Upcoming Small Business Events

There are some great events coming up in February and March – don’t miss the early bird deadlines on a few of them. This list of webinars, conferences and events for growing companies is brought to you every other week by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.


blogwell.GIFBlogWell: How Big Brands Use Social Media
February 16, 2009, San Diego, CA

Featuring case studies on social media programs from Starbucks, USAA, Clorox, Intuit, Avery, State Farm and Community Medical Centers. Brought to you by the Social Media Business Council and Gaspedal. (Although this event is about large businesses, it could be valuable for those of you who provide social media services to large businesses.)


blacberry_sbseries.jpgBlackBerry Small Business Success Strategies Webinars
February 16, 18, 23 and, 25, 2010, 1pm EST, Webinar
BlackBerry is hosting a series of four webinars aimed at helping small businesses like ours tackle some of the challenges we’re faced with today. Register here for one or all of the series.
Tools and Tactics for Connecting with Today’s Customers
Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 1pm EST
Brent Leary, Partner – CRM Essentials
Building a “Customer-First” Company
Thursday, February 18, 2010, 1 pm EST
Rick Spence, President, Canadian Entrepreneur Communications

Building a “Customer-First” Company

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 1pm EST
John Jantsch – Author of Duct Tape Marketing
Moving Your Business Forward Even When the Economy Won’t Cooperate
Thursday, February 25, 2010, 1pm EST
Anita Campbell – CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Small Business Trends


startupriot.pngStartup Riot 2010
February 17, 2010, Atlanta, GA

Throughout this one-day conference 50 startups will take the stage and present themselves in 3 minutes and 4 slides. Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day. Click here to apply to attend or apply to present.


American Express OPEN Women’s Business Summit
February 17-18, 2010, Houston, TX

The New Rules of Doing Business for Women Entrepreneurs
Through the New Rules Summit, women entrepreneurs can learn what it’s going to take to thrive in the new economy by receiving real advice, business coaching and networking opportunities.
All registrants have the ability to attend sessions in any of the three conference tracks:
* The New Rules of Doing Business Seminars
* Make Mine a Million $ Business Workshops
* SCORE Speed Coaching Sessions


learnaboutweb.gifLearn About Web
February 18, 2010, Kennewick, WA

Local and nationally-known online marketing experts will present a one-day seminar for small business owners. Learn About Web is scheduled February 18 at the Home Builders Association building on Clearwater Avenue. This full-day seminar is $99 through February 12. Sessions will focus on SEO and local search (Google Maps, etc.), social media (Twitter, Facebook), blogging, and web design.


intuit-community2.jpgMake 2010 Your Most Profitable Year Ever
February 18, 2010, 10:00AM PT, Webinar

These days customers are pulling back and others are holding off on spending. That’s put pressure on small business profit margins. Times like these are perfect to take a long hard look at our business practices to see how to become more profitable. In this webinar, Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends, together with guest “profitable growth” expert Andy Birol, will outline practical strategies you can do TODAY to lead to higher profits and growth with profitability. This webinar is not about theory – but practical techniques you can start applying today.


frederick.JPGNew Media & Technology Conference
February 19, 2010, Frederick, MD

Interactive seminars will provide an intensive review of strategies and tools that businesses can use to reach out to customers and grow their bottom line. Featuring breakout sessions for beginning, intermediate, and advanced participants on topics such as Twitter, Facebook, email campaigns, blogging, and more. Those with little or no experience will have as much to gain as those who are skilled users! Keynote “How is new media & technology changing the way we do business?” by Shashi Bellamkonda, Social Media Swami at Network Solutions.


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.


entnurs.GIFStart-a-Business Base Camp
February 20 – March 20, 2010, Toronto, ON

Are you a woman entrepreneur who is ready to move forward with launching a business? In this 5-week workshop, we’ll take your vision from raw to ripe, guiding you through all the steps required to launch a successful business.


Social Commerce Camp Washington DC

February 20, 2010 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

A FREE educational grassroots event for Small businesses, online merchants and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business. Speakers include Shashi Bellamkonda, Social Media Swami, Network Solutions, Steve Fisher of browncoatsmovie.com and Shonali Burke, Principal Shonali Burke Consulting & Editor of http://womengrowbusiness.com.


sbsi.jpgHow Small Businesses Can Leverage Social Media
February 23, 2010, 8 to 10pm EST, Tweetchat #sbbuzz

Timed to coincide with the release of third Small Business Success Index Report, this tweetchat will take place on Twitter, in the evening from 8 t0 10 PM Eastern U.S. time. Anita Campbell, Editor of Small Business Trends will moderate the discussion to provide additional insight on how to effectively use social networks to generate results. We’ll discuss findings of the Small Business Success Index relevant to social media usage during the chat, also. Also participating will be Shashi Bellamkonda, Social Media Swami of Network Solutions. Use the hashtag #sbbuzz.


