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2020 Schedule.

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Dec 1

10 am: Are You An Entrepreneur?


Description: Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur but how do you decide if you are? This session will help entrepreneurs in the making to determine if being an entrepreneur is their right path. Based on Gino Wickman’s book, Entrepreneurial Leap, this session will be an overview of the process of; Confirming if you are an entrepreneur, Glimpsing what your entrepreneurial life could look like and Begin to build out a path to achieve your dream life. Take an hour to challenge yourself and your plans to ensure you are really heading toward your dream and not a nightmare. Speaker Bio: Rob Betzel was founder and CEO of Infinity Network Solutions for over 19 years before selling to Hargray Communication to focus full time on helping other entrepreneurs and small business, get what they want from their business. Rob has founded Grit Consulting and is a Professional Implementor for the Entrepreneurial Operating System (ESO), a Judgement Index Certified Consultant, and angle investor. Rob believes all entrepreneurs need 4 things; A Mentor/Coach, A Strategic System for operating their business, A group of peers to grow with, and a desire to growth their leadership team as they grow. Rob has been involved in the entrepreneurial community since taking part in the founding of SparkMacon, the first MakerSpace in Middle GA.




12 pm: How Covid Changed Consumer Behavior & How You Should Pivot


Description: COVID-19 has changed life as we know it, and with any great change businesses must pivot. We will examine 4 primary shifts in consumer behavior and how your marketing strategy should adjust to match those shifts. Speaker Bio: Nick Rios is Co-Founder of M&R Marketing, a full-service marketing agency located in Macon, GA. Founded in 2008, M&R recently made the Inc. 5,000 list and is a previous recipient of the Greater Macon Chamber’s Small Business of the Year. Nick is married and together they recently celebrated the birth of their first child!




6 pm: Mixer : Mill Hill Bakers Collective


Join the Mill Hill Bakers Collective for a Virtual Mixer! This virtual mixer is like no other! We will use the Mixtroz App, which can be downloaded on your smartphone or visit the Web App. Mixtroz is an event and meeting platform that makes collaboration and communication simple.




1 pm: Business Plan Overview


Hosted by Jessica White of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Description: The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. Designated as one of Georgia’s top providers of small business assistance, the SBDC has 17 offices ranging from Rome to Valdosta to serve the needs of Georgia’s business community.





Dec 4

9:45 am: Welcome


Welcome to Macon Startup Week 2020 - Main Session




5:00 – 6:00: Pitch Event


5:00 – 5:30 pm: Pitch It Like you Mean It: Asking Others for Money

Speaker Bio: Stephanie Howard earned her M.B.A from Wesleyan College and her B.B.A with a concentration in Marketing from Tennessee State University. She has over 15 years of professional marketing and sales experience, and is highly trained in the areas of advanced marketing strategies, communication, strategic planning, project and product management, and advertising. She is also an experienced Marketing Consultant/Contractor, and serves on numerous community boards.

5:30 – 6:00 pm: “Pitch Contest” voting on by audience

We will be giving away $1,000 to the pitch that wins the audience vote!




1:00 pm: Keynote: Eric Thomas, Ph.D.


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR I WORLD RENOWNED SPEAKER MOTIVATOR I EDUCATOR I PASTOR

GLOBAL. IMPACT. DAILY.

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Eric Thomas, Ph.D., is an Educator, Best-Selling Author, Motivational Guru and, International Business Phenom. Eric's unique brand of pragmatism continues to take the world by storm and has made him the preferred "go-to" problem-solver for many of the world's largest corporations. Namely, General Electric, Quicken Loans, AT&T, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance, UPS the MLB, NBA, NFL and, MLS.

Drawing from his personal experiences: homelessness, the absence of his biological father, academic struggles, and various other obstacles, ET's life story allows him to connect with others fighting for greatness. No matter who they are or, what they've encountered, ET's perspective and approach offer insights that exchange cycles of failure for patterns of success.

ET is the epitome of hustle, drive, determination, and success. Millions of followers have been able to apply the principles revealed in his award-nominated autobiography, The Secret to Success and, equally successful subsequent releases: Greatness is Upon You and Average Skill, Phenomenal Will.

