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More than 80 entrepreneurs, small business owners, entrepreneurial thought leaders and local leaders gathered in Miami and Atlanta to spend a half-day in each city with Dell as part of our Think Tank series focused on small business needs and entrepreneurship. Participants discussed the prospects, priorities and perceptions around running and growing a small business in the two local markets.

These first two events kicked off a 9-city tour of the "Go Local" series. The events coincided with the release of findings from a Dell-Intel survey on the state of small business in both cities. The research data show a much brighter outlook and healthy expectations for growth and reveal a much more optimistic picture of small business at the local level than we’ve been seeing in national headlines in the last few years. Breakout sessions lead by local influencers were focused on key topics from the report: Access to Capital & Markets, Access to Networks, Talent & Expertise, and Access to Technology.

An impressive lineup of national and local Dell partners and leaders in small business supported the events:

  • USA Today’s small business expert columnist Rhonda Abrams and Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence Ingrid Vanderveldt opened both events with local chamber leaders
  • Co-hosts included the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, Corporate Executive Board, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Greater Miami Chamber with support from Startup America Partnership, Ernst & Young and the Atlanta CEO Council
  • In Miami, media included The Miami Herald’s Jane Wooldridge, The University of Miami’s Dean of Undergraduate Education Bill Green, and the Wall Street Journal’s Brian Moran
  • In Atlanta, local media personalities Alan Butler and Richard Warner alongside Tino Manetella of the Technology Association of Georgia participated

In these interactive and participant-driven discussions, Dell listened to what matters most to area small businesses to reinforce our commitment to this vital segment of Dell’s business and the local communities it serves. Modeled after similar events in the Education space, these insights will further enable us to deliver the right scalable technology solutions to address specific customer needs.