Have Your Painting Project Done Perfectly with Protect Painters

May 24, 2017

After a bunch of rain, the early birds came out for coffee and fellowship. First to arrive was the old ballplayer, Dick Anderson.

The meeting was called to order by President Robert Sanberg with a ring of the bell and a moment of silence.

Our guests today were Spencer Smith and Davis Ellingson from the IT staffing firm of Signature Consultants.

Our honorary members in attendance were Russ Bremner, Martin Peyer, and Mark Simon.

The annual golf outing is on June 19th this year, and it’s being held at Forest Hills Country Club. Please click here for the sign up sheet for your group of four! Make sure to contact Paul Ralles if you have door prizes to donate.

There will be NO MEETING next week.

Our meeting on June 28th will be held OFFSITE at the State Capital in St. Paul, hosted by Jim Erickson of Solomon Strategies Group for breakfast and a tour of the building.

LVC Companies is looking for field technicians.

 

This Week’s Craft Talk

Protect Painters provides interior and exterior painting for residential and commercial clients with non-union work crews. They pride themselves on doing the job right and on time for their customers. Many Breakfast Club members have used their services and Ed Crandall had photos of a number of the jobs they have completed.

Register with Ed Crandall for next week’s Pot of Gold or to contact him for your painting needs by phone at (612) 860-5417 or via e-mail to: ed.crandall@protectpainters.com.

 

We had a great business exchange this week, with the following members being thanked: Zip Printing, Knollwood Liquor, Staples Advantage, Armor Mechanical, Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin, Coldwell Banker Burnet, and Berger Transfer and Storage.

Table Introductions were made at Table #6 by J.N Johnson Fire and Safety and at Table #8 by Shreffler Law.

This week’s Pot of Gold was drawn by Sean Merkel and our winner was Robbie Danko of LVC Companies!

Our Craft Talk speaker today was Ed Crandall of Protect Painters, introduced by Sean Merkel of Summit Companies.

There will be NO MEETING next week. Our next meeting will be held June 7, onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels.  

Get the Room of Your Dreams With DESQ Office Solutions

May 17, 2017

After a wild night of stormy weather, the early birds came looking for hot coffee and conversation. The first to arrive were Dick Anderson and Mark Arnold.

Today’s meeting was called to order by President Robert Sanberg with a ring of the bell and a moment of silence.

Our honorary members in attendance were Russ Bremner, Ron Britz, and Mark Simon.

June 19th is the date for our annual golf outing, being held at Forest Hills Country Club. Please click here for the sign up sheet for your group of four! Contact Paul Ralles if you have door prizes to donate.

There is a board meeting after today’s breakfast.

Our meeting on June 28th will be held OFFSITE at the State Capital in St. Paul, hosted by Jim Erickson of Solomon Strategies Group for breakfast and a tour of the building.

Low Voltage Contractors and J.N. Johnson Fire & Safety will now be known as LVC Companies.

Dan Westberg reported that trade groups are looking for paid apprentices to develop high wage job skills.  Please contact him with any potential candidates.

This Week’s Craft Talk

DESQ Office Solutions manufactures products in several categories; office furniture for your commercial space, office furniture for your home (ideal for that bedroom that has been abandoned by your grown children), wall beds to make that bedroom multipurpose, closet configurations to get the most and best use of those closets in your home, and storage for your garage needs.  On Wednesday we took a picture trip through these and more products available through DESQ as well as an exposure to life in Argentina, and western Wisconsin.

Dick Nelson also wanted to make sure to remind everyone of the value of CPR, and that it does save lives, including his own.

Register with Dick Nelson for next week’s Pot of Gold via e-mail to: dnelson@DESQ.com

It was a short and sweet business exchange this week, with the following members being thanked: Staples Advantage, Knollwood Liquor, Les Jones Roofing, Lindskoog Florists, and Ashbaugh Financial.

This week’s Table Introductions were made at Table #4 by Marketplace Home Mortgage and at Table #5 by Boulay PLLP.

