BSU CRI
Center for Researc and Innovation & Custom College
NTC & CC

July, 2007

Volume 5, Issue 7

 

Embracing Our Diversity Course Offered
This course will examine how people can embrace diversity in order for it to serve as a positive force for themselves and their families, businesses, schools and community. This course will be offered for three Northwest Technical College credits July 9-13 at Northwest Technical College, 905 Grant Ave SE.  John R. Eggers, an educator for 40 years at the kindergarten to graduate level in private, public and parochial schools, colleges and universities will be the instructor.  Classes will be held from 8am to 4pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to noon Friday.  More information is available online or contact Sue Ludwig at 218 333 6656 / 800 942 8324, ext. 6656.

Regional Employer Support Network
A presentation entitled “Hiring the BestSuccessful Interviewing Techniques” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday July 12 at the Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College Center for Research and Innovation Custom College. The presentation will educate participants about the selection and interviewing process including how to plan for hiring a particular position, screening applicants, conducting the interview, evaluating the attributes of all candidates and, finally, selecting the best candidate for the job.  In addition to learning how to select the best talent to build stronger organizations, participants will receive handouts to be used for future reference.  Presenting will be Becky Fossand, human resource director with Johanneson’s Inc., Bemidji, providing support to their 21 businesses and 1,100 employees. She has more than 15 years experience in training leaders in the medical and retail industries as well as young leaders in ministry. Full RESN schedule and more information are online. 

Bemidji Area Natural Resources Continuing Education Consortium
A natural resources presentation entitled “Exotic Earthworm Invasion in Minnesota Hardwood Forests” is scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 16. Presenting will be Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Hardwood Ecology, St. Paul, and senior member of the graduate faculty in the Natural Resources Science and Management, Ecology and Conservation Biology programs. “Exotic earthworms are ecosystem engineers that change the rules of existence for all other species of plants and animals,” said Frelich. There are no native earthworms in Minnesota, but exotic earthworm species from Europe have invaded most of the state and they cause profound changes in the ecology of forests. They do so by consuming the forest floor duff, or leaf litter layer, leaving bare soil that is warmer, poorer in nutrients and compacted. Frelich is the author of 60 scientific publications on forest ecology and has been listed among the top one percent of all scientists in the world by the Science Citation Index in the Ecology and Environment category. More information and the full schedule of Natural Resources Consortium events are available online.

Northern Minnesota Safety Council
The Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation will host a presentation on successful techniques for keeping safety training fresh and fun.  The session will be July 18 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Presenting will be a panel of local safety directors who have demonstrated successful techniques for keeping training fresh and fun within their organizations, such as implementing a game-type environment for OSHA-mandated safety training sessions.  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 CRICC at 218-755-4900; toll free, 1-888-738-3224. Registration forms, more information and schedule of upcoming sessions are online.

Teaching Our Diverse Learners Course Offered
This course will address why getting to know learners should be the number one goal in education.  This course will be offered for three Northwest Technical College credits July 23 – 27 at Northwest Technical College, 905 Grant Ave SE.  John R. Eggers, an educator for 40 years at the kindergarten to graduate level in private, public and parochial schools, colleges and universities will be the instructor.  Classes will be held from 8am to 4pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to noon Friday.  More information is available online or contact Sue Ludwig at 218 333 6656 / 800 942 8324, ext. 6656.

Quickbooks Training Offered
This is a review of computerized accounting applications and software used by a small business, partnership, corporation, or a non- profit corporation.  Group critical thinking outcomes are included and computer spreadsheet and work processing applications are also used.  The two-day, 12-hour workshop covers the software installation and use of the general ledger, bank reconciliation, payroll, inventory, budgeting, business analysis, fixed asset management accounting software programs.  The second day covers month and year-end closing process, the use of the bank reconciliation, payroll, inventory, budgeting, business analysis, and fixed asset management accounting software programs. Learners will utilize the newest version-Quick Books Pro 2007 on laptop computers. This hands-on class will be taught by Gary Sorenson, CPA and Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College faculty member.  Learners with previous versions of Quickbooks software will also improve business efficiency by taking this class.  This event is co-sponsored with the NW Minnesota Small Business Development Center. The class will be held July 31 and August 1 from 9am to 4pm at the Center for Research and Innovation.  More information and registration is online.

Marketing your Small Business and Measuring its Success
With competition increasing every day, you need proven marketing techniques you can use and evaluate to generate demand for your existing products and services.  Get a jump on your holiday marketing plans now by learning ways to market yourself and build customer relationships in today’s competitive environment.  You will learn strategies to recruit new customers and retain and expand the relationships of your existing customer base.  We will help you develop your marketing mix; product, price, place (distribution) and promotion and introduce you to a combination of marketing tools that are used to satisfy customers and company objectives. Cost for this 3-hour training is $60 and advance registration is required.  All sessions will be held at the Center for Research and Innovation and are co-sponsored by the NW MN Small Business Development Center.  Classes are scheduled August 13 and 14, 7:30-9:00am or August 16, 1-4pm.  Registration form is online.

Community Appreciation Day Set for August 28
BSU will be hosting its second annual Community Appreciation Day on August 28, starting at 6:00 pm on the BSU practice fields next to the John Glas Fieldhouse.  This event is free and open to the entire Bemidji community.  Come and enjoy great food and music, get autographs from all your favorite BSU athletes, and have your picture taken with Bucky the Beaver!  Watch for future notices for a full list of activities the whole family can enjoy.

New FREE Learning Opportunity Offered at the Center for Research and Innovation
Before you invest your time and money in training and services, have a taste of what return you will get on your investment.  A taste of the Center for Research and Innovation Custom College is available free of charge on the second Wednesday of the month from 12 noon to 1p.m. at the Center for Research and Innovation beginning September 12.  This program is designed to help you learn a little about a lot of things that can help you, others within your organization, your clients as well as the organization itself.  Participants will leave the session with information that can be applied to you and your organization and an understanding of additional related skills that could be gained through additional services provided by Center for Research and Innovation Custom College.  Noon sessions are free and open to the public (feel free to bring your own lunch).  The first session is entitled “Annual Fund Raising—what is it and how does it work for your organization?”  Click here for more information and full schedule.

Mental Health Knowledge Cluster Coming in September 2007
The Center for Research and Innovation is pleased to announce the formation of a new Knowledge Cluster designed for professionals in the Mental Health and Human Services field, beginning this fall. This group is designed to serve as a forum for mental health professionals to collaborate their efforts, to provide networking opportunities and to offer local training opportunities so that agencies can reduce costs and improve service to the Bemidji Community. Currently, we are looking for professionals in these fields who would be interested in serving as part of the Advisory Board, or who would like to participate in the initial brainstorming session(s) and formation of the group. Please contact the CRI with any questions regarding the knowledge cluster and let us know what your level of interest in participating might be.  The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 17 from 12:00-2:00 p.m.  Contact the CRI at cri@bemidjistate.edu for more information.

 


The Center for Research and Innovation Custom College 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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