In the new economy, U.S. small businesses continue to struggle with the most significant aspects of operations: Capital access and marketing. In fact, the Small Business Success Index (www.growsmartbusiness.com) grades America’s small businesses at a D – in finance and a C- in marketing (compared to an A – in customer service).
On Thursday, April 30 from 2-3pm ET, Network Solutions will host the GrowSmartBusiness Webinar to help small business owners learn from the success of others. Join our all-star line-up of entrepreneurs and experts for this free, live webcast. They’ll discuss tips for overcoming challenges to marketing strategy and capital access.
Roy Dunbar, CEO of Network Solutions, will host the conversation. Our speakers include:
- Kristina Bouweiri, CEO of Reston Limo, the largest independent limousine service in the U.S.
- Anita Campbell, Editor of Small Business Trends
- Tom Heath, Columnist, The Washington Post’s Value Added
- Kelly Muccio, Founder of Lost Boys, a fashionable clothing store recently featured in the Wall Street Journal
- Surfy Rahman, Co-owner of Indique, a popular DC-area restaurant chain.
Register and get the details at http://growsmartbusiness.eventbrite.com.Google+
Roy Dunbar, CEO of Network Solutions
Roy joined Network Solutions as Chief Executive Officer in February 2008. As CEO, he provides overall strategic direction for the company and its 1,000+ employees, who are focused on helping small businesses establish an online presence and market their products and services through the Internet.
Previously, Roy was President, Global Technology and Operations, for MasterCard Worldwide. In this role, he oversaw MasterCard Worldwide’s strategic processing platform, global network and quality of operations. Based at the Global Technology and Operations headquarters in St. Louis, MO, Roy also served as a member of the company’s Executive Committee. During his tenure, he drew upon his experience in technology, sales, marketing, product development, and general management to further leverage MasterCard technology and processing capabilities for customers around the world.
Anita Campbell, Editor of Small Business Trends
Anita Campbell is CEO of Small Business Trends (http://smallbiztrends.com) an online community touching over 250,000 small business owners each month. It is an award-winning site, named to the Forbes Best of the Web (twice in 2005 and 2008), and receiving recognition from the Wall Street Journal and MSNBC television. Integral to the success of the community is the Small Business Trends network of experts – a group of small business owners who share their expertise to other small business owners, managers and entrepreneurs. Anita also hosts a weekly Internet radio podcast show featuring interviews with hundreds of small business owners, entrepreneurs and stakeholders important to the small business market (www.smbtrendwire.com).
Kelly Muccio, Founder of Lost Boys, a fashionable clothing store recently featured featured in the Wall Street Journal
Lost Boys is the brainchild of 28-year old fashion maven, Kelly Muccio. After working for one of DC’s premier private equity companies, Kelly quit her job and moved to New York to pursue her love of fashion. She quickly rose through the ranks of the fashion industry and has gained extensive bi-coastal experience working for major fashion houses, nationally launching designer collections, re-branding start-up couture collections, and expanding high-end boutiques in New York and Los Angeles. Kelly returned to DC and brought exclusive collections and fashion expertise with her. She wanted to offer men a place to find their individual style, so she found a renovated historic row house in Georgetown and opened Lost Boys.
Surfy Rahman, Co-owner of Indique, a popular DC-area restaurant chain
Co-owner of Indique Heights, Indique and the Bombay Bistro, Surfy Rahman and his business partner, Chef K. Vinod, have spent almost two decades introducing DC diners to quality Indian cuisine.
A graduate of the School of Hotel Management in Kolkata, India, Rahman has worked in some of India’s premium hotel chains like the ITDC and the Taj Group of Hotels. From serving thousands of people during the Asian Games to taking care of countless heads of states during the Non-Alligned Meet and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet, Rahman brings a formidable set of management skills to his restaurants in the DC metro area. His Indique Heights was chosen to participate in the President Obama’s Parade Route Catering.
Kristina Bouweiri, CEO of Reston Limo, the largest independent limousine service in the U.S.
Kristina Bouweiri owns and operates the largest limousine/shuttle business in Washington, DC and is among the Top 10 largest shuttle bus fleets in the nation. Providing buses, vans, limousines and sedans, her company serves the metropolitan Washington area from its locations in the Dulles corridor and Capitol Heights, MD. Offering high-quality transportation and a proven track record for safety and customer service, Reston Limousine also has a proud legacy of community outreach through active business involvement and philanthropic support to her community and the area she serves.
Tom Heath, Columnist, The Washington Post’s Value Added
A 21-year journalism veteran, Thomas Heath has been writing for The Washington Post since 1988. During his tenure he as covered local news, investigative reporting, sports-business, and business. He also served as national correspondent for The Washington Post/Newsweek in Denver. In 2007 Thomas began covering local business news for The Washington Post. His weekly column, Value Added, runs in the Post’s Sunday business section. A graduate of Fordham University, Thomas completed a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University in 2001-2002, which involved a year at the Columbia Graduate School of Business. You can follow Thomas’ daily updates at www.twitter.com/addedvalueth.Google+
Finance: The single biggest competitive disadvantage of U.S. entrepreneurs is meeting capital needs to grow their businesses. To become more competitive, small business owners desperately need access to capital to invest for long-term growth, as well as the know-how to identify capital resources for funding day-to-day operations.
Marketing: Entrepreneurs struggle to come up with new ideas and innovations to grow their businesses, which is surprising given that U.S. small businesses are known for their ingenuity. They also have problems getting and converting leads, positioning their companies as big players, and finding ways to get the word out about their businesses.
Take the survey now: http://growsmartbusiness.com/small-business-survey/
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