The inaugural Tri-Cities Small Business Week Conference’s organizer, Lisa Richardson, Ph.D., said the daylong meeting at Club E in College Park will help shop owners, restaurants, freelancers and service providers.
“We are featuring speakers from Yelp and Scoutmob discussing how small businesses can make bigger profits by taking advantage of their platforms,” Richardson said in a statement. “We are also looking at how to do business more efficiently with technology in the Future Focus session, which will showcase app and device presentations, as well as systems options for small business operations.”
Richardson said she ultimately sees the event taking over an entire week in the future to showcase the amenities, small-town charm and diversity of the Tri-Cities area.
Dominique Huff, executive director and founder of the South Fulton Business Coalition, said he was thrilled to participate in the planning and development of the event.
“It’s time to galvanize and organize our business community, not only in Tri-Cities, but the entire south Fulton area. We should not have to go to Atlanta or the northern suburbs to network or learn about how can do business better,” he said in a statement.
Proceeds will benefit East Point Tech Digital Lifestyle and Literacy Center, where veterans, ex-offenders and low-income adults can learn the skills they need to be hired as entry-level Internet and app developers.
“The ultimate goal for East Point Tech is to be become a hub of tech skills and entrepreneurship on the south side, much like Atlanta Tech Village is on the north side of Atlanta,” Richardson said.
The conference is May 14 at Club E, 3707 Main St., College Park.
It begins with a pay-as-you-go lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Session I is from 1 to 2 p.m., Session II is from 2:15 to 3 p.m. and Session III is from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Attendance is free. A networking event from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. is $10.
A virtual tour of the Tri-Cities area from 6 to 7 p.m. is free, as is the small business town hall from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. A VIP reception will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $15.