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    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.

    As Minnesota’s legislative session rapidly approaches and is set to convene on February 11, we had the opportunity to sit down with our three District 4 legislators, Senator Kent Eken, Representative Paul Marquart and Representative Ben Lien, to discuss various issues and topics that are likely to arise. Below you’ll find, listed by topic, what issues we talked about.

    Challenges, opportunities, growth, goals and successes from the past year were discussed by our area’s mayors at the January State of the Cities event at the Hilton Garden Inn. Xcel Energy’s Mark Nisbet and The Flag’s Steve Hallstrom emceed. Themes included work focused on mental health, affordable childcare, housing and infrastructure, and opportunities to collaborate and serve the needs of our community. Some of the highlights and updates from each city are below.

    We take our work seriously at The Chamber, and are always striving to make sure that your membership support goes right back to you. By evolving our events and programs to get you the most of your experience, and adding new benefits, services and web features, you can really make your membership work for what matters most for you. Below are just a few ways we were able to serve you in 2019.

    For many of us, today’s technology makes it all too easy to get wrapped up in the future, excited for innovation and hopeful for new successes that come with new decades, often putting the past in the rearview mirror. At Microsoft Fargo, this excitement is certainly noticeable; however, it can’t be severed from a strong pride of their roots.

    Local non-profit Fargo Youth Hockey Association scored the title of People’s Choice at the ChamberChoice Awards last May. About eight years ago, three associations consisting of the Fargo Raiders, Fargo Flyers & Fargo All-City merged under the name Fargo Youth Hockey Association - Fargo Freeze and created one large association that feeds five high school hockey teams.

    Embracing failures is not typical in the world of entrepreneurship. However, Jeff Shipley isn’t your typical entrepreneur. Shipley, a local businessman, originally from Devil’s Lake, currently owns and leads 12 real estate-related companies with multiple locations covering two states, and this number is growing rapidly.

    As an organization that serves local business owners and customers, The Chamber is proud to join with American Express to support the 10th annual Small Business Saturday® this Nov 30.

    Because supporting our military is a priority for us at The Chamber, coupled with the substantial impact local military operations have on our community, we want everyone to have the opportunity to learn more about military affairs. We’ve put together this guide to break down common terms, local commanders, and chamber efforts.

    Moorhead, Minnesota, is holding a special election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The Chamber does not endorse candidates, but we do want to spread educational information to help our members and the public make informed decisions when heading to the polls. We reached out to all candidates and asked them the same question: What is your top priority?

    At Eide Bailly, accounting may be the game, but relationships remain supreme. And this top 25 CPA firm puts its young professionals at the core of its culture. Eide Bailly promises a work experience like none other, and they deliver by encouraging growth, promoting from within and celebrating achievements. Core values are built into their culture statement, and focus on respect, integrity, trust, innovation and creativity.