Weekly Update:
March 11, 2019
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Learn Why Businesses Choose the River Heights Chamber!

The River Heights Chamber is a catalyst in advancing the business community's economic prosperity, providing countless resources and connections to ignite new growth and inspire leadership to shape a business-friendly region. Learn more about how ...

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Who Wants to Work in Manufacturing?

Industrial engineering student Osman Mussa landed a $15-an-hour manufacturing job during his first semester at Dunwoody College of Technology. "My friends are working at Kmart or fast food places," says the 19-year-old graduate of Lincoln...

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Ambassadors Business Visit
Ambassadors welcomed new owner, Ted Saxon, of Inver Grove Hyundai & Genesis of Inver Grove to the Chamber!

Visit them at:
1290 50th Street East, Inver Grove Heights
or online here
The City of Inver Grove Heights is taking Applications for the Three IGH Food Truck Day events in 2019 - Appy Now !  

Each year, the City of Inver Grove Heights coordinates with local and regional mobile food vendors to host a wide variety of food trucks at multiple IGH Food Truck Days. The purpose of the events is to provide multiple community engagement opportunities that bring those that live and/or work in Inver Grove Heights and surrounding communities together. Last year, approximately 1,000-1,500 guests attended each event and the attendance continues to grow each year! Events will be held the 2 nd  Wednesday of June – August. 

Are you a mobile food vendor looking to participate in an IGH Food Truck Day event?  Please visit www.invergroveheights.org/foodtruckdays  or contact Ally Hillstrom at  ahillstrom@invergroveheights.org  or 651-604-8511 for more information on our new application process.  Vendor applications are due by May 1, 2019 .

2019 IGH Food Truck Days Events - 2nd Wednesday of June through August
  • June 12: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • July 10: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
  • August 14: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Watch the Video and Register for the Small Business Award Luncheon!
Small Business Award Luncheon & Trade Show
Thursday, April 25
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Mendakota Country Club, Mendota Heights

What should you do?

  • Have a booth 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:

All of the Above! Register Today!

Watch a preview of the presentation here:
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Meetings & Events This Week:

Tuesday, March 12:
  • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - CoffeeNet @ Good Samaritan Society - Inver Grove Heights, IGH

Thursday, March 14:
  • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Inver Grove Heights Local Issues @ ISD 199 District Offices, IGH
CoffeeNet at Good Samaritan Society - Inver Grove Heights
Tuesday, March 12
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Good Samaritan Society - Inver Grove Heights
1301 50th Street E., IGH

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, Good Samaritan Society - Inver Grove Heights! Bring plenty of business cards to share and make new connections.
Food for Thought - Biz Hacks
Tuesday, March 19
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

On the Menu... Biz Hacks
Presented by Sarah Kowal of Right Now Enterprises

  • Sarah will walk us through her free tips and cheap tricks that will make each of us look, and more importantly, FEEL like a pro.  
  • Expect amazing results that you can take back to work and home.  
  • You will walk away being an unstoppable (and frugal!) biz guru.
To say more would just be a spoiler!
Business Card Exchange with Lucking Wealth Management & MAP Consulting @ Concord Lanes
Thursday, March 21
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Concord Lanes
365 Concord Exchange N., South St. Paul

Join us for a great networking event at the end of the workday 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, Lucking Wealth Management and MAP Consulting at Concord Lanes. Remember to bring lots of business cards for this free member networking event.
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Economic Development & Workforce News
Minnesota Adds 3,800 Jobs in January, Unemployment Rate...

"Minnesota has started the year on a positive note," said Steve Grove, commissioner of the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), on Thursday on the back of news that employers added 3,800 jobs in January.

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Member News & Events
Congratulations to the Ambassador of the Month for February
Mark Patun
MAP Consulting Agency LLC
15585 Darling Path
Rosemount, MN
(608) 577-7624
Last Week Alone Legislators Held Hearings On These Retail-Impacting Issues
From the Minnesota Retailer Association:
  • Business property taxes
  • Mandated sick and safe leave
  • Tobacco regulation
  • Consumer product repairs and warranties
  • Plastics regulation
  • Point of sale bags bans
  • Wage theft
  • Consumer products and flame-retardants
  • Opioid stewardship
  • Drug pricing and refills
  • Medication synchronization
Join MnRA for Retail Day At The Capitol one week from this Tuesday (March 19). It's free to attend and organized so you see your specific legislators.
In addition, you will meet legislative leaders and get a full briefing on issues at the Capitol.
We know it's hard to take the time out of your day, but now is the time for retailers and their business partners to share their story with elected officials!
Annual Spring Brunch with Silent Auction featuring Guest Speaker Joe Schmit at Good Samaritan Society - IGH
Saturday, March 30 th , 2019
10:00 a.m. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.
  • $28.00 per person at the door
  • $25.00 per person if purchased by March 15th
Mendakota Country Club
2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights

Our Spring Brunch & Silent Auction fundraising event is open to the general public, doors open at 9:45 a.m., brunch is served at 10:30 a.m. Our speaker will be Joe Schmit, author and KSTP television personality

Every one of us makes an impact on others, whether we mean to or not. Joe Schmidt has been interviewing and researching influential people discovering the factors that truly make an impact in the lives of others. Our Silent Auction will feature a great variety of baskets and items to bid on.

To learn more about our event, visit www.good-sam.com or contact Patty at 651-289-0687 or pkarschnik@good-sam.com.
Hot Deals & Employment Opportunities!
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