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Educational Workshops

Wednesday, September 30

Administration Session:

Common Mistakes CEO’s Make In Their Human Resource Business Practices

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

During this session attendees will learn:

1) Common mistakes CEOs make in the business practices;
2) When to discard HR paperwork;
3) Tips on how to be an employer of choice;  
4) Employment law updates;  
5) Human resource best practices.  Make sure your HR practices are up to date with this session.

Kimberly Benjamin, PHR, CERP, CBSP

HR Strategies Plus LLC, www.HRStrategiesPlus.com


Finance & Legal Sessions:

Early Bird Catches the $$$$$

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Come to the Early Bird Special Session with Ursula Scroggs and Jean Stenger from DKSS CPAs + Advisors for practical tips to minimize Uncle Sam’s take, including a discussion on perks available to business owners.  Got questions that you are afraid to ask your accountant?  Bring them to this session.

Jean M. Stenger, CPA and Ursula C. Scroggs, CPA

DKSS CPAs + Advisors, www.dksscpasmi.com

How To Measure & Monitor Your Business As An Investment

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

In this session, you will learn how to create and embrace the Key Performance Indicator of Methodology that links quantitative and qualitative characteristics while providing results to your firm’s strategic goals for maximizing shareholder/stakeholder value. Join us to help create measurable goals based on your firm’s strategic purpose as well as aligning these results with current idiosyncratic (firm specific) and systematic (market risk) opportunities and challenges.

Patrick D. Fuelling, CPA and David D. Ritter, CVA, MBA

Doeren Mayhew, CPAs and Advisors, www.doeren.com

The Spectrum of Entrepreneurial Financing Options: Traditional Private and Public vs. The Newer Crowdfunding

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Learn about the variety of financing options available to entrepreneurs today, and the factors that might make you choose one over another.  All have strengths and weaknesses, and might be preferable for different entrepreneurs, businesses, investors, etc.  Then, once you have decided which path to pursue, how to proceed practically, effectively and with a win-win outcome for all!

Charles Sidman, MBA PhD Managing Partner, ECS Capital Partners 

Former President of Crowdfunding Professional Association, www.cfpa.org

Removing the Fear Factor: Going Global and Developing Cross-Border Strategic Relationships

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

This workshop will feature professionals who will discuss the key issues encountered by companies seeking to engage in international business.  Issues to be addressed will include protecting intellectual property, methods of distribution and corporate structuring, customs and tax compliance issues, and immigration.  The session will provide a step-by-step approach in an effort to separate the myth from reality in international business, all with an eye toward revealing the true opportunities to be gained from cross-border activity and relationships.

Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright PLLC, www.dickinson-wright.com


Leadership Sessions:

Creating a Work Environment that Improves the Performance of Your Team

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Environment is greater than will.  What kind of environment and organization do you need to build to become who you want to be in the future?  What new leadership and management practices do you need to have in place?  Do you have the high performance environment you want or a mediocre one that you tolerate?  In this innovative/experiential session learn 5 Secrets to create the work environment you want and support your team to be their best! 

Denise Roberts and Dick Read

SalesPartners-Troy, www.SalesPartnersTroy.com

The Art of Negotiation for Women

“Everything is negotiable, but don’t negotiate everything.”

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Women are the savviest negotiators, when they understand their power!  As business owners and entrepreneurs, women have the opportunity to successfully close the deal!  However, women are often unaware of the required skills and the process to get what they want and deserve.  Sylvia Nealy David, Business Leader and Expert in “The Art of Negotiation for Women” will share her secret weapons of success. Ranging from the color you wear to the nuances in your body language, you’ll walk away enlightened and empowered to boldly go for what you want - and get it!  Join us as Sylvia shares her thoughts on common pitfalls women often make when it comes to negotiating.

Sylvia Nealy David

MBA Human and Technology Capital Advisors LLC www.htcadvisors.com

The Next Generation of Leaders: Mentoring Millennials

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

The makeup of the global workforce is undergoing a seismic shift: In four years Millennials – the people born between 1977-1997, will account for nearly half the employees in the world.  In some companies, they already constitute a majority.  That shift may sound daunting to the managers charged with coaching these young workers, however, our research into the varying expectations and needs of employees across four generations has given us a more nuanced view of Millennials and uncovered several resource efficient ways to mentor them. What are the expectations of Millennials and how do you effectively recruit, mentor, and keep them?

Desila Rosetti

Organizational Development Solutions, Inc., www.successwithods.com


Procurement Session:

New WOSB, Joint Venture and Other Important Federal Laws and Program Updates

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

This session will provide an overview of new and Federal Contracting laws to be aware of in pursuing solicitations and performing project work as well as providing you guidance in preparing your bids and teaming with others.  We will also discuss new and exciting changes to the WOSB, new SBA Mentor Protégé Program and its new rules, new small business joint venture rules, new 8(a) Program rules, Joint Ventures and Teaming Agreements and other new rules and laws that bring opportunities to create a competitive edge.

Michelle Kantor

McDonald Hopkins, www.mcdonaldhopkins.com


Supplier Diversity Workshops

For Supplier Diversity Professionals Only

Winning from Both Sides of The Buyer/Supplier Handshake

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Corporate buyers focus on cost.  Service providers focus on margin.  Breaking the myth of a zero-sum game, successful companies create collaborative supplier relationships that increase the gain of both companies.  The focus becomes creating a collaboration infrastructure of trust to increase competitive advantage, mitigate risk, and foster innovation.

Hannah Kain

ALOM, www.alom.com

Supplier Diversity 101 – “The Winning Foundation for a Successful Supplier Diversity Program”

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Supplier Diversity Experts will present the tools for an Accomplished Supplier Diversity Program with a focus on Value Proposition of Diversity and the Business Case for Diversity that your company can best benefit. The session will conclude with the Future Trends and answers to any questions you may have.

Speaker Panelists consist of Experts that have developed or enhanced successful Diversity programs.


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