Monday, January 22, 2018
St. Louis Bosnians

National Small Business Week in St. Louis

Dr. Ibrahim Vajzovic will be the special guest of SBA on a panel entitled Entrepreneurship for New Americans  at 12: 30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19 in the Clay Center Classrooms at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

The entire schedule of the events can be viewed bellow.

3026 Laclede Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
8:00am (Central Time)Registration Opens
8:30amSpeed Mentoring
9:00amWelcome Remarks (Live Streamed)

  • Patricia Brown-Dixon, Administrator of Region 7 U.S. Small Business Administration, Kansas City, MO
  • Albert Walker, Ed.D., Harris-Stowe State University, St, Louis, MO
9:15amPlenary Sessions (Live Streamed)

  1. “Growing and Going Global” Panel
    Moderator: Cory Simek, Director, USEAC (Dept. of Commerce) St. Louis, MO

    • Doug Potts, Missouri Department of Economic Development, International Trade Office, St. Louis, MO
    • Rebecca Nace, Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Kansas City, MO
    • Tony Clayton, Clayton Agri-Marketing, Inc., Jefferson City, MO
    • Paul Toskin, International Trade Lender, Commerce Bank, St. Louis, MO
    • Joseph Papes, FBI, St. Louis, MO
  2. “St. Louis Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” Panel
    Moderator: : Angie Wells, Economic Development Specialist, SBA St. Louis District Office, St. Louis, MO

    • Jay DeLong, Vice-President, New Ventures and Capital Formation, St. Louis Regional Chamber Missouri Champion for Startup America Partnership, St. Louis, MO
    • Ed Bryant, Vice-President, St. Louis Economic Council, Economic Development Collaborative, St. Louis, MO
    • Ben Johnson, Program Director, BioSTL, St. Louis, MO
    • David Hunke, Chief Strategy Officer, Digerati, Inc., Detroit, MI
    • Dennis Melton, District Director, representing SBA and SBA Resource Partners, St. Louis, MO
  3. Armchair Interview with David Steward, Founder and Chairman of World Wide Technology and Karen Mills, SBA Administrator
12:00pmBreakout Sessions and Boxed Lunch

  1. Small Business Supply Chain
    Moderator: Gary Alexander, Business Opportunity Specialist, SBA St. Louis District Office

    • Maria Galloway, SBA Procurement Center Representative, Scott Air Force Base, IL
    • Carolyn Jones, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, St. Louis, MO
    • Glenn Chatman, Small Business Program Manager, U. S. Army CORPS of Engineers, St. Louis, MO
    • Selena Gray Sizemore, Entrepreneurship Center Director, Chicago Urban League, Chicago, IL
    • Pamela Wall-Dover, Sr. Manager , Global Services & Support, Boeing Military Aircraft & General Procurement Supplier Diversity, Boeing Defense Space Security, St. Louis, MO
    • Howard Hayes, Director, Minority Business Development, City of St. Louis, MO
  2. Finding Capital For Your Business
    Moderators: Bill Vickery, SBA Senior Area Manager and Tom Daiber SBA Lender Relations Specialist, SBA St. Louis District Office

    • Mark Greenley, Senior Vice President, Pulaski Bank & board member, St. Louis County Business Finance Corporation, St. Louis, MO
    • David Noble, Community Development Officer, Midwest BankCentre, St. Louis, MO
    • Mark Diliberto, Senior Vice President, Economic Development Corporation of St. Charles County, St. Charles, MO
    • Galen Gondolfi, Senior Loan Counselor/Chief Communications Officer, Justine PETERSON, St. Louis, MO
  3. Affordable Care Act 101
    Moderators: June Teasley, SBA Regional Communications Director, Region 7, & Nicki Massie, Public Affairs Specialist, SBA St. Louis District Office

    • Stephene Moore, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kansas City, MO
    • Mary Timmel, Small Business Majority, state of Missouri
    • Marquita Miller, Five Star Tax and Business Solutions, Kansas City, MO
    • Darlene Davis, Davis Associates, Certified Public Accountants, St. Louis, MO
    • Robyn Crosson, Senior Counsel, ADP
  4. Entrepreneurship for New Americans
    Moderator: Patti Guttmann, Economic Development Specialist, SBA St. Louis District Office

    • Anna Crosslin, President and CEO, International Institute, St. Louis, MO
    • Jack Strauss, Saint Louis University, Simon Chair of Economics, St. Louis, MO
    • Carlos Gomez, Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City, MO
    • Dr. Albert Walker, Ed.D, Harris-Stowe State University, St, Louis, MO
    • Ibrahim Vajzovic, Small Business Owner, St. Louis, MO
2:00pmEvent Ends

The event is FREE to attend and you can obtain your tickets here.

About The Author


The St. Louis Bosnian is an online database of Bosnian community in St. Louis. The purpose is to document and preserve existence of the Bosnian immigrant community in metropolitan St. Louis area. Through published books, articles, interviews, researches, videos, photos as well as speaker series, seminars, workshops and educational classes. We hope to leave the legacy of our community to the future generations.

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