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2021 JREC Women's Business Conference. Thank you again to our sponsors for helping us serve our communities!

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During the week of March 8th, the Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center will be hosting a virtual Women’s Business Conference week designed to engage women in business to discuss important topics.

These topics include market research tools and steps you can take every day to make determined-decisions, addressing burnout and self-care, and more!

Join us for a series of virtual workshops tailored to women in business.

Here are our experts and their presentations:


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Monday, March 8th | 10 AM: Your DAMN Plan to Meet Your Customers’ Wants and Needs at a Profit

Knowing your customers’ wants and needs must be a priority in your business if you wish to be successful. This market knowledge aligned with your unique selling proposition will keep your business relevant and resilient, even during uncertain time.

When you participate in this informative, interactive, and value-packed session, you will leave with market research tools and steps you can take every day to make determined-decisions. Determined decisions are decisions that get results because they are based on market data, your numbers (financials), and the facts.

Give yourself this time to work on your business – not just in it – so that you can find freedom, love, and money in your business. I encourage you to come with a curious, open-mind, and have the willingness to do what it takes to bring your business to the next-level.

More about Kim:

Kim Nagle is a keynote speaker, author, and business coach. In her book, The DAMN Plan: How To Find Freedom, Love, And Money In Your Business, Kim shares her secret to business success.

Whether inspiring from the stage or sharing actionable next-steps and tools in coaching and training sessions, Kim is dedicated to supporting women who want to build profitable businesses they love. She has trained and coached 1000’s resulting in 300 plus clients launching successful businesses.

When she isn’t helping others achieve their dreams, she spends as much time as she can with her five granddaughters – ages 10-15 – making the impossible possible and being the best role model she can be. Kim says, “There is nothing more motivating than having someone look up to you, watching to see if you are doing what you said you would to achieve your dream.”

KIM’S SOCIAL AND WEB LINKS

Facebook page: Kim Nagle @thedamnplan

LinkedIn page: Kim Nagle https://www.linkedin.com/in/thedamnplan/

YouTube Channel: Kim Nagle https://www.youtube.com/user/kimberlenagle/videos

Monday, March 8th | 2 PM: Search Engine Optimization Simplified with Nicole Mattson

"SEO" is a buzzword we hear a lot, but what does it really mean? In this workshop, we'll discuss the basics of search engine optimization for small business owners. Why does your search engine ranking matter for your business? How do search engines decide how to rank their results? I will show you three things you can do on your own to improve your search results right away, and we'll also talk about some other factors that might be weighing your search results down and what to do about them.

For more information, please visit Nicole's website at www.maemark.com.


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Tuesday, March 9th | 10 AM: Burnout Prevention During Times of Change with Kelsey Joy

I felt like a failure…I didn’t want to admit it, but it was time to find a new career.

I was embarrassed. And defeated.

I would arrive at work, slowly take off my coat, collapse in my chair, log into my computer and…

Nothing. There is nothing left in me. I stare at a blank screen for hours and hours.

“I can’t do this anymore…”

And so, my burnout story began.

During this interactive session, Kelsey is excited to discuss your experience with workplace burnout.

What has your experience been with burnout? Are you worn out? Or even if you’re not, what steps are you taking to make sure you stay engaged?

In this session, you will learn:

• 5 main reasons why people leave their job

• How to identify initial signs of burnout

• Burnout prevention strategies

• How to embrace your own imperfect story and stop feeling like a failure

More about Kelsey:

Kelsey is a risk-taking, socially poised, and motivating team builder. She is also an accomplished violinist and singer having performed in front of audiences as large as 20,000. She has given hundreds of presentations on communication strategies, burnout prevention, and behavioral assessments. She has a strong passion for training and development. As a corporate recruiter, she has conducted over 2,000 candidate interviews. And through her experience, she uncovered the fact that many people are disengaged in their jobs. Kelsey’s goal is to help leaders discover ways to prevent employee turnover by decreasing burnout.

E-mail: kelsey@compassleadershipadvisors.com

Website: https://www.kelseyjoy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelseyJoyConsultingandSpeaking

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelseyjoyllc/

Tuesday, March 9th | 3:30 PM Discussion on ND Development Fund, Innovate ND, and LIFT programs with Carla Valentine, Jessica Nygaard, and Hannah Lange

The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services. This workshop will discuss the ND Development Fund, Innovate ND, and LIFT programs.

More about Hannah:

Hannah Evaluates and recommends investment decisions for the North Dakota Development Fund, ensuring dollars spent are contributing to the economic growth of North Dakota. Manages relationships with new and existing companies looking for investment.

