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Lunch & Learn- Reduce Your Tax Liability

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What if there was a way to reduce your tax liability by 25% or more….on money that the IRS has already given you a deduction on?

Small Business owners today are frequently the favorite target of politicians looking for more revenue, often making taxes one of your biggest expenses.  In Jeffrey’s presentation you will hear about a closely guarded secret of affluent business owners that your Financial Advisor, CPA or Tax Attorney have never shared with you, and may even be unaware of.   Small Business owners won’t want to miss the next lunch and learn event with Jeffrey Thompson, who will be sharing this little known method that can unlock significant tax savings on existing qualified plan savings.

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November Guest Speaker Jeffrey Thompson

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Jeffrey’s history in the financial services industry started in January of 1998, as a field sales trainer and sales manager for insurance giant AIG. He later joined Allianz Life as a wholesaler of annuities, life insurance and long term care insurance working with agents nationwide. In 2007 he branched off into the life settlement industry closing nearly $350 million in life settlement cases in just 18 months. Concurrently Jeffrey started his own agency in 2002 as an independent agent and continues to do personal production.  Jeffrey is a highly sought after sales trainer, coach and marketing consultant to life insurance agents and advisors nationwide, working with many of the industry’s top agents and advisors.  He is known by many in the industry as “The Leveraged Marketing Guy” and is the developer of the popular Quantum Marketing System™ used by hundreds of agents and advisors nationwide.  He was recognized by leading life insurance and annuity distributor ECA Marketing for his innovative, creative thinking and contributions as recipient of the 2015 Visionary Award.

Jeffrey will be speaking on a unique tax discounting approach to help business owners reduce their tax liability by 25% or more on already tax deferred savings, known as The Distribution Solution.

  • The little known strategy is designed to convert a taxable qualified account into a tax free income on a tax advantaged basis.
  • Reduces exposure to stock market volatility
  • Eliminates Required Minimum Distributions (RMD’s)
  • Insulates savings from future changes to tax rates

ECA Marketing, Inc.  www.ecamarketing.com

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Silent Auction Items

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Our next event will be a combination of our “normal” Lunch & Learn Headlined By Shannon Johnson and a fundraiser for the not-for-profit, Devoted Foundations that helps those in need for free. Come and learn, eat an amazing lunch, and do a silent auction for all donated items for a good cause! More details to come and you can find out more about Devoted Foundations by visiting www.DevotedFoundations.org.

Silent Auction Items:

We are blessed to have so many businesses offer silent auction items here is a list of just some that will be offered up at the auction!

MN Vikings signed memorabilia- Valued atpriceless

Free spa treatment Valued at around $400

Free Beauty make over-Valued at over $300

Big Screen TV– Valued at over $800- Donated by PawnWorks

Luxury Jewelry – Valued over $1,000- Donated by PawnWorks

Onsite Business Health Check– Valued between $3,000 & $10,000 By Devoted Enterprises

Online marketing & lead generation membership- Valued at over $7,300

Brand Bounce Bootcamp Workshop- Valued at $300- By Orange Ball Creative

Three-hour sales training mini boot camp for up to 10 staff members by Sandler Training-  $1500 value

2-hour onsite manager/supervisor sexual harassment prevention training seminar (max. attendance 25)(Value $995) Donated by Zaylore Stout & Associates

(2) Gift certificates for free starter package for martial arts training and self defense- donated by Z ultimate self defense studios– value of $400 each

**items will be updated as they are added*

You can reserve your seat and RSVP to the luncheon here!

Creating Effective Social Media Marketing Strategy

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Shannon Johnson will be presenting on “Creating an effective social media marketing strategy”.

There‘s no denying that you need to be using Social Media Marketing as part of your overall marketing strategy.

In today’s world, social media is part of our daily lives with most people tuning in, turning on and connecting to one social platform or another. With billions of people using social media, you would be crazy not to be using it to build your online presence. However, there’s more to social media marketing than just creating profiles on different platforms and posting content. To get results, you need a strategy. In this lunch and learn, we will get you the keys to making your own strategy work!  We will also be doing a fundraiser for a special organization!

THE FUNDRAISER

This fundraiser event will use 100% of all proceeds made during this event to help businesses and business professionals in need through our partner organization Devoted Foundations SBC. They help businesses and people in need with the donations that are given and allow them to get the professional help they need to get their business and their career back in line and on track. They need our help! Come and do a silent bid on things like Big Screen TV’s, fine Jewelry, Spa Treatments, beauty make overs, free consulting help, and more. stay tuned for updates!

RSVP for the luncheon today!

 

October Guest Speaker Shannon Johnson

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The SBAB is excited to announce that Shannon Johnson is our Guest speaker for our October 17th Lunch and Learn and Fundraiser event.  Come and here her speak on “How to Create an Effective Social Media Marketing Strategy”.  You can RSVP to the event here!   So who is Shannon Johnson?

Shannon Johnson

“I’m an entrepreneurial-minded marketer who offers a variety of support for growing businesses.  I’m passionate about helping others market their businesses so that they can earn a comfortable income doing what they love. As a seasoned networker, I also enjoy being able to make quality introductions for you to the right people. I have an impressive network of amazing connections and talented friends. I love connecting them!” 

