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Friday, December 2, 2016

Changes in Business, Changes in Community

Two of every three businesses in the U.S. are owned by a baby boomer who is looking to turn over the keys to the next generation in the coming years.  That means change is inevitable in the landscape of Minnesota's Main Streets and business communities.   The recent article "Turning over the keys to rural business," from the Winter 2016 edition of Vital Connections, discusses the challenges and opportunities that are presented through this transition.  Bruce Schwartau, Extension's Community Economics Program Leader, indicates that there will not only be changes in community businesses but also changes in community leadership.  Read the whole article HERE and share your thoughts on what you are seeing in your communities.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Happy Election Day!

Make sure to take time and exercise your right to vote.  In case you need help finding your polling location, visit the MN Secretary of State's poll finder website.  "I Voted" stickers are the hottest accessory this time of year!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Creating Community Across Generations

Minnesota’s communities currently have five generations living and working together.  The unique characteristics and beliefs of each generation add many benefits to communities but they do present challenges.  It is important to keep in mind the events and characteristics that define each generation while ensuring that you move beyond generalizations.  It is also important that we continue to work towards respect within our communities.  In order to do this, we must acknowledge that each generation has a different definition of respect.  It is important to acknowledge cultural definitions of trust as we work in communities that are diverse in generations and cultures.  To learn how to work across generations to strengthen your community, check out “Creating community across generations” in the newest issue of Vital Connections.  It offers great information and insight on the topic from Extension educators Lisa Hinz and Jody Horntvedt.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Become a Trainer for At Your Service: Working with Multicultural Customers

Have you heard about the University of Minnesota Extension's Tourism Center?  The Tourism Center can assist communities to promote local economic growth through tourism, provides workshops and training to help businesses and governments provide quality customer service to customers from many cultures, festival and event management training to help your event be successful and fun, as well as custom research services for organizations and communities.

The Tourism Center is currently offering a train-the-trainer opportunity for their At Your Service: Working with Multicultural Customers program.  At Your Service: Working with Multicultural Customers explores the nature of customer service and ways to create good experiences when working with diverse customers.  Participants of this program explore how culture affects perception and behavior, gain skills to identify and address customer needs, control their own attitudes in difficult situations, and actions to consistently deliver great service.

The train-the-trainer workshop will be offered October 27, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Coffey Hall located on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.  Register today!  To learn more about this training opportunity and all of the resources available through the Tourism Center visit their website.  Make sure to follow @umntourism on Twitter and "like" University of Minnesota Tourism Center on Facebook!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bush Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

The Bush Fellowship allows the Bush Foundation a platform to inspire and support the creative work that is being done across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations within that geography.  Since 1965, Bush Fellowships have been awarded to more than 2,200 innovative leaders to help them pursue their own leadership plans or ongoing education to help them lead their communities.  The Bush Fellowship provides resources, experiences, and time to people with potential in order to advance the region and strengthen communities.  The Fellowship allows access to programs, mentors, and networks that might not otherwise be available to them in addition to a flexible grant of up to $100,000 to be used over 12 to 24 months.  This grant can be used to pursue the education and experiences needed to be more effective leaders in their community.  Applications for the Bush Fellowship are currently available by visiting the Bush Foundation website.  The deadline is September 29, 2016 at 12:00 noon (CST).

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Register Today for Minnesota Council of Nonprofit's 2016 Annual Conference

This year nonprofit professionals and community leaders will gather on October 6 and 7 in Duluth, MN for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2016 Annual Conference.  This conference brings Minnesota's nonprofit community together to celebrate their impacts, learn from each other, and prepare to tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead.  The conference features more than 30 breakout sessions and enlightening keynote speakers.  This year Winona LaDuke, Executive director of Honor the Earth, and Frances Kunreuther, co-direct of  Building Movement Project will deliver keynote addresses that will focus on the conference theme of "Listen. Learn. Lead."  This conference provides opportunities for people at all levels of the nonprofit sector whether in a position of leadership, front line staff, or volunteer.  Visit to learn more and register today!

Monday, September 5, 2016

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