel ~ Mileage reimbursement
Making a difference for individuals in your community!
Shelley Crow, Century 21 Kandi Realty, Ltd. MEMBER SINCE 1990
Public Bus Transportation
Senior Transportation Program • Uses volunteer drivers who use their personal vehicle to transport
Why I belong
"I always felt it was important to belong, but never knew just how important until I served on the Chamber Board. It is impressive to know all the goings on within the chamber to help business flourish. The networking is invaluable. My advice: Belong to the chamber and serve on the board or plug yourself in to a committee. You won't regret it!"
Safe • Reliable • Cost Effective • Discount Punch Passes
Interested in being a Transit Driver • Full and Part-Time opportunities with flexible hours for days, evenings and weekends. • Applicants must have a CDL with passenger endorsement and a clean driving record *Will train the right person* • CCT offers competitive wages with benefits including: Health Insurance, Retirement Program, Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, and Life Insurance.
CALL US TODAY
Now Hiring in Willmar, Olivia & Litchfield Volunteer Driver Programs
Public Bus Transportation
Willmar Office (320) 235-8413
Willmar Office (320) 214-7433
Olivia Office (320) 523-3589
Olivia Office (320) 523-3589
Litchfield Office (320) 693-2718
Litchfield Office (320) 693-7794
Connecting Communities Together
MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 9
5 PLACES TO MEET MEMBERS
Business After Hours
Serve on Committees
Over 50 Networking Events Each Year! Why I belong “Being a Willmar Lakes Area Chamber Ambassador is an excellent opportunity to be a part of the new and exciting happenings in our business community. I enjoy helping new businesses share their story and welcoming them into our community. I commend the Ambassadors as a dynamic group of professionals focused on community-first engagements, with an emphasis on outstanding communication with local businesses, and excellent community-driven leadership.”
Mary Hagen, West Central Technology MEMBER SINCE 2019
is Good for Business THE TOOL TO USE: From creative financing, to community development, to creating a legacy, we’re your ready partner in southwest Minnesota!
making charitable giving
EASY for businesses
FULFILLS COMPANY'S CORPORATE AND PHILANTHROPIC GOALS ALLOWS BUSINESSES TO BE PHILANTHROPIC WITHOUT THE OVERHEAD OF ACCOUNTING AND TAX REPORTING ENSURES ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE MAXIMUM TAX ADVANTAGES FROM THEIR GIFTS
Connecting people Investing in ideas Building communities
swifoundation.org 10 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
A shoutout to Marcus Construction for opening the Marcus Construction Charitable Fund!
in partnership with WE MAKE PHILANTHROPY EASY. 320.235.4380 WACF@COMMUNITYGIVING.ORG
The Chamber Golf Classic
For over 30 years, this event has featured a fun theme and creative hole sponsors. This competitive scramble is held at the Eagle Creek Golf Club on the first Monday in August.
SAVE THE DATE ›› Monday, August 1, 2022
The Aggie Open
This scramble features many of our area’s agri-business related companies, vendors, and producers. Held on the last Monday in June each year, the proceeds provide scholarships to Ridgewater College students pursuing ag-related fields.
SAVE THE DATE ›› Monday, June 27, 2022 Why I belong
Enjoy a day on the course at one or two golf outings, attracting 144 golfers and 30+ hole sponsors!
"We love sponsoring a hole at the Golf Classic. It’s been a great opportunity for our partners and staff to network with fellow Chamber members while enjoying a fun day on the links."
Jean Geselius, Conway Deuth & Schmiesing PLLP MEMBER SINCE 1985
hungry for a career?
Jennie-O Turkey Store is an EO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
we're a food company. this could work. Proud supporter of our local communities.
JENNIEOJOBSWILLMAR.COm MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 11
Advocate Mid-Minnesota Builders Exchange
Whether you are seeking construction data or want to get information out to the trade community, our exchange is here to help make that happen! The Builders Exchange provides plans and specifications on various building projects. A weekly bulletin is sent to each member notifying them of the plans that are available. The bulletin includes the location of the project, the bid date, and the architect for the project.
Chamber Connections are hosted Friday mornings from 7:30-8:30 at different Chamber member businesses. Everyone gets a chance to introduce themselves and share a brief update on their business or community happenings. The host ends the Connection with an overview of their business followed by a drawing for door prizes. All are welcome, and need not be a member of the Chamber to participate. Please bring $1 and your business card.
First Dollars are an opportunity for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Committee to welcome new businesses to the Willmar Lakes Area and thank them for locating their business here. Follow the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce on social media to view pictures of the latest events. If you are a new business owner or would like to nominate someone to receive a First Dollar presentation, please contact the Chamber. First Dollars are a complimentary service provided by the Chamber and are available to members and non-members.
Groundbreakings are an opportunity for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Committee to celebrate the new construction of an area business. Follow the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce on social media to view pictures of the latest events. If you would to schedule a groundbreaking celebration for your business, please contact the Chamber. Groundbreakings are a complimentary service provided by the Chamber for members only.
The Grow Minnesota! Partnership is Minnesota’s premier privatesector-led business retention and assistance program. The partnership of more than 90 local chambers and economic development organizations work to spur business growth throughout the state. They conduct confidential, comprehensive one-on-one site visits with nearly a thousand businesses each year, tracking on-the-ground business conditions, collecting data on what it takes for businesses to stay and grow in Minnesota, and identifying areas where they can provide solutions to business concerns. They also develop impactful initiatives to address our state’s most pressing business challenges, helping businesses understand how to stay and grow in their community.
Lunch With Leaders
Lunch with Leaders are free quarterly presentations organized by the Diplomats Committee featuring a variety of topics such as broadband, city, school, and legislative updates, and other issues affecting the business community.
Why I belong
“If you want major issues to change to a pro-business perspective; support your local Chamber of Commerce. We are here first, because of your business and second, for your business.”
Jim Sieben, Nova-Tech Engineering, LLC MEMBER SINCE 2005
12 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
neXt is a local organization formed to attract and retain young talent in the community, while developing the next generation of leaders. Focused on young adults, we use fun social activities and structured educational opportunities to help you grow your network, learn new skills, and develop as a leader. Whether you are looking to grow personally or professionally, odds are we have an upcoming event that will help you do just that. Follow neXt on social media to stay in the loop.
Ribbon cuttings are an opportunity for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Committee to celebrate the grand opening of an area business. Follow the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce on social media to view pictures of the latest events. If you would to schedule a ribbon cutting for your business, please contact the Chamber. Ribbon cuttings are a complimentary service provided by the Chamber for members only.
Ag Tours Every year the Chamber’s AgriBusiness Committee hosts Fifth Grade Ag Tours for students to learn about and experience a dairy farm first hand. In 2021, the tours were presented virtually but it was still a very educational and interactive experience for the 280 students who participated from Roosevelt Elementary, Kennedy
Elementary, Lakeland Elementary, and Community Christian School. They also learned about the processing side of the dairy industry with First District Association. The Agri-Business Committee also offers educational Ag Tours for members to learn about ag-related businesses in the Willmar Lakes Area.
Farm Liability - Crop Insurance Property - Casualty - Business - Commercial
Providing Insurance Coverage for Anyone’s Insurance Needs! Dedicated people that you can talk to in person about your concerns or questions about insurance. Call for your quote today!
333 5th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201 www.mginsuranceinc.com
MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 13
We’ve Got Committees Promote your business, network with other professionals, learn about other businesses in the Willmar Lakes Area, and become more acquainted with YOUR Chamber of Commerce by taking part in one of our many committees. With over 100 volunteers that proudly serve on the committees to create successful events and membership programs, we have a fit for every interest. Committees include: Agri-Business, Ambassadors, Diplomats, Grow Minnesota!, neXt, Public Policy, Red Carpet, and Business Education Network (BEN). Affiliates of the Chamber include: Kandiyohi Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (KCEO), Highway 23 Coalition, and Vision 2040. The Willmar Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an operating division of the Chamber of Commerce.
The Red Carpet
The Red Carpet is the Chamber’s annual fundraising event open to members and the community.
Why I belong "The Chamber’s Public Policy Committee provides an amazing opportunity to hear what is happening in our community and provide input into the process. Bringing together government leaders and elected officials to hear what each other is working on has proven to be a catalyst for collaboration on more than one occasion. This committee has been the envy of other Chambers around the State who would love to have the communication and cooperation that the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber has created with its Public Policy Committee. As a business owner, being on the committee has given me a voice at the table- working alongside the people that are moving Willmar forward. It has been invaluable to me."
Bob Mathiasen, Heritage Bank NA MEMBER SINCE 1984
14 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
CHAMBER COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS Recognizing Excellence in the Willmar Lakes Area
The Emerging Young Leader Award is presented to an individual younger than 40 years of age who demonstrates outstanding leadership that benefits the community and its citizens.
The "MILO" Award is named after longtime Chamber volunteer, Milo Halberg who passed away in 2001. The award was established in Milo's name to recognize local business leaders who exemplify Milo's leadership in the areas of volunteerism, community leadership and involvement, and dedication to the Chamber of Commerce.
Emerging Young Leader Award
Exemplary Leadership Award
The Exemplary Leadership Award (ELA) is designed to honor someone who has achieved recognition in their field and made significant contributions to the respective profession and business or organization of which the individual is a part of.
