2014 Agenda

Featured speakers from America’s Small Business Summit 2014 include:

  • Governors Panel discussing what states are doing to close the skills gap and fill the talent pipeline
  • Gen. Colin L. Powell (Ret.), Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Susan O'Malley, former President and CEO, Washington Sports and Entertainment
  • Jim VandeHei, Presdient, CEO, and co-founder, POLITICO
  • Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report and columnist, National Journal 
  • Steve Case, Chairman and CEO Revolution; Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman, The Case Foundation 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11   THURSDAY, JUNE 12   FRIDAY, JUNE 13

OMNI SHOREHAM HOTEL: 2500 Calvert St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11

7:00 a.m.

West Hallway
Registration Desk

Omni Shoreham Hotel

Registration and Attendee Materials Pickup

8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Shuttles Depart for Capitol Hill

Shuttles will pick up at the Parkview Entrance of the Omni Shoreham and drop off in front of the Chamber’s Capitol Hill headquarters in the American Trucking Associations (ATA) building at 430 1st Street SE

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

ATA Building

Capitol Hill

Small Business Summit Hill Day Kick-Off & Breakfast

Join the Chamber’s Congressional and Political teams for breakfast and an informed conversation on the current issues in Congress impacting small business.

Note: Meetings with Members of Congress should be scheduled in advance. For tips on scheduling meetings, visit: USChamberSummit.com/AdvocacyResources.

Sponsored by The Wall Street Journal

10:30 a.m. 
and 11:30 a.m.

ATA Building

Shuttles Return to Omni Shoreham

10:00 a.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Sponsor Exhibits and Tech Center Open
Sponsored by FreeEnterprise.com

11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m

Breakout Session A: Online Reputation Management

In today’s digital world, anyone can review a business online, and the effect of those comments (positive or negative) can outweigh the effect of a traditional media ad. Hear from a panel of online review platform representatives and digital strategy experts as they discuss how to manage your company’s online reputation. 

ModeratorShana Glickfield, Partner, Beekeeper Group 
Panelists:
Chip Griffin, Managing Partner, Franeo
Darnell Holloway, Senior Manager for Business and Local Outreach, Yelp

Bess Yount, Small Business Program Manager, Facebook

Breakout Session B: Cyber Essentials to Protect Your Business

This session explores industry-vetted actions that businesses can take to assess and strengthen their security, as outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework. Panelists discuss current threats to security, outline a goal-setting timetable for improving cybersecurity, and much more.

Matthew Eggers, Senior Director of National Security and Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Tom Dennison, Chief Information Security Officer, ADT    Donna Dodson, Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Jenny Menna Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Bob Russo, General Manager, PCI Security Standards Council

Breakout Session C: Simple Steps for Growing Your Business: An Overview

Discover where your business has room for growth or improvement; then formulate a new set of goals.

SpeakerFred Glave, Washington D.C. SCORE Mentor

11:45 a.m.–12:00 noon
Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Break
Sponsored by CareerBuilder

12:00 noon–1:45 p.m.

Empire Ballroom

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Competition Luncheon

The U.S. Chamber is honored to host the six finalists of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy as they pitch their student run businesses to a panel of judges.

Speakers and Judges:

Kathy Bromage, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Small Business Commercial Strategy, The Hartford
Peter Cancro, CEO, Jersey Mike’s
David Chavern, President, U.S. Chamber Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation
Connor Christian, 2013 YEA! Competition Winner\
Lisa Gills, Chief Academic Officer, Junior Achievement
James Haslam, Founder, Pilot Corporation
Matt Heimer, Senior Editor, MarketWatch
Gayle Jagel, Founder and CEO, Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Jeffrey Maddock, Director of Affinity Marketing, FedEx
The Honorable John R. McKernan Jr., President, U.S. Chamber of  Commerce Foundation
Seong Ohm, Senior Vice President, Merchandise Business Services, Sam’s Club®
Phil Saunders, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Sam’s Club®

1:45 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Break
Sponsored by CareerBuilder

2:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

Welcome and Housekeeping Remarks
The Honorable John R. McKernan
, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

2:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Governors Panel—Economic Growth and Closing the Skills Gap

Governors participate in a discussion on the states’ role in filling the talent pipeline and why closing the gap is crucial to long-term business success. This panel also marks the release of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s fifth edition of Enterprising States, which examines the policies and programs that are being implemented to create economic growth at the state level.

