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Published December 13 2013

Business briefs (Dec. 14)

ND SBA seeks 2014 award nominations

The North Dakota District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the 2014 North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Exporter of the Year.

Nominations will be accepted from fellow business owners, lenders, chambers of commerce, economic developers, trade associations and other members of the community. A business owner also may nominate themselves.

North Dakota award recipients will be considered for awards at the national level, which will be announced during National Small Business Week in May.

The following regional and national awards also are also open to nominations:

• Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery.

• Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery.

• Federal Procurement Award – Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year.

• Federal Procurement Award – Small Business Subcontractor of the Year.

• Federal Procurement Award – Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence.

• 8(a) Graduate of the Year.

• Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award.

• Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award.

• Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award.

Nominations can be submitted online at http://nationalsmall

businessweek.sba.gov or mailed to a SBA North Dakota office in Fargo, Bismarck or Grand Forks no later than Jan. 17

For more information, contact Brittany Sickler at brittany.

sickler@sba.gov or (701) 293-5131, ext. 208.

MnDOT’s Gary Groslie retires after 34 years

Gary Groslie has retired from the Minnesota Department of Transportation after almost 34 years of state service.

He began working at MnDOT in 1980 as a highway maintenance worker. He has operated heavy equipment and snowplows out of Dilworth and Moorhead his entire career.

Custom Grain Cleaning under new ownership

Custom Grain Cleaning, Langdon, N.D., now is owned by brothers Jim and Joe Johnson who have more than 50 years of combined experience in agriculture.

Jim Johnson is a founding member of Northstar Agri Industries, a canola crushing plant in Hallock, Minn., and Joe Johnson has experience in the production of corn, soybeans, wheat and sunflowers and as a crop consultant and regional agronomist.

Custom Grain Cleaning sells certified small grain seed and seed treatments in addition to custom grain cleaning services. Their featured wheat brand will be AgriPro, and they also will be selling Golden Harvest corn, NK brand soybeans, Syngenta brand sunflowers and alfalfa, and Star Specialty Seed Canola.

Lights, Camera, Save! video winners named

Bell State Bank & Trust’s Lights, Camera, Save! video contest winners have been announced.

The winners and video titles are: John Daly and Team, Fargo North High School, first place and $500, “Save for Life;” Brady Huffman, Fargo North High School, second place and $250, “Save for What Is Important;” and Sarah Reger, Fargo South High School, third place and $250, “The Saving Teenager.”

John Daly and Team now will compete in the national contest where grand-prize winners are awarded as much as $5,000 and as much as $1,500 for their school. National winners will be announced in March.

The goal of the contest is to engage teenagers in educating themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely.