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Description, Hotel Information and Quick View Agenda


Join your colleagues from all over the country as Nurse Entrepreneurs, Aspiring Nurse Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed Nurses, and Nurses in Business will be meeting the weekend of September 8 – 10, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. This conference is designed for those nurses that are thinking about starting a business, those already in business, those looking for career alternatives and additional income opportunities. Nationally acclaimed speakers, business experts and nurse business leaders will provide nurses with the information, tools and actionable take-a -ways to start your business or make your current business even more successful. In addition, there are five pre-conference workshops will give you dozens of ideas and tips, whether you are a novice or a veteran business owner. This is an educational and professional development event with eligible contact hours.

PLUS, have access to the most powerful networking, mentoring and marketing opportunities in the industry.

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3 Sunny Days on St. Pete Beach, Florida!

Nurse EntrepreneursExperience St. Pete Beach at the Sirata Beach Resort!

The Sirata Beach Resort overlooks the sparkling white sand of St. Pete Beach. The Sirata offers a selection of comfortable guest rooms and suites with welcoming amenities, and stunning water views. Each guest receives access to a variety of amenities, including three swimming pools, a fitness center, and Wi-Fi access among others. The Sirata goes above and beyond as one of the best event venues and conference centers in St. Petersburg. The resort offers three signature restaurants and two of the best beachfront bars in St. Pete, so great food and good fun are never far away!

Making Hotel Reservations On-line

Nurse EntrepreneursYou can download a Reservation Request Form and either email or fax to the Sirata.

You can also simply call the Sirata Reservations department at (800) 344-5999 between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm (EST) Monday through Friday or between 8:00am and 10:00pm (EST) on Saturday and Sunday.  You must reference the National Nurses in Business Association’s 2017 event to obtain a special discounted group rate.

Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center;  5300 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706;  Phone: (855) 344-5999

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Quick View Agenda

Main Conference Agenda – Saturday, September 9, 2017
   7:30 –  8:30 Registration – Visit Exhibits
   8:30 –  8:45 Nursing ConferenceWelcome
Michelle Podlesni, RN, President, National Nurses in Business Association, Unconventional Nurse®, CEO, Bloom Service Group, Inc.
   8:45 – 10:00 Nursing ConferenceKeynote Address:  The Science of Passion – Creating a Formula for Success!
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP®
 10:00 – 10:15 Break, Visit Exhibitors and Networking
 10:15 – 11:15 Nursing ConferenceFinding and Monetizing Your Niche, Identify Your Buyers, Audiences and Revenue Streams
Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN-BC, CSP®
 11:15 – 12:00 Nursing ConferenceWhy Every Nurse Should Use Video to Grow Their Business – Sean Dent, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
 12:00 –  1:15 Networking Luncheon (Exhibits will be re-opened at 12:30)
   1:15 –  2:15 Nursing ConferenceNursing ConferenceNursing ConferenceBreakout Session #1

  • Tim Raderstorf, RN, MSN – Building Your Plan and Perfecting Your Pitch
  • Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD – Show Me the Money: Money Conversations and Your Nursing Business
  • Christine Meehan, RN, BSN, MEd – Nurse Entrepreneurs as Innovators in Healthcare Delivery
   2:30 –  3:30 Nursing ConferenceNursing ConferenceBreakout Session #2

  • Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC – Using Authenticity as a Powerful Engine to Grow Your Business
  • Pat Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC – How to Build a Lucrative Legal Nurse Consultant Business
   3:30 –  4:30 Break / Get Ready for Being Social
   4:30 –  6:00 Nursing ConferenceSocial Hour!  Connect and Mingle, Networking, Fun and Games at the Run Row Tiki Hut
   6:00 – Dinner on Your Own

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Main Conference Agenda – Sunday, September 10, 2017
   8:00 –  8:30 Registration – Visit Exhibits
   8:30 –  8:45 Welcome Back – Michelle Podlesni, RN President, National Nurses in Business Association
   8:45 – 10:00 Nursing Conference
NNBA 2017 Shark Tank Competition
 10:00 – 10:15 Break, Visit Exhibits, Networking
 10:15 –  11:10 Nursing ConferenceFrom the Boardroom to the Stage, How to Captivate and Engage Your Audience
Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN
 11:10 –  12:00 Nursing ConferenceHow to Get a Million Dollars in Free Publicity – Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP®
 12:00 –  1:00 Networking Luncheon (Exhibits will be re-opened at 12:30)
Two sessions
1:00  –  1:45

1:45  –  2:30

Round Table Sessions (Attendees are to pick any two)

  • Pulse Media Group – The Power of Podcasting
  • Lorie Brown – Show Me the Money!
  • Stella Nsong – Elder Care Business
  • Patty Hedrick – Independent Case Management
  • Nancy Brook – Envision Your Future – Vision Board
  • Louise Jakubik – Creating a Seminar Business
  • Brittney Wilson and Katie Kleber – Blogging and Social Media
  • Donni Alvenga – Health Coaching Business
  • Donna Cardillo – Business Basics for Nurses
   2:30 –  2:45 Break, Visit Exhibits, Networking
   2:45 –  3:15 Nursing ConferenceMajor Announcements, Plans for Next Year’s 2018 Conference and Wrap-up
Michelle Podlesni, RN, President, National Nurses in Business Association, Unconventional Nurse®, CEO, Bloom Service Group, Inc.
The Main Conference (Saturday and Sunday) is priced at $349.00 for NNBA members and $449.00 for non-members.

Please note that speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing and that future circumstances, beyond the control of the NNBA, may necessitate substitutions or alterations.

