Small Business Conferences, Webinars and Events

This week’s list has some really good opportunities to learn and network, whether you get our there to one of the big conferences or log in from your desktop.
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

* * * * *

Thumbnail image for business_matchmaking.GIFWestern Regional Business Matchmaking
August 17, 2010, San Jose, CA

Presented by HP, American Express OPEN and American Airlines in cooperation with the California Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the California Small Business Development Centers, the Business Matchmaking Western Regional Face-to-Face Event will be hosted at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose located in San Jose, CA on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Participating firms will receive advance education and tools to prepare for face-to-face meetings with buyers from federal, state and local government agencies and major corporations.

bizcentralwebinars-150x107.jpgMaximizing the Inbox: Starting your Business off on the Right Foot with Email Marketing
August 17, 2010 3PM EST, Webinar

E-mail remains the number-one online activity of Americans and can deliver a higher return on investment than methods such as direct mail and advertising. By adopting the right strategies and practices now, you can maximize the inbox to capitalize on acquiring new customers and retaining current ones. They invite you to spend a valuable and interactive hour with BizCentral USA and learn step-by-step effective strategies for implementing successful email marketing campaigns.
Thumbnail image for techtherapy.GIFLinkedIn for Business
August 17, 2010, 8:00pm EDT, Webinar

Are you aware of all the new LinkedIn changes? In this class, The Technology Therapy Group will cover: how to create a profile, properly introduce yourself, promote your business using questions and answers and effectively create, join and network in groups.
Thumbnail image for Campaigner-Logo-Final.jpgCustomers for Life: Developing Loyalty Through Email Marketing
August 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT, webinar

As a small business, how do you develop customer loyalty using email marketing? In this webinar, Wendy Lowe, Director of Product Marketing for Campaigner, and Ramon Ray of will discuss the importance of loyalty to your business, understanding your customers to personalize and segment your messages, basic trigger marketing, how social media can complement email marketing to enhance loyalty, the importance of testimonials, how to use your loyal customers to help grow your grow your email contact list, and more.
Thumbnail image for inclogo.gifBusiness Across Borders
August 18, 2010, Houston
August 19, 2010, Los Angeles

At the Business Across Borders event series, brought to you by Inc. and DHL, you will have the opportunity to meet leaders from America’s fastest-growing international companies. These Inc. 5000 self-starters are running some of the most exciting and diverse organizations in the world. They will distill their expertise and equip you with the tools to grow your company and increase your profitability. The evening will include interactive events, a panel discussion, extended question and answer session, and a generous timeframe for you to network with like-minded entrepreneurs in your city.
Thumbnail image for hp_intel_score.JPGMaximize Your Success – SCORE, HP & Intel: Small Business Workshops
Multiple cities & dates

SCORE, HP, and Intel provide real insights and simple solutions to help you increase efficiencies, boost your productivity and grow your business.
You will get essential advice on technology-based solutions and marketing strategies that can help your small business, including how:
* To better understand and target your customers more effectively.
* To rethink your marketing in the digital age.
* Managing your own marketing can reduce costs and increase sales.
8/18: Nashville
9/14: Chicago
10/14: San Antonio
10/20: Minneapolis
10/27: Washington, DC Area
11/16: Tampa
Thumbnail image for hubspot.jpgThe Science of Presentations With Dan Zarrella
August 19, 2010, 1:00pm EDT, Webinar

Want to master the skill of presenting? Reserve your spot today for this free, live webinar to learn how a scientific approach toward presentations can turn you into a marketing star, and you’ll also receive the complimentary eBook with original survey data.
wipp.JPGLeveraging Free or Low-Cost Business & Collaboration Solutions
August 19, 2010, 3:00pm EDT, Webinar

All organizations need a way to effectively and efficiently organize their content (documents and email), regardless of size. In this course you will learn how you can get some of the same benefits as larger competitors to maintain competitiveness, and uncover new opportunities. The discussion will include Phone, Instant Messaging, Email, Document Management, Collaboration, Workflow, and Financial / Accounting.
bizcentralwebinars-150x107.jpgCorporate Social Responsibility: No Business is too Small to Become a Good Corporate Citizen
August 24, 2010 3PM EST, Webinar

