Small Business Summit
Join us for the 4th annual South Sound Small Business Summit, an educational event that supports, inspires and connects the community!
South Sound Small Business Summit - Friday, May 3
What is the event?
Created in 2016, The South Sound Small Business Summit’s purpose is to support the South Puget Sound’s (South King, Pierce and Thurston County) businesses through an educational event that inspires and connects the community.
Why was the event created?
The local business community needs a place to learn from other business owner’s success and failures, marketing techniques and other ways to grow and expand your business. We do this to give back, not to make a profit, so that everyone can succeed in business.
Who should attend?
Business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs looking to make the most of their business, employees and profitability. Businesses with large or small revenue should attend; the topics help all businesses regardless of size.
This event participates during the national celebration of the contribution of small businesses and entrepreneurs, National Small Business Week. The South Puget Sound region takes great pride in being the home to over 52,008 small and new startup businesses.
Each year, the topics discussed at the Summit are chose by the previous year's attendees.
Keynote: How to Influence the Conversation
By Margo Myers, Margo Myers Communications
What kind of impression do you make on others? What do you want to be known for? In this eye-opening workshop or keynote, audience members will:
- Learn how to pro-actively communicate their strengths and values with every move they make.
- Discover how to harness the power of a personal brand and how to let others know what they do best.
- Get inspired to build ‘brand equity’ to propel their path up the career ladder, starting today.
Failure as a Necessary Means to Success
By Travis Daigle, Character Development Coach
Work is a very logical process. There’s a task that needs completion and someone gives time and energy to complete that task. The question is: Are they passionate about what they do?
Many people say that chasing your passion is foolish. Our brains are hard-wired to pursue pleasure, avoid pain, and conserve energy. However, chasing your passion is often painful and requires massive amounts of time/energy for what can seem to be little pay off. Our biology is diametrically opposed to the difficulty of this process and our culture sees failure as something to be avoided like the plague. To even know what we are passionate about can involve a series of painful failures… let alone trying to monetize that passion. The irony of life is that it is these low moments that reveal our greatest strengths, if we choose humility and reflection… If we understand failure as a necessary means to success.
Building a Healthy Team Culture through Heroic Hospitality
By Bryan Reynolds, Owner Anthem Coffee and Wine Bar
Building a healthy team culture within your business or organization doesn’t happen by accident. It happens daily, and it’s driven by clear mission, and intentional investments in the people around you. In Bryan’s talk, he’ll walk you through the process he has undergone in building a healthy team culture within ANTHEM Coffee. He’ll unpack the early years and leadership failures he’s experienced, and guide you towards practical changes, that you can make in your business or organization today, that will promote and inspire a healthy team culture of your own.
Paul T. Long - Senior Vice President, Business Banking & SBA Lending at Timberland Bank
Thurston County Chamber
Tacoma Chamber of Commerce
Auburn Chamber of Commerce
Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce
Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Yelm Chamber of Commerce
Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce
Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce
Evergreen Business Capital
Copy Wrights Printing & Mailing
South Sound SCORE
South Sound Magazine
South Sound Business Magazine
Anthem Coffee & Wine Bar
Once Upon a Time Photography
Tech Masters Computer Services
Law Offices of Michael Smith (Tuell & Young)
Maestro Strategic Solutions
Elevated Image Productions