Fireside Chat with Alejandra Y. CastilloHappening on May 2, AEO’s “Leveraging Regionalism to Empower Small Businesses Summit is taking place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. This groundbreaking event will convene experts, thought leaders, and stakeholders to delve into strategies aimed at fostering small business growth within diverse regional landscapes.

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Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St, NW, Washington, DC 20045

In recognition and celebration of National Small Business Week, our summit seeks to underscore the pivotal role of small businesses as drivers of economic vitality and community prosperity. By exploring innovative approaches to harnessing regional resources, enhancing infrastructure, and fostering collaborative partnerships, we aim to unlock new pathways for small business success.

Key topics of discussion will focus on equitable access to opportunities, pioneering financing models, and leveraging cutting-edge technology to propel small businesses forward. Our esteemed speakers will share insights, best practices, and actionable solutions aimed at empowering small businesses to thrive and flourish.

The Summit’s Keynote conversation will be an informative Fireside Chat featuring Alejandra Y. Castillo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and Natalie Madeira Cofield, President and CEO of AEO. Together, they will delve into the crucial role of small businesses in regional economies and discuss the importance of regionalism in today’s context.

During this session, they will analyze why a national strategy must be complemented by effective action at the regional level. This promises to be a thought-provoking discussion highlighting the essential connection between national objectives and regional initiatives.

Be part of the conversation and join fellow small business support organizations, owners and entrepreneurs as we work together to strengthen small businesses across the nation.