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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 g…

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,…

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!

Happy Labor Day!

Thank you to all who work to make our communities strong!
Kelly Coughlin, ULAA 6 Alumni, recently completed serving six years on the Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Board.  During her time with this organization she was able to work on the Central RSDP’s food systems work group to help promote farmers’ market projects.  She also used her leadership skills to build coalitions to create the Choose Health program.  This unique community health initiative in Central Minnesota provides access to locally grown foods to families who experience food insecurities.  Choose Health also provides families the opportunity to participate in health screenings, cooking classes, and other educational opportunities.  Read how Kelly has used her leadership skills to help her community and region in RSDP Happenings.   Thanks for all that you do for our communities Kelly!

OPPORTUNITY: Boots to Business Reboot

Veterans have strengthened our communities through their service in our armed forces. They continue to strengthen our communities by bringing their unique skill sets and experiences as well as their discipline and commitment to the business sector. Boots to Business Reboot is a two step training program that helps Veterans of all eras learn more about business ownership. The program helps participants learn about the components of a business plan as well as learning about local resources. Boots to Business Reboot is coming to Camp Ripley in Little Falls, MN September 14th and 15th. To learn more about the program and to register visit For more information call 612-370-2356 or email This program is sponsored locally by Minnesota Central Region Small Business Development Center and SBA Minnesota District Office.

Photo credit: Flickr user Marcia Oliveira