Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce Your Business Connection Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:31:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 JAMES BARTON DESIGN-BUILD NAMED TOP REMODELER Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:31:05 +0000 James Barton Design-Build of Apple Valley has been named Remodeler of the Year by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC)-Housing First Minnesota for 2017. This most coveted of BATC-Housing First Minnesota’s annual awards was presented at the Building Industry Gala (BIG) Night held on October 26th, 2017, at the Mystic Lake Showroom in Prior Lake.

The BATC Remodeler of the Year award is presented to the company that exemplifies the highest standards in business conduct as judged by their trade partners and customers.

With over 200 exemplary remodeling companies in our membership, earning our Remodeler of the Year honor is truly a remarkable accomplishment, explained BATC Executive Director, David Siegel. “We are so please to honor James Barton Design-Build this year, their commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of their business- from design to service and everything in between.”

“We were thrilled to win this honor from the Builders Association, “said James Madsen, owner of James Barton Design-Build. “We strive to always bring the highest level of integrity and professionalism to everything we do.  Earning this award is a great validation of our people at every level.

If you would like more information on James Barton Design-Build visit their website at or contact them at 952-431-1670

New Market Bank to be Honored as a 2017 Minnesota Family Business Awards Winner Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:05:13 +0000 Only 5 Minnesota companies recognized annually with mark of excellence

ELKO NEW MARKET, Minn., Oct. 23, 2017 – Fourth-generation, family-owned New Market Bank announced today that it is one of five businesses selected for Twin Cities Business magazine’s 2017 Minnesota Family Business Awards, which honors outstanding family-owned businesses and the value they add to Minnesota’s economy and overall quality of life. Selected by a committee of experts in family business leadership, winners are chosen for their strong records of success, family involvement, community service and philanthropy, multi-generational culture, and a positive family business structure.

“Speaking on behalf of the Vogel family, this award is an incredible honor as it validates the many significant decisions we’ve made throughout the years,” said Anita (Vogel) Drentlaw CPA, fourth-generation president of New Market Bank. “Despite increasing competition from big banks and online financial institutions, a cyclical economy and increased regulation, New Market Bank continues to support the livelihoods of our customers and our communities because our family has been very intentional to put measures in place to ensure the bank’s stability and longevity.”

Some of what makes New Market Bank unique and has helped it endure as an independent community bank in a climate of increasing competition and regulation include:

  • Establishing both a family council and a board of directors. The family council addresses equity ownership matters while the board oversees governance and management of the business. The board is comprised of five family members and five outside directors.
  • The current generation managing the business are women in traditionally male-dominated industry.
  • Three generations are active in the business. Bill Vogel, 95 (second generation), celebrated 70 years of active service to New Market Bank earlier this year.
  • The family is passionate for community banking and genuinely seeks to help the communities where it is located, and the families and businesses in those communities.
  • The Vogels want to see the entity continue into future generations and constantly reinvest profits into the business to ensure its health and growth.
  • As a small, family-owned business, it understands the needs and concerns of other small and family-owned businesses.

“We love supporting another local, family-owned business,” said long-time personal and business banking customer Tony Boerner, owner of Tony’s Appliance in Burnsville. “New Market Bank has great customer service and always figures out a solution to address our needs.”

New Market Bank will be recognized both in the November issue of Twin Cities Business magazine, and at an awards event on Thursday, Nov. 30. The other 2017 Minnesota Family Business Award honorees are:

  • Dalsin Industries
  • Felling Trailer
  • Schuler Shoes
  • Supportive Living Solutions

This year’s winners join an elite class of honorees including:

  • Marvin Windows and Doors
  • Cemstone Cos.
  • Maddens on Gull Lake
  • Upper Lakes Foods
  • Shaw-Lindquist Associates

About New Market Bank Founded in 1905 as the First State Bank of New Market, New Market Bank is an independent, fourth-generation, family-owned bank serving the southern Twin Cities area with offices in Lakeville, Prior Lake and Elko New Market. For over 100 years, New Market Bank has built trusted relationships with its customers through individualized care and attention, comprehensive banking services and a commitment to bettering the quality of life in the communities it serves. For more information, visit

Greystone Construction and New Market Bank break ground on new commercial building in Elko New Market Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:31:16 +0000 ELKO NEW MARKET, Minn., Oct. 5, 2017 – Officials from Shakopee-based Greystone Construction, New Market Bank and the City of Elko New Market broke ground today on a new multi-tenant commercial building located at the northwest quadrant of Scott County Road 2 and Dakota Avenue in Elko New Market. The project will be constructed in two phases and will total approximately 21,000 square feet when completed.  

