Weekly Update:
January 7, 2019
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Did You Know This Week...

River Heights Chamber &
Progress Plus Annual Meeting
January 10, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Southview Country Club
239 E. Mendota Road, West St. Paul
$50 per person/$350 Reserved Table of 8

Don't Miss It!

Join us for a fun evening of connecting with your Chamber colleagues while we welcome our 2019 Chairman, celebrate our 2018 accomplishments and honor our award recipients, Dave Langer , 2018 Forrest Glewwe Visions of Excellence Award, and Republic Services as the 2019 Business of the Year!
Keynote Speaker, Joe Nayquonabe, Jr. CEO, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures.
Brenda Dietrich to be Sworn in at Monday's IGH City Council Meeting
The River Heights Chamber wishes its 2018 Chair the best of luck as she takes on her new endeavor as Councilwoman on the Inver Grove Heights City Council. Brenda will be sworn in at the Council meeting tonight, Monday, January 7, 2019.

Legislative Session Kicks Off
Senator Bigham and Representative Hansen were ramping up for the 2019 Legislative session which starts January 8.

The 2019 Legislature kicks off this week and welcomes a new Governor and Minnesota House of Representatives.

The River Heights Chamber will be attending the Session Priorities Dinner taking place Wednesday, Jan. 9 which is the Minnesota Chamber’s biggest and highest-profile event of the year. It is the unofficial kickoff of the legislative session, bringing together the governor, bipartisan legislative leaders and a sellout crowd of nearly 2,000 elected officials and business leaders from throughout Minnesota.

Now Accepting 2019 Nominations & Applications for
Small Business of the Year
Know a small business who shines in the River Heights community? It's time to nominate them for the River Heights Chamber's Small Business of the Year Award!


Does your business meet the award criteria?

The business must meet the following qualifications to be considered:
  • 20 or fewer employees
  • At least 5 years in business
  • At least 2 years as a River Heights Chamber member
  • At least 1 year of River Heights Chamber committee service
  • Business is located in the area served by the River Heights Chamber of Commerce
Join the Ambassadors & Have Some Fun, Too!
The River Heights Ambassadors celebrated the kickoff of a new year at Drkula's in Inver Grove Heights. The Ambassador group meets twice monthly to welcome new members, visit current members and meet with prospects.

If you are interested in joining this really fun group of the Chamber’s finest OR would like them to stop by for a visit, please contact Colleen at  Colleen@riverheights.com .
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Wednesday, January 9
  • 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Session Priorities Dinner @ RiverCentre, St. Paul

Thursday, January 10
  • 8:00 a.m. - Inver Grove Heights Local Issues @ District 199 Offices, IGH
  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - River Heights Chamber & Progress Plus Annual Meeting @ Southview Country Club, WSP - RSVP Here
Sign Up Early to Host a 2019 Chamber Networking Event
River Heights Chamber networking events are a great place to promote your business and make connections with leaders, business owners and specialists in their own field from all around the River Heights region! Hosting a networking event gets you even more exposure through Chamber promotions and the opportunity to show off your business!

Email Colleen with your event preference (CoffeeNet, Business Card Exchange, or speaker at a Food for Thought Business Lunch) along with your preference of date/month and we'll get you set for 2019! Sponsorship fee is $200 and may be co-hosted with another member.
Food For Thought Business Lunch
On The Menu...
Taxes - Learn How to Take Advantage of Changes Coming in 2019
Tuesday, January 22
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Evolve Workplace
260 East Wentworh Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Presented by: Brent Buchman

Learn about the new tax laws and what you can do for your business in 2019 to take advantage of the changes all year.
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Economic Development News
PIPELINE Program - Workforce Community Conversation
Join the conversation!
Tuesday, January 8
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Burnsville YMCA, 13850 Portland Ave. S., Burnsville, MN 55337 

Why PIPELINE? - Minnesota's economy is booming, but finding talent in today's tight labor market continues to be a challenge for many employers. The PIPELINE Program is an innovative approach to address current and future workforce needs through employment-based dual training. The program works with employers to change the conversation from “How do we find workers with the skills we need?” to “How do we GIVE workers the skills we need?”

Industries
The program targets four, high-growth industries with limited history with Minnesota's apprenticeship system:   advanced manufacturing agriculture health care services  and  information technology .

Community Conversation overview
  • Discuss your current workforce challenges, successes and innovative approaches.
  • Share ideas and suggestions about how best to meet workforce needs.
  • Learn about the PIPELINE Program and dual-training model.
  • Ask questions of the PIPELINE Program staff.

Member News & Events
Andy Lucking of LWM Receives Five Star Wealth Manager Award
Join us in congratulating Andy Lucking, Lucking Wealth Management and River Heights Chamber Board Member and Ambassador, on winning the 2019 Five Star Wealth Manager Award!

Five Star Professional has recognized in the pages of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business an outstanding group of Twin Cities-area wealth managers. Five Star Wealth Managers are named using an in-depth research methodology that includes ten objective criteria. They are nominated and voted on by their peers.

Congratulations, Andy!
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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Valid through Feb 14, 2019
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