Critical Business Transitions Business Owner Seminar – July 10

“Critical Business Transitions”
Business Owner Seminar
Tuesday, July 10th
8:30 to 11:30am
1707 Technology Drive NE, Willmar MN 56201

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Business owners go through many different types of critical transitions. How do you navigate the decisions, changes, and events that come across your path? This seminar features critical, up-to-date information and resources from experts in the education, business consulting, and investment banking fields working across all industries and regions in Minnesota. You’ll walk away with current market data for Minnesota businesses, some resources to guide you, and an introduction to best practices for accessing these resources.

Commerce CARD Grant RFP among latest funding opportunities

Energy funding opportunities from MN Department of Commerce

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources compiles many of the latest local, state, and federal funding opportunities related to energy research, development, education, and other energy-related topics. Some of the most recent opportunities are highlighted below, including a CARD Grant RFP to study energy code compliance in Minnesota. A more extensive list of opportunities that are current and still open for application is available on the Commerce website.

Clean Diesel

EPA: 2017 School Bus Rebate Program. EPA offers rebates in addition to grants to reduce harmful emissions from older, dirtier diesel vehicles. Up to $20,000 per vehicle to replace older school buses and up to $6,000 per vehicle for retrofits. Due Nov. 14, 2017.

Energy Efficiency

DOE: NOI: High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg). The U.S. DOE High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg) intends to issue its fifth solicitation in January 2018. This program is designed to spur the use of national lab supercomputing resources and expertise to advance innovation in energy efficient manufacturing.

Hydropower

DOE: Innovative Solutions for Fish Passage at Hydropower Dams DE-FOA-0001662. The Hydropower Program is looking to fund early-stage research into innovative fish passage solutions to effectively provide volitional upstream fish passage while reducing both construction and operational costs compared to existing methods. Due Dec. 7, 2017.

Research & Development

Commerce: Conservation Applied Research and Development Grant Program: Energy Code Compliance Studies COMM-CARD04-20170918. This CARD Grant RFP seeks proposals from organizations or individuals interested in conducting an applied research and development study to determine energy code compliance in Minnesota buildings. Due Oct. 27, 2017.

DOD: SBIR 17.3 and STTR 17.C Broad Agency Announcements. The Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer areas are open for proposals. Due Oct. 25, 2017.

DOE: Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies DE-FOA-0001791. The objectives of this FOA are to continue the development of carbon capture technologies to either the engineering scale or to a commercial design. Due Oct. 31, 2017.

ORNL: Innovation Crossroads Cohort 2. Innovation Crossroads is a public-private partnership founded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and supported by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

DOE: Notice of Intent: Medium/Heavy-Duty, On-Road Natural Gas Engine Research and Development DE-FOA-0001812. The purpose of this NOI is to provide potential applicants advance notice that this FOA will be issued. The objective is to address barriers to adoption of natural gas vehicles through early-stage research on medium- and heavy-duty on-road engine technologies.

DOE: Notice of Intent: Energy Efficiency R&D for Fluid-Power Systems in Off-Road Vehicles DE-FOA-0001814. The objective of this FOA is to research technologies and innovations that can improve the energy efficiency of fluid power systems for commercial off-road vehicles where fluid power systems actuate most of the functions.

Solar

DOE: Advanced Power Electronics Design for Solar Applications DE-FOA-0001740. This FOA will fund research that can enable significant reductions in the lifetime costs of power electronics for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy that align with the SunShot 2030 goals, and likewise enable versatile control functionalities to support grid integration of solar PV for enhanced grid services. Concept papers due Oct. 12, 2017.

DOE: Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems DE-FOA-0001697. This FOA seeks applications to fund applied research and development to enable the reduction of the levelized cost of electricity generated by concentrating solar power (CSP) to 6 ¢/kWh-electric or less, without subsidies. Due Jan. 19, 2018.

DOE: Notice of Intent: Solar Desalination DE-FOA-0001821. On behalf of the Solar Energy Technology Office, an FOA titled “Solar Desalination” will be issued that supports research, development, and potential demonstration of early stage technologies that can significantly reduce the costs of desalination powered by solar thermal energy.

