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Webinar Series

Business Support Series

Businesses face challenging circumstances related to the COVID-19 virus and social changes in our community. The Business Support Series is here for business owners and leaders to help navigate some of these issues.

Hosted by the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, the Family Business Center and the Small Business Development Center, this series delivers four webinars during the school year, with industry experts discussing the topics affecting your business and employees: employee wellbeing, diversity and inclusion strategies, implementing D&I strategies in hiring and retention, and addiction.

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Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

Phone Number
(651) 962-4185

Upcoming Virtual Seminar

Addiction in the Family Business

Tuesday, April 20 | 11 a.m. | Online via Zoom

Addiction can show itself at any time in any family business. It may be noticed on the surface, an unseen problem creating impacts in family or business life, or something waiting to show itself to others. In our final Business Support Series event, we’ll learn about the risk factors that may set the stage for addiction in a family business, how to raise concerns with loved ones, and what transitioning back to work might look like for someone who’s received treatment.

This session will be on Zoom Webinar, where attendees will not see each other, protecting the stigma sometimes associated with this important topic.

This session is led by William Messenger, a family business attorney who advises family businesses, trustees and families on addiction issues regarding employees, beneficiaries and family members. Bill uses highly successful recovery programs for physicians as a model for his work. These programs use leverage or pressure to encourage the addict to enter treatment and comply with post-treatment recommendations – the key to long-term recovery. 

$25 per person

The fee is covered with membership to the Family Business Center and for current students, faculty and staff.

Previous Webinars

Download presentations and view recordings of previous webinars from the Business Support Series in Challenging Times webinars from this past Spring.

Lila Kelly of Lila Kelly Associates, led this session on Recruiting & Hiring a Diverse Workforce, as a follow-up to the November event on Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Action Planning. In this session, participants learned how to identify unconscious bias and barriers to recruiting and hiring diverse applicants, and how to work inclusive recruiting and hiring into their organization’s strategic action plan.

For access to this webinar, please contact familybusiness@stthomas.edu.

Lila Kelly, of Lika Kelly Associates, led this webinar on how to lay a diversity and inclusion foundation and create company strategies aimed to achieve long-term results in attracting and retaining a diverse workforce, the tools to better connect and gain trust with employees.

For access to this webinar, please contact familybusiness@stthomas.edu.

This webinar addressed communication strategies and steps business leaders can use to address their own mental health needs, and the needs of those around them.

For access to this webinar, please contact familybusiness@stthomas.edu.

This webinar explored approaches and tools to pivot toward long-term, adaptive strategies.

View webinar

This webinar highlights two legal aspects businesses may find themselves facing: working with contracts, and bankruptcy and its alternatives.

View webinar or download PPT 

LegalCORPS has business attorneys available for brief advice by phone and for full representation for those who meet income guidelines.

Erik Allen, CPA, CM&AA, a partner at Boulay, addresses revenue forecasting, right-sizing labor levels, optimizing working capital levels, and how to establish a 13-week cash flow forecasting model amongst other topics.

View webinar or download 13 Week Cash Flow Example

This webinar addresses the important topic of transitioning back to the workplace. Indigo Signworks’ CEO Eric Gibson will share his processes, lessons learned, and what you might expect as business owners.

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Learn about various reactions to change, strategies to navigate difficult times, and how to lead others as they cope with their own perceived change.

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Experts discussed short-term tactics companies can utilize to increase cash inflow and help stabilize it in the near future. These included both new opportunities presented in the CARES Act and traditional, but sometimes overlooked, accounting methods.

View webinar or download the Covid-19 Decision Tree [PDF].

Dr. Justin Anderson, Psy.D., LP, founder of Premier Sport Psychology and JSA Advising, will discuss the dynamics at play when teams - both in business and sports - experience unexpected or volatile events.

View webinar or download Psychological Stages for Covid-19 Pandemic [PDF].

This webinar steps away from running of the day-to-day business to show us how we can positively navigate family communication in tough times. Ideas for strengthening communication and family relationships by connecting in new ways are presented.

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New federal government emergency funding is available now with $349 billion set aside to help employers weather financial strains. This webinar will help you navigate the complexities around these important programs. 

 View webinar or download Covid-19 Emergency Loan Guide [PDF].

Representatives from four companies share their insights for supporting essential employees, managing remotely, digging into strengths and pivoting to new business.

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This webinar covers the new laws related to COVID-19 as well as the math involved in administering the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

View webinar or download webinar presentation [PDF].

This webinar provides information on the US Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program as well as local resources from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

View webinar or download webinar presentation [PDF].

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