May, 2005  
Volume 3, Issue 5
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Jeanne Edevold Larson Joins CRI Staff
Jeanne brings 15 years experience in nonprofit management to the Center for Research and Innovation. She will provide a variety of services to agencies ranging from strategic planning to fund development and grant writing. To date, she has helped organizations throughout the state secure more than $3million dollars in grant funds. Welcome Jeanne as our Industrial Training Coordinator: Organizational Development!

News for Non-profits

“Volunteer Leadership: Get Personal and Professional Returns on Your Community Investment”
Join the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and many other organizations for a free breakfast or luncheon workshop at the Bemidji Town & Country Club on Wednesday, June 8, 8am or 12 noon. This is your opportunity to learn about the regional impact of nonprofit organizations and why your volunteer leadership can make a difference. For more information, visit or call Rebecca Weir at 1-800-659-7859.

Tap in to Resources Through the Rural Assistance Center
Sign up for email alerts and newsletters from the Rural Assistance Center, a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy.  Health Center Updates and Human Services Updates are available, along with other rural economic issues that include regional news, funding opportunities and events information.  

Employers! And those who advise employers!
If you own or operate a small business and want your questions on requirement and regulatory changes answered by federal and state agency experts, this is the workshop for you! Click here for more information.

Attention Job Seekers
Rural Minnesota CEP provides free workshops for job seekers at all of our WorkForce Centers. Click here to learn more about subjects and the schedule of courses in Bemidji.

New Phone Number for the Small Business Development Center
The Northwest Regional Small Business Development Center has a new phone number! You can reach Dale Umlauf or Laura Holm in the Bemidji office at 218.755.4255. The SBDC is now in the South Entrepreneur Center of the Center for Research and Innovation. Same great services, just a slightly new location. Call for an appointment today. The SBDC serves a twelve county region of NW Minnesota and strives to provide counseling in many locations including: East Grand Forks, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Park Rapids, Warroad, Baudette, Mahnomen, and Bemidji.

CRI Offers Monthly Programs for Safety Professionals
This month’s discussion will be regarding Right to Know guidelines in a variety of work environments including office, manufacturing, healthcare and construction. Participants are encouraged to bring along their company’s right to know policy as a reference tool and to use as basis for asking questions. The discussion is scheduled for May 18, from 11:30am-1pm. A $20 registration fee will be charged to cover the price of materials and lunch. Advance registration is encouraged. If you have ideas for the group or would like to be added to the Council’s mailing list, contact the CRI by email at or phone 218 755 4900.

Motorcycle Training Offered in Bemidji
Whether you are new to riding or working to earn a motorcycle endorsement, this class is for you. There are several course times offered for Bemidji. All courses are held at the Bemidji Bus Garage on 15th Street NW. Contact Miff Soderberg at Northland Community and Technical College for more information.

News From the Natural Resources Consortium
Poison Ivy – It is that time of year
Prevention and treatment of poison ivy dermatitis, as well as the plant’s natural history and lore, will be the topic of a 3 p.m. natural resources presentation May 16 at the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation. Presenting will be Susan Hauser, author of “Outwitting Poison Ivy,” the only comprehensive field guide to this noxious plant. Hauser teaches writing at Bemidji State University where she is also chair of the Department of English. The presentation is free and open to the public. The schedule of upcoming events is available on line.

Fall Workshop Scheduled
The NRC is proud to work with the Conservation Forestry Network to bring Dr. Jerry Franklin to MN. Franklin, one of the most prominent ecologists, has developed a core curriculum that will stress place-based and customized approaches to harvesting through a mix of new science, case study, discussions, and site visits. The two-day course is designed for public and for-profit and non-profit private organizations with an interest in managing forests in the Great Lakes region for multiple objectives including timber, wildlife and sustaining or restoring native diversity. More information about this workshop can be found at Click here to register for the forestry workshop.

Events and Links

  • Another excellent resource for existing and start up businesses. Check out for in depth access to a multitude of business forms and articles.  Most for free!
  • BioTech is a hybrid biology/chemistry educational resource and research tool on the World Wide Web. BioTech is intended to be a learning tool that will attract students and enrich the public's knowledge of biology issues in the world today. At the same time, BioTech is also a research tool for those already involved in the broad subject of biology.
  • Check out the Council for Biotechnology Information communicates science-based information about the benefits and safety of agricultural and food biotechnology. Its members are the leading biotechnology companies and trade associations.
  • In need of a grant to get that project up and running? Remember, for most grants you MUST BE a non-profit. Here are a few sites to check out:  Grants .gov is a clearinghouse for federal grant opportunities; Federal, state and foundation grant opportunities for K-12 educators can be found at ; Finally, for the scientists, Grants Net  provides r esearch funding information from the American Association for the Advancement
    of Science.

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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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