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Business briefs: Monday, Oct. 6, 2013

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Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

Iowa Rock n’ Roll Music Association hires executive director

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — The Iowa Rock n’ Roll Music Association (IRRMA) has announced the hiring of Jenna Hardy Pedersen as its new executive director.

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Pedersen has a bachelor’s degree in music from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Iowa. A musician herself, she has recently been director of music at Grace Lutheran church in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and has been teaching music lessons at her music studio in Spencer, Iowa.

Pedersen was initially hired by IRRMA in June to conduct a feasibility study for a new Iowa Rock n’ Roll Museum. IRRMA’s management will transition to Pedersen from Tom Golden, who has served as the Director of Operations since 2012.

Runnings charity event is Oct. 23

WORTHINGTON — “Ladies Night” will be hosted in 19 Runnings stores, including its Worthington location, from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23.

The evening will include complimentary appetizers, games, product demos and giveaways, including a vacation trip for two and iPad Minis.

For the third consecutive year, a special sale will highlight the evening and help support an important cause. Guests who purchase a five-gallon pink bucket will receive a 15-percent discount on whatever items fit inside. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the buckets will be donated to help fight breast cancer.

Over the last two years, the Runnings event has generated more than $11,000 for charity.

Housing workshop is Oct. 14

WORTHINGTON — A Minnesota Multi Housing Association workshop will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Nobles County Courthouse, Worthington.

Marketing expert Julie Hawker of Lloyd Management will share best practices in marketing and leasing for rural and affordable properties.

For more, call (952) 548-2205 or email jenica.hickey@mnha.com.

Anderson-Martinez re-elected to board

ST. PAUL — Jenny Anderson-Martinez, human resources director at JBS in Worthington, was recently re-elected to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

New officers and board members formally began their terms Thursday at the Minnesota Chamber’s Business Conference and Annual Meeting.

The volunteer board represents businesses of all types and sizes across Minnesota. Board members set public policy priorities for the business community, carry the message for the statewide business community to the State Capitol, and develop resources and strategies to ensure businesses in Minnesota can grow and succeed.

Nickel attends Grinnell Mutual Commercial Lines Academy

GRINNELL, Iowa — Jeff Nickel of Nickel & Associates, Worthington, participated in Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company’s Commercial Lines Academy on Sept. 16-18. Nickel joined more than 20 agents from throughout the Midwest to learn more about Grinnell Mutual’s commercial products, services and operations.

“The Commercial Lines Academy is designed for Grinnell Mutual to build rapport with our independent agents and to introduce them to our commercial products,” Regional Marketing Director Bill Gallagher said in a press release. “We had a great group of agents attend this program, and we hope this training session provided agents with new tools for serving commercial accounts.”

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co., in business since 1909, provides reinsurance for farm mutual insurance companies and property and casualty insurance products through more than 1,600 independent agents in 11 Midwestern states.

Minnesota Chamber recognized with award

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce recently received the President’s Award from the Association of State Chamber Professionals for its overall accomplishments during the 2012 program year. In addition, its 95-percent member retention was recognized as the highest among state chambers for the fifth consecutive year.

“We share this award with our members. They truly are the lifeblood of our organization,” said David Olson, Minnesota Chamber president. “They invest in us to work on their behalf.”

The President’s Award underscored accomplishments in rebranding, increasing social media presence and developing new programming for members following the adoption of a strategic plan in 2011. ASCP consists of the top professionals from state chambers of commerce across the country.

New employer group starting in Worthington area

WORTHINGTON — The Department of Employment amd Economic Development (DEED)/Job Service/Business Services, the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. are combining efforts to provide area employers a venue to discuss human resource, training and workforce development issues.

The goal is to bring together a diverse group of employers that meet would meet on a quarterly basis to share ideas and concerns, network, address economic development issues related to job training, workforce needs and job retention, and to keep abreast of employment issues and legislation that may affect business.

Human resource professionals, hiring managers, supervisors and business owners from all industries and companies of all sizes are encouraged to attend. Representatives from both private business and public sectors are welcome.

The first Worthington Area Employers Group met Thursday. Future meeting topics could include: Drug Court, Bonding/Ban the Box (hiring felons), Customized Training opportunities available to businesses/industry, Sharing Best Practices, Possible Business Tours; or other ideas from participants..

For more information, contact Denise Myhrberg, DEED Business Services, at (507) 537-6236 or denise.myhrberg@state.mn.us, or Roxanne Hayenga, Minnesota West Customized Training, at 372-3468 or Roxanne.hayenga@mnwest.edu.

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