Who is invited: Business Owners and Guests
What: Series of two workshops sponsored by the Lone Tree 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: Tuesday September 13th and Tuesday October 11th in the Lone Tree Library (8827 Lone Tree Parkway)
September 13, 2011 7:30 am
“What would TR think of your Leadership”
We will analyze and discuss the qualities of strong executive leadership as laid out by Teddy Roosevelt. Attendees will leave with a stronger understanding of their role in their company’s success.
October 11, 2011 7:30 11:30 am
“Tools for Selling in a Recession”
Has your selling adapted to the current conditions? Owners will review the adaptations that must be made to remain successful in these tough times.
Cost: No charge for Lone Tree Chamber members and guests.
A workbook and a copy of “Minding My Own Business” will also be made available by The Fremont Group at the workshop.
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.
The Fremont Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing high caliber expertise to small businesses at a price that they can afford. The need for this effort was clearly stated in an August 28, 2010 article in the Minneapolis Star quoting Fred Zimmerman, of the University of St. Thomas:
…some good work is being done by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s “Grow Minnesota” initiative, which works through local chambers and area vocational and technical schools to assess what local companies need to prosper and expand in terms of expertise, marketing and trained workers….We won’t do it with a bunch of bureaucrats flying around handing out training grants. It’s going to be in helping small businesses get bigger.
The Fremont Group identifies small business owners who want to change and then helps them achieve their goals. The founder, Dirk Dieters is also the author of “Minding My Own Business—Creating a Business that Works” and the author of many of the posts on this site. He is available for speaking to groups of small business owners—particularly local Chambers of Commerce. He most commonly speaks upon the theme of the book—the six responsibilities of the small business owner but has also spoken to small business owners on topics such as Creating a Sales System, The Role of Sales Management, Empowering Your Organization, The Ying and Yang of Accountability and Incentives, Controlling your Cash Flow, The Math Behind Profit, Your Business Achieves What You Are Trying to Achieve, and others. Most recently he is the speaker in a seminar series, How to Survive and Thrive in 2011. Mr. Dieters has an undergraduate degree in Business Education, and a law degree both from Michigan State University. He has consulted with over 4,000 small business owners in all 50 states.
He speaks as a volunteer on behalf of The Fremont Group. Through his speaking and through “Minding My Own Business Workshops” presented by Dieters and other volunteers affiliated with The Fremont Group, appropriate owners are identified, affiliated professionals are identified to work with those owners, and the fees of those professionals are subsidized by The Fremont Group. The professionals spend two half-day sessions with the owner to determine an Action Plan to address their specific needs and then establish a long-term, out-sourced management, relationship with the owner and the company. They work within the Code of Ethics which is posted on this site which includes the specific agreement that if the client is not satisfied they don’t have to pay.
Sponsoring chambers or groups are not charged for Mr. Dieters as a speaker, however expenses for engagements outside of the Denver metropolitan area are requested. As a main source of funding for The Fremont Group is the sale of Mr. Dieters’ book, we request that the book be available for sale at the event and Mr. Dieters or TFG affiliates will be available for follow up. Organizations are permitted to charge and use the event as a fundraiser.