Our Guest Speaker, Minnesota State Senator Jim Abeler

January 4, 2017

It was a cold start to the first meeting of the new year. Even the Woman’s Club was having a slow beginning as they did not expect us this AM. First to arrive at a dark building were Robert Sanberg and Dick Anderson. The club recovered in time and we had a great breakfast.

The meeting was called to order by our new president, Robert Sanberg, with a tinkle of the bell. We had a smooth transition of power this morning as the gavel was presented to our past president, Mark Arnold.

president-transition

There is a Craft Talk opening for next week; please contact Robert Sanberg to take advantage of the opportunity to share your knowledge with our fellow members.

Our guests today were Pamela Ebbesen with Donnelly Stucco, Randy Bachman, Barb Abeler, and our guest speaker Jim Abeler with the Minnesota State Senate.

Everett Myers has a brother-in-law looking for a professional opportunity.

This Week’s Craft Talk

Jim Abeler is a state senator, chiropractor and former 16 year member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represented District 35A, which includes portions of Anoka County in the northern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He was just elected in the special SD 35 Senate election in Minnesota.

 Please register for the Pot of Gold with Jim Erickson at jim.erickson@mac.com.

It was a chilly day but we had a brisk business exchange with the following members being thanked: AAA Minneapolis, Ashbaugh Financial, Staples Advantage, Zip Printing, Bullseye Media, Donnelly Stucco, Toshiba Business Solutions, Winston Law Office, Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin, FruitShare.com, Continental Diamond, and DESQ Office Solutions.

Table Introductions were made at Table #2 by House Lift Remodeler and at Table #3 by Norcostco, Inc.

Our Pot of Gold winner was Dick Nelson of DESQ Office Solutions!

Today’s Craft Talk Speaker was Jim Abeler with the Minnesota State Senate, introduced by Jim Erickson of Solomon Strategies Group.

Our next meeting will be January 11, 2017 at The Woman’s Club. Table introductions will be made at Table #4 by Donnelly Stucco and at Table #9 by Ashbaugh Financial.

Count Your Blessings with MidWestOne Bank

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming early and keeping us in its grips this year, but that didn’t stop board member Craig Blixrud from warmly starting off our meeting.  The proposed bylaws change to the Board of Directors and the nominations for the Board of Directors for January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017 were both approved.

Our guests today were Mark Herstrom, as well as Mitch Cook of MidWestOne Bank.

Today we presented proceeds from Pass the Hat totaling $564.00. Thank you all for your contribution and appreciation for The Woman’s Club staff!

Our next meeting will be January 4th, 2017 at The Woman’s Club.  Happy Holidays to all our members and we’ll see you in the new year!

This Week’s Craft Talk

MidWestOne Bank is a local bank that focuses on small to mid-sized businesses.  We provide lines of credit, term loans and real estate loans.  To make banking convenient, we provide cash management services to save our customers time and money.  Let me know if I ever can be of assistance to you and your business.  Remember – at MidWestOne, we have the greenest money in town.

Please register for the Pot of Gold with Neil Roers of MidWestOne via e-mail at nroers@midwestone.com

The cold weather didn’t prevent a warm business exchange with the following members thanked: Continental Diamond, Printastik, Low Voltage Contractors, Zip Printing, Lindskoog Florists, Coldwell Banker Commercial – Griffin, Ashbaugh Financial, Mark Simon, Smile Keepers/ Susanne’s Cards, Inc., and Protect Painters.

Table Introductions were made at Table #5 by Protect Painters who shared what their favorite cold weather memories were and at Table #8 by Bullseye Media who shared what their Christmas plans were for next week.

Our lucky Pot of Gold winner was Tom Ashbaugh of Ashbaugh Financial!

Thank you to MidWestOne Bank for the additional generous prizes!

Today’s Craft Talk Speaker was MidWestOne Bank.

Our next meeting will be January 4th, 2017 at The Woman’s Club. We will have a guest speaker that day.

