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Women Connect Committee Chair Profile: Tonya Stende

March 30th, 2015 by Danielle Teigen

WC_May_Tonya Stende_1Tonya Stende, president of Dale Carnegie Business Group of ND, has been chairperson for the Women Connect committee since December 2014.

Why did you want to be involved with a new Chamber program? As a business, we are a proud Chamber member and appreciate the different programs and events the Chamber offers to the community. I could not have been more honored and excited when I was asked to be a part of the committee. Women in leadership is a passion of mine and finding ways to connect women and grow the current and future women leaders in our community is so fun and rewarding!
What have you enjoyed most about the process of launching a new program? I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the committee members as well as Chamber staff members. It is so exciting and energizing to start something new that will have impact on women in their professional and personal lives. The creativity and passion of the women on the committee is inspiring to me and makes me a better leader.

What is one thing you would like other people to know about Women Connect? Each event is about content, community and connection. You will have opportunity to build your skills as well the opportunity to meet other amazing women in the community and have engaging conversations. It is fun and energizing!

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Position Available: Communications & Marketing Manager

March 24th, 2015 by Danielle Teigen

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber is seeking a person to fill the role of Communications & Marketing Manager.

This position collaborates with key staff to determine the overall strategic direction of The Chamber’s communications and marketing efforts. Essential tasks include providing a variety of written content, strategic communications planning, branding, event marketing and social strategy. The position also oversees the content, design and production of Chamber publications as well as assists in marketing the programs of The Chamber to members and the community.

This position requires excellent writing, editing and communication skills; ability to write, edit and manage a number of projects; and marketing knowledge. Person selected must have proven successful writing and project management experience and a minimum of 4 plus years of relevant communications experience.

Download the job description. Application materials include: cover letter outlining salary requirements, resume and professional references. Please email them to jparsons@fmwfchamber.com. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit samples of their written materials.

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Spring Cleaning: Enlist These Chamber Members for Help Making Your Home Spotless

March 24th, 2015 by Danielle Teigen

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The notion of spring cleaning was born during the time when houses were shut up to protect a family from the harsh cold; these poorly ventilated dwellings collected dirt and oil all winter from the home’s heating elements, according to a Britannica blog post about the history of spring cleaning. Once spring rolled around, the family set to work restoring the home to a state of cleanliness.

We may not need to worry about soot or smoke anymore, but spring is typically still viewed as a prime opportunity to deep-clean your home. If taking on the task of cleaning your entire home seems daunting, see if one (or more) of these members can help lighten the load for you.

Ambassador Inc.
The company specializes in commercial janitorial services and is licensed, bonded and insured.

Automated Maintenance Services
If your business needs a good cleaning, Automated Maintenance Services provides commercial janitorial and maintenance services.

Cloud 9 Home & Office Cleaning
The company provides residential, move-out, post-construction, apartment complex and commercial cleaning services.

Comfort Keepers
Comfort Keepers can help with light house cleaning or personal errands so you have more time to spend with loved ones.

Home Instead Senior Care
The company is another option for in-home services such as light housekeeping for the elderly.

ISS Facility Services Inc.
ISS is a leading provider of facility services that tailors its solutions to the distinct needs of its customers.

Merry Maids
Merry Maids provides housecleaning services personalized to what you need, when you need it. Supplies and equipment are provided.

Servpro of Fargo-Moorhead
The winter was uncharacteristically dry, but if your home did experience water damage or has mold or mildew issues, Servpro can help restore it.

Steam Masters
If you need quality cleaning and restoration services for your home or office, Steam Masters is an option for high-quality, reliable service.

Steamatic of the Red River Valley
Another option for cleaning and restoration issues is Steamatic. The company also offers carpet, furniture and air duct cleaning.

Superior Steam Cleaning & Restoration
The company provides water damage restoration and carpet cleaning services.

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Hidden Gems: Leadership Class Explores Undiscovered Aspects of Community

March 24th, 2015 by Danielle Teigen

LFMWF MarchLast month, the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class spent an action-packed day learning more about hidden parts of the community that provide important services and contribute to the local economy.

Before visiting a variety of locations, the class learned about local history in a unique way: Steve Stark illustrated how the area was settled by telling stories while drawing the entire sequence on an enormous piece of paper. And, he was in historical costume.

“As leaders in the community, it is your responsibility to know and tell the story of this region’s history,” Stark said.

For the afternoon, the class divided into four groups to traverse the metro learning about the following businesses:

  • United Blood Services, which advances cutting-edge research and embraces continuous improvement.
  • The YWCA Cass Clay, which provides emergency shelter, children’s services, education and employment training, transitional housing and racial justice.
  • Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops, which has been an integral part of the North Dakota landscape and lifestyle for more than 70 years.
  • The Fargo Fire Department, which offers trained firefighters and seven stations throughout the community.
  • Family HealthCare, which offers comprehensive, primary medical and dental care to anyone who needs it.
  • The Fargo Water Treatment Plant, which treats almost 11 million gallons of water per day and is capable of producing 30 million.
  • West Acres Shopping Center, which offers more than 120 shops as one of the top shopping destinations of the upper Midwest.
  • The Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley, which provides a home-away-from-home for families with children in the hospital.

