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Business Notes April 28

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■ Mills gains 2013

outstanding alumni award

Marisa Mills was recognized by Northwood University Florida as an outstanding alumna.

Mills was one of four recipients recognized for the 2013 awards. Mills, Brainerd, who graduated summa cum laude in 1997 from the university with a bachelor of business administration degree was awarded the university’s Alumni Achievement Award. The award is granted to the alumni who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in their chosen career and who supports the Northwood mission and core values and serve as an example for future university alumni. Northwood University has a mission of developing future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society, individual freedom, individual responsibility, functioning from a foundation of ethics and integrity, promoting and leveraging the global, diverse and multi-cultural nature of enterprise.

Mills, group general manager at Mills Automotive Group, plays a leadership role in the family business. She has worked with family-owned companies since age 15 and now works in the business established by her grandfather in 1922.

“At Northwood I felt a sense of belonging as I embraced curriculum that cultivated my natural, innate gifts, talents and abilities while emphasizing leadership, teamwork, communication and self-responsibility,” Mills said in an written introduction to award recipients.

With a passion for physical and emotional holistic health care and continued development, Mills was inspired to become a certified Hendricks Conscious Living and Loving Coach. As a coach, she specializes in working with business leaders and individuals who want to expand their leadership depth, fulfill their purpose and profitability. She coaches individuals who seek relief from resistant energy and emotional pain and who wish to unleash locked-up potential.

■ Nelson joins Mosquito Squad

Bowdrie Nelson joined Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota.

Nelson recently completed his testing requirements through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as a licensed pest applicator.

Mosquito Squad is a private mosquito and tick abatement company. In 2012, it was recognized amongst the top 15 fastest growing franchise companies in the nation. Mosquito Squad, an Outdoor Living Brands company, was recently certified as a world class franchise by the Franchise Research Institute and was rated one of the top 50 franchises by Franchise Business Review, receiving its 2012 Franchisee Satisfaction Award.

■ Lemieux achieves membership

in Million Dollar Round Table

Brian E. Lemieux of Baxter achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (MORT), the Premier Association of Financial Professionals.

Lemieux is a 14-year member of MDRT.

Attaining membership in MDRT is a distinguishing career milestone. It requires Lemieux to adhere to a strict code of ethics, focus on providing top-notch client service and continue to grow professionally through involvement in at least one other industry association.

“MDRT members like Brian are united in their commitment to help individuals, families and business owners gain financial peace of mind,” says MDRT President D. Scott Brennan. “In addition, MDRT members have access to the best minds in the business since they can share ideas and best practices with their fellow members from around the world. It’s the greatest law of human nature: In sharing, we always receive more than we give.”

MDRT also provides continuing education opportunities, informative and inspirational meetings and encourages members to support community and charitable involvement through the MDRT Foundation.

■ MMBA donates to

Habitat for Humanity

The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association (MMBA) recently hosted a wine and beer tasting event with proceeds going to Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.

Mike Scott, MMBA president presented Kevin Pelkey, executive director with Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity, a check for $1,000 at a recent membership meeting.

The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association (MMBA) of Crow Wing, Wadena and lower Cass Counties, fundamental purpose is to foster a healthy business environment for the home building industry, and to engage in activities that strengthen competitiveness, professionalism and the public’s confidence in the industry. The MMBA represents more than 250 members.

■ Lakewood Care Center

to host open house

STAPLES — An open house to celebrate the finished renovations at Lakewood’s Care Center will take place 3-5 p.m. May 9 in the activity room at Lakewood’s Senior Campus.

Community members may take a tour of the finished renovations, enjoy root beer floats and coffee and see what their generous donations and support helped accomplish, Lakewood reported.

Money for the Care Center renovations was donated by community members and businesses, as well as Lakewood medical staff and employees through last year’s capital campaign. Renovations have been underway since fall of 2012 and the whole project was completed in January of 2013.

For more information, contact Heidi Chapman at 218-894-8305 or

■ Hellands both earn

Mary Kay Career Car

BAXTER — A mother and daughter in Mary Kay both earned career cars for their accomplishments.

Mary Kay Independent Senior Sales Director Leslie Helland of Baxter earned the use of a new black Toyota Camry sedan as a result of her outstanding achievements in operating her independent Mary Kay business. Mary Kay Independent Sales Director Tessa Helland of Baxter earned the use of a new white Chevy Cruze as a result of her outstanding achievements in operating her independent Mary Kay business.