This week’s Pot of Gold was drawn by Chris Leonard and our winner was Rhonna Hed of Summit Companies!

Our Craft Talk speaker today was Dick Nelson of DESQ Office Solutions, introduced by Chris Leonard of Armor Mechanical.

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Protect Painters. Table Introductions will be made at Table #6 by Medical Weight Management Systems and at Table #8 by Bell Manufacturing and Services, Inc.  

It’s PRO TIME with Staples Advantage

May 10, 2017

We had great coffee to start the day here at Staples Advantage in Arden Hills. All the folks on the north side showed up early with a short commute today and as always some members stopped by The Woman’s Club on their way to Staples.

The meeting was called to order by President Robert Sanberg with a ring of the bell and a moment of silence.

Our honorary member in attendance was Mark Simon.

Our annual golf outing is on June 19th at Forest Hills Country Club. We’ll have sign-up sheets for your group of four soon!  Please contact Paul Ralles if you have door prizes to donate.

There are Craft Talk openings in June, July, and August; please suggest a guest speaker or consider signing yourself up!

There is a board meeting next week.

House Lift Remodeler is in need of an expediter, project managers, and carpenters. Contact Randy Korn with any referrals.

This Week’s Craft Talk

The MPLS Breakfast Club gets low negotiated pricing from Staples Business Advantage® and you can too. As a member, you have access to the same great discounts at any Staples® store. The best part? You’ll always receive the lowest price available, whether it’s your contract pricing or the retail price. We pride ourselves on delivering to the Breakfast Club members the lowest total delivered cost programs with the highest rates of customer satisfaction.

If you are presently doing business with Staples, THANK YOU-THANK YOU-THANK-YOU!!!  :smile: :smile: :smile:

If you are not presently doing business with Staples, we would appreciate an opportunity to discuss your program and are committed to provide you the lowest total delivered cost program while maintaining the highest rate of customer satisfaction. I look forward to continually working with and for all the Breakfast Clubbers!!!

All you have to do is register your personal credit card at THIS LINK.

As Jim and his team like to say: It’s PRO TIME!! Summon your inner pro here.

Register with Jim Christianson for next week’s Pot of Gold via e-mail to: Jim.Christianson@Staples.com

Our business exchange today was expansive, with the following members being thanked: Marketplace Home Mortgage, Low Voltage Contractors, Carey Limousine, Knollwood Liquor Store, Solomon Strategies Group, Russ Bremner, DESQ Office Solutions, Lindskoog Florists, Windrider, HBC Janitorial, Continental Diamond, Wells Fargo Advisors, Intelligrated, Armor Mechanical, D.J. Kranz Company, Summit Companies, Mark Simon, AAA Minneapolis, Norcostco, Berger Transfer & Storage, Coldwell Banker Commercial – Griffin, Zip Printing, POPP Communications, Select Communications, Staples Advantage and Coldwell Banker Burnet.

We had a very pleasant business exchange, with the following members being thanked: Les Jones Roofing, Donnelly Stucco, Windrider, Coldwell Banker Burnet, Wells Fargo Advisors, Knollwood Liquor Store, and HSB Janitorial.

The Pot of Gold’s lucky winner was drawn by Jim Christianson and our winner was Chris Leonard of Armor Mechanical!

Our Craft Talk speaker today was Jim Christianson of Staples Advantage, introduced by Kelsey Wolter of Bullseye Media.  Jim’s wife Marie wrote the introduction, however, which was pretty tame compared to prior years.

Thank you to Staples Advantage and their generous vendors for the additional prizes!

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our speaker will be DESQ Office Solutions. Table Introductions will be at Table #4 by Imricor Medical Systems and at Table #5 by Zip Printing.  

There’s No Place Like Home with Marketplace Home Mortgage

May 3, 2017

It’s road construction season and our early birds’ chirping couldn’t be heard over the sounds of jackhammers and bulldozers.

Our guest for the day was Connor Peterson of Marketplace Home Mortgage. Congratulations on his recent graduation and the opportunity he now has to work with his father, Jon Peterson!

