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2017 Small Business Festival Preview

by Jessica Baker on

We are less than a week away from the 2017 Small Business Festival. This year we are so excited to be sponsors and delighted for this opportunity to help the Austin small business community in any way that we can!

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Between the FREE community events and the premium events on May 1-5th, this festival is full of wonderful speakers and opportunities to network. Though we’re particularly excited about the events we’ve highlighted below, we encourage you to check out the full schedules here: (Premium Schedule; Community Schedule)

Premium Events

Brian Smith - Founder of UGG Australia
My (Infallible) Secret for Success
May 5, 4:20pm

Amy Simmons - Founder of Amy’s Ice Cream
Everything I Need to Know About Business I Learned at the Ice Cream Store
May 4, 4:00pm

Shelley Delayne - Orange Coworking, Daniel Walker - OpenWork Agency, Laura Shook - On Somatic Ground; Lorenzo Gomez III - Geekdom, Dean Siracusa - Summer Hawk Optics, Inc.
Coworking Panel
Join these five panelists for a 45 minute discussion on all things coworking!
May 4, 2:00pm

Community Events

Diane Dean - The Learner's Edge
Hey Dreamer, It’s Time
May 1, 10:00am - 12:00pm - The Un.Incubator

Join Diane to explore whatever idea you can’t get out of your head and leave with a clear sense of how your passion, purpose and business all fit together.

Gene Marks - Marks Group PC; Sujan Patel - Web Profits
Selling and Growing Online: The Secrets of What it Takes to Win
May 2, 12:00pm - 1:30pm - Austin Club

Every business person can always learn more about the ecommerce world and how to sell online. Bring questions and have them answered in this interactive discussion!

Kim Stanley - Downsize My Home, Ryan Anglen - Whitestone Brewery, Ryan Coover - Coover Caramels
Small Business Panel - 3 Business Founders Tell All
May 3, 12:00pm - 1:30pm - TWerx Coworking

Ask questions and get involved with this interactive panel with three local Austin business owners talking about what it takes to found a business, how to develop the idea, funding, and more.

And we are thrilled about the following talks from our Founder, Carey Jung, and our Chief Development Officer, Matt Miller, and we would love to have you join us!

Carey Jung - Founder/President of IT Freedom
Creating a Company of Owners
May 4, 1:30pm

Join Carey as he discusses his vision and how he went about creating a company of owners in both stock ownership and mindset.

Matt Miller - Chief Development Officer of IT Freedom
Scaling Without the Growing Pains: How the Right IT can get you There
May 2, 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Frost Bank Tower

Think you have all you need to get your business running? Think again and join Matt as he discusses the often overlooked technological aspects of starting a business that are vital to growth and success.

All of the premium events will be taking place at 800 Congress Events, and the community events will be all over the city!

The Small Business Festival will be a wonderful event celebrating small businesses and will give business people the opportunity to network with others in our community, we hope you can join us!

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