Minding My Own Business Workshop Schedule for October-December 2019
Call the office for times and exact locations. Registration ends ten days prior to the workshop date! 303 338 9300
Call the office for times and exact locations. Registration ends ten days prior to the workshop date! 303 338 9300
What: TWO-HOUR MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS WORKSHOP™ PRESENTED BY DIRK DIETERS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FREMONT GROUP AND AUTHOR OF THE BOOK, “MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS”. EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE FREMONT GROUP.
Who: THE WORKSHOP IS FOR SMALL TO MIDSIZED BUSINESS OWNERS AND SPOUSES (OPTIONAL BUT ENCOURAGED).
When: THE WORSHOP IS ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH AT 2:00 PM. REGISTRATION FEE ONLY $195.00! (DISCOUNT AVAILABLE AT WWW.PATREON.COM/TheFremontGroup)
Where: HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, 1375 CENTER DRIVE, MEDFORD
Why: YOU WILL LEARN THE SIX RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND BE ABLE EVALUATE YOUR COMPANY IN EACH AREA. PLENTY OF TIME FOR PERSONAL FOLLOW UP!
Guarantee: TFG GUARANTEES THAT YOU WILL LEAVE WITH CONCEPTS THAT YOU CAN IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT THAT WILL INCREASE YOUR BOTTOM LINE OR YOUR MONEY BACK!
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Learn about our Minding My Own Business Workshops and determine if they are right for you!
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The Minding My Own Business Workshop attended by hundreds is now available to small to mid-sized business owners in a Power Point presentation! Based upon the book, Minding My Own Business by the TFG Executive Director, Dirk Dieters, the narrated presentation lasts approximately one hour and allows you to learn and compare your business to the six responsibilities of the small business owner!
It is available FREE for the remainder of 2018! Call the office 303 338 9300 or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Fremont Group is a non-profit organization supporting small to mid-sized businesses. In our effort to be a resource for your success we have a number of ways that you can benefit. For example:
Self Assessments. The Fremont Group offers a self-assessment package. This is a series of approximately sixty questions in all areas of your business. From your responses your strengths and weaknesses are identified. The self-assessment then continues to determine how much of an impact these issues have on your results so that you can determine where to start and what is and what is not worth changing. The Self-Assessment can be completed over the phone with one of our Success Partners or we can meet with you on site. There is a nominal charge for either.
Minding My Own Business Workshops. Minding My Own Business is the title of a book authored by our Executive Director, Dirk Dieters. The book identifies and reviews the six responsibilities of the small business owner. Our workshops our modeled after the book. Generally one and one-half to two and two-half hours, the workshops are always individualized. You are guided by our Success Partner through interaction with the topics and are guaranteed to acquired a technique that you can immediately implement in the management of your company. The MMOB Workshops can be attended in three ways: through webinar; in a local hotel in your area; or on your site. They are designed only for owners and spouses. Webinar workshops can be scheduled. TFG plans MMOB Workshops in cities and invites local attendees. The charge for the Workshop varies according to its’ location.
Webinars. TFG offers an on-going series of individual webinars. These are one-hour sessions on specific topics offered at a nominal fee. Check our Facebook page or contact us to be added to our email list for topics.
Initial Consultations. Our Success Partners perform two-day Initial Consultations. These are done on consecutive days at your site. We meet extensively with you, your key people, review your financial statements and operating procedures and then on the second day, together with you, develop an Action Plan to address issues that impact your results. This is you Business Physical that many clients complete each year. It may or may not lead to an on-going relationship with that Success Partner to help implement the identified actions. The fee for this is all inclusive of travel expenses.
Success Partner Relationships. Our clients develop on-going relationships with their Success Partners. This includes half to full-week on-site work followed up with weekly telephone contact and off-site work to ensure implementation. In many instances Success Partners return monthly for a half-week but always remain on their “Advisory Board” for weekly conversations. The fees for this work are subsidized depending upon your size. Contact us to determine your range of subsidy.
On a side note, all of our communications are done through video screen sharing. We use the simple Google Hangouts that is already on your computer if you have a gmail account. We also sponsor events. In 2018 we plan Golf Outings in Phoenix and Denver. Contact us for information.
The Fremont Group is working with the Center for Innovation at Metropolitan State College of Denver to offer their Minding My Own Business Workshops through their curriculum. The workshops may be offered in their new building or on-line. “We are very excited with the prospect of brining our workshops to the students of Metro State” stated Dirk Dieters. Mr. Dieters is the founder and executive director of The Fremont Group and he will be the presenter of the workshops. He is also the author of “Minding My Own Business” available on this site.
The “Minding My Own Business Workshops” follow the book’s examination of the six responsibilities of a small business owner. The MSC Center for Innovation has empathies franchise ownership and operation and the workshops will be germane to current and prospective owners and their spouses. “We are looking forward to helping these students and expanding the outreach of our mission to provide quality management assistance to all small business owners.”
The winter webinar series concludes on Monday, February 27th with the winter “Minding My Own Business Workshop” and Business Roundtable. Registration for this event went fast—it was filled back in January! If you missed it—look for next summer’s event. The all-day event hosted by The Fremont Group includes the 2 1/2 hour workshop covering the six responsibilities of the small business owners tracing the book, “Minding My Own Business” authored by Dirk Dieters our Executive Director. Following lunch is the roundtable. Always one of the most popular events, the Fremont Business Roundtable solicits issues from the participants and puts them up for open discussions between the participants and the Fremont Success Partners. It is always amazing the ideas that come from these discussions. Due to our budget constraints, we have to limit the participants to 12. We are looking for ways to expand the number of owners who can take part this summer. If you have interest, send us an email and get on our pre-registration list for summer!
