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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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Rob Daley and Bill Sarris to Keynote 17th Annual Duquesne University SBDC Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference

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Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting the 17th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference (EGC) this year on Friday, May 15 in Pittsburgh. The conference is excited to announce the keynote speakers, Rob Daley, current CEO of 4Moms, and Bill Sarris, president of Sarris Candies, Inc.

Holding an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Virginia and an MBA with from Northwestern University, Rob Daley spent nine years as a venture capitalist and three years as an investment banker. Now, as the CEO of 4moms for 10 years, the company sells products in more than 2,000 retail shops across North America and in more than 52 counties around the world.

Bill Sarris, who will speak to attendees during the luncheon, joined the family business immediately after college graduation. He expanded the company, targeting different markets including catalog, mail order, fundraising, corporate gifts, private label, and retail distribution. In 2014, Bill was awarded the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award for Family Business in the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia category.

The EGC brings together hundreds of businesspeople from all over Western Pennsylvania. No matter what stage your business is in, the EGC conference allows its attendees to gain insight on the latest strategies and resources in technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Throughout the rest of the day, participants can choose from dozens of expert-led workshops that provide a diverse education on a wide-array of topics. A few of the workshops for this year include “The Million Dollar Start-Up: Tales and Tips Entrepreneurs Who Have Done It,” “Adapt or Fail: Changes That Growing Companies Need to Make Now!” and “Where's the Dough? A Playbook for Raising the Money You Need.”

The EGC’s Business Building Tradeshow concludes the day, housing more than 50 organizations that offer products and services geared toward helping businesses prosper.

The program schedule is as follows:
8:30 - 9:30: Breakfast & Registration
9:30 - 9:50: Welcome & Breakfast Keynote
10:00 - 11:10: Breakout Session I
11:20 - 12:25: Breakout Session II
12:35 - 2:00: Luncheon & Keynote
2:00 - 3:15: Dessert & Tradeshow
3:15 - 4:15: Breakout Session III

Registration Information:
Full Day (8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. includes breakfast, lunch, breakout workshops & tradeshow): $119 before April 22

Half Day (12:35 - 4:15 p.m. includes lunch & afternoon workshops): $79
Lunch Only (12:35 - 2:00 p.m. includes a Keynote Speaker): $50

Visit the EGC website to register online.

For further details contact Duquesne University’s SBDC.