CEO Next – 10.08.20

Collaboration Forum –    Regional Second Stage Business Resources   Thursday, October 8, 2020 – 9:00 am to 10:00 am CT (10am – 11am ET) Zoom Video Conference Speakers:     Steve Quello, CEO Nexus     Sarah Swenty, Small Business Association Join us on Thursday, October 8 at 9 am via ZOOM to learn about business programs that support and accelerate businesses that are in growth modes. This forum will feature: Steve Quello, on CEO Next Business Institute (formerly Economic Gardening) Sarah Swenty from the Small Business Association on the Emerging Leaders Program Past participants from CEO Next Business Institute and the SBA Emerging Leaders Program will also share their experiences with the programs, including: Mercedes Austin, Owner and Founder of Mercury Mosaics Andy Kim, President of EVS, Inc. Melissa Gill, Owner and Founder of On-Site Solutions Physical Therapy Zoom details will be sent to participants the day before the event.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visit www.hennepin.us/ceonext. Or you may call 612-348-9812 or email Mary.Matze@hennepin.us....

Webinar – 09.30.20 StoryBrand

The StoryBrand Process –   Delivering the right message to    the right people at the right time   Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET Zoom Video Conference Speaker:     Derek Sussner, Sussner Design Company For most business owners, the marketplace is shifting. For many, the change has been dramatic. A conventional response to the simple question: “What do you do?” may also need to evolve. What matters today to your customers – and to your customer’s customers – is likely different than what mattered even just months ago. If people don’t understand why they need your products or how your services will solve their problem, then you are missing out on opportunities in this shifting marketplace. In this webshop, Derek Sussner, Founder and Executive Creative Director of Sussner Design Company and StoryBrand Certified Guide, will share relevant tools and facilitate a small group exercise that will show you how to write a clear brand message. Zoom details will be sent to participants the day before the event. Derek Sussner is the Founder and Executive Creative Director of Sussner Design Company, and a StoryBrand Certified Guide. He believes business leaders deserve an ally who understands how to help their brand stand out from the crowd. As a StoryBrand Certified Guide, Derek helps clients clarify their messaging to better connect with their customers so their marketing is more effective.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information about this event, please contact info@ceonexus.com....

CEO Next – 09.17.20

Collaboration Forum –    Regional Second Stage Business Resources   Thursday, September 17, 2020 – 9:00 am to 10:00 am CT (10am – 11am ET) Zoom Video Conference Speakers:     Steve Quello, CEO Nexus     Sarah Swenty, Small Business Association Join us on Thursday, September 17 at 9 am via ZOOM to learn about business programs that support and accelerate businesses that are in growth modes. This forum will feature: Steve Quello, on CEO Next Business Institute (formerly Economic Gardening) Sarah Swenty from the Small Business Association on the Emerging Leaders Program Past participants from CEO Next Business Institute and the SBA Emerging Leaders Program will also share their experiences with the programs, including: Mercedes Austin, Owner and Founder of Mercury Mosaics George Lee, CEO of Snap Agency Melissa Gill, Owner and Founder of On-Site Solutions Physical Therapy Zoom details will be sent to participants the day before the event.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visit www.hennepin.us/ceonext. Or you may call 612-348-9812 or email Mary.Matze@hennepin.us....

Moving Through and Beyond…

Scott Burns, co-founder and CEO of Structural, recently shared how to move companies through and beyond the second-stage during a CEO Next Business Institute CEO Forum. During his presentation, Scott shared five important lessons he’s learned as an entrepreneur…

CEO Next – 08.20.20

CEO Forum – August 2020   Leadership & Business Growth Series   Speaker:     Scott Burns, CEO and Co-Founder of Structural Thursday, August 20, 2020 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm CT12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Speaker presentation and Q&A Zoom Video Conference Scott Burns Scott Burns is the CEO and Co-Founder of Structural, connecting organizations with data rich profiles, intelligent search, and real-time insight. As a leader, he has seen firsthand that people success translates into organizational success. Before Structural, Scott co-founded GovDelivery in a St. Paul, MN basement in 2000. The team grew to 250 professionals across four offices in the U.S. and Europe. The sale and merger of GovDelivery in 2016 completed Scott’s run as both a startup entrepreneur and a leader of a high growth company as it scaled, completed multiple acquisitions, and went through two successful exits. Scott is currently a Board Member of Star Tribune, Member of the State Economic Security Group, Race Official for U.S. Alpine Skiiing, and a local / state government advisory on policy innovation, economic development, and technology.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visit www.hennepin.us/ceonext. Or you may call 612-348-9812 or email Mary.Matze@hennepin.us....

“COVID Brain” Our New Reality…

Why does the “new normal” feel so abnormal?And what you can do about it today. If you or your employees have asked this question, it’s likely you’ve felt the uncertainty of this new, pandemic-driven reality on some level. According to neuroscientists and psychologists studying the physical and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic on individuals, families and business units, an unexpected explanation has emerged – called “COVID Brain.” You’re not imagining this sensation of heightened stress, uneasiness or “fogginess.” It’s the insidious effect on an individual’s ability to focus, prioritize and navigate the decision-making process we apply every day at work and home. Covid Brain is the fragile, drained state that keeps our thoughts both unfocused and on edge. Hilke Plassmann, an Insead neuroscientist researching this phenomenon, stated it’s caused by impaired analytical thinking combined with heightened external sensitivity. In response to the new and dramatic challenges introduced by the onset of a global pandemic, our neocortex does what it’s designed to do. It rapidly searches existing memory banks for context, but with no previous experience navigating a “pandemic” in the last 100 years to draw on, the brain goes on the offensive. It begins to actively ping the external environment for other clues as to what this new threat is and what the brain needs to do now to survive and thrive. This chronic flexing of the brain, simultaneously searching for historical context and new, external clues as to how to interpret and respond, can be mentally exhausting. “I’ve found this theme of Covid Brain to ring true for many of our members and their employees. From what...