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Small Biz Summit: Navigating the Future

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Strategies for Success in an Evolving Business Landscape

Save the date for this one-day, in-person small business summit in the heart of downtown Wilmington.

The theme for this one-day, in-person event is Navigate the Future; Strategies for success in an evolving business landscape. Entrepreneurs will understand strategies for success in a new business world. Business is about repetitiously solving problems for others. Attendees will learn how to branch out in person and online and build a sustainable and prosperous business. Attendees can expect energetic, information-packed, action sessions that will allow them to improve their marketing, gain financial guidance, mentorship and create an action plan for success now and in the future. 8:30 am Registration begins, Networking, Trade Show Exhibit 9:30 Keynote Speaker, Benjamin Hall 10:30 Frank Del Villar, Ai Overview for the Small Biz Owner 11:30 Toya Wilson, The AI Advantage: Transform Your Marketing and Save Time with Exclusive Strategies for Small Businesses 12:30 Lunch is served on us!, Networking and Market Fair 1:30 Michael Mario, Epic Fun Events 1:40 Afternoon Keynote, John Formica, Recruiting, Interviewing and Hiring Magical Employees in an evolving business landscape 2:40 Aaron Means, Utilizing Ai in Constant Contact Marketing 3:40 Nancy Guyton, Legal Considerations when Using Ai for Small Biz 4:40 Chisa Pennix-Brown, Putting It All Together 5:00 End of the Day!

Speaker(s): Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Hall Benjamin Hall is veteran war reporter and Fox News Correspondent based in London. Hall is the author of Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission to Make It Home. This evocative, harrowing, and deeply moving work is a powerful memoir of family and friends, of life and healing, and of how to respond when you are tested in unimaginable ways. As a journalist for Fox News, Hall had worked in dangerous war zones like Syria and Afghanistan, but with three young daughters at home, life on the edge was supposed to be a thing of the past. Yet, when Russia viciously attacked Ukraine in February 2022, Hall was quickly dispatched to Ukraine. Come hear about his grit and resilience and how that relates to your small business. Frank Del Villar, Artificial Intelligence Expert John Formica, The Ex-Disney Guy Toya Wilson, Nexgeneration Marketing Nancy Guyton, Law Office of Nancy Guyton Aaron Means, Constant Contact Chisa Pennix-Brown, Give It To The People Mike Mario, Epic Fun Even

Co-Sponsor(s): CFCC’s Small Business Center, Give It To The People, Genesis Block

This full day event will be held in person at CFCC’s Union Station Building Windell Daniels Hall (5th floor). Free visitor parking is available in CFCC’s Visitor Lot “L” (noted as ‘VP’ on campus map) located at the corner of North 2nd and Walnut Streets. ‘L’ Lot entrance is on North 2nd Street. A parking pass is not required for this lot. Here is a link to the CFCC Campus Map and driving directions if you are not familiar with our campus => http://cfcc.edu/maps-directions/wilmington-campus-map/. Cape Fear Community College will be responsible for ensuring that students with disabilities have equal, effective and meaningful access to all programs, goods, and services through the use of nondiscriminatory policies and procedures and the provision of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services as indicated necessary by the functional limitations of a qualified disability. Please note that accommodation requests may take up to two weeks to process. You can contact us at 910-362-7216 or email: ghayes@cfcc.edu if you require accommodation for a disability. Thank you!

Agenda and Speaker Line-Up

  • Benjamin Hall, Fox News Correspondent and War Veteran
  • Frank Del Villar, Artificial Intelligence Expert
  • John Formica, The Ex-Disney Guy
  • Toya Wilson, Nexgeneration Marketing
  • Derek Schmidt, DesignLoud
  • Nancy Guyton, Law Firms Carolinas
  • Aaron Means, Constant Contact
  • Chisa Pennix-Brown, Give It To The People
  • Mike Mario, Epic Fun Events


June 1
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) Small Business Center
Small Business Center Network


Union Station (Building ‘U’) Windell Daniels Hall
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