SME regularly provides members with insights from Twin Cities’ business leaders and experts in their fields. SME’s Lunch and Learn Series delivers ideas, strategies, tactics and approaches that help members stay ahead of their competition and on track with their growth goals.

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CANCELLED - TALENT OPTIMIZATION; Business Strategy+Human Analytics=Business Results

Marni Hockenberg and M.E.G. Roy

Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Doubletree Hotel – St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park MN




Building Customer Loyalty Through Problem Solving with Bill Hellkamp

Bill Hellkamp

Friday, February 21, 2020, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Doubletree Hotel – St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park MN




Empathy: Your marketing (and lead generation) superpower by Brian Carroll

Brian Carroll

Friday, January 17, 2020, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Doubletree Hotel – St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park MN


Special Events

“Learning Never Stops” – Youth Education Day

On November 21st, SME hosted its annual Youth Education Day, a collaboration with local high school DECA clubs. Students who are interested in sales and marketing careers came together with professionals in these fields for a morning of learning that included:

  • Working in teams to develop mock marketing campaigns and presenting the campaign to their peers and business professionals
  • Learning from panel discussions of accomplished sales and marketing leaders
  • Getting their “burning questions” about sales and marketing careers answered
  • Hearing a keynote presentation from John Baker, author of The Asking Formula

In place for over 25 years, this year’s Youth Education Day included approximately 100 students from six area high schools. It was an inspiring morning and something we recommend all SME members attend in the future!

SME Peer Groups

To supplement the 7:44 Breakfast Series, SME members have the opportunity to participate in small peer group discussions. Peer groups allow members to openly discuss their business challenges, gain valuable insight from other business leaders and engage in peer-to-peer learning.

SME currently offers two peer groups – one focused on leadership issues and the other driven by members’ interests and business challenges. All peer groups are conducted in a confidential manner, allowing members the opportunity to candidly share their trials, successes and current issues. Experienced leaders facilitate the groups, giving members an opportunity to address their business challenges and add input to the value of the conversation. The cost of participation in peer groups is included with your annual SME membership.

For more information, contact Jason Curtis at

“I am a member of SME MN to continuously grow professionally and personally. I believe we live in a ‘grow or die’ world. The SME 7:44 a.m. breakfasts continue to bring both new ideas and reminders regarding how to be a more effective leader; how to grow your business. The roundtables provide a forum to learn from the best practices of peers along with the development of more friendships.”

Ron Strand, Owner
Resource Connections