Meet With Employers and Find Great Career Opportunities!

Thursday, March 30
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Eagan Civic Center
3870 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN

Find Map and Driving Directions here.

Over 100 employers will attend with open positions
in all skill levels and industries!

Find the list of attending employers. 

109 Employers

For those who need an accommodation to attend this event, please call 651-259-7169.

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  • Hosted by: Augsburg College
  • Featured Presentation: Legislative Update with George Shardlow

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Join the MNBLN and George Shardlow of the Minnesota Council on Disability to discuss the 2017 state legislative session, including guidance regarding ADA lawsuits, ongoing implementation of the Olmstead Plan, and other hot button issues in the legislature impacting employers and employees with disabilities. 

Speaker Bio:

George Shardlow serves as Legislative Coordinator for the Minnesota State Council on Disability. He brings years of experience in Legislative Affairs, having worked both in legislative offices and a high profile lobbying firm. George is an alumnus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and he holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
  • Time: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Place:

Augsburg College
Marshall Room, Christensen Center
720 22nd Avenue South,
Minneapolis, MN 55454 

Visitor parking passes will be available to those who RSVP.

Cost: Members: Free (for member companies and their employees); Non-members: $20 per person

Call-in option available, number will be provided to those that RSVP. 

Prospective MNBLN members are welcome to attend their first meeting free. For details, contact info@mnbln.org.  RSVP deadline: February 6, 2017 (5 p.m.)

To RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mnbln-february-2017-member-meeting-tickets-31541115325

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If you need an accommodation to attend or participate in this meeting, please contact info@mnbln.org at least 5 days prior to the event with your request.

Not a member? JOIN NOW. http://www.mnbln.org/membership  Feel free to forward to others who support disability inclusion in the workforce. Thank you and see you on February 8th!

Mark Ellson, CEO of JEMNI, Inc. and Cindy Ulven, CEO of Accelerated Engraving & Signage LLC, gave a wonderful talk on their experiences becoming certified as a Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) by the USBLN. Their contact information and links to their respective presentations are listed below.

We’ve also included information about an upcoming webinar hosted by the USBLN geared to help companies access and browse their DOBE network.

Mark R. Ellson
CEO, JEMNI Inc.
M: 612-670-4397
mark@jemnitechnology.com
sales@jemnitechnology.com
www.jemnitechnology.com

Cindy Ulven
CEO, Accelerated Engraving & Signage
218-483-4301
1-866-483-4301
AES@arvig.net
www.aengraving.com

Hosted by: 3M

Featured Presentation: Supplier Diversity – Working with Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBE)

Join Mark Ellson (President and CEO at JEMNI Inc.) and Cindy Ulven (President and CEO at Accelerated Engraving and Signage, LLC) as they share their experiences as Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBEs).

We will hear about their respective companies, how they became a certified DOBE, and their recommendations for accessing and leveraging DOBEs as part of your Supplier Diversity initiatives.

George Foley (Marketing & Business Development Manager at 3M) will talk about the US Business Leadership Network’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program, his experience working with DOBEs, and 3M’s initiatives aimed at improving supplier diversity.

Bio:

Mark Ellson, President and CEO of JEMNI Inc., has a long and distinguished career of providing products and services to fortune 500 manufacturing and medical segments.  His background includes more than twenty years of progressive senior leadership in Fortune 500 and large private manufacturing companies. 

JEMNI helps companies with sourcing products and supply chain management. Mark is an Army Combat Veteran and is committed to hiring our disabled Veterans and reducing the disabled Veteran unemployment rate.  

Cindy Ulven, President and CEO of Accelerated Engraving and Signage, LLC, brings over 16 years of experience using rotary engraving, laser engraving, vinyl plotters and cedar sandblasted signs. Her 38 years of sales and management experience, 2 terms representing Business serving on the MN SRC (State Rehabilitation Council), the SRC Executive Committee and owner of Extended Family House, an Adult Foster care home for residents with disabilities in Moorhead, MN has given her great insights in the disability segments of business.

Her company custom designs and manufactures ADA Braille signage, directional way finder signage, and interior/exterior signage for Architects and Engineers. Their projects consist of signing all commercial and public buildings including hospitals and healthcare facilities, schools, state colleges, apartment buildings and government buildings.

Cindy is also a National licensed provider for the Raster method of Braille and is honored to provide all the Braille signage for our National Institute of the Blind offices and state buildings in NY and Alexandria, VA. Her company also provides personalized lasered acrylic and wood award plaques for corporations, schools and businesses.

