Small Business Forum and Leader Awards

Columbus Chamber
The Columbus Chamber provides connections, resources and solutions that help small businesses and Fortune 500 enterprises grow Central Ohio's economy.

Join us tomorrow as we honor small businesses' impact on the Columbus region.

Small Business Forum and Leader Awards
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Columbus, A Renaissance Hotel
50 North Third Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Register Here

Passion. Vision. Determination. Creativity. It's all part of the
entrepreneurial spirit that small business owners possess and share
with others. Join the Columbus Chamber and the Columbus Chamber's Small
Business Council for the Small Business Forum and Leader Awards as we
celebrate our small business leaders and tap area experts to share
valuable business information on sustainability, accessing capital,
customer service, succession planning and much more.

Small Business Forum (7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
Small business is an ever-changing entity. A different economy. Stages
of growth. There's always something new to deal with and lessons to
learn. That's why the Columbus Chamber wants to keep you ahead of the
learning curve. And, that's why this year's Small Business Forum and
Leader Awards not only highlights our area's brightest and best
business talent, but it's been designed to provide professional
development opportunities.

Download the List of 2009 Forum Panel Presenters Here

Small Business Leader Awards Luncheon (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
Celebrating entrepreneurial spirit is really what the Small Business
Leader Awards are all about. Small business owners deserve recognition
for what they bring to our region and how they inspire others. Columbus
is known for its spirit of entrepreneurship and small businesses
contribute greatly to our local economy. Join our Presenting Sponsor
Commerce National Bank and Partner Business First as we honor these
business leaders. Bea
Wolper, Attorney at Law, Emens & Wolper Law Firm and Advisory Board
Member, Conway Family Business Center of Central Ohio will be the
luncheon keynote.

7:30 AM Registration
Continental Breakfast
Exhibitors and Networking

8:00 Keynote Speaker – Clark Kellogg, Basketball Analyst, CBS Sports

8:45 Morning Break and Exhibits

9:00 – 9:40

  • Session I Commercial Investments: The Right Track, The Right Time
  • Session II Accessing Capital: Your Financial Relationships
  • Session III The Company You Keep; Employee Growth & Development
  • Session IV Caring For Your Customers: Your Business Lifeline

9:50 – 10:30

  • Session I Contacts 2 Contracts
  • Session II Accessing Capital: Angel Investors and Banks
  • Session III Effective Outsourcing for Your Business
  • Session IV Caring For Your Customers: Your Business Lifeline

10:40 – 11:20

  • Session I Going GREEN without Going RED
  • Session II Succession Planning – A Graceful Exit: When and How
  • Session III Effective Outsourcing for Your Business
  • Session IV Take the Offensive: Making Your Plan in Advance

2009 Small Business Leader Award Finalists

Under $1 million

  • Bill Balderaz, Founder, Webbed Marketing
  • Mike Figliuolo, Managing Director, thoughtLEADERS, LLC

Over $1 million

  • Kamal Boulos, President, The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro
  • Kristen Harris & Catherine Lang-Cline, Owners, Portfolio Creative
  • Dan Bashore, Managing Director, Operations; John Killacky, Managing Director of Sales & Business Development; Jerry Spencer, Director of Sales and Production; Bartha Audio Visual
  • Bernie & Sandy Senser, CEO/CFO/Owners, CycleMET, Inc.
  • Raymond Bohac, President & CEO, CallCopy, Inc.

Questions? Please contact: Somers Martin at 614-225-6919 or Somers_martin@columbus.org.