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10:00 – 10:20

Session Track 1

U.S. Federal Government is the Largest Buyer in the World
Cathy Fairbanks, Regional Director, Northwest Michigan PTAC

Session Track 2

Retail Store Pivoting to Online Sales
Tim Rehard, MI-SBDC Contract Business Consultant

Session Track 3

The Current Labor Market
Nick Gandhi, Economic Analyst - Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Department of Technology, Management & Budget - State of Michigan

10:30 – 10:50

Session Track 1

Doing Business Internationally Doesn't Have To Be Foreign
Chris Bosio, International Trade Manager, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Session Track 2

Focus Four™ - The Small Business Management System
Michael L. Gay, MBA, CFP®, BCA®, CEPA®, MI-SBDC Business Growth Consultant

Session Track 3

Registered Apprenticeships
Evelyn Szpliet, Manager of Apprenticeships & Business Resource Networks, Northwest Michigan Works!

11:00 – 11:20

Session Track 1

Export Connections through the Global Trade Alliance
Rob Dickinson, Regional Export Network Program Manager, Networks Northwest

Session Track 2

Making the Case to Find Time for Employee Training - Pay Now or Pay Later!
Gretchen Swanson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MI-SBDC Business Consultant

Session Track 3

The Benefits of an Educated Workforce
Christina Luckey-Nelson, Regional Director of Adult Education for the Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs

11:30 – 11:50

Session Track 1

Taking Advantage of Your Small Business Status
Cathy Fairbanks, Regional Director, Northwest Michigan PTAC

Session Track 2

Setting 'Real Life' Goals
Annie Olds, MBA, Northwest MI-SBDC Regional Director

Session Track 3

Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Job Seekers with the Offender Success Program
Jessica Willis, LMSW, Offender Success Regional Director, Networks Northwest