Learning Center
Plans & pricing Sign in
Sign Out

Newsletter - Nov-Dec 09


									Deck The Halls of Downtown Buffalo
December 3-5, 2009
                                             Businesses in downtown Buffalo are gearing up for the 2nd Annual “Deck
                                             The Halls” to be held December 3-5 - an event that has now become a
                                             Christmas Tradition in Buffalo to usher in the holiday shopping season.
                                             Businesses handed out holiday recipe cards to visitors last year and will
                                             again this year. Businesses who wish to participate in the recipe card
                                             handout, are asked to provide the Chamber with your favorite holiday
                                             recipe by November 18 - please include your business name, address and
                                             phone number.
                                             This customer appreciation gesture was enjoyed by visitors last year, as was
     Schultz Sisters Caroling at Ivy Gate    the special holiday entertainment at various businesses, and hot cider and
                                             Christmas treats. Additional tree lights and decorated storefronts
transformed the downtown area and lake walk into a shopper’s winter delight. We encourage more businesses to get
involved by planning a holiday event during the month of December by holding special events and decorating
storefronts. Our goal is to put Buffalo on the map as the place to visit and shop during the holiday season!
You may have your holiday event included in the Christmas Calendar which will be published in the Wright County
Journal Press and Drummer. Please have your holiday event information to the Chamber by November 13; the ad will
run in the paper on November 22 and 25. The Christmas Calendar is inserted in this newsletter, it is subject to change,
so please be sure you check the one we publish in the paper. The Chamber is also creating a calendar for the three-day
Deck The Halls event which will be available at downtown businesses.
Christmas In The Park December 5, 2009 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy two hours of sleigh rides, caroling, visits with Santa and fun by the bonfire. Bundle up the children and join us
for this special holiday gathering (free admission to the public). The annual lighting of the Christmas tree will take
place at 5:00 p.m. - don’t forget your cameras if you are looking for the perfect picture for your Christmas cards!

BACC Pages Going Electronic
During our recent annual Strategic Board Meeting the Board decided we should start posting our bi-monthly newsletter,
BACC Pages, on our website instead of mailing it. Therefore, this will be the last newsletter mailed to you, unless you
specifically ask to receive it. We will notify you in the Member Brief Bytes when it is on-line. We will continue to
offer newsletter inserts ($75) but you will no longer have to bring in 320 copies. You can just email the flyer and it will
be added to the end of the newsletter.

                                  Buffalo Bucks
                                When in doubt as to what to buy that special person or employees, consider giving
                                Buffalo Bucks! Buffalo Bucks certificates are just like a check but guaranteed not to
                                bounce! They can only be used at Chamber member businesses - they cannot be taken
                                to a bank to exchange for cash. Purchase Buffalo Bucks at the Chamber in any amount
you wish. If you would like to purchase Buffalo Bucks certificates, please contact the Chamber at 682-4902.

                                                                                         November - December 2009
Page 2                                                                                                     BACC PAGES

            2009 CHAMBER
          MEETING CALENDAR                              Chamber’s Expo—New Name
                                                        The Chamber’s 4th Annual Buffalo Business, Community Expo & Job Fair
          GOOD MORNING BUFFALO                          will now be called Community Showcase. The event will be held on Saturday,
          Third Friday of each month - 7:30 am
                                                        February 6, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Middle
Jan 16     LarsonAllen, LLP
           104 Marty Drive, Suite 1                     School. An application is inserted in this newsletter. If you want to be
Feb 20     Lifestyle Optics                             guaranteed a booth, register soon as exhibit space will be assigned on a first-
           94 14th Street NE, Suite 2
Mar 20     Edward Jones - Marci Weiche                  come, first-serve basis. Deadline for payment is January 15, 2010.
           215 E Hwy 55, Suite 302
Apr 17     Gold’s Gym - 101 14th Street NE
May 15     Johnson, Mattson, Peterson

