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    It was an afternoon with the stars at last week's 2018 ChamberChoice Awards luncheon at the Delta by Marriott, where we honored a new group of businesses, non-profits and entrepreneurs in our community. James Cunningham returned as emcee.

    The below post is a guest submission from our 2018 YEA! winner, Zoe Bundy! My name is Zoe, I am a student at Discovery Middle School. About a month ago, I won the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Shark Tank. This was an amazing experience, even just to be part of the class.

    Yesterday, former con man turned FBI consultant, speaker, author and inspiration for the famed movie Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale visited Fargo to present to an audience of about 1,000 people on how to protect themselves from fraud and scams.

    Many of us probably take food for granted without worrying about where our next meal will come from. But for those in different situations, the Emergency Food Pantry is there for those in need. It’s a small organization with only three employees, but about 140 volunteers, making a big difference.

    At our August Downtown Developments-focused Eggs & Issues, we welcomed in three community leaders to share about our three downtown communities. These three leaders gave an excellent presentation regarding the growth, challenges and exciting plans for our vibrant downtowns.

    Serving as the region’s only food bank, the Great Plains Food Bank plays a unique role in hunger relief in our community. By rescuing surplus food from the food industry, they ensure it safely gets into the hands of our hungry neighbors in need.

    Fargo Moorhead West Fargo has always had a great education system. With three newly appointed superintendents each starting their positions in their respective districts, our k-12 educational landscape is a hot topic.

    It's been another spectacular (fiscal) year here at The Chamber, and we had such a great time celebrating it all with you at our Annual Meeting yesterday at the Holiday Inn, sponsored by Midco.

    It’s not just business as usual at Prairie Winds Veterinary Center. This companion animal hospital in south Fargo is a true community partner that offers innovative care for clients and a family-friendly atmosphere for staff.

    One of the foundational pillars of our Chamber is advocacy. With election season upon us as we head into the 2018 midterms, we wanted to provide our members and the community the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates up for various seats on the ballot next month.

    If you are voting in North Dakota, before you head to the polls on November 6, be sure to take a look at the initiated measures on the ballot. There are four statewide measures that will be included on the November 6 general election ballot.

    Last summer, Eide Bailly celebrated 100 years of serving clients through tax, audit and accounting services. But over the years, the firm has added a variety of specialty services and grown to be much more. Focused on innovation to evolve with industry trends and best serve their clients, they’ve become known as the trusted business advisors.

    You might not think that a company that makes signs is exciting, but one look inside Office Sign Company, and you’d be surprised. This signage company has only been around for 10 years, but has experienced tremendous growth and success with a company culture that rivals the best.

    “The technology of tomorrow is happening today!” emcee Eric Piela of CoSchedule exclaimed as he kicked off the 2018 State of Technology. Throughout the event, several local innovators, plus three keynote speakers, took the stage to share the amazing tech happening around our nation.

    For November's Eggs & Issues, Brig. Gen. Robert Becklund; Col. Darrin Anderson, and Maj. Christopher Olson, provided an update on the North Dakota National Guard.

    In December 2017, Congress passed the largest single piece of tax legislation since 1986. Now, as year-end approaches, many businesses are wondering how these new tax laws will affect them at the close of the 2018 tax year and beyond. Adam Sweet, Principal with Eide Bailly’s National Tax Office, shared how tax reform will affect 2018 year-end planning and beyond with a group of Chamber members. Here are a few of the highlights.

    Tyrone Leslie is a family man. When he’s not playing dad to his two teenage girls, he’s living out his entrepreneurial dream of running a successful business. And actually, he’s running five. Tyrone is owner of Fargo-based homebuilder Heritage Homes and real estate company Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties.

    Enthusiasm and a spirit of collaboration exuded from the 2019 State of the Cities stage, where our region's four mayors gathered to share updates from their cities. With two newly elected mayors joining the panel for the first time, attendees got the hear how all our leaders are working for the betterment of our metro, what growth they've seen, and what their vision is for the future

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley is the only organization of its kind in the community. Their mission is to support families whose children are receiving medical care in the area by providing home-like comfort, support and care.

    Growth was a theme at this year’s Economic Outlook Forum, as 500 attendees learned what’s happening around both our state and nation.

    Our all-new fmwfchamber.com is live! We invite you to click around and check out upcoming events, community statistics, membership and volunteer information, Chamber news and articles, and more. We're so excited to have a refreshed look with mobile responsiveness.

    The following businesses and entrepreneurs successfully submitted applications for this year’s ChamberChoice Awards, meaning they are now considered candidates in their respective categories. Make sure to register for this year’s awards luncheon to see who takes home the honors!