Recipe for Business Success – Worth Attending!

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My counterpart in Cedar Rapids, Curt Nelson, is presenting a one day seminar here in the Des Moines area next Wednesday November 3rd.  I have personally attended this program twice in the past and found it to be truly compelling.  Curt has written a companion book as well.  If you can make it, I encourage you to attend.  Details and links are below. 

The Business Success Seminar, sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau, is based on Curtis Nelson’s The Recipe® for Business Success book and seminar series and is uniquely designed to help Iowa entrepreneurs uncover opportunities for improving their business. The one-day seminar is guaranteed to provoke valuable strategic thinking—whether you are a corporate executive or a start-up entrepreneur. With over twenty presentations across multiple years, this seminar is consistently scored an “A” by attendees.

Many, if not most companies, no matter how successful or established, run out of balance. That lack of balance is either never addressed or dealt with only when the outcome is unbearable. The net cost to the organization is lost opportunity, and in some cases the demise of the business altogether.

In this engaging seminar, you will explore the foundation of a quality business “Recipe.” You will learn from Nelson’s 30+ years of experience as well as the experiences of others around you. You will be able to apply what you learn directly to your business. You will identify multiple areas of opportunity within your company for improvement. And, you will leave with actionable steps to guide your business success. Visit for more details on the seminar content. General topics that the seminar covers include:
            -Strategic Fit – finding the best market fit for your product.
            -Business Planning – writing and implementing a plan that works.
            -Balanced Executive Teams – what they are and how to develop them.
            -Great Leadership – what it is and why it’s critical to success.
            -Resources – what you need to improve your business.

This is not your typical “sit and listen while you do your e-mail” seminar. The presentation is engaging and the blend of business theory and real-world history is educational and humorous.

A fifty page workbook with seminar content as well as note sections help guide you through this thought provoking day by experienced presenter Curtis Nelson. You will hear real-world “did-it-right” as well as “did-it-wrong” stories and spend time in group study activities to expand the learning experience.

At the end of each seminar track, you will have the ability to score your business against the curriculum, ultimately ending the day with a “Report Card” outlining actionable opportunities for improvement.

Nelson, a seasoned entrepreneur and three-time veteran of Inc. magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies, brings leadership and a proven process of working through the essential business ingredients for successful growth. Nelson is current President & CEO of the Entrepreneurial Development Center (

Seminar Details:

When: Wednesday, November 3rd (Registration from 7:45 to 8:15; Seminar: 8:15 to 3:15)
Where:  Iowa Farm Bureau Auditorium, 5400 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266      
**Attendees should park in the visitor section and enter the building to sign in at the guard desk.
Cost: Free (Sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau)
Register: Visit or call (800) 254-9670      

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