Chamber Seeks Local Business Nominations

Our vibrant business community is home to many companies that are contributing to the thriving, growing metropolitan that is Fargo Moorhead West Fargo. Each year, The Chamber hosts the ChamberChoice Awards to honor organizations that are making our community a better place to live, work, raise a family and conduct business.

Nominations are open for the 2014 ChamberChoice Awards, and we invite you nominate your company, an entrepreneur, not-for-profit or another deserving organization.

Awards are presented in six categories:

  • Small Business of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • Not-for-Profit of the Year
  • Small Not-for-Profit of the Year
  • Young Professionals Best Place to Work
  • Entrepreneur of the Year

In 2013, Heartland Trust Company was named Small Business of the Year, and the award has provided validation and recognition for the company.

“Winning the ChamberChoice award has given us a wonderful opportunity to tell our story and has been great reinforcement to what our values are and what we stand for. To receive Small Business of the Year in such an amazing community with such an involved Chamber of Commerce is a real honor. This is something our team is very proud of!” explained Heartland Trust Company Associate Brian Halverson.

Nominations close February 27. Don’t wait another minute to nominate your company or another organization for a 2014 ChamberChoice Award.

Chamber Looking to Fill Two Positions

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber is seeking candidates for two different jobs:

  • Administrative Support Coordinator
  • Leadership Program Coordinator

For the Administrative Support Coordinator role, ideal candidates will be enthusiastic and detail-oriented. The primary job duties include greeting visitors, answering phone calls and providing information as requested. This position also provides operational staff support, including clerical duties and data entry. Prior customer service and administrative support experience required. The position is full-time with benefits.

For the Leadership Program Coordinator role, ideal candidates will be highly motivated, forward-thinking and detail-orientated. The primary responsibilities include planning, coordinating, supporting and guiding the leadership program of The Chamber. Successful candidate will possess strong written and oral communication skills, multi-tasking capabilities and public speaking skill; as well as the ability to network effectively and adapt to a dynamic environment. Requires a bachelor’s degree in business, education or related area and two years of related work experience. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining salary requirements, resume and professional references to by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 27.

Business After Hours Attendees Enjoy Game-Day Themed Networking

Approximately 500 professionals attended the first Business After Hours event of 2014 at the Holiday Inn Fargo last week. With the event scheduled so close to the Super Bowl, the Holiday Inn served game-day appetizers and sported referree shirts to make sure the evening ran smoothly.

ABM sponsored the February 4 Business After Hours.

Advanced Business Methods sponsored the event, debuting a brand new website at their booth.

Several vendors gave away great door prizes; were you a lucky winner?

Chamber to Honor Military Families at Annual Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawk

We’re excited to honor our military men and women and their families at Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks on August 8. A joint effort of The Chamber, its Military Affairs committee and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, The Chamber’s Military Appreciation Night will treat over 650 members of the military community to a patriotic-themed baseball game at Newman Outdoor Field.

Here’s just a few of the surprises that we have in store:
– At 6:37 p.m., make sure you’re in your seats to see the military tribute video featuring members of the local business community.

– At 6:40 p.m., be sure to check out the ceremonial first pitches:
1. Brigadier Gen. Al Dohrman, North Dakota’s Deputy Adjutant General for the North Dakota National Guard. Gen. Dohrman has served in a variety of positions, most recently commanding the Fargo based 141 MEB and was deployed in support of NATIO’s KFOR mission.
2. Master Sargent (Ret.) Eric Marts, a combat disabled veteran who was wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His vehicle was stuck by multiple IED’s and Marts suffered a traumatic brain injury which eventually left him blind in both eyes. He will be accompanied on the field by his guide dog, Corporal Deacon

– At 6:50 p.m., turn your eyes to the sky as skydivers will bring down the Red, White and Blue to join a full color guard by the United Patriot Bodies, a tri-state veterans organization.

– Join Lori Thompson, a member of our Military Affairs committee, as she sings the National Anthem.

– Be sure to check out the fly over by Sentimental Journey, a B-17 from WWII.

– At the end of the first inning, we’ll have a Folds of Honor Presentation by D-S Beverages.

