October 21-23, 2015 • Orlando
Not Quite
At The Top
Come to network, be inspired, and celebrate!
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What Success
Feels Like.

Celebrate your growing success at the Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala. You'll join other entrepreneurs from America's fastest-growing companies, hear inspirational speakers who have achieved superstar status, and enjoy lively networking events.
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Marcus Lemonis
host of CNBC's The Profit
Carey Lohrenz
former lieutenant, U.S. Navy; F-14 fighter pilot
fighter pilot
Robert Herjavec
Shark on ABC's Shark Tank
Tony Hsieh
CEO, Zappos.com
Jessica Mah
co-founder and CEO, inDinero
Dan Price
Gravity Payments


The conference is three days of learning, leisure, and connecting with leaders from every corner of American business. With an unprecedented lineup of speakers, you’re certain to leave with powerful new perspectives and new momentum for your company’s growth.


Meet and mingle with this year’s elite group of award winners at a variety of special events, including the Welcome Reception, the Conference Party, the annual Inc. 5000 Golf Tournament, and the prestigious Black-Tie Gala.


After three unforgettable days, you will be fêted at an elegant Black-Tie Gala, beginning with a Champagne Soiree, followed by our prestigious Awards Ceremony and Dinner, where you will be officially acknowledged, and capped with an unforgettable evening of music and dancing.

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Highlighted Events

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

7:00 am

Inc. 5000 Golf Tournament

Start the Inc. 5000 Conference off in full swing with an exciting golf tournament at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes. Play with colleagues or join forces with fellow Inc. 5000 honorees. Includes breakfast, lunch, and green fees (club and shoe rental not included). Additional fee to participate.

11:00 am

Inc. Mentoring Fair

Join us as we host our annual mentoring fair designed uniquely for service personnel—active and veteran—as well as military spouses. Conference attendees are welcome to participate as mentors for the day, to share experiences with servicemen and -women, and to provide insight on successfully starting, building, and expanding a business. Pre-registration is required for all mentor and mentee participants. Program concludes at 4:00 p.m.

12:00 pm

Inc.edu: What Should I Charge? A Strategy for Pricing and Selling

Within today’s volatile marketplace, traditional small-business pricing strategies don’t stand a chance. But there are ways to outsmart the open market. Did you know that different market segments value different signals to purchase (or not purchase) your products? Learn how brand positioning impacts what and how you sell to customers, why brand positioning is more important for sales than marketing, and why you should be selling on value creation rather than discounting. Also, find out the psychological drivers informing purchasing decisions of your customers. Walk away from this session with greater awareness on how to develop long-term relationship with your customers (not to mention margins that support business growth). Additional fee to participate.

Instructor: Lisa Hendrickson, founder and president, Spark City

12:00 pm

Inc.edu: How to Build a Sales Organization that Keeps Up with (and Drives) Your Growth

What will keep your customers from defecting to the next new thing? Three words: Your sales force. This team is the face of your company, what makes it human and what makes it difficult for customers to leave. Great customer-sales relationships see competitive threats sooner, uncover hidden needs and opportunities earlier and leverage strong relationships easier. What’s the right sales organizational structure? How do recruit, compensate  and train the best people? In this workshop, we will (1) learn the conceptual foundations of building and growing an effective sales organization, (2) discuss best practices in implementing each and (3) choose a few participants to discuss their unique situations.

Instructor: Jeff Krawitz, adjunct professor of marketing, NYU Stern School of Business; and professor of marketing, Columbia University

1:00 pm

Inc.edu: Open-Book Management: Incentivize Your Team and Profit in Business

In this engaging and interactive course, participants will learn the fundamentals of The Great Game of Business and take away tools to immediately begin implementing it into their own businesses. Based on Jack Stack’s best-selling book, The Great Game of Business is a unique and well-proven methodology and approach to running a company. In its simplest form, it gets everyone focused on the company’s success. Employee goals and accountabilities are tied directly to the success of the business. It teaches all employees the “Critical Numbers” of the company and how they can make a difference—both individually and as part of a team. In this fun and interactive workshop, participants learn to develop their own Great Game to keep people focused on a common goal, encourage employees to work together and build a winning team, create line of sight between team contributions and your company’s strategic goal, reinforce business and financial literacy training, and develop an engaged team that drives results and creates wins. Additional fee to participate.

