Brian DeRosier, DeRosier and Associates, Brainerd, was recently presented with the 2003 High Achievement Award from Askar Corp. The award is presented to the individual with the highest percent increase of production for the year. DeRosier has been an independent registered representative of Askar Corp., Bloomington, since 1993.
Weis takes premium chef honors
Chef William Weis took Premium Chef honors placing third at the recent Taste of Elegance cooking competition at the Minneapolis Hilton.
Sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Producers Congress, chefs from across the state create new and distinct dishes. Weis' dish, pork fusion, combines the flavors of Jamaican Jerk, Indianan Tandori and Moroccan La Kama with a splash of an American flair. Weis is an executive sous chef at Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake.
Community event aimed at home-based business
BAXTER -- A community event organized to help women in various stages of life (home moms to full-time workers) to promote their home-based business talents is set from 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Comfort Suites Rapid River Water Park meeting room in Baxter.
The goal is to have the event quarterly. Cindy Moe, free-lance writer and public speaker, is scheduled from 2-2:30 p.m. The event features LaCole Inwards, beading; Patti Hanson, discovery toys, closing out business; Kristen Pratt, Tupperware; Jessica Papenfuss, Tastefully Simple, gourmet cooking and Party Lite, candles and accessories; Michele Hall, Baskets Unlimited; Julie Blakesley, American Longevity, nutritional approach to health and wellness.
An assortment of books focused on women's topics will be available for purchase.
For more information, call Michele Hall at 829-2675.
Partnership with casino highlighted by governor
ONAMIA -- The innovative partnership between Grand Casino Hinckley and the Hinckley Convention and Visitors Bureau was highlighted at the 2004 Minnesota Governor's Conference on Tourism on Jan. 29.
Hinckley businesses and organizations have formed communication and marketing partnerships with the casino to strengthen tourism in the area. These efforts were presented as a model for other communities with Indian casinos.
Sarah Nicholson, Hinckley CVB executive director, along with representatives from the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Fortune Bay Resort and Casino, was a presenter on the topic of "Winning with Tribal Tourism: Alliances that Work."
Examples were: Grand Casino Hinckley hosts "business after hours" networking sessions to encourage partnerships among local businesses and organizations; the casino represents the Hinckley CVB at 12 trade shows each year, something that the CVB could not staff on its own.
The CVB is a funding partner for this effort; the CVB produces 50,000 copies of an annual visitors guide with financial and marketing assistance from the casino and area hotels; the casino uses CVB materials to familiarize its employees with local events and attractions; the casino distributes informational materials about other Hinckley attractions, and the Hinckley CVB reciprocates by forwarding potential visitors to the casino.
Breezy Point Resort wins award
BREEZY POINT -- Breezy Point Resort was awarded the Minnesota Association of Innkeepers Property of the Year award in the category of more than 100 rooms at their annual convention and award ceremony in Brooklyn Center Jan. 28.
Awards include "Minnesota Family" favorite resort for five consecutive years, Resort Condominium International Gold Crown Resort and the best lakeshore resort by readers of Minnesota Meeting and Events Magazine.
The Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Chamber of Commerce nominated Breezy Point Resort. Assistant manager Dave Spizzo accepted the award.
Nisswa Insurance Agency gains award
NISSWA -- Nisswa Insurance Agency Inc., Nisswa, was named to Midwest Family Mutual Insurance Co. of Minneapolis' President's Club.
The award recognizes outstanding continued service to customers and community and superior performance.
CLC offers seminar in catching shoplifters
STAPLES -- "Catching Shoplifters and Fraud Artists" will be offered twice from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 1-4 p.m. on March 1 at the Staples campus of Central Lakes College.
This seminar is presented by the Business and Industry Center and is for business owners -- especially convenience store personnel -- and anyone who works in a small or large retail setting.
Instructors are Mike Guin of Brainerd and Jonathan Cline of Baxter.
Guin is certified in internal theft interviewing, as well as check and credit fraud. He has been with Target Asset Protection since 1991. He is responsible for identifying and resolving one of Target's largest internal cash theft cases, a $65,000 crime.
Cline earned his associate's degree in criminal justice and has worked in loss prevention with K-mart, J.C. Penney, Target Stores and Wal-Mart. He is experienced in using CCTV equipment, covert applications and recognizing and addressing security concerns for small businesses.
Fee is $47 and registration deadline is Feb. 24.
For more information, call Cindy at (218) 894-5302 or (800) 247-6836, ext. 5302 or Jan at 855-8142 or (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142.
Quickbooks Pro Payroll class offered at CLC
Quickbooks Pro for Windows will be offered on consecutive Monday evenings in March and April at the Business and Industry Center of Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
This class will be offered twice from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, March 8 and 15 and will be repeated for a new section of students on Mondays, April 19 and 26.
The course provides basic skills necessary to implement computerized payroll using Quickbooks Pro for Windows. Students will learn the basics of payroll setup, employee entry, withholdings, customized deductions, tax liabilities and disbursements.
This is a two-week course with an on-site session individualized to the students needs. The student will receive two college credits upon completion of course.
Classroom size is limited in room W217. Early registration is encouraged, according to instructor Jay Bock of the Computerizing Small Business program at CLC. Fee is $183.16.
For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
Job Shadow Coalition poll shows disparity
A new poll shows 51 percent of teens have no interest in pursuing the top five fastest-growing career fields, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has determined will have critical workforce needs in this decade and beyond, the Job Shadow Coalition reported.
Those who were interested in these careers preferred the higher paying, higher education-requiring "computer and data processing" (25 percent) and "healthcare" (21 percent) fields over lower paying fields such as "residential care" (1 percent), "cable and pay television services" (1 percent), and "personnel services" (1 percent).
"This startling disconnect between the jobs that teens are interested in and the future needs of employers could have seriously adverse implications for our economy," said Dr. Stuart Shapiro, executive director of the Job Shadow Coalition.
"While it is encouraging that students are interested in the computer and healthcare fields, the fact that the majority of teens are not interested in the jobs that will be needed presents real challenges," Shapiro said. "It shows that we in the educational community need to do a much better job of preparing our kids."
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