January 23, 2017
Like Us. Follow Us. Connect With Us.  
Being connected to DCR Chamber on social media is a great way to find out what we're up to and how you can become more engaged. Are you connected to us yet? It's also a great way to get more followers for your business because we'll follow or like you back!

If you haven't "liked" us, "followed" us or "linked in" with us please do so today.

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    2. Twitter = @DCRChamber
    3. LinkedIn Company Page = Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Women of Excellence Award Nomination Deadline: January 23 
We are currently accepting applications for our WomEn of Excellence Awards which will be presented at WomEn's Conference on Thursday, March 9. Click here to nominate a woman in the DCR Chamber business community that you admire. Nominations are due January 23. Learn more about the conference and get registered today! Guys, you are welcome to attend the luncheon where the winners will be recognized and featured on a panel. 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Learn More About the Latest Legislative Action 
Your Chamber works to advance the business community's agenda to ensure our region remains a competitive and strong marketplace in which to invest and create jobs. Read our 2017 Legislative Priorities - our priorities are your priorities! Join the Grassroots Action Network or contact us today if you need help with an issue.
Latest Legislative Action at the Capitol:  
*Transit board takes initial steps to dissolve:  How this may affect Dakota County?
Let's Meet Our Elected Officials 
Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing you to our local and state officials. Today, meet Eagan's City Council.

Eagan's Mayor is Mike Maguire (pictured in middle). Council members (l to r) are
Cyndee Fields, Paul Bakken, Meg Tilley, and Gary Hansen.
Live or Work in Rosemount?  
Join us for our Rosemount Business Council, a roundtable discussion of local issues happening in your community, on Thursday, January 26. 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 and voice your opinion. Don't miss this opportunity to meet with elected officials, city, county, and school district staff members, and network with your peers. Register today.  
Events Calendar

8:00 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

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


8:00 a.m.
SBU Committee

4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

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

7:30 a.m.
Economic Development Committee

7:30 a.m.

7:45 a.m.
 Did You Know? 
January 24 is Compliment Day! Make someone's day great on Tuesday by offering them a sincere compliment on their job performance, work skills or positive attitude around the office. Recognition goes a long way! Read more.   
Check Out these Resources to Help Grow Your Business
financial_growth.jpg Check out Grow Minnesota! Business Resources for more regional and statewide resources. Find information on resources for businesses in seven different categories; Business Financing, Entrepreneurship, Environmental & Energy Resources, Exporting/Importing, Research & Data Tools, Start & Manage a Business, & Workforce Development. Read more.
MN Secretary of State Office Open Appointments
The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon, has released a notice of all 580 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
Eagan City Council meets January 24 - see the agenda
Eagan Planning Commission meets January 24 - see the agenda
Rosemount Planning Commission meets January 24 - see the agenda 
Farmington Planning Commission meets January 24 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights Planning Commission meets January 24 - see the agenda
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets January 24 - see the agenda
Farmington Economic Development Authority meets January 26 - see the agenda 
Are You Looking to Market to the Membership?
Marketing your business to the DCR Chamber membership can be a great way to grow your business. Here are a few ways you can do that.

  • Purchase a  membership mailing list
  • Advertise in Weekly Update   
  • Post hot deals, news releases and job openings online (all accessible under your member log in)
  • Enhance your online listing
  • Submit your news and announcements to be included in the Celebrate Business Success portion of Weekly Update (email Emily)
  • Sponsor event (connect with  Emily to talk about what would fit best for your business)
  • Post your events on our online calendar (accessible under your member log in)
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Insurance Advantage
Advantage Life Chiropractic
Focus Financial
Re/Max Results - Darren Jorgenson
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!!  
ProAct Inc. - 25 years 
Castle Rock Agency - 23 years
SpringHill Suites by Marriott - 10 years
Holiday Companies - 5 years
Oasis DEG - 3 years
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!

The staff at the Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn is honored to receive the 2016 Large Property of the Year by the Minnesota Lodging Association. This award for hotels of at least 100 rooms, honors outstanding service that exceeds customer expectations, industry leadership and community involvement. Read more. Congrats!

Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ PA recently promoted four of their staff members. Congratulations to Jayme Shuda (Officer), Elizabeth Barchenger (Senior Manager), Katie Mackedanz (Manager), and Trent Senske (Manager)!

Think Mutual Bank is building a new Business Banking team that will serve business customers throughout Minneapolis/St Paul from its offices in Apple Valley, Eagan, Edina and St. Paul. Congrats on your new team! Read more on Kirk Mullenbruck, Joe Rutter, and Sonya Busch.
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121