Tanya M. Reed, Fort Ripley, joined the Brainerd office of American National Bank of Minnesota as a customer service representative responsible for providing assistance with financial products and transactions to existing and new customers of the bank.
Before joining American National, Reed was a sales associate with Bremer Bank in Baxter and Brainerd for four and a half years.
She graduated from Belgrade/Brooten/Elrosa High School.
Syvantis owners gain certifications
BAXTER -- Syvantis Technologies, a Microsoft certified partner in Baxter, achieved the new Microsoft Business Solutions Competency with specialization in Great Plains, Small Business Manager, Customer Relationship Management and Retail Management System.
Syvantis owners passed a series of exams to obtain the required certifications.
Ken Riley's certifications include Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Great Plains installation and configuration, Microsoft CRM installation and configuration, CRM customization and applications.
Janelle Riley is certified on the Great Plains Financial Series and Small Business Manager.
Todd Froemming is certified on the Microsoft Retail Management System for retail point of sale applications.
Bourassa gains promotion
Beverly Bourassa, Brainerd, was promoted to team manager by Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company selling gourmet foods and gifts.
As a team manager and independent business owner, Bourassa successfully sponsored six consultants who market Tastefully Simple.
Stroot achieves high score
Scott Stroot, personal financial adviser with Ring, Stroot and Associates office of the American Express Financial Advisors, Brainerd, received high ratings from his clients in American Express Financial Advisor's annual client satisfaction survey.
Stroot is one of 30 percent of all participating advisers whose clients rated them highly in areas, including overall satisfaction and financial knowledge. Stroot provides personal advise based on a written financial plan and a one-on-one client relationship.
Five thousand advisers nationwide participated in the survey.
CTC adds employees
Consolidated Telecommunications Co. recently added three employees: C.J. Anderson, Brian Finney and Jesse Sullivan.
Anderson, formerly with USLink in Pequot Lakes, joined CTC as a member of the Service Help Desk.
Finney is a systems analyst with the company and formerly worked as a systems engineer for Compucom in Minneapolis.
Sullivan joined CTC as a member of the Service Help Desk after being in technical support at Paul Bunyan Telephone in Bemidji.
Mid-Minnesota directors receive national recognition
David Stark and Mark Korwin-Kuczynski recently were honored with the Filene Award for their commitment to volunteer education.
Stark, a member of Mid-Minnesota's board of directors for the past 14 years, has held positions of second vice chair and secretary. In addition he serves on the Grant Committee, Nominating Committee and Credit Union Service Organization Board. Stark was recognized in September for his achievements.
Korwin-Kuczynski earned the Filene Award in November. He has served on the Mid-Minnesota board of directors since 1987, assuming roles on the Grant Committee, Nominating Committee and CUSO Board.
Volunteer Achievement Program recognition is earned by successfully completing 12 VAP self-study modules provided through the Minnesota Credit Union Network. The Filene Award is named after Edward Filene, the founder of the credit union movement.
'Going Into Business'
class set Jan. 13
"Going Into Business for Yourself" at Central Lakes College will be offered 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 in Room E 208 of the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus.
The seminar covers all areas of business startup, offers advice on how to get one's dream off the ground and how to become and stay profitable, including financing 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 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 by Jan. 6. Cost is $40 per person or $60 for participant and one additional business partner.
For more information, call 855-8142 or (800) 933-0346, extension 8142.
Crop marketing seminar set Jan. 13
STAPLES -- The Farm Business Management program at Central Lakes College, Staples campus, will host a Marketing Your Crop seminar 1 p.m. Jan. 13.
This free event features Dave Dolan, a farm marketing specialist with Hurley and Associates of Glenwood. He will discuss marketing plans that are consistent with cash flow needs and goals.
The seminar is designed to provide understandable advice on the task of selling a crop in today's economy.
No advance registration is needed. The Staples campus of Central Lakes College is at 1830 Airport Road northwest of town just past the airport.
Dairy Days set in January
The University of Minnesota Dairy Days 2005 will provide an opportunity for dairy producers and dairy advisers to hear the latest research-based information from the university's educators and researchers.
Dairy Days will be Jan. 7 at the Royalton American Legion. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. with the program scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and $15 for each additional person from the same farm.
The 2005 series will include a morning session on calves and housing research and information on compost barns. The afternoon will offer breakout sessions where participants may attend three of six topic presentations. Topics are: Keeping Cows Happy and Healthy; Pasteurized Milk and Colostrum for Calves: An Option or Necessity?; Lameness: What's New?; The ABCDEFGs for Healthy Calves; Giving Dry Cow Mastitis the Boot; and Milk House Wastewater and Clean Air Regulations.
For more information, call Shari Schmidt at (888) 241-4591.
Whitebirch and Breezy Point resort gain crown
BREEZY POINT -- The Whitebirch and Breezy Point International Inc. Resort earned the RCI Gold Crown Resort designation.
RCI is a global leader in vacation property exchange. A select number of RCI resorts are recognized yearly as RCI Gold Crown resorts. RCI has more than 3,700 affiliated resorts worldwide and more than 3 million members. Breezy Point Resort is owned and operated by Robert Spizzo.
BMC donates gifts to the needy
Brainerd Medical Center's 2004 Community Action Committee donated gift cards to cover gas, groceries and other purchases to nine families.
The Lakes Area Chaplaincy, the Salvation Army and the Mid-Minnesota Women's Shelter received $300 each. Physicians matched staff fund-raising efforts with $1,300. And a total of $3,400 was disbursed.
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