At the SBDC at USF’s second annual Growth Conference you’ll learn the strategies and gain the tools necessary to grow your business. The FREE, one-day conference series will tour the 10-county area as part of National Small Business Week. Included in the schedule are town hall meetings with legislative and congressional representatives. This open forum offers you an opportunity to discuss issues impacting your business. Boxed lunches available for purchase at each location. Location Schedule May 16 Hillsborough and Polk May 17 Pinellas and Highlands May 18 Pasco and Desoto May 19 Hernando May 20 Hardee, Sarasota and Manatee Daily Schedule 8:30 - 9:00 Wachovia, SBA and SBDC Welcome 9:00 - 10:15 Certifications for Growth 10:15 - 10:30 Break 10:30 - 11:45 Growing Globally 11:45 - 1:15 Legislative Town Hall Meeting and Lunch* 1:15 - 3:15 Growing Through Traditional and New Media Marketing Strategies 3:15 - 3:30 Break 3:30 - 4:45 Financing Growth 4:45 - 5:00 Wrap-up Certifications for Growth There are a lot of benefits in being certified as a small, minority, woman or veteran-owned business. Gain first-hand insight on how to use certifications to become a priority vendor with various federal, state and local government agencies and contractors. Growing Globally No business is too small to go global. Learn how to take advantage of opportunities to expand into new markets and diversify sales. Discover the readily accessible resources available to help your company grow and execute a viable trade plan. Growing Through Traditional and New Media Marketing Strategies Everything you do communicates something about your business. Discover strategies to win customers and skillfully promote your products and services. Your potential target markets are researching products online and using social media on a daily basis. Learn how to take advantage of these consumer touch-points by optimizing your web presence. Financing Growth Find the funds necessary to finance new business ventures and projects by utilizing Small Business Administration programs and locating investors.
Speaker(s): Maria Yepes, Bill McKown, Jim Parrish, Marty Zients, Dave Noel, and Wayne Brass
Fee: No Cost