Small Biz Events and Conferences

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

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bizcentralwebinars-150x107.jpgGetting Certified Under SBA 8A
May 10, 2010, 3pm EDT, Webinar

Securing Opportunities the Right way with SBA 8A
If you have started a business and are now looking for business opportunities, getting your SBA 8a certification is the next step to success!
There is no better time than now to make the investment and seek SBA 8a certification. With all of the new federally funded project money that is flowing into states, certified SBA 8a small business are at the right place, at the right time.

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!
2010-04-02_1735041.jpgSales Kickstart: Small Business Sales Webinars
May 11, 2010, 11:00am PDT, Webinar

Sales Kickstart is a free webinar series to help the small business owner increase sales. Great prizes for attendees including a free ticket to one of the MarketingSherpa Email Marketing Workshops.
May 11: Email Marketing That Works. This session will explore how to improve your subject lines and create compelling content. Register here.
* What is your content to link ratio?
* Should you automate your email marketing with triggered emails?
* Is HTML or Text-only better?
JYS5D7T8320100212.pngMarketingSherpa’s Email Marketing Essentials Workshop Training
Multi-City Tour

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
prweb_seminar.GIFThrive 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.
Thumbnail image for receivables_exchange.gifWorking 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
Thumbnail image for getlisted.jpgGet Listed “Local University”
May 13, 2010, Minneapolis, MN

Some of the nation’s leading online marketing experts, including representatives from the Google and Bing Local Business Centers, will be on hand for an intensive four-hour crash course in Internet marketing that will help you navigate the possibilities for marketing your business on the web. You’ll learn Search Engine Optimization tips and techniques that will lead to sustained, long-term search engine rankings (and new customers). Use discount code smbtrends at checkout to get $50 off the entrance price.
ungeeked.jpgunGeeked Elite
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.
WillametteAngelConference.jpgWiliamette 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.
gulf_actioncoach.GIFBusiness 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!
missouriventure.GIFEntrepreneur’s Essentials
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
verizon-webinar.jpgImproving Your Current SEO Tactics
May 19, 2010, 2pm EDT, Webinar

In this session on introductory SEO for small businesses, you will hear from 9 experts in the field, who share on:
The biggest mistakes small businesses make with their SEO efforts, and how to avoid them
Fact and fiction about SEO
Tips to improve your copywriting
Practical ways to attract and obtain inbound links to your website
How to target traffic from website visitors from your local area
How social media helps you with SEO
Why paid search is important and a simple rules to help improve sales conversions from it
smallbizbanneremail.gifRochester Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit
May 21, 2010

Join the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce for its first ever Small Business Summit, titled Evolve: Thriving & Sustaining in Today’s Economy. Attendees will be informed, inspired and connected with valuable tools and resources needed in order to grow their new and/or existing business.
The goal of the conference is to increase business ownership that supports a healthy and vital economy. Register here
score_princeton.JPGSCORE Small Business Fair
May 22, 2010, Princeton, NJ

Small business owners looking for advice in these volatile economic times can get help at the Small Business Fair May 22 at the Princeton Public Library. The fair, hosted by the greater Princeton area SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) chapter, will be held in the library’s community room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The main focus of the event, headed by new SCORE president Bill Litchman, is to connect these small businesses and start-up entrepreneurs in the community with the agencies and other resources available to help them succeed and grow in these challenging economic times.
national small biz week.GIFNational 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.
cmc_logo.gifConsulting 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.
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.
experiential_marketing.JPGEnterprise Council on Small Business Summit
June 7-9, 2010

The annual Executive Council on Small Business Summit (formerly the Warrillow Summit) will take place in Las Vegas over 3 days. You’ll have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, participate in engaging forums, discover the latest tips and trends, and gain insights focused on targeting the small business segment. This year’s theme: Experiential Marketing.
uconnect.GIFU 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.
ssa.GIFSocial 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.
Thumbnail image for SCORE_seattle.GIFHow 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)
Topics covered:
* 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!
Thumbnail image for getlisted.jpgGet Listed “Local University”
June 30, 2010, Cleveland, OH

Some of the nation’s leading online marketing experts, including representatives from the Google and Bing Local Business Centers, will be on hand for an intensive four-hour crash course in Internet marketing that will help you navigate the possibilities for marketing your business on the web. You’ll learn Search Engine Optimization tips and techniques that will lead to sustained, long-term search engine rankings (and new customers). Use discount code smbtrends at checkout to get $50 off the entrance price.
To find more small business events, contests and awards, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.
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Laura Leites, Managing Editor,


About Laura Leites

Laura plans and manages Smallbiztechnology's live and virtual events, including the five-city Small Business Technology Tour, now in its third year. She also produces events for clients through her event planning company, L2 Event Production. Her popular roundups of events and competitions for small businesses is published weekly on and Small Business Trends.


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