Learn what you can do to become a budding unicorn company from successful business owners whose (im)possible expectations and determination to make unicorn status are fueled by going global.

The term unicorn was coined in 2013 by venture capitalist Aileen Lee. She chose the mythical animal to represent the statistical rarity of business ventures with a valuation of more than $1 billion. Global markets possess the potential to transform your business into a unicorn. Join us at the Forum to learn how.

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FACT: There are more than 413 unicorns around the world. Variants include a
decacorn, valued at over $10 billion, and a hectocorn, valued at over $100 billion –
for a cumulative valuation of more than $1,291B.

 – Source: CBInsights

 NOTE: This event is virtual.

THE GLOBAL SMALL BUSINESS FORUM 2020
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Speakers

Expansion to other countries and continents can lead to expansion of billions of customers and billions of dollars in potential profits. With an eye on becoming global unicorns, these 4 CEOs will share their experience on global business growth, success stories, challenges and lessons learned.  They will also address how their impossible expectations and ambitions are driving them to become global unicorns.

Program

This conference runs from 7:30-11:00 a.m. CT.
Early arrivers get to chat online with e-vendors and others.
Day 1
16 Oct 2020

Panel discussion 2020

Lori Novak, VP Foreign Exchange | Capital Markets, Associated Bank

Danny Park, CEO and Co-founder of RoboTHINK LLC

Aisha Ceballos-Crump, CEO and Founder of Honey Baby Naturals

Heather Acerra, co-founder, LUX Blox

Rajiv Khatau, Managing Director, LODAAT Pharma

Expansion to other countries and continents can lead to expansion of billions of customers and billions of dollars in potential profits.  With an eye on becoming global unicorns, these 4 CEOs will share their experience on global business growth, success stories, challenges and lessons learned.  They will also address how their impossible expectations and ambitions are driving them to become global unicorns.

Lori Novak
Danny Park
Aisha Ceballos-Crump
Heather Acerra
Rajiv Khatau
Rajiv Khatau

Tickets

Student Ticket
10.00 USD
  • Access to speakers on how to make the world your business.
  • Facetime with the speakers, panelists and fellow attendees.
  • Unlimited knowledge sharing, inspiration and networking.

(MUST HAVE ID PROOF AND .EDU EMAIL ADDRESS)

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Conference Ticket
20.00 USD
  • Access to speakers on how to make the world your business.
  • Facetime with the speakers, panelists and fellow attendees.
  • Unlimited knowledge sharing, inspiration and networking.
  • Auction of raffle prizes!
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Ticket + One e-Vendor Table
200.00 USD

First come, first served. Only 4 e-tables available. 

  • One e-vendor table (share your company capabilities with a PDF file for each attendee to download)
  • Access to speakers on how to make the world your business.
  • Facetime with the speakers, panelists and fellow attendees.
  • Unlimited knowledge sharing, inspiration and networking.
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VIRTUAL VENUE

Hosted by Foley & Lardner LLP

Gold Sponsor

Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) has total assets of nearly $34 billion and is one of the top 50 publicly traded U.S. bank holding companies. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Associated is a leading Midwest banking franchise, offering a full range of financial products and services from more than 230 banking locations serving more than 110 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and commercial financial services in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Texas. The Associated Bank Foreign Exchange team advises a wide range of businesses on managing their currency risk arising from conducting business globally. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com

BRONZE SPONSOR

Do you want to expand your business globally? Multilingual Connections helps you understand, engage, and grow your multilingual audience through translation, transcription, and multimedia localization. We translate surveys, websites, and marketing materials, transcribe interviews and focus groups, and provide subtitling and voiceover for video content with a global reach. But on a deeper level, we help you tell stories, practice empathy and connect with multilingual audiences in ways that are meaningful to them. We’re a woman-owned business based in Evanston, Illinois and our network spans the globe with expertise in over 75 languages. With our international network of professional linguists, dedicated project managers and expertise across industries, we’re here to make sure you accomplish your goals, no matter the language. Looking for a partner? Connect with us at www.multilingualconnections.com.

Host Sponsor

Foley & Lardner LLP looks beyond the law to focus on the constantly evolving demands facing our clients and their industries. With over 1,100 lawyers in 24 offices across the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Asia, Foley approaches client service by first understanding our clients’ priorities, objectives, and challenges. We work hard to understand our clients’ issues and forge long-term relationships with them to help achieve successful outcomes and solve their legal issues through practical business advice and cutting-edge legal insight. Our clients view us as trusted business advisors because we understand that great legal service is only valuable if it is relevant, practical and beneficial to their businesses.Learn more at www.foley.com.

MAJOR PARTNERS

  • The International Trade Association
  • Globe Trade
  • Emergent Research
  • Global Chamber
  • Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global
  • FACC
  • Global Chamber Chicago
  • Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global
  • Exim Bank
  • Small Business Trends logo
  • SBE Council
  • World Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • SBE Council
  • Metro Chicago Exports logo
  • 1871
  • IL Department of Commerce - Trade & Investment