ET's passion is never more evident than when he's in a school, changing the lives of students forever. Whether he's meeting and greeting students with warm hugs and a bite to eat on bitterly cold Michigan winter mornings or helping them to recognize their superpowers in a district­ wide assembly, wherever ET goes, greatness follows.

ET believes that every child has the promise of greatness within them - every single one. The key to nurturing that greatness is knowing each child's unique approach to learning. By identifying that unique approach to learning, their "superpower," teachers are better able to coach their students to greatness! Unfortunately, most students don't even know that they have a superpower and, that's where "You Ain't The Boss Of Me" comes in. Every student CAN succeed! They just need the right tools to make that happen. Every child wants to achieve greatness; it's our job to teach them how.

His current release, "You Ain't The Boss Of Me," is changing a generation of students, one educator, one student at a time.




3:00 pm: Breakout Session: Macon Headspace Mental Health Panel


Description: Due to the recent coronavirus-19 pandemic, many have started a business devoted to salvaging lives. From Mental Wellness Applications, B2B Tools and Sourcing, Measurement and Testing, Telehealth, digital therapeutics, peer to peer and non-tech and other categories are some of the few ways to categorize the emerging startups in the mental health industry in America. This panel will sit down with local Macon residents who have ventured into starting various businesses to address mental wellness and have experienced much success even during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaker Bio: Gloria Smith Cissé, professional counselor and social worker, works tirelessly to eradicate the violence, she believes is rooted in miseducation and greed, that plagues our society through education, advocacy, and service. She holds a B.S.W. and M.S. from the Ft. Valley State University, a M.S.W. from the University of Georgia, and she is a doctoral candidate pursuing a DSW from Capella University. Ms. Cissé is very proud of earning these degrees after raising her five children, co-parenting many of her grandchildren, and while in her 40s and 50s. Ms. Cissé is Choice Theory/Reality Therapy Certified, a basic instructor, and practicum supervisor. Ms. Cissé is a Glasser Scholar. She is the Vice-chair of the WGI SE Region, the Chair of the GIFCT’s Diversity Council facilitating the Difficult Discussions in Diversity conversations monthly and was recently elected to serve on the GIFCT's US board. Ms. Cissé is an instructor in social work at FVSU. She is one of the owners of the Southern Center for Choice Theory, LLC in Macon, Georgia. Ms. Cissé has spent the better part of the last two decades working with children, adolescents, and adults traumatized by sexual and other forms of violence. She also works with those who have committed violent acts against others. She is a writer, trainer, activist and the “story catching change agent.” Andrea Cooke is a married mother of eight. She is an MFT doctoral candidate in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Antioch University in Keene, NH. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from THE Fort Valley State University. She went on to obtain a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University in Macon.She currently works in development and as a masters level clinician at the Southern Center for Choice Theory, a small counseling agency, working with vulnerable populations. She recently started a non-profit called CQUL to help eliminate the barriers to effective mental health care and has worked on initiatives, such as Laundry Days, Drum Circles and most recently the Napier Heights Food Co-op. She is one of the founding members of Macon Periods Easier and is a proud member of a Georgia Women. Andrea is an advocate for families negatively impacted by DFCS and the criminal justice system and is dedicated to eliminating period poverty for women and girls in the state of Georgia. She is a currently a student in Leadership Macon, she was recently named to Macon Magazines "Top 5 under 40" and she recently completed the training to become a civic ambassador. Tiffany Tillman is a two time graduate of the illustrious Fort Valley State University majoring in Business Management and Mental Health Counseling! On August 1st Tiffany opened a Resource Center in the Mercer Crossing Shopping Plaza as a hub for other small black businesses to host events and workshops! Chris Canady is the owner of Canady Business Partners. It was formed several years ago to help people learn to utilize entrepreneurship to achieve their goals as dreams. Chris has also partnered with numerous quality brands to provide everyday products such as plant based supplements, sports nutrition, skincare, makeup and much more! Moderated By Nancy Cleveland: Nancy Cleveland earned her B.S. in Advertising from Syracuse University. Although, raised in New York, she was born in Macon, GA, and re-located there in 2014. She is an active volunteer in her neighborhood and a graduate of Historic Macon Foundation’s Leadership Institute and the 2018 Leadership Macon Class. When she’s not hard at work, she can be found with friends, traveling or playing with her dog, Duchess.




