Autumn Small Business Events List

Every two weeks we put together a list of key events for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The following Small Business Events List for Autumn 2011 contains worthwhile events for those wanting to grow their businesses:


Small Business Technology Tour

October 12 – Salt Lake City
October 18 – Boston
November 2 – Atlanta
November 10 – Chicago is excited to bring you the second annual Small Biz Tech Tour. This event is a full day of information, insight, energy and fun. I’ve got some complimentary tickets for the Mountain View, CA event on Sept 27th – get them here!

  • Attendees will learn:
  • How to boost sales with website analytics
  • How smart companies are using mobile technology to be more productive
  • Why many small businesses are not getting results with social media and what you must do
  • How to stop selling and start publishing content for more sales
  • Why websites and email marketing are not dead, and how to get the most out of yours
  • How local companies are getting more local customers using technology
  • How to increase sales by segmenting your customers


October 10-11, Nashville, TN
November 14-15, 2011, Washington, DC

SocialCrush is a 2-day, hands-on social media business conference for small to medium size businesses. SocialCrush brings industry leaders from such noted companies as Google, Bing, Facebook, Edelman Digital, just to name a few, who provide everyday businesses the know-how, tips, advice and skills to effectively build business through social channels.


Grow Your Business With Government Contracting
October 18, 2011, Dallas, TX

American Express’s Victory in Procurement event is going to be in Dallas.  This event is for business owners thinking of getting into government contracting, or for those already in government contracting who want to know how to get to the next level.  This event is also designed to help business owners network and make connections with teaming partners, prime and sub contractors, and government officials.  Topics to be explored in detail include:

  • Government Contracting 101
  • Getting on the GSA Schedule
  • Leveraging certifications for a competitive edge
  • Researching the right opportunities
  • Developing effective teaming relationships
  • Creating a powerful capabilities statement to pitch successfully

This is a free event but you must register in advance at


Western Mass Business Expo
October 18, 2011, Springfield, MA

As the region’s business publication, The Business Journal of Western Massachusetts believes the businesses and communities that comprise Western Massachusetts should be represented at a region-wide trade show to better promote buying and doing business locally. The day begins with breakfast at 7:30 followed by the Expo’s official opening at 9 a.m. and will feature seminars, speakers, lunch and a high-energy, end-of-day networking event featuring music, food and drink.


Media and Entertainment Investing Conference
October 27, 2011, Coral Gables, FL

Sponsored by The Launch Pad at the University of Miami, this conference will cover trends in early-stage investing, the factors that are most important to Investors when they are considering an investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get investors’ attention, strategies to grow their businesses, additional advice for entrepreneurs and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other investors.


Local University by
November 1, 2011, Western New York

Local University by GetListed.orgSome of the nation’s leading online marketing experts will be in Ellicottville, NY to offer an intensive crash course in Internet marketing. These 4-hour sessions feature experts such as Web design and search consultant Mike Blumenthal; co-founder David Mihm, a Portland, Ore.-based search engine consultant; Mary Bowling, a search engine specialist and corporate trainer since 2003; Matt McGee, executive news editor for Search Engine Land and an independent online consultant specializing in small businesses; Ed Reese, a Spokane, Wash.-based Internet marketing consultant specializing in organic SEO, local search and analytics; and Cecelia Stewart of Google Places.

This is a purely educational event and no sales pitches will be made. Attendees may sign up for free website reviews by the speakers. Get more details and register. Use code MB2011 for a discount.


Fast Company Innovation Uncensored
November 2, 2011, San Francisco

A mixed agenda format will offer attendees a variety of ways to engage with and employ the innovative ideas that come from the scintillating content and unexpected environment.

The event content is aimed toward anyone who thinks of themselves as an innovative business leader including but not limited to the fields of technology, design, marketing, entertainment, venture capitalism, energy, infrastructure, non-


BlogWorld & New Media Expo
November 3-5, 2011, Los Angeles

BlogWorld & New Media Expo is the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio. BlogWorld conference attendees enjoy more than 120 cutting-edge educational sessions presented by leading bloggers, podcasters and content creators, while the New Media Expo provides the only industry-wide new media marketplace for networking, online business and marketing resources.

Register with the promo code SBTVIP20 to save 20% off any conference pass, or use code SBTVIP50 to save 50% off Expo Passes (which include access to the Exhibit hall as well as all keynotes and parties, just like the conference passes).


Recession Proof Sales Training Seminar
November 7, 2011, Woodridge, Ontario

Recession proof your career with this sales training seminar. You will learn how to increase sales, effective communication, customer retention, marketing strategies and how to attract new customers. Location: Paramount Conference and Event Venue, in Vaughan – minutes north of Toronto, Ontario.


Social Media Makeover Forum at Digital Atlanta 2011
November 8, 2011, Atlanta

This half-day, innovative business conference will take place during Digital Atlanta 2011 – a week-long (November 7-11) calendar of events that will focus on the digital and social media scene in Atlanta. The SMB Social Media Makeover Forum will feature three panels of social media experts from leading brands and agencies. These experts will provide advice to three small and mid-sized businesses who will be selected for social media makeovers.


Are You Ready for Walmart?
November 14, 2011, Miami

Getting a product onto the shelves at Walmart could be the biggest thing to ever happen to your business. But with so much at stake, it’s important for you to understand if you are really ready, before investing the time and money in this relationship.

“Are You Ready for Walmart?” workshop is designed to help companies measure their readiness to do business with the world’s largest retailer, then develop a plan. In addition to instruction in the classroom from people who have tremendous experience selling to Walmart, participants will spend time exchanging ideas and information during multiple question & answer sessions.


NY XPO For Business
November 16, 2011, New York City

On November 16th, business leaders from across New York will gather at the world famous Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for the 6th Annual NY Xpo for Business. This highly acclaimed show is expected to draw upwards of 15,000 attendees and over 300 exhibitors as the largest business-to-business marketplace in the region. Free education will be offered throughout the day and will include over 30 quality information sessions covering sales, marketing, advertising, business growth, best business practices, social media and much more!


Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit

November 17 – 19, 2011, Washington, DC

The Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit is the world’s largest, invite-only event that convenes top leaders from the entrepreneurship ecosystem (government, foundations, education, corporations, media, entrepreneur support organizations, and entrepreneurs).

This year’s Summit is being held in Washington, DC during Global Entrepreneurship Week at the US Chamber of Commerce.


America’s Small Business Summit 2012
May 21-23, 2012, Washington, DC

US Chamber Small Business Summit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual event—America’s Small Business Summit—unites small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the country to learn, network, and discuss common legislative and management concerns. Past speakers include former President George W. Bush, General Stanley McChrystal, Small Business Editor of the WSJ Colleen DeBaise, and many more. Attendees help influence our nation’s economic and political agenda by advocating for pro-business policies through the Rally on the Hill portion of the program. The event will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on May 21-23, 2012. For more information and important dates, check the Summit website,


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). Only events of interest to small business people, freelancers and entrepreneurs will be included.

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Laura Leites Laura Leites plans and manages events for clients through her company, L2 Event Production. Laura's projects include the Small Business Influencer Awards, The Small Business Summit, and many of SmallBizTechnology's live and virtual events, including the five-city Small Business Technology Tour.