• Micro Enterprise Council

  • Fauquier Chamber Micro Enterprise Council



  • October 18, 2019 8:00am - 12:30pm

    Hosted by Lord Fairfax Community College / Fauquier Campus

    Presented by Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center

    Major Sponsors: Center for Innovative Technology
    Fauquier County Department of Economic Development
    Piedmont Press & Graphics

     


     

     

     

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

    $20 in advance
    $25 at the door

    Did you know that -- not only can you register for this event, but you can also sign up for your sponsorship online? It's easy! Click below to save your seat!

     

    2019 SESSIONS AND SPEAKERS

    Keynote 

    From Janitor to CEO: Five Core Values to Build a Multi-Million Dollar Business

    Carlos A. Castro, President/CEO, TODOS Super Market

    Carlos Castro migrated to the United States from El Salvador in 1980. An entrepreneur by nature, his career path has included time as a remodeling contractor, real estate agent, restaurant owner, and, for the last 27 years, a successful grocery store owner. Mr. Castro is also involved in the community and serves in various capacities on boards, including the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Action. His passion is to reach out to community youth to get them involved in activities that will help them become successful and respectful leaders. 

    Breakout Sessions Include:

    Track 1: Turning your Passion into a Business

    Whether you are just thinking about starting a business or you have only just begun, this track is for you.

    Discover Your Customer
    Gary Grenter, Principal Consultant, Alpha-Flow Management Consulting

    Marketing and Advertising on a Budget
    Bruce Potter, COO, Rappahannock Media LLC; publisher of Inside NoVa

    Organizing the Chaos through Systems that Work
    Kim Jenkins, Owner, Genesis Home Improvement
     

    Track 2: Moving from Startup to Stable

    If you've been in business for a few years, but feel like you may still be missing some of the foundational pieces that can create more stability and profitability in your business, you'll find value in these sessions.

    Communication Skills to Boost Your Business
    Christine Kriz, Director, Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center

    When, Why and How to Hire the Right Employee
    Renee Younes, Regional Manager, Mason Enterprise Center

    Peak Performance - How Can I Deliver My Best When I Need My Best?
    James Coltharp, Founder/President of The KeePressingOn Project
     

    Track 3: Next Level Business

    This track offers insights and practical advice for veteran business owners who seek to scale or expand their business beyond the "micro-business" level. Are you ready to level up?

    Reinventing Greatness: How to Pivot for Success!
    Shari Goodwin, Business Strategist, Leadership Coach, Author, Speaker

    Do You Have the Right Stuff? Attributes of a High-growth, High expectation Startup... and How to Get There
    Marco Rubin, Senior Investment Director, CIT

    Non-Traditional Business Financing
    Keon Lindsey, Business Finance Consultant, Complete Business Capital

     

    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


    Sponsorship opportunities for this event are now available! Support small business, make connections, and create new relationships with those who can benefit from your business offerings. We had a fantastic turnout last year -- you don't want to miss this! Click below to download more information or contact Jennifer Goldman at Jennifer@Resonance.us or (540)-454-6511.

    Sponsorships Available:

    $1,000 presenting sponsor(1):  CLAIMED!

    • 5 complimentary tickets to the event
    • 5 minutes at the podium to share about your business and introduce our keynote speaker
    • Full 6' table for company display at the event
    • Opportunity to share your swag in our Micro Enterprise Council goody bags
    • Company Logo on sponsor posters and mention in all marketing with paid sponsorship

     
    $500 major sponsor (3): CLAIMED!

    • 3 complimentary tickets to the event 
    • 3 minutes at the podium to share about your business and introduce the track speaker at three sessions
    • 3' table section for company display at the event
    • Opportunity to share your swag in our Micro Enterprise Council goody bags
    • Company Logo on sponsor posters and mention in all marketing with paid sponsorship

     

    $250 Networking sponsor (2) only one remaining!: 

    • 2 complimentary tickets to the event 
    • Company name on 4 small posters in networking area (Loeb Center) thanking you for your sponsorship
    • Thanks from the podium
    • Opportunity to share your swag in our Micro Enterprise Council goody bags
    • Company name mentioned in our program

     

     

    $250 Breakfast sponsor (2): 

    • 2 complimentary tickets to the event 
    • Company name on 2 small posters in breakfast area (Loeb Center) thanking you for your sponsorship
    • Thanks from the podium
    • Opportunity to share your swag in our Micro Enterprise Council goody bags
    • Company name mentioned in our program

     

     

    $150 full tabletop sponsor:

    • 1 complimentary ticket to the event 
    • Full 6' table for company display at the event
    • Opportunity to share your swag in our Micro Enterprise Council goody bags
    • Company name on sponsor posters and in our program

     

     

    $50 small tabletop sponsor:

    • 1 complimentary ticket to the event 
    • 3' table section for company display at the event
    • Opportunity to share your swag in our Micro Enterprise Council goody bags
    • Company name mentioned in our program

     

     

    Door prizes: If you would like to donate a door prize for this event, please contact us!
     


  • Write for the Fauquier Chamber Micro Enterprise Council blog!

    This blog is a member-driven blog moderated by the Micro Enterprise Council. Current members of the Fauquier Chamber are invited to share their expertise with other members of the Chamber. Share your knowledge, and learn from others in our business community!

    We seek to provide informational articles on a variety of topics that our member businesses will find valuable, and all articles are reviewed prior to publishing.  Although moderated by the Micro Enterprise Council, the opinions and advice given in these posts may not reflect the opinions of the Micro Enterprise Council or the Fauquier Chamber. Please be sure to vet all information you read in this blog and consult with those you trust on any topic before taking action for your business.

    This blog is intended to benefit our members and we invite your feedback! Contact us here.

    Visit the Micro Enterprise Council Blog by clicking below:

     

    This is YOUR blog, and we invite you to contribute! Your submission should follow these guidelines:

    • You should be a current member of the Fauquier Chamber.
    • Your article should be value-rich and not an overt sales pitch for your company or services.
    • Your article should be an original article that you have written, with a business focus.
    • If you have posted the article elsewhere, please include links to the original post.

    If you have image(s) or file(s) that you'd like to include in your post, you'll be able to tell us about that when you submit the content of your article.

    Thank you for your contribution!

    Submit your article for consideration by clicking below and completing our form:

     


  • Council Members

    Michelle Coe, Vice Chair
    Dr. Wes Shortridge, Vice Chair

    Marianne Clyde
    Miles Friedman
    Kathy Godfrey
    Jennifer Goldman
    Charles Grammick
    Gary Grenter
    Jenny Knox
    Christine Kriz
    Margie Markham
    Joe Martin
    Sylvia McDevitt
    Beverly Pullen
    Astrid Ruiz
    Carlton Shutt
    Jan Sutton
    Jennifer Sweigart
    Renee Younes

     

    Our Mission

    To connect & educate entrepreneurs and micro enterprises to support their pathway to success.

    We will accomplish this through three initiatives:

    1. Development of a resources page to assist micro businesses in finding the help they need to thrive.
    2. Development and maintenance of a member-driven blog, where the focus is on providing high-value content that area businesses can use to learn and grow.
    3. Development and launch of an annual event focused on the needs of small business owners in varying stages of the business development cycle.