Who says summer is a slow time? Not for small business events – Don’t miss these great events, conferences and webinars for growing companies this summer and fall.
MarketingSherpa’s Email Marketing Essentials Workshop Training
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.
July 20, Minneapolis, MN
August 10, San Diego, CA
August 13, Phoenix, AZ
Data Rich, Information Poor: Turn Boring Business Data into Strategic & Profitable Decisions
July 21, 2010, 2:00pm EDT Webinar
One of the many challenges growing businesses face is knowing how to translate the data flow into useful information and ensuring they make the right decisions.
* How to prioritize the flow of data they must respond to
* How to best respond to the information they must decide on
* Understanding what the implications of the their decisions are
* Knowing the qualitative amount of adjustment that needs to be made
Wayne Morris, CEO of myDIALS and Ramon Ray, Editor and Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com will discuss how technology can be used to turn your raw data into a powerful asset for strategic decision making.
Business Across Borders
Multiple cities and dates
July 21: New York City
July 27: Miami
July 29: Chicago
August 5: San Francisco
At the Business Across Borders event series, brought to you by Inc. and DHL, you will have the opportunity to meet leaders from America’s fastest-growing international companies. These Inc. 5000 self-starters are running some of the most exciting and diverse organizations in the world. They will distill their expertise and equip you with the tools to grow your company and increase your profitability. The evening will include interactive events, a panel discussion, extended question and answer session, and a generous timeframe for you to network with like-minded entrepreneurs in your city.
Technology Essentials for Small Businesses
July 22, 2010, Brooklyn, NY
Stay on top of the latest technology breakthroughs for business – social media, cloud computing, virtual data storage and recovery, and more. Learn tips and tricks to use what you have in a new way, or buy smart if you plan to upgrade.
Includes a panel discussion and three dynamic seminars!
* Panel discussion: “Effectively Using Social Media for Your Business” with expert panelists, including Business Week columnist and blogger B.L. Ochman of www.whatsnextonline.com. Moderated by Ramon Ray, creator of the Small Business Tech Summit.
* Cloud Computing: What is it? Why is it essential? How does it save money? Presented by Dan Scolnick, CTO of IT Computer Support of New York and former adjunct associate professor of information technologies for New York University.
* Data Disaster: Can your business survive it? How to safeguard your business records and systems. Presented by Steve Conyers of CMIT Solutions.
* Intelligent Technology Choices for 2010. This session will arm you with information to squeeze the most value from your current technology and invest wisely in the new. Presented by Mathew Hegarty, infrastructure practice director, Net @ Work.
smAlbany 2010 Business Showcase & Job Expo
July 27, 2010, Albany, NY
smAlbany was conceived because of the tight-knit business community surrounding the Capital District. With the difficult economic times, small businesses need to be agile and on the cutting edge of their field. From Google Adwords to protecting your company’s intellectual property to learning how to start a new career path, smAlbany’s seminars give you the knowledge to be ahead of game.
Smallvolution Tweet Chat: Keep them Coming! How to Increase Traffic to Your Website
July 29, 2010, 1:00pm EDT, Online
Does your small business website feel invisible sometimes? Are you having trouble getting more people to take a look? Please join Network Solutions and small business entrepreneur,Tinu Abayomi- Paul (@Tinu), for a tweet chat on increasing your website’s traffic and search engine optimization (SEO). Tinu is an expert at helping people generate leads and traffic from the web.
* Why is SEO critical to increasing web traffic?
* Top 10 tips on how to increase web traffic
* What are some of the common misconceptions and mistakes individuals make regarding SEO and web traffic?
* Where can I find useful online resources to manage and enhance web traffic?
Finding and Funding Growth
August 3, 2010, 2pm EDT, Webinar
Marilyn Landis of Basic Business Concepts and Diane Helbig of Seize This Day Coaching bring you a 3-part, action oriented webinar designed to help small business owners grow their businesses.
Web Design for Startups
August 5, 2010, New York City
This event will provide an overview of essential design topics for web entrepreneurs, provide an overview of working at a startup for designers, and connect designers and startups. Panel topics include:
* What are the essential web design disciplines and why is each important? – graphic/visual, interaction, information architecture, print, branding/identity, user experience, research, usability testing, etc.
* Examples of startups with successful web design. How were these design efforts staffed/resourced?
