May 30, 2017
Legislature Adjourned Last Friday; Now On To Governor          
The 2017 Legislative Session wrapped up around 3:00 a.m. last Friday morning during a Special Session. Your Chamber advocated on a number of important issues impacting your business. Following is a status update of these priorities as well as a few other items that will impact our region and local communities.     
  • Uniform State Labor Standards: Sent to the Governor in a Special Session Labor Bill. The Governor has 14 days (after the next day following adjournment) to sign or veto the bill. The bill also contains pension, contracts, wage theft protections and state employee paid leave language. The Governor has indicated he is likely to veto the Labor Bill. 
  • Jobs/Commerce Bill: Bill passed in Regular Session that the Governor has three days (upon presentation) to sign, veto or become law without action (not counting Sunday).
  • Property Tax Reform: Sent to the Governor in a Special Session Tax Bill ($650 million in total tax cuts). The Governor has 14 days (after the next day following adjournment) to sign or veto the bill that excludes the first $100,000 of value and repeals the automatic inflator.
  • ADA Lawsuit Reform: Signed in to law by Governor last week. 
  • REAL ID Compliance: Signed in to law by Governor last week. 
  • Education Funding Bill: Sent to the Governor in a Special Session Education Bill of $483 in new spending for schools. The Governor has 14 days to sign or veto the bill.
  • Transportation Funding Bill: Sent to the Governor in a Special Session Bill of $300 million. The Governor has 14 days to sign or veto the bill.
  • Capital Investment (Bonding): Sent to the Governor in a Special Session Bonding Bill of nearly $1 Billion. The Governor has 14 days to sign or veto the bill.
  • Sunday Liquor Sales: Signed in to law by Governor in March. 
  • Health Care Reform: Signed in to law by Governor in January.
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Let's Rewind the Legislative Session 
Join us as Minnesota's two political party chairs, Ken Martin, Minnesota DFL, and Jennifer Carnahan, Republican Party of Minnesota, rewind the 2017 Legislative Session. Mary Lahammer, Twin Cities Public Television, will moderate the discussion as we learn more about the impact on your business based upon the action of our legislative leaders during the 2017 Legislative Session and political predictions for the future. Register today.

                  Jennifer Carnahan       Mary Lahammer              Ken Martin
Thank you to our Legislative Breakfast Presenting Sponsor: 

Your Chamber - in partnership with the Minnesota Retailers Association - offers real-time information and resources on cutting-edge legislative issues impacting businesses through our exclusive Legislative Breakfast Series.
Women's Circle: Personal Branding for Your Company of 1
Join us for Women's Circle on Thursday, June 15 from 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at Mendakota Country Club. We will hear from Paula Norbom, CEO and Founder of Talencio,a recruiting company that serves the Health Technology community. Paula will present on "Personal Branding for Your Company of 1." We will learn how to take control of our personal brand as we continue to build our careers. Register today.

With a rich history in the industry as a former CFO and VP of Finance and Operations, Paula has played a key role in all aspects of the industry from raising capital to successful company sales. Paula has been recognized as a Woman to Watch by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal and is frequently featured in several local periodicals such as the Star Tribune, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal and Med City News.                  
Events Calendar

