Small Biz BIG Talk - Business Planning Session

When:  Feb 17, 2022 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM (PT)
Associated with  Small Business Owners
Join the Independent and Small Business Owners (ISBO) Community of MPI for an in-depth conversation that will spotlight the key areas of owning and managing an independent or small business in the meetings and events industry.

  • What business planning do you need to complete to move your business forward?
  • Will what got you to this point get you to where you want to go next?
  • Are you sometimes paralyzed or overwhelmed and not able to make clear decisions?
  • Do you feel alone in your business and crave a safe space to talk with other business owner about your issues?
If so, this session will help you to get clarity on many areas of business planning.
  • What is the best strategy for growth?
  • Who is an ideal profitable client?
  • What will give you the edge on your competitors?

Reserve your spot for this session today!

Our panelists will include:

  • Chris Eckert, Business Strategist, Optional Thinking
  • Sheila Murphy, Co-Founder/Partner, FlexProfessionals
  • Chuck Salem, CEO, Unique Venues

Chris Eckert is a business strategist specializing in working alongside small business owners examining ways to improve their company. By reporting directly to the business owner(s) throughout his career, Chris was privy to their inner workings. Absorbing this mindset taught him how to see the detailed capacities of a company and the pieces required to make it successful. He has the ability to anticipate needs, before they become issues and pivot to the best solution.

Sheila Murphy is Co-Founder/Partner of FlexProfessionals, a niche staffing firm that matches experienced professionals seeking meaningful, part-time employment with growing businesses in need of top talent. FlexProfessionals works with seasoned professionals with at least 10 years of experience and has successfully placed a wide variety of meeting planning professionals in part-time and project roles. Featured on The Today ShowSheila is a career re-entry expert, work flexibility advocate, and seasoned speaker/trainer on a variety of job search and career development topics. 

Chuck Salem is co-owner and CEO of AMARC Inc., the umbrella corporation for various solutions to assist campuses in growing auxiliary revenue. Solutions include Unique Venues, North America’s premier online resource for people searching for new places to meet, gather and celebrate; Intern Housing Hub which is dedicated to helping campuses grow their summer housing revenue; Event Guru Software, a solution to help campuses manage conference and event business from proposal to invoicing; and Registration Guru Software that assists campuses with managing all events that require a reserved seat, participant registration or ticketing. Chuck is a highly sought-after consultant, speaker, and educator for professional development in the hospitality industry.

The session will be moderated by Phil Rappoport, president-elect of the MPI Potomac Chapter and founder of Virlybird, a planner support agency. Prior to Virlybird, he served as VP and General Manager of the AgendaPop mobile event app since 2015. In addition to MPI, Phil is a member of PCMA, ASAE, SGMP, and other meeting organizations. His career has spanned the Internet and broadcasting, holding management positions at AOL, Sony, Fox Television New York, and radio stations in Chicago, Cincinnati, and New York. He was the producer for a weekly late-night program for the ABC Television Network featuring the top artists in rock music.


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