2014 Mid-Atlantic Small Business Summit
Since its establishment in 2010, Turkish American Business Network has worked on building a network of Turkish-American and American businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region. Various monthly and annual events such as, seminars, breakfasts dinners, and other informative, networking activities were organized, by TABN. This year, TABN Board Members directed their attention to gathering the vast network built-up over the years by organizing the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Small Business Summit.
September 30th, 2014
2014 Mid-Atlantic Small Business Summit came to be a great success with an amazing line of expert Speakers & Panelists from Government and Private sectors. Our dedicated Members and hardworking Board were able to gather support and increase participation, surpassing the expected attendance level. Over 250 businesses from the region comprised of Turkish-American and American businessmen&women participated in the Summit.
The Summit began with three panels to better inform participants on industry related issues. Our expert Panelists offered informing presentations and opened the panel to Q&A to address specific details.
• “Access to Capital, Commercial Lending and Alternative Funding”
o Moderator: Dr. Michael Ross, Dean of School of Business-VIU
o Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Regional Administrator US-SBA
o Derek T. Whitwer, Senior Vice President, EagleBank
o Robert Monyak Executive Vice President, World Business Capital Inc.
o Archisha Mehan, Vice President, SBA Team Leader EagleBank
• “How to Obtain Local, State and Federal Government Contracts”
o Moderator: Denise Fisher, President & CEO Fisher Solutions, LLC
o Michael Estelle, Supply Program Manager, Diversity for Fairfax County
o Kurt Grela, Senior Business Analyst, Crown Agents USA
o Chris Nichols, Procurement Manager & Statewide Officer, Commonwealth of Virginia
• “30 Tips in 30 Minutes by 3 Experts on How to Grow Your Small Business”
o Gale Paige, President & CEO Complete Professional Connections
o Soraya Morgan, Vice President Brand Launcher
o Dr. Mark Robinson, Professor School of Business VIU
o Ira Koretsky, Managing Director ExpandUSA
Networking Reception and Gala Dinner followed the Panels with distinguished and honorary guest Speakers. Emcee for the evening was none other than the hilarious Comedian, Dan Nainan. Highly successful Turkish-American businessman, CEO & Co-Founder of Vocelli Pizza, Mr. Varol Ablak received the “Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award”.
• Keynote Speaker: Varol Ablak, CEO & Co-Founder, Vocelli Pizza
• Congressman Rob Wittman Commonwealth of Virginia 1st District
• Talha Sara, TABN Chairman President, PERA Construction
• Nick Spanos, Co-founder, Bitcoin Center NYC
• John Powell Senior Vice President, EagleBank
• William Euille, Mayor of Alexandria, Founder & CEO EuilleGroup, LLC
• Syd Dorsey, Advisor, Small Business Equity & Development for the Secretary of Commerce & Trade
Our sponsors: EagleBank, PERA Construction, Vocelli Pizza, VA international University, AVA Avactions, Inc., USA Cabinet Store, Realtor Cihan Baysal-Long & Foster, MSI Stone, Verity Commercial, LLC, Advance Architecture, USA Marble & Granite, WorldBusiness Capital, Loudoun County Economic Development Authority, Lydian Merchant, Troy Limousine, Bitcoin Center NYC, and Centric.
*Summit e-Brochure Click Here