THE CHAMBER

Will the end of federal unemployment benefits help local businesses find workers?

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits are ending Monday. This comes as business owners across the Red River Valley continue to struggle with finding new workers. “I know every restaurant out there is hiring and we’re right alongside them, ” Great Plains Hospitality CEO Dan Hurder said. Hurder owns three restaurants and a catering business in both Minnesota…

Sanford Health celebrates opening of region’s first orthopedics & sports medicine hospital

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Those at Sanford Health and The Chamber come together to celebrate Sanford’s new orthopedics and sports medicine facility with a ribbon cutting Tuesday. The vision for the roughly $30 million project has been in the works for more than a decade. The facility at 1720 University Drive South in Fargo is the region’s first stand-alone orthopedics…

Cajun Cafe closes after 20 years

The Cajun Cafe is one of two businesses who've announced their closures this week.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The Cajun Cafe is yet another local business who’s announced it will be closing its doors after struggles amid the pandemic “It was a very difficult year and it definitely knocked us back like it did everybody. We lost a lot of money during that,” Cajun Cafe owner Gary Gilbertson said. With Twist in Downtown Fargo…

Businesses offer incentives as they struggle to hire new employees

"It's hard to find people, with pandemic and unemployment it's just been really hard to find workers.

FARGO-MOORHEAD (KVRR) — While businesses struggled to stay afloat during the height of the pandemic, they are now faced with a shortage of employees willing to work. Many COVID-19 restrictions have eased in North Dakota and Minnesota is beginning to end some of theirs. Some businesses are hoping to better meet the needs of their customers, but due to a…

The Chamber Continues Conversations about Refugees in North Dakota

The event looked at the current state of refugees in the state of North Dakota since Lutheran Social Services closed its doors

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — The Chamber’s Eggs and Issues for April focused on the status of refugees in the state. “To be honest, who doesn’t have a funky name. We all have funky names and yes at the end of the day we do need to realize that we’re all working together to fulfill the greater goal,” Assistant Commissioner for…

The Chamber discusses F-M Diversion project

This is the biggest project that's in the bonding bill."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Chamber holds an Eggs and Issues discussion with members of the legislation to talk about a $435.5 million bonding bill on the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project. At just under $800 million, House bill 1431 is proposing a series of projects in the Fargo-Moorhead area. One project in the bill will take a little over half of…

Minnesota minimum wage increase could pose risks for businesses

"Where we are in the pandemic I would think that any mandated increases probably aren't the best way to go."

MINNESOTA — As minimum wage increases take effect in Minnesota, businesses could face some tough challenges. “Businesses are feeling the pressure obviously from COVID. Also, a really tight labor market, so the ability to attract, retain and develop employees has been challenging for business and so business of all sizes are having very different effects from the mandate,” Fargo Moorhead…

The Chambers hosts Eggs & Issues to talk about topics like homelessness

Homelessness rates are going up, and local leaders are trying to find solutions

FARGO, N.D. – The Chambers Eggs & Issues this month focuses on homelessness, hunger & the impact it has on our community. Community leaders from the FM area virtually joined to answer questions about their progress in the fight against homelessness. A big topic was the impact COVID-19 is having on it. Goldmark Property Management says it’s nervous for struggling…