One of these small business conferences could change your thinking — and grow yours and your team’s skills. Below is our hand-chosen list of small business events. Sign up for at least one, and get out there and network and learn.
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Small Business Tech Tour
September 25 – Chicago
September 27 – Boston
October 12 – Phoenix
Join Ramon Ray of Smallbiztechnology.com and learn from a group of passionate small business experts how to use technology in your business. Network with other small business owners and learn how they are succeeding in this fun, energized and highly educational series of events.
This series features a full day of strategies, tips and marketing best practices from the experts at Infusionsoft. You’ll receive hands-on instructions on how to develop a highly effective sales and marketing plan you can start implementing right away. You’ll learn to:
- Drive higher customer referral traffic tomorrow
- Calculate and optimize the lifetime value of your customers
- Create a constant flow of new customers who are ready to buy
- Build a healthy and responsive database
- Get the right message, to the right person, at the right time
MarketingProfs B2B Forum 2012
October 3-5, 2012, Boston
B2B Forum isn’t just another event. It’s the event for B2B marketers who don’t just follow yesterday’s best practices; they create the next practices needed to move their businesses—and industries—forward.
Five programming tracks covering the modern marketing mix: lead gen, content, social media, mobile, and marketing essentials.
Dozens of smart sessions by professionals on the pulse of marketing trends and growth.
Inc. 500 | 5000
October 3-5, 2012, Phoenix, AZ
Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is the must-attend event for the nation’s leading entrepreneurs. Join your colleagues and peers for three days of unparalleled networking and learning from the leaders of America’s fastest-growing companies. This year’s speakers include Captain Mark Kelly, Commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission, Guy Kawasaki, Founding Partner of Garage Technology Ventures, and Marie Tillman, Founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation.
This year’s theme celebrates the entrepreneurial, innovative and adventurous spirit of women business owners. They are starting businesses at record rates and running these businesses on their own terms. They refuse to sit idle, waiting and watching. They have confidence and power to shake things up, take smart risks and do things differently to move forward. They are impacting positive change at every turn, speaking out on issues of public policy, lightening their environmental footprint and creating jobs that fuel the economy. They are part of something much greater than themselves—a grassroots movement of women business owners and their community of supporters all dedicated to helping one another grow, thrive, give back and leave a legacy.
Affiliate Management Days is the world’s first and only professional forum devoted to affiliate management. This conference is designed for those who offer an affiliate program or are considering offering an affiliate channel. AM Days offers you valuable insight into how other online retailers are successfully implementing and managing their affiliate programs. If you want your affiliate channel to be more successful and profitable, this is the conference for you. Learn with world experts!
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. Now in its 7th year, the Awards gala 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.
M/WBE Certified? Marketing How To’s to Secure Goverment Contracts
October 11, 2012, Teleclass
You obtained your M/WBE certification and are now ready to start selling to New York State. You thought that the hard part was behind you. But now you find that you still have to figure out who is authorized to buy your product/service and how to market to them.
Sign up for this WEDC teleclass and learn from Jean Kristensen of MWBE Success about marketing tools to help you secure government contracts.
NAFE Atlanta is proud to present the first annual Women of Excellence Business Conference (WEBC), an interactive business and career development program. The WEBC will feature motivational workshops, give-a-ways, a luncheon, and numerous networking opportunities. Workshops will cover a wide-range of topics essential to excelling in business, including marketing, human resources, operations and management.
Pubcon Vegas 2012
October 15-18, 2012
Supported by the industry’s leading businesses, exhibitors and sponsors involved in social media, Internet marketing, search engines, and online advertising, Pubcon Las Vegas 2012 will offer a week-long look at the future of technology presented by over 200 of the world’s best speakers in more than 100 bold cutting-edge sessions.
The New York Business XPO and Conference is New York’s #1 expo and conference for small and mid-size businesses. Over 10,000 people attend the show floor. Includes presidents, CEOs and top executives of privately held firms entering the next phase of growth. Includes educational seminars and workshops throughout the day, featuring the top small-business speakers from around the country. October 17, 2012 at the Javits Convention Center. Register now.
The Small Business Influencer Awards will honor the Top 100 small business influencer champions at a festive Awards Gala on the evening of October 17, 2012 at the Javits Convention Center. Last year’s event had a capacity crowd at a smaller venue. This year it will be bigger than ever — with the Awards Gala as the evening event at the New York Business XPO and Conference. One ticket gets you into both! More details. Don’t miss this exciting event! Tickets are just $34 if you use our discount code: INFLUENCER. Register now!
Web.com Small Business Forum
October 19, 2012, Ponte Verde, FL
You are invited to join Web.com’s Jason Teichman at the Web.com Small Business Forum. This interactive Forum will focus on helping local small businesses learn how to successfully market their business online. Key areas for discussion include the following:
What are the elements of a great website?
How do I increase traffic to my website and to my business?
Is my website “working” for my business?
How do I market my business on Google, Facebook and Twitter?
COSE Small Business Convention
October 25-26, 2012, Kalahari Convention Center, Sandusky, OH
This is the 7th year for the COSE Small Business Convention. Due to growth, this year it’s been moved to Ohio’s largest convention center on site at the Kalahari Water Park.
Featuring keynotes and numerous workshops, it will also feature the COSE Business Pitch Competition, with Jeff Hoffman of Priceline, and a keynote by Rhonda Kallman, the co-founder of the Boston Beer Company. Continuing Education Credits are available in the following areas: Legal, Accounting and Human Resources
Small Business Expo
November 8, 2012, Los Angeles
Small Business Expo is a full day networking event, trade show & small business conference of the year for business owners, C-Level Executives & company decision-makers.
- Network with other business professionals & check out the exciting exhibitor hall
- Establish new contacts and reconnect with old ones.
- Further your education by attending workshops & seminars.
- Learn about new products and services that will help your business grow.
- Interact with the movers and shakers of your industry.
- Discover new and innovative technologies.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
MacTech Boot Camp
December 5 – Miami, FL
MacTech Boot Camp is a one day event for those that support the home user, and small business market held around the country. MacTech Boot Camp is a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better. This event is geared toward those that already support the home and SMB communities, or that want to become a consultant supporting these areas.
New Media Expo
January 6-8, 2013, Las Vegas
NMX, formerly Blog World & New Media Expo, is the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to providing valuable content for Bloggers, Podcasters and Web TV producers. Pre-register now and receive Super Early Bird rates.
Affiliate Summit West 2013
January 13-15, 2013, Las Vegas
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.
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.