Small Business Events to Boost Your Company

Check out this list of small business events, webinars and conferences.  It  is brought to you every two weeks as a community service by Small Business Trends and


Small Business Tech Tour 2010

October 25 – Boston
November 5 – Washington, DC
November 9 – Atlanta

Learn how to leverage technology as a tool to grow your business! Brought to you by, this full-day event is for business owners, entrepreneurs and business professionals who want to have fun, network and learn – whether you know nothing about technology or know a lot.


Maximize Your Success – SCORE, HP & Intel: Small Business Workshops
Multiple Dates and Cities

SCORE, HP and Intel provide real insights and simple solutions to help you increase efficiencies, boost your productivity and grow your business.

You will get essential advice on technology-based solutions and marketing strategies that can help your small business, including how to better understand your customers and target them more effectively, how to rethink your marketing in the digital age, and how to manage your marketing to reduce costs and increase sales.

October 27: Washington, DC, area
November 16: Tampa


Inc. Leadership Conference
October 27-29, 2010

Together, Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces will identify and honor those benchmark small and midsized businesses that offer truly innovative, supportive environments, thus achieving significant, sustainable business results. In the June 2011 issue of Inc., Winning Workplaces will name the top private companies that foster a productive work environment and satisfied employees. Join Inc. and Winning Workplaces for three days of exchanging new leadership strategies at the Denver Marriott City Center from October 27 through October 29, 2010.


How Facebook Creates Leads & a Community: A Real Case Study
October 27, 2010, 10:00am PST, Webinar

Social Media isn’t magic but when you take the right steps it can have a significant impact on your business. In this webinar, we will hear first-hand tips & lessons learned from Dan Kalm, an insurance agent who has seen incredible business results on Facebook. This session will be co-moderated by Clara Shih, author of the bestselling social media book The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Market, Sell, and Innovate & Chris Andrew, small business success manager at Hearsay.

This session will cover: The small business opportunity on Facebook; Discussion with Dan about his use of social media & Hearsay; 10 best practices for Facebook pages that result in real growth.


PR+MKTG Camp East
October 28, 2010, New York City

PR+MKTG Camp East is a highly interactive one-day conference. Its goal is to help PR and marketing professionals maximize their impact in reaching new influencers in today’s increasingly socially driven media landscape. Sessions will focus on integrated strategic engagement — ways that organizations and companies can benefit from internal collaboration and aligning communication, customer support, sales, and community management and moderation.


BlackBerry Reseller Road Tour
Multiple Dates and Locations

New York, Tuesday November 2, 2010
Atlanta, Thursday November 4, 2010
Dallas, Tuesday November 9, 2010
San Jose, Thursday November 11, 2010

Meet face-to-face with the BlackBerry team and get the inside track on sales and technical knowledge at the BlackBerry Technology Reseller Road Tour event nearest you. You’ll also be able to discover more about BlackBerry Enterprise Solution Express, gaining in-depth knowledge that will differentiate you as a BlackBerry solutions provider. Each free event is divided into two sessions: sales and technical.


BlueGlass Florida Online Marketing
November 2 -3, 2010

Ft. Lauderdale, FL


BlueGlass FL 2010 is an online marketing conference featuring the top social media and search marketing industry experts to give you the best in topics, trends, strategies and networking possibilities.  Features keynote speaker Peter Shankman of Help a Reporter (



Twitter for Business
November 3, 2010, 8:00pm EST, Webinar

Twitter has changed! This class is for people interested in using Twitter for their business and for those who are already on Twitter but are just getting started. In this class we will cover: choosing your Twitter name, setting up your Twitter account, finding people to follow, hash tags, what you should Tweet and Twitter strategies for success.


American Express OPEN® Government Contracting Procurement & Networking Event
American Express OPEN® Government Contracting Procurement & Networking EventFriday, November 5, 2010

The American Express OPEN Government Contracting Procurement & Networking Event features keynotes by Joseph Jordan, Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development,
U.S. Small Business Administration, and Mark Oliver, MPA, CAPM Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization U.S. Department of the Interior. The conference is designed for for small business owners interested in learning how to do business with the government as well as those who currently count the government as a customer.


L2 Innovation Forum
November 5, 2010, New York City

A day interacting with top entrepreneurs, strategic thinkers, and recognized academics such as Red Envelope and L2 founder Scott Galloway, NJ’s Wine Library’s own Gary Vaynerchuk, and Four Season’s President & CEO Katie Taylor, and other innovators and top marketing talent. The full-day event will address innovation in digital marketing and implications for prestige brands. The Forum will feature: • Never-seen-before research benchmarking brands’ digital marketing efforts • Provocative presentations from thought leaders in industry and academia • On-stage conversations with prestige brand leaders • Networking with senior executives and top MBA students • Cutting-edge product demos


The Make Mine a Million $ Business San Francisco Event
November 7, 2010

This two-day event features our famed Make Mine a Million $ Business competition, where you get to vote for your favorite woman entrepreneurs to win our coveted prize package. Plus, you’ll experience renowned business experts, exciting speakers, provocative panels and fun workshops, and access to a vibrant community of ambitious entrepreneurs growing their businesses just like you.


