If it’s Wednesday, It must be St. Louis


June 18, 2013

SmallBusinessWeekBy Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Report

Watch a live stream of National Small Business Week in St. Louis.


Here is today’s agenda.

10:15 to 1 p.m. Eastern

1. “Growing and Going Global” Panel
Moderator: Cory Simek, Director, USEAC (Dept. of Commerce) St. Louis, MO

o Doug Potts, Missouri Department of Economic Development, International Trade Office, St. Louis, MO
o Rebecca Nace, Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Kansas City, MO
o Tony Clayton, Clayton Agri-Marketing, Inc., Jefferson City, MO
o Paul Toskin, International Trade Lender, Commerce Bank, St. Louis, MO
o Joseph Papes, FBI, St. Louis, MO

2. “St. Louis Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” Panel
Moderator: : Angie Wells, Economic Development Specialist, SBA St. Louis District Office, St. Louis, MO

o Jay DeLong, Vice-President, New Ventures and Capital Formation, St. Louis Regional Chamber Missouri Champion for Startup America Partnership, St. Louis, MO
o Ed Bryant, Vice-President, St. Louis Economic Council, Economic Development Collaborative, St. Louis, MO
o Ben Johnson, Program Director, BioSTL, St. Louis, MO
o David Hunke, Chief Strategy Officer, Digerati, Inc., Detroit, MI
o Dennis Melton, District Director, representing SBA and SBA Resource Partners, St. Louis, MO

3. Armchair Interview with David Steward, Founder and Chairman of World Wide Technology and Karen Mills, SBA Administrator

4:00 Eastern

“How a Mentor Can Help Your Business” Google+ Hangout
Moderator: Fran Tarkenton, NFL Legend, Entrepreneur, and host of ‘The Fran Tarkenton Show’ on Sirius XM

· Carol Lopucki, Michigan Small Business Technology & Development Center, Director
· Michael Chodos, SBA Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development
· Amanda Schultz, Montana Women’s Business Center, Director
· Jean Setzfand, AARP Education & Outreach, Financial Security, Vice President