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4th Annual

Small Business Owners Community Conference

"It’s Your Dream, Don’t Grow It Alone®"



October 16 & 17, 2024

Miller High Life Theatre

Downtown Milwaukee, WI

Join hundreds of fellow small business owners for an unforgettable two-day event packed with inspiring talks, practical workshops, and unbeatable networking opportunities.

Don't miss out on the chance to connect with like-minded small business owners and learn valuable strategies from leading industry experts!

It’s always the people. I had the opportunity to have deep conversations, many which changed the trajectory of my business and life, this past weekend. Invest in people - and that includes you. It’s the greatest ROI you’ll ever get.

Kiley Peters

Discover the Power of Community: A Must-Attend for Every Small Business Owner

As a small business owner, it can be easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed. Especially for those finding themselves in the "messy middle!"

Think about it. There’s tons of help out there for people just getting started. By the time you’re making millions you’ll have a big team. But right now, you’re making big decisions and important choices to shape your future success and you’re probably doing all of that by yourself. This conference and community is focused on those of you that know how to make money - but now you need help learning how to take your business from "started" to SUCCESSFUL.

At the SBOC Conference, we’re not only going to address the real issues you are facing on a daily basis, we’re also going to surround you with a collaborative community of give-first entrepreneurs that want to walk with you on your journey. No spammy offers, no sharky connections…real small business owners that believe in collaboration over competition.

And, to make sure that you’re not lost in the crowd, we’re capping the number of guests that can attend so every attendee gets time to feel seen, heard and connected so our guests become connections. The 2024 conference will be capped at 300 guests.

Here's a look at what's in store for you at the 2024 Conference:

Connect with Entrepreneurs Ready to Collaborate:

You’ll be plugged into a vibrant community of small business owners. Meet new people, share ideas and experiences, and build lasting relationships - the ones you truly need to navigate your small business journey and help your business grow. Forge partnerships, exchange ideas, and build friendships that extend beyond the conference walls.

Learn from Industry Leaders:

Gain invaluable insights from a lineup of speakers who have walked in your shoes and emerged victorious. Our sessions cover crucial topics like sales, audience growth, mindset, effective marketing strategies, and leveraging the latest digital tools such as AI and automation, all tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities faced by small businesses.

Ignite Your Business Growth:

Return to your business with a clear action plan and renewed vigor. Our focused sessions and collaborative environment will equip you with both the inspiration and the strategies needed to accelerate your business growth.

Celebrate Your Achievements:

Participate in our new “SBOC Awards” event - a special awards ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the achievements of small business owners like you. We will also enjoy our Celebration Dinner gala for you to raise a glass and reflect on all you’ve achieved in the past year. This isn’t just an event; it’s a recognition of your hard work and a chance to shine among your peers.

Look at Our Action-Packed Agenda

Tuesday - Gather:

If you get your ticket before the early bird deadline, you’ll be invited to our “Early Bird Only” happy hour to be introduced to our guests and speakers. Then, we’ll gather at the conference hotel for our informal "Community Conversation." It’s a perfect time to ask a few questions, learn about your fellow guests and prepare for the content coming in the days ahead.

Wednesday - Create:

Wednesday is the official start of the conference where we will focus on creativity and productivity. We’ll start with purposeful networking, and then a a practical presentation on marketing that makes sense. Over lunch, you’ll participate in our signature community event the Idea Slam Brainstorm. Then, we’ll share the secrets of generative AI and how it can supercharge your productivity. Lastly, a live interview with Dan Martell, the author of the must-read productivity book “Buy Back Your Time.” And, you’ll be able to read it because every attendee will get a copy in their welcome bag! The day ends with a grand networking event and the first-ever SBOC Awards, celebrating the best of small business.

Thursday - Cash & Profit:

Day two focuses on your mind and money. Our morning speaker will teach on how to set your mindset for success to survive the ups and downs of running your small business. Then, an interactive Q&A panel on the #1 issue facing small business: access to capital. At lunch, we’ll interview a local high-flying entrepreneur that has successfully launched and scaled two businesses and she’ll share her secrets on process, systems and productivity. Our Afternoon sessions feature our keynote sessions on Sales. Learn “5 Ways to Increase Your Revenue,” and “How to Build Your Obnoxious Offer.” Our conference wraps up with a celebratory Happy Hour and a formal Celebration Dinner, where we'll reflect on our growth and celebrate our success.

Friday - Farewell:

As the formal agenda concludes, we’ll say farewell at the conference hotel to our out of town guests. We’ll have last-minute, impromptu networking sessions while we reflect on the new insights and connections made, ensuring you leave the conference not just inspired but also equipped to elevate your business.

