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Small Business Summit & Annual Meeting

June 13, 2024

Get your tickets to the SBAM Small Business Summit & Annual Meeting.

We’re returning to the Lansing Center for another fantastic event of peer connection, exhibits, dynamic express learning sessions, and an inspirational keynote address.

8am – Noon: Exhibit Hall Open

8:30am – 11:45am: Express Learning Sessions

Noon – 2pm: Lunch & Keynote Presentation

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Keynote: Jacob Brown

Failing Forward

Jacob Brown’s journey from the rigorous NFL fields to international stages is nothing short of inspiring.

After going through 20 years of his adult life failing and scraping himself off the pavement, he now helps others understand that failure isn’t the end – it’s fuel.

From failing out of college, to failed businesses and jobs, to a failed marriage, to living homeless, Jacob has finally figured out that life isn’t about how many times you fall, but how many times you get up.

Today, as a seasoned entrepreneur he stands as a testament to the power of resilience. Beyond his athletic achievements, Jacob co-founded Varlo – a premier brand specializing in cycling and triathlon apparel.

His mission is simple – Fail Forward.

Express Learning Sessions

Our Express Learning Sessions are held on the Exhibit Show Floor, and presented by our sponsor American Society of Employers. Times and details for each session will be added soon.

Boost Your Business with the Small Business Hub Grant Program | 8:30am – 9:00am

SBAM Foundation Executive Director David Rhoa will share some exciting new opportunities for small businesses to obtain grants and support services.

Navigating the AI Landscape in the Workplace | 9:15am – 9:45am

How can AI play a role in the workplace? Presenter Sue Justice will use her vast HR experience to help us navigate balancing innovation, efficiency and ethics at the cross-section of AI and HR.

State of Michigan Resources: UIA and MSHDA Directors Chat | 10:15am – 10:45am

Join Julia Dale, Director, Unemployment Insurance Agency, and Amy Hovey, Executive Director, Michigan State Housing Development Authority for an interactive discussion on the resources available to the business community from their respective agencies.

Why Wellness? | 11:15am – 11:45am

Join presenter Allison Cobb to learn how wellness programs impact the overall wellbeing of your employees! Wellness can be available to companies of all sizes, it doesn’t have to take deep pockets and countless hours to show your employees how much you value them… you might even learn a trick or two to make wellness fun and inspire your employees to work on their overall health and wellbeing.

Exhibits & Peer Connections

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Robust Exhibit Hall

Stop by these exhibit booths to discover new opportunities and products for your business! There will be a wide array of exhibitors, and plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the show floor.

Lounge at the Small Business Summit with people gathered


Grab a cup of coffee and stop by the lounge to catch up with friends or make new acquaintances. There will be ample time throughout the time to connect with your peers.