event schedule

This year’s all-new program provides you with the tools, strategies, and best practices you need to successfully compete in today’s rapidly changing business environment. New speakers will be added weekly! The agenda is subject to change.

SUNDAY | SEPTEMBER 10

Onsite Check-In

12:00 – 7:00 PM

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your Summit badge and meet other attendees.


Small Business Council Meeting

12:00 – 4:00 PM


Entrepreneurs’ Lounge

2:00 – 7:00 PM

Join fellow attendees in the Entrepreneurs’ Lounge to network, mingle, and refresh.


Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards: VIP Meet & Greet

Presented by MetLife

4:00 – 5:30 PM

Exclusively for finalists of the 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards program.


Buses depart for the Opening Reception

6:00 – 6:30 PM

Shuttles will pick up at the Parkview Entrance of the Omni Shoreham Hotel to transport guests to the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce building, located in downtown Washington, D.C.


Welcome to the District: Opening Reception

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Kick of the Small Business Summit with an opening reception you’ll never forget. Join your fellow attendees at the historic U.S. Chamber of Commerce building, located in the heart of the nation’s capital. Enjoy an evening of delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while taking in breathtaking views of the monuments. You won’t want to miss it.

MONDAY | SEPTEMBER 11

Onsite Check-In

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your Summit badge and meet other attendees.


Morning Fitness Bootcamp

Presented by Balance Gym

7:00 – 7:45 AM

It’s time to burn off those extra event-calories with a 45-minute, boot camp featuring one of the District’s top, fitness experts from Balance Gym. Take your workout to the next level or try exercising for the first time. All fitness levels are welcome.


Networking Breakfast

7:00 – 8:30 AM

Jump start your day with a healthy breakfast and connect with the attendees you’ll be learning alongside.


Small Biz Solutions Marketplace

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Stop by the Small Biz Solutions Marketplace to experience the interactive booths and connect with our Summit sponsors. Learn about small business solutions designed to help take your business to the next level. Take time to power up, share ideas, and make new connections.


Small Business Summit Kick-Off

8:30 – 8:40 AM


Welcome from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

8:40 – 9:00 AM

Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Opening Mainstage Keynote

How to Get Your Company Thinking Like a Startup: What Silicon Valley Has to Teach Us about Innovation

Marc Randolph, Netflix Co-Founder, Executive Mentor & Angel Investor

9:00 – 9:45 AM

The world is changing rapidly – and companies that can’t innovate effectively are going to be left behind. But while innovation is easy to aspire to, it’s hard to do. Netflix founder and startup CEO, Marc Randolph, will share dozens of effective tips, tricks and stories drawn from his 4 decades as an entrepreneur that will help you make your company more responsive to changing conditions, regardless of your company’s size or industry.


Networking Break in Small Biz Solutions Marketplace

9:45 – 10:00 AM

Take a moment to reflect on the morning sessions and share your thoughts and observations with other attendees.


MetLife Welcome Remarks

10:00 – 10:05 AM

Jessica Moser, Vice President, Regional and Small Markets Strategy, MetLife


Mainstage Keynote

Achieving Predictable Success: How and Why Your Business Grows (or Doesn’t) and Why Your Personal Impact on Growth is Much Bigger Thank You Think

Les McKeown, CEO and WSJ Best-Selling Author of Predictable Success

10:05 – 10:50 AM

Success in business – profitable, scalable success – isn’t a crap shoot, or even a combination of luck and judgment. It’s the cumulative result of the responses you make to seven specific growth challenges that every business encounters. In this dynamic, entertaining session, Les McKeown, CEO of Predictable Success, will show you how these seven stages play out, how to respond to them for maximum growth, and how every single person in your organization, from the front desk to the corner office, makes a material impact on your company’s success or otherwise.


Small Business Master Classes (Concurrent Sessions)

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Growth Brings Complexity. Don’t Let It Overwhelm You. (Business Leadership & Management Track)
    Les McKeown, CEO of Predictable Success, WSJ and USA Today Best-Selling Author
  • Insider Tips: Small Business Capital and Investing (Business Growth/Development Track)
    Vicki Saunders, CEO, SheEO
    Rania Succar, Director and Business Leader of QuickBooks Financing, Intuit
    Janis Bowdler, Head of Community Development, Small Business, and Financial Capability Initiatives
    Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase
  • Cybersecurity Hacks: Protecting Your Small Business (Innovation in Business Track)
    Jayson E. Street, Live Hacker and Infosec Ranger, Pwnie Express

Honoring Our Heroes Luncheon

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Brian Steorts, Founder and President, Flags of Valor

Join us for an inspirational, networking luncheon to recognize and celebrate the tremendous contributions of our nation’s heroes. Hear how Brian Steorts, combat veteran turned entrepreneur, used his military experience and passion for woodworking to create a successful, patriotic art company.


