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Hire, Train, Motivate & Retain: Creative Employee Management Strategies for Small Business

Wed., January 20, 2021 from 9:00 – 10:00 am via Zoom

How can you transform your small business into an exceptional place to work that attracts, retains, and motivates employees to be their very best? No matter the size of your business, it’s crucial to hire motivated employees to build a strong team. Even after you bring on solid candidates, the work isn’t over. Retaining your most valued employees is integral to running a successful business. 

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Learning Objectives:  

  • Develop smart hiring strategies
  • Discover the value of investment in training and professional development
  • Explore best practices and tips to keep employees motivated
  • Gain an understanding of the motivators that increase employee retention
  • Discuss Lanesboro community assets that support employee engagement
  • Consider how to promote these assets to attract employees


Rebecca Rowe is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) with a demonstrated history of working in the local government and previously in manufacturing. Skilled in benefits administration, recruiting, employee relations and employment law. Strong human resources professional with a Master of Science – MS focused in Training and Human Resource Development from University of Wisconsin-Stout. Rebecca Rowe

Julie Kiehne is an administrative professional with 30 years’ experience in educational, managerial, and executive roles. Serving as Winona State University’s Business Outreach Coordinator, she is committed to delivering high quality, customized training programs tailored to improve organizations’ vitality in the region. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Mankato State University, and her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Winona State University. Julie Kiehne

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Farmers this ones for you!

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Calling all MN-based farmers, agricultural entrepreneurs, and food businesses! 

You are invited to apply to join the Harvest Entrepreneur Network (HEN), a free technical assistance program led by Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA). Through HEN, CEDA’s professional staff will provide free, one-on-one coaching to help with everything from crafting business plans to writing grants to deploy strategies for marketing. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but spots are limited so apply today.

The HEN program also recently launched a number of free online resources, including recorded webinars on marketing, grant writing, and legal issues, as well as a new HEN Toolkit that covers many of the common issues agricultural entrepreneurs face. To access these resources and apply for free business coaching and assistance, visit This program is made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

CEDA is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization dedicated to innovative community development practices and business growth in small towns. To learn more about HEN or CEDA, please contact Courtney Bergey Swanson at or 507-251-9272.