July 31, 2017
Volunteer Leadership Announced
Your Chamber's Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been asked to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term commencing October 1, 2017.  

These individuals include:
  • Melissa Arnott, Ecolab - First term
  • Cindy Haas, Gateway Bank - Third term 
  • Erich Hansen, August Ash - Second term
  • Jeffrey B. Larson, JBL Companies - Third term
  • Dan Leach, Gopher Resource - Second term
  • Matt Lemke, Flint Hills Resources - Third term
Additional candidates for consideration may be added to the slate by letter addressed to: Nominating Committee Chair; signed by at least twenty (20) voting Chamber members in good standing; and returned to the Chamber office prior to August 10, 2017. For questions, please contact Vicki Stute .
Wanted: Communications Professional
Your Chamber is seeking a communications professional for their team.  This is a great part-time opportunity - either as a part-time employee or independent contractor.  Do you know of a savvy social media, marketing, media relations expert?  Share the job description and send them our way.   For questions, please contact Vicki Stute .    
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Elections 2017: Are You Ready To Serve Your Community? Filing Period Opens Tomorrow
2017 is a fairly quiet year when it comes to elections.  Within our region, two school boards each have three open positions:  Independent School District 196 (Rosemount, Eagan, Apple Valley) and School District 197 (Mendota Heights, West St. Paul, Eagan). 

The period for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of School Board member begins at 8:00 a.m. on August 1, 2017 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2017.  All candidates must file during this two-week period in order to be placed on the ballot.  For more information please contact the respective school district office.     
Get Right with Google
How we research, consider and decide to buy things personally and commercially has dramatically changed. Which means how we sell and market our companies should as well.  Join us for this important conversation during Good Day Dakota County on August 14.  Our speaker, Cameron Clark, is the Marketing Director at August Ash and has been writing about, talking about, hands-on "doing" and teaching SEO and web  design for over 10 years.   Click here to register
Events Calendar

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

11:30 a.m.
Emerging Leaders Committee 


5:00 p.m.

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

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee


8:00 a.m.

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

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors

7:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
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8:00 a.m.

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Did You Know? 
It's National Avocado Day!  A whopping 4.25 billion avocados were sold in the U.S. in 2015.  Is it part of your daily diet?  With its Omega 3 fatty acids, the avocado prevents and repairs damage due to its source of Vitamins C, E and K.  Stop by Chamber members Hy-Vee, Las Tortillas or Teresa's Mexican Restaurants and enjoy some guacamole today!   
Employers Invited to Participate in "Employers of Excellence"  
The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board (WDB) is inviting employers to participate in the "Employers of Excellence" Awards program for 2017. The program recognizes the best employers in the two-county area and provides an overview of employment data, trends and employer practices to maintain an engaged workforce.  Additionally, participating employers will receive a confidential report including their individual metrics.

The WDB is encouraging all employers to participate. Contact WDB Director Mark Jacobs at 651.554.5622 for more information or find more the survey here.  Deadline for consideration for this program - available this year at no cost to employers - is August 14.  Winners will be announced on October 4 at the 2017 Workforce Summit.  
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Eagan City Council meets July 31 - see the  agenda
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets August 1 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets August 1 - see the agenda

Don't forget it's Leprechaun Days in Rosemount July 21-30! Click here for a list of events.  

Night to Unite celebrations will also be held throughout community neighborhoods on August 1.  
Member Spotlight: Continuing to Build Relationships
Sam Reber, Financial Advisor, AXA Advisors, LLC
I started my career as a financial advisor in the spring of 2015 after graduating from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in financial management. I ultimately settled on AXA Advisors because of the ability to work with a wide variety of clients, whether that's growing families, clients approaching retirement, or business owners looking for a solution that intertwines their personal financial goals as well as their business goals. Our network of hundreds of different companies that we partner with allows me to provide the best solution for each client's unique situation, which gives me the opportunity to change lives every day.

I was recently named the Chair of the Emerging Leaders Group with the Dakota County Regional Chamber and also serve on the Golf Classic Committee. I participate in the Peer2Peer Roundtable group, the Ambassador Committee, and regularly attend Coffee Breaks as well as Why Not Wednesdays. I grew up and went to school in Rosemount, and am looking forward to building my practice and continuing to build relationships while helping out in the Dakota County community in any way possible.
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

A Precious Petals Florist
First National Bank - Hastings
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

College Expert 
Ryan Luse
4377 Livingston Drive
Eagan, MN 55123
(612) 695-6285
Visit website here

College Expert ® provides professional, personalized college consulting. Our goal is to help students and their parents make an appropriate college choice. This choice depends on an in-depth knowledge of the student as well as first-hand knowledge of college options. College Expert consists of a Mother- Son team of College Consultants. Combined, Sue and Ryan have seen close to 500 colleges all across the country. College Expert aims to help students prepare the best applications and essays possible to enhance their odds of being admitted to the colleges of their choice as well as be eligible for scholarships. Few choices have as great an impact as the choice of a school or college. Students and their families often find this decision to be overwhelming and struggle to evaluate options and make wise choices. Ryan and Sue provide unlimited college counseling for students and their families in the selection of educational programs, based on the student's individual needs and talents. 

Summit Orthopedics
2620 Eagan Woods Drive
Eagan, MN 55121
(651) 968-5035
Visit website here 

Summit's newest destination center for orthopedics opened this spring, conveniently located at 494 and Pilot Knob in Eagan. Summit Orthopedics provides the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota with the full spectrum of musculoskeletal care including sub-specialty clinics, walk-in care at our OrthoQUICK clinics (open daily 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.), imaging, bracing, therapy, surgery, and post-surgical stays at our Care Suites. Our expert team of physicians, surgeons, physician assistants, certified athletic trainers, and therapists are part of the 800+ employees who partner to provide quality care designed to support a healthier, more active lifestyle.

  Wintrust Mortgage 
1915 Plaza Drive, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55122
(651) 905-6229
Visit website here

Wintrust Mortgage is part of Wintrust Financial Corporation, a $23 billion financial services holding company and is the 11th largest bank-owned retail mortgage originator and loan servicer in the country.  Wintrust Mortgage is committed to serving the financial needs of homeowners in all regions of the country.  Origination, processing, underwriting and closing services are all provided locally to create a more personal home buying experience for buyers, sellers and Real Estate Professionals.  We offer hundreds of different financial solutions.  Products include first-time home buyer programs, residential and commercial lending, FHA, VA, Conventional and Portfolio programs and renovation loan products.

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 for your continued investment!
Caden Technologies - 17 years 
Quinn Dental - 3 years
TCO, LLC - 2 years
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!
Mendakota County Club is offering Chamber members a great opportunity for team building, customer appreciation, or just fun on August 28.  The day includes lunch, golf, cart, use of the driving range and practice green, and hors d'oeuvres to wrap up the day. Pricing is $100 per person (plus tax and service charge). The Pro Shop is standing by to accept your reservation at 651.454.4200 and share further details. 

Congratulations to Lisa Brainer, The Wine Lady for earning a Bronze Medal for sales via WineShop At Home Convention.  The award recognizes her as the Top 100 sales consultants.  

Another milestone in the real estate industry.   Sue Nelson is celebrating her 5th year with Edina Realty.  Congratulations Sue!  You can find more about her services here.  

Submit your Celebrate Business Success stories to Vicki Stute!
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121