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    Name: Micro Enterprise Symposium - 2020
    Date: October 16, 2020
    Time: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
    Registration: Register Now
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    The Fauquier Chamber
    Micro Enterprise Symposium

    October 16, 2020
    8:00am - 12:30pm

    Hosted and Presented by Lord Fairfax Community College / Fauquier Campus

    C-Suite Sponsor: Piedmont Press & Graphics

     

    Take concrete, measurable action toward your business goals! 

    Receive practical insights and actionable advice on relevant business topics in this half day hybrid symposium held online and at the LFCC Fauquier Campus.

    This highly interactive and relational event features networking opportunities and three learning tracks, each geared toward business owners at varying stages of their business development cycle. Whether you are a would-be entrepreneur, a fledgling business, or a well-established business, you will find value in attending.

    Throughout the morning, join our speakers at the "Happiness Bar", where attendees can meet 1:1 with event speakers to ask questions and make valuable connections. Table sponsors will also be available, and attendees are invited to use the morning to create new relationships with sponsors and each other that will benefit their businesses. 

    Make connections with other business owners, create new relationships, and and take action to build greater success in your business.

    Keynote 
    Entrepreneurship in the What’s Next Economy

    "It’s time to stop asking what the “new normal” will look like, because it’s already here. We need to accept that we live in the What’s Next Economy.”   

    Jonathan Aberman, Dean of the School of Business & Technology at Marymount University will share his thoughts on how entrepreneurs and businesses can do more than survive — they can thrive — in the What’s Next Economy.  

    Jonathan Aberman is a highly respected thought leader on entrepreneurship and innovation. His experience as a venture investor, innovation consultant, university professor and media commentator gives him a 360-degree perspective on entrepreneurship and technology innovation. He is identified as a leader of change and influence in print and television media, recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Tech Titan,” by the Washington Business Journal as a member of the “Power 100” and by the Commonwealth of Virginia as one of its “'50 Most Influential Entrepreneurs' in the Commonwealth.” Forbes Magazine described him as the “unsung hero” of the successful attraction of Amazon HQ2 to Arlington, Virginia.  

    Through his closely held investment business, Amplifier Ventures, Jonathan has helped to start 16 technology businesses since 2005. Before starting Amplifier Ventures, he had a 15-year career as a partner and senior manager of a number of national law firms, and prior to that he was an associate in the investment banking industry in London, England. He uses his commercial experience to provide valuable strategic advice, business model and customer discovery acumen and deal management. His experiences and contacts in the venture capital industry inform his views on technology innovation and provide a hard earned commercial perspective that he applies to his work.  

    During his career Jonathan has helped to create many successful communities of entrepreneurs. In 2011, he founded Startup Virginia, Startup Maryland and StartupDC as part of the Obama Administration's StartupAmerica Initiative. These efforts resulted in the formation of regionally impactful programs including 1776 Accelerator and the iCorps program. In 2012 he formed FounderCorps, a not for profit that aggregated many of the Greater Washington region's most prominent entrepreneurs and promoted mentorship. In 2018, he formed the Tandem Product Academy, an educational program focused on teaching founders and senior executives essential skills necessary to scale technology product-based businesses.  

    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.

    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.

    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?

    Topics

    Our topics this year include:

    • SWOT and PEST.  Not an Exterminator Company,  But Company Branding Builders
    • Finding Your Way By Flushing It Out: Building Your Business When Your Vision Isn't Clear
    • Networking Like a (Virtual) Rock Star!
    • Burn Your Business Plan
    • Organizational Growth Requires Thoughtful Leadership
    • Planning for the Culture You Want
    • Lean Startup: Validating Your Business Model
    • Untether your Business with Technology
    • Saving your Date: A Business Pivot Success Story
    All topics will be made available to all registered attendees after the event! Register today!
    Location:
    Online (Zoom) or in person at Lord Fairfax Community College Fauquier Campus
    Date/Time Information:
    Friday October 16th, 2020
    8:00am to 12:30pm
    Contact Information:
    Fees/Admission:
    $20 Virtual
    $25 In Person

    Sponsorships Available! Contact us for more information!
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