June 19
           1008 Commercial Dr., Suite 3
           Ryan’s Chevrolet Cadillac
                                                        Speed Networking After Hours
           911 E Hwy 55
July 17    Gold’s Gym Hosted by Buff-Hello
                                                        Speed Networking After Hours will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday,
Aug 21     St. John’s Lutheran Church, 302 NE 2nd St.   November 10, at Huikko’s. This is an opportunity for you to network with
Sept 18    Wireless Zone - Verizon Wireless Retailer    other Chamber members and to learn more about the businesses that make up
Oct 16     Doug Rippie Motorsports                      the Chamber membership. A cash bar and appetizers will be provided. Cost is
           1117 Hwy 25 N
Nov 20     Buffalo Hospital                             $5 per person.
           303 Catlin Street
Dec 18     Sicora Consulting and Tastefully Simple      RSVP to the Chamber by Monday, November 9 at 763-682-4902 or via email
           At Country Inn - 1002 Hwy 55                 at
              Noon - Thursday
 Location — Huikko’s Bowling & Entertainment Ctr
July 9    Merton Auger, City Administrator &
          Senator Amy Koch
                                                        Quarterly Business Luncheon
October 1 Linda Dircks, buffalo Clinic
                                                                                                   Linda Dircks, Administrator
    SPEED NETWORKING AFTER HOURS                                                                   Buffalo Clinic, shared information
              5 pm - Thursday                                                                      on health care reform issues at the
January 8   Huikko’s Bowling & Entertainment Ctr
November 10 Huikko’s Bowling & Entertainment Ctr
                                                                                                   Quarterly Business Luncheon held
                                                                                                   on October 1 at Huikko’s.

      2009 CHAMBER EVENTS                                                                          A post card will be sent to members
•   Community & Business Expo                                                                      notifying them of the next business
    February 7- 9 am to 2 pm                                                                       luncheon which will be held after
    Buffalo Community Middle School
                                                                                                   the first of the year.
•   Nick Miller Academic Luncheon
    May 14 - 11 am - 1 pm
    Buffalo Evangelical Free Church
•   Wild Scramble Golf Outing
    May 28 - Noon                                       Membership Dues & Community Directory
    Wild Marsh
•   Buffalo Days                                                               Soon you will be receiving your annual dues renewal
    June 7 - June 14
    Fireworks - June 12                                                        notice that will also include your directory listing.
    Parade - June 13                                                           Please make sure the information is correct.
•   Buffalo Rodeo
    June 18-20
•   Chamber Appreciation Picnic
                                                                               We are excited to announce the Community Directory
    July 23 - 11 am - 1:30 pm                                                  will now be printed in full color, except the database
    Sturges Park
                                                                               pages. The display ad rates will remain the same. That
•   Crazy Days Sidewalk Sales
    July 17 & 18                                                               cost is just for the space. If you need to change the ad
•   Arts & Craft Festival - Downtown                                           or convert it to color contact your printer/designer, then
    August 15 - 9 am - 4 pm                                                    have them email us the ad. See enclosed rate sheet.
•   Taste of Buffalo
    September 24 - 5:30-8:30 pm
    Civic Center                                        We print 11,000 copies of the Directory and it is mailed to Buffalo, Hanover
•   Membership Banquet                                  and Montrose every spring.
    October 8 - 5:30 pm
    Huikko’s Bowling & Entertainment Center
•   Trick or Treat the Merchants                        We hope you continue to support the Chamber’s efforts to help you be
    October 31 - 2 - 4 pm                               successful.
•   Deck the Halls
    December 3-5
•   Christmas In The Park
                                                        Thank you Russ with TIRES PLUS for being the FIRST to send in your
    Sturges Park                                        dues, before we mailed the invoices.
    December 5 - 3:30 - 5:30 pm
          Page 3                                                                                                 BACC PAGES

              Taste of Buffalo Recap
The Chamber’s first “Taste of Buffalo,” held September 24 at the
Civic Center, was a super-delicious success! Though some people
tried, it was impossible to eat all the generous servings of great food,
or sample the various wines and other beverages offered by the
participating vendors, but it was fun trying!

The food and drink booth displays were appealing to the eye and the
appetite. Prizes were awarded to vendors in two areas - “Innovative
Food Creation” with Huikko’s Bison Creek Bar & Dining winning for                            Taste of Buffalo 2009
their dill pickle soup - delicious! Crostini’s received the “Best
Display” award - their booth was stunning! Congratulations!

