December 2016 business events calendar

Written by: Fargo Inc Staff

Holiday Business After Hours
Thursday, December 1, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
The FMWF Chamber will be introducing a new social media “competition” to Business After Hours starting this month. Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to bring their top Twitter-, Instagram- and Facebook-posting games because they’ll be on the lookout for their favorite post from the event. 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 $30 rate. Price includes appetizers and two drink tickets. Co-sponsored by Avis and Bernie’s Wine & Liquors.
Ramada Plaza Fargo Hotel & Conference Center
1635 42nd St. S, Fargo

December 5:01
Thursday, December 1, 5:01 – 7 p.m.
Join the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota (AAF-ND) at 5:01 p.m. for this 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 a free event.
Venue TBD

Dakota Access Pipeline: Behind the Project and the Protests
This event has been postponed. Further details will be available soon.
You’ve seen the headlines, but what is really going on in western North Dakota as work on the Dakota Access Pipeline nears completion? Hear from North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley for an overview. Together with a panel of experts closely involved in the project, you’ll gain insight into the background of it all, as well as the federal administration’s response to the project. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak will discuss the citing process that occurred over 24 months, and Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney will discuss the security issues that law enforcement has seen. Registration includes breakfast and is $30 in advance and $35 at the door for Chamber members and $40 in advance and $45 at the door for non-members.
Ramada Plaza Fargo Hotel & Conference Center
1635 42nd St. S, Fargo

Volunteer Opportunity: Salvation Army Bell-ringing
Tuesday, December 6, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 7, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Young Professionals Network (YPN) is once again offering an opportunity to give back while getting in the holiday spirit through bell ringing. Sign up for one one-hour shift or many—whatever works with your schedule. Spots are limited so reserve your time before they fill up. Contact Sam at [email protected] to register.
Busch Agricultural Resources
2101 26th St. S, Moorhead

Fargo Planning Commission
Tuesday, December 6, 4 – 8 p.m.
You can watch the meeting live on TV Fargo (channel 12). Meetings are rebroadcast each Sunday at 8 a.m., Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 8 a.m.
Fargo City Hall
200 3rd St. N, Fargo

YPN Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 6, 5:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Join the Young Professionals Network (YPN) for this festive and fun evening at the annual Holiday Party at Herd and Horns Bar and Grill. Come to enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar with a signature YPN drink (among many others), the famous naughty-or-nice paddle game with awesome prizes, and you can even let your competitive side show in their newly renovated game room. This is YPN’s biggest bash of the year, and they would hate to have you miss out. Registration is required and is $15 for YPN members and $25 for non-members.
Herd and Horns Bar and Grill
1414 12th Ave. N, Fargo

Traffic Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 7, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
You can watch this meeting live on TV Fargo (channel 99). Meetings are rebroadcast the first Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m., the second Tuesday at 8 p.m. and the third Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
Fargo City Hall
200 3rd St. N, Fargo

Brighter Futures’ Y Giving Tree Event
Thursday, December 8, 7 – 8 p.m.
Each year, the YMCA brings holiday cheer to local childcare families that cannot afford or don’t have access to purchasing gifts for their children. Brighter Futures has 10 ornaments (AKA 10 kiddos!) to purchase gifts for this holiday season. They will shop in groups of two or three, and each group will be given a $10 gift card to help offset the costs. All are welcome to join!
4202 13th Ave. SW, Fargo

Me Write Pretty Someday: A Guide to Professional Writing for Designers, Developers and Other Illiterates
Tuesday, December 13, 11:30 a.m. –  1 p.m.
One of the greatest professional challenges designers and developers face is making their work comprehensible (and exciting) to non-professionals through their writing. This is particularly true for those seeking a better job, a new client or even to start their own business. Jonathan Yarian, principal at SeaChange Public Relations, demystifies the writing process and explains how anyone can unlock understandable and compelling descriptions, explanations, presentations and more. Attendees will learn Jon’s five rules of writing and his recommended practice techniques for improving their writing day-to-day. This is the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota’s (AAF-ND) December Professional Speaker Luncheon.
Courtyard by Marriott Fargo-Moorhead
1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead

Forget Work-Life Balance: Aim for Blend Instead
Tuesday, December 13, 3:30 – 5 p.m. (Social: 5 – 6 p.m.)
In this session, Danielle Paulus of ROERS Construction and Tamara Anderson of Dale Carnegie Business Group will discuss five keys to creating your perfect work-life blend that’s as good and as satisfying as your favorite cocktail. They’ll help you set smarter goals that will help you achieve what you set out to do and relish the success you create. And you’ll walk away feeling like you can confidently say, “I’m doing what I need to be doing right now.  I’m focusing on what I need to be focusing on right now. I’m present in my life right now.” Stop chasing the myth. Start living a blended life. Registration is $25 in advance and $30 at the door for Chamber members and $25 in advance and $40 at the door for non-members.
Sanctuary Events Center
670 4th Ave. N, Fargo

Leveraging LinkedIn: It’s Not Just for Jobseekers
Wednesday, December 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In this training, Kirsten Jensen, founder and digital strategist of Next Action Digital, will talk about defining who you want to connect with so that you can grow your network strategically and decline some requests without guilt. She’ll also explore ways you can use LinkedIn to provide value to your connections, generate sales leads, be an advocate for your organization and share tips for building a profile that tells the story of who you are as a professional. Registration includes lunch and is $27 per person in advance and $32 at the door for Chamber members and $40 in advance and $45 at the door for non-members.
Cambria Suites
825 East Beaton Drive, West Fargo

So You’re Interested in Grad School…
Thursday, December 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Whether you’ve been tossing the idea around for a while or you’re just now looking into taking your education to the next level, this event is for you. Join the Young Professionals Network (YPN) as they host a graduate-school event focused on MBA, leadership and entrepreneurship programs. They hope to arm you with all the information you need as you decide “what’s next.” Representatives from the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota), MSUM, NDSU, University of Jamestown and University of Mary will host a panel focusing on topics including:

When should I start the application process? How can I pay for this? Online or in-person? Full-time or part-time? How will this benefit me professionally?

Immediately following, each university will host small-table discussions specifically focused on their business-related programs. Registration is required and is $5 for YPN members and $10 for non-members.
Dakota Medical Foundation
4141 28th Ave. S, Fargo

Liquor Control Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 21, 1 – 2 p.m.
Meetings are broadcast live on TV Fargo (channel 99). They are rebroadcast on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. and the first Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
Fargo City Hall
200 3rd St. N, Fargo

Down the Road
State of the Cities
Thursday, January 12, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Holiday Inn Fargo
3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo

1 Million Thanks 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Location TBD

Economic Outlook Forum
Wednesday, February 15, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Ramada Plaza Fargo Hotel & Conference Center
1635 42nd St. S, Fargo

Monthly Meetups*
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 Strategy
The Fargo-Moorhead Real Estate Investing Meetup
Master Networks – Fargo Business Referral Group
Mobile Meetup Fargo
Moorhead Entrepreneurship Meetup
Prairie Dawg Drupal
Red River Valley Big Data – Midwest Big Data Hub Meetup

*All meetups above (except Bitcoin Meetup) can be found at If interested in the Bitcoin Meetup, please contact [email protected]

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