U.S. Chamber Staff


September 24, 2018


We know running a small business isn’t always easy. That’s why we’re gathering leaders from across industries for the Small Business Summit to give you the tools to grow your business.

On October 2 and 3, business leaders will meet in Washington once again to share their entrepreneurial journeys with small business leaders and owners. Surrounded by hundreds of fellow entrepreneurs, the Summit is your chance to learn, network, and experience the collective power of small business owners.

With less than a month until the main event, here’s what you can expect at the 2018 National Small Business Summit:

Engaging and insightful speakers

Our 2018 speakers come from diverse backgrounds and industries. From MLB Hall of Famer and Ripken Baseball owner, Cal Ripken, Jr. to celebrity chef and restaurateur, Spike Mendelsohn, there is something for everyone at #SmallBiz18.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Alexa von Tobel, Founder &CEO LearnVest, Author, Financially Fearless
  • Jessica Moser, Senior Vice President, Small Business Solutions, Group Benefits, U.S. Region, MetLife
  • Funlayo Alabi, CEO, Shea Radiance
  • Clay McDaniel, COO, Ripl

With breakout sessions and panels, there will be countless opportunities to interact with speakers and fellow business owners.

Breakout deep dive sessions and panels include:

  • Workforce and Small Business
  • Cybersecurity for Small Business
  • Meeting Customers Where They Are
  • Accessing Capital and Tools for Managing Finance

Our Small Business All Stars will also make appearance! Your favorite regional speakers from our nationwide small business tour will share their insights, including:

  • Jasmine Crowe, CEO, Goodr (Atlanta Summit)
  • Jeff Sommers, Owner, Izzy’s Ice Cream (Twin Cities Summit)
  • Linda McMahon, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Click here for a full list of speakers.

Opportunities to elevate your voice

Small business owners visiting Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

On October 2, take advantage of the U.S. Chamber’s collective political voice with our Main Street Leaders program. Meet with Members of Congress and advocate for you and your fellow small business owners’ legislative priorities. What would a visit to Washington be without a stop at Capitol Hill?

A taste of D.C. flavor

This year’s Beltway Bites and Brews reception is the first of its kind. Bringing together local D.C. eateries and breweries, the reception will give guests a taste of Washington’s local cuisine while providing small business owners and entrepreneurs an opportunity to meet some of the capital’s food and beverage vendors.

Recognition of our biggest dreamers

2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award winner.

Our 2018 Dream Big Awards will recognize the best of American small business. We are proud to recognize 21 finalists and their excellence in business. The Dream Big Awards live ceremony will be held on October 3 from 6:30 – 9:30pm and will include a banquet dinner, live entertainment, and dancing. This celebration is a perfect way to end what promises to be an event full of education, networking, and fun!

Join us in Washington, D.C. for an opportunity to interact with industry leaders and business peers. Registration details are available here. The National Small Business Summit is your chance take away tools that will grow your business and inspire your employees to strive for excellence.

We’ll see you there!

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U.S. Chamber Staff