Lunch & Learn - Overworked? Outsourcing might be the answer.

  • 21 Mar 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online - enjoy from the comfort of your office.

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Join us on Thursday, March 21 from noon-1:00 pm at the Marion County Extension Office located at 210 N Iowa Street in Knoxville for our monthly Lunch & Learn.   This session is now being held virtually! RSVP and you will receive a link that you can follow to tune in live on YouTube.

This month's topic - Overworked? Outsourcing might be the answer. One of the best investments an entrepreneur can make is hiring help giving them the extra time and energy to work on the things they are truly passionate about. 

Wondering if outsourcing is right for you? Come and listen to our panel consisting of a virtual administrative assistant, marketing professional, and accounting services to learn how you can take a step forward to making your business more productive. 

The panel includes: 

Sara Roberts, Admin Envy

Sara created her business model for after working for over a decade in an administrative role for various companies. Over the years, she has primarily assisted high level executives and the experience gained has been key in the creation of Admin Envy’s services. She now has spent the last 10 years working in a virtual capacity for clients both locally and nationally.

Sara lives in Knoxville with her husband and three children. In addition to her business and running kids, Sara also volunteers on several community boards, including the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and Knoxville Youth Football Board.

Amanda Haines Penisten, AMP Accounting Services

Amanda established AMP Accounting Services, LLC, in 2018 after a 14-year career with John Deere. She was a CPA in public practice prior to John Deere and after graduating from Drake University in Des Moines. Earning an MBA degree along the way, Amanda is a well-rounded business process and accounting professional.

Amanda grew up in southern Iowa’s Madison County and gained deep insight into farming operations and associated issues on her family’s Century farms. Growing up 4-H was an integral part of this learning experience, including various state fair nominations. Amanda is passionate about assisting family farms and related small businesses with their monthly book work in order to improve financial results and allow the operators to focus on their productions.

On a personal note, Amanda is married to Todd and they have two sons, Christopher and Robert. Amanda’s hobbies including reading, gardening, traveling and cooking. Amanda’s cooking is world-class and much admired.

Dave Sanderson, Marketing Cafe

Dave Sanderson is one of the top marketing communications professionals in Iowa, specializing in strategy, planning, and managing marketing communications. Dave knows traditional, digital, and emerging technologies and how they fit together to best meet communications goals in the most efficient way possible.

Dave started out on the client side before being recruited to the account service side of Wesley Day Advertising in Des Moines, one of the pioneer agencies in the state. He quickly became President and CEO of the agency where he spent (cough, cough) twenty-some years running the agency while also handling a couple of key accounts.

Seven years ago Dave sold Wesley Day to a larger agency where he worked for two years to help transition certain clients. Then four years ago, Dave founded Marketing Cafe where he continues to work with various clients with branding, strategy, and execution as needed.

Dave has taught marketing, advertising, and communications as an adjunct faculty member at a number of Central Iowa colleges. He continues to teach at Simpson College, where he holds the highest rank an adjunct faculty member can achieve. Dave is also a past president of AAF – Des Moines (formerly Advertising Professionals of Des Moines), a Silver Medal Award winner (the highest local award available, presented to one individual each year), has judged many communications competitions, and has been guest speaker at a variety of clubs, events, colleges, and universities. The most meaningful being to serve as a panel member for a lunch and learn for the Knoxville, Iowa Chamber of Commerce. Probably.

Dave is an active pilot (as is his wife), and a not so active Certified Scuba Diver, Extra Class (highest available) Radio Amateur, has two children, two step-children, five grandchildren, and owns a digeridoo. He has also occasionally put together a computer-controlled Christmas light display at his home in Knoxville Estates (

Lunch & Learn sessions are free to all Knoxville Chamber of Commerce members and $10 to non-members. We kindly ask that you RSVP  beforehand. 


The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to fostering a vibrant business community through effective communication and stakeholder engagement.

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