2018 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Summit

Thompson Management Consulting, LLC

5th Annual Entrepreneurship and Small Business Summit (ESBS 2018)
"Leading With Innovation"

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Austin E. Thompson, Jr., MBA, MPM

Austin E. Thompson, Jr., MBA, MPM
Founder, Chair, and Organizer – Annual Entrepreneurship and Small Business Summit (ESBS)
Workshop: Business Start-up Fundamentals

Austin E. Thompson, Jr. is the founder and CEO of Thompson Management Consulting, LLC, and the Founding Visionary and Chief Organizer behind the company’s Annual Entrepreneurship and Small Business Summit. In addition to small business consulting, Austin was appointed in December 2013 by Mayor Judy Jordan-Johnson of Lawrenceville, GA to serve a 4-year term on the Downtown Architectural Review Board of the City of Lawrenceville. He is also a published Author, Adjunct Professor of Business at Shorter University, and currently serves on two Advisory Boards, the Entrepreneurship Academy at Discovery High School in Lawrenceville, GA and with C.A.N.I (Community Action Network Initiatives). As part of his consultancy, Austin publishes the monthly Empowered Business Journal, and hosts a monthly business radio program on WATB 1420AM radio, on which he conducts live instudio interviews of business owners. He has over 16 years of senior project management and EMC compliance engineering experience, and has been advising small business owners and entrepreneurs for the past 10 years. Austin is a graduate of Keller Graduate School of Management, receiving his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) and a Master of Project Management (M.P.M) degrees with honors in 2005, and has future plans to pursue Doctoral studies in International Business. He enjoys reading, sporting events, mentoring and inspiring young adults, and meeting people of influence from different parts of the world.

Kyle Shirkness – Management Consultant, Shirkness Capital, LLC

Kyle Shirkness
Management Consultant, Shirkness Capital, LLC
Morning Keynote Speaker
Senior Kyle Shirkness is a highly experienced business professional within the financial industry and in local government politics. He has served in management positions, consulting roles, and elected positions. He currently holds two board of director positions for local non-profit organizations and is Schuylkill Township's elected tax collector. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Management degree from the University of Phoenix. His passion is to work with small to medium sized organizations to help them with their management and financial concerns. Having worked in the credit union industry for over eight years and for other various financial organizations, he understands what his clients are facing in today's economic climate.

Raymond O. Roberts, Jr. – Workshop Facilitator

Raymond O. Roberts, Jr. – Workshop Facilitator
Senior Information and Cyber Security Consultant
Workshop: Cyber Security – Protect Your Files and Data from Hacking
Raymond O Roberts Jr. hails from the Virgin Islands. He studied information Technology with a strong focus on internet security. He has consistently worked in the offshore financial services industry of the Virgin Islands for the past 25 years which his home to the largest offshore company registration regime. The latter part of his career has been focused on protecting that regime from cyber criminals as an internal subject matter expert and practitioner as well as performing I.T. Security compliance inspection for the regulated entities Throughout his career he has spare headed or help deployed and implemented technology that supported or advances the business process. He is Passionate about seeing the development of Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) program in the Caribbean region that would cultivate a strong technology sector in the region. The opportunity of working in the other offshore financial jurisdiction is a vision of him. With his experience and keen for learning new ways in addressing issues, he would be able to leverage his 25 years of experience in the industry will help in delivery of quality service.

Gregg Burkhalter (The LinkedIn Guy) – Workshop Facilitator

Gregg Burkhalter (The LinkedIn Guy) – Workshop Facilitator
LinkedIn Branding Consultant
Workshop: The Power of Personal Branding
Gregg Burkhalter is a recognized authority on Personal Branding and LinkedIn. He has helped countless professionals in the U.S. and abroad define and grow their Personal Brand using LinkedIn. Gregg spent the first part of his professional career behind the microphone at radio stations in Savannah, Jacksonville, Charleston, and Atlanta. Following his radio years, Gregg worked in national music marketing and distribution. Today, Gregg is known by many as “The LinkedIn Guy”. He provides Personal Branding Coaching and LinkedIn Training via one-on-one and group training sessions, corporate presentations, and webinars. Gregg is also a frequent speaker at civic and chamber events and area universities.

