The year is winding down, for sure. \u00a0Most of \u00a02013's conference and events are done with (although there's still a webinar or two on the schedule!). \u00a0And most of the contests (except for one) are finished for 2013. But now's the time to plan for 2014, and we've got an excellent line-up for you. By attending a conference, seminar, webinar or hangout you can continue your own education. But don't stop with yourself. \u00a0Encourage key employees to also sign up. \u00a0Send them to a conference -- it's a perk for them that shows you value them. \u00a0It's also an investment in your business. \u00a0The more they know, the more value they can add for your business. And as far as contests and awards -- well lots of benefit can be gotten from those. \u00a0Monetary value, public relations and industry recognition, to name a few. So check out our list below. \u00a0 And remember, this is a partial list. \u00a0To see the\u00a0full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar. Featured Events, Contests and Awards Affiliate Management Days San Francisco 2014 March 19, 2014, San Francisco, CA AM Days is the must attend event for affiliate managers who are responsible for their company's affiliate marketing strategy, management and operations. Whether you have an existing affiliate program or you are creating a new initiative, AMDays offers you valuable insight into how other online retailers are successfully implementing and managing their affiliate programs. Topics include: Affiliate program set up; Affiliate recruitment techniques; Affiliate marketing fraud; M-commerce; and much more. Hashtag: #AMDays ICON14 by Infusionsoft April 23, 2014, Phoenix, AZ #ICON14 is the eighth annual conference for small business, hosted by Infusionsoft (previously called Infusioncon). Over 3,000 attendees expected. Confirmed speakers include Seth Godin, JJ Ramberg and Peter Shankman. Hashtag: #ICON14 Discount Code smallbiztrends (Get an extra $100 off) More Events 3 Tricky Truths That Make It Miserable To Be An Experienced Sales Manager At Trade Shows December 20, 2013, Online Aspen Global Investment Forum January 06, 2014, Aspen, CO Google Analytics Grand Tour: Roadmap to Collecting, Reporting and Analyzing Data January 07, 2014, Uniontown, OH SYMPOSIA::2014 Conference for Women Entrepreneurs January 10, 2014, San Francisco, CA Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry: Creating What Will Be January 13, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Kick Off The New Year: Business & Entrepreneur Networking Mixer January 14, 2014, New York City, New York/USA Small Business Expo 2013 - Miami January 16, 2014, Miami, FL Road Map to HIPAA Compliance - Webinar January 16, 2014, Online Take Action. Get A SLAP: Create A One-Year Growth Plan For Your Business January 23, 2014, Online Outlook Tips for Finance Professionals January 28, 2014, Online HIPAA Compliance: Managing the Business Associates Relationship 'Safely' Webinar January 29, 2014, Online Mastering the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules January 30, 2014, Online Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) February 10, 2014, Las Vegas, NV Small Bytes & Apps February 22, 2014, Cambridge, MA 18th Annual North American Shared Services & Outsourcing Week March 12, 2014, Orlando, FL Conversion Conference West 2014 San Francisco March 17, 2014, San Francisco, CA International Conference on E-Technologies and Business on the Web March 18, 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Second International Conference on Green Computing, Technology and Innovation March 18, 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia International Conference on Technological Advances in Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering March 18, 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia SPREE 2014 - Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference April 08, 2014, Las Vegas, NV More Contests 200 Million HP LaserJet Sweepstakes December 24, 2013, Online SBA's National Small Business Week Awards January 17, 2014, Online DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award February 03, 2014, Online This weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.