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Weekly Update February 22, 2016

Haley Luckraft
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Chamber Members had a great time celebrating the 113th Annual Meeting of the River Heights Chamber of Commerce and Progress Plus at Mendakota Country Club. Congratulations to all our Award recipients! 
 
Upcoming Events
Opportunities Available to Host a Networking Event!!
If you are interested in hosting a CoffeeNet, Keep it Local for Lunch or Business Card Exchange in 2016 there are still opportunities available! Contact Maggie Doody to reserve your spot before it’s too late! Maggie@riverheights.com
South St. Paul State of the City Address
Tuesday, February 23
4:00-5:00 p.m.
The South St. Paul State of the City Address will be on Tuesday, February 23, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. If you are a Business owner, resident or do business in South St. Paul, This is an event you wont want to miss. Hear from Mayor Baumann and City Council Members as they recap 2015, and talk about plans for 2016. Find out about Economic Development, the police and fire update, what’s happening at Wakota Arena and Flemming Field, Parks and Recreation and city government updates. This event will be a live telecast on Town Square TV.

Power Lunch: Creating a Positive Workplace
Tuesday, March 1
Clarion Hotel
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“Creating A Positive Workplace” presented by Dr. Dave Metzen.  Cost is $20 per person and lunch is included. Email Maggie to reserve your spot at maggie@riverheights.com.
Takeaways:
1. How to build trust
2.. Importance of feedback/appreciation
3. Importance of Failure
4. Difference Between Management and Leadership
5. What Employees Really Want
6. Leading by Listening.
7. Q and A.
Dave Metzen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he also served as captain of the hockey team.  Dave was Superintendent of South St. Paul School district until he retired in 2000.  Dave went on to serve on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and was appointed as the Director of Higher Education for the state of MN by Governor Pawlenty.
Legislative Kickoff Breakfast
Thursday, March 3
8:00-9:00 a.m.
CHS, 5500 Cenex Dr, IGH
The River Heights Chamber of Commerce is partnering with CHS to offer a Legislative Breakfast on March 3, 2016. We will be hosting a preview of the 2016 Legislative Session, allowing Chamber members the opportunity to have an interactive discussion with State Legislators regarding upcoming policies and how these policies will directly influence Minnesota businesses. Space is limited, email Jennifer to register asap!

Jennifer@riverheights.com

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Weekly Update February 16, 2016

Haley Luckraft
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Business of the Year Award and the 2015 Forrest Glewwe Visions of Excellence Award!
2016 Business of the Year is Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc.
2015 Forrest Glewwe Visions of Excellence Award recipient is Senator Jim Metzen
Attend the Annual Meeting this Thursday to hear more about our winners!
 