SBA - Workshop Facilitation

Tanzee L. Hall-Jones – Workshop Facilitator
Business Opportunity Specialist, Small Business Administration (SBA)
Workshop: Options to Access and Secure Capital for Your Business

Mrs. Tanzee L. Hall-Jones is currently an employee of the Small Business Administration (SBA), working in the capacity of Business Opportunity Specialist. Ms. Jones has committed 30+ years in the federal government service, holds a wealth of knowledge and experience in the SBA certification programs, federal government contracting and the business development. Ms. Jones provides various forms of assistance via one-on-one counseling, guidance, and training as it relates to the SBA programs and services. Ms. Jones hobbies include reading and mentorship.

Stacey J. Gorowitz, CPA, MBA – Workshop Facilitator

Stacey J. Gorowitz, CPA, MBA – Workshop Facilitator
CEO & Founding Principal, S.J. Gorowitz Accounting & Tax Services, P.C.
Workshop: Small Business Taxation

Stacey J. Gorowitz is a client advocate dedicated to turning numbers into opportunities. The Founding Principal and CEO of S.J. Gorowitz Accounting & Tax Services, P.C., she is an experienced CPA and MBA who has spent her career supporting the particular needs of expanding and emerging businesses and their owners. Her broad knowledge and insistence on excellence was established during a successful career with Price Waterhouse, where she worked extensively with closely held businesses. In 1991, she founded SJG to give smaller, growth-oriented clients dedicated access to executive level accounting, tax and business advisory support. Since founding SJG, Stacey’s business acumen, integrity and the collective insight of her experienced team have earned the firm abiding client relationships and a reputation as one of the top accounting and tax firms in Atlanta. Stacey earned a Bachelor of Accounting degree and her MBA from the University of Miami.

Octavia Conner – Workshop Facilitator

Octavia Conner – Workshop Facilitator
CEO, Accountant, Speaker, Author, and Business Consultant – Say YES to Profits, LLC
Workshop: Keeping More Money Masterclass

Founder of Say Yes To Profits, the Say Yes To Profits Academy, and author of the bestselling book, Say YES To Profits Now. Octavia is known as America’s Leading Profit Maximizer for small businesses. Octavia Conner is a high achieving accountant and financial management consultant who specialize in closing financial gaps and locating hidden money leaks to significantly increase profit margins. She has a keen eye for improving the financial health of a company and as a typical result, clients double (even triple) their bottom-line within the first 60 to 90 days of her guidance. Octavia has been featured as the Top 50 Cloud Accountant In 2018, Atlanta Business Person On The Move in the Atlanta Business Chronicle for 2017 and many more. For more information visit SayYesToProfits.com

W. Lewis Burger – Panelist

W. Lewis Burger – Panelist
Lender Relations Specialist, Small Business Administration (SBA)
Workshop Panel: Options to Access and Secure Capital for Your Business

Following ten years in private industry, twenty years of self-employment in real estate investments, construction and business consulting and a position in the SBA’s National Guarantee Purchase Center, W. Lewis Burger joined the Colorado District Office as a Lender Relations Specialist. In September 2014, Lewis returned home to Atlanta and is now a LRS in the Georgia District Office. Lewis’s background in commercial finance and knowledge of owning small businesses offers lenders and business owners a vast knowledge of experience. Lewis holds a BS and a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville and is a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Designate; the NAR’s highest recognition in the commercial real estate industry.

Additionally, Lewis has been an adult leader in the Boy Scouts for many years earning numerous honors including the advanced leadership award Wood Badge and the Episcopal Church’s St. George award for distinguished service by adults in the spiritual, physical, mental, and moral development of youth. For over thirty years, Lewis has held many leadership responsibilities and been an active member at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Roswell, Georgia.

