Oakdale Chamber of Commerce: Year-round community involvement with a splash of fun

OACC board members. Back Row from left to right: Ben Smetana, Bart Fischer, Jack Burke, Bill Burns, Pastor John Larson Center Row from left to right: Caleb Brunz, Kristie Shafer, Tony Schwartz, Larry Eberhard, Rick Timm, Stacie Penn. Front Row from left to right: Tami Bauer, Angie Propp, Jodi Christensen, Frank Orsello, Holly Koep. Board Members NOT pictured: Eric Morley, Brandon Neuman, Ted H. Lillie, Marc Cove.



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Oakdale, MN 55128
(651) 739-2500
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OACC Calendar of Events

Spring Fling • April 20
The Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Spring Fling at the Guardian Angles Church, 8260 Fourth St. N., in Oakdale. This event is the chamber’s largest fundraising, social and networking event of the year, with fun activities including entertainment by a DJ and a raffle with a major prize.
Funds raised from the event will enable the OACC to provide support for many community programs including Holiday Helping Hands and scholarships for local students. The public is invited to attend.
To purchase tickets, contact Tony Schwartz at 651-295-7550.
June Family Picnic and Business Appreciation Lunch • June 15
This is the one meeting a year to which the OACC invites everyone in the community to attend. In place of the regular monthly meeting, the OACC has a picnic-style lunch, firing up a giant charcoal grill and serving more than 1,000 hot dogs to local business leaders, elected officials, families and residents. The event is free. The June Family Picnic has had typically over 750 people in attendance and is seen as the single greatest networking opportunity for OACC members. Limited sponsorships are available annually. Stop by for a quick bite or stay and mingle with the crowd. Either way, this is certainly a can’t miss event.
This event will be held at the Oakdale Fire Station (5000 Hadley Avenue North) from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., on June 16, 2016.
For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marc Cove at Platinum Bank,  651-332-5200, or mcove@platinumbankmn.com.
Oakdale Summerfest • June 22-24
Oakdale’s largest summer celebration features the Grande Parade, Skateboard exhibition and contest, carnival rides, live entertainment, great food, bingo, softball and baseball tournaments. There are events for every member of the family. Come out to enjoy the parade, go on the rides, eat the food and meet your neighbors. The Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Oakdale Royalty Float and the official Oakdale Summerfest Medallion Hunt. Participants follow fun historical clues to find the medallion and win the grand prize. Most of the events are held at the Richard Walton Memorial Park adjacent to the Oakdale City Hall.
Additional information can be found on the City of Oakdale website www.ci.oakdale.mn.us. For information or to see how you can get involved in the festivities call Larry Eberhard, Keller Williams Premier Realty – Larry Eberhard, at WHAT.
OACC Community Golf Tournament • June 26
Each year in June, the OACC organizes an entertaining day of golf. This year’s event will be held at Oak Marsh Golf Course (526 Inwood Avenue North, Oakdale). Participants enjoy a low-key day on the golf course with an emphasis on having fun and networking with other members and golfers. This event is wrapped up with a wonderful dinner, auction and awarding of prizes in the club house. Participation is open to the public.
For more information on becoming an event sponsor or other questions, contact Angie Propp, 651-403-1942 or angie.propp@gmail.com.
Eggs ‘N Issues Breakfast • June 8
Each year the Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce invites city, county, state and congressional elected officials to address members about past accomplishments and their vision for the future. This event is open to the public. Come to the Eggs N’ Issues to get the inside scoop from Oakdale’s City, County, School District and Legislative leaders.
For more information contact Rick Timm, All Family Dental at (651) 731-2141 or DrTimm@AFDSmiles.com.
Oakdale Area Business Showcase • October 29
The Oakdale Area Business Showcase is a fun, interactive community event for the whole family!  It’s a great way for residents of the Oakdale area and surrounding communities to enjoy a day of fun getting to know area business owners and their staff.  2015 was our first annual event.  We had business booths, Halloween fun, treat or treating at every booth, face painting, balloon artist, delicious food and much more!  Please join us in 2016 on Saturday, October 29.  For more information please contact Jodi Christensen, Lake Elmo Bank, at (651) 773-4738 or jchristensen@lakeelmobank.com    
Holiday Helping Hands • Early December
Each year, several thousand dollar’s worth of gifts and food are donated to help families in Oakdale. Santa and his elves deliver gifts in early December. Applicants’ names are supplied by school social workers, and last year, nearly 80 families benefitted from the program. Here’s your chance to step up and join one of the most rewarding community projects sponsored by the OACC. Volunteer to sponsor a family and shop and wrap their gifts, or volunteer to help distribute the gifts. For more information, contact John Larson, 651-755-5591 or email jflarson69@gmail.com.
Oakdale Winter Wonderland • December 16
This event gives an opportunity for the Oakdale business community to mingle with families of Oakdale while enjoying a giant bonfire, visits with Santa, warm food and drink, along with a horse-drawn hayride, FREE! Last year, more than 2,000 people attended Winter Wonderland. The OACC sponsors this event in conjunction with the City of Oakdale and Maplewood/Oakdale Lions Club. For more information, contact Marc Cove at Platinum Bank, 651-332-5200 or 651-747-3860, or email mcove@platinumbankmn.com. Additional information can be found on the City of Oakdale website, www.ci.oakdale.mn.us.










