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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Small Business Seminar: Moving Your Business Forward in a Stuck Economy
Jan. 19, 2010, Brooklyn, NY
This seminar, presented by Alan Siege, MBA of Small Business Management Consulting, along with a guest speaker who specializes in business and life coaching, is designed to get your business moving forward by showing you how to refocus on your core business principles using tested techniques to “stop stewing and start doing”.
Build Your Marketing Machine
January 20, 2010, Brooklyn, NY
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to grow your business and get new clients, you’ll need a strategy and a marketing plan. Join Marketing Mentor’s Ilise Benun for a hands-on workshop where you will learn which are the most effective, and least expensive, marketing tools for freelancers. Topics will include choosing your target market, breaking into profitable markets, expanding your client base with just a few minutes of work each day, and more.
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.
Intuit Community Live Webinars
January 21, 2010
2010 Small Business Trends and Opportunities with Anita Campbell
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 10:00am PST, webinar
Are you looking for the right business to start this year? Does your existing business need a fresh approach? Anita Campbell, editor of Small Business Trends shares the 10 most promising trends and opportunities for small businesses in 2010.
Get Connected Social Media Seminar
January 21, 2010, Burbank, CA
Timid about Twitter? Flustered by Facebook? Counterintuity, LLC, a Burbank-based full-service marketing company, will hold a fast-paced social media seminar for busy businesspeople that will help attendees learn the basics of social media marketing tools and how to use them to build business.
The seminar will take place at the Holiday Inn Burbank Media Center and includes “Get Connected: A How-to Guide to Getting Started in Social Media Marketing”; immediate social-marketing networking opportunities that will help build your base; a step-by-step copy of the presentation, with notes; and light refreshments. The cost is $89. Pre-registration is required.
The Perils of Employee Misclassification
January 21, 2010, 2:00pm EST, webinar
In this timely presentation, noted employment attorney Joel Greenwald will explain the legal distinctions between an independent contractor and an employee, as well as the elements that government examiners consider in determining whether a particular job classification is or is not considered exempt from overtime pay. Understanding how to avoid classification errors can protect any employer from substantial liabilities.
How to Listen to Customers & Prospects: In-Depth Interview Techniques
January 21, 2010, Brooklyn, NY
Turn prospects into customers and increase customer satisfaction by learning how to ask different kinds of questions, and the right kinds of questions.
Get buyers to open up to you as they never have before. Includes free Guide to In-Depth Interviewing Techniques, plus other tools adapted from the Marketing for Smarties Workbook. Please register here or call 718-624-9115 or e-mail [email protected]
Strategy Roundtables for Entrepreneurs
January 21 and 28, 2010
Sramana Mitra offers free weekly strategy roundtables for entrepreneurs to address positioning, financing, and other aspects of a startup venture. Up to 1,000 people can attend each session, but only the first five who register to pitch will be able to present their business ideas. All attendees are able to join in on the conversations via a live chat and recordings of past roundtables are available on the website.
Why & How to Use Social Bookmarking for Your Business
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, to 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
Disney Institute Small Business Executive Series: Leadership Excellence & People Management
January 24-27, 2010, Orlando FL
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort
The Small Business Executive Series features Disney Institute professional development for small business owners, executives and key staff. In this program you’ll learn the leadership strategies and people management practices that contributed to Disney’s world renowned success, as well as how to adapt them to your own business. Learning is enhanced by literally stepping into Disney’s “living laboratory” of Theme Parks and Resorts for field experiences and an exclusive “behind-the-scenes” tour. Produced by NorthPoint Services.
THE NY BRAND LAB
January 25 – February 15, 2010 (four Mondays 12-3pm), Brooklyn, NY
Mastermind ‘brand lab’ limited to 10-12 small biz owners, hosted by Mary van de Wiel . Roll up your sleeves, rethink your brand & business. Change and manage perceptions, and get a handle on creating a A Brand Unusual for 2010 so your business can thrive. Workshop takes place over four consecutive Mondays (starting Jan 25) from noon – 3pm. $497 registration includes one hour private brand consultation and lunch each session.
