Business Notes Sept. 6

CAREER Vogt joins Panache Salon & Day Spa Nicole Vogt joined Panache Salon & Day Spa in Baxter. Vogt is a graduate of Model College of Hair Design, St. Cloud. As a licensed cosmetologist, she brings her abilities in styling, coloring and ...


Vogt joins Panache Salon & Day Spa

Nicole Vogt joined Panache Salon & Day Spa in Baxter.

Vogt is a graduate of Model College of Hair Design, St. Cloud. As a licensed cosmetologist,

she brings her abilities in styling, coloring and advanced cutting techniques. Panache reported Vogt is most experienced with the latest color trends and new looks.




Day joins Baxter clinic staff

Dr. Emily Day, a family medicine physician, joined the Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Baxter Clinic in Baxter.

Day grew up in the Brainerd lakes area.

"With all that this area has to offer, it was not a hard decision for me to move back here to start my practice," Day said in a news release. "I'm really excited to join my father, Dr. Peter Dunphy, and my brother, Dr. Tyler Dunphy, and the rest of the wonderful team here."

Day earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. She completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota St. John's Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in St. Paul.

"Family medicine makes sense to me and I enjoy the variety," Day said. "I like the concepts of managing chronic diseases for my patients and taking care of generations."


Dr. Emily


Roby named to executive council

Mitchell "Mick" J. Roby, Bremer Investment Services, was named a member of the Raymond James Financial Services 2015 Executive Council.

Bremer reported executive council honors are presented only to those financial advisers who have demonstrated an extremely high level of commitment to clients through personal service and professional integrity.

Roby, who joined Raymond James in 2011, has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry. Through a joint marketing arrangement between Bremer Investment Services and Raymond James Financial Services, the investment program offers a comprehensive range of investment services to bank customers, individuals and businesses.




Williams joins The Fine Line Salon

Reah Williams joined the Fine LIne Salon of Brainerd as the new front desk manager.



Dooley is Little Falls Chamber employee of the month

LITTLE FALLS - Angela Dooley, Coborn's Superstore is the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce September Employee of the Month.

Dooley has worked at Coborn's Superstore for six years. Dooley was noted for her positive attitude, exceptional service. Eileen Sandberg said Dooley "gives all our guests exceptional service and treats each guest and fellow employees with dignity and respect."

Dooley said: "When you love your job as much as I do, it doesn't feel like work."

Lake and Schwen Attend MnSearch Summit Conference

ST. PAUL - Heidi Lake, media and public relations manager, and Jodi Schwen, copywriter, with

Brainerd-based advertising agency RedHouseMedia, recently attended the second annual

MnSearch Summit in St. Paul.

The nonprofit Minnesota Search Engine Marketing Association hosts the conference to support digital and marketing professionals in the upper Midwest.

"We're now seeing that we can sell out events via social media before we can even print a

poster. With this in mind, we're devoting a large percentage of our corporate resources into

understanding how business is maximized online via current content," said Aaron Hautala,

owner of RedHouseMedia, in a news release.

At the MnSearch Summit, the latest, best practices, tactics, and strategies in the areas of content, search engine optimization, and search engine marketing were examined as well as their impact and influence on the industry.

The two keynote speakers were Duane Forrester, senior product manager and webmaster

outreach at Bing; and Wil Reynolds, founder of Seer Interactive.

In his business model as a content company, Reynolds focused on content and the freedom to

provide excellence. "If someone took your content from the web, would anyone miss it?

Produce content worth reusing, remembering, researching, and rediscovering," said Reynolds.

Well-known speakers in three breakout tracks throughout the day included Cyrus Shepard,

director of audience development at Moz; Sean Callahan, senior manager of content marketing

at Linkedin; and John Gagnon, Bing Ads evangelist at Microsoft.






BLAEDC schedules Business Chat in Crosslake

The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation is hosting a Business Chat from 8:30-10 a.m. Sept. 10 at Pine Peaks Restaurant in Crosslake.

The BLAEDC's monthly Business Chats are unstructured and informal discussions among BLAEDC representatives, members of BLAEDC's Executive Initiative EXECs and anyone who may have specific business-related issues that they'd like to discuss.

The EXECs are retired business executives who volunteer their time helping BLAEDC grow business and increase jobs in Crow Wing County. They have a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of business such as finance, manufacturing, sales and marketing, strategic planning, human resources, etc. A number of EXECs will be on hand to offer their business insight to any

topics that are brought up.

The Business Chat is free and open to the public. No RSVPs are required, and coffee will be

available. Pine Peaks Restaurant is located at 35654 County Road 66 in Crosslake.

Established in 1985, BLAEDC is a community-driven, nonprofit organization created to preserve

and enhance the area's economic base by expanding business, building community and growing jobs in Crow Wing County.

For more information, contact Chris at 218-828-0096 or email him at .

'Buy Local' event set at NP Center

Joe Grafton, with the American Independent Business Alliance, as well as a panel of local business owners, will present at the "Buy Local" Business Summit.

The event includes details surrounding the first regional "buy local" campaign in the lakes area - Lakes PROUD, which is paired with a regional Business After Hours.

The event is 2:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd. Business After Hours is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at The NP Space (Northern Pacific Center). John Landsburg, owner of Landsburg's Landscape Nursery, is Lakes PROUD chair. A business panel discussion is expected to include Jenny Smith, Cycle Path & Paddle; Amy Swenson, Backyard Greenhouse and Cuyuna Chamber Board member; Steve Mau, Brainerd General Rental; and more.

