Business briefs: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

Marco Inc. purchases hosted/cloud services business WORTHINGTON -- Marco Inc. has announced the purchase of the hosted/cloud services business of Twin Cities-based InCompass IT. "This offering of hosted applications and infrastructure augments ou...

Marco Inc. purchases hosted/cloud services business

WORTHINGTON - Marco Inc. has announced the purchase of the hosted/cloud services business of Twin Cities-based InCompass IT.

“This offering of hosted applications and infrastructure augments our well-established Managed IT Services division and allows us to expand hosted/cloud services to our 18,000 customers,” Marco CEO Jeff Gau said in a press release. “This will accelerate our regional and national expansion.”

InCompass IT has provided hosted applications and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for nearly two decades. It led the industry with the adoption of remote support technologies and implementation of managed services and was early to initiate cloud solutions with fully hosted desktops. InCompass IT will continue to operate its consulting business under that name.

“This continues our commitment to provide the types of solutions our customers are evaluating for their businesses today,” said Trevor Akervik, Director of Managed Services at Marco. “It also allows our customers, when appropriate, to transfer IT from a large capital investment to a much more affordable and scalable monthly operating expense and gain 24-7 support from Marco’s local call center.”


Marco helps organizations manage its information by applying network expertise to voice, data, video and print solutions. Marco was founded in 1973 and is 100 percent employee owned. Marco serves customers throughout the Upper Midwest and nationally with offices in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.

AgStar fund accepting grant applications

MANKATO - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, has announced it is once again accepting grant applications for programs that enhance the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residents and their communities.

Recipients will be awarded up to $10,000 for projects or programs that align with the Fund’s mission.

“AgStar takes pride in giving back to the communities we live and work in,” said John Monson, chair of the AgStar Fund’s Board of Trustees, in a press release. “Through the Fund for Rural America, we are able to fulfill our mission of enhancing life in agriculture and rural America by supporting those who support agriculture.”

AgStar encourages those seeking funding to visit to learn about the AgStar Fund and see if they meet the guidelines. Grant applications can be completed online and will be accepted until Nov. 30. Grants will be awarded in the spring of 2014.

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated more than $4 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Applications considered for funding and support must align with the fund’s mission of “enhancing life in agriculture and rural America.”

Fisher to speak at Manufacturers Summit


ST. PAUL - Eric Fisher, director of operations at AGCO in Jackson, will be among the featured speakers at the Minnesota Manufacturers Summit. He will participate on a panel providing national and statewide perspectives on manufacturing issues and trends.

Minnesota’s manufacturing sector - its contributions and its challenges - will be highlighted at the event from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Double Tree by Hilton, Bloomington Minneapolis South. The summit is presented by the Minnesota Manufacturers Coalition, which is managed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees will have an opportunity to network with their peers and communicate with key state policy-makers about the impact of taxes and Minnesota’s business climate on their companies. National and statewide manufacturing leaders will discuss trends in the industry, technology and innovation and energy policy, plus more, as a part of Minnesota Manufacturers Week.

To register, go to . For information, contact Leah Tomasetti, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, at (651) 292.4669 or .

Professional society recognizes Nickel

WORTHINGTON - The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) recently honored Trevor Nickel of Nickel & Associates Insurance Agency, Worthington, for dedication and leadership in the insurance industry.

Nickel was awarded a certificate of achievement, recognizing five consecutive years of active affiliation with the Society of CIC. The CIC designation carries prestige in the insurance profession, as it signifies commitment to advanced knowledge and customer service.

“This accomplishment denotes outstanding achievement within the insurance profession,” Society of CIC President Dr. William T. Hold said. “The high standards maintained by Trevor Nickel will reflect positively on clients, associates and the insurance profession as a whole.”


The Society of CIC is the founding program of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, a national source of continuing education programs for the insurance and risk management industries. Other members of the organization include the Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives (CISR), the Certified Risk Manager Program (CRM) and The National Research Academy.

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