Weekly Update: May 15, 2017
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Minnesota leaders say they can work out their budget differences. But can they?
From Pioneer Press:

Minnesota’s political leaders have just one week to negotiate a $46 billion state budget, but despite some bitter clashes this month, all sides say they’ll get it done.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican leaders of the state House and Senate all say they’re willing to compromise before the Legislature is forced to adjourn at midnight May 22.

Time to Get Hooked on the River Heights Chamber
WEEK 3: We're Changin' Up the Bait

Membership Special of the Week (May 15-21)
New Chamber members signing up this week receive

35% off their first year of membership! 

Welcome to this New Member Caught in Week 2!

  • Superior Landscape & Irrigation - baited by Travis Jensen of Home Federal Savings Bank

Cast your net! Start making your list of prospective members, invite them to a networking or simply send them to the online application!

Special Prize of the Week for MembersEvery week, members who have either referred a new member or recruited a new member will get in a drawing for a special prize that week. Click here to see prizes and winners

  • This week's Prize of the Week: One Week Business Advertisement with logo and website link in the Weekly Update

Grand Prize2-hour Happy Hour for up to 8 people including drinks and appetizers.  Some exclusions apply. 

Contact Your Guide to Membership, Maggie Doody, here!

Visit www.riverheights.com/membershipopener for all the details and see what you can win!

Keep it Local for Lunch at Mississippi Pub

Thank you everyone who attended and to Mississippi Pub for hosting the Chamber's Keep it Local for Lunch - it was a beautiful afternoon for lunch on the patio!

Check out more photos here

The South Metro Living Magazine is Back ! 

The South Metro Living Magazine is distributed to 4,000 businesses and individuals throughout the year and is available in electronic form on our website.  It serves as both our Chamber Member Directory and a Community Resource Guide.  As a Chamber Member, you have the exclusive opportunity to promote your business in this magazine. 

The Benefits to Advertising:

1. High Readership from your Target Market.  This magazine is unique, as it not only allows you to market your business to other Chamber Members, but also to our communities at large.  You are receiving a much larger audience reach than a standard Chamber Membership Directory. 

2. Cost Effective Marketing Tool.  With full-color ads starting at $295, for one year of exposure, this is an affordable option to add to your marketing mix.       

3. Support of the Chamber.  The Chamber is able to use a portion of the revenue generated towards benefits and programs.  In addition, this magazine demonstrates the robust community organizations involved in our Chamber.   

The past few years, we have partnered with one of our members, ECM Publishers, to produce the South Metro Living magazine.  Someone from their staff will be contacting you in the coming weeks to discuss the advertising options available.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the River Heights Chamber office. Thank you for making our annual magazine possible!

Click here for rates and specs!

Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Tuesday, May 16:
Ambassador Business Visits:
  • 3:00 p.m. - Simply Strings - Sadie Benson @ Chamber Office
  • 3:30 p.m. - H2C - Pete Truhlar @  820 North Concord Street, Suite 105, South St Paul
  • 4:00 p.m. - TBD

Wednesday, May 17:

  • 8 a.m. - Business Owners Roundtable @ Chamber Office

Thursday, May 18: 

  • 8 a.m. - River Heights Chamber Board of Directors @ Chamber Office
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Business Card Exchange @ Steve Snelling's Home

Economic Development News - Progress Plus

What's in Your Business' Future?

South St. Paul Future, Inc. is a private lending organization offering competitive fixed asset financing to qualified firms whose operations are based within the City of South St. Paul or relocating to the city.


  • New Equipment
  • Business Expansion
  • Startup Costs
  • Acquisitions 

Visit www.riverheights.com/sspfuture for an online application or contact the River Heights Chamber or Progress Plus Economic Development Foundation for more details at 651.451.2266. 

Upcoming Chamber Events
Business Card Exchange 
Thursday, May 18
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Snelling's Home
9080 90th Court, IGH, MN 55076

Just a reminder that there will be a business card exchange sponsored by Snelling Law Office at the home of Steve and Sue Snelling this Thursday, May 18, beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The event will be catered by The Coop, wine selection will be provided by Cannon River Winery and a courtesy shuttle will be provided by Antonsen Construction. Yummy. Their address is 9080 90th Court, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076.

