Monday, September 10, 2018
Polling the Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get Together is also a great time to get to know what’s on the minds of Minnesotans.

Every year, the state legislature hosts polls to take the opinions of voters and residents from around the state. From funding for roads and bridges to opiates and gambling, these informal polls are often times the first chance to get Minnesotans opinions on issues that may come before us.

The chamber loves to see broad support for transit and transportation funding, and we’re curious to see how sports gambling will impact professional sports games around the region. Make sure to check out and participate in the legislature’s poll next year if you go to the State Fair.

Employers are slowly turning to ex-offenders to fill open jobs in a worker-hungry economy
MSP faces a growing workforce shortage. Every good worker is going to be needed, and we can’t leave anyone on the sidelines. Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States has a criminal record, and local businesses have had success with hiring ex-offenders.

As the job market gets tighter, employers are turning to nonprofits such as Rise, Emerge, Building Better Futures, Summit Academy, Genesys Works, Goodwill Easter Seals and others that help former felons build skills and land jobs.

Read about their successes in this Star Tribune article .
Wednesday, October 3 | 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. | City of Bloomington

Many Bloomington businesses are planning to hire in the next year. City Manager Jamie Verbrugge will discuss how a new survey shows that 44 percent feel the lack of a qualified workforce limits their operations to a large or moderate extent. Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead suggests that embracing diverse populations helps local businesses achieve the growth they want by engaging all the talent in the region. This can make the difference between keeping up with the demographic and economic realities of our region, and your business being left behind.

The Center for Economic Inclusion connects communities excluded by race, place and income with business leaders to build an inclusive economy that leverages our region's diversity. CEO Tawanna Black will discuss how we are poised for long term transformational change within our region and the possibility of having a regional economy that works for everyone.

Warners' Stellian's Grand Opening
Celebrate Warners' Stellian's new showroom at 2605 Broadway St. NE with a ribbon cutting, networking and prizes on Wednesday, September 19 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Enjoy Chowgirls Killer Catering and refreshments from local favorites!

RSVP today by emailing .
Friday, September 28 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. | Loews Minneapolis Hotel

A qualified and diverse workforce is essential to the competitiveness of this region. Businesses face worker shortages and new businesses must be able to find the talent necessary to grow. What do current employment numbers and sector growth indicate? Our panelists and presenters will discuss the numbers, how to anticipate industry needs and how to recruit, train and retain a workforce to meet market demands.

Speakers Include:
  • Laura Beeth | Fairview Health Services
  • Tawanna Black | Center for Economic Inclusion
  • Deb Broberg | RealTime Talent
  • Peter Frosch | GREATER MSP
  • Shawntera Hardy | Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Thank you to our presenting sponsors Mortenson , Thrivent Financial , and Xcel Energy ; to our series sponsors Sunrise Banks , Associated Bank and Voya ; to our event sponsor Leo A Daly ; and to our Media Sponsor Finance & Commerce
Cool Offices: WeWork's Capella Tower location infuses a touch of Minnesota in its co-working space
Have to stopped by WeWork yet? This co-working space offers a variety of people and businesses the space to get work done while connecting with others. Each space is uniquely designed to reflect the area that it is in.

With 360-degree views of downtown Minneapolis, WeWork is located on floors 38, 39 and 40 of the Capella Tower. The 50,000 square feet of shared workspace is inhabited by a variety of members from freelancers to startups to more established companies.
Tuesday, September 25 | 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. | Bloomington Civic Plaza

Many important decisions lie in the hands of our elected officials. With numerous critical issues on the table that could impact businesses, the elections this fall will be more important than ever. Please join the Bloomington Chamber and the candidates for District 49B, District 50A, and District 50B of the Minnesota House of Representatives for an informative meeting and the opportunity to hear from each of them!

MN House of RepresentativesDistrict 49B:
Steve Elkins
Matthew Sikich
District 50A:
Mike Howard
Kirsten Johnson
District 50B:
Representative Andrew Carlson
Chad Anderson
2018 Annual State of the Airport Luncheon
They are many improvements and enhancements currently underway at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, will provide an update on these and how they affect the future of the airport.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian will provide comments via video, while Senior Vice President Bill Lentsch will address MSP Airport's critical role as a Delta hub, while marking 10 years since Delta's acquisition of Northwest Airlines.

On Thursday, partners Michelle Maher, Chris Schneeman & John Cleveland cut the ribbon to celebrate the new office of SevenHills Cleveland Benefit Partners in Bloomington’s International Plaza.

Check out their website here .
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Sprint
The Sprint Works Program offers a discounts of 15% on select rate plans to members of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber. If the customer is active on Unlimited Freedom, they will receive a $5 discount instead of the % discount associated with the company.

Any subscriber on the account qualifies for the Sprint Works Program discount . The name on the proof document must match a name listed as a subscriber. The subscriber does not need to be the Account Holder.

Visit for details.