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Bicknese earns award

Jeremiah Bicknese, local sales associate/ Realtor, recently earned the Century 21 Centurion Producer Award for his 2007 sales success. He was presented with a Centurion Award statue and lapel pin in addition to being recognized at the Century 21 Regional Convention. "Jeremiah is a leader and innovator in developing powerful home buying and selling options to his clients because he knows the community he serves," said Dave Hicks, broker/owner of Century 21 Premier Group, 706 19th St. "Achieving Centurion Producer status is a great milestone in my professional career, and with continued effort and focus on my clients, I'll continue on this path of success," said Bicknese. He can be contacted at (715) 377-2028 or (651) 329-2224.

PWN focuses on success

The topic of the Thursday, April 3, Professional Women's Network meeting is "The Truth about the Secret; How to Go from Good Intentions to a Successful Business." The meeting is at Citizens State Bank, 375 Stageline Road, with registration from 6 to 6:30. Kay Grace will discuss with participants how to break free from self-limiting mindsets to create a life of purpose, prosperity and passion. Guests are encouraged to come (be sure to bring business cards). For more information, visit

J.P. Stone working on Edina store

J.P. Stone Construction is serving as the carpentry subcontractor on a new BCBG Max Azria retail boutique being built in Edina, Minn. The company is a full-service, union contractor with headquarters in Chicago and a regional branch office at 1066 Marty Drive in the town of Hudson. Although J.P. Stone has a national presence, it takes a local approach to all of its projects, according to company president John Stone. The company specializes in 500- to 35,000-square-foot build-outs, re-sets and multi-floor units for the restaurant, retail and office-complex industry. Stone said BCBG is an upscale women's clothing brand that is known worldwide. Designer Max Azria founded the clothing line in 1989 and currently has BCBG Max Azria retail boutiques located across the country. For more information about J.P. Stone Construction, visit

Cherrier named at Giggle Factory

Erika Cherrier has been named operations manager of the Giggle Factory by owner Felicity Plansky. The Giggle Factory is a children's indoor playground at 2007 O'Neil Road in the St. Croix Business Park. Cherrier has been an employee of the business since it opened in fall 2007. Cherrier currently holds a seat on the Hudson Board of Education and is president of the Hudson Mom's Group. For more information about the Giggle Factory, visit or call (715) 386-6639.

BNI has visitors day April 1

The Valley Professionals chapter of BNI will have a visitors day beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the Hudson Golf Club, 201 Carmichael Road. Last year, chapter members did approximately $1 million in referred business. To join the organization, contact Dr. Jennifer Shupe at (715) 381-9965. For more information, visit, click on "find a chapter" and select "valley professionals".