June is speeding by, but don't worry. The rest of the summer is still packed with small business events. Take, for example, the much anticipated Sage Summit 2016 coming to Chicago July 25. (See our list of featured events below.) If you're based in or near the Windy City, you won't have much of a trek. But depending on where your small business calls home, you should start planning now if you hope to attend. The event boasts celebrity speakers including Sir Richard Branson! Plus, of course, there's the great opportunity for learning, training, and networking. Other great summer events include #BlogHer16 in Los Angles on August 4 and the Small Business Market Expo & Job Fair on August 27 in Atlanta. Don't forget the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Awards next week in Washington, D.C. It promises to be a great summer of fun and learning for small business owners and entrepreneurs so don't miss out. 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 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award June 14, 2016, Washington, DC The DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam's Club\u00ae, celebrates the success of small business and honors its contributions to America's economic growth. The Small Business of the Year, 7 regional finalists, and 100 Blue Ribbon winners will be honored on June 14 during America's Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. There are two ways to participate: 1. Nominate a local small business that\u2019s making a big impact in its community. 2. Apply directly if you are a small business that\u2019s committed to your community, employees, and customers. Sage Summit 2016 July 25, 2016, Chicago, Ill. Sage Summit is a one-of-a-kind learning, training, and networking event. Hear from celebrity speakers and dynamic thought leaders. Get hands-on product training and one-on-one mentoring. Then rock out to The Killers! Hear from keynote speaker Sir Richard Branson, a man who has created a magnetic brand umbrella that powers the success of his many businesses with a thoughtful mix of adventure, philanthropy, irreverence and entrepreneurship. In a passion-filled keynote address he joins Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, another serial entrepreneur and champion of small businesses everywhere. #BlogHer16 Conference August 4, 2016, Los Angeles, Calif. Join an exhilarating mix of content creators, social media stars, entrepreneurs, top brands, activists and fans at #BlogHer16! You'll experience inspiring keynotes, up-to-the-minute educational tracks, and of course, fabulous opportunities to network with YOUR community! Small Business Market Expo & Job Fair August 27, 2016, Atlanta, Ga. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with small businesses, market your organization and tap into a network of entrepreneurs, service providers, financial organizations, business coaches, and franchises. #SBMExpo Discount Code VIP (25% off) More Events Collaborative Overload: The New Burnout Factor June 14, 2016, Online Career Nights: Build Careers Worth Having in San Diego June 14, 2016, San Diego, Calif. Cardware June 14, 2016, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Future-Proof Your Career June 14, 2016, San Diego, Calif. DIGIMARCON WEST 2016 - Digital Marketing Conference June 15, 2016, Santa Monica, Calif. Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition June 15, 2016, New York, N.Y. SunDown RunDown Business Pitch Event Series Mansfield - June June 15, 2016, Mansfield, Ohio Get Motivated! Detroit June 15, 2016, Online How To Create A Full-Time Income Online? June 15, 2016, Nashua, N.H. HOW TO START YOUR ONLINE MARKETING BUSINESS IN 2016 June 15, 2016, Boston, Mass. 12th Annual Women's Leadership Conference June 16, 2016, New York,\u00a0N.Y. How To Create A Full-Time Income Online? June 16, 2016, Newton,\u00a0Mass. Winning the Game of Business-Entrepreneur Night June 16, 2016, Las Vegas, Nev. Consultative Selling: Using dialogue to effectively close sales June 16, 2016, New York, N.Y. How To Create A Full-Time Income Online? June 17, 2016, Woburn,\u00a0Mass. Think Pink Mixer - Women's Networking Event June 17, 2016, Pedricktown, N.J. How To Create A Full-Time Income Online? June 18, 2016, Natick,\u00a0Mass. Website Design Classes with WordPress in Lakeland | June 18th June 18, 2016, Online More Contests The Ultimate Small Business Leadership Conference September 21, 2016, San Diego, Calif. Chicago Innovation Awards UN-GALA 2016 June 23, 2016, Chicago, Ill. 15th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards October 25, 2016, Chicago, Ill. This weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.