The first phase of 9,600 square feet will house a New Market Bank branch and drive-through, a Chinese restaurant and three additional tenants yet to be finalized. When completed in the spring of 2018, the new bank branch will take the place of the branch in downtown New Market that’s been in use since 1913.  

“We’re really excited to anchor the first commercial development built in our hometown in many years,” said Anita Vogel-Drentlaw, CPA, president of New Market Bank. “We have served generations of customers in Elko New Market for more than 100 years, and this new branch and drive-through give us an updated presence to serve the community for many years to come.” 

Businesses interested in lease information can contact the City of Elko New Market or Kevin O’Brien of Greystone Construction at or 952.496.2227. 

About New Market Bank
Founded in 1905 as the First State Bank of New Market, New Market Bank is an independent, fourth-generation, family-owned bank serving the southern Twin Cities area with offices in Lakeville, Prior Lake and Elko New Market. For over 100 years, New Market Bank has built trusted relationships with its customers through individualized care and attention, comprehensive banking services and a commitment to bettering the quality of life in the communities it serves. For more information, visit


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Bank-city-greystone (L-R): Joe Julius, New Market Bank commercial banker and Elko New Market City Councilmember; Bob Vogel, New Market Bank CEO and chair, and state representative; Anita (Vogel) Drentlaw, CPA, New Market Bank president; Bill Vogel, New Market Bank president emeritus; Robert Crawford, mayor of Elko New Market; Thomas Terry, Elko New Market city administrator; Renee Christianson, Elko New Market community development specialist; Kevin O’Brien, Greystone Construction president/CEO. 

3 generations (L-R): Bob Vogel, New Market Bank CEO and chair, and state representative; Bill Vogel, New Market Bank president emeritus; Karen (Vogel) Ramola, New Market Bank assistant vice president and Elko New Market branch manager; Anita (Vogel) Drentlaw, CPA, New Market Bank president. 

All representatives: Officials from Greystone Construction, New Market Bank and the City of Elko New Market broke ground recently on a new multi-tenant commercial building in Elko New Market that will be home to a new branch for New Market Bank. 

Media Contacts:

City of Elko New Market: Renee Christianson, 952.461.2777 or

Greystone Construction: Kevin O’Brien 952.496.2227 or

New Market Bank: Amy Nugent, 651.450.9222 or

Ambassador Spotlight – Dr. Emily Huseth Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:24:37 +0000 I didn’t think chiropractic would be a part of my life, let alone my profession. As long as I can remember my plan was to become a medical doctor, but that all changed when I stumbled into chiropractic.

During my teenage years, I began to suffer from chronic pain and fatigue with no apparent cause. I would feel exhausted even after a full night’s rest, taking naps whenever I could. It was difficult to concentrate at school; I had constant aches and pains in my muscles and joints, and mood swings that seemed uncontrollable. My mom took me to various health care providers to find answers that would explain what was happening with my body. None of them had any solid answers, and we were told that this was just something that I would have to deal with throughout my life. I was made to feel that it was all in my head.

I was frustrated and had given up! A few months later a family friend suggested I see her chiropractor, and although I didn’t think it would do much, I was willing to give it a try. After my first appointment with the chiropractor, I had hope. I committed myself to his treatment plan and in just a few months my life had drastically changed! Not only had I noticed a difference but my family did as well.

After this personal journey with chiropractic I knew this was what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I want to not only help people, but most importantly give them hope. Chiropractic is not just my profession, it is my passion.

I was born and raised in North Dakota where I attended undergrad and graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry before heading to Minnesota to further my education. I completed my doctorate in Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Science University in November 2015. Accomplishing my high school dream of becoming a chiropractor has been a long, challenging, and life changing journey. I am very excited to be continuing my next dream of changing people’s lives at Turning Leaf Chiropractic.

