South Florida Business & Leadership Conference


The 5th Annual Conference Is Tentatively Scheduled For June 26, 2015. 

Details coming soon!




 Event Information   Agenda    Speakers & Session Topics   Sponsorship   Exhibitors   Register




Thank you for your interest in the 4th Annual South Florida Business & Leadership Conference on June 27, 2014 at  the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.  The registration fee provides full access to the Networking Reception Breakfast, Keynote Luncheon, Business & Leadership Workshops and Exhibit Hall.  Please note, space is limited to the first 300 people.  Last year's conference sold out, so don't delay, reserve your seat now and register today! 

Registration Fees

  • Early Registration: $35 before June 22
  • Week of Conference: $45 for June 22-26
  • At The Door: $50 on June 27  




Event Information

The Jim Moran Institute is pleased to host its 4th annual business and leadership conference in South Florida on June 27, 2014.  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, business executive, team leader/manager or business owner, there will be many opportunities to learn, share and network together.  Through the conference we strive to bring our diverse business community together and all business types are welcome… Small or Large - Minority or Women Owned - International or Local - Nonprofit or Faith Based - Government or Education - Family Owned.  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.   View pictures from the 2013 conference by clicking here.






Keynote Speaker

 Exhibit Hall

Business Workshops

Networking Reception





Lean Business Model

Navigating Growth in No Man's Land

Revving Up Your Referral Engine

How To Lead More Effectively

Guerilla Marketing

Nonprofit Board Service

And many more!






Greater Fort Lauderdale

Convention Center

1950 Eisenhower Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Floridian Ballroom - 3rd Floor





 9:15 a.m.

 At the door registration



   9:30 a.m.

  Breakfast Networking Reception & Exhibit Hall  (registration check-in)



  10:20 a.m.

  Opening Plenary Session



  11:30 a.m.

  Individual Breakout Workshops



  12:30 p.m.

  Keynote Luncheon



   2:00 p.m.

  Individual Breakout Workshops


   4:00 p.m.

  Closing Plenary Session







Speakers & Session Topics


Keynote Luncheon Speaker

    • Topic: The Three Most Important Things In Business - Y.E.S.

Keynote Speaker: Norm Brodsky of Inc. Magazine

Norm Brodsky, a veteran entrepreneur who has launched and grown 10 businesses; selling Citistorage for $110 in 2007.  He is an Inc. magazine columnist and senior editor and author of The Knack: How Street Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes. 

Learn more about Norm Brodsky and read his most recent Inc. magazine article by clicking here


 Opening Plenary Session

    • Topic: Eye On The Economy

Speaker:  Dr. William Christiansen of Florida State University

Dr. Christiansen is chair of Florida State's Department of Finance and is seven time recipient of the MBA Professor of the Year Award. In 2011 he was one of five economists appointed to the Florida Econometrics Council. 

Learn more about Dr. William Christiansen by clicking here.


Closing Plenary Session

    • Topic: Business Leaders Panel

An up-close and personal discussion with South Florida business leaders: Cristina Serralta, CEO of Amazon Services, Inc., Ricky Brantley, President of Viking Defense, Inc. and Dr. Barbara Weinstein, President of Family Central.  They will share how the their business started, success and challenges they've encountered along the way and advice from one leader to another. Moderated by Nancy Allen, CEO of Women's Business Development Council of Florida




Breakout Workshops

    • Lean Business Model

Speaker: Dr. Randy Blass, Executive Director of The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, Florida State University

    • Navigating Growth in No Man's Land

Speaker: Doug Tatum, Entrepreneur in Residence, Florida State University and Author of "No Man's Land: Where Growing Companies Fail"

    • Revving Up Your Referral Engine

Speaker:  Rosie Taylor, Broward SCORE Volunteer and Owner of Rosiemedia

    • Guerilla Marketing

Speaker: Joe Ewart, Chapter Chair of Broward SCORE

    • Build A Total Online Presence That Drives Website Traffic

Speaker: Rosie Taylor, Volunteer for Broward SCORE and Owner of Rosiemedia 

    • Doing Well By Doing Good - The Board Service Business Advantage

Speaker: Jim DeChant, Leadership Institute Program Manager for Community Foundation of Broward

    • Nonprofit Board Service - Come in Swinging

Speaker: Jim Mueller, President of James Mueller & Associates, LLC and Jim DeChant, Leadership Institute Program Manager for Community Foundation of Broward  

    • Happily Ever After - Why Great Stories Build Great Organizations

Speaker: Andy Henriquez, President of Show Up For Your Life, LLC and Jim DeChant, Leadership Institute Program Manager for Community Foundation of Broward 

    • How To Sell Like A Pro

Speaker: Robert Kelly, Managing Director, Dale Carnegie South Florida 

    • How To Lead More Effectively

Speaker: Robert Kelly, Managing Director, Dale Carnegie South Florida 

    • How To Present With Greater Impact

Speaker: Robert Kelly, Managing Director, Dale Carnegie South Florida

    • Financing the South Florida Business Community with SBA Assistance

Speaker: Miguel E. Gonzalez, Assistant District Director for Lender Relations, Small Business Administration

    • Recruiting, Screening And Maintaining Your Talent

Speaker: Rosamond Parker Pickett, VP of Human Resources, CareerSource Broward

    • Much more to come

Adding speakers every day.......


Sponsorship & Conference Contact

The Jim Moran Institute is pleased to offer businesses an opportunity to support the South Florida Business & Leadership Conference. We offer numerous opportunities for you to advertise your business at any price range.  For more information on the conference and being a sponsors, please contact:

Jennifer Brin Kovach, South Florida Outreach Director
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Exhibitors, Sponsors & Marketing Partners

The Jim Moran Institute is supported through contributions from Jim and Jan Moran, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and The Jim Moran Foundation, Inc. Additional support for the South Florida Business & Leadership Conference has been provided by the following organizations:  (stars indicates Exhibitor *)



7-11 Franchising*

Broward College*

Broward County Office of Economic & Small Business Development*

Broward County Library*

Buy Your Local App Now*

CareerSource Broward*

Children's Services Council

of Broward County

City of Fort Lauderdale*

Community Foundation of Broward*

Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce*

Dale Carnegie, South Florida*

ECO Solutions Group




FSU Alumni Association

Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce*

Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Hispanic Unity of Florida*

Impact Computers & Electronics

JM Family Enterprises Inc.

Legacy Bank of Florida*

Mad 4 Marketing*

McKinely Insurance Services*



Miramar Pembroke Pines

Regional Chamber of Commerce*

My Personal Business Coach*



Not Paragon Florida*

ProFi Facility Maintenance*

Promotions Rock

SBA, U.S. Small Business Administration*


Small Business Development Center*

South Florida Business Journal*

Simon Architectural Group

S&J Catering

Student Life Matters*

Success Technologies Inc.

The Bookkeeping Center*

USACO Worldwide

Urban League of Broward County*

Women's Business Development Council*