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The 5th Annual Sector Forward Conference is focused on exposing nonprofits and prospective investors to the social enterprise Collab Lab workshops, education classes, competitions and networking.  The conference will introduce the concept of ideation and design-thinking to expand income, inspire innovation and increase impact within the social sector This year's theme, "Thrive" is designed to empower nonprofit leaders through ideation, innovation, and increasing income. Together we will explore ways to launch ourselves forward with innovative thinking. Join us as we find new ways to bounce back as a community, and go beyond surviving to thriving.

Participants will receive a swag bag with sponsorproduct/service savings, admission to the intern and job fair and consultant corner. The conference will also include the opportunity for attendees to network during our signature Nonprofit After Dark.  The mixer provides nonprofits with the opportunity to prospect for new board members and leaders to learn more about board service with participating organizations.   

Grant Writing Contest!  INIE Nonprofit Members can participate in our annual grant writing contest for the opportunity to receive free grant reviews and editing along with the chance to win over $6,000 in cash and prizes.  Participants will have the opportunity to write and submit a grant for the Duke Energy Foundation.  Judges will select 10 finalist, who will receive a FREE registration to the conference.  Prizes will be awarded at the Closing Session for first, second and third place, with cash and prizes valued at $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. 


9 am - 3 pm > Consultant's Corner - get one-on-one help for your nonprofit or social enterprise with a 30-minute free consultation with an industry professional.  You can schedule an appointment with one of Business Collaborators for assistance with accounting, human resources and employee benefits, fund development, banking and finance, and legal assistance. 

9:30 am - 12 noon > ER for PR presented by FPRA - A signature event for the Florida Public Relations Association Capital Chapter, ER for PR is an opportunity for nonprofits without full-time public relations staff to receive 90 minutes of communications counseling free of charge and benefit from additional breakout sessions.  For more information and to apply, visit

1 pm - 3 pm > Intern Recruitment and Career Fair - Whether you are looking for interns or your next greatest leader, participate in the fair by having a "talent table" to meet prospective employees or interns.  If you are a career seeker or student searching for a rewarding internship, then join us for this free event to find your next employer or internship.

3 pm - 5 pm > Collab Labs - The Collab Labs are three opportunities for organizations with similar areas of focus to come together to build a collaboration plan of engagement. The areas of focus include Arts/Culture, Human Services and Ideation. With the assistance of a facilitator the participating groups will identify similarities in services, resources and needs with an end goal of developing an action plan to implement complimenting programs and not competing programs. At the conclusion of the two-hour lab, organizations should be able to identify at least 3 organizations in which they can make an impactful collaboration.

5 pm - 6:30 pm > Nonprofit After Dark - This free, after-hours networking event presents a great opportunity to connect with others from across the social sector and to upgrade your professional and personal networks.  Attendance is open to all nonprofit staff, board members, donors, volunteers, and supporters.  Just bring your business cards and a genuine desire to the community.


8 am - 8:45 am > Early Bird BONUS TRACKS - If you rise with the sun, then these education class track times are for you!  You will have the option of selecting between three classes that are focused on idea generation (Ideation), technology, data systems or program development (Innovation) or income generation (Income)

9 am - 10 am > Opening Breakfast sponsored by Aging with Dignity and Pitch-for-a-Cause sponsored by Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship

10:15 am - 11:15 am  > Education Tracks:  Ideation. Income. Innovation

11 am - 2 pm > Exhibit Hall Open 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm > Education Tracks:  Ideation. Income. Innovation

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm > The INIEs Award Luncheon with motivational speaker, Jimmy Fasig

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm > Education Tracks:  Ideation. Income. Innovation

3 pm - 4 pm > Education Tracks:  Ideation. Income. Innovation

4 pm - 5 pm > Closing Session:  Panel Discussion and Grant Writing Contest Winner Announced 


In his book, When Life Knocks You Down, Come Back Stronger, Jimmy Fasig explains how he rose from inmate in federal prison to the partner of what became a multimillion dollar law firm within five years of his release. He tells his story with heart and raw honesty, unpacking the lessons he learned by overcoming the challenges he presented to himself by trafficking cocaine and marijuana while attending law school.  

Jimmy is the leader of the personal injury division and lead trial counsel at the law firm of Fasig Brooks. In 2015, he was listed in the nation’s top 1% of lawyers when he obtained a 5.4 million dollar verdict and a 3.1 million dollar judgment from a jury trial in Gadsden County, Florida. He demonstrates compassion for his clients both in and out of the courtroom.  He is a graduate of Florida State University and partner at Fasig Brooks Law Firm in Tallahassee, Florida.  You can learn more about his triumph over adversity from his former incarceration to becoming a multi-million dollar lawyer in his book, When Life Knocks You Down, Come Back Stronger


Early Bird Rates (before FEBRUARY 25) - INIE Members:  $119 or Non-Members:  $149

After FEBRUARY 25 - INIE Members:  $149 or Non-Members:  $199

Group rate:  Register 2 or more at $99 per person 

Space is limited.  Register today! 

Interested in investing in the nonprofit sector as a sponsor?  Download the Sponsorship Investment Opportunities.  For more information, contact 850.201.9766. 






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