Turning Leaf Chiropractic has been serving the Lakeville community for fifteen years. You may have seen us around the community, or maybe even in your office, as we are very passionate about health education. We were voted Lakeville’s Best Chiropractor in 2015, 2016, & 2017 as well as Best Massage Therapy 2014, 2016, & 2017 through Sun This Week Readers’ Choice Awards.

Growing up in a tiny North Dakota town, I didn’t think I would find the same sense of community in the twin cities. I am so lucky to say that I have found that in Lakeville. Thank you to the Lakeville Chamber for welcoming me with open arms, I cannot wait to continue to be involved and give back to such a great community.

Lakeville Liquor Receives National Award Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:17:19 +0000 Lakeville Liquors has been named a Retailer of the Year 2017 by a national magazine, the first time the prestigious recognition has been given to a municipal liquor system.

Beverage Dynamics, a national retail magazine for liquor stores across the U.S., annually selects 15 of the industry’s best retailers to be recognized as Retailer of the Year. “They selected us based on our uniqueness for giving back to the community,” said Brenda Visnovec, Lakeville liquor operations manager.

Lakeville’s liquor operations were also recognized for the way they support other municipal liquor businesses around the state, providing everything from consulting and advice to employee handbooks. “We do a lot of sharing of information, which is unique to the municipal liquor stores,” Visnovec said. “Almost every city uses our employee manual because it’s so extensive.” Visnovec was presented the award at the Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference in Minneapolis June 14. Visnovec said the city went through an extensive application process to be considered for the award, “They wanted examples of where people are supporting other things and making it really something for others to strive for,” Visnovec said. “On top of the actual retail sales, it’s about how much we work out in the community.”

Since 2012, fundraisers held at the three liquor stores have helped fund various community initiatives, including repaying a city-funded bridge loan for construction of the Heritage Center and contributing to the Lion’s Club Brew Battle and the annual Taste of Lakeville event, the major fundraiser of the Lakeville Rotary. A dozen wines are sampled before the Taste event and the winners featured for sale at the city’s liquor stores. Fundraisers held at the city’s three liquor stores have garnered tens of thousands in annual donations and have helped fund projects, including parks projects, which include the recent construction of the Land of Amazement 2.0 playground in Steve Michaud Park, the Yellow Ribbon’s efforts at building ramps for disabled veterans and construction of the Ritter Dog Park.

Lakeville’s liquor stores will be fundraising for Fire It Up for Public Safety in July, a campaign to provide water rescue equipment to the city.

Lakeville Liquors locations also raise donations for local food shelves, which Visnovec said amounts to about $25,000 annually. Visnovec said the Liquor Committee approves all community causes to which it will collect donations. “There’s a lot of great causes out there, but we just can’t say OK we want to sponsor a softball team or something like that,” Visnovec said. “It’s got to go back into the community and benefit all.”

She also credited the municipal liquor store employees for regularly volunteering their time and the extra effort they regularly contribute. “We do a lot of philanthropy around here,” she said. “Sometimes when I come up with promotions, staff kind of look at me and roll their eyes and go, OK, how much blood do you want out of me this time,” Visnovec said. “But they’re all so good about it. This is a team that believes not only in the business and customer service, but also believes in the community,”

Visnovec said she was grateful to be recognized with such a prestigious award but still grappling with the realization Lakeville Liquors was selected for the honor. “These are kind of known as the big guys,” Visnovec said. “Total Wine has received this award, BevMo, Haskell’s. For a store operation like ours, it’s unique, but we have a great story. It’s not just one person becoming a millionaire, it’s the entire community benefiting from this.”

Article by Sun ThisWeek, Laura Adelmann – June 16, 2017

And the Family Legacy Continues… Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:04:29 +0000 Drag racing, high performance vehicles and a TV show on Discovery called “Street Outlaws”… all related to a business in Lakeville, MN?

