February, 2007

Volume 5, Issue 2


I am on the safety committee.  What do I do now?
Learn answers to this question Wednesday, February 21 at the CRI.  John M. O’Brien, a MNSTAR coordinator with the Duluth office of Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration Workplace Consultation, will provide an overview of MNOSHA mandated requirements and responsibilities of a safety committee. He will also review MNOSHA requirements for establishing and implementing a safety committee and discuss the key roles and responsibilities of management, employees and safety committee members that are critical to a successful safety committee.  The program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.  This presentation is targeted toward safety committee members or anyone who is responsible for developing or guiding a safety committee. Participants will receive a copy of the MNOSHA Safety Committee Rules and a also copy of “Employers Guide to Developing a Labor Management Safety Committee.”  Registration forms and schedule of upcoming sessions are online.

County Bio Survey Information
Join Carmen Converse from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and she shares the findings of the Minnesota County Bio Survey.  This session will be held on Monday, February 26 from 3-4pm at the CRI.  The full schedule is available online.

Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) Begins Spring Series
The ALL will begin a series of 7 weekly presentations on Tuesday, February 27 from 10-11:30am at the Center for Research and Innovation.  The first presentation will discuss George Bonga, a black Native American voyageur who rose to prominence in the fur trade in the early 1800’s.  Mr. Barry Babcock, naturalist and amateur historian will be the presenter.  Other presenters this spring include Doug Ohman, photographer for the Minnesota Byways book series, Dennis Doeden, editor for the Bemidji Pioneer and Valica Boudry, assistant professor of mass communication at Bemidji State University.  The full schedule is in the ALL newsletter online.

Learn and Network with Experienced Professionals
The Regional Employer Support Network will host “Employer Basics” on Thursday, March 1 from 9am to 12noon at the Center for Research and Innovation.  Presenting will be Kathy Newell, North Country Health Services, Susan Kaplan, Potlatch, and Lori Theis, Bi-CAP.  Information will be shared concerning filing systems, record keeping, employee handbooks, and helpful websites and other resources to help ensure human resources processes are efficient in your place of business.  The fee for this informational session is $50.  The registration form in online.

Mark your Calendar – Second Annual Northern MN Safety Conference
In conjunction with the Minnesota Safety Council, the Northern MN Safety Council is hosting the second annual Northern MN Safety Conference on April 11 at Concordia Language Villages Spanish Village.  The conference will feature several speakers and break out sessions from private consultants, local experts and MN OSHA Consultation.  One speaker will be Mr. Garry Kroft, Senior Safety Specialist at S & N Consulting, Ltd. In Maple Grove, MN.  Watch the CRI News for more information and registration.

Computer Forensics Class Scheduled June 5 and 6
In this 2-Day training session, individuals will learn the fundamental principles and concepts in computer forensics. The topics include: the differing data file structures, the procedure of discovering and preserving evidence, and methods of searching and retrieving evidence using software tools. Related legal procedures and reports are also discussed briefly.  Participants will conduct a minimum of 1 hands-on practice case during the training session.  Once completed, this training session will allow a basic understanding of the process, policies, and software needs to conduct a computer forensics analysis.  More information and registration forms are available online.

Coming Soon - CRI Offers Several New Online Courses

Online Basics of Web Design
This class will provide a valuable introduction to the design fundamentals for a well-designed Web site. Learn the foundations in layout, typography, color, and usability. Create a web site that will attract your customers. This class will run from March 19th - April 27th and will be taught entirely online. You must have access to a computer and Internet to take this class. For more information contact the Kris Williams at kwilliams@bemidjistate.edu, download the registration form here.

Online Project Management
“Projects” are those events that have a specific start and finish dates as well as a specific set of objectives. For example, all of these are considered “projects”: building a house, bringing a new product to market, planning a wedding, or managing a grant. Imagine building a house without a plan!  How would you know if you miss anything? Or when to call the plumber, electrician, or heating experts!  Learning how to manage projects will provide you with a set of tools that, if used correctly, will allow you to identify the tasks, assign the resources, and minimize the risk when tackling a new project. 

The online course in “Fundamentals of Project Management” provides a foundation to the Project Management processes and the management tools necessary to ensure success.  Topics include project selection, life cycle, scope planning, estimating costs, identifying specific project tasks (so you don’t forget any!), execution and control, and risk management.  If you are embarking on a “project”, this class will give you the tools necessary to ensure success.

Online Office Management
Take control of information overload as an Office Manager! This 12 week Office Management course will help you design, and manipulate business documents using Office 2003, Word, Excel & PowerPoint.  This course will also teach you how to communicate professionally and help with the work-related stress issues you deal with daily. A basic knowledge of Office 2003 products is required.

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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