June 26, 2017
Thanks for Making Your Chamber's Golf Classic a Success! 
 
The Golf Classic on June 19 at Mendakota Country Club was a huge success! Thank you to all of the sponsors, golfers, in-kind donors, and volunteers for helping to create such a great event.

The winning foursome included Tom Jackson, Matt Jackson, Marty Chromy, and Brandon Wilcox with a score of 58! 
             
Click here to see more pictures from the Golf Classic on our Facebook page. Be sure to like our page while you are there! Click here for a listing of all tournament sponsors. 
Celebrate 60 Years With Us! 
 
Your Chamber is celebrating our 60th anniversary this year and we want you to celebrate with us!  The summer celebration will have great refreshments and lots of fun activities, so be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, August 17 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Watch for more details coming soon. 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
A Peek at Last Week in Policy & Politics
 
Action by the County Transit Improvement Board made headlines with a final vote for dissolution.  In turn, each of the respective County Boards, including Dakota County voted in favor of establishing their own sales tax, dedicating the 1/4 cent for roads, bridges, transit and trails, exclusively in Dakota County.   Read more.   Securing long-term transportation funding has been a major priority for your Chamber.  This step at the County level will elevate our region's projects.    

July 1 is just around the corner and many of you may be affected by Minneapolis and Saint Paul's new Sick and Safe Leave policies.  Be sure to consult with your company's human resource consultants to ensure compliance of the ordinance.  Until relief comes on a statewide basis, companies in these communities must comply.  Each local ordinance is different so be sure to review your company's policies as it relates to your employees' that work and/or travel within the two urban areas.    
Business Excellence Planning Underway
 
The Business Excellence Awards Committee has begun planning this year's November 16 Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration. We are looking for two or three more people interested in volunteering to help make this year's event a success. The committee meets once a month. Interested? Contact Emily Corson at the Chamber or Committee Chair, Jake Sedlacek, Xcel Energy. Also, be sure to mark your calendar for November 16 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
 
Events Calendar
 
 
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Chamber office closed
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Chamber office closed

Happy 4th of July! 
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11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee
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Noon
Staff Retreat
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3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee
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8:00 a.m.
Noon
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8:00 a.m.
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3:30 p.m.
Women's Programming Committee
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8:00 a.m.

3:30 p.m.
Golf Classic Committee

6:00 p.m.
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7:30 a.m.
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 Did You Know? 
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Last week marked the Summer Solstice and next we'll celebrate the Fourth of July. Since you will be out having fun and celebrating our independence, we are going to take a Weekly Update break the week of July 3.  We'll be back with you the following Monday for more Weekly Update! 
Another Workforce Solution?  Hire an Intern for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018?  
  
Does your organization seek an intern in Accounting, Business, Information Technology, Education, Human services or Paralegal roles? Inver Hills Community College, in partnership with the Great Lakes Corporation and Affiliates, is able to provide subsidized internships for Inver Hills students during Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Students would be paid $13/hr. - $17/hr. based on the internship role. Internships are a great way to try out a future employee, create brand awareness with community college students and gain new insights from a fresh pair of eyes. Interns can support work related to the above areas, work on projects, gain exposure to your industry, and share your organization with others.  
 
Once you have identified an internship need, to get started you would simply need to provide a position description of your internship by July 10th. Internships for fall start August 21 and run through December 8th.
 
To learn more contact Dionna Jones, Director, Experiential Learning, or
651-450-3295, or see the website for details.
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
 
Mendota Heights Planning Commission meets June 27 - see the agenda
Eagan Planning Commission meets June 27 - see the agenda
Rosemount Planning Commission meets June 27 - see the agenda 
Dakota County Maps to be Printed 
 
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Yes, we said printed. We still get requests for printed maps as do the cities within our footprint, so this summer DCR Chamber will be producing our biennial community map. This map contains detailed street information in our region, as well as maps of the greater Twin Cities metro area. It is distributed at our cities and Chamber offices to residents, businesses and tourists seeking information about our area.  As a Chamber member, you have an exclusive opportunity to promote your business on the map. Full color ads in various sizes are available and someone from our member publishing partner, ECM Publishers, will be contacting you to in the coming weeks to discuss your options. Please call us, 651.452.9872, if you have questions.    
Local Legislators to Appear on Capitol Commentary  
 
Capitol Commentary, a show featuring local District 52 and District
54 (invited) state Legislators, will be LIVE from Mendota Heights City Hall, on Town Square Television Channel 21, on Monday, June 26, at 7 PM. Legislators will be speaking about the 2017 Legislative Session. Adam Carter,
WCCO Radio, will host the program. The public is invited to attend the event at Mendota Heights City Hall to ask questions of the Legislators. Capitol Commentary is produced jointly by Town Square Television and NDC4. Read more.   
Member Spotlight: Giving Back
 
Dan Sjolseth, Owner of Superior Service Center located in Eagan and Apple Valley
I grew up in Richfield and started my business out of my garage. Within a couple of years I had outgrown the space in Richfield and looked to Eagan for a new home. I moved to the Cedarvale area and opened a collision shop where I operated for 23 years. Redevelopment plans would change the location of my business again in 2007 with an addition of a mechanical shop. In 2013, I purchased another shop in Apple Valley which provides mechanical services and tires. For 30 years, I've been a member of the Chamber and of the Eagan Rotary club. Currently, I serve for the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers both at the local level and national level. Over the years I have become good friends with many people through the Chamber and have enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors. It's been a great way to understand more of what's happening in the communities we serve and to give back through volunteering and sponsorship of events such as Women's Conference and the Golf Classic, which also provide a great marketing opportunity for my business.
 
New Members
We welcome the following new members!
 

Heartland Credit Union
InterACT 4 Impact
Star Transportation



Insperity
Steve Hanf
8500 Normandale Lake Blvd., Suite 150
Bloomington, MN 55437
(952) 960-5300
Visit website here

The mission of Insperity is to help businesses succeed so communities' prosper.
 Our business model is simple - we're dedicated to helping businesses by taking care of the tactical items that run the business, so business owners can focus on the bigger picture of growing their business. We do this by helping control expenses, minimize risk exposure and maximize opportunities for revenue generation. We offer a wide range of services with proven strategies that take the administrative burden off a business leader, by spending less time on HR tasks, such as payroll and managing employee benefits.  
Insperity serves more than 100,000 businesses with more than 2 million employees. My role as a Business Performance Advisor (BPA) is look at ways to help a business increase profits and streamline administration processes with our Insperity Solutions.

Watch for more information about these fine companies in upcoming Weekly Updates.
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Renewing Members
Last week these awesome members renewed their Chamber membership. Thank you!!  
            
 
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!
 
Dakota Electric Association was excited to receive a visit recently from the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners have been connecting with local companies to hear about their needs and learn more about those who help make Dakota County successful. Read more.

Kerrie Leinmiller-Renick has re-joined DARTS as the Communications Specialist. She recently completed her advertising degree from Kansas State University and is enjoying settling in to Minnesota. While in school she interned in various marketing and communications roles for a wide array of businesses, including DARTS last summer. 

Katherine Heaton has joined as DARTS Volunteer Manager. In her community outreach role, she is looking forward to meeting Chamber members to hear how your teams want to engage in community. Katie has a rich work history in the nonprofit sector and has experienced being a family caregiver firsthand.



Send your business success updates to Emily for inclusion in Weekly Update.

  
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121
www.dcrchamber.com
651.452.9872