Entrepreneur Magazine's 6TH Annual Growth Conference
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.

Conference Schedule

Check out the can't-miss schedule of events happening throughout day.

7:30am - 8:30am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 9:45am
Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Presentation with Erik Wahl
9:45am - 10:00am
10:00am - 11:15am
Breakout Session #1
11:15am - 11:30am
11:30am - 12:45pm
Breakout Session #2
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Entrepreneur of 2013 Awards Luncheon
2:15pm - 3:30pm
Breakout Session #3
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cocktail Networking Hour

Seminar Rooms and Times

Breakout Session #1
10 AM - 11:15 AM
Room 348
Mentoring in Minutes

Room 350
What Your CPA Isn't Telling You

Room 352

Room 354
PR Perspectives from Media Pros

Room 356
Customer Acquisitions Through Social Media

Pitch the Editors to Be Featured in Entrepreneur

Get ready to show your business off for a shot at being featured in Entrepreneur magazine and/or on Entrepreneur.com. It's up to you to sell yourself and your story—and you've got three minutes to do it with an editor's full attention. To increase your chances of being featured, tell the editors what makes your business newsworthy, what you do that's innovative, and what opportunities and challenges you've leveraged to get your business to where it is today. Remember, Entrepreneur is about helping business owners like you—so be sure to include unique strategies and insights that others may learn from.

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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.

Speaker: Jason Falls

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

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

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: Malcolm Schwarzenbach

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 times 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 come prepared to share your challenge succinctly to get the most from this session.

Moderators: SCORE and The UPS Store

Failure Fest (Panel Discussion)

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: Tim Williamson, Idea Village; Patrick Comer, Federated Sample; Lauren Thom, Fleurty Girl

PR Perspectives from the Media Pros (Panel Discussion)

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: Skipper Bond, Bond PR; Jeffrey Ory, President il Stratega; John Deveney, Deveney Communications

Break into Business Ownership with a Franchise (Panel Discussion)

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.

Moderator: Entrepreneur.com Editor Kate Taylor
Panelists: Chris Adkins, VP Marketing The UPS Store; Raymond Areaux, New Orleans Franchise Attorney; Stephen Caldeira, Pres & CEO International Franchise Association
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Presented By
The UPS Store

Event Details

Date: January 22, 2014
Time: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm


New Orleans Convention Center
La Nouvelle Ballroom
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

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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.

Amy Cosper
Amy Cosper
Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine
Recognized by Fast Company as one of the 25 smartest women on Twitter, Entrepreneur's editor in chief Amy Cosper will moderate our Failure Fest panel event.
Ray Hennessey
Ray Hennessey
Editorial Director at Entrepreneur.com
Ray will bring his own unique perspective to our panel with PR pros on how small-business owners can perfect their pitch to the media.
Kate Taylor
Kate Taylor
Staff Writer at Entrepreneur.com
Kate covers the franchise industry and offers a fresh perspective for ambitious individuals sorting out what matters in business, entrepreneurship, tech, leadership and more. She has previously written for Forbes and Mental Floss.
Find her on Twitter at @Kate_H_Taylor.
Tim Williamson
Tim Williamson
Co-Founder & CEO of The Idea Village
Tim Williamson is the co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village, a private, independent non-profit organization founded in 2000 with a mission to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans.
Robbie Vitrano
Malcolm Schwarzenbach
Principal at Trumpet
Malcolm is the president and executive director of client service for Trumpet, a local branding agency that has been recognized in the top 10 of the most innovative companies in the world in the advertising/marketing category by Fast Company.
Jason Falls
Jason Falls
Leading Digital Strategist And Social Media Marketing Influential
Jason Falls is an author, speaker and CEO, the latter of Social Media Explorer, a digital marketing agency and information products company.
Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone
Television Producer, Radio Show Host and Author
Grant Cardone is a New York Times best-selling author, star and executive producer of the reality TV show Turnaround King, host of the Cardone Zone radio show and is regularly seen on Fox Business, NBC and Business Insider.
Mark Kohler
Mark Kohler
Attorney, CPA and Entrepreneur
Mark J. Kohler is an attorney, certified public accountant, entrepreneur, and author of What Your CPA Isn't Telling You: Life-Changing Tax Strategie (Entrepreneur Press) and Lawyers are Liars: The Truth About Protecting Our Assets (Life's Plan Publishing).
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