Introduction: Joel Kotkin, Author and Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies, Chapman University
Moderator: The Honorable John R. McKernan Jr., President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Panelists:
The Honorable Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah
The Honorable Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina

3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Economic Update

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

4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: 2014 Elections Preview

Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report, and columnist, National Journal

5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Welcome Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by The Hartford

THURSDAY, JUNE 12

 

7:30 a.m.
West Hallway Registration Desk

Registration and Attendee Materials Pickup

7:30 a.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Sponsor Exhibits and Tech Center Open

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

Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by CT

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

EmceeThomas J. Collamore, Senior Vice President, Communications and Strategy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Regency Ballroom

Welcome Remarks

Introduction: Hector Barreto, Chairman, The Latino Coalition
Speaker: Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Taking Charge in Times of Crisis

Drawing on examples garnered from experience as both a leader on the world stage and as eyewitness to leadership in action, General Colin Powell illustrates precisely what it takes to be a leader, providing strategies for “taking charge” during times of great change and great crises.

Gen. Colin L. Powell (Ret.),  Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Break & Sponsor Exhibits
Sponsored by CareerBuilder

10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Regency Row

Small Business Resource Center

Attendees are invited to meet with representatives from federal agencies and nonprofit organizations to learn about their resources and services for small businesses.

Participants:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services

Employee Plans Customer Education and Outreach, Internal Revenue Service

Federal Office on Women’s Health

Minority Business Development Agency

SCORE

U.S. Census Bureau

Sponsored by Sam’s Club®

10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

For up to date room assignments, check the mobile event app

Breakout Session A: How to Take Your Business to the Next Level: Opportunities in Government and Corporate Contracts

Panelists:
Joseph F. Alderete, Director, Supplier Diversity, Southern California Edison
Chuck Ashman, Founder, CEO
Executive Producer, Business Matchmaking
Roland Cloutier, Vice President, Chief Security Officer, ADP
Dave Dawson, Associate Director for Small Business Programs at the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC)
Dan Sturdivant II, Assistant to the Director for Outreach & SDVOSB Coordinator, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Brian Tippens, Chief Diversity Officer at Hewlett-Packard

Sponsored by The Latino Coalition

 

Breakout Session B: It Takes a Village to Build and Grow Your Business

In this digitally fueled society, the definition of “community” has expanded, and today could include customers, suppliers, employees, and supporters in any geography. Owners of small businesses that line our Main Streets are connected to their communities by committing their time, money, and resources to supporting community initiatives. How do small business owners harness the power of their communities to build and grow their business? Join a panel discussion focused on the interconnectivity of small businesses and the “community”—how when these two entities thrive, they are mutually successful. The panel also explores how owners can build their network, including leveraging social media and the value of local sourcing and hiring.

Moderator:
Gene Marks, Small Business Author and Expert, The Hartford
Panelists:
Melinda Emerson,“SmallBizLady”
Gina Harman, CEO of Accion U.S. Network
Kathy Bromage, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategy for Small Commercial at The Hartford
Misty Young, Owner, Squeeze In

Sponsored by The Hartford

 

Breakout Session C: Myths & Facts: Dispelling E-Verify Rumors

Panelists will discuss key updates to the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program and the Chamber’s broader immigration reform policies. 

Panelists:
Amy Nice, Executive Director of Labor and Immigration policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Yvette M. LaGonterie, Chief of Outreach, Verification Division, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security

 

Breakout Session D: How ‘Small Business Saturday’ Helped Main Street Take Back the Holidays

Not long ago, if you weren’t a large national or online retailer you were out of luck the weekend after Thanksgiving. Now, small independent businesses have their own day on the holiday shopping calendar right between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In just a few years, Small Business Saturday has helped breathe new life into Main Street. This session explores how the day was created and shows you how to activate your community to help small businesses in your neighborhood reclaim their share of the holiday season.

SpeakerKatie S. Washington, Director, Shop Small & Small Business Saturday, American Express OPEN

Sponsored by American Express OPEN

11:45 a.m.–12 noon
Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Break & Sponsor Exhibits
Sponsored by CareerBuilder

12 noon–1:45 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon

The U.S. Chamber honors the seven regional finalists, announces the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year, and recognizes the Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) scholarship award winner.

EmceeTamara Lundgren, President and CEO, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.; Vice Chairman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Seong Ohm: Senior Vice President, Merchandise Business Services, Sam’s Club

Sponsored by Sam’s Club®

1:45 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Break & Sponsor Exhibits
Sponsored by CareerBuilder

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Palladian Ballroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diplomat Ballroom

Concurrent General Sessions

Concurrent Session A: The Accelerators

This session is one of a popular series composed of features written by well-known entrepreneurs and curated by The Wall Street Journal editors. It enables business owners to hear directly from successful entrepreneurs on the trials and tribulations faced as they grew their companies and also provides networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs.

