Guests from the Microsoft Small Business Summit
Pete Blackshaw, The Power of Customers
Word of mouth can make or break a small business, especially in today's Internet-driven world, where customers have more power than ever. Interactive marketing expert Pete Blackshaw studies the impact of "consumer-generated media"-blogs, social networking pages, message boards, product review sites-where even a single disgruntled customer can broadcast his or her complaints to an audience of millions. Pete will show you how to turn customer power to your advantage, by forming relationships built on openness, transparency, and trust.
Pete Blackshaw
Jodi Watson Jodi Watson, It's in the Bag
Jodi Watson's company harnessed the Internet to create a heretofore unheard of business: renting brand name handbags instead of buying them. The company, Avelle, got a huge boost when it was mentioned--under its former name, Bag, Borrow, or Steal--in the movieSex and the City. Learn how Avelle markets online, and why they changed the company name-a doubleheader in e-commerce and branding.
Net Success
Do you think your business is too small to be online? Do you think you lack the skills to create a Web site? Come see how easy it is to get your small business up and running on the Internet-and you can do it at no cost!
Office Live Small Business
John Jantsch John Jantsch, Duct-Tape Marketing
Author ofDuct Tape Marketingand an extremely popular blog, John Jantsch is renowned for dispensing practical wisdom on small business marketing. You won't want to miss John's insights on how small businesses can create sure-fire marketing campaigns on a shoestring budget.
Victor Lozano, Swimming with Dolphins
Victor Lozano is living his small business dream-he runs Dolphin Excursions, a Hawaiian company that brings tourists face-to-face with some of the ocean's most magnificent creatures. But it's not all splashing around with Flipper and his friends; there's a business to run! Learn how Victor has leveraged technology to keep the company running smoothly. Get Victor's tips on how to keep your small business swimming along.
Victor Lozano
Microsoft Office Marketing with Microsoft Office
Turn on your marketing power of Microsoft Office 2007 Small Business Edition. Learn how to create professional quality marketing materials, mount email marketing campaigns, and maximize the value of your existing customers. If you're just using Microsoft Office for word processing and spreadsheets, you're not taking full advantage of this powerhouse software.
Bill Stainton, Lessons from the Fab Four
Yes, that Fab Four: the Beatles. Bill Stainton, best-selling author and Beatles expert, will take you on an entertaining and insightful journey through the business decisions that took the Beatles to the top of the charts. And believe it or not, what worked the boys from Liverpool can work for your small business!
Bill Stainton
Starr Hall Starr Hall, PR Toolbox
After leaving a high-paying corporate job, Starr Hall decided to launch a full service boutique PR agency with just two clients and $2,500. In just two short years, Starr built her agency into an international brand-communications firm. In addition, she has become a widely sought-after speaker, who wows audiences with her acumen about brand-building and the value of public relations. Tune in for Starr's Summit talk on PR, marketing, and branding.
Rieva Lesonsky, Rieva to the Rescue: Marketing
Rieva Lesonsky has been offering guidance and inspiration to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs for more than two decades. As an author and editor, Rieva has written and shaped countless articles and books on small business, among them her top-sellingGet Smart, which provides more than 300 practical tips and strategies for establishing and sustaining a successful small business. A nationally recognized speaker, she has appeared on Good Morning America and Oprah to discuss entrepreneurship. Join Rieva as she fields questions about sales and marketing in small businesses.
Rieva Lesonsky
Andy Wibbels Andy Wibbels, Blogging for Bucks
Andy Wibbels is an expert on online marketing of small business, including the use of blogging, podcasting, email marketing, and online advertising. Winner of the "Best Marketing Blog" in both 2005 and 2006, Andy believes that blogs are a fantastic way for any business to generate sales. Join Andy as he explains how blogging can help your business save time, make money, generate leads, increase visibility, and nail a top position with search engines.
Bob McDowell, An Insider's Look into Windows Vista
Join Microsoft Vice President Bob McDowell for the inside story on Windows Vista-what went right, what went wrong, and lessons learned. Follow the journey from Vista's rocky reception to its emergence as the premier operating system for small business. Get some great insights on how to turn adversity into success.
Scott Montgomery Scott Montgomery, Get Them Talking
Scott Montgomery understands how to connect with customers-the survival of his and his clients' businesses depends on it. Scott is co-founder of Bradley and Montgomery, an innovative agency that specializes in advertising, design, and branding for clients large and small. Scott will share his tips on how to connect with customers.
