September, 2006

Volume 4, Issue 9


Human Resources Law Updates
The Regional Employer Support Network is proud to host this session intended to inform professionals dealing with human resources issues on the latest updates to laws affecting their work.  Presenting is Barbara Sanders who holds a law degree and is a certified Life Coach through the Department of Education.  Please mark your calendar on Thursday, September 7 from 9am to 12noon to join us at the Center for Research and Innovation.  More information is online.  The registration fee is $50 and covers all materials and refreshments.  Registration form is online.  Register early to ensure space is available. 

Online Professional Development Certificate in Human Resources
The Center for Research and Innovation will offer their on-line professional development non-credit certificate in Human Resources Management beginning Monday, September 11. 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. Additional information and registration is available online.

Academy of Lifelong Learning Begins Fall Presentation Series
The Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) begins the fall series of weekly presentations beginning Monday, September 11 at the United Methodist Church located at 9th Street and Beltrami Avenue in Bemidji.   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. Dr. Steven Derfler, international educational consultant, archaeologist, historian, researcher, teacher and writer will present, “Progress into the Past – The Dead Sea scrolls, 60 years of discovery” from 10-11:30am.  The presentations for the ALL are free and open to the public. The full schedule is in the fall newsletter online.

Canada Goose Management in Minnesota: Challenges of Managing Multiple Populations
Presenting will be Steve Maxson, goose specialist with the Wetland Wildlife Populations and Research Group, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Bemidji. Maxson will outline the history of and rationale for Canada goose management in Minnesota over the past 30 years and explain how the differences between the migratory Eastern Prairie Population Canada geese and our resident giant Canada geese affect management strategies.  This session will be held Monday, September 18 from 3-4pm at the CRI.  Full schedule is online.

Learn to Reduce Repetitive Strain Injuries at Work
The Northern MN Safety Council hosts Joe Kapaun, an occupational therapist with North Country Peak Performance of Bemidji, which provides outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy and programs specializing in industrial rehabilitation and injury prevention. Joining Kapaun in his presentation will be Jeff Breyen, who is also a Peak Performance associate. “We will educate attendees about appropriate office ergonomics and equipment options to reduce repetitive strain injuries,” said Kapaun.  This session will be held at the CRI on Wednesday, September 20 from 11:30am-1pm.  Register early to guarantee lunch and materials.

Learn how to do Business with the State of Minnesota
The Small Business Development Center is proud to host, “Introduction to Government Contracting”.  This workshop will provide an overview and some details about professional/technical service contracting with the State of Minnesota. Professional/technical services are unique and have special requirements. This workshop is scheduled September 28 at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls.  Click here to learn more.  Contact the Small Business Development Center at 218 755 4255 for more information.

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 on the campus of Bemidji State University.  Click here for more information , full schedule and registration.

Mark Your Calendar for Future Opportunities at CRI

Forest Certification Workshop
This full-day event will feature a variety of speakers and break-out sessions to discuss issues relating to forest certification.  The event will be held December 5 at the Northern Inn Conference Center in Bemidji.  Preliminary schedule is online.  Registration form is coming soon.

Write a Winning Grant Series Scheduled
This 3-course series is ideal for people in nonprofits, government entities or schools who want to learn the basics of writing successful grant proposals.  Starting January 30!  Click here for course and registration information.

Computer Forensics
The Center for Research and Innovation has partnered with Dr. Kari Wood, BSU Associate Professor of Business Administration and Certified Computer Examiner to offer a new non-credit course to learn more about computer forensics.  Topics may include procedures of discovering and preserving evidence, types of computer and Internet crimes, and methods of searching and retrieving evidence using software tools.  This program is in early development stages and is expected to be offered Summer 2007.  If you are interested in learning more, contact the CRI.  We will send information about the class as it becomes available.


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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