Planning your Way to Success: Building an Effective Business Plan from Start to Finish!
January 26, 2010 3PM EST, Webinar
Business plans help grab hold of the vision in which you want your company to be perceived. A well written business plan is the seed to a successful business. It helps you to determine the competition you are up against and most importantly, helps you to get the funding you need for your small business. Spend an interactive hour with BizCentral USA and learn how to plan your way to success by building an effective business plan from start to finish.
You’ll learn: Business plan basics, Strategizing your ideas, Understanding competition, and Executing the most important section of your business plan.
Entrepreneur Magazine’s Growth 2.0 Conference
January 26, 2010, Miami, FL
Get ready to find out everything you need to know on how to take advantage of the epic economic opportunity right before you. This economy can work for your business, and Growth 2.0 is going to show you how. Come join the small business community along with today’s top business authors, radicals, visionaries, and the editorial team at Entrepreneur magazine. Also, pitch your business to our editors for a chance to be featured in Entrepreneur magazine!
Inbound Marketing University
January 26, 2010, Webinar
Internet Marketing Comprehensive Review
In this class, Mitch Joel, author of Six Pixels of Separation will review all the components of Inbound Marketing. He will touch upon New Media, Consumer Generated Content and Social Media, and how these marketing touch points are helping develop consumers out of conversations.
Small Biz Survival: How You Can Secure Credit for Your Small Business
January 27, 2010, 2 pm EST, Webinar
Cash flow is king in most businesses. In this session, small business expert Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends, and Thomas Markel III of iBank.com, will offer guidance for sources of financing including commercial real estate loans, bank lines of credit, SBA loans, credit cards and charge cards; microloans; trade credit; as well as lesser-used sources of funding such as competitions and grants. They’ll also have tips for how to deal with bankers, and protecting your credit rating.
Intuit Community Live Webinars
January 27-28, 2010
How to Get More From Your Blog & Blogging with John Jantsch
Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 10:00am PST, webinar
Blogging tips and tricks – Blogs and blogging are no longer this year’s hot topic, but they still represent one of the best online marketing tools and social media tools a small business can employ. In this session you’ll learn how to get more from your blog whether you consider yourself a novice of seasoned blogger. Will cover: • Why you must have a blog • How to get started right • Best practices for blogging • Ways to create a more engaging blog • How to amplify your content
Hire Your First Employee with Rhonda Abrams
Thursday, January 28, 2010, 9:30am PST, webinar
Small business success depends on building a great team – that means finding, hiring, and leading great employees. Learn more about how to identify exactly the kind of help you need, where to find the right employees, interview questions to ask – and not to ask – red flags on bad hires, tips on managing paperwork, and how to better become both a manager and a leader. Bonus: Every webinar participant will receive a free copy of Rhonda Abram’s new book, “Hire Your First Employee: The entrepreneur’s guide to finding, choosing, and leading great people.”
Profit with Non-Profits: How Community Involvement Boosts Your Bottom Line
Jan. 27-29, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Brooklyn, NY
This workshop, facilitated by Judith Nichols, Deputy Director of External Affairs for the Brooklyn Public Library, focuses on how businesses can profit from strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations. This event is free and open to all businesses. Complimentary continental breakfast will be served. Space is limited. Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, January 25.
Jan. 27 – Brooklyn Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West
Jan. 28 – Kings Highway Library, 2115 Ocean Avenue
Jan. 29 – Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Microsoft’s BizSpark program for startups will be hosting a two day conference and workshop in New York on January 28 and 29. The focus of this event will be Windows Azure (Windows in the cloud). All startups are welcome, whether they use Windows or not. A cash prize of $5,000 will be distributed. Application to attend is available here.
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.
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 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
Featuring case studies 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
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. Featuring 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.
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.
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.
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