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Small Business Priorities for 2021

As we continue to move through the pandemic, our objective is to learn from a range of small business owners and business leaders about their challenges, needs, and attitudes towards managing and growing their business, and the trends that may affect their business. We want to explore the needs and priorities for services and tools to sustain and grow their businesses, in areas such as technology, financial services, and logistics and transportation.

This is a unique opportunity for passionate, expert professionals to join 20+ panelists to advance the thinking in this field. This engagement is moderated by an expert Facilitator and is open asynchronously, around-the-clock for your convenience.

Every two weeks, the facilitator will introduce a new subtopic – each theme exploring a new facet related to how to create small business growth into the future.

Activities include:
1. Explore a variety of themes
2. Map the competitive landscape (i.e. emerging trends, disruptive tech, etc.)
3. React to the latest media/reports in this space
4. One-to-one engagement with other panelists

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Small Business Company Size of 3-100 employees:
- Owners, CEOs, COOs
- Decision Makers of Business-related Purchases

Applicants
Rebecca Kersch
Sales Engineer at Wynn O. Jones & Associates, Inc.
As VP of Sales and Marketing for Lauterbach Group, I grew a small business from $8 million to over $25 Million in 3 years by developing and implementing strategies to create mutually beneficial relationships with large B2B brands that became our suppliers and/or customers. As a VP of Consulting with Hunter Business I worked with Fortune 500 B2B brands helping them develop Sales and Marketing tools and process to further penetrate the small business markets.
Lisa Miyasa
Owner, Kol Kid Inc.
Covid has created a shift in many businesses such as mine - what started as a Brick and Mortar store now has our online store driving our revenue. As such I have had to adapt and shift our focus on building a better webstore and creating an atmosphere to mimic an in store feel. Creating regular marketing emails, evaluating shipping platforms, updating our template and using search engine optimization apps and filters are some of the changes we implemented in 2020. This year we will focus on other social media platforms such as Tik Tok and creating more video content online. Kol Kid has been in business since 1999 and has between 5-7 on staff on a regular basis.
Amaya Smith
VP Marketing & Communications, National Partnership for Women & Families, Co-Owner of The Brown Beauty Co-op
Small business owner and public policy expert. Founded several beauty product and hair care product companies.
Bob Miller
Chief Operating Officer at Global Data Systems
I have worked my way up through management and been a founder in multiple startup companies as well as been a key player in transforming existing businesses. I have a strong skill set in mergers and acquisitions. I have served as a C Level executive for the majority of the past 20 years. I have also had to maintain momentum in multiple high growth companies by using techniques developed over a long career in scaling companies. (377 employees)
Frank Grazia
Owner at Cold Storage Solutions, Inc.
Company size 11-50
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“I like that I can do this when I have time,
and there is no set schedule.”


Eric Allen, Senior Manager, Supply Chain at EY

“I find the topics engaging and I love the
flexibility of checking in and providing insights
at my convenience.”

Kimberly Underwood, Consultant at Underwood Consulting

“Great platform, great questions and topics.
The potential to earn a little more money for
participating is nice as well.”

Oren Birks, Sr. Director of IT at PBI-Gordon

“I really enjoy being on the panels, sharing
information and reading the perspective of the
other panelists. It is quite intriguing and most
all of the panelists are quite bright.”

Patty Soltis, CX Strategist at Kinetic Edge Consultants

“Very interactive, informative and without
any inherent bias. This is as good a collaborative
platform as you can get.”

Pinaki Banerjee, Program Director at ITC InfoTech

“It is a perfect platform not just to share
but to learn and stay updated.”


Armando Leyva, HR Director at 360º HC

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  • add remove What is Currnt?
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  • add remove Why should I apply? Do I get paid?
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  • add remove How do KnowledgeStreams and DesignSprints work?
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Small Business Priorities for 2021