Session Schedule
Monday, February 22
Panel of Entrepreneurs
8 - 10 a.m. • $25/person • Continental Breakfast Included

Featuring several of Stark County’s leading entrepreneurs divulging the secrets to their successful businesses and moderated by Ned Parks, experienced consultant and public speaker. Scheduled panel members include: Geoff Karcher, owner and president of the Karcher Group; Randall C. Hunt, director of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.; Theodore F. Savastano, president of T.S. Partners LLC, Steve Coon, founder of Coon Restoration & Sealant, Dr. Merle Griff, CEO of SarahCare Adult Daycare Centers; and Rose Ann DaRe, president of Hydrodyne, Inc.
Thursday, February 25
Student Entrepreneurs Competition
8 - 10:30 a.m. • $20/person • Continental Breakfast Included

The Stark County Student Entrepreneurs, representing  the county’s five colleges and universities, in a competition to promote “The Business of Arts in Stark County,” will be presented to a panel of judges including Holly Bolinger, Small Business Development Center; Robb Hankins, ArtsinStark; and Jackie B. Peterson, author of Better, Smarter, Richer!
Monday, February 22
Senator Tom Daschle
Part of Kent State University at Stark’s Featured Speakers Series
7:30 p.m. • Free, but tickets are required.
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Tuesday, February 23
Keynote Speaker Dan Gilbert
8 - 10 a.m. • $35/person • Breakfast Included

Dan Gilbert is chairman and founder of Quicken Loans, Inc., majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters. Mr. Gilbert launched Bizdom U in Detroit, Mich., with a mission to create successful businesses, jobs, growth and wealth in large, urban cities. He is an expert in business mentoring, and has received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young and has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame. (Mr. Gilbert’s presentation begins at 9 a.m.)

Thursday, February 25
Jackie B. Peterson
“10 Steps to Business Success for Creative Entrepreneurs”
1 - 4 p.m. • $85/person • Refreshments Included
Seating is limited to 50.

With over 30 years of working with creative entrepreneurs ranging from artists to film makers, Jackie B. Peterson has honed the secrets to success that allow these passionate entrepreneurs to make a profit while doing what they love. She offers business tools that concentrate on the time and money squeeze, use of passion to build the business and ability to charge what you are worth and overcome competition.
Friday, February 26
Keynote Speaker Ray Leach
8 - 10 a.m. • $35/person • Breakfast Included

Ray Leach brings his energy and leadership experiences from founding five high-growth entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial endeavors in the last 20 years. Since 2003, his time has been focused on creating and leading JumpStart, one of the most active and innovative venture development organizations in the United States. Mr. Leach will announce the scholarship recipients from the previous day’s Stark County Student Entrepreneurs Competition.

Wednesday, February 24
Jackson-Belden Business Expo
This annual event hosts over 80 exhibitors, showcasing the latest in cutting edge products and services for the business community.
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All events will be held at The University Center | Kent State University at Stark | 6000 Frank Avenue NW | North Canton, OH 44720
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