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Peer to Peer Networking Symposium

November 3, 2015 @ 3:00 am - 7:30 pm


Are you a startup? Entrepreneur? Small business owner? This event is for you. As you focus on launching your business, there more to growing your business than meets the eye. On Tuesday, November 3rd, you can learn takeaways on how to make sure your business is set up for success from the beginning. Join in for an afternoon symposium that dives into all areas of running and growing a business.

This event will be stocked with experts in their fields and ready to connect with their young professional peers. We believe sharing your ideas in a peer setting allows for more conversation, connections and general success for your business.

This event is open to everyone, but designed for business owners who have five years experience or less (including those which have not launched yet). Programming will focus on managing business success and exploring opportunities the downtown St. Louis business environment has to offer.

Additionally, the program will include hands-on workshops, a variety of service providers available for free one-on-one consulting, and keynote presentations on strategies essential to business growth. This is event is fluid. Learn about what appeals to you—you can come and go as you please. We have several exhibitors and food and drink ready for attendees not in a presentation or workshop.

Registration begins at 2:45. Program begins at 3pm with networking and keynote speakers.

Speakers will cover topics including:

  • Contract law
  • Relationship Building
  • Branding
  • Hiring
  • Working in St. Louis
  • Financial planning
  • Real estate
  • Marketing
  • Office design
  • Many more…

Ticket pricing:

General Admission: $25
*Fee will be waived by T-REX for any startup member, student, or current or past member of any co-working space or incubator in the St. Louis area. This will be confirmed upon registration at event.

Plenty of local food and beverages will be on hand from downtown restaurants.

One on One sessions:

1:1 time There will be opportunities for people to speak to the speakers 1:1.  The speakers are available from 3-5pm (minus the time they are presenting) to meet with people 1-1.  They can sign up upon arrival to schedule a 15 minute block of time with the speaker at a designated table.


2:45-3:00pm Registration

3:00-3:05pm Welcome to T-REX, Patricia Hagen, PhD, Downtown T-REX

3:05-3:20pm  The Importance of Branding in Social Media, Marisa Lather, Sandbox Creative

3:20-3:35pm  Relationship Building – How to Create a Personal Network, Kathy Sorkin, Rosemann & Associates

3:35-3:50pm  Making a Home in DWTN STL, Candice King and Jennie Hampel, Gallery Luxury Apartments

3:50-4:05pm  Cool Space, Happy Space Work Spaces in DWTN STL, Roger Zigler, Gershman Commercial Real Estate

4:05-4:20pm   Your Lease: The Relationship & Strategies for Growth, Andrew Gulotta, Polsinelli Shughart, PC

4:20-4:35pm  Idea to Business to Empire: Financial Help and Succession Strategies to Grow Your Business, Kristin Thompson, Renaissance Financial Corporation

4:35-4:50pm  Recruiting Talent Hiring Your Team, Lydia Padilla, TRC Staffing Services, Inc.

4:50-5:05pm  How to Hack Through the Clutter and Market Your Start-Up, Lindsay van Quaethem, Downtown STL Partnership

Keynote speakers:
6:00-6:10pm  Innovation and Creation: How to Advance a Community of Support, Patricia Hagen, PhD President, Technology Entrepreneur Center/Executive Director, T-Rex

6:10-6:20pm  Live, Work, Grow St. Louis, Tishaura Jones Treasurer, City of St. Louis

6:20-6:30pm  The Start-Up Marathon – Staying Committed in St. Louis, Tyler King and Alex Haimann, Co- Founders Less Annoying CRM

6:30-6:40pm  Why I Ditched Denver for the Lou, Ben Hochman, Sports Columnist – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Door prizes:
—3 Month Membership to T-REX
—Gift Certificates to Dapper Gents, Gallery Furniture Home Accents and Gifts, Kemoll’s, Stanley’s Cigars
—3 One Month Parking Passes at The Globe Building in covered, secured parking lot two blocks away from T-REX
—2 Rams Tickets

The St. Louis Treasurer’s Office, the Missouri Growth Association (MGA), and the Downtown St. Louis Partnership is supporting this event.