August 29, 2016
Membership Benefit: Submit Your Press Release
One of the benefits of being a member of Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce is the ability to submit your news and press releases straight to the website. Once you've posted it to the website, it will automatically be shared on our Twitter account! Make sure to post your press releases about achievements, recent hirings, future plans, or any other exciting company news that you would like to share. You can do this by first logging into the DCR Chamber website, then navigating to news and clicking news releases. You can choose to upload your news straight to our website or even check on the news of other Chamber members. 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Get Informed and Influence Public Policy 
Your Chamber encourages individuals in the business community to be actively involved in the political process. We influence public policy decisions by providing knowledge-based programs and forums that provide information in a business context for decision makers.  With that in mind during this election season, you have the opportunity to learn more about the candidates running for office within our region and find out who's "pro-business" and working on your behalf.  Candidate forums have been scheduled in the five local communities, Dakota County, and regionally within the various Legislative Districts.  Take the time to get informed and educated before you go to the polls on November 8.  Register online for one or more of our Candidate Forums. Click here for a full list of candidate forums.

Missed the Dakota County Commissioner District 3 & 4 Candidate Forum?  Watch here
Small Business University Early Registration Deadline Extended  
With Labor Day approaching, we know that September 22 feels like a long ways away (but it's really only 26 days...) so we've decided to extend our early registration discount through September 1. Chamber members who sign up by then will receive $20 off the registration fee!

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from John Puckett, co-founder of Caribou Coffee, and co-owner of Punch Pizza as he talks about important lessons he has learned through his experiences in creating a successful small business, including the
importance of people, your culture and remaining transparent.

Breakout sessions with topics on marketing, business plans, social media, workforce, networking and more are all part of this amazing one day conference created just for you! Click here to learn more about the conference and to register.  
Events Calendar

7:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

DCR Chamber Office Closed

8:30 a.m.
PAC Board of Directors

11:30 a.m.
SMYPros Committee

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee 

8:00 a.m.
Small Business University


7:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

8:00 a.m.

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards 

8:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

7:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors


7:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Did You Know?
Labor Day is a day for you and me! Many of us view Labor Day as the end of summer but it's really a day to recognize all of the workers in the U.S. and reward them (hopefully) with a day off. Don't forget to thank your workforce for all that they do to help your business be successful!

Are you Hiring? 

Many businesses like yours are on the hunt for good, reliable employees and finding them can sometimes be difficult. There are many resources available online including the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Here you can post jobs, view resumes, get information on hiring veterans and people with disabilities as well as getting help with business expansion, relocation, permitting and regulatory questions. Check it out!

Don't forget to post job openings to the Chamber's online job board as well by logging into your account on our website
Discover Available Business Resources

The Minnesota Chamber's premier business assistance program, Grow Minnesota, is pleased to announce the launch of our Business Resources . We view the online site as an important tool to our mission of retaining Minnesota businesses and encouraging them to expand here.
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. Particularly useful on our Business Resources site is a link to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development's manufacturers supply chain database. It's intended to help Minnesota manufacturers buy materials, components and finished products from each other instead of out-of-state or foreign suppliers. It's a win-win for all Minnesotans.
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets August 30 - see the agenda 
Eagan Energy and Environment Commission meets August 30 - see the agenda    
Member Spotlight: Community Involvement    
Derek Boeve, Minnwest Bank 
I am a Commercial Loan Officer with Minnwest Bank, a family owned bank with 24 locations across Minnesota. At Minnwest, we are dedicated to the community and provide excellent products and services to our customers. Personally, I work with local and regional businesses to put them in a position to succeed in the future. Minnwest is also a preferred SBA lender which has been a very useful tool for the bank to assist new and growing businesses reach their goals. My involvement with Chambers began in Luverne, MN where I served as president of the board. I noticed very quickly the benefit Chambers have to communities. Now with the Dakota County Regional Chamber, I am active on the Ambassador Committee, Business Excellence Awards Committee, and the South Metro Young Professionals group. The Chamber has been a great way for me to get involved in the community while meeting many business owners and community leaders.
Paid Internship Available at Chamber for Lucky College Student     
We're hiring!  Your Chamber is seeking a Communications and Marketing Intern for Fall Semester to manage some of the day-to-day external communications.  Interns have a great opportunity to make valuable connections and get hands on experience in a professional business environment.  Tasks include various writing assignments:  email newsletters, blog posts, internal documentation, member communication, event promotion; event planning; social media campaign and website development; and creation of marketing/sales materials. Please help us spread the word! Click here for more information.  
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Talecris Plasma Resources
Chris Haase
1867 South Robert Street
West St. Paul, MN 55118
(651) 455-6111
Visit website here
At Talecris Plasma Resources, people donate plasma that is used to produce important life-saving medicines that treat people with rare, chronic and life-threatening conditions. The center is proud to employ 30 people from the local community and contribute close to $3 million each year to the West St. Paul economy through payroll and other operating expenses. Talecris Plasma Resources offers its donor center employees competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including a variety of professional training opportunities, tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs that can lead to a long career at Grifols or in the allied-health field.

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!

Ayars & Ayars, Inc., a design and build general contractor, is proud to announce the completion of Hope Lutheran Church, a new building in Farmington that they recently completed.

party_pooper_bday.jpg Oasis Outsourcing has officially changed their name to Oasis DEG. Oasis DEG provides employment related solutions including human resources, payroll administration, employee benefits and risk management.

Congrats to Burville Law Office, P.A. and attorney Michael Burville who recently marked the 15th anniversary since opening for business in downtown Farmington. The office focuses on providing legal services in the areas of real estate, estate planning, business, and probate. For the last three years, the office has been recognized as a Readers' Choice award winner by Sun Thisweek newspaper as best attorney in the Farmington/Rosemount area.

Guild Incorporated, provider of integrated treatment and services for people with mental illness, has recently elected Tom Halverson, CFO; Sarah Kottke, MD; and Bjorn Westgard, MD, to their Board of Directors.

Nothing Bundt Cakes in Eagan is celebrating their 1st birthday. Congratulations to Dawn Stucky and team on a successful and tasty year!

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