Today, for me, will for sure go down as a monumental day as a small business owner.  Not only did I attend my first Business Equality Conference, “Connecting Passion to Product” but had the pleasure to have local, regional and national leaders share their knowledge and experiences on important topics in business.  This amazing, educational and diverse conference took place in the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (kansascityfed.org).  If you live in Kansas City or are visiting I highly suggest stopping by and experiencing the Money Museum inside the Federal Reserve Bank (don’t forget your ID if  you are over 18).  The Money Museum offers guests the opportunity to watch millions of dollars in currency be processed and lift a gold bar worth nearly $400,000.00!  Along with fun, interactive exhibits while learning about the economy.

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Now back to the talented guest speakers who inspired me.  One of the Keynote Speakers was Judy Dlugacz, President and Founder of Olivia Cruise Lines (olivia.com).  The second Keynote Speaker was, Mitchell Gold, one half of the extremely talented residential and commercial furniture manufacturer, Mitchell Gold+ Bob Williams (mgbwhome.com).  It was such a pleasure to meet and chat for a bit with such a charitable and talented man.  Mitchell Gold formed Faith in America (faithinamerica.org), a non-profit organization that teaches the public about how harmful religious teachings can be on today’s youth when it comes to the disapproval on being gay.  Throughout the day I heard from Joyce Layman (Connector, Author and Speaker), who was the Afternoon Plenary Speaker, Kyle Danner (Family Business Advisor), Anthony Shop (Co-Founder of Social Driver) and a few other exceptional and educational speakers.

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felt incredibly fortunate to have been surrounded by such remarkable, charitable, intelligent and inspiring human beings.  To be part of the Mid-America GLCC gives me hope to truly take my business to a new level, in due time.  After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  I still have a lot to learn and experience but with this group of people in my corner it give me great solace to know that I am in great hands.

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