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U of M, Crookston Students Address Small Businesses at Business Expo in Bemidji, Minn.

By ltollefs on
Friday, October 23, 2009

Crookston, Minn. - University of Minnesota, Crookston students in the Field Studies in ENTRstudents-Oct2009.jpgEntrepreneurship and Small Business Management class presented at the Fifth Annual Bemidji Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Thursday evening, Oct. 22, 2009, at the New City Ballroom in Bemidji, Minn.   

The hour-long presentation, "21st Century Marketing: Facebook and Twitter," was given to over 40 Bemidji area business professionals.  In collaboration with Jorge Prince, director of the Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the students addressed the use of social media in communicating and marketing with customers.

Student participants (in the photograph, l to r) included seniors Jared Hendricks, Owatonna, Minn.; Thomas Melhorn, White Bear Lake, Minn.; Krista Nelson, Cokato, Minn.; Brett Saari, Green Bay, Wis.; and Jacob Karras, Janesville, Wis.

In addition to this presentation, the students are working with regional small businesses through the SBDC to develop marketing plans that address those businesses' specific needs.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit

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