Business briefs for March 17

EcoWater named one of the top dealers in the nation

EcoWater Systems of Marshall was honored in February during the 2014 EcoWater Systems International Dealer Convention in St. Petersburg, Fla., with the Gold Achievement award, given this year to fewer than 15 dealers – those observing the best business practices and ranking among the highest in sales in the nation.

“Long-term success in water treatment requires expertise in all aspects of water quality and the commitment to work with customers to identify the right solutions for their homes and businesses,” said Chris Wilker, the president of EcoWater North America. “The Gold Achievement award means that EcoWater Systems, owned by Pat and Chris Foley, is complementing our industry – leading products with exceptional sales, marketing and customer service practices.”

EcoWater of Marshall provides homes and businesses with Ecowater water treatment and purification products and services. In addition to the Gold Dealer Achievement award, Ecowater was honored as a top volume dealer in the north region and as the top volume dealer in a small market.

Ron Vandendriessche, a salesman for Ecowater Systems of Marshall, was honored as an admiral. Vandendriessche has been with Ecowater for more than 25 years.

Motivational speaker will present April 25 in Granite Falls

Motivational speaker Dr. Alan R. Zimmerman will present at the April 25 business seminar, “Management 2014: Transforming the People Side of Business – Improving Attitude, Communication and Leadership!”

With the focus on transforming the people side of business, attendees can learn how to bring out the best in others, learn the seven keys to better relationships and great teamwork, and how to manage stress, prevent burnout, and life balance – on and off the job.

Zimmerman gives people the tools they need to maximize their payoffs – personally, professionally and organizationally. Contact hours/CEUs are available.

The seminar is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort in Granite Falls. Cost is $89, which includes a light breakfast and lunch. Registration deadline is April 18. Contact Denise Myhrberg at or phone 507-537-6236 for more information. The seminar is sponsored by DEED, Minnesota WorkForce Center – Job Service, Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Southwest Small Business Development Center, Southwest Human Resource Association.