Nov 5

BizConCLE 2018 Features National Keynotes, Workshops and a Full Day of Learning

The 14th edition of Northeast Ohio’s only conference for small and middle market companies—BizConCLE—took place last week at the I-X Center and featured a full slate of nationally known speakers, educational sessions and hundreds of business leaders from across the region.

BizConCLE started off with a welcoming keynote from Brenda Kirk, executive VP and chief product and strategy officer at Hyland. She shared with attendees how Hyland grew from a 400-square-foot office space to the thousands of worldwide employees by following a blueprint of having a clear vision for the business, charting success and investing in its community.

Following a break to allow attendees to visit the full exhibit hall as well as mini educational sessions, the crowd gathered back in the ballroom for the day’s second keynote: Chieh Huang, who leads wholesale e-commerce disruptor Boxed. Huang told the crowd about the importance that a company culture plays in retaining employees and about some of the innovative ways that Boxed has used in the past to keep its employees happy and engaged in their work.

After another short break, the luncheon speaker took the stage. Joe Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing Institute. He discussed his unique method on how he launched his business, grew his company to $10 million in revenue, and then sold for even more five years after launch.

The afternoon programming at BizConCLE featured back-to-back workshop sessions on a wide range of topics including:

• digital marketing;
• taxes;
• employee retention;
• business valuation;
• team building;
• how to recession-proof your business;
• the biggest HR mistakes businesses are making;
• what to know about analytics;
• how to be a trusted advisor for your clients;
• how to keep your business from running you; and
• the essential skills all successful entrepreneurs share.

Regathering after the workshops, the final keynote event of the day featured a special panel of Northeast Ohio’s leading “Girl Bosses”: Shibani Faehnle, founder of Bombay Taxi Boutique and co-founder of the She in the CLE! blog; Maria LeFebre, founder of Your Local Girl Gang; and Stephanie Sheldon, who runs the Indie Foundry and Cleveland Flea.

Stay tuned to this space in the coming weeks as we’ll dive deeper into all of the sessions that took place at BizConCLE 2018 and the lessons shared during the event.

BizConCLE is just one of the many events the Greater Cleveland Partnership hosts each year to provide education and other support to Northeast Ohio businesses. You can view a list of more upcoming events by clicking here.