The class wrapped up the day by congregating at Cardinal IG for a final tour. The company is the largest fabricator of sealed insulating glass units that supplies more than half of the low-emissivity coatings used in North America.

Thank you to Cass County Electric Cooperative, Inc. for hosting our morning.

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Special Assessments Related to Diversion to be Set

March 24th, 2015 by Danielle Teigen

A plan to finance the local share of the F-M Area Diversion Project will save thousands of dollars a year for some Fargo homeowners, compared to potential flood insurance rates.

The Cass County Joint Water Resource District (CCJWRD) is administering an assessment district throughout the area in North Dakota benefited by the Diversion Project. The intent is for property owners to not have to make assessed payments; a sales tax will do that.

The “liability district” is a special assessment process, but it is different from the special assessment process used by a city. The state allows a water district to use a process in which each property owner gets a vote. The weight of each property’s vote is based on the benefit assigned to the property, so the higher a property’s value and protection level, the more that property’s vote is weighted and is ultimately assessed. Properties which are not in as much risk of flooding will not be assessed as much under the liability district.

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How to Build Successful Relationships Through Networking Events

March 24th, 2015 by Danielle Teigen

Networking is a powerful tactic to help you accelerate success because you are making connections and building mutually beneficial relationships.Holiday BAH (24)

With individuals and businesses being constantly bombarded by more traditional marketing tactics (i.e. mailers, emails, ads, etc.), personal relationships help you stand out from other competitors and stay top-of-mind. Leverage your relationships to cultivate new ones, and you will be on your way to success.

According to the Strategic Business Network, connecting with other business professionals helps you learn more about your industry, create referral networks, develop knowledgeable resources and accelerate your own professional development.

The SBN has a few ideas for how to maximize your networking abilities, such as:

  • Embracing small talk. Some people may think small talk is unproductive, but it really can lead to larger conversations about critical business Holiday BAH (76)issues.
  • Developing an arsenal of conversation starters, like asking how a person got into his or her line of work, the current trends in the industry, useful promotion ideas, etc. The questions you ask leave an impression, so be sure to ask questions that help you look informed and interested.
  • Politely interrupting when you really want to meet someone. Wait for a good breaking point before apologizing for the interruption and introducing yourself.
  • Standing near the food because endorphin levels are higher when we stand near food. That means meeting people near the buffet can increase the chance you’ll be remembered.
  • Reading business books not only to stay informed but to give you fodder for conversation as well as recommendations for others.
  • Being aware of space. You can exude confidence by taking up space. Also, put people at ease by mirroring your conversation partner’s body language to add to your own likeability.

Read more about how to successfully network.

Put these tips to work at the upcoming Business After Hours on Thursday, April 16.

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April 2015: Message to Members

March 24th, 2015 by Danielle Teigen

Craig WhitneyThis is such an exciting community to live in. Not just because of the incredible movements already happening but also because of the conversations that continue to be had about what’s next for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community. One of those conversations is about a convention center.

While permanent flood protection and workforce continue to pose major challenges for our area, a significant opportunity for continued progress is a convention center in a location that makes the most sense for the community.

No matter where a convention center is physically built, the long-term effects it will have on the entire metro region could be astronomical. I’ve heard speculation that a convention center is a want, and not a need, and I disagree. A convention center is needed because not having one is a substantial deterrent for our region’s growth in coming years. Right now, we’re able to host great events like regional hockey tournaments, curling trials, etc., but can you imagine what or who our community might play host to if we had a convention center?

We need to focus not on the money-making aspect of a convention center but rather on the overall economic stimulation. Convention centers put people in the beds in hotels, in rental vehicles, in retail stores and restaurants. The economic impact of convention centers is much broader compared to taxing structures, according to the book “Current Issues in Convention and Exhibition Facility Development.”

Consider this:

In the 2013-14 fiscal year, the Oregon Convention Center hosted more than 300 events, bringing nearly 550,000 people to Portland. The events generated an estimated $294.7 million in direct spending in the region, according to the center’s annual report.

In the 2013 fiscal year, the Las Vegas Convention Center generated nearly $1 billion in direct spending by convention and meeting attendees. That spending resulting in the support of 7,800 jobs, which generated $306 million in wages, according to a 2013 economic impact series brief.

I recognize the hyperbolic nature of this information; however, my point is that convention centers promote economic growth. As a steward of that exact mission, The Chamber firmly believes a convention center is essential to our region’s continued growth.

