August 2016

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Welcome New Members 
Farmers State Bank Dennison 
37470 1st Avenue Court 
Dennison, MN 55018
Primary Contact: Ken Organ
Bursch Travel 
309 Division Street 
Northfield, MN 55057
Primary Contact: Linda Tollefson
Coy Chelgren Insurance Agency
307 Division Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Primary Contact: Coy Chelgren 
Monthly Chamber Survey 
Which of the following services offered by the Chamber do you find beneficial?
(Check all that apply)
  • Referrals/Business Leads
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  • Job Postings & Hot Deals
  • Ribbon Cuttings
  • Morning Business Brews/Business After Hours
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  • Office Brochure Racks
  • New Resident Welcome Kits
  • Lunch & Learns
  • Legislative Voice & Influence
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Luncheons
  • Other
Dog Days of August
The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Board of Directors and staff have been challenged to purchase Chamber Bucks to help spread awareness of the program and to shop local! Lisa and Lindsay kicked off the promotion with a little shopping spree to  Mainstream Boutique The Measuring Cup Monarch Gift Shop Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars  and  Spare Room Underground Shoppe . Chamber Bucks are accepted just like cash at nearly 200 Chamber Member locations. 

Steps to get in on the challenge:
1. Stop by the Chamber office to purchase Chamber Bucks - they come in $5, $10 and $25  domination's
2. Spend them just like cash at participating Chamber Member businesses
3. Take a selfie at the business spending the Bucks
4. Put it on Social Media using #nfldchamberbucks or email to
Who earns the minimum wage In Minnesota?
As the minimum wage gets its third annual increase, how many people still actually earn it?

From the TWIN CITIES BUSINESS: Minnesota's minimum wage hits $9.50 per hour on August 1, the last in an annual, graduated stepping-up process that raised it from $6.15 to among the nation's highest. And it will keep going up with inflation-adjusted rises starting in 2018. But does the minimum wage even matter? With employers like Target and Wal-Mart already paying employees $10 per hour or more, will most workers notice the boost? ... The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce opposed the legislation to raise the minimum, which ultimately was signed into law. Cam Winton, director of labor management policy at the chamber, notes that its priority is now getting rid of the automatic inflator. "Putting wages on autopilot is not sound policy," he says.

Chamber in Action 
Morning Business Brew hosted by Millstream Commons on July 13th

There was a great turnout for the July Business After Hours hosted by Sculpture Hospitality, Launch 5 Media and Froggy Bottoms River Pub 
Todd & Lindsay chatting about upcoming Chamber events with Jerry on  KDHL 920 radio at the Rice County Fair
Many shops had a record breaking day at last Thursday's Crazy Daze!

Top 4 Security Risks Hiding in Multifunction Printers
"Advanced technology - more document risks."
By:  Dan Rickert,  Director of Solution Sales,  EO Johnson Business Technologies
Most companies aren't aware of it, but unsecured documents can put organizations in harm's way. Sensitive data breaches can damage a reputation, harm customer trust, trigger legal penalties and create huge financial burdens trying to remedy the problem.

Pressure is high - government and other regulatory entities demand that copiers, printers, faxes and other machines be secured. Networked document hubs, while more productive, can risk placing sensitive documents in the wrong hands.

According to Forrester research, 25 percent of breaches occur because of a "malicious insider," and 36 percent by employee mistakes. Considering the number of human touch points for documents, it's easy to see why this issue is top of mind with business and other organization leaders.

Where are the hidden risks lurking in your print environment?

1. Unsecured Mobile Printing with Smartphones and Tablets
Mobile printing can fall outside your company's print security radar. Documents are often released without use of authentication such as a PIN code or Badge authentication.

2. Lack of an Audit Trail
Preventing compliance breakdowns can be difficult with no plan to catch patterns of misuse.

3. Cloud Printing Infections
Cloud printing and the increase in Android-based personal devices make it more possible for an attacker to infect mobile devices or attach to cloud printing jobs - potentially simultaneously infecting the entire organization. Equally alarming, Malware apps can even bypass firewalls.

4. Networked Printers - a Security Weak Point
The more technologically advanced printers, scanners and fax machines get the more complicated the security issues. Like computers, they can connect to wireless networks and store data on hard drives - a fact many employees don't know.

Cashin' In With Chamber Bucks
July's Top Chamber Buck Redeemers


Other members that took advantage of the Chamber Buck program in July include:
Chuck & Don's Pet Food & Supplies
Econo Foods 
Kwik Trip 
Mainstream Boutique
Napa Auto Parts
Witt Bros. Service, Inc.

The Chamber Buck program is another member benefit offered by the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. We encourage members to proudly display their "Chamber Bucks Accepted Here" stickers and promote their acceptance in their own marking materials. For ideas please contact the Chamber office. 
According to a study conducted by Local First "local retailers return an average of 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy, compared with just 14 percent for the chain retailers. Similarly, the local restaurants re-circulate an average of 79 percent of their revenue locally, compared to 30 percent for the chain eateries." 

Remember Chamber Bucks  make great gifts or employee incentives 
Available all year in $5, $10 and $25 denominations 
Member News
Dan Rickert, Director of Solution Sales at EO Johnson Business Technologies was named a 2016 Young Influencer by Cannata WAUSAU, WI

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