11:00 am: Getting the Word Out: Using Social Media Effectively


Description: Properly utilizing social media can make or break a business. The complex algorithms and differing community standards can make using these platforms seem like an impossible task. Come learn valuable tips and tricks to unlock the full potential of your social platforms. Speaker Bio(s): Nearly 5 years ago Robert Grant left his job in commercial real estate marketing to pursue a career as a Food and Travel Vlogger. Using his years of experience in traditional and guerilla marketing he built a respected influencer brand known as That Guy You Met Today or "TGYMT."




10:00 am: Greater Macon Chamber Townhall: Fireside Chat with David Cummings


David Cummings is an Atlanta-based tech entrepreneur who has founded 10 companies employing thousands of people, including Pardot, SalesLoft, and Terminus. David is also the founder of the Atlanta Tech Village — the United States’ 4th largest tech hub — and the sole seed investor in Calendly, the world’s most popular scheduling app. After selling Pardot, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner and one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. David is a member of YPO Southern 7, Atlanta Rotary, on the board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and on the board of the Buckhead Coalition. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, David earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Mercer University. David blogs regularly at DavidCummings.org and tweets at @davidcummings. Moderated By Rob Betzel:

Rob Betzel was founder and CEO of Infinity Network Solutions for over 19 years before

selling to Hargray Communication to focus full time on helping other entrepreneurs and small business, get what they want from their business. Rob has founded Grit Consulting and is a Professional Implementor for the Entrepreneurial Operating System (ESO), a Judgement Index Certified Consultant, and angle investor.

Rob believes all entrepreneurs need 4 things; A Mentor/Coach, A Strategic System for operating their business, A group of peers to grow with, and a desire to growth their leadership team as they grow. Rob has been involved in the entrepreneurial community since taking part in the founding of SparkMacon, the first MakerSpace in Middle GA.




4:00 pm: Entrepreneurship in the Face of Change - Panel


Description: Join us as we discuss entrepreneurship in the face of change. Speaker Bio(s): Scott Mitchell is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Macon, the recipient of NewTown Macon's 2016 Downtown Ambassador Award and the Mentor's Project 2018 Board Member of the Year. He serves on the boards of the Main Street Macon, the Mentor's Project of Macon-Bibb, and the Wesley Foundation and Downtown Macon Community Association. He is the current chair of Main Street Macon and the Wesley Foundation, founder of Macon Pride, and is in lay leadership at Centenary UMC. He is also the co-host of a weekly radio show, Deconstructing Divas on 100.9 The Creek and writes the “Feels Like Local” column for Sound and Soul (formerly the 11th Hour Magazine). He loves working to bring public art to downtown Macon including the Macon Sculpture Walk and the Downtown Macon Music Sculpture Park. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and furbabies, volunteering, gardening, traveling, watching Broadway shows, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs. Nearly 5 years ago Robert Grant left his job in commercial real estate marketing to pursue a career as a Food and Travel Vlogger. Using his years of experience in traditional and guerilla marketing he built a respected influencer brand known as That Guy You Met Today or "TGYMT." As his brand gained more notoriety locally, he began to cross paths with other local influencers most notably Molly Wilkins. Christopher Rice is the founder of Rice Tech LLC in Macon. Rice Tech LLC is a tech development company that focuses on creating affordable innovative products that save people time! Chris comes from an extensive background in sales and management and was awarded a Fellowship through the Mercer Innovation Center. He also believes in creating a sense of community by working with and educating small businesses to build each other up! Moderated by Andrew Eck: Andrew Eck is a curious entrepreneur whose passion for the arts inspired a company that blends the traditions of historic manufacturing with the flares of modern industrial design. As one of the nation’s premiere young specialty manufacturers, Andrew Eck has worked tirelessly in his local community of Macon, Georgia to build an organization that supplies local and national demand for premium artisan furniture. As a local business leader, Andrew utilizes his passion for creation to lead various organizations throughout his community ranging from Music to Public Education. To create sustainable artisan crafted furnishings that speaks to the soul of the sophisticated consumer by exporting the history, culture, and experience of the South. Tasteful designs, timeless furnishings.
Georgia Artisan




12:00 pm: Break


Break




6:00 pm: Fireside Chat with Daymond John


Daymond John

Founder & CEO of FUBU

Star of ABC’s Shark Tank

CEO of The Shark Group, consulting agency

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his operation into the basement. John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, and he has received over 35 awards including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award and, most recently, was named #4 on LinkedIn’s Top 20 Voices, a list of the top influencers in the U.S. worth following to get inspired and stay informed!

