Busy Week at the Chamber!

It’s been a busy week at the Chamber. We celebrated out 38th Annual Golf Tournament last week at The Wild’s Golf Club. Congratulations to the team from Fairview Southdale Hospital for taking home the trophy this year. We also celebrated Open Streets at PennFest over the weekend. Penn Avenue was closed from 63rd to 75th Street and filled with families, friends and community members. PennFest is a great way to get your business in front of the local community. This is a great promotional event to add to your marketing plan for 2018. Your next opportunity to mingle with the Chamber crowd will be at our complimentary happy hour this Thursday, September 21, hosted by our friends at A-1 Travel. Sign up here if you would like to attend.

The Chamber will also be launching our video promotion series in October. With the help of some of our Chamber Ambassadors, I will be scheduling 30 minute video interviews with members. These short sessions will be recorded and condensed into a 2 minute video clip promoting yourself and your business. If you would like to sign up for a video interview, contact Anne here.


Announcements:

Welcome to BMW Motorcycles of Richfield. Stop by and visit their beautiful new showroom at 401 W. 77th Street, Suite 1 (located next to Richfield Bloomington Mitsubishi.)

Youth Sports –
The Richfield Boys Basketball program is looking for businesses to sponsor the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Investing in youth sports is a great way to show your support for the community. If you would like to learn more information, please contact Basketball Board Member Jamie Van Nostrand for sponsorship opportunities. jvannostrand25@gmail.com


Job Board:

Barrett Lawn Care Job Openings:
Irrigation Technician
Landscape Laborer
Landscape Foreman

Community Connections: Brad Beard

Chamber members came together yesterday to celebrate the 38th Annual Golf Tournament! It was a beautiful day on The Wild’s Golf Course and we crowned a new champion: Brad Beard and the Team from Fairview Southdale Hospital! Brad’s team won by 2 strokes with two teams tying for second place. Brad Beard is the Regional President for Fairview Health Services and has been with the company for 31 years. Now, he can add Golf Champion to his resume!

In addition to his role at Fairview, Brad serves on our Chamber Board of Directors, is active with the Edina Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors for the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce. He is a person committed to giving back to the communities his hospital serves. Brad demonstrates strong leadership within these organizations and always brings an objective viewpoint to the discussion. Next time you see him at a Chamber event, make sure to say hello and ask him where he is keeping his golf trophy!

September is Off to a Great Start!

We had another successful Coffee with the President meeting last week. About 15 members stopped by to discuss relevant business topics and make new acquaintances. Our next morning meeting is Wednesday, October 4 and you can sign up here if you would like to attend.

Today, we are spending the day at The Wild’s Golf Club where we are engaging in friendly competition and year-long bragging rights for the winning team. Oh, and did I mention, our friends at Richfield Bloomington Mitsubishi are giving away a new car!?Check out our Facebook page for live updates throughout the day.

Your next opportunity to mingle with the Chamber crowd will be at our complimentary happy hour on Thursday, September 21, hosted by our friends at A-1 Travel. Sign up here if you would like to attend.

In addition to our great events, I have also been discussing our partnership with the team at Real Time Talent Exchange. Real Time Talent Exchange has developed a Jobs platform that matches companies with candidates that not only fit the skills requirement, they fit a company personality profile as well. In the months ahead, The Real Time Talent Exchange Team will be engaging with members to help you use the platform successfully. In the meantime, take a look at our home page and click on the MN Job Match button to explore for yourself.

Announcements:

Welcome to BMW Motorcycles of Richfield. Stop by and visit their beautiful new showroom at 401 W. 77th Street, Suite 1 (located next to Richfield Bloomington Mitsubishi.)

Youth Sports –
The Richfield Boys Basketball program is looking for businesses to sponsor the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Investing in youth sports is a great way to show your support for the community. If you would like to learn more information, please contact Basketball Board Member Jamie Van Nostrand for sponsorship opportunities. jvannostrand25@gmail.com

Community –
Penn Fest- Open Streets at Penn Fest is now accepting sponsorships. By becoming a sponsor, your business or organization will gain access to our event that historically draws 5,000 visitors and reaches thousands more in pre-event publicity. For more information, please visit www.penncentralofrichfield.com.

Back to School!

