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Published September 15 2012

Business Digest (September 15, 2012)

Ulteig begins airport pavement project

Over the next several months, Ulteig engineers will visit 67 of North Dakota’s 72 paved public airports to collect information about pavement conditions.

The information will be used to generate the 2012 North Dakota Pavement Condition Index, a database North Dakota airports use to help manage their budgets by providing an up-to-date record of an airport’s largest investment, which is pavement.

The study will allow airports to develop a strategy to maximize money invested in pavement repairs and replacements.

It will also integrate the strengths of the runways into the online pavement condition reports so both airports and pilots will have fingertip access to information.

Edward Jones to collect ‘Treats for Troops’

Edward Jones offices will host drop-off sites for Halloween candy to be sent to troops in Afghanistan.

Nonperishable candy can be dropped off during nor-mal business hours at the following locations: Cassie Gylland office, 3105 Broad-way, Suite 8, Fargo; Troy Ivesdal office, 1533 South University Drive, Fargo; Bert Cameron office, 1365 Prairie Parkway St. E., Suite 205, West Fargo; and Cindy Magnuson, 2611 South University Drive, Fargo.

FirstLink to host volunteer workshop

FirstLink will host a community volunteer workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn in south Fargo.

Registration for the full workshop before Oct. 5 is $50 and includes a lunch. After the early bird deadline, the cost is as follows: $75 for the full workshop and lunch; $15 for general session only; and $60 for all sessions without lunch. The deadline is Oct. 17.

For more information, visit www.myfirstlink.org or call Sheila at (701) 293-6462.

Marco to provide voice, data offerings

Marco Inc has assumed responsibility for the voice and data sales and service previously provided by Five Star Telecom.

The 21 employees that support the business have joined the Marco team.

Five Star Telecom will continue to provide telecom carrier services as well as structured cabling.

Marco has 25 offices throughout the Upper Midwest, including one in Fargo.

HiPoCON Tech show Tuesday in Fargo

High Point Networks will host the fourth annual HiPoCON Technology Show on Tuesday at the Fargo Hilton Garden Inn.

Among the presenters are Ed Basart, chief technology officer and founder of ShoreTel; Cass County Sheriff Paul D. Laney; and Juan Ortiz, vice president of business development at Bluepay.

For more information, visit www.HiPoCON.com.

Cole Papers to receive family business award

The Prairie Family Business Association will honor the Cole family of Cole Papers with its 2012 Fargo Excellence in Family Business Award for their hard work, dedication, fair work ethic and philanthropy.

The honor will be bestowed at a luncheon during the Prairie Family Business Conference at Concordia.

For more information, visit www.fambus.org or call (605) 782-3225.

SBA launches free market research tool

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a free tool called SizeUp that will help businesses identify new customers and compare their performance against other businesses in their industry with data collected from hundreds of private and public sources.

The tool is available at www.sba.gov/sizeup. Marketing information will be provided in the following ways:

- Benchmarking an existing business to see how its performance compares to all other competitors in the same industry.

- A mapping feature to see where customers and suppliers are located.

- Finding the best places to advertise by choosing from preset reports to find areas with the highest industry revenue and the most underserved markets. Custom demographic reports can also be created.

Salons to raise funds for Wounded Warriors

WEST FARGO – From Sept. 22-23, $1 from every haircut provided by Sport Clips Haircuts salons in West Fargo and Grand Forks will be donated to Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, a nonprofit that raises money to build or improve homes belonging to injured veterans.

Also, for every customer who purchases an MVP-Sport Clips’ signature haircut service – and presents a “Haircuts for Heroes” flyer obtainable online – $5 will be donated to the nonprofit organization aiding injured veterans.

The flyer can be found at www.sportclips.com/Homes4WW.html.

The West Fargo Sport Clips Haircuts salon is at 745 13th Ave. E., Suite 105.

The Grand Forks location is at 3221 32nd Ave. S., Suite 600.