The Career Car Program includes the Chevy Equinox crossover in black, the Ford Mustang in black and the exclusive pearlized pink Cadillac, a coveted symbol of personal success.

Since the Career Car Program’s inception in 1969, nearly 140,000 independent sales force members have either qualified or re-qualified to earn the use of a Mary Kay career car. Currently, more than 7,185 Mary Kay career cars are on the road nationwide.

Helland began her Mary Kay business as an independent beauty consultant in 2009 and as a direct result of her accomplishments, became an Independent Sales Director in 2010. As an Independent sales director, she chooses to provide education, leadership and motivation to other Mary Kay independent beauty consultants and serve her customers.

■ Twamley joins

GuidePoint Pharmacy

Becky Twamley, pharmacist and certified tobacco treatment specialist, joined GuidePoint Pharmacy in Brainerd to expand clinical services.

Twamley will manage a comprehensive tobacco cessation program. The service includes private consultations to discuss medication options and behavioral modifications. Twamley has 15 years of experience in tobacco cessation and is certified through the Mayo Nicotine Addiction Center. Twamley said health benefits for those who stop using tobacco begin as soon as the person quits and continues for years after that moment.

GuidePoint is also a training center through Alere Home Monitoring. Pharmacists will provide training for the machines used to monitor certain medications used to prevent blood clots. It is important for people taking wafarin (Coumadin) to keep their blood level in a safe range.

■ Grinnell Mutual recognizes Bremer Insurance Agencies

Bremer Insurance Agencies Inc. was presented with a 2013 President’s Club plaque from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.

The plaque recognizes the agency’s achievement, ranking among Grinnell Mutual’s top 50 agencies and 11 farm mutual companies for outstanding production and profitability over a five-year period. In business since 1909, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company provides reinsurance for mutual insurance companies and property and casualty insurance products through nearly 1,600 independent agents in 12 Midwestern states. Grinnell Mutual is the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America.

■ CRMC recognizes

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

CROSBY — During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 21-27, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) recognizes its laboratory professionals and celebrates their dedication as crucial members of the health care team, collaborating together to improve patient care and outcomes. At CRMC, the lab performed 62,400 venipunctures and 10,000 urine analyses, processed 296,000 laboratory orders and performed 456 drug screen collections in one year. The lab staff at CRMC has 387 combined years of dedicated service spanning three generations.


■ Going Into Business for

Yourself course offered

The Business and Industry Center, Central Lakes College, Brainerd, is offering a Going Into Business for Yourself session covering all areas of a business startup, helpful advice on how to get a dream off the ground, how to become and stay profitable, including financing a new venture and necessary filings with the state of Minnesota. Follow-up counseling is available to qualified individuals from the Small Business Development Center’s team of consultants at no charge to the individual.

Cost for the session is $49 per person and $29 for each additional business partner. Instructor is Jay Bock. The session is 6-9 p.m. May 9 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Deadline to register is May 4.

For more information, go to or contact Melissa Pikula at 855-8140 or

■ Forms of Business

Structure offered May 7

Central Lakes College Small Business Development Center is offering Forms of Business Structure from 6-7:30 p.m. May 7 in Room E151 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

When beginning a business, one of the most perplexing considerations is the form of business entity to establish. The most common forms of business are sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, a corporation of a limited liability company. Each form has advantages and disadvantage in complexity and taxation. Choosing the right business form requires a delicate balancing of competing considerations. While not a substitute for specific legal advice, learn the basics of what options you need to consider in choosing a business entity. The session is aimed at those thinking of starting or purchasing a business.

Cost is $30 per person. Instructor is Jay Bock. Deadline to register is May 1. For more information, go to or contact the Small Business Development Center at 855-8140 or

■ Small business marketing

session set May 14

Marketing Your Small Business is offered from 6-7:30 p.m. May 14 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

This course will go deep into the marketing section of the business plan. Participants will review traditional methods of marketing, what part social media should play in your marketing plan, and how a business decides where their marketing dollars should go. This session will also talk about determining your target market and how to reach them with advertising. The session is aimed for anyone starting or purchasing a business or those with small businesses who have a social media fear.

Cost is $30 per person. Instructor is Jay Bock. The course is in Room E151. Deadline to register is May 7.

For more information, go to or contact Melissa Pikula at 855-8140 or

How to submit a business note

The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to, or fax to 218-829-0211, mail to Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street. Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.

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