Launch Pad – Mora’s Telework Center – GRAND OPENING

Announcing the Grand Opening of

LAUNCH PAD

Mora’s first Telework Center located at 16 Lake Street N.

OPEN HOUSE – Tuesday, October 25th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
RIBBON CUTTING at 3:00 pm with Mayor Jack L’Heureux

Representatives from the Blandin Foundation, the Mora Economic Development Authority, the Kanabec County Economic Development Authority, the Kanabec Broadband Initiative, Pine Technical Community College, and the Mora Area Chamber of Commerce have been invited to be in attendance to speak on behalf of Launch Pad.

Through a generous grant from the Blandin Foundation and assistance along the way from local technologically thinking fellows, the telework center is now available to the public for the use of high speed internet to meet professional and educational needs.

Launch Pad memberships are available:
Daily / One Time Use (by appointment) – $5
Monthly with 24/7 access – $75
Conference Room Only – $25 / day

Membership applications available at Launch Pad,  www.ci.mora.mn.us  & www.moramn.com

Staffed hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 – 4:00 pm and by appointment
Manager: Karen Amundson 612-269-4090

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Small Business Saturday November 26th

I’m looking for a raise of hands …
Who of you would be interested in participating in the Mora Area’s
Small Business Saturday
with promotions, coupons, or special discounts that day?
We are working on making this a BIG DEAL for 2016.
Tentative Plans for this special day:
The Crystal’s Ugly Sweater Fun Run, Santa in Town, Santa at the Paradise Theatre after the Children’s Matinee, Lighting the Tree in town, Caroling, Horse Wagon/Sleigh rides, Holiday lighting, shopping promotions – giveaways.
We welcome your great ideas too!
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We’d love it if you all would get involved – it would really be wonderful for our community for us all to work together on this.

 

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Chickens, Tomatoes, Raspberries, Oh My!

Learn some valuable tools from the Master Gardeners.

fall-for-all-2016-flyerRegistration Here

Email Kim Here

 

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After Hours Event – Please Come!

This Thursday!
Please Don’t Forget!

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From 5:00pm – 6:30pm on Thursday, September 29th.

Please mark your calendar for the evening. It’s sure to be the place to find wonderful snacks and beverages – along with great people and conversation.
First Citizen’s Bank is a fun host for our After Hours events.
They never disappoint! Come and see for yourself!

 

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Halloween Costume Contest!

Grand Casino Hinckey’s Event is a Halloween Costume Contest!
Let’s all work together to coordinate a theme…. !!!!

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Political Forum on October 18th

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October 18th (Tuesday evening) from 6:30 – 9:30pm
Local and Regional Political Forum at
Lakes and Pines CAC in Mora

CANDIDATE INVITEES: Those in RED have RSVP’d “YES!”
County Commissioners, District 4Kathi Ellis & David VanderVegt
U.S. Representative District 8 – Rick Nolan (D) & Stewart Mills (R)
State Senator District 11 – Tony Lourey (D) & Michael Cummins (R)
State Senator District 15 – Andrew Mathews (R) & Chilah Brown (D)
MN State Representative District 11B – Jason Rarick (R) & Thomas Jones (D)
MN State Representative District 15ASondra Erickson (R) & Kent Lestrud (D)
Braham Council Members: Mayor Tish Carlson, Shawn Sullivan, Jeremy Kunshier
Grasston Council Members: Mayor Jeremy Miller, Darlene Derheim, Marcy Squires
Mora Council Members: Jody Anderson, Alan Skramstad, Sara Treiber
Quamba Council Members: Mayor Gordon Gullixon, Dionne Durham,
Terri Huro-Torgerson
Ogilvie Council Members: Mayor Mark Nilson, Dave Leonhard,
Garrison Story, Charlie Strickland Jr., Kenneth Taylor
Hillman Township: Dereke Voge, Karen Felger
Ford Township: Carl Jim Swaningson, Town Clerk??
Brunswick Township: Rick Kawalek, Craig Peterson, Brenda Wolff
Mora School District: Ethan Elvehjem, Karen Kirschner, Scott Moe,
Christopher Nissen

Please share the word around as I have not been able to reach all of the candidates, I’d really appreciate your help. Please have them RSVP to the chamber by way of email: karen@moramn.com

YOU are all invited to come. Please share this with others to make sure that EVERYONE WHO WISHES can attend/participate.
Your questions are requested.

