Category Archives: Economic Development

Making Sense of Social Media: Northfield to Host University of Minnesota Extension Workshop Series

The Northfield Downtown Development Corp. (NDDC), in collaboration with its economic development partners the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and the Northfield Enterprise Center (NEC), will host the second in a series of University of Minnesota Extension’s workshops. This one will focus on making sense of social media as part of a marketing and sales strategy.

 

The workshop will be Tuesday, May 15th at the Northfield High School Computer Lab from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. This workshop, titled simply “Making Sense of Social Media”, is a broad strategic review of how businesses can and are using “social media” on the Internet. Social media, FaceBook and Twitter for example, are being used by more and more people, especially young people. Understanding how to use social media is critical for businesses wanting to reach these new customers and leverage their Internet presence using the many available tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flicker, blogs, and Google Places. Continue reading Making Sense of Social Media: Northfield to Host University of Minnesota Extension Workshop Series

U of M Extension Service Advises, “Leverage Bricks with Clicks”

Hans Muessig, of the University of Minnesota Extension Service, offered some tips to local business owners on “Doing Business On-line”.  He noted that many retailers have doubled their business using the internet and that people in the hospitality and service business have also substantially increased their income over the internet.

The internet has enabled the global economy Muessig noted.  In fact, 80% of business over the internet is now conducted from places that are so remote that you can’t buy a newspaper there.  Although this new reality creates challenges, it also creates opportunities. Continue reading U of M Extension Service Advises, “Leverage Bricks with Clicks”

Northfield to Host University of Minnesota Extension Workshop Series

The Northfield Downtown Development Corp. (NDDC), in collaboration with its economic development partners the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and the Northfield Enterprise Center (NEC), will host the University of Minnesota Extension’s workshop series “Reaching Customers in the 21st Century”.

The first workshop will be Tuesday, March 27th, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., in the Riverview Conference of the Historic Archer House River Inn, 212 Division Street in downtown Northfield.  This workshop, titled simply “Doing Business On-line”, is an overview about business on the Internet.  It is broadly conceived and is intended to serve both businesses wanting to get started on the Internet and businesses that are interested in getting more leverage from their Internet presence using the many available tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, and Google Places.
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Great, Good Meeting Places in Downtown Northfield, MN

Knowledge-workers, the “creative class”, innovative entrepreneurs…whatever you call them, they’ve been attracted to downtown Northfield for many decades.  Dozens of businesses have been started in, or relocated to, the downtown, making substantive contributions to the Northfield economy.

They play a big role in the national economy too; these jobs, categorized by the Standard Occupational Classification System, add up to approximately a third of the U. S. workforce.  Scientists, engineers, educators, computer programmers, artists, designers, medical professionals, healthcare workers, lawyers, and financiers…what brings them to Downtown Northfield, MN? Continue reading Great, Good Meeting Places in Downtown Northfield, MN

NDDC Board Visits PRMIA

Members of the NDDC Board recently visited with PRMIA, the Professional Risk Manager’s International Association.  PRMIA is a member-based organization with almost 80,000 members in 201 countries around the world.

Jodi Lundell, the company’s Chief Operating Officer told us that PRMIA recently celebrated its 10th anniversary; from its very beginning, the company has been based in Northfield.  PRMIA currently has 16 employees plus additional contractors.

PRMIA provides member services, professional certification, and training to risk management professionals globally, including access to over 750 online professional development courses and webinars.  PRMIA partners with more  than 25 leading universities around the world to offer specialist and advance classroom courses in risk management.   Their  partners in the United States include universities such as Columbia Business School, The Kellogg School of Management, George Washington University, and Duke University. Continue reading NDDC Board Visits PRMIA