FREE Government Contracting Fair Registration Now Open!

From the SBA…

Your Chance to Get Contracts is at the Upcoming SADBOC Procurement Fair

For 18 years, the Federal Executive Board of Minnesota’s Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council, lead by SBA’s Randy Czaia, has hosted a procurement fair that is FREE to the public and boasts over 70 government agencies and private entities looking for great contractors and businesses to work with.  

The fair also feature 21 government contracting related workshops plus pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with government and corporate buyers.

April 27 in Brooklyn Center, MN

Register now to join the 500+ business owners who attend every year to meet contracting representatives and attend workshops, have a matchmaking session with those reps and more.  

Register at:

Small Business Payments Toolkit: What Small Businesses Need to Know about Payments and Fighting Fraud

From the SBA…

The Small Business Payments Toolkit educates small businesses and their advisors on the benefits of using electronic payment types such as Automated Clearing House credits and debits, wire transfers, and credit and debit cards instead of checks. It offers tips on working with bankers to improve payments processes and explains how to get started making and receiving electronic payments. The newly updated Toolkit provides practical fraud prevention and mitigation tips including education and training for employees to avoid payments fraud.

Download this free resource here.

Webinar April 11: Money Now, Money Later: The ABCs of Financing Your Small Business and Building Your Retirement

Join us for a free webinar to help you navigate the funding landscape and finance the growth of your small business. We will focus on microloans, crowdfunding, online lenders and guarding against predatory lending. Growing your business also means securing your finances, so we will provide an overview of common retirement paths for small business owners and employees.

Upcoming Dates and Times:
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – 11:00 AM PST / 2:00 PM EDT

Register Today!

JA summer camps teach kids about entrepreneurship and STEM careers

JA Summer Camps provide a unique opportunity for students entering grades 4-8 to participate in a fun, interactive and educational camp experience. The June session introduces kids to STEM careers; the July session will appeal to the young entrepreneur.


  • STEM Camp 
    Monday-Thursday, June 19-22, 2017
  • Young Entrepreneur’s Camp
    Monday-Thursday, July 24-27, 2017


  • 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (daily)8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (extended day)


  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
    Maplewood, MN (directions)
    NOTE: Transportation not provided


  • $185 per session; $350 for both
  • $15 discount to JA teachers and volunteers
  • $40 additional for extended day

Webinar April 5: Access to Capital 101: Funding Options to Start and Grow Your Business

Are you having trouble obtaining funding for your business? Through these free national webinars, we will help you navigate the funding landscape and connect you with resources to help you obtain the capital needed to start and grow your business.

Upcoming Dates and Times:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT

Register Today!

JA can help your kids make smart money decisions

JA My Way is a free online resource loaded with tips and tools to help students take control of their financial future:

  • Explore buying a car and saving for college 
  • Get tips to start a business 
  • Put your career on the express track by taking the Personality Quiz and then finding job matches
  • Create professional resumes

Simply create a free account to access these resources. Sign up at

Madison Kiwanis Five Course Dinner April 22

Looks like a fun event!

Madison Kiwanis Red Carpet Event

  • Saturday April 22, 2017
  • 6:00 pm at Madison VFW

Enjoy a five course dinner and entertainment by Madison native Greg Wasberg’s MapleStreet Band featuring folk, classic rock, bluegrass, original songs and more.

Tickets $25.00. Available at KLQP radio. (Purchase tickets by April 14, 2017.)

Cocktail attire.