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Not-for-Profit of the Year: Access of the Red River Valley

August 1st, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

Around 1984, a local group of parents of children with disabilities became determined to keep their children out of institutional care and in private homes. This grassroots effort gave rise to the agency we know as Access of the Red River Valley. Today, they continue with this mission of supporting children and adults lead dignified independent lives.

Access Clients at parade

They do this through independent living services, in-home family support, corporate foster care, children’s mental health case management, and more. Collaboration with families, schools and resources in the community help make it all possible.

For non-profits with government-controlled budgets, it can be hard to get the word out, and that’s what makes this humble organization so proud of receiving a 2017 ChamberChoice Award. For staff at Access, it’s a 24/7 job where every day is different and they get to change people’s lives. From college students to those needing a part-time job, their employees come from all walks of life. Which fits perfectly into their guiding principles to treat everyone with respect and to appreciate differences.

Though most of their budget goes to payroll for their around 130 employees, it’s clear their focus is on providing the best care possible, offering 1-on-1 care for every client. Their goal is to treat each client as they would want their own children to be treated, and with the same opportunities as anyone else. “We are dealing with human beings, and every situation is different,” Krista Svobodny, HR manager, said.

All clients at Access live in a safe home with their own bedroom and their own space. Currently, they have eight sites where clients live alone and a few others with only two clients sharing a home. In 2007, they opened a triplex unit in Moorhead, which houses six clients, as well as the Michael Czichotzki Learning Center, where staff and clients can come for classes and activities.

bill smith with access clientCommunity integration is vital at Access. For their clients, community inclusion creates value for everyone’s uniqueness and abilities. They believe it is important for everyone to feel they are part of an event, and not just observe. Community outings also teach valuable social skills. Bill Smith, services director, says there is rarely an event going on around town that Access clients are not attending.

Smith has a unique take on his work at Access. In his 15-year career there, he first started as a case manager and has been able to watch clients grow when they start with the agency as children through adulthood. He says being able to witness their young clients become successful 30-year-olds is what he loves most. “We take care of them, from teaching them how to cook, do laundry and take care of themselves, and then see the progression of them becoming independent and knowing you’re part of that.”

Playing an important role in our community for over 30 years, Access hopes to maintain the same quality of service going forward, but hopes to see growth in employees and awareness. Kathy Potter, executive director, says she just wants people to know that Access is there and provides a much-needed service for our community. She often refers to a slogan Smith says, which is that we are all just one accident away from a disability, and it can happen to anybody. If something happens to you or someone you know, you can at least rest assured that the individuals at Access will step in to help.


Why we gave Shaq the thumbs up for Voices of Vision

August 1st, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

Shaq and CraigAbout a week before we announced this year’s Voices of Vision speaker, I started teasing the BIG news on Twitter. Of course, now that you’ve (probably) heard it is Shaquille O’Neal, it makes sense why we used the “big” catchphrase. Not only is Shaq literally big, but so is his name recognition, so is his persona, so are his accomplishments, and so is this news.

We’re not sure we’ve ever had so much excitement over a speaker for a Chamber event ever! We sold out floor seats within 24 hours and had to open up stadium seating. Shaq’s name is so recognizable, and it’s been a joy for our Chamber staff to have this level of fun promoting something.

Of course, you also know Shaq mostly for his accomplishments in the NBA. He’s a four-time NBA Champion, 15-time All Star and three-time Finals MVP. He’s played for 20 years with six teams and was named one of the most influential athletes by Forbes.

The thing about Shaq is that he seems to transcend sports. It may be his first claim to fame, but now he’s proven himself as such a busy and recognizable entrepreneur that even your grandma probably knows who he is. I see him on a commercial almost every time I turn on the TV! But when I started learning more about his business accomplishments, that’s when I was really impressed. His list of accomplishments as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and family man are worthy of attention. And there are several surprises in that mix! Did you know that he owns more than 150 Five Guys restaurants, just bought a Krispy Kreme, and was an early investor in Google? I invite you to check out my column in the August issue of Fargo INC! magazine to learn more, and take this fun quiz to test your own Shaq knowledge.

