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  • The Chamber Blog

  • A forum to find Chamber resources, event recaps, articles and guest posts. Got feedback or want to contribute? Email us at thebridge@fmwfchamber.com. Happy reading!
    Thursday, April 1, 2021
    City Spotlight: Kindred, ND

    The village of Kindred was founded in 1880 and named after the owner of the townsite, William S. Kindred, who had purchased the land from the Northern Pacific Railroad. The railroad was built in 1880. Kindred was incorporated as a village on March 9, 1920, and became a city in 1949 when the mayor-council form of government was adopted.

    Mason Rademacher

    Thursday, April 1, 2021
    The benefit of leadership opportunities & the inside story of the Leadership FMWF program

    Did you know that as a Chamber member, you have the opportunity to apply, or support an employee in applying, for the Leadership FMWF program? This is just one opportunity many of our members value because they have the chance to get to know other professionals in our region, meet community leaders and learn about different businesses and organizations.

    Chamber staff

    Monday, March 22, 2021
    Announcing the 2021 ChamberChoice candidates

    The following businesses and organization successfully submitted applications for this year’s ChamberChoice Awards, and are now considered candidates in their respective categories. All of these candidates can truly be proud to be in such good company. Help us congratulate them all!

    Amanda Huggett

    Thursday, March 4, 2021
    The hidden benefits of membership: SEO

    Are you a business in the FMWF area? Are you a chamber member? You may not know it, but you've got the tools at hand to help you drive up your SEO. If your business shows up on the second or third page of Google search results, most likely, you won’t be found by the average user. You’ll be invisible. Although invisibility is one of the best superpowers, it’s not so great when it comes to your business being found online. Protip: You want your business to show up when people search for your industry,

    Guest author: Sue Skavlem

    Monday, March 1, 2021
    Celebrating two years of POC

    It’s been two years since the launch of the Professionals of Color (POC) program, and what a great two years it’s been! Take a look at what POC has become and where we plan on taking it in the future.

    Mason Rademacher

    Monday, March 1, 2021
    CHI Friendship: People’s Choice Award Winner

    CHI Friendship is a nationwide leader in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and in 2020, Chamber members voted them the People’s Choice award winner. CHI Friendship has been providing individualized supports to people with disabilities since opening in 1974. They encourage people to live life just like everyone else, including living, working and connecting with their community

    Amanda Huggett

    Monday, March 1, 2021
    Guest post: The importance of men championing women at work

    Many women will tell you; they already have a tough hill to climb, and 2020 simply made it worse. The past year will pile on to an already challenging environment and present new challenges. Additionally, men already outpace women in leadership positions by a significant margin. Men and women have vastly different experiences when it comes to work and leadership. Countless studies show how women are judged more harshly than men when it comes to business, employment, and leadership. This isn’t a “men versus

    Guest author: Jodi Duncan

    Friday, February 19, 2021
    Highlights from the 2021 Economic Outlook

    Two recent events have no doubt shaped the current climate of our community, state and nation. We dove into these at last month’s Economic Outlook event. Joining us for a virtual discussion, two experts presented on data and trends, and offered analysis and insight to those in attendance.

    Amanda Huggett

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021
    Guest post: 8 Questions Your Organization Must Be Able to Answer

    As a Professional EOS Implementer®, I work firsthand with businesses every day that are trying to get everyone on the same page and moving in the same direction. The primary necessity to accomplishing this, however, is getting all employees in the organization seeing and hearing the same game plan, as well as using the same playbook to execute it. And believe it or not, this doesn’t need to be a complex process. The clients I work with accomplish creating a unified vision, voice and plan by clarifying and

    Guest author: Patrick Metzger

    Monday, February 1, 2021
    Young Professionals Best Place to Work: Vogel Law Firm

    One of the top law firms in North Dakota is also one of the top employers for YPs in the region, making them the 2020 Young Professionals Best Place to Work.

    Amanda Huggett

    Monday, January 18, 2021
    Area mayors talk challenges, successes at 2021 State of the Cities

    Challenges, opportunities, growth, goals and successes from the past year were discussed by our area’s mayors at January’s State of the Cities event. Xcel Energy’s Tony Grindberg emceed. Our local leaders discussed everything from pandemic response and impact, taxes, infrastructure and area amenities, diversity and inclusion initiatives, career workforce academies, flood protection, and opportunities for collaboration. Some of the highlights from each city are below.

    Amanda Huggett

    Friday, January 8, 2021
    Guest post: Prioritizing strategic planning in times of turbulence

    In March 2020, we turned our collective focus to Right Now. From teleworking to toilet paper, our problems were immediate, our situation ever-changing. Today, while our day-to-day issues may have stabilized, we are still wrestling with an unresolved pandemic, a swift, deep, and unpredictable economic downturn, and growing social and civil unrest. And so, in a time of so much turbulence, is strategic planning for our companies even a priority?

