JMI Business & Leadership Conference

 Save The Date For Our Next JMI Conference: JUNE 21, 2017


Thank you to all that attended and helped make our 6th Annual JMI Conference a success!

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Thank you for your interest in the 6th Annual Business & Leadership Conference taking place on June 22, 2016 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.  The registration fee provides full access to the Networking Breakfast, Keynote Luncheon, Workshops, a Pitch The Editor event and the Exhibit Hall. In addition to the conference there is private closing reception where separate tickets are availalbe for purchase. Please note, conference attendee space is limited to the first 400 people and the reception is limited to 100 attendees. The conference has sold out three years in a row, so don't delay register today! 

 Registration Fees 

thru June 8
June 9-17
   June 18-22   
 1 Ticket  $45  $55  $65
 3 Tickets or more  $40 per person   $45 per person    
 1 Ticket & Reception Entry  $70  $85  $100
 3+ Tickets & Reception Entries   $60 per person    $70 per person  




Event Information

Convention Center Pic v2The Jim Moran Institute is pleased to host its 6th Annual Business & Leadership Conference in South Florida on June 22, 2016.  The conference is sure to give you fresh ideas, powerful insights, resources and business strategies you can implement right away!  Whether you are an entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, manager or business owner, there will be many opportunities to learn, share and network.  Through the conference we strive to bring our diverse business community together and all business types are welcome.  You will hear from great speakers covering subject matters that are important to every business.  There will also be breakout workshops where you can join smaller groups to spend more time reviewing topics that interest you most.  And at every stage of the event, you’ll have opportunities to meet business experts, mingle with your peers and find out about resources available to support your business.  


If you will need overnight accommodations, we are pleased to announce that the Jim Moran Institute has partnered the two local hotels and secured special rates for attendees.

    • Riverside Hotel: Relax in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, where world-class restaurants, hopping nightclubs and enchanting courtyards frame the city's only hotel on the trendy Las Olas Boulevard. Address: 620 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301 Phone: 954-467-0671  The hotel is 3.5 miles away from the Conference Venue and room rates start at $109.  On line reservations can be made at and be sure to enter our company corporate code to receive the special rate: JMIG954

    • Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina: Situated on the shimmering blue Intracoastal Waterway, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel is a beautiful place to stay close to the attractions of Fort Lauderdale. Address: 1881 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33316 Phone: 954-463-4000 The hotel is walking distance from the Conference Venue and room rates start at $119. Reservations can be made through June 2nd. 


Florida Entrepreneurship Educators

For those of you who are Entrepreneur Educators for Universities and Colleges, we will have an academic educators meeting, the day before the conference, on June 21st.  There is no additional cost involved to participate, above and beyond one's regular conference registration fee.  To learn more please contact:  Wendy Plant, the Jim Moran Institute's Director of Student Engagement and Alumni Relations and Entrepreneur in Residence by phone at (850) 645-2711 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 Business Workshops
Keynote Speaker
Exhibit Hall
Breakfast Reception
Pitch The Editor & More Event

Reception - additional fee



Leadership & Management
Succession Planning For Small Businesses
Growing Your Non-profit
Marketing & Social Media
Lean Business Model
Cyber Security
Developing Great Sales Skills
More Coming Soon! 


Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316




8:40 a.m.

Check-in opens.  At the door registration is based on ticket availability.



  9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Networking Reception & Exhibit Hall  (check-in)



  9:45 a.m.

Opening Session: Don Yaeger, nine-time New York Times Best-Selling Author & Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated



  11:00 a.m.

Breakout Workshops



  1:00 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote Session: Amy Cosper, VP/Editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine


  2:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall



  3:00 p.m.

Breakout Workshops


  4:00 p.m.

Closing Session: Pitch The Editor & More


  5:00 p.m.

