Upcoming business informational meetings in the Twin Cities: Networking events, luncheons, educational seminars, training programs, services and more. Mon. Feb. 4, Transform Your Business. Join other business people at the Prom Center, 484 Inwood Ave., Woodbury, for the most exciting Business Networking International (BNI) event ever held in Minnesota – business exhibits, networking opportunities and seminars. Included with every ticket is the Car Coach Series, BNI Networking Secrets, where the founder, Ivan Misner, shares what he's learned about successful networking – a $40 value! Tickets $129. Register at www.bni-mn.com
Wed. Feb. 6, Estate Planning Seminar, 5:30–7:00 p.m. Strategic Financial, Inc., 15600 35th Ave. No., Suite 101, Plymouth. Learn about wills, trusts, health care directives, powers of attorney and other legal issues. Register at 763-231-9500. Free.
Mon. Feb. 11, MN Open for Business: Conference on accessing state and local government contracts, 8:30–4:00 p.m. Embassy Suites St. Paul-Downtown, 175 E. 10th St., St. Paul. Cost: $75.00; includes lunch. Did you know that the State of Minnesota, as well as cities, counties and universities spend billions of dollars on purchasing each year? Join the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the Women's Business Development Center-MN and state and local representatives to discover how your company can sell products and services right in your own backyard. Contact Sherri at PTAC, 612-259-6565 for pre-registration before Feb. 6.
Mon. Feb. 25, Job Fairs of America Job Fair,. Embassy Suites, 7901 34th Ave. So., Bloomington. Registration opens Feb. 6 at www.jobfairsofamerica.com.
Ongoing; The Small Business Administration has announced a series of twenty-five free Small Business training programs. They include these topics:
Starting a business
Financing and Accounting
Marketing and Advertising
Risk Management and Cyber Security
Federal Tax Training
Small Business Retirement
For information go to: www.sba.gov/servicing/training/onlinecourses/index.
Ongoing; Minnesota Economic Development Association's (MEDA) Business Certification Assistance Service offers small and ethnic minority-owned businesses technical assistance with the preparation of applications for SDB, SBA 8(a), State, Municipal, DOT or Minnesota Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) certifications. Trained business specialists are able to help companies determine the appropriate certification program(s) based on a review of pertinent information and eligibility. In addition, the specialists can provide the necessary advice and technical competency to complete applications. To become a MEDA client call 612-332-6332.
Ongoing; Minnesota Economic Development Association's (MEDA) Business Consulting Services help clients by assisting them to develop business plans, marketing plans, secure financing and build their capacity. Offering a helping hand to starting up as well as ongoing minority businesses, the business specialists spend many hours providing clients with expertise in marketing, finance, certification assistance, technology, legal affairs and general management. For information or to request an application call Tim Wagner at 612-259-6576