Strategic Business Forum IV

August 21, 2015 - Colby Schlicker

Do you ever get so bogged down in your day to-day business that you do not have the time or resources to grow your knowledge, interact with peers in the business world, or step back and look at your company in the big picture? Does it seem you are always working in the business and rarely on the business?

Lewis & Clark Bank is proud to once again offer the Strategic Business Forum to friends, clients and supporters of the bank. You may have heard of professional peer advisory groups such as EO, Vistage, and many of the like. Groups like these have been huge factors in the success of the Bank’s founders and employees, and ultimately the Bank itself. Interaction with business peers is still part of our formula for success.

This Forum will focus on “Achieving Operational Excellence”. It will be a series of four 90 minute morning sessions held monthly on the 3rd Thursdays in September, October, November, and December 2015 at Benchmade Knives headquarters in Oregon City. We are proud to once again partner with the experienced business consultants at the Karsten Institute to provide facilitation and instruction.

Discussions will be performance-oriented. Participants will be challenged with engaging activities during the sessions and experience leadership and management scenarios that will enhance their ability to deal with the operation of a small business.

We have completed three successful forums so far with over total 30 graduates - hosting unique members with experience ranging from accountants to builders, service to product retail, three years to twenty years experience, and one employee to many employees.

Groups like this ordinarily cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, annually. Staying true to our passion for business success and our motto, Partners for Business™, Lewis & Clark Bank is offering this forum opportunity to a select group at our expense. Facilitated peer-to-peer learning is a key ingredient to our success as a bank, and we are passionate about providing a similar springboard to our clients. Space is limited.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be an ideal candidate, please contact

Quotes from our graduates:

“The forum allowed me to think about areas of my business that I had not considered before.” - Greg Rogers, CPA

"The Strategic Business Forum sponsored by Lewis & Clark Bank was a great venue for getting some additional perspective on managing my business and getting feedback from peers and experts. I found the topics on strengths based leadership, team building and financial management particularly useful. I would encourage anyone running a business that wants to position themselves for growth to take advantage of this great offering." - Michael Atkins, Chief Operating Officer at CakeSystems

"In 2014, I was a graduate of the Strategic Business Forum sponsored by Colby of Lewis & Clark Bank and the Karsten Institute. The Forum was a valuable experience; weekly speakers offered solid expertise and real world strategies we could deploy. The other business owners in the class were also first rate, I found the connections valuable." - Janet Quinn, CEO at Ideagility

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