2014 Business Conference

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Name: 2014 Business Conference
Date: October 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 AM - 1:30 PM CDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

Be a part of the entrepreneurial spirit of Minnesota and master ideas that will help you rewire your organization for future creativity and growth. Come join us for a true celebration of 20 years of success with the Minnesota Waste Wise and Energy Smart programs. Also, Former Governor Tim Pawlenty will present the Spirit of Minnesota Award posthumously to David Olson’s family in honor of his longtime leadership of the Minnesota Chamber.
Featuring guest speakers:
  • Chris Policinski, president and CEO, Land O’Lakes, Ernst & Young 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Chuck Runyon, CEO, Anytime Fitness, Entrepreneur Magazine's #1 Franchise in the World.
>> For the agenda, click here.​
>> For speaker bios, click here.​​

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South

Individual Member $195
Individual Non-Member | $295

Individual Member Luncheon Only | $55
Individual Non-Member Luncheon Only | $75

Member Luncheon Table Only | $500
Non-Member Luncheon Table Only | $750​


Bleed Purple: Chuck Runyon, CEO, Anytime Fitness

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 9:15 a.m. & 10:15 a.m.
>> Minnesota Business Barometer results: Do they affect your business decisions?
Todd Rapp, president, Himle Rapp & Company​​
>> Financing Innovation and Entrepreneurship: How Minnesota Moves Forward
Credit for Pass Through Taxes: Beth Strinden Kadoun, director, tax & fiscal policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce 
R&D Credit: Doug Stang, government relations, 3M
Income Equity Crowd Funding: Ryan Schildkraut​
, attorney, Winthrop & Weinstine
Investment Funds: Jay Schrankler, executive director, office of technology commercialization, University of Minnesota​
Moderator: Bill Blazar, interim president, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce​​​

>> Playing with the big boys, tips to landing clients
Blair McNeil, general manager​, Mortenson Construction
Brad Pomerleau, senior director, Strategic Sourcing​, Target Corporation
Tony Wixo, senior director, global sourcing & procurement, Polaris Industries
Moderator: Liz Diedrich, CEO, Diedrich RPM​​

>> Accelerate growth with a game-changing strategy
Steve McDonald, managing partner, Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
Donald Kreye, business development manager, Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP​​

>> 60 ideas to energize your sales pitch
Joan Moser, president, Spoken Impact
>> Managing the evolution of your business
Darin Lynch, CEO and founder, Irish Titan​​

>> Entrepreneurs find cash in trash
Ryan Hanson, sales representative, Duluth Pack, Inc.​
Rick Siewert, owner, Wood from the Hood

>> What's next on the energy frontier 
Jeremy Kalin, president, Eutectics, LLC
Timothy M. Smith, director NiSE at IonE , assoc. prof. BBE & ESPM, University of Minnesota

A company with rich Minnesota heritage growing its global footprint​: Chris Policinski, president and CEO, Land O’Lakes
Platinum Sponsor 
Gold Sponsor - $15,000 (1 available)
Silver Sponsor - $10,000 (1 available)
Bronze Sponsor - Hamline University, School of Business
Track Sponsors - $5,000 (1 available) - Advocate | Irish Titan, Connect | PwC LLP, Grow | Land O'Lakes, Inc.​, Sustain | Gopher Resource, LLC
Parking Sponsor - Xcel Energy 
Wi-Fi Sponsor - Network Guidance 2.0 
Luncheon Sponsor - PolyMet Mining, Inc.
Media Sponsor - Twin Cities Business Monthly
Charging Station Sponsor: Power your smart device at the Best Buy Co., Inc. charging station!​
Exhibit Booths - Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLPAlakef Coffee Roasters, Inc.​, Allied Executives​, Carlson School of Management - University of Minnesota​, CBIZ MHM, LLC, Contata Solutions​, Innovative Office Solutions​, Johnson Controls, Inc.​La Mera Buena 107.5 FMMinnesota Waste Wise FoundationNG2​Premium Waters, Inc.​, Spoken ImpactXcel Energy​

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Kristina Copley at kcopley@mnchamber.com or 651.292.4651.

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Overnight accommodations are available at Hilton Minneapolis for Tuesday, October 7 for $179. Make your reservation by calling 800.933.5369 or 612.376.1000 before September 3, 2014.  Reservations made after that time are subject to availability.​

Contact Leah Tomasetti at ltomasetti@mnchamber.com or 651.292.4669.

In honor of Minnesota Waste Wise celebrating 20 years in business, we are striving to make our meeting a zero-waste event.  Please consider this when making your reservation and attending the event. Complimentary compost service provided by Sanimax USA LLC​. Minnesota Waste Wise 20th Birthday Celebration - Sponsored by Gopher Resource, LLC​.

Cancelations must be received 3 business days prior to the event for a full refund. Substitutions are acceptable.

PLEASE NOTE: Casual audience photographs and/or video may be taken and utilized for marketing purposes. By nature of your attendance, you are granting permission for your image to be used for our internal promotion as we see fit.
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