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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.


  • 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

April Sponsor-MüD Modular

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The Small Business Advisory Board of Minnesota is happy to introduce our April Sponsor, Amy Lokken with MüD Modular. MüD Modular is also a Preferred Vendor of the SBAB and offers a unique product to businesses.

MüD Modular goes beyond creating dynamic and versatile displays that make you stand out. When you partner with MüD Modular we take away the stress of keeping your brand fresh and consistent. By recognizing the value of your brand we help you discover your confidence. After all, your image is a part of your reputation and your success is our business.

After working in the retail and design industries, Amy Lokken saw a need for businesses to learn how to showcase their products and services in everyday places (like the middle of a shopping mall), in a creative and unique way.

As the go-getter and hard-worker she is, Amy founded MüD Modular in 2009; but not without the help of her dad, Ralph Fedie. With the loving support of her parents, and her father’s help building her first prototype, MüD was born and Amy had taken the leap of faith into the world of entrepreneurship.

With her powerful eye for visual impact and the ability to understand human psychology, Amy has made herself the go-to person for anyone who is ready to wow their potential and current customers.

MüD, located in the Greater Minneapolis Area, is Amy’s dedication to her father – a hard-working, true idea guy and self-taught inventor. He looked at life as one big open book of exploration and loved to learn. Amy adopted not only these qualities from him but he also taught her to have a very high work ethic and to do the things she loved to do.

In 2008, as Amy was making her move from retail design and visual merchandiser and beginning her next journey: MüD Modular, her father’s health declined and he could no longer care for himself or her mother.

Amy became her parents’ primary caregiver while she continued to develop MüD, having faith that the journey we are all on has a purpose.  Today, Amy is watched closely from above. “Thank you, mom and dad, for allowing me to be part of your journey.” –Amy Lokken

Amy’s background includes over 15 years of experience in industrial design, visual merchandising, and retail design on a national basis, and also helping small business and corporations to build brand awareness.

“I believe it is how we stumble through one journey that creates our next.” –Amy Lokken

Feel free to contact Amy at


Website: MüD Modular

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

Changes to Employment Law

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Do you wonder what laws you need to follow and which ones don’t apply to your organization? Do you really want to not care about employment law but you know better than to ignore it? Have you ever felt overwhelmed or even uninformed on the all the employment laws that never seem to stop changing? Let us help with that.

On January 18, from 11:30-1:00, RSVP to attend the Small Business Advisory Board luncheon where the panel of experts will provide valuable information on “Ever-changing Employment Law.” You will learn more about upcoming existing and proposed laws such as Minneapolis and St. Paul Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Increase, Minnesota Parental Leave and the “What is Going on With That Overtime Law?”

We will provide valuable information on what is fact and what is fiction, where and when the laws may be enacted and what you need to do as a business owner. All while you enjoy a fabulous (and FREE!) lunch.

Come for the lunch, stay for the presentation and the Q & A session to follow and leave with a better understanding of what you need to do in 2017 to stay compliant.

Panel presenters will be:

Becky Judd- President of HR Foundational Solutions- providing actionable solutions to your Employee Relation and Compliance needs.

Kristin Kingsbury- Senior Litigation Attorney at Attorney at Daniels & Kibort, PLLC- handling litigation and efficient dispute resolution.

Zaylore Sapphos Stout, Esq.Attorney at Zaylore Stout & Associates where he specializes in employment and labor law matters.


New February Workshop

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In February, the Small Business Advisory Board will be presenting a new, exciting workshop for those entrepreneurs looking for business advice. Our Advisory Board for Hire workshop will be an open Q and A format, similar to our monthly luncheons, where you can get more specific advice on your unique business from our board members. Our business consultant Vernon Stading and HR expert Becky Judd will host, along with 1-2 other board members. Register NOW, as space is limited to ensure all attendees have adequate time to share about their business frustrations and ask questions.

The workshop will be held on Feburary 9th 2017 from 12-4 pm. Cost is only $349! Please email info@smallbizab.com to register or ask questions.