Tom Briggette – Panelist

Tom Briggette – Panelist
Vice President of Sales, Rosemont Capital Solutions
Workshop Panel: Options to Access and Secure Capital for Your Business

Tom Briggette is an alternative lender for small business and the VP of Sales for Rosemont Capital Solutions. Tom began his lending career in 1993 with Transmedia Network, a company which was a pioneer in the advance purchase of future receivables. Transmedia eventually became what it is known today as Rewards Network. Tom spent nearly 18 years at Rewards Network, rising through the ranks to hold several senior sales positions in many different markets. Tom began his Transmedia career in Boston, and then moved onto to Denver, Dallas, and ultimately ending up in the Atlanta Metro area in the 2003. In his time at Rewards Network, Tom led sales teams of close to 100 people, and those teams contracted with 1000's of restaurants and facilitated millions of dollars in lending transactions. After a 3 year stint leading a sales team calling on Fortune 500 Companies with Apollo Education Group, Tom went back to his small business roots. As a former operating partner in the restaurant industry, Tom's entrepreneurial spirit and passion for helping small business owners brought him back to what he knows and loves best, and he joined former colleagues with Pioneer Capital and founded Rosemont Capital in 2014.

Carlton L. Curry – Panelist

Carlton L. Curry – Panelist
Assistant Vice President, PNC Bank
Workshop Panel: Options to Access and Secure Capital for Your Business

Mr. Curry is originally from Talladega, Al where his family still reside. Mr. Curry is a graduate of Tuskegee University of Tuskegee, Alabama. He has two Bachelor of Science degrees in the field of Sales/Marketing and Business Management. Mr. Curry has been at PNC for two years and has been promoted three times during his career at PNC. He came to PNC through their management trainee program after college and then became an Assistant Branch Manager for six months and rapidly promoted to a Branch Manager role. Mr. Curry is affiliated with several organizations such as The Gathering Spot of Atlanta, PNC Women in Business Advocate, House of Hope Ministries, and Pi Sigma Epsilon National Sales and Marketing Fraternity.

E. Nego Pile, Esq. - Workshop Facilitator

E. Nego Pile, Esq. – Workshop Facilitator
Owner, The Pile Law Firm
Workshop: Legal Aspects of Establishing and Growing Your Business

E. Nego Pile is an attorney with the Pile Law Firm, LLC practicing in the areas of elder law, estate planning and administration, guardianship, special needs planning, business law and real estate. He is currently licensed to practice law in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and will be expanding to Georgia in 2017. Nego provides key assistance to new business ventures to ensure that all legal bases are covered, and that new businesses have the best possible chance for success. Nego is an active member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations. He volunteers with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project where he provides legal representation to children of Montgomery County who are victims of abuse and neglect. He also volunteers with the Montgomery Bar Association Civics Education Program, where he teaches civics education to Norristown area middle school students. Through the PBA Minority Bar Committee’s Community Outreach Subcommittee, he regularly participates in panel discussions and speaking engagements on the legal topics in which he specializes. He is a former Board member of the Montgomery Bar Association. Nego received his J.D. (Juris Doctor) from Temple University Beasley School of Law and his B.A. in philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to law school, he was selected by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity to be a Thurgood Marshall Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. 

Thom Price – Workshop Facilitator

Thom Price – Workshop Facilitator
Owner & Executive Director, Visiting Angels
Workshop: How to Choose and Buy the Right Franchise
Results oriented healthcare industry sales executive with exceptional experience in growing volume and profits, attracting new customers and high performing associates, strengthening customer relationships at the individual and group levels, fostering teamwork and strategic planning. Over 30 years of successful sales experience in capital equipment, pharmaceuticals, consumables, technical instruments and services, B2B selling in both the public and private companies in the healthcare arena.

