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 

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

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11

8:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. ♦ Hill Day Kick-off

11:00 a.m.-11:45 p.m. ♦ Breakout Sessions:

Breakout Session A: Online Reputation Management ♦ Hear from a panel of online review platform representatives and digital strategy experts as they discuss how to manage your company’s online reputation. ♦ Featuring:  Shana Glickfield, Partner at Beekeeper Group ♦ Darnell Holloway, Senior Manager for Business and Local Outreach, Yelp

Breakout Sessions B, C, & D: TBD

12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. ♦ 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.

2:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. ♦ General Session: Governors Roundtable—Closing the Skills Gap  ♦ Joel Kotkin, Author and Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies, Chapman University ♦ The Honorable John R. McKernan, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

3:45 p.m. -4:30 p.m. ♦ General Session: Economic Update ♦ Dr. Martin Regalia, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, U.S.Chamber of Commerce

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ♦ 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. ♦ Reception

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THURSDAY, JUNE 12

7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. ♦ Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ♦ Welcome Remarks: Tom Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ♦ General Session: Gen. Colin L. Powell (Ret.), Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ♦ B2B National Procurement Matchmaking: Summit attendees 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 a CCR registration to participate.

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  ♦ Small Business Resource Center

10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. ♦ Breakout Sessions

12:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. ♦ DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Sam's Club® ♦ 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. 

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ♦ Concurrent Sessions:

Concurrent Session A: Issue Experts Roundtable Discussions
Attendees are invited to participate in two of the following roundtable discussion with U.S. Chamber issue experts.

3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. ♦ Networking Break and Sponsor Exhibits

3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ♦ General Session: Steve Case, Chairman and CEO Revolution; Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman, The Case Foundation 

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ♦ General Session: Rising to the Top of the Digital Media Industry ♦ Speaker: Jim VandeHei, Presdient, CEO, and co-founder, POLITICO

6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ♦ 10 Year Anniversary Reception ♦ Join us for a celebratory reception at the Newseum, one of Washington's most popular destinations.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 13

8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ♦ DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Awards Breakfast sponsored by Sam's Club®—by invitation only ♦ Tom Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ♦ The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honors the 2014 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners. The winner of the Community Excellence Award is announced.

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ♦ Network Breakfast and Sponsor Raffle 

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ♦ General Session: Leadership  Speaker: Susan O'Malley, former President and CEO, Washington Sports and Entertainment

10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. ♦ Networking Break and Sponsor Exhibits

10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. ♦ Breakout Sessions:

Breakout Session A: Accessing Alternative Capital: This session will explore the benefits of the various options from SBA to alternative lenders and crowd-funding.  

Breakout Session B: Small Business Success Insider Tips:  Learn from those that are making it work (Sponsored by FedEx): ♦ 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.♦ Featuring: Danny Catullo: Owner, Catullo Prime Meats Ari Hoffman: Chief Operating Officer, GOBIE h2o  Nicole Snow: President, Darn Good Yarn

11:45 a.m. ♦ Closing Remarks

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