Wayne County Small Business Resource Forum

Please join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we welcome the Office of Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence for the Wayne County Small Business Resource Forum. The event will bring together small businesses in the region to learn about federal resources and services that are available to provide a roadmap to support and address small business financing and government contracting needs.

The event will feature a panel discussion with experts from the federal, regional, and local government to highlight initiatives that have successfully improved small business development in the region, and discuss the government’s role in addressing existing challenges for small businesses to enhance and support economic growth in Wayne County. During the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to network and meet and greet with other local businesses, vendors, and chamber representatives from the Wayne County community.

If you are available to participate on this day, please RSVP to Myra Lee, District Business Outreach Coordinator for Congresswoman Lawrence at Myra.Lee@mail.house.gov or register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wayne-county-small-business-resource-forum-by-congresswoman-brenda-lawrence-tickets-42875615119?aff=es2

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Myra Lee at 248-356-2052.

Program Agenda

5:00pm Vendor Resource Fair/ Networking

5:30pm Welcome and Opening Remarks from Michigan’s 14th Congressional District

Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence

5:35pm Welcome and Opening Remarks from Wayne County

Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans

5:40pm - 6:30pm Government Expert Panel

Special Guest: Constance Logan, Michigan District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

Denise Sylvester, Regional Outreach Officer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Midwest Region

Nadia Abunasser, Federal and Development Projects Director, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Khalil Rahal, Director of Economic Development, Wayne County Economic Development Corporation

6:30pm - 7:30pm Small Business Workshop Break-out Sessions

Intellectual Property Basics: Learn about trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and copyrights

Presenter: Denise Sylvester, Regional Outreach Officer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Midwest Regional Office

Doing Business with the GSA: Learn the basics of contracting with the GSA and marketing to the Federal Government

Presenter: Anthony Outley, Small Business Specialist and Technical Advisor, Office of Small Business Utilization at U.S. General Services Administration

7:30pm-8:00pm Networking

The USPTO is a federal facility and visitors are required to show a valid form of government issued ID (driver's license or passport), and may be subject to security screening.

Questions? Feel free to call 313-446-4800 or email MidwestRegion@uspto.gov (link sends e-mail).

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request via phone 313-446-4800 or via email Midwestregion@uspto.gov.