I’ll be part of the 1 PM panel presentation for “Starting a Business.” Hopefully, this will be a heavily Q & A oriented discussion of whether to start a business & what factors to consider when starting (including the all-important exit strategy). My comments will be based on my 14 years as a solo practitioner & business owner. Thanks to Shalom Klein of Jewish B2B Networking & the Small Business Advocacy Council for asking me to speak. More details are below & here. The entire event is free.
1:00PM – Starting a Business, Panel:
Deborah Defer, SS&G
Deborah Defer is an associate director and leads the financial accounting solutions team (F.A.S.T.) for SS&G, the 37th largest CPA firm in the U.S. (Inside Public Accounting). She is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Certified Enterprise QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor. Deborah has been selected to the VIP40 by Intuit and is a member and Intuit trainer for the Writer Network. She is also co-leader of the Akron group – National Advisor Network (NAN), a professional group of experienced and highly knowledgeable Intuit Advisors.
Charles Krugel, Labor and Employment Lawyer
Charles Krugel, charlesakrugel.com, started his own management side labor & employment law & human resources counseling practice. His clients are small to medium sized companies & not-for-profits in a variety of industries. In addition to providing traditional labor & employment law services, he represents companies desiring to institute preventive & proactive HR functions. These functions include policies & procedures that help to efficiently & discreetly resolve issues in-house & prevent lawsuits & complaints; they also help to reduce costs & act as catalysts for increasing productivity & profits. Charles has been the lead litigator, negotiator & representative for hundreds of labor & employment agreements, arbitrations, mediations & agency cases/complaints & investigations. Moreover, he’s frequently the subject of business related TV, radio & print interviews. Relative to civic & association involvement, Charles is on many boards of directors including the GOA Regional Business Association-2014 Chair; Youth Outreach Services; Kelly Hall YMCA; Black & Latino Achievers of the YMCA’s of Chicago; & the Small Business Advocacy Council; & in July just finished up a 5-year run on the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Young Professionals Board.
Barbara Singal, Ease The Day
Barbara Singal founded Ease the Day to help business owners resolve operational stumbling blocks. Barb’s support includes establishing operational goals, creating and implementing customized policies and procedures, developing budgets, instituting compliance rules, balancing staff components and managing corporate events.
A full program of over 10+ educational workshops and a mentoring program will be available FREE of charge to all registered attendees.
The Business Event Educational Forum
Presented by the Illinois Department of Employment Security
10:00AM – Funding Resources For Your Business
11:00AM – Networking 101
12:00PM – LinkedIn to Profitability
1:00PM – Starting a Business
2:00PM – Marketing and Branding