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MAY 2016

2016 Mini Institute | June 2 Holiday Inn & Suites, St. Cloud -  REGISTER TODAY  
Mini Institute provides an outstanding training and networking opportunity for chamber professionals from across Minnesota. This one day conference attracts staff members at all levels to learn, share and reenergize. Don’t miss this opportunity! Mini Institute will be held, Thursday, June 2, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St. Cloud. An excellent agenda has been developed for this one-day conference with a series of break-out sessions covering a variety of topics. Don’t miss this opportunity; plan now to attend Mini Institute!

An optional dinner for those traveling to St. Cloud on Wednesday, June 1st has been planned at Cafe Renaissance in Waite Park at 5:30 p.m.

Four conference scholarships are available for Mini Institute. Click here to download the scholarship application. 
Speakers and sessions include:
  • Maureen Bausch, CEO of 2018 Super Bowl Host Committee
  • Bob Ash, Life Lessons
  • Sponsorship attraction: Paul Richardson, Rochester Area Chamber
  • Results of MACE Comp and Benefit Survey: Larry Dowell, Dowell Management
  • And many more! View agenda here.
2016 America's Small Business Summit | June 13–15 – Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. – REGISTER TODAY
Annually, Minnesota business and local chamber leaders participate in the U.S. Chamber Small Business Summit to ensure the voice of Minnesota business is part of the federal policy discussion. The event provides access to national speakers, unprecedented networking opportunities and the chance to meet with members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation. Join us in 2016! This event is coordinated through MCCE. The 12th Annual U.S. Chamber Small Business Summit will be held in Washington D.C., June 13 – 15, 2016. 

Scholarships are available for this event. Click here to download the scholarship application.
Legislative Wrap-Up Webinar | May 26  Online -  REGISTER TODAY

Receive immediate analysis from the Minnesota Chamber's policy team on how the actions of the 2016 Legislature will affect your bottom line, and an early preview of what issues are anticipated for the 2017 Legislature. Learn more here.
Community Disaster Conference | June 7  Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen -  REGISTER TODAY

Attendees will learn about effective community response and resource management in times of crisis. Experts and emergency managers will share tools for dealing with disasters. Participants will build networks and leave with actionable tools to enhance community preparedness.

• Managing Volunteers
• Multi-jurisdictional Partnerships
• Learning from Emergency Managers:
• Exploring past disasters
• Communication strategies for effective messaging

National Leadership Development Conference | June 21-23  Grand Casino, Hinckley -  REGISTER TODAY  
The National Leadership Development Conference is dedicated to providing real-world inspiration and hands-on advice for personal growth and professional advancement. The focus for our conference includes leading growth and innovation, thriving amidst uncertainty and building strong leadership skills— both professionally and personally.

And what's a conference without speakers from all areas of industry that clear out the cobwebs and get you thinking about your business in a fresh new way? We’re extremely excited about the line-up of very notable speakers which include authors, a reality TV-star, motivational speakers and more!

View the agenda online and then register those people in your organization that have been newly promoted, those who you've identified as aspiring leaders and managers, and any executives or managers that are looking to enhance their careers. If your goal in 2016 is building a stronger and more innovative leadership team or to expand your own skills, then this is a must attend.

Thanks to support from some great sponsors we are able to offer a new deal on the entire event. $299 for an all-inclusive pass, or $349 for an all-inclusive pass with golf. This rate covers 7 Keynote Sessions, 5 Breakout Sessions, Discussion Panel, Conference Gift, Networking Social Events, 5% Donated To Scholarship, 3 Night Hotel Room Stay and All Meals Included. Use the code Bob  when you register and you will save an additional $20.

Congratulations to MACE Conference Award Winners. We are very proud of our local chamber community!

This award is presented to a chamber executive who has demonstrated a vision, commitment and passion for the advancement of their chamber and community as a whole. The nominees in this category have proven to others that they are the “gold standard” in chamber leadership and are proven to have the vision for future chamber members to follow.

Todd Klingel of the Minneapolis Chamber was awarded Executive of the Year.

He was awarded based on his 25 years of service--13 at the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. Through his leadership, there was a significant impact on the business community, the residents of Minneapolis and its visitors. Over the years Todd co-lead efforts to bring millions and millions of dollars of investment to Minneapolis and surrounding communities, defended employers from corrupt policies, and spearheaded major transportation initiatives and economic development programs. Todd never invites conflict. He is a true bridge-builder, understanding the value of relationships and is a leader among leaders.

This award recognizes chambers of commerce that achieve a significant victory in public policy, whether it be as a part of a partnership with others or as the only organization championing a cause. 

The TwinWest Chamber was awarded the Public Policy Award.

