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CHAMBER EVENTS
FORGE TRANSFORMATIVE FITNESS
THURSDAY, MARCH 23rd 8:00 a.m.
120 1st St S (old Hotova Fitness DT)

Join us for a real power hour at FORGE Transformative Fitness! No - we won't be working out, but being in that atmosphere might inspire us! Come for coffee, treats and some great networking and hear what new owners Steve/Mariel Novacek and Casey/Kevin Mattson have in store for their new business!
PARISIAN CORNER
THURSDAY, MARCH 30th 4:30 p.m.
11 Division St E #400

Join us for the first Good Afternoon Buffalo of 2023 at the Parisian Corner - the new wine bar/eatery in downtown Buffalo. Where? The original rear entrance of A Wreath of Franklin/outside the door of Lillians/next to JTB Furniture & Decor.

It's a casual way of networking with others and enjoying a little drink and appetizers!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW
STATE OF THE CITY BUSINESS LUNCHEON
Tuesday, April 18th

It's that time of year - the always anticipated State of the City luncheon. Registration is now open!

Thank you to our sponsors of this event: Tina Anderson/Anchor Realty, Old National Bank, Insurance Brokers of Minnesota/Mike Zumbusch and Bankwest.
GOLF TOURNAMENT - JUNE 1st - WANT TO BE A TOURNAMENT SPONSOR?

The summer is fast approaching (we hope) and it's time to think about golf! Before we start promoting the event, we always like to have our Tournament Sponsors lined up! Thank you to E&M Outdoor Services, Old National Bank and Edward Jones (all offices) for continuing to be Tournament Sponsors.

Cost is $1000 and includes a foursome, light dinner, game vouchers, a game/person manning a hole and lots of promotion. And remember- it funds, this year, three $1500 scholarships for high school seniors who work for a member or whose parents work for a member or sons/daughters of member business owners.

CHAMBER GOLF SCHOLARSHIP

On that note - if you have someone that meets that definition, be sure they complete a Chamber Scholarship application. It is available at the high school counseling office or get one by clicking the link below to our Chamber home page - scroll about half way down. They are due in by April 14th.

ARE YOU A CREATIVE TYPE PERSON? GET YOUR FAMILY INVOLVED!

Share your talents by creating the 2023 Buffalo Days Button. Think of what Buffalo Days means to you! Here are a few of the past buttons to give you ideas! Let us know if you or someone you know are interested and we can give you more details.
AMBASSADORS ON THE MOVE
EMILY THEISEN PHOTOGRAPHY
310 7th St NE
763-442-5340

It's always fun to see behind the scenes of a photographer as the space, the lighting and the props are all interesting if you aren't in that line of work. Photographer, Emily Theisen, recently moved from her downtown studio to a larger more naturally lit space in Soo Town (near Nick's Detailing by the RR tracks).

Emily does a wide variety of photography from engagement, wedding and anniversary portraits to Boudoir, newborn, family and senior portraits. Not all of those, of course are taken in her studio - many are offsite or outdoors. When in the studio, Emily has a lot of sets and props so that she can be a turnkey operation, especially for newborns and toddlers. Her sets tell a color story, have nice texture and make it easy for getting just the right look. She likes to make people feel comfortable and natural when taking shots.

Emily started out going to school for Interior Design and through the recession turned her creativity to photography. She had a small studio in Minneapolis, moved to Buffalo in 2017 with her family and this is the second space here - she just keeps on growing! She has worked hard to get here, now booking 40 weddings a year and having over 400 other sessions annually.

If you want to capture your family memories - be sure to contact Emily!

Back row: Tina Anderson/Anchor Realty, Emily, me. Middle row: Jen Carlson/American Family-Chris Chapman, Krystal Fair/ServPro of Wright County. Front: Andrew Agrimson/Insurance Center of Buffalo.
NEW MEMBERS 2023
BUFFALO COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY OF GOD
206 2nd Ave NE
763-682-4683

If you are an old timer like me you remember the Assembly of God church being this pretty church with big doors sitting on the property that is now the movie theater. They are now currently in what used to be Zion Lutheran church's original location and also run their youth group out of the old Methodist church location - owning both churches on the block across from Parkside Elementary School. Wednesdays the youth group/community kids club meets on while the adults have bible study.

There are currently 90-100 attendees with a 9:00 a.m. growth hour (Sunday School) and a 10:00 a.m. morning worship with pre-school nursery and kid's church.

They are a 50-year-old Pentecostal church with a passion for the community. They want to love their community inside and out. They are an established church with a fresh vision they minister to the whole family and want it to be a place where people belong, where people are loved and where people believe.

Pastor Sam Muhlbauer is fairly new to the church, though he was a youth pastor for 21 years, moving from Mankato with his family to Buffalo 16 months ago. Alex Loukinen is the current youth pastor. We welcome them to Buffalo and to our Chamber family!

Look forward to their community Easter Egg Hunt on April 8th!
FORGE TRANSFORMATIVE FITNESS
120 1st Street South

We are holding our Good Morning Buffalo here next week and realized, though they took over the old space of member Hotova, that we never highlighted them as a new member. You will hear more about the new business then, but here's some points to know now, as the concept has changed.

New owners Steve and Mariel Novacek and Kevin and Casey Mattson are working together to create more than just a space where people come for a workout, but to build a community there around member's overall health.

The concept has changed in that they want to make it more inclusive and more functional than CrossFit only. They provide not only fitness options but add nutrition and overall well-being into the mix.

Their perfect client is the 30–40-year-old looking to change their lifestyle with more than just a workout. Will be fun to meet the owners and see it all next week! Be sure to attend the Good Morning Buffalo on the 23rd!
BUSINESS NEWS
MINNESOTA CHAMBER HELPS WITH HR ISSUES

From getting up to date labor law posters to looking for templates for HR documents to answering some HR questions, the MN Chamber has some online help. I know many of our Chamber members are small business owners, who don't have an HR specialist on staff. This may be of help from a trusted source!

MEMBER/COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
AND BOY DID THEY PLUNGE!

In the end they were just shy of the $80,000 goal with 339 jumpers raising
$75,700 for Special Olympics!

A community thanks to all who jumped for the cause and to the MN Special Olympic staff plus the
Buffalo Police Department, Wright County Sheriff's Department and the Chamber and
volunteers for making this happen every year!

CENTRAL MINNESOTA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER (CMMHC)
DECORATING THEIR WALLS WITH LOCAL ART

Suzanne delivered the Buffalo Strong painting, done by local artist Mary Zillman, to Dexter Hanson of CMMHC. They are looking to brighten up their offices with artwork from local artists. Here Dexter and Monique Miller show off Mary's piece. This piece had been shared amongst a few Chamber member businesses during the year and now has found its permanent home.
WRIGHT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
HISTORY OF OLIVER TRACTORS

Going strong for 23 years, the WCHS hosts the history of tractors. This year the Oliver brand is the headliner! Speaker Luke Cain from the Northland Oliver Collectors Association will be hosting two identical presentations at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. It has attracted over 250 people in the past, so parking is at a premium. Please consider car pooling. The display will be indoors, and people can bring bars or cookies for the coffee/social hour following. If questions, please contact Sally Stevens at 763-682-7323.
How can you tell spring flowers are friendly? They always have new buds!
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