Who is invited: Business Owners and Spouses
What: Series of three Lunch and Learn workshops sponsored by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and presented by Dirk Dieters, the author of “Minding My Own Business” and the Executive Director of The Fremont Group—a non-profit organization providing services to small business owners.
When/Where: Three consecutive Thursday lunches at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce
September 8, 2011 11:30 am
“Show me the Money”
Is your company really trying to make money or just trying to work hard? The first responsibility of a small business owner is to produce a minimum-mandatory percentage of profit. During the session we will design your Budget, agree upon the need for a cash forecasting system, and explore ways to manage your cash flow in tough times and good.
September 15, 2011 11:30 am
“Are you getting bang for your payroll buck?”
Do you want to own a job or a business? You will learn the owner’s responsibility to build an organizational structure and how to incorporate accountability and incentives into your system that properly deals with your climbers, campers and quitters.
September 22, 2001 11:30 am
“Selling—internal and external—in a recession”
Do you really understand your own sales system? During this session we will clarify your sales effort, identify your most valuable sales assets, and create strategies for leveraging your scarce dollars into more sales. Sales is more than a “numbers game.”
Cost: Contact the Aurora Chamber
A workbook and a copy of “Minding My Own Business” will also be made available by The Fremont Group at the workshop. Book $15; Workbook $10
Dirk Dieters, executive director of The Fremont Group has been selected by the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce (CO) as guest speaker at their September, October and November meetings. On September 13th Mr. Dieters will speak on Leadership; on October 11th he will speak on Selling in a Recession and the November meeting is tentatively scheduled as a full “Minding My Own Business Workshop” and fundraiser for the chamber. More details to follow.
Entrepreneurs like to consider themselves “risk takers” but only up to a point. Ironically, when they think they can stop taking risks is when they create their greatest exposure.
Risk is good. Risk is why your company can be profitable. Risk is why you were able to start your business. Risk is the reason why there are rewards. But just what is “risk?” Risk is the balance between potential positive and negative results of an action. By definition, every action involves risk and therefore even if it were desirable to do so, risk cannot be eliminated. Even the choice of doing nothing is an action that involves risk. Every decision that we make in life involves risks. We weigh the potential gain against the potential loss and determine if the action is justified.
We take risks when we are driving—should you go through the yellow light? Should you pass the car in front of you? Should you drive in this weather? All of these and countless others are decisions that you make that require an action. That action could have positive or negative results and we quickly (and often unconsciously) make a judgment that leads to our chosen action. You don’t have to choose correctly in every decision but you must avoid catastrophic choices and you must also choose correctly the majority of the time. In this context, entrepreneurs clearly understand risk. When they decided to start their business they were facing a future that was not acceptable and chose to start a business that had the potential to create an acceptable future. If you are reading this article you were successful because you are still a business owner—you have survived. But has your successful survival planted roots of eventual failure?
Risk is good because it creates reward. The greater the potential for negative consequence in an action, the greater the reward must be for the positive result. Our free market regulates this return. “If it were easy everyone would do it!” is a phrase that entrepreneurs hear with regularity. What you did was not easy. You overcame tremendous odds in favor of failure to establish your company and have created a successful business—now what?
A major illness of mature businesses is comfort. We all reach a comfort zone in what we do—and small businesses are nothing but extensions of their owners. We have been successful and passed the start-up stage. The owner has made a decent living. We are immersed in the daily morass of fires. And sales get stagnant; the bottom line starts drifting, and competitors start pushing us—but things are good, people are happy. We have reached that comfort zone. We no longer need risk—risk might upset our equilibrium. So we continue to do as we have done. But nothing else stays the same. The reason you were able to enter the market is you were able to do things a little differently and a little better than the existing competition. Now other people are doing that to you. Your market is starting to change, the margins are starting to change, the business environment is starting to change but your company is not. You no longer reward people with new ideas so the new ideas no longer appear. You don’t need growth because you are making enough money but the lack of growth is limiting the opportunities for employees and good people are now starting to leave. You start with denial. You know how your business works and your way works—it is someone else’s fault.
When is the best time to address issues—yesterday, today or tomorrow? If you do not answer yesterday, you are going to fail. Small businesses must be run with a sense of urgency. There used to be a day when poor results were unacceptable—your past success cannot allow poor results to become acceptable today. Issues must be addressed immediately. You do not have the luxury of a Fortune 500 company to withstand significant losses. One bad job and you can be out of business. There was risk when you started—but now you have something to lose. That makes it a bigger risk to do nothing. You must protect that investment and “sweat equity” by recognizing that your must continue to embrace risk. You cannot be stupid or reckless but you must regularly “reinvent” your company while keeping your core principles in tact. Change for the sake of change is not good but it is better than no change for the sake of no change. Unfortunately the greatest improvement that businesses make is when their backs are to the wall—and sometimes that is too late. The owner must create a culture where “the system” is well defined but it is made clear that it will constantly be improved. Therefore not bringing up suggestions to improve the system hurts the company; bringing up suggestions helps the company and is rewarded.
At The Fremont Group we challenge business owners to constantly strive to reach that “next level.” It could be operationally, organizationally, financially or otherwise but an organization that doesn’t grow, dies. Our Minding My Own Business Workshops™ provide you with an examination of your systems, procedures and controls. Our follow-up work challenges the organization themselves to implement meaningful change. The risk of three-hours of time can provide a tremendous reward. The choice to do nothing is your greatest risk.
 Unacceptable could be for a number of reasons—possibly even boredom. Businesses are often started for other than pure financial reasons and that is a good thing as few businesses actually provide financial security for their owners.