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  • 2014 Publication of the Year


    August 2014

    Member ProfilePapas Pumpkin & Polar Patch

    Rock the Bowl in SeptemberKat Perkins is set to preform at the grand opening of the new MDU Resources Community Bowl

    Sporting Clays ShootoutThe annual Chamber Sporting Clays Shootout is around the corner, sign up today!166 8


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    Executive CommitteeAnnette Behm-Caldwell ChairRick Matteson Chair-ElectChad Moldenhauer SecretaryPerrie Schafer TreasurerLeslie Bakken Oliver Past Chair Kelvin Hullet President

    Board of DirectorsRick Matteson MDU Resources GroupDan Pearson Northwest TireWayne Munson Indigo SignworksGreg Vetter University of Mary Kleber Hadsell Tesoro Mandan Refinery Perrie Schafer Schafer Financial Inc. Mike OKeeffe Farm Credit Services Leslie Bakken-Oliver Vogel Law FirmChad Moldenhauer K&L Homes Dave Hoekstra BNC Bank Ken Rutter Basin Electric Lee Pierce Al Fitterer Architects Norm Clark Gate City Bank Jeff Essler H.I.T. Inc. Mike Schmitz Widmer Roel, PCAnnette Behm-Caldwel Open Road Honda Brenda Nagel AetnaSandi Tabor KLJMolly Barnes Northern Improvement Jeff Albers Schwan GM Auto Center Dr. Gary Miller St. Alexius Medical Center Chris Brown MotixMarc Taylor Northern Plains Equipment


    Chairs Corner

    CHAMBER NEWSRock the Bowl in September 8

    Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan 9

    Recognizing New Teachers 12

    CHAMBER EVENTSCelebrate Bismarck-Mandan 13

    Fridays at the Chamber 14

    August Membership Mixer 15

    Chamber Sporting Clays Shoot 15

    Lunch and Learn: Worksite Wellness 16

    Dinner on the Plaza 16

    COLUMNSChairs Corner 2

    FEATURESCover Story 3

    Member Profile 6

    Ask-A-Pro 26

    Chamber Perks 28

    T he Chamber is hosting Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan in early August and I hope you will be able to join me at this wonderful event. This year the celebration will remind us of our heritage, the people and cultures that were our beginning and still influence us today.

    Our heritage has given us a culture that honors work. The start early, stay late and give it 150 percent type of work ethic. This work ethic has developed business owners and leaders that do not flaunt success, but rather, quietly and generously share that success with others and our community. These are good traits from our heritage.

    However, we are not very good at taking time to reflect on our hard work and the success it brings. We admire others and their efforts in business but often fail to thank them or

    congratulate them on their success. Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan is our opportunity to celebrate the best of business and what we, the business community, have accomplished together.

    With the awards, we will recognize not only the excellence of individual businesses but also the distance they have traveled and the efforts and risks they took to succeed. A common thread in all the stories you will hear at the celebration will include persistence, patience and perspiration.

    McQuade Distributing Inc., a Chamber member for 50 years, will be honored with the Granite Award for their leadership and business excellence. A family business started three generations ago, that grew each day by offering quality products and outstanding customer service. As the business success grew, so did McQuades generosity within our community. I think you will all agree that the McQuade family and their employees are deserving of this recognition.

    Take time this month to raise a toast to your own success. You never know, you may be toasting a future Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan winner.

    Annette Behm-Cadwell


    1640 Burnt Boat DriveP.O. Box 1675 Bismarck, ND 58502

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    The Chamber -

    Advertise:Ryan Parsons

    MISSION STATEMENT:Leaders for prosperity.Advocates for business.