As the Vice President of sales for a very large healthcare supply and products company, I lead a team that generated more than $750 million in annual revenue. My experiences lie in the development of the sales teams to include individual performance as well as national account focus. I have mentored numerous employees to assist them in reaching their greatest potential. I can bring a unique perspective to your organization. I have worked in privately held companies offering consumable products and services as well as national organizations providing technical products and services. I have experience from the individual sales representative level to Vice President and all the levels in between. My track record of success is exemplary, and I have the proven ability to coach employees (individual contributors and people managers) to perform at their very best. I am currently the Owner and Executive Director of a local Visiting Angels office, a private duty home care organization. I enjoy volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity of Hall County where I serve as the Chairman of the Board as well as participate on the build sites. I also serve on the Small Business Development Committee for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. As well, I am a certified SCORE mentor helping small to mid-size businesses solve various challenges in startup to growth in various industries.

Bailey Brinson – Workshop Facilitator

Bailey Brinson – Workshop Facilitator
Motivational Speaker
Workshop: Pushing Past Your Self-Imposed limitationse
Bailey Brinson is a professional ‘Edu-Tainer’, Author, Actor, Host, Spoken Word Artist, Spiritual Coach and Master Facilitator. Bailey grew up in Orlando, Florida in one of its toughest, crime-ridden areas on Mercy Drive. Instead of becoming a statistic, he channeled his energy in culinary arts, while attending high school. Brinson went on to attend college at South Carolina State University after receiving a football scholarship. He was able to further his passion by earning a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Management, and this is where he discovered his love for serving others. After graduation from SCSU, Brinson found out that he had Crohn’s Disease. He battled with this crippling condition for nearly a year before undergoing painful abdominal surgery. Spending a year to recover, Brinson thrusted himself into accomplishing his life’s goal. Brinson is the Founder and President of Get Into the Know, affectionately pegged as “KNOW”. KNOW provides a forum for people to express their art, share their passions and engage in open, meaningful discussion. Serving as mentor in the same tough community where he was raised is one of the paramount ways that he gives back. He can be often found sharing his passion and encouraging others to do the same.

Tina Greer – Workshop Facilitator

Tina Greer – Workshop Facilitator
Growth Strategist and CEO, Greer Business Solutions
Workshop: Understanding the Competitive Bidding Process to Win Contracts

Growth Strategist and CEO, Greer Business Solutions Tina works with aspiring women entrepreneurs from start-up to 5 years in business and companies in the areas of the bidding and procurement of contracts in the government contracting industry. Coupled with her educational background, Master of Public Administration (MPA) specializing in finance, and her expertise of working in corporate America for over 20 plus years with the last 12 years, specializing in business strategy and pricing for a multi-million dollar company, she assist aspiring entrepreneurs and companies in creating sustainable robust businesses by providing coaching and consulting services. She provides training on the business fundamentals, and positioning business owners for profits from the initial goal setting to closing the deal. She is the Founder of Sisters United Foundation, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization. The mission of Greer Business Solutions is to help others succeed in business and in life by identifying their passion and purpose, cultivating it into a sustainable financial lifestyle!

Dr. Sinclair Gray III – Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Sinclair Gray III – Workshop Facilitator
Networking Consultant
Workshop: The Power of Networking and Growing Strategic Relationships
An inspirational speaker, motivator, author, organizer and “liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life”, Dr.Grey is a committed advocate for communal change. As a strong proponent of gathering the masses through grassroots efforts, Dr. Grey has dedicated much of his life to mobilizing and inspiring others to achieve their true potential. Dr. Grey is also the author of six books, Seeds of Freedom: Inspirational Messages for Ordinary People with Extraordinary Potential, God Held Back Your Night So That You Can Get It Right, It's In You: Motivational Messages That Will Help Uplift and Empower You, Positive Living Through Positive Affirmations, So, You Think You Want To Date? (Thoughts and Reflections on Wise, Skillful Dating) , and The ABC's of Making Business Networking Work For You. Dr. Grey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, in 1991. After receiving his call to preach in 1997, Dr. Grey earned a Master's of Divinity degree and graduated Cum Laude from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia, in 2002. In 2012, Dr. Grey was awarded a doctorate of divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian University in Jacksonville, Florida.

