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Forum staff reports , Published October 25 2013

Business digest - 10/26/13

Safety, health session starts Tuesday in Fargo

The annual Safety and Health Conference will be Tuesday and Wednesday at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo. The conference is sponsored by the Northern Regional Association of Safety Professionals, a local nonprofit safety organization in the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding area.

Cost is $70 and attendance meets training requirements for WSI’s Safety Management Program.

For more information or to register, visit www.NRASP.com.

Funding available for small-business loans

The Lake Agassiz Regional Development Corp. has received $500,000 from the Small Business Administration for a revolving fund targeting small businesses in North Dakota.

Lake Agassiz RDC can provide loans up to $50,000 to help eligible small businesses and certain not-for-profit child care centers start up and expand.

These funds were provided to Lake Agassiz RDC through the SBA’s Microloan Program, which makes funds available to specially designated intermediary lenders who in turn make loans to small businesses that may not otherwise be able to get financing on reasonable terms.

For more information, call (701) 235-1197, email randy@lakeagassiz.com or visit www.lakeagassiz.com.

Funding offered for health-related ideas

Dakota Medical Foundation, Fargo, will award up to $500,000 to fund new ideas that improve health or access to care, or build the impact of health-related nonprofits in the region.

To submit ideas, DMF created an online form with four questions at www.dakmed.org. Finalists will present their ideas to an advisory committee of health and community leaders. They may, but aren’t required to, develop and implement the idea. DMF offers to direct ideas to organizations with the greatest capacity for successful implementation.

Since late 2012, Dakota Medical Foundation has awarded $350,000 in innovation grants for nine projects ranging from childhood obesity prevention to strengthening violence intervention organizations in the region.

The deadline for submitting ideas for funding is Dec. 31, with awards presented in early 2014.

Gazaway to speak at health, wellness event

Dan Gazaway, Xyngular corporate sales director, will be the keynote speaker at a health and wellness event at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Bigwood Event Center, Fergus Falls, Minn.

His message will include information on how people using natural GMO-free nutrition products have had help with energy, pain management, migraines, fibromyalgia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, building lean muscle and more.

Reservations are not needed and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barb Fish at (218) 998-2514 or e-mail Bafish2514@gmail.com.

Westview development underway in West Fargo

Eid-Co Homes, Fargo, is developing the Westview neighborhood in West Fargo north of 40th Avenue South and west of Veterans Boulevard.

Phase 1 is underway and offers 50 new home sites in various sizes and townhome associations.