SMALL BUSINESS
SUMMIT

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU® + THE GREATER PROVIDENCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENT:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

THANK YOU

FOR JOINING US

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

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Hours
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THE CONFERENCE IS OVER

LEARN. GROW. CONNECT.

Spend a day working ON your business, not IN your business.


Learn from industry experts & thought leaders on an array of topics to help you grow personally & professionally, and provide actionable steps to help your business thrive!

The Small Business Summit will give you the tools you need to better your business!

SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT IS HOSTED BY:

SPEAKERS

Daniel Eliot

Director of Educaton & Strategic Initiatives, National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)

Alexis Feinberg

Senior Account Executive,

matter

Melissa Murtagh

Manager,

matter

Jamie Palmer

CEO & Business Strategist,

Outlier Marketing Group

Claire Papanastasiou

Director,

matter

Tania Picard

Owner & Social Media Consultant,

Social Synergy Services

Rebecca Polan

Founder & Principal Consultant,

Sole Clarity

Manager,

matter

Julianna Sheridan

Matthew Spoehr

Lead Economic Development Specialist,

Rhode Island Small Business Administration

Laurie White

President,

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

THE AGENDA

Virtual Small Business Summit Agenda + Details

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Choose your own experience!

Stay connected the entire time or join the sessions that work with your schedule!

10:00 AM

WELCOME + OPENING REMARKS

Better Business Bureau® + Providence Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to the Small Business Summit!

10:30 AM

MANAGING CYBER RISKS DURING TIMES OF CRISIS

Daniel Eliot, National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)

Whether it's a natural disaster, social unrest, or global crisis, one thing is certain: cyber criminals will be there to take advantage of the situation and prey upon the vulnerabilities, fears, and generosity of citizens and businesses. During this talk, led by the National Cyber Security Alliance's Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives, we will explore some of the ways cyber criminals take advantage of crises and what businesses and individuals can do to reduce their risks of falling victim.

11:00 AM

LEVERAGING LINKEDIN

Tania Picard, Social Synergy Services

This 30 minute presentation will help you get started creating your online presence with one of today’s most impactful social media platforms:LinkedIn. The presenter has successfully worked with many individuals and businesses to develop a social media footprint and will share her expertise with you by introducing LinkedIn and recommended management tools. You’ll then learn to use LinkedIn to brand yourself in the world of social media to achieve your goals.

11:30 AM

PR 101 IN THE NEW NORMAL

Claire Papanastasiou, Melissa Murtagh + Alexis Feinberg, matter

The world has turned upside down since February and businesses everywhere, big and small, are struggling to decide how they should appropriately alter their policies, communicate with their stakeholders, and promote their products and services. Join the team from Matter, a brand elevation agency, for a review of PR best practices and new, actionable tips for managing communications during an era of change.

12:00 PM

AM I DOING IT RIGHT? HOW TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS

Rebecca Polan, Sole Clarity

We have more reasons than ever to practice mindfulness, a set of practices proven by clinical research to reduce stress levels, increase the release of beneficial hormones, and boost indicators of happiness. In this 25 minute workshop, learn the basic concepts of Mindfulness as well as how to get started with a mindfulness practice, because practice is the name of the game; just like brushing your teeth, mindfulness only works when done regularly! Bring just yourself and find a quiet, comfortable place to sit and try out some meditation and other stress-busting techniques in this experiential workshop.

12:30 PM

CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS BEST PRACTICES

Claire Papanastasiou, Melissa Murtagh + Julianna Sheridan, matter

How a brand handles a crisis directly impacts its reputation, making crisis communications approaches vital to business success. Join a team from Matter, a brand elevation agency, on how to prepare and handle crises to avoid reputational damage as well as improve relations among your employees, prospects and clients.

1:00 PM

BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE: THE 5 ESSENTIALS TO SUCCESS

Jamie Palmer, Outlier Marketing Group

Building an online business can be simple if you know the foundational pieces you must have in place for success. Jamie will discuss what those 5 pieces are and how to get them implemented in your business ASAP.

1:30 PM

UPDATES FROM THE SBA: HELPING MOVE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS FORWARD

Matthew Spoehr, RI Small Business Administration

As a small business owner, you know that things always change, and you need to keep up and adapt on the fly in order to be successful. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a wide variety of programs and resources that are available to help your small business no matter what it may need. The best part of this is that they are all provided to you free of charge. Join this session to learn about all the assistance that is out there to help your small business without having to open your checkbook!

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THE

SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT

During these unprecedented times, the SBA has been there to assist small businesses around the country. From disaster relief programs, to technical assistance from industry experts, the SBA is here to guide your small business through these uncharted waters as well as provide assistance in how to change and adapt your business model to ensure your doors stay open. From access to capital, to free expert counseling, to opening doors in government contracted, let us help you on your path to small business success.

Matthew Spoehr

RI SBA

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with the Better Business Bureau to present this program geared toward helping small businesses navigate these challenging and rapidly changing times so they can come out stronger on the other side. The Chamber welcomes this opportunity to bring resources like these to help support our community.

Laurie White

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

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