Verizon Small Business Digital Ready: NYC 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 NYC. From panels and workshops to fireside chats and networking, incredible speakers, and experts, together, the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready: NYC Summit in partnership with Luminary will give you a chance to develop your skills with exclusive live programming and networking.
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 NYC Summit with a sweepstake!*
Verizon is giving away Chrome Books 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 NYC Summit, which provides a free annual digital Luminary membership. Spread the word and share this sweepstake opportunity within your networks!
Here's what you can expect:
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast & Networking
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
*Optional* Office Hours with Erin Andersen, LinkedIn Strategist, Sankeetha Salvarajah, Legal 101, Morlene Chin, Senior Community Director at Yelp Brooklyn, Precious Williams, CEO of Perfect Pitches by Precious LLC, Jourdan Guyton, Founder & CEO of Vera Jean Media, LLC, and Jennifer Malamas, M.D., Mindfulness & Meditation Guide, Wellbeing Coach
10:40 AM - 10:55 AM
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Breakout Sessions - Choose Your Own Journey
1. 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.
2. The Top 5 Mistakes that Make or Break Small Businesses with Tricia Taitt, CEO of Fincore
Little financial mistakes can eat into your profitability and growth. Even if numbers aren’t your “thing,” you still need to know your financials well enough to set the right goals and track the right business metrics. There are 5 financial mistakes that typically make or break small businesses. In this 45 minute workshop, Tricia M Taitt will address each one and provide solutions to avoid them.
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch & Networking
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Building Wealth as a Small Business Owner in Today's Markets with Jean Smart, Founder and CEO of Penelope
Swayed by Market Moves? Find Stability in Wealth Building. Dive into our wealth building strategies session for entrepreneurs and discover the power of saving as a business owner, learn tried and true practices.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
The Power of the Digital Ready Platform with Jyoti Jaiswal, Founder of OMSutra, and Mike Odulana, Founder of Moobience, moderated by Lily Baez, Small Business Digital Ready Community Manager
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.
2:45 PM - 4:15 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.
4:15 PM - 5:10 PM
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.
5:10 PM - 5:25 PM
Closing Remarks with Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO of Luminary
5:25 PM - 6:30 PM
Networking & Cocktails provided by Delola
Join us in creating new connections, engaging with the content you need and the networking opportunities you’ve been missing to grow your business!
Eligibility for Sweepstake:
Must register and attend the NYC Summit in person. Must register for the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Platform.
How To Enter:
How Often You Can Enter:
One entry per person
No purchase necessary. Must be present to win. Sweepstakes starts September 26, 2023 at 8:30 AM Eastern Time (ET) and ends on September 26, 2023, at 1:00 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.
Verizon Small Business Digital Ready is a free learning program developed by small businesses 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.
Meet The Speakers
Small Business Digital Ready Community Manager
Founder and Creative Director of Gwen Beloti Jewelry
Senior Community Director at Yelp Brooklyn
Founder and CEO of Ally Shoes
Founder of OMSutra
Founder of OMSutra
Jyoti Jaiswal is the founder of OMSutra, a brand that encourages a conscious lifestyle. Established in 2007, the brand aims to preserve India's craft traditions and support ethical and sustainable trades in artisan communities.
Jyoti designs her handcrafted heritage collection, which skilled artisans handmake using various techniques, eco-friendly materials, and natural resources in the fashion, wellness, and home industries. With over 20 years of experience in product development, market research, and sustainable sourcing, Jyoti brings her artistic flair and love for creative expression to produce unique handmade goods for mainstream consumers. She offers custom-design manufacturing consultancy to other businesses and is also involved in creating social impact projects that help underrepresented women groups and in capacity building for artisan communities, creating a socio-economic and environmental impact.
OMSutra is Jyoti's passion project, which aims to bridge the gap between her two homes, India and the USA. Her commitment to convenience, creativity, craft, design, and tradition has made OMSutra a reflection of her values and vision.
Chief Revenue Officer for Verizon Business Markets and SaaS
Chief CSR Officer at Verizon
SVP at The Sasha Group of Vayner Media
Founder and CEO of Luminary
Founder of Moobience
Founder and CEO of Harlem Cycle
Founder and CEO of Harlem Cycle
Tammeca Rochester, the owner and founder of Harlem Cycle, is a remarkable individual with an impressive academic and professional background. Holding three academic degrees, including Mathematics from Spelman College, Mechanical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from New York University's Stern Business School, Tammeca brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her endeavors.
After spending 13 years in the corporate world, excelling in Engineering and Marketing, Tammeca decided to follow her passion for fitness and opened Harlem's first and only indoor cycling studio in 2016. Her journey began when she sought a workout that would not only help her regain her fitness but also uplift her spirits. It was through exploring different options that she discovered indoor cycling, which resonated deeply with her childhood memories of joyfully cycling through the streets of Atlanta.
Driven by her entrepreneurial spirit and love for Harlem, Tammeca embarked on establishing the first-ever indoor cycling studio that fully embodies the passion, soul, and energy that defines Harlem. Her dedication and vision have garnered recognition, with Outside Magazine listing her among the top 40 women shaping the future, alongside influential figures like Michelle Obama and Serena Williams.
Certified in indoor cycling, group fitness, Pain Free Performance Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level 1, and Functional Range Conditioning, Tammeca always seeks to expand her knowledge and expertise. Currently, she is pursuing further qualifications by studying for the CSCS exam.
Tammeca Rochester is a true inspiration, combining her academic achievements, professional experience, and passion for fitness to bring an unparalleled indoor cycling experience to the vibrant community of Harlem.
Founder and CEO of Penelope
Author and Profit Strategist
CEO of Perfect Pitches by Precious LLC
CEO of Perfect Pitches by Precious LLC
Want to learn how to take your sales, investor, or elevator pitches from trash to straight CASH? Or have your prospects throwing money at you every time you open your mouth? Then, it's time to learn how to convert conversations into currency with the Pitch Queen, Precious L. Williams. Her company, Perfect Pitches by Precious, teaches you the tools and tenacity to pitch with power, sell with storytelling, and develop a masterful mindset for communication. It’s time for you to learn how to #SlayAllCompetition
Precious busts norms and shifts perspectives to help teams own their awesome and bring out their “wow” factor. Your leaders and teams will up their game — on their terms — in order to develop the cunning, clarity and confidence that’s been inside them all along.
What’s more, they’ll get unstuck and discover a renewed and refreshed energy to own the mindset of the pitch in a way they never thought possible. If you’re ready to go from milquetoast to memorable, attracting and captivating your prospects while closing the sale in an authentic way, it’s time to #pitchforprofit
And you can bet, you’re going to have fun doing it!
Precious L. Williams is a 13-time national elevator pitch champion. Besides helping women entrepreneurs and business leaders, she is also a TOP corporate sales trainer, helping sales teams to create killer communication skills, craft messaging and understand how to pitch and build sales programs. Precious is a world-class speaker/trainer for global brands including BMW, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Harvard University, Columbia University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, George Washington University, Intuit Quickbooks, Yelp, and more. As an international professional speaker, she is also hired to Keynote global conferences, summits, and events.
Founder & CEO of Vera Jean Media, LLC
Mindfulness & Meditation Guide, Wellbeing Coach
Chef & Founder at FIELDTRIP
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