Apr 1, 2009
The Portland Shop Symposium isn’t a job fair or job panel but these are definitely the kinds of people to network with and learn from. This is especially true if you can provide services that local retailers and entrepreneurs are looking for (sales jobs, creative jobs, service jobs).
From Shop Symposium:
35 Local Business Leaders Join to Educate Business Owners
Second Annual SHOP Symposium for Portland Retailers and Entrepreneurs
Tickets are still available to the second annual SHOP Symposium, a one-day conference for small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to draw an edge in what may seem an over-saturated market. Like last year’s selling-out SHOP/08 (touted as “fabulous”, “uplifting” and having “contagious energy”), Portland’s unique SHOP Symposium is a forum fit to educate and equip Portland’s business-minded individuals, with 35 leaders in the Portland business community speaking on panel, adding to a lively, educationally rich dialogue followed by an audience-approved Q & A.
Individual registration is $99 for the day or $75 each when two or more register.
For more information, please visit: www.cravebusiness.com/shopsymposium09/portland
WHO: Retailers, boutique brands, and other small business owners looking to build on their business strategies, increase profits and revive ROI.
WHY: SHOP Symposium gives a new meaning to “Support Local”. Our 35 featured speakers prove that Portland’s small business community is not like the fend-for-yourself mentality of other cities. These thriving entrepreneurs, consultants and strategists want to share their stories to encourage and equip other business owners to surge forward, past the current economic slump and past the unknowns of small business.
Featured Local Business Leaders at SHOP/09:
- Harry DeWolf, Portland District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
- Jackie Babicky, Chair of the Small Business Advisory Council (works directly with the Mayor and City Council on policy development tailored to enhance small business prosperity)
- Search marketing expert Kent Lewis, Founder of Anvil Media (named as a top ten fastest growing private company in Portland by the Portland Business Journal)
- RYZ Wear Brand Evangelist, Ryan Christensen (called one of “25 of Portland’s Most Creative Thinkers” by The Oregonian)
- Lisa Schroeder, Founder of Mother’s Bistro (Business woman of the Year by the Portland Business Journal and Co-Chair for the Portland Business Alliance’s Downtown Retail Council)
- Curt Mudd, Founder of Emergent (former HR exec for Nau + Nike)
- John Freiss, Founder of Seven Planet
- Mom-praneur Mindee Doney, Co-Founder of Boogie Wipes (now selling in 30,000 retail stores nationwide)
- Alice Dobson, Designer and Founder of Sofada (featured in New York Fashion Week)
WHEN: Monday, April 6, 2009
7:30am – 8:30am | Registration & Check-In
8:30am – 4:00pm | SHOP Symposium
12:00pm – 1:15pm | Lunch provided by Art Bar*
- 15-minute Business Strategy Makeovers on stage with nationally-known Author, Speaker and Consultant Lisa Johnson)
4:00pm – 5:00pm | Networking Reception
WHERE: Brunish Hall (4th Floor), Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway (downtown Portland, Oregon)
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