New Events and Conferences for Small Biz

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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smallbusinessheroes.JPGSmall Business Heroes Tour
Multiple cities and dates
September 28-October 1 – Austin, TX
October 5-9 – Orlando, FL
October 12-16 – Charlotte, NC

This five-city tour (remaining dates shown) features expert speakers and product demos; giveaways; marketing consultations; and presentations on social media, online marketing and more.

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.
NYER_Logo2010.jpgThe New York Enterprise Report 2010 Small Business Awards
October 6, 2010, New York City

The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards is the annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of the 500,000+ small businesses throughout the tri-state area. Awards will be presented to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages, revenue profits and/or long-term value. The Small Business Awards will recognize 5 small businesses for their best practices; a new category of awards that fall under the “Best of the Year Awards” will recognize 4 small businesses.
conquer_grow.JPGConquer & Grow
October 7-8, 2010, Las Vegas

Held at the Bellagio Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas strip, this event brings hundreds of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs together with a panel of world-recognized experts and bestselling business book authors for a two-day event that is part of the nationwide movement to help propel the success and growth of small businesses everywhere. John Jantsch, Michael Gerber, Bill Glazer, Rich Sloan and other small business marketers will join the cofounders of Infusionsoft and best-selling authors Clate Mask and Scott Martineau in a quest to conquer small business chaos.
50fastest_WBJ.jpgFastest Growing Companies 2010
October 7, 2010

The Washington Business Journal is honored to recognize the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Washington region. These companies have grown consecutively over the past three years, and it is time to celebrate their success!
At this annual awards presentation and cocktail reception The Washington Business Journal will announce the ranking of each company that has made the list and present them with a signature award. There is no better time to hobnob with the region’s other exceptional companies!
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.
imcm.JPGThe Internet Marketing Conference – Mobile
October 12-13, 2010, New York City

The InternetMarketingConference (IMC) is bringing this unique Mobile CrossMedia event called IMCM in order to debate and discuss how to efficiently enter a strategy of mobile and online marketing convergence.
The format for the two-day event will be a series of keynotes and panels. Each panel will feature a mix of experts from both vantage points: the Mobile Platform Experts vs. The Online platform Experts debating mobile.
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.
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.
October 14 – Salt Lake City
October 25 – Boston
November 5 – Washington, DC
November 9 – Atlanta
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.
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.
10/14: San Antonio
10/20: Minneapolis
10/27: Washington, DC Area
11/16: Tampa
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.
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.
inc_leadership.JPGInc. Leadership Conference
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.
pubcon2010125x125.jpgPubcon 2010: Social Media, Search and Affiliates
November 8-11, 2010, Las Vegas, NV

PubCon Las Vegas 2010 conference is an important gathering of search and social media innovators, offering an unrivaled highly-productive conference experience at cost-effective rates, and with the leading technology and online marketing visionaries. Every attendee will come away with valuable new ideas and solutions for their businesses.
This year’s Kickoff Keynote speaker is New York Times technology columnist, David Pogue. It will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas, and features 28 in-depth sessions, plus fresh keynote speakers every hour.
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
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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.