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Small Business Summit: Commit To Success

Sat 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business

Complimentary headshots will be taken by photographer Will Page and provided to attendees via email.

The theme for this one-day, in-person event is Commit To Success. Entrepreneurs will understand and develop a strategy for networking mentors, marketing and engaging the community. Business is about repetitiously solving problems for others. Attendees will learn how to branch out in person and online and build a sustainable and prosperous business. Attendees can expect energetic, information-packed, action sessions that will allow them to improve their marketing, gain financial guidance, mentorship and create and action plan for success. 9:00 – 9:30 am Registration, Photos (free headshots for participants), & Networking, Trade Show Exhibit 9:30 – 9:40 Welcome: Jerry Coleman 9:40 – 10:55 Keynote If Disney Ran Your Business: John Formica 10:55 – 11:00 Break 11:00 – 11:45 State Of the Consumer: Mike Barbera 11:45 – 12:30 Lunch, Mentoring Round Tables (all presenters), & Networking, Exhibitor Market Show 12:30 – 1:15 Chisa Pennix-Brown 1:15 – 1:25 – Break 1:25 – 2:10 Break Out Session 1 A Track – Legal Considerations for the Small Business Owner, Nancy Guyton, Attorney, Law Firm Carolinas B Track - Designing A Website For Your Small Business, Sue Rachunok, Design Interventions 2:10 – 2:15 Break 2:15 – 3:00 Break Out Session 2 A Track - Messaging Your Business; The Foundation of Effective Communication, Ann Revell-Pechar, Fluent PR B Track - Finding Your Niche and Customer, Roxanne Reed, Granitt Training 3:00 – 3:05 Break 3:05 – 3:50 Break Out Session 3 A Track Marketing Your Business Online – Derek Schmidt CEO, DesignLoud Inc. B Track: Government Contracting – Olivia Chavez-Carroll CFCC Director, Military Business Development 3:50 – 4:00 Break 4:00 – 4:30 90 Day Focus, Closing (Chisa Pennix-Brown), Networking, Exhibitor Market Show, Wrap-up

Speaker(s): Chisa Pennix-Brown, CEO, Give It to the People John Formica, The Ex-Disney Guy Mike Barbera, CEO, Clicksuasion Labs Nancy Guyton, Attorney, Law Firm Carolinas Sue Rachunok, CEO, Design Interventions Ann Revell-Pechar, CEO, FluentPR Roxanne Reed, CEO, Grannit Training Derek Schmidt: CEO, DesignLoud Olivia Chavez-Carroll, CFCC Director Military Business Development

Co-Sponsor(s): Curated Conference by Give It To the People CFCC's Small Business Center, CFCC, Brunswick County Community College, Genis Block, Cape Fear Realtors, and SCORE.

This full day event will be held in person at CFCC's Union Station Building Windell Daniels Hall (5th floor). Free visitor parking is available in CFCC’s Visitor Lot “L” (noted as ‘VP’ on campus map) located at the corner of North 2nd and Walnut Streets. ‘L’ Lot entrance is on North 2nd Street. A parking pass is not required for this lot. Here is a link to the CFCC Campus Map and driving directions if you are not familiar with our campus =>

Fee: No Cost

Phone: 910-362-7216


Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) Small Business Center
Union Station (Building 'U')
Windell Daniels Hall
502 N Front Street Wilmington, NC 28401
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