CSG West Economic Development & Trade Committee

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2-5 p.m.

 

Interim Chair: Washington Rep. Jeff Morris

 

Helping Entrepreneurs: From Marketing to Venture Capital

States play an important role in supporting entrepreneurs, who are important for successful economic development. A panel of experts will discuss the most effective ways to market products and services, unique one-to-one business coaching models designed to produce rapid return on investment, and the ways venture capital can help grow innovative small businesses.
 

Speakers:

Penny Lewandowski
Vice president, entrepreneurship and strategic direction 
Edward Lowe Foundation

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Scott Meacham
CEO, Oklahoma i2e program

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Dane Stangler
Vice president, research and policy
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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Penny Lewandowski

Recruited to the Edward Lowe Foundation in 2005, Lewandowski is responsible for leading the foundation’s entrepreneurship programs and for setting and driving the vision for the organization’s future. In this capacity, she directs the entrepreneurship team in developing and delivering programs that help second-stage entrepreneurs—business owners focused on high and sustainable growth rather than survival—get to the next level. Lewandowski is also responsible for the foundation’s role in the National Center for Economic Gardening, led by Chris Gibbons, and manages the foundation’s overall outreach efforts and technology and research services. In addition, she is a frequent speaker and nationally recognized champion of the importance of building a strong entrepreneurial culture.
Lewandowski previously served as executive director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council Inc., an organization that seeks to strengthen the Baltimore region’s technology community. Among other positions, Lewandowski served as director of entrepreneurship and education for the Morino Institute, a nationally recognized entrepreneurship program in Reston, Va. She also directed George Mason University’s Century Club, a group formed to build alliances between the university and business community.
Lewandowski is a member of Leadership Washington and Leadership Maryland. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va.

 


 

Scott Meacham

As president and CEO, Meacham leads i2E’s efforts to create jobs in Oklahoma through the development of and investment in small businesses with the potential for growth. Meacham also serves as an advisory director and banking and financial institutions practice group chair for the Crowe & Dunlevy law firm. He served as Oklahoma’s state treasurer from June 2005 until January 2011.
In addition to his duties as state treasurer, Meacham served on the governor’s cabinet as secretary for finance and revenue from 2003 to 2011. In this capacity, he was the governor’s primary financial, budget and economic adviser and served as the governor’s chief negotiator on budget, legislative, tribal and other matters.
A fifth generation Oklahoman, Meacham holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, a master’s degree in business administration and a juris doctorate, all from the University of Oklahoma.

 

Dane Stangler

Stangler leads research and policy department and serves on the senior leadership team at the Kauffman Foundation. He also provides research and writing on a variety of subjects, including entrepreneurship and cities. He initiated and manages the Kauffman Foundation Research Series on Firm Formation and Economic Growth, and contributes to the blog, Growthology. He also represents the foundation by speaking at meetings and conferences around the country.
Stangler earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.