Wednesday evening Ellen and I attended the Northfield Chamber of Commerce annual dinner at The Grand. This event also recognizes the Business of the Year and the Business Person of the Year. The 2004 selections are Bierman’s Home Furnishings and Flooring for the Business of the Year and Brett Reese as the Business Person of the Year.

Robert Bierman and Brett Reese gave fun presentations of the evolution of their businesses. It is remarkable that Bierman’s is currently operated by third generation family members and has been in business nearly 100 years.

Northfield Construction Company was selected as the 2002 Business of the Year, so we offered our congratulations to the 2004 business selections. We sponsored a table along with several other businesses and enjoyed getting products and information on other businesses.

It was great to visit with so many local business and community leaders. Over 220 people attended the event including city council members, city staff, Mayor Covey, Senator Neuville, Chamber board members, and representatives from area businesses. I met several folks that are new to the Northfield area. A fun gathering like this allows business people to network and learn things about each others services.

The Northfield Chamber did a great job putting on the annual dinner. The tables were festive, the food excellent, and the evening was filled with good conversation—all from a great bunch of people working at creating business opportunities and employing Minnesotans.

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