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August 21, 2017
2017-18 Volunteer Leadership Announced; Special Thanks To Our Retirees
Randy Thatcher
Ryan O'Gara
At this time each year, your Chamber's Board of Directors begins its transition to new leadership.  We begin with a special  thanks to Ryan O'Gara, SKB Environmental for his nine years of service on the Board of Directors as well as to Randy Thatcher, Ecolab for his three years of service.  

Last week, your Chamber's Board of Directors approved the following members serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term, commencing October 1, 2017: 
  • Melissa Arnott, Ecolab
  • Cindy Haas, Gateway Bank
  • Erich Hanson, August Ash
  • Jeffrey B. Larson, JBL Companies
  • Dan Leach, Gopher Resource
  • Matt Lemke, Flint Hills Resources
Additionally the following individuals were elected as the 2017-18 officers, commencing October 1, 2017:
  • Jon Althoff, Skyline Exhibits, Chair of the Board
  • Lin Nelson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Chair-Elect
  • Paul Eggen, State Farm Insurance, Finance Chair
  • Mark Lofthus, Dakota Electric Association, Immediate Past Chair
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Two Districts; Only One Race
School Districts in Dakota County are important partners of your Chamber. Two of these districts have elections on November 7, 2017 and we want to provide you with information to ensure you're voting for candidates that support your priorities and align with your views.  

In District 197 (West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan), all three incumbents are running unopposed:  John Chandler,  Stephanie Levine, and Maureen Ramirez.  

Candidate interest is much higher in District 196 (Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan).  All three incumbents and five challengers filed during the open period that ended August 15.   The eight candidates are incumbents Art Coulson, Gary Huusko, and Mike Roseen; and challengers Craig Angrimson, Brian Buechele, Rebecca Gierok, Daniel O'Neil, and Bianca Ward Virnig.  

T he new terms for all positions run from January 2018 to January 2022.   Watch for more details on the Candidate Forums hosted by your Chamber this Fall.  
The Government Affair
A four-part series for expanding your civic affairs knowledge
Wondering what makes local, state and federal government work and how you can comfortably engage?    Whether your experience with government is limited to voting for elected officials or you lobby your representatives on a weekly basis, The Government Affair series will walk you through a comprehensive, non-partisan, grassroots experience at the local, state and federal level. 

This program will challenge participants to stretch their knowledge on all levels of government while learning from and networking with other business people and influential leaders.

This four-part series meets from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month from September to December at a location relevant to the topic.

Dates/topics include:
* September 19, 2017 - Local Government
* October 17, 2017 - State Government
* November 21, 2017 - Federal Government
* December 19, 2017 - Grassroots Engagement & Campaigns + Graduation

Held in partnership with:
* River Heights Chamber of Commerce
* Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce of Commerce and Tourism Bureau
* Minnesota Retailers Association
* Connolly Kuhl Group

Find out more and register today! 
Celebrate 60....  Only One Week Away!
Join us on August 31 as your Chamber celebrates its 60th Anniversary Summer Celebration.  Anchor Bank food truck, wine and beer tasting, networking, dunk tank, and fun games and activities will be on-hand.   Register today!

Special thanks to these fine companies for their support in our celebration.

Events Calendar
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8:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m.

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28 29 30 31

3:00 p.m.

Happy Labor Day! 
 Office Closed


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

12:00 p.m. 
Emerging Leaders Committee

4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
Executive Committee

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

3:30 p.m.
Ambassadors Committee

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
President's Search Committee Seeking Candidates
Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking interested candidates for the position of president. Submit confidential cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements electronically to CEO Search Committee prior to September 15, 2017. Read the Position Profile for more details.

Wanted: Business Mentors
students_portrait.jpg The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative is a unique partnership that has developed between the school districts of South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, and West. St. Paul - Mendota Heights -Eagan. This partnership is a collaborative effort to guarantee that all students of South St. Paul Secondary School, Simley High School, and Henry Sibley High Schools graduate with a plan for his/her "next step" and has the skills, knowledge, attributes and attitudes to be successful, wherever that next step takes him/her.