Congratulations to Select Therapy as they celebrate the one year anniversary of their IGH location! Stop in for a cookie and to congratulate them today!
5836 Blaine ave, IGH
Keep it Local for Lunch @ Mississippi Pub. The expansion looks great!
River Heights Chamber of Commerce and Progress Plus Annual Meeting
Thursday February 18, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights
Join us for an evening of food, drinks and networking while we honor our leaders of 2015, welcome our new Chairman for 2016 and share accomplishments and goals for the Chamber in the New Year! The 2016 Business of the Year and the 2015 Forrest Glewwe Visions of Excellence Award will be announced and honored during this event, don’t miss it!
Lester Bagley will be our featured speaker. Bagley is currently in his 11th year as the Minnesota Vikings Executive Vice President. He helped secure financing for the Vikings new stadium. Come and hear some of the finishing touches they will do to get it ready for the 2016 season.
EVENT SPONSORS
South St. Paul State of the City Address
Tuesday, February 23
4:00-5:00 p.m.
The South St. Paul State of the City Address will be on Tuesday, February 23, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. If you are a Business owner, resident or do business in South St. Paul, This is an event you wont want to miss. Hear from Mayor Baumann and City Council Members as they recap 2015, and talk about plans for 2016. Find out about Economic Development, the police and fire update, what’s happening at Wakota Arena and Flemming Field, Parks and Recreation and city government updates. This event will be a live telecast on Town Square TV.
Power Lunch: Creating a Positive Workplace
Tuesday, March 1
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“Creating A Positive Workplace” presented by Dr. Dave Metzen. Join us in the River Heights Chamber of Commerce Conference Room for a productive power lunch! Cost is $20 per person and lunch is included. Email Jennifer to reserve your spot at jennifer@riverheights.com
Takeaways:
1. How to build trust
2.. Importance of feedback/appreciation
3. Importance of Failure
4. Difference Between Management and Leadership
5. What Employees Really Want
6. Leading by Listening.
7. Q and A.
Dave Metzen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he also served as captain of the hockey team.  Dave was Superintendent of South St. Paul School district until he retired in 2000.  Dave went on to serve on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and was appointed as the Director of Higher Education for the state of MN by Governor Pawlenty.
Legislative Kickoff Breakfast
Thursday, March 3
8:00-9:00 a.m.
CHS, 5500 Cenex Dr, IGH
The River Heights Chamber of Commerce is partnering with CHS to offer a Legislative Breakfast on March 3, 2016. We will be hosting a preview of the 2016 Legislative Session, allowing Chamber members the opportunity to have an interactive discussion with State Legislators regarding upcoming policies and how these policies will directly influence Minnesota businesses. Space is limited, email Jennifer to register asap!

Jennifer@riverheights.com

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Weekly Update January 25, 2016

Haley Luckraft
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Home Federal Savings and Bank 
Ambassadors met with Scott Swenson and Travis Jensen of Home Federal Savings Bank in Eagan. Check them out at www.justcallhome.com.
 
Simon Says Give
Ambassadors visit with Dina Simon – President and Board Chairman of Simon Says Give. Check out this great organization at
  

Keep it Local for Lunch @ Mississippi Pub
February 9th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Mississippi Pub, 4455 – 66th St. East, IGH
 
Sponsored by:
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River Heights Chamber of Commerce and Progress Plus Annual Meeting
Thursday February 18, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights
Join us for an evening of food, drinks and networking while we honor our leaders of 2015, welcome our new Chairman for 2016 and share accomplishments and goals for the Chamber in the New Year! The 2016 Business of the Year and the 2015 Forrest Glewwe Visions of Excellence Award will be announced and honored during this event, don’t miss it!
Lester Bagley will be our featured speaker. Bagley is currently in his 11th year as the Minnesota Vikings Executive Vice President. He helped secure financing for the Vikings new stadium. Come and hear some of the finishing touches they will do to get it ready for the 2016 season.
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Looking Ahead to Members Events
Another Food Fight!
Great Neighbors’ Food Fight

cards on sale for $25 each.

Cards can be purchased on-site at Neighbors, Inc. or on line at: neighborsmn.org/events.
Redeem the card at the participating restaurants during designated time frame and then vote on line using your card code for your favorite. The winning restaurant will be announced in April.
Participating Restaurants:
                 B-52 Burgers and Brew (b52burgersandbrew.com)
                 Cherokee Tavern (cherokeetavern.com)
                 Jersey’s Bar & Grill (jerseysbar.com)
                 Mississippi Pub (mississippipub.com)
                 5-8 Grill & Tap (5-8club.com)
Cards are redeemable at participating restaurants between February 1st & March 20th, 2016
The proceeds from card sales will benefit Neighbors, Inc. to support their emergency assistance and supportive assistance programs including the food shelf and Clothes Closet.
Neighbors, Inc. is a non-profit, social service agency serving Northern Dakota County.

