Small Business Playbook
May 2023

Small Business Playbook

Small business owners may be looking to brighter days ahead with a new sense of mission and understanding on what it takes to grow a business—from navigating inflation and labor shortages to new ways to secure funding. 

The CNBC Small Business Playbook virtual summit will offer expert advice on how to manage businesses in this new landscape and examine lessons in leadership and case studies in crisis management to help small business owners thrive.

For CNBC Small Business Playbook editorial coverage, stories and video, visit www.cnbc.com/small-business-playbook/.

Past Speakers

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams is the three-time New York Times bestselling author of While Justice Sleeps, Our Time is Now, and Lead from the Outside, an entrepreneur; and a political leader. A tax attorney by training, she served eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives and seven as Minority Leader. Abrams has launched multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at the state, national, and international levels. She is the founder of Fair Fight, Fair Count, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project. A small business owner, Abrams co-founded the financial services firm NOW Corp. and Sage Works Productions, Inc., a media company. She has received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School.

Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran’s credits include straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country: She borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City. Over the next 25 years Barbara would parlay that $1,000 loan into a $5 billion real estate business, building the largest and best-known brand in the business.

Corcoran is the author of the best seller “Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business!” and host of top podcasts “Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran”.

Corcoran is a motivational and inspirational speaker. She is a frequent small business and real estate contributor on every major network. Corcoran has been an investor/Shark for the past twelve seasons on ABC’s four-time Emmy award winning show, Shark Tank, investing in over 80 businesses to date. Follow Barbara on Twitter and Instagram @BarbaraCorcoran.

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat is a 6-time NBA All-Star and a 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist. Originally from Tomball, Texas, Butler is a 5-time All-Defensive Team selection, and a 4-time All-NBA Team honoree. He is widely regarded as one of the premier players in the NBA. Butler is also the Founder of BIGFACE Brand, a specialty coffee inspired lifestyle brand which originated from his hotel room during the 2020 NBA Bubble. BIGFACE Brand officially launched as a company in 2021, with the brand‘s mission of offering premium coffee products & experiences, while also building a new community around the shared love of specialty coffee.