    Chamber StaffKelvin Hullet PresidentSusie Kocourek Senior Program DirectorSally Paulson Program DirectorRyan Parsons Membership & Publications DirectorPeg Iszler Director of First ImpressionsAnnie Bergrud Chief Financial OfficerAmanda Schwieters Member Services

    DirectorRebecca Rattei Communications SpecialistZac Smith Director of Government Affairs/General CounselHannah Haynes Intern Dot Frank USS ND Committee Liaison


    Expanding FlighT OpTiOns prOvidE nEw OppOrTuniTiEs FOr Bismarck-mandan arEaBy Anne Petersen, Clearwater CommunicationsTravelers utilizing the Bismarck Airport will soon be able to access Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago through two new flights available in October. The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and the airport recently announced plans to capitalize on the communitys growth and bring additional visitors and business opportunities to the area through the new destination options. The increase in travelers utilizing the Bismarck Airport and the competitive business environment were key factors in attracting new flights, says Greg Haug, manager of the Bismarck Airport.

    American Airlines will begin offering daily round-trip service on 50-passenger regional jets to the new destinations starting October 2. The addition of American Airlines as a new carrier at the Bismarck Airport will also add to the facilitys daily flights to Minneapolis and Denver. American Airlines is a welcome addition to the air services line-up at the Bismarck Airport. American Airlines is the worlds largest airline and will offer travelers both domestic and international destinations, says Haug.

    He says the new flight options were chosen because of the demand for both business and leisure flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago. The dynamic growth taking place in North Dakota and the Bismarck-Mandan community has garnered national attention and created increased interest in the community. This progress has enabled businesses throughout the community to pursue new opportunities to expand their markets and economic reach.

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    On May 5, 2014, Mayor John Warford announced daily flights to Chicago and Dallas starting in October.

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    Dallas was chosen because it is the fifth busiest market at the Bismarck Airport, and it creates a southern hub to domestic and international destinations, says Haug. This flight option will also assist in serving the energy industry companies in North Dakota and allow travelers to make connections at an airport that does not experience the normal winter weather delays we see at northern hub airports.

    Haug notes Chicago has always been a high-demand destination for business and leisure travelers, as well. It provides travelers opportunities to connect to locations in the eastern United States and many international destinations directly, he says.

    According to the ND State Aeronautics Commission, travelers utilizing North Dakota airports increased 7.5 percent from May of 2013 to May of 2014. Four of the states eight biggest airports set all-time record for the month of May. From January to May of 2014, over 95,000 passengers utilized the Bismarck Airport for travel. In North Dakota, the load factors, or number of passengers on a plane, are above 70 percent throughout the state.

    These new flights show that there is interest in North Dakota, but more specifically an interest in the Bismarck-Mandan community, said Tony Welder, a member of the Chambers Air Services Committee. Anytime you have a new business come into the community, it brings along new businesses.

    Welder, a local pharmacist, travels up to three times a month from the Bismarck Airport and says the new flights will be a great benefit to travelers. When there is competition between flights it can help everyone financially, he says. American Airlines has many choices of flight options and this is an opportunity to connect with more cities.

    In order to recruit the new air service to the community, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and the Bismarck Airport worked closely to gather the support needed. In this instance, the Chamber assisted by raising $500,000 in pledges to match a $500,000 grant the airport received from the U.S. Department of Transportation, says Kelvin Hullet, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce.

    This is the second successful joint venture between the Chamber and the Airport. In 2012, a similar type of partnership attracted Frontier Airlines to the community.

    to notes the business community also played an important role in bringing the new airline and flight options to the community. The Bismarck Airport would like to thank the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and the many businesses who contributed to the American Airlines recruitment effort. Public-private partnerships such as this are extremely beneficial in attracting new air service.

    Hullet says these types of air service connections are vital for continuing to grow the Bismarck-Mandan community. Good air service is an important part of any communitys economic development, he says. It helps when recruiting new businesses, attracting and retaining talent, and enhances the quality of life for our residents. These new flights create additional opportunities to visit friends and relatives, which are essential in attracting a talented workforce.

    Daily flights to Chicago and Dallas opennew opportunities to connect to other cities.


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    Businesses coming from Houston, Atlanta and other southern points can fly through Dallas and get a direct flight to Bismarck-Mandan, reducing travel time and costs