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Forum staff reports , Published October 11 2013

Business digest - 10/12/13

Fargo Jet Center to open Williston center

The Fargo Jet Center has partnered with Ross Aviation, Denver, and Overland Aviation, Williston, N.D., to purchase the assets of the current fixed based operation in Williston and will operate it as Williston Jet Center.

Plans are underway for improving the existing facilities to accommodate the growth in Williston. Tanner Overland has been named general manager of the new operation.

Aircraft maintenance and air taxi charter services will be provided in cooperation with Fargo Jet Center.

Microelectronics topic of conference

The Viking Chapter of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society Microelectronics Summit will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at 1735 NDSU Research Park Drive, Fargo.

Open to the public and students, the summit includes speakers from industry and education, poster sessions and tours.

Cost is $25 for IMAPS members, $35 for nonmembers and $5 for students, which includes lunch and refreshments. Registration for the summit is available onsite or online at bit.ly/imapsreg.

Creative strategist to speak at luncheon

The American Advertising Federation of North Dakota monthly professional development luncheon will feature creative strategist, designer, illustrator and content creator, Heather Bradley. The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Doublewood Inn, 3333 13th Ave. S., Fargo.

Bradley is the former creative director of the comedy empire Cheezburger, home of LOLcat, FAIL and other workplace timewasters. She has more than 10 years of experience helping Fortune 500 and startup companies create fun digital products and successful marketing and content strategy campaigns.

Admission is free for AAF-ND members, $45 for nonmembers and $15 for nonmember students. RSVP by email to reservations@aaf-nd.org.

U Mary offers military counseling courses

The University of Mary master’s degree in counseling program is now offering courses in military counseling emphasis.

Kristi Clifton, wing director of psychological health of the 119th Wing with the North Dakota Air National Guard will be the instructor for the Counseling Military Families and Trauma and Loss in Military Families courses.

The courses can be included as part of the master’s degree in counseling currently offered or added to an existing master’s degree. The courses may also be taken as non-degree seeking, stand-alone courses for personal growth and development or as continuing education credits.

For more information, call (701) 232-7088.

Open house set at Heat Transfer Warehouse

Heat Transfer Warehouse, 1501 21st Ave. N., Fargo, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19.

The event is a chance for the public to get hands-on experience of the product and custom services the business provides.

The event is geared toward those in the garment and textile decorating industry and will include vendor representatives and product demonstrations.

For more information, call (701) 356-3160.

Marco purchases InCompass IT business

Marco has purchased the hosted/cloud services business of Twin Cities-based InCompass IT, which has provided hosted applications and infrastructure as a service for nearly 20 years.

They led the industry with the adoption of remote support technologies and implementation of managed services and were early to initiate cloud solutions with fully hosted desktops.

InCompass IT will continue to operate its consulting business under that name.

Tom Kell, InCompass IT’s president, along with the rest of their team, will join Marco at its recently expanded office in St. Louis Park, Minn. Marco also will occupy InCompass IT’s existing data center space in the Century Link building in Minneapolis.

BCBS, Sanford Health offer BlueConnect

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Sanford Health have announced the availability of BlueConnect, a new kind of health plan designed for residents of western Minnesota.

BlueConnect is available where Sanford Health has a presence within the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota coverage area, including 26 counties in Minnesota and select border counties in North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa. BlueConnect is available to employers and individuals who shop for coverage on their own.

Coverage will start in January and is available for enrollment now through MNsure, Minnesota’s state-based health exchange marketplace, and traditional “off-exchange” channels.

For more information about BlueConnect, visit www.bluecrossmn.com.

Pay it Forward funds go to Bonham family

Twenty-eight Bell State Bank & Trust employees have pooled together to donate their personal and Pay it Forward funds to the Kristin Bonham family of Hawley, Minn.

Bonham’s 15-year-old daughter, Rylie Efterfield, died in a house fire in July that also destroyed the family’s home. Bonham is a single mother caring for five young children.

This is the sixth year that Bell State Bank & Trust employees have given back to the community through its Pay it Forward program, in which each full-time employee receives $1,000 and part-time employees receive $500 to help others.

NorthWest Visual vying for Super Bowl ad

NorthWest Visual, West Fargo, is competing in the Intuit Small Business Big Game, a nationwide competition to expose small businesses for the chance to win a Super Bowl ad.

The company has made it to the second round in the competition. To vote for NorthWest Visual, visit www.facebook.com/northwestvisual

Author Burg to speak Wednesday in Moorhead

Best-selling author, Bob Burg, “The Go-Giver,” “Go-Givers Sell More,” “Endless Referrals” and “It’s Not About You,” will speak at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

The event will be of interest to entrepreneurs, business owners, sales professional and anyone who has ever faced the challenge of consistently generating quality prospects.

Tickets are $77 at www.EndlessReferrals.com/Fargo. Tickets at the door are $97.