Year after year, the Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce is diligently engaged in the development and promotion of community events while equipping local business leaders with an organized, unified voice. 

Working with city officials, the Chamber is intent on building a community where businesses can flourish. For nearly 30 years, it has stood as the preferred business and professional organization in the Oakdale area. 

New Chamber president, Dr. Ben Smetana, says after he finished college in 2003, he became associated with the organization. 

“What we like to focus on is building relationships within our community. We build our businesses within the community, and we give back to the community. Those are our focuses -- relationships and giving back,” he says.

The Chamber is a nonprofit organization and any money raised is donated back into the community. Each year, the OACC organizes fundraising and networking events like its annual Oakdale Area Business Showcase and Holiday Helping Hands program. 

“Holiday Helping Hands probably had its best year to date in 2016, and we have a good start on next year’s families,” Smetana says. 

This past year the program benefitted 94 needy families, including 104 adults and 258 children.

“The Oakdale Area Showcase was also a great success last year; we nearly doubled the number of attendees,” he continues. “We have another one planned for next year and expect that one to be bigger and better.”

Besides organizing the annual events, the Board of Directors also voted to increase the Chamber’s annual scholarships, adding a sixth scholarship for 2017. The OACC provides opportunities throughout the year for students to attend its meetings and activities. 

“We are definitely available for them, and we try and encourage students to attend meetings,” Smetana says.  

The OACC’s Spring Fling is right around the corner, with a change of venue. This year the festive event will be held at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale. 

The Chamber will be partnering with the church’s Men’s Club and the event will benefit the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf in Woodbury, in addition to the other programs funded by the group. 

The Spring Fling will be updated this year, with a lively “Roaring ‘20s” theme. 

“We’re trying to reinvent it, make it more fun” Smetana says. “After a few years of doing the same old thing, it kind of lose its luster. We’re just trying to give it a little spark while increasing the amount of connections we can meet. We’re looking to continually improve on the events that we have going so that we can continue to give back to the community.”

Dressing up in ‘20s garb is encouraged; there will be music, tastings from local restaurants and beverage providers, and games for all who attend. 

“The focus is to come together to network and continue to build the relationships that we’re forming within the group. We want to reach out to others and invite them to share ideas and information in a fun, relaxed atmosphere,” Smetana says. 

“It gives people another way to come into the Chamber, see what we do, meet us, and start forging those relationships.”

