610 South Michigan Ave
Located on Chicago’s historic Michigan Avenue, Venue SIX10 offers over 50,000 square feet of versatile meeting and unique event space within a modern environmentally sustainable building.
Events at this location
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- October 11, 2022
8:45 AM OPENING: Dave Walker, CEO, B2SMB Institute8:45 AM - 9:00 AMJoin us LIVE in Chicago at VenueSix10 as we connect you and your peers in Business-to-Small-Business Leadership. Powerful keynotes, instructive workshops and panels fill our day. And as always we’ll provide lots of opportunities to network! Our Best2SMB Awards Ceremony sits at the heart of our Day 1 agenda as you learn from the best on what it takes to be the best!
9:00 AM WORKSHOP: The New Normal9:00 AM - 9:20 AMWe open our conference with a simple "meet & greet," but with a purposeful question: What defines the new normal in the B2SMB marketplace? From changes brought about by Covid to the cause & effect of supply chain disruption, we'll rely on the shared experience and wisdom from our attendees to provide valuable shared insights that set the stage for our day's keynotes.
Leaders' League Facilitators
9:20 AM KEYNOTE: Craig Cohen- CRO, WooCommerce/Automattic9:20 AM - 9:40 AMCraig has been helping innovative companies (from Start-Ups to a Fortune 100) grow their revenue through traditional sales channels (direct and indirect) but has also been at the forefront of the "new normal" - the digital transformation that matches how clients buy. Craig says "the key to success is to have your Field/Inside/Digital all working together to get your clients (and prospective clients) such an amazing experience they have no other choice but to buy from you." He shares his people-first Playbook.
9:40 AM KEYNOTE: Kate Winkler- CEO, Ruby9:40 AM - 10:00 AMKate has been in the technology sector for over 25 years and has worn just about every C-level hat. A student of successful businesses, she believes that the best businesses are built on a clear vision and mission that delivers real value to customers while inspiring employees to create remarkable experiences with their customers. She talks calculated risks, data junkies and of course, the new normal.
10:00 AM KEYNOTE: Mark Tina- VP, Verizon Business10:00 AM - 10:20 AMMark is a 20+ year veteran leader in sales and business development across the U.S. He is responsible for an organization of over 1k sales professionals, serving small and medium-size businesses with innovative managed solutions for total connectivity, communications and collaboration. In 2020, Mark co-created LEAD Together, Verizon Business’ mentorship program, helping associates across te enterprise to develop leadership skills. His team is focused on helping accelerate the recovery of SMBs via technology, and he shares his practical vision of "growth in the new normal."
VP, Verizon Business
10:25 AM BREAK10:25 AM - 10:45 AMBreak
10:40 AM PANEL: Stephanie Gorski- Director, Accenture; Linda Reinhard- CRO, Tarci; Scott Norwalk- President, Business.com; Or Tamir, Co-Founder/COO, Explorium10:40 AM - 11:00 AMAs always, we like to embed a "state of SMB" panel early in all of our events. Three SMEs step forward to give us their most current "Top 5 Insights into SMBs" as we all attempt to understand better what our customers need, want and expect of us.
11:00 AM KEYNOTE: Sam Levy- SVP, Oracle Netsuite11:00 AM - 11:20 AMSam has more than 20 years of experience in Enterprise Applications Companies building Sales and Service Organizations, developing Product Strategy and executing Sales enablement programs. He brings playbook filled with insights and recommendations on Sales Processes, Leadership and building winning cultures for growth.
SVP, Oracle Netsuite
11:20 AM KEYNOTE: Nikki Newsome- Chief Culture Officer, Meta/Facebook11:20 AM - 11:40 AMRecently named one of Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 and a Chicago Urban League IMPACT Fellow, Nikki is a prolific speaker, teacher and motivator. She works to manifest her strategic vision by implementing key principles that guide Meta Chicago’s time, talent and resources through maintaining the essential Meta culture, named Chicago Tribune’s #1 place to work in November 2021.
