Kurt Muesing transferred and Jerry Beckmann joined the American National Bank of Minnesota Brainerd branch on South Sixth Street.
Muesing, Baxter, joined American National as a vice president in March at its Baxter location. At the Brainerd office, he is responsible for residential and commercial loans, including new construction.
He is a Brainerd High School graduate and has a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University.
Beckmann, Baxter, recently joined the professional staff of the bank as a vice president/mortgage loan officer responsible for secondary market mortgages and in-house residential loans. He has 16 years of experience in business and financial management.
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Klauck gains certification
Josh Klauck, while working at Easy Riders Bicycle and Sport shop, downtown Brainerd, successfully completed bicycle technical certification from Trek University, Fargo, N.D.
Kenn and Lori Shepherd, store owners, awarded Klauck the title of top salesman of the year for his high level of service to his customers.
Close earns designation
Christopher C. Close of Close-Converse Commercial Properties recently passed the User Decision Analysis Course as part of the 200 hours of graduate level curriculum.
This is the final requirement along with a resume of experience needed to obtain a Certified Commercial Investment Member designation, which is a recognized professional in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation and investment analysis. About 7,000 commercial real estate professionals hold a CCIM designation.
Brown joins Thrivent Financial
Curt Brown is Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' newest financial associate with the North Central Minnesota Regional Financial office, covering the Brainerd area.
Brown, Baxter, will work through comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a wide range of financial products.
Before joining Thrivent Financial, Brown worked in the health care industry.
Kolkind becomes new Sears owner
BAXTER -- Mary Kolkind is the new owner of the Sears retail dealer store in Baxter.
The store has brand name appliances and a repair service. The Baxter store is one of more than 800 authorized retail dealer stores opened since June 1993.
Seipp joins Quarterdeck Resort and Boathouse
NISSWA -- Lee Seipp joined the Quarterdeck Resort and Boathouse Restaurant in sales and marketing.
She previously worked 23 years at the Quarterdeck Resort and Restaurant on Gull Lake and spent the last four years as an advertising representative at the Brainerd Dispatch. Her new duties include restaurant and resort marketing, management and sales.
Shady Oaks Farm joins Angus association
CROSBY -- Shady Oaks Farm, Crosby, is a new member of the American Angus Association.
The American Angus Association, with more than 34,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef cattle registry association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 14 million registered Angus.
The association records ancestral information and keeps production records on individual animals for its members. These permanent records help members select and mate the best animals in their herds to produce high quality, efficient breeding cattle, which are then recorded with the American Angus Association.
Friday Morning Coffee set Friday
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce networking event for chamber members and employees and guests, Friday Morning Coffee, is set from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday at Ambiance at 53, a gift and home decor shop on First Street Southeast in Little Falls.
SBDC honors financial partners
The Small Business Development Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd recognized two area financial partners for contributions to the SBDC program over the past three years.
The Initiative Foundation was recognized for partnering with the SBDC and providing grants totaling $26,600 over the past three years.
The Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp. was recognized for providing $35,000 over the past three years and partnering with the SBDC on a number of business projects.
Greg Bargeman, director of the regional SBDC based at CLC, made the presentations, accompanied by CLC President Joe Birmingham and Mike Myrrh, state director of Minnesota Small Business Development Centers.
Ideal System Solutions gains national recognition
In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses, DiversityBusiness.com recently named Ideal System Solutions Inc. as one of the Top 500 Diversity-owned businesses in the United States for the second year in a row.
Also awarded was Top Hispanic-American and Top Women-owned business in America. Along with these national awards, Ideal System Solutions Inc. also was awarded Top 50 Diversity Owned Business and Top Small Business in Minnesota.
Incorporated in 1996, Ideal System Solutions is owned by Pine River residents Elise Hernandez, president, and John McGuire, vice president. Ideal Solutions is a national value-added reseller of mid-range to high-end information technology with offices in Maple Grove, Santa Fe, N.M., and Gainesville, Va.
The Div500 is the fifth annual listing of the nation's top 500 diversity-owned businesses. Ranging in revenue size from $12 million to more than $1.8 billion, the companies listed on the Div500 represent the nation's top multicultural earners.
Winning companies will be recognized at Diversity Business.com's fifth annual Multicultural Business Conference in the spring in Connecticut.
Nanotechnology program set at CLC
Central Lakes College will host author Jack Uldrich for a two-hour update on "the next big thing" -- nanotechnology -- 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in the Chalberg Theatre at the Brainerd campus.
Uldrich, author of "The Next Big Thing is Really Small," will explain how nanotechnology will affect virtually every business and describe the concrete steps that people can begin taking today to prepare for the sweeping change that nanotechnology will enable tomorrow.
By 2013, it is estimated that nanotechnology will account for $1 trillion in new products and services. It is further estimated that the United States will need 2 million new workers trained in the field.
The $5 program will include what nanotechnology is and why President Bush one year ago signed into law a $3.7 billion initiative to establish the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the largest federally funded science program since the United States decided to put a man on the moon.
Uldrich is the president of The NanoVeritas Group, a consultancy that focuses on helping businesses, venture capitalists and governments understand, evaluate, prepare for and profit from nanotechnology. Clients include leading venture capital firms, law firms, governments and Fortune 100 companies.
The program is co-sponsored by Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Region Five Development Commission, and the Small Business Development Center at Central Lakes College.
Pre-registration is required. The deadline is Jan. 4. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 extension 8142 or 855-8142.
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