It all began with a dream, right? I mean, no one starts a business without the power of a dream. And once you get going, it's so much work, you have to know that underneath all the tough times, uncertainty and challenges, that the dream still lives inside of you. But sometimes it just gets l
It all began with a dream, right? I mean, no one starts a business without the power of a dream. And once you get going, it's so much work, you have to know that underneath all the tough times, uncertainty and challenges, that the dream still lives inside of you. But sometimes it just gets lost...
"Big Dreams for Small Businesses" is about how to reconnect with that dream and discover ways to daily build the dream into something even bigger than your day-to-day struggles. Tips for how to stay inspired, and become fearless in making your dream come true.
Our guest presenter will be Deborah Franco, the co-founder of Destiny Entertainment. Deborah's early background includes work for political organizations, campaigns and educational commissions. She's also managed Hispanic marketing campaigns for numerous global Brands. Her latest role is her most ambitious yet--as an entrepreneur and the creative force behind Destiny Entertainment. Here she's created some memorable advertising spots for the U.S. Naval Academy, while seeking to provide a culture that mentors and embraces female filmmakers.
If that's not enough, Deborah is also an accomplished singer and songwriter, having won "Best New Artist" by both BET and Telemundo.
Please join us in welcoming Deborah to our stage, where during the months of September and October, we'll be focusing on the contributions of Women in Small Business. It's the Verizon Small Business team's way of supporting National Women in Small Business month in October.
As always, Verizon webinars are free to all small business owners, so please tell your friends about this important and informative series.
Not every path to success is paved with gold at every step — part of winning often means being nimble enough to turn pitfalls into pivots. In this presentation, Troy examines the snafus and setbacks in his own career that wound up sending him in new directions, ultimately making him the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. Going from high school drop-out in West Philly to shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, Troy shares pages from his playbook on hustle that will inspire, educate and give purpose to your mission. During the session, he will share lessons from working with entrepreneurs in his ever-growing portfolio (currently 90+ companies), which ranges from Uber to Spotify, and how those once small businesses became household names by using their small size as an advantage.
The Founder & CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement & Editor Emerita of Essence Magazine, Susan L. Taylor will present: ·The Courage to Change in a Shifting World Order
·A Better Way of Living: Creating Balance, Meaning & Joy
·Bold, Visionary Leadership: From the Inside Out
· A Revolution of Values
Dr. Randal Pinkett, Founder, Chairman and CEO, BCT Partners
Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his generation in business and technology. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management consulting and information technology solutions firm headquartered in Newark, NJ.
Companies with great products and services shouldn’t struggle to generate enough qualified leads to meet their growth goals. Join #1 bestselling author Justin Blaney to learn how to build awareness, excitement, demand and trust for your brand with less financial investment. Double your leads in 2015—and not just any leads. Not lists of names, or appointments that don’t happen, or people who signed up to win an iPad. We’re talking about prospects who know you, want you and can afford you. In less than an hour, Justin will share 3 simple, yet powerful steps to produce more leads with less investment that you can start implementing today. This webinar will include a time for Q&A to ensure your questions are answered and you can apply these steps to your unique business.
When longtime This American Life and Planet Money producer Alex Blumberg decided to start his own company, he faced a lot of barriers. He'd never been a CEO. He'd never run a company. In fact, the last time he'd even worked in the private sector was over 30 years earlier, as a bagger at a grocery school when he was in high school. And yet, in just 6 months, he'd successfully raised 1.5 million dollars at a 10 million dollar valuation, all while documenting his journey in a podcast called StartUp. Alex shares story and the lessons he's learned along the way.
Daymond John, Entrepreneur, Industry Pioneer, and Marketing Expert
An incredible opportunity to Ask Daymond John about how to get your business started!
A young entrepreneur, industry pioneer, highly regarded marketing expert and a man who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just a few ways people have described Daymond John. Over the last 20 years, Daymond John (The Shark) has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to a highly sought after branding expert, author, consultant, and as a speaker in business and motivational genres.
Daymond’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the marketplace created one of the most iconic fashion brands in recent years. FUBU, (“For Us By Us”), represented a lifestyle that was neglected by other clothing companies. Realizing this need in the marketplace, Daymond helped to create the
untapped urban apparel space and laid the groundwork for other companies to compete in this newly established market.
In 2009, John joined the cast of the ABC entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, produced by acclaimed TV producer Mark Burnett. As one of the “Sharks”, Daymond and four other prominent executives listen to business pitches from everyday people hoping to launch their company or product to new heights. Investing his own money in every project, Daymond becomes partners with the entrepreneurs helping turn their dreams into a reality. Millions of viewers tune into the show as Daymond demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights, which have earned him his nickname as “The Shark.”
Jean Chatzky, Personal Finance Expert & Journalist
Small business owners are different where their personal finances are concerned. They have more (often better) options when it comes to retirement, but all too often their business becomes their retirement plan. Personal finance expert and best-selling author Jean Chatzky has pulled together Money Rules to get small business owners on the right track for financial success personally, because only then can you focus your all on your business.
Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, and the host of Money Matters with Jean Chatzky on RLTV. She is a longtime magazine columnist and the best-selling author of eight books, the latest of which is Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. She believes that knowing how to manage money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age and has made it her mission to help simplify money matters by increasing financial literacy. To that end, she recently launched Jean Chatzky's Money School—online classes on crucial financial topics like saving, budgeting, getting out of debt, and planning for retirement—that she teaches herself at JeanChatzky.com.
Farrah Gray, Celebrity Entrepreneur, International Bestselling Author, and Philanthropist
Join Farrah Gray,Celebrity Entrepreneur, International Bestselling Author, and Philanthropist, as he shares Strategies to Breaking the Mold - Reinventing Your Management and Marketing Mindset.
Now more than ever every entrepreneur needs to rethink the way their company has to face their brand recognition challenges in a marketplace that has succumbed to social media. Small businesses will grow and prosper in the social media marketing competitive climate, when founders, owners and managers initiate and enforce radical change.
Farrah Gray was named as one of the most influential Black men in America by the National Urban League. Ebony Magazine and Black Enterprise recognized him as an entrepreneurial icon and best-selling author. Raised in the impoverished South side of Chicago, Gray defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of 14. At the age of 21, he received an Honorary Doctorate degree of Humane Letters from Allen University. This was in recognition of his ingenious economic mind and distinguished commitment to the development of values such as leadership, integrity and scholarship. In his rise from poverty to national and international prominence as an entrepreneurial icon and pre-eminent power speaker, Farrah Gray has inspired millions around the world. At the age of 29, he has achieved more than many achieve in a lifetime.
For more information and to get a copy of Gray’s complimentary eBook Comfort Is the Enemy of Achievement, visit www.farrahgray.com
Join Dan Rather as he shares leadership principles of the world’s most powerful leaders and how small businesses can benefit from them in the Verizon Small Business Ready Webinar Series.
For more than 40 years, former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Dan Rather has been the embodiment of the intrepid broadcast journalist. From the Kennedy assassination—where he was the first to break the news that the president had been killed—to the Indian Ocean tsunami, he has covered every major story of our time, with distinction and a fierce dedication to hard news. For his unparalleled devotion to his craft, he was named the 2012 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Rather’s reporting skills are legendary, and his single-minded pursuit of the story has taken him to datelines as far ranging as Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, China, Russia, and Cuba.
On the domestic front, Rather has covered every presidential campaign since 1952. Rather’s latest journalistic venture is the hard-edged news show Dan Rather Reports, broadcasted on AXS TV, on which he acts as both host and managing editor. With his renowned in-depth interviews and his love of investigative reporting, Rather is able to accurately report on major issues facing our nation today. From politics and the global economy to international affairs and the environment, he gives each story the time and commitment that it deserves.
In May 2012 his memoir, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News, was published.
John Meyer, Company Corporation and David Crocker, Chase Paymentech
Learn from the pros and discover how using simple tactics can help you expand your business legally and financially.
John Meyer is the marketing leader for The Company Corporation, the Small Business Unit at Corporation Service Company® (CSC®), which incorporates tens of thousands of new businesses annually and provides ongoing compliance services to hundreds of thousands of companies located throughout the U.S.
Meyer is a small business start-up expert with The Company Corporation. He leads the organization's educational programs and moderates the company's popular webinar series which features small business owners, authors and business experts.
Erika Martin is an Entrepreneur and Independent Consultant with CAbi LLC, a social selling company specializing in Women’s Clothing, and previous owner of Options llc, a personal concierge company. Erika is born and raised in Washington DC but after graduation from University of Maryland College Park, she traveled the globe with then MCI Telecommunications for 14 years in various corporate management positions. Erika began her entrepreneurial quest after MCI was purchased by Worldcom and never looked back. Erika is engaged
to be married to prominent DC lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, and through blended families she has a son Cole (9 years old), Twin daughters Mckay and McKenzie (18 years old), daughter Shayla (30 years old), and a granddaughter Ashanti (11 years old). Balancing life/work is a large part of why Erika chose to go into business for herself.
Kristie Arslan is the President & CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed. Kristie has been with the NASE for the past 12 years, most recently as its Executive Director. With years of advocating on behalf of the self-employed nationwide and her own personal experience working for her family's small business, she provides critical insight into the issues affecting our nation's entrepreneurs.
Arslan's main goal is to help NASE Members achieve their American dream of successful business ownership. Kristie works closely with policymakers in Congress and the Administration and strives to increase the visibility and influence of the NASE to ensure that the self-employed have a seat at the table in Washington D.C.
Currently, Arslan serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) and the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC). In addition, she is the Chair and founding member of the coalition supporting Equity for Our Nation's Self-Employed. Arslan has been quoted and published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill and CQ Weekly, and has appeared on MSNBC, FOX, CNBC and C-SPAN. She is also an active blogger on the Huffington Post and Small Business Trends.
