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Former Washington Redskins football players Mark Moseley and Ken Harvey, who now make a living as businessmen and motivational speakers, will headline the April 18 business conference at American Public University System.

The conference, "Go Pro: Turn Your Passion into Action and Success in 2014," is designed to teach and motivate small business owners to grow their businesses and increase their profitability and exposure in the marketplace.

The event is the first of its kind and was organized by the Jefferson County Development Authority, along with Melanie Miller, the CEO of Sonic Promotions in Ranson. Both Moseley and Harvey donated their time to the event, and meeting space was donated by APUS.

"Small businesses are a vital part of the economy," said John Reisenweber, executive director of the JCDA. "We are always looking for ways to support area entrepreneurs and small business owners, and we are tremendously grateful that Mark Moseley and Ken Harvey have agreed to share their success stories with us.

"Participants will come away with practical, hands-on ideas they can implement immediately."

Moseley was voted the National Football League's Most Valuable Player in 1982. He is director of franchise development for Five Guys Burgers and Fries and owns several franchises, including one in Ranson. He plans to talk about applying his rules from the playing field — such as hard work, commitment, teamwork and perseverance — to succeed in business.

Harvey is business development manager for ETS Credit and Debit Card Processing. He also authored several children's books. He plans to talk about three things every business owner needs to succeed.

Other conference sessions will examine financial concerns and solutions and the business coaching process.

Seating is limited, and advanced registration is required. Call 304-728-3255 or visit jcda.net for details.