Weekly Update:
February 4, 2019
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Did You Know...

Chamber Calling for Golf Classic Task Force Volunteers!
Network with your peers while taking part in planning the River Heights Chamber’s biggest fundraising event of the year. 

Contact Jennifer Gale if you are interested in serving on this task force!
Blood Donations Needed
Due to severe weather, the nation is facing a dangerously low supply of all blood types.

To ensure a steady supply of blood for patients locally and across the country, local nonprofit MBC is asking supporters and donors:
  • If you can safely brave the cold, our donor centers are open normal operating hours this week. Donations of all blood types are needed, as well as platelet donations.
  • If you need to cancel your blood donation appointment, please reschedule for the near future to help us recover our inventory.

To schedule a blood donation at one of our donor centers or an upcoming blood drive visit us online at MBC.ORG or call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253).
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Thursday, February 7
  • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Ambassador Business Visits
  • 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Business Card Exchange @ enVision Hotel & Against the Grain, South St. Paul
Business Card Exchange at enVision Hotel
Thursday, January 31
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
enVision Hotel
701 Concord St. S.
South St. Paul, MN 55075

Join us for a great networking event at the end of the work day to connect with your fellow River Heights Chamber members and area business representatives, as well as enjoy some appetizers and happy hour specials by our event host, enVision Hotel and Against the Grain Restaurant!

CoffeeNet at Evolve Workplace
Wednesday, February 13
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Evolve Workplace
260 East Wentworth    
West St. Paul, MN 55118

Kick-start your day with an early morning networking event to connect with your fellow River Heights Chamber members and area business representatives, as well as enjoy coffee and refreshments while you check out the space of our host, Evolve Workplace!

Business Card Exchange at Jersey's Bar & Grill
Wednesday, February 20
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Jersey's Bar & Grill
449 Concord Boulevard East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

Join us for a great networking event at the end of the work day to connect with your fellow River Heights Chamber members and area business representatives, as well as enjoy some appetizers and happy hour specials by our event host, Jersey's Bar & Grill!

Multi Chamber Business After Hours Networking Event
Thursday, February 21
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
The John P. Furber Farm
7310 Lamar Avenue South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Join us for this exciting Multi Chamber Business After Hours networking event. This is a fun networking opportunity at the end of the work day to connect with a variety of Chamber businesses from around the Southeast Metro, as well as, enjoy some appetizers and the beautiful space of the Historic John P. Furber Farm in Cottage Grove!

Brought to you by the following Chambers of Commerce:
Cottage Grove
River Heights

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Economic Development News
Dakota County CDA Workforce Housing Lists Opening on February 4
The following Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) Workforce Housing waiting lists are  opening at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 4

  • Twin Ponds, Farmington (2 bedroom units)
  • Marketplace, Pleasant Ridge and West Village, Hastings (2 and 3 bedroom units)
  • Cedar Valley, Country Lane, Keystone Crossing, Meadowlark and Prairie Crossing, Lakeville (2 bedroom units)
  • Carbury Hills, Rosemount (2 bedroom units)
  • Prestwick Place, Rosemount (1, 2 and 3 bedroom units) – this project is under construction and will open this summer

These lists will remain open until further notice. Attached is a flyer with additional information. Interested applicants can apply online at www.myhousing.dakotacda.org .
Member News & Events
Rotary SOHR Award Nominations Sought
The South St. Paul/Inver Grove Heights Rotary Club is accepting nominations for the 2019 Service to Others Humanitarian Recognition - SOHR

Criteria for candidates include:
  • Made an impact on the greater South St. Paul, West St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights area for in excess of 10 years by being either a resident or having provided their service in these communities. 

The recipient will be acknowledged at the club’s “Humanitarian Recognition Banquet” on Friday, April 26, 2019 and receive a $1,000 donation in their name to a charity of their choice. 

Please contact the award coordinator Joe Gullerud at 651-789-1814 or joeg@besterbros.com with your nomination no later than Friday, February 8th.
Great Neighbors' Food Fight
Five Local Chamber Member Restaurants Compete for Best Burger Title

The 2019 Great Neighbors’ Food Fight competition and fundraiser features delicious burgers from five local restaurants. Supporters can purchase a card, try the burgers and then cast their vote to help decide who wins.

Proceeds from card sales go towards the emergency and supportive service programs at Neighbors, Inc.

Details and additional information can be found here .

  • 2019 Great Neighbors’ Food Fight Contest runs February 1 to March 31, 2019
  • Cards are $30 each and include one designated burger at each of the five participating restaurants, including:
  • B-52 Burgers & Brew: The Hangover Burger
  • BLVD Bar + Grille: BLVD Bourbon Bacon Burger
  • Jersey’s Bar & Grill: Cheesiest Burger
  • MN Kaposia Club: Stockyards Burger
  • Mississippi Pub: All American Burger
  • Cards can be purchased online or at the Neighbors, Inc.'s office during regular business hours.

This is the fifth year of the annual Food Fight competition and fundraiser. Over $23,000 has been raised for Neighbors, Inc. from this competition since its inception four years ago!
Congratulations to the Ambassador of the Month for December!
Bruce Bairaktaris
Quality Auto Care Center
100 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul
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