New Conferences and Webinars for Small Businesses

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COSE.JPGWeatherhead 100 Awards
December 07, 2010, Mayfield Heights, OH

Join COSE and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University as they celebrate Northeast Ohio’s fastest growing companies at the prestigious 2010 Weatherhead 2010 Awards Dinner.

leapfrog_marketing.JPGGrow Your Business with Social Media Marketing for Business
December 7, 2010, Albany, NY

Learn best practice Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Marketing strategies to grow your business!
Topics Include: Search Engine Behavior, Consumer Behavior, What it takes to get found on line, How to drive increased traffic to your Web site, the best way to attract qualified customers, the factors that affect your search engine rankings, the impact of search technology on your bottom line, Pay Per Click Strategy, Organic Search Strategy, Web 2.0, Social Media Marketing, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter, & YouTube, Web marketing trends, Putting it all together.
washingtonbj.JPGMove the Need: Powerful Prospecting Strategies
December 7, 2010

Are your prospecting efforts getting you the results you need to meet and exceed goals? What new and energizing prospecting strategies can you use to boost sales? During this seminar you will learn profitable lead generation tactics to find new clients. You will explore new, creative avenues that can help you more effectively prospect for new clients, and build a team of trusted referral partners.
Thumbnail image for Campaigner-Logo-Final.jpgSome Assembly Required – Preparing Your 2011 Email Marketing Plan
December 8, 2010, 2:00pm EST, Webinar

In this webinar, Melanie Attia, Product Marketing Manager for Campaigner, a leading email marketing service, will discuss how small businesses can easily create and execute a successful 2011 email marketing program. Specifically, Melanie will discuss:

  • Where to start – what you should look at before you begin your planning.
  • What to look for – key elements you need to be aware of when choosing an email marketing service for 2011.
  • What to avoid – mistakes and pitfalls that can pull your 2011 plans off-track.
  • What to talk about – how to ensure your emails resonate with customers and keep them coming back for more.

Thumbnail image for cbeyond.gifFour Tips to Make Money by Going Mobile
December 8, 2010, 2:00pm EST, Webinar

Consumers are using mobile devices for everything from downloading coupons to searching for the nearest restaurant. As a business owner, you can leverage mobile’s booming popularity and make it work as a revenue generating vehicle for your business.
Author and Entrepreneur magazine columnist Kim T. Gordon, one of the country’s foremost experts on small business growth, will discuss the latest trends in mobile, specifically how you can tap into the latest trends to win sales from mobile shoppers.
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 sba.jpgSBAYear-end Tax Essentials for Small Business Owners
Thursday, December 9, 2010, 1:00 pm EST, Online chat

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a text chat on year-end tax planning for small businesses. The guest expert will be Edward S. Karl, Vice President of Taxation for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The event will focus on tax deductions and credits you may be able to take advantage of before the end of the year, to reduce your taxes. Note: There is not an audio format for the online chat – you can submit your questions in advance here.
networksolutions.JPGTweet Chat: Leadership for your Small Biz
December 9, 1-2:30 pm EST, follow the #netsol hashtag on Twitter

Featuring guest tweeter, Terry Starbucker (@starbucker), co-founder of SOBCon and renowned leadership speaker. Through the chat you will understand:
· How can thinking and acting positive serve as a motivator?
· As a leader, how do I handle problems? Mistakes? Bad News?
· What should my real role be as a leader of my business?
· What are some simple non-verbal tactics I can use to become a better leader?
Register here.
Thumbnail image for hubspot.jpgThe Science of Blogging
December 9, 2010 at 2:00pm EST, webinar

Blogging is one of the most important activities businesses can undertake to increase their inbound marketing results. Join Dan Zarrella, Social Media Marketing Scientist, as he discusses an unprecedented data collection that will teach you how to optimize your blogging efforts for maximum results.
rockedtherecession.JPGRocked the Recession: Startup the Nation
December 9-10, 2010, Chicago

750 members of Chicago’s entrepreneurial community will gather for a day of speakers and panels designed to give advice and inspiration to entrepreneurs. Sessions will cover starting a business, growing your business, selling, marketing, PR, funding, scaling, building a team, turning ideas into action, branding, creativity, social media, incubators, blogging, viral videos, and more.
ScoreLogoCMYK-150x58.jpgSocial Marketing Made Simple Presented by SCORE-NYC
December 13, 2010, New York City

