February, 2005  
Volume 3, Issue 2
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OSHA Course Offered on Fall Protection for Construction Workers
MN Department of Labor and Industry Workplace Safety Consultation will present a course of fall protection, scaffolding safety, ladder use requirements and excavation safety.  This seminar is scheduled from 8:30am-12pm on February 10.  The cost is $59 and advanced registration is required.  Contact the CRI to register.

Develop Your Skills in Grant Writing
The CRI is offering a professional development series that will help participants broaden their knowledge and skills in seeking and writing successful grant proposals.  Completion of the series will increase their promotability and career options in the nonprofit or government sector where grant-writing skills are in high demand.  Students will learn terminology, skills in locating grant-funding resources, methods of documenting needs, and a basic understanding of grant proposal components.  The courses scheduled are:

Finding Grant Opportunities
Feb 8/ 9-12pm/$60.00 CRI 503
Facilitator:  Jeanne Edevold Larson

Write a Winning Grant
Feb 22/ 9am-12pm/$60.00 CRI 502
Facilitator:  Jeanne Edevold Larson

Social and Economic Information for Winning Grants
March 8/9am-12pm/ $60.00 CRI 510
Facilitator:  Anthony Schaffhauser

For more information click here, or to register, click here.


CRI Works in Partnership to Launch Training For Crestliner, Inc.

Over 420 employees from Little Falls-based Crestliner, Inc. will receive industry-enhancing training in quality management funded in part by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP). "This grant is expected to support employees' need to diversify and to adapt their skills to meet the changing needs of the boat-manufacturing industry," said Matt Kramer, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner and MJSP Board Chair. "In addition, the quality management knowledge and experience Central Lake College will develop through this three-year project will be an asset for area manufacturers and businesses."

Central Lakes College will work with Northland Community and Technical College and Bemidji State University to design three quality management system training tracks. Read the full press release at http://www.des.state.mn.us/news/release/2005/wd10Jan05workfo.htm

Attention Safety Directors
The Center for Research and Innovation and the Bemidji Area Safety Council needs your ideas.  The mission of this group is to provide support to promote a safe environment in the Northland.  If you have ideas of training topics you would like to have offered in the Bemidji area or suggestions on how to best meet your needs as a professional responsible for keeping your organization a safe place to be, contact Kerry Ross at the CRI by email at kross@bemidjistate.edu or phone 218 755 4900.

News from the NW Regional Small Business Development Center
New Interim Director Named
Dale Umlauf has been named Interim Director of the NW Regional Small Business Development Center.  Mr. Umlauf has a B.S. Degree from BSU with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Economics, along with over twenty years of banking experience. He works from a satellite location at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. He is responsible for marketing, developing, coordinating, and delivering small business training to companies in Northwest Minnesota.  Dale can be contacted via email at dumlauf@bemidjistate.edu or call his Thief River Falls office at 218 683 7053. 


Congratulations to the Following SBDC Clients
BRIDGET’S CROSS has opened in downtown Bemidji.  Ann Hayes has been working with the SBDC and the SBA Loan fund for the past 18 months developing a Business Plan and Cash Flows to start this new business.  BRIDGET’S is an Irish Pub serving authentic Irish Cuisine. 

The PARK STREET INN Bed and Breakfast from Nevis approached the SBDC for help in their accounting and marketing departments.  The SBDC helped the Bed and Breakfast set up their books for the year and helped them with some marketing ideas.  Visit their website at www.parkstreetinn.com

SBDC Works with Rural Partners on Economic Development
The NW Regional SBDC is a co-host of Congressman Collin Peterson's Small Business Resource Fair to be held in Granite Falls on Friday, February 18 and Mahnomen on Friday, March 4. The goal is to provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with the information and contacts needed to get started or expand in business. Learn more about the Small Business Resource Fair.


Take a Closer Look at Goods from our Woods
Kathleen Preece and Colleen Oestreich will present “Beyond Paper and Pulpwood: A Closer Look at the Other Goods from our Woods” at the Center for Research and Innovation on Friday, February 25 at 3pm. The talk is part of the monthly series offered by the Bemidji Area Natural Resources Continuing Education Consortium. The presentation is open to the public at no cost to participants. For more information or a schedule of future presentations, contact the Center for Research and Innovation at 218 755 4900 / 888 738 3224 or email cri@bemidjistate.edu


CRI Offers Notary Services
The Center for Research and Innovation now offers notary services.  Stop by to see Diane Backer at the CRI Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm.  Diane can be reached by emailing dbacker@bemidjistate.edu or call the CRI at 218 755 4900 or 888 738 3224.


News You Can Use

New from
The McKinsey Quarterly:
High Tech

Finance 2.0: An interview with Microsoft's CFO
Before announcing plans to retire from Microsoft, CFO John Connors guided it through transformational decisions on stock options, financial transparency, and cash dividends. In a recent interview with The McKinsey Quarterly, he described the thought process behind these decisions and explained how they will shape the role of finance in the high-tech sector's next era. http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/links/16114

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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