Small Business Forum 2015

December 3, 2015
2:55 - 5:30 pm EST


Thursday, December 3

2:55 pm EST Welcome Remarks - Small Business Forum 2015     Watch On-Demand
  • Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director of Business Development, AtlanticLIVE
3:00 pm EST Detroit: Where American Is a Lifestyle Brand     Watch On-Demand
  • Jacques Panis, President, Shinola
  • With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
3:20 pm EST Location, Location, Location     Watch On-Demand
  • Michael Lastoria, CEO and Co-Founder, &pizza
  • Anas "Andy" Shallal, Founder, Busboys and Poets
  • Brandon Skall, CEO, DC Brau
  • Pixie Windsor, Owner, Miss Pixie's
  • With Gillian B. White, Senior Assistant Editor, The Atlantic
3:50 pm EST Have Wheels, Will Travel     Watch On-Demand
  • Amber Wason, Co-Founder, Riide
  • With Rebecca Rosen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
4:05 pm EST Business Ownership and the Demographic Divide     Watch On-Demand
  • Erin Andrew, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership, Small Business Administration
  • Kellee James, CEO, Mercaris
  • With Gillian B. White, Senior Assistant Editor, The Atlantic
4:25 pm EST Building a Small Business in the 21st Century     Watch On-Demand
  • Nathaniel Adams, Owner, Goshen
  • Brendan Lind, Executive Director, LaunchCode
  • Jonathan Swain, Chief Administrative Officer and SVP for External Relations, FedBid, Inc.
  • With Rebecca Rosen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
4:50 pm EST The When and How of Going Big     Watch On-Demand
  • Robb Hilson, Small Business Executive, Bank of America
  • Michele Markey, Vice President of Kauffman FastTrac, Kauffman Foundation
  • Reina Offutt Pratt, President and Founder, Potomac Pilates
  • Jonas Singer, Co-Founder, Union Kitchen
  • With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
5:25 pm EST Headline Interview: Andy Shallal     Watch On-Demand
  • Andy Shallal, Owner of Busboys and Poets
  • Mary Louise Kelly, AtlanticLIVE

About this conference

On December 3, The Atlantic will present the fifth annual Small Business Forum in Washington, D.C. The event will convene leading policy authorities, business owners, researchers and government officials to discuss what jumpstarts small businesses - and what makes them stay open. We'll cover mobile payments, the future of entrepreneurship and the importance of human capital, among other topics.

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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, 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.

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