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Technology – Love it, Hate it, Accept it, Deal with it…

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Regardless of the size of your organization, you have certain reliance on technology in order to be productive and to an extent successful.  No one seems to leave their home or office without their phone.  We all use e-mail for communicating to the rest of the world.  But that’s just the starting point.  Suppose your company gets a bit of success and you start growing, which means adding employees.  Next up is adding office space for you and your employees, which means creating an office network.  Now you’re faced with more questions, wired or wireless? Should you get everyone a desktop, a laptop, or a tablet? Do I really need a firewall and anti-virus? 

Managing technology to meet your business’ needs doesn’t need to be overly complicated, but how do you pick where to spend your technology dollars?  How do you ensure you’re focusing on what’s important and what’s (perhaps) frivolous?   Then once selected and in use, there’s more to it than just making sure power stays on. 

Every business owner must decide where to allocate funds, and it can be difficult to reconcile spending a huge amount on technology without seeing immediate returns. But technology is an integral part of your organization, and can offer widespread and lasting benefits. Technology should be viewed as both a cost of doing business, and an opportunity to do more.

Plus, don’t forget about cyber security, hackers, and data breaches. 

The next SBAB luncheon will provide some insights on these points and even more.  Our panel (Al BeVier with Helix Business Service and Tim Elemes with Huber Advisors) will provide some insight on technology, and provide some key points to take away that will help guide you through your technology planning. 

Benefits and Insurance Essentials for Employers

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Come join us for our monthly luncheon focusing on Benefits and Insurance Essentials for Employers and Employees. As an Business owner you will find out what types of Insurance are essential for your business. As you grow and hire employees what is required for insurance and benefits?  Presented by our SBAB experts, Leanne Casanova (State Farm), Jodi Milbradt (Employer Solutions Group) and Jessica Hamilton (Human Resources-Strategic Projects).

First time guests are FREE!  If you are a repeat guest, the cost is still only $20. Meeting will begin at 11:30 with lunch served at 11:45. Presentation begins with our experts teaching on the month’s topic and is followed by an open Q and A. Guests can ask questions of our members and pick their brains for expert advice. Meeting always ends promptly at 1:00 pm!

 

How Are You Leading in Your Business?

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself to Become a Better Leader

by Deb Sauder, CEO, Leadership Strategist, Interact4Impact

One of my favorite definitions of leadership comes from Kevin Cashman’s book Leadership from the Inside Out. He says, “Leadership is authentic influence that creates value.” True authenticity starts with a thorough understanding of our own strengths and weaknesses. No two people are alike and the challenges we face will vary greatly, but here are four questions that will help you reflect on the areas many leaders and entrepreneurs struggle with.

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Find the Money: 5 Financial Blind Spots for Business Owners with Employees

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Investigate, illuminate, and eliminate 5 Financial Blind Spots that often derail businesses with employees!

Our team of experts will share little-known methods to help you reveal and replace those blind spots for better cash flow today and better income & profit margin tomorrow. Join us Wednesday, April  26 from 11am-1:30pm at Centennial Lakes Office Park, 7650 Edinborough Way, Suite 275 (Second Floor Conference Room), Edina, MN 55435.

Featuring:

  • Jeff Johnston, Sandler Sales Training
  • Jodi Milbradt, Employer Solutions Group
  • Barney Coelho, iluma Financial Partners
  • Brad Dale, Cherry Creek Mortgage Co.
  • The Small Business Advisory Board

Special pricing $95 in made possible by our partnership with the Small Business Advisory Board

Hosted by www.ilumafinancial.com

lunch provided

Failure is Not an Option!

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At both the Small Business Advisory Board and Devoted Business Development, we have a passion for businesses and the success and work life balance of their owners. We have this passion because it became clear to us early on that the majority of businesses fail after they achieve that first level of success and growth. That seems so ridiculous and defeating but it is true. The good news is, that it doesn’t have to happen!  You may be asking yourself how can you prevent this if it is so common…..

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You Can’t Do It All!

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A common pitfall we see all too often, is a Small/Medium business owner trying to do it all.    Most entrepreneurs are successful because they are super motivated and are very results driven.   At some point , they reach their limit.  The only way they will be able to reach their full potential, is by relying on other experts.     The attached article provides obvious ways you can utilize others to help you grow.    But there are many other possibilities.   I am sure just about everyone on the board can suggest other areas as well… Helpful Ways to Save time and Outsource Admin

Creativity – Your Competitive Advantage

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Creativity can be your ticket to success.   Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes.     You can use it in problem solving,  layout, product design or fine tuning your offering to meet the needs of your clients.    Since my clients are looking for financial assistance, I like to understand as much about their business as possible before customizing a solution to meet their needs.    The attached article can serve as some good fuel for creativity….

“Get Creative for More Profit” Article