Moderator:
Vanessa O’Connell, Entrepreneurship Editor, The Wall Street Journal
Panelists:
Raaja Nemani, CEO and Co-Founder, Bucketfeet
Mei Xu, Co-Founder and CEO, Pacific Trade International & Chesapeake Bay Candle Company
Ben Huh, CEO and Founder, Cheezburger

Sponsored by The Wall Street Journal

Concurrent Session B: Issue Experts Roundtable

Attendees are invited to participate in two of the following roundtable discussion with U.S. Chamber issue experts. Topics include:

Energy independence, regulations, and the new job market: Chris Guith, Institute for 21st Century Energy
Tax and entitlement reform: the road ahead: Caroline Harris, Tax Policy
Alternative financing for infrastructure projects: Janet Kavinoky, Transportation & Infrastructure Policy
Healthcare updates: Katie Mahoney, Health Care Policy
Narrowing the workplace skills gap: Cheryl Oldham, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Navigating state-level lawsuit climates, excessive litigation, and shareholder activism: Bryan Quigley and Page Faulk, Institute for Legal Reform

3:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Break & Sponsor Exhibits
Sponsored by CareerBuilder

3:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

EmceeDavid Chavern, President, U.S. Chamber Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

3:15 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: The Rise of the Rest: Entrepreneurship in America: A Fireside Chat with Steve Case, Co-Founder of AOL

Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution; Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman, The Case Foundation
David Chavern, President, U.S. Chamber Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Presented by FreeEnterprise.com

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: Lessons from a New Media Mogul

Jim VandeHei is CEO and co-founder of POLITICO, the highly influential political website and newspaper that Washingtonian magazine hailed as a “media phenomenon.” He will discuss how he rose to the top of the new media industry.

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Break & Sponsor Exhibits

Sponsored by CareerBuilder

6:00 p.m., 6:15 p.m.,
6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Shuttles to 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Shuttles will pick up at the Parkview Entrance of the Omni Shoreham and drop off in front of the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue.

6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue

10 Year Anniversary Celebration: Night at the Newseum

Join us for a dinner reception and cocktails at the Newseum, one of Washington’s most popular destinations.

Sponsored by American Express OPEN and FedEx

9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 
and 10:00 p.m.

Shuttles Return to the Omni Shoreham Hotel

Shuttles will leave every half hour from the Newseum and return to the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Empire Ballroom

DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Awards® Breakfastby invitation only

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honors the 2014 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners and announces the winner of the Community Excellence Award.

Speakers:
Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Shawn Baldwin, Senior Vice President, Food, Beverage, Candy and Tobacco, Sam’s Club

Sponsored by Sam’s Club®     

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Breakfast

9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Palladian Ballroom

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Council on Small Business
Leadership Series Sessions—by invitation only

Sponsored by Sam’s Club®

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Regency Ballroom

EmceeKaren Harbert, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Regency Ballroom

General Session: 7 Lessons in Leadership

Susan O’Malley, the former President of the Washington Sports and Entertainment and the first female president of a professional sports franchise will outline the seven seminal ‘rules’ for leadership and shares insider stories about entertainment, hockey, and basketball.

10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Break & Sponsor Exhibits
Sponsored by CareerBuilder

10:45 a.m.–11:45 p.m
For up to date room assignments, check the summit mobile event app.

 

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session A: Accessing Alternative Capital

Financing alternatives are out there, but what is the best option for your small business? This session will explore the benefits of the various options from SBA to alternative lenders and crowd-funding.  Our panel of experts will share the information you need to understand new sources and make wise selections.

Ami Kassar, Founder and CEO, MultiFunding
Sam Graziano, Co-Founder and CEO, Fundation
Gina Harman, CEO, Accion U.S. Network

 

Breakout Session B: Small Business Success Insider Tips:  Learn From Those That Are Making it Work

Hear directly from FedEx Small Business Grant Contest winners how they have fueled their business success through connecting with and selling to customers online, finding products and customers overseas, and optimizing their operations, all while pursuing their personal passions through their businesses. Workshop sessions will follow with an opportunity to work directly with these successful business owners to learn how you can apply what has worked for them.

Danny Catullo, Owner, Catullo Prime Meats,
Ari Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer, GOBIE h2o
Nicole Snow, President, Darn Good Yarn

Sponsored by FedEx

 

Breakout Session C:  Innovative Cities, presented by 1776

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Ambassador Ballroom

Networking Lunch and Sponsor Prizes

We will be giving away 2 roundtrip airline tickets, a Vegas Vacation, gift cards, an iPad Air, and many other exciting prizes. You MUST be present to win!