Welcome to September! The State Fair has come and gone and the kids are officially back in school. That means we will be wrapping up 3rd quarter and looking to finish the year strong. It’s time to take stock with your company’s performance for the year. Are you on track for meeting your goals?

September is a great time to schedule an appointment with your accountant to review your bottom line and plan ahead for year end. If you don’t have a great accountant, why don’t you call a chamber member. Click on the directory here and access our list of competent companies.

I would also like to highlight our featured member this month, Midland Title. Through their best business practices, and putting their clients first, Midland has recently opened its third location in Grand Rapids. Check out their feature on the chamber home page to learn more about this company on the rise. Colleen Nagle is the Business Development Director at Midland Title and an active Chamber member. Chances are, if you have been at any Chamber event over the past year, you have crossed paths with Colleen, our Chamber Board Chair. If there is ever a connection you need to make, Colleen can help you do it. Through her time at Midland Title, she has developed an impressive contact list through her Chamber network and can point you in the right direction.


Announcements:

Youth Sports –
The Richfield Boys Basketball program is looking for businesses to sponsor the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Investing in youth sports is a great way to show your support for the community. If you would like to learn more information, please contact Basketball Board Member Jamie Van Nostrand for sponsorship opportunities. jvannostrand25@gmail.com

Business Programs –

Richfield staff is looking for help in promoting their 50/50 cost sharing bike rack program.
A two post system including installation can be done for less than $300 costing the business or building only $150

Community –
A few Richfield Graduates from the 70’s are hosting a benefit for our friend, Wade Whipps, who is suffering from inoperable stage 4 colon cancer. We are trying to raise money for his medical needs. We will be hosting a benefit at the new Amphitheater in Richfield on September 9 & 16. Many bands will be playing and we would love if Richfield businesses would contribute something to our silent auction. Please contact Julie Howard at simsduluth@aol.com to donate. Thank you!

Building Strong Community Relationships

Many businesses join the Chamber in order to promote a strong community relationship. The Chamber receives many inquiries from local residents and community groups asking for local businesses to support their cause. You can see the Announcements section below where we have highlighted these requests. Take a moment and see if any of the requests below are a good fit for your business.

Summer is wrapping up and if you missed our summer Coffee with the President meetings, your next chance to connect with members is next week, September 6. Coffee starts at 8am at the Chamber office. This meeting is an informal way to connect with members in a casual environment.

Looking ahead to September, we will once again meet on the Golf course on the 12th to see who can take home the Chamber Golf trophy. There is still time to get in on the action and sign up to golf with your favorite Chamber. Did I mention Richfield Bloomington Mitsubishi is giving away a car! We are also still accepting raffle prizes. So if you are unable to attend, but still want your company in front of Chamber Members, consider sponsoring a hole or donating a prize for to get people in your doors.

Announcements:

Safety –
The program motto is “Understanding Through Education.” Meet some of your police officers while gaining a working knowledge of the operations and responsibilities of the Richfield Police. This is a free 15-hour, 5-week course which starts Thursday, Sept. 21, and continues every Thursday through Oct. 19, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Any person who is at least 18 years old and lives or owns a business in Richfield may attend the academy. There are no physical qualifications necessary and mandatory attendance of all sessions is NOT required. A criminal history check will be conducted on all applicants so please provide your full name and date of birth. Residents can register at www.RichfieldMN.gov/cpa. Deadline to register is Sept. 1.

Youth Sports –
The Richfield Quarterback Club, a parent-led booster club for the Richfield High School and Richfield Middle School football teams, distributes the Sports Calendars for the 2017-2018 school year. These feature the Richfield High School sporting events as well as the sponsoring businesses, who help to fund the calendars and support our group.  Please consider supporting youth athletics and contact Caroline Schaefer today. carschaefer21@yahoo.com  612.251.6623

Business Programs –

Richfield staff is looking for help in promoting their 50/50 cost sharing bike rack program.
A two post system including installation can be done for less than $300 costing the business or building only $150

Community –
A few Richfield Graduates from the 70’s are hosting a benefit for our friend, Wade Whipps, who is suffering from inoperable stage 4 colon cancer. We are trying to raise money for his medical needs. We will be hosting a benefit at the new Amphitheater in Richfield on September 9 & 16. Many bands will be playing and we would love if Richfield businesses would contribute something to our silent auction. Please contact Julie Howard at simsduluth@aol.com to donate. Thank you!

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