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									    Eden Prairie Cha mber of Commerce




MAY 2010 - Vol 41, Issue 5           Governor Pawlenty Returns to the Eden Prairie Chamber!
                                     Wednesday, May 19th from 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
IN THIS ISSUE                                                 Join us at Bearpath as we welcome Governor Tim Pawlenty. Hear from
Leadership                                                    the Governor on key initiatives the State is working on and a recap of the
 P2 - Message from the Board                                  2010 Legislative Session. Members and guests are welcome and we will
 P3 - Ambassador Site Visits                                  also be presenting the three Chamber Student Scholarship Awards to the
 P4 - 2010 Golden Apple Recipients                            2010 recipients. Please note the earlier start time of this luncheon.
                                                              Tim Pawlenty is regarded as one of the nation’s most innovative, energet-
Public Policy                                                 ic, reform-minded and accomplished governors. Now serving his second
 P5 - Government Committee           and final term as the 39th governor of Minnesota, Governor Pawlenty has brought increased ac-
 P5 - Health Care Law Information    countability to state government, held the line on taxes, improved K-12 education standards and
                                     made Minnesota a leader in energy reform.
Community Building                   Schedule of Events:
 P6 - Spotlight on a Member             11:15 - Registration Opens
 P7 - Community Events & Photos         11:45 - Lunch is served
                                        12:00 - Chamber Announcements, Words from our Sponsors & Scholarship Presentations
Networking                              12:15 - Governor Pawlenty’s Presentation
 P8 - Communication Preferences
                                     This luncheon will be held at Bearpath Golf & Country Club, located at 18100 Bearpath Trail in Eden
 P9 - Fusion, Women’s Network        Prairie. The cost to attend is $35 for Chamber Members and their guests or $50 for Non-Members.
      High Tea, Speed Networking &   Please RSVP in advance at www.epchamber.org or by calling the Chamber at (952) 944-2830.
      ChamberU Details
 P10 - Meet the Newest Members       THANK YOU TO OUR 2010 GOVERNOR LUNCHEON MAIN SPONSORS!
 P11 - May Event Calendar
 P11 - 2010 Sponsor Recognition
 P12 - Home & Garden Show Recap



                                                   Tee Times at Bearpath
                                                        are filling quickly!
                                              	        								Annual	Golf	Tournament		
  Choose the Small Business                       Monday,	July	12th		at		Bearpath	                There’s still time to
     Person of the Year                       Don’t miss your chance to golf exclu-           join the 2010 China Trip...
    Don’t miss the nomination form            sive Bearpath! Golfer and sponsor                Registrations are flowing in for the
      inserted in this newsletter!            spots are going quickly... see the                October Chamber Trip to China!
                                              insert in this newsletter that lists all
   The Small Business Person of the           sponsor and golf pricing with full              Free 2010 World Expo admission has
    Year Award honors a Chamber               detail. We are also continuing to ac-           just been added to the trip! Join us
  Member business owner or principal          cept donations to the silent auction            at our second informational meet-
  member for their company’s success          or cash donations. Call 952.944.2830            ing on June 24th or call us today at
  and contribution to our community.          for more information!                                 952.944.2830 to sign-up!



