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Dan Beenken

Title: Manager, Innovation Incubator / Director, SBDC- University of Northern Iowa

Dan was originally part of the brain-drain phenomenon of young people moving out of Iowa to stake their claims in other places. He lasted about nine years in Minneapolis before the roots of home yanked him back to Iowa. He had truly forgotten how much he missed this place and the great people who call it home. Dan manages all things innovative at the University of Northern Iowa. As such, he is responsible for the new Innovation Incubator at the University of Northern Iowa. In addition, he regularly consults with entrepreneurs and small businesses, helping them grow their ventures and reduce their risks. Dan started off with a BS from Iowa State and also has an MBA from the University of Minnesota.


Lars Peterson


Lars Peterson is a proven management and consulting professional with a wide range of “hands-on” experience. Lars’ experience includes senior management roles in manufacturing, technology and higher education. He has worked with business owners and presented on a variety of topics including business succession, conflict resolution, marketing and public relations, strategic planning and organizational development.

In Lars' current role as Chief Operating Officer at Transition Point Business Advisors, he regularly advises clients on how to successfully navigate through difficult business transitions. These transitions can be related to business succession, staff changes, loss (or gain) of a major customer - or any other significant transition in the business. Lars is certified as a “Crucial Conversations” trainer and is the recipient of the Association of Small Business Development Center’s “State Star” award, Iowa State University’s “CYtation Award” for commitment to excellence.


Join Dan Beenken and Lars Peterson in this webinar covering succession planning. Topics covered in this session will include:

Strategic Planning - Ensuring you have the people and processes in place to make a transition work. 
Cash Flow - Healthy cash flow is integral to any scale, we'll help you get there.
Road Map - Starting early gives you more options when the time for exit comes around. We focus on those early stage activities, building a plan, and working with you to move through it.

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Media Date: Sep 16, 2015

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