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Verizon Small Business Digital Ready: Cleveland Summit in partnership with Luminary is headed your way!

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready is partnering with Luminary to bring the Digital Ready experience to Cleveland. From panels and workshops to fireside chats and networking, incredible speakers, and experts, together, the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready: Cleveland Summit in partnership with Luminary will give you a chance to develop your skills with exclusive live events.

Join us in creating new connections, engaging with the content you need and the networking opportunities you’ve been missing to grow your business!

Together, we are bringing robust workshops from subject matter experts across all areas you need to run your business - not to mention valuable time to connect with other local business owners.

Get ready to level up your productivity at the Cleveland Summit with a sweepstake!

Verizon is giving away Google Chromebooks to five small business owners who attend the event in person. But that’s not all! Luminary is also giving away 10 Fellowships during the Cleveland Summit, which provides a free annual digital Luminary membership. Spread the word and share this sweepstake opportunity within your networks!


Must register and attend The Cleveland Summit in person. Must Register for the Small Business Digital Ready Program.

How To Enter: 

  • Register for the Cleveland Summit
  • Register for Verizon Small Business Digital Ready
  • Attend the event in-person. See Rules

How Often You Can Enter:

One entry per person

No purchase necessary. Must be present to win. Sweepstakes starts June 12, 2023 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) and ends on June 12, 2023, at 12:00 PM ET. Must be legal U.S. resident 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Verizon Corporate Services Group Inc. For official rules, see rules here.

Register Here

Date: June 12, 2023 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM EDT
Venue: Cleveland State University - Fenn Tower Ballroom
Location: 2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
*Parking is complimentary


Here's what you can expect:

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

Registration and Light Breakfast

10:25 AM - 10:30 AM

Welcome and Kickoff

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Building While Flying Panel with Claire Coder, CEO of Aunt Flow, Michelle Murcia, Founder and CEO of book+street, and Manny Hall, Founder and Brand Developer of Manny Hall and Associates
How do you build your empire, create space for others and leave a legacy you feel proud of? This panel will be an open conversation with seasoned and budding entrepreneurs shedding light on the true importance of community, perseverance and the resources small businesses can leverage as we each build our own empires - while also running our own empires.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Business Plan Boot Camp with Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO of Luminary

For all of the popularity of pitch decks, business plans still serve an important function for entrepreneurs who are building a business. Join Luminary's Founder, Cate Luzio as she covers the essential elements founders should include in a business plan, and why they matter.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

SMBs and Challenges of Technology Adoption with David Brozo, Director of Field Marketing for Verizon Small and Medium Business

Verizon Business successfully delivers thousands of Small Business solutions every year. But like most tech-sellers, Verizon is challenged to help Small Businesses to gain full adoption of technology to truly help move their small business forward. Dave Brozo, Director of Field Marketing for Verizon Small Business, will take us through the lessons learned in helping SMBs "break the seal" on what they just bought.  

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

The Power of the Digital Ready Platform with Lily Baez, Small Business Digital Ready Community Manager, Janell Jermon, Founder of Kultured Kurlz LLC, and Devon Carter, Founder of Real LLC

Hear directly from the voices of the small businesses that are using different resources from the platform to move their businesses forward. In this conversation you will hear how Verizon Small Business Digital Ready is impacting business owners and how to navigate the program’s resources.

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Know Your Numbers and The Power of Capital with Laura B. Gibbons, Vice President, Sr. Business Consultant of Chase for Business

Let's discuss the power of capital, how to access it, what are your options in the market, how you can navigate cash flow to maximize business success, and how to leverage capital to fuel the growth of your business.  

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Digital Marketing 101 with Maribel Lara, SVP at The Sasha Group of Vayner Media

With the way consumer behavior is heading, marketing seems to be where every business should be investing their time. During this session, learn not just the in's and out's of digital marketing through social media, but what it means to get inside your consumer's head and think from a customer's perspective. 