As the editor and publisher of Enterprising Women, Monica Smiley has spent the last decade building the national and now global magazine she leads into a strong voice for women entrepreneurs. Founded as the only national magazine published exclusively for women business owners, the print and digital editions of the magazine now reach a million women entrepreneurs in 185 countries around the globe. The company also hosts the annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, considered the most prestigious awards program for outstanding women business owners from around the globe. While Enterprising Women began its tenth year in May 2009 serving the women business owner community, Monica has been the president of a magazine publishing and marketing communication business for nearly 30 years, publishing both consumer and trade magazine titles.
Considered a national thought leader on women’s entrepreneurship, Monica serves on the National Association of Women Business Owners National Advisory Council and is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization. EW is a founding coalition partner of Women Impacting Public Policy, and she has represented the United States six times as a delegate to the Global Summit of Women (in Morocco, Germany, Chile, China, Turkey, and Greece), a gathering of nearly a thousand women entrepreneurs, women business leaders, and women Cabinet or Ministerial level government leaders from more than 90 countries actively involved in the Peace Through Business program, sponsored by the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW), Monica has served as a mentor in the program for the past four years, hosting women business owners from Afghanistan and Rwanda in her North Carolina home. She founded the Enterprising Women Foundation in March 2011 to benefit the growth of women’s entrepreneurship here and around the world. A recipient of numerous awards, she is a native of Bay City, Michigan.
As founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, Keith Ferrazzi works to transform old behaviors that block businesses from reaching strategic goals into new behaviors that increase value. Ferrazzi has perfected techniques of collaborative coaching and motivation of key constituencies that positively transform behavior.
Verizon Live presents Author, Executive Momentum Coach and Global Leader, Denise J. Hart is fulfilling her life's purpose by helping people define their Don't Quit attitude and KICK fear to the curb as they radically transform their mindset for a more meaningful life and career.
From graduating from college at the age of 32, to becoming a tenured college professor and owner of a brand and soul message, Mindset Mojo, llc, that helps millions of people around the world live a better life than they could have even imagined, Denise's life is a testament to her optimistic Don't Quit attitude!
Denise is a member of world renowned speaker and breakthrough specialist Lisa Nichols' Global Leaders Team and a featured weekly blogger at ForHarriet.com. Her work is guided by her 18 years as an entrepreneur and her service as a tenured professor of theatre where she has immersed herself in studying the principles of creativity and the transformative impact of creative thought and expression, and her study of the teachings of thought leaders such as Lisa Nichols, Andrea Lee, Marianne Williams, Deepak Chopra, Stephen Covey, Eric Maisel, Michael Beckwith, Edward deBono, Charles Haanal, Wallace D. Wattles, Rollo May and Louise Hay.
A lively, dynamic speaker and facilitator, known for delivering her message centered on truth, love and unlimited possibility in her signature style filled with humor and kick-in-the-pants honesty, Denise is also the author of the go-to-guide for people who want to thrive, "Your Daily Mindset Mojo - 365 power thoughts to help you change your mindset and transform your life!" Visit her blog for more insightful tips to help you thrive! http://www.motivationmama.com
Join Robby Hill, HillSouth, as he discusses Your Business and the Cloud Evolution. Learn how cloud applications apply to your small business and understand some of the complexities and amazing features that the technology offers. Get firsthand information on the shift from just selling PCs to focusing on the many cloud computing products that are flooding the marketplace and understand what to look for to meet your needs.
Robby Hill is an entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of an information technology consulting firm called HillSouth.
Robby has received numerous accolades for his work through the years. The US Small Business Administration honored him as Young Entrepreneur of the Year for South Carolina and the Southeastern US in 2007. His company, HillSouth, was honored by the South Carolina Department of Commerce in 2007 with the Palmetto Workforce Partnership Award. HillSouth is ranked 994 on the 2012 Inc 500|5000 list, received honors in 2012 from CRN magazine as both a FastGrowth 100 company and NextGen 250 company for exceptional innovation and growth in the technology consulting industry. Robby has also been named Small Business Person of the year by the Florence Chamber of Commerce and for two years was honored at the White House as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs in the country, as ranked by the Empact group.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Pee Dee Workforce Investment Board (WIB). In November 2012 he was elected to serve as Councilman for the City of Florence, which is South Carolina’s tenth-largest municipality.
View his LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/robbyhill/
Based on an excerpt from "The Small Business Bible," Steve Strauss will share creative, inexpensive marketing ideas like overnight radio, social media, pay-per-click, personal letters, e-newsletters, webinars, and more to help small businesses excel.
Steve Strauss is often called “the country’s leading small business expert.” The senior USATODAY small business columnist and best-selling author, Steve’s latest book is the all-new, 3rd edition of The Small Business Bible. A lawyer, author, and public speaker, Steve is also a frequent guest on TV and radio. He sits on the board of the World Entrepreneurship Forum and regularly speaks across the globe about small business strategies and global trends in business. His company, The Strauss Group, creates cutting-edge business content for everyone from Fortune 100 companies to small chambers of commerce. If you would like Steve to speak to your group, help your business grow, or if you would like to sign up for his free newsletter, “Small Business Success Secrets!” please visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed.com