April 10, 2017
We're All About Your Growth 
Kelli Morgen's first day at the Chamber was last Monday. Needless to say, we were all excited when she came back again on Tuesday!  Kelli joins the rest of the team with a goal of continuing to grow your Chamber.  We believe when the Chamber grows, you benefit through a greater number of members to network and do business with.  It also provides an even big voice in public policy to move business-friendly legislation forward. Here's what Kelli had to say about her first week:

"It was an exciting first week! I've been introduced to a lot of members during several events including the Dakota County State of the County Address, Why Not Wednesday, Express Window Fashions' Ribbon Cutting, and the Legislative Breakfast. It's been enjoyable to attend these events, and learn how the Chamber advocates for its members.  I look forward to learning more about each of your businesses and working with youl!"

Please help us welcome Kelli. You can reach Kelli by email or at 651.288.9203. 
Early Bird Deadline Approaching for Golf Classic 
Golf courses are open so it's time to start thinking about getting registered for your Chamber's Golf Classic - and its always a sellout! The Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, June 19 at Mendakota Country Club. Early bird registration ends April 17. Get registered today! 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Your Chamber at Work for You
As a proud member of the Chamber Federation, your Chamber had the opportunity to meet with Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka this past week and discuss our top policy priorities. Most key issues are now awaiting action via conference committee or Senate and House votes. 
As legislators head home for spring break, please urge their support of your priorities:
Meaningful Tax Relief. Not just removing the inflator on the statewide business property tax, but a reduction in the levy. Estate tax, Section 179 and the R & D credit are important too.
Uniform Statewide Labor Standards.  Explain the administrative burden that a patchwork of local mandates creates.   Urge your Senator to vote for the bill when it comes to the floor after break.
Transportation Investment.  The message is clear - pass a bill this year that funds roads, bridges, and transit.
Finally, remind them of the importance of having the REAL ID Legislation signed into law.
Your voice does make a difference! Thank you for your ongoing support. 
What Will the Future Bring? 
Join Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste as he presents the State of the City Address on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the accomplishments of the last year and hear what the future will bring for the community where you live, work or play. Register today.

Thank you to our sponsor: 
Let Us Say Thanks to You! 
Start your morning off right with a fresh cup of coffee, a business card, and a visit to your Chamber offices on Thursday, April 13 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. National Volunteer Week is coming up so we thought we would take an early opportunity to say thank you! Join us for a great morning of networking, coffee, and pastries compliments of Kwik Trip. Click here to register. 
Tips, Trends, and Time 
Join us for Women's Circle on Thursday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Southview Country Club. Wish you had some easy tips on how to maximize your current wardrobe? Curious about which trends to embrace or avoid this season? Looking for some real-life examples that you can easily implement to look great every day? 
Let Jodi Mayers, KSTP Twin Cities Live stylist and owner of Corset Styling in Edina, shed some light on these questions. At this fun seminar, Jodi will share tips to help you look great AND get you out the door on time. Jodi will also share the story of her journey to find her calling which didn't come until later in life. She has worked at corporations such as Accenture, Best Buy, Wells Fargo, Seabury and Cargill. Her experiences as a singer and corporate trainer have given her amazing confidence in front of crowds and the camera.
Click here to register
Events Calendar

9:00 a.m.
Ribbon Cutting

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


8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

4:00 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting 

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.

11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

9:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
 Did You Know? 
You can post job openings on the Chamber's website. Simply log into the member center, click job postings, and enter the information. Your job openings will be featured on the Chamber's Job Opportunities web page and will also push out onto our Twitter feed. Be sure to take advantage of this great member benefit!  
The Vikings Are Coming! 
Vikings & Minnesota State High School League Begin Partnership Discussions
Vikings executives have addressed the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) regarding potential partnership opportunities at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center and TCO Stadium in Eagan.
With the 6,000-seat (expandable to 10,000) TCO Stadium adjacent to the headquarters, the Vikings envision hosting multiple high school sports, including football, soccer and lacrosse.  The concept is primarily centered on a regular-season Friday Night Lights in which rival high school football teams around the state could perform in front of their fans on the same field their professional counterparts use for practice. Making the proposal even more unique is the potential airing of the games on vikings.com and local TV through the expanded Vikings Entertainment Network (VEN) studio and enhanced broadcast capabilities. The partnership could extend beyond the field to include the assistance of high school students interested in a journalism career in such broadcasts. Click here to read more. 
MN Secretary of State Office Open Appointments   
The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon, has released a notice of all 513 vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. Click here for the full list of vacancies.  
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Rosemount City Council meets April 10 - see the agenda
Farmington Planning Commission meets April 11 - see the agenda
Rosemount Planning Commission meets April 11 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets April 12 - see the agenda 
Member Spotlight: Meaningful Conversations
Kate Misukanis, Rasmussen College
I am the Government Relations Director for Rasmussen College and serve the Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Kansas campuses. While I feel pulled in many directions and states, participating in this Chamber has created a sense of community for me. I have found amazing women through the Women's Circle and that has led to many meaningful conversations that have helped me grow in my career and personally. I am also on the Government Affairs Committee and served on the PAC Board this past election cycle. We have some amazingly talented and wicked smart members, all of who pushed me to dig deeper into policy and also provided another network to tap as I do my work at the Capitol. I enjoy attending the monthly Legislative Breakfasts and walk away with my cup full of knowledge that has helped me make decisions and has introduced me to some of the  "tough" to get legislators. I have thoroughly enjoyed the staff and membership and being a part of the community in which I work and live!!
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Booze Mart Inc.
Orangetheory Fitness Eagan
Twin Cities Underwriters

MedExpress Urgent Care 
Megan Stickler
1963 Robert Street S, Suite 200
West St. Paul, MN 55118
(651) 457-2628
Visit website here

As a neighborhood medical center, MedExpress offers a wide range of urgent care, employer health and basic wellness and prevention services. With warm, welcoming centers and a full medical team, patients can receive walk-in treatment for everyday illness and injury, including more advanced offerings such as X-rays, IVs, labs, minor surgery, stitches and treatment for broken bones, sprains and strains. Centers are open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with no appointments necessary.

1400 Central Park Commons, Suite 100
Eagan, MN 55121
(651) 404-6189
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! 

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!

Last week our Ambassadors helped Express Window Fashions celebrate the opening of their new showroom with a ribbon cutting! Thank you to our ribbon cutting sponsor, Valley Staffing.

thumbs_up_kid_orange.jpg The Business Journal recently released it's 2017 Most Admired CEO's list and three of our members made the cut. Congratulations to Chad Dunkley, New Horizon Academy; Hoyt Hsiao, Shaw Lindquist; and Steve Wellington, Wellington Management! Read more.

Think Mutual Bank recently named John Caldwell as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. John has more than 20 years of experience in consumer and commercial credit. Congratulations John!

August Ash recently celebrated it's 18th birthday! Congratulations to Erich Hanson, Shawn Haukaas, and the entire team at August Ash on 18 years in business.

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!

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