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Successful Small Business Owners

Targeted Breakout Sessions

A Unique Business Opportunity Fair

Endless Opportunities to Network!



On behalf of the Hanford Small Business Council (HSBC) and the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, we want to thank all attendees joining us for the 17th Annual Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium, held on April 3 – 4, 2024, at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Washington.

We express our gratitude for your presence. We hope all attendees had an enriching experience and that professionals from both small and large businesses were able to converge, foster connections, gain valuable insights, and cultivate relationships. Our overarching goal is to pave the way for increased procurement and diverse business opportunities for small and large enterprises.

We are thankful for your participation in this event. For any comments or inquiries regarding the symposium, please feel free to reach out to us at


The Hanford Small Business Council

Meet this Year’s Keynote Luncheon Speakers!

Isaac Butts

Meet Isaac, an accomplished leadership development authority, a dynamic and captivating motivational speaker, and a dedicated advocate for philanthropic endeavors. With a wealth of experience spanning over a decade, Isaac has consistently shaped and nurtured influential leaders across the expanse of the United States. Notably, he made his mark as the first African American Vice President of Marketing for a distinguished National Healthcare Group, carving a pioneering path of change and innovation. Isaac’s fervor for catalyzing transformation extends beyond the corporate realm. Not only is Isaac a captivating speaker in the corporate realm he has left his mark in schools and conferences across the country. In 2018, he also co-founded the Wake Up Nation Foundation with his wife —a 501c3 non-profit organization deeply committed to fostering positive change. Through this foundation, Isaac and his team orchestrate a meaningful impact by providing “Empowerships,” a visionary scholarship initiative designed to uplift students facing financial adversities, especially within underserved communities. Isaac’s life mantra, “No Successful Man Or Woman Slept On Their Dream,” reverberates through his work and resonates with his unwavering dedication to empowerment and personal growth. As an engaging former Division 1 football athlete, Isaac embodies the essence of perseverance and determination. His remarkable journey serves as an inspiring narrative, fueling his fervent speaking engagements since 2011, where he has motivated countless young minds and seasoned professionals across the nation. Isaac’s unique blend of leadership insight, motivational prowess, and philanthropic spirit forms an irresistible formula for transforming individuals, teams, and organizations. Invite Isaac to Help Your Company and Organization Wake Up Their True Potential!

Paul Casey

Originally from Chicago, Paul has now been a professional speaker for over 28 years (giving 129 presentations last year), and he equips and coaches leaders and teams to spark breakthrough success. He has spoken for organizations like Arbys, McDonalds, Subway, Papa Johns, Lamb Weston, Dept of Energy, DSHS, the Association of WA Cities—and, among the 80 leaders he coaches per year, 25 of them lead at Pacific NW National Laboratories. Paul has a Master’s degree in education, and has been an educator/administrator/Chief Operating Officer in 5 non-profit organizations. He has coached leaders for over 3,700 hours and is an ACC-certified coach with the International Coaching Federation, as well as a Master Trainer and a member of the National Speakers Association. He was honored as an Entrepreneur of the Year in the Tri-Cities in 2021.

Through his company, Growing Forward Services, Paul has partnered with his corporate and individual clients to transform their vision, their habits, and their lives.  Currently, Paul carries out his mission by contributing daily inspirational growth messages on local radio, writing for the Tri-Cities Journal of Business, and via social media posts. Also, he has inspired thousands of individuals and leaders to grow forward through his soft-skills seminars, team-building off-site retreats, group and executive coaching, and as a keynote speaker. Paul has written 5 books: The Static Cling Principle (on habits and mindsets), Maximizing Every Minute (on time management), Leading the Team You’ve Always Wanted, Leading with Super-Vision, and Leading through the Dark Waters of Conflict.

Paul is also part-time Executive Director for Leadership Tri-Cities, facilitating the success of 2 dozen leaders per year to become positive catalyst that impact their companies and community.

Paul is married to Lovely Laura, has two young adult children named after state capitals, owns a Lhasa apso puppy named Gizmo, and has lived in the Tri-Cities, WA, for over 25 years. For fun, he enjoys golfing and hiking—and orange slices—and he reads over 40 books per year.