Creating powerful partnerships to unite and grow member businesses and the region.


Lommen Abdo

Michael R. Moline of the law firm, Lommen, Abdo, P.A. has successfully achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate through the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Moline was first certified in 2005.  The elaborate screening of credentials that all NBTA board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes: demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, attendance of continuing legal education courses and proof of good standing. Approximately three percent of American lawyers are board certified.  

Hilton Minneapolis

John E. Luke, general manager of Hilton Minneapolis, has been honored with the 2014 General Manager of the Year awarded by Minnesota Lodging Association. Minnesota Lodging Association’s “General Manager of the Year Award” recognizes professionalism, innovation, leadership and community involvement.   

Weber Shandwick

The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick has selected Hammer Residences, Inc., a Twin Cities-based nonprofit whose mission is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience life to its fullest, as its pro bono client for 2015. The firm plans to work with Hammer throughout the year to bring more awareness to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law marking its 25th anniversary in 2015. Together they will address how the act impacts the disability services industry in Minnesota.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity/Thrivent Financial/Valspar

Thrivent Financial is the #1 all-time sponsor of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity homes. In 2015 Thrivent and its members will help sponsor and build eight more Habitat home around the Twin Cities.  Thrivent's investment of more than $700,000 this year will cover a significant portion of the cost of these eight homes (and result in several more being fixed up through the expanding Thrivent Builds Repair program). And Valspar Corporation - Habitat's paint partner for more than a decade - announced a 5 year extension of the agreement, pledging to donate $36 million in paint & contributions between 2015 and 2019. Since 2002, Valspar has contributed more than $60 million to Habitat. 

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Bloomington was recently awarded the Rally of the Year award at the Big Frog annual convention.  The Rally award is given to the store that shows the greatest percentage increase in sales, over the past year.   Big Frog operates 67 stores in 21 states.  Big Frog of Bloomington is also a Minnesota Keystone member and supports the community through a free academic t-shirt program for all Bloomington elementary and middle schools.

Hennepin County 21014 Environmental Partners

Hennepin County recognized its 2014 Environmental Partners for their leading efforts to recycle and divert organic waste from the trash through composting, sending food scraps to local farmers to feed animals, or by donating edible food. Businesses become eligible to be recognized as Environmental Partners by completing an application that details their recycling programs, which are then verified by Hennepin County’s Environment and Energy Department staff during site visits.  Chamber member businesses recognized by Hennepin County are: Brave New Workshop, Donaldson Company, Inc., Fairview Southdale Hospital, Joseph Catering, Minnesota Twins and Salut Bar Americain – Edina.

Augsburg College

An unnamed donor gave $10 million cash to name Augsburg College's new Center for Science, Business and Religion.  The gift is tied for being the largest in the school's history with another anonymous donation in2013. The donation brings funding for the new building to $40 million. It will house the college's biology, business, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, psychology and religion programs.  The donor family will be named in the spring.

Thor Construction

Thor Construction is the only Minnesota company on Black Enterprise's new list of America's 100 largest black-owned businesses. Fridley-based Thor is #37 on the publication's industrial/services list, which is ranked by revenue. The list says Thor had $90 million in revenue in 2014.

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center

On July 1, 2015, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) will change its name to Artistry. BTACserves an audience of 70,000+ per year with theater productions, exhibitions, and arts education programs. The new name and logo will also help audiences, artists, funders, and other stakeholders understand that BTAC is a nonprofit producing arts organization based in the city-owned Bloomington Center for the Arts, which serves as a home for seven independent organizations with varied missions and programs. BTAC’s programming takes place in the Center for the Arts and many other locations throughout the Twin Cities. 

Mortenson Company

M. A. Mortenson Company has hired Dave Foley as a Construction Executive, specializing in healthcare construction, for Mortenson’s Minneapolis office. Foley has more than 30 years of experience in construction.  Prior to joining Mortenson, he was vice president of Minneapolis operations at Knutson Construction.  Mortenson Construction was named the nation’s fifth largest healthcare builder by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2014, with more than $1.1 billion in healthcare construction. Also, Logan Gerken was hired as director of project development for the Sports Group. Gerken is responsible for providing leadership to the business development team while helping current and prospective customers within the sports and entertainment market achieve their business objectives.

Treasure Island Resort & Casino

Treasure Island Resort and Casino opened their new restaurant - Tako Steakhouse.  Literally translated, the Mdewakanton word Tado means beef.  A classic steakhouse restaurant, Tado will serving 1881 Omaha Hereford Beef, which is the top 2% of the beef produced as well as a broad range of entrees and side dishes.  They will also offer the areas's only teppanyaki dining.

