January, 2006

Volume 4, Issue 1


Top Quality Marketing Services at an Affordable Price
Bemidji State University Marketing Assistance and Research Solutions (MARS) provides area organizations with competitively priced marketing information while providing talented students valuable and real marketing experiences.  Click here to learn more, or contact Dave Smith, assistant professor of marketing, at 218 755 4122 or dsmith@bemidjistate.edu

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, January 10 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Center for Research and Innovation. Contact the Small Business Development Center for more information at 218 755 4255 or Click here.

“Winning Customers and Keeping them for Life”
Attend this energizing, productive seminar and learn “how to meet your customer’s wants and needs at a profit!”  This class will be held January 12 at Beltrami Electric Community Room. More details online or contact Kim at kim@thepeopleconnection.org for more information.

“Write a Winning Grant” Workshop Courses
This 3-course program is ideal for people in nonprofits, government entities or schools who want to learn the basics of writing successful grant proposals.  All courses will be held at the Center for Research and Innovation.  Facilitating will be Jeanne Edevold Larson, Industrial Training Coordinator (Organizational Development) and Anthony Schaffhauser, Regional Labor Market Analyst for Northwestern MN.  The series starts January 17!  Click here for course and registration information.

“Bloodborne Pathogens – An Overview for Safety Officers Who Aren’t in Healthcare”
Presenting will be Mary Thompson, RN and director of patient safety, infection control and risk management at North Country Regional Hospital, Bemidji.  The information included is useful to non-healthcare safety officers or officials from business and industry. Thompson will review the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Rule and explain appropriate actions that must be carried out to comply with the rule and keep employees safe from bloodborne pathogens.  This session will be held at the Center for Research and Innovation on January 18.  A $20 fee will be charged to cover the price of lunch and materials. Advance registration is encouraged in order to guarantee lunch.  Click here for registration form or contact the CRI at cri@bemidjistate.edu

Real Estate Pre-licensure Courses Offered on BSU Campus
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.  The mandatory pre-licensure training will be offered at Bemidji State University beginning January 19Click here for frequently asked questions, full schedule and registration form.

“Canada Lynx in Minnesota”
Presenting will be Ron Moen, biologist, Center for Water and environment, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota – Duluth. He will discuss factors affecting the apparent reappearance, current distribution and long-term persistence of the Canada lynx in Minnesota. The Canada lynx is listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act in the United States.    This program is part of an ongoing series of presentations offered monthly on a variety of natural resources related topics.  Join us at the Center for Research and Innovation on January 23, from 3:00 to 4:00pm. Read the press release about this presentation.  The full schedule of upcoming events is online.  These monthly programs are offered FREE and open to the public.

Online Certificate in Human Resources Management
The Center for Research and Innovation will offer their on-line professional development non-credit certificate in Human Resources Management beginning January 23. 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. Registration is available online, or contact the Center for Research and Innovation for more information.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People Overview
This 4-hour workshop will give tips and techniques on how to use your time more effectively and get a taste for Stephan Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Join Deanna Murphy, a certified Franklin Covey trainer, at the Center for Research and Innovation on January 25, 8:30am-12:30pm.  More information and the registration form are available online.
Be One of the First to See Covey’s NEW Signature 7 Habits
Hot off the press!  Stephen Covey’s updated 7 Habits for Highly Effective People is here.  The latest application-oriented materials are a sure-fire way to bring more efficiency into your life.  Join Deanna Murphy at the Center for Research and Innovation for this in-depth look at Covey’s philosophy on February 15, March 8 and March 22Click here for course and registration information.

CRI Offers New Program in Project Management
This three day highly interactive course provides a foundation to the Project Management framework and the management tools necessary to ensure success.  Topics include project selection, life cycle, scope planning, estimating costs, execution and control, and risk management. 

Working in teams, the students will develop a project charter and project management plan including:
            Communications Plan
            Risk Management Plan
            Implementation Plan
            Quality Plan

Students are encouraged to use existing projects as opposed to instructor provided case studies.  Students will work in teams – It is highly recommended Project Managers send core team members to this class. 

If you are a project manager, including grant managers, the hands on exercises will provide your project team with the tangible outcomes required to develop a comprehensive project plan. The course will be held at the CRI from 9am – 4pm on March 7, 14, and 21 . Course fee is $425, including lunch and all materials, with a discount offered to any company sending 4 or more people to this course. Registration form is available online.

Coming Soon to CRI
Become a licensed insurance representative in Minnesota!  The insurance pre-licensing training gives you the knowledge and skills needed to pass the state licensing exam. This series of programs will be offered on the BSU campus via ITV beginning in March.

Learn to be a more effective public speaker!  Whether presenting to 1 or 1000, it takes mental, visual, vocal and verbal preparedness to be the best you can be.  This program will help you learn simple and reliable techniques you can use to be a better public speaker, trainer, presenter, spokesperson or lecturer. Watch the CRI news for more details coming soon.
The staff at Center for Research and Innovation wishes you a Happy New Year.  The CRI will be closed on January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

The Center for Research and Innovation provides a full range of business and career services.

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