This day is jam packed with everything you need to know to grow your business! It's your opportunity to get the kind of business-building advice you can't afford to ignore. Challenge your thinking and get fresh ideas, hands on tools, powerful insights and strategies that work. Plus, get in on the conversation with how-to sessions, invaluable networking, and an unforgettable luncheon honoring the Entrepreneur of 2014 winners.
Check out the can't-miss schedule of events happening throughout day.
Breakout Session #1
10:20 AM - 11:30 AMRoom #D232
Mentoring in Minutes
A Leader’s Guide to Business Structures and Tax-Savvy Accounting
Fueled by Failure
Using the 80/20 Principle to Work Less and Make More
Sales and Marketing: What Great Brands Do
Breakout Session #2
11:45 AM - 12:55 PMRoom #D236
Break into Business Ownership with a Franchise (Panel Discussion)
PR Perspectives from the Media Pros (Panel Discussion)
How to Build a Turn-key Marketing System
These bestselling authors, business experts and leaders will be available to answer your questions and get down to brass tacks on how to build your business.
Customer Acquisition Through Social Marketing
The purists may say you can't sell through social media. They're wrong. Through both case studies and practical applications of many of today's most popular social technologies and techniques, Mr. No "BS" Social Media will show you how to acquire customers through social media, how your marketing funnel changes in today's social and digital-first environment, and give you ideas on how to build an online brand that can acquire, sell and measure success.
Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life
Everything in life is a SALE and everything you want is a COMMISSION. In this workshop, Grant Cardone breaks down the techniques and approaches necessary to master the art of selling in any arena. Cardone will cover:
- How to sell in ANY economy
- It's almost NEVER price
- Overcoming call reluctance/fear of rejection
- Filling/working your pipeline
- The MOST important sale
Speaker: Grant Cardone
Brand Strategy and Execution
Are you looking to create a powerful, impactful brand? Join us for this season of tips and tricks on building and launching a new brand and the qualities needed for sustained success.
Speaker: Robbie Vitrano
What Your CPA Isn't Telling You
CPA Mark Kohler shares tips on tax and legal topics every small-business owner needs to know, including:
- Learn how to select the proper entity for your business without getting pressured to buy
- Avoid the scams when structuring your business
- Implement the hottest tax strategies for business owners
- Choose the best health care strategy to save money AND taxes
- Use the proper procedure to put your family members on payroll to save taxes legitimately
- Learn how you can self-direct YOUR retirement plan in business deals
Speaker: Mark J. Kohler
Mentoring in Minutes
Meet with a variety of business experts from SCORE in this unique speed-mentoring session to get coaching tips and make connections. Sign-up for one of three sessions to get ideas and answers to your toughest challenges from experienced professionals in marketing, finance, accounting, sales, business management, human resources and more. You'll move from coach to coach in quick-format pacing, so be sure to come prepared to share your challenge succinctly to get the most from this session.
Moderators: SCORE and The UPS Store
Is your fear of failing inhibiting your business from succeeding? Come learn how successful business leaders overcame their fears and responded to setbacks that ultimately laid the groundwork for their success. During this panel, successful local entrepreneurs will discuss some of their biggest failures, as well as lessons learned along the way, with the hope of encouraging others in the New Orleans community to get out there, fail, learn and thrive.
Moderator: Amy Cosper, Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Panelists:
PR Perspectives from the Media Pros
Media coverage can be just the lift your business needs, but getting your brand into the headlines isn't as easy as it looks. Get an inside perspective on what it takes to get coverage, what makes for a great pitch, and when and where to do it right. With social forums like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn presenting new pitch opportunities, our panel of editors, entrepreneurs and PR professionals will share with you how to go about forging strong connections in ways that work.
Moderator: Ray Hennessey, Entrepreneur.com Editorial Director Panelists:
Starting a Franchise Business
Franchising is an affordable business platform with proven systems that work well for many entrepreneurs. Panel members in this session will go over the franchise model and some of its merits over starting a business independently. They'll share their perspectives on what owning a franchise business entails, how to go about researching opportunities, and what to consider in order to select the right one for your needs. Research, insights and findings from Entrepreneur's authoritative annual Franchise 500® ranking will give you an overview of the many different kinds of opportunities out there, from category leaders to fast-growing and even low-cost businesses.