Business Notes--EMDASH--Jan. 31

CAREER Gadbois Joins the OB/GYN Team Physician Assistant Kaley Gadbois has joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Essentia Health-Baxter Specialty Clinic in Baxter, and the Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Good Beginnings OB Clinic in...

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Gadbois Joins the OB/GYN Team

Physician Assistant Kaley Gadbois has joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Essentia Health-Baxter Specialty Clinic in Baxter, and the Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Good Beginnings OB Clinic in Brainerd.

Gadbois has worked in Urgent Care at the Baxter Clinic for the past three years.

Gadbois earned a master's degree in physician assistant studies from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. She is certified as a physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.




Gerlich, Brown join American Door Works

American Door Works announced the hiring of Jim Gerlich as chief financial officer and

Nathan Brown as sales and client service manager.

Gerlich has more than 25 years of experience in construction-related private and public accounting. He is a graduate of Mankato State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Brown has more than 15 years of sales, sales management and consulting experience to American Door Works. He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor of science in political science.






Murphy receives top honors

ONAMIA-Chef Adam Murphy, executive chef at The Launch Bar and Grill at Eddy's Resort, Onamia, received top honors at the Taste of Elegance event - a cooking competition for the best chefs in Minnesota to show off their pork cooking skills.

The competition was Jan. 18 at the Minneapolis Hilton as a part of the annual Minnesota Pork Congress conference put on the by the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. The competition included 14 chefs from around the state representing operations in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Murphy said competitions like this provide a great opportunity for chefs from different parts of the state to learn from one another.

"There were amazing chefs at the Taste of Elegance event, and it was a great opportunity to see the techniques that made each chef's dish a little unique and to bring some new ideas back to my work here at The Launch Bar and Grill," Murphy said in a news release. "To have the honor of being named 'Chef Par Excellence' in such great company-that was a huge bonus."

Murphy's winning dish of Braised Pork Neck with five-spice pâté, parsnip puree and pickled onion and carrots earned him a $1,500 prize and an all-expense paid trip to the Greystone Campus of the Culinary Institute of America in California where he will have the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the 2016 National Pork Summit.


New job placement funding announced

ST. PAUL-The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded grants totaling $475,000 for services that will help people with mental illnesses return to work.

The agency's Vocational Rehabilitation Services unit awarded the funding to Guild Incorporated, St. Paul, $160,979; Goodwill Easter Seals, St. Paul, $153,585; and Rise Inc., Minneapolis, $160,436.

The three entities will provide clients with individual placement and support services, an employment model that helps people with serious mental illnesses achieve part-time or full-time employment in mainstream, competitive jobs. The model, which has been in use for 25 years, is an alternative strategy to so-called sheltered workshops, where people with disabilities are employed in separate work environments.

"For Minnesotans with mental illness, employment is an important part of recovery," said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, in a news release. "These programs are designed to help participants find opportunities for professional growth and self-sufficiency, and also to contribute to their long-term well-being."

Vocational Rehabilitation Services received funding from the Minnesota Legislature last year to expand the IPS model to unserved and underserved areas of the state. Guild Incorporated will provide services in Scott County, Goodwill Easter Seals will provide services in Olmsted and Fillmore counties, and Rise Inc. will provide services in Hennepin County.

The three projects are scheduled to begin on Feb. 1.

For other details about the program, contact Claire Courtney, IPS state grant program contract manager, at .

MHA recognizes local hospital leaders

ST. PAUL-Nineteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association's trustee certification program.

The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

By participating in MHA's voluntary certification program, hospital trustees receive training on current health-care trends, governance best practices, ethics, government regulations, patient safety and quality. Participants undergo 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota's initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

"In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the often complicated issues facing hospitals and health systems today," said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO in a news release. "Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are well-prepared to make good decisions."

"With so many changes in health care policy and practice-especially under federal and state health care reform-hospital trustees want this kind of support to be strong leaders in their organizations," Massa said. "Earning this certification demonstrates a trustee's commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves."

Area newly certified trustees are:

• Robert L. McLean, Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd.

• Dr. Julie Benson, Lakewood Health System, Staples.

• David Quincer, Tri-County Health Care, Wadena.

Go to for more information about MHA's hospital trustee certification program. Go to for more information about Minnesota hospitals.

Henifin receives Validation Group Practitioner Certification

Michele Henifin, resident services outreach director for Horizon Health's Harmony House Assisted Livings, Pierz, recently earned her Validation Group Practitioner Certification, which benefits those people with dementia or memory loss and their families.

Validation is a method of communicating and helping those with dementia or memory loss, which helps reduce stress, enhance dignity and increase happiness. Validation is built on an empathetic attitude and a holistic view of individuals. Using Validation techniques can offer those people an opportunity to express what they wish to express whether it is verbal or non-verbal. When they can express the things that have often been suppressed, the intensity of the feelings lessen, people communicate more and are less likely to withdraw into further stages of disorientation. Horizon Health reported.