OACC Board of Directors 2017

Ben Smetana • Oak Springs Chiropractic & Wellness
Vice President
Holly Koep • Apollo Heating & Air
Jack Burke • Burke, Wheeler & Assoc., P.A.
Tami Bauer • Minnesota Season/ASCO Trucking
At Large Members
Caleb Brunz • Paul Davis Restoration
Brandon Neumann • Edward Jones Investments
City of Oakdale Representative 
Bart Fischer • City of Oakdale
Civic Events 
Marc Cove • Platinum Bank
Stacie Penn • Carol Mathey’s Center for Children & Families
Eggs ‘N Issues
Richard Timm DDS • All Family Dental
Golf Tournament 
Angie Propp • Highland Bank
Guest Speakers
Frank Orsello • Cavalier Barbers
Holiday Helping Hands
John Larson • Life  & Leadership Coaching
In Sixty Seconds
Jodi Christensen • Lake Elmo Bank
Holly Koep • Apollo Heating & Air
Online Marketing
Bill Burns • Burns Insurance Agency
Holly Koep • Apollo Heating & Air
Ted Lillie • Lillie Suburban Newspapers, Inc
Spring Fling
Tony Schwartz  • Allegra/image 360 St. Paul
Summerfest Medallion Hunt
Larry Eberhard • Keller Williams Premier Realty – Larry Eberhard
Business After Hours
Brandon Neumann • Edward Jones Investments
Social Media
Rob Olson • Quantum Merchant Services
Oakdale area Business Showcase
Jodi Christensen • Lake Elmo Bank
Ambassador Committee
Kristie Shafer • Lillie Suburban Newspaper
Advanced Vision Clinic and Optical — Chad Bogren
Affordamac LLC — David Netter
Alerus Financial — Scott Johnson, Robert Hartzell, Liza Moncrief, Barbara Sheldon
All Family Dental — Dr. Richard P. Timm
Allegra/image360 — Tony Schwartz
Allina Health Clinic-Oakdale — Nancy McCallum, Stephanie Lombardi
Allstate Insurance — Kris Kiefer-Vik
American Family Insurance — Carmen Sarrack
American Legion Post #39 — Tammy Ryan
Anytime Fitness Oakdale — Jennifer Hochradel
Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning — Eric Mattren 
Balloon Artistry by Mandana — Mandana Moshrefzadeh
Berwald Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, Inc   — Gene Berwald
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities   — Jean Setley
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More — Eric Morley
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle — Josh Stevenson
Burke, Wheeler & Assoc., P.A. — Jack Burke, Kelley Wheeler
Burns Insurance Agency — Bill Burns
Cardinal Realty, Homebuilders, Remolding & Appraisals   — Tom Wiener
Carol Mathey’s Center for Children & Families  — Stacie Penn
Cavalier Barbers — Frank Orsello
Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf — Greig Metzger
Citizens Community Federal N.A. — Cindy Boggess
City of Oakdale — Jen Hassebroek, Sue Berry 
Clair Wagner & Sons Insurance Agency — Bruce Wagner
CMG Financial Mortgage  — Anders Johnson
Coldwell Banker Burnet — Matthew Kennedy
Comcast Business — Kayla_Jordan 
ComForCare Home Care- St. Paul East — Paula Anderson
Computer Integration Technologies, Inc. — Christopher Taylor
Cosmopolitan Apartments — 
Cricket Wireless — Cliff Garza
Crossroads Properties — Mike Conners
Ecumen Lakeview Commons — Mary Ann Schaefer
Edward Jones Investments — Brandon Neumann
Envision Catering and Hospitality — 
ESR, Inc. — Rick Robbins
Executive Suites of Minnesota — Greg Freeman
Finishing Touch Car Care, Inc. — Dan Meyer
Fractional Toy Store — 
Furlong’s Liquor, Inc. — Dan Furlong, Terry Furlong
