It’s October and with that 4th Quarter is here. It is time to take stock of how well you have progressed towards the goals you set in Quarter 1. It is also a great time to organize your year end financials. Schedule a meeting with your accountant or financial team and make sure there are no surprises with your tax projections for the year. The Chamber has a list of excellent businesses able to help you with that process listed in the directory.
For our retail members, have you prepared for the holiday shopping season? Do you have your social media and promotions plan in place yet? Find a list of companies here that can help you get people in the door, likes to your company profile and clicks on your email promotions. If you are not sure where to start, give me a call at the Chamber office and I will help you develop a plan.
If you haven’t been to a Chamber event in a while, we are finishing out the year with some of our best programming. Tomorrow morning (October 4) start your day at the Chamber office with our coffee meeting (8-9:30am at the Chamber office). If you have been thinking of a new strategic plan for your organization, but don’t know where to begin, join us on October 12 for our Leadership Series, register here.
Chamber members are always looking to connect with other business leaders to grow their network. What is one connection you would like to make? Visit the directory today and find a company that you would like to do business with and tell them, the Chamber sent you!
Welcome to this week’s Community Connections! This week it is my pleasure to introduce you to Kerry Galbraith, Creative Designer for Minnesota Interactive. Kerry is the talented individual that takes my “scribbles and thoughts” each week and formats them into a consistent, well-formatted email (like the one you are reading now).
If you have done any advertising with the Chamber by purchasing a banner ad and needed an expert to create it, chances are, Kerry is the person you worked with. Kerry is coming up on her 2 year anniversary as Minnesota Interactive’s Graphic Design Specialist. She came from the highly competitive fashion design industry in New York City, but is now happy to be back to her Midwest roots. Kerry has an eye for detail and the knowledge of how to navigate social media.
Besides being a creative force, Kerry donates time to local non-profits like Art Buddies, Mohamed Fofana Memorial Foundation and Free Arts Minnesota. Kerry has a strong desire to find organizations that inspire her and has adopted the millennial attitude of giving back to the your community.
On the weekends, when she’s not volunteering, you can find this newlywed sipping a macha latte at the new Penny’s Coffee in Linden Hills, or spoiling Finley, her 3 year old terrier mix who never seems to run out of energy! The next time you have a question about a Facebook retargeting ad, or if you should expand your social media reach to Instagram and Snapchat, send Kerry an email and ask the expert!
At the Chamber, we’ve been thinking Jobs! Workplace! Schools! For the past few months, we have been partnering with RealTime Talent Exchange to bring you the best jobs platform for recruiting new workers. MN Job Match is an excellent resource offered to our Chamber Members. It not only matches your company with top talent, it also matches you to the top talent with the personality profile that best fits your company dynamic. When attracting new employees, it’s important to have a “Best Place to Work” reputation as well.
U.S. Bank has developed a program that companies can offer as a Human Resources Benefit to their employees. For the employer, the program is effortless, and at no cost. For the employee, it is a valuable resource. The focus is to guide employees to and then through the home buying and mortgage process in a simple, educational way, with no pressure or obligation. This program serves as a resource that can be relied on no matter the level of the employee’s finances or knowledge of the process. There is no requirement for employer or employee to have a relationship with U.S. Bank. We believe the program is too important to limit. If you would like more information on offering this program as an employee benefit, please reach out to Cliff Morse here.
In addition to educating our members on resources available to them, the Chamber is also supporting the current Operational and Capital Referendum for 2017. Chamber staff met with educational representatives and is asking our community to vote Yes on the November 7th School Referendum. Information about the referendum can be found here. Supporting the community means supporting the educational process and helping our future business leaders receive the best education possible!
In our Chamber community, we cross paths with numerous people and develop friendships in unexpected places. A special group of people within the Chamber are members of the Board of Directors. My first year on the Board, I was fortunate to serve with this individual, who has spent the last 15 years in the banking industry.
Nicole Krolikowsi is probably someone you have met, either while doing business at BMO Harris Bank, or attending a Chamber event. Nicole loves her job at BMO Harris. While she spends much of her time at the Richfield Branch, attending to the community’s needs, she also loves her vacations. She is someone who defines “work hard, play hard.”
At the beginning of this month, Nicole was diagnosed with Colon Ademo Carcinoma stage IV. She is taking life day by day now and asked me to share with all of you her story. I will keep the Chamber community updated on ways to support Nicole in the coming months.
Please read her caring bridge site and leave a message for her from her Chamber Community.
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.
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. email@example.com
Barrett Lawn Care Job Openings: