Date: November 19-20, 2020

Time: 9am – 12pm

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/GEDAleap

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Taking the Leap; Starting and Growing Your Business in 2021, set for November 19-20, from 9am to 12pm CHST on both days is a virtual conference hosted by GEDA and created for small business owners as well as upcoming entrepreneurs. The free, multi-tiered and fully interactive conference will provide resources and insight for those wanting to start and grow in our new economy; offering licensing and marketing guidance, financial options, testimonials from the business community as well as a variety of other topics of indispensable use for the growth of our economy.

We invite you to join us for content and conversation with some of our business community members who are here to guide and inspire entrepreneurs to take the leap at this unprecedented time.

Day 1 will focus on what you need to know to start a business and take your idea to reality.

9:00am - 9:20am
  • Opening Keynote
    • Honorable Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio
  • The Struggle is Real: Started from the bottom, now the whole team here
    • Vince Quitugua, Owner & CEO, Shoyoroll
9:20am - 10:10am
  • Give Your Ideas Some Legs: Writing a Business Plan
    • Presenter - SBDC
    • Holly Rustick - WEGO Consulting
    • Monica Guzman - GUMA
10:10am - 10:25am
  • Video Intermission: Early day struggles of starting a business
10:25am - 11:15am
  • Go Legit: Learn your way around business licensing and permitting
    • Fire Chief Daniel Stone, GFD
    • Fire Assistant Chief Joey Manibusan, GFD
    • Dafne Shimizu, Director, DRT
    • Vince Arriola, Director, DPW
11:15am - 12:00pm
  • Show Me the Money: How to Fund Your Business
    • Rita Jugo, Vice President & Commercial Banking Officer, Bank of Hawaii
    • Ken Lujan, Branch Manager, SBA
    • Brian Artero, President & CEO of Crave Group - LoneStar/Crust
1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • One-on-One Business Counseling
    • Registered participants have the opportunity to sign up for individual sessions with business experts to discuss specific questions related to starting a business
    • One-on-One Business Counseling with GUMA, SBDC, GEDA/GPS (30 min sessions by appointment)
    • One-on-One Business to Business with Chambers of Commerce member businesses from various industries (30 min sessions by appointment)

Day 2 will focus on growing existing businesses.

9:00am - 9:25am
  • Opening Keynote
    • Dominick San Gil, Owner of Dom's Lawn Maintenance
9:25am - 10:10am
  • Connecting to Customers: Marketing & Media Strategies for your Business
    • Derrick Muna, Guam Autospot
    • Kaz Endo, 8Ronin
    • Mindy Aguon, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Guam Daily Post
10:10am - 10:20am
  • Video Intermission: Tips on using social media for business growth
10:20am - 10:45am
  • Keynote Speaker
    • Bob Salas, Jr.
10:45am - 11:00am
  • Beyond Guam: Exporting to International Markets
    • STEP Program - GEDA
    • SBDC Trainings on Export Markets
11:00am - 11:55am
  • Economic Resilience: How to adapt your business in a COVID World
    • Marie Guerrero, CEO at B&G Pacific - 3 Squares
    • Raj Kumar Parangusam, Owner & President at The Saira, LLC - The Laundry Solutions
    • Jenny Coffman, Entrepreneur & Owner of Fu'una Cultures
11:55am - 12:00pm
  • Closing Remarks
    • Honorable Governor Lou Leon Guerrero
1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • One-on-One Business Counseling
    • Registered participants have the opportunity to sign up for individual sessions with business experts to discuss specific questions related to growing your business and exporting
    • One-on-One Business Counseling with GUMA, SBDC, GEDA/GPS (30 min sessions by appointment)
    • One-on-One Business to Business with Chamber of Commerce member business from various industries (30 min sessions by appointment)
  • Guam Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau (FPB)
    • Business License and Permitting Center (BLPC) Bldg A, DPW, Rt. 1 Marine Corps Drive, Upper Tumon 646-8810 gfdprevention@gmail.com