Bankers gains recognition as occupational therapist
The Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association recognized Rose Bankers at St. Joseph's Medical Center as occupational therapist of the year.
This award recognizes a member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association who with their knowledge and expertise has made a significant contribution to the advancement of occupational therapy within the state of Minnesota.
Bankers gained the honor for her contribution in providing education for occupational therapists in the application and use of physical medicine modalities. Bankers is a certified hand therapist.
Hoffman joins MacDonald Wold in Aitkin
AITKIN -- Kevin Hoffman, Aitkin, was hired as a marketing, advertising and sales consultant at MacDonald Wold.
Hoffman has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, working in a family publishing business before starting his own advertising/consulting firm in Eagan in 1992. Hoffman has been in Aitkin since 1994.
He will be responsible for the implementation of all advertising and marketing programs, as well as Internet and general sales.
Laager is LF chamber employee of the month
LITTLE FALLS -- BreeAnn Laager, Little Falls, is the Little Falls Chamber Employee of the Month for November.
Laager is the photo manager at Coborn's Superstore. She's been with the business 5-1/2 years. Laager's employer noted her customer service skills and leadership abilities.
Harvey wins graphic design award
BAXTER -- Karen Harvey, Widseth Smith Nolting marketing coordinator, recently won a 2004 American Graphic Design Award for WSN's company newsletter from Graphic Design:usa, a magazine for professional graphic designers and creative professionals.
Harvey has more than 12 years experience in graphic design, page layout, writing and editing. She studied international business at the University of Evansville, where she was recognized as outstanding graduate in the School of Business Administration. Her responsibilities at WSN include graphic design, researching and writing technical articles and news releases, developing proposals and presentations and helping support the firm's strategic marketing plan for all five WSN offices.
Going into business class set Nov. 18
The "Going Into Business for Yourself" class will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18 in Room E208 of the Business and Industry Center at the Central Lakes College Brainerd campus.
The seminar covers all areas of business startup, advice on how to get one's dream off the ground and how to become and stay profitable, including financing of a new venture.
Jay Bock is the instructor.
This session will assist the potential business owner through the process of developing the project, provide the opportunity to have questions addressed and identify other helpful resources. The instruction includes business structure and required government filings.
Free 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.
Registration deadline is Nov. 11. For more information, call 855-8142 or (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142.
Grand Casino named Non-Metro Employer of the Year
ONAMIA -- Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Onamia, was recently honored with the Non-Metro Employer of the Year award from the Minnesota Rehab Association Job Placement Division.
Grand Casino Mille Lacs has been affiliated with Productive Alternatives, a non-profit organization that works with individuals who have mental and or physical challenges, providing employment opportunities.
Grand Casino Mille Lacs was recognized for going above and beyond the objective of the employment partnership with Productive Alternatives by caring and helping the clients develop themselves to the point of being independent. Grand Casino Mille Lacs not only provides employment training, but everyday life training too. For example, mock interviews are conducted to provide guidance for the clients' development and understanding of the world around them.
The awards ceremony was Oct. 21 in St. Cloud.
Crystal-Pierz Marine gains recognition
Crystal-Pierz Marine was recognized as a recipient of the 2004 Business Journal Growth 50 Award, signifying the boat dealer as one of the 50 fastest-growing private companies in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The Growth 50 Award is an annual publication of The Business Journal. Landing in the 35th position, climbing eight spots from 2003, Crystal-Pierz Marine was recognized for a third consecutive year.
To qualify for the list, submitted companies have to be privately held and based in the Twin Cities nine-county metro area. The companies had to have at least $1 million in revenue in both 2002 and 2003, while showing continuous growth in its last three years, and were ranked according to total percentage of growth for that period. About 50 percent of the 2004 Growth 50 companies returned from the 2003 list.
Crystal-Pierz Marine was the only marine sales and service company to be recognized by the Growth 50. The company, which includes four boat dealerships in the Twin Cities metro area in addition to seven locations in outstate Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, saw its three-year revenue grow by 64 percent from 2001 through 2003. Company insiders expect similar results as 2004 comes to a close.
Myron Kujawa, owner of Crystal-Pierz Marine, said the company anticipates a January opening of its new superstore in Rogers.
Area resorters represented on association
The Minnesota Resort & Campground Association elected officers at its October annual meeting and fall conference in Grand Rapids.
President-elect is Jim Benson, Madden's Lodge On Gull Lake, Brainerd. Vice president is Wally Heise, South Isle Family Campground, Isle.
Directors include Shay Fortier, Adventure North Resort, Walker; and Chris Ruttger, Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, Deerwood
Directors returning to the board to complete terms include John Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh's Resort & Restaurant, Brainerd.
The Minnesota Resort & Campground Association is a provider of lobbying, education and marketing to some 725 Minnesota resorts and campgrounds and their suppliers. It is part of a family of associations that includes the Minnesota Hotel & Lodging Association and Minnesota Restaurant Association, all operating under the umbrella of Hospitality Minnesota.
Kinship Partners, Fifth Avenue host Tablescapes event
The community is invited to view Tablescapes presented by Fifth Avenue Furniture, north of Brainerd along Highway 371. Tablescapes, Nov. 1 through Nov. 20, features dining room tables decorated by Kinship Partners Board members and staff each reflecting a different theme.
Fifth Avenue Furniture is donating a dining room table and chairs, which will be sold to the highest bidder during the live auction, at Kinship Partners' annual Taste of the Lakes event. All proceeds raised at Taste of Lakes stay in the Brainerd lakes area benefiting area youth.
Fifth Avenue Furniture is owned by Tom and Kathy Terhaar.
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