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sin aml in By Glenn Muske, Rural and Agribusiness Enterprise Development Specialist, NDSU Extension Service You will find a family business in one out of every I 0 households. Family businesses contribute more than $10 trillion, by one estimate, to our U.S. economy. Family businesses generate more than 50 percent of .U.S. business revenue. 1. Family businesses employ more than 50 percent of :the U.S. workforce. •:i Do you get a sense of my topic this week? Yes, it's :!he role in and contributions of family businesses to the :economy. i: Family businesses are found in all segments of the :economy, from large (Walmart) to micro in size (one 3aerson worMng off his or her kitchen table after he or : he works another job all day and handles his or her ;family responsibilities). And you will find family businesses in every segment :of the economy, but dominating in farming and retail. :i The family business is a unique entity because it com- :hines the traditional business system with the family :System. And all of this is done while being a part of the :larger commumty system. With these connections, family businesses can, and .do, have the ability to use the resources and time of fam- ~..ily members in helping get work done. They also have ~been found to be more successful when the community lis supportive of the business• " Yet this intermingling and exchange of resources ~is often a two-way street, with businesses providing ~t"esources, beyond a paycheck, to the family, as well as tempered by business revenue, and the age of the owner and the business. The most common community support provided by family businesses includes direct and indirect financial support. In communities that are struggling, the amount of this support only grows, as does the involvement in community leadership roles of family members. Technical assistance is another form of support offered by family businesses to communities. I have had the good fortune to work on the Family Business Research group for some time. Because these businesses are so prevalent and important in rural com- munities, a better understanding is helpful in developing a stronger group. Recently, the group released a 20-year highlight newsletter. You can find it at http://tinyurl.com/fambiz- research. You also can find a list of the more than 400 publications produced by the group, as well asa link to the group's annual and project reports. According to Ramona Heck of Baruch University in New York and Kay Stafford of Ohio State University, the importance of family businesses to our economy and society is exceeded only by the importance of the fam- ily unit itself. Family businesses are a vital economic engine. Their support will help everyone grow. For more help, visit our website, https://www.ag.ndsu. edu/smallbusiness, and sign up for the monthly newslet- ter. More information is available at your local Extension office, as well as at http://powerofbusiness.net and http://www.eXtension.org/entrepreneurship. The Small Business Administration and its related ~: being a supporter of the community. Such community organizations, such as the Small Business Development |. ~.Support, though, often is tempered by the perception Centers and Service Corps of Retired Executives, along ~gf the business owner as to how much the community with many other state agencies, also can be valuable One of the priorities of the James River Soil Conservation District is education - male or female, produc- er or consumer, young or old. That being said, the JRSCD recently cre- ated a more streamlined method to providing this education by means of an employee who focuses specifi- cally on education. In the past, much effort was placed on producer workshops, meetings, and field tours. While these are still important, now attention has been directed to the youth of Dickey County. Last spring, all students in K-3 in Oakes and Ellendale schools had the opportunity to benefit from this new effort. Programs were formed to local wildlife to the water cycle. And all of this is provided free of charge to the schools. How are the class activities select- ed? Through communication with the teachers, activities are designed for each age group on whatever the class is covering, and incor- porates natural resource education along the way. Typical programs are about 30-45 minutes long and often include a hands-on activity. The children's response to the programs have been outstanding. In fact, when our staff enters the school hallway, there are often lots of waves and smiles and whispers of, "Are you coming to our class today." Positive feedback has also been received from teachers. When it comes to educating the older crowd, at least one event is planned for this winter - our bien- nial Ladies Ag Night! Always a hit with the local ladies of Dickey County, this year our theme will have you "buzzing" with ideas to beautify your yard while helping provide some food and habitat for pollinators• Keep your eyes peeled for more details in the near future. On a bit of a side note, we would like to introduce a new face to our staff- Daniel Morrison, Farm Bill Biologist: "I graduated with a wildlife and fisheries sciences degree from South Dakota State University in the spring of 2015. I started as the Farm Bill Specialist for Dickey, Sargent, Ransom and Richland counties in August 2016. I will be working with the offic- es to help assist landowners and NRCS with multiple programs such as CRP, CSP and EQ!P. I am origi- nally from Shreveport, Louisiana, and decided to come to school in the prairie pothole region. I met my wife Moriah in college who is from Canton, South Dakota. We are extremely blessed to have both found jobs in the area and look forward to our future here.'