Thank you for your membership,

Craig Whitney
President/CEO
The Chamber

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Help Welcome NCAA DI West Regional Hockey Tournament

March 12th, 2015 by Member Contributor

On March 27 and 28, the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo community is hosting the NCAA DI West Regional Hockey Tournament, an event similar to the Sweet Sixteen for ice hockey.

This event will help continue to put Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo on the map as a sports destination, and we would like your help creating a WOW factor for the teams, fans, ESPN and NCAA personnel who will be here. Let’s give them a GameDay-like experience that only Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo is capable of!

To help you, the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau has offered to provide promotional items at no cost to you, and they will deliver them to you! We simply ask you help our community embrace this event by displaying them in your business starting Tuesday, March 24 – Sunday, March 29.

If your business has outdoor displays, we’d love to see messages welcoming the tournament and everyone involved to our community.

For your convenience, please complete this form, save it to your computer and email it back to kali@fargomoorhead.org or fax to 701.282.4366 by Tuesday, March 17.

All items will be delivered to you by Monday, March 23.

Thank you in advance for your help in making the NCAA DI West Regional an amazing experience!

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Cities Built for People Offer Sense of Place

March 6th, 2015 by Danielle Teigen

An urban planner from Ulteig asserted on Tuesday that building cities people want to live in requires a major shift from the current design standards. Street design

Mike Zimney told a crowd of approximately 120 people at Eggs & Issues that engineers and planners began laying out urban areas by emulating how interstates are designed – with wide lanes and minimal roadside hazards.

That design aesthetic has resulted in places that do not encourage walking and socializing, Zimney explained.

“A place is walkable when people want to walk because they feel like they are missing out if they don’t,” he said.

Modern street design also encourages faster driving and less caution, leading to increased traffic fatalities and less safe neighborhoods. Before the design shift occurred, the United States ranked behind only the United Kingdom in safest streets. Today, the United Kingdom still tops the list, but the United States has dropped off the list.

Creating great places comes down to two concepts:

1. Providing a sense of place where people can see without being seen, a natural instinct that has transferred from Sense of placeour time as hunters.

“The built environment should mimic the natural environment,” Zimney explained. “It’s about symbolic refuge.” That refuge comes from a spatial enclosure people feel safe in and enjoy spending time in because it is inviting.

2. Designing streets for people, not for cars. On-street parking, narrow lanes, frequent intersections, tight curb radius, the presence of trees and pedestrians automatically result in slower traffic.

If you see fences along streets, chances are traffic is moving too fast because homeowners and business owners are blocking out road noise, Zimney said.

“Mike Zimney’s presentation was a very eye-opening presentation in seeing the different studies of what people want versus what people actually buy,” said ROERS Marketing Director Brianne Hoffman. “Because many of our developments are from the ground up, we found this information very useful both for commercial development as well as residential.”

City of Fargo Commission Mike Williams also provided an update on issues affecting the downtown area such as the need for in-fill to increase property values, additional parking, the new City Hall as well as a bike share program.

Developers Steve Iverson and Steve Stoner described challenges they face balancing the desire for neighborhoods with a sense of place while keeping costs at a reasonable level.

The next Eggs & Issues forum will be held Tuesday, April 7.

 

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Women Connect Session Focuses on Confidence

March 4th, 2015 by Danielle Teigen

A sold-out crowd of 300 people learned about confidence and the complexities of having it, improving it and demonstrating it. Led by Tonya Stende of Dale Carnegie Business Group of ND and Pam McGee from Minnesota State University Moorhead, the second session of The Chamber’s female-focused program provided attendees with research and an opportunity to connect with other women over the important topic of confidence. ACT

McGee included live polls so attendees could guess the answer to questions regarding confidence; she also explained the acronym ACT, a tool kit for understanding how to connect with confidence.

A = Accept without judgment
C = Choose to let go of self-doubt
T = Take risks even if you fail

“This is a wonderful tool to help make decisions, connect with people, and try new things,” said attendee Amber Vogel from Sundog. “These tools are why Women Connect is so important. It is a means for women to network and solve problems, share stories and move dreams forward.”

Confidence requires applauding other people for a task you can do and accepting yourself without judgment, which allows you to accept others.

“Are you more worried about being right or about moving forward?” she questioned.

McGee also encouraged attendees to work on being likable but not worrying out always being liked. She also recommended connecting with someone who pushes you. Confidence also means being able to take big risks and having a high level of self-compassion to deal with the aftermath of taking risks.

“As a female in a male-dominated industry, being truly confident in myself helps gain trust and rapport between myself and my colleagues, promoting collaboration and engagement within teams,” said attendee Stephanie Pearson from John Deere Electronic Solutions.

The session was held at the newly renovated Avalon Events Center West to accommodate a larger crowd than originally planned. Check out photos from the event online.

The next Women Connect session is scheduled for Thursday, March 26.

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