Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will host a small business summit in Short Pump today, Thursday, to talk about technology, financing, procurement and other issues.

It begins with a noon luncheon at the Hilton Hotel & Spa, 12042 West Broad Street.

After a number of panel discussions, there will be a question-and-answer session with several of McDonnell’s cabinet members: Secretary of Commerce and Trade James S. Cheng, Secretary of Technology James D. Duffey and Secretary of Administration Lisa Hicks-Thomas. Roger Cole, chairman of the governor’s Small Business Advisory Board, will provide an introduction.

The program will wrap up with a networking reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you can’t make it to Short Pump, the event will be live streamed on the governor’s Web site.

See the full schedule of events below.

Program of Events

Noon – 1:30 p.m.       Lunch with Governor McDonnell


The Honorable James S. Cheng

Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Success Story:            

Mike Bucci

President, K&M of VA Inc.


The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell


1:45 – 2:30 p.m.         Building a Technology Business in Virginia


Aaron Mathes, Deputy Secretary of Technology


Kristin D’Amore, Director,

Entrepreneur Center, NVTC

Doug Crenshaw, Strategic Sourcing Manager


Dennis Barker, Senior Program Manager,

WR Systems Ltd.

Kirk Cameron, CEO and Founder


2:30 p.m.                    Break

2:40 – 3:25 p.m.         Key Issues


Tom DeWitt, President and CEO

SNVC and Virginia Chamber of Commerce


Claudia Dodge, Vice President and Benefit Consultant


Andrea Kilmer, CPA and CFF

Virginia Board of Accountancy

Dan Bosch, Manager, Regulatory Policy


Elizabeth Milito, Senior Executive Counsel

NFIB Small Business Legal Center

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.         Financing     


Jeff Mitchell, Attorney at Law

LeClair Ryan


John McCauley, President and CEO

Virginia Commercial Finance

Mark Murray

Richmond Venture Forum

Bill Alt

Small Business Banking, Capital One

4:15 – 5 p.m.              Closing, Question and Answer with Members of the Governor’s Cabinet


Roger Cole, Chairman

Governor’s Small Business Advisory Board   

The Honorable James S. Cheng

Secretary of Commerce and Trade

The Honorable James D. Duffey

Secretary of Technology

The Honorable Lisa Hicks-Thomas

Secretary of Administration

5 – 6 p.m.                    Networking Reception