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2017 SME CONFERENCE : GROWING LOCALLY EXPANDING GLOBALLY

Timedate16 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 08:30 to 15:30

Venue16 The Four Seasons Hotel - Beirut , Beirut, Lebanon

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The Four Seasons Hotel - Beirut

The Four Seasons hotel, Wafic Sinno Str.
Beirut, Lebanon
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Description

Are you looking to grow and take your business to a next level? Need to connect with large firms from the private or public sector? Expand your business network beyond the Lebanese borders? or even looking to trade online? Take part of The SME CONFERENCE 2017 and grab the opportunity to:

Meet and discuss

with thought leaders on ways to grow locally and/or expand internationally. Engage in discussions to share your challenges and explore ways to scale your business.

Build B to B relationships

with large corporations during the speed business lunch

Get inspired

from bright SMEs & discover how they made it!

Connect

with other successful entrepreneurs just like you!

Take away

valuable ideas and insight that can be put into practice at your organization.


WHO ATTENDS?

The 2017 SME conference brings together entrepreneurs, small & medium enterprises and Large companies from a wide range of sectors, as well as high-ranking government actors, policymakers, regulators, thought leaders and international speakers.

OUR IMPACT

Given the importance of the tackled subject and the involvement of different parties, we expect the 2017 SME conference to influence policy makers to facilitate SMEs access to markets and building the Lebanese business model to support SME's sustain and scale their businesses.

AGENDA


8:30 AM : Registration & Welcome Breakfast


9:15 AM: Opening Ceremony

MODERATOR :

Mrs. Sabine OUEISS , Business Editor at An Nahar Newspaper

KEY NOTE SPEAKERS:

Mr. Nadim KASSAR, Deputy Chairman and General Manager, BLC Bank
Dr. Khater ABI HABIB, Chairman General Manager, Kafalat
H.E. Me. Ziad BAROUD , Former Minister of Interior and Municipalities

10:05 AM: HOW SMES CAN DEVELOP LOCAL PRESENCE & ACCESS INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

International Business Models: Inspire to Aspire

MODERATOR:

Mr. Rami BOU JAWDEH – Deputy General Manager, Berytech

PANALISTS

Mr. Marco ALETTI, Associate Expert, Access to Finance for SMEs at the International Trade Centre, World Trade Organization
Ms. Carole KHOUZAMI, Private Sector Development Specialist at the International Finance Corporation
Mr. Dany ABBOUD, Board Member, Association of the Lebanese Industrialists


11:15 AM: WORLD CAFÉ : 3 Ways to Grow your Business

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

11:15

Discussion A

Discussion B

Discussion C

11:55

Discussion C

Discussion A

Discussion B

12: 35

Discussion B

Discussion C

Discussion A

DISCUSSION A: CONNECTING SMES WITH LARGER FIRMS FROM THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS.
Mr. Saiid SABER, Advisory board member at LSCN (Levant Supply Chain Network), Instructor at AUB, CEO at Saber Middle East

DISCUSSION B: DIFFERENT MODELS TO ACCESS GLOBAL MARKETS.
Ms. Christina CHEHADE, Director, Endeavor Lebanon

DISCUSSION C: DIGITAL PLATFORM – GROWTH ENGINE FOR SMES.
Mr. Marco ALETTI, Associate Expert, Access to Finance for SMEs at the International Trade Centre - World Trade Organization

01:05 PM : SPEED BUSINESS LUNCH


02:00 PM : HOW THEY MADE IT?

Moderator:

Gilbert DOUMIT, Managing Partner, Beyond Reform & Development (BRDI) Group, Senior Partner, Beyond Consulting & Training, World Fellow '08', Yale University, Lecturer, Université Saint Joseph (USJ) on Social Entrepreneurship

Success Stories

Ms. Reine ABBAS, Co-founder and Partner at Wixel Studios
Ms. Peggy DABBAR, creative director and partner at Images D'Orient
Mr. Tony HADDAD, Founder & General Manager, Technica

Mr. Charles FREM, Managing Partner, Central Management

02:45 PM: WORLD CAFE FINDINGS

Moderator:

Youmna NAUFAL- Head of the English News, Future Television


World Cafe Facilitator:

Mr. Saiid SABER, Advisory board member at LSCN (Levant Supply Chain Network), Instructor at AUB, CEO at Saber Middle East

Ms. Christina CHEHADE, Director, Endeavor Lebanon

Mr. Marco ALETTI, Associate Expert, Access to Finance for SMEs at the International Trade Centre - World Trade Organization

3:45 PM : Closing Remarks


Check this page regularly to know more about the speakers.


STAY CONNECTED

with SME conference on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest in conference news and updates! #SME2017 #GrowandExpand @blcbank @weinitiative_official


FOR MORE INFO: PLEASE CONTACT US 1510 OR rsvp@blcbank.com

Organizer

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BLC Bank is focused on its vision of becoming a Bank of reference and is actively involved in financing economic sectors which have a lasting effect on national growth and sustainable development. Thus, the Bank is committed to SMEs, Women, Green Initiatives and innovative technology.

Within its commitment to SMEs, BLC Bank launched the SME Business Solutions, a program that provides tools, resources and opportunities for SMEs to develop. In this scope, BLC Bank created the “SME Academy” and launched the lebanon.smetoolkit.org.

Within this context, BLC Bank honors entrepreneurs who have achieved significant success in the region through the Brilliant Lebanese Awards, for the 3rd consecutive year in 2014.

Moreover, BLC Bank reaffirmed its position as a leader in the women’s segment through the We Initiative (www.we-initiative.com) which offers financial and non-financial services, ranging from learning and development to market exposure, networking & mentoring.

As a responsible corporate citizen, BLC Bank is dedicated to its employees, clients, community and the environment through a broad CSR “Boomerang” program.

Finally, as a pioneer in innovation, BLC Bank launched HEY! a revolutionary mobile payment solution. Designed with both the merchant and the user in mind, HEY! is the fastest, simplest, safest and most cost-effective way to pay, get paid and transfer money.

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