– Plus, keep your eyes peeled because throughout the game, we’ll be playing video messages from deployed service members.

Chamber Names Margie Bailly 2013 Legacy Leader


The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber has named Margie Bailly the 2013 recipient of the Legacy Leader award. The Legacy Leader Award recognizes and emphasizes the important role and contributions of long time local leaders in both shaping and serving The Chamber, metropolitan community and region. Bailly will receive the honor at The Chamber’s Third Annual Meeting on September 12 at the Holiday Inn of Fargo.

A leader in the arts scene in the Fargo Moorhead area, Bailly has worked to transform the downtown Fargo community, developing a rich arts culture and has continued to be a constant champion for area nonprofits. From 1997 to 2011, she served as director of the Fargo Theatre. During her tenure, she oversaw a $3 million renovation of the 85-year old building, established the Fargo Film Festival and opened a second screen to allow for more flexibility in programming.

No stranger to community involvement, Bailly has worked and volunteered for years. She has served as president of the Fargo Moorhead Civic Opera, the Fargo Moorhead Junior League, FirstLink, the Fargo Moorhead Area Foundation Women’s Fund and Fargo Kiwanis. Her Board participation includes the United Way of Cass Clay, the Downtown Business Association, the Fargo Theatre, the Lake Agassiz Arts Council, Gethsemane Episcopal Church and The Chamber.

From 2000 to 2006, she served on The Chamber’s Board of Directors. Ever a champion of nonprofits, Bailly pushed for the addition of a Not-for-Profit of the Year category in the ChamberChoice Awards, which was added in 2006.

Bailly will receive the Legacy Leader Award at The Chamber’s Third Annual Meeting on September 12 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn of Fargo. Cost to attend the luncheon is $35. Register. 


Nonprofits Needed

Are you a nonprofit? Do you need assistance with a project?

Each year, The Chamber’s Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class offers its collective time and talents, with inspiring and valuable results, to area Chamber-member nonprofits. As part of our nine-month curriculum, program participants will work in a project group with five to seven classmates in conjunction with a nonprofit organization. Program participants include a wide range of professionals from the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo business community. They bring a variety of skills and talents to the group along with a strong drive to learn about their community and their responsibility as current and future community leaders.

The 2013-14 class is currently looking for nonprofits to submit projects they would like assistance in completing. Past projects have included feasibility studies, market research, launching initiatives, marketing plans, and project management.

Apply today!

Deadline to apply is July 31. For more information, contact Camille at or call 218.233.1100.

ChamberChoice Winners Announced

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2013 ChamberChoice Award Winners.

Small Business of the Year: Heartland Trust Company

Business of the Year: Border States Electric

Small Not-for-Profit of the Year: Red River Zoo

Not-for-Profit of the Year: Family HealthCare

Entrepreneur of the Year: Jill Krahn & Jodi Ellingson, Hair Success Salon & Day Spa
Young Professionals Best Place to Work: Dawson Insurance

The winners were announced at The Chamber’s annual ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon held Wednesday, May 15 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center. Over 700 people attended the event, which honors the vigorous entrepreneurial spirit and important contributions made by businesses in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo metropolitan area.

The ChamberChoice Award finalists and winners were selected by a panel of independent judges from the regional business community, who evaluated accomplishments in the areas of business growth, innovation, creativity, community involvement and unique achievements relating to a specific business or industry.

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Chamber Gradutes 35 Business Leaders

Today, 35 regional business leaders will graduate from The Chamber’s Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program during a graduation ceremony at the Bluestem Center for the Arts at 11:30 a.m.

The Chamber’s leadership program is centered on creating leaders through community training and leadership development. The program is designed to expose emerging and existing community leaders to the issues that face the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo region while challenging and engaging participants to strengthen the community through service and leadership.

The 2012-13 Class at their Feburary session


“Our leadership graduates leave this program with a sharpened sense of how they can positively impact this community,” said Craig Whitney, Chamber President/CEO. “These individuals have been immersed in a powerful leadership experience that has given them knowledge, skills, and dedication to achieve professional and organizational success.”

