The Southeast Connecticut Business Conference

Nine great speakers at the Southeast Connecticut Business Conference

Join us Thursday, April 25th for the first ever Southeast Connecticut Business Conference: a full day of educational workshops and powerful networking to take your business to the next level.

This event will include three breakout sessions with your choice of three tracks each, so you can customize your experience to maximize the benefit for your business.


Michael Whitehouse, the Guy Who Knows A Guy
Michael Whitehouse, The Guy Who Knows A Guy

Sales Skills for Non-Salespeople

Michael Whitehouse, author of The Guy Who Knows a Guy and host of the podcast of the same name, will be leading an interactive workshop sharing the basics of sales and business development for entrepreneurs who find themselves needing to act as salespeople and not liking it very much.

Michael’s workshops are always highly interactive and a lot of fun. Built around a broad outline, but focusing on the specific challenges and questions you bring to it, this workshop is sure to provide you valuable, actionable information. You’ll learn techniques to connect with prospects and remove some of the terror from the process.

Formulating a Winning Social Media Strategy

Karen Etchells is a Digital Marketing Strategist who has been working in website design and development since 1996. With Innovast Digital Marketing, Karen provides website design and content marketing services, including social media management, email marketing, blog writing, reputation management and search engine optimization (SEO).

Karen helps businesses to be highly competitive online — to better position themselves on the web, increase engagement with their current client base and attract new opportunities for greater sales. Karen crafts content that builds on that ‘know-like-trust’ factor and invites contact.

Are you looking to grow your business on the web? In this session, Karen will outline the process of creating and implementing an effective social media strategy.

You will learn how to:

  • Assess where you are and where you want to be
  • Define your target audience
  • Establish an editorial calendar
  • Generate high quality, engaging content
  • Build momentum on social channels
  • Measure success: Track, analyze and optimize

Speaker, Author, Expert Michelle Jacobik
Michelle Jacobik Business Profitability Strategist

Michelle Jacobik is a speaker, expert in money/business/finance, certified divorce financial analyst, and the author of #1 best seller: Prosperity After Divorce

Michelle’s workshops around financial planning, strategy and goal setting have filled rooms and changed lives around the region.

We are still working on developing the precise details of Michelle’s workshop, but with Michelle Jacobik, we know that it will be something well worth the trip.

Bridget K, Brown, Owner StoryMatters, LLC
Bridget K. Brown, Owner, StoryMatters, LLC

Craft Your Powerful Leadership Story

The use of storytelling can change a company’s culture and dictate one’s leadership legacy. While leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs may understand the need to tell stories, they may not grasp how vital it is to do it purposefully and in a way that sticks. After all, if the stories don’t stick, they will not trickle down to the very people that do the work, retain the customers, and march the company forward. As millennials are looking for inspiration and companies are looking to decrease turnover, telling the right story to your employees is the very thing that will grow your business and seal your legacy.

About Bridget: Bridget K. Brown is a public speaking, storytelling coach and facilitator who specializes in making the complex clear and coaching the right story out of people. She is an expert in science communication, especially in the area of technology data and cyber security.  Her ability to coach out of a team, or an individual, the story that needs to be told, reaps great benefits in the areas of science communication, change management, public speaking and storytelling for marketing.  She combines her background as an actress, writer, and instructional designer by using elements of improvisation and storytelling, as well as graphic design for visual storytelling.  

With 15+ years of instructional design and facilitation experience, Bridget has trained at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and Duarte Academy for Presentation Skills in Silicon Valley.

She is a former Adjunct Instructor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St Louis.  She has created global security awareness programs for two Fortune 500 companies; coached scientists in TEDx talks and helped organizations within the healthcare industry tell stories which aid them to sell their data-driven products in order to increase their bottom line.

Lisa Saunders Editor and Writing Coach
Lisa Saunders
Editor and Writing Coach

Self-Publish a Book/Booklet About You or Your Expertise

Every business owner should write a book. With modern self publishing technology, it’s easier than ever to put your expertise in print. Nothing demonstrates your expertise like a bound book. Used as a presentation piece, a leave behind, and even an entree into speaking engagements, your book can change the way you promote your business.

Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer and speaker. A graduate of Cornell University, she is the author of over 10 books and holds writing and publishing workshops at New London Adult & Continuing Education. Her books have been instrumental in gaining new clients and helping Connecticut become the second state in the U.S. to enact a law combating the #1 birth defects virus, congenital CMV.

Rachel Dash-Dougherty, LCSW, RYT200
The Grounded Therapist

Treat Yo Self 2019 – Self Care for Entrepreneurs

About Rachel:
My practice has two branches. The first is Grounded Therapy, a more traditional method of talk therapy with a focus on mindfulness. In our sessions, we’ll work on breaking  through the anxieties and blocks holding you back from realizing your goals. Whatever your challenge — chronic illness, new motherhood, career change — I’m here for you, and for the process. I won’t BS you, or simply nod and agree. I will challenge you, support you, and validate your experiences.  I’ll encourage you to find balance by questioning your perception of life versus your reality, then help you move toward a place where you can be confident in whatever you do. 
Of course, talk therapy isn’t for everyone. For those who have difficulty sitting still during sessions but still want to do the work, or who feel disconnected from their body and want to change, I offer Grounded Yoga Therapy. My training in TCTSY (Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga), and my focus on mindfulness combined with traditional talk therapy approaches can offer new ways for you to access and guide your healing process.

You’ll probably find some unicorn paraphernalia scattered around my office, I am a big fan of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, I use essential oils often, and I always have at least one coffee cup next to me. And, like many of my clients, I’m continuing my own journey toward mindfulness.

Using a combination of mindfulness skills, yoga movement and self assessment attendees will learn how to manage stress and be more productive by taking better care of themselves.

Melissa Miko, Tax Strategist

Keep More of Your Money: Loopholes for Business Owners

Do you feel like you are sacrificing an arm and a leg every time you pay a tax bill? Is there something you may be missing in how you handle your finances? Missy will navigate you through a road map of how you can keep more of your money, reduce your exposure to liability, contribute to benefits for yourself and your family, and make your business work for YOU!

Missy Miko is the firm owner of Niantic Tax and Accounting, LLC. Missy advises business and individuals on all things tax related, prepares all types of US tax returns, including all states, and solves financial problems ranging from IRS “love letters” to forensic accounting for divorces and probate. Her firm performs bookkeeping services and helps new business owners through the entity startup process. Missy advocates for taxpayers as far away as Thailand, all with a connection to Southeastern Connecticut. Her customer service excels from her belief in pricing transparency, her willingness to educate clients on compliance laws, and making tax preparation as pleasant as possible. When she isn’t working, Missy spends her time outdoors hiking with her partner and two children, snuggling with their seven Nubian show goats, turkeys, ducks, chickens, cats and pet snake. She enjoys making goat milk cheeses and soaps, reading nonfiction, and antiquing.

Rick Mattson, CLTC Benefits Consultant, Morin Associates
Rick Mattson, CLTC
Benefits Consultant, Morin Associates

Also Featuring:

Jessica S. LaVigne – Paychex

Tentative Schedule

8:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Opening Session with Michelle Jacobik
10:15 AM – First Workshop (three tracks to choose from)
11:30 AM – Second Workshop (three tracks to choose from)
12:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Third Workshop (three tracks to choose from)
2:45 PM – Interactive Networking Workshop
3:30 PM – Open Networking

This event has been cancelled