2 Weeks Until MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy – Sign Up Now at Special Rate

September 12, 2014

MiniTrends Conference Promo Video

See what all the excitement is about! MiniTrends 2014, September 26, Austin, TX

Why attend MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy on Friday, September 26, in Austin, Texas? Because it’s all about how YOU can…

1) Do More with Less.

2) Work Smarter, Not Harder.

3) Game the System.

4) Become that Rock Star!

How, you ask? Becoming adept at discerning MiniTrends will first give you insights into innovation. This ability to understand people’s wants and needs, and the underlying causes of change will allow you to see how to achieve a high return on effort, essentially letting you see a path of doing more with less, and in turn working smarter not harder.

With these new insights on possible innovations, you can begin to act on and process these new ideas in the development of new products or methodologies, thus allowing you to get a competitive advantage or as VCs like to say, “game the system.”

Finally, combining these new, undiscovered insights with derived innovations, you can increase your acumen in making or carrying out plans of action to achieve your new strategic goals. In other words, by attending MiniTrends you can become that “Rock Star” everyone talks about!

From the development of the printing press, to the photocopier, to the PC, to the Internet, and the cell phone, each one of the these now “common” inventions began when one individual was able to see an emerging trend way before the rest of crowd.

If you ever wonder how they were able to see that far into the future, you first need to have the ability to recognize what you are looking at. This conference will start you on your way to doing so.

MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy

8:30 am – 5:30 pm followed by ”Power Hour” Reception
Friday, September 26, 2014
Holiday Inn Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TXA limited number of MiniTrends Community spots are available for $150 for this all-day premier event with code Special150-2014.

Registration for MiniTrends 2014

Contact TFI at info@tfi.com or (512)-8898 or visit www.minitrends.com/minitrends-2014 for more information.

MiniTrends’ ABJ Article – “Here’s how to stay on top of ‘minitrends’ and get ahead of the pack”

September 9, 2014

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Austin Business Journal Article and Image – “Here’s how to stay on top of ‘minitrends’ and get ahead of the pack” by Dr. John Vanston and Carrie Vanston – Image from Austin Business Journal

Be sure to check out the Austin Business Journal article by Dr. John Vanston and Carrie Vanston entitled “Here’s how to stay on top of ‘minitrends’ and get ahead of the pack.” Find out how to stay on the forefront of emerging trends in your industry and quickly recognize and appreciate those trends and take advantage of them through action — and fast.

To find out even more about how you can do more with less, work smarter, not harder, game the system, and become that “Rock Star” you always hear about, attend MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy on Friday, September 26, in Austin, Texas.

Take advantage of  the special limited rate of just $150 for a full day including lunch and a “power hour” reception packed with top speakers like Bazaarvoice founder Brett Hurt, IBM Marketing Director Dr. Jani Byrne, world-renowned futurist David P. Snyder, award-winning author Dr. John Vanston, and USA TODAY’s Road Warrior of the Year Joyce Gioia — Use code “Special150-2014 or click here.

A Special Price + 9 More Reasons You Should Be at MiniTrends 2014

September 5, 2014

MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy is coming to you on
Friday, September 26, in Austin, Texas.
That’s only 3 weeks away and we want more seats filled with
MiniTrends Community members like you!

Take advantage now of a limited number of community spots
for this all-day event for the special price of $150 with the Code Special150-2014.

10 Reasons You Should Attend MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy

1. Insights for InnovationMiniTrends 2014 Keynote: David Pearce Snyder, Futurist

Insight: the ability to understand people and situations in a very clear way.

Becoming adept at discerning MiniTrends will first give you insights into innovation. This ability to understand people’s wants and needs, and the underlying causes of change will allow you to see how to achieve a high return on effort, essentially letting you see a path of doing more with less and in turn working smarter not harder.

  • Examine the predictable forces that are reshaping our business and technology environment.
  • Learn 20 knowable future trends that you must be prepared for.
  • Understand how the MiniTrends Concept can be key for continuing success.
  • Use this foundational foresight to build an innovation thought-process and strategy throughout the conference day.