? While Dan isn't in our office every day, he typically is in Dickey County at least one day a week depending on workload. Welcome Dan! ~s supporting the business. Community support also is resources. This school year, it is hoped Dates to keep in mind: r that even more students will 'November 10 - SCD Board be able to benefit from these Meeting i programs by reaching out to 'November 11 - Office Closed, teachers in grades 4-6. So far, Veteran's Day i , Ellendale 4th graders have had "November 15-America Recycles /V 4 some excellent sessions on wet- Day BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016 doing in their classrooms, and to Comprehensive dataontheNAEP d lands and what lives in and .November 20-22 - SCD State ~- North Dakota Superintendent the hard work that our teachers are science results can be found here at • • , I around them. Convention, Bismarck Klrsten Baesler stud the state s doing with our students to enable the National Center for Education ! In addition to classroom .November 24 - Office Closed, fourth and eighth graders ranked them to really grow and achieve at in the top five among states in a such high academic levels,' Baesler I activities, each school library Thanksgiving Day science• exam given as part of the said• I has been provided with a Please call the office for any meet- National Assessment of Educational Among fourth graders, the aver- I : '.'Conservation. Book Nook. ing date an or ime el .a. nges, Progress. age science exam score was 161, l This is a bulletin board with a For more information contact North Dakota's fourth and compared to a national average of I topic that changes monthly and the James River Soil Conservation eighth graders scored well above 153, Baesler said. Exam results I then related books are set out District and Ellendale NRCS office the national average on the exam, for eighth graders were the same, I on display for the students to at 349-3653, ext. 3, or stop by our Baesier said Thursday. with an average score of 161 and a I utilize, field office located in Ellendale at The NAEP, which is known as national average of 153. I What else, is available9 51 N. 1st Street. Also, remember to the Nation s Report Card, is given North Dakota s 161 score for I Really the sky s the limit so tovisit our websites for more infor- ' in almost all of the 50 states• It fourth and eighth graders ranked in | speak. Events are scheduled on mation - http://www.jamesriverscd. I a first-come, first-serve basis,org/ and http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/ : is intended to provide a nation- the top five among states, with New So whether it is a teacher con- wps/portal/nrcs/site/nd/home/. The ' ally representative report on student Hampshire and Virginia sharing the ' achievement in science, math and No. 1 spot. Among eighth graders, tacting us or a youth group NRCS is an equal opportunity pro- reading• Utah was first, with a top average held in the classes on a variety ofleader, we will try and schedule vider and employer iI The science exam, which cov- score of 166. subjects, ranging from how soil is something in. i: ered earth and space sciences, The test results showed significant Star Caster® ~ /A . c ,do*mas Li-hts i: physical science and life science,improvement for North Dakota s Laser Light Projector ol, i: was given last year to 2,400 NorthNative American fourth graders, .Weather Resistant $'~,199 -100 Count Clear - Multi Dakota fourth graders and 2,300 who saw their average score jump ,Auto shut off after 6 hrs. ,a,dj. Prices ....... :eighth graders. Nationally, it was from 135 in 2009 to 145 in 2015, oCovers up to 2800 sq. Ft. ]lrOtl h ano; OllOt.;olors_ given to 115,400 fourth graders and Baesler said. Star Bright® "b tr a 12,t, / .Green Wire 110,900 eighth graders in46 states.The National Assessment of ~ -Built in Timer xourt nolce The 2015 NAEP science test results Educational Progress science exam ~~ "4 Laser Modes ~~-i):'~ountyLeader ..... ~ ~ ~ QQ = ~ ~,~'.~ were released Thursday. was last given to fourth graders in ~]~ -600 Ft.. Range /_~ &-Oakes Times ,~ ~1~ ,~OO I"~''~ ~t~ "I think its a true testimony to 2009. It was last administered to $2999 SALt., - ~J the hard work that our students are eighth graders in 2011. ~ v,- ~ --------- : Christmas Cards " Thanksgiving Sale! The 2015 ND State Legislature gave tax breaks to out-of-state interests, depleted state coffers and created a $1.1 billion deficit. Over 90% of Republican Legislators Voted YES and they left ordinary North Dakotans holding the bag with only temporary tax relief. 0 *They gave out-of-state oil interests a permanent reduction in the oil extraction tax. Current revenue loss to North Dakota of over $20 million per month. (HB1476, 2015Session) *They approved a permanent cut in corporate income taxes. (sB2349, 2015 Session) Doztenrod * Amerman * Keish represented your interest and VOTED NO! On November 8th, vote for your voice and best interest in the Legislature! Boxed Solid Packs ,Plates • Napkins • Figurines • Linens /2 Price Window Shapes • Wreath ,Garlands ,Bushes on Does Not SALE! induce Wreaths Leanin' Tree Boxed Ornaments Assorted Styles Glass or Unbreakable 25% Off Regular Price All Construction Toys ,Decorated or Plain Garland • To match your wreath or plain Bushes ,Assorted Styles '.And More! Flameless • Assorted Styles • Votives and Pillars • Realistic Wax Coating SALE! 20% Off Regular Price Swags & Teardrops -Assorted Trees • All Large Trees on Sale Paid for by District 26 Democratic-NPL, Sheila Wyurn,Treasurer $1 an. ...... Up! Stop in for a copy of our 2016 Gift Catalogue • includes a 30% off coupon .good for any item in the 136 Main St. • Ellendale, ND • Ph: 701-349-3118 • Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8:00-5:30 i i