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LIVE FROM NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK – Interview with National Subcontractor of the Year Misty Mayes

By nicoj
Published: May 22, 2012 Updated: May 22, 2012

This week we’re live-blogging from National Small Business Week, a public-private partnership event to honor and empower America’s small business community.

We just finished a morning session honoring federal contractors and subcontractors. In addition to remarks from Administrator Karen Mills, we heard from Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about their commitment to supporting small business procurement to achieve their agency goals.

SBA recognized winners for a variety of procurement awards, including the women-owned National Subcontractor of the Year, Misty Mayes of Management Solutions LLC in Knoxville, TN. In 2002, Misty’s company started with just one contract supporting a division of the Department of Energy’s National Oak Ridge Laboratory. Her company now supports 17 divisions of the lab, growing from 3 to 40 employees since its beginning. In 2009, the company helped Oak Ridge implement a system to manage Recovery Act funding – and it worked so well it was shared with similar national labs.

Right after the announcement, we caught up with Misty to congratulate her on the achievement.

                               SBA Officials with Misty Mayes

Congratulations on your award. What led you to start your business?

I was working for a large company and I recognized that going into business for myself would allow me to move faster than large companies and react more quickly to client needs.

Tell us a bit about what your company does.
We do anything and everything related to project management. That includes training, process improvement, cost estimation and system integration.

Do you have any advice for all the subcontractors out there looking to grow their business?

Understand the mission of your potential customer. Too many subcontractors overlook that. Understand the specific pain points that the customer is experiencing.

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LIVE FROM NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK – Interview with SBA Small Business Person of the Year, Victoria Tifft

By Stephen Morris, SBA Official
Published: May 21, 2012

This week we’re live-blogging from National Small Business Week, a public-private partnership event to honor and empower America’s small business community.

We just announced this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year - Victoria Tifft, President and CEO of Clinical Research Management in Hinckley, Ohio.
50 State Winners
Congratulations on your award. What inspired you to start your business?

I had an idea that I could provide a service where there was a need. No one else was doing it.  It seems like a lot of entrepreneurs start out this way.

What’s your advice for someone who’s thinking about starting a business?

You should seek out advice from others, whether it’s your local SBA, economic development agency, or local SCORE chapter. I also just finished an executive MBA. I sought out help from a expert strategist at a local university.I talk with a lot of other local small business owners. We all have a lot of the same stories.

You’ve been successful in government contracting, what’s your advice for a business that wants to sell to the government?

I went to the local SBA office and they helped me get in touch with agencies that were contracting. Even with government contracting, contracting officers  want to know who they are doing business with. They want to sit down and talk face to face with the small business owner.

About Victoria Tifft and Clinical Resource Management

Victoria learned about the devastating living conditions endured by people living in Third World nations when she contracted malaria while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African nation of Togo. After her recovery, she returned home to the U.S. determined to spend her life working to provide medical solutions for the global community. In 1992 Victoria established ClinicalRM, a Contract Research Organization (CRO) that supports development of FDA-regulated vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices for government and commercial customers.

ClinicalRM helped create – and today manages – the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research’s Clinical Trials Center. The Center develops vaccines for infectious diseases such as malaria, and E. coli. ClinicalRM has achieved amazing growth. Employing three people in 1994, the company maintains domestic and international operations today with a staff of 331. Annual revenues have increased from $17 million in 2007 to $40 million in 2010.

SBA’s resource partners, which include the Kent Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the Ohio Small Business Development Center have supported ClinicalRM’s growth. Victoria and her team serve on, or volunteer in numerous state, county and community groups. ClinicalRM donates to numerous non-profits, including the United Way, Salvation Army and the Ronald McDonald House.

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SBA Official

Stephen Morris is online media coordinator for the U.S. Small Business Administration where he manages digital outreach to the small business community.

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LIVE FROM NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK – Interview with 7(a) Lender of the Year

By nicoj
Published: May 21, 2012 Updated: May 21, 2012

This week we’re live-blogging from National Small Business Week, a public-private partnership event to honor and empower America’s small business community.

