A roundtable Monday in Burnsville will offer the chance for business leaders to discuss promoting healthy lifestyles among employees.
Participants will share best practices for health initiatives and discuss how companies can help employees make positive changes. Topics will include obesity, nutrition, physical activity, stress management, tobacco cessation and vascular health. The focus will be on worksite practices and policies that can be initiated and maintained over time.
The two-hour event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the U.S. Federal Credit Union north of Hwy. 13 at 1400 Riverwood Drive.
The roundtable is sponsored and funded by a partnership of the state Department of Health, the federal Centers for Disease Control, the Presidents Network, the YMCA, Burnsville Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Partnership resources will be made available to all participants. The roundtable is designed to have something for everyone, regardless of an organization's size or current health program. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
Edina's loss is Burnsville's corporate gain
Burnsville gained a new business last week when RT Dygert opened its new headquarters on the southeast corner of Nicollet Avenue and Cliff Road.
The industrial seals and gaskets company outgrew its plant in Edina after 30 years and will hire nine warehouse workers for its Burnsville facility, said operations manager Tom McNearney.
RT Dygert needed more space to meet increased product demand and add new services and equipment, McNearney said. He said the new space is consolidating company warehouses in Edina and near Chicago. The headquarters will have 35 employees when the nine openings for warehouse clerks and assembly workers are filled.
Building owner Investors Real Estate Trust, of Minot, N.D., took more than two months to renovate the 40,000-square-foot space, formerly occupied by a printing business, McNearney said. Almost all the space is for a warehouse. RT Dygert shares the building with a church and another business.
The 53-year-old firm provides o-rings and other products that seal in chemical fluids in everything from hydraulics to chemical processing industries, serving companies worldwide.
Inver Grove offers business incubator
Starting a successful small business isn't easy, but the River Heights Chamber of Commerce is offering more than friendly advice.
The chamber has created a small-business incubation space in its office building on Blackshire Path in Inver Grove Heights. The roughly 650-square-foot space, with an array of business-friendly amenities, can be rented by small but growing businesses as an intermediary step, said chamber President Jennifer Gale.
In return for about $600 a month, an entrepreneur gets a fully furnished office and reception area, access to wireless Internet, use of a conference room, an LCD projector and a flat-screen TV. The office is insured, has a security system and also offers a color copier and postage machine for a small fee.
The space will be available soon because its current occupant, Financial Sync, will be striking out on its own, Gale said. The office is limited to an 18-month lease. Gale said chamber members are available to offer support and consultation for incubator businesses.
Gale got the incubator idea while visiting the Austin Chamber of Commerce earlier this year and seeing their business incubation center in action.
"I think there's quite a bit of space between the time you start your business out of the home or wherever, and can actually afford the resources to be an independent business," Gale said in a release.
For information call the River Heights Chamber of Commerce at 651-451-2266. The chamber serves Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul.
Jim Adams • 952-746-3283