October 31, 2016
Learn. Grow. Mentor. 

Are you interested in: Sharing your experiences and learning from your peers through roundtable discussions? Receiving and providing referrals with other members? Helping your business by having confidential conversations with other business owners? If any of these questions apply to you, it's time to check out our structured networking groups. Each group accommodates only one member per industry and total size is limited to no more than 25 members.

ChamberLead: ChamberLead is performance-based and designed for sales-oriented business professionals interested in growing their bottom line through good quality referrals.
Volunteer contact: Chris Dixon, Insider Training,(612) 432-1021

Peer2Peer Roundtable: Peer-to-Peer Roundtable provides the opportunity to network with your business peers; stay abreast of new developments through learning and sharing at each meeting; and achieve personal growth through educational topics relevant to your professional responsibilities.
Volunteer contact: Jim Probst, Fastsigns, (651)455-4559
Business Owners Roundtable: Business Owner's Roundtable is a confidential group that provides fellow business owners with a forum to develop successful business strategies, engage a sounding board, and hear new tactical ideas. We promote open exchange of ideas through group discussion and individual expert presentations.
Volunteer contact: Jim Hickle, Velocity Telephone, Inc., (763) 222-1004

Click here to learn more about each of these groups. 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Eight Days.  
In eight days, the commercials on TV will change from campaigns to Christmas. In eight days, it will be one of the only days all year when it is acceptable for adults to wear stickers. In eight days, we will finally know who will lead our country for the next four years. 

Between now and then, be sure to check out our Voter Guide. Our Voter Guide provides you with information on candidates running in local and state elections throughout Dakota County. Learn more about candidate views through their completed questionnaire or watch the Candidate Forums. You can also find information on registering to vote, find your polling place, view sample ballots and watch Election Day results. Vote November 8!   
Are You Ready for December 1? 
New workplace overtime regulations take effect in 30 days. Has your business made the necessary changes to comply with this new federal law?  Simply stated, any employee making less than $47,476 annually must be paid hourly, thereby qualifying them for overtime pay above 40 hours per week. Of course there are more provisions, but find out more on how to safeguard your workplace by reviewing the Fair Labor Standards Act 2016 or reach out for a formal legal opinion.  
Local Business Councils Kick-Off   
In an effort to keep you better connected with the communities you live and work in, your Chamber will be hosting quarterly Business Council meetings in Eagan, Farmington, Mendota Heights, Rosemount, and West St. Paul. These Business Councils will be roundtable discussions of local issues happening in your community. Whether its the latest economic development project proposal, road improvement plans, or a local ordinance affecting how you do business, Business Councils provide business owners and community leaders a chance to learn more, provide feedback, voice your opinion, meet with elected officials, along with city, county, and school district staff members, and network with your peers. These events are free but we do ask that you register in advance. Our upcoming Business Councils run from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and include:

Rosemount - Thursday, November 3
Farmington - Wednesday, November 9

Mendota Heights - Thursday, December 1
Eagan - Wednesday, December 14
West St. Paul - Thursday, December 22  
Events Calendar

Happy Halloween

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

8:00 a.m.
Rosemount Business Council

5:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m.


3:30 p.m.
Women's Programming

8:00 a.m.
Farmington Business Council

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

4:00 p.m.

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
The Vikings are Coming!  
Foundation Work on Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center Begins    
While site preparation has been underway for months, today marks a major milestone for the Minnesota Vikings and the City of Eagan as foundation work begins on the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. The significant moment comes on the heels of the City Council's formal approval of the Vikings final construction plans for Phase I, which includes the team's headquarters and practice facility.  
Meanwhile, the new Vikings Parkway is being constructed while site prep for the new Twin Cities Orthopedics medical building is also ongoing. Current subcontractors working on the project include Frattalone (mass excavation & site utilities), Ted Mannstedt & Sons (structural steel supplier) and Northland Concrete & Masonry.
With the work on the performance center moving at a rapid pace, remnants of the property's previous occupants are quickly moving off the site. Following a recent auction for items in the former Northwest Airlines simulator building, demolition of the simulation building is scheduled to begin on November 1.