Happy Memorial Day

Staff Professional Development Day: Chamber office will be closed

7:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

3:30 p.m.
Ambassador Committee

4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee

8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
Eagan Business Council


7:45 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
 Did You Know? 
You can post hot deals, job openings, news releases, and events by logging into your DCR Chamber account. You are also able to add a description of your company, pay bills, search other members, and more. Check it out! Click each of the links above to see what's currently listed on our website for each of these opportunities.     
Dakota County Seeks Input on Trash and Recycling Plan
Dakota County would like to hear from business owners and managers about proposed trash and recycling strategies. Dakota County is revisiting  its County Solid Waste Master Plan, which will guide proper waste management within Dakota County for the next 20 years. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has proposed new strategies that the County must consider, such as implementation of the state's commercial recycling mandate requiring most businesses to recycle at least three materials (paper, glass, metal and plastic) and other strategies such as requirements for organics/food waste recovery.  
Take the survey HERE through May 31, 2017.
You may have completed an initial survey a couple months ago. This is the second and final phase of the County's formal stakeholder engagement effort. Survey responses will be compiled and posted anonymously on the Dakota County website in June.
In addition, please note that Dakota County provides free recycling labels and funding up to $10,000 to help businesses improve recycling and become compliant with the state's commercial recycling mandate. Click here to learn more.    
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets June 5 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets June 6 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets June 6 - see the agenda 
Member Spotlight: Building Relationships
Emily Bohmbach, Manager of Partnership Activation, Minnesota Vikings
Raised in Red Wing, I started with the Vikings in 2011 working on the Partnership Activation & Special Projects Team. Throughout the U.S. Bank Stadium build, I was involved heavily in the curation and installation of the U.S. Bank Stadium Art Collection as well as managing partnerships with Founding Partner build-outs such as the Delta Sky360 Club, Hyundai Club, BWW Club, Factory Motor Parts Club, Miller Lite Lounge, and Caribou Bar. After getting married, my husband Jimmy and I moved to Eagan in 2016, in preparation for the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center to be built. Since joining the Dakota County Regional Chamber Board in 2016, I've enjoyed building relationships with Chamber board members as well as attending Good Day Dakota County, Women's Conference, and the Business Excellence Awards. I look forward to the TCO Performance Center opening in March, 2018, and extending the Vikings family throughout Dakota County.
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Restoration Carpet Cleaning
Apex Family Chiropractic

Seal King 
Mason Ondich
19248 Castle Court
Farmington, MN 55024
(651) 274-5113
Visit website here

Mason Ondich is the owner/operator of Seal King Farmington, Eagan, Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights, West St. Paul and Sunfish lake. Seal King has been one of the top small businesses in the seal coating industry for 26 years. My family and Seal King take pride in our community. We are a part of the youth hockey program and support them in any way we can. Seal King looks forward to having a more active role as we join the Chamber and help grow our community. We want to be a voice and support to all small businesses.

Eagan Auto Repair
Perry Linn
1340 Duckwood Drive
Eagan, MN 55123
(651) 454-7100
Visit website here

Eagan Auto Repair is a family owned and operated business. Perry Linn truly has a lifelong history in the industry! Starting at age 12, working at his father's service station, Perry handled the garbage detail until he was tall enough to wash windows for customers. Remember, this was back in the day of "full service" service stations. In high school, Perry was in a vo-tech program for auto mechanics and managed one of his dad's stores by the age of 15. Graduating from Dunwoody as a Master ASE technician, Perry owned his first service center by the age of 27. Today, with three locations, he follows in his dad's footsteps. With that much experience, you can be sure he'll know how to help with whatever auto repair, tires and service needs you have.

Thrivent Financial - Scot Kretzschmar
Scot Kretzschmar
12700 Nicollet Avenue, Suite 120B
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 277-2612
Visit website here
Thrivent Financial is a not-for-profit, membership organization of Christians and we're starting a new conversation about money. We create financial strategies that help Christians be wise with money and live generously. We offer a range of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities and mutual funds, plus tailored guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century, we've helped our member-owners show God's love to others by being good stewards of the gifts they've been given. We see money as a tool, not a goal. Our unique approach to blending faith, finances and generosity helps our members thrive, but that's only part of our story. We also support programs that help build stronger families, churches and communities. You could call it a fresh way to think about money. We call it The Thrivent Way.

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!

We recently celebrated the groundbreaking of Westview Park Apartments/ Rooftop 252 in West St. Paul with our Ambassadors. Congrats!

Our Ambassadors celebrated new member, Eagan Auto Repair's, newest location with a ribbon cutting sponsored by Valley Staffing. Welcome to the Chamber!

Congratulations to Barb Tiggemann, who after 19 years, has announced her retirement from DARTS. Enjoy retirement Barb!

 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121