CEO Forum – 10.20.17 HCARS

   Contagious Culture: Our Path to Workplace Productivity and Profitability Friday, October 20, 20177:30 to 9:00 amWSB Associates – 2nd Floor Conference Room701 Xenia Ave S., Suite 200Golden Valley, MN 55416 7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A Jennifer Smith Innovative Office Solutions Jennifer Smith, co-founder and CEO of Innovative Office Solutions, started the company in 2001 with a vision of making workplaces more productive by creating places where people love to work. Not only does Innovative design workspaces, but the company also offers office supplies, break room and coffee services, cleaning and facility supplies, and printing and promotional services. A woman-owned business and the largest independent office solutions company in the Midwest, Innovative Office Solutions has ranked in the Inc 5000 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America for eight years and has been included in the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by the Minnesota Business Journal for six years. Ms. Smith credits the contagious culture of the company as the secret to its success. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visitwww.Hennepin.us/BusinessAssistance and click on the Economic Gardening section, call 612-348-4191, or email...

CEO Forum – 06.23.17 HCARS

Event Photos click on an image to view larger CEO Forum Speaker Panel Anne Hed, HED Cycling Ryan Blundell, Master Technology Group Ward Johnson, Sojos    Economic Gardening: Lessons Learned Panel members/Economic Gardening graduates:Anne Hed, Ryan Blundell, and Ward Johnson Friday, June 23, 20177:30 to 9:00 am WSB Associates – 2nd Floor Conference Room701 Xenia Ave S., Suite 200Golden Valley, MN 55416 7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A Anne Hed HED Cycling Anne Hed founded HED Cycling with her husband in the mid 1980’s. The company used Anne’s winnings from a triathelete competion to start the business that basically reinvented the wheel. Later, the company expanded to begin making frames in a partnership with Cervelo. Ryan Blundell Master Technology Group Ryan Blundell is the CEO of Master Technology Group which is based in Eden Prairie, MN. The company is a low-voltage contractor specializing in the installation and service of data, security, life safety, and audio/visual technologies in commercial and retail facilities. Ward Johnson Sojos Ward Johnson, former owner and CEO of Sojos, combined his love of pets with his desire to own his own business. Sojos is one of the pioneers and leading brands in raw nutrition for pets. Sojos was acquired by WellPet in late 2015. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visitwww.Hennepin.us/BusinessAssistance and click on the Economic Gardening section, call 612-348-4191, or email...

CEO Forum Recap – 06.14.17

Event Photos click on an image to view larger Waymon Armstrong, ECS Our thanks to Waymon Armstrong for sharing the latest chapter in the ECS story at the June CEO Forum event in Orlando. Waymon’s journey as a leader is truly a profile in perseverance and resilience. Clearly, a commitment to core values has served him well. It’s refreshing to see that in the face of relentless pressure to compromise, integrity still wins. Click the link below to access an audio file of his presentation (requires CEO Nexus member login) – Media...

CEO Forum – 06.14.17 Orlando

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:00PM to 8:00PM Registration/Networking 6:00PM-6:45PMProgram/Q&A 6:45PM-8:00PM Alfond Inn, Conservatory300 E New England Ave Winter Park, FL 32789 Map and Parking Directions Complimentary parking available in Suntrust Parking Garage(valet available at Alfond Inn for a fee) Waymon Armstrong ECS Waymon Armstrong is founder and chief Executive officer of Engineering & Computer Simulations Inc. (ECS) – an Orlando-based firm that defines innovation in the leading-edge field of modeling, simulation and training. Armstrong’s company specializes in advanced training solutions that improve the performance of military personnel, first responders and corporate employees. So he spends much of his day thinking about simulating disasters that will make emergency response teams better and faster, or ensure soldiers have medical skills that save lives on the battlefield. 20 years ago, Armstrong started ECS with a vision, a lot of passion and his personal life savings. After three years, the company was not generating enough revenue to pay him even a small salary. Armstrong had remortgaged his home, invested the last of the life savings, and incurred $300,000 in credit card debt. His accountant encouraged filing for bankruptcy, but Armstrong continued and ultimately landed ECS’s first large assignment for the U.S. military. Today Armstrong has more than 100 employees and the company has expansion into private health care, transportation, energy, and other industries which triggered the opening of new markets for the greater MS&T industry, contributing to its overall growth. Armstrong was selected CEO of the Year in 2014 (Orlando Business Journal), Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 (I4 Business) and National and State Small Business Person of the Year in 2010 (national...

Orlando, Inc. RT Launch 06.01.17

The Orlando, Inc. roundtable program, provided in conjunction with CEO Nexus, utilizes the PeerSpectives® roundtable process developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. This process brings groups of up to 15 qualified entrepreneurs together eight times a year for collaborative sessions that address important business issues. Owners, CEOs, and presidents share their management challenges and problem-solving ideas through structured roundtable discussions led by a trained facilitator. Roundtable members discuss ways to overcome obstacles to growth in areas such as finance, employee relations, legal compliance, marketing, and sales. “The roundtable sessions always generated positive takeaways. It is a great process for CEO accountability.” – Glenn Williams – CEO, Bell Performance and CW Products “When I found the opportunity to learn from my peers in a structured setting, I knew it was exactly what I needed. I now have a renewed energy, confidence, clarity and vision for the future of my company. My only mistake was not doing it sooner.” – Ken Croston – President, World Class Installations, Inc.; Board Member, Orlando, Inc. Orlando, Inc. Roundtable Launch Session: June 1, 2017 8am – 12pm $1,000 for Orlando, Inc. members $1,500 for non-members Click to Register Email info@ceonexus.com to coordinate payment once registered. Location: Canvs 101 South Garland Avenue Orlando, FL 32801 Co-Hosted by: Click Here to view the roundtable program...

CEO Forum – 05.18.17 HCARS

Event Photos click on an image to view larger    How to Lead Your Business:Strategy in a Digital Age PLEASE NOTE DAY/LOCATION: This event is held on a Thursday at the Veritas location. (details below) Thursday, May 18, 20177:30 to 9:00 am Veritas, V’Café2815 Cleveland AvenueRoseville, MN 55113Map It 7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A Jim Wolford Atomic Data Jim Wolford took a somewhat unusual path to his position as owner and CEO of Atomic Data. With a degree in history from St John’s University, Wolford began his professional career in sales and risk management. While working at Visii as chief strategist and director of sales, he discovered a passion for information technology and began his own business in 2001 by hiring a talented team to provide IT services in the Twin Cities. Wolford’s goal to help business owners take total control of their IT infrastructure has brought Atomic Data to the number one position in Minnesota for business class managed services. Today Atomic Data provides data centers in 42 states and over 15 countries. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visitwww.Hennepin.us/BusinessAssistance and click on the Economic Gardening section, call 612-348-4191, or email...