But one thing I wanted to make clear was that we decided to hire Shaq not because he’s another sports guy. Yes, in prior years, Joe Theismann and Terry Bradshaw graced the Voices of Vision stage. And yes, we have always had men in the past.

We searched high and low for the right fit for this year’s Voices of Vision speaker. We tossed around so many names and ideas that I lost track. The one name that continued to stand out was Shaq.

I have no doubt that Shaq will not disappoint. The level of buzz over this news already is encouraging. We hope that you understand and sign up to hear from this amazing businessman, investor, mentor and all-around star. This series has big shoes to fill, and clearly, Shaq’s size 23 shoes do just that.

Craig Whitney
The Chamber


Youthworks: Small Not-for-Profit of the Year

July 1st, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

Life can be turbulent at times for anyone, but at-risk youth can face even greater challenges. That’s where Youthworks steps in. This year’s ChamberChoice Small Not-for-Profit winner supports youth and their families, helping them meet goals and establish strong, healthy relationships through a range of programs. Above all, they offer a safe place for kids and families.

youthworks staff

On average, approximately 170 youth experience homelessness each night in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The goal at Youthworks is to reduce that number by helping those who need it most.

Founded in 1991, Youthworks offers professional social work, family counseling and mentoring to youth who are diverted from juvenile court, suspended from school, are homeless, victims of sex trafficking or are in need of food and shelter. And, they are the only local agency that offers a short-term care and assessment center for children aged 11 to 17.

fargo youthworks buildingThey have two locations in North Dakota (Fargo and Bismarck), but serve people across the whole state and even into Minnesota. In the last two years, Youthworks has expanded programming and staff in the area of human and sex trafficking prevention, education, intervention and advocacy. So far, they have been able to help over 30 victims of human trafficking, and are looking to expand their experience in labor trafficking.

“All these programs are responses to what our community or state needed,” Jessica Fleck, program manager, said. “We really wanted to step in and fill those gaps.”

Youthworks operates a statewide guardian ad litem program, advocating for 1,000 children in deprivation cases before the Juvenile Court.

They’ve expanded their Transitional Living and Pathways to Parenting programs, and recently purchased the home next door to their main campus to allow for more space for homeless programming. They also do street outreach and have a 24-hour crisis line.

Youthworks’ success and growth can be attributed to an overarching approach to positive youth development. And it’s working, as surveys of youth and families consistently show they feel respected and safe at the agency. “We’re driven by treating any and all with respect and humanity,” Joan Neilan, development director, said. “These are not easy situations, and we believe that youth should have a voice.”

youthworks Kim and MelaniePart of how they give these individuals a voice is by hosting a youth advisory board for their clients to have input on their programming. They also involve youth and clients in street outreach and integrate them into the community.

It’s important for Youthworks to give back, and they make a point to offer volunteer opportunities to both its staff and clients.

They’re a part of the Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons, and contract with the schools, juvenile courts, Social Services and Sheriff’s department.

One message Youthworks wanted to share in this article was to remind that youth homelessness is a thing, but it doesn’t mean homeless kids are bad kids. It can affect anyone, and that is why an agency with such a welcoming atmosphere and open-door policy means so much.

With its strong leadership and dedicated board and staff, Youthworks no doubt will continue to serve a vital role in our community into the future.


Recap: Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks 2017

June 30th, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

We had another amazing time at our seventh annual Military Appreciation Night yesterday, June 29, at Newman Outdoor Field with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

The evening opened with a picnic, inflatable games and photo opportunities with RedHawks players for military families.

The U.S. Navy SEAL team of Patriot Parachuters did an incredible display delivering the flag for the National Anthem from the sky.

Vocalists representing the American Legion Post 2 sang “Star Spangled Banner,” and recruits representing all branches of the military took part in a swearing in ceremony.

Lawrence Karels, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, delivered the first pitch. Karels served as a sergeant in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in 2007. He has received numerous medals and ribbons for his service. Karels also won a giveaway for a year’s worth of groceries from Hornbacher’s.

Another emotional moment during the game was when David K. Halcrow, a Vietnam War veteran who served in the United States Army, was awarded medals he earned during his service that had not yet made its way to him. He also received a new Green Beret, which had been shot right off his head during battle.

veteran receiving medals

We want to thank our Honor Star members, Military Affairs committee, all sponsors and attendees, for supporting this great event and coming out to celebrate our region’s military.

