Agenda Highlights for
the B2SMB Institute Global Conference
The SMB of the Future Today
Christal Bemont, Senior Vice President & General Manager of SMB for SAP/Concur, leads a panel of fellow B2SMB Execs including Jenn Allen, Principal of SMB at Cisco; Carrie Jacobson, VP of Tech & Services at Office Depot; and Nicole Wood, CEO of Ama La Vida as they define the new-new SMB who’s millennial, female and diverse.
Top SMB Influencer Meet & Greet
We’ve invited more than 50 Top Small Business Influencers – bloggers, reporters, and thought-leaders who collectively speak to millions of SMBs every day – to mix and mingle with our attendees during an end-of-day reception, hosted by B2SMBI Charter Member, Dell. Learn directly what’s on their minds in their words.
Exclusive G2 Crowd SMB Research
Michael Fauscette, G2 Crowd’s Chief Research Officer, leads a team of 40+ Analysts who study Small Business behaviors and intents every day, all from a platform engaged by tens of thousands of SMBs every month. From what SMBs demand to what they buy and recommend, hear what you need to know to succeed with SMBs.
B2SMB Strategic Tracks
We’ve divided Day 2 into three separate tracks to maximize impact: our Marketing track will highlight what it takes to reach and engage SMBs; our Sales track will focus on successfully qualifying and closing SMBs; our third track will blend Product and Delivery topics that keep and grow SMBs. All sessions are led by proven winners.
Diversity, Inclusion & The SMB
Erik Day, VP & GM of Dell’s North American Small Business Unit, will speak to the enormous impact his company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion have had on business results. From the top down, Dell’s unwavering approach to value millions of SMBs one customer at a time makes difference a differentiator.
Small Business Hackathon
Want to help a real SMB in need? Here’s your chance! We’ve hand-picked 20 local Small Business Owners to work with our attendees directly to solve problems, unlock opportunities, and grow sustainably. Our unique “hackathon” format will allow direct engagement, feedback and more – hosted by Charter Member, Google.
B2SMB SaaS/Segment Intensives
If you’d like to catch up on what’s happening in the SMB’s front office, back office and infrastructure, our Day 3 “tours” of the latest B2SMB SaaS/Segment innovations is for you. From new business models to new technologies to new processes, our SME “tour guides” will get you savvy with their primers, playbooks and perspectives.
How Blockchain Impacts B2SMB
If blockchain technologies are indeed changing the world as we know it, what do you need to know to manage and exploit that change? We’ve assembled SMEs in blockchain to first, explain what it is, and as importantly, to lay out clearly how you can leverage this revolution for long-term marketplace success.
B2SMB Innovation Forum
We’ve dedicated Day 3 of the Global Conference to what’s new, what’s hot and what’s next. Meet 25+ B2SMB “disruptor brands,” start-up to mid-stage companies whose innovations are changing our $500Bil marketplace. Our format includes an “Innovation Alley” of exhibits, and a Founder’s Forum of concise product presentations.
B2SMBI Leaders’ League Dinner
Our invitation-only Leaders’ League will fine-dine Monday night with a very timely keynote: what every B2SMB leader needs to know about GDPR. Christian Ward, Principal at Data Smart Strategies and former SVP-Partnerships at Yext, will detail the must-haves of new online privacy laws and how the new rules impact B2SMB.
B2SMBI Council Breakfasts
Our Councils will host breakfast networking sessions on both Tuesday and Wednesday, giving all attendees the chance to connect with B2SMB peers in their chosen field of expertise. See our agenda for time and location of the Marketing & Sales Council as well as the Product Council morning meet-ups.
“Meet & Eat” Dinner Groups
Last year’s breakout hit is back – meet fellow B2SMB Global Conference peers while dining at some of Chicago’s top-rated restaurants. Each dinner group will be led by 1-2 of our most Senior-level Executive Members. And we’ve made it easy with reservations for groups of 6-8. Restaurant signup sheets at registration, so bon appetit!
Early Committed Speakers at
The B2SMB Institute Global Conference
The B2SMB Institute’s Global Conference will draw 300+ Executives that drive our $500Bil Business-to-Small-Business marketplace.
From the C-Suite decision-makers of established brands, to break-out Start-up Founders, to major investors and influencers that focus on the B2SMB space, the Global Conference attendees come together to talk high-level strategy, whether its sales and marketing, product development, delivery, training, partnership or investment. Our Forum agenda is driven by cutting edge B2SMB insights, delivered in powerful keynotes, panels and showcases, sharing what’s working, what’s needed and what’s next.