In an effort to gage the views of business
leaders, TwinWest produces a monthly business
ballot on various issues. Results below are from
our Legislative Breakfast on April 10, 2009,
featuring CEO Brian Fontes Ph.D., National
Emergency Number Association, and Professor
Arthur Harkins, University of Minnesota. The
featured speakers focused on what the future
will hold for the business community and how
we will overcome regulatory hurdles.
What will have the biggest impact on the
future of your business/organization?
What is your forecast for the future of your
The old saying is true – government will either and spent affects you and your business. At the
do something for you or do something to you, second session of Inside Politics you’ll learn the
but it will do something. Government impacts ins and outs of Minnesota’s legislative process
Partly cloudy: 47%
your business in many ways, both large and from legislators, staff members, reporters, and
small. To be effective in today’s business climate, lobbyists.
you need to understand how government works.
With this in mind, TwinWest has designed a January
dynamic course, Inside Politics, consisting of Washington, DC is a long way away from
four half-day sessions that will teach you about Minnesota, but the actions taken by our federal
the complex relationship between business and government are felt right here. In January, you
government. You will get the inside scoop from will discover how the feds impact you and how
political pros, including elected officials from you can make sure your voice is heard.
all levels of government, longtime political
insiders, lobbyists, reporters, and Pawlenty February
Administration officials. These insiders will By February you’ll understand how policy is
unlock political secrets from city hall to the U.S. made; the final session of Inside Politics will pull
Capitol, and explain how things really work in back the curtain and unveil how elections are
language you’ll understand. won (and lost). You will learn about campaigning
from the inside out, and learn how you can affect
This unique opportunity to discover how you elections. In the end, we will pull together all of
can effectively untangle the web of government the elements from previous sessions and send
begins in October 2009. The class meets on you out into the business world as an educated
At the April Legislative Breakfast, Professor
Arthur Larkins talked about what will impact
the second Wednesday of October, November, and informed advocate!
the future of business.
January, and February from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Classroom sites will vary each month. Here’s In order to maintain a small class size, space is
what on the schedule: limited to 30 participants.
October Early registration special—on or before
Often local units of government – city councils, September 15, 2009
school boards and county boards – can have • TwinWest member: $350
the largest impact on your business. In the first • Nonmember: $400
month of our program, you’ll be exposed to the
inner workings of local government, and find Registration after September 15, 2009
out how cities, counties, and school districts are • TwinWest member: $395
operated and funded. • Nonmember: $495
November To register or get more information, contact Bryan
Brian Fontes, Ph.D. focused on the forecasts
Minnesota’s state government oversees a $17 Lake at email@example.com
or (763) 450-2225.
for business and how we will communicate,
billion annual budget. How that money is raised including the adoption of wireless technology.
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