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Spott Teaches Business Students

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Business attorney Patrick Spott is teaching Legal Aspects of Management to undergraduates in the School of Business and Technology of the College of St. Scholastica during the Fall Semester of 2015. Legal Aspects of Management deals with the nature and functions of law with emphasis on applications in economics, marketing and management.  The Course includes contracts and business entities and the regulation of business under federal and state administrative agencies.


Emily Spott Works for Minneapolis Grain Exchange

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After two excellent years with the Spott Law Office, Emily Spott has joined the legal department of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange as Assistant Corporate Counsel.  Emily's work includes commodities compliance, commercial real estate and contracts.


Biga and Spott Present Paper

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Kay Biga and Patrick Spott presented a paper entitled, "Smart Hiring in the Hospitality Industry: Legal and Business Perspectives" authored by Kay Biga, Patrick Spott and Emily Spott, at the Annual MBAA International Conference in Chicago in March of 2015.  Founded in 1964 by a group of professors from leading Midwestern universities including the Indiana University and the University of Kansas, the "Midwest Business Administration Association" stands for a high quality, high value, multidisciplinary gathering of leaders from around the world with almost a half century of history to present and receive useful research, share effective pedagogy, and network in a fun and familiar setting.  


Spott Teaches Business Grad Students

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Attorney Patrick Spott is teaching Business Law for the College of St. Scholastica to students in the Masters of Business Adminstration and Masters of Arts in Management programs during the spring and summer semesters of 2015. Spott is an adjunct faculty member in the College's School of Business and Technology. The School of Business and Technology combines an academic emphasis on liberal arts with experiential learning to create global leaders with strong professional skills who act with integrity and a strong sense of social responsibility. The School offers a variety of programs including: accounting, applied economics, computer science/computer information systems, finance, organizational behavior, management and marketing.

The Masters of Business Administration is offered through the School of Business and Technology. The College of St. Scholastica's Master of Business Administration program offers a broad-based business curriculum emphasizing technical and analytical skills; global and cultural acumen; and, social responsibility and ethical decision-making. Students work with mentors from the business community and are immersed in real-world situations throughout their program. Coursework includes required classes in global leadership and ethics, managerial application of technology and communication and cultural effectiveness. Students can work on a real-time global business problem through the unique Capstone Abroad seminar. Through the Professional Effectiveness seminars, students gain insights, skills and partnerships to turn their career goals into reality. Founded in 1986, the Master of Arts in Management program has produced over 600 graduates who have taken roles as corporate leaders and managers in private corporations, nonprofits, heathcare, government, education, engineering, and small business entrepreneurship. Graduates of this program are skilled at identifying and analyzing organizational problems, developing innovative solutions, and making correct, ethical decisions at critical times. The program's primary areas of study include:

Organizational behavior
Process consultation
Human resources management
Interpersonal communication and cultural competence
Strategic change management
Traditional business topics such as marketing and economic


Spott Teaches Business Students

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Business attorney Patrick Spott is teaching Legal Aspects of Management to undergraduates in the School of Business and Technology of the College of St. Scholastica during the Fall Semester of 2014. Legal Aspects of Management deals with the nature and functions of law with emphasis on applications in economics, marketing and management.  The Course includes contracts and business entities and the regulation of business under federal and state administrative agencies.


Spott Law Office Sponsors Symphony Concert

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Spott Law Office joings BMO Harris Bank and Eagle Acccounting in sponsoring the Bentleyville at the Symphony Concert of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra on December 5, 2014.  The Nordic Life wouldn’t be complete without a visit to see the Bentleyville decorations light up Bayfront Park. When Nathan Bentley originally decorated his yard with Christmas lights in 2001, he had no idea they would soon become a holiday tradition for families across Minnesota.  Now, Bentleyville travels to Symphony Hall for a stirring Friday night of holiday favorites, as well as selected choruses from Handel’s Messiah. A fixture of the Christmas season, this more than 200-year-old composition is stocked full of uplifting melodies and soaring “Hallelujahs.”


Spott Serves as DSSO Past Chair for the 2014-15 Season

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Attorney Patrick Spott has been selected at Past Chair for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) for the 2014-2015 season.