                  Y o u r C o n n e ct i o n t o B u s i n e s s a n d C o m m u n i t y
Leadership
                           The Chamber Creates a Vibrant Community
                           As a board member of the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce for about a year, I like the idea of the Cham-
                           ber being “the catalyst for a vibrant community,” as our mission statement declares. It appeals to me in part
                           because I also work for Xcel Energy, a company that is literally connected to the communities it serves and
                           very dependent on their health and well-being.
                           From a corporate perspective, a strong and healthy Chamber is the heartbeat of a community, representing
                           the collective interests of Chamber members. And it accomplishes its mission in many ways. Through eco-
                           nomic development efforts, education and networking opportunities—just to name a few—the Chamber is
 2010 Board Member         fundamental to ensuring this area’s vitality. Xcel Energy has always recognized that value, which is why the
  Michelle Swanson,        company has been a Chamber member for more than 30 years.
     Xcel Energy
                         I think especially of our work together on the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit, which promises to
greatly enhance public transportation in the area. The Chamber has been very helpful in bringing together a variety of stakeholders,
including corporations, city officials and other citizens. I think the Chamber especially shines when it comes to public policy issues
like these. In particular, I appreciate the opportunity afforded by the Chamber to speak with policy makers in an open and friendly
environment, which in my view is exactly how government is supposed to work.
From a personal perspective, the Chamber is equally energizing. I’ve met so many interesting people during my tenure on the board.
I’ve been intrigued by the entrepreneurs, inspired by the public servants and entertained by the new friends I’ve made. In particular,
I’ve enjoyed the member luncheons and participating in the golf tournaments. There is nothing like playing 18 holes of golf to make
new connections—even when your game needs a little work. Or perhaps I should say especially when your game needs a little work.
It’s great to know that these are people I can call on for advice or encouragement. The simple act of joining the Chamber increases
a person’s networking potential considerably. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.
As our economy continues to improve, let’s not forget to show our appreciation to the Chamber. It’s always there—through good
times and bad—as a catalyst to a vibrant community.
Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company that provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-
related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operat-
ing companies in eight Western and Midwestern states. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis. More information is
available at xcelenergy.com.

                                                                                                                     WE’d LoVE To HEAr froM YoU!
                    ATTENTIoN CHAMBEr MEMBErS!                                                                       The Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce Staff
                    Policy Change on Payments Effective July 1st                                                     is always open for questions, comments or
                  The Chamber continues to see its members turning out in large numbers                              concerns. Please don’t hesitate to call our office
                                                                                                                     at (952) 944-2830 or send us an e-mail.
                  for our programs which provides for great networking opportunities.
  One item we do want to ask for member help with is to be timely with payment on lun-                               Pat MulQueeny, IOM - President
  cheons and other programs. The Chamber has to pay the host organization for the space                              pat.mulqueeny@epchamber.org
  and food provided – and in most cases we must confirm our numbers 48 hours ahead of
  time.                                                                                                              Laura Heuer - Membership Director
                                                                                                                     laura.heuer@epchamber.org
  As a non-profit organization, we want to be fiscally responsible to our membership and
  would ask that you try to pre-pay for your program attendance by signing-up online at                              Laura Muenchow
                                                                                                                      Marketing & Communications Manager
  epchamber.org, have a credit card on file that we can charge to the day of the program, or
                                                                                                                     laura.muenchow@epchamber.org
  simply bring payment to the event. Starting on July 1st, we will need to implement a $5
  late fee on invoices that are more than 30 days outstanding. We will remind our members                            Amy Sinclair - Office Manager
  at upcoming programs to try and pay ahead of time or at the door. Thank you in advance                             amy.sinclair@epchamber.org
  for your help.


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Leadership
Welcome to some of our Newest Members!
The Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently had a new member site visit or ribbon cutting with the following
businesses. To see a full list of all our newest members, check out page 10 in this newsletter!

                                  Bindery Workers, Inc. - Kevin Serwa        T.G.I friday’s - Connie Churchill
                           (952) 944-4184 / www.binderyworkersinc.com        (952) 995-4100 / www.fridays.com




 Underwater Adventures Aquarium - Mandy ryan                                                         Midwest Chiropractic & Wellness - dr. Scott Walter
 (952) 853-0603 / www.sharky.tv                                                                       (952) 303-4590 / www.midwestchiroandwellness.com



