Wednesday, March 29
9:00am Panel: Technology Trends
We’re bringing together subject matter experts in machine intelligence, virtual reality, sensors, space, autonomous vehicles, manufacturing, and software to discuss opportunities and overlaps for federal and commercial markets, and how your company can participate. This panel will feature overview and breakout sessions with the speakers for a more intimate environment.
With John Morrow of Morrow Consultants, Sean Carey of HD Interactive, Michael Ferris of Abacode, John Lambert of Nexutech, Julio Morris of BRIDG, and Jeff Young of Marjau Systems
10:45am Panel: Taking Care of Your Team
With potential changes in the Affordable Care Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal regulations, you could have risks you don’t even know about related to your 401K plan, benefits packages and employment law. It’s so hard to find qualified employees, and it can be even harder to keep them, and to achieve results for both employees and the organization. Learn how it all begins with the recruiting and onboarding process, and continues with mentoring and other programs including veteran employment. This panel will feature overview sessions with the speakers for a more intimate environment.
With Michael Valdez of Synergy Wealth Alliance, Mike DeVaux of Keystone Benefits Group, Sheryl Hunter of Hunter Business Law, Carmen Scanlon of Insperity, and Marnice Miller of HCRC
12pm Keynote & Lunch with Jeff Piersall
Jeff Piersall, CEO of SCB Marketing, and author of Dogs Don’t Bark at Parked Cars, shares how to create partnerships and trust to develop a vibrant, collaborative entrepreneurial ecosystem. SCB publishes i4Business Magazine and SpaceCoast Business Magazine.
1pm Panel: Target to Execute
Figuring out your strategy, determining what to go after and developing a process to manage your pipeline is critical to success in federal contracting. This panel includes business development, capture and proposal management strategies to help you win more federal contracts. Panel also includes experts in contract management and security clearance topics.
With Kevin Lancaster of Winvale, Darrell DeLoatch of FHM LLC and David Touchton of Forensic Innovation Center
2pm Panel: Growing your Business Through Joint Ventures
Recent changes in federal regulations have made Joint Ventures and Mentor-Protégé programs more attractive for teammates, and this panel will discuss options and strategies. This panel will feature overview and breakout sessions with the speakers for a more intimate environment.
with Matt Stavish of Republic Capital Access, Donna Huneycutt of Wittenberg Weiner, Todd Overman of Bass, Berry & Sims, and Carolyn Dragseth of DC Contracting Group
3pm Panel: Cost, Pricing and Compliance for Federal Contractors
Every RFP that comes out has a more complicated spreadsheet for your pricing. You keep getting asked about DCAA approved accounting systems, and how you came up with your indirect rates, and where are your policies and procedures. You haven’t been able to find an accountant that understands federal contracting. You’ve got both federal and commercial work, plus a combination of software, training, services and OCONUS work, and the DCAA auditor keeps questioning how you’ve allocated your overhead costs. You’re worried about how to keep up with payroll and billing, you aren’t making the profit you should, and you aren’t sure where to get help with the DCAA issue.
This panel will provide answers with Juli Lopez of Streamline Defense, Jenny W Clark of Solvability, Traci Rowland Shepps of Cordia Partners, Wayne Leland of nPerspective, and Rich Wilkinson of Unanet.
4pm Panel: Business Growth Through Digital Media
How are you using social media for your corporate and social branding? How can you use LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to raise your profile. How are you positioning yourself against competitors with SEO strategies? How are you using contact management and automation tools like Salesforce, Contactually, HubSpot, and other CRM tools to communicate with partners to boost your marketing to clients. profiles, and prospective employees? This panel will feature overview and breakout sessions with the speakers for a more intimate environment.
with Keith Hoffert of Catalyst Group International, John Hamerlinck of Wescat, Pete Blum of Solvability, and Brook Borup of My Clone Solution.
5pm Speaker & Reception
What is the future of the federal community across Florida? How are we connecting our federal contracting organizations, our economic development groups, federal agencies, military bases, our military and veterans to create a strong and sustainable economic base?
with Tommy Simon of Technology Brokers & Advisors, Lisa Monnet of Tampa Bay Defense Alliance, and Beau Higgins of Amazon
VETERAN’S CONNECTIONS DAY (Wednesday, March 29th)
9am Veteran Connections Keynote: The Value of a Veteran
Paul Huszar, President and CEO of VetCor, Army Veteran, and Veteran advocate will kick off Veteran Connections with the story of The Value of a Veteran.
9:30am Veteran Connections: Getting in Touch with the Community
One of the main issues Veterans face is getting in touch with the companies looking to hire them. Find out what is going on in the community and where to find the movers and shakers!
10am Veteran Connections LinkedIn Workshop: How to Find Veterans
If you’re searching but can never find the right Veteran candidate that you’re looking for then you need to learn how to laser focus your searches. LinkedIn expert Pete Blum will show you how.
10:30 Veteran Connections: Veteran Entrepreneurship
Jeff Goble, Principal at JeffGobleSpeaks.Com and Veteran Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Tampa Bay WaVE will talk to us on the process and challenges of entrepreneurship. We will also learn about programs and opportunities in Tampa to get started.
11am Veteran Connections: Veteran Resources Panel
There are many resources in our community. Everyone knows about some of them. We want to establish the resource road map you need in order to succeed. This panel breaks down many of the resources Veterans are looking for and stands ready to support our Veterans. Stay tuned for even more on the Veteran Connections Network!
11:30 Lunch Break
1pm Veteran Connections Revolver
Have you come locked and loaded to network? This speed networking session will spin you through several tables of Veterans and businesses where you get a chance to introduce yourself, tell everyone what you do and what you are there for! Bring your business cards!
2pm Veteran Connections LinkedIn Workshop: Building a Better Profile
LinkedIn expert Pete Blum takes you through building a profile that will attract attention and communicate what is really needed to gain an edge.
2:30pm Veteran Connections: Veteran Opportunities
This panel will talk about career opportunities for Veterans.
3:30pm Veteran Connections LinkedIn Workshop: Networking
LinkedIn expert Pete Blum takes you through networking essentials for success.
4:00pm Veteran Connections: A Healthy Mind and Body Panel
Taking care of our Veterans and making them part of the community is about more than just helping them find a job. This panel talks about programs that are about healing, health, and fitness. Getting Veterans active and engaged with community after returning home is something we all need to be a part of.