2018 Keynote Speakers:
Bill Cummings never aspired to be a billionaire-and never acknowledged he was one until long after it happened. That's because it is not money that motivates him, but rather the immense enjoyment he gets from building and growing successful businesses. He thrives at being an opportunist and believes that this often-misunderstood trait is one of the key characteristic of successful entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship for All
Shelley Cardoos is the Director of Programs for EforAll, and Owner of Hippo, a year round gift store located in the heart of downtown New Bedford. Shelley first joined EforAll as the Executive Director of EforAll South Coast, based in Fall River and New Bedford, MA. Under her leadership, over 150 jobs were created by local entrepreneurs, and they generated $1.7 million in revenue.
Entrepreneurship for All
Christa Brown is the Content Manager for EforAll. She has the amzing opportunity to think through how to best craft content that will further establish EforAll as a driving force for inclusive entrepreneurship. She is also an actress, and the host/creator of the Choice2bHappy podcast.
Track 1: City and Business Leaders, Funders & Interested Individuals
The Pathway to Building Successful Ecosystems
As an outside funder/influencer, how can you foster a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem? Learn from thought leaders and successful practitioners from the public and private sector on how to create systems that are authentic and grounded in the community.
Leading from the Ground Up
Learn from on-the-ground community leaders on how to foster entrepreneurial ecosystems. Funding, refereeing, setting priorities and goals - they'll cover all the bases!
Track 2: Entrepreneur Programs
Maximizing the Entrepreneurial Experience
How do organizations with a focus on entrepreneurship work with other organizations, keeping in mind a goal of maximizing the entrepreneurial experience?
Spreading the Word: How to Reach Entrepreneurs
Learn successful tactics for finding and engaging with entrepreneurs in underserved communities. Discover the power of language when it comes to marketing inclusive entrepreneurship.
Track 3: Entrepreneurs and Students
Leveraging Your Ecosystem
Entrepreneurs: Learn how to leverage the resources and people within your own ecosystem in order to help grow your business.
The Art of Pitching
Every entrepreneur should be ready to pitch their idea at a moment's notice! Todd Fry, a Leadership and Presentation Skills Coach will join Anne Estabrook, Managing Director at Golden Seeds, to advise and critique entrepreneur pitches from the audience. This session is not to be missed - it's always a favorite!
Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll)
Global Diversity Business Partner
Cummings Foundation and Cummings Properties
1854 Cycling Co.
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
Director of Transformative Development
Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Assistant Secretary of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Leadership and Presentation Skills Coach
SPARK EforAll Holyoke
President & CEO
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
Impact Hub Boston
Laura Scarlett Tavares
Director of Program Operations
Business Equity Initiative at Enterprise Bank
City of Lawrence
Director of Entrepreneurship
Economic Development Manager
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Director of Development
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
CTO and Co-Founder
The Savory Cater
Owner/Digital Marketing Manager
Co-Founder and Executive Director
City of Holyoke
7:30 – 08:30 am Registration
8:15 – 08:35 am Welcome - David Parker, EforAll CEO
8:35-9:35 am Panel Discussions
The Pathway to Building Successful Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (City Leaders)
David Parker - EforAll
Stacy Cline - GoDaddy
Damon Cox - Commonwealth of MA
Larry Andrews - Mass Growth Capital Corp.
Maximizing the Entrepreneurial Experience (Entrepreneur Programs)
Shelley Cardoos - EforAll
John Antonucci - Launch VT
Tessa Murphy - Romboletti, SPARK EforAll Holyoke
Travis Bragg - Qwerkal
Leveraging Your Ecosystem (Entrepreneurs and Students)
Andy Vargas - EforAl
Luis Gonsalves - Juice’d Cafe
Dawn Cordeiro - Holyoke Hummus
Jon Huang - The Savory Cater
Deb Fowler - History Unerased
9:45-10:45 am Morning Keynote - Black Thought, The Roots
11:00-12:00 pm Ecosystem Interactive Session
12:00-12:45 pm Fireside chat with Bill Cummings and Desh Deshpande
12:45-1:45 pm Lunch
1:45-3:00 pm Panel Discussions
The Role of Government in Fostering Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (City Leaders)
Theresa Park - City of Lawrence
Noah Koretz - MassDevelopment
Frank Carvalho - Mill Cities Community Investments
Betsy Cowan - Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Sarah Meier-Zimbler - City of Holyoke
Spreading the Word: How to Reach Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneur Programs)
Derek Mitchell - Lawrence Partnership
Laura Scarlett - Tavares, Interise
Janin Duran - EparaTodos-Lawrence
Kofi Callender - Smarter in the City
Glynn Lloyd - Business Equity Initiative at Eastern Bank
The Art of Pitching (Entrepreneurs and Students)
Todd Fry - Leadership and Presentation Skills Coach
Anne Estabrook - Managing Director at Golden Seeds
3:15-4:00 pm Fireside Chat with Brandale Randolph of 1854 Cycling Co. and Shelley Cardoos of EforAll
4:00-4:30 pm Closing Activity: The Work Ahead
Who Should Attend?
If you're asking yourself some of the following questions, then the EforAll Summit is for you.
Economic Development Professionals, Elected Officials, Business Leaders, Philanthropists
How can we build economic opportunity in my city?
What does it take to start a program in my city?
How can inclusive entrepreneurship solve complex economic & social issues?
Organizations Serving Entrepreneurs
How do we define “inclusive?”
What are best outreach methods for underserved communities?
How do we measure success or impact
All types: from the small bakery to the advanced manufacturer
What kind of programs are out there for me?
How do I build my entrepreneur ecosystem?
How do I raise money if I’ve never done it before?
Testimonials from last year's EforAll Summit
Take a look and enjoy!
Chairman & President
Sparta Group LLC
Co-Founder, Former CEO
Founder/CEO of WorkinGurl Co.
United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)
Just 30 miles north of Boston
35 Warren Street Lowell, MA
UTEC's mission is to ignite and nurture the ambition of Lowell's most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.
UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
Just 30 miles north of Boston
50 Warren Street Lowell, MA
Hotel Reservations Rate: $129/night, not including applicable state and local taxes; special rate is in effect until October 14, 2018.
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