February Networking Luncheon

The February Networking Luncheon was amazing!

Our survey showed attendees would love more time to network and socialize AND hear speakers without feeling rushed, so we had our first lengthened, 90-minute luncheon this month!

There was chittering and there was chattering while we registered and then a quick ice-breaker/speed networking activity. We switched nametags and you had to locate the person to whom your nametag belonged to and ask each other questions. It was fun to watch the buzz of conversation in the room.

Staying right on track, we had a delicious pasta meal from Tailgaters as we listened to updates from the chamber, schools, city and county.

We proudly introduced our featured business of the month: Neighborhood National Bank. Eric, Joe and Peggy gave us information about their role at the bank, the services they provide and shared their pride in their work. You can read more of their story in THIS blog post.

As our caterer of the month, Kathy, highlighted Tailgaters as being the place to go for great food and live music & entertainment.

Sami Peluso of All Things Social was our featured speaker and provided an excellent presentation on how to take your social media game to the next level and how to utilize your DM’s or direct messages to make connections with potential clients and customers.

Lastly, it is always interesting to hear what our #businessfamily is up to – we reserve 1 minute to the first 5 people to sign up and give us an update, a humble brag, promote an event/sale or just tell us about their business.

Then, we get to giveaway great door prizes to our luncheon guests given to us by our members and attendees.

We hope you join us next month where lunch is better when it’s shared with like-minded professionals and making connections!

Business of The Month – Neighborhood National Bank

Neighborhood National Bank was Nationally Chartered in 1963 in Mora, MN as People’s National Bank of Mora.

In the past 60 years, we have expanded to 6 branch locations in Mora (Downtown Mora & Coborn’s Location), Aitkin, Brainerd, North Branch & Alexandria. As a local community Bank, we focus on our customers and serve their financial needs with friendly, professional service, quality products and a knowledgeable staff to exceed expectations.

It is important to us to provide products and services to help our customers succeed in today’s banking environment. The customer relationship is our priority. Our community is important and not only do we take care of its financial needs, but we dedicate our time and resources to give back to the communities that have served us. We commit our time to giving back to non- profit organizations, local schools and other volunteer opportunities.

No matter your banking needs, you have a Neighbor here at Neighborhood National Bank. Visit us online at www.neighborhood.bank, or stop by at 5481 St. Croix Trail in North Branch!

Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS# 677339

Massage Benefits 

Massage Benefits

By Heather Strand / Heather's Helping Hands - Triple H Massage

Massage is more than just a luxury, it has a range of physical and
mental health benefits, transforming it into an essential part of our self-
care routines. Massage therapists help reduce muscle tension by
manipulating the muscle tissue to help relax the area. There are many
ways a therapist can achieve this goal. While they are working the
different areas of the body, circulation is improved and your lymph
system is stimulated.

Most people aren’t aware they have a lymph system or aren’t sure
what it does. Your lymphatic system is part of your immune system.
Lymphatic vessels, tissues, organs, and glands/nodes work together to
drain a watery fluid called lymph from throughout the body to fight
against infections. This is why a lot of breast cancer survivors who have
had lymph nodes removed getting swelling down their arms and into
their hands as the lymph is not flowing as well nor does it have the
nodes to filter the lymph fluid. Lymphatic massage helps to get the
lymph flowing and helps to divert it to other lymph nodes.

While the therapist relaxes the muscles, you may notice an increase
joint mobility and flexibility. When your muscles get tight and tension
increases, your joints don’t have the flexibility to move as they are
supposed to this can lead to pain.

Massage can also reduce stress hormones. And who doesn’t want to be
less stressed? It lowers your heart rate and releases endorphins. When
endorphins are released, stress related hormones are decreased
therefore the feeling of stress is relieved. Thus promoting relaxation. In
addition to reducing stress hormones, massage also helps reduce

anxiety and depression in a similar fashion. So not only is massage good
for your muscles, it’s also good for your mental health.


Heather Strand is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and has been licensed for over 12 years.

6448 Main St Suite 2, North Branch, MN
+1 651-317-9893
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January Networking Luncheon

Nothing will help build a stronger business better than relationship building. Building these partnerships through our networking luncheons reduces your marketing and advertising costs and expands your reach. A networking luncheon supports the leadership position you want to establish and is almost unlimited in the potential for new ideas for working together in your community!

This month’s luncheon was a fantastic one! We went to the North Branch Area High School and our meal was served and catered by the ProStart Program and culinary students. It was so deliciously good! The students served frozen hot chocolate in a mason jar, a Caesar Salad, Chicken Alfredo and for dessert, a scoop of ice cream drizzled in chocolate and caramel sauce over a warm, soft cookie.

Right!?  I KNOW! Your tummy is grumbling now.

We had the opportunity to network and socialize with business leaders around us while we ate and listened to updates from the chamber, schools and the county.

The second half was getting to know Superintendent and EDA Chair: Sara Paul a little better. She spoke about her family and explained both hats she wears while serving our community. We heard from the Sunrise Elementary Principal Taylor Swanson and City EDA Director Jason Ziemer. We were introduced to NBAHS Senior  Amelia Bjerketvedt, elected to state DECA president and her accomplishments. And rounded out with an explanation of the ProStart program from Principal Clint Link and Instructor Hannah Rawleigh.

At the end of every Luncheon, leaders are allowed a 1-minute highlight of their business and often bring in a door prize of branded items, gifts or gift cards to share in a drawing.

We hope you will watch our website and emails and join us for the February one!

Thank you Sara Paul and the Culinary Students for an excellent meeting!



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