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


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Dec 4

8:45 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 Sessions


1. 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.




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 from 2 experts who have built successful careers on social media, 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." As his brand gained more notoriety locally, he began to cross paths with other local influencers most notably Molly Wilkins.




9:00 am: 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 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: Panel


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10:00 am: Townhall


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12:00 pm: Break


Break




6:00 pm: Fireside with Special Guest


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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




2 pm: Fireside Chat: Panel


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10 am: Score: Small Business Seminar Building a Business Plan


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6 pm: Mixer


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Dec 3

10 am: Dr. Booker Inspirational Message


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11 am: Do You Need an App for That?


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




4 pm: Macon Magazine/ Web Mixer


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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





December 4th

Keynote & Main Sessions  

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December  1 - 4,

2020

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