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2019 LA Mayor’s Small Business Summit

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT


2019 LA Mayor's Small Business Summit

In anticipation of US Small Business Week, Mayor Eric Garcetti will present his 2nd Annual Small Business Summit, a multi-faceted, free program with workshops, exhibitors, and hands-on contracting and certification assistance.

(subject to change)

9 am Registration and Networking

10 am Plenary Program with City of LA dignitaries and the US SBA
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
Larry Frank, President, LA Trade Technical College
Francisco Rodriguez, Chancellor, LA Community College District
Curren Price, Councilmember, 9th District
Victor Parker, District Director, Small Business Administration

10:30 am Group Photo with Mayor Eric Garcetti

10:40 am Plenary Program with Guest Speakers
Patrick Niemann, Greater Los Angeles Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Erik Huberman, Founder & CEO of HawkeMedia, the 15th Fastest Growing Private Company in LA County
Noramay Cadena, Co-founder & Managing Partner, MiLA Capital, establishing tech-enabled startups, and Make in LA, an early-stage accelerator.

11:00 am – 3 pm Breakout Groups / Contracting Clinic / Resource Expo / Food Trucks open
Breakout Group I – Startup Track (capacity of 120 participants):

11 am Startup Funding Strategies
Moderator: Claudia Moreno, Small Business Majority
Monica Guevara, North and West Valley LA BusinessSource Center
Namoch Sokhom, Mid-City LA BusinessSource,
Santhosh Devati, SCORE and Anamika Ventures
Connie Sparks, Round1 Funding

12 pm Earn Your First Major Contract
Moderator: Sky Kelly, Avisare
Arlene Apodaca, Partners in Diversity
Carmen Rad, CR&A Custom
Vanessa Ballesteros, Sunbox
Jack Ochoa, Infinity GPC
Michelle Quirante, LA Contractor Development & Bonding Program

1 pm Tech Tools and Digital Marketing
Moderator: Cassie Betts, Made in South LA
Kalika Yap, Citrus Studios
Jessica Reveles, J Squared Communications
Giselle Washington, We the Incubator

2 pm Start Your Business in LA
Moderator: Miki Reynolds, Grid 110
Ruben Sanchez, East LA BusinessSource
Monika McKnight, LA Office of Finance
Lorraine Garcia, South Valley BusinessSource
Breakout Group II – Growth Track:

11 am Growth Strategies for Established Businesses (over 2 years old)
Moderator: Todd Hitomi, LA Cleantech Incubator
Derek Kissinger, Hollywood & Harbor BusinessSource Centers
Mark Sogomian, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Alphonso Reed, Southeast LA WorkSource Center
Ann Kono, Leda Advisory Group
Michael Wedaa, Augmentus, Inc.

12 pm Promoting your Brand, Products & Services
Moderator: Hajj Flemings, Rebrand Cities
Ajay Relan, The Parlor, Hilltop Cafe, #hashtaglunchbag, and The Magical Threads Company
Dara Toulch, Ballantines PR
Danetta Jackson, CA Dept of General Services
Jen Bilik, Knock Knock
1pm Growing Through Government Contracting
Moderator: Priscilla Chavez, PCL Construction
Karyn Son, Dept of Water & Power
Chamberlain Duru, LA World Airports
Aura Garcia, Bureau of Public Works
Ken Billups, Clark Construction
Tricia Carey, Port of LA

2 pm Establishing a Location in LA
Moderator: Bryan Schweickert, DWP
Sally Zesut, Avison Young
Andy Park, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Bob Duenas, LA Dept of City Planning
Mike Mikane, LA Dept of Building & Safety
Terri Billups, US SBA

Contracting Clinic:
Get help applying for your Business License or certification as a small/diverse business
Get help registering or improving your profile to do business with the City of LA
Get help getting certified by the State of CA

Resource Expo:
Network with 70+ exhibitors, including prime contractors, lenders, technical assistance providers and more

Food Trucks:
No host on-site refreshments available for purchase at your convenience between 11 am and 3 pm.

3pm Event concludes

The program is presented in partnership with Small Business Majority with support from EY and the LA Department of Water & Power.


Is there a cost to attend the event?

There is no cost to attend the event. Thanks to our partners and sponsors, the event is completely free to attend. However, registration is required.

Where should I park?

Free parking is available in the parking structure at 23rd Street, between Grand Avenue and Hill Street, at the the Southwestern corner of campus.

Will refreshments be provided?

Complimentary refreshments will not be provided. However, tables and chairs will be provided for those who choose to bring a brown bag lunch and food trucks will be available for purchasing refreshments after the plenary program.

How can I become a speaker at this event?

All speakers have been booked for this event. To be considered for future opportunities, please forward speaker qualifications to [email protected]

Are exhibit tables available for this event?

To maintain a non-commercial, robustly educational environment, exhibitors at this event are by invitation only. Space is reserved for procurement and contracting decision-makers, lenders, providers of free to low-cost technical assistance, relevant nonprofits, and outreach partners. The exhibit area is now full. If your organization meets the above criteria and you’d like to register for our waitlist, please email [email protected] with the name, email address and phone number of your contact person and we will alert you if a table becomes available.

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Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
400 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles,, CA 90015 United States
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