Honorary members in attendance were Mark Simon, Martin Peyer and Russ Bremner.

Next week’s meeting will be held OFFSITE at Staples Advantage.  RSVP by clicking here to let Jim know that you’re coming; he’s excited to see you!

Click the image below to view and print the map to Staples Advantage.

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June 19th is the date for our annual golf outing at Forest Hills Country Club, sign-up sheets for your group of four are coming soon!  If anyone has door prizes to donate, please contact Paul Ralles.

We have Craft Talk openings in June, July, and August; please consider volunteering to sign up and share your knowledge with the club or suggest a guest speaker!

House Lift Remodeler is in need of a lead carpenter.

This Week’s Craft Talk

Marketplace Home Mortgage is a full-service correspondent lender that has been providing mortgage financing for Twin Cities borrowers since 1995. They are continually ranked as a leader in the mortgage industry and is consistently a Top 10 lender in Minnesota. Our Marketplace Home Mortgage family is dedicated to true partnerships with our customers, focused on continually creating innovative solutions that deliver extraordinary results and unparalleled consumer experience. It is not what you do, it is how you do it. Our goal is to create a smooth process with a successful outcome for our clients. We are privileged to have the opportunity to participate in this process.

Register with Jon Peterson for next week’s Pot of Gold via e-mail to: jon@marketplacehome.com

Our business exchange today was expansive, with the following members being thanked: Marketplace Home Mortgage, Low Voltage Contractors, Carey Limousine, Knollwood Liquor Store, Solomon Strategies Group, Russ Bremner, DESQ Office Solutions, Lindskoog Florists, Windrider, HBC Janitorial, Continental Diamond, Wells Fargo Advisors, Intelligrated, Armor Mechanical, D.J. Kranz Company, Summit Companies, Mark Simon, AAA Minneapolis, Norcostco, Berger Transfer & Storage, Coldwell Banker Commercial – Griffin, Zip Printing, POPP Communications, Select Communications, Staples Advantage and Coldwell Banker Burnet.

Table Introductions were made at Table #2 by Smile Keepers/Susanne’s Cards who shared a lesson learned at their first job that they can apply to their work and life today and at Table #3 by Admin Solutions who shared one of their bucket list items.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Russ Bremner and our lucky winner was David Goodwyne of J.N. Johnson Fire & Safety!

Our Craft Talk speaker today was Jon Peterson of Marketplace Home Mortgage, introduced by Russ Bremner.

Our next meeting will be held OFFSITE at Staples Advantage. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Staples Advantage.  Please CLICK HERE to RSVP and download your larger version of the map HERE.

Keep Smiling With Smile Keepers/Susanne’s Cards

April 26, 2017

It’s a rainy day in Minneapolis and our early birds, Robert Sanberg, Dick Anderson and Tom Donnelly, unfortunately have soggy worms to find this morning.

Our guest for the day was Blythe Whealey, an account manager with Bullseye Media.

Honorary members in attendance were Mark Simon, Russ Bremner and Martin Peyer.

Ed Crandall is recovering from shoulder surgery; please keep him in your thoughts.

Our annual golf outing is scheduled for June 19th at Forest Hills Country Club, and there will be sign up sheets for your foursome coming soon!

We have Craft Talk openings in June, July, and August; please consider volunteering to sign up and share your knowledge with the club or suggest a guest speaker!

This Week’s Craft Talk

Smile Keepers will keep your customers and employees smiling with creative logo gifts, greeting cards and logo wear clothing. Susanne can help you connect with your everyone you need to connect with in a soft marketing style. Always working with you to make sure that the product you pick “Sparks JOY” and has staying power.

Every office needs pens, post-it notes, coffee mugs, water glasses and mints. And every customer or potential customer could be advertising your brand with your logo on a top-quality travel coffee mug or water bottle. Dress yourself or your employees with a logo jacket or hat so you don’t miss a sales opportunity.

