Small Business Summit – Chicago

Small Business Summit - Chicago

Small Business Summit – Chicago


Start: Feb 22, 2018 at 08:00 am
End: Feb 22, 2018 at 06:30 pm


Hotel Monaco
225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL

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Considering Starting a Business or Looking for Insights to Help Grow Your Business?

SharpHeels Small Business Summit is an intimate and engaging event designed to educate women with a passion for owning their own business. Hear advice from 20+ local small business owners and entrepreneurs about their journey of starting and growing their businesses.

Panelists will discuss topics such as: The Basics of Starting a Business, Financing Your Business & Marketing & Customer Acquisition. Then roll-up your sleeves for two in-depth workshops on: Minimizing Risk for Your Business & Social Media, Marketing & Growth

In addition:

  • Learn and Network with like-minded entrepreneurs.
  • Take home a SharpHeels goodie bag with fun products from our partners.
  • Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and cocktails with your peers.

Ticket Price: $295

Limited seats available, so register today. And remember to bring lots of business cards!

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Four Panel Discussions & Two Workshops

  • 8:00-8:30 am: Breakfast & Check-in
  • 8:30-9:00 am: Event Kick-off
  • 9:00-10:00 am: Starting Your Business
  • 10:00-10:15 am: Break
  • 10:15-11:15 am: Financing Your Business
  • 11:15-11:30 am: Break
  • 11:30-12:30 am: Workshop: Integrated Financial Planning
  • 12:30-1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 pm: Marketing & Branding
  • 2:00-2:15 pm: Break
  • 2:15-3:15 pm: Workshop: Web & Social
  • 3:15-3:30 pm: Break
  • 3:30-4:30 pm: Growth & Innovation
  • 4:30-6:30 pm: Networking Happy Hour

Chicago Small Business Owners & Experts

Linda Maclachlan
YJT Solutions

Dinah Grossman
Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain

Kristina Lowenstein
Executive Director
Honeycomb Project

Kate Levinson
Levinson Locations

Deb Venable
Nimlok Chicago

Kelly Fair
Executive Director
Polished Pebbles

Marlene Byrne
President & CEO
Celtic Chicago

Gale Gand
Pastry Chef & Author

Leslee Cohen
Partner & Attorney
Hershman Cohen

Stacey Pitts Caldwell
Director, Small Business
Chicagoland Chamber

Maura Mitchell
Director, Entrepreneurial Services

Karen Goldner
Director, Established Businesses

Shannelle Armstrong Fowler
Haute & Co. Bridal

Wendy Spizzirri
Wealth Management Advisor
Northwestern Mutual

Mana Ionescu
Lightspan Digital

Elise Jaffe
Executive Producer
Big Teeth Productions

Molly Keating
Marketing Director

Kenya Merritt
Chief Small Business Officer
Chicago Department of Business Affairs

Carla Curtsinger
Speaker, Writer, & Executive Coach

We love working with dynamic forward-thinking partners – companies whose passion and insight enhance and grow our mission. Our Small Business Summit sponsors are dedicated to helping small businesses grow and succeed.

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