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Published September 29 2012

Business Digest (September 29, 2012)

Trade office earns grant for export program

The North Dakota Trade Office has been awarded a $671,437 grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration through its state trade and export promotion program.

The trade office will use the funds to create STEP ND, a program that will provide financial assistance and training to eligible North Dakota small businesses that export internationally or desire to enter the export market. The one-year program begins Monday.

Activities that qualify for reimbursement under the program include trade missions and foreign trade shows, Trade Office education programs and international marketing materials.

Selection of companies will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and pre-approval of a STEP ND program application and export expansion plan. Any North Dakota small business as defined under SBA guidelines is eligible to apply.

For more information, go online to www.ndto.com or email stepnd@ndto.com.

Coffee drive to benefit homeless shelter

The Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors’ annual coffee drive to benefit Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead is scheduled through Oct. 31.

Cans of regular coffee and tea bags can be delivered to the FMAAR office at 813 N. University Drive, Fargo, or to schedule a pickup, call (701) 235-6679.

SAE alumni gathering set Friday in Fargo

The North Dakota Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s alumni gathering and Hall of Fame induction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo.

Cost is $50 per person and includes dinner. For more information or to register, visit www.ndsualumni.com/NetCommunity/sae.

SBA, SCORE to host entrepreneur mentor day

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Service Corps of Retired Executives will host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the SCORE office at 51 Broadway, Fargo.

The event is targeted to entrepreneurs older than 50 to match them with SCORE counselors for advice and assistance.

For more information or to register, contact Nadine Phillips at (701) 239-5131, Ext. 208.

Worksite Wellness Summit set Monday

The annual Worksite Wellness Summit is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn, Fargo.

Wellness coordinators, human resource professionals, business owners, corporate managers and community and business leaders can learn how to get employees on the path to healthier lifestyles.

Steve Aldana, author, professor and founder of the workplace wellness program, “Well Steps,” will share with attendees about how healthy employees can have a higher quality of life and be more productive.

Breakout sessions will include dealing with employee stress, worksite wellness plans on a dime, health culture policies, how to create healthy workspaces and pharmacist care.

Cost for the daylong summit is $30 for students and $60 for professionals.

Aldana will also speak at 7 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn about his “Well Steps” plan. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register for the summit, call (701) 277-2414 or visit www.ndworksitewellness.org.