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Recognizing past ChamberChoice winners, part 4

May 2nd, 2014 by Danielle Teigen

Lillestol video 300x182 Recognizing past ChamberChoice winners, part 4Another featured winner of a ChamberChoice award is Lillestol Research.

In 2010, Lillestol won Small Business of the Year, and Kim Peterson sat down with Josh Lysne from Flint Communications, Inc., to explain what winning meant to the company.

Learn more about Lillestol from this profile about the company.

We hope to see you on May 21 when we announce the #ChamberChoice14 award winners from this list of 2014 ChamberChoice candidates!

Recognizing Past ChamberChoice Winners, part 3

April 24th, 2014 by Danielle Teigen

We continue to recognize our past ChamberChoice award winnersKLJ screen cap 300x184 Recognizing Past ChamberChoice Winners, part 3 this week by highlighting Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, or KLJ.

KLJ won Business of the Year in 2011, and Kris Bakkegard took a moment to tell Josh Lysne from Flint Communications, Inc., about what winning meant to the company.

You can also learn more about KLJ by reading this profile about the company.

We hope to see you on May 21 when we announce the #ChamberChoice14 award winners from this list of 2014 ChamberChoice candidates!

Get Your ID Ready to Vote in June

April 22nd, 2014 by Jessica Lee

North Dakota election laws have changed since many voters have been to the polls and the time to make sure you have what you need is now.

State law now requires that voters show a valid ID to vote. Because a voter must live in a precinct for 30 days prior to an election to be eligible, May 10 is the deadline to update your ID to vote in the June election. Anyone who has moved or is new to the state, and plans to vote in June should verify they have updated ID by no later than May 10.

To update a Driver’s License or Non-driver’s ID:

The five forms of identification valid for voting are:

  • North Dakota Driver’s License
  • North Dakota Non-driver’s ID
  • Tribal Issued ID
  • Student ID Certificate
  • Long-Term Care ID Certificate

The ID must include the voter’s name, residential address and date of birth.

Election Information Resources:  North Dakota Secretary of State or Cass County Auditor

USS North Dakota Commissioning Postponed

April 17th, 2014 by Jessica Lee

OnUSS ND Crest 178x300 USS North Dakota Commissioning Postponed April 16, the US Navy officially announced the difficult decision to reschedule the planned commissioning ceremony of the USS North Dakota. The ceremony was scheduled to take place on May 31 in Groton, CT. A new date has not been announced.

For the past two years, The Chamber and its Military Affairs committee have been actively engaged in promoting and supporting the USS North Dakota through its construction and commissioning process. Dozens of members have taken the opportunity to host our model replica of the USS North Dakota and a number of guests, including the USS North Dakota’s first Executive Officer, LCDR Minner, and, recently, Rear Admiral Breckenridge, have spoken to interested Chamber members.

Once operational, the USS North Dakota will be the US Navy’s most technologically advanced warship. With new technologies, comes new challenges, but The Chamber and the USS North Dakota’s many supporters stand prepared to celebrate its commissioning once it is deemed ready to serve our country around the world.

Learn more and support the USS North Dakota.

Recognizing Past ChamberChoice Winners, part 2

April 17th, 2014 by Danielle Teigen

We continue to recognize our past ChamberChoice award winnersFargo Jet Center 300x183 Recognizing Past ChamberChoice Winners, part 2 this week by highlighting the Fargo Jet Center.

In 2010, the Fargo Jet Center won Business of the Year, and President Jim Sweeney talked to Josh Lysne from Flint Communications, Inc., about what winning meant to the company.

You can also learn more about the Fargo Jet Center by reading this profile about the company.

We hope to see you on May 21 when we announce the #ChamberChoice14 award winners from this list of 2014 ChamberChoice candidates!

Recognizing Past ChamberChoice Winners

April 11th, 2014 by Danielle Teigen

As we prepare for the 2014 ChamberChoice awards, we wanted to recognize past award winners and have them explain what winning as meant to the business.

In partnership with our #ChamberChoice14 co-presenting sponsor, Flint Communications, Inc., we’ve created videos about a past winner and shared them on our social media channels.Video screen shot 300x178 Recognizing Past ChamberChoice Winners

Our first past winner to highlight is Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, the 2012 ChamberChoice Small Not-for-Profit of the Year winner.

Check out this great profile of the company that appeared in a special Forum insert.

Watch for more videos highlighting past ChamberChoice winners, and be sure to check out this list of 2014 ChamberChoice candidates!

Congratulations to the 2014 ChamberChoice Candidates

April 9th, 2014 by Danielle Teigen

Website Header 2 Congratulations to the 2014 ChamberChoice Candidates

It’s been another record-breaking year for the ChamberChoice Awards. We received more than 450 nominations, and we’re pleased to announce the following companies successfully completed their applications to become candidates. These candidates will be honored at the ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon on May 21.