There were jitters down to the last moment, as is the case when
presenting a first-of-a-kind Chamber-sponsored event, but soon after
the doors open, it was apparent this was going to be an event the
community will enjoy year after year. We can anticipate attendance
to grow beyond expectations as word gets out - it was that great of an

                         THANK YOU!
We are indebted to many people and businesses for their contribution
to the success of the first “Taste.” Many thanks to BankWest,
Coborn’s, Coffee Connection, KleinBank, Sole Comfort Shoes and             Michelle Ranum - Crostini’s Grille receives “Best Display”
                                                                            award from Board members Rick Flaata, Board Chair
Deer Lake Orchard for selling tickets at their locations. Thank you
                                                                                 Coleen Raisanen, and President Sally Custer
Chamber Ambassadors! Many thanks to the event sponsors and
participating vendors listed below. And hats off to the Taste of
Buffalo Committee for an outstanding job☺.

                                                                           Les Huikko - Huikko’s Bison Creek Bar & Dining, receives
                                                                            “Innovative Food Creation” award from Board members

         2009 TASTE OF BUFFALO VENDORS                                      TASTE OF BUFFALO COMMITTEE
A Catered Event                        El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant                       Rick Flaata - Coborn’s
Angeno's Pizza & Pasta                 Elegant Entrees                                          Coleen Raisanen
Bernick's Pepsi                        Herbalife                                           Jim Larson - KleinBank
Bison Creek Bar & Dining               Gold's Gym                              Laura Barta - Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools
Bj's Deli and BryanJohn's Grillworks   Kwik Trip                                  Scott Enter - wRight Lumber & Millwork
Buffalo Bar & Grill                    McDonald’s                                      Chris Fredrick - City of Buffalo
Buffalo Wine & Spirits                 Norm's Wayside                                           Joan Halderson
Coborn’s                               Petty Brothers Meats, Inc.                  Dan Mueller - Birch/Midbook Directory
Coffee Connection                      Red's Café & Catering                              Jackie Rassat - BankWest
Crostini's Grille                      Tastefully Simple                                    Jane Wurm - BankWest
Cub Foods                              Thorpe Distributing                         Beau Hickman - Buffalo Wine & Spirits
Custom Roasting                        Walmart
Deer Lake Orchard                      Waverly Café & Catering
Page 4                                                                                            BACC PAGES

                  2009 Annual Membership Banquet
Coleen Raisanen was recognized for her dedicated service, support and
leadership as the 2009 Chair and for her service over the past three years
                                                                                        PRIZE DONATORS
at the Chamber’s Annual Membership Banquet held on October 8.
                                                                                  A Plus Performance
                                                                                  Birch/Midbook Directory
A new recognition award was presented to Rick Flaata (Coborn’s) as                Brook's Family Dining
“Committee Member of the Year 2009.” Rick exemplifies the dedication to           Buff 'N' Glo Car Wash
the Chamber as a member and as one that is always there to lead or assist         Buffalo Cinema
with Chamber functions. Congratulations Coleen and Rick.                          Buffalo Clinic, PA
                                                                                  Buffalo Country Store
                                                                                  Buffalo Hospital
Dan Mueller, Birch/Midbook Directory, led the attendees in playing the            Buffalo Orthotics and Sole Comfort Shoes
bead game, last one standing wins half the pot. The lucky winner was our          Buffalo Wine & Spirits
current Chair, Colleen Raisanen.                                                  Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools
                                                                                  Buff-Hello Welcome Service
Thank you to everyone who attended for making this another memorable              Cenex Lake Region Co-op
                                                                                  Christ The King Retreat Center
                                                                                  City of Buffalo
                                                                                  Community Lawn Care
                                                                                  Congresswomen Michele Bachmann
                                                                                  Country Inn By Carlson Buffalo
                                                                                  Cub Foods
                                                                                  Culver's of Buffalo
                                                                                  Dairy Queen
                                                                                  Deer Lake Orchard
                                                                                  Excel Physical Therapy
            $200 EVENT SPONSOR                                                    Fluff N Go Grooming, LLC
                                                                                  Ivy Gate
                                                                                  Jerry Knop-Your B.A.C. Rep.
         Veolia ES Rolling Hills Land Fill                                        Joan Halderson
                                                                                  Kid's Haven
                                                                                  Kjellberg's Carpet One
              $100 EVENT SPONSOR                                                  Kuzma Chiropractic
                                                                                  Lillians, LLC
                    HSI Metal Stamping                                            Minnesota Timberwolves
                                                                                  Moon Goon, LLC
               Insurance Brokers of MN, Inc.                                      Paumen Computer Services
                                                                                  Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
                        KleinBank                                                 Russell Security Resource, Inc.
                                                                                  Setterberg Jewelers
                 Raatz Computer Services                                          The UPS Store
                                                                                  Thomes Insurance Group
                                                                                  Tri-County Abstract and Title Guaranty, Inc.
                                                                                  Veolia Rolling Hills Land Fill
            WINE SPONSOR                                                          Water's Edge Dog Center
                                                                                  Wild Marsh Golf Club
                                                                                  Wise Penny Thrift Store
          Buffalo Eye Clinic, P.A.                                                Wright County AG Society
                                                                                  Wright County Journal-Press
  Thank you Sponsors and Prize Contributors                                       Wright Hennepin Cooperative Electric Assn.

