The business, accounting and information technology programs of the Minnesota School of Business, Blaine campus successfully kicked off a business-focused event in collaboration with the Metro North Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, February 15 at the campus. Over 30 business leaders, students, staff, and faculty members attended.
The “Strictly Business” event opened with keynote speaker, Carl Nyberg, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the HOM Stores Company, followed by three break-out sessions on Business Planning, Taxes, and I.T. Security. Nyberg spoke about the evolutionary business history and success of HOM Furniture, Inc. He’s been with the company for over 30 years, and has seen it grow from a small import gift store retailer in the 1970’s into the 35th largest home furnishings retailer in the United States.
Following the keynote, Todd Koch, CPA for John A. Knutson & Co., briefed attendees on the past, current and future tax consequences he believes are likely for the business community in the year ahead. Following a brief break, Kelly Rietow, MSB business adjunct instructor, and Principal of Roo Solutions, LLC., provided some best business planning practices and advice to the group. The morning session wrapped up with John Daley, MSB I.T. Program Chair, and Paul Pederson, MSB I.T. adjunct instructor, highlighting an array of I.T. security and online access strengths and weaknesses of which businesses should be aware.
This workshop was the first in what is expected to be four quarterly such events at this and other area college campuses over the coming year.