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On the Job with Dean

As a member of the Small Business Committee and a longtime business owner himself, Dean is on a mission to support Minnesota’s extraordinary entrepreneurs and job creators – and when it comes to understanding the challenges of owning and operating a business, there’s no substitute for putting in a hard day’s work. From slinging burgers to sanding boards, Dean is going On the Job to learn from and work alongside the people who make our community special. Businesses in every corner of Minnesota’s Third District are invited to “offer Dean a job” doing whatever it is that you do best. Click below to get the hiring process started!


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Dean's "On the Job" Resume:
Ultra Green Packaging
May 05, 2022 | Mound, MN

Ultra Green makes sustainably-produced packaging for the food you get at some of your favorite grocery stores and cafes, but like many small businesses, they’ve been hit hard by tariffs, supply chain issues, and workforce shortages. Dean discussed all of this while working on the assembly line making recycled plastic lids – and then recycling the leftover plastic to close the supply loop.

Dakota Junction
May 05, 2022 | Mound, MN

Located along the Dakota Trail, Dakota Junction is a not-so-hidden gem in Mound. Dean spent his shift taking orders, delivering food, busing tables, and chatting with the restaurant’s owners about what it has been like to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic – and what federal relief has meant for them and others in their industry

Mt. Olivet - Rolling Acres
May 05, 2022 | Victoria, MN

Mt. Olivet provides care for individuals with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities. In between taking residents for walks and serving food at snack time, Dean heard from dedicated employees – many who have been there for decades – about the challenges of providing care in an industry where pay is often too low and the physical and emotional toll is high.

New Horizon Academy
April 13, 2022 | Plymouth, MN

Rep. Phillips didn't talk about Bruno on the job at New Horizon Academy, but between dance parties and drawing in the preschool room, he did talk about what's driving high child care costs, fair wages for early childhood providers, early learning standards, and making care more affordable for working families. 

Northwest Animal Hospital
April 11, 2022 | Plymouth, MN

Rep. Phillips helped clean kennels, clip nails, administer vaccines, draw labs, remove sutures, serve treats, and learned how the Northwest Animal Hospital team uses technology - and a whole lot of compassion - to serve MN-03's cutest residents.

Rock Elm Tavern
March 22, 2022 | Plymouth, MN

From the host stand to the bar, and the kitchen to the dish pit, Rep. Phillips packed a lot in during his shift at Rock Elm Tavern - but not as much as the restaurant packed into two years of pandemic pivots. Rep. Phillips heard how Rock Elm utilized federal support, innovative takeout programs, and a lot of grit, to stay open and preserve jobs during the pandemic. Web episode premiering soon. 

Lilia Flower Shop
February 25, 2022 | Deephaven, MN

Rep. Phillips manned the phones, took custom orders, wrapped arrangements, washed buckets, made deliveries, and heard about how the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act helped Lilia Flower Boutique keep their doors open during the pandemic. Web episode premiering soon. 

Orangetheory
February 25, 2022 | Minnetonka, MN

At Orangetheory Minnetonka, Rep. Phillips checked members in for morning classes, mopped floors, sanitized equipment, and got into the Orange Zone on a rowing machine. He spoke with Orangetheory franchise owners about the investments they've made in state-of-the-art cleaning and filtration systems to keep Minnesotans safe, how gyms are still struggling to recoup the losses they endured during the pandemic, and how Congress can support their recovery. Web episode premiering soon.

STAR
February 24, 2022 | Brooklyn Park, MN

When the pandemic hit, 90% of live events shut town almost overnight. At STAR, Rep. Phillips helped build, ship - and clean up after - elaborate trade show sets for clients all over the world, and learned more about how federal relief programs helped businesses that depend on people gathering stay in business during the pandemic.  

Luce Line Brewing
February 24, 2022 | Plymouth, MN

There's a lot more to owning a brewery than pouring the perfect pint, so between turns at the tap, Rep. Phillips talked with the Luce Line Brewing team about what it's like to open a business that depends on people gathering in the middle of a global pandemic, and how small business support kept their industry afloat. 

Smith Coffee and Café
February 23, 2022 | Eden Prairie, MN

At Smith Coffee and Café, Rep. Phillips took orders, pulled espresso shots, bussed tables, and heard how global policies are impacting small businesses in Minnesota. From pandemic relief to health insurance to supply chains, Rep. Phillips will take what he learned at Smith  back to the House Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight. He's still working on his latte art.