THINK BIG. START SMALL. Get ready . . . America's SBDC 40th Anniversary Conference Atlanta Marriott Marquis Atlanta | Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2020

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Registration for the 2020 conference is currently on hold while America’s SBDC and it’s Board of Directors decide on a path forward in the next few months.

The 40th Anniversary America’s SBDC Conference will take place from September 29 to October 2, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

This year’s theme, “Think Big. Start Small” starts with the big ideas that float around the heads of would-be entreperenuers at night as they try and fall asleep. The persistent itch they feel to get out and do something on their own. The innovative approach they take to do or make something better. The courage to walk into their local SBDC to get the assistance they need to turn that dream into a reality, a small business.

Prepare to be inspired, celebrated and educated at this year’s 40th Anniversary America’s SBDC Conference. Our general sessions will inspire you to take a leap of faith, challenge yourself and consider the impossible. Our receptions, networking, and tradeshow will be a celebration of the important work that SBDCs do to help small businesses start, grow and thrive. Our workshops will sharpen your mind, skills, and approach to tackling some of the industry’s top challenges.

The conference schedule, exhibitor and sponsor opportunities, registration and more will be available in early 2020. For more information, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact Donna Ettenson.

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Ramon Ray Entrepreneur, Author
and Speaker
More... Conference Emcee Ramon Ray
Jon Dorenbos Speaker and Magician
More... Keynote Speaker Thursday, Oct. 1 - General Session John Dorenbos

2020 State Stars

The 2020 STAR Reception will be hosted at the famous Georgia Aquarium.

Who is your network’s 2020 State Star?

We will start accepting information in January, 2020. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 26, 2020.

Georgia Aquarium

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Conference attendees


Stay tuned for information about registration, schedules, the Conference App, and more.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

For information about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact Donna Ettenson.
Check back for information about schedules, registration and more.
Exhibit Hall

Thank You to Our 2019 Conference Sponsors

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United Midwest Savings Bank

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Goldman Sachs

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See you in Atlanta . . .


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Welcome from the Mayor

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