Of critical importance for students is for them to have a wide array of Career and College Readiness experiences and explorations. To support the goals of the Initiative they are looking for mentors from the business community to share their time, experience and expertise from their world of work.   Find out more on how to become a mentor and take the next step to prepare tomorrow's workforce.
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets August 21 - see the agenda
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets August 22 - see the agenda 
Rosemount Planning Commission meets August 22 - see the  agenda
Eagan Planning Commission meets August 21 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights Planning Commission meets August 21 - see the agenda
The City of Rosemount recently held a Comprehensive Plan Open House.  Read more here on the information presented on the proposed land use changes and Draft Development Framework.    
Member Spotlight: Active Involvement 
Allen Glynn, KLC Financial
As a small business owner with KLC Financial, I have been in the equipment leasing and financing business since 2006. I have over 10 years of experience helping small business owners, like myself, finance assets ranging from manufacturing equipment to IT software and everything in between.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin - Superior and have a MBA from St. Mary's University. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young daughters.

As a young professional, joining the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2009 helped me make connections with customers and referral sources. I made it a point to be very involved by attending events and volunteering on the board of directors and for other leadership positions. As a business development professional in equipment financing, I am always looking for the next opportunity to work with a new business. The relationships I made in the chamber have helped my business grow.  
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Gateway Bank - Edina
The Imagery

A Precious Petals Florist
Reba Berge
1438 South Robert Street
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Visit website  here
A Precious Petals Florist is a full-service retail flower shop in Dakota County.  It is in West St. Paul, just 3 miles south of downtown St. Paul.  Precious Petals was established in 1988, and has been a woman-owned business from the start.  Reba Berge, the current owner, bought the shop in 2008.  She has a passion for the floral industry and continues to stay educated as an entrepreneur and floral designer.  Precious Petals prides itself in customer service that is friendly and prompt. It offers custom designs that are hand delivered across the metro.

Raising Cane's
1725 South Robert Trail
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Visit website  here
At Raising Cane's we have ONE LOVE - quality chicken finger meals. Raising Cane's is renowned for its fresh, never ever frozen chicken fingers, its craveable - some say addictive - secret-recipe Cane's sauce, crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw, Texas toast, freshly brewed sweet tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

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!

Gateway Bank is happy to announce the opening of their new branch in Edina, MN.  To celebrate the Grand Opening of Gateway Bank in Edina, they have put together a few events throughout the week of August 21st.  Gateway Bank would love to have you join to help celebrate!
  • Monday, August 21: Popcorn cart (8am-5pm)
  • Tuesday, August 22: Ice Cream Truck* (11:30am-1:30pm); Ribbon Cutting (4-6pm)
  • Wednesday, August 23: Gateway Bank Cookies* (8am-5pm)
Comcast's Internet Essentials program! The nation's largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program for low-income households is hitting a major milestone when it comes to closing this country's digital divide.  Since launching in 2011, Internet Essentials has connected 4 million low-income Americans, or 1 million families, to the power of the Internet at home.  For more info got to:

SPIRE Credit Union has been honored with both the 2017 Youth and Adult Desjardins Financial Education Awards!  The awards, sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy.

Our congratulations to Chamber members Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Colliers International, and Wellington Management for being recognized by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as the Most Admired CEOs.  

Talecris Plasma Resources, West St. Paul, recently celebrated its grand opening and looks forward to your first visit.  As  a Grifols plasma donor, your comfort and safety is their number one priority.  Do wnload your First-Time Donor Checklist here.

Genisys Credit Union ranked as one of the top 200 healthiest credit unions in the nation by For the third consecutive year, Genisys has been recognized for its financial strength compared to America's 5,785 federally insured credit unions. 

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