2. Innovation Skills

Innovation: the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods.MiniTrends 2014 Keynote, Brett Hurt, Bazaarvoice Founder

With these new insights on possible innovations, you can begin to act on and process these new ideas in the development of new products or methodologies, thus allowing you to get an unfair competitive advantage or as VCs like to say, “game the system.”

  • Discover seven approaches for identifying minitrends.
  • Learn eight resources to find where minitrends hide.
  • Appreciate the vital role of leadership in promoting an innovation culture where employee creativity becomes the innovative “heart” of the organization.
  • See how appreciating all stakeholders, not just stockholders, is the “secret sauce” of success.
  • Find and share minitrends of your own with fellow attendees.

3. Innovation Strategy

MiniTrends 2014 Keynote, Dr. John H. VanstonStrategy: the skill of making or carrying out plans to achieve a goal.

Finally, by combining these new, undiscovered insights with derived innovations, you can increase your acumen in making or carrying out plans of action to achieve your new strategic goals.  In other words, by attending MiniTrends 2014 you can become that “Rock Star” everyone talks about!

  • Accelerate your innovation and process development.
  • Find the exogenous drivers and constraints that can help with decision making.
  • Leverage minitrends in market strategy development.
  • Use minitrends in making a market for a new product or service.
  • Benefit from personal interaction with conference speakers during special session.
  • Bring back ideas and strategies for you and your team.

4. Direct Interaction with Speakers and Expert Panelists

MiniTrends 2014 Speaker, Joyce Gioia

MiniTrends 2014 Speaker -- Jani-Byrne, Director of Mktg, Cloud, IBMAll-star visionaries and thought-leaders will give you the insight and tools you need to stay ahead of the curve and remain innovative in a rapidly changing business environment.Speak directly with the speakers about your own personal interests and ideas during a scheduled session just for this purpose.

MiniTrends 2014 Speakers

5. Individual and Small Group Hands-On Exercises

Individual and group activities at MiniTrends 2014 will help you generate ideas, consider their potential as minitrends, develop partnerships, and leave with actionable plans.

6. Great Networking Opportunities

Meet, mingle, network, and share ideas with marketers, analysts, development managers, strategists, research managers, and others during continental breakfast, breakout groups, breaks, discussions, provided lunch, and the MiniTrends 2014 “power-hour” reception overlooking beautiful Lady Bird Lake.

See what all the excitement is about! Watch the video or visit our testimonial page and find out what our past MiniTrends Conference say!!

 

7. FREE copy of Award-Winning MINITRENDS book

—Your Own MiniTrends ResourceMINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends by Dr. John H. Vanston with Carrie Vanston

As a special value add, you will receive your very own description of the MiniTrends Concept to take home—the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Entrepreneurs & Innovators Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends by Dr. John Vanston and Carrie Vanston.

A $19.95 value!

8. Meet our Sponsors and Partners

We appreciate our Sponsors and Partners who share our vision of helping business leaders thrive by combining foresight with a creative culture honoring all stakeholders.

MiniTrends 2014 Sponsors and Partners

9. Enjoy Tech-Friendly and Beautiful Austin, Texas!

Austin is a thriving, cosmopolitan city and one of the leading high-tech hubs in the U.S. With more than 120,000 people employed by more than 4,400 technology firms, we have the techies, the entrepreneurs, the innovators, the investors, and so much more. And we’re the Live Music Capital of the World! What better place for a cutting-edge innovation conference?

Our MiniTrends 2014 meeting and reception overlooks beautiful Lady Bird Lake. The Holiday Inn Austin Lady Bird Lake (800-593-5676) is in a wonderful location to experience Austin’s major attractions. The hotel has direct access to the lake’s hike & bike trails and is a mile from Austin’s famous 6th Street entertainment district.

