Monday, June 18, 2018
The Chamber and Climate Generation
This week Chamber staff attended a lunch and other events for Climate Generation, an effort lead by Minnesota explorer Will Steger to ensure Minnesota’s commitment to the Paris Climate Accords. Business leaders from around the state were joined by Governor Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to reiterate that Minnesota can be counted on to meet aggressive, but achievable renewable energy standards to power our state. Learn more about Climate Generation and Will Steger here .
Minneapolis-based MDI receives top certification for medical device quality management
The nonprofit manufacturing company MDI announced that it has received ISO 13845:2016 certification, which will allow the company to offer assembly, kitting, and packaging services to medical device companies. Headquartered in Minneapolis with additional locations in Hibbing, Grand Rapids, and Cohasset, nearly 50 percent of MDI’s employees are people with disabilities. Read more about this top certification here.
Marco purchases Prime Office Innovations; continues expansion in Michigan
Marco, a leading technology services provider in the United States, announced that it has purchased Prime Office Innovations, a copier/printer company located in Macomb, MI. Prime’s employees have joined Marco’s team and will be serving clients from its current location. Read more here.
Good Morning Minneapolis: The Streets of Minneapolis
Friday, June 22 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. | Be The Match

We live here. We work here. And we drive, park, rideshare and bike here. Minneapolis is on the road to becoming a city with premier transportation options, impacting the city’s workforce and growth. Our experts will discuss the latest in shared mobility, changes in the bike culture and the need for accessibility and placemaking at the next Good Morning Minneapolis.

  • Andrew Owen | Director, Accessibility Observatory Center for Transportation Studies, U of M
  • Max Musicant | Founder & Principal, The Musicant Group
  • Paul Schroeder | CEO, HOURCAR
  • Ethan Fawley | Executive Director, Our Streets MPLS and Bill Dossett | Executive Director, Nice Ride

Thank you to our series sponsor Wells Fargo .
Chamber Town Talk: Reducing Workforce Barriers
Wednesday, June 27 | 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. | Jax Cafe

The state and region face a myriad of workforce challenges including an immediate worker shortage and unacceptable gaps in wages and graduation rates between whites and populations of color. Our presenters are addressing these challenges and others by reducing barriers, creating opportunities and building skills necessary for employment. Attend Chamber Town Talk to learn more about their work and how you can engage with these efforts and initiatives.

Julie Brekke | Executive Director, HIRED
Larry Pogemiller | Commissioner, Office of Higher Education, State of Minnesota
Matt Halley | Executive Director, Cookie Cart

Thank you to our series sponsors CenterPoint Energy and Wells Fargo .
DRIVE Leadership Luncheon: Workplace Ethics
Wednesday, July 25 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Dakota Jazz Club

Companies are often recognized for their corporate ethics. How do ethics impact policy and procedures as well as decision making? At the next DRIVE Leadership Luncheon, our panelists will discuss corporate ethics, being an ethical leader and the challenges that occur when personal and business ethics are in conflict. Join the conversation and register today.

Dawn Elm | Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics & Leadership, University of St. Thomas
David Rodbourne | Principal Consultant, DHR Consulting & Associates
Suzan McGinnis | Director of Ethics, Target

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Be The Match , and our series sponsors CenterPoint Energy , Minnesota Timberwolves , and U.S. Bank .
The Works Museum's Bloomington Summer Pass
The Works Museum and the Bloomington Chamber are offering an unlimited admission summer pass. The pass includes two adults and up to four children under the age of 18. The pass is for families who either live, work or attend school in Bloomington and is valid between June 11 and August 31, 2018. Passes may be purchased at The Works Museum or online. The passes are $25.99, or if you qualify for the Gateway Program subsidies, the cost is $11.99. Purchase passes here.