City of Columbia to Host Small Business Week Conference | Business
The U.S. Small Business Administration is recognizing National Small Business Week from May 20-26, 2013. Understanding the importance of small businesses, the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities will be hosting the Small Business Week Conference on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
The purpose of this conference is to recognize the successes of local small businesses, provide small businesses with management tools to be successful, and, of course, provide networking opportunities for attendees. Topics will include small business lending, effective use of technology and social media and procuring contracts through the City and other governmental entities.
Some of the speakers will include:
· Debey Hancock, Owner of Southern Baked Candle
· Cherod Webber, CEO of Innovative Global Supply
· David Dunn, Founder and President of VC3
· Terris Riley, Owner of New Venue Technologies
· Eric McClam, Co-owner of City Roots
Mayor Steve Benjamin will be the luncheon speaker. He will highlight the successes the City has had investing in its small businesses, from its commercial lending programs to its business development courses and training. In line with the City's commitment to minority business success, the Mayor will also launch the Minority Business Advisory Council, which will assist the City's efforts to maximize the opportunities and growth of minority businesses.
All in all, the event will offer business opportunities for small businesses in various industries, including retail, construction, information technology and non-profits. The registration fee is $25 and registration closes on Friday, May 17 at 5 p.m.
Other Small Business Week events include:
Date Time Location Event
May 20 1:00 pm Greater Columbia Chamber National Small Business Week Press
May 21 8:00 am Greater Columbia Chamber Business Professional Development
May 21 11:00 am Greater Columbia Chamber Financing Opportunities for Women in
May 21 2:00 pm Greater Columbia Chamber Affordable Legal Solutions for Small
May 22 8:30 am Columbia Convention Center Small Business Week Conference
May 23 9:00 am Columbia Convention Center Salute to Small Business Procurement
May 23 3:00 pm Greater Columbia Chamber Small Talk with Big Business*
For more information about Small Business Week events, please visit http://scsalutetosmallbiz.com or contact Shonda Bradley at 545-0170 or Lynn Turbeville at 733-1128.