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2020 Forbes Small Business Virtual Summit

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Powering The Road To Revival

Small Businesses are the lifeblood of the global economy. They represent over one-third of the U.S. labor force and 90% of the business population worldwide. Yet, this intrepid community faces its own unique set of obstacles that continuously evolve as their businesses grow. Escalating market headwinds and technological disruption—along with finite access to capital—can make running your own enterprise today more difficult than ever.

The inaugural Forbes Small Business Summit, in partnership with Square, will bring this hard-working sector together with key business leaders, policymakers and serial entrepreneurs for actionable insights, workshops, and discussions on the issues that matter most to the more than 125 million small businesses worldwide.


Join us as we launch our Forbes Small Business Summit to celebrate and mobilize the innovators and change-agents driving our economy forward.



2:00 p.m. ET

Welcome & State of the Union

Steve Forbes, Chairman & Editor-In-Chief, Forbes Media.

2:05 p.m. ET


Opening Keynote Conversation

Jovita Carranza, 26th Administrator, Small Business Association

Interviewer: Maneet Ahuja, Senior Editor, Forbes

2:25 p.m. ET


The Parity Paradigm: Leveling The Playing Field

Inclusive entrepreneurship is all about leveling the playing field by creating equal opportunities for all. Companies with diverse leadership teams provide greater returns for investors. Yet, the data is stark: only 10% of venture funding goes to female founders and only a small fraction of that to minorities. These change agents are leading the charge to democratize the American dream. 

Asahi Pompey, President & Global Head of Corporate Engagement, Goldman Sachs Foundation 

Rebecca Minkoff, Designer, Rebecca Minkoff & Co-Founder, The Female Founder Collective 

Moderator: Ruth Umoh, Staff Writer, Forbes

3:10 p.m. ET


Navigating The New Mainstreet

As a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, a new “Mainstreet” has had to emerge—one driven by digital storefronts as opposed to physical ones. We’ll hear from key stakeholders on ways business owners can leverage their online presence and best prepare for a digital-first future. 

Max Rhodes, Co-founder and CEO, Faire

Marnie Levine, VP, Seller Operations and Engagement, eBay

Dayna Isom Johnon, Etsy Trend Expert, Co-Host of NBC’s “Making It” 

3:25 p.m. ET

Big Tech Empowers

Jacqueline Reses, Head of Square Capital, Square  

3:40 p.m. ET


The Art of Resilience

Small businesses face a unique set of obstacles that continuously evolve as their businesses grow. We’ll hear secrets of the trade from successful serial entrepreneurs that have navigated challenging downturns and built even stronger businesses on the other side. 

Tim Armstrong, Founder & CEO, The DTX Company

Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder & CEO, BirchBox 

Kenny Dichter, Founder & CEO, Wheels Up 

4:00 p.m. ET


Capital Concerns: Fundraising & Managing your Balance Sheet

4:20 p.m. ET


Special programming to be announced

4:40 p.m. ET


Closing Keynote Conversation

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook 

Interviewer: Maneet Ahuja, Senior Editor, Forbes

5:00 p.m. ET

Closing Remarks


September 25
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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