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September 18, 2017
Learn More About Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Employees
business_people2.jpg Recruiting, hiring and retaining employees are key items of concern for many employers with this current job market. T he Workforce Summit:  Hidden Gems and Talent Pools will cover these topics and more from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday,  Oct. 4 .
The Summit, developed by the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board, will provide insights from experts, real-world examples from area employers, connections to local resources about "hidden talent pools" and much more.
The event concludes with a luncheon and the presentation of the 2017 Employers of Excellence Awards. Learn more and register here

Special thanks to the event host and sponsors:

Committed to Business... for YOU.
Seeking Policy Wonks
Your Chamber is gearing up for the 2018 Legislative Session and is seeking members interested in helping shape and advance policies to enhance the economic climate for businesses in the Dakota County region and State of Minnesota. Your issues and opinions drive our agenda at the local, state and federal levels. Whether advocating for labor management issues, quality health care that is affordable, tax reform, or workforce policy that ensures all students are college and career ready, we encourage your engagement in the process. To find out more and take the next steps toward involvement, contact Vicki Stute.   
Need a Coffee Break?

Start your morning off right with a fresh cup of coffee, a business card and a visit with Chamber members. Join us for a great morning of networking! All Coffee Breaks are held from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
Ohana Home & Design, Mendota Heights
Wednesday, Oct. 4
Town Square TelevisionInver Grove Heights
Thursday, Oct. 12
Think Mutual BankEagan
Tuesday, Oct. 24
The Legacy of FarmingtonFarmington
Events Calendar
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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.

5:00 p.m.
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7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Emerging Leaders Committee
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11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.

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8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.


President's Search Update
Your Chamber's Search Committee will be meeting later this week to review the comprehensive listing of interested candidates. Submissions closed last Friday and the next step in the process is conducting in-person interviews with select candidates. We appreciate the large interest in the position as well as the valuable feedback that's been provided by our Chamber members. Stay tuned for further updates and announcements coming in October. 
Business Resources Just a Click Away
business_concepts.jpg The Minnesota Chamber's premier business assistance program, Grow Minnesota, offers many Business Resources. Your Chamber, as a partner in Grow Minnesota, views the online site as an important tool to our mission of retaining Minnesota businesses and encouraging them to expand here in the region.
Businesses can navigate the pages to identify and access state and regional resources in seven categories: business financing; entrepreneurship; environmental and energy; exporting/importing; research and data tools; start and manage a business; workforce development. What are the criteria for accessing money from the state's angel loan fund? What is current employment law for issues that commonly surface at the workplace? Who can assist in developing a strategy to enter the export market? Who can help guide a business through the process of environmental permitting? Answers to these and many more questions are a click away.
There's no better way to develop and grow Minnesota's home-grown economy than by connecting Minnesota businesses.
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meeting on Sept. 18  - see the agenda
Rosemount Port Authority meeting on Sept. 19 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meeting on Sept. 19 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meeting on Sept. 19 - see the agenda
West St. Paul Planning Commission meeting on Sept.19 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meeting on Sept. 19 - see the agenda
Member Spotlight: Building Relationships
Laurie Bolin, Director of Development, 360 Communities
I joined 360 Communities as a staff member in December 2007, however, I started as a volunteer with the organization over 24 years ago when I was the chair of the Lewis House Charity Golf Tournament. As the Director of Development for 360 Communities, I oversee all of the fundraising for the organization. For me, my job is about building relationships with individuals and business leaders in the community. As a member of the Chamber, I am offered many opportunities to network. It also allows me to share 360 Communities' story of serving our neighbors with healthy food and other stabilizing resources, assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and helping kids succeed in school. We could not do our work in the community without the partnerships we have with the business community. Businesses have been so generous with their support of our work, and together we are making our community a better place to live and work!
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Country Financial - Debra Olson
Edward Jones - Jake Perron
EFH Realty Advisors Inc.
Klassen Performance Group 
Perfect Reflections Photography MN
Magnus Publishing

Richfield Flowers and Events
3209 Terminal Drive, Studio 300
Eagan, MN 55121

Richfield Flowers and Events specializes in creating unique weddings and events from start to finish. From designing fresh flower arrangements to constructing custom-made props and draping event spaces, we have all the resources to suit any trend. We offer personalized service to guide clients throughout the entire planning process, which always starts with a one-on-one meeting with an experienced design consultant.

For almost 40 years, Greg Njoes and his talented, close-knit team at Richfield Flowers and Events have been proudly delighting clients across the Twin Cities metro area. We offer daily delivery across the Twin Cities for fresh flower arrangements and plants for every occasion. Our Eagan-based retail space is open 9-5 Monday through Friday and 9-2 Saturday.

P.O. Box 211634
Eagan, MN 55121
(612) 715-7122

The Eagan Enterprise is an independent news website covering the city of Eagan. Our site includes coverage of local government, events, businesses,crime, as well as restaurant and movie reviews. Although our content is local, our audience is global.  Local businesses are welcome to submit press releases and calendar notices of upcoming events. We would be happy to consider feature suggestions about local businesses. We also offer advertising programs for businesses interested in advertising on our website. We can run most types of advertising from business cards to video messages.

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!

Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!
Genisys Credit Union has been awarded the 2017 Communitas Award for the Genisys Fights Hunger campaign benefiting Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Town Square Television is celebrating 30 years with a birthday bash on Oct. 12. Since 1987 they have been connecting the community and helping residents, businesses, local nonprofits and local governments tell their stories. 

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