His marketing strategies and ability to build successful brands has made him a highly influential consultant and motivational speaker today. His marketing firm The Shark Group offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means and connects brands with the world’s top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions. John is also an author of four best-selling books including his New York Times best-selling books, The Power of Broke (2016) and Rise and Grind (2018). In March 2020, John will release his sixth book, Powershift, that walks through his tried and true process of how to transform any situation, close any deal and achieve any outcome through his own experience and vast network of industry leaders.

Finally, he’s celebrating his 12th season on ABC’s hit business show Shark Tank by acclaimed producer Mark Burnett. It has now gone on to win four Emmys and millions of weekly viewers tune into the show as John demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights.

Moderated by Christopher Rice:

Christopher Rice is the founder of Rice Tech LLC in Macon. Rice Tech LLC is a tech development company that focuses on creating affordable innovative products that save people time!

Chris comes from an extensive background in sales and management and was awarded a Fellowship through the Mercer Innovation Center. He also believes in creating a sense of community by working with and educating small businesses to build each other up!




3:00 pm: Breakout Session: Common Issues in Trademark Applications


Description: Entrepreneurs and small business owners work hard to create striking and memorable trademarks - often without fully realizing the value of what they've created or how to protect it. This session explains what a trademark is (and what it is not) while walking you through the trademark application process. The speaker will describe some of the mistakes she most commonly encountered during years of reviewing trademark applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She will also explain some of the key decisions applicants must make along the way. No prior knowledge of trademark law or the application process is necessary. Speaker Bio: Dana Dickson is a trademark attorney who represents creatives, innovators, and entrepreneurs in filing applications to register trademarks. Prior to founding her own firm, Dana Dickson Law, she worked for years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reviewing thousands of trademark applications. She has also argued before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Ms. Dickson graduated from Emory Law and also holds a Master's degree in Arts Administration.




3:00 pm: Breakout Session: Does Your Business Need an App?


Description: Learn if your business needs an App by Terry C. Armstrong. Speaker Bio: Terry C. Armstrong is currently the Chief Development Officer and Founder of Mobile Media Plus, LLC since 2012 and General Manager for i108.1. Terry has been building websites, writing code for more than 30 years professionally. Additionally, Terry has been building Android and iOS apps since 2014 along with Web Apps. Terry attended the University of Northern Iowa where he majored in Marketing and Computer Information Systems on a football scholarship. Throughout his career he has worked for himself (On the Blvd Music) and other companies such as the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Houston Chronicle, Cox Ohio Publishing and Knight Ridder Newspapers which brought him and his family to Macon, GA.




3:00 pm: Breakout Session: Researching Your Business Plan


Description: Come listen as Peter A. Williams discusses: Researching Your Business Plan. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. Designated as one of Georgia’s top providers of small business assistance, the SBDC has 17 offices ranging from Rome to Valdosta to serve the needs of Georgia’s business community. Speaker Bio: Peter A. Williams is a Business Consultant in the University of Georgia SBDC’s Macon Center serving small businesses in Middle Georgia.Prior to joining the SBDC in 2013, Mr. Williams owned and operated for eleven years a highly successful merger and acquisition advisory firm he founded in 2002. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of a venture capital-backed Internet start-up, a principal of a private equity investment firm, and an investment analyst and manager.Mr. Williams is a Chartered financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a B.A. from Ripon College (in Wisconsin) and an MBA from Emory University (in Atlanta).