Congratulations Curtis Gallegos - March Ambassador of the Month!
                           My focus is on Individual and Business Owner Financial Planning. I offer products and unique ideas that
                           offer sound suitable solutions to each particular individuals need. The way I help individuals and business
                           owners is by helping them and sometimes more importantly their employees, understand their financial
                           products and group benefits. Happy employees lead to healthy businesses! I do this by offering a simple
                           FREE analysis and/or comprehensive Financial Planning. We usually are able to save cost by streamlining
                           and offering a better more suitable solution. These benefits include, 401k plans, Retirement and Estate
                           Planning, Medical, Dental, Disability, and Life Insurance. What sets me apart is my focus is on building
                           strong relationships. My goal is to provide a resource and a friend to help you on your journey. We will
                           work together to figure out the most effective way to achieve your personal financial success.
                          I am from Colorado and only moved here a short six years ago. I joined the EP Chamber in order to
                          get connected in the community that I live in. It has allowed me to gain valuable relationships that I
would not otherwise have. I have also been able to surround myself with positive business orientated people who have similar goals
helping my overall success. I am an Ambassador, Chair of the Membership Growth Committee, and a Golf Committee member.
I STRONGLY recommend you get involved! Curtis is pictured above accepting his award from Chamber Staff Laura Muenchow.


                                                           Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce • 11455 Viking Dr. #270, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
                                                                       Ph: 952-944-2830 • Fax: 952-944-0229 • Website: www.epchamber.org
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Leadership
Congratulations to the 2010 Golden Apple Award Recipients!
The Chamber’s Annual Golden Apple Awards recognize individuals in our community who contribute to the quality of
education through service, projects and individual achievements. This year’s recipients were chosen by the Chamber’s vol-
unteerRecognition Committee based on the nomination forms submitted by their peers or co-workers. The 2010 Golden
Apple Recipients who were recognized at the April General Membership Luncheon are:

           Tawnda Bickford, Psychology Professor at Hennepin Technical College. Tawnda was recognized for Individual
           Service Achievement. Some of her biggest accomplishments that led to this award were the implementation of a
           career/life focus counseling service for HTC students, several projects for her students (including a meth awareness
           seminar that over 500 students and community members attended), and a current project to prevent teen and un-
           planned pregnancy.

           Julie Holtz (Literacy Teacher Specialist), Lee Thomas (Literacy & Math Teacher Specialist), Suzy Ring
           (Paraprofessional), Marilyn Hardy (Paraprofessional), Christi Garber (Paraprofessional), Nancy Pau-
           men (Paraprofessional), and Lynn Starman (Paraprofessional) at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.
           This group was recognized with the Outstanding Project Award for their work on Reading & Math Pro-
           grams at their school, including “Power Hour,” “Reading Plus,” and “Razzle Dazzle Readers.”

                                                                                                                                Following the award presentation we heard
                                                                                                                                from David Olson, the President of the
                                                                                                                                Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and
                                                                                                                                the Board of Trustees Chair for Minnesota
                                                                                                                                State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).
                                                                                                                                David’s presentation included discussion
                                                                                                                                of the MnSCU system and its 32 total
                                                                                                                                facilities. MnSCU teaches over 424,000
                                                                                                                                students and has the most undergradu-
                                                                                                                                ate degrees. It educates 82% of the states
                                                                                                                                nurses, 52% of our new teachers and 42%
                                                                                                                                of the business graduates.




 Pictured from left: Chamber President Pat MulQueeny; Golden Apple Recipients Tawnda Bickford, Nancy Paumen, Christi
 Garber, Marilyn Hardy, Lee Thomas, Suzy Ring, Julie Holtz, Lynn Starman, and 2010 Chamber Board Chair/Eden Prairie Schools
 Superintendent Melissa Krull.

                                                                                                             far Left: David Olson addresses the General Membership Luncheon crowd at Grace
                                                                                                             Church. Over 90 chamber members and guests attended!

                                                                                                             Near Left: Julie & Claude Chenard, and Rick Smith, represented WHIZard Academy and
                                                                                                             Hennepin Technical College - our two luncheon sponsors.




