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Beer me: Chamber members mingle while sampling brews

Members of five Chambers of Commerce gathered at Bowlero Eden Prairie after work Thursday, Dec. 6, at a networking event that also was a beer competition. More than 100 people from across the southwest metro came to sample brews and vote for...

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Eden Prairie School Board approves 2.38 percent tax increase

The Eden Prairie School Board on Monday, Dec. 10, approved a tax levy of $46.68 million, up from $45.59 million in the present year. It's an increase of 2.38 percent from last year and a difference of $1.09 million. Of the total approved, $37.75...

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Rep. Loon receives Eden Prairie Chamber's Athena Award

As state Rep. Jenifer Loon accepted the 2018 Athena Award last week, she thanked Eden Prairie residents for the honor of serving them for a decade. Loon, first elected in 2008, lost the November election for the House District 48B seat.

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Fire Chief George Esbensen Announces Retirement

On Nov. 12, 1986, Fire Chief George Esbensen joined the ranks as a volunteer firefighter with the Eden Prairie Fire Department. "When I began my career with the Fire Department, it was because I saw a sign looking for volunteers - I thought I...

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January Events
Wednesday, January 9

Business @ Breakfast (7:30-8:30am) - Speaker: Mark Rigby with Cruise Planners
Business@Breakfast is a great opportunity for businesses that depend on referrals and one-on-one interaction to make meaningful and lasting connections.
Thursday, January 17

Power Hour (4:30-5:30pm)
Free networking opportunity consisting of conversation, appetizer, drinks, and more!
Wednesday, January 23

Business @ Breakfast (7:30-8:30am) - GUEST DAY
Business@Breakfast is a great opportunity for businesses that depend on referrals and one-on-one interaction to make meaningful and lasting connections.
Thursday, January 24

Maximize Your Membership (8:00-9:00am)
Whether you are relatively new to the Chamber or just haven't been engaged in Chamber activities, come hear about the benefits and opportunities that are open to you and your staff. We will offer you step-by-step instructions on how to get involved, define the programs and benefits and show you how to navigate our website. 
Wednesday, January 30

State of the City Luncheon (11:30am-1:00pm)
Come hear about YOUR city! This event will begin with The Chamber President Pat MulQueeny updating the group on the business community as most important issues moving forward in 2019. Eden Prairie Schools Superintendent, Josh Swanson, will also speak to current happenings within the school district. Finally, Rick Getschow (City Manager) will update our businesses on the city’s comprehensive plan and new developments for Eden Prairie. 
Thursday, January 31

City-Chamber After Hours (4:30pm-6:30pm)
Please join the Eden Prairie City Council, staff and the Chamber of Commerce to view and discuss the results from the 2018 Business Survey conducted by The Morris Leatherman Company. Networking reception to follow presentation.
Please note that the Eden Prairie Chamber Offices will be closed December 31–January 4 for the move. The new offices will open on Monday, January 7 and are located at:

10925 Valley View Rd. Suite 200, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
Guest Attendance Policy
Our Chamber works to provide a wide variety of programs to benefit our members each and every year – typically over 100 events and programs! We encourage our members to bring guests and business people that are prospective members to learn about the Chamber and get a first-hand experience of how they would benefit by being a member. 

To respect and honor our members' investment, and because our programs are designed for our members, our policy is that guests can attend two events within the year. After that, we hope they find value in our Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce and choose to join. 

If you have any questions about this, please call Pat MulQueeny at the Chamber at 952-944-2830 or e-mail pat.mulqueeny@epchamber.org.
New "Power Hour" Event
2019 Home, Landscape, and Garden Expo
A Message from the President of the Minnesota Chamber
Revitalized Chamber Foundation focuses on developing state’s economy

By Doug Loon

On Dec. 14, 1908, a group of employers from various industries and corners of the state came together on Robert Street in St. Paul. Over lunch, they discussed their successes and challenges, and conversation evolved to the agenda of the upcoming legislative session. They saw firsthand the effect that policy had on their ability to do business: to move goods and services, and to provide a quality of life for their employees. Leaning on their shared experiences at the local level, they decided the statewide business community needed a voice – a collective voice – at the Capitol.
And the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce was born.
 
For the last 110 years, the chamber has advocated tirelessly on behalf of our members. Today, we represent more than 2,300 companies and their more than half a million employees. Our members represent every industry and size of business from those with just a few employees to many of the state’s Fortune 500 employers. The companies drive growth in every corner of the state.
 
We take pride – we consider it our responsibility – to represent our members and their employees at the Capitol. Our influence is even stronger through local chambers that constitute the Minnesota Chamber Federation.
 
Moreover, we provide a vision for Minnesota’s economy beyond each individual legislative session: a future for business that improves the lives of all Minnesotans. We renew that commitment as we refresh our focus on the Minnesota Chamber Foundation. 
 
