Founder - President at Raven Performance Group
- Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
- Management Consulting
Linda Laitala's Overview
- Founder & President at Raven Performance Group
- Director at MREA (MN Rural Electric Association
- President at Inner Circle of Central Minnesota
- Board Chair at RAIN Source Management
- Board Chair at RAIN Source Capital
- CEO at Raven Machine & Tool, Inc
Linda Laitala's Summary
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My passion for helping business owners grow and prosper has led to a unique and rewarding career path. I have been privileged to make connections with small businesses, boards and volunteer organizations, each engagement selected because it offered the opportunity to make a difference.
Vice Chair of RAIN Source Capital, a venture capital fund with network connections of over $60 million focusing on rural communities.
Treasurer of an organization that identifies women candidates for political office and equips them with training and tools needed to win elections.
While on the Board of Minnesota Technology, participated in a trip to Germany and the Netherlands to learn how those countries blend business, education and industry. I also participated in state-wide strategy sessions to learn from our customers how to make the programs and services provided by MTI in rural areas more effective.
President, Minnesota Business & Professional Women (BPW) (1991-92). Coordinated program and membership efforts of 28 local organizations across MN. Established the Minnesota Training Team to train local officers and chairs.
National Membership Chair, BPW USA. Developed recruitment and retention programs for 50 state organizations.
2011-Present Founder and president of Raven Performance Group
2006 – 2013 Inner Circle of Central Minnesota, Owner/President
2006 – Present East Central Energy, Director
2002 – 2005 Inner Circle International, Business Development
2002 – Present Women’s Candidate Development Coalition, Treasurer
1987 – 2002 Raven Machine & Tool, Inc. President
1998 - Present RAIN Source Capital, Director & Executive Committee
1995 White House Conference on Small Business, Delegate
1992 – 2000 Minnesota Technology, Director, Finance Chair
Specialties: Team building, Facilitation, Marketing for small business owners, training and speaking to groups
Linda Laitala's Experience
Founder & President
Privately Held; Myself Only; Management Consulting industry
2011 – Present (3 years)
Raven Performance Group builds peer groups for Business Owners, CFO's, Second In Commands, HR Professionals and Women Entrepreneurs. The purpose of these groups is to help members network within their field of expertise, make better decisions and run more profitable departments and companies.
Inner Circle of Central Minnesota
October 2005 – Present (9 years)
I facilitate "think tanks" for business owners: a place where business owners can find answers to questions about business and build balance into their lives.
97% reported better decision making ability
75% reported higher revenue and profits
71% reported better work/life balance
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
January 2002 – Present (12 years 9 months)
Venture Capital firm enabling individuals interested in investing in businesses in their communities by forming Regional Angel Investment Networks. RAIN Funds are located in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, South Dakota, Idaho and Montana.
Raven Machine & Tool, Inc
1987 – 2002 (15 years)
Raven Machine & Tool was a custom job shop specializing in close tolerance CNC machining. The company performed work for Fortune 500 companies in the OEM, defense and aerospace. Customers included 3M, Graco, Parker Hydraulics, McDonnel Douglas (later Boeing), FMC Northern Ordnance Division and many others.
Our expertise was in machining large (up to a 60" cube), cast iron parts.
Linda Laitala's Skills & Expertise
- Business Management
- Public Speaking
- Organizational Effectiveness
- Workshop Facilitation
- Team Building
- Strategic Planning
- Staff Development
- Program Management
- Leadership Development
- Small Business
- Event Planning
- Management Consulting
- Team Leadership
- Human Resources
- Public Relations
- Business Planning
- Business Strategy
- Marketing Strategy
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Organizational Development
- Venture Capital
- New Business Development
- Executive Coaching
- Strategic Partnerships
- Executive Management
- Angel Investing
- Business Development
- Board of Directors
- Time Management
- Business Coaching
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Board Governance
- Family Business
- Exit Strategies
Linda Laitala's Education
Linda Laitala's Additional Information
- Groups and Associations:
Minnesota Business & Professional Women (BPW MN) Dala Business Women East Central Energy (ECE) Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) Rain Source Capital
- Honors and Awards:
BPW MN, Training Director
Rain Source Capital, Board Chair
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