Conferences and Events for Growing Companies

Often the best learning experiences come from a combination of listening to experts and interacting with your small business peers. This week’s roundup has some great opportunities to do both.
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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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 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.
9/14: Chicago
10/14: San Antonio
10/20: Minneapolis
10/27: Washington, DC Area
11/16: Tampa
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.
actioncoach.JPGGrowthCLUB – 4Q Business Planning Workshop
September 16, 2010, Dallas

Be a part of the North Texas ActionCOACH Business Community and join us! This is your chance to step out of the day-to-day business grind and get tuned up for the third quarter of the year. We’ll work with you to map out a winning game plan for the next 90 days. Plus, with practical strategies and expert training, you and your team will get back to your business with clear direction and new tools to achieve your goals faster.
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. Use Discount Code SmallBizTechnologyEarly for 30% Off registration by Aug 31.
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.
ScoreLogoCMYK-150x58.jpgSmall Business Resource Seminar
September 21 & 22, 2010, Charleston, SC

This SCORE seminar covers the legal, financial, marketing and business planning aspects of starting a small business.
nyt_summit.pngThe New York Times Small Business Summit
September 23, New York City

Over the past two years the small business environment has changed dramatically. This year’s New York Times Small Business Summit will explore the next steps of social media marketing and how best to navigate a new economic and legislative landscape.
General Admission includes high-profile speakers, admission to all keynote sessions, New York Times editor/blogger panel discussion, panel discussions with Q&A, networking opportunities with hundreds of SBOs, Local Resource Café , breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception.
freelancersday.pngInternational Freelancers Day
September 24, 2010, Online

Online conference exclusively for solo professionals featuring 25 speakers, including David Meerman Scott, Ann Handley, Liz Strauss, Jonathan Fields, Brian Clark and more.
techtour-logo.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
September 28, 2010, New York City

Network with other Web entrepreneurs and media innovators. Find business partners, developers and investors. Presenting: Sam Johnson, Soversa, Thomas Winter Aabo, Shorticus , Todd Hamilton, Bubbalon, Eliot Yaxley, GuestVessel, Peter Verkooijen and Geoweb Forum.
nysbdc.jpgMeet the Lenders
September 28, 2010, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Meet the Lenders is a conference where existing businesses and startup businesses can have an opportunity to learn about the various SBA loan programs and SBA-approved lenders in Brooklyn.
The panel will discuss the SBA loan programs and provide an overview of the various business services they offer for Brooklyn’s entrepreneurs. Pre-registration is required to meet with representatives of the following types of lenders from Brooklyn to explore funding or loan programs: Commercial Banks, Community Development Corporations, New York Business Development Corporation, Microlenders and Community Federal Credit Unions.
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.
podcamp_philly.pngPodCamp Philly 2010
October 2-3, 2010, Philadelphia

This event is targeted to audio and video podcasters, bloggers, social media enthusiasts, professionals and hobbyists, musicians, marketers and people who generally want to understand more about the new media space.
Thumbnail image for brooklynchamber.JPGSmall Business Seminar: The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Your Business
October 5, 8:30 to 11 a.m, Brooklyn NY

Comprehensive panel discussion about effectively preparing your business to navigate evolving health insurance reforms. Breakfast served.
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.
referral_engine.jpgThe Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself
October 5, 2010, Easton, MA

John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine, presents this workshop packed with information and take-action ideas on October 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. Event cost is $99 until September 21 and $129 thereafter.
hudsonlibrary.JPGEntrepreneurship and Small Business Series
Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research
Multiple Dates, Hudson, OH

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.
PB10_SummitLogo-r1A.jpgThe Perfect Business Summit 2010 Entrepreneur & Investor Conference
October 7-8, 2010, Las Vegas

Experience powerful keynote speakers, as well as intimate breakout sessions that target your specific needs. For two full days, you will gain insider knowledge and life-changing business connections. Find out what it takes to build an empire from people who have done it.
citygirl.JPGCity Girl Business Club Workshop
October 9, 2010, Chicago

Fun four-hour interactive workshop for young women who want to start their own businesses. The workshop will be packed with information and resources to help you on your journey to business ownership. Refreshments are served, and each attendee will receive a tote bag full of goodies.
Thumbnail image for brooklynchamber.JPG2010 Annual Membership Meeting and Business Trade Show
October 13, 2010, Brooklyn, NY

Featuring a keynote address by New York City Deputy Mayor of Operations Stephen Goldsmith. Cocktails and light dinner served. Trade table and corporate sponsorship opportunities available.
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.
cosesbc_logo.pngCOSE 2010 Small Business Conference
October 20-21, 2010

The fifth annual COSE Small Business Conference is a two-day experience packed with educational workshops, national keynote speakers, a business-to-business tradeshow and effective networking opportunities. Keynote speakers include famous “apprentice” Bill Rancic, national advertising expert Sally Hogshead and government attorney turned incredibly successful baked goods entrepreneur Warren Brown of CakeLove.
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.
PRmktgcamp.gifPR+MKTG Camp East
October 28, 2010, NYC

PR+MKTG Camp™ East is a highly interactive one-day conference. Its goal is to help PR and marketing professionals maximize their impact in reaching new influencers in today’s increasingly socially driven media landscape. Sessions will focus on integrated strategic engagement — ways that organizations and companies can benefit from internal collaboration and aligning communication, customer support, sales, and community management and moderation.
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.
ctg-logo-small.gifNassau Trade Show 2010
November 9, 2010, Woodbury, NY

The Nassau Trade Show 2010 is creating countless opportunities by bringing together premier businesses from Long Island, New York City and the greater metropolitan area with national corporations, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, government agencies, business advocacy groups and the media.
byob2011125.pngBYOB 2011 – Build Your Own Business – Become Your Own Boss
November 13, 2010, Philadelphia

Come and spend a day with Melinda Emerson, Smallbizlady, in Philadelphia on November 13th. You’ll plan a strategy to leave your J.O.B. to start your own business and those of you in your own business will learn new skill sets to take your business to the next level. Whether you’re thinking about starting a business or in your first five years in business, this workshop will give you new perspective on how and what you do!
smart_logo.jpgSM@RT Conference
December 8-10, 2010, Reno-Tahoe, NV

The SM@RT conference features keynotes by David Nour and Scott Klososky, and more than two dozen presenters speaking on a wide range of social media topics. The conference is designed for business professionals, small business, nonprofits and those working in marketing/advertising who want to take their promotions and business strategies to the next level using social media
To find more small business events, contests and awards, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.
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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.