        for your generous donations!
          New Board Officer Elected
          Congratulations to Randy Latzig, Community Law Care, who was elected to the
          one vacancy on the Chamber Board at the Chamber’s Annual Membership
          Meeting and Banquet held on October 8. Randy will serve a three-year term
          beginning January 1, 2010.
          Jill Thompson of Elegant Entrees was also running for the Board. Due to Laura
          Barta, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools resigning at our recent annual board
          meeting, Jill will fill Laura’s remaining two years on the board. Congratulations
          to Jill as well!

          Thank you Laura for your years of excellent service to the Chamber!
        Page 5                                                                                           BACC PAGES

                                WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

                   Jasen Braun, Agent                                       Stacy Peterson - Owner
            American Family Insurance/                                            Studio 299
                                                                               (Graphic Designs)
               Jasen Braun Agency
                                                                               213 Division Street E
                     605 Hwy 55 E

                     Norm Sugden                                                   Sue Nerud
                  Norm’s Wayside                                           Greystone Contruction
                      763-684-0300                                    Cover-All Building Rep/Buffalo Area
                     2448 Hwy 55 SE                                      Cell 612-916-5121, 952-496-2227
                 (Formerly Boonedocks)                          500 S. Marschall Rd, Suite 300, Shakopee, MN 55379

             Advertise On The                                        ☺     BACC PAGES
             Chamber Website                                             Smiley Face Winner!
People are looking for you on the Chamber’s website - a        Congratulations to Jaime Baker - Functional Industries and
simple click on your advertising display will lead potential   Sue LaBelle - Charter Communications, the September/
customers directly to your website!                            October BACC Pages Smiley Face winners! Jaime and Sue
                                                               received gift certificates from Quiznos Sub.
The Chamber website has been averaging over 8,000 visitors
                                                               Please email us the location of the Smiley Face in this issue
per month, which is approximately 290 per day. This vehicle
                                                               of the Chamber newsletter by November 10th. Your name
is an excellent way to increase your visibility.
                                                               will be entered in a drawing for a prize. Please send email
Review the four advertising options on the enclosed Website
Advertising Options. Placing an ad on the Chamber website      Thank you Quiznos for donating gift certificates for the
is an easy, convenient and inexpensive way to attract          entire year. If you would like to donate drawing prizes,
customers. Call 763-682-4902 now to reserve your ad            please call 763-682-4902.
Page 6                                                                                                     BACC PAGES

                                     November Company Spotlight
“Company Spotlight” is a service to Chamber members. Throughout the year, businesses featured are chosen from a random drawing. Businesses
that have belonged to the Chamber for five or more years are eligible for the “Company Spotlight.“

                                                 Carol and Charlie Ossell, Owners
                                                Deer Lake Orchard
                                                    1903 10th Street SW
                                                      (763) 682-4284

  D      eer Lake Orchard was established and planted in 1968 by Otto Buttenhoff. He and his family opened the
         apple orchard to the public in 1972. This beautiful property truly is a Wright County Tradition!

