June 28, 2012

Small Business Summit

On monday I had the priviledge to attend 
put on in conjunction with
American Express Open,

(follow OPENForum for some great tips,
it's on top of my morning agenda now!)

It was a jam packed day starting at 7:30 am
I left at 6 pm, completely juiced with ideas and new energy.

From the morning keynote by Scott Case (founding CTO, Priceline,
to the ending keynote by Scott Belsky, Behance,
and a lunchtime panel including among others
Neil Blumenthal from his very hip company,


Morning + afternoon "Breakout Sessions" allowed us to choose to attend in smaller groups to hear topics discussed that we were interested in. Quite frankly, I wish I could have attended all of them, instead of just four!
These sessions were intimate enough amazingly that we all met one another and participated

One of my favorite sessions was "Evolve Your Brand", and hearing
stories of such very cool small business owners like, Red Slice,
Katrina Markoff, pictured below left.
They were all totally accessible, and great conversations happened.


Of course Social Media was a hot topic in every aspect of business today, from networking with peers, connecting with
customers, spreading the word.

Through out the event keyboards and phone pads were clicking
with tweeters and bloggers.

But one of the oldest "Social Medias" was also being utilized,
live real time drawing of what was happening in the breakout sessions, by artist Heather Willems.
All this stuff was being said in our session!


She said, "I just draw really fast!"

Here she is below, marker in hand.
Isn't she great?
I think she's fantastic!



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