Today’s events kicked off with a breakfast honoring SBA’s resource partners and lenders, who  provide education, training and capital to entrepreneurs and business owners in their communities.  The event featured remarks from SBA Associate Administrator of Entrepreneurial Development Michael Chodos, SBA Administrator Karen Mills, and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, among others.  In keynote remarks, Administrator Bolden spoke about the importance of small businesses in the growing space exploration industry, and his agency’s commitment to meeting small business contracting targets and supporting research and development through the SBIR/STTR programs. 

              Award Breakfast for NSBW

SBA Officials with Awardees

After the breakfast, we chatted with two award winners for 7(a) lender of the year, Mike Toth and John Moshier of Key Bank. 

Congratulations on your award. Can you tell us a little bit about Key Bank's business lending portfolio?

As a large lender, we work with businesses throughout their life cycles -- from startups to large businesses. For the small business portion of our small business portfolio we work with the SBA. 

What are you hoping to get out of National Small Business Week?

Learning small business best practices and helping to begin nominating next year's award winners. 

Do you have any advice for entrepreneurs seeking funding? 

Work with organizations and resources that provide technical assistance so that you are prepared when you approach a lender. Crafting a solid business plan is also important before you apply for a loan.  

For more information about the event, you can read the full press release

Be sure to stay tuned for more updates from throughout the week on the SBA blog, Facebook, and Twitter (use hashtag #SBW2012). 

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28 Million Businesses Strong and Growing: Welcome to SBA’s National Small Business Week!

By Karen Mills, Former SBA Administrator
Published: May 20, 2012 Updated: May 20, 2012

 

It’s that time of year again! Today, SBA joins the entire Obama Administration in wishing a very happy National Small Business Week to the more than 28 million American small businesses, their employees and the people they serve! National Small Business Week is a public-private partnership to honor small businesses from communities across America.

Small businesses all over the country continue to thrive, driving the national recovery and creating an American economy built to last. Building on that momentum, President Obama and I visited Taylor Gourmet, a local small business in Washington, to discuss his “to do” list for Congress to create jobs and help restore middle class security last week and kick-off National Small Business Week.

For the past three years, SBA has worked hard to ensure there’s access to opportunity.  We look forward to celebrating small business’ accomplishments, but we know there’s more work to do.  That’s why NSBW is providing small businesses with more tools. 

We will host a matchmaking session to expose small businesses to procurement opportunities with major companies. Registrants will have the opportunity to showcase their products to companies like AT&T, Lockheed Martin, and Honeywell looking to buy services from small businesses.

SBA’s Office of International Trade will also host an exporting forum discussion on the opportunities for U.S. small businesses in exporting. The forum will also feature a Turkish Trade Pavilion hosted by the Government of Turkey and explore the possibilities of trade in the growing Turkish market.

Our social media forum on Tuesday provides valuable tips for small businesses looking to take their products to the next level. Following the forum, SBA’s Deputy Administrator Marie Johns will kick off a tweetup sponsored by Mircosoft focused on what it means to be a consumer in the 21st century and ways to take advantage of opportunities online.

And on Wednesday, I am excited to host a Google+ Hangout with the winners of our SBA Video Contest highlighting SBA products and services that helped grow their businesses.

Check out our full schedule and learn more about what SBA can do for your business.  You can also tune in here to plug-in to our forums and events throughout the week. 

The President believes that this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and supporting small business is an important part of keeping our recovery moving in the right direction creating a robust, resilient economy built to last. At the SBA, our job is to support small businesses and help them do what they do best - grow and create jobs. 

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Former SBA Administrator

Karen Gordon Mills is the Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA helps both Main Street and high-growth small businesses get access to capital, counseling, federal contracts, disaster assistance and more.