Susanne truly appreciates all the business exchange experienced in her 15 years as a member (that’s 105 years in dog years). Give Susanne a call or an email so you can start your promotional marketing plan today!  Decluttering

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo is the book that Susanne referenced in her Craft Talk today. Click the link above to take a look!

Register with Susanne Bonfe for next week’s Pot of Gold via e-mail to: smilekeepers@gmail.com

It was a busy and cheery business exchange with the following members being thanked: Medical Weight Management Center, Marketplace Home Mortgage, Printastik, Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin, Solomon Strategies Group, DESQ Office Solutions, Winston Law Office, Saint Paul Saints, Summit Companies, Anderson Furniture, Donnelly Stucco, Continental Diamond, and Low Voltage Contractors.

Table Introductions were made at Table #8 by Low Voltage Contractors who told us who their favorite teacher in school was and at Table #1 by Winston Law Office who gave us their favorite color and quote to live by.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Mike Palm and our winner was Russ Bremner. Congratulations!

Our Craft Talk speaker today was Susanne Bonfe of Smile Keepers/Susanne’s Cards, introduced by Mike Palm of Continental Diamond.

Thank you to Smile Keepers/Susanne’s Cards for the additional generous prizes!

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Marketplace Home Mortgage.

Lobby Wisely With Solomon Strategies Group

April 19, 2017

Here it is the day after Tax Day and the early birds showed up to commiserate. First to arrive were the regular crew of Dick Anderson, Robert Sanberg, and Mark Arnold.

The meeting was called to order by President Robert Sanberg with a ring of the bell and a moment of silence.

Guests today were President Robert Sanberg’s father Dean Sanberg, brought by Tom Ashbaugh, and Chris Palm who was brought by his father, Mike Palm.  It was also nice to see Jim Scott of Norcostco in attendance.

Honorary members in attendance were Martin Peyer, Russ Bremner, Mark Simon.

The annual golf outing is scheduled for June 19th at Forest Hills Country Club. Get your foursome of members and non-members together for a day of fun.

Logo #4 was the winner of the online voting.MBC Logo

There is a board meeting today after breakfast.

Neil Roers stopped into Select Communications to chat with Bob Alexander and register. Think about doing something similar as a way to improve your networking with club members.

This Week’s Craft Talk

Solomon Strategies Group provides lobbying, governmental relations, advocacy and consulting services to a select group of individuals, businesses and trade associations. SSG operates at the local, state and federal levels of the government.

Principal Jim Erickson has practiced his craft as a lawyer, lobbyist, adviser and advocate for many decades.  We received an up to date on the May legislative process of conference committees.

 Register with Jim Erickson for next week’s Pot of Gold via e-mail to: jim.erickson@mac.com

Our business exchange was a flurry of activity, with the following people being thanked: Winston Law Office, Bullseye Media, House Lift Remodeler, Anderson Furniture, Norcostco, AAA Minneapolis, Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin, Armor Mechanical, Select Communications, and POPP Communications. It was an awesome exchange today!

Table Introductions were made at Table #6 by Printastik and at Table #7 by MidWestOne Bank.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Mark Arnold and the big winner was Mike Palm of Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin.

Our Craft Talk speaker today was Jim Erickson of Solomon Strategies Group, introduced by Mark Arnold of Continental Diamond.

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Smile Keepers/Susanne’s Cards. Table introductions will be made at Table #1 by Winston Law Office and at Table #8 by Low Voltage Contractors.

Get In Touch With Select Communications

April 12, 2017

A little rain is greening things up around the city. Likewise the early birds gathered to talk about growing their businesses. Our first arrivals this morning were Dick Anderson and Robert Sanberg.

The meeting was called to order by President Robert Sanberg with a ring of the bell and a moment of silence.

Our honorary member in attendance was Martin Peyer. It was also nice to see Dwain Bell and his wife, Marian.

Announcements:

  1. Our annual golf outing is scheduled for June 19th at Forest Hills Country Club. Get your foursome of members and non-members together for a fun day.
  2. Robert Sanberg asked that we vote Chicago style on the new club logo, early and often.