    4          Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce • 11455 Viking Dr. #270, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
               Ph: 952-944-2830 • Fax: 952-944-0229 • Website: www.epchamber.org
Public Policy
How to Effectively Communicate with Elected Officials
                      Businesses need to stay involved with elected officials – especially now with
                      the economy coming out of a recession, budget deficits, talk of tax increases                  What do you
                      and new regulations on businesses. The Chamber is excited to have Mike
                      Erlandson, Vice President Government Affairs for SUPERVALU, discuss                           need to know
                      “How to Effectively Communicate with Elected Officials” on Friday, May
                      14th from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.                                                                    about the new
                       Mike has a strong public policy and political background. He served as                        Health Care
                       Chief of Staff to one of Minnesota’s most respected former U.S. Congress-
                       men, Martin Sabo, who always had an open door for businesses and one of                          Law?
Mike’s roles was helping secure federal funds for businesses of all sizes. Mike also served six years
as the elected State Chairman to one of Minnesota’s major political parties and received praise for                The health care bill re-
running the party like a “business,” today his politics are “SUPERVALU” and he Chairs their Bi-                    cently passed by Con-
Partisan Federal Political Action Committee. This program is designed to:                                          gress and signed into
    •    Provide information on how to communicate effectively with local, state and federal of-                   law by the President
         ficials;                                                                                                  provides the most
    •    have your voice heard on issues pertinent to your business;                                               sweeping changes to
    •    maximize your efforts and impact on elected officials regardless of your company size or                  the health insurance
         budget and;                                                                                               marketplace in gen-
    •    plan and execute a political strategy for you and your business.                                          erations.    Businesses,
Join us on Friday, May 14th from 7:30 – 8:30 AM at Bent Creek Golf Club, located at 14490                          which presently pro-
Valley View Road in Eden Prairie. The cost to attend is $15 for chamber members and $25                            vide health benefits for
for non-members and includes continental breakfast. Visit www.epchamber.org for details.                           more than 160 million
                                                                                                                   Americans at a cost of
Government Committee Works for Business                                                                            more than $500 billion
Each month, the Chamber has numerous committee meetings with our volunteers who work to                            annually, will face some
achieve the goals and objectives of the Chamber. One of these committees is our Government                         important choices in
Committee. The purpose of the committee is to represent business views on issues that may im-                      the coming years as a
pact commerce and our community.                                                                                   result of the new law.
These issues range in scope from local items between a business and local government all the way up
to legislation being discussed at the federal level. The Chamber has helped build positive relation-
ships between numerous businesses and our city, state and federal elected officials. In addition, we
                                                                                                                     READ THE FOUR-
have helped our elected officials understand the impacts of legislation and regulations on our busi-                  PAGE INSERT
nesses. Just a few of the issues and regulations the Chamber has worked on in the past few years                        IN THIS
include:                                                                                                              NEWSLETTER!
    •     Flying Cloud Airport modernization and expansion
                                                                                                                   This insert provides a
    •     Eden Prairie Smoking Ban                                                                                 summary of the many
    •     Light rail alignment and impacts                                                                         choices that will need to
    •     Major Center Area planning                                                                               be considered by busi-
    •     Special Service (taxing) Districts                                                                       nesses. Please note that
    •     Wayfinding and directional road signage in the Major Center Area                                         this is not intended to
    •     Transportation issues from local roadways to the 169/494 fix                                             serve as legal advice but
    •     Educational funding and reform                                                                           rather a rough outline
    •     Energy                                                                                                   to illustrate the compli-
If your business has issues with regulations or other items with local, state or federal government,               ance responsibilities on
or ideas how we can work better together, we would welcome hearing from you. Please call Pat                       the horizon.
MulQueeny at (952) 944-2830 or plan on attending one of our Government Committee meetings.


                                                       Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce • 11455 Viking Dr. #270, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
                                                                   Ph: 952-944-2830 • Fax: 952-944-0229 • Website: www.epchamber.org
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Community Building
  SPOTLIGHT ON A MEMBER:
  Lion’s Tap Family Restaurant - Chamber Member since 1978!

