• CMMA March Meeting

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    Name: CMMA March Meeting
    Date: March 28, 2019
    Time: 7:15 AM - 10:00 AM CDT
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:

    CMMA Breakfast Meeting on March 28: tour Beaver Island Production facility, speaker on attracting and retaining employees 

    Topic:  We're Hiring!  Now What??
    Speaker: Michele Neale, Enterprise Minnesota

    Michele Neale

    Manufacturers know that the growing skills gap means they can no longer count on hiring applicants who will have the exact skills they need. Instead, they urgently need to attract talent, invest in development of new and current employees, and keep an eye on retention. Equally important, manufacturers need to focus on the essential business competencies that comprise leadership skills. With the millennials representing the largest demographic in the labor pool, how can we attract and retain good talent?
    Please join us to learn insights about attracting, investing in, and retaining talent and the steps necessary to develop a successful development program. Upon completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

    • Define the A.I.R. model

    • Understand the talent management life cycle

    • Indentify 6 steps to developing a talent development program

    • Create an action plan

    Michele Neale is a business growth consultant who works with manufacturers throughout the state to help them build a stronger company culture and develop effective leaders at all levels of their business. With an exceptional track record of implementing talent and leadership strategies, Michele knows how to help manufacturers engage and empower their employees to achieve operational excellence and drive profitable growth. 

    Prior to joining Enterprise Minnesota, Michele served as a human resources leader for Massman Automation Designs, LLC in Villard, MN and as a senior leader in training and development for Tastefully Simple in Alexandria, MN.  

    A resident of Alexandria, Michele previously sat on the board of directors for the Lakes and Pines Girl Scout Council. Outside of work, Michele enjoys spending time with her family, camping, golfing, boating and volunteering with numerous local organizations.


    TOUR: Beaver Island Brewing - Production Facility

    Beaver Island Brewing Co. is an up and coming brewery in St. Cloud, MN.  Co-Founders Nick Barth and Matt Studer took up homebrewing together back in 2013.  After a year of homebrewing, Nick and Matt found that they really enjoyed making beer, so much so that they wanted to turn it into their profession and start up a brewery.  Nick and Matt began the process of business planning in early 2014 and finally opened Beaver Island Brewing Co. in 2015, making it St. Cloud’s only local craft brewery if you don’t count the brewery/restaurant chain Granite City.  To help them create exceptional beer recipes, they brought on Chris Laumb as Beaver Island’s Brew Master.  For their location they chose the storefront that used to house the iconic Bo Diddley’s Deli in Downtown St. Cloud.

    Since opening, Beaver Island has already found great success with the community of St. Cloud and is quickly becoming one of the must stop places for visitors.  Their original thought was that they would be able to get by with the storefront brewery for 5 years before they would have to consider finding more space.  They soon found that assumption to be wrong because just after a year and a half of being open they were starting to fall behind on demand with their limited production size.

    In 2017, Beaver Island opened a production brewery that would increase their brewing capacity and incorporate a canning line.   The production brewery is where they plan on producing all their beer for distribution, while they still have the Downtown location for the face of the company and more experimental brewing.  With this new facility they have expanded their distribution to the Minneapolis St. Paul Minnesota area as well as Fargo and Grand Forks of North Dakota. They produced 3,300 barrels of beer in 2017 and set a goal for 5,000 for 2018.

    *Closed toed shoes and long pants are recommended for the tour.

    Meeting Location:
    Coyote Moon Grille
    480 - 55th Avenue SE
    St. Cloud, MN  56304

    Tour Location:
    401 Electron Drive
    St. Cloud, MN  56304
    Date/Time Information:
    7:15 Registration
    7:30 Breakfast Meeting
    9:00 Tour of Beaver Island Brewing
    Contact Information:
    Includes full breakfast. CMMA requests remittance for all reservations not canceled prior to the meeting. 
    *If a company is a CMMA member, ALL employees are eligible to attend at the member rate. Special needs? Contact Tina at Tina@MidwestManufacturers.com or 800-654-5773

    Invite A Guest! CMMA members are encouraged to bring a potential member from another company as a one time FREE guest! Contact Tina-Tina@MidwestManufacturers.com to take advantage of this opportunity. 

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