Some really good events coming up soon, from big conferences to short webinars.
This list of events, conferences and webinars for growing small businesses and entrepreneurs is brought to you every other week by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.
Sales Kickstart: Small Business Sales Webinars
Sales Kickstart is a free webinar series to help the small business owner increase sales. During April, a collection of experts will share their ideas and insights for practical and valuable ways you can sell more today, now. Every one of the 6 Sales Kickstart webinars features a contest with one PRWeb Media package as a prize for one lucky winner in each webinar (value $360). Register for each webinar below, full details in the title link above. All are Pacific time zone.
April 27, 11am. Website Traffic – Under the Hood. What does your website visitor traffic tell you about your sales cycle?
April 29, 11am. Website Conversions – Do you have a clear call to action? – What are the major steps to increasing purchases on your site?
8th Annual Women’s Small Business Expo
April 28, 2010, Los Angeles
Taryn Rose, founder of Taryn Rose Shoes, a high-fashion line of shoes that’s also good for the feet, will give the keynote speech at Women’s Small Business Expo on April 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. She’ll tell women how to brand their way to millions and give them success strategies for this economy.
At the Women’s Small Business Expo women will learn success secrets from top business leaders.
Veteran’s Small Business Conference
April 28, 2010, Cary, NC
Now, more than ever, the federal government is seeking to assist veteran business owners in earning their fair share of government contracting opportunities. With this in mind, the US Small Business Administration, the SBTDC NC Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the NC Military Business Center have come together to provide veterans this informative half-day seminar on how to navigate through the government procurement maze. Information on how to start a business will also be provided.
Who Are Your Best Prospects?
April 28, 2010, 7:00pm EDT, Webinar
You’ve heard that to bring in the big bucks, you should specialize in a target market (or two). And you’ve probably spent some time trying to research a market to focus on. Sign up for this online seminar to help you cull through the information out there and decide which market is right for you.
Join Ilise Benun, founder of Marketing-Mentor.com and co-producer of the Creative Freelancer Conference, to find out:
• How to determine if a market is viable
• How to find the actual (and best) people to reach out to
• How to get their contact information without spending a bundle
• If you should buy a mailing list or subscribe to a mailing list
• How many prospects a freelancer really needs
Michigan Celebrates Small Business
April 29, 2010
Michigan Celebrates Small Business is a premier annual program to recognize entrepreneurs and small business supporters in a variety of categories. The program is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Small Business Administration – Michigan, the Small Business Association of Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center and the Edward Lowe Foundation.
April 29, 2010, St. Louis, MO
Start-up companies and technologies at the “idea-stage” will meet talented people and engage in dialog about the technology and commercialization strategy. Job-seekers can scope out new possibilities. Innovative entrepreneurs can talk to representatives and learn about the community resources available to them. New start-up companies will have representatives who will share their stories of how they got their start-up going (and funded!)
Everyone will learn about what’s happening in St. Louis and who is making it happen. Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, tech professionals, CEOs, students, talent in transition, scientists, investors, policy-makers – anyone who wants to connect with the innovation marketplace in St. Louis.
Internet Business Basics
April 30, 2010, Seattle, WA
Learn best practices for what makes a great website. Several lucky class members’ websites will be critiqued, and everyone can contribute their ideas for improvements. Ideas usually fly, so you’re sure to learn how to make your site all it can be at this event.
SMB Nation Spring Conference 2010
April 30-May 2, 2010, East Brunswick, NJ
The SMBnation 2010 Spring Conference brings an outstanding “balanced blend” of rich technical content and relevant business topics to IMPROVE the professional lives of small and medium business (SMB) consultants, channel partners, resellers and VARs. Directed by leading technical and business authorities (Dana Epp, Andy Goodman, Robert Cioffi, David S. Schafran) this is a community-based conference for “do-er decision makers.” Content tracks include GeekSpeak and BusinessSpeak. And as always, the “peer-to-peer” networking that occurs in Hallway 101 is of the highest value.
SOBCon 2010: Where the Virtual Meets the Concrete
April 30-May 2, 2010, Chicago
SOBCon 2010 is a Chicago-based event that is a think tank of the social web where some of the best minds in the Internet space gather to present models, discuss insights, and determine best practices. We review the changing landscape, identify valid strategies, discuss and develop tactics, report case studies, and share actionable business ideas.
April 30, 2010, Petaluma, CA
The first Social Media Conference to be held in the North Bay, SocialBiz 2010, will be held on April 30, 2010 at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina in Petaluma, California, 30 minutes north of San Francisco. The Conference will consist of morning Seminars, an Expert Panel discussion with Q&A, afternoon Round Table Discussions, Hands-On Workshops, and an evening Networking Reception. Experts in Social Media, Online Marketing and Digital Media will be available to guide you through the process of connecting your business with the online community.
