Community Connections: Mike Brundage

It’s time to make another Community Connection and this week I am proud to introduce you to Mike Brundage, General Manager for Pizza Luce. Mike has been with Pizza Luce since 2005. He started at the downtown Minneapolis location and has since moved to the Richfield store. There, he oversees all operations as well as training new managers and testing new products for the company.

Mike grew up in Richfield and was even part of the DECA program as a student.  When he’s not making sure everyone is enjoying their perfect slice he’s managing his summer garden. Mike and his family maintain a summer garden that measures over 1,300 square feet! We are happy to know, that he will at least take one day off to golf with the Chamber at our upcoming tournament. Mike and the Luce crew will be challenging The Stockwell Team on the course this year. It’s sure to be a great day and we can’t wait to see who takes home the trophy this year! Think you have what it takes to earn the title of Chamber Golf Champions? Sign-up today and we will see you on the links!

Community Connection: Jason Stockwell

Welcome to this week’s Community Connection where it is my pleasure to introduce you to Jason Stockwell. Jason has been a valued member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2011. He currently serves as the Team Lead Manager for the Stockwell Home Selling Team with RE/MAX Results. Team Stockwell represents over 250 clients each year and specializes in customer service. In addition to selling Real Estate, he has a passion for keeping people informed about everything Real Estate related and how it affects them. Jason hosts a weekly Real Estate radio show with co-host Joshua Roueche with RE/MAX Advantage Plus. The Stockwell Roueche Show is on AM1280 ”The Patriot” Every Sunday Morning at 10am. Don’t Miss out as he keeps the show witty, lively and refreshing; touching on all things real estate here in the Twin Cities Metro.

After living in Richfield for 11 years, Jason and his wife moved to Edina with their expanding family. Jason is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College.  Jason is also the defending champion of the Richfield Chamber Golf Tournament. He helped lead his team to bring home the trophy last September. Every year, over 75 Chamber members gather on the course and compete in a best ball tournament. Lots of bragging takes place and we look forward to seeing if Jason can defend his title this year!

B.E.E.R. Meeting Recap

Last week, the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce hosted our quarterly B.E.E.R. meeting at Olympic Hills Country Club. There were over 100 Chamber members in attendance and many opportunities for you to increase your business network. We were inspired with stories from Dale Bachman, Eric Saltvold and Kalsey Beach.  Did you know that Eric started his company as a 13 year old boy growing up in Richfield? He found a niche and has been cultivating it ever since. The panel discussion centered around ways to market your company, how to keep up with trends and what to do during challenging times. This was a great forum with opportunities to ask questions with business peers in an effort to keep a fresh, positive outlook in today’s economy.

If you missed last week’s B.E.E.R. meeting, don’t fret! You have a chance tomorrow, August 23 to mingle with the B.E.E.R. Chamber members as our 2016 Board Chair, Brad Beard, hosts all of us at our August Happy Hour! Our Chamber Happy Hours are complimentary events that let you grow your business network in a casual environment. Make sure you register HERE. This is going to be a great Happy Hour, because not only will your fellow Richfield Chamber members be there, but we have opened this event to include Edina, Bloomington and Eden Prairie Chamber members too. See you tomorrow!

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!

Community Connections: Jim Knapp

I am pleased again to highlight another brilliant member of our Ambassador program within the Richfield Chamber. Jim Knapp is an expert in marketing whose trade channel sales experience includes electronic/online, book trade, mass market, international (rights, co-editions, distribution), academic and specialty trade channels. He is currently working for SaveOn, the direct mail company. His favorite experience has been working with small businesses who are struggling to find their market share and through direct mail targeting with SaveOn they have turned their businesses around.

When he’s not working, Jim loves to spend time with his family and grand kids. He dedicates his time volunteering at their elementary school and recently took them to Breezy Point for a family vacation. So if you are ready to take your business to the next level, go ahead, send Jim a note and ask him to help you get started!

Welcome to the Ambassadors!

Last month we launched our Chamber Ambassador program with great enthusiasm. We made our first member visit to the Lyndale Plaza Apartments. We received a private tour from Juliana, the property manager, of the 2.5 acre property with 94 units, plenty of green space, transit friendly and a beautiful roof top deck. Michael Development created an exceptional property that truly enhances our community.  The Ambassador program is a great way to increase your connections within the Richfield community.

Our next stop will be to visit new member Bret Hoekstra with AXA Advisors on Wednesday, August 16 at 10am. If you would like to join us, please send me an email and I will get you information.

In addition to the Ambassador program, we also hosted our monthly Coffee with the President. Our morning meeting is an informal way for members to come together and network in a casual, smaller environment. Look for our next Coffee meeting on the Chamber calendar. If you want networking on a grand scale, come to B.E.E.R. this Thursday. It is time again for our multi-chamber meeting and this month we are heading to Olympic Hills to be inspired with a panel discussion from local entrepreneurs who have taken their businesses to the next level. Don’t’ hesitate, click HERE and register right now! We know your business opportunities don’t stop at the Richfield border, so come to B.E.E.R. Meeting and meet like-minded professionals from Edina, Eden Prairie and Bloomington Chambers to increase your business network. 

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