Sessions for the Good Business Summit 2024 will be launched later this year.
Meanwhile, take a look back at the 2023 Summit.
Schedule at a Glance
Thursday, February 9, 2023 / 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. — Doors open. Coffee, breakfast and networking
9:00 a.m. — Creative Kickoff & Welcome
10 a.m. — Keynote 1 Fireside Chat on Main Stage
10:40 a.m. — Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. — Keynote 2 Fireside Chat on Main Stage
11:45 a.m. — Q+A featuring both keynotes
12:15 p.m. — GoodEats Lunch hosted by Verde
1:30 p.m. — Breakout workshops at nearby venues (pick from 3 options)
2:45 p.m. — Breakout workshops at nearby venues (pick from 3 options)
4:00 p.m. — GoodDrinks Happy Hour hosted at Republic Garden & Lounge
ROUND 1: Successful Business is GOOD Business
– ROI-Focused Digital Marketing: The Latest Trends, Tips, Tricks and Tech
– Shaking the Trees: Creative Funding for Your Business
– Banking & Borrowing: Navigating Cross-Cultural Differences / Banca & Préstamos: Navegando las Diferencias Interculturales (offered in Spanish language)
ROUND 2: Visionary Business is GOOD Business
– Beyond Profit: “There’s No Business To Be Done On a Dead Planet”
– Serving Society: How to Nurture Customers, Colleagues and Community
– Brand Storytelling: Bringing Hispanic Heritage to Life / Relato de Marca: Trayendo a la Vida la Herencia Hispana (offered in Spanish language)
2023 SUMMIT SCHEDULE:
- Click through the expandable menu below to read descriptions and meet the speakers for each session.
February 9, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dr. Kristian Edwards, CEO and Founder of BLK + GRN, an all-natural marketplace for Black artisans, takes our main stage with Charleston’s own Raquel Padgett, entrepreneur and Program Director of Lowcountry Local First’s Good Enterprises program, to discuss how to lead a business by leading a movement.
Enjoy 15 mins of stretch and refill time.
Cullen Gilchrist, Co-Founder and CEO of Union Kitchen, a DC-based accelerator program, takes our main stage with Charleston’s own Carrie Morey, Founder and CEO of Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, to shine a light on how to build a business whose success is interwoven with the success of its community.
After our keynotes discuss their personal and professional journeys, the audience will have ample opportunity to ask their own questions, with the help of our moderator Mimi Striplin, Founder of local jewelry and accessories brand The Tiny Tassel.
Choose 1 from the 3 sessions below to attend.
ROI-Focused Digital Marketing: The Latest Trends, Tips, Tricks and Tech // Charleston Music Hall
There are plenty of Youtube videos, ebooks, and seminars claiming to have the singular, magic-bullet solution to successfully marketing a business, but rare is the opportunity to eavesdrop on a dynamic and panoramic marketing-based discussion between an Apple accessories designer, a nationally-renowned musician-turned-CEO, an SC Women in Business Award winner, the Founder of one of the fastest growing businesses in America, and a serial entrepreneur whose red-hot hot sauce brand banks $100K in a month. This is a conversation about storytelling, branding, and the modern – and ancient – tools we should all be using as small business owners to optimize our marketing efforts.
Shaking the Trees: Creative Funding for Your Business // Forte Jazz Lounge
Securing funding for your business doesn’t have to be a complicated or intimidating process! This session brings together business funding experts who understand the unique obstacles and opportunities of a Lowcountry-headquartered small business. Level up your financial literacy with a commercial lender, a CDFI rep, a crowdfunding platform specialist, and two social impact investors.
Banking & Borrowing: Navigating Cross-Cultural Differences (offered in Spanish language) // Upstairs at Rue de Jean
Banca & Préstamos: Navegando las Diferencias Interculturales
Choose 1 from the 3 sessions below to attend.
Beyond Profit: “There’s No Business To Be Done On a Dead Planet” // Forte Jazz Lounge
Doing business better can also mean being more mindful of the physical world in which your business operates. Hear from leading local sustainable business advocates and learn how optimizing your business’ profit and being a responsible steward of our coastal community can go hand in hand. Reason One, Emerger Strategies, Amplified Ag, and Planet+Purpose Solutions will have an honest conversation about innovation, environmental responsibility, and ROI.
Serving Society: How to Nurture Customers, Colleagues and Community // Charleston Music Hall
The positive impact of a good company starts from the inside out. Compassion for employees and forward-thinking HR policies will bolster hiring and retention efforts. But a good company – one that other businesses aspire to be – also strives to enhance the quality of life for all individuals in its sphere of influence. Hear personal stories and professional advice from a Director of People & Impact, a Director of Organizational Performance Design, and 2 CEOS – all of whom lead some of the Lowcountry’s best known brands and teams.
Brand Storytelling: Bringing Hispanic Heritage to Life (offered in Spanish language) // Upstairs at Rue de Jean
Relato de Marca: Trayendo a la Vida la Herencia Hispana
Únete a nuestro panel de Marketing, donde expertos líderes hispanos como Pedro De Armas, Viviana Chimal y Marco A. Ríos de SC SBDC compartirán su experiencia y consejos. En este panel, discutiremos los desafíos específicos que enfrentan los empresarios hispanos en la comercialización de sus negocios, y compartiremos estrategias y consejos para alcanzar el éxito. No te pierdas esta oportunidad de aprender de expertos y prepara tus preguntas para ellos.
* Sessions listed here are subject to change.