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Weekly Update January 4, 2016

Haley Luckraft
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The River Heights Chamber of Commerce Welcomes 2016 Chairman of the Board, Brian MacKenzie of FASTSIGNS Inver Grove Heights

Brian MacKenzie

 The River Heights Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors adopted the following guiding principles for 2016:
  1. We strive to provide proactive promotion of all our member organizations and the local business community.
  2. Together, our business representatives drive the Chamber’s advocacy, economic development, and programming initiatives.
  3. We bring the local business perspective to community conversations and to our local and state leaders.
  4. Our diverse business community is stronger with the Chamber leading as a unified, one-stop resource.
  5.  The River Heights region can thrive when our local, state, and national marketplaces function free of mandates and with government transparency.
Minnesota’s retirement population is about to explode. Are we ready?
From the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS: By some standards — in particular, those of AARP — Minnesota is the best place to retire in the country. Soon we’ll get the chance to put that distinction to the test: The “Roaring Twenties” of the 20th century will become the “Retiring Twenties” of the 21st. Starting in 2020 and lasting through 2030, for every one person of “working age” added to the Twin Cities metro area population, there will be 21 people added over the age of 65, according to Metropolitan Council data. That bears repeating: 21 retirees added to the metro area for every incoming person age 25 to 64. For 10 years. This will lead to a staggering demographic shift: One that will nearly double the metro area’s elderly population by 2040, when more than 1 in 5 people will be retired.
Chamber 101
Wednesday January 13, 2016
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
 
Are you wondering how to get the most out of your membership? Then this program is for you! Join us for one hour to:
· Meet our staff and other members
· Discover all the opportunities available to you
· Network and socialize with other businesses
Great learning opportunity for:
· Any member interested in getting more from their Chamber membership
· New members

· New staff or new business representatives of Chamber members

Appetizers and beverages will be provided. RSVP to maggie@riverheights.com requested!

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River Heights Chamber of Commerce and Progress Plus Annual Meeting
Thursday February 18, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights
Join us for an evening of food, drinks and networking while we honor our leaders of 2015, welcome our new Chairman for 2016 and share accomplishments and goals for the Chamber in the New Year! The 2016 Business of the Year and the 2015 Forrest Glewwe Visions of Excellence Award will be announced and honored during this event, don’t miss it!
Lester Bagley will be our featured speaker. Bagley is currently in his 11th year as the Minnesota Vikings Executive Vice President. He helped secure financing for the Vikings new stadium. Come and hear some of the finishing touches they will do to get it ready for the 2016 season.

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Weekly Update November 9, 2015

Whitney Kaehr
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Deerwood Bank hosted a booth at the annual, Dakota County Business
After Hours sponsored by Dakota Electric Association.

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Ambassador Visit – Verizon Wireless
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Inver Family Chiropractic and Wellness Medical – Ambassador
Visit

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Check out our videos from our Ambassador visits on
our facebook page
here

The River Heights Chamber of Commerce announced its
participation in the sixth annual
Small Business Saturday on
November 28th  
and will continue to carry promote it
through the holiday shopping season to support small businesses in
South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights.   Founded by
American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to
celebrate the small businesses that help support their
neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after
Thanksgiving. Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday has
been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each
year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to
Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.
“The River Heights Chambers vision is not only to be the premier
advocate for small business, but also to be the small business
champion of promoting the local business community.” Said Kelton
Glewwe of Roadware Inc. and the 2015 Chairman of the River Heights
Chamber of Commerce.
Small business owners can learn more about taking part in the
Neighborhood Champion program and download free marketing materials
on www.shopsmall.com.
About Small Business Saturday:
November 28th marks the sixth annual Small Business Saturday, a
day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that create
jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the
country. Small Business Saturday was created by American
Express in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most
pressing need: more customers.
Disability-access lawsuits spark calls for
legislation
From the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS: A recent string of
lawsuits targeting Minnesota businesses that allegedly
are out of step with state and federal accessibility
standards has business leaders and some disability
advocates calling for new legislation. The Minnesota
Chamber of Commerce is working with the State Council
on Disability and other groups to draft a proposal they
plan to present during the 2016 legislative session.
They hope to give business owners an opportunity to
bring their facilities into compliance with the
Minnesota Human Rights Act before a lawsuit could
proceed. Read the full article here.

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