October, 2005

Volume 3, Issue 10

 

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Northern Tier High Technology Corridor Receives 2005 NADO Innovation AwardIron Ranges Resources and the Center for Research and Innovation at Bemidji State University based in Eveleth and Bemidji, Minnesota received a 2005 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for their Northern Tier High Tech Corridor.  According to NADO President Jack Scriber, Director of Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency in Louisville, Kentucky, “These award winning projects and programs truly represent the community and the economic development benefits derived from acting regionally, especially in rural communities where resources are often sparse.”  Read more

Academy of Lifelong Learning Begins Fall Presentation Series
The Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) begins the fall series of weekly presentations each Tuesday running September 20 through November 15. 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. Michael Hanson, Founder and past president of MN Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, will kick off the series on September 20 with “The Lewis and Clark Expedition – The legends and the Myths”. The presentations for the ALL are free and open to the public. For more information about the ALL spring series presentations, contact the CRI at 218-755-4900 / 888-738-3224, email us or read the fall newsletter.

Starting a Business? Attend Entrepreneur 101!
Entrepreneur 101 is a “jam packed” 2-hour exploration of the basic steps to starting a business in the State of Minnesota and connections to resources to start the planning process. This interactive class covers idea feasibility, business plan basics, basic legal requirements, and personal decision-making (credit, lifestyles, aptitude, etc.) The next class is scheduled for Tuesday October 11 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Center for Research and Innovation. Click here for more information.

Be a Better Board Member
CRI staffer Jeanne Edevold Larson will be the speaker at The Northwest Minnesota Foundation's first "Board to Breakfast" session.  This session is open to people currently serving or interested in serving on a Board of Directors in the region.  The topic will be "Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members” and along with breakfast, participants will have an opportunity to network with others, engage in roundtable discussions, review the 10 Basic Roles and Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Board and understand individual Board Member Roles and Responsibilities.  The session is October 12, 2005, 8:00 am - 10:00 am at Beltrami Electric Co-op.  The cost is $5.00.  Please register by October 10th, and send a check and registration form to:  Northwest Minnesota Foundation, 4225 Technology Drive NW, Bemidji, MN 56601.  For more information, contact Rebecca Weir, 218-759-2057 toll-free 800-659-7859 or email rebeccaw@nwmf.org

Real Estate Sales Pre-Licensure Courses Offered
Real Estate is a dynamic industry – that offers flexible job opportunities for energetic individuals with good people skills. To become a licensed real estate person in Minnesota, you must complete 90 hours of pre-licensure training – Real Estate I, II and III. You must also successfully pass the Real Estate Licensure exam. After completing 90 hours of classroom instruction and passing the exam, you can apply for the Real Estate Salesperson License with the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Courses will be delivered via ITV at Decker Hall Room 15 on the campus of Bemidji State University. Click here for more information.

“Double Crested Cormorant Management and Research Update from Leech Lake”
Presenting will be Steve Mortensen, fish and wildlife biologist with the Fish, Wildlife and Plant Resources Program, Division of Resource Management, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe at Cass Lake. Mortensen will discuss the efforts undertaken this past summer to manage cormorants as well as research efforts that will enable resource managers to determine the effects of cormorant predation on walleye and yellow perch populations in Leech Lake.  Join us at the Center for Research and Innovation on October 17, from 3:00 to 4:00pm. The full schedule of upcoming events is online.

Drug, Alcohol and Methamphetamine Awareness in the Workplace
Controlled substance use among employees puts your employees, the public and your company at great risk. This program will help you recognize the signs and symptoms of controlled substance use among employees, and includes confrontation techniques, performance and attendance issues and how to diffuse volatile situations. Presenting will be Carl Schwanbeck, a staff member with the Minnesota Safety Council. He is a retired St. Paul Police officer with more than 20 years of experience and his discussion of drug and alcohol awareness will include information pertaining to the prevalence of methamphetamine in today’s drug culture. The program will be held on October 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the CRI, an off-campus facility located at 3801 Bemidji Avenue North.  A $50 fee will be charged to cover the price of materials and speaker fees. Advance registration is encouraged in order to guarantee that all attendees receive materials by calling the CRI at 218-755-4900; toll free, 1-888-738-3224.

Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Inspection Re-Certification Course OfferedThis mandatory course is designed to provide re-certification for commercial and/or self-truck inspectors already in Commercial Vehicle Inspection.  Individuals whose certification has expired must complete this re-certification course to renew within six months of expiration date.  Participants are required to bring their current certification number and business address with them to class.  The course will be held Friday, October 21 at Northwest Technical College.  Click here for more information.


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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