More about Jessica:

Jessica manages and oversees the North Dakota Development Fund debt financing and loan portfolio.

More about Carla:

Carla Valentine is a Program Manager for the North Dakota Department of Commerce. She manages Innovate ND, a voucher and grant program available to entrepreneurs in North Dakota, and the LIFT program, a loan fund providing financing for commercialization of intellectual property. She also administers the Business Incentive Accountability law for the State. Carla has been with Department of Commerce six years and previously held the position of Accountability Manager, where she developed and administered an internal evaluation process. She grew up in Bottineau, North Dakota and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a dual degree in International Business and German.


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Wednesday, March 10th | 10 AM: 3 Secrets to Posting on Social Media with Chelly Ontis

Often business owners who are managing their own social media posts things to simply get that task done. We'll cover a simple plan to follow that helps you post in a way that brings more sales or followers. Posting with a Purpose removes some of the overwhelm in managing social media and helps you reach your goal of more sales or finding the right followers. Bring your Facebook questions. We'll have a Q&A at the end!

More about Chelly:

Chelly helps entrepreneurs grow their income by using simple marketing techniques. She's been in marketing and branding on her own since 1997 and loves sharing her experience to help you grow too!

When she's not working, you'll find her & her hubby enjoying morning coffee in their hot tub. Afterward, she's usually in her craft room (her other side hustle) creating things to inspire crafters at: www.WeCanMakeThat.me

Website: www.chellyontis.com

Wednesday, March 10th | 12 PM: The Library, COVID Help at Your Fingertips with Austin Mack

This is especially difficult time for small business owners as they try to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. The North Dakota Women's Business Center has developed a series of training videos to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 by providing education, training, and resources. NDWBC Program Manager Austin Mack will be demonstrating how the Library works and what you can do to get involved.

More about Austin:

Austin is the Program Manager at the NDWBC. He leads the implementation of the COVID relief programming for the organization.

Austin's background is in business development and marketing. Austin has a passion for creative marketing solutions and takes pride in producing quality content that effectively communicates an organization’s message. After graduating from the University of Jamestown with a degree in communications, Austin assisted with marketing efforts for the Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota Park & Recreation, and Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation (GFREDC). At the GFREDC, Austin worked on recruitment and retention efforts of businesses in the unmanned autonomous systems (UAS), agri-business, high tech, and manufacturing sectors. He also helped entrepreneurs secure start-up capital through the StartUp GF program.

In his spare time, Austin enjoys playing/watching soccer, spikeball, mountain/gravel biking, and hanging out with his wife, Mariah, and dog, Chaco!

Wednesday, March 10th | 2 PM: Building Your Brand on LinkedIn with Monica Guzman

LinkedIn can be a powerful social media outlet for building your brand and promoting your business-if you know how to use it correctly.

This webinar provides the skills needed for developing your presence on LinkedIn in order to gain visibility, build strong professional relationships, and promote your business.

Participants will receive tips for creating a powerful LinkedIn profile, engaging with new/existing connections, and creating content to promote brand awareness.

More about Monica:

Monica Guzman is an international Executive Coach and Motivational Speaker with over 12 years of experience in the corporate, financial, and nonprofit sectors. Her passion is helping professionals and businesses achieve excellence and reach new levels of performance. Monica’s areas of expertise include personal branding, leadership development, and communication skills.

Monica is the Author of “Good is Not Good Enough” a guide for professional success and excellence in the workplace, and is the creator of the Wheel of Excellence™: a proprietary leadership methodology that drives achievement. “The Wheel” guides systematic analysis of work performance.

A sought-after keynote speaker who inspires others to create their own vision of Excellence, Monica develops and facilitates seminars for diverse audiences on topics that include building strong teams, developing confidence in the workplace, and communicating like a winner. Her direct, yet inspiring style of presenting motivates crowds across industries to become the best version of themselves.

Ms. Guzman is a member of the International Leadership Association (ILA) as well as the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).


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Thursday, March 11th | 9 AM: Is Your Company Ready to a Government Contractor? with Cathy Lindquist

Selling to federal or state government is not the same as selling to retail or commercial clientele. We will review why a company would want to a government agency, what government requirements, ways to prepare, and how to sell.

More about Cathy:

Cathy serves ND PTAC program clients across our great state from a Fargo office location. She is designated as a Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) Certified Verification Assistance Counselor as well as a Certified Procurement Professional (CPP). In addition to her years of experience in small business development, she has a background in management, strategy and marketing. She has worked at billion dollar companies and been the first employee hired by a small business - and everything in between.

