November 14, 2016
Each New Member is a Resource 

Do you know of businesses or individuals who might benefit from membership with DCR Chamber?? Refer them to us...simply provide their information to us and we will reach out or have them call Lori Oelrich, Member Relations Director, for more information. Lori can be reached at 651.288.9200 or by e-mail

Each new Chamber member becomes a resource for every other member. Let's all support each other and assist when we can in sharing referrals and new opportunities to build our businesses and our Chamber!
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Election 2016: It's a Wrap! 
None of us can escape the conversations from last week's election results.  So what's next?  Your Chamber was engaged on your behalf in the 2016 election process through hosting candidate forms - 14 this past Fall.  Local candidates at the city, county and school board levels completed candidate questionnaires as part of our Voter Guide.   In total, we worked with 64 different candidates at the local, state and federal level.  And now our 2017 priorities begin to take shape and will likely remain very similar to last year:  business property tax reform, transportation, wage/labor mandates, and of course, health care reform.   Check out the final results of all the races in Dakota County and watch for more info over the next several weeks as we profile the elected officials representing our communities and legislative districts in 2017.   
We were also active through your Chamber's Political Action Committee.  We endorsed 13 pro-business legislative candidates in Dakota County - with 70% success. 
Endorsed in House:  51B - Laurie Halverson - elected; 52A - Richard Hansen - elected; 52B - Regina Barr - elected; 56A - Drew Christensen - elected; 56B - Roz Peterson - elected; 57A - Ali Jimenez Hopper - not elected; 57B - Anna WiIls - elected; 58A - Jon Koznick - elected; 58B - Patrick Garofalo - elected

Endorsed in the Senate:  52 - Mark Misukanis - not elected; 56 - Dan Hall - elected; 57 -Cory Campbell - not elected; 58 - Tim Pitcher - not elected
We know you're busy. We also know you care about issues that impact your business and your employees. You barely have time to read the newspaper, let alone follow the actions of the Minnesota Legislature 24 hours a day. That's our job, not yours.  Did we make a difference?  We believe so!  Take a peek at a message we received on election day.
Emerging Leaders: The Ten Minute Leadership Challenge 
Join us on Wednesday, November 16 for "The Ten Minute Leadership Challenge" presented by Margaret Smith. This interactive presentation will help you: 

·  Identify the attributes that are holding you back from becoming a great leader
·  Learn quick, effective leadership methods and strategies
·  Through interactive methods, learn how to better develop your leadership attributes and facilitate personal growth

Margaret B. Smith is a career coach, educator, speaker and author. As the founder of UXL, she offers her clients the guidance necessary to reach their full potential. She taps into her extensive business experience as she addresses  contemporary workplace challenges you maybe facing. Register today
Events Calendar

11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors

8:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving

Chamber Office Closed



8:00 a.m.

Government Affairs Committee 


8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
PAC Board of Directors

8:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.
Did you Know? 
We want to make sure that we are providing information in Weekly Update that is relevant, informational and of interest to you. If you have any feedback on different topics your would like to see featured, Emily would love to hear from you. Email her today! 
Downtown Farmington Business Improvement Grants Now Available

street_view_building.jpg In an effort to improve the façade of downtown, the City of Farmington EDA has launch a new grant program for local businesses. The intent of the program is to leverage investment in the downtown business district by providing matching grants of $2,500 for façade and exterior improvements. As part of the Downtown Redevelopment Plan, business owners are encouraged to improve their buildings' front and back curb appeal through façade improvements such as awnings, paint, tuck pointing, exterior lighting, decorative signage, windows, doors, gutters, accessibility improvements, etc.  Read more here or call 651.280.6820 for more information. 
Career Fair Business Participant Opportunity Available  
Boeckman Middle School in Farmington is seeking business leaders who are willing to speak about their career during their 8th grade career fair on December 8 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. It is essential that all students have a better understanding of the different career pathways that are available to them. Their hope is the career fair will expose students to different options available and help them to choose high school courses and college options based on this information. Click here for more information on how to participate. 
MN Secretary of State Office Open Appointments: Applications due November 28    
The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon, has released the November 2016 notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications, due November 28, 2016. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. Click here for the full list of vacancies
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets November 14 - see the agenda
West St. Paul City Council meets November 14 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets November 14 - see the agenda
Rosemount Port Authority meets November 14 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets November 15 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets November 15 - see the agenda
West St. Paul Planning Commission meets November 15 - see the agenda 
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets November 15 - see the agenda

