Trinity Valley Community College

Small Business
Development Center 

Michael Ellsberry
SBDC Director

Jennifer Johnston
Business Advisor

Judy Fox
Administrative Assistant

P: 903-675-7403
F: 903-675-4830

Athens Partnership Building
201 W. Corsicana Suite 6
Athens, TX 75751

Dec. 1, East Texas Small Business Conference
Posted: 10/30/2011 8:05:21 PM

"Hail Mary" Dallas Cowboy Wide-Receiver, Drew Pearson, Speaking December 1 at East Texas Small Business Conference

Roger Staubach will always be known as “Captain Comeback” for his charisma and ability to lead his team to many come-from-behind victories during his career. But while the legendary quarterback seemed to always put the Cowboys in position to win, he still needed a go-to receiver to come up with the big reception in the clutch. And more often than not, that player was Drew Pearson.

Thursday, December 1, the Kilgore College SBDC is teaming up with the East Texas area Economic Development Corporations and Chambers of Commerce to bring the “East Texas Small Business Conference,” to Longview,with keynote speaker Drew Pearson - former Dallas Cowboy “Hail Mary” Wide Receiver.  Over the course of his career, Drew Pearson caught 489 receptions for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns. He was a three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection and led the NFC in 1976 with 58 catches. He is one of the Top 20 Pro Football All-Time Leading Receivers and was named to the 1970’s NFL Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team. He played in Super Bowls X, XII and XIII.   While every Dallas Cowboy fan will have their favorite Pearson memory, none could stand out more than his “Hail Mary” touchdown reception from Staubach to beat the Vikings in the 1975 NFC Divisional Playoffs.

The East Texas Small Business Conference will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview, Texas.  The fee is $25 and includes a catered lunch provided by Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steakhouse at 11:30 a.m. and entry into all day conference events.  The conference will be kicked off by Master of Ceremonies, Joe Terrell, KLTV News Anchor, along with SBA Regional Administrator, Yolanda Olivarez, and a ceremony from the Longview Fire and Police Departments.  Our keynote speaker, Drew Pearson, will begin his presentation “From the locker room to the board room” at noon, sharing highlights of his football career and his transition into the business world.  Pearson will allow time for a Q&A session followed by a meet & greet, book signing and photo opportunity.  Presentation of the Community Small Business of the Year Awards from the participating communities will also be held at this time. 

Following Pearson, will be twelve small business breakout sessions, with the first session beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 2:45 p.m.  These sessions will be led by the best and brightest small business speakers in their fields, including:

  • Ron Collier, Collier Consulting Group to speak on “Small Business Outlook for 2012” and “Customers Are a Lot Like People”
  • Marc Willson, The Willson Group to speak on “From Bah Humbug to BOOMING Holiday Sales” and “Staying Relevant to a Changed Economy”
  • John Grubbs, GCI to speak on “Surviving the Talent Exodus”
  • Julie Niehoff, Constant Contact to speak on “Getting Started with Email Marketing” and “Best Practices for Engagement Marketing”
  • Joyce Campbell, Capital One Bank to speak on “Straight Talk, Let’s Talk:  Cash Flow and Access to Capital”
  • Richard Andrews, Former CEO of STEMCO to speak on “Lean Thinking: A Strategic Weapon for Small Business”
  • Mayor Jay Dean, City of Longview and small business owner to speak on “The State of the City and Regional Business Climate”
  • Chuck Waldrop, North Texas SBDC Center for Government Contracting to speak on “Opportunities for Your Business in Government Contracting”

Door prize winners will be announced at 3:45 p.m. following the last breakout session.  Winners must be present to win!  The conference will be concluded at 4:00 p.m.

Check out our full agenda for the conference here.

Elite Sponsors include the Longview Economic Development Corporation and Kilgore Economic Development Corporation.  Platinum Sponsors include US Steel and Constant Contact.  Gold Sponsors include Marshall Economic Development Corporation, Texas Bank and Texas Bank & Trust.  Silver sponsors include Austin Bank, East Texas Regional Development Company, Gladewater Economic Development Corporation, White Oak Economic Development Corporation, Citizens National Bank and Capital One Bank. 

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet “Mr. Clutch”, Drew Pearson, and hear from world renowned speakers. 

RSVP for 11:30 a.m. lunch is required.  Please contact the Kilgore College SBDC at (903) 757-5857 or toll free (800) 338-7232. 

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