Chief Culture Officer, Meta/Facebook SVP, Oracle Netsuite
11:40 AM KEYNOTE: Nicole Wood- CEO, Ama La Vida; Foram Sheth- COO, Ama La Vida11:40 AM - 12:00 PMAma La Vida is an innovative leadership and career coaching company that believes that there doesn't need to be a tradeoff between success and happiness (now more than ever.) "We help people stop dreading the alarm clock and start making an impact. We are transforming the industry, making coaching more results-oriented, process-driven, scalable and flexible." Based on rich data and insights, ALV ensures coaching isn't just about being inspired. Nicole and Foram talk the mechanics of growing people for enterprise growth.
CEO, Ama La Vida
COO, Ama La Vida
12:00 PM KEYNOTE: Brian Bar- Founder/CEO, Victory Lap12:00 PM - 12:20 PMBrian Bar joined a fast growing start up called Groupon as employee ~500. Two years later Groupon's team had swelled to 13,000. Brian created a new way to onboard 30-50 new sales talent hires each month. His method led to rapid revenue, ramp, and retention increases. In the midst of his success, he realized that "sales" is a very teachable skill. And he also learned that when someone has the tools and confidence to perform in their job, it's life changing. In 2016, Victory Lap was born. And if you asked his thousands of students what Victory lap delivers, the most consistent answer is confidence. He shares his approach to "Growth in the New Normal."
Founder/CEO, Victory Lap
12:20 PM BEST2SMB AWARDS CEREMONY / LUNCH12:20 PM - 1:30 PMBEST2SMB AWARDS CEREMONY / LUNCH
1:30 PM KEYNOTE: Natalie Franke- Chief Evangelist, HoneyBook1:30 PM - 1:50 PMNatalie Franke is the Chief Evangelist at HoneyBook and author of Built to Belong. She is also the cofounder of the Rising Tide—a community of 75,000 independent business owners who gather in hundreds of local chapters around the world. Put simply: Natalie is a mama bear for small business. She is a fierce advocate and enthusiastic champion of anyone declaring their independence from the traditional workforce. She brings her unique perspective on the "New Normal" for SMBs, and how we who serve them must respond.
Chief Evangelist, HoneyBook
1:50 PM KEYNOTE: Tim Metzner- CEO, Coterie1:50 PM - 2:10 PMTim Metzner has been in and around startups his entire career. "As an early employee, founder, angel investor, and mentor, I've been blessed to get to do work that I love with people who make me better." Coterie - nominated for a Best2SMB Award for Innovation - is driven to bring speed, simplicity, and service to commercial insurance for SMBs, with a special emphasis on the VSB that have emerged in the last 2 years. Tim talks invention, disruption and radically new and different customers.
2:10 PM KEYNOTE: Kelly O'Connell- Senior Vice President of Product and Design, ActiveCampaign2:10 PM - 2:30 PMWhat motivates Kelly as an SMB Product Developer? Reducing customer churn through product/market fit; solution based selling, quick product adoption and education, and customer success programs; and building repeatable processes that drive operational efficiency. She'll talk day-to-day application these principles for our 2022 Best2SMB Award nominee for Brand of the Year.
Senior Vice President of Product and Design, ActiveCampaign
2:30 PM KEYNOTE: Shivani Vora- Managing Director- Head of Innovation, Accenture2:30 PM - 2:50 PMShivani leads Innovation for Accenture in North America and serves on the consultancy's Global Leadership Council. She helps companies develop disruptive digital services, products and business models by breaking down orthodoxies using design thinking practices, reducing time to market through rapid prototyping, experimentation and leveraging start-ups, and de-risking scaled rollout through partnerships with large cloud and digital providers.
Managing Director- Head of Innovation, Accenture
2:50 PM BREAK2:50 PM - 3:10 PMBreak
3:10 PM WORKSHOP: Keywords of Innovation3:10 PM - 3:30 PMWhat constitutes innovation in the new normal of the B2SMB marketplace? From inventions brought about by Covid to the pivots that drive new demand on B2SMB enterprises, we'll again rely on the shared perspectives from our attendees to provide valuable shared insights that further inform our growth strategies.
