This week’s compilation of small business events has some great opportunities to learn and connect with fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners – both live and online. This list is brought to you every two weeks by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.
Google 101 for Small Business and Entrepreneurs
November 23, 2009, 5:15pm EST, New York City
A free interactive workshop with New York’s local business community on how Google tools can help entrepreneurs reach local customers, tap into new markets, and operate more efficiently. Location: Google New York, 76 9th Avenue, 4th Floor. Register here.
Athens: November 27, 2009
Paris; Corvallis; Boston: December 4, 2009
Israel: December 16, 2009
Startup Weekend is an event that comes to your city. It is a 54-hour startup event that provides networking, resources and incentives for technology entrepreneurs to go from idea to launch.
Startup Weekend starts on Friday night, where you pitch an idea or join a team of entrepreneurs with an idea. Work with your idea through the prototype stage — often to production — throughout the weekend. Present your startup Sunday night in front of peers and press. Potentially win startup funding that day or make connections with angels and venture capitalists. Visit the website for more information, to bring Startup Weekend to your city, or to register.
The Mid-Atlantic SBIR/STTR Conference
Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, Morgantown, WV
The 2009 Mid-Atlantic SBIR/STTR Conference will bring together federal agencies, entrepreneurs, small companies, large companies, researchers, colleges and universities, venture capitalists and angel investors, federal laboratory and university representatives, as well as experts who provide assistance to or have an interest in doing business with ventures at various maturity levels.
The programs award more than $2.5 billion annually to innovative small businesses. Eleven federal agencies participate in the Small Business Innovative Research program; five participate in the Small Business Technology Transfer program.
Small Business Strategies to Survive and Thrive in a Recession
December 1, 2009, Portsmouth, NH
This workshop examines critical elements for starting or running a small business during difficult times, and helps existing or potential business owners create a strategic plan for cost cutting, financial management, improving operations and creating effective marketing strategies. Topics include leadership and management, improving customer relations, analysis of current business condition, and leveraging opportunities that may arise during a slowdown. Cost is $30 each for individuals and $20 each for groups of two or more, materials included. For information or to reserve a seat, visit www.scorehelp.org.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants: Free Workshop
December 2, 2009, New Bedford, MA
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC), in conjunction with The SouthCoast Entrepreneurial Network: the Quest Center and the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center’s Technology Venture Center (ATMC), are sponsoring a FREE workshop for regional businesses interested in obtaining federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants.
The federal SBIR program funds over $1 billion each year of early stage R & D conducted by small businesses for technologies that have government and commercial applications. This event is intended to instruct small businesses in the region how to access funding through this program, how to increase chances of success for the award and how to manage an SBIR award if your application is successful.
Seating is limited and pre-registration is required by November 25. Register online or contact Tammi Jacobsen or Alison Moriarty at 508-673-9783 to register and get parking information.
Email Marketing Boot Camp: Skill-building Workshop by Constant Contact
December 2 – 3, 2009, New York City
This intensive, high-impact workshop will show you how to build and maximize an email marketing strategy that delivers solid, predictable results. Through guided technical demonstrations; collaborative, small-group activities; personal coaching; role-playing; and peer review, you’ll gain new skills in strategy, list building, email design and content. Registration is $399.00 and limited to 30 attendees.
Bootstrapping vs. Venture Funding
December 3, 2009, 6:30pm EST, New York City
This Entrepreneur’s Fourm event is designed to help you determine whether bootstrapping or venture funding is the best financing route for your project, and how to achieve success under either scenario. There are some great panelists lined up, including bootstrappers with big exits, investors (from NYC Seed, New York Angels, and DFJ Gotham), and people who are both.
For the Good of Your Business – Surviving Challenging Times
December 3, 2009, Phoenix, AZ
December 10, 2009, Houston, TX
Join HP, Microsoft and SCORE along with local officials for a special Small Business Workshop in a city nearest you, “For the Good of Your Business” where you’ll get essential advice on technology-based strategies that can help you survive these challenging economic times including how:
* Disaster planning can increase sales and protect your most valuable business asset, your data.
* Managing your own marketing can reduce costs and increase sales.
* To be better positioned to win business contracts generated from the economic stimulus efforts.
