Celebrate Small Business Week at EPIC
The Ozarks Small Business Incubator will host their third annual small business week event EPIC "Entrepreneur Potential and Innovation Collaboration” on May 2nd at OzSBI, 408 Washington Avenue, West Plains. Aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners are invited to come be inspired by the journey of successful entreprenuers and network with other business owners. This years main event is sponsored by Community First Banking Company, Restoring Hope, AirMedCare, KY3, Donahue Roofing, Fidelity Communication, Adams Construction, Arvest Bank, Grisham Properties, Kemmons Insurance – John Coleman, Shelter Insurance – David Thomas, Executive Outsourcing Services and Landmark Bank.
The EPIC Main Event will kick off at 12:30 pm with keynote speaker Ellen Rohr, a nationally recognized Business Makeover Expert. Ellen has written for The Huffington Post and the New York Times. She has appeared as a business advisor on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. After nearly sinking her husband’s plumming business, Ellen learned how to grow her business by tracking the numbers resulting in a company that grew from zero to $40 million in franchise sales and 47 location in less than 2 years. Ellen now owns Bare Bonez Biz, where she teaches other business owners how to make their business profitable by knowing “Where Did the Money Go?” To see a video of of Ellen Rohr, visit www.ozsbi.com.
Next up in the Main Event will be the Ozark Innovators Roundtable. Roundtable speakers are from successful companies that started in the Ozarks. They include Sun Solar, Piney River and Flying R Ranch. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the journey of these three businesses, what they faced when starting their own business, the rewards and pitfalls, and what it took to become successful.
At 3:15 pm the second keynote speaker, Gary Wilbers with Ascend Business Strategies, will speak. Since the 1990s, Wilbers has started multiple businesses in Missouri. The first business Wilbers started was Mid-American Wireless, which started as a two-man company and culminated in ten regional storefronts and over 150 employees. Using this success as a foundation, he created “The High Achiever Mindset,” a program to train others to achieve their goals. Wilbers will share how to “Create Habits Around Real Goals Everyday.”
Following Wilbers will be the Business Pitch Competition. This year OzSBI will feature two rounds of pitches, one exclusive to Missouri State University-West Plains students and the other featuring community members. Each entrepreneur will present a 6 minute pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win a prize with a cash value of over $800. Judges include Autumn Shirley, Fundraiser Software; John Perkins with Executive Outsourcing Services; and Micheal Hoff, Community First Banking Company. Winners will be announced during EPIC.
Following the Main Event OzSBI will host a Mix & Mingle from 5:30 pm to 7:00 p.m. This event will be held on OzSBI’s newly renovated second floor and feature local wine, beer and food. The Mix & Mingle is free and is a chance to network with likeminded entreprenuers and business owners. It is also a great chance to mingle with the speakers of the day and celebrate our truly innovative business commmunity.
The EPIC Main Event and Business Pitch Competition will be held from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Tickets to this event are $35 and $20 for students. For more information and to register, please visit OzSBI online at www.ozsbi.com, call 417-256-9724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you at OzSBI!