Join A Committee

There is a dynamic, dedicated group of your peers and associates that come together once a month over the course of the year to volunteer their time and expertise to make Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri happen. Opportunities exist to contribute just a couple of hours and up. Consider joining us and experience the joy that comes from helping celebrate and promote the accomplishments of others.

For more information, please contact Patti Guttmann, US Small Business Administration, at (314) 539-6600 x255 or patricia.guttmann@sba.gov, or Brian Rogers, Chair, Small Business Week 2014, at 314-552-4191. Or you can contact any of the subcommittee chairs or vice chairs directly via email by clicking on their name.

Awards Dinner

Bob Gatesh, Chair
Vice Chair Open
Plan, coordinate & produce the Thursday evening Annual Small Business Week Awards Dinner.  This is the primary event of Small Business Week, and is somewhat complex.  Attendance will exceed 300 people, and selecting the proper venue is critical.

Busiest in the fall exploring locations and deciding which venue to use; then a spurt of activity in the weeks just before the event (and the day of) to coordinate it.

Awards Dinner Program

Don Barnes, Chair
Vice Chair Open
Produce the program booklet for the Awards Dinner.  Content provided by Sponsorship, Nominations, Calendar of Events and other committees.  Primary tasks are compiling content and providing it to the printer, then editing proofs until its ready to print.

Most of the work of this committee occurs during the spring (March and April), after all content has been finalized, and just before Small Business Week.

Awards Dinner Video

Marcia Conaghan, Chair
Vice Chair Open
Produce a video of award winners that is exhibited during the Awards Dinner. This is the highlight of the Awards program.

Solicit RFPs for video shoot in November and December. Review companies and select service provider in January and February, then a flurry of activity to shoot & edit the video in March and April.

Calendar of Events

Galen Gondolfi, Chair
Vice Chair Open
Coordinate the calendar of events for the entire Small Business Week, including production of the event brochure.

Busiest in November contacting previous event hosts to confirm participation.  Then busy again in January and February to gather complete event details from hosts (dates, times, & locations) and will work with our graphic vendor partner on brochure layout, print proofs and posting the brochure on the SBW web site.

Direct Email

Barry Coziahr, Chair
Vice Chair Open
Plan, organize and coordinate direct emailing activities for promotion of the winners, week of events, and committee.

Sponsorship

Rich Hendel, Chair
Lisa Tiffany, Vice Chair
Solicit donors from corporations or non-profit entities that can benefit from association with the Small Business Week activities.

Contact potential donors, explain benefits of various levels, and get commitments. Heaviest committee activity is from October through February, with some admin work in March & April.

Exhibit Gala

Open Chair
Open Vice Chair
Produce the Exhibit Gala event by “selling” exhibit booth space to vendors who wish to exhibit their wares to small businesses.  This event takes place immediately before the Awards Dinner.

Little or no activity until late January, then an inactive spell in March & April (most of the work has been done) until the day of the event.

Information Hotline

Todd Kamp, Chair
Vice Chair Open
Manage in-bound call center activities for information and registration regarding the events.

Judging

Joy Ann Venverloh, Co-Chair
David Smith, Co-Chair
Judge the nominations for various awards.  Choose winners in each category.

Committee devotes about a day to reviewing each application package, then meets to tabulate judges results and provide results to U.S. Small Business Administration.

Lenders Recognition/Small Business Week Kickoff Lunch

Tracey Jeffries, Chair
Vice Chair Open
Plan, coordinate and produce the SBA Lenders Awards luncheon which also functions as the Small Business Week kick-off event.

Busiest in the fall exploring locations and deciding which venue to use; then a spurt of activity just before the event (and the day of) to coordinate it.

Marketing/Public Relations/Media Relations

Janette Lonsdale, Chair
Vice Chair Open
Advise and council on all marketing efforts related to the week of events. Produce brochure, with input from other sub-committees. Create and manage PR and advertising campaigns to promote the event.

Primary activities are in the late winter and spring, planning then executing various PR & promotional activities.

Nominations

Carl Trautmann, Chair
Vice Chair Open
Identify candidates, seek nominations, coordinate submission of applications from nominees.

This committee does all its work from September through November.  Once nominations are submitted for judging, the Nominating Committee is done for the year, except for some communication and coordination with the nominees when the awards are announced in March/April.

Registration Committee

Lynette Watson, Chair
Margaret Shacklady, Vice Chair
Handle registrations and name tags for breakfast event, Exhibit Gala and Awards Dinner; coordinate with other event sponsors regarding registration.

Web Site Committee

Don Barnes, Chair
Manage content, software, design and administration of the organization’s website.

General updates on a monthly basis August through May, with a spike in February and March when winners and calendar of events are announced.

For more information about committee activities or joining a committee, please contact Patti Guttmann, US Small Business Administration, at (314) 539-6600 x255 or patricia.guttmann@sba.gov, or Brian Rogers, Chair, Small Business Week 2014, at 314-552-4191. Or you can contact any of the subcommittee chairs or vice chairs directly via email by clicking on their name.