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The "Go Local" think tank, moderated by nationally recognized small business columnist and small business owner Gene Marks, was held at the historic Comcast Center in Philadelphia on January 29, 2013. This think tank on small business and entrepreneurship allowed Dell to learn more about the local priorities of business owners in the Philadelphia market so we can help make sure they're getting the support they need to succeed and grow.

Breakout sessions were led by venture capitalist Josh Kopelman, Managing Partner of First Round Capital Ami Kassar and CEO and Founder of MultiFunding Melinda Emerson. Other particpants included Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce Alan Greenberger, as well as Dell's Steve Felice and Ingrid Vanderveldt.

Driven by Dell-Intel commissioned research that looked at local business conditions, discussions were divided into these topic areas:
  • Access to Capital & Markets
  • Access to Networks
  • Talent & Expertise
  • Access to Technology

Participants reported these key takeaways:
  • Capital: Explore your options and depending on how much money you need decide between equity vs. debt. If equity, they’ll want you to get big quick while debt lenders will want you to pay back quickly.
  • Networks, Talent & Expertise: People, finances and brand are the three things you have to manage in your business. It’s important to build a brand people want to work for, and word of mouth and social media are the best ways to attract talented people to your small business.
  • Technology: Tablets are transforming e-commerce and mobile must be made a part of every company’s strategy.
 
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