Small Business Opportunity Conference Will Teach Entrepreneurs to Harness New Media

February 24, 2011

Leading Chicago entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, as well as business and legal leaders from across the country, will gather at the Sixth Annual Small Business Opportunity Conference, “New Media - New Decade.” Conference panels will include unique business models and marketing strategies for new media, Chicago’s venture capital and angel investor networks, legal tips for small businesses, and legal issues implicated in new media. 

Offering the latest on entrepreneurship and small business issues, the Small Business Opportunity Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 26, at Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave.

Chuck Templeton, founder of OpenTable, an online real-time restaurant reservation service, will deliver the keynote speech and accept the 2011 SBOC Distinguished Entrepreneur Award.  Founded in 1998, the company is listed on NASDAQ (OPEN) and currently trades at a market cap of 1.6 billion dollars.  Templeton will tell the story of OpenTable and share his experience in developing the idea and launching the business.

“The conference will provide great opportunities for networking with leaders of the small business community, a vibrant sector of the economy,” said Esther Barron, director of the Small Business Opportunity Center (SBOC). “This year’s conference will be our biggest and best yet.”

Admission to the conference is free for those who register online, and $20 at the door. Contact Student Board Marketing Directors Chris Vena or Hilary Christian for more information about the event.

The SBOC is a nonprofit, student based clinical program affiliated with the Bluhm Legal Clinic. The SBOC gives law students, working under the supervision of professors, the opportunity to provide affordable legal services to entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations focusing on job creation and economic development in the Chicago area. For more information, visit the SBOC website or find us on Facebook, using the search term “SBOC.”