10. Special Price of Only $150 for Our MiniTrends Community!

Join us at MiniTrends 2014: Insights, Innovation & Strategy on Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:30 am–5:30 pm, followed by reception. The full day conference includes continental breakfast, lunch, and evening “Power-Hour” reception. Attend this important event to insure you and your company remain successful and profitable in a constantly changing world. And be sure to take advantage of this limited time special price of only $150 by using the code “Special150-2014” (enter code above the green Eventbrite “Register” button). Student rate also available.

Take Advantage of MiniTrends Community Special price of
only $150 with the code “Special150-2014.” (Student rate available.)

MiniTrends 2014 Special Rate: Special150-2014

Please feel free to let your friends, colleagues and social networks know about this valuable offer!

Contact TFI at info@tfi.com or (512) 258-8898 or visit Minitrends 2014 for more information.
www.MiniTrends.com/MiniTrends-2014

 

MiniTrends 2014 Conference – Just 5 Weeks Out! – Sept 26, Austin, TX

August 21, 2014

MiniTrends ConferenceWe’re only 5 weeks out from MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy scheduled Sept. 26, at the beautiful Holiday Inn Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. The conference is really shaping up to be fantastic. Our Keynotes alone—Brett Hurt of Bazaarvoice, top Futurist David P. Snyder, award-winning Author Dr. John Vanston, and USA Today’s Road Warrior of the Year Joyce Gioia—make the conference worth its weight in gold!

If you are interested in staying ahead of the curve and turbo-charging your company’s profit and success by combining MiniTrends methodology with your innovation strategies, then you need to be at this event!

In addition to our Keynotes, a host of other visionaries and thought-leaders will be speaking. As a special bonus this year, time for direct interaction with the speakers by attendees about their special interests is provided in the schedule.

A full day conference of this caliber is usually $1000 or more! Register by September 5th to take advantage of the Early Bird rate for General Admission: $345, Non-Profit/Government/Small Business: $240, Student: $60.  

The breadth and depth of the speaking talent and schedule is exceptional. The content is invaluable and the event provides a great chance to meet futurists, innovators, and trendsetters. And fun and entrepreneurial-spirited Austin offers the ideal location!

BONUS!!  Receive a free copy of our award-winning book
MINITRENDS:
How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends

We hope you will join us for this great event!
MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy

8:30 am – 5:30 pm followed by a Reception
Friday, September 26, 2014
Holiday Inn Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX

Contact us now or call us at (512) 258-8898 or info@tfi.com to become a Sponsor to this important event!

MiniTrends 2014 Conference – Call for Sponsors – Sep 26, Austin, TX

July 21, 2014

MiniTrends Conference

Increase your business and branding by becoming a Conference Sponsor of MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy on Sept. 26 in beautiful downtown Austin. The event provides a highly targeted group of decision makers focused on new business opportunities, new technologies, collaboration, innovation, and creativity. Contact us at 512-258-8898 or info@tfi.com to discuss options.

There are a variety of sponsorship plans to fit your business and communication goals. If you’d like other options, please contact us at info@tfi.com.

The theme this year is turbo-charging the attendee’s company’s profits and success. Keynotes include world-renowned Futurist David P. Snyder, Austin Tech Leader and Bazaarvoice Founder Brett Hurt, and award-winning Author Dr. John Vanston, plus other distinguished thought-leaders and visionaries.

Special Limited Offer: Send two attendees and you will receive a FREE sponsorship.

Sponsorships Levels: $500 – $5,000. Contact us to customize.

Contact: Carrie Vanston, info@tfi.com, (512) 258-8898

If you are not the appropriate person for discussing sponsorship, please let the  person who is know about this important conference. Thank you!

Why Be A Sponsor?

  • Establish valuable and profitable business relationships with attendees and their organizations.
  • Enhance your company’s image and brand to valuable new markets and clients
  • Grow your organizations reputation as a company that is on the cutting edge of business and technology.
  • Showcase your organization at the MiniTrends Conference and post-conference activities.
  • Empower your organization and stakeholders to combine MiniTrends methodologies with new innovation strategies.
  • Customize sponsorship opportunities based on your specific interests
Take advantage of this valuable opportunity and become a sponsor today.

