The Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce is hosting the 2001 annual dinner on Monday at Breezy Point Resort.
This social event will highlight the past year's accomplishments and establish the vision for the new year. Social hour will begin at 5:15 p.m., with the dinner at 6:30, followed by a recognition program. Entertainment will be provided by Chuck Hickock beginning at 7:45 p.m.
Invitations have been mailed to all chamber members. All employees of any chamber member business are invited to attend. Tickets are $25 per person.
Business After Hours Thursday
American National Bank (formerly CreditAmerica Savings) is sponsoring the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce's Business After Hours event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at their new facility on 1920 South 6th Street, Brainerd.
This monthly after-work event provides a relaxed networking environment for chamber member businesses and their employees.
For more information about this event, listen to the recorded message at (218) 829-2838, ext. 803.
Morey's Seafood wins two NFI awards
Morey's Seafood International was recognized by the National Fisheries Institute at an annual conference in Los Angeles last week.
Morey's Seafood won two of nine industry awards at the annual convention. The second annual NFI FINesse Awards recognized companies, organizations, or individuals who have done outstanding jobs promoting fish and seafood. Morey's won for its FAST Program, which stands for: Feature it/Focus on it, Advertise it, Strategically Sample it, and Talk about it, in the marketing-retail category for its "King of the Sea" promotion in the marketing-distribution category.
Judging criteria included sales measurement, strategic thought process, and creativity.
Morey's King of the Sea promotion focused on selling salmon to retail and food service operations and marked the first company-wide promotion since Morey's Seafood International LLC integrated its five office locations (Minneapolis, Albuquerque, St. Louis, El Paso and Detroit).
Morey's Seafood International LLC awarded several different prizes, including "Team King of the Sea" award, and the "Individual King of the Sea award" for exceeding goals in both salmon pounds and gross profits. Several incentives were also given for sales planning, client follow-through, theme and selling ideas. This was NFI's 56th Annual Convention, and the second FINesse Awards presentation.
Morey's Seafood International LLC has more than 400 employees, with eight offices in six states. Company headquarters are in Minneapolis.
Fund-raising workshop set
Bremer Bank in conjunction with the Initiative Foundation is presenting a workshop designed for non-profit organizations. The workshop is set from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd in the Business and Industry Center.
The workshop, titled "Calming Fundraising Phobias" will present non-profit organizations with information on how to develop a successful fund-raising plan. The workshop will be led by Bob Bunger of HBH Associates. He will provide participants with information to improve their organization's fund-raising planning. In addition, the session includes discussion of various fund-raising methods, identifying, developing and cultivating a donor base, recruiting effective volunteers, and renewing and upgrading donations and gifts.
Cost for the workshop is $75 and includes materials and lunch. Registration is encouraged by Monday. For more information call Lonna Becker at the Initiative Foundation at (320) 632-9255.
Two organizations gain awards
Two area organizations were recognized for contributions to career and technical education by the Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Administrators.
Mid-Minnesota Builders Association, represented by Cheryal Hills, executive officer, and The Body Works, represented by Greg Peeters, general manager, were awarded Friend in Education plaques.
Both organizations were considered leaders in providing learning activities such as tours, classroom presentations, internships, job shadowing and apprenticeships for area high school students.
Edward Jones hosts broadcast
Cassie Gylland, Edward Jones investment representative in Brainerd, is hosting a broadcast for individual investors at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 3, 406 W. Washington Street, Suite Three.
The broadcast is titled " Issues and Solutions: Student plus college plus savings equals 529 plan -- a Smart Solution." The program is a live, interactive program to Edward Jones branch offices nationwide via the firm's private satellite network. There is no charge to attend.
The program features a discussion of the Internal Revenue Service tax code 529, which allows individuals to save money for qualified education expenses. Currently all earnings in these plans grow tax free. Beginning in 2002, qualified withdrawals will be tax free as well.
In addition, an essay contest with an award of a $100,000 scholarship into a 529 plan is another opportunity for those attending the broadcast. Children 8-12 years old may write a 200-word essay on "Why a college education is important to me" to win the scholarship. Registration packets and more details are available at the broadcast.
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