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Southeast Iowa Union to host 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes

Luncheon aimed at connecting local business professionals with new concepts

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The Southeast Iowa Union will host a 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes luncheon at the KC Hall in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 20. Guest speakers will share concepts they have gathered throughout their careers that have proved to help them in their success.
Union file photo The Southeast Iowa Union will host a 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes luncheon at the KC Hall in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 20. Guest speakers will share concepts they have gathered throughout their careers that have proved to help them in their success.

WASHINGTON — The Southeast Iowa Union will host a luncheon full of advice and suggestions for local business people during the 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Matt Bryant, Publisher of the Southeast Iowa Union, said the afternoon is designed for business people who are open to new ideas and concepts.

Six local speakers, Leslie Allender, owner of Repurpose It and Co-Owner of Carson’s Plumbing and Heating Services; Eric Hahn, managing partner of Bazooka-Farmstar Inc; Mike Huston, territory manager at Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.; Janelle Johnson, first vice president and commercial banking officer at Hills Bank; Michelle Redlinger, executive director of the Washington Chamber of Commerce; and Jennine Wolf, Director of the Washington County Health Department, will be featured.

“We try to get a mix of men and women in varying industries. This year we have manufacturing, nonprofit, financial and a couple of ag folks so we try do different sectors in business,” he said.

The speakers will each come up with 10 ideas that have proved successful for them professionally. At the event, all 10 of their ideas will be published into a magazine that will then be given to all attendees, he said.

Each speaker will have 10 minutes to discuss their concepts and explain how they have helped them professionally. Bryant said the luncheon will allow for a flow of ideas as well as networking.

“It’s more or less a business opportunity so it’s business people talking to business people,” he said. “Hopefully people can get ideas they can take back to their own business that will help them grow and be more successful.”

Having been to this event before, he has gathered ideas himself that can be implemented back into his own line of work. Bringing people together to help build a foundation of successful business people in the community is what the day is all about, he said.

“I think it’s important that business people talk to each other and help each other out because we’re all in this together. The more we can help each other out the better and we’re just glad we can facilitate this so that people have at least one more opportunity to network, get to know each other and learn from each other,” he said.

The luncheon will be held at the KC Hall, 606 West Third Street, in Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 20. Networking will begin at 11 a.m. with the speakers beginning at 11:30 a.m. and wrapping up at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.eventbrite.com/e/60-ideas-in-60-minutes-washington-iowa-tickets-83674172703