Small Business Forum

Small Business Forum

December 4, 2014
Washington, DC

With today's small business community encompassing everything from tech startups to iconic family-owned restaurants, The Atlantic's fourth annual Small Business Forum explored the extraordinary diversity of small business ventures and investigate the policies that can promote—or discourage—entrepreneurship of all types.

1133 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

Presented by

Atlantic Live



9:00 a.m.  Welcome Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE

9:05 a.m.  One-on-One Interview: Capitol Hill Looks to Main Street

  • Judy Chu, Member (D-CA), United States House of Representatives  
  • Interviewed by: Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal

9:30 a.m.  Case Study: Small Business, Start to Finish

  • Bill Butcher, Founder, Port City Brewing Company
  • Interviewed by: Fawn Johnson

9:50 a.m.  Presentation

  • Heather Arnold, Managing Director of Public Sector and Research Analysis, Vibrant Streets

10:00 a.m.  Panel Discussion: From Start-Ups to Mom and Pop - Creating an Ecosystem for Diverse Business Growth

  • Evan Burfield, Founder, 1776
  • Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, United States Small Business Administration
  • Robb Hilson, Small Business Executive, Bank of America
  • Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

10:40 a.m.  Case Study: Building Community

  • Nizam Ali, Owner, Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • Ian Hilton, Co-Owner, Hilton Brothers Restaurants
  • Moderated by: Matt Cooper, Contributing Editor, Newsweek

11:00 a.m.  Case Study: Start-Up City D.C.

  • Timothy Chi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, WeddingWire
  • Dan Miller, Co-Founder and President, Fundrise
  • Moderated by: Steve Clemons

11:20 a.m.  Case Study: Getting Started - The Capital Question

  • John Hamilton, President, CityFirst Enterprises
  • Interviewed by: Matt Cooper

11:45 a.m.  One-on-One Interview: New Media

  • Marty Moe, President, Vox Media
  • Interviewed by: David Frum, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

12:10 p.m.  Closing Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith


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