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Draft Agenda

Rethink, Retool, Rebuild to Support Jobs


2121 S. Goebbert Road

Arlington Heights, IL

October 20, 2010

7:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM Welcome Keynote by Assistant Secretary Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale

8:20 AM Keynote Address - Congresswoman Melissa Bean

8:40 AM Connecting to New Growth Opportunities: Becoming Part of New Supply Chains

Moderator: Peter Perez, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Trade Administration

  • Boeing, Janice Green, Senior Manager, BCA Supplier Diversity Strategy
  • Caterpillar, Gerry Wappelhorst, Supplier Relations and Development Manager
  • Northrop Grumman, Brad Fischer, Director Supply Chain Management
  • Kraft Ken Black, Senior Director, Global Purchasing

9:45 AM Break

10:00 AM Connecting To Sources of Funding: Credit and Capital

Moderator: Michael Imber, Grant Thornton

  • Don Graves, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Treasury
  • Duncan Bourne, Wynnchurch Capital
  • Small Business Administration
  • State Government Representative (invited)

11:00 AM Breakout Session #1: Connecting to New Growth Opportunities: Product Development and Innovation

Moderator: Sharon Barner, Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Patent Office

  • Don Shaner, IMEC Business Improvement Specialist
  • Dr. Praveen Gupta, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Joe Bhatia, President, American National Standards Institute

Breakout Session #2: Connecting to New Skills: Workforce Retraining

Moderator: Peter Perez, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Trade Administration

  • Workforce Board of Northern Cook County

Breakout Session #3: Connecting to Best Practices: Sustainable Manufacturing Techniques

  • Mary Hallock, IMEC (Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center)

12:00 PM Luncheon and Resource Fair

1:00 PM Breakout Session #4: Connecting to Federal, State and Local Tax Incentives

  • Morgan Wise – IRS
  • Kevin Bell – DCEO
  • Carol Harris – SBA
  • Debbie Meyers-Martin – Illinois State Treasurer’s Office
  • Fernando Chavarria - IDES

Breakout Session #5: Connecting to New Customers: Internet Marketing

Moderator: Sean Callahan, Executive Editor, B2B Media Business Magazine

  • Neil Brown, managing partner of FusionB2B
  • Carrie Halle, Marketing Manager for Knaack Div. Emerson Electric Co
  • Joe Lardiari, ThomasNet
  • Matt Eggemeyer, President, Keats Manufacturing

2:00 PM Break

2:15 PM Connecting to New Growth Opportunities: Exporting – Finding and Financing New Markets

Moderator: Nicole Lamb-Hale, Assistant Secretary of Commerce

  • Robin F. Mugford, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce - Commercial Service
  • Michael F. Howard, Midwest Regional Director, The Export-Import Bank of the U.S
  • John A. Nevell, Regional Manager, Office of International Trade, Small Business Administration

Business Panelists

  • Tony Beyer, President, Tek Pak, Inc.
  • Jason Speer, President, Quality Float Works

3:15 PM Wrap Up and Next Steps

3:30 PM Conference Adjourns

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Last Updated: 10/12/10 10:05 AM