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Business Essentials for Startups

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Dominick Grande
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Corporate & Securities Attorney

Dominick is an attorney in the Corporate & Securities group at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. He works with business owners and entrepreneurs on business formation, equity financings, mergers & acquisitions, employment and consulting contracts, corporate governance and other general corporate needs. He works with both startups and investors in connection with venture capital financings.

Brett Howells
Choice Bank, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer

Brett started his banking career in 2008. That career started with a little over 8 years at Wells Fargo, holding a variety of experiences in different areas of the Bank. He has now found his home in community banking at Choice Bank (formerly Venture Bank), an organization that is passionate about doing the right thing and providing the best there is when it comes to service. He is passionate about working with business clients to establish meaningful, long-term relationships. Every client is treated with a custom, hands-on approach because no two businesses are exactly alike, and there shouldn’t be a “one size fits all” mentality in Banking. He truly cares about results, and that means constantly striving to ensure his clients are happy and that he is doing something to add value to the relationship. Some areas of expertise include: Business Lines of Credit, Real Estate, SBA lending, Acquisitions, Equipment, and Non-profits. Choice Bank also have a dedicated cash management team, and a robust suite of deposit products. They are a full service, relationship-based community Bank and they pride themselves on a #PeopleFirst approach - answers are quick, decisions are made locally, and banking solutions are customized.

Abby Bishop
Choice Bank, Cash Management Officer

Abby has been in Banking for 4 years and have been with Choice Bank (formerly Venture Bank) from the start. Her area of expertise is in the Deposit and Cash Management area of Banking. Choice’s #PeopleFirst is something that Abby's bring into every encounter she has with Choice's current and future clients. She is passionate about helping businesses, and the people who run them, by providing accurate and efficient solutions. Abby's goal is to make day to day banking the best for each specific entity based on how they operate.

Derek Leupke
Choice Insurance, Agent

Choice Insurance is a leader in the industry and our premium volume puts us in the top 10% of agencies in MN. Our size allows us to conduct extensive market searches for you, searches that lead to a more competitive and comprehensive insurance program. The choice is clear, as we have high level experience, dedicated staff and the genuine desire to establish a long-term working relationship that will meet your diverse needs. All types/lines of insurance are available and we have more contracts with carriers than most to get you the best policy. Let me prove it to you and I'll be your servicing agent as well. I'm your one stop shop, with 17 years of experience, as my primary goal is to provide you with competitive pricing, comprehensive coverage and a level of service that is unequaled in the industry. My philosophy is to represent your interests as though they were our own – and in many ways, they are. I've earned the trust and respect of many different companies/clients and welcome the opportunity to earn yours. [email protected] 952-996-8817

John Nelson
Eide Bailly LLP, Partner

John is a Tax Partner at Eide Bailly and has been with the firm for over 15 years. John works with clients to manage an ever-increasingly complex tax environment. Whether that means handling tax return preparation or providing assistance of strategic importance, John eases the burden associated with understanding and dealing with complex tax issues. When he's away from work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He also is a competitive racquetball player and competes annually in a national racquetball tournament.

Loralee Wick
Salo, Senior Managing Director

When it comes to Salo’s finance function, hardly anybody knows it better than Loralee Wick. Loralee has spent more than a decade working for Salo in a variety of finance-related roles. After starting as a finance consultant, she became a Salo business development director (BDD) and rose up the ranks. Today, Loralee is senior managing director, finance for our two biggest markets—Minneapolis and Chicago, where she drives growth and ensures opportunities for our consultants.

Before Salo, Loralee worked at EY as a manager in expatriate tax services, Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur as assistant controller, and Deloitte as a senior accountant. She earned her accounting degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth and completed graduate coursework at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. She is a certified public accountant (inactive).

Loralee is currently a finance committee member for The Arc Minnesota, an organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the past, Loralee has been a board member for HandsOn Twin Cities and served as treasurer for Companies to Classrooms.

David Russick
Gopher Angels, Managing Director

David Russick – bio

David Russick is an established entrepreneur and angel investor. Russick is co-founder, Managing Director, and Board Member of Gopher Angels, an investment organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and early stage businesses in the state of Minnesota and throughout the Midwest.

Russick was also founder and CEO of TUBS, Inc., a family owned waste and recycling business operating in the Twin Cities, Denver and Cleveland,

Russick co-founded Bagster, LLC, a nationwide waste services company. He served as President and Board Member prior to Bagster’s acquisition by a Fortune 500 company.

In addition, Russick serves on the Board of Advisors for the Dakota Venture Group, a student managed angel fund. David is an advisor and co-teaches the Atland Fund. The Atlund Fund is a student managed early stage fund within the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Russick has been featured in the “Star Tribune,” “Twin Cities Business,” and the “Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.” “Twin Cities Business” named him a “2014 People to Know – Finance.” In 2010, Bagster was named by “Ad Age” as one of the 10 Hottest Brands in the U.S. TUBS, Inc. was selected by City Business in 1998 as a “50 Fastest Growing Private Company.” Russick is a patent holder.

Russick is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. He earned a Master of International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with extension studies at Oxford University, Oxford England.

Recently, David has served as a growth strategy consultant for several startups.

Contact: [email protected]

Justin Balfany
TriNet, Technology Sales Consultant

Business essentials for startups will include expert discussions regarding legal terms for a funding raise, insurance options, accounting & tax questions, how to attract team members with limited resources, how investors evaluate startups, what legal formation is best for my company and more. There will be time for questions.

Topic: Business Essentials for Startups
Time: Sep 21, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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