                      Lions Tap Family Restaurant has been an Eden Prairie landmark for over 50
                      years. The location of the present restaurant started out as a vegetable stand
                      owned by the Severin Peterson family in 1933. In 1958, after several business
                      changes, the famous hamburgers were introduced. Bert & Bonnie Notermann
                      purchased the business in 1977 and renovated & expanded the building twice
                      to it’s present outline. The Notermann’s also introduced their own process for
                      making the quarter pounders. Fresh ground beef individually patted daily and
                      their own “secret seasoning” are two of the reasons for the hamburgers famous
                      reputation. By all of the awards hanging on the walls, you can see that Lions
  Tap has won just about every award out there for Best Hamburger in the Twin Cities area. It has also
  been named one of the Top 500 Restaurants in the U.S.!
  The Notermann’s feel strongly in giving back to their community. Lions Tap sponsors a large num-
  ber of youth and adult athletic teams throughout the surrounding area as well as supporting special
  groups like scouts, 4-H, church events and gives donations to non-profits to name a few. Also
  important is the pride we take in our “green” environment. Over 95% of all of our waste stream is recycled due to our newest
  venture – Organics Recycling. Lions Tap staff also are involved in our Adopt-A-Highway project twice a year on Spring Road.
  We are proud of our 50+ friendly, dedicated, well trained employees. Our special E-club and Cub Club, which have become
  15,000 members strong, enjoy wonderful activities, contests and discounts. We are also very excited about the continued success
  of our bottled ‘secret’ seasoning which is now available to the public.
  The EP Chamber of Commerce is a great source of information to the businesses and the community at large as well as to visitors
  to our area. It is dedicated to making our business community strong and noticeable to the public sector.
  Lions Tap looks forward to an upward trend in the economy to keep the business population strong in Eden Prairie and hopes
  to see growth in the job market here. Pride in our community from those who live and work here! We hope for more businesses
  and the public to become partners in the “Going Green” effort.


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   6       Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce • 11455 Viking Dr. #270, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
           Ph: 952-944-2830 • Fax: 952-944-0229 • Website: www.epchamber.org
Community Building
The Chamber is out in the community!
If you know of a new business that wants to join the cham-
ber and have a ribbon cutting, just call us at 952.944.2830
and we’ll happily set that up. Pictured right is the recent
Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting at Erik’s Bike Shop - now
located at 16570 Main Street in Eden Prairie. Below is US
Congressman Erik Paulsen speaking at our Bloomington-Edi-
na-Eden Prairie-Richfield Transporation Luncheon in March.
Pictured with him are MnDot Deputy Commissioner Khani
Sahebjam and Commissioner Tom Sorel (photo courtesy of
Eden Prairie News).



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                                               Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce • 11455 Viking Dr. #270, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
                                                           Ph: 952-944-2830 • Fax: 952-944-0229 • Website: www.epchamber.org
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Networking
                            Attention ChAmber members!
                            how do you want to receive your chamber communications?
                        The Chamber communicates with it’s members through several methods: bi-weekly e-blasts, a monthly print newsletter, epchamber.
                        org, social media websites, annoucments at events, and sometimes with personal phone calls. In an effort to make sure all our members
                        are getting the information they need, we want to remind you that you can choose how each of your employees receives their updates
from the Chamber. All you need to do is call us or send an e-mail to amy.sinclair@epchamber.org to update your records. You can choose to only receive
e-mails, only receive the print newsletter - or both - for each of your employees. CALL Us noW At 952.944.2830 to update your record!

In addition, we want to remind you that there are several ways to sign up for chamber events. The easiest way is to visit www.epchamber.org and sign you and
your other employees up for any event by clicking on that event and using the link at the bottom of the page. Members can also pay for the event in advance
online by having their credit card ready when signing up online.
Once it gets close to an event, or the event is filling up, registration may be removed from the website. In that case, simply call our office at (952) 944-2830
and speak to any staff member to get your name on an event roster. Registrations may also be e-mailed at anytime to amy.sinclair@epcahmber.org. We want
to make sure your chamber communications and event registrations are as streamlined as possible. Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions!




