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Texas Veterans Business Summit: Where Opportunity Meets Action!

The Texas Veterans Business Summit is a full-day workshop designed to provide veterans who wish to start or grow a business expert advice, networking opportunities, and access to resources. Information will be provided by local, state, and national small business experts.

Prominent figures from the entrepreneurial and investor community—“veterans” of the business world—will participate in interactive panels designed to help you grow your business.


Community Development Events

Texas Veterans Business Summit:
Where Opportunity Meets Action!

November 13, 2012
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Join us for the Texas Veterans Business Summit and Entrepreneur of Year Luncheon—an exchange and celebration of innovative ideas where veterans interested in the “who, what and how” of starting or growing a business can get advice, network and access unique resources.

The luncheon will also recognize the Veteran Entrepreneur of Year.

The Texas Veterans Business Summit will focus on:

  • Advertising your business
  • Creating procurement opportunities
  • Transitioning your business for the future
  • Identifying finance options
  • Ongoing technical support
  • Navigating your veteran-owned business toward success


9:00 a.m. Registration check-in 


10 a.m. Welcome and Overview


  Richard Fisher
President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  Maj. Gen. James L. Williams
U.S. Marine Corps (ret)
Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas
  Sylvia Sotelo Kidd
Momentum Texas Inc. Board 


10:30 a.m. Plenary Session


  Jan Collmer
Retired Executive
  Freddie Streeter
The Streeter Group
  Gary Lindner
U.S. Air Force (ret)
President and CEO
People Fund
  Sue Malone
Vice President of Marketing
Superior Financial Group 


11:45 a.m. Networking Break 


Noon Concurrent Workshops
Explorer Track
AudienceVeterans who are thinking about starting a business.
Topic: Guidance for a successful business launch.Emerging Owner Track
Audience: Veteran entrepreneurs who are launching or have launched their business.
: Managing and sustaining growthContractor Track
: Veteran businesses

Topic: Expanding into government, private or prime contractor procurement and supply opportunities.


  Explorer Track: Business concept development, business planning and nuts and bolts of starting a successful business
Cassandra Hardwick
Senior Consultant
Genesis Preferred Solutions
  Glenda Overstreet
Business Consultant/Veterans Specialist
Best Southwest Small Business Development Center
  Keith Kennedy
District Director
Dallas Area SCORE
  Nicole Baldwin
Beauty Advocate
BIAO Skincare


  Emerging Owner Track: Building the advisory and management team and tech support and recognizing the importance of networks and networking
JP Hogan
  Grant Seabolt
Seabolt Law Group
  Efren Villanueva
Business Advisor
Job Connection Education Program
  Christopher J. Feola
  Contractor Track: Identify experts who can provide assistance to entrepreneurs seeking major contracts
Chuck Waldrop
Center for Government Contracting
  Gregory James
University of Texas at Arlington Cross Timbers Procurement Center
  Timothy Woods
Woods Consulting Group
  Alex Fender
Veteran Entrepreneur/Owner Funnel Science 


1:15 p.m. Lunch
  Keynote speaker
Brig. Gen. Casey Blake
Deputy Director
Army and Air Force Exchange Services
  Al Zapanta
President and CEO
U.S.–Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Terrance F. Henderson 
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Comerica Bank 


3 p.m. Concurrent workshops


  Explorer Track: Definition of markets, marketing, use of social media and access to capital
Terri Williams
Director Contracting Resource Center
South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Corp.
  Tarsha Polk
The Marketing Lady
  Billy Medina
Economic Development Specialist
Small Business Administration
  Mike Donovan
Business Planning and Consulting


  Emerging Owner Track: Franchising as a business option and access to capital
Brian Bascom
President and CEO
U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce
  David E. Omholt
  John Petteway
District Manager Greater Dallas
Wells Fargo Banker


  Contractor Track: A vendor description of requirements for contractors and two veteran entrepreneurs talk about securing major contracts
Don Carter
U.S. Air Force (ret)
Cartgroup International
  Vincent J. Hrenak
U.S. Air Force (ret)
Vice President
Supply Chain for Network Centric Systems 


4:30 p.m. Networking Reception 


6 p.m. Adjourn

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