SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-In

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Speed Networking Event

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Teenpreneur Conference

Hosted by Wendy’s International

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address:

Rethink Business Today!
It’s time for you to rethink business. Now that a volatile global economy has reshuffled the deck, can you be sure anymore who your customers are, where the competition will be coming from, and if you’re doing your best to penetrate the marketplace? The search for answers begins with rethinking business. Our compelling keynote speaker will help you see how the road to success is also a journey of rediscovery and renewal.

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session 1A

Go Digital or Die Trying

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube; if you think these are just high-end distractions for teenagers, you’re missing out on essential venues you can use to brand your products and services for a diverse, potentially enormous audience. A panel of noteworthy entrepreneurs who’ve mastered social network marketing talk about how social media delivers revenue, using geolocation to turn online followers into customers, and tools to help fit twitter and other network media into your work day. Come on in, you’ve been added.

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session 1B

Globetrotting: Doing Business Overseas

If you’ve got a product or idea that’s worth selling, then there’s probably a worldwide audience willing to buy if you’re determined to reach them. This session is your go-to primer for going global in 2010. Find out which countries are rich in opportunities, what products and services are in high demand internationally, and how to tap into resources that can help you be a global player. Good ideas travel well. Start taking yours beyond your backyard.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2A

Thinking Outside the Bank

Banks aren’t in a lending mode. Viable options are out there, from venture capitalists and Angel investors to innovative peer-to-peer loans. Our expert panel of financing prospectors helps you uncover the hidden reserves that will help turn your ambitions into thriving income-generating realities.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2B

Going Green: Following the Color of Money

Be Green, Manufacture Green, Supply Green, Sell Green … We’ll tell you how to do it all! From implementing energy efficient and sustainable practices, to developing green business strategies and learning how to make your products and services marketable to eco-conscious companies. You’ll also find out which industries are in need of a green workforce, green suppliers, and green products and services. Plus, get the inside scoop on the best marketing practices to help your customers appreciate going green.

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Small Business Awards Luncheon

Hosted by Ariel Investments

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

One-on-One Conversation

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Deal Makers Expo—Where Deals Are Made!

Join world-class corporate exhibitors and your fellow attendees for quality one-on-one exchanges.

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

OPEN Forum

10 minute one-on-one sessions; first come, first serve

Come one and all, for this exclusive forum that’s all about your business. Join us for an in-depth, free form tutorial on developing strategies for winning contracts and growing your venture.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Fast Lane

You have one final opportunity to get into the fast lane for this 15 minute fast-fact presentation from our corporate sponsor. This session is limited to 50 participants on a first –come first seated basis. Learn and go!

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Doing Business with Georgia

This boot camp will offer a look at the contracting opportunities within the City of Atlanta and State of Georgia. A city and state official will walk attendees through the procurement process as well as what types of services are currently in demand.

2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Internet Café & Lounge

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Boot Camp 101 A

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

BE Small Business Success™ Boot Camp–101 B

Fire Your Boss in 12 Months or Less!

You’re anxious to strike out on your own but can’t do without that 9-to-5 paycheck, not in this economy. Well, there’s no reason you can’t set the stage now for your eventual leap into the world of the self-employed. Join our panel of entrepreneurs who’ve successfully made the transition. They’ll share tips on how to gain entrepreneurial skills, test market ideas, and even seek out entrepreneurial opportunities, in addition to punching the clock. Make that move, but with your skills bag packed and your eyes open.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Elevator Pitch Competition

Another popular BE Exclusive! Bring your best 60-second business pitch and go head-to-head with your fellow attendees in this exhilarating, high-stakes competition. Remember sometimes success can result from one fateful elevator conversation. Be ready for it! Grand Prize winner will be awarded $10,000!

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Digital/Tweet Up Lounge

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011
7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Teenpreneur Conference

Hosted by Wendy’s International

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Session

Crafting an Uncommon Strategy for Success

Has the economic crisis forced you into defensive mode? Now is the time to hit back hard with a penetrating offense. In this electrifying presentation, [speaker] explains how to map out a strategy that will help you transform challenges into opportunities to fortify and expand your brand. Change is inevitable, and an essential component to success. Put the pieces in place to leverage change to your advantage!