Improve Your Sales by Using Video Online
May 3, 2010, NYC
How would you like to increase your sales? Are you confused about which video sites (You Tube, Vimeo, Facebook) are best in helping you achieve your sales goals? Then this free event is for you. Learn how to become a video star and on camera expert in your field. Learn how to move your business from the red into the black by using video. Learn what style of video (video ad, interactive video, website video) is best for your business. Learn how to expose your business more to your target market. Watch the video above of our last networking event to see what you missed, and mark your calendar. Don’t miss this one.
Prospecting on a Shoestring Budget
May 4, 2010, 12:00pm EDT, Webinar
Every nonprofit leader, solo-preneur, and business owner is a prospector, looking for the gold of new donors or investors, new clients or volunteers. Like the 49ers, you need the right tools to unearth the Mother Lode. And tools there are! Too many and, sometimes, too expensive.
In this free webinar, Prospecting on a Shoestring Budget, Maria Semple, principal of Prospect Finders, will show you how to find the right prospects for your organization on a shoestring budget.
Social Media Success Summit
May 4-25, 2010, Online
Social Media Success Summit 2010 is the web’s largest live online conference that will empower you to use social media to gain more exposure, better engage customers and grow your business. Join 24 experts, including Guy Kawasaki (author, Art of the Start), Chris Brogan (author, Social Media 101), Darren Rowse (author, ProBlogger), Mari Smith (author, Facebook Marketing), Greg Jarboe (author, YouTube and Video Marketing), Kim Dushinski (author, Mobile Marketing Handbook); experts from Best Buy, Home Depot, Whole Foods, Foursquare and Groupon; Steve Rubel (Edelman), Ann Handley (MarketingProfs), Brian Clark (Copyblogger), Jason Falls (Social Media Explorer), Jay Baer (Convince & Convert) and Ramon De Leon (Chicago Domino’s Pizza).
Overhauling Operations at Benjamin Moore Paints with Jack Moore and Terry Phinney
May 5, 2010, 6-8:00pm, New York City
Jack Moore, Former Director, Benjamin Moore Paints will discuss:
* Profile of the family business
* How we doubled the bottom line to $80 million
* Sale of the company to Warren Buffet
Please note: this event is strictly for Business Owners and C-Suite Executives of privately held companies. RSVP required via website.
Latest and Greatest Technology: How to get the most out of new technology products and solutions
May 5, 2010, 2pm EDT, Webinar
Please join Cisco and Verizon for a free, live webinar with Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist and Entrepreneur Magazine columnist. During this one-hour webinar, Guy Kawasaki will discuss his favorite technology tools for small businesses and teach attendees how to harness today’s technology to run a small business more efficiently. Attendees will end the webinar with a firm overview of tech tools that will help shave unnecessary expenses while streamlining employee workflow, saving small business owners precious time and money.
The 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!
MarketingSherpa’s Email Marketing Essentials Workshop Training
Theory works well in a classroom, but how does it translate in the real world? What makes MarketingSherpa’s Email Marketing Essentials Workshop unique is our trusted Case Study approach to learning. Using Case Studies and research as a basis, every tactic discussed during the course has been proven. This one-day workshop is based on MarketingSherpa’s Best Practices in Email Marketing Handbook. You’ll receive a FREE copy ($497 value) to be used as your textbook during the course that you can take back to your office for future reference. Use it as your on-the-job reference guide to build a ‘best in class’ email program that will meet and exceed your marketing goals. Register now to get $100 off regular price of $995.
May 11, Denver, CO
May 13, Seattle, WA
June 21, Chapel Hill, NC
June 25, Atlanta, GA
July 20, Minneapolis, MN
August 10, San Diego, CA
August 13, Phoenix, AZ
Thrive 2010: The Ins and Outs of Online Marketing
May 12, 2010, ONLINE
PRWeb is hosting this all day “virtual” conference starting at 9:00 a.m. We’ve lined up a range of expert speakers including Anne Holland founder of Marketing Profs, Duct Tape Marketing, and Peter Shankman of HARO, among others. $99 to attend.
Working Capital Executive Breakfast
May 13, 2010, Dallas, TX
The No. 1 concern for businesses in today’s credit crisis is liquidity. Register for our Complimentary Executive Breakfast and find out how you can generate working capital to keep your company viable and grow. During the briefing, you will learn how to:
* Increase liquidity in as little as 24 hours
* Take control of your working capital management
* Lower your cost of capital through a competitive marketplace
* Protect your business from increasing DSOs
* Secure financing that is less restrictive than traditional bank financing
May 13-15, 2010, Milwaukee, WI
unGEEKING is the widespread adoption of trends, strategies, and tools that allow us to enhance and embrace internal and external marketing campaigns, enhance customer service, strategize effective sales efforts, and develop better PR campaigns. This nationally-focused event will share a wealth of knowledge, tools and best practices in all those areas and more.
