• Nat Jones

Day 2 Highlights: 2019 Small Business Leadership Conference

Day 2 of the 2019 Small Business Leadership Conference began with a panel discussion on the state of small business in Florida. Featured were Ken Lawson, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Jamal Sowell, president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Florida; Michelle Dennard, president and chief executive officer of CareerSource Florida; and Michael Myhre chief executive officer and state director of the Florida SBDC Network. The panel was preceded by an economic outlook from Jerry Parrish, chief economist and director of research for the Florida Chamber Foundation.

Breakout workshops held throughout the day focused on providing opportunities for attendees to dive into more specific topics including marketing, financing, human resources and accounting.

A keynote luncheon presentation was delivered by Mona Amodeo, founder and president of idgroup, who shared details on how small businesses can have a big impact on people, communities and the world.

The afternoon also included a keynote session with Nat Jones, chief financial officer of Limbitless Solutions, a manufacturer specializing in low-cost, customizable prosthetics for children. The presentation focused on showing attendees how a small business can bridge the gap in a competitive market by providing products and services that are tailored to customer needs.

The day concluded with a networking reception sponsored by JPMorgan Chase and Co. where attendees had the opportunity to build relationships with their fellow attendees.

You can view a small photo gallery of yesterday’s events here.


About the Jim Moran Institute 

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship is part of Florida State University’s College of Business and its mission is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research.

Jim Moran was an automotive pioneer and entrepreneur at heart, who at the age of seven, sold soda pop at sandlot baseball diamonds in Chicago. With a career that spanned more than six decades, he build an amazing chronicle of achievements in the automobile industry.

His vision for the Jim Moran Institute was to provide opportunities that would help others become more successful business owners. A 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business. Since 2011, further enhancements to the Jim Moran Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.