Why I belong
“The Chamber has been a huge part of my success in business. For the small investment that you make to maintain your membership, you receive huge returns on your investment, whether it be referrals, or the many networking opportunities. I can honestly say that my business would not be where it is today if it were not for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber. The key is that the more you get involved the more you benefit.”
Matt Stark, Pro Color Graphics MEMBER SINCE 2007
Willmar Bus, The Official Transportation provider of YOUR
PIONEER HERITAGE Pioneer INSURANCE
SPICER, WILLMAR, PENNOCK, RAYMOND AND LITCHFIELD 320.796.2169 SPICER, WWW.PIONEER-HERITAGE.COM
WILLMAR, PENNOCK, RAYMOND AND LITCHFIELD 320.796.2169 WWW.PIONEER-HERITAGE.COM
CHARTER SERVICE FOR SPORTING EVENTS AND GROUP OUTINGS
www.willmarbus.com 1308 SE 7th Street, Willmar, MN 56201
MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 15
Programs & Events
FEATURES Post your events, job vacancies, and “hot deals” easily on the Chamber’s website.
FEATURES Quality and relevant member-only and member discounted programs, events, workshops, and seminars.
BENEFITS Draw new customers with these marketing tools included in your membership.
BENEFITS Unique opportunities to learn new skills and information, network with other members, and help your staff grow.
Get Involved FEATURES The Chamber partners with several community organizations such as Vision 2040, Highway 23 Coalition, United Way, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, and more.
Public Policy FEATURES We help facilitate communication between the government and the business community.
BENEFITS Offers you many opportunities to give back and get involved in the communities that you live, work, and play in!
BENEFITS We do the work that you don’t have time for. We are your voice at the state Capitol and on the local level.
FEATURES Thousands of calls, visits, to our office and website hits each month. Our online business directory provides a link to the member’s detailed information pages and your website.
FEATURES We hold several events and have programs designed for you to meet other Chamber members.
BENEFITS Membership has its privileges and we always refer Chamber members first. For some businesses, one referral a year is enough to pay for their membership alone.
Member-to-Member Marketing FEATURES Market your products and/or services to other Chamber members through our weekly e-newsletter or mailing list. BENEFITS Reach those influential business people in the community and educate them about your business/organization.
BENEFITS Establish new business connections and meet other community business leaders. People want to do business with people they know.
Resources FEATURES We keep members up-to-date with timely and relevant information. We have maps, visitors guides, relocation packets, and many other resource publications! BENEFITS Your weekly e-newsletter supplies you with a wealth of information. In addition, you’ll be engaged with us through various communications, fraud alerts, member surveys, and more.
Why I belong “I have been privileged to be a part of the Chamber for 30+ years. As I was presented my plaque, I was reminded of all the Chamber and the people who work for us do for its members in making sure that the business interests of Kandiyohi County are represented. I have been able to participate in trainings through the Chamber and I always appreciate the newsletter and town halls. We are lucky to have such an active Chamber working for us!”
Teresa Holwerda, State Farm Insurance MEMBER SINCE 1990
16 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
Membership Milestones are an opportunity for the Chamber Diplomats to visit member businesses and thank them for their continuous support. Follow the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce on social media to view pictures of the latest milestones.
Willmar Lakes Area Leadership Perspectives
The Willmar Lakes Area Leadership Perspectives program is designed to develop effective community leaders with vision and insight. Session topics include individual and team-building; heritage and
diversity; government and media; health, human services, and volunteerism; law and justice; education; industry and tourism; entrepreneurship and opportunities. Each session focuses on the issues critical to our region's future success. Over the past 30 years, 900 people have graduated from Leadership Perspectives.
New Corporate Rates loaded with Extras Hurry & Book today!
Great Corporate Rates!
Award winning and newest Hotel in the Willmar Lakes Area featuring great resort amenities like:
• 27 Hole Championship Golf Course • Full Service Practice Facility • Golf Shop • Online Tee Time Booking • Open to the Public
• Large business friendly rooms • Free WIFi
• Hot Complimentary Breakfast • Fitness Center
15980 Hwy 23 NE, Spicer, MN Reservations: 320.347.1450 grandstayhospitality.com
• Free Beverage daily at Max’s Restaurant • ½ price on Club Rental/ Driving Range Tokens
MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 17
A FEW FLASHBACKS FROM 2021
MEMBERSHIP 20 YEAR Prairie Woods 2021
2022 MEMBERSHIP MILESTONES
30 YEAR Marcus Construction 2021
Diamond Lake Resort
Vista Prairie at Copperleaf Senior Living
Family Promise of Kandiyohi County
West Central Association of Realtors
Furniture Plus Decor & More
Willmar Community Education Willmar Hockey Boosters
K. Madsen Consulting McKale's Catering, LLC
Mr. B's Chocolates, LLC
Anderson Law Offices
Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Battery Wholesale Inc
Coffee & More
Point Lake Properties
CPR Cell Phone Repair Willmar
Riverview LLP - Meadow Star Dairy
Green Lake Cruises
Truly Home Real Estate
Heartland Orthopedic Specialists
BCR Outdoor Services Culligan Water Services DATA Success, Inc. Federated Insurance
Why I belong “Being a part of the Diplomats Committee has provided me with valuable insights into new and longstanding area businesses and the unique ways in which they serve our community.”
ARCHITECTURAL & ADMINISTRATIVE ARCHITECTURAL & ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY POSITIONS AVAILABLE e n g a n . c o m / e m p l o y m e nIMMEDIATELY t 320-231-1028 engan.com/employment
Kathryn Mueller, Christianson PLLP
MEMBER SINCE 1987
Make a difference support our annual fundraisers
Rose Sale • Dress Sale • Coffee Bag Sale • Fudge Sale
Compassionate Care Close to Home Advocating for the full inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may lead healthy and independent lives. 311 4th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201 320-231-1777 • www.aimwcm.org •
18 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
Our goal is to provide you with the best care for your pets. We do so through our excellent services, our 24-hour emergency care, and our compassion and commitment to pets and their owners. Schedule your visit today!
www.south71vet.com Willmar 320-235-7396 • Benson 320-842-7501 Granite Falls 320-564-1888 • Montevideo 320-321-1142
MILESTONES 40 YEAR Ingstad Media 2021
50 YEAR Border States 2021
Hope Pregnancy Center
Woody's Trucking Inc.
Rice & Associates, LLC
J & T Wood Products
Zorbaz on Green Lake
State Farm Insurance - Melissa Radel
Kent's Auto Body, Inc
Planned Parenthood of MN, ND and SD Qdoba Quality Title of Willmar, Inc. Quist Wealth Management, LLC SafeAssure The Salvation Army
Bremer Investment Services KRA Speedway
United Prairie Insurance West Central Interpreting & Consulting Services, LLC.
Gurley's Foods Home State Bank L. Ted Anderson DDS PA
MAG Wealth Management, LLC
United Prairie Bank
Tolbert, Mike & Sheila
West Central Sanitation
Holmgren Appraisal, LLC
50+ YEAR MEMBERS Peterson Brothers Funeral Home..................................................... 1889 West Central Tribune................................................................................1929 Lakeland Broadcasting..............................................................................1941 Perkins Lumber............................................................................................1955 Life Science Innovations/Select Genetics......................................1958 American Legion.........................................................................................1958 Trouw Nutrition............................................................................................ 1961 Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc.....................................................................1963 North Risk Partners - Corneil-Elkjer................................................1963 Elmquist Jewelry.........................................................................................1965 Minnesota Gun Class - Maracom..................................................... 1966 AgCountry Farm Credit Services...................................................... 1966 West Central Steel/Central MN Fabricating................................ 1966 Willmar Electric Service.......................................................................... 1966 Harvey Anderson & Johnson Funeral Homes........................... 1966 Hanson-Fonkert Dental Clinic............................................................. 1966 Thrifty White Pharmacy..........................................................................1967 Chappell Central......................................................................................... 1968 Walt's Soft Cloth Car Wash.................................................................. 1969 Northern States Supply.......................................................................... 1960 Floor to Ceiling.............................................................................................1970 Border States................................................................................................1970 Colleen Thompson-Michels...................................................................1970 Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital..........................................1971
Expanding, Growing, Building
www.thebarntheatre.com 235-9500 321 4th St. SW Willmar
A non-profit community theatre providing live performing arts and entertainment to the community. Volunteer opportunities available for all ages. Costumes, props and space available for rent.
MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 19
IT’S ALL ABOUT WORKFORCE KCEO
Kandiyohi Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (KCEO) partners with local businesses to create a realworld educational experience. Juniors and seniors from Willmar Public Schools, ACGC, and New LondonSpicer are selected from a rigorous application process to participate in this year-long course. Instead of learning about entrepreneurship in a classroom, students will visit 20-30 local businesses and hear from over 50 guest speakers. Students create their own businesses and present them to local banking investors and entrepreneurs via private meetings and an annual trade show.
Business Education Network
Connects the Chamber member businesses and volunteers with education and workforce training programs to develop the community’s future workforce by providing students with a deeper understanding of career opportunities and aligning skills with current workforce needs; engaging employers directly with students,
education and training providers; and better aligning programs and curriculum to the realities of the West Central Minnesota and overall Minnesota. Examples include: CEO in the Classroom, Launch Your Future Today (LYFT): a rural career and technical education pathway initiative, mentoring program with the Area Learning Center, New Vision: provides pathways to success for disadvantaged youth in Willmar through coding and digital literacy classes. The target population is students of color, particularly immigrant and refugee youth, ages 13-18 years, and the Hot Jobs Cool Companies publication.
