New resource for small/midsized businesses

Posted by IFMA July 16, 2013

Tagged in Connect Small/Midsized Business

If you're an IFMA Member who works for a small/midsized business, you now have the opportunity to participate in all Small/Midsized Business (SMB) Committee-led calls and activities. SMB's monthly calls include a guest speaker; a customer (to ask questions of and learn how to best sell) or a subject matter expert (to educate and inform). Two in-person meetings will take place as well: At IFMA's Chain Operators Exchange (COEX) 2013 where we'll learn about 2013 Menu Trends and have the opportunity to discuss these trends with operator customers in face-to-face meetings; and another meeting in Q4 (still to be determined) that will focus on successful team building.

Don't miss the opportunity to interface with operator customers, use our collective scale to access resources and connect with other SMBs in non-competitive sharing and learning.

2013 Small/Midsized Business Meeting Calendar

Speakers join the call at 2:00 PM Central/3:00 PM Eastern unless otherwise noted.

If you'd like to join any of the meetings scheduled, login to view the call-in information. 

January 17: Scott Propp (Propp Consulting) - Building and effectively managing internal teams 

February 7: Cancelled 

March 3: Datassential - COEX SMB meeting: 2013 Trends Forecast 

March 21: Barry Wright (InFocus Training) - Tips and tricks in negotiating with distributors 

April 18: Matt Riddleberger (Firehouse Subs) - Customer Q & A 

May 23: Dr. George (Haub School of Business) - Peck Fellowship Update 

June 20: Ana Oka (Sodexo) - Customer Q & A 

July 25: Cancelled 

August 22: Rob Joyce (Stewart-Peterson) - Commodity management and purchasing 

September 26: Gina Dietrich (Arment Dietrich) - Leveraging social media effectively 

October 24: Military Feeding - Customer Q & A 

December 19: C-Store - Customer Q & A


If you have any questions about the SMB community, please contact Ray Welch, President Thirs-Tea Corporation and Chairman of the SMB committee, at If you have any questions about IFMA, other committees or activities, please contact  

The calendar can be viewed here. Calls take place typically the third Thursday of every month from 1:00-2:00 p.m Eastern. 

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