December 5, 2016
New Look! New Capabilities! 

Corner Piece Web has been working hard on updating DCR Chamber's website and we couldn't be happier! It has a fresh look and is now responsive and mobile friendly. Users also have the ability to share specific pages on social media. Thank you to Corner Piece Web along with our website sponsors, Minnesota Vikings and Sun Thisweek & Dakota County Tribune. Check out the website. We hope you like it as much as we do!  
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Make Your Voice Heard by December 8 
This is an import time for the Twin Cities business community and one where your voice has never been more important. 

Issues like paid sick and safe leave, mandated schedules, and wage rules are being acted on by individual cities yet we live in a metro area that is part of a larger region. As more cities look at these issues, the conversation about what is the right direction for Minnesota is incredibly important.

Metro Advocacy Coalition of Chambers was created to bring the voice of businesses across the Twin Cities together to manage these and other related issues, and your Chamber is a leader in this coalition. 

To do this, we need your help. We need your voice and your stories and information to be part of the conversation about what kind of an economy is best for our region and the State of Minnesota. We have created a survey that will help us gather information from you and other businesses around the Twin Cities. The information will be used to help us advocate for your company and others around the metro area who care about making sure this continues to be a place where companies can grow and thrive.

Please take the time to complete this brief survey no later than December 8; and  encourage others to do the same. The more who participate, the better the information is to make our voice stronger!  Thank you.
Women's Circle: Good Ways to Say Everything  
Join us for Women's Circle on Thursday, December 15 from 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at Mendakota Country Club featuring Melissa DeLay, TruPerception. Melissa will be sharing "Good Ways to Say Everything...and how to make your words work for you."

Perception is reality. That's why perceptions of your brand, your company-and perceptions of YOU-matter so much. Yet, crafting and delivering the right messages to prospective customers, referral sources or business partners can be tricky. You will learn: 
o          How to manage the everyday business-related crisis with ease
o          The art of crafting smart, influential message on the fly
o          The secrets to fostering positive, ongoing impressions 
o          Ways to side-step ambushes, crabby coworkers and client conflicts 
Please join us for this exciting talk focused on how to quickly build your reputation through messaging. Plus, put these new skills into practice as you connect with others at the event. Click here to learn more and get registered
Events Calendar

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

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

4:00 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee 

4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

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

8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.

7:45 a.m.

3:30 p.m.
Board of Directors

7:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

Chamber Office Closed

Chamber Office Closed


Chamber Office Closed
Did you Know? 
Dakota County Technical College is exploring the option of adding four-year degrees in a limited number of polytechnic fields. Click here to learn more and find out what your Chamber thinks of this idea. 
The Vikings are Coming! 
Work Hours on Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center Nearing 10,000

Crews working on the Minnesota Vikings future home in Eagan continue to grow and are now averaging approximately 2,000 work hours per week. Twelve subcontractors, nine of which are based in Minnesota, are now on site under the direction of construction manager Kraus Anderson and Crawford Architects.
While concrete foundation continues to be poured at the plaza level, the first concrete wall pours have also occurred, giving the site some semblance of the future buildings. Concrete footings and slabs for the team's hydrotherapy pool pits are now underway. All of the steel and concrete work is expected to be complete next spring.
Recently the Vikings and project partners celebrated the ongoing work with a construction worker appreciation luncheon capped off with an auction for autographed Vikings memorabilia.
Interested in Growing the Region?
Your Chamber plays an integral role in growing the Dakota County region.  As part of its work - business attraction, retention and workforce development - all elements of success, the Chamber is establishing an Economic Development Committee; and we are seeking interested volunteers. Our first meeting is scheduled for December 13.  Contact Vicki Stute for more information. 
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets December 5 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets December 6 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets December 6 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets December 6 - see the agenda

Chamber members are invited to help honor Dwight Johnson, Rosemount's City Administrator, who will be retiring at the end of this year. His retirement party will be held on December 19 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00p.m. at the Steeple Center. Click here for details.  
Calling All Sales Professionals: Mentors Needed

Rosemount High School is looking for sales-minded individuals who would like to assist in developing the next generation of sales executives. The volunteer commitment is only four meetings or four total hours over a period of 26 school days in January/February 2017. For more information, please contact Vicki Stute.  
Member Spotlight: Growing Personally and Professionally
Stacey Bartelson, Edward Jones
My passion in life is to help others and make a difference in people's lives.  I feel fortunate that I get to fulfill my passion every day in the work that I do as a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones.  We work together to develop a plan which we follow and adjust as their seasons in life change.  Additionally, with my new role as the MN State Chair for Edward Jones Grass Roots Taskforce, we strive to make the voice of the individual investor heard on Capitol Hill.

I have been a member of the Chamber for almost 9 years and it has helped me to grow personally and professionally.  I have enjoyed meeting new people at Coffee Breaks, sharing ideas and learning at the Business Owners Roundtable. Connecting with women at the Women's Circle and Women's Conference is another great benefit!  Each event is organized, purposeful and provides valuable information and networking opportunities. The Chamber is very innovative and always looking for ways to support the local businesses in Dakota County.  I look forward to many more years with the Chamber and all it has to offer!  
We're Hiring! (and no, Lori isn't leaving) 

We are excited to announce that we are adding another Member Relations Director position to our staff for 2017. This person will help your Chamber to continue to grow which provides you with additional networking contacts as well as a stronger voice for business in our region.

The Member Relations Director is responsible for the sales of new memberships within the Chamber as well as retention of existing members. This position implements strategic direction for the organization's growth within the membership area. Our ideal candidate will be outgoing, energetic, organized and a "go-getter". Click here to read the full job description. 
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Keeping it Personal

  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!!  
Associated Bank, Eagan - 53 years
Chroust Dental - 31 years
Jensen's Food & Cocktails - 19 years
Cerasis, Inc. - 9 years
Associated Bank, West St. Paul - 8 years
Copy Right Printing - 2 years
D.T. Meisinger Development, Inc. - 1 year 
Celebrate Business Success
News on what's happening with our members and in the community!
SPIRE Credit Union was recently awarded the 2016-2017 Torch Award for Ethics in the 176+ employee category from the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. Read more. Congrats SPIRE!

Scott Swenson, Market President for Home Federal,
has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors for the Eagan July 4th FunFest.   Earlier this year it appeared this amazing event was going to end after a 50 year run. With the leadership of key members of the board and community leaders, it has a fresh start. Congrats Scott! We are looking forward to FunFest in 2017.

Dan Stoltz, CEO/President of SPIRE Credit Union, has been elected Chairman of the Board for the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. Congratulations Dan! Read more.

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