April Event Photos from top left: Dan Foley, Brian Evers, and Nancy Clairmont Carr playing Blackjack
at the Hyatt Place After Hours; Barb Lyons, Dan Kuchinka, and Steve Callender networking on the patio
at the Umbria After Hours; Susan Emerson enjoying Blackjack at Hyatt Place; Dr. Robert Ketroser of
Fairview with sponsor Deb Maxa (Refine Laser), Cathy Haukedahl, Julie Mikkelson, Carrie Dolinar, Lynda
Gooch Hartmann, and sponsor Jan Chapman (Refine Laser) at the Women’s Networking Luncheon at
Wildfire; (clockwise from back left) Cathy Haukedahl, Craig Ramsey, Bruce Harries, Becky Reilly, Chelsey
Stein, Adam Weinblatt, and David Sunnarborg networking at the Umbria After Hours.


    8           Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce • 11455 Viking Dr. #270, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
                Ph: 952-944-2830 • Fax: 952-944-0229 • Website: www.epchamber.org
Networking

 fUsion networking                                                     JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL WOMEN’S
                                                                          NETWORKING HIGH TEA AT THE
                           Fusion works to help emerg-
                           ing leaders of Eden Prairie &              ARBORETUM ON THURSDAY, MAY 13TH!
                           surrounding area businesses                High Tea 2:30 - 4:00 PM / Tram Ride 4:15 - 5:15 PM
                           grow professionally and
                           personally through network-
                           ing and education. The age
                           range is roughly 22 to 40,
 although Fusion is not exclusive to this age group.
 Send your employees to the group in order to help                  WHAT IS HIGH TEA?
 them build relationships, and share business strategies            Your opportunity to network and connect with other professional women
 & professional stories in order to prepare themselves              over tea, sandwiches, and dessert. This year we’ll hear a presentation
 as the future leaders of our business community. We                from Bachman’s on how to make your yard and garden the best it can be!
 typically meet for lunch and a presentation on the third           A beautiful Tram Ride through the Landscape Arboretum will follow the high
 Tuesday of the month plus social events every other                tea portion (this is optional).
 month.
 “Climbing the Corporate Ladder”                                    LOCATION...
                       This month we are excited to                 U of M Landscape Arboretum’s “Snyder Tea Room,” located at
                       welcome Dave St. Peter, President            3675 Arboretum Boulevard in Chaska (on Hwy. 5 just west of Hwy. 41).
                       of the Minnesota Twins to our
                       monthly meeting! Guests are                  WHAT TO WEAR?! And other details...
                       encouraged to attend for the $10             Wear your BEST spring outfit & spring hat for a chance at two amazing
                       guest rate. The meeting is on                prizes! We’ll also have some door prizes just for attending this event. The
                       Tuesday, May 18th from 11:30                 cost to attend this event is $30 for Chamber Members AND their guests, or
                       AM - 1:00 PM at Biaggi’s Ristorante          $45 for Non-Members. GROW OUR GROUP! Invite a non-member guest
 Italiano, located at 8251 Flying Cloud Drive.
                                                                    and they can attend at the member rate! Please RSVP to 952.944.2830 or
                                                                    sign-up online at www.epchamber.org.
         You MUST RSVP for this event by
    Thursday, May 13th. Call us at 952.944.2830
     or visit www.epchamber.org to sign up today!                   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR:



