Registration is open for the Pennsylvania SBDC’s 2014 Small Business Growth Forum, its annual event bringing together SBDC staff and economic development partners for three days of networking and professional development. The 2014 theme for the event is “Making It” which will feature ways the SBDC is successful in helping small businesses ‘make it’ every day. Join us in Scranton for engaging sessions and panel discussions led by expert speakers, seasoned SBDC consultants, and industry professionals.
Wednesday, November 5: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 6: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, November 7: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
BREAKOUT & PLENARY SESSIONS
- Social Media
- Consulting Best Practices
- Succession Planning
- Manufacturing Innovations
- Business Valuation
- Client Capital Acquisition
- Consultant Lightning Talks
- Business Plans in the Cloud
Hear from a panel of SBDC clients on how they worked with their local SBDC to craft social media strategies for their business.
Consulting Best Practices
Join an open discussion on consulting practices led by seasoned SBDC consultants.
Learn about how companies are formulating their succession plans and turning to Employee Stock Ownership Plans as a viable option to sustain their companies.
Learn how the SBDC is making strides in working with manufacturers and get the latest updates on the shale industry, safety updates from OSHA, re-shoring, and other manufacturing trends.
A national author and presenter will discuss buying, valuing, selling, and financing a business.
Client Capital Acquisition
This panel discussion will feature representatives from lending institutions, credit unions, and other alternative financing companies who will discuss how the SBDCs can work to help our clients secure the right financing for their business to grow.
Consultant Lightning Talks
Tune in for rapid-fire presentations from SBDC staff from around the Pennsylvania SBDC network including working with Latino businesses, Technology clients, International Trade, and more.
Business Plans in the Cloud
Learn about how the business plan has evolved into “lean planning” and how you can use LivePlan to better advise clients on how to start, run, and grow their businesses.
$249/per person for the 3-day event. If you would like to make any changes to your existing registration, please contact Kelly Cofrancisco at [email protected] or (215) 898-1219.