Join us in beautiful Miami, Florida for this 3 day Writers’ Conference, Workshop, & Retreat – FREE Event!
What to expect:
DAY 1: Entrepreneur GrowthCon 2015 with Keynote Speaker, Barbara Corcoran
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Together we will attend Entrepreneur Magazine’s 7th Annual Growth Conference at the Miami Convention Center. As we all know, a large part of making your book successful is how you market it – and this is the perfect opportunity to hone your marketing skills!
Pitch And Get Business Advice From Barbara Corcoran
During this year’s keynote presentation, three lucky entrepreneurs will take the stage with business icon Barbara Corcoran. Entrepreneurs selected will have five minutes to pitch their product or business to receive customized advice from the business maven herself. To be considered for this experience of a lifetime, simply submit your information in the designated area on the registration page. Barbara Corcoran became one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1,000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. She parlayed the loan into a five-billion-dollar real estate business and sold it in 2001 for $66 million. Barbara is the real estate contributor for NBC’s TODAY Show where she comments weekly on trends in the real estate market. She’s also an investor on ABC’s reality hit Shark Tank.
Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine
Recognized by Fast Company as one of the 25 smartest women on Twitter, Entrepreneur‘s editor in chief Amy Cosper will kick-off the day’s events and present the Entrepreneur of 2014 award winners during the luncheon.
Editorial Director at Entrepreneur.com
Entrepreneur.com’s editorial director Ray Hennessey will bring his own unique perspective to our panel with PR pros on how small-business owners can perfect their pitch to the media. Ray was previously director of business news at the FOX Business Network, where he managed day-to-day editorial operations for the channel. Before joining FOX News in 2007, he spent a decade at Dow Jones in a variety of positions, notably editor of SmartMoney.com and news editor for Dow Jones Newswires. For six years, he authored the IPO Outlook column for The Wall Street Journal and appeared daily on CNBC television. He was also a regular on-air contributor to CBS News. PR Perspectives from the Media Pros.
Chris Adkins joined The UPS Store, Inc. in December 2010 as vice president of sales. Adkins began his UPS career in 1984 as a part-time employee in Central Ohio. His early UPS career focused on UPS operations positions, such as part-time hub employee, package car driver and hub supervisor. Since joining the business development function in 1990, he has held a variety of positions, including district sales and UPS corporate assignment, region national account manager, and district director of sales. His most recent assignment was in Kansas as a director of strategic accounts. In his current position, Adkins manages domestic franchise sales. Break into Business Ownership with a Franchise.
Jeremy Bloom is an Olympic skier and NFL football player turned entrepreneur and philanthropist. He co-foundedIntegrate in 2010 and has helped grow the company from its roots in lead generation to a leader in marketing technology. Prior to co-founding Integrate, Jeremy established the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, an organization that grants lifelong wishes to senior citizens. In 2009, he created MDinfo.com, a health portal that connects medical experts with people around the world. Fueled by Failure.
Stephen J. Caldeira leads the International Franchise Association, the world’s oldest and largest organization representing the franchising industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the IFA works to protect, enhance and promote the U.S. franchise industry, which consists of 825,000 U.S. franchise businesses that create nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic activity annually. IFA members include franchise companies operating across 300 business lines, including foodservice, hospitality, lodging, real estate, automotive, business and consumer services. The IFA also represents individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in law, marketing and business development. Break into Business Ownership with a Franchise.
Mitch Cohen manages the production and distribution operations for his network of 13 franchise locations in Long Island, New York, which include Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin’ Donuts and Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs restaurants. He has been an active franchisee for more than 30 years and served as Baskin-Robbins’ advisory council co-chair for 12 years. Break into Business Ownership with a Franchise.
Jennifer Connelly is founder and CEO of JCPR, a leading independent public relations agency with practice groups in finance, technology, professional services, and innovation and leadership. Jennifer’s role as a trusted consultant to C-suite executives has helped them prepare for and navigate crisis situations, establish leadership positions and make their brands stand out in the market. An in-demand presenter, Jennifer has spoken on topics including PR best practices, sustainable brand building, reputation management and crisis management. PR Perspectives from the Media Pros.
Anjanette is an expert in the art of effective communication. Her techniques can be experienced first-hand via award-winning novels, courses, TV shows, series’ and documentaries, national columns, social media, and grassroots campaigns. She has designed a system based on the science of connection through story and put it to the test writing, producing and training for Vogue, HBO, NPR, NBC, CNN, Univision, Telemundo, MGM, and the United Nations, among others. PR Perspectives from the Media Pros.
