03 Dec December 3, 2015 – SMB Lobbyist Karen Kerrigan & Real Estate Guru Engelo Rumora
Karen Kerrigan – President of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Karen Kerrigan’s leadership, advocacy and training work has helped foster U.S. entrepreneurship and global small business growth for more than twenty years. She is president & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress on the key issues impacting entrepreneurs. Karen has been appointed to numerous federal advisory boards including the National Women’s Business Council, the U.S.-Iraq Business Dialog, the U.S. Treasury’s Taxpayer Advisory Panel, and the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of U.S. Free Trade Agreements. She regularly engages with the President’s cabinet and key advisors, and has participated and in several White House economic summits, scores of events hosted by the Small Business Administration, U.S. Treasury Department and other federal government agencies and departments. She has written hundreds of Op-Eds and newspaper columns, and regularly appears on national television and talk radio programs. She has been called America’s “entrepreneurial envoy” and “small business ambassador. In 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 she was named a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends.
Engelo Rumora quit school at the age of 14 and he soon signed a 6 month professional soccer contract with Wofoo Tai Po in Hong Kong. After playing soccer professionally, Engelo returned to Australia with no a place to live, no high school education and having spent most of the money he had earned. The only job Engelo could find was manual labor sweeping floors. With $40,000 in savings, Engelo bought his 1st property in February 2011 in the regional town of Mildura, VIC. Within the next 6 months, he purchased seven more properties in Australia and the US making his portfolio worth well over $1,000,000. He has been featured in numerous media outlets and is known for buying “Australia’s Cheapest House.” His investment strategy is to find undervalued assets that, after minor or major renovations, can be rented for a positive cashflow outcome.