Make Your Day Sparkle With Continental Diamond

December 7th, 2016

Winter arrived yesterday, and we wondered who would gather for hot coffee and warm fellowship. Our first to arrive today was Tom Donnelly with Donnelly Stucco.

The meeting was called to order by our President Mark Arnold with a tinkle of the bell. Today is the last day to update your listing for the 2017 Club Roster, and please make sure to sign up for your 2017 Craft Talk. We have open dates for January 2017 that we are in need of speakers for.

There is a proposed bylaws change regarding the makeup of the Club Board of Directors that will be voted on next week. Attached is the current and revised language. The slate of officers and directors that have been nominated to serve from January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017 is also attached.

We are passing the hat for the Woman’s Club personnel that serve us each week this week and next week. Please show your appreciation for the fabulous work they do for us time and again!

Tony Rubin has a U of M student looking for a paid internship. Select Communications has a part time opening at their Edina location for sales. Bullseye Media is looking for a male voice over artist for a quick job.

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

 

Our Business Exchange was great today with the following members being thanked: Zip Printing, Lindskoog Florist, AAA Minneapolis, Toshiba Business Solutions, Shreffler Law, PLLC, Norcostco, Coldwell Banker Commercial-Griffin, DESQ Office Solutions, Bullseye Media and House Lift Remodeler.

Table Introductions were made at Table #1 by Boulay PLLP and at Table #5 by Solomon Strategies Group.

Our lucky Pot of Gold winner was Don Thiets of Toshiba Business Solutions!

Today’s Craft Talk Speaker was Continental Diamond.

Next week’s meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be MidWestOne Bank. Table introductions will be made at Table #2 by MidWestOne Bank and at Table #5 by Protect Painters.

Brighten Your Holiday Table with Lindskoog Florist

November 23, 2016

Last night’s bad weather couldn’t keep our members away! Early Bird Dick Anderson of Anderson Furniture enjoyed a little peace and quiet at The Woman’s Club before the busy day began.

There will be NO meeting next Wednesday, November 30th. We currently have a Craft Talk opening on December 14th. Please contact President Mark Arnold to sign-up.

The 2017 Craft Talk Schedule is now available! Write in your company’s preferred date as it comes around. Make sure you update your listing for the 2017 Club Roster which is being passed around too.

 

This Week’s Craft Talk

Lindskoog Florist has been expressing your emotions with flowers and plants for over 100 years. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, we deliver to all the metro area and almost everywhere in the world! You can order 24 hours a day by phone or at our website at www.Lflorist.com. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee applies to everything we sell. Give us a chance to win your business!

Register for the Pot of Gold with Dick Lindskoog by email to:

dick@Lflorist.com

 

Our Business Exchange today found members thankful for services provided by the following businesses: Coldwell Banker Commercial – Griffin, Low Voltage Contractors, Zip Printing, Bullseye Media, Lindskoog Florist, DESQ Office Solutions, Select Communications, J.N. Johnson Fire & Safety, Anderson Furniture, Bell Manufacturing, House Lift Remodeler, Les Jones Roofing, Knollwood Liquor Store, and Norcostco.

Table Introductions were made at Table #6 by Knollwood Liquor Store who shared their Thanksgiving Day plans and at Table #7 by Berger Transfer & Storage who shared how they embrace Minnesota winters.

Our lucky Pot of Gold winner, a drawing favorite, was Dick Anderson of Anderson Furniture!

Today’s Craft Talk Speaker was Lindskoog Florist.

There will be NO meeting next week, November 30th. Our next meeting on December 7th will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Continental Diamond.

Keep Your Holiday Guests Refreshed with Knollwood Liquor Store

November 16, 2016

Today’s meeting saw a full room as members steadily arrived after Early Birds Dick Anderson and Todd Anderson came to a tie as the first arrivals. Maybe they’ll attempt a rematch next week!

The 2017 Craft Talk Schedule is now available! Write in your company’s preferred date as it comes around. Make sure you update your listing for the 2017 Club Roster which is being passed around too.

House Lift Remodeler is searching for a delivery driver/laborer while Berger Transfer & Storage is searching for an offsite customer service representative. If you have any referrals, please connect with the individual members in need.

