We know, we know! You and your team are heads down everyday trying to grow your business and serve customers. But if you want your business to thrive, from time to time you need to step back, refresh, meet new people and take in new ideas. \u00a0What better way to do that than by attending one of these small business events in the first and second quarter of 2013: * * * * * Online marketing webinars Various dates in January 2013 Check out the upcoming online marketing seminars from MarketingProfs, schedule on various dates in January 2013, including: How to Effectively Engage Your Customers on Facebook, January 10 with Ekaterina Walter How To Become a Trusted Brand and Industry Leader, January 17 with John Morgan 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. Entrepreneur Magazine Growth Conference\u00a0 January 10, 2013, Dallas, TX Entrepreneur Magazines 5th annual Growth Conference features keynote speakers, educational seminars, and the Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, along with the Entrepreneur of 2012 award winners. Grow Your Business in 2013: Free Marketing Pep Talk January 10, 2013, Webinar If you had time for only one marketing task each day, what should it be? In this free tutorial with Marketing Mentor, Ilise Benun, you will learn how spending a half hour every day on one simple marketing task will bring you the work you want. You will also get the kick in the butt you need to make the time. Get a jump on your 2013\u2014sign up now! The One Day Business Jumpstart Event January 12, 2013, Fairfield NJ The One Day Business Jumpstart is presented by Jane Tabachnick, SimplyGoodForBusiness.com and Web1ranking.com. Participating in the One Day Business Jumpstart will help business owners be able to start their year with a strategy and the tools to hit the ground running, prepared to have a great year business-wise, without having to think about what to do next. The full day, hands on event is actually a 3-part program; part training, part brainstorming and part done-for-you- web design service. The program was designed to help entrepreneurs overcome common obstacles including the technology and cost of creating a professional web presence, creating a sales funnel and converting prospects into customers. 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. How to Write Effective Press Releases That Serve Your Brand\u2014and the Media January 16, 2013, Webinar Join PR News and its panel of PR writing experts at its webinar on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, and learn how to craft press releases that meet the needs of the media and your brand\u2014and that rise above your competitors in search results. The PR writing experts at the January 16 webinar will show you how to avoid common mistakes that cause your press releases to get nuked before they get opened in e-mail inboxes and how to apply SEO tactics to help your content get found in Google searches. Growing Your e-Commerce Business Conference January 18, 2013, Nashua, NH If you sell online or hope to, this conference offers sessions critical to building your business. The event is hosted by the NH Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC) and offers informative and timely topics for the online seller. It is sponsored by Citizens Bank Foundation, UNH Cooperative Extension, and New Hampshire Broadband Mapping & Planning Program. Topics to be discussed at the conference include advice on shipping solutions, accepting credit cards online, increasing your online presence, FBI cyber threats, creating videos and product photos, and building your brand across online and in-person environments. The Small Business Expo May 16 - New York June 20 - Dallas October 17 - Boston November 7 - Los Angeles January 16, 2014 - Miami Small Business Expo is the largest nation-wide B2B tradeshow, conference & networking event for Small Business Owners. Business Owners browse & meet in our huge exhibition hall filled with exhibitors showcasing valuable products & services to help their businesses grow, attend small business workshops, seminars & meet-ups, network with other small business owners & entrepreneurs in the cyber lounge & speed networking areas, & watch exciting product demos. InfusionCon 2013 March 27-29, 3013, Scottsdale AZ InfusionCon is a must-attend event for all Infusionsoft customers. There are a variety of sessions geared towards business owners, marketing and sales strategists, developers, administrators and more. Session topics cover a diverse range of topics relevant to small businesses, including Infusionsoft training, marketing strategy, social media, company culture, business management, automation, branding, copywriting, affiliate marketing and more. 2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo May 15-18, 2013, Columbus OH The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo attracts more than 1,200 attendees annually. Entrepreneurs from all over the country come together to take in everything the conference has to offer\u2014from informative sessions, high-powered speakers, networking opportunities, to essential tools for emerging and established entrepreneurs. As the country\u2019s premier business conference and networking event for African American entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and professionals, The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference is the only venue where leaders of the nation\u2019s largest black-owned businesses gather at one place, one time, and with one purpose. Internet Week New York May 20-27, 2013 Since 2008, Internet Week has taken place all over the city, thanks to our many partners hosting diverse events in different locations.The result is a critical mass of web-focused events that raises the profile of NYC's industry as a whole, as well as the partners who participate. 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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