Exploring Entrepreneurship Summit
Friday, April 28, 2023 (9:30 AM - 3:00 PM) (CDT)
Kick off Small Business Week with us at Exploring Entrepreneurship Summit!
Exploring Entrepreneurship is an annual partnership between the City of Austin’s Small Business Program and the Austin Young Chamber. If you are considering starting a business but not sure what your next steps are or if you are ready, this is the event for you! Be a part of a hands-on workshop to assess your readiness, hear from experts, and meet with advisors in key industries and leave with the tools needed to take your next step in being a business owner. You will also have an opportunity to hear from City of Austin staff share free programming for Small Business Week. Registration is free. Lunch, refreshments, and networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs, will be provided.
9:30 AM | Check-In and Networking
Coffee and light refreshments will be served
10:00 AM | Welcome to Exploring Entrepreneurship Summit
Austin Young Chamber - Overview of the day
UFCU - Banking Services for Small Businesses
City of Austin - Small Business Week
10:30 AM | Self-Assessment Workshop with Katherine Sobel
Dream to Reality: Are You Ready for Business Ownership?
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ~20% of small businesses fail within their first year. This number increases to 30% year two, 50% year three, and by year ten, 70% of businesses are no longer in existence. Businesses fail for many reasons, though entrepreneurial readiness plays a factor in all. How do you know you’re ready for entrepreneurship? In this session, you’ll be guided through an entrepreneurial self-assessment. At the culmination of the session, you’ll leave with insights regarding your entrepreneurial aptitude.
About Katherine Sobel
Katherine Sobel currently serves as a Program Manager for the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department – Small Business Division. In her role, Katherine provides consultation, education, and training to Austin businesses through 1:1 business coaching and targeted programs. Prior to working for the City, Katherine spent over 6 years working in a small business lending non-profit doing largely the same. Katherine is a part-time faculty member at Texas State University and Austin Community College and also provides volunteer service to the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council and A&R Foundation. As a Doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University, Katherine is committed to life-long learning and is passionate about using her knowledge to help others.
12:00 PM | Lunch
Lunch will be provided for attendees
12:30 PM | Panel Discussion: What's Next? Building Your Foundation
Moderated by Ashley Wainscott
1:15 PM | Speed Dating with Mentors
Meet with panelists and additional mentors from Frost Bank, SCORE Austin, Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), UFCU, the City of Austin's Small Business Division, Expansive, and more for advice about your business!
2 PM | Networking
3 PM | Event Ends
In partnership with
This event is free and open to the public!
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Austin Young Chamber
This event will be held at the UFCU Events Center