September 6, 2016
Call for Nominations! 
Nominations are now being accepted for our Business Excellence Awards which will take place on Thursday, November 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Crystal Lake Golf Course. The Chamber will be honoring businesses and individuals that exhibit innovation, growth, and leadership within the Dakota County region.
2016 award categories include Business Excellence, Community Leadership, Small Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Woman/Minority Owned Business, Legacy and Young Professional. 
To submit a nomination , please complete this electronic form and provide a three to four sentence description of why a particular business, or individual, should be considered this year. The deadline to nominate a Chamber member is Thursday, September 29. The top three finalists in each category will be announced in early October with the exception of the Legacy Award. New this year - the Legacy Award winner will be announced in advance of the event. The winners of all other categories will be announced at the event on November 17.
We promise an evening of fun, networking and inspirational stories. Register today. Considering sponsoring this awesome event? Click here for more info on sponsorship. 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Watch Candidate Forums & Check Out Our Voter Guide  
All of the candidate forums we are hosting are being recorded so that voters have the opportunity to watch them later if they weren't able to be there for the live recording. The videos can be found on DCR Chamber's Voter Guide section of the website. Here we provide you with a one-stop-shop of information on local elections happening in our primary marketplace. You can use this site to learn about and compare candidate stances on key policy issues, find out who's "pro-business" and working on your behalf, and make an informed decision about the candidates prior to voting on November 8.
DCR Chamber PAC Announces Endorsements in Two Additional State Legislative Races
Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee announced today it has endorsed two additional candidates in the following Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives Districts:

52 - Mark Misukanis

56A - Drew Christensen


  "Mark and Drew will bring effective and consistent leadership to the capitol on issues that are important to our business members," said Don Hoeft, Chair of the DCR Chamber of Commerce PAC Board of Directors. "The Dakota County Regional Chamber Political Action Committee and business community are serious about ensuring we create an environment in which Minnesota businesses can be successful and continue to grow through new investment and job creation. We believe all of the candidates we've endorsed share this conviction and will best represent their communities at the Legislature." Read the full press release
Up Next: Six More Candidate Forums in September 
Take advantage of the opportunity you have to learn more about the candidates running for office within our region. Candidate forums have been scheduled in our five local communities (Eagan, Farmington, Mendota Heights, Rosemount and West St. Paul), Dakota County, and regionally within the various Legislative Districts. Click on the links in the events calendar below to learn more about each candidate forum in September and to register.
Events Calendar

DCR Chamber Office Closed

8:30 a.m.
PAC Board of Directors

11:30 a.m.
SMYPros Committee  

8:00 a.m.
Small Business University


7:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

8:00 a.m.

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards 

8:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

7:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors


7:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

Did You Know?
You can submit your business news to be shared with Chamber members in the Celebrate Business Success portion of Weekly Update. Don't miss out on this free opportunity to share your successes. Ideas include new staff, a remodel, a new product, a new location, expansion, accomplishment of a goal, winning an award, a new partnership, re-branding, a new website, and the list goes on. Send your news by email to Emily Corson.  

Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets September 6 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets September 6 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets September 6 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets September 6 - see the agenda 
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets September 6 - see the agenda   
Member Spotlight: Community Involvement    
Derek Boeve, Minnwest Bank 
I am a Commercial Loan Officer with Minnwest Bank, a family owned bank with 24 locations across Minnesota. At Minnwest, we are dedicated to the community and provide excellent products and services to our customers. Personally, I work with local and regional businesses to put them in a position to succeed in the future. Minnwest is also a preferred SBA lender which has been a very useful tool for the bank to assist new and growing businesses reach their goals. My involvement with Chambers began in Luverne, MN where I served as president of the board. I noticed very quickly the benefit Chambers have to communities. Now with the Dakota County Regional Chamber, I am active on the Ambassador Committee, Business Excellence Awards Committee, and the South Metro Young Professionals group. The Chamber has been a great way for me to get involved in the community while meeting many business owners and community leaders.
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Cardinal Machinery & Trading

Talecris Plasma Resources

Chris Haase
1867 South Robert Street
West St. Paul, MN 55118
(651) 455-6111
Visit website here
At Talecris Plasma Resources, people donate plasma that is used to produce important life-saving medicines that treat people with rare, chronic and life-threatening conditions. The center is proud to employ 30 people from the local community and contribute close to $3 million each year to the West St. Paul economy through payroll and other operating expenses. Talecris Plasma Resources offers its donor center employees competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including a variety of professional training opportunities, tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs that can lead to a long career at Grifols or in the allied-health field.

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!!  
Northfield Lines, Inc. - 2 years  
Databank - 2 years
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!

Congratulations to District 196! All four high schools - Apple Valley, Eagan, Eastview and Rosemount - made Newsweek's list of the top 500 high schools in the country. Read more.

Ayars & Ayars, Inc., a design and build general contractor, is proud to announce the completion of Hope Lutheran Church, a new building in Farmington that they recently completed.

party_pooper_bday.jpg Oasis Outsourcing has officially changed their name to Oasis DEG. Oasis DEG provides employment related solutions including human resources, payroll administration, employee benefits and risk management.

Congrats to Burville Law Office, P.A. and attorney Michael Burville who recently marked the 15th anniversary since opening for business in downtown Farmington. The office focuses on providing legal services in the areas of real estate, estate planning, business, and probate. For the last three years, the office has been recognized as a Readers' Choice award winner by Sun Thisweek newspaper as best attorney in the Farmington/Rosemount area.
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121