Join us for this one-day event assembled with a team of EXPERTS to help you SUCCEED!

Friday, December 6 - Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

Flyer and Registration Form (PDF)

Register Online

Book your room online at the Marriott Northwest
or call Marriott Northwest: 877-303-1681 (mention "Minnesota Electrical Association" group)
Room block expires on November 15, 2019.

The Lineup:

Kate Bischoff, Attorney, tHRive Consulting

Stay compliant with the new sick leave provisions! Minneapolis’ Sick & Safe Time Ordinance may now be applicable to all employers who may have an employee in the City of Lakes. What does that mean for contractors? If you have employees working within Minneapolis city limits for more than 80 hours, the employee earns sick and safe time. What does this mean? What about sick, vacation, PTO? Do these count? We will cover these issues to help you determine if you’re compliant with this ordinance and the potential new laws on this very issue.  Plus, we will cover what is required to stay in compliance with the wage theft law that is in affect for all business owners and what to do if marijuana became legal in Minnesota.

Tim Pass, CPA, Smith Schafer & Associates

Tax planning considerations under the new tax law including Minnesota's tax implications. Overview of the Qualified Business come Deduction, commonly referred to as the 20% deduction. What is deductible under the current tax law. Tax savings opportunities on capital purchases.

Ben Wood, MN OSHA

Is your company prepared for an OSHA Inspection or Investigation? Does your company have a robust program and system to prepare for OSHA to promote a successful outcome, or merely a “policy” that dictates “who to call”? This presentation is intended to assist employers with understanding the OSHA process, and providing employers with proactively “setting up” companies for success. This presentation will address the OSHA inspection and citation process; common causes of injuries and issues that lead to citations; considerations to effectively prepare a company for an OSHA inspection, including AWAIR Programs, Right-To-Know Programs, Recordkeeping, inspections, and training; and tips on what to do when OSHA arrives to the work-site.

Product Service Members of the Electrical Association
Hear from 6 of the Association's product service members who each have a 10-minute spotlight to showcase how they can make your life easier.  What new product, tool, tip or trick have they heard in the field and want to bring to your attention?  See the latest and greatest from the industry in just 60 minutes. 

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE - Lead Where You Are. Everyone is a Leader and Can Make a Positive Impact

Presented by former US Marine, Erik Therwanger
Everyone is a Leader and Can Make a Positive Impact. Erik teaches business leaders how to reach new levels of success based on his unique experiences as a United States Marine, executive business leader, sales professional, and entrepreneur. Perhaps the role Erik has been most passionate about is that of husband and caregiver. Just ten months after their wedding, Erik’s wife, Gina, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Erik left his career in the entertainment industry and pursued a career in financial services, so he could maintain his caregiver duties. Erik has been Gina’s caregiver through four bouts with cancer and through cardiac arrest. They were blessed with a daughter and Erik shares their remarkable story as part of his keynote speeches to provide long-lasting hope and inspiration to audiences everywhere. Read more about Erik.

Mike Miller, Electrical Association

The 2020 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) has arrived.There are many changes both large and small.There were 3730 public input submitted to alter the 2017 code.  We are breaking the changes up into 2-hour bite size pieces. Four new articles were introduced

  • New definitions or amended definitions in Art. 100
  • Art. 210.8 has changed to 125V to 250V receptacles and no current limitations, which includes the electric dryer receptacles, range receptacles, garage receptacles or outdoor power outlets including the AC condenser up to 250V single-phase all need GFCI protection.
  • Art. 230 for services has many changes including the new requirement that there be an outdoor – Readily accessible – emergency disconnect for the incoming power to one- or two-family dwellings.
  • Art. 230 now requires a surge protection device (SPD) for the dwelling unit services

NICK THE MAGICIAN - Electrical Magic, Comedy and Entertainment
Nick will be popping up throughout cocktail hour to perform magic while you mingle with colleagues.  After dinner, enjoy Nick's stage performance where he will bring laughter and excitement with his show.   

Thank you to CEE for sponsoring our Competitive Advantage Leadership Lunch!

Thank you to Border States for sponsoring our Board Meeting!


Winter Business Conference
  • Held in December
  • Location of venue is typically in a metro suburb
  • Holiday themed fun
  • Committee Meetings
  • Numerous housekeeping and business needs attended to
  • Spouses encouraged to attend
View Information and Photos from MEA's past Winter Conferences

2018 Winter Conference - Nov 30-Dec 1, 2018 - Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
2017 Winter Conference - Nov 30-Dec 2, 2017 - Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
2016 Winter Conference - December 2-3, 2016 - Hyatt Regency - Bloomington
2015 Winter Conference - December 3-5, 2015 - Hilton - Bloomington
2014 Winter Conference - December 4-6, 2014 - Hilton - Bloomington
Spring Business Conference
  • Held in March or April
  • Location of venue is typically in Minneapolis
  • Every other year, it is held immediately before the NCEL Expo
  • Election of new officers
  • Committee Meetings
  • Numerous housekeeping and business needs attended to
  • Award Ceremony

View Information and Photos from MEA's past Spring Conferences

2019 Spring Conference - April 2019 - Water Street Inn, Stillwater
2018 Spring Conference - April 19-21, 2018 - Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
2017 Spring Conference - April 27-29, 2017 - Hilton Bloomington - Minneapolis/St Paul Airport 
2016 Spring Conference - April 11-13, 2016 - Marriott City Center, Minneapolis
2015 Spring Conference - March 12-15, 2015 - Courtyard Marriott - Minneapolis