Meet Your Inspirational Guides

Keynote: Carl Gould - Sales and Growth Expert

Unlock the potential of your business with Carl Gould, a celebrated entrepreneur and sales guru. His sessions, "5 Ways to Increase Your Revenue" and "How to Build Your Obnoxious Offer," will provide you with actionable strategies to escalate your business success immediately. Learn more about Carl here.

Thaime Nañez - Business Strategist and Creator of the Sales to Profit System

Hear from Thaime Nañez, a Venezuelan native who made Milwaukee home 18 years ago. She is the co-owner of two incredible businesses, the Farmhouse Paint Bar and Chuchos Red Tacos. During her interview, she’ll share her strategies and secrets to go from launch to scale. (Hint - execution, sales, systems and more.) Thaime is a decorated entrepreneur, she received the 2020 Wisconsin SBA Small Business Person of the Year award and the the 2023 Women of Influence Award from the Milwaukee Business Journal. She’s also the first bilingual business coach for BizStarts. Learn more about Thaime here.

Lisa Raebel - Founder, Speaker and Chief Storyteller of Rebel Girl Marketing

Lisa has a gift for making complex marketing concepts simple. You’ll appreciate her approach during her marketing talk: "Super Market - How Your Grocery List can Power Your Marketing." You’ll understand your marketing tasks in a new way as she cuts through the clutter to help you focus on what truly drives results. In 2023, she released “The Rebel Girl’s Guide to Marketing: Stop Committing Random Acts of Marketing,” and her next book is scheduled to be released by the end of 2024. Learn more about Lisa here.

Dan Martell - Time Management and Delegation Authority

Learn the art of buying back your time with Dan Martell, an expert in productivity and delegation. His talk, "Buy Back Your Time - The Art of Delegation," will teach you how to effectively manage your workload and empower your team. Discover how delegation isn’t just a skill but an essential business strategy that can free up your focus for high-impact activities that foster business growth. Bonus: Every attendee will receive a copy of the book in your welcome bag! Learn more about Dan here.

Precious L. Williams - SBOC Awards Emcee

Precious L. Williams is the #killerpitchmaster and the founder and CEO of the Perfect Pitch Group. She is hired regularly by Top Fortune 500 companies, successful service based entrepreneurs and speakers to #slayallcompetition through a powerful pitch, communications skills and speaker training services. Learn more about Precious here.

Pat Miller - Founder of the Small Business Owners Community

Pat is a broadcaster, coach, advocate and visionary for small business owners. Through his content, conferences, and the Small Business Owners Community, he serves to support entrepreneurs that are working to build their business dreams. In addition to his expertise as a facilitator and host, you'll also appreciate his gift for making people feel seen, heard and appreciated during the conference and in the community. His mission is best understood by our community tagline: It’s your dream, don’t grow it alone® Learn more about Pat and the SBOC here.

Geeta Nadkarni - Coach and Mindset Speaker

Geeta’s talk “Practical Mindset: The actual steps to follow when nothing is going as fast as you would like and the money is running out,” is a real, actionable look at how to stick with it when things aren’t where you want. Leave the “woo woo” mindset behind because Geeta is going to arm you with powerful techniques, frameworks and actions we can take while we’re caught in the “in-between.” Learn more about Geeta here.

I showed up. I took notes. I talked. I listened and then I started to feel the weight lift. I started to feel my energy return to ME. Energy & drive, I lost months ago. Thank You isn't enough Pat Miller. I'll make you proud - I promise.

Pamela Polyak

Dive Deeper: Workshops and Breakout Sessions

Unlocking Business Funding

Navigate the complexities of funding and discover various avenues for financial growth, including SBA loans, grants, and fintech solutions. This session will provide you with practical advice on preparing your business for funding, understanding what lenders look for, and securing the capital you need to scale your operations.

Idea Slam Brainstorm Lunch

This dynamic workshop is the signature event inside the Small Business Owners Community. Together, we’ll brainstorm for participants that share a challenge or opportunity. We’ll give them new perspectives and actionable solutions from some of the brightest minds in the room - including YOU! You'll not only gain insights into your own business but also contribute to others' success, embodying our conference's spirit of mutual growth and support.

AI and Small Business Productivity

Explore the transformative potential of Generative AI for small businesses in this forward-looking panel session. Understand how AI can automate operations, personalize marketing, and create new service opportunities. This workshop will demystify AI technology, offering you a clear path to integrating these tools into your business effectively and ethically.

Panelists for these events will be announced soon.

What Small Business Owners Are Saying

The energy in the room was palpable as members of the SBOC took to the stage. The expertise shared the amazing speakers was invaluable. This event was a simple, yet powerful reminder that respect and kindness go a long way in business and life.

