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Small Business Forum - FORA.tv

Small Business Forum


December 11, 2012
Join leading business owners, influential policy makers and others as they focus on stimulating prosperity in the small business community

Speakers


  • Zoltan Acs Directors Zoltan Acs Zoltan Acs, Director Zoltan J. Acs is University Professor and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy (CEPP) at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and former Chief Economist at the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration and a visiting professor at Imperial College London. Previously he was a Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Economics in Jena, Germany, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Kauffman Foundation. He is coeditor and founder of Small Business Economics, the leading entrepreneurship and small business publication in the world. Dr. Acs is an advocate for the importance of entrepreneurship in economic development. He received the 2001 International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research. He is on the board of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, The World Entrepreneurship Forum and the Swedish Foundation for Small Business. Edward Elgar Publisher published his most recent book the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) in 2010 (co-authored with Lazslo Szerb).
  • Martin Baily Martin Baily is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program and holds the Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Development. He is the Director of the Initiative on Business and Public Policy and co-leads the All-Brookings Priority on “Growth through Innovation.” Baily’s research focuses on issues of globalization, productivity and competitiveness, Social Security reform, and U.S. economic policy.
  • Elizabeth Baker Keffer Elizabeth leads The Atlantic’s gold-standard LIVE division as well as QuartzLIVE. She oversees events ranging from small, private roundtable dinners to large-scale, world-renowned festivals. Previously, she managed advertising, marketing, and corporate partnerships as the publisher of The Atlantic and EVP of Atlantic Media.
  • Brandon Busteed Brandon Busteed leads Gallup’s education work cross K12 and higher education. His career spans a wide range of important work in education, including as an educational entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and university trustee. He was the founder and former CEO of Outside The Classroom (acquired by EverFi), a company that pioneered adaptive online education with the unique distinction of creating the only course proven to change behaviors.

    A three-year, 30-school, national study funded by the federal government showed that AlcoholEdu – the organization’s flagship alcohol-abuse prevention program – was effective in reducing binge drinking, drunk driving and sexual assaults. The program has now been taken by more than 4 million students. Busteed is a graduate of Duke University where he studied public policy; he is a trustee-emeritus of Duke and also served on the Board of Visitors for the Sanford School of Public Policy. He is a nationally-known speaker and author on education policy and public health.
  • Rachael Chong Rachael is a social entrepreneur and a visionary leader. At the age of 24, alongside Susan Davis, Rachael helped start up BRAC USA by strategically utilizing pro bono talent. Fresh off this success, Rachael founded Catchafire in 2009 with a vision to create a more efficient and effective social good sector, and a world where it is commonplace to serve for the greater good. Under Rachael’s leadership, Catchafire is building a rapidly growing network of over 10,000 professionals and 2,500 social good organizations all across the United States, and has become the world’s largest online pro bono talent provider. Catchafire has been featured in The New York Times, Mashable, NPR, FOX Business, CNN Money, Crain's, Forbes, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Daily Candy, Change.org, and facilitated a series in partnership with Fast Company on The Future of Service in America. In 2012, Rachael received the prestigious NYC Venture Fellowship, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, and was named one of Fast Company’s most 100 creative people in Business 2012. She has a Masters of Public Policy Degree from Duke University and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University. Born in Australia, Rachael grew up all over Asia. She loves all things outdoors, cycling, yoga and music festivals.
  • Steve Clemons Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.

    Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
  • Clive Crook Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist and editorial-board member at Bloomberg View. From 2007 to 2011, he was a Washington columnist and associate editor of the Financial Times. Before moving to live and work in the US, he worked for more than 20 years at The Economist, as economics correspondent, Washington correspondent, economics editor, and deputy editor. In that last role he guided the magazine’s editorial line across its interests in business, politics and international relations.
  • Matt Danzico Matt Danzico is a staff reporter and video journalist at the BBC News, who primarily focuses on science and web technology in the US. He has previously worked as a video producer at Discovery Channel and reporter at the Tokyo Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper. Matt is also the founder of several web-based social experiments. Most recently, he created a social media-based time perception project called The Time Hack, which forced him to participate in a new and unusual activity each day throughout 2011 in order to explore whether our perception of time is influenced by our actions.
  • Nick Friedman Nick Friedman is the President and Co-Founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving.

