Preconference Details

Morning Workshops

89Forward Sponsors can send staff to Pre-Conference workshops for FREE – use Promo Code “89Forward” when registering.

9:00am -12:00pm

Intentional Leadership Workshop    $15

Leadership is somehow simultaneously the easiest and most challenging thing to get right personally, professionally, and everywhere in between.  This workshop will walk you through the foundations of leadership, the important things to know when working and communicating with your team, and how to shine in action.  The three hours will focus on the following topics:

  • Know Yourself, Know Your Role: Embark on an enlightening and gratifying journey that introduces leadership through the lens of self-reflection and self-awareness.
  • Effective Communication: Whether “too nice”, “too difficult”, or some odd combination in between, everyone will take something constructive away from this communication workshop.
  • Leadership in Action: How do the best leaders make it look so effortless? What are they doing that we’re missing?

Joey Smith, Presenter

Basic Excel for Business   CANCELLED

This pre-conference workshop has been cancelled. The Basic Excel for Business workshop will be offered at a later date this Spring.

Join the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff to learn basics of using Excel.  During the class we will create an Excel Cash Flow template that you can use for your business.

Cindy Scott, Presenter

Afternoon Workshops

1:30 – 4:00pm

QuickBooks – Tips & Tricks  CANCELLED

This pre-conference workshop has been cancelled. The QuickBooks – Tips & Tricks workshop will be offered at a later date this Spring.

QuickBooks can be tricky!  Learn tips and tricks in QuickBooks that will help you save time and effort managing your business.  The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff will share fun ways to simplify your bookkeeping tasks.

Cindy Scott, Presenter

Using Power for Good (Business)   $15

Creating and sustaining a local business landscape where new and established enterprises can thrive involves building community — between businesses as well as between that sector and schools, neighborhoods, nonprofits, government and customers. In this session, we will explore the ways power, and access to it, can shape our communities. Attendees will develop tools and skills to effectively listen to differing perspectives, to consider lived experiences in addition to professional and educational ones, and to identify situations that can unintentionally alienate others with impacts that matter to your business. From finding and keeping employees to earning customers’ loyalty, the culture you create within your own business and as part of the greater community matters. Who has the power in your operations and in your nearest networks? How are you interacting with those who don’t? Find out how to know and how to help secure a prosperous future for your community.


Kimber Lanning,  CEO, Local First Arizona

Jenna Rowell, Director of Rural Development, Arizona Rural Development Council

Rafael Tapia, Vice President of Programs, Partnership with Native Americans