Operating Now Series


Restaurant Restart and PPP Loan Forgiveness with CLA

Karen Blacik and Rachael O'Leary of CLA share some considerations for reopening restaurants and explain the new (as of June 30, 2020) forgiveness considerations for PPP loans.

Consumer Attitudes and the "See You Soon" Campaign with Explore Minnesota

Pat Simmons and Leann Kispert of Explore Minnesota discuss consumer attitudes and comfort levels about travel with the risk of COVID-19, the "See You Soon" recovery marketing campaign, and provide you with tools you can use to further build consumer confidence.

Hospitality and COVID-19: Mitigating Health and Legal Risks

Attorneys from Nilan Johnson Lewis discuss safety considerations and legal risks in reopening businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The attorneys will address the following topics: 

  • COVID-19: How Did We Get Here?

  • State and Local Regulation Overview

  • Proactive Steps to Protect Employees and Patrons

  • Litigation Risk and the Role of Waivers


Making Your Web Presence Work For You

David Vinge of Minnesota Web Marketing discusses steps to protect and improve your web presence that will inspire the trust and confidence needed to get your customers coming back and attract new customers.

  • Current online threats and how to protect your business

  • How to turn good customers into advocates

  • How to standout in search results, directories, and maps

  • What customers want most when they visit your website











Operating Now: Is Your Space Ready for Indoor Dining in The Fall and Winter

We’ve taken advantage of our gorgeous Minnesota summers to offer expanded outdoor dining, but what do we do when the temperatures drop and people want to dine indoors? As we continue to learn how COVID-19 can be transmitted, engineers are responding with safer, healthier buildings. This webinar will help you proactively ensure your HVAC system provides healthy air quality for your staff and customers later this year. Ron Kruzeski of Michaud Cooley and Mark Muhlstein of Midwest Mechanical Solutions will take a deep dive into HVAC and air quality strategies while also sharing knowledge that incorporate innovative solutions such as bi-polar ionization, UV-C lighting, laser scanning, indoor air quality solutions and touchless design while planning to combat COVID-19.



Past Webinars

COVID Vaccines in the Workplace: What Do Employers Need to Know

As COVID vaccines become available, we are hopeful that there will be a point that we can return to our workplaces at pre-COVID rates. Hospitality Minnesota Allied Network Co-Chair Greta Bauer Reyes will review employers' responsibilities with regards to the COVID vaccine. 

At Stinson LLP, Greta partners with clients to promote workplaces where employers and their employees contribute to a productive and positive work environment. She regularly guides employers in drafting and implementing workplace policies, creating and conducting workplace trainings, and navigating tough human resources decisions. 


Cathy Bovard, Director of Operations at D'Amico, Nicole Parsch, Human Resources Director at Pizza Luce, and Maari Cedar James, President of Chowgirls Catering, will share new practices they've implemented, lessons they've learned, and resources they've found helpful as they have addressed cases of COVID at their businesses. Their insights will be helpful for any hospitality business. Please join us for this critical information.

This webinar is produced in partnership with the MN Events Coalition.


Sarah Norton Webster of Serving Those Serving joins us to talk about taking time to take care of yourself, acknowledging that things are hard right now, and suggestions for how to set some goals for taking care of yourself right now. Serving Those Serving will join us again on May 18 to talk about the Employee Assistance Program they provide in partnership with the Sand Creek Group. Stay tuned for more info!

Serving Those Serving is a non-profit devoted to the social, mental and physical welfare of the Service Industry. www.servingthoseserving.org/


David Scott Peters is a restaurant expert who teaches restaurant operators how to cut costs and increase profits with his trademark Restaurant Prosperity Formula. David joined us on Friday, April 3, 2020, to discuss creating a 12-week cash flow budget to help guide your business decisions in the context of coronavirus. The examples in the video are restaurant-based but hotels, campgrounds, resorts, and all hospitality businesses can use this information to create a 12-week cash flow budget. In this video, David refers to access to his Budget Builder MVP template. That template was made available to participants during the live webinar.

Free resources David has available. www.davidscottpeters.com


Hospitality Minnesota Allied Members Boyum Barenscheer discuss the CARES Act. Boyum Barencheer’s Nick Swedburg, CPA, QuickBooks Advanced ProAdvisor, and Chris Wittich, CPA, MBT, will discuss Practical Advice and SBA Loans, Unemployment, and Income Tax Provisions, as well as take your questions. This webinar will help prepare you to apply for EIDL and PPP loans. www.myboyum.com


Presented by Campground Accounting www.campgroundaccounting.com


Martin Kappenman of PRK&A discusses legal mandates of employers during the constantly shifting landscape of COVID-19. www.prkalaw.com


Martin Kappenman from PRK&A provides context around the most recent developments with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.


Stephen Cohen of Stephen Cohen Law sat down with us to talk about steps you can take for temporary lease or mortgage payment relief from your landlord or bank. Make sure you watch to the end so you can hear Stephen’s encouraging closing words of advice.

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