Andrea Lake, Fearless Marketing
A self-made multi-millionaire, Andrea Lake enjoys creating business ventures on the frontiers of technology and popular culture. Andrea personally financed her first enterprise: Rhythm Styx, a wildly successful toy company. Following that, at age 23, she started a clothing distribution company targeted at the burgeoning youth market. Today Andrea serves as CEO of five companies she founded. Come hear Andrea discuss her unique ideas on marketing and pop culture.
Andrea Lake
Office Small Business 2007 Brian Kane, The 'Word' on Marketing
Brian Kane will show you how to harness the power of Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 to create high quality sales and marketing materials and get them into the hands of current and potential customers. You'll be amazed at the results you can achieve.
Sandra Magsamen, The Brand Builder
Artist, art therapist, mom, award-winning author, and creator of the Messages from the Heart brand, Sandra Magsamen fashions products and ideas that "celebrate the people and moments that make life a gift." Sandra will share her ideas on creativity, communicating, and building a successful brand.
Sandra Magsamen
Dynamics CRM Online Leo Manson, Keeping Customers
Customer retentions can be the difference between success and failure in small business. Come see robust, hosted software solutions to the age old problem of building customer loyalty.
Tina Wells, Building Buzz
Every teenage girl loves fashion and glamour magazines, but could that interest launch a successful career? It did for Tina Wells. At the tender age of 16, Tina began writing product reviews for The New Girl Times, a newspaper for young women and companies that target youth. Realizing the gap between teens' desires and companies' misdirected outreach, Tina developed an inventive and creative strategy. In 1996, she launched Buzz Marketing Group (Buzz MG)--a full service marketing company dedicated to helping clients better connect with youth. Tina will share her secrets on buzz marketing and targeting customers.
Tina Wells
Dynamics CRM Online Leo Manson, From Trash to Cash
Join Microsoft's Leo Manson as he explores how one small business has used customer relations management software to revolutionize the trash business. If CRM can turn trash to cash, think what it could do for your business!
Anne-Marie Faiola, Your Passion--Your Business
Anne-Marie Faiola followed her passion to create Bramble Berry, an Internet retailer of raw materials for making soap and toiletries. Today that passion has become a thriving business with more than 25,000 customers, primarily small handcrafters, who buy melt-and-pour bases, oils, herbs, dyes, lip-butter flavorings, lotion-making supplies, and molds. So, what is your passion? Anne-Marie will help you visualize the potential of turning it into a business.
Anne-Marie Failoa
Stephanie Frank, Work Less-Make More
Stephanie Frank is an expert in harnessing the power of small business while creating the dream life. An internationally recognized expert in "business acceleration" techniques, Stephanie helps entrepreneurs and independent professionals who want to make more money while working less. Come hear Stephanie's advice on how to "turn overwhelm into overdrive, challenge into choice, and shambles into strategy."
Stephanie Frank
Thanh Hua Thanh Hua, Lunch--and a Side Order of Productivity
In 2006, Thanh Hua turned her passion for delicious food into a gourmet boxed-lunch company called Selfish Box. "Our highest goal is to create cuisine so good you won't want to share it," Hua says. Selfish Box uses fresh, organic ingredients to create sophisticated, prepackaged lunches for local business clients. But creating great food is only half the battle-keeping prices competitive is vital. See how Thanh has tapped the power of software to raise productivity and keep the cost-monster at bay.
Pump Up Productivity with Office 2007
Would you like to run your business more efficiently? Maybe spend the evening with your family instead of another long night at the "shop"? Microsoft Office 2007 Small Business Edition has the productivity tools that can make these dreams a reality. Learn the expert's tips and tricks for using Office to be more productive.
Microsoft Office
Rieva Lesonsky Rieva Lesonsky, Rieva to the Rescue: Productivity
Rieva Lesonsky has been offering guidance and inspiration to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs for more than two decades. As an author and editor, Rieva has written and shaped countless articles and books on small business, among them her top-sellingGet Smart, which provides more than 300 practical tips and strategies for establishing and sustaining a successful small business. A nationally recognized speaker, she has appeared on Good Morning America and Oprah to discuss entrepreneurship. Join Rieva as she fields questions about productivity and security in small businesses.
Kevin Royalty, Run Your Business from Anywhere
Kevin Royalty has a passion for helping small businesses. As co-founder and managing partner of Total Care Computer Consulting, part of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community, Kevin not only works with small business customers every day, he runs a small business himself. He knows firsthand how important it is to get out of the office and into the field. Kevin will share his insights on mobility and how to harness technology to set you free.
