This list of small business events is brought to you as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com, every two weeks. ****** Weatherhead 100 Awards December 07, 2010, Mayfield Heights, OH Join COSE and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University as they celebrate Northeast Ohio's fastest growing companies at the prestigious 2010 Weatherhead 2010 Awards Dinner. Grow Your Business with Social Media Marketing for Business December 7, 2010, Albany, NY Learn best practice Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Marketing strategies to grow your business! Topics Include: Search Engine Behavior, Consumer Behavior, What it takes to get found on line, How to drive increased traffic to your Web site, the best way to attract qualified customers, the factors that affect your search engine rankings, the impact of search technology on your bottom line, Pay Per Click Strategy, Organic Search Strategy, Web 2.0, Social Media Marketing, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter, & YouTube, Web marketing trends, Putting it all together. Some Assembly Required - Preparing Your 2011 Email Marketing Plan December 8, 2010, 2:00pm EST, Webinar In this webinar, Melanie Attia, Product Marketing Manager for Campaigner, a leading email marketing service, will discuss how small businesses can easily create and execute a successful 2011 email marketing program. Specifically, Melanie will discuss: Where to start - what you should look at before you begin your planning. What to look for - key elements you need to be aware of when choosing an email marketing service for 2011. What to avoid - mistakes and pitfalls that can pull your 2011 plans off-track. What to talk about - how to ensure your emails resonate with customers and keep them coming back for more. Move the Need: Powerful Prospecting Strategies December 7, 2010 Are your prospecting efforts getting you the results you need to meet and exceed goals? What new and energizing prospecting strategies can you use to boost sales? During this seminar you will learn profitable lead generation tactics to find new clients. You will explore new, creative avenues that can help you more effectively prospect for new clients, and build a team of trusted referral partners. Four Tips to Make Money by Going Mobile December 8, 2010, 2:00pm EST, Webinar Consumers are using mobile devices for everything from downloading coupons to searching for the nearest restaurant. As a business owner, you can leverage mobile\u2019s booming popularity and make it work as a revenue generating vehicle for your business. Author and Entrepreneur magazine columnist Kim T. Gordon, one of the country\u2019s foremost experts on small business growth, will discuss the latest trends in mobile, specifically how you can tap into the latest trends to win sales from mobile shoppers. Year-end Tax Essentials for Small Business Owners Thursday, December 9, 2010, 1:00 pm EST, Online chat The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a text chat on year-end tax planning for small businesses. The guest expert will be Edward S. Karl, Vice President of Taxation for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The event will focus on tax deductions and credits you may be able to take advantage of before the end of the year, to reduce your taxes. Note: There is not an audio format for the online chat - you can submit your questions in advance here. Tweet Chat: Leadership for your Small Biz December 9, 1-2:30 pm EST, follow the #netsol hashtag on Twitter Featuring guest tweeter, Terry Starbucker (@starbucker), co-founder of SOBCon and renowned leadership speaker. Through the chat you will understand: \u00b7 How can thinking and acting positive serve as a motivator? \u00b7 As a leader, how do I handle problems? Mistakes? Bad News? \u00b7 What should my real role be as a leader of my business? \u00b7 What are some simple non-verbal tactics I can use to become a better leader? Register here. The Science of Blogging December 9, 2010 at 2:00pm EST, webinar Blogging is one of the most important activities businesses can undertake to increase their inbound marketing results. Join Dan Zarrella, Social Media Marketing Scientist, as he discusses an unprecedented data collection that will teach you how to optimize your blogging efforts for maximum results. Rocked the Recession: Startup the Nation December 9-10, 2010, Chicago 750 members of Chicago's entrepreneurial community will gather for a day of speakers and panels designed to give advice and inspiration to entrepreneurs. Sessions will cover starting a business, growing your business, selling, marketing, PR, funding, scaling, building a team, turning ideas into action, branding, creativity, social media, incubators, blogging, viral videos, and more. Social Marketing Made Simple Presented by SCORE-NYC December 13, 2010, New York City Wendi Caplan-Carroll will present "Social Media Marketing Made Simple" in a 90 minutes work-shop. This session will cover some of the strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities including time management and measuring the return of your activities. Wendi will talk about what social media marketing really is, how to incorporate it into your business life without losing productivity and look at how other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships and drive sales and response. E-Commerce 104: Shopping Cart Recovery December 14, 2010, Brooklyn, NY Join the Fort Greene Fashion Group as Patrick