Jumpstart Entrepreneur ConferenceGot a great idea or a service that others could use?  Want to start a business, but not sure where to start?  Then consider attending the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce eTeam 2014 Jumpstart Conference for entrepreneurs and early stage businesses.  The conference, which takes place on Thursday, February 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre, highlights everything needed to start and grow your small business.

The conference features the Genesee Rising Star and Spark award recipients.  Spark Awards are presented to new businesses and the Rising Star recognizes early stage businesses that have exhibited growth.

Flint-native W. David Tarver will serve as the keynote speaker. Tarver transitioned from a career in engineering to create a multi-million dollar business.  The author of Proving Ground: A Memoir, he is a graduate of Flint Central High School, former Kettering University student and University of Michigan alum.

Jumpstart participants will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Inventors:  Idea to Market
  • Lending: What to Expect
  • Legal and Tax Planning for Startups
  • 21st Century Marketing & Sales

The Chamber’s eTeam is a regional collaboration of entrepreneurial service providers working to connect local entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources to promote growth and success.  For seven years, the eTeam has sponsored Jumpstart, along with the Spark Awards and the Rising Star Awards (formerly Genesee 10 to Watch).

The Holiday Inn Gateway Centre is located at 5353 Gateway Centre in Flint.

The cost to participate in Jumpstart is $20, which includes breakfast and lunch.  To learn more about the Jumpstart Conference contact Karena Hamlet, Business Development Specialist at (810) 600-1440 or khamlet@flintandgenesee.org.

To register for Jumpstart visit flintandgenesee.org/jumpstart.