John Jantsch is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network, which trains and licenses small-business marketing consultants around the world. He frequently consults with small and midsize businesses, helping them create marketing plans and organized marketing systems that smooth the way for steady growth. How to Build a Turn-key Marketing System.
Mark J. Kohler is an attorney, certified public accountant, entrepreneur and author. Mark’s principal career has been as a partner in the accounting firms Kohler & Eyre CPAs, LLP, NumberWon Accountants, LLP, and the law firm Kyler, Kohler, Ostermiller, & Sorensen, LLP, where he specializes in the areas of business, estate and tax planning. He is a personal and small business tax and legal expert, who helps clients build and protect wealth through wealth management strategies, and business and tax remedies often overlooked in this challenging, ever-changing economic climate. A Leader’s Guide to Business Structures and Tax-Savvy Accounting.
Denise Lee Yohn
Blending a fresh perspective, 25 years of experience working with world-class brands such as Sony and Frito-Lay, and a talent for inspiring audiences, Denise Lee Yohn is a leading authority on building and positioning exceptional brands. Sales and Marketing: What Great Brands Do.
Perry S. Marshall
As president of Perry S. Marshall & Associates, Perry consults both online and brick-and-mortar companies on generating sales leads, web traffic, and maximizing advertising results. He’s one of the world’s most sought-after marketing consultants and author of The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising and 80/20 Sales and Marketing. Prior to his consulting career, he helped grow a tech company from $200,000 to $4 million in sales in four years. The firm was sold to a public company in 2001 for $18 million. Using the 80/20 Principle to Work Less and Make More.
As co-founder and CEO of crowdfunding platform peerbackers.com, Sally has helped thousands of entrepreneurs reach their crowdfunding goals. Her newest initiative under peerbackers, Crowdcast, takes crowdfinance stories to media outlets across the web. Crowdcast provides informative programming covering the important issues and leaders shaping the crowdfunding industry, as well as showcases entrepreneurs seeking investments. Cash from the Crowd.
Greg Shugar practiced law for eight years in Chicago prior to launching one of the first ever fully vertical men’s fashion brands, The Tie Bar. Founded in 2004, Greg bootstrapped and built The Tie Bar from the ground up, starting in his basement and eventually operating out of a 20,000 square-foot facility and employing a staff of over 50 employees. In April 2013, The Tie Bar was acquired by a private equity group. Greg now invests in early stage commerce companies and is starting up a new venture called Thread Experiment, the world’s first brand of home bedding dedicated to men. PR Perspectives from the Media Pros.
W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr.
W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr. currently serves as CEO of the SCORE Association, a position he has held since 1993. During his tenure with SCORE, Mr. Yancey has been responsible for developing SCORE into a one of the most efficient, effective job creation and business formation engines in the nation. Prior to joining SCORE, Yancey served as Executive Director for the National Business Association. Break into Business Ownership with a Franchise.
DAY 2: Writers’ Workshop with Author and Coach, Leigh St John
Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Leigh St John
Leigh St John is Founder and Coach of the Guaranteed Author Program.
Leigh St John‘s writing credits include: well over twenty published books, many of those as a ghost writer; several successful blogs; being an Expert Columnist with one of the leading small business magazines; Editor of her own monthly publication; a successful journalist and literally hundreds of published articles to her name. Leigh’s social media and marketing expertise includes a Twitter following of around 50K. Her business background is equally as experienced, having built several successful businesses, and also having provided professional development services to companies such as these: Leigh is also currently the Director of Marketing for the Americas for WITIA (Women in Tourism International Alliance) and Executive Director of The Masters Media Group.
During Day 2 of this event, Leigh will work hand-in-hand with each of the attendees on issues directly affecting YOUR book.
- 9:30am – 10:30am: Why are you writing this book and what do you intend (not hope!) to achieve?
- 10:30am – 12:30pm: Who is your target market and how do you find them?
- 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch
- 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Developing your marketing and sales strategy.
- 3:00pm – 4:00pm: Open Forum for questions and discussion.
DAY 3: Writers’ Retreat at Key Biscane
Friday, February 6th, 2015
- $ FREE
- Please note: Transfers, Food and Accommodation are not included.
How to Register
- Miami, Florida, USA
- Please RSVP no later than January 25th, 2015