Cost is $10 for one or both events (includes refreshments, materials, networking).

The mission of Lakes PROUD is to grow the regional economy by creating an understanding that it matters where consumer and business dollars are spent. The event is in cooperation with the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Crosslake Chamber of Commerce and Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Shawn Hansen, Nisswa, 218-963-2620, Anita Hollenhorst, Brainerd, 218-822-7128, Jessica Holmvig, Cuyuna, 218-546-8131.

Why Don't Employees Come to Work Motivated?

Lakes Area Human Resources Association reported a recent study concluded 26 percent of all employees are performing at their full potential.

Will that level of performance enable a business to thrive in this highly competitive global marketplace? Leaders possess an immense amount of power in creating a motivational environment for their employees. This fast moving and engaging program will show how executing the fundamentals of leadership greatly impact the motivational choices employees make to work faster, harder and smarter. Conversely, this program will show the unintended consequences of choosing not to execute the job description. Think money is the ultimate motivator, think again, LAHRA reported.

The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 10, at Prairie Bay Grill and Catering, 15115 Edgewood Drive, Baxter. Fees/Admission: Free for paid members, first-time guests interested in LAHRA - no charge; guests are $25.

Go to for more information or email .

Access North to host open house

Access North is celebrating 30 years in service with an open house for consumers, their families, service providers and anyone interested in the agency.

Access North's mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to live independently, pursue meaningful goals and have the same opportunities and choices as all people. Access North is a disability resource center for everyone offering PCA Choice programs, homemaking services, respite, ramp services, support groups, relocation and support groups. It serves Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Koochiching, Itasca, Lake and St. Louis counties.

Open house participants may tour and talk to staff. Refreshments will be served. The open house is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at 606 Fifth St. NW, Brainerd.


Going into Business for Yourself class date changes

The Going Into Business Course for the month of September has changed dates.

The class will run from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17, instead of it's original date Sept. 10.

This session covers all areas of 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 is $49 per person and $29 for each additional business partner.

Instructor is Jay Bock.

The deadline to register is Sept.10.

For more information, contact Greg Bergman at 218-855-8145 or .

Social Security workshop set in Little Falls

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. Sept. 9 at the Little Falls Senior Center at 510 Seventh St. NE, Little Falls. 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.

GLAR Hosts Advocacy at Home

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors hosted an educational series called

" Advocacy@Home " for Realtors and local, state and federal leaders.

Minnesota Association of Realtors staff Christine Berger, vice president of political affairs and Kevin Zabel, director of political affairs and Marissa Skuza, GLAR governmental affairs director, provided members with grassroots advocacy tips, and how to connect with elected officials and then work with local, state, and federal leaders to protect homeownership and property rights. Berger also reviewed with the members the National Association of Realtors best practices

for Choosing Realtor Champions program.

Congressman Rick Nolan spoke to the group about the happenings at the Federal level.

Sen. Carrie Ruud and Rep. Josh Heintzeman talked about issues affecting the state and Baxter Mayor Darrel Olson and Steve Barrows, Baxter City council member talked about Baxter City issues.Also in attendance were T.J. Simon, president of the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors and Janie Weston, CEO, Greater Lakes Association of Realtors.

Alzheimer's Friendly Business Program offered

The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Brainerd lakes area is launching a new campaign designed to make the community more Alzheimer's friendly.

Through the Alzheimer's Friendly Business program, the Home Instead Senior Care office will provide free training to local businesses to help equip employees with information and resources needed to welcome families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

In a recent survey of Alzheimer's caregivers, 74 percent reported that they and their loved ones have become more isolated from the community as a result of the disease. Furthermore, 85 percent reported that they feel a reduced quality of life due to isolation.

"For many caregivers, the unpredictable nature of the disease can make going out in public with their loved one intimidating," said Deb Cranny, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care. "Our research shows that family caregivers might be reluctant to frequent public places because of the behaviors that could be associated with the disease."

According to Alzheimer's Disease International, the number of people with dementia worldwide is expected to grow to 75.6 million by 2030 and 135.5 million in 2050.

"Given the statistics, most businesses that deal with the public will be serving people with Alzheimer's and their families," said Cranny. "It's critical that local businesses start working now to build Alzheimer's friendly communities to better serve their customers with Alzheimer's and other dementias."

Local businesses can work directly with the local Home Instead Senior Care office to coordinate an in-person training. An interactive, online version of the training also is available at Once the training is successfully completed, businesses will receive a window cling with the Alzheimer's Friendly Business designation. The designation will be valid for two years.

For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network's Alzheimer's Friendly Business program and to access additional resources, please visit or call 218-824-0077.

Welding course begin Sept. 15

A 48-hour welding course will cover safety, metallurgy, OxyFuel, Arc, Mig/Tig, plasma cutting and more.

The course is designed for the beginner and will also allow experienced individuals to build on their existing skills. Upon successful completion of this class, the beginner student will be prepared for an entry level position in the welding industry. The experienced student will be able to improve their skills or add new methods to their abilities. Participants are asked to bring safety glasses and dress appropriately. Practice materials will be provided.

Fee is $449. Instructor is Craig Weigel.

The class is 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 15 through Oct. 22, at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Welding Lab Room W100. Participants are asked to register seven days in advance. For more information call 218-855-8118 or 1-800-933-0346, ext. 8118, go online to and click on courses or email to .

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.

More business notes may be part of the Business Extra section in Monday's edition.

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