Learn and Grow Your Biz with These Events and Awards


Welcome to the latest small biz events, contests and awards list.  If you own, manage or work in a small business or startup, or if you are an entrepreneur, we’ve got an awesome list of resources for you.

Below you will find educational events to attend — and opportunities to network with peers and prospective customers.  We also include contests and awards programs that can deliver valuable publicity and even financial resources to grow your company.

This listing is open to the community. All submissions are carefully reviewed for 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

2013 Content Marketing Strategies Conference2013 Content Marketing Strategies Conference
May 07, 2013, Berkeley, CA

Marketing and PR professionals from companies of all sizes will gather at the 3rd annual Content Marketing Strategies Conference, hosted by dlvr.it and Business Wire, to gain practical “how to” advice on content marketing SEO, content distribution optimization, content ROI, and learn from case studies by brands including Red Hat, New Belgium Brewing, FOX’s hit show Glee and much more.


Local University - New OrleansLocal University – New Orleans
May 07, 2013, New Orleans, LA

A half-day search marketing conference educating small businesses about local search. Local University is a training program that travels to cities around the country. The New Orleans event is provided by the local-search practitioner experts, under the support of Google, Search Influence, The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Greater New Orleans, Inc. and Nokia.
Discount Code
NOLAEARLY ($40 Off)


Access to Capital ChicagoAccess to Capital Chicago
May 22, 2013, Chicago, Illinois

Join us at the Navy Pier to learn how you can raise capital for your small business. Meet 1:1 with loan officers. Attend panels on traditional and alternative lending options, start-ups, crowd-funding, and more.
Discount Code
sbtrends (Get 30% off)


More Events

  • Spark And Hustle Tour – Seattle
    April 22, 2013, Seattle, WA
  • Pubcon New Orleans
    April 22, 2013, New Orleans, LA
  • NYCBNG April Business Networking Mixer
    April 23, 2013, New York City, NY
  • The Big Event
    April 24, 2013, Tuscon, AZ
  • RJO Networks Lunch and Learn
    April 24, 2013, Atlanta, GA
  • Future Energy (Silicon Valley)
    April 24, 2013, Stanford, CA
  • BizBlast@Noon
    April 25, 2013, Coraopolis, PA
  • Creating Action Plans – Breaking Large Goals into Smaller Steps
    April 26, 2013, Online
  • Techcrunch Disrupt NY
    April 27, 2013, New York, NY
  • America’s Small Business Summit
    April 29, 2013, Washington, DC
  • How to Use Twitter’s Vine to Create Engagement for Your Brand
    April 30, 2013, Online
  • QuickBooks Tips and Tricks
    April 30, 2013, Online
  • SOBCon Chicago 2013
    May 03, 2013, Chicago, IL
  • SMB Nation Spring Conference
    May 03, 2013, Redmond, WA
  • Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) Program
    May 03, 2013, Chicago, Illinois
  • Maximize Your Business Now “LIVE”
    May 03, 2013, Denver, CO
  • Techspeak for Entrepreneurs
    May 03, 2013, New York, NY

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This weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.



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.