2018 South Sound Small Business VIRTUAL Summit


Prepare to learn from some of the South Sounds Experts 

Each year the Small Business Summit is LIVE during the first week of May in each year. Make sure to like us on Social media at www.southsoundbusinesssummit.com

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Growing your successful business (Sometimes the hard way!) by Brian Harding, The Plumbing & Drain Co

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Brian will take you through his experience starting a business, with his two partners Eric and Randy, in the worst economy in 80 years in 2011 and walk you through growing that business, which now has sales of over $5.5MM in annual sales, for the first 3-5 years.  He will cover things they did well, lessons they learned along the way, and how to implement key processes and philosophies to ensure success.


Key Steps to Increasing your Sales Influence by Greg Towne- Executive Director- John Maxwell Team

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Whether you are an executive, career professional, or an entrepreneur, your ability on how to influence others to either work with you or buy from you is essential for the success of your business. In this informative and entertaining presentation Greg Towne who is an Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team will lead you through a discovery on how to build a stronger connection with your customer or client.

The key points that you will take away from this informative session include

1) The importance of Attitude and Mindset
2) How To develop Referral Opportunities
3) How to add value to your customers so that they you stay top of mind


Get out of your Comfort Zone! by Jude Larson, JML Real Solutions

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Freedom from Fear: How to get out of your comfort zone for the benefit of your business.

What is fear?  Noun: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that something is likely to cause pain.

Fear can be a valuable thing. It keeps people safe and encourages caution where caution is due.

But it is more often a limiting thing: Not everything you’re afraid of deserves attention or caution. And sometimes, moments of bravery are what are needed to make your business and even life better.

Jude Larson from JML Real Solutions will show you that when you push through fear and out of your comfort zone, amazing things happen.


How to work ON your business, not IN your business By Josh Dunn- Owner Premier Media Group (South Sound Magazine, Business Examiner, 425 Magazine and 425 Business)

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There is a bridge every entrepreneur must cross in order to grow a business beyond a certain point, a point where they must transition from “doing” to “leading.” It means stepping back from day-to-day operations and slipping into the role of overseer. Josh Dunn who is the owner of Premier Media Group will share his story about how he has done this in his business and some of the challenges he faced as well as how this crucial step has benefited his business.


Expert Panel

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 (CPA/Accounting) Nicole Fisher, CPA  Jeff Baker and Associates

(Community Resources) Gwen Kohl- Spaceworks Tacoma

(Local Women Owned Business-Startup) Abbie Cates- Owner, KnifeForkSpoon

(JBLM Expert) Ken Swarner- Publisher- The Ranger Magazine


Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

Paul Long- Trusted Business Lender for the South Sound

Timberland Bank

STAR Center

Supporting Sponsors:

Tacoma- Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce

Yelm Chamber of Commerce

Lacey Chamber of Commerce

Copy Wrights Printing

South Sound Biz (Premier Media Group)

Released to See Photography and Videography


Northwest Military (The Ranger, The Northwest Airlifter & Weekly Volcano)