QA1 has been in this business since 1993 when it was founded by Jim Jordan.  QA1 introduced rod ends and spherical bearings specifically for the performance racing industry, quickly becoming the #1 name in rod ends, spherical bearings, custom linkages and similar products to the motorsports industry.  With over 83,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Lakeville, MN, QA1 is proud to offer an extensive line of American made shock absorbers and accessories. Experience in value-added global sourcing for aluminum forgings and impact extrusions contributes to our ability to provide the highest quality components.

Melissa Scoles, Jim’s daughter is now the President of QA1 continuing with her Dad’s legacy.  The video below is a great walk through of this hidden gem right in our own back yard in Lakeville’s industrial park.

In addition to running QA1, Melissa is carrying on her father’s legacy by hosting the 3rd Annual Jim Jordan Memorial Golf Tournament.  “We’re so excited to continue the tradition with our 3rd annual tournament in memory of my dad. It means so much to me that this event has become a favorite for many and that we’ve raised almost $25,000 to donate to lung cancer organizations. Last year we raised $15,000 for A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation and we’re hoping to top that this year.”  The tournament will once again be held at Boulder Pointe in Elko – this year it will be on Sunday, July 23rd. The tournament will be set up similarly to years past, with a scramble style tournament, prizes and raffles. All money raised will again be donated to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation puts 87% of donations straight into programs that support lung cancer research, lung cancer patients and families, and awareness campaigns.

Please see below, or visit, for more information and to register to golf. If you’re interested in helping but can’t attend the event, please see the attached form for more information on donating funds/prizes or being a sponsor. Feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think may be interested. The awesome prizes that have been generously donated have been key in making this an event that people love to attend and support.

Firefly Credit Union Earns Top Honor Wed, 24 May 2017 13:34:37 +0000 Firefly Earns Top Honor with 2016 Website of the Year Award

Firefly Credit Union has been honored with the first place Kentico Site of the Year Award for Best Financial Services Site in 2016. As an all-in-one website platform, Kentico works with hundreds of businesses and institutions around the world helping to develop great user experiences through easy to manage website content.

The annual Site of the Year contest seeks out the best use of Kentico’s tools and implementations and chooses the top three from each category to be put to the public vote. With the help of their creative partner, ZAG Interactive, Firefly was able to clinch the win among their competition.

Launched in March of 2016, Firefly knew it was important to demonstrate a strong online impression to match its newly rebranded image. With a winning description of ‘A fresh, responsive design, enhanced functionality, and the marketing power to meet all its goals,’ Firefly is proud of the exceptional user experience the site provides and the recognition received.

“Our website needed to act as a guiding resource for its visitors. It needed to be fully responsive, easily navigable, aesthetically pleasing, and offer a number of thoughtful resources – all without being technically overwhelming,” said Michelle Swanson, Firefly’s Digital Strategist. “We definitely think we achieved an excellent user experience while also illustrating the Firefly brand – that was the goal, the award is the cherry on top!”

In addition to an easily navigable structure, Firefly’s website embraces many financial resources including interactive calculators and a free financial education tool where members and non-members can dive deeper into a variety of financial topics.

For winning the first place award, Firefly received a “Kentico Site of the Year 2016 Winner” plaque as well as a badge to be placed on their website. To check out Firefly’s award-winning site, visit

Who is that guy running all over town? Mon, 22 May 2017 13:57:10 +0000 Perhaps you’ve seen this Chamber member running the trails of Lakeville lately and wondered why… Well, he’s been training for the Fargo Half Marathon held this past Saturday. He finished in 2:03.  Steve’s only been running competitive for the past 3 years – spanning 11 races of various lengths.

Have you always been a runner?

Heck no. Never participated in high school track despite having a shirt that I designed stating “Property of Wadena Track, 1982”. I designed the shirt as a lark – for fellow Fargo Marathon runners from Wadena like Brady Folkested of Lakeview Bank.

What’s the reason for picking up this sport mid-life?

Now that I’m a man of a certain age, thoughts of my own mortality start to sink in. You see, my father passed away at the age of 51. Hey, I figure, I’m living on borrowed time – so I should somewhat keep in shape. Actually, my natural free-time mid-set would be to sit around watching sports on TV and drinking beer. (I still do that, but the running allows for less guilt and self-loathing)

What’s up next for Steve?

