Small Business Events – New for 2010

Start off the new year right with this latest list of webinars, conferences and events for growing companies, brought to you every other week by Small Business Trends and


ULS2-150x86.pngJanuary 2010 Entrepreneur’s Forum: PR, Branding, and Buzz
January 7, 2010, New York City

Learn what difference a good (or bad) brand makes for the likelihood of a startup’s success, the importance of a good domain name, the difference between PR and marketing, when to hire a PR agency vs. do it yourself and more. Moderated by John Adams, Founder of BizBriefs


itac_logo.gifBusiness Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs and New Business Owners: Grow Smart
January 11 – February 10, 2010, New York City

Presented by The City of New York and the Kauffman Foundation, this step by step business course is designed to help leaders of existing operating businesses (at least one year) review and reshape their business models to adapt to the challenges they face in the current economic climate. Hands on program for existing NYC business owners and entrepreneurs. Event is free. RSVP: 212-442-2990. Sponsored by ITAC – Industrial + Technology Assistance Corporation. NOTE: No website link, just phone.


bizcentralwebinars-150x107.jpgTop Reasons Small Businesses Fail and Avoiding These Dire Mistakes
January 12, 2010 3PM EST, Webinar

Starting a business is an American dream that can be fulfilling and profitable, but it is not something that should be entered into lightly. For many of the businesses that have failed to pass the “5 year marker”, there are most likely mistakes that they all have in common. Being familiar with and learning how to avoid these abominable mistakes could be the difference between success and failure for your small business. We invite you to spend a valuable and interactive hour with BizCentral USA and take a look at the top 5 reasons many small businesses don’t survive the first five years and ways to avoid these dire mistakes.


How to Procure Government Contracts

January 12, 2010, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research

Rich Delisio of the Ohio PTAC – Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the Kent Regional Business Alliance — will speak on how to obtain government contracts.


ScoreLogoCMYKSCORE Workshop: Using the Internet to Start or Grow a Small Business
January 12, 2010, 6:00-9:00pm, Portsmouth, NH

Subjects covered in this workshop will include: Using the Internet to run you business more efficiently; Tips for building a successful Web site; Tips for improving your Web site’s search ranking; How to advertise your business using the Internet and how to sell products on the Internet. Workshop cost is $30 each for individuals and $20 each for groups of two or more, materials included. For more information or to reserve a seat, call SCORE at 603-433-0575 or visit Sponsored by TD Bank at the SCORE Office, Commerce Way.


ribusplan2010-150x45.jpgHow to Develop Financial Projections
January 14, 2010, 5pm EST, Providence, RI

This workshop will be led by Larry Davidson, principal of Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd. who will take participants through the nuts and bolts of developing financial projections — one of the most challenging elements to develop for any business plan. This workshop is part of a series leading up to the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition starting in April 2010.


ULS2-150x86.pngJanuary Entrepreneurs Forum: Essential Productivity Apps for Startups
January 14, 2010, Boston

This seminar moderated by John Smith, Founder of GeekOffices, will cover the nuts and bolts of running a startup business. Topics include:
– Web apps vs. desktop software: The good, the bad, and the ugly of relying on SaaS for critical business applications.
– Does the today’s startup need a “real” office?
– Dedicated, Shared, VPS, or Cloud – what’s the right hosting choice for your startup?
– SEO – Science or Art? What every startup needs to know about SEO.
– Spending your ad dollars wisely – key considerations for promoting your startup
– Outsourcing – How much of your business can you outsource?