  • Date: January 11, 2017
  • Time: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Place: 3M Corporate Headquarters, 3M Center, 2501 Hudson Rd., Maplewood, MN 55144.  The meeting will be in Building 224 and held in America’s Room. Visitor parking is available north of the building entrance.   
  • Cost: Members: Free (for member companies and their employees) Non-members: $20 per person
    Call-in option available, number will be provided to those that RSVP.  

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Prospective MNBLN members are welcome to attend their first meeting free. For details, contact info@mnbln.org.  RSVP deadline: January 9, 2017 (5 p.m.)

To RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mnbln-january-2017-member-meeting-tickets-30872645915

If you need an accommodation to attend or participate in this meeting, please contact info@mnbln.org at least 5 days prior to the event with your request.

Not a member? JOIN NOW. http://www.mnbln.org/membership  Feel free to forward to others who support disability inclusion in the workforce. Thank you and see you on January 11th!

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December MNBLN Member Meeting

November 29, 2016

Please join us at the MNBLN December Member Meeting

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Hosted by: Minneapolis VA HealthCare System
Featured Presentation: Community Giving Project& Year End Celebration

At our final meeting of 2016, Minnesota Business Leadership Network will be celebrating you, our members and friends, for all the work you have done to drive diversity and carry out our mission this year.

We will also be participating in a Community Giving Project for this holiday season.  The project that we selected involves donating personal care items and putting together hygiene kits for RESOURCE consumers (including youth and adults with economic needs and those with disabilities) who are experiencing homelessness, looking for employment or just recently got a new job.

Below is a little bit about RESOURCE:

RESOURCE is a nonprofit agency that has been serving the community since 1960.  RESOURCE’s mission is to increase individual’s overall well-being through recovery, employment and career advancement.  Each year RESOURCE serves more than 18,000 people who experience barriers to education, employment and wellness, through career education, employment, and chemical and mental health services.

RESOURCE provides services in the Twin Cities metro area as well as in greater Minnesota, including Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanebec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington, Winona, and Wright counties

 Our goal is to package up to 20 hygiene kits for RESOURCE consumers in this time of need.  A list of suggested items for each kit* is included below:
  • Bar of Soap (Wrapped)
  • Washcloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Comb/Brush
  • Deodorant

*Other items can be provided if desired. Items can be travel size, full-size, or a mixture.

 We will also have some great breakfast items and fun activities for everyone to network a little and get to know each other better.  This will be an in-person meeting only.  Please RSVP as soon as possible to help us estimate our numbers and potential donations.

Date: December 14, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. – 9:30am
Location
: Minneapolis VA Health Care System, 1 Veterans Drive, Room 4T-111, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Visitor parking is available in the lots on your left when you drive up the main entrance to the VA.

The Outpatient Entrance is currently closed.  Please enter through the Main Entrance and take your first right towards the Outpatient Entrance/Elevators.  You will see the outpatient entrance and elevators on your right near the end of the hallway.  Take the elevators to the 4th floor.  4T will be directly in front of you when you exit the elevators.

Cost:

  • Members: Free (for member companies and their employees)
  • Non-members: $20 per person

Prospective MNBLN members are welcome to attend their first meeting free. For details, contact info@mnbln.org.

RSVP deadline:  December 12, 2016 (5 pm)

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To RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mnbln-december-member-meeting-tickets-29768509413  Please indicate any item(s) you will be donating so we can plan appropriately for the number of packages we will be putting together.

If you need an accommodation to attend or participate in this meeting, please contact info@mnbln.org at least 5 days prior to the event with your request.

 Not a member? JOIN NOW!http://www.mnbln.org/membership
Feel free to forward to others who support disability inclusion in the workforce. Thank you and see you on December 14th!

Hosted by: Augsburg College
Featured Presentation: Advancing the “Reasonable” in “Accommodations”

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Attendees will discuss a brief history of accommodation law, how employers and employees can work to break through stigmas associated with employees with disabilities, and will learn about effective tools employers and employees can use to work towards practical solutions.

Presenter: Jennifer Nodes, Esq.  Jackson Lewis P.C.

Jennifer Nodes is an attorney in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She devotes her practice exclusively to counseling management in a wide variety of employment matters and litigating employment claims before administrative agencies and state and federal courts.

Ms. Nodes’s litigation practice includes the defense of employers in single and multi-plaintiff actions in state and federal court on claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, non-competes and protection against unfair competition, family medical leave laws, wrongful discharge, and other employment compliance matters. In her counseling practice, Ms. Nodes regularly advises employers on issues such as best practice employment policies, employment agreements, disability and leave administration, performance management and separations, and compliance audits.

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Date:   November 9, 2016
Time:  8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Place:

Augsburg College, East Commons, Christensen Center
720 22
nd Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55454
    

Phone: 612-330-1000

Note:  This meeting is being offered as an in-person meeting only. 