Student Job Fair & Career Expo
A workforce development program that brings together area employers with high school students in an interactive environment that allows them an opportunity to inform students about their company or organization. Recruit for full-time or part-time jobs and internships while identifying long-term prospects.
SERVICE PETROLEUM & NATURAL GAS
Dooley’s Petroleum Inc. is
committed to providing a reliable energy supply, consistent product quality and outstanding customer service
Credit Union Difference! • Higher Savings Rates • Lower Loan Rates • Fewer Fees Become a member today!
co-opcreditunion.com Benson Office 1501 Minnesota Avenue Benson, Minnesota 56215 320.843.4210
Willmar Office 501 19th Avenue SE Willmar, Minnesota 56201 320.235.1573
Montevideo Office 2407 E Highway 7 Montevideo MN 56265 320.269.2117
Canby Office 1003 St Olaf Ave N Canby MN 56220 507.223.5737
20 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
at competitive prices. We are constantly adapting to the ever changing markets and bringing new technologies and solutions to our customers.
SETS US APART! WILLMAR
(CORPORATE OFFICE) 3101 3rd Ave. SW Willmar, MN 56201 Phone: (320) 235-5200 Toll-free: (800) 520-2466
304 US Hwy 12 Murdock, MN 56271 Phone: (320) 875-2641 Toll-free: (888) 875-2641
104 1st Street SW Clara City, MN 56222 Phone: (320) 847-2438
61448 US HWY 12 Litchfield, MN 55355 Phone: (320) 693-2411
1106 Lincoln Ave Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 Phone: (320)-252-2110
914 Main Street S Sauk Centre, MN 56378 Phone: (320) 352-5753
Own Your Audience and Grow Your Business with
West Central Tribunes multi media campaigns can target our audience and get your products and services in front of those that need it. Our reach at a glance: Over 5,000 print subscribers Over 2,000 digital only subscribers Over 6,500 average numbers of readers of our E-paper daily with over 53,000 pages viewed!
Proud member of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber for over 50 years!
Contact our Marketing Team for all your advertising needs.
Let’s expand your businesses audience with our print frequency programs, businesses to follow, OTT/CTV, On-Network & OffNetwork Online Display advertising, Geotargeting & Retargeting
t: 320.214.4317 e: csteffel @wctrib.com
t: 320.214.4375 e: ryeadon @wctrib.com
t: 320.214.4310 e: criemersma @wctrib.com
MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 21
T H A N K YO U TO 1st Minnesota Realty, Inc.
Bethesda North Pointe
Central Tire & Auto
Big Kahuna Fun Park
Century 21 Kandi Realty, Ltd.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
African Development Center
Boline Fenstra Chiropractic
AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Christianson Financial Advisors, LLC
AIM of West Central Minnesota
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Christianson Insurance Agency
Allergy & Asthma Specialty Clinic
Bonnema Runke Stern Inc.
Border States Electric
Alzheimer's Association Minnesota - North Dakota
Bremer Bank, N.A.
City of New London
American Door Works
City of Spicer
Bremer Investment Services
Coffee & More
Brock White Company
Community Christian School
Concorde Bank- Blomkest
Business Music, Ltd.
Concorde Bank -Willmar
Calvary Lutheran Church
Connor Hutton Agency LLC
Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP (CDS)
American Legion America's Best Hearing Anderson DDS, L. Ted Anderson Law Offices Anderson, Larson, Saunders, Klaassen & Dahlager Anez Consulting, Inc. Anfinson Gilbertson Management Group Anfinson Thompson & Company, CPAs Appliance & Home Center Assembly of God Church Atwater Ford Authentic Dental of Willmar Azteca Mexican Restaurant B. VanDerBill Consulting Baker Graphics Barney's Battery Wholesale Inc BCR Outdoor Services Behm, Myron & Myra Bellaforma Boutique Bergh's Fabricating, Inc. Bernick's Pepsi Best Western Plus & Willmar Conference Center Bethel Lutheran Church
Carpets N More, Inc. Carris Health - Rice Hospice
Co-op Credit Union
Carris Health Care Center & Therapy Suites
Coordinated Business Systems, Ltd.
Carris Health Foundation
Countertops Plus Country Inn and Suites by Radisson
Carris Health Lakeland Clinic Carris Health New LondonSpicer Clinic Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital Carris Health Willmar Clinic Casey's General Store Casey's General Store #2 Cash Wise Food & Drug Cash Wise Liquor CASTAIR Inc. CDS Administrative Services, LLC CDS Financial Services, LLC CenterPoint Energy Centracare Emergency Medical Services Central Community Transit
Country Stop Car Wash Cove Nutrition CPR Cell Phone Repair Willmar Cub Foods Culligan Water Services Dale Carnegie Training Danny Anderson Agency - American Family Insurance Dan's Diesel & Towing of Willmar Dan's Diesel of Sunburg DATA Success, Inc. Dean Peterson Design West Ltd. Diamond Lake Resort Divine Home Care, Inc. Divine Hope Counseling
Central Counties Cooperative
Divine House Inc. Domino's Pizza
Bethesda Home Health Care
Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services, Inc.
Dooley's Petroleum, Inc.
Central Minnesota Senior Care
DREAM Technical Academy
Bethesda Care Center Bethesda Day Break
22 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
O U R I N V E S TO RS Duininck Concrete, LLC
George ''Corky'' Berg
Dunn Brother's Coffee E*Tap Marketing
Eagle Creek Golf Club
Glacial Lakes Aesthetics
Economic Development Commission
Glacial Ridge Curling Glacial Waters Wellness
Glen Oaks Senior Living Campus
Edward Jones - Andrew Kveene, Financial Advisor
Edward Jones - Jeanne Ashburn, Financial Advisor
Goodwill - Willmar (Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota)
Elite Insurance Group Agency, LLC Elmquist Jewelry Elsewhere Travel Employment Plus Engan Associates Architects Envisioneering LLC Erbert and Gerbert's Sandwich Shop Excel Overhead Door LLP Fagerlie Appraisal Inc. Family Promise of Kandiyohi County Family Roots Chiropractic Family Surgery Center Fancy Coats, Pet Grooming & Inn Fantastic Sams Farm Rite Equipment Farm Rite Equipment of Willmar, Inc Farmers Union Insurance/ Johannes Agency
Godfather's Pizza Express
Grand True Value Rental GrandStay Hotel & Suites Granite Community Loan Center Green Lake Cruises Green Lake Lutheran Ministries Green Lake Nursery Green Mill Restaurant & Bar Grizzly's Wood Fired Grill Gulbrandsen, Kristin Gurley's Foods Habitat for Humanity of West Central MN Hampton Inn Spicer Green Lake Hansen Advertising, Inc. Hanson-Fonkert Dental Clinic Harvest Bank-Kandiyohi Office Harvey Anderson & Johnson Funeral Homes
Farm-Rite Land, LLC
Harvey Anderson & Johnson Funeral Homes - New London
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Health Insurance Services, Inc.
Fischbach for Congress
Heartland Orthopedic Specialists
Fischer Laser Eye Center
Floor To Ceiling
Heritage Bank N.A. -Raymond
Foxhole Brewhouse Inc
Heritage Bank N.A. -Spicer
Fraternal Order of Eagle's Club
Heritage Bank N.A.- Willmar
Furniture Plus Decor & More
Heritage Bank N.A.-Pennock
Gardner DDS, Michael
Heritage Exteriors & Restoration
HireQuest Direct HMD Photography Holiday Inn Express & Suites Holmgren Appraisals Home Agency, Inc. Home State Bank Home Wealth Management Homeowners Financial Group Hope Pregnancy Center Humane Society of Kandiyohi & Meeker Counties Hypnotherapist Jessica L Hanson CHt LLC Independence Place Cooperative of Willmar Ingstad Media Insurance by Strehlow Insurance Center Island Pine Golf Club Island View Resort J & T Wood Products Jake's Pizza James M. Ruff, Inc. Janning ENT Center JD Kreps Financial Group, Inc. Jennie-O Turkey Store Jerry Gesch Jet-Black Jimmy John's JMD Manufacturing Inc Johnson, Moody, Schmidt, Kleinhuizen & Zumwalt Jon Beaver Agency of American Family Insurance K. Madsen Consulting Kandi Water Conditioning Inc Kandiyohi Abstract & Title Co. Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA Kandiyohi County Chapter 2 Pheasants Forever Kandiyohi County Corn & Soybean Growers Association Kandiyohi County Fair Kandiyohi County Farm Bureau Federation MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 23
T H A N K YO U TO Kandiyohi County Food Shelf
Kandiyohi County Housing & Redevelopment Authority
Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc.
Kandiyohi Power Cooperative
Matson Ins. Agency, LLC
Pioneer Heritage Insurance
Max's on The Green
McKale's Catering, LLC
Medical Supplies Inc/TruCare Pharmacy
Planned Parenthood of MN, ND and SD
MG Insurance, Inc.
Point Lake Properties
Kensington Bank Kensington Insurance Agency Kent's Auto Body, Inc Kevin Sheehan Kinetic by Windstream Koronis Motors / Paynesville Chevrolet Buick KRA Speedway Kwik Trip #944 Kwik Trip #945 Kwik Trip Inc.