Companies that have created corporate foundations have discovered that partnerships between private enterprise and public interest can produce profitable outcomes for all. The numbers indicate clearly: companies large and small do well by doing good. You are invited to spend a valuable and interactive hour with BizCentral USA and learn how to create a foundation for your small business!
Thumbnail image for wipp.JPGWomen Accessing Capital Training: How to Build Your Presentation for the Bank/Investors
August 24, 2010, 3:00pm EDT, Webinar

Ready to talk to a bank or investor? Create a strong presentation and compelling pitch to close the deal. This webinar will step through exactly what you need to know in order to get the investment your business needs.
wasp.jpgMarketing Tools for Small Businesses
August 26, 2010 1:00 pm CDT, Webinar

Looking for better ways to reach your customers, without spending a fortune on marketing? Join Wasp Barcode and entrepreneur, author, and small business marketing expert David Siteman Garland, for a webinar on simple, affordable small business marketing tools. We’ll focus on topics including social media, effective strategies for competing with industry “Goliaths”, and becoming a trusted resource for your customers.
Thumbnail image for techtherapy.GIFAdvanced Facebook for Business
August 31, 2010, 8:00pm EDT, Webinar

Delve deeper into the world of Facebook for business with the Technology Therapy Group: how to create lists to organize your friends, change and customize your news feed, install applications to your page and profile, and create ads for your business.
bizcentralwebinars-150x107.jpgTop Reasons Small Businesses Fail: How to Avoid These Dire Mistakes
September 7, 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. 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.
hudsonlibrary.JPGEntrepreneurship and Small Business Series
Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research
Multiple Dates, Hudson, OH

Workplace Behavior Explained: are entrepreneurs born or made?
September 7, 2010

Scott Shane discusses his latest book, Born Entrepreneurs, Born Leaders: How Your Genes Affect Your Work Life. Find out if you are a born leader, risk-taker, communicator and entrepreneur and how you can capitalize on these inherent attributes.
Idea Selling
October 5, 2010

Greg Graham of the Kent State University School of Business talks about “Idea Selling” and how to put it to work for your business.
Akron Archangels Investment Network: small business funding options.
October 18, 2010

John Myers of the Akron Archangels Investment Network will explain how “Angels” and venture capitalists work as small business funding options.
Entrepreneurship and the Green Economy
November 8, 2010

Dr. Robert J. Hannemann, director of the Tufts Gordon Institute at Tufts University School of Engineering in Massachusetts, discusses “Entrepreneurship and the Green Economy.”
Numbers Demystified
November 17, 2010

Jim Griggy, Certified Business Advisor at the Ohio Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) at Summit Medina Business Alliance, Inc., will explain how to read financial statements using meaningful comparisons and financial ratios.
Brooklyn Trade Show

September 14, 2010, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Trade Show is creating countless opportunities by bringing together premier businesses from Brooklyn, NYC, Long Island and the greater metropolitan area with national corporations, entrepreneurs, non-profits, government agencies, business advocacy groups and the media.
Thumbnail image for inclogo.gifThe Way I Work: A Network and Learn Business Series
Multiple Dates and Cities

Sep 14: Chicago
Sep 23: New York
The evening will include an interactive discussion based on the Inc. Magazine column ‘The Way I Work’, followed by a moderated question and answer period. You will have the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs in your city over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Thumbnail image for brooklyn_bus-expo.jpgThe Brooklyn Business Expo 2010
September 15, 2010

The Brooklyn Business Expo 2010 is an exciting one day business to business event. Join over 100 exhibitors looking to meet new clients, generate sales leads, attend business seminars and network in one spectacular day at Steiner Studios. The Brooklyn Business Expo 2010 will bring together the brightest business leaders from the most dynamic companies throughout Brooklyn and the adjoining counties.
September 18, 2010 – Seattle, WA
September 24, 2010 – New York City
October 23, 2010 – San Francisco, CA

BizTechDay is one of the fastest growing business and technology conferences where inspiring entrepreneurs share practical business and technology strategies. Their goal is to inspire, educate & connect entrepreneur through the power of real-time interaction. Their purpose is to bring innovative and practical ideas and help grow a new generation of entrepreneurs. If you’re in one of these cities, or nearby, this is a must-attend event.
Thumbnail image for fordham_university.GIFHigh-Growth Startups Featuring the Founder of Gilt Groupe
September 20, 2010, New York City