Small Business Master Classes (Concurrent Sessions)

1:15 – 2:00 PM

  • Stand Out from the Crowd: How to Build a Memorable Brand Experience (Innovation In Business Track)
    Darnell Holloway, Director of Business Outreach, Yelp
    Steve Salis, President of Salis Holdings and Co-Founder of &pizza
    Violeta Edelman, Founder and CFO, Dolcezza Gelato
    Sarah Van Dell, Co-Founder and CEO, Plum Relish
  • Growing Your Business with Google’s Marketing Tools (Business Growth & Development Track)
    Aisha Taylor, Strategic Partnerships and Program Lead, Google
  • The Small Business Policy Roundtable (Policy and Advocacy Track)
    J.D Foster, Senior Vice President, Economic Policy Division and Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Jane Campbell, President, Women Impacting Public Policy
    Winslow Sargeant, Managing Director & Senior Vice President of Development, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Karen Karrigan, President and CEO, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council

Networking Break in Small Biz Solutions Marketplace

2:00 – 2:15 PM

Take a moment to reflect on the afternoon sessions and share your thoughts and observations with other attendees.


Mainstage Keynote

2:15 – 2:45 PM

Amanda Brinkman, Vice President, Chief Brand & Communications Officer, Deluxe Corporation


Closing Mainstage Keynote

2:45 – 3:15 PM

Jackie Reses, Head, Square Capital


Small Business Mentoring

3:00 – 5:30 PM

Connect with experienced, business advisors to gain targeted feedback on your small business needs. Advance registration is required.


Dream Big VIP Meet & Greet Session

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Exclusively for finalists of the 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards program.


Cocktails to Connect: Networking Reception

3:30 – 5:30 PM

It’s time to relax and unwind. Grab a drink and network with U.S. Chamber of Commerce staff and your fellow Summit attendees as you discuss the day’s highlights.


Destination DC: Monuments Night Tour (Optional)

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Washington, D.C. is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Join us for a unique, breathtaking experience during this entertaining, nighttime tour. Learn about the famous, American leaders who helped shape the United States. Visit monuments and memorials like the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the unprecedented Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and more.

TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 12

Yoga Warm-Up

Presented by Balance Gym

7:00 – 7:45 AM

Start your morning off on the right foot! Join us for an invigorating, yoga class featuring one of the District’s top, fitness instructors from Balance Gym. All fitness levels are welcome.


Onsite Check-In

7:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your Summit badge and meet other attendees.


Networking Breakfast

7:30 – 9:00 AM

Jump start your day with a healthy breakfast and connect with the fellow attendees you’ll be learning alongside.


Explore Small Biz Solutions Marketplace

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Stop by the Small Biz Solutions Marketplace to experience the interactive booths and connect with our Summit sponsors. Learn about small business solutions designed to help take your business to the next level. This is the perfect place to power up, exchange ideas, and makes new connections.


Opening Mainstage

Presented by T-Mobile

9:00 – 10:15 AM

Disrupting an Industry with Customer Centric Innovation
Industry disrupter Mike Katz of T-Mobile shares how listening to your customers can not only help your business grow – it can shape your industry. Marcus Lemonis, entrepreneur and host of CNBC’s “The Profit”, will join Mike Katz for this dynamic conversation around small business and 100% customer-inspired innovation.


Networking Break in Small Biz Solutions Marketplace

10:15 – 10:30 AM

Experience interactive booths and talk with sponsors and other attendees in the Small Biz Solutions Marketplace.


Mainstage Panel Discussion (Policy and Advocacy Track)

10:30 – 11:15 AM

How the States Stack Up: Your State’s Lawsuit Climate and How It Affects Small Businesses
The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform will unveil its 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey which ranks all 50 states according to the fairness of their liability systems. A state’s lawsuit climate—and litigation abuse—impacts small businesses especially. Join a discussion on these issues among important stakeholders, including state policymakers and small businesses.

