Lots of events for entrepreneurs and small business people are coming up. And we’ve got the good stuff for you, as usual. Check out the following list of seminars, conferences, webinars and summits for growing companies, brought to you every other Saturday as a community service by Small Business Trends  and Smallbiztechnology.com .
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 .
Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 2pm EST, Webinar
All businesses, regardless of their size, age or locations, have a brand identity. A brand is the sum of the good, bad and the ugly of your business. It’s also defined by your receptionist and the music your customers hear when placed on hold. Your brand is what you promise and what you deliver. It is this later point that REALLY matters to small businesses – you cannot afford to make false promises. The goal of this FREE webinar is to present some of the basic elements of good branding and then demonstrate how small companies and start-ups can use many of these techniques to define or refine their brand.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 2pm EST
More and more people are using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to talk about companies and products with their friends and colleagues. Learn what drives people to share information and opinions online and learn scientifically proven best practices for spreading your content virally through social media. Join us for this free webinar with Dan Zarrella, social media and viral marketing scientist and author of The Social Media Marketing Book. Sponsored by HubSpot.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST, Webinar
“Windows 7 Migration Nirvana” is a virtual round table hosted via GoToWebinar and Twitter. The discussion will cover the issues small businesses encounter as they migrate to and support Windows 7, and share tips and tricks from experts on the new platform. This free live Webcast will feature GoToAssist users, experts from the media and small business (including Anita Campbell, Founder of Small Business Trends) and will be moderated by Gene Marks, a member of Citrix Online’s worldwide workplace council. The round table is designed to offer insight, information and the opportunity to engage in real time with peers on Windows 7 support best practices. Free prizes, too, so sign up today!
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.
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 .
December 15, 2009, 10:30AM PST, Webinar
What things are you doing right now that could cost you thousands at tax time? Would you like to save on average $3,500 to $7,500 per year in taxes? Join Hal Rosen, CPA, for a look at the top 10 mistakes small businesses make and how to avoid them. Hal started with a “Big Eight” international accounting firm and held a partnership position with a CPA firm. He’s spent a third of his career as an entrepreneur himself, involved in day-to-day operations of small companies. Learn for someone who’s faced small business challenges and has that perspective! (Covers U.S. tax law.)
Startup Weekend  
December 16, 2009, Israel
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.
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
January 12, 2010, 6:00-9:00pm, Portsmouth, NH
Subjects covered in this workshop will include: Using the Internet to run you business more efficiently; Tips for building a successful Web site; Tips for improving your Web site’s search ranking; How to advertise your business using the Internet and how to sell products on the Internet. Workshop cost is $30 each for individuals and $20 each for groups of two or more, materials included. For more information or to reserve a seat, call SCORE at 603-433-0575 or visit www.scorehelp.org. Sponsored by TD Bank at the SCORE Office, Commerce Way.
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.
Friday, January 22, 2009 10am PDT, Webinar
The amount of content on the internet is astounding. Use social bookmarking to help you organize, save, share, and promote your business online. Join Danielle Strle, a National Accounts Manager at StumbleUpon and VerticalResponse as we go over the basics of social bookmarking. Learn:
- The basis of a social bookmarking
- Why you should be using social bookmarking
- Best practices of social bookmarking
- How to integrate social bookmarking into your email marketing and other current marketing practices
- Examples of successful social bookmarkers
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. Click here to REGISTER .
February 6, 2009, Phoenix, AZ
Celebrate the successes of the mighty micro-business. Expand your expertise, explore new opportunities, gain new resources, mingle with your peers and enjoy this exciting day of education and motivation that will energize, synergize and maximize your success. Sign up today. Hear two inspiring keynote speakers. Learn from nine talented workshop presenters . Visit 45 exhibitors and the speakers bookstore – Don’t miss the exclusive “Meet the Speakers” reception.
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 into 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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