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Small Business BIG Talk - Business Planning Sessions
Join the Small Business Owners of the MPI Community for an in-depth conversation that will spotlight the key areas of owning and managing a small or independent business in the meeting and event industry.

- What business planning do you do to move your business forward?
- Will what got you here - get you to where you want to go next?
- Are you sometimes paralized in overwhelm and not able to make clear decisions?
- Do you feel alone in your business and crave a safe space to talk business owner issues out?

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?

>>Our panelists will include:
Chris Eckert, Business Strategist, Optional Thinking
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) through 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. The ability to anticipate needs, before they become issues and pivot to the best solution.

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.

Feb 17, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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