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SlideShare: 4 Ways to Use It

By smallbiztrends, Guest Blogger
Published: May 17, 2012

If you thought of Slideshare.net as just a place to load a few old presentations in the hopes someone may stumble upon them there, you’re missing out on some of the benefits of participating in SlideShare as a social network.  Here are four reasons to add SlideShare to your social media outreach, especially if you are a consultant, business service provider such as a marketing firm or accounting firm, or any other small business that engages in content marketing:

1. Repurpose Your Content  

If you produce content as part of your marketing outreach, you’re probably spending a fair amount of time and/or money to create worthwhile content. Make it work harder for you! PowerPoint presentations are ideal for uploading at SlideShare. But don’t stop there. Any kind of standalone document such as a whitepaper or case study can be uploaded. You can even repurpose your best blog posts.

What are the advantages of placing content on SlideShare? Content in otherwise cumbersome forms, like PowerPoint presentations, becomes more accessible online. Once on SlideShare, content is easily shareable and embeddable, including in other social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook, and on other blogs. Your content becomes “portable” and that means it can spread farther and wider – spreading your brand farther and wider.

To share content in your Slideshare account on LinkedIn, first log in to LinkedIn. Then find the SlideShare Presentations application in the LinkedIn app directory. Add the Slideshare app to your account.

To use SlideShare on your Facebook page, log on to Facebook. Then search on Facebook for the SlideShare app. Then click the link to “Sync SlideShare.net Account.”

2. Grow Thought Leadership

One of the ways to gain visibility for your business is to build a reputation as a thought leader. Let’s say you recently spoke at a high-profile event or professional conference. If you load the accompanying PowerPoint, or even a transcript of your remarks, onto SlideShare, you get mileage well beyond the event or conference itself. Now you share your thought leadership with the world. 

Your presentation or remarks have the potential to get in the search engines, so that anyone looking for information on the topic of your presentation may find you. Assuming the subject of your presentation relates to your business (of course you will make sure of this!), you call attention to your company and build brand awareness for it in the process.

3. Build Your Knowledge – and Your Team’s Knowledge

So far we’ve talked about using SlideShare in a marketing sense. But SlideShare can also be used to improve your own knowledge and as a resource for your staff.

Looking for information on a particular topic – say an employee policy? Check out what’s on SlideShare.  Often policy documents and other in-depth documents are shared there.  You may find something that you and your staff can learn from. 

SlideShare has an active community base, which means that the site is a rich resource of information and knowledge on a wide range of topics. It can help you master new topics quickly and stay on top of new developments. And if you are looking to hire a service provider, you may find one through a presentation or document they’ve generously shared. If you find it valuable, contact them! 

4. Create Webinars

Let’s say you’d like to create webinars and you want to archive them for people to go back to and review again.

Did you know you can create webinars using SlideShare?  To create a webinar, you upload PowerPoint slides (or a PDF of them) into Slideshare. Then you use the Create SlideCast option. You upload an audio recording in MP3 format of yourself talking through your slides. Then you just have to sync it with your slides. Voila! A webinar.

Slideshare.net has a lot to offer if you learn to use it.  The basic account there is free to use – explore it today.

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My name is Anita Campbell. I run online communities and information websites reaching over 6 million small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually, including Small Business Trends, a daily publication about small business issues, and BizSugar.com, a small business social media site.

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Social Media, Exporting and Other Free Educational Sessions – Streamed Live from National Small Business Week

By Caron_Beesley, Contributor
Published: May 17, 2012 Updated: May 17, 2012

Next week is National Small Business Week and for the 49th year, entrepreneurs, SBA and other members of the small business community will gather in Washington, D.C., for the highlight of the week – the National Small Business Week Conference.

Aside from the awards and numerous networking opportunities presented by the event (running from May 20-22 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel), the conference also includes a schedule of educational seminars and forums offering a variety of learning opportunities across many topics for business owners. If you are in the Metro D.C. area, there’s still time to sign up. Many sessions are free. Check out the registration page and look for sessions marked $0.

Can’t make it to D.C.? Educational sessions will be streamed live.

