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  • Purchase With Purpose: Creating a socially conscious business culture

    Andrew Adeniyi, CEO, Co-Founder and Consultant, AAA Solutions LLC

    This presentation explores the impact that social corporate and environmental responsibility has on millennials and future generations. We will discuss how For-Profit businesses can win by taking a page out of the Non-Profit playbook as well as how organizations can turn apathy into action.

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  • Sell more, Sell more easily

    Shad Tidler, Business Coach, Lushin and Associates

    In this interactive session, Shad will cover the hidden weaknesses that negatively affect those in sales and business development. He will also help you to learn how prospects buy and how to avoid falling into the typical buyers’ traps so you can sell and close more and do it more easily. MORE >

    Are you or your sales people:
    • Frustrated by not being able to effectively prospect and get to the people you need to talk to?
    • Doing a good job of closing business but you feel like it takes longer than it should?
    • Constantly being asked to quote proposals and then lower your prices?
    • Unsure of the best way to jump-start prospects who went cold?
    • Tired of being used for your free information you provide (unpaid consulting)?
    • Struggling to truly differentiate yourself and win the projects and business you deserve?
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  • 8 Is Not Great

    Renee Harlor, Founder, Greater Than Eight, Inc

    When was the last time you couldn't wait to tell your friend all about your average experience? Customer service can cost you thousands of dollars or it can earn you more market share. Your clients, customers and guests don't remember average. They do remember awful and awesome. Most companies can't afford to employee a full time trainer, the problem, is most companies can't afford NOT to have a trainer. We break down the numbers when it comes to customer service in a fun and enlightening way. Average will cost you!
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  • Healing a Nation Through Common Ground Communication

    David Bennett, Owner, Common Ground Communication

    It is apparent over the last few years that the United States is deeply divided. There are not only many different perspectives but, those perspectives are often rigidly held. But, what can be done, and more importantly what can each of us do to bring the people of this country together? MORE >

    I believe it starts with each of us and our communication with our family, friends, and work colleagues. To bridge differences and promote understanding of different perspectives, we need to find common ground with one another. We need to find commonalities not just differences. We can start a dialogue with people we disagree with by first finding the areas on which we agree. It is clear that there are more areas on which we agree than on which we disagree, but we often lose perspective when someone challenges or disagrees with us.

    When we put this to work in our communication we develop "connections" with one another. This connection leads to a greater respect and understanding of diverse perspectives.

    I've seen this approach make a tremendous difference with people and groups. And it's not hard for people to adopt. They already have the skills needed. It's just matter of applying some existing skills differently, enhancing other skills, and putting it all together with every person with whom they interact in every conversation.

    I share my perspectives on how common ground connections can help bridge differences and bring people together with participants at conferences and meetings. I work with individuals and companies on identifying and resolving communication issues and improving existing communication skills.

    Now more than ever we need to communicate in such a way that we establish common ground connections with everyone. I hope to work with you in helping you do that.

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  • Networking is a contact sport

    Shad Tidler, Business Coach, Lushin and Associates

    In this interactive session, Shad will uncover the reasons that we run into these challenges when it comes to networking effectively and productively. He will also help you to learn how to overcome these challenges and become more effective at networking and growing your business. MORE >

    When it comes to networking and building your business, are you or your people asking yourself:
    • What should my goals be for networking?
    • Where should my focus be when networking?
    • What should I look to get out of networking?
    • How does networking fit into the overall picture of growing my business?
    • How can I be more effective at networking?
    • How can I be more comfortable with networking?

    The above is just a sampling of what typically is discussed. Please be prepared to bring your networking challenges to the meeting. If you are having these challenges, it is very likely that most of the room struggle with the same things.

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  • Indie Film & PR for the Small Business

    Catherine E. Rubey, Owner and Creative Director, InGe, Inc.

    As the writer, producer, and executive producer of the Lifetime movie “Holiday Baggage” starring Cheryl Ladd and Barry Bostwick, Catherine has learned how to pitch investors, how to build a strong team, how to write and execute a business plan and how to market a product.

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  • How to Make This Year Your Best Yet: Creating an Annual Business Development Plan

    Michael Kaplan, Owner, Strategic Solutions Coaching, Strategic Solutions Coaching

    The “business plan” is a common tool used by many companies. Too often, preparing a business plan is done because “that’s what businesses do” and it becomes a rote exercise that inevitably yields little or no productive results. You’re about to discover a completely new version of the business plan – a business plan that actually serves you. MORE >

    It serves you because it starts with your passion and translates into specific actions. It begins with the entrepreneur and ends with your inner manager. It also recognizes change as your constant companion. This business plan begins with a different set of operating assumptions than does the “traditional” business plan. Your attitude and how you translate your goals into projects and tasks are the key factors that make it a success.

    Perfect for small business owners, this seminar will cover:
    - Understanding the importance of an Annual Plan
    - Assess how your business is currently functioning
    - Decide what to focus on for best results
    - Create quarterly goals and monthly actions
    - Learn how to budget for growth

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  • Recruiting, Engaging and Retaining Volunteers

    Renee Harlor, Founder, Greater Than Eight, Inc

    So many non-profit organizations are started by passionate people who want to make the world a better place. Non-profits often operate on slim budgets and remain stagnant, or worse, fail. It isn't because of the lack of heart, dedication or passion. It's because of the lack of a strategic plan, goals and a solid team of volunteers. Let's talk about getting the right people in place and keeping them happy. MORE >

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  • Business Trends 2016

    Mark A. Roger, Business Broker, FranNet MidAmerica | Indiana

    A practical guide to business trends important to successful entrepreneurship in 2016. Mark will identify these trends and teach how to use them to your advantage as a business owner. Highlights include: MORE >

    - identifying the state of entrepreneurship marketplace,
    - evaluating the new business fundamentals and “profit models,”
    - understanding the new strategies of business ownership,
    - exploring the teachings of Shark Tank and The Profit, and
    - discussing opportunities available for entrepreneurs in Indiana.
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  • Connect & Succeed: A Communication Style to Engage and Motivate Your Employees

    David Bennett, Owner, Common Ground Communication

    Those in management are constantly seeking ways to relate to and work with their direct reports. This presentation, based on the book by the same name, provides managers with guidelines for developing a communication style that will enable them to engage and motivate those people with whom they work. MORE >

    All people in management start with basic communication skills which they use as their default. Some of those skills work for them, some of them do not. A Connect & Succeed Communication Style helps managers to identify the communication skills that work for them and enhance those skills even further. This approach also helps those in management find common ground and connections with all of their employees/associates making the work more rewarding and productive for everyone.
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