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Forum staff reports, Published January 13 2012

Business Digest (January 14, 2012)

Christensen retires from Robert Gibb & Sons

Dale Christensen has retired from Robert Gibb & Sons, Fargo.

Christensen has more than 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry, the past 15 years as a HVAC technician with Robert Gibb & Sons.

Jackson Hewitt opens third F-M area location

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service has opened a location in the Walmart at 3757 55th Ave. S., Fargo.

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service can also be found at the Walmart stores at 4731 13th Ave. S., Fargo, and 34th Street North in Dilworth.

Winter, spring business workshops offered

Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s Business and Entrepreneurial Services will present several workshops and classes.

All classes will be held at MSCTC in Detroit Lakes and at Northwoods Bank, Park Rapids, unless otherwise noted. The classes include:

<•> Preparing the Entrepreneurial Venture, 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays Jan. 16 through March 19, Park Rapids; and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 17 through March 20, Perham (Minn.) Living;

<•> Learn to Play with the Big Dogs, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7, Park Rapids;

<•> Merchant Services, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Detroit Lakes; 3 to 4 p.m. Jan. 25, Park Rapids;

<•> Search Engine Optimization, 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Detroit Lakes; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31, Park Rapids;

<•> Financial Factors that Matter, noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 8, Detroit Lakes; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 10, Park Rapids;

<•> Referral Marketing, 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Detroit Lakes; 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 15, Park Rapids;

<•> Payroll Ponderings, 6 to 7 p.m. March 20, Detroit Lakes; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 13, Park Rapids;

<•> HOOTSuite 101, noon to 1 p.m. March 28, Detroit Lakes; 3 to 4 p.m. March 21, Park Rapids;

<•> The World is Open for Business, noon to 1 p.m., Detroit Lakes;

<•> Motivate the Front Line, 6 to 7 p.m. April 17, Detroit Lakes; 3 to 4 p.m. April 19, Park Rapids; and

<•> Learn to Use QuickBooks for Your Business: 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays March 19 through April 26, Detroit Lakes.

For more information and registration, call (218) 844-5420, email bes.dl@arvig.net or visit www.BESM

State.com.

NDCC to host meetings about Nov. trip to Italy

The North Dakota Chamber of Commerce will hold informational meetings throughout North Dakota this month regarding its trip to Italy scheduled Nov. 4-13.

“This trip is an affordable way for North Dakotans to experience the beauty of Italy together,” says North Dakota Chamber President Andy Peterson. “Travelers will visit some of the most important landmarks in Italy and will also learn about the economy and culture.”

Information sessions will be held:

<•> Jan. 23, noon, Williston State College, Thomas Witt Leach Health Science and Sports Complex (lunch provided); 5:30 p.m., Sleep Inn, Minot;

<•> Jan. 24, noon, Dickinson Chamber of Commerce (lunch provided); 5:30 p.m., North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, Bismarck;

<•> Jan. 25, noon, First Community Credit Union, Jamestown (lunch provided); 5:30 p.m., West Acres, JC Penney wing, lower level, Fargo; and

<•> Jan. 26, noon, CanadInn, Grand Forks (lunch provided).

To register for one of the sessions, visit viswww.nd

chamber.com or call (800) 382-1405. Walk-ins are welcome. There is no cost to attend the meetings, and there is no obligation to participate in the trip.

For more information, call Carissa Richter at the North Dakota Chamber at (701) 222-0929 or Jodi Leidholm at Satrom Travel at (701) 258-5000 or (800) 833-8787.

Fargo doctor represents NDMA at conference

Dr. Fadel Nammour represented the North Dakota Medical Association at the annual American Medical Association’s State Legislative Strategy Conference held recently in Tucson, Ariz.

A physician with Essentia Health in Fargo, Nammour is NDMA’s speaker of the house and chairman of the Commission on Legislation and Governmental Relations.

This year’s conference content focused on key health care issues likely to be addressed in upcoming state legislative sessions, including state health system reform, Medicaid, private payer reform, medical liability reform and scope of practice.

Bleach Bright opens in new location in Fargo

The Bleach Bright Professional Teeth Whitening stores at West Acres in Fargo and at the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks have merged and moved to a new location in the Time Square Mall on 13th Avenue South in Fargo.

Rhonda Weiand is the Bleach Bright regional manager, and Mike Karnis is the store manager.

Gen Y Guy to speak at Chamber workshop

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber will host generational expert and nationally known speaker Jason Dorsey on Feb. 17 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo.

Dorsey, known as The Gen Y Guy, will present “Connecting Generations to Build Your Business” as part of The Chamber’s business training series scheduled from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Dorsey draws on his perspective as a member of Gen Y and has spoken with more than 400,000 of his peers on issues ranging from workplace beliefs and education preferences to online shopping habits.

He has been featured on “60 Minutes,” “20/20,” “Today,” “The View” and in Fortune Magazine.

Cost to attend is $65 for Chamber members and $85 for general admission and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

To register, visit www.fmwfchamber.com or call (218) 233-1100.