Throughout the three-day event, participants will learn about positioning your internal and external brand; managing inbound and outbound marketing efforts; facilitating online customer relationships; building strategic public relations campaigns; and monitoring social trends among clients and customers. The loose format will be “Take the Mic,” in which attendees are encouraged to ask questions and openly engage in dialogue with keynoters and expert presenters.
Wiliamette Angel Conference
May 13, 2010, Eugene, OR
Attend the first-ever angel investor conference to hit the Eugene community. A highlight of the Conference will be two different types of business plan pitches. All submitting companies must be emerging-growth, and seeking somewhere between $200,000 and $2 million in seed/early-stage funding.
The first set of pitches are wildcards called IGNITE-STYLE PITCHES – where up to six start-ups will have the opportunity to deliver their business plan in 3.5 minutes (13 slides, automatically advance every 15 seconds). The audience votes for the company they think has the most viable business plan. The winner will compete in the main pitch event, and vie for a minimum investment prize of $140,000.
The MAIN PITCH consists of six start-up companies (5 who have been pre-selected, plus the 1 wildcard winner) who each have 10 minutes to deliver their business plan.
Business is Booming Tour
May 17, 2010, Dallas, TX
May 18, 2010, Austin, TX
The Business is Booming Tour, a free event hosted by ActionCOACH’s CEO Brad Sugars, is coming to a city near you. Learn proven strategies to increase sales, grow your business and utilize the five most important metrics to excel in current economic conditions. Register today!
May 20, 4 – 7:00 p.m., Hilton St. Louis Frontenac
The panel will discuss a well rounded approach to business in today’s economy and into the future. The attendees will:
* Learn to build a solid business foundation
* Obtain up-to-date financial and capital insights
* Discover valuable business planning tools and resources
* Access our region’s strong entrepreneurial experience and expertise
National Small Business Week
May 23-25, 2010, Washington, DC
National Small Business Week 2010 will begin with three days of events in Washington, D.C., at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where more than 100 outstanding business owners from across the country will be recognized. In addition to the State Small Business Persons of the Year, individuals involved in disaster recovery, government procurement, small business champions, as well as SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development will be honored.
Highlights of the event this year include: the Keynote speech by SBA Administrator Karen Mills; a town hall discussion on how small businesses are driving America’s economy; and a series of executive panel forums on Innovation, Exporting and Social Media.
Small Business Social Media Summit
June 4-6, 2010
Social media for small businesses presented by people using social media successfully in their business. Affordable summit JUST for the small business. Go home with a social media plan.
Consulting Conference 2010
May 28-29, 2010, Vancouver, BC
Attend the premiere consulting event in 2010 to learn how to enhance your consulting value to your client, yourself, your profession and society.
Drawing consultants from throughout BC and Canada, this lively 2 day conference at Richmond’s River Rock Casino will feature thought leadership events and two networking receptions.
Creative 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.
U Connect 2010
June 7-10, 2010, San Antonio, TX
Small business owners can benefit from this event by learning about barcodes and point of sale processes for their products and networking with a variety of solution providers, industry experts, their customers and peers. Over 20 retailers/distributors will be presenting roundtables and how to do business with them. See the entire list here.
eBay Developers Conference
June 8-10, 2010
At eBay DevCon 2010, the company will provide a myriad of ways for the eBay developer community to learn and interact with one another and with eBay team members and industry experts.
DevCon attendees will learn how to harness the power of eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, in an exciting, engaging, three-day event that will include panels, technical labs, keynote addresses and “birds of a feather” groups where developers who build similar applications or use similar code can exchange ideas.
Social Security Administration Small Business Procurement Conference
June 10, 2010, Baltimore, MD
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will host it’s 3rd. annual small business procurement conference. Conference participants will receive information on the agency acquisition objectives during oral presentations from internal and external subject matter experts. Large businesses seeking to achieve supplier diversity with the small business community are encouraged to participate as exhibitors. Small business advocacy groups will be available as exhibitors to share advice and counsel.
How to Sell
June 11, 2010, Seattle, WA
Develop a successful sales plan for your company. Use market research to react to customer needs and increase your existing client base through referrals.
(Half day workshop 12:00PM – 4:00PM)
* The Selling Process
* How to Sell
* Identifying customer needs
* Making sales calls
FAA Small Business Conference for 2010 – “Moving Into The Next Generation”
June 28, 2010, Oklahoma City, OK
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be conducting their Annual FAA National Small Business Procurement Opportunities Training Conference and Trade Show.
This outreach event is designed specifically for the small business seeking prime, subcontracting, and mentor-protege procurement opportunities. Workshops are information packed and the forums are designed for firms to network with one another as well as with government agency attendees. All types of businesses are encouraged to participate!
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