To stay up to date on the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center on the Vikings website or watch the team's  24-hour live streaming camera.  
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Mendota Heights City Council meets November 1 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets November 1 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets November 1 - see the agenda
Rosemount Port Authority meets November 1 - see the agenda
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets November 1 - see the agenda

Rosemount City Council is hosting a reception that is open to the public for the four finalists vying for the City Administrator position. The reception will be held on Friday, November 4 at the Community Center's Banquet Hall from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dwight Johnson, the current City Administrator, plans to retire at the end of the year. Click here for more details on the reception and the finalists.  
Dakota County Looking for Input on Transportation Plans 
Dakota County is interested in your opinions on transit options for east-west roadways in the County. The County is leading the East-West Transit Study and public feedback is needed to help to shape the recommendations from the study. One opportunity is on Tuesday, November 1 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Apple Valley Transit Station. Click here for more details. 
Member Spotlight: Professional and Personal Growth 
Dan Sjolseth, Superior Service Center 
Superior Service Center provides auto repair, auto body, tire, and towing service with locations in Eagan and Apple Valley. In 1987 when I moved my business to  Eagan, one of the first things I did was to join the Chamber. I soon found there was an incredible benefit of meeting other members of the Chamber as many of them acted like a mentor to me. My goal was to meet and network with other local business owners and also to work together to coordinate special community events. I feel that the Chamber has offered me professional and personal growth through my engagement in networking events and as a new board member.  
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Bald Man Brewing
The Wine Lady - Wine Shop at Home
Edward Jones - Heidi Olson

Integrative Chiropractic & Performance
Dr. Scott Hoppe
5885 149th Street West, Suite 101-G
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 683-1679
Visit website here

Dr. Scott Hoppe is the Primary Doctor and Owner of Integrative Chiropractic and Performance. At Integrative Chiropractic and Performance (ICP) our mission is to educate the community, treat and heal the individual, and empower the community to improve their overall health. ICP is where hope is restored, health is regained and performance is re-imagined. During the month of November, Dr. Hoppe is running a special promotion. For every new patient he receives, he will donate 2 HOURS of service to The Open Door, a local organization with a fresh approach to ending local hunger! So what are you waiting for?! Call to make an appointment today! Let's put Doctor Scott to work!

St. Paul Saints Baseball Club 
Tom Whaley
360 Broadway Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 644-3517
Visit website here

The Saints are gearing up to celebrate their 25th year in the 2017 season! The Saints will celebrate FUN with their irreverent promotions and activities at CHS Field. Through the years they have drawn local and national media attention for their unique ideas such as a nun giving massages, a barber giving out haircuts and creative promotions like Bobblection as well as the World's Largest Pillow fight. The Saints and their crew, with Mudonna hogging up the spotlight, are excited to welcome everyone to CHS Field to help us enjoy another year of FUN! 
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!

Congratulations to Phil Stalboerger, MTM/MNet on celebrating three years with the organization! MTM arranges non-emergency medical transportation for Medical Assistance recipients in the Twin Cities metro area.

Living Well Disabilities
recently purchased property in Mendota Heights that will serve as their new headquarters. We look forward to visiting your new home in 2017! Read more.

Our Ambassadors stopped by Rosemount Floral to help celebrate with Michelle Scheuerlein on her 20 year anniversary in business. Congratulations Michelle! Read more.

Goff Public
recently hired Zoe Peterson as their new assistant account executive. Goff Public has been helping clients shape public opinion and protect their reputations for 50 years.

Let's celebrate high ethical standards in Minnesota business. The Minnesota Business Ethics Award® (MBEA) invites all Minnesotans to nominate one or more Minnesota-based businesses for the 2017 awards. Click here to nominate a company. The nominations deadline is January 20, 2017.

Jason Viana recently joined The Open Door as their new Executive Director. The Open Door is a hunger relief organization feeding nearly 5,000 of our neighbors each month through its bricks and mortar food pantry in Eagan, and through its 12 mobile pantry sites across western and central Dakota County. Congratulations Jason!
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121