April 17, 2017
Are You an Early Bird? 
Today is the day that the early bird catches the worm! Discounted pricing for members ends today. Click here to register.

Come out and join us for a great day of golf with friends and associates at Mendakota Country Club, one of the premier, private golf clubs in our area. The Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, June 19 at Mendakota Country Club.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Premier Sponsor

Golf Ball Sponsor

Pin Flag Sponsor

Click here to see the listing of all of our confirmed event sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
What's Important to You?
When the Legislature returns from break on April 18 they will have approximately one month until the constitutionally required adjournment deadline of May 22 to negotiate with each other and the Governor.   Your Chamber has been working on your behalf on a number of issues important to your business:  Tax Reform, Transportation Funding, Health Care Reform, Real ID, Uniform State Labor Standards, and more.  As you know, compromise is often the case in the final hours.  Please share with us your final thoughts on these issues through participation in our Quick Poll
What's Next for Minnesota? 
Your Chamber, in partnership with the Minnesota Retailers Association, invite you to join us on Friday, May 5 at our Legislative Breakfast to hear Governor Tim Pawlenty share his perspectives of the current state of the country and of Minnesota. Pawlenty is currently the CEO and President of Financial Services Roundtable, a Washington D.C.-based, industry roundtable advocacy group. He served as Minnesota's 39th Governor from 2003-2011. Click here to register. 
Calling All Emerging Leaders 
Join us on Wednesday, April 26 for our Emerging Leaders Social from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Total Wine in Eagan. Network with other emerging leaders (amazing individuals under 40), enjoy a few appetizers and a complimentary wine tasting. Click here to register.

Our emerging leaders have the opportunity to come together on a quarterly basis to network, share ideas, and help each other continue to grow as leaders within our communities. 
Events Calendar

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


7:30 a.m.

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

7:30 a.m.
Economic Development Committee


8:00 a.m.
Farmington Business Council

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
 Did You Know? 
Small Business Week is coming up April 30 - May 6. We will be celebrating all week long and hope you will too! Watch for more details to come.  
MnDOT Announces 2017 State Road Construction Projects 
Last week MnDOT announced plans for $1 billion in state road and bridge projects for 2017. Many of the 211 projects are already underway. In addition, Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle also announced an additional 57 multi-modal projects valued at $47 million. Click here for a full list of projects including constructions dates and traffic impacts. 
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. 
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
Farmington City Council meets April 17 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights City Council meets April 18 - see the agenda
Eagan City Council meets April 18 - see the agenda
West St. Paul Planning Commission meets April 18 - see the agenda
Rosemount City Council meets April 18 - see the agenda
Rosemount Port Authority meets April 18 - see the agenda
Dakota County Board of Commissioners meets April 18 - 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!

Eagan Auto Repair
Booze Mart Inc.

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.

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 new member, Inspire Life Chiropractic Center, celebrated the opening of their business in Mendota Heights with Valley Staffing and our Ambassadors at a ribbon cutting. Congrats Dr. Mel!

Cerron Commercial Properties Logo Congratulations to Cerron Commercial Properties on being named a finalist in the small business category for the Minnesota Business Ethics Awards! Click here to learn more.

Hobby Lobby West St. Paul is open for business! Valley Staffing, along with our Ambassadors, celebrated with a ribbon cutting last week. Click here to read more.

ProAct, Inc., a disability service provider based in Eagan, recently added Kim Feller to their management staff as vice president of programs and services. Congratulations Kim! 

Two weeks ago 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.

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