Weekly Update:
April 15, 2019
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Chamber & Community News
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Connect with Your Legislators Over Break...
Federation Partners:
Legislators head home this afternoon for the spring break, and it is a great opportunity to connect with them about the critically important policy issues at the Legislature. Most notably, the massive cumulative tax increases on the business community through a combination of property tax increases; tax increases on corporations and pass through entities; gas tax and sales tax increases for transportation; payroll tax increases for leave mandates; and more. One pagers and the deck from today’s webcast are attached
The Small Business Award Luncheon & Trade Show is Less Than Two Weeks Away - Do You Have an Awesome Trade Show Display?
Sign up to be entered in the "Favorite Booth" Contest!
Thursday, April 25
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Mendakota Country Club, Mendota Heights

Join us for all of this and more!

  • Sign up for a table in the Trade Show for your chance to win the "Favorite Booth" Contest

  • Attend to see who wins the 2019 Small Business of the Year
Congratulations to the three finalists:

Event Sponsors:
IGH B.E.S.T Foundation Fundraiser
The 28th Annual Inver Grove Heights B.E.S.T. Foundation Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction was held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Funds generated by these events pay for the operating costs of the Foundation, as well as provide funds for the annual Inver Grove Heights B.E.S.T. Foundation Academic Scholarships.
Update Your Business Information in the River Heights Chamber Database -
Ad Sales Beginning for South Metro Living Guide with E&M Consulting, Inc.

In preparation for the annual South Metro Living Guide and Chamber Membership Directory, and to assist in updating your member account, please take a few minutes to login and update your company's profile and representative(s) information.

Please take a moment and complete your updates now - deadline will be April 30 . Any questions on your membership account, please contact Colleen here.

E&M Consulting, Inc. will be managing the ad sales, creative design, and formatting. They are extremely professional and produce a high-quality publication, and we ask that you give E&M a moment of your time. If you have any questions or would like to advertise, please contact Jack with E&M at 651-815-4169, 800-572-0011, or jack@emconsultinginc.com.

Information on the available advertising opportunities can also be viewed online at www.emconsultinginc.com/adreservation/RHCOC. As always, your support of the River Heights Chamber of Commerce’s products and services is greatly appreciated!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Tuesday, April 16:
Ambassador Business Visits:
  • 3:00-4:30 p.m. - Locations TBD - Refer to the calendar for appointment updates here

Wednesday, April 17:
  • 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. - 2019 State of the County @ Ames Center, Burnsville
  • 3:30 p.m. - Business Owners Roundtable @ Kaposia Club (private room), SSP

Thursday, April 18:
  • 8:00 a.m. - River Heights Chamber Board of Directors @ Chamber Office
  • 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Business Card Exchange @ Envision Hotel & Against the Grain, SSP
Register for Food for Thought to Hear About the New Development of Viking Lakes!
Tuesday, May 21
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Southview Country Club
239 E. Mendota Road, WSP

Come hear from Kevin Warren, Chief Operating Officer, Minnesota Vikings, about MV Eagan Ventures — founded by Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi, Mark and Leonard Wilf — who is undertaking a 200-acre master-planned development, named  Viking Lakes .

The Wilf family said they hope that visitors and tenants will gain greater access to the football team by engaging with the various amenities, including a land bridge connecting lakes (complete with Viking ship), a decoratively paved boardwalk and a team hall of fame.
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Text Message Reminders
Text RHChamber to 20673 to receive upcoming event reminders from the River Heights Chamber of Commerce!
Economic Development & Workforce News
Welcome Heather Rand, Community Development Director of Inver Grove Heights
Heather has over 15 years of direct economic development leadership experience in Minnesota working in both the public and private sectors. For the last three years, she served as the City of Duluth’s Director of Business & Economic Development and prior to that she was employed by the state of Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) as a business developer for 12 years matching up growing businesses with development sites and state and local development resources.

Heather has also worked as a registered lobbyist for private sector businesses and trade associations in Minnesota. She has a B.A. in Urban Planning and Political Science from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, is a 2015 graduate of the University of Minnesota Emerging Leadership Institute and is a Hubert H. Humphrey Institute Public Policy Fellow. Heather grew up in White Bear Lake and is looking forward to relocating her family to Inver Grove Heights!

Contact Heather here
Member News & Events
Welcome New Chamber Member:
Vandalia Glassworks (SSP)
Erick Schmidt & Bryce Borkhuis
103 Concord Exchange North
South St. Paul
(651) 744-0000

Vandalia Glassworks is a glass blowing studio with a beautiful glass gallery, offering classes and one of a kind finds.
Volunteers Needed for Spring Clean Up and Lawn Mowing with DARTS
If you have a spare hour, please contact Angela at DARTS if you're interested in mowing a lawn or helping with spring clean up for a senior in our communities.
Inver Grove Heights Invites Feedback in Annual Community Survey
The City of Inver Grove Heights is inviting residents, visitors, and businesses to participate in its 2019 community survey. 

The annual survey collects feedback on the value and effectiveness of City provided services, with the intent of continuous improvement. 

The survey is available online here - The survey runs April 1 through April 30. 

Paper copies may also be picked up at the front desk at City Hall, 8150 Barbara Avenue, or at the front desk at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Avenue. 
Congratulations to the Ambassador of the Month for March
Bruce Bairaktaris
Quality Auto Care Center
100 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul
(651) 457-6255
New Brand, New Chamber Apparel - Get it Here
To go along with the rebranding of the River Heights Chamber, we'd like to offer you the fun opportunity to wear some great Chamber embroidered apparel! These are comfortable, quality pieces you'll enjoy and it's a great way to spread the word about your involvement in the River Heights Chamber!

Hot Deals & Employment Opportunities!
Share your Hot Deal or Employment Opportunities with the Chamber!  It's a free member benefit !

Login to your member account or contact the Chamber here
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