Alex Fender

The Texas Veterans Business Summit is a full-day workshop designed to provide veterans who wish to start or grow a business expert advice, networking opportunities, and access to resources. Information will be provided by local, state, and national small business experts.

Prominent figures from the entrepreneurial and investor community—“veterans” of the business world—will participate in interactive panels designed to help you grow your business.

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Texas Veterans Business Summit:
Where Opportunity Meets Action!

November 13, 2012
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Hosted by
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Momentum Texas

In partnership with
Allies in Service, Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas, U.S. Small Business Administration, Texas Veterans Leadership Program, Texas Veterans Commission, U.S. Veterans Administration and U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce.

Join us for the Texas Veterans Business Summit and Entrepreneur of Year Luncheon—an exchange and celebration of innovative ideas where veterans interested in the “who, what and how” of starting or growing a business can get advice, network and access unique resources.

The luncheon will also recognize the Veteran Entrepreneur of Year.

The Texas Veterans Business Summit will focus on:


9:00 a.m. Registration check-in


10 a.m. Welcome and Overview


Richard Fisher
President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Maj. Gen. James L. Williams
U.S. Marine Corps (ret)
Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas
Sylvia Sotelo Kidd
Momentum Texas Inc. Board
10:30 a.m. Plenary Session


Jan Collmer
Retired Executive
Freddie Streeter
The Streeter Group
Gary Lindner
U.S. Air Force (ret)
President and CEO
People Fund
Sue Malone
Vice President of Marketing
Superior Financial Group
11:45 a.m. Networking Break


Noon Concurrent Workshops
Explorer Track
Audience: Veterans who are thinking about starting a business.
Topic: Guidance for a successful business launch.Emerging Owner Track
Audience: Veteran entrepreneurs who are launching or have launched their business.
: Managing and sustaining growthContractor Track
: Veteran businesses
Topic: Expanding into government, private or prime contractor procurement and supply opportunities.
Explorer Track: Business concept development, business planning and nuts and bolts of starting a successful business
Cassandra Hardwick
Senior Consultant
Genesis Preferred Solutions
Glenda Overstreet
Business Consultant/Veterans Specialist
Best Southwest Small Business Development Center
Keith Kennedy
District Director
Dallas Area SCORE
Nicole Baldwin
Beauty Advocate
BIAO Skincare
Emerging Owner Track: Building the advisory and management team and tech support and recognizing the importance of networks and networking
JP Hogan
Grant Seabolt
Seabolt Law Group
Efren Villanueva
Business Advisor
Job Connection Education Program
Christopher J. Feola
Contractor Track: Identify experts who can provide assistance to entrepreneurs seeking major contracts
Chuck Waldrop
Center for Government Contracting
Gregory James
University of Texas at Arlington Cross Timbers Procurement Center
Timothy Woods
Woods Consulting Group
Alex Fender
Veteran Entrepreneur/Owner Funnel Science
1:15 p.m. Lunch
Keynote speaker
Brig. Gen. Casey Blake
Deputy Director
Army and Air Force Exchange Services
Al Zapanta
President and CEO
U.S.–Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Terrance F. Henderson
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Comerica Bank
3 p.m. Concurrent workshops


Explorer Track: Definition of markets, marketing, use of social media and access to capital
Terri Williams
Director Contracting Resource Center
South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Corp.
Tarsha Polk
The Marketing Lady
Billy Medina
Economic Development Specialist
Small Business Administration
Mike Donovan
Business Planning and Consulting
Emerging Owner Track: Franchising as a business option and access to capital
Brian Bascom
President and CEO
U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce
David E. Omholt
John Petteway
District Manager Greater Dallas
Wells Fargo Banker
Contractor Track: A vendor description of requirements for contractors and two veteran entrepreneurs talk about securing major contracts
Don Carter
U.S. Air Force (ret)
Cartgroup International
Vincent J. Hrenak
U.S. Air Force (ret)
Vice President
Supply Chain for Network Centric Systems
4:30 p.m. Networking Reception


6 p.m. Adjourn

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