July, 2006

Volume 4, Issue 7


Public Access Dental Clinic Getting Closer to Becoming a Reality
Center for Research and Innovation staff have been providing facilitation support for community-wide planning of a public access dental clinic that will provide dental care to underserved populations.  Planning is now moving to implementation stages and members of government agencies, business owners, private practice dentists and educators are working hard to make this dream a reality for the region.  The clinic will be closely linked with Northwest Technical College Dental Assisting Program and has the support of the Beltrami County Board, Beltrami Area Service Collaborative, Bemidji Area Schools, MeritCare Clinic and a host of other key community leaders.  The fact sheet and a brief PowerPoint presentation are online if you’re interested in learning more.  The project is also in need of interim leadership and the group is hoping to identify someone to take on this role—learn more by reading the Request for Proposals.

Natural Resources Consortium Hosts, “Beltrami County Trails Planning Efforts
Co-presenters will be Joe Czapiewski, physical planner, Headwaters Regional Development Commission, and Robert Milne, director of resource management, Beltrami County, both with offices in Bemidji.

“Beltrami County has recently completed a successful recreational trails planning process for county-managed land … and we will cover highlights from the plan and show where the county is going from here,” said Czapiewski. “The new plan identifies how the county and various user groups can work together to create a more enjoyable recreational experience in county forests.”
“One of the key features in the development of this plan was the public participation process,” noted Milne, adding that the presentation will explain how Beltrami County involved the public and developed a product to satisfy a broad range of recreational interests.
The presentation will be at 3pm on Monday, July 17 at the Center for Research and Innovation.  More information about this presentation and future events is available online.

Northern Minnesota Safety Council presents,
 “The Top Ten Pandemic Flu Questions Everyone Should Be Able to Answer"
Presenting will be Ralph Morris, MD, MPH, Supervisor, Local Preparedness Unit, Office of Public Health Practice Minnesota Department of Health.  “A pandemic flu will challenge the nation, the state, communities and families,” said Morris. “The only help that may be available is what people can provide for themselves. The more we know about the flu, the better we will be able to take care of ourselves and our families.”  Learn more about this presentation.

A $20 fee will be charged to cover the price of materials and lunch. Advance registration is encouraged in order to guarantee lunch and materials by calling the CRI at 218-755-4900; toll free, 1-888-738-3224.  Join Morris at the Center for Research and Innovation on Wednesday, July 19 from 11:30am-1pm to help you stay informed. 

Learn More about Today’s Trends in Employee Benefit Packages
What are today’s trends in benefit packages?  What is a wellness initiative?  What does it mean to address consumer driven healthcare benefits?  What have other local organizations offered their employees?  What might it cost?  The Regional Employer Support Network (RESN) is excited to have Janis Koltun, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist, as the August presenter.  Janis will answer all these questions and so much more. 

Janis Koltun has more than 20 years experience in a broad range of employee benefits responsibilities.  Prior to becoming a consultant in 2002, Janis held employee benefit management positions in companies ranging from 3400 employees to 30,000 across several industries.  In addition, she is a licensed insurance broker in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. 

Join RESN and Janis Koltun on Thursday, August 3 from 9am to 11am at the Center for Research and Innovation, 3801 Bemidji Avenue North, Suite 4.  This presentation is free and open to all who are responsible for human resources responsibilities in the organization.
More information about RESN and the full schedule are online.

Wireless Computer Lab Available at CRI
The Center for Research and Innovation now offers computer lab rental.  The new laptops all feature wireless access to high-speed Internet.  There are 14 laptops plus one instructor computer with projector and printer.  Whether your organization has the instructor and needs to rent a computer lab, or you have a group of people who want to learn a particular program and need the computers and instructor, contact CRI at 218 755 4900 / 888 738 3224 or email cri@bemidjistate.edu

The Center for Research and Innovation will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.  We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

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.

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