Getting Connected Business Education Conference: The Place for Small Business and Austin Creative Resources

City of Austin Economic DevelopmentAUSTIN, Texas – The City of Austin’s Small Business Program, Cultural Arts, and Music and Entertainment divisions of the Economic Development Department are hosting the annual Getting Connected Business Education Conference on August 30 and 31 at the Palmer Events Center.

The packed two-day schedule includes classes and panel sessions for small business owners and an entire day developed for and catering to the creative heart of Austin. This event is a must for existing small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs,  including artists, musicians and other creative businesses from the Austin area who would benefit from professional development, networking opportunities, and revenue-building strategies, as echoed in the Music and Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution passed by City Council in March of this year.

“In this 9th year of Getting Connected, the Economic Development Department is addressing the needs of all of our small business constituents with additional emphasis on our creative industries. For this two-day business education conference, we have curated 19 educational sessions to enhance knowledge in areas requested by Austin business owners. I encourage anyone interested in starting or growing their business to check out the schedule and register to attend these top quality sessions.”
– Kevin Johns, Director of Economic Development

The City of Austin has assembled a distinguished group of speakers who themselves are prominent local business owners, musicians, artists and food bloggers.

First day speakers include David Ansel of The Soup Peddler, food blogger Jane Ko, and a panel discussion devoted to finding capital. The second day kicks off with a panel titled Made in Austin featuring Adrian Quesada, Gina Chavez, Allison Orr and moderated by SXSW’s Music Festival Programmer, Stacey Wilhelm. Class topics range from how businesses can legally protect themselves to creative marketing strategies, fundraising and mentoring for creatives, a panel discussion on finding capital including the City’s low-interest expansion loan, and a special session from the City’s Development Services Department covering the hot topic of permitting. Getting Connected will have something to offer to every unique Austin business owner, artist, or musician.

Free parking at the Palmer Events Center will be provided. More information is available at www.GettingConnected.info.

City of Austin Economic Development Department / Small Business Program, Cultural Arts Division and Music & Entertainment Division:
The City of Austin Economic Development Department (EDD) develops and leads the innovative programs that increase the prosperity of Austin’s citizens, our businesses, and our diverse neighborhoods.


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