Hear Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (HBS ‘04), Founder of Gilt Groupe, discuss her experience as an entrepreneur in the exciting world of fashion.
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is a Founder of Gilt Groupe and its Chief Merchandising Officer. She has twelve years of international experience in the luxury goods, retail and finance sectors. Most recently she oversaw retail operations at BVLGARI overseeing 15 North American stores. Prior to that Alexandra managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America.
Thumbnail image for nml-events-logo.pngNew Marketing Experience – Chicago
September 21, 2010

Imagine a world where you can take your One Big Idea™ and tap over 100 other participating conference attendee and experts and each of their One Big Ideas. All in a structured, fast-paced and highly interactive one-day program under the direction of Chris Brogan and the team from New Marketing Labs.
Bring your One Big Idea – and submit it on the exclusive New Marketing Labs’ My Big Idea™ website. The ideas will be packaged and turned into six dynamic sessions where many of the limited audience will get to present their idea. Participants get the full set of ideas in e-book format.
Thumbnail image for small-biz-logo-fin-o-808.jpgSmall Business Technology Tour 2010
5 City Tour, September – November 2010 is excited to bring you the first annual Small Biz Tech Tour. You’ll network with your peers. Learn from experts. Speak with technology vendors. Participate in discussions. Eat. Win Prizes. And more – all with the goal of seeing how you can leverage technology and empower your business for growth.
September 28 – Mountain View, CA
October 14 – Salt Lake City, UT
October TBA – Atlanta
November 5 – Washington, DC
November TBA – Boston, MA
inc500.JPGInc. 500 | 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony
September 30-October 2, 2010, Washington, DC

The 2010 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony celebrates Inc. magazine’s revered ranking of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies. The momentous event brings together current Inc. 5000 honorees and alumni of the list to recognize the remarkable achievements of these companies and the great contributions they have made to the global economy.
The event offers educational sessions, rousing keynotes, important networking, and unforgettable special events. The conference culminates in a black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony in which all current year honorees are recognized. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is open to honorees, alumni, and other growth-minded entrepreneurs.
winningstrategies.jpgWinning Strategies for Business Conference
October 5, 2010, Long Beach, CA

Create infinite possibilities for your business. Go further and achieve more. This full-day conference event will show you how with proven tactics to impact virtually every aspect of your business. From start to finish, discover insightful ideas, straightforward solutions and fresh perspectives with over half-a-dozen business strategists and experts leading the way.
BlogWorld10_120x90.gifBlogWorld Badge BlogWorld & New Media Expo
October 14 – 16, 2010, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

This is the world’s largest New Media event where you can learn about content creation, distribution and monetization strategies, step-by-step techniques and bleeding-edge tools.
Monetization Superpanel– while there, be sure to check out this extended 2-hour session. Moderated by Jim Kukral, this panel features Jeremy Shoemoney Schoemaker; John Chow, Darren Rowse and Anita Campbell (of Small Business Trends) — who will be sharing their secrets for monetizing a blog. Come with your questions and apply to get your blog and monetization ideas critiqued.
c3.gifInc. and Winning Workplaces present Competitive Cultures Conference:Leadership Strategies for Building Great Companies
October 27-29, 2010

Together, Inc. and Winning Workplaces will identify and honor those benchmark small and mid-sized businesses that offer truly innovative, supportive environments, thus achieving significant, sustainable business results. In the June issue of Inc., Winning Workplaces will name the top private companies that foster a productive work environment and satisfied employees. Join Inc. and Winning Workplaces for three days of exchanging new leadership strategies at the Denver Marriott City Center from October 27 through 29, 2010.
3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Series Conference

November 6, 2010, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Join some of most successful entrepreneurs and professionals, who deliver their business, sales, marketing and leadership expertise and story to assure the continued growth and success of businesswomen.’s Anita Campbell will be speaking about “5 Ways to Conquer Fear and Spark New Profits in Your Small Business.”
Register here.
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,
Connect with me:
twitter-small.png in.png

The following two tabs change content below.
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.