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Business notes - Oct. 29

■ Little Falls chamber to host youth trick-or-treating

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites preschool and elementary aged school children to come trick-or-treating from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday.

Participating businesses will display a pumpkin on their door or window. Visit the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce website at for a complete list of participating businesses. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

“Trick or Treating is sponsored by the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce as a means of showcasing our business community,” said Chamber President/CEO, Debora K. Boelz, in a news release. “The event draws nearly 800 children.”

■ Trussworthy Components gains commendation

PINE RIVER — The Cass County Economic Development Corp. presented a Governor’s Commendation to Trussworthy Components Inc. of Pine River as part of Minnesota Manufacturing Week.

Owner Craig Anderson was recognized for his company’s contribution to the economy.

Cass County EDC Each manufacturing job supports another 1.9 jobs elsewhere in the economy. They support supplier purchases, employee spending and transportation jobs. Manufacturing has the second largest payroll of any business sector in Minnesota and 33 percent of all jobs in the state are in manufacturing, according to the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

In Cass County, manufacturing jobs comprised 5.1 percent of all jobs in 2011. Manufacturing supports many other industries including transportation, construction, financial services and indirectly through employee spending. Thus the 5.1 percent of manufacturing jobs play a large part of the overall economy, the EDC reportedm, these jobs are dependent on manufacturers like Trussworthy Components, Inc.

The EDC has a loan fund for manufacturing businesses and about 33 percent of business projects completed with EDC assistance are in the manufacturing sector. Cass County has the second lowest industrial and commercial tax rate to encourage manufacturing and industrial development. There is a workforce of 17,087, or 55 percent of county population is in the workforce of ages 16-65.

■ Certified food manager training

set at CLC

A Certified Food Manager course is scheduled to meet 5-9 p.m., Nov. 13, Nov. 15 and Nov. 20 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

Certification is required in most Minnesota food establishments.

The class instructor is Colette Pohlkamp.

Participants are trained and tested through the ServSafe Serving Safe Food Certification course. They will learn about potentially hazardous foods and safe food handling practices, the HACCP system of food safety, setting up standards and completion upon passing the required exam.

The course fee is $170.

Registration deadline is Nov. 6.

For information, call 800-933-0346 extension 8142 or 855-8142 or email Online registration is available at and click on “courses.”

■ CLC offers QuickBooks Pro accounting class

Central Lakes College scheduled a two-night, computerized QuickBooks Pro Accounting Advanced course of the Brainerd campus.

The advanced class is planned 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 from in Room C221. The fee is $99.

This class will provide the advanced skills necessary to get more detail from the software package.

The student will learn software features including, set up overview, preferences, customization, item detailing for inventory control, sales and purchase orders, bank reconciliation and monthly reporting.

The instructor will be Jay Bock.

Registration deadline is Nov. 6, with payment to Central Lakes College.

For more information, call 800-933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142, or email, with online registration at and clicking on “courses.”

■ Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley go pink

On two Sundays in October, pink will raise green cash for breast cancer research.

For guests who wear pink to Grand Casino Mille Lacs or Grand Casino Hinckley Oct. 28, the casinos will donate $5 (up to $10,000) to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Minnesota as part of the “Pink with a Purpose” campaign. In addition, guests who wear pink will receive $5 in credit to use during their time at the casino.

“Our goal is to be able to donate $10,000 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Ronda Weizenegger, general manager of Grand Casino Mille Lacs.

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