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!


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!