Co-sponsor of the pitch competition
*Call office for details: 1-216-391-7735
Event May 20th-Sold Out!
This event promotes cooperation among small businesses and MBEs to engage with corporations for the purpose of growth and development. Attendees will be able to capitalize on numerous benefits from attending this event including workshops, the business-to-business tradeshow, and networking. Certified small businesses may also be eligible for contract opportunities provided by corporations as well as city and state agencies.
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Vendor Set-up | Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Registration | 7:00 am – to 8:00 am
8:00 am – 9:00 am | Key Drivers for Small Business Success: Overview of Financing, Bonding, Certification & Health Care
Financing and health care are two of the key drivers in the success of any small business. If you are serious about doing business at the next level you’ll need to learn about building partnerships and how to protect your business as well as your customers.
9:15 am to 10:15 am | Building Sustainable Partnerships
A Small Business and Corporate Workshop as the business world evolves there is an increased demand for diverse opportunities and collaborative efforts between business of all levels.
10:30 am to 11:30 am | Better You, Better Ohio BWC Workshop
A new (and no cost) way to address Health & Wellness The backbone of a successful business is its workers, and the backbone of Ohio is its workforce. At the Ohio BWC, we take our mission to take care of Ohio’s workforce seriously. That is why we are offering a Better You Better Ohio- a program designed to provide a free health and wellness service to workers who work for employers that have 150 or less employees in high-risk industries.
Better You Better Ohio helps workers and their employers at no cost and through a simple paperless process.
1:00 pm | Veronica Cook Euelle, Kent State University- Introduction and instruction for The Ultimate Matchmaker
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | “The Ultimate Matchmaker” hosted by Kent State University
The Pitch Competition is an event that will provide entrepreneurs and small business owners an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of successful corporate leaders and business owners. The panelists will evaluate the participants business plan, ideas and goals. The panelists’ will then make recommendations and assist where can.
This event is FREE and open to the business community. For more information, please call 1-800-900-7735
• FREE Networking.
• FREE Business-to-Business Tradeshow.
• FREE Panel Discussions.
• FREE Ultimate Corporate Matchmaker
Over 20 corporate partners participating.
The Ultimate Matchmaker allows participating corporations with opportunities to interview local certified MBE’s for contracting and outsourcing services. Corporations can use this event to build a database of MBE’s for future reference,
The Greater Summit Business Conference & Expo is a shared initiative by the County of Summit and City of Akron, and many others to bring together Small Business, minority business enterprises (MBEs), and corporations from across the state of Ohio in order to promote diversity, cooperation, and innovation, by connecting businesses of all sizes and industries with the opportunities needed to build success through business partnerships while contributing to the economic growth of the community at large. The goal of this event is to promote cooperation among small businesses and MBEs to engage with corporations for the purpose of growth and development. Attendees will be able to capitalize on numerous benefits from attending this event including workshops, the business-to-business tradeshow, and networking. Certified small businesses may also be eligible for contract opportunities provided by corporations as well as city and state agencies.
The 2018, 4th Annual Greater Summit Business Conference & Expo included a tradeshow where more than 50 vendors exhibited their products and services to 375 attendees. This special event also included three workshops hosted by small businesses owners and corporate executives tailor-made to suit the needs of our diverse business community. In addition, 4th Annual Greater Summit Business Conference & Expo premiered the Ultimate Corporate Matchmaker which connected small businesses and MBE’s to over 20 corporate companies. The Greater Summit Business Conference & Expo exemplified the potential for success in every partnership and highlighted how diversity plays a pivotal role in that success. With the continued participation of our many partners, the 5th Annual Greater Summit Business Conference & Expo promises to be an even larger and more prosperous event.