Please help us congratulate the 2014 ChamberChoice candidates:

Absolute Marketing Group
Access of the Red River Valley, Inc.
Anne Carlsen Center
Border States Electric
Boys and Girls Club
BW Insurance Agency, Inc.
ByteSpeed
Casey Steele
CCRI
Choice Financial
Courtyard by Marriott Fargo-Moorhead 
Dirk Ockhardt
Discovery Benefits
D-S Beverages, Inc.
Eide Bailly LLP
First International Bank & Trust
Flint Communications, Inc.
Fredrikson & Byron
Gate City Bank
H2M
Hannaher’s
High Point Networks, LLC
Home Instead Senior Care
Implementation Specialists
Indigo Signworks, Inc.
Integreon Managed Solutions
International Marketing Systems
Jail Chaplains
Jake Joraanstad
JLG Architects
Kilbourne Group
Kory Anderson
Lost & Found Ministry
Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota
Matt Steele
Marco
Minuteman Press

Office Sign Company
Park Co. Realtors
Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead
RE/MAX Legacy Realty
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley
Ryan Fritz
Ryan Raguse
Shannon Malzahn
Spectrum Aeromed
Sundog
Tammy Miller
Tecton Products
TMI Hospitality, Inc.
TNT Fitness
Tom McDougall
Ulteig
United Way of Cass-Clay
Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc.
Youthworks

The ChamberChoice Awards honor the shining stars of our business community who make a significant impact, drive economic growth and help make this region a better place to work, live and do business.

Winners exemplify excellence through proven growth or stability, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements.

Business Training Committee Chair Profile: Dawn Kaiser, The Village Business Institute

April 3rd, 2014 by Danielle Teigen

Dawn Kaiser p 4 243x300 Business Training Committee Chair Profile: Dawn Kaiser, The Village Business InstituteThe Business Training Committee plans and coordinates the monthly sessions to engage members and offer them tools and resources to ensure business success.

Dawn Kaiser, employee assistance program trainer (a.k.a. inspirational educator) from The Village Business Institute, has served as committee chair since 2012.

What have you enjoyed most about serving as committee chair for the Business Training committee?
The people! I have enjoyed getting to know the fabulous committee members who generously give of their time and talents. I have been delighted in working with Bobbi (Rehder) and the other Chamber staff who make this committee shine with all their efforts behind the scenes. And, I have loved getting to broaden my network with the amazing folks who come to learn, grow and connect at the training events.

What is one thing you would like other people to know about the Business Training series?
The Business Training series is great way to equip and empower yourself and your organization to be successful. Plus, as John Maxwell says, “leaders are learners,” and the series provides stellar opportunities for folks to learn at an affordable price and make connections that are priceless.

What are you most looking forward to when it comes to upcoming Business Training sessions?
I am looking forward to our leadership panel in April, because we are bringing in some top-notch local leaders who are going to share with us their strategies and principles for achieving outstanding results in their team and organizations.

LFMWF Committee Chair Profile: Jessica Shawn, Discovery Benefits

April 3rd, 2014 by Danielle Teigen

April 2014 Committee Chair Leadership Jessica Shawn 300x200 LFMWF Committee Chair Profile: Jessica Shawn, Discovery BenefitsThe Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo committee selects activities and coordinates speakers and nonprofit organizations that will be involved with the leadership program each year.

Jessica Shawn, HR generalist at Discovery Benefits, has served as committee chair since August 2013.

What have you enjoyed most about serving as committee chair for the Leadership FMWF committee?
It has been great to get to know the other Leadership alumni members who are serving on the committee. We graduated different years but have the same love for the program and desire to give back.

What is one thing you would like other people to know about the leadership program?
One of the greatest strengths of this program is the diversity of the material covered. No matter where you are on your leadership journey, or what type of industry you represent, you will leave this program a stronger leader and more informed community member.

What is the greatest takeaway program participants receive after having completed the program?
When you talk with graduates, the most common comment is how they increased their network. You have the opportunity to get to know 39 other people really well, in addition to the community members who serve as presenters throughout the sessions.

Leadership Class Uncovers Hidden Parts of Community

April 3rd, 2014 by Danielle Teigen

Last month, the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class had an action-packed day getting an inside look at some hidden parts of our community. Some of these hidden places contribute greatly to the local economy while some of these gems provide important services to the community.

Uncovering the Issue of Homelessness
The Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons gave participants an interactive look at homelessness in the area by having them participate in an activity that involved a poverty simulation. The goal of the simulation is to sensitize participants on how one crisis situation can quickly escalate to homelessness and negative choices when support and safety nets are not in place. Participants lived through three 20-minute months and saw how barriers compound and make it increasingly difficult to maintain housing.IMG 5924 300x200 Leadership Class Uncovers Hidden Parts of Community

Hidden Gems Throughout the Community
After lunch at the Sons of Norway/Kringen Club, Inc., the class loaded onto a bus to traverse the community, stopping at local organizations to explore the business and learn more about their organization. From an up-close-and-personal look at the new F-M Curling Club to checking out the wolf’s den at the Red River Zoo to exploring the malting plant at Busch Agricultural Resources, LLC, the class discovered how much our community offers.

 
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