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Northwest Michigan Virtual Business Summit

Wed 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

LEAD. GROW. HIRE. ADVANCE. Tools for a Changing Economy. Keynote: ANGIE MORGAN, Lead Star - "How Leaders Leverage RISK to Win" ***While uncertainty can cause excessive stress, it can also create the ideal conditions for businesses to transform if they’re willing to take a risk. The New York Times Best-Selling author and Northern Michigan native Angie Morgan will share in her opening keynote: -- The 3 Misconceptions about Risk (and how they’re holding you back) -- How to embrace uncertainty and make decisions that lead to progress -- Best practices for building resiliency Angie’s led in the Marine Corps, in business, and in her community. She also advises leaders among the world’s best businesses, to include Clif Bar, Marathon Oil, Google, and many other equally impressive businesses and organizations. Visit for more information. Summit participants will be able to choose from any of the sessions in any of three tracks below and will have opportunities to “Meet the Experts” and network in virtual break-out rooms: 1) TRACK 1: DIVERSIFY YOUR CUSTOMER BASE - Learn how to develop a more diverse customer base through government contracting and exporting to mitigate risk and provide additional financial security and stability. 2) TRACK 2: GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS with the SBDC - We survived 2020; now it’s time to truly thrive. Learn how to intentionally chart a path to success for your small business. Find out about pivoting to online sales, implementing critical systematic changes, investing in your staff, and setting goals. 3) TRACK 3: THE TALENT PIPELINE - Explore how the talent pipeline has evolved. Learn about the current labor market and find out more about resourcesfor hiring and retaining talent that will help your business’ bottom line. Visit '' for information regarding breakout sessions, partners, speaker bios, and most importantly, to get REGISTERED!

Speaker(s): Chris Bosio, International Trade Manager; MEDC Rob Dickinson, Regional Export Network Program Manager; Networks Northwest Cathy Fairbanks, Regional Director, Northwest Michigan PTAC; Networks Northwest Nick Gandhi, Economic Analyst –Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. Department of Technology, Management, and Budget; State of Michigan Michael L. Gay, MBA, CFP®, BCA®, CEPA®, MI-SBDC Business Growth Consultant; Grand Valley State University Christina Luckey-Nelson, Regional Director of Adult Education; Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs Annie Olds, MBA, Northwest MI-SBDC Regional Director; Networks Northwest Tim Rehard, MI-SBDC Contract Business Consultant; Grand Valley State University Gretchen Swanson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MI-SBDC Business Consultant; Networks Northwest Evelyn Szpliet, Manager of Apprenticeships & Business Resource; Networks Northwest Michigan Works! Jessica Willis, LMSW, Offender Success Regional Director; Networks Northwest

Co-Sponsor(s): Networks Northwest, Northwest Michigan Works!, Northwest MI-SBDC, and the Global Trade Alliance

Fee: $ 30.00