Washington Evening Journal presents 60 ideas in 60 minutes luncheon

A luncheon full of ideas will be presented to area residents during the “60 Ideas in 60 Minutes” event where six area businesses leaders will present 10 ideas and strategies they have found to be successful.

The event, hosted by The Washington Evening Journal, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the KC Hall in Washington. A social and networking period will take place from 11-11:30 a.m. with the luncheon and presentation immediately following from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.

Matt Bryant, publisher for The Journal, said this is a first for the company but is looking forward to having the opportunity to share ideas and learn new ways to help businesses grow stronger.

“It’s a good opportunity to bring the business community together,” he said. “There are a lot of businesses in Washington 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.”

The diverse panel is made up of Craig Jones, owner of Ace-N-More; Karen Kuhlman, manager at Don’s Jewelry and Design; Robyn Harvey-Smith, marketing director at Hospice of Washington County; Heidi Vittetoe, general manager at Vittetoe Pork; David Bruns, financial adviser at Edward Jones; and Todd Patterson, CEO of Washington County Hospital and Clinics.

Bruns said in his line of work, he does events like this often within his own company, but to have the opportunity to speak with other business leaders in the area is unique. He said he sees it as an opportunity to grow the bond between businesses in the community.

“To do this as a community event and have it a little more broad-based is exciting,” he said. “To do this as a group format to a group of business leaders within our community, to me, that’s just another level.”

Bruns said he feels the event will offer other area business professionals the chance to network and garner tips and helpful strategies they may not have tried within their own workplaces.

“I think anybody in any business is always striving to get better, so that’s really what these types of sessions do,” he said. “You get a little belief system out of this.”

Jones does not do events like this often but said he is looking forward to the opportunity to both speak and learn because growing the community is his passion.

“Businesses grow communities,” he said. “So if you don’t have businesses, you don’t have communities.”

Creating strong bonds through networking and idea sharing is the goal, according to Bryant, who said he is looking forward to hearing impactful strategies from other area business professionals.

“By sharing different strategies we are all better off,” he said.

Every individual who attends the event will be given a magazine with all 60 ideas inside. To purchase tickets for the event, visit: For more information or help with further questions contact Matt Bryant or Julie Scott at The Journal: 319-653-2191.