2011 Agenda

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW (at Connecticut Ave.)
Washington, D.C. 20008

Monday, May 23

* at the Omni Shoreham Hotel unless otherwise noted.

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Omni Shoreham Hotel

 

Regency Ballroom

U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Council on Small Business

Leadership Series Sessions

*By invitation only

*Sponsored by Sam's Club®

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom
Sponsor Exhibits and Technology Center Open
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
West Hallway/ Registration Desk
Registration and Attendee Materials Pickup

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Palladian Room

Optional Session: B2B National Procurement Matchmaking – Informational Overview

Find out what to expect during your scheduled matchmaking meetings and how to best position your company for success in federal and private sector contracting.

*Suggested for those participating in B2B Procurement Matchmaking

Hosted by The Latino Coalition

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Lunch & Sponsor Exhibits

12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Palladian Room

B2B National Procurement Matchmaking

Summit attendees will meet with procurement officers from Federal agencies and Fortune 500 companies to discuss small business procurement opportunities. Meetings must be scheduled in advance.

Note: Attendees must have a DUNS number and CCR registration to participate.

Learn more about B2B Matchmaking.

Hosted by The Latino Coalition

12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Cabinet Room

Small Business Resource Center

Sponsored by Sam's Club®

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Regency Ballroom

Opening Remarks

  • Giovanni Coratolo, Vice President, Small Business Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Improve Your Likeability –► Improve Your Impact

Bill Graham, Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University, and Owner, Graham Corporate Communications

If you are a lobbyist, you sell ideas. If you are an entrepreneur, you sell products. Either way, if customers don't like you, they won't buy what you are selling. Likeability is the final decision-maker. All things being equal, we will hire you, buy from you, promote you, and work harder for you if we like you best. This session will give you immediately usable likeability tools that will improve your relationships, communicate more persuasively with customers and legislators, and network with impact.

Sponsored by the Council on Small Business

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Health Care a Year Later: Are You Feeling Any Better? 

Moderator:

  • Dana Perino, Former White House Press Secretary and President, Dana Perino and Company

Panelists:

  • Dr. Len Nichols, Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University.
  • Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom
Networking Break & Sponsor Exhibits

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regency Ballroom

General Session: The Wall Street Journal's "How I Built It" a panel discussion

Moderator:

  • Colleen DeBaise, Small Business Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Panelists:

  • Steven Boal, Founder, President, and CEO, Coupons.com Incorporated
  • Georgette Mosbacher, CEO and President, Borghese, Inc.
  • Wayne Rogers, Founder of Wayne Rogers & Co. and CEO and Chairman of Stop-N-Save, LLC.

Gain firsthand wisdom from this esteemed panel of entrepreneurs for a dynamic discussion as they delve into their journeys of launching successful businesses. Learn strategies essential to transform your breakthrough ideas into a thriving small business.

4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Organizing Your Business Around People in This Social World

Speaker: Grady Burnett, Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

The web is being rebuilt around people. Because of the connections that have been established between people online, we now discover and consume content through our friends. Hear about the opportunities for businesses to organize around people in this social world.  

4:50 p.m. - 5:35 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Economic Outlook

Speaker: Dr. Martin Regalia, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Attendees will receive a candid, inside the beltway view of the current U.S. Economy. Dr. Regalia will discuss the current economic forces impacting the state of the American economy, his forecast of where it’s headed, and how it will affect businesses across the country.

Sponsored by FedEx

5:35 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Shuttles from the Omni Shoreham Hotel to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Building
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hall of Flags, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Building

Welcome Reception & Photos on the Roof

Sponsored by Travelers

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hall of Flags, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Building

Contacting Congress Advocacy Campaign

Sponsored by Small Business Nation and TradeRoots®

8:00 p.m. Shuttle returns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the Omni Shoreham Hotel
Tuesday, May 24
7:30 a.m.
West Hallway/ Registration Desk

Registration and Attendee Materials Pickup

7:30 a.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Sponsor Exhibits and Technology Center Open

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Regency Ballroom

Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Hoovers

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Diplomat Ballroom

DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Awards Breakfast*

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will honor the 2011 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners. The winner of the Community Excellence Award will be announced.

Emcee: Thomas J. Donohue,President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Speaker: Melinda Emerson, "SmallBizLady", President, MFE Consulting, LLC and Host, SmallBizChat

*By invitation only

Sponsored by Sam's Club®

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Regency Ballroom

Master of Ceremonies

David Chavern, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Regency Ballroom

Welcome Remarks

Introduction: Hector Barreto, Chairman, The Latino Coalition

  • Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
9:45 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Regency Ballroom

Issue Experts Panel:

Navigating the New Congress: Policies to Understand and Anticipate

Moderator:

  • David Chavern, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Panelists:

  • Karen Harbert, President and CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy
  • Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
  • Lisa Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Operation Restore Balance: Keeping Runaway Regulation in Check

Speaker: Andy Card, former Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush and Secretary of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Break & Sponsor Exhibits 

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Executive Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palladian Ballroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabinet Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diplomat Ballroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forum Room

Breakout Sessions

Breakout A: Key Strategies for Accessing Corporate and Government Contracts

Moderator:

  • Hector Barreto, Chairman, The Latino Coalition

Panelists:

  • Alithia Bruinton, Director, Supplier Diversity Programs, AT&T
  • Thomas Green, Deputy Associate Administrator, GSA's Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) 
  • Joan Kerr, Director, Supplier Diversity and Development, PG&E
  • Phyllis Meyer, Director, Marketing Partnership and Alliances, Dun & Bradstreet

Have you always wanted to know what it takes to do business with the government or corporate America? Participate and learn from the experts how to take your business to the next level.

