August 7, 2017
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Share Your Thoughts
Your Chamber is seeking your feedback through its Membership Survey. Results will be collected through August 25 and shared with the Board of Directors as they prepare for the 2017-18 year.  Please take a few minutes to complete the confidential membership survey now - we value our opinion! 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Elections 2017: One More Week For Filing 
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  began  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 Inspired By "What Is"
Join us for Women's Circle on August 17.  Our featured speaker, Ruth Bachman, has a mission is to equip individuals with the perspective and resources necessary to navigate the inevitable changes that occur in life, by design or by happenstance, while recognizing the powerful potential for transformation by embracing "what is".  That mission grew out of a life-changing diagnosis and treatment of cancer resulting in the amputation of her dominant left hand.
Events Calendar

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.

24 25
28 29 30 31

3:00 p.m.
Did You Know? 
The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, proudly sponsored by Flint Hills Resources is available for your use as a member of the chamber. Click here for more details!  
New Statewide Vacancies Now Available
The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The full list of 452 vacancies can be found here:  Open Positions.
Highway 110 Westbound Closure Begins Today
Motorists traveling westbound on Highway 110 will encounter a closure and a detour between Interstate 494 and Interstate 35E beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7 (following the opening of eastbound Highway 110).

Motorists wishing to travel westbound on Highway 110 should follow the signed detour using westbound I-494, northbound I-35E and eastbound Highway 110 in order to bypass the closure.  The north and south movements will remain open at the intersections of Highway 149/Dodd Road, Delaware Avenue and Highway 110. However, there will be several intersections that may be restricted or closed throughout the work zone. M otorists traveling eastbound on Highway 110 will use their usual lanes.

Work on Highway 110 between Highways 13/55 and I-494 is expected to run though fall 2017.   For more details about this project visit the project website.
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets August 7 - see the  agenda
Eagan City Council - special meeting August 8 - see the agenda
Rosemount Mayor's Monthly Column
Read  Eagan E-BIZ
Member Spotlight: Active Involvement 
Anna Gunderson, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer, P.A.  
I'm an associate attorney at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A., an 18-attorney law firm located in Apple Valley.  Our firm provides legal services in a variety of practice areas and industries.  My practice focuses on estate planning and probate, helping clients prepare wills, trusts, health care directives and guardianship documents, among other things.  When someone dies (either with a will or without one), I help their loved ones manage the estate, which sometimes involves a probate proceeding in court.  Having a clear plan for what happens after you're gone is one of the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones.  I enjoy creating individualized plans for clients, and I try to make the experience as painless as possible for them.
Our law firm has been a member of the chamber since 1991, and I have been active since I joined the firm in 2015. I attend the Emerging Leaders and Women's Circle events. More recently, I've become an Ambassador.  I appreciate the relationships I've already established and look forward to continuing to work on behalf of our chamber!
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 .    
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Farmington Business Association
First National Bank - Hastings
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Minnesota Autism Center
5710 Baker Road
Minnetonka, MN  55345
(952) 767-4200
Visit website here
The Minnesota Autism Center is a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic support for children, youth, adults and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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!
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!
Congratulations to Scott Swenson and his team at Home Federal's Eagan location for celebrating 10 years!  

Join AIT at the St. Jude Walk/Run To End Childhood Cancer event o n Saturday, September 23rd at US Bank Stadium.   Unable to attend the event, simply register as a "fundraiser only" to make a donation.  Every bit helps!   FREE registration with promo code SILVER.   Click here to join Team AIT

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.  

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