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Home Base Iowa - Great for Employers
Brigadier General Hill explains benefits to employers through Home Base Iowa

Presented by Brigadier General Hill - Iowa National Guard
Moderated by Todd McDonald - ATW Training & Consulting


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Industrial Tech is Cool Again!
Here's an easy way to help fix the skills gap in Iowa.

Presented by Phil Cronin, Director - Iowa Industrial Technology Expo

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 Rush Nigut
 Business Attorney

 

 

 






Building an Ark to Avoid Employment Lawsuits
Respect, Communication, Documentation CRITICAL

Wage and Hour Lawsuits 
70% of businesses are out of compliance in wage and hour law. 
Here are tips to prevent employment lawsuits:

 1. Conduct a wage and hour review
 2. Managers must have a good understanding of wage and hour laws
 3. Fully understand exempt vs non exempt employees, especially 1099 individuals
 4. Don't retaliate

 
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 David Strege
 Senior Financial Planner

 

 

 

Reward Top Performers with Incentive Based Stock Options
But, be aware of the tax implications when doing so. . .

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 Karen Miller
 Executive Vice President


 

 

Who's In Charge of Fixing the Manufacturing Career Gap?
Business must drive change through educators and parents.

What is Big Data in Manufacturing
and How Do We Find Employees Who Understand It?

The Rise of the “Tech” in Manufacturing
You’ve heard of white collar jobs, blue collar jobs, we introduce a third class. 

Moving from a Service Economy to a Manufacturing Economy 
How to catch up after two decades asleep at the wheel.

Low-to-No-Cost Employee Retention Tools
In a climate full of unknowns and increasing costs and mandates surrounding
employment, considering any increases in employee benefits seems implausible. 
Here are some easy, low cost ways to reward your employees without breaking the bank.

Tips for Retaining Your Best and Brightest
Unemployment levels in Iowa are on a decrease. Here are some inexpensive tips for retaining top performers.

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 Jessica Susie
 Attorney

 

 
 

 

Understanding the Four Major Types of Intellectual Property
Do you need a patent, a trademark, a trade secret or something entirely different?


Trademarks Explained
Why have them? How difficult is the process? What types exist?


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 Walt Mozdzer
Senior Financial Planner


 

 

 

 

 


Appreciated Assets in Iowa: How to Avoid Astronomical Capital Gains Penalties 

 

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 Todd McDonald
 PHR

 

 

 





 

Iowa Training Credits Explained (Part 2)

What can my 260 E & F Funds be used for?

260E Tax Credits – 101
Ways to use the new jobs training program to fund your training.


Iowa Training Trends
Training dollars, when not used strategically, can be like spitting into the wind. Learn how other Iowa companies are effectively spending theirs.
 
Trends in Leadership Development
Using leadership development to retain top performers in a competitive employment market.

 

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Rick Cordaro
Disability Income Regional VP

 

 

 

 

 

Planning for Your Financial Future
At least 37,000,000 Americans are underinsured when it comes to their income
in the instance of a disability. Are you one of them?
 

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Johnne Syverson
Senior Financial Planner
& Business Advisor

 

 

 
 

Maintaining Family Harmony AND Wealth Past the Third Generation
It is a proven fact that 3% of family owned businesses survive with both their family harmony
and business intact.  There are proven processes that can all but guarantee your legacy lives on. 

How Do I Ensure My Legacy Lives on Long Before I AM Gone?
Creating a system to communicate business values, ethics and
goals from generation to generation.

Heritage Planning
Johnne explains the Heritage Process which completes the three-legged stool

of financial planning, estate planning and heritage planning.
 

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Alice Helle
Attorney

 

 

 

 



Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans: What are the Benefits?

Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans: What are the Pitfalls?

Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans: How Does the Timing Work & What Are the Investment Options?

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 Lance Gunkel
 Chief Operating Officer 

 

 
 


 

Tools Available for Monitoring Market Volatility

The Debt Ceiling...How do those Federal Decisions Impact Business Here in Iowa?

 

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 Sean Yolish
 Vice President IT & Insurance Operations

 

 

 
 

 

Critical Health Care Reform Update
Changes to the Health Benefits waiting period - Effective Now

PPACA (Obamacare): Is your company required to comply?
As Iowa businesses look to conforming to the PPACA (Obamacare) Legislation, one
of the first questions you should ask yourself is: Is my company exempt from the legislation? If so, what does that mean?

 
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 Brian Laurenzo
 Shareholder and Head of Intellectual Property Practice Group 

 

 

 

 




Patents are a Critical Component to the Product Development Process
Learn how they are key in calculating assets, avoiding liablity, and competing globally.

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 Jim Gilliam
 Attorney     

  

 

 

 




Your Terminated Sales Guy's LinkedIn Account: Whose Contacts Are They Anyway?
How you write your employment contract is critical after an employment separation.

Creating an Effective Social Media Use Policy
Are your employees tweeting, facebook(ing), surfing the web,
and exposing your company to greater liability while on the clock?

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 Bob Rafferty
 Attorney, Shareholder

 

 

 





In Dealings with the Government, It's All in the Attitude
Businesses are required to deal with the government agencies more and more these days.
Here are some quick pointers on making the process easier and less frustrating.

 

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Emily Bruner
Employee Benefits Consultant

 

 

 

Actions Required in 2014 Healthcare Reform Act
Information on the 2014 Employer Requirements regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
 

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 Lars Peterson
 Business Advisor

 

 



Building an Effective Succession Plan Shouldn't Wait Until Tomorrow
Specific examples of what could go wrong by failing to build a strategic succession plan as you transition your business.


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 Michael Bird
 President

 





Tips for Integrating Your New Media Strategy with Your Current Media Plan
Like it or not, social media must be an integral part of every company's overall marketing strategy.

 

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Emily Bruner
Employee Benefits Consultant

 

 
 


Immediate Actions Required Under Healthcare Reform Act
Information on immediate employer requirements regarding thePatient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

 

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 Kathleen Riessen
 Marketing Strategist/ Speaker/ Marketing Consultant



 

Harnessing the Power of Your Association Membership
The Iowa Association of Business and Industry and otherstatewide trade groups provide invaluable
opportunities to grow business and increase market share.  

 

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Drew Ahrold
CLCS/ Account Manager

 


 

Controlling Insurance Costs by Limiting Losses
Workers' compensation, lost time, lost productivity, and property loss are all substantial expenses
that can be prevented with an effective risk management program.