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Open Systems teams with Nelco

Minneapolis-based Open Systems Inc.announced a business partnership with Nelco to provide OSAS and Traverse users with business and tax forms, including direct deposit vouchers, envelopes, purchase order forms, checks, pick slips, invoices, statements and tax forms such as W-2/1099 forms and sets.

Open Systems is a single-source provider of accounting, CRM, eBusiness, not for profit, manufacturing and distribution software for the mid-market.

Anoka-Ramsey online program accredited

Coon Rapids-based Anoka-Ramsey Community College has received accreditation through Minnesota Online, on behalf of the Higher Learning Commission, for online delivery of its Associate in Science degree in Business.

Students seeking an A.S. in Business will now have the option of taking all of Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s (ARCC’s) required business coursework in an online format. The program has been dubbed Business Online. In addition, students who complete the ARCC business degree can transfer directly into the accredited Business Online four-year degree program offered through Metropolitan State University.

Anoka-Ramsey also said it’s now a University of St. Thomas satellite Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

The college provides no-fee SBDC consulting services to include strategic business planning, technology planning and implementation, marketing research, financial planning and analysis, loan packaging and cash flow management.

The service is available to companies with less than 500 employees and $20 million.

Westrum joins Orbit Systems

Eagan-based Orbit Systems., provider of managed computer environments for small and mid-size companies, said Chad Westrum will serve as director of customer services.

Prior to joining Orbit, he was director of customer service at Xata Corp., a Burnsville provider of fleet management software products for the trucking industry.

Orbit also said Michael E. Molloy joined the company as director of sales.

Ergotron releases two new products

St. Paul-based Ergotron recently released a new LCD computer display and TV stand and a new desk-mounted flat-panel display arm

The company said the Neo-Flex LCD Stand allows users to instantly set the height of their LCD, reducing fatigue and possible musculoskeletal disorders to the neck and shoulder.

The LX Desk Mount Arm is a desk accessory enabling home and office workers to adjust the height of their flat panel monitors with fingertip adjustment to increase viewing comfort, reduce glare and meet the sight line needs of others.

RemotePipes signs deal with WeRoam

St. Paul-based Internet access provider RemotePipes Inc. added more than 10,000 additional WiFi hot spots to its globally aggregated IP remote access network after entering into a three-year agreement with WeRoam, a WiFi roaming platform.

RemotePipes and WeRoam have nearly completed the integration of the network of Wi-Fi hotspots into the RemotePipes IP Roamer branded global wireless Internet access network, which consists of 40,000 global dial-up and WiFi access points in 150 countries. RemotePipes is forecasting that the IP Roamer network will provide well over 60,000 locations and hot spots by the end of 2005.

Absolute!, LDSi announce merger

Absolute! Inc. and LDSi Consulting, both of Minneapolis, MN, have merged, creating Absolute!, Inc., a technical services and solutions company. The merger was effective Jan. 1.

Together Jerry Snyder as CEO, Eric Lopez as president and Kent Jacobson as the Chairman and COO head the new company. Pam Snyder will serve as executive vice president of sales.

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