Many of the sessions from the event will be streamed live. Here are a few you don’t want to miss:

  • How Small Businesses Can Win Big With Large Companies (Sun, May 20, 3-5 PM) – Got a great product, but no idea how to get it noticed by a large company? Ever wondered how to get your merchandise on the shelves of a major retailer? This panel offers solutions from all sides of the equation that add up to achievement.
  • Small Businesses Creating an Economy Built to Last (Mon, May 21, 10-11.15 AM) – SBA Administrator Karen Mills will host this town hall that features last year's National Small Business of the Year winner along with other panelists to discuss how small businesses are good for the long-term health of any economy.
  • Export Forum: Take Your Business Global (Mon, May 21, 11.30 AM-12.45 PM) – Includes strategies and resources for taking your small business global (a growing market, U.S. exports grew 15 percent in 2011). This forum's special guest is Nihat Ergun, Turkish Minister of Science, Industry and Technology.
  • Federal Contracting Educational Sessions (Tues, May 22, 10 AM-12.45 PM) – Three free sessions offering insights into how small business can better position themselves to win federal government business (over $100 billion of which goes to small business each year!).
  • Improving Your Business Through Sub-Contracting Opportunities (Tues, May 22, 11.30 AM-12:45 PM) – Learn how to take advantage of prime and sub-contracting opportunities with insights from panelists who will share their insights on mastering the challenges of getting into the supply chains of large primes.
  • Social Media (Tues, May 22, 3-4.30 PM) – This panel includes insights on ever-changing advancements in social media and how small business can take advantage of them. Speakers include experts: SBA guest blogger and GrowBiz Media CEO Rieva Lesonsky, Wall Street Journal’s Brian Moran, and business leaders from Yelp.com, Constant Contact, Twitter and Google. Special guest Sarah Bernard, Deptuy Director for the White House Office of Digital Strategy, will also join the forum.

For more information on how to watch these live webcasts, visit the National Small Business Week website. You can also follow SBA on Twitter and Facebook for more details nearer the time.

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Implementing the SBIR and STTR Reauthorization: Seeking Public Comment

By esrobins
Published: May 16, 2012 Updated: May 16, 2012

 

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs have funded great companies like Qualcomm, Genzyme, and iRobot in their earliest days.  These federal programs are what help our entrepreneurs grow, succeed and create jobs, and the Obama Administration has made its success a priority. 

The good news is, the program was reauthorized for six years by Congress and signed into law by President Obama at the end of 2011.  Since then, the Small Business Administration has been working diligently on the detailed rulemaking (read the Federal Register notice [pdf][txt])necessary to implement the reauthorization.

Starting today, SBA is soliciting feedback from small businesses, investors and other stakeholders for 60 days on the proposed rulemaking that amends SBA regulations governing size and eligibility for these programs.  The proposed rule addresses ownership, control and affiliation for participants in the SBIR and STTR Programs, and includes participants that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, private equity firms or hedge funds.

We believe the rulemaking streamlines and simplifies eligibility requirements, while at the same time maintains the integrity of the program as one that will benefit domestic small businesses, not subsidiaries of large companies or foreign firms.  Your feedback is critical to the open and transparent process that I previously outlined, as we want to make sure that the changes made are practical, sensible, and acceptable to the business communities and government entities we serve.

How to Submit a Comment

Comments should be identified by RIN: 3245-AG46 and can be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or by mail.  Regardless of you submission method, comments must be received on or before July 16, 2012.  Comments submitted by mail or hand delivery/courier should be addressed to Carl Jordan, Office of Size Standards or Edsel Brown, Assistant Director, Office of Technology and sent to: 

U.S. Small Business Administration
409 Third Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416

During the 60-day comment period SBA will engage in proactive outreach sessions to explain the process and changes, as well as solicit feedback from the small business community and other stakeholders. These efforts will include a webinar and roundtables hosted by SBA’s Office of Advocacy in the coming weeks.

Webinar information:

  • Thursday, May 24, 2012
  • 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • To register, send an email to SBIRComments@sba.gov. We will email you back with the call details.

We value your input.  Let’s all make a great program even better!

