Elevate NW Conference 2020

Elevate NW Conference 2020

  • Date(s): Mon, Aug 10, 2020 - Thu, Aug 13, 2020
  • Time(s): 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: via Zoom webinar
  • Members: Free, registration required
  • Non-Members: Free, registration required
  • Additional Information: You can join Thursday's session at this link: https://seattlemetrochamber.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fA2eqcAzQB21K4kGVtJuKg
  • Questions: Contact Hannah Holman at 206-389-7216


Elevate NW Conference

Join us for the third annual Elevate NW, a conference dedicated to the growth and success of small businesses
in the Seattle metro region. From solopreneurs to companies that employ tens of thousands of people,
we all play a role in building relationships that create an environment where small businesses can continue to flourish and innovate.

This year, the conference will be held virtually. There will be a one-hour session each day, Monday – Thursday. The sessions Monday-Wednesday will feature panels on specific topics and we’ll wrap up the conference with our featured keynote speaker on Thursday. We’ll also have a structured happy hour on Wednesday afternoon to help you connect with fellow attendees.

Elevate NW Conference Highlights

Session One | Aug. 10, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Access to Capital

Session Two | Aug. 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Pivoting & Future Proofing Your Business

Session Three | Aug. 12, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Best Practices for Reopening

Session Four | Aug. 12, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Happy Hour & Connect

Session Five | Aug. 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation


Keynote Presentation By

A self-proclaimed “food evangelist”, Angela started Savor Seattle shortly after moving to Seattle in 2006. While living close to Pike’s Place market, she noticed an opportunity to connect people to the wonderful food options that the market and Seattle has to offer. Because of this desire to connect people to food, the Savor Seattle food tours began. Savor Seattle has been in business for twelve years and hosts more than 30,000 people per year.

With the onset of the pandemic, Angela needed to pivot the business in another direction. That pivot led to the Iconic Market Boxes. The boxes feature products from eight Pike Place Market vendors and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.

Savor Seattle has sold more that 1,800 boxes and at this rate, it is estimated that it will be three to four times more profitable than its previous tour business. Not only is she keeping her Savor Seattle sustainable, but she is helping those small businesses located in the market stay open during this difficult time.

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Breakout Sessions Include:

Access to Capital

Access to Capital

For small businesses, having access to capital means the difference between stocking shelves or hanging for sale signs, creating jobs or contributing to layoffs, exploring new technologies and new markets or stunting their own growth and potential. During this session, we will explore the different funding options available to small businesses to help keep business thriving.

Featuring:

Walter Acuna
Vice President,
Senior Business Leader
Craft 3

Cathy Griffith
Lender Relations Specialists
U.S. Small Business Administration

Aaron Stuesser
Vice President,
Small Business
Banker Manager
Bank of America

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Pivoting & Future Proofing Your Business

Pivoting & Future Proofing Your Business

Small-business owners must be nimble, whether they are dealing with a pandemic, a recession, or any other major crisis that comes their way. If you want to future-proof your business, the best thing you can do is foster a sense of flexibility and innovation. Join us for a thoughtful discussion on how to pivot your business while creating an environment where flexibility and innovation can flourish.

Featuring:

Olga Sagan
Owner
Piroshky Piroshky Bakery

Kenny Shelton
Assistant Director
UW Foster School of Business, Consulting and Business
Development Center

Ambika Singh
Chief Boss Lady
Armoire

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Best Practices for Reopening

Best Practices for Reopening

After months of shutdowns and remote working, businesses are gradually resuming on-site operations. Although work environments differ vastly from one another, two principles stand out as effective: tailoring safety measures to the unique business environment and implementing them across the full range of business activities (not just on-site operations). Throughout this conversation, guests will have the opportunity to discover what safety measures are appropriate and how to implement them.

Featuring:

Katie Drucker
Head of Business Development and Partnerships
Madrona Venture Group

Michele Smith
Chief Financial Officer
Woodland Park Zoo

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Happy Hour & Connect

Happy Hour & Connect

Join us as we unwind and take some time to connect with fellow attendees. We will be hosting two rounds of structured networking and will be giving away raffle prizes!

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Join Today

Membership starts at $500 and is open to any business or organization interested in increasing their presence in Seattle metropolitan region.

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Become an Event Sponsor

Want to sponsor a Chamber event?
Contact Amy O’Donnell at (206) 389-7260.