ScoreLogoCMYKSocial Media Event by Greater Phoenix SCORE
January 14 and 15, 2009

The Greater Phoenix SCORE chapter is offering four sessions over two days, including – a special Luncheon Program Featuring Lon Safko, best-selling author of The Social Media Bible. You can register for individual sessions or for both full days for $175. Sessions include:
* What is Social Media: Getting up to Speed – “The Essential Tools” and “How to Use the Essential Tools”
* Success Stories – Social Media Strategy – How these companies are doing it!
* Now the Rubber Hits the Road!! – “Round Tables of Experts”


marketingmachine.jpgBuild Your Marketing Machine
January 20, 2010, Brooklyn, NY

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to grow your business and get new clients, you’ll need a strategy and a marketing plan. Join Marketing Mentor’s Ilise Benun for a hands-on workshop where you will learn which are the most effective, and least expensive, marketing tools for freelancers. Topics will include choosing your target market, breaking into profitable markets, expanding your client base with just a few minutes of work each day, and more.


sherpaemailsummitMarketing Sherpa’s Email Marketing Summit Expo & Awards
January 20-22, 2010, Miami

With targeted event programming that includes dual B2B and B2C learning tracks to meet your specific needs, you don’t want to miss this year’s powerful event. Email Summit ’10 is being built with one thing in mind – that every session, every speaker and every piece of content help you in tangible ways to meet and exceed your goals in 2010.


Get Connected Social Media Seminar

January 21, 2010, Burbank, CA

Timid about Twitter? Flustered by Facebook? Counterintuity, LLC, a Burbank-based full-service marketing company, will hold a fast-paced social media seminar for busy businesspeople that will help attendees learn the basics of social media marketing tools and how to use them to build business.
The seminar will take place at the Holiday Inn Burbank Media Center and includes “Get Connected: A How-to Guide to Getting Started in Social Media Marketing”; immediate social-marketing networking opportunities that will help build your base; a step-by-step copy of the presentation, with notes; and light refreshments. The cost is $89. Pre-registration is required.


vertical responseWhy & How to Use Social Bookmarking for Your Business
Friday, January 22, 2009 10am PDT, Webinar

The amount of content on the internet is astounding. Use social bookmarking to help you organize, save, share, and promote your business online. Join Danielle Strle, a National Accounts Manager at StumbleUpon and VerticalResponse as we go over the basics of social bookmarking. Learn:

  • The basis of a social bookmarking
  • Why you should be using social bookmarking
  • Best practices of social bookmarking
  • How to integrate social bookmarking into your email marketing and other current marketing practices
  • Examples of successful social bookmarkers


northpoint-150x56.gifDisney Institute Small Business Executive Series: Leadership Excellence & People Management
January 24-27, 2010, Orlando FL
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort

The Small Business Executive Series features Disney Institute professional development for small business owners, executives and key staff. In this program you’ll learn the leadership strategies and people management practices that contributed to Disney’s world renowned success, as well as how to adapt them to your own business. Learning is enhanced by literally stepping into Disney’s “living laboratory” of Theme Parks and Resorts for field experiences and an exclusive “behind-the-scenes” tour. Produced by NorthPoint Services.


nybrandlab-150x84.jpgTHE NY BRAND LAB
January 25 – February 15, 2010 (four Mondays 12-3pm), Brooklyn, NY

Mastermind ‘brand lab’ limited to 10-12 small biz owners, hosted by Mary van de Wiel . Roll up your sleeves, rethink your brand & business. Change and manage perceptions, and get a handle on creating a A Brand Unusual for 2010 so your business can thrive. Workshop takes place over four consecutive Mondays (starting Jan 25) from noon – 3pm. $497 registration includes one hour private brand consultation and lunch each session.


Planning your Way to Success: Building an Effective Business Plan from Start to Finish!