* Your business can take advantage of new SBA-backed financial options.
Registration for the Small Business Workshop is free for you and one guest; includes a coffee networking session during the check-in and lunch.
5 Strategies to Increase Your Cold Calling Effectiveness
December 4th, 2009, 1:00pm EST, Webinar
When your calls roll into voicemail, how often does anyone call you back? Then, if you get through to decision makers, are you running into big objections?
Join this live BNET Webcast to hear Jill Konrath, author of Selling to Big Companies, share 5 strategies to increase your effectiveness so that more prospective customers will return your calls, set up meetings and start profitable business relationships. Sponsored by Citrix Online.
December 4, 2009, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific time, Webinar
Platforms like LinkedIn help you leverage your professional network in a smarter more organized way. It is a key platform for your business to be creating leads and exchanging ideas. Join Scott Allen, author of The Virtual Handshake and VerticalResponse as they dive into the secrets of how to open doors and close deals on professional networks liked LinkedIn.
– The basis of social networks like LinkedIn
– Why to join social networks
– How to create relationships on LinkedIn
– How to make social networks and email marketing work together
– Examples of successful social network users
Please see the complete listing of upcoming webinars.
Emerging Technology Leadership Summit
December 8, 2009, New York City
Hosted by Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) at the Marriott Marquis, this daylong conference is focused on providing small business owners, technology professionals, analysts and executives alike with intensive information on the changing tides of technology. There will be workshop panels, a CEO Brain-trust Forum, and plenty of networking. The Summit will conclude with the National Latino Technology and Achiever Awards honoring individuals who are shaping the next frontier of science and technology. Last year the Gala was attended by more than 500 guests from a cross sector of technology and science industries. For registration, exhibitor and sponsorship information contact www.nltaa.org or John Simmons at (800) 775-0889.
SCORE NYC’s Free Fast Track Counseling and Networking Day
December 10, 2009, New York City
SCORE NYC is offering this unique networking and learning opportunity OPEN TO ALL NEW AND EXISTING BUSINESSES. You’ll be able to talk one-on-one with a SCORE Counselor, take part in a workshop, hear speeches from influential business people, and network with others in your field. Also visit the affiliate center, where representatives from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the NYC Restaurant Association, B2B CFO, NYC Business Solutions, FEGS, WIBO (Workshop in Business Opportunities), and more will be on hand. Click here to register.
The “How to be Great at Word of Mouth Marketing” Conference
December 16, 2009, Chicago
Word of Mouth Marketing Supergenius is where you’ll learn to be a fantastic word of mouth marketer with 12 how-to classes, 12 real-world case studies, and 6 brilliant authors. You’ll learn practical, hands-on techniques to get started, grow your program, and earn amazing word of mouth. $750
Marketing Sherpa’s Email Marketing Summit Expo & Awards
January 20-22, 2010, Miami
With targeted event programming that includes dual B2B and B2C learning tracks to meet your specific needs, you don’t want to miss this year’s powerful event.
Email Summit ’10 is being built with one thing in mind – that every session, every speaker and every piece of content help you in tangible ways to meet and exceed your goals in 2010.
CurrentMom 2010 Conference
Feb. 1-3, 2010, Fort Lauderdale, FL
CurrentMom 2010 is the premier networking and educational event for entrepreneurial mothers. You will:
- Learn how to start and grow your business
- Enjoy Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa treatments — included with your registration
- Explore partnerships with other entrepreneurial moms
- Troubleshoot your business and marketing strategy
CurrentMom 2010 features two tracks of programming, for entrepreneurs just getting started and those already in business who want to break through to the next level. General sessions will address the issues all mom business owners face. Register for $199 until Dec. 1, with discount code telecon100.
GROWCO Grow Your Company Conference
March 14-16, 2010, Orlando, FL
In 2010, Inc.’s GROWCO Conference pulls together a dynamic program with a curriculum designed specifically for the nation’s rising entrepreneurial stars, including smaller organizations that want to make an appearance on the Inc. 5000 and Inc. 5000 honorees that want to break the higher ranks of the list or repeat their success in years to come. High-profile growth experts teach seminars that will give attendees actionable information with which to develop or maintain their own growth initiative. $595 early bird rate through January 15, 2010, $895 after.
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