D-S Beverages, Inc.
Bethel Church   Bremer Bank   CI Sport   Dakota Supply Group
Fargo Jet Center   Games Galore Party Rental   National Hospitality Services   Xcel Energy
American Crystal Sugar | Eventide Senior Living Communities | Sanford Health
Talecris Plasma Resources, Inc. A GRIFOLS Company
The Apartment Movers, Inc. | Aspire Financial | Beyond Shelter, Inc. | Blake Ristvedt Dental
Capital Credit Union | Cargill, Inc. – North American Multiseed Division | Crane Johnson Lumber Co.
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation | Far From Normal Supply, Inc. | Fargo AirSho, Inc.
First International Insurance | Glass Doctor of Fargo-Moorhead | Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop
Heather’s Housekeeping | High Point Networks | Hope Electric Inc. | Integreon | KLJ | Lowry Engineering
Luther Family Buick GMC | Maintenance Engineering | Matrix Properties | McGough Construction
Mead & Hunt | Mengedoth Dental | Michael J. Olsen Communications | NAI North Central
Nodak Insurance Company | Red River Chapter of Credit Unions | Rick Electric, Inc.
Rose Management LLC / Anda Properties | Dr. R Twardowski MD PC | Spectrum Aeromed
Strata Corporation | TMI Hospitality | U.S. Bank | Wanzek Construction, Inc. | Western State Bank


Check out these Tweets for more highlights!


How to Retain Millennials

June 15th, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

Many employers are struggling to attract and retain a qualified workforce, which made our June 14th Business Training that much more relevant. Brein Haugen from Rasmussen College presented research into millennials, and Tamara Anderson of Dale Carnegie facilitated a panel discussion comprised of local working millennials to share their perspective.

millennial training panel

According to Forbes, by 2020, 1 in every 3 adult Americans will be a millennial, and by 2025, 75% of the workforce will be millennials. There are many misconceptions out there regarding millennials, but it seems millennials are just misunderstood. In fact, millennials are the most educated generation – 36% more of them have four-year degrees compared to Gen Xers. And seemingly the most vocal critics of millennials are the very generation that raised them: the Baby Boomers.

Millennials aren’t going away anytime soon, so understanding what motivates them is crucial for employers.

Millennials Value a Workplace in Which…

  • They are given help and support when needed
  • There are incentives for higher performance
  • There are flexible hours to allow for work-life blend
  • They can look forward to going to work
  • They are trusted to do their work and more
  • They can work with limited oversight

Millennials Value a Supervisor Who…

  • Communicates openly and honestly
  • Recognizes their contributions
  • Is trustworthy and trusting
  • Treats them with respect
  • Helps them learn a lot
  • Sets a good example
  • Gives them reason to have confidence in their leader’s abilities
  • Demonstrates interest in the personal lives of people on his/her team

Source: DCT/MSW Research

On the panel, Andrew Young, Hatch Realty, shared that flexibility goes a long way, and for him that means allowing work to happen when each individual is at their most efficient (for instance, working late or from home some days rather than a strict 8 to 5 schedule).

Culture is also a big factor for many millennials, and working in an environment where they feel heard, trusted and supported. They want good relationships with their supervisors, they want one-on-one meetings, and they want consistent feedback. They value open communication and mutual respect.

Our panel was slightly divided when it came to annual reviews, but most agreed that they’re not effective. Instead of going over a whole year at a time, they prefer in-the-moment feedback in response to specific scenarios in which they excelled. Likewise, they want constructive criticism too, because they want to continually grow.

Millennials like challenges, and they like room to prove themselves. They want to try new things, and the trust to run with new ideas. Micromanaging does not align with this generation.

Millennials also value the ability to grow outside of the workplace. They’ll appreciate when employers encourage professional training, leadership opportunities or volunteer hours. They also tend to blend their personal and professional life, which goes beyond working late. They want to be social with their co-workers, so building in time for teambuilding or an after-work outing can go a long way.