January 26, 2010 3PM EST, Webinar

Business plans help grab hold of the vision in which you want your company to be perceived. A well written business plan is the seed to a successful business. It helps you to determine the competition you are up against and most importantly, helps you to get the funding you need for your small business. We invite you to spend a valuable and interactive hour with BizCentral USA and learn how to plan your way to success by building an effective business plan from start to finish.
You’ll learn: Business plan basics, Strategizing your ideas, Understanding competition, and Executing the most important section of your business plan.


inboundmktguniv-150x39.jpgInbound Marketing University
January 26 & 27, 2010, Webinars

Internet Marketing Comprehensive Review
January 26, 2010 at 1:00pm ET

In this class, Mitch Joel, author of Six Pixels of Separation will review all the components of Inbound Marketing. He will touch upon New Media, Consumer Generated Content and Social Media, and how these marketing touch points are helping develop consumers out of conversations.
Social Media for Big Business
January 27, 2010 at 1:00pm ET

After 10 years working at Southwest Airlines as the company’s Manager of Emerging Media, Paula Berg, Southwest Airlines, Linhart PR, has extensive experience in how to manage a large company’s online brand. This case-study driven class will present different lessons in how big businesses can use social media effectively.


January 28-29, 2010, New York

Microsoft’s BizSpark program for startups will be hosting a two day conference and workshop in New York on January 28 and 29. The focus of this event will be Windows Azure (Windows in the cloud). All startups are welcome, whether they use Windows or not. A cash prize of $5,000 will be distributed. Application to attend is available here.


CurrentMom 2010CurrentMom 2010 Conference
Feb. 1-3, 2010, Fort Lauderdale, FL

CurrentMom 2010 is the premier networking and educational event for entrepreneurial mothers. You will:

  • Learn how to start and grow your business
  • Enjoy Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa treatments — included with your registration
  • Explore partnerships with other entrepreneurial moms
  • Troubleshoot your business and marketing strategy

CurrentMom 2010 features two tracks of programming, for entrepreneurs just getting started and those already in business who want to break through to the next level. General sessions will address the issues all mom business owners face. Click here to REGISTER.


burton-morgan-center.jpgTrends For Your Small Business to Capitalize On
February 3, 2010, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research

Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends will speak on the latest trends in the world of small business, what they mean, and how to capitalize on them.


women_ent_bootcampWomen Entrepreneurs Small Business Boot Camp
February 6, 2009, Phoenix, AZ

Celebrate the successes of the mighty micro-business. Expand your expertise, explore new opportunities, gain new resources, mingle with your peers and enjoy this exciting day of education and motivation that will energize, synergize and maximize your success. Sign up today. Hear two inspiring keynote speakers. Learn from nine talented workshop presenters . Visit 45 exhibitors and the speakers bookstore – Don’t miss the exclusive “Meet the Speakers” reception.


National Entrepreneurship Week

February 20- 27, 2010, Across the U.S.

On February 20 – 27, 2010, the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education will sponsor the 4th annual National Entrepreneurship Week. The focus is on entrepreneurship education and there will be events across the United States. (Note: not to be confused with Global Entrepreneurship Week, which occurs every November and is supported by the Kauffman Foundation.) For events, please see the National Entrepreneurship Week website, and click the interactive map.


ribusplan2010-150x45.jpgHow to Write a Business Plan
February 24, 2010, Providence RI

This workshop will provide a hands-on overview of what goes into a well-written business plan that will get read by investors and other people that you need to reach. It will be led by Jack Derby, president of Derby Management Consultants in Boston, one of New England’s foremost business development experts. This workshop is part of a series leading up to the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition starting in April 2010.
How to Present Your Business Plan
March 18, 2010, Providence, RI

This interactive presentation will feature two veteran business developers who have worked with companies throughout New England on growth, turnaround, and acquisition strategies.This workshop is part of a series leading up to the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition starting in April 2010.


growcoGROWCO Grow Your Company Conference
March 14-16, 2010, Orlando, FL

In 2010, Inc.’s GROWCO Conference pulls together a dynamic program with a curriculum designed specifically for the nation’s rising entrepreneurial stars, including smaller organizations that want to make an appearance on the Inc. 5000 and Inc. 5000 honorees that want to break the higher ranks of the list or repeat their success in years to come. High-profile growth experts teach seminars that will give attendees actionable information with which to develop or maintain their own growth initiative. $595 early bird rate through January 15, 2010, $895 after.


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