To relax a bit now – cutting back from 28+ miles per week – to training less distances. I plan to run the Pan-O-Prog 4 mile with my daughter Ali, enter a couple of 5 and 10Ks and the Twin City 10 Mile race in the fall. The handful of races I’ve experienced with my daughter – like last weeks Race For The Cure are the most fun.

What’s a fun fact about you?

My nicest shoes are running shoes… 6 pair. After about 300 miles they turn into lawn mowing shoes.

If you see Steve running the Lakeville sidewalks and trails, give him a honk. He likes that.

Could Steve Volavka be Lakeville’s 2nd Stick Man?!

Bob Bayer, Stonebrooke Wealth Management in Wall Street Journal Mon, 15 May 2017 13:44:59 +0000 Lakeville based wealth management company, Stonebrooke Wealth Management was featured in the “Five Star Wealth Manager You Need to Know” in the April 24, 2017 issue of the Wall Street Journal.

About Stonebrooke Wealth Management:  Stonebrooke Wealth Management Inc. brings experienced individuals and a successful financial planning process together for you. We discover and integrate your unique abilities and your personal wealth portfolio using an easy and in-depth process of discovering your values first. We provide strategies and recommendations for you to pursue your dreams.

Since there are only so many First Class seats available and we deliver concierge style service, we only accept a certain number of new clients each year.  A typical client comes to us with a minimum of $500,000.00 of investible assets. We invite you to contact us and experience how we keep the “person” in the “personal” relationships of financial planning and deliver customized recommendations for your specific situation.

*Voted 2011-2015 Five Star Wealth Manager of the Year.

Specialties: We enjoy financial planning with those who are coachable and serious about enjoying financial independence.

Congrats to Bob and his team!

Anita Vogel-Drentlaw, President Named 2017 Women in Business Honoree Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:22:08 +0000 New Market Bank President Named ‘2017 Women in Business’ Honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal


ELKO NEW MARKET, Minn., April 25, 2017 – Anita Drentlaw, CPA, president of family-owned New Market Bank, has been named a 2017 Women in Business honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The 2017 awards recognize 51 women, including one career achievement award honoree, for their professional achievements, leadership and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community. The winners include industry-leading executives and entrepreneurs. Drentlaw and the other award winners will be honored at a business luncheon on Thursday, May 27, 2017. 

At 36 years old, Drentlaw was named president of the independent community bank, becoming the fourth-generation family member to transition into the leadership position successfully. Since becoming president in 2014, she has led the bank to reach $105 million in assets for the first time in its history. 

On her way to becoming president, Drentlaw held many positions at New Market Bank, including executive vice president and chief financial officer for 11 years. Prior to joining the company in 2002, she worked as a public accountant at McGladrey & Pullen, serving small community banks, and worked for the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota as a staff accountant and accounting assistant. She received her Certified Public Accountant certificate in 2001; obtained her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of St. Thomas; and graduated from the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Banking. 

Drentlaw is an active volunteer in the community and the banking industry. She is a current board member of the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota, and previously served on the organization’s membership committee and the technology committee. She is past president and a current board member of the Prior Lake-Savage Optimist Club, and serves on the Lakeville Chamber’s Women in Business committee. She currently serves St. Michael’s Catholic Church on the parish finance council and on the school’s advisory council. She also volunteers for Junior Achievement; participates annually in Prior Lake’s Polar Plunge for Special Olympics; is a current and founding board member of Chase’s Warrior Foundation, which provides adaptive equipment to children with special needs; and volunteers extensively on Bob Vogel for Minnesota House of Representatives campaigns. Drentlaw mentors high school students as part of both the Optimist Club’s Excel program and the Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MNCAPS) program.  

About New Market Bank
Founded in 1905 as the First State Bank of New Market, New Market Bank is an independent, fourth-generation, family-owned bank serving the southern Twin Cities area with branches in Lakeville, Prior Lake and Elko New Market. For over 100 years, New Market Bank has built trusted relationships with its customers through individualized care and attention, comprehensive banking services and a commitment to bettering the quality of life in the communities it serves. For more information, visit