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.

Make Your Money Work Smarter With Wells Fargo Advisors

March 8, 2017

A blustery March morning. The winds blew in Dick Anderson and Robert Sanberg for some early morning conversation.

The meeting was called to order by President Robert Sanberg with a ring of the bell and a moment of silence. Robbie Danko lightened things up with a joke of the day.

Today’s guest was Blaze Evan with HBS Janitorial brought by Dwain Coleman of Zip Printing. We hope Blaze joins us soon in the category of janitorial services.

Our honorary members in attendance this week were Ron Britz and Mark Simon.

There is an open craft talk date on March 22nd, and it’s a good time to sign up.

This Week’s Craft Talk

The Rudin & Rubin Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors serves the needs of accomplished professionals and families who have worked toward achieving personal and financial goals and potentially watch their wealth grow. However, many never anticipate the complexity that increasing wealth brings. Many clients may feel unsure of appropriate next steps.

Our integrated approach to wealth management means we evaluate and coordinate investors’ life needs and financial goals, manage assets and execute strategies to help achieve specific goals and support efficient wealth transfer across generations.

We do all of this while potentially helping clients maximize the wealth they’ve earned, allowing them to spend more time enjoying the achievements of their life and work.

Our business is built on relationships and personal referrals. Please refer and introduce us to your close connections.

Please register with Tony Rubin @ 612-340-4589, by email: tony.rubin@wellsfargoadvisors.com or visit him at 80 South 8th Street, IDS Center 3400, Minneapolis, MN 55435.

We had a short and sweet business exchange today, with the following members being thanked: Bullseye Media, Marketplace Home Mortgage, House Lift Remodeler, AAA Minneapolis, Low Voltage Contractors, Carey Limousine, Coldwell Banker Burnet, and Knollwood Liquor.

Table Introductions were made at Table #3 by Staples Advantage who shared what was new with their business, and at Table #7 by Anderson Furniture.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Dick Nelson and won by Renata Faeth of AAA Minneapolis.

Thank you to Wells Fargo for the wonderful additional prizes!

Our Craft Talk speaker today, Tony Rubin of Wells Fargo Advisors, was introduced by Dick Nelson of DESQ Office Solutions.

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin. Table introductions will be made at Table #1 by Midwest One Bank and at Table #7 by Low Voltage Contractors.

Keep Cozy and Cool With Armor Mechanical

March 02, 2017

A snowy start to the first day of March. Many members were delayed and prevented from arriving early. Poor Dick Anderson had to hang out until Mark Arnold slid in.

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Robbie Danko with a ring of the bell.

Today’s guest was Blaze Evan brought by Dwain Coleman of Zip Printing.

Our honorary member in attendance was Mark Simon.

There is an open Craft Talk date on April 5th.  It’s a good time to sign up!

Chuck Shreffler announced his annual Oscar contest winners. In a close race Mark Simon bested Erik Schindler.

Carey Limousine is currently looking for corporate drivers.

This Week’s Craft Talk

Armor Mechanical provides plumbing and heating services for residential and commercial accounts across the Twin Cities. They also provide millwright services for commercial business as well as drain cleaning.

Please register for the Pot of Gold with Chris Leonard via email at chris@armormechanical.com.

We had a wonderful business exchange today, with the following members being thanked: Medical Weight Management Center, Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin, Knollwood Liquor, Smile Keepers/Susanne’s Cards, Lupient Automotive Group, House Lift Remodeler, Armor Mechanical and Zip Printing.

Table Introductions were made at Table #2 by AAA Minneapolis, and at Table #8 by Marketplace Home Mortgage.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Julius Webster and won by Dick Nelson of DESQ Office Solutions.

Our Craft Talk speaker today, Chris Leonard of Armor Mechanical, was introduced by Julius Webster of D.J. Kranz Co.

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Wells Fargo Advisors. Table introductions will be made at Table #3 by Summit Fire Protection and at Table #7 by Lupient Automotive Group.

Be “Bowled” Over By Shreffler Law

February 22, 2017

A warm spring morning to be up and about. Dick Anderson was the early bird searching for company.

President Robert Sanberg rang the bell to start the meeting with a moment of silence.

Our honorary member in attendance was Martin Peyer.

Please make sure to get your sheets into Chuck Shreffler before Sunday, so you can determine your powers of Oscar winning deduction!

Carey Limousine is in need of corporate drivers, Marketplace Home Mortgage is looking for a loan officer assistant coordinator who lives in the northern suburbs, and Low Voltage Contractors is in need of field technicians.

This Week’s Craft Talk

Shreffler Law is a trusted litigation practice for clients throughout the Twin Cities area. My mission has always been to deliver effective and cost-effective legal advocacy. In litigation, the key to success is preparation. There is an old Latin saying, “If you want peace, prepare for war.” In litigation, that means being ready for trial. One of the most important parts of that preparation is respect. That means giving each client personalized attention, promptly responding to emails and phone calls. It also means treating the opposing parties and their attorneys with respect.

Please register for the Pot of Gold with Chuck via email at chuck@chucklaw.com, by phone at 612-872-8000, or stop in for a meeting and to see his craftsmanship.

It was a great business exchange as always, with the following members being thanked: AAA Minneapolis, D.J. Kranz Co., Low Voltage Contractors, Coldwell Banker-Burnet, Solomon Strategies Group, Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin, Medical Weight Management Center, and Norcostco.

