City of Columbia’s 5th Annual Small Business Week Conference
Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
5th Annual Small Business Week Conference
Small Business Week is a national movement started by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to honor America’s entrepreneurs. The City of Columbia is committed to supporting its entrepreneurs and small businesses on a local level. Through the City of Columbia’s Small Business Week Conference, the Office of Business Opportunities highlights the impact of the city’s outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners. The conference promises to be a unique opportunity to network with small and large business owners throughout the midlands, city and county officials, and a great line-up of presenters with a wealth of information for every business owner, from the “aspiring” entrepreneur to the “mature” business owner that has proven that it can stand the tests of time (and money!). We can’t wait to see you there!
Small Business Week Program
Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 8:a.m. -2p.m.
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Special Guest Appearance:
Celebrity Chef Sarah Simmons
Owner of two New York Restaurants and now Rise Gourmet Goods and Bakeshop
Ronald L. Harvey - Six Ways to Build Your Business Pipeline
Kimberly A. Raber, P.A. – Protect Your Business and Other Assets
Adam Lean - Strategies for Growing Your Profit
Kasie Whitener, PhD – Marketing Don’ts for Small Businesses
Small Business Ownership and Franchising
Miriam L. Brewer, CFE is the Senior Director of Education and Diversity for the International Franchise Association. In this role, she leads IFA’s efforts to increase the number of minorities and women in franchising as a part of new/ emerging markets. Brewer works hand-in-hand with members of Congress, Mayors and other stakeholders by coordinating and delivering educational programs and cultivating relationships in major cities across the U.S. She staffs the IFA Diversity Institute Board.
Owning a franchise makes you a small business owner and helps create jobs in Columbia SC. Do you: (1) want to own a franchise, but think it is beyond your reach, (2) have a business and want to expand, (3) just don’t know who to talk to about franchising and business ownership. If you answered yes, to any of the questions, plan to attend the “Small Business Ownership and Franchising” two-hour session during the City of Columbia SC’s 5th Annual Small Business
Women Owned Business Will Compete to Represent Columbia in SBA National Women’s Business Challenge
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CITY OF COLUMBIA - OFFICE OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
The Office of Business Opportunities has three divisions that are designed to help meet the needs of small, minority and women owned businesses in the City of Columbia: (1) Commercial Lending; (2) Technical Assistance, Education and Advocacy; and (3) Contractor and Supplier Diversity.