  D     eer Lake Orchard provides the best apples in the area! Seven weekends of Apple festivals, school tours,
        apple pies, pumpkins, Christmas trees and Santa visits are “a few” of the activities that the orchard provides
  the neighboring communities.
  From August to December, we employ approximately 25 individuals, mostly part-time workers. Charlie and I
  came to own and operate the orchard in 2001with this being our 9th season as “current caretakers” of the property.
  We have given it our own touch, but it will go on and be groomed as we too grow “too old or worn!”
  Upon purchasing the orchard in 2001, we immediately became members of the Buffalo Area Chamber of
  Commerce! As owners of another business in Princeton MN, we appreciate the benefits of belonging to a
  Chamber; we know what wonderful energy can achieve! Certainly Buffalo’s Chamber
  President Sally Custer and her staff are full of positive action! THANK YOU!!!
  Just a small pitch for Deer Lake Orchard - we still have great apples, and we can ship gifts to
  meet your holiday needs. Keep us in mind as you get ready for the holidays – our pies will
  make your holiday meal oh so tasty!!
       Page 7                                                                                   BACC PAGES

                             December Company Spotlight

                From left: Steven Thul - President, Sheri McCallum - Human Resources Manager,
                                            and Eric Fink - Controller
                                        Whirltronics, Inc.
                                         208 Centennial Drive
                                            (763) 682-1716

W     hirltronics, Inc. was established in 1961 and moved to Buffalo in 1991. Whirltronics has been a
      Chamber member since 1998. The company has grown from a staff of 30-35 in 1991 to 50-60
employees, depending on the time of year.

W       hirltronics, Inc. - Where Metal Takes Shape - specializes in stamping, forming, hot forming and heat
        treating low, medium and high carbon steels. From conception to completion, our dedicated staff can
manufacture a quality product on time, every time. Whirltronics also produces a large line of precision lawn
mower blades for a variety of distinguished companies. Our knowledge, advanced machinery and facility allow
us to service large contracts and large and small production runs.

The company occupies at 45,000 square foot facility designed to produce your metal stamping, forming, hot
forming, heat treating, painting and packaging work all at one location. Whirltronics equipment is incorporated
with lean manufacturing principles to deliver a quality product on time. They have over 40 years experience
supplying OEM’s.

Whirltronics mission is to cultivate long-term relationships with their customers, employees, owners and
suppliers by listening to and meeting their needs.
                                                                                                                   PRSRT STD
                                                                                                                   U.S. Postage
  205 Central Avenue                                                                                                  PAID
                                                                                                                  Permit No. 81
  Buffalo, MN 55313
                                                                                                                   Buffalo MN

                                          2009 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Coleen Raisanen, Chair                         Sue Olmscheid, Director
763-670-6686                                   Lillians, LLC 682-3050
Jim Larson, Vice Chair
KleinBank, 684-5506                            Joan Halderson, Director                           Office Administrator
Dan Mueller, Secretary               
Birch/Midbook Directory 612-802-3790                             Rob Ryan, Director
                                               Ryan Chevrolet Cadillac 682-2424                              Sally Custer
Chris Fredrick, Treasurer                                                           President
City of Buffalo 682-0296                                                                                     Scott Enter, Director
                                               wRight Lumber & Millwork 682-4441                     Jan Schneeberger (Membership)
Mike Zumbusch, Director
Insurance Brokers of MN, Inc. 682-4517
Rick Flaata, Director
Coborn’s 682-2244                                         Buffalo Tourism Bureau                        
Jamie Baker, Director                                       205 Central Avenue
Functional Industries, Inc. 682-4336 Ext. 15                Buffalo, MN 55313                        763-682-4902 Hours: 9 - 4 pm

                                                        MISSION STATEMENT
                      The Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce is a business organization incorporated to promote the free
                      enterprise system, work with other organizations to develop programs in response to community
                      issues and provide leadership for improvement of the economy, environment and quality of life.

To top