Please email your questions for the candidates to me at: karen@moramn.com and be sure to signify which candidate you are addressing. We can not be responsible for any candidate who is not in attendance.

THANK YOU! Let’s make this an event that we come away with good information!

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Chamber Member Business After Hours at the Grand Casino Hinckley…

LARGE & SMALL GROUPS INVITED!!
FirstLight, Mora Schools, Coborns, St. Clare, Financial Institutions, Mora Chevrolet, Insurance Agencies, All of our local businesses – bring everyone, let’s get everyone counted! You will have opportunities to win LOTS of prizes during the evening – the Grand Casino doesn’t scrimp! They are awesome! Please RSVP to me so that I can RSVP to KIM!!!

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OKAY EVERYONE!
 
Are we up for the challenge? Can we beat Moose Lake’s Chamber? Can we beat Hinckley’s Chamber? Heck Yeah!!! We CAN!

Let’s get the Mora Area Chamber Businesses the Recognition we DESERVE!! 
We are a small but MIGHTY Chamber!!! Our Businesses Rock!

 
Please mark your calendars and participate in the
Grand Casino Hinckley’s Business After Hours on October 27th from 5pm to 7pm at the Casino! 

It’s a great time, great food, great people, great drinks, and PRIZES!!!!

AGAIN, this year they will be giving money prizes for the Most Represented Chambers!!
Please come on on behalf of the Mora Area Chamber!
Bring your Employees!!! It’s a wonderful time!
 
Please RSVP to me the number in your group.
karen@moramn.com
  

… If you’ve never come, this will be a great year for you!
Please share with your employees as they are all invited.
There are prizes for the Chambers with the
La
rgest Representation at the event. 
It’s a great time at a fun venue. Lots of people to meet and greet. 

 

 

 
 
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Made of MORA/MOM’s Place Latest Auction!

This auctions has several consignors and very good items.  Many collectible dishes, toys, tools, thimbles, china, furniture, games, hunting and fishing, egg scale, bike speedometer, depression glass.  

Made Of MORA online auctions – 320-225-6233

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Welcome to another online auction

Auction ends on September 22 at 8:10 pm.  Please share with others so they may have the fun of an online auction too.  There are several consignors on this auction. 

If you have any questions or concerns you may contact us at 320-225-6233 or email us at auctions@madeofmoramn.com 

A quick link to the auction: https://www.k-bid.com/auction/15906

The link to our website is: http://madeofmoramn.com/

Email any questions to: Auctions@madeofmora.com

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Join the Dala Business Women on Monday, September 26th

The Dala Business Women welcome Randy Ulseth, CEO of FirstLight Health System to speak at this evening’s event. He will offer an insight into what’s currently going at the hospital and what the future plans are. 

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A Message of Interest for the Retail Sector of our Business Community

Please contact Rebecca to learn about how this opportunity could positively affect your business.
The letter below came from her to our Chamber office this morning.

Good Morning Chamber Leaders!

Several weeks ago, I shared with you some information regarding a privately funded grant we received to work with businesses and individuals in the retail sector.  Last week the national announcement of this program – Re-Imagine Retail was made. Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services along with the Central Minnesota Workforce Board hosted a grant launch event, and press releases were sent to all local papers (37 across 11 counties). I wanted to share this information with you here, and ask for your help to connect with businesses in your communities who might have an interest in learning more about this grant opportunity.  We are working to build new, and strengthen existing relationships to learn more about the retail industry and its needs, and to ensure the work we are doing has a positive impact for individuals and businesses across all the counties that we serve. 

Coming soon is a Customer Service and Sales course that results in a certification from the National Retail Federation. This is open to interested individuals and retail employees, and will be held in Cambridge.

