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Mt. Pleasant News hosts 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes luncheon

Networking event being held at Airport Road Vineyard on March 28

Henry County residents can walk away with 60 tips from area professionals for how to strengthen their business at a first-ever networking luncheon — 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes — hosted by The Mt. Pleasant News.

In 60 minutes, attendees will learn the top 10 business tips from six business leaders and entrepreneurs in Henry County. Each presenter will share proven practices, programs or philosophies that can help strengthen a business, and attendees will walk away with a program that includes all 60 ideas.

60 Ideas in 60 Minutes is Thursday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Airport Road Vineyard at 2555 Lexington Avenue in Mt. Pleasant. Registration and networking is from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The program begins at 11:30 a.m.

This is a first-time event for The Mt. Pleasant News. Matt Bryant, publisher, said he is looking forward to having the opportunity to share ideas and find new ways to help local businesses grow stronger.

“It’s a good opportunity to bring the business community together,” Bryant said. “There are a lot of businesses in Mt. Pleasant that are all very diverse in that there’s a wide range of businesses, but there are a lot of business practices that fly across the board and if we can all help each other, so much the better.”

Kristi Ray, executive vice president of the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, said 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes is the first time she had heard of any event of this kind.

“What a great opportunity to have businesses all together learning from each other,” Ray said. “I hope people will come out and hear this because where else are you going to hear from people with this many years of experience at one time?”

Ray said she is glad to be a featured speaker and is looking forward to what she will learn from other speakers like Robb Gardner, CEO of Henry County Health Center, and Carla McNamee, director of finance at Hearth and Home Technologies, and Tim Egli, owner of Egli Landscapes Inc.

Ray said when she saw who else was speaking she thought, “Man, I could learn from this group.”

“Sometimes we get so focused on day-to-day business, that we forget you always have to take time to learn,” Ray said

One of Ray’s ideas she will speak on is having an attitude of yes. Ray said sometimes an idea seems so crazy that there is no way a business can incorporate it, but they have to start with “we will try.”

“Sometimes in the end that ‘no’ is the answer, but you don’t want to start with a ‘no.’ You want to start with a ‘yes,’” Ray said.

People need to welcome new thoughts or ideas with a positive attitude, look into it and see if it is plausible, Ray said.

Ray’s 30 years of Chamber work have taught her that it’s better to lose a team member along the way for trying something new than doing nothing at all.

“I think people get so scared of the failure and the criticism that they don’t do anything,” Ray said. “You never know what’s going to help our community.”

John Henriksen, superintendent of the Mt. Pleasant Community School District, is another featured speaker at 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes.

Henriksen encouraged local professionals to attend the event, saying that any time they can glean additional leadership ideas, skills or strategies they should do so.

“It’s a good way to get some professional development,” Henriksen said. “You can learn so very much from other people in leadership roles, dealing with some of the same things you’re dealing with in your organization.”

One of Henriksen’s ideas he will speak on is investing in the leadership of others.

“Let your leadership purpose be the leadership development of others,” Henriksen said. “We need to be investing in the leadership in others and sharing skills with them. They need to know you believe that they can do what you do.”

Henriksen said the format of 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes is “intriguing.” People can attend the luncheon knowing they will hear six professionals share their top 10 business tips.

“Maybe there’s something I can implement ... I’m always learning,” Henriksen said.

Tickets can be purchased online at 60ideasin60minutesmtpleasant.eventbrite.com. Questions can be directed to Matt Bryant at 319-385-3131.