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Published January 24 2014

Business digest (Jan. 25)

Northern Soybean Expo slated Feb. 18 in Fargo

The 2014 Northern Soybean Expo will be Feb. 18 at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

Registration and a buffet breakfast will run from 8 to 9:45 a.m., followed by opening remarks by Scott Gauslow, chairman of the North Dakota Soybean Council, and Jason Mewes, president of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association.

For the full schedule of events, log on to www.ndsoybean.org.

MasterColorist Academy Tour kicks off in Fargo

The 2014 MasterColorist Academy Tour will kick off with a stop in downtown Fargo at Salon 3/5 today through Tuesday.

The salon at 222 Broadway is owned by Ryan Benz, who has been a hairstylist for 40 years. The lead instructor will be Sal McKinzie, national technical trainer for Goldwell/Kao whose 25-year career has included 16 years as a stylist/colorist, eight years as a salon manager and four years with Disney as a hair and makeup artist for Disney characters at special events.

McKenzie will guide facilitators through advanced hair-coloring techniques including color correcting, dramatic color changes and advanced foiling techniques. The academy is limited to 15 master colorists in the region and is a four-level growth and development certification program.

Technology, research program funds offered

North Dakota businesses and industry are invited to participate in Students in Technology Transfer and Research, a university-industry technology transfer cost sharing program funded by the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

STTAR provides a cost-effective opportunity to North Dakota companies to hire upper-level college students during the summer. The students assist companies in reaching goals through new and innovative approaches to a long-standing company project or help jump-start new ideas.

To participate, companies must apply and demonstrate that students will make a contribution to company performance, products or processes using science and technology. Companies compete for ND EPSCoR funding and pay at least half of the students’ salaries. Funding is available for as many as 25 students.

For more information, log on to www.ndepscor.nodak.edu or contact Elizabeth Jung at (701) 231-1048 or (701) 231.8400 or email


Lee, Nankivel transfer to Gate City branches

Michael Lee has transferred from Gate City Bank’s office in Wahpeton, N.D., to the bank’s Ninth Street East office in West Fargo where he will serve as mortgage loan officer/assistant vice president.

Todd Nankivel has transferred from the bank’s Ninth Street branch to the bank’s new Veteran’s Boulevard branch in West Fargo where he will serve as a mortgage loan officer.

Lee is originally from Williston, N.D., and he graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in business administration. He previously was the office manager at the Wahpeton branch and he has worked for Gate City Bank in various capacities for 11 years.

Nankivel is a native of West Fargo and has worked for Gate City Bank for nine years.

Grant supports student entrepreneurial center

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has awarded a $488,500 tribal college grant to Cankdeska Cikana Community College on the Spirit Lake Dakota reservation in Fort Totten, N.D.

The grant will support the college’s efforts to develop a student entrepreneurial center and also will assist with development costs for instructor training and certification in business development.

Kohl’s Cares program seeks nominations

Kohl’s Department Stores will be accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers for its Kohl’s Cares Scholarship program Jan. 31-March 14.

Nominations will be accepted for children ages 6 to 18. Nominators must be age 21 and older.

Through the program, Kohl’s will award more than 2,300 young volunteers nationwide almost $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward children who have made a positive impact on their communities.

Nominations can be submitted at www.kohlskids.com.