Henifin is able to give caregivers the tools to handle difficult situations while giving individuals with dementia a sense of worth, Horizon Health reported. Horizon Health is offering Dementia Training to providers Feb. 16 and March 15 at Horizon Center in Pierz. Henifin is also a Certified PAC Trainer with Teepa Snow's team. Henifin educates others on Positive Physical Approach, Hand under Hand Techniques and the world of dementia. She is also trained in Person Centered Thinking and Planning.



Stifter joins The Cut Above

Rochelle Stifter joined The Cut Above.

Her specialty in hair design includes men and women's cut and colors, styling, updos, and nail care with five years of working experience. Stifter previously worked for Salon Seven.



Lake Country Connections reaches milestone

The Lake Country Connections chapter of Business Networking International, a business referral group, reached over $1,000,000 worth of business referrals for each other in 2015. There are currently 28 members working together in order to grow their businesses.

"We have a strong group right now, very energetic and fun," said Karl Larson, owner of The Burn Nutrition Hub, in a news release. Larson is also president of the chapter. "There is a Code of Ethics we all hold ourselves and each other accountable to, making it easier to pass referrals knowing the members will follow through."

The group meets at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the Northland Arboretum. Chris Schucker, the current education coordinator and co-owner of Digital Horizons, said everyone is welcome to visit the group. For more information, email Sara Ahlers at .

DOR offers sales, use tax classes

The Minnesota Department of Revenue offers various Sales and Use Tax classes designed for business owners, bookkeepers, purchasing agents, and accountants who want knowledge of the law and how to meet their tax obligations.

For companies that do business in multiple states, we partner with South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin to offer border state classes that highlight the similarities and differences between the states' tax laws.

These classes are free and open to the public. Go to for more information.

Foundation Seeks Award Nominations

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual Award in Philanthropy, which will be presented at the foundation's annual dinner in July. Nominations forms are available at Deadline for the nomination is March 1st, 2016.

The Award in Philanthropy recognizes an individual or a couple who have significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy in the region either through their personal philanthropy, their work as a volunteer or through their work as a professional advising their clients about philanthropy. The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation has been giving this award since 2005 as a way to honor those working to build a better community and inspire the next generation of philanthropic leaders.

"We look forward to honoring another worthy recipient for contributing to a brighter future for the Brainerd Lakes area. We feel it's important to recognize those who share their time, talent or resources to build a healthier community," said Karl Samp, executive director of the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, in a news release.

Past award recipients include John Sullivan, Fran and Clarence Holden, Linda and Bernie Roberts, Kathy and Bruce Buxton, JoAnn and Arnie Johnson, the Cote Family, Kevin Close and Rod Converse, Kevin Thesing, Paul and Lynn Hunt, and Lee and Penny Anderson.

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, in affiliation with CommunityGiving, is a public charity that attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local community. Since 1998, BLACF has grown to over $7.9 million in assets and awarded over $3.5 million in grants to local nonprofits. CommunityGiving is a partnership of four community foundations, including Alexandria Area Community Foundation, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, Central Minnesota Community Foundation, and Willmar Area Community Foundation. CommunityGiving administers more than 650 funds totaling more than $115 million. Go to for more information.

Free Social Security workshop set

LITTLE FALLS-Thrivent Financial is hosting a free educational workshop on Social Security.

It is designed for people trying to decide when, and how, to start taking their Social Security benefit. Called "Social Security: Strategize to Maximize," this one-hour workshop is planned at 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Little Falls Senior Center at 510 Seventh St. NE, Little Falls.

This workshop has been updated to reflect recent Federal legislation. The workshop is being presented by Carlyle Olsen, financial associate with Thrivent Financial. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Carlyle Olsen at 320-632-1655.

Whitebirch at Breezy Point Resort gains award

BREEZY POINT-Whitebirch at Breezy Point Resort recently announced it has earned the RCI Gold Crown Resort designation by RCI, a worldwide leader in vacation exchange.

A select number of RCI affiliated resorts meet RCI's requirements for recognition and have earned the RCI Gold Crown Resort award. These resorts have attained high levels of excellence in resort accommodations, hospitality and member experience ratings as

measured by RCI through guest feedback.

"Breezy Point Resort is once again honored to achieve the RCI Gold Crown rating," said Robert Spizzo, CEO, Whitebirch at Breezy Point Resort. "Breezy Point Resort has been the pioneer in development of time sharing in Minnesota since 1981 making it the largest time share developer in the state with approximately 12,000 owners from all 50 states. Breezy Point Resort was established in 1921 by Captain Billy Fawcett.

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