November 26, 2015

Big List of Small Biz Events and Conferences

Whether you make the trip to a big conference or just take an hour to attend a local event, it’s worth it to make the time to learn and connect. There are some great upcoming events on this week’s listing, brought to you every two weeks as a community service by Small Business Trends and


Getting Certified Under SBA 8A

May 10, 2010, 3pm EDT, Webinar

Securing Opportunities the Right way with SBA 8A

If you have started a business and are now looking for business opportunities, getting your SBA 8a certification is the next step to success!

There is no better time than now to make the investment and seek SBA 8a certification. With all of the new federally funded project money that is flowing into states, certified SBA 8a small business are at the right place, at the right time.


The 11th Annual Department of Energy Small Business Conference & Expo

May 10-12, 2010, Atlanta, GA

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, is proud to present The 11th Annual DOE Small Business Conference featuring plenaries, educational workshops, an Exhibit Hall with 200+ exhibitors/sponsors, as well as business matchmaking sessions. Over 1,600 attendees will represent all levels of federal, state, and local government agencies, the small business community, large/prime contractors, and many more.


May 11, 2010.  11am Pacific.

Sales Kickstart is a free webinar series to help the small business owner increase sales.  Great prizes for attendees including a free ticket to one of the MarketingSherpa Email Marketing Workshops.

May 11:  Email Marketing That Works.  This session will explore how to improve your subject lines and create compelling content.  Register here.

*  What is your content to link ratio?
*  Should you automate your email marketing with triggered emails?
*  Is HTML or Text-only better?


MarketingSherpa’s Email Marketing Essentials Workshop Training
Multi-City Tour

Using Case Studies and research as a basis, every tactic discussed during the course has been proven. This one-day workshop is based on MarketingSherpa’s Best Practices in Email Marketing Handbook. You’ll receive a FREE copy ($497 value) to be used as your textbook during the course that you can take back to your office for future reference.

May 11, Denver, CO
May 13, Seattle, WA
June 21, Chapel Hill, NC
June 25, Atlanta, GA
July 20, Minneapolis, MN
August 10, San Diego, CA
August 13, Phoenix, AZ


Thrive 2010: The Ins and Outs of Online Marketing
May 12, 2010, ONLINE

PRWeb is hosting this all day “virtual” conference starting at 9:00 a.m.  They have lined up a range of expert speakers including Anne Holland founder of Marketing Profs, Duct Tape Marketing, and Peter Shankman of HARO, among others. $99 to attend.


Working Capital Executive Breakfast
May 13, 2010, Dallas, TX

Findout how you can generate working capital to keep your company viable and grow. During the briefing, you will learn how to:

* Increase liquidity in as little as 24 hours
* Take control of your working capital management
* Lower your cost of capital through a competitive marketplace
* Protect your business from increasing DSOs
* Secure financing that is less restrictive than traditional bank financing


Get Listed Local UniversityGet Listed “Local University”
May 13, 2010, Minneapolis, MN

Some of the nation’s leading online marketing experts, including representatives from the Google and Bing Local Business Centers, will be on hand for an intensive four-hour crash course in Internet marketing that will help you navigate the possibilities for marketing your business on the web. You’ll learn Search Engine Optimization tips and techniques that will lead to sustained, long-term search engine rankings (and new customers).  Use discount code smbtrends at checkout to get $50 off the entrance price.


unGeeked Elite
May 13-15, 2010, Milwaukee, WI

unGEEKING is the widespread adoption of trends, strategies, and tools that allow us to enhance and embrace internal and external marketing campaigns, enhance customer service, strategize effective sales efforts, and develop better PR campaigns. This nationally-focused, 3-day event will share a wealth of knowledge, tools and best practices in all those areas and more.

Throughout the three-day event, participants will learn about positioning your internal and external brand; managing inbound and outbound marketing efforts; facilitating online customer relationships; building strategic public relations campaigns; and monitoring social trends among clients and customers. The loose format will be “Take the Mic,” in which attendees are encouraged to ask questions and openly engage in dialogue with keynoters and expert presenters.


Wiliamette Angel Conference
May 13, 2010, Eugene, OR

Attend the first-ever angel investor conference to hit the Eugene community. A highlight of the Conference will be two different types of business plan pitches. All submitting companies must be emerging-growth, and seeking somewhere between $200,000 and $2 million in seed/early-stage funding.

The first set of pitches are wildcards called IGNITE-STYLE PITCHES – where up to six start-ups will have the opportunity to deliver their business plan in 3.5 minutes (13 slides, automatically advance every 15 seconds). The audience votes for the company they think has the most viable business plan. The winner will compete in the main pitch event, and vie for a minimum investment prize of $140,000.

The MAIN PITCH consists of six start-up companies (5 who have been pre-selected, plus the 1 wildcard winner) who each have 10 minutes to deliver their business plan.


Business is Booming Tour
May 17, 2010, Dallas, TX
May 18, 2010, Austin, TX

The Business is Booming Tour, a free event hosted by ActionCOACH’s CEO Brad Sugars, is coming to a city near you. Learn proven strategies to increase sales, grow your business and utilize the five most important metrics to excel in current economic conditions.


