Small Business Conference 2018


FEBRUARY 28, 2018

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8:00am – 11:45am     
Conference Registration
8:00am – 9:00am
Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 6:00pm
Sponsor Showcase
9:00am – 10:00am     
Opening Conference Session
Stan Greil, Rose State College Vice President for Workforce & Community Development
Dottie Overal, Small Business Administration, District Director
Dr. William Carter, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, Oklahoma State Director
Innovating Small Business for the Future!
Adam Edwards, Waters Edge, CEO
Toby Brown, The Brown Group, CEO
Rachael Gruntmeir, Black Scintilla, CEO
This panel discussion is composed of three leading and innovative business owners in the areas of wineries, franchising, real estate and retail. This session will share best practices, lessons learned and innovation creates future opportunities.
10:15am –11:00am
A Strategic Assessment of Your Business or Business Idea: 
Walter Miller, Rose State College Small Business Development Center, Business Advisor
A brief introduction of GrowthWheel as a tool for business owners to understand key factors of a business and how they can begin to prioritize. Next step is to do the Growth Wheel 360-degree assessment that will provide business owners what they identify as a needed area of focus.
11:15am – 12:00pm
Growth Wheel Business Concept
Business Development *** Customer Relations, Operations, and Organization
Lesa Crowe, Atomic Marketing, Managing Member
Walter Miller, Rose State College Small Business Development Center, Business Advisor
Sandy Stephens, Rose State College Small Business Development Center, Director
Customer Relations: Understanding and developing a plan for your business website, branding, and marketing.
Operations: How to develop a business portfolio for lenders.
Organization: The importance of strategic partnerships for your small business.
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Jeanie Webb, Rose State College President
Make it Happen in Oklahoma!
Robert Funk, Express Employment Professionals, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board
George Nigh, Former Oklahoma Governor
Session 1
1:45pm – 2:30pm
Cyber Security for Small Businesses: Utilization, Security, Law, and Ethics
Preston Ackerman, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chief of Cybersecurity
Many times small business owners believe they are immune to potential cyber security attacks, but there is a significant increase of hackers identifying soft targets being small businesses to access customer sensitive information due to the lack of secured data protection. One the leaders of the FBI Cyber Security Division will share the risk and what measure of to implement as a small business owner.
Session 2
How to Make Your First $10k
Asa Leveaux, Leveaux Group, Inc., Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer
Within entrepreneurship in 2018 so many people desire to be the next millionaire next door or able to post that they are six figure earners. I support your dreams and understand that you first must surpass the $10,000 benchmark. As a result of attending this practical workshop, you will leave with an action list rather than theory and motivation. 
2:45pm – 3:30pm
Session 1:
Financing Your Business:
Alex Lancaster, First National Bank, Vice President
Wade Moore, Advantage Bank, Executive Vice President
Sally Weatherford, The First State Bank, Midwest City Market Manager
A group panel discussion with local community banks about the general practices and potential barriers in supporting small businesses in loan funding needs.
Session 2:
Expand Your Business Through Government Contracting:    
David Hoffmeier, Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network, Coordinator
Has your business considered diversifying your business revenue stream through government contracting? This session will discuss the basic steps for registering and managing local, state, and federal government contracting.
3:45pm – 4:30pm
Closing Session: “Putting it All Together - Where Do We Go from Here” –
Panel Discussion
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Networking and Sponsor Showcase Reception for Participants
One-On-One Consultations (sign up at registration)