 speed networking retUrns!                                                     Chamber U retUrns...
 Speed networking is designed for those whose business success                  Outcome Thinking®: TAP into your best asset... Your brain!
 depends on word-of-mouth referrals & marketing. Here are the                   Join us for this transformational session on Tuesday, May 11th
 details for TUESDAY, MAY 25th:                                                 with Anne Warfield, CEO and Outcome Strategist of Impression
 7:30 AM: Check-in and breakfast                                                Management Professionals. What does it take to get everyone
 7:45 AM: Instructions are given & Speed Networking Begins                      operating at a more strategic and less tactical level? At this
 9:00 AM: Speed Networking concludes                                            session you will learn:
 This event is NOT informal networking. You must arrive on time                      • What’s killing your bench strength
 and ready to begin by 7:30. We’ll meet at Summit Place located                      • Why performance coaching often fails
 at 8501 Flying Cloud Dr. The cost is $10 for Members & their                        • What blocks creativity
 guests or $15 for Non-Members. RSVP at www.epchamber.org.                      See the full-page insert in this newsletter for details!


                                                             Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce • 11455 Viking Dr. #270, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
                                                                         Ph: 952-944-2830 • Fax: 952-944-0229 • Website: www.epchamber.org
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Networking
WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!                                      Update your 09-10 Directory with these recent additions.
Adventier                           Calhoun Companies                      Future Leaders Learning &     Plekkenpol Builders
16526 W 78th St., Suite 200         4940 Viking Drive                      Development                   401 E.78th Street
Eden Prairie, MN 55346              Minneapolis, MN 55435                  8680 Magnolia Tr. Unit #101   Bloomington, MN 55420
(612) 208-2486, Eric Kang           (612) 963-8300                         Eden Prairie, MN 55344        (952) 888-2225
Technology Consulting               Peter McCoy                            (952) 405-9158                Tana Idstrom
                                    Business Brokerage                     Kevin Patton                  Construction/Residential
Baja Sol Tortilla Grill                                                    Education & Training
8251 Flying Cloud Dr. #2328         CAR-X Auto Service                                                   Shred-N-Go
Eden Prairie, MN 55344              8108 Eden Road       iMerchandisers                                  4545 Merrimac Lane North
(952) 943-9522                                           6400 Flying Cloud Drive
                                    Eden Prairie, MN 55344                                               Plymouth, MN 55446
Raj Mistry, Restaurants             (952) 946-0070       Suite 125                                       (763) 551-4800
                                    Ashby Carter         Eden Prairie, MN 55344                          Paul Mork
Bjorklund Realty                                         (952) 697-3096
                                    Auto Parts, Service and Repair                                       Mobile Shredding
5780 Lincoln Drive, Suite 300                            Grant Effertz
Edina, MN 55436               Empire Educational Group / Website & Print Design                          Twin Cities Closet Company
(952) 212-2305                Beauty School                                                              2634 Minnehaha Ave
Steven Tasler                 964 Prairie Center Drive   Open Arms Communication                         Minneapolis, MN 55406
Real Estate Agencies          Eden Prairie, MN 55344     Consultants                                     (612) 735-9379
                              (952) 906-2117             34986 141st Avenue                              Jeanne Moynihan Myers
The Bulldog Companies         Jessica Bollingmo          Montgomery, MN 56069                            Home Improvements
1144 Savanna Trail            Education & Training       (307) 655-3000
Victoria, MN 5386                                        Daniel Kuchinka
(612) 385-8850                                           Consultants
Christian Pederson
Technology Consulting




 New Members Recognized at April Luncheon - Ambassadors greet some of our March joinees
 At the April General Membership Luncheon, some of our Ambassadors were on hand to greet our newest members who joined dur-
 ing the month of March. Pictured from left are: Ambassador Co-Chair Adam Weinblatt (Liberty Mutual Insurance), Tom Foster
 (American Structural Building), Ambassador Co-Chair Todd Warner (Phoenix Technology Solutions), Ambassador Tom Hanske
 (Beacon Bank), Ambassador Allan Giese (Suburban Chevrolet), George Haeger (iMerchandisers), Ashby Carter (CAR-X Auto
 Service), Grant Effertz (iMerchandisers), Ambassdaor Kevin Honius (Unity Bank), Angela White (Future Leaders Learning & Dev),
 Dan Kuchinka (Open Arms Communications), Kevin Patton (Future Leaders Learning & Dev), Keith Christensen (Plekkenpol
 Builders), Christian Pederson (The Bulldog Companies), Steve Tasler (Bjorklund Realty), and Ambassador Carrie Dolinar (ProStaff).



