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Small business luncheon at ATCC honors Kopischke

Kevin Kopischke received an award for being a “Partner in Progress” from Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jason Murray. (Annie Harman/Echo Press)

In celebration of Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Week, the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) and Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) held a complimentary luncheon on Tuesday, May 13 at ATCC. 

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Key company Douglas County leaders were invited to attend the event.

Since 1963, SBA has celebrated Small Business Week by honoring companies in Minnesota and throughout the upper Midwest. This year, Lind-Rite Precision Company in Osakis received the Award of Excellence.

Current ATCC President Kevin Kopischke was honored as a “Partner in Progress” for his contributions in the growth of ATCC customized training and AAEDC programs. AAEDC Executive Director Jason Murray and others spoke on Kopischke’s positive influence to the region and his dedication to the next generation of Minnesota workers.

The Jefferson High School FIRST Robotics FRC Team 3313 Mechatronics showcased its 2014 robot at the event. Team members discussed the benefits of the program and discussed their previous year in competition.

Packaging Machine Manufacturers Consortium of Alexandria has pledged to meet all donations with matching funds up to $3,000 as the FIRST Robotics program is an opportunity for young people to be exposed to manufacturing.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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