Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NATIONAL Small Business Week

NATIONAL Small Business Week
May 20-26, 2012 in Washington, DC

Join us for an event that honors and empowers small businesses nationwide

The National Small Business Week Conference, hosted by the Small Business Administration, has been recognizing the special impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1963.

Connect. Collaborate. Share. Network.

Meet and connect with leaders in the small business community. Grow your business network and get inspired!

A 3–day networking and educational event

National Small Business Week 2012 is a two and a half day conference in Washington, D.C. focusing on small business accomplishments, including disaster recovery, procurement and entrepreneurial success. This schedule is not final and is subject to change

Conference location

Mandarin Oriental Hotel & Conference Center

1330 Maryland Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC 20024, USA
+1(202)554 8588


Karen Mills

Karen Gordon Mills was sworn in April 6, 2009, as the 23rd Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration after being appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She leads a team of more than 2,200 employees whose mission is to help entrepreneurs and small business owners grow and create jobs by providing greater access to capital, counseling, federal contracting opportunities, disaster assistance and more. 

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Marie Johns

Deputy Administrator
Marie Johns is Deputy Administrator of the US Small Business Administration, where she contributes to management of the agency and development of SBA policy. Johns was nominated by President Obama on December 17th, 2009 and confirmed by unanimous consent in the Senate on June 22nd, 2010.

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Andrew Sullivan

Prudential Group Insurance
Senior Vice President, Small Market Business
As senior vice president of Small Market Business, Andrew F. Sullivan is responsible for the profit and loss performance of the Small Market Business, as well as developing business strategy, setting business goals, and identifying growth opportunities.
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Angela Ruggiero

Olympic Ice Hockey Player
Four-time Medalist

Angela Ruggiero was first introduced to Ice Hockey at age seven when her father signed up her younger brother for his youth hockey league. When Ruggiero was 13, she joined an all-girl select team for the Los Angeles metro area. She then headed east to play at Choate Rosemary Hall. While still a high school senior at Choate Rosemary Hall, Ruggiero played on the gold medal-winning 1998 United States Olympic Hockey Team in Nagano, Japan. She was also a member of the silver medal-winning 2002 team in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Brian Moran

Wall Street Journal
Executive Director of Sales Development

Brian Moran is the Executive Director of Sales Development at the Wall Street Journal. In his current role, Brian oversees the sales development and marketing programs for the financial and small business categories among the many Journal brands.
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Cathy Martine

Executive Vice President - Small Business Solutions and Alternate Channels

Cathy Martine is the Executive Vice President in charge of Small Business Solutions and Alternate Channels, for the AT&T Business and Home Solutions organization. She leads a multi-billion-dollar business unit responsible for small business sales and indirect channels.

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Connie Certusi

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Small Business Accounting Solutions

Connie Certusi is the general manager of Sage's Small Business Accounting Solutions (SBAS) business unit, which includes the Sage Peachtree and Sage Simply Accounting businesses, as well as the Sage Accountants Network.

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Dario Gomez

SBA, Office of International Trade Leadership
Associate Administrator

Dario J. Gomez oversees programs that support small business engagement and growth in international markets. His office works in cooperation with other federal agencies and public- and private-sector trade groups to promote trade opportunities, facilitate access to export financing, and represent the interests of small businesses in U.S. trade negotiations. Dario also directs the delivery of the SBA's export assistance programs via 19 U.S. Export Assistance Centers throughout the country.

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Grande Lum

Director, HUBZone Program

Grande Lum is Director of the HUBZone Program for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Most recently he was Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) at UC Hastings Law School. In 2010 for the first time ever, CNDR was ranked as one of the top law school dispute programs in the country by US News and World Report. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School.

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James Rivera

Deputy Associate Administrator - Office of Disaster Assistance

Since September 2006, James Rivera has led several efforts to rebuild the agency's disaster operations, which included introducing an electronic disaster loan application, more efficient loan underwriting processes and computer technology upgrades which has resulted in quicker loan disbursements to homeowners, renters and businesses affected by a disaster.
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Janet Zablock

Head of Global Small Business
Janet Zablock has more than 15 years experience in managing commercial payment products for Visa. Currently, as Head of Global Small Business for Visa Inc, Zablock directs the development and implementation of the strategic vision for Visa Business products targeted at the small business market segment.

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Rieva Lesonsky

GrowBiz Media
CEO and President

Rieva Lesonsky is CEO and president of GrowBiz Media, a content and consulting company specializing in covering small businesses and entrepreneurship.

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