2011 Sioux Falls Business Conference
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Sponsors: Sioux Falls Business Journal
and Augustana College

In cooperation with the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

“Innovation in a changing marketplace”

 

The third annual Sioux Falls Business Conference will bring together a unique group of local and regional business experts to talk about the changing Sioux Falls marketplace and to recommend how your business can best plan for success in the future. The focus is on innovation - in products, financing, marketing and management. The conference is free. Register today though, because space is limited. The Sioux Falls Business Conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Augustana College. Registration is in the Morrison Commons.

 

Conference schedule:
Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Morrison Commons

Welcome/Keynote Speaker: Jeff Broin, CEO, POET
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Mortenson Center Theatre

Breakout Session I
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Madsen Center

Breakout Session II
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Madsen Center

Luncheon Speaker: Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether (Sponsored by Architecture Inc.)
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Morrison Commons

 

Choose from these six breakout panel discussions that will each be featured twice.

MANAGING GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES IN THE WORKPLACE
Career counselors, job placement officials and company executives offer advice on making your workplace work. Get tips on hiring, motivating, encouraging and retaining a diverse, talented work force.

Panelists:
  • Margaret Sumption, consultant, Sumption and Wyland
  • Dave Cota, owner, Spherion Recruiting and Staffing
  • Wanda Harris, SPHR, Human Resources Director for the Financial Service Company of First National of Nebraska, Inc.
  • Barb Ohme, vice president of administration, Raven Industries, Inc.

OUR CHANGING CITY/STATE
The face of Sioux Falls and South Dakota is changing. Learn from two demographic experts how the area has changed and what’s in store for the future.

Panelists:
  • Jeff Schmitt, chief planning and zoning official, City of Sioux Falls
  • Mike McCurry, SDSU sociology professor and census analyst

MARKETING TO A CHANGING CUSTOMER
How can your business reach the new customer? Marketing experts discuss strategies for small businesses in advertising, marketing and social media.

Panelists:
  • Aaron Mentele, partner, Electric Pulp
  • Mark Smither, Paulsen Marketing
  • Matt Jensen, Vance Thompson Vision
  • Jaciel Keltgen, Augustana College marketing professor

MONEY AND FINANCE
Financial experts tell you what you need to know to meet your business’ financial goals in a shifting and evolving economy.

Panelists:
  • John Wenande, CPA, ABV, PFS, CFP, partner, Eide Bailly, LLP
  • Carl Wynja, Market President, US Bank
  • Vance Goldammer, Attorney, Murphy, Goldammer and Prendergast, LLP

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION
The name of the game is creativity and your business success depends on your commitment to innovation and ability to adjust to changes and emerging trends. Learn how to transform your business or launch your idea from financial experts and local entrepreneurs.

Panelists:
  • Mark Luecke, managing director and CEO, S.D. Innovation Partners LLC
  • Rich Naser, executive director, S.D. Business and Technology Center
  • Mike Vetter, CEO, DataSync

REAL ESTATE TRENDS
Leaders in the Sioux Falls commercial development industry offer their views on the local economy and the future. Experts from leading commercial real estate services are the panelists.

Panelists:
  • Michael Bender, founder and principal, Bender Commercial Real Estate Services
  • Dennis Breske, owner, broker, NAI Sioux Falls
  • Mike Hauck, commercial real estate broker, Accord (HJN)
  • Craig Lloyd, Lloyd Companies
TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE
 
 

Registration Questions: Rob Swenson • 605-977-3965 • rswenson@argusleader.com
Program Questions: Brad Heegel • 605-274-5508 or 605-274-6294 • brad.heegel@augie.edu