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Small Business Success in Lake County


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Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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University Center of Lake County

1200 University Center Drive
Multipurpose Room G
Grayslake, Illinois 60030

Save the date! Join us for a dynamic half-day seminar focused on providing entrepreneurs and established businesses with the most current strategic business intelligence, tools and resources.

The event will include:

  • Special Guest Speakers
  • Panel Discussion on how to access capital for your small business
  • Practical "How To" sessions on igniting local and global business growth
  • Hispanic Business of the Year Award Presentation celebrating Hispanic business owners
  • Networking opportunities

Conference Events and Speakers

Event Moderator: Roch Tranel, CEO, The Tranel Financial Group
8 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking and Resource Tables
8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions: Frank Brisbois, Director, Illinois Small Business Development and International Trade Center
9 a.m. State of Lake County – Aaron Lawlor, Lake County Board Chairman

Hear an update on the local economy and learn about important Lake County Board initiatives.
9:30 a.m. Overcoming Challenges of Small Business Ownership

Experience real life challenges these small business owners faced and the best practices used to overcome them. Take these successful ideas and apply them to your business to achieve better results and increased revenues!

Moderator: Aki Jackson, CPA, Focal Point Coaching

Liliana Espinosa, Corner Health Foods
Don Rigali, Rigali Packaging, Inc.
Keisha Stoute, Stoute Mediation
Lucy Torres, Express Employment Professionals (2015 Hispanic Business of the Year)
10:30 a.m. Break and Resource Tables
11 a.m. Mitigating Risk with Subject Matter Experts

Learn from subject matter experts the key issues and challenges facing small business owners today and the strategies used to mitigate them.

Moderator: Jim Marshall, V.P. Business Banking, MB Financial Bank

Cyber Security – Jason Lensink, CIC, Wm Schwartz & Co Insurance
Finance – George Skweres, CPA, MBA, Affinity Financial Services
Insurance – William Murphy, Farmers Insurance Company
Legal – Rick Rogers, JD/MBA, The Rogers Law Group