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March 2017

$20

The Next Great Employer Challenge – Blue Ribbon Academy HR Series

March 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Topeka Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Floor Boardroom, 120 SE 6th Ave #110
Topeka, 66603 United States

We will discuss the need and methods to increase employee engagement and retention.  This session will raise each leader’s effectiveness to the benefits and tools of retention as well as implementing fool proof hiring techniques to maximize your investment. Presented by Monty E. Farrer, Manager of HR Training, Express Services, Inc. Sponsored by: Express Employment Professionals        

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April 2017

$15

Great Leaders Build Great Teams – Blue Ribbon Academy HR Series

April 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66604 United States

This course will take place at the Capitol Plaza Hotel from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Speaker Lineup: Patrick Lencioni, Leadership Consultant, Speaker and Best-Selling Author Jimmy Johnson, Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Coach and Fox NFL Sunday Analyst Robyn Benincasa, World-Champion Adventure Racer, CNN Hero and Firefighter Sponsored by: Express Employment Professionals        

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$20

Making it Rain: 5 Secrets to Successful Selling

April 18 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Topeka Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Floor Boardroom, 120 SE 6th Ave #110
Topeka, 66603 United States

Led by Andrea Engstrom, CEO, Bajillion Agency In this session, Andrea shares simple secrets that anyone can do to close more deals. You’ll learn the five ways to increase your sales and commissions, and what it means to the bottom line when you do. This class is part of the Blue Ribbon Academy – Marketing series. To read more about the full series click here.

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May 2017

$50

37th Annual Small Business Awards

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Capitol Plaza Hotel – Sunflower Ballroom, Maner Conference Center, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66612 United States

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce will recognize local businesses, a nonprofit agency and a small  business advocate for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Shawnee County Community. Secretary Antonio Soave, Kansas Department of Commerce, will be our keynote speaker. Emerging Entrepreneur of Distinction – Successful business owner who has been in business one to two years. Non-Profit Award of Distinction – Must be legally formed as one of the following:…

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$20

Marketing Roundtable – Marketing 101

May 11 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Capitol Plaza Hotel – Sunflower Ballroom, Maner Conference Center, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66612 United States

Marketing approached from the basics to the seemingly impossible. The actions you take could be the revenue you earn tomorrow. This course will be presented and moderated by Caleb Asher, president & CEO, Sprout Communications. With the following special guests: Michel’ Cole, VP, corporate communications & public affairs, Westar Energy Julie DeVader, director of marketing, FHLBank Topeka Andrea Engstrom, CEO, Bajillion Agency Jake Huyett, executive VP, marketing & account services, jones huyett Partners Brett Oetting, president & CEO, Visit Topeka Alex…

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$20

Succession Planning for Small Businesses

May 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Topeka Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Floor Boardroom, 120 SE 6th Ave #110
Topeka, 66603 United States

Learn the techniques used in identifying and developing those who will take your place and options for the transition. Understand how to transfer an existing business to family members, non-family members and employees. Identify the steps used when considering to sell to independent parties and more Presenter: Jeremy L. Graber, Foulston Siefkin LLP

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$20

Guerrilla Marketing – Getting the Most Out of Your Budget

May 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Topeka Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Floor Boardroom, 120 SE 6th Ave #110
Topeka, 66603 United States

Led by Caleb Asher, president & CEO, Sprout Communications Marketing doesn’t have to be complicated. It also doesn’t have to be expensive. Learn how to maximize any budget and differentiate your business in a world of options. This class is part of the Blue Ribbon Academy – Marketing series. To learn more about the full series, click here.

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September 2017

Free

4th Annual Women of Influence Awards

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ramada Downtown Topeka – Regency Ballroom, 420 SE 6th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603 United States

Several women will be honored at the Fourth Annual Women of Influence recognition reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Ramada Topeka Downtown’s Regency Ballroom. The event, sponsored by GO Topeka’s Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development, will honor the following women: Shelly Buhler, Community Service Cathy Harris, Distinguished Mentor Sharon Sullivan, Education Cheryl Creviston, Outstanding Entrepreneur Linda Kehres, Rising Star Pam Johnson-Betts, Woman of Achievement Learn more about each woman here. Register here to attend the Fourth Annual Women of…

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October 2017

Free

Pre-Expo Workshops and Luncheon

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention, 420 SE Sixth Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604 United States

Marketing on Purpose: Keys to Effective Business Growth 9-10 a.m. Guest Panelists: Martha Bartlett Piland MB Piland Advertising & Marketing Caleb Ashler Sprout Communications, LLC Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield Downtown Topeka, Inc. Using Social Media to Grow Your Business 10:15-11 a.m. Guest Panelists: Kristen Kogl MB Piland Advertising & Marketing Austen Witte Sprout Communications, LLC Following the workshops, you can attend the Business Expo Luncheon where you will hear from members of Top Tank. Click here to learn more about the Greater…

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$20

Small Business Succession Planning II

October 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Topeka Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Floor Boardroom, 120 SE 6th Ave #110
Topeka, 66603 United States
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A closer look at structuring and Implementing a successful succession plan. Transferring an existing business to family members or non-family employees Selling to independent parties Implementing strategies This lunch & learn will be led by: Jeremy Graber, Attorney, Foulston, Siefkin, LLP

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