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Event Information  Agenda  Speakers & Session Topics  Sponsorship  Exhibitors  




Thank you for your interest in the 5th Annual South Florida Business & Leadership Conference on June 24, 2015 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 350 people.  The conference has sold out two years in a row, so don't delay, reserve your seat now and register today! 

Registration Fees

    • Early Registration: $45 until June 16
    • Registration: $55






Event Information

The Jim Moran Institute is pleased to host its 5th Annual Business & Leadership Conference in South Florida on June 24, 2015.  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.  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 2014 conference by clicking here


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 $99.  On line reservations can be made at and be sure to enter our company corporate code to receive the special rate: TJMIFGE
    • 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 $151.  On line reservations can be made through June 2nd by clicking here


Florida Entrepreneurship Educators

For those of you who are Entrepreneur Educators for Universities and Colleges, we will have an academic educators track at the conference.  Educators will meet during the times set aside for Breakout Workshop sessions.  There is no additional cost involved to participate, above and beyond one's regular conference registration fee.  To learn more about the Entrepreneur Educator track or the group 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 & Luncheon
etworking Reception 


Strategic Marketing & Branding
Crowd Funding

Non-profit Boards & Funding
Lean Business Model
Government Contracting
Business Law
Effective Selling
The Collaborative Leader
Managing Generational Differences
SBA 8a Certification
International Trade – Exporting & Importing
and more



Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Floridian Ballroom - 3rd Floor 




 8:40 a.m.

 At the door registration opens



  9:00 a.m.

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



  9:45 a.m.

Opening Session: Bo Burlingham, Inc. Magazine’s Editor-at-Large; Author of “Small Giants” and “Finish Big”



  11:00 a.m.

Business Workshops



  1:00 p.m.

Luncheon Speaker: Ingrid Vanderveldt, Founder of EBW2020 & Vanderveldt Global Investments; Winner of Forbes Magazine’s 2014 Entrepreneur in Excellence Award



  2:30 p.m.

Business Workshops


  4:30 p.m.

Closing Session: Andy Henriquez, Founder of Show Up For Your and a Strategic Storytelling Expert





Speakers & Session Topics



OPENING SPEAKER: Bo Burlingham of Inc. Magazine

Bo Burlingham, editor-at-large and co-writer of “Street Smarts” column for Inc. magazine is the successful author of Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top; Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big; Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs; and The Great Game of Business, named one of 100 best business books of all time.
Topic:  Grow Smart, Finish Big

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ingrid Vanderveldt of EBW2020 & Vanderveldt Global Investments

Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV) is a successful business owner and entrepreneur expert who sits on the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. iV received the 2014 Forbes "Entrepreneur in Excellence Award" and is listed as the “#1 Superconnector” by Fast Company. iV created and hosted CNBC’s primetime series, “American Made” and oversaw Dell’s $250 million entrepreneurial initiatives.
Topic: Making The Impossible Possible



CLOSING SPEAKER: Andy Henriquez of Show Up For Your

Andy Henriquez is a Strategic Storytelling Expert, entrepreneur, coach and a sought-after speaker affectionately referred to by world-renowned motivational speaker Les Brown as the “The Great One".  A risk taker and businessperson at heart Andy served as a CPA for Pricewaterhouse Copper LLP is a summa cum laude accounting graduate of Florida State University.
Topic: Unlocking The Power Of Story




  • Your "Brand-Width" And Beyond
  • Crowdfunding: Past, Present & Future
  • Nonprofit Board Transitions: How To Kick It Up A Notch
  • Diversified Funding For Nonprofits
  • Getting A Bank Loan – Everything You Need To Know
  • Lean Business Model: Nonprofits
  • Lean Business Model: For-profit
  • Accounting: The Story Behind The Numbers
  • How Speaking Can Position You As An Expert In Your Field    
  • Government Contracting At Every Level


  • Keeping Up With Online Marketing
  • HR: A Survival Kit For Small Businesses
  • Business Law: Selling Your Business And Family Succession
  • Discover Effective Selling
  • The Collaborative Leader
  • Managing Generational Differences
  • Differentiate, Disrupt And Stand Out!
  • Is 8(a) Certification Right For You?
  • Email Marketing: Attract, Capture, & Convert Clients
  • International Trade: A Tool Box For U.S. Businesses



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. 

  Keynote Lunch Sponsor

SOLD OUT      Exhibit Table Vendor SOLD OUT

  Plenary Sessions Sponsors  

$3,000     Conference Program Ad SOLD OUT

  Reception Sponsor

$2,000     In-kind Sponsor FREE

  Workshop Sponsor

$1,500-$400       Media & Marketing Sponsor SOLD OUT

  Registration Sponsor

SOLD OUT     Marketing Partner SOLD OUT

  Exhibit Hall Sponsor

SOLD OUT     Door Prize Drawing Gift Sponsor    FREE

  Plenary Table Sponsor

2 LEFT     Welcome Bag Gift Sponosr FREE

Check out all of the Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities available:

For more information on the conference and being a sponsor or exhibitor, please contact:  Jennifer Brin Kovach, South Florida Outreach Director by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by at phone: 954-228-3082


2015 Sponsors:


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  FSBDC Fort Lauderdale Logo- high res   



Exhibitors, Partners, Sponsors & More


7-Eleven Franchising*
AGS Branding*
B Storytelling*
Berger Singerman
Bold Consulting & Coaching
Broward College
Broward County Office of Economic
& Small Business Development
CareerSource Broward*
Children's Services Council of
Broward County*
City of Fort Lauderdale, Economic Development Department*
City of Hallandale
City of Plantation
Comcast Business*
Communicating Energy Wellness Institute*
Community Foundation of Broward
Conrad & Scherer L.L.P.*
Consolidated Credit Solutions*
Constant Contact*
Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce
EBW 2020
Enterprise Development Corporation
Finish BIG
FL-Accounting & Avisors*
FPL FIberNet*

Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber
of Commerce
Greater Pompano Chamber of Commerce
HBL Resources
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
Hispanic Unity of Florida*
Home Instead Senior Care Hollywood*
House of Promos
HSA Enterprises
Island Water Sports
JM Family Enterprises
Juice Plus+*
KID Inc.
Legacy Bank of Florida*
Mad 4 Marketing*
Marketing Divaz
McKinely Insurance Services*
Memorial Healthcare System*
MIramar Pembroke Pines
Regional Chamber of Commerce
My Personal Business Coach*
Nespresso Business Solutions*
NewLook Markeing*
Nova Southeastern University,
H. Wayne Huizenga College of
Business & Entrepreneurship*


NPS Apps / SoFlaEvents*
Paragon Florida
Prediq Media*
REH Capital Partners
Riverside Hotel
Safe Food Handler*
SBDC Fort Lauderdale*
SCORE Broward**
South Florida Business Connections
South Florida Business Journal
State of Florida, Department of Management Services
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, Florida State University*
Tripp Scott
Ultimate Image Coach
Urban League of Broward County*
U.S. Small Business Administration*
Wecando Print
Women's Business Development
Council of Florida

 * Denotes Exhibitors


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