Mid-MN Development Commission Midwest Mortgage Mills Auto Center Mills Ford Chrysler Minnesota Army National Guard 682nd Engineers
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Prairie's Edge Casino Resort Premium Waters, Inc. Prinsco, Inc. Print Masters of Willmar
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Pro Color Graphics
Minnesota Gun Class
Public Affairs Company
MinnWest Technology Campus
QC Supply - Willmar, MN
Lake Region Financial Services
Money Matters Accounting Solutions
Lake Region Insurance
Motor Sports of Willmar
Mr. B's Chocolates, LLC
Quist Wealth Management, LLC
Nationwide Glass of Willmar, Inc.
New London-Spicer Schools
RE/MAX Preferred Realty, Inc. - Spicer
Lake Country Fireplace & Exteriors Lake Region Bank - Willmar Lake Region Bank-New London Lake Region Bank-Sunburg
Lakeland Broadcasting Lakes Area Dental Ltd. Lakes Area Realty- Amber Barber Lakeview Inn Lange Agricultural Systems LeafLine Labs Life Link III Life-Science Innovations, LLC Little Caesars Little Crow Golf Resort Little Crow Ski Team Lockman Security Loffler Companies, Inc. London Hills Garden Owners Association MAC Precision Concrete, Inc.
North Risk Partners - Corneil-Elkjer Northern Business Products Northern Radiator Northern States Supply Nova-Tech Engineering Oasis Aero, Inc. On the Run Promotions Oral Facial Surgery PA Oxygen Service Company Paffrath & Son Jewelers Palmer Bus Service
Quality Title of Willmar, Inc.
RE/MAX Preferred Realty, Inc. - Willmar Reading Therapy Center, Inc. Rebel Campers, Inc. Re-Cover Temp Agency Redeemer Lutheran Church Reflections Family Dental- Dr. Abbie Kershner DDS RELCO, LLC Relentless Ink Remodeling Solutions Inc.
Representative Dave Baker
Rice & Associates LLC
Pearle Vision Center
Rice Home Medical LLC
Magnuson Sheet Metal, Inc.
Pep's Sports Barber Shop & Salon
Rick's Cycling & Sports Center, Inc.
Perkins Lumber Company, Inc.
Peterson Brothers Funeral Home
Ridgewater College Foundation
Pete's Surplus Inc
Riley School Bus LLC
MAG Wealth Management, LLC
24 | MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP
O U R I N V E S TO RS Riverview LLP - Meadow Star Dairy Ruff's Wings & Sports Bar Rule Tire and Auto Runnings Ryan Buer Electric Rytel Moving & Storage Safe Avenues SafeAssure Samah Home Health Care,LLC Sand Electric Inc SBC Woodwork, LLC Schwanke Museum Schwegman Cleaners Select Genetics, LLC Skylark Center Sleep Center of Willmar, LLC Slumberland Furniture Smitty Luschen Somerset by the Lake Somerset Properties Somerset Ridge South 71 Veterinary Clinic Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative Southwest Initiative Foundation Spicer Cinema 4 State Farm Insurance- Quinn State Farm Insurance-Holwerda State Farm Insurance-Radel Steve Gardner Studio 38 Subway 1st Street Subway East Side Suite Liv'n Super 8 of Willmar Supreme Lending Taatjes Financial Group TEN17 Media TerWisscha Architecture and Construction The Barn Theatre The Fortress The Goodness Coffee House
The Oaks at Eagle Creek The Salvation Army The Village, Inc. Thompson-Michels, Colleen Thrifty White Pharmacy Tolbert, Mike & Sheila Torkelson's Lock Service Total Glass, Inc Transcend Rehab & Wellness LLC Tree n Turf Services Inc. TruJourney Advisors, Inc Truly Home Real Estate U.S. Bank United Community Action Partnership, Inc. United Prairie Bank United Prairie Insurance United Way of West Central Minnesota Universal Printing/Willmar Speedy Print Uptown Willmar Velocity Public Affairs Vinje Lutheran Church Vista Prairie at Copperleaf Senior Living Vivid Image Inc Vreeman Construction Waechter & Gustafson Walmart Walt's Soft Cloth Car Wash Waste Management Wayne Nelson Weber Johnson Public Affairs Weichert Realtors - Tower Properties Wells Fargo West Central Association of Realtors West Central Communications Inc. West Central Dental West Central Industries West Central Interpreting & Consulting Services, LLC.
West Central Roofing West Central Sanitation West Central Steel/Central MN Fabricating West Central Technology West Central Tribune West Central Trophies Westberg Eischens, PLLP Westwood Cafe' Where Madness Dwells Whitcomb Brothers Grain Systems, Inc. Whitney Music Center LLC Willmar Area Community Foundation Willmar Bus Service Willmar Community Education Willmar Electric Service Willmar Fests Inc. Willmar Firefighter Association Willmar Hockey Association Willmar Hockey Boosters Willmar McDonald's Willmar Municipal Utilities Willmar Public Library Willmar Public Schools Willmar Regional Cancer Center Willmar Stingers Baseball Willmar Ten Investors Willmar WarHawks Wireless World Woodland Centers Woody's Trucking Inc. Yard Smart of Willmar LLC Youth for Christ Ziegler Ag Equipment Ziegler CAT Zorbaz on Green Lake
This listing of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce membership was published in good faith and is current as of March 1, 2022. If your business was missed, please contact the Chamber.
MORE THAN MEMBERSHIP | 25
THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A NEW JOB Change plays a big role as people ring in a new year. At the dawn of a new year, some people resolve to live healthier in the months ahead while others might make financial resolutions in an attempt to improve their bottom lines. The decision to change jobs is another popular resolution at the dawn of a new year. Professionals change jobs for various reasons. But regardless of what's behind a career change, many people can benefit by looking for things in a new job that can make them happy both professionally and personally. Salary: Of course everyone would love to earn more money when changing jobs, but there is more to changing jobs than just improving your bottom line. As you begin your job search, consider how much you currently earn and if that allows you to live a life you love. If so, don't overemphasize finding a new job that pays considerably more than your currently earn. On the flip side, young professionals who want to start a family in the years ahead
should consider the costs associated with such a decision and how the salaries they earn at their next jobs may affect what they want down the road. Work/life balance: Before beginning your search for a new job, think about why you want to switch careers or companies. Long hours often leads to burnout. If you're looking for a new job because you're burned out, try to find a job that affords you a better work/life balance. A study from the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen found that, with the curious exception of people who work more than 55 hours per week, stress rises accordingly with the numbers of hours worked each week. Keep that in mind if your goal is to find a job that affords you a better work/life balance. Satisfaction: When attempting to achieve a better work/life balance, it can be easy to overlook satisfaction at work in exchange for more time at home. But studies have shown that feeling satisfied by what you do can have a profound impact on your
overall happiness. It's possible to find an engaging career that still affords you time away from work, and such a career can ultimately pave the way toward a happier life. Commute: Bending over backwards simply to get to work and then get home from work can have an incredibly negative impact on your life. A study from the Office of National Statistics in the United Kingdom found that commuters, especially those who spend between 60 and 90 minutes commuting to work, have lower life satisfaction and lower levels of happiness compared to people who don't commute. Before accepting a job offer, estimate your commute time to and from the new office and try to determine the impact of that commute on your quality of life. Many people aspire to find a new job at the dawn of a new year. Job seekers should consider a host of factors before switching jobs to make sure they make the best decisions.
WE’RE HIRING A
Our current opening for a Full-time Multimedia Sales Consultant with the West Central Tribune could be a perfect fit for you. Duties include selling marketing solutions for print and digital products. • The West Central Tribune is a daily media resource online & a twice a week newspaper providing the community a strong online presence. • This position includes a healthy benefit package including PTO, paid holidays, medical, and 401k.
• Sales and marketing experience or related education is required. • Candidates must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license with a driving record that is insurable by the company.
For more information contact Christie Steffel, advertising manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 320-214-4317. Or if you are ready to apply, go to www.forumcomm.com/careers HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES | 18
CULTURE IS SO IMPORTANT, WE BUILT OUR CORE VALUES AROUND IT We have seven core cultural values that drive the way we work together because we believe when you love what you do, you do better work. HAVE FUN
The more passion you have for your job, the more likely you are to enjoy it. The more fun you are having, the more successful you will be and the more successful we will be. Fun means different things to different people, but at the heart of it is positivity. Express yourself in a way that is real to you, and don’t be afraid to laugh out loud.
Our company has a strong tradition that we aim to build upon. But to move forward in a media world, we have to be willing to stretch our minds and our ideas beyond what’s comfortable. That’s where innovation comes in. To be innovative, we need to challenge each other and never refuse to make time to brainstorm new, creative ideas.
WORK TOGETHER Success has not and will not come from one newspaper, one department, nor one person alone. We need a true spirit of collaboration to move forward in a way that’s sustainable. That means finding the common ground with our fellow employees and relying on each other’s strengths and talents to create a stronger, well-rounded company for the future.
LISTEN TO OTHERS Every employee has a voice. No matter how big or small the issue, we are committed to listening. This is essential in creating a culture where employees feel valued. It’s also essential to making our environment a place where people feel safe and supported — all of which are necessary as we move forward.
COMPETITIVE PTO We know work-life balance is important, which is why we offer a great paid time off and paid holiday package (that includes your birthday!) so you can take time away from the office. We'll miss you, though!