2:15 pm: Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs - Google Digital Coach Session


Description: Discover how to create a collaborative environment where everyone is responsible for design. You will go through design challenges and sprints that can be incorporated into any workplace or startup, to unlock creativity and innovative thinking. Speaker Bio: A native of Metro Atlanta, Justin Dawkins wants to turn the multicultural marketing space upside down. He’s a serial entrepreneur who created his first digital company as a college student at Georgia State University. Now, years later, he’s still an entrepreneur at heart and a managing partner at Collab Capitol, an investment fund leveraging financial, human, and social capital to help Black founders build sustainable, innovation-centered businesses. Justin believes everyone can be the change they seek, which is why he operates Goodie Nation, a social impact pre-accelerator he co-founded with Joe Womack III. He's been recognized by the Atlanta Tribune, MadameNoire, Black Enterprise, BET, Atlanta’s Hypepotamus, PLUG ATL, the Urban League of Georgia Young Professionals, and more. As a digital coach, he wants to be recognized for being a great mentor to you.





Dec 2

11 am: Business Mantra


Speaker Bio:

John David "JD" Miller was introduced to Yoga in 2015 by the managing partner at his financial planning firm. John Wright II encouraged JD to consider yoga as a complement and enhancement to his business and exercise routines.

JD enjoyed the practice and the improvements that followed in his health, business, and in his relationships. Over the next several years, JD spent more hours on the mat and became more intentional with his mindset.

He loves the way yoga makes the body feel, and how we feel about the body. He was excited to discover the connection between mindset, breath, and movement and how the feelings that follow can affect our relationships, business results, and careers.

In 2019 he went on to earn a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification. He is excited to share the tools and routines that have become so meaningful to him in business and in life.

John David “JD” Miller

Financial Advisor & Registered Yoga Teacher




3 pm: Fireside Chat with Chasity, Lori, and Tarika: From Disruption to Innovation


Description: A conversation on building and finding a niche in a different space. Speaker Bios: Chasity Wright is a USAF Aerospace/Cybersecurity/Technology veteran, CAU business alum, upcoming Stanford graduate, owner of Wrightek solutions, founder of Infiltron Software suite - an Internet of things cybersecurity solution for 5G, smart cities, unmanned transportation, and more. Chasity has written legislation for STEM programs in Georgia and is currently working to mitigate risk for people of color and woman concerning facial recognition technology. Lori Brewer is an accomplished entrepreneur and technology leader who has manifested her forward-thinking visions into the development of award-winning fintech applications including CompenSafe™, the premier incentive compensation management platform, and LimeGear™, a revolutionary business intelligence platform. As an officer in the U.S. Air Force, she designed an inaugural website for the C-130 Hercules, organizing and presenting crucial information for troops around the globe. As a civilian software developer, she was hired by a mortgage lender and found similar challenges: disorganized and disparate data, a clear need for improved processes, and the opportunity to show high returns on technology investments. Now with over 20 years of mortgage banking experience, Brewer is an indispensable technology leader in the industry founder and CEO of LBA Ware™, an Inc. 5000 company, and recipient of the prestigious Tech All-Star award by the Mortgage Bankers Association. For more information on LBA Ware, visit lbaware.com. Tarika Pitts is an accounting & finance professional with 15 years of experience. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs, and spending time teaching financial literacy in under-served communities. Moderated By Christele N. Parham: Christele N. Parham is originally from Haiti. She received her bachelor's in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University and earned her MBA at Mercer University. She is the co-owner of HamTECH Solutions and the new founder of Ham Designs. Ham Designs is a cross-industry design agency that offers innovative business to business branding solutions and product engagement research. Alongside Christele's entrepreneurial ventures, she has a passion for making a difference in the lives of those around her. Christele has had a passion for serving the community since she can remember. This passion only increased while working as an Innovation Consultant at Navicent Health. Christele learned how to impact the community by creating safe spaces through the human-centered design framework. Human-centered design focuses on the individual rather than the problem or the solution. While working in the community, Christele discovered a gap in the Tech and Innovation space. With her husband's help, she co-created Macon Black Tech through collaborative partnerships, many mentors, techies, and innovation advisers. This organization provides tech and innovation resources to Middle Georgia. It also allows individuals to ideate and co-create in a safe space. Christele serves as Chair of Macon Startup Week, a founding chair member (Communication) in the Central Georgia Black Empowerment Fund, the first Black Giving Circle in Macon, and co-founder of Elevate, a yearly virtual event.




