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Busines Notes — Apr. 7


■ Free legal consultations

on business issues

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and LegalCORPS are offering a free brief advice clinic that connects clients in the Brainerd area, via video conferencing, with business lawyers located in Minneapolis.

Volunteer attorneys will provide free legal consultations to small business owners throughout Minnesota via video conferencing. This pro bono service will give small business owners the opportunity to ask experienced business attorneys questions about business formation, leases, contracts, employee issues and similar business law topics. Video conferencing technology allows clients to feel as though they are in the room with the attorneys who are in fact many miles away. This creative “virtual clinic” will allow clients to access free brief-advice legal assistance without having to travel to one of LegalCORPS’s in-person clinics.

Clinic sessions are the last Thursday of each month. Appointments are being taken from small business owners, prospective business owners or nonprofits to get free 30-minute consultations from business lawyers through the Small Business Development Center at Central Lakes College. Participants must pre-register for a 30-minute session. To pre-register for the clinic, contact the SBDC at 855-8140 or

If a client needs more assistance than a 30-minute session can provide, referrals will be made to local legal firms for further representation or the client may apply for and, if he or she is income-eligible, receive full-representation assistance arranged by LegalCORPS. For more information, visit

■ Business planning

workshop set April 23

A business planning workshop, part of the 2013 Advantage Series, is set 6-7:30 p.m. April 23 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd in room E151.

Sessions are aimed at helping people plan to be successful entrepreneurs whether they are looking to start a business or if they are in business already. This series will be repeated each month during the spring. Follow-up counseling is available from the Small Business Development Center’s team of consultants at no charge.

A business plan is a formal document that demonstrates a professional, businesslike approach to planning and operating a business. Having a business plan sets a company apart from those who don’t, the Small Business Development Center reported. A business plan is important to help a business owner validate the business concept and set clear goals. It also gives investors, banks, suppliers and partners information to make decisions about working with the company.

Watch for the other upcoming sessions in the series; Forms of Business Structure, Marketing Your Small Business and Accounting Tools.

Cost is $30 per person, per session or $100 per person for all four in the series. Instructor is Jay Bock. Deadline to register is seven days prior to the class date.

For more information, register and read session descriptions of other classes in the series go to or contact the Small Business Development Center at 855-8140 or

■ Certified food course

set in Brainerd

A certified food manager course is planned in Brainerd from 5-9 p.m. April 9, 11, 16 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

A certified food manager will be required in most Minnesota food establishments. Participants are trained and tested through the Service Serving Safe Food Certification course. Participants 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.

Cost is $170. The instructor is Colette Pohlkamp.


■ Edina Realty Foundation announces grants to Local food shelves

The Edina Realty Foundation, which supports homeless related causes throughout Minnesota, western Wisconsin and Fargo, N.D., recently provided numerous grants to local food shelves.

Grants of $300 were made to food shelves from Crosby/Cuyuna Range, Garrison, Lakes Area, Motley, Onamia/New Pathways, Pillager Family Council, Pine River, Project Share of Wadena, Staples.

A large portion of grant money came directly from the real estate agents of Edina Realty’s Brainerd sales office as well as from Edina Realty itself. In addition, Edina Realty agents and employees host events throughout the year to help raise additional contributions.

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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