2024 Gala
Video: Restarting the Economy: Unlocking the Growth Potential of Small Businesses

Event - March 2011

Video: Restarting the Economy: Unlocking the Growth Potential of Small Businesses

With so many Americans now unemployed and the economy still struggling to get into a high gear, the country badly needs small businesses to work their magic. Small businesses created roughly two thirds of all new jobs in the United States over the past 15 years, but they are also the nation's turnaround specialists: Small firms almost single handedly sparked the economic recovery during the nation's two previous recessions. But this time, small firms have been struggling, too.

This conference will focus on what the private and public sectors can do to help more of the nation's small businesses expand and create jobsand serve as a catalyst for economic growth. With a panel featuring some of the nation's leading thinkers about strategies for small business growth, the event will discuss everything from how to help more small businesses export their products and services and how to get more small firms to become suppliers to the nation's largest corporations to how to address the financing gaps that inhibit so many small businesses from growing to the next level.

Tags: economic growth small business supply chain

Welcoming Remarks
Kathryn S. Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for the City of New York

Presentation of CUF Supply Chain Survey
Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future


Panel 1: A National Conversation About Sparking Small Business Growth

Bruce Katz, Vice President and Founding Director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
Mary Kay Leonard, President and CEO, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
Stanley S. Litow, IBM's Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM's Foundation
Robert Walsh, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services


Panel 2: A New York Perspective: Helping Small Firms Grow to the Next Level

Liz Neumark, CEO, Great Performances
Seth Pinsky, President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Rebecca Rodriguez, Director, Columbia-Harlem SBDC
Gene Waddy, CEO, Diversant