 

This Week’s Craft Talk

Knollwood Liquor Store has been a family run liquor store since 1967. We have a full line of Liquor, Wine, and Beer. Need a gift idea? Give Paul a call at 952-938-2783. Thank you and I hope everyone has a safe and happy Holiday Season!

Register for the Pot of Gold with Paul Ralles by email to:

Rallo72@msn.com

 

Today’s Business Exchange saw thanks extended to the following member businesses: House Lift Remodeler, Anderson Furniture, Low Voltage Contractors, Coldwell Banker Commercial, Knollwood Liquor Store, Martin Peyer, Ashbaugh Financial, Lindskoog Florists, AAA Minneapolis, Printastik, Select Communications, Admin Solutions, Zip Printing, Marketplace Home Mortgage, Norcostco, Solomon Strategies Group, and Toshiba Business Solutions.

Table Introductions were made at Table #1 by Select Communications and at Table #8 by Toshiba Business Solutions. Each table shared what they’ve enjoyed most about our unseasonal extended fall weather.

Today’s lucky Pot of Gold winner was Tom Whaley with the St. Paul Saints!

Today’s Craft Talk Speaker was Knollwood Liquor Store.

Next week’s meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Lindskoog Florists. Table introductions will be made at Table #7 by Berger Transfer & Storage and at Table #9 by Knollwood Liquor Store. 

 

Bring Your Ideas to Life with Printastik!

November 9, 2016

Our meeting was buzzing this morning as members gathered to discuss the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. Early Bird Dick Anderson stayed up late awaiting the results and awoke early to calls from family allowing him time to be the first member to the meeting.

The 2017 Craft Talk Schedule is now available! Sign your company up as it’s passed around. Be sure to update your listing for the 2017 Club Roster which will be passed around during the coming weeks.

There will be a Board Meeting after next week’s breakfast.

House Lift Remodeler needs a lead carpenter, WindRider is searching for a consultant and Martin Peyer would like to find individuals interested in opening Montessori schools. If you have any referrals, please contact the individual members.

 

This Week’s Craft Talk

Printastik has been providing high quality sign solutions and service to the local community for 28 years and is located in Edina, MN. We welcome the opportunity to help you with any sign or corporate branding project large or small.

Printastik offers:

  • Banners / Trade Show Displays – Tabletop to Large Format / Fully Customizable and Portable
  • Vehicle Lettering and Graphic / Professionally Printed and Installed
  • Signs of all types and sizes / Retail / Manufacturing / Real Estate / Non Profit

Printastik will be happy to run with your design ideas or work closely with your team to customize any marketing ideas you can think of. Please give Gabe a call at 651-659-9680 or email gabe@printastik.biz.

Thank you all for your continued support and for the opportunity to share some ideas with the Breakfast Club.

Register for the Pot of Gold with Gabe Freund to: gabe@printastik.biz

 

Today’s Business Exchange showed great amounts of hustle as the following members were thanked: Select Communications, Summit Fire Protection, House Lift Remodeler, Printastik, Lupient Automotive Group, Smile Keepers/Susanne’s Cards, Solomon Strategies Group, Zip Printing, Bullseye Media, Knollwood Liquor Store, Mark Simon, WindRider, Carey Limousine, Coldwell Banker Commercial, Armor Mechanical, Anderson Furniture, Protect Painters, Lindskoog Florists, Low Voltage Contractors, AAA Minneapolis, and Ashbaugh Financial.

Table Introductions were made at Table #2 by Anderson Furniture who expressed their reactions to the Presidential Election and at Table #5 by WindRider who shared their secrets to engaging customers.

Today’s Pot of Gold winner was Russ Bremner!

Today’s Craft Talk Speaker was Printastik.

Next week’s meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Knollwood Liquor Store. Table introductions will be made at Table #1 by Select Communications and at Table #8 by Smile Keepers/Susanne’s Cards. 

Go Organic With FruitShare.com

November 2, 2016

A dark morning started our meeting just before daylight savings begins.

