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  • 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!
    Tuesday, May 25, 2021
    The Chamber's commitment to diversity and inclusion

    As The Chamber stated last August, we remain steadfast in our support of diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and communities for all and against discrimination of any kind.

    Tyler Fischbach

    Friday, May 21, 2021
    Announcing the 2021 ChamberChoice Award Winners

    It was quite an ‘80s party at the 2021 ChamberChoice Awards luncheon, where we honored businesses and non-profits in our community. Patrick Kirby returned as emcee, and Tom Dawson and Roger Reierson represented the event’s presenting sponsors.

    Tyler Fischbach

    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Organizations Support Student Veterans at NDSU

    On the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, there are two organizations that support student veterans in their quest to prepare themselves for the next step in their lives. These organizations, the Veteran Alliance Organization (VALOR) and the Bison Student Veterans (BSV), focus on assisting the student veteran throughout their education process. BSV is a local chapter of Student Veterans of America, which provides advocacy for student veteran interests at the national level, and supportive

    Craig Schwinden

    Monday, May 3, 2021
    Leadership class announces 2020-21 Community Change Initiatives

    Last month, the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class 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. Here are this year’s projects!

    Alyssa Lakoduk

    Saturday, May 1, 2021
    A look inside local military operations & Meet the new Happy Hooligans Commander

    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.

    Chamber staff

    Saturday, May 1, 2021
    What is ESGR?

    Our local and military communities in North Dakota have a long history of mutual sacrifice and support with regard to what is a substantial military presence. The North Dakota committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) appreciates North Dakota’s continued support

    Guest author: Delton D. Steele

    Saturday, May 1, 2021
    City spotlight: Glyndon, MN

    Glyndon, a city in Glyndon Township, section 2, was platted as a railway village in the spring of 1872, being named by officers of the Northern Pacific Railroad company, and thence the township was named. Glyndon is a family-friendly, close-knit community that is growing. It is a perfect location for raising a family, starting a business or enjoying retirement living.

    Mason Rademacher

    Saturday, May 1, 2021
    Fargo National Cemetery: Dedicated to honoring veterans

    Did you know that Fargo is home to a national cemetery? And, it’s a pretty big deal to have a site in a community such as ours. The Fargo National Cemetery (which technically is located in Harwood, ND) was part of the National Cemetery Administration’s rural burial initiative program, which created cemetery access for smaller communities of veterans than had typically been served in the past.

    Amanda Huggett

    Saturday, May 1, 2021
    From Kosovo to Keto: The story of Amy Monson’s many missions

    From the moment Amy Monson attended her cousin’s wedding in sixth grade, she knew she found her calling to serve. The allure of the uniform led her to a 20-year career in the military, fueled by an interest in agriculture and followed by the launch of a business where she now serves a new crowd, coaching people who need help reaching their health goals.

    Amanda Huggett

    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