Thank you to all our panelists for sharing so candidly with our attendees! Also featured was Kristina Hein, United Way of Cass-Clay; Alycia Peter and Mackenzie McFadden, Rasmussen College; Amanda Even, Dress for Success; and Tyler Fischbach, The Chamber.

Other Findings from Brein’s Study

chamber business training crowd

People change, mature, and develop their values, attitudes and preference as a function of age. This remains relatively stable over time.

Six Characteristics

  • A traumatic or formative event
  • A dramatic shift in demography that influences the distribution of resources
  • An interval that connects a generation to success or failure
  • The creation of a “sacred space”
  • Mentors or heroes that give voice to their work
  • The work of people that know and support each other

The 4 “I”s of Transformational Leadership Style

  • Influence
  • Inspirational
  • Intellectual Stimulation
  • Individual Support

Generational Breakdown

  • WWIIers – 1900 to 1933
  • Swingers or Silents – 1934 to 1945
  • Traditionalists – Anyone born before 1940
  • Baby Boomers – 1940-1946 to 1960-1964
  • Generation X – 1960s to 1975 – 1982
  • Millennials – 1982 – 1983 to 2000


Thanks to the Forum for this great article on the event! How to hang on to millennial workers, according to millennials

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Eide Bailly: Where Culture & Consulting Collide

June 1st, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

Most everyone around here knows Eide Bailly as a CPA firm – and that has been the company’s roots since 1917 – but the advent of modern technology has shifted how this storied firm does business today.

One hundred years ago when Eide Helmeke & Co. opened its doors in Fargo, accounting was done with pen and paper. Not only has technology made this job quicker and more efficient, it also provided the opportunity to take customer service to the next level. Embracing change and focusing on innovative ideas has allowed them to grow with their industry and with their clients.

eide bailly 100 year

A critical moment in the Eide Bailly timeline was in 1998 when Eide Helmeke & Co. merged with Charles Bailly & Co. to form Eide Bailly LLP. Ross Manson, partner in charge of the Fargo office, says this move created a firm large enough to accommodate the growing workload and increase their offerings.

The Eide Bailly that we know today also offers a robust range of tax, audit and business advisory services. The technology consulting practice is an ever-growing area for the firm too. This includes being a reseller of NetSuite, Sage and Salesforce, systems optimization and contract work. Valuation and forensics also sits in the local office, and they have specialists for health care consulting and tax implications, among many others.

eide bailly jenni huotari ross manson

Ross Manson and Jenni Huotari

While their service offering has expanded, so too has their geographic footprint, as they enter new markets and acquire other firms. In fact, Eide Bailly is the 19th largest accounting firm in the United States. “To me, that’s a unique success story for North Dakota,” Manson said.

Though they’ve grown across many states, they generally don’t go East of the Mississippi. “We’re committed to our Midwestern roots, while still looking at Western expansion,” Jenni Huotari, director of business outsourcing and strategy, said.

Through the years, some core values have remained key pillars for the company. “We have a strong commitment to our people and our clients,” Manson said. “Those two things are what lead to a successful foundation and what we will continue to focus on.”

Huotari added that Eide Bailly is also committed to lifelong learning. “As a firm, I think we invest more in continuing education than most. We also have a strong commitment to personal development and soft skills … which enhances what we do individually and allows us to work better together.”

The company believes that their success is tied to the communities that they serve, so it’s important to give back. Houtari acknowledges that accounting knowledge is sought after by non-profits, so a corporate responsibility insists upon volunteer hours for staff to donate time and talents to area organizations.

As Eide Bailly celebrates a successful first 100 years, with anniversary events across all offices, what might be next? Manson says they’re working on outsourcing accounting opportunities for clients. “I’m really excited about utilizing technology and resources in another way,” he said. You’ll also see their advisory services evolve for clients looking for additional skill sets outside of their traditional compliance, and an enhancement to their core tax and audit services.

“Technology will remove the need for human function in some parts of our jobs,” Huotari said. “But it will open the door to serving at a higher level. We’re trying to be ahead of that and prove our worth. That’s where our client commitment is essential.”


