Mission Ferris Bueller Featured on WCCO (CBS) – Accomplish Minnesota

We were thrilled when we got the call that WCCO wanted to include Mission Ferris Bueller as part of their Accomplish Minnesota series! And we are over the moon happy about how informative and fun the piece is! Have a look, and find out how you can be involved in helping us complete our goal by November 1, filling Military Care Packages to a troops and civilians serving in Afghanistan.

Join Me: Wiggle Your Toes Charity Golf & Dinner Event August 27

An organization that is near and dear to us is Wiggle Your Toes.  Our neighbor, Aaron Holm, founded Wiggle Your Toes with his wife Amanda.  It came about as a result of an automobile accident on January 2, 2007. ..Aaron unexpectedly became a bi-lateral, above the knee amputee. Through the diligence of his friends and family, and within hours of the accident, a recovery plan was in place.   Wiggle Your Toes is set up to assist individuals who have suffered limb loss or have a limb deficiency in their recovery and rehabilitation efforts through consultation, planning and referrals.  Over the years they have helped many amputees and their families, and inspired so many of us.

The annual Wiggle Your Toes Annual Golf & Dinner Event at the Minnesota Valley Country Club is approaching, and I would love to see you there!  It is a day that starts with a great day of golf, including contest at all par threes on the course.  A hole in one will pay out $10K!  From there we move to a Social Hour, Silent Auction & sit down dinner.  Our keynote speaker will be James Scesa from NY. James was injured in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the loss of his leg, above the knee. James will share his story of the tragic accident, he and his families frustrations dealing with recovery, connecting with Wiggle and the progress he has made since.

Once again there is a terrific line-up of Silent Auction items.  There is something for everyone, examples include:

*Callaway Driver
*Rounds of golf at various Clubs
*Bowling party at Park Tavern
*Renaissance Fest tickets
*Top Dog Hockey Camp – one week
*Joe’s Garage Gift Card
*Edina Country Club Brunch for 4
*Rounds of Golf
*Overnight stay at Grand Casinockets
*Vikings tickets
*Stages Theatre Company tickets
*Golf Galaxy Gift Card
*Old Log Theatre tickets
*Valley Fair Admission tickets
*Vertical Endeavors passes

Pictures from past events can be found on their Facebook page.  There you will also find amazing photos of other amputees living life to it’s full potential…water skiing, snow skiing, playing hockey, and more!  If you have an amazing story you would like to share with us, please send them my way, or post to the page.


The Nanny Nine: Shakopee Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau

It wasn’t until last year that I joined our local Chamber of Commerce.  To be honest, up until that point I wasn’t quite sure if there was a need.  But then I hooked up with the Chamber online, via Facebook and Twitter.  They were very responsive, informative and fun.  After attending an event, and meeting the Chamber staff and other members, I was sold!  I’ve not only made great business connections, I’ve gained a wonderful network of colleagues and friends. [Read more…]

Please vote for Social Networking Nanny in #SocialMadness – to help Wounded Warrior Project!

We have entered the Social Networking Nanny into the Social Madness contest!

By giving us a vote you help increase our chances of advancing to the next level of competition.

Why is that important?

If the Social Networking Nanny makes it to the National level, and is one of the winners…we get to designate a $10,000 donation to the charity of our choice! 

We have chosen the Wounded Warrior Project…

In memory of my brother who recently passed away…he was a strong supporter of all military branches, and a very proud Dad who’s son was in the Army National Guard, step-son currently in the Army (based in Afghanistan), and our Lt. Colonel brother who served for 35 years with the Army.

Please give us just one, very easy vote.  You don’t need to register, only verify that you’re a human with a short code upon voting.  If you could share the voting page and our name with others, that would be absolutely wonderful!

Thank you for your support 🙂


The Nanny Nine: Mayor Brad Tabke

From the first Tweet I saw from Brad Tabke, I could tell he was a go-getter.  I had recently begun my involvement with the local Chamber of Commerce and he was one of the first to make me feel welcome.  Shortly after, we met at an event and his in-person character was the same as online.  He listens to what people are saying, and gives honest, courteous feedback.  We soon found we shared common ground on the use of Social Media, even as it pertains to non-business application, particularly city and government areas.

As soon as Brad started running for Mayor of our city of Shakopee, he had a Facebook and Twitter ID for it, and soon his blog followed.  The momentum was building, and it continued after he took the oath of office.  Our city may be small in comparison to many, but we have a lot going on here, and Mayor Tabke is on top of it.  He shares via Social Media not just to inform people, but to also get support, and often to listen to the other side of a current topic & discuss the issues.

1. How long have you been using Social Networking for your business?

I began using social networking for my previous business 2008 or 09 but had been using email marketing before that for creating digital communities.

2. Is your business using Facebook &/or Twitter?

As mayor, I use both Facebook and Twitter. Tried Google+ but couldn’t stick with it because Hootsuite doesn’t support it yet.

3. Facebook vs Twitter – do you like one better? If yes, why?

I love twitter. I use both of them often but with very different purposes. Facebook posts must be impactful and get likes or comments in order to show up in fans’ streams. Therefore I try to use FB more strategically with information I think people will engage with and share.

Twitter is much more immediate and short-lived. I use Twitter more like a public journal because people want to know what I’m doing as Mayor of Shakopee. I post a lot of information to Twitter and post important items multiple times to try and reach people at different times.

The other thing I do that seems to work is post foursquare checkins to Twitter. I only check in if it is pertinent to Shakopee and people notice. It is great.

4. Do you post daily?

Yes – and more!

5. What is your favorite thing about Social Networking?

The ease and ability to get people information where they want it.

6. What do you think is the biggest benefit of Social Networking?

Building on the last questions – everyone is busy and people aren’t going to take the time to dig into the local newspaper or blogs to figure out if something will impact their lives. Governments and elected officials need to do a better job of meeting people where they are and not expecting them to come to us. That is why I use social (digital) media.

7. How do you measure Social Networking, and explain:

I don’t have any specific ways I measure my return. It makes me feel good when I get a lot of comments or replies, but I’ve found those don’t really capture how much people are listening. I get just as much feedback at physical networking events or appearances about what people saw on facebook or read on twitter as I do online. It is more of a gut feeling to interpret what is and is not engaging.

8. What is the best moment you’ve had on a Social Networking site?

Easily Twitter and the Vikings Stadium announcement was the most fun I’ve ever had in social media. It was so useful and impactful to be able to answer questions, build buzz and continue debate in a quick, easy format.

9. What is your best piece of advice to other businesses about Social Networking?

Don’t be scared. So many elected officials are scared of saying something wrong and it showing up on TV or in the media. As long as you post things that are true to who you are and you feel are important to your listeners, you’ll be fine. Even if you do post a ‘gaffe’ you’ll be able to back it up and the people you really care about will know you well enough to understand what you meant.

Brad Tabke

Facebook: Brad Tabke for Mayor

Twitter: @MayorTabke

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