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Published March 29 2014

Business briefs (March 29)

Sanford awards funds for six research studies

Six Sanford research studies have been selected to receive funding from the Sanford Seed Grant Research Fund, established in 2011 to grow and evolve unfunded research ideas of Sanford clinicians.

The proposals were chosen based on purpose and priority, scientific integrity, potential for future funding and feasibility. The recipients and the research studies include:

• Dr. Gabriela Balf, Sanford Behavioral Health, Bismarck, nurse-based intervention to improve treatment adherence using motivational style;

• Dr. Orvar Jonsson and Dr. Shawn Kelly, Sioux Falls, determine if patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of heart failure benefit from a four-week cardiac rehab program immediately following hospitalization;

• Dr. Kyle Judd and Dr. Vishal Bhatia, Sioux Falls, further evaluate the utility of the drug teriparatide in expediting fracture healing in patients who have sustained insufficiency fractures of the pelvic ring;

• Dr. Steven Powell, Dr. LuAnn Eidsness and Jennifer Schmidt, registered nurse, Sioux Falls, determine the feasibility of incorporating the palliative care team into the management of head and neck cancer patients undergoing standard chemoradiation therapy;

• Dr. Chad Spanos, Paola D. Vermeer, Laurie Gromer, nurse practitioner, and Jennifer Schmidt, registered nurse, Sioux Falls, to molecularly characterize circulating tumor cells, a critical first step in identifying key components in the metastatic process; and

• Dr. Peter Van Eerden and Michelle Caldwell-Cooley, nurse practitioner, Fargo, and Amy Elliott, Sioux Falls, examine provider patterns in ordering the most efficacious test in stillbirth evaluation and implement a systematic classification of stillbirths utilizing the most common literature-based systems.

Open houses celebrate DFC 25-year milestone

DFC Consultants is celebrating 25 years in business by hosting open houses at its offices in Fargo and Dickinson. All who attend will be entered to win a Microsoft Surface.

The Fargo open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. May 1 at the office at 1320 1st Ave. N.

In Dickinson, the open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 13 at the office at 100 State Ave. S.

Carol Rogne founded DFC Consultants in 1989. The business offers sales and support of business software and it also developed software for housing companies and Native American Housing Authorities.

They also offer accounting services and custom programming. A Microsoft certified training center is housed at the Fargo location.

Fargo to host ND Travel Industry Conference

The 2014 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference will be April 14-16 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo.

The annual conference includes education and networking sessions on industry trends, marketing and business topics. Guest speakers from throughout the U.S. include:

• Kelly McDonald, national expert in multicultural marketing and consumer trends, “How to market to people not like you.”

• Fred Schafer, performance specialist, thought leader and humorist, “Striking back at mediocrity.”

• David Redekop, principal research associate at Canadian Tourism Research Institute, “The outlook for Canadian leisure travel.”

The full conference agenda and online registration can be found at www.ndtourism.com/information/2014-travel-industry-conference

Community Foundation surpasses $50 million

The North Dakota Community Foundation has surpassed $50 million in endowed assets. The organization was founded in 1976 to improve the lives of North Dakota residents and communities through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy.

The NDCF manages over 500 component endowment funds, including 56 community foundations and over 100 scholarship funds for North Dakota students. It has given out over $55 million in grants since its inception.

Shear Madness moves to new site in Fargo

Shear Madness, owned and operated by Anita Hamm, has relocated and is now open inside Bliss Salon at 4357 13th Ave. S., Fargo.

Services offered include cuts and styles, colors, waxing and perms. Hamm is also a licensed home-bound stylist serving nursing home residents, shut-ins and residential customers. Hamm can be reached by calling (701) 200-0487.

FMHRA educational luncheon set April 8

The Fargo Moorhead Human Resource Association will host an educational luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo.

Joyce LeMay, an associate professor in the business and economics department at Bethel University, St. Paul, will give a presentation on “Step Up HR: Drive the Business Through Strategic Planning.”

The luncheons are free for FMHRA members and students, $20 for non-members and guests.

The event is open to the public. For more information or to register, visit www.fmhra.camp9.org

Design and humor topic of AAF­ND luncheon

Mike Jeter and Brian Janosch, creative directors at Cultivated Wit, will be the featured speakers at the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 at the Doublewood Inn, 3333 13th Ave. S., Fargo.

Their presentation will focus on the effectiveness of communicating complex ideas using fun, humor and smart design.

Admission is free for AAF-ND members and $15 to $45 for non-members and non-member students. Register at www.aaf-nd.org.