17 | HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES
BE RESPECTFUL It’s simple. All employees are valuable and all employees deserve respect. This company was built on that virtue. We create a culture of respect through honest and direct communication and through compassion for our fellow employees. At FCC, there is no place for arrogance or rude behavior.
ENGAGE YOURSELF It’s important to be invested in your job and to find passion in what you do. When you take ownership of your work, you are more likely to succeed. You are also more likely to have fun.
FIND BALANCE Work hard, but work smart, too. When the day is done, go home and do the things that bring you satisfaction. FCC recognizes that our work demands a great deal of time away from our loved ones, but we will strive to help with the balance and integration of work and family.
Healthy employees make for a healthy workplace. We offer it all -- medical, dental vision, life insurance, EAP services and parental leave.
401K We understand that despite all these amazing benefits, you'll probably want to retire some day. And we've got you covered for that, too.
VARIETY & OPPORTUNITY Variety is the spice of life -- and of your career, too! We have a wide range of positions across all lines of work, which means ample opportunity to try out different paths on your journey to the perfect career. Hint: You've found it!
WELLNESS PROGRAMS We care about the health and wellbeing of our employees, which is why we offer perks like wellness classes, flu shots and more. We help you take care of you.
PHILANTHROPY We believe in giving back to our communities, which is why every full-time employee gets paid volunteer hours to spend with a local non-profit in need.
EXPLORE CAREERS TODAY! www.forumcomm.com/careers
CHRISTIE STEFFEL Advertising Manager
“I was not looking for a job, I was looking for a career and a purpose. I was looking for five things: a company that inspires me, a product and service that I would feel passionate about, a position that would extend and challenge me in different ways. I was looking for management that would empower, encourage me to do my best, a great work environment and to be part of a team. I have been blessed to work for the West Central Tribune for 9 years, the West Central Tribune over fulfills all five of these things and much more. I am inspired every day, I have the utmost passion for the products and services we have that help our area businesses and community grow. I like the mindset, culture, and being part of a team that gives its best to help our area businesses and communities thrive and bring new advertising and marketing tools to build the awareness of our area businesses products and services by building a partnership with them. For myself, this job is more than a job, I am growing my knowledge, experience and investing myself in a company that invests in me and continues to help me grow. One big thing I have learned from working at the West Central Tribune is if the plan in not working change the plan not the goal.“
“Working at the West Central Tribune has been an incredible experience and opportunity, it’s incredible the amount of growth this position has given me. The company continues to recognize my potential and encourages me to keep moving in the right direction by growing my knowledge with our ongoing hands-on training and owning my own tasks and projects. I’ve been with the West Central Tribune for over 3 years and during this time I have seen tremendous growth professionally and personally. “
CHRISTINE RIEMERSMA Marketing Coordinator
“My role at the West Central Tribune has been filled with learning, growing, organizing, and contributing to our team through multiple avenues and projects. The West Central Tribune has given me the opportunity to improve and develop myself in many different areas and I have gained new knowledge and skills. A typical day is never a typical day there is always something happening, every day is filled with new learning opportunities and the ability to continue to grow.”
HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES | 16
HOW TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN QUALITY EMPLOYEES Great employees are the backbone of successful businesses. Savvy business owners recognize the important role workers play in helping a business meet its goals, and recruiting and retaining such employees is a high priority for the world's most successful firms. According to the recruitment resource Betterteam, 68 percent of human resources professionals report problems filling positions - an increase of 50 percent since 2013. Forbes magazine puts the potential cost of a single bad hire between $25,000 and $50,000. New employees are investments and due diligence should be used to find the right ones. Recruiting top talent may require thinking creatively, and it almost always requires significant effort on the part of the business doing the hiring. Write a well-crafted job ad The job advertisement is the first thing jon seekers will see and it will be the initial tool to help whittle down the applicant pool. Use clear job titles that explain the job and
be concise; avoid buzzwords like "wizard," "rock star" or "ninja." Candidates tend to skim job descriptions, so avoid wordy phrasing and confusing job roles. Break down responsibilities into job duties, and be sure to mention specific make-or-break skills applicants will need to have. While you still may get some unqualified individuals to apply, you may weed out others with specifics of the job. Establish a list of traits you want new employees to possess An applicant's skills, education and experience are important. However, this should not be the only factor to consider when mulling a potential hire. Seek employees who have the potential for growth and can get along with colleagues and existing and new clients. Use various job boards to advertise Many popular job boards, such as Indeed, Monster, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor, offer free advertising for job posters. They are good places to start because they generate lots of traffic. Social media also can work much in the same way as free
job boards, according to Workable, a recruitment software company. If you don't find success with free job boards, you may need to go elsewhere. Attend job fairs and utilize interns Building a community connection through local job fairs, networking with alumni organizations, and relationships with universities, trade schools and colleges can provide constant resources for new talent. Plus, applicants may feel more comfortable working for a company that has outreach in the local area. Follow up on references It may take time, but it's important that references are contacted and previous employment is confirmed. Due diligence with a candidate's references ensures companies get a bigger picture of potential hires, according to Indeed. Ask questions like "What is it like to work with the candidate?" or "What are their biggest strengths and weaknesses?" Finding quality talent is an important task that's vital to the success of businesses big and small.
WHO WE ARE
Southwest Initiative Foundation is an independent community foundation supported by individuals, families, businesses, and organizations who want to strengthen southwest Minnesota. Founded in 1986, we’ve become a trusted partner and a regional leader. We work hard to make southwest Minnesota a great place. We believe that dignity and belonging are core human values and that all people deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are a humancentered organization and acknowledge that people
have different needs and aspirations. We commit to removing barriers that prevent full participation in southwest Minnesota’s abundant opportunities. We use our resources to create opportunities for all people to thrive in the communities they call home. The Southwest Initiative Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Soutwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson, MN 55350
15 | HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES
From creative financing, to community development, to creating a legacy, we’re your ready partner in southwest Minnesota!
Connecting people Investing in ideas Building communities
QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR IN A POST-RETIREMENT JOB The notion of relaxing on a beach all day in one's golden years is still a retirement dream for millions of adults across the globe. But many individuals also harbor a desire to keep working after retiring. Whether it's a volunteering gig or a part-time job retirees are looking for, certain qualities can make an opportunity uniquely suited to a post-retirement job. Flexibility: Retirees may be looking to contribute to their communities or simply earn a little spending money, but they will likely still want the freedom to travel or spend time with their families whenever they choose. So flexibility is something to look for in a post-retirement job. This is what makes consultant work so attractive to retirees. In-person hours may not be required of consultants, who can then offer their input while visiting their grandchildren or traveling the world. Socialization: Though the ability to work from home can make it easier for retirees to earn some extra money, some seniors aren't concerned about their finances
but want to work so they can get out of the house. In that case, look for a job that offers the opportunity to socialize and meet new people. Socializing as an older adult is a great way to fend off loneliness. In addition, one study published in 2007 in the journal of the American Public Health Association found that social support networks have a positive effect on cognition among older adults. So a post-retirement job that enables retirees to socialize could delay or reduce the severity of age-related cognitive decline. Engagement: A job seniors find engaging also is more likely to provide the types of benefits seniors are looking for in post-retirement work. For example, researchers at Boston College's Sloan Center on Aging and Work found that seniors who find a job or volunteering opportunity truly engaging are more likely to benefit psychologically from those experiences than those whose postretirement work is not engaging. If seniors find themselves simply going through the
motions with their post-retirement work, they can look for opportunities that they can be more enthusiastic about. Pressure-free: Regardless of what retirees did for a living prior to calling it a career, chances are they dealt with work-related stress. In fact, the American Stress Institute reports that 83 percent of workers in the United States suffer from work-related stress, while Statistics Canada reports that 62 percent of Canadian workers say work is their main source of stress. After a lifetime of confronting work-related stress, individuals who want to work in retirement should look for pressure-free opportunities. This is an important quality, as the ASI indicates that stress has been linked to increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders. The right post-retirement job may differ from what individuals looked for during their careers. Various qualities can combine to make for a post-retirement gig that benefits seniors in myriad ways.
WANT TO JOIN TEAM NORTHERN?
day, working together towards At Northern, quality is our way of Northern Radiator provides our Northern Radiator is a 100% common goals, and serving our customers a quality engineered EMPLOYEE OWNED company, life and a commitment made by customers. We CARE about our product, quick order turnaround, providing high-quality heating every employee to provide the ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: employees. We also offer an and superior order fill. Whether and cooling products for 50 years. best every day. • Consistent day shift hours, no evenings or weekends, and a flexible outstanding benefits package your inventory needs require At Northern, quality is our way of work-life balance Whenbyyou workOur for corporate Northern Radiator, it’s not main headquarters, in addition to a true work/ Automotive, Agricultural, Truck/ life and a commitment made • A Industrial, culture of caring We truly care about our employees! offices and primary life balance. Could you be the Bus, or –Performance every employee to provide thea job”. That’s “just because Northerndistribution is proudly • A comprehensive benefits package,is including health, dental, vision, to the Northern next addition products, your best source best. Our headquarters are located facility are located in Willmar, 100% employee owned!Fast Our turnaround employees earn 401k withRadiator. match, and more BENEFITS: Radiator team? ADDITIONAL Northern in Willmar, MN, with additional Minnesota. on locations nationwide. • Paid time off and •paid holidays shares of our company over time, which orders means is Consistent no evenings Radiator or weekends, and a flexible all your replenishment Why do employees chooseday to shift hours, Northern • A positive work environment provided ouraNorthern primary facility work-life balance 2701 4th Ave SW, work at Northern? We've worked Northern Radiator is a distribution every person, plays key part Radiator, in Whenevery yourole, workby for it’s not with special orders shipped from Willmar, MNour56201 hard to create an• amazing based company, providing highA culture ofculture caring – We truly care about employees! BENEFITS: driving the“just success of business and, inNorthern turn,ADDITIONAL more about Northern, our(800) culture, a job”. That’s because proudly any of our our regional distribution of dedicated Learn employee-owners quality heating and cooling ADDITIONAL BENEFITS:• isConsistent • A comprehensive package,328-8900 including health, dental, vision, day shift hours, no evenings or weekends, andbenefits a flexible the value of their shares. (Isn’t owned! it• Consistent about who enjoy coming to work of each products and programs since 1971.100% benefits joining our www.northernradiator.com team of centers throughout thetime U.S. employee Our employees earn day shift hours, no evenings andthe a flexible work-life balanceor weekends,and
More than a Job—Earn Your Share of Something Amazing!