This Week’s Craft Talk

Select Communications offers multiple ways for you to stay connected with family, friends and business associates, making your life easier and more fun. A local company owned by Rob and Scott Alexander, Select offers consumers and businesses personalized wireless voice and data solutions.  With a leadership team possessing a combined experience of over 100 years, Select knows the wireless industry and has been recognized by wireless carriers, business publications and local groups for its business practices.  In addition to being recognized as one of Minnesota’s Fifty Fastest Growing Private Companies by the Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal eight times, Select has also been named one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies by Inc. Magazine seven times.

In a rapidly changing industry such as Wireless, it can be dough to stay on top of the best options for your needs. Select offers the latest devices and services and can help you find the best fit for you.  Learn how your business can improve productivity and the bottom line by utilizing newest, most efficient wireless solutions.  Call Todd Alexander, who recently opened his Edina location at 612-723-1577 or Rob at 612-751-5000 for a free wireless consultation.

A BIG thank you to all you Breakfast Clubbers who a doing business with us! We sincerely appreciate it.  Here’s to a happy, health and connected year for you and your family!

To register for the Pot of Gold, contact Bob Alexander via email at balexander@selectcomm.net or Rob Alexander at ralexander@selectcomm.net.

We had a busy business exchange today, with the following people being thanked: Coldwell Banker Burnet, Bell Manufacturing and Services, Carey Limousine, Low Voltage Contractors, Marketplace Home Mortgage, Smile Keepers/Susanne’s Cards, Zip Printing, Summit Companies, HBS Janitorial, Lindskoog Florist, Wells Fargo Advisors, Protect Painters, POPP Communications, Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin, Winston Law Office, Bullseye Media, Bremner Bank, Printastik, Armor Mechanical, Boulay PLLP and Norcostco, Inc. What a great exchange!

Table Introductions were made at Table #2 by House Lift Remodeler who told us about their plans for travel and at Table #5 by Admin Solutions Group who shared their memorable sporting experiences.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Karen Holtmeier and won by Mark Arnold of Continental Diamond.

Our Craft Talk speaker today was Bob Alexander of Select Communications, introduced by Chuck Shreffler of Shreffler Law.

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Solomon Strategies. Table introductions will be made at Table #6 by Printastik and at Table #7 by MidWestOne Bank.

Come Sail Away With WindRider

March 22, 2017

Here we are back at the Woman’s Club after a week off. First to arrive were the usual suspects of Dick Anderson and Robert Sanberg.

The meeting was called to order by President Robert Sanberg with a ring of the bell and a moment of silence.

No joke of the day today, but apparently a lot of political discussion occurred at Table #1.

Our guest today was Libby Hurley of Chandler Inc., a custom display company based in Afton.

Honorary members in attendance were Ron Britz and Martin Peyer.

Announcements:

  1. The annual golf outing is scheduled for June 19th at Forest Hills Country Club. Get your foursome of members and non-members together for a fun day.
  2. Ron Britz passed on a hello from former Berger Transfer & Storage member, Stan Giesel.
  3. Kelsey Wolter at Bullseye Media is taking comments on logo design preferences.
  4. Robbie Danko announced that Low Voltage Contractors was named “Installer of the Year” at a Las Vegas conference on security systems.

This Week’s Craft Talk

WindRider is a manufacturer of sailboats and sailing hardware. Focusing on the small sailboat market, WindRider provides a range of day sailors and racing boats for all levels of sailors. They also provide a range of hardware and parts so any sailboat can get back onto the water. WindRider has recently expanded its apparel business, looking to provide great sailing gear at a reasonable price.

To to register for the Pot of Gold, contact Robert Sanberg via email at robert@windrider.com.

We had a brisk business exchange today, with the following people being thanked: Wells Fargo Advisors, Winston Law Office, Berger Transfer & Storage, Knollwood Liquor Store, Summit Companies, DESQ Office Solutions, Coldwell Banker Burnet, Lupient Automotive Group, House Lift Remodeler, Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, and Marketplace Home Mortgage.

Table Introductions were made at Table #3 by D.J. Kranz Company who told us who they are and what they do and at Table #4 by Bullseye Media who shared their plans for the spring.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Chuck Shreffler and won by Karen Holtmeier of Medical Weight Management Center.

Our Craft Talk speaker today was Robert Sanberg of Windrider, introduced by Chuck Shreffler of Shreffler Law.

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Select Communications. Table introductions will be made at Table #2 by House Lift Remodeler and at Table #5 by Admin Solutions Group.

Hit Your Target With Bullseye Media

March 22, 2017

It’s the vernal equinox and our early bird was Dick Anderson.

Our President was out of town, but our very capable First Vice President Robbie Danko filled the bill perfectly.  The bell was rung and a moment of silence followed.

It was announced that long time Breakfast Club member Gordy Peterson has passed away.

Congratulations to our newest member Blaize Evans with HBS Janitorial, Inc. Welcome!

It was good to see Honorary Member Ron Britz in attendance.

There is NO meeting on Wednesday, March 29.

This Week’s Craft Talk

Bullseye Media reviewed their plan to update the Minneapolis Breakfast Club logo and website.  Thank you to Kelsey Wolter for the insightful plan layout.

If you have any questions or to register for the Pot of Gold, contact Kelsey Wolter via email at kelsey@bmediallc.com.

It was a robust business exchange today, with the following people being thanked: Staples Advantage, Zip Printing, Coldwell Banker Burnet, Low Voltage Contractors, Smile Keepers/Susanne’s Cards, Shreffler Law, Solomon Strategies Group, LLC, Winston Law Office, Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin, Anderson Furniture, Boulay PLLP, House Lift Remodeler, and Marketplace Home Mortgage.

Table Introductions were made at Table #6 by Protect Painters who discussed their upcoming spring plans.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by John Winston and won by Chuck Shreffler of Shreffler Law.

Our Craft Talk speaker today was Kelsey Wolter of Bullseye Media.

There is NO meeting on Wednesday, March 29. Our next meeting will be held April 5, 2017 onsite at The Woman’s Club. 

Feel Financially Secure with Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin

March 15, 2017

Spring returns to the city so the early birds are out hunting for food and companionship. First to arrive were the usual suspects of Dick Anderson and Robert Sanberg.

The meeting was called to order by President Robert Sanberg with a ring of the bell and a moment of silence. Robert forgot his icebreaker joke for the day.

Guests today (of which there were many) included: Kris O’Brien brought by Robbie Danko, Tracy Dann brought by Kelsey Wolter, Andy Gannon brought by Neil Roers, and Blaize Evans for his 3rd week in a row.

Our honorary member in attendance was Mark Simon.

Announcements:

  1. There is a board meeting today.
  2. Start thinking about your team for the June Golf Outing.
  3. Julius Webster is recuperating from a battle with a circular saw.

This Week’s Craft Talk

Our mission at Coldwell Banker Commercial Griffin Companies is to create life-impacting relationships that enrich clients, colleagues and community by providing wise solutions to each client’s real estate challenges. Our people are committed to serving as active volunteers in the community and being involved in the industry’s associations. We are grateful for the many opportunities to work with you as a new client and anticipate a strong future relationship of commitment and service to you. Learn more about us by visiting our Business Brokerage and Special Asset Solutions sites.

To register for the Pot of Gold, contact Mike Palm via email at mpalm@cbcgriffin.com.

It was a small but lively business exchange today, with the following people being thanked: House Lift Remodeler, AAA Minneapolis, Staples Advantage and Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin.

Table Introductions were made at Table #1 by MidWestOne Bank, and at Table #4 by Low Voltage Contractors.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Catherine Moore and won by John Winston of Winston Law Office.

Our Craft Talk speaker today, Mike Palm of Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin, was introduced by Catherine Moore of AAA Minneapolis.

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our speaker next week will be Kelsey Wolter who will present the project Bullseye Media will be working on to update the Minneapolis Breakfast Club logo and website. Table introductions will be made at Table #5 by House Lift Remodeler and at Table #6 by Admin Solutions.