Thursday, March 11th | 10:15 AM: Fireside Chat with Chris Armbrust - Founder of Dakota Fiber Mill

Chris Armbrust will share her entrepreneurial journey of starting Dakota Fiber Mill, the only full service fiber processing mill in ND. It has been making yarn and roving from sheep, alpaca, goat, camel, Bison since 2010. A collaboration with four NDSU engineering students brought a felting machine to the mill in 2017 and all waste and short fibers are felted into a variety of items. The mill also has a line of yarn called Dakota Spun. Recently, Chris Armbrust and Teresa Perleberg have brought their businesses together and have formed Shepherd Industries, LLC. They purchased the Nome School in Barnes County and are currently renovating it to house their current businesses, with plans of a retail store, classrooms, fiber animals on site, Bed & Breakfast rooms, in-house chef and Event Center. The beautifully restored Nome School provides the perfect setting for retreats, weddings, graduations, reunions and is a relaxing place to get away.

More about Chris:

Dakota Fiber Mill, Kindred was founded by Chris Armbrust. The only full service fiber processing mill in ND, has been making yarn and roving from sheep, alpaca, goat, camel, Bison etc etc since 2010. A collaboration with 4 NDSU engineering students brought a felting machine to the mill in 2017, and all waste and short fibers are felted into a variety of items. We are excited to move into the original gymnasium. The mill also has a line of yarn called Dakota Spun. Which will be expanded and available soon online.

Thursday, March 11th | 2 PM: The Highs and Lows of Starting a Business with Charissa Rubey

Candid conversation on how starting and owning a business is sometimes amazing, sometimes awful and in the end, always worth it.

More about Charissa:

Charissa Rubey is a business owner, artist, graphic designer, photographer, wife, mother, hunter, gardener, beekeeper, and serial hobbyist who makes sure all the soup cans are always facing labels out in the kitchen cabinet. Originally from southern California, Charissa moved to North Dakota at the age of 20 with her husband Dave to take over the family farm. In 2002 they started Dakota Micro, Inc., a business that manufactures the AgCam and EnduraCam camera lines. Charissa’s most recent endeavor of acrylic painting allows her passion for the rural countryside to shine through.


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Friday, March 12th | 10 AM: Bring PR into your Business with Katherine Pendergast

Have you ever wished you had more customers or wished more people knew about your business? Now is the time to learn about how you can bring PR into your business from local author Katherine Pendergast AKA Kat Socks.

More about Katherine:

Katherine Pendergast AKA Kat Socks is a local favorite children's author who has been featured in local, regional, and national publications. Kat is the author of Pickles the Dog, Adopted in North Dakota; Pickles the Dog, A Christmas Tradition; Pickles the Dog, Goes to School; Babies of the Badlands; and coauthor of In Loving Memory, A Child's Journey to Understanding a Funeral and Starting the Grieving Process and In Loving Memory, A Child's Journey to Understanding a Cremation Funeral and Starting the Grieving Process. Kat and her family reside in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Friday, March 12th | 2 PM: Communicating with Power with Monica Guzman

In order to succeed as an entrepreneur, professionals must learn how to communicate with confidence. This webinar provides the tools needed to communicate with customers and partners in a manner that is clear, concise, and powerful. Participants will learn about the four major communication styles and identify the style that is most natural for them. They will then learn how to adjust this style to match that of their audience in order to build relationships and gain influence. Additional focus areas include: tools for getting your point across, body language techniques, online camera presence, and word choice.

More about Monica:

Monica Guzman is an international Executive Coach and Motivational Speaker with over 12 years of experience in the corporate, financial, and nonprofit sectors. Her passion is helping professionals and businesses achieve excellence and reach new levels of performance. Monica’s areas of expertise include personal branding, leadership development, and communication skills.

Monica is the Author of “Good is Not Good Enough” a guide for professional success and excellence in the workplace, and is the creator of the Wheel of Excellence™: a proprietary leadership methodology that drives achievement. “The Wheel” guides systematic analysis of work performance.

A sought-after keynote speaker who inspires others to create their own vision of Excellence, Monica develops and facilitates seminars for diverse audiences on topics that include building strong teams, developing confidence in the workplace, and communicating like a winner. Her direct, yet inspiring style of presenting motivates crowds across industries to become the best version of themselves.

Ms. Guzman is a member of the International Leadership Association (ILA) as well as the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).

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