More than a Job—Earn Your Share of Something Amazing!
More than a Job—Earn Your More than Share a Job—Earn Your Amazing! of Something Share of Something Amazing! When you work for Northern Radiator, it’s not
401k with match, and more
proud employee-owners at: work-life YOU reaped the not benefits of all your hardbalance work?) • A culture of caring – We truly care about our employees! When you work for“just Northern it’s • Paid time off and paid holidays shares of our company over time, which means a job”.Radiator, That’s because Northern is proudly • A culture of caring – We truly care about benefits our employees! NorthernRadiator.com/chamber • A comprehensive package, including health, dental, vision, “just a job”. That’s 100% becauseemployee Northern isowned! proudly • A positive work environment Our every employees earn every person, role, plays a key in match, • A comprehensive benefitspart package, including 401k with andhealth, more dental, vision, 100% employee shares owned! Our employees earn 401k with match, and•more off and paid holidays of our company over whichofmeans driving thetime, success our business and,Paidintimeturn, Learn more about Northern, our culture, shares of our company time,every whichrole, means A positive work environment everyover person, plays a key part• Paid in time off and paid• holidays thepart value of their shares. (Isn’t about time • A positive workitenvironment and the benefits of joining our team of every person, everydriving role, plays a key in the success ofYour our business and, in turn, ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: Learn more about Northern, ourproud culture,employee-owners at: More than a Job—Earn YOU the benefits of all•Learn your hard work?) driving the success the of our business and, inreaped turn, ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: more about Northern, our culture, value of their shares. (Isn’t it about time and the benefits of joining our team ofand a flexible Consistent day shift hours, no evenings or weekends, Share of Something Amazing! day shift hours, evenings or weekends, and a flexible NorthernRadiator.com/chamber the value of their shares. (Isn’t ittheabout time all your• Consistent andno the benefits of joining our team of proud employee-owners at: work-life balance YOU reaped benefits hard work?) work-life balance When you work Northern Radiator, not When you work for for Northern Radiator, it’s not ofit’s employee-owners YOU reaped the benefits of all your hard work?) • A culture of caring – We•proud truly care about of our caring employees! NorthernRadiator.com/chamber A culture – at:We truly care about our employees!
More than a Job—Earn Your Share of Something Amazing!
a job”. That’s becauseRadiator Northern isisYour proudly More aThat’s Job—Earn Northern NorthernRadiator.com/chamber “just than a“just job”. because Northern is proudly ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: 100% employee Our employees earn • A comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, an owned! Equal Opportunity Employer. Share of Something Amazing! 100% employee owned! Our earn• Consistent day shift401k shares of our company over time, which employees means hours, eveningsand or weekends, withnomatch, more and a flexible • A comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, 401k with match, and more • Paid time off and paid holidays • A positive work environment work-life balance
every for person, every role,Radiator, plays a keyit’s partnot in • Paid time off and paid holidays Whenshares you work Northern of our company over time, which means driving the success of our business and, in turn, • A culture of more caringabout – WeNorthern, truly care about Learn culture,our employees! • A positive workourenvironment “just every a job”.the That’s because Northern proudly person, every role, plays a time key part in • A comprehensive value of their shares. (Isn’t it is about and the benefits of joining our team of health, dental, vision, benefits package, including 100% employee owned! proudmatch, employee-owners YOU the benefits ofemployees allbusiness your hard earn work?) and more at: driving thereaped success ofOurour and, in turn, 401k with Learn more about Northern, our culture, NorthernRadiator.com/chamber • Paid time off and paid holidays shares of our company overRadiator time,Northern which means Northern is Radiator is the value of their shares. (Isn’t it about time • A positive work environment and the benefits of joining our team of Northern Radiator Equal Opportunity Employer. Employer. every person, everyis anrole, plays a an keyEqual part Opportunity in an YOU Equal Opportunity Employer. proud employee-owners at: reaped the benefits of all your hard work?) driving the success of our business and, in turn, Learn more about Northern, our culture, HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES | 14 NorthernRadiator.com/chamber the value of their shares. (Isn’t it about time and the benefits of joining our team of proud employee-owners at: YOU reaped the benefits of all your hard work?) Northern Radiator is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
THE PROS AND CONS OF SMALL TALK IN A JOB INTERVIEW Typically, job interviews begin with a bit of small talk on a casual topic such as traffic, the weather or current events before progressing into a more professional discussion between the candidate and hiring manager. In some cases, this informal conversation leads to talk about something other than the job. Here’s what you should know about chatting during an interview.
THE PROS Casual conversation, especially at the beginning of an interview, can help break the ice and make both parties feel more comfortable. It can also provide an opportunity for you to find common ground with the interviewer. Having shared interests or knowing some of the same people as the recruiter can make you more memorable and increase your chances of being hired. Chatting casually also allows you to show
WE BRING TALENT AND BUSINESS TOGETHER
Employment Plus provides comprehensive job recruitment and training services, and free consultations to the Willmar, MN area. Over 30 years of experience Conduct a Work Environment Assessment Determine the Pre-qualification Process
Extensive Candidate Database Develop Talent Acquisition Strategy We believe that PEOPLE can drive a business to success. E+ can help you find the right people. Employment Plus 920 Litchfield Ave SW Willmar, MN 56201 Main: (320) 235-1707 www.employment-plus.com
13 | HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES
your interpersonal skills, which are important in most professional scenarios.
THE CONS Small talk can lead to misunderstandings and disagreements, even if the topic seems benign. For example, plans for an upcoming holiday can lead to discomfort when it becomes clear that you have different religious beliefs. Or, a seemingly harmless joke could be problematic if it concerns a topic that the interviewer takes seriously. Depending on the circumstances, chatting during a job interview can either help or hinder your chances of getting hired. Be sure to stick to safe topics and always try to steer the conversation back to more professional matters.
We find jobs for people, and people for jobs!
Do you struggle with finding the right people for your open positions? PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT SERVICES
l ! l a C
Let us help you! Employment Plus 920 Litchfield Ave. SW Willmar, MN 56201
Phone: 320.235.1707 www.employment-plus.com
For daily job updates, find us on facebook!
HOW TO ACE A VIRTUAL JOB INTERVIEW During the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have had to adapt their hiring processes to limit the spread of the virus. Since in-person meetings aren’t recommended, most have opted to speak with candidates over the phone or by video chat.
IF YOU HAVE A VIRTUAL JOB INTERVIEW COMING UP, HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP ENSURE IT GOES WELL.
CHECK YOUR DEVICES
WEAR BUSINESS ATTIRE
Among other things, make sure the right video conferencing software is installed on your computer. You should also confirm that your webcam, microphone and headphones are working and that you charge your laptop or set it up near a power source. Also, be sure to find a spot in your home with a strong internet connection. By ensuring that you’re ready a few hours before the interview, you’ll help calm your nerves and reduce the risk of something going wrong.
Dress as though you’re going to a traditional interview. You might not be leaving your home, but you still need to make a good impression. That being said, you can forgo a few details like socks, shoes and perfume or cologne. Additionally, make sure you’re set up in a well-lit space and that nothing unsightly or embarrassing can be seen behind you. Before the interview starts, close the door to keep out pets and children.
Whether it’s to quickly search for something on your second monitor or read an incoming text message, the recruiter is sure to notice if your gaze shifts to something off screen. This will make you look distracted and can come across as disrespectful. To ensure this doesn’t happen, put away other devices and do your research beforehand. You should also keep a pad nearby to take notes so the other person doesn’t hear you typing. Finally, remember to thank the interviewer for their time, and be sure to send a followup email the next day to reaffirm your interest in the position. HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES | 12
BOOST YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING A NEW JOB The recruiting strategist ERE Recruiting Intelligence estimates that 250 résumés are submitted for each corporate job opening, and the first submission occurs within 200 seconds after a position is posted. In such an environment, procrastination can be costly.
THE “HIRING FUNNEL”
Recruiters use a specific model for every job posting. Informally dubbed the “hiring funnel,” this is a reference to the number of total applications they need to generate in order to get a single hire. On average of the 1,000 who see an online job posting, 200 will begin the application process, 100 will actually follow through and only 25 résumés will be screened out, according to Talent Function Group, LLC. Among that final 25, between four and six will ultimately be invited for an interview.
