Small Business Forum

December 3, 2015
Washington, D.C.

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The Atlantic presented the fifth annual Small Business Forum in Washington, D.C. The event convened leading policy authorities, business owners, researchers and government officials to discuss what jumpstarts small businesses – and what makes them stay open. We covered mobile payments, the future of entrepreneurship and the importance of human capital, among other topics.

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Note: All times are ET

2:30 p.m.  Guest Arrival and Registration

2:55 p.m. Opening Remarks

  • Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director of Business Development, AtlanticLIVE

3:00 p.m.  Detroit: Where American Is a Lifestyle Brand

  • Jacques Panis, President, Shinola

  • With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

3:20 p.m.  Location, Location, Location

  • Michael Lastoria, CEO and Co-Founder, &pizza

  • Brandon Skall, CEO, DC Brau

  • Pixie Windsor, Owner, Miss Pixie’s

  • With Gillian B. White, Senior Assistant Editor, The Atlantic

3:45 p.m.  Have Wheels, Will Travel

  • Amber Wason, Co-Founder, Riide

  • With Rebecca J. Rosen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

4:00 p.m.  Business Ownership and the Demographic Divide

  • Erin Andrew, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership, Small Business Administration

  • Kellee James, CEO, Mercaris

  • With Gillian B. White

4:25 p.m.  Building a Small Business in the 21st Century

  • Nathaniel Adams, Owner, Goshen

  • Brendan Lind, Executive Director, LaunchCode

  • Jonathan Swain, Chief Administrative Officer and SVP for External Relations, FedBid, Inc.

  • With Rebecca J. Rosen

4:50 p.m.  The When and How of Going Big

  • 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

5:15 p.m.  Changing Communities, One Bookstore/Performance Space/Restaurant at a Time

  • Anas “Andy” Shallal, Founder and Owner, Busboys and Poets
  • With Mary Louise Kelly

5:35 p.m.  Closing Remarks and Networking Reception

7:00 p.m. Networking Reception Concludes


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