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Attend One of These Small Business Events for Education and Networking

Check out these interesting and educational events – ideal for networking and making contacts, too.  Sign up yourself or send one of your staff.

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wommfest [1]Word of Mouth Marketing Fest 2013 [2]
February 19, 3013, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago

WOMMfest is a coast to coast event celebrating the first ever National Word of Mouth Marketing Day. Anchor events will take place in Atlanta, Chicago and Seattle, with smaller local celebrations by Word Of Mouth Marketing Association members nationwide.


transform [3]Transform Your Sales Culture [4]
February 27, 2013, Philadelphia

Join Gene Marks and Todd Cohen for this half day seminar and learn:


crowdopolis [5]Crowdopolis New York 2013 [6]
February 27-28, 2013, New York City

Learn how Fortune 500 Corporations are using crowdsourcing to out-innovate, out-process, & out-engage their competition. Companies like GE, Microsoft, Walmart, eBay & many others.

Produced by the leading voices in crowdsourcing, David Bratvold and Daily Crowdsource, Crowdoplis was created to show both corporate leaders and small businesses that crowdsourcing is replacing outsourcing to translate millions of words in mere minutes, invent products that sell out before any costs are incurred, and create national award winning TV commercials for $20.


digital_marketing_world [7]Digital Marketing World: B2C & Retail Marketing [8]
March 8, 2013, Online

This free virtual conference is designed to address the specific digital marketing concerns faced by marketers in today’s consumer-based and retail sales industries. Reserve your spot now and get ready for three actionable sessions, including:

1. Give your Email Programs a Dynamic Boost with Customer Data
2. Believable Business Blogging
3. Engaging Customers Before, During, and After the Sale


spark_hustle [9]Spark & Hustle 2013 Tour [10]
Multiple cities & dates, March – July 2013

Led by Tory Johnson, the jam-packed, high-energy two-day event enables you to experience big breakthroughs in your business and yourself. This two day conference arms current and aspiring small business owners with the tools, strategies and support to make more money now.


smx-west-2013 [11]SMX West [12]
March 11-13, 2013, San Jose, CA

The landscape of search and search engine marketing changes constantly.
To keep up, stay ahead, grow your business, and get more (and better) traffic to your site, you need the right help.
Search Marketing Expo is a conference that offers more than 50 cutting-edge sessions (as well as invaluable networking opportunities) covering the search marketing strategies and tactics you’ll need to thrive in 2013 and beyond.
Whether you are a beginner or a search marketing expert, whether you work at (or with) an agency or manage search marketing in-house, SMX West has programming to fit your needs.


blogher_entr [13]BlogHer Entrepreneurs 2013 [14]
March 21-22, 2013, Mountain View, CA

BlogHer Entrepreneurs ’13 is BlogHer’s third annual event designed for women who want to start something, whether their goal is to strike out on their own with a brilliant idea, or to bring an entrepreneurial approach to innovation within a company.


confab [15]CONFAB 2013 [16]
London – March 25-27
Minneapolis – June 3-5
Atlanta – November 11-12

As the leading conference of its kind, Confab: The Content Strategy Conference brings together professionals everywhere who realize the value of content. User experience. Marketing. IT. Business management. This is one big party for content-loving folks who value smart thinking, voracious learning, and constant improvement in the workplace and beyond.


[17]InfusionCon 2013 [18]
March 27-29, 3013, Scottsdale AZ

InfusionCon is a must-attend event for all Infusionsoft customers. There are a variety of sessions geared towards business owners, marketing and sales strategists, developers, administrators and more. Session topics cover a diverse range of topics relevant to small businesses, including Infusionsoft training, marketing strategy, social media, company culture, business management, automation, branding, copywriting, affiliate marketing and more.


Social Media Marketing World [19]

socialmedia_marketingworldApril 7-9, 2013, San Diego, CA

Join 1,000 fellow marketers at the mega-conference designed to inspire and empower you with social media marketing ideas—brought to you by Social Media Examiner.


 Web.com Small Business Forum [20]

Web.com Small Business ForumVarious locations and dates in 2013 including:
Lafayette, LA March 21, 2013
Midland, TX  April 11, 2013
Valdosta, GA  April 25, 2013 … and more

Web.com will be traveling to cities near you during 2013, in partnership with SCORE, for 2-hour sessions designed to help local small businesses learn how to successfully market their businesses online.  Various dates and cities during the year. Sessions are free.



Inc. GROWCO [21]
April 11-12, 2013, New Orleans

Inc. created GROWCO, a three-day conference, for business leaders who want brass tacks advice to achieve the next level of growth. GROWCO speakers include founders and CEOs of fast-growing companies, icons in the business community, and authors of definitive business tomes. Learn how to develop a vision, manage a team, create a brand, get the most for your marketing dollar, connect with customers, close deals, and find capital.



americas_summit [22]America’s Small Business Summit [23]
April 29 – May 1, 2013, Washington, DC

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual event will allow you to access the experience and perspective of hundreds of small business owners facing the same challenges you face and get the tools, strategies, and best practices to compete successfully in today’s rapidly changing business environment. You will boost your impact with ideas from successful entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, top caliber keynoters, and chamber executives.


sobcon2013 [24]SOBCon Chicago 2013 [25]
May 3-5, 2013, Chicago

SOBCon is a 2-day interactive business “think tank” that moves ideas to action. During the conference, attendees increase their business IQ in an engaging and positive learning environment. They take away an actionable and measurable business plan, along with invaluable business strategies and skills, increased confidence, and a network of connections to drive their companies forward.

This year’s Chicago theme is “The Customer Centered Business” – talking and masterminding about strategies that will engage your customers and grow your business.


[26]2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo [27]
May 15-18, 2013, Columbus OH

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo attracts more than 1,200 attendees annually. Entrepreneurs from all over the country come together to take in everything the conference has to offer—from informative sessions, high-powered speakers, networking opportunities, to essential tools for emerging and established entrepreneurs. As the country’s premier business conference and networking event for African American entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and professionals, The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference is the only venue where leaders of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses gather at one place, one time, and with one purpose.


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The Small Business Expo [28]
small business expoMay 16 – New York
June 20 – Dallas
October 17 – Boston
November 7 – Los Angeles
January 16, 2014 – Miami

Small Business Expo is a nation-wide B2B tradeshow, conference and networking event for small business owners. Business owners browse the exhibition hall filled with exhibitors showcasing products and services to help their businesses grow, attend small business workshops, seminars and meet-ups, and network with others in various areas, including speed networking areas.


[29]Internet Week New York [30]
May 20-27, 2013

Since 2008, Internet Week has taken place all over the city, thanks to our many partners hosting diverse events in different locations.The result is a critical mass of web-focused events that raises the profile of NYC’s industry as a whole, as well as the partners who participate.


cfc [31]Creative Freelancer conference [32]
June 22-24, 2013, San Francisco

During this three day conference within the HOW Design Live Conference, Veteran freelancers and expert consultants will arm you with all the practical information you need to set goals for growth—and give you the confidence and information you need to achieve them.


To find more small business events, contests and awards, visit the Small Business Events Calendar [33].

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