I-94 West Chamber Business Institute

The I-94 West Chamber Business Institute runs from September to April, giving attendees the opportunity to learn and develop cutting-edge business practices from local and national experts while developing relationships with local business and community leaders.

The courses cover a wide variety of relevant topics and feature some of our region’s — and the nation’s — top speakers. Members who complete six of the eight courses will receive an I-94 West Chamber of Commerce Business Institute Certificate.

Classes are open to the public and all businesses.

Class 1: Back to the Basics

David is the founding shareholder of the law firm of Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd., located in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Helping clients achieve objectives in their best interest is David’s primary goal. David’s client service philosophy is to provide proactive advice and practical solutions to help his clients make money, save money and stay out of trouble. By carefully listening to the issues and concerns expressed by his clients, David is positioned to provide continuing assistance toward problem avoidance, thus reducing his clients’ need to respond to unnecessary situational problems at some time in the future. In addition to serving as President and CEO of Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd., David has owned businesses in retail, restaurant, commercial real estate, residential real estate, service and farming.

September 13, 2016

8 am to 10 am
6900 Wedgwood Road, Suite 200
Maple Grove, MN 55311

David Henningson
President/CEO, Henningson & Snoxell

Class 2: Eliminate Workplace Drama & Negativity | HR Changes Taking Effect in December

Workplace drama makes for a very tense environment.  This might be funny when it’s on a sitcom, but not when it’s happening in your business.  It’s more critical than ever for business owners to address this challenge.  Ignoring it only multiplies it and slowly erodes your company from the inside out.  The cost?  Underperformance, low productivity, losing great team members, profits, and more. So, how do you align your team members, initiate positive change, and create accountability amongst your team?

JOIN US as we go through action steps to transform your workplace into an environment of consistent productivity and positivity – leaving the drama for the sitcoms.

Second Session 9 am to 10 am
HR Changes Taking Effect in December
Mr. O’Donnell

The Department of Labor has new rules taking effect in December of this  year regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act.

October 11, 2016

8 am to 10 am
11149 Zealand Ave N
Champlin, MN 55316

First Session 8 am to 9 am
Eliminate Workplace Drama & Negativity
David Ford
Action Coach

Register for Class 2

Class 3: Strengths-Based Leadership

In this session we will explore Strength Based Leadership. Learn tips to discover your own strengths and guide those around you to do the same. Become a more effective leader by surrounding yourself with the right people and learn to maximize your teams.

Bonus Session
How to Foster a Customer-Centric Team
Michael Hofeldt
Rasmussen College

November 8, 2016

8 am to 10 am
8301 93rd Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Naomi Mogard
Rasmussen College

Register for Class 3

Class 4: Business in Public Policy and Politics | Communications Breakthrough

Hubert Humphrey once said “Government will either to things to you or for you, but its gonna do something.”  Minnesota’s business community knows this all too well, our federal, state and local governments are generally doing something “to you.”  We’ll examine how our government makes decisions and how you can become an effective advocate for your business and Minnesota’s business climate.

Second Session 9 am to 10 am
Communications Breakthrough
Adam Thompson
Focal Point

In any professional or personal relationship, effective communication is key to success, and effective communication starts, and ends, with non-verbal communication. In Communications Breakthrough, we will study the four main behavioral and communications styles that exist, and how to identify them in individuals based on visual cues, the environment around you, and other non-verbal clues. You will learn how people who fall into the various styles communicate, and how they prefer to be communicated to. Knowing your style and recognizing the styles of those around you is key to improving your leadership, management and sales skills; Communications Breakthrough will help you develop that skill.

December 8, 2016

8 am to 10 am
Location TBD–Stay Tuned!

First Session 8 am to 9 am
Business in Public Policy and Politics
Carl Kuhl
Kuhl Group

Register for Class 4

Class 5: Emotional Intelligence

The five components that make up emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. With the rough and tumble world of work, having negative thoughts and feelings is unavoidable. However, if we understand and expand our Emotional Intelligence capabilities, we will be able to overcome the negative thoughts and feelings, and learn to act in a way that reflects our values, rather than what we are feeling at the moment.

January 10, 2017

8 am to 10 am
Location TBD–Stay Tuned!

Kit Welchin
National Speakers Association

Register for Class 5

Class 6: Servant Leadership

Making the middle matter – learn how servant-leadership can prepare and guide you and your leadership journey.  This presentation will provide the 10 characteristics of servant-leadership and how you can make a positive impact as a leader.

February 14, 2017

8 am to 10 am
Rasmussen College
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
[get directions]

Patty Sagert
Rasmussen College

Register for Class 6

Class 7: Luncheon with Holly Hoffman, CBS Survivor-Nicaragua

With over five years of experience, Holly travels across the country and is proud to have been to 16 states, speaking to schools and universities, healthcare organizations, women’s organizations, community leaders and business professionals, inspiring audiences to take opportunities and focus on faith, attitude, determination, confidence, desire, and perseverance.

February 23, 2017

11:30 am to 1 pm
Rush Creek Golf Club
Maple Grove, Minnesota
[get directions]

Holly Hoffman
CBS Survivor-Nicaragua

Register for Class 7