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Workshop to address resources available to small business
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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Editor's note: David Collins, executive director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission, will be sharing information on community issues and opportunities on a regular basis on the Enterprise Business page.

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A day-long session, "Turning Lemons Into Lemonade ... a Hubbard County Toolbox for Small Businesses," will provide information and inspiration Thursday, March 12 in Park Rapids.

The Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission (HCREDC) encourages all those engaged in small businesses, and those who want to be, to learn more about various resources available for small businesses in morning presentations on loan programs, mentoring, counseling and technical services.

Panel members, and those making presentations, will include participants from local, regional and state entities.

These include: Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, Minnesota's Community Development Corporation, Headwaters Regional Finance Corporation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Minnesota Business Finance Corporation, Small Business Development Center, Marketing Assistance and Research Solutions (MARS), SCORE counselors and FastTrac.

Given the current economic uncertainties, this is an excellent opportunity to step back and take a look at ways to not only survive, but thrive.

Indeed, the current economic conditions present not only challenges, but many opportunities as well. It is our hope that the "Hubbard County Toolbox for Small Businesses," and the contacts you'll make, benefit you and your business for the long term.

Additionally, we are featuring two excellent presentations in the afternoon: "Can Small Towns Be Cool?" followed by "Community Entrepreneurship: A Grassroots Approach to Adding Vitality."

Our guest speaker, Dave Ivan, a community development specialist from Michigan State University Extension, will talk about strategies successful communities have employed.

Ivan recently was featured as a speaker at the annual Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development conference.

His presentations suggest themes for success, such as strong engagement among citizens, community organizations and government; an organized and active cultural economic development approach; a deliberate effort to engage youth and attention to a community's natural assets.

And due to a partnership with Minnesota State Community & Technical Colleges (Detroit Lakes), we are able to bring these excellent presentations to Park Rapids, as well as Detroit Lakes and Barnesville.

Local jobs a priority

Nurturing and growing existing businesses is vital to our community. We need to create a culture in Hubbard County that identifies, supports and grows entrepreneurs.

In today's economy, most new jobs are going to be those that are created and grown locally. This is a priority for our HCREDC, and we hope it is for our many community partners as well.

"Turning Lemons Into Lemonade . . . a Hubbard

County Toolbox for Small Businesses" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 12 at Riverside United Methodist Church, Highway 71 North, Park Rapids.

Registration is $25 per person by 11 a.m., Monday, March 9; $35 per person after or at the door.

To register, contact Shai by calling 732-2256; by e-mail at shailee@hubbard countyedc.com; or by mailing the fee, payable to HCREDC, to HCREDC, 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids, MN 56470.

Local jobs a priority

The HCREDC and MSCTC also will offer compliance training, Red Flags Rules from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at Northwoods Bank.

This session will fulfill federal requirements of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act for employees who have access to customer information.

This includes employees in public and private utilities, municipalities, the banking industry, insurance and car dealerships. For more information, including how to register, contact the HCREDC office.

(Questions or comments may be directed to Collins at

dwc@hubbardcountyedc.com)

The HCREDC and MSCTC also will offer compliance training titled Red Flags Rules from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Thursday, March 26 at Northwoods Bank. This session will fulfill federal requirements of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act for employees who have access to customer information. This includes employees in public and private utilities, municipalities, the banking industry, insurance and car dealerships. For more information, including how to register, contact the HCREDC office.

David W. Collins, Executive Director

Hubbard County Regional

Economic Development Commission

301 Court Avenue

Park Rapids, Minnesota  56470

218-255-2680 (cell)

218-732-2256 (office)

218-732-3645 (fax)

dwc@hubbardcountyedc.com

www.hubbardcountyedc.com

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