Kevin Royalty
Bob Rosner and Sherrie Campbell Bob Rosner and Sherrie Campbell, The Multi-Tasking Myth
Best-selling business author and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Bob Rosner has been featured in People and The Wall Street Journal, and is a regular contributor to the Today Show. Sherrie Campbell is a veteran speaker and the "Northwest's Funniest Mom." Together they will show you how to work more productively. If you think the answer is multi-tasking, think again.
Dave Benson, Cutting Edge Technology
Dave Benson runs Epicurean Cutting Surfaces, a fast-growing company that had its genesis in efficiency. The owners' original company was a skate-park designer and manufacturer. Eager to recycle scrap, they founded Epicurean to create kitchen cutting boards using leftover skate-park materials. Today, Epicurean cutting boards are sold worldwide in more than 4,000 stores by such retailers as Bed Bath and Beyond and Sur La Table. Learn how Windows Server technology has boosted productivity and security for Epicurean. Cutting edge technology meets cutting board manufacturing.
Dave Benson
Michael Santarcangelo Michael Santarcangelo, Security
Michael Santarcangelo is an expert on information protection – including compliance, privacy and awareness – and the author ofInto the Breach, a must-read guide on business security. A the voice of optimism in an industry of doomsayers, Michael provides the advice on how to increase revenue, protect the bottom line and efficiently manage people, information and risk.
Vista for Your Business
Wondering if Windows Vista is right for you? Learn how Bit Locker can protect your customer information and sensitive company data. Find out how Shadow Copy can save you from the despair of "oops, I didn't mean to delete that!" Discover how Instant Search can save you precious time. In short, see how Windows Vista can make your small business more secure and more productive.
Windows Vista
Timbercon Dan Forrester, Security Made Easy
Dan Forrester, IT chief at fiber-optic cable manufacturer Timbercon, knows the value of security. His company is entrusted with sensitive data from its many customers, including the federal government, so an IT breach could mean big, big trouble. Learn how Timbercon secured its systems and has become one of the fastest growing small businesses in the Pacific Northwest.
Mark Hurst, Bit Literacy
Widely credited for popularizing "customer experience" online, Mark Hurst has worked since the birth of the Web to make Internet technology easier to use. Mark is the founder of Creative Good – the world's first user-experience consulting firm. In 2007, he authored Bit Literacy to help people manage information overload. Mark's strategies work for both the individual and an entire team. Let Mark help free you from today's onslaught of digital information.
Mark Hurst
Microsoft Online Services You Run the Business; We Handle the IT
You've heard the buzz and catchphrases: software as a service, software plus services, cloud computing. What does it all mean? Can you afford to move your IT online? Can you afford not to? Learn about the latest in hosted services from Microsoft and decide if they're right for you.
John Vechey, Brian Fiete, and Jason Kapalka, Play for Profits
Thanks to low overhead and a little luck, John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka were able to overcome bad timing. The trio began PopCap Games right in the middle of the dot-com bust, but today these creators of the award-winning "Bejeweled" series have almost 200 employees and a firm hold on the "casual gaming" market. Learn how they survived and thrived thanks to some smart marketing and a simple business plan.
John Vechey, Brian Fiete, and Jason Kapalka
Office Small Business 2007 Brian Kane, Tech Tools You Can Use
Join Brian Kane as he shows you how to boost your productivity with Office Small Business 2007 2007. Come learn about tools and techniques that make your business more efficient, better organized, and more informed.
Michael J. Murphy, The Vista Advantage
You've heard the hype-pro and con. Now get the real story of what Windows Vista can do for your small business. Join Michael J. Murphy to see how Vista can make you more productive, more secure, and more nimble.
Windows Vista
Cameron Johnson Cameron Johnson, Young, Rich, and Wise
Cameron Johnson was not your typical teenager, to say the least. He started his first business at age 9, and before graduating high school he was recognized as one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the world. At 15, Cameron was the youngest person to become an Advisory Board Member to a Japan-based company. A compelling speaker, Cameron is also the author of the international bestselling book, You Call the Shots. He shares his entrepreneurial wisdom in this fascinating interview.
Richard Sprague, Phone It In
Have you been dreaming of an affordable business phone system that's easy to set up, easy to use, and can grow with your business? Well then, your dreams can be reality with Microsoft Response Point. See why this is the perfect telephone system for small business.
