February 6, 2017
Are You a Survivor?  
The WomeE's Conference is excited to announce our keynote speaker, Holly Hoffman. Holly was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe and the last woman standing on Season 21 of CBS' hit reality show "Survivor Nicaragua". Through that experience, and others throughout her life, Holly was inspired to share her message of positivity, determination and confidence with business leaders, teachers, and students across the nation. Join us and explore what your true survival skills are.

In addition to hearing for Holly Hoffman, attendees will hear from our panel of Women of Excellence Award winners, participate in breakout sessions, build new connections and engage with the interactive Health and Wellness Marketplace. Register today and learn more about being a Marketplace exhibitor, donating wine, and contributing to our conference bags!
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Understanding New Advantages in Health Care for Small Businesses    
Your Chamber has long advocated for changes in state law to increase small employers' options for providing health insurance to their employees. Our push for more options has become increasingly important in recent years as small employers have struggled to keep up with rising costs in the fully-insured small group market. As evidence of this, the number of small employers in the small group market has shrunk by 8,000 employers. That's roughly 1/3 of the small group market. Last week Governor Dayton signed into law bipartisan legislation providing a premium relief to those buying health insurance in the individual health insurance market in 2017. While providing relief to the individual market was certainly the focus of the legislation, the bill also included important Chamber-backed provisions for small employers as well.
Read more about "Increased access to self-insuring for small employers" and "Pre-Tax Defined Contribution Arrangements." 
Let's Meet Our Elected Officials 
Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing you to our local and state officials. Today, meet the Farmington City Council.   
Pictured (front row): Councilmember Robyn Craig,  Mayor Todd Larson and Councilmember Tim Pitcher
(back row) Councilmembers Terry Donnelly and Jason Bartholomay  
Women's Circle: An Invisible Barrier Called Courage  
Join us for Women's Circle on Thursday, February 16 from 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at Mendakota Country Club. Our speaker, Sondra Smith, will present "An Invisible Barrier Called Courage" at this month's program.

Did you know...achieving success is really only 15% skill, but 85% guts? If you had more courage in your business, what would you do with it? What goals would you set and achieve? What areas would you stretch yourself to maximize your potential? Sondra comes from a place of authenticity as she openly shares the reality of building a company with business bravery. If fear is a possible barrier in your life, listen up. Learn the top ways to discover and ignite the confidence you have to build your business your way. Click here to register. 
Events Calendar

8:00 a.m.
Small Business University

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

8:00 a.m.

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.
Mendota Heights Business Council

8:00 a.m.
Small Business University Committee 

8:00 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee

8:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
 Did You Know? 
You can post hot deals, job openings, news releases, and events by logging into your DCR Chamber account. You are also able to add a description of your company, pay bills, search other members, and more. Check it out! Click each of the links above to see what's currently listed on our website for each of these opportunities.    
The Vikings Are Coming! 
 Steel Work on Vikings Team Headquarters Nearly 2/3 Complete
Minnesotans driving by the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center are beginning to notice the facility taking shape above ground. The most notable feature is the team auditorium where steel decking has been installed, giving a glimpse into the primary meeting location for Vikings players and coaches. Total steel erection on the team headquarters is nearly 2/3 complete, and the steel for the indoor practice facility will begin mid-February. The anticipated steel "topping off" is April 2017.
Crews have now put in more than 30,000 work hours on the project. In the final weeks of January, the daily crews grew to more than 80 men averaging nearly 4,000 hours per week. To stay up to date on the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center on the Vikings  website or watch the team's  24-hour live streaming camera.  
Rosemount Residents Invited to Help Set Direction of Community 
Rosemount residents can help set the direction of their community by applying to serve on City commissions and one of the task forces created last year by the City Council. The Council is looking to fill six openings on commissions that advise the Council. The Council is also asking for help from citizens to research environmental and sustainability issues. Click here to see which openings are available and how to apply. 
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets February 6 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets February 7 - see the agenda 
Rosemount City Council meets February 7 - see the agenda 
Mendota Heights City Council meets February 7 - see the agenda
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets February 7 - see the agenda  
Minnesota DECA Seeking Business Professionals to be Judges
Students will come together March 19 - 21to compete for the right to represent Minnesota during DECA's International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California. They are seeking business professionals to serves as judges who will interact with the students in interviews, role-plays or case studies. No advance work or preparation is required and you can choose to judge one, two or three days. Continental breakfast, lunch and parking are all provided. Interested? Click here.  
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
Stephen Abbott
2694 47th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
(612) 708-4417
Contact Stephen

I am an independent insurance agent licensed to service Property & Casualty, Life & Health, and Business Insurance. My affiliation with Insurance Advantage Agency, LLC gives me the opportunity to work with more than 20 insurance carriers. That allows me the ability to best meet the specific needs of every person I work with. My areas of expertise include Homeowners, Renters, Auto, Motorcycle, Recreational Vehicles, Umbrella, Life, Business, and more. As a life time resident of the Dakota County area, it is my goal to grow personally and professionally within the many great communities Dakota County has to offer. 

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
Visit website here

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!!  
Pedersen Auto Shop - 43 years
Crown Rental - 28 years 
Marschall Line, Inc. - 23 years 
Gateway Bank - 13 years
Trinity Senior Campus - 3 years 
Kate's Escapes, LLC - 2 years 
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with America's Job Honor Awards, is accepting nominations for the inaugural Minnesota Job Honor Awards which will be presented May 10. Help celebrate Minnesotans who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them. Nominations are due February 15. Click here to submit a nomination.

Congratulations to Mike Franklin, Weber Johnson, on being named to The Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list for 2017!

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