Maximize the return on your ABI investment by attending our upcoming events

February 2, 2017 | Mike Ralston

Mike Ralston | ABI President |

Around this time of year, people begin to finalize their plans to attend ABI's annual Taking Care of Business Conference. If you haven't done that yet, you should.

There is no better value in Iowa business meetings than the ABI conference. You will hear terrific speakers, see fabulous venues and enjoy great food, golf and fun. More importantly, you will find no better networking anywhere than that you find at the conference.

Attendees conduct a lot of business at the conference each year. Sales are made, vendors acquired and prospects developed. So, make your plans now and we will look forward to seeing you in Dubuque June 6-8.

That said, you make a big mistake if you believe that is the only high-value event ABI produces. The association is hosting valuable meetings and events all year long, all over Iowa.

Next week, the association's public policy staff will hold its second legislative teleconference of the 2017 session. In March, ABI will host another in the popular Connecting Statewide Leaders events (this one will be held at Kinnick stadium in Iowa City; a truly fabulous venue). Also in March, Business Day on the Hill, the biennial ABI Workers’ Compensation seminar, and another legislative teleconference will be held.

The ABI Foundation will also hold more sessions for members of the 2016-2017 Class of Leadership Iowa. Ditto for the final session for members of the 2016-2017 Class of Leadership Iowa University. This is not to mention one of ABI's best-attended annual events, last month's Legislative Briefing and Reception.

You likely have already guessed my point. One of the best ways for you and members of your employee team to maximize the return on your ABI investment is to take advantage of these high-quality, high-value events. You will find great information, valuable resources, and terrific contacts at each of them.

Go to and check the ABI calendar often. In the meantime, THANK YOU for your support, which makes all of our work possible!