Entrepreneur’s Essentials
May 20, 4 – 7:00 p.m., Hilton St. Louis Frontenac

The panel will discuss a well rounded approach to business in today’s economy and into the future. The attendees will:

* Learn to build a solid business foundation
* Obtain up-to-date financial and capital insights
* Discover valuable business planning tools and resources
* Access our region’s strong entrepreneurial experience and expertise


Verizon small business webinarImproving Your Current SEO Tactics
May 19, 2010, 2pm EDT, Webinar

In this session on introductory SEO for small businesses, you will hear from 9 experts in the field, who share on:

The biggest mistakes small businesses make with their SEO efforts, and how to avoid them
Fact and fiction about SEO
Tips to improve your copywriting
Practical ways to attract and obtain inbound links to your website
How to target traffic from website visitors from your local area
How social media helps you with SEO
Why paid search is important and a simple rules to help improve sales conversions from it


Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit
May 21, 2010

Join the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce for its first ever Small Business Summit, titled Evolve: Thriving & Sustaining in Today’s Economy. Attendees will be informed, inspired and connected with valuable tools and resources needed in order to grow their new and/or existing business.

The goal of the conference is to increase business ownership that supports a healthy and vital economy.   Register here


SCORE Small Business Fair
May 22, 2010, Princeton, NJ

Small business owners looking for advice in these volatile economic times can get help at the Small Business Fair May 22 at the Princeton Public Library. The fair, hosted by the greater Princeton area SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) chapter, will be held in the library’s community room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The main focus of the event, headed by new SCORE president Bill Litchman, is to connect these small businesses and start-up entrepreneurs in the community with the agencies and other resources available to help them succeed and grow in these challenging economic times.


National Small Business Week
May 23-25, 2010, Washington, DC

National Small Business Week 2010 will begin with three days of events in Washington, D.C., at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where more than 100 outstanding business owners from across the country will be recognized. Highlights of the event this year include: the Keynote speech by SBA Administrator Karen Mills; a town hall discussion on how small businesses are driving America’s economy; and a series of executive panel forums on Innovation, Exporting and Social Media.


Consulting Conference 2010
May 28-29, 2010, Vancouver, BC

Attend the premiere consulting event in 2010 to learn how to enhance your consulting value to your client, yourself, your profession and society.

Drawing consultants from throughout BC and Canada, this lively 2 day conference at Richmond’s River Rock Casino will feature thought leadership events and two networking receptions.


Small Business Social Media Summit
June 4-6, 2010, Hutchinson, KS

Social media for small businesses presented by people using social media successfully in their business. Affordable summit JUST for the small business. Go home with a social media plan. is sponsoring a scholarship to this event — paying the entrance fee to enable one lucky small biz owner to attend the Summit at no charge.


Creative Freelancer Conference
June 5-6, 2010, Denver, CO

The Creative Freelancer Conference is the first and only full-scale business conference for self-employed creative professionals. The goal? To help you maximize your freelance income by sharing best business practices and sage advice from seasoned solopreneurs who’ve learned through experience what works, and what doesn’t. The program is geared toward freelance graphic designers, copywriters, illustrators and photographers, as well as solo practitioners of interactive, interior and industrial design.


Enterprise Council on Small Business Summit
June 7-9, 2010

The annual Executive Council on Small Business Summit (formerly the Warrillow Summit) will take place in Las Vegas over 3 days. You’ll have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, participate in engaging forums, discover the latest tips and trends, and gain insights focused on targeting the small business segment.  This year’s theme:  Experiential Marketing.


eBay Developers Conference
June 8-10, 2010

At eBay DevCon 2010, the company will provide a myriad of ways for the eBay developer community to learn and interact with one another and with eBay team members and industry experts.

DevCon attendees will learn how to harness the power of eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, in an exciting, engaging, three-day event that will include panels, technical labs, keynote addresses and “birds of a feather” groups where developers who build similar applications or use similar code can exchange ideas.


U Connect 2010
June 7-10, 2010, San Antonio, TX

Small business owners can benefit from this event by learning about barcodes and point of sale processes for their products and networking with a variety of solution providers, industry experts, their customers and peers. Over 20 retailers/distributors will be presenting roundtables and how to do business with them.  See the entire list here.


Social Security Administration Small Business Procurement Conference
June 10, 2010, Baltimore, MD

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will host it’s 3rd annual small business procurement conference. Conference participants will receive information on the agency acquisition objectives during oral presentations from internal and external subject matter experts. Large businesses seeking to achieve supplier diversity with the small business community are encouraged to participate as exhibitors. Small business advocacy groups will be available as exhibitors to share advice and counsel.


How to Sell
June 11, 2010, Seattle, WA

Develop a successful sales plan for your company. Use market research to react to customer needs and increase your existing client base through referrals.
(Half day workshop 12:00PM – 4:00PM)

Topics covered:  Selling Process;  How to sell;  Identifying customer needs; Making sales calls.


FAA Small Business Conference for 2010 – “Moving Into The Next Generation”
June 28, 2010, Oklahoma City, OK

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be conducting their Annual FAA National Small Business Procurement Opportunities Training Conference and Trade Show.

This outreach event is designed specifically for the small business seeking prime, subcontracting, and mentor-protege procurement opportunities. Workshops are information packed and the forums are designed for firms to network with one another as well as with government agency attendees. All types of businesses are encouraged to participate!


Get Listed Local UniversityGet Listed “Local University”
June 30, 2010, Cleveland, OH

Some of the nation’s leading online marketing experts, including representatives from the Google and Bing Local Business Centers, will be on hand for an intensive four-hour crash course in Internet marketing that will help you navigate the possibilities for marketing your business on the web. You’ll learn Search Engine Optimization tips and techniques that will lead to sustained, long-term search engine rankings (and new customers).  Use discount code smbtrends at checkout to get $50 off the entrance price.


To find more small business events, contests and awards, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.

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Laura Leites

Laura Leites Laura Leites plans and manages events for clients through her company, L2 Event Production. Laura's projects include the Small Business Influencer Awards, The Small Business Summit, and many of SmallBizTechnology's live and virtual events, including the five-city Small Business Technology Tour.

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