February 2017 business events calendar

Written by: Fargo Inc Staff

Business Events Calendar_Business After Hours

February 2
Business After Hours
Thursday, 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 games because we’ll be on the lookout for our 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 Chamber’s “The Bridge” and online and gets exclusive bragging rights.

Business After Hours is an FMWF Chamber members-only event, and participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend. If you’re interested in having a booth, please contact Bobbi Jo Rehder at 218-359-0525 or [email protected]

Registration (includes appetizer & two drink tickets)
• $25 Registration prior to midnight the Monday before event
• $35 All registrations received after the Monday before event

Holiday Inn
3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo

Business Events Calendar_Leader of the Year

February 3
LIVE UNITED Leader of the Year
Friday, All day 
Is your company a great example of living united? Then nominate it for a United Way award!

United Way of Cass-Clay is now accepting nominations for the 2016 LIVE UNITED Leader of the Year.

The annual award is given to one organization to recognize outstanding commitment to United Way and an excellent workplace campaign.

Visit UnitedWayCassClay.org for nomination information and a nomination form.

Nomination deadline: February 3

Taya Spelhaug
[email protected]

Business Events Calendar_Pam Sharp

February 7
Eggs & Issues: A Briefing on North Dakota’s Budget
Tuesday, 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Join to hear a full update of the budget for the state of North Dakota from Pam Sharp, director of the Office of Management and Budget for the North Dakota Office of the Governor. North Dakota is facing interesting times as a state economy that is dependent on commodities. Sharp will share where we are currently, what she sees coming out of the legislative session and what she sees on the horizon. Please join for this informative and detailed presentation.

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

Business Events Calendar_Stevie Ray

February 8
Next Stage Networking
Wednesday, 9 – 11 a.m.
More than 90 percent of new business is gained through face-to-face interaction, but most people—even high-level executives—are awkward at networking. Learn how to take the fear and stress out of working the room in this high-energy, interactive session that will have you feeling confident next time you need to mingle. This training qualifies for two CPE credits for the ND CPA Society.

Please note: This is one of two sessions offered on February 8 with Stevie Ray. Please also consider joining for his afternoon session, Next Stage Communication.

Registration (includes lunch)
• $45 Chamber members, in advance
• $55 Chamber members, at the door
• $60 Non-members, in advance
• $70 Non-members, at the door

Hjemkomst Center
202 1st Ave. N, Moorhead

About the Presenter
Stevie Ray has been a nationally recognized speaker and trainer for more than 25 years, helping Fortune 500 companies and small organizations alike improve communication skills, teamwork, innovative thinking, leadership and customer service.

February 8
Next Stage Communication
Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
We’ve all been there—that awkward moment with a coworker or a stressful situation working with a different personality. Learn how to best handle every moment in this exciting course. Stevie Ray will energize the crowd with simple steps to take your communication skills to the next stage, improving your life and career.

Learn the secret techniques of “Whole-brain Thinking” so you can handle any on-the-spot situation with confidence.

Implement the “Five Steps of Persuasion”to get a “yes” and inspire action.

Discover the hidden “Approach-Withdraw Response” of the brain and how to turn resistance into acceptance.

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

Please note: This is one of two sessions offered on February 8 with Stevie Ray. Please also consider joining for his morning session, Next Stage Networking.

Registration (includes lunch)
• $45 Chamber members, in advance
• $55 Chamber members, at the door
• $60 Non-members, in advance
• $70 Non-members, at the door

Hjemkomst Center
202 1st Ave. N, Moorhead

Business Events Calendar_Giving Hearts Day

February 9
Giving Hearts Day
You can get in on the excitement of Giving Hearts Day when you grab a friend or two and #GoMatchyMatchy.

You’ve already found a charity to love. Now, tell the world why. People support charities for personal reasons. With 360 North Dakota and Minnesota charities to choose from, Giving Hearts Day is the perfect opportunity to support a cause dear to your heart.

But isn’t everything always more fun with a friend? By choosing to #GoMatchyMatchy, you can tell the world why your charity is important to you, and give your friends the opportunity to do the same.

It’s easy and fun! Here’s how:
Ask a friend to match your commitment to donate to a charity on Giving Hearts Day. You can each pick your own charity and dollar amount or you can #GoMatchyMatchy all the way.

Post a fun matchy-matchy photo with your friend using hashtag #GoMatchyMatchy anytime from now until February 9 to show your support and help raise awareness for Giving Hearts Day.

Join the event on Facebook to be a part of the excitement leading up to Giving Hearts Day. Go to givingheartsday.org on February 9 to make your donations.