Private Reception: a separate ticket purchase event




Speakers & Topics


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OPENING SPEAKER: Don Yaeger, New York Times Best-selling author

As an award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, an nine-time New York Times Best-selling author and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, Don Yaeger has fashioned a career as one of America's most provocative thought leaders. As a speaker, he has worked with audiences as diverse as Fortune 500 companies and cancer survivor groups, where he shares his personal story. Don has developed a reputation as a world-class storyteller and has been invited as a guest to every major talk show – from Oprah to Nightline, from CNN to Good Morning America.
Topic:  What Makes The Great Ones Great


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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Amy Cosper, VP/Editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine

One of the most prominent voices in the world on the topic of entrepreneurship, Amy Cosper is the Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Media Inc. Named Fast Company's "25 Smartest Women on Twitter", Cosper has not only been reporting and commenting on the world of entrepreneurship, she has been shaping it through the pages of a magazine that has seen meteoric growth, and become the most respected in its field.
Topic: The Economic And Cultural Impact Of Thinking Like An Entrepreneur


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CLOSING SESSION: Pitch the Editor & More

Watch 5 lucky conference attendees as they present a 3 minute pitch to Amy Cosper, Editor-In-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine and our own local panelist. Hear what the editor and experts have to say about the quality of the pitch, the story behind it and the worthiness of the idea. Learn how YOU can improve your own pitch by listening in to this very special, personalized advice.
Local Panelist: Marv Russell of Marv Russell Enterprises and Andy Henriquez of Show Up For Your Life, LLC



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Cyber Security


Lean Business Model (For Profit)


Exit Strategies:
Preparing to Sell Your Business

for the Maximum Price


Search Engine Optimization:
It's All About Keywords


The Power of Professionalism


The Nonprofit as a For-profit Model:
Maximizing Alternate Revenue Streams


Customer Experience Anarchy: 
Service Hacks for Innovative Leaders




Lean Business Model (Nonprofit)


Solving Financial Challenges


Let's Talk Digital:
Online Marketing Strategies to Get You Noticed &

Inspire Your Customers to Take Action


Developing Your Future Leaders


Seal The Deal:
Turning Prospects into

Loyal Clients and Raving Fans


Mind of a Leader


Failing Successfully


Finding Your Impact Zone




Sponsorship & Conference Contact

The Jim Moran Institute is pleased to offer businesses an opportunity to support the Business & Leadership Conference. We offer numerous opportunities for you to advertise your business at any price range.


  $10,000      Exhibit Table Vendor   $200


  $7,500   Conference Program Ad   $200-$50  


  $5,000   In-kind Sponsor   FREE


  $3,500   Marketing & Media Sponsor   FREE


  $2,000   Door Prize Drawing Gift Sponsor      FREE


  $1,000   Welcome Bag Gift Sponsor   FREE



Check out all of the Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities available:
Download Sponsorship Information Packet
DEADLINE - June 8th (to have name in the program) 
                     June 21st (final day to purchase - due by noon)
Pay Online Here: Sponsorships, Program Ads, Exhibit Table & More

For more information on the conference and being a sponsor or exhibitor, please contact:  Courtney Mickens, South Florida Outreach Coordinator by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by at phone: 954-399-2849

2015 Sponsors:


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2016 Exhibitors, Partners, Sponsors & More


211 First Call for Help

Access Florida Finance Corporation


Ameriprise Financial

B Storytelling

BYL Network, Inc.

CareerSource Broward

Child Rescue Coalition

Coastal Wealth

Communicating Energy Wellness Institute

Converged Solutions and Services


Design For You, Inc. 

Digital Corporate Training, Inc.



First Citizens Bank

Fresh Start Beverage Company

Friends and Stars Inc.

Gold Coast Venture Capital Association

Greatness Inc.

Innovation Hub @ Broward College

Jusuru International

Kawa Community Partners

Legacy Bank of Florida

McKinley Financial Services Inc.
Minuteman Press - Ft. Lauderdale
Minuteman Press - Deerfield Beach


Moore Communications Group

My Fab Events

My Personal Business Coach LLC/ COI - Center of Influence Womens Network


Palm Beach County OSBA

Prediq Media

RDS Team-A1 Printer Repairs

SBDC Ft. Lauderdale

SNI Companies

South Florida Business Connections



Wizard Creations, Inc.

Xtreme Action Park

 * Denotes Exhibitors




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