Sustainability

MPCA: Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP). RETAP is hiring facility assessment consultants and community sustainability consultants, and particularly applicants with working knowledge of HVAC systems, computerized building management systems, modern building technologies, or residential energy auditing. RETAP applicants may be retired engineers, scientists, managers, or other professionals from a wide range of technical and non-technical fields.

MPCA: Environmental Assistance Loan Program. The Environmental Assistance Loan Program is accepting applications on a continuous basis. Priority eligible applicants include Minnesota-based small- to medium-sized businesses and political subdivisions of Minnesota. Priority eligible projects: green chemistry, pollution prevention, source reduction, recycling, and source-separated composting.

AGRI Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program

AGRI Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program – a great opportunity. Learn more below or on the MN Department of Ag website.

Purpose

These grants support innovative on-farm research and demonstrations. Projects must explore sustainable agricultural practices and systems, and findings are published in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s annual Greenbook publication.

Who’s Eligible

Applications from farmers receive priority, but the program also funds Minnesota nonprofit and educational organizations as long as Minnesota farmers are meaningfully involved in the project. Projects can last from two to three years, and applicants may receive up to $25,000 for their projects, although many request less. Grantees must be willing to share what they learn with others.

Applicants must live or work in Minnesota and demonstrations must occur on farms located in the state. An applicant is eligible to receive only one AGRI Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant at a time. Grantees who complete projects are eligible to receive additional grants to either continue the project or for a new idea.

Please review the Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant RFP background information and guidelines page, which includes the reviewer scoring criteria.

What’s Eligible and Amount Available

The program objectives are to explore the profitability, energy efficiency, and benefits of sustainable agriculture practices and systems from production through marketing. Grants are available to fund on-farm research and demonstrations and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Farm diversification using traditional and non-traditional crops and livestock
  • Cover crops and crop rotations
  • Conservation tillage
  • Input reduction strategies, including nutrient and pesticide management
  • On-farm energy production, such as wind, methane, or biomass
  • Developing/refining marketing opportunities, season extension, and post-harvest storage and handling
  • Other creative ideas that focus on conservation, energy, profitability, and/or farmers’ quality of life.

The program does not fund projects that duplicate previously funded projects. It may, however, fund similar projects in parts of the state where the practice or system is still considered new or innovative. We encourage you to read prior issues of the Greenbook, which contains summaries and locations of previous grants. Using the Greenbook will help you design a competitive project.

A total of nearly $250,000 is available this year.

Application Period

The Fiscal Year (FY)2018 application period is open from August 17, 2017 to December 13, 2017.

Link to Application

We strongly encourage you to Apply online.  For instructions on how to register to apply, review this tutorial (PDF: 867 KB / 8 pages).

*If you would prefer an electronic or paper copy of the application, please contact Ann Kuzj at 651-201-6028 or ann.kuzj@state.mn.us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Submit all questions regarding the RFP to Ann Kuzj at ann.kuzj@state.mn.us. All questions received, along with the answers to those questions, will be posted on the FAQ page.

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Veterans Career Fair – July 11in Bloomington

If you are a veteran and looking for a job or are interested in exploring new careers, come to the largest veterans career fair in Minnesota.

This no-cost event for job seekers brings together:

  • Employers, who can provide company information, speak with you about current job openings and interview you for open positions on site.
  • Service providers who can assist with your employment-related needs, as well as provide information and referrals to non-work related services for veterans.
  • Resource area staffed by HR professionals to assist with resume critique and job search advice.
  • Professional photographer available to take head shots for LinkedIn profile.

All former and current members of the U.S. military are welcome.
If you need accommodations to participate in this event, call 651-259-7169. Please submit them by Friday, June 30.

If you have any questions, contact Christine Pribbernow at 651-259-7169.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
DoubleTree By Hilton
Bloomington
7800 Normandale Boulevard
Bloomington, MN

Starting a business? Growing a business? Running a business? We’re got a book for that.