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Sean Greene
Sean Greene is the Associate Administrator for Investment and the Special Advisor for Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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From Service to Business – Essential Tools and Programs for Veteran Entrepreneurs

By Caron_Beesley, Contributor
Published: May 16, 2012 Updated: May 6, 2013

Are you a veteran or service-disabled veteran? Interested in launching your own business?

According to the latest SBA data, of the 27.1 million non-farm businesses in the U.S., 2.4 million are owned by veterans. Moreover, statistics show that the success rate of these veteran-owned businesses is higher than other startups – perhaps a reflection of the discipline, skills and leadership experience acquired in military service.

There are a number of resources and programs from a variety of government and non-profit associations that are designed specifically to help veterans access the tools, funding and help they need to start and grow their business ventures.

Here’s what you need to know:

Getting Started – Online and In-Person Resources

This 10-Step Guide to Starting a Business is essential reading for any entrepreneur, but there are also some very specific resources and in-person assistance programs that can help veterans learn more about the programs available to them. These include:

  • Online Resources to Help You Get Started – SBA’s Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran Small Business Guide is a one-stop portal with links to programs and resources, financing information, government contracting opportunities and other resources.
  • Veterans Business Outreach Centers – Operated by SBA, these centers provide services such as business training, counseling (in areas such as business planning assistance and concept feasibility) and mentoring (every entrepreneur is teamed with a business counselor). There are 16 centers across the country.
  • Small Business Development Centers – If you don’t have a Veterans Business Outreach Center in your area, you’re very likely to find a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) nearby. There are 1,001 lead centers and satellite centers nationwide, each providing business training, seminars and one-on-one consulting. Sponsored and partially funded by SBA, these centers also offer support for veterans, including help with understanding their financing options.
  • SCORE’s Veterans Fast Launch Initiative – Launched in 2011, this government- and commercially-sponsored initiative offers veteran entrepreneurs access to a combined package of free software, workshops and free business advice. The Walmart Foundation, a primary sponsor, will also give scholarships to participants for SCORE’s “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” series.

Financing Your Venture

If you need financing help, SBA’s Patriot Express and SBAExpress small business loan programs offer low-interest rates and streamlined and expedited procedures for members of the military community (responses to loan applications are made in 36 hours). The Patriot Express loan, for example, can be used for a variety of business purposes including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or business-related real estate purchases. Learn more here. Note that SBA doesn’t provide or fund loans directly; instead, it guarantees a portion of the qualified loan made by a lender, reducing the risk for the lender and improving the approval odds for the borrower. 

Help with Business Opportunities

Two specific sectors offer big opportunities and incentives for veteran-owned small businesses – government contracting and franchising.

  1. Doing Business with Your Former Employer – Government Contracting – The government has an annual goal to set aside 3 percent of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for participation by veteran-owned small businesses. There are many programs and resources that can help you take advantage of this opportunity:
  • Find out if you qualify – To determine if you can bid for government business as a veteran or service-disabled veteran, review the following eligibility requirements.
  • Read up on the contracting process – SBA’s Government Contracting Small Business Guide includes information about becoming a federal contractor, finding business opportunities, and following the rules and regulations for government contractors. This blog also offers a quick read on this topic: Selling to the Government – Get Started with these 5 Steps.
  • Online training – These step-by-step online training guides (See “A Veterans Guide”) can help you compete more successfully in this market. 
  1. Franchising Incentives for Veteran Entrepreneurs – If you want to be your own boss but are wary of the startup risks, buying a franchise can be an appealing alternative. For veterans considering buying a franchise, there are added incentives. The VetFran program, started by the International Franchise Association, provides financial incentives to veterans, such as franchise fee that are not available to civilian franchise investors. A current list of participating companies and the discounts they offer is available on this Web site, www.franchise.org, under 'VetFran Directory.'

If you like the idea of a franchise, make sure to do your research first. This guide provides helpful advice on buying and evaluating a franchise.

What resources or programs helped you start your business? Leave a comment below.

