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 Educational Series Archive

October 2021
Take Control of Your Business’s Cybersecurity Risk 

To a cybercriminal, it’s nothing personal when they attempt to steal your data, intellectual property, or customers’ money. For you, your employees, and your customers, a cyberattack can have devastating consequences, from putting you out of business to exposing you to other cyberattacks. Cybersecurity is one of the biggest concerns of businesses, yet most businesses struggle to understand and manage this risk. In this presentation, we will discuss ways your organization can determine its own cybersecurity risks and begin implementing a cyberattack defense plan.

Presented by Rick Olivier, SBS CyberSecurity

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September 2021
Cyber 101: Why Every Business Should Have Cyber Liability Insurance

As technology becomes increasingly important for business operations, the value of a strong cyber liability insurance policy continues to grow. The rise of information stored and transferred electronically has resulted in a remarkable increase in the potential exposures facing businesses, especially as more of the workforce is remote. Cyber liability insurance has become an essential component of any risk management program to protect businesses from devastating financial damage.

Presented by Ben Brunn, Choice Insurance, Colten Heagle, Choice Insurance, and Jeanine Loomis, RT-Specialty

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July 2021
The Latest Updates in Cybersecurity and Cyberattack Prevention

Social engineering is defined as hacking human trust. It’s convincing someone that it’s in their best interests to give you something. That something could be credentials, access to a computer system, personal information, physical access, or any number of things. The best way to protect yourself against a social engineer is to know their techniques and be aware. In this session, you’ll learn the four main types of social engineering attacks and how to prevent them.

Presented by John Harmon, President, FRSecure

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July 2021
Your Guide to the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is a substantial tax break for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ERC rewards employers that kept employees on their payroll during the pandemic, even if they were not working. For many businesses still reeling from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the ERC may provide some financial relief through this large tax break. Businesses can claim this tax credit on qualified wages, including certain healthcare costs, paid to employees. This is a significant bonus for eligible businesses to take advantage of. Learn more about the availability of the Employee Tax Credit at this webinar to determine how your business can receive this benefit.

Presented by Rachel Peters, CPA, CFE, Managing Partner, TDHCD

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June 2021
Expect the Unexpected: Your Guide to Preparing a Successful Exit Plan 

Running a business without an exit strategy is like running a marathon without a finish line. Over half of all business owners are unprepared to sell their business should an unexpected offer or life event occur. They aren’t able to maximize the value of their business, causing financial and emotional regrets. That’s where an exit plan specific to you and your business will have you ready to exit your business, whether it’s planned or unexpected.

A well-crafted exit plan will free you from regrets and ensure you and your business are ready to exit emotionally and financially strong. This webinar will help you understand why an exit plan is critical to you and your business and what you should know when creating your plan.

Presented by Steve Gerten, Business Development, Paradise Capital

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May 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Diversity and equity are incredibly important not only to ensure the success of your business, but to build an inclusive environment where your employees can thrive. Dee Baskin, Executive Director of Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota, covers how to begin the journey toward creating a more equitable business. Research has shown that companies with more diverse staff have higher revenues than companies that don’t. Customers, employees, and vendors are prioritizing who they work with based on shared values. Someone who feels like the business doesn’t “get” them will go to a business that does. There are many approaches for a business to start its equity journey. Dee shares how a basic understanding of people who are different from yourself is critical to finding success and fulfillment in business.

Presented by Dee Baskin, Executive Director of Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota

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April 2021
How to Stand Out and Build Your Brand Expereince

Crucial to business and individual growth, is building your brand experience and attracting ideal clients. Katie Elenberger, Founder and Creative Brand Strategist of Spark27 Creative reviews ways that you can easily turn your clients into repeat customers build brand evangelists, and stand out in a way that is authentic. Katie shares proven strategies and practical examples on how you can update your brand stragey, adjust your process and infuse new ideas to get you on your way to building an incredible brand experience that not only stands out in your market but adds depth and dedication to your client partnerships.

Presented by Katie Elenberger, Founder and Creative Brand Strategist of Spark27 Creative 

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March 2021
Strategies to Help Control Health Insurance Costs

Our team of insurance experts share proven strategies to control Health Insurance costs and provide you with the tools you need to increase employee satisfaction. This session covered employee and employer frustrations over the continued increase in the cost of health insurance and limited options for employees. They also discussed compliance and HR assistance for employers, how to educate employees on high deductible health plans and health savings accounts, and more.

