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Small Business Expo

2012 Small Business Expo

Entrepreneurship is the foundation of the American Dream. Running a successful business requires making calculated risks based on detailed research and proper planning. Fort Valley State University’s Rural Business Outreach Institute is proud to presents its fifth annual Small Business Expo. The Expo is designed to teach entrepreneurs to become top contenders in the current economy. The event is March 28, 2012, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the C. W. Pettigrew Center. The theme is “Staying Ahead of the Competition.”

The Small Business Expo continues to be a premier event for business owners to learn about products and services to enhance their business, network with industry professionals and attend informative and cutting-edge workshops.

Attendees will gain insight from successful business moguls who have risen from the trenches of entrepreneurship to the CEO suite of corporate entities. Learn more about regulatory compliance laws and how not to undercapitalization your business.

Registrants can choose from four key tracks to propel business growth. See the agenda below. Hurry, deadline to register is March 23!

  • 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. Exhibitor Setup
    8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Doors Open • Registration
    8 a.m. – 10 a.m. RBOI Business Plan Competition
    9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening General Session • Coffee and Conversation
    “The Life of an Entrepreneur”
    10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session I
    11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. General Session “RBOI Business Plan Winner”
    12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address featuring Harry Coaxum
    1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. Session II
    2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m. Session III
    3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Speed Networking • Closing Remarks

    Session I

    Business Capital Track

    “Cashing In on the Federal Government”
    Charlotte Johnson • Small Business Administration

    Technology Track

    “Personal & Internet Branding”
    Jeff Packer • jPacker Parterns

    Government/Legal Track

    “Mediation: What is it? Why it Works and How to Make it Work for You”
    Rusty Gunn II • South Georgia ADA Service, LLC

    Business/Professional Development Track

    “Differentiate & Dominate”
    Dr. Marquita Qualls • Entropia Consulting

    Session II

    Business Capital Track

    “Green Business: Rural Energy for America Program”
    Al Burns • United States Department of Agriculture

    Technology Track

    “New Logistics: Helping Small Businesses Run with the Big Dogs”
    Melody Alavi • UPS-Customer Solutions

    Government/Legal Track

    “Employment & Tax Law 101 for Business Owners”
    Michael Jordan, CPA • Rising Star Consulting Services

    Business/Professional Development Track

    “Remember the Snooze Button is Not Your Friend”
    KT. Jones • Good Speakers/GorillaSpeaks

    Session III

    Business Capital Track

    “Protecting and Leveraging your Credit”
    David Danzie and Chris Gordan • Branch Banking & Trust

    Technology Track

    “Google Tools for Small Businesses”
    Kiel Davis • Fort Valley State University/IT Department

    Government/Legal Track

    “Business Development in the Government Market”
    Chuck Schadl • GA Tech PTAC

    Business/Professional Development Track

    “Networking and Building Business Relationships”
    Donald E. Rhodes • Rhodes 4 Success

  • Keynote Speaker

    Harry Coaxum is vice president, general manager for McDonald’s Atlanta Region, and is directly responsible for providing strategic leadership for 780 restaurants generating $1.9 billion in annual revenues. Coaxum is accountable for overseeing all disciplines (100+ employees, 130 franchisee entities, and 60 + suppliers partners) that support the long-term profitable growth of restaurants within the Atlanta Region. His scope of accountabilities encompassed 600 business units, more than 120 franchisee organizations and 80 regional staff for McDonald’s business in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Central New York. The restaurants annually generated revenues that totaled more than $1.3 billion.

    He is or has been affiliated with several regional and national organizations including the African-American Museum of Philadelphia; Please Touch Museum of Philadelphia; YMCA of San Francisco: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; 100 Black Men of America, Inc.; Quad County UrbanLeague; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and Talladega College’s trustee board chairman.


    Rusty Gunn is a member in the Litigation Section at Martin Snow. For more than 30 years, he has served as a mediator and arbitrator specializing in personal injury. Gunn has been a member of the faculty of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Trial Academy since 1997 and served as chair for 2000 through 2002. Certified by the Georgia Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, he is managing partner of South Georgia ADRService, which offers complete alternative dispute resolution services throughout Georgia. Gunn is a member of the panel of arbitrators for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and has extensive experience as an advocate and neutral, in all methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

    Charlotte Johnson is an economic development specialist for the Georgia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. As a member of the marketing and outreach division, she is responsible for developing and implementing the marketing efforts in Georgia. She also serves as the Women’s Business OwnershipRepresentative for the district office and serves as the primary resource on women’s business issues. Johnson is a member of several organizations including the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Society of Government Meeting Professionals.

