Why not start out the new year right? \u00a0Make it a point to build your skills and those of your team. \u00a0Attend an event and figure out how to accomplish more in your business -- and do things better. \u00a0Below is our first list in 2014 of\u00a0events, contests and awards for small businesses, solo entrepreneurs and growing companies. \u00a0Every item on this list is curated by the editorial team of Small Business Trends, for the highest quality and relevancy. To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar. Featured Events, Contests and Awards Mentoring Roundtable For Entrepreneurs January 9, 2014, Online If you are a serious entrepreneur, register to "pitch" and sell your business idea to Sramana Mitra, founder of 1M by 1M. Expect your pitch to be seen by a larger audience of potential customers, investors, media and entrepreneurs. You'll gain straightforward feedback, advice on next steps, and she'll answer any of your questions. Others can register to "attend" to watch, learn, and interact through the online chat. FREE. \u00a0Register here. 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 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 Consumer Electronics Show 2014 January 07, 2014, Las Vegas, NV Using Contract History & Forecasts to Develop a Government Contracting Strategy January 07, 2014, Chicago, IL 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 Connection Points: Networking with Women in Tech January 15, 2014, Chicago, IL Small Business Expo 2013 - Miami January 16, 2014, Miami, FL Road Map to HIPAA Compliance - Webinar January 16, 2014, Online Is Certification Right for You? January 21, 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 Business Plan Writing Clinic January 29, 2014, Chicago, IL 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 More Contests and Awards SBA's National Small Business Week Awards Deadline 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.