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Conference Agenda & Session Topics 

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09:00am to 10:00am - Registration and Breakfast

10:00am to 10:45am - Welcome and Morning Keynote

  • Dan Radomski, Director of LTU Collaboratory 
  • ​Dr. Sibrina Collins, Executive Director of the LTU Marburger STEM Center 
  • ​Judge Debra Nance, 46th District Court
  • Dr. ZaLonya Allen, President of National Entrepreneurs Association

           Keynote: "Success is a Mental Game that You Can Win" 

10:45am to 11:00am - Networking Break

11:00am to 11:45am - Morning Breakout Sessions 

Grow to the Next Level Panel Moderated by Camille Walker Banks, Executive Director Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

This session will focus on strategic ways to grow your business based on insights from seasoned business owners. Panelists will consist of entrepreneurs who have graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program discussing their experiences. Great for CEO's in the growth stage looking to go to the next level.

The Secret to Working with Corporations Moderated by Dr. Priscilla Archangel, Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach  

A fireside chat style interview with Federal Mogul Corporation representative Tammi Hart discussing B2B opportunities for small business owners. You will learn what is required to secure corporate contracts, the types of contracts that are available, who to contact, income potential and the basic process.   

Shift Has Hit the Fan: How to Breakthrough Challenges, Presenter Lisa Mininni 

Entrepreneurship is met with unprecedented change. It often feels like a free fall into unknown territory but your hardwiring actually reveals how you pilot change. After this session attendees will take away tangible tools they can use to navigate change. During this interactive and powerful presentation you will hear about the latest case studies on how critical it is to get this hardwiring met each and everyday. Understanding your hardwiring will change your life and the way you do business. 

11:45am to 12:00pm - Networking Break

12:00pm to 1:00pm - Power Networking Lunch Options

Women in Business Panel & Lunch Moderated by Rochelle Riley, Author and Columnist for the Detroit Free Press

A powerful panel of women entrepreneurs will discuss triumphs and challenges as well as how they beat the odds to achieve success. You will learn about numerous opportunities available to women business owners. Panelists include, Elizabeth Mays, CEO of MCS Multi Media, Tina Williams, Founder and COO of  QT Solutions Vickie Gould, Author and Book Coach, Amy Nicole Swift, CEO and Founder of Building Hugger, and Marilyn Trent Founder of Trent Creative.

Marburger STEM Center Guided Tour with Dr. Sibrina Collins 

Lawrence Technological University's (LTU) Marburger STEM Center meets the educational and professional development needs of a diverse community of STEM learners by providing cutting-edge and engaging experiences in flexible learning spaces through pioneering programming. Executive Director Sibrina Collins will lead a tour of the STEM Center, a $55 million dollar complex built to expand programs that attract young students into careers of science technology engineering and mathematics, commonly known as STEM.  

One on One Power Networking Lunch

Space will be provided to give attendees an opportunity to network one to one or in small groups for a power networking lunch. 

12:45pm to 1:00pm - Networking Break

1:00pm to 1:45pm - Afternoon Breakout Sessions  

Funding and Finance Panel Discussion, Moderated by Dr. Kenneth L. Harris

Join the discussion! Representatives from Chemical Bank, Comerica, CIBC, Chase and PNC will discuss what is needed to get funding for your business as well as the importance of financial literacy for business owners. This is an opportunity to get your questions answered! This session will include a Q and A session and business card exchange.

How to Use Digital Marketing to Go BIG Presented by Dawn Verbriggehe, CEO of Jottful

Having an effective online presence is essential to establishing credibility with enterprise and governmental organizations. From your website — the core of your online presence — to your digital marketing channels, this session will arm you with specific strategies and tactics you can apply to Go Big online and increase business.

Government Contracting Made Simple Presented Thomas Vargo, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist  

The US government spends billions of dollars purchasing goods and services from private firms each year. The SBA works to create an environment for maximum participation by small, disadvantaged, and woman-owned businesses in federal government contract awards and large prime subcontract awards. Find out how these programs can help you expand into new markets and grow your business. 

1:45pm to 2:00pm - Networking Break

2:00pm to 3:30pm - Closing Ceremonies/Wrap up  

  • Awards Presentations
  • Fireside Chat lead by Mark S. Lee with guests Alina Morse Founder of Zollipops & Dana White, Owner of Paralee Boyd Salon
  • Closing Keynote with Joseph B. Anderson CEO of Tag Holdings, LLC

3:30pm to 4:00pm - Drawing/Networking/Adjorn


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