September 3, 2019
Now Accepting Business Excellence Nominations

The 2019 Business Excellence Gala will be taking place Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Radisson Blu – Mall of America. The Business Excellence Gala will recognize businesses, non-profits, and individuals who are making Dakota County a better place to live and work. Awards presented at the Business Excellence Gala are:

  • Business Excellence Award (Large & Small Business Award)
  • Community Impact Award
  • Above and Beyond Award
  • Legacy Award
  • Inclusionary Employer of the Year

If you know a business, non-profit, or individual that is a part of the DCR Chamber that you believe should be recognized we encourage you to nominate them  here
Are you an Independent Business Owner in Dakota County?
Recognizing the impact growing businesses make on the local economy, the Dakota County CDA has partnered with Scott, Ramsey, and Hennepin Counties, and the City of Saint Paul to offer the CEO Next Business Institute program to Dakota County businesses. The Dakota County CDA is seeking to sponsor three qualified business CEOs to participate in the 2019/2020 CEO Next Business Institute that will start late October/early November and go through June 2020.
The Dakota County CDA provides scholarships for owners of “second stage” growing businesses to participate in the 2019/2020 CEO Next Business Institute. Over the eight-month program, participants receive:
  • Expertise from a team of topical experts and research specialists.
  • CEO round tables (8 half-day sessions) where participants can share challenges and experiences with a small cohort of other noncompeting industry CEOs.
  • Monthly forums with a guest speaker, typically an entrepreneur who has grown their business, who will share successes and struggles while answering audience questions.
What businesses are eligible?
  • For-profit, privately-held businesses
  • 10 – 99 employees
  • Annual revenue between $1 Million - $50 Million
  • Ready to transition from small to large – past start-up state but not yet mature
  • Appetite and aptitude for growth
How to I apply?
Dakota County CDA is now accepting applications. Please contact Lisa Alfson at 651-675-4467 or  to apply.
Bob Schlichte
September Good Day Dakota County – Register Now! Space Available!

Become an Expert Ship Builder

A self-proclaimed introvert, Bob Schlichte taught himself to push outside his comfort zone to refine the art of ship building -- the building of friendships, relationships, partnerships, and sponsorships. Bob shares how to develop a foundation that will strengthen all of your ships and lead you to a more rewarding personal and professional life. 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Mendakota Country Club
2075 Mendakota Drive
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Thanks to our sponsors:
Public Affairs Round Table – District 51 – Space Available
Please join the DCR Chamber in our Public Affairs Round Table discussion with members of Legislative District 51 to discuss public policy initiatives which are important to our communities and members. We are pleased to have the following Legislators be part of this important conversation.
  • Senator Jim Carlson, District 51
  • Representative Laurie Halverson, District 51B
  • Representative Sandi Masin, District 51 A
Thursday, September 19, 2019
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Rasmussen College
3500 Federal Drive
Eagan, MN 55122
Networking Group Opportunity

ChamberLead is a member run bi-monthly networking group. This small group meets twice per month and is a sales-oriented committee for professionals interested in growing their bottom line through quality referrals. The group accommodates only one member per industry, and the total group size is limited to 20 members.

ChamberLead has many spots available. The current industries represented include:
  • Insurance (health, employee, personal, and commercial)
  • Chiropractor
  • Legal Services (but not criminal or family law)
  • IT (websites, social media, online marketing, SEO)
  • Realtor 
  • Mortgage

If interested, please contact Mark Bodin at
Networking   at its  Best
Registration is Required
Thursday, September 12, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
New Members
For more information on becoming a member, please email Nicole McCarthy at or call her at 651-288-9200.
Renewed Members

If you have questions or concerns about your membership renewal, please contact Pam Schmidt at  or call 651-452-9872.
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