Since 1983, the foundation has helped chamber members and state leaders to better understand and grow our economy. In spring 2018, we announced the Center for Workforce Solutions, a first-of-its-kind in Minnesota business-led initiative to solve critical workforce needs, so businesses can stay and grow in the state.
 
Our renewed Chamber Foundation is accompanied by the launching of Vision 2030, a 10-year projection of opportunities for our economy to change and grow. During the coming year, Vision 2030 will lay out a common road-map – a guide – for strategic public affairs and private-sector actions that will help our state’s economy to change and grow.
 
Vision 2030 is a perfect complement to our Minnesota Business Benchmarks, an annual report produced by the Minnesota Chamber and our Chamber Federation partners that shows how Minnesota ranks on key economic indicators compared with other states.
 
We are thrilled that Susan Marvin, chair of Marvin Windows and Doors, Inc., will lead our Chamber Foundation Board of Directors. Her experience in leading a four-generation, family-owned company, as well as serving as a past chair of the Minnesota Chamber Board, makes her well poised to lead the revitalized foundation. Her business acumen and her keen interest and involvement in building a stronger business community are the perfect combination of skills and talent.
 
Understanding Minnesota’s economy is key to its long-term success. The Minnesota Chamber Foundation is poised to play a critical role in strengthening the business environment to improve the lives of all Minnesotans through research, programs and leadership development.
 
We look forward to building on our century-long partnership with local chambers of commerce and realizing a better economic future with all Minnesotans.
 
Doug Loon is president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce – www.mnchamber.com .
Recognizing Our 2018 Ambassadors
2018 Ambassador Awards

Each year, the Ambassadors are given awards based on the work that they have put into the chamber and community. The Awards are separated into three categories: Gold Star, Outstanding, and secondary Ambassador Awards that are named separately.

We would like to recognize and honor the Ambassadors for all of their hard work over the past year. We would also like to thank our 2018 Ambassador of the year, David Anderson. Congratulations and thank you to ALL of our ambassadors! Here's to another strong year at the Chamber!
Gold Star Ambassadors

David Anderson
Anderson Business Law, LLC

Kristy Bican
Coldwell Banker Burnet - Edina

Anne Byrne
Byrne Law Office, LLC

Sandy Haydon
Guiding Project Leaders

Terri Mattson
Beginning Today Lifestyle Wellness

Pete Rose
Pete Rose Productions

Peter Seidman
Clearent

Outstanding Ambassadors

Roberta Fernandez
Conscious Napping

Rick Jensen
Jensen, Richard L. Law Offices

Aaron Nicklay
Farmers Insurance Agency

Sean Picht
Edward Jones Investments

Mark Rigby
Cruise Planners
Helping Hand Award
Sandy Haydon
Guiding Project Leaders

Style and Sox Award
Rick Jensen
Jensen, Richard L. Law Offices

Rookie of the Year
Dallas Janes
Crimson Mortgage, Inc.

Master Connector
Terri Mattson
Beginning Today Lifestyle Wellness

Key Promoter Award
Andy Stavast
Eden Prairie Lifestyle Magazine

Above and Beyond Award
Peter Seidman
Clearent

Quiet Contributor Award
Aaron Nicklay
Farmers Insurance Agency

Loyalty Award
Rick Jensen
Jensen, Richard L. Law Offices 
Welcome New December Members!
Pizza Karma
8451 Joiner Way
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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Member News/Member Blog
Don't forget to keep up with the Member News and Member Blog pages on the EPC Website! New posts are being added every week! If you are interested in submitting a blog post or news post, please send a copy to Paige at paige.nault@epchamber.org. Check out the newest posts below!
Create a More Positive Experience for Candidates - Eden...

If you are experiencing a shortage of qualified workers for your job openings, your business is like many others. Employers in the Twin Cities Metro Area reported 82,071 job vacancies in the second quarter of 2018, which was an increase of over...

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About The Chamber | Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce

December 21, 2018 (St. Paul, MN) - Memorial Blood Centers is Dunkin' for Donors in January. The Minnesota-based blood center is partnering with 11 local Dunkin' locations to help increase awareness about the need for blood donation during the...

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ALMOST Too Close to Call at Beers with BEERS Event Last...

The combined chamber of Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie, Richfield, and Southwest Metro(BEERS) hosted a beer tasting event on the evening of Thursday, December 3. 8breweries, 27 beers, and over 100 people were involved with this exciting event...

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Member2Member Discounts
Discounts from other member businesses are a great perk of being a chamber member. All employees of any Eden Prairie Chamber member business automatically qualify for these pre-set discounts.

Do you have an offer you'd like included in this program? Email your Chamber member-exclusive offer in 50 words or less to Paige Nault at paige.nault@epchamber.org.
Office Depot Discounts
The Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Office Depot for an exclusive member benefit. Stop in to the EPC today to pick up your member discount card!
Thank You Annual Sponsors
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