Although Duluth has a history of professional orchestras reaching as far back as 1883, the beginnings of the Duluth Civic Orchestra occurred in 1931 in the carriage house of Alphin Flaaten, a professional music teacher. The first concert of the Civic Orchestra was on May 2, 1932, under the baton of Walter Lange. The organization met with overwhelming community support and Paul Lemay, principal violist and assistant conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony, accepted the post of first full-time conductor. His first concert with the Duluth Civic Orchestra was December 26, 1932, and shortly thereafter, the Duluth Symphony Association was founded under the management of Abe Miller.

Those initial concerts took place in the Duluth Armory located at 14th Avenue East and London Road. In 1966, the Orchestra moved to the DECC (Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center) Auditorium which seats over 2,200 and is located on the waterfront. In the 1974-75 season the name of the Orchestra was officially changed to Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra to reflect the close cultural and economic relationship of the two port cities.

Since its inception in 1932, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra has proven to be a leading cultural organization in this region. Now, in its 77th season, the DSSO has consistently provided professional level performances of symphonic music, both traditional and new, to audiences of every age and background. The DSSO has set itself apart from its peers and established a unique tradition by regularly featuring the most important soloists of the day.

The mission of the DSSO is to deeply move and engage as many people as possible with the power of symphonic music.  Business attorneys Patrick Spott and Kay Biga are long time supporters of the DSSO.  Kay Biga served on the board for nine years.  She and Patrick sponsored two concerts in past seasons and Spott Law Office sponsored concerts in the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons


Spott Law Sponsors Zenith City Online

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Spott Law Office has entered into a corporate sponsorship relationship with Zenith City Online.  Zenith City Online, the Zenith City History Archive, Zenith City Press, and Zenith City Services/Resources are all affiliates of X-Communication LLC of Duluth, Minnesota, and dedicated to celebrating historic Duluth, Western Lake Superior, and Minnesota’s Arrowhead.  Zenith City Online, a web-based publication, and the Zenith City History archive, are free public resources that share the content of Zenith's books, online magazine, and public domain materials.


Spott Law Sponsors Business Development Seminar

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Spott Law Office is sponsoring the August 12, 2014 Let's Do Lunch business development presentation entitled, "Restoring the Historic NorShor Theatre," presented by business developer George Sherman, President, Sherman Associates, Inc. and Christine Gradl Seitz, Executive and Artistic Director, The Duluth Playhouse.

In 2010 the Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) purchased the historic NorShor Theatre and surrounding real estate. The intent was to return the NorShor to life as a vibrant cultural center — serving the needs of the arts, dance, theatre and musical organizations from across the region.

In 2012, DEDA selected developer Sherman Associates and the Duluth Playhouse, as a part of an RFP asking them to join forces to oversee the transformation of the theater, and future management of the facility. Each bringing expertise in their respective fields, this powerful partnership crafted a compelling vision and plan for the project. Together they direct the rehabilitation of the NorShor Theatre, the Temple Opera House and the Annex Buildings, creating a state-of-the-art, 700-seat facility in the heart of Duluth.

Let's Do Lunch, Duluth is one of the Chamber's most popular business programs. It is designed to provide Chamber members a venue to network with one another while listening to influential speakers address issues that are timely, relevant, and engaging.


Biga Attends Transportation Seminar

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Attorney Kay Biga attended a 1 ½ day seminar on Transportation, Logistics and the Law on June 13th and 14th in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  She will be adding a segment on transportation issues to her fall 2013 business law classes at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

A life-long Duluthian, attorney Kay Biga is a mediator, Guardian ad litem and Custody Evaluator. She also is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Superior and serves as adjunct faculty at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She teaches courses in a variety of subjects, including: business law, business ethics, real property, contracts, strategic management, and international business.

Since 1984, Kay has been the Chief Operating Officer of Biga Affiliates. A frequent presenter at the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development Series, Kay is known for her expertise in matters related to networking, strategic planning, and hiring and firing practices. Kay also serves on a number of committees in the area and is actively involved in the local community.

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