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Pre-Conference Agenda – Friday, September 8, 2017
   8:00 –  1:00 Nursing Conference Nurse ConferenceNurse Blogging 101: Growing a Profitable Business and Comminity – Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN and Kati Kleber, BSN, RN, CCRN
   8:00 – 12:00 Nursing ConferenceBusiness Basics Bootcamp – Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP®
   8:00 – 12:00 Nursing ConferenceLaunching Your Nursing Education Business – Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN-BC, CSP®
   1:00 – 4:30 Nursing ConferenceThe Hidden Fortune in Community Based Elder Care – Stella Nsong, RN, CMC, CDP, LTCP
   1:00 –  4:00 Nursing ConferenceThe Power of Podcasting
Pulse Media Network – Kevin Ross, RN, BSN; Keith Carlson RN, BSN, NC-BC and Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA
   5:00 –  6:30 Meet and Greet Reception
Included and exclusive to NNBA Registered Conference Attendees.
Four Pre-Conferences (Friday) are each priced at $129.00 for NNBA members and $179.00 for non-members.
Nurse Blogging 101 is five hours which includes a working lunch and is priced at $179.00 for NNBA members and $229.00 for non-members.
The Main Conference (Saturday and Sunday) is priced at $349.00 for NNBA members and $449.00 for non-members.

Please note that speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing and that future circumstances, beyond the control of the NNBA, may necessitate substitutions or alterations.

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NNBA Conference 2017Meet and Greet Reception

Our Meet & Greet Reception is 5:00 to 6:30PM Friday evening. What a great way to get to know your nursing colleagues and our wonderful speakers! This is such a fun time where we get to say hello to old friends and greet new friends that we will be sharing with during the weekend conference.



NNBA Conference 2017Social Hour

Connect and Mingle! The Social Hour is taking Networking to the next level. Food, Drinks, Fun and Games will be all geared to having a great time while getting to know each other better. This is an event that will only be available to registered attendees. Of course there will be prizes too!

The Social Hour is scheduled for Saturday evening, 4:30 to 6:00PM
More information will follow!


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NNBA Conference 2017NNBA 2017 Shark Tank Competition

The Shark Tank is back! Definitely a crowd favorite and scheduled for Sunday morning after the opening remarks. The Rules and Guidelines for our nurse entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to enter this event are listed here. NNBA’s Shark Tank does not require a business plan, financial statements or any supporting documents. It is literally “pure pitch”, with nothing but the value of your idea and presenting skills to support it. Who are the Sharks…stay tuned to find out!

Prizes will be awarded so you don’t want to miss this fun and informative event. All entries must be received by July 15th and contestants must be registered for the conference. Entries can be submitted here: Shark Tank Competition Entry

I wanted to thank you again for putting on another AMAZING conference!
Heather Taylor, RN, NNBA 2015 Shark Tank Competition Winner


NNBA Conference 2017Round Tables and Topics

Attendees are able to pick any two!


Donna CardilloBusiness Basics for Nurses

Louise JakubikCreating a Seminar Business

Nancy BrookEnvisioning Your Future: Vision Board for Success

Stella NsongElder Care Community Business

Brittney Wilson & Katie KleberBlogging and Social Media

Patty HedrickIndependent Case Management

Donni AlvengaHealth Coaching Business

Pulse Media Network – The Power of Podcasting

What past participants have said:

Many lives have been changed in this room! NNBA has brought hope, knowledge and a pathway for positive change! So many happy nurses in this room!

The past two days of been packed with golden nuggets of information and ahaaa moments. The fact is, that I’m going home with the belief that I can do this and how breaking down what feels like an insurmountable task can be a reality. I know this will help me launch my business with new support, relationships and friendships.
AJ Murphy, RN, BSN

Thank you so much for this conference, it has changed my life! It was so empowering and inspiring; we are starting a business!
Deborah Shields, MSN, RN-BC

I enjoy the sharing of information and ideas and that the speakers are willing to share their tips instead of keeping success to themselves! Thank you!
Erin Levitsky, BSN

I’m just glad I am here, I feel so blessed sitting with like-minded people. Knowledge and friends I gained in a span of 3 days is wonderful!
Melinda Erica, RN

First conference and it will not be my last.  I felt renewed with other ways to be a nurse.  I love it!!! 
Coleen Jimenez, RNC-MNM, BSN, MSN, DNP-c

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Marketing and Advertising Opportunities

Would you like to see your brochure, flyers and business information available to all the conference attendees? There are multiple ways and a variety of price points available.  You can read all the details here.


Message From NNBA President Michelle Podlesni

Conference for Nurses


Dear Nurses,

You don’t want to miss this golden opportunity that happens only once each year. Register early, to make sure you are there, because the Sirata Beach Resort is going to be filled with nurse entrepreneurs and nurses interested in becoming a nurse entrepreneurs.

Transform your nursing career by joining the country’s most influential nurse entrepreneurs and nurse business owners. You will be inspired with new ideas and information, plus take away valuable, actionable tactics you can use in your own business!

Be Inspired by an amazing lineup of nationally acclaimed speakers, business leaders and experts! Hear the incredible LeAnn Thieman deliver our Keynote Address and be with us the entire conference!

Be Empowered by surrounding yourself with more than 200 savvy nurse business owners with diverse backgrounds and passions allowing for candid conversations, provocative thinking, innovative business ideas and how-to solutions. This committed group of nurses will have you energized and empowered to build a thriving business.

Get Equipped, have your challenges, concerns and questions addressed in this one-of-a-kind annual conference. You will receive practical advice, feasible solutions and innovative ideas on how to launch and grow your business.

You deserve a life you are excited about and if you don’t have it, it’s time to create it!

I have placed many comments from nurses that have attended our annual conference throughout these pages. Experience the positive energy and come see for yourself what everyone is talking about.   #NNBA2017

See you on St. Pete Beach at the Sirata!


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