October 31, 2014

20-Plus Small Business Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Every other week we compile a list of great events to help you with your business. The following Small Business Events Guide is worth a close look:

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National Veteran Small Business Conference
August 15-18, 2011, New Orleans

The Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting this event. The largest nationwide conference of its kind, the National Veteran Small Business Conference provides veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs and SDVOSBs) an opportunity to learn, network and market their businesses.

4,000 leaders from various VOSBs, SDVOSBs, large contractors and federal agencies as well as veterans from the New Orleans area are expected to participate.

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Tribal Leadership: The 5 Stages to Increasing Performance and Tripling Profits
August 16, 2011, Online

The principals behind Tribal Leadership can help you change the culture of your organization bit by bit – and make it run faster, better and more effectively. The result you will achieve will be greater strategic success, more effective workplaces, less stress, more fun and 3-5 times more profit! This interactive webinar presentation will focus on leveraging Tribal Leadership to foster a high performance culture and a thriving organization.

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Online Marketing & Social Media Crash Course
Multiple Cities & Dates

Discover how you can harness the power of the Internet to get your business found online (in an affordable way), engage new customers with your brand and keep old ones coming back. Deluxe for Business and Sprint are proudly sponsoring these free small business events across six cities in 2011, with the help of host Entrepreneur EXPO and keynote speaker Starr Hall.

August 16 – Los Angeles
September 13 – Miami

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2011 Business Conference & Tradeshow
August 17, 2011, Milpitas, CA

The Milpitas Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Industry Council for Small Business Development (ICSBD) and National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) presents the 2011 Business Conference & Tradeshow. This event will include procurement information with large corporations, business to business opportunities, seminars and more.

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Webinar to Help Business Owners Learn How to Win Government Contracts
August 17, 2011

To help business owners claim their full share, American Express OPEN and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) are offering a free, one hour tutorial on Wednesday, August 17th This session will provide top level guidance on what business owners should be doing after they complete their registration on the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) – the primary vendor database for the federal government. Topics discussed include a review of the CCR record, SBA profile, the Small Business Dynamic Search Process, and an overview of how the federal government buys products and services.

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Faster, Better, Smarter: How Great Small Companies Use Technology to Drive Growth
August 18, 2011, Los Angeles

At this roundtable discussion, a panel of leaders from some of the fastest growing companies in Los Angeles will discuss how they’ve embraced the latest technologies to get closer to their customers, made the most of their time and scarce resources, differentiated themselves from the competition, and developed innovative strategies that set the stage for growth.

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Biz 2 Beach
August 19, 2011, Santa Monica, CA

Biz2Beach is an inaugural networking conference bringing together thought leaders, innovators and trendsetters for an exciting day of exchanging ideas. The “unconference” format of Biz2Beach is unlike most events. Featured speakers with a wide variety of business expertise will lead four intimate breakout discussions. B2B is presented by CallFire, which will unveil the latest iteration of its suite of telecom services.

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Affiliate Summit East 2011
August 21-23, 2011, New York City

Affiliate Summit East 2011, the premier affiliate marketing conference, is taking place August 21-23, 2011 in New York City. This three-day conference includes an exhibit hall with affiliate merchants, vendors and networks, as well as multiple tracks of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from affiliate marketing experts.

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The Science of Social Media 2011
August 23, 2011, Online

Wondering what really works with social media? Looking to eliminate all the guesswork?
In this new webinar, Dan Zarrella, author of The Social Media Marketing Book, reveals brand new research from 9.6 billion pieces of social media data! You’ll discover how to extend your reach, ensure your ideas spread and measure the real impact of your social media activities. Data-backed, scientifically-proven best practices show you how.

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Consumer Products Investing Conference
August 25, 2011, Chicago

Sponsored by Perkins Cole LLP, this conference will discuss trends in early-stage investing, the factors that are most important to investors when they are considering an investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get investors’ attention, strategies for growing their businesses, additional advice for entrepreneurs and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other investors.

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NAWBO Women’s Business Conference 2011
August 31 – September 1, 2011, San Diego

The NAWBO Women’s Business Conference is the only event of its kind focused on connecting women entrepreneurs to real business opportunities that deliver bottom-line results. The conference brings together businesses of all sizes from various industries to provide women entrepreneurs with both personal and professional tools and resources to take their businesses to the next level of success.

