THE ULTIMATE SMALL BUSINESS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
The purpose of the Small Business Leadership Conference is to provide a forum that will promote education, training, networking, best practices, success stories and other valuable resources that will enhance leadership in small business organizations.
The event brings together small business owners, entrepreneurs, students, educators, scholars and practitioners from around the world and is the premier event on leadership in small business organizations. The conference offers 2 days of inspiration, learning and networking featuring keynotes from entrepreneurs, small business owners and thought leaders in the field.
The conference offers an opportunity to connect with the general public, to engage in a debate around leadership issues, and to ensure the latest leadership thinking is available to those with an interest in the field. The event is an opportunity to develop and grow your leadership mindset and offers an excellent opportunity to learn and evolve as a leader, build your professional network, find business partners, share lessons learned and generate new ideas.
In addition, enter the "How I Lead" contest to win fun prizes! Submit an essay of no more than 350 words and tell us how you motivate, inspire and develop followers in your organization. See Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Studies, SW for more information.
12:30 - 1:30pm - Check In
2:00 - 2:30pm - Welcome Remarks
2:30 - 3:00pm - Opening Remarks: Leadership and Small Business Development
3:00 - 5:00pm -Panel Discussion: Unique challenges of leadership in small business organizations and how to overcome them. Panel members include small business leaders, practioners, researchers.
5:30 - 7:00 - Welcome Reception & Networking
8:00 - 8:30am - Welcome
8:30- 10:00am - Panel Discussion: Best practices and strategies for success. Established small business leaders discuss best practices and strategies for growing and sustaining small businesses as well as challenges encountered in building the small business and strategies used to overcome these challenges
10:30 - 12:00pm - First set of break out sessions (Topics: a) Steps to successful development of a small business, b) Government grants and programs to help you develop and grow your small business, c) How to overcome leadership challenges in small business organizations)
12:00 - 1:30pm - Lunch (provided)
1:45 - 3:00pm - Second set of break out sessions (Topics: a) Financing your journey - crowdsourcing, b) Improving performance: tools to help you succeed, c) Social media and marketing)
3:30 - 4:30pm - "How I Lead" contest winner(s) and closing remarks
4:30 - 6:00pm - Networking
6:00 - Adjourn