Business Briefs for March 24

Henle attends print owner’s conference

Mike Henle of Henle Printing Company recently attended the National Print Owner’s Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. During this conference, more than 120 printing company owners from across the country discussed new technologies for the printing industries. Some of the topics included using direct mail to expand business opportunities and the use of short run four color printing to help businesses better market themselves. The conference also discussed industry trends, new equipment and the rebirth of print media as the world becomes overwhelmed with the social media craze.

Monogram now accepting grant applications

The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation has announced it is accepting grant applications from organizations seeking funding for children-focused programs. The Foundation will award a total of $20,000 in the Chandler area. There will be one $10,000 grant, one $5,000 and two $2,500 grants. The deadline for applying for a grant is May 30.

Monogram Loves Kids Foundation was founded in 2010 to raise funds for the many children’s charities in Memphis and throughout the country where team members live and work and has made many donations since. In 2013, The Southwestern MN Opportunity Council Head Start received a $10,000 grant from the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation. The Foundation awarded additional grants, including $2,500 to the Murray County Early Childhood Initiative.

The grant money came as a result of a fundraising effort at Monogram Meat Snacks and across the other five Monogram Foods locations for a fundraising event hosted in Memphis, Tenn.

The second annual Meat Me in Memphis event showcased products from Monogram Foods and the culinary and creative talents of local chefs, while raising funds for the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation.

To obtain the 2014 grant application and more details, visit and click on the “Monogram Loves Kids Foundation” header at the top of the page.

Action Manufacturing to receive progress award

Action Manufacturing, Inc. of Marshall is among the honorees in the “Progress Minnesota” awards program.

This event was established to recognize those individuals and companies who are driving business and industrial growth and economic development in Minnesota in unique and innovative ways.

The awards encourage, promote and honor entrepreneurs and organizations from across the state who, by their investment of time, energy and ideas, are having a significant impact on job creation, business development, and the overall economic health of the Twin Cities and the entire state.

The awards presentation is April 10 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. The awards are presented by Finance & Commerce, a daily print and online newspaper focused on business in Minnesota.

Action manufactures the Action Trackchair, an off road wheelchair. It is designed for use for recreation, farming, construction, hunting, going on the beach, and other options not available using the normal wheeled type wheelchair.

Marco Receives 2014 Pro-Tech Service Excellence Award

Marco, Inc. has been honored by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. with the 2014 Pro-Tech Service Excellence Award. The award recognizes those Konica Minolta dealerships that demonstrate the highest commitment to customer support and satisfaction.

To attain the Pro-Tech Service Award, each element of Marco’s operation was evaluated and measured, including its management skills, inventory control systems, technical expertise, dispatch systems, and customer satisfaction ratings.

“The Pro-Tech Service Award represents Konica Minolta’s gold standard for service competence and proficiency,” said James Ingrassia, vice president, solutions support division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “There is no higher honor for an authorized Konica Minolta dealer partner and Marco should be very proud of its achievement.”

“This award validates to our customer base that we have the skills, people and systems to keep their Konica Minolta equipment operating at the highest level of productivity,” said Jeff Gau, Marco CEO.