The next couple of months have some great events, conferences and webinars for growing small businesses and entrepreneurs. The following list of events is brought to you twice a month as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.
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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. Click here to REGISTER.
Trends For Your Small Business to Capitalize On
February 3, 2010, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research
Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends will speak on the latest trends in the world of small business, what they mean, and how to capitalize on them.
Improve Your Brand by Using Online Video
February 3, 2010, Operation Hope, New York, 6-9pm EST
How would you like to build your brand? Are you confused about which video sites are best in helping you build your business (You Tube, Vimeo, Facebook)? Then this free event is for you. Learn how to become a video star and on camera expert in your field. Learn about what to say and not to say on camera. Featuring a panel discussion including representatives of Small Business Camp, Griot’s Roll Film, SHADES of a Diva, Kickable TV and Constant Contact. Optional video shoot follows.
Smart Business Moves Conference
February 3, 2010, Stamford, CT
One full day of marketing and viral networking strategies, keynotes by NY Times best selling authors, hour long seminars, panel discussions with congressional advocates, taping for website videos, head shots, business services, products, information, the latest in technology, success strategies, evening networking social and author reception with drinks, book signings, and live music by RSVP.
In addition to exhibitors, the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., will include seminars and keynote speakers Bryan Eisenburg, marketing consulting and co-founder of FutureNow Inc., and Ilise Benun, co-founder of Marketing-Mentor.com. An hour-long networking social will conclude the program.
Understanding Google Maps & Local Search
February 4, 2010, Spokane, WA
There is a huge disconnect between what is happening in “local” and many of the businesses on the street that really need to leverage the possibilities for marketing that come from that knowledge. Getlisted.org Local University aims to fill that gap.
Our first event, with a choice of morning or afternoon session, is targeted to businesses that are beginning to explore the possibilities of online marketing. It will be jammed full of information with presentations from David Mihm, Matt McGee, Mary Bowling, Ed Reese of Spokane, Ari Bezman & Ryan Howard of Google. Use coupon code “mb2010” to register for $79.
Entrepreneurial Woman’s Network Morning Workshop on Using Social Media
February 5, 2010, Norwalk, CT
If you are a female entrepreneur looking for education or inspiration, networking or support, the Westport, CT-based EWN offers you a range of business opportunities and events to help you grow your business. Join award-winning social media consultant, blogger, speaker, journalist and technologist, Lena L. West, as she makes social media easy-to-use and worthwhile. Create the makings of your own social media strategy.
Women Entrepreneurs Small Business Boot Camp
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.
How Businesses Can Capitalize on the Rebounding Economy
February 9, 2010, San Franciso, CA
Inc. and Verio invite you to an exclusive event for private-company CEOs, business owners, and Inc. 500|5000 alumni. Entrepreneurs and private companies strive to reinvent the business landscape from the ground up in a forward-thinking way. Verio is hosting an interactive panel discussion on how to grow your small business.
Email Marketing Bootcamp
February 10-11, 2010, NYC
In just 2 information-packed days, this collaborative, hands-on workshop will show you how to create and send an effective email marketing program that gets the bottom-line results you’re looking for. You’ll learn the 12 fundamentals to developing professional emails that complement your current marketing efforts support your organization’s goals and strengthen your customer relationships. We supply the computer and an expert instructor while you work directly in your Constant Contact account so that you can instantly apply your new knowledge and skills as you learn them. The cost is $399.00 and includes:
• Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages
• Constant Contact Participant’s Guide/Workbook
• Copy of E-Mail Marketing for Dummies
• Copy of The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing
This boot camp is limited to 30 attendees.
Women Business Owners Networking Cocktail Hour
February 11, 2010, 5:30-8pm, NYC
If you are woman who owns a business in New York City and are looking to become a resource to other WBO’s then this is for you. Event is Free. RSVP to (212) 209-3975 (no link).
How to Easily Use Web Video to Get More Customers
February 12, 2010, 10am PDT, webinar
It’s more important than ever to leverage video when marketing your business. If you’ve capture a video clip of one of your customers talking about you, or your product it’s a great way to potentially boost response. Join Andrew Lock, host of Help My Business Sucks weekly online TV Show, and VerticalResponse as we discuss how to easily leverage videos to drive business.
BlogWell: How Big Brands Use Social Media
February 16, 2009, San Diego, CA
This conference teaches you through case study discussions on social media programs from Starbucks, USAA, Clorox, Intuit, Avery, State Farm and Community Medical Centers. Brought to you by the Social Media Business Council and Gaspedal.