The 2017 Craft Talk Schedule is now available! Sign-up for your preferred spot as it’s passed around. Be sure to update your listing for the 2017 Club Roster which will be passed around too.

 

This Week’s Craft Talk

At FruitShare, we know what fruit should taste like. We know that farm fresh fruit is the best because it is almost as fresh as picking it yourself – resulting in flavorful, juicy fruit packed full of nutrients. At FruitShare, we know that organic fruit is better fruit, because it is free of harmful chemicals like pesticides and herbicides. When fruit is organic, our families don’t have to eat those chemicals, and just as important, the farmers don’t have to handle them. We know that busy lives can lead to bad habits like heading to the drive-thru window for dinner on the go. We also know how to turn bad habits into good ones by making your life easier with organic fruit delivery. When we bring fruit in season to you at home or work, healthy choices are easier because you don’t have to work harder to make them: the organic fruit is simply there, and it is easy to get at.

We truly mean it when we say, “Picked Fresh. Shipped Fast. Always Organic.” Find out more at www.fruitshare.com.

Register by e-mail to Everett: Everett@fruitshare.com

 

Today’s Business Exchange found thanks extended to the following members: Carey Limousine, Coldwell Banker Commercial, Low Voltage Contractors, Lindskoog Florists, Berger Transfer & Storage, Protect Painters, FruitShare.com, Boulay PLLP, Solomon Strategies Group and Printastik.

Table Introductions were made at Table #6 by Low Voltage Contractors who shared their answers to various questions.

Our Pot of Gold winner was Ed Crandall of Protect Painters!

Today’s Craft Talk Speaker was FruitShare.com.

Thank you to FruitShare.com for providing healthy gifts of their delicious, organic fruit!

Next week’s meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Printastik. Table introductions will be made at Table #2 by Anderson Furniture and at Table #5 by WindRider. 

Work at Top Speed with Toshiba Business Solutions

October 26, 2016

Good morning, Breakfast Club! The rain may have had traffic moving slowly but we made it!

Our guest today was Kurt Kraemer of Toshiba Business Solutions. There was a Board Meeting after today’s breakfast.

The 2017 Craft Talk Schedule is now available! Sign up next week to ensure you receive your preferred spot!

 

This Week’s Craft Talk

Toshiba provides local sales, service and support to the Twin Cities metro area. Our corporate offices are located off I494 in Eagan. We service all of Minnesota with offices in Minneapolis, Duluth and Fargo.

Our products include:

  • Multi-functional products that copy/print/scan/fax
  • Full color enabled systems

Services include:

  • Customer Concierge Program – Your Toshiba Concierge will be your one contact to answer any questions regarding your account.
  • Automated Meter Reading (AMR) – No more calling in, or faxing in copier meter readings.
  • Document Management Software – Docuware Software can store and archive documents for easy retrieval.
  • Encompass – A program to analyze document output costs and requirements.
  • Print Management Solutions – Recognize and analyze your printing costs and take control them.
  • eCopy OCR Software – Transforms copier to a comprehensive paper management solution.

Along with these solutions, our focus continues to be a “Consultative Selling” approach to recommend the best solution for each office environment. Our systems may be networked to allow for Network Printing, Network Scanning and Walk-up and Network Faxing.

Thanks again for all the Breakfast Clubbers who have relied on Toshiba for your office system needs.

Register for next week’s Pot of Gold via e-mail to Don Thiets: Donald.thiets@tbs.toshiba.com

 

Today’s Business Exchange found the following members thanked: Les Jones Roofing, Summit Fire Protection, Knollwood Liquor Store, Berger Transfer & Storage, AAA Minneapolis, Bullseye Media, House Lift Remodeler, Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, Russ Bremner, Protect Painters and Admin Solutions.

Today’s winner of the Pot of Gold was John Winston of Winston Law Office!

Today’s Craft Talk Speaker was Toshiba Business Solutions.

Thank you to today’s speaker for the generous number of gifts given!

Next week’s meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be FruitShare.com. Table introductions will be made at Table #1 by Marketplace Home Mortgage and at Table #6 by Knollwood Liquor Store. 

