Austin Open 4 Business Conference Equips Businesses for Growth -- Senator Kirk Watson to Keynote on Central Texas Economic Development

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Austin Open 4 Business, the only local conference focused exclusively on delivering expert growth strategies for small to mid-sized businesses, launches its first annual one-day event on October 10th at the Wyndham Garden Hotel. The conference's distinguished roster of area presenters and speakers will offer their industry expertise, updates and practical solutions to address the key challenges facing independent business owners and executives of SMEs in Austin.

Austin Open 4 Business, Oct. 10th

Today's business owners and executives must be well aware of the latest information about economic trends, legal mandates, best practices and technologies to be competitive

Austin Open 4 Business, the only local conference focused exclusively on delivering expert growth strategies for small to mid-sized businesses, launches its first annual one-day event on October 10th at the Wyndham Garden Hotel. The conference's distinguished roster of area presenters and speakers will offer their industry expertise, updates and practical solutions to address the key challenges facing independent business owners and executives of SMEs in Austin. Widespread community support for the conference includes the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Central Texas Angel Network, Thinksmart, BiG Austin and the Texas Human Resources State Council.

"Today's business owners and executives must be well aware of the latest information about economic trends, legal mandates, best practices and technologies to be competitive," states Senator Kirk Watson. "AustinOpen 4 Business promises to be an excellent conduit for updates on crucial business practices and success strategies."

Senator Kirk Watson, will open the Conference and address the status of economic development in central Texas and discuss upcoming issues affecting business in the state legislature. Jamie Rhodes, chief executive officer of Perceptive Sciences, Inc., and founder of the Central Texas Angel Network will lead a panel of Angel investors providing valuable information about submitting business plans for potential funding,

AustinOpen 4 Business features four high impact tracks - Sales & Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Law. Presentations will include e-marketing, health insurance, recruitment, business formations and an in-demand afternoon session on angel funding, led by CTAN founder Jamie Rhodes. The sessions will provide real world solutions that can be implemented to obtain achievable results. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to visit a select number of sponsors and companies exhibiting products and services.

Attorney Scott Agthe, Brown McCarroll, will present the pros and cons of carrying workers compensation insurance. Alice Dendinger, senior HR consultant and Texas HR State Council officer, will address crucial HR issues, such as hiring, compliance and team building. Clayton Christopher, CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea will close the day with his story of building his business in Austin.

"Achieving and managing sustainable growth is a key strategic objective of every business and especially for small and medium-sized companies," said Steve Farrer, executive director of Austin Open 4 Business. "We are delighted that the event has secured such high calibre speakers and panellists to share their expertise and experience."

More details - including sponsor packages, exhibit details and on-line registration - are available at http://www.austinOpen 4 Business.com

About Austin Open 4 Business
The Austin Open 4 Business Conference, the only local conference focused exclusively on delivering expert growth strategies for small to mid-sized businesses, is produced annually for Business District Magazine (http://www.abdmag.com) by the Propaganda House. Major sponsors have included Amplify Credit Union, University Federal Credit Union, CU Business Solutions, Humana, and KLBJ 590AM.

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