In 2015 TwinWest organized a coalition of stakeholder organizations to work with the City of St. Louis Park to analyze a municipal-level plastic bag ban. TwinWest took a unique approach to reacting to the proposed policy. Instead of working to defeat the ban in a traditional way, the Chamber offered to work with the City to study a ban and its impacts. TwinWest identified other groups to bring in the to study process and participated in several meetings with City staff and Council Members--learning alongside the City. As a part of its work TwinWest studied the science surrounding plastic bags, the economic effect of a ban only applying to St. Louis Park, current sustainability efforts by the business community, and consumer behavior impacts.

Congratulations to Dakota County Regional Chamber as well for being named a finalist.
Thank you to Ken Warner for serving as Chair for the Mid America Chamber Executives in 2015-16.
New report: Equity issues dragging down competitiveness
 The 16-county Twin Cities region has more women and foreign-born workers in the labor force than its peers, but business and civic leaders say disparities elsewhere in the marketplace threaten its long-term competitiveness. An updated regional data “dashboard” developed by several economic development groups, including Greater MSP and multiple chambers of commerce, to track business vitality and other factors shows a 13 percentage point difference in employment between whites and people of color, the second-worst among a dozen peer regions. It also shows stark differences in achievement for the region’s students of color compared to white students, with little improvement since the data-gathering tool debuted last year, according to fresh figures presented at a Friday talk hosted by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. … The number of jobs in the region grew by just 1.8 percent over the past year, near the back of the pack.

Survey: manufacturers optimistic, still seeking workers
OWATONNA — Manufacturers around the state, including in Owatonna, are feeling confident about their companies and future forecasts, even as they see the national economy slowing down. That’s the key finding of The State of Manufacturing 2016, an annual research project undertaken by Enterprise Minnesota. Enterprise CEO Bob Kill shared that and more with a group of business and community leaders Friday at Owatonna Public Utilities, one of a series of presentations around the state to share the survey’s findings about the current and future prospects of Minnesota manufacturing. The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism hosted the event.

Letter, Vicki Stute, Dakota County Regional Chamber: Costs matter; so wake up, Minnesota
Minnesota business property taxes are among the highest in the nation. We rank as high as second in the country for some properties in Greater Minnesota and sixth highest in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In fact, Minnesota businesses comprise 12.4 percent of the total property market value, but pay 32 percent of the total property tax. Costs matter and the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce believes that the Minnesota Legislature has an opportunity to provide business property tax relief this year.

Faribault Chamber of Commerce holds 31st annual business awards luncheon
Local businesses were honored at the Faribault Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual business luncheon Thursday afternoon. Awards for customer service, exceptional new businesses and the best business and small business were handed out during the program, which was held at the Faribault Elk’s Club.

Minnesota House passes bill to protect against abusive lawsuits
 MARSHALL - A reform bill created in response to disability lawsuits filed around Minnesota has been passed by the state House of Representatives. The bill (HF2955) offers businesses some protections against abusive lawsuits alleging violations of accessibility laws. … "We've seen in the past exactly why this bill is needed for business, including in the city of Marshall," said Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent. "Marshall wasn't alone, but it was unique in that it had a couple of businesses that did go out of business, partly because of the lawsuits. That's disappointing." … Several businesses in Marshall were sued for alleged accessibility violations, like having bathrooms or parking that weren't ADA-compliant. In response, the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce began working with local businesses to do accessibility audits and develop plans to remove barriers to accessibility.

Suits demand compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act
NEW ULM - Over the last two year, a series of over 170 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance lawsuits have been filed against Minnesota businesses. Recently such lawsuits have come to New Ulm, with suits filed against Econo-Lodge, Runnings, and Rooms & Rest. The majority of the lawsuits have been filed by attorney Paul Hansmeier and have affected Marshall, Mankato, and Forest Lake. … In light of these lawsuits, nearly 50 Minnesota Chambers of Commerce, including the New Ulm Area Chamber, Blue Earth Area Chamber, and Greater Mankato Growth Inc., have signed a petition urging support of legislation in the Minnesota House (HF 2955) that would improve access for individuals with disabilities while preventing abusive lawsuits targeting small businesses.

Big business joins final push for $1.79B Southwest light-rail funding
 The final push is on at the Capitol for state legislators to fund a critical piece of the $1.79 billion Southwest light-rail project, and powerful Twin Cities business interests have now publicly entered the fray. The Metropolitan Council, which would build and operate the 14.5-mile line, needs to nail down the final 10-percent portion of local matching funds (about $135 million) from the state Legislature this year. Time is short — the current session ends May 23. … Business groups, such as the chambers of commerce in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce and the Eden Prairie chamber, have announced their support for the line, as well.

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