April 2017 Business Events Calendar

Written by: Fargo Inc

April 2017 Business Events Calendar Fargo INC
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Tuesday, April 4th 7:30am – 9am

The oil industry has become the largest part of North Dakota’s economy and contributes the greatest share of the state’s tax revenue. Its future affects investment, employment and public-sector projects across the state. Where is it today, and where is it going?

Hear from Kathleen Neset, president of Neset Consulting Service, as she shares some of the newest technology being used in the Bakke that could have a great impact on future development. Rob Lindberg, director and founder of Bakken Backers, will also provide a clear view of what is happening in the Bakken and how its future will impact jobs and the state economy.

Registration (includes breakfast)
• $30 Chamber members, in advance
• $35 Chamber members, at the door
• $40 Non-members, in advance
• $45 Non-members, at the door

Courtyard by Marriott
1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead


Friday, April 7th 6pm

Celebrate Wishes. Celebrate Families. Celebrate Joy.

Join for Wine & Wishes, a signature fundraising event for Make-A-Wish North Dakota. The evening will include an inspirational connection to their mission and highlight the lasting impact of wishes granted to more than 800 North Dakota children. Experience first-hand the power of a wish coming true as a panel of wish kids share their wishes and the impact it had on them and their families. Enjoy wine pairings with hearty hors d’oeuvres, silent auction with electronic bidding, live auction and entertainment by The Dave Ferreira Trio.

Hilton Garden Inn
4351 17th Ave. S. Fargo

Ticket Pricing
• Individual Ticket: $50
• Table Sponsorship (reserved table of 8): $500


Tuesday, April 11 8:30 – 10:30am

Have you noticed that your recruiting, engagement and retention efforts are not working like they used to? Here in North Dakota—with a 3 percent unemployment rate—the talent pool can often feel more like a puddle.

Today’s efforts to attract and keep the right people on your team involve thinking differently and more creatively than your competition and collaborating with multiple departments.

Join two thought leaders on the subject, Katie Munion with Dale Carnegie (not pictured) and Heather Ostrowski with Preference Employment Solutions (right), for the second session of a threepart workshop series, “The Talent Advantage: Get ‘Em, Love ‘Em, Keep ‘Em.”

They’ll use current trends, research and processes that you can start using immediately to create your own talent advantage.

• 3 sessions: $149
• 2 sessions: $99
• 1 session: $49

Eide Bailly
4310 17th Ave. S, Fargo


Wednesday, April 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

We all know the importance of recruiting talented, new employees to fill open positions in our organizations. But shouldn’t top-performing current employees get equal attention? Maybe it’s time your organization seriously considers a “rerecruitment” strategy.

At this session, you will hear from a panel of area employers that already have effective rerecruitment practices and policies in place. You’ll learn what makes each of their strategies work and get help with indentifying an action plan that will succeed in your business. Panelists include Barb Belcher, vice president of human resources at the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties; Dawn Lahlum, president of Park Co. Realtors; Amber Unser, director of HR for Tecton and Integrity; and Rhonda Young, HR manager at Hornbacher’s.

This training qualifies for two CPE credits for the ND CPA Society.

Registration (includes lunch)
• $27 Chamber members, in advance
• $32 Chamber members, at the door
• $40 Non-members, in advance
• $45 Non-members, at the door

Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center
1635 42nd St. S, Fargo

APRIL 5:01

Thursday, April 13, 5:01 – 7 p.m.

Join the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota at Spotlight Media at 5:01 p.m. for a fun networking event! Guests will have the opportunity to tour office spaces, network and enjoy refreshments with good company Students and professionals alike are welcome. This is is a free event.

Spotlight Media
15 Broadway N, #500, Fargo


Monday, April 17, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Ted Stoa, a former KFC franchisee and financial services business owner, is leading free, hour-long seminars on starting a business in April and May.

Stoa will help participants clarify their vision and mission, find the right business model, analyze the competition and develop a marketing plan.

To register, contact Naomi Mitzel at 701-451-4920 or [email protected]

Village Family Service Center
1201 25th St. S, Fargo


Tuesday, April 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Well-regarded in the industry, Ferguson is a business owner and Co-CEO of one of the nation’s leading transcultural communications agencies.

She has won numerous awards, including Chicago Advertising Woman of the Year, Advertising Working Mothers of the Year: Trailblazer Mom, The Women’s Leadership Exchange—Most Influential Women and Black Enterprise, and Top Women Executives In Advertising and Marketing, to name a few.

