Feb 03

Tell Us Where You Stand on Paid Leave

Small Business Majority asks a good question…

Paid leave has been a hot topic lately, with several new initiatives and laws in the works around the country to implement paid family medical leave insurance pools. Lawmakers are looking to implement insurance pools at the state or national level that provide employees with partial wage replacement for a set number of weeks in order to care for a family member or bond with a new child. In order to ensure the voice of small businesses is heard on this issue, we want to know where you stand on paid family medical leave.

Please take our survey to let us know your thoughts on establishing paid family leave programs at the national level or in your state.

Feb 02

Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program accepting applications for its third year

Great incentive…

Applications are being accepted from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2016 for the third year of the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program. The 10-year program helps fund new solar electric and solar thermal systems for Minnesota residents, businesses and communities. It is administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and applicants are selected by lottery. Owners of solar electric (or photovoltaic [PV]) systems who are selected for the program receive an annual incentive payment for 10 years based on the system’s electricity production. For owners of solar thermal systems, the program offers a one-time rebate up to 25 percent of the installed cost.

In its first two years, the Made in Minnesota program has provided incentives for 692 solar PV projects and 32 solar thermal installations. The PV projects equal about 10.4 megawatts (MW) of electric capacity, providing a significant boost to the state’s current solar capacity of 28 MW. More information on the Made in Minnesota program, including the incentive and rebate amounts, is available on the Commerce website. (Photo courtesy of Silicon Energy)

Feb 01

Attend a Solar Power Hour | Grow Solar

Did you know there are state tax credits and possible help with funding for adding solar to homes, businesses and farms? Attend a session and learn more…

Attend a Solar Power Hour

Attend a free Solar Power HourSM and discover the benefits of solar energy for your home, small business or farm. This one-hour presentation discusses solar market trends, describes the basic components of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, outlines the evaluation process for installing solar PV, and introduces incentive options and economic benefits. For your convenience, we’ve also created a Virtual Solar Power HourSM. We strongly encourage you to attend a live event for the most up-to-date and locally relevant information.

Solar Power HourSM Dates & Locations: All are free and open to the public!

Attend a Solar Power Hour | Grow Solar

Date: February 2nd
Time: 7pm
Location: Shoreview City Hall
4600 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126

Date: February 3rd
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Best Wester White Bear Country Inn
4940 Hwy 61 N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Date: February 9th
Time: 7pm
Location: Shoreview City Hall
4600 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126

Date: February 16th
Time: 7pm
Location: White Bear Lake City Hall
4701 Highway 61, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Date: March 2nd
Time: 7pm
Location: Roseville Library
2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

Date: March 9th
Time: 7pm
Location: Roseville Library
2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

Date: March 30th
Time: 7pm
Location: Hamline Midway Library
1558 Minnehaha Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

Jan 28

Congrats to PJ Ellison – new director of LqP EDA

pjThe Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority is pleased to announce that Pamela J. Ellison has been hired as the new director of the organization, effective Wednesday, Jan. 20, and approved at the county economic development board meeting.

PJ has been with the County EDA in the capacity of the administrative assistant since November of 2013 and has continued to serve in this capacity during the interim period of the search and hiring process for the directorial position. She comes with a bachelor’s degree in organizational studies and business management from Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn. Additionally, she has completed the basic economic development course offered at UMD, in Duluth, this past summer. She is also a member of the Community Development Society.

PJ has a varied and comprehensive background in many business sectors, having worked in many prominent large corporations both as a contractor and an employee as well as in small businesses. Being an entrepreneur in her own right, having run a home childcare business, a promotional company and a home based therapeutic oil business of her own; she has covered the gamut in many business sectors. PJ’s career began in the health care field as a file clerk in a teaching hospital and continued through various levels and moving to supervisory and management roles within the health care industry.

She has worked for Group Health Plan, Share Health Plan, currently Medica, and served as a project manager for Allina Heath Care to oversee their first NCQA accreditation process for the Medica product.  With experience in government and politics, she served in the Ventura Administration as the executive assistant for Lieutenant Governor Mae Schunk. She then departed the Governor’s Office to work with former State Senator George Pillsbury and former State Senator Gene Merriam as the director of field education for the Single House Legislature initiative.

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