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September 5, 2017
Go Wild @ Good Day!
Join us Monday September 11 as we discuss the latest hot topics and events happening in the region. We also welcome Mitch Helgerson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Ticket Sales at the Minnesota Wild, as he updates us on the 2017-18 season and discusses the "business of hockey".  

Guests will also have the opportunity to network with other Chamber members, enjoy a delicious lunch, and have the chance to win $400 courtesy of Home Federal.  Register today.
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Local Budgets and Tax Levies Rolling Out
It's that time of year again when local municipalities (city, county, school) set their annual budgets and tax levies for the coming year.  Why should you care? Because each of their respective budgets roll up into your property tax statement(s).  D o the math - 3 x 3 = 9.  If each local municipality proposed a three percent increase, your total property tax statement would increase by 9 percent (without any added value in your property).  

What can you do? Stay informed. Use your voice. Contact your local elected officials or staff and find out what the proposed increase will be.  Or maybe its a decrease?  These proposals must be certified by the end of September.  From now through December, you can also attend meetings and public hearings to learn more and ask questions. 

Watch this space for detailed information regarding the proposed increases as they become available.      
Rosemount Business Council Tackles Local Issues
Join us for Rosemount Business Council , a roundtable discussion of local issues on Thursday, September 7. Whether its the latest economic development project proposal, road improvement plans, or a local ordinance affecting how you do business, Business Council provides business owners and community leaders a chance to learn more, provide feedback and voice your opinion.  Its a great way to meet with elected officials, city, county, and school district staff members, and network with your peers. In fact, if you have a specific issue for discussion, let us know and we will add it to the agenda.  Register today.  

Thanks to The Rosemount Senior Living at Steeple Center for hosting Rosemount Business Council.

Community Engagement Is Important For Emerging Leaders

raking_leaves.jpg Ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? We need your help. Older homeowners may struggle to keep up with basic outdoor chores, such as shoveling, mowing, raking, garden clean-up, and window washing.

The Emerging Leaders group is partnering with Darts on Wednesday, September 20 to tackle a large fall clean-up project in Apple Valley. We'll celebrate an afternoon of hard work with a Happy Hour networking social!  
Register Now !

Thank you to our sponsor!
Events Calendar

Happy Labor Day! 
 Office Closed


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

12:00 p.m. 
Emerging Leaders Committee

4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
Executive Committee

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

3:30 p.m.
Ambassadors Committee

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee

8:00 a.m.

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

3:30 p.m.

Board Planning Conference

8:00 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
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Fun Facts: Back-to-School Creates Annual Economic Surge  
school_supplies_2.jpg According the National Center for Education Statistics, in Fall 2017, about 50.7 million students will attend public elementary and secondary schools. Of these, 35.6 million will be in prekindergarten through grade 8 and 15.1 million will be in grades 9 through 12.  An additional 5.2 million students are expected to attend private elementary and secondary schools.  And what does Sylvan Learning predict in total back-to-school spending?  $27.3 Billion
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Rosemount Port Authority meets September 5 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets September 5 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets September 5 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets September 5 - see the agenda
Farmington City Council meets September 5 - see the agenda
Dakota County is seeking input on its' 2040 Comprehensive Plan -  Read more here .  
Member Spotlight: Access and Opportunities
Murray Wilson, Dakota County Library
Ever since I first thought about a career, I wanted to be a librarian. Doing research and tracking down information is something I enjoy, and, of course, books and reading! Librarians help people achieve many goals, from utilizing technology to educating their children. The process of guiding people to resources and increasing their understanding is satisfying to me and, I hope, empowering for them. Recently I passed a remarkable milestone of forty years with Dakota County library!

I've been involved in the Chamber in the different communities where I've worked. The Chamber allows me the access I need to meet the local community and learn about civic organizations. The Chamber gives me a platform to tell my story about the library's importance; and Chamber members have supported me at the library when I've asked for assistance. I always tell new members to join the Ambassadors or another committee, because it's an easy way to meet people and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities the Chamber offers.
Does Your Business Deserve Recognition?  We think So.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Business Excellence Awards, presented by the Minnesota Vikings!  Your Chamber will be honoring businesses and individuals that exhibit innovation, growth, and leadership. Who do you think deserves to be recognized? Nominate now!

2017 Award Categories
  • Business Excellence Award
  • Community Leadership Award
  • Small Business of the Year Award
  • Non-Profit of the Year Award
  • Woman/Minority Owned Business Award
  • Legacy Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
To submit a nomination, please click here  and provide a three to four sentence description of why a particular business, or individual should be considered.  The deadline to nominate a Chamber member is September 15, so don't delay. The top three finalists in each category will be announced in early October and recognized during the event on November 16.  Register today.

Special thanks to our Premier Sponsor:
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games
MIK Transportation Inc.
North Risk Partners, LLC.
Pawlished Pets Grooming Salon
Standard Commercial
One 2 One Marketing Inc.

First National Bank
1400 N Frontage Road
Hastings, MN 55033
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First National Bank has a history and commitment to customers that dates back to 1864. There is a proud tradition of the connections made with their customers and the communities served. That connection goes beyond the customers' banking needs with a promise to develop trusted relationships and customized solutions that will last for years. There is great pride taken in treating each and every customer with the attention and care they deserve. First National Bank will always be a community bank committed to doing what's right for their customers in this generation - and the next. Member FDIC.

14608 Felon Court, Suite 109
Apple Valley, MN  55124
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Image360 - Apple Valley brings a fresh approach to professional graphic solutions with enhanced customer service and an expanded products and services offering.  A single, professional and responsible source of all your signage and visual communications needs.  For projects simple or complex, our graphics specialists work closely with you to maximize the creativity and visual impact of your company or organization's environmental graphics, mobile graphics, wayfinding solutions and promotional displays.  Rely on us for graphics that enhance, signage that works and displays that informâ„¢... and an experience that exceeds your every expectation.

Watch for more information about these fine companies in upcoming Weekly Updates.
Renewing Members
Last week these awesome companies renewed their Chamber membership. Thank you for your continued investment!

  MBKS Family Office, LLC - 1 year
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!

Our congratulations to Chamber members Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Colliers International, and Wellington Management for being recognized by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as the Most Admired CEOs.  

Genisys Credit Union ranked as one of the top 200 healthiest credit unions in the nation by For the third consecutive year, Genisys has been recognized for its financial strength compared to America's 5,785 federally insured credit unions. 

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