Speakers include Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook; Cory Booker, U.S. Senator (D-NJ); Tim Armstrong, Founder & CEO, The DTX Company; Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder & CEO, BirchBox; Rebecca Minkoff, Designer; and Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley
NEW YORK – Sept. 22, 2020 – Forbes, in partnership with Square, today announced the speaker lineup for the first-ever Small Business Summit, taking place virtually on September 25. This invitation-only event brings this together small business leaders with key business leaders, policymakers and serial entrepreneurs for actionable insights, workshops, and discussions on the issues that matter most to the more than 125 million small businesses worldwide.
- Tim Armstrong, Founder & CEO, The DTX Company, Former CEO of Oath and AOL
- Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder & CEO, BirchBox
- Cory Booker, U.S. Senator (D-NJ)
- Jovita Carranza, 26th Administrator, Small Business Association
- Alda Leu Dennis, General Partner, Initialized Capital
- Kenny Dichter, Founder & CEO, Wheels Up
- Steve Forbes, Chairman & Editor-In-Chief, Forbes
- Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley
- Dayna Isom Johnson, Trend Expert, Etsy and Co-Host of NBC’s “Making It”
- Marni Levine, VP, Seller Operations and Engagement, eBay
- Lisa Mensah, President & CEO, Opportunity Finance Network
- Rebecca Minkoff, Designer & Co-Founder, The Female Founder Collective
- Asahi Pompey, President & Global Head of Corporate Engagement, Goldman Sachs Foundation
- Jacqueline Reses, Head of Square Capital, Square
- Max Rhodes, Co-founder and CEO, Faire
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
- Lauren Stovall, Legacy Preserver, Hot Sam’s Detroit
- Ali Koplar Wyatt, Co-Founder, The Female Founder Collective
Small businesses represent over one-third of the U.S. labor force and 90% of the business population worldwide. Yet, this intrepid community is facing a unique set of obstacles that are continuously interrupting growth and longevity. Conversations at the Small Business Summit will center around diversity, inclusion, navigating digital opportunities during the pandemic, the art of resilience, fundraising, maintaining your balance sheet and more.
“Forbes has a long history of celebrating success— and we recognize that small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy,” said Maneet Ahuja, Senior Editor, Forbes. “Our first-ever Small Business Summit is just one of the many ways we’re providing a resource to the small business community as they navigate change, transformation and so much more.”
During the Small Business Summit, Forbes and Square will unveil its Small Business Advisory Board of 7 experts and small business owners, designed to guide and educate small business owners across the country through virtual events, video content and thought leadership. This curated think tank of mentors will share their first-hand experiences, moderate events and conversations and provide trusted real-time advice to inform and inspire the small business community at large. Resources created within this program will live on a dedicated Forbes hub featuring event recaps, educational videos and thought leadership.
“Now more than ever, it’s important for businesses to know they’re not alone,” said Lauren Weinberg, Global Head of Marketing, Square. “That’s why Square and Forbes are teaming up to bridge the information gap and give business owners the insights and support they need to set themselves up for long-term success.”
Square is extending its commitment to small businesses and entrepreneurs through a Forbes partnership created by Square’s media agency of record, Giant Spoon.
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Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) revolutionized payments in 2009 with Square Reader, making it possible for anyone to accept card payments using a smartphone or tablet. Today, we build tools to empower businesses and individuals to participate in the economy. Sellers use Square to reach buyers online and in-person, manage their business, and access financing. And individuals use Cash App to spend, send, store, and invest money. Square has offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Spain, and the UK.
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Laura Brusca, Forbes
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