Be Prepared! Consult with Boulay, PLLP

October 19, 2016

Good morning, Breakfast Club! It was a beautiful morning to view from the 8th floor of Boulay, PLLP!

This month’s Board Meeting has been moved to next Wednesday, October 26th, after breakfast.

The 2017 Craft Talk Schedule is now available! Sign-up for your preferred spot during next week’s meeting as it’s passed around.

 

This Week’s Craft Talk

Boulay is an accounting and consulting firm with offices in Eden Prairie, MN and Naples, FL. At Boulay, we work with individuals, closely-held businesses and ESOP companies to help assure their financial success. Our team of 160 professionals — including 30 partners and 90 Certified Public Accountants — is committed to giving you the confidence to make the best decisions and the peace of mind to know they are right. Our team provides the following best-in-class services designed to “help you get there”:

  • Assurance
  • Tax
  • Accounting Advisory
  • Estate planning and compliance
  • Employee Benefit Consulting
  • ESOP Consulting and Administration
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Valuation services

Learn more about Boulay by visiting our website at www.BoulayGroup.com.

Please register for the Pot of Gold with Matt Crane at mcrane@boulaygroup.com.

 

Today’s Business Exchange was short but sweet with thanks extended to: Boulay, PLLP, Summit Fire Protection and Printastik.

This week’s Pot of Gold winner is Jon Peterson of Marketplace Home Mortgage! Congratulations on your win!

Today’s Craft Talk Speaker was Boulay, PLLP.

A huge thank you to Boulay, PLLP for prizes provided from Knollwood Liquor Store!

Next week’s meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club. Our Craft Talk speaker will be Toshiba Business Solutions. Table introductions will be made at Table #4 by St. Paul Saints and at Table #9 by Lupient Automotive Group.

Extinguish Life’s Fires with Summit Fire Protection

October 12, 2016

Good morning, Breakfast Club! Robert Sanberg of Windrider was ready to take on today, arriving first to our Wednesday gathering!

Today’s guests were Ryan Ferry and Nate Petersen of Staples Advantage.

Currently, House Lift Remodeler is seeking new carpenters. Please provide referrals to Randy Korn.

 

This Week’s Craft Talk

Summit Companies is a commercial fire protection and fire life safety company with a regional (and increasingly national) reputation for the quality of our work and quality of our people. We design, build, install, inspect and service commercial, industrial, and residential fire sprinkler systems.

We’re based in St. Paul, MN, with a state-of-the-art facility (new in 2007) and the industry’s most advanced technology. We have 8 regional offices in the Midwest. Summit Companies’ talented people include some of the best and brightest young minds in the business.

But what we’re most proud of is our focus on the customer. Our goal is to complete your project in an organized, highly professional manner—and to complete it on time.

We offer exceptional quality and superior service at very competitive prices. Factor in our “can-do” business philosophy and it becomes easy to see why we attract—and retain—many of the industry’s most demanding and discerning clients.

Please register with Sean Merkel via email to: smerkel@SummitCoUs.com

 

Today’s Business Exchange was filled with gratitude, finding the following members thanked: St. Paul Saints, Donnelly Stucco, Russ Bremner, Select Communications, Knollwood Liquor Store, Summit Fire Protection, Shreffler Law, Lindskoog Florists, Windrider, Ashbaugh Financial, Lupient Automotive Group, Continental Diamond, Bullseye Media, Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, AAA Minneapolis, Protect Painters and Armor Mechanical.

Table Introductions were made at Table #2 by Colwell Banker-Burnet who shared their available business services and Table #7 by Select Communications who shared their favorite fall activities.

This week’s Pot of Gold winner is on a hot streak! Robert Sanberg of Windrider has won again!

Today’s Craft Talk Speaker was Summit Fire Protection.

A huge thank you to Summit Fire Protection for prizes that encourage member to member business transactions!

Next week’s meeting will be held OFFSITE at Boulay PLLP. Please see the attached map for directions.

Boulay PLLP Map