Thank you!

Rebecca

Rebecca Perrotti | Workforce Development Coordinator
Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services, Inc.
903 E. Forest Avenue | Mora, MN 55051
p:  612.247.9319 | e:  rperrotti@cmjts.org

Workforce Excellence Is CENTRAL To All We Do
Visit our website at www.cmjts.org

 

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NEWS RELEASE                Date: 9-7-2016
Contact: Rebecca Perrotti                                                         320-679-6488
Workforce Development Coordinator                                  rperrotti@cmjts.org

 Central Minnesota Workforce Development Board Receives $300,000 Grant to Strengthen Retail Industry Career Services in 11 Central Minnesota Counties

 Funding is part of a $10.9 million grant awarded to The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership from the Walmart Foundation

 Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine Counties, Sept. 7, 2016 – Today, the Walmart Foundation announced that the Central Minnesota Workforce Development Board, together with Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc. (CMJTS) has been selected to receive a $300,000 grant from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) as part of an effort to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors in central Minnesota and around the U.S.

The Central Minnesota Workforce Development Board is one of 10 Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) selected across the country to collectively form and implement new models of career services specific to retail – models that will serve as best practices for the approximately 550 WDBs in the U.S. that already provide career services, such as career coaching, soft skills training, specialized skills training and referrals to other resources. The funding is part of a $10.9 million grant the Walmart Foundation made to The Partnership in March 2016.

“Our collaborative effort with The Partnership, central Minnesota business leaders and government officials, and the nine other selected WDBs will allow us to foster workforce training innovation in a sector that WDBs have not traditionally focused on – retail,” said Barbara Chaffee, CMJTS CEO. “With the retail industry supporting one in four American jobs, this grant presents a tremendous potential for impact, from entry-level to middle skills jobs. The goal of this grant is to create clear career paths in retail for hundreds of workers, providing skills training and new approaches to accelerate career advancement, said Chaffee.

CMJTS will provide a variety of services to individuals in central Minnesota including:

  • job readiness training customized to the retail sector, including helping jobseekers acquire the “soft skills” that are critical for workplace success such as teamwork, leadership, communication and conflict resolution;
  • industry-specific certifications and work-based training opportunities; and
  • job placement assistance, resume writing help, and interviewing skills workshops.

Among the services CMJTS will offer employers are:

  • serving as a point of contact for retail employers in the area for recruiting and training opportunities, including career tracks such as sales, customer service, logistics, merchandising/buying and management;
  • customized recruiting and screening and assistance in writing job descriptions for new positions; and
  • employee retention assistance and improving the supply of qualified job candidates. 

“As one of the largest provider of jobs for the American workforce, the retail industry presents many opportunities for workers to grow and thrive,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Through our work with The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, we are helping ensure that retail workers have the skills, training, and education needed to build long-lasting careers.”

In February 2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $100 million over five years to strengthen the skills of the broader U.S. workforce by funding programs to create career paths in retail and related industries and train thousands of workers outside of Walmart. The two-year grant to The Partnership is the largest investment to date as part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s Opportunity initiative, which aims to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors by working with nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies to make it easier for frontline workers to move faster into middle skills roles.

For more information about the grant awarded to the Central Minnesota Workforce Development Board visit http://workforceboard.org/about-us/funders-and-partners/grants/ orhttp://workforceboard.org/about-us/funders-and-partners/grants/wal-mart-foundation-grant/.

 The Central Minnesota WDB, along with the Central Minnesota Joint Powers Board, is responsible for the policy guidance and oversight of all job training and job placement activities in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Renville, Sherburne, and Wright Counties.  Since its beginning in 1984 as Private Industry Council 5, CMJTS has been passionate about providing quality training and job placement services to customers in central Minnesota. Throughout its 11-county region, jobseekers—adults, youth, entry-level, career-changers, low-income, and dislocated workers—count on CMJTS for professional career guidance based on their individual circumstances, economic self-sufficiency needs, and local labor market demands. Businesses count on CMJTS for qualified workers to fill their jobs.

 

 

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