The 3 Secret Questions You Should Know About a Small Business Loan
Henry Snorton, III, Principal Partner
Mission Vision Partner, LLC
Henry Snorton left his position as the Vice President of Business Development at the Christian County Chamber of Commerce to launch his first small Business, Mission Vision Partner, LLC. MVP  is a  small business  and economic  development  firm that  delivers  financial and professional  services. MVP’s motto is that “two are better than one” from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. MVP’s  service  deliver is  concentrated  to small  business development,  economic development,  grant and  application  development and  training and  consulting.  MVP has offices in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana.

Snorton is a nationally recognized small business and economic development practitioner, as well as a serial entrepreneur. He is  one  of  few U.S. Certified  Economic  Developers (CEcD) and one  of  two African Americans in Kentucky. Snorton is also a Certified Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Administrator. Snorton  earned  his Master  of  Public Administration (MPA)  and  Graduate Certificate  in  Nonprofit Management  from  Tennessee State  University’s Institute  of  Government and  Bachelor’s  degree in  Business  Economics from  Kentucky  State University.

Cyber Security: Keeping Your Business and Clients Safe
Tim O’Connor, Cyber Security Liaison
Cadre Information Security
Tim O’Connor works for Cadre Information Security as the lead of knowledge services and vCISO team member. Working in IT for 20+ years, he provides a wide range of cybersecurity services including security awareness and social engineering posture evaluation, CISO services for outsourcing, X.500 directory services expert (including Active Directory), X.509 PKI expert (including certificate services), Public and Private Cloud expert (O365/AWS/Others), Exchange expert, Sharepoint expert, System Center expert. O’Connoris also professional public speaker, has authored over a dozen books, has written for a number of publications and is certified as a commercial rotorcraft pilot and flight instructor. O’Connor studied philosophy at Thomas More College and the University of Cincinnati. His principle hobbies include antique motorcycles, astrophotography, mentalism and doing science outreach.

Youth Workshop: How to Launch a Business & Build Your Dream Life
Presenter: Chelsea Creekmore, President
Co-Presenter: Emma Brown
Creekmore Marketing
Chelsea Creekmore launched her Internet marketing company in May 2013, the month she graduated from the University of Kentucky. Today, she manages a team of 30 marketing and web design specialists and has helped over 300 small to medium sized businesses across the United States grow via SEO, SEM, social media and website design. Creekmore wholeheartedly believes websites should be more than just online brochures; they should be online salespeople that get your phone ringing, drive people to your door, or get your product moving.

Emma Brown has a great passion in life is to help clients navigate the world of search engine optimization and digital marketing to grow their online presence and their business. With her Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication, Brown strives to give small businesses a competitive edge using powerful Internet marketing solutions.

STRATEGIZING the startup or growth of your business for SUCCESS
Kristel Smith, Executive Director
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center Eastern Kentucky University
Kristel Smith serves as Executive Director for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Eastern Kentucky University. In her roles, Smith has assisted hundreds of companies and prepares businesses, communities, and industry clusters for strategic growth and development. She creates business models and integrates innovation and intellectual property to deliver solid financial business positioning and growth. Smith is also skilled in developing key partnerships, advisory boards, and educational funding models for startups, businesses, and other organizations. Entrepreneurial in experience and thinking, she connects universities, communities, businesses, and government leaders.

Smith’s educational background includes a bachelor of science, an MBA, and an international economics study at the School of Economics in Austria. She completed Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaching and Leadership Institute (Scotland) administered by the University of Kentucky and Venture Capital Institute at Emory University, and has several certifications, including as FastTrac administrator and facilitator through the Kaufmann Foundation, as well as through the International Business Incubation Association (InBIA).

10 SEO Strategies to Drive Leads and Grow Your Business
Presenter: Chelsea Creekmore, President
Co-Presenter: Emma Brown
Creekmore Marketing
Chelsea Creekmore launched her Internet marketing company in May 2013, the month she graduated from the University of Kentucky. Today, she manages a team of 30 marketing and web design specialists and has helped over 300 small to medium sized businesses across the United States grow via SEO, SEM, social media and website design. Creekmore wholeheartedly believes websites should be more than just online brochures; they should be online salespeople that get your phone ringing, drive people to your door, or get your product moving.

Emma Brown has a great passion in life is to help clients navigate the world of search engine optimization and digital marketing to grow their online presence and their business. With her Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication, Brown strives to give small businesses a competitive edge using powerful Internet marketing solutions. 

What’s the Best That Could Happen? From High School to the Real World
Samantha Johnson, Director of Communication and Events
North Limestone Community Development Corporation
Samantha Johnson is a 34 year old native of Versailles, KY. She attended Woodford County High School and the University of Louisville where she took an opportunity to work for Walt Disney World shortly after. Following her career with Disney, Samantha worked in advertising and marketing for Cumulus Broadcasting, McCann WorldWide, Black Girls Rock!, and took on a host of freelance positions all over the globe.

Her most recent position has been the Director of Communication and Events for the North Limestone Community Development Corporation where she oversees the monthly pop-up, “The Night Market,” which is the largest reocurring event in Lexington, KY. In 2018, Samantha launched her own business, SaManhattanPR as a social media and marketing agency and is looking forward to fulfilling her role as a member the 2018 Cohort for the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. 

Doing Business with Federal Government—the Acquisition Cycle
Darrall Henderson, State Director
Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Darrall Henderson has years of experience in leadership and business ranging from the boardrooms to operations throughout the world and is passionate about helping Kentucky businesses grow. Prior to taking over as the State Director for the Kentucky PTAC, he worked with Ursa Information Systems, a consulting firm that provides strategic planning, enterprise resource planning and change management advice to small and medium sized companies.

Henderson was a Colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers with years of experience as an engineer, analyst and strategic planner. After leaving active duty, he worked for a large aerospace company as a Business Development Executive, Program Manager, and Country Manager for activities in Afghanistan. Prior to being appointed as Country Manager in Afghanistan, Henderson worked for another large defense contractor as the Program Manager for the Afghan Education Project, responsible for a team of professionals selected to create and implement the professional development and education system for the Afghan National Army.

Henderson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida, holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Stanford University and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He also holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech.