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Verizon Small Business Summit – ATLANTA

November 2, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready is partnering with Luminary to bring the Digital Ready experience to Atlanta. From panels and workshops to fireside chats and networking, incredible speakers, and experts, together, the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready: Atlanta Summit in partnership with Luminary will give you a chance to develop your skills with exclusive live programming and networking.

Join us in creating new connections, engaging with the content you need and the networking opportunities you’ve been missing to grow your business. Together, we are bringing robust workshops from subject matter experts across all areas you need to run your business, not to mention valuable time to connect with other local business owners.

Get ready to level up your productivity at the Atlanta Summit with a sweepstake!*

Verizon is giving away Chrome Books to five small business owners who attend the event in person. But that’s not all! Luminary is also giving away 10 Fellowships during the Atlanta Summit, which provides a free annual digital Luminary membership. Spread the word and share this sweepstake opportunity within your networks!

Date: November 2, 2023
Venue: The Gathering Spot
Location: 384 Northyards Blvd NW, Building 100, Suite 190, Atlanta, GA 30313

Here’s what you can expect:


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Coffee, Light Bites, & Networking


10:30 AM – 10:40 AM

Introductory Remarks with Sarah Nakintu, Small Business Platform Strategic Partnerships at Verizon and Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO of Luminary


10:40 AM – 11:20 AM
Branding Your Business with Jazmyn Williams, Director of Brand Marketing at The Honey Pot
11:20 AM – 12:00 PM
Access To Capital for Small Businesses with Sandra Font, Director at ACE Women’s Business Center, moderated by Alejandro Coss, President & CEO of Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia
Are you seeking funding for your business? In this session, participants will gain valuable insights into the various types of loans available to secure financing for their businesses, along with the associated requirements.

Lunch & Networking  12:00 PM – 12:45 PM


12:45 PM – 1:15 PM

The Power of the Digital Ready Platform with Anwar Dougsiyeh, Co-Founder and Lead Organizer of Lotus Rosery, Lakila Bowden, Co-Founder of iSee Technologies, moderated by Rachel Shanklin, Georgia Director/National Women’s Entrepreneurship Director at Small Business Majority

Hear directly from the voices of the small businesses that are using different resources from the platform to move their businesses forward. In this conversation you will hear how Verizon Small Business Digital Ready is impacting business owners and how to navigate the program’s resources.


1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

AI-Powered Marketing to Outsmart The Competition NOW with John Lawson, President of Colder Ice Media


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Digital Marketing 101 with Maribel Lara, SVP at The Sasha Group, of Vayner Media

With the way consumer behavior is heading, marketing seems to be where every business should be investing their time. During this session, learn not just the in’s and out’s of digital marketing through social media, but what it means to get inside your consumer’s head and think from a customer’s perspective.


3:00 PM – 3:20 PM

Fireside Chat with Ryan Wilson, CEO and Co-Founder of The Gathering Spot and Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO of Luminary

3:20 PM – 3:30 PM


Closing Remarks with Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO of Luminary

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM



Register Here


Eligibility for Sweepstake:

Must register and attend the Atlanta Summit in person. Must register for the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Platform.

How To Enter:

How Often You Can Enter:

One entry per person

No purchase necessary. Must be present to win. Sweepstakes starts November 02, 2023 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) and ends on November 02, 2023, at 1:00 PM ET. Must be legal U.S. resident 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Verizon Corporate Services Group Inc. For official rules, click here.

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready is a free learning program developed by small businesses to help small businesses grow and build their skills to succeed in the digital economy. Filled with courses, events, coaching sessions, and grant opportunities, it’s an easy way to advance your business, learn new skills, and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs. For more information, visit verizon.com/digitalready.Luminary is a gender inclusive, global membership-based professional education and networking platform created to uplift, up-skill, and propel women and our male allies forward through all phases of their professional journey. Our goal is to provide our community with access to tools, resources, and connections to help build, grow, and move businesses and careers forward.Photo Consent:Participantconsents to be recorded, photographed, and videotaped related to the Event, and hereby irrevocably and perpetually authorizes any of the Released Parties to copyright, publish, reproduce, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, display, otherwise use, and permit others to use (i) the Participant’s name, image, likeness, and voice, and (ii) all photographs, recordings, videotapes, audiovisual materials, writings, statements, and quotations of or by the Participant obtained related to the recording of the Event (collectively, the “Materials”), in any manner, form, or format whatsoever now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and for any lawful purpose, including, the advertising or promotion of the Released Parties and/or the Event without further consent from or payment to the Participant. The Participant understands that the Released Parties are under no obligation to use the Materials. Participant agrees that all of the Materials, and all films, audiotapes, videotapes, reproductions, media, plates, negatives, photocopies, and electronic and digital copies of the Materials are the sole property of the Released Parties and Participant further agrees not to contest the rights or authority granted to the Released Parties hereunder. The Participant hereby waives any right to inspect or approve the recordings, and modes of the use thereof as described above. Participant acknowledges and agrees that: (i) Participant shall not be entitled to any compensation for its appearance at the Event or subsequent use of its appearance in the Materials, (ii) Participant has and will refrain from any offensive or distasteful remarks or conduct and will conduct itself in a courteous and professional manner at all times during its participation at the Event and appearance in the Materials, and (iii) this Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by applicable law


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