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Small Businesses Make a Big Impact

Fairfield County Small Businesses Come Together to Learn, Grow & Give Back.

Stamford, CT, April 14, 2017 --( On April 28, 2017 business owners from around Fairfield County, CT will come together for the 1st Annual Stamford Small Business Symposium. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other business owners and learn from area experts on a variety of marketing and digital media topics, while giving back to charity.

The Symposium will take place from 8 AM to 12 PM at UCONN Stamford and is free to attend. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available, and proceeds from those sponsorships will be donated to Orchids of Life, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that funds non-toxic research and treatment of cancer and other disease.

Ed "Skip" McLaughlin will kick the event off with a keynote address. Ed is the founder of four businesses and is currently running Blue Sunsets LLC, a real estate and angel investment firm. He bootstrapped his first business, United Systems Integrators (USI) Corporation, and grew it into an Inc. 500 company before selling it to Johnson Controls. Ed's book, "The Purpose is Profit" received the 2017 Axiom Book Award for Entrepreneurship.

Caroline Simmons, State Representative 144th District, will update attendees on the state of small business in Connecticut and share what the State is doing to help small businesses grow and flourish.

Nine breakout sessions on marketing and digital media are being offered for attendees to choose from. Between breakout sessions attendees will visit small business exhibitors in Success Row and participate in a variety of activities, including Passport to Success and Networking Bingo. “Networking is the golden key to be successful as an entrepreneur to build and nurture healthy business relationships.” Cheryl said.

The Symposium was organized by Shannon Malkin Daniels, author and founder of SPEAC: Public Speaking, Communication and Mindset Coaching, and Cheryl Henchar, founder of Cheryl’s Creative Services. Shannon and Cheryl created this event to give small business owners an opportunity to promote their businesses, build relationships with potential referral partners and customers, and learn valuable information they can use to grow their business – all while giving back to charity. “Giving back is very important to me. I want to hold this event as a way to help the small business community and support a cause that’s near and dear to me.” Shannon said.

The 2017 Stamford Small Business Symposium is presented by Shannon and Cheryl in partnership with Constant Contact, 95.9 The Fox and CT PTAP.

Event sponsorships start at $25. The deadline for sponsorship is April 17, 2017. Proceeds benefit Orchids of Life (

To learn more and register for the Symposium visit

Shannon Malkin Daniels is an author, motivational speaker and founder of SPEAC: Public Speaking Communication and Mindset Coaching, based in Stamford, CT. She works with companies and individuals to create and deliver impactful messaging that connects with their target audience and enables them to achieve their goals. To learn more visit or call 844.489.2837.

Cheryl Henchar is founder of Cheryl’s Creative Services, based in Stamford, CT. She is an Authorized Local Expert Speaker and certified trainer with Constant Contact. Cheryl assists small business owners and nonprofit organizations with email marketing strategies and conducts educational seminars on the values of email marketing and integrated online tools. To learn more visit or call 203-249-0487.
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SPEAC: Public Speaking, Communication & Mindset Coaching
Shannon Daniels
Cheryl Henchar

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