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The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce presents the 3rd Annual Small Business conference, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, at The Inn at Bay Harbor on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. 

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Fifth Third Bank understands that every business has a story. Wherever your ideas take you, whatever your needs might be, we have the personalized services and powerful solutions to help you grow and manage your business. You need a trusted banking advisor who understands your unique needs as both a business owner and an individual. Fifth Third Bank delivers customized solutions to help you create your own success story.
 
Registration, coffee and networking take place 7:30-8 a.m., and the kidkoff/general information session takes place 8:-8:25 a.m. One Hour long Breakout sessions are at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. The luncheon speaker will present 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.   
Or to register online, click here and register as a "guest"

Read the speaker biographies here
 
There are specific sessions for small business owners (BIZ), human resource professionals (HR) and for marketing and customer service staff (TECH). The conference is priced affordably so that you can bring several attendees. 
 
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS. NEW this year – The Business Seminars (BIZ) are eligible for  Continuing Education Units.  Attend all three BIZ sessions for 3 hours CEU.   
 
The Three HR sessions “activity has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.”
 
8:30 – 9:30 Breakout Sessions
5/3 FEATURED SESSION   BIZ – “The Election and the Economy: A Look Ahead” Presented by Jeff Korzenik, Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Bank.   Five things you need to know about the future of the US economy. It will focus on the keys to economic recovery as well as lessons we can learn from previous economic slowdowns.
 
HR – “Stress Interventions/Corporate Health” Presented by Dr. Kim Aikens, Owner, The Aikens Approach. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction has psychological benefits and positively influences the brain to help maximize performance, boost productivity; it improves employee health and improves the organization.
 
TECH – “Online Etiquette” Presented by Sommer Poquette, Owner, SLP Connections.
A one hour session that will cover email etiquette, Facebook etiquette, Twitter Etiquette and private, SMS/Instant message etiquette for personal and business use to protect your brand. Tips, examples, best practices will be covered.
 
9:45  – 10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
BIZ - “Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses in 2012” Presented by Wayne A. Isaacs, Fifth Third Bank Vice President & Legal Counsel
.Ever wonder what type of retirement plan is right for your small business? In this session we will compare and contrast four different plans; Simplified Employee Pension (SEP), SIMPLE Individual Retirement Account (SIMPLE IRA), 401(k) and profit sharing. We will review and discuss ten focus areas and provide you with a general overview so you can determine which plan is right for your business. 
 
HR - Who’s Next? “Charting the Course” for Future Leadership through Succession Planning, Presented by Eugene Kaminski, Vice President of Human Resources, McLaren Northern Michigan.  Review of the talent managements system incorporating job description, compensation, decision matrix, management performance appraisals and seamless leadership transitions for succession planning.
 
TECH – Pinterest & Google + Presented by Presented by Sommer Poquette, Owner, SLP Connections.  A one-hour workshop that will cover Pinterest and Google + for small business or the online entrepreneur ready to use these tools as part of their marketing and traffic strategy! The one-hour session will include: What is Pinterest, How to optimize your Pinterest profile,  Create the perfect pin, Engage your followers, Create a Pinterest Action Plan, A brief overview of Google + and Google + privacy, circles and streams overview.
 
11 – noon Breakout Sessions
BIZ - Small Business Financial Checkup Presented by Kevin Christman, CPA, President Rasmussen, Teller, O’Neil and Christman P.C. Three areas to be discussed: Financial statements - are you monitoring the financial health of your business? Internal controls - are you taking the necessary steps to guard against embezzlement in your business? Income tax laws - are you aware of the potential upcoming changes that will affect you as a business owner?
 
HR – Creating Excellence – Leadership Development, Presented by Anne Kirvan, Owner, Steps to Success. The presentation will provide an overview of Leadership Development, with a mind toward excellence with people, strategy and operations through world class values. Participants will receive tools for building skills that lead to accomplishment. They will walk away with guidelines for creating excellence, a simple, yet outstanding planning model and a straight-forward process to resolve conflict. This session is packed with development tips for all levels of personal and professional leadership. 

TECH – Monitor and Manage Your Online Reputation. Presented by Marcie Wolf, Founding Partner AlphaGeek Web Design.
  Monitoring social media sites and solving issues that may reflect poorly on your company is an important part of your company's social media effort. Even if you are not using social media like Facebook or Twitter, you still need to be aware of what is being said in the social media world when it comes to your brand. This session will cover the following: Why you should monitor your online reputation, How to protect your company’s reputation and Tools to help monitor what is being said about your company.
 
Noon – Lunch Arlington Room
 
Luncheon Presentation 12:30 – 1:30 Arlington Room  The Power Of Fun At Work, Presented by Walt Stasinski.  Special thanks to Northern Michigan Society of Human Resource Management for underwriting this luncheon speaker.  See Walt in action.
 
Do you really enjoy your job? Do you finish the day worn out? It doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, you can achieve success and have fun doing it. You will be given practical tools to reduce stress, re-energize yourself, defuse conflict and make your job more fun. As a bonus, humor will help you with your productivity and creativity. Take your job seriously but yourself lightly. Find out how to enjoy the lighter side of your success and even get a standing ovation for all your accomplishments? According to the business journal, Human Resources Focus, 96% of the Executives surveyed said that employees with a sense of humor do a better job than employees with little or no sense of humor.
Benefits:
·         Discover the crucial difference between employees who have fun at work and those who don't.
·         Reduce the amount of stress hormones in the bloodstream with laughter.
·         Find out the value of humor in resolving conflicts at the workplace.
Learn the way to end the work week with a laugh and drive home with a smile on your face.
 
Small Business Conference Cost is $50 for members ($40 for additional attendees from same business) and $75 for not-yet chamber members. Call the Chamber with questions 347-4150. Download the full conference information and registration form here.  
Or to register online, click here and register as a "guest"

Event underwriters Northern Michigan Society of Human Resource Management and Northwest Michigan Works! 
Event partners include Northern Lakes Economic Alliance and SCORE.
 
Small Business Conference Sponsor: Fifth Third BankNew_Fifth_Third.jpg
 
Fifth Third Bank understands that every business has a story. Wherever your ideas take you, whatever your needs might be, we have the personalized services and powerful solutions to help you grow and manage your business. You need a trusted banking advisor who understands your unique needs as both a business owner and an individual. Fifth Third Bank delivers customized solutions to help you create your own success story.

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You can download the registration form here.

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