2011 Mayor’s Small Business Conference: “Connecting to Global Opportunities”


The City of Savannah and Georgia Power are pleased to present the 2011 Mayor’s Small Business Conference. The purpose of the annual meeting is to promote small business development and growth through networking and sharing of information and is an initiative of the U. S. Conference of Mayors for its member cities.

This year’s theme, “Connecting ta Global Opportunities” will be held at the Savannah Civic Center Ballroom, Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 8:30 A.M. -1:30 P.M. An RSVP is required.

“The Department of Economic Development is pleased to present this conference and luncheon free of charge for the 5th year,” says MarRonde Lumpkin-Lotson, Director of the Department of Economic Development.

“The Mayor has been a constant advocate of the small business community. Providing our business community with information and opportunities to do business in the global marketplace is our objective. It’s good for them and it’s good for Savannah!” adds Lumpkin- Lotson.

Conference participants include: Workshop I: “Ready Today and Building for Tomorrow” Lee Beckman, Georgia Ports Authority Workshop II: “Taking your Business to the Next Level” Jim Beach, Global Commerce Professor, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia Business Roundtable: “The Impacts and Pitfalls of Doing Business Internationally” Moderator: Marjorie Young. Owner – Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.; Richard Shinhoster, Owner/Principal- Diaspora Marketplace; Tim Dennard, Owner/Founder-Savannah Bee Company; Jim Hunt, Owner/Founder – The Hunt Club Clothier; and more…. Savannah Business Spotlight: Jane Vaden Thatcher, The Vaden Automotive Group Keynote Address: Mr. Jamie Deen of the “Deen Brothers” and “Paula Deen Enterprises”

To reserve your space, register by contact the Department of Economic Development at 912.651.3653. Seating capacity is limited.



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