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Friday, February 12, 2016

Learn - Leading through Change


Change can be tough - for individuals and communities. In the recent issue of Vital Connections, Elyse Paxton spoke with Willmar resident Melissa Sorenson and Extension Educator Brian Fredrickson about ways that leaders can help make change happen. Check it out.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Learn - Advocacy Training Events


Doing good work happens at all levels, whether it is helping to address immediate needs or working to create systems change. If you or your organization is thinking about the big picture opportunities, consider Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' webinar series on Advocacy. In their own words:
Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits this spring for the Let's Advocate!—a series of free learning opportunities devoted to exploring the skills, processes and resources that can help you advocate effectively for your organization. Through a mix of webinars, in-person convenings and workshops, this free series will help you make advocacy a core part of your nonprofit.
Opportunities are free and most are available online. Topics include:

  • Children and Youth Issues Briefing - Feb 18 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law - Feb 25 from 10-11 a.m.
  • Session Line-Up - March 11 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Capitol Lab - March 18 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Understanding the State budget - March 30 from 10-11 a.m.
  • Advanced Capitol Lab - April 15 from 10 a.m. - noon
  • Developing Your Elections Plan - May 24 from 10-11 a.m.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Join the team - hiring an Alumni Program Coordinator


We are looking for a new team member to lead our Alumni Program and provide coordination to some of our leadership cohorts. This team member will make sure that alumni of leadership and civic engagement programs continue to receive support and education from our statewide network. Location options are available across the state. For more information, check out the full posting.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Winterfest 2016 - Back and better than ever


Join your friends and make some new ones at Winterfest 2016. If you like being active in the outdoors, come to this event that supports community leadership development across McLeod County. For more information, check out the McLeod for Tomorrow webpage. Show up and you may even get to meet an alpaca!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Opportunity - Community Innovation Grants


Is your community seeking to increase understanding of an issue, come up with ideas for addressing it, and wanting to test and implement solutions? Consider applying for the Community Innovation Grant. Offered by Headwaters Foundation for Justice and the Bush Foundation, your community could receive anywhere from $500 to $10,000.

Check out this site for all the details. The deadline is February 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Opportunity - Local Foods College


The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships have begun hosting their Local Foods College for the fifth year running. In a series of online webinars, they provide information about how to get local food markets happening in your area. It's free to participate and they do ask you to register so they can give you access to the course materials. More information and registration can be found here.

Topics, by date, include:

  • January 19, 2016 ~ How to Grow Produce - Open forum for gardening
  • January 26, 2016 ~ Marketing Local Foods
  • February 2, 2016 ~ Healthy Food Access
  • February 9, 2016 ~ Food Business Regulations
  • February 16, 2016 ~ Animals on Your Homestead
  • February 23, 2016 ~ Scaling up for Markets - Benchmarking, Engaging Economic Development
  • March 1, 2016 ~ Farming in a Controlled Environment

Friday, January 15, 2016

Opportunity - Become a trainer for Customer Service in your Community


At Your Service: Working with Multicultural Customers is a training opportunity that gives you everything you need to train staff to deliver quality customer service to today's customers. By attending this train-the-trainer session, you will receive the curriculum, language, slides, and materials needed for building skills of staff in the tourism industry including retail, lodging, restaurants, attractions, health care, educational organizations, non-profit or government offices.

When: Friday, March 4, 2016 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Where: University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Registration and information: http://www.extension.umn.edu/community/customer-service-education/

Price: $459 provides you everything you need to deliver quality customer service training. Purchase the curriculum once and use it for multiple workshops in your organization or business.
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