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September 11, 2017
Does Your Business Deserve Recognition?  We think So.
It's the final week to submit your nominations for the Business Excellence Awards, presented by the Minnesota Vikings!  Your Chamber is honoring businesses and individuals that exhibit innovation, growth, and leadership. Who do you think deserves to be recognized? Nominate now!

2017 Award Categories
  • Business Excellence Award
  • Community Leadership Award
  • Small Business of the Year Award
  • Non-Profit of the Year Award
  • Woman/Minority Owned Business Award
  • Legacy Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
The deadline to nominate a Chamber member is September 15, so don't delay. The top three finalists in each category will be announced in early October and recognized during the event on November 16.  Register today.

Special thanks to our Premier Sponsor:
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Cast Your Vote
Absentee voting for the District 196 School Board election begins September 22.  Voters can cast their ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7 at their designated school district polling place, by absentee ballot beginning September 22 or through early in-person voting during the week before Election Day.  Eight candidates are vying for three seats.  For more information on voting, click here.  
Local Budgets and Tax Levies Rolling Out
It's that time of year again when local municipalities (city, county, school) set their annual budgets and tax levies for the coming year.  Why should you care? Because each of their respective budgets roll up into your property tax statement(s).  D o the math - 3 x 3 = 9.  If each local municipality proposed a three percent increase, your total property tax statement would increase by 9 percent (without any added value in your property).  

What can you do? Stay informed. Use your voice. Contact your local elected officials or staff and find out what the proposed increase will be.  Or maybe its a decrease?  These proposals must be certified by the end of September.  From now through December, you can also attend meetings and public hearings to learn more and ask questions. 

Watch this space for detailed information regarding the proposed increases as they become available.      
Showcase Your Products & Services 

Join us at our Annual County-Wide Business After Hours on Thursday, November 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. to network with other chamber members from throughout the Dakota County area.  The event includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and exhibits by members from each of the participating chambers including Dakota County Regional, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Hastings, Lakeville and River Heights.

Interested in showcasing your products and services?   Space is limited so to reserve your space, please return this form to Kelli Morgen by October 13. 

Thank you to our Sponsor:

Events Calendar

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Ambassadors Committee

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee

8:00 a.m.

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3:30 p.m.

Board Planning Conference

8:00 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee

8:00 a.m.

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7:30 a.m.
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12:00 p.m.
Emerging Leaders Committee
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Never Forget
american_flag.jpg On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed, 400 were police officers and firefighters, in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in a plane crash near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Today we remember.
Get Engaged in Your Community

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State recently released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The  full list of 436 vacancies can be found here:  Open Positions.
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
West St. Paul City Council WorkSession on September 11 - see the  agenda
West St. Paul City Council meets September 11 - see the  agenda
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets September 12 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council Special Meeting on September 12 - see the  agenda  
Rosemount City Council Special Meeting on September 12 - see the agenda
Rosemount Planning Commission meets September 12 - see the  agenda  
Member Spotlight: Access and Opportunities
Murray Wilson, Dakota County Library
Ever since I first thought about a career, I wanted to be a librarian. Doing research and tracking down information is something I enjoy, and, of course, books and reading! Librarians help people achieve many goals, from utilizing technology to educating their children. The process of guiding people to resources and increasing their understanding is satisfying to me and, I hope, empowering for them. Recently I passed a remarkable milestone of forty years with Dakota County library!

I've been involved in the Chamber in the different communities where I've worked. The Chamber allows me the access I need to meet the local community and learn about civic organizations. The Chamber gives me a platform to tell my story about the library's importance; and Chamber members have supported me at the library when I've asked for assistance. I always tell new members to join the Ambassadors or another committee, because it's an easy way to meet people and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities the Chamber offers.
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Country Financial - Debra Olson
Edward Jones - Jake Perron
EFH Realty Advisors Inc.
Klassen Performance Group 
Perfect Reflections Photography MN
Magnus Publishing
One 2 One Marketing Inc.
Standard Commercial

14608 Felon Court, Suite 109
Apple Valley, MN  55124
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Image360 - Apple Valley brings a fresh approach to professional graphic solutions with enhanced customer service and an expanded products and services offering.  A single, professional and responsible source of all your signage and visual communications needs.  For projects simple or complex, our graphics specialists work closely with you to maximize the creativity and visual impact of your company or organization's environmental graphics, mobile graphics, wayfinding solutions and promotional displays.  Rely on us for graphics that enhance, signage that works and displays that informâ„¢... and an experience that exceeds your every expectation.

Richfield Flowers and Events
3209 Terminal Drive, Studio 300
Eagan, MN 55121
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Richfield Flowers and Events specializes in creating unique weddings and events from start to finish. From designing fresh flower arrangements to constructing custom-made props and draping event spaces, we have all the resources to suit any trend. We offer personalized service to guide clients throughout the entire planning process, which always starts with a one-on-one meeting with an experienced design consultant.

For almost 40 years, Greg Njoes and his talented, close-knit team at Richfield Flowers and Events have been proudly delighting clients across the Twin Cities metro area. We offer daily delivery across the Twin Cities for fresh flower arrangements and plants for every occasion. Our Eagan-based retail space is open 9-5 Monday through Friday and 9-2 Saturday.

Watch for more information about these fine companies in upcoming Weekly Updates.
Renewing Members
Last week these awesome companies renewed their Chamber membership. Thank you for your continued investment!

Huebsch Services - 10 Years
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!
Congratulations to Zipko Strategy and Connolly Kuhl Group as they join together to create Velocity Public Affairs. The new full-service public affairs firm is committed to bringing their clients exceptional service through strategic planning, grassroots marketing and mobilization, government relations, marketing, communications, coalition building and media relations. 

Inver Hills Community College was recently ranked #1 among Minnesota State colleges for adult learners and #12 overall in the nation, out of over 1,700 two-year colleges across the country. 

Melissa Scanlan-Duncan, Ross Eggers, and Bill Marzolf have joined the Board of Directors at Guild Incorporated.  

Submit your Celebrate Business Success stories to
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121