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Published May 26 2012

Business Digest (May 26, 2012)

Suchan retires from Robert Gibb & Sons

Bob Suchan has retired from Robert Gibb & Sons, Fargo.

He was a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technician with the company for 40 years.

In retirement, Suchan and his wife, Pat, plan to travel.

Local nonprofit finalist in new-car program

The Fargo-based Minn-Kota Region of the American Red Cross has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program.

The automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days. The Minn-Kota Red Cross was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.

Each day through Aug. 21, five finalists will be profiled at www.100carsfor

good.com. The public can vote online for a nonprofit they think will do the most good with a new vehicle and the nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day will win one of six Toyota models.

Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant.

The Minn-Kota Region will be profiled on July 8.

Customized employment topic of 3-day seminar

The Arc West Central will host a customized employment seminar June 18-20 at the Probstfield Center for Education, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead.

People-centered employment training increases the participation of all Minnesotans, especially people with disabilities, through support for individualized community-based employment.

The cost to attend is $65 and includes materials and food. For more information or to register, call (218) 233-5949 or email bniemiec@griffinhammis.com.

Edwards retiring from Catholic Charities ND

Peter Edwards is retiring from Catholic Charities North Dakota.

During his 27 years of service with the agency, he wrote a manual for peer ministry, presented workshops on marriage and family matters, served as family life director, supervised the child welfare program, wrote a column for New Earth, was interim executive director, and in 2003 started the counseling services for the agency.

An open house in his honor is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Catholic Charities North Dakota office at 5201 Bishops Blvd., Suite B, Fargo.

SBA offers webinars for business owners

The North Dakota District Office of the Small Business Administration will host a series of free webinar workshops for those interested in starting a business or those who have been in business for less than one year.

“Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Planning and Executing into Year One” will be held through a series of webinars offered for six weeks starting Thursday.

Local resource partners and staff from the SBA will cover six business start-up subject areas and answer specific questions from participants. Different subjects will be covered each evening.

For more information or to register, call (800) 776-9144 Ext. 3, email north.dakota@sba.gov or visit www.sba.gov/nd.