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    How to Immediately Make Any Small Business “Big”

    In this Talk, Rafat Ali gives small business owners and other leaders a new framework for thinking about their company as “big” vs. “small.” Founder of travel industry disruptor Skift, Ali explains how “small is having a big moment” thanks to dedicated fan bases and discusses how small businesses can create and effectively leverage impassioned stakeholders.

    Rafat Ali
    Founder & CEO, Skift
    Ali Velshi
    Anchor, MSNBC & Business Correspondent, NBC News & MSNBC

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    Innovating from Within: When the Entrepreneurial Spirit Never Stops

    How can the entrepreneurial spirit help a company thrive?

    Bobbi Brown
    Founder & CEO, Beauty Evolution; Founder, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
    Ali Velshi
    Anchor, MSNBC & Business Correspondent, NBC News & MSNBC
    Sarah Robb O'Hagan
    CEO, Flywheel Sports & Founder, Extreme You
    Rachel Roy
    Founder, Rachel Roy
    Charles D. King
    Producer; Founder, MACRO
    Rafat Ali
    Founder & CEO, Skift
    Kim Simios
    Chicago Office Managing Partner, Assurance Services, Ernst & Young LLP

    The entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t stop once a business is up and running. If anything, it’s a critical component to success once a business is off the ground. In this Talk, we’ll explore with founders and business leaders how entrepreneurship isn’t exclusive to the people at the starting line–because it’s not always about building the ship, it’s about steering once it has hit the water.

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