Wendi Caplan-Carroll will present “Social Media Marketing Made Simple” in a 90 minutes work-shop. This session will cover some of the strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities including time management and measuring the return of your activities. Wendi will talk about what social media marketing really is, how to incorporate it into your business life without losing productivity and look at how other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships and drive sales and response.
boc.JPGE-Commerce 104: Shopping Cart Recovery
December 14, 2010, Brooklyn, NY

Join the Fort Greene Fashion Group as Patrick Hardy presents “Shopping Cart Recovery”. Do you have an online store? Is your site now generating the income you wish it could? Well, ponder this…Over 60% of all shopping carts on the internet are abandoned by shoppers.
Patrick Hardy will discuss why shopping carts are abandoned by potential customers and tips on how to recover some of these lost sales. This seminar will help you pull those [almost] lost dollars away from your competition and back into your pocket.
intuit-community2.jpgHow Facebook Creates Leads & a Community: A Real Case Study
December 14, 2010, 10:00am PST, Webinar

Social Media isn’t magic but when you take the right steps it can have a significant impact on your business. In this webinar, we will hear first-hand tips & lessons learned from Dan Kalm, an insurance agent who has seen incredible business results on Facebook. This session will be co-moderated by Clara Shih, author of the bestselling social media book The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Market, Sell, and Innovate & Chris Andrew, small business success manager at Hearsay who has partnered with hundreds of small businesses to help drive their social media success with Hearsay’s award-winning social customer management solution. Our session will be broken into three segments and will cover: The small business opportunity on Facebook; Discussion with Dan about his use of social media & Hearsay; 10 best practices for Facebook pages that result in real growth
roadmap.jpgCreate A “Get Moving” Marketing & Sales Plan for 2011
January 6, 2010 1:00-2:00 PM EST

Want a plan that focuses your time and money? Rather than complex, time-consuming, dust-collecting volumes, you need a plan that gives you structure and flexibility. You need a live guide that you can look to for direction, and also for options. In this webinar we will help you focus on the key actions and key measures that can help you guide your business into the New Year.
ScoreLogoCMYK-150x58.jpgSCORE QuickSTART Series Workshops
January 15, 2011 (first of six weekly sessions) Port Charlotte, FL

The six session QuickSTART™ Series workshops for the nascent entrepreneur (0-18 mo in business) will be presented on six consecutive Saturdays beginning January 15, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Mid County Library in Port Charlotte. Attendees will receive an overview of how to launch a new business in Florida. Details Here.
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.
navsea.JPGNAVSEA Small Business Conference
February 1, 2011, Miami, FL

Small Business Owners are invited to attend the NAVSEA Small Business Conference, sponsored by the Program Executive Offices (PEOs) for Aircraft Carriers, Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS), Littoral and Mine Warfare (LMW), Ships, and Submarines. This conference will provide a forum for Small Business Owners to connect with senior Navy and Industry leaders to learn, collaborate, and explore ways in which they can offer their products and services in support of Navy warfare programs.
For more information regarding this exciting event, please contact the Small Business Conference Planning Team at (703) 941-0600, or by email at
disney_institute.JPGDisney Institute’s Business Owner & Management Conferences: Quality Service and Brand Loyalty
February 28-March 2, 2011, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Presented in partnership with Disney Institute and Northpoint Services. “Benchmark your Business to Disney’s” and discover the strategies and practices that contribute to Disney’s world renowned success at this conference that includes an exclusive “Business Excellence: Behind-The-Scenes” tour.
usdoe2011.JPG12th Annual U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Conference & Expo
May 10-12, 2011, Kansas City, MO

The event will feature plenaries, educational workshops, an Exhibit Hall with over 200 exhibitors/sponsors, as well as business matchmaking sessions. Over 1,600 attendees will represent all levels of federal, state, and local government agencies, the small business community, large/prime contractors, minority educational institutions, and many more!
The largest civilian contracting agency within the Federal government, DOE spent over $25 billion in contracts in FY 2010. The 12th Annual DOE Small Business Conference & Expo is a great opportunity for Small Business owners, large companies, and universities alike to network and partner.
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