Parking and Directions: The Christiansen Center is located near the intersection of 22nd Avenue and South 7 ½ street).  The accessible entrance is located on 22nd Avenue.

Parking permits will be sent to those who RSVP.

Cost:  Members: Free (for member companies and their employees); Non-members: $20 per person

Prospective MNBLN members are welcome to attend their first meeting for free.  To initiate such a request, contact info@mnbln.org. RSVP deadline: November 7, 2016 (5 p.m.)

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To RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mnbln-november-member-meeting-tickets-28946905975

If you were to need an accommodation to attend or participate in this meeting, please contact info@mnbln.org at least 5 days prior to the event with your request.

Not a member? JOIN NOW. http://www.mnbln.org/membership Feel free to forward to others who support disability inclusion in the workforce. Thank you and see you on November 9th!

2016 MNBLN Career Fair

September 21, 2016

Minnesota Business Leadership Network (MNBLN) is hosting their annual career fair event for people with disabilities called Career Connections.  The fair will connect skilled job seekers with employers for meaningful connections and employment opportunities.

  • 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Employer set up
  • 8:30 a.m. – Check-in/Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Kickoff presentation by Joyce Bender*
  • 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Career fair networking, speed interviews and resume review

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*Making Connections–What Matters Most Now and Going Forward
joyceJoyce Bender, Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

Joyce Bender, CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc., will kick off the event in speaking about what matters most now and going forward for making connections in diversifying the workforce and helping to prepare and build companies for the future.   

Want to volunteer at the event?

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The Minnesota Business Leadership Network Career Connections event is open to the public.
Registration is required to participate.

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Minnesota Business Leadership Network is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
Tax ID is 71-0947071.

For more information about MNBLN and MNBLN membership, go to www.mnbln.org/membership/

Want to volunteer at the event?

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Participants | Employers Registered for Employer Booths:

We also have resource booths for the following providers:

  • Midwest Special Services
  • Epilepsy Foundation of MN 

November MNBLN Member Meeting

November 10 @ 8:00 am9:30 am

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Please join us at the MNBLN  November Member Meeting

  • Hosted by:  Wells Fargo
  • Featured Presentation:  Supporting Veterans Past, Current and Future
  • Date:  November 10, 2015
  • Time:  8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Place:  Wells Fargo Tower – 90 S. 7th Street, Minneapolis MN, 3rd Floor
  • Cost:  Members: Free (for member companies and their employees) Non-members: $20 per person

Call-in option available, number will be provided to those that RSVP.

Prospective MNBLN members are welcome to attend their first meeting for free. For details, contact info@mnbln.org.

RSVP deadline: November 6, 2015 (5 p.m.)

To RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mnbln-november-member-meeting-tickets-19261356235

Not a member? JOIN NOW. http://www.mnbln.org/membership

Feel free to forward to others who support disability inclusion in the workforce.

Thank you and see you on November 10th!

MNBLN Career Fair 2015

September 24, 2015

Upcoming EventCareer Fair

Would you like to Volunteer at the Career Fair? Click  below!

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The Minnesota Business Leadership Network (MNBLN) is excited to announce an upcoming diversity inclusion career fair event that you don’t want to miss–MNBLN Career Fair,The ADA at 25: Minnesota Moving Forward!

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Please join us at the MNBLN September Member Meeting hosted by US Bank.

Featured Presentation:

Hidden disabilities – PTSD

Join the MNBLN as we welcome Dr. Thad Strom from the Minneapolis VA, to lead a presentation and discussion on PTSD as a hidden disability.

Dr. Strom received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Michigan State University, and following his doctorate completed a clinical research fellowship at the National Center for PTSD. He is a trainer for the VA’s PTSD treatment training initiative, and has conducted ongoing research in the areas of PTSD and traumatic brain injury. He holds administrative duties as a psychology supervisor and training director at the Minneapolis VA, while also providing services within the facility’s Employment Services program.

  • Place: Arrowhead conference room – One Meridian Crossings, Richfield, MN 55423
  • Date: September 9, 2015
  • Time: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

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Visitor parking is available in the parking ramp across from the front door. When you arrive, please check in with security and you will be escorted to the room.

Cost:

  • Members: Free (for member companies and their employees)
  • Non-members: $20 per person

Call-in option available, number will be provided to those that RSVP.

Prospective MNBLN members are welcome to attend their first meeting free. For details, contact info@mnbln.org. RSVP deadline: September 7, 2015 (5 p.m.)

Register

To RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mnbln-september-member-meeting-tickets-18187617654

Not a member? JOIN NOW. http://www.mnbln.org/membership Feel free to forward to others who support disability inclusion in the workforce. Thank you and see you on September 9th!