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For those interested in starting or expanding

their business.

February 21, 2023

8 AM - 5 PM

@ The Bruce

About SEED Summit

Making great things happen now for over 25 years, Planters Bank is pleased to introduce the SEED Summit.  On February 21, Planters Bank will host the SEED Summit for those interested in starting or expanding their small business.  The day will be filled with educational content, the opportunity to speak directly with experts in business, and collaborative opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs. 

Who Should Attend?

The SEED Summit event is open to all and will have educational content helpful for current business owners as well as aspiring entrepreneurs.

About SEED

Planters Bank believes that small businesses are an integral part of our communities.  SEED by Planters Bank is a small business program designed to support our small business customers.
The community exists to support, encourage and educate entrepreneurs and small business owners on a number of topics that are relevant for starting, running or expanding a business.
As a part of their endeavor to support small business, Planters Bank will also be creating a SEED grant.  The SEED grant will be awarded to a Planters Bank customer with an innovative business idea or an expansion plan for their current business.  More information about the SEED grant will be announced at the February 21, 2023 SEED Summit. 
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About Planters Bank

Five enterprising business leaders founded and opened a new community bank in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on Sept. 12, 1996.

Since first opening its doors in 1996, Planters Bank has made a name for itself as an energetic, forward-looking player on the financial services landscape. Contributing to our success is the flexibility afforded by being well-capitalized, locally owned and responsibly managed.

Today, Planters Bank has full-service offices, Commercial Services offices, Mortgage Services and Trust Services serving Hopkinsville, Western Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee.

Planters Bank is committed to being a leader for the benefit of our customers and the communities we serve. Planters Bank takes on the responsibility of offering unique, progressive and flexible products and services to better serve our customers. We include technological convenience, personalized products and helpful service to provide for each customer attaining financial goals.

We promise to place utmost importance on hometown values and local decision making, because we live in the same communities as you. Your family and your business are important to us and we are prepared to help you make sound banking decisions.


  • 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

    Check In & Networking

    Come on in, get settled, make new friends!

  • 8:15 AM

    Balance & Building with Brooke Gilliam of Making Modern

    We're pleased to introduce Brooke Gilliam as our keynote speaker for the 2023 SEED Summit. Brooke is one half of the design duo who star in the Magnolia Network show "Making Modern with Brooke and Brice". The Nashville-based couple, whose show started streaming on Discovery+ in 2021, are entirely self taught and have built out their business on the side while maintaining full time jobs — Brice is an orthodontist and Brooke is a pharmaceutical rep — and they're eager to bring fans along for what they hope will be a "relatable" ride. Notably, they're also flipping the traditional gender roles when it comes to home renovation TV shows, with Brice as the designer and Brooke as the builder on their projects.

    Brooke will be speaking on the journey she and her husband have been on in building their show while still maintaining their full time careers as well as the ever popular topic of work life balance. Brooke is the daughter of Planters Bank’s Mickey Dunbar (AVP, Branch Manager, Sebree & Providence).

  • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

    Finance & Business

    Join our panel of banking experts as they explore what makes a good foundation for a business, what they look for when approving a business loan, and even share case studies and cautionary tales from their experience. 


    Kelley Workman, President, Planters Bank
    Patrick Wilkinson, Assistant Vice President Commercial Banking, Planters Bank
    Jake Pepper, Vice President Commercial Banking and Branch Manager, Planters Bank

    Landan Stallons, Vice President Commercial Banking Officer, Planters Bank

  • 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


    Stand up & stretch, talk with fellow entrepreneurs, grab a cup of coffee, or check email until we return with more great content. 

  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

    Building Your Business in 2023

    Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or a current small business owner, this session will focus on tips to build or scale your business in 2023. 

  • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

    Marketing & Branding

    If an entrepreneur has a big idea but doesn’t effectively communicate it, did it ever really happen? In this session, we’ll touch on marketing and branding at a high level with our panelists. We’ll talk about how to tell your story, how to visually represent your business, and overall communications for your business. This session will be structured so that the current business owner & the aspiring business owner both take away new information. 


    Brooke Jung, Executive Director of Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Nigel Green, Former CEO of StoryBrand and Author of Revenue Harvest
    Sarah Whitaker, Owner of Williams Advertising

    Ashley Jackson, AVP Marketing Planters Bank

  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Lunch & Networking

    Lunch is provided by Planters Bank. Don't miss the exciting SEED grant announcement over lunch!

  • 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

    Leading With Authenticity to Drive Engagement and Success In Business

    You serve a valuable role in the success of your company and mission as a business owner. Leading with authenticity gives you the opportunity to create a team that is engaging and successful in meeting business goals. Domonique Townsend, Founder and CEO of We Optimize Work will share how you can:

    • Gain clarity on your intention as a business owner to make a positive impact.
    • Build stronger relationships that optimize collaboration and engagement with your team and clients.
    • Learn how to lead with an approach to navigate challenges or obstacles in business.

    Speaker: Domonique Townsend, CEO, We Optimize Work

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Small Business Panel

    Hear from fellow small business owners about successes, failures, what they wish they had known, and what’s next for their business. 

    Peg Hays, Owner, Casey Jones Distillery
    Trent & Dana Knott, Owners, Miss Lucille’s, Dock 17, The City Forum, ACME Athletics
    Leo Millan, Owner, Millan Enterprises

  • 2:15 - 2:30 PM


    Stand up & stretch, talk with fellow entrepreneurs, grab a cup of coffee, or check email until we return with more great content. 

  • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

    Sustainability Focus: Business Operations

    In this session we’ll focus on how to build a sustainable business. Featuring tips on how to monitor your business for long-term sustainability and profitability, pivoting when circumstances necessitate, remaining profitable in economic downturns, and more. 

    Speaker: Eric Coleman, Eric D. Coleman Financial Group

  • 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

    Roundtable Work Session

    Taking everything you’ve learned today, we’re giving you a chance to collaborate with your peers. Beginning with thought-starter questions, we’ll give you a chance to sit beside fellow business owners & entrepreneurs and share best practices and life hacks for success. 

  • 3:45 PM


  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Happy Hour & Networking

    Celebrate the close of an inspiring day and network with new friends. 

Let's Get Started



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