Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman to Host 11th Small Business Conference & Expo
Conference Showcases Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
Register Now at www.msbc.columbus.gov
Registration is now open for the 11th Mayor’s Small Business Conference & Expo. This year’s summit of small business enterprises will take place Sept. 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Presented by Mayor Michael B. Coleman, the two-day conference provides attendees with an opportunity to develop and showcase their entrepreneurial skills and business offerings through interactive workshops, sessions and exposition designed for emerging business owners.
“We are proud to once again host this opportunity for small businesses to learn about ways they can do business with the City of Columbus,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “Columbus is a city that means business, and by equipping our small, minority and female business owners with the tools for success, we are encouraging economic vitality and sustainability for years to come.”
This year’s conference theme is “Go Forward II: New Directions to Small Business Growth and Profitability”. With an estimated attendance of over 500 business leaders and professionals, participation is limited and interested attendees are encouraged to register early.
Programming for the two-day conference highlights the following:
· Nationally recognized speakers including Lisa Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter; Sarah Fisher, CEO, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing; Dr. Dennis Kimbro, bestselling author of What Makes the Great Great: Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement, and recently, The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires; and notable Columbus business leader, Cameron Mitchell, President and founder of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
· Plenary Session highlighting key trends and new market opportunities for small and emerging businesses
· The Mayor’s Small Business Luncheon focuses on “Demand-side Entrepreneurship: Giving Big Businesses What They Want” featuring local, regional and national industry thought leaders as they discuss what government and corporations need from their small business partners and how together they can be successful, featuring representatives from Nationwide Insurance and the Small Business Administration
· 12 Workshops
· Exhibitor Expo
Noting that as of 2013, it is estimated that there are over 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating over $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.8 million people, Columbus is contributing to that growth and is ranked by Forbes Magazine as No. 7 among the Best Cities for Female Founders. So for this year’s MSBC, a new addition to the conference program features a Thursday luncheon, “Lean In to Business and Contracting Success” that will highlight the trends and opportunities for women-owned and women-led businesses.
“The Mayor’s Small Business Conference helps to ensure that Columbus is an open and diverse community in which to do business,” said Columbus city Councilmember Eileen Y. Paley, chair of the Public Utilities Committee. “It is another way the City of Columbus is working to provide opportunities to all firms, both big and small, to succeed.”
Additionally, the conference will have expanded its reach to aspiring entrepreneurs through the KickStart WIDGETPITCH. This Shark Tank-style business pitch competition, will offer local startups an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of potential investors. Some of the confirmed investors include representatives from the Economic and Community Development Institute along with Columbus2020.
On Friday, the conference will also proudly host some of Central Ohio’s thriving businesses in the Expo’s MBE Pavilion. There, business owners will have the opportunity to profile their products and services and meet with the members of the city’s Equal Business Opportunity team learn more about EBO’s plans to increase citywide utilization of certified small, minority and women owned businesses.
Registration is $25. To register or learn more about the Mayor’s Small Business Conference, please visit www.msbc.columbus.gov. Exhibitor fee is $65. For more information contact Justin McKinney at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the KickStart WIDGETPITCH competition, visit http://www.columbus.gov/kickstart.
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