Entrepreneurship and Small Business Series
Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research
Multiple Dates, Hudson, OH

Entrepreneurship and the Green Economy
November 8, 2010

Dr. Robert J. Hannemann, director of the Tufts Gordon Institute at Tufts University School of Engineering in Massachusetts, discusses entrepreneurship and the green economy.

Numbers Demystified
November 17, 2010

Jim Griggy, Certified Business Advisor at the Ohio Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) at Summit Medina Business Alliance Inc., will explain how to read financial statements using meaningful comparisons and financial ratios.


New York Entrepreneur Week
November 8-12, 2010, New York City

NYEW is a semi-annual event built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, providing an exclusive educational experience for innovation-minded start-ups to multi-million dollar revenue generators.

More than 100 speakers from 40 cities, 15 states and 3 continents converge at NYEW.  New York Entrepreneur Week encompasses five days of innovative and hyper-targeted events, including:

* Inspiring keynote speeches from recognized business leaders
* Riveting panels delivering relevant mission-critical advice
* The flagship RELENTLESS business plan competition


PubCon 2010 Las VegasPubcon 2010: Social Media, Search and Affiliates
November 8-11, 2010, Las Vegas, NV

PubCon Las Vegas 2010 conference is an important gathering of search and social media innovators, offering an unrivaled highly-productive conference experience at cost-effective rates, and with the leading technology and online marketing visionaries. Every attendee will come away with valuable new ideas and solutions for their businesses.

This year’s Kickoff Keynote speaker is New York Times technology columnist, David Pogue. It will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas, and features 28 in-depth sessions, plus fresh keynote speakers every hour. Register.


Nassau Trade Show 2010Nassau Trade Show
November 9, 2010, Woodbury, NY

The Nassau Trade Show 2010 is creating countless opportunities by bringing together premier businesses from Long Island, New York City and the greater metropolitan area with national corporations, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, government agencies, business advocacy groups and the media.


Email Marketing Outside the Gift Box
November 9, 2010, 10:00am PST, Webinar

How to use holiday email marketing to promote your services, drive repeat business, and improve customer loyalty. If you’re not in retail you may think a holiday email marketing program isn’t something you need to think about. But email marketing is about a lot more than convincing people to come to a store or order a product online to put under the tree. Join email marketing expert Melanie Attia to learn about “holiday email marketing for the rest of us” in this webinar that includes practical examples, tips and advice on how you can put the power of both email marketing and the holiday season to work for your business.


Toyota’s Opportunity Exchange
November 10, 2010 Cincinnati, OH

This annual trade fair and seminar brings together Toyota’s Tier I suppliers, who participate as exhibitors, and MBEs who attend as our guests. Toyota believes this one-of-a –kind event demonstrates our commitment to lead by example and pushes the importance of applying creativity to the business of Supplier Diversity.


BYOB 2011 – Build Your Own Business – Become Your Own Boss
November 13, 2010, Philadelphia

Come and spend a day with Melinda Emerson, Smallbizlady, in Philadelphia on November 13th. You’ll plan a strategy to leave your J.O.B. to start your own business; those of you already in your own business will learn new skill sets to take your business to the next level. Whether you’re thinking about starting a business or in your first five years in business, this workshop will give you new perspective on how and what you do.


Global Entrepreneurship Week
November 15-20, 2010

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship. This annual event occurs over the span of one week and includes the participation of entrepreneurial experts, policy-makers, education practitioners and politicians.

This year, GEW will feature thousands of events in more than 100 countries. In the United States, universities, colleges and organizations from all 50 states will connect young people through a variety of local, national and global GEW activities and events designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.


SM@RT Conference
Smart Social MediaDecember 8-10, 2010, Reno-Tahoe, NV

The SM@RT conference features keynotes by David Nour and Scott Klososky, plus more than two dozen presenters speaking on a wide range of social media topics. The conference is designed for business professionals, small businesses, nonprofits and those working in marketing/advertising who want to take their promotions and business strategies to the next level using social media


To find more small business events, contests and awards, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.

If you are putting on a small business contest, award or competition, and want to get the word out to the community, please submit it through our Events & Contests Submission Form (We do not charge a fee to be included in this listing — it is completely free to list your event.) Only events of interest to small business people, freelancers and entrepreneurs will be considered and included.


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.

3 Reactions
  1. Hey Laura, Is there anyway that I can get this on a recording to view later.