LITTLE FALLS -- Marcia Smieja Blum, Little Falls, received the association's Minnesota Community Leadership Award and went on to win the National Cosmetology Association's highest honor -- the Charles Award -- for outstanding community leadership.
Blum received the award at the association's 83rd annual convention in Chicago in March.
A cosmetologist for 29 years and owner of the Classic Salon in St. Cloud, Blum is an active member and president of St. Cloud Cosmetology Association and a National Cosmetology Association of Minnesota board director, including its Cancer Wig Foundation.
She volunteers for the National Cosmetology Association and American Cancer Society as a Look Good Feel Better facilitator in St. Cloud and Little Falls and the area trainer for Minnesota.
She volunteers cosmetology services with the Oncology Unit at St. Cloud Hospital each week. She is founder of Cancer Patient Enhancement, a nonprofit organization that provides free wigs for cancer patients in Little Falls and the surrounding area.
Bridges of Hope names assistant
Linda Bowman, a Baxter resident, has been named program assistant at Bridges of Hope, a faith-based organization that helps families in need by connecting them to area social service, mental health and faith community resources.
Bridges of Hope also provides educational opportunities to support parents and families.
Bowman has 12 years of experience working primarily with adults in the mental health field.
She previously worked in the Adult Mental Health Unit of Crow Wing County Social Services and in the Family Sexual Abuse Treatment Program at Northern Pines Mental Health Center, as well as other mental health agencies in the Twin Cities.
She is the founder of the Empty Arms Association of Brainerd, a non-profit organization aimed at supporting the needs of grieving parents following perinatal loss.
Bowman has a master's degree in social work and is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Social Work as an independent clinical social worker.
Landecker selects Trottier as partner
PEQUOT LAKES -- Landecker and Associates Inc., Pequot Lakes, announced the addition of Patrick Trottier as a new partner in the company.
Trottier, a registered land surveyor, has been with the company for four years.
Landecker and Associates has 42 employees among its three locations. The corporate office is located in Pequot Lakes, with other offices in Grand Rapids and Walker.
Two join Panache salon
BAXTER -- Lana Gaines and Lori Olander recently joined Panache Salon and Day Spa in Baxter.
Gaines is a skin care specialist and Olander is a salon receptionist.
Meier joins Mom's Day Out
Patty Meier, Nisswa, is the new director at Mom's Day Out Playschool Program, which began in September.
Meier was previously the 2-year-old age group program teacher and pre-kindergarten Sunday school teacher. She will oversee registration, programs and teach the 3-year-old age group.
Lemieux gains recognition
Brian E. Lemieux, Brainerd, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table.
The MDRT is an international, independent association of leading life insurance producers.
Lemieux is with Thrivent Financial's North Central Regional Financial Office and serves Lutherans and their family members in the surrounding communities.
The MDRT has more than 28,000 members representing 475 companies and more than 65 nations and territories.
Members demonstrate exceptional product knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding service to qualify. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.
CHOW Time North set Wednesday
CROSSLAKE -- The CHOW Time North luncheon event is set from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Moonlite Bay Restaurant in Crosslake.
This month's event will be hosted by Equity One Mortgage Corp.
CHOW Time is a networking lunch activity highlighting what's new at the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce. It also allows new members to be introduced and offers an opportunity to promote businesses. Cost to attend is $3 with advance reservations or $5 at the door.
For more information, call 829-2838, ext. 802.
Business Before Hours set Thursday
The Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce is hosting the May Business Before Hours from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Adirondack Coffee, Baxter. An assortment of teas, baked goods and coffees will be served. Cost to attend is $3 with advance reservations or $5 at the door.
Business Before Hours is held the second Thursday of each month, at a variety of sponsor locations and always concludes by 8:30 a.m. Every event will offer an "information brief" about a specific topic, a promotion of the host business and opportunity for attendees to be introduced and publicize their own business.
For more information, call 829-2838, ext. 804.
