April 3, 2017
Get Smart. 
Business University, held Thursday, May 4, is a day-long seminar which will feature keynote speaker, Carl Rick, third generation spokesperson and co-owner of Kwik Trip, along with three educational tracks on topics that are important to businesses. Carl will talk about Kwik Trip's story of growth, the key strategies to their great retention rate, and how being innovative plays a big role in the continued success of their business.

The three educational tracks will focus on marketing, professional development, and owners/managers. Each track will include three breakout sessions including:

Marketing Track 
*Email Marketing Best Practices: Bob Jenkins, Leadpages
*Guerilla Marketing: Dick Enrico, 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment
*Getting Right with Google: Cameron Clark, August Ash
Professional Development Track
*Strengths Finders: Penny Hegseth, Penny Hegseth Coaching (If you choose this track, you will have to option to take the assessment in advance of the event, however, it is not required.)
*The Leadership Connection - Enhance Perceptions: Erik Therwanger, Think GREAT
*Working Well with All Generations: Great speaker coming soon 
Owners/Managers Track
*Introduction to the Entrepreneurial Operations System: Mark Capaldini, Opportunity into Revenue
*The Importance of Peer Groups: John Palen, Allied Executive (panel facilitator)
*Employee Recruitment : Great speaker coming soon

This is a great training opportunity for you and your staff. Don't pass up the chance to help improve your business. Discounted Chamber member pricing ends April 17 so be sure to get registered today.  
Committed to Business... for YOU.
How Would You Piece the Transportation Puzzle Together? 
Your Chamber and the Minnesota Retailers Association invite you to join us on Friday, April 7 for a discussion on one of the most important issues facing Minnesota: transportation  - modes, funding, mechanisms and more - piecing the puzzle together. We'll discuss long-term funding solutions, project priorities, CTIB, regional governance, and more. Register today. Our panelists include:

(right to left)                                                      
Adam Duininck, Chair, Metropolitan Council
Linda Runbeck, Representative, MN House of Representatives                
Sean Kershaw, Executive Director, Citizen's League
Mary Liz Holberg, Commissioner, Dakota County

Thank you to our series sponsor:
Thank you to our program sponsors:
Join Us for the Dakota County State of the County Address 
Dakota County Regional Chamber would like to invite you to join us at the second annual State of the County Address presented by Commissioner Mike Slavik, Chair of the Board of Commissioners, on Wednesday, April 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Royal Cliff. This is a great opportunity to network with Dakota County Commissioners and staff members, learn more about the role of Dakota County, its many accomplishments over the past year, and the future direction of the region where you live, work and play. This event is free to attend. Register today.

This event is presented in conjunction with Dakota County and our Chamber of Commerce partners: Apple Valley, Burnsville, Hastings, Lakeville, and River Heights.  
It's Going to be a Good Day with Congressman Lewis! 
Join us for Good Day Dakota County on Monday, April 10 as we hear from Congressman Jason Lewis. Congressman Lewis will share insight into his first 100 days in office. He is currently serving on three committees including the Budget Committee, Transportation Infrastructure Committee, and the Education and Workforce Committee.

Our cash prize is up to $600. Will your company's name be drawn? You'll have to be there to find out. Must be present to win. Click here to register.

Thank you to our sponsor: 
Events Calendar

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

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

7:30 a.m.

4:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Ribbon Cutting

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


8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

4:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors

4:00 p.m.
Golf Classic Committee 

7:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
 Did You Know? 
Your Chamber is celebrating it's 60th anniversary this year! It all started back in 1957 and was called the West St. Paul Chamber of Commerce. At the helm was Board Chair, C. Fran Scholz of Ross & Scholz Plumbing & Heating. 
Calling All Saint Paul Members Seeking Summer Interns  
Right Track is currently seeking employers located in Saint Paul to place interns with during the summer months. They work with youth ages 16-21 who are residents of Saint Paul and either come from a low-income household or have a barrier to employment. They screen applicants, provide job coaches, and offer payment to the students. If you are interested in hosting an intern, learn more today on the requirements of the program.    
Get Your Business in Front of those Entering the Workforce 
Are you looking to fill summer, part-time or full-time positions? We invite you to participate in the Student Job Fair on Tuesday, April 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m at Burnsville High School.  Students from the south of the river high schools and post-secondary schools will participate in this first time event. Space is limited to the first 100 employers.

