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    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.

    When you shop local, you do far more than get items you need quickly and conveniently. Buying local actually stimulates the economy in our community, helps benefit local schools and charities — and it even helps the environment.

    It was a virtual party last month as we rang in our 10-year anniversary as a merged chamber and celebrated with a new format for our ‘Annual Meeting,’ where we shared laughs, reflections and inspiration and honored some of the amazing individuals in our community.

    We’re celebrating an anniversary! Ten years ago, The Chamber as we know it today had just come together when the Fargo Moorhead Chamber merged with the West Fargo Area Chamber. This past decade has been full of success, incredible moments, much growth and success, and lots of hard work along the way. To reflect on how this all came together and what it’s meant since, check out what just some of the key individuals involved had to say.

    Supporting the military is one of The Chamber’s top priorities. With an Air National Guard base right here in Fargo, they not only contribute to our local economy, but affect our community in a multitude of ways and defend our nation. We talked with the commander of the Happy Hooligans for an overview of their history, missions, impact and recruiting efforts.

    This month, we chatted with Senator Hoeven about a range of federal programs and work to support business and industry. Read on to see what he shared with us about supporting farmers, ranchers, producers and ag tech in our region and across the country.

    Minnesota, get ready to vote! Minnesota’s primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. The individual within each party who receives the most votes will move on to the general election on November 3. To keep you informed and learn more about the candidates in the House District 4A race, keep reading!

    Just one day before July’s Eggs & Issues on the oil industry’s economic impact on our region, news broke that a federal judge had ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down and be drained—an announcement that made this discussion that much timelier and relevant.

    The Chamber holds permanent flood protection as one of its highest priorities to help protect the economic vitality of our region and remain dedicated in both support and advocacy for the FM Area Diversion project. This month, we had the opportunity to virtually discuss the status of the project with Joel Paulsen of the FM Diversion for an update and what we can expect in the future.

    At June's Eggs & Issues, we explored how our workplaces can best support a diversity and inclusion through our missions, strategies and practices. Moderated by Moorhead Mayor and M State Director of Equity and Inclusion Johnathan Judd, panelists shared their personal experiences as well as professional advice, and included Colette Campbell, SVP/Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion, Bremer Bank; Dieumerci Christel, Founder & CEO, Enlight; and Kelsey Gordon, Operations Program Manager,

    Our lives changed dramatically with the arrival of the pandemic, just a few short months ago. As we continue to process what this means, now and going forward, we find ourselves grappling with issues that are bigger than we are. With the new events that happened around our country, and now in our own community this weekend, we realize we are facing centuries-old issues that won’t be solved overnight.

    In May, the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class wrapped up the program with a final virtual presentation on leading with integrity and trust. Please help congratulate each of this year’s participants! The class also unveiled their Community Change Initiatives (CCI) projects. These CCIs apply and reinforce the skills and insights gained throughout the program while allowing participants a chance to envision, develop and bring to fruition real and lasting community change in collaboration with others.

    The 2019-20 YEA! students have now wrapped up their year, taking part in our first virtual Investor Panel last month. Streamed live on Facebook, each student got five minutes to pitch their businesses to a panel of local investors and compete for funding. Thank you to the event’s emcee, Dan Michaels. We are so proud of this class all the work they put in to the program.

    North Dakota, get ready to vote! Local elections for our ND cities and Cass County will be held on June 9 this year. To keep you informed and learn more about the candidates, read through this blog post.

    Nothing Bundt Cakes is a national company, based entirely around, you guessed it, bundt cakes! We are lucky to have one store in our own metro. Founded by Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz in Las Vegas in 1997, they joined forces—or better yet, kitchens—to make cakes for their friends and family. They quickly realized this side hustle could be something more. Flash forward, and the Nothing Bundt Cakes brand has grown nationwide. The West Fargo bakery is store #340 and is the first in North Dakota, opening about

    We had the opportunity to virtually interview Michael Montplaisir, Cass County Finance Director, who has over 30 years’ experience of running elections and ask him about the upcoming June primary election, the transition to by-mail voting only, and the shift to approval voting within Fargo.

    In conjunction with the ND Career Builders Scholarship & Loan Repayment Program roundtable with Commerce Commissioner Michelle Kommer, The Chamber talked with Representative Michael Howe (R – 22) on why he sponsored HB 1171, the legislation that created the program.

    As our community, nation and world grapple with trying times due to COVID-19, The Chamber is committed to protecting the health of our members and residents. This post is meant to be a guide to navigate resources to keep you safe and informed.

    The following businesses and entrepreneurs 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!

    This month, we sat down with North Dakota State Senator Ron Sorvaag (R-45) to dive deeper into the passage of HB 1066, better known as Operation Prairie Dog.

    For the past 60 years, Moore Engineering, Inc. has been living out its mission of improving lives by building strong communities. Originally founded by brothers Kip and Marshall Moore as a civil engineering and surveying business with strong Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo roots, everything the company does today still supports those core services, even with great growth in subspecialties, offices, employees and impact.

    Applications are now open for the 2020 ChamberChoice Awards! These awards recognize the best of the best when it comes to businesses in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area. Here's how and why you should apply!

    With a rich history dating back over 100 years ago in downtown Fargo, what we know today as Bell Insurance started with long-time local insurance agency Warner and Company. Founded in 1911, Warner and Company Insurance became Bell Insurance one year ago, joining forces with Bell Bank, one of the largest independently owned banks in the nation—not to mention a FMWF Chamber Community Builder.