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Content Marketing WorldContent Marketing World
September 6 – 8, 2001, Cleveland, Ohio

Learn how to transform your marketing department into a storytelling factory, and engage your prospects and customers in all the right channels with the right messages — including social, mobile, email, online and even print and in-person strategies.

Includes keynotes by NYTimes writer David Pogue and author David Meerman Scott. Choose from 30+ breakout sessions and get the tools you need to be a successful content marketer. Plus, start with an opening night reception at the infamous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Attendees at this year’s conference include marketing professionals from Honeywell, Siemens, Citrix, Oakley, FedEx, Gannett, KeyBank, GE, JD Power & Associates, Cisco, NASA and hundreds of other leading small and large brands.

Use code SBT during checkout to receive $100 off.

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Small Business Influencer 2011 Awards
September 13, 2011, New York City

Please join us as we celebrate the top 100 Small Business Influencers of 2011 at the official awards ceremony and reception on September 13, 2011 in New York City, brought to you by BlackBerry, Infusionsoft and Sage.

Don’t miss this fun, high energy evening as we recognize some of the most influential people and companies in the small business community. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Small Business Influencer nominees and judges, network with other small business owners, and win some fabulous prizes. Space is limited so register early!

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25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference, Women’s Business & Buyers Mart
September 14, 2011, Chicago

The oldest conference and business opportunities fair for women in business in the country, this is the premier event for women business owners in the Midwest.

This year’s conference offers women business owners solutions to the current problems they are facing and the opportunity to increase the profitability of their businesses by building relationships with corporate and government buyers, business experts and other women business owners.

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What Small Businesses MUST Know About Their Website Analytics
September 14, 2011, Webinar

Our guest expert this month is Pierre DeBois of Zimana. In this live session Pierre will discuss the importance of tracking website analytics for small business owners, and attendees will walk away with tips and tools that they can implement immediately. We’ll discuss:

  • Why small businesses must know their website analytics
  • How to get started
  • Which data are the most important to track and what they tell you
  • What are some best practices and tools to use
  • Where social media fits in and more

This live webinar will be recorded and available afterward to all registered attendees.

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Touchpoint eventStartup Princess Touchpoint

September 15-16, 2011, Salt Lake City

Touchpoint is the premiere event for women entrepreneurs, where practical planning meets sky-high inspiration, networking fuels momentum, and high impact strategies are the most coveted party favor.

The 5th Annual event features two days of keynote speakers and panels, as well as plenty of opportunities to network. Topics range from “Making Meaning in Your Business and Contributing to the World,” to how to bootstrap your startup, to how to crush QVC. Enjoy a concert by Jessie Clark Funk, and a Sparkle & Shine Spa Party, featuring manicures and massages.  For $25 off, use the following code when registering:  ANITA.

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Brooklyn Business Expo 2011
September 20, 2011, Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Business Expo will bring together the brightest business leaders from the most dynamic companies throughout Brooklyn and the adjoining counties. The Brooklyn Business Expo provides an environment for businesses to enhance their relationships, research the market for the leading products and services, and learn about the latest best business practices. This will be the largest business-to-business expo in Brooklyn.

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The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards
September 21, 2011, New York City

The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards is the annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of the 500,000-plus small businesses throughout the tri-state area. In its sixth year, the Awards Gala–which sold out in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010–attracts more than 400 business owners and executives and is often referred to as “the networking event of the year.” Don’t miss the chance to do business with the “who’s who” of the New York small business community.

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Winning Strategies
September 21, 2011, Miami Beach

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.

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2011 Internet Marketing Association Awards Event
Thursday September 22, 2011

The IMA’s annual Internet Marketing Awards event will spotlight top industry work, along with world-class speakers who will address cutting edge trends and contemporary topics.

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How Small Businesses Can Do Very Big Things With Technology
September 22, 2011, New York City

Very small businesses are often asked to do very BIG things. In fact, in order to thrive (and not just survive) it’s critical that they leverage technology as a powerful tool for business growth. There are hundreds of free and fee tools that you can use to help you save time, save money, be more productive, boost revenue and more.

You’ll learn how to gain insight about your customers, better market to your customers, know what new products or services to launch and much more.