Sponsorship Rates and Benefits*

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* Sponsorship can be tailored to your individual needs

Contact us now or call us at (512) 258-8898 or info@tfi.com to become a Sponsor to this important event!

World-Renowned Futurist David P. Snyder Keynotes at MiniTrends 2014

June 20, 2014

MiniTrends 2014 Conference Keynote: David Pearce SnyderWe are delighted to announce David Pearce Snyder as our distingished Morning Keynote for MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy. David is a Consulting Futurist with over 30 years experience and a long-time Contributing Editor for the popular magazine The Futurist.

Speaking on ”MiniTrends and Macro-Change: Turbo-Charging Your Future,” David helps you see the future through a matrix of many emerging trends – MiniTrends – that reflect the macro-changes that you must anticipate to be successful as the future unfolds. His multi-million item database of trends and projections provide the foundation for his forecasts.

With an amazing track record with a wide range of clients and a deep knowledge of predictable forces rapidly reshaping our future demography, economic structure, productive technologies, and decision-making processes. David provides attendees with information, ideas, and insights to guide their business, cause-related, personal, and investment decisions.

David has been Contributing Editor of World Future Society’s The Futurist magazine for over a quarter century and has given thousands of seminars on strategic thinking. David has edited/co-authored five books, and written hundreds of studies, articles, and reports on the  future impacts of new technologies.

David will provide you with an amazing experience. Join David and other outstanding speakers at this premier event for innovators, futurists, technologists, trendsetters, and blue-sky thinkers, the 3rd Annual MiniTrends conference, MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy on Friday, September 26th, 2014, in Austin, TX.

Hosted by award winning author and renowned futurist, Dr. John Vanston, this one day event gives you the insight you need to stay innovative and to thrive in a rapidly changing business environment.

Take Advantage of Early Bird Registration!

All attendees receive Continental Breakfast, Breaks, and Lunch followed by a Networking Reception!

Please contact TFI at info@tfi.com or (512) 258-8898 or visit Minitrends 2014 for additional information.
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Meet John & Carrie at WorldFuture 2014 in Orlando

June 17, 2014

WorldFuture 2014, July 11-13, Orlando, FLMiniTrends’ leaders Dr. John Vanston and Carrie Vanston are excited to be conducting a day-long Pre-Conference Master Course at the World Future Society’s annual conference WorldFuture 2014: What If? Our Master Course, MiniTrends and Macro-Change: Turbo-Charging Your Future, also includes our co-presenter and long-time partner, the highly-esteemed futurist David Pearce Snyder and will be held on Thursday, July 10 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Mintirends Keynote Speaker: David Pearce Snyder, Futurist and Contributing Editor, The FuturistThis inspring day begins with David describing the changing world and the forces driving it. He helps you see the future through a matrix of many emerging trends – MiniTrends – that reflect the macro-changes that you must anticipate to be successful as the future unfolds.

Dr. John Vanston, Author, MINITRENDS, Carrie Vanston, Co-Author, MINITRENDS

Dr. John Vanston & Carrie Vanston
presenting Pre-Conference
Master Course at WorldFuture 2014

John and Carrie, authors of the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends, then provide you with the foundation for a strong MiniTrends process with seven ways for you to find, analyze, and profit from important minitrends and their potential business opportunities.

Participants will leave this course with an understanding of:

  • How predictable forces are rapidly reshaping our demography, economic structure, productive technologies, and decision-making processes.
  • How monitoring these forces can enable participants to identify and profit from emerging trends and attractive business opportunities.
  • How participants can apply the information, ideas, and insights presented in this course to guide their business, cause-related, personal, and investment decisions.

We hope you will join us in Orlando for WorldFuture 2014: What If? and our Pre-Conference Master Course: MiniTrends and Macro-Change: Turbo-Charging Your Future.

VOTE for MiniTrends Panel for SXSW Eco 2014 by May 16 – “Creating a Profitable & Purpose-Driven Business”

May 11, 2014

PLEASE take a moment to VOTE for MiniTrend’s panel submission for SXSW Eco Conference titled “Creating a Profitable and Purpose-Driven Business” at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/29857 by May 16. 