BE CREATIVE WITH A RÉSUMÉ
Hundreds of people are vying for the same job, and human resources personnel who review applicants may spend 10 seconds reading over each résumé. As a result, it is essential to make a résumé stand out. Areas most perused on a résumé include job titles, companies worked for, start/end dates, and education. Make
sure these key areas are visible and impressive. Also, many résumés are scanned electronically, meaning if you do not format a résumé the correct way or use the applicable software mentioned (often PDF formatting is rejected), the résumé may never get flagged and seen.
Always connect with people you think can bring career benefits in some way rather than blindly networking. Keep your social media image professional as well, as you never know where a good lead or networking opportunity may come from.
DRESS THE PART
If you’re one of the lucky ones who earn an interview, keep the good momentum going by dressing in a manner that is appropriate for the
role in which you are interviewing. Tidy hair, clean fingernails, minimal jewelry, classic attire, and a pleasant attitude can make a difference.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Always conduct background research on the company you’re interviewing with and the industry it’s a part of. This way you’ll be better apt to answer any questions that come your way. Don’t be afraid to also prepare questions that you can ask the interviewer to show your interest.
CONSIDER TEMP JOBS
Rejections will certainly happen as you go along, but do not sit idly licking your wounds. A temporary position is better than being unemployed and can get your foot in the door. Work with a recruiter who may be able to place you in temp jobs, especially positions with an employer you have your eye on.
"BUSIN' WITH THE BEST!"
Willmar Bus Service has served the Willmar School District for over 40 years. Its continually changing to meet the needs of the people with in the district. Willmar Bus Service provides transportation for K-12, Special Needs and early childhood students. We extend our sincere thanks to the hundreds of loyal customers who travel with us time and time again. Our goal is to bring you the best travel opportunities available in style
and comfort. You'll see why our motto is, "Busin' with the Best!" We need YOUR help NOW!!!!! We are in NEED of School bus and Van Drivers. Apply here or in person. We train and there is a sign on bonus. It is a GREAT Parttime job and you get to have a positive impact on OUR kids!!! Willmar Bus Service 1308 7th Street SE Willmar, MN 56201 (320) 235-2110 (320) 235-6230
BUS DRIVERS WANTED
Interested in joining our team of awesome drivers? Starting Pay $16.75/HR Contact Mike at 320.235.6230 or 800.858.8687
1308 SE 7th Street, Willmar, MN 56201 E-mail: email@example.com
HaugImplementCo.isa solid,progressive,hometown JohnDeeredealership locatedinWillmar&Litchfield. We’vebeengrowingcrops, families,customerconnections &co-workerrelationships since1918. Comegrowwithus: Competitivepay,401k,health insurance,training,acultureof family&teamwork&more!
SeeHAUGIMP.COM forcurrentjobopenings& onlineapplications. HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES | 10
THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK IN AN INTERVIEW Interviews aren’t only a chance for potential employers to get to know you better, they’re also an opportunity to determine if the job is a good fit for you. Here are three insightful questions to ask the hiring manager during your next interview.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE IN THIS POSITION? This is a great question to ask in an interview as it will help you determine what you’re going to be doing and what’s expected of you. It can also help define which skills are required for the job. DOES THIS POSITION OFFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT? This question can help you determine if there are any opportunities for growth within the company. Additionally, it indicates to the hiring manager that you’re serious about your career and interested in long-term employment. WHERE DO YOU THINK THE COMPANY IS HEADED IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS? Asking this question can help you gain insight into the company’s general plans for the future and determine if there’s room to grow. It can also give you a sense of how stable the job might be in the coming years. Asking a few questions at the end of an interview is a simple way to show your enthusiasm about the job and gather the facts you need to make an informed decision. Did you know that our digital presence dominates the local media space with
215,632 Online Users!
And this number keeps growing! If you want your business to get noticed, we can help.
Advertising with us will ensure you reach
Contact us for more information 320-214-4317 firstname.lastname@example.org
9 | HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES
SEND YOUR RESUME We are always looking for good talent. As well as the opportunities listed below, we're interested in professionals whose experience may span multiple industries or skill sets. Engan Associates offers opportunities to grow into multiple roles in our design studio. So send your resume, let's talk! Engan team members enjoy the firm’s flexible, family-friendly work environment; office location in downtown Willmar; and generous benefits package (including 401(k), health insurance, paid vacation
and sick time, holidays, and pretax health and daycare accounts). Community service is also encouraged and supported. In business since 1979, we provide client-centered architecture and interior design services for healthcare, business, and community projects. Our studio design environment encourages each employee to develop their personal strengths in contributing to the team. 311 4th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201 (320) 235-0860 engan.com
AIM FOR SUCCESS IN ALL AREAS OF LIFE ABOUT OUR FIRM For years, Anfinson Thompson & Company, PA has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Anfinson Thompson & Company, PA's expertise ranges from tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as the preparation of financial statements and business analytics tailored to you and your business. Anfinson Thompson & Company, PA is one of the leading firms in and throughout West Central Minnesota. By combining our expertise, experience, and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year. OUR MISSION Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our client's needs through research and
sound analysis. Anfinson Thompson & Company, PA is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of West Central Minnesota's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned. Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around Central and West Central Minnesota. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Anfinson Thompson &
Company, PA receive competent and timely advice. Join our team of seasoned tax professionals! By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Please submit your cover letter, resume and references to: Anfinson Thompson & Company, P.A. Attn: Nancy Miller PO BOX 5 Willmar, MN 56201 Tel: (320) 235-7491 anfinsonthompson.com
HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES | 8
THREE MODERN HIRING STRATEGIES THAT WORK
SHOOT A VIDEO Research indicates that job postings that include videos are viewed more often and have higher application rates than those that don’t. In addition, recruitment videos are easier to share on social media than job postings. The video can be humorous, inspiring, informative or whatever best suits your company’s aims.
HARNESS THE POWER OF AI There are a number of software programs that use artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline or automate the hiring process, including sourcing candidates, screening resumes and shortlisting applicants. These programs allow recruiters to use their time more efficiently and identify the most exceptional candidates for a given role.
RECRUIT CANDIDATES ONLINE Nowadays, most businesses understand the importance of recruiting online via company websites and social media platforms. However, you should also consider having a presence on industry forums, message boards and blogs. This allows you to discover and engage with potential candidates in an informal environment.
In addition to using these hiring strategies, you may also want to consider hosting a recruitment event such as a barbecue, a conference, a hackathon or a speed networking event. If you use these methods, you’re likely to improve your chances of landing your dream candidate. Advertisement
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES? Working within the framework of Vista Prairie Communities’ values of Caring, Respect, Collaboration, Innovation, and Stewardship, by providing exceptional care and support to your residents. You’ll assist in their daily living, forming strong bonds while creating a positive joy-filled living environment. Create a meaningful opportunity for yourself by joining our strong Vista Prairie Communities team! Life at Copperleaf Located near lakes, parks and the local golf course, Copperleaf sits in a quiet neighborhood on the north end of town. Copperleaf’s beautiful landscaping includes patios, and a raised garden bed, treating visitors and residents to a relaxing and inviting outdoor environment. We offer many programs and activities including movies, culinary club, music and cards
to satisfy our residents’ wide range of interests. We also host regular excursions such as dine outs, shopping and casino trips, thanks to the Copperleaf bus. Our culinary staff prepares delicious home cooked meals featuring quality ingredients for our residents. Create a meaningful opportunity for yourself by joining our strong Vista Prairie Communities team! Copperleaf 1550 1st Street North Willmar, MN 56201 (320) 222-5000 email@example.com
7 | HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES
Are you ready to have fun and make an impact in the lives of Seniors? Join Team Copperleaf! We are Hiring Resident Assistant’s and CNA’s! Apply today! vistaprairie.org or call us at 320-222-5000
FIVE TIPS FOR WRITING AN EFFECTIVE COVER LETTER You’ve stumbled onto an amazing job posting, you have all the right qualifications and your resumé is impeccable. The catch? The cover letter. The following tips will help you shine if you have a hard time writing this type of letter.
Be brief. Summarize what you want to say in one page. Remember that recruiters receive dozens of letters and only spend a short time on each one. Be clear and specific. Avoid long, convoluted sentences, and give examples. Mention numbers if you’ve managed a major project; describe an experience where you demonstrated organizational skills rather than just saying you’re a well-organized person.
Don’t repeat your resumé. If a cover letter is required, it’s certainly not meant for you to mindlessly repeat the contents of your CV. Explain who you are, why the position and the company interest you, and why you should be considered for the job. The challenge is to do all that without bragging.
Don’t talk only about yourself. A cover letter should also put some emphasis on the enterprise. Demonstrate that you’re familiar with the company; talk about its needs and the fact that you would be a valuable addition to their workforce.
Perfect your writing and presentation. Use your best writing skills and avoid pompous words. Use the vocabulary of your profession and check that there are no spelling or grammatical errors. Leave plenty of space between paragraphs and use a legible font size of at least 10 points.
One last tip: Make sure to grab your potential employer’s attention with your first sentence. The idea is to make him or her want to continue reading it instead of just going on to the next application.
