Business digest (Jan. 16, 2016)
Choice acquires Fremling, merges with Great PlainsChoice Financial, Fargo, has acquired Fremling & Associates, a Fargo-based financial services company that assists businesses in designing health savings accounts for their employees. Choice F...
Choice acquires Fremling, merges with Great Plains
Choice Financial, Fargo, has acquired Fremling & Associates, a Fargo-based financial services company that assists businesses in designing health savings accounts for their employees. Choice Financial has also merged with Great Plains Financial Group, which offers services including financial planning, investments, retirement planning, 401(k) services, life insurance and more.
Fremling & Associates has been serving the region since 1996 and Great Plains Financial Group has been in business since 2002. Great Plains has offices in Fargo and Grand Forks with 10 advisers and four associates.
Gateway to Science seeks council members
Gateway to Science is seeking individuals to serve on a new statewide advisory council to represent science, technology, engineering and math-related industry, education and the public sector from eight regions in North Dakota. Council members will be expected to advocate for Gateway to Science within their sectors and assist the organization to form connections with their communities.
Gateway to Science opened a center in Bismarck in 1994 and is planning to build a new facility at Bismarck State College. The advisory council will meet twice a year to learn about Gateway to Science initiatives, to provide feedback about what is happening in various communities and to advise how Gateway to Science can continue to grow as a statewide resource for informal STEM education.
Applications will be accepted through March 31 and members selected will be notified by April 30. To access the online application, visit www.gatewaytoscience.org/advisory-council . For more information, call Beth Demke at (701) 258-1975.
Local, state, national arts groups partner for study
The North Dakota Council on the Arts and The Arts Partnership have joined Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.
The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation's nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. This is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents and revenue generated to local and state governments.
The NDCA and TAP will collect financial data about local and state nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as theater and dance companies, museums, festivals and arts education organizations. TAP will also collect anonymous surveys from attendees at art events asking how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking, transportation, retail shopping, etc., as a result of attending the event. Surveys will be collected throughout the year and the results will be released in June 2017.
For more information about the study, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org .