Business Advisor Earns CEPA Designation

Friday, June 07, 2019

Shannon Benolken receives CEPA Designation and Joins International Community of Business Advisors apart of the Exit Planning Institute

Cleveland, OH – The Exit Planning Institute, Itasca Economic Development Corporation and the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Center for Economic Development are proud to announce that Shannon Benolken recently earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation after completing the Institute’s intensive 4-day executive MBA-style program in Phoenix Az. Benolken joins an elite group of business advisors who have received this designation and are a part of the Exit Planning Institute’s international community of CEPAs. The CEPA program is the most widely accepted and endorsed professional exit planning program in the world.

About the CEPA Program

The Certified Exit Planning Advisor program was specifically designed for business advisors who work closely with owners of privately held companies. The organizing principle of the program is Master Planning, the alignment of the three legs of the stool (business, personal, financial), which is executed through the implementation of a process called the Value Acceleration Methodology™. Using an executive MBA-style format, the program includes a combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies and individual exercises to introduce participants to these concepts and to reinforce skills. The program is taught by the Exit Planning Institute’s faculty of advisors, who are all sought after subject matter experts and authors.

To receive the CEPA designation, Benolken completed the rigorous 4-day program that involved approximately one hundred hours of pre-course study, thirty hours of classroom instruction, and the successful completion of a 3-hour proctored exam.

Established in 1981 as a non-profit organization, Itasca Economic Development Corporation is dedicated to providing charitable education and research efforts that support and advance the creation and retention of quality jobs by working with the business community and entrepreneurs residing in and around Itasca County.  IEDC houses an advisor from the Small Business Development Center, Entrepreneur Fund and APEX and is the Itasca area resource for business development, retention and attraction. Visit the IEDC website at or call 218-326-9411 for more information.




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