The Obama Stimulus Plan and Small Businesses – Join Us for a Townhall Meeting

Stimulus plan - what's next?Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 3:00 PM Eastern time (Noon Pacific time). I will be one of the featured panelists in an Intuit Small Business United Townhall meeting, via Facebook.

The topic we’ll be discussing is the Obama Stimulus Plan and what it means for small businesses. I hope you can join us. Here’s what you need to know to join in:


As part of Intuit’s Small Business United campaign, Intuit will be facilitating a virtual Small Business Town Hall to discuss the Obama Stimulus Package and what it means to small business owners. The Town Hall will include a variety of well-renowned small business experts with different backgrounds who will discuss their unique insights on the stimulus package.


Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 3:00 PM Eastern (Noon Pacific time)


Go to the Intuit Community site to sign in to the town hall

This is a virtual town hall via Facebook that includes video and audio capabilities.


Opening/Introductions (5 min.) — Scott Wilder; Leader of the Intuit Community

The Obama Stimulus Package: What it Means to Small Business (20 min.) – Raymond J. Keating, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council‘s Chief Economist, will walk small business owners through key things they should know about the stimulus and the economy.

Panel Discussion with Small Business Experts (20 min.) – Raymond will be joined by Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends, John Jantsch, creator of Duct Tape Marketing and Kelly Spors, small business columnist for the Wall Street Journal to discuss the stimulus package in more detail.

Q&A via chat (10 min.)

Closing remarks (5 min.) – Scott Wilder; Leader of the Intuit Community

UPDATE MARCH3, 2009: We just finished a dry run.  This should be fun — here are more details:

Yes, you will be able to participate via webcam if you have one; or an audio headset alone if you like.  Or you can just type in questions via chat. Or you can simply listen and watch in your browser window. The choice is up to you.

After the event there will be video, so you can watch it afterwards.  I will update you with the link location to the video, after the event is over.

Finally, if you’d like to follow it on Twitter, the Twitter hashtag to search on and use is:  #sbth


Anita Campbell - CEO

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses, and also serves as CEO of

11 Reactions

  1. Joel Libava

    This sounds like it will be really interesting, and I plan on joining in.

    Thank you!
    The Franchise King
    Joel Libava

  2. Anita,
    Looks like an valuable event for entrepreneurs and small business folks to participate in.

    The big Google calendar button is a good way for people to fit this event into their schedule.

    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

  3. Martin Lindeskog

    I hope you will serve tea! 😉 It is time for a new American tea party, based on sound ideas. Please continue the discussion by clicking on “Martin Lindeskog” Says: 🙂

  4. This sounds like something every small business should attend. I’ll have to clear my schedule for this one.

  5. Hi Anita, thanks for joining us on Thursday and for posting about the event.

    We would love to know if folks have questions in advance of the townhall. Feel free to comment here and we’ll follow along. Thanks!

  6. Tim Berry

    If I can’t make it at that time, will I be able to access the audio later? Should I register now in order to get to the audio after the event?

    Thanks, Tim

  7. Tim – there will be video that you can watch after the event. Anita will post the link and it will also be available via the Townhall links above.

  8. Joel Libava

    Webcam will be fired up.
    The Franchise King
    Joel Libava

  9. Great concept, looking forward to hear how it went.

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