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Pa00e 12 Local builder attends national meeting Ryan Arvola of Arvola Homes of Annandale recently attended the Energy Panel Structures national dealer meeting held in Las Vegas. Thethree-daymeetingincluded training on the new ENERGY STAR standards, building energy-effi- cient homes and other new build- ing technologies. The meeting also. included a day at the International Builders Show, the largest builder show in the country, to view the latest in building products and services. Training was given by Sam Rashkin, national director of EPA&apos;s ENERGY STAR for Homes Pro- gram. ENERGY STAR homes are at least 20 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the International Residential Code and typically include additional energy-saving features that make them 20-30 percent more efficient than standard homes. Located in Graettinger, Iowa, EPS serves the upper Midwest from Colorado to Ohio with a local network of more than 275 autho- rized dealers. EPS is known for a diverse market of products from residential, agricultural, commer- cial, food processing and insu- lated panel systems. EPS sup- plies Arvola Homes the build- ing systems for outbuildings and Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) homes they build which have been ENERGY STAR tested at more than 50 percent more energy efficient than the average home built today. Arvola Homes has been building homes in Annandale, Kimball and the surrounding areas since 2002. <>. $600 in stores, but through this special program call now and claim up to two fbr just one payment of $179 each. Phone lines open today at 9am. When they're gone, they're gone! One Time Public Offer r ':iii!!!!iii!iiiii ::.:.:.: WE'VE GOT ... but it's ONLY for new Business Voice and Business High-Speed Internet package customers! Very Hush-Hushl Business Purina Chow Ecker Feed Service--- New Munich Serving Central Minnesota area farmers Specializing in animal health and nutrition Full line of Purina and Big Gain feeds: dairy, cattle and hog Forage testing and ration balancing Rolling, grinding and mixing Grain bank Call toll-free: * Bag and/or bulk delivery * Liquid protein, animal fat and commodities Buying corn: On,the-farm pickup Buying soybeans for Mankato or Dawson de- livery: On-farm pickup 50 years in business - Farm consultants with more than 50 years experience combined (877) 619-0581 BLT attends National Service Thursday, April 15, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Conference Building Leadership Together Leo Club, (BIT Leo Club) sent nine of its members to the National Ser- vice Learning Conference in San Jose, Calif., to learn new skills, and to engage in action and dialogue with peers from around the nation. The conference theme, "Inspire, Imagine, and Innovate," celebrated service through youth empowerment, pro- fessional development, and volun- teering efforts. The conference was from Wednesday through Saturday, March 24-27. There were many great speakers, informative break-out ses- sions, inspiring stories, and fun com- munity-service projects that were done on-site. State Farm sponsored an awards celebration and ceremony Friday, March 26, which included 10 service awards to students, teachers, businesses, and organizations. There was great food, entertainment, and the Project Ignition Dance Party for the youth. The students who attended the National Service Learning confer- ence were Tara Matthiesen, Mitch Hurrle, Sheila Konz, Ally Hurtle, Jon- athan Bisila, McKenzie Dammann, Karlee Beehler, Megan Bisila, and Madelyn O'Brien. Adults accom- panying were Dave Mackereth, Kris O'Brien and Cathy Olson. BLT Leo Club was one of 65 ser- vice projects featured in the National Service Learning Showeasel The Eco Education Mission, funded by a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, featured the BIT projects such as "Our Power" bike generators, 100 Rain Barrel Chal- lenge, Carbon Footprint assessments, Termcycle Recycling, and promoting green products (water bottles, pen- cils, and school supplies). Using dis- play boards, power point, and an extensive scrapbook, more than 200 peopfestopped by the booth and talked with BLT members about their project. The nine BLT members were excellent representative of Kimball Area High School and for keQ. Clubs. They showed great leadership: skills and pride in their accomplishments. The BLT Club would like to thank the Fairhaven and Kimball Lions Clubs, the Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce, and Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Association for donations that helped to offset the costs of the trip.' SCSU entrepreneurial training for new business StartingaBusinessWorkshop, a sota Department of Employment guest speaker and coaching ses- FastTrac New Venture program, is being offered from May 3-June 10, by St. Cloud State University at Small Business Development Cen- ter, 616 Roosevelt Road, Suite 100, St. Cloud MN 56301. The program is designed to help aspiring entre- preneurs develop their skills and learn how to start and grow a new business. The course is a ten-mod- ule program covering concept analysis and the business plan- ning process. Dislocated workers who are considering self-employment and entrepreneurs who are interested in starting their own business, but don't have the skills or know-how to get their ideas off the ground are invited to register. The class is offered by the Center for Con- tinuing Studies at St. Cloud State Cloud State in collaboration with the Central Minnesota Small Busi- ness Development Center and area Minnesota Workforce Centers. Participants will plan and ana- lyze their entrepreneurial vision by creating a thoroughly researched and tested business plan, working on their business venture through- out the program. The course goal is the comple- tion of a business plan including: an executive summary, mataage- ment and organization plan, prod- uct/service plan, marketing plan and a financial plan. The program is made possible by ProjectGate (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship) Phase II grant awarded by the Minne- and Economic Development Dis- located Worker Program. "The program covered all the critical aspects of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur," said Mark Nicholson owner of Lean Manufacturing of Minnesota, a consulting business that helps identify and eliminate business waste. "From figuring out if you have what it takes to be successful, to understanding and researching your market to financial and legal concerns, and then systematically walking you through the develop- ment of a business plan." During the course, participants are connected with consultants from the Small Business Develop- ment Center. While 65-80 percent of all busi- ness start-ups fail within the first " five years of business, 80 percent of SBDC long-term business cli- ents are still in business after five years, said Tammy Anhalt-Warner assistant director of training at the Center for Continuing Studies. "In the past 10 months our office, in conjunction with the Small Business Development Cen- ter in St. Cloud, has run three suc- cessful Starting a Business - Fast- Trac New Venture workshops," said Anhalt-Warner. "100 percent of the 30 participants completed the course and 77 percent of them are in business or in the process of setting up their business." Typical sessions include facil- itated discussion and activities, networking, small peer groups, a sions. A key part of the course expe- rience is networking and learn- ing from peers, as well as seasoned entrepreneurs and profession- als who work with start-up busi- nesses. "This workshop gave me the opportunity to learn the things that I might have missed after jumping into business owner- ship," said Sandi Bernard owner of You Have it Maid, a cleaning business in Cold Spring. "One of the most rewarding experiences of this group has been the rela- tionships I have established with some of the other participants in the workshop. The networking has been wonderful." The course costs $495. For more information or to register, contact Anhalt-Warner at (320) 308-4252. The FastTrac business develop- ment program was created by the Kauffman Foundation, located in Kansas City, to help people who have lost their jobs or entrepre- neurs whose businesses are strug- gling. The Center for Continuing Studies at St. Cloud State Uni- versity organizes courses at sites throughout the state via off-cam- pus instruction, interactive televi- sion, and online courses and offers a number of non-credit programs. In addition, the Center offers the Senior to Sophomore Program, which allows eligible students to enroll in college-level courses in their high schools.