Meet Our 2020 Keynote Speaker Dave Zilko

Dr. Dawn Cone is a Management Consultant and Executive Coach with 25 years of experience specializing in individual, team and organizational effectiveness. Her areas of expertise include individual, team and organizational assessment, culture change, leadership and team development, and bringing organizational vision to life. As Founder/CEO of DSC Consulting Solutions, Dawn’s clients have spanned across several industries. As a speaker, trainer, and facilitator, she has delivered numerous presentations to a variety of audiences across the country. She has won awards for her research and has presented at both national and international professional conferences.

Dawn is a licensed psychologist and earned her dual Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. She is certified in The Hogan Development Suite and Korn Ferry Leadership Architect and has served as Adjunct Professor teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels. She also serves as a Consultant Board Member of Temeku Life Center and is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Society of Consulting Psychology. 

October 23, 2020 from 10am to 3pm ET on Zoom!

Today Dave has invested in and has assumed the role of CEO at FUEL Leadership, a digital media property that also organizes exclusive business events. He has started another food company, Skinny Butcher brand ready to serve meals.

Dave is an Operating Partner at Huron Capital, a Detroit-based private equity firm with over $1 billion under management. Dave also serves on the boards of the $60 million Grow Michigan venture fund, of Jimmy Buffett's charitable foundation "Singing for Change," and on the executive board of the largest food rescue organization in the country Forgotten Harvest. Dave graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in finance and earned a Master of Business Administration in marketing from The George Washington University.

Entrepreneur, Speaker & Author of the National Best Seller Irrational Persistence:

Seven Secrets That Turned A Bankrupt Startup into a $231,000,000 Business 

Conference Agenda

Beth Dana is a financial educator, coach, author and humanitarian. She brings a feminine, holistic approach to the, sometimes, masculine financial environment. She is a financial professional, and has studied holistic energy healing to further support her clients in deepening their healing in their relationship with money. By creating a space of financial wellness and wholeness, she supports people in creating breakthroughs in their relationship with self and money by releasing limiting beliefs that are in the way from creating abundance and prosperity. 

Beth couples her business interests with her passion for philanthropy, and has coached hundreds of students participating in leadership trainings, and raised thousands of dollars for charitable organizations. She has traveled to India to volunteer at the Mother Teresa House, served at orphanages in Tijuana, Mexico, and is founder of The Beetle Group a non-profit organization focusing on global aid projects. Her book ‘Make Money Your Partner’ -Your 30-Day Guide To Financial Wellness & Healing, is a working journal style of book, giving a holistic approach to financial freedom. 

Join us for a day of networking and learning with the best and brightest entrepreneurs in the country. 

Nicol Pasuit, the founder and CEO of TechStak and TechStak Marketing, is a ‘corporate intrapreneur’ turned entrepreneur. After working in corporate healthcare for 20 years building and scaling various tech-enabled services across the country she founded TechStak. Her company helps small businesses find and hire the right outsourced tech and IT firms – especially those skilled in cybersecurity. She recently launched TechStak Marketing to further help IT service providers solve their number one pain point – sales and marketing.

As a self-taught techie and marketer, she is always looking for and testing new SaaS-based tools to improve her business operations. Nicol was even introduced at a pitch competition as a “total geek”, which she proudly accepted as a compliment. She took 2nd place in the emerging technology category at that competition.Outside of her company, Nicol is a member of CompTia, a global IT industry organization and Michigan Women in Cybersecurity. She previously hosted a tech-focused podcast for small businesses. But now presents on IT outsourcing and management for different industry groups as well as marketing and sales consulting for IT providers. 

Dave Zilko founded his first specialty food company more than 25 years ago. While today Dave remains an equity partner in several food-oriented enterprises, he recently exited active involvement in the industry when he engineered the sale of Garden Fresh Gourmet, makers of the number one brand of fresh salsa in North America, to the Campbell’s Soup Company for nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. Dave was a partner at Garden Fresh for 13 years, serving as Vice Chairman with primary responsibility for strategy and sales.

You'll learn easy innovative ways to use technology to take your business to new heights at the 2020 Entrepreneur and Small Business Conference:The Future of Entrepreneurship. This event will include dynamic keynote speakers, information packed sessions, presentations from Dell Technologies, fun filled networking activities, a computer give away and more. Register now to attend one of the best virtual entrepreneur conferences of the year. 

Get the training you need to secure the future of your business!

Pictures from the 2019 Entrepreneur & Small Business Conference: Power Up Your Business

at the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Visit last years conference website ​

2020 Entrepreneur & Small Business Conference

The Future of Entrepreneurship

Regina Newberry is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and author of the book “Recognizing a Cash Cow-Honing In on Your Company’s Best Asset-THE PEOPLE.” She has extensive experience working with leaders and building empowered diverse teams. Her passion to serve them evolved during her 20 years of professional work history in the automotive supplier manufacturing industry.

She has held various positions as Lead Design Engineer, Engineering Supervisor, and Program Manager with awards; and sought after to champion complex company bottle-necks. She refers to herself as a CI (Continuous Improvement) expert and leadership disruptor.

In her current role, she serves as CEO of OutDo Wit Consulting Group, a small woman-owned management consulting business specializing in administrative and general management support. She brings a fresh eyes approach with a talent for discerning company challenges that impact workflow productivity and team development. Her motto is “Start with People first then work on systems and processes.

10:00am to 10:10am - Welcome

10:10am to 10:30am - Opening Keynote

10:30am to 11:15am - "Technology in the New Normal" Panel Discussion

11:15am to 12:00pm - Microsoft Training Session

11:45pm to 12:15pm - Facilitated Networking Activities  

12:15pm to 12:30pm - Lunch Break

12:30pm to 01:15pm - Breakout Sessions

  1. How to Have More Effective Online Meetings and Crush It!
  2. Financial Literacy: 7 Secrets to Increase Your Bottom Line

01:15pm to 02:00pm - “Enhancing Your Relationship with Money”

02:00pm to 02:45pm - Closing Keynote: Irrational Persistence

02:45pm to 03:00pm - Drawings & Giveaways

03:00pm – Adjourn


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In early 2016 Dave published a book, via Wiley & Sons, detailing his experience as an entrepreneur in general and his experiences with Garden Fresh in particular. Entitled Irrational Persistence: Seven Secrets That Turned A Bankrupt Startup into a $231,000,000 Business. The book became an instant national best seller.


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Paul Jones has a unique combination of institutional finance, small business advisory and entrepreneurship experience. He is the Executive Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses in Detroit Michigan. Prior to joining the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Team, Paul founded TIVA Capital Advisors, a “virtual CFO company, focusing on data analytics, financial literacy and value extraction. In the previous 10 years, Mr. Jones was co-founder & CEO of IPX EG International; a telecom company domiciled in west Africa. Under Paul’s leadership; IPX grew from start-up to $20 million in annual sales with over 100 employees.