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The Briefcase

Navigating wage and hour laws

Dave Skovholt and Sandra Cook from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry will address wage and hour laws during the Alexandria Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly Noontime Knowledge event on Monday, April 15, from noon-1 p.m. at Broadway Ballroom.

Skovholt, an outreach coordinator and Cook, a senior labor investigator, will cover compliance, common mistakes and updates in the state's laws. They will also take questions.

Noontime Knowledge luncheons are held the third Monday of each month.

For more information, call the chamber at 320-763-3161 or email

Free class for child care businesses

Tom Copeland, an attorney and author of nine books about child care businesses, will lead a free class from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 18, aimed at those who want to start or grow a family child care business.

The class is sponsored by the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission, Alexandria Technical and Community College and the West Central Initiative Foundation. He will go over business plans, record-keeping, marketing, insurance policies and parental contracts and policies.

A free bag lunch will be provided. Those who attend should pre-register at 320-762-4510 or

Copeland has presented hundreds of business workshops for family child care providers across the country. He was on the board of directors of First Children's Finance, a non-profit organization providing low-interest loans, consulting and technical assistance to family child care providers.

Wake Up at hotel

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, 4929 Sanibel Dr., will host the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria event on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 a.m.

The event is open to everyone. The $1 admission includes a light breakfast, networking and a chance to win door prizes. All money raised will be donated to the day's nonprofit recipient, Lakeland Mental Health Center, Inc.