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks and Networking Cocktails provided by Delola

Register Here

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready is a free learning program developed by small business to help small businesses grow and build their skills to succeed in the digital economy. Filled with courses, events, coaching sessions, and grant opportunities, it’s an easy way to advance your business, learn new skills, and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs. For more information, visit verizon.com/digitalready.

Luminary is a gender inclusive, global membership-based professional education and networking platform created to uplift, up-skill, and propel women and our male allies forward through all phases of their professional journey. Our goal is to provide our community with access to tools, resources, and connections to help build, grow, and move businesses and careers forward.

 Join us in creating new connections, engaging with the content you need and the networking opportunities you’ve been missing to grow your business!

This is an in-person only event. 

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Meet The Speakers

Lily Baez

Lily Baez, Small Business Digital Ready Community Manager

David Brozo

Director of Field Marketing for Verizon Small and Medium Business

Devon Carter

Founder of Real LLC

Claire Coder

CEO of Aunt Flow

Laura B. Gibbons

Vice President, Sr. Business Consultant of Chase for Business

Manny Hall

Founder and Brand Developer of Manny Hall and Associates

Janell Jermon

Founder of Kultured Kurlz LLC

Janell Jermon

Founder of Kultured Kurlz LLC

Crafted by  “Type 4 Natural” Janell Jermon, Kultured Kurlz was created for Type 4 naturals who struggle with retaining length, moisture, and a nourished scalp. Formulating the best products with carefully researched and ethically sourced ingredients is our core interest. For 7 years, Janell’s top priority was keeping her hair and scalp healthy. With a few minor setbacks along the way, she finally developed a hair care routine that manifested great results, which consisted of products that she whipped up in her kitchen. In February 2018, Kultured Kurlz (originally 4Curlz) was created on Instagram to share her recommendations and D.I.Y formulas to help other type 4 naturals achieve stronger, shinier, healthier hair.

With time and love, Kultured Kurlz was created to provide lifestyle products exclusively for Type 4 naturals. This company was started specifically to promote true representation of type 4 hair. There is no need to guess “is this product for my hair texture”. The answer is simple, yes!

Cate Luzio

Founder and CEO of Luminary

Cate Luzio

Founder and CEO of Luminary

Leader. Advocate. Builder.

Cate Luzio spent two decades in financial services leading global multibillion-dollar businesses. During this time, she also led many of the institutions’ women’s networks and saw the disproportionate number of men to women and women of color in the senior ranks. She recognized the problem was a lack of investment and development of talent in the female pipeline, rather than a lack of talent itself.

This observation sparked a new direction for Luzio’s own trajectory. In a sharp career pivot, she wrote a business plan and set out on a new mission to help women see a path toward advancement by arming them with the tools, resources, and community to propel them to the top -- regardless of their professional journey.

In 2018, she launched and self-funded Luminary, a membership-based career and personal growth platform and collaboration hub created to address the systemic challenges impacting women across all industries and sectors. Luminary is the ultimate career advocate, uplifting and upscaling women through all phases of their professional journey -- in the workforce, entrepreneurship, and in transition - - by providing a vast eco-system of expert-led thought leadership programs, as well as in-person and virtual workshops and events. Members are comprised of a multigenerational and intersectional community of intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, corporations, and organizations including UBS, WW, JPMorgan Chase, Unilever, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Mastercard, and Heidrick & Struggles.

Prior to Luminary, Cate was Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC, managing more than 2,000 employees worldwide and prior to that, she served as Head of Multinational Corporate Banking at J.P. Morgan EMEA based in London. She spent her early years in Latin America with Bank of America across both consumer and wholesale banking. She started her career working in tech in China. Cate was named to American Banker's ‘Most Powerful Women in Banking' list multiple years in a row, is a three-time Financial Times Global Diversity Champion, and a two-time Yahoo Finance Diversity Hero. She remains committed to leveraging her extensive corporate experience to support and encourage women and push for gender equality and pay parity in the workplace.

Michelle Murcia

Founder and CEO of book+street