Last week the owners and employees of Atomic Learning, Web-based software and support, hosted a grand opening reception at their new office on three acres in Little Falls.
The Atomic Learning Inc. Building is a 10,000 square foot facility at 15088 22nd Ave. N.E.
Organizers said Atomic Learning's effect on education in Little Falls and schools worldwide is growing. A group of technology educators formed Atomic Learning Inc. seven years ago. Their stated mission was " to create useful and affordable online products focused on teaching people how to effectively use technology. The company developed an initial offering of short, easy-to-view-and-understand tutorial movies to answer common software applications," the company reported.
"What began as a grassroots effort to gain exposure among school technology coordinators in Minnesota and surrounding states has led to the growth of a company considered a leading provider of technology training in education."
Atomic Learning reports today it has a library of more than 28,000 Web-based tutorials as a training resource for teachers, students and families.
"Atomic Learning now serves more than 4,000 school districts and universities in all 50 states and over 30 foreign countries, as well as individuals and organizations in a variety of other industries," the company reported.
The company chief executive officer is Chuck Amos.
He attributed the company's ability to grow in rural Minnesota, in large part, to community support and programs such as Minnesota's JOBZ initiative and the city of Little Falls.
The company started in Little Falls with 13 people and reported the creation of 30 jobs since its original office opened. The new facility is in the Little Falls business park.
Help for small business is coming from what may be an unexpected place - IKEA.
The company has launched an online networking community - IKEA Business. The site is described as a forum for small business owners to share ideas with other entrepreneurs with a goal of gleaning the best in order to help achieve their own "ideal business space." The Web site www.ikea.com/business is aimed at providing practical workplace design solutions.
As a kickoff, the company has a national contest called "Small Businesses, Big Dreams: Furnished by IKEA." The contest award offers a makeover for an entire street of businesses. More information on the contest is on the Web site.
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