May 2017 Business Events In Fargo-Moorhead

Written by: Fargo Inc Staff

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YWCA’s Women of the Year, the ChamberChoice Awards luncheon and many more great business events in May that you can’t miss! Here are the top 12 May events happening in the Fargo-Moorhead business community.

YMCA Women Of The Year Event


Monday, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

YWCA’s 44th annual Women of the Year event shines a spotlight on area women and businesses. From 1973 to 2016, YWCA has paid tribute to nearly 500 outstanding Women of the Year honorees whose lives, talents and passions have made a meaningful difference.

All have demonstrated a passion for their community, service to women and children, and are an inspiration to the next generation of leaders. Help them highlight exceptional area women and businesses by joining.

For sponsorship information, call Tami Rust at 701-232-2547 or email [email protected]
Delta by Marriott (formerly Ramada)
1635 42nd St. S, Fargo


Tuesday, 7:30 – 9 a.m.

The 80 days of the 65th North Dakota Legislative Session has been nothing short of interesting. Budgetary times were uncertain, leaving many North Dakota citizens concerned.

Our state has seen tremendous growth over the years as sales-and-use tax boomed with oil production and an influx of residents. But as markets change, so too have the revenue dollars. Please join us to hear from legislators about their thoughts on the session and what they hope to see moving forward.

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

Leadercast Fargo


Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

We could all be learning more—living out our purpose and leading and being led by people who inspire and enlighten us, give us strength and allow us to grow. Leadercast was built on a belief that the world needs better leaders— leaders worth following.

They believe that leadership is not reserved for those people with a “C” in their title. We need better leaders in our communities, businesses, organizations and homes across the world. Leadercast exists to serve individuals and organizations across all sectors who want to become intentional about raising their standard of leadership.
Prairie Heights Community Church
319 32nd Ave. E, West Fargo


Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A fun event that offers the best in repurposed furniture and vintage pieces—a wonderfully unique shopping opportunity that sparks creativity!
• $5
5225 31st Ave. S, Fargo



Tuesday, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Have you noticed that your recruiting, engagement and retention efforts are not working like they used to? Here in North Dakota—with a three 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 third session of a three-party 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.

• $49
Eide Bailly
4310 17th Ave. S, Fargo


Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Has your company considered hiring interns, but you don’t know where to start? Have you used interns, but the experience was less than ideal? Do you have a successful internship program and would like to hear what other companies are doing?

Current statistics indicate that nearly 75 percent of internships result in an offer of a full-time, permanent position. Increasing the number of successful internships in the region is likely to have a positive impact on the number of local college and university students staying in the area after graduation.

At this training, a panel of professionals whose companies have successful internship programs will discuss:
• Why their internship programs have been successful
• Best practices for working with interns and what not to do
• Tips for effectively managing interns
• Advice for businesses that have struggled with internship programs or those that have never had interns

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
Hilton Garden Inn
4351 17th Ave. S, Fargo


5:01 (SPRING SOCIAL) | May 11

Thursday, 5:01pm – 7:00pm

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


Friday, noon – 1:30 p.m.

Join the FMWF Chamber for another exciting ChamberChoice Awards luncheon! Attendees will get the blue-carpet treatment as they gather to honor this year’s outstanding candidates in each of the seven ChamberChoice categories and name the 2017 award winners.

Here, they celebrate the achievements of the area business community and the shining stars in our metro that exemplify excellence through proven stability and growth, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements.

About the Speaker
James Cunningham, an award-winning comedian, lecturer, and bestselling author, is back as the master of ceremonies for the fourth straight year. Cunningham is hysterically quick-witted and will have you on the edge of your seat.

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 sponsorship
Delta by Marriott (formerly Ramada)
1635 42nd St. S, Fargo


Monday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

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, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Building strong relationships takes an investment of time, mutual respect and genuine interest. Building positive workplace relationships is vital for career success and is very rewarding personally. Relationships can positively or negatively affect your satisfaction with your job and your ability to advance in your organization.

Come to this session to hear from Tonya Stende, president of Dale Carnegie Business Group of ND & NW MN, and Kristi Huber, president of United Way of Cass-Clay, and learn how to keep your interactions with others impactful, intentional and engaging.

• $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


Thursday, 3:15 – 8 p.m.

The Corporate Cup is a series of competitive events promoting physical fitness and friendly competition among the business community. Teams will battle for points in activities such as basketball, an obstacle course, tug of war and more! The event is open to all employees and fitness levels.

All Chamber-member businesses are eligible to participate in the Corporate Cup. Teams will be composed of up to 15 male and female participants. The cost to participate is $300 per team.

Companies may only have one team. Please indicate which division you would like to participate in when you register your team online. Both divisions will be awarded prizes. Trying to decide on which division to sign up for? Remember, recreational is for teams who are looking to have fun, while competitive is for teams looking to win.

Cancellation Deadline: Friday, May 19
Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM)
1104 7th Ave. S, Moorhead



Wednesday, May 31 – Thursday, June 1

Curious about the world of autonomous vehicles and unmanned aerial systems (UAS)? Looking to connect with other professionals in the industry? Join Emerging Prairie for the third annual Drone Focus Conference. This conference is designed to serve as a platform for you to build your business, as well as your knowledge, and simply get you in a room to network with fellow enthusiasts and learn more about what’s going on in our region. Wondering how that’s possible? Take a look at the event highlights:

Drone Focus Fest: What’s the point of a drone conference without getting some live drone action? Think drone races, autonomous vehicle and tractor shows, and new consumer product launches—all from the comforts of the Fargo Microsoft campus.

Part 107 Training: The Fargo Jet Center has partnered with Drone Focus to offer Part 107 training for conference attendees at a discounted rate the day before and after the conference (May 30 and June 2). Just think of all the money you’ll save by signing up for the class that you can put toward the purchase of your next drone!

National Autonomous Vehicle Day: In partnership with National Day Calendar, May 31 will be officially announced at the conference as National Autonomous Vehicle Day.

Industry Professionals: Drone Focus is bringing together experts from all areas of the unmanned systems spectrum. From drone use in construction to an autonomous vehicle-friendly corridor and autonomous tractors, they will have something for every attendee.

Student Pitches: Students are invited to pitch their latest drone or unmanned-systems idea on the main stage—right in the middle of the conference.

Drone Film Festival: With submissions from all over the world, prepare to be transported to a variety of destinations—packed full of incredible shots all filmed from drones.

As you may have gathered, this isn’t your typical conference. You’ll not only get to hear from industry professionals, but you’ll have opportunities to interact with them and others in the room. Chances are you’ll spend more time networking than sitting in a chair. With intentional breaks woven into the schedule, this conference is all about connection.

• $15–$450
Fargo Civic Center
207 4th St. N, Fargo


  • 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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