Live Webinar
Navigating Year Two of the Pandemic:
Insights, Advice and Digital Tools
for Success
May 11, 2021 | 10 am Pacific | 12 pm Central | 1 pm Eastern

Meet Our Speakers and Sponsors!

Ramon Ray


Ramon Ray is an in-demand expert on small business success. Ramon inspires and educates thousands of business owners a year and works with leading brands to help them reach small businesses. He's the founder of and Entrepreneur in Residence at Oracle NetSuite Ramon's started four companies and sold two of them, his fourth book, "Celebrity CEO", is about building a community and personal brand.

Jason R. Hall,

CEO, Greater St. Louis Inc.

Jason is the founding CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc., the new civic institution formed by the St. Louis metropolitan business community that launched on January 1, 2021 following a merger of 5 existing civic leadership and economic development organizations. GSL brings together the private-sector business community to help drive economic growth and create opportunities for all. As a result of the merger, GSL provides a unified voice, a bold agenda, and leads as one St. Louis metropolitan area anchored by a vibrant urban core. The first in his family to earn a college degree and the first and only openly LGBT person ever appointed to a cabinet-level position by a Missouri Governor, Jason is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bates College and Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Melvin Coleman

Executive Director, Atlanta Black Chambers

Melvin Coleman serves as the Executive Director for the Atlanta Black Chambers. The ABC is an organization of Entrepreneurs committed to the creation and growth of competitive, profitable, and sustainable Black owned entities. Since his appointment in January of 2017, the Chamber has seen phenomenal growth in both membership and programming. Melvin received the Atlanta Association of Insurance Professionals LINC award in 2019 for his service to the Atlanta entrepreneur community. He is a charter member of the Atlanta chapter of ICABA, the International Career & Business Alliance. Melvin is also the owner of Essential Wealth Management, a registered investment advisory firm based in Atlanta. He spent 15 years with UPS, where his last position was senior account executive in the business development dept. He is originally from Savannah Ga. He is a US Navy veteran and a Savannah State University Alum.

Rodney Fong

CEO & President, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Rodney Fong is a fourth generation San Franciscan with an extensive business and civic background, including serving on the San Francisco Planning Commission for eight years, with two years as President. He formerly served as President of the San Francisco Port Commission, Chair of the San Francisco Travel Association and on the boards of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Fort Mason Center, Fisherman’s Wharf Merchants’ Association, Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and the Bay Institute. (NYSE: BILL) is a leading cloud-based platform that automates, connects, and streamlines back-office financial processes to help small and midsize businesses succeed. Over 100,000 customers trust to help grow their businesses by managing end-to-end financial workflows, synching accounting systems, and connecting with suppliers and clients. Find out more at

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