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:
Meet and mingle with Crain’s 2011 Top Entrepreneur winners.
Launching a business in this uncertain economy is not for the faint hearted, and yet many NYC entrepreneurs are taking the plunge. What does it take to pull off a successful launch now?
Crain’s 16th annual Top Entrepreneur Awards will spotlight the contribution of the thousands of small businesses in the city and focus on strategies to grow in the challenging New York market.
Score Workshops & Events 
Multiple Dates & Locations
Business Basics – June 21, Hartford, CT
A Winning Business Plan – June 22, White Plains, NY
Make More Money & Free Up Cash – June 25, Sacramento, CA
Seminar on Intellectual Property – July 12, Princeton, NJ
Western Massachusetts Event – August 5, Springfield, MA
Home Based Business Seminar – August 17, Monmouth, NJ
See SCORE website  for more local workshops.
Small Business Networking Event 
June 22, 2011, Baton Rouge, LA
A special meeting to explore the opportunities available to assist with the development and growth of small and emerging business in Louisiana. The meeting will promote the awareness of the Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) Program and encourage small business owners to take advantage of the opportunity to grow and achieve the next level of success. During the networking event, we will provide an overview of the SEBD Program, discussing eligibility requirements, specific technical assistance provided by the program, and other business resources and opportunities
Vertical Response 2011 Take Action User Seminar Series 
Multiple Cities and Dates
June 23, 2011 – Chicago
September 30, 2011 – Denver
The Vertical Response 2011 Take Action User Seminar is designed to educate you about email marketing in the age of social media. Complement your attendance with a one-on-one email consultation and get the chance to take what you learn and immediately put it into action. Join Smallbiztechnology’s Ramon Ray in New York City and get $10 off early bird registration at this link .
2011 Creative Freelancer Conference 
June 23-24, 2011, Chicago
The Creative Freelancer Conference, presented by HOW magazine and Marketing Mentor, is the only business conference for creative solopreneurs, from designers and writers to illustrators and photographers. Whether you’re a veteran or just starting out, you’ll get the specific tools you need to launch, build and grow a successful freelance business. You’ll also get plenty of time to connect with, learn from and share solutions with your fellow freelancers.
Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium 
June 27-30, Reno, NV
Do you run a veteran-owned or service-disabled veteran-owned small business and want to work with the government? Or do you want to team with a veteran-owned company but aren’t sure how?
The Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) connects thriving veteran business owners with emerging veteran entrepreneurs to expose the knowledge needed to acquire government contracts and teaming opportunities. While attending, also expect to network with government agencies, large companies, and potential clients and customers.
NYC Business Networking Expo and Mixer 
June 27, 2011, New York City
Join members of The NYC Business Networking Group (NYCBNG) for our free monthly business networking mini-expo. Meet business professionals and executives, small and medium sized business owners, entrepreneurs and established startups from a diverse group of industries. Network with our members and interact with our sponsor companies who will showcase their business related products and services.
You’ve got a website – maybe you’re on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. But when a prospect has a chance to find you on the Web, the odds are high that your business will be lost in the abyss of 200 million other websites. And worse, your brand may be distorted by links to information that are obsolete, biased, or just wrong. This 1-hour webinar is jam-packed with powerful online branding strategies, including absolutely free actions you can take to rescue your business and brand from the abyss.
FAA Small Business Opportunities Training Conference and Trade Show
June 28-July 1, 2011, Oklahoma City, OK
The FAA will host its Annual National Small Business Procurement Opportunities Training Conference and Trade Show on June 28 – July 1, 2010. The conference provides a forum for small businesses (including service-disabled and veteran-owned small businesses and 8[a] certified firms) to participate in technical and procurement opportunities workshops. Sessions will link small businesses with program managers, address business issues and concerns, and provide information that will benefit small businesses seeking to do business with the agency.
When it comes to learning about social media, there are plenty of online tutorials…but nothing beats the voice of experience. With that in mind, Aileron is excited to welcome three blogging, tweeting, and social-networking business owners for an informative panel discussion. These entrepreneurs don’t just use social media – they became successful, in large part, because of it.
Increased exposure and traffic, boosted search rankings, and improved sales are just some of the benefits of an effective social-media strategy. Panelists include Liz Strauss, Anita Campbell, and Barry Moltz.
Marketing Automation is often filled with hype. This TechBizTalk event is out to demystify how to use marketing technology to help you build customer relationships. Business owners and marketing executives will meet and explore success stories and build a framework for understanding how to leverage new tools and systems with the help of our own product review editor TJ McCue. Meet with Seattle area marketing professionals from 11am to 2pm.
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.
July 14 – New York City
August 16 – Los Angeles
September 13 – Miami
The New York Venture Summit 
July 20-21, 2011, New York City
The New York Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures is the premier industry gathering where cutting-edge startups meet top venture capitalists, angel investors, Corporate VCs and investment bankers.
Whether you are an investor seeking new deals, or an emerging company seeking capital and exposure, the The New York Venture Summit, is one event you won’t want to miss.
If you’re an inspiring entrepreneur looking to create an ecommerce site, or a site owner looking for better ways to sell online, you’re either faced with a sea of jargon, misleading technology, or prohibitive cost of entry.
To cut through the fog, join us for this session. This webinar will introduce some of the best options that’s available on the market today, including pros and cons of solutions such as Google Checkout, Shopify, BrilliantRetail & ExpressionEngine, and Magento eCommerce platform.
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.
Biz 2 Beach
August 19, 2011, Santa Monica, CA
Biz2Beach is an inaugural networking conference of thought leaders, innovators, and trendsetters for an exciting day of exchanging ideas. The “unconference” format of Biz2Beach is unlike most events. Featured speakers who range in business expertise will lead four intimate breakout discussions. B2B is presented by CallFire, who will unveil the latest iteration of its suite of telecom services.
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.
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, and multiple tracks of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from affiliate marketing experts.
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.
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+ 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.
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 so much 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 so much more.
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.
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.
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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