Weekly Update 8.7.19

Grow Minnesota! Partnership Visit Guide

Greetings Members! As we head into the end of the year, we wanted to take a minute and see how your business is preforming. Please take a minute to fill out the attached/link form and send back to me. Thank you!

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Once completed, please email the form to anne@richfieldmnchamber.org or using the form below.


Weekly Update 7.30.19

Join us tomorrow, July 31, as we welcome new member Whitney Bullard to our community with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Stop by and introduce yourself and discuss the potential for how you can work together for future business. Check the Chamber calendar for event details. Meeting business professionals face-to-face is a great way to create a trusting relationship. Many of our business leads come from referrals and building authentic relationships is step one. Our strength as a Chamber community is in our vast business network. When was the last time someone asked you for a referral? Was your network large enough to know who to send them to? If the answer is no, then come to the next Chamber meeting and start expanding your professional network. The next general member meeting will be held on August 13, at 9:00am. We will be giving the Chamber annual update as well as hearing from a featured presenter. Details are in the link here, make sure you pre-register.

If you are looking for opportunities to serve, “Richfield Rotary Relaunch” is now underway, with a focus on creating what will essentially be a new club with members that live, work and/ or do business in Richfield.  Under the Rotary International umbrella, the new club will set its own schedule and determine its own goals and activities, based on members’ interests and personal commitments.

Informational and planning meetings are taking place this summer, in preparation for a formal Relaunch in September, 2019. The first meeting was held on June 20.  Three additional information meetings are scheduled as follows:

•    Wednesday, July 24, 7-8 PM, City Hall, 6700 Portland Ave So. Bartholomew Room
•    Thursday, August 22, 7:30 – 8:30 AM, Local Roots, 817 E. 66th St.
•    Wednesday, September 11, 3:45 – 4:45 PM – Central Education Center, 7145 Harriet Ave. So., Multi-Purpose Room

The Rotary Club of Richfield MN has been serving the Richfield community for over 60 years.   We are neighbors, friends and community leaders who come together for networking, fun, and to create positive, lasting change in the Richfield area and around the world.  We are part of an international network of 35,000 Rotary Clubs with 1.2 million members worldwide, reaching across boundaries to expand our impact.



Richfield City leaders joined Governor Walz at the groundbreaking ceremony for the metro orange line last week. Funding has been secured and the project,which is a 17-mile planned highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that will connect Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville along I-35W, is now underway. The Orange Line will provide frequent, all-day service in both directions, seven days a week.

This route will upgrade and replace the existing local Route 535 with enhanced service and amenities, and new station features will benefit other transit riders along the I-35W corridor. No changes to existing express bus routes are planned. Orange Line service will have competitive running times for station-to-station trips and offer a new option for reverse-commuters (riders traveling from urban areas to suburban destinations).

The project includes street and highway improvements, upgraded transit stations, and improved bus routes. BRT provides high quality, reliable service like light rail transit, but is less expensive to build and allows for a more flexible route.

Funding commitments for the Orange Line have been provided by the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the State of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, Dakota County, and the Federal government. The project is currently in the engineering phase. A transit-only access ramp between downtown Minneapolis and I-35W and a new Lake Street Station have completed engineering and are now under construction, led by MnDOT.
This is just one great transportation project happening in our community that will increase accessibility for people across the region.

Weekly Update 7.8.19

Summer is well underway and now is a great time to visit the Chamber calendar to plan your networking opportunities for the next few months. We are excited to announce that we will be offering Chamber members access to multi-chamber programming with neighboring Edina and Eden Prairie Chambers for the remainder of the calendar year. We believe business has no bounds and are committed to providing Chamber members boundless business networking opportunities! To find opportunities that will work in your schedule, visit the online Chamber calendar. As the Chamber is excited to offer Richfield members this increased networking opportunities, please know that space is limited for each event and registration will close once these events have reached capacity. So please register early to secure your spot.