Peter Hajjar – Workshop Facilitator

Peter Hajjar – Workshop Facilitator
CEO, Prime Business Advisors
Workshop: The Marketing System That Makes Millions
Having started, grown, and sold four companies with revenues exceeding $90 million, Pete Hajjar has a reputation for building outstanding companies from the ground up. When you meet him, though, you don’t just feel like you met a wildly successful business owner, advisor, and coach. You feel like you’ve met a new friend that has been the underdog, gone through the trenches of owning a business, and knows what it takes to come out on the other side. Pete’s entrepreneurship journey started when, at 12 years old, he saw an opportunity in his neighborhood and began his first business pulling weeds for his neighbors. In 1986, at 23 years old and with $287 in the bank, Pete started his first company, Sunshine Carpet Cleaning and Restoration, with his wife, Kim. By the time he was 28, he had grown the business and maximized profits enough to buy and pay off his first house before selling that company and going on to start his first multi-million dollar business. While business ownership can be rewarding, it can also have its pitfalls for even the savviest entrepreneurs. Pete learned this the hard way in 2003 when he found himself bankrupt due to not having his business properly protected. "While I learned great skills and tremendous experience with my successful businesses, I learned my best lessons from that failure." --Pete Hajjar Not to be deterred, Pete spent the next 6 years starting and building a $10 million contracting business, followed by a $20 million restoration business. In September 2016, Pete retired from Reliable Restoration and created Prime Business Advisors as a way to help current and future business owners realize their dreams of successful business ownership through the time-tested, proven strategies that helped him go from a kid with $287 in the bank to a highly respected business owner, advisor, and coach who’s businesses have generated over $90 million.

David Shavzin, CMC – Workshop Co-Facilitator

David Shavzin, CMC – Workshop Co-Facilitator
CEO and Consultant, Shavzin and Associates, Inc.
Immediate Past President – Institute of Management Consultants, USA (Georgia Chapter)
Workshop: Consulting as A Profession

David advises business owners on growth and successful exit / succession planning. He is a consultant and coach with 25+ years of experience in exit planning, mergers & acquisitions, operations, and business process improvement. Business owners start their companies to create their future. But they soon get so caught up in the day-to-day that they lose sight of the key to making that future happen - building value - and are unprepared when the time comes to put their transition into action.

David helps business owners grow their business today, getting the plan in place and staying focused on the process. This builds value, allowing them to make this important transition on their own terms. It allows them to become attractive to potential buyers. David helps businesses create the right advisory team, understand value, work in a focused manner to build value and plan for that eventual exit. His early career included banking and financial roles, followed by a position on Freddie Mac’s corporate planning team. David then spent 12 years with Aventis. This included four years in Europe in corporate finance and global mergers and acquisitions work. He was later appointed Vice President of Operations & Finance for a North American subsidiary, his last role before creating his consulting practice in 2000.

David is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Immediate Past President of the Institute of Management Consultants - Georgia Chapter. He speaks frequently on exit and succession planning. He has spoken to several chapters of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), several Rotary Clubs, at Vistage and more. David earned an MBA from George Washington University and a BA in International Relations and French from the University of Wisconsin. He is fluent in French, conversational in Spanish.

Rob Johnson – Workshop Co-Facilitator

Rob Johnson – Workshop Co-Facilitator
Owner and Consultant, Rob R. Johnson, LTD. Co.
President – Institute of Management Consultants, USA (Georgia Chapter)
Workshop: Consulting as A Profession

Rob Johnson – recently retired after 29 years of service through the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) - has launched his part-time “encore career” of serving as a change agent with individuals, organizations, and communities that are committed to making the world a better place. “Compassionate Capacity Building” is the by-line for his Rob R. Johnson Ltd. Co. coaching, facilitating and consulting practice. During his tenure as COO of ACFB, he guided the organization’s winning the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta’s “Managing for Excellence” award multiple times. He’s a Leadership Atlanta alum whose non-profit priority today is Compassionate Atlanta, Inc. His M.S. in Social Psychology and 20+ years of learning and leading within the professional “OD” community through the Organization Change Alliance have him primed for addressing food insecurity, affordable housing, racial justice, and other poverty-factors through best- 8 SPEAKERS & WORKSHOP FACILITATORS Thursday, May 3, 2018 possible collaborations! Recent consulting services have been with the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and the national Young Adult Library Services Association. www.RobRedJohnson.com

