2018 Agenda

Prepare to learn from some of the South Sounds Experts and network with other like minded business individuals!



How to work ON your business, not IN your business

By Josh Dunn- Owner Premier Media Group (South Sound Magazine, Business Examiner, 425 Magazine and 425 Business)

There is a bridge every entrepreneur must cross in order to grow a business beyond a certain point, a point where they must transition from “doing” to “leading.” It means stepping back from day-to-day operations and slipping into the role of overseer. Josh Dunn who is the owner of Premier Media Group will share his story about how he has done this in his business and some of the challenges he faced as well as how this crucial step has benefited his business.



Key Steps to Increasing your Sales Influence

by Greg Towne- Executive Director- John Maxwell Team

Whether you are an executive, career professional, or an entrepreneur, your ability on how to influence others to either work with you or buy from you is essential for the success of your business. In this informative and entertaining presentation Greg Towne who is an Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team will lead you through a discovery on how to build a stronger connection with your customer or client.

The key points that you will take away from this informative session include

1) The importance of Attitude and Mindset
2) How To develop Referral Opportunities
3) How to add value to your customers so that they you stay top of mind



How can the SBA help your business?

by Jeremy Fields- Regional Administrator SBA  (WA, OR, ID, AK)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. SBA recognizes that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.



Get out of your Comfort Zone!

by Jude Larson, JML Real Solutions

Freedom from Fear: How to get out of your comfort zone for the benefit of your business.

What is fear?  Noun: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that something is likely to cause pain.

Fear can be a valuable thing. It keeps people safe and encourages caution where caution is due.

But it is more often a limiting thing: Not everything you’re afraid of deserves attention or caution. And sometimes, moments of bravery are what are needed to make your business and even life better.

Jude Larson from JML Real Solutions will show you that when you push through fear and out of your comfort zone, amazing things happen.



Growing your successful business (Sometimes the hard way!)

by Brian Harding, The Plumbing & Drain Co

Brian will take you through his experience starting a business, with his two partners Eric and Randy, in the worst economy in 80 years in 2011 and walk you through growing that business, which now has sales of over $5.5MM in annual sales, for the first 3-5 years.  He will cover things they did well, lessons they learned along the way, and how to implement key processes and philosophies to ensure success.



Expert Panel

This is your opportunity to ask this panel your small business questions. 

Paul Long- Timberland Bank, Nicole Fisher & Rick Peterson- Jeff Baker and Associates, Ken Swarner- The Ranger/NW Military,  Josh Dunn- Premier Media Group, Greg Towne- John Maxwell Team, Jude Larson- JML Real Solutions and Brian Harding- The Plumbing & Drain Co.