12 pm: Score: Small Business Seminar Building a Business Plan


Learn how to build a business plan with Score Middle Georgia hosted by the Greater Macon Chamber. More about Score: SCORE, the nation’s largest network of 11,000 volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE Middle Georgia, founded in 2016, has served over 1,000 clients. Our services are free mentoring with experienced volunteer counselors, low-cost workshops (in person and virtual), free access to SCORE’s extensive on-line resource library for small businesses, and special events, including the only annual Middle Georgia conference for Women Entrepreneurs. In 2019 the Chapter, based in the Macon Chamber of Commerce headquarters, achieved Gold status, and currently has a 90+% client satisfaction rating. Our Mentors understand the breadth of issues facing small businesses, from defining your competitive advantage through marketing, selling and delivering your products and services – and managing the people and financials needed to support the business.




4 pm: Stir Up to Startup with Macon Magazine and The Web Mixer


Join Macon Magazine and the Web for a Virtual Mixer! This virtual mixer is like no other! We will use the Mixtroz App, which can be downloaded on your smartphone or visit the Web App. Mixtroz is an event and meeting platform that makes collaboration and communication simple. Host Bio: Susannah Cox Maddux is the owner, publisher, and editor in chief of Macon Magazine, a bi-monthly publication in its 35th year that seeks, shares, and celebrates the good life and great stories in Macon and surrounding region. She grew up in a family of storytellers in Monroe, North Carolina. Ask her about her father’s ghost rock and the days she played hooky from school to tell stories alongside her father at local schools. She quickly found home in Macon a little over a decade ago, when she dug in her (mostly high) heels and started listening, connecting and creating through her first business, Goods Public Relations. She completed her 200-hour yoga accreditation at Asheville Yoga Center, after being compelled by her mother’s challenge: “Go, learn so you can teach me to do a headstand!” In addition to Macon Magazine, Maddux is co-founder of The Web, a women-centered work club, headquartered in Downtown Macon, that offers community, workspace and online programming, as well as an active network of support for the work-life blend. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. She and her husband Tripp restored a family home just outside of Macon and are parents to daughter Kitty and son Henry. Susannah currently serves on the boards of the Macon Chamber, Bibb County Community Partnership, Historic Macon Foundation and is a member of Macon Rotary and Knight Foundation Community Advisory Committee. Susannah and her family are active at Christ Church, Episcopal.




2 pm: Get Your House In Order Before Getting your Business In Order


Description: Many times people haven’t considered what they need to have ready before they begin the process of pulling their business together. Join Bethany Rogers, NewTown Macon’s Director for Business and Real Estate Development, as she help budding entrepreneurs take a hard look at their personal financial house. Bethany will also talk about how NewTown Macon help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses in downtown Macon. Speaker Bio: Bethany Rogers, PhD has served as Director of Business and Real Estate Development at NewTown Macon for three years. At NewTown, she coaches aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners with a focus on business plan development and financing, including overseeing NewTown’s small business loan program. Before her work in community and economic development, Bethany earned a PhD in Cultural Geography from Louisiana State University and her academic and professional pursuits centered around community documentary and preservation work. Her writing, documentaries, and public programs have been featured in a range of contexts from academic peer-reviewed publications to a report on NPR’s All Things Considered.





