Why Take the Plunge
This conference was put together with you in mind. Project Forward, the organizer, has encountered businesses near and far with the same issue: overcoming barriers to growth. In one conference, we will put you on the path to making real headway in your business, whether you have not started yet, or you've been up and running but need an extra nudge.
Who is Project Forward?
Project Forward is an economic development consultancy. Our firm's Chief Solutionist, Christyn S. Henson, has over 10 years of small business development, economic development, commercial corridor branding and marketing, event based marketing and access to capital assistance for community based businesses. She has helped clients access and leverage over $4.5M dollars in private and public funding, established and created events to help businesses generate over $150,000 and draw out thousands of people.
Quad Communities Development Corporation
Greater Southwest Development Corportation
Coalition of Communities that Care (3C)
Meet our Business B.O.O.s
What's a Business B.O.O? A Business builder, owner or operator, of course!
Starting is difficult and sometimes growing that business is even more difficult. Hear success stories from those who have taken the plunge and are at various stages of growth in their business. There are also people behind the scene who an help take your business from A to Z, some of them are right in your own back yard, and you don't even know it.
Meet our panel of experts:
Jim Harbin, Program Manager, Greater Englewood CDC - Jim has helped business owners for the last three years get prepared to go into the Englewood Whole Foods and Starbucks.
Tom Otto - Economic Development Professional and Commercial Corridor Manager. Tom managed the first special service area on the westside of Chicago.
Karletta R. Kelly, Chatham Business Association - Karletta manages a programmatic budget of over $700,000, hiring contractors for landscaping, marketing and other services for an entity focused on neighborhood business development.
Jada Russell, High Style Marketing - Jada has been running her business for over 10 years and has worked with a variety of for profit and not for profit organizations, like Common Ground Foundation, Wade's World Foundation and Ebony Magazine.
Businesses stagnate when they don't know about the resources available for growth. Learn about more than 20 small business funding programs that are available to you. Bankers and businesses will participate in an interactive panel discussion about how businesses can overcome barriers to growth and receiving capital.
Network = Net Worth
Real pertinent and structured networking opportunities to grow your business. If you don't feel comfortable networking, don't worry, we'll show you how during our personality powered networking session, with Konveau.
8:30am - Doors Open
9:00am - Welcome Address
9:15am - Personality Powered Networking, sponsored by Konveau
Many times, we have the opportunity to connect with someone but we don't always know how to break the ice. This skill is imperative in business. Enjoy a networking breakfast and meet some people who you can work with during your business growth.
10:15am - Money Talks Panel featuring various bankers, business owners and financial experts who will give the real deal regarding loans and other types of financing. Nothing is off limits here!
11:30am Lunch & Learn - Join us for an intimate conversation with Rachel Bernier - Green of 'Lane's Bake Shop. We'll talk the good, the bad and the ugly of entreprenuership.
12:45pm Contracts and Procurement - What would $100,000 contract do for your business? It could take you to the next level, right? Now you just need to meet these buyers and business and learn about how they not only have contracts, but can also work with you to build your business.
$25 early bird admission, and $35 in advance, $45 at the door.