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 3A

Secrets of the Side-Hustle

It’s a challenge balancing that day job with a side-business that brings special satisfaction as well as those much needed extra dollars. Be careful, or both will suffer. Our panelists share their secrets for striking the right balance between your job, your side-hustle, and your life away from work. Can you seriously maintain the pace, or is it time to choose the life of a full-time entrepreneur? And what are the warning signs that your side gig may not be worth the effort? A modern dilemma is addressed with modern solutions.

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 3B

Access Granted: Money Making Opportunities in Entertainment

performers grab the headlines with their high-profile deals, but the real dollars in putting on the show lay elsewhere. Explore the lucrative world of big time entertainment for the aggressive—and imaginative—entrepreneur. An expert panel pulls back the curtain to reveal where the money making opportunities are and how to access them. Discover the risks, challenges, and potentially generous rewards that are to be found!

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 4A

BE Next: Young Entrepreneurs: Tap into the Millionaire Mindset

What recession? Some young entrepreneurs and professionals aren’t waiting for the economy to recover; they’re making their own opportunities right now, with lucrative results. Hear from fearless risk-takers and dealmakers who are establishing their business in the current market. They’ll share their stories—their setbacks and successes—and drop informed tips on making all the right moves for your business.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 4B

Turning Property into Profit

Plunging property values and a weak economy have put many off real estate as a revenue earner. But real estate is still a wise investment if you know where to look. This session takes a look at where property is spinning profits for informed buyers and where you can find the capital you need to join them. And forget buyer’s remorse; our experts will share the sure signs of a can’t-miss opportunity and a must-avoid!

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

One on One Conversation

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Deal Makers Expo—Where Deals Are Made!

Join world-class corporate exhibitors and your fellow conference for quality one-on-one exchanges.

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Internet Café Lounge

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

BE Small Business Success™ Boot Camp–102 A

The Inventor’s Workshop

Are you an inventor or just have the best idea that no one else has thought of yet? This session will walk you through the ins and outs of transforming a concept into a marketable product, from trademarks and patents, to financing and prototype development to the final unveiling. Bring your questions, concerns, and that multimillion dollar idea.

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session 5A

Rethink the Web! It’s Not Your Father’s Internet

It’s official, the Internet has been around long enough to be old news. Just having a static Web page with a banner business logo, phone number, and that grim passport photo of yourself isn’t the public face you want for your business in today’s Web 2.0 arena. There are a whole new slate of online marketing tools to deploy, from twitter widgets to search engine optimization and mobile WAP sites. Don’t know what any of that is? Well, that’s the problem. This session will bring you up to speed and help you make the most of the latest integrated Web technology.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Business Coaching

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Session 5B

How to Succeed in Network Marketing

A potential gold mine or an over-hyped bust? Network marketing remains one of the most debated business models and the final verdict is still out for many. But perhaps the question isn’t “Does it work?” but rather “How can it work for me?” Our in-the-know panel of marketing gurus will help you take the guess work out of your network marketing strategy and hone in on where to find real opportunities and what strategies can take your brand viral.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BE Small Business Success™ Boot Camp–102 B

Supplier Diversity

The Supplier Diversity program at Sam’s Club has grown from an initial $2 million in 1994 to nearly $9.2 billion in 2009. Here’s your opportunity to find out how you can do business with the world’s leading retailing brands – directly from one of the decision makers at Sam’s Club.

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Session 6A

SistersInc. – Rethink Business & You

This year has definitely been challenging as everyone is attempting to recover from the recession. As you rethink strategies of handling your business affairs, you have to maintain balance in your personal life as well. We’ll show you how to create the perfect agenda.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Teenpreneur Conference & Graduation

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

BE100s Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner
Marquis Ballroom

11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

After Party



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