Upcoming Events for Small Businesses

This list of events, conferences and webinars for growing companies and entrepreneurs is brought to you every other week by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.

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smallbusinessheroes.JPGSmall Business Heroes Tour
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.

Thumbnail image for constantcontact.jpgHow to Develop and Host a Webinar
October 13, 2010, 11:00 EDT, Webinar

Webinars have proven to be a fast and cost-effective ways to market your expertise to your clients and prospects without leaving your desk! Join Heidi Tobias, Senior Manager of Constant Contact’s Distance Learning Team, as she takes you through webinar best practices & distance learning strategies. Learn from her real life experience and thousands of hours broadcasting. You’ll learn:
* What topics are webinar worthy.
* How to prep your content.
* Planning the experience from event discovery to nurturing the leads post event
* The Do’s & Do Not’s of webinar presenting.
* A reality check on what you should expect for attendance, satisfaction and desired conversion action
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

Smallbiztechnology.com 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
hudsonlibrary.JPGEntrepreneurship and Small Business Series
Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research
Multiple Dates, Hudson, OH

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.
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.
Thumbnail image for Campaigner-Logo-Final.jpgLeveraging Social Patterns – The Missing Link Between Social Media and Email Marketing
October 21, 2010, 2:00pm EDT, Webinar

In this webinar, Jenn Markey, Director of Business Development at Campaigner, will explain how to integrate email marketing and social media to achieve your marketing goals. She will explain how this model effectively segments your audience into those willing to pay today, those willing to pay later, and those who will never pay. She’ll explain why It’s not about social media OR email marketing – it’s really about leveraging your audience and communications channels for marketing success.
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 tot.jpgTaste of Technology Business Series:
How Local Businesses Can Get and Keep Local Customers
Using Technology

October 27, 2010, New York City

Local businesses rely heavily on LOCAL customers for their sales. They have competition from online retailers and services but they also compete, block by block and neighborhood by neighborhood, with other local retailers. Whether it’s the one time tourist or the repeat customer who has lived in the community for 5 years, local businesses make their money from local customers. At this event you’ll hear from experts who can help YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS find and keep local customers.
Brought to you by Smallbiztechnology.com, Taste of Technology is a fresh series of educational events for entrepreneurs and small and growing businesses to learn how to leverage the latest technologies as a TOOL to grow their business.
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.
Clinic_Forum_v2.jpgL2 Innovation Forum
November 5, 2010, New York City

A day interacting with top entrepreneurs, strategic thinkers, and recognized academics such as Red Envelope and L2 founder Scott Galloway, NJ’s Wine Library’s own Gary Vaynerchuk, and Four Season’s President & CEO Katie Taylor, and other innovators and top marketing talent? The full-day event will address innovation in digital marketing and implications for prestige brands. The Forum will feature: • Never-seen-before research benchmarking brands’ digital marketing efforts • Provocative presentations from thought leaders in industry and academia • On-stage conversations with prestige brand leaders • Networking with senior executives and top MBA students • Cutting-edge product demos
nyew.JPGNew York Entrepreneur Week
November 8-12, 2010, New York City

NYEW is a semi-annual event built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, providing an exclusive educational experience for innovation-minded start-ups to multi-million dollar revenue generators.
More than 100 speakers from 40 cities, 15 states and 3 continents converge at NYEW to unite the state’s diverse entrepreneurial community; giving you the opportunity to connect with and learn from New York’s best and brightest entrepreneurs who are relentless, driven and dedicated to improving your business and the economy.
New York Entrepreneur Week encompasses five days of innovative and hyper-targeted events, including:
* Inspiring keynote speeches from recognized business leaders
* Riveting panels delivering relevant mission-critical advice
* The flagship RELENTLESS business plan competition
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. Smallbiztrends.com’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.
toyota_exchange.JPGToyota’s Opportunity Exchange
November 10, 2010 Cincinnati, OH

This annual trade fair and seminar brings together Toyota’s Tier I suppliers, who participate as exhibitors, and MBEs who attend as our guests. Toyota believes this one-of-a -kind event demonstrates our commitment to lead by example and pushes the importance of applying creativity to the business of Supplier Diversity.
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!
global-ent-wk.JPGGlobal Entrepreneurship Week
November 15-20, 2010

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship. This annual event occurs over the span of one week and includes the participation of entrepreneurial experts, policy-makers, education practitioners and politicians.
Last year 88 countries hosted Global Entrepreneurship Week and generated over 32,000 activities. This year, GEW will feature thousands of events in more than 100 countries. In the United States, universities, colleges and organizations from all 50 states will connect young people through a variety of local, national and global GEW activities and events designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
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.
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, Smallbiztechnology.com
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