NORTHFORCE Gears Up for Year Two of Mentor Connection

Posted by Josie Strom on June 21, 2017

Preparations for the 2017-2018 program year of Mentor Connection are underway! Organized by NORTHFORCE, the program will once again pair college students from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and The College of St. Scholastica with established local professionals. Overseen by APEX (Area Partnership for Economic Expansion) and The Northspan Group, NORTHFORCE is a local initiative aimed […]

Forbes: Talent Retention The #1 Challenge Facing Employers in 2017

Posted by Josie Strom on June 17, 2017

As the economy improves, retention of talented employees is the number one challenge facing employers this year, according to Forbes. “An over emphasis on talent attraction and hiring without equal emphasis on development and retention will create problems for companies in the new year,” predicts Forbes contributor and co-founder of HR Open Source Lars Schmidt. “As […]

Top 5 Soft Skills You Need

Posted by Kayla Dietzmann on June 6, 2017

Skills gap. It’s a phrase that has been around for quite some time now and we hear it constantly. There are two main types of skills: hard and soft. Hard skills are your technical knowledge of a subject area – like a BA in Accounting or 10 years of experience in Welding. Those are pretty […]

Release the Hounds: Take Your Dog to Work Day

Posted by Emily Alworth on June 6, 2017

Dogs are wonderful additions to a home, but how about an office? June 23 is your chance to find out as workplaces around the county will be celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day! Originally created by Pet Sitters International to promote adoptions and celebrate the benefits of having a dog, the event reaches its […]

Apprenticeship Grants Available to Northland Employers

Posted by Josie Strom on May 22, 2017

Grants aimed at supporting apprenticeship programs throughout the Northland are now available through the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI). Applications will be accepted through June 14. Accepted applicants can receive up to $5,000 for each registered apprenticeship. Funds can be used to offset costs related to program development, instruction, and supplies. MAI’s focus is on five industries […]

SciTechsperience: A Local Funding Option for Internships

Posted by Josie Strom on May 16, 2017

The Northland is full of college students who would like to pursue internships and organizations that would like to create internship programs. One of the main obstacles both groups face is a lack of funding and financial support. SciTechsperience exists to fill that need. Available to students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, SciTechsperience is a […]

Entrepreneurial Insights from the Mayor’s Summit 2017

Posted by Josie Strom on May 3, 2017

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson held the city’s first annual Business Resources Summit on May 2 at Clyde Iron Works. Emphasizing the value of local entrepreneurs, the event featured a panel of successful small business owners and identified funding options available regionally. Speakers included Tom Hansen, founder and owner of Duluth Grill and OMC Smokehouse. He was joined […]

Internships on the Rise!

Posted by Josie Strom on April 29, 2017

So far, employers have hired 7.25% more interns in 2017 than they did in 2016. The finding by is based on a ranking of top internship employers across the United States which tracks over 65,000 specific internships. Though the year is young, the majority of internships take place in summer and are already filled before the end of […]

Duluth & St. Louis County at the Capitol

Posted by Josie Strom on April 21, 2017

On March 29, the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce held Duluth & St. Louis County at the Capitol Days, their citizen lobbying event and the biggest advocacy opportunity of the year. NORTHFORCE and APEX joined representatives from the City of Duluth and St. Louis County in St. Paul to meet with legislators and discuss pressing regional workforce issues. Representing […]

Superior Named Best Small City to Start a Business

Posted by Josie Strom on April 21, 2017

WalltetHub has identified Superior, Wisconsin as one of the nation’s best small cities to start a business. Superior ranked 16 out of 1,200 cities across the U.S. with populations between 25,000 and 100,000. The selection was based on three criteria: business environment, access to resources, and business costs. Lower overhead and stronger customer relations were cited […]

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