What is Giving Hearts Day?
Giving Hearts Day is the most generous day of the year. When we first launched the online drive in 2008, our region’s generous donors offered up $325,000. The day makes space for charities to share their stories, connect with new givers and become skillful in a proven “friendraising” system. It has become a gateway for people to connect to causes doing good work in areas they passionately care about.

Dakota Medical Foundation
4141 28th Ave. S, Fargo

February 9
Chamber Day at the Capitol
Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
7:30 a.m. bus departure from the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

Please mark your calendars for the FMWF Chamber’s biennial event where they bring Chamber members to Bismarck for a day to connect with their elected leaders, observe the legislative process and share the priorities important to Chamber-member firms. Don’t miss this opportunity to represent the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo business community in Bismarck.

• $45 Chamber members (includes transportation, breakfast on the bus, as well as appetizers and drinks at the reception)
• $30 Already in Bismarck or want to meet them there? Join the Chamber at the Capitol and for the reception.

North Dakota State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck

Business Events Calendar_Jim Paulsen

February 15
Economic Outlook Forum
Wednesday, noon – 1:30 p.m.
The annual Economic Outlook Forum offers a glimpse of the various factors affecting the regional economy: energy exploration, workforce availability, technology, entrepreneurism and healthcare. This year, the FMWF Chamber is pleased to announce that Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, returns for the keynote address, sharing trends in the national and international economies. Starion Bank’s Scott Green will also present on the results of the recent economic outlook survey from Chamber members.

Registration (includes lunch)
• $35 Chamber members, in advance
• $40 Chamber members, at the door
• $45 Non-members, in advance
• $50 Non-members, at the door
• $650 Corporate table sponsor (table of eight)

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

Business Events Calendar_Kirsten Jensen

February 23
Digital Hacks to Simplify Your Life
Thursday, 3:30 – 5 p.m. (Social: 5 – 6 p.m.)
Hacking doesn’t just refer to rogue programmers. “Life hacks” can also refer to changing the way you do things to make daily activities more efficient. In the book “Trust Agents” by Chris Brogen and Julien Smith, they define “hacking” as “changing the rules” or “using a system in a different way than it was designed.”

This session will look at little hacks that make life easier. Whether it’s simply thinking about things differently, finding hidden functionality in tools most of us use every day, or downloading a new app, it’s about finding a way to transform an annoyance to a tiny source of daily joy.

Kirsten Jensen, founder and digital strategist at Next Action Digital, will share her favorite digital hacks—tips, tricks and apps that you can use at work, at home, as a mom, as a volunteer, as a learner, in the kitchen or for your health—to simplify your life.

What will you learn?
•Practical tips and an action plan to simplify your life using technology and apps
•How to make more of tools you already use
•Find a new tool or app to simplify your life

Please consider bringing new or gently used gloves, mittens, and scarves for Fraser’s Stepping Stones Resource Center, which helps local young adults who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

•$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

*Attendees may park in Sanctuary’s lot to the south of the building or use on-street parking.

About the Speaker
Jensen has worked at the intersection of technology and communication for more than 18 years. She worked in digital marketing at Sanford Health for 13 years and spent three years at Onsharp consulting with clients in a wide variety of industries, from higher education and nonprofits to construction technology and manufacturing.

February 24
ADDY Awards Ceremony
Friday, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (social—hors d’oeuvres & live music), 7 p.m. (awards program)
The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries every year in local AAF club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local ad club phase is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie to win ADDY Awards—recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local ADDY winners compete with winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District ADDY winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national stage of the American Advertising Awards. Entry in your local Ad Club competition is the first step toward winning a national ADDY.

Holiday Inn Fargo
3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo

Business Events Calendar_Home Garden Show

February 24-26
Red River Valley Home & Garden Show
Friday 2/24 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 2/25 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 2/26 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The 56th Annual Home & Garden Show is celebrating its 25th year at the Fargodome. The typical show draws in 8,000-9,000 prospects from as far as Bismarck, the Twin Cities and northeastern Minnesota.

This unique event showcases not only diverse products and services available in today’s building industry, but it puts consumers in contact with professionals in the field, a non-existent feature of online shopping.

$10 Tickets available at the door, days of event

Free for Children (Age 18 & under and when accompanied by an adult)

1800 University Drive N, Fargo

Down the road
Get a Grip on your Business!
Wednesday, March 8,
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ramada Plaza & Suites (Bach Room)
1635 42nd St. S, Fargo

Corporate Cup
Thursday, May 25, 3:15 – 8 p.m.
Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM)
1104 7th Ave. S, Moorhead

Drone Focus Conference
Wednesday, May 31 – Thursday, June 1
Location TBD

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 meetup.com/cities/us/58102. If interested in the Bitcoin Meetup, please contact [email protected]

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