Microsoft ResponsePoint
Kevin Royalty Kevin Royalty, Run Your Business from Anywhere
Kevin Royalty has a passion for helping small businesses. As co-founder and managing partner of Total Care Computer Consulting, part of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community, Kevin not only works with small business customers every day, he runs a small business himself. He knows firsthand how important it is to get out of the office and into the field. Kevin will share his insights on mobility and how to harness technology to set you free.
Lisa Druxman, Work-Life Balance
Lisa Druxman created Stroller Strides, one of the fastest growing franchises in the United States. A fitness expert, particularly in the area of pre- and post-natal fitness, Lisa is also an award winning author and columnist, and a widely sought after speaker. Join her for an enlightening discussion on how to balance you personal life with the demands of your business.
Lisa Druxman
Windows Vista Michael J. Murphy, Hands-on Vista
We know you have questions about Vista. Michael Murphy can provide the answers. Learn why now is the time to upgrade to the best operating system for small business.
Lisa Knoppe-Reed, Business with a Heart
After years of work in the corporate world and endless soul-searching, Lisa Knoppe-Reed believed she had found her purpose in life and created a new business venture, Art for a Cause. In 1999, Knoppe-Reed began painting handles of household gadgets like hammers, garden trowels and cultivators, and called them CuteTools! The following year, she came up with the concept of a CuteTools! fundraising program after giving a presentation to a special education class. The students were so excited about the work that Knoppe-Reed decided to include them in her business. She realized how she could join her passion for painting, her desire to give to others, and her keen business savvy. Hear Lisa explain how doing good can be good business.
Lisa Knoppe-Reed
Office Small Business 2007 Brian Kane, Office Tips & Tricks
Ever been dazzled by a colleague's mastery of Office? Ever wished you knew all those cool tips and tricks that could save you time and simplify your work life? Well, your wish is granted. Join Brian Kane for a tour of time-saving shortcuts and productivity enhancers in Office Small Business 2007.
Nell Merlino, Make Mine a Million $ Business
This one's especially for the women entrepreneurs who want to break the barrier into $1 million of annual revenue. Co-founder and CEO of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, Nell Merlino will share advice for growing your business, networking, and taking charge of your success. And guys, you'll pick up some great tips, too.
Nell Merlino
Dave Dederer Dave Dederer, Rockin' the Balance Sheet
We go behind the scenes for the small business-side of rock with the guitarist of the Grammy nominated band 'The Presidents of the United States of America.' Dave Dederer has a head for business as well as music. Learn how he managed the band's business and how he's now pioneering music in the mobile, online, and digital world. See how financial strategies that work for the band just might work for you.
Free Accounting Software
Here's one thing every startup can use: free accounting software. With Microsoft Office Accounting Express, you can keep your books, sell online, and analyze your business performance. All for free, and all with the familiar look and feel of Microsoft Office.
Office Accounting Express 2008
Jean Chatzky Jean Chatzky, Make Money, Not Excuses
An award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and popular motivational speaker, Jean Chatzky has helped millions of men and women battle an epidemic with a devastating impact - debt. Jean is the financial editor for NBC's Today Show, a contributing editor for Money, a columnist for The New York Daily News, a contributor to The Oprah Winfrey Show, and a featured money coach on Oprah's "Debt Diet" series. She is the author of four books, and her latest,Make Money, Not Excuses, is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller. You will definitely want to hear Jean's advice on managing debt.
Save Money on Software
Want to save money on the software you need to keep your business running smoothly? Well, duh…of course you do! So you won't want to miss Jon Trohimovich's informative session. Jon will explain your options for software licensing and show you how to get the most bang for your buck.
Microsoft Open Value Subscription
Bump the Slump Tips from the Trenches: How Thrive in a Down Economy
Get some great advice from the people who understand small business the best: other small business owners. Join the three winners of our "Bump the Slump" contest as they share their money-saving tips.
Cheryl Broussard, Sister CEO
Author of the best-selling Sister CEO, Cheryl Broussard has cemented her reputation as a leading financial advisor to entrepreneurs and their families. CEO of Cheryl Broussard & Co, Inc., a financial and small business consulting and training firm located in Oakland, CA, she is a former personal finance advisor on CNN Financial Network and served as the host of the radio talk show "Mind Your Money." Join Cheryl as she explains how small businesses can find funding and secure the financial future.
Cheryl Broussard
Emmy Jordan Emmy Jordan, How Your Chamber of Commerce Can Help
What small business can't use a little help, especially in these times? Your Chamber of Commerce provides a gateway to a wide array of business resources. Discover from Emmy Jordan of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce how a little help from your friends at the Chamber can make a big difference.
