2021 Business & Innovation Forum Agenda


WEDNESDAY,
November 3

6-7 a.m. Yoga at Yoga Space  (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
Yoga Space will have some spare mats, it is recommended that you bring your own, if possible.
Location: The Yoga Space

8:30-9:30 a.m. Welcome & State of Regional Economy
Gilberto Salinas, Kerr EDC Executive Director
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre

9-9:45 a.m. Texas Rising: How the Lone Star State Became the Nation’s Economic Powerhouse
Speaker: State Official (Pending)
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre

10-11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
– Confronting Imposter Syndrome (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
Panel discussion from several women business leaders and authors.
Speaker: Chrysta Bairre
Location: Schreiner Water St Event Space
– Mastering 21st Century Work
International business consultant provides a glimpse at working locally but through an international lens.
Speaker: Alberto Juardo
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre
– Developing Your Entrepreneurial Leadership Style (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
Fortune 500 business leadership coach gives meaning to being a leader as an entrepreneur.
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre (Boardroom)

1-2:25 p.m. Hill Country Emerging Sector: Aviation, Aerospace, & Space
Panel discussion with Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, Gulf Avionics, Boeing and surprise guest.

Location: Arcadia Live Theatre

10-11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
– Engaging Minds: An Entrepreneur Fireside Chat (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
Panel chat with some of the Hill Country’s leading entrepreneurs and business coaches.
Location: Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theatre
– Cybersecurity & Small Business (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
A New York consultant brings an awareness to small businesses and how they’re now the target of cybercriminals post COVID-19
Speaker: David Elcock
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre (Boardroom)
– Esports: Video & Gaming Technology
Members of local Esports gaming community discuss this emerging sector, both as a career and a business.
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre 
– Breaking the Silence: Mental Health & Entrepreneurship (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
COVID-19 has put a strain on many small businesses and entrepreneurs. This expert warns of the mental health consequences.
Speaker: Chrysta Bairre
Location: Schreiner Water St Event Space

4-5 p.m.
Adaptation & Resiliency through Innovation & Technology
Panel discussion on technological gains through innovation and how the Austin-San Antonio mega tech hubs are providing an opportunity for the Hill Country
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre
6:30-8:30 p.m. The Texas Film Industry – The Future is Big and Bright in the Lone Star State
Panel discussion with the Texas Film Commission and a string of local filmmakers, which will include viewing several short films and commentary.
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre



THURSDAY, November 4

6-7 a.m. Yoga at Yoga Space (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
Yoga Space will have some spare mats, it is recommended that you bring your own, if possible.
Location: The Yoga Space

8:30-10 a.m. Entrepreneurial Trends 2020s: Managing Projects through the Musk Foundation
IEDC’s 2020 Young Economic Developer provides insight on working projects through the foundation of one of our best innovators of our time and how it translates into opportunities for local business.
Speaker: Josh Mejia
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre

10:30-11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
– Funding Your Projects: Crowd Sourcing, Local & Alternative Financing
(Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
Panel of investors provide an overview on what projects they fund and specifically what they’re looking for in a pitch.
Location: Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theatre
– Small Business: The Art of Telling Your Story (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
Grape Juice, one of Kerrville’s most storied eateries, gives advice on how to create a compelling story for your business.
Speaker: Keri Wilt
Location: Grape Juice
– Go Glocal
An international consultant speaks about seeking global opportunities with the advantage of being a local business or entrepreneur, which is especially true during these COVID-19 times.
Speaker: Alberto Juardo-Garcia
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre
– Diversity & Inclusion – Business & Leadership (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
Join business and community leaders in a discussion on diversity & inclusion.
Location: Schreiner Water St Event Space

1-2:15 p.m. Emergence of Craft Brew & Spirits as an Economic Driver
A site consultant shares his story of helping one of the original craft brewers, Sierra Nevada, of Northern California, set up its second massive brewery operation in the East Coast, and how the small breweries have officially disrupted the big three brewers.
Speaker: Don Schjeldahl
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre

2:30-3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
– Innovative Branding & Marketing
Regional marketing firms talk about the importance of creating and owning your own brand as an entrepreneur.
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre
– Pricing Your Service (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
A practical take on what your service is really worth, according to successful entrepreneurs who built their businesses from the ground up.
Location: Schreiner Water St Event Space
– Sports Tourism (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)
From little league games to traveling soccer teams, sports has become a huge business for small and big enterprises alike.
Location: Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theatre

4-5 p.m. Impact Driven Leadership
This interactive presentation will challenge leaders to develop healthy habits, create relational rhythms, and lead a workplace that makes a lasting impact.
Location: Arcadia Live Theatre

5:30-6:30 p.m. Best in Show: A Taste of the Hill Country Craft Beer & Wine
Some of the area’s best brewers and winemakers will provide a snapshot of their best craft beers and drinks for all to judge who is truly the Best in Show.
Location: Trailhead Beer Garden

6:30-8:30 p.m. Networking Reception 
Time to unwind, exchange as many business cards as possible and pitch your projects. Performances from Big Seed’s original artist.
Location: Trailhead Beer Garden


FRIDAY, November 5

2-4 p.m Yoga, Hike, Beer (Space is limited, please RSVP at registration)

6-9 p.m. VIP Event, Invite Only

Key Note Speaker: Alex Judd, Path for Growth

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