Upcoming Events for Growing Companies

Lots of great events coming up – from webinars to live conferences.
If you’re in NYC this Tuesday, don’t miss our expert panelists from Drop.io, Microsoft and Google discussing how online apps can help growing companies.
We also have a couple of excellent webinars lined up – Securing Mobile Workers in an Insecure World and How to Use Testing to Improve the Effectiveness of Your Email Marketing Campaigns

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.

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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.

Thumbnail image for tot.jpgGoogle, Microsoft and The Cloud: Growing Your Business with the Power of Online Software
May 25, 2010, New York City

Our expert panelists from Drop.io, Microsoft and Google will discuss how your company can use cloud computing (or hosted applications) as a way to quickly, cheaply, and strategically implement software to power your businesses.
This event – one of the few with these leading execs on the same panel – will help growing companies CLEARLY understand how to leverage online applications.
Whether your business is currently leveraging hosted applications or considering them, this Taste of Technology event is a must attend event.
Taste of Technology Small Business Series, brought to you by the co-producer of the Sixth Annual Small Business Summit, is a fresh series of educational and networking events for small business owners, focusing on technology and making it work for small businesses.
brighttalk.pngSecuring Mobile Workers in an Insecure World
May 27, 2010, 1pm PDT

Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com, will discuss how to safely grow a mobile and flexible workforce.
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.
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How to Use Testing to Improve the Effectiveness of Your Email Marketing Campaigns

June 02, 2010 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (ET), Webinar

Did you know that testing can be the ticket to improve response rates with your email marketing campaigns? Testing enables you to experiment over time with different variables to see what resonates best with your audience, thereby improving engagement and your results.
In this webinar, Wendy Lowe, Director of Product Marketing for Campaigner, will discuss
* The importance of testing
* HOW to employ testing in your next email marketing campaign
* WHAT to test to get the most out of your email marketing.
She will also share examples of how testing things like your subject line, email template, and best day of the week to send can be used to improve response rates.
Columbia Hatch Match 2010

June 3, 2010, New York City

The Hatchery and Columbia University present HATCH MATCH 2010.
Join us for an evening of facilitated networking with New York’s leading web/Internet/IT investors and advisors.
Register in advance for meetings. Walk-ins can join us with cash at door, but not allowed into investor meetings. Investor meetings require pre-registration.
Financing Lean/Agile Startups

June 3, 2010, New York City

We will be dissecting the concept of “lean startups” a trending topic in the startup world if there ever was one. Can any idea be developed “leanly” or only particular types of ideas? Is “lean” a type of startup or a stage of every startup? What does “lean” have to do with minimal viable products, pivots, and customer development? And most importantly, how does “lean-ness” change your financing options. Join us on June 3 and find out from this esteemed panel:
• Murat Aktihanoglu, Founder and CEO of Centrl Inc and organizer of Entrepreneurs Roundtable
• Joe Chin, Co-founder and CEO of SourcePad
• Peter Rothberg, Partner at Duane Morris
• Brad Burnham, Partner at Union Square Ventures
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.
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.
ULS2-150x86.pngSocial Networking Your Business
June 8, 2010

Connecting with the right clients, vendors and partners is fundamental to the success of every business. Networking is the time-tested art of using existing relationships to create new ones. At this event, learn now to accelerate word-of-mouth marketing with the latest social media platforms and techniques. Hear case studies directly from the founders of the most successfully networked companies and make new connections for your business at the same time.
Women’s Business Conference 2010

June 9-11, 2010, Washington, DC

We are emerging from one of the most challenging economies in business history, yet we are still standing as NAWBO’s 35 years of women have stood before us. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate our heritage and re-invent or expand your business through high-level education, tangible takeaways, and valuable connections—and ultimately discover how one woman, one business and one collective voice can and will make a difference… and build a legacy of success for others to follow.
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 verticalresponse.gifVerticalResponse User Seminar
June 11, 2010, New York City

This 4-hour User Seminar is designed for VerticalResponse customers of all levels using the new Wizard and Canvas email creation editors.
What You’ll Learn:
* Email design tips & best practices for emails that get results
* How to build a list of engaged subscribers
* Discover how email and social media work together to expand your reach
* Plus, a keynote from John Jantsch: Award winning social media publisher and author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine.
What You’ll Get:
* A copy of the newly released book, The Referral Engine by John Jantsch
* The VerticalResponse Take Action Kit which includes best practice guides, plus tips to take what you’ve learned and turn it into action
* VerticalResponse User Seminar Certificate of Completion
* Plus, networking with peers and our marketing experts
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
earlystageeast.gifEarly Stage East
June 15-16, 2010, Wilmington, DE

Early Stage East is the one venture conference you don’t want to miss! It is the largest of it’s kind in the mid-Atlantic region, and this year it’s being held at the historic Hotel Dupont, Wilmington, Delaware.
• Network with your peers – Angels, venture funds, private equity and individual investors representing over $5b in capital
• Hear Pitches from the best and brightest – Company applications are carefully screened and only strong, high-growth businesses in Cleantech, Fintech and social media are accepted and then put through a rigorous bootcamp to prepare them for presentation.
• Engage with our VIP guests – Keynote speaker Daymond John, founder of FUBU, star of the Shark Tank and author of The Brand Within; and Josh Kopelman, Managing Partner of First Round Capital and recipient of the 2010 Sal Buccieri Memorial Venture Impact Award
• Join the discussion on Branding and Social Media – Featured panelists include Jeff Pulver from the 140 Conference and Josh Kopelman, talking about what’s next.
• Relax and Enjoy! – The annual Jazzfest will be happening during our conference.
Register early for our special early bird rate. Enter code ESEV at checkout.
webgrrls.gifHow to Plan, Develop & Manage a Great Website Project
June 16, 2010, New York City

In this panel discussion we will have a Project Manager, Web Developer, Web Designer, and an Information Architect/Usability experts share proven strategies, invaluable tips, and industry secrets in how to plan, execute, and maximize your time and resources in creating a great website for your business or startup.
This workshop is for people on both sides of the project:

  • Developers, designers, usability professionals will learn tips & tricks from experts in the field.
  • Entrepreneurs & Business people will learn the process of building a website so they can have more effective communications with their development teams and make sure the development team does not take advantage of you…powered with this knowledge will ultimately save you money.

Use code SMBIZTECH to receive $10 discount when registering online.
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.
June 21, Chapel Hill, NC
June 25, Atlanta, GA
July 20, Minneapolis, MN
August 10, San Diego, CA
August 13, Phoenix, AZ
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.
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Laura Leites, Managing Editor, Smallbiztechnology.com