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Connect Atlanta: Building Robust Small Business Supply Chains
May 20th, 2013

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Connect Atlanta: Building Robust Small Business Supply Chains


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has recently launched the American Supplier Initiative (ASI): a federal government-wide initiative designed to increase government and commercial supply chain opportunities for small firms. This is important because small businesses who are suppliers to large corporations reported revenue growth of more than 250 percent and employment increased by more than 150 percent on average.

As a part of the American Supplier Initiative, we’re holding a series of supply chain events, in collaboration with federal agencies and private companies, throughout the country to provide the tools and resources needed for small businesses to become effective suppliers and connect small businesses with federal and commercial supply chain opportunities and banks through matchmaking.

SBA is proud to kick this national initiative off in Atlanta, Georgia; a regional HUB for large corporations, federal agencies and small business suppliers.

WHAT: Connect Atlanta
WHERE: Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building
77 Forsyth Street SW,
Atlanta, GA, 30303
WHEN: Monday, May 20th, 2013, 10:00am – 5:30pm

Registration is Required. There is no cost to participate in this event.

Agenda


PART I - Business Matchmaking & Small Business Resource Expo

9:15AM to 10:00AM Business Matchmaking Check-In
No onsite registration for the matchmaker. All meeting previously confirmed.
10:00AM to 1:00PM Small Business Resource Expo
10:00AM to 1:00PM Business Matchmaking Session
11:00AM to 1:15PM Registration Open for: Connect Atlanta (Main Panel & Breakout portion of the day), General Session, and Roundtable (Note: those already registered through Business Matchmaking from the morning do not need to re-register)
12:00PM to 1:15PM Lunch/Break

PART II - General Session

1:30PM to 1:55PM Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance by Cassius Butts, SBA Regional Administrator

Welcome Remarks by:
  • Candace Byrd, Chief of Staff of the Mayor of Atlanta, Small Business Perspective
  • Mary Parker, Chief Executive Officer, ALL(n)1 Security Services, Inc., American Supplier Initiative
  • U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills
2:00PM to 2:45PM Main Panel

The State of U.S. Supply Chains and Gaining Access to Supply Chain Opportunities
  • Moderated by: Jovita Moore, Channel 2 News
  • Rick Wade, Founder, The Wade Group
  • Brian McGowan, President/CEO Invest Atlanta
  • Walter Davis, CEO, Certus Bank

PART III – Breakout Sessions I

3:00PM to 4:00PM Building Your Business Skills and Capabilities: Memphis Room

  • Erin Andrews, SBA Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Moderator
  • Lydia Jones, Regional Director Georgia State SBDC
  • Gil Hayes, State President of SCORE
  • Joe Beaulieu, Program Director, Georgia Tech Procurement Technical Assistance
  • Debbie King, President and CEO, Evolution Management
3:00PM to 4:00PM Financing Your Growing Business: Miami Room

  • Terri Denison, SBA Georgia District Director, Moderator
  • Jon Daly, SVP, Director of SBA Lending, State Bank and Trust
  • Matt Eicholtz, Business Development Officer, Georgia Resource Capital
  • Alan Urech, Managing Partner, Stony River Capital Partners, LLC
  • Small Business- Leslie Zin, Owner, Arden’s Garden
3:00PM to 4:00PM Supplying to Your Federal Partners (Repeated at 4:15): Charlotte Room

  • John Shoraka, SBA Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development, Moderator
  • GSA, Millie Quinley, Regional Director for the Office of Small Business Utilization, U. S. General Services Administration, (GSA)
  • EPA, Charles Hayes, Small Business Program Manager
  • CDC/HHS, Gwen Miles, Small Business Specialist
  • SBA Area Office of General Contracting, Carol Thompson
  • Anthony Aiken, President/CEO, Aiken Global
3:00PM to 4:00PM Supplying to Corporate America (Repeated at 4:15): Atlanta Room (Plenary Room)

  • Stacey Key, President GMSDC, Moderator
  • Home Depot, Nicole Peterson, Senior Director – Supplier
  • United Beverage Group, Hussein Warmack, CEO
  • Kenneth L. Huff, Supplier Diversity Manager, Georgia Power
  • Victoria Vo, SAIC, Sr. Business Development Specialist, Mentor-Protégé Program Manager, Small Business Program
  • Solandre Perez, Supplier Quality Consultant, Chick-Fil-A

PART IV – Breakout Sessions II

4:15PM to 5:15PM Financing Your Growing Business: Miami Room

  • Terri Denison, SBA Georgia District Director, Moderator
  • Jon Daly, SVP, Director of SBA Lending, State Bank and Trust
  • Matt Eicholtz, Business Development Officer, Georgia Resource Capital
  • Alan Urech, Managing Partner, Stony River Capital Partners, LLC
  • Small Business- Leslie Zin, Owner, Ardens Garden
4:15PM to 5:15PM Breaking into the Global Supply Chain: Memphis Room

  • Tom Strauss, USEAC HUB Director for the South East, U.S. Department of Commerce, Moderator
  • Ray Thornton, International Trade Manger, Global Commerce, GDED
  • Rick Martin, Director of International Trade, Georgia
  • Charlotte Starfire, Director, Global Trade Solutions , SunTrust
4:15PM to 5:15PM Supplying to Your Federal Partners: Atlanta Room (Plenary Room)

  • John Shoraka, Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development, Moderator
  • GSA, Millie Quinley, Regional Director for the Office of Small Business Utilization, U. S. General Services Administration, (GSA)
  • EPA, Charles Hayes, Small Business Program Manager
  • CDC/HHS, Gwen Miles, Small Business Specialist
  • SBA Area Office of General Contracting, Carol Thompson
  • Anthony Aiken, President/CEO, Aiken Global
4:15PM to 5:15PM Supplying to Corporate America: Charlotte Room

  • Stacey Key, President GMSDC, Moderator
  • Home Depot, Nicole Peterson, Senior Director – Supplier
  • United Beverage Group, Hussein Warmack, CEO
  • Kenneth L. Huff, Supplier Diversity Manager, Georgia Power
  • Victoria Vo, SAIC, Sr. Business Development Specialist, Mentor-Protégé Program Manager, Small Business Program
  • Solandre Perez, Supplier Quality Consultant, Chick-Fil-A

PART V – Conclusion

5:15PM Depart