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Council Highlight Business Development and International Trade. Wednesday, October 29, 2008. Presented by: Gary Bentle, Vice Chair Christopher Sturm, Representative to the Board. Business Development and International Trade

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Council highlight business development and international trade

Council HighlightBusiness Development and International Trade

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Presented by:Gary Bentle, Vice Chair

Christopher Sturm, Representative to the Board


Business Development and International Trade

Mission: Support members’ start-up/growth operations, and provide entrepreneurship education and mentorship opportunities

  • 6 Committees

  • 22 Programs and initiatives

  • 13 Partnerships


  • Business Start-up

    • Small Business Development committee

    • Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneurship Institute (Partnership)

  • Business Growth

    • Business Referral Networks

    • Minority Business Development

    • Real Estate Monitor committee (New)

    • SCORE (Partnership)

    • Women Entrepreneur’s Exchange (New)

  • Company Maturity

    • Executive Roundtables


  • International Trade

    • NKITA

      • Membership: Almost 1,000 members (250 in 2006)

      • Membership fee:$0

      • www.nkita.wordpress.com

      • Mission: Enhance economic and educational opportunities for members involved or interested in trade and foreign investments.

      • 33% of Chamber members trade with a foreign country, has established a partnership with a foreign entity and/or accepts international credit card transactions

    • Chamber Seals

    • International Trade support


Small Business Development

Target Market: Small/Medium size companies

  • 30 Members

  • 4 Sub-committees

    • Entrepreneurship

    • Green Initiative (New)

    • “Meet the Chamber at …” (New)

    • Web/Technology

      • Blog (New)

      • Tech Fridays/Microsoft (New)

  • Blog: http://nkysmall business.wordpress.com/

  • Chair: Terri Thelen, Anneken & Moser, P.S.C.

  • Staff: Daniele Longo/Kelly Keene


Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneurship Institute at Northern Kentucky University (Partnership)

Target Market: Start-ups, students in entrepreneurship

  • Top 25 Entrepreneurship Schools in the United states

  • Programming:

    • Speakers Series (Fall 2008)

    • High School Challenge (Spring 2009)

    • Master Entrepreneur (Fall 2009)

    • “A Tea with …”

    • Roger Griggs Foundation Business Plan Competition (Spring 2009)

  • Leadership: Dr. Rebecca White, Director

  • Staff: Daniele Longo/Kelly Keene


Business Referral Networks Kentucky University (Partnership)

Target Market: Sales professionals

  • 8 Groups

  • 100+ Members

  • 50% increase since 2006-2007

  • Blog: http://nkybrn.wordpress.com/

  • Linkedin Group: Business Referral Networks

  • Leadership Team:

    • Krista Kleem, Klein Printing, Inc., Chair

    • Josie Dewald, Republic Bank & Trust Company, Membership Director

    • Jennifer Green, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.,Co-Chair

  • Staff: Kelly Keene


Minority Business Development Kentucky University (Partnership)

Target Markets: MBEs and WBEs

  • 2 Partnerships

    • Kentuckiana Minority Business Council (Louisville)

    • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (Columbus – OH, or Ann Arbor – MI)

  • New program

    • Diversity in the Workplace Symposium

    • Partnership with DiversityInc

  • Blog: Work in Progress

  • Staff: Daniele Longo/Kelly Keene


Real Estate Monitor Kentucky University (Partnership)

Target Markets: Real Estate Professionals and Mortgage Loan Officers

  • Goals

    • Connect Mortgage Loan officers with Real Estate Professionals

    • Educate on changes and opportunities available in the industry

    • Increase business volume

  • Chair: Dee Begley, Exit Realty Tri State

  • Staff: Daniele Longo/Kelly Keene


SCORE (Partnership) Kentucky University (Partnership)

Target Market: Small/Medium size companies

  • 7 Counselors

  • SCORE Seminars at the Chamber

    • Business Planning

    • Starting and Nurturing

    • Marketing/Sales

    • Finance

    • Website development

    • Hiring the best employees

    • Disaster Recovery/Green Technology Solutions (New)

  • Mentorship: 50+ clients

  • Leadership: Bill DiGrezio, SCORE

  • Staff: Daniele Longo/Kelly Keene


Women Entrepreneurs’ Exchange committee Kentucky University (Partnership)

Target Markets: WBEs

  • 10 committee members

  • 2 Partnerships

    • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (Columbus – OH, or Ann Arbor – MI)

    • Women Entrepreneurs Institute (NKU)

  • New program

    • “A Tea with …”

  • Blog: Work in Progress

  • Chair: Dr. Rebecca White, Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneurship institute

  • Staff: Daniele Longo/Kelly Keene


Executive Roundtables Kentucky University (Partnership)

Target Market: CEOs and Senior Executives

  • 5 Groups

  • 50+ Members

  • Stable

  • Chair: Bill Hesch, William E. Hesch CPAs, LLC

  • 1 Facilitator per team

  • Staff: Daniele Longo/Kelly Keene

Executive Roundtables Speakers Series:

How to Market Effectively in a Troubled Economy

Speaker: Nick Kontras, Certified Business Coach, ActionCoach business Coaching

Friday, November 14, 2008, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.


Northern Kentucky International Trade Association Kentucky University (Partnership)

Target Markets: international members

  • 33 Members Board

  • 5 Committees

    • Issues and Resources (Advocacy)

    • Special Events

      • NKITA Annual luncheon/Foreign Visits

    • “Welcome to Greater Cincinnati” (New)

    • Trade Education

    • Kentucky International Trade Conference

  • Chair: Sylvia Dwertman, Citigroup

  • Blog: www.nkita.wordpress.com

  • Staff: Daniele Longo/Kelly Keene


Northern Kentucky International Trade Association Kentucky University (Partnership)

  • Partnerships:

    • European-American Chamber of Commerce

    • Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

    • Global Center of Greater Cincinnati

    • Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce

    • U.S Chamber of Commerce, Traderoots

    • U.S. Commercial Service


Questions? Kentucky University (Partnership)


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