Table Introductions were made at Table #4 by House Lift Remodeler who shared their best storm stories, and at Table #9 by Toshiba Business Solutions who shared their thoughts on the Sunday liquor bill.  They voted four for yes and one for no. The club vote was roughly 50/50.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Erik Schindler and won by Julius Webster of D.J. Kranz Co.

Our Craft Talk speaker today, Chuck Shreffler of Shreffler Law, was introduced by Erik Schindler of Norcostco.

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Armor Mechanical. Table introductions will be made at Table #2 by AAA Minneapolis and at Table #8 by Marketplace Home Mortgage.

There’s No Place Like Home With Coldwell Banker-Burnet

February 15, 2017

An early spring perhaps with pitchers and catchers reporting early. “Ace” Dick Anderson and teammates Robert Sanberg and Mark Arnold were first to arrive.

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

Our guest today was Steve Peterson brought by Erik Schindler of Norcostco.

Honorary members in attendance were Mark Simon and Martin Peyer.

Please get your 89th Annual Academy Award ballot to Chuck Shreffler by Wednesday, February 22nd.  The entry fee is only $1 to show off your powers of prognosticating.

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Randy Korn wanted to let us know that House Lift Remodeler will be offering their honey-do list discount for the next couple of weeks, so hurry to get those pesky chores checked off of yours!

Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin is in need of commercial real estate agents.

There was a Board of Directors meeting after breakfast.

This Week’s Craft Talk

The Blixrud Group of Coldwell Banker-Burnet provides exceptional residential real estate services to clients that demand the best. Over 20 years of experience with 750 homes sold as listing and/or sales agents. For 10 consecutive years they have been named as a “Super Real Estate agent” by the Minneapolis/St Paul Magazine. They make their clients, whether a first time home buyer or a savvy investor, feel at home.

Please register for the Pot of Gold with Craig Blixrud at blixrudhomes@gmail.com.

It was a great business exchange as always, with the following members being thanked: POPP Communications, Protect Painters, Armor Mechanical, Lupient Automotive Group, Windrider, Martin Peyer, AAA Minneapolis, Continental Diamond, D.J. Kranz Co., Low Voltage Contractors, Bell Manufacturing and Zip Printing.

Table Introductions were made at Table #1 by Windrider who told us what spring means for their business, and at Table #3 by The St. Paul Saints who told us about their favorite car or driving experience.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Ed Crandall and won by Erik Schindler of Norcostco.

Our Craft Talk speaker today, Craig Blixrud of Coldwell Banker-Burnet, was introduced by President Robert Sanberg.

Thank you to Coldwell Banker-Burnet for the fabulous additional prizes!

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Shreffler Law. Table introductions will be made at Table #4 by House Lift Remodeler and at Table #9 by Toshiba Business Solutions.

Shine On With Continental Diamond

February 8, 2017

A brisk start to the morning as the early birds gathered.  Robert Sanberg was the first to arrive, followed by Tom Ashbaugh and Bob Alexander. The other usual suspect, Dick Anderson, was in Florida playing softball.

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

There were no guests today, however Honorary Members Mark Simon and Martin Peyer were there.

Sue Scott’s memorial service will be held on Friday, February 10th at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Minnetonka.  The reviewal will be at 10:30 am and the funeral service will begin at 11:00 am.

St David's

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Lindskoog Florist wanted to remind members that there is a special day coming up next week and they have an oversupply of red roses and other flowers. Use the discount code BC17 to get your $10 savings before February 14th!

Randy Korn wanted to let us know that House Lift Remodeler is still offering a honey-do list discount.  Please contact him via phone or email to get your Valentine the gift of a completed list!

This Week’s Craft Talk

Continental Diamond is a spacious and welcoming store with the largest selection of owned diamonds in Minnesota. Owning diamonds allows Continental Diamond to pass on the price savings to its clients. The store also features a vast and eclectic selection of jewelry in all price ranges by many jewelry designers and an impressive selection of fine timepieces. They have an experienced and a well-educated sales team that includes three GIA Graduate Gemologists and seven GIA Diamond graduates. The store’s repair department is staffed with three jewelers having over 80 years combined experience, (two of which are Master Goldsmiths), four take-in specialists, a custom manufacturing specialist and a watch repair manager.

Please register for the Pot of Gold with Mark Arnold at Mark@Continentaldiamond.com.

There was a short and sweet business exchange today, with the following members being thanked: Continental Diamond, Les Jones Roofing, Inc., Wells Fargo Advisors, AAA Minneapolis, Norcostco, Inc., and Armor Mechanical.

Table Introductions were made at Table #2 by Coldwell Banker Burnet who introduced their members and what they do, and at Table #6 by DESQ Office Solutions who shared their winter vacation plans.

The Pot of Gold was drawn by Mike Palm and won by Jon Peterson of Marketplace Home Mortgage.

Our Craft Talk speaker today, Mark Arnold of Continental Diamond, was introduced by Mike Palm.

Thank you to Continental Diamond for the additional generous prizes!

Our next meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Coldwell Banker Burnet. Table introductions will be made at Table #1 by Fruitshare.com and at Table #3 by The St. Paul Saints.