Click here to learn more and to reserve your space. 
We are also looking for three volunteers to help at the job fair. Please let Vicki Stute know if you are interested.

Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets April 3 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets April 4 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets April 4 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets April 4 - see the agenda
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets April 4 - see the agenda

Check out the latest edition of the City of Rosemount's newsletter. 
Member Spotlight: Getting Connected
Josh Keskey, Minuteman Press
I am proud to be the Account Representative for Minuteman Press in Mendota Heights. We are a complete marketing service provider that has helped businesses grow and set themselves apart from their competition for over 40 years. Our target markets are local businesses and organizations in and around our local communities. The philosophy is that business owners have the peace of mind of dealing with like-minded professionals. I appreciate our Chamber membership and the networking opportunities from Coffee Breaks and Why Not Wednesdays. As an Ambassador, and as a member of ChamberLead, I have been able to meet and work with great leaders and business owners within the Dakota County region. DCR Chamber has helped us get connected with organizations in the region which allow us to give back. We look forward to a continued relationship with the Chamber and everyone involved! Connect with Josh.  
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Orangetheory Fitness Eagan
Twin Cities Underwriters
Hobby Lobby - West St. Paul
MedExpress Urgent Care
Sprint by Universal Wireless
Twin Cities Orthopedics

1400 Central Park Commons, Suite 100
Eagan, MN 55121
Visit website here
A brand new Designer Shoe Warehouse has opened in Central Park Commons! The new store will be stocked with name-brand and designer shoes and accessories at an extraordinary value, arranged in a convenient, self-service type experience. The store will have over 22,000 pairs of men's, women's, and kid's shoes in a 15,000 square foot space, making DSW the greatest shoe shopping destination for the entire family in Eagan. Customers will find a large selection of the latest trends in footwear at an extraordinary value. Plus, each store will have an impressive assortment of men's and women's accessories like bags, scarves, jewelry, socks, and more. Customers will enjoy the ease and convenience of shopping in an environment where associates are always ready to assist in finding more styles, sizes, and colors. 

  VZ Wireless, Inc. 
Matt Funk
740 Main Street, Suite 102
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
(651) 454-0707, option 3
C: (320) 420-0299
 Visit website here

Wireless Zone is the largest Verizon franchisor in the U.S. with over 330 locations. We've provided Verizon products and services in our independently owned and operated stores for nearly 30 years. Furthermore, Verizon has been recognized as a National Customer Loyalty Award Winner for 5 consecutive years. As a Verizon Authorized Retailer, Wireless Zone provides a level of service that combines the power of Verizon with the dedication of a local business. Please visit our locations in Mendota Heights, Farmington, Hastings, Rosemount, and Menomonie, WI. Pickup your new Samsung S8 or S8 Plus at one of their locations today! 

  Birchwood Acupuncture
Jessica Frier
4580 Scott Trail, Suite 218
Eagan, MN 55121
(651) 444-8869
Visit website here
Birchwood Acupuncture is a local acupuncture clinic that specializes in the treatment of chronic pain, women's health issues, and muscular-skeletal problems. We strive to provide an environment that helps people use their bodies own innate healing ability to create sustained health and wellness - healing from the inside out. We work one-on-one with you to establish an individualized treatment plan to help meet your specific health goals. We blend medical research with extensive clinic experience to treat a wide variety of ailments from physical to internal, acute and chronic.
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!

FASTSIGNS of Inver Grove Heights is celebrating 20 years in business. Congratulations to Brian MacKenzie and all of his staff on this excellent accomplishment. Cheers to many more years in business!

Kip Knutson, SMB Direct Sales Business Account Executive, recently joined the staff of Comcast Business. Please join us in welcoming Kip to the Chamber!

This year marks Dakota Electric Associations 80th anniversary! Dakota Electric is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative that was founded by local farmers in 1937 with the help of the Rural Electrification Administration.

Think Mutual Bank recently names three new vice presidents to lead the bank's Operations and Technology areas. They include Becky Wendland, Erik Kovash, and Jill Brion. Leading this team will be Cheryl Schaefer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Congrats on the promotions!! Read more.
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121