September, 2004  
Volume 2, Issue 9
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Business Receives JOBZ Designation
The Job Opportunity Building Zone (JOBZ) program, created by the State of Minnesota to stimulate job growth and economic expansion in greater Minnesota, has resulted in over 2,000 acres being available, in the Headwaters Region, for JOBZ designation. Real Stone Manufacturing, a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) client in Bagley, has been awarded the region's first JOBZ designation. As a manufacturer in a JOBZ designated site, the company will receive state tax free benefits through 2015. These benefits include tax-free status from corporate income tax, capital gains tax, sales tax and property tax. Congratulations to Real Stone Manufacturing.

For more information on the JOBZ program, please contact Teresa Spaeth at the Northwest Regional SBDC at tspaeth@bemidjistate.edu or call 218 755 4900 / 888 738 3224.


 

CRI to Host Presentation on Insects and Diseases Infesting Northern Minnesota Trees
Jana Albers, a forest health specialist with the DNR, will present “Forest Pests: The Good, the Bad and the Really Ugly” at 3pm, September 20 at the Center for Research and Innovation. Native pests like the Jack Pine Budworm and Two-Lined Chestnut Borer will be discussed as well as exotic pests such as the Gypsy Moth and Emerald Ash Borer. Hosted at the Center for Research and Innovation, the presentation is free and open to the public. To find out more about other future presentations, visit our website, or
contact the CRI at 218-755-4900 or email us.

 

Professional Development Certificate in Human Resources is Coming Soon
The Center for Research and Innovation will launch a new on-line professional development non-credit certificate in Human Resources Management in January 2005. The 12-week course is designed for professionals who are new to the human resources field or human resources assistants and staff who provide technical or administrative support. The interactive design of the program will help participants build a network of resources and people that will last long after the course is completed. Be watching this newsletter for more details about the course and registration information.

 
Academy of Lifelong Learning Begins Fall Series
The Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) will begin the fall series of 8 weekly presentations on September 28 from 10-11:30am. The ALL is a learning in retirement network made possible with funding from the Minnesota Humanities Commission in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities and support from Bemidji State University and the BSU Foundation. The first presentation, held at the Center for Research and Innovation, will feature Mike Twite, Division Environmental Manager, Potlatch Corporation presenting a historical look at the wood products industry. Pete Aube, Plant Manager at Potlatch Bemidji, will host a tour of the Potlatch plant on October 5 from 10-11:30am. In order to better serve those interested, RSVP’s will be taken for Aube’s presentation and tour entitled "Modern Sawmilling: Making the most of the Miracle Resource - Wood". The presentations for the ALL are free and open to the public. For more information about the ALL fall series presentations,
contact the CRI at 218-755-4900 / 888-738-3224 or email us.

 
Congratulations to Grove Motor Sports in Crookston
Grove Motor Sports is expanding the product line to include Yamaha snowmobiles, 4-wheelers and motorcycles. Steve Grove currently offers Polaris and Arctic Cat lines along with Monark boats. Steve has been able to grow his business over the years where today he has one of the largest showrooms in the area. The NW Regional Small Business Development Center helped Steve prepare a business plan and cash flows to determine the financing and sales level he would need to reach to achieve his goals. The SBDC also helped prepare a loan package. Congratulation Grove Motor Sports!

 
Turn Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Into Reality
The NW Regional Small Business Development Center and the MN Women’s Business Center bring you a 2-hour overview of what you need to consider before you start a business. Entrepreneur 101: An Introduction to Business Ownership explores the basic steps to starting a business in Minnesota and connections to resources to start the planning process. This course covers business plan basics and personal decision making. The registration fee is $25. Entrepreneur 101: An Introduction to Business Ownership will be held at the Center for Research and Innovation on September 7, 6-8pm or at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls on September 14, 2-4pm. Register online at www.thepeopleconnection.org or call the MN Women’s Business Center at 877 908 9469.
 



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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