New Events and Webinars for Growing Businesses

There are a lot of great events coming up this fall, both in person and online.
We are excited to be in Atlanta for our last Small Biz Tech Tour stop tomorrow, Nov. 9th. If you’re in the Atlanta area, come by the Gwinnett Center and say hello, hear some terrific speakers and network with other small business owners.

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

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techtour-logo.jpgSmall Business Technology Tour 2010
Last city – November 9, 2010, Atlanta, GA 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.

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

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.
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.
blackberrytour.JPGBlackBerry Reseller Road Tour
Multiple Dates and Locations

Dallas, Tuesday November 9, 2010
San Jose, Thursday November 11, 2010
Meet face-to-face with the BlackBerry team and get the inside track on sales and technical knowledge at the BlackBerry Technology Reseller Road Tour event nearest you. You’ll also be able to discover more about BlackBerry Enterprise Solution Express, gaining in-depth knowledge that will differentiate you as a BlackBerry solutions provider. Each free event is divided into two sessions: sales and technical.
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.
intuit-community2.jpgEmail Marketing Outside the Gift Box
November 9, 2010, 10:00am PST, Webinar

How to use holiday email marketing to promote your services, drive repeat business, and improve customer loyalty. If you’re not in retail you may think a holiday email marketing program isn’t something you need to think about. But email marketing is about a lot more than convincing people to come to a store or order a product online to put under the tree. Join email marketing expert Melanie Attia to learn about “holiday email marketing for the rest of us” in this webinar that includes practical examples, tips and advice on how you can put the power of both email marketing and the holiday season to work for your business.
Thumbnail image for sba.jpg2nd Annual SBA Meet the Lenders
November 9, 2010, New York City

Once again the SBA has put together an opportunity for you to meet one-on-one with loan officers from SBA-participating lenders. You will also have a chance to learn about other programs the Federal Government offers for small businesses.
Experts from 8(a) Division and SBA resource partners-SBDCs, SCORE, WBCs and Government contracting will also attend.
(note: no link) To RSVP email
Thumbnail image for nyer.jpgThe International Business Conference
November 10, 2010, New York City

Incorporating lessons learned from the latest opportunities and pitfalls, The International Business Conference will provide attendees with critical information and resources needed to thrive in the growing global marketplace. If you are currently doing business overseas or are considering doing so, this is a “must-attend” event.
Thumbnail image for verticalresponse.gifVertical Response VRTweets for the Holidays Tweet Chats
November 10 & 17, 2010, 1:00pm PST, Online

Holiday Subject Lines That Jingle
Holiday Offers That Deliver
Log on to Twitter during any of the times below and follow the hashtag #VRTweets. To join the conversation, add the hashtag to your tweet and it will be added to the #VRTweets chat feed.
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.
Thumbnail image for hp_intel_score.JPGMaximize Your Success – SCORE, HP & Intel: Small Business Workshops
November 16, Tampa, FL

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.
techtherapy.GIFFacebook for Business
November 17, 2010, online

This 75 minute class will cover the following topics:
1. Editing your personal profile for business purposes
2. Creating a business page (“Like” Page)
3. What to put on your profile vs. your page
4. Managing page settings
5. Facebooks changes over the past few months
This web class is designed for you, the small business owner. If you are looking for ideas on how to market on the web or are just getting started, this 75 minute web class will give you the tools you need to understand and get you motivated about marketing on the web.
Thumbnail image for tot.jpgTaste of Technology Business Series: How the Inc. 500 Leverage Technology for Profitable Business Growth
November 18, 2010, New York City

There are many companies all over the United States, leveraging technology successfully in their businesses. These businesses, however, also struggle with the same issues you do.
– How to acquire new customers and use new (and older) tools such as social media, email marketing, blogs, web sites?
– How do they know which tools to use and which tools not to use?
– How do they know how to hire experts to help them?
At this info packed event you’ll learn how the Children’s Progress and Green Logic succeed in leveraging technology and how you can learn from their challenges, which are the same as YOUR challenges.
November 18, 2010

Real-time tools are transforming business, government and non-profits. TWTRCON SF 2010 will be a one-day total immersion in the case studies, the practical skills and the tools that organizations need to stay at the cutting edge of the real-time web. Learn from the national brands, small businesses and others that are using the real-time web to deliver bottom-line results, including Ford Motor Company, H&R Block, Parle Agro/Creativeland Asia, SAP Community Network, Southwest Airlines, Wells Fargo,, Curry Up Now, The Roxy Theatre, St. Supéry Winery and more.
Thumbnail image for Campaigner-Logo-Final.jpgEmail Marketing Outside the Gift Box:Tips & Strategies for the “Non-Retail” Crowd
November 18, 2010, 2pm EST, webinar

Just because you’re not a retail store doesn’t mean you can’t pump up sales with email marketing!
If you’re not in retail you may think a holiday email marketing program isn’t something you need to think about.But email marketing is about a lot more than convincing people to come to a store or order a product to put under the tree.
On Thursday, November 18th we’ll be joined by Melanie Attia of Campaigner, who will talk about about holiday email marketing for the rest of us. You’ll walk away from this information packed webinar knowing how you can put the power of both email marketing and the holiday season to work for your business.
pslogo2007.jpgBrain Exchange Roundtable: How to Reap Juicy Profits in 2010
November 18, 2010, New York City

Making a bigger profit isn’t as simple as just making more sales. In this economic environment one of the most effective ways to increase profit is to decrease expenses and tighten money surveillance, while continuing to seek new ways to increase revenue. Guest expert Stacie Urbach will show you how to track your numbers so you can find the places to cut and the places to enhance. * How to read your business’ financial statements * How to find hidden value in your balance sheet * Where to look for potential profits * The difference between profit and cash in the bank * How to create profit-oriented projections * The best business management reports to view on a regular basis * The benefit of using financial software to manage your company as well as your finances.
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
Thumbnail image for growth-conf-2011.jpgEntrepreneur Magazine’s Growth 2011 Conference
January 20, 2011, Atlanta, GA

* Nearly a dozen hands-on seminars to help your business soar to your highest vision
* Growth strategies from top business authors, radicals and visionaries
* Meet & tweet with host Amy Cosper, editor in chief of Entrepreneur
* Networking throughout the day to build partnerships and connections
* Business growth perspectives from the Entrepreneur of 2010 winners
sparkhustle.jpgTory Johnson’s 2011 Spark & Hustle National Tour
Multiple Dates and Cities Feb-July 2011

Whether you’re just getting your feet wet with this “business thing,” barely keeping your head above water, or finally ready to swim with the sharks, Spark & Hustle is the place to learn (exactly) how to transform your fledgling (or floundering) business into a wildly profitable venture.
To find more small business events, contests and awards, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.
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