Pictured from left to right receiving the Non-profit of the Year award at the Circle of Excellence Ceremony: Richfield Councilmember Whalen, City Manager Katie Rodriguez, VEAP CEO, Joe McDonald (2018 winner and 2019 presenter), Molly Linbland, Arc Volunteer Development Manager, Greg LaRue, Arc Manager of Thrift Business, Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez, Richfield Councilmember Trautmann

In March, the Chamber hosted our annual Circle of Excellence Awards program at Best Buy Headquarters. Arc’s Value Village and Thrift Store was honored as the Non-profit of the Year for the great work they do in our community. Did you know, Arc’s Value Village is the Twin Cities best thrift store. Their goal is a great shopping experience. Every day when they open their doors, they give back. For more than 30 years, thanks to shoppers, donors and volunteers, Arc’s Value Village has helped make life better for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Last year, Arc stores generated more than $2 million for The Arc Greater Twin Cities programs that help adults and children with disabilities and our community.

As a Chamber community, we want to show our support for Arc’s Value Village as well. At any Chamber meeting through the end of the year, please feel free to bring your gently used donations for Arc. We will take care of getting them to Arc’s Value Village for you. In November, we will host a Chamber day of service to volunteer our time to helping in the store. We encourage each member to use that day to volunteer for an hour with their co-workers to show your support.

We would also like to take a moment to say thank you to Richfield’s Red White and Blue Days team for organizing another great 4th of July festival! It takes a caring and committed group of community members to make sure the festival is a success and they pull it off with an abundance of cheers every year! Visit their Facebook page to re-visit all the fun!


Pictured left to right: *Heather Lenke, Waiting on volunteers to start the day’s events. *Local kids showing their pride and participating in the kiddie parade. *Gorgeous cars on display at the car show. *Ceremonial wreath laying at Veteran’s Memorial.

Weekly Update 6.12.19

Richfield Red White & Blue Days, what to expect at this year’s festival!

Richfield’s finest leading the parade on July 4

Did you know that Richfield’s Red White and Blue Days is organized entirely by a group of community volunteers? Yes, just like St. Paul’s Grand Ole Day, Richfield’s Red White and Blue Days has been organized for the past 40 years by local residents. So, just what does it take to put on an event that attracts over 12,000 people to this city? It takes a group of amazing volunteers to secure donations from area businesses and sell tickets to fall beer tastings and winter wine sampler events at the American Legion to fund the entire festival. The Red White and Blue Days crew volunteer their time from September to July to make sure that our 3 day celebration goes off like clockwork. Pictured below is Heather Lenke, President of Richfield’s Red White and Blue Days. This is Ms. Lenke’s third year leading the team of amazing, Red White and Blue Days Community Volunteers.

Pictured left to right: *Heather Lenke, Waiting on volunteers to start the day’s events. *Local kids showing their pride and participating in the kiddie parade. *Gorgeous cars on display at the car show. *Ceremonial wreath laying at Veteran’s Memorial. 

The annual event kicks off on July 2nd with a kiddie parade and Family night. From there, it is non-stop action until the ultimate fireworks show, sponsored by Best Buy, on July 4. The 3 day festival has everything from a street dance, a car show, a ceremonial wreath laying and the ever impressive fly-over during the parade on July 4th. Daily events are posted on the Red White and Blue Days Facebook page. Follow along here.
NEW this year, the committee has added a very special Medallion Hunt. The medallion will be hidden somewhere in the City and the first clue will be posted on June 30. The winner of the medallion will earn a spot in the parade and $500! While this event is a time for community members from near and far to come together, it takes over 300 volunteers to make sure everything runs smoothly. What can you do to help? How about taking your company or family to volunteer. Shifts usually last 2 hours and it’s a great way to interact with your community. They made it easy for you by organizing all vlounteer shifts on sign-up genius. Just click the link to secure your spot to participate in this great event!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49aaa72ea1fe3-july 

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