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7/4/2012 Event
Governor's Small Business Forum - August 7

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The Office of the Governor is hosting Small Business Forums across the state to provide Texas small business owners access to valuable information on workforce development, training grants, expanding markets and other business growth opportunities. Through regional collaboration with hundreds of community, business and educational organizations throughout Texas, the Governor's Small Business Forums are one more reason Texas is “Wide Open for Business.”

On August 7, 2012, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and Fox 34 News are hosting a 2012 Governor’s Small Business Forum at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center. The Forum is designed to give small business owners essential tools to help their businesses succeed, provide jobs for Texans and strengthen the South Plains economy. The Texas Workforce Commission will present information on the many services available for small business owners, including the $2 million dollar Skills for Small Business Fund, which provides grants to community colleges that small businesses may access for employee training needs.

Frank J. Kenny, author of The 7 Secret Laws of Society: Social Media Essentials and Strategies for Small Businesses and Associations, will discuss key components of an effective Social Media Strategy. Participants will have the opportunity to meet subject matter experts from the Texas Workforce Commission, Small Business Development Center, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Workforce Solution South Plains, U.S. Small Business Administration, Texas Tech University Office of Purchasing and Contracting, Texas Tech University Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business and South Plains College. The forum will conclude with the presentation of the State of Texas Small Business Awards. This year's award winners are Advanced Graphix, CEV Multimedia, J & B Industrial, WesTex Document, and X8 Environmental.

Members of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce may register for a discounted fee of $20 per person. Non-members may register for $25 per person. The registration fee includes all presentations and a luncheon.
Click here to register online or call the Chamber at (806) 761-7000.  For additional information, contact Robin Raney at

Agenda (subject to change)

8:00 – 8:30     Registration

8:30 – 8:45     Welcome and Announcements 
                      (Mayor Robertson, Chamber Board Chairman Tim Collins, Larry Ruggiano from the office of the Governor)

8:45 – 9:45     Texas Workforce Presentation: “Texas Workforce Commission- Providing Business Solutions - Employer Programs & Services” 

9:45 – 10:45     Social Media Presentation: "Right Content, Right Time, Right Place"
                          Frank J. Kenny

10:45 -11:00    Break (refreshments served, networking opportunity)

11:00 - 11:30     Small Business Development Center Presentation: “Managing Your Business: Trend Analysis,” James Wilhelm, Director, TTU Small Business Development Center

11:30- 11:50    South Plains Bankers Association: “Access to Capital”

11:50 – 12:00    Break                                                    


12:00 – 12:20     SBA: Empowering America’s and West Texas Entrepreneurs through Capital Access, Contracting, Counseling and Disaster Assistance” 
Yolanda Olivarez, SBA Regional Administrator Region V

12:30 – 1:30    State of Texas Small Business Awards Luncheon with Frank J. Kenny


Thank you to our contributing sponsors:


Workforce Solutions, U.S.  Small BusinessAdministration, TTU Small Business Development Center, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Texas Tech University, South Plains College, TTU Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business