    He received his Bachelors Degree in economics from Pomona College in California where he competed for four years on the Men's Varsity Basketball Team, won the Pomona College Coach's Award, was named to the NABC Academic Honor Roll, and was designated a Pomona College Scholar.

    From there, he brought his leadership skills and competitive drive to College Hunks Hauling Junk, along with his work experience as an economic research analyst with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.(NYSE:MMC).
  • Dave Gilboa Dave Gilboa is Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses.
  • Robb Hilson Robb Hilson is the Small Business executive at Bank of America. Hilson leads a national organization that provides banking solutions to more than 3 million businesses with annual revenues up to $5 million across the U.S. Most recently, he served as the Client Development Group executive within Global Commercial Banking.
  • Nicolas Jammet Nicolas Jammet is Co-Founder of Sweetgreen.
  • Karen Kerrigan For nearly twenty years Karen Kerrigan’s leadership, advocacy and training work has helped foster U.S. entrepreneurship and global small business growth. She is president & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and is the group’s chief advocate for its members.

    Kerrigan regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress on the key issues impacting entrepreneurs and the economy, and has been appointed to numerous federal advisory boards including the National Women’s Business Council, the U.S.-Iraq Business Dialog, the U.S. Treasury’s Taxpayer Advisory Panel, and the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of U.S. Free Trade Agreements. Kerrigan has participated in two Presidential economic summits, and scores of events hosted by the White House, U.S. Small Business Administration and other federal government agencies and departments. She has written hundreds of Op-Eds and newspaper columns, and regularly appears on national television and talk radio programs.

    She has been called America’s “entrepreneurial envoy” and “small business ambassador” for her extensive work overseas. Kerrigan is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and regularly provides counsel to governments and business associations across the globe regarding entrepreneurial development, capacity building and policy formation and implementation. Kerrigan currently chairs the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), one of the core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, which works to strengthen democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market oriented reform.

    In 2012 and 2011 she was named a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer by Blackberry and Small Business Trends. In November of 2009 she was presented with the “Small Business Advocate of the Year” award by the NY Enterprise Report, Among other accolades, Inc. Magazine named Kerrigan to its small business “Best Friends in D.C.” (2006) list as a “power broker and activist” with “serious clout” for entrepreneurs.; Fortune Small Business to its “Power 30” list (2000); and The Hill newspaper to its “most influential small business” list (2006) describing her as “the hardest working woman in show business.” In 1995, National Journal named Ms. Kerrigan to its short list of “K Street” activists most likely to have an impact on Capitol Hill. Campaigns and Elections Magazine named her as one of its “Rising Stars in Politics” in its April 1996 issue.

    Kerrigan graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.A. in Political Science, and resides in Northern Virginia.
  • Y. Maria Martinez Y. Maria Martinez is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Respira Medical.
  • Jonathan Neman Jonathan Neman is Co-founder of Sweetgreen.
  • Alexis Ohanian Alexis Ohanian is a startup founder and investor in Brooklyn, NY.

    After graduating from UVA in 2005, Alexis and his co-founder Steve Huffman started reddit, now a top 100 website.

    Now a reddit board member, Alexis focuses on social enterprise Breadpig, publishing authors like xkcd and SMBC -- profits donated to worthy causes.

    Alexis helped launch hipmunk and ran marketing/pr/community before becoming an advisor and joining the fight against SOPA & PIPA.

    Alexis invests and advises over fifty tech startups. He's Y Combinator's Ambassador to the East, co-founder of the non-profit IHAS, and is writing a book, Without Your Permission.

    Along the way, Alexis spoke at TED, volunteered in Armenia as a Kiva Fellow, and was named on Forbes and Inc Magazine 30 Under 30 lists.

    He proudly doodled the logos for all three of his startups and loves his cat, Karma.
  • Nathaniel Ru Nathaniel Ru is Co-founder of Sweetgreen.

About this conference


On the morning of December 11, The Atlantic hosted a morning of panel discussions, keynotes, and entrepreneur case studies focused on stimulating prosperity in the small business community. The program showcased successful business owners as a part of a larger conversation on identifying and removing unnecessary regulations, increasing access to capital and facilitating growth in the small business sector.

About The Atlantic


Since 1857, The Atlantic has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on theatlantic.com, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we’re living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.

For more information, visit: http://theatlantic.com