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: ****** Give Me 5 133: Mapping the Road to Federal Dollars July 6, 2011, Online To help small business owners win more procurement dollars, American Express OPEN and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) are offering a free web tutorial. This one-hour session will teach small business owners how to develop a winning strategy to pursue federal contracts. Business owners will learn how to analyze existing marketplace for competition; define key market characteristics for your message; and link strategy with market characteristics.\u00a0 This educational webinar is part of the Give Me 5 program, a national program created by American Express OPEN and WIPP to help women business owners get a leg up on selling to the world\u2019s largest customer: the U.S. government. Score Workshops & Events Multiple Dates & Locations 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. Busting the Myths: What Small Businesses Need to Know about the Fair Labor Standards Act July 13, 2011,\u00a0 Webinar Are you falling prey to the biggest myths of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? If so, your business could be in big, expensive trouble. Join NFIB as they bust up the most common myths affecting small business. Building a Valuable Online Community July 14, 2011 - NYC, Boston, Toronto, Cleveland & Online Ultra-light Startups panel topics include: Community building case studies from the panel \u2013 Mashable, Etsy, MediaBistro.com, Forrst. The essentials of online communities \u2013 why do certain communities thrive while most fail? How is online community building different from offline community building? Scaling a community to new cities and new countries. What are the critical product design and technology considerations for building an online community? How important is the founder in a community? How to make the community thrive independently of the founder\u2019s participation Making a community into a business \u2013 how to profit from community without alienating members. 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\u2019t want to miss. eCommerce Starter Pack for Beginners July 21, 2011, Webinar 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. Rapid-Fire Tech & Business Bootcamp July 21, 2011, New York City This 4-hour event is part conference, part mini-expo & part networking event to connect you with NYC Industry Professionals. Presentations geared to business owners, executives and entrepreneurs who are already successful and are looking to ramp up. Get you out of your comfort zone to achieve bigger goals. Attend 8-10 short, informative 20-minute seminars on cutting-edge business products and services. Learn to quickly achieve success beyond your current business goals. Discover affordable technology to automate your business to free up your time. Seminars provide practical strategies to implement immediately. Tips & tools will drive business growth, revenue and ROI and save you time by operating your business more effectively. American Express OPEN TeamingUSA July 28, 2011, St. Louis, MO September 13, 2011, New York City Small businesses are vital to our economic strength and future. And teaming is one of the top strategies for helping small businesses compete for and win government business. Teaming USASM, a program of American Express OPEN\u00ae and Business Matchmaking, helps small business owners across America join forces to win. This Teaming USA workshop will provide attendees direct access to key procurement officials from federal, state, and local government agencies, and major corporations presenting best practices and new opportunities in identifying contracts through teaming. Teaming USA focuses on preparing a business to be "contract ready," identifying specific opportunities and introducing the concept of teaming with other business owners. Attendees will learn how to secure proper certifications, clearances, and registrations and identify selling opportunities. Technology Essentials for Small Business Conference July 29, 2011, Brooklyn NY Business owners will learn about the latest technology and new media marketing trends with practical ways of applying strategy, techniques, tools and software applications to increase revenue and productivity, solve critical business problems, and save time. Participants can choose from a wide variety of seminars ranging from 30-minute sessions to 90-minute hands-on-learning in computer labs. 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 \u201cunconference\u201d 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. 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. NAWBO Women's Business Conference 2011 August 31 - September 1, 2011, San Diego The NAWBO Women\u2019s 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. 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman\u2019s Conference, Women\u2019s 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\u2019s 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. 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. 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 \u201cthe networking event of the year.\u201d Don\u2019t miss the chance to do business with the \u201cwho\u2019s who\u201d 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 Small Business Expo October 5, 2011, New York City Full day networking event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs & decision-makers. 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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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. 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). 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