Leaders' League Facilitators
3:30 PM PANEL: Principles & Practices of Innovation for B2SMB Growth: Gib Olander- CPO, Vendasta; Josh May- Founder, POWr.io; Chris Vasquez- CPO, AWeber3:30 PM - 3:50 PMGib Olander
4:10 PM PANEL: Principles & Practices of Inclusion for B2SMB Growth: Connie Evans- CEO, AEO; Derek Peebles, Director of Inclusive Economy, ASBN 4:10 PM - 4:30 PM
4:30 PM KEYNOTE: John Busby- CMO, Centerfield4:30 PM - 4:50 PMCredit John Busby for the theme of our conference: Growth in the New Normal. As CMO of Centerfield, John's teams deliver performance marketing solutions and personalized experiences for many of the world’s leading brands. As leader of the Digital Brands division - which reaches more than 150 million consumers on sites like BroadbandNow.com, Business.com, Security.org and AutoInsurance.com - he brings deep expertise in video, SEO, product, comms and marketing to the growth challenge we face.
4:50 PM WORKSHOP: The "Growth in the New Normal" Lab4:50 PM - 5:30 PMWe end the day where we began: what must be done to grow in the new normal? All perspectives are welcome as we memorialize our shared ideas on doing our jobs better once we leave this event.
Leaders' League Facilitators
5:30 PM RECEPTION5:30 PM - 7:00 PMReception
- October 12, 2022
9:00 AM OPENING: Dave Walker- CEO, B2SMB Institute9:00 AM - 9:05 AMWe’ll meet LIVE at VenueSix10 once again, with an intense focus on Partnerships. Our format will encourage one-on-one and small group connections. We’ll foster co-marketing, co-development and co-growth opportunities - from meet & greet to opportunity sharing to deal making. Join a wide variety of enterprises & offerings that make up the Institute’s 5000+ Member-base.
9:05 AM ROUNDTABLE: Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye9:05 AM - 9:45 AMWe reprise one of our more popular segments at our recent Leaders' Forum: we've asked three "Transformers" to make introduction to those products that we believe you should get to know. Our roundtable will show and tell offerings that deliver the globally ubiqitous (QR codes), the widely distributed (streaming music), and the universally followed (the weather) Start your Day 2 morning with Partners you should know about.
Partnership & Promotions Lead, Spotify
VP Corporate Development, GS1
9:45 AM PANEL: Lessons in Partnership9:45 AM - 10:15 AMWhat makes for a great B2SMB Partnership? We'll get the answers from multiple perspectives - but all from execs whose job function revolves around successfully working with others in the B2SMB space.
10:15 AM WORKSHOP: Pitching for Partners10:15 AM - 11:30 AMWe're inviting 10 B2SMB Enterprises to make a pitch for partnership - from co-marketing and co-selling to co-development and growth collaboration. Each pitch is just 7 minutes long, so come meet your next great Partner!
Enterprises TBA 10/1
Interested in Pitching?
10 Pitches @ 7 Mins. Each
- October 13, 2022
9:00 AM OPENING: Dave Walker- CEO, B2SMB Institute & Carissa Reiniger- CEO, Small Business Silver Lining9:00 AM - 9:10 AMWe'll meet at ActiveCampaign' headquarters in downtown Chicago for our SmallBizAid Leaders’ Forum, an event connecting B2SMB Leaders with the country’s largest, most influential Small Business Advocacy Organizations. We’ll focus on our ongoing campaign to help America’s Entrepreneurs. Join panel-workshops on partnerships that go beyond the transactional, with an intense focus on building our powerful network of SMB supporters.
9:10 AM INTROS with a POV 9:10 AM - 9:40 AMWe'll go around the room making brief intros one by one - but we'll also ask each attendee to state simply what they believe to be the single greatest challenge now facing America's Small Businesses. The digital white board will be at the ready!
9:40 AM TANDEM: Working Better Together: A Brand's POV. Maria Pergolino- CMO, ActiveCampaign; Steve Abbott- Policy Lead, Gusto9:40 AM - 9:55 AM
9:55 AM TANDEM: Working Better Together: An Advocate's POV. Connie Evans- CEO, AEO; Derek Peebles- Director of Inclusive Economy, ASBN9:55 AM - 10:20 AM
10:20 AM PANEL: Partnership Playbook10:20 AM - 10:40 AM
10:40 AM BREAK10:40 AM - 10:50 AMBreak
10:50 AM VIDEO: What We Really Want10:50 AM - 10:55 AMA video montage of Small Business Owners articulating their most pressing needs amidst the "new normal."
10:55 AM WORKSHOP & REPORT OUTS10:55 AM - 11:45 AMA Roadmap for Working Better Together