Sponsored by: Snelling Law Office
Chamber 101
Tuesday, June 6
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Chamber Office

Get the most out of your membership!
· Meet our staff and other members
· Discover all the opportunities available to you
· Network and socialize with other businesses
Great learning opportunity for:
· Any member interested in getting more from their Chamber membership
· New members
· New staff or new business representatives of Chamber members
Business Card Exchange on the Magnolia Blossom
Wednesday, June 7
5:00 p.m. - Social Hour & Boarding at Dock
6:00 p.m. - Boat Departs Marina
8:00 p.m. - Boat Returns to Marina
Magnolia Blossom Cruises,  Watergate Marina,  2500 Crosby Farm Rd.,  St Paul

Antonsen Construction  is again offering an evening on the Mississippi River aboard the Magnolia Blossom River Boat!  Don't miss this fun networking opportunity on the river with your fellow River Heights Chamber members. Light appetizers will be served along with a cash bar.  Make sure you register and reserve your spot now.  

You must register in advance here for this Business Card Exchange by May 26th or email Maggie here.

Sponsored by: Antonsen Construction
River Heights Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, June 26
Southview Country Club, West St. Paul

We're looking for great donations to the Online Auction this year!  
Submit your donation online here!

Thanks to our task force members, tournament planning is in full-swing with contacting sponsors, auction donors and more! If you'd like to sponsor the tournament, donate a product/service to the auction or volunteer your time and talents to this event, please contact Jennifer here!

Download the Sponsorship Form and Sign Up here
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Welcome New Chamber Member!
Superior Landscape & Irrigation
Shawn Racine - CEO
490 Villaume Avenue
South St. Paul, MN 55075
(651) 246-5716 (work)
ComForCare Celebrates Five Years in Business and Receives Recognition from the Alzheimer's Association

Happy FIVE Year Anniversary to ComForCare!

The ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care dementia curriculum, DementiaWise, has been reviewed by the Alzheimer’s Association and meets the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice recommendations in certain topics as per this report.

It's Unity One Credit Union 90th Birthday!

Join us to celebrate our 90th birthday and Annual Member Appreciation Day

Friday, May 19
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Inver Grove Heights Branch, 5300 Robert Trail, IGH

We will be serving pulled pork, potato salad, chips and cake. Everyone is invited to come enjoy some good food.

Ribbon Cutting for South St. Paul LOOP Bus Service - Operated by DARTS
Wednesday, May 24
8:30 a.m. -  Immediately following South St. Paul Local Issues
Central Square Community Center,
100 7th Avenue. N, South St. Paul 

In response to the growing need to have affordable and convenient bus options for the city’s residents, DARTS worked with partners to design and launch a LOOP circulating bus service in South St. Paul. The South St. Paul LOOP service begins operation on May 24, 2017, running Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
See schedule here.
Xcel Energy launches new renewable energy program
Renewable*Connect delivers flexible way to tap into solar and wind energy
Enrollment details - Enroll now through May 24th!

Minnesotans now have a new option for powering their homes and businesses with renewable energy with today’s debut of Renewable*Connect®. The program allows customers to subscribe to a portion or all of their energy from a blend of local wind and solar projects from the Odell Wind Farm in southern Minnesota and the North Star Solar project in central Minnesota. Customers can select month-to-month contracts or longer five-and ten-year options. 

“As a renewable energy leader, we want to provide our customers the clean energy options they want at an affordable price,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota. “Renewable*Connect delivers an easy way to use renewable energy and provides a new way for customers to achieve their sustainability goals.”

Residential customers can sign up for the program at xcelenergy.com/RenewableConnect and businesses can sign up at xcelenergy.com/RenewableConnectBusiness. Customers can select the subscription that works for them, including the amount of energy they want from the program. There are no up-front costs and prices are known at the start. A Renewable*Connect charge will replace the variable fuel charge on customers’ bills, providing some price certainty over the life of the selected subscription term. 

Ambassador of the Month for April:

Bruce Bairaktaris
Quality Auto Care Center
100 South Concord Exchange, SSP
(651) 457-6255

Check out the Ambassadors webpage here

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