Instructor: Steve Baker, vice president, The Great Game of Business

1:00 pm

Inc.edu: The Complexity of Fast Growth, How Not to Be Overwhelmed

You’ve made the Inc 5000 list and you’re continuing to grow, fast. However, with fast growth comes complexity. More often than not growth challenges originate from you, as the leader of your organization, experiencing one or more of the following – spending too much of your time putting out fires, responding to whichever customer shouts loudest on any given day, a growing disconnect between your people and dropping the ball altogether in some areas or with managerial duties. During this highly interactive session, the Predictable Success team will give you everything you need to build systems to prevent disruptive problems and afford yourself more time to lead your business from fast growth to profitable scalability.Additional fee to participate.

Instructor: Dave McKeown, COO and senior consultant, Predictable Success

1:30 pm

Camp Gladiator Workout

Join us for an complimentary outdoor workout lead by the top and most experienced trainers. Come experience the fastest-growing and highest-rated fitness program.

4:00 pm

Pre-Conference Session: Building Your Brand to Build Your Business

Sponsored by the Principal Financial Group®

4:30 pm

Married to the Business (and Each Other): Cocktails with the Brodskys

Are you married to someone who’s married to a business? Or are you married to the business (and each other)? All significant others are invited to be a part of this candid, interactive conversation hosted by serial entrepreneurs Elaine and Norm Brodsky, who are quintessential partners in business and life. This is your chance to meet and connect with others like you, as well as to hear from those who’ve been there, done that, and have the relationship battle scars to prove they have successfully moved beyond the toils and troubles of business. Space is limited. Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Hosts: Elaine and Norm Brodsky

5:30 pm

Inc. 5000 Welcome Reception

Opening night is all about breaking the ice. Grab a refreshing cocktail, enjoy an appetizing bite, and mingle with leaders from some of the most dynamic companies in the country. This fun and casual soiree is the official kickoff to the Inc. 5000 Conference.

7:45 pm

Meet the Editors Dinner

During this exclusive event, you will have the opportunity to chat and chew with Inc.editors and some of your favorite Inc.com columnists as well as fellow conference attendees in this casual fun-filled setting. Pre-registration is required. There is an additional fee to participate.

Special Remarks: James Ledbetter, editor, Inc. and Inc.com; and author, Unwarranted Influence

Introduction: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor in chief, Inc.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

1:15 pm

Meet the Speaker Book Signing (books are free to the first 200)

Daniel Lubetzky
Marketplace—Location (The Principal Financial Group booth)

5:30 pm

Inc. 5000 Networking Happy Hour

It’s time to relax and unwind. Come have a drink and network with your peers. Meet and connect with some of the seasoned entrepreneurs and experts speaking at the conference; and mingle with past and present honorees of the Inc. 5000 list. Let’s all raise our glasses to a great day at the Inc. 5000 Conference.

5:30 pm

Rising Stars Cocktail Party

Sponsored by Marriott Visa

Inc. and Marriott Visa invite you to meet raising stars of the Inc. 5000 list and others who represent the next generation of business. During this time, enjoy cocktails, tasty bites, music and conversation. This is your time to celebrate with other dynamic young entrepreneurs from around the country as well as share your unique perspective and approach to business. Space is limited.

6:00 pm

Women of the Inc. 5000 Networking With Purpose

Inc. and Chase for Business cordially invite you for an hour of cocktails, tasty bites, and conversation exclusively for female Inc. 5000 Conference attendees. You will meet other dynamic women from around the country, share your unique perspective and approach to business and receive valuable business insights from Inc. experts. Space is limited. If you are interested in attending please sign up here.

Sponsored by Chase for Business
Hosted by the Inc. Small Giants Community

8:00 pm

Conference Party: Old Hollywood, New Glitz

Join us for an exuberant soirée celebrating the style and glam of Hollywood’s yesteryear.Mix and mingle with fellow conferenceguests as you feast on delectable bites andsip refreshing cocktails. Also, be sure to experience the great music, fun, and games throughout this glamorous evening.

Friday, October 23, 2015

5:30 pm

Inc. 5000 Cocktail Reception

The festivities commence with a lovely cocktail reception in honor of our Inc. 5000 honorees. Come dressed in your finest attire for an evening of celebratory splendor.

7:00 pm

Inc. 5000 Black-Tie Gala

Feast on a four-course gourmet meal as the evening continues in celebration of this year’s Inc. 5000 companies. The program will include presentations highlighting the award-winners, including the top ranked company, as well as congratulatory remarks. The evening concludes with champagne toast and dancing.

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7 World Trade Center
New York, NY 10007
Lisa Bentley
Associate Publisher
Emili Kaufman
Associate Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Content
This event is by invitation only. Seating is limited. Advance registration is required. All registrations screened.