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Sophomore Rick Chapin and Business Instructor Kenneth Johnson Represent U of M, Crookston at Marketplace for Entrepreneurs held in Bismarck, N.D.
January 22, 2009

Contact: Kenneth Johnson, business instructor, 218-281-8178 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (January 22, 2009) – This year marks the 20th anniversary of the
Sophomore Rick Chapin, a business management major
Sophomore Rick Chapin developed a display and lesson plan on the consequences of insurance fraud for Marketplace.
Marketplace for Entrepreneurs, and two representatives from the University of Minnesota, Crookston participated in the annual event held recently in Bismarck, N.D. Business Instructor Kenneth Johnson was joined by Sophomore Rick Chapin, a business management major from Seal Beach, Calif., and a member of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at the U of M, Crookston.  

Chapin developed a display and lesson plan to teach participants about the consequences of insurance fraud. The 200 booklets he had printed to give away were gone before noon. “We probably could have easily given away at least 300 more,” Chapin said. “I was happy that people were interested in my display and what the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and our SIFE team do.”

Johnson, who also serves as an advisor for SIFE, adds that, “Ricky epitomizes what the U of M, Crookston SIFE team is all about—teaching the world.” Chapin also participated in a CEO/Student Roundtable exchange where he learned from the leaders of successful organizations.

Johnson taught a class at Marketplace entitled “Leveraging Customer Service in a Small Company for Big Gains.” Participants in the session were engaged in an interactive session that left them committed to evaluating and improving the customer service they provide. “It is always personally gratifying to talk with small business owners and consult with them about the challenges they face,” Johnson says. “This session was especially rewarding as participants left with a renewed appreciation for the competitive advantage superior customer service can provide their organizations.”

The Marketplace for Entrepreneurs is a collaborative effort to develop home-based businesses, small businesses, agricultural diversification, value-added agriculture, information technology, new business ideas, marketing skills, and stronger communities. To learn more, visit

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit