Here is our hand-picked list of small business events for the rest of 2012 (in fact, into early 2013). Yes, we know the Holidays are coming and you may be distracted. But don’t let the Holidays interfere with enriching your education, and the education of your team — and networking with other business owners.
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Engage and Convert with Video and Social Media 
November 6, 2012, Online
During this free seminar you’ll learn:
How social media and online videos can work hand-in-hand
How to use video and other earned media to increase ROI
Tools to manage cost and time-to-market challenges facing those with a content strategy
How to Create a Website that Sells 
November 6, 2012, Online
Find out how you can build a website that engages your online visitors and turns them into sales opportunities. Join sales expert Jill Konrath and Meghan Anderson, Product Marketing Manager at HubSpot, for our upcoming webinar that will discuss how you can build a website that sells. After watching this webinar you will be able to create a website that:
Attracts high-quality traffic and leads
Showcases your expertise and value
Breaks the status quo barrier
Moves prospects through sales funnel
This conference is a “must attend” event if you are currently or considering doing business overseas. In this half-day program, you will walk away with knowing:
What is the effect of the Euro crisis on global trade and your business?
What opportunities there are for your business in the global market
Whether your business is ready to go international
The secrets of how others have done it from 3 successful global business owners
Key elements for successful expansion
Collective Connective No. 2 
November 7, 2012, Toronto & Online
You’ll hear from a great line-up of speakers in a rapid-fire, pass-the-microphone format that will keep things very lively and interesting.
Technology journalist/broadcaster Jesse Hirsh will also be delivering a keynote address, “Exploring the Future of Work.” And from there, the evening turns into a big party with live music, a creative collaboration experiment and more!
Small Business Tech Tour 
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.
Build Your Presence; Build Your Business! 
November 8, 2012, Online
Need to step up your social media marketing but don’t have enough followers to move the needle? New York Times small business expert Melinda Emerson and Vocus are here to help.
Melinda’s tips and tactics help thousands of businesses build their social media presence in less time, with less effort – and she aims to help you, too.
Veteran’s Transitioning to Entrepreneurship Annual Conference 
November 8, 2012, Hampton, VA
This conference is part of an ongoing effort by the SBDC and its resource partners to reach members of the military community including active-duty service members, veterans, transitioning active duty service member, Disabled veterans who are either in business or interested in starting a business.
Topics to be covered includes launching a new product, Starting a new business, Structuring your business ,Merchant Accounts, Doing business with the states and much more. Lenders will also be on hand to provide information on working capital loans for start-up and existing businesses.
On November 8th and 9th, Reboot America will launch its inaugural summit in the afterglow of the 2012 Elections in Washington, DC. This unique time and place will give startups and corporations the opportunity to grow their networks while discussing innovative solutions to help spur business and economic growth in America.
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.
Attracting Customers When They’re Ready to Buy 
November 13, 2012, Online
Pitney Bowes and Google are teaming up to host a live-streamed panel discussion focused on what businesses can easily do to attract and capture the customer who is ready to buy. With customers gearing up for the holidays and many businesses planning out their end-of-year spending, now is the time for businesses to ask themselves two very important questions: How will I attract these customers? And how will I get them to buy from me? A panel of small business experts and successful business owners will share advice and action steps for easy-to-implement tactics to help business owners attract customers who are ready to buy now through marketing and search. Questions will be taken from the online audience. #SMBmagnet
Still Time to Get Your Business Prepared for the Holidays!
November 14, 2012, Online at Twitter, 8 pm Eastern
- Add Holiday signage and banners to catch shoppers’ eyes
- Send postcards and distribute flyers about special Holiday inventory or special offers
- Print Holiday greeting cards and mail them
- Arrange for client gifts and get them shipped
- Verify your staffing and shipping arrangements to make sure you are prepared
This chat is sponsored by FedEx Office. To participate, go to Twitter.com, and follow the hashtag #FedExSmallBiz. To participate, use the hashtag #FedExSmallBiz in your tweets.
Take Your Marketing From Good to Great 
November 14, 2012, Online
This virtual event gives access tips from 40+ marketing experts on how you can:
- Optimize Your Top of Funnel Activities
- Improve and Expand Your Online Advertising Efforts
- Align Sales and Marketing Teams
- Integrate and Measure Social Media
Discover what it takes to succeed and how your company can take advantage of proven marketing approaches and technologies.
WEDC 2012 Women’s Business Networking Event 
November 14, 2012, White Plains, NY
Join WEDC for an evening of strategic networking and business building opportunities for women entrepreneurs. The Power of Failure, featuring keynote speaker Dal Lamagna, Founder of Tweezerman, CEO & President of IceStone. Proceeds from this event will be used to support vital programs and services to help emerging women-owned business achieve success.
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.
AME Small Business Conference 
December 10-12, 2012, Grapevine, TX
The SAME Small Business Conference is designed to promote partnerships and contract opportunities between small businesses and Department of Defense (DOD) agencies as well as networking opportunities between small and large businesses. SAME is proud to bring together high-ranking representatives from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy who all share a common goal of helping small businesses succeed in the DOD market.
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.