Echo business benefits from Microenterprise Loan Program
Chris and Lisa Borning recently received loan assistance from the Southwest Initiative Foundation's (SWIF) Microenterprise Loan Program for the expansion of their industrial powder coating and manufacturing business in Echo. Powder coating is a finishing process which is superior to paint, and often used for manufactured metal parts.
In addition to powder coating, C&L does sandblasting for other area businesses and individuals and light assembly for companies looking to outsource their assembly operations before or after coating.
Chris also manufactures an EZ Feed Calf Bottle Holder, which is sold in area farm supply stores, including Runnings Farm & Fleet.
The Bornings purchased the former Varpness Equipment building in Echo last year and have done extensive remodeling. Chris Borning has been in manufacturing since 2005, graduating from Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Granite Falls in Machine Tool Technology.
He began powder coating as a hobby in 2003 and it has grown into a full-time business over the past couple of years. Lisa assists with marketing and accounting for the business. SWIF microloan proceeds, in conjunction with funding from United Southwest Bank and the Upper Minnesota Valley RDC, will be used to complete improvements and purchase the equipment for the business. Chris and Lisa were assisted by Ruth Ann Karty of the Small Business Development Center at SMSU for the extensive business planning involved in this project.
Goode named MSBA Board
Certified Real Property Specialist
The Minnesota State Bar Association announced the certification of attorney R. Paul Goode, Jr. of Runchey, Louwagie and Wellman as a MSBA Board Certified Real Property Specialist, an achievement earned by fewer than 2 percent of licensed Minnesota attorneys. This certification program is administered by the MSBA and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification.
The certified specialist designation is earned by leading attorneys who have completed a rigorous approval process, including an examination in the specialty area, peer review and documented experience.
Certified attorneys have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill and integrity in their specific field and can use the designation of specialist to advertise their credentials.
Harassment seminar for area employers to be offered in Redwood Falls
Learn the definition of harassment based on federal and state law; learn the difference between harassment and bullying and what the legal and ethical responsibilities are when dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace. Presenter, Dr. Susan Strauss, is a nationally recognized expert, author and international speaker on discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace and in education. She works with private and public sector organizations to provide professional services for business, legal, healthcare, education and government settings.
The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, at the Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood Falls. A general business session will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon and a healthcare specific session will run from 1-4:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $15. Nursing, Health Care Administrator, Social Worker and Human Resources CEUs have been approved.
To register or for more information, contact the Marshall WorkForce Center at 507-537-6236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The seminar is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minnesota WorkForce Centers - Marshall, Montevideo, and Worthington, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, SW MN Small Business Development Corporation, and MediSota.