October is a busy time for events. This week, the premier small business convention of the Midwest, produced by the Council of Smaller Enterprises, is taking place in Ohio. \u00a0ICE Retailer, with awesome insights and pointers for online sellers, and produced by thought leader John Lawson and his company (Colder ICE Media), takes place in Atlanta. \u00a0Ascend Digital, produced by AWeber email communications, takes place this week in Philadelphia. If that's not enough to get you excited -- there are two combined events in New York not to miss. The Small Business Summit, now in its 9th year and produced by Ramon Ray and SmallBizTechnology, has an educational and inspiring lineup. \u00a0This takes place in Manhattan, at the gorgeous renovated CUNY Graduate Center, just one \u00a0block from the Empire State Building. And the Small Business Influencer Awards Gala is co-located with the Summit. \u00a0The Awards Gala takes place in the evening, where we will be recognizing the winners. \u00a0The Small Business Influencer Awards Gala is a co-production of SmallBizTechnology.com and Small Business Trends. This is a stellar networking event, and all are invited! More about these exciting events -- and others for the month of October 2014 -- appears below. Welcome to our latest curated list of events, contests and awards for small businesses, solo entrepreneurs and growing companies. 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 COSE Small Business Convention 2014 October 22, 2014, Sandusky, OH The 9th annual Small Business Convention is the premier event for small businesses in the Mid-West. Networking, education and continuing education credits are all provided. Produced by Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE). Hashtag: #smallbizcon Small Business Summit October 22, 2014, New York, NY The 9th Annual Small Business Summit Takes place in New York City at the CUNY Graduate Center. The Summit is an oasis where small business owners and entrepreneurs have a unique experience where they can learn and network. \u00a0The Small Business Summit is the only Summit of its kind - BY small businesses and FOR small businesses. Also stay for the Small Business Influencer Awards Gala, immediately following on the evening of October 22. \u00a0Be in the same room with key small business influencers. Co-founders Anita Campbell and Ramon Ray will be in attendance. \u00a0Hashtag: #SMBinfluencer ICE Retailer Conference October 23, 2014, Atlanta, GA Whether You are Selling Goods or Services - You Can Make More Money Selling on the Internet! Maybe you\u2019ve been online for years. OR Maybe you just got started! Let\u2019s face it! The best way to learn how to do something is to talk with people who are already doing it successfully! YOU need to get together with people who are making MILLIONS at doing what you want to do and let them give you their secrets of how they\u2019re DOING IT! 10 Masterminds: Network live and connect directly with nine of the best minds in eCommerce, Internet Marketing, Promotions, SEO, Web Development, Conversion and eBusiness today. Whether you\u2019ve been selling on the Internet forever or if you\u2019re just getting started taking your bricks and mortar into cyberspace or you\u2019re just about to launch your first ebusiness venture, you want to have the best people giving you the best and latest information out there to help you get the biggest bang for your buck! Hosted by John Lawson, Colder ICE Media. Hashtag: #ICERetailer Ascend Digital Marketing Summit by AWeber October 23, 2014, Philadelphia, PA ASCEND is a two-day marketing summit hosted by AWeber Communications. Speakers include Ann Handley, Marcus Sheridan and other online marketing experts. Topics include: email marketing and deliverability, advanced content marketing, conversion optimization, affiliate marketing, SEO, and social media marketing. AWeber customers will also have the opportunity to consult with AWeber experts and solutions team members to enhance their email marketing efforts. More Events Ignite Business Conference October 20, 2014, Las Vegas, NV Core Four Business Planning Course October 20, 2014, Moon Township, PA Signpost, OnDeck and Wix Host Small Business Networking Evening October 21, 2014, New York, NY QuickBooks Connect 2014 October 22, 2014, San Jose, CA ASCEND 2014 Digital Marketing Summit October 22, 2014, Philadelphia, PA Her Corner Speaker Series: Getting Press For Your Business October 22, 2014, Washington, United States Supplier Diversity at Amgen | SupplierEdge Webinar October 22, 2014, Online Digital Hollywood: Social Media Conference Los Angeles October 23, 2014, Marina del Rey, CA Startup Marketing Conference San Francisco October 23, 2014, San Francisco, United States Education Series Seminar: Improving your BAT-ing Average October 24, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA Shapeways Small Business Bootcamp October 24, 2014, New York City, NY How To Avoid Penalties for Fraud or Abuse In Your Health Care Practice October 28, 2014, Online BizBash Live October 28, 2014, New York, New York Upcoming HIPAA Audits - How To Avoid And Be Prepared October 29, 2014, Online Supplier Opportunities with Hilton | SupplierEdge Webinar October 29, 2014, Online Building Your Financial Team October 29, 2014, Chicago, IL, United States The A to Z's of HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules October 30, 2014, Raleigh, United States Live Q&A with SMB Technology Experts at Women Business Owners Conference October 30, 2014, Newport Beach, ca Advanced Course: HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules October 31, 2014, Raleigh, North Carolina This weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.