January 30, 2017
How Many Ounces Are There In A Sunday?
Perspectives on Sunday Liquor Sales in Minnesota
Arguments on the hot topic of liquor sales seem to boil down to whether stores being open Sunday results in more sales and more choice. Dakota Regional Chamber of Commerce-in partnership with the Minnesota Retailers Association-brings a panel of perspectives to this issue at the February 3rd Legislative Breakfast.
As the Minnesota House seemingly nears a vote to pass Sunday sales, the Senate is likely undecided. Join us for this insiders panel conversation touching on Blue Laws, public sentiment, consumer behavior, impacts on liquor stores, border communities, Minnesota's current system, and unintended consequences. Register today.  
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Upcoming Annual State of the City/County Addresses  
The Annual State of the City/County Addresses provide an opportunity for Chamber members to network with local elected officials and hear directly from their respective mayor or commission chair. Highlights of the various addresses will include the successes of the past year as well as an overview of what's ahead for 2017 and beyond. Mark your calendars and register for the following 2017 State of the City/County Addresses:

Farmington - March 10
Eagan - March 16
Mendota Heights - March 21 (tentative)
Rosemount - April 27
West St. Paul - Summer
Dakota County - Pending
Let's Meet Our Elected Officials 
Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing you to our local and state officials. Today, meet District 51's Legislative Delegation.   

                   Senator                          Representative                       Representative
                Jim Carlson                        Sandra Masin                       Laurie Halverson 
Good Day Dakota County: The Secret Service 
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a secret service agent is like? Our speaker, Mark Johnson, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Field Office for the U.S. Secret Service, will give us an overview of what he has experienced over the past 25 years. Mark will also provide some history of the Secret Service and talk about counterfeiting and how you can help protect your business. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A!

Our prize drawing, compliments of Home Federal, is up to $400 this month. Learn more and register today! 
Events Calendar

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

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


7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors

8:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m.
 Did You Know? 
Groundhog Day is Thursday, February 2! Tradition has it that if the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2 it will be frightened by it and will return to its burrow, indicating that there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If it does not see its shadow, then spring is on the way. Read more on the history of Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil.  
Downtown Plans for Rosemount Revisited
Chamber members who attended last week's Rosemount Business Council meeting received a sneak peek of the proposed "Development Framework for Downtown Rosemount." The City of Rosemount will also be holding an open house to share the proposed report on Thursday, February 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200 of the Steeple Center, 14375 South Robert Trail in Rosemount. The report provides the first major revision of original plan created in 2004 to encourage development that maintains the character and feel of Downtown. We encourage you to attend so that there is a clear understanding of the proposed changes and impacts on downtown Rosemount. 
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Eagan Communications Committee meets January 31 - see the agenda 
Rosemount Facilities Task Force meets February 1 - see the agenda  

Did you hear the news? Farmington (#4) and Rosemount (#5) were ranked in the top five safest large cities in Minnesota, according to study done by Value Penguin. Click here to read more.   
Member Spotlight: These Experiences are Truly Priceless
Hannah Steinmetz, Dakota Chiropractic
It has always been my dream to work one on one with people and care for their health. Becoming a chiropractor has allowed me to realize that dream in, literally, a "hands-on" way. Working alongside patients to achieve their goals of health and wellness has been more satisfying than I could have imagined. Becoming a business owner was a more recent dream. One year ago, I opened Dakota Chiropractic in Eagan (next door the Chamber offices, in fact!). One of the best pieces of advice I received from my mentors at that time, was to join the local Chamber. It has been such an incredible opportunity to be a part of the DCR Chamber. I have met wonderful people that I am constantly learning from. It has given me a chance to see examples of individuals and teams thriving in their businesses and a goal to set my sights to. These experiences are truly priceless!
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Insurance Advantage

AXA Advisors, LLC 
Sam Reber
2 Meridian Crossings Suite 450
Minneapolis, MN 55423
(612) 243-3290
Visit website here

AXA Advisors is a financial services firm that specializes in working closely with individuals as well as businesses to build strong relationships and set up a sound financial plan that helps achieve the goals of each individual client. My priority as a financial advisor is to give every client the opportunity to be successful by using the many financial resources available to me through the network of companies AXA Advisors partners with. As part of a team, I have the opportunity to bounce ideas off of my peers, and provide the highest level of service to my clients.

Inspire Life Chiropractic Center
Mel Krug
750 Main Street, Suite 108
Mendota Heights, MN 55108
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At Inspire Life, we help those in our community discover that health is simple and that we don't have to become victims of stress for our entire life. Our vision is to create a platform in our community that embodies health, connection, inspiration, and empowerment from the inside out. With our advanced, neurological approach to chiropractic care, we have the unique ability to care for each practice member as an individual, from age pre-zero to 101 years old, getting to the core of many health barriers in our society today. We believe you deserve health inspired by CHOICE, not inhibited by CHANCE." We are accepting appointments for our consultation waiting list as we near opening day and host our Grand Opening Party (tentatively March 23rd, 3-7pm). Stay tuned!
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 Mike Franklin, Weber Johnson, on being named to The Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list for 2017!

Flint Hills Resources has once again teamed up with the Science Museum of Minnesota to offer the opportunity for 4,000 second and fourth graders in Dakota County to learn to think like scientists and engineers this year through assemblies and field trips. Thank you! Read more.

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)!
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121