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2020 Small Business Summit & Resource Fair

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Name: 2020 Small Business Summit & Resource Fair
Date: January 30, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:
The Wake Forest Area Chamber is pleased to present the 2020 Small Business Summit and Resource Fair, presented by Wake Tech Small Business Center and Town of Wake Forest. Created to help you start the year with a clear vision, the event combines engaging marketing presentations with networking, idea sharing, and a resource fair. Sponsorships are available.

Attendees will learn how to take their marketing to a new level using storytelling techniques and social media best practices. Connections will be made over beverages and appetizers while exploring an array of businesses and non-profits that provide services to small businesses.


Sloane Heffernan, The Business of Storytelling
Sloane is a two time Emmy Award winning journalist with a passion for storytelling. For the last decade, she has been sharing stories as a reporter at WRAL-TV. Before planting roots in the Triangle, Sloane worked as an anchor and reporter at NBC affiliates in Florida and Georgia. Sloane is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism. Her passion for journalism was born from her time observing sports reporters on the sidelines as a member of the New England Patriots Cheerleading Squad. Sloane is married to her high school sweetheart Mark, and they have three young children. When she is not chasing the big story of the day, she enjoys sharing her story-telling skills with business leaders and non-profit organizations to help them more effectively connect with their audience and build lasting relationships.

Chisa Pennix-Brown, Telling Your Story on Social Media
With over 17 years of experience in business coaching, community outreach, social media insight, CEO Chisa D. Pennix-Brown has transformed persistence and a long-time vision of helping her peers, into Lady Bizness, an organization committed to entrepreneurship opportunities and business development for branding, social engagement, and marketing. Chisa's desire to create a business and media empire enabling small businesses and individuals to enhance, enlighten, empower, and enrich their station has led to a career centered around cultivating leaders in personal and professional endeavors. Her motto is: GIVE IT TO The People!

RESOURCE PROVIDERS (as of 12.31.19):

Wake Tech SBC/Center for Entrepreneurship
Carolina Small Business Development Fund
Launch Wake Forest/Launch Rolesville
Women's Business Center
Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce
Office of Historically Underutilized Business, Department of Administration
Thread Capital 


2:00 PM: Registration
2:30 PM: The Business of Storytelling, Sloane Heffernan
3:30 pm: Refreshment Break and Resource Fair
4:00 pm: Telling your Story on Social Media, Chisa Pennix-Brown
5:00 - 7:00 pm: Resource Fair, Beverages & Appetizers, and Networking

Interested in sponsoring this event? CLICK HERE
Event Sponsors:

Speaker Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Resource Fair Table

Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 S. Brooks Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587        
Date/Time Information:
January 30, 2020
2:00 - 7:00 pm
Contact Information:
$20 for Chamber members
$25 for non-members
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