February 5, 2018
Marketplace Opportunities at Women's Leadership Forum

Highlight, promote and display your business during the Marketplace at The Women's Leadership Forum on March 8. Gain exposure with 150-200 women business leaders in the community. 

As an Exhibitor you will receive: 
  • Exclusive opportunity to sell your business products and/or services 
  • Company recognition on DCR Chamber The WomEn's Leadership Forum event page
Send in your  Marketplace Application by Feb. 23!
Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

At this year's WomE n's Leadership Forum, the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation will be awarding four $500 scholarships  to female seniors attending a local high school in the area.

Submission deadline has been extended to February 15, 2018!  Scholarship recipients should plan to attend the WomE n's Leadership Forum on the afternoon of Thursday, March 8, 2018. Apply here.

Welcome Michelle Johnson

Michelle started last week as the Chamber's new Marketing Communications Coordinator. She brings with her a wealth of experience in marketing for convention  and  membership based organizations. Please help us welcome Michelle to the Chamber. 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Public Affairs Breakfast Recap
Nearly 50 attendees joined the Public Affairs Breakfast on Feb. 2 and heard from  members of the Minnesota Legislative Delegation. 

A poll of attendees showed the following:

Top priorities for the Legislature to address this session
  1. Conformity of Minnesota's tax laws to the federal tax code changes.
  2. Addressing various changes needed in state policy.
  3. Funding for state capital improvement projects (bonding).
  4. Funding of the legislature.
  5. Passage of a supplemental state budget bill.
What do you expect from the 2018 legislative session?
  • 40% Legislators (based on their political affiliation) and the Governor will disagree about most things.
  • 25% Upcoming elections will hinder legislative progress this year.
  • 20% Legislators and the Governor will rally around what's best for Minnesotans.
  • 15% Upcoming elections will drive legislators to compromise and consensus.
Metropolitan Airports Commission at  Good Day Dakota County

Please join us on Monday, February 12, to hear from Bryan Ryks, Executive Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission on the 2030 comprehensive plan and all the other exciting activities taking place at MSP Airport.

MSP Airport is the 16th busiest U.S. airport for passengers and 15th for aircraft operations. Arguably the most valuable economic generator for the State of Minnesota, MSP Airport supports over 76,000 jobs, $10.1 billion in business revenue, $1.9 billion in local purchases and $611 million in state and local taxes.
You'll also have the chance to win $100 thanks to our cash prize sponsor, Spire Credit Union!

Thanks to our event sponsor:

Events Calendar

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WomEn's Program
 Committee Meeting
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8:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
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8:00 a.m.
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7:30 a.m.
Board Meeting

7:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m.
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8:00 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee Meeting

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Rosemount Home & Business Expo

Vendors will showcase their products and services to consumers in one of the state's fastest-growing communities at   Rosemount's first Home & Business Expo , to be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rosemount Community Center. This is a great opportunity for local business and vendors to meet and mingle with residents.
Renewing Members
Last week these awesome companies renewed their Chamber membership. Thank you for your continued investment!
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community !
Volunteering Commitment in Dakota County 

Josh Keskey, Account Executive for Minuteman Press in Mendota Heights, sits behind his desk. However, you would hardly ever see him there.

Keskey has his home and work life. Then, being a member of both the Riverheights Chamber where he sits as ambassador and Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce where he's involved in Emerging Leaders - and still Keskey finds time to volunteer with DARTS as part of the Snow Angels program.

"It's good to see there are ways that (older adults) are able to stay home and be comfortable," said Keskey.

Whenever the classic Minnesota weather hits, Keskey drives to Eagan and Apple Valley where he makes sure that two different older adults in the community have their walkways clear and safe. "They are always both extremely thankful that somebody is there helping take care of it."

Submit your Celebrate Business Success stories to
Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121