Startup Riot 2010
February 17, 2010, Atlanta, GA
Throughout this one-day conference 50 startups will take the stage and present themselves in 3 minutes and 4 slides. Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day. Click here to apply to attend or apply to present.
American Express OPEN Women’s Business Summit
February 17-18, 2010, Houston, TX
The New Rules of Doing Business for Women Entrepreneurs
Through the New Rules Summit, women entrepreneurs can learn what it’s going to take to thrive in the new economy by receiving real advice, business coaching and networking opportunities.
All registrants have the ability to attend sessions in any of the three conference tracks:
* The New Rules of Doing Business Seminars
* Make Mine a Million $ Business Workshops
* SCORE Speed Coaching Sessions
Learn About Web
February 18, 2010, Kennewick, WA
Local and nationally-known online marketing experts will present a one-day seminar for small business owners. Learn About Web is scheduled February 18 at the Home Builders Association building on Clearwater Avenue. This full-day seminar is $99 through February 12. Sessions will focus on SEO and local search (Google Maps, etc.), social media (Twitter, Facebook), blogging, and web design.
New Media & Technology Conference
February 19, 2010, Frederick, MD
Interactive seminars will provide an intensive review of strategies and tools that businesses can use to reach out to customers and grow their bottom line. There are breakout sessions for beginning, intermediate, and advanced participants on topics such as Twitter, Facebook, email campaigns, blogging, and more. Those with little or no experience will have as much to gain as those who are skilled users! Keynote “How is new media & technology changing the way we do business?” by Shashi Bellamkonda, Social Media Swami at Network Solutions.
National Entrepreneurship Week
February 20- 27, 2010, Across the U.S.
On February 20 – 27, 2010, the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education will sponsor the 4th annual National Entrepreneurship Week. The focus is on entrepreneurship education and there will be events across the United States. (Note: not to be confused with Global Entrepreneurship Week, which occurs every November and is supported by the Kauffman Foundation.) For events, please see the National Entrepreneurship Week website, and click the interactive map.
Start-a-Business Base Camp
February 20 – March 20, 2010, Toronto, ON
Are you a women entrepreneur who is ready to move forward with launching a business? In this 5-week workshop, we’ll take your vision from raw to ripe, guiding you through all the steps required to launch a successful business.
How to Write a Business Plan
February 24, 2010, Providence RI
This workshop will provide a hands-on overview of what goes into a well-written business plan that will get read by investors and other people that you need to reach. It will be led by Jack Derby, president of Derby Management Consultants in Boston, one of New England’s foremost business development experts. This workshop is part of a series leading up to the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition starting in April 2010.
How to Present Your Business Plan
March 18, 2010, Providence, RI
This interactive presentation will feature two veteran business developers who have worked with companies throughout New England on growth, turnaround, and acquisition strategies. This workshop is part of a series leading up to the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition starting in April 2010.
Turn Clicks into Conversations & Relationships
March 10, 2010, 10:00AM PT, Webinar
It takes more than a tweet to turn a follower into a customer, and a customer into loyal advocate. This webinar featuring Brent Leary will cover tools and techniques needed to turn content into conversations, conversations in the exchanges, and exchanges into long lasting customer relationships. Areas of focus will include tools for social listening, automating content creation and distribution, and steps for enhancing your customers’ experiences with your company by facilitating opportunities for them to connect with each other.
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 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.
Fifth Annual Small Business Summit
March 16, 2010, NYC
The Summit is for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to meet the challenges of the new economy head-on and THRIVE in 2010. Our theme this year is Business & Technology: Strategies for the New Economy.
We have some incredible speakers lined up for this year’s Summit, including Seth Godin, who will be talking about being indispensable to your customers. The Summit is always about generating great ideas from some of the best talent in the business world, but also about networking, making profitable connections and having fun.
New this year is the Small Business Strategy Award. One attendee will be recognized for entrepreneurial strategic excellence that has led to significant increased profits, expanded market and/or improved market position. Apply directly online.
To find more small business events, contests and awards, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.
If you are putting on a small business contest, award or competition, and want to get the word out to the community, please submit it through our Events & Contests Submission Form (We do not charge a fee to be included in this listing — it is completely free to list your event.) Only events of interest to small business people, freelancers and entrepreneurs will be considered and included.