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THRIVE! Small Biz Con is an action packed one-day event that's all about standing out and building a thriving business. This year we're giving attendee’s front row access to leaders in business development, marketing, finance, social media and technology, with special sessions focused on professional growth and a few fun surprises!
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THRIVE! full schedule
October 12, 2017
VIP ONLY – PRE-EVENT KICK OFF:
Advanced purchase attendees are invited to come early for an up-beat kickoff event / hour packed with hands-on demos, sponsor prize drawings, and networking opportunities.
Gelie Akhenblit, CEO / Founder of NetworkingPhoenix is an entrepreneur, speaker, mother and mentor who has altered the landscape of networking in the Valley, and now nationally, by visualizing, creating, and launching an online platform that has democratized how people connect in-person.
GENERAL REGISTRATION OPENS
PANEL DISCUSSION - Main Stage
Small is the New Big:
Whatever the inspiration, running a business is hard -- and many will fail along the way. Our panel of business owners and founders will dive into the potential impact of those early ideas becoming a success, and the hard decisions it can take to remain a viable business.
TRACK A | LET GO & GROW: PRODUCTIVITY
o Principals for Success: How to Thrive in Your Business & Life
o Top 10 Steps to Becoming More Productive - Julie Fletcher
o How to Develop a Capabilities Statement - Michael Angulo & Sarah Hope
TRACK B | INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
o Technology That Will Re-Define How You Work
o Top Trends for Increased Data Security & Privacy
o Small AND Secure: Cybersecurity Basics - Rachel Harpley
TRACK C | MARKETING & SOCIAL
o 15 Hot Trends in Marketing & How They Impact Your Business
o 6 Digital Tools That Fuel Small Business Growth in 2018 and How Start Using Them Now - Martin Jones & Vince Orleck
FAST TRACK | BUSINESS ESSENTIALS
o Sales Tips to Finish This Year Strong, and Start the New Year Fast!
o Grow Your Business Without Glitches - Angela Sticca Snyder
o Essential Productivity Apps That Build Small Businesses - LuRae Lumpkin
o Word-of-Mouth Referrals: How to get more of the best source of new customers - Eric Groves
Non-stop session covering, business information in a fast-paced setting. Attendee’s never leave as speakers rotate on stage (Round-Robin Style) covering everything from marketing, tax best practices, productivity apps, sales and a few fun surprises! Water and snack breaks provided.
“Thrive! is a one-of-a-kind experience that inspires business professionals to bring their ideas to life and shape the future of Arizona small business.”
“Come hear an amazing group of inspirational speakers.”
“Endless opportunities to network with fellow attendees, sharpen your business skills and get exposed to innovative ideas.”
OUR THRIVE SPEAKERS
More Speakers Announced Soon
Amy Packard Berry, Chief Dynamo and founder of DigitalWire360 is a creative entrepreneur. With a successful career background at global agencies, Packard Berry excels in elevating small businesses. She leads with her heart and believes there are no coincidences in life. Voted most “Most Fashionable” Amy rocks this title with her devout passion for fashion.
Martin Jones is a Sr. Marketing Manager with the corporate Cox Communications team where he leads the social media, content marketing, and employee advocacy strategy for Cox Business.
Sarah Hope is the Founder and CEO of Vertical Identity. Vertical Identity performs background checks and drug testing for employers, municipalities and tribal organizations. In her role, she is responsible for the overall vision of her Minority Owned Small Business, including business development, and long term planning. Sarah enjoys coffee and wine, traveling all over the world with her husband Jason, and is a proud mother to four teenagers.
Mike is a well-known speaker on the topic of sales. He has over 35 years of sales coaching, sales management and sales experience. Mike understands how to sell in both small and large business settings helping businesses with increasing sales results. A fun fact about Mike is that he was an extra in a TV show and a couple of movies.
"Social Butterfly" Valerie Gilbert is an AZ native with a passion for fun and creativity. She has found her nitch with a social sports organization new to the valley, PHXFray! You can find Val playing kickball, skeeball, or sand volleyball every night of the week!
Michael Angulo serves as a Senior Supplier Diversity Analyst for Salt River Project, one of the nation’s largest public power utility’s providing water and power to Arizona residents. In this role, he is responsible for implementing and executing all Supplier Diversity initiatives and goals in the community and across the SRP enterprise. Michael is an avid Sun Devil fan and enjoys golf, travel and time with his family. He is a proud husband and father of three (soon to be four!).
Julie Fletcher is Assistant Vice President and Business Banking Specialist for Enterprise Bank & Trust. She has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur helping both domestic and international entrepreneurs with the startup and development of their businesses. Julie’s holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Julie put herself through collage as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer! While she always enjoys a good workout, her greatest joy is being grandma to not one, but soon to be 2, grandsons. Julie put herself through college as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer! Although Julie loves a good workout, her greatest joy is being a Grandma to not just one, but soon-to-be, TWO boys!
Angela, aka “The Taxanista” graduated high school by age 16 and completed her Bachelor’s by age 19. After taking a year “off” to attend Culinary School for fun, Angela received her Master’s Degree in Taxation at age 21. Angela built a lucrative international manufacturing/import sweater business. She grew it from inception, to production, landed her line in Nordstrom’s and executed the profitable sale of the business! Angela now has 25+ years experience in her industry.
Ron Cates – As an international speaker and master of ceremonies, Ron Cates has spoken to over 200,000 business owners and leaders in seven countries. He is known for his ability to inspire and educate; both as a motivational speaker and as an expert on digital marketing. In his spare time he can be found at local comedy clubs performing stand-up. His entertaining and informative approach energizes events in a unique and unforgettable way.
Aditi Madane is a principal engineer with over 15 years of experience building innovative large-scale software platforms.Aditi Madane is the CEO of a software development company - Upsilon Labs which caters to startups and small/medium sized businesses. She has appeared in an Emmy award winning TV show.
LuRae Lumpkin is an accomplished, effective, award winning business and marketing leader both domestically and globally. LuRae is the CEO and Founder of LuRae Lumpkin NYC, a digital marketing strategy, social media strategy & execution, online reviews, reputation management, and all things digital advertising related company. She has held the CMO / Chief Marketing Officer role client side for Qwest Communications, as well as a variety of Senior Executive roles ad agency side. She has worked for the world’s largest ad agency in New York City, WPP/GroupM, and three start-ups that she helped grow to acquisition.
While Rachel is passionately focused on solving the challenges of cybersecurity recruiting (basically practicing magic), realistically Rachel would find her bliss by simply raising lambs and studying mycology on a wind turbine farm.
Karen set out to fulfill her passion for helping entrepreneurs when she founded her marketing agency at the age of 24 - the same year she quit her job and got married. Effectiveness & efficiency are two rules she lives by, allowing her to remain insanely productive while still balancing an fulfilling, travel-filled life.
Eric Groves is the co- founder / CEO of Alignable the free social network for small business owners. He’s spent over 20 years helping small business owners use technology to drive business success and prior to Alignable, Eric was a founding executive at Constant Contact where he led sales, educational programs, and new user success. He also authored the Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing. His mantra: “Small Business Owners are Stronger Together”
From our pre-conference kickoff to our killer happy-hour party, THRIVE! Small BIZ CON provides you with endless opportunities to network with fellow attendees, sharpen your business skills and get exposed to innovative ideas.
Registration at the door opens at 12:30PM.
See you there!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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Join us in newly revitalized downtown Phoenix on October 12th and be inspired by some of the most renowned figures from business and beyond.