A new event geared toward nonprofits, small businesses and organizations with boards will be held May 22 and 23 at Moraine Park Technical College  in Beaver Dam.

“Trained to Serve: Staying Sane in an Insane World,” ahas been organized by area executive directors and members on nonprofits interesting in improving skill needed in the service industry and small business.

The focus is on education, sustainability and networking.

 Two recongized featured speakers include John Gillespie, founder of Rawhide Boys Ranch, and John McHugh, motivational speaker from Kwik Trip Inc.

The event begins on May 22 at 12:30 p.m. and continuesuntil 6:45 p.m. May 23, speakers it will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. with a choice of break out sessions.

Highlights include sessions on creative fundraising, networking, marketing, collaborations, conflict management, human resources troubleshooting and leadership.

A full schedule can be emailed or mailed to those interested by contacting Karla Jensen, BDAAA executive director, at 885-3635, or requesting a brochure atbdaaa@seippelcenter.com.

There is a registration fee, with reduced rates for groups of six or more from one business or organization. Individuals may register for both days at $50, which includes Wednesday dinner and Thursday lunch.

Groups may register with six or more attending at the lower rate of $25 per person for the entire event.  Register by May 1 and save.

Organizations assisting with planning “Trained to Serve” are Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Beaver Dam Area Arts, PAVE, First Lutheran Church, The Watermark and Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Moraine Park Technical College and the YMCA. Any of the organizations can provide more information or a brochure.

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