Small Business Forum

June 20, 2013 | The Washington Post Washington Post Live convened small business owners, as well as other recognized industry leaders, to discuss ways to help millions of America’s small business owners flourish.

Photo Highlights

JUNE 20, 2013 - Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum. (Dayna Smith/The Washington Post)

  • JUNE 20, 2013 - Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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  • JUNE 20, 2013 - Mary Jordan, Editor, Washington Post Live, Amy Nichols, Founder, Dogtopia, and Heidi Kallet, CEO, Dandelion Patch, at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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  • JUNE 20, 2013 - Amy Nichols, Founder, Dogtopia, discusses starting her own business at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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  • JUNE 20, 2013 - Heidi Kallet, CEO, Dandelion Patch, discusses starting her own business at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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  • JUNE 20, 2013 - Dan Beyers, Editor, Capital Business; Michael Chodos, Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Administration; John Arensmeyer, Founder and CEO, Small Business Majority; and Jean Card, Vice President of Media and Communications, National Federation of Independent Business; at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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  • JUNE 20, 2013 - Michael Chodos, Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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  • JUNE 20, 2013 - Jean Card, Vice President, Media and Communications, National Federation of Independent Business, discusses ideas for small business at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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  • JUNE 20, 2013 - John Arensmeyer, Founder and CEO, Small Business Majority, at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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  • JUNE 20, 2013 - Mary Jordan, Editor, Washington Post Live; Nizam Ali, Co-owner, Ben's Chili Bowl & Ben's Next Door; David von Storch, Founder, Urban Adventures Company; and Dan Beyers, Editor, Capital Business; discuss their success and lessons learned at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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  • JUNE 20, 2013 - Nizam Ali, Co-Owner, Ben's Chili Bowl & Ben's Next Door, at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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  • JUNE 20, 2013 - David von Storch, Founder, Urban Adventures Company, discusses how he decideds to enter a new venture at Washington Post Live's Small Business Forum.
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Video Highlights

Treating the community well is a priority at Ben’s Chili Bowl

Treating the community well is a priority at Ben’s Chili Bowl

Nizam Ali, co-owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl, explains why his restaurant draws people like President Obama, Bill Cosby, and Nicolas Sarkozy.
Nichols: Set your employees up for success

Nichols: Set your employees up for success

Dogtopia founder, Amy Nichols, shares some tips on how to thrive in small business.
We open small businesses for different reasons

We open small businesses for different reasons

Small business owner David von Storch started his first business so he could be openly gay in the workplace.
Kallet: You have to think about tomorrow

Kallet: You have to think about tomorrow

Heidi Kallet, CEO of the Dandelion Patch, emphasizes the importance of strategic planning.

Speakers

Heidi Kallett

CEO & President, The Dandelion Patch

Amy Nichols

Founder, Dogtopia

David von Storch

Founder, Urban Adventures Companies (Vida Fitness and Capitol City Brewing Company)

Nizam Ali

Co-owner, Ben’s Chili Bowl and Ben’s Next Door

Chris Collins

Member, House of Representatives, New York’s 27th Congressional District

Jean Card

Vice President of Media & Communications, National Federation of Independent Business

John Arensmeyer

Founder and CEO, Small Business Majority