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2013 Small Business Week Awards & Training

Release Date: 
Friday, May 17, 2013
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Advisory Date: 
Friday, May 17, 2013
Advisory Number: 
Patrick Rodriguez (818) 552-3222

2013 Small Business Awards & Training

Business Fitness


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Westin Bonaventure

404 S. Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90071


Join Us as we celebrate the Strength, Speed and Endurance of Small Businesses in our region at the 32nd Annual Small Business Awards and Half-Day Business Training.  Featuring thought-provoking seminars focused on building entrepreneurs' and small business owners' business muscle.  After the morning seminars, 12 small business owners and champions will be honored at a highly anticipated Small Business Week awards luncheon.



7:00 – 8:00 am


8:00 – 9:00 am

Opening Session
Keynote: Jason Nazar, Co-Founder & CEO, Docstoc.com

9:15 – 10:30 am

Training Conference - Breakout Session I

Sales & Marketing: 
Searching for Strength: SEO Strategies for Beating the Competition
Learn from top level Search Engine Optimization experts on how to attract more visitors to your website and increase your sales.
Moderator: Neal Patel, Founder, CrazyEgg & KISSmetrics
Panel Speakers:
Eric Sui, VP Online Marketing, Single Grain, LLC
Poom Chantha, CEO,  Table Media
Loren Baker, Digital Agent in Residence, Copyblogger Media LLC

The Funding Race:  Gaining Access to Capital
Learn what options you have to secure capital from non-traditional sources and best practices that you can apply immediately.
Moderator: Brandon Shamim, President, Beacon Management Group 
Panel Speakers:
Chance Barnett, CEO, Crowdfunder
Rita Mitchell, VP Small Business Lending, Wells Fargo
Natalie Orta, Supervisor Economic Dev., U. S. Small Business Administration
Sandra Lee, Sales & Marketing, Skyline Innovations

Stay Strong: Protecting your Business Against Cyber Attacks
Hear from a panel of experts how to protect your company's information and technology, and learn more about cyber-security resources.
Moderator: Chuck Ashman, CEO, SMA Global
Panel Speakers: Brian Burch, VP Symantec
Briane Grey, VP, City National Bank
Det. Andy Kleinick, Los Angeles Police Department

Becoming a World Champion: Taking your Small Business Global
Hear about the global opportunities available to companies in Southern California, and how companies can increase revenues and create jobs through exports.
Moderator: Carlos Valderrama, VP, L.A. Area Chamber
Panel Speakers: Rachid Sayouty, Director, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Jim MacLellan, Director of Trade Development, Port of Los Angeles
Bronwen Madden , Acting Director, Los Angeles Center for International Trade Development, El Camino College

10:15 am – Noon

Training Conference - Breakout Session II

Sales & Marketing: 
Flexing your Marketing Muscle: The Power of Integrated Marketing
Explore the components of an integrated marketing plan for today's small business owners, including an overview of traditional and digital marketing tools.
Moderator: TBD
Panel: Speaker: Kelly Flint, Constant Contact

Keeping your Finances in Shape: Voices of Experience
Hear from a panel of seasoned small business owners who will share real life stories highlighting best practices that allow for business growth.
Moderator: Vivian Shimoyama, Ex. Dir. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Panel Speakers: Leonard Ortiz, CEO, Genard, Inc. dba Lennova
Vivian Solodkin, CEO, Sigma Construction, Inc.
Laura Yamanaka, President, teamCFO

Leadership All Stars: Lessons from Top CEOs
Learn best practices and leadership strategies utilized by a diverse group of small business owners to grow their business.
Moderator: Jodi Walker, President , Success Alliances
Panel Speakers: Barry Levin, Chairman & CEO, Snak King Corporation
Nanxi Liu, CEO, EnPlug
Mario Del Pero, Chief Sandwich Creator, Mendocino Farms

Kickstart your Global Presence
Get valuable information on the many resources available to businesses interested in moving beyond our borders.
Moderator: Richard Swanson, Dept of Commerce
Panel Speakers: Martin Selander, Regional Manager, Export Solutions Group Office of International Trade
Gregory Moore, Senior Trade Manager, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Brian Kim, SVP & Relationship Manager, BBCN Bank

12:15 – 2 pm

Small Business Awards & Closing Session 
Keynote: Mark Manguera, Kogi Korean BBQ


Registration Information

Training Conference:  $85
Awards Luncheon: $65
Training & Luncheon: $130
Table of 10 seats - $550 each (Lunch Only)

To register over the phone or via email, contact Michelle Attebery, 213-580-7585 or email at: mattebery@lachamber.com (supporting opportunities are available).

Registration website

Click here to register online: http://events.lachamber.com/sbaweb/events/events.asp?&id=76086&wpid=-101...

Supporters are: Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, Citibank, US Bank, BBCN Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Wilshire State Bank, Bank of America, Los Angeles Convention Center, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern California Edison, State Bank of India (California) and UPS.
Partners are: National Association of Women Business Owners - Los Angeles Chapter, Small Business Development Center Los Angeles Regional Network, Women's Business Center Network and SCORE Chapters throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Patrick Rodriguez at 818-552-3222.

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