2022 ace conference & expo

DAY ONE: LEARN IT!

HOBBY TO HUSTLE TRACK

Business Stage: Vision

8:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.

SIGN-IN AND COFFEE TALK


8:30 A.M.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CHRIS WACHOWIAK

TURNING FAILURE INTO OPPORTUNITY


9:30 A.M.

SESSION I: NICOLE SDAO

SO, YOU WANT TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?


10:15 A.M.

SESSION II: MATT BRANOM

BUSINESS PLAN YOUR IDEA INTO REALITY


11:00 A.M.

SESSION III: HEATHER KELLY

MARKET ANALYSIS


11:45 A.M. - 1:15 P.M.

LUNCH BREAK


1:15 P.M.

JOINT SESSION I: MATT SIMPSON

DCEO & STATE SUPPORT


2:00 P.M.

JOINT SESSION II: KERRY FRANK

VENTURE CAPITAL


2:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

BREAK


3:00 P.M.

SESSION III: SARAH BRINKMAN (Panelists: Mustafa Abdall, Diana Alfaro, & Mason Cook)

NON-TRADITIONAL FUNDING SOURCES


4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

JOINT SESSION IV: TIANA McCALL (Panelists: Sheila Brown, Sully Cadango, Billy Adams, & Cyndi Brush)

SPECIAL CHALLENGES FOR MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS



**Schedule subject to change.**


GOTTA KEEP ON MOVIN' TRACK

Business Stage: Survival (0-2 yrs)

8:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.

SIGN-IN AND COFFEE TALK


8:30 A.M.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CHRIS WACHOWIAK

TURNING FAILURE INTO OPPORTUNITY


9:30 A.M.

SESSION I: TAMIR BELL (Panelists: Janene Stephenson, Theresa Kegley, Raul Cardenas, & Armando Cardenas)

SUCCESS IN THE CITY


10:15 A.M.

SESSION II: LOUIS DOTSON

CREATING WEALTH ON-LINE


11:00 A.M.

SESSION III: TC BELL

BRANDING & ADVERTISING


11:45 A.M. - 1:15 P.M.

LUNCH BREAK


1:15 P.M.

JOINT SESSION I: MATT SIMPSON

DCEO & STATE SUPPORT


2:00 P.M.

JOINT SESSION II: KERRY FRANK

VENTURE CAPITAL


2:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

BREAK


3:00 P.M.

SESSION III: PAM FETTES (Panelists: John Phelps & Chris Schneiderman)

TRADITIONAL FUNDING SOURCES


4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

JOINT SESSION IV: TIANA McCALL (Panelists: Sheila Brown, Sully Cadango, Billy Adams & Cyndi Brush)

SPECIAL CHALLENGES FOR MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS



**Schedule subject to change.**


FULL STEAM AHEAD TRACK

Business Stage: Success (3+ yrs)

8:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.

SIGN-IN AND COFFEE TALK


8:30 A.M.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CHRIS WACHOWIAK

TURNING FAILURE INTO OPPORTUNITY


9:30 A.M.

SESSION I: AMANDA SINK

LABOR PAINS


10:15 A.M.

SESSION II: TEAGUE DICKEY

REVISIT YOUR 'WHY?': INFINITE MINDSET


11:00 A.M.

SESSION III: TC BELL

BRANDING & ADVERTISING


11:45 A.M. - 1:15 P.M.

LUNCH BREAK


1:15 P.M.

JOINT SESSION I: MATT SIMPSON

DCEO & STATE SUPPORT


2:00 P.M.

JOINT SESSION II: KERRY FRANK

VENTURE CAPITAL


2:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

BREAK


3:00 P.M.

SESSION III: PAM FETTES (Panelist: John Phelps & Chris Schneiderman)

TRADITIONAL FUNDING SOURCES


4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

JOINT SESSION IV: TIANA McCALL (Panelists: Sheila Brown, Sully Cadango, Billy Adams & Cyndi Brush)

SPECIAL CHALLENGES FOR MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS



**Schedule subject to change.**


DAY two: APPLY IT!

ALL TRACKS

12:00 P.M.

REGISTRATION


12:30 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

OPENING ADDRESS


1:00 P.M.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BRETT WHITACRE

PASSION TO PROFIT


2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

ROUND TABLES

SPECIAL TOPICS


2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

BOOTHS OPEN


4:00 P.M.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: STAN VALIULIS

SHARK TANK WIN


4:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

SOCIAL


**Schedule subject to change.**


2022 in pictures

Exhibitor Booths

Exhibitor Booths

Exhibitor Booths

Attendees listen to Stan Valiulis, owner of Totes Babies.

Stan Valiulis, owner of Totes Babies, tells his story about appearing and getting funding on ABC's Shark Tank.

Brett Whitacre discusses taking his artwork from Passion to Profits.

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara welcomes attendees to the 2022 ACE Conference & Expo.

Illinois State Senator Steve Stadelman emphasizes the importance of small business and entrepreneurship.

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