- Michael Creed

What a welcome relief for my heavy heart, worn down by war and politics!Attending the Idea Collective Small Business Community 2023 retreat in Lake Geneva. Surrounded by sane and supportive people who come together to learn and grow, and laugh until we cry. Pat Miller⚡️ and his crew make this function the highlight of my year.

24 hrs in, I was already losing my voice from connecting with so many people and laughing so hard. My brain was on fire from all the amazing resources and experts who shared their wisdom so we could get better at what we do, and grow our small businesses. Shout out to my featured fellow entrepreneurs, don’t grow it alone!!

- Karyn Youso

I’m still collecting my thoughts from The Idea Collective Small Business Conference that I attended last week. The 3rd annual conference was a chance for me to re-connect with small business owner friends from years past AND meet new ones. We often say, if you are new to this group - you won’t be “new” for very long - and that is one of the things I love about it. This community embraces the “Don’t Grow it Alone®” concept that Pat Miller founded it on.

-Theresa Wilmot

What Your Ticket Gets You

  • Full Access: Entry to all keynote sessions, workshops, panels and networking events.

  • Meals Provided: A happy hour, two lunches and our Celebration Gala Dinner

  • Coaches Row Access: Book two (2) free one-on-one laser coaching sessions with our featured coaches

  • Conference Materials: Three (3) books from our featured speakers, our welcome bag full of goodies and more.


OR 2 Payments of $324.50


June 11th, price will increase to $699




The first-ever SBOC Awards for Small Business will be presented on Wednesday night, October 16.

Any entrepreneur may compete in one of our eight (8) categories. Nominations will open on July 8. Click HERE to get on the waiting list for the nominations. At this time, we're looking for a few sponsors for this special night. If your business wants to be associated with the best of the best - CLICK HERE to get a meeting with Pat to learn more.

I love the Idea Collective Small Business Community for so many reasons, but this week the Idea Slam is my favorite one. Recently, a dozen small business owners rallied around me to help me mastermind a name to clarify my proprietary business process! I've been brainstorming for months, but couldn't nail it down to something I could get excited about.I brought this challenge to the Idea Slam, and this community helped me create something meaningful in 10 minutes! There is so much power in like-minded people cheering each other on and helping each other navigate the struggles of entrepreneurship. It's truly special.

Jenna Piche

Calling Small Business Owners:

A Letter from Your Event Host

I'm thrilled to welcome you to the heart of Milwaukee this October for our 4th Annual Small Business Owners Community Conference.

This gathering is a celebration of the resilience, creativity, and passion that drive small businesses like yours.Four years ago, we started our community and conference with a simple belief: no small business owner should have to navigate their journey alone.

This conference is a testament to that belief. Every speaker and panelist was hand-picked to ensure we're focusing on your success by getting your questions answered while offering motivation to push and challenge you. Over two action-packed days, we'll share successes, tackle challenges, and lay down strategies for future growth.

Our goal is simple: to help you leave energized, equipped, and ready to take your business to new heights.Join us as we connect, learn, and grow together. Because when we unite, there's no limit to what we can achieve.

Looking forward to meeting you in person,

Pat Miller

Founder, Small Business Owners Community


Are there accommodation options available near the conference venue?

Yes, our conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee - we have a discounted, but limited, room block available >> CLICK HERE

Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes, our sessions will be recorded but they will only be available to our Small Business Owner Community members inside our premium community. If you’re not in the group, you need to be there in-person. Learn more about joining the group here.

Is there parking available at the venue?

Parking garages and lots are recommended as street parking has a time limit. Parking garages are conveniently located within walking distance - the closest one is in our Conference Hotel - the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. A full list is available here.

NOTE: This is a third party website provided for your convenience and the SBOC cannot guarantee accurate information - use at your own risk.

Are meals provided during the conference?

Almost all of them! We will provide lunch on Wednesday and Thursday and a fancy pants dinner on Thursday night (Steak, champagne toast, the good stuff.) We’ll also offer coffee breaks during the event. The only meal you’ll need to cover (outside of breakfast) will be your dinner on Wednesday night. 

Can I bring a friend?

 Yes! Conferences are more fun when you have a “wingman.” Once you purchase your ticket, you’ll unlock a secret discount code for a second ticket with a $50 savings!

Can I join the SBOC Community?

The SBOC is a tight-knit collaborative community for small business owners. Our members quickly form deep relationships by putting collaboration over competition. If you’re ready to step into the group and be surrounded by others ready to work together, click HERE to find out more.

Join Us in October!

The Small Business Owners Community Conference is more than just an event—it's a catalyst for growth, a source of inspiration, and a gateway to a thriving community committed to mutual success.

Spaces are limited, and our community grows every year. Secure your spot today to benefit from all that the Small Business Owners Community Conference has to offer.

Be part of a movement that empowers small business owners to not just survive, but thrive.

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