Save the Date: 5th Annual South Sound Business Summit


The first full week of May is designated National Small Business Week. Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. 

Five years ago, Paul Long, a local business banker, created the South Sound Business Summit to give the opportunity for small business owners to hear from local South Sound leaders about the challenges and successes of owning a small business. Last year, 200 local leaders attended the summit and learned from three amazing speakers. Each year the topics are chosen by the previous year’s attendees.   

This year’s event will be held Tuesday May 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m at McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood. 

The speaker series is a great opportunity for small business owners to learn through an educational event that inspires and connects the business community while networking with other like-minded business leaders.


“Eradicating Entrepreneurial Poverty” with Mike Michalowicz (by video conference). Nationally recognized author of “Profit First,” “Fix This Next,” “Clockwork,” “Surge,” “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur” and “The Pumpkin Plan,” Michalowicz will talk about his mission to eradicate entrepreneurial poverty and look at various aspects of a business to provide a simple framework that helps a business grow profitably and sustainably and make a difference.

“Impact: A Crash Course in Leadership” with Elisa Hays.

Inspirational speaker, storyteller and “attitude adjuster,” Hays is a sought-after authority on leadership, resilience, and inclusion. Leadership is about what you do, the choices you make, when confronted with adversity. Learn what separates a genuine leader from someone in a position of authority. Be inspired to become the leader people can’t resist. Discover how you can lead through any adversity with four powerful, simple actions.

“Choosing the Positive Path to Getting Where You Want to Go” with Barry Long. Long is a highly valued marketing professional and former consultant trainer with Microsoft and worldwide speaker for more than 20 years. He has faced life-altering challenges that have taught him the value of positive attitude and perseverance. Through his work as a professional speaker and leadership coach, Long has shared his message of motivation with thousands of people; helping them to take action, communicate successfully, and reach their goals through real conversation, direct guidance and actionable plans. 

Normally, to hear these speakers attendance would cost $250-$500, but because of their commitment to small business, tickets will continue to be $35 ($10 for students, $30 for Veterans) and can be purchased at All profit from the event will be donated to The Washington State Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SBDC is a network of more than 30 expert business advisors working in communities across the state to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business. 

Business owners can be sure that this event is a great opportunity to learn about innovation, development and success for their business and to network with many other likeminded individuals.

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