* Startup design prioritization – how to know which design tasks are essential at which point in a given startup.
* In-house vs. outsourcing design – can you find a designer to do everything? What are the costs of hiring a design firm?
Western Regional Business Matchmaking
August 17, 2010, San Jose, CA
Presented by HP, American Express OPEN and American Airlines in cooperation with the California Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the California Small Business Development Centers, the Business Matchmaking Western Regional Face-to-Face Event will be hosted at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose located in San Jose, CA on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Participating firms will receive advance education and tools to prepare for face-to-face meetings with buyers from federal, state and local government agencies and major corporations.
Brooklyn Trade Show
September 14, 2010, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Trade Show is creating countless opportunities by bringing together premier businesses from Brooklyn, NYC, Long Island and the greater metropolitan area with national corporations, entrepreneurs, non-profits, government agencies, business advocacy groups and the media.
Maximize Your Success – SCORE, HP & Intel: Small Business Workshops
Multiple cities & dates
SCORE, HP, and Intel provide real insights and simple solutions to help you increase efficiencies, boost your productivity and grow your business.
You will get essential advice on technology-based solutions and marketing strategies that can help your small business, including how:
* To better understand and target your customers more effectively.
* To rethink your marketing in the digital age.
* Managing your own marketing can reduce costs and increase sales.
10/14: San Antonio
10/27: Washington, DC Area
September 18, 2010 – Seattle, WA
September 24, 2010 – New York City
October 23, 2010 – San Francisco, CA
BizTechDay is one of the fastest growing business and technology conferences where inspiring entrepreneurs share practical business and technology strategies. Their goal is to inspire, educate & connect entrepreneur through the power of real-time interaction. Their purpose is to bring innovative and practical ideas and help grow a new generation of entrepreneurs. If you’re in one of these cities, or nearby, this is a must-attend event.
High-Growth Startups Featuring the Founder of Gilt Groupe
September 20, 2010, New York City
Hear Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (HBS ’04), Founder of Gilt Groupe, discuss her experience as an entrepreneur in the exciting world of fashion.
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is a Founder of Gilt Groupe and its Chief Merchandising Officer. She has twelve years of international experience in the luxury goods, retail and finance sectors. Most recently she oversaw retail operations at BVLGARI overseeing 15 North American stores. Prior to that Alexandra managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America.
New Marketing Experience – Chicago
September 21, 2010
Imagine a world where you can take your One Big Ideaâ„¢ and tap over 100 other participating conference attendee and experts and each of their One Big Ideas. All in a structured, fast-paced and highly interactive one-day program under the direction of Chris Brogan and the team from New Marketing Labs.
Bring your One Big Idea – and submit it to us on the exclusive New Marketing Labs’ My Big Ideaâ„¢ website. The ideas will be packaged and turned into six dynamic sessions where many of the limited audience will get to present their idea. Participants get the full set of ideas in e-book format.
Inc. 500 | 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony
September 30-October 2, 2010, Washington, DC
The 2010 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony celebrates Inc. magazine’s revered ranking of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies. The momentous event brings together current Inc. 5000 honorees and alumni of the list to recognize the remarkable achievements of these companies and the great contributions they have made to the global economy.
The event offers educational sessions, rousing keynotes, important networking, and unforgettable special events. The conference culminates in a black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony in which all current year honorees are recognized. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is open to honorees, alumni, and other growth-minded entrepreneurs.
Winning Strategies for Business Conference
October 5, 2010, Long Beach, CA
Create infinite possibilities for your business. Go further and achieve more. This full-day conference event will show you how with proven tactics to impact virtually every aspect of your business. From start to finish, discover insightful ideas, straightforward solutions and fresh perspectives with over half-a-dozen business strategists and experts leading the way.
BlogWorld & New Media Expo
October 14 – 16, 2010, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
This is the world’s largest New Media event where you can learn about content creation, distribution and monetization strategies, step-by-step techniques and bleeding-edge tools.
Monetization Superpanel– while there, be sure to check out this extended 2-hour session. Moderated by Jim Kukral, this panel features Jeremy Shoemoney Schoemaker; John Chow, Darren Rowse and Anita Campbell (of Small Business Trends) — who will be sharing their secrets for monetizing a blog. Come with your questions and apply to get your blog and monetization ideas critiqued.
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