Business briefs (Jan. 18)

Stabnow retires from U.S. Postal Service David Stabnow has retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 32 years of service. Stabnow began his postal career as an optical character recognition machine operator at the Fargo plant. He later transferr...

Stabnow retires from U.S. Postal Service

David Stabnow has retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 32 years of service.

Stabnow began his postal career as an optical character recognition machine operator at the Fargo plant. He later transferred to the Moorhead Post Office where he worked for a short time as a custodian and spent the remainder of his career as a city carrier.

Koustrup featured in national HR publication

HR Magazine, published by the Society for Human Resource Management, featured National Hospitality Services' Director of Human Resources Sarah Koustrup in their January 2014 edition cover story, "The Joy of Working in HR."


Koustrup has worked for National Hospitality Services in Fargo for more than a year. NHS owns and manages 14 hotels across the country, including the Ramada Plaza Suites and the Staybridge Suites in Fargo.

Mumaw to present at AAF-ND luncheon

The American Advertising Federation of North Dakota will host their monthly professional development luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Doublewood Inn, 3333 13th Ave. S., Fargo.

Stefan Mumaw, author of "Chasing the Monster Idea: The Marketer's Almanac for Predicting Idea Epicness," will deliver the keynote address.

The event is free for AAF-ND members, $45 for non-members and $15 for students.

To register, email .

Fargo promoter 81 of top 100 worldwide

Fargo events promoting company Jade Presents was named 81st on a list of the top 100 promoters around the world in 2013.


The company is run by Jade Nielsen of Fargo, who has produced almost 6,000 events in 23 years, according to a press release. He has lined up touring groups to play spaces from the Aquarium to the Fargo Theatre to the Fargodome. The company produces events across the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska.

The release said Jade Presents plans to book more than 150 events in Fargo-Moorhead in the upcoming year. The next event will be The Beatles tribute act "The Fab Four," Jan. 23 in the Fargo Theatre.

The list of the top 100 promoters was released by touring industry publication Pollstar, which ranked promoters by tickets sold. Jade Presents sold 176,220. In 2012, the company sold 145,650, good for the 94th spot.

Live Nation topped the list again with 33.2 million tickets sold, almost 20 million more than second place promoter, AEG.

Workplace violence topic of luncheon

The Fargo-Moorhead Human Resource Association monthly educational luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo.

Lance Rick, of Rick Professional Services, will present "Workplace Violence and Preparedness," and discuss real life tactical procedures to help plan for, identify and react to violent and potentially violent situations in the workplace such as active shooters, armed intruders and threats to employees.


An optional afternoon workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. will focus on OSHA inspections and safety in the workplace.

The luncheon is open to the public and free for FMHRA members and students and $20 for nonmembers. The cost for the afternoon workshop is $29 for members and students, $59 for nonmembers.

For more information or to register, log on to .

Innovate ND offers new, expanded programs

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has launched a new, expanded Innovate ND program for entrepreneurs that focus on fostering innovation and accelerating venture formation/growth in North Dakota.

New features in the program include vouchers up to $2,500 that can be used for coaching and consulting services at an entrepreneurial center; creating a business plan or developing a prototype; entrepreneur boot camps in the spring and fall; an online class; a new website, which still is in development, that will serve as a resource to entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their business; and idea and venture competitions.

For more information log on to or one of the entrepreneurial centers in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Dickinson or Minot.

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