Gary Insurancenter — Joe Garry
Gigi’s Cupcakes — Krista Kook
Girls Are Powerful — Shawntan Howell
Greg Foote Jewelers — Greg Foote
Hardee’s  — Dan Cole
HealthSource of Oakdale — Amanda Kelsey
Hearing of America, LLC — Jerry Zhou
Highland Bank — Angie Propp
Hilton Garden Inn St. Paul/Oakdale — Sheila Lukonen
Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE-Lake Elmo — Michael Weldon
Hy-Vee, Inc. — Dan Wellinghoff
Image360 Woodbury — Gina Kazmerski
IRC Retail Centers — Julie LaPlante
IRET Properties — 
Keech Media — Nathan Keech
Eberhard Group-Keller Williams — Larry Eberhard
Keller Williams Premier Realty — Pat Kinney
Kwick Trip — Kelcie Knewtson
Lake Elmo Bank — Jodi Christensen
LasikPlus Oakdale — Shay O’Brien
Lee Stoerzinger, Inc. — Lee Stoerzinger, CFP
Legacy Dance Studio, Inc. — Eileen Lewis
Life & Leadership Coaching — John Larson
Lillie Suburban Newspapers, Inc. — Kristie Shafer, Bob Rink, Ted H. Lillie
Machine Shed — Nicholas Corbin, Brian Roberts
Maplewood-Oakdale Lions Club — 
Marcus Oakdale Cinema — David Bresette
Merit Chevrolet — Bruce Rinkel
MetroEast Nutrition and Chiropractic — Dr. Martin Furlong
Minnesota Seasons, Inc. — Tami Bauer
Minuteman Press — Troy Miller
Morning Glory Home Care — Laurie Staiger
MTD Communications, Inc. — Russ Barrett
Nighthawk Security — Joseph Castro
North American Banking Company — Ben Loesel
Northwoods Financial Planning — 
Oak Marsh Golf Club — Steve Whillock
Oak Meadows Senior Living — Connie Dow
Oak Springs Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center — Benjamin Smetana
, Heidi Salonek,  Andrew Lundgren
Oakdale Collision Center — Michael Juen
Oakdale Economic Development Commission — Mark Landis
Oakdale Fire Department — Jeff Anderson
Oakdale Optical Center — Dr. Trent Cole 
Oakdale Community Development — Bob Streetar
Patios and More LLC — Kenneth Cordes
Paul Davis Restoration — Caleb Brunz
PINZ — Craig Creasy
Platinum Bank — Marc L. Cove, Krista Kook
Polar Family Chiropractic Center — Donald R. Mandel
Premier Banks — Brian Carnes
Principal Financial Group — Randy Rheault
Professional Business Services — Dan Peterson
Pure Dental — Matt Philippi 
Quantum Merchant Services (QMS) — Leslie Rudrud, Rob Olson
Rust Law PLLC — Ben Rust
St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce — Mindee Kastelic
School District 622 — Christine Osorio
Sgt. Peppers Grille & Bar — Rob Kinskey
Silver Oak Development, Inc. — Paul Reinke
Spartan Martial Arts Fitness — Jeffrey Rank
Spartan Promotional Group — Mike Hohenwald, Jim Johnson
State Farm Insurance -Amy Brown Insurance Agency, Inc. — Amy Brown
State Representative JoAnn Ward — JoAnn Ward
State Representative Leon Lillie — Leon Lillie
State Senator Susan Kent — Susan Kent
Stiglich Construction — Robert Stiglich
Stoudt Law Ltd. — Anne Stoudt
Sunray Heating & Plumbing, Inc. — Glen Roeske
That’s My Idea Marketing — Tarah Beyer
The Waters of Oakdale — Lia Hamilton
Thrivent Financial — Stacy Nystrom
TLC Veterinary Hospital — Dr. Houstoun Clinch
Twin Cities-Metro Certified Dev Comp — Peter Ingebrand
U.S. Bank — Theresa Smidt, Sherry Minor
Visiting Angels — Jennifer Flores
 Warren Wessel — Warren J. Wessel
Washing County CDA — Chris Eng
Washington County Workforce Center
Western Insurance Agency — Jim Tubbesing


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