Deborah A. Osgood, DA, MB

Speaker Biography

Author, coach, trainer, consultant, public speaker, and social entrepreneur, Dr. Deborah Osgood leads the Knowledge Institute for Small Business Development (KISBD) team as cofounder and President/CEO. As an author and coach, she has helped thousands of individuals young and old to do what they love and love what they do. As a trainer, her work has helped economic development agencies, workforce development programs, and vocational rehabilitation offices to help diverse populations start, grow and succeed in business. This includes woman, minorities, Native Americans, veterans, at-risk youth, and individuals with disabilities. To improve the reach and impact of product and services tailored to entrepreneurs, she has consulted for industry leaders such as Kelly Services, ADP, Delta Dental and Dun & Bradstreet.

As a subject matter expert and public speaker, Deborah Osgood has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, New York Times, NASE, Entrepreneur, and the Associated Press, as well as engaged diverse audiences as a keynote, presenter and panelist. She has been a featured guest on National television and radio shows including New York’s WPIX news, Boston’s WCVB-TV Chronicle and Chicago’s Real Talk Radio. At the global level, she served as international spokesperson for IBM and the World Bank on issues pertaining to women and minorities in business, pioneered the National Entrepreneurial Research and Knowledge Center in Nigeria, and was one of seven women to serve as business mentors in a U.S. Department of State Iraqi Businesswomen’s Partnership program. Her passion and commitment for her work is also demonstrated by her civic engagement, numerous awards and the creation of America’s Small Business Champions Network, a public/private consortium helping over 2.5 million people each month to connect with free entrepreneurial assistance programs. She holds a D.A. in Transformational Leadership with a focus on a systems approach to entrepreneurship, an MBA and a B.S. in marketing. 


OPENING KEYNOTE: "Women and Wealth: Blazing a Trail to Success!"

Success in business - and in life - is about making and keeping more money than you spend. At the same time, there's a psychology to money that plays an influential role in how we choose to view it, use it and save it. We call this your money operating system. If you're not fully in control of it, it can be controlling you. In this keynote presentation you will discover six principals for blazing your own trail to financial success:

  • How women and wealth are breaking boundaries
  • 11 reasons why women excel as entrepreneurs
  • What your money operating system is
  • How to demystify the numbers
  • How to make more money than you spend
  • Why it's worth it for YOU!

BREAKOUT SESSION: “Money & Business: How Much, When and Why?”

Money makes the world go round, but how much makes for a successful business and where does it come from? The recent global recession turned small business financing on its head in many ways. As small business loans and credit lines were called, Americans stepped up and created new ways to fund venture start-up and growth. Join us in this powerful breakout session where you’ll learn about:

  • What you need to know about small business funding
  • How to align funding sources with funding needs
  • More about traditional funding sources
  • How to get creative about business funding
  • Who your key allies are to business funding, growth and more!
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