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October 2, 2017
Notes from the New Chair: Jon Althoff 
Good morning, Dakota County Regional Chamber!
Following up on Mark Lofthus' Board Chair farewell note last week, this is my "hello" to you on my first official day as your new 2017/18 Board Chair.
Mark, Board, and staff turn over a very strong Chamber into this new Chamber year. As Mark related, the Chamber is growing, has strong programming underway and we are financially strong.
Your Board is focused on four initiatives for the coming months:
  1. Secure, Welcome and Train an Effective, Vibrant President
  2. Strong, High Functioning Committees
  3. Support of Every Event by Board Members
  4. Welcome to the Vikings
We are finishing the celebration of our 60th year and we are all part of a well-oiled machine. I have been trained over the year as Chair of the Communications Committee and served on the Nomination, President Selection and Executive Committees. Similarly, we know who will follow me as Chair next October, Lin Nelson of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. There is planned continuity in your Chamber leadership.
Last, I want to add (in addition to thanks to Mark, staff and many volunteers for a year well served) a special thank you to Vicki Stute. Her leadership in just under five years in supporting the DCR Chamber in vision, growth and prestige is incalculable. We are indeed fortunate that she will remain an advocate in the Chamber world.  Vicki has set a high bar. We are ready, with everyone's help, to meet that challenge.
Happy October! Time to roll up our sleeves!
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Legislative Breakfast Series is Back!
Local Government Needs to Butt Out of Wage and Sick Leave Mandates 
By Doug Loon
Doug Loon, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, recently published an article in the Star Tribune about local government involvement in private-sector employee benefits. The article states that, " The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce wants a thriving economy in which employers compete to attract and retain employees by offering competitive wages and benefits. But we oppose a patchwork of mandates enacted by local governments."
Hear Jeff Rossate Speak at Good Day Dakota County
Monday, Oct. 9
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us every second Monday of the month to learn about the latest hot topics and events happening in the region. Coming up on Oct. 9, Jeff Rossate, executive director at State of Minnesota, Department of Employment and Economic Development, will cover topics such as what companies look for when they want to expand or relocate their business and how others perceive the Twin Cities region.

Events Calendar

3:30 p.m.
 Program ming
3 4

7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Emerging Leaders Committee
5 6

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


11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

16 17

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors Meeting

7:30 a.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:00 p.m.
23 24

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

26 27

11:30 a.m.
MN Supplier Match Database
Do you have products and services that can benefit other Minnesota companies? If so, register your business to be listed in the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's new MN Supplier Match Database that will be launched later this year.  This opportunity is brought to you via your Chamber as a Grow MN! partner.

The MN Supplier Match is a new initiative of the Grow Minnesota! program seeking to highlight Minnesota's robust supply chain and increase business-to-business activity in the state. 
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meeting on Oct. 2  - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meeting on Oct. 3 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meeting on Oct. 3 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meeting on Oct. 3 - see the agenda
Member Spotlight: The Good Neighbor

John Curlee, President of Curlee State Farm Agency
My team and I work with individuals, families and businesses to protect them from the bad things that can happen in life so they can invest in the good things. We serve our clients with insurance and State Farm Bank Products. I started as a "scratch" agent in 1984. It has been gratifying to build relationships with clients and leaders in the community as the "Good Neighbor Agent" in Eagan.  I have been a Chamber member since I started in business. The Chamber keeps me connected with other business and community leaders.  
New Members
We welcome the following new members !

Henderson Design
NAVIS Pack & Ship
Inbound Studio, LLC
Bank of America - Eagan
Bank of America - West St. Paul

1338 Colby Avenue  
St. Paul MN  55116
(612) 280-0096

Standard Commercial is a Twin Cities-based commercial real estate brokerage company. We help companies/occupiers and owners/landlords with their commercial real estate needs, including lease and extension negotiation, site selection, space expansion and consolidation, build-to-suit, and acquisition, disposition, sales and subleasing. We focus on office, industrial, warehouse, supply chain and automotive-related commercial real estate. Standard Commercial is committed to providing a higher standard of commercial real estate brokerage, which starts with understanding your business's objectives and positioning real estate to help you execute your core business. This means real, measurable savings for tenants and increased cash flow for owners.

1640 South Frontage Road, Suite 102  
Hastings MN  55033
(651) 319-0482

North Risk Partners is a growing, Minnesota-based independent insurance agency specializing in strategic insurance programs for businesses and individuals. The firm offers big-company resources delivered with the personalized service of a small agency. Its certified insurance professionals are committed to helping clients face risk head-on with a focus on prevention opportunities. North Risk's team spans 18 locations across the state, including offices in Hastings, Lake City, Mankato, Red Wing and Rochester. The company is a top five independent insurance agency in Minnesota and ranks in the top 100 in the nation.

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!

The UPS Store - 5 years
Xcel Energy - 20 years
Peter Thoreen - 1 year
Gopher Resource - 34 years
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community !

Genisys Credit Union held a special Jean's Day to collect donations for Children's Miracle Network. Staff at the credit union received permission to wear casual work attire for one day as long as they donated a minimum dollar amount. A grand total of $1,000 was collected by staff members organization wide.

The Castle Rock Bank donated $5,000 to 360 Communities for the battered Women's Shelters in Dakota County. 

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