LASHO program set May 15
Lakes Area Safety and Health Organization is sponsoring a program on first aid and bloodborne pathogens May 15 at Bonanza Restaurant in Baxter.
The event begins with coffee and registration at 9:30 a.m. with a program set from 10-11:30 a.m. with lunch following.
Beverly Nelsen, registered nurse with Lakewood Health System's Occupational Health/Education Department, will cover first aid basics, CPR, First Responder teams, how the bloodborne pathogen standard affects people, exposure control plan and training requirements.
The program is free for LASHO members. Member organizations may send as many employees as they wish. Cost is $10 per person for non-members.
For more information, call 855-8139.
Russell & Herder gains award
An advertising campaign created by Brainerd-based advertising firm Russell & Herder, regarding the Minnesota Thunder beat out the NFL's Seattle Seahawks for top honors in its category at the National Sports Forum's "Ad It Up Awards."
The annual "Ad It Up Awards" honor the best major league, minor league and collegiate sports advertising campaigns of the past year. The awards focus on creative development, achievement and the impact on the advertiser's business goals and objectives.
With more than 500 overall entries and 26 finalists, the Minnesota Thunder placed first in the environmental category, which recognizes non-traditional advertising efforts.
The National Sports Forum's awards are divided into five categories, including television, radio, print, out-of-home and environmental.
Twenty-six finalists were nominated from more than 500 entries. The final vote was made by executives of all levels in the sports industry.
Anchor Block, Florida, also took a silver Art Response and Copy award at this year's Midwest Direct Marketing Association's awards for a product awareness and training campaign developed by Russell & Herder.
Child care center business of year
Two licensed child care center business owners with centers in Brainerd and Little Falls were recognized as 2003 small business of the year in St. Cloud Wednesday.
The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce gave its highest award to Playhouse, a company that owns and operates six centers in central Minnesota. The chamber announced it was recognizing the growth of the business from the Playhouse Child Care Center in Sauk Rapids in 1991 to include six locations, 100 employees and $2 million in revenue.
Co-owners are Melody Peterson and Diane Mendel, St. Cloud. Playhouse is known as Campus Playhouse at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Playhouse also manages TCC Child Care Center in Little Falls. Peterson and Mendel have Head Start partnerships in both locations.
In Little Falls, the center opened in 2001 and was licensed for 42 children. Within six months the center expanded to 62 spots.
Going into business class set Thursday
"Going Into Business for Yourself" will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.
This seminar covers all areas of business startup, offers advice on how to become and stay profitable and how to finance a new venture. Business structure and required government filings are discussed.
Follow-up counseling is available from the Small Business Development Center's team of consultants.
Pre-registration is required. Cost is $40 per person or $60 for participant and one additional business partner.
For more information, call (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
QuickBooks Pro class set
The Computerizing Small Business Program, Central Lakes College, is offering QuickBooks Pro Accounting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 12, May 19, at the Brainerd campus (room W217).
This class will provide the basic skills necessary to implement computerized accounting using QuickBooks Pro for Windows. The student will learn the basics of system setup, cash receipts, accounts receivable, cash disbursements, accounts payable and payroll.
This is a three-week course, plus an on-site session individualized to the student needs.
The student will receive three college credits upon successful completion of the class, the size of which is limited. Tuition is $246.30. Vern Busho is the instructor.
For more information, call the Business & Industry Center at CLC at 855-8142 or (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142.
Free business workshops set
The Northeast Entrepreneur Fund will conduct two free Introduction to Business Planning workshops at 6-7:30 p.m. May 13 at the Brainerd Public Library and 7-8:30 p.m. May 15 at Walker High School.
This workshop presents critical first steps, tools and resources that can be used immediately to set personal and business goals, to begin planning a business and to prepare to access business financing, as well as introducing the business training and lending services offered by the fund.
The Northeast Entrepreneur Fund is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help people become economically self-sustaining through self-employment (owning and operating their own businesses).
Pre-registration is required.
For more information, call (800) 422-0374.
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