    Jeffory “Jeff” Packer is president and CEO of jpacker Partners, a multi-faceted organization specializing in personal and business development. As host of the syndicated radio talk show Business: 101 with Jeff Packer, he brings a unique brand ofclassroom instruction and boardroom reality to every relationship. The Atlanta, Ga. resident coaches personal business planning workshops and seminars aimed at streamlining the entrepreneur’s start-up. Packer’s clients include: The Edge Connection at Kennesaw State University; Metro Atlanta Youth Build, Community Housing Initiatives, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kennesaw State University Foundation, Goodwill North Georgia, Marietta Development Authority and Small Business Administration. He has trained thousands of entrepreneurs in the science of small business ownership and personal development. His clients represent a combined value that exceeds $500 million in sales.

    Marquita M. Qualls is a senior managing partner at Entropia Consulting, a business and management strategy consulting firm. Qualls is a trained scientist and business professional with a history in corporate and nonprofit environments. She is an organic chemist turned strategist with more than 15 years of research training in chemical sciences and nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the United States and abroad. Dr. Qualls is a native of Brookhaven, MS. She received a B.S. in chemistry from Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University


    Melanie Alavi has worked with UPS for more than 12 years in various marketing areas including international marketing, strategic account marketing and segment marketing. She serves as the small business marketing manager for UPS’s South Atlantic District. In her current role, she helps small companies grow their business through international expansion. Alavi serves on the Board of a non-profit organization called Cultural Connect.

    Kevin “KT” Jones is an author, business owner and motivational speaker. From his Workforce to Dreams program to his “The Snooze Button is Not Your friend” talk, Jones strives to ignite minds and souls in a way that will force people to combat the status quo. He is a leading authority in the marketing/public relations arena and a co-star in the Go for No movie documentary film “Yes is the Destination; No is How You Get There.”

    Michael Jordan is founder and president of Rising Star Consulting Services in Macon, Ga. The licensed certified public accountant is also an authorized IRS E-File provider. Jordan is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as the treasurer and finance committee chair of the Alumni Board of Georgia College and State University’s Alumni Board of Directors and Board Member and Treasurer of Covenant Community Development Resource Center. Jordan is a member of the GCSU Foundation Investment Committee and the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce.


    David Danzie is vice president and business services officer of BB&T in Macon, Ga. He was named president to the 2012 Board of Trustees for Leadership Georgia. In 2007, Danzie was recognized as Macon Magazine’s “Top 5 Leaders Under 40” and Georgia Informer’s “Top 40 Under 40.” He is affiliated with several local organizations including the Macon Housing Authority, Macon-Bibb County Hospital Authority, Medical Center of Central Georgia, Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, Central Georgia Technical College, Virginia College, Better Business Bureau of Middle Georgia, Leadership Macon and Macon Golf for Kids’ First Tee of Macon program.

    Chuck Schadl is the program director for the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center. The state-wide program helps Georgia businesses identify, compete for, and win government contracts. He’s been with the program since 2003 and has nearly 40 years of experience in marketing and government contracting. Schadl specializes in marketing to federal, state, and local agencies; consulting with and for federal, state, and local governments; assisting small, disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses; preparing bids and proposals for government work; developing effective marketing and communications programs; and designing and conducting training on government contracting and related topics. He has been awarded the highest level of professional certification by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC), and serves as APTAC’s vice president for education.

    Donald Rhodes is the chief financial officer for Mrs. Griffin’s Barbeque Sauce – a 76-year old company based in Macon, Ga. As the principal consultant at Rhodes 4 Success, Donaldprovides his clients with customized business solutions with a personal touch. He takes stake in the plans for success of each individual that he collaborates with, serves their best interest with a strong passion, and advocates for them as they work to achieve their business goals. For more than a decade, Rhodes has served as the area director of The University of Georgia Business Development Center office in Macon. During his tenure, he’s assisted thousands of business owners in the 16-county area of Middle Georgia by providing comprehensive consulting as a public service and outreach of the UniversitySystem of Georgia in a collaborative partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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