The 2nd annual Grow Smart Business Conference will be held Friday November 5, 2010. I will be in attendance and live-tweeting the event using the #GrowSmartBiz hashtag.
What is it?
The 2nd annual GrowSmartBiz Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, D.C. from 8.30 a.m to 4 p.m. This is a conference for small business owners, firms catering to the small business market and hundreds of executives from various industries throughout the region. Topics covered will include marketing and innovation, SEO, social media, web technology and entrepreneur topics. The conference is organized this year by the Washington Business Journal and co-sponsored by Network Solutions LLC and Capital One Financial Corp.
This conference has a great list of speakers poised to lead discussions on topics within their industries. Some of the speakers include:
Jason Falls is one of the leading educators and thinkers in the social media, public relations and communications industries. He has the unique perspective of having led a national advertising agency’s Interactive and social media efforts, worked with Fortune 100 brands as a social media strategist and served as an independent consultant in the social media industry. He has advised major, regional and niche brands including Humana, The Envelope Manufacturers of America, Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbons, Louisville Slugger, and The National Center for Family Literacy. His work has resulted in acclaim and recognition in publication and honors, including a 2009 SAMMY Award for Best Integrated Social/Cross Media Campaign. He has brought that experience and his industry contacts to bear on ExploringSocialMedia.com, an online learning community focused on social media education.
One of the most in-demand speakers in the social media space, Falls has spoken internationally and nationally and is known for his engaging style, wit and humor, brutal honesty and for adding value to each audience’s experience. Falls is co-founder of the Social Media Club Louisville. He is an educator, consultant and professional speaker and can be found online at http://socialmediaexplorer.com, consistently rated at or near the top of the prestigious Advertising Age Power 150 Blogs and at http://exploringsocialmedia.com, an online learning community focused on social media tools, technology and strategy.
Kathy Korman Frey
Kathy Korman Frey is the founder of the world’s largest women’s case study database: The Hot Mommas Project. The cutting edge, crowd-sourced online library is the recipient of a 2006 Coleman Foundation Case Award and has been profiled by The Washington Post Magazine, NPR, and featured in Prentice Hall textbooks. The endeavor was an outgrowth of her consulting firm Vision Forward, LLC which measurably empowers and educates businesses with female leadership. Clients include AARP, The US Department of Justice, Entrepreneur’s Organization, Chief Executive’s Organization, Visa, and The Federal Drug Administration. Frey is a faculty member at the George Washington University School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence where she teaches Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership. The class is a recipient of a National Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education award.
Frey served as Chief Operating Officer for the National Council on the Aging Development Corporation and as an analyst and manager for the competitive analysis and merger & acquisition firm Markowitz & McNaughton (MMI). Frey earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia where she received the Seven Society’s James Earle Sargeant award for community service. She is a featured contributor on Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference site, the author of the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation blog, a Harvard Business School case author, a DC Twitter Elite, and dubbed one of “America’s Top Business Bloggers” by the HSM World Business Forum. She is a regular speaker on the topics of women’s leadership, mentorship, and work-life balance. Frey is a former board member of the Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area. She lives in DC with entrepreneur husband Josh Frey, their two children, Maxwell and Delilah, and dog Foxy. She hates the word “moist.”
Ramon is a journalist, technology evangelist and editor of Smallbiztechnology.com and author of “Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses” and has written thousands of articles in how small businesses can use technology as a tool to grow their business.
He co-produces the Annual Small Business Summit (since 2006), produces the Taste of Technology Small Business Series and is a speaker (including Inc 500) and the Small Business Technology Tour.
Ramon is not simply a technology writer, but as a former technology consultant, has years of hands on experience in building networks, installing software, upgrading computers, configuring mobile technology and supporting the technology small businesses use on a daily basis.
He is an in demand speaker and often quoted in the media, including Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc Magazine, WSJ, NY Times and other media.
Ben Cook is the SEO Manager for Network Solutions and has been in the Search Engine Optimization industry for over 5 years. He’s helped companies achieve first page rankings across a wide variety of competitive niches including real estate, sports, and the technology sectors.
Please refer to the full list of speakers for more biographies.