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Sometimes you need to step back to keep your business on track.

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2014 Small Business Convention, sponsored by COSE

October 22-24 at Kalahari

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As an entrepreneurial small business owner...

the single most valuable thing to you is time. Planning to take time away from your business for any reason can seem impossible. But the best business owners know that if you don’t take the right opportunities to step back, reassess, learn a few new tricks and make good connections, then your goals to profit and grow can’t be achieved.

COSE’s Small Business Convention is the largest small business convention in the Midwest. The quality of the workshops, keynote speakers and like-minded entrepreneur attendees make this an event that you won’t want to miss.

So take a pause. Gain some new insights. Mix with the best and the brightest and maybe enjoy a water slide or two.

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2014 Small Business Convention, sponsored by COSE  •  October 22-24 at Kalahari

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HR professionals, CPAs and lawyers: Some workshops qualify as continuing education credits.

Your Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 22nd

5:00-5:30 Open networking event featuring cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
5:30-8:00 Business Pitch Competition-Come witness COSE’s version of “The Shark Tank”

Thursday, October 23rd

7-8 Registration & Breakfast
8-12 Keynote speakers & workshops
12-1 Lunch
1-5:30 Keynote speakers & workshops (snacks provided)
6-8 Networking dinner
9-11 Evening entertainment

Friday, October 24th

7-8 Registration & Breakfast
8-12:30 Keynote speakers, workshops and snacks
12:45-2 Lunch/Closing Keynote Speaker
2 Convention Concludes

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Low cost - tremendous value!

COSE Member Rate: $149 • Nonmember Rate: $299

Convention attendees receive a special rate of $109 (Wed-Thurs) and $129 (Friday), for up to four guests. Hotel Admission includes 4 tickets to the water park.

To reserve a room, please call 877-525-2427. Please ask for the "COSE - Council of Smaller Enterprises Room Block”.

“The COSE Small Business Convention opens you up to an abundance of local opportunities and resources that you don’t normally have access to. Sometimes you don’t know you need these things until it’s too late.”

– Dan Collins from Dan Collins Design


Bill Taylor

Succesful editor and entrepreneur, Bill Taylor may be the most well-known as the co-founder of Fast Company magazine, taking it from startup to a $340 million sale in under six years. Bill is also author of the New York Times best seller Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, and his newest best seller, Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself. Taylor speaks with authority and experience on embracing people-centric approaches to leadership, a network approach to cultivating ideas and a relentless focus on being extraordinary, all in the name of creating market dominance.

Alison Levine

Despite being born with a life-threatening heart condition, Alison Levine has climbed the Seven Summits, served as the team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition, and skied to both the North and South Poles. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership. Through her stories of adventure, Alison explains how to thrive while managing risk and dealing with unpredictable environments.

Frans Johansson

Frans is an author, entrepreneur and consultant who has spoken to audiences around the world. His book, The Medici Effect, was named one of the “Best Books on Innovation” by BusinessWeek and is one of the top 10 best business books of the year by His follow up book, The Click Moment, challenges the idea that in business you can strategize, plan and analyze your way to success.

George Hedley

“Entrepreneur of the Year,” George Hedley founded and built a major construction company, taking it from $0 to $50 million in 7 years! To date, he has built over 250 projects valued in excess of $500 million dollars and executed over 10,000 subcontracts. Along with managing his construction company, George is the owner of Hardhat Presentations, presenting motivational keynote talks, practical workshops and “how-to” seminars to business and association audiences across the United States.