Fay is especially skilled at navigating complex corporate relationships and processes, resulting in unprecedented growth for Burrell clients that are under her leadership, including Toyota Motor Sales, Comcast/Xfinity, McDonald’s USA, and Hilton Worldwide.

Courtyard by Marriott
1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead


Tuesday, April 18, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. l Social: 5:30 – 6 p.m., Dinner & Meeting: 6 – 8:30 p.m.

The annual meeting is the official yearly business meeting of the MBA. Board members are elected and financial and program reports are given. This is the time to celebrate the MBA and set the tone for the coming year.

While not a black-tie event, it is an opportunity for MBA members and spouses to enjoy a high-class evening with dinner, music, and great friends and is a special time to be Moorhead Proud.

The governing body of the MBA is the Board of Directors. At the Annual Meeting, they will be electing new board members who will serve three-year terms. If you are interested in serving on the board, email [email protected], and their nominating committee will follow up with you.

Registration required at MhdMBA.org

Courtyard by Marriott
1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead


Thursday, April 20, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Business After Hours continues to set records as the region’s largest networking event. Booth space is often sold out, and attendees can connect with their peers and exhibitors, ranging from cell phone companies to financial institutions and more. Join for a great time over apps, networking and fun!

Be the Social Superstar!
Bring your top Twitter, Instagram and Facebook game because the FMWF Chamber will be on the lookout for their favorite post from the event. Just post using #FMWFBAH at the event to be in the running for Social Superstar. The chosen post will be featured in The Bridge and online and gets exclusive bragging rights.

Business After Hours is a members-only event, and participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Receive the $25 admission price by registering your attendance prior to midnight the Wednesday before the event. All registrations received after that time and at the door will be billed at the $35 rate. Price includes appetizers and two drink tickets.

Interested in having a booth? For additional information, please contact FMWF Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Bobbi Jo Rehder at 218-359-0525 or [email protected]

Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center
1635 42nd St. S, Fargo


Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Design Conference is an all-day Eco Chic event for the DIY, decor and inspiration enthusiast, featuring local and national celebrity speakers, shopping, food and workshops. They’ll be bringing you design, home and lifestyle inspiration you’ll love! Ticketing Questions? Call Scheels Arena Box Office at 701-364-3672

5225 31st Ave. S, Fargo


Tuesday, April 25, 3:30 – 5 p.m. l Social: 5 – 6 p.m.

What if there really were a secret to happiness well within our grasp? Perhaps there is! We often think of kindness as something that flows from our surplus—our extra time, extra energy, or extra resources-leaving us to ask how we can possibly give to others when we don’t have enough for ourselves.

In this presentation, Nicole Phillips explores the chain reaction that happens within our bodies when we lead with kindness. While it seems like it should be entirely altruistic, study after study proves that the greatest benefits of kindness are actually in store for the giver.

• $25 Chamber members, in advance
• $30 Chamber members, at the door
• $35 Non-members, in advance
• $40 Non-members, at the door

Sanctuary Events Center
670 4th Ave. N, Fargo


Wednesday, April 26 Seating Times: 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Celebrate your staff! Join the FMWF Chamber in honoring those who make the workplace easier and more organized. Treat your staff to lunch at the annual Treat Your Team Luncheon on Administrative Professional Day. You can enjoy great food and a relaxing atmosphere— without the wait! All proceeds from the event will benefit the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). Seating is limited so register early or call 218-233-1100 for more information.

• $17 per person—includes tax and gratuity


220 Broadway N, Fargo
3241 42nd St. S, Fargo
The Boiler Room
210 Broadway N, Suite 90


·Bitcoin Meetup
· Cass-Clay Subcontractor Sales
& Marketing Meetup
· Geek Meet FM
· Girl Develop It
· Fargo 3D Printing Meetup
· Fargo Cashflow Game Night
· Fargo Entrepreneurship Meetup
· Fargo Virtual Reality Meetup
· Fargo-Moorhead Content
· The Fargo-Moorhead Real
Estate Investing Meetup
· Master Networks – Fargo
Business Referral Group
· Mobile Meetup Fargo
· Moorhead Entrepreneurship
· Prairie Dawg Drupal
·Red River Valley Big Data –
Midwest Big Data Hub Meetup
*All meetups above (except Bitcoin
Meetup) can be found at Meetup.
. If interested in
the Bitcoin Meetup, please contact
[email protected]

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