Weekly Update 1.10.18

Headway Emotional Health Services

 

On January 8, the first Latina Mayor took the off of office in the state of Minnesota- and it happened in Richfield! Richfield welcomed incoming Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez and City Council Member Mary Supple at Tuesday nights Council meeting. It was standing room only for the historic event and a strong indication of the direction we are moving. A successful community has many moving parts. Great residents, strong businesses, high-performing schools, strong elected officials and smart staff to help support it all. One of the best things about this community is that between our city leaders, school officials and our business innovators, open communication is direct and on-going. Each area of is successful because we all understand the value of working together. Working together has been a conscious effort between city leaders and the Chamber. We are excited to host our first economic development meeting at the end of the month. Richfield has been experiencing a development boom over the last year and we are committed to keep attracting the right kind of businesses to help our community thrive. Details for the meeting are available on the online calendar and pre-registration is required. We would love for you to join us in learning of development opportunities. Click here for details.

Dunkin’ Donuts hosted our first Coffee with the President this year, and it was great to catch up with members and discuss business opportunities and challenges they are working on in 2019. One of the topics that was discussed was workforce. It doesn’t matter if you are hiring for a minimum wage position, or a salaried employee. Lack of access to the right candidates is an obstacle across the board. Did you know that the Chamber has resources to connect you to? There are some great organizations within our community that can help eliminate some of these barriers, and the Chamber is working on implementing a program this year that will help you streamline the process. Stay tuned as development is underway! The other topic on everyone’s mind, managing your online profile and how to handle user feedback. We are in a digital world where information is accessible from your smartphone- as a business, we need to make sure the right information is getting in front of our customers. The Chamber will be addressing this throughout the year in our Chamber updates. It will also be aour member topic in April, so stay engaged to make sure you aren’t missing out.

We would also like to again, acknowledge our sponsors from last month’s holiday party. Candee Haagenson with Liberty Mutual and Headway Emotional Health. The Chamber has partnered with Ms. Haagenson and designated V.E.A.P. as the charity to give back to this month. So, would you like her to donate $20 to V.E.A.P. for FREE? She will donate $10 for EVERY new quote that is received when you mention V.E.A.P. That means if you elicit a quote for your home AND auto, you will be rewarding $20 to V.E.A.P.! Call Candee Haagenson at 612-486-3348 or send her an email, Candace.Haagenson@libertymutual.com and she will donate $10 for every insurance quote that you request. *some exclusions may apply
Mental health is an important topic and the Chamber will be offering solutions for our members and their employees in the coming year. In an effort to maintain a positive work environment, businesses must be aware of how stress can affect their employee’s productivity. Headway Emotional Services’ mission is to help you, your children and your family get back on the path toward positive, fulfilling lives. With more than 40 years in operation, Headway’s 200 plus caring staff in Golden Valley, Richfield Brooklyn Center and Hopkins provide comprehensive mental health services, counseling, and educational classes to more than 19,000 families each year. The Chamber will be helping our businesses create a positive work culture in an effort to help our members thrive. We are thrilled to partner with our local member, Headway Emotional Health!


Noteworthy announcements from our Chamber Members:

Congratulations to Xcel Energy for being recognized by the Forbes Global 2000 list of world’s best employers for the second year in a row! Among the thousands of companies considered, 500 earned a place on the list and Xcel Energy ranked 74th in the world!


Fun Fact: Joining your local chamber can positively affect other organizations’ perceptions of your business, and also the views of consumers. Statistics show that 63% of consumers are more likely to purchase from a business that is a chamber of commerce member, and 44% are likely to view those businesses more favorably (Source: American Business Magazine).

 

 

Is there a topic you are interested in? Chances are there is a group or program within our community working on it. Check-in with the Chamber and we will help connect you to the resources you need. The Richfield Chamber’s mission is to connect businesses for a prosperous community. If you are interested in being a part of that, reach out and get involved today, we’d love to have you!

 

Vinocopia Wine and Spirits

Weekly Update 12.11.18

Headway Emotional Health Services

 

Richfield Chamber Holiday PartyThe Holiday Party is here and we can’t wait to celebrate with our Chamber Members! Every year, the Chamber hosts the annual holiday party as a way for members to enjoy each other’s company and solidify the great relationships they have built. This year the party is hosted at Vinocopia. Marion Dauner, Vinocopia’s General Manager, graciously opens her wine tasting room to Chamber members and pours an amazing selection of wine for us to enjoy.

