Business Buzz for the week of March 17

Student employees cut the ribbon for Firefly’s Burnsville High School branch location. Photo submitted.
Student employees cut the ribbon for Firefly’s Burnsville High School branch location. Photo submitted.

Credit union unveils first student-run branch
Firefly Credit Union held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first student-run branch in its 90-year history amidst bells calling for the start of classes on a not-so-average Wednesday morning at Burnsville High School. This marked the first of two branch openings for Firefly in the month of February, the other being at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove.

The ribbon cutting was attended by representatives of District 191, Firefly executive team members and employees who had been involved in the planning of the branch, and family members of students who help run the branch. Representatives from the Minnesota Credit Union Network and Minnesota Credit Union Foundation were also in attendance to award Firefly with a certificate in recognition of the credit union’s “efforts as a Champion of Financial Education for the young people in [the] community.”

Firefly’s in-school branch is a financial education resource for students at BHS. The branch is open to both students and staff before and after school. An ATM is located outside of the new branch to provide students with access to their funds in low dollar denominations.

Kelli Morgen
Kelli Morgen

Morgen joins chamber staff
Kelli Morgen will join the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce on April 1 as its second member relations director.

For the past two years, she has worked at the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, she spent four years with the Red Wing Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Holiday manager honored
The store manager of the Apple Valley Holiday Stationstore, Damaris, will be inducted into Holiday’s 2016 Pinnacle Club.

The induction ceremony and celebratory events involving the inductees will take place on March 27-28 in Minneapolis. The celebration includes a formal luncheon, an evening of theater and fine dining and other special activities.

The Pinnacle Club is reserved for store managers and district managers of Holiday Stationstores who have consistently exceptional results in the areas of sales growth, expense control, age restricted sales compliance and overall business efficiency. Club members are presented with a plaque of achievement, a Pinnacle Club logo jacket and a company gift to commemorate the event.

Ear, nose, throat clinic opens
Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists opened a new state-of-the-art clinic at 3460 Promenade Ave. in Eagan.

The new clinic holds all Midwest specialties including: Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist, Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery & FACE Cosmetic Skincare, Midwest Hearing Aid Systems and Midwest Allergy & Asthma.

A public open house will be held at the end of April for both medical professionals and the community.

To contact the clinic, call 651-702-0750.

Menu changes at Applebee’s
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar is giving its 2 For $20 Menu a makeover with the addition of new menu items available now at local restaurants.

Applebee’s new 2 for $20 Menu offers guests two side salads or a classic appetizer to share, followed by two full-sized entrees. Guests can also choose to upgrade to its 2 For $25 Menu, featuring additional entree options.

The new 2 for $20 Menu lineup includes Caprese Mozzarella Burger, Caprese Mozzarella Chicken, and Spinach + Artichoke Chicken Cavatappi. Applebee’s new 2 for $25 Menu lineup includes now includes Firecracker Shrimp Cavatappi.

In addition, Riblets are now available in several options.

Applebee’s has restaurants in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville and Rosemount.

Ribbon cutting at AT&T retailer
The Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce will join AT&T and Spring Mobile at a ribbon-cutting event 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, for the new AT&T authorized retailer store in Apple Valley.

The event will include a tour of the new store and its showroom. The AT&T store, owned and operated by Spring Mobile, is located at 15678 Pilot Knob Road, Suite 103, near Target.