Presented by Ben Brunn, Commerical Market Sales Manager at Choice Insurance and Rebecca Deelstra, Insurance Advisor at Choice Insurance

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December 2020
Your Guide to Hosting a Successful Virtual Event

This educational series answered the questions that so many event planners and professionals have been asking: What does it mean to create an engaging online event? How can that be accomplished in the “new normal”?  And what technologies and platforms help create seamless, memorable audience experiences? The experienced Livewire team had all the answers, and so much more!

Presented by Kent Kolstad, Founder, President & Technical Director at Livewire, Katie Pipinich, Project Manager at Livewire, Ryan Babb, Director of Live Video Production at Livewire

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November 2020
Your Guide to New Tax Laws and Regulations

In this webinar, we review the new tax rules and regulations and discuss their potential impact on businesses and individuals as well as provide a comprehensive review of the changes made by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, The CARES Act, the SECURE Act, and the PPP Flexibility Act. In addition, we discuss year-end planning opportunities, what changes lie ahead and identify possible action steps.

Presented by Mel Schwarz (JD, CPA), Director of Legislative Affairs at Eide Bailly, Ramona K. Johnson (CPA), Partner at Eide Bailly, and Jill Schneider (CPA), Partner at Eide Bailly

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October 2020
A Mini Master Class on Marketing with Tellwell’s Chief Storyteller, Max Kringen

From starting his first web design company while in eighth grade, to launching Tellwell back in 2014, Max has always been passionate about telling the stories of his community in a way that is authentic, engaging, and impactful. In addition to his work at Tellwell, Max is a seasoned public speaker and consultant. With his sense of humor and unique style of simplifying the complex, Max is able to connect with people of all ages and skill levels.

Presented by Max Kringen, Founder and Chief Storyteller at Tellwell

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September 2020
Cash Flow Management and Reforecasting During Uncertain Times

Cash flow management is a major part of everyday business and something that is more important than ever as we navigate through uncertain times. Listen as Rick Norvold and Rob DeWolfe dive deeper into the LASER (liquidity, adapt, survive, and emerge) model, and discuss how to reforecast during these unknown times.

Presented by Rick Nordvold, Founder and Partner at Growth Operators, and Rob DeWolfe, Partner at Growth Operators

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August 2020
Adapting to the “New Normal” of Business Following COVID-19

Adapting to the new normal is a huge change for businesses as they prepare to reopen and put additional safety measures in place. This roundtable discussion featured panelists from a variety of industries including hospitality, health and wellness, and professional services. Watch as the panel discussed a variety of topics regarding returning to the office and how they have adapted to be successful in these unknown times.

Presented by Merry Beth Freiemuth, Yoga Teacher at Teacher Training Faculty and Green Lotus Partner, Marcia Appel, Yoga and Meditation Teacher at Teacher Training Faculty and Green Lotus Partner, Dawn Uremovich, Owner at Unleashed Hounds and Hops, Cathy Bovard, Director of Operations at D’Amico Catering, and Heide Olson, Founder and CEO at All in One Accounting, Inc.

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August 2020
Expanding Further on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is an IRS-approved, triple-tax-favored account used in conjunction with a qualified High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). This webinar will give you a deeper understanding of account eligibility, advantages, distributions, among other items to give you the tools you need to take full advantage of your account.

Presented by Daniel Fremling, Benefits Advisor at Choice Benefits and Lucas Wolford, Benefits Advisor at Choice Benefits

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July 2020
Resilience in Manufacturing: How to Continue to Build a COVID-19 Resistant Businesses

The presentation will discuss the three scenarios of the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications of these scenarios for manufacturers, which manufacturers are thriving amid the global pandemic and why, and suggestions on how to continue to build COVID-19 resistant businesses, including a discussion of the importance of cybersecurity.

Presented by Jim Seifert, Shareholder at Fafinski Mark & Johnson and Crystal Hatcher, EVP Chief Risk Officer at Choice Bank

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June 2020
Business Transitions Following COVID-19

During this presentation, Michelle Bonahoom provided recommendations to help business owners navigate the next steps of moving towards a “new normal”.  Main points include: Why are the alignment of strategy, culture, and decision making SO important during this time? What are the simple steps to making the right decisions to set yourself up for success ? How are other businesses effectively addressing remote work, social distancing, customer delivery, and other key decisions?

Presented by Michelle Bonahoom, Founder and CEO at VisionOne

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