Lisa Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; President, Workforce Freedom Initiative; Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Small Business Master Classes (Concurrent Sessions)

11:30 – 12:15 PM

  • Small Business Saturday Champions (Business Leadership & Management Track)
    Erin Maxwell, Director of Small Business Saturday, American Express
    Chuck Ghoorah, Co-Founder and President, Cvent, Inc.
    Maggie O’Neill, CEO and Co-Founder, SWATCHROOM
  • User Driven Growth: The Mobile Marketing Era (Innovation in Business Track)
    Brian Donahue, Founder and CEO, Craft Media Digital
    Clay McDaniel, COO, Ripl
    Daniel Russell, Digital Marketing Manager, Go Fish Digital
    Lymari Morales, Managine Director, Editorial and Insights, Atlantic Media Strategies
  • Opening New Doors: Opportunities in Government & Corporate Contracts (Policy and Advocacy Track)
    Hector Barretto, Chairman, The Latino Coalition
    Emily Harman, Director of the Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Department of the Navy
    Susannah Raheb, Vice President, Lockheed Martin

Networking Luncheon

12:15 – 2:00 PM

Grab a lunch and connect with fellow attendees as you engage in roundtable discussions on topics of interest to small business owners.


Mainstage Fireside Chat

2:00 – 2:30 PM

Linda McMahon, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Small Business Master Classes (Concurrent Sessions)

2:45 – 3:30 PM

  • Retaining a Winning Team and Workplace Culture (Business Leadership & Management Track)
    Todd Marks, President and CEO, MindGrub
    Jeff Rosenberger, COO of Guideline
  • Intelligent Growth: E-Commerce Marketing for Small Business (Business Growth & Development Track)
  • Understanding Today’s Small Business Policy Landscape (Policy and Advocacy Track)
    Chris Massey, Head of Global and Government Relations & Public Policy, Square
    Todd McCracken, President, National Small Business Association
    Thomas Sullivan, Vice President, Small Business Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Chris Wheat, Director of Business Research, JPMorgan Chase Institute

Mainstage Fireside Chat

From Idea to Enterprise: Using Innovation to Change the Business World

3:45 – 4:15 PM

Sara LaFluer, Founder and CEO, MM.LaFleur


Closing Mainstage Keynote

Gutsy Leadership: The “Skinny” on How to Build a Business

4:15 – 5:00 PM

Bethenny Frankel, Skinnygirl Founder and Shark Tank’s Newest Judge


Small Business Mentoring

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Connect with experienced, business advisors from SCORE to gain targeted feedback on your small business needs. One-on-sessions will last for approximately 45 minutes. Advance registration is required. Space is limited.


Dream Big Awards Celebration

6:30 – 9:00 PM

Join us for an unforgettable night as we celebrate the finalists of the 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards program! In our search to find the top small businesses in America, we’ve narrowed the list to 18 outstanding, small businesses. Meet the owners of these standout companies and find out who will take home the title of “Dream Big Small Business of the Year” and a $25,000 cash prize. The evening will feature a plated dinner, live entertainment, and dancing. Cocktail or business attire is encouraged.

WEDNESDAY | SEPTEMBER 13

Buses depart to Capitol Hill for Main Street Ambassadors program

8:00 – 8:30 AM


Main Street Ambassadors Hill Day: Kick-Off Session

8:00 – 9:00 AM

The Main Street Ambassadors Hill Day is a grassroots initiative designed to help advocate your legislative priorities on Capitol Hill, while educating Members of Congress on the power of small business. Learn how to advocate for the small business community and build relationships with your Congressional leaders.


Small Business Mentoring (Optional)

9:00 – 12:00 PM

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel
Connect with experienced, business advisors to gain targeted feedback on your small business needs. Advance registration is required.


Main Street Ambassadors Hill Day

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Join your fellow attendees on Capitol Hill to advocate to Members of Congress on behalf of the small business community. After your meeting, take a group picture on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building.

Note: Meetings with Members of Congress will be scheduled in advance. A scheduling team will be on site to help coordinate your appointment.


Buses Return to Omni Shoreham Hotel

11:30 – 12:00 PM


Closing Networking Luncheon

12:00 – 1:15 PM

Grab a lunch and reflect on an incredible, 3-day experience at the Small Business Summit.


Small Business Mentoring

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Connect with experienced, business advisors to gain targeted feedback on your small business needs. Advance registration is required.