Rieva Lesonsky, Rieva to the Rescue: Finances
Rieva Lesonsky has been offering guidance and inspiration to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs for more than two decades. As an author and editor, Rieva has written and shaped countless articles and books on small business, among them her top-sellingGet Smart, which provides more than 300 practical tips and strategies for establishing and sustaining a successful small business. A nationally recognized speaker, she has appeared on Good Morning America and Oprah to discuss entrepreneurship. Join Rieva as she fields questions about money and finance in small businesses.
Rieva Lesonsky
Office Accounting Professional 2008 Keep Your Books in Order
Discover accounting software that's intuitive, powerful, and affordable. Save time, get organized, and do business online with the accounting solution designed especially for small business.
Steven Rogers, Tackling Tough Times
Steven Rogers grew up on the Southside of Chicago, where he earned his business chops. By age 14, he had delivered newspapers and milk, bused tables, restocked grocery shelves, and sold furniture at a weekly flea market, all to help his single mother keep the family afloat financially. He went on to become a successful entrepreneur and to earn a Harvard MBA. Today he is Professor of Management and Director of the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. You won't want to miss Professor Roger's insights into how small business can weather the ups and downs of the economy.
Steven Rogers
Dan Fine and Jim Wenzinger, Quality In, Quality Out
You know the old programming expression: Garbage In, Garbage Out? Well, the reverse is equally true. Join Dan Fine of FineSolutions and Jim Wenzinger of HyperQuality as they explain how the right business solution software can help your business achieve outstanding results.
Managing the Big Bucks
Ready to step up to a comprehensive business-management solution? One that integrates seamlessly with your familiar Microsoft products? Then you're ready to learn about Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Microsoft Dynamics GP
Julie Swatek Julie Swatek, Scrapbook Guru
Julie Swatek began her company out of her home with $17,000 in 2002. With a love for scrapbooking and a keen sense of her niche, she turned scrapyourtrip.com into a multimillion-dollar business that currently boasts over 30,000 customers. Julie even negotiated a one-of-a-kind deal with the US Postal service. Think you can turn your hobby into business? Julie can tell you how it's done.
Louis Barajas, Small Business, Big Life
A successful entrepreneur and much sought after financial planner, Louis Barajas has a passion for helping people establish a healthy relationship with their money. Author of Small Business, Big Life and The Latino Journey to Financial Greatness, Louis' mission is to show people at all income levels how to use their money to achieve their personal goals and to create better communities. Let Louis show you how to make your business work for you, rather than you working for your business.
Louis Barajas
Sharelle Klaus Sharelle Klaus, Success in a Bottle
Sharelle Klaus became a beverage entrepreneur after being dissatisfied with nonalcoholic drink options. She started making her gourmet beverage, Dry Soda, in her kitchen in 2005. So, how did she find financing to go from her kitchen to a 2,800-square foot headquarters in Seattle, with a bottling operation in Los Angeles? Learn her tips for raising capital to fund your business.
Lindy Antonelli, Affordable Financial Management
Think you can't afford a robust financial management system? One that integrates all aspects of your business, from accounting to supply chain to field operations to human resources? Then you've got to hear Lindy Antonelli of AccessTek explain BusinessSimple, the easy way to upgrade to a world-class business solution.
Dynamics GP
Brian Kurth Brian Kurth, Test Drive your Dream Job
The VocationVacations concept was born on Chicago's Kennedy Expressway during one of Brian Kurth's long, daily commutes. As he pondered his lack of passion for his job, he wondered what it would be like to be a winemaker, a tour guide, or a dog trainer. And thus was born the idea of exploring different jobs through short-term "internships" while on vacation. Do you have a great idea for a business? Then you'll want to hear Brian's inspiring story of how he turned a novel concept into a money-maker.
Cameron Johnson, Sharing the Wealth
A successful serial entrepreneur by the age of 20, Cameron Johnson knows the importance of giving back to the community. Hear how philanthropy and entrepreneurship can go hand-in-hand.
Cameron Johnson
Shawn Nelson Shawn Nelson, Rebel CEO
Shawn David Nelson is a creative, intelligent, savvy, determined entrepreneur. He's also a crazy, impulsive, risk-taking, spike-haired rebel. It's this dichotomy that's helping Shawn, and his Original Oversized Sacs, defy convention and make LoveSac one of the hottest brands around. Join him for a provocative interview on leadership, creativity, and the need for business rebels.