Dec 3

10 am: E^2= Equity & Entrepreneurship sponsored by The Greater Macon Chamber


Description: A conversation about Equity and Entrepreneurship moderated by Dr. Ansley Booker. This session is sponsored by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce. Speaker Bio: In 1991 businessman Alex Habersham established a forerunner in Macon media – the Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages. Today it remains a reliable community economic and informational resource. According to Habersham, The Black Pages was designed to promote Black owned businesses in a one stop shop annual listing. Between its cover and back pages can be found a bevy of Black businesses that contribute to the economic vitality of Middle Georgia. Black spending power in central Georgia is 3.5 billion. Habersham says Black pages provides a means of circulating Black dollars within the Black community before they exit. “We’ve got the resources at our fingertips. That’s why I started Black pages. It’s a way in which Black residents can improve themselves through the support of these businesses in our community.” Black Pages is comprehensive. For instance, all local Black owned businesses meeting a certain criterion get a free listing. They must produce a quality product; provide excellent customer service; and maintain a good reputation to be listed says Habersham. However, to heighten their profiles, businesses can choose and pay for an array of stylized and suitably sized ads. In addition, Black Pages has an EBlast or Electronic Advertising platform that reaches a vast audience through email notifications. Everything from ribbon cuttings to political rallies to church revivals can be found there. Each year, Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages chooses an initiative of importance to focus on in the publication as well. In the past its highlighted nonprofits. Last year the spotlight was on young entrepreneurs and professionals. This year’s edition of Black Pages looks at the impact of the Divine Nine – the major Black fraternities and sororities. Providing this range of information is about empowerment says Habersham. He believes through the economic and educational upliftment of Black Macon; a better quality of life can be experienced by all. “I think it’s unique what we do. We try to be holistic in our approach to community improvement not just from an economic perspective, but a social and civic perspective as well,” he said. While Black Pages unapologetically focuses primarily on highlighting Black businesses, it doesn’t discriminate. It is additionally powered by the advertising dollars of corporations and local municipalities that support Habersham’s assertion that the economic stability of those entities is joined to the hip of the Black community as consumers of their goods and services. And as a result, the more support they lend to the economic upliftment of the Black community, the more the entire community benefits. “It’s about developing a local quality of life that we will all benefit from,” Habersham added. Habersham is thankful that his business has not been as impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic as others. He attributes this to Black Pages being a business that operates electronically. By staying viable the business can also remain a refuge for aspiring youth. Habersham makes a point to employ and mentor young people since he embraces the concept of leadership development. The Black Pages web site has also become a vehicle by which Habersham presents his television show “A Call to Action”. The public can now view him interviewing mid-state movers and shakers there. Community initiatives like the Community Foundation of Central Georgia’s annual On the Table are important to Habersham. He supports the idea of meeting people where they are to hear from them as they break bread with those they wouldn’t ordinarily, and work towards viable solutions to challenges facing our city. “On the Table is a great way of getting information from the bottom up instead of from the top down,” he stated. “To make this community better, we’ve got to go where the rubber meets the road.” Find out more about the Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages by calling 478-464-0074 or visiting www.maconblackpages.com. Claire Cox is a community organizer working on issues important to women and other minorities in Georgia. Over the last four years these have included voter engagement efforts, direct support and advocacy on behalf of the immigrant community, and statewide work advancing menstrual equity and the elimination of period poverty. Most recently, she co-lead the Macon CCR Team working to pass a local Comprehensive Civil Rights Ordinance in Macon-Bibb. Claire has a Chemical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an IT/Accounting degree from Macon State. Although work in these fields is a part of her life story, prior to the 2016 election, Claire spent her time as a wife and mother, volunteering in Bibb County Public Schools, leading various ministries at her church, managing a law office and establishing a longleaf pine tree farm. She and her husband, Charlie, are lovers of live music and spend their recreational hours attending concerts and promoting Macon’s music history. Sheknita Davis is native of Macon-Bibb county. She is the current founder and CEO of The People’s Advocacy Group, Inc, a local non-profit committed to civic engagement, community accountability, citizens’ rights, and restoring cultural identity. Ms. Davis has over 18 years of combined experience in workforce development, social services, customer relations, and criminal justice. She is the owner of Infinite Solutions and Consulting Services. Ms. Davis is a sought-after speaker and consultant for community organizing, racial equity, workforce development, leadership and professional development. Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from Mercer University, and a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology. Ms. Davis is graduate of the Leadership Macon class of 2015 as well as a graduate of the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Institute 2018. She is a member of Bibb Mt Zion Church and serves as the Director of Community Engagement. Ms. Davis has combined her passion, talent, and skills to inspire the lives of other through her personal testimony. Overcoming her childhood trauma, she stands as an example of how a person can go from being a homeless, high school dropout, and mother of four children to achieving life success. Her life’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those in her community through disrupting systems of oppression. Stephanie Howard earned her M.B.A from Wesleyan College and her B.B.A with a concentration in Marketing from Tennessee State University. She has over 15 years of professional marketing and sales experience, and is highly trained in the areas of advanced marketing strategies, communication, strategic planning, project and product management, and advertising. She is also an experienced Marketing Consultant/Contractor, and serves on numerous community boards. Susannah Cox Maddux is the owner, publisher, and editor in chief of Macon Magazine, a bi-monthly publication in its 35th year that seeks, shares, and celebrates the good life and great stories in Macon and surrounding region. She grew up in a family of storytellers in Monroe, North Carolina. Ask her about her father’s ghost rock and the days she played hooky from school to tell stories alongside her father at local schools. She quickly found home in Macon a little over a decade ago, when she dug in her (mostly high) heels and started listening, connecting and creating through her first business, Goods Public Relations. She completed her 200-hour yoga accreditation at Asheville Yoga Center, after being compelled by her mother’s challenge: “Go, learn so you can teach me to do a headstand!” In addition to Macon Magazine, Maddux is co-founder of The Web, a women-centered work club, headquartered in Downtown Macon, that offers community, workspace and online programming, as well as an active network of support for the work-life blend. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. She and her husband Tripp restored a family home just outside of Macon and are parents to daughter Kitty and son Henry. Susannah currently serves on the boards of the Macon Chamber, Bibb County Community Partnership, Historic Macon Foundation and is a member of Macon Rotary and Knight Foundation Community Advisory Committee. Susannah and her family are active at Christ Church, Episcopal. Shane Buerster started Z Beans his senior year of college and upon graduation opened his first coffee shop in Macon, Georgia. Over the past two years, Z Beans has developed a complex international supply chain, permitting the import of direct-trade Ecuadorian coffee, and has opened up two coffee shops and a roasting facility in Macon.Over the next year, Z Beans is committed to opening an additional coffee shop and expanding its wholesale reach. started Z Beans his senior year of college and upon graduation opened his first coffee shop in Macon, Georgia. Over the past three years, Z Beans has developed a complex international supply chain, permitting the import of direct-trade Ecuadorian coffee, and has opened up two coffee shops and a roasting facility in Macon. Over the next year, Z Beans is committed to opening an additional coffee shop and expanding its wholesale reach. Moderatated by Dr. Ansley Booker: Ansley Booker, Ph.D. is a native of Eatonton, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology from Georgia Southern University in 2008, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a Master of Science in pharmacy from the University of Georgia in 2013, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University in May 2019. Her writings are featured in the books The Table, Gumbo Females of Color Book 2, Seeing The HiddEn Minority: Increasing the Talent Pool through Identity, Socialization, and Mentoring Constructs, Fraternal Organizations, and Mentoring: Valuable Compacts for Young Black Males, and Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls. Her passion for STEM was highlighted in her 2019 TedTalk at the University of Georgia entitled Unhidden Figures: Uncovering Our Cultural Biases in STEM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn1S7phYDMQ Dr. Booker was the previous Director for the Mercer University Educational Opportunity Center (TRiO Programs) and is the inaugural Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Sponsored by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce As one of more than 5,000 chambers of commerce, The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce is an organization through which the voluntary manpower of our community works effectively to make the Macon region a better place to live, work and play. The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce is organized for the purpose of advancing the positive growth and development of the Macon Region. It encourages the growth of existing industries and businesses, while giving all proper assistance to any new firms or individuals looking to locate in the Macon region. The Chamber strives to support all activities believed to be beneficial to the community, and in general seeks to enhance the standard of living for Macon area citizens, looking to accomplish the greatest good for the greatest number.




6 pm – 9 pm: Score: 5th Annual Women's Entrepreneur Leadership Conference


Join SCORE Middle Georgia for the 2020 Women's Entrepreneur Leadership Conference. It will include a panel discussion from leading experts in different fields of entrepreneurship. Schedule: 6:00: Welcome 6:30: Special Guest Presentation 7:15: Breakout Groups 7:45: Closing Register Here





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December 4th

Keynote & Main Sessions  

Virtual

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