EntreCon is about greater than enterprise and management growth. It is about connecting.

All of us want to search out our individuals.

None of us will get by way of this life alone, and if the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us something, it’s that our connections with others could make our private {and professional} struggles simpler to bear.

Because it started in 2015, EntreCon has been the place for enterprise leaders, entrepreneurs, and leaders to search out their individuals. EntreCon is the Studer Neighborhood Institute’s two-day enterprise and management growth convention set for Nov. 17-18 in downtown Pensacola.

EntreCon is in its seventh yr, and as SCI president Rachael Gillette notes, the sense of connection and group that the convention has had at its core from day one is much more necessary this yr. That’s a part of the reasoning behind this yr’s convention theme, “The Large Reset.”

The EntreCon convention is Nov. 17-18 and is centered at Pensacola Little Theatre, with breakout periods at different venues inside in simple strolling distance in downtown Pensacola.

Gillette says the convention’s purpose all the time has been to supply mentorship and coaching to assist individuals be extra profitable entrepreneurs, enterprise house owners and leaders. “Through the years now we have challenged individuals to assume in another way and now greater than ever we have to do this.

“The pandemic has taken its toll on us bodily, mentally, spiritually and emotionally,” Gillette says. “My sense in speaking to enterprise individuals is that we haven’t actually addressed these results, as a result of now we have been so busy making an attempt to maintain our companies alive. Now we have to take a second to re-think why and the way we do work, reset, re-skill, reimagine and re-engage.”

Amid the isolation and Zoom-fatigue of 2020, when EntreCon was a digital expertise on a platform the place attendees made avatars to combine and mingle, some 550 individuals participated. The hope for this yr is 450 again in individual, given the capability of the principle host venue, Pensacola Little Theatre, Gillette says.

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The convention’s sense of group is considered one of its important appeals. Ashley Rowzee, shopper concierge at Edward Jones John Peacock monetary advisor’s workplace, is stuffed with anticipation for her first EntreCon.

“I’m so excited for EntreCon,” Rowzee says. “I’m very excited to completely immerse myself into the expertise. I don’t attend these periods calmly as I’m bringing again the knowledge to our workplace so we may be higher and do higher for ourselves and our purchasers.”

The magic of EntreCon occurs when persons are studying with and from one another. That certainly occurs from the stage, the place audio system share their knowledge and classes from their successes — and their failures.

But it surely additionally occurs ready in line for espresso, shopping sponsor tables, sharing what you bought out a session whereas strolling to the subsequent one. The place the mentor you’ve been ready for might be proper there at hand.

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That’s what occurred to Harold Griffin Jr. in 2016 at EntreCon. Griffin is proprietor at ITL Options in Pensacola and was the EntreCon 2020 Younger Entrepreneur of the 12 months.

Whether or not you should go to work, faculty or the physician’s workplace for an appointment, ITL Options will decide you up at your door and take you there.

Griffin’s inspiration to develop the enterprise took off after attending EntreCon in 2016. He made some good contacts and located mentors, together with Thomas Duncan, one of many EntreCon’s keynote audio system and CEO of Trusted Well being Plan.

“EntreCon was actually influential on me and my brother making an attempt to develop our enterprise to the subsequent stage,” Griffin says. “It was extraordinarily influential in the place we’re as we speak.”

Earlier EntreCons

From EntreCon, Griffin began attending SCI Speed up Roundtable, a small-group mentoring program that connects companies with one another and with mentors who can share their knowledge. Griffin nonetheless speaks usually with Duncan, SCI Founder Quint Studer and Escambia County Commissioner Lumon Might.

Whereas his father, Harold Griffin Sr., nonetheless holds the title of CEO, it’s 30-year-old Griffin Jr. who now oversees ITL’s day-to-day operations.

In reality, the EntreCon expertise is one thing Griffin is considering of sharing together with his 11-year-old son this yr. “I’m all the time making an attempt to reveal him to the enterprise world and we attempt to contain him in it, to spur his enterprise thoughts … .

“My dad has three sons and he raised us to deal with everybody with respect since you by no means know. That very same individual in just a few years could also be ready that can assist you or sink you.”

In 2017, ITL had 4 workers and grossed about $100,000 yearly. At this time, ITL generates virtually $3.6 million in annual income and employs about 70 individuals in Pensacola.

As a result of that’s what can occur if you discover your individuals.

EntreCon Awards

A spotlight of EntreCon is the Cox Enterprise EntreCon Awards, which rejoice companies massive and small which can be the true engine of a group’s financial system. The classes honor companies at each stage of their life cycle, from start-ups to massive firms.

This yr, the awards will honor companies in 15 classes. In addition they will honor an impressive communitywide servant chief with the John Myslak Award for Servant Management. It’s given to a pacesetter who enriches the lives of others, builds higher organizations, and in the end helps create a extra simply and caring world. That’s what Studer Neighborhood Institute pal and colleague Myslak did till his loss of life in 2019. The award honors his reminiscence by recognizing others who stay their lives as absolutely as he did.

Previous winners: Peter Mougey, 2019; Willie Kirkland Jr., 2020.

EntreCon 2021

Will you discover your individuals at EntreCon 2021?

Register: https://entreconpensacola.com/ to register to affix the occasion.

When: The convention is Nov. 17-18.

The place: EntreCon is centered at Pensacola Little Theatre, with breakout periods at different venues inside simple strolling distance in downtown Pensacola.

This text initially appeared on Pensacola Information Journal: EntreCon 2021 convention in Pensacola focuses on the ‘Large Reset’

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