Celeste Giordano - Panelist & Workshop Facilitator

Celeste Giordano – Workshop Facilitator
Sales Consultant, Celeste Giordano Consulting
Workshop: Increase Sales to Build a Legacy Business

Celeste Giordano’s mission is to help business owners develop the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to "doubleplus" their income and become effective and inspirational leaders in their fields. Whether it’s taking your successful business to the next level or starting a new venture, she will teach you the exact skills and strategies you need to enroll more quality prospects, build a rock-solid team, and break through obstacles to achieve real profit and lasting success. Celeste is a professional business growth specialist, a master sales strategist, and dynamic speaker with almost 40 years of experience in direct sales and managing high-performing teams.

Marc Hamm – Workshop Facilitator

Marc Hamm – Workshop Facilitator
CEO, Marc Hamm of Procurement Websites
Workshop: Websites That Get Noticed

Marc Hamm is the owner of Procurement Websites, LLC. Hamm currently manages four divisions of Procurement Websites: Web Design, Graphics, Marketing and SEO - Search Engine Optimization. Hamm and his team are responsible for the design, sales, customer service, marketing, and social media for Procurement Websites' Clients. Prior to serving in his current role, Hamm ran the Web Design and Graphics departments for Procurement Websites, LLC from 2005 - 2010. Prior to 2005, Hamm founded United in Service, a company geared toward assisting nonprofit organizations in need of Web Design and Technology. Hamm originally worked at Citibank on Wall Street as a Web Developer and Graphic Designer. This is where he was trained in Web Development. Also with Citibank New York Midtown Office he was the Lead Graphics Designer for All Bank Presentations. Hamm has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Upsala College. He studied at Bloomfield College and Rutgers University Newark where he studied English communications. Procurement Websites, LLC has major growth and is currently serving the following cities: Atlanta, Destin, Richmond, Las Vegas and JBER Alaska.

C. Nicole Henderson – Workshop Facilitator

C. Nicole Henderson – Workshop Facilitator
CEO, C. Nicole Henderson and Associates
Workshop: Starting A Non-Profit Business and How Not to Lose It
C. Nicole Henderson, the Social Impact Catalyst, is Author, Speaker, and sought after Industry Expert. C. Nicole Henderson & Associates offers Hi-touch Consultancy with a vision to create community and a better world filled with loving and lasting relationships among organizations that are purpose driven and impactful. Active in the nonprofit 9 SPEAKERS & WORKSHOP FACILITATORS Thursday, May 3, 2018 community for more than 25 years as a professional, volunteer, board member, and consultant. She has a proven Fast Track 501c3 System to attain exemption for nonprofit organizations. Since beginning, she has assisted well over 150 organizations from small, all-volunteer start-ups to multi-million-dollar foundations. Her portfolio has spanned the United States and included organizations in Haiti, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Ms. Henderson has extensive experience providing consulting services and training to nonprofits in the areas of strategic planning, organizational assessment, board governance, and leadership development and training, governmental agencies and assisted a wide array of missions in human services, education, advocacy, health, housing, community development, international relief, veteran affairs, re-entry programs, business leagues, fraternal and scholastic organizations, and homeless relief.

Prior to forming C. Nicole Henderson & Associates, C. Nicole worked as the Director of Revenue and Chief Appraiser, Economic Development & Planning, city and county Management, and directed Education and Youth Development programs, and Radio Host. Ms. Henderson holds two Masters degrees in Public Administration and Conflict Resolution Management. She is a certified appraiser with the State of Georgia, and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate. She is a mother of a son and enjoys beaches, travel, reading, and meeting interesting people from around the globe.

