Hosted by the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday October 21 Cost: $0

Location: Graduate Food Hall

This chemical business peer group roundtable will convene MWRM industrial attendees, and others interested in learning about industry and entrepreneurship to discuss the challenges faced in chemical business development, including market share expansion, information technology, finance, safety and regulatory compliance, logistics and supply chain, and public health, weather, and other external disruptions. This roundtable will provide a platform to 1) explore resources to help develop business models and plans, 2) learn best practices from others, 3) engage in peer-to-peer chemical business development, and 4) discuss the myriad of concerns, frustrations, and strategies to overcome. This roundtable will encourage dialog and problem solving among participants, which can involve non-competitive, complimentary partnerships, and potentially competitive players. Sponsored by ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB). Refreshments will be provided. Limit: 24 participants.

Tentative Schedule

9:00 Welcome, agenda, and short introductions

9:15 ACS programs for industrial and entrepreneurial chemists (ACS Board)

9:30 Business services from local SBA or SCORE

9:45 First random small group (3-4 each) discussion

10:00 Second random small group discussion

10:15 Reconvene the entire group for comments and to identify tables with focused topics

10:30 First focus session

10:45 Second focus session

11:00 Reconvene the entire group for comments, best practices, and lessons learned

11:15 Survey/evaluation and one-on-one discussion

11:30 Conclusion