May 2004

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Blogging Workshop Offered

Register soon for “The Art of Blogging” workshop offered as part of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference.  The Conference is scheduled June 20-25, 2004.  To learn more, email or online at

Learn to Create Web Pages Using Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver is one of the leading web design and maintenance programs used today.  The CRI is offering a series of classes to teach you how to create great looking, functional web pages.  Although these classes are built as a series, each one stands alone to meet your specific needs.

Dreamweaver Basics – May 26, 9am-12noon

Site Layout/Linking Pages – June 2, 9am-12noon
Creating Templates/Maintenance – June 9, 9am-12noon

The courses are offered at a cost of $60 each and will be held at the CRI Computer Lab for hands-on application.  Advanced registration is encouraged as seating is limited.  For more information, or to register contact the CRI at 218 755 4900 / 888 738 3224 or email

Learn More About Old Growth/Extended Rotation
The Bemidji Area Natural Resources Continuing Education Consortium presents Jim Manolis, MN DNR Forestry Division.  Mr. Manolis will present Monday, May 17 at
3pm.  There is no charge to attend the presentation held at the Center for Research and Innovation.  Click here to learn about other upcoming presentations.

”The Patterned Peatlands of Minnesota” by Wright, Coffin, Aaseng, et al is available at the CRI for a price of $45.  There is a very limited supply remaining.  If you would like to purchase this book, contact the CRI at  or phone 218 755 4900 / 888 738 3224.

Academy of Lifelong Learning Will Finish Spring Series
The Academy of Lifelong Learning, a learning in retirement network, will wrap up the spring series May 4.  Join us to hear Randy Burg, Assistant Beltrami County Attorney, discuss “Civil Liberties and the Quest for Homeland Security:  An evaluation of America’s response to 9/11”.  The presentation is scheduled to begin at 10am at the CRI located at 3801 Bemidji Avenue N. The educational seminar is free and open to the public. To learn more about the Academy of Lifelong Learning, including how to see a video tape of sessions you may have missed, click here. Check out the Academy of Lifelong Learning Spring Newsletter here.

NW Regional Small Business Development Center

Small Business Resource Fair Scheduled

If you are in business or just thinking about starting your own business, this is an event you won’t want to miss!  Join the NW Regional SBDC and several other government agencies, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses that have programs available to help you with succeed in business.  The Fair is scheduled Wednesday, June 9 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN.  There is no cost for this event but registration is encouraged by calling the Small Business Administration at 612 370 2324.  Click here for more information.

SBDC Counseling now Offered in Park Rapids

The Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Bemidji State University, is pleased to announce the opening of a Small Business Development Center satellite office located at the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce.  The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers free, confidential counseling on business issues to small businesses or start-ups.  Business appointments will be taken from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. every other Thursday starting on April 29th.  Evening hours are available upon request.  Interested businesses or entrepreneurs should contact the Park Rapids Chamber at (218) 732-4111 to schedule an appointment.

Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?
Entrepreneur 101:  An Introduction to Business Ownership, explores the basic steps to starting a business in the state of Minnesota and connections to resources to start the planning process.  This 2-hour course covers business plan basics and personal decision making (credit, lifestyle, aptitude, etc.)  Registration fee is $20.  Join us on May 4, 6-8pm at the Center for Research and Innovation.

The class is co-sponsored by The People Connection, NW Regional Small Business Development Center and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Business Counseling Offered at Regional Sites

May 3rd - Bagley, Clearwater County Courthouse - Individual Counseling and Training sessions 10:00 - 7:00
May 18th - Baudette City Hall - Individual Counseling and Training sessions 2:00 - 6:00

Evening Counseling sessions will be held at the Center for Research and Innovation in Bemidji on May 10th.

Contact the Center for Research and Innovation for an appointment, 218 755 4900 / 888 738 3224 or

These sessions are held in partnership with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Headwaters Regional Development Commission and The People Connection.  For additional locations and times, check out the schedule at

The Center for Research and Innovation along with the NW Minnesota Regional Small Business Development Center provide a full range of business and career services.  The Minnesota Small Business Development Center program is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Minnesota Department of Employee and Economic Development, and sponsoring centers. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. The People Connection is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO). OWBO is the only office in the federal government established to help women become full partners in economic development through small business ownership. SBA's cooperation does not constitute or imply its endorsement of any opinions, products and/or services. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

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