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Texas Veterans Business Summit: Where Opportunity Meets Action!

November 13, 2012
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Hosted by
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Momentum Texas
In partnership with
Allies in Service, Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas, U.S. Small Business Administration, Texas Veterans Leadership Program, Texas Veterans Commission, U.S. Veterans Administration and U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce

The Texas Veterans Business Summit and Entrepreneur of Year Luncheon was an exchange and celebration of innovative ideas where veterans interested in the “who, what and how” of starting or growing a business can get advice, network and access unique resources.

Prominent figures from the entrepreneurial and investor community—“veterans” of the business world— participated in interactive panels.

The luncheon recognized the Veteran Entrepreneur of Year.

The Texas Veterans Business Summit focused on:

  • Advertising your business
  • Creating procurement opportunities
  • Transitioning your business for the future
  • Identifying finance options
  • Ongoing technical support
  • Navigating your veteran-owned business toward success

 

Agenda

9:00 a.m.

Registration check-in

10 a.m.

Welcome and Overview

 

Richard Fisher
President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

 

Maj. Gen. James L. Williams
U.S. Marine Corps (ret)
Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas

 

Sylvia Sotelo Kidd
Chairperson
Momentum Texas Inc. Board

10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session

 

Jan Collmer
Retired Executive

 

Freddie Streeter
President
The Streeter Group

 

Gary Lindner
U.S. Air Force (ret)
President and CEO
People Fund

 

Sue Malone
Vice President of Marketing
Superior Financial Group

11:45 a.m.

Networking Break

Noon

Concurrent Workshops
Explorer Track
Audience: Veterans who are thinking about starting a business.
Topic: Guidance for a successful business launch.

Emerging Owner Track
Audience: Veteran entrepreneurs who are launching or have launched their business.
Topic
: Managing and sustaining growth

Contractor Track
Audience
: Veteran businesses
Topic: Expanding into government, private or prime contractor procurement and supply opportunities.

 

Explorer Track: Business concept development, business planning and nuts and bolts of starting a successful business

 

Moderator
Cassandra Hardwick
Senior Consultant
Genesis Preferred Solutions

 

Glenda Overstreet
Business Consultant/Veterans Specialist
Best Southwest Small Business Development Center

 

Keith Kennedy
District Director
Dallas Area SCORE

 

Nicole Baldwin
Beauty Advocate
BIAO Skincare

 

Emerging Owner Track: Building the advisory and management team and tech support and recognizing the importance of networks and networking

 

Moderator
JP Hogan
Consultant
iMatter

 

Grant Seabolt
Lawyer
Seabolt Law Group

 

Efren Villanueva
Business Advisor
Job Connection Education Program

 

Christopher J. Feola
CEO
Nextpression

 

Contractor Track: Identify experts who can provide assistance to entrepreneurs seeking major contracts

 

Moderator
Chuck Waldrop
Director
Center for Government Contracting

 

Gregory James
Director
University of Texas at Arlington Cross Timbers Procurement Center

 

Timothy Woods
President
Woods Consulting Group

 

Alex Fender
President
Veteran Entrepreneur/Owner Funnel Science

1:15 p.m.

Lunch

 

Keynote speaker
Brig. Gen. Casey Blake
Deputy Director
Army and Air Force Exchange Services

 

Al Zapanta
President and CEO
U.S.–Mexico Chamber of Commerce

 

Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Terrance F. Henderson
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Comerica Bank

3 p.m.

Concurrent workshops

 

Explorer Track: Definition of markets, marketing, use of social media and access to capital

 

Moderator
Terri Williams
Director Contracting Resource Center
South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Corp.

 

Tarsha Polk
Principal
The Marketing Lady

 

Billy Medina
Economic Development Specialist
Small Business Administration

 

Mike Donovan
Business Planning and Consulting

 

Emerging Owner Track: Franchising as a business option and access to capital

 

Moderator
Brian Bascom
President and CEO
U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce

 

David E. Omholt
CEO
eAuth.com

 

John Petteway
District Manager Greater Dallas
Wells Fargo Banker

 

Contractor Track: A vendor description of requirements for contractors and two veteran entrepreneurs talk about securing major contracts

 

Moderator
Don Carter
U.S. Air Force (ret)
President
Cartgroup International

 

Vincent J. Hrenak
U.S. Air Force (ret)
Vice President
Supply Chain for Network Centric Systems

4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

6 p.m.

Adjourn

Contact Information

For more information, contact Roy C. Lopez at 214-922-6207 or roy.lopez@dal.frb.org

 

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