 10       Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce • 11455 Viking Dr. #270, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
          Ph: 952-944-2830 • Fax: 952-944-0229 • Website: www.epchamber.org
Networking - May 2010 Calendar of Events
        Monday                 Tuesday                          Wednesday                             Thursday                       Friday
3                    4                              5                                       6                                7
                     11:30 AM - 12:30 PM            7:30 - 8:30 AM                          7:30 - 9:00 AM
                     Ambassador Meeting at the      Business@Breakfast at The Colony        Board of Directors Meeting
                     Chamber Office
                                                    3:30 PM                                 4:30 - 6:00 PM
                                                    Recognition Committee at the            AFTER HOURS at Wings of
                                                    Chamber Office                          the North
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DUE:                 7:30 - 9:00 AM                 7:30 - 8:30 AM                          7:30 - 9:00 AM                   7:30 - 8:30 AM
Print Ads & Press    “Outcome Thinking” Tap         Business@Breakfast at The Colony        Board of Directors Meeting       How to Effectively
Releases for         Into Your Best Asset -                                                                                  Communicate with
June Newsletter      ChamberU with IMP at the                                               2:30 - 4:00 PM                   Elected Officials
                     Crowne Plaza                                                           Women’s Networking High
                                                                                            Tea at the Arboretum - Tram      11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
                                                                                            Ride is from 4:15 - 5:15 PM      Gala Committee
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DUE:                 7:30 - 9:00 AM                 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Inserts for          Government Committee           Business@Breakfast at The Colony
June
Newsletter           11:30 AM - 1:00 PM             11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
(by Noon)            Fusion Meeting at Biaggi’s     General Membership Luncheon with
                                                    Governor Pawlenty at Bearpath
                     4:30 - 6:00 PM
                     AFTER HOURS at Olympic
                     Hills Golf Club
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                     7:30 - 9:00 AM                 7:30 - 9:00 AM
                     Speed Networking at Summit     Business Development Committee at
                     Place Senior Campus            the Chamber Office

                                                    4:30 - 6:00 PM
                                                    AFTER HOURS at Baja Sol Cantina
     PLEASE RSVP FOR ALL EVENTS BY 2PM THE DAY PRIOR! Visit epchamber.org to view details, pricing or to RSVP today!

2010 Annual Sponsors!                             2010 Luncheon Sponsors To Date                                      2010 Women’s
                                                                                                                        Luncheon
                                                                                                                     Sponsors To Date




                                                         Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce • 11455 Viking Dr. #270, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
                                                                     Ph: 952-944-2830 • Fax: 952-944-0229 • Website: www.epchamber.org
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    Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce            Eden Prairie, MN 55344          Fax: 952.944.0229




The 2010 Home, Landscape & Garden “Everything Spring” Expo took place
on Saturday, March 20th at Grace Church. The Chamber’s 8th Annual Show
  raked in the largest attendance ever with the biggest group of exhibitors,
and even a waiting list of 16 companies to work the show! Thank you to
    everyone who participated as an exhibitor, attendee, student
 volunteer, or seminar presenter. And a special thank you goes to
   our 11 event sponsors: The Home Depot, Cedar Shake Restoration,
      Contractor’s Choice, Durst & Gans Building Corporation, Knight
Construction, NHance Wood Renewal, Plekkenpol Builders, Steven Cabinets,
    Tabery Design, Tiger Heating & Air, and TJ Replacement Windows, Inc.
  2011 registrations are already coming in - to sign up and guarantee your
       booth at next year’s show, download the registration form at:
       http://www.epchamber.org/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsItemID=82.

								
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