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Business Notes Nov. 4

Posted: November 2, 2012 - 8:39pm
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Aundra Erickson
Aundra Erickson

■ Tange attends continuing education workshop

BAXTER — Philip Tange, licensed independent clinical social worker and a mental health professional at Northern Psychiatric Associates in Baxter, recently attended a continuing education workshop called “Assessing the Mental Health and Mental Status of Older Adults.”

This training provided information and methods for assessing, intervening, and treating mental health concerns for older adults.

■ BNI Northwoods Networkers announce new leadership

The new leadership team for the Northwoods Networkers Chapter of Business Network International (BNI) includes Aundra Erickson of Country Financial as president, Jim Fogarty of Lakes & Leisure Realty as vice president, and Todd Sorensen of Nationstar Mortgage as secretary/treasurer.

BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. We offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals. Last year, members of BNI passed millions of referrals that generated billions of dollars of business for each other. For more information on the Northwoods Networkers Chapter go to http://bnimn.com/mn-minnesota-2-northwoods-networkers/.

■ Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association celebrates
successful season

Minnesota farmers’ market vendors and managers are invited to celebrate the success of the 2012 summer season at the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association’s (MFMA) daylong conference Nov. 8 in Waite Park.

The event is open to existing market vendors, managers, those considering the start-up of a farmers’ market, and the public. MFMA President Bill Otto says farmers’ markets have seen tremendous growth in Minnesota and across the nation.

“Every year we’ve seen the establishment of more markets and an increase in the number of vendors,” Otto said in a news release. “Conference attendees will be asked to share their highlights from the last season and we’ll examine some future trends as well.”

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Food Inspection Supervisor Katherine Simon will give a presentation on the rules and regulations of selling and sampling at a farmers’ market including licensing, hand-washing, and food sample distribution requirements.

Minnesota Grown Program Director Paul Hugunin and MDA’s Organic Specialist Meg Moynihan will discuss how these programs help promote farmers and their locally grown products at markets throughout the state.

Other presentations will cover farmers’ market certification, available grants, insurance, and providing access to locally grown foods for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

The conference will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8, at the American Legion Silver Star Post 428 in Waite Park. Registration is $40 at the door. More information is on the MFMA website at www.mfma.org.

■ Flicker joins
Horizon Health as volunteer coordinator

PIERZ — Jean Flicker becomes volunteer coordinator at Horizon Health Inc. in Pierz for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Faith in Action Program.

Flicker, Pierz, has been with Horizon Health since December of 2011 but became active in her current role since June of 2012. She graduated from Pierz Healy High School in 1980. After high school, she moved to St. Cloud for additional schooling and then to the Anoka area where she worked at Piper Jaffray Inc. She then moved back to Pierz, her hometown.

Flicker plans to visit local civic organizations, church groups, and senior centers to share how they can volunteer with Horizon Health Senior Services and how Senior Services may be able to help them. She said Senior Services is need of drivers to take people who can’t drive to medical and dental appointments, hair appointments, grocery shopping and other trips. Flicker said the program needs volunteers willing to go into the homes of clients and be a companion (play cards, games or just visit), do household chores, carpentry skills to build ramps. She also heads up the America Reads Program, where volunteers to go into the elementary school in the local communities to help children with their reading skills and also to read to the children. For more information, call 320-468-6451.

■ CPAP specialist joins Sleep Center of Central Minnesota

BAXTER — Respiratory therapist Janet Anastasion joined the staff at the Sleep Center of Central Minnesota in Baxter as their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) specialist.

Anastasion has 17 years of respiratory therapy experience from a hospital setting. She will work with sleep apnea patients, assisting them with CPAP or BiPAP set-up, mask fittings and education, designed to maximize a patient’s success with treatment and improve their quality of sleep.

■ Farrell joins Clearent
as account executive

Brenda Farrell, Brainerd, joined Clearent as an account executive.

Clearent is a credit card processing company. Clearent reports it combines leading-edge technology with a passion for service to help customers maximize the value of their merchant services program.

WORKSHOP

■ Free legal consultation
Nov. 15 via SBDC

The Small Business Development Center at Central Lakes College and LegalCORPS are offering a free, advice clinic to connect clients in the area with business lawyers located at Target Corporation headquarters in Minneapolis.

Volunteer attorneys will provide brief legal consultations to small-business owners throughout Minnesota via video conferencing. This unique, pro bono service will give business owners an opportunity to ask experienced business attorneys questions about business formation, leases, employee issues, and similar business law topics.

Openings are available Thursday, Nov. 15 for small-business owners, prospective business owners and non-profits to receive 30-minute consultations from business lawyers through the SBDC.

To participate, pre-register with Julie Platta at the SBDC 855-8140 or email jplatta@clcmn.edu

If a client needs more assistance than a 30-minute session can provide, referrals will be made to local legal firms for further representation or the client may apply for and, if he or she is income-eligible, receive full-representation assistance arranged by LegalCORPS. For information, visit http://legalcorps.org.

DONATIONS

■ Operation Round-Up
donations distributed

The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $37,000 to local community programs during their fourth quarter meeting in October.

Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to the following projects: $9,500 to The Salvation Army, Emergency Heat Share; $3,000 to Tri-County Action Heat Share, Morrison County; $5,000 to Bi-County Community Action Heat Share, Cass County; $2,500 to Faith in Action for Cass County, Hackensack; $2,000 to Pierz Area First Response Team; $4,000 to Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project, Pequot Lakes; $3,000 to Mounted Eagles, Nisswa; $3,000 to Bridges of Hope, Brainerd; $500 to Emily Quilters $4,500 to Private Cooperative Member Crisis Medical Support.

Operation Round-Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly. Since the program’s inception in late 1996, the program donated nearly $2,290,000 to community projects and programs in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties. The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2013. Grant forms may be obtained by calling Crow Wing Power at 829-2827 or 800-648-9401 or at www.cwpower.com. Deadline for grant applications is Jan. 10, 2013.

■ Bremer encourages
employee engagement

Bremer Bank reports it encourages employee engagement in building healthy communities with its Volunteering in Progress program.

Brainerd employees volunteer efforts added up to 757.30 hours with a value of $21.79 per hour (based on a calculation from the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrator) to account for $16,501.57 in in-kind contributions. The top 10 employees for the third quarter, their hours and in-kind donation amounts are: Cara Shaver, 124.30 hours, $2,709; Kim Ellingson, 100.30 hours, $2,186; Joyce Anderson, 85 hours, $1,852; Chuck Cogger, 78 hours, $1,700; Joe Ewald, 74 hours, $1,612; Mike Steffen, 52 hours, $1,133; Lisa Wigand, 47 hours, $1,024; Tim Spitzley, 42, $915; Tonya Repley Rabasco, 35 hours, $763; Rachal Wolthuizen, 23.30 hours, $508.

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