COMPASSIONATE CARE CLOSE TO HOME Founded in 1984, South 71 Veterinary Clinic is dedicated to providing top-notch veterinary service to Willmar, MN, and the surrounding communities. Our central location is in Willmar, but we also have three satellite locations in Benson, Granite Falls, and Montevideo, MN. We provide accessible and comprehensive care to large and small animals. Our goal is to provide you with the best care for your
pets. We do so through our excellent services, our 24-hour emergency care, and our compassion and commitment to pets and their owners. If you are interested in joining our team compassionate team, please contact us. 4119 Abbott Drive Willmar, MN 56201 320-235-7396 www.south71vet.com
Come join our team! If you are enthusiastic, hardworking, & reliable we would love to talk to you. We are looking for: • Veterinarians • Certified Veterinary Techs • Support Staff We offer a great benefit package • Health Insurance Aflac • IRA Contributions • PTO • Employee Discounts Submit your resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing to 4119 Abbott Dr, Willmar, MN 56201
Willmar 320-235-7396 Benson 320-842-7501 Granite Falls 320-564-1888 Montevideo 320-321-1142
HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES | 6
WE VALUE OUR EMPLOYEES
At West Central Steel we know the importance of having the right people on our team. As a family‐owned company, we value our employees and know our success is tied to their success. We help manufacturers and fabricators grow their businesses by providing carbon steel distribution and parts processing. Our business started in 1949 as a steel scrap yard. Since then we have evolved to a leading steel distributor and parts manufacturer. By focusing on our customer’s needs we have built a reputation for being responsive, reliable, and innovative.
As a steel distributor, we purchase steel from steel mills throughout the country by truckload, railcar, or barge load. Then sell the steel to manufacturers and fabricators in the five-state area. Many times, the steel is delivered the next day. This allows customers to save money with reduced inventory and lower material handling costs. Our parts processing capabilities include saw, torch, plasma and laser cutting for both flat and three-dimensional steel shapes. In addition to cutting parts, parts can be formed with press brakes capable
of bending steel up to 1 inch thick at 30 feet wide.
We are continually growing and have done 9 expansions over time. In 2018, the company opened the largest expansion yet with an 85,000 square foot parts processing facility. The new facility contains cutting-edge technology to save customers time and money. As an example, we saved a manufacturer over 1,000 production hours over a year by using the latest technology to drill and tap over 30 holes on a part that was 7-foot by 10-foot and 1-inch thick, that they were previously drilling by hand. Investing in the future is integral to how we do business whether it is in our people, relationships, technology or the community. We are involved in many workforce development initiatives in the area. Kandiyohi Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (KCEO) and Manufacturing and Processing Careers (MAP) with area high schools are two key initiatives we sponsor. With manufacturing jobs in high demand, the programs expose high school students to great jobs in the community and strengthen the manufacturing base in the area.
We are proud members of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) and the North American Steel Alliance. Both organizations broaden the benefits that we deliver to our customers and employees. If you are interested in joining a growing company start the process of becoming a West Central Steel team member today by completing our online application. West Central Steel, Inc. 110 19th Street NW Willmar, MN 56201 800-992-8853 www.wcsteel.com
Excellence theTO Cutting EdgeFOR A GROWING DO YOUBeyond WANT WORK COMPANY THAT HELPS BUILD THE SUCCESS OF MANUFACTURERS?
If so, West Central Steel is looking for you. We have a great team, dedicated to safety and quality.
110 19th Street NW, Willmar, MN 56201
Available positions include: • Warehouse, move tons of steel each day with best in class equipment. • CNC Machine operators run a million dollar piece of equipment. As a steel distributor and parts manufacturer, we are known • Drivers are home each nightand and build relationships with great customers. for having the steel you need and the people, equipment jumpsgrow. at each chance to help a customer with responsive service. processing to help you and your• Sales, business Learn more or grow your at wcsteel.com If you arecareer ready for a career in a fast paced environment
that values your hard work. Come and Build your Success with West Central Steel.
Apply today at wcsteel.com/careers. 5 | HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES 110 19th Street NW, Willmar, MN 56201 800.992.8853
NETWORKING ADVICE WHEN IT COMES TO JOB HUNTING, IT’S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW. SO, HOW DOES ONE NETWORK EFFECTIVELY? HERE’S SOME ADVICE.
Do your homework. Before going to a networking event, look up the event, the guests of honor, and the attendees, and do a little research (with the help of social media) on the people you’d like to meet. Determine your needs and create realistic goals for the event. Prepare a little introduction speech that highlights your best qualities. And don’t forget to bring a bunch of business cards.
During the event, adopt a positive attitude and go meet people. Approach them by asking yourself how you can help them, rather than seeing what you can gain from them. To this end, ask them about themselves first, with pertinent questions about their field and their needs. However, take care not to monopolize them — keep your conversations around 15 minutes. Afterward, make notes on business cards to help you remember the people, their needs, and the event where you met them.
Follow up, ideally starting the next day. Send out an email thanking the people you talked to and use their needs as an excuse when you can. For example, if someone was looking for a good interior designer and you know one, send them their contact information. Above all, stay in touch in order to maintain your network: share an interesting article or a job offer, invite the person to other networking events and find other ways to be helpful.
OVERVIEW OF DOOLEY'S PETROLEUM, INC. Dooley's Petroleum, Inc. has been distributing fuels, propane and lubricants to residential, commercial and agricultural sites across the Upper Midwest for more than 50 years. We offer a complete line of products including branded and unbranded supply. Efficiency for Business – With strong roots as a family run- and operated- company, Dooley's Petroleum, Inc. continues to grow and influence how businesses can operate more efficiently through a comprehensive line of petroleumrelated products, services and solutions. Our roots started in agriculture and we continue to be a leading agribusiness energy supplier. Market Knowledge. Reliable Supply – Dooley's Petroleum Inc. is committed to providing a reliable energy supply, consistent product quality and outstanding customer service at competitive prices. We are constantly adapting
to the ever changing markets and bringing new technologies and solutions to our customers. Branded Programs – Dooley's Petroleum, Inc. partners with independent station/convenience store (C-store) owners providing assistance with design, layout, signage and remodeling, as well as marketing and promotional activities. Branded marketing support also includes national advertising, credit card coordination and repeat customer incentive programs. Unbranded Programs – As an unbranded supplier, Dooley's expertise in petroleum marketing enables us to provide a continuous supply of quality products at competitive prices. Risk Management – With extreme market volatility, Dooley's Petroleum, Inc. offers risk management services for companies seeking to manage commodity price exposure.
rivers D t r o p s Tran rs el Drive anics u F k l u B l Mech e s e i D hop Truck S
Dooley’s is fast paced and growing! Join the Dooley’s family, located in the heart of Central Minnesota. Dooley’s has been family owned and operated since 1956, providing excellent customer service to all its dedicated and loyal customers.
Competitive pay Great Benefits -
• Health Insurance • Dental & Vision • 401K
Please visit us to learn more!
An Equal Opportunity Employer
WEBSITE: www.dooleypetro.com/careers EMAIL: Careers@dooleypetro.com (320) 235-5200 HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES | 4
BUSINESS EDUCATION NETWORK This fall the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce launched the Business Education Network (BEN) program in our area. The BEN program works to develop our community's future workforce by providing students with a deeper understanding of career opportunities and aligning skills with current workforce needs; engaging employers directly with students, education and training providers; and better aligning programs and curriculum to the realities of the West central Minnesota and overall MN economy. One facet of the BEN program is the CEO in the Classroom which allows business professionals the opportunity to engage with students, talk with them about their career choices here in the Willmar Lakes Area and how the decisions in high school will open future opportunities. The program is designed to show students that they are in control of their future educational goals through personal choice and education paths. The Willmar Public Schools welcomed
our business partners into the Willmar Middle School to present to the 8th grade students this fall and in January, DREAM Technical Academy welcomed us in to present to their student body. We are looking forward to presenting at Community Christian School in March. If you would like to see the BEN presentation at your school or become a business partner with the BEN program, please contact the program coordinator Jennifer Lindquist at bencoordinator@ willmarareachamber. com. Thank you to these businesses for presenting: Christianson PLLP, Heritage Bank, West Central Tribune, Employment Plus, Jennie-O, Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA, Marcus Construction, Kensington Insurance Agency, Nova-Tech Engineering LLC, United Way, and RELCO. We appreciate the opportunity to build the bridge between our schools and businesses in the Willmar Lakes Area.
The Warrior Family Welcomes You We can prepare you for a career you’ll love, or the career you love might just be here. Find your future with us. Explore Openings: ridgewater.edu/jobs | Discover Programs: ridgewater.edu/academics
WILLMAR | HUTCHINSON | ONLINE
Ridgewater College is a member of Minnesota State and an equal opportunity employer/educator
Ranked #1 MN Community College and US Top 20, 2020 & 2021 niche.com 3 2021WillmarChamberCoolJobshalfpage | HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES FINAL.indd 1
12/6/2021 10:32:43 AM
FIVE TIPS FOR WRITING A COVER LETTER
THREE HIRING STRATEGIES THAT WORK
THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK IN AN INTERVIEW
HOW TO ACE A VIRTUAL JOB INTERVIEW
THE PROS AND CONS OF SMALL TALK IN A JOB INTERVIEW
QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR IN A POST-RETIREMENT - JOB
HOW TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN EMPLOYEES
THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A NEW JOB
4 6 7 9 12 13 14 15 19
HOT JOBS COOL COMPANIES
a publication of