June 19, 2017
Dakota County Maps to be Printed 
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.  

Committed to Business... for YOU.
DCR Chamber Goes to Washington D.C.
Last week, your Chamber's staff and volunteer leaders joined more than 50 business people from across Minnesota in the Annual Washington DC Fly-In to advocate for your business on issues important to economic growth and job creation.  Meetings were held with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Department of Transportation, Department of Labor, and Minnesota's Congressional Delegation. Specifically we focused our discussion on taxes, business on,regulations, transportation, workforce development, and health care reform.  Join us in 2018 to carry on this important advocacy tradition.

Coffee Break Host Needed
Are you interested in bringing potential valuable business connections into your business and increasing your visibility in the community? We have an opening on Tuesday, July 13 for one of our member businesses to host Coffee Break. Interested in learning more? Contact Emily, 651.288.9202.      

We hope you can join us for Coffee Break before then at Midwest Dental in Farmington on June 27 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.         
Events Calendar

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Chamber office closed

Chamber office closed

Happy 4th of July! 

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

Staff Retreat

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 Did You Know? 
Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce's conference room is available for your use as a member of the Chamber. Click here for more details! Thank you to our Conference Room sponsor, Flint Hills Resources.  

Dual-Training Grants Program Now Taking Applications 
The application window for dual-training grants is now open for Minnesota companies interested in participating in the PIPELINE program - a public-private partnership that connects high-growth industries with workers interested in learning a specific skill set. Senator Matt Little (DFL-Lakeville) helped sponsor bipartisan legislation this year that invests $5 million into the dual-training grant program for the next biennium.
The earn-as-you-learn approach benefits employers and workers in four select high-demand job sectors: advanced manufacturing, health care services, agriculture and information technology. Sen. Little says he worked on the legislation this session and continues to advocate for the program in order to assist two growing industrial parks in his district. Read the full press release.

The application window runs from now through July 7. Click here to learn more about the program and to apply.
Expo 2023 USA-Minnesota Makes the Top Three 
Last week in Paris, the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) voted to make the United States a finalist to host a World's Fair ("Expo") in 2023. The United States/Minnesota, Argentina/Buenos Aires and Poland/Lodz will continue to promote their respective Expo projects until the 162nd General Assembly of the BIE in November 2017, when Member States of the BIE will vote for the organizing country of Specialized Expo 2022/2023.

The proposed Expo in Minnesota with the theme "Healthy People, Healthy Planet" would bring more than 12 million visitors during the three-month event, and feature exhibits and experiential learning opportunities from around the world.

Expo 2023 USA-Minnesota is expected to generate over 40,000 jobs across the state in support of the event. Expo 2023 USA-Minnesota will place the Twin Cities region, and its seven-county population of 3.5 million, on a global stage, introducing Minnesota to the world. Read more.  
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets June 19 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets June 20 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets June 20 - see the agenda
West St. Paul Planning Commission meets June 20 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets June 20 - see the agenda
Rosemount Port Authority meets June 20 - see the agenda
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets June 20 - see the agenda
Farmington Economic Development Authority meets June 22 - see the agenda 
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.
Business Community Input Requested
Dakota County Library is developing a strategic plan that will guide the future of the library. They are interested in hearing from the business community what services would be of use and how they can better partner for the overall economic success of Dakota County. Please take a moment to complete a very short online survey before June 23rd.  
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

InterACT 4 Impact
Star Transportation
Applebee's Eagan

College Expert
M2 Business Solutions

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.

Restoration Carpet Cleaning
Steve Maxwell
22 Oak Street
Farmington, MN 55024
(612) 723-2226
Visit website here

Restoration Carpet Cleaning is family owned and operated. You will receive quality service and outstanding customer service when you use Restoration Carpet Cleaning, honesty and integrity are core values within the company. Owner, Steve Maxwell, grew up working in the industry. After years of training and mentorship from his father, he started his own business with his wife Brooke. Steve and Brooke want to build life long relationships with customers. That is why they provide such great quality and make sure the job is done right. Restoration Carpet Cleaning is the place to call for all your carpet cleaning needs!

Apex Family Chiropractic 
Ben Sevlie
15678 Pilot Knob Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(651) 456-8744
Visit website here

Dr. Ben Sevlie grew up in Red Wing as the son of a chiropractor and has been fortunate enough to receive chiropractic care since birth. He received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Science University. With every free moment that he has he can be found playing beach volleyball, Olympic weight-lifting, serving at River Valley Church and spending time with his beautiful wife, Laci and recent addition, Brooklyn Mae. Dr. Sevlie is passionate about chiropractic as he has seen the impact that it has had on his own life and the people he has worked with. He now is very eager and excited to educate and inform the communities of Apple Valley, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount about living life to its fullest potential!

Watch for more information about these fine companies in upcoming Weekly Updates.
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!

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