September 26, 2016
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New Store Coming Soon - Eagan
We are looking for great, motivated people to join our team! If you want a career opportunity that allows you to develop and grow while learning more about wine, beer and spirits - Total Wine & More just may be the place for you. Click here for more information on our current openings or check out these awesome opportunities: Merchandisers/Stock Associates,  Cashiers and Sales Associates.
Check Out What's New at Your Chamber 
Over the past few months, your Chamber has been soliciting feedback on our events and programs from members through focus groups, surveys and good old-fashioned conversation. As we move into our next fiscal year on October 1, we wanted to give you a sneak peek at the new programming.

Good Day Dakota County: T
his monthly, general membership meeting will offer attendees an opportunity to learn from informative and entertaining guest speakers, hear about local and regional business issues, and network with other Chamber members. Join us on October 10!

Holiday Reception: All members are invited to our Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 15 starting at 4:30 p.m. Mark your calendars and watch for details.

ChamberLead is performance-based and designed for sales-oriented business professionals interested in growing their bottom line through good quality referrals. This group accommodates only one member per industry.

Peer2Peer Roundtable: This group provides the opportunity to network with your business peers; stay abreast of new developments through learning and sharing at each meeting; and achieve personal growth through educational topics relevant to your professional responsibilities. This group accommodates only one member per industry. 

Local Business Councils: Business councils in Eagan, Farmington, Mendota Heights, Rosemount and West St. Paul will meet on a quarterly basis. This is an opportunity for members to meet with city leaders to discuss what's happening in the community and in your business.

Additional information will be coming your way soon on these programs and more! 
Committed to Business... for YOU.
Your Chamber is Fighting for Family-Owned Businesses  
Your Chamber recently signed on to a letter to Dept. of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging the withdrawal of new estate tax regulations recently released by Treasury. These proposed regulations would severely limit the ability of many business owners to pass their companies down from one generation to the next by restricting the use of minority valuation discounts for estate tax purposes.  If you'd also like to sign the letter please contact Vicki by end of day today.  Read Letter.  
Chamber Federation Letter: Table is Set for Special Session 
By Doug Loon, Minnesota Chamber President 
Minnesotans have been delivered the disappointing news: "Special session talks are dead." For months, we watched as Governor Dayton and legislative leaders tried to negotiate a special session to finish the work of the regular session - to pass bipartisan tax and bonding bills that included transportation improvements, addressing another priority of the 2016 session. We urge Dayton and legislative leaders to commit to convene an
immediate special session to pass the tax and bonding bills. Nearly 90 percent of legislators supported the tax bill that was pocket-vetoed by the governor.
Are You Busy on November 8? 
Absentee ballots are now being accepted for the general election on November 8. Even if you aren't busy on November 8, you can still vote by absentee ballot. This is the first year that eligible voters in Minnesota don't need an excuse to vote absentee. Click here for more information on how to request a ballot, important deadlines you should be aware of, and what's on your ballot.
Join us for Coffee Break at Southview Country Club this Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Coffee Break offers a great opportunity to casually network while gathering in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere.  Join us for a great morning of networking!  Click here to register.
Events Calendar

7:30 a.m.
Government Affairs Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
PAC Board

4:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m.
Executive Committee

11:30 a.m.
SMYPro Committee 

4:30 p.m.

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

3:30 p.m.
Business Excellence Awards Committee

8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors

7:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Did You Know?
Friday is the last day to nominate yourself or another Chamber member for the Business Excellence Awards. Categories include Community Leadership, Business Excellence, Small Business, Women/Minority Owned, Nonprofit, Young Professional and Legacy. Click here for more information on the categories and to make a nomination.  
Are you Seeking New Ways to Find Employees?
Dakota Scott WorkForce Centers are hosting "hiring events."  For example, at the Burnsville WorkForce Center, every Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. - Noon, up to 12 employers can have a table in the resource room to meet with job seekers.  Attendance varies week to week.  For more information contact the following individuals based on location preference:
New Partnerships Create Opportunity
Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College have recently partnered on a new training website, Minnesota Training Connection, that is dedicated to providing flexible career training solutions to business and industry.
Local Focus: Find Out What's Happening In Your Community
West St. Paul City Council meets September 26 - see the agenda
Rosemount Planning Commission meets September 27 - see the agenda
Eagan Planning Commission meets September 27 - see the agenda
Mendota Heights Planning Commission meets September 27 - see the agenda 

Member Spotlight: Your Membership is What You Make of it    
Jenny Cisneros, Simply Massage & Spa   
Simply Massage & Spa joined the Chamber a little over a year ago and it has been a fantastic investment. I love learning about other businesses and how I can help them. It's also allowed me to share our great story about all the customized, therapeutic massage, facial, waxing, tinting and lash extensions that we offer. Once people learn that we provide the full hands on time that they purchase, in addition to providing complimentary aromatherapy & hot spa towel treatments they realize that we really are the best value around and quickly become clients and referral partners. Going to the Chamber's Coffee Breaks and Women's Circle are a great way to meet other local business owners in a casual, no pressure atmosphere. I have built some great personal and professional relationships by attending these events. Being a Chamber member is a good fit for me and my business because the membership really is what you make of it. You can participate as much or as little as you like and have time for. The more you participate, the more you get out of your membership!  
New Members
We welcome the following new members!

Kwik Trip
MBKS Family Office
Associated Global Systems, Inc.
Farmers Insurance Agency - Cody Smith
No Time for Poverty

Wellington Management, Inc.
Jessie Higgins
1625 Energy Park Drive, Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55108
(651) 292-9844
Visit website here 

Wellington Management, Inc. was established in 1984 and is family owned and operated in St. Paul. Currently, Wellington Management, Inc. currently owns and manages a four million square foot, $350 million portfolio of more than 90 properties in 18 Twin Cities communities. More than 600 tenants have chosen to locate in Wellington buildings making the company one of the top commercial real estate firms in the Twin Cities.
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!

Congratulations to Jeff Gau, CEO of Marco, on receiving a Most Admired CEO award from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal! Marco works to match you up with the right technology and keep it running smoothly day in and day out.

The UPS Store in Eagan celebrated 20 years in business with a ribbon cutting last Friday. Our Ambassadors joined in their celebration! Congratulations!!

Congratulations to Troy Solis and Sol-Information Systems, LLC on celebrating seven years in business!

Dakota Electric is also hosting an open house for students, teachers and parents to provide information about many of the interesting careers in energy. Energy companies are projecting that 30-50% of its workforce will be eligible to retire in the next 10 years and many of these positions have starting salaries of $45,000 - $60,000 a year. The open house will be held on Monday, October 17 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Dakota Electric.
 Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
3352 Sherman Court, Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121