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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.
more information on the JOBZ program, please contact
Teresa Spaeth at the Northwest Regional SBDC at
or call 218 755 4900 / 888 738 3224.
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,
contact the CRI at 218-755-4900 or email
Development Certificate in Human Resources is
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.
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,
the CRI at 218-755-4900 / 888-738-3224 or email
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
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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