February 13, 2017
Calling All Emerging Leaders!   
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Join us on Wednesday, February 22 for our Emerging Leaders Social from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Green Mill in Eagan. Network with other emerging leaders (amazing individuals under 40) and enjoy a few appetizers and beverages. Our emerging leaders will have the opportunity to come together on a quarterly basis to network, share ideas, and help each other continue to grow as leaders within our communities.  Will we see you there? Register today.
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Congressman Lewis Stops by DCR Chamber    
We were excited to have Congressman Jason Lewis stop by your Chamber for a quick visit on Friday afternoon. Congressman Lewis gave a recap of his first five weeks in office and he heard from a few of our members as well. He is currently serving on three committees including the Budget Committee, Transportation Infrastructure Committee, and the Education and Workforce Committee. Congressman Lewis hopes to speak to our membership this spring.
Let's Meet Our Elected Officials 
Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing you to our local and state officials. Today, meet Legislative District 56.      
                    Senator                            Representative                     Representative
                   Dan Hall                          Drew Christensen                     Roz Peterson 
Google Day! 
DCR Chamber is partnering with South Metro SCORE to provide members with an opportunity to discover how to get found and attract customers online. Google Day is presented by Skol Marketing and will feature three workshops on products related to Google including Social Media, Google My Business, and SEO. Feel free to come to just one workshop, or all three! Don't miss out on this opportunity to have your business be seen. Click here for more information and to register.
Events Calendar

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

7:30 a.m.
Economic Development Committee

7:30 a.m.

7:45 a.m.

3:30 p.m.
Women's Programming Committee


7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors

8:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m.
Mendota Heights Business Council

8:00 a.m.
Small Business University Committee 

8:00 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee

8:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

8:00 a.m.
Eagan Business Council

8:00 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
 Did You Know? 
Did you remember that Valentine's Day is Tuesday? Over half of Americas will celebrate Valentine's Day this year. Are you one of them? Here are a few Valentine's Day statistics from the National Retail Federation and the Minnesota Retailers Association:

*An estimated $18.2 billion will be spent by consumers, or an average of $136.57 per consumer.
*Significant others will see the most love, with an average spend of $85.21.

*Pets outpace co-workers in Valentine's spending.

*Candy, greeting cards and an evening out remain for most popular gifts this year, followed by flowers, jewelry and clothing.

jobs_and_careers.jpg Are You Looking for Employees? 
The Get Jobs Job Fair is accepting exhibitor registrations through March 6, 2017. Exhibitors receive a 6' skirted table, two chairs, one company sign, pipe & drape, lunch tickets for two staff. This job fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Eagan Civic Arena. Last year's fair was attended by more than 1,000 job seekers. Click here for more information. 
MN Secretary of State Office Open Appointments  
The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon, has released a notice of all 552 vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. 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 February 13 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets February 13 - see the agenda 
Eagan City Council meets February 14 - see the agenda
Farmington Planning Commission meets February 14 - see the agenda
Farmington Economic Development Committee meets February 16 - see the agenda   
Member Spotlight: These Experiences are Truly Priceless
Melissa Wind, American Cancer Society
Everyday, I fight cancer. I fight with all of you, and for all of you. The American Cancer Society has been a part of every major cancer breakthrough in the past 100 years. As a Community Manager, I work to enhance local philanthropy and produce impactful fundraising events in our community. Our programs, lodging, and robust research all happen because of the work we do together.
Jumping into the Chamber has been so rewarding. In my two years with the Chamber, I have connected with dozens of professionals in the area through Coffee Breaks, Why Not Wednesday's, and participating on committees. Working on The WomEn's Conference committee is a highlight of my Chamber experience. What an amazing network of professional women we have!  I am grateful to all of the Chamber staff for providing support and networking opportunities throughout the year. You make it so easy and convenient to be a part of the business community. I look forward to a new year together!
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Insurance Advantage
Stephen Abbott
2694 47th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
(612) 708-4417
Contact Stephen

I am an independent insurance agent licensed to service Property & Casualty, Life & Health, and Business Insurance. My affiliation with Insurance Advantage Agency, LLC gives me the opportunity to work with more than 20 insurance carriers. That allows me the ability to best meet the specific needs of every person I work with. My areas of expertise include Homeowners, Renters, Auto, Motorcycle, Recreational Vehicles, Umbrella, Life, Business, and more. As a life time resident of the Dakota County area, it is my goal to grow personally and professionally within the many great communities Dakota County has to offer. 
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!

Kids 'n Kinship recently hired a new project manager/recruiter. Congratulations to Debbie Andrews on joining the team!

MMS Properties, LLC is celebrating 20 years in business this year! If you are looking for 1,500 square feet of space that have just the spot for you. Check it out. Congratulations to MMS Properties!

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with America's Job Honor Awards, is accepting nominations for the inaugural Minnesota Job Honor Awards which will be presented May 10. Help celebrate Minnesotans who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them. Nominations are due February 15. Click here to submit a nomination.
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121