In partnership with the Richfield Liquor Stores, all wines poured at the holiday party are available to Chamber members at a discounted rate; just in time to stock your bar for all the parties you’re throwing and attending this holiday season. We encourage support of our municipal liquor stores because those sales go directly back into our community and help fund our Richfield Parks & Rec department. It’s a very simple way of supporting this community.

The Chamber also supports a local non-profit at the holiday party as well. If you remember last year, we raised money for the Richfield Historical Society. This year, we are honoring the Richfield Circle of Excellence Non-profit of the Year- V.E.A.P.!

We will be accepting perishable food donations as well as a suggested $10 donation at the door.

Did you know that for $78, V.E.A.P. can feed a single person for an entire year!

We also would like to thank our holiday party sponsor, Candee Haagenson with Liberty Mutual. The Chamber has partnered with Ms. Haagenson and designated V.E.A.P. as the charity to give back to this month. So, would you like her to donate $20 to V.E.A.P. for FREE? She will donate $10 for EVERY new quote that is received when you mention V.E.A.P. That means if you elicit a quote for your home AND auto, you will be rewarding $20 to V.E.A.P.! Call Candee Haagenson at 612-486-3348 or send her an email, Candace.Haagenson@libertymutual.com and she will donate $10 for every insurance quote that you request. *some exclusions may apply

We would also like to take a moment to thank Headway Emotional Health for sponsoring the holiday party as well. This time of year is filled with hope and well wishes, but we recognize that it may also be difficult for some. Mental health is an important topic and the Chamber will be offering solutions for our members and their employees in the coming year. In an effort to maintain a positive work environment, businesses must be aware of how stress can affect their employee’s productivity. Headway Emotional Services’ mission is to help you, your children and your family get back on the path toward positive, fulfilling lives. With more than 40 years in operation, Headway’s 200 plus caring staff in Golden Valley, Richfield Brooklyn Center and Hopkins provide comprehensive mental health services, counseling, and educational classes to more than 19,000 families each year. The Chamber will be helping our businesses create a positive work culture in an effort to help our members thrive. We are thrilled to partner with our local member, Headway Emotional Health!

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Noteworthy announcements from our Chamber Members:

Havenwood Senior Living is partnering with Seven Hills Preparatory Academy in a holiday card exchange program. If you would like to get in on the action, email Anne@richfieldmnchamber.org so she can connect you!

Congratulations to Xcel Energy for being recognized by the Forbes Global 2000 list of world’s best employers for the second year in a row! Among the thousands of companies considered, 500 earned a place on the list and Xcel Energy ranked 74th in the world!

Dunkin’ Donuts is now open….and there’s a drive thru! If you are treating you company to treats this month, drive thru the local Dunkin’ to pick up a dozen on your way into the office. Did you know they have amazing coffee as well? Go on, treat yourself and your office mates today! Dunkin’ is located on 66th & Penn Ave.

Welcome new Members: Liberty Mutual, Sentext Solutions, Think Mutual Bank, Dunkin’ and Havenwood Senior Living

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Fun Fact: Joining your local chamber can positively affect other organizations’ perceptions of your business, and also the views of consumers. Statistics show that 63% of consumers are more likely to purchase from a business that is a chamber of commerce member, and 44% are likely to view those businesses more favorably (Source: American Business Magazine).

 

Richfield Chamber of Commerce Membership

 

 

 

 

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Is there a topic you are interested in? Chances are there is a group or program within our community working on it. Check-in with the Chamber and we will help connect you to the resources you need. The Richfield Chamber’s mission is to connect businesses for a prosperous community. If you are interested in being a part of that, reach out and get involved today, we’d love to have you!

 

Vinocopia Wine and Spirits

LegalShield IDShield and The Chamber

October Data Breaches by Type

Unauthorized Access

Unauthorized Access was identified as the primary type of breach incident, representing 42 percent of the overall number of breaches reported by the Identity Theft Resource Center in October, up 12 percent from September.

Hacking

Hacking was the second most common method of breach, representing 32 percent of the overall total number of breaches in October, experiencing a fall of 14 percent from September. Phishing and ransomware/malware were the two most popular forms of hacking for October, both representing 36 percent of the total breaches categorized as hacking.

Employee Error/Negligence/Improper Disposal/Lost

Employee Error/Negligence/Improper Disposal/Lost was the third most common method of breach, representing 10 percent, up three percent from September followed by Physical Theft, ranked fourth, up eight percent from last month, and Accidental Exposure, down five percent from September.