T he City of Rosemount continues to work on a major update to its Comprehensive Plan. Read more here. 
Member Spotlight: Benefits are Immeasurable
Kari M. Erickson, Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ, P.A.
Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ, P.A. (MUCR) is a full service CPA firm located in Saint Paul.  I am a senior manager in the tax department and have been with MUCR since 2001. With over 15 years of public accounting experience, I focus on assisting clients with accounting, tax planning, tax research and tax preparation services. My clients consist of partnerships, small businesses, and individuals. The benefits of being involved in the Chamber are immeasurable. I currently participate in the Chamber's WomEn's Circle Series and the Emerging Leaders Program. The Chamber events have been an excellent way for me to get involved in the community, develop my professional skills, and network with other business professionals. The Chamber has been a valuable place that has helped me grow professionally and personally. And the business relationships and friendships I have made through the Chamber are A-MA-ZING, to say the least!! 
  Looking for a Way to Give Back?
Red Cross Logo Dakota County Regional Chamber is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on November 30, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at DCR Chamber offices.  To schedule an appointment, please click here and enter sponsor code DCRCC.  Take the time this busy season to remember those that need you and donate - you might save a life!
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

St. Croix Lutheran School
Peter W. Thoreen
Kieser Kisting Logistics, LLC

Matthew Murphy
2119 Cliff Road
Eagan, MN 55122
(651) 688-7500
Visit website here

Whether you've recently been injured, have undergone surgery, or have been suffering with chronic pain for years, Orthology can help you get better, faster. Traditional therapies typically offer temporary relief of symptoms. Orthology is different. Their innovative, proven approach treats the root cause of your pain, helping you quickly get back to doing the things you love. Visit today to learn more about their treatment approach or to schedule an appointment at one of their seven Minneapolis area locations.

Bald Man Brewing
Dan Jacobs
2020 Silver Bell Road, Suite 25
Eagan, MN 55122
(651) 600-3164
Visit website here

We brought together our passions for fresh artisan beer, family and friends, and great rock music to build a new brewery like no other. We are located in Eagan at the Silver Bell Business Center directly on Highway 13 across from Twin Cities Premium Outlets. We are a production brewery that sells our fresh beer in our large taproom as well as to other retailers in the Twin Cities area.
BEVCOMM Business Solutions
Chip Sullivan
3140 Neil Armstrong Blvd., Suite 301
Eagan, MN 55121
(651) 379-2001
Visit website here

BEVCOMM's business solutions provide managed IT, business telephone systems, video surveillance, web solutions and data networking solutions custom designed for local businesses.

The Wine Lady -WineShop at Home
Lakeville, MN 55044
(952) 250-9829
Visit website here

WineShop at Home is a Napa Valley Winery that offers more unique wine styles, varietals and appellations from California and throughout the world than any other company. These wines are handcrafted in small batches by our winemaker and priced for extraordinary value. Our "no-headache" wines are ready to drink now, collect or cellar. Current wines are featured in our in-home wine tastings, by the bottle, and in our gift baskets. Our popular monthly Wine Club Memberships are a great value and designed to fit your individual taste and lifestyle. We also feature Personalized Label Gifts - perfect for corporate gift-giving and celebrating life's most simple and special occasions.  Come for the Taste and Stay for the Lifestyle!
Watch for more information about these fine companies in upcoming Weekly Updates.
Renewing Members
Last week these awesome members renewed their Chamber membership. Thank you!!  
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!

Last Thursday, our Ambassadors helped Sonesta ES Suites MSP Airport celebrate the completion of their remodeling project. Congrats to Sonesta on the updated digs!

Earlier this year, Sal Mondelli, Executive Director, 360 Communities announced he will be retiring at the end of thi year. Chamber members are invited to join in a celebration on Thursday, December 8th, at Morgan's at Best Western Premier Hotel in Burnsville. Thank you for everything you have done for our community Sal. Congratulations! 

Justin Hellickson was recently named Branch Manager at Think Mutual Bank's Eagan location. Congratulations Justin!

 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121