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2013 DeKalb County Small Business Summit

DeKalb County Small Business Partnership Network

Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Clarkston, GA

2013 DeKalb County Small Business Summit

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Objective: Attracting small business and promoting the growth of small business in DeKalb County by providing information to help businesses have access to capital, identify public and private resources, and opportunities for networking, so businesses can support one another.


Innovative Strategies for Growth

Track 1

The Realities of Entrepreneurship

Track 2

Retooling for Small Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Track 3

Innovative & Emerging Business Markets



8:00 AM3:00PM





8:00 – 9:00 AM



Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 8:50 AM

Exhibits Open

Open Plenary

Interim CEO Lee May, Board of Commissioners, Development Authority of DeKalb County & Georgia Piedmont Technical College


Room 15

9:00– 10:15AM

Visual Strategy Tools for Business Growth


Learn how to apply three easy-to-use visual strategy tools that will help you see ways to grow   your business. Target your sales and marketing efforts to increase revenue by   learning how to create a profile of your ideal customer. Respond quickly to changes in the external environment with a context map of forces in your   marketplace. Chart big decisions to quickly explore options and select the best alternative, on your own or in collaboration with others. Visual tools bring strategy into focus, for businesses of all sizes.






 Bernie Burgener


Green Chamber of the South -Greenhouse Accelerator 



Jenny Trautman
















 Room 13

Today’s Tools for Marketing



Small businesses have many options when it comes to promoting services and products.  Learn which tools are most effective and how to apply those tools to   your business strategy.











Noelle Lloyd

Marketing & Communications

DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce





Vanessa Parker

Founder & CEO




Bella Lane

Bella Lane Designs









Room 15

Branding   Innovation


Does your brand have a plan for   growth? Just as your business strategy changes, your brand strategy needs to keep pace.”   Whether you need to INNOVATE or RENOVATE, your branding plan needs to be   strategic and support where and how you want your business to grow. Your   brand identity and marketing materials must be current and clearly reflect   what you are about, and results oriented. It is not enough just to have an   attractive logo or pretty graphics. It’s not creative unless it works.





Sharon Macaluso

Area Director Univeristy of Georgia Small Business Development Center



  Linda McCulloch


Design That Works


Linda Travis


The Brand Renovator




Room 16

10:15 – 10:45AM

Networking & Vendor Visits

10:45 AM – 12:00PM

Startup Capital


Need start-up or growth capital? Learn how to access capital for small business growth and development.







Marc Parham

Director Entreprenuership Center

Urban League of Atlanta



 Charles Blackmon

DeKalb Enterprise Business Corporation


Maria Peck

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs


Lonnie Saboor

Invest Atlanta

















Room 13

Positioning   Yourself for Successful Contracting


Learn how small/minority businesses can get certified to do business with federal, state, local governments and large corporations.




 Terri Denison

District Director

Small Business Administration




Myra Cisse


Certification   Consultants


Ken Huff

Supplier Development Manager

Georgia Power Company


Florena Oliver

Vice President of Operations

Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council


Dorna Werdelin

Procurement Training

Specialist State Purchasing Division



 Room 15

Exporting: Emerging Global Markets

Explore the challenges and   opportunities for Georgia businesses to grow their international sales and   markets, especially in emerging global markets.




Rod Wallace

Director Dekalb Microentrerprise Institute


  Rick Martin


International Trade Center 

University of Georgia 

Small Business Development Center


Taube Ponce

Senior Trade Manager

GA Dept of Economic Development


Victor Mbaba

President & CEO

Africa’s Children’s Fund, Inc








Room 16

12:00 – 1:30 PM



Introduction of Speaker

Vaughn Irons


Development Authority of DeKalb



APD Solutions


Keynote Speaker

Cassius Butts

Regional Administrator - Region IV

Small Business Administration


Room 15


Networking & Vendor Visits

2:00 – 4:00PM

Technology Today for Entrepreneurs


Review the top 10 security tips that everyone needs to know related to data security. Learn how Google Analytics can help you understandhow your customers find, use and interact with your desktop and mobile websites. Free your business from information technology worries.




Jacqueline Fuller

DeKalb County Government

Department of Information Technology 




Dr. Sam Franklin

Senior Analytical Lead



Vernon Greene

Chief Information Security Officer

DeKalb County Government

Department of Information Technology


Donzell Newkirk

Account   Executive – State & Local Government



Room 15

4:00 - 5:00PM

 Closing Reception with Interim CEO Lee May

Entertainment provided by Isaiah Hill


The registration fee is non-refundable/non-transferrable.

Upon reaching the maximum occupancy limit, registration will close.

On-line registration will close Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

On-site registration will only be avaiable for attendees paying with a major credit card (Mastercard, Visa & American Express). No CASH payments will be accepted on-site, no exceptions.  



Have questions about 2013 DeKalb County Small Business Summit? Contact DeKalb County Small Business Partnership Network

When & Where

Georgia Piedmont Technical College - Conference Center
495 North Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021

Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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