My background is in marketing and design from Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota.  I’m a serial entrepreneur. I’ve decided to freelance and help other business owners. I used to work for a well known Minnesota marketing agency, Media Relations Agency. I published a women’s business magazine before that for over six years. I founded and sold a successful women’s network, called Encourage Her Network. I’ve produced hundreds of live networking events in the Twin Cities that supported many great non profit organizations around the world. I’ve personally supported hundreds of small businesses with their marketing over the last decade. My network has grown stronger over the years. I’m working on projects tailored specifically to the needs of my clients from strategy and event planning to social media and building websites. Every project is different which keeps my work exciting! I can help you fill the gaps in your marketing strategy.

I offer strategy sessions with expert marketing advice if you want to do it yourself. My positive coaching style aids clients along in taking action on “business building” or “revenue generating” activities. We talk about making money, growing sales, innovative marketing strategies, creative business approaches, branding, and more.

“Think BIG. Dream BIGGER“

I’ve done a ton of personal development over the past decade. I strive to always be learning and growing, spiritually, mentally, physically, and financially. Staying up to date on industry trends fascinates me. I love investing in personal and professional growth but what’s even better is seeing other people in my life grow right along with me. I think success is sweeter when shared.

“LIVE A GREAT STORY.  LIFE IS IN SESSION.”

I enjoy using my God-given gifts to help businesses connect with more customers. Strengths-finder categorized me as a “maximizer”. That means that I’m driven to help people and projects succeed. Hearing businesses’ stories excites me. I’ll listen to your needs and connect you to the right resources. I look forward to getting to know more about you and your business!  Contact me to find out more!

Advisory Board For Hire

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Hire the Board

Did you know that businesses that use the help of an Advisory Board at least once a year outperformed those that do not? We see this regularly when consulting with business owners. The fact of the matter is all business owners need some support and guidance along the way the matter how good they are. that is why the Small Business Advisory Board Offers a service call Advisory Board for Hire.   So how does this work?

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5 Things to Make Your Business More Money

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OK, you’ve started your business, things are running, you’re making some money, but you aren’t quite where you want to be.  You find yourself chasing things that aren’t productive, the bottom line isn’t consistently meeting expectations, customers are having issues with your product or services, you’re struggling with what the proper product mix should be for your business, and your pipeline isn’t staying filled.

It’s time to take a serious look at what’s going on within your company and start making some changes.  A straightforward way to approach this look consists of five steps to get you started.

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WHY PEOPLE MATTER IN YOUR BUSINESS

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In business, people are your most valuable assets. Finding the right people with the right skills that are engaged and productive is key to growing a successful business.

The most recent statistics about the US workforce are telling…

  • Increasing employee engagement investments by 10% can increase profits by $2,400 per employee per year. (Source: Workplace Research Foundation)
  • Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by 202% (Source: Business 2 Community)
  • Companies that increase their number of talented managers and double the rate of engaged employees achieve, on average, 147% higher earnings per share than their competition (Source: Gallup)
  • Disengaged workers have 37% higher absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors and defects (Source: Queens School of Business and by Gallup)

Poor management and disengaged employees in the workplace are creating a $450 billion to $550 billion annual deficit for U.S. companies.  The cost of disengagement has been estimated to be so pervasive that it costs an organization, on the average $5,000 per employee, conservatively.

What does disengagement look like?

Disengaged People:

  • Are “Checked out” – thinking about their next break or lunch
  • Show up to kill time until the next pay check
  • Have little concern for other people’s needs including customers
  • Return less than 60% of their pay in value

What does being engaged at work look like?

Engaged People:

  • Are fully involved in, and enthusiastic about their work
  • Committed to their organization’s goals and values
  • Motivated to contribute to the success of the organization
  • Dedicated to their own personal development
  • Return 100% – 120% in their pay in value

What can be done?

Gallup suggest THREE WAYS TO ACCELERATE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

  1. Select the Right People
  2. Develop Employees’ Strengths
  3. Enhance Employees’ Wellbeing

 What one step can you or your company do to accelerate engagement in the workplace?

Invest in the development of your team members.

“Knowing how you matter on the job, in your business, or as an organization is key to being able to take purposeful action. Having the tools needed to effectively interact in various situations impacts the people you work with and the people you serve. Invest in your most valuable resource – people.”  Deb Sauder, CEO of InterACT4Impact, Inc. – www.interact4impact.com

Learn about creating Healthy Workplaces with Dynamic Teams  from workforce experts:

The Small Business Advisory Board is excited to offer an interactive workshop to provide owners, managers, and executive directors of small/midsize businesses and organizations, simple strategies to create a workplace everyone wants to show up for.

Presented By Our SBAB Business Experts:

Jessica Hamilton, HR Consultant, Jodi Milbradt, Employer Solutions, Deb Sauder, Workplace Strategist and Zaylore Stout, Employment Attorney

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

 

Seating is Limited!  Register Today!