Business Buzz, Oct. 18

James Barton Design-Build recognized
Apple Valley-based James Barton Design-Build was recently recognized in both the Qualified Remodeler Magazine Top 500 and Remodeling Magazine Top 550.

Each year Qualified Remodeler Top 500 recognizes remodeling businesses for their success in terms of years in business, industry certification, dollar volume, industry awards and community service. The Top 500 is the longest ongoing recognition program in the remodeling industry. In 2013 JBDB ranked No. 250.

The Remodeling Magazine Top 550 recognizes the largest full-service remodeling and home improvement companies in the nation. JBDB ranked No. 88 in 2013.

Let’s Dish celebrates 10 years
Let’s Dish will mark its 10th anniversary with special offers and samples from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at its five Twin Cities locations, including 15052 Gleason Path, Suite 103A, Apple Valley.

Let’s Dish offers families a place to assemble or pick up ready-to-prepare meals at home.

Anniversary events include wine tasting, samples, prize drawings, and the opportunity to dish a meal for $15. One $500 grand prize gift card and 10 $50 gift cards will be awarded at each location.

Open house at Apple Valley insurance agency
The AAA Patrick Bevan Insurance Agency in Apple Valley will hold a Trick-N-Greet open house in celebration of its one-year anniversary from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. The event will feature mini pork sandwiches, cotton candy, beverages and Halloween activities. A bake sale also will be held with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen-Minnesota affiliate.

The agency is at 7600 147th St. W., Suite 102, Apple Valley. Call 952-891-5566 for more information.

Home Depot helps Majestic Hills
On Oct. 11, The Home Depot Foundation transformed Majestic Hills Ranch, a therapeutic horse-riding facility in Lakeville. More than 20 Team Depot associates updated the facility so that the ranch can continue to serve the veterans who utilize it.

Home Depot volunteers helped to build a retaining wall and wheelchair ramp. They also updated landscaping and painted sheds.

The effort was part of The Home Depot Foundation’s third annual Celebration of Service campaign, a two-month initiative between Sept. 11 and Veterans Day.

Credit union offers aid to members affected by government shutdown
US Federal Credit Union, Burnsville, is offering aid and education to federal employees who have been affected by the recent government shutdown.

Borrower Resources is a program provided by US Federal’s asset protection department and includes easy-to-use tools designed to help members through times of financial strain. These resources include loan consolidation, loan payment relief and loan restructuring.

US Federal offers a signature loan program to get money in members’ accounts fast and which requires no collateral. Members can borrow small amounts at a short term and defer the first payment for up to 90 days. US Federal is also offering penalty-free withdrawals on USFCU share certificates to those impacted by the federal government shutdown.

US Federal members are always eligible for free, one-to-one financial counseling through Lutheran Social Service. For more information or to set up a complimentary session, visit

If the shutdown persists, visit to learn more about helpful seminars hosted by US Federal and Lutheran Social Service. The “Surviving the Shutdown” education program is a free, no-obligation benefit of US Federal Credit Union.

Cyber security summit
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is sponsoring Cyber Security Summit 2013 on Oct. 22-23 in Minneapolis. The focus of the summit is to educate attendees on cyber threats and provide actionable solutions.

This year’s summit will showcase prominent keynote speakers and panel discussions, a VIP reception, networking opportunities and an exhibit area featuring leading industry organizations.

Topics addressed at the summit will include risk management, security intelligence, the privacy debate, the executive response, data breach and the consequences of inaction.

Summit participants will learn about the security strategies that are working today, the strategies that are not working and the latest trends in cyber security.

Online registration is available at