Choose from 1 of the 3 options below:
Option 1 (Hall A3): How can Chamber leaders and ED professionals support and build their small business communities? (Speakers: Fine, Lane, Magee, Moody, Pettis, Zimmerman)
Small business is the foundation of most local economies. A robust local business community typically means a strong local economy. A panel of representatives from the U.S. SBA, Small Business Technology Development Centers, Procurement Assistance Centers, SCORE, Arkansas Women’s Business Center and the Conductor will discuss how they serve small businesses and what local business support organizations can do to help their small businesses start, survive and grow.
Option 2 (Hall B): Economics Arkansas - Connecting Educators to Industry (Speakers: Masters, Cathey, and Griffin)
Economics Arkansas’ (EA) mission is to equip PreK-12 schools with standards-based resources and professional development to teach economics, personal finance and the free enterprise system using practical, innovative and inspiring methods. The EA Connecting Educators to Industry workshop is designed to connect educators with industry experts in regions across the state by providing educators with research, data, and information that can be shared with students as they make decisions about future career paths in manufacturing, trucking, construction, agriculture and other industries in Arkansas. Drawing upon EA’s model, two local chambers embarked on a pilot project to work with their local school district to equip teachers, administration, and school personnel with the knowledge about careers and manufacturing opportunities available in the local area. Come learn how your chamber/EDO can serve as this valuable connector and resource within the community to showcase career paths leading to talent retention.
Option 3 (Halls A1 & A2): The Relevancy Conundrum: Make it meaningful for today’s young professional. (Speaker: Spears)
In today’s marketplace, the word “relevancy” sends a cold sweat across the brow of any chamber that worries about their future. “What if they just don’t get us?” they ask about millennials and Generation Z. After all, we are bombarded with article after article about how different “they” are. But after a decade in the workplace, millennials are a known thing and Generation Z is on their way. It is time to stop looking confused or perplexed and get to work. I can show you how. Chambers who stay relevant do two things: they ask hard questions and make room for tough conversations. In this fun and informative session, I share with you the SEVEN things every chamber needs to talk about when they get back home. You will leave operating from a place of excitement and curiosity, imagining the possibilities of what can be. Take notes, ask questions, share your story, and then commit to do the work.
State Director of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
EVP Economic Development at Arkansas Valley Alliance for Economic Development and Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce
Chief Executive Officer at Conductor
Program Associate-Community & Economic Development at University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service
Associate Director of Economics Arkansas
Deputy Director of United States Small Business Administration
Director of Arkansas Women's Business Center
Educator, Liberator, Entertainer at Bravo cc
Little Rock Chapter Chair at Score