7:30 am Registration and networking, light breakfast
7:30 am - 12:00 pm Business Resource Expo
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Loan Pavilion
  • One-on-one small business loan consultations will be available. Walk-ins are welcome, but an appointment is recommended. Please call 702-734-3555 or email to make an appointment.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Panel Discussions
8:00 - 9:00 am — Session 1
  • Small Business Owner Peer Panel

    This panel of business owners will share their insights and their experience with navigating and overcoming obstacles to success.

    • Carlos Pereira, Bon Breads
    • Joyce Dawson, Sonitrol
    • Jana Forsythe, FEI Construction
    • Jane Lee, Jadon Foods
  • Margins Tax/ Education Initiative

    Panelists, representing positions on both sides of the ballot measure, will discuss this important initiative and what it means for our state.

    • Ruben Murillo, NSEA
    • Karen Griffin, Coalition to Defeat the Margins Tax
    • Carole Vilardo, Nevada Taxpayers Association
9:30 - 10:30 am — Session 2
  • Online Strategies to Grow Your Business

    Hear from the pros about best practices for online and social media marketing to establish your brand and to reach new customers.

    • Stormie Andrews, Yokel Local
    • Maria Bailey, Success City Online
    • Cheryl Thode, All About Marketing Solutions
    • Debe Fennell, Launch Moxie
  • Affordable Care Act: What We Know

    With a critical deadline for business compliance approaching, learn more about what this means to you.

    • Scott Kipper, Division of Insurance
    • Tyler Klimas, Silver State Health Exchange
    • Kyle Clingo, UnitedHealthcare Nevada
11:00 am - 12:00 pm — Session 3
  • Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce

    Participate in an interactive discussion with the organizations leading the effort s to pre-pare a qualified workforce for the current and future needs of Nevada’s businesses.

    • Darren Divine, CSN
    • Janet Blume, Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow
    • Debra Solt, Vegas PBS
  • Exploring Nontraditional Financing Opportunities

    Explore the options for raising capital for your business through non-traditional methods.

    • Chuck Schultz, Interface Financial Group
    • Mary Kerner, Rural Nevada Development Corp.
    • Peter Guzman, VCOZ
    • Roberto Barragan, Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC)
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Luncheon featuring special guest speakers and keynote by Governor Brian Sandoval

Guest Speakers:
  • Steve Hill Governor’s Office of Economic Development (bio)
  • Dr. Kenneth Witcher, Dean, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (bio)

Please note that agenda is subject to change at any time.

The cost to attend the conference is $50, and includes light breakfast, networking, access to the Business Resource Expo, panel discussions, and lunch.

Click here to Register as an Attendee


  • Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Nevada
  • Nevada Govenor's Office of Economic Development
  • Centurylink
  • Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
  • NVEnergy
  • Clearinghouse CDFI
  • Nevada Microenterprise Initiative