November 14-16, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 7:00 a.m.)
The conference for all businesses, EntreCon 2017 will focus on Entrepreneurship and Continued Learning, with tactical business advice for business growth and leadership success.
As a business owner or leader, the conference will give you the tools and proven strategies to grow your business and improve your bottom line. It will also give you a cost-effective way to invest in your most important asset and provide professional development for your employees.
Top local and national entrepreneurs will share the lessons they have learned in launching and growing startups, creating great cultures and engagement, as well as raising capital. With themes of Starting a Business, Growing a Business, Building Leadership Muscle and Employee Development this is a “must attend” for business owners, leaders, and employees alike. Invest in your business, yourself and your employees. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Attendees will get to see the positive impact of EntreCon first hand on when they get an exclusive first look at the soon-to-open Perfect Plain Brewing Company during early registration pickup at 50 E. Garden St. in downtown Pensacola from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.
Inspired to start a business plan after attending the first-ever EntreCon in 2015, Perfect Plain Brewing Company will officially open its doors later this month. Limited to EntreCon attendees only, the owners, brewers and staff at Perfect Plain will be offering beer samples and tours of the 5,300 square foot facility.
Keynote speakers include:
Dan Heath co-wrote three of the most-loved business books of the past decade: Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive. All three were New York Times best-sellers. Together the Heath brothers’ books have sold over two million copies worldwide and been translated into 33 languages. He is also an entrepreneur himself, having founded Thinkwell, an innovative education company that will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017. Dan has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Bert Thornton – Upon separation from the service, he worked as a systems analyst and salesman in NCR’s IT Division, and in 1971, Bert joined Waffle House as a manager trainee. Four years later, he became a Vice President. In 1994, he was elected to the Board of Directors. For over 40 years, Bert worked with both Company and Franchise Operations in Waffle House and in 2004 was named President and Chief Operations Officer of Waffle House, Inc. Today, he is the retired Vice Chairman Emeritus of Waffle House. He is the recent author of the book Find an Old Gorilla, a handbook for the development of emerging leaders.
Kevin Sheridan is an internationally-recognized Keynote Speaker, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of Employee Engagement. His first book, Building a Magnetic Culture, made six of the best seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.
Liz Jazwiec is a registered nurse and a speaker, strategist, and author who has shared her passion for leadership, engagement and service with audiences across industries. She is the author of the bestselling books “Eat THAT Cookie!” “Hey Cupcake! We are ALL Leaders,” and “Service Excellence is as easy as P.I.E. (Perception Is Everything.) She has had a long and distinguished career in hospital management. Today, she uses her expertize to inspire other organizations interested in building a culture where excellence is driven by strong leaders and engaged employees.
Brad Israel currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for 68 Ventures and Chief Leadership Officer for its core companies (Truland, Bellator, Thrive Title, 68V Development Services, and FM Solutions). Brad joined the Army in 2005 and successfully graduated from Ranger and Airborne School, to lead an Airborne Rifle Platoon, a Heavy Weapons Platoon, and a Scout Reconnaissance Platoon, all in combat in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan. Brad earned a Bronze Star, an Army Commendation Medal with a “V” device for Valor in battle; he also published a photography book, “Faces of the Future” from his time working with the locals in the villages. Brad went through the Special Forces Assessment Selection in 2008 and was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course earning the coveted “Green Beret” and Special Forces Tab in February 2011. He was assigned to 7th Special Forces Group. Brad’s earned numerous other military medals including two Bronze Stars and a meritorious Service Medal over the course of nearly twelve years in the Army reaching the rank of Major.
More national keynotes along with local experts will be announced soon!
Who should attend?
Anyone with responsibilities for the success of an organization, whether in the private, public or nonprofit sector. There will be lessons for established business leaders, professional development for new managers and employees and help for start-ups.
We encourage you to break away for the pressures and responsibilities associated with the business of doing business and learn how to improve your skills and results. You will walk away with a newfound energy to lead and tools to improve your bottom line.
New for 2017, a third day of learning has been added and the Studer Community Institute Entrecon Awards will be presented at a special event on the second evening of the conference, Thursday, November 15. The presenting sponsor of the Entrepreneur Awards this year is Cox Business.
EntreCon started in November of 2015 and was a huge success. Now on its third year, EntreCon 2017 is set to be even bigger and better than ever. At EntreCon you will find encouragement, ideas and actionable steps to increase the success of your career or organization. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.