Celebrating the 2017 ChamberChoice Winners

May 19th, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

Earlier today, we hosted another fantastic ChamberChoice Awards luncheon to honor the best of the best busineses in our community. James Cunningham was back for the fifth year as emcee, and once again had everyone “bubbling” over with laughter. Tom Dawson and Roger Reierson, representing the event’s presenting sponsors, opened the event with about 800 people in attendance.

We unveiled the winning businesses—and entrepreneur—in six categories according to our judges’ votes, and named the People’s Choice winner from your own voting prior to the event.

2017 ChamberChoice winners

The winners are …

  • Small Not-for-Profit of the Year: Youthworks
    Finalists: Legacy Children’s Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley
  • Not-for-Profit of the Year: Access of the Red River Valley, Inc.
    Finalists: Great Plains Food Bank and Vocational Training Center, Inc.
  • Small Business of the Year: Moorhead Dairy Queen
    Finalists: Mojo Fit Studios and Prairie Winds Veterinary Center
  • Business of the Year: Laney’s, Inc.
    Finalists: Office Sign Company and Park Co. Realtors
  • Young Professionals Best Place to Work: Sundog Interactive
    Finalists: Appareo and Western State Bank
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Josh Teigen – Protosthetics
    Finalists: Jill Berg, Spherion Staffing, and Zac Paulson, TrueIT
  • People’s Choice: Homeward Animal Shelter

The ChamberChoice Award finalists and winners were selected by a panel of independent judges from the regional business community, who evaluated accomplishments in the areas of business growth, innovation, creativity, community involvement and unique achievements relating to a specific business or industry.

Chamberchoice room


Check out the entire photo album HERE on Facebook!

Congrats to everyone, and thank you to all that helped make this event possible.

Check out some of these Tweets from event attendees!

What was your favorite part of the event? Share with us in the comments below or on social media using hashtag #ChamberChoice17.


“No-Sort” Recycling Coming Soon to Moorhead

May 12th, 2017 by Member Contributor

By Stephanie Reynolds, Recycling Program Manager, and Steve Moore, Public Works Director, City of Moorhead

The City of Moorhead is transitioning to “No-Sort” recycling this July. Instead of separating all of your recyclables, you can put them loosely into one container!

If you currently have a grey garbage tote, a blue 96-gallon recycling tote will be delivered to your driveway between June 8 and June 17. Your recycling day and week will remain the same with the first residential pick-up scheduled for Monday, July 3. If your recycling day is on Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day holiday), your recycling will be picked up on Wednesday, July 5. For days following holidays, please have your totes out by 4:00 am.

Live in an apartment? No problem! You too will be able enjoy the ease of “No-Sort” recycling! Just look for a blue 300-gallon container or a blue dumpsters located near your garbage dumpster. Blue recycling containers and dumpsters will be delivered to your apartment building by the end of June. The City will begin servicing these dumpsters on July 3. Please remember, only recycling goes in the blue containers or dumpsters. Trash will contaminate the entire container or dumpster and it will be taken to the landfill instead of being recycled.

Please no plastic bags in ANY recycling container, including our drop sites. Plastic bags can’t be recycled with other recyclable material and damages material recovery facility sorting equipment. However, plastic bags can be dropped off at local retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart or Hornbachers.

The city has a supply of our current 18-gallon recycling bins still available. The 18-gallon bins are great for garage storage or for apartment residents to carry recyclables to their recycling container or dumpster. Bins can be picked up at City Hall or Public Works Department for free while supplies last; one bin per household.

The “No-Sort” recycling guide, detailed color-coded map, and recycling schedule is available at www.cityofmoorhead.com/recycle. If you have any questions or want additional information, please call public works at 218-299-5422.

Thanks for recycling and making Moorhead green!


Member Profile: Hannaher’s

May 1st, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

Hannaher’s can bring design and function to any workplace. From innovative and collaborative work space design to a basic office chair and everything in between, this team prides themselves in engineering an environment where you and your team can do your best work.

hannaher's exterior

The Hannaher’s office in Fargo – just next to I-29 off of Main Avenue – also serves as a showroom, and it’s hard to not get excited about the possibilities just by stepping in the door. In fact, it’s a new building, built just for them. Since last September, they’ve been using the new space to show off product and design options—and everything you see in there is something they can offer your own organization.