Opus Group

The Opus Group announced an agreement with Carlston Real Estate Company to develop approximately 35 acres within The Oaks Business Park at the northeast corner of Interstate 94 and Interstate 694 in Oakdale, Minnesota.  Plans for the site include approximately 450,000 square feet of office and office flex space. The site has a unique combination of locations, offering opportunities with freeway visibility or more secluded sites overlooking natural wetland and water features all within a first-class business park setting.


Kraus Anderson

Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (KA)  promoted Michael Spence, AIA, FCSI to vice president, director of quality.  Spence has served as KA’s director of quality since 2008.  He will oversee an integrated process for quality at all levels, including technical and quality-related training and professional development programs. Spence is a 40-year industry veteran in the design and construction industry where he focused on large complex projects. 

Bank of America/EMERGE Career & Technology Center

Bank of America has chosen EMERGE as their 2014 Neighborhood Builder winner in Minnesota.  Bank of America's  Neighborhood Builders® program recognizes high performing nonprofits by providing leadership training for the executive director and an emerging leader paired with $200,000 in funding. Now in its tenth year, the program has created impact across the country with 800 nonprofit awardees and leadership training for 1,600 nonprofit leaders. The program was developed to give nonprofits an opportunity to invest their human capital while also developing their capacity to deliver much-needed services. 

RBC Wealth Management

RBC Wealth Management-U.S. named Wally Chapman director of its 142-person Minneapolis complex, assuming his new role on March 1st of this year.   Chapman joined the company in 1995 and was branch director for RBC Wealth Management’s Edina office. He succeeds Kevin Ketelsleger, who has served as Minneapolis complex director since 2002.  In conjunction with Chapman's transition to Minneapolis complex director, Tom Schulenberg took on the role of branch director in Edina. Schulenberg was formerly the branch director at the Wayzata office. 

2015 World's Most Ethical Businesses

U.S. Bank and Thrivent Financial have been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company®. The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company. U.S. Bank is the fifth largest commercial bank in the U.S. and the largest U.S.-based bank being honored by the Institute this year. Thrivent Financial made the financial services list. 

FASTSIGNS Minneapolis

FASTSIGNS of downtown Minneapolis was named one of the top centers out of more than 570 locations worldwide at the 2015 FASTSIGNS International Convention, which was held in Dallas, Texas. The locally owned and operated business received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to the centers ranked 26 to 125 in the U.S. and Canada for sales volume from the previous year.  

Databank, Ltd.

DataBank, Ltd. has been awarded The Uptime Institute's Tier III Certification for their design documents of the company’s data center currently under construction in Eagan, MN. This certification offers companies the assurance that DataBank’s data center will offer the highest-spec multi-tenant data center environment available in the region. 

2015 Finance & Commerce Progress Minnesota

The Progress Minnesota awards are given to those individuals and companies which made an economic impact across the state of Minnesota in unique and innovative ways.  Chamber members receiving recognition: In the individual category,  M.A. "Mort" Mortenson, Jr. (M.A. Mortenson Company) and Louis J. King III (Summit Academy OIC) will receive lifetime achievement awards. Companies being recognized:  Andersen Windows, Cambria Co., DataBank, Marco, Inc.,  and Be The Match (National Marrow Donor Program). 

Hennepin County Medical Center

After completing a comprehensive on-site survey, Baby-Friendly USA Inc. designated  Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) as a Baby-Friendly Hospital.  Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the national authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. 

metroConnections,  Inc.

Heather Morris is the new Business Development Manager at metroConnections, Inc.  Morris joined metroConnections as a senior account manager, Attend-eSource® services in 2011, and was most recently in the role of account executive. In this new position, she will be responsible for building relationships with current clients, overseeing assigned accounts and partnering with marketing communications to build channel partnerships and marketing opportunities. 

The Westin Edina Galleria

Westin Hotels & Resorts’ world-wide leadership team named The Westin Edina Galleria as its top property in North America for Guest Experience Index Loyalty Performance. This is the fourth time in the past five years that The Westin Edina Galleria has received this top honor from the international luxury hotel and resort chain, which includes an elite list of more than 200 luxury properties on six continents world-wide. The Westin Edina Galleria, which opened in 2008, received the 2014 recognition due to its outstanding customer service and guest satisfaction performance. 

University of Minnesota

The National Institutes of Health awarded $3 million to the University of Minnesota to ramp up commercialization of health care technologies, becoming one of three new Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) nationwide. The funding, plus $3 million in matching dollars from the university, will go toward training researchers, partnerships with businesses and other initiatives. The grant will support between 10 and 20 commercialization projects per year centered around areas such as diagnostics tools, medical devices and preventative medicine.





































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