October 3, 2016
Be Part of the 2017 Membership Directory & Resource Guide
 
Advertising in the 2017 membership directory is an excellent opportunity to showcase your products and services to other members. Beginning this week, representatives from ECM Publishers will begin to reach out to members regarding this opportunity. You are certainly welcome to reach out to Kristine directly as well.     

Why advertise?
1.  High Readership from your target market. Members want to do business with other members. The directory will allow them to quickly identify members in the category of services they are seeking. Enhancing your listing with an ad, which is referenced in your listing (see our ad on page __), allows you to give a more in-depth look at what makes you an industry leader.  
 
2.  Cost Effective Marketing Tool. With 1/4 page ads starting at $290, for one year of exposure, this affordable option, which directly reaches your target audience, enhances your current marketing mix.  
 
3.  To support the Chamber. A portion of the revenue generated comes back to the Chamber for use towards benefits and programs. In addition, this directory is used when soliciting new members, to demonstrate the robust community organizations involved in our Chamber.   
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Chamber office.  Thank you for making our annual directory a SUCCESS!
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Who Should Set State Legislators Salaries? You Decide. 
  
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On our ballots this November, voters will to decide if they support or oppose having an independent council decide how much legislators get paid. Currently, legislators determine their own salary along with a wide range of other public officials salaries.

The exact language of the ballot question reads: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to remove legislators' ability to set their own salaries, and instead establish an independent, citizens-only council to prescribe salaries for legislators?" In Minnesota, a constitutional amendment can only pass if the majority of voters who cast ballots in the election vote "yes"; leaving the question blank is essentially the same thing as voting "no." Read more.  
A New Series of Women's Circle Programming Begins 
 
A new series of Women's Circle programming begins October 20! Over the course of the next year, we will come together six times to be energized, educated and empowered. Series passes can be purchased for $115 (a $20 savings!) or you can register per event ($20 for breakfast programs, $25 for lunch programs). Click here for a list of program dates, times and locations.

Join us for October 20 program featuring Tina Rexing, founder of T-Rex Cookies. Tina Rexing spent almost 20 years in Corporate America working in companies from Northwest Airlines, Thomson Reuters to Target. In late 2014, Rexing left corporate America. An avid baker and 17 year veteran of competing in MN State Fair Baking competitions, she launched T-Rex Cookie Company in February of 2015. Hear Tina's journey to discover her passion and take the leap into small business ownership.
  Click here to register.
 
Events Calendar
 
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
3

8:30 a.m.
PAC Board

4:30 p.m.
4

11:30 a.m.
SMYPro Committee 
5

4:30 p.m.
6
7
10

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee 
11

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee
12

8:00 a.m.
Noon
13

8:00 a.m.
14
17
18

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors

Noon
 
19

7:30 a.m.
20

11:30 a.m.
21
24

8:00 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee
25

8:00 a.m.
26

8:00 a.m.
Noon
 ChamberLead

4:00 p.m.
SMYPros 
27
28
Did You Know?
We would like to thank Cindy Haas, Gateway Bank, for her leadership, time, and commitment over the past year as DCR Chamber's chair of the board. We appreciate all she has done for the Chamber and the business community. Please join us in thanking Cindy when you see her!  
The Vikings are Coming!  
Vikings Aim to Make Practice Facility Community Inclusive
 
Earlier this month the Sports Business Journal took an in-depth look at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, Eagan's future home of the Minnesota Vikings. Written by Don Muret, the piece highlighted the Vikings vision to make the new practice facility, team headquarters and 6,000-seat stadium open to the community.
 
"Many practice facilities are built to keep the fans and the community out," Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren told Muret. "We did ours with the mindset that it's almost inverted, to bring people in." Community benefits include partnering with the Minnesota State High School League to schedule high school football games on Friday nights at TCO Stadium, themed as "Skol Nights." Read more.
  
To stay up to date on the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center on the Vikings website or watch the team's  24-hour live streaming camera
Business and Education to Partner on Career Awareness 
  
The Dakota County Perkins Consortium recently received a mini-grant from the Minnesota Department of Education to help grow work readiness skills and awareness for students within the consortium. They are looking for the opportunity to expose students to local business and industry needs by visiting and touring area businesses. They are also looking for help in shaping high school programs to continue to meet the local industry needs. An information meeting is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 10. Click here to learn more.  
Business and Education to Partner on Career Awareness 
  
The Dakota County Perkins Consortium recently received a mini-grant from the Minnesota Department of Education to help grow work readiness skills and awareness for students within the consortium. They are looking for the opportunity to expose students to local business and industry needs by visiting and touring area businesses. They are also looking for help in shaping high school programs to continue to meet the local industry needs. An information meeting is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 10. Click here to learn more.  
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
 
Farmington City Council meets on October 3 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets October 4 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets October 4 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets October 4 - see the  agenda 
Member Spotlight: Your Membership is What You Make of it    
  
Jenny Cisneros, Simply Massage & Spa   
Simply Massage & Spa joined the Chamber a little over a year ago and it has been a fantastic investment. I love learning about other businesses and how I can help them. It's also allowed me to share our great story about all the customized, therapeutic massage, facial, waxing, tinting and lash extensions that we offer. Once people learn that we provide the full hands on time that they purchase, in addition to providing complimentary aromatherapy & hot spa towel treatments they realize that we really are the best value around and quickly become clients and referral partners. Going to the Chamber's Coffee Breaks and Women's Circle are a great way to meet other local business owners in a casual, no pressure atmosphere. I have built some great personal and professional relationships by attending these events. Being a Chamber member is a good fit for me and my business because the membership really is what you make of it. You can participate as much or as little as you like and have time for. The more you participate, the more you get out of your membership!  
 
New Members
We welcome the following new members!
 

Hy-Vee
Total Wine & More
Kwik Trip
MBKS Family Office
 
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!
  

Kari Erickson, Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ P.A.
, who after obtaining her Masters of Science degree in Taxation (MST), has also become a Certified Public Accountant. Hard work pays off! Congratulations!


Congratulations to Jeff Gau, CEO of Marco, on receiving a Most Admired CEO award from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal! Marco works to match you up with the right technology and keep it running smoothly day in and day out.


business_real_estate_news.jpg Do you have something to celebrate? Share your most recent hires, relocations, new products, anniversaries, awards, remodels and more. Send your news to Emily!
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121
www.dcrchamber.com
651.452.9872