Hardy presents "Shopping Cart Recovery". Do you have an online store? Is your site now generating the income you wish it could? Well, ponder this...Over 60% of all shopping carts on the internet are abandoned by shoppers. Patrick Hardy will discuss why shopping carts are abandoned by potential customers and tips on how to recover some of these lost sales. This seminar will help you pull those [almost] lost dollars away from your competition and back into your pocket. How Facebook Creates Leads & a Community: A Real Case Study December 14, 2010, 10:00am PST, Webinar Social Media isn\u2019t magic but when you take the right steps it can have a significant impact on your business. This webinar will feature first-hand tips & lessons from Dan Kalm, an insurance agent who has seen positive business results on Facebook. This session will be co-moderated by Clara Shih, author of the bestselling social media book "The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Market, Sell, and Innovate,"\u00a0 and Chris Andrew, small business success manager at Hearsay. This session will be broken into 3 segments:\u00a0 the small business opportunity on Facebook; discussion with Dan about the use of social media and Hearsay; 10 best practices for Facebook pages that result in real growth. Doing Business in Brazil, by The Economist December 14 - 15, 2010, Online The Economist is hosting a free "Doing Business in Brazil" online fair, live on December 14th and 15th.\u00a0 During this 2-day online event, you can speak with professionals to help you launch or expand your business in Brazil.\u00a0 You can chat online with consultants, lawyers, bankers and investors.\u00a0 You can get practical advice to help you enter the Brazilian market.\u00a0 And you can access all resources and business connections in one place.\u00a0\u00a0 To register free, visit http://bit.ly/i4ggz5. Create A \u201cGet Moving\u201d Marketing and Sales Plan for 2011 January 6, 2010 1:00-2:00 PM EST, Webinar Want a plan that focuses your time and money? Rather than complex, time-consuming, dust-collecting volumes, you need a plan that gives you structure and flexibility. You need a live guide that you can look to for direction, and also for options.\u00a0\u00a0 In this webinar speaker Jeanne Rossomme of Roadmap Marketing will help you focus on the key actions and key measures that can help you guide your business in the New Year. SCORE QuickSTART Series Workshops January 15, 2011 (first of 6 weekly sessions) Port Charlotte, FL The six session QuickSTART Series workshops for the nascent entrepreneur (0-18 mo in business) will be presented on six consecutive Saturdays beginning January 15, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Mid County Library in Port Charlotte. Attendees will receive an overview of how to launch a new business in Florida. Details Here. Entrepreneur Magazine's Growth 2011 Conference January 20, 2011, Atlanta, GA * Nearly a dozen hands-on seminars to help your business soar to your highest vision * Growth strategies from top business authors, radicals and visionaries * Meet & tweet with host Amy Cosper, editor in chief of Entrepreneur * Networking throughout the day to build partnerships and connections * Business growth perspectives from the Entrepreneur of 2010 winners Tory Johnson's 2011 Spark & Hustle National Tour Multiple Dates and Cities Feb-July 2011 Whether you're just getting your feet wet with this "business thing," barely keeping your head above water, or finally ready to swim with the sharks, Spark & Hustle is the place to learn (exactly) how to transform your fledgling (or floundering) business into a wildly profitable venture. NAVSEA Small Business Conference February 1, 2011, Miami, FL Small Business Owners are invited to attend the NAVSEA Small Business Conference, sponsored by the Program Executive Offices (PEOs) for Aircraft Carriers, Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS), Littoral and Mine Warfare (LMW), Ships, and Submarines. This conference will provide a forum for Small Business Owners to connect with senior Navy and Industry leaders to learn, collaborate, and explore ways in which they can offer their products and services in support of Navy warfare programs. For more information regarding this exciting event, please contact the Small Business Conference Planning Team at (703) 941-0600, or by email at email@example.com. Disney Institute's Business Owner & Management Conferences: Quality Service and Brand Loyalty February 28-March 2, 2011, Lake Buena Vista, Florida Presented in partnership with Disney Institute and Northpoint Services. "Benchmark your Business to Disney's\u201d and discover the strategies and practices that contribute to Disney\u2019s world renowned success at this conference that includes an exclusive \u201cBusiness Excellence: Behind-The-Scenes\u201d tour. 12th Annual U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Conference & Expo May 10-12, 2011, Kansas City, MO The event will feature plenaries, educational workshops, an Exhibit Hall with over 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, minority educational institutions, and many more! The largest civilian contracting agency within the Federal government, DOE spent over $25 billion in contracts in FY 2010. The 12th Annual DOE Small Business Conference & Expo is a great opportunity for Small Business owners, large companies, and universities alike to network and partner. 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