You sit in your office or stay in your shop all the time, and what happens? \u00a0You get stale, that's what! \u00a0You skills atrophy. You miss out on new opportunities. \u00a0Go meet some new people and invest in your skills. \u00a0And send your team members, too. \u00a0Your staff can get stale, and then where would your investment in them be? \u00a0Below is our hand-chosen list of small business events. Sign up for at least one, and get out there and network and learn. * * * * * Small Business Tech Tour October 12 - Phoenix November 1 - Atlanta November 8 - Miami 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. Affiliate Management Days October 9-10, 2012, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Affiliate Management Days is the world\u2019s 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 2012 Small Business Awards October 10, 2012, 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. Now in its 7th year, the Awards gala 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. 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. Women of Excellence Business Conference October 10, 2012, Atlanta 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. New York Business XPO and Conference October 17, 2012, New York City 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. Small Business Influencer Awards Gala October 17, 2012, New York City 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 November 12-18, 2012, 20+ Countries Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world\u2019s 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\u2014introducing 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. Brought to you as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.