While Hannaher’s is still a family-owned business, it’s definitely not your father’s office supply company anymore. Today, Paul Hannaher is at the helm, and the business has evolved throughout the years. It started as Ridley’s in 1939 with Paul’s father Tom joining the company in 1959. The Moorhead company changed its name to Hannaher’s in 1964. A few decades and a new building later, the next evolution came in 2011, when they acquired Gaffaney’s of Grand Forks. Since then, they’ve also opened another location in Detroit Lakes, now enabling them to serve further into Minnesota.

Now, Hannaher’s also has their own commercial flooring division and is placing a larger focus on technology, offering work tools like room scheduling devices. Of course, they also offer a wide range of items to enhance employee well-being and make space more efficient and flexible, including adjustable-height work stations, moveable wall systems and seating for a variety of work environments.

“One of the fun times meeting with a customer is when you see their ‘a ha’ moment,” Paul said. “When a business comes from having traditional cubicles and they see what a flexible work environment can do, you see their lights go off as things start to make sense. You can’t get those responses unless you’ve got talented people who know how to communicate that message. That’s the fun part of what we do.”

Steelcase is Hannaher’s primary manufacturing partner. Steelcase leads the way in innovative, research based furniture design, and is an industry leader in sustainability initiatives. This partnership allows their team access to Steelcase’s research and attention to industry trends and technology.

When working with Hannaher’s, you can rest assured that they put you top of mind. “I always stress that our customers are making a change in their office,” Paul said. “Our experienced team understands the stress that comes with change. We take pride in making our customers feel comfortable and confident in their new space.”

You can also count on their professionalism and knowledge. Paul says that they believe in investing in their team through ongoing training and development, as well as achieving levels of certification unmatched in the marketplace, providing the highest level of service, and knowledgeable partnerships for our customers.

Outside of the workplace, it’s also important for them to serve their community. Hannaher’s promotes a family-first atmosphere and encourages team members to be involved in service clubs and civic groups. They also give back by partnering with the local schools and universities, the United Way and Sanford Health Foundation.

Going forward, Paul says technology will be an integral part of the business, and they will continue to focus on giving employees resilient workplaces that provide a choice in how, when and where they work. “It’s really changing the way people work. This is all about retaining, hiring and attracting employees. Creating thoughtfully-curated workplaces will become destinations where people actually want to work.”


Leadership Class Presents Community Projects

April 19th, 2017 by Amanda Hofland

This past month, the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class unveiled their group projects. These Community Change Initiatives (CCIs) apply and reinforce the skills and insights gained throughout the Leadership program while allowing participants a chance to envision, develop and bring to fruition real and lasting community change in collaboration with others. Having worked on these projects for the past seven months, each group gave a 20-minute presentation to the community at Dakota Medical Foundation, offering a first look into their hard work and dedication to helping find a solution to a number of our community’s issues.

Team Go Green – All in One Recycling, City of Fargo

Team Go Green– Andy Erickson, Kinetic Leasing
– Adam Ruud, Houston Engineering
– Kelsey Erbes, Stoneridge Software
– Kevin Mehrer, Boy Scouts of America
– Matt Gruchalla, Bell Bank

The City of Fargo is bringing single-sort recycling to 26,000 residents starting July 2017. “Team Go Green” has partnered with the city to develop a marketing plan that educates citizens, increases the amount of recycles tonnage in Fargo and decreases the amount of waste in Fargo’s landfills. You can see their work on local billboards, in many local publications and online.

Looking for more information? Visit https://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/SolidWaste/Recycling/.

Duffels 4 Dreams

Duffels 4 Dreams– Chad Brousseau, Cass County Electric
– Chelsey Agather, Discovery Benefits
– Dave Bietz, Fargo Park District
– Jennifer Swenson, TMI Hospitality
– Sam Wheeldon, John Deere Electronic Solutions
– Tim Stokka, Gate City Bank

In 2016, 225 local children were removed from their homes and 107 were in foster care. While each experience is different, many of the children’s belongings are thrown in a trash bag during their transition, which is just one more stress added to their situation. The individuals in the Duffels 4 Dreams team, in conjunction with Cass County Social Services, are fundraising to provide a bag containing hygiene products, a comforting item (blanket or teddy bear), and passes for local attractions. Considering supporting the Duffels 4 Dreams mission? Your gift will provide:

• $20 = 1 Blanket
• $10 = 1 Teddy Bear
• $50 = 1 Complete Duffel Bag
• $200 = 4 Complete Duffel Bags
• $500 = 10 Complete Duffel Bags
• $1,000 = 20 Complete Duffel Bags

For more information, contact Dave Bietz at dbietz@fargoparks.com.

