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Regional Small Business Summit  

Apr/23/2013 - Apr/23/2013
Location: Natchez Convention Center

Entrepreneurial Explosion: A Regional Small Business Summit

Tentative Schedule:
8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome – Supervisor David Carter and Mayor Butch Brown
8:45 – 8:55 Overview of Summit
8:55 – 9:05 Video Welcome – Governor Phil Bryant (pending)
9:05 – 9:15 Group Activity - Tony Jeff, President & CEO, Innovate Mississippi

9:15 – 10:25 Federal Panel Moderator: Sandy Powlett, Community Development Manager, Entergy Mississippi, Inc.
Trina George, State Director, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Janita Stewart, Mississippi District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
Mike Marshall, Alternate Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority
Carol Moore-Anderson, Director, U.S. Dept. of Commerce – Mississippi Export Assistance Center

10:30 – 10:40 Exhibit / Networking Break

10:40 – 11:00 ***Customer Service that Sizzles*** Sarah C. Smith, Alderwoman, City of Natchez, Ward 3

11:00 – 12:15 State Panel Moderator: Hal Sibley, Southwest Regional Office, Mississippi Development Authority
Innovate Mississippi – Tony Jeff, President & CEO
Mississippi Development Authority – Jack Curry, Entrepreneur Center @ MDA
Mississippi Arts Commission – Allison Winstead, Community Development Director
Mississippi State University – Chance McDavid, Regional e-BEAT Coordinator
Rural Jobs Acceleration – Clay Walden, Director, CAVS Extension

12:15 – 1:30 Keynote Lunch
Lunch with Special Announcements from City of Natchez & Adams County Board of Supervisors
Keynote: Derek Greenfield, Ed.D., Dir. of Educational Equity & Inclusion, Alcorn State University

1:30 – 1:45 Exhibit / Networking Break

1:45 – 2:10 ***Show Me The Money***
Janice Bruce, Senior Vice President, Delta Bank Doug Charboneau, Owner & Entrepreneur, Twin Oaks Bed & Breakfast

2:10 - 3:20 Regional Panel Moderator: LaDine Washington, AVP / Branch Manager, United Mississippi Bank Lazarus Arts – Kim Lazarus, Owner (Natchez)
Webb Furniture, LLC – Michael Barfield, Owner (Natchez)
Woodville / Wilkinson County Main Street Association – Polly Rosenblatt, Manager (Woodville)
Herring Gas – Bob Kimbrough, CEO (Meadville)
Chambliss Automotive – Tim Chambliss, Owner (Fayette)
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads – Tara Wren, Executive Director (Port Gibson)

3:20 - 4:00 ***Techno-Marketing Blast***
Clara Stamps, Vice President, Media Relations, Alcorn State University
Chance McDavid, Regional e-BEAT Coordinator, Mississippi State University

4:15 – 4:30 Final Door Prize and Closing

RSVP to reserve your seat or by calling


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