David Atkinson, Custom Software Solutions
Your business has special needs, and sometimes you need more than an off-the-shelf solution. Learn how David Atkinson's company, Squirrel Systems, builds custom software solutions, and see if there is an Independent Software Vendor who can help your business.
Michele Hoskins, Sweet Success
You might start digging through that old trunk in your attic after seeing how this divorced mother turned her great, great grandmother's syrup recipe into a multi-million dollar business. And you definitely might want to take some notes as Michele explains her strategies for starting a successful business.
Michele Hoskins
Melody Biringer Melody Biringer, Startup Junkie
Finding her entrepreneurial spirit at an early age, Melody Biringer is no stranger to startups. At age 18, she turned her family's berries into a household name with more than 50 gourmet food products under the Biringer Farm label. In 2000, Melody garnered national attention with the creation of the Crave Party – the "ultimate girls' night out." Today she provides business coaching through her popular Web site. Come get a helping of startup advice from this self-proclaimed "startup junkie."
David Alexander, Creating Credibility Online
Here's one thing every startup should have: a good Web site. Find out how to create a professional looking Web presence and conduct e-commerce at no cost. That's right-get your startup online for free!
Office Live Small Business
Sloan Brothers Rich Sloan, 5 Startup No-No's
Rich Sloan is one half (the better looking half, he would argue) of the Sloan Brothers, the "Chief Startupologisits" and founders of StartupNation.com. You'll definitely want to tune in for Rich's rundown of the classic missteps that can sink a startup faster than a torpedo hit. Don't learn these lessons the hard way.
Whitney Cornell, Startup Starting Line
Whitney Cornell will show you where to find the resources you need to get your startup off and running. You'll discover a Web site that walks you through the startup process, providing checklists, tools, and advice to launch your small business.
Startup Center
Donny Deutsch Donny Deutsch, Put Your Idea to Work
Join Donny Deutsch, host of the CNBC show "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch" and author of the acclaimed business motivation book Often Wrong, Never in Doubt, as he discusses the secrets to entrepreneurial success. Donny's wisdom, delivered with candor and irreverence, derive from his own experiences in turning a small advertising agency into one of the country's biggest and from his interviews with countless successful and aspiring entrepreneurs. You won't want to miss this!
Maria de Lourdes Sobrino, Cup of Success
For all those women who think of an idea for a small business, there's hope. Take it from Maria de Lourdes (Lulu) Sobrino, founder and CEO of Lulu's Dessert Corporation in Anaheim, California. Maria came up with the innovative idea of ready-to-eat gelatin based on her mother's recipe, a staple in her native Mexico. The concept was new to the U.S. and a novelty when she introduced it to American grocers in 1982. Maria recognized a need, filled it and revolutionized the food industry by creating the first-ever ready-to-eat gelatin category. Maria shares her experience in her first book, Thriving Latina Entrepreneurs in America.
Maria de Lourdes Sobrino
Joanna van Vleck Joanna van Vleck, Startup Superstar
Joanna started as a style consultant in the Pacific Northwest. After working with men reluctant to shop in retail stores, she founded The Trunk Club, and discovered a way to revolutionize how men buy clothes. Joanna will explain how to build a business by combining new ideas with old-fashioned service.
Jane Applegate, Startup Strategies and Small Business Makeover
Jane Applegate is widely recognized as one of America's leading small business experts. A successful entrepreneur, she is also the author of four books on small business, including the best-selling 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business. Widely sought after as a speaker and a consultant, Jane is the founder of SBTV.com and formerly served as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a commentator for CNN and CNBC. As Jane reveals winning strategies for starting a business, you'll get invaluable insights sure to help any aspiring entrepreneur.
Jane Applegate
Rieva Lesonsky Rieva Lesonsky, Rieva to the Rescue: Startup
Rieva Lesonsky has been offering guidance and inspiration to small businesspeople and aspiring entrepreneurs for more than two decades. As an author and editor, Rieva has written and shaped countless articles and books on small business, among them her top-selling Get Smart, which provides more than 300 practical tips and strategies for establishing and sustaining a successful small business. A nationally recognized speaker, she has appeared on Good Morning America and Oprah to discuss entrepreneurship. Join Rieva as she fields questions about starting a small business.
Genevieve Thiers, Service Startups
Founder and CEO of Sittercity.com, a national online child care service, Genevieve Thiers began her business with an idea: to help parents find a qualified baby sitter through a trustworthy Web database. That database now includes more than 100,000 babysitters and nannies, and Sittercity.com is tracking towards $3 million in sales this year. Come hear Genevieve explain how she got her business off the ground.
Genevieve Thiers