Community Solution Forums

Upcoming Community Solution Forums

First and Third Tuesdays 11am to Noon Eastern

Our American Mission designed the Community Forums to create a space where small business owners, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs can meet, discuss challenges they are facing, and get solutions from their peers.  The goal of the Community Forums is to connect you to peers that understand how to grow their businesses in today’s business environment. We welcome people from all fields and areas to participate.

 

 

Thursday, September 17, 2020:

Working Safely from Home and IT Security with Jason Richmond

In this session, we will review the steps to take to securely work from home and avoid the bad guys. At Protected PC, Inc., we provide IT services including server and workstation support, network security, security training, and act as the CIO for the small business. We provide the same solutions that fortune 100 companies use at a price that is affordable to smaller companies.

 

Thursday, October 1, 2020:

Business Networking and Leveraging LinkedIn to Build Relationships and Your Business with Rhonda Sher

Rhonda Sher is a nationally recognized expert in business networking and LinkedIn. She is the author of Convert Your Connections to Cash and Relationships to Revenue, The Two Minute Networker, The ABC’s of LinkedIn, Get LinkedIn or Get Left Out and How to Avoid the Business Card Pile-Up – 52 Ways to Boost Your Business with Business Cards.

Rhonda is the expert at teaching CEO’s, speakers, authors, small business owners and entrepreneurs how to leverage LinkedIn and convert relationships to revenue.

Rhonda’s natural humor, interactive approach and 20 years of business experience has brought her into the forefront as a sought-after national keynote speaker and trainer. She teaches powerful, practical techniques and insider secrets to take your Profile to Profit using LinkedIn.

Rhonda has given thousands of talks including clients such as Blue Shield, NAWBO, NAIFA, Vistage to name a few.

She has appeared on multiple television and radio shows and is a sought after guest on podcasts and radio shows.

Rhonda lives in Murrieta, CA with her husband of over 3 decades and has two adult daughters.

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Five Intellectual Property Tips Every

Small Business Owner Should Know with Stacey C. Kalamaras

Being a business owner can be overwhelming. There’s so much to do and so much to know. How do you know which items you should be prioritizing especially when you have either limited time or budget or both. Join us on October 22, 2020, when we will be joined by intellectual property attorney Stacey C. Kalamaras who will be presenting “Five Tips Every Small Business Owner Should Know.” Stacey will briefly explain what intellectual property law is, why small business owners should be mindful of the value of these incredibly important business assets and discuss her top tips every small business owner should know, regardless of industry, so that they can put the right systems and plans in place to protect their intellectual property assets and get back to what they do best – running and growing their businesses.

Stacey C. Kalamaras is the founding partner of Kalamaras Law Office, LLC in Chicago, Illinois and is a seasoned trademark, copyright, and advertising lawyer with a combination of Big Law, in-house, and prior business management experience. Stacey has extensive experience managing large, global trademark portfolios in more than 150 countries for clients in diverse industries. Her firm’s focus is creatively assisting small and medium sized businesses navigate the legal landscape to create distinctive brands and differentiate their businesses in an ever-changing marketplace. Stacey regularly counsels clients on the clearance and adoption of new trademarks, develops strategic protection and enforcement programs through her extensive experience with trademark opposition/cancellation proceedings and anti-counterfeiting strategies, and grows portfolios by conducting IP due diligence matters. In addition, she is well-versed in drafting and negotiating licensing and other IP/advertising agreements necessary to protect, enforce, and commercialize brands.

Before going to law school, she was a brand manager and advertising director in the consumer-packaged goods industry, which gives her valuable insight into her clients’ businesses on a practical level. Stacey has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer® for her outstanding knowledge and service in intellectual property law, a recognition and honor given to just 5% of the lawyers in Illinois and was recently profiled by The Top 100 Magazine as a top lawyer for 2020. Since starting her law firm, she has educated over 2,100 lawyers and business owners on various IP topics.

Thursday, November 5, 2020:

Importance of Health Insurance as a Benefit with Sara Phillips

Many small business owners do not offer health insurance to employees because they feel it is too expensive.  The truth is that if a small business wants to grow, health benefits are essential.  In this talk, I will be discussing how and why health insurance can help you grow your business and also be offering some suggestions of how to put something in place even on the smallest of budgets.  

 

Thursday, November 19, 2020:

Building Corporate Culture with Intention with David McGlennon

Everyone knows intuitively that company culture has an enormous impact on how we do our work.  If that’s the case, shouldn’t we be intentional about developing and sustaining it?  David will share the reasons why world-class companies don’t leave their culture to chance and an 8 step framework that will help you implement a systematic approach to intentionally leading your culture.

David is a business growth sherpa who helps leaders learn to play the infinite game of business through systematically designing company culture.

He helps companies integrate their desire for high performance, achievement and growth with a focus on developing a thriving culture through adopting a people-centric leadership approach.

He has trained leaders around the world as far north as the Arctic Circle and has shared the stage with John C. Maxwell while training in Paraguay, South America. He has been married for 31 years and is a father of five children living in the Pittsburgh region.

David is a “recovering triathlete” and loves an active and healthy lifestyle.

 


Thursday, December 3, 2020:

Tough Times? Unleash the Power of Gratitude with Marty Edwards

In business circles, gratitude might be viewed as a fluff, light-weight, touchy-feely subject. On the surface, that view is understandable but my presentation rejects that notion and makes a case for gratitude being a powerful business growth strategy. What is at the heart of every successful business? Relationship and relationships are cemented when gratitude is expressed and ingrained in your brand. Gratitude is a powerful business tool when you are facing tough times. The principles of gratitude presented can strengthen your resolve to fight through adversity and grow revenues.

Marty Edwards, an entrepreneur for more than 35 years, founded White Hawk Group in 1999. White Hawk was an Oklahoma-based general contracting firm. His wife, Karen was diagnosed with esophageal cancer April 22nd 2016. Exactly 18 months later she left this life to enter into the presence of the Lord. The severity of the cancer battle forced the closure of White Hawk Group.

Yakoke Consulting, Marty Edwards newest venture, was founded on his passion to help small, minority and woman owned firms. “Yakoke” is how Choctaws say thank you. Marty Edwards is Yakoke’s CGO (Chief Gratitude Officer). In addition to mentoring small business owners, Marty feels a strong obligation to speak publically and share the power in unleashing gratitude into your life. His recent life experiences would seem disconnected from gratitude but his personal and professional story is a testimony to this truth:

“If you get your mind and spirit right, PROFOUND gratitude can eventually emerge darkest days of struggle and loss.”

 

Thursday, December 17, 2020:

Building a Brand That’s More Than Skin Deep with Wendy Harrington

What if there were a stream of clients who needed your help, flowing right outside your door, and you could just tap into it?  There is, and through Tap This Group I help service businesses do that by uncovering what makes them unique, and helping them create and run marketing campaigns that attract their ideal clients, and support long term relationships with them.