    Guest author: Michelle Mongeon Allen

    Friday, January 1, 2021
    Entrepreneur of the Year: Tom McDougall

    Tom McDougall founded High Point Networks in 2003 when he was inspired to create an information technology business that focused on solving real business needs rather than on reactively answering requests. He started with a team of four people in a small office in West Fargo, primarily focusing on network and security solutions for businesses.

    Amanda Huggett

    Friday, January 1, 2021
    Asking the Experts: BNSF on the right track

    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. (BNSF) is the largest freight railroad network in North America with a rail network of 32,500 miles across 28 states, including a large presence in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo. We connected with Lydia Bjorge to talk about current and future projects in Moorhead and BNSF’s regional economic impact.

    Mason Rademacher

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Higher education overview and updates from institution presidents: Eggs & Issues recap

    Our region’s higher education institutions are integral to the vitality of our community, and with a combined power of 35,000 students, they have an impressive economic impact and fill valuable workforce needs. We gathered at December’s Eggs & Issues to talk to the presidents of the five largest institutions – those that make up the Tri-College partnership – to learn more about each of their initiatives, successes and updates.

    Amanda Huggett

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Area higher education institutions overview

    Get an inside look at some the higher education institutions in our FMWF metro in this article! We're learning more about Rasmussen University, Tri-College, and the Universities of Jamestown and Mary. For updates from the presidents of NDSU, NDSCS, MSUM, M-State and Concordia College, check out our December Eggs & Issues recap.

    Amanda Huggett

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Asking the Experts: Moorhead’s Legislative Landscape with Mayor Judd

    Minnesota’s fifth special legislative session concluded in mid-October with the passage of the bonding bill. We learned from Moorhead’s Mayor Johnathan Judd what projects will benefit the citizens of Moorhead. Tune in on January 14 for our State of the Cities event where mayor Judd will be joined by his colleagues leading the cities of Fargo, West Fargo, Dilworth and Horace.

    Mason Rademacher

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Business of the Year: BNG Team

    From the beginning, BNG Team has worked in credit card processing, striving to bring integrity to the industry by providing payment solutions to local businesses. That beginning was in 2007, when three friends at NDSU fell in love with the idea of being entrepreneurs and pursued this very business idea.

    Amanda Huggett

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Guest post: Bringing the Hallmark spirit to holiday giving this season

    Traditions are a great way to ramp up excitement for the holiday season. Whether you choose setting up a tree, baking cookies or binge watching the Hallmark channel and their extensive collection of guy/gal-comes-back-to-small-town-and-finds-love-with-person-they-knew-in-high-school movies, there is something about this time of year that feels wonderful. Donating to non-profits is one of those end-of-year traditions that make this community so amazing.

    Guest author: Patrick Kirby

    Friday, November 20, 2020
    Guest post: Giving Back During the COVID-era Holidays

    The title of this article might conjure up diametrically opposed emotions. “COVID” may evoke anxiousness, fear and weariness, while “holidays” may elicit smiles, warmth and nostalgia. We are not the only ones to have these feelings. The “at-risk” community lives it right here in the FMWF area. These brave souls have daily struggles that, if you are like me, we have never experienced and cannot imagine. These folks rely on the reputable, effective and fabulous non-profits that with great passion meet them

    Guest author: John Fisher

    Monday, November 9, 2020
    Thank you, veterans

    As we reflect on Veteran’s Day this year, we want to thank the men and women of our armed forces for their service to our community and our country. We are so grateful for all that they do and the sacrifices they have made.

    Amanda Huggett

    Sunday, November 1, 2020
    Small Business of the Year: Sagency

    Sagency is a leadership coaching and executive search firm. The Sagency team is comprised of experienced professionals united around a mission of helping leaders, teams and organizations achieve their greatness. Their track record as trusted guides span across various sectors including healthcare, biotech, non-profits, real estate, engineering, construction, agriculture and food, and professional services.

    Amanda Huggett

    Sunday, November 1, 2020
    Buy local, shop small, choose chamber & the state of small business in our region

    Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 28 this year, and The Chamber wants you to know that we support our small businesses and local members! Over 85% of our members classify as small businesses, with fewer than 50 employees. These members represent the heart of our organization and are vital to our local economy.

    Amanda Huggett

    Sunday, November 1, 2020
    Asking the Experts: Powering the Power Grid

    As winter approaches and the debate continues on regarding the best approach to powering a future electric grid, we sat down with Marshal Albright of Cass County Electric to learn more about what role fossil fuels and renewable energy have in our power supply, and Marshal’s perspective on the future of electric vehicles.

    Mason Rademacher

    Thursday, October 1, 2020
    Valley Senior Services: Not-for-Profit of the Year

    For some senior citizens, getting to and from appointments, keeping up with friends, taking care of a home, and eating healthy meals, can be a challenge. That’s where Valley Senior Services steps in. Since 1971, this organization has helped thousands of seniors each year in a variety of ways.

    Amanda Huggett