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Manufacturer's Association will meet Sept. 16

Red Wing Manufacturer's Association's first meeting of the season will be 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday Sept. 16. It will be a tour at Capital Safety, 3833 Sala Way.

Members planning to attend should RSVP to Sharon McCord at or 651-301-1904 by Thursday.

Business consulting available

A Small Business Development Center consultant will be in Red Wing Sept. 19 to offer free services for business owners. The consultant will be available to meet at individual businesses or at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical.

The service is free and confidential.

For more information, contact Katie Hardyman at or 651-267-7706.

Consulting services also are available at the local SCORE office.

Next Lunch and Learn is Sept. 18

The next Lunch and Learn seminar is Sept. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Merchants Bank conference room.

The seminar, called "One Hour to Better Computer Performance," will be presented by Lance Garrick from Computers On the Go.

He will teach participants maintenance skills for Windows and basic security skills to maintain firewalls, antivirus and anti-spyware software.

Lunch and Learn Seminars are free to chamber members, but space is limited and reservations are required by Sept. 16. To register, contact Marion at or call 651-388-4719.

DEED adds director

John Shoffner has been named director of business development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Shoffner, who has been the economic development program manager in Greensboro, N.C., since 2004, will head DEED's Office of Business Development, which is a team of regional and industry managers focused on retaining and expanding existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the state. The office is the first point of contact for businesses seeking state assistance.


State among leaders in economic growth

Wisconsin had the third best economic growth in the nation, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia report. Data shows this was the second consecutive month Wisconsin's growth outpaced the national average.

The coincident index for July had Wisconsin third in the nation for growth during the last three months. This is the best ranking Wisconsin has ever received and Wisconsin is improving at the strongest rate it has since January 1995, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation said.