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South Florida Region Business & Finance Conference


Thursday, May 25, 2017


4:00 PM Doors open, (Registration networking, pitch the media, video vignettes)
5:00 PM Welcome Remarks Justin Katz(Boynton Beach Vice Mayor)
5:15 PM Introduction of Allan Hendricks & Leadership Panel Annette Gray
5:45-6:15PM Introduction of Vincent Nolan & Contracts & Procurement Allan Hendricks
6:20-6:50PM Introduction of Alterraon Phillips & Inventors & New Product Panel Vincent Nolan (Break 10 minute pitch the editor video vignettes)
7:00-7:30PM Introduction of Cassondra Thaddies& Media Panel Alterraon Phillips
7:35-8:05PM Introduction of Annette Gray & Funding Panel Cassondra Thaddies
8:10PM Closing Remarks Annette Gray
8:35PM Close Vendor Breakdown

Video Vignettes by Ted White

Conference attendees interested in shooting a 2 Minute Video Vignette must prepare a 2 minute elevator pitch that begins with their name, include a business elevator pitch and conclude with a business question to our business development team.

Media Pitches

Conference attendees interested in presenting a 2 Minute Media Pitch must prepare a 2 minute pitch that begins with their name, include a business elevator pitch and conclude with why a media outlet might consider featuring their business in an upcoming issue or program.

Leadership Panel

Panelists: Community leaders discuss their views on economic development, small businesses & minimum wage, leadership styles and tips

Moderator: Alan Hendricks

Diane Peart
Director of Continuing Education, Broward College

Lori Berman


Joe Casello

Funding Panel

Panelists: representatives for funding products including factoring, grants, business loans, SBA micro loans, Invoice Lending, venture capital and crown funding.

Annette Gray


Tim Thompson

Paragon Florida

Christopher Noe


Kurt Valmond

Amtrust Bank

Matthew Malevich

District Manager
Wells Fargo Community Bank

Felix Hartmann

Founder FundThis.Com

Corporate & Government Procurement/Contracting Panel

Panelists: Prime Contractors, Corporations, Government Procurement Agents discussing, the certification process and best practices for leveraging each certification. This panel is design to give all of the perspectives surrounding leveraging certification and building vendor relationships with corporate and government entities.

Vincent Nolan: Moderator
Regional Director for the FSBDC at Palm Beach State College

Bruce Lewis/ CEO

L.B. Limited & Associates, Inc.

Steve Michael

Principal Hudson Holdings, LLC

David Eugene Scott, P.E.

Director of Economic Development

Jim Knight

Allen Gray

Marketing and Media Panel

Panelists:local news outlet, magazines and newspapers editors’ radio and TV producers discuss how to leverage local media to grow your business.

Inventors & Product Development Panel

Panelists: Inventors, Engineers, Manufactures, Investors, discussing how to get your idea made marketed and in stores.

Alterraon Phillips


Carolyn Keane

Founder, Product Coach, Inventor
Invent Daily

Debbie Landford

Matthew Bordy

Patrick Eloi


Danielle H. Bratek, Esq

About GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute

GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute is a nonprofit 501 c (3) organization that strives to create Social Entrepreneurs of all ages, through cultural, artistic and professional development. We also create a platform where individuals can improve their socio-economic status. For over ten years the GBDCEI team has delivered programing from a traditional bricks and mortar office. GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute is looking to establish a Mobile Entrepreneurship & Leadership Training Program (M.E.L.T.) that will expand the reach of the organization and its strategic alliance partners in Florida. Programming addresses the state’s need for qualified and skilled talent. M.E.L.T. is a program that provides coaching, mentoring and business resources to individuals; looking to start or grow a business, develop a career and convertible professional skills. Always ready to encourage and support a dream, GBDCEI is now poised to become the foremost and the only mobile unit to offer financial empowerment and economic development solutions. We are proud to introduce an opportunity that allows you to help: • Reduce crime • Reduce unemployment • Reduce the high school dropout rate • Provide technology training for seniors • Create jobs for drop outs convicted felons, single parents • Provide technical assistance for small business and Entrepreneurs • Provide job re-entry skills for drop outs, convicted felons, single parents & seniors. Programs are designed to: • Provide opportunities for career instruction, financial literacy counseling, academic improvement, and social growth • Reduce the number of criminal offenses that are increased during the summer by youths without employment, school or parental guidance/structure • Introduce participants to the concept of being an entrepreneur • Create opportunities for participants to gain hands-on work experience while emphasizing real-world labor expectations • Provide opportunities for mentoring by industry professionals Funding... As a nonprofit organization, GBDCEI invests every penny of income over expenses in developing, and implementing programs for the communities it serves. Ninety percent (90%) of our funders are repeat funders and renewed again and again through a unique spirit of giving, a relationship characterized by people caring for the youth who will eventually care for them. Thanks to financial support from several foundations and government, quasi government entities, voluntary financial support—philanthropy— have paved the way for this expansion. Most recently, both the Police Departments of Boynton and Delray Beach committed funding that allowed GBDCEI to expand our summer youth program and our Kid-preneur leadership Academy and helped us reach our goal. Highlights include: • Over $5,000 in cash prizes to program participants • Program expansion statewide • 10% Increased number of program participants • 15% increase in Mentors and internship host organizations The question of how GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute will deliver mobile, relevant and affordable services to do more for young adults, families and communities rest with your support. Please make your gift today. 561-894-4510

Special Thanks to our Sponsors & Community Partners