Mayor Otis Johnson to Host 3rd Small Business Conference

Suzanne Shank
Suzanne Shank

Savannah small business owners are invited to learn how to survive these troubled economic waters during the 3rd Annual Small Business Conference, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Savannah Civic Center. The event is hosted by Mayor Otis S. Johnson and the City of Savannah Economic Development Department.

The conference is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Call 651-3653 to register.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Surviving the Game of Business in Tough Economic Times.” There will be a workshop, panel discussion and presentations including, “Business Survival Tips in Tough Economic Times” led by Christopher Hanks, Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

This year’s keynote address will be given by Suzanne Shank, Vice-Chair, President and CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank & Company LLC. Shank is a graduate of Johnson High School and has been recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential Black Women in Business” and one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street.” In October 2008 she was named one of “25 People of Power” by Essence Magazine.

For information, go to or contact the Economic Development Department at 651-3653.

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