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US-Colombia Trade Agreement Expands Exporting For Small Business in South America

By Karen Mills, Former SBA Administrator
Published: May 15, 2012 Updated: March 2, 2014

 

Exporting goods to South America just got easier for America’s small businesses. Today, the U.S. – Colombia Trade Agreement goes into effect, opening yet another fast-growing market to goods made in America. This exciting agreement marks a significant development in the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand access to American goods in emerging markets around the world.

Colombia is home to the third largest economy in South America and this agreement builds on the significant potential for U.S. small businesses to grow in that market. In 2009, there was a 34 percent increase in the volume of exports to Colombia. In 2010, it’s estimated that small business exporters represented 88% of all exporters to Colombia and the volume of trade was approximately $4.8 billion or 40%- well above the 33% average among all exporters.

Further, the tariff reductions in the agreement are estimated to expand exports of U.S. goods by $1.1 billion alone- creating opportunities for thousands of American jobs here at home. Among its many benefits, the agreement removes barriers to U.S. goods entering the Colombian market, increases access to Colombia’s $180 billion services market and provides greater protection of intellectual property like music and movies. 

SBA’s many programs and initiatives help small business owners take advantage of opportunities in new emerging markets so they can grow and create jobs. Our International Trade Loan Program, Export Express and Export Working Capital programs support small businesses looking to export the capital they need to take the next step in growth. And our State Trade Export Promotion pilot program coordinates the activities of state export offices with those of the federal government through efforts such as training to get small businesses “export ready” and small business oriented trade missions.

The Obama Administration believes that supporting small businesses who are exporting to foreign markets is essential to continuing the recovery. By opening new markets to American goods, more small businesses can compete and win in our increasingly connected 21st century world economy.  The U.S. –Colombia Trade agreement will help small businesses across the country grow and create jobs building an American economy built to last. 

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Karen Gordon Mills is the Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA helps both Main Street and high-growth small businesses get access to capital, counseling, federal contracts, disaster assistance and more.

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Urban Economic Forum Heads to Detroit: Connecting Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses with Tools to Start, Grow & Succeed

By Marie Johns, Former Deputy Administrator
Published: May 15, 2012 Updated: May 15, 2012

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, SBA and the White House Business Council are heading to Detroit, Michigan for the Urban Economic Forum- connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with business tools and resources. Thursday’s forum will cover topics like SBA guaranteed loans,  government contracting programs and business counseling services.  The Detroit Urban Economic Forum is the seventh in a multi-city series with upcoming forums in Chicago, IL and Columbus, OH.

Speakers for this forum include-

Administration:

  • Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director, Domestic Policy Council, White House
  • Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Nicole Lamb-Hale, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing Services, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • David Hinson, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency
  • Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States, U.S. Department of Treasury, Moderator
  • Ari Matusiak, Executive Director, White House Business Council, White House
  • Jamie Bennett, Chief of Staff & Director of Public Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
  •  Portia Roberson, Strong Cities, Strong Communities Detroit Team Lead, Department of Justice
  • Jay Williams, Director of Auto Communities, Department of Labor

City of Detroit:

  • Honorable Dave Bing, Mayor, City of Detroit, Michigan  

Panelists/Speakers:

  • Karl I. Bell, Senior Vice President, Invest Detroit
  • Torya Blanchard, Good Girls Go To Paris Crèpes
  • Jeff Bocan, Managing Director, Beringea, LLC
  • Anthony Curis, Owner, El Guapo Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Don Davis, President & CEO, First Independence Bank
  • Emily Doerr, Founder, Hostel Detroit
  • Ken Harris, President & CEO, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Josh Linkner, CEO & Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
  • Andra Rush, President & CEO, Rush Trucking
  • Leslie Smith, President & CEO, Tech Town
  • Steve Vogel, President & CEO, Grameen America

To join us, tune into the forum on White House Live or follow the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #UrbanEconForum.  The event kicks off at 9:10 AM EDT.

What: Urban Economic Forum

Where: Cobo Center, Detroit, MI

When: Thursday, May 17, 9:10 AM EDT

Watch: White House Live or Twitter (use hashtag #UrbanEconForum)

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Marie Johns

Former Deputy Administrator

Marie Johns is a former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

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