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MARCH 2017


The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2017 sites. The two scholarships, available to our members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships.
For over 95 years, Institute has educated association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders across the country through its national program, highly rated curriculum and high caliber instructors. Thousands of executives have attended Institute sites across the country to strengthen their management skills, learn industry best practices, and gain a broad national perspective from peers.  Institute has helped them build stronger organizations, become stronger business advocates and better serve their members. In addition, you will earn points towards your CCE or CAE certification as Institute’s curriculum is directly tied to the bodies of knowledge of both the American Society of Association Executives and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Upon completion of the Institute program, graduates receive the IOM recognition which allows them to use the letters “IOM” in public mention and professional correspondence.  The IOM recognition signifies the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and commitment to the industry.
If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Alyssa Roach, at by March 17th. (or the date of your choosing before March 17th)
Early registration deadline for Midwest and Southeast Institute is April 21st.
Early registration deadline for West and Northeast Institute is May 26th.
For more information about Institute’s curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute Web site and Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program.
Are you already an IOM and have an updated job or title? Update your contact information and stay connected.

On February 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) opened a public comment period on the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Enbridge's Alberta Clipper (Line 67) Expansion. The draft SEIS was prepared by DOS as part of its review of Enbridge's Presidential Permit application to transport 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) on the existing, three-mile segment of the Line 67 pipeline that crosses the U.S.-Canada border. The draft SEIS concluded that there are no significant adverse environmental impacts associated with this project.
Allowing Enbridge to transport 800,000 bpd across the international border on Line 67 is a safe and efficient way to maintain America's energy security, reduce reliance on imports from unstable nations and continue to generate additional economic activity in communities where pipelines have been operating for more than 65 years.
The DOS is accepting comments on the draft SEIS until March 27, 2017. We invite you to participate in this public comment process and help make sure decision makers consider the important benefits of the Line 67 Expansion. 
To learn more about how to participate in this public comment process, please click here.

If have questions or need more information, please contact us at or visit Your voice is important and we appreciate your help in demonstrating the wide and deep support for the Line 67 Expansion.

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program outreach team will be reaching out to many of you over the next year to hear about your experiences with UI and to get your input about how they could better serve businesses in your community. If you have an upcoming meeting or event you’d like the program staff to attend, please feel free to reach out to Lynne Batzli at 763-279-4413 or



Engage with the Minnesota Chamber policy staff directly during this interactive webcast. The Chamber's policy team will provide updates on the latest activity at the State Legislature, including the status of business community priorities during the Legislative Session. The webcasts include timely information about key legislators, key issues and calls to action. 

Register today!
April 7 | May 12 


SciTechsperience is a free, statewide, state-funded program that connects small to mid-sized companies to college STEM majors who are seeking paid internship opportunities. The program not only recruits and prescreens students, it also provides a 50% wage reimbursement on the intern’s wages up to $2,500. Employers maintain hiring decisions, there are no fees to participate, and the paperwork is minimal.
To be eligible, for-profit companies located in the seven-county metro area must have fewer than 150 employees worldwide, and Greater Minnesota companies must have fewer than 250 employees world-wide.
2016 Report
Hundreds of small Minnesota companies have hired more than 650 science, technology, engineering and math interns through SciTechsperience since the program launched in 2012.
SciTechsperience has just over 200 wage matches remaining for 2017. These matches are available on a first come, first hire basis; the program usually run out of matches by mid-late May each year.
Feel free to share this information broadly, and let Becky Siekmeier know if you have any questions about SciTechsperience or if you’re interested in having her attend a meeting to talk with your members about the program and its benefits.

This year, local chamber leaders will have at least two organized opportunities to participate in a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Minnesota’s federal delegation on important business issues.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is coordinating a trip June 14-16, 2017.  With the new administration, and greater visibility and interest in critical business issues like tax reform, trade, immigration, infrastructure investment and natural resource industries, there is strong interest in advocating for Minnesota businesses at the federal level.  Planning is currently underway, but the agenda will include meetings with key administration and agency leaders along with meetings with the Minnesota delegation.  If you are interested in receiving the agenda, and registration information, please contact Jennifer Byers at  
MCCE will again coordinate the Minnesota local chambers participation in the U.S. Chamber Small Business Summit.  This year, the event will be held September 11-13 in Washington, D.C.  Watch for more information on that event later this year.
2017 Business Day at the Capitol drew over 600 people to St. Paul, including groups from over 20 local chambers. Throughout the day, attendees heard from a panel about health care, attended briefings from key legislative leaders, and met with lawmakers from their district. Thank you to local chambers who participated:

Apple Valley, Austin Area, Brainerd Lakes, Cloquet Area, Cottage Grove, Eden Prairie, Faribault Area, I-94, Litchfield Area, Greater Mankato Growth, Monticello, New Ulm Area, Owatonna Area, Redwood Falls Area, River Heights, Rochester Area, TwinWest, Wabasha Area, Waconia Area, Willmar Area, Winona Area, Worthington Area

It was great to have attendees from all across the state speaking on behalf of the business community.
MACE | May 3-5
Mini Institute | June 1
Minnesota D.C. Fly In | June 14-16
MCCE/U.S. Chamber Small Business Summit | September 11-13
Fall Conference | September 27-29

GMG touts job growth, ag economy at annual meeting
Greater Mankato Growth celebrated reaching a record-high membership of more than 1,000 last year and laid out priorities for the year ahead, including a focus on recruiting workers to the area, engaging and mentoring young professionals and expanding the area's sports and recreation draw. "We're facing 3,000 job vacancies in the near future," Jonathan Zierdt, president and CEO of GMG, told hundreds of members gathered for the annual meeting Thursday. GMG has a Talent Task Force that has been drawing ideas on ways the area can better attract and keep workers in the face of baby boomers rapidly retiring.That comes at a time when the local economy is expanding. "Last year we set an all-time high for our employment of more than 56,000," Zierdt said.

Minnesota’s Secretary of State tours state to hear challenges
As part of his whirlwind tour of all 87 Minnesota counties, Secretary of State Steve Simon visited the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce Feb. 10, to discuss some of his department’s new programs and how they’ll affect Morrison County. At the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce, Simon, Chamber President and CEO Deborah Boelz, Morrison County Commissioner Mike LeMieur, Little Falls City Administrator Jon Radermacher and CHI St. Gabriel’s President Lee Boyles discussed the new plans. Among them was a report done by St. Cloud State for the department that gives quarterly assessments of various Minnesota regions.

SE Minnesota Day at the Capitol is March 8
Residents from across Southeast Minnesota will travel to St. Paul next month for the chance to meet with area lawmakers. Southeast Minnesota Day at the Capitol will be March 8. The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with regional chambers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce for the daylong event. This year's theme is "Moving Forward Together," highlighting the importance of area communities working together to advocate on issues that are important to the region, said Julie Fiesel, the chamber's government affairs director.

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