Our audience is made up of micro business owners (5 employees or less) at varying stages of their business development cycle. This audience of - would-be entrepreneurs, - fledgling businesses (in business only a few years), and - established businesses are all looking to take it to the next level, and will attend our event to receive practical, actionable advice to implement in their real-life business situations. We want topics and speakers that deliver high value insights and advice that propel the audience to take immediate action on their dreams and goals.
We are actively seeking speakers on a variety of topics and a diverse speaker pool. If you submit a proposal, here's what you need to know:
- Speakers receive one free ticket to the symposium, which includes continental breakfast and snacks throughout the morning, but are not otherwise compensated.
- Sessions will be 20 minutes long. You may opt to have a Q&A within your session if you wish, but the session must end at the 20 minute mark.
- Your 20 minute sessions should be value driven, dynamic, and appropriate to your audience. It should provide 3-5 actionable takeaways that attendees can use right away to impact their business in a positive way. Your session cannot be a sales pitch for your products or services.
- After your session, we encourage you to spend time at our "Happiness Bar", where you can meet and talk one-on-one with attendees to answer questions.
- We will request presentation slides for review by mid-September. If you cannot meet that deadline, we may opt to substitute another speaker who is prepared.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 7, 2019. Once speaker applications close, the Micro Enterprise Council will review the submissions based on topic, assumed interest to attendees, and quality of application.
Getting your business off & running quicklyCreating an actionable business planLegal mistakes to avoidDefining your brandEffective marketing & advertising on a budgetPermits and other BasicsBuilding your network: mentors, partners, sponsors, and other supportThink like a business ownerSocial media 101Avoiding website shame: websites on a budgetHow to start selling online
How not to get Sued (Legal foundations & challenges)Freedom from Money Worries (Accounting/tax topics)Stop Fearing Disaster (Planning/strategizing, Business risk management; insurance topics)Hiring & keeping peopleBuilding your brand/presence (brand/reputation building)Marketing/advertising hacks to increase salesStrategies to reach your target customerSocial media to increase your bottom lineBuilding an intentional growth strategy for your business successGrowing your network for fun and profit
Humans are more than resources: HR done rightHiring the right person for the right jobLeading in a way that people will follow (and not quit)Improving performance for business growthReplacing Yourself: creating a pipeline for growthBenefits and retirement plans for growing businessesLocation, location, location! Commercial real estate in Fauquier CountyCapital: financing your future growthReinvent Yourself: up-leveling your brandYour digital footprint: Web design and marketing strategy to improve salesBest social media strategies for rapid growthExpanding your market reachTax law updates: should I change my business structure?How can I improve cash flow?Franchising & multiplication