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Inc. 500/5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony
September 22-24, 2011, National Harbor, MD

The Inc. 500 | 5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony celebrates the revered Inc. ranking of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. The momentous event brings together current Inc. 5000 honorees and alumni of the list, along with the greater business community, to recognize the remarkable achievements of these companies and the great contributions they have made to the global economy.

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Small Business Technology Tour
September 27 – Mountain View, CA
October 12 – Salt Lake City
October 18 – Boston
November 2 – Atlanta
Date TBA – Chicago

Smallbiztechnology.com is excited to bring you the second annual Small Biz Tech Tour. This event is a full day of information, insight, energy and fun.

  • Attendees will learn:
  • How to boost sales with website analytics
  • How smart companies are using mobile technology to be more productive
  • Why many small businesses are not getting results with social media and what you must do
  • How to stop selling and start publishing content for more sales
  • Why websites and email marketing are not dead, and how to get the most out of yours
  • How local companies are getting more local customers using technology
  • How to increase sales by segmenting your customers

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The Small Business Expo
October 5, 2011, New York City

Full-day networking event, trade show and conference for business owners, entrepreneurs and decision-makers.

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The Summit for Women in Business
October 6-9, 2011, Pigeon Forge, TN

The Summit for Women in Business is providing and showing you how to implement the needed strategies and tools to remain competitive and current within today’s evolving business climate. Created by women business owners for women business owners, this Summit is designed for SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) entrepreneurs, independent and self-employed professionals.

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Western Mass Business Expo
October 18, 2011, Springfield, MA

As the region’s business publication, The Business Journal of Western Massachusetts believes the businesses and communities that comprise Western Massachusetts should be represented at a region-wide trade show to better promote buying and doing business locally. The day begins with breakfast at 7:30 followed by the Expo’s official opening at 9 a.m. and will feature seminars, speakers, lunch and a high-energy, end-of-day networking event featuring music, food and drink.

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Media and Entertainment Investing Conference
October 27, 2011, Coral Gables, FL

Sponsored by The Launch Pad at the University of Miami, this conference will cover trends in early-stage investing, the factors that are most important to Investors when they are considering an investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get investors’ attention, strategies to grow their businesses, additional advice for entrepreneurs and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other investors.

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BlogWorld & New Media Expo
November 3-5, 2011, Los Angeles

BlogWorld & New Media Expo is the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio. BlogWorld conference attendees enjoy more than 120 cutting-edge educational sessions presented by leading bloggers, podcasters and content creators, while the New Media Expo provides the only industry-wide new media marketplace for networking, online business and marketing resources.

Register with the promo code SBTVIP20 to save 20% off any conference pass, or use code SBTVIP50 to save 50% off Expo Passes (which include access to the Exhibit hall as well as all keynotes and parties, just like the conference passes).

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Recession Proof Sales Training Seminar
November 7, 2011, Woodridge, Ontario

Recession proof your career with this sales training seminar. You will learn how to increase sales, effective communication, customer retention, marketing strategies and how to attract new customers. Location: Paramount Conference and Event Venue, in Vaughan – minutes north of Toronto, Ontario.

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Social Media Makeover Forum at Digital Atlanta 2011
November 8, 2011, Atlanta

This half-day, innovative business conference will take place during Digital Atlanta 2011 – a week-long (November 7-11) calendar of events that will focus on the digital and social media scene in Atlanta. The SMB Social Media Makeover Forum will feature three panels of social media experts from leading brands and agencies. These experts will provide advice to three small and mid-sized businesses who will be selected for social media makeovers.

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

If you are putting on a small business event or contest, and want to get the word out, please submit it through our Events & Contests Submission Form (it’s free). Only events of interest to small business people, freelancers and entrepreneurs will be included.

Brought to you as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.

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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.

2 Reactions

  1. Thank you for the small business event calendar. It would be even more beneficial if you would include each events Twitter username and/or their promoter’s or founder’s username in the summary so we can follow them more easily.

    Some might argue that readers should visit the individual sites and find the usernames there; however, for those like me who are very active online spreading the word having them in your post would be much more useful. I really miss the old TweepML as that made it so easy to connect.

  2. I want to see who’s going to win in Small Business Influencer. I have my bet and I am excited if she will make it.

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