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Connect and Grow Your Small Business

Come to the USPS® Small Business Symposium at the 2018 National Postal Forum 

Turn Mail and Shipping Expertise Into Growth Ignite your sales at this exclusive event, hosted by USPS®. Learn from experts at USPS, SCORE and  the Small Business Administration. Access cutting-edge innovation at the NPF exhibit hall. Network with other small businesses.

May 9th | 8:00am | San Antonio, TX Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Register onsite at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2, 900 E. Market St, San Antonio TX 78205

Saturday, May 5 12:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday, May 6 8:00am-5:00pm
Monday, May 7 7:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday, May 8 7:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday, May 9 8:00am-12:00pm

Connect and Grow Your Small Business

Symposium Description

The Small Business NPF Symposium will be held at the San Antonio, TX Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and will begin at 8:00am in room 205 on the east side with continental breakfast from 7:30am-8am.  The Symposium is designed to deliver a comprehensive overview on how today’s business owners can leverage the power of Direct Mail to enhance their marketing strategies.  Whether the focus is on acquiring new business customers or simply retaining existing customers, Direct Mail is a strategy that should not be overlooked. This will be a fun jam packed morning providing useful information that will take you and your business to the next level.

This half-day symposium will be led by experienced and knowledgeable experts:

  • Steven Hernandez - RIO District Manager
  • Lee Garvey - CEO of
  • Kenneth Yancey Jr. - CEO of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
  • Anthony Ruiz - San Antonio District Director of the Small Business Administration
  • Mary Prince Anderson - Director of Sales Small Business Engagement USPS
  • Rupert Warner Jr. - Program Manager of Supplier Diversity USPS
  • Prashanth Kallat - Manager of Professional & Technical Services CMC USPS

There will be no admittance without the proper badge and name tags.

Symposium Schedule - Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - Small Business Making Big Connections


7:30 am – 8:00 am

  Registration & Complimentary Breakfast
  Host: Donna Thabet
  USPS Small Business Manager
  Host: Vivian Washington
  Sr. Program Specialist

 8:00 am - 8:05 am

  Opening Remarks
  Steven Hernandez
  RIO District Manager

8:05 am - 8:25 am

  Ken Yancey
  Make Mentoring Work for Your Business

8:25 am – 8:45 am

  Anthony Ruiz
  District Director, San Antonio SBA
  SBA Programs and Services

8:45 am – 8:55 am

  USPS Postmaster General
  Introduction: Dennis Nicoski
  VP Sales & Customer Relations (A)

8:55 am – 9:15 am

  Lee Garvey
  Founder and CEO,
  Grow Your Business Using Every Door Diret Mail (EDDM)

9:15 am – 9:35 am

  Rupert Warner Jr.
  Purchasing and Supply Management Specialist, USPS
  USPS Procurement

9:35 am – 9:55 am

  Cathy Rupard (Chair), Allen Aven, Cheryl Oltman
  PCC Advisory Committee
  PCC Team

10:00 am – 10:15 am

  Annie Hudspeth
  SBA Lender Relations Division
  Beyond the Borders - Export

10:15 am - 10:55 am   Julissa Carielo, Tim Porter, Chad Miller, Rosie Ortiz
  Business Owners - Panel
  Small Business Empowerment Fireside Chat

10:55 am - 11:00 am

  Closing Remarks
  Mary P. Anderson
  USPS Small Business Director

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  Free Admission to Exhibit Hall



The National Postal Forum Exhibit Hall


Your registration to the Small Business NPF Symposium includes limited free access to the National Postal Forum Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, May 9th at the San Antonio, TX Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. (The Exhibit Hall will close at Noon on that day.)

The National Postal Forum Exhibit Hall is the largest exhibit hall in the Mailing and Shipping Industry.


Here are some of the things you will find at the Exhibit Hall:

•   100+ Innovative Exhibitors
•   US Postal Service Sales Booth
•   Exhibit Floor and Consultation Center
•   The NEW NPF Hub
•   Resource Pavilion
•   Exhibitors’ Reception