Something for everyone—from start-ups to seasoned professionals, from small to large businesses—for any role in any industry at any stage of business.

10:00 - 10:15 AM


10:15 - 11:00 AM


Born in Roslyn, NY,  Jesse Itzler only eats fruit ’til noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life “out of the box.” In fact, he doesn’t even have a box. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, Jesse co-founded Marquis Jet, the world’s largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. He then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner sold to The Coca-Cola Company.

He’s a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA’s Emmy Award-winning “I Love This Game” music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem “Go NY Go.” When he’s not running ultra-marathons, eating vegan food or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks games, where he’s an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely.

Read more at his website:

Jesse Itzler
Entrepreneur, Co-Owner of the Atlanta Hawks

11:00 - 11:45 AM


11:45 AM - 1:15 PM


Among the Gwinnett Chamber’s most prestigious honors, the Pinnacle Small Business Awards pay tribute to leading small businesses that dare to startstrive to sustain and persevere to succeed.

The Pinnacle Small Business Awards honor the top performers in eleven categories—read more

1:30 - 2:30 PM


At some point, every successful entrepreneur has been where you are as a small business owner. You may be surprised to learn that they too have faced the challenges you face, the struggles you endure and the obstacles you look to overcome.

Be inspired by successful and locally known entrepreneurs, as they share the elements of entrepreneurial success. Hear their personal stories of failure, of overcoming the fear factor in launching and growing a business, ways to develop and analyze the potential to succeed and how to use a successful business platform for the good of the community.

Matthew Holtkamp
Owner & Operator
Holtkamp Heating & Air

Tim Mansour
Real Estate Investor, Entrepreneur, Speaker & Author, Owner
Mansour International

Lisa Winton
Winton Machine

Josh Sweeney

Shantel Khleif
Imagine Media Consulting

Mike Sammond
Business RadioX Gwinnett & North Fulton

“It’s not enough to write an occasional blog post, it’s not enough to post on Facebook once a week, and it’s not enough to send out a random email on Black Friday.”  – Sincerely, the internet.

While this may be true, it doesn’t help us business owners to just simply hear the words “It’s not enough” over and over again. As a business, this is what we hear or it’s what we tell ourselves. What happens next? We shut down and resort to excuses about why we don’t have the time or money to produce good or timely content.

What makes a company’s marketing successful? Their content strategy.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to build a content strategy that works for YOU.
  • What tools and resources you can use to curate effective content.
  • Why creating content just for search engines (SEO) is potentially hurting your brand.

Skot Waldron

As Darwin said, it’s the not the smartest or most talented who survive, but those who are capable of change. It’s those who learn how to adapt to the current times.

As a 20 year entrepreneur having launched multiple companies and worked with hundreds of businesses, Brad and his team have assembled the top tools, resources and strategies the most progressive small businesses and entrepreneurs are using to get ahead without breaking the bank.

Come to this event with high take-away value you can implement immediately.

Brad Stevens
President & CEO

A team that is able to leverage the power of everyone’s voice will always outperform a group of individuals. The key to success is understanding the strengths of each voice and creating an environment where each person feels empowered and secure in contributing. When people don’t use their natural leadership voice, here’s what happens…

  • Meetings seem to go nowhere
  • Wasted time, money, and resources
  • Misaligned teams that are ineffective or unhealthy
  • Toxic work environment filled with drama and gossip
  • People in the wrong role or position
  • Disagreements that divide instead of unite

The 5 Voices is a powerful tool that will help you in the following areas:

  • Greater Self-Awareness
    • Learn your voice and understand what it’s like to be on the other side of your leadership.
  • Better Alignment
    • Discover the sweet spots of those on your team, get better aligned, and reach higher levels of performance.
  • Clear Communication
    • Communicate what you mean without people taking it the wrong way and getting offended.
  • Effective Delegation
    • Delegate more effectively to save time and increase productivity.
  • High Performance
    • Confidently build high-performing teams, rather than taking shots in the dark and hoping people do their jobs well.
  • Quicker Decisions
    • Learn how to listen better, ask helpful questions, and make quicker decisions.

Chris Ediger
Senior Consultant
GiANT Worldwide

2:45 - 3:45 PM


Are you a business owner looking to leverage all of the resources available to your business for help and advice? Are you an entrepreneur considering taking that leap into business ownership?

Attend this Small Business Resource Panel and hear from many federal, state and local agencies and organizations that are here to serve you.

Learn about each organization and how you can take advantage of their services to help new businesses start, and existing businesses thrive.

Jorge Valentin-Stone
Economic Development Specialist
US Small Business Administration

Peter Hildebrandt
SCORE, North Metro Chapter

Benny StaRomana
Business Consultant
The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center

Sandra Font
Women’s Business Center

Mark Farmer
Economic Development Manager
Gwinnett County Government

Every business needs marketing. “Best practices” indicate that marketing should be 20% of your sales. Small businesses struggle with this! This seminar shows how to get hundreds of thousands for free! Imagine saving $100,000 (money in your pocket!) but still having a growing business.

The use of stories and storytelling has been a powerful communications tool for thousands of years and is becoming even more essential in the digital era. The most effective business leaders, teachers, politicians and religious leaders have always been good storytellers. Learning the art of selecting and delivering the right story will not only have a motivational impact on your people but will help you impact the culture of your organization. Stories are effectively used to present new ideas, to deliver technical information, to communicate company policies, to motivate employees and so much more…

With today’s technology the amount of time that you have to capture the attention of your audience is dwindling. As soon as you utter your first word the countdown begins. Individuals who use a compelling story are the ones that win over and engage their audiences.

Whether you are an emerging leader or an experienced executive, storytelling is an essential communications tool to inspire and motivate your listeners. Professionals that master the art of storytelling can leave a lasting impression on their audience, influence others and engage their colleagues.

Learn how you can leverage the power of storytelling to attract and hold attention while delivering key messages and takeaways that will prompt action. Remember the clock is ticking! Effectively engage your audience and leave them wanting more. Register today for Storytelling in Business: How to Motivate, Inform & Inspire!

Why is this topic important?
When you tell a story, you engage your audience and help them relate to the message you are telling.  If you in sales, a leader of a company or simply trying to work your way up in company, this skill will get you results you will need to get the buy in from everyone you are in touch with.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone that needs to craft and effectively present a compelling story about their organization, mission, or products that will win over willing cooperation, influence change, and make a memorable impact.

Gary Zermuehlen
Senior Business Consultant/Leadership Coach
Dale Carnegie of Georgia