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Boosting Email Marketing Results: Learn the Keys to More Effective Campaigns

February 24, 2010, 2pm EST, Webinar

Have you found the results from your email marketing campaigns have hit a plateau? Have response rates waned, sales declined or there is a general lack of engagement from your audience?
Often times it’s about getting re-acquainted with the email marketing basics we’ve taken for granted over time. We’ll discuss taking a step back from your email marketing campaigns to look again at the basics: subject lines, from name, email design, copy and more. Brought to you by Campaigner and Smallbiztechnology.com


intuit-community2.jpgOnline Tools for Strong Offline Relationships
February 24, 2010 10:00AM PT, Webinar

Social media and online tactics are often viewed as tools to be used by global brands or companies primarily focused on Internet based services. The fact is social media tools and online technology allow even the tiniest operations to build stronger relationships with existing local customers, suppliers and prospects.
This session features John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing and covers: • How to create local community with online groups • How to access local bloggers and local media • How to use online communities to create offline events • How to mine social media platforms for local leads • How to enhance local search engine placement.


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.


vertical-response-150x82.pngHow to Make Social Media & Email Work Together
February 26, 2010 10am PT, Webinar

Social Media has become a very important part of business. It can no longer be something you have heard of and needs to be something you are doing for you business. Join Janine Popick, CEO of VerticalResponse to discuss how to make social media and email marketing work together.
– An overview of social media
– Best practices for social media
– How to get more followers and email subscribers by using email and social media together
– How to make sure all audience receive and read your messages
– Example of businesses that have successfully integrated social media and email marketing


intuit-community2.jpgTurn Clicks into Conversations & Relationships
March 10, 2010, 10:00AM PT, Webinar

It takes more than a tweet to turn a follower into a customer, and a customer into loyal advocate. This webinar featuring Brent Leary will cover tools and techniques needed to turn content into conversations, conversations in the exchanges, and exchanges into long lasting customer relationships. Areas of focus will include tools for social listening, automating content creation and distribution, and steps for enhancing your customers’ experiences with your company by facilitating opportunities for them to connect with each other.


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.


sbs2010logo.jpgFifth Annual Small Business Summit
March 16, 2010, NYC

The Summit is for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to meet the challenges of the new economy head-on and THRIVE in 2010. Our theme this year is Business & Technology: Strategies for the New Economy.
We have some incredible speakers lined up for this year’s Summit, including Seth Godin, who will be talking about being indispensable to your customers. The Summit is always about generating great ideas from some of the best talent in the business world, but also about networking, making profitable connections and having fun.
New this year is the Small Business Strategy Award. One attendee will be recognized for entrepreneurial strategic excellence that has led to significant increased profits, expanded market and/or improved market position. Apply directly online.

Early bird registration (before March 1st) is $149 for the all day event.


njnawbo.GIFE-3…Engage, Empower, Energize
March 18, 2010, Newark, NJ

A no charge full-day conference for experienced business women seeking to grow their businesses. Breakouts, individual consulting, “Pitch-it” contest, keynotes, etc. This will be at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and will include breakfast and lunch. Sponsored by New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners’ Women’s Business Center.


PolytechnicInstituteofNYU.jpgThe Stimulus Package: Update 2010
March 24, 2010, Brooklyn, NY

This seminar, moderated by CNN contributor and president of Optimum Capital Management, Ryan Mack, is designed to show you how you can still benefit from stimulus funds. Panelists include Ann Kayman, CEO at New York Grant Company; Bruce Niswander, director of the Office of Innovation, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship at Polytechnic Institute of NYU; and Michael Williams, dean at the Graduate School of Business at Touro College who will discuss the following:
* The Stimulus Program: What’s the impact on the economy so far?
* How can I still benefit from the Stimulus bill?
* How will the government’s proposed three-year spending freeze effect small business and how can businesses plan now?
* What are smart, “hidden” ways that businesses can save more money in the “new” economy?


usdoe10.GIFThe 11th Annual Department of Energy Small Business Conference & Expo
May 10-12, 2010, Atlanta, GA

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, is proud to present The 11th Annual DOE Small Business Conference & Expo, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA, May 10-12, 2010.
The event will feature plenaries, educational workshops, an Exhibit Hall with 200+ exhibitors/sponsors, as well as business matchmaking sessions. Over 1,600 attendees will represent all levels of federal, state, and local government agencies, the small business community, large/prime contractors, and many more!


ConfLogo2010.gifCreative Freelancer Conference
June 5-6, 2010

The Creative Freelancer Conference is the first and only full-scale business conference for self-employed creative professionals. The goal? To help you maximize your freelance income by sharing best business practices and sage advice from seasoned solopreneurs who’ve learned through experience what works, and what doesn’t. The program is geared toward freelance graphic designers, copywriters, illustrators and photographers, as well as solo practitioners of interactive, interior and industrial design. Anyone who makes a living selling creative services on a freelance basis (or would like to) will benefit.

Early bird pricing through March 12.


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, Managing Editor, Smallbiztechnology.com