Did you know that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has a wide range of books you can download? It’s a long but useful list we’re happy to share…

Our Guide To Starting A Business In Minnesota provides a concise summary discussion of major issues, questions and concerns that are most commonly raised by those contemplating a business startup. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

A Guide to Biotechnology Finance and the 2009 Supplement provide the fundamentals of financing for this evolving field in a concise manner that doesn’t gloss over the details.

These publications are a collaborative effort with the law firm of Lindquist and Vennum PLLP. They do not address all circumstances or all companies. They are not intended as legal advice. Download the Biotechnology Finance publicationDownload the 2009 Supplement publicationOrder a copy of the publications

A Guide to Intellectual Property Protection along with a companion update provide a primer for the inventor and entrepreneur on the protection of new ideas and the products that result from them.

The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Merchant and Gould, P.C. It does not consider all circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

A Legal Guide to the Internet provides a primer on many aspects of electronic commerce, ranging from ownership and copyrights to advertising, customer service and branding.

The publication is a collaboration with the law firm of Merchant and Gould. It does not consider all circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

A Legal Guide To Privacy and Data Security is the first ever attempt to compile Minnesota state data privacy and security laws as well as federal and global privacy laws in one publication.

A collaboration with the law firm Gray Plant Mooty. It should only be used as a guide and not as a definitive source to answer legal and business questions.

Upon request, this publication can be made available in an alternative format by contacting 651-259-7476. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication on CD

A Legal Guide To The Use of Social Media in the Workplace is designed to alert business to legal issues which commonly arise when social media is used in the workplace or as a business tool.

A collaboration with the law firm Gray Plant Mooty. It should only be used as a guide and not as a definitive source to answer business or legal questions. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

A Legal Guide To Technology Transactions is a primer on the subject of technology transactions and is intended to better enable businesses considering information technology acquisition to frame up their questions and issues for their own staff, for technology suppliers, and for consultants and attorneys who will be involved in the contracting, acquisition, and use of the technology.

This publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm Gray Plant Mooty. It is intended to provide general information and should not be relied upon for specific legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

An Employer’s Guide to Employment Law Issues in Minnesota (12th Edition, April 2014) provides a broad overview of issues that commonly arise in the workplace.

It should be used only as a guide and not as a definitive source to answer your legal questions.

The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Lindquist and Vennum LLP.
Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication on CD

An Introduction to Franchising provides an overview of franchising as a business tool and the limited public regulation of franchising, with goal of better preparing entrepreneurs to evaluate franchise opportunities.

The publication is a collaboration with the law firm Briggs and Morgan, P.A.. It does not consider all circumstances or companies. It is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication on CD ROM

Loan Documentation: An Introduction for Small Businesses provides a primer on the need for and uses of many of the terms and covenants used in commercial loan transactions.

The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Krass Monroe, P.A. It does not address or apply to all situations. It is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication on CD ROM

In our Minnesota’s Angel Tax – Small Corporate Offering Registration (SCOR) publication, the Angel Tax Credit section lays out eligibility requirements, how the credit works, and other information about the credit.

The Small Corporate Offering Registration (SCOR) section explains how SCOR works, what businesses are eligible and when SCOR may be appropriate to use. Download the publication
Order a copy of the publication

Raising Capital: Securities Law and Business Considerations covers a variety of legal and business issues that should be addressed when considering or preparing to raise business capital.

The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. It does not address all circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

Single Member Limited Liability Company (SMLLC) answers frequently asked questions in regards to SMLLC as an alternative to the sole proprietorship.

The publication does not consider all circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice or tax advice. Download the publication

Why and How to Conduct a Human Resources Audit in Minnesota provides an overview of human resources audits, along with useful examples of audit checklists.

The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Rider, Bennett, Egan and Arundel, LLP. It does not apply to every employer or situation and is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication on CD ROM

Minnesota adopts New Limited Liability Company (LLC) Act. The New Act will become effective on August 1, 2015 for all LLCs formed on or after that date. Download the publication