Financial Planning Day

Financial Planning Day– Jamie Grant, Microsoft
– Kurt Lysne, Moore Engineering
– Paul Jarvis, United Capital
– Shane Cullen, Park Co. Realtors
– Thomas Loegering, Wanzek
– Toby Krone, Moorhead Police Department

Financial Planning Day is a day dedicated to getting your financial and future plans in place. On April 29 at the FARGODOME, this group will be putting some of the region’s best financial planners, insurance providers and professionals right in front of you. This day is 100% free and will include workshops and classes catered to your questions and needs; keynote address by Erik Hatch; and the opportunity to schedule one-on-one planning meetings with some of the best financial planners our community has to offer.

To register for this event, visit www.getaplannow.com.

Home for Good

Home for Good– Donna Block, Lux Communities
– Erik Stenehjem, First International Bank and Trust
– Jenna Studt, Flint Group
– Jordan Cook, Choice Financial
– Rob Riness, Mortenson

Home for Good is bringing the Housing First model to the FMWF area through partnerships with local non-profits and the Apartment Association in hopes of connecting the community in ways to relinquish the stigma of homeless individuals. The Housing First model is an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness.

The World’s Table

The Worlds Table– Allyson Peterson, NDSU Development Foundation
– Cortnee Jensen, MindShift
– Maria Steen, Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc.
– Nikki Berglund, Luna Fargo/Bernie’s Wines & liquors
– Sarah Arntson, Dakota Medical Foundation
– Teran Germscheid, Wimmer’s Diamonds

The World’s Table is an event series focused on promoting cultural acceptance by building camaraderie between long-time local residents and New Americans. They will use food as our bridge and create a safe environment to try new foods, forge new relationships and learn about each other. They will gather regularly over ethnic dishes to make New Americans feel welcome, supported and connected to F-M. At the same time, they will introduce long-time residents to the foods, cultures and traditions these new neighbors have brought to the community. The first event will be held on April 27 at the Dakota Medical Foundation.

To register for this event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-worlds-table-episode-1-nepal-tickets-33471065859.

The Welcome Home Project

Welcome Home Project– Jenna Frost, American Crystal Sugar Company
– Mark Honzay, JLG Architects
– Vanessa Lystad, Vogel Law Firm
– Melissa Rystad, Rasmussen College
– Brandon Haney, Midco
– Kayla Gefroh, Purpose Learning Group

The Welcome Home Project’s mission is to provide necessities that will welcome families to their new homes, who are moving from transitional housing to permanent housing. Having already raised over $8,000, many local families who are currently working with Fraser, LTD, will be gifted what many of us often take for granted – beds, silverware, shower curtains, towels and so much more.

Interested in supporting this group? Contact Kayla Gefroh at kaylagefroh@live.com.

Experience Fargo Moorhead West Fargo

Experience Fargo Moorhead– Amanda Even, Dress for Success of the Red River Valley
– Amanda Maslowski, US Bank
– Caitlin Stoecker, The Village Family Service Center
– Chantel Carlson, United Way of Cass-Clay
– Mitch Johnson, CoreLink Administrative Solutions

Experience Fargo Moorhead West Fargo has partnered with The Chamber for a new program launching fall of 2017. They are bridging the gap between students and local businesses to create a community where engagement and service are an integral part of life. By doing this, it is hoped that the local workforce will be positively affected by retaining local higher-education students through community engagement, exposure to local business and service learning.

Interested in getting involved with Experience Fargo Moorhead West Fargo? Contact Mitch Johnson at mitch.johnson@corelinksolutions.com.


Be a part of next year’s class!

Applications are open for the 2017-18 Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program through May 18. Apply online at fmwfchamber.com.

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