October 2018 Data Breaches

October 2018 Data Breaches by Type. Information provided by Identity Theft Resource Center

October Data Breaches by Industry

The Business sector topped the list as the industry facing the most breaches in October for the fifth consecutive month, at 42 percent of the overall number of breaches. The Medical/Healthcare sector was the second highest industry with the most breaches representing 32 percent of the overall number of breaches identified in October, down seven percent from last month, followed by the Government/Military sector, representing 13 percent, up eight percent from September. Ranked as the fourth highest impacted industry, the Banking/Credit/Financial sector percentage doubled since last month representing 6 percent, and the Education sector was impacted the least this month with five percent of total breaches.

Unauthorized Access impacted the Education, Business, and Government/Military sectors the most representing 75, 49, and 36 percent of the sector respectively, while unauthorized access and hacking tied at 38 percent of the total breaches for the Medical/Healthcare sector. Hacking impacted the Banking/Credit/Financial sector the highest at 60 percent of the total breaches.

October 2018 Data Breaches by Industry

October 2018 Data Breaches By Industry

October Company Breach Highlights

The Pentagon – Department of Defense experienced a cyber-breach affecting U.S. military and civilian personnel in early October. Although an official for the Pentagon stated that no classified information was compromised, 30,000 workers may have had their personal information, travel records, and credit card data exposed.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) agent and broker portal, which interacts with HealthCare.gov, was hacked in early October exposing 75,000 individual’s personal data including Social Security numbers, income, and citizenship or legal immigration status.

The Employees Retirement System of Texas learned of a security issue in their ERS OnLine portal which allowed 1.25 million members’ information to be visible to those who logged into the portal. Information exposed included first and last names, Social Security numbers, and ERS member identification numbers.

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific experienced a data breach affecting 9.4 million international passengers, including US consumers, when an unauthorized actor gained access to their network in March. Information accessed included: name, nationality, date of birth, phone number, email, address, passport number, frequent flyer membership number, customer service remarks and historical travel information.

Richfield Chamber of Commerce Can Help

The Richfield Chamber of Commerce and LegalShield & IDShield affinity partnership is officially active as of 11/1/2018. This means we can offer another tangible benefit to our members and provide additional revenue to the Chamber. The family legal and id plan costs $49.90/month for the general public, which is an exceptional value. A Richfield Chamber member can purchase the same plan for $38.90/month. That’s a 24% discount! The Richfield Chamber of Commerce will receive 4% of the annual premium, paid three years in advance.  For example, if three members sign up for this great service, that would be an additional $163.95 of revenue for the Chamber.
The website with overview videos and direct enrollment will be running in the next few days.

 

 

 

8.8.18 Chamber Update!

Welcome to the Chamber update!  The Chamber has had an amazing year, and that is because of fantastic contributions from our members. We are excited to announce that we are growing and have just hired Heather Lenke to oversee our Sales and Marketing Department. Heather comes to us with extensive knowledge on our Richfield community, how to maximize an organization’s marketing dollars, and what business owners need to get them in front of the right customer. You might know her from the amazing work she does as the current President of Richfield’s Red White and Blues Days. We are excited to welcome her to our chamber team. Please reach out introduce yourself to Heather, heather@richfieldmnchamber.org

As we settle into August, many in our community will be prepping their kids for heading back to school. In addition to our great Richfield Public Schools, we also have some fantastic Public Charter Schools. Did you know that Seven Hills Preparatory Academy, located at 76th and 35W completed a major expansion of their campus last Spring. The project added a 12,000 square foot gymnasium and locker room to their existing 5 story building. Seven Hills was also awarded the Minnesota Charter Schools Innovation Award for 2018. The award recognizes their innovative partnership with fellow chamber member Adler Graduate School of Counseling. Their collaboration was initiated five years ago and has since developed and evolved to match Seven Hills’ growth as well as meet the changing needs, of their students, in the area of counseling.
Check out the YouTube video to learn more: https://bit.ly/2OiLsZW
For a complete list of school options in Richfield, please visit the Chamber directory.

This Saturday, our friends at Therapy of Champions are hosting an open house. If you haven’t tried cryotherapy yet- get yourself over there for some cool- fun (pun intended)! On Tuesday, August 21 the Chamber will be hosting our monthly series featuring Fran Tarkenton and his guest Mitch Mathews. Our One More Customer meeting is open to members and non-members free of charge. This month we will be discussing how small business can compete with the material advantages of large corporations through the underdog mindset. I look forward to seeing you there.
There lots to do in the month of August within our community and with our local businesses. Make sure to check out the online calendar to stay up to date on member activities. Also, as part of your membership, you can upload your events to the calendar as well. Log in to your member account to let the community know what you are doing!

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