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EMERGE Community Development/Project for Pride in Living

EMERGE Community Development, Momentum Enterprises and Project for Pride in Living (PPL), three Twin Cities non-profits, have mutually agreed to merge Momentum's operations with EMERGE, effective August 1st, 2015. The new entity brings together Momentum’s three social enterprise businesses that create jobs for low-income adult trainees and EMERGE’s broad range of employment and training programs.  The merged entity will have projected revenues of about $8.2 million. Its 65 professionals will serve more than 3000 people annually in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  The move will also enable PPL to focus on its own distinctive mission in job training and housing programs. Additionally, EMERGE  won the IKEA Challenge and was awarded a $10,000 room makeover for their youth room at the Camden Apartment Building.  The room was totally transformed and provides a bright welcoming space for EMERGE children & youth to work & play.


Comcast  announced Troy Lupe as the company’s new Vice President of Field Operations for the Twin Cities Region. In his new role, Lupe will oversee a team of nearly 600 employees in the company’s technical operations  and communication operations  groups, serving more than 600,000 customers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas.     Lupe joined Comcast in June 2014 as Director of Technical Operations.

Military Times "Best for Vets:  Employers 2015 list"

Two Chamber member businesses are among the country's best places for veterans to work:  U.S. Bank and Xcel Energy. The questions in the new service's  survey were aimed at finding out whether each company's culture, hiring practices and policies are friendly to America's veterans. Not all businesses which responded were included on the list.  Both companies were on last year's list.

Doherty Employment Group

Doherty Employment Group  is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year having been founded in April 2980 by Timothy Doherty.  In 1982, Doherty installed its first computer system, making it one of the first organizations in the industry to take advantage of technology for candidate search and retrieval.  In 1985, Inc. Magazine named  the business as one of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the United States.


WCCO CBS Radio has won three Regional Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association.  The awards were received in the following categories:  Reporting Hard News:  Duluth Historic Flooding; News Series:  Behind the Ballot and Best Newscast:  March 21, 2012.  Last year WCCO Radio won 2 awards.  All three entries will now be included in the national judging.

Comcast/Arc Value Village

Comcast  was awarded “2015 Business Partner of the Year” by The Arc Greater Twin Cities / Arc’s Value Village for volunteer services provided each year at Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores & Donation Centers throughout the Twin Cities.  Since 2008, Comcast has provided volunteer services to The Arc as part of the company’s annual Comcast Cares Day community investment program.   This year alone, more than 170 Comcast Twin Cities employees volunteered at five Arc’s Value Village locations as part of Comcast Cares Day on April 25.  The teams completed a series of projects including  sorting donations for resale such as clothing, accessories, house wares, books and toys.  In all, their efforts processed $37,000 in donations.


Enventis was named the Central Break Away Partner of the Year at the Cisco 2015 Partner Summit.  Cisco recognized Enventis for its exceptional performance in expanding and growing their business in the past year.  The company is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal won a first-place investigative reporting award Tuesday for its coverage of board director pay at Minnesota's public companies. The Business Journal also won several other honors, including two more first-place winners, at the Society of Professional Journalists Minnesota Chapter's Page One Awards. 

Toro Company/University of Minnesota

The Toro Company donated $2 million to the University of Minnesota to endow a chair at the Carlson School of Management in the name of late Toro CEO and U of MN Business Dean David Lilly.  The endowment, the largest gift Toro has made to the University, will be used to help fund faculty and research. 

CenterPoint Energy/University of Minnesota

CenterPoint Energy presented the University of Minnesota an energy efficiency award for participation in and championing the Company’s Conservation Improvement Programs.  The University of Minnesota received their award for the most innovative project of the year for implementation of an aggressive environmental plan that includes renewable energy, combined heat and power and sustainable building and remodeling practices to reduce carbon emissions by 81,000 metric tons, which is about 12 percent of the campus footprint.

 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 2015 Diversity in Business Awards

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 2015 Diversity in Business Awards recognize some of the region's business leaders (owners & executives) from the GLBT and ethnic minority communities:  Chamber member business honorees include: Katrice Albert - University of Minnesota; David Avchen - HGA; Christopher Dolan - Faegre Baker Daniels; Ravi Norman - Thor Construction and Ashish Vimal - Accenture.

Lindquist & Vennum

Lindquist & Vennum announced 3 lawyers have joined the firm as partners at the Minneapolis office:  Brian M. Axell, Financial Institutions Practice (formerly at Target Corporation) ; Michael T. Bates, Consumer Regulatory Practice Group (formerly at Wells Fargo & Company); and Michael A. Cavallaro, Consumer Regulatory Practice Group (formerly at U.S. Bank).

Eureka! Awards - Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

In the 2nd annual Eureka! awards - which honor Minnesota for profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, the following Chamber member businesses were lauded for bringing new ideas to their work to better serve clients, communities and employees:  Dunwoody College of Technology, University of St. Thomas, Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq, Weber Shandwick and Surly Brewing Company.

Ryan Companies/BOMA

Capella Tower was awarded the TOBY Award in the "over 1 million square feet" category at the BOMA International Conference in Los Angeles.  The building is managed by Chamber member Ryan Companies. Buildings are judged by all facets of building operations including energy management, tenant relations, community involvement, emergency preparedness and security. To qualify for the international level of this competition, Capella Tower first won “The Outstanding Building of the Year” distinction at the local level, then at the regional level. BOMA Greater Minneapolis is one of 92 North American and 17 overseas affiliates of BOMA International.

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

More than 2,500 bowlers from 60 different companies came together to raise $700,000 at this year's JA bigBowl.   This team building event brings companies together to have fun while raising important funds for JA programs. Companies got creative in their recruiting and fundraising efforts with costumes, auctions, fundraising competitions and even a limbo contest. Chamber member companies with Queenpies or Kingpins (executives who promoted JA bigBowl at their companies):  Ellyn Shook at Accenture, Phil Trier at U.S. Bank, Kurt Fasen, Voya Financial and Ed Kadletz at Wells Fargo.

Kraus-Anderson Realty/Park Dental Group/Sperides Reiners Architects

Bloomington’s newly renovated 4200 W. Old Shakopee Road Building has added a new tenant.  Kraus-Anderson Realty Company has signed a lease with Park Dental Group to occupy 4,675 square feet.  Park Dental joins several businesses in that building including Chamber member  Sperides Reiners Architects, Inc. The 39,790-square-foot office complex – formerly a Wells Fargo Bank building – features a completely renovated first floor commons area, including the lobby, corridor and restrooms.   

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings, valued at $1.15 billion, made the Forbes' list of 50 most valuable sports teams in the world.  They are tied at 49th place with the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Braves. No other Minnesota sports team made the list. 

Plekkenpol Builders

Monte Mraz has joined Plekkenpol Builders, Inc. as the newest member of their project management team. His position as project manager includes planning and design, estimating and sales of additions, kitchens, baths, whole house and all other types of residential remodeling and home maintenance. Mraz has over 30 years of experience as a carpenter, remodeler, builder and developer inMinnesota. He is also a past president of the Builders Association of Minnesota and a Life Director at the National Association of Home Builders. 

Vision Loss Resources

Vision Loss Resources was recognized by the Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities for excellence in service and supporting independence, inclusiveness, and accessible environments and services for individuals with disabilities. The award was presented as part of the City of Minneapolis’ celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).






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