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When: Friday, May 15, 2015
2-3 pm
Where: Gulfport Casino Ballroom
5500 Shore Blvd S
Gulfport, Florida  33707
United States
Presenter: Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce
Contact: Barry Rubin

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Join community leaders from throughout Pinellas for a lively discussion of small business matters. Admission is free and open to local businesses, non-profits and community-minded consumers. 


The Small Business Forum, featuring SBA Regional Director Cassius Butts and Florida Bankers Association CEO & President Alex Sanchez, is presented by the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the City of Gulfport, LocalShops1 and the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber.


Why you need to be there:

  • Learn about government program that can help  your business grow
  • Hear about the trends that impact small businesses
  • Meet and network with local officials and local business owners

About the speakers

Cassius Butts 

Cassius is responsible for administering SBA programs throughout the Southeast. 
During his term, he has awarded almost $12 billion in SBA-backed loans to small 
businesses. Cassius is a frequent guest columnist for the nation’s top newspapers, 
and he has  been featured on news segments on NPR, CNN and ESPN, among others.  


Alex Sanchez

As the FBA’s leader,  Alex represents and advocates for Florida’s banking industry 
before all legislative and regulatory bodies in Tallahassee. Before joining the FBA, 
Alex was an attorney in Miami, specializing in business law. Alex is a frequent guest 
on CNBC’s Closing Bell , the Fox Business News Network and Bloomberg TV and radio.