Breakout B: Creating A Successful (But Manageable) Social Media Strategy

Speaker:

  • Jeff Mascott, Managing Partner, Adfero Group

We have been overwhelmed by social media lately. There are endless tools and tactics to choose from but every organization has only has limited resources to devote to using social media. At this session we’ll discuss how to prioritize. Using practical examples, we’ll walk step by step how to craft a social media plan that maximizes resources and actually helps to achieve your organization’s priorities

Note: Recommended for chamber and association executives and staff.

Breakout C: Resources to Reach New Markets

Moderator: Tami Overby, Vice President, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Panelists:

  • Thomas P. Cummings, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Export-Import Bank
  • Jack Muhs, Senior Vice President, International Planning and Engineering and GTS, FedEx Express

International business is no longer an option; it is imperative. As we aggressively work to double exports over the next five years, many resources exist to help small businesses better navigate this sometimes complex path to success. The trade agenda is gaining momentum with renewed discussions to move forward on passing U.S. trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia, all of which will help grow jobs and provide a better business environment for small businesses. Join this group of experts for a lively discussion on how you can built for the future through international engagement.

Breakout D:  The Biggest Risks Facing Small Businesses

Presenters:

  • Nirmal Traeger, Second Vice President, Casualty Services, Travelers Risk Control
  • Debra Ballen, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)

Would your business survive a disaster? Many don't. Whether it's loss of inventory, compromised customer data or a significant weather event, 40% of entrepreneurs aren't able to recover after disaster and end up closing their doors for good. Don't become a statistic. Join Travelers, a leading property casualty insurer, to learn about some of the biggest risks facing businesses. You'll also learn how to build a business continuity plan—an absolute must for all business owners. Don't miss this opportunity to obtain expert guidance to protect your business and your future.

Breakout Session E:  Introducing Facebook to Your Business

Speaker:

  • Rita Fabi, Manager of Market Solutions, Global Customer Marketing & Communications, Facebook

Are you interested in learning how your business can be successful on Facebook?  The Facebook team will share an overview of business products, including Pages, Ads, Deals, and Sponsored Stories, to help your business get started on Facebook right away. This workshop is ideal for people who are new to using Facebook for their businesses.

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom
Networking Break & Sponsor Exhibits
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Regency Ballroom
DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon
 

The U.S. Chamber honors the 7 Regional Finalists and announces the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year.

 
Keynote:
  • Chris Gardner, owner and CEO of the brokerage firm Gardner Rich and international best-selling author of the 2006 autobiography The Pursuit of Happyness, which was the basis for the film starring Will Smith.

Awards Presentation:

  • Catherine Corley, Vice President, Member Program Development, Sam's Club®

Emcee:

  • William G. Little, President and Chief Executive Officer, Quam-Nichols Company and Chairman of the Board, National Chamber Foundation

Sponsored by Sam's Club®

 

 

 

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom
Networking Break & Sponsor Exhibits
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Tough Choices for Tough Times

Keynote: Carly Fiorina, Business and Opinion Leader

As individuals, business owners, and a nation, we face challenges and must confront them with courage and common sense.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Plywood Leadership: Lessons on Leadership from a Warrior, Statesman, and Scholar

Keynote: General Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan

3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom
Afternoon Break
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ambassador/ Birdcage Walk

Attendee Cocktail Reception

Sponso exhibits open and raffle gifts announced, courtesy of our Summit sponsors.

Wednesday, May 25
7:15 a.m.
Hampton Room
Grab and Go Breakfast

7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Buses will pick up at the Parkview Entrance of the Omni Shoreham and drop off at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station.

Buses depart for Capitol Hill

Note: Luggage is NOT permitted inside the Capitol. Attendees may leave their luggage at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and return to collect it after Rally on the Hill.

Any bag larger than 14" wide x 13" deep is prohibited on Capitol Hill. Please visit www.visitthecapitol.gov for more information on prohibited items.

Attendees who will be leaving Washington on the 25th should allow enough time to return to the hotel to collect their luggage.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
 
CVC 212-10

Rally on the Hill 

Speakers:

  • House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor (R-VA)
  • U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) 

Sponsored by The Wall Street Journal

10:00 a.m.

Member Meetings

Meetings should be scheduled in advance. See the Rally page for tips on scheduling your meeting.

12:00 noon-1:30 p.m.

SH 902

Luncheon

Hosted by The Latino Coalition

Don't miss this event, Register Today.

Review the 2010 agenda.