The panel includes Carrie Vanston, VP, Communications, MiniTrends/TFI; Jeffrey Fry, Chief Executive, The Profit Prophet; Andre Angel, Founder/CEO, TangoTab; and Joy MillerMarketing and Outreach Coordinator, City of Austin Small Business Development Program..Short videos of each panelist can be found at http://vimeopro.com/tablerockers/sxsw-eco-conference.

A third of the decision is directly from votes! You do have to sign in, but it does not take long to vote. Please go to http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/29857 and VOTE NOW.

Thank you so much for supporting the creation and growth of purpose-based businesses and making a difference in the world! 

MiniTrends 2013 Conference – Thank You & Presentation Slides

October 30, 2013

MiniTrends 2013 - Keynote Speaker, Jani Byrne, Dir., IBM

MiniTrends 2013 – Keynote Speaker, Jani Byrne, Dir., IBM

Thank you to everyone who helped make MiniTrends 2013: The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility such a huge success! The conference slides are up!

Conference Chair Dr. John Vanston and I enjoyed interacting with everyone and appreciated the contagious enthusiasm. The speakers were fantastic, the synergy between attendees exciting, and the overall response great. Now let’s build on the connections we made and all we learned!

Lt-Rt: Carrie Vanston, Media/Mkt Dir., TFI, Conf Dir; Barbara Springer, TechBA, UT at Austin; Keynote Gary Hoover, CEO, Bigwig GameEntrepreneur; Vanessa Manley, MSTC, McCombs School of Business, UT at Austin, Dr. Gary Cadenhead, Dir, MSTC, McCombs School of Business, UT at Austin. Dr. John Vanston, Chairman, TFI, Conf. Chair

A special shout-out goes to our Keynotes Jani ByrneGary Hoover, and John Vanston whose excellent presentations provided the structure of the conference. We also greatly appreciate our wonderful Sponsors and Partners, Planning Committee, and Advisory Board for their integral role in making this such a valuable and fun event.

MiniTrends 2013 Conference Exercise - Impact Wheels

MiniTrends 2013 Conference Exercise – Impact Wheels

Let’s use the LinkedIn MiniTrends Group to continue to network and keep the energy going until MiniTrends 2014. Please feel free to share thoughts and your own minitrends, experiences, and resources with other members of the LinkedIn MiniTrends Group.

We also have a Facebook Page that we welcome you to “like.” We will be posting pictures from the conference and will let you know when they are up. Twitter is @MiniTrendsBook, #minitrends.

MiniTrends 2014: Panel 2: Taking the Plunge

MiniTrends 2013 Panel 2 — l-r: Steve Pearson, CEO, The Pearson Strategy Group, Christopher Justice, CEO, Sparksight, Inc., Andre Angel, CEO, TangoTab, Stacy Zoern, CEO, Community Cars, Jeffrey Fry, Principal, Help Find Care (Photo by Dee Ann Hoeft, Dee Ann’s Photography Studio)

We also encourage you to sign up for our MiniTrends Blog.

Thanks for everyone who handed in evaluation sheets! We appreciated the feedback. Please let us know if you have any more input on how the event went. We welcome ideas from attendees and blog readers on what you would like to see next year.

MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology TrendsHopefully everyone has had a chance to take a look at the MINITRENDS book you received at the conference. A quick read of the Preface (Page xxi) and Chapter 10 (Pg 185-186) gives a good overall theme of the book.)

Please let us know progress you make with minitrends, particularly those using concepts from the book and conference. We use examples in our talks, guest blogs, and/or they may be speaking subjects for you next year.

Also please let us know if your organization or one you know would be interested in meeting with us to find out how we might help bring a MiniTrends Mindset to your organization through presentations, workshops, and/or other in-house services.

We are excited to have you in our MiniTrends Circle! We look forward to continuing the connection. In the meantime, please feel free to contact John, Helen Mary, or me with any thoughts or comments.