Ken Fehner – Workshop Facilitator

Ken Fehner – Workshop Facilitator
Owner, The Social Gloo
Workshop: Social Media and Digital Marketing
Ken Fehner is the owner of The Social Gloo, a social media and email marketing company. He has over 25 years of experience with traditional marketing channels such as, newspaper, radio and TV/cable advertising. Unlike many marketing companies who add social media to their list of services, The Social Gloo is a social media marketing/email marketing company first. The Social Gloo’s main focus is social media management for businesses. Ken works with local businesses, start-ups, national, international companies, and associations supporting their social media needs. The scope of his work includes email marketing, social media including Facebook management and design, Twitter management and design, LinkedIn management, YouTube video creation & more.

Bob Lamp'l - Workshop Facilitator & Sponsor

Bob Lamp’l – Workshop Facilitator
President, Business Plans & More, Inc.
Workshop: Managing Your Business Finances with Quick Books
Bob Lamp'l is President of Business Plans & More, Inc., which he has operated for the past seven years. He is a current member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and has been since March 16, 2000. He is past President of the Georgia Association of Accountants & Tax Professionals (State of Georgia), a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor, Chief Financial Officer / Board Member of 5+ different companies, and a sought after seminar speaker for helping new businesses get started properly to be successful. His accolades and achievements include, but not limited to being named Small Business of the Month, January 2013ť by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, awarded Chamber Ambassador

Stephanie Sokenis – Workshop Facilitator

Stephanie Sokenis – Workshop Facilitator
Senior Director, Small Business Development
Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Workshop: Starting a Business at 50 and Over
Stephanie Sokenis is the Senior Director of Small Business Development for the Gwinnett Chamber. Her primary focus is providing educational resources and programming to assist our small businesses with starting, sustaining, and succeeding in Gwinnett.

Stephanie joined the Gwinnett Chamber in 2011 with both chamber and business experience, including serving for seven years as the Executive Director of a Long Island, NY Chamber as well as operating her own small business in the marketing and direct mail industries.

Her work through various positions held in both for profit, and not for profit organizations, has allowed her the honor of numerous recognition on the state, county and local levels, including being named a ‘Woman of Distinction’ by the NY Senate, NY State Assembly. Stephanie is an Accredited Small Business Consultant, holds a degree in Business Communications and lives in Buford with her husband of 21 years, and 18 year old son, Michael, a senior at Mill Creek High School.

Sam Agarwal - Workshop Facilitator

Sam Agarwal - Workshop Facilitator
CEO, AppZoro Technologies, Inc.
Workshop: Software and Apps for Small Business Solutions
Sam Agarwal is an Innovative Applications Developer. Sam is the founder and CEO of AppZoro Technologies, Inc. – an experienced team of full-stack mobile app developers and web designers. He holds a BS in Computer Science and is working on his Master’s at Georgia Tech. Sam is an Advisor of Mobile App Technology for the Atlanta Tech Village, one of the U.S. leading co-working space entities located in Atlanta, Georgia.

From concept to market-ready digital product, AppZoro is your single-source for everything from complex programming and database development to payment integrations and front-end design. With AppZoro’s in-house team of Agile Coders and Inventive Designers, you’ll get consistent high-quality work at a startup-friendly price.

Sam is also an experienced businessman. In addition to the work he does with AppZoro, he is Vice President of Sara Hospitality – an international, family-owned furniture manufacturer based in India, serving the US hospitality industry. He has been materially involved since he was 18 and is responsible for procurement, marketing, sales, customer service and finance for the business. In this role, he has learned the key elements of “grind” to build a successful startup.

Through Atlanta Tech Village, and as a private consultant, Sam helps business owners develop sound digital strategies that leverage both current and emerging technologies to increase revenues, streamline productivity, attract investors, and nurture customer relationships.

To learn more about working with Sam, email him directly at sam@appzoro.com.

Sam’s areas of expertise:
- Mobile App development (Android / iOS)
- Tech StartUp Consulting
- Technology Strategy for Businesses
- Programming (Swift, Java, Angular.js, SQL)
- Database Creation and Management
- Web Design
- Digital Marketing