Please join us in congratulating our 2013 Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo graduates:
Cody Aldinger, TMI Hospitality
Kristin Anderson, John Deere Electronic Solutions
Tiffany Anderson, GOLDMARK Property Management
Shar Berns, Inspire Dance & Wellness Studios
Michelle Blakeman, TMI Hospitality
Amanda Boyer, Tronsgard & Sullivan Dental
Rebecca Breen, Choice Financial
Craig Brye, Otter Tail Corporation
Liz Buethner, Serco Global Services
Pat Claus, Fargo Police Department
Linette Dahl, Appareo Systems, LLC
Sean Elsner, First International Bank & Trust
Jenny Erickson, Home Builders Association of F-M
Greg Ewing-Lee, Sundog
Adam Gangl, Courtyard by Marriott and Moorhead Area Convention Center
Cari Goodyear, CoreLink Administrative Solutions
Ryan Grussing, Cornerstone Bank
Sedi Halvorson, Hilton Garden Inn Fargo
Jon Hasbargen, TMI Hospitality
Calie Larkin, Bell State Bank & Trust
D.C. Lucas, Eide Bailly Technology Consulting
Paul Matthys, Cass County Electric Cooperatve
Todd Medd, JLG Architects
Karsten Melgaard, Bank of the West
Jenny Mondry, Wimmer’s Diamonds
Brein Olmstead, Rasmussen College
Jake Overby, Hannaher’s, Inc.
Brad Penas, Moorhead Police Department
Gail Petersen, The Chamber
Lindsay Schroeder, Integrity Windows and Doors
Jessica Shawn, Discovery Benefits, Inc.
Cheryl Stock, Bell State Bank & Trust
Matt Thompson, Vogel Law Firm
Mike Turchin, Gate City Bank
Teresa Warne, American Crystal Sugar Company

We’re excited to see what this year’s group of leaders will do in our community!

Chamber Urges Members to Help Fill Additional Sandbags

With new amounts of snowfall in the Red River Valley over the weekend, the City of Fargo has decided to reopen Sandbag Central. The goal is to fill 500,000 additional bags to protect the city.

It is imperative we make this happen so that we can avoid business shut downs and mandatory evacuations. The goal is to have these sandbags filled, stored and ready to go by Friday, April 26.

The Chamber is urging its members and their employees to once again join forces and get involved to fill the additional sandbags needed. We are asking that employers allow their employees to volunteer to sandbag during the hours of 2 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning on Thursday, April 18.

For more information, or to register to volunteer, please contact Julie Yourczek at 218.233.1100 or

Chamber, EDC Urge Members to Join the Flood Fight

Together, the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC) are urging members, investors and their employees to get involved in sandbagging efforts and help prevent spring flooding.

The organizations are asking that members allow their employees to volunteer to sandbag during the hours of 2 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning April 3, 2013 at Sandbag Central in the 2400 block of Eighth Avenue North. The City of Fargo is hoping to complete a million sandbags in 10 days to protect the city to 42.5 feet.

“It is important for the metro area to not grind to a halt because of the flood. Our businesses must remain open and commerce must not stop,” said Chamber President/CEO Craig Whitney. “Just as we did in 2009 and 2011, the business community must answer the call and not allow the toll of another major flood to affect our metro area.”

The Chamber has also spoken with Moorhead city officials and at this time, the City of Moorhead does not need to fill additional sandbags. If this changes, The Chamber and GFMEDC plan to engage member participation for the City of Moorhead as well.

“Flooding is not a Fargo issue, a Moorhead issue or a West Fargo issue. It’s a regional issue that affects all of us,” said Whitney. “When the flood hit Grand Forks, it didn’t distinguish by state line. The whole area was affected and is still dealing with the aftermath. We must not let this be Fargo Moorhead West Fargo’s story.”

The Chamber and GFMEDC have made long-term flood protection a top priority. The Business Leaders’ for Permanent Flood Protection task force continues to advocate for the diversion project and the importance of comprehensive flood risk reduction.

“We are fortunate to have made it through past floods largely unscathed,” said President of the GFMEDC Jim Gartin. “We must remain vigilant in ensuring that the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo region remains open for business 365 days a year. Let’s remove major flooding from the long list of national headlines about our community.”

To volunteer, call Julie Y. at 218.233.1100 or email