Warm regards,

Carrie and the TFI/MiniTrends Team

Carrie Vanston, Media/Marketing Director
MiniTrends Conference Director
Co-Author, MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs & Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends
–The Pinnacle Book Achievement Best Business Book Award Winner
–Eric Hoffer Business Book of the Year Winner
–Finalist: ForeWord Reviews; USA Book News; Global Business eBook

Top 10 reasons to attend MiniTrends 2013 – Oct 2-3, Austin, TX

September 26, 2013

1: Get 1/2 off by registering now! Limited number of passes.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have a limited number of 1/2 price passes to MiniTrends 2013 Conference & Master Workshop. Use Code  “SuperHalfOff” while they last! For maximum savings, combine with Early Bird Special which ends tomorrow, Sept 26, at 11:55 pm and attend MiniTrends 2013Conference (Oct 2) for $148 or the Conference & Master Workshop (Oct 2-3) for $173. Prices for Non-profits, Academic, Government, and Students are even lower.

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2: Listen to Outstanding Keynote Speakers.

Jani Byrne, Ph.D. is Director, Marketing Global Mid-Market, MSP, and Enterprise at IBM. A visionary who marries deep technological innovations and insights with a profound understanding of human and market psychology… an extraordinarily passionate thought-leader who can also simply “get stuff done.” Jani is our morning keynote speaking on “The Next Generation IT Innovations and What’s In It ForYou.”

Gary Hoover is Founder, CEO, Chief Game Designer at Bigwig Games, Inc.; Entrepreneurship Teacher, Hoover Institute; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, School of Information, The University of Texas. He is renowned for founding BOOKSTOP, the leading-edge book superstore that revolutionized the nature of bookshopping, and Hoover’s, the world’s largest Internet-based provider of information about enterprises. Gary’s afternoon keynote is “Making a Difference Through Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership.”

John H. Vanston, Ph.D., MiniTrends Conference Chair, Founder and Chairman of Technology Futures, Inc. (celebrating it’s 35th year), and author of the award winning book, MINITRENDS, kicks off the Conference with “The Importance of MiniTrends and Seven Ways You Can Find Them.”  Other presentations include “Becoming a MiniTrends Master,” and “Planning Your MiniTrends Success.”
MiniTrends Conference Video

3: Great Networking Opportunities. 

Meet, mingle, network, and share ideas with speakers and other innovative and entrepreneurial-minded individuals during continental breakfasts, break out groups, breaks, discussions, provided lunch, and the MiniTrends 2013 reception overlooking beautiful Lady Bird Lake.

See what all the excitement is about! Watch the video and hear what our MiniTrends 2012 Conference attendees say!!

4: Meet Inspiring Featured Speakers.

At the MiniTrends Conference (October 2)
Jeffrey Fry, Principal, Help Find Care; Chief Executive, Profit Prophet; Director/CMO, MainGain; Executive Director, Firefly Funds; Executive Director, SHINE Night; President, SEDA RICO, LLC. Jeffrey will present “Detecting 10 MiniTrends Using a Tachyon Field.” 

Tarja Meristö, Corporate Futurist, Principal Lecturer at Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Tarja will present “Exploiting Trends for the Future – Finnish Experiences.”

At the MiniTrends Master Workshop (October 3)
Steve Pearson, Lead Strategist, Founder, The Pearson Strategy Group, “Monitoring Your MiniTrends for Success.”

Carrie Vanston, MiniTrends 2013 Conference Director and Media and Marketing Director, Technology Futures, Inc., “Where MiniTrends Hide: Eight Information Sources.” 

Lawrence Vanston, Ph.D. , President, Technology Futures, Inc., “Analyzing MiniTrends: Drivers & Constraints”

5: Meet and listen to expert panelists discussing how profit and social good combine for the good of all stakeholders.


