GRANITE CITY — Dawn Mushill says she’s excited about participating in the Forging Foundations For Better Business Seminar Friday at Granite City High School.
“I’m looking forward coming back to my hometown of Granite City,” Mushill said.
Mushill and Erik Swanson will be guest speakers of the business seminar from noon to 4 p.m. at the GCHS Performing Arts Center. The Granite City Business Foundry is the event’s sponsor.
“Being a Friday afternoon, when people leave for the day, we’re hoping that they’re going to be energized, put pen on the paper, come with some great ideas for Monday and then they can enjoy their weekend and have a great time,” said Joe Colyer, foundry co-president. “It’s kind of one of those idea times to where you’re not getting a lot of productivity on a Friday afternoon from a lot of people, especially as the weather is changing and people are getting those last-minute vacations in.”’
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the foundry’s website, www.granitecitybusinessfoundry.com. They’re $50 the day of the event.
“We have Erik Swanson and Dawn Mushill, who are both speakers on the national circuit,” Colyer said. “Those types of speakers usually come with a $5,000 to $7,500 price tag per event. Tickets for those type of events usually run about $200 a piece. Because of the agreements we have with the speakers, we’re able to give the public the tickets for $35 apiece and $50 at the door if you didn’t register. If you have a group over five, we’ll do discount pricing and they can contact me directly for that.”
Colyer said the seminar will help educate and motivate people about running a successful business.
“We’re hoping to turn this to a speaker series to where we’ll be able to do this on a regular basis,” he said. “We do have smaller events that are resources. We have the small business development council from SIUE that’s coming down in November to do a kind of Granite City day. They’re going to speak at our foundry meeting on a Thursday morning and they’re going to have a workshop at noon and they’ll be available for one-on-one appointments with members of the business community who are looking for extra help or people who want to start a new business in the community and they’re looking for extra help. We have some partnerships with SCORE. That’s the Service Core of Retired Executives. Those are CFOs and CEOs of large corporations like Monsanto and Boeing that volunteered their time after they retired to help small businesses get off the ground. That’s actually a national campaign they’ve been doing for quite some time.”
Mushill graduated from Granite City South High School (now Granite City High School) in 1983. She has been the executive director of the chamber of commerce for 15 years and is the owner of her own company, Customer Service and Beyond, for 14 years. She’s also the author of a book, “It’s All About the WOW!”, which was published in 2008.
“She’s been in charge of customer service relationships for organizations like Bank of America,” Colyer said.
Swanson is the president, CEO and founder of Universal Seminars. He is also the founder and CEO of Secret Habitudes International, where he conducts a 50-week training system to enhance habits and attitudes.
“Erik has his own company and it’s the Habitual Warrior,” Colyer said. “This is a group of these national circuit speakers that he’s gotten together and he hosts seminars like this all over the country. That’s what he does professionally day in and day out. He’s used to these engagements constantly.”