Expert Panel One: The Integration of Profit and Social Responsibility
–(Moderator) Ty Rarick, Founder/CEO TSR Consulting

Amy George, Founder/CEO, Blue Avocado

Elijah May, Chief Brand Officer & Host, SocialGood.TV

Cristián Méndez Sâbre, Chief Marketing Officer, Verb Inc.— Dell Education Challenge and Dell Empowering Women Challenge
-Joy Stoddard, Development & Outreach Director, Whole Foods Foundationat Whole Foods Market

6: Visit with representatives of our sponsor/partners who share our vision and have helped develop and ensure the success of MiniTrends 2013.


7: Learn how other organizations are being profitable while also being socially responsible.

Expert Panel Two: Taking the Plunge:
What you can learn from those who have initiated successful value-driven businesses
–(Moderator) Steve Pearson, Lead Strategist, Founder, The Pearson Strategy Group
Andre Angel, Co-founder/CEO at TangoTab; Co-Founder/Chairman, WorkMeter; Co-founder, Servoyant, LLC; Co-Founder/Chairman, CODEKKO Software

Jeffrey Fry, Principal, Help Find Care; Chief Executive, Profit Prophet; Director/CMO, MainGain; Executive Director, Firefly Funds; Executive Director, SHINE Night; President, SEDA RICO, LLC;
Christopher Justice, Chief Executive Officer at Sparksight, Inc.Stacy Zoern, CEO, Community Cars (Kengura “drive from wheelchair” vehicles)

8: Join in fun group and individual exercises that help you create ideas and provide opportunities to follow your bliss!

Individual and group activities at the MiniTrends 2013 Conference & Master Workshopwill help you generate ideas, consider their potential as MiniTrends, develop partnerships, and leave with actionable plans.

9: Hear how and where innovators and entrepreneurs like yourself can get advice and assistance for translating your ideas into successful and satisfying endeavors.

Expert Panel Three: Help is Here:
How and where you can get advice and assistance for translating an uncovered
minitrend into a successful, value-driven business opportunity
–(Moderator) Vicki Flaugher, Digital Strategist, Speaker, and Author of “Famous in Your Niche: Building Your Digital Celebrity For Fun and Profit.”
Bijoy Goswami, Cofounder & Evangelist at ATX EquationThe BootstrapAviri Consulting; Founder/Organizer, Bootstrap Network; CEO, Aviri Inc.

Joy Miller, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, City of Austin Small Business Development Program

Eve Richter, VP of Community & Partnerships, door64; Executive Director at Austin Economic Club

10: Attend optional MiniTrends Master Workshop and apply what you learned at the MiniTrends Conference 
(Small additional charge when also signing up for the conference)

Take the next step on your MiniTrends Adventure by attending this excellent applications workshop. Basic MiniTrend principles will be discussed and participants will have hands-on opportunities to find, analyze, and profit from emerging trends that also offer a socially responsible aspect. Participants will leave with a solid basis for developing their own “Minitrends Mindset.”

11: Bonus!! A chance to enjoy beautiful Austin Texas!

Our MiniTrends 2013 meeting and reception will overlook beautiful Lady Bird Lake. The Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake (800-593-5676) is in a wonderful location to experience Austin’s major attractions. The hotel has direct access to the lake’s hike & bike trails and is a mile from Austin’s famous 6th Street entertainment district.

MiniTrends 2013 Registration

Again, get ½ off by registering today!!

Use Code ”
SuperHalfOff” while they last! For maximum savings, combine with Early Bird Special which ends tomorrow, Sept 26, at 11:55 pm and attend MiniTrends 2013 Conference (Oct 2) for $148 or the Conference & Master Workshop (Oct 2-3) for $173.
Prices for Non-profits, Academic, and Government are $98 and $123, and Students $45 and $53. Early bird ends 9/26, but 1/2 off discount good until event starts or special passes are gone.

Day 1: MiniTrends 2013 Conference
Wed., Oct. 2, 8:30 am-5:30 pm
followed by reception (lunch provided) 

Day 1 & 2:
MiniTrends 2013 Conference & Master Workshop
Wed., Oct. 2, 8:30 am-5:30 pm
followed by reception (lunch provided)
and Thurs., Oct 3, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm


Contact TFI at
info@tfi.com or (512) 258-8898 or visit Minitrends 2013 for more information.

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